Feywild

Screenshot of the Fey Realm from "Into Rimecleft" (LVM2x06).[art 1]

The Feywild, also known as the Plane of Faerie or the Fey Realm, is one of the Planes of Existence. It is a near plane, overlapping and mirroring the Material Plane.[1][2]

Description[edit | edit source]

The Feywild is described as a more wild and chaotic version of the Material Plane, in which nature is unchecked, many creatures and forces within the plane wish to trick travelers, and time and space are more mutable and strange.[3] When Vox Machina traveled to the Feywild, they were repeatedly warned to be aware of deceit and trickery.[4]

Feywild is in a perpetual "nearly dusk" state of day and the skyline always bright with purple-orange colors.[5]

Catha appears in the sky of the Fey Realm due to the plane's proximity to the Material Plane and the influence of the Moonweaver,[6] where she is frequently found.[7]

Time runs strangely between the Material Plane and the Feywild.[8] When a creature that traveled the Fey Realm returns to the Material Plane, there is a chance of a temporal anomaly — a certain "flexibility as to the time spent there versus the time that has transpired on the Prime Material Plane".[9] Dungeon Master rolls a d20 to determine the ratio between the time spent in the Feywild and the time passed on the Material Plane (days in the Feywild can either become minutes/hours or become months/years on the Material Plane).[8] In addition to the time discrepancy, the Fey Realm visitors can lose all the memory related to their visit. The creature that leaves the Feywild must make a DC 10 Wisdom saving throw. Fey creatures automatically succeed on the saving throw, as do creatures with fey ancestry such as elves or half-elves.[10] Creatures who make the save retain their memories of the Feywild, though those memories may be somewhat dreamlike; creatures who fail their save forget their time in the Feywild entirely, though their memories can be restored by spells that remove curses.[8][11][12] Moreover, the ways to avoid the memory loss is by being granted exit by an archfey or by another individual of significant enough power and "personal life force tether" to the Fey Realm.[13]

Flora and fauna[edit | edit source]

  • Centaurs
  • Festertree blights[14]
  • A tree, animated via "light dust" kept by centaurs,[15] cracks in places, where yellow eyes appear.[16] It ignores the vulnerability to fire usual for trees either because of the forest moisture or an enchantment.[17]
  • Fey creatures
  • Feymire crocodile
  • Lycanthropes
  • Mandrake
  • Treants
  • Trolls
  • A plant with large bulbs able to release steam that deals fire damage (DC ≤16 to take half as much damage).[18]

Geography[edit | edit source]

The Fey Realm uses a different system of cardinal directions than Exandria; rather than north, east, south, and west, the directions there are respectively duskward,[19][20] seaward,[21] nightward,[22][23] and tangleward.[23][24]

  • Evershifting Grasses: A field nearby the Moonbrush forest covered with tall, thick grass[25] that true to its name, shifts back into its initial place after being trampled, leaves no trail behind.[26]
  • The Gilded Run: Refers to a series of enchanted rivers that surround the Shademurk Forest,[27] some of which feed into the Green Sea.[28]
  • The Gnarlrock: A large rock deep within the Feywild that mutates its surroundings into a nightmarish thicket.[29]
  • The Green Sea: A body of water that curves around the outside of the Shademurk, connecting with one of the Gilded Run tributaries.[28]
  • The Moonbrush: A dense and foggy forest in the Feywild.[30]
  • The Sablecast Grounds: A bramble-filled region on the border of the Unseelie territory, and the location of the Shiver Keep.[31][32]
  • Syngorn: An elven city within the realm of Tal'Dorei that can transport itself into the Feywild via threshold crests as a defensive response until danger passes. This was done in response to the Chroma Conclave attacks.[33]
  • The Tangled Peaks: A mountain range adjacent to the Evershifting Grasses.[24]

Domains[edit | edit source]

A domain is a territory within the Feywild each ruled by an Archfey, their traditional settlement, where they are more powerful. The portal in the Frostweald leads to multiple forest domains of various Archfey, and is guarded by the nymph Arethusa.[34] The wild lands in between the domains are left by the courts of Archfeys as neutral territories for meetings, competition, and revelry. The Lion Guards, long famed protectors of the Fey Realm with legendary status, were assigned over these midlands.[35]

Known domains include:

Notable portals to Exandria[edit | edit source]

There are many portals from Exandria to the Feywild. The boundaries between the two planes becomes thinner with the moon cycle, and portals are often marked and guarded by Archfeys[43] or druids.[44] The leaders of both Seelie and Unseelie courts often work together, in spite of their disagreements, controlling the gates and sealing them for those who they decide should remain in the Fey Realm.[43] Some known portals are:

Society[edit | edit source]

The Feywild's politics are presided over by archfey,[42] most of whom are organized into courts:[52]

  • Seelie Court: The Seelie Court had an ancient pact with the Lord of the Hells, which, shortly before the onset of the Calamity, provided them with an opportunity to call back members of her court from across Exandria back to the Feywild.[53] Their leader is Elmenore.[54]
  • Unseelie Court: Sometimes known as the Shadow Court, it is one of the leading courts of the Feywild, along with the Seelie Court. They use their theater, which several members of Vox Machina visited, to entrap unsuspecting mortals.[55]
  • Summer Court: The court of Queen Titania.[56] In D&D: Dungeon Master's Guide, 5th ed., the Summer Court is said to be a name for the Seelie Court, but it is unclear if this is true in Critical Role lore.

Not every archfey and fey belongs to a court, and according to Ollie, individuals who live outside of the courts know each other most of the time.[57]

Morrigan said that there is not really many coin deals in the Feywild, when transaction of favors are more common.[58] There are many worshipers of the Moonweaver in the Fey Realm, predominantly in the Seelie Court. The Unseelie Court has a minority of the Moonweaver worshipers following her in private.[59]

Demographics[edit | edit source]

Archfey[edit | edit source]

Archfey are powerful fey individuals with the ability to influence the Feywild itself. Unlike the rest of the fey, Archfey are immortal and immutable.[42]

Archfey of the Feywild
Name Court Descriptions
Artagan Unaffiliated Lord of the Morncrown.[60][61] An elf-like Archfey[42] who left the Feywild to live in the Material Plane
Lord Saundor the Forsaken Unknown Master of the Shademurk Bog.[60] Former owner of Fenthras.[40]
The Keeper Unknown The Keeper of the Moontides.[42] The Arcana Pansophical spy who discovered this information has not, as of 835 PD, since been heard from.[60]
Lady Elmenore Seelie Court Matriarch of the Seelie Court and the High Warqueen of the Burning Vale.[42][54]
Potentate Sammanar Unseelie Court Master of the Unseelie Court and keeper of the Sun's Shadow.[42]
Queen Titania Summer Court Known for transforming Naviask.[62] She is not directly described as an archfey in the Explorer's Guide to Wildemount (her only mention to date);[56] but in the Forgotten Realms, she is the archfey leader of the Seelie Court, which is also known as the Summer Court.[63]
Morrigan the Fatestitcher Unknown Guardian of the Harrowcall Fens.[37] Hag caretaker of Birdie and Fearne Calloway.[64]

Other notable people[edit | edit source]

Other notable people of the Feywild
Name Type Description
Fearne Calloway PC A faun and member of the Crown Keepers and Bells Hells.
Morrighan Ferus PC A professional robber of casinos in Kymal, born in the Fey Realm.
Mystic Iotha NPC Leader of the wisher pixies that lived in the Moonbrush.
Nahla NPC A nymph who aided Grog.
Orlan NPC A large bear spirit.
Loquatius Seelie PC A changeling and member of the Ring of Brass as well as the Seelie Court.
Ukurat NPC A werewolf and the leader of the Fendir.
Ira Wendagoth NPC The Nightmare King, a powerful fey.
Wodenna NPC Said by Artagan to be "a terrible woman"; has a hut.[65]
Yu Suffiad PC A changeling agent of the Unseelie Court hunting down the Moontide Crown. During their infiltration into Bells Hells, they assumed an elven identity, introducing themselves as Dusk.
Athion Zathuda NPC Sorrowlord, Bearer of the Lightless Flame, and Grove Captain of the Unseelie Court, a powerful fey for whom Yu Suffiad works.[66]

History[edit | edit source]

Vox Machina Origins Series II[edit | edit source]

Looking for the "heart of a nymph", Vex, Vax, and Grog Strongjaw went to the Frostweald, the known site of a Fewild portal. While Vex and Vax were distracted, Grog noticed a nymph, Nahla, in a nearby pool and, enamored by her beauty, followed after her into the portal. Shortly afterwards, they returned, Nahla kissed him on a cheek, and vanished into the portal. Grog was blushing while holding the "nymph heart". Vex and Vax asked Grog about his brief trip, but he didn't exactly remember what happened.[67][68]

Campaign 1: Vox Machina[edit | edit source]

Vox Machina went into the Feywild to retrieve Fenthras, a Vestige of Divergence that was lost in a forest, transformed into a corrupted, Shademurk Bog, during the Calamity.[69] On their way to the Shademurk Bog, the group visited Syngorn,[70] and became involved in a conflict between the wisher pixies colony and the Fendir, a tribe of lycanthropes.[71] Vox Machina's assistance helped the Fendir win over the pixies,[72] and in turn, the Fendir aided them later in retrieving Fenthras and defeating Saundor.[73] They also, along the way, met a satyr named Garmelie,[74] who turned out to actually be the Archfey Artagan in disguise. After retrieving the bow,[75] the party Plane Shifted back to Whitestone.[76]

During Vox Machina's one-year break, Keyleth, Vax'ildan, Vex'ahlia, Pike, and Tary visited the Feywild and secretly watched a performance of the Royal Troupe of the Unseelie Court at the Theater; at the end they apparently saw an "entity" step back into a doorway. Only later did they learn from Percy just how dangerous their trip could have been, as the Unseelie Court often takes patrons of the theater for unknown purposes.[55]

Keyleth transported Vox Machina to the Shademurk in the Feywild to escape a losing battle against Vecna and his forces.[77] They stayed there for the night to recover. In the middle of the night, Vax emerged, living, from the trees, having made a deal with his patron The Raven Queen to return as a revenant.[78]

Keyleth again transported Vox Machina to the Feywild, this time to Nahla's pool, to escape the Briarwoods as they prepared for the final battle with Vecna.[79] They contacted Artagan in the hopes that he could ensure they could take a long rest in the Feywild prior to that battle without risking any time warp effects back on the Material Plane.[80] He agreed to ensure their long rest in the Feywild would only take an hour in Exandria, on two conditions: that Vox Machina build him a gate back to the Material Plane; and that he be permitted to strangle the "unkillable" Vax to death.[81] They agreed; he killed Vax[82] and the rest of the party rested and made plans as they waited for him to return.[83] After they had all rested and planned, Artagan sent them back to the Material Plane as promised.[84]

Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting Reborn[edit | edit source]

In 836 PD, fey (mostly pixies and dryads) fled the Fey Realm seeking shelter in the Frostweald. They explain their escape referring to the "Great Shadow that has descended upon their lands".[34]

Exandria Unlimited[edit | edit source]

Fearne Calloway led her adventuring party to the gate in the Verdant Expanse through which she had passed to the Material Plane.[85]

Campaign 3: Bells Hells[edit | edit source]

Imogen came into possession of two rocks typically found in the Feywild: a shard of gnarlrock,[86] and a Feywild shard.[87] The gnarlrock was later destroyed by Delilah Briarwood, acting through Laudna.[88]

In Bassuras, Bells Hells met Dusk, an elf warlock who had recently been in the Feywild and who had lost many of their memories.[89] It was later revealed that Dusk was a changeling in service to the Unseelie Court, and was tracking the Calloways in order to take back the Moontide Crown which they had stolen.[90]

When the party met Birdie, she explained that the reason she and Ollie had stolen the crown was because Fearne had been born on the Material Plane during a Ruidus flare. Ollie later had visions of Ruidus encroaching on the Feywild and destroying it, and a year following those visions, saw Ruidus's light within the Feywild. They went to the courts for help, but received none, and in the process learned that the Unseelie Court was hiding Ruidus's presence, as well as working on an unknown device with collaborators from the Material Plane. The Calloways then stole the Moontide Crown from the device and fled back to Exandria in the hopes of learning more about Ruidus.[91]

Cerberus Assembly and Otohan Thull were building machines delving into the powers of the Apogee Solstice in both the Fey Realm and the Shadowfell at the same exact place where the planes overlap to the leyline nexus.[92]

After their encounter with Ludinus Da'leth, Bells Hells decided to leave for the Feywild, and Planerider Ryn opened a portal so they could travel there.[93] Led by Fearne, they made their way through the Harrowcall Fens to Morri's home at Ligament Manor, where she greeted them and offered them drinks.[94] After a stay at Ligament Manor, the party traveled to the Sablecast Grounds to destroy the Malleus Key, which they did successfully.[95] They fled, pursued by Zathuda on Gloamglut. After being called for aid by Imogen, Morri intercepted Gloamglut,[96] permitting Bells Hells to leave via the portal to which she had directed them.[97]

Bells Hells returned to the Feywild following Ashton's failed attempt to absorb the shard of Rau'shan, in order to regroup and so that Fearne could see Morri before their mission. Allura, with some trepidation, joined them.[98] While there, Fearne expressed her worries about taking the shard to Morri, who told her that Birdie kept a secret that might enlighten her.[99] Fearne sought out Birdie, who told her that her biological father was actually Zathuda, and Ollie had been a prisoner of the Unseelie Court who helped Birdie break out of an enthrallment and flee.[100]

Bells Hells completed the three team-building activities set for them, after which Fearne decided she was ready to take the shard. Upon her successful absorption of it, Ashton's shard of Ka'Mort was also awakened.[101] The two of them experimented with their new powers.[102] Meanwhile, Chetney and Orym each made deals with Morri; Chetney to become the greatest toymaker in the world in exchange for bringing her a piece of Predathos[103] and Orym for the safety of Bells Hells on their mission to Ruidus in exchange for his service to Morri.[104] The following morning, Bells Hells returned to the Material Plane with Allura.[105]

Concept art gallery for The Legend of Vox Machina[edit | edit source]

Concept art of the Feywild, shown at the third watch party for the second season of the show, by Titmouse.[art 2]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Duskmeadow" (1x57) at 2:27:21.
  2. "Axiom Shaken" (3x43) at 3:24:38.
  3. "Duskmeadow" (1x57) at 2:27:28.
  4. "The Feywild" (1x59) at 49:40.
  5. "The Fate-Touched" (1x103) at 1:07:46.
  6. "Dark Portents" (3x29) at 1:02:03.
  7. Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, Chapter 1: "Story of Wildemount", p. 25.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Dungeon Master's Guide, 5th edition, p. 50.
  9. "Path of Brass" (1x74) at 1:13:13.
  10. "The Frigid Doom" (1x64) at 7:15. Keyleth, Vax and Vex were not required to make wisdom saving throws.
  11. "The Frigid Doom" (1x64) at 9:07. Percy and Grog fail their saves to recall their time in the Feywild.
  12. "The Frigid Doom" (1x64) at 54:55. Pike is able to restore memories through Greater Restoration.
  13. "Axiom Shaken" (3x43) at 3:53:37.
  14. 14.0 14.1 "Night at the Ligament Manor" (3x46) at 2:52:43.
  15. "Night at the Ligament Manor" (3x46) at 3:34:17.
  16. "Night at the Ligament Manor" (3x46) at 3:36:04.
  17. "Night at the Ligament Manor" (3x46) at 3:57:16.
  18. "Night at the Ligament Manor" (3x46) at 3:27:20. Also "Night at the Ligament Manor" (3x46) at 3:31:50
  19. "The Feywild" (1x59) at 46:58.
  20. "Heredity and Hats" (1x60) at 2:14:49.
  21. "Heredity and Hats" (1x60) at 2:24:23.
  22. "Denizens of the Moonbrush" (1x61) at 2:20:40.
  23. 23.0 23.1 "Heredity and Hats" (1x60) at 2:15:40.
  24. 24.0 24.1 Matt's DM notes shown in the "Behind the Screen" video posted Alpha website with restricted access. Sourced from this post on Reddit.
  25. "The Feywild" (1x59) at 10:58.
  26. "The Feywild" (1x59) at 1:18:36.
  27. "The Echo Tree" (1x63) at 1:05.
  28. 28.0 28.1 "The Echo Tree" (1x63) at 16:19.
  29. "Heart-to-Heartmoor" (3x17) at 33:49.
  30. "Heredity and Hats" (1x60) at 2:26:21.
  31. "Reunion & Revelation" (3x30) at 2:54:00. Ollie states they are on the edge of Unseelie territory.
  32. "Night at the Ligament Manor" (3x46) at 36:55. Fearne recalls that the Grounds are within Sun's Shadow, on one edge of it.
  33. "Dangerous Dealings" (1x42) from 33:33 through 36:43.
  34. 34.0 34.1 34.2 Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting Reborn, Chapter 3: "Tal'Dorei Gazetteer", p. 111.
  35. "Night at the Ligament Manor" (3x46) at 1:10:10.
  36. "By the Road" (E1x04) at 2:15:50.
  37. 37.0 37.1 "Ominous Lectures" (3x45) at 2:48:07. Timestamp approximated from Twitch.
  38. "Night at the Ligament Manor" (3x46) at 36:45.
  39. Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting, p. 124.
  40. 40.0 40.1 "The Echo Tree" (1x63) at 1:28:34.
  41. "The Fate-Touched" (1x103) at 39:37.
  42. 42.0 42.1 42.2 42.3 42.4 42.5 42.6 Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting, p. 123.
  43. 43.0 43.1 "To Hurt Is to Heal" (3x79) at 1:42:23.
  44. "Consequences and Cows" (1x26) at 1:27:12.
  45. "Hope" (1x56) from 3:46:42 through 3:47:42.
  46. "The Oh No Plateau" (E1x02) at 1:17:36.
  47. "By the Road" (E1x04) at 2:33:43.
  48. Aabria Iyengar's playlist for Exandria Unlimited confirmed the gate was Artagan's.
  49. Matthew Mercer (@matthewmercer) on Twitter: "Character focus omitted smaller details. A door was built, rest assured. ;) They know not to cross such a creature." (October 13, 2017) — in reply to: "So, no one in VM opened a gate for Artagen in their epilogues? Does this mean VM made an enemy of an archfey?"
  50. "An Exit Most Fraught" (3x48) at 1:12:25. Timestamp approximated from Twitch.
  51. "An Exit Most Fraught" (3x48) at 56:30. Timestamp approximated from Twitch.
  52. "The Echo Tree" (1x63) at 1:29:02.
  53. "Fire and Ruin" (E3x04) at 3:29:51.
  54. 54.0 54.1 "Fire and Ruin" (E3x04) at 5:02:00.
  55. 55.0 55.1 "One Year Later..." (1x95) from 41:39 through 46:12.
  56. 56.0 56.1 Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, Chapter 1: "Story of Wildemount", p. 32.
  57. "Dark Portents" (3x29) at 1:26:43.
  58. "Night at the Ligament Manor" (3x46) at 27:31.
  59. "To Hurt Is to Heal" (3x79) at 1:41:10.
  60. 60.0 60.1 60.2 Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting Reborn, Chapter 6: "Allies and Adversaries of Tal'Dorei", p. 220.
  61. "Blessing in Disguise" (2x95) at 12:11.
  62. Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, Chapter 1: "Story of Wildemount", p. 33.
  63. Dungeon Master's Guide, 5th edition, p. 49.
  64. "A Taste of Tal'Dorei" (3x25) at 1:03:31.
  65. "The Feywild" (1x59) at 2:16:13.
  66. "Hidden Truths" (3x26) at 26:05.
  67. "The Story of Vox Machina" (Mx04) from 3:06 through 3:26.
  68. Vox Machina Origins II #4.
  69. "A Name Is Earned" (1x49) at 4:44:45.
  70. "The Feywild" (1x59) at 2:56:30.
  71. "Denizens of the Moonbrush" (1x61) at 1:20:23.
  72. "Denizens of the Moonbrush" (1x61) at 3:51:12.
  73. "The Echo Tree" (1x63) at 3:16:14.
  74. "The Feywild" (1x59) at 1:31:00.
  75. "The Echo Tree" (1x63) at 3:47:32.
  76. "The Frigid Doom" (1x64) at 6:52.
  77. "Race to the Tower" (1x102) at 4:19:44.
  78. "The Fate-Touched" (1x103) at 1:09:02.
  79. "Dark Dealings" (1x112) at 3:05:27.
  80. "Dark Dealings" (1x112) from 3:25:15 through 3:32:08.
  81. "Dark Dealings" (1x112) from 3:33:37 through 3:34:39.
  82. "Dark Dealings" (1x112) at 3:45:56.
  83. "Dark Dealings" (1x112) at 4:00:02.
  84. "The Final Ascent" (1x113) at 51:04.
  85. "By the Road" (E1x04) at 42:51.
  86. "Heart-to-Heartmoor" (3x17) at 33:31.
  87. "Heart-to-Heartmoor" (3x17) at 2:45:56.
  88. "To The Skies" (3x23) at 4:08:34.
  89. "The Hellcatch Valley" (3x24) at 3:34:34.
  90. "Dark Portents" (3x29) at 1:06:23.
  91. "Dark Portents" (3x29) from 2:38:17 through 2:43:40.
  92. "Axiom Shaken" (3x43) at 3:23:41. See "Axiom Shaken" (3x43) at 2:56:19
  93. "Ominous Lectures" (3x45) at 2:51:33.
  94. "Ominous Lectures" (3x45) at 3:24:12.
  95. "The Fey Key" (3x47).
  96. "An Exit Most Fraught" (3x48) at 47:29.
  97. "An Exit Most Fraught" (3x48) at 52:41.
  98. "Fractures" (3x78) at 3:30:14.
  99. "Fractures" (3x78) at 3:48:59.
  100. "To Hurt Is to Heal" (3x79) at 40:55.
  101. "A Test of Trust" (3x80) at 3:38:30.
  102. "The Eve of the Red Moon" (3x81) at 21:49.
  103. "The Eve of the Red Moon" (3x81) at 59:23.
  104. "The Eve of the Red Moon" (3x81) at 1:42:10.
  105. "The Eve of the Red Moon" (3x81) at 2:21:36.

Art:

  1. Screenshot of the Fey Realm from "Into Rimecleft" (LVM2x06). 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.
  2. Concept art of the Feywild, shown at the third watch party for the second season of the show, by Titmouse (source). 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.