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  • European European (culture)
  • Humanoid Humanoid (attribute)
  • Mountain Dweller Mountain Dweller (attribute)
  • Cave Dweller Cave Dweller (attribute)
  • Friendly Friendly (behaviour)
  • Dwarves Dwarves (common type)

These are Gnomes of the Swiss mountains in European folklore, who are seldom seen by mountaineers. Their name derives from the ancient French ‘barbe’ and ‘glacee’ which together means ‘frozen beards’. These creatures had icicles on their beards which were white and long. They wore fir coats around their body and had extremely large feet. They used their oversized feet for shovelling snow and digging. The Barbegazi also used these to ski down mountains when there is an avalanche. They hibernate during warm months and only come out from their caves when temperatures are below zero. They live in the high mountains and never fall below the tree line. They especially like coming out during blizzards and are thus hard to spot. The Barbegazi are said to be friendly towards humans as they whistle to warn of an oncoming avalanche. They talk to each other in their own language but they can communicate over long distances by whistling. This whistling is a very similar sound to the whistling of the wind.

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