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Some thoughts about the Verdans and other "related" people

by Átila Pires dos Santos


Babosas was an Verdan-speaker barony, east of Vilaverde, conquered and absorbed by Hule in 971. Originally settled by Traladarans and Hulean-descended humans, this region was deeply influenced by the Verdan traders. Eventually, the powerful Verdan traders of the Babosas family claimed this land as their own barony. The Verdan cultural influence can still be noted in the names Babosas (now Babriz) and Caracóis (Snails, now Karakoy).


Originally part of Narvaez and now part of Texeiras, Vila Franca has an unique Verdan dialect, heavily influenced by Espa (based on RW Galician). Capital of the now destroyed barony of Marino, Vila Franca has an seafarer tradition comparable to Porto Preto, also due Verdan influence.

Vila Franca used to attract many Vanya followers because this town had a relic of Vanya, a weapon she possessed when she was still a mortal. How this relic ended in the Savage Coast is not known; even the story how it was found is questionable. It is said that a young cleric of Vanya had a dream where he was being guided through Guadalimas and showed where this lost relic was. The relic was brought back to Vila Franca and the fame of the lost relic of Faña/Fanha spread in the region. Not much after this, the last independent elven settlement were conquered by Ispan Conquistadores, inspired by the relic, making their way to Torreón through Vila Franca.

The relic had disappeared after the last local wars, when Vila Franca was ransacked.

(This idea was based on RW Santiago de Compostela)


The Verdan culture differs from Espa due Yavdlom influence. The Yavi people that settled on the Savage Baronies region was called Oiobá. This Tanagoro humans lived on an small island, close to the Serpent Peninsula. Guided by an Babalawo/Ramla (seer), Ekundayo, leader of the seafarers Oiobá, ordered his people to prepare themselves to migrate, their home was no longer safe. So, they arrived in the north shores of the Gulf of Hule (906 AC) and found the ruins of a fishing village (it's name was Villa Naval). Following the prediction, they settled there, renaming the village as Adetokunbo (that means "the crown came from over the sea"). The Oiobá claimed all the region between Vilaverde and Narvaez as part of Yavdlom, absorbing the local Ispan settlers and mingling with them (many Oiobá found their way into Vilaverde as well). When the old Ekundayo died (909 AC), his two sons divided the land; while part of it was officially still part of Yavdlom, the other part now was the Dominion of Tanaka, with Adetokundo as the capital.
Eventually, the Yavdlom territory became Texeiras (in 929 AC) and twenty nine years later Takana was absorbed by it, renaming the name of its capital as Velha Navalha (Old Razor), deriving from the original Ispan name Villa Naval (Naval Village).
Oiobá culture deeply influenced the Verdan people. This includes the Verdan favoured Immortals:

Oiobá | Verdan | "Real Name"

Iemanjá | A Sereia | Calitha Starbrow
Iansã | Fanha | Vanya
Oxum | Valérias | Valerias
Xangô | O General | Thor
Exu | O Embaixador | Masauwu

Iemanjá is the Oiobás' main patron due their seafarer tradition (the modern Verdans have inherited both characteristics). The name "Baía da Sereia" (Bay of the Mermaid) was given to this bay to honour A Sereia/Calitha.

There are other Immortals that the Oiobá that still lives in Yavdlom also worships:

Orunmilá-Ifá | Yav
Ogum | Halav
Oçanhe | Zirchev
Oxóssi | Faunus
Ibeji | Korotiku
Nanã | Hel
*Abaluaê | Chardastes
*Omolu | Yagrai

*These Immortals sometimes are believed to be the same entity (two sides of the same coin: healing and disease), but they are, in fact, two different Immortals (Chardastes and Yagrai).