Gnomes were an underground-dwelling race of creatures, related to the dwarves but even more closely in touch with the earth. They were a small race, and aptitude-wise, shared many characteristics with halflings. However, they advanced slightly more slowly in experience levels, and were somewhat more competent casters. In particular, they could be excellent Earth mages, having a superlative aptitude for that skill and good aptitude for Conjurations, though they were somewhat held back by their poor Spellcasting aptitude. They had an innate magic mapping ability.
- -1 HP every level until character level 13.
- -1 HP every 3rd level.
- Average MP.
- +1 dexterity or intelligence every 4th level.
The lower the value, the better the aptitude.
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Gnomes were removed in 0.5. Deep Dwarves, introduced in 0.6, co-opted a few of the features of gnomes, notably the aptitudes for Evocations and Earth Magic, and the ability to sense their surroundings.
Interestingly, they also bear some resemblance to Gargoyles: strong defense but low HP, and great earth casters but also competent physical fighters. It is not known whether or not this was intentional.