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Martinet Ludinus Da'leth is an elven mage and the current leader of the Cerberus Assembly, having been alive at the time of its founding.[11] As an NPC, Ludinus Da'leth is played by Matthew Mercer.

Description[]

Appearance[]

Ludinus Da'leth - Niko Vanhala

Fan art of Ludinus Da'leth, by Niko Vanhala.[art 2]

Ludinus Da'leth is an older elven man with pale skin and long white hair. The archmage wears deep blue robes[12] with pointed shoulder pauldrons and carries a long staff with a forked point.[13] He occasionally uses a cane.[14] After the Apogee Solstice, his left hand was blackened and withered[15] and he occasionally wore gold caps over the fingers.[16]

Personality[]

A reserved, wise, and calculating though charismatic individual, Da'leth maintained a generally stoic demeanor during the events of Campaign Two, though Jester Lavorre was able to pull genuine confusion from him during one of their exchanges.[17] Astrid Becke described him as extremely difficult to read, and noted that he always maintained a gentle, amiable, and diplomatic mask, particularly in court; he, however, became incensed if someone noticed any sign of weakness in him, dropping his confident facade for a moment.[18]

He was far less composed during his residence in Molaesmyr, if King Imathan Talviel is to be believed. He described Ludinus as an obsessive recluse whose research consumed him so totally he neglected the needs of others. He would loudly argue with priests in the middle of their sermons until the crown cut off his resources at the behest of temples. When Ludinus cut himself off from the city in response, King Talviel said most were fine never seeing Ludinus's face again.[19]

Vess DeRogna believed his ultimate goal was to quietly maintain and grow his personal power above the reach of the Cerberus Assembly and King Dwendal himself.[20] Delilah Briarwood, a former Assembly member, said that although everyone was aware of how dangerous and conniving Ludinus could be, no one wielded a smile like he did;[21] despite this, she stated that he never had actual friends, but tools he used and disposed of as he saw fit.[22]

Da'leth held a deep hatred for the Kryn Dynasty, though he hid the true depths of his animosity.[4] He expressed his suspicion and mistrust of their worship of the Luxon beacon and their escape from the cycle of death through it along with citing a thirty-year period of violent skirmishes prior to 836 PD.[23] As Archmage of Domestic Protections, Da'leth was charged with restructuring the Dwendalian military, as well as construction and maintenance of the garrisons along the Xhorhasian border, and spared no effort gathering intelligence on the neighboring enemy nation. He spent a majority of his time developing arcane weaponry, shoring up military might, and quietly undermining the leadership of his military counterpart in the King's retinue, Crown Marshal Damurag.[4]

Biography[]

Ludinus Da'leth - Cyarna Trim

Fan art of Ludinus Da'leth, by Cyarna Trim.[art 3]

Background[]

Ludinus was a child at the end of the Calamity,[24] and experienced much trauma that marked him for the rest of his life.[25]

He immigrated to Molaesmyr from a small elven town in Issylra called Ivaadel when he was young.[26] He eventually became one of the city's lower council members, respected but becoming increasingly frustrating through his habit of interrupting sermons and challenging the priests of the city (who caused the funding dedicated to Da'leth's research to be cut, and with the Emerald Cross priests being particularly interested in undermining his work),[27] eventually alienating most of the populace. He spent most of his time alone in his Gildhollow Tower pursuing his own research into history and historical relics.[28] At some point Ludinus came into contact with the arcanist nobility of the young Dwendalian Empire, made up of local mages and surviving nobles of the Julous Dominion, and around 570 PD,[29] during the Eve of Crimson Midnight, he played a key role in ending the warfare between the two factions and was considered one of the heroes who stopped the assault. Ludinus used that influence to persuade the king, leading to the creation of the Cerberus Assembly.[30][31]

However, Da'leth decided to stay in Molaesmyr for a time. In his research, he took an interest in the Matron of Ravens and her hidden name, as well as in the contradictions and inconsistencies of different religious cults, and prepared a speech on the subject. He listed the names of several historical specialists on the topic, including Vaatora, Vishtaraan[32] and Laerryn.[33] During this time, he also researched the prolongation of lifespan by archdruids' merging with nature and the natural spirits, and created an arcane leather harness that synthetically recreated those natural magics, with notes on dryads and fey entities in locations throughout Wildemount, eight of which were crossed off with notes about "feeding the root". The fey entities (which included an air nymph he killed in his own tower)[34] were used to power the harness, funneling their energy to the wearer and prolonging his life. The final notes spoke of expanding his "restoration sources" into the Fey Realm.[35]

He was also interested in Ruidus and the people marked by it, even wishing he had been Ruidusborn. He made a connection with Predathos during a flare, although it was too weak to understand the entity's nature.[36] Ludinus's notes discussed the possibility of secretly focusing the power of Molaesmyr's arcane crystal well while Ruidus was above during the apogee solstice of 585 PD hoping to open a channel of consciousness and communication with the entity.[37] He apparently contacted the Weave Mind during this Solstice and established a continuing relationship.[38] Bells Hells speculated that this led to the fall of Molaesmyr, causing a corruption that killed many people and that transformed the surrounding woodland into the Savalirwood.

Since the mage's involvement in the destruction of his city had stayed a secret, he was able to flee to Bysaes Tyl without a problem. It was then, after seeing the opportunity to achieve greatness within the empire, that he left his culture behind to continue his arcane pursuits, officially joining the Empire and the Assembly.[4] He was heavily involved in the dissolution of the Julous Dominion and its complete absorption into the Empire.[39] Da'leth eventually became publicly known as the eldest member of the Cerberus Assembly, as well as one of its founders. He acted as the organization's leader, assuming the title of Archmage of Domestic Protections. As part of this position, he helmed imperial tactics during all their large-scale conflicts.[40]

Like a majority of the Cerberus Assembly, Da'leth has a vested interest in Aeor and Pre-Calamity artifacts.[41] During his earlier years, his home, Molaesmyr, was destroyed and the surrounding Savalirwood corrupted from experiments on Aeorian artifacts gone awry.[42] During his tenure as leader of the Assembly, excavations at Shattengrod began and the Balenpost outpost in Eiselcross was established to study the Aeor crash site.[43][44] In 835 PD, he hired Dagen Underthorn as a guide to escort him on his trip through Eiselcross to oversee the initial discovery of one of the Aeorian crash sites, A2.[45] The A2 site seemed largely to be a biological experimentation complex and notably contained an arboretum full of corrupted trees that mirrored the corruption of the Savalirwood surrounding Molaeysmr. In 836 PD, the Mighty Nein encountered the recent remains of his apprentice, Zana Deelio, within the ruins, suggesting Da'leth's continued interest in the site.

Sometime prior to 835 PD, Da'leth was Shadowhand Essek Thelyss's primary contact in the clandestine Luxon beacon exchange that ultimately kickstarted the War of Ash and Light.[46] Thelyss stole two of the Dynasty's holy beacons and surrendered them to Da'leth for experimentation in exchange for a copy of their findings. Vess Derogna's notes on her experiments revealed that, at minimum, DeRogna and Da'leth aimed to imbue a selection of the Empire's military with the extracted dunamis to heighten their combat capabilities.[47][48] As the Mighty Nein learned the truth of the stolen beacons and presented it to King Dwendal, Da'leth orchestrated a thorough cover-up, claiming the Dynasty had mistaken the stolen beacon for the one the Empire recently unearthed from Shattengrod.[49]

Campaign Two: The Mighty Nein[]

"Homeward Bound" (2x48)[]

The party saw Ludinus Da'leth teleport into Felderwin and meet Vess DeRogna there.

"A Tangled Web" (2x77)[]

In the Mighty Nein's new quest to find the second stolen beacon, the head of the Cerberus Assembly was one of many people they theorized would know more about its whereabouts. When Jester asked Dairon about the mysterious man they'd dubbed 'Blondie' that was involved with the fiendish portals, they recognized him as resembling Vence Nuthaleus, the Annex to Martinet Ludinus Da'leth. Dairon advised the Nein against a confrontation with Ludinus as he was "quite capable".

The Candle of Ludinus - Cyarna

Fan art of the Candle of Ludinus, by Cyarna Trim.[art 4]

"Punishment and Politics" (2x87)[]

Da'leth was in attendance in the throne room along with King Dwendal, Headmaster Oremid Hass, Archmage Trent Ikithon retainer to the crown Oliver Schreiber, Prime Arbiter Sydnock Truscan, High Curator Yudala Fon, and Arcanist Allura Vysoren when the Mighty Nein revealed the details of Vence Nuthaleus's treachery and collaboration with the Angel of Irons cult. King Dwendal proceeded to put the Mighty Nein in Da'leth's care while they were in Rexxentrum, and he, in turn, arranged their lodging.

"Unwanted Reunions" (2x88)[]

After breakfast, Da'leth brought the Mighty Nein to his tower in The Shimmer Ward to further discuss both the Angel of Irons cult and the upcoming Luxon beacon exchange. After the Mighty Nein wished to inspect the beacon, Da'leth escorted them to the Vergesson Sanatorium where they were joined by Trent Ikithon for the inspection. After teleporting the Nein back to the Shimmer Ward, Da'leth parted ways with them.

"The Fancy and the Fooled" (2x97)[]

The Martinet was meeting with Lord Dezran Thain and Lord Athesias Uludan aboard the Cerberus Assembly ship Wind of Aeons when the Mighty Nein arrived in Nicodranas prior to the peace negotiations with the Kryn Dynasty. Frumpkin later eavesdropped on him having a secret conversation with Lord Thain, who was revealed to be Essek Thelyss. When confronted by the Mighty Nein, Essek confessed to stealing the Luxon beacons and handing them over to Ludinus and Trent Ikithon for research, with Vess DeRogna helming a period of this research.

"High Seas, High Stakes" (2x99)[]

Caleb and Beau encountered Da'leth aboard the Wind of Aeons during the voyage to the peace negotiations when they flew there to inspect the Luxon beacon. Da'leth seemed surprised that Vess DeRogna had been to their ship and that she had offered them work in the north once the negotiations were completed.

"Fond Farewells" (2x141)[]

Knowing Caleb Widogast participated in nullifying and imprisoning Trent Ikithon, Da'leth offered him the vacant seat of Archmage of Civil Influence. Caleb promptly rejected him with a veiled threat, and Da'leth left to later appoint former-Volstrucker Astrid Becke to the seat.[50]

Between Campaign Two and Campaign Three[]

According to Astrid Becke, around 838 PD Ludinus started a project connected to the Occultus Thalamus in the Aeorian ruins.[51]

In Fessuran 843 PD, Beau told Bells Hells that Ludinus had spent time in prison and still belonged there with "the rest of his friends."[52]

In 842 PD, along with Ira Wendagoth and Otohan Thull, with the apparent collusion of the Unseelie Court, Ludinus had involved in the construction in the Feywild of a Malleus Key utilizing the Moontide Crown as a key component. It was similar to the Veilscatter Scope built by Ira Wendagoth and Oleander Calloway in the Hellcatch Valley, which allowed an unobstructed view of the red moon Ruidus, the leylines crisscrossing Exandria, and the latticed cage of energy resembling the Divine Gate which surrounded Ruidus.[53]

Ludinus was the founder and leader of the Ruby Vanguard, a group with the stated purpose of releasing Predathos from its prison within Ruidus in order to ensure the destruction of the deities of Exandria. Ludinus taught that since the beginning of mortals' existence on Exandria, they had been under the thumbs of the deities. They believed that since the ascension of the mortal Raven Queen to godhood, the other gods had feared mortals, regarding them not as their beautiful children, but as their food and the source of their power.[54] The group dreamed of a future of freedom for all mortals, by restoring the natural balance and unleashing the natural predator of those beings who call themselves gods.[55] The members of the group believed that Da'leth could speak directly with Predathos.[56]

Campaign Three: Bells Hells[]

Ludinus was instrumental in creating the plans projected to come to fruition at the apogee solstice of 843 PD,[57] which had been in preparation even during the War of Ash and Light, eight years before.[58] To that end, the group created three "Malleus Keys", large mechanisms similar to the Veilscatter Scope, located in the Feywild, the Shadowfell, and the Hellcatch Valley, at the spot where the three planes intersect and at what was projected to be the nexus of the upcoming solstice.[59] The Hellcatch Valley key was still under construction less than two weeks from the date of the solstice.

Ludinus arrives by Lap Pun Cheung

Fan art of Ludinus and Fearne, by Lap Pun Cheung.[art 5]

While Imogen Temult and Fearne Calloway were in the office of Kadija Sumal, Ludinus arrived, seeking the portions of the records of the Omen Archive that Kadija had removed before they were taken by the Cerberus Assembly. Through his use of a spell permanently robbing Kadija of her will, she turned over the papers. Ludinus told Imogen she looked just like her mother Liliana Temult, who was instrumental in his plans and had aided them for years. He dodged the question of whether himself was Ruidusborn, saying that he has his connections with the moon and has had conversations with it. He also expressed his contempt for the gods, saying he had watched the world burn at their behest, the ruin their games left, and the destruction they caused to stunt the growth of mortals.[60] "The Divergence, it wasn't to protect us. It was to protect them from us."[61]

When Bells Hells encountered Caleb Widogast and Beauregard Lionett at the Tishtan excavation site where the primary Malleus Key was being built, the two shared that Ludinus' contempt for the gods had become an obsession, and that his actions in the past months with the Ruby Vanguard had been so intentionally obvious that it appeared he had been counting on opposition. Beau observed that he wasn't normally that sloppy, and they agreed that he wouldn't be the first magic practitioner to succumb to the chaotic influence of dark magics. They noted he seemed to be operating outside the Assembly on this project.[62]

The night the Apogee Solstice was projected to begin, Ludinus arrived magically at the Tishtan excavation site along with a mage hunter golem. Almost immediately thereafter, Liliana Temult captured Beauregard and Caleb, who had successfully sabotaged the antimagic generators at the site. Ludinus assumed a position halfway up the spire of the Malleus Key and addressed the assembled crowd in a long monologue about the evils of the gods and mentioning that he had worked for a thousand years to bring them down.

The greatest lie ever told is that we need them. We are their gardens, their cattle. They created us to feed them with our faith, our hopes, our souls, lapping up their fables, give them form, purpose, control. They did not give us this world. They took it from the titans, slew them in their home, and tilled its soil to harvest us for all eternity. But we, their special children, surpassed our masters. We questioned their games, we found our own will, our own power, our own drive to create that eclipsed their own. We unraveled their weave and killed one of them, became one of them. Then, then they feared us. The Calamity was not a tragedy. It was a punishment. Their war amounted to them little more than a contest and we all suffered for our excellence, a genocidal admonishment for following our own will. They still fear us, hiding behind their gate, reaping our dreams as they deceive us into ceding our agency to their whims and squabbles. They should be afraid. (to FCG) You. You are not given life by any god, but by the hands of mortal creators like us. We are the new source of life, of creation! Stain my legacy all you wish! I have worked selflessly for a thousand years to find the means of shattering these chains of fate and oppression! Let me be your villain if it means liberation for all and forever. Born in you chosen Ruidusborn, seeds of Predathos' power, the burgeoning scions to now break these bonds. You have all gathered here for your true purpose. Everything scales in the universe, even ecosystems. Tonight, we unleash the natural predator of the gods. Tonight, the children inherit the world.
– 
Ludinus's monologue.[63]
[!h]


Ludinus and the Malleus Key by Wesley Griffith

Fan art of Ludinus and the Malleus Key, by Wesley Griffith.[art 6]

Ludinus thrust his hand into the Key, providing his own arcane energy to power its movement of time ahead to evening and the rise of Ruidus above the construction site. When he withdrew his hand, it was withered and blackened. He was able to protect the Key from the attack of the crashing Silver Sun with a Wall of Force. When Keyleth arrived in the form of an earth elemental, he smiled down at her, saying, "Right on time" as he successfully cast Power Word Stun on her. Otohan attacked, bringing her close to death, but as she prepared the final blow the form of Vax'ildan, Champion of the Matron of Ravens, appeared and interposed himself. Above them, Ludinus stated: "And now the final piece. The sliver of divinity, the lens." He reached back into the device as Liliana cast a spell toward Vax'ildan. All the mirrors lining the pit lit up, shooting hundreds of beams of energy into Vax's body, causing him to scream in pain as he was compressed down into a sphere of dark shadow. Liliana used Telekinesis to move the black sphere into the empty spot in the machine and Ludinus attempted to power it up, but there had clearly been a substantial loss of power to the machine. Muttering, "It'll have to do," he threw the final switch and a red beam of light fed by the Ruidusborn present shot upward and connected with Ruidus, causing a silent explosion of arcane energy fading into white. He left at some point during the ensuing battle.[64]

At some point after the beginning of the apogee solstice spies working for the Voice of the Tempest informed her that Ludinus had been seen in the Dwendalian Empire, secretly meeting with the bedridden King Dwendal.[65] According to Keyleth, despite having more political power than ever before, not all members of the Cerberus Assembly were agreeing with Da'leth lately, causing internal conflicts within the Empire.[66]

It was later revealed that part of Ludinus' speech was heard in different points of the planet, wherever there was a nexus of leylines,[67] and the same flash of white energy at the end teleported several people to different locations in different continents.[68] As part of the archmage's plan, several tiny arcane spheres were placed in specific locations of the city of Jrusar, which when activated summoned an illusion of Ludinus that delivered his speech to whomever was around until the sphere was destroyed.[69]

Ludinus Da'leth - MateuszWilma

Fan art of Ludinus Da'leth, by MateuszWilma.[art 7]

When Bells Hells returned to Jrusar, FCG cast Scrying to locate Liliana Temult and found her walking next to Ludinus in the middle of a red storm, apparently on the surface of Ruidus itself.[70]

When Bells Hells were visiting the Great Tree of Atrophy, it was revealed that someone was spying on them, until the former Gau Drashari dispelled the effect.[71] After the adventurers retrieved the spark of Rau'shan from the Chynes Maw, Ludinus appeared in the chamber, accompanied by two members of the Ruby Vanguard and two Reilora. While the archmage said he only wanted to talk, when he held Fearne hostage with Telekinesis a battle ensued. The adventuring party defeated Ludinus's companions, forcing him to end his concentration on his spell, and Laudna successfully Counterspelled his subsequent 9th-level spell. After that, Ludinus was relatively satisfied, having acquired useful information from them, and he jumped into the magma pool, revealing he was in fact a Simulacrum and leaving behind only a robe and a cracked opal he was wearing on his forehead.[72] When Bells Hells showed the gem to Allura Vysoren in Whitestone Castle, she explained that, due to the Simulacrum's inability to learn new things, the opal allowed it to transmit knowledge to its creator. She also theorized, after hearing of Ludinus being in multiple places in a short amount of time, that the archmage might have managed to have multiple Simulacra of himself active at once.[73]

According to Evoroa, Ludinus had spent some time on Ruidus working with her team in Kreviris trying to use Aeorian technology related to the Factorum Malleus to free Predathos. However, he had recently returned to Exandria to deal with the Dominox which was preventing artifact recovery efforts in the ruins of Aeor.[74] Astrid Becke told the party that Ludinus' efforts in Aeor often seemed to focus on the Occultus Thalamus in the Genesis Ward.[75] She also noted he had a quirk of frequently scratching the back of his neck.[76] During his time in Aeor Ludinus had witnessed how Dominox (a grand demon) had driven his own forces insane, although he hadn't been able to do the same with the archmage. Ludinus briefly tried to interact with the fiend in the engine room where he was sealed, but since it didn't work, he continued his exploration deeper within the ruins.

Ludinus casting Gate by Melissa Hahn

Fan art of Ludinus casting Gate, by Melissa Hahn.[art 8]

Two days after losing his own bodyguards to the demon, Ludinus heard the commotion of the battle between Bells Hells and Dominox, and approached the engine room again, alarmed, declaring that they needed to deal with the demon and that he would help them; despite this statement, most of the group was alarmed by his presence, and Laudna even shouted that they should set Dominox free. The archmage (after casting Shield to avoid getting hit by Chetney) entered the chamber and cast Gate, opening a portal to the Abyss, where they could kill the powerful fiend permanently. While he was concentrating on that spell, he was attacked several times: Braius Doomseed (who had been part of his escort as part of his mission to murder him) cast Moonbeam, Laudna used Spirit of Death in the form of Vess DeRogna to haunt him (Counterspelling his Counterspell), Fearne tried to Polymorph him, and Imogen, after failing to push him with Telekinesis, attacked him with Lightning Bolt. Although he complained, the archmage maintained concentration, and Teven Klask successfully killed the Grand Demon of Loathing at the other side of the portal. Orym then tried to push Ludinus inside too, but he, realizing what the Ashari was trying to do, put an end to his spell, closing the portal.

The old wizard declared that he didn't see the adventurers as enemies, understanding why they were hesitant to help him, and told them he wanted to speak with them, walking away, and being followed shortly after by Imogen, and then by the rest of the group. The archmage guided them to the Occultus Thalamus, and explained to the group he was trying to help, talking them about his experience witnessing the brutality of the gods during his childhood, at the end of the Calamity. He then used the device he had been working on to extract a green orb that contained the memories of the city of Aeor and its destruction, telling them that he would show the history to them and the rest of the world, making the orb spin and shine, activating its properties.[77]

Relationships[]

Essek Thelyss[]

Da’leth was Essek Thelyss’s primary contact in the illicit Luxon beacon exchange and met to share research and insider information regarding the conflict[78], though Essek also interacted with Trent Ikithon when Ludinus was not available.[79] While the two were able to work together, they were mutually happy to sever all ties upon the beacon’s return to the Dynasty.[80] Da'leth found Thelyss to be a cold individual, but noticed a gradual thaw as he began to interact with the Mighty Nein. Thelyss, for his part, thought Da'leth lacked friends.

Liliana Temult[]

Ludinus and Liliana

Screenshot of Ludinus and Liliana on Ruidus.[art 9]

According to Liliana, she has enough influence over the archmage to have pulled him from the edge more than once, even encouraging him do some good on occasion.[81] She realizes she is surrounded by dangerous people, but they listen to her, and by staying she can protect other Ruidusborn.[82] She accepts that Ludinus may be evil, but is combating him by working from the inside.[83]

Otohan Thull[]

Ludinus was seen with General Otohan Thull at a meeting in the Feywild with members of the Unseelie Court discussing the design of a machine focused on Ruidus for an unknown purpose.[84][85]

Trent Ikithon[]

Though Da'leth found Trent Ikithon useful, as evidenced with their collaboration with the stolen Luxon beacon, Da'leth found him challenging, off-putting, and, ultimately, a disappointment. [86][87] He had some awareness of Ikithon's abusive methods for training Volstrucker, though he claimed never to have witnessed it personally, and claimed he was not aware of the extent of the training. [88]

Vence Nuthaleus[]

Nuthaleus was Da'leth's annex and assistant until he was revealed as a collaborator with the Angel of Irons cult, sowing discord among both the Dwendalian Empire and Kryn Dynasty. Da'leth expressed surprise and embarrassment when the Mighty Nein revealed Nuthaleus as a traitor and a cultist before the King’s Council and his fellow Assembly members. [89] Da'leth moved quickly to have the fleeing Nuthaleus intercepted, and was willing to surrender him to the Dynasty as part of the peace negotiations, though he intended to interrogate him before the exchange.[90]

Vess DeRogna[]

Despite a mutual interest in Aeor, Da'leth deeply disliked Vess DeRogna, and the two shared a mutual distrust.[91][92][93] He put a notable amount of pressure on her and her work with Yeza Brenatto during the experiments with the stolen Luxon beacon, and they were witnessed arguing in Felderwin.[94]

Their tension persisted regarding the research and excavation of Aeor. DeRogna strove to keep the details of her last expedition secret from him, and he was displeased when he learned of her planned trip.[95][96]

Yussa Errenis[]

Ludinus is very intelligent. I do not know what his main intent is, but he's been around since the beginning. But he's also the one that keeps the balance with the king. He is the one that keeps the peace, from an archmage's standpoint, but I'm wary of anyone that powerful, both from an arcane and political standpoint.
– 
Yussa's impression of Da'leth[97]

Character information[]

Notable items[]

  • An extended staff with a hooked, fork-like point at the end[98]

Former items[]

Abilities[]

Ludinus has advantage on saving throws against spells[101] and is resistant to damage from them.[102]

Feats[]

Wizard spells[]

As an ancient wizard, Ludinus has had time to fill his spellbook with an unknown but probably very lengthy list of spells. The following are those he has demonstrated knowledge of:

Spell level Spell Notes
1st Shield[106]
3rd Counterspell[107]
3rd Fly[108]
3rd Sending[109]
4th Dimension Door[110]
5th Telekinesis[111][112]
5th Wall of Force[113]
7th Simulacrum[114]
7th Teleport[115]
8th Power Word Stun[116]
9th Gate[117]
9th Weird[118][119]
Unknown level[]
  • Unknown, possibly Antimagic Field[120]
  • Unknown, possibly Geas[121]
  • Unknown, similar to Feeblemind but the target has some understanding of language[122]

Appearances and mentions[]

Quotations[]

  • Ludinus: (to Jester) It's entirely off-putting how disarmingly charming you are. I genuinely do not know how to react. Take that as a compliment.[123]
  • Caleb: Well, I am a disappointment to my teacher, I am sure. As well as many of my peers.
    Ludinus: Your teacher's a disappointment to many others. He has his uses, but... Ah. People are complicated, are they not?[124]
  • Ludinus: I'm surprised to see such affection from such a previously cold individual.
    Essek: "Well, I am surprised myself. Maybe you should try friends sometime."[125]
  • (about the gods) "We've never needed them. They've always needed us.[...] I watched the world burn at their behest. I saw the ruin their games left of our people, the destruction they brought down to stunt the potential of mortal minds and hearts. They act only to preserve themselves. [...] We may be their creations, but all children outgrow their parents. And they came to fear our development, our potential. The Matron, the Age of Arcanum, the growing will of the mortal mind. The Divergence, it wasn't to protect us, it was to protect them from us."[126]
  • Morrigan: (when Ludinus was mentioned) Hungry goes the bastard of time.[127]
  • Lolth: (about Predathos) Ludinus doesn't know. He is a petulant child.[128]
  • Ludinus: When the divine threatens your families, your children, the very future of life as you know it, they reveal themselves as the enemy.[129]

Trivia[]

  • At the beginning of Campaign Two his name was sometimes misspelled as Lunidus.[130] The prefix luni- means "moon" in Latin.
  • The term martinet both refers to a multi-tail whip used as a punitive device, and a person who is a strict disciplinarian.
  • Although Ludinus has been described on more than one occasion as "old", his exact age has never been confirmed. Elves can live well over seven centuries,[131] but Ludinus seems to have exceeded that. He survived the fall of Molaesmyr,[4] which indicates that he was alive in 585 PD,[132] but his way of referring to the Calamity suggests that he witnessed it (or at least its aftermath). Ira Wendagoth believed Ludinus was well over 500 years old, and Ludinus himself said he had been working on his plans for a thousand years, and has talked about the Calamity as if he had, indeed, witnessed it (something Matt himself confirmed).[133] Ira thought it possible that Ludinus had dabbled in necromancy.[134] Bells Hells later discovered a magical harness-like device that Ludinus apparently used to prolong his life at the cost of draining life force from various fey entities.
  • According to the notes found in his Gildhollow Tower, Ludinus knew who Laerryn Coramar-Seelie was, but regardless of whether he was alive at the same time as the abjurer, she must have already been dead when Ludinus moved to Molaesmyr (where he made the notes listing her name as a historical specialist on the Raven Queen).[135] The cast themselves theorized that the names in Ludinus' notes could be of people the archmage had read about, although Laura Bailey mentioned he might have known them personally.[136]
  • It's possible that Ludinus was the one who brought to Molaesmyr the Aeorian relics that contributed to the city's destruction.[137]
  • According to Matthew Mercer, in his youth Ludinus, with his attractiveness, could have been successful in the romantic sphere, but he considered such matters "beneath him", since he had other priorities.[138]
  • Da'leth looks like a man of northern Elven descent, and much of that bloodline is from elves who once inhabited Molaesmyr.[139] However, he wasn't a native of that city, coming (allegedly) from Ivaadel in Issylra (which might have been in the north as well).
  • His physical appearance (and goals to a lesser extent) bear similarities to Mannimarco from the Elder Scrolls series.
  • Utkarsh Ambudkar briefly mixed the archmage's name with that of Ruidus, which led to a new nickname for him, "Rudinus", since, according to the cast, he's quite rude.[140]
  • Ashley Johnson confessed that she wished Fearne Calloway had set on fire the papers Ludinus was stealing from Kadija Sumal. Matthew Mercer admitted he had a battle map prepared for that encounter just in case Fearne and/or Imogen Temult decided to act against the archmage.[141]
  • According to the Great Tree of Atrophy, Ludinus Da'leth could potentially be stopped by the combination of Bells Hells and their chaos,[142] and the use of the shard of the Empress of Earth and the spark of the Emperor of Fire.[143] When the adventurers were in Kalutha speaking to Evontra'vir, the tree revealed a Scrying orb nearby. Since they were talking about how to defeat the archmage and the magical effect was blue, Ludinus himself could have been the one casting the spell.[144]

References[]

  1. See "Faith or Famine" (3x60) at 3:59:20.
  2. See the Trivia section.
  3. See "The Apogee Solstice" (3x51) at 3:48:24.  Ludinus said he had been working for 1000 years, so it is assumed he didn't start as a child.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 See Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, p. 42.
  5. See "Hope Within History" (3x55) at 1:37:50.
  6. See "Bawdy Basement Belligerence" (3x44) at 3:26:49.
  7. See "Unwanted Reunions" (2x88).  Da'leth was able to cast Teleport, a 7th-level spell, twice in one day.
  8. See "An Ancient Flame" (3x75) at 3:42:49.  Ludinus casts a 9th-level spell.
  9. See "An Ancient Flame" (3x75) at 3:20:54.  Ludinus's simulacrum, with identical stats except hit points, had an AC of 19.
  10. See "An Ancient Flame" (3x75) at 3:44:41.  On a Counterspell roll, Ludinus rolled a 6 for a total score of 12, meaning his INT must be 22-23.
  11. See "Whispers of War" (2x18) at 3:40:28.
  12. See "A Game of Names" (2x49) at 13:01.
  13. See "The Apogee Solstice" (3x51) at 3:59:31.
  14. See "Unwanted Reunions" (2x88) at 01:31:19.
  15. See "A Path of Vengeance" (3x65) at 03:39:53.
  16. See "The Nox Engine" (3x98) at 2:42:19.
  17. See "Unwanted Reunions" (2x88) at 02:02:48.
  18. See "Gathering of Needs" (3x95) from 0:26:28 through 0:34:34.
  19. See "Hope Within History" (3x55) at 00:50:11.
  20. See "Frigid Propositions" (2x109) at 03:31:37.
  21. See "The Promise and the Price" (3x77) at 1:33:10.
  22. See "Gathering of Needs" (3x95) at 3:34:57.
  23. See "Unwanted Reunions" (2x88) at 01:45:01.
  24. See "The Nox Engine" (3x98) from 3:44:34 through 3:45:34.
  25. See "4-Sided Dive: Still Blessed" (4SDx23) at 1:49:00.
  26. See "Hope Within History" (3x55) at 1:37:50.
  27. See "Escape From The Past" (3x58) at 2:29:37.
  28. See "Hope Within History" (3x55) at 0:50:47.
  29. See Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, pp. 16–The Eve of Crimson midnight occurred around a quarter of a century after the Marrow War ended in 545 PD..
  30. See Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, p. 16.
  31. See "Hope Within History" (3x55) at 1:34:32.
  32. See "The Sorrow of Molaesmyr" (3x57) at 3:19:16.
  33. See the Trivia section.
  34. See "Intense Interrogations" (3x85) from 1:30:44 through 1:33:14.
  35. See "Escape From The Past" (3x58) from 2:17:44 through 2:22:43.
  36. See "Escape From The Past" (3x58) from 2:26:40 through 2:30:04.
  37. See "Escape From The Past" (3x58) at 2:32:19.
  38. See "Broken Roads" (3x92) at 0:28:19.
  39. See "Hope Within History" (3x55) at 1:36:25.
  40. See "Hope Within History" (3x55) at 1:37:02.
  41. See Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, p. 41.
  42. See "Critical Role Campaign 2 Wrap Up" (Sx56) from 2:52:03 through 2:54:49.
  43. See "Unwanted Reunions" (2x88) at 03:06:45.  excavations at Shattengrod began 'decades ago', which easily overlaps with Da'leth's time on the Assembly and very likely his leadership.
  44. See "Dinner with the Devil" (2x110) from 01:34:50 through 1:35:27.  Balenpost was established within 50 years prior to 836 PD, which easily overlaps with Da'leth's time on the Assembly and very likely his leadership.
  45. See "Fetching Fables & Frosty Friends" (2x115) at 43:01.
  46. See "A Walk to Warmer Welcomes" (2x124) at 03:12:55.
  47. See "Homeward Bound" (2x48) from 3:32:21 through 3:35:49.
  48. Liam O'Brien shared pictures of the notes pages used in game on his Twitter.
  49. See "Punishment and Politics" (2x87) at 03:28:12.
  50. See "Fond Farewells" (2x141) at 5:41:30.
  51. See "Gathering of Needs" (3x95) at 0:18:02.  Astrid said in 843 PD that Ludinus had been working on it for five years.
  52. See "Red Moon Rising" (3x50) at 3:09:10.
  53. See "Breaking Point" (3x31) at 0:31:32.
  54. See "Bawdy Basement Belligerence" (3x44) at 3:13:19.
  55. See "Bawdy Basement Belligerence" (3x44) at 3:04:33.
  56. See "Bawdy Basement Belligerence" (3x44) at 3:14:32.
  57. See "Bawdy Basement Belligerence" (3x44) at 3:02:44.
  58. See the Critical Role panel from London's MCM Comic Con at 36:58.
  59. See "Bawdy Basement Belligerence" (3x44) at 3:38:43.
  60. This sounds very much like a reference to the Calamity, which occurred over a thousand years ago.
  61. See "Ominous Lectures" (3x45) from 1:54:03 through 2:16:46.
  62. See "Red Moon Rising" (3x50) from 3:26:26 through 3:30:01.
  63. See "The Apogee Solstice" (3x51) from 3:31:44 through 3:54:33.
  64. See "The Apogee Solstice" (3x51).
  65. See "For The Tempest" (3x68) at 1:56:49.
  66. See "For The Tempest" (3x68) at 1:57:48.
  67. See "Faith or Famine" (3x60) at 0:39:24.  Hearthfell was located almost directly under a nexus, and Ludinus's monologue was heard there.
  68. See "Somewhere Out There" (3x59) at 0:46:38Deni$e Bembachula describes her experience. See also 1:33:42 where Bor'Dor Dog'Son describes something similar.
  69. See "A Path of Vengeance" (3x65) at 1:20:35.
  70. See "A Path of Vengeance" (3x65) from 3:38:38 through 3:41:13.
  71. See "An Ancient Flame" (3x75) at 0:08:35.  Matt confirmed it was Evontra'vir who ended that spell.
  72. See "An Ancient Flame" (3x75) from 2:15:40 through 3:49:36.
  73. See "A Gathering of Heroes" (3x76) at 0:32:56.
  74. See "Broken Roads" (3x92) at 1:17:25.
  75. See "Gathering of Needs" (3x95) at 0:18:02.
  76. See "Gathering of Needs" (3x95) at 0:33:03.
  77. See "The Nox Engine" (3x98).
  78. See "A Walk to Warmer Welcomes" (2x124) at 03:12:55.
  79. See "A Walk to Warmer Welcomes" (2x124) at 03:12:55.
  80. See "The Fancy and the Fooled" (2x97) at 01:04:56.
  81. See "Divisive Portents" (3x89) at 2:04:55.
  82. See "Divisive Portents" (3x89) at 2:09:48.
  83. See "Divisive Portents" (3x89) at 2:13:49.
  84. See "Dark Portents" (3x29) from 2:42:15 through 2:46:28.
  85. See "Breaking Point" (3x31) at 0:20:50.
  86. See "Unwanted Reunions" (2x88) at 03:18:23.
  87. See "The Fancy and the Fooled" (2x97) at 03:19:31.
  88. See "Unwanted Reunions" (2x88) at 03:18:43.
  89. See "Punishment and Politics" (2x87) at 03:02:38.  Ludinus's reaction was never proven with an insight check, though Matt delivered it as part of a block of narration, making a check inopportune.
  90. See "Unwanted Reunions" (2x88) at 01:40:21.
  91. See "High Seas, High Stakes" (2x99) at 02:45:18.  via Beau's Nat 20 Insight Check during the prior conversation.
  92. See "Frigid Propositions" (2x109) at 03:26:14.
  93. See "Worth Fighting For" (2x126) at 01:40:25.
  94. See "The Chase Begins" (2x112) at 01:49:50.
  95. See "Frigid Propositions" (2x109) at 03:26:42.
  96. See "High Seas, High Stakes" (2x99) at 02:45:52.
  97. See "Titles and Tattoos" (2x84) at 0:38:45.
  98. See "The Apogee Solstice" (3x51) at 2:59:31.
  99. See "Escape From The Past" (3x58) at 2:05:12.
  100. See "Escape From The Past" (3x58) at 2:09:59.
  101. See "The Nox Engine" (3x98) at 3:13:54.
  102. See "The Nox Engine" (3x98) at 3:29:39.
  103. See "An Ancient Flame" (3x75) at 3:14:06.  Ludinus quickens a spell.
  104. See "An Ancient Flame" (3x75) at 3:14:06.  Ludinus quickens a spell.
  105. See "The Nox Engine" (3x98) at 3:30:06.
  106. See "The Apogee Solstice" (3x51) at 4:16:39.
  107. See "An Ancient Flame" (3x75) at 3:24:39.
  108. See "The Nox Engine" (3x98) at 3:06:16.
  109. See "Unwanted Reunions" (2x88) at 02:16:31.  Da'leth cast Sending as though "second nature", possibly as a Signature Spell.
  110. See "An Ancient Flame" (3x75) at 3:14:13.
  111. See "High Seas, High Stakes" (2x99) at 1:57:27.  Da'leth casts a spell on the tea set consistent with Telekinesis.
  112. See "An Ancient Flame" (3x75) at 2:46:18.  Ludinus's simulacrum uses Telekinesis to hold Fearne hostage.
  113. See "The Apogee Solstice" (3x51) at 3:23:24.
  114. See "An Ancient Flame" (3x75) at 3:45:12.  Ludinus's simulacrum melts into snow upon dropping to 0 hit points.
  115. See "Homeward Bound" (2x48) at 03:13:36.  Da'leth apparates into Felderwin in a blue flash, presumably Teleport.
  116. See "The Apogee Solstice" (3x51) at 03:56:09.
  117. See "The Nox Engine" (3x98) at 3:07:03.
  118. See "An Ancient Flame" (3x75) at 3:42:24.  Ludinus is counterspelled attempting to cast a 9th-level spell with a 30 foot sphere and apparent mental and fear effects.
  119. See "4-Sided Dive: Anxiety Game Gauntlet" (4SDx18) at 0:53:01.  Matt confirms the spell was Weird.
  120. See "The Fancy and the Fooled" (2x97) at 01:03:08.  Da'leth cast "some sort of a radial dispel to lock down or destroy any localized magic".
  121. See "Ominous Lectures" (3x45) at 01:58:50.  Ludinus cast a spell on Kadija Sumal consistent with Geas, causing her to follow his verbal commands.
  122. See "Ominous Lectures" (3x45) at 02:17:41.  Kadija Sumal shows symptoms somewhat consistent with Feeblemind.
  123. See "Unwanted Reunions" (2x88) at 3:25:06.
  124. See "The Fancy and the Fooled" (2x97) at 3:19:26.
  125. See "The Fancy and the Fooled" (2x97) at 1:05:38.
  126. See "Ominous Lectures" (3x45) from 2:12:28 through 2:16:43.
  127. See "To Hurt Is to Heal" (3x79) at 1:32:55.
  128. See "Bittersweet Reunions" (3x93) at 2:24:05.
  129. See "The Nox Engine" (3x98) at 3:44:20.
  130. See "Homeward Bound" (2x48) at 3:16:39.
  131. See D&D: Player's Handbook, 5th ed., p. 21.
  132. See Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, p. 18.
  133. See "Ominous Lectures" (3x45) from 2:12:28 through 2:16:43.
  134. See "Red Moon Rising" (3x50) at 0:24:36.
  135. See "The Sorrow of Molaesmyr" (3x57) at 3:19:16.
  136. Matt and the cast talk about Ludinus' notes.
  137. See "Hope Within History" (3x55) at 0:56:04.
  138. See "4-Sided Dive: Still Blessed" (4SDx23) at 1:48:36.
  139. See "Homeward Bound" (2x48) at 03:15:02.
  140. See "4-Sided Dive: A Very Special Six-Sided Dive" (4SDx14) at 0:44:04.
  141. See the Rose City Comic Con podcast at 52:31.
  142. See "Roots Between Worlds" (3x74) at 3:28:21.
  143. See "Roots Between Worlds" (3x74) at 3:35:17.
  144. See "Roots Between Worlds" (3x74) at 3:39:52.

Art:

  1. Fan art of Martinet Ludinus Da'leth, by ravenIocke (source). Used with permission.
  2. Fan art of Ludinus Da'leth, by Niko Vanhala (source). Used with permission.
  3. Fan art of Ludinus Da'leth, by Cyarna Trim (source). Used with permission.
  4. Fan art of the Candle of Ludinus, by Cyarna Trim (source). Used with permission.
  5. Fan art of Ludinus and Fearne, by Lap Pun Cheung (source). Used with permission.
  6. Fan art of Ludinus and the Malleus Key, by Wesley Griffith (source). Used with permission.
  7. Fan art of Ludinus Da'leth, by MateuszWilma (source). Used with permission.
  8. Fan art of Ludinus casting Gate, by Melissa Hahn (source). Used with permission.
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