The Pirates Of Atlantis
The history of Varinia largely parallels that of Avaria. A breakaway kingdom from what would in time become the Empire of Hazaria, much of its early history involves fending off attacks from Hazarian tribes and armies. Since no rivers, hills, or other natural barriers shield Varinia from Hazaria, it was a natural target for raiding and attempts at reconquest. Facing the threats of the Lemurians and the Hazarians, Varinia decided it preferred to join the Dominion, and it was responsible for convincing Hernicia and Avaria to do the same.
Living as they do at the “roof of the world” (as they say), the Varinians are a hardy folk accustomed to self-reliance and stoicism. “Hard as a Varinian winter, hard as a Varinian heart,” the Atlantean philosopher and world traveler Attricus once put it, and many others have echoed his sentiments. Despite this, if one can break through their outer shell, Varinians can become deeply loyal friends and, in their own quiet way, fun-loving.
Their favorite recreations seem to be drinking kispa, an amber-colored alcoholic beverage, and playing filec, a semi-oracular game using a variety of carved stone pieces thrown like dice. They speak Hazarian like their neighbors to the south, but with a heavy dialect that sometimes makes it difficult for other Hazarian speakers to understand.
Most Varinians do a little farming, a little fishing, and a lot of herding of the shaggy Varinian cattle and domesticated deer. They spend the long winter indoor hours working on some sort of craft like woodcarving, weaving, or the like. They worship the Atlantean pantheon, but pay far more attention to a few minor gods, such as Heinara goddes of winter, than to the main gods favored by the Atlanteans themselves. Their ruler, Prince Arhons, is a quiet man with few burdensome duties since his people are so self-disciplined and tradition-bound.
|Everyman Skill Addition||Rating|
|AK: Varinia||8 -|
|L: Hazarian (No Literacy)||Rank 4|
|L: Atlantean (No Literacy)||Rank 3|
|PS: (Farmer, Fisherman, Shepherd, Woodcarver, Weaver – Pick one)||11 -|