Melora, the Wildmother is the goddess of wilderness and the sea.[4] 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.


Melora Swirl vs Tharzidun Spiral of Decay

A Melora Swirl vs. the Tharizdun Spiral of Decay

In 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. [citation needed](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.[5] 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.[6] 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.[4]


Worship of the Wildmother is banned in the Dwendalian Empire.[7]

Outside of the Empire, there are five notable holy sites or shrines dedicated to the Wildmother that are currently known:

Commandments of the Wildmother Edit

The Wildmother - Binky

Fan art of the Wildmother, by Binky.[art 1]

Commandments of the Wildmother

  • Protect the untamed wildernesses of the realm from exploitation and destruction.

  • Slay abominations and other dark mockeries of nature.

  • Embrace and respect the savage nature of the world. Exist in harmony with it.

Known WorshipersEdit

One worshiper in Westruun keeps a statue of Melora in her home. When the statue was broken, the owner said that she knew she would be forgiven for letting the statue break.[15]



The Wildmother by @TheRileyOMalley

Fan art of The Wildmother, by @TheRileyOMalley.[art 2]

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.[16]

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.[17]

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.

Campaign 1: Vox MachinaEdit

The Spire of Conflux was one of several Vestiges of Divergence found by Vox Machina while gathering power to defeat the Chroma Conclave.[18]

Fjord's symbol of Melora - Doug Myers

Fan art of Fjord's symbol of Melora, by Doug Myers.[art 3]

Campaign 2: The Mighty NeinEdit

"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."[19]

"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".[20]

"Duplicity" (2x55)Edit

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.[21]

"Chases and Trees" (2x65)Edit

Caduceus casting Commune by Nikki Dawes

Fan art of Caduceus Clay casting Commune, by Nikki Dawes.[art 4]

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."[22]

Trivia Edit

  • The Wildmother's holy day is Wild's Grandeur, celebrated on the vernal equinox.[citation needed]

References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, p. 21.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Critical Role: Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting, p. 18.
  3. Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, p. 23.
  4. See "Trial of the Take: Part 1" (1x18) at 50:01.
  5. See "A Name Is Earned" (1x49) at 4:46:03.
  6. See "Loose Ends" (1x84) at 2:44:31.
  7. 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.
  8. See "Within the Nest" (2x28) at 1:01:22.
  9. See "The Ruby and the Sapphire" (2x33) at 53:39.
  10. See "The Ruby and the Sapphire" (2x33) at 2:58:51.
  11. See "Beneath Bazzoxan" (2x66) at 1:16:59.
  12. See "Chases and Trees" (2x65) at 2:41:48.
  13. See "Family Shatters" (2x96) at 0:09:05.
  14. See "Causatum" (2x70) at 3:32:41.
  15. See "At Dawn, We Plan!" (1x53) at 0:21:34.
  16. Critical Role: Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting, p. 7.
  17. See "Chases and Trees" (2x65) at 2:41:49.
  18. See "Vorugal" (1x71) at 4:39:39.  Vox Machina recover the Spire of Conflux from the corpse of Yenk the goristro
  19. See "The Second Seal" (2x47) from 3:21:12 through 3:22:34.
  20. See "A Game of Names" (2x49) from 2:27:53 through 2:29:00.
  21. See "Duplicity" (2x55) from 4:05:11 through 4:08:18.
  22. See "Chases and Trees" (2x65) from 2:37:57 through 2:40:16.
  1. Fan art of the Wildmother, by Binky (source).  Used with permission.
  2. Fan art of The Wildmother, by @TheRileyOMalley (source).  Used with permission.
  3. Fan art of Fjord's symbol of Melora, by Doug Myers (source).  Used with permission.
  4. Fan art of Caduceus Clay casting Commune, by Nikki Dawes (source).  Used with permission.

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