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Gnomes stand 3 to 3-1/2 feet tall and weigh 40 to 45 pounds. Their skin color ranges from dark tan to woody brown, their hair is fair, and their eyes can be any shade of blue. Gnome males prefer short, carefully trimmed beards. Gnomes generally wear leather or earth tones, though they decorate their clothes with intricate stitching or fine jewelry. Gnomes reach adulthood at about age 40, and they live about 350 years, though some can live almost 500 years. Gnomes speak their own language, Gnome. Most gnomes who travel outside gnome lands (as traders, tinkers, or adventurers) know Common, while warriors in gnome settlements usually learn Goblin.
Most gnomes encountered outside their home are warriors; the information in the statistics block is for one of 1st level.

Small Humanoid (Gnome)
Gnome, 1st-Level Warrior

Hit Dice: 1d8+2 (6 hp)

Initiative: +0

Speed: 20 ft. (4 squares)

Armor Class: 16 (+1 size, +4 chain shirt, +1 light shield), touch 11, flat-footed 16

Base Attack/Grapple: +1/–3

Attack: Longsword +2 melee (1d6/19–20) or light crossbow +3 ranged (1d6/19–20)

Full Attack: Longsword +2 melee (1d6/19–20) or light crossbow +3 ranged (1d6/19–20)

Space/Reach: 5 ft./5 ft.

Special Attacks: —

Special Qualities: Gnome traits

Saves: Fort +4, Ref +0, Will –1

Abilities: Str 11, Dex 11, Con 14, Int 10, Wis 9, Cha 8

Skills: Hide +3, Listen +1, Spot +1

Feats: Weapon Focus (light crossbow)

Environment: Temperate hills (Forest gnomes: Temperate forests)

Organization: Company (2–4), squad (11–20 plus 1 leader of 3rd–6th level and 2 3rd-level lieutenants), or band (30–50 plus 1 3rd-level sergeant per 20 adults, 5 5th-level lieutenants, 3 7th-level captains, and 2–5 dire badgers)

Challenge Rating: 1/2

Treasure: Standard

Alignment: Usually neutral good

Advancement: By character class

Level Adjustment: +0

Gnomes prefer misdirection and deception over direct confrontation. They would rather befuddle or embarrass foes (other than goblinoids or kobolds) than kill them. Gnomes make heavy use of illusion magic and carefully prepared ambushes and traps whenever they can.

Rock Gnome Traits (Ex):
— +2 Constitution, –2 Strength.
—Small size. +1 bonus to Armor Class, +1 bonus on attack rolls, +4 bonus on Hide checks, –4 penalty on grapple checks, lifting and carrying limits 3/4 those of Medium characters.
—A gnome’s base land speed is 20 feet.
—Low-light vision.
—Weapon Familiarity: Gnomes may treat gnome hooked hammers as martial weapons rather than exotic weapons.
— +2 racial bonus on saving throws against illusions.
—Add +1 to the Difficulty Class for all saving throws against illusion spells cast by gnomes. This adjustment stacks with those from similar effects, such as the Spell Focus feat.
— +1 racial bonus on attack rolls against kobolds and goblinoids (including goblins, hobgoblins, and bugbears).
— +4 dodge bonus to Armor Class against creatures of the giant type (such as ogres, trolls, and hill giants).
— +2 racial bonus on Listen checks.
— +2 racial bonus on Craft (alchemy) checks.
—Automatic Languages: Common, Gnome, home region. Bonus Languages: Chondathan, Draconic, Dwarven, Goblin, Illuskan, Sylvan, Terran.
—Spell-Like Abilities: 1/day—speak with animals (burrowing mammal only, duration 1 minute). A gnome with a Charisma score of at least 10 also has the following spell-like abilities: 1/day—dancing lights, ghost sound, prestidigitation. Caster level 1st; save DC 10 + gnome’s Cha modifier + spell level.
—Favored Class: Bard.

The information above is for rock gnomes, the most common variety.

Forest Gnomes
They are the smallest of all the gnomes, averaging 2 to 2-1/2 feet in height, but look just like regular gnomes except with bark-colored or gray-green skin, and eyes that can be brown or green as well as blue. A very long-lived people, forest gnomes have an average life expectancy of 500 years.

Forest Gnome Traits (Ex):
These traits are in addition to the rock gnome traits, except where noted.
—Pass without Trace (Su): A forest gnome has the innate ability to use pass without trace (self only, as a free action) as the spell cast by a druid of the forest gnome’s class levels. — +1 racial bonus on attack rolls against kobolds, goblinoids, orcs, and reptilian humanoids. —Automatic Languages: Common, Gnome, Sylvan, and a simple language that enables them to communicate on a very basic level with forest animals (this replaces the rock gnome’s speak with animals ability). Bonus Languages: Draconic, Elven, Goblin, Halfling, Treant, and Orc. This trait replaces the rock gnome’s automatic and bonus languages. — +4 racial bonus on Hide checks, which improves to +8 in a wooded area.

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