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What was the first game system that canonically gave Gnomes the ability to talk to burrowing animals? I know D&D 3.5 had it, but was there something earlier?

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I'm pretty sure this ability is specific to D&D (and possibly to games inspired by it), so I think this would be better tagged dungeons-and-dragons rather than system-agnostic. –  Ilmari Karonen Nov 14 '13 at 17:46
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Player Character Gnomes can speak with "any burrowing mammal (such as moles, badgers, ground squirrels, etc)" in first edition AD&D (PHB pg 16). The blue book basic D&D (1974-78) does not have Gnomes as PCs, but does have Gnomes in the monster list, and makes no mention of them being able to speak wtih animals.

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