Kord, the Stormlord is the storm god and the lord of battle and warfare. He is worshiped by the denizens of the Braving Grounds in Vasselheim and sailors of the Menagerie Coast in Wildemount.

An iron statue in Vasselheim depicts Kord as a human-like man, barrel-chested and with massive muscles. He wears iron bracers around his wrists. His beard is long and goes down to the middle of his chest. In one hand he carries a long, thick shortsword. His legs and midsection are clothed in furs and leathers.[4]

His worship is banned in the Dwendalian Empire. He is heavily followed along the ports of the Menagerie Coast.[5]

Commandments of the Stormlord[edit | edit source]

Commandments of the Stormlord

  • Bravery above all. There is no glory in cowardice.

  • Strength is the path to greatness, but greatness is the responsible use of strength.

  • The glory of the Stormlord lives through your glory on the battlefield.

Known Worshipers[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

Campaign 2: The Mighty Nein[edit | edit source]

"Steam and Conversation" (2x09) Yasha revealed to the rest of the group that she is a follower of the Stormlord.[6]

"Labenda Awaits" (2x20) Yasha dreamed she saw the gloomy fields of Xhorhas covered in dead bodies. Dull blue flames and streaks of blood started curling down her arms. The dream then shifted to a broken statue of the Stormlord, the entity that had pulled her from the darkness. Rolling storm clouds formed the body of a giant man. A voice crept into the back of her head, saying that she walked the right path and never to forgot who she was and what she will become. After waking from the dream, Yasha said a short prayer to the Stormlord and carved his symbol into a piece of bark.[7][8]

"A Storm of Memories" (2x46) After going to sleep, Yasha had a vision of her wife Zuala calling out to her. The dream shifted with a flash of lightning to the Stormlord calling out to Yasha to find her strength. Yasha woke up suddenly and saw a being made of pure energy fly down from the sky and start attacking her.

"A Turtle By Any Other Name" (2x60) As Yasha slept outside with the rain pounding down on her face, she felt her wrists get cold. She looked down and saw shackles binding her wrists together. There was a sudden flash of bright light in the sky and the clouds parted, revealing two glowing eyes. The Stormlord called out to Yasha to fight against the chains and release herself. Yasha strained against her shackles, but wasn't able to break them.[9]

"Unwanted Reunions" (2x88) After being freed from Obann's control, Yasha had a dream where she was walking through the barren fields of Xhorhas in a heavy storm. As she reached the top of the mountain path, Yasha looked down and saw the shackles now broken from her wrists. She saw in the roiling clouds the glowing, electric eyes of the entity that found her on the ship weeks before, and although there were no words, she felt a sense of pride and welcoming. [10]

"Dark Waters" (2x98) While sleeping during a heavy storm at sea, Yasha dreamed of walking through the muddy fields of Xhorhas, exhausted and sore. She looked up to the sky and saw the familiar glowing eyes of the Stormlord and a warmly lit path. As she walked down the path she tried to jump over a wide chasm, but started to plummet. She called out to the Stormlord for help, but he responded back saying, "Prove". A bolt of lightning came down from the sky and zapped Yasha, her vision going blurry for a moment. Using Necrotic Shroud, she summoned her wings which were feathered rather than their usual skeletal. The Stormlord told Yasha that she was worthy of his acceptance and her own as well.[11]

"Rumble at Rumblecusp" (2x105) Before fighting Vokodo, Yasha had a dream where she saw a small white feather drifting into a pool of still water. As she moved toward it, a storm moved in around her, and when she moved to pick it up, lightning struck the pool. Turning, she saw behind her was respite and escape, but she heard a voice saying "Do not run from yourself. Overcome what faltered, and rise stronger." She took a deep breath, grabbed the feather, and sensed lightning streaking towards her. Saying, "I do not want this fear anymore," she stood firm and took the impact. A dark abyss below her revealed an endless underwater hillside of broken chain link, and the voice said, "Show me you can be reborn." She bamfed out her wings and saw, like flowers blossoming on the extended branches of a tree in the beginning of spring, feathers emerging to fill them into full, angelic wings.[12]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Though the Stormlord is based primarily on Dawn War version of Kord, his holy symbol in the Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting bears a closer resemblance to that of the Greyhawk version of Kord.
  • His holy day is the Day of Challenging, on the seventh of Misuthar.

References[edit | edit source]

  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. 18.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, p. 23.
  4. See "Hubris" (1x17) at 0:23:22.
  5. See "Steam and Conversation" (2x09) from 2:42:55 through 2:43:24.
  6. See "Steam and Conversation" (2x09) at 2:42:13.
  7. See "Labenda Awaits" (2x20) at 0:47:45.  Yasha's dream sequence
  8. See "Labenda Awaits" (2x20) at 0:58:57.  Yasha carves the symbol of the Stormlord
  9. See "A Turtle By Any Other Name" (2x60) at 3:42:57.
  10. See "Unwanted Reunions" (2x88) at 1:23:50.
  11. See "Dark Waters" (2x98) from 2:50:00 through 2:57:25.
  12. See "Rumble at Rumblecusp" (2x105) at 1:31:00.

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