The Cradle is a region in the south of Vudra that features heavily in the country's national mythology.
According to Vudran mythology, the river goddess Dhavala helped sustain the early Vudran civilisation along with a vast forest that once covered much of the Cradle. Deforestation has claimed much of that forest, but Dhavala is still widely worshipped across the region.1
The mahajanapadas of the region are renowned for holding grudges, particularly the mahajanapadas of Kaurata and Pandata, who have been intermittently at war for centuries. War is so common that a region called the Plains of Conflict is left unsettled as a permanent, designated battleground in order to preserve the region's longstanding farmlands.1
New Vedagad, the region's largest city, is a reconstruction of a city destroyed by earthquakes more than two centuries ago. Its lucrative direct road connection with the Vudran capital city Indapatta has been targeted by raiders and neighbors alike.1