Glimpses of adventure
Gnomes prosper both on their own and as productive members of other societies. Nominal kings lead their own cultures, with actual governmental duties handled by a handful of ancients. Gnomes are prevalent in the eastern parts of Tellene, especially Reanaaria Bay. Their subraces include the rock gnomes ( dalgul), deep gnomes ( mythar), and forest gnomes (fulmaran).
The Myth of Creation
Gnomes have no real idea of their true origins and, interestingly, see themselves as no more entitled to rule the world than the next race. One gnomish legend tells that all the gods were born out of the untended fields when the first rains fell on Tellene. Sprouting fully-grown, the gods tried to duplicate their own origin by planting the seeds that would grow up as the plants, animals, and intelligent races. Gnomes, in this tale, are made of wood and mud from the surrounding hills, and charged with tending to the crops of new beings; they must teach the other races how to live productive lives. The gnomes are thus depicted as the special servants of the gods, the gardeners of the life-giving fields.