The Raven Queen's symbol

The Raven Queen, the Matron of Death is the ancient goddess of death. She is so old and mysterious that her true name has long been lost. Her patrons seek her favor to guide them in death and prevent the curse of undeath from falling on them.

Because of her hatred of undeath, she and the demon lord Orcus are fierce enemies. The Duskmeadow District of Vasselheim is devoted to worshiping her and is also where her temple, Raven's Crest, is located.[5]

As an NPC, the Raven Queen is played by Matthew Mercer.

Description[edit | edit source]

Fan art of the Raven Queen, by NLN4.[art 1]

Appearance[edit | edit source]

The Raven Queen is described as a tall and slender woman, with flowing black hair and pale, porcelain skin. She almost always wears a blank, porcelain mask. On the rare occasions she removes it, she is described as a beautiful woman with red irises.

Personality[edit | edit source]

Biography[edit | edit source]

Background[edit | edit source]

"The Sunken Tomb" (1x44)[edit | edit source]

The Raven Queen first appeared as a spectre during the revivification spell of Vex'ahlia, summoned by the opening of her late champion's casket. At first, the party mistook her for Vesh (due to Kashaw's part in the ritual), but she was revealed during Vax'ildan's contribution to be, in fact, the Raven Queen. Vax offered his life to her in place of his sister's. The Raven Queen reached her hand out to Vax and nodded, agreeing to the offer. At that point, Vax unwittingly became her new champion.

"Those Who Walk Away" (1x45)[edit | edit source]

While Vax'ildan and Keyleth discussed the Raven Queen, a raven appeared at Keyleth's window, cawed at the two, then disappeared. It was insinuated to be sent by the Goddess.

"Best Laid Plans..." (1x50)[edit | edit source]

The Raven Queen was summoned during Grog's revivification by Vax'ildan. As a second form of aid, Vax pledged to serve the Raven Queen unconditionally and with conviction. The Raven Queen sent Vax a vision, seemingly agreeing to the offer.

After these events, Vax found a raven's feather laying on his pillow which he symbolically put in his hair, similar to the blue feathers worn by his sister.

"In the Belly of the Beast" (1x54)[edit | edit source]

"Duskmeadow" (1x57)[edit | edit source]

"Trust" (1x70)[edit | edit source]

"Curious Tides" (1x89)[edit | edit source]

First, The Raven Queen directly appeared to Vax'ildan, now dead, in a space similar to the first time he communed with her. She then asked him what his destined thread is. ‎

Later, as a part of Vax's resurrection ritual, Vex'ahlia made a bargain with The Raven Queen to hunt down Orcus in return for her brother. Apparently seeing this to be favorable, The Raven Queen manifested in some physical way,[6] allowing Vax to be brought back to life and calling Vox Machina "to meet [her] behind the Divine Gate".[7] Seeming to have disappeared to the rest of Vox Machina, The Raven Queen was still seen by Vax as she gave him an ominous message about future activities of his employment[8] before actually leaving.

Fan art of the Raven Queen and Vax'ildan[9], by advocatingAvian.[art 2]

"Voice of the Tempest" (1x90)[edit | edit source]

"Thar Amphala" (1x101)[edit | edit source]

"The Fate-Touched" (1x103)[edit | edit source]

"The Endless Atheneeum" (1x106)[edit | edit source]

"The Chapter Closes" (1x115)[edit | edit source]

Vox Machina returned to The Platinum Sanctuary in Vasselheim after defeating Vecna and sealing him away beyond the Divine Gate. As Keyleth finished addressing the crowd, the Raven Queen appeared behind Vax'ildan and put her hands on his shoulders. Percy tried to get in between the two of them, but she froze him in place.

You have done well, my champion. The skein of destiny has tugged in your wake, and even this victory culminates with the crossing of a few fate-touched souls. By your hand, your bravery, your sacrifice, you ensure a future for all you love and all who will come to love you and what you've done. You may never know the import of your time here, but take solace in the knowledge that you will see the ripples of your actions carry hope for generations to come.
– 
The Raven Queen comes to claim Vax'ildan's soul[10]

Keyleth, Scanlan, and Vex asked the Raven Queen for more time. The Raven Queen gently sympathized with their grief but insists that a deal was a deal. Vax said goodbye to each member of Vox Machina, promising that he would see them again. Vax used Druidcraft to create snowdrops out from him to Vox Machina and walked to the Raven Queen. Vax saw a bright light from inside the Raven Queen's cloak. In the light was his mother, telling her son she is proud of him. As Vax walked towards the Raven Queen, her cloak faded, the snowdrops continued until they turned into feathers and both were gone.[11]

Relationships[edit | edit source]

Fan art of Vax'ildan and the Raven Queen, by NLN4.[art 3]

Vax'ildan[edit | edit source]

Vax'ildan offered his life to the Raven Queen in place of his sister, Vex'ahlia, as part of a revivification spell[12]. The goddess appeared before him and seemed to agree to those terms. Not long afterward, Vax became a paladin devoted to her cause[13]. Most recently, he made a bargain with her to defeat her hated enemy, Vecna, in return for continued life as a revenant[14].

Commandments of the Matron of Ravens[edit | edit source]

Commandments of the Matron of Ravens

  • Death is the natural end of life. There is no pity for those who have fallen.

  • The path of Fate is sacrosanct. Those who pridefully attempt to cast off their destiny must be punished.

  • Undeath is an atrocity. Those who would pervert the transition of the soul must be brought down.

Known Worshipers[edit | edit source]

Quotations[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Liam and Matt discussed the relationship between the Raven Queen and her Champion, Vax'ildan, on Talks Machina on February 21st, 2017. Matt said that Raven Queen and Vax'ildan did not have a typical cleric-deity relationship, but that She had told Vax the road She wanted him to take and is now just letting him walk the path on his own. If he strays from that path, She will intervene.[17]
  • The Raven Queen's holy day is the Night of Ascension, celebrated on the thirteenth of Cuerssar. Some also associate her with Winter's Crest.
  • The Raven Queen's alternate title of the Matron of Ravens in the Critical Role: Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting is modified to the Matron of Death in the Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, presumably to avoid redundancy.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, p. 21.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Critical Role: Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting, p. 17.
  3. Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, p. 24.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, p. 25.
  5. See "Trial of the Take: Part 3" (1x20) from 0:51:54 through 52:52.
  6. See "Curious Tides" (1x89) at 0:56:22.
  7. See "Curious Tides" (1x89) at 0:57:54.
  8. See "Curious Tides" (1x89) at 1:01:17.
  9. See "The Family Business" (1x47) from 0:53:34 through 0:56:17.
  10. See "The Chapter Closes" (1x115) at 1:29:59.
  11. See "The Chapter Closes" (1x115) from 1:27:42 through 1:42:40.
  12. See "The Sunken Tomb" (1x44).
  13. See "Umbrasyl" (1x55).
  14. See "The Fate-Touched" (1x103).
  15. See "Rime and Reason" (2x75) at 2:09:55.  Caduceus explains the history of his family.
  16. See "Dinner with the Devil" (2x110) at 3:29:24.
  17. See "Talks Machina #13: 'A Bard's Lament' and 'Daring Days'" (TMx13).[citation needed]

Art:

  1. Fan art of the Raven Queen, by NLN4 (source).  Used with permission.
  2. Fan art of the Raven Queen and Vax'ildan[9], by advocatingAvian (source).  Used with permission.
  3. Fan art of Vax'ildan and the Raven Queen, by NLN4 (source).  Used with permission.


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