The Cloven Crystals are three magical items that resemble an amber cat's eye. The Crystals are critical to releasing Uk'otoa, acting as keys to its confinement. It rewards those who use Crystals to free it with control over water.

Fan art of Fjord with the Cloven Crystal, by Dan Bittencourt.[art 1]

Description[edit | edit source]

The Cloven Crystal has an amber-yellowish color. It has striations that refract light around it. At one end, there is a pointed oval line carved in about three inches across.[1] With all three crystals deposited, Uk'otoa can be released to rule the Lucidian Ocean once again, just as it had done in ages past.

History[edit | edit source]

Background[edit | edit source]

According to Avantika, Vandran already had a Cloven Crystal when she met him. Avantika and Vandran discovered another Cloven Crystal was being auctioned off in Port Damali. They stalked the collector who bought it to an unknown island and killed him. Avantika absorbed the crystal, causing Uk'otoa's eye to appear in her palm.[2]

When Vandran abandoned the quest to release Uk'otoa,[3] he took one Cloven Crystal with him. If Fjord's vision of Vandran absorbing the crystal was accurate, it means Vandran found a way to get the crystal out of his body. He kept it in a hidden compartment in the captain's quarters of the Tide's Breath.[4] Avantika failed to find him or his crystal. She hired the Jagentoth family from Shadycreek Run to find a crystal and deliver it to Nicodranas.[5]

It is unknown how a cloven crystal ended up in a safe house owned by The Gentleman or if The Gentleman is aware what the cloven crystal is.

"Lost Treasures" (2x22) In the subterranean tunnels of the Labenda Swamp, the Mighty Nein found a Cloven Crystal resting in a pool of water. Fjord touched it and immediately entered a dreamlike trance, during which he saw a vision of his mentor, Vandran, standing over a body, thrusting the Crystal into his chest, and summoning the same falchion that Fjord wielded. Fjord also thrust the Cloven Crystal into his chest. After this incident, the falchion appeared to have a Cloven Crystal resting within it.[6]

"The Journey Home" (2x30) After killing Lorenzo and the Iron Shepherds, the Mighty Nein searched the house for evidence against the Jagentoth Family, who employs the Iron Shepherds. When they turned Lorenzo's Bag of Holding inside out, they found a letter from Avantika.

Many thanks to you Ionos, for dealing with the thieves who appropriated my possession. Reliability like this will prove profitable for you and your house should you continue to be. One half of our agreed payment is enclosed with the other being paid upon recovery of the Cloven Crystal. It is imperative that you find this bauble and return it to me. It has great sentimental value to me and my family. This rendering should suffice to guide the discerning eyes of your hunters.

Time is of the essence. Should I not have it by the end of Quen'pillar, I shall be forced to end our agreement and seek a business relationship elsewhere. I warn you: we are fiercely loyal to those who appease us, and staunchly resentful to those who do not.

When recovered, please deliver to Marius LePual at the Wayfarer's Cove. Tell him you have a gift for the Captain.

Avantika
– 
The letter found in the Sour Nest[7]

Fjord recognized the drawing in the letter as the same orb that he absorbed in the subterranean tunnels of the Labenda Swamp.

"Dangerous Liaisons" (2x37) Captain Avantika revealed that she had a tattoo on her neck that resembled a Cloven Crystal. She also showed Fjord the Cloven Crystal resting in her right palm.[8]

"Dubious Pursuits" (2x40) Captain Avantika deposited her Cloven Crystal in the Temple of the False Serpent on Urukayxl and is rewarded by Uk'otoa with the power to control water. After escaping the temple, Avantika and Fjord met her quarters. She told him about having known Vandran and that Vandran had the Sword of Fathoms. Avantika saw through Fjord's attempt to lie that he did not know Vandran. She seemed to already know that Vandran was dead, but did not know the location of the shipwreck. She convinced Fjord to show it to her on a map. Avantika said the Cloven Crystal was likely there because Vandran would have kept it with him at all times.[9]

"The Diver's Grave" (2x44) After failing to find the third Cloven Crystal in the wreckage of the Tide's Breath whilst exploring the Diver's Grave, Fjord later discovered and absorbed the Cloven Crystal within the lair of Dashilla. He received a brief vision of Uk'otoa, and after coming out of the vision, saw that his falchion now had two eyes, one in the hilt and one in the pommel.[10]

"The Second Seal" (2x47) After the Mighty Nein defeated the deep scion and chuul guarding the ruined temple located underwater at the Gravid Archipelago, Fjord deposited one of his Cloven Crystals at the location and was rewarded with the power to cast Control Water. Uk'otoa also gave Fjord a vision of the third and final temple's location.[11]

"Clay and Dust" (2x72) Fjord freed himself from Uk'otoa, throwing the Sword of Fathoms with the last crystal into the lava pools of the Cinderrest Sanctum. The sword sank to the bottom and Fjord believed that the crystal was destroyed as well.

"Dark Waters" (2x98) Uk'otoa sent three warlock deep scions and a crew of sea spawn to retrieve the remaining cloven crystal from Fjord's body, revealing that the crystal in the Sword of Fathoms was only symbolic of the crystal still within Fjord.

"High Seas, High Stakes" (2x99) After the attack on the Ball-Eater while sailing near Urukayxl on the way to the peace talks, a Greater Restoration spell allowed Fjord to vomit out the remaining crystal, and it was placed in Caleb's Vault of Amber for safekeeping.[12] The next morning, the group discovered that the leader of the assault had a tattoo of a Cloven Crystal on his chest.

"Frigid Propositions" (2x109) When Caleb used Vault of Amber to store some of Beau's fireworks, the Cloven Crystal apparated for a short time before being covered in fireworks. Fjord noticed no visible changes in the crystal's appearance.

"The Chase Begins" (2x112) In the attack on the Midnight Hammer, one of Uk'otoa's minions (a deep scion) located the Cloven Crystal hidden within Caleb's amber necklace. The deep scion dispelled the Vault, shattering the amber to reveal the Crystal, which fell to the icy deck (along with Beau's fireworks).

"A Heart Grown Cold" (2x113) The undead Avantika recovered the crystal from the deck and dove overboard, pursued by the Mighty Nein. Fjord succeeded in killing her and recovering the crystal, which he placed in his Bag of Holding.

Summary [edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • According to Avantika, Vandran already had a Cloven Crystal when she met him. This seems to confirm the accuracy of Fjord's vision of Vandran absorbing a Cloven Crystal after killing its previous owner.
  • When the Wildmother spoke to Fjord in "Refjorged" (2x76), she mentioned a dark seed that she couldn't heal, buried deep in his chest. This dark seed was most likely referring to the Cloven Crystal. 
  • Fjord's eye color closely resembles that of the Cloven Crystal and Uk'otoa's eyes.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. See "Lost Treasures" (2x22) at 2:47:39.
  2. See "Dubious Pursuits" (2x40) from 2:43:23 through 2:44:31.
  3. See "A Hole In the Plan" (2x42) from 3:08:55 through 3:09:24.  Avantika's journal details the circumstances of Vandran leaving the path of Uk'otoa.
  4. See "The Diver's Grave" (2x44) at 37:01.  Jester finds a box that used to hold a Cloven Crystal
  5. See "The Journey Home" (2x30) at 50:58.  The Mighty Nein find Avantika's instructions for delivering the crystal in a house owned by the Jagentoth family
  6. See "Lost Treasures" (2x22) from 2:57:01 through 2:59:49.  Fjord has a vision of Vandran absorbing a Cloven Crystal and simultaneously absorbs the Cloven Crystal found in the Gentleman's safe house
  7. See "The Journey Home" (2x30) at 51:12.
  8. See "Dangerous Liaisons" (2x37) at 2:14:34.
  9. See "Dubious Pursuits" (2x40) from 2:41:01 through 2:49:56.  Fjord and Avantika's talk in her cabin
  10. See "The Diver's Grave" (2x44) from 3:34:52 through Fjord absorbs the Cloven Crystal found in Dashilla's lair.
  11. See "The Second Seal" (2x47) at 1:58:55.
  12. See "High Seas, High Stakes" (2x99) from 0:58:54 through 1:00:35.
  13. See "Lost Treasures" (2x22) from 2:57:01 through 2:59:49.  Fjord has a vision of Vandran absorbing a Cloven Crystal and simultaneously absorbs the Cloven Crystal found in the Gentleman's safe house.
  14. See "The Journey Home" (2x30) at 51:12.
  15. See "Dark Waters" (2x98) from 5:00:04 through 5:00:24.  Matt confirms that the Cloven Crystal in the Sword of Fathoms was symbolic of the crystal which remained within Fjord's body.
  16. See "High Seas, High Stakes" (2x99) from 0:56:54 through 1:00:35.
  17. See "The Chase Begins" (2x112) at 4:14:46.
  18. See "Dubious Pursuits" (2x40) at 43:39.
  19. See "Dubious Pursuits" (2x40) from 2:43:23 through 2:44:31.
  20. See "The Second Seal" (2x47) at 1:58:55.
  21. See "The Diver's Grave" (2x44) from 3:34:52 through Fjord absorbs Dashilla's Cloven Crystal..

Art:

  1. Fan art of Fjord with the Cloven Crystal, by Dan Bittencourt (source).  Used with permission.
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