Westruun

Westruun
Screenshot of Westruun from "Belly of the Beast" (LVM2x11).[art 1]
Official map of Westruun and surrounding areas, by Andy Law from Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting.[art 2]
Geographical information
PlaneMaterial Plane
WorldExandria
ContinentTal'Dorei
RegionDividing Plains
Historical dates
EstablishedPre-Scattered War[1]
Destroyed811 PD (partially; by the Chroma Conclave)
RebuiltAround 814 PD[2]
Society
Leader title
LeaderLord Mayor Lysandra Kallos[3]
GuardsShields of the Plain
Affiliation
Population51,980 (in 836 PD)[3]
Demographics
Notable locations
Districts
Points of interest
  • Bahamut's Rest
  • Beyond the Veil
  • Cobalt Reserve
  • Greystone Tower
  • Hall of Reason
  • Lord Mayor's Residence
  • Public Forum
  • Red House of Trickfoot
  • The Sunkissed Tavern and Inn
  • The Survivors' Legacy
  • Yuminor Observatory

Westruun is a central city in the Republic of Tal'Dorei, approximately midway between Emon and Whitestone. With a large population and a pivotal location for the movement of goods across Tal'Dorei, Westruun is a bustling city of most trades and intellectual pursuits.

Description[edit | edit source]

Westruun is built to the east of the Bramblewood Forest, near the base of the great Gatshadow Mountain. Among the aged cobblestones and very busy roadways, the sounds of music from vagrant bards and nearby taverns mingle with the nearly ever-present winds.[5] The city is surrounded by miles of farmlands and almost two dozen of villages and towns.[6]

Westruun was named after Palest Westruun.[3][7] The city's iconic flower is a white iris, which can be found on the west side of city.[8]

Westruun is encircled by towering stone walls and is divided into six wards: Opal Ward, Residential Ward, Scholar Ward, Temple Ward, Market Ward, and Underwalk Ward.[6][9]

Points of interest[edit | edit source]

  • House of the Everlight: Temple to Sarenrae emerged on the northern edge of Westruun in in Wilhand Trickfoot's twilight years.[10]
  • Iron Stocks: Prison[11]
  • Saddled Plainscow: Popular tavern owned and operated by Clasp agents, used in 836 PD as the faction's primary hideout in the city.[6]
  • Quall's house: The house is owned by Master Quall. It is a two-story building of a dark red brick with dark wood siding. It has dark marble elements at the base.[12] The house is located southeast of the town square in the Opal Ward, near the fountain crossroads.[13]

Opal Ward[edit | edit source]

Westruun's central district and its municipal heart with no residential housing.[6]

  • Ironhand Trading Company Warehouse: One of the more powerful and well-known trade companies throughout Tal'Dorei, the Ironhand Company mainly works in construction materials, such as woods, metals, rope, and roofing. They are based out of Emon.[9] The Brawler's League has a fighting arena beneath the warehouse.[14]
  • Lord Mayor's residence (formerly called the Margrave's keep): A sturdy structure that serves as both an executive mansion and a military barracks for the Shields.[15]
  • Hall of Reason: The courthouse of Westruun, noted for its Lyrengornian style and the impressive statue of Bahamut on its front steps. The square in front of the courtroom steps is a forum for public gatherings, which holds a fountain depicting Palest Westruun riding an onyx horse.[15]
  • Public Forum: Central to this public gathering area is another famous statue, that of the town's founder, Palest Westruun.
  • The Black King: A statue of Palest Westruun on horseback erected in 812 PD. It can be animated as a stone golem to defend the city in times of crisis.[15]
  • Manhole to the Underwalk Ward: A covert entrance topped with a metal cover emblazoned with the crest of Westruun. It's existence known mostly to the Clasp.[6]

Residential Ward[edit | edit source]

Residential Ward is the northeastern section of Westruun and the most densely populated part of the city, housing over two-thirds of its population. The ward has numerous local bakeries, shops, and pubs. There are resident with multitudes of diverse set of origin, wealth, culture, and religion. However, unlike in the Temple Ward, free expression of faith is not a guaranteed in the Residential Ward, and many of their Westruunian followers, who worship the three of the major deities, are not particularly tolerant of other religions.[6]

  • Softsky Bakery: A very modest bakery that looks to have been family-run for a few generations, the Softsky Bakery is owned and run by Elowen Brist, who lives alone with her son, Simon Brist. The smell from outside the bakery is pleasant, although the size is small and the business slow.[9]
  • The Sunkissed Tavern and Inn: A fair-sized tavern and inn, the Sunkissed Tavern largely houses local farmers after work hours and travelers that require cheap lodging. An attached stable makes for a convenient business for those passing through the city. A gruff half-orc barkeep named Ulf keeps his ears open for news and valuable information.[9]
  • The Underwalk Gates: A passage leading into the Underwalk Ward.

Underwalk Ward[edit | edit source]

Underwalk Ward is an underground extension of the residential section of Westruun, built from repurposed parts of the sewers, military bunkers, and the wine cellars of abandoned mansions. The district was hastily excavated at the beginning of the Chroma Crisis in hopes of keeping the populace hidden.[6]

After 812 PD, it has been largely abandoned, providing shelter only for those too poor to return to the Residential Ward. In 834-836 PD, entrepreneurs of Westruun made an effort to popularize Underwalk housing, hiring groups of adventurers to purge the underground space from hostile creatures, and create a "unique and vibrant ecosystem" in the Underwalk. The best-known entrance into the tunnels of the Underwalk Gates is inside the Residential district and another one in the Opal Ward, but is known mostly to the Clasp.[6]

  • Survivors' legacy: The wall in the first chamber of the Underwalk, bearing the names of both Westruunians who survived and died in the Chroma Crisis. Legend says that the memorial was established by Percival de Rolo, by the people of Westruun hid in the Underwalk in the aftermath of Umbrasyl's death fearing revenge from the Chroma Conclave. The Survivors' Legacy is a symbol of hope and a pilgrimage destination for the people to honor their lost loved ones, sometimes aiding the homeless of the Underwalk or praying to the Dawnfather or the Matron of Ravens.[6][fn 1]

Scholar Ward[edit | edit source]

Official art of Yuminor Observatory, by Kent Davis.[art 3]

Scholar Ward is the northwestern part of the city that houses a number of erudite institutions.[6]

  • Cobalt Reserve: A grand dome of blue, polished stone, the Cobalt Reserve is a well-fortified library organized. The library is run and controlled by the monks of The Cobalt Soul, worshipers of Ioun who gather and retain information and knowledge.[16] The Reserve's collection of knowledge is so vast that individuals travel from all over the world to study here. A monk is assigned to every person that seeks entry, both as a guide and as a security escort,[9] as Quian was assigned to Vox Machina during their quest to remove the proto-phylactery from Grog's torso.[17][18]
  • Greystone Tower: A looming spire of shimmering stone in the center of the Ward, Greystone Tower is a source of mystery and much rumor within the city. Home to the powerful archmage Realmseer Eskil Ryndarien and his servant-aide Jekt Wince, it's not uncommon to see strange colors and fumes flash from the windows throughout the evenings.[9]
  • Westhall Academy: "The most renowned" and unpretentious place of higher learning for all manner of disciplines, including arcane, architecture, poetry, artistry, agriculture. The Westhall Academy is government funded.[19] Estella Ladimar is headmistress at the academy.[20] One of Scanlan and Pike's children attended here.[21]
    • Yuminor Observatory: A single tower on the edge of the Scholar Ward looms high above the nearby Westhall Academy, to which the observatory belongs. It looks forever skyward, the arcanists inside constantly charting the movements of heavens. A quasi-religious order of diviners and astronomers named the Scions of Yuminor, supported by Westhall Academy's headmistress, study here. The Scions secretly keep many of the Astural Scrolls in the observatory.[22]
  • College of the Savvy: A school for the arts founded by the legendary White Duke.[6]
  • Underwalk Gates: An entrance to the Underwalk Ward.[6]

Temple Ward[edit | edit source]

Temple Ward is a small southern district marked by major temples to the Prime Deities and homes for their clergy, mostly representing the worship of the Lawbearer, the Wildmother, and the Platinum Dragon.[6]

Market Ward[edit | edit source]

Westruun's southwestern ward containing the majority of its commerce, in the form of trade stands, production warehouses, gambling dens, black markets, and illegal brothels. Some of these businesses are historical landmarks of the city, restored by the League of Miracles since its partial destruction in 812 PD.[6]

Map[edit | edit source]

Official map of Westruun, by Andy Law from Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting Reborn.[art 4]

Society[edit | edit source]

Government[edit | edit source]

As of 836 PD, the current head of the government in Westruun is Lord Mayor Lysandra Kallos with the aid of a city council of ten advisors. Lysandra is a middle-aged goliath and former leader of the Retrievers who was continuously re-elected for the mayor position. As a mayor, she has an executive power to dissolve any business or guild, and to exile any person or group of up to ten people from the city at her discretion.[3]

The position of the Lord Mayor of Westruun is held for five years, with no consecutive term limits. In the election can participate all adult citizens of the city who have lived there for at least five years. As of 836 PD, the election turn outs noted that only a fraction of the people actually vote.[3]

The Retrievers is a prominent faction that was involved in the establishment of the political regime, current as of 836 PD. Several of Westruun's delegates to the Tal'Dorei Council are members of this faction. In 836 PD, the Retrievers were campaigning to abolish the office of margrave from all settlements in the Republic of Tal'Dorei, which is generally approved by the council, but the council is not the authority to execute it. "The revolution-minded Retrievers are somewhat stifled by the need to compromise with other cities".[3]

The government of Westruun has an immense debt, cultivated after the fall of the Chroma Conclave and the implementation of the reconstruction programs by the former Margrave Brandon Zimmerset, which were mostly implemented by the League of Miracles. The margrave offered gold to anyone who could rebuild the immense damage the city suffered during the Chroma Crisis. The League quickly completed most of the work, and the margrave was saddled with a crushing debt, one that he was both unwilling and unable to pay. His successor, Lord Mayor Lysandra Kallos, continues to seek the ways to alleviate the pressure of the League of Miracles who use the debt as leverage to buy the allegiance of her advisory council.[3]

Defences[edit | edit source]

The city/regional guard called the Shields of the Plain (or just "Shields" for short) who keep peace, perform arrests, and supervise social unrests, bringing culprits before the Hall of Reason courthouse in the Opal Ward.[15][5] The commander of the Shields is the Lord Mayor of Westruun. There are around 1,200 trained Shields of the Plain in Westruun.[3]

Demographics[edit | edit source]

Westruun is a large city with a population of 26,205 as of 812 PD. Many races are represented among its citizens, including humans (65%), gnomes (10%), tieflings (7%), half-orcs (5%), gnolls (1%), and other races (12%).[4][30]

In 836 the city's population has grown to house 51,980 with a small decrease in relative human population to 61%, as well as including 5% of orcs and 4% of half-giants.[3]

Notable people[edit | edit source]

Since not all surnames are known, the following table is sorted by the first name.

Name Type Description
Amelia NPC Daughter of farmer Reginald, rescued from the Iron Stocks by Grog.
Atrix NPC Held the title of Margrave of Westruun for over ten years before the Chroma Conclave attacked. He was killed by the Herd of Storms during this violent crisis.
Balthasar Bleakskull NPC A tragedy bard and performer
Cornelius NPC
Drez Vina NPC
Elowen Brist NPC
Eskil Ryndarien NPC
Grimthorne NPC
Grog Strongjaw PC
Honor Kinnabari NPC Novice spellwright of the League of Miracles
Jekt Wince NPC
Joseph NPC Older man and friend of Kerrek.[31]
Lysandra Kallos NPC Lord Mayor of Westruun, as of 836 PD.
Kerrek PC
Kima NPC
Noja NPC
Orn Finch NPC Imprisoned by the Herd of Storms in the Iron Stocks in 811 PD, Orn was freed by Grog. When Orn tried to steal something out of Vox Machina's treasure left as bait for Umbrasyl, Pike's bomb (left in the treasure pile for Umbrasyl) killed him.[32]
Pike Trickfoot PC
Quian NPC
Reginald NPC Farmer who sacrificed himself to protect Amelia and the other citizens of Westruun. He was killed by Zanror.[33]
Simar NPC
Simon Brist NPC
Cyrus NPC Brother of Cornelius. One of Westruun refugee captured by orcs of the Frostweald and rescued by Vox Machina.
Ulf NPC
Vanessa NPC One of Westruun refugee captured by orcs of the Frostweald and rescued by Vox Machina.
Wilhand Trickfoot NPC
Brandon Zimmerset NPC Last Margrave of Westruun, ousted in 822 PD.

Factions[edit | edit source]

The Clasp has a network in Westruun, often clashing with the shields. Their hideouts change every few years, when the Shields learn the location. In 836 PD, the Saddled Plainscow was the current hideout, a popular tavern owned and operated by Clasp agents.

The Golden Grin agents find recruits in the local taverns. The Grin branch in Westruun prefer the waiting strategy when fighting for justice, revealing themselves at the right moment and striking against evil, the strategy which sometimes gets them a bad reputation, since people need help every day.[6]

Brawler's League has a fighting arena in the Ironhand Trading Company Warehouse of the Opal Ward.

History[edit | edit source]

Vox Machina Origins Series II[edit | edit source]

Official art of Vox Machina approaching Westruun, with the Bramblewood Forest in the background, by Olivia Samson from Vox Machina Origins II 1.[art 5]

Arriving at Westruun, Vox Machina continues their search for Grog. They discover that he used to live with two gnomes and are pointed to their home. They knock on the door and Pike opens the door and lets them in. They exchange stories and asks if the gnomes can help them, Pike then performs a ritual to discover the location of Grog. She discovers that he has been drawn to the local cursed mountain, and decided to go after him. They arrive at the base of the mountain after an encounter with a giant spider and a troop of roadside thieves.[35]

Coming back from the mountain the group talk about how they can heal the scar on Grog torso. They go to, Beyond the Veil, the Temple Ward, and the Greystone Tower but no one can or will help them. Discussing their next move they are approached by Drez Vina who will get them access to the Greystone Tower in exchange for stealing a magical item while they're there. They agree and traverse the sewers of Westruun towards the underground entrance and unlock the door. Entering the tower they set of a few traps before Pike gets caught by servant Jekt Wince. Scanlan talks them out of it under the guise of "Burt Reynolds of the Tal'Dorei Customs Department", and they continue on their search. They find the box but don't take it when they hear the voice of archmage Realmseer Eskil Ryndarien and follow it. They tell him what happened to Grog and he helps them understand what happened.[36]

Vox Machina Origins Series III[edit | edit source]

In late 809 PD, there were reports of missing children in Westruun. One of the children, before his disappearance, made friends with a litte boy.[14] It was later determined that the culprit was the Dread Emperor.

Chroma Crisis[edit | edit source]

In late 810 PD, Westruun was attacked by the Chroma Conclave, and although there was significant damage to some structures, the city remained mostly intact and livable.[37] The ancient black dragon Umbrasyl took up residence in the nearby Gatshadow Mountain, returning regularly to Westruun to collect his material offerings from the town people.[38] Meanwhile, the Herd of Storms, bolstered by the absorbed members of the Rivermaw Tribe, took the opportunity and occupied weakened Westruun.[39] Although many citizens were killed by Umbrasyl and the Herd, most others fled to Kymal, other towns, and Foramere Basin.[40] During the occupation, only a few undred people remained within the city.[41]

Vox Machina managed to defeat Thunderlord Kevdak[42] and worked toward liberating the townsfolk from the Herd of Storms, and an unsteady alliance between Vox Machina and the Herd was arranged to defeat Umbrasyl.[43] Although the Herd suffered heavy losses in the battle, Vox Machina and Herd member Shale pursued Umbrasyl to Gatshadow's peak and slew the dragon in his lair.[44] The twelve survivors from the Herd of Storms left Westruun to join the Rivermaw Tribe.[45][46] Although the danger of retaliation from the Chroma Conclave loomed over the ravaged city, Vox Machina's recent victories and construction of a fortified underground bunker encouraged the people of Westruun to begin the arduous process of returning to—and rebuilding—their town.[47]

Rebuilding and reorganizing[edit | edit source]

By 812 PD, Brandon Zimmerset was appointed as the city's margrave following Atrix's death at the hands of the Herd of Storms.[4] In order to rebuild the damaged city, Zimmerset authorized hundreds of reconstruction bounties in order to rebuild the city's damages following the Chroma Conclave and Herd of Storms' destruction. These bounties were fulfilled by the newly formed League of Miracles in only a few years, leaving Zimmerset unable to pay the debt.[3]

Zimmerset was regarded as a local tyrant in his time. In 822 PD, Zimmerset was overthrown by a group of idealists called the Retrievers, with the aid of adventurers and mercenaries. The Retrievers instated their leader, Lysandra Kallos, as the new head of Westruun, who abolished the position of Margrave in the city in favor a new democratically elected position, the Lord Mayor. Lysandra remained undefeated in her re-elections and was still the lord mayor in 836 PD.[3]

In Wilhand Trickfoot's twilight years, a House of the Everlight emerged on the northern edge of Westruun.[10]

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

In 836 PD, as a part of an adventure hook They Can't Have Flown Away, over four dozen plainscows have disappeared from Westruun's outlying villages in the span of weeks. The only evidence of their disappearance were a series of five foot holes in the ground and traces of acid scarring. Jeremiah Sook, head of the regional Rancher's Guild, had reward for those who can catch the culprits.[34]

The same year, as a part of an adventure hook The Stuff of Nightmares, a sadistic oni was secretly responsible for kidnappings of local children and a seemingly unrelated scourge of nightmares affecting old and young. Nyx and Vryll recently opened a dream-reading stall, and their business was booming, due to the rapid increase in demand in mystic expertise.[34]

In 836 PD, as a part of an adventure hook Down Below, a massive sinkhole appeared beneath the First Bastion, pulling a portion of the temple into the Underwalk Ward. High priest Umentu Helmdoff sought adventurers to inspect the sinkhole. One who descended into the sinkhole noticed that "the terror of the sinkhole only grew as the light from above faded".[34]

References[edit | edit source]

Notes

  1. "Once per week, a character related to one of the people named on the Survivors' Legacy can pray there and gain advantage on death saving throws for the next 24 hours."

Citations

  1. Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting, p. 10.
  2. Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting Reborn, Chapter 3: "Tal'Dorei Gazetteer", p. 89. The reconstruction bounties were completed "a few short years" after their issuing.
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting Reborn, Chapter 3: "Tal'Dorei Gazetteer", p. 89.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting, p. 58.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting, p. 59.
  6. 6.00 6.01 6.02 6.03 6.04 6.05 6.06 6.07 6.08 6.09 6.10 6.11 6.12 6.13 6.14 6.15 6.16 Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting Reborn, Chapter 3: "Tal'Dorei Gazetteer", p. 90.
  7. Matthew Mercer clarified on Twitter that Westruun was named after a person.
  8. "Hope" (1x56) at 3:33:10.
  9. 9.00 9.01 9.02 9.03 9.04 9.05 9.06 9.07 9.08 9.09 9.10 Some of the information on this page was imported from Matthew Mercer's Vox Machina Wiki article, "Westruun".
  10. 10.0 10.1 "The Chapter Closes" (1x115) at 3:53:06.
  11. "In the Belly of the Beast" (1x54) at 45:32.
  12. "At Dawn, We Plan!" (1x53) at 1:03:48.
  13. "Into the Frostweald" (1x48) at 57:11.
  14. 14.0 14.1 Vox Machina Origins III.
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 15.3 Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting Reborn, Chapter 3: "Tal'Dorei Gazetteer", p. 92.
  16. "Voice of the Tempest" (1x90) from 1:38:20 through 1:38:57.
  17. Information about Quian was imported from Matthew Mercer's Vox Machina Wiki article, "Quian".
  18. Prior to the stream, the Cobalt Reserve was run by monks devoted to a deity called Delleb. This shifted to Ioun once the stream started.
  19. Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting Reborn, Chapter 3: "Tal'Dorei Gazetteer", pp. 90–91.
  20. Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting Reborn, Chapter 3: "Tal'Dorei Gazetteer", p. 112.
  21. Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting Reborn, Chapter 6: "Allies and Adversaries of Tal'Dorei", p. 268.
  22. Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting Reborn, Chapter 3: "Tal'Dorei Gazetteer", p. 112. See also p. 42.
  23. "At Dawn, We Plan!" (1x53) at 14:25.
  24. "In the Belly of the Beast" (1x54) at 1:14:18.
  25. "The Path to Whitestone" (1x27) at 2:15:54.
  26. "At Dawn, We Plan!" (1x53) from 29:46 through 34:41.
  27. "One Year Later..." (1x95) at 26:20.
  28. "Family Matters" (1x96) at 46:47.
  29. "Liam's Quest" (OSx07) at 2:49:44.
  30. Some of the information on this page was imported from Matthew Mercer's Vox Machina Wiki article, "Westruun". Note that the population figure on that site conflicted with that in the Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting. The number given here reflects that given in the Campaign Setting.
  31. "Hope" (1x56) at 2:58:24.
  32. "Hope" (1x56) from 1:24:24 through 1:25:06.
  33. "Best Laid Plans..." (1x50) from 2:05:55 through 2:06:34.
  34. 34.0 34.1 34.2 34.3 Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting Reborn, Chapter 3: "Tal'Dorei Gazetteer", p. 93.
  35. "The Story of Vox Machina" (Mx04) from 0:50 through 1:41.
  36. Vox Machina Origins II.
  37. "Those Who Walk Away..." (1x45) at 40:45. Also see 42:50
  38. "The Family Business" (1x47) at 1:32:07. Vox Machina investigates a pit once containing gold
  39. "The Family Business" (1x47) at 1:58:35.
  40. "Hope" (1x56) at 1:43:29.
  41. "Hope" (1x56) at 1:28:44.
  42. "The Kill Box" (1x52) from 2:32:52 through 2:34:09.
  43. "The Kill Box" (1x52) from 2:57:36 through 3:00:04.
  44. "Umbrasyl" (1x55) from 4:08:23 through 4:10:10.
  45. "Umbrasyl" (1x55) from 4:24:04 through 4:26:02.
  46. "Hope" (1x56) at 1:20:48.
  47. "Hope" (1x56) at 3:01:08.

Art:

  1. Screenshot of Westruun from "Belly of the Beast" (LVM2x11). 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 map of Westruun and surrounding areas, by Andy Law from 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.
  3. Official art of Yuminor Observatory, by Kent Davis (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.
  4. Official map of Westruun, by Andy Law from Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting Reborn. 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 Vox Machina approaching Westruun, with the Bramblewood Forest in the background, by Olivia Samson from Vox Machina Origins II 1. 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.