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 ===== Lifecycle ===== ===== Lifecycle =====
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 +==Pregnancy==
 +Gnomes gestate anywhere from six months to two years. During this time, they displace the mother'​s body without changing her shape or size, so it is impossible to tell whether a Gnome is pregnant by looking at her. Even gender isn't a clue, since male Gnomes are sometimes able to become pregnant as well. The mother is aware of her pregnancy from the moment of conception, and is able to communicate with the fetus to some extent, allowing her to eat and drink exactly what the fetus needs. While she can choose to reabsorb the fetus at any time, this is rarely done after the first month or so, due to the bond of communication between parent and child.
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 +Delivery is quiet and painless, though the mother is left in a weakened state for a week or two, due to the large empty cavity inside her body.
  
 ==Infancy== ==Infancy==
-Gnomes start out as helpless as Humans, though they do not cry at all, and they are intensely curious about everything they see, wanting to experience things with every sense. Infants mature quickly. They typically speak at around six months, walk at nine months, and can take care of their basic needs from the age of two, so it is unusual, but not unheard of, to see a two-year-old Gnome doing errands for the family.+Gnomes start out nearly ​as helpless as Humans, though they do not cry at all, and they are intensely curious about everything they see, wanting to experience things with every sense. Infants mature quickly. They typically speak at around six months, walk at nine months, and can take care of their basic needs from the age of two, so it is unusual, but not unheard of, to see a two-year-old Gnome doing errands for the family.
  
 ==Gnomelets== ==Gnomelets==
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 ==Gnomes== ==Gnomes==
-Beginning at age 39, Gnomes are what other races would call adults. Their beards and hair whiten early in this stage. All ages in this range are equalGnomes don't care whether another Gnome is 40 or 100. It's all the same.+Beginning at age 39, Gnomes are what other races would call adults. Their beards and hair whiten early in this stage. All ages in this range are equalGnomes don't care whether another Gnome is 40 or 100.
  
 ==Wrinkleskins== ==Wrinkleskins==
-At 140, Gnomes become wrinkleskins. Their skin does indeed begin to wrinkle, and it continues to wrinkle more and more for the hundreds of years they have left in their lives. Wrinkleskins are seen as older, wiser and more skilled, but no longer subjects for romantic or physical relationships.+At 140, Gnomes become wrinkleskins. Their skin does indeed begin to wrinkle, and it continues to wrinkle more and more for the hundreds of years they have left in their lives. ​Their libido drops off completely, and they no longer see themselves as gendered. 
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 +Wrinkleskins are assumed by other Gnomes to be older, wiser and more skilled, but this is not always the case.
  
 ==Old Gnomes== ==Old Gnomes==
-A Gnome lucky enough to reach four or five hundred years becomes an Old Gnome. Old Gnomes slow down over time, sleeping more and more and moving less and less. Periods between activity can grow to years eventually. When this happens, they are treated like furniture, and since Gnomes erode rather than decay, they can make quite good furniture. At some point, they are no longer able to wake up, and they have eroded enough that they are unrecognizable.+A Gnome lucky enough to reach four or five hundred years becomes an Old Gnome. Old Gnomes slow down over time, sleeping more and more and moving less and less. Periods between activity can grow to years eventually, to the point where they barely even breathe. When this happens, they are treated like furniture, and since Gnomes erode rather than decay, they can make quite good furniture ​when posed properly. At some point, they are no longer able to wake up, and they have eroded enough that they are unrecognizable. Some of the largest and oldest Gnome homes are furnished entirely by their ancestors.
  
 ==The Great Old Gnome== ==The Great Old Gnome==
-There is a legend of a Gnome who has lived over three thousand years, and still wakes from time to time. This Gnome is seen as the wisest of the Gnomes, and is the patron of many Gnome warlocks. During its brief periods of wakefulness,​ the Great Old Gnome is not to be trifled with. At all other times, it may be freely trifled with.+There is a legend of a Gnome who has lived over three thousand years, and still wakes from time to time. This Gnome is seen as the wisest of the Gnomes, and is the patron of most Gnome warlocks. During its brief periods of wakefulness,​ the Great Old Gnome is not to be trifled with. At all other times, it may be freely trifled with.