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 ===== Gender ===== ===== Gender =====
-Gender among Gnomes is usually seen as irrelevant. That that they use the terms male and female at all is mainly ​to be polite to members of other races. Gnomes below the lucky age of 39 (gnomelets) or above the lucky age of 139 (wrinkleskins) aren’t even thought to have a gender. Many gnomes choose to be genderless at age 52 as well, as that is an unlucky number.+Gender among Gnomes is arbitrary. That that they use the terms male and female at all is to be polite to members of other races. Gnomes below the lucky age of 39 (gnomelets) or above the lucky age of 139 (wrinkleskins) aren’t even thought to have a gender. Many gnomes choose to be genderless at age 52 as well, as that is an unlucky number.
  
-The genders do differ in small ways, however. Female ​Gnomes are far more likely to become pregnant ​as males, and males typically have more elaborately groomed facial hair than females. There is no notable difference in height or weight.+There are some anatomical differences between ​Gnomes; some are far more likely to become pregnant, and others ​typically have more elaborately groomed facial hair, though both are by choice, since Gnomes have greater control over their physiology ​than most races.
  
  
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 ==Pregnancy== ==Pregnancy==
-Gnomes gestate anywhere from six months to two years. During this time, the fetus displaces the mother'​s body without changing her shape or size, so it is impossible to tell whether a Gnome is pregnant by looking at the mother. Even gender isn't a clue, since some male Gnomes are 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, thus aborting the pregnancy, this is rarely done after the first month or so, due to the bond of communication between parent and child. There are rare cases, looked down upon and viewed as a psychological disorder, where a Gnome will desire that communication so much that she will endeavor to remain pregnant at all times, reabsorbing fetuses ​as necessary.+Gnomes gestate anywhere from six months to two years. During this time, the fetus displaces the mother'​s body without changing her shape or size, so it is impossible to tell whether a Gnome is pregnant by appearance alone. 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, thus aborting the pregnancy, this is rarely done after the first month or so, due to the bond of communication between parent and child. There are rare cases, looked down upon and viewed as a psychological disorder, where a Gnome will desire that communication so much that she will endeavor to remain pregnant at all times, reabsorbing fetuses ​every few months.
  
 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. 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.
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 ==Gnomelets== ==Gnomelets==
-From birth until the age of 38, Gnomes are considered Gnomelets. While not being what a Human would call a child, they aren't expected to have much responsibility,​ and it would be very strange for one to establish any but a playful relationship with another Gnome.+From birth through ​age 38, Gnomes are considered Gnomelets. While not being what a Human would call a child, they aren't expected to have much responsibility,​ and it would be very strange for one to establish any but a playful relationship with another Gnome. Gnomelets are easy to distinguish from Gnomes due to their brightly colored hair, which can be any shade of red, yellow, orange or purple.
  
 ==Gnomes== ==Gnomes==
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 ==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. Their libido drops off completely, and they no longer see themselves as gendered.+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 even in Human lands, ​they no longer see themselves as gendered.
  
-Wrinkleskins are assumed by other Gnomes to be older, wiser and more skilled, but this is not always ​the case.+Wrinkleskins are assumed by other Gnomes to be older, wiser and more skilled. This is sometimes ​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, to the point where they barely even breathe. When this happens, they are treated like furniture, the kind you can have a conversation with occasionally,​ 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 at all, and they have eroded enough that they are unrecognizable. Some of the largest and oldest Gnome homes are furnished entirely by their ancestors.+A Gnome lucky enough to live 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, the kind you can have a conversation with occasionally,​ 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 at all, and they have eroded enough that they are unrecognizable. Some of the largest and oldest Gnome homes are furnished entirely by their ancestors.
  
-While Old Gnomes are considered ​members ​of the family, they are not counted as such when enumerating family members, or  when considering lucky and unlucky numbers.+While Old Gnomes are considered ​part of the family, they are not counted as such when enumerating family members, or  when considering lucky and unlucky numbers.
  
 ==The Great Old Gnome== ==The Great Old Gnome==