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Vudra
A Vudrani
(Nation)
Titles Impossible Kingdoms of Vudra
Capital Indapatta
Ruler Maharajah Rajeshwar
Government More than a hundred mahajanapadas, or semi-independent kingdoms ruled by rajahs in service of the maharajah
Demonym Vudrani (singular and plural)
Adjective Vudran
Languages Vudrani
Religions Thousands of Vudran deities, including Irori

Source: Sixty Feet Under, pg(s). 67

Vudra (pronounced VOO-drah)[1] (also known as Vandu)[2] is a vast peninsula extending from southeastern Casmaron with a total area nearly equal that of Avistan.[3] Vudra is home to the Vudrani, a human ethnicity known for their gregariousness. Also known as the Impossible Kingdoms, Vudra consists of more than one hundred mahajanapadas: semi-independent kingdoms ruled by rajahs. These rajahs in turn serve the maharajah, an emperor-like figure descended from Khiben-Sald, who in his lifetime spent a decade as an honored guest of the ancient Garundi wizard-king Nex.[4]

Most recent contact between Vudra and the Inner Sea region comes as a direct result of Vudrani now dwelling on the Isle of Jalmeray, located in the Obari Ocean between the countries of Nex and Qadira.[5][4]

History

The history of Vudra and of Golarion as a whole is told in the Mizravrtta Brahmodya, dictated to the sage Balazastrin by the goddess Likha.[6] According to this account, Vudra formed when the goddess Vudravati walked across Golarion and was wooed by the twin brothers Obari and Embaral. She took both as lovers, but, consumed by jealously, they started fighting each other, so Vudravati lay between them as a barrier and went to sleep until they could reconcile. In doing so, her body became the land of Vudra, inhabited by her children with Obari and Embaral.[7] This account claims that Vudra has been in existence for 50,000 years ago, older even than the rise of Azlant. Most foreign scholars, however, dismiss such claims as exaggeration.[4]

During the Age of Destiny, city‑states emerged along the Dhavala River basin. For centuries, Vudra was consumed by endless wars between the mahajanapadas until the ascension of Irori, an event said to have caused the entire subcontinent to stop warring and pay respect to him.[7]

Early history

By the middle 300s AR, Vudra was culturally united, but politically split amongst a "hundred" kingdoms of varying degrees of interdependence. The spawn of Rovagug called Kothgaz, the Dance of Disharmony came upon the chaotic region and wrought much destruction. The legendary psychic Vanitapati led the defense of this land, channelling the collective will of countless psychics, occultists, sorcerers and common people. In a battle that supposedly cost a million Vudrani lives, the hero-priests cast the spawn into the ocean and boiled it, weakening it to the point where the creature's heart could be extracted. The heart was cut into 101 pieces and not all are still to be found in Vudra.[7][8]

Khiben-Sald

Two centuries later in 530 AR,[8] the "jungle princess" Chhaya began the process of unification. Khiben-Sald claimed descent from Vanitapati, decapitated Chhaya, exposed a rakshasa plot to turn her into their puppet, and founded the city of Indapatta as Vudra's capital.[4][8][7]

In 563 AR, Khiben-Sald sailed west to Jalmeray, then a part of the magical realm of Nex.[9] When he died in 597 AR, Vudra was one of the most powerful empires on Golarion, and his descendants have held the title of maharajah since then.[7]

In 2822 AR the Vudrani returned and wrested control of Jalmeray from the Arclords of Nex, making a permanent colony in the Inner Sea region.[10]

In 4275 AR, rogue occultists attempted to replicate Vanitapati's psychic channelling, but failed to control such tremendous power, leading to an earthquake and tsunami in the eastern Vudran coast that killed tens of thousands.[10][7]

When Aroden died, the oceans retreated, exposing a massive land bridge connecting Vudra to a remote set of islands filled with fissures that unleashed thousands of aberrations. The desperate mahajanapadas built a line of fortifications, but the front has always been desperate and tenuous.[7]

Inner Sea region explorers

The great explorer Selmius Foster of the Pathfinder Society blazed a trade route from Absalom to Vudra in 4320 AR. He perished ten years later, in 4330 AR, on the island of Bhopan while continuing his voyages into the east.[11]

House Arkona of Korvosa became a major trading concern between Avistan and Vudra after their final gamble of sending a trading vessel in 4458 AR—dubbed the Reprieve—proved more profitable than their wildest dreams. The Arkonans continued to send ships up to 4708 AR.[12]

Rajput Shivji Shashibhushan, a necromancer, constructed the Palace of Ivory and Bone in 4465 AR, but the rajahs finally defeated him and razed his jungle stronghold in 4505 AR.[13]

Inhabitants

A Vudran ratfolk practitioner of ranatagi.

The Vudran people have a reputation for being consummate exaggerators and embellishers, a trait that would make them unbearable were it not for their constant good cheer and charisma.[3] Beside the native Vudrani humans, Vudra is also home to half-elves,[14] tieflings (particularly faultspawn, spitespawn, and beastbrood),[15] garudas,[16] ratfolk,[17] and rakshasas.[18] Janni are often bound into service for Vudran nobles.[19]

Religion

Vudra is the home of Irori, who is one of the core gods of the incredibly diverse and complicated Vudran pantheon.[6][3] The thousand gods of Vudra also include such deities as Chamidu,[20] Dhalavei,[21] Diomazul,[22] Gruhastha,[6] Lahkgya[23] Likha, Raumya, Suyuddha,[6] Vineshvakhi,[24] and Vritra.[25] It is believed that the Child-Goddess may be also of Vudran origin.[26]

References

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  2. James Jacobs. (June 24, 2008). "Gorrish River", Paizo Messageboard.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 James Jacobs et al. (2011). The Inner Sea World Guide, p. 206. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-269-2
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Erik Mona et al. (2008). Campaign Setting, p. 154-155. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-112-1
  5. Erik Mona et al. (2008). Campaign Setting, p. 28-29. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-112-1
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Erik Mona et al. (2008). Campaign Setting, p. 39. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-112-1
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 Saif Ansari. (2020). Vudra, The Impossible Kingdoms. Sixty Feet Under, p. 69. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-64078-263-1
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