The Gnome is a close cousin of the Dwarf,
it is rumoured that the more technically orientated Dwarven ancestors
couldn't stand the "Gold, gold, gold" song style and started their own
small community. Since there was no animosity, the Gnomes traded their
technology and gadgetry freely with the Dwarves, and individuals would
often leave one community for the other. This resulted in a heavily polarised
pair of races.
The two races are now distinct, but it is still usual for clever weaker
Dwarves to go and work with the Gnomes, and dull stronger Gnomes work in the
They also suffer from many humour related problems with other races due
to their size and being considered boring, and they can't understand the
statues in peoples gardens that are often holding fishing rods and sitting on
red spotted mushrooms.
The gnomes have returned to religion with fervour and have increased piety
as a result. But sitting around all day twiddling with gadgets has resulted
in them being less physical than other races.