Towns and Villages of Hyrule
Hyrulian Settlements: Zelda III/V
In Zelda V: Ocarina of Time, Hyrule is extremely small with one town and one village, along with various settlements for the other races that inhabit the country. In Zelda III: A Link To The Past, only one village remains along with Hyrule Castle. These are possibly named after their counterparts in the original Hyrule before it was destroyed by floods in Zelda IX: The Wind Waker.
This vast stone building stands beyond a gaping chasm on the outskirts if the Gerudo Desert and is home to the Gerudo warriors. In this very fortess Ganondorf Dragmire reigned as King, and later, the sage Nabooru reigned as Queen. Further west deeper into the desert past the oasis is their temple where they worship their deity, The Great Godddess.
Built deep with the caverns of Death Mountain, these caves are home to the stone eating creatures, the Gorons. The Gorons harvest bomb flowers to help them in their search to find their favourite kind of stone, ususally within the hottest caverns of the mountains. There are two entrances to the city; one from the top of Death Mountain, the second deep within the Lost Woods.
Hyrule Castle Town
Hyrule Castle Town adopts a traditional motte and bailey design, with the town being built at the foot of the castle to protect it. Although small, the town is the centre for all activity in Hyrule and includes a thriving marketplace and many shops down the various alleyways. The Temple of Time is also situated in the town, standing before the castle, to the north of the town. It is protected by a drawbridge, which closes at dusk every night.
Kakariko Village (Zelda V)
This small village nestles at the foot of Death Mountain, to the east of Hyrule Castle Town. To the north, a path winds up to Death Mountain and to the east of the town is built a huge windmill. Further east is a graveyard. Kakariko contains provisioner shops and many of the inhabitants keep animals like cuccos. It is said to be built upon the ruins of the Shadow Temple.
Kakariko Village (Zelda III)
The sole settlement in Hyrule, Kakariko Village is situated to the west of Hyrule Castle and south of the Lost Woods . This busy village homes much of the Hyrulian population and contains a friendly tavern, blacksmiths, library and bustling village square. It is also home to the village Elder.
Deep within the mysterious Lost Woods is a small settlement that is home to the Kokiri. They live in harmony with nature, particularly the faeries, in small treehouses with rope bridges suspended between various buildings and ladders to reach them. It is protected by the spirit guardian the Great Deku Tree.
These watery caves that lie beyond the Zora Waterfall are home to the fish-like race of the Zora. The Zora Fountain is also here, which is a shrine to the patron deity, Lord Jabu-Jabu.
Hyrulian Settlements: Zelda I-II/Cartoons/Comics
By this point in time, Hyrule has expanded as a country with many more towns and villages with the monarchy now living at North Castle. The towns and villages have little description to them in the games so these are are mostly elaboration on my part.
Mountain Town of Darunia
This small town stands on the treacherous Northwest coastline of East Hyrule. Because of the high tides, it only has a very small port. Its main source of income comes from the mines in the nearby mountains. Since it often gets cold being so high up, the buildings are made of stone, and although rough, are practical and warm. In Darunia, you will find many fine pubs and taverns, and also an excellent armoury, for metal working is a popular skill of its inhabitants.
Originally, this small village was the settlement of those who fled from the town of Kasuto when it was destroyed by Ganon. It is very secluded, situated in a tiny cove on the Southeast coast of East Hyrule, surrounded by mountains, trees and ocean. It has no main income as such, and its inhabitants are mainly old people, living there for the peace and tranquilty of the countryside.
This is the opulent and majestic capital of Hyrule, with easily the largest population. It is built on the Northeast shore of West Hyrule, and has a large port, which means it's main sources of income are trading and ship building. Mido is a beautiful town, where you will find marble buildings and magnificent statues in mock Hylian style. The Mido Gardens are a large park to the west of the town, which contains many beautiful flowers, trees, fountains and toperaries, making it a favourite place for weddings. In Mido you can find the Royal Theatre, a Music Hall, Temple and a vast library. There are many shops and a large market place, where you can buy everything from weaponry to exotic goods from abroad. An emphasisis put on hospitality, so you will find fine taverns and entertainment in Mido. Many people also visit Mido to go to the large graveyard that lies to the south of the town, to see the graves of their loved ones.
Nabooru is Hyrule's second largest town, situated in the middle of the Great Plains of East Hyrule. There is a large port on the West coast, with a clear road that takes a little less than an afternoon to reach Nabrooru. The town has a large wall around it, once built for security, but it is more of an architectural decoration now. Nabrooru is a bustling trading centre, with a large market selling goods from the nearby village of Karul, and you can also purchase fine craftswork from the artist's guild. Nabrooru is famous for its Fighting Hall, where many a traveller or warrior may train, and so the town is a favourite meeting place for such adventurers. Because it is a popular stop for travellers. Nabrooru has several pubs and taverns, with very hospitable barmaids and excellent bards.
Old Kasuto, situated in the south part of East Hyrule was once almost destroyed by one of Ganon's raids, and many of its inhabitants fled in fear. For the past 5 or so years, the town has begun to be restored to its former glory. It is a popular place for scholars, and for those wishing to learn the ways of magic. Kasuto has a fine Temple, a huge, well-stocked library, and also a small observatory. Kasuto is also the home of excellent healers, who charge little to help a weary traveller. It is a very spiritual place. Many herbs and regents can be purchased here, and also books may be borrowed from the library.
Rauru is a small village that lies to the south of North Castle in West Hyrule. It is very quaint and picturesque, its main sources of income coming from the clothiers and carpenters who reside there. Rauru has many large orchards of fruit, and it also produces the most beautiful roses in the whole of Hyrule. It has an excellent tavern, and a small market where the village people like to sell their fine hand-crafted wares each weekend.
Ruto Town is situated in the far Northwestern corner of West Hyrule, at the foot of the high mountains of Ruto Range. To the west lies the lush Ruto Forest, further beyond, North Castle. It has many mines, where much of the population works, unless they are forestry workers. There is a small saw mill in Ruto, but the town mainly consists of shops, where merchants will buy and sell many goods. Fine horses may be purchased here, and there are plenty of taverns and provison shops towards the south end of the town.
River Town of Saria
Saria is one of the prettiest towns, with quaint wooden buildings built along the many tributaries of the Southern River in West Hyrule. It is the third largest town in Hyrule, but its population is not that rich because Saria is cut off from the other major towns. Because of its situation, it is also prone to attacks from Ganon's minions, who reside in the nearby Death Mountain. Because it is extremely near the west coast, Saria has a small port, and plenty of taverns for the sailors who often land there. Its principal source of income comes from the fish the inhabitants catch in the small tributaries, and the excellent wine they make from the hops and barley that are grown in the fields on the town's outskirts.
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