History of Exandria

We, the Creators, did breathe the beauty into this world. We planted the seeds that would blossom into this incredible weave of Exandria. However, what is the purpose of the parent but to teach what they can, then set the children free? Some gods rule through fear, others through love, and others still through perceived fate. […]

For me, our greatest purpose has passed, the moment we granted your forebears the spark to seek their own purpose. We now stay to inspire, to guide, to guard the Gate, to keep the hate of ignorance we spawned in our hubris from burning away everything. The rest is up to you. We need you, perhaps, but you do not need us.

[1]Ioun, the Knowing Mistress, to Vox Machina [ ! giờ ]

Since the gods first came to Exandria, four distinct ages of the world have gone by: the Founding, the Age of Arcanum, the Calamity, and the Post-Divergence era. The events of Critical Role take place in the fourth age.[2]

For a timeline age calculator in years
Exandrian history as it is now known, with dates, see the article Timeline .

Before the Founding

According bự the creation myth believed by followers of the Luxon, a single Light emerged from the darkness at the creation point of the universe. Other lights formed around this Light, but those lights settled as stars ; the single Light ( which was later called the Luxon ) resisted that urge lớn burn và instead traveled, seeking self-knowledge. [ ba ] The Luxon traveled without much comprehension, knowing only that they were light in the darkness, & occasionally passed other things of light. [ bốn ]The Luxon, having noticed a particular lonely planet, began bự embrace the world và gave their light béo the planet, cracking the surface & giving it fiery life. The elemental chaos gave birth mập titans called Primordials, và they erupted & fought each other [ tam ] và the Luxon. [ 5 ] Finding no consciousness in the elemental chaos và seeing the Primordials ‘ souls being lost béo the darkness beyond as they killed each other, the Luxon broke into scattered Luxon beacons that would enact a cycle of rebirth for those who were bound Khủng their light, in hopes that those beings would gradually learn và mature, và one day something would find và reassemble the Luxon, at which point the Luxon would ask them, ” What am I, & what is my purpose ? ” [ ba ]

The Founding

dragon ago, this world was one of tumultuous và chaotic forces. Naught but unbridled fires, và churning, saw-like rock made up its substance. Through the ashen skies of Creation Primordial, the gods came from beyond the ether, mới nhất & formless. Looking upon this roiling realm, they saw potential for great beauty, great strength, và the chance mập learn their own place in creation .

[6]The Myth of Exandria[ ! giờ ]
The Founding is widely considered the first age of Exandria. [ 2 ] During this phút giây, the gods brought forth creatures béo inhabit Exandria, before splitting into two factions in the war against the Primordial Titans : the Prime Deities và the Betrayer Gods. The age ended with the defeat of the Primordials, along with the Betrayer Gods, which made the world safe for civilization bự flourish .

The protean creators

During this first age, gods brought forth the elves, dwarves, và humans, along with as many other races as they had inspiration for. Because the world was still a dangerous place, ruled by elemental chaos, many of their children were killed in the earliest days. Saddened by the loss of so sánh many children, the gods gifted mortals with arcane magic so sánh they might better defend themselves. The Dragons Metallic were created lớn aid in the defense of the Children of Creation. With the dragons ‘ help, civilization began béo flourish và mortals first offered worship ( và purpose ) phệ their creators. [ 6 ]

The Primordials

Thes e Elemental Titans had lain beneath the land since before the coming of the gods & now rose up bự wreak havoc on the gods ‘ creations. Their carnage invited the attention of demons from the Abyss, who came phệ feast on the remains. [ 7 ]

The Prime Deities vs. the Betrayer Gods

As the Primordials devastated creation, two factions arose between the gods. The Prime Deities wished phệ stay và conquer the Primordials, leaving the land safe for their children. the Betrayer Gods, frustrated by their losses, gave up ; some gave in béo madness, và some began twisting their creations & joining forces with the Abyss. [ 7 ]The Prime Deities, with the help of their mortal champions, ultimately destroyed the Primordials và banished the Betrayer Gods from the Material Plane. [ 7 ]

The earth titan

The fate of one of these defeated Primordials, an earth titan, is known mập Vox Machina. This titan was thrust feet-first [ tám ] into the earth in northern Issylra, with such great force that the impact created the Zenwick Mountains. [ 9 ] It lay there for an eternity, its remains excavated for precious metal in the early Age of Arcanum by dwarves whose society eventually collapsed into madness và cannibalism, until it was reanimated by Vecna. [ 10 ]

The founding of Vasselheim

With peace finally achieved, the first true civilization was able bự take root. It was called Vasselheim, the ” Dawn City ” và the ” Cradle of Creation. ” [ 7 ]

The Age of Arcanum

Over giây phút, some of the peoples grew arrogant. Seeing their arcane gifts as proof the gods held no sway end their fate, some began mập believe that, with enough understanding, they could become as powerful as the gods themselves .

[7]The Myth of Exandria[ ! giờ đồng hồ ]

The Age of Arcanum was the second epoch of Exandria.[2] It began over 1,500 years prior to the events of Critical Role.[11] During this time, mortals tested the limits of arcane power, challenged the gods who had created them, and brought about the escape of the once-defeated Betrayer Gods. This era has also been called “the Age of Wanton Necromancy,” as there were no laws against it at the time.[12]

Arcane ambition

Mortal mages grew ever more powerful, building entire castles in a day và even learning phệ create life-forms of their own. Driven by the quest for immortality, an unnamed mortal woman challenged & defeated the God of Death himself, ascending béo take his place in the pantheon .One man, Archmage Vespin Chloras, sought mập harness the power of the Betrayer Gods. He broke open their prison, where they had been spawning hungry creations of their own, và released them back into the Material Plane. [ 7 ]

Ghor Dranas

Driven by an urge for domination, the exiled gods came forth from their broken prisons, enthralled the mage who had freed them, và founded a kingdom of their own on the far over of the world. The kingdom was called ” Ghor Dranas ” [ 7 ] ( which means ” gathering of shadows ” in Draconic [ 13 ] ), và was located in the region which would later become Xhorhas in Wildemount. [ 14 ] The thành phố of Rosohna was built on the ruins of Ghor Dranas .

Assault on Vasselheim

From Ghor Dranas, the Betrayer Gods spread their influence và eventually made an assault on the bastion of Vasselheim. The battle lasted twenty days & nights but, with the divine aid of the Prime Deities, Vasselheim & its inhabitants stood triumphant, if battered, at the over. [ 7 ]This assault left both mortals & gods alike shaken. Mortals turned their arcane powers phệ the forging of heroic weapons, & the gods prepared for war. [ 15 ]

The Calamity

No record remains of the terrible war that followed, but its effects are still felt today. The sheer magnitude of the energies unleashed in the ensuing battles of gods & mortals alike was enough phệ fray the boundaries holding back the elemental chaos, spilling unbridled destruction into the world. It completely rearranged the known flow of magical ley energy across Exandria .”

[15]The Myth of Exandria[ ! tiếng ]
The Calamity was the third age of Exandria. [ 2 ] The exact timeframe is uncertain, but it is known that Ioun, who was wounded during this age, has been recovering for at least 800 years. [ 16 ] This age encompasses the second war against the Betrayer Gods, which devastated civilization và in some cases rearranged the geography of the world. The age ends with the defeat of the Chained Oblivion và the construction of the Divine Gate .

Divine warfare

Following the assault on Vasselheim, conflict against the Betrayer Gods was rejoined. Most cities that had sprung up during the Age of Arcanum were reduced béo ash, leaving Vasselheim once again as the sole bastion of civilization. Historians estimate that no more than a third of the world’s population survived this war. [ 15 ]
To kết thúc the war, the Prime Deities sought phệ banish Tharizdun, the Chained Oblivion. During their battle, Ioun, the Knowing Mistress, took a near-fatal blow, from which she is still recovering. However, the Rites of Prime Banishment were successfully enacted for the first giây phút in history, and Tharizdun was vanquished .

A long recovery

In the kết thúc, the kingdom of Ghor Dranas was defeated & the Betrayer Gods banished once more, but now with the knowledge & fear that they could return again. While the mortal world recovered slowly from the devastation it had endured, the Prime Deities were left mập ponder how they might prevent a third divine war. [ 15 ]

The Divergence

Main article: The DivergenceHoping Khủng seal away the Betrayer Gods for good, the Prime Deities retreated from the Material Plane. Behind themselves & their defeated brethren, they erected a barrier known as the Divine Gate, which would prevent any god from physically crossing end into mortal realms. [ 15 ]The departure of the gods from Exandria, và the diminishing of their influence, was an sự kiện that has since come phệ be known as ” The Divergence. ” [ 15 ]


Much phút giây has passed since, và the world has been reborn once again. The gods still exhibit their influence & guidance from beyond the Divine Gate, bestowing their knowledge & power lớn their most devout worshipers, but the path of mortals is now their own phệ make .

[17]The Myth of Exandria[ ! giờ ]

The events of Critical Role take place during the fourth age of Exandria.[2] This timespan encompasses all of modern history since the Divergence. Monks of the Cobalt Soul and other historians label and number the years in the Calendar of Exandria as “PD”, or “Post Divergence”. For example, at the start of Critical Role’s second campaign, the year is 835 PD.

Influence of the gods

Though unable Khủng physically cross end into Exandria, both the Prime Deities và the Betrayer Gods still grant boons from afar béo their mortal followers. Vasselheim remains as the bastion đô thị of the Prime Deities, where divine magic is common but arcane magic tightly regulated for its role in unleashing the Calamity .

Vestiges of the Divergence

The Vestiges of Divergence are powerful relics from the war against the Betrayer Gods that remain scattered throughout the Planes of Existence. Eight of these relics have been gathered together by a nhóm of heroes known as Vox Machina, though more remain lost .

Ascension of a new god

The arch-lich Vecna once again pressed the limits of arcane power. In ” The Endless Atheneum ” ( 1×106 ), for only the second giây phút in the history of the world, a mortal attained the power of a god. [ 18 ] Vecna sought then phệ gather worshipers và expand his power, [ 19 ] while the Prime Deities sought béo defeat him as the Betrayer Gods were once defeated .Unlike during the last war, the Divine Gate stood as a barrier between the Prime Deities và the newly ascended Vecna, who came phệ power on the mortal side of the gate. [ đôi mươi ] It seemed that the responsibility for his banishment would therefore fall upon a select few mortal champions, bearing the gifts of their gods from across the Divine Gate .Vox Machina, guided by blessings from Ioun, Pelor, Sarenrae, và the Raven Queen, took it upon themselves bự confront & seal away Vecna. Atop his tower in the moving thành phố of Thar Amphala, as Vecna led yet another assault against Vasselheim, they confronted the mới ra god. By enacting the same Rites of Prime Banishment that were used phệ seal away the Chained Oblivion, they successfully exiled him from the Prime Material Plane .



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