|Creation||9 Bliss 8750 DE|
Forest gnomes, or Forstneblin in Gnim, are one of three gnome races created by Callarduran. Their civilization began on Bal-Kriav's continent Hezmort. In the Demon Spawn War (8972 GE - 9493 GE), this continent was invaded by the demon lord Jurusalax. The gnomes, then only one people, were so hard-pressed that Callarduran, their Creator, fought in the battles to stem the tide. Hezmort was important, but not that important to the Covenant's Grand Strategy. Commanders like Ares, Athena, and Naraz-Nâru agreed that they could not save every land, some must be given up.
One hundred fiends against every one of ours. We cannot be in, nor save every sector, some must be sacrificed for ultimate victory.
- Ares, quote from the Thuaxor Keozhal - "Strategem 11"
Ares sent his brilliant commander Asmodeus to Hezmort with orders for all angelic forces to pull out. Callarduran, first great leader of the Gnomes, refused to abandon his creations, the only soldiers fighting the demons pouring through the Núlananya Rift. There were two camps under Callarduran, around 5,000 gnomes staying and fighting, hoping to win, and those that adhered to the Covenant order to pull out of Hezmort. The first group that stayed behind, those that would become known as the Gimrune, ended up under the lash of their new demon masters. Those that retreated split up, one group of 4,000 or so fled into the Krephus Sink. They became known as the Svirfneblin, the deep gnomes. The last group, terrified of eking out an existence underground, were taken away by Covernant dirigible airships to Brucrumus and other areas. They became known as the Forstneblin.
After leaving the coasts of Hezmort, the Forstneblin were scattered on the winds. They came down all over the Brucrumus mainland. It is because of this "Scattering" as they call it, that Forstneblin civilizations are so small. Far from each other, they also have greatly varying cultures, some friendly, some xenophobic, and some as wicked as your typical goblin.
Forstneblins are very close to nature. Some even join with the nature energy around them, transcending.
|Racial||as forest gnome|