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Many centuries ago, the gnomes of RuneScape emerged from the caves and tunnels in which they used to live and began to settle in the treetops of forests. Since that day, they have established massive holdings and grown the mightiest tree in the world: The Grand Tree.
Most of the gnomes in RuneScape live in and around the Grand Tree, building platforms on the branches and hollowing out the trunk for spacious rooms. They are a friendly bunch of creatures and incredibly inventive: some of their notable achievements include the gliders that allow fast and convenient travel across RuneScape, their remarkable cocktails and their even more delicious food (even though toad is a staple ingredient). Without the gnomes, it is almost certain that technology and culture would not have advanced as far as it has.
The Tree Gnome Stronghold takes up a massive area of land in the north-west of RuneScape, on the western bank of Baxtorian Falls.
South and south-east of the Stronghold is the twin capital of Kandarin, West Ardougne and East Ardougne.
To the east, past Baxtorian Falls and McGrubor's Wood is Seers' Village and Camelot, where King Arthur is taking some time out before returning to England in its time of need.
The Tree Gnome Stronghold is a massive settlement, and gnomes know how to use space. As a result, there is always much to do there.
In the north-west is the Gnome Ball field, where the gnomes allow humans to try their hand at this peculiar sport.
In the south-east corner of the Stronghold is the Gnome Stronghold Agility Course. The gnome armies are especially well-trained, and all of them must meet the approval of the gnome trainers, who shout encouragement from the sides.
To the south of the Gnome Stronghold Agility Course are portals to the private hunting grounds available as rewards from the Big Chinchompa minigame. The reward shop for this minigame can also be found here.
The Grand Tree is in the north-east of the Stronghold, and is the centre of gnome culture in RuneScape. On the first floor you will find the remarkable cuisine of Gianne's Restaurant and the tasty tipples of Blurberry's Bar. Both Gianne and Blurberry are constantly in need of staff to help out, so if you want to learn the secrets of the gnomish gastronomic arts you might like to pay them a visit.
On the top level of the Grand Tree is the local Gnome Air glider, which will take those that have completed The Grand Tree to almost any Gnome Air landing point in Gielinor.
|King Narnode Shareen||Glough|
|King Narnode Shareen is almost always in his throne room on the ground floor of the Grand Tree.||Glough can be found in his tree house just south of the Grand Tree.|
|Daero can be found sampling the treats in Blurberry's Bar.||Blurberry can be found watching over his bar on the first floor of the Grand Tree.|
|Aluft Gianne Snr (and Aluft Gianne Jnr)||Trainer Nacklepen|
|Gianne's Restaurant is famed throughout RuneScape - especially among gnomes - for the quality of its food and the strange delicacies that gnomes so enjoy. Gianne is, like Blurberry, always after staff to help run the restaurant. Funch's Fine Groceries also sells Gianne's cookbook and many of the ingredients needed to make these treats.|
|Aluft Gianne can be found in his restaurant on the first floor of the Grand Tree.||Trainer Nacklepen can be found wielding a cruel staff in the tortoise enclosure north of the swamp.|
|Nyriki Tapio, who's always out collecting ingredients for Mieliki's alchemical experiments. She's completely obsessed with her work and always refers to herself by name in conversations. Mieliki is a firm believer that rewards should be gained through hard work, so if you've been busy gathering Commendation Points from the Big Chinchompa activity she'll let you buy some useful items for your troubles.|
|Mieliki Tapio is always working in her house south of the Agility Course.|
The following quests can be started in the Tree Gnome Stronghold:
|Giant rat (Level 3)||Gnome guard (Level 23)|
|Giant rats can be found in the tunnels under the Grand Tree.||Gnome guards can be found throughout the Tree Gnome Stronghold.|
|Giant bat (Level 27)||Terrorbird (Level 28)|
|Giant bats can be found in the tunnels beneath the Grand Tree.||Terrorbirds can be found in the central area of the Stronghold.|
|Mounted terrorbird gnome (Level 31)||Tortoise (Level 79)|
|Mounted terrorbird gnomes can be found in the central area of the Stronghold.||Tortoises can be found in an enclosure north of the swamp.|
|Battle tortoise (Level 92)|
|Battle tortoises can be found in an enclosure north of the swamp.|