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5 Things You’ll Learn About Tal’Dorei in the Critical Role Campaign Book
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5 Things You’ll Learn About Tal’Dorei in the Critical Role Campaign Book

In our D&D RPG show, Critical Role, a group of talented, geeky voice actors explore a land called Tal’Dorei. It’s a land of DM Matthew Mercer’s creation and one that fans can learn more about in the sourcebook, Critical Role: Tal’Dorei Campaign Setting. It contains just about everything you need to know to begin your own adventures in the lands where Vox Machina have tread before you. Written by Matthew Mercer and James Haeck, with the history, famous figures, and places of Tal’Dorei all gathered in one volume, the Tal’Dorei Campaign Setting is a must-have in the library of any Critical Role fan.

If you’re still not convinced to add the tome to your collection, here is just a taste of the lore you’ll find within its pages. After reading these five tidbits, you’ll be ready to set out on an adventure in Tal’Dorei.

Spoilers for Critical Role follow.

The Sovereign’s Namesake

Did you know there’s a reason why the last ruler, Sovereign Uriel Tal’Dorei III, shared his name with the land? Tal’Dorei is named after the hero of the Scattered War, Zan Tal’Dorei. She was chosen by a council of leaders to rule over the land, which they also decided unanimously would be named after her.

A humble hero, Zan refused to be called king or queen, deciding instead to be called Sovereign. Her heirs followed suit for hundreds of years.


Who’s Who on the Council of Tal’Dorei

The Council of Tal’Dorei was originally tasked with working alongside the sovereign for the benefit of the people. Uriel Tal’Dorei II handed over rule entirely to the Council shortly before the Chroma Conclave attacked Emon, killing and displacing the council’s members.

After the Conclave’s defeat, there are now six members of the Council of Tal’Dorei, including familiar faces Allura Vysoren (Master of Arcana) and Seeker Assum Emring (Master of Information). If you’re curious about the Masters of Defense, Law, Development, and Commerce, the answers are waiting for you in the campaign guide.

The Exandrian Calendar

Tal’Dorei has its own calendar and holidays, including the Night of Ascension in celebration of the Raven Queen, and Winter’s Crest near the end of the calendar year. The days of the week also have their own unique names. Every Critical Role fan’s favorite day of the week would have Tal’Dorei citizens asking, “Is it Folsen yet?”

The Sun Tree

The Sun Tree is the Heart of Whitestone

Whitestone isn’t as big of a bustling metropolis as you might have pictured in your imagination. The small city has a population of only about 4,200 and was built almost 200 years ago by the de Rolo family and their compatriots. The de Rolo family put down roots after discovering the luminescent Sun Tree, a gift from the Dawnfather, and constructed the city around it.

Making a Pilgrimage to Westruun

The cities of Tal’Dorei have been marked by the evils that plagued them, from the Briarwoods to Kevdak to Thordak the Cinder King. In Westruun, the people of the city chose to memorialize those who lived and died in the city during its most desperate days. Visiting the Survivor’s Legacy, created after the Chroma Conclave rained down destruction on Tal’Dorei, can give some characters advantage on death saving throws.

Other landmarks in the city have mysterious and special effects as well. Who knows what secrets you’ll discover in the dark corners of Westruun?

Tune in to Geek & Sundry’s Twitch or Alpha every Thursday night for 7:00 PM Pacific for even more exciting adventures in Exandria.

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