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Gnomes and Habs of Korovia


Some of the smallest people in Korovia are the gnomes, which could be more adequately described as 'Tinker Gnomes' because of their love of inventing things. Most gnomes live in the far north of Korovia, existing peacefully and building their strange hydraulic and steam powered contraptions. They are fond of building dams, windmills, canals, ballistas, trebuchets and are adept at crossbows.

Gnomes make excellent merchants, thieves and wizards, but due to their keen intellect they excel most at illusions. Gnomes are resistant to poison and can also easily spot minor illusions.

Gnomish Names in Korovia: The Repeating Consonants

Gnomes have a tendency to give their children unusual names, but there is constant to how they name their children. They often use the same consonant twice in the name. Examples:

  • Vladovid, a gnome who appears in "The Coven's Wolves".
  • Bizbald, a gnome who appears in "The Assassin's Trail", "The Sunken Castle" and "The Exorcist's Dagger".
  • Fardor, a gnome who appears in "The Sunken Castle" and "The Exorcist's Dagger".
  • Kelkur, a gnome who appears in "The Sunken Castle" and "The Exorcist's Dagger".
  • Valveck, a gnome who appears in "The Sunken Castle" and "The Exorcist's Dagger".

    The repeating consonants are often the first letter of the name, like the two Bs in Bizbald or the two Vs in both Vladovid and Valveck. However sometimes it can be reversed, and it is the last consonant in the name which has been used twice, like the two Rs in Fardor.

    Of course, there are always exceptions to the rule. Eg. A gnome raised by humans or amongst humans may have been given a human sounding name.

    Habbels / Habs / Halflings

    Commonly called Halflings, but also knowns as Habbels or simply Habs amongst their own kind. Halflings are relatively common in southern Korovia and typically do not travel very far north. They prefer the creature comforts of their southern towns. Averaging 3 feet tall and varying degrees of skinny and chubby they don't make very good warriors and deal with intruders by building elaborate traps and hiding places. (Halflings make excellent thieves due to their small size and general stealthiness.)

    As a rule the word Hab or Habbel always has the first letter capitalized. This is apparently some sort of tradition and Habs get very offended if a human ever write Hab or Habbel without the first letter capitalized. They are less concerned if someone writes halfling the normal way. Many humans believe that this particular idiosyncrasy dates back to when halflings being the butt of many short jokes and ever since then Habbels have insisted that the word Habbel must always start with the capital H.

    Habbels have no arcane magical talent and like dwarves are resistant to magic and poison. Halflings however are more curious about magic, even if they lack arcane ability.

    Habbels are notorious gamblers, skilled farmers and prefer to use confusion, ambushes and the terrain to their advantage when engaging in warfare. Many Habs play hockey, bet on the ponies, and eat poutine (a concoction of fries potatoes, cheese curds and gravy). Habs who lives further to the west often speak Lavordian or Stilornvian in addition to speaking Habbel, whereas Habs who lives further to the east are more likely to speak elvish.

    The Habbel bounty hunter Kaeto appears in the novel "The Demon's Sacrifice".

    Last Updated: February 1st 2023.
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