The Clay family is one of three ancient clans, along with the Stone family and Dust family, who descend from champions of The Matron of Ravens. The Clay family protects the Blooming Grove from the cursed blight that has overtaken the Savalirwood and has been encroaching on the Blooming Grove for the last hundred years.

Fan art of the Clay family, by @hierothraxs.[art 1]

Members

Some members of the family are clerics, but not all. One of Caduceus' sisters created his green beetle armor. Caduceus’ siblings also helped him make his beetle staff, since they have some skills that Caduceus does not. Caduceus' relationship with his family is positive, albeit one with typical levels of pranks and sibling rivalries.

Older Generation

Corrin

Aunt to Caduceus,[1] sister to Constance. The eldest of the family. She has fading pink hair and pink skin.[2]

Cornelius Clay

Father of Caduceus, Clarabelle, Colton, and Calliope. Cornelius is a large older firbolg, similar in appearance to Caduceus, though a bit thicker and portlier, with gray hair braided on either side of his face and dangling in tufts at the bottom with a bit of jewelry.[3]

Constance Clay

Mother of Caduceus, Clarabelle, Colton, and Calliope.[4] Constance is an older female firbolg with hair short on the sides almost like a soft mohawk that braids into a single long braid down the back.[5]

Younger Generation

Colton Clay

Elder brother of Caduceus.[6][7][8]

Clarabelle Clay

Sister of Caduceus.[9][10][11] She is in her mid-teens, bright-eyed, with long stringy hair past her shoulders stained in a variety of different colors. She appears to be the unkempt wild kid of the family.[12] She is stated by Matt to be Caduceus' older sister, while correcting himself after saying that she is younger.[13] However, Matt appears to sometimes confuse Clarabelle and Calliope: in that same scene, he stated the character to be Clarabelle but roleplayed and voiced her as Calliope[14] and then stated that Calliope was the one to receive a hat as a gift from Caduceus[15] when the hat was given to Clarabelle.[16]

Caduceus Clay

Main article: Caduceus Clay.

Caduceus is the second youngest of the Clay siblings.[17]

Calliope Clay

Sister of Caduceus. She appears to be stoic and no-nonsense, and wields a mace. She wears a chest plate similar to Caduceus's.[18] Cornelius introduced her as Caduceus's younger sister.[19] However, Matt appears to sometimes confuse Calliope and Clarabelle: he introduced Clarabelle into a scene, then roleplayed and voiced the character as Calliope,[20] and he stated later in the same scene that Calliope was the one to receive a hat as a gift from Caduceus[21] when the hat was given to Clarabelle.[22]

History

The Clay family are descended from one of the three champions of The Matron of Ravens named Clay, Stone, and Dust. The three champions debated what to do with the body of a hero of a recent conflict, whose body could not be maintained within a city for unknown reasons. The Matron of Ravens told them to seek instruction from The Wildmother, saying she had taken what was hers already, and that she had no domain over what remained. The Wildmother instructed Clay to take the head of the hero to a spring deep in the Savalirwood, and a beautiful grove would grow as a gift to The Archeart. The other two champions took parts of the body as gifts for the Changebringer and The Allhammer, creating a garden menagerie (Stone) and a kiln (Dust).[23]

The descendants of these heroes protect and care for their sacred locations to this day, occasionally making pilgrimages to the other families when the need is dire. All three families assist the families of those who have died with funeral rites, each burying the bodies in their own way: the Clay family buries the dead in the Blooming Grove[24], the Stones leave the bodies in the woods for animals to consume,[25] and the Dust family cremate the dead.[26]

The entire Clay family save Caduceus had left the Blooming Grove in pursuit of a way to "cure" the Savalirwood of a mysterious blight, but they had not returned[27] and left Caduceus all alone at the Grove.

Caduceus's quest

"Within the Nest" (2x28)

Caduceus believed that the arrival of the Mighty Nein was a sign from The Wildmother that he needed to leave to discover the source of the corruption. This caused him to join the Mighty Nein and leave the grove to Nila, who promised that her clan would look after the temple in absence of a Clay.[28]

"The Second Seal" (2x47)

During his journey with the Mighty Nein, Caleb found a book on plant corruption in Halas's library inside the Happy Fun Ball of Tricks. He gave the book to Caduceus to read.[29]

"Duplicity" (2x55)

After dying while battling a minotaur, Caduceus was revived by Jester. This caused him to have a vision of a soft wind pushing far to the east and The Wildmother telling him that he was on the right path.[30]

"Clay and Dust" (2x72)

The Mighty Nein arrived at the kiln in Kravaraad within the Greying Wildlands, where Caduceus met the Dust family for the first time. He learned that his aunt, mother and sister had come through[31] and continued their quest in search for green glass at the home of the Stone family in the Menagerie.[32]

"Family Shatters" (2x96)

"Solace Between the Secrets" (2x118)

Caduceus had Jester use Sending to reach his sister Calliope and Calliope reported they had planted the transformed refined residuum crystals[33] and they were taking root.

"Worth Fighting For" (2x126)

Caduceus had Jester contact his father, Cornelius, via Sending after a dream in which Caduceus saw visions of the horrific destruction of the Blooming Grove resembling the visions of the Cognouza. Cornelius told them that the woods were fine, but "the dreams have been weird".[34]

"The Calm Before the Storm" (2x130)

The Mighty Nein returned to the Blooming Grove prior to their return to Eiselcross. The crystals had been planted and grown into tall, beautiful tree-like structures, and the Grove was again lush and beautiful, although the corruption of the Savalirwood remained outside its bounds. The whole family, however, had been having strange, dark dreams that warned of an oncoming threat and seemed to involve Caduceus. In a private conversation, Caduceus told Calliope that he knew it was meant to be her, not him, who was granted this quest, and she gave him a woven bracelet to remind him of home.

Family Tree

   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Corrin
   
   
Constance
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Cornelius
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Colton
   
   
Calliope
   
   
Caduceus
   
   
Clarabelle

Trivia

The Cobalt Soul and others were aware of the Clay family and the Blooming Grove before Beauregard encountered them. A full study of the Clay family, along with the Dust and Stone families, is one of the subjects of a chapter entitled, "Relation and Communication Between Prime Deities" in Delando's Compendium of Pantheon and Hierarchy.[35]

References

  1. See "A Game of Names" (2x49) at 2:19:33.  Caduceus says Corrin mentioned finding other temples to The Wildmother before leaving.
  2. See "Family Shatters" (2x96) at 3:43:56.
  3. See "Family Shatters" (2x96) at 1:33:28.
  4. See "Clay and Dust" (2x72) at 1:49:00.  Jeramiz Dust says that Constance, Corrin, and Colton came to the Kiln a few years before the Mighty Nein.
  5. See "Family Shatters" (2x96) at 1:35:37.
  6. See "Clay and Dust" (2x72) at 1:49:00.  Jeramiz Dust says that Constance, Corrin and Colton came to the Kiln a few years before the Mighty Nein.
  7. See "Clay and Dust" (2x72) at 2:35:00.  Taliesin clarifies with Matt which of Caduceus's relatives came to the Kiln previously.
  8. See "Family Shatters" (2x96) at 2:37:22.  "the petrified bodies of Colton and Clarabelle, your elder brother and sister"
  9. See "Cornered" (2x53) at 1:06:33.
  10. See "Family Shatters" (2x96) at 2:37:22.  "the petrified bodies of Colton and Clarabelle, your elder brother and sister"
  11. See "Family Shatters" (2x96) at 3:31:44.  "Clarabelle, who is visibly younger than Caduceus." It is unknown if the ten years Clarabelle spent as stone accounts for the apparent age difference, or if she actually is younger.
  12. See "Family Shatters" (2x96) at 3:31:51.
  13. See "The Calm Before the Storm" (2x130) at 2:25:58.
  14. See "The Calm Before the Storm" (2x130) at 2:25:58.
  15. See "The Calm Before the Storm" (2x130) at 2:28:08.
  16. See "Family Shatters" (2x96) at 4:20:26.
  17. See "Talks Machina #143: 'Family Shatters'" (TMx143) at 0:41:51.
  18. See "Family Shatters" (2x96) at 1:33:55.
  19. See "Family Shatters" (2x96) at 1:33:47.
  20. See "The Calm Before the Storm" (2x130) at 2:25:58.
  21. See "The Calm Before the Storm" (2x130) at 2:28:08.
  22. See "Family Shatters" (2x96) at 4:20:26.
  23. See "Causatum" (2x70) at 3:31:00.
  24. See "Within the Nest" (2x28) at 1:01:25.
  25. See "Family Shatters" (2x96) at 2:32:02.
  26. See "Clay and Dust" (2x72) at 1:26:19.
  27. See "Within the Nest" (2x28) from 1:05:00 through 1:06:42.
  28. See "Within the Nest" (2x28) at 3:51:03.
  29. See "The Second Seal" (2x47) at 3:20:20.
  30. See "Duplicity" (2x55) from 4:07:28 through 4:08:10.
  31. See "Clay and Dust" (2x72) at 1:30:11.
  32. See "Clay and Dust" (2x72) at 2:10:17.
  33. Refined residuum crystals were acquired by Caduceus in "Refjorged" (2x76) at 4:05:35, transformed by Kravaraad's lava in "Refjorged" (2x76) at 4:11:27, and further transformed at The Menagerie's pool in "Family Shatters" (2x96) at 3:04:21. Caduceus gave them to Calliope to return to the Blooming Grove in "Family Shatters" (2x96) at 3:08:21 per his vision from the Wildmother at the Arbor Exemplar in "Chases and Trees" (2x65) at 2:57:15.
  34. See "Worth Fighting For" (2x126) from 0:39:30 through 0:41:55.
  35. The Chronicles of Exandria - The Mighty Nein, p. 152.

Art:

  1. Fan art of the Clay family, by @hierothraxs (source).  Used with permission.
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