- "The Vassa keeps what it takes."
- —old northern adage
The Vassa River is the marker of the border between Scanra and Tortall. Since it is a northern river, the water is freezing throughout the year. It is also has a famed current that is extremely treacherous.
- "Doesn't this river know it's summer? I'd freeze up halfway through!"
- —Domitan of Masbolle