|"The Masked Leaf"|
the Golden Hills
Baervan, the power of gnomish wanderers and thieves, is the closest thing the race has to a druid. He loves oak trees and all forest animals, and is always on the lookout for the concerns of the wild (though he still keeps a close eye on his gnomish charges). Like most gnomes, Baervan's gentle, good-natured, and mischievous, but his tricks are much more pointed. If he wants to send someone a message, he does it in the form of a joke.
Baervan's realm is called Whisperleaf, after the great oak planted on his hill. A cozy cottage nestled on the top of the mound looks small from the outside, but it's large enough within to hold all the power's petitioners. Any non-gnome who visits Whisperleaf finds that his load's been lightened by an item or two; if he wants his goods returned, he'll have to find a way to play a joke on one of the residents. No other way'll do it.