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World Building Wednesday 13 – the Magicked Folk


Time for another Patrons-only world building post! This week we’re looking at magic again – specifically, the cultures that have it, and why that is so.


As has been implied, the Gnomes of Tock’s world do not have magic. Magical forces show up in some of their legends, and they hear stories of it existing in other cultures – especially in the Lowlands – but it has been a long, LONG time since any such force was present in their own kind. And as we’ve seen, the Orcs don’t appear to have magic, either.

So, if magic exists, where is it and why do its keepers still have it, if the Orcs and Gnomes don’t?

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Gnomish Culture Bonus Material, part 1

The Gnomes of Tock’s world have been around for ages, though their recorded history only goes back as far as the very first airship, and the start of their steam technology. Before this, they mostly kept to themselves – living isolated on their mountain plateau kingdom.

(The Dwarves and Gnomes do have a history, spanning several generations.)

When those Gnomes set forth in that first airship to see the rest of their continent, they did not like what they saw – the other races of the surface world seemed odd and brutal. It was decided that it was best to stick to their own kingdom – except for trade purposes.

This also led to the aspects of their culture that we would call “Victorian” – all that brutality inspired the Gnomish royal family to appear more restrained, to discourage contact with those peoples, and it caught on with the public.

Gnomes are therefore very mysterious to the other races, since they only travel for trade.

Their society is also class-based. The upper class consists of the royal family, the nobles, and their families. Below that is the working class, which makes up most of the Gnomish population. A small percentage of the population lives in poverty, often taking to traveling the mountains in caravans, searching for work or a place to settle.

Regardless of the class division, all Gnomes are quite imaginative and love figuring out how things work – whether its tinkering, mining, making jewelry, or just the basic goings on of life.

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