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 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 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.
  
-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 biological differences between Gnomes, however. Female Gnomes are far more likely to become pregnant ​than males, and males typically have more elaborately groomed facial hair than females, though that is mostly by choice. There is no notable difference in heightweight ​or physical or mental capabilities.
  
  
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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. 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.
  
 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.
  
 ==Gnomes== ==Gnomes==
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 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 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==