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Shale
"Image of Shale."}}
Official portrait of Shale, by Kit Buss.[art 1]
Played by
First Seen
Appeared in
"Umbrasyl" (4x17)
Last Seen
Episode Count
1
Chapter(s)
Pre-Stream Specials
C1 C2 C3 C4 C5 C6 C7 C8
Name
Shale
AKA
Creature Type
Humanoid
Race
Goliath
Class
Fighter[1] (Battle Master[2])
Age
Old
Alignment
Languages
Status
Missing left arm from the elbow down;
Blind in right eye;
Hard of hearing;
Mobility-impaired.
Death
()
Place(s)
Family
Connections
Herd of Storms (member)
Rivermaw Tribe (seeking entry after destruction of the herd)
Profession
Stats[3]

Level
13
Character
Physical
Mental

HP
100
STR
17
INT
12

AC
13
DEX
10
WIS
17

DC
16
CON
15
CHA
12

[[:Category:{{{FanArt}}}|Fan art of Shale]]
Have you heard the legend of Shale?
One eye, elderly, frail.
To a black dragon, she told,
"You may be ancient, but I'm old!"
And somehow lived to tell the tale.
– 
Inspiration by Scanlan Shorthalt[4]

Shale is a goliath fighter from the Herd of Storms.  She is played by special guest Chris Perkins.

Description Edit

Appearance Edit

Shale-by-Thomas-Brin

Fan art of Shale, by Thomas Brin.[art 2]

Personality Edit

Biography Edit

Background Edit

Old and physically impaired, the herd had not afforded Shale much respect in recent years, especially under Thunderlord Kevdak's brash and battle-hungry leadership.[5]  As part of a goliath scouting party to Umbrasyl's cave on the peak of Gatshadow Mountain, Shale was slower than her companions.  She heard from a distance as a brief battle claimed the lives of the other goliaths, dissolved by Umbrasyl's acid attack.[5]

"Umbrasyl" (4x17) Edit

Descending Gatshadow after the loss of her party, Shale made her way through the Bramblewood Forest and emerged just as Vox Machina was recovering from their attempt to kill Umbrasyl.[5]  Grog Strongjaw recognized Shale, and after agreeing on a wary alliance to finish off the black dragon, Shale and the group flew on giant eagles to the mountain peak in search of Umbrasyl's lair.

Willing to enter battle against a dragon that she was, by all accounts, almost certain to lose, Shale had a general sense that her life was already over and a glorious death was all she could hope to achieve.[6]  She offered her possessions to Vox Machina in the event of her demise, even explaining what the items can do.[7]  Shale survived the battle and gave her dragon-tooth necklace to Grog, who dealt the repeated killing blows, in honor of his victory.[8]

After aiding Vox Machina in the successful slaying of Umbrasyl at Gatshadow's peak, Shale returned to Thunderlord Zanror outside Westruun.  Zanror, upon considering Shale's wisdom on their victory and the nature of life and death in battle, announced that the Herd of Storms was destroyed and perhaps the survivors should now join the Rivermaw Tribe for a more peaceful life better suited to raising children.  Shale commended the decision.[9]

Relationships Edit

Character Information Edit

Abilities Edit

Notable Items Edit

  • A large, runed, +1 quarterstaff (this custom weapon functions as a Robe of Useful Items with runes instead of patches[10][7])
  • A dragon-tooth necklace (doubles hit points restored by hit dice; given to Grog Strongjaw[8])
  • Horn of Blasting[11]

Quotations Edit

Trivia Edit

  • When Matthew Mercer gave Chris Perkins the option to play a goliath, Chris "[...] chose to play a character with nothing to live for."[6][12]
  • Shale is the fourth character featured in Critical Role missing a hand, after Anna Ripley, Cerkonos, and Tyriok Gadsworth.  (Victor is missing his fingers on his right hand, but he still has the actual hand.)
  • Shale was introduced in "Umbrasyl" (4x17).  For the next episode, "Hope" (4x18), Sam Riegel wrote a limerick about Shale, and Scanlan Shorthalt used it to provide Bardic Inspiration to Kerrek.[4]
  • Shale is the only player character whose gender does not match that of their player.

References Edit

  1. Shale's class was displayed onscreen with the character portraits. See "Umbrasyl" (4x17) at 1:06:48.
  2. Battle Master martial archetype is presumed from Shale's attempt to taunt Umbrasyl. See "Umbrasyl" (4x17) at 3:00:13.
  3. Shale's level 13 stat card was shown onscreen. See "Umbrasyl" (4x17) at 1:02:23. Ability DC was calculated using option of Strength for the Battle Master[presumed] maneuver DC, as indicated in the Player's Handbook, p. 73.
  4. See "Hope" (4x18).[citation needed]
  5. See "Umbrasyl" (4x17).[citation needed]
  6. See "Umbrasyl" (4x17) at 1:54:16.
  7. See "Umbrasyl" (4x17) at 1:52:53.
  8. See "Umbrasyl" (4x17) at 4:01:33.
  9. See "Umbrasyl" (4x17) at 4:14:41.
  10. Chris Perkins tweeted about Shale's quarterstaff stats and custom creation.
  11. See "Umbrasyl" (4x17) at 1:53:04.
  12. Chris Perkins intentionally created Shale with nothing to live for.

Art:

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


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