The Vistins are a noble family that owns the Altid Duchy. It is located in western Nova Vaasa in the corner formed by Barovia and the Shadow Rift. Blacktower Heights, the strongly fortified seat of the family, stands beside the the Altid Bluffs.
The Vistin family is one of the Five families that ruled Nova Vaasa by rotating the position of prince among their respective patriarchs according to a schedule called the Cycle of Stewards. In 729 Kethmar Bolshnik was serving as prince when he died in office. His son Othmar became prince in his sted, under the tutelege of a regent at his father’s request. At the end of the Bolshnik term of office the regent, Duke Tristen Hiregaard, stepped down but Prince Othmar Bolshnik refused to do likewise, claiming that the regency had robbed him and his family of their turn. By remaining in office, Prince Othmar broke the Cycle of Stewards. He remains in office today.