In the Northern Kingdoms, many gnomes live in Mahakam alongside dwarves, while the majority of those south of Yaruga inhabits the Tir Tochair mountain range. Some gnomes also used to reside on Mount Cremora as evidenced by the Citadel, the mountain fortress they built there, but by the 1240s it was already in possession of the mage Ortolan who made it his laboratory.
They are gifted alchemists, jewelers, smiths, and metallurgists known for making swords of the highest quality.
Gnomes are shorter and weaker than dwarves, but just as resilient and more agile. They are easily distinguished from dwarves and halflings by their more slender shape of a body, exceptionally long noses and pointed teeth.
Another defining factor is a beard. Unlike dwarves who always have beards, gnomes either cut theirs short or don't have them at all. Even an exceptionally large and strong gnome with a well-groomed beard cannot be confused for a dwarf because of aforementioned noses which are twice as long as those of other races.
Little is known about gnomish religion apart from the fact it allowed some of the gnomes, including Percival Schuttenbach, to avoid conscription by claiming a religious exemption, leading to speculation that their religion advocates peace over war. This religion might also be connected with their advanced alchemy, especially where sephirot, artifacts said to be the ten elements of the Tree of Life, are involved.
In fact, there's no such thing as "gnome army" in Tir Tochair.
Known to be extraordinarily clever, gnomes excel as smiths and metallurgists and use ancient techniques, patterns and methods to create superb weapons. Their most famous creation – gwyhyr – was considered the best sword in the world. Another profession typical of them is a miner.
Gnomish communities live in human cities as well, where their members work as jewelers, artisans, and pawnbrokers. Immature gnomes often work as gofers and office boys for dwarven banks. Some gnomes, on the other hand, tend to prefer less reputable ways of life and become burglars or highwaymen. During the Northern Wars, few gnomes became upset by the Nordling prejudice and joined the Scoia'tael as a result.
They are also quite fun-loving, which is indicated by a saying "stir up trouble like a tipsy gnome".
Notable gnomes Edit
For a full list of gnomes, see :Category:Gnomes.
Gnomes are secretive and mysterious. Most of them live in Mahakam and are allied with the dwarves; they seldom interact with humans. Gnomes are talented craftsmen, miners and inventors. Their technology is superior to that of humans, and gnome weapons can be equalled by no others. They are also considered the eldest race on the continent.
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- Gnomes also feature in other works of Andrzej Sapkowski. In The Eye of Yrrhedes role-playing game they are peculiarly hated by kobolds and in a constant state of war with them. Two gnomish burglars appear briefly in Chapter 7 of The Ceasless Light novel, the third part of his Hussite Trilogy.
- In The Witcher, if one does not count Kalkstein who is speculated to be part-gnome, they aren't present although there are posters advertising "Schuttenbach Jewellers" scattered on the walls in Vizima.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Baptism of Fire
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 The Last Wish
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 Wiedźmin: Gra Wyobraźni
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 Russian interview with Andrzej Sapkowski (unofficial translation)
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 Blood of Elves
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 The Tower of the Swallow
- ↑ Season of Storms
- ↑ Sword of Destiny
- ↑ The Lady of the Lake
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 The Witcher
- ↑ Time of Contempt