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Official map of the Menagerie Coast, by Deven Rue.[art 1]

Official map of the Menagerie Coast, by Deven Rue from Explorer's Guide to Wildemount.[art 2]

Fan art of a map of the Menagerie Coast, by Nethkaria.[art 3]

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

Swavain Islands

Fan art of the Menagerie Coast, by Genel Jumalon.[art 4]

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:

Quoraska Jungle

Main article: Quoraska Jungle.

The Quoraska Jungle is a dense forest located between Nicodranas and the Ashkeeper Peaks.

Coastal Settlements

Fan art of a Menagerie Coast travel poster, by Camilla Kipp.[art 5]

Environment

Fauna

Society

Culture

  • 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.[17]
  • Cities in the Menagerie Coast mint special gold coins called "galleys".[18]

History

The Ki'Nau were the indigenous people of the Coast before the Marquesians came.[19]

Trivia

  • Matthew Mercer created this region of Wildemount with a distinctly 14th-century Spanish influence,[20] enriched by the cultural exchange of peoples who contacted the region, such as the Dwendalians (based on Germanic and Eastern-European people), Marquesians (whose culture is a combination of Turkey, Palestine, Middle East and South Asia),[21][22][23][24] and Ki'Nau descendants.

References

  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. Map of the Menagerie Coast, by Deven Rue. Original Image
  8. See "Stephen Colbert's D&D Adventure with Matthew Mercer" (Sx43) at 0:10:30.
  9. See "Harvest Close" (2x17) at 1:42:22.
  10. C2 - Session 17 notes The Harvest's Close Festival
  11. See "Homeward Bound" (2x48) at 1:36:51.
  12. See Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, p. 69.
  13. See Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, p. 77.
  14. See "The Ruby and the Sapphire" (2x33) at 0:28:53Nott encountered sea gulls and sand crabs on the beach near Nicodranas.
  15. See "The Ruby and the Sapphire" (2x33) at 0:28:53Nott encountered sea gulls and sand crabs on the beach near Nicodranas.
  16. See "O Captain, Who's Captain?" (2x36) at 2:25:23.  While sailing on the Lucidian Ocean, Fjord and Jester saw hundreds of tiny bioluminescent jellyfish floating the water.
  17. See "Whispers of War" (2x18) at 1:07:49.
  18. See "The Journey Home" (2x30) at 0:49:49.
  19. See "Homeward Bound" (2x48) at 1:48:51.
  20. See Critical Role: Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting, p. 99.
  21. See Critical Role: Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting, p. 98.
  22. See "Critical Role | Matthew Mercer + More | Talks at Google" at 40:22
  23. Twitter logo.png Makenzie De Armas (@MakenzieLaneDA) on Twitter: "For clarification: I'm Southeast Asian. When writing Ank'Harel content for #Netherdeep, we wanted the city to feel cosmopolitan without monolithizing any cultures. So, there are folks in Ank'Harel who hail from south/west Marquet—areas inspired by my Filipino heritage." (2021-10-19).
  24. Twitter logo.png Makenzie De Armas (@MakenzieLaneDA) on Twitter: "It's hinted at in this article, but I'm very proud to say— I helped flesh out parts of Ank'Harel and Marquet. Matt was gracious enough to trust me with part of his world, and I'm beyond thrilled to have gotten the chance to include facets of my identity in this setting." (2021-10-18). See also, the follow-up tweet: You'll see more once Call of the #Netherdeep is released, but all I can say for now is that I legitimately cried a little while writing this stuff. Seeing my Southeast Asian identity reflected in such a major fantasy setting is so important and cathartic. I'm so damn grateful.

Art:

  1. Official map of the Menagerie Coast, by Deven Rue (source). This file is a copyrighted work. Its use in this article is asserted to qualify as fair use of the material under United States copyright law.
  2. Official map of the Menagerie Coast, by Deven Rue from Explorer's Guide to Wildemount. This file is unofficial Fan Content permitted under the Wizards of the Coast Fan Content Policy. Not approved/endorsed by Wizards. Portions of the materials used are property of Wizards of the Coast. ©Wizards of the Coast LLC.
  3. Fan art of a map of the Menagerie Coast, by Nethkaria (source). Used with permission.
  4. Fan art of the Menagerie Coast, by Genel Jumalon (source). Used with permission.
  5. Fan art of a Menagerie Coast travel poster, by Camilla Kipp (source). Used with permission.
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