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Vintas is a country in the eastern part of the Four Corners of Civilization. It is bordered by the Stormwal Mountains to the east, Modeg to the north, and the Small Kingdoms to the west.

Though once part of the Aturan Empire, Vintas has been ruled for centuries by the Calanthis family. The current king, Roderic Calanthis, rules from the capital city of Renere. Other major cities include Severen, which is ruled by the Maer Alveron, and the Free City of Tinuë. Vintas also contains portions of the Eld.

Vintish people tend to be superstitious, especially about the Fae and Draugar. They view the arcane arts with great suspicion.

Social Rings

Social rank is important in Vintish society. One custom reflecting this is the use of rings of various materials when sending messages or arranging appointments. A gold ring is sent to a person who outranks you, a silver ring to a person of equal or undetermined rank, and an iron ring to someone below you.

In modern times only the gold, silver and iron rings are common in the court, considered to be Court Rings, but the tradition existed among the common folk a long time before it was adopted by the gentry, and some outside of the court still use them. Some of the rings used by common folk include a ring of green grass, given to the girl someone was courting, a ring of leather promising service, a ring of horn showing powerful and lasting enmity, and a ring of bone (the one that Stapes has given Kvothe) indicating a profound and lasting debt. In the old times, this ring would have been carved from a deceased family member.

A ring of wood was used, in the past, to call servants much below your status, but with time it became an offense, as servants would be unpleased to receive one of those when a fellow servant would receive an iron ring. Now, sending someone a wooden ring is a serious offense, showing that person is considered inhuman and beneath contempt. Kvothe is given a wooden ring by Meluan before leaving the court.

Nobility

In Vintas, the nobility have more privilege than in the more egalitarian Commonwealth. Some noble families can trace their lineage back hundreds of years or more. Powerful families include Calanthis, Alveron, Lackless, and Jakis.

Succession line

Vintas is governed by the monarchy, being the Calanthis the rulers, and being their vassals the different nobles of the region, from dukes and barons to knights. For wealth, power, and kinship with the royal house, there is a succession line marked at the beginning of the history of Kvothe, which indicates who are closest to the throne:

1. Roderic Calanthis (actual king)
2. Royal family member (his heir?)
3. Royal family member (princess Ariel?)
4. Royal family member
5. Prince regent
6. Prince regent
7. Prince regent Alaitis
8. Maershon Lerand Alveron
9. Duchess Samista
10. Aculeus Lackless
11. Meluan Lackless
12. Surthen family member
13. Surthen family member
14. Surthen family member
15. Surthen family member
16. Baron Jakis
17. Ambrose Jakis
18. Ambrose's sister

However, after the death of the entire Surthen family at sea, and with the death of Prince Alaitis due to a duel, the line of succession of Vintas becomes the following:

1. Roderic Calanthis (actual king)
2. Royal family member (his heir?)
3. Royal family member (princess Ariel?)
4. Royal family member
5. Prince regent
6. Prince regent
7. Maershon Lerand Alveron
8. Duchess Samista
9. Aculeus Lackless
10. Meluan Lackless
11. Baron Jakis
12. Ambrose Jakis
13. Ambrose's sister


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