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Nogvurot is a city on the northern end of the Dwendalian Empire,[2] east of Rexxentrum[3] and southwest of the Quannah Breach.

Description[]

The southwestern part of the city is the Peddler's Row, with craft guilds and a muddy but colorful marketplace for travelers on the Glory Run Road. The larger northwestern part of the city is the Scatters, where most of the population lives in ramshackle buildings and is served by modest temples and dive taverns. The eastern part of the city, the Aegis Block, houses most of the soldiers stationed in the city.

Society[]

Nearly half the population is military reserve for the Righteous Brand, with over six thousand troops present at any time. Others are crafters, farmers, or connected to the small mine at the base of the Dunrock Mountains north of town. Petty crime is minimal, but smuggling from the Greying Wildlands has fed corruption among the troops stationed here.[4]

Demographics[]

Being a major stop along the Glory Run Road and a military outpost has given Nogvurot a fair-sized population of 15,270 by the year 835 PD. Most of the town is human (70%), but there are minorities of dwarves (17%) and elves (8%) too.[1]

Notable people[]

Name Type Description
Members of the Stubborn Stock NPC Stationed in Nogvurot. They participated in the Victory Pit in Zadash.[5]
Tyffial Wase NPC Member of the Tombtakers who ended up here as a bodyguard following Nonagon's death.[6]
Starosta Brumae Luddie NPC Crown-appointed starosta for 15 years. Respected retired general of the Righteous Brand.
Lady Quinn Denzala NPC Presumably a real person belonging to the noble class that administers the city, impersonated by Ophelia Mardoon when traveling in the Empire.[7]

History[]

Background[]

Around 822 or 823, there was a localized but bloody conflict between forces of the Kryn Dynasty and the Dwendalian Empire in or near Nogvurot, one of a long string of skirmishes between the two powers since before 806 PD. Ludinus Da'leth, a high-ranking wizard in the Empire, claimed that a secret "sect of Kryn missionaries" had been discovered in Nogvurot, leading to a confrontation that cost many lives on both sides.[8] As one Dynasty noble, Essek Thelyss, told it, a Luxon beacon had been brought in range of this great battle, so when consecuted soldiers were slain, their souls were reborn into local children.[9]

After 833 PD two members of the Tombtakers, Otis Brunkel and Tyffial Wase (who was originally from Nogvurot), ran a card den there until they had problems with the law.[10]

Royal scam - Origins Molly

Official art of Molly pretending to be a royal, by Hunter Severn Bonyun and Cathy Le from The Mighty Nein Origins: Mollymauk Tealeaf.[art 2]

At some point between 834 and the first half of 835 PD the lawmaster of Nogvurot was scamming his people, manipulating the prices of different products in order to become richer, but making the citizens believe that all was to support his connections with the royal family of a foreign empire. A member of The Fletching and Moondrop Traveling Carnival of Curiosities, Mollymauk Tealeaf, heard about this, and wanting to scam the scammer, he and the carnival traveled there, with the tiefling pretending to be the duke of Ashtania, a member of the non-existent royal family. He made the lawmaster believe that he and his friends were there to support him in exchange for half of his profits that month. Molly and his friends from the carnival stayed for three weeks,[11] entertaining the people, and at the end of it they betrayed the lawmaster by telling the townsfolk that he had been scamming both them and the duke; the scammer was banished from Nogvurot, the people recovered part of the money that had been swindled from them, and the carnival members left the place with some profit.[12]

Campaign Two: The Mighty Nein[]

In 835 PD Tyffial had returned to Nogvurot, and worked as a bodyguard there.[13] Around that time the city was plagued by several supposed abductions, with children going missing. This news spread through the Empire, enough that townsfolk in Zadash were told by town criers to seal their windows and doors while they slept. Xhorhasians were the presumed culprits in these instances.[14]

As the Stubborn Stock was stationed in Nogvurot, they were twice called upon to investigate the kidnappings. In his conversation with the Mighty Nein during the Harvest Close Festival, Darrow revealed that the group had discovered the individuals were stolen in a particular way. He stopped himself before revealing any other details.[15]

Later, Essek Thelyss told the Mighty Nein about the Kryn perspective on the incident and how the souls of the slain soldiers were reborn into local children, who when they reached adolescence began to remember their past lives. The Dynasty was helping them to return to Kryn society.[16]

Trivia[]

  • The name Nogvurot bears a resemblance to the Russian Novgorod, meaning "newtown."
  • To prepare for their overland trip from Shadycreek Run to Zadash, Ophelia Mardoon told the Mighty Nein, "Should anyone ask along our journeys, I am Lady Quinn Denzala of Nogvurot going to see my ailing mother in Deastok."[17]

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 See Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, p. 100.
  2. See "The Gates of Zadash" (2x08) at 0:46:01.
  3. See "Whispers of War" (2x18) at 1:41:10.
  4. See Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, pp. 100–101.
  5. See "Harvest Close" (2x17) at 1:43:10.
  6. See "Fleeting Memories" (2x14) at 20:06.
  7. See "The Journey Home" (2x30) at 1:55:38.
  8. Ludinus told the Mighty Nein that there had been skirmishes for more than 30 years, and about the confrontation "over a decade ago".  See "Unwanted Reunions" (2x88) at 1:45:39.
  9. Essek noted this was "13, 14 years ago" as of 836 PD.  See "Stone to Clay" (2x91) at 0:34:53.
  10. Critical Role: The Mighty Nein - The Nine Eyes of Lucien, p. 165.
  11. See "Found & Lost" (2x26) at 2:41:02.
  12. The Mighty Nein Origins: Mollymauk Tealeaf
  13. See "Fleeting Memories" (2x14) at 0:20:06.
  14. See "Steam and Conversation" (2x09) at 1:28:20.
  15. See "Harvest Close" (2x17) at 1:43:10.  Continue after 1:44:53.
  16. See "Stone to Clay" (2x91) at 0:34:53.
  17. See "The Journey Home" (2x30) at 1:55:38.

Art:

  1. DDB Explorer's Guide to Wildemount - Sources on D&D Beyond. 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.
  2. Official art of Molly pretending to be a royal, by Hunter Severn Bonyun and Cathy Le from The Mighty Nein Origins: Mollymauk Tealeaf. 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.
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