There are a vast number of Hindu deities, and Aru Shah and the rest of the Potatoes have yet to encounter them all. One god in particular, who has been hiding out for the past three books, is about to make an unforgettably flashy entrance in Aru Shah and the City of Gold. Here’s what you need to know:
From Riches to Rags
Kubera, known as the god of riches and wealth, is most famous in the Otherworld as being the ruler of Lanka, the City of Gold. That is, when it hasn’t been overthrown by his demonic brother, Ravana. And we thought the sibling rivalries among the Pandavas were bad!
Sitting Atop a Hoard of Treasure
As the ruler of Lanka, Kubera has access to an untold sum of riches and resources, as well as a seriously powerful armory. With the war between devas and asuras looming, it might be a good idea to break out some of the more effective stuff. But as far we can tell, most of it is still sitting in storage. Typical collector behavior. At least the residents of Lanka feel safe . . . for now.
Tyrant of Trials
The most powerful resource that Kubera has at his disposal is the Nairrata army, a force strong enough to turn the tide against the asuras. The only problem is that Pandavas who seek to ally themselves with the Nairrata are required to pass a series of trials to prove their worthiness. Is it any surprise that literally everything within the City of Gold comes with a massive price?
Lord of Style
Don’t let his appearance fool you–Kubera is boisterous enough to command the entire City of Gold (he speaks in all caps), and he possesses a style envied across the Otherworld. Don’t be surprised if golden tuxedos with matching eye-patches start becoming mainstream fashion. And come summer, everyone you know is going to want a pet mongoose. You’ll soon see why.
Want to learn more about Kubera and his dancing mongooses? Be sure to check them out in Aru Shah and the City of Gold, on sale April 6th!