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Mollymauk Tealeaf was a tiefling blood hunter. He was played by Taliesin Jaffe.

Description Edit

Appearance Edit

Molly was a lavender tiefling with red eyes. His curled horns were pierced and extremely ostentatious, with little gems and baubles. His flamboyant appearance was often commented upon and he wore a bright and colorful robe covered with arcane symbols[citation needed]. Molly had two swords and a pouch that dangles from his hips. He also had many straight, overlapping scars on his neck, upper chest, and arms, presumably from drawing his own blood to activate his swords.

TattoosEdit

Molly first awoke with a red eye tattoo on the right side of his neck, on his right shoulder, and one eye on back and palm of his right hand. Integrating and concealing these eyes, he had a serpent tattoo made that curled all along the length of his right hand and up his arm, that wove into a floral piece on his shoulder, and then into a peacock that ran up the side of his face. Although he had tried to tattoo over the eyes they would not take ink[2].

Between his shoulder blades rising towards the hairline, he had tattoos of an eye within a pyramid, eliminated by another eye above it. Flanking and connecting through it like a mantle, he had a moon and sun tattoo[3].

Personality Edit

Molly was described as a "literal and figurative peacock". He frequently told extravagant lies with little mind for whether or not his audience believed them. He did not seem visibly affected by insults, as shown by his lack of reaction when the old man in the Old Mud Hole called him a devil and told him to leave town.

Molly was very confident about his appearance and often mentions nudity, both his own and others.

He found everything delightful, and was on board for any thrill or high.[4] Though he didn't seem to mind rough living, he was also interested in extravagant — borderline hedonistic— pursuits, including being hand-fed fruit, illegal recreational drug use, and getting full release massages from escorts.

Biography Edit

Background Edit

Lucien Edit

At some point in the past, a purple tiefling going by Lucien[5] and later Nonagon[6] led a group of people who broke away from an established order of some sort to form their own faction, called The Tomb Takers. At some point around or before 833 P.D., Lucien got involved with a spellcaster from Rexxentrum and a book of some sort. A tabaxi named Cree and the other members of the group found Lucien apparently dead in the woods after he and the spellcaster performed an unspecified ritual. They buried him and gave the book to the spellcaster.[7]

Mollymauk Edit

Mollymauk thinks of himself as having come into existence two years before he met the Mighty Nein, when he woke up buried in the ground with no memories. He shortly thereafter joined The Fletching and Moondrop Traveling Carnival of Curiosities. According to Toya, Molly wasn't talking when he first joined the carnival.[8] This wasn't entirely true, as, at the time of joining the carnival, he would speak, but would only repeat the phrase "empty". Gustav Fletching heard this at "M.T", and would eventually forge papers for him under the name "Mollymauk Tealeaf" in the hopes that these initials were either somehow significant to Molly, or was his original name.[9]. Molly has no desire to remember the life of the person who ended up buried where he woke up[1], though he has expressed some regret at not experiencing a childhood[10]. Molly claimed in introductions to have been in the carnival for as "long as [he] can reasonably remember".[11]

Molly acted as a promoter for the carnival and as a "fortune-teller" within it. His "abilities" in the latter area are the result of the application of cold-reading techniques and sleight of hand, not actual magic. He never developed an act for the show itself.[12]

Pre-Stream Edit

Chapter 9 Edit

Chapter 10 Edit

"Fleeting Memories" (10x02) Edit

Upon meeting Cree in the Evening Nip and being addressed as Lucien, Mollymauk panicked and insisted that the Mighty Nein play along.[13] He tried to pass himself off as having the same personality as Lucien to Cree, possibly succeeding.[14] Later, under a Zone of Truth, Molly revealed his amnesia and desire to live as a new person separate from whoever Lucien may have been.[15]

Chapter 11 Edit

"Found & Lost" (11x01) Edit

Having tracked and set an ambush on the Glory Run roadway ahead of the Iron Shepherds and their slave wagon convoy, Keg and the remaining members Mighty Nein quickly faced losing odds as they attempted to do battle and recover their abducted members. Although the party had managed to down the half-orc druid Dwelma, they were outnumbered and outskilled. Gravely injured and facing off against Lorenzo with Beau, Molly attempted to use his blood maledict ability to hinder Lorenzo's attacks. However, he was already injured enough that this effort knocked him unconscious. Lorenzo planted his glaive into Mollymauk's chest. Mollymauk knowing this was his end, spat blood into the face of Lorenzo. Noting his respect for fighting until his end, Lorenzo twisted his glaive, leaving him to expire with his eyes open to the falling snow of the northern Marrow Valley.

Relationships Edit

Jester Edit

Molly read Jester's fortune for two copper pieces, using a small set of cards. He predicted that there is something bright and adventurous in her future.

At the Traveling Carnival of Curiosities, he showed her the moon and shadow cards together and asked if she understood what they meant.

Beauregard Edit

Molly found Beau very annoying, to the point of describing her as "awful" to fellow carnival members. Beau, in return, was put off by Molly being rude to her. Mollymauk disliked monks because of an unspecified event that happened in his past.

Yasha Edit

Molly and Yasha seemed to be well acquainted from working with the Carnival of Curiosities. Molly appeared to have met Yasha when she joined the Carnival a few months ago. When asked whether or not Yasha would be coming along with the party, Molly immediately accepted, referring to her as "the Charm." Yasha knew as much as Molly does about Molly's history.[4]

Character Information Edit

Quests Edit

Notable Items Edit

  • Pair of decorated Scimitars (constructed of carnival glass)[16]
  • Marked "fortune-telling" deck
    • "The Silver Dragon"
    • "The Anvil"
    • "The Serpent"
    • "The Eye"
    • "The Moon"
    • "The Shadow"
    • "The Chariot"
  • Disguise Kit
  • Pouch, bedazzled with gems, containing incense
  • Periapt of Wound Closure
  • Old, rusted, iron helmet that is at least two hundred years old (obtained from a cemetery)[17]
  • A "deeply gaudy" tapestry with a symbol of the Platinum Dragon embroidered into it.[18]
  • A brooch of the Platinum Dragon.[19].
  • Summer's Dance Scimitar (a +1 scimitar that can cast Misty Step)[20]

Abilities Edit

Feats Edit

Variant Tiefling Abilities Edit

  • Darkvision
  • Devil's Tongue
  • Hellish Resistance

Blood Hunter Abilities Edit

Though concealed on his body, regardless of where he cuts himself to use his rite powers, the red eye on his neck always bleeds in response[2].

  • Blood Curses (2)
    • Blood Curse of the Eyeless[26]
    • Blood Curse of Purgation[27]
  • Blood Hunter Order: Order of the Ghostslayer
    • Esoteric Rite: Rite of the Dawn[28]
  • Blood Maledict (1 use)
  • Crimson Rite (1d6)
    • Primal Rite: Rite of the Frozen[29]
  • Extra Attack
  • Fighting Style: Two-Weapon Fighting[30]
  • Hunter's Bane

Quotations Edit

  • Mollymauk: Can you hand me your staff so I can watch this? I want to see this limp of yours. Purely for my own entertainment.
    Beauregard: Are you patronizing me, Mollymauk?
    Mollymauk: No, I'm hoping that you’re going to patronize us.[31]
  • "We're carnival people: we all have our issues. You don't wind up here if you don't have some kind of issues."
  • ‪"Mother always told me to never give away a story for free.‬"
  • "When in doubt, if something goes wrong, just... nudity. It usually works."[32]
  • "BECAUSE I'M WEIRD!"[33]
    • When asked why he travels with weird people in the circus.
  • "I'm always ready to make a fool of myself."
  • “Be the chaos you want to see in the world.”
  • "I don’t want to remember anything, I don’t want anybody else’s baggage in my head, I don’t want anybody else’s problems, thoughts, ideas… I like this person, right now, is a good person, is a fine person, is a happy person."[34]
  • "I spent two years before I met you all cajoling people, occasionally ripping them off, occasionally doing a good turn here or there. Never trust the truth. The truth is vicious, the truth thinks that you owe it something… None of that. I like my bullshit. It’s good, it’s happy, it makes other people happy."[35]
  • "Let me make this abundantly clear: My name is Molly. That person is dead, and not me. It's just a person who had this body. They abandoned it. It's mine now."[36]
  • "I am your God! Long may I reign!" [37]
  • "There's nothing better than waking up with no pants and flowers in your hair."[38]
  • "Whatever team you're on, I'm not sure I play for that one."
  • "I'm going to spit in his face, with blood."

Trivia Edit

  • Molly has implied himself to be a worshiper of Bahamut, the Platinum Dragon (based on what he said to a carnival-goer in "Curious Beginnings" (9x01)[39]). While under the influence of Jester's Zone of Truth, Molly revealed that he actually worshiped the Moonweaver (an unapproved deity in the Dwendalian Empire). However, he explicitly stated that his swords are entirely nonmagical and his "worship" over them was a show.[40]
  • Taliesin Jaffe confirmed that "Mollymauk" is named after Alan "Mollymauk" Musgrave in the 1966 teen comedy film "Lord Love a Duck", which had been directed by Taliesin's grandfather, George Axelrod.
  • Molly's intials are MT, a homophone for the first thing he initially said ("empty"). Taliesin confirmed this as intentional.[41]
  • Taliesin originally intended for Mollymauk's last name to be "Trickfoot," but Matt didn't want such an explicit reference to the first campaign so early on.[42]
  • "Mollymauk" is a modification of "Mollymawk", the name of a species of albatross in the genus Thalassarche that originates from the Dutch "mallemok" (mal - foolish, and mok - gull).
    • The word "albatross" is sometimes used metaphorically to mean a psychological burden that feels like a curse.
    • In maritime superstition, to be followed by an albatross was considered a sign of good luck for a ship; killing the bird, such as in Samuel Coleridge's The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, is said to bring a curse onto the killer and their ship.
  • "Tealeaf" is a suggested surname for Halflings in several editions of the Player's Handbook.
    • "Tea leaf" is also Cockney rhyming slang for "thief".
    • Tasseography (also known as tasseomancy or tassology) is a method of divination or fortune-telling that interprets tea leaves, coffee grounds, or wine sediments.
  • Lucien originates from the Latin name Lucius, itself from the word lux (meaning "light", "shining", or "resplendent").
  • Nonagon is the name of a nine-sided polygon (also called an enneagon), from the Latin nonus ("nine") + gōnía ("corner"). 
    • The band They Might Be Giants have a song entitled "Nonagon" on their children's album Here Come the 123s. It refers to both an attendee at a party at which "everybody in the party is a many-sided polygon" and a dance they perform at this party
      • Taliesin has quoted lines from TMBG's song "Don't Let's Start".
    • Temples of the Baha'i Faith (a religion teaching the essential worth of all religions, and the unity and equality of all people) are required to be nonagonal, an essential architectural character stipulated by 'Abdu'l-Bahá, a head of the Baha'i Faith. In the Baha'i Faith, the number nine represents completeness.
    • The number 9 has significance in several cultures , including the nine planets of Hinduism, an association with the Chinese dragon (a symbol of power, magic, and good luck), the Ennead (nine deities worshiped at the major city of Heliopolis) of Egypt, the Nine Worthies that personified the ideals of chivalry of the Middle Ages, the nine worlds of Norse mythology, and the nine muses of Greek mythology. There are also nine circles of Hell in Dante's Inferno, and nine rings of power in J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-Earth.
      • The Nine Days of Av are a religious observance in Judaism that takes place during the first nine days of the Jewish month of Av. It is a period of semi-mourning leading up to Tisha B'Av, the ninth day of Av on which both Temples in Jerusalem were destroyed. Jaffe's grandfather George Axelrod was born to a Russian Jewish father.
    • This is also a nod, coincidental or not, to the group's name The Mighty Nein.
  • Molly was the first player character of the second campaign's party to be knocked unconscious in combat.
  • Taliesin has compared Molly's personality to that of Hunter S. Thompson.[43]
  • Taliesin had hoped that Molly could continue coming up with new lies about his backstory for a long time, but was forced to come clean during the events of "Fleeting Memories" (10x02).[44]
  • Molly appears to be pansexual, or at least have little preference for who he sleeps with, as seen when he bought the services of two courtesans and when asked about his preference of gender, he specified he only cared about the one with the best hands and best conversation.[45]
  • Taliesin considers Molly functionally illiterate due to his lack of interest in reading.[46]
  • While on watch with Beau, Molly revealed that the best lie he ever told was when, as part of a scam and initiation test for The Fletching and Moondrop Traveling Carnival of Curiosities, he spent three weeks pretending to be a reincarnated royal from over seas.[47]
  • Mollymauk was the first player character to die in Campaign 2.

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References Edit

  1. See "Fleeting Memories" (10x02).[citation needed]
  2. See "Fleeting Memories" (10x02) at 2:16:32.  Molly reveals that he awoke having these red eyes on his body.
  3. See "Steam and Conversation" (9x09) at 2:27:23.  Molly in the nude walks out of the changing room and into the bath.
  4. See "Talks Machina #62: 'Fleeting Memories'" (TMx62).[citation needed]
  5. See "Lost & Found" (10x01).[citation needed]  Molly is greeted by Cree as "Lucien."
  6. See "Fleeting Memories" (10x02).[citation needed]  Cree addressed Mollymauk as "Nonagon."
  7. See "Fleeting Memories" (10x02).[citation needed]  Cree explains her memories of what happened to Lucien.
  8. See "A Show of Scrutiny" (9x02) at 3:53:44.
  9. See "Talks Machina #62: 'Fleeting Memories'" (TMx62) from 1:02:49 through 1:03:50.
  10. See "A Favor in Kind" (10x04).[citation needed]  Molly talks about not having had a childhood while high.
  11. See "A Show of Scrutiny" (9x02) from 58:15 through 58:28.
  12. See "The Open Road" (9x05) from 14:47 through 15:51.
  13. See "Fleeting Memories" (10x02).[citation needed]  Molly asks Fjord to call him Lucien for the moment, saying that this was Molly's worst nightmare come to life.
  14. See "Fleeting Memories" (10x02).[citation needed]  Molly makes a deception check that isn't explicitly challenged by Cree.
  15. See "Fleeting Memories" (10x02).[citation needed]  Zone of Truth shenanigans.
  16. See "Fleeting Memories" (10x02) at 2:12:36.  Molly tells the party that his swords are non-magical.
  17. See "The Gates of Zadash" (9x08) at 2:36:34.
  18. See "Harvest Close" (10x05) at 0:59:03.
  19. See "Harvest Close" (10x05) at 1:00:30.
  20. See "Lost Treasures" (10x10).[citation needed]
  21. See "Fleeting Memories" (10x02).[citation needed]  Molly takes the Tough feat.
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 See D&D: Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide, 5th ed., p. 118.
  23. See "The Midnight Chase" (9x03) at 3:18:08.
  24. See "The Howling Mines" (9x06) at 1:15:52.  Molly casts Charm Person.
  25. See "Labenda Awaits" (10x08) at 1:41:18.  Molly casts Enthrall.
  26. See "Curious Beginnings" (9x01) at 2:42:45.  Mollymauk imposes disadvantage with a use of Blood Maledict, consistent with the Blood Curse of the Eyeless
  27. See "Have Bird, Will Travel" (10x11).[citation needed]  Mollymauk enables a saving throw against the poisoned condition with his Blood Curse of Purgation.
  28. See "The Open Road" (9x05) from 1:26:30 through 1:26:38.  Mollymauk uses the Rite of the Dawn on a scimitar.
  29. See "Curious Beginnings" (9x01) at 2:38:38.  Mollymauk uses the Rite of the Frozen on a scimitar.
  30. See "Hush" (9x07) from 43:52 through 44:07.  Mollymauk deals 9 damage with an off-hand non-rite attack, which means that he added his Dexterity modifier to the damage dealt.
  31. See "Curious Beginnings" (9x01) from 1:56:55 through 1:57:07.
  32. See "A Show of Scrutiny" (9x02).[citation needed]
  33. See "The Midnight Chase" (9x03) at 1:57:20.
  34. See "Fleeting Memories" (10x02) at 2:09:46.
  35. See "Fleeting Memories" (10x02) at 2:12:10.
  36. See "Fleeting Memories" (10x02) at 2:20:10.
  37. See "Whispers of War" (10x06) at 3:03:38.
  38. See "Have Bird, Will Travel" (10x11).[citation needed]
  39. Mollymauk says "Platinum Dragon be with you," to a patron of the Carnival of Curiosities.  See "Curious Beginnings" (9x01) at 1:51:50.
  40. See "Fleeting Memories" (10x02) at 2:12:36.
  41. See "Talks Machina #62: 'Fleeting Memories'" (TMx62) from 1:03:20 through 1:03:33.
  42. See "Talks Machina #62: 'Fleeting Memories'" (TMx62).
  43. See "Talks Machina #54: 'The Howling Mines'" (TMx54).
  44. See "Talks Machina #62: 'Fleeting Memories'" (TMx62).
  45. See "Whispers of War" (10x06).
  46. See "Talks Machina #72: 'The Hour of Honor'" (TMx72).
  47. See "Found & Lost" (11x01).[citation needed]
Art:
  1. Official 2018 portrait of Mollymauk, by Ari (source).  Permission needed.