Before the dark portal Gnomeregan was a very peaceful place. Each gnome had a job and a role and they did their part to keep they city as a whole working at maximum efficiency.
The techniques utilized by current gnome “frost” mages were developed for use by members of the Gnomeregan Water Works. These gnome Hydrobinders keep water circulating though the city. Brought fresh from multiple sources (melting snow, underground streams, and in extreme circumstances portals to the elemental plane of water) the water was used for drinking, powering steam engines, cooling devices, fire suppression, and much more!
They dispute rumors they were responsible for The Great Lakeshire Drought & The Great Ironforge Flood of 24 A.D.
- Thinking with Portals – A Memorandum on Proper Portal Usage