Video Game Atlas: Kakariko Village

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Once a week Art Attack will offer you a handy little travel guide to the fictional worlds of video games.

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Name: Kakariko Village, Legend of Zelda Series

Population: Around 50

Government: Royal protectorate of the Hyrulean monarchy

Located at the foot of Death Mountain where the Gorons live and near Hyrule Castle is a sleepy hamlet that is home to the middle class of the Hylian race. Originally it was founded by the Sheikah Race, the so-called Shadow Folk. Skilled in stealth and warfare, they were staunch allies of the royal family during the Hyrulean Civil War. After the kingdom was united, they continued to lend their support, though Kakariko remained closed to outsiders.

It was Impa, retainer to Princess Zelda herself, who opened the doors of the village to any Hyrulean not prosperous enough to live in the castle town in order to help the village grow. Soon it was a thriving hub of trade and agriculture, rivaling even the castle folk.

Visitors to the village are most welcome, and will find many interesting sights to see. For historical buffs, make sure you inspect the famous graveyard, where many of the royal family have made their final resting place as well as a monument to the brave Sheikah people. A popular gaming center is run by the grave keeper Dampe, who will allow you to dig for buried treasure in the historic site for a small fee. Many secrets are said to reside in the tombs beneath the Earth.

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Power for the village comes from the massive windmill that dominates the town center. It draws water from the Well of Three Features, which is rumored to house a mysterious magical artifact at its bottom. The windmill is also home to the renowned hurdy-gurdy musician Guru-Guru, who uses the rotation of the mill as a muse.

Shopping is popular in Kakariko. Those flush with rupees can visit Granny's Potion Shop for a bit of blue potion to restore their health and magic, or for more variety the Medicine Shop offers potions, bugs, fairies and poes. Make sure you bring your own bottle containers as the shop does not sell them.

If you're in need of armaments, the bazaar, formerly located in Hyrule Castle, has a new location on the path to Death Mountain. No waiting period or license required for projectile weapons or explosives. Try out those shiny new arrows at the shooting gallery!

The raising of cuccos is an important part of the local economy, and is overseen by Anju. Despite a crippling allergy to her flock, she remains a consummate keeper, and produces feathers, eggs and meat for miles around with the fruits of her labor. A talented breeder, she's been hard at work for years developing hypoallergenic breeds to make her job easier. Under no circumstances should you molest or attack the cuccos. They can swarm in great violent numbers when provoked.

Quest seekers should visit the famous House of Skulltula, one of the richest and most powerful families in all of Hyrule. The family currently lives under a terrible curse that has turned them into spider monsters. The head of the House has offered riches beyond count to anyone that manages to lift the curse. While noble, this is often seen as completely pointless.

Due to the rise of the Ganondorf to power and the overthrow of the monarchy, it is unknown what the future will hold for this peaceful but growing village. In the meantime, it continues to be a popular stop for tourists.

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