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The existence of gnomes is well-attested in the historical record, but no confirmed sightings have been made since the Cataclysm 210 years ago (despite rumors of adventurers having seen some in an Old Imperial research facility. After all, everyone knows adventurers make up crazy stories.). Who were gnomes? Where did they come from? Why aren't there any more since the Cataclysm? Scholars have debated these questions now for centuries.

In this article I will review the current theories on the matter and show why they're wrong. I will then give a definitive account of the matter, settling once and for all the Gnomish Question.

Note: This is all deutero-canonical information and subject to change without notice.

The major races are well known. What about the less common (in western Noefra, anyway) ones?

In the beginning, the Dreamer created the 8 + 1 Primordials to aid him in the construction of a world in the Dreaming Dark. To serve them in their tasks It created the Progenitor Races, numbering six. This is the story of the Proteans, the cursed servants of the Nameless and their fate after the Dawn War.

Future historians would mark 4 Summer Dawning, 206 AC as the Dawn of the Age of Hope, the Fourth Age, the end of the 2nd Interregnum. The sound of the Fifth Wish, "Mortal hands breathe life into unliving mechanisms" echoed across the world. In its wake a new race arose, innocent and searching. The soul-forged, once contraptions powered by fragments of dying souls, now a living race with their own sparks. Arising first in the forests of Byssia and in the goblin workshops and manufacturies of Byarsha in the Remnant Dynasty, they set out to forge their own destiny and discover the meaning of their existence.

This is a new playable race.

In the beginning, the Dreamer created the 8 + 1 Primordials to aid him in the construction of a world in the Dreaming Dark. To serve them in their tasks It created the Progenitor Races, numbering six. This is the story of the Lightbound, those who served Light before the Dawn War.