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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 or a throne of pillars, her face obscured or expressionless. She is often depicted with light brown skin and a strong but lithe body.[3][4] She is described as one of the two most dutiful and self-sacrificing of the Prime Deities, alongside Bahamut.[5]

Places of worship

Issylra

The Lawbearer is worshiped by the denizens of the Quadroads District in Vasselheim.[6] Her temple is called the Crown of Erathis;[7] the Holy Paramours of the Crown of Erathis approve magically-binding[8] contracts under which the Slayer's Take hunts monsters and other creatures around Vasselheim.[9][10][11]

Tal'Dorei

Erathis is one of the most worshiped gods across Tal'Dorei, from the Lucidian Coast, across the Dividing Plains to the Bladeshimmer Shoreline, and down in the Rifenmist Peninsula (outside the Iron Authority, which is devoted to Bane).[12] The cathedral to Erathis is one of the two biggest in Emon's Temple District,[13] and a dual statue of Erathis and Melora stands in Azalea Street Park in one of the city's oldest neighborhoods.[14] A short rest taken here grants inspiration to a character once a week.[15]

In Whitestone is a small temple to Erathis called The Lady's Chamber.[16] By 836 PD, it is known as the House of the Lawbearer and is both a place of worship and a stately courthouse. A permanent Zone of Truth spell is active on the premises, and all who enter are sworn to tell the truth by vigilant clerics. The protection is fallible but sends a clear message to all visitors.[17]

During the occupation of Westruun by the black dragon Umbrasyl and the Herd of Storms, the temple to Erathis in the city was partially ruined,[18][19] but the temple to Erathis is noted as one of the three largest shrines in the city's Temple Ward a year later,[20] and the High Priest of the Lawbearer blessed the unveiling of the Black King, a construct intended to defend the city in times of crisis and otherwise stand as a statue.[21] A newer temple to Erathis, in the Underwalk Ward, shows up in the adventure hook Down Below in the original Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting sourcebook, set in 812 PD.[21]

By 836 PD, the First Bastion in Westruun, dedicated to the Lawbearer, is the most magnificent temple the Temple Ward. It is an opulent sanctuary of decadent gold-and-marble exterior that can't be imagined by most to be something that sits on the Material Plane, seeming like a building from the realm of the gods themselves, and is a common attraction for folks of all faiths. The First Bastion was a secret refuge while Kevdak occupied the city, and many Westruun survivors turned to worship Erathis afterwards because of her protective grace.[22]

Yearly, Clergy of Erathis send champions to the Godsbrawl Ring in Emon for the annual Godsbrawl celebrating Kord but rarely take it seriously because they scorn the Storm Lord's notion of "might makes right".[23]

Wildemount

The Lawbearer is one of the deities that is approved for worship in the Dwendalian Empire,[24] and her holy day is celebrated with feasts in honor of the laws of the Dwendal bloodline, with one seat at each table left open for the king to dine with them in spirit.[25] The Prime Arbiter of the Dwendalian Empire delivers judgements in the Temple of Writ, the central temple to Erathis in Rexxentrum.[26] Next to the temple is the Claykeep Prison, providing a reminder to anyone doing business in the surrounding Vigil Circle of the swift consequences for theft.[27]

The aarakocra city of Vol'antim prominently features dual temples to Erathis and Melora, and the laws are built around Melora and her respect for Erathis.[28] Rural folk persist in believing that aarakocra are angels of Erathis despite the aarakocras' attempts to explain they are not.[29]

The Mother's Lighthouse by Nicodranas was built from stone produced by the union of Erathis and Melora.[30]

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, that "tempered only when civilization and nature are in balance."[3] When this balance is disrupted, "civil unrests and riots bloom in her beloved cities".[4] Zehir detests both Erathis and Melora, and sends his followers to destroy civilization and deplete nature.[36] Erathis also despises Bane, seeing his reign as a perversion of law into authoritarianism; Bane is also an enemy of Melora.[37]

Erathis and Melora created humans through their passionate love as the third race on Exandria. They granted humans passionate hearts as well but also a chaos that blessed them with the ambitions, mirth, and curiosity of their two creators but also cursed them to be too short-lived to fully fulfill these impulses.[5]

Official art of Erathis and Bahamut battling Asmodeus and Gruumsh at Vasselheim, by Kent Davis from "Exandria: An Intimate History" (Sx61) at 3:53.[art 4]

Erathis was among the Prime Deities who fought against the Betrayer Gods in defense of Vasselheim shortly before the Calamity, and again fought against the Betrayers in the Calamity.[38] Certain artifacts for Erathis were crafted and repaired at the Underforge within Kravaraad.[39] The records of the Scalebearers state that, at the end of the Calamity, it was she and Bahamut who came to Vasselheim and declared that the Prime Deities would also leave Exandria. Though this was initially met with protest from both the divine and mortal, the other gods ultimately agreed, finding this "unimpeachable and just". Thus, the Divergence occurred and the Divine Gate was created.[40]

As of 812 PD, clerics of Erathis and druids of Melora work together to keep civilization and nature in balance.[41]

Trivia

  • The Lawbearer's holy day is Civilization's Dawn, celebrated on the autumnal equinox (22 Quen'pillar).
    • Ironically, on Civilization's Dawn in 810 PD, while traveling to the cradle of civilization in Vasselheim, Vox Machina was attacked by lawless pirates at dawn.[42]
    • In 842 PD, a party called the Everdawn began on Civilization's Dawn and promised to continue all the way into the new year[43] more than two months later. The symbol of the Everdawn is the double-bladed axe of the Lawbearer turned into a chalice.[44] 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.[45]
  • In "Critical Role: Bar Room Blitz" (Sx21), Jayne Merriweather pretends to be a disciple of Erathis, but is actually a follower of Tharizdun.[46]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 See Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, p. 21.
  2. 2.0 2.1 See Critical Role: Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting, p. 16.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 See Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, p. 22.
  4. 4.0 4.1 See Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting Reborn, p. 29.
  5. 5.0 5.1 See Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting Reborn, p. 13.
  6. See "Trial of the Take: Part 1" (1x18) at 46:51.
  7. Or "Erathis's Crown."  See "Hubris" (1x17) at 3:12:00.
  8. See "Hubris" (1x17) at 3:05:10.
  9. See "Trial of the Take: Part 1" (1x18) at 39:07.
  10. See the written contract from Alchemist Ozwyn Gruude.
  11. See "Trial of the Take: Part 3" (1x20) at 39:32.
  12. See Critical Role: Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting, p. 43. See also pp. 52, 76, and 87.
  13. See Critical Role: Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting, p. 90.
  14. See Critical Role: Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting, p. 93.
  15. See Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting Reborn, p. 136.
  16. See "Whispers" (1x29) from 1:56:59 through 2:02:59.
  17. See Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting Reborn, p. 78.
  18. See "Best Laid Plans..." (1x50) at 2:46:18.
  19. See "Best Laid Plans..." (1x50) from 2:56:31 through 2:59:47.
  20. See Critical Role: Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting, p. 59.
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 See Critical Role: Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting, p. 61.
  22. See Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting Reborn, p. 92.
  23. See Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting Reborn, p. 138.
  24. See "Steam and Conversation" (2x09) at 0:46:11.
  25. See Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, pp. 22–23.
  26. See Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, p. 106.
  27. See "Frigid Propositions" (2x109) at 1:58:36.
  28. See Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, p. 92.
  29. See Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, p. 165.
  30. See "The Ruby and the Sapphire" (2x33) at 3:04:13.
  31. See "Whispers" (1x29) from 1:56:59 through 2:02:59.
  32. See "Hubris" (1x17) at 3:11:47.
  33. See "The Search For Grog" (Sx42) at 32:16.
  34. See Critical Role: Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting, p. 37.
  35. See "Steam and Conversation" (2x09) at 2:53:35.  The Herald is named earlier.
  36. See Critical Role: Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting, p. 19.
  37. See Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting Reborn, p. 35.
  38. See official art on this page.
  39. See "Clay and Dust" (2x72) at 1:58:46.
  40. See Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting Reborn, p. 16.
  41. See Critical Role: Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting, p. 18.
  42. See "Skyward" (1x15) at 1:59:39.  The date is not mentioned, but calculated by working backward from Winter's Crest that year.
  43. See "The Nameless Ones" (Ex01) at 12:08.
  44. See "The Nameless Ones" (Ex01) at 1:05:32.
  45. See "Family Matters" (1x96) at 1:46:56.
  46. See "Critical Role: Bar Room Blitz" (Sx21) at 39:07.

Art:

  1. Symbol of Erathis from Critical Role: Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting.
  2. Symbol of Erathis from Explorer's Guide to Wildemount by Claudio Pozas. (source)
  3. Official art of Melora and Erathis, by Zuzanna Wuzyk @zuzartii (source). Artwork from Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting Reborn. Used DM response with permission.
  4. Official art of Erathis and Bahamut battling Asmodeus and Gruumsh at Vasselheim, by Kent Davis from "Exandria: An Intimate History" (Sx61) at 3:53. Used with permission.
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