Official map of the Menagerie Coast by Deven Rue.

Map of the Menagerie Coast

The Menagerie Coast is the region of Wildemount situated west of the Cyrios Mountains and along the coast. The term is also used politically for the confederation of city-states on that southwestern coast of Wildemount and the Swavain Islands united under the Clovis Concord. The region thrives on open trade and cultural freedom.[1] This confederation controls most of the long-distance imports and exports for the virtually land-locked Empire, as all maritime imports and exports must pass through the Coast's ports.[2]

Geography[edit | edit source]

Swavain Islands[edit | edit source]

Main article: Swavain Islands.

An archipelago southwest of the coast of Wildemount, the Swavain Islands are mostly controlled by the Clovis Concord out of the Menagerie Coast. Three key known exceptions to this generalization are:

Coastal Settlements[edit | edit source]

Fan art of the Menagerie Coast, by Genel Jumalon.[art 1]

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    Nicodranas
Main article: Nicodranas.

Nicodranas is a major port city about half the size of Port Damali[4] under the control of the Clovis Concord, with the exception of the Open Quay district owned by Yussa Errenis.[5]

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    Port Damali
Main article: Port Damali.

Port Damali is the largest and westernmost of the city-states on the Menagerie Coast, being the major hub of trade between all the western bits of civilization including Tal'Dorei, Marquet and Issylra.[6] Almost everything legal is owned and run as a Myriad front.[7]

Environment[edit | edit source]

Fan art of a Menagerie Coast travel poster, by Camilla Kipp.[art 2]

Fauna[edit | edit source]

  • Nott encountered sea gulls and sand crabs on the beach near Nicodranas.[13]
  • While sailing on the Lucidian Ocean, Fjord and Jester saw hundreds of tiny bioluminescent jellyfish floating the water.[14]

Wildlands[edit | edit source]

Society[edit | edit source]

Culture[edit | edit source]

  • Merchants of import, such as those present for the Victory Pit tournament in Zadash, wore silks, billowing pants, and jewelry consisting of many finger chains attached to rings. The style shares a visual aesthetic to that of classical Europe.[15]
  • Cities in the Menagerie Coast mint special gold coins called "galleys".[16]

History[edit | edit source]

The Ki'Nau were the indigenous people of the Coast before the Marquesians came.[17]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. See "Curious Beginnings" (2x01) at 0:16:53.
  2. See "Commerce & Chaos" (2x31) at 1:15:09.
  3. See "A Pirate's Life for Me" (2x41) at 2:05:13.
  4. See "The Ruby and the Sapphire" (2x33) at 0:56:49.
  5. See "The Ruby and the Sapphire" (2x33) at 3:18:20.
  6. See "The Ruby and the Sapphire" (2x33) at 0:56:24.
  7. Critical Role: Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting, p. 99.
  8. Map of the Menagerie Coast, by Deven Rue. Original Image
  9. See "Stephen Colbert's D&D Adventure with Matthew Mercer" (Sx43) at 0:10:30.
  10. See "Harvest Close" (2x17) at 1:42:22.
  11. C2 - Session 17

    notes The Harvest's Close Festival
  12. See "Homeward Bound" (2x48) at 1:36:51.
  13. See "The Ruby and the Sapphire" (2x33) at 28:53.
  14. See "O Captain, Who's Captain?" (2x36) at 2:25:23.
  15. See "Whispers of War" (2x18) at 1:07:49.
  16. See "The Journey Home" (2x30) at 0:49:49.
  17. See "Homeward Bound" (2x48) at 1:48:51.

Art:

  1. Fan art of the Menagerie Coast, by Genel Jumalon (source).  Used with permission.
  2. Fan art of a Menagerie Coast travel poster, by Camilla Kipp (source).  Used with permission.
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