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Vigilan is one of the Somnovem of the mutated Cognouza Ward of the city of Aeor. As an NPC, Vigilan is played by Matthew Mercer.



Vigilan's appearance, age and race prior to the flight of Cognouza into the Astral Plane and his subsequent transformation are unknown.


Lucien Tavelle described Vigilan as "paranoid".[2]


Vigilan was one of the nine leaders, the Somnovem, of the Aeorian neighborhood called Cognouza.[3] Those leaders led the ward to escape the destruction of Aeor by the gods and transport themselves into the Astral Sea, where they encountered a "psychic storm that wracked every mind and spirit and shattered them until they became one with their own city."[4] "Thousands of people and the Somnovem that guided them were broken, and over time slowly reformed, powerful, the instinct of their dreams driving them, in a place where they could will their dreams to be, were their will not so fragmented."[5]

Vigilan has not been encountered by the party. However, his named eye when Lucien was transformed into the composite Neo-Somnovem created a 60-foot anti-magic cone.[6]


Appearances and mentions[]


  • The name "Vigilan" may be derived from the Latin word vigil (awake, alert, watchful). Appropriately, his demeanor tended towards paranoia, and he was the Somnovem who pointed out Lucien's strange behavior and the risks of certain situations.[8]
  • The red eye that Lucien had over his heart seemed to be the one connected with Vigilan.[9]


  1. See "Long May He Reign" (2x140) at 1:39:32.
  2. Critical Role: The Mighty Nein - The Nine Eyes of Lucien, p. 184.
  3. See "Ice and Fire" (2x121) at 0:47:27.
  4. See "Hell or High Water" (2x136) at 2:36:01.
  5. See "Hell or High Water" (2x136) at 2:35:57.
  6. See "Rebirth" (2x139) at 1:35:52.  Matt states that the anti-magic effect is created by the central eye stalk above Lucien's head, "the one name you didn't catch", which was Vigilan.
  7. See "Ice and Fire" (2x121) at 0:46:22.
  8. Critical Role: The Mighty Nein - The Nine Eyes of Lucien, p. 187, 192 and 193.
  9. Critical Role: The Mighty Nein - The Nine Eyes of Lucien, p. 192.


  1. Fan art of Vigilan in his past life, by Mikael (source). Used with permission.