Legends of Thassilon
Varisians (pronounced vah-RHIS-ee-ann), the native residents of Varisia, are a free-spirited people who know numerous secrets of their beautiful homeland. For many Varisians, the world is a wondrous place full of potential, and they want to see as much as they can. As travelers, most Varisians possess piecemeal knowledge on varied subjects, picked up from roadside conversations and tales passed down from their elders. Among such eclectic expertise is a tradition of fortune-telling. Varisian fortune-telling cards, called harrow decks, are well known throughout Golarion, and many people pay to have their cards read in a harrowing. Varisians love music and dance, and often perform for money when they are allowed within a community. Like the Shoanti they share their homeland with, Varisians have a tradition of wearing elaborate tattoos. Their imagery employs shapes suggestive of winged creatures, naturalistic images, and lengthy lines of mystical symbols—the meanings of which are known only to their people.
Some Varisians do settle down and form settlements or inhabit districts in larger cities. Sadly, Varisia’s largest cities— Korvosa and, to a lesser extent, Magnimar—were both formed by Chelish settlers, leading many residents to treat Varisians like second-class citizens. Yet Varisians’ ill reputation is not entirely undue. Among their varied people are the Sczarni clans, criminal families that specialize in con artistry and illegal activities. Despite their criminal proclivities, Sczarni are still Varisians, and cleave to their people’s bold natures, free-spirited ways, and devotion to family.
Though they are now largely nomadic, Varisians believe that they once came from a land devastated by some great tragedy. Many Varisians cling to the belief that their people will one day be led to a new land, one perhaps divinely appointed.
Varisians love multisyllabic, musical names. Names often contain “sh” and “z” sounds, which Varisians find pleasing to the ear. Both male and female names can end in vowels, and outsiders sometimes have difficulty telling male and female Varisian names apart. Varisians have a given name and a family name, and often go by a nickname among close friends and family. Those passing through cities may use false names to avoid attaching an unwanted reputation to their true names. Varisians attach sentimental value to the names of beloved relatives that have since passed on, and many are named for grandparents who themselves were named for even older relatives.
Female Names: Agustianna, Czigana, Denessia, Euzenia, Gianya, Ilmmya, Malena, Marizzinel, Rhawniya, Sayerisha, Shalaye, Talabretha, Ticaria, Yeililia, Ziomarra.
Male Names: Adalabero, Bavolio, Casamen, Eleuterio, Fane, Filsha, Garridan, Kostin, Lukain, Melshanto, Porfirizo, Sandu, Temetem, Therelo, Vili, Zacarias
Family Names: Abbarrio, Bolmosa, Callinova, Cazynsik, Endronil, Frallino, Giuleppeschi, Imoroa, Korvaski, Lilparino, Magravi, Mavashti, Noulaski, Omoroi, Palasseri, Roiat, Sapaulo, Teskarova, Vishki, Vitteri, Zimantiu