King Bertrand Dwendal is the king of the Dwendalian Empire in Wildemount[6][7] and was one of the targets listed on Ripley's gun, "Animus"[8]. As an NPC, Dwendal is played by Matthew Mercer.



In 836 P.D., Bertrand Dwendal is a human male in his late sixties. He has wavy dark grey hair falling past his shoulders, a long, thin beard tied from beneath, and he wears the golden crown depicted on the bottom of the crest of the Dwendalian Empire.[9]


Bertrand Dwendal is a dark, clever, and often paranoid king - and a lonely one since his wife's death. Fiercely nationalistic and proud of his heritage, the king harbors a disdain for outsiders and their challenges to imperial rule. Whilst he does genuinely wish to protect the lives of his people and be remembered as the best of his bloodline, the increased pressures of civil unrest and the inability of his son to produce an heir have made him fearful his family line will come to an end, an obsession which drives him to seek out a way to prolong his own life.[10]

Bertrand Dwendal is known for being a mighty and authoritarian ruler. Due to his disdain for religious practices and the extensive taxes levied on the Dwendalian citizens, tensions have begun to brim beneath the surface of western Wynandir as whispers of dissent continue to grow. Dwendal requires his subjects to maintain absolute loyalty to the crown, while placing stark control over the lives of the average Dwendalian populace.[citation needed]



Bertrand Dwendal became King of the Dwendalian Empire in 790 P.D. when still in his twenties, and has consolidated his power through propaganda and isolationism.[11]

Before he was twenty years into his reign, he seized the estates of the Briarwoods for their practice of necromancy, spurring their flight to Tal'Dorei.[12] He also ordered the arrest of Anna Ripley, who was initially employed by his government to develop military technology. During the battle against Vecna, King Dwendal refused to send aid claiming that until the scourge arrived on Dwendalian soil, it was of no interest to the Crown of Wildemount.[13]

Around thirty-five years into his reign, his beloved wife, Queen Duvia Dwendal, passed away, leaving the king lonely and obsessed with the continuation of his family line through his son, Eidys. However, Eidys' inability to produce an heir has estranged him from his son and caused them to grow increasingly bitter and resentful towards each other.[10]

At the beginning of the second campaign (835 P.D.), King Bertrand Dwendal was in his 68th year.

"Punishment and Politics" (2x87)


Anna Ripley

Dr. Anna Ripley originally was employed by the Dwendalian government as a mid-level developer of military technology, to assist in Dwendal's dominance over western Wynandir.[14] However, when Ripley was discovered to be conducting illegal human experimentation with arcane diseases, the King ordered her to be arrested. Ripley was forced to flee the Dwendalian Empire, or else be court-martialed. Even before Dwendal discovered Ripley's experiments into biological/chemical warfare, bad blood had existed between the King and Ripley[15]. Thus, his name was listed on Ripley's gun Animus, as a target for vengeance.[16]

Prince Eidys Dwendal

Betrand Dwendal sees clearly that while his son is a skilled warrior and general, he has little cunning in social or political matters. Though Eidys was once eager to please his father, the consistent lack of approval has left Eidys jaded. The only opinion that unites them is that Eidys should produce a child to continue their bloodline and then Eidys can abdicate in favor of his child should his father pass; however, Eidys' inability to conceive with his wife is yet another failure in his father's eyes. The king has all but given up on his son, leaving the prince dejected and bitter.[4]

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  1. Critical Role: Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting, p. 99.
  2. See "Curious Beginnings" (2x01) at 0:18:13.
  3. Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, p. 36.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 See  Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, p. 37.
  5. See  Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, p. 106.
  6. See "A Musician's Nostalgia" (1x37) at 1:02:33.
  7. See "One Year Later..." (1x95) at 1:24:21.
  8. See "Passed Through Fire" (1x69) at 0:22:44.
  9. See "Punishment and Politics" (2x87) at 2:47:56.
  10. 10.0 10.1 See  Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, p. 36.
  11. See  Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, p. 16.
  12. See "A Musician's Nostalgia" (1x37) from 1:02:33 through 1:03:18.  The Briarwoods were accused of necromancy about six years before this episode, implying it took place in the first decade of the 800s.
  13. See "The Ominous March" (1x109) at 1:29:28.
  14. See "Talks Machina Fireside Special: Q&A with the Critical Role Cast" (Sx33) at 1:46:04.
  15. See "Talks Machina Fireside Special: Q&A with the Critical Role Cast" (Sx33) at 1:46:04.
  16. See "Passed Through Fire" (1x69) at 0:22:44.


  1. Fan art of King Dwendal, by @hierothraxs (source).  Used with permission.
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