Gnomes are in wide demand as alchemists, inventors, technicians, and furniture-makers, though most prefer to remain among their own kind in simple comfort. Gnomes adore animals, gems, and jokes (especially pranks). They love to learn by personal experience, to burn things, and are always trying new ways to build things. Gnomes stand 3 to 3 1/2 feet tall, with skin that ranges from dark tan to woody brown. Their hair is fair, and their eyes are often some shade of blue. Gnomes generally wear earth tones, but decorate their clothes intricately. Males favor carefully-trimmed beards. Gnomes live 350 to 500 years.