Tal'Dorei Council

Tal'Dorei Council
Official art of the Tal'Dorei Council heraldry, by Conceptopolis from Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting Reborn and Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting.[art 1]
Organizational information
TypeGoverning body
BasePalace of the Sovereign
EstablishedApproximately 536 PD[1]
FoundersZan Tal'Dorei[2]
Total members6 Masters (7 during war)

The Tal'Dorei Council is the main ruling body of Emon and the overseer of the major self-governed bodies across the Republic of Tal'Dorei. It provides a public forum for ambassadors and delegates of the major cities of the republic to discuss and resolve their affairs. The Masters of the council impart recommendations, if necessary.[3]

The council can consist of seven Masters each assigned a domain of responsibility: Development, Arcana, Law, Commerce, Information, Defense, and War if needed. Additionally, the council has one ambassador from each major city in the Republic, as well as numerous delegates proportionate to each town and city's population.[4]

Positions[edit | edit source]

Masters[edit | edit source]

The six masters are elected by a popular vote of the of all cities with an ambassador on the council (cities with more than 20k population). During time of war, the council elects the seventh master, the Master of War, by a vote of all masters, ambassadors, and delegates. The seven masters positions remain unaltered since the formation of the council by Zan Tal'Dorei.[3]

  • Development: In collaboration with masonry and carpentry guilds, oversees all major construction and renovation within Emon, as well as allocating resources to projects needed in settlements that have a delegation in the council. Between 812 and 836 PD, Hearthmaker Edelbern Cleareyes has added an unprecedented eight Lieutenant Masters of Development to his staff, attaching them to each city in the republic.[3] As of 812 PD, this master oversaw the development in all the cities of the republic.
  • Arcana: Keeps vigil over the lawful use of magics within Tal'Dorei, matters beyond the mundane, and sometimes works with the Alabaster Lyceum's Headmaster.
  • Law: Enforces the law from within the Watchful Hall, serving as High Judge on grand matters of the court, approving any exalted amendments, and managing the smaller courts across the land.
  • Commerce: In collaboration with major merchant guilds within Emon and beyond, they are to maintain fair trade relations, especially between conflicting delegates, and establish the government's annual budget.
  • Information: Oversees foreign diplomacy and serves as the head of a spy network, allying with the Clasp network.
  • Defense: Head of the Emon Guard and the High Commander of Fort Daxio. The master manages the allocation of federal resources to city guard across the republic. They work closely with the Master of Law to mobilize armed troops throughout the country against a minor threat during peacetime.
  • War: Temporary position, takes charge of all warfare and strategic decisions during times of severe strife and impending conflict. The newly appointed master mobilizes the elite troops of Fort Daxio and assembles a military from city guards and town militias across the country. When peace is declared, the position is dissolved.

Ambassadors[edit | edit source]

Each city with a population of over twenty thousand can appoint an ambassador to Emon. These ambassadors sit on the council and have voting power. While they remain sovereign city-states, Kraghammer, Syngorn and the Ashari[5] also have ambassadors with voting power.[4]

Delegates[edit | edit source]

Each city within the Republic with a population of at least five thousand can elect delegates to the council. For each additional five thousand citizens, a city can elect an additional delegate. The means of election is left to the local government. Delegations petition the council and draft proposals to be voted on by council members.[6] Kraghammer and Syngorn also have one delegate.[3]

Known members[edit | edit source]

812 PD[edit | edit source]

836 PD[edit | edit source]

842 PD[edit | edit source]

Former members[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

The Council of Tal'Dorei was established right after the end of the Scattered War during the rule of Zan Tal'Dorei as a complimentary governing body. Later, it became the vital power and the main governing body of Tal'Dorei Republic.[13]

Empire of Tal'Dorei[edit | edit source]

In early 810 PD, in the wake of an assassination attempt on the life of Sovereign Uriel Tal'Dorei II, Sir Gregory Fince (a member of the council) disappeared. He was later found dead in his house, swarmed by demons. Gregory Fince had notes that raised suspicions regarding both the Sovereign's family and General Krieg (Master of Law at the council), who was said to have thwarted the assassination.[14] Vax'ildan forged a letter in order to gain an audience with General Krieg. The meeting raised more questions than it answered, and after allying with Allura Vysoren, another member of the Tal'Dorei council, they utilized a scrying spell to discover that the Tal'Dorei family was under the influence of a demonic force. General Krieg was revealed himself to be a blue dragon named Brimscythe, and then was slayed by Vox Machina.[15] Vox Machina also freed Emon from demonic influence and were rewarded by Sovereign Uriel with seats on the council, a parade in their honor, and the construction of a keep.[16]

In late 810 PD, During the Briarwoods' diplomatic visit to Emon, both Sovereign Uriel and Seeker Assum were charmed by Sylas Briarwood.[17] Keyleth dispelled the charm on Assum through the use of Greater Restoration,[18] but Sovereign Uriel, still charmed, removed Vox Machina from the council pending further investigation.[19] After the liberation of Whitestone and the Briarwoods were defeated, Vox Machina returned to Emon discovering that the charm had lifted from Sovereign Uriel, who were rehabilitated and their positions on the council restored.[20] Upon receiving Briarwood letters proving the alliance between Lord Riskel Daxio (Master of Commerce) and the Briarwoods, Uriel ordered his arrest, and after a brief interrogation, Riskel was executed by Grog.[21][22]

In the wake of not one but two successful attempts to control the council through subterfuge and magical manipulation, Uriel decided to step down as sovereign of Emon.[23] His intention was to leave the council with the responsibility of leading the nation. However, as he was making this announcement to a crowd in the Cloudtop District, Emon was attacked by the Chroma Conclave.

Republic of Tal'Dorei[edit | edit source]

After the defeat of Thordak and the Chroma Conclave, Emon was liberated and the realm of Tal'Dorei was reformed as a republic. The council's six "masters", as well as ambassadors and delegates from Tal'Dorei's magor cities who now directly govern and enforce the rule of law. Following the destructive Chroma Crisis, council welcomed the independent city-states of Syngorn and Kraghammer to establish closer alliance bonds, providing them with representatives seats at the council.[4] Though Vox Machina continue to hold their honorary titles as members of the Council of Tal'Dorei, they hold no specific domains of responsibility.[24]

The Tal'Dorei Council's focus for most of the years between the crisis and 836 PD has been to rebuild and to build confidence in the republic. However, rebuilding has cost far more than the council had, and the people of Tal'Dorei fear that even members of the council are giving preferential treatment to the mages to whom heavy debts are owed for spearheading the reconstruction. Meanwhile, the council's reach to smaller cities has been weakened, and the outlying settlements have suffered under lawlessness and corruption, so that they mistrust the council.[25]

Following the apogee solstice in 843 PD, Council of Tal'Dorei sent troops to Jrusar to aid the Chandei Quorum's efforts against the threat at the Tishtan excavation site.[26][26]

Relationships[edit | edit source]

The Tal'Dorei Council has diplomatic and trade agreements with Othanzia from the continent of Issylra and the Clovis Concord in Wildemount. At the conclusion of the War of Ash and Light between Dwendalian Empire and Kryn Dynasty, the council sent ambassadors to both nations to establish embassies. The council established friendly and open trade relationship with the city of Ank'Harel in Marquet, but the Marquet city wasn't interested in any political bonds.[10]

In the past, the Clasp was considered to be a serious threat to the council's rule, but as of 836 PD, "Clasp Spirelings in Emon frequently make public appearances before the council on behalf of their own organization and their often unscrupulous business partners". They also collaborate with the Master of Information from the council.[10]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

After Allura's appearance in Campaign 2, the members of the Mighty Nein would often ask NPCs, "Who is on the Tal'Dorei Council?", even if they had no reason to know this information. This became a running gag for a time, until Matt Mercer joked a few times that every time the players asked the question, a member of the Council died. Matt finally revealed the Council's current members during "Critical Role Campaign 2 Wrap-Up" (Mx10).[27]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting Reborn, Chapter 2: "Allegiances of Tal'Dorei", p. 42. The Tal'Dorei Empire was established "three centuries" before 836 PD.
  2. Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting Reborn, Chapter 2: "Allegiances of Tal'Dorei", p. 35.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting Reborn, Chapter 2: "Allegiances of Tal'Dorei", p. 44.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting Reborn, Chapter 2: "Allegiances of Tal'Dorei", pp. 43–44.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting Reborn, Chapter 2: "Allegiances of Tal'Dorei", p. 46.
  6. Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting Reborn, Chapter 2: "Allegiances of Tal'Dorei", p. 43.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting, p. 36.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 "Critical Role Campaign 2 Wrap-Up" (Mx10) from 4:06:06 through 4:07:37.
  9. "The Folding Halls" (2x80) at 1:19:53.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 10.5 Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting Reborn, Chapter 2: "Allegiances of Tal'Dorei", p. 45.
  11. "A Glorious Return" (E1x03) at 1:15:56. See also Poska confirming that Gilmore is on the Council 3:07:54.
  12. Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting, p. 62.
  13. "For The Tempest" (3x68) at 23:30.
  14. "The Story of Vox Machina" (Mx04) from 6:23 through 7:59.
  15. "The Story of Vox Machina" (Mx04) from 6:23 through 15:18.
  16. "The Story of Vox Machina" (Mx04) from 15:30 through 18:27.
  17. "A Musician's Nostalgia" (1x37) from 1:04:26 through 1:04:52.
  18. "Consequences and Cows" (1x26) from 53:40 through 56:15.
  19. "Consequences and Cows" (1x26) at 56:50.
  20. "A Musician's Nostalgia" (1x37) at 1:06:06.
  21. "Echoes of the Past" (1x38) at 29:30.
  22. "A Musician's Nostalgia" (1x37) from 1:11:11 through 1:12:48.
  23. "Omens" (1x39) at 3:26:27.
  24. "In Ruins" (1x41) at 6:26.
  25. Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting Reborn, Chapter 1: "Welcome to Tal'Dorei", pp. 22–23.
  26. 26.0 26.1 "Reunited" (3x64) at 1:35:36.
  27. "Critical Role Campaign 2 Wrap-Up" (Mx10) at 4:05:32. Also see 8:11 when Matt makes the last Council death joke.


  1. Official art of the Tal'Dorei Council heraldry, by Conceptopolis from Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting Reborn and Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting. 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.