To Serve and Protect?
Natives of the Elemental Plane of Earth gnomes are unknown on the prime material plane and have just begun to explore this strange land through access granted by the portals controlled by their long-time allies the dwarves . Many gnomes suffer greatly from agoraphobia in a world with sky but for some their curiosity overcomes their discomfort . At this time they are usually mistaken for short skinny dwarves (or dwarven children) .
•+2 Constitution, -2 Strength.
•Small: As a Small creature, a gnome gains a + 1 size bonus to Armor Class, a 4 dodge bonus to Armor Class against monsters of the earth subtype. Any time a creature loses its Dexterity bonus (if any) to Armor Class, such as when it’s caught flat-footed, it loses its dodge bonus, too.
•+ 2 racial bonus on Listen checks.
•+ 2 racial bonus on Craft (alchemy) checks.
•Automatic Languages: Common and Gnome. Bonus Languages: Dwarven, Terran. In addition, a gnome can speak with a burrowing mammal (a badger, fox, rabbit, or the like, see below). This ability is innate to gnomes. See the speak with animals spell description.
•Spell-Like Abilities: 1/day—speak with animals (burrowing mammal only, duration 1 minute). A gnome with a Charisma score of at least 10 also has the following spell-like abilities: 1/day—dancing lights, ghost sound, prestidigitation. Caster level 1st; save DC 10 + gnome’s Cha modifier + spell level.
•Favored Class: Bard. A multiclass gnome’s bard class does not count when determining whether he takes an experience point penalty.