The Lands of Aris
Passage of Empyrealism
Gnomes are a free-thinking bunch. Ask ten of them to explain their philosophy and you will get ten different answers. They do all agree that the Passage of Empyrealism (or simply “The Passage”) has seven inextricable parts:
1. All intelligent life is valuable and should be preserved whenever possible;
2. Fairness and compassion is essential in all dealings with all beings;
3. Acceptance and spiritual growth is necessary;
4. All must value the search for truth and meaning;
5. The universe is a wonder that must be explored and experienced;
6. All deities are the creation of their worshipers, not the other way around;
7. Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which all are a part.
These may seem like lofty goals, and not all gnomes follow them to the same degree. But it is the general set of ideals that drives gnomish culture. The Passage of Empyrealism fueled the great nation of Kuros before the calamity destroyed it.