- Dwarves are male. They're not neuter, despite the lack of a female counterpart. Why this should be the case is completely unknown, even to the dwarves.
- Dwarves cannot intentionally create gnomes any more than they could intentionally create a human or an elf by trying to carve one from living rock. The process by which a son is created involves carving a dwarf and embellishing it with precious metals/gems and then, at some point, the carving may come to life, typically as a dwarf but sometimes as a gnome or a knocker. There's no way to force the process to result in any particular outcome beyond the expected one.
- Even moreso, a dwarf cannot carve a female dwarf and attempt to bring her to life, because there is no such thing as a female dwarf. The carving process produces male dwarves and nothing else, except by accident.
- Although there's no reason a dwarf couldn't carve more than one son, dwarven society frowns upon it, seeing it as evidence of arrogance and self-aggrandizement. The social stigma against multiple sons extends even to dwarves whose sons were carved inert, which is part of why dwarves place these "stillborn" children in a place of honor and respect in a dwarf stronghold.
- Gnomes too are male, not neuter but, unlike dwarves, they are incapable of creating their own sons. Some believe that their aptitude with magic somehow negates this natural ability of "normal" dwarves, but there is no evidence that this is so.
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Expect a more detailed post on the subject of gnomes soon (probably tomorrow), but for now here are some additional details, since comments are continuing to my earlier posts and some of them proceed from false assumptions.