Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and to many species', this applies to knowledge as well.
To some, the Vistians are extremely intelligent thanks to the fact that their training and skill in the realm of magic is unmatched. However, to those that have chosen a different path for their species, for those that deem science more important than magic, Vistians are completely ignorant.
They are extremely spiritual and ritualistic in their beliefs, with mythology and legend playing a large role in the way they go about their everyday lives. An example of this is the rumors surrounding the Burning Tree. They are told the tales of old from the time they are born, and though some deviate, they are few and far between.
As a whole, the Vistians are a peaceful species, tending towards using their magic for good instead of evil. Their law heavily enforces this potential for good and disciplines those who stray. As a result of this, one of the things Vistians regret most is their involvement in the Great War.