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Delilah Briarwood, or Lady Briarwood, was a powerful human wizard—a necromancer, according to Cassandra.[1][6]  She and her husband, Lord Sylas Briarwood, slaughtered the entire de Rolo family (except for Percy and Cassandra), then seized Whitestone for a dark ritual involving Vecna.

About five years after Whitestone fell to the Briarwoods, Percy returned with Vox Machina to claim revenge. They were able to foment a citizens' rebellion, disrupt the Briarwoods' ritual, kill Sylas, and finally kill a grieving Delilah.

However, she was revealed to be alive in Marquet over a year later, after completing a second (or possibly third) ziggurat ritual. She was killed for a second time during the fight against Vecna, after his resurrection atop Entropis.

After coming back to life a third time, Delilah was killed by Vox Machina after they returned to Thar Amphala from the Feywild.

Description Edit

Appearance Edit

Delilah-Briarwood@RobynAlyHope

Fan art of Delilah Briarwood, by RobynAlyHope.[art 2]

When Vox Machina first met her, Delilah was a beautiful woman with dark auburn hair, pulled up into a tight braided bun. With gloves on her feminine hands, she wore a blue and black gown that had a long, billowing skirt that tapered up to be form-fitting, wrapping up her neck nearly to her jaw.[7]

Personality Edit

Biography Edit

Background Edit

See also:  Briarwoods

Delilah Briarwood trained briefly at the Alabaster Lyceum in Emon.[8]

"Shopping and Shipping" (1x14)Edit

It was briefly mentioned that the Briarwoods had been in Emon for about a week on a diplomatic mission to discuss the establishment of the official trade route through the northeast with Sovereign Uriel.[9]

"The Rematch" (2x07) Edit

Asum informed Vox Machina that the Briarwoods were en route to Emon as, in celebration of the agreed-upon construction of a grand bridge across the Shearing Channel to the eastern continent of Wynandir, a dinner was being held here within a week.

"The Feast" (3x01) Edit

The Briarwoods held a dinner celebrating the agreed upon venture of the construction of a grand bridge across the Shearing Channel to the eastern continent of Wynandir with Uriel and the Council members (including an invite to Vox Machina).

Discussion took place of the intricate details of the trade route between Wildemount and Tal'Dorei before the discussion segued into conversation about the Briarwoods' history in Whitestone.

Delilah spun a tale of how they both met the de Rolo family after taking them into their home during a terrible storm while the family had been on holiday and had been intending to meet with the noble family to discuss pursuing the venture as a joint trade before disease took the family. With the death of the entire family and no heir left to inherit the city it had been to their surprise that the mantle had been passed onto them to spearhead the venture and take over Whitestone in their stead.

Conversation moved on to discuss Vox Machina's adventures briefly before Scanlan interjected asking about the disease that had taken the de Rolos. Sylas stated that they had only been given the information but a month or two after the family had passed away much to the confusion of Keyleth wondering why they had not been afraid to enter the castle after the disease had swept through. Sylas reassured the druid that they had sent their best clerics to rid of any existing possible lingering disease, and to make sure to remove any corpses or bodies that may contain it before they moved in.

Eventually the couple retired to their rooms leaving the group to their own devices.

They were then alerted to Vax'ildan entering their quarters not a few moments later under the guise of being a guard. As the rogue tried to talk his way out of the room as he backed up to the door, Delilah questioned his identity citing they had just been to dinner with someone who looked uncannily like Vax.

Delilah smirked and began an incantation under her breath just as Vax tried to take off, managing to capture him with a Hold Person spell, mid retreat. Vax continued to try to talk his way out of the situation even as Delilah approached him and Sylas flanked him from the other side.

Delilah berated Vax for trying to flee when she simply wanted to ask him some questions in their private quarters just as Sylas slammed a hand down on Vax saying not to worry and he looked delicious.

"Crimson Diplomacy" (3x02) Edit

"Race to the Ziggurat" (3x11) Edit

"Denouement" (3x12) Edit

"Unfinished Business" (8x01) Edit

"Race to the Tower" (8x03) Edit

"The Endless Atheneeum" (8x07) Edit

"Dark Dealings" (8x13) Edit

"The Final Ascent" (8x14) Edit

Delilah was killed by Vex and turned into a zombie by Arkhan.

"Vecna, the Ascended" (8x15) Edit

The zombified Delilah was revealed to have been beheaded during Arkhan's battle with the Death Knight.

Relationships Edit

Sylas Briarwood Edit

Delilah was married to Sylas Briarwood. Their marriage is portrayed as deeply loving; when Sylas is killed by Pike, Delilah is immediately distraught and yells, "You can't! I broke the world for us!"[10].

Cassandra de Rolo Edit

Delilah and Sylas did not kill Cassandra when they murdered the rest of the de Rolo family, but instead kept her as a pawn in maintaining peace in Whitestone. Over time, Cassandra developed a (somewhat Stockholm Syndrome-esque) loyalty to her captors and began to do their bidding. She helped them quash one rebellion attempt prior to Vox Machina's arrival and willingly betrayed her brother to the Briarwoods on his return.

Character Information Edit

Delilah-Briarwood-by-Nadz-Salvo

Fan art of Delilah Briarwood, by Nadz Salvo.[art 3]

Abilities Edit

Spells Edit

1st-level Edit
2nd-level Edit
  • Hold Person[12]
  • Misty Step
3rd-level Edit
  • Counterspell[13]
  • Dispel Magic[14]
  • Haste
4th-level Edit
  • Blight
  • Dimension Door
5th-level Edit
6th-level Edit
7th-level Edit
  • Finger of Death
8th-level Edit
  • Clone[16]
  • Feeblemind
  • Power Word Stun[17]
9th-level Edit
  • Prismatic Wall[18]

Notable Items Edit

  • Eye of Vecna (removed from her second corpse by Vox Machina,[19] later destroyed by Pelor[20])

Quotations Edit

Trivia Edit

  • Laura Bailey dressed as Lady Briarwood during "The Coming Storm" (6x04), which aired the week before Halloween 2016.
  • In the Critical Role Major Arcana Tarot Card Set, she along with her husband, Sylas, represent VI - The Lovers.
  • Delilah has been killed three times so far, all by a de Rolo; once by Cassandra in "Denouement" (3x12), once by Percy in "Race to the Tower" (8x03), and once by Vex in "The Final Ascent" (8x14).

References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Matthew Mercer confirmed on Twitter that Delilah Briarwood is a necromancer wizard.
  2. See "Race to the Tower" (8x03) at 3:37:40.
  3. See "The Final Ascent" (8x14).[citation needed]
  4. Delilah could cast 9th-level spells, meaning she was at least a level 17 wizard.
  5. See "Race to the Tower" (8x03) at 3:09:07.
  6. See "Reunions" (3x10), part 2, at 0:51:55.
  7. See "The Feast" (3x01) at 3:00:00.
  8. See "The Feast" (3x01) at 2:57:00.
  9. See "Shopping and Shipping" (1x14) at 1:25:34.
  10. See "Race to the Ziggurat" (3x11) from 3:47:33 through 3:47:50.
  11. See "The Final Ascent" (8x14) at 2:17:45. Delilah casts Shield.
  12. See "The Feast" (3x01) at 3:46:20. Mercer told Vax'ildan to make a Wisdom saving throw, and that he could try again at the end of each turn, in keeping with the spell description of Hold Person in D&D Player's Handbook, 5th ed., p. 251.
  13. See "Dark Dealings" (8x13) at 3:05:01. Delilah casts Counterspell.
  14. See "Dark Dealings" (8x13) at 3:04:35. Delilah casts Dispel Magic.
  15. See "Race to the Tower" (8x03) at 3:17:36.
  16. See "The Final Ascent" (8x14).[citation needed] Mercer assents when someone calls Delilah's ability to come back to life a cloning ability
  17. See "Race to the Ziggurat" (3x11) at 3:01:04. Mercer used the phrase "power word" and specified that the effect succeeded because Vax'ildan had fewer than 150 HP, in keeping with the spell description of Power Word Stun in D&D Player's Handbook, 5th ed., p. 267.
  18. See "Unfinished Business" (8x01) at 4:05:54. The description of Scanlan's passage through the layers is in keeping with that of Prismatic Wall.
  19. See "The Fate-Touched" (8x04).[citation needed]
  20. See "Elysium" (8x05).[citation needed]

Art:

  1. Fan art of Delilah Briarwood, by Nicklas Andersson (source).  Permission needed.
  2. Fan art of Delilah Briarwood, by RobynAlyHope (source).  Permission needed.
  3. Fan art of Delilah Briarwood, by Nadz Salvo (source).  Used with permission.


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