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Episode-47-Vex-Activates-the-Broom-of-Flying

Vex'ahlia (and Laura) reacts to her successful activation of Gern Blanston's flying broom for the first time.[art 1]

Vex-Flying-on-Broom-Stolen-from-Gern-by-Meg-Simmons

Fan art of Vex'ahlia flying on Death from Above, by Meg Simmons.[art 2]

Vexahlia-on-Death-from-Above-with-Vaxildan-Dangling-by-NLN4

Fan art of Vex'ahlia flying on Death from Above with Vax'ildan dangling, by NLN4.[art 3]

Episode-59-Vexahlia-Flying-over-Feywild-by-NLN4

Fan art of Vex'ahlia flying over the Feywild on Death from Above in "Into the Feywild" (5x03), by NLN4.[art 4]

Death from Above is the name given to the flying broom[1] that Vex'ahlia stole from Gern Blanston.[2]

Acquisition Edit

During Vox Machina's encounter with Gern Blanston in Cindergrove, they formed a tentative alliance.  While battling an efreet, Vex'ahlia offered to hold his broom of flying.  After the battle, she slipped it into Grog's Bag of Holding and lied to Gern, telling him that the broom fell into the lava.[3]

Properties Edit

The broom only flies once its command word has been spoken. It can carry up to 400 pounds, although its flying speed is reduced to thirty feet when it is carrying more than 200 pounds.[4]

Modifications Edit

Percy began making tinkering with attachments to Death from Above to improve Vex'ahlia's stability while flying for better aim with her bow, as well as to ensure that she wouldn't lose or become separated from the broom if she fell from it.[5]

Although Percy added a seat for the primary rider, Vax'ildan commented that riding it as a passenger was very uncomfortable for him as a male, and he joked that Vex'ahlia may have done Gern a favor by stealing the broom from him.[6]

Notable Uses Edit

During Vox Machina's fight against Kevdak and the Herd of Storms, Vex'ahlia saved Grog Strongjaw's life by swooping down on Death from Above and placing Grog in Raven's Slumber.[7]  She later released him from the necklace directly above Kevdak, allowing him to land the killing blow against his uncle.[8]  Due to the circumstances of the fight and their opponents' determination to kill rather than simply knock individuals unconscious, Vex'ahlia's strategic use of the broom to give Grog the killing blow may have prevented a total party kill (TPK).

References Edit

  1. See "A Cycle of Vengeance" (5x02) at 3:18:40.
  2. See "Cindergrove Revisited" (4x08) from 2:54:19 through 2:55:55.
  3. See "Cindergrove Revisited" (4x08) from 2:54:19 through 2:55:55.
  4. See "What Lies Beneath the Surface" (6x12).[citation needed]
  5. See "Best Laid Plans..." (4x12) from 1:09:26 through 1:12:10.
  6. See "The Echo Tree" (5x07) at 0:45:36.
  7. See "The Kill Box" (4x14) from 1:35:40 through 1:37:33.
  8. See "The Kill Box" (4x14) from 2:30:08 through 2:35:05.

Art:

  1. Vex'ahlia (and Laura) reacts to her successful activation of Gern Blanston's flying broom for the first time.  See "The Family Business" (4x09) at 0:40:51.
  2. Fan art of Vex'ahlia flying on Death from Above, by Meg Simmons (source).  Created in the midst of and in opposition to some negative community reaction to Laura Bailey's and Vex's theft from another player.  Permission needed.
  3. Fan art of Vex'ahlia flying on Death from Above with Vax'ildan dangling, by NLN4 (source).  Used with permission.
  4. Fan art of Vex'ahlia flying over the Feywild on Death from Above in "Into the Feywild" (5x03), by NLN4 (source).  Used with permission.

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