Age of Daemons
The Gnomish race at first appeared to be the least affected by the radioactive fallout. Their magical nature allowed them to adapt to the long term damage, even if their numbers and cities were decimated by the cataclysm. They began to notice physical changes a few years after, seeing their hair and skin colors change hues and styles. While gnomes previously had different looks the radiation increased the drastic nature of it. It is not uncommon to see some gnomes with multicolored striped hair or skin.
The gnomes marvelous cities were engineering marvels. Clockwork dominated the streets, fire belching from factory stacks, and each gnome eagerly pursuing its own eclectic hobbies. Now their cities have crumbled and their means of production have been destroyed and the gnomes struggle to reclaim their former glory. They have found allies in the Elves, using their forests as a starting base. Many of the older elves object to the machinery, saying it tarnishes nature but many young elves have taken to learning the Gnomish ways for themselves. Gnome teachers tolerate both kinds of elves, not worrying about public opinion of their behavior.
Of all the races to survive, the gnomes are perhaps the best equipped to forge a new civilization, if they can survive the warmongering of many of the other tribes and kingdoms.