The World of Illunis
As the smallest race in Illunis, the gnomes have learned the value of subtlety. They learned it so well, in fact, that it became a part of them. Gnomes have the incredibly useful ability to weave shadows into illusions. When the orcs tried to enslave their race, the gnomes maintained a remarkable level of autonomy simply because they hid themselves so well that the orcs didn’t realize how many gnomes there actually were. This eventually led to the gnomes’ freeing themselves. They then dispersed their people throughout the world to ensure that no group could ever destroy them or enslave them again.