Forest gnomes are the smallest of all the gnomes, averaging 2 to 2-1/2 feet in height, but look just like regular gnomes except with bark-colored or gray-green skin, and eyes that can be brown or green as well as blue. A very long-lived people, forest gnomes have an average life expectancy of 500 years.
Forest Gnome Traits (Ex): Forest gnomes have the following traits.
  • Small: As a Small creature, a gnome gains a +1 size bonus to Armor Class, a +1 size bonus on attack rolls, and a +4 size bonus on Hide checks, but he uses smaller weapons than humans use, and his lifting and carrying limits are three-quarters of those of a Medium character.
  • Gnome base land speed is 20 feet.
  • Low-Light Vision: A gnome can see twice as far as a human in starlight, moonlight, torchlight, and similar conditions of poor illumination. He retains the ability to distinguish color and detail under these conditions.
  • Weapon Familiarity: Gnomes may treat gnome hooked hammers as martial weapons rather than exotic weapons.
  • +2 racial bonus on saving throws against illusions.
  • Add +1 to the Difficulty Class for all saving throws against illusion spells cast by gnomes. This adjustment stacks with those from similar effects.
  • +4 dodge bonus to Armor Class against monsters of the giant type. Any time a creature loses its Dexterity bonus (if any) to Armor Class, such as when it?s caught flat-footed, it loses its dodge bonus, too.
  • +2 racial bonus on Listen checks.
  • +4 racial bonus on Hide checks, which improves to +8 in a wooded area.
  • Pass without Trace (Su): A forest gnome has the innate ability to use pass without trace (self only, as a free action) as the spell cast by a druid of the forest gnome?s class levels.
  • Automatic Languages: Gnome, Elven, Sylvan, and a simple language that enables them to communicate on a very basic level with forest animals (this replaces the rock gnome?s speak with animals ability). Bonus Languages: Common, Draconic, Dwarven, Giant, Goblin, Orc.
  • Spell-Like Abilities: A gnome with a Charisma score of at least 10 also has the following spell-like abilities: 1/day?dancing lights, ghost sound, prestidigitation. Caster level 1st; save DC 10 + gnome?s Cha modifier + spell level.
  • Favored Class: Bard. A multiclass gnome?s bard class does not count when determining whether he takes an experience point penalty.

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