Gnome

Gnomes or the Kentañ (sometimes called whispers or leprechauns) were once the most magically advanced race on Nora. There were two central locations of gnomes, Talamh-ráth on the earthmote, Dragonfly Island, and the twilithe city Eolas-ráth. The gnomes were nearly wiped out by the grells and Eolas-ráth was destroyed by the fomorians. Now most gnomes have relocated to the ruins of Eolas-ráth to rebuild.

Divisions


  • Firstborn Gnomes
  • Island (Rock) Gnomes
  • Lost (Traveler) Gnomes
  • Svirfneblin

History


The Forgotten Gnome Wars

Early in the history of the realms, gnome warriors defended against shadowmancers lead by the undead creature Specter Scion. The gnomes prevailed, but records of how they defeated this enemy were lost with time. This period is now known as the Forgotten Gnome Wars.

Dragonfly Island and the Svirfneblin

The gnomes were one of the first Twilithe creatures to migrate from the fey realms to adnas. The gnomes, lead by Tamall decided to begin a society, but found the mortals on Nora too violent and excluded them. The gnomes built Talamh-ráth which was hailed as a city greater than Eolas-ráth itself. When they discovered the was city in danger from a falling star, they created the needed rituals to raise their city into the sky. This is the origin of Dragonfly Island.

A group of gnomes not wishing to live in the sky left the city lead by the sorcerer Koadeg and began to wander the land. Known later as the Koll or the Lost, a large group of these gnomes were captured by Elknor the Wretched and subjected to horrible experiments. The svirfneblin were created and served Elknor and his evil ways.

When elknor was defeated, the svirfneblin sought their sky-bound brothers, but although the dark gnomes did not serve evil anymore, there was a scar that could not be healed and the svirfneblin were exiled from Dragonfly Island.

Wars on Dragonfly Island

The gnomes in Dragonfly Island faced a civil war. The archmage Goañv-où began to secretly undo the rituals holding the city in the sky. As he did this, the power of the rituals fed into him and increased his power greatly. He began to work against the city, but was discovered imprisoned. The city decided to ban higher magic from their society as they feared the power it could bring.

Goañv-où’s son, menydh, formed a rebellion of arcanist gnomes. The Whisperers of the Arcaene became a cabal of warlocks and wizards keeping their trade and seeking to overthrow the gnomish council. Goañv-où’s brother, Faolchu, became the first Spriggan, an elite gnome warrior, and banished the whisperers to the Shadowvast.

Since then all of Goañv-où's descendants became spriggan and they kept Dragonfly Island safe from enemies. From upstart whisperers to the other race found on the floating island, the grells. The entire island was nearly destroyed due to a massive magical energy flux caused by the grells, but the spriggans prevented that from happening. However, random and wild magic is still common on the island sometimes causing living spells to form.

Eolas-ráth's Destruction

Eolas-ráth has remained neutral in the many conflicts of the Twilithe and Ädnas. They had minimal contact with Dragonfly Island, but grew concerned when they heard about the emergence of the spriggans. Eolas-ráth's primary ruler, Rince-Na, sent a team of bounty hunters to capture the spriggans and deliver them to Eolas-ráth. The plan failed and the hunter team leader, Anv-Verb, became infused with magical energy in the manner of the original spriggan. Instead of embracing the responsibility of the other spriggans, he turned to evil. Eolas-ráth's council deemed him too dangerous and attempted to defeat him, but his dark spriggan powers were too powerful and he left the city with vengeance in his heart. Anv-Verb gave Eolas-ráth's secret location to the fomorians, who proceeded to obliterate the ancient city. Rince-Na's journal was found later at the site.

Grell Uprising

Recently, after generations of successful defense, Dragonfly Island finally became vulnerable to the grells. They swarmed through the city and even the combined might of the spriggans and the whisperers was not able to push them back. The majority of the gnomes were killed or imprisoned. Even the arrival of Anv-Verb has not been able to cease the occupation.

Culture


Gnomeish culture is somewhat matriarchal. When a female gnome reaches the age of sixteen, she is introduced to society as a young lady in an event known as an Unveiling. Gnome females have two letter suffixes after their names, which is handed from mother to daughter like a surname.

Whisperers tend to replace large portions of their bodies with elemental grafts.

The Badger

Gnomes revere badgers as symbols of strength and reincarnation. The badger is said to have come from the sky. The gnomish festival, Lid Broc’h (meaning celebration of the badger), is celebrated in the spring with a hunter badger to be eaten by the celebrants in order to please the badger's spirit. The badger skull is then taken as a fetish by the Kure.

A tradition some gnomes choose is that of the Brochor, meaning Dire Badger. These gnomes revel in their ability to harness the breath and bring on mighty rages in battle. Armed with large axes, the gnomish brochor are a terror to behold.

Cider

Sparkling and non-sparkling

Gnome names

Male gnomes tend to have exceedingly long, hard-to-pronounce names. Female gnomes' names are mostly short, with a short monosyllable at the end. Gnomes string the names of their fathers in a line all the way to their prime ancestor. However, usually gnome names are kept within 4-6 iterations for brevity.

Also, most gnomes will have a nickname to place after their given names to assure their individuality. These nicknames are chosen by the gnome's mother upon their adulthood.

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