Sarenrae is a minor deity with spheres of influence that overlap some of those of more influential deities, such as Pelor with his Sun and Healing domains. Her belief that the corrupt can be redeemed led to a betrayal by the Lord of the Hells that left most of her following decimated in the Calamity. After the Divergence, Sarenrae's influence diminished even more, with her ancient temple in Vasselheim falling to ruin.
For followers of Sarenrae, religious activity and worship is mostly private and passed down through tradition rather than centralized at temples and institutionally trained.
Although Sarenrae shares influence over certain domains with other gods, she is neither jealous nor territorial. She could expand her influence by taking a more interventionist role in mortal affairs, thereby accumulating more followers, but she remains somewhat aloof from the world. For example, she sent visions to Pike in the Underdark and even manifested an avatar of Pike to aid Vox Machina in Whitestone, but Pike is rather private and non-proselytic about her devotion to Sarenrae. Sarenrae could have chosen another worshipper that would have praised her before the masses and encouraged the building of temples, but Pike simply completed Sarenrae's objectives and moved on.
Sarenrae is also willing to forgive and redeem the transgressions of her followers. When Pike unnecessarily slit the throat of an unconscious duergar foe with her Mace of Disruption in Emberhold, her holy symbol of Sarenrae cracked, and her connection to Sarenrae's divine energy became strained. However, when Pike later sought to atone for her cruelty, Sarenrae not only restored the connection but empowered her with stronger divine energy (completely healing Vax'ildan's lava-damaged foot) and chose her for more important tasks in the future (including the Whitestone Rebellion and pursuit of Vestiges of the Divergence).
The following are Sarenrae's commandments to be observed by her followers.
- Lead with mercy, patience, and compassion. Inspire others to unite in fellowship.
- Aid those who are without guide. Heal those who are without hope.
- Those who are beyond redemption, who revel in slaughter and remorseless evil, must meet swift justice.
Known Followers Edit
- Pike Trickfoot: A member of Vox Machina and devout member of Sarenrae's clergy, following in her great-great-grandfather Wilhand's footsteps.
- Wilhand Trickfoot: Coming from a long line of thieves, Wilhand's life (and the destiny of the Trickfoot family line) changed forever when Sarenrae came to Wilhand in his dreams and redeemed him.
- Father Tristan: Head cleric of the Temple of Sarenrae in Emon.
- Although most of the primary deities in the Critical Role campaign are from the Dawn War pantheon, Sarenrae was imported into the fifth edition D&D game from the cast's original Pathfinder game so Ashley Johnson wouldn't have to switch deities.
- Sarenrae punched Vorugal to the ground when Pike used Divine Intervention during Vox Machina's battle with the ancient white dragon.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Matthew Mercer posted an excerpt about Sarenrae from his upcoming Campaign Guide on Reddit. (source)
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Matthew Mercer commented on Sarenrae's role on Exandria and her relationship with other gods.
- ↑ See "Attack on the Duergar Warcamp" (1x04) at 51:21.
- ↑ See "Against the Tide of Bone" (3x09) at 0:25:08.
- ↑ See "The Throne Room" (1x07) at 0:39:05.
- ↑ See "Glass and Bone" (1x08) at 1:26:27.
- ↑ See "Skyward" (1x15) at 50:42.
- ↑ See "Against the Tide of Bone" (3x09) from 2:16:50 through 2:17:47.
- ↑ Sarenrae helped Pike astrally project her form into the Feywild to assist Vox Machina. See "Into the Feywild" (5x03).
- ↑ See "Vorugal" (6x02) from 3:08:45 through 3:11:52.