Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
Vendel and Vesten
The nine islands of Vestenmannavnjar (VES-ten-mahn-NAH-ven-yar) are collected together into a single country. The nation splits itself between the Vendel League and the disassociated Norvik tribes. The Vendel League is based on the largest island, known as Oddis (or Oddiswulf), and the capital city is Kirk (Kirkjubæjarklauster). The League itself is a collection of Guilds that control all manner of trade and craft throughout most of northern Théah. The Vestenmannavnjar live on the other eight islands and are a throwback to the traditional values as proud, tribal, rural people.
The Vestenmannavnjar were ruled by a High King, the physical representation of the Grey Wanderer, king of all the gods. The last King went missing some hundred years ago after a dispute with the League. Since then, the political structure has essentially disintegrated, leaving the League in control.
Of late, the Vendel have introduced a single currency for all of Théah, the guilder. Guild houses accept both the guilder and the local coin. International trade exploded. Merchants began keeping track of prices from nation to the next, and captains found themselves paid to transport fresh fruit and vegetables, leather, fur, and spices. The guilder is now the most popular currency in Théah, and has created a world market economy and made Vendel the home of commerce and trade.