Gnomes are in wide demand as alchemists, inventors, and technicians, though most prefer to remain among their own kind in simple comfort. Gnomes adore animals, gems, and jokes, especially pranks. They love to learn by personal experience, and are always trying new ways to build things. Gnomes stand 3 to 3 1/2 feet tall, with skin that ranges from dark tan to woody brown. Their hair is fair, and their eyes are often some shade of blue. Gnomes generally wear earth tones, but decorate their clothes intricately. Males favor carefully-trimmed beards. Gnomes live 350 to 500 years.

Gnomish ability adjustments: +2 constitution, -2 strength

Favored class (wizard): A multiclass gnome's wizard class does not count when determining whether he suffers an XP penalty for multiclassing.

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"Your curiosity has always led you into strange and dangerous circumstances, and now you find yourself outside the close circle of your clan, surrounded by humans and other races. Your guess is that more strange adventures are on their way."


  • Often stereotyped as crazed inventors with a diet of turnips.
  • Stereotypically, gnomes speak incredibly fast, often illustrated as a string of text with no spaces.
  • The NWN gnome is a rock gnome. There are two other subraces in the Forgotten Realms — forest gnomes and deep gnomes (also known as svirfneblin).