Today’s final prompt being “Spirits” – so, earth spirits, of course! Being at the heart of all Gnome Work.
That makes another complete month!! 🙌 I hope you’ve all enjoyed this year’s entries – getting to do this, and Orctober, is a tradition that means a lot to me on both a personal and professional level. And dEflcember starts tomorrow – things are REAL busy, including prep work for the Little Red Wagon Artisan Market coming up on the 11th and 12th (!!) so I’m not sure if I gonna be able to participate, but I will see what Elven magic I can bring to my regular posting, at least! “Tock the Gnome” patron bonuses will also be back to a regular schedule as of tomorrow, and work on holiday bonuses starts soon, too! (Make sure to sign up by December 18th if you’d like to get this year’s print! Examples of previous holiday bonuses can be seen here.)
My gratitude always always for you taking a look at all my very Faerie Gnomish work, dear followers. May your holiday season start as smoothly as possible!
Today’s prompt being “Embassy,” which got me thinking about the idea of ambassadorship in general (again), which got me thinking about bringing one’s best self to whatever one is working on. I have a day job in service work in addition to working on “Tock the Gnome” and the commissions I do, and I try to bring the same energy – the same help, the same brightening. Attraction to Faerie, even – to both spaces. Which isn’t easy, but at it’s core, I believe it’s all the same work. Just different tools.
I was talking to a customer there about that recently, which was a welcome reminder. So this is for them ❤
This is absolutely semi-canon for “Tock the Gnome” (as in I’m not sure if this is exactly where they’ll end up, but it might be). Tock and Onna are in the Gnome lands, on a train – Onna has been hired as muscle for a trip full of dignitaries, and Tock’s gone along with her, determined to turn it into a working date. As luck would have it, something in the engine breaks down, and Tock is there to fix it (fancy gown or no!). Afterward they rest, having some coffee that’s been “borrowed” from Bumble (which he would have taught Onna to make, Actia having taught him).
Duels absolutely happen between the Gnomes of “Tock the Gnome” but are uncommon, held as a last resort in emotionally-charged conflicts. Most Gnomes tend to settle things logically and practically, and dueling is technically illegal. The Crown highly discourages them and in the noble/wealthy class, any dueling parties who are caught are always arrested. For the most part in the lower class areas, local law enforcement turns a blind eye to such matters – preferring to let such disputes resolve themselves instead of getting their own hands dirty, when they do (again, infrequently) occur.
I imagine these two are relatives, arguing over who’s going to have control over certain parts of their family’s situation, after an older relative has passed – all formal-meetings and lawyered-paperwork attempts at resolution having failed.
Today’s prompt being “Gathering/Place of the Heart” ….again. Whoops. Made a bit of a mistake on the list on day 1! So, taking this as more of a free day – though plant magic is absolutely heartfelt for Gnomes, and magic is just gathering energy, right? 😉
Today’s prompt being “(T)roll for initiative” – so, taking the definition of ‘initiative’ a little more broadly than who gets to roll first (💚), I thought about how recent inspirations have helped me take initiative with my own Faerie work. Which means, again, my recent enjoyment of “The Folk of the Air” series by Holly Black – represented here by Aslog, from the most recently published “How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories,” illustrated by Rovina Cai.
(I do not imagine she would react well to Tock handing her a bowl of flowers, no. But don’t worry, Onna’s right off screen ready to help if need be! Though of course, Tock can save her own skin with her wits, first and foremost.)
and that Tock herself is afraid of being confined – though it seems she intuitively knows that this Troll maiden wandering by will come to her aid!
(Full disclosure – I’ve been d y i n g to draw this since I thought of it the other day! And I feel, tonally, this was very strongly impacted by my recent inhalation of “The Folk of the Air” series by Holly Black, via the audiobooks read by Caitlin Kelly. I highly, highly recommend it.)
The Gnomes of “Tock the Gnome” don’t invest faith in magic as a rule – they know it technically exists in the world within other people, but they don’t have it, and most of their teachings describe it as a nuisance with unpredictable consequences. Impractical, and such a bother. So any heirloom jewelry they have wouldn’t be directly magical.
There IS power in the warmth there, in remembering a loved one fondly who passed something down to you!
So in this case, though this Gnome woman isn’t getting any Grand Special Abilities from her pendant – inherited from her grandmother, who was a priestess of Carwen – there is still, at least, a circumstance bonus inherent in that love.