Gnomes hail from the planet Feylendio. Their culture is old in comparison to the peoples of Angel’s Reach (AR). Witchcraft was invented by the gnomes (or discovered it perhaps). They used this power to form a bridge through the link formed by the great shield. This connection has served two agendas. Of primary importance to the Gnomish is the introduction of magical equipment from AR. In exchange for the equipment crafting techniques the gnomes have provided food and other raw materials to AR for hundreds of years.
Unfortunately, the reason this connection was first established was so that the gnomes could escape Feylendio. Various races of giants war across the fey lands and had nearly destroyed the gnomes on several occasions. Only the introduction of magical crafting and help from the peoples of AR have stemmed the destruction that the giants were causing.