Wildemount, Version 20,5

Map of Wildemount

Wildemount[1] is an Exandrian continent located to the northeast of Tal'Dorei.

The second campaign of Critical Role takes place on this continent. The Briarwoods originated from Wildemount before seizing Whitestone.[2] Taryon Darrington and his family were also residents of Wildemount.[3]

Geography Edit

The Shearing Channel Edit

Main article: The Shearing Channel.
The Shearing Channel is the ancient divide between the continents of Tal'Dorei and Wildemount. A former land bridge was destroyed by the Calamity, leaving nothing but jagged rock and winding rapids that is nearly impossible to cross. It is said that great monstrosities live beneath the ancient waves and devour any who seek to cross.[4]
Wonderdraft - Eastern Exandria


Main article: Eiselcross.

Eiselcross is a large body of land to the north of the main Wildemount continent. It is separated from the mainland by The Frozen Depths- a large channel of water. Other than two small ice fishing villages that are considered part of the Dwendalian Empire, it is uninhabited. Dangerous beasts live outside of the villages so people do not go there.[5]

The Menagerie Coast Edit

Main article: Menagerie Coast.

The Menagerie Coast is a collection of city-states on the southwestern coast of Wildemount and the Swavain Islands, bound to mutual self-defense and trade with each other through the Clovis Concord.[6]

Wynandir Edit

To the north and east of the Menagerie Coast and across the Cyrios Mountains lies Wynandir. This region is bisected by the Ashkeeper Peaks into eastern and western portions. In Eastern Wynandir lies the empire of Xhorhas, while Western Wynandir is ruled by the Dwendalian Empire.[7]
Dwendalian Empire

Map of the Dwendalian Empire.

The Dwendalian Empire Edit

Main article: Dwendalian Empire.

The Dwendalian Empire is a nation on the continent of Wildemount[8], dominating the western half of the region of Wynandir.

Xhorhas Edit

Main article: Xhorhas.

Xhorhas lies in the expansive wastes and turbulent badlands of eastern Wynandir. The dynasty is largely centered in the northern lands surrounding the ruins of Ghor Dranas, now the city of Rosohna. Known as the Kryn Dynasty, it is ruled by the Empress Leylas Kryn, the Bright Queen.[9]


Main article: Draconia.

Draconia was a floating archipelago of cities on the continent of Wildemount,[10][11] southeast of the Ashkeeper Peaks.[12] It was a dragonborn kingdom and the home of Tiberius Stormwind.

The Greying Wildlands Edit

Main article: Greying Wildlands.

The Greying Wildlands lies north of Xhorhas and the Dwendalian Empire in Wildemount. It is a lawless realm harboring a curse that has kept it unconquered by human hands.[13]

Blightshore Edit

Main article: Blightshore.

Blightshore lies east of the Penumbra Range and Xhorhas. Pre-Calamity, it was called the Miskath Strand[spelling?].[14]

Environment Edit

The climate in the central part of the Dwendalian Empire is similar to that of the real world's Central Europe and Western Russia. Farther south in Wildemount is warmer.[15]

Society Edit

Demographics Edit

Of the tieflings that originate from the same area (as opposed to being scattered throughout non-Tiefling populations), many come from Wildemount.[16]

Politics Edit

There is an ongoing war between the Dwendalian Empire and Xhorhas, which started with a number of cross-border attacks.[17]

History Edit

War Between Xhorhas and the Dwendalian Empire Edit

With news reaching Zadash that the advancing armies of the Kryn Empire had broken through The Ashguard Garrison at the Brokenveil Bluffs[18], the threat of the looming dark skies that accompanies their armies grew. These dark clouds that hung over the Kryn lands to the east of the Ashkeeper Peaks had begun spreading from the east, and if left unchecked threatened to blot out the sun from rising over the Dwendalian Empire.[19]

Trivia Edit

  • Wildemount was designed by Matthew Mercer with a real-world Eastern European influence.[16] The Dwendalian Empire takes inspiration from 15th century Russia as well as Germanic nations in Central Europe (e.g., Prussia). Xhorhas has a more 13th-century Romanian flair.[20] Outside of Wynandir, on the edges of the Dwendalian Empire, the cultures and peoples of those regions display a distinctly 14th-century Spanish flavor.[citation needed]
  • On the live stream, Matt incorrectly stated the year of Campaign 2 as being "335 P.D.", when it is actually "835 P.D." This was corrected for the VOD.
  • The spellings in this article have been confirmed by the official map from Deven Rue.
  • The "cricket armor" of the Xhorhasian military is designed as an intimidation tactic (such as the wailing sirens of the Stuka dive bomber during World War II).
  • In 2020, Wildemount, and thus Exandria, became an official part of the D&D multiverse with the release of Explorer's Guide to Wildemount

References Edit

  1. Matthew Mercer spelled the name of the continent as "Wildemount". (source)
  2. See "The Feast" (1x24) at 3:20:38.
  3. See "Daring Days" (1x86).
  4. Critical Role: Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting, p. 48.
  5. See "A Storm of Memories" (2x46) from 1:12:46 through 1:14:33.
  6. See "Curious Beginnings" (2x01) at 0:16:54.
  7. See "Taryon, My Wayward Son" (1x97) at 2:33:45.
  8. See "Curious Beginnings" (2x01) from 0:17:36 through 0:19:45.  Matthew Mercer gave an overview of the continent and its inhabitants.
  9. See "Whispers of War" (2x18) at 1:25:02.
  10. From Matthew Mercer's tweet on the location of Draconia on Exandria.
  11. Matthew Mercer mentions that Draconia is on Wildemount.  See "The Frigid Doom" (1x64) from 1:02:44 through 1:02:50.
  12. From this tweet further clarifying Draconia's location.
  13. See "Curious Beginnings" (2x01) at 0:17:26.
  14. See "A Tangled Web" (2x77) at 2:23:45.
  15. Matthew Mercer clarified the climate for Wildemount and the Dwendalian Empire (source).
  16. See "Talks Machina #1: 'Where the Cards Fall'" (TMx01) at 10:57.
  17. See "Harvest Close" (2x17).[citation needed]
  18. See "Harvest Close" (2x17) at 2:25:32.
  19. See "Whispers of War" (2x18) at 1:29:50.
  20. Critical Role: Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting, p. 99.
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