The Metal Muses
Gnomes were once a powerful race of engineers, scientists, and magic enthusiasts. As the Shet’zen descended from their plateau, the gnomes put up a staunch resistance. The losing battle, however, took a great toll on the entire race—they were forever changed by the struggle. In modern times, gnomes are feral, bloodthirsty creatures with an innate association between magic and the Shet’zen. Hundreds of years of fighting has left gnomes with not just a hatred, but a hunger for magic. Gnomes favor swarming tactics and many an unsuspecting mage has fallen prey to a horde of ravenous gnomes.
Ability Score Racial Traits: Gnomes are surprisingly hardy for their size, and their feral nature has left them mentally resilient but somewhat clueless. They gain +2 Constitution, -2 Wisdom, and +2 Intelligence.
Type: Gnomes are Humanoid creatures with the gnome subtype.
Size: Gnomes are Small creatures and thus 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.
Base Speed: Gnomes have a base speed of 20 feet.
Xenophobic: Gnomes begin play speaking Gnome. Gnomes with high Intelligence scores can choose from the following: Common, Elven, Sylvan, Undercommon.
Spell Resistance: Gnomes gain spell resistance equal to 5 + their character level.
Magic Sense: Gnomes are constantly under the effects of Detect Magic. The caster level of the spell-like ability is equal to the user’s character level.
Magefeaster: Gnomes gain a +1 racial bonus on attack rolls against spellcasters. Gnomes only gain this bonus against creatures that use spells, not against those that only use spell-like abilities.
Bite: The gnome appetite for magic is more than a grudge, it’s an actual appetite. Gnomes gain a natural bite attack, dealing 1d3 damage on a successful attack. The bite is a primary attack, or a secondary attack if the creature is wielding manufactured weapons.
Swarming: Members of this race are used to living and fighting communally with other members of their race. Up to two members of this race can share the same square at the same time. If two members of this race that are occupying the same square attack the same foe, they are considered to be flanking that foe as if they were in two opposite squares.
Low-Light Vision: Gnomes can see twice as far as humans in conditions of dim light.