Getting to know 5th Edition
Gnomes are distant relatives of the fey, and their history tells of a time when they lived in the fey’s mysterious realm, a place where colors are brighter, the wildlands wilder, and emotions more primal. Unknown forces drove the ancient gnomes from that realm long ago, forcing them to seek refuge in this world; despite this, the gnomes have never completely abandoned their fey roots or adapted to mortal culture. Though gnomes are no longer truly fey, their fey heritage can be seen in their innate magic powers, their oft-capricious natures, and their outlooks on life and the world.
Most gnomes of Stoneshore live on the borders of the Golt Wood, the forest claimed by the elf kingdom. While the elves are currently very isolated and hostile to the outside world, they consider gnomes as harmless at worst and friendly at best and such allow them to trade with some of their border towns, making the gnomes the unofficial go-between for the elves and the outside world.