Gnomes. (Singular – Gnomeh). The Eldest. The Deniers.
Gnomes are insular to an incredible degree. In comparison dwarves and halflings are like Shriners at a New Years Day parade. Although gnomes are found outside pure, and highly self sufficient, gnome communities, they are almost always part of a group of a few close knit families that restrict their interactions with other races to commercial matters. In Eldarhaven there is a single family of gnomes, the Leafcutters, (plus one bard).
Gnomish communities are well integrated into the natural landscape, and a un-attentive viewer might look at a thriving agricultural community and see nothing more than sticks and leaf litter.
A single gnome that tried to make his way through the world would be considered by other gnomes as outside the Pale, only barely “gnomeh”. Usually they are driven by some all-consuming fascination that can only be satisfied outside gnomish society. Many are bards, (as is the case of the unattached gnome in Eldarhaven, Dilmer Birdsong). Not all gnome bards range through the non-gnomesh world, but a significant fraction do. Some say that it was the gnomes who were the first bards, and only because of gnomish tutelage did the order extend to other races.
Gnomish isolation is epitomized by their take on religious matters. There are no known gnome clerics of any persuasion, although there are gnome druids. The implication is that a gnome would never undergo the sacrament of Dedication, but except for a cleric there is no easy way that this can be checked one way or the other.