The Ritual of Seeding is an obscure, forbidden ritual by which a powerful enough mortal can ascend to godhood.
The ritual was originally designed and used by an unknown woman during the Age of Arcanum. This woman ascended to become the Raven Queen, challenged the God of Death, and took his place in the pantheon.
After the Raven Queen's ascension, the gods forbade all knowledge of the ritual she had used. The goddess Ioun spearheaded their effort to seal away this knowledge and thereby prevent a second ascension.
Until recently, it seemed that the gods had succeeded. However, in "Unfinished Business" (1x100), a captured Remnant cultist told Pike that his master, Vecna, was preparing to attempt his own Ritual of Seeding. In "Race to the Tower" (1x102), Vox Machina saw one phase of the ritual completed atop the tower of Entropis. During their visit to Ioun in "The Endless Atheneeum" (1x106), the goddess detected Vecna's ascension and told Vox Machina that the ritual had been completed.
Little is known about the exact details of the ritual, except the parts that Vox Machina have happened to witness. Sarenrae was only able to say that the ritual takes some time, though she was not even sure how long exactly.
Though they knew very little at the time about Vecna, and nothing of the purpose of his ritual, Vox Machina first learned that he was attempting some sort of rite when they interrupted Delilah Briarwood's preparations in the ziggurat beneath Whitestone. Over the course of their research on the spheres, and later in Thar Amphala, it became evident that the spheres were siphoning power to the top of Entropis. This power was presumably used to fuel Vecna's ritual of seeding.
- ↑ Critical Role: Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting, p. 6.
- ↑ See "Elysium" (1x104) from 49:10 through 49:30.
- ↑ See "Elysium" (1x104) from 49:35 through 50:00.
- ↑ See "Unfinished Business" (1x100) from 5:37:30 through 5:38:20.
- ↑ See "Race to the Tower" (1x102) from 1:45:55 through 1:48:45.
- ↑ See "The Endless Atheneeum" (1x106) from 1:23:25 through 1:24:25.
- ↑ See "Elysium" (1x104) from 51:05 through 51:15.