Who are the shadowy forces behind the endless tide of frozen invaders from the Nocthian Caldera? Why do they hate the dragonborn of The Remnant Dynasty so much?

At the end of the First Age, when Titan and Wyrm rose to domination, not all aelvar resigned themselves to the yoke of bondage. Some fled through natural gaps in the veil surrounding the Mortal Plane and approached the Center of Worlds in the Astral, begging for admission and refuge. The exact request and the response of the Great Mechanism and its guardians is unrecorded, but Cysgor lore contains the following fragment:

Dragons are the descendants of one of the three original tyrant races—they descend from Wyrm, whose initial role (before the Dawn War) was to break down and recycle unneeded or improperly constructed pieces of the worlds. This they did with their mastery of True Sorcery (changing creation by renaming it). While diminished from their original power, dragons still pose a significant threat to any creature or society with which they come in conflict and have a good claim at being the most powerful individuals in the world.

When the First Wish broke the titan's runic reign and caused them to degenerate, two major peoples resulted from choices made. The dwarves are the more common (at least in Noefra) of the two; the giant kindred are the others. The name the learned use for the giant kindred is the Jazuu, the Written People. While most people in the Federated Nations believe that the Jazuu belong to multiple races, the truth is more complicated.

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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.