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Scanlan Shorthalt
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Official 2016 character portrait of Scanlan Shorthalt, by Kit Buss.
Played by
First Seen
Appeared in
Last Seen
"A Bard's Lament" (7x01) (as a PC)
"Jugs and Rods" (7x10) (scried upon)
Episode Count
Chapter(s)
Name
Scanlan Shorthalt[1]
AKA
Burt Reynolds[2][3]
Kingslayer[4]
The Meat Man[5]
Francois Bertrand Jean-Luc Australia[6]
Creature Type
Humanoid
Race
Gnome
Class
Bard (College of Lore)
Age
Unknown, but older than the other members of Vox Machina
Alignment
Neutral Good[7]
or Chaotic Good[citation needed][8]
Languages
Common; Gnomish[9]
Status
Alive (twice resurrected)[10][11]
Death

  1. Frozen solid by Raishan's Cone of Cold[12]
  2. Killed by Raishan[13]
("Raishan" (6x11), "The Deceiver's Stand" (6x14))
Place(s)
Family
Juniper[14] (mother, deceased)
Kaylie (daughter)
Connections
Sybil[spelling?] (mother of Scanlan's daughter, Kaylie)
Dr. Dranzel's Spectacular Traveling Troupe (former member)
Vox Machina (inactive member)
Profession
Performer

Level
16
Character
Physical
Mental

HP
136
STR
13
INT
14

AC
16
DEX
11
WIS
7

DC
19
CON
15
CHA
22

[[:Category:{{{FanArt}}}|Fan art of Scanlan Shorthalt]]
'Life needs things to live.'  That's it.  That's the whole quote.  From earlier tonight.  Percival von Fredericksteen von Rolo de Frankenstein de Rolo.  Credit where credit is due.
– 
Scanlan's Healing Word for Vex'ahlia[25]

Scanlan Shorthalt is a gnome bard and an inactive member of the group Vox Machina. He is played by Sam Riegel.

Intro Edit

"Oh, you haven't heard of Scanlan Shorthalt? Well, gird your loins, ladies, because he has his eye on you. A talented musician, master of disguise, and dashingly handsome in his own mind, Scanlan sings songs almost as much as he sings his own praises.

Born a poor gnome, Scanlan used his endless charm and soaring tenor voice to croon for coin and support his single mother. One day he was discovered by a half-orc promoter, and joined Dr. Dranzel's Spectacular Traveling Troupe, where he learned the ways of the world, and honed his skills as a bard extraordinaire.

A loner much of his life, Scanlan has never quite come to terms with the violent death of his mother at the hands of a goblin invasion. While his years on the road provided many, shall we say, educational experiences with the opposite sex, deep down Scanlan yearns for the one thing he's never known: the true love of a fellow gnome.

Still, Scanlan considers himself a lover first, performer second, and fighter distant third. On the battlefield, he'll support his allies, but rarely draws blood unless it's to protect fellow gnome Pike. Count on Scanlan for a hearty laugh, a rollicking song, and a twinkle in his eye that melts hearts and makes the females swoon."[28]

Description Edit

Appearance Edit

As a gnome, Scanlan is shorter than the other members of Vox Machina. He is also much older, but because gnomes live so much longer than many humanoid races, he appears to be around the same age as his former companions.

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

Personality Edit

Scanlan's alignment is "neutral good",[29] like Keyleth (and, originally, Vex'ahlia). He tended to sit back and watch while his allies strategize and scheme, occasionally making a joke or two. However, when the situation became urgent (or ripe for comedy), Scanlan would eagerly jump into fray.

His quick wit and silver tongue made him Vox Machina's best negotiator and deceiver. Scanlan often acted as support for his allies by enhancing their abilities or weakening their opponents. He was also capable of holding his own with a combination of magic, improvisation, and courage, as exemplified by his solo fight against Duke Vedmire and his eight armed guards.[30]

Oi!  You fobbing, elf-skinned flap-dragon!  You paunchy, ill-breeding lewdster!  You unmuzzled, reeling, ripe mumble-news!
– 
Scanlan's Cutting Words against Saundor[26]
(based on a Shakespearean insult generator)

Scanlan (or rather Sam) created parodies of real-world songs, silly limericks, and comical remarks as part of his Bardic Inspiration, Healing Word, or Cutting Words spells. Some were improvised on the spot, while others were prepared in advance.

Personas Edit

Highly skilled in Deception, Scanlan sometimes found himself in situations where a simple lie or half-truth was not enough, so he adopted a disguise or false identity.

  • Burt Reynolds:  Initially used with a fake mustache and pretend badge to convince members of the Clasp that he was a customs inspector,[2] the Burt Reynolds persona became Scanlan's deceit of choice when needing to impersonate an authority figure.  Burt Reynolds later returned as a lawyer to rescue Keyleth and Tiberius from jail in Vasselheim.[31]
  • Kingslayer:  Not entirely a lie, Scanlan's "Kingslayer" title was earned when delivering the killing blow to King Murghol.  However, his "Kingslayer" persona deceptively portrayed Scanlan as a more honorable and valiant warrior than his everyday actions might have warranted.
  • The Meat Man:  Scanlan provided this pseudonym to the half-orc Rutter in Ank'Harel during a "drug deal",[5] which might have served as Scanlan's underworld moniker.
  • Francois Bertrand Jean-Luc Australia:[6] Scanlan used this name while under the illusion of Seeming to disguise himself as an azer slave-trader in the City of Brass.[32]

Biography Edit

Background Edit

Scanlan is fluent in Common and Gnomish.

At some point in his past, at least fifteen years before the start of Critical Role, Scanlan encountered a gnome named Sybil[spelling?] (one of many women he has "encountered"). Unbeknownst to Scanlan, Sybil became pregnant with his child, Kaylie, but Scanlan left before learning of his daughter.[33]

Scanlan joined up with Dr. Dranzel's Spectacular Traveling Troupe at some point, but he eventually left before joining the group that became Vox Machina.

Scanlan may be bisexual, or at the very least pansexual.[34] This can be inferred by his interactions with Grog Strongjaw and Vax'ildan, especially when he mentioned that Vax kissing him was not the first time an elf-man kissed him but it was in the top three,[35] in addition to his relationship with Pike Trickfoot and many of the other women he's encountered. If anything, he seems not to care much for personal preference but rather for affection and attention.

Before the Stream Edit

At some point, the group either accidentally or intentionally walked through the back door of the Clasp, the thieves' guild in Emon, and almost got into a deadly confrontation. Scanlan was able to trick the guild into thinking Vox Machina was part of the customs department, using a silver star he had made in a previous town.[36]

The bard, by rolling a natural twenty on deception and putting a finger over his upper lip so it looked like he had a mustache, was able to get a man who had access to a tower into letting them in by tricking him into thinking that he was "Burt Reynolds".

Scanlan and Grog managed to intimidate a group of hostile mages in a fighting pit when Scanlan summoned a pony that Grog abruptly decapitated and smeared the gore of on his body while screaming. Scanlan also had Percy build him a bomb to use in that event, but since Grog's intimidation worked, Scanlan kept the bomb, which was later used in "K'Varn Revealed" (1x10).

Scanlan spent much of his time trying to convince Percy to create an exploding donkey, a request that Percy eventually complied to.

He was able to convince some guards to free Keyleth from prison after convincing them that she had pubic lice. She played along by foaming at the mouth and acting insane. Percy acted as her lawyer.

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Fan art of Scanlan grieving over Pike's death in the events before Critical Role, by sleepyjaneart.[art 1]

Scanlan was the one who brought Pike back to life after she perished in combat fighting a glabrezu, both by using a small figurine of her he carved two months before and kissing her on the brow. He still keeps the small figurine wherever he goes.

The bard accidentally crashed through a stained glass window when attempting to charge at the Dread Emperor by rolling a natural one. He crashed into a bramble bush three stories down while glass and wood from the window rained down on him.

Chapter 1 Edit

Scanlan made his very first kill ever when he killed a multi-headed naga with a Lightning Bolt at the entrance to the Greyspine Quarry.[37]

Chapter 2 Edit

Chapter 3 Edit

Chapter 4 Edit

Chapter 5 Edit

Chapter 6 Edit

Scanlan was killed in battle by the Green Dragon, Raishan, but Pike's quick Revivify spell returned him to life. His death had a serious impact on his state of mind, leading to him trying to develop a drug habit.

Scanlan was later killed by Raishan a second time. Pike's attempted Revivify failed, so Vox Machina took his body back to Whitestone where they performed a successful resurrection ritual.

Chapter 7 Edit

Leaving Vox Machina Edit

When Scanlan woke up after being resurrected, he was furious that Vox Machina had brought Kaylie and shown her his dead body, since he had previously promised her that he wouldn't die. He blew up at the group, accusing them of not caring about him. Although they did their best to reassure him otherwise, he announced that he was leaving the party and walked out of Whitestone Castle with his daughter. The two of them were later seen walking down a road together, smiling slightly.[14]

Several weeks later, Percy used the Scrying Eye to check in on Scanlan. He saw him and Kaylie performing for a group of farm folk in the Turst Fields.[38]

Relationships Edit

Dr. Dranzel Edit

Scanlan found himself learning and perfecting his skills as a bard from a half-orc named Dr. Dranzel, and ended up joining his Spectacular Traveling Troupe. During his time with Dranzel, he honed his skills and became knowledgeable of the world around him. They reconnected years later in Emon just before the Chroma Conclave attacked, then reunited on several occasions afterward.

Grog Edit

Main article:  Relationship between Grog and Scanlan.

Grog and Scanlan were best friends, occasionally pursuing the same things.

KaylieEdit

Scanlan first met Kaylie in the Diamond Nest Tavern, where he was also reunited with Dr. Dranzel and his old troupe.[39] They had a flautist duel—which was mostly a distraction so Vox Machina could pursue Riskel Daxio—and Scanlan forfeited the competition (and all of his money) to the young gnome girl despite having the clear advantage. After that, he invited the girl to his room in Greyskull Keep for the night.[39]

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Fan art of Kaylie preparing to attack Scanlan[40], by advocatingAvian.[art 2]

Later that night, Kaylie revealed to Scanlan that she was his daughter that he never knew existed—news that greatly bothered Scanlan. She had trained at the College of the White Duke and traveled with Dranzel in order to hone her skills and, one day, not only find Scanlan and shame him, but also kill him. She then pulled out a dagger, intending to kill him, but couldn't go through with it upon hearing Scanlan's impassioned speech and witnessing him offer his life without resistance. Scanlan mentioned that he knew there was something missing in his life, and that it may well have been his daughter before him. The two shared a tearful hug and, unable to face him anymore that night, Kaylie ran out of the keep.[41]

Scanlan did not reveal this information to the group until the following day, when he asked for their help to get Kaylie out of the stockade for causing a brawl in a bar.[42] She and Dranzel's troupe soon left Emon shortly before the Chroma Conclave attacked.[42] The two later reunited in Westruun when the Herd of Storms occupied the city.[43] Working together, father and daughter aided in the escape of a few of the survivors alongside Dr. Dranzel.[44]

They later reunited in Kymal after the slaying of Umbrasyl. During their reunion, Scanlan admitted that he had been going about his life all wrong, that the gnome he was supposed to love and protect wasn't Pike but Kaylie, his daughter. Scanlan gave her his Singing Dawnblade (which also contained a piece of his Magical Poop of Scrying in the scabbard) for her protection and for him to check in on her on occasion. Kaylie then made her father promise to stay alive and be there for her when the Chroma Conclave was defeated, so they could make up for lost time.[45]

Pike Edit

Main article:  Relationship between Pike and Scanlan.

Scanlan had very strong feelings toward Pike, and it was a source of great humor and emotional moments within the Critical Role campaign. Pike eventually did willingly kiss Scanlan on the cheek when he saved her life once more during their escape from Yug'Voril. He once proposed marriage to the cleric,[46] but Scanlan later rescinded the offer and he and Pike chose to remain close friends.[47]

Tiberius Edit

Main article:  Relationship between Scanlan and Tiberius.

Scanlan and Tiberius had a bullying form of friendship, which started at some point before the stream. On many occasions, the two of them made jabs at each others. However, when Tiberius was discovered to have died defending Draconia, Scanlan showed the deepest respect for his fallen friend.[48]

After Vorugal was slain, Scanlan requested that the Ravinites give the sorcerer a proper burial and a statue to mark it with the epitaph, "I Encourage Peace".[49]

Trinket Edit

Main article:  Relationship between Scanlan and Trinket.

Scanlan frequently picked on Vex'ahlia by making jokes about her beloved bear companion, Trinket. He repeatedly suggested that the group leave Trinket behind.

Character Information Edit

Quests Edit

Originally seeking to win Pike's heart, Scanlan realized that the gnome he was meant to love and protect is his daughter, Kaylie.[50]  After successfully slaying the ancient black dragon Umbrasyl, Scanlan promised Kaylie that he would return to her and be the father she needs once he has finished slaying the other members of the Chroma Conclave.

Notable Items Edit

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Fan art of the Mythcarver, one of the Vestiges of the Divergence, by David Rodrigues.[art 3]

Abilities Edit

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Fan art of Scanlan, by Andrew Keller.[art 4]

Because Scanlan is a bard, he has a large array of spells and skills, which he utilizes both in social and combat situations. His spells run the gamut of offense, defense, and support. Due to his expertise as a College of Lore bard, he is capable of inspiring not only his allies, but also himself.

Gnome Abilities Edit

  • Darkvision
  • Gnome Cunning (advantage on INT/WIS/CHA saving throws against magic)

Feats Edit

Bard Abilities Edit

Class Features Edit
  • Additional Magical Secrets (College of Lore)
  • Bardic Inspiration (d12)
  • Countercharm[63]
  • Cutting Words (College of Lore)
  • Font of Inspiration
  • Jack of All Trades
  • Magical Secrets
  • Peerless Skill (College of Lore)
  • Song of Rest (d12)
  • Spellcasting (Charisma-based ability)

Bard Spells Edit

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Fan art of Scanlan using Bigby's Hand, by David Rodrigues.[art 5]

Cantrips Edit
1st-level Edit
2nd-level Edit
3rd-level Edit
4th-level Edit
5th-level Edit
6th-level Edit
7th-level Edit
  • Mordenkainen's Magnificent Mansion[91]
  • Reverse Gravity[92]
8th-level Edit
  • Dominate Monster[93]

Quotes Edit

  • Scanlan:  "You remember what Pike looks like?"
    Elowen Brist:  "Yeah, about your size, light-ish hair..."
    Scanlan:  "Hair the color of the sunset; eyes like waves that crash in the night; breasts supple, firm–"
    Grog, interrupting:  "Okay, uh, Scanlan, uh, Scanlan–"
    Ashley Johnson:  "True, true, true."[94][move?]

References Edit

  1. See Dungeons & Dragons: Vox Style (by Matthew Mercer) at 2:14.
  2. The story of Scanlan first using the name "Burt Reynolds" was told during a Q&A. See "Attack on the Duergar Warcamp" (1x04).[citation needed]
  3. See "Strange Bedfellows" (1x03) at 2:30:58. Vax calls Scanlan "Burt Reynolds" for the first time on-stream while persuading Clarota.
  4. See "Glass and Bone" (1x08) at 0:50:49.
  5. See "A Traveler's Gamble" (5x10).[citation needed]
  6. See "Where the Cards Fall" (6x06) at 3:18:32.
  7. See "K'Varn Revealed" (1x10) at 3:29:09.
  8. CritRoleStats lists Scanlan as chaotic good
  9. See "A Name Is Earned" (4x11) at 2:32:53.
  10. See "Raishan" (6x11) from 2:56:55 through 2:58:25.
  11. See "Loose Ends" (6x15).[citation needed]
  12. See "Raishan" (6x11) at 2:37:25.
  13. See "The Deceiver's Stand" (6x14) at 2:13:01.
  14. See "A Bard's Lament" (7x01).[citation needed]
  15. Scanlan's level 12 stats were shown onscreen. See "In Ruins" (4x03) at 1:34:51.
  16. Scanlan's level 14 stats were shown onscreen. See "A Cycle of Vengeance" (5x02) at 0:29:27.
  17. Scanlan completed his reading of the Tome of Leadership and Influence, increasing his Charisma from 20 to 22. See "Denizens of the Moonbrush" (5x05).[citation needed] See also Sam Riegel's post-episode tweet of his Charisma score of 22.
  18. Scanlan's level 15 stats were shown on-screen. See "Brawl in the Arches" (6x07) at 1:08:13.
  19. Scanlan's level 16 stats were shown onscreen. See "Deadly Echoes" (6x13) at 3:09:22.
  20. See "Arrival at Kraghammer" (1x01) at 2:03:31.
  21. See "A Name Is Earned" (4x11) at 3:20:10.
  22. See "Cindergrove Revisited" (4x08) at 0:27:46.
  23. See "Hope" (4x18).[citation needed]
  24. See "The Echo Tree" (5x07) at 2:37:11.
  25. See "The Echo Tree" (5x07) at 3:08:27.
  26. See "The Echo Tree" (5x07) at 3:16:53.
  27. See "The Echo Tree" (5x07) at 3:31:03.
  28. See "Arrival at Kraghammer" (1x01) from 5:55 through 7:16.
  29. See "K'Varn Revealed" (1x10) at 3:29:44.
  30. See "Gunpowder Plot" (3x08), part 1, from 0:14:56 through 0:53:09.
  31. See "The Rematch" (2x07) at 1:39:18.
  32. See "Where the Cards Fall" (6x06) from 3:15:48 through 3:19:02.
  33. Kaylie explained her backstory and heritage to Scanlan. See "Echoes of the Past" (3x15) from 1:18:55 through 1:31:03.
  34. Sam Riegel mentioned on Twitter that Scanlan's sexuality was not completely towards women.
  35. See "Brawl in the Arches" (6x07) at 3:18:45.
  36. Part of this scene is available on Matthew Mercer's Youtube channel.
  37. See "Arrival at Kraghammer" (1x01) from 2:59:41 through 3:01:50.
  38. See "Jugs and Rods" (7x10).[citation needed]
  39. See "A Musician's Nostalgia" (3x14).[citation needed]
  40. See "Echoes of the Past" (3x15) at 1:22:29.
  41. See "Echoes of the Past" (3x15).[citation needed]
  42. See "Omens" (4x01).[citation needed]
  43. See "Best Laid Plans..." (4x12).[citation needed]
  44. See "Test of Pride" (4x13).[citation needed]
  45. See "Hope" (4x18).[citation needed]
  46. See "At Dawn, We Plan!" (4x15).[citation needed]
  47. See "A Cycle of Vengeance" (5x02).[citation needed]
  48. See "The Frigid Doom" (5x08).[citation needed]
  49. See "The Elephant in the Room" (6x03).[citation needed]
  50. See "Hope" (4x18).[citation needed]
  51. See "Denizens of the Moonbrush" (5x05).[citation needed]
  52. See "In the Belly of the Beast" (4x16).[citation needed]
  53. https://twitter.com/matthewmercer/status/644016911710162944
  54. See "Gunpowder Plot" (3x08), part 2, at 0:50:50.
  55. See "Hubris" (2x01) at 18:06.
  56. See "The Path to Whitestone" (3x04) at 2:35:58.
  57. The Mythcarver was obtained from Kamaljiori. See "A Name Is Earned" (4x11).[citation needed]
  58. See "Strange Bedfellows" (1x03) at 1:09:59.
  59. Wand of Fireballs was taken from Lady Delilah Briarwood. See "Denouement" (3x12).[citation needed]
  60. Wand of Magic Missiles was obtained from a duergar in the Underdark. See "Strange Bedfellows" (1x03) from 0:18:27 through 0:20:10.
  61. War Caster feat was first mentioned when Scanlan used it to cast a spell as a reaction against Rimefang. See "Trial of the Take: Part 2" (2x03) at 2:50:07.
  62. Matt referred to this feat twice when Scanlan successfully maintained concentration of Hold Person on Kevdak. See "The Kill Box" (4x14).[citation needed]
  63. See "Into the Greyspine Mines" (1x02) at 1:54:25. Scanlan used his Countercharm ability.
  64. See "Escape from the Underdark" (1x13) at 2:16:06. Scanlan casts Friends.
  65. See "Denouement" (3x12), part 1, at 0:46:26. Scanlan casts Mage Hand.
  66. See "Crimson Diplomacy" (3x02) at 0:34:50. Scanlan casts Message.
  67. See "Yug'Voril Uncovered" (1x09) at 1:22:13. Scanlan casts Minor Illusion.
  68. See "The Throne Room" (1x07) at 1:36:14. Scanlan casts Vicious Mockery.
  69. See "Arrival at Kraghammer" (1x01) at 0:40:03. Scanlan casts Healing Word.
  70. See "Breaching the Emberhold" (1x06) at 1:18:24. Scanlan casts Thunderwave.
  71. See "Into the Greyspine Mines" (1x02) at 0:47:03. Scanlan casts Unseen Servant.
  72. See "Glass and Bone" (1x08) at 1:58:20. Scanlan casts Blindness.
  73. See "Yug'Voril Uncovered" (1x09) at 1:07:30. Scanlan casts Hold Person.
  74. See "Arrival at Kraghammer" (1x01) at 1:57:22. Scanlan casts Invisibility.
  75. See "The Throne Room" (1x07) at 3:15:05. Scanlan casts Suggestion.
  76. See "Reunions" (3x10), part 1, at 1:49:13. Scanlan casts Counterspell.
  77. See "Into the Greyspine Mines" (1x02) at 2:50:05. Scanlan casts Dispel Magic.
  78. See "Arrival at Kraghammer" (1x01) at 2:59:42. Scanlan casts Lightning Bolt.
  79. See "Path of Brass" (6x05) at 2:34:41. Scanlan casts Major Image.
  80. See "Into the Greyspine Mines" (1x02) at 2:39:37. Scanlan casts Stinking Cloud.
  81. See "Attack on the Duergar Warcamp" (1x04) at 2:29:29. Scanlan casts Banishment.
  82. See "Arrival at Kraghammer" (1x01) at 2:03:18. Scanlan casts Dimension Door.
  83. See "The Trick about Falling" (1x05) at 2:28:42. Scanlan casts Dominate Beast.
  84. See "Cindergrove Revisited" (4x08) at 1:58:30. Scanlan casts Otiluke's Resilient Sphere.
  85. See "Into the Greyspine Mines" (1x02) at 2:11:35. Scanlan casts Polymorph.
  86. See "K'Varn Revealed" (1x10) at 1:10:39. Scanlan casts Bigby's Hand.
  87. See "Attack on the Duergar Warcamp" (1x04) at 2:07:29. Scanlan casts Dominate Person.
  88. See "The Frigid Doom" (5x08) at 0:12:30. Scanlan casts Modify Memory.
  89. See "Hubris" (2x01) at 2:12:44. Scanlan casts Seeming.
  90. See "Trial of the Take: Part 2" (2x03) at 2:15:37. Scanlan casts Eyebite.
  91. See "The Family Business" (4x09) at 0:13:23. Scanlan casts Mordenkainen's Magnificent Mansion.
  92. See "Cloak and Dagger" (5x12) at 2:52:26. Scanlan casts Reverse Gravity.
  93. See "Vorugal" (6x02) at 2:26:02. Scanlan casts Dominate Monster.
  94. See "Into the Frostweald" (4x10) at 0:48:00.

Art:

  1. Fan art of Scanlan grieving over Pike's death in the events before Critical Role, by sleepyjaneart (source).  Permission needed.
  2. Fan art of Kaylie preparing to attack Scanlan[40], by advocatingAvian (source).  Used with permission.
  3. Fan art of the Mythcarver, one of the Vestiges of the Divergence, by David Rodrigues (source).  Used with permission.
  4. Fan art of Scanlan, by Andrew Keller (source).  Permission needed.
  5. Fan art of Scanlan using Bigby's Hand, by David Rodrigues (source).  Used with permission.

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