In the north of the continent a great civilization of Deep Gnomes lived under the mountain. They were a peaceful people who studied psychic disciplines inherent to their race to bring prosperity. At length an extremist faction arose that wished to use the might of the Deep Gnomes to subjugate other races. They Called themselves the Svirfnebli. The race then became divided and at length the rebels were banished. Unfortunately for the rest of the world the faction gathered a very large following and the now great army split into two at the Henmock mountains. The two most prominent warlords lead the hoards and they swept into the south like a plague.