Gnome Racial Traits
+2 Constitution, +2 Charisma, –2 Strength: Gnomes are physically weak but surprisingly hardy, and their attitude makes them naturally agreeable.
Small: Gnomes are Small creatures and gain a +1 size bonus to their AC, a +1 size bonus on attack rolls, a –1 penalty to their Combat Maneuver Bonus and Combat Maneuver Defense, and a +4 size bonus on Stealth checks.
Slow Speed: Gnomes have a base speed of 20 feet.
Low-Light Vision: Gnomes can see twice as far as humans in conditions of dim light. See Chapter 7.
Defensive Training: Gnomes get a +4 dodge bonus to AC against monsters of the giant type.
Gnome Magic: Gnomes add +1 to the DC of any saving throws against illusion spells that they cast. Gnomes with a Charisma of 11 or higher also gain the following spell-like abilities:
1/day—dancing lights, ghost sound, prestidigitation,and speak with animals. The caster level for these effects is equal to the gnome’s level. The DC for these spells is equal to
10 + the spell’s level + the gnome’s Charisma modifier.
Hatred: Gnomes receive a +1 bonus on attack rolls against humanoid creatures of the reptilian and goblinoid subtypes due to special training against these hated foes.
Illusion Resistance: Gnomes get a +2 racial saving throw bonus against illusion spells or effects.
Keen Senses: Gnomes receive a +2 racial bonus on Perception skill checks.
Obsessive: Gnomes receive a +2 racial bonus on a Craft or Profession skill of their choice.
Weapon Familiarity: Gnomes treat any weapon with the word “gnome” in its name as a martial weapon.
Languages: Gnomes begin play speaking Common, Gnome, and Sylvan.
Gnomes with high Intelligence scores can choose from the following: Draconic, Dwarven, Elven, Giant, Goblin, and Orc.
Gnomes are the favored race of Ayanar and can be found almost anywhere. This is in part because they are so personable and likable when they want to be that its hard to keep them out, but it is also in part because they are so damned clever and inventive. They along with the dwarves and elves were the three big pioneers, but unlike the elves delving into spontaneous casting from the soul, the dwarves with their studied wizardry and rune covered magical arms and armor, the gnome were fascinated by alchemy and the crafting of the wondrous and possibly impractical, or unintentionally practical. The only other race that comes close to matching them in this department are the kobolds and they aren’t quite so clever, and things tend to blow up in their faces just a bit more. This isn’t true of all gnomes. There are gnomes of all professions and with a nearly infinite number of interests, but a significant portion of the gnomish population tends towards the eccentric (possibly “mad”) alchemist stereotype.