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Melora, the Wildmother is the goddess of wilderness and the sea.[2] She watches over nature, good harvest, grants protection from washing away in storms, guides the passage of ships, and protects smaller folk.[citation needed] As an NPC, The Wildmother is played by Matthew Mercer.

SymbolsEdit

Melora Swirl vs Tharzidun Spiral of Decay

A Melora Swirl vs. the Tharzidun Spiral of Decay

In addition to the staff-and-wreath, one of Melora's symbols is a swirl carved into stone, a slow cascading spiral with a wave crest at the center. (This should not be confused with the jagged spiral sometimes used by followers of The Chained Oblivion, which is sometimes called The Spiral of Decay.) In her role as a goddess of sea life, this symbol is also often painted onto a sea shell. [citation needed](See below right for an example made from a seashell.)
Melora

ArtifactsEdit

The Spire of Conflux, a staff capable of casting powerful druidic spells and increasing the power of the wielder's spells, was made from the Wildmother's breath.[3] It is currently wielded by the archdruid Keyleth, Headmaster of the Air Ashari tribe in Zephrah, Tal'Dorei.

Places of Worship & Holy SitesEdit

IssylraEdit

The district of Vasselheim known as Abundant Terrace is dedicated to the Wildmother.[4] The Abundant Terrace is where most of the food in Vasselheim is grown. In such a cold environment it is Melora's blessing that allows the land there to be fertile and grow crops from many different places. The temple in this district devoted to her worship is called the the Birthheart.[2]

WildemountEdit

Worship of the Wildmother is banned in the Dwendalian Empire.[5]

Outside of the Empire, there are four notable holy sites or shrines dedicated to the Wildmother that are currently known:

Commandments of the Wildmother Edit

The Wildmother by @TheRileyOMalley

Fan art of The Wildmother, by @TheRileyOMalley.[art 1]

Commandments of the Wildmother

  • Protect the untamed wildernesses of the realm from exploitation and destruction.

  • Slay abominations and other dark mockeries of nature.

  • Embrace and respect the savage nature of the world. Exist in harmony with it.

Known WorshipersEdit

One worshiper in Westruun keeps a statue of Melora in her home. When the statue was broken, the owner said that she knew she would be forgiven for letting the statue break.[9]


HistoryEdit

BackgroundEdit

During the Calamity, Melora created the Spire of Conflux, one of the Vestiges of Divergence. Along with the rest of the Prime Dieties, the Wildmother left the Material Plane and sealed herself behind the Divine Gate during the Divergence.[10]

Towards the end of the Calamity, the Wildmother planted a seed in the most desolate place in the world before withdrawing beyond the Divine Gate. That place is now the Barbed Fields of Xhorhas, where the huge tree stands alone in the middle of dangerous plains. Called the Arbor Exemplar, it is considered the sister of the tree in the The Abundant Terrace, the main temple of the Wildmother in Vasselheim.[11]

Campaign 1: Vox MachinaEdit

The Spire of Conflux was one of several Vestiges of Divergence found by Vox Machina while gathering power to defeat the Chroma Conclave.[12]

Campaign 2: The Mighty NeinEdit

"The Second Seal" (2x47)Edit

Caduceus Clay cast Divination to ask The Wildmother about Fjord's mentor Vandran. He heard a warm voice along with an unexpected hot wind on a cold night say "Staying out of sight. Making amends."[13]

"A Game of Names" (2x49)Edit

While the Mighty Nein were trying to figure out who had kidnapped Yeza Brenatto, Caduceus Clay cast Divination asking The Wildmother "what is Yeza's destination?". He feels the wind around him pick up and a voice speaks through the wind- "Ghor Dranas".[14]

"Duplicity" (2x55)Edit

Jester Lavorre cast Revivify on Caduceus Clay after Nott accidentally killed him with an explosive arrow. For an instant she felt a presence and saw a matronly smile and a figure with tumbling hair in the shadows. Jester told Caduceus she saw The Wildmother looking over him and smiling. While he was in darkness, Caduceus had a vision of green fields, ice-covered land, a fiery forge, and glimpses of scattered historical families. A warm breeze blew east past the mountains and the wastes. Caduceus mysteriously felt like he is on the right path.[15]

"Chases and Trees" (2x65)Edit

Caduceus casting Commune by Nikki Dawes

Fan art of Caduceus Clay casting Commune, by Nikki Dawes.[art 2]

Caduceus Clay cast Commune while the Mighty Nein camped near the Arbor Exemplar in the Barbed Fields. He asked if the tree was hers. The Wildmother responded it was her last and final seed. He asked what was keeping her away. She responded the land was still scarred since the gods all left. He finally asked if he was here to fix the landscape. She responded "It's too big to fix. Your path is your own."[16]

Trivia Edit

  • The Wildmother's holy day is Wild's Grandeur, celebrated on the vernal equinox.[citation needed]

References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 See Critical Role: Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting, p. 18.
  2. See "Trial of the Take: Part 1" (1x18) at 50:01.
  3. See "A Name Is Earned" (1x49) at 4:46:03.
  4. See "Loose Ends" (1x84) at 2:44:31.
  5. See "Steam and Conversation" (2x09) from 0:40:39 through 0:43:10.  Claudia Sheed lists the approved deities of the empire, which do not include the Wildmother.
  6. See "Within the Nest" (2x28).[citation needed]
  7. See "The Ruby and the Sapphire" (2x33).[citation needed]
  8. See "Beneath Bazzoxan" (2x66) at 1:16:59.
  9. See "At Dawn, We Plan!" (1x53) at 0:21:34.
  10. See Critical Role: Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting, p. 7.
  11. See "Chases and Trees" (2x65) at 2:41:49.
  12. See "Vorugal" (1x71) at 4:39:39.  Vox Machina recover the Spire of Conflux from the corpse of Yenk the goristro
  13. See "The Second Seal" (2x47) from 3:39:08 through 3:40:50.
  14. See "A Game of Names" (2x49) from 2:45:40 through 2:46:55.
  15. See "Duplicity" (2x55) from 4:05:11 through 4:08:18.
  16. See "Chases and Trees" (2x65) from 2:37:57 through 2:40:16.
Art:
  1. Fan art of The Wildmother, by @TheRileyOMalley (source).  Used with permission.
  2. Fan art of Caduceus Clay casting Commune, by Nikki Dawes (source).  Used with permission.


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