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Elmenore is an Archfey, the High Warqueen of the Burning Vale and the Matriarch of the Seelie Court.[1]

Description

Appearance

Lady Elmenore is described as beautiful, with burning eyes and tall golden hair flaming.[2][3]

Personality

During the Age of Arcanum, Lady Elmenore was a responsible archfey, concerned for all members of her court, taking whatever steps were necessary to bring them to safety. She was also selfless, willing to suffer if it prevented her from breaking another person's heart.[4][5]

Many centuries later, the heart of the Matriarch of the Seelie Court seems to have hardened, becoming far more commanding and threatening, and setting plans in motion to ensure her will is carried out.[6]

Biography

Background

Lady Elmenore became the Matriarch of the Seelie Court sometime between the Founding and the Age of Arcanum. As archfey and leader of one of the Feywild courts, she was part of an ancient pact with the Lord of the Hells that required him to warn the fey if a plan of his could affect them.[7]

During the Age of Arcanum Lady Elmenore allowed one of her subjects and warlocks, Loquatius Seelie, to travel to Exandria; at some point after that, the Archfey was contacted by Laerryn, a high elf who loved the changeling dearly, and convinced the High Warqueen to grant her a boon to protect him better.[8][9]

Exandria Unlimited: Calamity

At the very end of the Age of Arcanum Lady Elmenore sensed from the Burning Vale how her warlock Loquatius Seelie (who was trying to help his friend Patia Por'co), contacted with the knowledge of the Tree of Names in Avalir. Elmenore was surprised by this, and shared her worries with the changeling, warning him about the dangers that Exandria was approaching.[10]

That same night, the Hight Warqueen received the warning about Asmodeus returning to Exandria, and concerned for the safety of her people, she opened several portals in the Material Plane, giving each of her subjects in Exandria a chance to return to the Feywild and to safety, and dividing her attention to communicate with them. Loquatius, after a moment of hesitation, decided to decline the offer and stay, arguing that despite his love for the archfey, his love for Laerryn was stronger. Despite Elmenore's disappointment (since she felt genuine affection for Loquatius), she respected his wishes, and closed the portal she had created for him.[11]

Between Campaign One and Campaign Two

Elmenore is one of five Archfey identified by Arcana Pansophical.[12]

Exandria Unlimited

Fearne Calloway is told by a dark version of herself that Elmenore wants Fearne back.[13] After the battle that follows, Fearne sees the figure of Elmenore in her mind and can feel her displeasure at the dark Fearne's failure.[14]

Relationships

Loquatius Seelie

Lady Elmenore held Loquatius in high regard, and attempted to save him from the Calamity. Despite her warnings, when the changeling rejected her offer, she respected his decision.[15]

Character information

Notable Items

  • An extremely old contract with Asmodeus[16]

Abilities

Archfey abilities

  • Conjuration Magic: Lady Elmenore is capable of creating multiple portals out of thin air between the Material Plane and her domain.
  • Omnipresence: Elmenore is able to divide her attention and appear where she is needed while performing other activities.

Quotations

  • (to Loquatius Seelie) "Child, what have you done? Why are you looking beyond this realm? Something moves upon the face of your world. Do not let her find the names."[17]

Trivia

  • Brennan Lee Mulligan plays Lady Elmenore with an Irish accent.
  • When Lady Elmenore create portals golden leaves appear in that place.[18] That is most likely a hint of her domain, the Burning Vale.
  • The deal involving Elmenore and Asmodeus is somewhat reminiscent of the pact between the Queen of Faeries and Hell in the story of Tam Lin. However, while in Exandria the Father of Lies must warn the fey to keep them safe, in the Scottish ballad Hell only leaves the fairies alone if they give one of their people as a tithe every seven years.

Appearances and mentions

References

  1. See Critical Role: Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting, p. 123. Alternatively, see Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting Reborn at page 220.
  2. See "Blood and Shadow" (E3x03) at 5:02:25.
  3. See "Fire and Ruin" (E3x04) at 3:29:44.
  4. See "Blood and Shadow" (E3x03) at 5:02:25.
  5. See "Fire and Ruin" (E3x04) at 3:33:43.
  6. See "By the Road" (E1x04) at 2:15:50.
  7. See "Fire and Ruin" (E3x04) at 3:31:30.
  8. Said boon would be reflected in Laerryn's Eldritch Adept feat, which gives her access to the Eldritch Invocation known as Armor of Shadows. Using it, Laerryn is able to cast Mage Armor at will, which allows her to regenerate her Arcane Ward in a little over a minute, being able to use it to protect other people (including Quay) as many times as necessary.
  9. Revealed on DDB Live w/ Aabria Iyengar: 'Exandria Unlimited: Calamity' Character Sheet Tour broadcast 23 June 2022 on the DnD Beyond Twitch channel.
  10. See "Blood and Shadow" (E3x03) at 5:02:25.
  11. See "Fire and Ruin" (E3x04) at 3:33:43.
  12. See Critical Role: Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting, p. 123. Alternatively, see Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting Reborn at page 220. The five archfey are Saundor, Artagan, Elmenore, Sammanar, and the Keeper of the Moontides.
  13. See "By the Road" (E1x04) at 0:51:31.
  14. See "By the Road" (E1x04) at 2:15:50.
  15. See "Fire and Ruin" (E3x04) from 3:29:25 through 3:34:21.
  16. See "Fire and Ruin" (E3x04) at 3:31:30.
  17. See "Blood and Shadow" (E3x03) at 5:02:25.
  18. See "Fire and Ruin" (E3x04) at 3:29:22.
  19. See "By the Road" (E1x04) at 2:16:07.
  20. See "Blood and Shadow" (E3x03) at 5:02:00.
  21. See "Fire and Ruin" (E3x04) at 3:29:44.

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