Gnomes are a kind of creature, represented by a "^", found mostly in the dungeon sub-wing of the estate of the Gnome Crimelord that branches off from the 35th level. Other gnomes found above the 35th level are often en route to the estate and the wedding party being held there. It is from such gnomes that the player comes to learn of the Gnome Crimelord's ability to grant a single wish to anyone who gains an audience with him.
Each gnome is spawned with its own hostility towards dwarfs in general and the player in particular, with some gnomes offering you information or goods for sale and others trying to murder you. Gnomes are generally easy to dispatch one-on-one but become difficult in groups. Killing a gnome will generally yield a pointy hat, but will increase the hostility of all gnomes by one point.