The Vaas

First appearing in the Third Age, scattered tribes of of Vaas people banded together in the mountain valleys of the Highlands region of Corwyn. Soon after, the "Highlanders," as they were commonly called, founded the great western kingdom of Erindar. Their alignment is predominantly lawful, and their civilizations and populations are primarily located in the current realms of Derianor, Elyria, and Erindar, as well as the regions of the Wildlands. There is also a strong minority of Vaas people in far northern Cyrendar, western Alveron, and the northern region of the Reach.


Vaas are usually tall, with stocky features. Vaas men and women have either yellow-blond, copper, or red hair, pale ruddy skin and bright eyes of blue, green, or hazel.


Other races sometimes feel that the Vaas are lazy and self-centered, for so many are free-spirited and carefree. But in actuality, most Vaas folk are modest hard working people, with a penchant for strong religious devotion, and a strong sense of freedom and independence. Vaas folk love spirituality and freedom of expression.


There are strongly held class and gender divisions set up in Vaas society, with a person's station at birth playing a crucial role in how he or she is measured by Rynnish society. Although few Rynnish speak openly about a strict class based system in their society; most Vaas men and women live out their lives according to their station, risking social expulsion or even imprisonment if they do not adhere to societal norms. The Vaas dwelling in the Theocracy of Derianor view themselves as superior to all other other humans races; even to those Vaas men and women who dwell outside the kingdoms' borders.

Another aspect of Vaas culture is their fierce independence and spirituality. Losing faith in the Gods is considered the worst of cultural sins, and most Vaas folk would do anything to avoid such. Saving face demands that all Vaas treat others as they present themselves, regardless whether such facades bear any resemblance to the truth. One a person or family loses face, they often lose their status and can be relegated to a lower social class within Vaas society. Privacy is therefore a precious commodity, for it allows individuals to act as they wish without outside scrutiny, which could result in such social punishment. Vaas also place great importance on hospitality and manners. There are strictly defined rules and benefits for both guests and hosts. Guests cannot inflict harm on their guests, and are protected by a sacred tradition of guest right under the roof of their hosts once invited in.

The social classes of Vaas society are in order from highest to lowest; The Ruling Class, the Advisers, the Military, the Clergy, the Merchants, the Artisans, the Laborers, the Farmers, and lowest, the Servant class. Only women are are allowed to marry above their social class and all such arrangements are strictly scrutinized within the Rynnish culture.


Many Vaas are drawn to adventuring in hopes of serving their Gods, while others seek out the free-spirit sense of adventure that lies outside their own lands. Other human races view the Vaas as avaricious, lazy, pampered, and arrogant. In truth most Vaas seek nothing more than a lifestyle of comfort and obedience to the Gods. Vaas men and women can easily become characters of any player class, but most prefer to become clerics, druids, barbarians and rangers.


The Vaas people speak Vaasi as well as common, and there are seventeen different dialects. Vaasi is one of the seven original dialects of western men, and the language of the Vaas people of the Highlands region of Corwyn. This language is most commonly spoken throughout the realms of Derianor, Elyria, and Erindar, western Alveron, and throughout the Wildlands. Today, Vaasi is the one of the most widespread languages in common usage on the continent of Corwyn.


In addition to Vaasi, many higher-educated people of Vaas descent speak Khurylan; the language of the dwarves of Corwyn.


Common male Vaas names include: Althorn, Hanlon, Harwin, Haryld, Hastafar, Heremmer, Hernled, Hommen, Hrothgar, Hullen, Keldorn, and Kelthorn.
Common female Vaas names include: Ariana, Arwyn, Elwyn, Eriadne, Olena, Hama, and Helena.


In the Third Age, large migratory tribes of humans began to populate the Highlands region. These peoples were collectively called the Vaas, but there were nine major ethnic sub-groups; called the "Nine-Clans." These were: