Labyrinths & Liontaurs


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Do you seek to honor the great powers -- the moon and stars, demigods or greater gods, Mother Nature herself? Do you enjoy making others laugh? As a gnome, maybe you travel hither and yon, mapping, sketching, and recording everything you experience. Or maybe you just seek to play pranks and be the one who gets the most interesting stuff! However you seek fame or fortune or foolery, you are sure to enjoy the journey. Gnomes excel as druids, clerics, bards, and illusionists.


Introduction: Once upon a time, fairie spirits of nature came to admire the brief bright lives of mortals, and sought help from powerful beings to become mortal themselves. Some say gnomes are the children of halflings and those spirits. Some say gnomes were grown in holy dirt from seeds planted by those beings. Many gnomes honor gods and nature, but their wisdom is tempered by a love of laughter and magical trickery. Gnomes are quick to smile, even at jokes played on themselves; they seldom hold grudges.

Appearance: Gnomes do resemble halflings, but are brown of skin, hair, and eyes, and almost all have large noses. Some favor bright or even clashing colors; others stick to earth tones and greens. They are slender, standing about three to four feet tall, and are known for wearing conical hats (red is popular). Most are graceful; many are bewitching.

Society: Many gnomes are content to live in villages, usually in low buildings of brick, often hidden by illusions. Sometimes their homes are tunneled into hillsides or behind waterfalls. Gnomes tend to follow a council of elders, or else to leave home if they do not like rules and traditions. Gnomes out in the world are always friendly to each other, and they have a special fondness for halflings, treating them as cousins. They have managed to remain friends with both elves and dwarves. They tend to be neutral good in alignment.


Character Creation: Apply the following adjustments to every gnome player character.

Tyro Tier (character level 3): Select one of these three powers:

Adventurer Tier (character level 8): Select one of these three powers*:

Hero Tier (character level 13): Select one of these two powers*:

Legend Tier (character level 18): Select one of these two powers*:

* Or select a lower tier power that you have not chosen before.

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