Gnomes are small in stature and quite ordinary in their domestic life, but harbor great power. Despite appearances, they possess incredible strength, ability, and magic which make them exemplary forest wardens. But because Gnomes are remarkably unassuming, friendly Folk, they spend most of their simple days helping the denizens of forests and glens.
You’re most likely to find a gnome tending a garden, planting a tree, or helping a fawn out of a trapjaw–but on the rare occasion that a gnome’s dwimmercraft is called upon, not even the boldest fiend would dare cross paths with these wee guardians of nature.
Gnome society revolves around a reverence for the quiet, ordinary things that most folk take for granted while dreaming of riches or adventure. To gnomes, these things are simply causes and effects that exist in the moments between hot tea, freshly baked bread, and the pleasures of tilling soil. Wealth has very little meaning for gnomes, though they are often wildly wealthy due to their prolonged lives. And as for adventure, it is nothing to be sought after, and only something to chronicle in the lives of other Folk. If there is one thing most important to Gnomish culture, it is to keep the histories and tales of Eem alive: the songs, the stories, the legends of all the world’s many people, which others forget in time.
While there are a handful of Gnomish cities and communities sprinkled throughout the Dingledell and Eem at large–Mirth being the biggest of them all–a great number of Gnomes are hermits. Rather than settle down with a husband or wife to start a family, many Gnomes are by nature compelled to retreat to the wilderness alone, building solitary homes for themselves so they can tend to and protect the land. This keeps the Gnome population down, as they will live out lives spanning hundreds of years without ever producing offspring.