I'm trying to create a gnome character. The 5e player handbook states that gnomes can live to 350-400 years, and I columbused a Wikipedia article that states gnomes start school at age 30.

But what are the age ranges for gnome children and adolescents? And at what age do they typically start/stop having children?

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    \$\begingroup\$ I don't think I've ever seen someone play a mature gnome. \$\endgroup\$ – Joel Harmon May 27 '16 at 11:13

They become mature like humans do. They start having children around 40.

Age. Gnomes mature at the same rate humans do, and most are expected to settle down into an adult life by around age 40. (PHB p.36, "Gnome Traits")


Age. Humans reach adulthood in their late teens [...] (PHB p.31, "Human Traits")

Sadly, I couldn't find when they stop reproducing in 5e. However in 5e they age similarly to how they did in 3.5e.

Race    Middle Age      Old         Venerable   Maximum Age
Gnome   100 years       150 years   200 years   +3d% years

(from the 3.5e SRD)

If it is not a problem to use 3.5 source, they would stop reproducing around 100 years(the risk of having unhealthy child is bigger with middle aged parents).

  • \$\begingroup\$ So both races hit maturity around age 18-22, but Gnomes are still "kids" until age 40. Am I reading that right? \$\endgroup\$ – Premier Bromanov May 29 '16 at 15:37
  • \$\begingroup\$ Yeah, seems like physical maturity is around age 20, then social maturity at age 40. \$\endgroup\$ – miltonaut May 30 '16 at 6:03
  • \$\begingroup\$ @miltonaut ahh okay, so more or less like Hobbits (33rd birthday is "becoming a man") \$\endgroup\$ – Premier Bromanov May 31 '16 at 18:33

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