"Brutal bugger, but he's handy to have around in a fight!"
In theory, he could settle down. But because he’s such a nice guy, he won’t.
Baugl, lost in the darkness beneath Hydra keep. Would that he had stayed in the shadow.
"Stay back! I’m a… a powerful wizard!"
Scale and bone and tooth and claw,
All are symbols of His law
Mourn not the fallen, sick, or weak,
They are His to claim and His to keep!
"We, who carry the weight of an empire. We, who break our backs that others might rest easily! We, who will be slaves no longer! Rise, my friends! Rise against the injustices done to you!"
It’s amazing what a huge amount of strain can do to somebody, what it can cause them to become.
"Did a BEAR just jump out of that mans backpack?!?"
"Yes sir, I believe it did."
Somehow, someway, a band of gnomes learns how to be ninjas. In fine gnomish style, they open an academy to teach this art to other gnomes. Wacky Hijinks ensue. Or the gnomes become some of the finest assassins in the land. Or both.