Melora, the Wildmother is the goddess of wilderness and the sea. She watches over nature, good harvest, grants protection from washing away in storms, and guides the passage of ships. As an NPC, The Wildmother is played by Matthew Mercer.
SymbolsEditIn addition to the staff-and-wreath, one of Melora's symbols is a swirl carved into stone, a slow cascading spiral with a wave crest at the center. (This should not be confused with the jagged spiral sometimes used by followers of The Chained Oblivion, which is sometimes called The Spiral of Decay.) In her role as a goddess of sea life, this symbol is also often painted onto a sea shell. (See below right for an example made from a seashell.)
The Spire of Conflux, a staff capable of casting powerful druidic spells and increasing the power of the wielder's spells, was made from the Wildmother's breath. It is currently wielded by the archdruid Keyleth, Headmaster of the Air Ashari tribe in Zephrah, Tal'Dorei.
Places of Worship & Holy SitesEdit
The district of Vasselheim known as Abundant Terrace is dedicated to the Wildmother. The Abundant Terrace is where most of the food in Vasselheim is grown. In such a cold environment it is Melora's blessing that allows the land there to be fertile and grow crops from many different places. The temple in this district devoted to her worship is called the the Birthheart.
Outside of the Empire, there are five notable holy sites or shrines dedicated to the Wildmother that are currently known:
- Blooming Grove: Caduceus Clay and his family tended the graveyard in the Blooming Grove, which was a magically-warded sanctum that contained graves of people who had been touched by The Wildmother in the Savalirwood near Shadycreek Run.
- Mother's Lighthouse: In Nicodranas, there is a lighthouse called the Mother's Lighthouse that is dedicated to the worship of the Wildmother. It had been kept by Lightkeeper Gladys for her entire 86-year life.
- Cinderrest Sanctum: (also known as "The Kiln" or "The Burning Lodge") Caduceus Clay's allies of the Dust Clan have their home in the Underforge of The Wildmother, a gift to The Allhammer located within Kravaraad. Kravaraad is a craggy black volcano with a lake at its base.
- Arbor Exemplar: A lone, massive tree located in the Barbed Fields of Xhorhas. The Arbor Exemplar is surrounded by verdant grass which grows out a hundred feet or so during the night and then retracts during the day. The Arbor Exemplar is the sister tree of the Birthheart in Vasselheim.
- The Menagerie: Located in the jungles southwest of the Whitedawn Lagoon, the Menagerie was created and maintained by the Stone Family at the behest of the Wildmother as a gift to The Changebringer.
Commandments of the Wildmother Edit
- Caduceus Clay, cleric of the Blooming Grove
- Fjord, warlock/paladin of Port Damali
- Gladys, Lightkeeper of the Mother's Lighthouse
- Lamor, worshiper at The Birthheart in the Abundant Terrace (in Vasselheim)
- Ophera, High Hierophant of The Birthheart in the Abundant Terrace (in Vasselheim)
During the Calamity, Melora created the Spire of Conflux, one of the Vestiges of Divergence. Along with the rest of the Prime Dieties, the Wildmother left the Material Plane and sealed herself behind the Divine Gate during the Divergence.
Towards the end of the Calamity, the Wildmother planted a seed in the most desolate place in the world before withdrawing beyond the Divine Gate. That place is now the Barbed Fields of Xhorhas, where the huge tree stands alone in the middle of dangerous plains. Called the Arbor Exemplar, it is considered the sister of the Seed of Rebirth in the The Abundant Terrace, the main temple of the Wildmother in Vasselheim.
The Wildmother is in a relationship, ableit fractured, with the goddess of civilization and laws: Erathis. The fractured nature of the relationship reflects the disparity between civilization and nature, and Melora greatly wishes for the two to return to the harmony they once had.
"The Second Seal" (2x47)Edit
Caduceus Clay cast Divination to ask The Wildmother about Fjord's mentor Vandran. He heard a warm voice along with an unexpected hot wind on a cold night say "Staying out of sight. Making amends."
"A Game of Names" (2x49)Edit
While the Mighty Nein were trying to figure out who had kidnapped Yeza Brenatto, Caduceus Clay cast Divination asking The Wildmother, "What is Yeza's destination?" He felt the wind around him pick up and a voice speak through the wind: "Ghor Dranas".
Jester Lavorre cast Revivify on Caduceus Clay after Nott accidentally killed him with an explosive arrow. For an instant she felt a presence and saw a matronly smile and a figure with tumbling hair in the shadows. Jester told Caduceus she saw The Wildmother looking over him and smiling. While he was in darkness, Caduceus had a vision of green fields, ice-covered land, a fiery forge, and glimpses of scattered historical families. A warm breeze blew east past the mountains and the wastes. Caduceus mysteriously felt like he is on the right path.
"Chases and Trees" (2x65)Edit
Caduceus Clay cast Commune while the Mighty Nein camped near the Arbor Exemplar in the Barbed Fields. He asked if the tree was hers. The Wildmother responded it was her last and final seed. He asked what was keeping her away. She responded that the land was still scarred since the gods all left. He finally asked if he was here to fix the landscape. She responded: "It's too big to fix. Your path is your own."
- The Wildmother's holy day is Wild's Grandeur, celebrated on the vernal equinox.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, p. 21.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Critical Role: Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting, p. 18.
- ↑ Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, p. 23.
- ↑ See "Trial of the Take: Part 1" (1x18) at 50:01.
- ↑ See "A Name Is Earned" (1x49) at 4:46:03.
- ↑ See "Loose Ends" (1x84) at 2:44:31.
- ↑ See "Steam and Conversation" (2x09) from 0:40:39 through 0:43:10. Claudia Sheed lists the approved deities of the empire, which do not include the Wildmother.
- ↑ See "Within the Nest" (2x28) at 1:01:22.
- ↑ See "The Ruby and the Sapphire" (2x33) at 53:39.
- ↑ See "The Ruby and the Sapphire" (2x33) at 2:58:51.
- ↑ See "Beneath Bazzoxan" (2x66) at 1:16:59.
- ↑ See "Chases and Trees" (2x65) at 2:41:48.
- ↑ See "Family Shatters" (2x96) at 0:09:05.
- ↑ See "Causatum" (2x70) at 3:32:41.
- ↑ See "At Dawn, We Plan!" (1x53) at 0:21:34.
- ↑ Critical Role: Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting, p. 7.
- ↑ See "Chases and Trees" (2x65) at 2:41:49.
- ↑ See "Vorugal" (1x71) at 4:39:39. Vox Machina recover the Spire of Conflux from the corpse of Yenk the goristro
- ↑ See "The Second Seal" (2x47) from 3:21:12 through 3:22:34.
- ↑ See "A Game of Names" (2x49) from 2:27:53 through 2:29:00.
- ↑ See "Duplicity" (2x55) from 4:05:11 through 4:08:18.
- ↑ See "Chases and Trees" (2x65) from 2:37:57 through 2:40:16.
- ↑ Fan art of the Wildmother, by Binky (source). Used with permission.
- ↑ Fan art of The Wildmother, by @TheRileyOMalley (source). Used with permission.
- ↑ Fan art of Fjord's symbol of Melora, by Doug Myers (source). Used with permission.
- ↑ Fan art of Caduceus Clay casting Commune, by Nikki Dawes (source). Used with permission.