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[[Image:Gnome_Crest.jpg|thumb|Gnomeish Crest]]
''The former denizens of [[Gnomeregan]], now living in exile in [[Ironforge]] and in league with the [[Alliance]].''
== Introduction ==
The eccentric, often-brilliant Gnomes are one of the most peculiar races of the world. With their obsession for developing radical new technologies and constructing marvels of mind-bending engineering, it's a wonder that any Gnomes have survived to proliferate.
== History ==
Thriving within the wondrous techno-city of [[Gnomeregan]], the Gnomes shared the resources of the forested [[Dun Morogh]] Peaks with their [[Dwarf|Dwarven]] cousins. Though the dwarves of [[Ironforge]] also have a propensity for technology and engineering - it is the gnomes who provide the critical, visionary designs for most of the Dwarves' weapons and steam vehicles.
The Gnomes served the [[Alliance]] well during the [[Second War]], but strangely, they refused to send any personnel to aid their allies during the [[Burning Legion]]'s recent invasion. Though their designs helped turn the tide against the Legion, the Dwarves and [[Human]]s were shocked by the Gnomes' decision to withhold their courageous troops and pilots.
When the war ended, the Alliance discovered the reason for the Gnomes' sudden withdrawal. Apparently, an ancient, barbaric menace had risen from the bowels of the earth and invaded Gnomeregan. Knowing that their allies' priority was defeating the Burning Legion, the Gnomes decided to make their stand alone. Though they fought valiantly to save their beloved city, Gnomeregan was irrevocably lost.
Nearly half of the Gnomish race was wiped out during the fall of Gnomeregan. The ragged Gnomes that survived fled to the safety of the Dwarves' stronghold of Ironforge. Committed once again to the Alliance's cause, the Gnomes spend their time devising strategies and weapons that will help them retake their ravaged city and build a brighter future for their people.
Now, Gnomes can be seen living in numerous Alliance and Neutral cities, such as Darkshire, Gadgetzan and Auberdine. Their council is reunited at [[Tinker Town]] in Ironforge.
== Appearance ==
Gnomes are small and slight. They somewhat resemble dwarves, but are shorter and not as stocky. They have large noses and ruddy skin. Their hair ranges from white to blonde to brown to black, Their ears are large and rounded, and they are often seen with goggles, tool belts and other related items related to their technological inclinations.
== Gnome Naming Policies ==
Gnome parents name their children at birth. Gnomes have family names that represent an honored ancestor's achievements, but they only keep these names until some time in their thirties. At this point, gnome society expects them to have made their own achievements, and thus the gnome invents a new name that represents his own accomplishments. This name then takes the place of his family name.
== Starting Attributes ==
[[Image:gnomes.jpg|thumb|Gnomish Engineer]]
|[[Attributes#Strength|Strength]] || 18
|[[Attributes#Agility|Agility]] || 23
|[[Attributes#Stamina|Stamina]] || 21
|[[Attributes#Intellect|Intellect]] || 24
|[[Attributes#Spirit|Spirit]] || 20
== Racial Traits ==
{{Gnome Traits}}
<bR>Gnomish, Common
== Classes ==
Gnome characters may play as a [[Mage]], [[Rogue]], [[Warlock]] or [[Warrior]].
Gnomes are efficient in the Rogue class. The reason for this being the melee damage of rogues (and hunters) is based on Agility, not Strength.
For Mage and Warlock classes, Gnomes have a big advantage (at low levels) because their high Intellect means they have a larger mana pool (can cast more spells before running out of mana).
Gnome Warriors have the advantage of being the only Warriors able to escape a [[root]] without use of items.
Gnomes are the only race that are incapable of healing using class spells. This is primarily because healing is given to religious classes ([[Priest]], [[Paladin]], [[Druid]], and [[Shaman]]), and Gnomes are by principle a religionless race.
== Copyrights ==
&copy;2004 Blizzard Entertainment. All rights reserved.
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