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Sehanine, the Moonweaver, is a chaotic good deity of moonlight and the autumn season, as well as the patron of illusions and misdirection. Widely worshipped within halfling and elven culture, she is largely considered to be the deity of love and protector of the trysts of lovers. Those who work in secrecy and trickery often ask for her blessing. While both moons are her domain,[5] Catha is widely associated with Sehanine, possibly as her creation,[6] and there are those who believe the red moon Ruidus is ruled by another god or power.[5]

As an NPC, The Moonweaver has been played by Matthew Mercer in Critical Role and Liam O'Brien in Liam's One Shot: The Song of the Lorelei.

Appearance

Depiction of Sehanine appearing to an adventurer in a dream, by Nguyen Minh Hieu from Critical Role: Call of the Netherdeep.[art 3]

She is most often depicted as a young girl with light blue skin and white hair. Her body and limbs create the edges of the shadows.[2]

Biography

"The Moonweaver sends her will as the goddess of moonlight and the autumn season, as well as the patron of illusions and misdirection."[2] Many consider the Moonweaver to be the goddess of love. It is very difficult to encounter lovers on a tryst, as the Moonweaver creates the shadows for these secret meetings to take place.[2] "Those who work in darkness and trickery often ask for her blessing."[2] There is no official holy day for the Moonweaver; however, her worship is greatest on "the night of the decade’s largest full moon."[2] Elven astronomers record the moon’s cycles and how during these cycles the moon gets closer and further away from Exandria, and they can forecast these days with considerable precision.[2] Many haughty elves use this celebration as a pardon to be mischievous; some youthful elves use outfits and illusions to play tricks on their peers.[2]

Sehanine is frequently found in the realm of Arborea or wandering in the Feywild.[3]

The Moonweaver's Ribbons

Fan art of the Moonweaver, by Elaine Ryan.[art 4]

Yearly, many travelers from all over Tal'Dorei journey past the Cliffkeep Mountains to witness the Moonweaver’s Ribbons bend around the Elvenpeaks, pulled through the sky by mysterious figures on wyvernback.[7] Special athletes called skyswimmers practice every day for the yearly coming of the Moonweaver’s Ribbons.[7]

"Great streaks of multicolored light that illuminate the northern sky on the winter solstice. The skyswimmers and their wyvern mounts seize the strands of light on their spears and paint radiant, esoteric portraits in the wintry sky, drawing intrepid outsiders from across Tal’Dorei to camp on remote mountains and marvel at their visual poetry."[7]

Greater than the ceremony's creative achievement, it is also a ceremony to the deity known as the Moonweaver. She is the primary deity of the elves of Lyrengorn.[7] "The high priestesses of the moon" claim this yearly ceremony cleanses the land of Lyrengorn, and increases the wild elves' lifespan.[7]

Commandments of the Moonweaver

Commandments of the Moonweaver


  • Seize your own destiny and pursue your own passions.

  • Let the shadows protect you from the burning light of fanaticism and the absolute darkness of despair.

  • Walk unbridled and untethered, forging new memories and experiences.

Worship

Sehanine is widely worshiped in Lyrengorn[8] and in the Verdant Expanse.[9] She has a smaller but nontrivial following on the Bladeshimmer Shoreline,[10] the Rifenmist Peninsula,[11] and in the Stormcrest Mountains.[12] Many of the Ashari in Vesrah worship her due to her control of the tides.[13]

Worship of the Moonweaver is prohibited in the Dwendalian Empire, but the elves of Bysaes Tyl hold a secret festival in the Pearlbow Wilderness on the night of the decade's largest full moon,[3] and there are shrines to Sehanine hidden in plain sight in the city.[14]

Known worshipers

Celestials

History

Sehanine is among the Prime Deities who fought the Primordials and the Betrayer Gods to protect the mortal races during the Founding.

During the Age of Arcanum, mortal followers of Sehanine and Melora forged Dwueth'var; unlike many of the weapons crafted during that era, it was intended to help protect Exandria rather than surpass or fight the gods.[18]

The Calamity

During the Calamity, Torog and his followers tunneled beneath a woodland in the Cyrios Mountains that was home to reclusive elves who worshiped Sehanine, sinking the plateau into a valley. Torog's servants sapped the life and color from the trees at their roots, creating the Pallid Grove. The surviving elves retreated beneath the Pallid Grove, lived in fear of the Crawling King, and hid underground from the destruction of the Calamity. Over time, the Moonweaver's blessings mingled with the elves' natural adaption to the Pallid Grove, eventually forming a new subrace of elves known as the pallid elves.[19]

Moradin and Sehanine built the King's Cage as a trap for Torog. It appeared to be a temple to Torog, but it was a fane that, once Torog had bound himself to it, was instrumental in banishing the Betrayer God.[20]

Liam's One Shot: The Song of the Lorelei

While the Lorelei siblings were fighting the Iron Woe, the undead creature released a wave of dark energy that filled them with fear, loss and confusion. Noticing that his older sister, Aurra, was succumbing to this magical effect, Lucius used his Luminous Clarity ability to help her resist the effect. When he did that, Sehanine (Lucius' deity) whispered in Aurra's ear, encouraging her to stand.[21]

Campaign Two: The Mighty Nein

"Fleeting Memories" (2x14) While Molly was influenced by Zone of Truth, he revealed himself to be a follower of the Moonweaver.[22]

"Traveler Con" (2x108) At the culmination of Traveler Con, the Traveler disguised himself in sky-blue skin, white hair, and a feminine form. He told the crowd that the Traveler was but one aspect of Sehanine, a new avatar who had guided them to her. At that moment, the clouds parted revealing a full white moon, and the moonbeams turned into white chains that wrapped around the Traveler, pulling him skyward. A white-winged blue-skinned angelic figure holding a sword and whip descended, saying that the Traveler spoke in absolute falsehoods and did not represent the Moonweaver or any of her divine children, and began dragging him away in chains to be brought back to the Feywild for further judgement on his blasphemy.[23]

Fan art of the Moonweaver's planetar, by Callum Lyall.[art 5]

Jester interceded, sobbing and holding Artagan as he was pulled upward. The planetar asked why she wept for him, and Jester responded that she loved him. Artagan forced both her and Fjord (who was holding Jester) free. As he was pulled higher and higher, a different voice emerged from the planetar, implied to be Sehanine herself, which then asked the Traveler if he had learned his lesson. He nodded. The chains broke apart, freeing Artagan, and the different voice from the planetar told the gathered people that if they wanted to find a new god, She would be happy to take them in.

Appearances and mentions


Trivia

  • Sehanine is frequently found wandering the Feywild.[3] Her connection with that plane allows the light of Catha to shine in the sky of the Fey Realm.[25]
  • She has strong connections with a fey artifact known as the Moontide Crown.[26]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 See Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, p. 21.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 See Critical Role: Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting, p. 17.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 See Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, p. 25.
  4. 4.0 4.1 See Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting Reborn, p. 33.
  5. 5.0 5.1 See Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting Reborn, p. 9.
  6. See Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, p. 9.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 See Critical Role: Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting, p. 68.
  8. See Critical Role: Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting, pp. 68–69.
  9. See Critical Role: Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting, p. 81.
  10. See Critical Role: Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting, p. 87.
  11. See Critical Role: Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting, p. 76.
  12. See Critical Role: Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting, p. 72.
  13. See Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting Reborn, p. 49.
  14. See Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, p. 96.
  15. See Critical Role: Call of the Netherdeep, pp. 7–8. Introduction: Answering the Call. "Story Overview". "Rise and Fall of the Apotheon".
  16. See Critical Role: Vox Machina - Kith & Kin, p. 75.
  17. See Critical Role: Call of the Netherdeep, pp. 168–169.
  18. See Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting Reborn, p. 210.
  19. See Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, p. 70.
  20. See "The King's Cage" (2x69) at 59:19.
  21. See "Liam's One Shot: The Song of the Lorelei" (Sx36) at 3:35:16.
  22. See "Fleeting Memories" (2x14) at 2:11:19.
  23. See "Traveler Con" (2x108) from 2:14:21 through 2:21:04.
  24. See "Liam's One Shot: The Song of the Lorelei" (Sx36) at 3:35:16.
  25. See "Dark Portents" (3x29) at 2:52:28.
  26. See "Dark Portents" (3x29) at 1:06:53.

Art:

  1. Symbol of Sehanine from Critical Role: Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting.
  2. Symbol of Sehanine from Explorer's Guide to Wildemount by Claudio Pozas. (source)
  3. Depiction of Sehanine appearing to an adventurer in a dream, by Nguyen Minh Hieu from Critical Role: Call of the Netherdeep. Used with permission. 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.
  4. Fan art of the Moonweaver, by Elaine Ryan (source). Used with permission.
  5. Fan art of the Moonweaver's planetar, by Callum Lyall (source). Used with permission.
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