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November 2, 2010, 10:51 am

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Knooble Glitio


The quirky gnome captain of the small air ship the Flying Gopher.  Knooble and his crew sell out their services of hauling cargo or quick travel.

Special Equipment:

His only special item is a small weasel named nubbins, (his familiar.)  He has a few magical trinkets, such as a winged cloak and a ring of wizardry.


Knooble is about 3 feet even and has a very slim build.
He has short brown hair and a tan complexion.  His brown eyes are always seems to have a twinkle in them and his face always has a smile across it.  His voice is abnormally high for a gnome and cracks after every once in conversation.  He dresses in noble’s clothing that usually have a few rips in them. He always has his familiar nubbins which he will talk to for advice on certain matters like the course they are on or what nubbins thinks about the weather.    


Knooble’s parents were rich inventors.  They invented several handy tools that they used in their everyday lives.  Knooble’s family lived out in the forest and didn’t see many people in the area besides the occasional traveler that either got lost or were just passing through.  Either way the gnomes greeted them warmly and offered to help anyway they long as they could compensate for the help.  Knooble’s family wasn’t looking for money; they wanted things that may have constructive properties.  Anything his family received they made something out of it.  Knooble grew up with the desire to build, (go figure.)  He began inventing small objects that he used for meager tasks.  During this time his father taught him a good deal of magic.  He gained a great friend afterwards and his life long companion Nubbins the weasel shortly after learning the art of magic.  After about 50 years in the forest he left his home to see the world and all it had to offer a gnome of his talents.  He wandered into a port city where he marveled at the great construction of the ships at the docks.  He wanted to improve with the method of travel, by defying gravity.  After consulting it with Nubbins he decided that carry through with his constructing plans.   He began to design a ship that could fly without a very cumbersome balloon.  He carried out with his plans and invented the The Flying Gopher.  The Flying Gopher’s production was very costly and Knooble needed to something to pay off all his debts that he made in the construction of the ship.  He new transports cargo and passengers to anywhere his ship can take them.  

My first post topic thing!     

Roleplaying Notes:

Knooble is the pilot of the ship so it would be best to have a give him profession pilot and high balance checks.

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October 23, 2004, 8:04
I've got a flying machine!

Okay, that being said, the gnomish inventor with a flying machine is now about as original, and interesting as the black clad Drow assassin, or barbarian orc. There has to be something that can be done to reinvigorate the gnomish archtype.

What about a half drunk, swaggering, savvy air pirate, or perhaps a gnomish captain who wins engagement after engagement through careful and meticuluous planning and execution and build a cult of personality about himself. Dispense with the silly names!

October 23, 2004, 8:35
Well yes, you get one in Icewind Dale 1, you get the same chap in Icewind Dale 2, and another mad gnomish inventor in Baldur's Gate 2, why couldn't we get one in the citadel too?
October 23, 2004, 15:20

The background is boring, the character is the cliche gnome inventor.

How this could be improved-
Change it up. Is ever gnome crazy and tinkers with stuff? Why? Why do they all have flying machines? Why do they always end up as the most comical of races, what with strange names (Knooble, the Flying Gopher, Nubbins) and ridiculous ways?

October 24, 2004, 5:55
Well, it could be due to a neurological imbalance (say, increased secretion of a neurotransmitter, altered function of ion channels - increased excitability - or a different pattern of interaction between neurons.
Their brains may be constantly searching for new stimuli, thus their drive to discover new and even more new stuff increases, but their ability to concentrate changes in the process. Alos, the ridiculous ways may come from the desire to be different, or an inherent inability to adapt to the ways of others (so, they might be slightly autistic, or solipsist - the only ways that are real and thus relevant are HIS).
The strange (and not so serious) names may be a defense mechanism - they are meant to make the enemies underestimate the gnome, or laugh and humiliate instead of harming him.
January 23, 2009, 12:58
If we ever have that suggested "Take a silly thing and expand it into something good" Quest, this sub would qualify for usage.
Cheka Man
January 23, 2009, 22:03
Maybe one day I'll make something of it.
November 2, 2010, 3:35

I agree with everything you said, but I wonder if we were a little hard on him. It is usually a good thing, particularly with new posters, that, in addition to critiquing them, we also find something good to say. That's been my experience as a Creative Writing teacher. Something like:

Welcome. It's good to get fresh ideas. You showed good enthusiasm, but your subject was kind of cliched. After all, mad gnomish inventors with their flying machines are very common. You would probably do better if you hit 'Edit' under your sub and tried to come up with something new and different, such as ........

What do you think? I agree that it wasn't very good, but if he never comes back, he'll never get any better. Don't we have a duty to encourage as well as critique? Or is my teacher mode getting the best of me?

Voted Michael Jotne Slayer
November 2, 2010, 8:53

Yeah, they were a bit hard. But back then, it was that way we commented. A lot has changed since then.

If an admin could attach the silly tag? That would be sweet.

November 2, 2010, 9:43
Then I'm glad this is now, not then. I wouldn't like to critique like that, nor be a fish swimming against the current.
November 2, 2010, 10:52
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Voted Dozus
February 4, 2014, 10:24
I'm glad Ramhir said what he said. Waz hasn't logged on since shortly after this sub, and I wonder if comments like those drove some of our new Citadellians away.

That said, this sub definitely needed work. It was a very basic, if well-written, gnome inventor/pilot guy. Something to set him apart would be nice.
Voted valadaar
February 4, 2014, 15:24
Frankly, I've seen much worse, and its unfortunate that this author essentially quit after this submission.

I agree with Dozus.


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