All That Glitters
The Gnomes of Zaelu-Kil-Tane are largely responsible for the boom in prosperity seen in the Northern nations. Though many still live in the mountains and hills doing traditional work like gemcutting, increased attacks from displaced subterranean dwellers like orcs, mind flayers, and Spider Cultists have spurred a mass migration of Rock Gnomes to the coastal areas of Janbreit and Shareth.
The natural wonder and inventiveness of the Gnomes, coupled with the adaptability of the humans, have turned Janbreit in particular into a hotbed of dizzying technological creation. Astounding and novel applications of magic have permeated the lives of everyday citizens, marking a new turn for a nation formerly defined by its military culture. The latest innovation that has everyone talking are the Warforged, or Gearfolk, an artificial humanoid developed as a proof of concept by a Gnomish inventor.
The Deep Gnomes, or Svirfneblin, have mostly chosen to remain in the Underdark. Serving mainly as miners and tunnel scouts, a not insignificant number have taken to smuggling goods between the Northern nations and Selkayto Re.
Ability Score Increase. Your Intelligence score increases by 2.
Age. Gnomes mature at the same rate humans do, and most are expected to settle down into an adult life by around age 40. They can live 350 to almost 500 years.
Alignment. Gnomes are most often good. Those who tend toward law are sages, engineers, researchers, scholars, investigators, or inventors. Those who tend toward chaos are minstrels, tricksters, wanderers, or fanciful jewelers. Gnomes are good-hearted, and even the tricksters among them are more playful than vicious.
Size. Gnomes are between 3 and 4 feet tall and average about 40 pounds. Your size is Small.
Speed. Your base walking speed is 25 feet.
Darkvision. Accustomed to life underground, you have superior vision in dark and dim conditions. You can see in dim light within 60 feet of you as if it were bright light, and in darkness as if it were dim light. You can’t discern color in darkness, only shades of gray.
Gnome Cunning. You have advantage on all Intelligence, Wisdom, and Charisma saving throws against magic.
Languages. You can speak, read, and write Zaelu Common and Gnomish. The Gnomish language, which uses the Dwarvish script, is renowned for its technical treatises and its catalogs of knowledge about the natural world.
Ability Score Increase. Your Dexterity score increases by 1.
Superior Darkvision. Your darkvision has a radius of 120 ft.
Bonus Language. You can speak, read, and write Undercommon.
Stone Camouflage. You have advantage on Dexterity (stealth) checks to hide in rocky terrain.
Ability Score Increase. Your Constitution score increases by 1.
Artificer’s Lore. Whenever you make an Intelligence (History) check related to magic items, alchemical objects, or technological devices, you can add twice your proficiency bonus, instead of any proficiency bonus you normally apply.
Tinker. You have proficiency with artisan’s tools (tinker’s tools). Using those tools, you can spend 1 hour and 10 gp worth of materials to construct a Tiny clockwork device (AC 5, 1 hp). The device ceases to function after 24 hours (unless you spend 1 hour repairing it to keep the device functioning), or when you use your action to dismantle it; at that time, you can reclaim the materials used to create it. You can have up to three such devices active at a time. When you create a device, choose one of the following options:
- Clockwork Toy: This toy is a clockwork animal, monster, or person, such as a frog, mouse, bird, dragon, or soldier. When placed on the ground, the toy moves 5 feet across the ground on each of your turns in a random direction. It makes noises as appropriate to the creature it represents.
- Fire Starter: The device produces a miniature flame, which you can use to light a candle, torch, or campfire. Using the device requires your action.
- Music Box: When opened, this music box plays a single song at a moderate volume. The box stops playing when it reaches the song’s end or when it is closed.