About gnomes: Sorry, what does fey like mean? I know some examples for fey but I lack something in which they all look similar. Fey are defined as magic humanoid creatures connected to nature or a specific place. In which way do a fairy (tiny with insect wings), a nymph (like a very beautiful elf), a redcap (small and ugly) and a gnome look similar?
Physically they look a bit more different than just a small person. They have pointed ears and I think d&d kept the large noses. They aren’t classified as fey. But the designers had to differentiate them from halflings somehow.