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For the 83rd episode of Campaign 3, see Ruidus (episode).

Ruidus is the smaller and more distant of Exandria's two moons, considered its secondary moon.[3][4] Its dull reddish color reflects less light than Exandria's other moon, Catha, and it appears tiny in size. This makes it difficult to see in the sky, even at night, during the half of the year it is considered prominent. Exandrian scholarship knows little about Ruidus and puts forward conflicting theories on its origins. Various folklore casts it as an ill omen.

Description[]

Catha and Ruidus - Clara Daly

Official art of Catha and the caged Ruidus, by Clara.[art 2]

Though often depicted close to each other, Catha and Ruidus have different orbits and can appear in different points in the sky.

Ruidus is less than half the size of Catha and so is small in the sky. Ruidus does not go through phases as Catha does, appearing as a full moon whenever it is in the sky,[5] but its color varies from vermilion to its more normal dull color[6] variously described as brown,[4] reddish-brown,[3] maroon,[7] deep red, or purple.[8] Its distance and color cause it to reflect less of the sun's light.[3][8] As a result, even when Ruidus is considered prominent, it is often difficult to see at night and near impossible to see at day;[3][7] it has greater visibility during certain portions of the night.[4] Through a telescope, striations of Ruidus's vermilion hue and topography, which includes mountains, are visible. The moon has an atmosphere, as stormy weather patterns with crimson clouds and light flashes are also visible through a telescope;[9] these storms can be very intense, but also brief, disappearing as quickly as they formed.[10] Much of what can be seen from Exandria of the red moon is, however, an illusion which was able to be pierced only by Ira Wendagoth's massive telescope utilizing the Weave Lens.[11]

It takes either half a year (about 164 days)[12] or "a near six month cycle" (which could be up to about 182 days) to orbit Exandria,[13][fn 1] which is much slower than the orbit of Catha.[14] In 836 PD, it was visible over Wildemount during the four months between 22 Misuthar[7][15] and 26 Unndilar;[16] in Unndilar, it was on the opposite side of the sky from Catha.[17][18] Unlike Catha, it does not wax and wane, and it sometimes glows or flashes at seemingly random times.[19] In 836 PD, Ruidus flared "with bright red light. The moon [Ruidus], which has appeared as a slim crescent throughout the night, suddenly [became] full".[20] One flare occurred around 840 or 841 PD.[21][fn 2] There was another flare at night between Sydenstar 14th and 15th, 843 PD, which Imogen observed after her dream,[22] and one the night of Sydenstar 30-31, which caused Imogen to have a vivid dream of her mother and Chetney Pock O'Pea to unexpectedly and uncontrollably transform into his werewolf form.[23] When the party traveled to Ruidus, they discovered that the flares were allegedly orchestrated and controlled by the Weave Mind, a council of extremely old and powerful Reiloran mystics that act as a conduit to Predathos's mind.[24]

When Imogen dreamed of Ruidus, she saw a city inhabited by Reilora, consisting of hundreds of homes carved into the red rock with rounded, organic shapes on multi-tiered streets. The small pockets not covered by the permanent roiling red storm clouds held rolling valleys and mountains of red, gray, and maroon, with herds of beasts running along sand flows like rivers in the cracks and chasms.[25] In similar dreams, Imogen saw beneath Ruidus's surface, finding caves and tunnels with teal obsidian-like formations (known as sub glass, used for construction on the surface),[26] as well as lakes and oceans in which red creatures with green eyes could be seen swimming.[27] There are also subterranean fungal farms that raise the majority of the crops that sustain the population.[28]

From the surface of Ruidus, when Exandria is nearly directly above, the planet takes up about one-fifth or one-sixth of the sky.[29] The atmosphere is seemingly transparent directly above, but shows itself as a faint, pinkish purple as it approaches the horizon, where it fades to red.[30] A theoretical cross-section view of the moon found in the Kreviris Colloquium of Candescense indicated that its innermost core, about 30-40% of its total mass, is formed of teal Ruidian glass, with pillars piercing up through to the surface in various locations.[31]

Flora[]

  • A wide variety of fungi[32][33]
  • Small forests of leafless trees[34]
Ruidian beasts by Clara

Fan art of avadons, by Clara.[art 3]

Fauna[]

Notable locations[]

Kreviris[]

Capital city of the Imperium.[42]

Razora[]

This village has ranches with livestock and farmland. There are around 1000 inhabitants, of which 20% of the population are reilora (some of whom wear vaguely military attire associated with the Imperium), while the rest of the inhabitants are of a small, squat species.[43]

Elven ruins[]

Bells Hells, following a narrow tunnel in the rock and an underground river with a waterfall, found the ruins of an ancient elven city buried along with its inhabitants when Ruidus was created.[44] The surrounding environment and some lingering magic allowed small gardens to continue to thrive; one of them, growing between eight alabaster spikes, produced red berries with the properties of the Goodberry spell.[45]

There were some remnants of the people that once lived in this place, including personal belongings (such as a doll) and the fossils of their own remains.[46]

Portal to Exandria[]

Near the elven ruins there is running fresh water coming from a portal that connects directly with Lake Umamu in the Caramarin Reach in Issylra, Exandria.[47]

Hallowed Cage[]

Sorrowlord Athion Zathuda referred to Predathos's inner prison as the "Hallowed Cage".[48] It is surrounded by a glass shell holding a second adamantine-like layer infused with divine magic.[49]

Culture[]

The sentient races of Ruidus give a great importance to dreams. It is through dreams that the Weave Mind, masters of the Imperium, keep the population connected to Predathos. The current belief is that these rulers usher the flares of the moon,[50] caused by the heartbeat of the Dreamkeeper, and whenever they happen people have a shared dream during which any feeling of loneliness is banished.[51] Ruidians generally see Predathos as a powerful and influential force, that according to some (now repressed) myths carved the reilora and the bormodos from the rock, giving them shape;[52] there seems to be a taboo about saying its name openly, using various epithets instead.[53]

It is also through their link to the dreams of Exandrians that Ruidians are able to get glimpses of the planet and learn in the process (even acquiring proficiency in Common). For a long time many believed that Exandria was some sort of afterlife for them, even referring to the planet as "the Blue Promise".[54] There are those who believe that Ruidians were Exandrians in origin.[55]

They see Catha as a pale mirror of Ruidus, beautiful but lonely. For some it is a good place where good dreams go, while others say there is where bad dreams die; some see the white moon as a reminder that they must accomplish their goals.[56]

The most common funeral tradition in Ruidus states that when someone dies, it is appropriate to take from their body everything that is considered useful or valuable, and leave the rest for the earth to reclaim.[57] For certain cultures it is also appropriate to take the bones of the deceased, since it is a valued material that can be used to craft weapons, garments and other items to keep the deceased near their loved ones, in a way.[58]

History[]

The Birth of Ruidus by Wesley Griffith

Official art of the creation of Ruidus, from Exandria: An Intimate Appendix - Ruidus and the Gods, by Wesley Griffith.[art 4]

Some time around 843 PD, Baryn Vestisho and two compatriots learned of ancient texts from the time of The Founding secretly held beneath the temple of Erathis in Vasselheim. They were able to break into the temple and abscond with the texts, which revealed that Ruidus was carved from Exandria by an accord between the gods and the Primordial Titans when an entity they named Predathos arrived from beyond the stars. This entity spawned its own twisted life on the planet, and attacked and consumed two of the ancient gods, Ethedok and Vordo. The other gods sealed Predathos within the new moon, created from a portion of the world itself, but when they attempted to send it far away, the moon stayed near and hung in their sky, surrounded by a guardian divine latticework, and its origin was almost entirely forgotten. The recent increase in flare activity, along with the coming apogee solstice, led to fears that something was about to happen.[59]

According to Birdie Calloway, Ruidus for the first time began appearing in the sky of the Feywild some time after the birth of Fearne Calloway under the moon's flare seven years earlier in 836 PD. Prior to that, it had only appeared in the skies of Exandria.[60] In the Feywild, the Calloways discovered that the Unseelie Court was attempting to increase the moon's "odd boons" by concealing its presence with magic,[61] and by building an arcane construct utilizing the Moontide Crown. The Crown was stolen by Birdie and Oleander Calloway before the machine was completed.[62] When Bells Hells found the Malleus Key built in the Fey Realm by a coalition of the Unseelie Court with Otohan Thull and Ludinus Da'leth, they saw that the Ruidus of the Fey was actually an image tethered to the Key by a red thread. When the Key was destroyed, the thread and the image of the red moon disappeared.[63]

Along with Ira Wendagoth, the Calloways utilized the stolen Moontide Crown to build a device in the Hellcatch Valley of Marquet which could learn more about Ruidus during an upcoming apogee solstice.[64] Through this Veilscatter Scope, it could be seen that Ruidus was completely surrounded by a field of energy with a lattice weave texture like a cage,[65] which was later identified as being similar to the Divine Gate,[66] showing a very similar pattern according to Percival and Vex'ahlia de Rolo.[67] At least one city was visible on the moon's surface.[68] Allura Vysoren confirmed that the Divine Gate-like lattice prevented direct Teleportation to the moon,[69] and as it turned out, it also interfered with divinely powered Scrying.[70]

Ludinus and Liliana

Screenshot of Ludinus and Liliana on Ruidus, showing the Bloody Bridge.[art 5]

Following the 843 PD apogee solstice and the activation of the Malleus Key by Ludinus Da'leth, Ruidus was observed tethered to it by a red beam of light.[71] In the following days, the moon did not appear in the skies of locations elsewhere on Exandria,[72] and had completely stopped rotating.[73]

When Bells Hells reached Ruidus via the Bloody Bridge, they were able to learn something of the Ruidians' own knowledge of their history. Certain Ruidian theories and myths hold that at one time, all inhabitants of Ruidus were Exandrians, but beyond that they know little of their far past.[74] According to Rashinna, the leader of the Volition, there were at least four points in history where Ruidian society "had to be reset", and the city of Kreviris itself had been completely rebuilt at least twice.[75] At one time there were several societies in various locations on the moon, distinct from the Kreviris Imperium, known as "The Collective". The tension between the Imperium and The Collective was broken almost 300 years ago when The Crush (a series of severe earthquakes) destroyed The Collective's ability to defend itself, and they voluntarily surrendered in an attempt to save their peoples.[76] When the Imperium took power, it purposefully destroyed most written records of this time.[77]

Presumably because of the lattice of magical energy resembling the Divine Gate which surrounds the moon,[78] the Exandrian gods have no power there and are known only through shared Exandrian dreams, although Ruidians occasionally experience a whisper at the edge of their consciousness of a sense of belonging, below.[79]

Study and mythology[]

Scholarship[]

Ruidus behind its lattice - Dixie Lee Henning

Fan art of Ruidus behind its lattice, by Dixie Lee Henning.[art 6]

Scholars whose focus pertains to Ruidus are few. In 836 PD, Demid Sunlash explained that his fascination with Ruidus is due in part to how little scholarship exists.[80] In the summer of 843 PD, Roe Estani mentioned that a growing recurrence of Ruidus flares and curiosity regarding the "abnormal record" of Ruidusborn "instilled further interest in funding into the study of Ruidus".[81] The Aydinlan Seminary in Yios, Marquet is associated with Ruidus studies, given its apparent resources on Ruidus in the Omen Archive and the faculty research activity of Kadija Sumal and Roe Estani.[82] The following are known to be scholars of Ruidus or whose research concerns Ruidus:

  • Demid Sunlash.[83] Sunlash identifies himself as "a studier of Ruidus".[84]
  • Kadija Sumal. Sumal and colleagues published a study on dreams with red storms. The authors hypothesized a correlation with Ruidus tidal corruption.[85]
  • Lumas twins, Balan and Zeyar. They corresponded with Roe Estani on astronomy, having learned of Estani through his publications. One year prior to their death, they took special interest in the sporadic flares of Ruidus.[86] They were traveling to the Omen Archive at the Aydinlan Seminary in Yios, Marquet to pursue their research but were murdered en route.[87]
  • Roe Estani. Estani's primary focus was on the intersection of planar and astronomical phenomena.[88] In his later research, he observed historical inconsistencies relative to that intersection and accounts of extraplanar travelers which led him to focus on Ruidus.[89] He did not publish his later findings on his theories regarding Ruidus.[90] He had some crossover with Sumal during his tenure at the Aydinlan Seminary.[91]

Ruidusborn[]

Main article: Ruidusborn

Individuals born under a flare of Ruidus are known as Ruidusborn. In the decade preceding 843 PD, the number of Ruidusborn increased exponentially, and in five years the Grim Verity and the Omen Archive catalogued almost 200.[92] Those thought to be Ruidusborn include:

Although Ruidians celebrate the birth of a child during a flare, there is no special connotation about them because of it.[98]

Lycanthropy[]

Although Matthew Mercer once stated that the light of Ruidus has no observed effects on entities with lycanthropy,[99] he revealed that the Moon of Ill Omen occasionally "notices" specific lycanthropes, influencing them and forcing them to change (although he didn't elaborate further).[100]

When caught by a psychic blast, Chetney Pock O'Pea saw: "Within your belly, a hunger stirs. An itch hits your skin. An iron smell fills your nose. A howl pierces your ears. You look up to the full glowing red moon Ruidus above you. From its ruddy light streaks a single beam of pure crimson light that envelops you. You let it wash away the sadness, and you give into the beast tearing your skin away as you feel the anxious tingle that you always feel at the zenith of this moon now grow into an uncontrollable impulse to hunt, to kill, to eat, to ruin. It sees you now, and it's found common ground."[101] Similarly, Gurge Kisgregg stated that while driven mostly by Catha, "when Ruidus is high in the sky, everyone's kind of at a disadvantage."[102]

Moreover while the party was traveling to Yios aboard their skyship, Chetney was on deck when Ruidus suddenly flared. Just as in his vision, he experienced an uncontrollable urge to tear away his gnomish form and become the wolf, attacking the members of the party around him before eventually recovering his senses.[103] He stated that his transformations had always previously been controlled by Catha.[104] Shortly after, he was able to gain control over these Ruidus-controlled transformations at the temple of Zha'Vrollo.[105]

Folklore[]

Ruidus

Depiction of Ruidus, by CoupleOfKooks from Critical Role: Call of the Netherdeep.[art 7]

In comparison to Catha, general Exandrian scholarship did not know much about Ruidus;[3] however, as of 843 PD, rising interest in Ruidus led to the funding of new research.[106][fn 3] The origin of Ruidus's existence was unclear; some believed that it was pre-Founding while others believed that the Betrayer Gods created it during the Age of Arcanum or the Calamity as part of a lengthy but unknown plot that was abruptly halted by the Divergence;[107][3] some records connected the disappearance of two unnamed deities in the Founding to the appearance of Ruidus in Exandria's sky during that era.[108] A myth placed the creation of Ruidus during the Founding. At that time, "an unidentifiable power" was "seeping through the fabric of reality."[94] This leakage of power into the Material Plane presented a threat to the nascent life on Exandria. The myth held that the "dark power...crystalized into Ruidus".[94] As the gods remained unaware of the power's origin, they "agreed to create a tale about Ruidus to conceal its alien origin from the mortals of the world, informing them that it was a moon of ill omen, and its magical influence was always to be avoided."[94] The myth asserted that "the tale concocted by the gods was not a lie." Though Ruidus has its own power, some magic attributed to Ruidus actually derives from Alyxian (see Call of the Netherdeep below).[94]

Folklore across Exandria supplies information regarding the symbolic association, religious significance, and phenomena connected to Ruidus.[109][6] It is commonly believed across multiple cultures that Ruidus is an ill omen, and those born while it is bright are said to be bound for lives of ill fate.[19][107][3][6][94] As of 836 PD, remote parts of Tal'Dorei secretly sacrifice children born under a full Ruidus, partly as an offering to the dark moon and partly due to their belief that such children will suffer under a lifelong curse. The practice is banned in Tal'Dorei's cities.[6] There is a prominent superstition that meteor showers are parts of a decaying Ruidus that have broken off and fell toward Exandria.[110]

In Zephrah they knew about the dark superstitions connected to the red moon and those born under its light, so when it was flaring, they used traditional techniques to ensure that a birth would last long enough to prevent the child from being considered a Ruidusborn (thus preventing them from growing up in an environment that might treat them cruelly because of it).[111]

Shortly after the discovery of a "strange mineral in the sunken ruins" of Cael Morrow beneath Ank'Harel by academics of the Allegiance of Allsight, members of the Consortium of the Vermilion Dream misattributed the mineral's origin to Ruidus and named it "ruidium" due to the resemblance of its red hue with the light of Ruidus.[112] The color and properties of the mineral derive from magic which issues from the adjacent planar rift.[112][fn 4] Despite the misconception, the misnomer of "ruidium" remains the name for the mineral.[113]

Extraplanar phenomena[]

Members of the Allegiance of Allsight below Ank'Harel in the 830s PD discovered "a gaping [planar] rift that pulsates with sickly red light" known as the Netherdeep.[114] The myth of Alyxian connects the origin of the Netherdeep with his interposition between Gruumsh's spear and the city of Cael Morrow during the Calamity. An extant version of this myth holds that "the Apotheon's connection with Ruidus flared to life" at the moment of his interposition.[112]

Some worry that rare double eclipses, where Catha and Ruidus simultaneously overlap the sun, cause the Material Plane and other planes to calamitously intersect.[115]

Call of the Netherdeep[]

The introduction to Call of the Netherdeep explains that the story "intentionally avoids discussing [Ruidus's] actual magical power" and that "the true nature of Ruidus is a topic to be explored in other Critical Role stories."[109] The adventure's narrative focuses on Alyxian, the mythological figure of the Calamity. The myth of Alyxian says that Alyxian was born under the full light of Ruidus.[94] At the creation of the Netherdeep during Alyxian's struggle with Gruumsh, the myth holds that "the Apotheon's connection with Ruidus flared to life" when he intercepted Gruumsh's spear.[112] The myth of Alyxian and the veneration of Ruidus hold that "Ruidus's alien magic" is responsible for certain curses of ill-fate. Nevertheless, most acknowledge that the magical phenomena and the ruidium mineral connected to the Netherdeep derive their power from Alyxian.[94] Consequently, if the adventuring party successfully relieves Alyxian of his bondage in the Netherdeep, all the ruidium in Exandria ceases to exist.[116]

Trivia[]

  • In the third chapter of Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, its name is misspelled "Ruidis".[115]
  • Matthew Mercer has admitted he already had loose ideas about Ruidus and its mysteries as early as the beginning of Campaign One.[117]
  • Gravity on the red moon is perceived as similar to that of Exandria.[118]
  • Those with a keen sense of smell notice that the environment on Ruidus (the combination of flora and the terrain itself) smells noticeably different from Exandria's.[119]
  • Since there aren't a lot of trees on Ruidus, wood carving is rare, so stone carving and glass shaping is more common in order to create ornaments.[120]
    • Ruidians also see certain metals (such as gold) as valuable materials due to their rarity and variable softness, but they do not attribute monetary value to it.[121] Iron and silver are among the metals that can be found naturally in the red moon,[122] and bronze[123] and platinum[124] are also present, being used mostly for decoration. The access to bronze could imply the presence of copper and tin as well.
  • Just like the flares, there is tectonic activity on Ruidus that is becoming more and more frequent: they used to be very rare, happening once every few years, but lately they happen every month, or even every week.[125]
  • There have been several references to Ruidus being made of cheese:
    • As part of a ruse, Caleb Widogast told Demid Sunlash that Whitestone myth and legend understands Ruidus to be made of cheese. Sunlash concluded that this is "strange" and remarks that "Tal'Dorei is such an uncultured land".[126]
    • Ashton Greymoore stated that they "grew up thinking the red moon was made of cheese."[127]
  • When it appeared in the Feywild, Ruidus didn't behave like a normal satellite, overlapping with the mountains on the horizon when that should be impossible.[128]
  • The tensions and shifts of the ley lines following the Apogee Solstice didn't affect magic on Ruidus.[129]
  • During a flare the ground of the red moon became warmer for the duration.[130]
  • There is a popular Ruidian game called "holies" (a reference to the "rollies" played by the cast): the players carve a rock with sides and throw it at each other until someone is knocked unconscious; the game is named "holies" because sometimes one of the players ends up with a hole.[131]
  • Matt has confirmed that the animals Bells Hells have encountered on Ruidus so far are beasts.[132]
  • The portal to Exandria that Bells Hells discovered at the end of "Intense Interrogations" (3x85) was partially improvised. What was planned by Matt was a possibility for the party to discover the Elven ruins underground. However, the party kept investigating the water source they found and when Fearne Calloway emerged at the lake's surface, he improvised the description of the area then closed the session and went home to figure out where they were exactly on Exandria. [133]

Notes[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Earlier references in Campaign Two said that its orbit took about one year (328 days across 11 months) and that it is visible for about half the year.[7][4]
  2. On some nights, Ruidus unexpectedly glows to a full moon or fails to appear in the sky.[12]
  3. See "Ruidus scholarship" below.
  4. For the connection of the Netherdeep with Ruidus, see "Extraplanar phenomena".

References[]

  1. See "The Nameless Ones" (E1x01) at 2:07:14.  A ship called the Blightstar is said to be named after Ruidus, suggesting that Ruidus is also known by this name.
  2. See "Ancient Sins" (3x97) at 3:10:06.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 See Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, p. 9. Welcome to Wildemount. "Moons of Exandria".
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 See "Manifold Morals" (2x74) at 1:35:30Matt: "...there's Ruidus, there's the secondary moon, which is a dull brown color, is much smaller and further and is mostly not visible throughout most of the day and usually only during certain points of night."
  5. See "Exandria: An Intimate Appendix - Ruidus and the Gods" (Sx75) at 01:01.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 See Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting Reborn, p. 9.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 See "Refjorged" (2x76) at 1:44:14.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Twitter logo Matthew Mercer (@matthewmercer) on Twitter: "One resembles our earth moon, if a bit closer (so larger in the sky). The second is much more distant and deep red/purple in color, so it doesn't reflect as much light/show as strongly in the sky." (2018-01-26).
  9. See "Omens Above" (3x19) at 2:27:57.
  10. See "Ruidus" (3x83) at 3:22:15.
  11. See CR Cooldown | C3 E83 on Beacon at 07:11 (Subscription required).
  12. 12.0 12.1 See Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting Reborn, p. 10.
  13. See "Chasing Nightmares" (3x11) at 2:56:37.  See also Calendar of Exandria for more information about Exandria's 11-month year.
  14. See CR Cooldown | C3 E84 on Beacon at 10:48 (Subscription required).
  15. Both the CritRoleStats Wildemount Calendar and Flando Maltrizian's timestamps place the beginning of "Refjorged" (2x76) at 22 Misuthar.
  16. Traveler Con took place on 26 Unndilar, and Ruidus was expected to be visible that night per "Devoutness and Dicks" (2x107) at 0:47:12.
  17. See "Maritime Mysteries" (2x103) at 0:53:51.
  18. See "Devoutness and Dicks" (2x107) at 0:47:12.
  19. 19.0 19.1 See "Thicker Grows the Meal and Plot" (3x09) at 3:27:31.
  20. While "the moon" usually refers to Catha, the context here clearly indicates Ruidus. See Call of the Netherdeep, p. 43. Chapter 2: The Leave-Taking. "Road to Baxxozan". "Random Encounters". "Ill Omen".
  21. See "Omens Above" (3x19) at 26:19.  The flare was stated to have occurred approximately two and a half years before 843 PD when Bells Hells takes place.
  22. See "Hidden Truths" (3x26) at 34:57.
  23. See "The Momentum of Murder" (3x39) at 2:56:57.
  24. See "Red Rural Revelations" (3x84) at 0:58:16.
  25. See "For The Tempest" (3x68) at 0:41:22.
  26. See "Red Rural Revelations" (3x84) at 1:30:33.
  27. See "The Eve of the Red Moon" (3x81) at 1:27:15.
  28. See "Red Rural Revelations" (3x84) at 1:06:31.
  29. See "Ruidus" (3x83) at 2:35:08.
  30. See "Doorways to Darker Depths" (3x86) at 0:20:03.
  31. See "Mission Improbable" (3x90) at 2:47:05.
  32. See "Ruidus" (3x83) at 2:36:51.
  33. See "Divisive Portents" (3x89) at 0:23:05Gaz Tomo stated there were at least 347 different types, but it was unclear if he meant that literally.
  34. See "Ruidus" (3x83) at 2:18:11.
  35. See "Ruidus" (3x83) at 1:05:14.
  36. See "Ruidus" (3x83) at 2:40:22.
  37. See "Red Rural Revelations" (3x84) at 0:31:00.
  38. See "Arrival at Kreviris" (3x87) at 2:12:44.
  39. See "Arrival at Kreviris" (3x87) at 0:21:09.
  40. See "Seeking Sedition" (3x88) at 0:52:23.
  41. See "Ruidus" (3x83) at 2:19:10.
  42. See "Red Rural Revelations" (3x84) at 0:26:57.
  43. See "Ruidus" (3x83) at 3:33:45.
  44. See "Intense Interrogations" (3x85) at 3:04:49.
  45. See "Intense Interrogations" (3x85) from 3:07:15 through 3:17:40.
  46. See "Intense Interrogations" (3x85) from 3:09:17 through 3:15:30.
  47. See "Doorways to Darker Depths" (3x86) at 1:26:55.
  48. See "Where The Red Fearne Glows" (3x94) at 0:42:26.
  49. See "Broken Roads" (3x92) at 1:17:01.
  50. See "Red Rural Revelations" (3x84) at 0:58:16.
  51. See "Red Rural Revelations" (3x84) at 1:35:32.
  52. See "Red Rural Revelations" (3x84) at 0:55:43.
  53. See "Red Rural Revelations" (3x84) at 0:59:14.
  54. See "Red Rural Revelations" (3x84) at 1:33:29.
  55. See "Divisive Portents" (3x89) at 0:46:51.
  56. See "Red Rural Revelations" (3x84) at 1:33:29.
  57. See "Seeking Sedition" (3x88) at 1:36:11.
  58. See "Seeking Sedition" (3x88) at 1:34:46.
  59. See "Axiom Shaken" (3x43) from 2:39:06 through 3:04:22.
  60. See "Dark Portents" (3x29) at 1:02:15.  See also at 2:39:13.
  61. See "Dark Portents" (3x29) at 1:05:54.  See also at 2:41:28.
  62. See "Dark Portents" (3x29) at 2:43:13.
  63. See "The Fey Key" (3x47) at 3:43:30.
  64. See "Dark Portents" (3x29) at 2:43:42.
  65. See "Breaking and Entering..." (3x20) at 3:26:06.
  66. See "Breaking Point" (3x31) at 0:31:40.
  67. See "A Dark Balance" (3x38) at 1:54:47.
  68. See "Reunion & Revelation" (3x30) at 3:34:28.
  69. See "A Gathering of Heroes" (3x76) at 2:22:59.
  70. See "Doorways to Darker Depths" (3x86) at 3:23:04.
  71. See "The Apogee Solstice" (3x51) at 4:28:38.
  72. See "Hope Within History" (3x55) at 0:58:02.
  73. See CR Cooldown | C3 E84 on Beacon at 10:48 (Subscription required).
  74. See "Divisive Portents" (3x89) at 0:46:51.
  75. See "Divisive Portents" (3x89) at 0:30:55.
  76. See "Divisive Portents" (3x89) at 0:32:45.
  77. See "Divisive Portents" (3x89) at 0:30:52.
  78. See "Breaking Point" (3x31) at 0:31:40.
  79. See "Divisive Portents" (3x89) at 0:31:46.
  80. See "Manifold Morals" (2x74) at 1:36:46.
  81. See "Omens Above" (3x19) at 26:19.
  82. See "Omens Above" (3x19) at 27:17.
  83. See "Manifold Morals" (2x74) at 1:35:22.
  84. See "Refjorged" (2x76) at 1:43:10.
  85. See "Chasing Nightmares" (3x11) at 4:49:13.
  86. See "Omens Above" (3x19) at 25:02.
  87. See "Omens Above" (3x19) at 27:17.
  88. See "Omens Above" (3x19) at 22:46.
  89. See "Omens Above" (3x19) from 41:11 through 42:27.
  90. See "Omens Above" (3x19) at 23:30.
  91. See "Omens Above" (3x19) at 27:32.
  92. See "Axiom Shaken" (3x43) at 3:14:40.
  93. See "Omens Above" (3x19) at 33:22.
  94. 94.0 94.1 94.2 94.3 94.4 94.5 94.6 94.7 See Call of the Netherdeep, p. 6. Introduction: Answering the Call. "Story Overview: Rise and Fall of the Apotheon".
  95. See "Omens Above" (3x19) at 33:50.
  96. See "Omens Above" (3x19) at 32:52.
  97. See "Dark Portents" (3x29) at 29:08.
  98. See "Red Rural Revelations" (3x84) at 1:37:51.
  99. Twitter logo Matthew Mercer (@matthewmercer) on Twitter: "The smaller one is vestigial. No affect by comparison. ;)" (2018-01-26) — in reply to @jamesjhaeck: "Hey Matt, how does having two moons affect Exandrian lycanthropes? [prepares to take notes]"
  100. See the Rose City Comic Con podcast at 12:56.
  101. See "What Dreams May Come" (3x34) at 0:12:25.
  102. See "Chasing Nightmares" (3x11) at 2:41:35.
  103. See "The Momentum of Murder" (3x39) at 3:01:13.
  104. See "The Momentum of Murder" (3x39) at 3:24:47.
  105. See "Call of the Wild" (3x41) at 3:53:17.
  106. See "Omens Above" (3x19) at 26:19.
  107. 107.0 107.1 See "Manifold Morals" (2x74) from 1:36:45 through 1:38:18.
  108. See "Dark Portents" (3x29) at 2:54:59.
  109. 109.0 109.1 See Call of the Netherdeep, pp. 5–6. Introduction: Answering the Call. "World of Exandria: Ruidus".
  110. See "Bathhouses and Bastions" (2x90) at 1:00:34.
  111. See "Aid of the Tempest" (3x66) at 1:35:08.
  112. 112.0 112.1 112.2 112.3 See Call of the Netherdeep, p. 7. Introduction: Answering the Call. "Story Overview: The Apotheon Awakens".
  113. See Call of the Netherdeep, p. 10. Introduction: Answering the Call. "Ruidium".
  114. See Call of the Netherdeep, p. 137. Chapter 5: The Drowned City. "Cael Morrow Overview". "M17: Rift to the Netherdeep".
  115. 115.0 115.1 See Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, p. 134. Chapter 3: Wildemount Gazetteer. "Wastes of Xhorhas: Barbed Fields".
  116. See Call of the Netherdeep, p. 183. Chapter 7: The Heart of Despair. "Back into the Light: Possible Endings".
  117. See the Emerald City Comic Con 2024 Panel at 17:12.
  118. See "Ruidus" (3x83) at 0:52:18.
  119. See "Ruidus" (3x83) at 0:20:13.
  120. See "Red Rural Revelations" (3x84) at 1:50:45.
  121. See "Seeking Sedition" (3x88) at 1:33:44.
  122. See "Mission Improbable" (3x90) at 1:02:41.
  123. See "True Heroism" (3x91) at 0:37:36.  There is a fountain of hammered bronze in Vaterra Kreviris.
  124. See "True Heroism" (3x91) at 1:04:16.  The Weave Mind are adorned with platinum.
  125. See "Divisive Portents" (3x89) at 0:38:40.
  126. See "Manifold Morals" (2x74) at 1:39:06.
  127. See "Omens Above" (3x19) at 2:19:15.
  128. See "Night at the Ligament Manor" (3x46) at 0:54:20.
  129. See "Red Rural Revelations" (3x84) at 1:58:19.
  130. See "Doorways to Darker Depths" (3x86) at 3:51:00.
  131. See "Divisive Portents" (3x89) at 0:44:27.
  132. See the Emerald City Comic Con 2024 Panel at 26:42.
  133. See Fireside Chat LIVE with Matthew Mercer on Beacon from 20:55 to 23:42 (Subscription required).

Art

  1. Official art of Ruidus, from Exandria: An Intimate Appendix - Ruidus and the Gods, by Clara (source). Used with permission.
  2. Official art of Catha and the caged Ruidus, by Clara (source). Used with permission.
  3. Fan art of avadons, by Clara (source). Used with permission.
  4. Official art of the creation of Ruidus, from Exandria: An Intimate Appendix - Ruidus and the Gods, by Wesley Griffith (source). Used with permission.
  5. Screenshot of Ludinus and Liliana on Ruidus, showing the Bloody Bridge (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.
  6. Fan art of Ruidus behind its lattice, by Dixie Lee Henning (source). Used with permission.
  7. Depiction of Ruidus, by CoupleOfKooks from Critical Role: Call of the Netherdeep. Used with permission. This page contains 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.
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