In the centuries after The Destruction the gnomes have carved a niche in the profession of trade. This has earned many gnomes incredible wealth and influence, and this again has earned them the scorn and contempt of many others. The other races envy the gnomes their wealth, even though they have gained it through hard work and cunning, and claim that the gnomes keep to themselves (something that is somewhat true, but only because of the animosity of the other races) and that the gnomes have earned the wealth through trickery and falsehood.