Forest Gnome( Races of Faerûn, p. 52)
|Base speed:||Land 20|
|Automatic languages:||Common , Gnome , Sylvan|
|Bonus Languages:||Draconic , Elven , Goblin , Halfling , Orc , Treant|
If deep gnomes are thought by some the black sheep of the gnome family (a title more fittingly reserved for the spriggans), then forest gnomes are the shy cousins. They are so reclusive that many times bigger people have "discovered" them, only to find that the forest gnomes have been living nearby for centuries. Forest gnomes are so quiet and painfully shy that they go to great lengths to avoid contact with others unless there is a great need to break their silence.
Whereas the rock gnomes are friendly and loquacious and the deep gnomes are sullen and reserved, the forest gnomes are practically invisible, the wallflowers of the gnomes. They have a great love for nature, particularly deep and quiet forests far from civilization or even anyone else's homes. For this reason, many people—including other kinds of gnomes—have never seen a forest gnome. Most forest gnomes are extremely private, preferring to simply be left alone by other peoples. When among their own kind, they are a bit less reserved. They see themselves as caretakers of the forests in which they live, and about the only way to be sure to trigger a forest gnome attack is to directly harm
their beloved forest.
Forest gnomes are the smallest of the gnomes, averaging only 2 to 2 1/2 feet tall. Even the tallest forest gnome is less than 3 feet. They usually weigh around 25 to 30 pounds. Unlike other gnomes, they wear their hair and beards long, often almost to their feet when unbound. The males often trim their beards to a fine point or curl them into hornlike spikes extending to either side of their faces. Their skin is the color of bark, and their eyes are usually brown or blue. Their hair is brown or black, becoming gray or white with age.
Forest gnomes can live nearly 400 years on average, although some make it quite a bit further. They use the following aging effect characteristics instead of those given in Table 6—5 in the Player's Handbook:
|Race Age Information|
|Gnome, forest||150||225||300||+4d% years|
Forest gnomes are unusually diminutive; use the following random height and weight characteristics instead of the default gnome values described on Table 6—6:
|Forest gnome, male||2'0"||+1d10||25 lb.||× 1 lb.|
|Forest gnome, fem.||2'0"||+1d6||20 lb.||× 1 lb.|
- +4 racial bonus on Hide checks. This increases to +8 in forest settings. (This is in addition to the Hide bonus for their Small size.)
- +1 racial bonus on attacks against kobolds, orcs, goblinoids, and reptilian humanoids.
- Automatic Languages: Common, Gnome, Sylvan. Bonus Languages: Draconic, Elven, Goblin, Halfling, Treant, and Orc.
- Spell-Like Abilities: At will—a href=”/spells/players-handbook-v35—6/pass-without-trace—2850/”>pass without trace and a href=”/spells/players-handbook-v35—6/speak-with-animals—2515/”>speak with animals. Treat these abilities as spells cast by a druid of the forest gnome's character level. These abilities are in addition to the standard gnome ability to cast certain cantrips. The gnome can only use these abilities on himself, not someone else.
- Favored Class: Illusionist.
- Level Adjustment: +1. Forest gnomes are significantly more stealthy than other characters and possess useful spell-like abilities.