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Sehanine, the Moonweaver, is a chaotic good deity of moonlight and the autumn season, the patron of illusions and misdirection, as well as the goddess associated with the tides due to her lunar attributions.[5] 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,[6] Catha is widely associated with Sehanine, possibly as her creation,[7] and there are those who believe the red moon Ruidus is ruled by another god or power.[6]

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[]

Sehanine - CotN

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]

When she appears as an adult woman, she has black and white hair, deep-blue skin like the ocean, twin moons for eyes and a warm smile. She wears a black silk gown.[8]

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[]

The Moonweaver - Elaine Ryan

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.[9] Special athletes called skyswimmers practice every day for the yearly coming of the Moonweaver’s Ribbons.[9]

"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."[9]

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.[9] "The high priestesses of the moon" claim this yearly ceremony cleanses the land of Lyrengorn, and increases the wild elves' lifespan.[9]

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[10] and in the Verdant Expanse.[11] A large temple dedicated to the Moonweaver can be found in Syngorn. In 812 PD it was led by a night guide named Nusem.[12]

She has a smaller but nontrivial following on the Bladeshimmer Shoreline,[13] the Rifenmist Peninsula,[14] and in the Stormcrest Mountains.[15] Many of the Ashari in Vesrah worship her due to her control of the tides.[5]

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.[16]

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.[21]

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.[22]

The human warrior Alyxian, who was born early in the Calamity, first prayed to Sehanine for aid at a site just off the coast of what would become Jigow. She sent her blessing in the form of a drop of Catha's moonlight, which coalesced into the amulet that would become the Jewel of Three Prayers as he also became a champion for Avandra and Corellon. In addition to the Jewel, he carried a shield bearing the symbol of Sehanine.[23] In Alyxian's final battle of that war, he fought alongside a deva of Sehanine named Perigee.[24]

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.[25]

The Nine Eyes of Lucien[]

Just before Lucien Tavelle was resurrected by Cree Deeproots his soul (reconstructed by the Somnovem) briefly met the Moonweaver, who showed him cards and looked surprised when she noticed that Lucien was going to return to Exandria.[26]

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.[27]

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.[28]

"Traveler Con" (2x108)

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

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.[29]

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.

"Long May He Reign" (2x140) After Lucien Tavelle was defeated in Cognouza by the efforts of the Mighty Nein, his soul was received once more by Sehanine the Moonweaver, who did a moon oracle card reading for him, after which a sprout started growing from the Love card, while the goddess explained that maybe "fourth time's the charm",[30] referring to the birth of Kingsley Tealeaf.[31]

Critical Role: Call of the Netherdeep[]

Vision of the Apotheon by Andrew Mar

Depiction of an adventurer holding the Jewel of Three Prayers, having a vision of Alyxian with the shield bearing the symbol of Sehanine, by Andrew Mar from Critical Role: Call of the Netherdeep, p. 34.[art 6]

In this adventure, Alyxian wakes from his centuries-long slumber in the Netherdeep and calls out to Sehanine to send those with the power to save him. She and the other gods who blessed him, Avandra and Corellon, propel the Jewel of Three Prayers to the lost temple where Alyxian first prayed to Sehanine and received the Jewel. There the adventurers have a vision of Alyxian and find the dormant Vestige of Divergence.[32]

Within the Betrayers' Rise is a secret hallway with a carving depicting Alyxian at the Battle of the Barbed Fields. In the carving he is accompanied by Sehanine, depicted as a young girl with white hair, and by Avandra as well.[33]

Campaign Three: Bells Hells[]

"The Fey Key" (3x47) During an argument between Sorrowlord Athion Zathuda and Otohan Thull in the Shiver Keep the human stated that their fey allies' inconvenience would be worth it when they got rid of the "shadow of the Moonweaver".[34]

"Nice" (3x69) While they were in Zephrah, Laudna and Imogen talked about the former trying to find a god to follow that would "fill" the space that Delilah Briarwood's influence used to have. After misremembering for a moment what god Weva Vudol followed, they started praying outloud to the Moonweaver, feeling she was an appropriate choice given the issues involving Ruidus after the apogee solstice, and wondering what the goddess of the moon thought of that. Laudna even joked that maybe Sehanine would speak to them in their dreams, but it didn't happen.

"To Hurt Is to Heal" (3x79) When talking to Fearne about her biological father, Sorrowlord Zathuda, Birdie Calloway explained that during their time as lovers the Unseelie captain made her many dark and poetic promises, telling her that he would take the moon from Sehanine for the faun. Later, when Fearne shared this information with the rest of Bells Hells and Allura Vysoren, they theorized that, given the influence of the Moonweaver over the Feywild, perhaps the Unseelie Court wanted Predathos to devour her so they could fill that power vacuum.

"Broken Roads" (3x92) When Bells Hells returned from Ruidus they discovered that some gods, including the Moonweaver, had sent her followers to fight in the Red Center, and now trophies taken from them adorned pikes in the excavation.

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.[36]
    • When Imogen Temult was speaking with her friends about the gods, she wondered if Fearne Calloway felt some affinity with the Moonweaver, explaining that she thought she was a "fey god"[37] (which was, in fact not far from the truth, since Sehanine has great influence in the Plane of Faerie).
  • She has strong connections with a fey artifact known as the Moontide Crown.[38]
  • When Aldreda Tavelle rejected her brother Lucien in Rexxentrum in 831 PD, he noticed the moonlight shifting across the cobblestone street, feeling an impulse to follow that glow that he resisted.[39] This could have been Sehanine's first attempt of contacting him.
  • The wording of one of Sehanine's commandments was changed for the Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting Reborn sourcebook. In the original Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting and the Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, it had said, "Let the shadows protect you from the burning light of fanatical good and the absolute darkness of evil."[2][1]

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 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 2.8 See 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 4.2 See Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting Reborn, p. 33.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 See Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting Reborn, p. 49.
  6. 6.0 6.1 See Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting Reborn, p. 9.
  7. See Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, p. 9.
  8. Critical Role: The Mighty Nein - The Nine Eyes of Lucien, p. 261 and 262.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 See Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting, p. 68.
  10. See Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting, pp. 68–69.
  11. See Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting, p. 81.
  12. See "Family Matters" (1x96) at 3:07:40.
  13. See Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting, p. 87.
  14. See Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting, p. 76.
  15. See Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting, p. 72.
  16. See Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, p. 96.
  17. See Call of the Netherdeep, pp. 7–8. Introduction: Answering the Call. "Story Overview". "Rise and Fall of the Apotheon".
  18. See Critical Role: Vox Machina - Kith & Kin, p. 75.
  19. See "To Hurt Is to Heal" (3x79) at 1:41:10.
  20. See Call of the Netherdeep, pp. 168–169.
  21. See Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting Reborn, p. 210.
  22. See Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, p. 70.
  23. See Call of the Netherdeep, p. 141. See also pp. 34 and 222.
  24. See Call of the Netherdeep, p. 168.
  25. See "The King's Cage" (2x69) at 59:19.
  26. Critical Role: The Mighty Nein - The Nine Eyes of Lucien, p. 155, 157 and 157.
  27. See "Liam's One Shot: The Song of the Lorelei" (Sx36) at 3:35:16.
  28. See "Fleeting Memories" (2x14) at 2:11:19.
  29. See "Traveler Con" (2x108) from 2:14:21 through 2:21:04.
  30. Critical Role: The Mighty Nein - The Nine Eyes of Lucien, p. 261, 262 and 263.
  31. See "Long May He Reign" (2x140) at 4:25:28.
  32. See Call of the Netherdeep, pp. 7–8. See also p. 34.
  33. See Call of the Netherdeep, p. 63.
  34. See "The Fey Key" (3x47) at 1:53:25.
  35. See "Liam's One Shot: The Song of the Lorelei" (Sx36) at 3:35:16.
  36. See "Dark Portents" (3x29) at 2:52:28.
  37. See "A Path of Vengeance" (3x65) at 3:14:42.
  38. See "Dark Portents" (3x29) at 1:06:53.
  39. Critical Role: The Mighty Nein - The Nine Eyes of Lucien, p. 63.

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 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.
  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.
  6. Depiction of an adventurer holding the Jewel of Three Prayers, having a vision of Alyxian with the shield bearing the symbol of Sehanine, by Andrew Mar from Critical Role: Call of the Netherdeep, p. 34. 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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