The Winter Crusade
Gnomes are a quiet, secluded race who have taken to a living in the hills outside of civilization. Most are solitary folk, though a community of them may form together for a shrt time to fulfill to a particular endeavor. They’ve gained a reputation as keepers of lost secrets. The collect stories and experiences with passion, and are happy to share what they learn. Some have recognized the value of such information, and choose to make a living selling it. Their dress represents their gypsy-like behavior and lifestyle…mismatched clothes and armor gathered from every community they’ve passed through.
In the time of the Empire, many wizards and sages took n gnomish companions, who helped maintain their libraries and laboratories. The information they learend was believed to be handed down, generation by generation.