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The Luxon, also known as the Light, is a deity of light and rebirth worshipped by the Kryn Dynasty of Xhorhas.

History[]

According to the creation myth believed by Kryn Dynasty, a single Light emerged from the darkness at the creation point of the universe.[8] Other lights formed around this Light, but those lights settled as stars; the single Light, which was later called the Luxon, resisted that urge to burn and instead traveled, seeking self-knowledge.[9] The Luxon traveled without much comprehension, knowing only that they were light in the darkness, and occasionally passed other things of light.[10]

Luxon approaching Exandria -Bright Queen 1

The Luxon approaching a primeval Exandria, by Cris Peter and CoupleOfKooks from The Tales of Exandria: The Bright Queen #1.[art 2]

The Luxon, having noticed a particular lonely planet, began to embrace the world and gave their light to the planet, cracking the surface and giving it fiery life. The elemental chaos gave birth to titans called Primordials, and they erupted and fought each other[9] and the Luxon.[11]

There are at least two accounts of when the Luxon separated itself into beacons and scattered itself across the world.

  • By one account, the Luxon found no consciousness in the elemental chaos and, seeing the Primordials' souls being lost to the darkness beyond as they killed each other, the Luxon broke into scattered beacons that would enact a cycle of rebirth for those who were bound to their light, in hopes that those beings would gradually learn and mature, and one day something would find and reassemble the Luxon, at which point the Luxon would ask them, "What am I, and what is my purpose?"[9]
  • Another story holds that it was not until the Protean Creator gods came and created mortals who lived, procreated, and died that the Luxon became curious and scattered itself, hoping the mortals' souls would bond to the scattered beacons so they could learn all there is to know.[5]

As of 836 PD the Kryn Dynasty had found four pieces of the body and named them the Luxon beacons.[12] By 855 PD they had found two more.[13]

The Beacons of the Dynasty - TBQ

Kryn Dynasty's six beacons, by CoupleOfKooks and Cris Peter from The Tales of Exandria: The Bright Queen #3.[art 3]

Appearance and symbols[]

The Luxon is believed to have originally been a gigantic, unimaginably bright form like a star.[4]

The symbol of the Luxon is a hollow dodecahedron, the same shape as the Luxon beacons. Worshippers in Xhorhas wear necklaces and display images of Luxon beacons.[14]

Beliefs and practices of worshipers[]

The Luxon does not have a personality or active consciousness, but the most revered worshipers of the Luxon interpret the dunamantic properties of the beacons as indicative of certain values.[4] Among worshipers the Luxon is believed to value individuals' free choice and blazing a unique path to learn about the world, but community is also valued.[15] Thus the accumulation of knowledge is prized in the Kryn Dynasty: artisans and artists in peacetime, people of martial prowess in times of war.[16]

To learn and thereby become more spiritually enlightened, worshipers of the Luxon try to live boldly and gain new experiences.[17][18] The Kryn practice a ritual called consecution by which a mortal's soul is bound to the Luxon beacons, and thereafter if the mortal dies within 100 miles of a Luxon beacon, their soul is captured before it can move on to any afterlife and is reincarnated in the body of a newborn infant somewhere in the same radius; in adolescence, they begin to recall things from their past life (or lives) in a process called anamnesis.[15] Being born in the body of a different race, such as a drow being reincarnated as a dragonborn, is attractive for the variety of experience it offers.[19] Guides familiar with the process can help such individuals, through meditation, to recover memories of those past lives. When an individual feels they have learned all they can from their current life, achieving a state of clarity called achess, they may in a guided ritual end their life within range of a beacon to move on to a new life. Once an individual has, through living repeat lives, become enlightened enough to be prepared to meet the Luxon, they are considered an Umavi, or "perfect soul", and are venerated in Kryn society.[20] However, the Umavi keep a closely-guarded secret: a kind of madness called typhros afflicts those who are unable to integrate the memories of a series of lives, and those who suffer this madness are quietly removed from society and from the cycle of rebirth.[15] Consecuted individuals who commit grave crimes against the Dynasty may also be executed outside the radius of known beacons.[21]

Worshipers of the Luxon consider creatures that naturally reincarnate, like phoenixes, to be sacred.[20]

There are traditional prayers to the Luxon that priests commit to memory.[22] At least some worshipers believe their sins can be absolved through devout prayer.[21]

In contrast to Lolth, a deity of shadow who dominated drow society before the Calamity, the Luxon is an entity of light, and the Luxon-worshiping drow of the Kryn Dynasty and adventuring drow associate hope with the light of the sun,[23] despite the discomfort sunlight causes for drow and some other people of the Dynasty. Priests of the Luxon, from time to time, dispel the perpetual nighttime that usually envelops Rosohna to let in sunshine for a brief period of collective prayer and showing of faith.[24][25][26] The association of the Luxon with light is reflected in Kryn religious and state architecture: the temple to the Luxon in Jigow is shaped like a beacon and glows,[22] and the Lucid Bastion in Rosohna is lit with a perpetual glow.[27]

Worshipers of the Luxon hope to find all the Luxon beacons and reunite them, believing that the Luxon will awaken and take the consecuted to start a new and better world.[15]

Known worshipers[]

The Aevilux, a splinter group of followers of the Luxon, were at some point before 824 PD[30] in possession of a Luxon beacon, and possibly inspired by the stories of how the First Radiance divided themself in multiple pieces, learned how to split their souls, to better understand the world through their independent halves before reuniting and becoming complete again.[31]

Appearances and mentions[]

Trivia[]

Lost beacon of Reaching Bluff by Taskhand Solaris

Fan art of the Lost Beacon of Unknown Light, by Misha Leigh.[art 4]

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 See Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, p. 31.
  2. See "Feral Business" (2x52) at 0:27:55.
  3. See "In Love and War" (2x57) at 0:21:04.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 See Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, p. 32.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 See Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting Reborn, p. 41.
  6. See Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, p. 32-33.
  7. See Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting Reborn, p. 40.
  8. See "Between the Lines" (2x78) at 2:51:40.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 See Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, p. 33.
  10. See "Critical Role Campaign 2 Wrap Up" (Sx56) at 3:33:43.
  11. See "Critical Role Campaign 2 Wrap Up" (Sx56) at 3:34:24.
  12. See "In Love and War" (2x57) at 0:22:32.  Leylas Kryn explains that of the four beacons found by the possession of the Dynasty, two had been stolen by the Empire.
  13. See The Tales of Exandria: The Bright Queen, Issue #3.
  14. See "Feral Business" (2x52) at 0:28:52Gluzzo showed the Mighty Nein a Luxon-themed necklace he wore. The group later encountered multiple images of dodecahedrons in the Bright Queen's palace. See, for example, "The Favor" (2x56) at 2:00:31 and 2:36:24.
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 15.3 See Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, p. 39.
  16. See Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, p. 192.
  17. See Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting Reborn, p. 147.
  18. See Call of the Netherdeep, p. 16.
  19. See Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, p. 169. See also p. 171, about the Kryn interest in bringing genasi to Rosohna.
  20. 20.0 20.1 See Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, p. 38.
  21. 21.0 21.1 See Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, p. 144.
  22. 22.0 22.1 See Call of the Netherdeep, p. 28.
  23. See Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting Reborn, p. 156.
  24. See "In Love and War" (2x57) at 1:07:46.
  25. See Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, p. 145. The perpetual nighttime is presumably created by a Nightfall Pearl (p. 268), though that has a 10-mile radius.
  26. Drow (Player's Handbook, p. 24), the original duergar (Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes, p. 81), and the original kobolds (Volo's Guide to Monsters, p. 119) have the "Sunlight Sensitivity" trait, which imposes disadvantage on attack rolls and Perception checks in areas of direct sunlight.
  27. See Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, p. 144. See also p. 142, describing Rosohna's glowing crystalline halls.
  28. See Call of the Netherdeep, pp. 11–14.
  29. See "The Lost Light" (RTx08).
  30. Paloma was a member of this group and her daughters were born in 824 PD, so their mother was born or became an Aevilux before having them.
  31. See "Broken Roads" (3x92) at 2:57:46.
  32. See Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, p. 28.
  33. See Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting Reborn, p. 106.

Art:

  1. Fan art of a Luxon beacon, by BlackSalander (source). Used with permission.
  2. The Luxon approaching a primeval Exandria, by Cris Peter and CoupleOfKooks from The Tales of Exandria: The Bright Queen #1. 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.
  3. Kryn Dynasty's six beacons, by CoupleOfKooks and Cris Peter from The Tales of Exandria: The Bright Queen #3. 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.
  4. Fan art of the Lost Beacon of Unknown Light, by Misha Leigh (source). Used with permission.
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