The Golgnomes are a fairly independent tribe of gnomes more concerned with the realms of science rather than foreign affairs with other tribes. These gnomes seem to have a knack for chemistry and alchemy, and most all gnomes take part in experiments and research. The height of these gnomes is a bit shorter than most others of their race, coming in at around one ped, and they tend to have black hair and small, curious black eyes. The Golgnomes, as their name suggests, are found within the Goltherlon Woods, getting the first part of their tribe name (Gol) from the forest's name.
Picture description. A Golgnome agriculturist experimenting on how to increase the growth of his carroots. Image drawn by Eshóh.
The Golgnomes tend to be a bit shorter than most
gnomes, ranging between a little less than
a ped to a ped in size. Gnomes exceeding
this size are usually viewed as strange or abnormal and are felt to have no
real place among society. Sometimes they are thrown out, but more often they
live as outcasts.
Golgnomes features are similar to most gnomes. They have a nose that appears bigger than most and have curious, shiny black eyes that make many feel that they’re extremely untrustworthy. Their eyes are always black. Their hair color may vary from a black to a brown to a reddish color, though black tends to be the most popular. Hair loss at middle age or even before middle age is common, though rarely will gnomes lose the hair on their beards. Female gnomes do not grow beards, but may lose their hair. Hair loss in female gnomes is not uncommon, but is neither thought to detract from beauty, at least among their own tribe. Female Golgnomes don’t have much interest in putting their hair back in intricate designs, seeing very little use in it. In fact, most will cut it short to keep it out of their faces and work. Gnomes usually are rather thin in their adolescence, but tend to grow a bit of fat on them later on.
Coat of Arms/Sign. The Coat of Arms of the Golgnomes is one that is surprisingly simplistic given their love for complex things. The coat of arms features a circle within which two triangles exist, one pointed downward and the other pointed upward. In the center, a circle within a circle is featured. The overall symbol is believed to represent alchemy, chemistry, or some other such science. All the shapes are outlined in black. The circle itself it black, the triangles are gray, the outside circle is green, and the inner circle is yellow.
Territory. The Golgnomes live within the boundaries of the Goltherlon Forest. Very rarely will they leave as they really have no use or interest in exploration. The area in which they live, being near both Mount Hèckra to the north and the High Fores to the west, provides them with many resources for their alchemy.
People. The Golgnomes excel in alchemy and factions of chemistry. Most love to experiment and many different fertilizers and dye have been found by these gnomes, though very few actually know about them as the Golgnomes don’t seem to get many visitors. Their wonderful fertilizers have allowed them to make healthy plants within the confines of their borders. They have successfully grown plants in the forest that usually require a more sunny area.
Gnomes have little use for dye except to fashion the dresses of the females of the tribe. The gnomes really haven’t many skills in hunting. Actually, only few gnomes hunt, but rather trap their food using traps of their own unique design, continuing to experiment and test their designs to see which can catch the most tareps. However, trapping is more commonly thought of to be a scientific endeavor rather than a thing done to get food.
The gnomes of the Goltherlon are also able to create some kinds of explosive weaponry using certain types of minerals and chemicals found in and around the forest itself. Though the gnomes possess powerful kinds of explosives, they are a very peaceful race, and even if provoked, will rarely fight. Most neighboring tribes have little interest in this tribe of gnomes for any other purpose than for trade. The feeling is reciprocal among Golgnomes, though many young gnomes will sometimes have an interest in outsiders.
Housing. The Golgnomes have houses that tend to be built up in trees, high in the sturdy branches. Many make stairways leading up to their houses that wind about the trunk of a tree, and sometimes passageways are made from house to house. These houses, made of wood, are surprisingly stable and strong. In fact, it is more common for a house to be burned or exploded by a gnome's experiments than it is for the house to break or fall apart.
Some gnomes have also taken over the elegant, twisted tree homes of the now extinct Goltherrhim, though most of these gnomes, in order to preserve the beauty of their homes, rarely do experiments that may set aflame their unique houses. Because these houses cannot be made any longer, given that the Goltherrhim are no longer around, only very rich, and aesthetical oriented Golgnomes, make these lovely trees their own and may hire certain agriculturalists to make sure the tree is stable and provide certain fertilizers to make the tree more healthy.
Clothing. The Golgnomes are not real particular about clothing, usually. Clothes are made from wool from the sheep the gnomes keep. The men tend to wear plain shirts sporting a solid color, though some may also have small designs on them, sometimes with a leather vest on top. Many gnomes wear vests adorned with several pockets, both inside and out. Male Gnomes tend to wear loose pants in darker colors such as green or black, but may also wear overalls. These, too, have many pockets. Most adults wear shoes of sturdy black leather, but many adolescents will go tramping around the forest in bare feet.
Female gnomes will, at times, wear the same styles as men, but are more commonly found in dresses or nice shirts and skirts, also in a plain, solid color, though some are taken to designs of plaid or striped. Many adolescent females will wear a dress of cloth or leather. Usually as a female gnome grows however, she will adopt a cloth shirt, usually long-sleeved, and a vest on top, similar to the males, with many pockets. She will also wear a skirt, usually of leather, and black leather boots. Female gnomes will only put their hair up if there is enough for it, but since most gnomes will keep their hair short, need is rare.
Diet. Because of their unique and effective fertilizers, Golgnomes have been able to grow a plethora of crops within the forest. They tend to eat lythbéls, caroots, onions, meldarapples, vinterberries, and other such crops, which are grown in gardens in the Goltherlon Forest. Golgnomes also commonly raise sheep and cows, though sheep are far more commonly. Taenish are commonly kept as well. The meat is usually cooked in hardened clay ovens and tends to be more flavored than at most human cookings due to the spices growing as crops in gnomish gardens.
Many Golgnomes eat with “eating rods,” or two pairs of long rods made of wood or metal that are used for eating. Though using them is more difficult than other utensils or using the hands, gnomes believe that it improves one’s ability to do math and perception problems. Because of this, many students and most scientists who commonly work with math problems in their occupations will eat using eating rods.
Weapons. Golgnomes, being great chemists, have weapons that can explode or combust, and usually appear as small pack of minerals and chemicals that, when set on fire, may explode. The intensity of the explosion depends on the amount of content within this sag. Variations of this weapon have been made, but are rarely used because of the gnomes’ neutrality in disputes among races, tribes, or countries.
Though the Gnomes live near the Thrumgolz Dwarves, they really don’t have much in the way of swords and armor. It is the philosophy of the Golgnomes that they shouldn’t need weapons such as swords or maces or even the elegant elven bows. Many feel that their own intelligence should be able to create weaponry that is powerful and doesn’t necessarily depend on the physical strength of the user.
Common gnomish weapons of the Golgnomes are as follows:
One of the most well-known gnomish weapons, the Sparkfire is usually a small pouch, typically made of deer, sheep, or cow hide, that contains certain minerals that when set aflame, will create a bright spark, like a small explosion, which can set things on fire. Often this pouch is connected to a piece of string or twine on which a flame can run. What minerals are in the Sparkfire are known only to gnomish alchemists.
A clever expansion of the Sparkfire idea, the Fragsent is almost exactly the same, only instead of a pouch of leather or hide, the minerals are contained within a hollow ball of clay that will shatter with the explosion caused by the minerals and fire. These shattered fragments can be sharp and extremely dangerous. Depending on the amount of explosive material contained within the Fragsent, these sharp clay pieces can fly nearly a dash and travel at speeds close to 5 peds per second.
Occupations. Most all gnomes work with alchemy and/or chemistry to some degree, if not as a profession, then as a hobby. However, most have such occupations, though, or occupations that require such knowledge, such as physicians, agriculturalists, biologists, geologists, etc. Women and men may share similar occupations, but usually men have a higher income because of the wife’s duties as a housewife and a mother.
Golgnomes have turned farming in itself into a scientific endeavor. Many gnomes considered to be “agriculturalists” are really simply farmers who on the side do experiments to find the perfect minerals to create the fastest-growing and best-tasting crop. They will sometimes hold competitions between each other to see who can create the most delicious fruit or vegetable in the least amount of time. Gnomes of this profession will also observe the growing process of plants and sometimes dissect them to learn how they work.
Gnomes who make a profession out of keeping cows, sheep, taenish, or any other sort of livestock is commonly thought to be a biologist. Though the field of biology contains both the study of plants and animals, most gnomes take more of an interest in animals instead of plants. They will dissect certain animals, observe bones and try to discover hidden secrets to the way animal bodies work. Studies do not halt simply at domesticated animals, but include the local wildlife, including fish in the Ancythrian Sea and the elegant herín.
Those who study both landscape and the minerals found in the nearby hills and within the Goltherlon Forest itself are considered Geologists. Some of them help formulate how certain land-features, such as the High Fores locates to the west, were formed. Some gnomes claim that they were formed by rock being pushed up from under the ground while others think it is a result of the continent moving its position. Geologists also study rocks and minerals of a certain region, doing tests to figure out the composition of samples found around the area where these gnomes live.
Primarily weather-forecasters, gnomes of this profession study all aspects of weather, tracking the movement of clouds and doing experiments to try to figure out how clouds are formed and the effects of the sun over the weather. They also note temperature change in different seasons and try to determine reasons for these changes outside of possible philosophical and religious causes. Meteorologists have discovered that certain types of minerals, when mixed together, will change color depending on the amount of moisture in the air, and thus are able to tell when rain might be approaching.
Gnomes are the first race to actually observe the bone structure and different organisms within a person by opening up already dead persons. These scientists do research pertaining to the function of certain organs and what they help to do. They will also experiment in finding cures for certain diseases and quick-working remedies for wounds. Physicians have a respected role in Golgnome society for their achievements and are usually fairly rich.
Rather a less-well paid position, psychologists study the behavior of gnomes and animals alike, trying to figure out thought-process. Many Physicians will sometimes take up this occupation on the side if the material interests them. Psychologists will observe the actual brain of an organism and try to identify what each piece does. A breakthrough in psychological research came about when a gnome with a talking disability died and his brain was analyzed. It was found that part of his brain was damaged and thus psychologists discovered what area of the brain was used for speech. However, besides this one occurrence, psychology is mainly made up of theories.
The Golgnomes have a counsel called the High Counsel of Chemists made up of a
small, elite group of known gnomes
acknowledged for their achievements in factions of chemistry. However, the
counsel does have a few drawbacks. For example, women are not allowed to join
the counsel and also no gnome under the
age of 75, though if a gnome should
accomplish some great achievement before this age, they can join the Counsel
upon their 75th birthday.
The High Counsel of Chemists acts as the one branch of Government. This High Counsel discusses matters of the tribe and passes judgment over the convicted and decides the sentence of the guilty. They are all rather fair and are respected. Usually one or two will act as a representative of the Golthergnome Tribe in matters concerning more than just the tribe.
Production/Trade. The Golgnomes can be very picky as to what they trade with other tribes. They will happily trade chemicals that can increase the growth of crops, but are sure to never give out their secrets to other tribes. They also trade dyes to the Caltharians, the gnome’s close human neighbors, who will sometimes pay a high price for the brilliant and beautiful dyes and fabrics that the Golgnomes can produce. The gnomes, however, will not trade their weaponry, as most gnomes consider outsiders too reckless and dangerous to handle an explosive weapon.
Natural Resources. The Golgnomes live close to both Hèckra, a volcano which has since brought minerals kept deep below the land up toward the surface, and the High Fores, known to be rich in metals wich the Thrumgolz Dwarves use to make into weaponry and armor. The minerals provided by these two sources make the Goltherlon Forest a heaven for any alchemist. The area is rich in minerals and metals that may be used in experimentation and the trees of the forest provide the fuel to heat fires under which these experiments can be done.
Small amounts of mithril can be found around the volcano Hèckra, though not enough of this metal can be mined to produce armor and weapons. Coal and iron are some of the most common and the most demanded minerals by the Golgnomes, who use such materials in their experiments. It is believed that coal is somehow used in their explosive weapons, but none are quite certain. Iron is often used to forge the cups and holders used to contain other minerals and help in heating chemicals.
Holidays, Festivals and Observances. Golgnomes celebrate the following festivals:
of the Recognition of Innovative Achievements
Occurring in the first week of the Month of the Awakening Earth (avénni'modía), the Week of the Recognition of Innovative Achievements is a week set aside to celebrate the great inventions of the past. There is much celebration in this week. During the week, many Golgnomes don’t work and schools let kids off to enjoy the week. During this time, there are festivals and fairs. Many times small competitions will be held to see who can make the most effective invention out of scraps. Kids eat sweets and all sorts of interesting, handy gadgets are sold.
Celebrated on the first day of spring (considered by most gnomes to be the first of the Month of the Singing Bird (alé'veván), gnomes will often gather with family and friends to celebrate the coming of spring. Sometimes flowers are picked to decorate the homes. Certain biologists and agriculturists see it as a special time when they can begin planting certain special flowers and plants.
Celebration of Achievement
The Celebration of Achievement takes place near the end of fall, in the Month of the Dead Tree (coór'pherán). It is a time in which family and friends will meet and tell each other of what they have accomplished in the last year, sometimes sharing ideas about the future and even making bets or competitions. Usually these gatherings are simply to show what the gnomes have achieved, but not give any explanations how, as most don’t want their secrets to get out. The exact date of this celebration cannot be defined, as different gnomes celebrate it on different days throughout this month.
Education. Golgnomes value education in the way of chemistry and alchemy and thus have set up an public education program that is required for all gnomes starting from age 10 and lasting until the gnomes graduate at age 60. From there many gnomes will continue their education privately by reading and experimenting. The schools are separated by age.
Ages 10 to 30 attend Junior Gnomeling School, which teaches general math and science as well as history, reading and writing.
Ages 31 to 40 attend Middle Gnomeling School, where science becomes more focused. Tharian classes focus more teaching scientific jargon as well as the reading of short scientific essays, and Math classes teach only the formulas needed for scientific understanding.
Ages 41 to 50 attend High Gnomeling School, where more difficult sciences are introduced such as chemistry and alchemy, while Tharian classes continue to teach scientific jargon and read long essays by renowned gnomish researchers and sages.
Ages 51 to 60 attend High Gnome Academy. All Academies are different and focus in different fields of science, though all Academies require students to read long works by famous gnomish scientists. Often they will part-time as an apprentice for a scientists in the field they wish to go in to.
Important Achievements. The
Golgnomes excel in sciences, especially chemistry and alchemy as well as other
branches of science. The important achievements of this tribe lie mainly in the
area of science. Though not claiming to have created original explosives, the
Golgnomes have since created creative new designs for
this weapon, using materials such as
clay or metal, and found more destructive ways to use it.
Golgnomes are also known for being able to predict if rain will come by the color that certain chemicals take from moisture in the air, and are also known for developing logical theories on the function of different parts of the human (or other races') brain. The physicians in this gnomish tribe are also known for fast-working cures and remedies. Medicines made from certain types of leaves and chemicals can quicken the healing process of cuts, bruises, scrapes, and other flesh wounds. Some of the most impressive operations have been made my gnomish doctors.
Information provided by Rayne Avalotus