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Fjord (pronounced "Ford") is a half-orc warlock. He is played by Travis Willingham.

Description Edit

Appearance Edit

Fjord wears beat-up leathers and piecemeal armor put together. He has a big scar across his face and green skin tone. His face changes to a lighter green complexion from his cheekbones down to his neck. [8]

Jester, Beauregard, and Nott have described Fjord as handsome. [9] [10]

Personality Edit

Fjord is described as the strong silent type [11], and he tends to keep a cool and rational outlook. He is also very charismatic. Though willing to break rules when needed [12] [13], he seems to operate under certain principles of honor, claiming that he tries to be honest and he thinks people should do what they say they're going to do.[14] However, when he raised the question with his other party members of whether they would hijack a caravan, Fjord told the thievery-prone Nott that he didn't want to change her behavior to be more lawful and that he might take her up on the offer to learn how to steal.[15]

Fjord is also adept at acting, having used his talents in changing his voice and accent and his magical abilities to alter his appearance to get the party out of multiple sticky situations.[16][17] Despite using a "country" accent (United States Texan English) around the other party members, he dropped the accent for a dream with his warlock patron [18]; if intended by Travis Willingham, then this suggests that Fjord is hiding his true accent from his companions.

Biography Edit

Background Edit

Fjord claims to come from Port Damali on the Menagerie Coast where he worked as a sailor.[19] Fjord and Jester met about a week and a half before reaching Trostenwald.[20]

Pre-Stream Edit

As a child Fjord was a chubby, short, mis-proportioned stumpy kid with big teeth, though he at one point did his own dental work to remove his tusks.[21]

Fjord had at one point worked to take care of, load, and offload goods onto a ship called the Pink Giver.[22]

Traveling along the Amber Road, on their way to study magic at the Soltryce Academy in Rexxentrum, the trio (Fjord, Jester, and Beau) saved the daughter of Rinaldo (a fisherman in Trostenwald) from a giant snake.[23]

Chapter 9 Edit

Relationships Edit

Fjord's Hexblade Patron Edit

Patron:  "Watching."
Fjord:  "What—what are you?"
Patron:  "Watching."
Fjord:  "Watching… me?"
Patron:  "Potential."
Fjord:  "My–my potential? What–what–what are you asking of me?"
Patron:  "Learn."
Fjord:  "Learn… What would you have me learn?"
Patron:  "Learn. Grow. Provoke. Consume."
Fjord:  "Learn, grow, provoke, consume. I don't understand."
Patron:  "Reward."
Fjord:  "A reward for this? I'm listening."
Patron:  "Patience."
– 
Fjord and his warlock patron during a dream[24]
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Fjord's patron is a mysterious entity. After Fjord defeated a nergaliid and left Trostenwald, the patron came to him in a dream. While falling asleep, the air seemed to transform into a cold, dark ocean. Struggling against the currents, Fjord gasped the cold water into his lungs, and eventually he was able to breathe it. A giant yellow eye appeared, and an entity communicated eight words directly into Fjord's mind: watching, potential, learn, grow, provoke, consume, reward, patience.[25] Upon waking, Fjord coughed out the salty water from his dream [26], and he had gained the ability to summon and dismiss his falchion as a pact weapon.[27]

According to Xanathar's Guide to Everything, which published the hexblade subclass, hexblade patrons come from the Shadowfell.[28] However, the origin and nature of Fjord's patron have not been confirmed.

Jester Edit

Fjord and Jester met in Port Damali, a little while before encountering the rest of the party. Jester called Fjord very handsome and Nott believed that they were romantically involved, but Jester asserted that their relationship had been platonic.[29] However, after reading "Tusk Love", Jester started referring to Fjord as "Oskar" (after the Half-Orc character in the book).

Jester was also thoroughly impressed with how well Fjord can change his voice and accent. While Beau was out buying some cheap wine, Jester pulled the warlock aside and told him that she liked both of his accents. The first was the one that he put on in order to obtain passage to Crookedstone in Trostenwald which, according to her, sounds like he did in Port Damali . The second is the "Texan" accent that he has now.[30]

Beauregard Edit

Beauregard and Fjord met a day or two before the events of "Curious Beginnings" (9x01). Beau instinctively trusted Fjord by the time of "A Show of Scrutiny" (9x02), relying on his instructions in order to act more "manly" for a disguise.[31] Fjord eventually started guiding Beau towards less hostile forms of social interaction, to mixed success.[32] The two joined a meeting of The Knights of Requital together and didn't reveal what they witnessed to the other members of the Mighty Nein, though Caleb saw the first meeting they attended through Frumpkin.[33]

Caleb Widogast Edit

Fjord is intrigued by Caleb's wizardry, as he's interested in learning more magic himself.[34] Fjord is allergic to Caleb's (sometimes) cat, Frumpkin.[35]

During Midnight Espionage, they got into an argument over Caleb stealing a spell scroll and potentially exposing the operation. Caleb walked away without the scroll when Fjord held his falchion to Caleb's throat and prepared to cast "Eldritch Blast" at Nott.[36]

Nott Edit

Nott hoped to steal Fjord's letter of recommendation to the Soltryce Academy for Caleb to use instead. Fjord set a trap after Nott's initial theft attempt, learning of this and Nott's motivated attachment to Caleb when Molly charmed Nott. Afterwards, Nott treated Fjord with hostility.[37]

Character Information Edit

Quests Edit

Fjord is on his way to the Soltryce Academy in the hopes of learning more magic there and more specifically about his powers.[38]

Notable Items Edit

Current Items Edit

  • Falchion [39]
    • This weapon was not revealed by Caleb's Detect Magic spell [40] because the Falchion in itself was not magical.
    • When Fjord invoked Hexblade's Curse against a target, the blade of his falchion transformed from polished metal to a barnacle-covered blade that sourcelessly dripped water as if it had just been pulled from the ocean. [41] The sword disappeared when Fjord established his Pact of the Blade. When he summoned the weapon for the first time, it appeared in its transformed state.[42]
  • Piecemeal Leather Armor [43] (notably without pockets [44]). This armor received the Mariner's Armor enchantment in favor of the actual Mariner's Armor. [45]
  • A letter of recommendation to the Soltryce Academy received from Starosta Kosh[46]
  • Waste Hunter Blade [47]
  • Cloak of Protection bought from The Invulnerable Vagrant[48]

Former Items Edit

  • Scorching Ray Gauntlet [49] (traded to Caleb for the Mariner's Armor) [50]

Abilities Edit

Unless otherwise noted, the following abilities are assumed from the standard Dungeons & Dragons materials:

Feats Edit

Half-Orc Abilities Edit

  • Darkvision
  • Menacing
  • Relentless Endurance [52]
  • Savage Attacks

Warlock Abilities Edit

  • Eldritch Invocations (2)
    • Mask of Many Faces [53]
    • Agonizing Blast [54]
  • Otherworldly Patron (Hexblade)
    • Expanded Spell List [55]
    • Hexblade's Curse [41]
      • When Fjord first invoked the Hexblade's Curse against a target, the blade of his falchion transformed from polished metal to being covered in barnacles which grow down towards the hilt. Additionally, the blade began to sourcelessly drip water as if it had just been pulled out of the ocean. Since Fjord made the falchion his pact weapon, these changes appear to have become permanent.
    • Hex Warrior
  • Pact Boon: Pact of the Blade
    • Rather than creating a new weapon or performing a ritual on an existing weapon [56], Fjord's mysterious falchion disappeared during a dream in which he met his patron.[57] Upon waking, he was able to summon the falchion as a pact weapon. [58]
  • Pact Magic (Charisma-based spellcasting)

Warlock Spells Edit

As a level 4 warlock, Fjord knows three cantrips and five spells. He only has two 2nd-level spell slots for those five spells, but he regains his spell slots on a short rest. [59] He can replace the spells he knows when he gains a level, so he may no longer know all of these spells.

Cantrips Edit
  • Eldritch Blast [60]
  • Minor Illusion [61]
1st-level Edit
2nd-level Edit
  • Crown of Madness [64]

Quotes Edit

  • "We need to drop this fucker and get the hell out of Dodge." (Fjord after attacking the zombie in the second battle)[65]
  • "Is that single horse a, uh...a mustang?" (how Fjord met Shelby the Mustang)[66]

Trivia Edit

  • Travis made the first roll of the campaign, with a natural 20 as the result.[67]
  • Fjord is allergic to cats, as is Travis.[4]
  • Due to his status as a hexblade warlock and his thick Texan accent, many Critters have given the nickname "Texblade" to Fjord.[68] [69]
  • Fjord is "near thirty" according to Travis.[70]
  • Many Critters have been curious about why, as a half-orc, Fjord doesn't have any tusks. When asked about it on Talks Machina, Travis said they would find out later on in the campaign.[4] In Zemnian Nights, Fjord hinted what might've happened when he told Nott that "[he] did [his] own dental work".
  • Fjord found a mustang and named it Shelby [65], a reference to the Shelby Mustang, which is a high-performance variant of the Ford Mustang.
  • Fjord's patron may be a sea creature, based on his dream as part of his 3rd-level warlock Pact of the Blade feature. The patron gave Fjord vague instructions to grow in strength and learn.[24]
  • When Fjord stated that he didn't have a surname, Sam joked that it was "Tough"—which would make his name "Fjord Tough", a pun on the slogan of Ford Motor Company.[71]
  • His main 'hobby' is watching and immitating peoples habbits most likely to improve his disguise self (mask of many faces) and deception.

External Links Edit

References Edit

  1. See "The Gates of Zadash" (9x08) at stated to Starosta Kosh that he didn't have a surnames Fjord stated to Starosta Kosh that he didn't have a surname.
  2. See "Curious Beginnings" (9x01) from 32:12 through Travis introduces Fjord as a half-orc.
  3. See "Curious Beginnings" (9x01) from 2:58:04 through Fjord's stat card was shown on screen.
  4. See "Talks Machina #49: 'Curious Beginnings'" (TMx49).[citation needed]
  5. See "The Midnight Chase" (9x03) at and Jester discuss meeting in Port Damalis Fjord and Jester discuss meeting in Port Damali.[citation needed]
  6. See "Curious Beginnings" (9x01).[citation needed]
  7. See "The Midnight Chase" (9x03) at describes himself as a former sailors Fjord describes himself as a former sailor.[citation needed]
  8. Description derived from official art of Fjord by Ari.
  9. See "Curious Beginnings" (9x01) from 32:37 through Jester calls Fjord "very handsome".
  10. See "Curious Beginnings" (9x01) from 40:45 through 40:49.
  11. See "Curious Beginnings" (9x01) from 32:02 through 32:05.
  12. See "A Show of Scrutiny" (9x02) from 1:41:14 through Fjord breaks house arrest to investigate the murders in Trostenwald.
  13. See "The Midnight Chase" (9x03) from 0:41:18 through Fjord thinks stealing horses to escape is "not a terrible idea.".
  14. See "Curious Beginnings" (9x01) from 34:29 through 37:38.
  15. See "The Open Road" (9x05) from 0:24:58 through 0:27:00.
  16. See "A Show of Scrutiny" (9x02) from 3:21:27 through 3:22:55.
  17. See "The Midnight Chase" (9x03) from 2:00:05 through Fjord disguises himself as an old man and successfully distracts a Crown's Guard.
  18. See "The Open Road" (9x05) at 0:52:30.
  19. See "The Midnight Chase" (9x03) from 1:24:45 through Jester tells the group that Fjord was a sailor.
  20. See "Talks Machina #49: 'Curious Beginnings'" (TMx49) at Fjord and Jester met around a week before they met Beauregard. Given the fact that they've only known Beau for a few days, that times out to around a week and a half of knowing each other.
  21. See "Zemnian Nights" (9x11) at 3:04:31.
  22. See "Waste and Webs" (9x10) at 3:01:35.
  23. See "Curious Beginnings" (9x01) from 32:56 through 33:04.
  24. See "The Open Road" (9x05) from 0:51:59 through 0:54:20.
  25. See "The Open Road" (9x05) at 0:48:42.
  26. See "The Open Road" (9x05) at 0:55:44.
  27. See "The Open Road" (9x05) from 1:01:56 through 1:04:07.
  28. See D&D: Xanathar's Guide to Everything, 5th ed., p. 55, available online at D&D Beyond.
  29. See "A Show of Scrutiny" (9x02) from 3:08:45 through 3:09:10.
  30. See "The Midnight Chase" (9x03) at 2:09:03.
  31. See "A Show of Scrutiny" (9x02).[citation needed]
  32. See "Steam and Conversation" (9x09) at attempts to coach Beau in the art of not insulting people while trying to compliment thems Fjord attempts to coach Beau in the art of not insulting people while trying to compliment them.[citation needed]
  33. See "Steam and Conversation" (9x09).[citation needed]
  34. See "Talks Machina #51: 'The Midnight Chase'" (TMx51) at Travis notes that Caleb's type of magic is very interesting to Fjord, whose magic isn't based on learning.
  35. See "Curious Beginnings" (9x01) from 1:01:31 through 1:01:54.
  36. See "Midnight Espionage" (9x12).[citation needed]
  37. See "Zemnian Nights" (9x11).[citation needed]
  38. See "Curious Beginnings" (9x01) at 1:02:20.
  39. See "Curious Beginnings" (9x01) from 2:00:40 through Fjord hands his falchion to Yasha at the carnival.
  40. See "Curious Beginnings" (9x01) from 0:52:33 through Caleb casts Detect Magic but does not detect Fjord's falchion.
  41. See "The Midnight Chase" (9x03) from 2:55:40 through Fjord uses his Hexblade's Curse.
  42. See "The Open Road" (9x05) from 58:42 through 1:04:07.
  43. See "Curious Beginnings" (9x01) from 32:31 through Fjord describes his armor as cobbled together from different sources.
  44. See "A Show of Scrutiny" (9x02) from 3:26:18 through Fjord notes that his armor has no pockets.
  45. See "Zemnian Nights" (9x11) at 0:36:38.
  46. See "Waste and Webs" (9x10) at gives Fjord a set of leather armor consistent with Mariner's Armors Caleb gives Fjord a set of leather armor consistent with Mariner's Armor.[citation needed]
  47. See "Fleeting Memories" (9x14) at makes Thuron's longsword his pact weapons Fjord makes Thuron's longsword his pact weapon.[citation needed]
  48. See "Fleeting Memories" (9x14).[citation needed]
  49. See "The Gates of Zadash" (9x08).[citation needed]
  50. See "Waste and Webs" (9x10) from 3:28:29 through 3:31:26.
  51. See "Talks Machina #62: 'Fleeting Memories'" (TMx62) from 1:11:38 through 1:12:22.
  52. See "Waste and Webs" (9x10) from 2:16:03 through Fjord remains conscious after damage would reduce him to 0 hit points by using his Relentless Endurance.
  53. See "A Show of Scrutiny" (9x02) from 1:32:27 through Fjord uses Mask of Many Faces to cast Disguise Self.
  54. See "The Midnight Chase" (9x03) from 3:27:20 through Fjord adds his Charisma modifier to the damage of Eldritch Blast, consistent with the Agonizing Blast invocation.
  55. See "The Midnight Chase" (9x03) from 3:13:23 through Fjord casts Wrathful Smite.
  56. See D&D: Player's Handbook, 5th ed., pp. 107–108.
  57. See "The Open Road" (9x05) from 0:48:04 through 0:54:48.
  58. See "The Open Road" (9x05) from 1:00:48 through 1:03:00.
  59. See D&D: Player's Handbook, 5th ed., p. 106.
  60. See "The Midnight Chase" (9x03) from 0:24:58 through Fjord casts Eldritch Blast.
  61. See "The Howling Mines" (9x06) from 1:37:17 through Fjord casts Minor Illusion.
  62. See "The Open Road" (9x05) from 1:27:41 through Fjord casts Armor of Agathys.
  63. See "Curious Beginnings" (9x01) from 2:47:15 through Fjord casts Hex.
  64. See "The Open Road" (9x05) from 1:43:31 through Fjord casts Crown of Madness.
  65. See "The Midnight Chase" (9x03).[citation needed]
  66. See "The Midnight Chase" (9x03) at 0:44:07.
  67. See "Curious Beginnings" (9x01) from 35:35 through 35:44.
  68. See Twitter search results for Critters calling Fjord "Texblade".
  69. See "Talks Machina #51: 'The Midnight Chase'" (TMx51) from 1:04:22 through Travis calls Fjord "Texblade".
  70. See "Talks Machina #49: 'Curious Beginnings'" (TMx49).
  71. See "The Gates of Zadash" (9x08) at stated to Starosta Kosh that he didn't have a surnames Fjord stated to Starosta Kosh that he didn't have a surname.[citation needed]
Art:
  1. Official 2018 portrait of Fjord, by Ari (source).  Permission needed.