Forest gnomes live
deep within Elanthia's forests. They live in bloodline
compounds protected from predators and prying eyes by
ingenious systems of camouflage, sometimes including
thickets, rivers and streams, deadfall and other traps,
and even poisonous foliage.
Forest gnomes are classic hunter-gatherers,
and they know the forest around their compound as well
as you know your local food store. Forest gnomes rely
on a vast array of techniques to compensate for their
size disadvantages, including: landscaping the forest
around their compounds to create killing grounds (by,
for example, forcing a running deer along a particular
path that ends in a deadfall, or by burning off underbrush
to create kill zones for gnomish archers).
Nevertheless, due to their need to
hone martial skills for hunting and self-defense, their
need to hike long distances through wild terrain, and
their need to haul trees and large stones, the forest
gnomes have developed greater strength of body than
their urban cousins. Perhaps due to a more leisurely
pace of life, but more likely as a result of their love
of poetry and rumination, forest gnomes have developed
greater wisdom than the average burghal gnome can boast.
And because of the need to work together in groups (to
coordinate hunting, work, and travel) the forest gnomes
are more disciplined than the burghals.
See also: Forest
Gnome Cultures, Forest
Gnome Clothing, History