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Luctus is one of the Somnovem of the mutated Cognouza Ward of the city of Aeor. As an NPC, Luctus is played by Matthew Mercer.



Luctus's appearance, age and race prior to the flight of Cognouza into the Astral Plane and her subsequent transformation are unknown.

When Lucien was getting closer to the ruins of Aeor and the Immensus Gate he started seeing the Somnovem with more mundane appearances based on the idea he had of each one of them. To him, Luctus looked like a woman with long black hair that she used to clean her face, shiny with tears.[2]


Luctus was one of the nine leaders, the Somnovem, of the Aeorian neighborhood called Cognouza.[3] Those leaders led the ward to escape the destruction of Aeor by the gods and transport themselves into the Astral Sea, where they encountered a "psychic storm that wracked every mind and spirit and shattered them until they became one with their own city."[4] "Thousands of people and the Somnovem that guided them were broken, and over time slowly reformed, powerful, the instinct of their dreams driving them, in a place where they could will their dreams to be, were their will not so fragmented."[5]

Luctus was not encountered by the party, but her named eye was dull grey and seeping. Her attack on failed Dexterity saving throws caused the target's heart to sink with absolute grief and sadness, and the Slow condition.[6][7]


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  • The name "Luctus" may be derived from the Latin word luctus (grief, sorrow). Appropriately, her demeanor tended towards grief and dismay.[9]