Even 20 years of service was not enough for them - still they taunt me. Will I ever be free?
the Apple Tree of Selilion holds the secret of life and death
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.