Fan art of Vox Machina in Marquet, by NLN4.[art 1]

Marquet[1] is one of the continents on the world of Exandria.[2] 

History[edit | edit source]

During the the Age of Arcanum, Marquet was the lush home of a prominent civilization. During the early years of the Calamity, warring nations on the continent turned the verdant landscape into ash and desert.[3]

Three to four centuries after the Divergence, Marquesian explorers and traders had a seminal influence on other continents. Over on Tal'Dorei, a legendary spicemonger from Marquet named Abdar helped to fund the construction of Emon in the fourth or maybe fifth century PD, and a major district of the city still bears his name.[4] Around 400 PD, an exploration vessel from Marquet reached the Swavain Islands and first established trade with the Ki'Nau. The Marquesians soon returned and established a colonial outpost called Damali on the Menagerie Coast, the beginning of what would eventually expand into the independent Clovis Concord.[5] A secret sect of Marquesian worshipers of Zehir brought about the banishment of Uk'otoa, who had been a guardian of the Ki'Nau, and an influx of Marquesian travelers to the Menagerie Coast soon followed, including elves who helped found Gwardan.[6][7]

At that time in the fifth century PD, the great city of Ank'Harel had just been founded under the rule of J'mon Sa Ord.[8] At the time, the red dragon Thordak tyrannically ruled over half of the continent[9] from his base in the Scaldwind Sands.[10] Thordak, with his feral armies of kobolds and other serpentine followers,[11] attacked the city when it was perhaps 100 or 150 years old,[12] but after a two-week battle, his armies were defeated and Thordak was wounded, and as he fled north over the ocean he was struck down and fell into the sea.[13] He was presumed dead for nearly two centuries before his confrontation with Emon's forces in 794 or 795 PD.[14]

Geography[edit | edit source]

Centuries after the Calamity, Marquet is a continent of deserts and mountains.[15] To the north, the city of Shamal lies on the pebble-beached Bay of Gifts.[16] Beyond the port, the Aggrad Mountains spread for hundreds of miles before giving way to the immense Marquesian Desert[16] making up approximately 70% of the overall land area of the continent.[17] To the far south is scrubland and marshes leading to the mountains surrounding the Suuthan Volcano.[16] There are few bastions of civilization to be found.

Map of Western Exandria (including Issylra and much of Marquet)

Shumas is a region in Marquet.[18]

Notable Places[edit | edit source]

Demographics[edit | edit source]

Individuals native to the continent of Marquet tended to have darker hair and skin.

Culture[edit | edit source]

  • Merchants of import, such as those present for the Harvest Close Festival Victory Pit tournament in Zadash, wore outfits consisting of very light linens of a dull egg-shell white, with trims of gold and purple, paired with deep blue pants.[20]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. From Matthew Mercer's reddit comment showing the official spellings of Marquet and Ank'Harel.
  2. Marquet was introduced in Chapter 3.  See "Echoes of the Past" (1x38) from 2:24:19 through 2:28:25.
  3. Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, p. 159.
  4. Critical Role: Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting, p. 90.
  5. Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, pp. 17–18.
  6. See "Homeward Bound" (2x48) at 1:36:51.
  7. Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, p. 66.  See also p. 18, which mentions that Uk'otoa was banished shortly after J'mon Sa Ord was crowned emperor in Ank'Harel.
  8. In 810 PD, the party recalled that Ank'Harel had existed for "about 400 years" and had always been run by J'mon Sa Ord.  See "Echoes of the Past" (1x38) at 2:26:40.
  9. See "Desperate Measures" (1x40) at 2:36:36.  Thordak had ruled half of Marquet for centuries before attacking the city; see also the reference from "A Traveler's Gamble" (1x66) about the city being 100 or 150 years old when he attacked.
  10. See "A Traveler's Gamble" (1x66) at 14:46.
  11. See "A Traveler's Gamble" (1x66) at 20:19.
  12. J'mon Sa Ord says that Thordak attacked Ank'Harel when the city was about 100 or 150 years old.  See "A Traveler's Gamble" (1x66) from 0:16:20 through 0:16:41.
  13. See "A Traveler's Gamble" (1x66) at 21:00.
  14. Critical Role: Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting, p. 11.
  15. Marquet was introduced in Chapter 3.  See "Echoes of the Past" (1x38) from 2:24:19 through 2:28:25.
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 Critical Role: Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting, p. 98.
  17. Critical Role Panel w/ Matthew Mercer and Mary Elizabeth McGlynn from MomoCon
  18. See "The Gates of Zadash" (2x08) at 1:10:46.
  19. See "The Streets of Ank'Harel" (1x65) at 52:10.
  20. See "Whispers of War" (2x18) at 1:08:15.

Art:

  1. Fan art of Vox Machina in Marquet, by NLN4 (source).  Used with permission.


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