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Erathis, the Lawbearer is the goddess of civilization and laws. She is commonly worshiped by leaders and judges.[3]

Appearance and Symbols

The Lawbearer is shown as a hooded, armored woman sitting atop a throne, her face obscured or expressionless.

Places of Worship

Issylra

The Lawbearer is worshiped by the denizens of the Quadroads District in Vasselheim.[4] Her temple is called the Crown of Erathis;[5] the Holy Paramours of the Crown of Erathis approve magically-binding[6] contracts under which the Slayer's Take hunts monsters and other creatures around Vasselheim.[7][8][9]

Tal'Dorei

In Whitestone, Vox Machina first encountered Keeper Yennen in a temple to Erathis called The Lady's Chamber.[10]

In "Best Laid Plans..." (1x50), Scanlan Shorthalt passed by and then later used his Dimension Door spell to escape from members of the Herd of Storms into a partially ruined temple to Erathis in Westruun, where he encountered several refugees as well as Dr. Dranzel and Kaylie.[11][12]

Wildemount

The Lawbearer is one of the deities that is approved for worship in the Dwendalian Empire.[13] The Prime Arbiter of the Dwendalian Empire delivers judgements in the Temple of Writ, the central temple to Erathis in Rexxentrum.[14]

Commandments of the Lawbearer

Commandments of the Lawbearer


  • Embrace the company and aid of others. The efforts of the individual often pale against the capabilities of community.

  • Strive to tame the wilds of the world in the name of civilization, and defend the points of light and order against the chaos of darkness.

  • Uphold and revere the spirit of invention. Create new places and colonies, build where inspiration hits, and expand the laws of the Lawbearer.

Known Worshipers

History

Background

Official art of Melora and Erathis, by Zuzanna Wuzyk @zuzartii.[art 3]

Erathis has a tempestuous and furious romantic relationship with Melora, the goddess of nature, "tempered only when civilization and nature are in balance."[16]

Trivia

  • The Lawbearer's holy day is Civilization's Dawn, celebrated on the autumnal equinox (22 Quen'pillar).
    • In 842 PD, a party called the Everdawn began on Civilization's Dawn and promised to continue all the way into the new year[17] more than two months later. The symbol of the Everdawn is the double-bladed axe of the Lawbearer turned into a chalice.[18] The adventuring party of Exandria Unlimited attended this party the night before the events of the first episode.
  • Ogden Trickfoot claimed the curse afflicting their family had been placed upon an ancestor of theirs by Erathis as punishment for fratricide. However, this curse did not actually exist.[19]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, p. 21.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Critical Role: Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting, p. 16.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, p. 22.
  4. See "Trial of the Take: Part 1" (1x18) at 46:51.
  5. Or "Erathis's Crown."  See "Hubris" (1x17) at 3:12:00.
  6. See "Hubris" (1x17) at 3:05:10.
  7. See "Trial of the Take: Part 1" (1x18) at 39:07.
  8. See the written contract from Alchemist Oswyn Grud.
  9. See "Trial of the Take: Part 3" (1x20) at 39:32.
  10. See "Whispers" (1x29) from 1:56:59 through 2:02:59.
  11. See "Best Laid Plans..." (1x50) at 2:46:18.
  12. See "Best Laid Plans..." (1x50) from 2:56:31 through 2:59:47.
  13. See "Steam and Conversation" (2x09) at 0:46:11.
  14. Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, p. 106.
  15. See "Hubris" (1x17) at 3:11:47.
  16. See Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, p. 22.
  17. See "The Nameless Ones" (Ex01) at 12:08.
  18. See "The Nameless Ones" (Ex01) at 1:05:32.
  19. See "Family Matters" (1x96) at 1:46:56.

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