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Orthax is a shadow demon who makes vengeance pacts. As an NPC, it is played by Matthew Mercer.
When Orthax manifested before Vox Machina, its black smoke coalesced into a humanoid form that continued to grow until it reached the roof of the ten-foot-tall tunnel they were in. Its bird-like beak is the inspiration behind Percival's mask.
While on the hunt for the Briarwoods, Percy began to act increasingly more erratic and violent due to Orthax's influence. Dark smoke began to emerge from Percy's body and envelop him during these moments.
"Denouement" (3x12) Edit
"Cloak and Dagger" (5x12) Edit
Orthax reappeared when Vox Machina caught up to Anna Ripley, as she had made a similar pact with it, and assisted her in the fight against Vox Machina on the Isle of Glintshore, which led to Percy's death at the hands of Ripley. Vox Machina was able to fell the demon, however.
"Passed Through Fire" (5x13) Edit
Even after being defeated, Orthax remained in the Material Plane through its attachment to Ripley's pepperbox, Animus. It used this attachment to grab hold of Percy's soul, preventing his resurrection until Keyleth managed to sever the thread connecting it to Animus through the use of Greater Restoration.
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- ↑ See D&D Monster Manual, 5th ed., p. 64.
- ↑ See "Denouement" (3x12), part 1, at 1:00:33.
- ↑ From Percy's intro. See "Arrival at Kraghammer" (1x01) from 5:58 through 6:07.
- ↑ See "Whispers" (3x06) at 3:01:40.
- ↑ See "Cloak and Dagger" (5x12).
- ↑ See "Passed Through Fire" (5x13) from 1:08:12 through 1:09:15.