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The Scar of the Cinder King is a large swath of land to the east of Emon that was torched by the ancient red dragon Thordak during the Chroma Crisis in late 810 PD.[1]


Originally, the land that the Scar now occupies was outer farmland and small forests, occupied by serfs and laborers who sold their goods to Emon.

On 26 Duscar, 810 PD, Thordak and the dragons of the Chroma Conclave attacked the city of Emon. Some time during or immediately after the attack, the red dragon torched the fields and forests east of the city. With the Ember Seed implanted in Thordak's body, suffusing the dragon with power from the Elemental Plane of Fire, the Scar did not heal as a normal burn would, and elementals ran rampant across the countryside.

Following Thordak's defeat at the hands of Vox Machina, the Tal'Dorei Council called the Ashari firetamers from across the Ozmit Sea for their expertise in fire elemental magic. These Ashari, led by the half-orc Lorkathar, keep vigil over the Scar and work to heal the land of the elemental magic.[1]

In 842 PD, over thirty years after the Chroma Conclave's attack, the Scar was almost entirely healed.[2] However, towards the end of the year, a resurgence in elemental energy began to awaken.[3]

Notable locations[]

Flamereach Grove[]

Flamereach Grove, formerly called Shivergreen Grove, is a small burnt forest that stands at the edge of the Scar. The forest burns perpetually due to the elemental power suffused into the land. Flamereach Outpost, the base of the Fire Ashari in the Scar, is built on the edge of the Grove, where they keep watch over the forest.[1]

The Oh No Plateau - CT Chen

Fan art of the "Oh No Plateau", by CT Chen.[art 2]

In late 842 PD, a resurgence in elemental energy caused a massive, 40-foot-tall plateau to suddenly appear within the grove, as well as a perpetual ash storm centered on the plateau.[4] At the center of this plateau was a mysterious, ten foot wide sigil.[5] Objects that passed over the sigil were instantly incinerated.[6]

Snowember Fields[]

The Snowember Fields is a large stretch of ruined farmland. The land is covered in a thick layer of white ash, broken only by the occasional remains of scorched windmills. The Snowember Fields are dangerous to traverse, as interrupting the ash stirs living embers, which erupt into magmins that live seek to burn all that they see.[7]

Behind the scenes[]

Lorkathar and the Scar of the Cinder King were created by James Haeck for the Critical Role: Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting.[8]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 See Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting, p. 95.
  2. "nearly 30 years after the attack of the Chroma Conclave" ... "The city has mostly recovered in the intervening years, but two areas still bear the brunt of his wrath" ... "the outskirts of town, where the Scar of the Cinder King still wounds the land outside Emon’s walls."What You Need to Know Before Watching Exandria Unlimited.
  3. See "The Oh No Plateau" (E1x02) at 1:57:32.  Also see 2:06:46.
  4. See "The Oh No Plateau" (E1x02) at 2:16:38.
  5. See "The Oh No Plateau" (E1x02) at 2:49:20.
  6. See "The Oh No Plateau" (E1x02) at 3:00:43.
  7. See Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting, p. 96.
  8. Twitter logo James Haeck (@jamesjhaek) on Twitter: "uhhhhh i'm still losing my mind over @quiddie saying the name of an NPC and location I made up for the Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting years ago #ExUSpoilers #CriticalRoleSpoilers" (7:18 PM · Jul 8, 2021).


  1. Lorkathar leading a fight against creatures from Flamereach Grove, by Bryan Syme (source). Used with permission.
  2. Fan art of the "Oh No Plateau", by CT Chen (source). Used with permission.