Vaspurakan is a mountainous region that lies between the Videssian westlands and Makuran and southeast of Erzerum. Vaspurakan is rich in mines and resources and has been coveted and fought over by both Makuran and Videssos, prompting the Vaspurakaners to unite with each other if they are ever invaded by outsiders, despite the occasional internal feud. At its height, Videssos ruled Vaspurakan but lost it not long after the Khamorth invasion.
The Vaspurakaners are bushy-bearded with large fleshy noses . They believe that their eponymous ancestor Vaspur was the firstborn man, the first created by Phos and Vaspurakan the first land made by Phos. Thus everyone Vaspurakaner is a Prince and Vaspurakan is called the Princes' Land. It is unknown if the belief of Vaspur the Firstborn originates with the Khamorth invasion and fragmentation of the Videssian Empire (as was the case with the Balancer and Phos' Wager).
Many Vaspurakaners leave their homeland to seek their fortunes in Videssos, often serving a number of crucial roles in the military and bureaucracy, despite the average Videssians' ignorance of their importance.
Vaspurakan has numerous nakharar (warrior-princes) who rule smaller fiefdoms.
The name Vaspurakan itself is the old name for Armenia, and the world "nakharar" is Armenian as well.