The snerfs were one of the only native Underdark races that did not participate in the Seventy Minute War. This, however, did not spare them from the Curse of the Tyrant. The reason for this is unknown, though historians have speculated they may have drawn the ire of the Tyrant by providing intelligence and material aid to his enemies, or by simply having a name that was too hard to pronounce, or just to show that he could do it.
Whatever the cause, the original name of the deep gnomes has been lost ever since the Tyrant’s Massive Suggestion spell rewrote the memories of the Underdark, and they have been the Snerfs ever since. It is rumored that only the Abolethians still remember their true name, but if so they aren’t telling anyone.
The Snerfs are a surly and cynical people, with a rich and deep pessimism towards all aspects of life. They are, however, hard working and skilled craftsmen who don’t kill, eat, or enslave people for fun. They make for dull neighbors, but in the Underdark that’s about the best you can hope for.