Gnomes are a race known for their repairing capabilities. Living in small and highly secluded groups, they are typically rarely seen by other races in rural areas. They also became highly self-sufficient to maintain their almost misanthropic lifestyle. To aid this, they have evolved to be able to repair their equipment naturally, however, this requires the death of another being. These only apply to certain items and beings - such as a cow to repair leather armor - and the ability being limited to simple items. However, there are people who believe otherwise.
Long ago, a gang of crossbowmen saw a gnome use their ability to repair their equipment and, seeing the ritual, began to fear gnomes. These crossbowmen, in the fervor of seeing their first gnome, came up with the idea of the Gnomish Takeover. This takeover is a scenario where, after taking the blood of innocents, gnomes gain incredible power and kill other races. This theory is untrue, but most believe it and oppress gnomes for it. However, the crossbowmen were unsatisfied with peoples’ efforts and became the first Gnome Hunters. From them descended all Gnome Hunters.