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Westruun is a central city in the Republic of Tal'Dorei, approximately midway between Emon and Whitestone. With a large population and a pivotal location for the movement of goods across Tal'Dorei, Westruun is a bustling city of most trades and intellectual pursuits.

Description

Built against the perimeter of the Bramblewood Forest near the base of the great Gatshadow Mountain, the city is easy to spot from quite a distance. Among the aged cobblestones and very busy roadways, the sounds of music from vagrant bards and nearby taverns mingle with the nearly ever-present winds.

A city/regional guard called the Shields of the Plain (or just "Shields" for short) keeps the peace in the city and its environs, and all arrests and social unrest are immediately brought before the Hall of Reason, a "beautiful courthouse in the High Elven Style".[6] Westruun is divided into six wards: Opal Ward, Residential Ward, Scholar Ward, Temple Ward, Market Ward, and Underwalk Ward.[7][5]

Westruun was named after a person, Palest Westruun, not a direction.[8] The town's iconic flower is the white iris, which grows around the western side of town.[9]

Opal Ward

  • Ironhand Trading Company Warehouse: One of the more powerful and well-known trade companies throughout Tal'Dorei, the Ironhand Company mainly works in construction materials, such as woods, metals, rope, and roofing. They are based out of Emon.[5]
  • Lord Mayor's Residence: Formerly called the Margrave's keep, the Lord Mayor's Residence is a sturdy structure that serves as both an executive mansion and a military barracks for many of the Shields.[10]
  • Hall of Reason: The courthouse, the Hall of Reason, is noted for the impressive statue of Bahamut on its front steps.
  • Public Forum: central to this public gathering area is another famous statue, that of the town's founder, Palest Westruun.
  • The Black King: Erected in 812 PD, the Black King is another statue of Palest Westruun on horseback, able to animate as a stone golem to defend the city in times of crisis.[11]

Residential Ward

  • Softsky Bakery: A very modest bakery that looks to have been family-run for a few generations, the Softsky Bakery is owned and run by Elowen Brist, who lives alone with her son, Simon Brist. The smell from outside the bakery is pleasant, although the size is small and the business slow.[5]
  • The Sunkissed Tavern and Inn: A fair-sized tavern and inn, the Sunkissed Tavern largely houses local farmers after work hours and travelers that require cheap lodging. An attached stable makes for a convenient business for those passing through the city. A gruff half-orc barkeep named Ulf keeps his ears open for news and valuable information.[5]
  • The Underwalk Gates: A passage leading into the Underwalk Ward.

Underwalk Ward

  • Survivor's legacy

Scholar Ward

Official art of Yuminor Observatory, by Kent Davis.[art 3]

  • Cobalt Reserve: A grand dome of blue, polished stone, the Cobalt Reserve is a well-fortified library organized. The library is run and controlled by the monks of The Cobalt Soul, worshipers of Ioun who gather and retain information and knowledge.[12] The Reserve's collection of knowledge is so vast that individuals travel from all over the world to study here. A monk is assigned to every person that seeks entry, both as a guide and as a security escort,[5] as Quian was assigned to Vox Machina during their quest to remove the proto-phylactery from Grog's torso.[13][14]
  • Greystone Tower: A looming spire of shimmering stone in the center of the Ward, Greystone Tower is a source of mystery and much rumor within the city. Home to the powerful archmage Realmseer Eskil Ryndarien and his servant-aide Jekt Wince, it's not uncommon to see strange colors and fumes flash from the windows throughout the evenings.[5]
  • Westhall Academy: An unpretentious place of higher learning for all manner of disciplines.[15] Estella Ladimar is headmistress here,[16] and one of Scanlan and Pike's children attended here.[17]
    • Yuminor Observatory: A single tower on the edge of the Scholar Ward looms high above the nearby Westhall Academy, to which the observatory belongs. It looks forever skyward, the arcanists inside constantly charting the movements of heavens. A quasi-religious order of diviners and astromancers named the Scions of Yuminor, supported by Westhall Academy's headmistress, study here. The Scions secretly keep many of the Astural Scrolls in the observatory.[18]
  • College of the Savvy: A bard college founded by the legendary White Duke.

Temple Ward

  • Bahamut's Rest: At the southern end of the Temple Terrace lies the alabaster and silver temple to the great platinum dragon Bahamut. Home to the great paladin Lady Kima of Vord, Bahamut's Rest welcomes the forgotten, the oppressed, and the hungry. Simar, Keeper of the Temple, oversees the temple and its services.[5]
  • First Bastion: a temple dedicated to Erathis. It is the largest temple in the district.
  • Wild Arbor: A temple dedicated to Melora.
  • Yulia's house, a scrap wooden roof with a modest interior.[19]

Market Ward

Map

Official map of Westruun, by Andy Law from Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting Reborn.[art 4]

Society

Demographics

Westruun is a large city with a population of 26,205 as of 812 PD. Many races are represented among its citizens, including humans (65%), gnomes (10%), tieflings (7%), half-orcs (5%), gnolls (1%), and other races (12%).[4]

Notable People

Since not all surnames are known, the following table is sorted by the first name.

Name Type Description
Amelia NPC Daughter of farmer Reginald. Rescued from the Iron Stocks by Grog. Tried to help fight Umbrasyl but was too frightened.
Atrix NPC Held the title of Margrave of Westruun for over ten years before the Chroma Conclave attacked. Was killed by the Herd of Storms.
Balthasar Bleakskull NPC A tragedy bard and performer
Cornelius NPC
Drez Vina NPC
Elowen Brist NPC
Eskil Ryndarien NPC
Grimthorne NPC
Grog Strongjaw PC
Honor Kinnabari NPC Novice spellwright of the League of Miracles
Jekt Wince NPC
Joseph NPC An older man and friend of Kerrek.[25]
Lysandra Kallos NPC Lord Mayor of Westruun.
Kerrek PC
Kima NPC
Noja NPC
Orn Finch NPC A prisoner in the Iron Stocks, Orn was freed by Grog. When Orn tried to steal Vox Machina's treasure left as bait for Umbrasyl, Pike's bomb killed him.[26]
Pike Trickfoot PC
Quian NPC
Reginald NPC A farmer who sacrificed himself to protect Amelia and the other citizens of Westruun. Killed by Zanror.[27]
Shaun Gilmore NPC A shopkeeper from Emon, Gilmore was preparing to open his second branch of Gilmore's Glorious Goods in Westruun before the Chroma Conclave attacked.
Simar NPC
Simon Brist NPC
Cyrus NPC Brother of Cornelius; a Westruun refugee captured by orcs and rescued by Vox Machina in "A Name Is Earned" (1x49).
Ulf NPC
Vanessa NPC A Westruun refugee captured by orcs and rescued by Vox Machina in "A Name Is Earned" (1x49).
Wilhand Trickfoot NPC
Brandon Zimmerset NPC Last Margrave of Westruun, ousted in 822 PD.

Factions

History

Vox Machina Origins Series II

Arriving at Westruun, Vox Machina continues their search for Grog. They discover that he used to live with two gnomes and are pointed to their home. They knock on the door and Pike opens the door and lets them in. They exchange stories and asks if the gnomes can help them, Pike then performs a ritual to discover the location of Grog. She discovers that he has been drawn to the local cursed mountain, and decided to go after him. They arrive at the base of the mountain after an encounter with a giant spider and a troop of roadside thieves.[28]

Coming back from the mountain the group talk about how they can heal the scar on Grog torso. They go to, Beyond the Veil, the Temple Ward, and the Greystone Tower but no one can or will help them. Discussing their next move they are approached by Drez Vina who will get them access to the Greystone Tower in exchange for stealing a magical item while they're there. They agree and traverse the sewers of Westruun towards the underground entrance and unlock the door. Entering the tower they set of a few traps before Pike gets caught by servant Jekt Wince. Scanlan talks them out of it under the guise of "Burt Reynolds of the Tal'Dorei Customs Department", and they continue on their search. They find the box but don’t take it when they hear the voice of archmage Realmseer Eskil Ryndarien and follow it. They tell him what happened to Grog and he helps them understand what happened.

The Chroma Crisis

In late 810 PD, Westruun was attacked by the Chroma Conclave, and although there was significant damage to some structures, the city remained mostly intact and livable.[29] The ancient black dragon Umbrasyl took up residence in the nearby Gatshadow Mountain, returning regularly to Westruun to collect his material offerings from the people—and,[30] sometimes, to feed.[citation needed] Meanwhile, the Herd of Storms, bolstered by the absorbed members of the Rivermaw Tribe, took the opportunity and occupied weakened Westruun.[31] Although many citizens were killed by Umbrasyl and the Herd, most others fled to Kymal, other towns, and Foramere Basin.[32] During the occupation, only a few undred people remained within the city.[33]

Vox Machina managed to defeat Thunderlord Kevdak[34] and worked toward liberating the townsfolk from the Herd of Storms, and an unsteady alliance between Vox Machina and the Herd was arranged to defeat Umbrasyl.[35] Although the Herd suffered heavy losses in the battle, Vox Machina and Herd member Shale pursued Umbrasyl to Gatshadow's peak and slew the dragon in his lair.[36] The twelve survivors from the Herd of Storms left Westruun to join the Rivermaw Tribe[37][38]. Although the danger of retaliation from the Chroma Conclave loomed over the ravaged city, Vox Machina's recent victories and construction of a fortified underground bunker encouraged the people of Westruun to begin the arduous process of returning to—and rebuilding—their town.[39]

In Wilhand Trickfoot's twilight years, a House of the Everlight emerged on the northern edge of Westruun.[40]

Rebuilding and reorganizing

By 812 PD, Brandon Zimmerset was appointed as the city's margrave following Atrix's death at the hands of the Herd of Storms.[4] In order to rebuild the damaged city, Zimmerset authorized hundreds of reconstruction bounties in order to rebuild the city's damages following the Chroma Conclave and Herd of Storms' destruction. These bounties were fulfilled by the newly formed League of Miracles in only a few years, leaving Zimmerset unable to pay the debt.[3]

Zimmerset was regarded as a local tyrant in his time. In 822 PD, Zimmerset was overthrown by a group of idealists called the Retrievers, with the aid of adventurers and mercenaries. The Retrievers instated their leader, Lysandra Kallos, as the new head of Westruun, who abolished the postion of Margrave in the city in favor a new democratically elected position, the Lord Mayor. Lysandra remains undefeated in her re-elections and is still Lord Mayor in 836 PD.[3]

References

  1. See Critical Role: Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting, p. 10.
  2. See Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting Reborn, p. 89. The reconstruction bounties were completed "a few short years" after their issuing.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 See Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting Reborn, p. 89.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 See Critical Role: Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting, p. 58.
  5. 5.00 5.01 5.02 5.03 5.04 5.05 5.06 5.07 5.08 5.09 5.10 5.11 5.12 5.13 Some of the information on this page was imported from Matthew Mercer's Vox Machina Wiki article, "Westruun". Note that the population figure on that site conflicted with that in the Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting. The number given here reflects that given in the Campaign Setting.
  6. See Critical Role: Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting, p. 59.
  7. See Critical Role: Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting, p. 59-60.
  8. Matthew Mercer clarified on Twitter that Westruun was named after a person.
  9. See "Hope" (1x56) at 3:33:10.
  10. See Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting Reborn, p. 92.
  11. See Critical Role: Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting, p. 92.
  12. See "Voice of the Tempest" (1x90) from 1:38:20 through 1:38:57.
  13. Information about Quian was imported from Matthew Mercer's Vox Machina Wiki article, "Quian".
  14. Prior to the stream, the Cobalt Reserve was run by monks devoted to a deity called Delleb. This shifted to Ioun once the stream started.
  15. See Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting Reborn, p. 91.
  16. See Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting Reborn, p. 112.
  17. See Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting Reborn, p. 268.
  18. See Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting Reborn, p. 112. See also p. 42.
  19. See "At Dawn, We Plan!" (1x53) at 14:25.
  20. See "In the Belly of the Beast" (1x54) at 1:14:18.
  21. See "The Path to Whitestone" (1x27) at 2:15:54.
  22. See "At Dawn, We Plan!" (1x53) from 29:46 through 34:41.
  23. See "One Year Later..." (1x95) at 0:26:20.
  24. See "Family Matters" (1x96) at 0:46:47.
  25. See "Hope" (1x56) at 2:58:24.
  26. See "Hope" (1x56) from 1:24:24 through 1:25:06..
  27. See "Best Laid Plans..." (1x50) from 2:05:55 through 2:06:34.
  28. See "The Story of Vox Machina" (Sx06) from 0:00:50 through 0:01:41.
  29. See "Those Who Walk Away" (1x45) at 40:45.  Also see 42:50
  30. See "The Family Business" (1x47) at 1:32:07.  Vox Machina invistigates a pit once containing gold
  31. See "The Family Business" (1x47) at 1:58:35.
  32. See "Hope" (1x56) at 1:43:29.
  33. See "Hope" (1x56) at 1:28:44.
  34. See "The Kill Box" (1x52) from 2:32:52 through 2:34:09.
  35. See "The Kill Box" (1x52) from 2:57:36 through 3:00:04.
  36. See "Umbrasyl" (1x55) from 4:08:23 through 4:10:10.
  37. See "Umbrasyl" (1x55) from 4:24:04 through 4:26:02.
  38. See "Hope" (1x56) at 1:20:48.
  39. See "Hope" (1x56) at 3:01:08.
  40. See "The Chapter Closes" (1x115) at 3:53:06.

Art:

  1. Official art of Vox Machina approaching Westruun, with the Bramblewood Forest in the background, by Olivia Samson from Vox Machina Origins II 1. Used with permission.
  2. Official map of Westruun and surrounding areas, by Andy Law from Critical Role: Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting. 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. Official art of Yuminor Observatory, by Kent Davis (source). Used with permission.
  4. Official map of Westruun, by Andy Law from Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting Reborn. 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.
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