by Ben McSweeney
|Featured In||The Stormlight Archive|
”Urithiru was said to be the center of the Silver Kingdoms, a city that held ten thrones, one for each king. It was the most majestic, most amazing, most important city in all the world.
The orders of the Knights Radiant were centered here and it is said to have been the center of the Silver Kingdoms holding ten thrones, one for each king. At the time of the Recreance the Oathgates in the 9 surviving cities were sealed.
It is said to be somewhere near the middle of Roshar but the exact location is unknown. It is known that many wished for it to be built in Alethela but it has been confirmed that it was located west of Alethela in the place "nearest to Honor."There was some disagreement as to whether or not Urithiru was accessible by foot. Varala and Sinbian both claimed that it was inaccessible by foot but in Nohadon's eighth parable from The Way of Kings he claimed that he walked from Abamabar to Urithiru (though later confessed to Dalinar he used an Oathgate). The only known way to get to Urithiru without the use of Surgebinding is through an Oathgate.
Urithiru is located on the east side of a mountain.
There is a village in the foothills of the mountain to the south of the tower. Szeth had gone by this village so many times that he mused that at some point they had started thinking of him as some sort of god, leaving out tributes of spheres for him to use for stormlight.
Urithiru consists of 10 levels, with each level being 18 stories tall. Each level is wider going down and there are numerous balconies on the sides of the tower. The roofs of the lower, wider levels have gardens built into them. On the Stormward side of Urithiru there are large glass windows. Remarkably, this glass has stood for thousands of years and is still intact. Urithiru is surrounded by the ten plateaus of the Oathgates. The interior of Urithiru is filled with tunnels that twist about in strange curves, Dalinar hypothesized that this was to fool invaders.  Each tunnel had distinctive patterns of strata, for instance, the corridor to Dalinar quarters had alternating red and yellow strips of strata that sloped upwards while the strata in the bathhouse where Vedekar Perel's body was found spiraled and corkscrewed. Known strata colors include shades of brown, yellow, red, and orange. The stone itself was smooth to the touch and hard enough that it could not be scratched with a knife.