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\$ Commented May 27, 2016 at 11:13

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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\$ Commented May 29, 2016 at 15:37
  • \$\begingroup\$ Yeah, seems like physical maturity is around age 20, then social maturity at age 40. \$\endgroup\$
    – miltonaut
    Commented May 30, 2016 at 6:03
  • \$\begingroup\$ @miltonaut ahh okay, so more or less like Hobbits (33rd birthday is "becoming a man") \$\endgroup\$ Commented May 31, 2016 at 18:33

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