SRD:Gnomes, Deep—Svirfneblin (Race)

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Also called deep gnomes, svirfneblin are said to dwell in great cities deep underground.

A svirfneblin has wiry, rock-colored skin usually medium brown to brownish gray. Only males are bald; females have stringy gray hair. The average svirfneblin lifespan is 250 years.

  • –2 Strength, +2 Dexterity, +2 Wisdom, –4 Charisma.
  • Humanoid (Gnome)
  • Small: As a Small creature, a svirfneblin gains a +1 size bonus to Armor Class, a +1 size bonus on attack rolls, a –4 size penalty on special attack (bull rushes, grapples, overruns, and trips) checks, and a +4 size bonus on Hide checks, but it uses smaller weapons than humans use, and its lifting and carrying limits are three-quarters of those of a Medium character.
  • Svirfneblin base land speed is 20 feet.
  • Stonecunning: This ability grants deep gnomes a +2 racial bonus on Search checks to notice unusual stonework. A deep gnome who merely comes within 10 feet of unusual stonework can make a Search check as though actively searching, and can use the Search skill to find stonework traps as a rogue can. A svirfneblin can also intuit depth, sensing the approximate distance underground as naturally as a human can sense which way is up.
  • Darkvision: A svirfneblin can see in the dark up to 120 feet. Darkvision is black and white only, but it is otherwise like normal sight, and a svirfneblin can function just fine with no light at all.
  • Low-Light Vision: A svirfneblin can see twice as far as a human in starlight, moonlight, torchlight, and similar conditions of poor illumination. She retains the ability to distinguish color and detail under these conditions.

Table: Svirfneblin Random Starting Ages
Adulthood Simple Moderate Complex
40 years +4d6 +6d6 +9d6
Table: Svirfneblin Random Height and Weight
Gender Base Height Height Modifier Base Weight Weight Modifier
Male 3’ 0” +2d4 40 lb. × (1) lb.
Female 2’ 10” +2d4 35 lb. × (1) lb.

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Effective Character Level4 +
Favored ClassRogue +
IdentifierRace +
Level Adjustment3 +
Racial Ability Adjustments–2 Strength +, +2 Dexterity +, +2 Wisdom + and –4 Charisma +
SizeSmall +
SubtypeGnome +
SummaryAlso called deep gnomes, svirfneblin are said to dwell in great cities deep underground. +
TitleGnomes, Deep—Svirfneblin +
TypeHumanoid +