The appropriate replacement for a gnome will depend on the role they are to play; some settings see them as tricksters, others as bumbling inventors, others as bardic tale-weavers, others as eccentric wizards. Indeed, the somewhat ill-defined identity of the gnomish race is a major reason for their absence from Escarnum‘s world.
In Escarnum, most of the gnome race‘s various roles are filled by the various clans of kobold, especially that of inventors. Alternatives include felbraug, for magic-using gnomes—a felbraug’s psychic nature and small stature make it a good replacement. For bardic or trickster gnomes, the abilen is a fair substitute, possessing the same social grace and small size.