Critical Role Wiki

This wiki contains spoilers for the entirety of Critical Role and The Legend of Vox Machina. Proceed at your own risk!

READ MORE

Critical Role Wiki
Advertisement
Critical Role Wiki

Consecution is a ritual practiced by the Kryn Dynasty that enables a form of reincarnation.

Description and significance[]

The ritual involves attaching a soul to one of the beacons of the Luxon. When a consecuted creature dies within one hundred miles of a beacon, their soul does not move on to the Outer Planes, but rather relocates into a newborn infant within one hundred miles of the beacon in question.[1] Around adolescence, the creature carrying the relocated soul begins to remember their past life, strongly drawing toward Xhorhas and the source of its returning memories.[2] This process of anamnesis can be accelerated with meditation practices perfected by the Dynasty. When a soul is reborn, it doesn't replace an existing soul, but becomes the original soul of the infant.[3]

According to Essek Thelyss, "There is an expectation of advancement within the faith to be consecuted", though being born into a prominent enough Den allowed him to evade that requirement.[4]

A consecuted soul can eventually reach a state known as Umavi, indicating perfection. Very old Umavi can be overwhelmed by being unable to reconcile too many lifetimes' memories, causing a kind of madness called typhros that the Umavi keep a closely guarded secret.[5][6] Among the duties of the Umavi is to direct others through the soul-binding process of consecution.[7]

While there is no way to "unconsecute" a soul, a condemned person can be executed outside the range of the hundred-mile range of the beacons to ensure that their soul isn't reborn.[8]

Source of tension and use in conflicts[]

Though nomadic orcs in Xhorhas welcome the city-folk of the Dynasty to join their clans, they become angered when Kryn souls are reborn in orc bodies.[9]

Around 822 or 823 PD, there was a localized but bloody conflict between forces of the Kryn Dynasty and the Dwendalian Empire in or near Nogvurot, one of a long string of skirmishes between the two powers since before 806 PD. According to a later account on the Dwendalian side, a secret "sect of Kryn missionaries" had been discovered in Nogvurot, leading to a confrontation that cost many lives on both sides and sharply escalated tensions going forward.[10] As Essek Thelyss told it, a Luxon beacon had been brought in range of this great battle, so when consecuted soldiers were slain, their souls were reborn into local children.[11] In 835 PD, Nogvurot was plagued by several supposed child abductions, with Xhorhasians as the suspected culprits. This news spread through the Empire; town criers hundreds of miles away in Zadash told townsfolk to seal their windows and doors while they slept.[12] In 836 PD, Ludinus Da'leth, then one of the most politically powerful wizards in the Dwendalian Empire, cited the Dynasty's religion and its attempted "escape from the cycle of death" as obstacles to peace between the powers;[13] the Matron of Death is one of the six deities who can be worshiped legally in the Empire.[14]

Consecuted individuals[]

Trivia[]

  • While the Explorer's Guide to Wildemount and Critical Role: Call of the Netherdeep each specify in one place that the consecuted souls in a Luxon beacon only incarnate in humanoid babies,[1][24] the Explorer's Guide also says that souls were reborn in "various intelligent creatures", and thus non-humanoid beings like ogres (which are considered giants) are a part of the Kryn Dynasty and can be born with the soul of a consecuted individual.[25][26][27]
    • When the Explorer's Guide was published in March 2020, all the official playable races were humanoid, so the more restrictive rule would not have affected player characters' origins.
  • The Aevilux (a splinter group of followers of the Luxon) have access to a beacon, and (allegedly guided by the Light themself) have developed a form of soul manipulation, by which they split a mortal soul in half, giving each of the parts the chance to live in an independent body and learn about the world on their own, before eventually reuniting to be a complete soul again.[28] Although certain aspects of this process, as well as its intended goal, are reminiscent of consecution, it is unclear if they work in the same way, or if the soul must meet specific requirements in order to go through it.
    • There is at least one case of an Aevilux woman, Paloma, giving birth to twins who are, by themselves, Aevilux, and connected to each other as two halves of the same soul would be.

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 See Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, p. 268.
  2. See "Explorer's Guide to Wildemount Q&A and Fireside Chat with Matthew Mercer" (Sx53) at 1:34:17.
  3. See "Explorer's Guide to Wildemount Q&A and Fireside Chat with Matthew Mercer" (Sx53) at 1:33:40.
  4. See "Stone to Clay" (2x91) at 0:31:28.
  5. See Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, pp. 38–40.
  6. See "Explorer's Guide to Wildemount Q&A and Fireside Chat with Matthew Mercer" (Sx53) at 1:29:51.
  7. See "Stone to Clay" (2x91) at 1:18:48.
  8. See "Explorer's Guide to Wildemount Q&A and Fireside Chat with Matthew Mercer" (Sx53) at 1:31:14.
  9. See Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, p. 178.
  10. In 836 PD, Ludinus Da'leth told the Mighty Nein that there had been skirmishes for more than 30 years, and about the confrontation "over a decade ago".  See "Unwanted Reunions" (2x88) at 1:45:39.
  11. Essek noted this was "13, 14 years ago" as of 836 PD.  See "Stone to Clay" (2x91) at 0:34:53.
  12. See "Steam and Conversation" (2x09) at 1:28:20.
  13. See "Unwanted Reunions" (2x88) at 1:44:58.
  14. See Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, p. 36.
  15. See "In Love and War" (2x57) at 0:29:00.
  16. See "Talks Machina #137: 'Lingering Wounds' & 'Bathhouses and Bastions'" (TMx137) from 0:54:57 through 0:56:00.
  17. See The Tales of Exandria: The Bright Queen, Issue #4.
  18. See Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, p. 41.
  19. See "Stone to Clay" (2x91) at 0:23:06.  Dierta must be consecuted if she is an Umavi.
  20. See "Feral Business" (2x52) at 1:09:09.
  21. See "Lost & Found" (2x13) at 0:52:01.  "I have lived four lifetimes. As long as the beacons remain, me and my people will live more."
  22. See Call of the Netherdeep, pp. 11–14.
  23. See "The Lost Light" (RTx08).
  24. See Call of the Netherdeep, p. 16.
  25. See Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, p. 142.
  26. See "Talks Machina #106: 'In Love and War'" (TMx106) at 46:13.  Consecuted individuals can be reborn in a body of any species.
  27. See "The Lost Light" (RTx08).  Idrin was an ogre in his previous life.
  28. See "Broken Roads" (3x92) at 2:57:25.
Advertisement