Could we have Gnomes that drop Deeds, Orbs, Arcane Trait Stones, Forge Scrolls? Pretty much anything that the existing Gnomes don’t drop already.
If this would be unbalancing, their appearance rate could be slightly lower than existing Gnomes. You could also make them agile or stealthy, and increase their chance of running away a bit higher than 30%. Of course, their spells should be a terrible nuisance as well.
One may dream.