The River and Tree
The Gnome Lands
A society heavily based in magic and resistant to the recent technological advances, the gnome nation includes both the gnomes and the orcs. Long ago, the orcish tribes were a menace that ravaged the northern lands. Then they were struck by a plague and began to die out. The humblest of these tribes went to the gnomes for help, pledging their eternal service to them in exchange for saving their race. Now orcs fill a very strange place in gnome society. They are honor bound to serve the gnomes but they are in no way second class citizens. Many outsiders mistake the relationship for slavery but many gnomes and orcs alike would be offended by this mistake. Historically they have been constantly at war with the dwarves, in which the gnome foot soldiers are almost entirely orcs.