Rise of the Terrans
Natives to the planet Vanaheim in the Ginnungagap System, the Vanir share a sun with the Æsir home world of Asgard and the Jötnar homeworld of Niflheim. Of the three solar cousins, the Vanir are by far the most peaceful and progressive. Being between Asgard and Niflheim, Vanaheim is the most comfortable of the three planets and the most prosperous. For this reason, the Vanir rarely fought wars and were able to make significant scientific progress, achieving space flight well before either of their solar cousins. In many ways, the Vanir are responsible for advancing the Jötnar and Æsir into space faring races. Unlike their more aggressive solar cousins, the Vanir are not particularly war like, and often seek diplomatic solutions or clever manipulations to end conflicts. Despite the Asgardian Empire being named for the Æsir home planet, most of the leaders of the empire have at least some Vanir blood, and many are either pureblooded Vanir or close to it.