Gnome ancestry

From a young age Gnomes learn to rely on their tinkering skills to make their way in the world. Many forgo walking or using their bodies all together. By the time they reach adulthood many are physically unable to do even the simplest tasks. This is not to say they are disabled, but rather they are enabled via their sharp minds to overcome their physical limitations. As a right of passage, and with a magical steam engine known as a Grizaloop, young gnome construct  mechanized machines, known as Constructs, that enable them to thrive in their world. Gnomes take a life oath to protect their machines and will never share the secrets of the tinker lords.

Ability Score Caps: Gnomes cannot exceed +3 in any ability except for Intelligence where they can have up to a +4. Gnomes cannot exceed -2 in Constitution AND Strength.

Ability Score Max: Gnomes have a max total combined ability total of 5

Size: 2.5-3.5 foot tall, 40 – 90 lbs

Speed: 60 feet

Languages: Common and Gnome

Hit Points: Gnomes gain 1d4 Hit Points / Level

Special Racial Abilities:

Construct. All gnome characters begin with a Partial Humanoid construct. The gnome sits inside of the torso and pilots using nobs and levers.

  • Height: 4.5 – 5.5 foot tall
  • Weight: 3d6 x10 lbs
  • Armor Class 12
  • Hit Points 2d8
  • Dexterity +2
  • Speed: 80 feet

Weapon: Poker appendage, 1d8+1 damage

Construct Upgrades

At each level, a gnome may choose to upgrade their Construct.

  • 100gp to add 1d8 HP taking 1d4 days
  • 1000gp to add a weapon attachment (adding a new weapon option) takes 1d6 days. Any weapon can be mounted on an attachment point
  • 2,500gp to increase the AC by +1
  • 5,000gp to add an appendage (adding an attack, but without a weapon or grabber)
  • 5,000gp to construct a grabber (hand-like attachment)
  • 10,000gp to construct an animal/insect locomotion construct (speed 120 feet)

Construct Maintenance

Gnomes can work on their constructs to restore HP. For each long rest, a gnome can repair 1d8 / level of damage to their construct.


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  1. Charlie Warren

    I dig your take on Gnomes. I’ve always wanted to do some sort of unique Tinker type class and you nailed the concept with your draft version. Good stuff.

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