Uttara Kuru

Uttara Kuru lies just north of the Himelian Mountains but south of Meru. It is more specifically located just north of the area where Vendhya’s northern border meets Kosala’s northern border. Some claim there is an elixir in Uttara Kuru that brings eternal peace of mind, ensures the infirmities of old age never happen and quenches thirst forever. For this reason, the people are thought to be ageless and without disease. Since they are supposedly ageless, Uttara Kuru elects its kings to rule for certain periods of time so that no one person rules for all time. Also, this is supposed to be a land with a form of gold used by the gods for their ornaments. Uttara Kuru is also deemed to have an unbeatable military force defending its borders. Women in Uttara Kuru are utterly free; they mayeven stray from their marriages without censure for they have a culture of free love. Uttara Kuru is noted also for its ponies. There are nine major mountains and nine major lakes in their territory; one of the deeper ravines is said to have a bamboo forest. The architecture of the capital city (also called Uttara Kuru) is haunting and strange. Most people dismiss this land as mythical.

  • Mount Kai-Lesh – Every year, Uttara Kuru is the destination of thousands of pilgrims who arrive to walk around the holy mountain Kai-Lesh, believing that to walk around the mountain on foot (a fifteen hour ordeal for someone in good shape) will bring good fortune. It takes three days of hard walking just to reach the mountain from the pass at the juncture of Vendhya’s and Kosala’s respective northern borders.
  • Kusai – Kusai is a dank smelling vermin city on the outskirts of Uttara Kuru. Its inhabitants are squalid and feral.
  • Shinu – Shinu is the dread village of the dead where caches of gold are hidden, for evil men come to Shinu to pay gold for a living death. The village reeks of death.

Uttara Kuru

Hyboria JamesPozenel