Of Darker Days: The Rising Moon
-Gnomes: Gnomes are an enigma to most scholars because there seems to be no fossil or genetic record linking them to Aldeya. While they appear humanoid like the other ‘good’ races, they do not share a common ancestor, or indeed, a genetic ancestor with any but a few animals which in turn also share no common ancestry with other species. The most popular theory is that Gnomes were the dominant race on the planet Charse and, when the cataclysm occurred, migrated, or perhaps, fled, to Aldeya. Though if this theory is true, than this migration occurred over 4000 years ago, since the earliest written records, from that time period, clearly indicate the gnomish races presence. Perhaps the gnomes have some secret knowledge of their origin, but no one yet seems to be able to get their attention long enough to verify this. Gnomes are like the absent-minded professor, with an insatiable curiosity about the world and especially scientific knowledge. If humans are the driving force behind scientific discovery, gnomes are usually the ones making them, if they ever stop long enough to let someone know. Gnomes are solitary in general, living alone, usually where ever they work, but that does not mean they are shy. Indeed, gnomes are commonly quite extroverted, enjoying being with others, meeting them and learning anything and everything about them, but despite this, or maybe because of it, most gnomes live alone or in small mating groups. Another abnormality of gnomish behavior is their family groups, which tend to be slightly disturbing to other races (except perhaps dwarves). Gnomes do not pair off with each other, but instead will bond with several other gnomes into small mating groups that will produce offspring with more or less random parentage. Typically these groups stay together for several years, but rarely for the rest of their lives. Gnomes develop rapidly, childhood lasting a mere 5 or 6 years, but they have a shorter lifespan than the other races, rarely living past 50 years of age.
- Physical Characteristics: Gnomes are short, standing about 4 feet tall and are thin and spritely. Their heads have elongated foreheads with crowns of vibrant colored hair, which can change its color depending on the season, and the colors range across the entire spectrum. Their fingers are also disproportionately elongated giving them greater fine motor control when working with small tools.