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Vadels of Peccundur

Race Profile

Cantoria is not the only continent in the world. From far across the ocean to the Northern lands come the Vadel, a people of immense wealth and curiosity, seeking adventure in what they consider ‘unknown’ lands. With heavy silks and money to spend, these antlered people pay handsomely for anyone willing to take them on an adventure through Verdant. Proud, haughty and somewhat demanding, they have been accepted as minor nuisances at worst provided they continue to pay for guides and supplies. Not to mention their continued efforts to come to profitable terms with the local Guilds. “Exotic” Verdant goods fetch a high price in their Northern homeland of Peccundur, and there is always money to be made. Their progress is slow, however, given the realization that while Verdant law forbids enslavement, Peccunder is more than happy to participate in such practices. This has led the Queen to forbid Vadel ships to dock in Verdant harbors. Likewise there is now close scrutiny within the Guilds to ensure their reputations remain pristine, as attempts to sell thralls carry a brutally heavy punishment.

Art & Depictions

Rulers & Government

Peccundur is a land ruled by a powerful King. All the lord’s pledge fealty to him, as well as a hefty tax, for the privileges of living in his country. As such, only the wealthy have any chance of rising to prominence. Merchant lords hold a great deal of sway, and the promise of profit one can use to supplant their enemies is far more important than any other petty concerns. The wealthy live a resplendent life of excess, which the poor who labor in their villages must often give up much in taxes to maintain their landlord’s lifestyle. So long as the crown receives its due portion of the taxes, the King cares little for how those beneath the keepers of his land fare. The recent reopening of Verdant’s long-closed has called to the merchant lords of Peccunder like blood to a shark, and while some do come for the promise of adventure, others have a more long-term arrangement in mind.

Allies & Enemies

The Vadel are largely amicable towards Verdant folk, or at least towards any Citizen which they feel can help them rise in the nation’s social structure. Anyone who doesn’t appear to be capable of getting them into the right circles is generally considered beneath them, though it came as quite a shock when they discovered that the Minotaurs who work in the Farmlands are considered to be quite prominent in the hierarchy. In truth, they don’t seem to think much of anyone else. Yet for some reason, the Gabelin nomads will not make deals with them under any circumstances, going so far as to close up shop if they see Vadels’ approaching their stalls. The Vadel’s see the Orc & Yenya folk as barely more than barbarians, luckily far enough away not to be a nuisance to anyone.

Religion & Belief

Vadel people have many superstitions among their people, a remnant from centuries of folklore and practice that has been passed down over the ages. While they don’t seem to practice any formal, organized religion, they do have people known among their culture as Speakers. These Vadel’s are believed to have special powers to foresee misfortune and ill omens. The most powerful among them are thought to be capable of forstalling such events, putting them off onto someone else…for a price. Some of the wealthiest and most influential Vadel’s may have a Speaker who lives in their household, protecting the family and their holdings constantly from any kind of trouble.

Lords, Merchants, & Smugglers

To the Vadel, everything is an opportunity, and the smart will pounce the moment they see it. The Merchant Lords have not gotten their name by being idle, and many own large shipping companies who make their gold transporting hulls full of cargo across the ocean. War in Peccundur is fought not with troops, but with treasuries. Today’s puissant Lord is tomorrow’s peasant if they don’t keep up with the currency. As such, there is a massive divide between the rich and poor of their homeland, and some of the more gossipy ship crew will tell you that rebellions are a nigh seasonal event. Yet somehow the Lords maintain their estates.

Instead of Guilds which operate under the guidance of the House of Trade, the Merchant Lords control the commerce and economy of Peccundur. As long as the profit continues to go up and the King’s treasury continues to remain full, there is little chance anyone will put effort into correcting their handling of the situation. The Merchant Lords remain in fierce competition with one another to stand out from their peers. There is always money in the new and exotic, which is likely what has brought them to Verdant’s shores with such voracity. Staking a claim there, whether it be by succeeding in gaining a foothold with the Guilds or convincing the Queen to allow ships to dock would likely be quite the feather in any aspiring Vadel’s cap.

Failing at doing things the legal way is by no means a reason to stop. While no Vadel worth their salt will admit to it, many Merchant Lords would be more accurately called Smuggler Kings, having made their fortune of the transportation of illegal goods and services. An ambitious Vadel would be wise to avoid letting themselves be too closely associated with the rabble. It isn’t just about making money but maintaining a presence of decorum while doing so. Everyone might know who owns a pirate ship, but as long as there is no evidence then it isn’t a problem.

Family & Marriage

Among such ambitious people, marriage is just another opportunity to ascend. unions are highly arranged, often turning into multi-year negotiations between families who wish to attach themselves in alliance. It is not unusual for such discussions to begin during a wedding at the prospect of the future offspring. Likewise, in such an unstable political landscape it is common for Vadel’s to court multiple prospects at once, with considers such as family estates, holdings, social status, political acumen and dowry being considered.

While the stag is considered the head of the family this position is not absolute. A stag that fails to keep their family well can be replaced, and a doe will not cleave to a stag who does not have the desire to rise. Divorce is not permitted without the permission of one of the families to do so. But if there is no clear sign of success forthcoming, such permission could be the nail in the coffin for a weaker household.

Families, once bound together, are expected to show the utmost loyalty to their household and work constantly for its future success. Children, from a very young age, are encouraged to be a credit to their name and pursue any activity in which they can stand out from their peers. For the wealthy, children are display pieces. The popular and accomplished ones are quick to be lavished with praise and support, while those of lesser talent will often find themselves shunted to the side.