Deep Gnome

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Deep Gnomes are not much like their cousins on the surface. They're a gruff lot and very suspicious of other races; for good reason, as they've been betrayed or waged war upon numerous times by the other races that dwell in the Deep, They are very good miners and gemcrafters and their jewelry are prized possessions, both in the Deep and on the surface.

Deep Gnomes are distrustful, and treat every stranger as possible enemy. However, once they've given their trust, they're loyal allies. They are not a passionate people unless it comes to gems and jewelry. They love metalwork, even more if it is made to bear gems, especially crowns, necklaces or rings. They're expert crafters and don't do half-jobs, since their culture is infused with perfectionism and respect for work.

Physical Description:
Deep Gnomes are no taller than 3 or 4 feet and have grayish skin, camouflaging them against the subterranean rocks. Their eyes are black or dark gray. Males are nearly always completely bald, but if they do have hair it's more like white patches. Females usually do have hair, which also tends to be pure white.

During the ages they've lived below ground they've grown very ugly in the eyes of other races.

Relations with other races:
Deep Gnomes do not trust other races, and they rarely ally themselves with anyone, preferring to remain neutral and outside of every conflict. However, the Dark Elves hunt them with a passion, so conflict cannot always be avoided. With the guidance of their goddess however, they manage to stay hidden very well. This guidance, together with the strange magics of the Deep have given the Deep Gnomes some unique powers pertaining to hiding and resisting magic.

Usually neutral good.

Deep Gnomes worship the goddess Beryl, who shares their passion for gems.


  • Common
  • Undercommon
  • Gnomish

There is no in-game equivalent for Undercommon. Player characters must have a minimum intelligence of 12 to be fluent in another language.

Names often have to do with gems. Common surnames are Gemcutter or Opalcarver. First names are a lot shorter than the names of their surface cousins.

Deep Gnome adventurers are not very common as they do not like to deal with other races. The occasional Deep Gnome that does leave his home settlement is usually a bold merchant.


  • Deep gnome is a subrace, please see the subrace system page for more information.
  • Use the Gnome NWN standard race for character creation.
  • NWN syntax entered into Subrace Field:
    • deepgnome
    • Deepgnome
    • DeepGnome
    • svirfneblin
    • Svirfneblin
  • Racial Qualities:
    • +2 Dexterity, +2 Wisdom, -2 Strength, -4 Charisma (ESA +2 DEX, -2 CON, +2 WIS, -4 CHA)
    • Spell Resistance of 10 + 1/level
    • Darkvision
    • +2 to Search and Hide checks
    • +2 Universal Saves
    • +2 Dodge Modifier to AC
    • Blur as a spell like ability
    • Blindness as a spell like ability
    • Deep Race
    • Light Sensitivity
    • Level Adjuster: 3
    • ECL at first level: 4