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The Arcana Pansophical is a semi-secretive circle of many of Exandria's most powerful arcane practitioners.[3] They share information, maintain a self-imposed "Truth of Magic" where misuse (in their eyes) should be ended and brought to arcane justice, and generally consider themselves above the regular folk and their laws. Maintaining a "good" alignment, the Arcana Pansophical requires respect, political influence, and registration of anyone practicing on a higher level of magic within their realm.[3]

Lady Allura once told Vox Machina that the Arcana Pansophical made it somewhat illegal to use memory-altering spells.[4] The only way this is allowed is in dire situations where something needs to be forgotten, such as the location of the Horn of Orcus that Vox Machina recovered and sealed away in Vasselheim.

The Truth of Magic

The Truth of Magic is the code that the Arcana Pansophical follows to prevent the misuse of magic seen during the time of the Age of Arcanum from ever happening again.[1]

The Three Unbreakable Edicts

"In the eternal interest of the preservation of harmony within the realm of Exandria, we, the Arcana Pansophical, establish the Truth of Magic, and three edicts from which none shall stray. Those arcanists found in gross violation of the Truth will be punished by the full extent of this order—beyond the reach of any local law."[5]

  • "Though the study of Necromancy shall be restricted to none in the interest of magical understanding, the animation of the dead is a violation of the Truth."[5]
  • "The Arcane is a tool to be wielded for the good of the people. To use its power in the pursuit of wanton destruction or murder is a violation of the Truth."[5]
  • "Though the jurisdiction of the Pansophical supersedes the power of local laws, a mage who willfully breaks the laws of the land is in violation of the Truth."[5]

Notable Members

Eskil Ryndarien, from "The Story of Vox Machina" (Sx06).

General members of the Arcana Pansophical are called "Guides", whereas higher ranking members are called "Makers".[1] Vox Machina only personally knows three members of the organization (Allura, Drake, and Eskil), although there were seven living members[3] prior to the attack of the Chroma Conclave.



Fan art of Allura Vysoren, by shalizeh7.[art 2]

Former Members


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 See Critical Role: Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting, p. 29.
  2. See Critical Role: Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting, p. 29. The Pansophical was formed after the Battle of the Umbra Hills, which took place around three centuries before 811 PD
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Some of the information on this page was imported from Matthew Mercer's Vox Machina Wiki article, "The Arcana Pansophical".
  4. See "Shopping and Shipping" (1x14) at 49:46.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 See Critical Role: Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting, p. 30.
  6. See "Trial of the Take: Part 2" (1x19) from 3:49:06 through 3:50:41.
  7. See "Trial of the Take: Part 1" (1x18) at 0:38:29.
  8. See the written contract from Alchemist Ozwyn Grud.
  9. See "Trial of the Take: Part 2" (1x19) from 3:42:46 through 3:43:20.
  10. See Critical Role: Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting, p. 94.


  1. Symbol of the Arcana Pansophical, by Conceptopolis from Critical Role: Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting, p. 29. 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.
  2. Fan art of Allura Vysoren, by shalizeh7 (source). Used with permission.