Although Sarenrae shares influence over certain domains with other gods, she is neither jealous nor territorial. She could expand her influence by taking a more interventionist role in mortal affairs, thereby accumulating more followers, but she remains somewhat aloof from the world. For example, she sent visions to Pike in the Underdark and even manifested an avatar of Pike to aid Vox Machina in Whitestone, but Pike is rather private and non-proselytic about her devotion to Sarenrae. Sarenrae could have chosen another worshipper that would have praised her before the masses and encouraged the building of temples, but Pike simply completed Sarenrae's objectives and moved on.
Sarenrae is also willing to forgive and redeem the transgressions of her followers. When Pike unnecessarily slit the throat of an unconscious duergar foe with her Mace of Disruption in Emberhold, her holy symbol of Sarenrae cracked, and her connection to Sarenrae's divine energy became strained. However, when Pike later sought to atone for her cruelty, Sarenrae not only restored the connection but empowered her with stronger divine energy (completely healing Vax'ildan's lava-damaged foot) and chose her for more important tasks in the future (including the Whitestone Rebellion and pursuit of Vestiges of the Divergence).
During the Calamity, presumably around the Battle of the Barbed Fields, Sarenrae and Pelor drew Torog above ground, defeated him, and—with the help of a trap built by Moradin and Sehanine—banished Torog to a portion of the Far Realm that borders the Underdark. Her belief that the corrupt can be redeemed led to a betrayal by the Lord of the Hells that left most of her following decimated. After the Divergence, Sarenrae's influence diminished even more, with her ancient temple in Vasselheim falling to ruin.
In the following centuries, for followers of Sarenrae, religious activity and worship was mostly private and passed down through tradition rather than centralized at temples and institutionally trained.
Wilhand Trickfoot chose to break away from his family's history of thievery after receiving a divine dream from Sarenrae. He taught his descendants the ways of Sarenrae and ultimately was responsible for Pike choosing the life of a cleric.
The traumatic experience filled Pike with a determination to be stronger to face the evils of the world. She changed from a Life domain cleric to a War domain cleric, and spent four month as a sailor building her physical strength, allowing her to wear plate armor.
When Vox Machina traveled to Vasselheim in 810 PD, they got word that a temple to Sarenrae had been just recently discovered in the city's Braving Grounds District beneath the cursed ruin of the tower of Syrac, having been lost to time for hundreds of years; Pike led the effort to restore the temple.
Pike later returned to the temple of Sarenrae because of her fractured connection with the goddess, aware that she had tapped into her darker side since traveling abroad on the ship. Pike spent six hours over two days in the temple, in silent prayer reaching out to her deity, to reconnect and tune in as well as apologize and confess.
After an intense communion with Sarenrae, she felt all of the steps and missteps that she had gone through over the past six or seven months, trying to find her path, rediscovering herself, and explaining to Sarenrae that the love never left and that this was all with the ultimate purpose of achieving her ultimate purpose as her instrument, and Pike wishes not to cross that again, and if there’s any way to redeem herself, to let it be known.
At the end of that, Pike felt the thread reconnect, the warmth filled her, and the sweat stopped as her entire body seemed to be humming with energy. For a brief second in Pike saw Sarenrae smiling at her as she reached down and touched the side of Pike's cheek and said, “Be forthright. Be grand. Burn bright and beautiful, and I shall always be at your side.” And with that, she released Pike's cheek and vanished.
At one point, when Pike asked Vax'ildan why he was avoiding her, he admitted that he had decided that the next time he saw her, he was going to ask to join her in service to Sarenrae, but that he had to make the deal with the Raven Queen to save his sister in the Sunken Tomb.
In the battle with Vorugal, Pike stepped out and used Divine Intervention, praying to Sarenrae for assistance, and succeeded. Sarenrae's hand came down and punched Vorugal out of the sky, knocking him to the ground.
"Unfinished Business" (1x100)
When Pike was affected by Feeblemind she entered the anti-magic field from the orb in Whitestone to be able to pray to Sarenrae for guidance. Sarenrae granted her a vision of the world beyond the orb: a desolate, gray landscape with a single obsidian tower at its center.
"The Fate-Touched" (1x103)
When Pike tried to contact Sarenrae, she kneeled at an altar to pray. She was rewarded with a vision of the goddess, who told her to come visit and gave her a tuning fork attuned to the plane of Elysium.
After Vox Machina arrived on the Island of Renewal, only Pike and Scanlan were able to enter the crystal palace where they saw from the flames a vision of Sarenrae, who spoke to both of them. They told her that they had fought Vecna, and that he was seeking to ascend to godhood, much the same way as the Raven Queen once did.
Sarenrae responded that the Ritual of Seeding, used previously by the mortal who became the Raven Queen, is forbidden knowledge that had been sealed for eternity by Ioun. However, if Vecna was indeed able to complete the ritual and ascend, it would fall on Vox Machina to seal him away. She recommended that they visit Pelor to learn how to do such a thing.
Sarenrae thanked Pike for her role in restoring worship at her temple, and showed her how the pearl-like granules on the beach are actually the souls of worshippers come to live with her. As a parting gift, she granted Pike the Blessing of the Everlight.
After a bit more discussion, during which Pike and Vex gave back the pearls they had taken from the beach, Sarenrae offered to transport them to Pelor's realm. With a flash, they found themselves in an orchard, no longer on the Island of Renewal.
"The Search For Bob" (Sx45)
Pike called on Sarenrae in Pandemonium to grapple a dust titan. Sarenrae apparently appeared in person, and though her grapple didn’t last very long, it was long enough to ensure that Vox Machina avoided taking three slam attacks and possibly an engulfing.
As of 812 PD, Sarenrae's faith had only recently been rediscovered. Her holy days had been long forgotten, and her followers had yet to reach a consensus on how and when to celebrate her festival.
In the story hook Monolith of the Hells, one of Sarenrae's celestial messengers gives a dying request to the adventurers to address a mysterious crisis in K'Tawl Swamp. A virtually identical hook is in the Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting Reborn
- It's possible that the druids of the Dawn Circle (killed during the Scattered War) worshipped her and/or The Dawnfather.
- Pike Trickfoot: A member of Vox Machina and devout member of Sarenrae's clergy, following in her great-great-grandfather Wilhand's footsteps. Led the effort to restore the Temple of Renewal.
- Wilhand Trickfoot: Coming from a long line of thieves, Wilhand's life (and the destiny of the Trickfoot family line) changed forever when Sarenrae came to Wilhand in his dreams and redeemed him. In his twilight years, helped with small tasks around the emerging House of the Everlight on the northern edge of Westruun.
- Father Tristan: Head cleric of the Temple of Sarenrae in Emon.
- Gesyra: A painter who met Pike at the newly-discovered Temple of Renewal, accompanied by the only two other followers of Sarenrae she knew in Vasselheim: a blond young man in simple clothes and an older gnome with a crutch.
- Acolyte Sheila: Helped Pike restore the Temple of Renewal and became one of the first acolytes there.
- Acolyte Vincent Clor: Keeper of knowledge and scripture at the Temple of Renewal.
- Coraline: One of the head priests of the Temple of Renewal.
Appearances and mentions
- Campaign One
- "The Search For Bob" (Sx45)
- The Legend of Vox Machina
- "A Silver Tongue" (LVM1x08)
- Campaign One
- "Attack on the Duergar Warcamp" (1x04) (first mentioned)
- "Breaching the Emberhold" (1x06)
- "The Throne Room" (1x07)
- "Glass and Bone" (1x08)
- "Escape from the Underdark" (1x13)
- "Shopping and Shipping" (1x14)
- "Loose Ends" (1x84)
- "Daring Days" (1x86)
- "Curious Tides" (1x89)
- "One Year Later..." (1x95)
- "Family Matters" (1x96)
- "Thar Amphala" (1x101)
- "The Fear of Isolation" (1x105)
- "Scaldseat" (1x107)
- "The Ominous March" (1x109)
- "The Climb Within" (1x110)
- "Vecna, the Ascended" (1x114)
- "The Chapter Closes" (1x115)
- Vox Machina Origins Series II
- The Legend of Vox Machina
- Although most of the primary deities in the Critical Role campaign are from the Dawn War pantheon, Sarenrae was imported into the fifth edition D&D game from the cast's original Pathfinder game so Ashley Johnson wouldn't have to switch deities.
- Sarenrae is never mentioned by name in the Critical Role: Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting, as she is considered Product Identity of Paizo under the Open Game License. Instead, she is known exclusively by her title, The Everlight. She is also renamed Raei in the Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, as the book was published by Wizards of the Coast, becoming under this name (at least technically) an official D&D equivalent of Sarenrae.
- In Pathfinder, Sarenrae is a former empyreal lord and the niece of the archdevil Asmodeus, the Lord of the Nine Hells, but it is unknown if this is true in Exandria; it is unlikely due to the differences between Pathfinder and Exandria's Asmodeus and their role in the creation of reality.
- Sarenrae appears in The Legend of Vox Machina, where she is, similarly to the Tal'Dorei campaign setting, referred to by only her title, The Everlight. She is voiced by Tracie Thoms.
- The Everlight was held in high regard by Zerxus Ilerez, a godless paladin of the Age of Arcanum who, despite not being her worshipper, shared her beliefs.
- Moreover, both the goddess and the paladin share a common experience, having been betrayed by Asmodeus.
- See Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, p. 21.
- See Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, p. 24.
- See Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting Reborn, p. 32.
- Matthew Mercer commented on Sarenrae's role on Exandria and her relationship with other gods.
- See "Attack on the Duergar Warcamp" (1x04) at 51:21.
- See "Against the Tide of Bone" (1x32) at 0:25:08.
- See "The Throne Room" (1x07) at 0:39:05.
- See "Glass and Bone" (1x08) at 1:26:27.
- See "Skyward" (1x15) at 50:42.
- See "Against the Tide of Bone" (1x32) from 2:16:50 through 2:17:47.
- Sarenrae helped Pike astrally project her form into the Feywild to assist Vox Machina. See "The Feywild" (1x59) at 40:12.
- See Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, p. 28.
- Call of the Netherdeep places Torog at the Battle of the Barbed Fields. Because it involves Bazzoxan, the defeat is presumably more likely to have happened around this time. See Critical Role: Call of the Netherdeep, p. 73. Chapter 3: Bazzoxan, "Locations in the Betrayers' Rise: R16: Prayer Site of Avandra".
- See Critical Role: Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting, p. 15. See also p. 20.
- Sarenrae said that she could not speak about the Rites of Prime Banishment as she was betrayed and thus not present when the Prime Deities began sealing the Betrayer Gods, suggesting that the attempt to seal Tharizdun must have happened afterward. It's unclear how this squares with her having helped banish Torog. See "Elysium" (1x104) at 52:05.
- See "Enter Vasselheim" (1x16) at 2:47:22.
- See "Enter Vasselheim" (1x16) from 2:51:20 through 2:55:07.
- See "D&Diesel" (Sx03) at 16:47.
- See "In Ruins" (1x41) at 1:45:04. "she chose the war domain after going to sea for a while."
- Transcribed from Pike's opening intro. See "The Throne Room" (1x07) from 0:01:25 through 0:03:30.
- See "The Throne Room" (1x07) from 39:13 through 39:45.
- See "Glass and Bone" (1x08) from 1:26:27 through 1:26:51.
- See "Enter Vasselheim" (1x16) at 2:47:22.
- See "Enter Vasselheim" (1x16) from 2:51:20 through 2:55:07.
- See "Hubris" (1x17) at 0:15:07. Matt describes the Braving Grounds around the newly uncovered temple, then Pike's first plans for excavating the temple.
- See "The Fate-Touched" (1x103) at 2:23:18.
- See "Whispers" (1x29) at 16:45.
- See "Talks Machina: Campaign Wrap-up" (Sx31) at 1:36:10.
- See "Hope" (1x56) at 3:39:49.
- See "Vorugal" (1x71) from 3:08:45 through 3:11:52.
- See Critical Role: Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting, pp. 15–16.
- See Critical Role: Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting, p. 42.
- See Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting Reborn, p. 67.
- See Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting Reborn, p. 84.
- See "Hubris" (1x17) at 1:34:45. "[Pike's] ancestors were a family of deep gnomes with quite an unfavorable reputation. Thievery, destruction, and trickery left them with the curse of the last name Trickfoot. Sarenrae, the goddess of healing and redemption, had other plans for Pike's great-great-grandfather Wilhand, who left his family at a young age after a dream: a dream that changed the course of the Trickfoot family. Wilhand devoted his life to Sarenrae and pledged from then on that [he] and his family would live a life of service and devotion."
- See "The Chapter Closes" (1x115) at 3:53:06.
- See "Crimson Diplomacy" (1x25) at 2:24:52.
- See "Enter Vasselheim" (1x16) at 2:52:34.
- See "The Fate-Touched" (1x103) at 2:24:23.
- See "The Fate-Touched" (1x103) at 2:27:46.
- See "The Fate-Touched" (1x103) from 2:40:20 through 2:46:30.
- See "The Ominous March" (1x109) at 1:21:14.
- See Critical Role: Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting, p. 15–16, 19, 20, 52.
- See Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, p. 21, 24.
- Princes of Darkness (2009), p. 62–63.
- "The Legend of the Cast of The Legend of Vox Machina"
- Symbol of Sarenrae from Critical Role: Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting.
- Symbol of Sarenrae from Explorer's Guide to Wildemount by Claudio Pozas. (source)
- Fan art of Sarenrae, the Everlight, by Christian Thor Lally (source). Used with permission.
- Screenshot of the Everlight from "The Legend of the Cast of The Legend of Vox Machina". 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.
- Fan art of Sarenrae and Pike, by Truffery (source). Used with permission.
- Fan art of Sarenrae offering a fragment of divinity, by Linda Lithén (source). Used with permission.
- Fan art of Vax'ildan helping Pike at a shrine to Sarenrae in the Temple of Renewal, by Megzilla87 (source). Used with permission.