Gnome, Lava

Lava gnomes are wiry and surprisingly strong for their small stature, likely because of a lifetime spent swinging a hammer and toiling at a forge. Like most gnomes, they are defined by dark arched eyebrows and sharply pointed ears. Hair color ranges from brilliant red to lustrous black, with every shade of orange and yellow in-between. Lava gnome eyes are typically brown or black, with some individuals possessing startling orange or yellow pupils.


Lava gnomes thrive in the subterranean vents of volcanoes and make their homes in burrows crafted from volcanic glass. They are as industrious as their rock gnome kin and spend their days forging iron, steel, and silver items. Their skill with metallurgy makes them natural craftspeople who export weapons, armor, shields, and jewelry to the big folk who live in more temperate lands.

  • Ability Score Increase. Your Intelligence score increases by 2 (as with all gnomes). Your Charisma score increases by 1.
  • Age. Lava gnomes mature at the same rate humans do; most enter their adult life by age 40. They can live 300 to almost 400 years.
  • Alignment. Lava gnomes are most often chaotic neutral. They celebrate freedom and liberty for themselves but are not especially concerned about the freedom and liberties of others. The tricksters among them tend to play dangerous pranks on one another. A popular tekal saying is, “If you can’t stand the heat, stay out of the kitchen.”
  • Size. Lava gnomes are shorter than other gnomes and average three feet tall, weighing around 35 pounds. Your size is Small.
  • Speed. Your base walking speed is 25 feet.
  • Language(s). You can speak, read, and write Common and Gnomish. The Gnomish language, which uses the Dwarvish script, is renowned for its technical treatises and catalogs of knowledge about the natural world.
  • Senses. Accustomed to life underground, you have superior vision in dark and dim conditions. You can see in dim light within 60 feet of you as if it were bright light, and in darkness as if it were dim light. You can’t discern color in darkness, only shades of gray.
  • Firesight. You can see clearly through fire and smoke.
  • Gnome Cunning. You have advantage on all Intelligence, Wisdom, and Charisma saving throws against magic.
  • Innate Pyromancer. You know the fire bolt cantrip. Intelligence is your spellcasting ability for it.
  • Inured to Flame. You are resistant to fire and can tolerate extreme heat, steam, and arid climates.

Elemental Fusion

Lava gnomes represented an unusual hybrid of gnomish stock and elemental infusion. No one is certain how these hybrids came to be, but the fusion is undeniable. While clearly gnomish in form, they radiate elemental heat, and their eyes gleam with a fiery radiance. Small flame effects may occur when they become excited or during times of duress like combat or being chased.


Lava gnomes know secrets of metallurgy that rival even the mountain dwarf masters. They have a supernatural ability to sense and seek out veins of metal when mining and extracting ores. When smithing or forming metal, they apply a similar technique to understand the fundamental nature of metals and what can be fashioned from it for each application.

d4 Lava Gnome Quirks
1 You are growing tired of the assumption, by surface dwellers, that you possess a queen’s ransom in gems.
2 You have discovered a novel magma-forming technique and some of your elders are jealous.
3 Your devotion to Tekala is zealous, and you try to work mentioning her in any conversation.
4 Your time on the surface has resulted in a close connection with a nearby halfling community. You trade your metal lore for their spiced beer.

While more stoic than humans, the grat’tals did not enjoy servitude more than any other intelligent race. Due to their high natural intelligence, the grat’tals were able to successfully conspired, escaping the brain gorger’s dominion in large numbers.

As a result, a substantial grat’tal population is now present in many civilized surface lands. “Grat’tal” means “slave” in Deep Speech. Now that the grat’tals have emerged onto the surface world, they refer to themselves as the “Freed Ones.”

Fists of Furious Flame

The elemental nature of the lava gnome allows them to use their Innate Pyromancer ability twice in the same round, with one fire bolt emanating from each fist.

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