Vanaheim, the Great Forest
Vanaheim is the garden and the orchard of the Nine Worlds. Visitors feel like they have arrived on a lush, gigantic island with a temperate climate, made up of vast prairies and green forests. Anything can grow here, because the soil is the most fertile of all the worlds. Seasons are the same as on Midgard, however winter temperatures are milder and differ only so much as to allow good harvests. The sky is clear and immaculate between refreshing showers.
On the coast, precipitous cliffs alternate with white sandy beaches. Fishing is a common activity because the sea overflows with fish thanks to the influence of Njord (patron of fishermen) and the benevolence of Aegir, the sea giant.
Small villages in many ways similar to Midgard’s are populated with welcoming and reserved Vanir. Baskets with fruits and grain are set on standing stones carved with runes, and the whole island is sacred. Desecrating or corrupting it is considered an unforgivable offence that would immediately lead to the expulsion of the offender (if he is lucky). The Vanir should not be mistaken as simple farmers, unable to fight. They have shown during the war against the Aesir that they can hold their own and even take hostages.
The three main Vanir gods (Njörd, Frey and his sister Freya) come back to their domains whenever they wish. However, they have to take turns returning home to ensure that the Vanir always have a voice on the Asgard council.
The Vanir and their creatures
Various Palaces and Villages
Wild Creatures of Vanaheim
As well as many wild animals, the woods are the domains of the dryads, nymphs linked to trees and of the sylphs, air elementals. They often live inside trees or in foliage. They are shy and hide from strangers, but appropriate offerings and proof of respect are sometimes enough to appease them. They are generally peaceful and not very aggressive, but they do not understand the ways of humans. They sometimes get offended when ignored, but will only attack if their life is threatened. Otherwise, when upset, they disappear into the vegetation.