Sunday, October 28, 2007

Deep Sea Gnomes

Deep sea gnomes are aquatic gnomes of the deep sea who live in the Emerald Sea. Meticulous crafters who work with pearls, coral, and anemone to create wondrous items, they are also known to be hoarders of undersea wealth. These hoards are kept in their catacombs carved from coral and stone.

Deep sea gnomes stand 3½ to 4 feet tall and weigh 40 to 45 pounds. Their deep green skin is slightly transluscent and moist to the touch. Their hair is silver, reflecting many colors of light, and their eyes can be any shade of blue. Deep sea gnome males prefer short, carefully trimmed beards. Deep sea gnomes generally wear scale shirts woven together from deep sea fish, and they decorate their clothes with intricate coral stitching or finely-polished shells. Deep sea gnomes reach adulthood at about age 40, and they live about 350 years, though some can live almost 500 years.

Deep sea gnomes speak their own language, D'aquagnome. Most deep sea gnomes who travel outside gnome waters (as traders, tinkers, or adventurers) know Common and Aquan, while warriors in gnome settlements usually learn Aquatic Goblin or related languages.

Racial Traits: Deep sea gnomes have the aquatic racial traits given in Chapter 2 of the Player's Handbook, with modifications described on page 6 of Unearthed Arcana, with the following modifications.

* A Deep sea gnome has has a swim speed of 30 feet.
* Deep sea gnomes have darkvision 120'.
* Underwater, deep sea gnomes have a +2 bonus and on land a -1 penalty to AC.
* Deep sea gnomes have a +2 bonus on craft checks involving the use of coral, shells, or other deep sea materials.

As creatures, deep sea gnomes have the following stats.

Deep Sea Gnome
Size/Type: Small Humanoid (Gnome)
Hit Dice: 1d8+4 (8 hp)
Initiative: +1
Speed: Swim 30 ft. / Walk 20 ft.
Armor Class: 21 (+1 size, +1 Dex, +4 dodge, +4 scale shirt, +1 buckler), touch 16, flat-footed 18
Base Attack/Grapple: +1/-3 +1/-3
Attack: Trident or spear
Full Attack: Trident +2 melee or spear melee
Space/Reach: 5 ft./5 ft.
Special Attacks: Spell-like abilities
Special Qualities: Deep sea gnome traits, spell resistance 12
Saves: Fort +5, Ref +3, Will +2
Abilities: Str 11, Dex 13, Con 12, Int 10, Wis 11, Cha 4
Skills: Hide +2, Listen +2, Spot +2, Swim +4
Feats: Toughness
Environment: Undersea
Organization: Company (2-4), squad (11-20 plus 1 leader of 3rd-6th level and 2 3rd-level lieutenants), or band (30-50 plus 1 3rd-level sergeant per 20 adults, 5 5th-level lieutenants, 3 7th-level captains, and 2-5 Medium water elementals)
Challenge Rating: 1
Treasure: Standard
Alignment: Usually neutral evil, with some neutral and neutral good
Advancement: By character class
Level Adjustment: +3

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