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Urithiru
Urithiru

Urithiru: City of Kings
Fan art by lonsheep[1]

Type City
Location Unknown
Inhabitants Alethi Warcamps
Created Before or during the Heraldic Epochs

Urithiru is a city from the days of the Heraldic Epochs. It is where the ten Orders of the Knights Radiant were centered,[1] and it was said to be the center of the ten Silver Kingdoms, holding ten thrones, one for each king.[2]

It was the most majestic, most amazing, most important city in all the world.[2] Reportedly located somewhere to the west of the kingdom of Alethela, in the place 'nearest to Honor',[3] it was abandoned even before the Lost Radiants turned against mankind, an event known as the Day of Recreance.[2]

"Though many wished Urithiru to be built in Alethela, it was obvious that it could not be. And so it was that we asked for it to be placed westward, in the place nearest to Honor.

Jasnah's note: Perhaps the oldest surviving original source mentioning the city, requoted in The Vavibrar, line 1804. What I wouldn't give for a way to translate the Dawnchant.[3]

The scholars, Varala and Sinbian, both claim the city was inaccessible by foot. However, in The Way of Kings, Nohadon claims to have walked from Abamabar to Urithiru, forgoing the usual method of rapid transportation. It was suggested that perhaps a way was constructed, or Nohadon was being metaphorical.[4]

Present DayEdit

SS Urithiru BS

Shallan's Sketchbook: Urithiru
Drawing by Ben McSweeney[5]

Shallan suggests to Jasnah that the knowledge of Urithiru was just one of the things that the Hierocracy suppressed. To this, Jasnah agrees, but believes that such knowledge had already begun to fade into history even before then, but that the Hierocracy hadn't helped.[6]

According to Dalinar, making this place his fortress was like camping in an unknown land.[7]

LocationEdit

Urithiru is located within the mountains south of the Purelake in the center of the continent of Roshar, somewhere near Tu Bayla or Emul.[8] Even if isolated, according to Dalinar, the city's remote location makes it incredibly defensible.[8]

DescriptionEdit

Within the structure of the city tower that is Urithiru, there are strange fabrial lifts. Each resembles a balcony and is one of many that line a vast open shaft in the middle of the city - a columnar space as wide as a ballroom, which stretches up from the first floor to the last. The balconies crawl steadily along vertical trenches in the walls. Currently, only a handful of the dozens of the lifts work. Back when Urithiru flourished, they all would have been going at once.[7]

The tiers of the city, despite looking circular from the front, are actually more half-circles, with their flat sides facing east. The edges of the lower levels meld into the mountains to either side, but the very center is open to the east. The rooms up against the flat side have windows there, providing a view toward the Origin.[7]

Each tier is smaller than the one below it, but the roof there is over a hundred yards wide. It is cold there.[7]

In the central shaft, windows make up one wall. It is a pure, single, unbroken pane of glass hundreds of feet tall. In daylight, they light the shaft with brilliant sunlight.[7]

Several pillars designed with representations of the orders of Radiants stand on the top floor of the tower. A set of steps there take one up through a trapdoor onto the very roof of the tower.[7]

NotesEdit

Szeth visited Urithiru, sitting atop the highest tower in the world, hidden in the tops of the mountains, when he contemplated the End of All Things.[9]

He found it to be the perfect place for his contemplation, and if he hadn't been bound to an Oathstone, if he had been another man entirely, he would've stayed there.[9]

According to him, it was the only place in the east where the stones were not cursed, where walking on them was allowed. To him, this place was holy.[9]

SpeculationEdit

If Urithiru is " ... the place nearest to Honor," was the city also near to where Honor was splintered? Or, is Urithiru atop the highest mountain in the region, thereby making it as close as possible as it could be to the Almighty?

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