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Official 2016 character portrait of Percy, by Kit Buss.
Played by
First Seen
Appeared in
Last Seen
Episode Count
Chapter(s)
Name
Percival Fredrickstein Von Musel Klossowski de Rolo III[1][2]
AKA
Percy
No Mercy Percy
Freddy (by Vax)
Whitey (by Vax)[3]
Four-Eyes (by Taryon)[4]
D-Roll[5]
Creature Type
Humanoid
Race
Human
Class
Fighter (Gunslinger)
Age
Early/mid-20s[6]
Alignment
Neutral Good[7]
Languages
Common; Elvish[8]; Celestial[9]
Status
Alive (twice resurrected)[10][11]
Death

  1. Shot by Anna Ripley while unconscious.[12]
  2. Gutted by Raishan[13]
Place(s)
Family
Father: Frederick
Mother: Johanna
Older brother: Julius
Older sister: Vesper
Younger brother: Oliver
Younger sister: Whitney
Youngest brother: Ludwig
Youngest sister: Cassandra[14]
Connections
The Briarwoods (enemies; slaughtered his family)
Anna Ripley (enemy; killed him)[12]
Orthax (made a pact with)
Vex'ahlia (love interest)[15]
Ipkesh (under contract with[16])
Profession
Tinkerer

Level
17
Character
Physical
Mental

HP
140
STR
12
INT
20

AC
18
DEX
22
WIS
16

DC
19
CON
14
CHA
14

[[:Category:{{{FanArt}}}|Fan art of Percival de Rolo]]
[Percy decides to open the door, instead of letting the stealthy rogue with darkvision do it.]
Dungeon Master:  "Beyond that, it is pitch darkness.  Percy... is the one who cannot see."
Grog, teasing:  "What do you see, Percy?"
Percy:  "I see a door that I have conquered."
– 
from "A Name Is Earned" (4x11)[22]

Percival Fredrickstein Von Musel Klossowski de Rolo III, better known as "Percy", is a human gunslinger and member of Vox Machina. He is played by Taliesin Jaffe.

Intro Edit

"Percy was the third child of seven children, born to a noble family who lived far to the north in the ancient castle of Whitestone. With so many siblings to share the burdens of lordship, Percy turned his attention to the sciences, engineering, and naturalism.

One day, a mysterious couple, named Lord and Lady Briarwood, came to court. During a feast held in their honour, the Briarwoods violently took control of the castle, killing or imprisoning everyone who would stand in their way.

Percy awoke chained in the dungeon, only to be freed by his younger sister. Together they fled, chased by the Briarwoods' men. As they ran, Percy's sister took several arrows to the chest and fell. Percy kept running, eventually jumping into a freezing river and floating unconscious to freedom. He did not remember waking up on a fishing boat. He barely remembered the next two years, as he slowly made his way as far south as possible.

Then one night, Percy had a dream. A roaring cloud of smoke offered him vengeance against those who destroyed his family. When he awoke, Percy began to design his first gun."[25]

Description Edit

Appearance Edit

Percy is a young human in his early twenties.[26] He originally had brown hair, but it turned white as a result of the trauma he suffered after the Briarwoods killed his family and he ran away with the aid of his sister Cassandra.

After joining the Slayer's Take, Percy has the brand of the guild on his right arm.

Personality Edit

Compared to his fellow party, Percy is rather quiet, usually only speaking when necessary. However, he has shown he can be quite persuasive in social situations and is somewhat of a strategist within the group, as seen in "The Temple Showdown" (1x11).

Percy thinks of himself as being the only one capable of making adult decisions, despite his young age. He is also very pragmatic, with a consistent belief that the ends justify the means. This has led to moments of conflict between him and the party.

Biography Edit

Background Edit

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Fan art of Percy when he was younger, by Kit Buss.[art 1]

Percy was raised alongside his six siblings in Whitestone, where his branch of the de Rolo family ruled. Five years before the campaign began, the Briarwoods were invited in as guests, where they proceeded to seize control of Whitestone, murdering the de Rolos and those loyal to them. Percy was taken prisoner and tortured by Anna Ripley. After Percy fled Whitestone with the help of his sister Cassandra, he wandered aimlessly before setting out to avenge his family. Percy then constructed his first gun, the List. On five of its six barrels he inscribed a target of his vengeance: Lord Briarwood, Lady Briarwood, Dr. Ripley, Sir Kerrion Stonefell, and Professor Anders. Percy tracked Dr. Ripley for a year until he made his way to Stillben, where he attempted to kill her. He was captured by Dr. Ripley's guards and imprisoned until he was freed by the rest of Vox Machina.

Because he is a gunslinger, Percy is the main long-ranged attack member of Vox Machina. He previously fought with his two guns, "The List", a six-barrel pepper-box, and "Bad News", a sniper rifle-esque device. The List has since been destroyed, and Percy has acquired two new weapons, both from Dr. Ripley: a four-shot pistol which he called "Retort", and another pepperbox known as Animus. He also has experience in using melee weapons, usually a rapier or a longsword.

Percy is also a tinkerer, creating and modifying items to give both himself and his teammates an edge in battle. He creates explosive and utility arrows for Vex'ahlia, as well as crafting his own ammunition and even weapons, such as his Diplomacy electroshock glove.

Before the Stream Edit

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Art of Percy in a prison cell before being freed by Vox Machina, by Wendy Sullivan Green. [art 2]

Percy did not join the party until they rescued him from a prison cell in Stillben after his attempted murder of Dr. Ripley.[27]

With a well-aimed shot, Percy castrated one of the two trolls that were "attacking" Tiberius, and Vex'ahlia shot off the other.[28]

At some point, Percy spent several months designing and making a bomb for Scanlan to use.

On the same mission during which Pike was killed, the group encountered a shade-possessed royal family that had covered a glass dome ceiling with cloth to avoid being injured by the sun. Percy was able to damage the shades and force them out of their hosts by shooting holes through the glass dome and cloth, causing sunlight to come through.

Percy at some point had to be a lawyer for Keyleth when she was thrown into prison. He did so well that he is considered to be the unofficial lawyer for the group.

Percy constructed "Bad News" right before the stream started over the course of five months (most likely while Greyskull Keep was under construction).

Chapter 1 Edit

Chapter 2 Edit

Chapter 3 Edit

Chapter 4 Edit

Chapter 5 Edit

Chapter 6 Edit

Chapter 7 Edit

Relationships Edit

The Briarwoods Edit

Approximately five years before the events of Critical Role, the Briarwoods entered Castle Whitestone as welcome guests and proceeded to slaughter the de Rolo family and seize control of the castle and the city.  Percy swore vengeance upon the Briarwoods, but the trauma left him too afraid to pursue them until the Briarwoods appeared in Emon, after which he and the rest of Vox Machina pursued them to Whitestone.  Eventually, Percy succeeded in killing the Briarwoods and several of their closest allies.

Cassandra de Rolo Edit

Cassandra is Percy's youngest sister. She freed him from captivity five years before the events of Critical Role and helped him escape the castle. As they fled, Cassandra was felled by arrows and Percy continued to run, convinced that she had died right there. However, she survived but eventually became a collaborator with the Briarwoods, pretending to aid Whitestone's citizen rebellions only to sabotage their plans. When Percy returned to Whitestone with Vox Machina, after killing Professor Anders, brother and sister were reunited. In the middle of their pursuit, Cassandra turned traitor on the party, declaring herself to be a Briarwood since, to her, she ceased to be a de Rolo when Percy left her for dead. But with the defeat of the Briarwoods, and the exorcism of Orthax, she came to her senses and Percy forgave her, ultimately leaving her to watch over Whitestone in his absence.

Doctor Anna Ripley Edit

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Fan art of Dr. Anna Ripley versus Percy on the Isle of Glintshore, by Truffery.[art 3]

Dr. Ripley was perhaps the only person that Percy was truly afraid of. She was the one who tortured him endlessly when the Briarwoods attacked and took over the castle. Moreover, upon learning of Percy's inventions, she became obsessed with his work and desired to replicate it. She eventually succeeded, albeit at the cost of her right hand. Their next (and last) meeting occurred on the Isle of Glintshore, where she was revealed to have made a pact with the shadow demon that Percy once made a pact with, and that deadly partnership eventually led to Percy's death at their hands. She was later slain by Vox Machina and Percy was later resurrected.

Keyleth Edit

Main article:  Relationship between Keyleth and Percy.

Percy and Keyleth have a strong friendship, despite being the polar opposite of each other. They do come to blows when it comes to methods of leadership, but they still care deeply about each other.

Orthax Edit

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Fan art of Percy wielding the List while being manipulated by Orthax, by David Rodrigues.[art 4]

Orthax is the shadow demon that Percy originally made a deal with so that the human would have the means to carry out his revenge. This eventually led to the creation of the List. Over time, when the Briarwoods returned to Percy's life, and as the Whitestone Rebellion progressed, Orthax slowly began to manipulate Percy and corrupt his will. When Cassandra betrayed the party, Orthax decided to include her name among those still on Percy's "list". But when Percy refused to kill his sister, Orthax manifested into a corporeal form and attacked the party. He was then defeated, but that wasn't the end of the demon as he found himself making a pact with Dr. Ripley. Together, the two eventually slew him on Glintshore and Orthax soon began feasting on his soul, only for Keyleth to sever the connection between Orthax and Animus, Ripley's pepperbox, the demon now having no tether to the Material Plane and returning to the Abyss.

Pike Trickfoot Edit

Main article:  Relationship between Percy and Pike.

Pike and Percy are good friends and have the utmost respect for each other despite the latter's views on the gods. During the Whitestone Rebellion, it was Pike who managed to stem the spread of corruption within him, buying him the time that was needed to see his goal through.[29]

Before he departed for the Feywild, Percy was handed a special pendant from Pike that she had taken from her house in Westruun "for his protection".[30] The pendant in question was later used to revive him when he was shot to death during his final encounter with Anna Ripley.[31] However, after it shattered, it was unable to save him twice as Ripley inevitably killed him.[31] His body was later returned to Whitestone where Pike performed a resurrection ritual that ultimately succeeded.[32]

Taryon Darringon Edit

Percy first met Taryon in Ank'Harel the day after Scanlan left Vox Machina for the time being.[33] Despite his initial jealousy towards the artificer for his construction of Doty, the two tinkerers soon started to bond over their mutual love for inventing, with Percy being the first person that Tary ever bothered learning the name of out of everyone in Vox Machina.[4]

Vax'ildan Edit

Main article:  Relationship between Percy and Vax'ildan.

Percy and Vax'ildan are very trusting of each other, but the two passed through some time not been able to see eye-to-eye ever since Vex's death due to Percy's own negligence, as well as other events. They had a discussion and Percy told Vax that he wanted to be in the rogue's good graces again, but for the time being requested that he "never trust him". Eventually they came to terms with each other, Vax even telling Percy that he considers him to be his brother.

Vex'ahlia Edit

Main article:  Relationship between Percy and Vex'ahlia.

Percy and Vex once had a rather interesting rapport with each other, mostly consisting of teasing and flirtation (and most of that coming from Vex). After his ressurection, when she confessed her love for him, (by saying "I should have told you. It's yours." calling back to her encounter with Saundor, where she said that her heart was someone else's), Percy's feelings for the ranger started to grow, culminating in him boldly kissing her in the woods outside Draconia after their battle with Vorugal. They have been together ever since.

Character Information Edit

Quests Edit

Percy's main goal was to avenge his family's murder at the hands of the Briarwoods, something that is now accomplished. Percy has also reunited with his sister, Cassandra.

He wanted to track down Anna Ripley, who was aiding the Briarwoods but escaped Whitestone while Vox Machina was distracted. Not only did he want revenge on her, but he also felt guilty for sparking her imagination to create firearms.[34] Before he died, Percy forgave her,[35] even after learning that she had produced multiple firearms and distributed the plans to other tinkerers.[36] Vox Machina was able to kill her afterward.[37]

Percy's Tinkered Items Edit

  • "Arrow?" (Vex)
  • Bad News (himself; first used in battle in Kraghammer)[38]
  • Bomb (Scanlan; expended against gricks)[39]
  • Diplomacy (himself; worn on left hand[40])
  • Entanglement Arrows (Vex)
  • Explosive Arrows (Vex)
  • Grappling Hook Arrow (Vex)
  • Grenade (himself; expended against Rimefang)
  • Hand Mortar (himself; currently unused)[41]
  • The List (himself; a pepperbox firearm; destroyed by Scanlan via acid pit)[42]
  • Mask (himself)
  • Raven Skull Brooch (cast from a mold of the skull given by Keyleth; filled with sweet-smelling herbs; given to Vax'ildan)
  • Siege Arrow (Vex)
  • Special Staff (Keyleth)

Notable Items Edit

Abilities Edit

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Fan art of Percy, by Andrew Keller.[art 5]

Being a fighter, Percy benefits from proficiency in all manners of weapons and armor. However, as he is also a gunslinger, he is more skilled in the usage of firearms, but he is more than capable of using one-handed melee weapons such as rapiers and longswords. Percy tends to use damage-enhancing abilities to increase the power of his shots, in addition to targeted shots meant to hinder the enemy. Upon gaining the Magic Initiate feat, due to his connection to the shadow demon Orthax, he is able to cast a few spells but in a limited capacity, most notably his Hex spell, which manifests as a trail of black smoke circling his enemy.

Firearm Enchantments Edit

  • Fire Shot (one barrel of The List)
  • Ice Shot (one barrel of The List)
  • Psychic (Animus)

Feats Edit

  • Magic Initiate (Friends[52], Hex[53], Minor Illusion[54])
  • Sharpshooter

Fighter Abilities Edit

Class Features Edit
  • Action Surge (twice per rest)
  • Deadeye (Gunslinger)
  • Extra Attack (3 attacks per action)
  • Fighting Style: Archery (+2 to ranged attack rolls)
  • Grit (Gunslinger)
  • Indomitable
  • Lightning Reload (Gunslinger)
  • Piercing Shot (Gunslinger)
  • Quick Draw (Gunslinger)
  • Second Wind
  • Trick Shot (including Head Shot) (Gunslinger)
  • Violent Shot (Gunslinger)

Trivia Edit

  • The entire de Rolo family are actually real people. Taliesin stole the names from some of his friends and only a couple of them have any idea he did it[55].

References Edit

  1. See Dungeons & Dragons: Vox Style (by Matthew Mercer) at 1:57.
  2. See Percy's name capitalization clarification from Taliesin Jaffe on Twitter.
  3. See "Denizens of the Moonbrush" (5x05).[citation needed]
  4. See "Daring Days" (7x02).[citation needed]
  5. See "Vox Machina Go to Hell" (7x07) at 0:44:35.
  6. Taliesin Jaffe clarified that Percy is in his early/mid-20s.
  7. Taliesin Jaffe stated in a Q&A that he believed Percy's alignment was neutral good. See "K'Varn Revealed" (1x10) at 3:29:40.
  8. See "Dangerous Dealings" (4x04) at 0:35:43.
  9. See "A Name Is Earned" (4x11) at 2:33:03.
  10. The resurrection ritual for Percy. See "Passed Through Fire" (5x13) from 1:01:21 through 1:22:20.
  11. Pike quickly cast Revivify on Percy after Raishan was killed. See "The Deceiver's Stand" (6x14).[citation needed]
  12. See "Cloak and Dagger" (5x12) from 4:10:19 through 4:12:11.
  13. See "The Deceiver's Stand" (6x14) at 2:44:33.
  14. From de Rolo genealogy with clarifications from Taliesin Jaffe.
  15. See "The Elephant in the Room" (6x03).[citation needed]
  16. See "Deals in the Dark" (7x08) from 1:37:29 through 1:38:32. Percy signed a contract with Ipkesh.
  17. Percy's level 12 stats were shown onscreen. See "In Ruins" (4x03) at 1:19:29.
  18. Percy's level 14 stats were shown onscreen. See "A Cycle of Vengeance" (5x02) at 0:20:38.
  19. Percy's level 15 stats were shown on-screen. See "Vorugal" (6x02) at 2:46:09.
  20. Percy's level 16 stats were shown onscreen. See "Deadly Echoes" (6x13) at 2:45:31.
  21. Percy's level 17 stats were shown onscreen. See "Deals in the Dark" (7x08) at 1:25:13.
  22. See "A Name Is Earned" (4x11) at 3:12:16.
  23. See "The Echo Tree" (5x07) at 1:14:21.
  24. See "The Echo Tree" (5x07) at 1:52:37.
  25. See "Arrival at Kraghammer" (1x01) from 4:41 through 5:55.
  26. Taliesin Jaffe clarified that Percy is in his early/mid-20s.
  27. See "The Story of Vox Machina" (Sx06) at 2:54.
  28. See "Attack on the Duergar Warcamp" (1x04) at 3:33:56.
  29. See "Against the Tide of Bone" (3x09).[citation needed]
  30. See "A Cycle of Vengeance" (5x02).[citation needed]
  31. See "Cloak and Dagger" (5x12).[citation needed]
  32. See "Passed Through Fire" (5x13).[citation needed]
  33. See "A Bard's Lament" (7x01).[citation needed]
  34. See "The Chase to Glintshore" (5x11).[citation needed]
  35. See "Cloak and Dagger" (5x12) at 3:52:26.
  36. See "Cloak and Dagger" (5x12).[citation needed]
  37. See "Cloak and Dagger" (5x12) from 4:21:53 through 4:24:20.
  38. See "Arrival at Kraghammer" (1x01) at 2:27:22.
  39. See "K'Varn Revealed" (1x10).[citation needed]
  40. Taliesin Jaffe confirmed that Percy wears Diplomacy on his left hand.
  41. See "A Musician's Nostalgia" (3x14).[citation needed] The mortar was tinkered to originally be attached to Retort but was ultimately unused.
  42. See "Denouement" (3x12), part 2.[citation needed]
  43. See "Brawl in the Arches" (6x07).[citation needed]
  44. See "Trial of the Take: Part 2" (2x03) at 3:40:33.
  45. See "Trial of the Take: Part 2" (2x03) at 3:37:43.
  46. Hat of Disguise retrieved from the lair of Rimefang. See "Trial of the Take: Part 2" (2x03) at 3:37:53.
  47. See "Gunpowder Plot" (3x08), part 2, at 0:40:55.
  48. See "Skyward" (1x15).[citation needed]
  49. See "Voice of the Tempest" (7x06).[citation needed]
  50. See "Denouement" (3x12), part 1, at 2:08:19. A portion of the episode was lost when the video was split into parts, but the ring is mentioned right before the part 1 video ends.
  51. See "Where the Cards Fall" (6x06).[citation needed]
  52. See "Reunions" (3x10), part 1, at 0:29:00. Percy casts Friends.
  53. See "Gunpowder Plot" (3x08), part 1, at 1:19:57. Percy casts Hex.
  54. See "Denouement" (3x12), part 1, at 0:48:23. Percy casts Minor Illusion.
  55. From "Talking Critical Role - Cast Q&A, Prize Giveaway, and more! (Talks Machina)"

Art:

  1. Fan art of Percy when he was younger, by Kit Buss (source).  Permission needed.
  2. Art of Percy in a prison cell before being freed by Vox Machina, by Wendy Sullivan Green. See "The Story of Vox Machina" (Sx06) at 2:54.
  3. Fan art of Dr. Anna Ripley versus Percy on the Isle of Glintshore, by Truffery (source).  Used with permission.
  4. Fan art of Percy wielding the List while being manipulated by Orthax, by David Rodrigues (source).  Used with permission.
  5. Fan art of Percy, by Andrew Keller (source).  Permission needed.

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