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The Varki are a human ethnic group who inhabit the extreme north of Avistan, primarily the region of the Lands of the Linnorm Kings known as Icemark. These semi-nomadic fishers, furriers, and reindeer herders are believed to be descended from Erutaki who migrated south from the Crown of the World, Varisians who migrated northward, and exiled Tian.
The Varki do not recognize any of the Linnorm Kings, instead following the reindeer (caribou) herds across the northern plains, sometimes even as far east as Irrisen and the Realm of the Mammoth Lords.
The Varki people are isolated and typically ignored by the rest of the nation, a fact which they appreciate. Semi-nomadic, the Varki travel frequently, with each tribe avoiding the other in order to share the resources of the region fairly. Although each tribe has their own customs and social belief, marriage between the tribes is common in order to prevent in-breeding and to allow individuals to select a tribe more accepting of their personal beliefs and inclinations.
Universally however, the Varki believe that with age comes wisdom and power, and thus the elders are respected above all. Furthermore, they are a conservative people, with new ideas (especially from outsiders) being frowned upon.
The Varki consist mostly upon a diet of meat, either from the aurochs or the caribou. Some limited farming does occur despite the harsh environment, but the food produced is a treat rather than a staple part of their diet.
Scrimshaw, leather, furs and meat are the primary trade goods from the Varki people.