Dark Magic in the Bright Sun
Gnomes are the industrious master of machinery. Well some of them are. Those that live in cities often are raised in family guilds of machinists and mechanics, while the agrarian gnomes live with the land, often using the wildlife to enhance and improve their farms.
Gnomes in this world look similar to villagers from Minecraft, bald, short, with long noses that go down their faces.
Gnomes are a newer race to the Empire, having emigrated from across the seas, fleeing demons and dragons that rage across the surface of their home continent.