Fan made speculative map of Exandria, by West Haberlein.[art 2]

Exandria is the name of the world on which most events of Critical Role take place.[2] Exandria exists in a Material Plane,[3] although it features connections to other planes of existence, such as the portals to the elemental planes guarded by the Ashari.

History

Main article: History of Exandria.

Since the gods first came to Exandria, four distinct ages of the world have gone by: the Founding, the Age of Arcanum, the Calamity, and the Divergence. The events of Critical Role take place in the fourth age.[4] For a timeline of Exandrian history as it is now known, with dates, see the article Time Line.

Calendar

Main article: Calendar of Exandria.

An Exandrian year lasts 328 days over the course of 11 months. Each day is 24 hours in length and the 7 days of the week are named Miresen, Grissen, Whelsen, Conthsen, Folsen, Yulisen, and Da'leysen.

Geographic Characteristics

Fan made detailed map of Tal'dorei and Wildemount, by West Haberlein.[art 3]

Fan made political map of Tal'dorei and Wildemount with approximate borders, by West Haberlein.[art 4]

Continents

Oceans

  • Frigid Depths: The cold ocean to the north of Issylra, Tal'Dorei, and Wildemount.
  • Lucidian Ocean: A vast ocean to the south-east of Tal'Dorei and south of Wildemount, containing the Shattered Teeth.
  • Ozmit Sea: The sea separating Tal'Dorei from Issylra and Marquet to its west.

Underdark

The Underdark is a vast subterranean region that exists below the continents of Exandria. A dark and hostile place, the Underdark is almost a world unto itself, with civilizations, monsters, politics, economies, and threats that may interact only sporadically or indirectly with the surface world.[10] Notably, the Underdark has significant connections to the Far Realm, from which many aberrations emerge.

Satellites

Fan art of Catha and Ruidus (cropped from a larger image), by Sakyora.[art 5]

Exandria has two moons,[11][2][12] named Catha and Ruidus.[13]

Catha

Catha is similar in appearance to Earth's Moon, though it is closer to Exandria and appears larger in the sky.[12] It has a 33-day cycle during which it waxes and wanes.[14]

Ruidus

Ruidus appears smaller in Exandria's sky due to its further distance from the planet, and its reddish-purple, maroon-brown color contributes to a dimmer glow.[12] Lycanthropy is relatively unaffected by this moon in comparison to the closer moon.[15] It has a very slow orbit, taking a full year (328 days) for a revolution, and is visible for about half of the year.[16] Myths and rumors about Ruidus abound. Some believe it to be either pre-creation from when the elements themselves were consuming all of Exandria. Others believe it may have not originally existed, but was a creation of the Betrayer Gods, and was some sort of long-running mysterious plot that was cut short during the end of the Calamity.[17] There is a standard belief in various cultures across Exandria of it being an entity of ill-omen.

Languages

Many different languages are spoken across Exandria. Common is the most widely spoken among humanoids, though most races also have their own language.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Critical Role: Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting, p. 41.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Matthew Mercer explained that Exandria is the name of the world and it has two moons (source).
  3. Artagan explains, "This is but one of many Prime Materials."  See "Blessing in Disguise" (2x95) at 17:53.
  4. The four age divisions are presumed based on the sections of "The Myth of Exandria" in Critical Role: Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting, pp 5–8. Based on those sections, there have been three ages prior to the start of modern history.
  5. See "Critical Role Panel w/ Matthew Mercer and Mary E. McGlynn from MomoCon" from 32:58 through 34:30.
  6. Matthew Mercer confirmed that Exandria is the world, Issylra is a continent, and Othanzia is a region in Issylra.
  7. Marquet was introduced in Chapter 3.  See "Echoes of the Past" (1x38) from 2:24:19 through 2:28:25.
  8. See "Critical Role Panel w/ Matthew Mercer and Mary E. McGlynn from MomoCon" from 32:58 through 34:30.
  9. See  Critical Role: Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting, p. 98.
  10. See, for example, Matt's discussion of the illithid after they were freed from K'Varn's influence.  See "Talks Machina Fireside Special: Q&A with the Critical Role Cast" (Sx33) at 52:42.
  11. Matthew Mercer stated that Exandria has two moons.  See "The Midnight Chase" (2x03) at 0:51:48.
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 Matthew Mercer described Exandria's two moons (source).
  13. See "Manifold Morals" (2x74) at 1:35:24.
  14. See "Refjorged" (2x76) at 1:44:26.
  15. Matthew Mercer clarified that the distant moon doesn't affect lycanthropy compared to the closer moon (source).
  16. See "Refjorged" (2x76) at 1:44:34.
  17. See "Manifold Morals" (2x74) at 1:37:56.

Art:

  1. Fan made speculative globe of Exandria, by West Haberlein (source).  Used with permission.
  2. Fan made speculative map of Exandria, by West Haberlein (source).  Used with permission.
  3. Fan made detailed map of Tal'dorei and Wildemount, by West Haberlein (source).  Used with permission.
  4. Fan made political map of Tal'dorei and Wildemount with approximate borders, by West Haberlein (source).  Used with permission.
  5. Fan art of Catha and Ruidus (cropped from a larger image), by Sakyora (source).  Used with permission.

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