Ruidus

Ruidus
Official art of Ruidus mid-flare, by Clara from "Exandria: An Intimate Appendix - Ruidus and the Gods" (Mx17).[art 1]
Names
Also known as
  • Moon of Ill-Omen
  • The Blightstar[1]
Astronomical information
TypeMoon
Satellite ofExandria
Cycle length164 days or six months[fn 1]
Sociological information
DemonymRuidian
Primary inhabitants

Ruidus is the smaller and more distant of Exandria's two moons, considered its secondary moon.[4][5] Its dull reddish color reflects less light than Exandria's other moon, Catha, and it appears tiny in size. This makes it difficult to see in the sky, even at night, during the half of the year it is considered prominent. Though often depicted close to each other, Catha and Ruidus have different orbits and can appear in different points in the sky.

Ruidus was originally created by the gods and Primordials from a piece of Exandria to imprison and banish Predathos; however, it resisted being sent away and became a satellite instead. The gods hid these origins and sowed superstition about Ruidus as an ill omen to discourage interest and prevent Predathos from becoming a danger again. Millennia later in the Post-Divergence, Exandrian scholarship knows little about Ruidus.

Description[edit | edit source]

Appearance from Exandria[edit | edit source]

Ruidus is less than half the size of Catha and appears small in the sky. When the moon is full, it shines vermilion, but usually appears as a dull color,[6] variously described as brown,[5] reddish-brown,[4] maroon,[7] deep red, or purple.[8] Its distance and color cause it to reflect less of the sun's light.[4][8] As a result, even when Ruidus is considered prominent, it is often difficult to see at night and near impossible to see at day;[4][7] it has greater visibility during certain portions of the night.[5]

Geography and arcane features[edit | edit source]

Official art of Kreviris amidst the red storm, by Clara.[art 2]

Ruidus is marked by red and gray mountains and valleys,[9] visible through a telescope from Exandria. The moon appears to have an atmosphere with breathable air and featuring stormy weather patterns with crimson clouds and flashes of light are also visible through a telescope.[10] Despite being much smaller, gravity is similar to that of Exandria.[11] The Reilora summoned by Imogen showed her a vision of a red plane on which grew gray flowers with gem-like bells at their centers.[12] In another dream, she saw deep caverns beneath its surface filled with teal crystals and subterranean oceans.[13] The local plant-life includes forests,[14] red bushes that bison-like creatures graze upon,[15] and fungi that is used for rope.[16]

The peoples of Ruidus built at least two settlements on its surface: a city named Kreviris and a village named Razora.[17][18] In Imogen's first unintentional dream following the solstice, she saw organically-inspired architecture built into the red rock, and received a closer look of the red mountains and valleys.[9] The village is built high in the mountains and has a population capping at around 1000 people, 20% of which are Reiloran. The villagers keep the native bison-like creatures and raise crops, including the red brush that feeds the livestock.[19]

There are Founding-era elven ruins in a cave south of Kreviris.[20] The ruins hold a portal to Exandria, leading to Lake Umamu in Issylra.[21]

There is an apparent enchantment that prevents people on Exandria from looking too closely at Ruidus, allowing it to "evade" inspection. Viewing it from a telescope causes the looker to lose the ability to focus and ultimately induces a headache.[22][23] It is also surrounded by a lattice-like arcane weave similar to the Divine Gate, visible through the Veilscatter Scope.[24] The lattice prevents Teleportation to the moon.[25]

Ruidus does not experience rainfall,[26] though there are some locations with running water from when it was created from Exandria.[27] It does experience moonquakes. Prior to the 843 PD apogee solstice, these were infrequent, but following the solstice, they began to occur much more frequently, up to every few days.[28] One particularly violent moonquake, referred to as The Crush, occurred in roughly the mid to late 500s PD and led to the Imperium stamping out any remaining independent societies.[29]

Orbit and flares[edit | edit source]

It takes either half a year (about 164 days)[30] or "a near six month cycle" (which could be up to about 182 days) to orbit Exandria.[31][fn 1] Depending on the time of the year, Ruidus' orbit tragectory changes.[32] In 836 PD, it was visible during the four months between the 22nd of Misuthar[7][33] and the 26th of Unndilar;[34] in Unndilar, it was on the opposite side of the sky from Catha.[35][36]

Unlike Catha, it does not wax and wane, and it sometimes glows or flashes at seemingly random times.[37] On some nights, Ruidus unexpectedly glows to a full moon or fails to appear in the sky.[30] A flare occurred in late 840 or early 841 PD.[38] It flared again in the middle of the night of the 14th of Sydenstar in 843 PD,[39] and again on the 30th of Sydenstar that same year.[40] See the "Ruidusborn" page for more flares.

Flares are referred to as "beats" by those who live on Ruidus, and are accompanied by a feeling of belonging.[41] According to Elder Barthie, the Weave Mind claims credit for the flares and say they are the heartbeats of Predathos.[42] The Ruidusborn, engulfed by the flare, experience euphoria and connection with each other, and begin floating slightly above the surface. After the flare subsides, they gain 15 temporary hit points.[43]

Inhabitants[edit | edit source]

Ruidus is home to multiple sapient races. The first race that Exandrians met are called Reilora.[2] Their bodies are crimson and have have elongated heads and telepathic abilities. Reilora appear to rule Ruidus under a government called the Kreviris Imperium.[44] They are able to communicate with Ruidusborn people on Exandria through their dreams.[45]

Another race called Bormodos are a shorter four foot tall folk, built similarly to dwarves.[46] They have a stocky build, thick arms, and a cherubic face with dark eyes and slit nostrils. Bormodos bond symbiotically with small, lizard-like sentient creatures called cytaa.[47]

Another called Quanikkas are tall, gray fur-covered humanoids with clawed hands and feet, as well as large tusks.[48]

Reilora have tamed avadons - scaled, panther-like creatures with no head and a mouth at the front of their torsos - which they use as riding mounts and for hunting.[49] Wuukor are six-legged bison-like creature roam the plains and are herded by the Bormodos.[15] Feskul are winged creatures that fly through the stormy skies.[50] Bane worms tunnel beneath the moon's crust and hunt on the surface north of Razora village, recognized by Elder Barthie as the village's biggest threat.[51] Ryndons are hog-like creatures with hands similar to that of a mole.[52]

Society[edit | edit source]

The capital city of Ruidus is Kreviris, where the Imperium is based. The Imperium is ruled by a council of reilora known as the Weave Mind. Its military is known as the Dominion of Cruth, the disciplinary division of which is called The Will.[53] According to Elder Barthie, the Imperium is about 500 years old, and visiting the city requires an escort.[54] A secret resistance to the Imperium, known as the Volition, also exists and had been more active following the 843 PD apogee solstice.[55]

Bormodos and some Reilora live on the surface of Ruidus, but others live within the moon's layers and tend to the fungal networks that grow there.[56] Access to these layers used to be more widespread but is now primarily controlled through gates within Kreviris.[57]

The state religion refers to Predathos as "The One Who Sleeps" and as the progenitor of the races of Ruidus. Use of its name rather than epithets is forbidden.[58] The Weave Mind connects the non-psionic races with the dreams of Exandrians, and until the events of the apogee solstice many bormodos believed that Exandria was an afterlife,[59] their "Blue Promise".[60]

The people of Ruidus extract obsidian from within the depth of the moon, using it in construction and craft.[61] They also cultivate trees, probably planted beneath the moon's crust, hidden from from the relentless red storm. The wood is used sparingly to embellish elements of the stone crafts.[62] Stone is the most common material found on the moon.

Instead of torches, which are unreliable in the stormy fields of Ruidus, the moon inhabitants use lanterns that illuminate their path with blue magical light.[63] The lanterns are possibly fueled by an aqua or turquoise-colored material.[64]

Mythology and study[edit | edit source]

Folklore[edit | edit source]

Depiction of Ruidus, by CoupleOfKooks from Critical Role: Call of the Netherdeep.[art 3]

In comparison to Catha, Exandrian scholarship does not know much about Ruidus;[4] however, as of 843 PD, rising interest in Ruidus has led to the funding of new research (see: § Ruidus scholarship).[65]

The truth of Ruidus's origins and existence (see: Ruidus § Origins) is unknown to the majority of Exandria.[66] Some instead believe that it is pre-Founding while others believe that the Betrayer Gods created it as part of a lengthy but unknown plot that was abruptly halted by the Divergence.[67][4]

It is commonly believed in folklore across Exandrian cultures that Ruidus is an ill omen, and those born while it is bright are said bound for lives of ill fate.[68][37][67][4] As of 836 PD, remote parts of Tal'Dorei secretly sacrifice children born under a full Ruidus, partly as an offering to the dark moon and partly due to their belief that such children will suffer under a lifelong curse. The practice is banned in Tal'Dorei's cities.[6] There is a prominent superstition that meteor showers are parts of a decaying Ruidus that have broken off and fell toward Exandria.[69] While most beliefs are baseless superstition, Ruidus truly does influence the fates of people who are born or go adventuring during a flare.[70]

Shortly after the discovery of a red mineral in the ruins of Cael Morrow beneath Ank'Harel by academics of the Allegiance of Allsight, members of the Consortium of the Vermilion Dream misattributed the mineral's origin to Ruidus and named it "ruidium".[71] The color and properties of the mineral actually derive from magic which issues from the adjacent planar rift, called the Netherdeep.[71] Despite the misconception, the misnomer of "ruidium" remains the name for the mineral.[72]

Ruidusborn[edit | edit source]

Individuals born in Exandria while Ruidus is glowing or flaring are said to be Ruidusborn.[73] Some are stigmatized for being Rudiusborn while others believe that it simply means the individual is somehow fated, for better or worse.[74] This belief does not exist among those born on Ruidus.[75]

Scholarship[edit | edit source]

Scholars whose focus pertains to Ruidus are few, and study of Ruidus has been difficult because something either about the moon itself or in the sky above Exandria prevents the ability to deeply investigate it or ascertain its nature using magic.[23] Looking at the moon too closely through telescopes causes the looker to lose the ability to focus and ultimately induces a headache.[22] This tendency to "evade" understanding and study has been noted in research for years, but researchers do not openly discuss this quality to avoid stirring anxieties related to popular superstition about Ruidus.[23]

In 836 PD, Demid Sunlash explained that his fascination with Ruidus is due in part to how little scholarship exists.[76] In the summer of 843 PD, Roe Estani mentioned that a growing recurrence of Ruidus flares and curiosity regarding the "abnormal record" of Ruidusborn had led to an increase in funding.[65] The Aydinlan Seminary in Yios, Marquet is associated with Ruidus studies, given its apparent resources on Ruidus in the Omen Archive and the faculty research activity of Kadija Sumal and Estani, though Estani did not publish his later findings on his theories regarding Ruidus.[77][78] Balan and Zeyar Lumas also took special interest in the sporadic flares of Ruidus,[79] and they were traveling to the Omen Archive at the Aydinlan Seminary in Yios, Marquet to pursue their research but were murdered en route.[78] Members of the Grim Verity, including Estani, Balan and Zeyer, and Hondir, have researched Ruidus, and many of them were murdered for their interest in it.[80][81]

On Ruidus itself, most of the earliest texts of the bormodos were destroyed by the Imperium.[82]

Lycanthropy[edit | edit source]

The light of Ruidus typically has no effects on those with lycanthropy, in comparison to Catha.[83][84][85] Werewolf Gurge Kisgregg remarked that "Catha drives it mostly" but darkly added that "everyone's kind of at a disadvantage" when Ruidus is at its peak, but this is apparently in reference to Ruidus as a sign of ill omen.[86] However, Predathos, who is behind the Ruidus' power, sometimes "notices" certain lycanthropes and influences them directly.[87] Chetney Pock O'Pea's lycanthropy has some relationship with Ruidus and its flares, especially noticed after he began to be more conscious and aware of the flares.[88][85] His transformation can be triggered unrelated to Catha's cycle by a Ruidus flare; this happened for the first time on the 30th of Sydenstar in 843 PD.[89]

Extraplanar phenomena[edit | edit source]

Members of the Allegiance of Allsight below Ank'Harel in the 830s PD discovered "a gaping [planar] rift that pulsates with sickly red light" known as the Netherdeep.[90] The myth of Alyxian connects the origin of the Netherdeep with his interposition between Gruumsh's spear and the city of Cael Morrow during the Calamity, and attributes its creation in part to Alyxian's connection with Ruidus.[71]

While the Feywild and Shadowfell mirror the essence of Exandria, Ruidus does not naturally appear in the skies of those planes, unlike Catha.[91]

Some worry that rare double eclipses, where Catha and Ruidus simultaneously overlap the sun, cause the Material Plane and other planes to calamitously intersect.[92]

Dreams of the red storm[edit | edit source]

Some people in Exandria experience the dreams of a vast, roiling red storm[93][94] that encompasses Ruidus. In the case of the Ruidusborn Imogen Temult, the dreams featured images of Ruisus landscape and involved her mother Liliana Temult, initially convincing Imogen to run away from the storm, but afterward urging her to give in.[95]

History[edit | edit source]

Origins[edit | edit source]

Official art of the creation of Ruidus, by Wesley Griffith.[art 4]

Ruidus was created during the Founding as a prison for Predathos, an entity from "beyond the stars" bleeding through reality that destroyed the gods Ethedok and Vordo.[96][70] Recognizing this as a threat to all life,[70] the remaining gods and the Primordials agreed to use a portion of Exandria, possibly a continent, to trap Predathos and send it into the void. However, the prison resisted being sent away and became Exandria's second moon.[96]

At least one ancient elven settlement was brought to Ruidus during its creation and buried within the earth. While the elves died and became fossilized, some magical elements remained active, such as lanterns and gardens with Goodberry bushes.[20] Meanwhile lifeforms developed on Ruidus, ranging from animals, plants, and fungi. According to the sapient races on the moon, such as reilora, bormodos, and cytaas, Predathos created them.[97]

The gods seeded the folklore associating Ruidus with bad luck in order to hide its origins and to encourage mortals to avoid it, hoping that this would decrease interest in its origins and prevent Predathos from becoming a danger again. This worked for many millennia into the Post-Divergence.[70][96]

Before Campaign 3[edit | edit source]

The Weave Mind and Kreviris Imperium first rose to power somewhere between the mid 300s PD and the mid 400s PD.[98] Prior to the mid-to-late 500s PD[99] there was an independent society known as the Collective. A devastating moonquake, known as The Crush, permitted the Imperium to overtake any remaining independent settlements.[100]

According to Rashinna, Ruidian society has been destroyed and rebuilt at least four times, and Kreviris has been rebuilt twice.[101]

Call of the Netherdeep[edit | edit source]

Ruidus's role in the story of Call of the Netherdeep and its true nature are kept deliberately vague, but it is stated to be tied to the fate of those born during its flares, such as Alyxian.[102] A Ruidus flare is among the possible encounters the adventuring party may experience as they travel to Bazzoxan.[103]

The description of the flare, in contradiction with other statements, implies that Ruidus does wax and wane, as it is described as appearing as a "slim crescent", suddenly becoming full during the flare.[103]

Campaign 3: Bells Hells[edit | edit source]

Pre-Apogee Solstice[edit | edit source]

Imogen Temult, in researching strange recurring dreams she had been having in which she was attempting to escape a red storm, found a paper that indicated such dreams may be linked, among other things, the cycle of Ruidus.[104] She later, with Orym's help, looked at Ruidus through Estani's telescope, and saw that a storm similar to the one in her dreams raged on the surface of the moon.[105]

While in Bassuras, Imogen's dream changed; rather than trying out outrun the storm, she found herself within it and that there were armored figures standing before her. When she woke up, she was drawn towards the window, and upon looking up at the sky saw that Ruidus was flaring.[106]

Birdie Calloway revealed to Bells Hells that Fearne was born in Exandria during a Ruidus flare. She and Fearne's father, Oleander Calloway, were unaware of the significance, as Ruidus did not appear in the Feywild.[91] Later, while under the influence of herbs, Ollie had a vision of Ruidus appearing in the Feywild and destroying it completely. A year after that, they saw Ruidus in the sky of the Feywild. They began to investigate, and found that the Unseelie Court was concealing Ruidus's influence and was working with Otohan Thull and Ludinus Da'leth on a machine related to Ruidus.[107][108] She and Ollie stole the Moontide Crown from this device to create their own machine in Exandria to study Ruidus with the help of Ira Wendagoth,[109] who concealed from them that he previously worked on the Unseelie Court's machine.[107]

Official art of Ruidus' lattice, by Clara from "Exandria: An Intimate Appendix - Ruidus and the Gods" (Mx17).[art 5]

Upon the completion of this device, known as the Veilscatter Scope, Imogen looked at Ruidus again. This time, she was able to see a lattice-like weave encasing the moon, which she told Ira was a prison for a god.[24] After Orym and Ira helped focus the scope further, she was able to see a city on the moon, visible through the storm clouds.[17] Afterward, Hondir identified the lattice as similar to that of the Divine Gate.[110]

Following Imogen's development of the power to call Ruidus, her dreams changed again: the storm carried her from her home village to a strange, cracked surface from which she could see the stars. She believed this to be the surface of Ruidus.[111] Bells Hells eventually met Ryn, Ebenold Kai, and Baryn Vestisho, members of the Grim Verity, and learned the truth of Ruidus's origins.[96] Baryn and two of her allies learned the truth themselves by stealing ancient texts from Vasselheim, prompting the Highbearer of the Platinum Sanctuary and Holy Curator of the Crown of Erathis to send Judicators to retrieve the texts and contain the truth. The Grim Verity believed that the high clerics of Vasselheim have guarded this information as a secret in order to prevent it from threatening the faith of the followers of the current Prime Deities.[112]

The party then traveled to the Feywild in the hopes of destroying the Malleus Key devices that the Ruby Vanguard hoped to use during the apogee solstice. On Morrigan's advice,[113] they followed the ghostly image of Ruidus in the sky to the Shiver Keep, where they found the device.[114] A beam of red light was visible between the Malleus Key and the moon.[115] After the party thoroughly destroyed the machine, Ruidus disappeared from the sky of the Feywild.[116]

Post-Apogee Solstice[edit | edit source]

After the ritual at the Malleus Key in the Tishtan excavation site, on the apogee solstice, Ruidus became tethered to Exandria at the point of the key,[117] with a beam of red light and golden strands of energy running between the two. When Imogen dreamed of the site, a red storm was gathering at the base, and Reilora were visible in it.[118] When, a few weeks later, FCG Scryed on Liliana, they found that she was on the surface of Ruidus with Ludinus Da'leth.[119] A later Scry from Fearne revealed Ira was also on the moon and communicating with the Reilora.[120]

Imogen had another dream of Ruidus while the party rested in the Grey Valley, in which she saw glimpses of Reilora architecture and more of the moon's landscape and wildlife.[9] She later summoned a Reilora to prove to Keyleth there were inhabitants on the moon, and it indicated to her the Reilora were jealous of the more bountiful Exandrian ecology, as well as that it had been created by Predathos.[121]

Intel Mission[edit | edit source]

Bells Hells traveled via the Bloody Bridge to the surface of Ruidus to scout for those allied against the Ruby Vanguard. After escaping the encampment that surrounded the Ruidian base of the Bloody Bridge, they traveled via Wind Walk towards the city they had seen from the Veilscatter Scope and in some of Imogen's dreams. En route, they avoided a dust storm and noticed many bison-like creatures, before stopping in a cave within a mountain range to rest. While resting, Imogen attempted to connect with Predathos, and found herself within a network of Ruidusborn asking to be awoken, though she was able to pull herself out of it. The party then continued, noticing more of the bison creatures as they did. They eventually approached a ranch and a small surrounding town which appeared to have both Imperium-allied Reilora in position of power, as well as a smaller, squatter race of people. When they approached one of these people, they spoke to Bells Hells in Common.[122]

The person introduced himself as Dono, a bormodo, and after some conversation took them to see Elder Barthie, one of the elders of the village of Razora. Dono and Barthie provided a lot of information about Ruidus's culture and wildlife, and both displayed anti-Imperium leanings they were careful not to confirm. Their conversation was interrupted by Willmaster Edmuda, an Imperium-affiliated enforcer, who had arrived with a caravan from the capital. After FCG attempted a charm spell on her, a fight broke out that resulted in Bells Hells knocking Edmuda and her allies unconscious. It also triggered a stampede of the village's herd of wuukor.[123]

The party hid the unconscious Vanguard members and Edmuda in their portable hole, and were able to explain away the commotion to two other Ruby Vanguard members, one of whom was Evon Hytroga. Hytroga invited them to join the caravan in the morning after Imogen convinced him Bells Hells were also with the Vanguard. After he left, the party interrogated Edmuda, who revealed that the Imperium's goal in awaking Predathos is so that it will eat the Exandrian gods, as they serve as a major source of defense for Exandria. They then questioned the two Vanguard members with her and convinced them that Imogen was on a mission from her mother and that Edmuda was a traitor. Fearne and FCG then went to walk them back to the caravan, but were met by Otohan Thull, who had sensed Imogen nearby. Upon realizing Fearne was Zathuda's daughter they began attacking FCG to get Fearne to tell them where Imogen was, but FCG telepathically told the rest of the party to run and then Banished himself and Fearne. There, they transformed into their wind forms, as the rest of Bells Hells back at Barthie's home did the same. Laudna killed Edmuda before doing so.[124]

In Wind Walk form, Bells Hells began flying towards Kreviris, but were diverted by an approaching storm and the need to rest. They found a cliff that broke the wind, and as they flew into it, noticed a mostly underground river and small cavern opening. The party went into explore the cavern, transforming back into their usual forms as they did so. After swimming through a water-filled cavern they came to a new chamber which contained the ruins of an ancient elven structure. Upon investigating further they found the source of the river, which seemed to be coming from a large crack. Fearne, while Wildshaped, swam through it and found herself in a lake under a gray sky, seemingly no longer on Ruidus and possibly no longer on the Material Plane.[124]

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

Matthew Mercer thought about the red moon societies and geography since Campaign 1, but developed it fully by Campaign 3.[125]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • In the third chapter of Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, its name is misspelled "Ruidis".[92]
  • References to Ruidus being made of cheese:
    • As part of a ruse, Caleb Widogast tells Demid Sunlash that Whitestone myth and legend understands Ruidus to be made of cheese. Sunlash concludes that this is "strange" and remarks that "Tal'Dorei is such an uncultured land".[126]
    • Ashton Greymoore states that they "grew up thinking the red moon was made of cheese."[127]
  • At least 347 types of fungus can be found on Ruidus.[128]

Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Earlier references in Campaign 2 said that its orbit took about one year (328 days across 11 months) and that it is visible for about half the year.[7][5]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "The Nameless Ones" (E1x01) at 2:07:14. A ship called the Blightstar is said to be named after Ruidus, suggesting that Ruidus is also known by this name.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "A Path of Vengeance" (3x65) at 3:45:02.
  3. "Ruidus" (3x83) at 3:33:45.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, "Welcome to Wildemount", p. 9. Welcome to Wildemount. "Moons of Exandria".
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 "Manifold Morals" (2x74) at 1:35:30. Matt: "...there's Ruidus, there's the secondary moon, which is a dull brown color, is much smaller and further and is mostly not visible throughout most of the day and usually only during certain points of night."
  6. 6.0 6.1 Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting Reborn, Chapter 1: "Welcome to Tal'Dorei", p. 9.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 "Refjorged" (2x76) at 1:44:14.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Matthew Mercer (@matthewmercer) on Twitter: "One resembles our earth moon, if a bit closer (so larger in the sky). The second is much more distant and deep red/purple in color, so it doesn't reflect as much light/show as strongly in the sky." (January 26, 2018).
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 "For The Tempest" (3x68) at 43:15.
  10. "Omens Above" (3x19) at 2:27:57.
  11. "Ruidus" (3x83) at 52:09.
  12. "For The Tempest" (3x68) at 2:15:28.
  13. "The Eve of the Red Moon" (3x81) at 1:25:50.
  14. "Ruidus" (3x83) at 2:18:01.
  15. 15.0 15.1 "Ruidus" (3x83) at 2:19:02.
  16. "Ruidus" (3x83) at 2:36:27.
  17. 17.0 17.1 "Reunion & Revelation" (3x30) at 3:34:36.
  18. "Red Rural Revelations" (3x84) at 35:29.
  19. "Ruidus" (3x83) at 3:33:45.
  20. 20.0 20.1 "Intense Interrogations" (3x85) at 3:04:44.
  21. "Doorways to Darker Depths" (3x86) at 51:23.
  22. 22.0 22.1 "Reunion & Revelation" (3x30) at 2:44:23.
  23. 23.0 23.1 23.2 "Dark Portents" (3x29) at 2:50:36.
  24. 24.0 24.1 "Reunion & Revelation" (3x30) at 3:27:26.
  25. "A Gathering of Heroes" (3x76) at 2:22:48.
  26. "Intense Interrogations" (3x85) at 3:23:16.
  27. "Intense Interrogations" (3x85) at 2:44:54.
  28. "Divisive Portents" (3x89) at 38:36.
  29. "Divisive Portents" (3x89) at 39:05.
  30. 30.0 30.1 Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting Reborn, Chapter 1: "Welcome to Tal'Dorei", p. 10.
  31. "Chasing Nightmares" (3x11) at 2:56:37. See also Calendar of Exandria for more information about Exandria's 11-month year.
  32. "Far From The Others" (3x52) at 1:44:41.
  33. Both the CritRoleStats Wildemount Calendar and Flando Maltrizian's timestamps place the beginning of "Refjorged" (2x76) on the 22nd of Misuthar.
  34. Traveler Con took place on the 26th of Unndilar, and Ruidus was expected to be visible that night per "Devoutness and Dicks" (2x107) at 47:12.
  35. "Maritime Mysteries" (2x103) at 53:51.
  36. "Devoutness and Dicks" (2x107) at 47:12.
  37. 37.0 37.1 "Thicker Grows the Meal and Plot" (3x09) at 3:27:31.
  38. "Omens Above" (3x19) at 26:19. The flare was stated to have occurred approximately two and a half years before Sydenstar 843 PD when the episode takes place.
  39. "Hidden Truths" (3x26) at 35:16.
  40. "The Momentum of Murder" (3x39) at 2:56:48.
  41. "Red Rural Revelations" (3x84) at 1:35:32.
  42. "Red Rural Revelations" (3x84) at 58:18.
  43. "Doorways to Darker Depths" (3x86) at 3:49:00.
  44. "Red Rural Revelations" (3x84) at 27:00.
  45. "Ominous Lectures" (3x45) at 1:30:33. Timestamp approximated from Twitch.
  46. "Ruidus" (3x83) at 3:45:53.
  47. "Red Rural Revelations" (3x84) at 23:16.
  48. "Arrival at Kreviris" (3x87) at 1:11:22.
  49. "Red Rural Revelations" (3x84) at 30:39.
  50. "Red Rural Revelations" (3x84) at 30:57.
  51. "Red Rural Revelations" (3x84) at 1:18:59.
  52. "Arrival at Kreviris" (3x87) at 2:12:44.
  53. "Red Rural Revelations" (3x84) at 1:21:08.
  54. "Red Rural Revelations" (3x84) at 54:04.
  55. "Red Rural Revelations" (3x84) at 1:21:45.
  56. "Red Rural Revelations" (3x84) at 1:06:05.
  57. "Red Rural Revelations" (3x84) at 1:07:06.
  58. "Red Rural Revelations" (3x84) at 59:14.
  59. "Red Rural Revelations" (3x84) at 57:05.
  60. "Red Rural Revelations" (3x84) at 1:17:50.
  61. "Red Rural Revelations" (3x84) at 1:30:35.
  62. "Red Rural Revelations" (3x84) at 1:50:46.
  63. "Red Rural Revelations" (3x84) at 37:40.
  64. "Ruidus" (3x83) at 3:46:12.
  65. 65.0 65.1 "Omens Above" (3x19) at 26:19.
  66. "Axiom Shaken" (3x43) at 3:02:44.
  67. 67.0 67.1 "Manifold Morals" (2x74) from 1:36:45 through 1:38:18.
  68. Call of the Netherdeep, "Introduction: Answering the Call", pp. 5–6. Introduction: Answering the Call. "World of Exandria: Ruidus".
  69. "Bathhouses and Bastions" (2x90) at 1:00:34.
  70. 70.0 70.1 70.2 70.3 Call of the Netherdeep, "Introduction: Answering the Call", p. 6. Introduction: Answering the Call. "Story Overview: Rise and Fall of the Apotheon".
  71. 71.0 71.1 71.2 Call of the Netherdeep, "Introduction: Answering the Call", p. 7. Introduction: Answering the Call. "Story Overview: The Apotheon Awakens".
  72. Call of the Netherdeep, "Introduction: Answering the Call", p. 10. Introduction: Answering the Call. "Ruidium".
  73. "Omens Above" (3x19) at 25:31.
  74. "Omens Above" (3x19) from 31:07 through 34:29.
  75. "Red Rural Revelations" (3x84) at 1:37:45.
  76. "Manifold Morals" (2x74) at 1:36:46.
  77. "Omens Above" (3x19) at 23:30.
  78. 78.0 78.1 "Omens Above" (3x19) at 27:17.
  79. "Omens Above" (3x19) at 25:02.
  80. "Fight at the Museum..." (3x21) from 3:18:32 through 3:21:27.
  81. "Dark Portents" (3x29) at 2:35:04.
  82. "Red Rural Revelations" (3x84) at 56:07.
  83. Matthew Mercer (@matthewmercer) on Twitter: "The smaller one is vestigial. No affect by comparison. ;)" (January 26, 2018).
  84. "Pyrrhic Return" (3x35) at 42:41. Travis: Which moon? It's not Ruidus. It's if— / Matt: It's Catha. / [...] / Sam, to Matt: If Ruidus goes full, does that affect him at all also, or? / Travis, in-character: It hasn't, no. / Matt: [visibly expresses "no"]
  85. 85.0 85.1 "The Momentum of Murder" (3x39) at 3:01:48. Matt: [Lycanthropy] is tethered to the history of Catha, and the transformations have always been pulled by that massive silver glow in the sky. Ruidus didn't seem to have much of an impact, but as you've been focusing, and been present, and more conscious of these flares, there's always just a little itch in your belly.
  86. "Chasing Nightmares" (3x11) at 2:41:31.
  87. "Rose City Comic Con 2023" (Mx23) at 12:55.
  88. "What Dreams May Come" (3x34) at 12:24.
  89. "The Momentum of Murder" (3x39) at 3:02:30.
  90. Call of the Netherdeep, Chapter 5: "The Drowned City", p. 137. Chapter 5: The Drowned City. "Cael Morrow Overview". "M17: Rift to the Netherdeep".
  91. 91.0 91.1 "Dark Portents" (3x29) at 29:08.
  92. 92.0 92.1 Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, Chapter 3: "Wildemount Gazetteer", p. 134. Chapter 3: Wildemount Gazetteer. "Wastes of Xhorhas: Barbed Fields".
  93. "Chasing Nightmares" (3x11) at 4:49:13.
  94. "Omens Above" (3x19) at 44:14.
  95. "A Test of Trust" (3x80) at 2:44:00.
  96. 96.0 96.1 96.2 96.3 "Axiom Shaken" (3x43) at 3:04:27.
  97. "Red Rural Revelations" (3x84) at 55:43.
  98. "Divisive Portents" (3x89) at 26:04. about 400-500 years ago.
  99. "Divisive Portents" (3x89) at 32:45. Rashinna says about 300 years ago
  100. "Divisive Portents" (3x89) at 33:12.
  101. "Divisive Portents" (3x89) at 30:52.
  102. Call of the Netherdeep, "Introduction: Answering the Call", p. 7.
  103. 103.0 103.1 Call of the Netherdeep, Chapter 2: "The Leave-Taking", p. 43.
  104. "Chasing Nightmares" (3x11) at 4:50:04.
  105. "Omens Above" (3x19) at 2:27:46.
  106. "Hidden Truths" (3x26) at 31:00.
  107. 107.0 107.1 "Breaking Point" (3x31) from 18:45 through 21:26.
  108. "Dark Portents" (3x29) at 2:41:31.
  109. "Dark Portents" (3x29) at 2:43:13.
  110. "Breaking Point" (3x31) at 32:12.
  111. "A Dark Balance" (3x38) at 2:41:40.
  112. "Axiom Shaken" (3x43) at 3:05:26.
  113. "The Fey Key" (3x47) at 13:09.
  114. "The Fey Key" (3x47) at 1:33:44.
  115. "The Fey Key" (3x47) at 1:49:00.
  116. "The Fey Key" (3x47) at 3:43:30.
  117. "The Apogee Solstice" (3x51) at 4:28:38.
  118. "Far From The Others" (3x52) at 3:05:41.
  119. "A Path of Vengeance" (3x65) at 3:37:59.
  120. "A Path of Vengeance" (3x65) at 3:58:19.
  121. "For The Tempest" (3x68) at 2:08:47.
  122. "Ruidus" (3x83).
  123. "Red Rural Revelations" (3x84).
  124. 124.0 124.1 "Intense Interrogations" (3x85).
  125. Critical Role panel from Seattle's ECCC 2024.
  126. "Manifold Morals" (2x74) at 1:39:06.
  127. "Omens Above" (3x19) at 2:19:15.
  128. "Divisive Portents" (3x89) at 23:09.
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  1. Official art of Ruidus mid-flare, by Clara from "Exandria: An Intimate Appendix - Ruidus and the Gods" (Mx17). 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. Official art of Kreviris amidst the red storm, by Clara (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.
  3. Depiction of Ruidus, by CoupleOfKooks from Critical Role: Call of the Netherdeep. This file is unofficial Fan Content permitted under the Wizards of the Coast Fan Content Policy. Not approved/endorsed by Wizards. Portions of the materials used are property of Wizards of the Coast. ©Wizards of the Coast LLC.
  4. Official art of the creation of Ruidus, by Wesley Griffith (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.
  5. Official art of Ruidus' lattice, by Clara from "Exandria: An Intimate Appendix - Ruidus and the Gods" (Mx17). 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.