They were once the most feared pirates in the north
seas. The Northmen, sailing from their frozen lands
to the south with sword and fire, taking what they
wanted, leaving what they didn’t need. But then the
people of Vestenmennavenjar (VES-ten-mahn-
NAH-ven-yar) underwent a change. In fact, you
might call it a transformation.

Over the centuries, the ruling noble class—the
jarls—controlled Vestenmennavenjar, but during
the 15th Century, the noble class found itself short of
funds. Like mainland Théah, the nobility was land
rich but cash poor. At the same time, the merchant
class—the carls—needed protection against pirates
and bandits. The carls banded together to create an
informal confederation to protect their shipments and
investments. The confederation put its headquarters
in the city of Vendel, a well-known and well-used
trade port.

The local jarl, Eindridi Utterstrom, saw potential in
the idea. Utterstrom was one of the most powerful
and famous Vesten nobles, but lost all three of his
sons the previous winter in a battle against another
jarl. He had fallen into a deep depression. When the
merchants came to the jarl’s castle asking for assistance
(with compensation, of course), Utterstrom’s advisor,
Inger Holmstrom, spent three days convincing his
lord to accept their offer. Trade without violence.
Coins in the pocket without ever drawing a sword.
Literally, money for nothing. Utterstrom had always
been a supporter of the arts—the chief reason the
confederation chose Vendel and Utterstrom in the
first place—and after many, many hours, he agreed
to provide the protection the merchants sought.

Two hundred years later, Utterstrom’s investment
paid off in ways he could have never anticipated.
The titles of “carl” and “jarl” still remain in
Vestenmennavenjar, but they mean different things.
No longer is the noble caste atop the merchant
caste, looking down. Rather, they stand side by side.
And Vestenmennavenjar has become an economic
kingdom stretching across the world.

Now, Vestenmennavenjar is one of the greatest
economic powers in Théah, if not the greatest.
Sponsored by the jarls, organized by the carls and
powered by an economic force called the “Guilder.”
The most important development in Vesten’s
history has been the formation of the Vendel League.
Formed in the city it was named after, the League
is a conglomeration of merchants and craftsmen of
not only Vendel, but of the entirety of Théah.

Nearly every Nation has adopted the League’s currency, the Guilder, making Vesten a world power nearly overnight. They are still the northmen. They are still
raiding the treasures of foreign lands. But now, they’re
doing it with a smile and a handshake.

There has been no real “high king” (Mjötuðr)
of Vestenmennavenjar for at least two centuries.
Warring nobles claimed the title, but none kept it
for very long. Now, the Vendel League—the most
powerful merchants in Vestenmennavenjar—controls
the Nation’s destiny. The jarls still exist and serve as
Vestenmennavenjar’s military force, also keeping the
peace within the Nation’s borders, almost like Avalon’s
sheriffs, but with much more distinction.
The culture’s change has merged the warrior and the
merchant into a single entity, both figuratively and
literally. They are now seen as two sides of the same
coin, so to speak. In fact, on one side of the Guilder
coin is the sword and on the other is the wheel: the
two symbols of Vestenmennavenjar power.


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