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Kerrek
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Official portrait of Kerrek, by Kit Buss.[art 1]
Played by
First Seen
"Hope" (4x18)
Last Seen
"Loose Ends" (6x15)
Episode Count
5
Chapter(s)
Pre-Stream Specials
C1 C2 C3 C4 C5 C6 C7 C8
Name
Kerrek
AKA
Ker (pronounced "care")
Ker-Bear
Creature Type
Humanoid
Race
Human
Class
Paladin
Age
Mid to late 40s[1]
Alignment
Languages
Status
Alive
Death
()
Place(s)
Family
Connections
Keyleth (counseled by Kerrek)
Joseph (friend)
Profession
Blacksmith
Stats[2][3]

Level
7
Character
Physical
Mental

HP
75
STR
14
INT
10

AC
18
DEX
10
WIS
11

DC
15[4]
CON
18
CHA
16

[[:Category:{{{FanArt}}}|Fan art of Kerrek]]

Kerrek is a human paladin from Westruun.  He used to be an adventurer but retired to blacksmithing in Westruun.  Kerrek is played by special guest Patrick Rothfuss.

Description Edit

Appearance Edit

Kerrek is a human male in his mid to late forties with a sun-dappled nose and wild, crazy-looking, dark hair. He has a big, black, gray-streaked beard that is pulled into two points. When Vox Machina first encountered him, he was wearing chain mail with a heavy shield to one side.[1]

Personality Edit

Humble and deflective in reaction to being praised, Kerrek's calm wisdom and effortless empathy[5] elicit the respect of those around him, often placing him in the very positions of leadership and respect he tries to avoid.[citation needed]

Kerrek's kindness and generosity of attention make him a desirable person to be around, as evidenced by the two children, unrelated to him, that ran up to Kerrek in the Westruun tavern, cheering, "Uncle Kerrek!"[6]

Biography Edit

Background Edit

At some point in his past, Kerrek spent some time sailing on the dangerous waters of the Lucidian Ocean[7]. He also ventured to the southern peninsula of Tal'Dorei, to the jungles of the Reifenmist Peninsula, where he encountered a dangerous necromancer. Two of his adventuring party were lost, and the rest of them fled. To this day, he has an uneasiness around the mention of necromancy[8].

"Hope" (4x18) Edit

"Passed Through Fire" (5x13) Edit

Several weeks after their initial meeting, Kerrek sent a letter to Keyleth in which he described the rebuilding of Westruun and his struggles in becoming a leader to the people, providing some words of wisdom along with a ring engraved with the words "I have passed through fire".[9]

"What Lies Beneath the Surface" (6x12) Edit

Kerrek and some able-bodied fighters from Westruun made an appearance in the battle for Emon, with Kerrek himself helping fell a fire giant that was about to attack Vox Machina. He accompanied the group back to Whitestone and was persuaded into chugging Grog's sandkheg liquor.

"Deadly Echoes" (6x13) Edit

Despite his misgivings towards necromancy, Kerrek joined Vox Machina as they ventured to the Isle of Viscan to hunt down and slay Raishan.

"The Deceiver's Stand" (6x14) Edit

During the battle against Raishan, Kerrek helped dispose of some wraiths and aided the attack on Raishan herself. He was the one to land the final blow, with his Dusk Hammer shattering Raishan's skull to the point where her corpse completely lacked a head. He seemed badly shaken by the events of the battle, especially after Percy was killed right in front of him.

"Loose Ends" (6x15) Edit

Relationships Edit

Keyleth Edit

Kerrek-and-Keyleth-by-Thomas-Brin

Fan art of Kerrek and Keyleth, by Thomas Brin.[art 2]

Keyleth first met Kerrek after Vox Machina defeated Umbrasyl the Hope Devourer. When Keyleth was having a breakdown over the fact that she hated being called a hero, thinking that she could not be considered one due to her actions, it was Kerrek whom she confided in, telling him that she never wanted the burden and responsibility of the Aramenté. The former paladin served as an inspiration and mentor to her, being the very first person who completely understood Keyleth's constant struggles with herself, telling her that she needed to look at the big picture even if it was unpleasant, and that things were not as hopeless as she believed.[10]

Kerrek later sent a letter to Keyleth after Percy's resurrection, giving her additional wisdom along with a ring with the engraved words, "I Have Passed Through Fire".[9]

Character Information Edit

Abilities Edit

Paladin Abilities Edit

Class Features Edit
  • Channel Divinity
  • Divine Sense[12]
  • Divine Smite[13]
  • Lay on Hands (35 points)[14]

Spells Edit

1st-level Edit
  • Detect Poison and Disease[15]

Notable Items Edit

  • Cloak of Displacement (loaned to him by Keyleth[4])
  • Dusk Hammer[16]
  • Ring of Invisibility (loaned to him by Vax'ildan[4], given back after Raishan's death[17])

Quotations Edit

  • Keyleth:  "And what's your position been in Westruun?"
    Kerrek, with a dismissive chuckle:  "Oh, I'm—I'm—I—I don't have a position in the city; I'm just the smith."[18]
  • Grog:  "Ker, are you an honest man?"
    Kerrek:  "I've been called an honest man."[19]
  • Vex'ahlia:  "We have claim to the gold that was stolen.  It's up in the mountain; it's just hard to get down."
    Percy, looking at Kerrek:  "Someone honest is going to have to come and help divvy it up amongst the survivors."
    Kerrek, dismissively:  "Well, we could look for an honest person."[20]
  • Vex'ahlia, to Kerrek, intently:  "You know, these—these people here, they're a bit lost, and they need a leader."
    Kerrek, with a chuckle:  "Yeah, they absolutely do.  Uh, we'll see if we can find them one."
    Vex'ahlia:  "I'm looking at one that would be wonderful."
    Kerrek:  "Uh..."
    Vex'ahlia:  "Just something to think about."
    Kerrek:  "I've thought about it, but no.  But you're very kind."[21]

Trivia Edit

References Edit

  1. See "Hope" (4x18).[citation needed]
  2. Kerrek's level 5 stat card was shown onscreen. See "Hope" (4x18) at 1:30:27.
  3. Kerrek's level 7 stat card was shown onscreen. See "What Lies Beneath the Surface" (6x12) at 0:22:03.
  4. See "Deadly Echoes" (6x13).[citation needed]
  5. See "Hope" (4x18).[citation needed]
  6. See "Hope" (4x18).[citation needed]
  7. See "What Lies Beneath the Surface" (6x12) at 2:15:30.
  8. See "What Lies Beneath the Surface" (6x12) at 3:14:47.
  9. See "Passed Through Fire" (5x13).[citation needed]
  10. See "Hope" (4x18) from 1:58:22 through 2:06:55.
  11. See "Deadly Echoes" (6x13) at 4:02:03. Kerrek used his Turn Undead ability.
  12. See "Deadly Echoes" (6x13) at 1:04:00. Kerrek used his Divine Sense ability.
  13. See "The Deceiver's Stand" (6x14) at 1:02:17. Kerrek used his Divine Smite ability.
  14. See "What Lies Beneath the Surface" (6x12) at 1:02:00. Kerrek used his Lay on Hands ability.
  15. See "What Lies Beneath the Surface" (6x12) at 0:40:07. Kerrek casts Detect Poison.
  16. See "The Deceiver's Stand" (6x14).[citation needed]
  17. See "Loose Ends" (6x15).[citation needed]
  18. See "Hope" (4x18).[citation needed]
  19. See "Hope" (4x18).[citation needed]
  20. See "Hope" (4x18).[citation needed]
  21. See "Hope" (4x18).[citation needed]

Art:

  1. Official character portrait of Kerrek, by Kit Buss (source).
  2. Fan art of Kerrek and Keyleth, by Thomas Brin (source).  Used with permission.


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