Gnomes are a race of small humanoids often found dwelling in corners of the lands away from prying eyes, in doing so, it has resulted in them becoming known as the “forgotten folk” by many. The race of the gnomes has created ethnic divisions among the race over time, which has generally been determined by where the race settled after their creation.
Forming close-knit communities with their kin is a common trait of the Gnomes, taking delight in their lives enjoying every moment of laughter, exploration, investigation, creation, and play. Despite preferring anonymity and the protection it offers, Gnomes are a very talkative race and will strike up a conversation with whoever will listen.
Gnomes can be found in nearly every human settlement, working in conjunction with humans, elves, and dwarves, however, it's not uncommon that their interests become secondary to those of a race with a more dominant personality. Unfortunately for gnomes, many of their contributions are often overlooked in society which has resulted in them sometimes being seen as second-class citizens. Gnomes in society are often traders or delve themselves into some form of art, with the rare occurrence of a gnome that has a desire for adventure.
The gnomes are much smaller in height and weight than most other races and depending on the ethnic bloodline, gnomes will vary in skin tone, hair, and eye color. Although one commonality shared among all is that they resemble a smaller version of elves, sharing the high cheekbones and pointed ears.
Due to the size and differences in every kingdom, there is no set standard for how the military is viewed. Each kingdom will have its own different military and militia views, as some will be a military state kingdom, whereas some will solely rely on able-bodied militias to defend their lands.
It is common to see each major city have its own military which will also be responsible for the protection and law-keeping of not only their city but also the city-state surrounding.
Smaller towns may have a full unit of official city-state guards as well as a number of able-bodied people who are able to bear arms.