Syngond History

Back before the wars the Gond Caverns were a central point for Gnomish activities in the area. Three clans of Rock gnomes lived locally, while a clan of Deep gnomes lived below. The caverns themselves were seen as common property - the gnomes roamed them at will and they were a fairly safe way for young gnomes to gain some independence and ‘cut their teeth’ as they strove to break free of family and boring home grown stuff – as all young adults wish to.

When the wars came though, The Gond caverns took on a much more important role. None of the three rock gnome clans were large enough or strong enough to survive alone, although by the time they discovered this, they had all lost people to the enemy. The first to realise were the Domali clan. They left their home and made a break for the holdings of the Sogari clan. However, the Sogaris were under attack, and it was only the intervention of the Domalis that saved them.

Together they made for the Gond caverns, hoping the rough ground there would be more defensible. They sent messengers to the Polinits, explaining what they had done and asking them to join in a common defence. Eventually the Polinits did come and between the three clans they managed to make the upper entrances secure.

Not long after they had settled their upper defences, they heard fighting below. It was the Deep dwarves fleeing from their home which had been over run by a mixture of drow, duegar and other underground creatures. As they got nearer the surface the deep enemy were feeling less comfortable and the arrival of a large detachment of Rock gnomes sent them fleeing back into the depths. The Deep Gnome settlement already had members form two different clans (the Bolins and the Korits) living together - so now five different clans were forced into the same area.

To try and minimise tension they established different residential areas for each of the clans, but had common areas for living, eating working etc. And that basic concept has survived to this very day.

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