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The Alabaster Lyceum in Emon is the highest place of learning in Tal'Dorei, serving as an arcane college and research facility for magical and divine artifacts.



The building appears to be built out of white marble, with very high ceilings, stretching up in some areas as high as 80 feet. Much of the building appears to be lit by magical orbs of white crystal that are either set into the walls or into chandeliers. The main foyer has carved pillars depicting battles between devas and demons that spiral up the pillars. The building has guards near the entrances adorned with silver and gold armor wearing elven-like helmets.[1]

Connected to the Lyceum is a looming sapphire pyramid. The Traverse Junction is a nexus of travel, home to many teleportation circles that lead to cities across the continent and the world.[2][3]


Tuition at the Lyceum is expensive, so most of its students come from money or a family of high station. Students come to research the history and lore of Exandria, learn about politics and government, or refine their spellcasting as a wizard or sorcerer.[4]


Vox Machina used the Circle of Teleportation at the Lyceum to escape from the illithid in Yug'Voril.[5] The Horn of Orcus was temporarily placed in the Lyceum while the trip to Vasselheim was prepared.[6]

After already attending the College of the White Duke, Scanlan's daughter Kaylie attended the Alabaster Lyceum, where she lorded over the children of the various nobles.[7]

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The original Critical Role: Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting sourcebook offers the Lyceum Student character background with skill proficiencies in Arcana, History, or Persuasion (pick two), knowledge of two languages, and equipment befitting a relatively well-to-do scholar.[4]


  1. See "Escape from the Underdark" (1x13) at 2:16:29.
  2. See "Escape from the Underdark" (1x13) at 2:06:24Tiberius casts Teleportation Circle.
  3. See "Escape from the Underdark" (1x13) at 2:15:02.  It is revealed that Vox Machina arrived in the Lyceum.
  4. 4.0 4.1 See Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting, p. 105.
  5. See "Escape from the Underdark" (1x13) at 2:06:24.
  6. See "Shopping and Shipping" (1x14) at 1:12:41.
  7. 7.0 7.1 See "The Chapter Closes" (1x115) at 3:48:02.
  8. See "4-Sided Dive: Shard Candy" (4SDx19) at 1:33:16.
  9. See "Talks Machina: Campaign Wrap-up" (Sx31) at 0:47:35.
  10. See Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting Reborn, p. 111.
  11. See Critical Role: Vox Machina Origins, Volume #2, Issue #3, pp. 22-23.
  12. See Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting Reborn, p. 68.


  1. Official art of an Alabaster Lyceum scholar, by Claudia Ianniciello from Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting Reborn, p. 184. This file is a copyrighted work. Its use in this article is asserted to qualify as fair use of the material under United States copyright law.