Into the Old Woods
Gnomes are most commonly found in the northern parts of the Western Lands, where they live in small tight knit communities. Gnomish villages are often secreted away in between hills, in deep canyons or in small caves. Since the founding of the Empire some gnomes have migrated into the larger cities, where they form their own neighborhoods, with a distinct character.
While gnomish communities tend to be self-sufficient, the ones living in the human cities have developed an aptitude for advanced crafts and engineering, eventually coming to dominate these trades. Gnomes have also found their place among the Imperial Colleges, with their long lives and natural curiosity making them excellent teachers.
The gnomes that still live on the fringes of society are shrouded in mystery. They often build a close bond with their surrounding nature. Befriending animals and protecting the area as a whole from harm.