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Taryon Darrington
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Official portrait of Taryon (cropped from a larger image) by Kit Buss [1]
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Name
Taryon Gary Darrington[1]
AKA
Tary
Tary Jumbo (by Grog)[2]
Ermahgerd Swearagen[spelling?] (by Vax'ildan)[2]
'T.D.' (by Tary himself, and by Trisha of the Whitestone Pale Guard)[3]
Ser Taryon Darrington (self-applied knighthood)[2]
T (by Vax'ildan)[4]
Creature Type
Humanoid
Race
Human
Class
Artificer (Alchemist)
Age
29[5]
Alignment
Languages
Common; Gnomish[6]; Sylvan[7]; Undercommon[7]; Draconic[8]
Status
Alive
Death
()
Family
Mariya Darrington (mother)
Howaardt Darrington (father)
Maryanne Darrington (younger sister)
Oberon Darrington (grandfather)
Connections
Doty 2.0 (current construct and transciber)
Vox Machina (member)
Lawrence (former tutor, love interest)
Percival de Rolo (best friend; Science Bro)
Vex'ahlia (roommate; close friend)
Doty (construct; best friend; transcriber; destroyed)
Profession
Self-Proclaimed Adventurer
Aspiring Author
Tinkerer
Alchemist
Baker

Level
15
Character
Physical
Mental

HP
121
STR
12
INT
18

AC
15
DEX
11
WIS
8

DC
17[2]
CON
12
CHA
15

[[:Category:|Fan art of Taryon Darrington]]
I am literally the least hard man to find: I tell everyone my name, I wear a gold helmet, and I walk around talking about myself.
– 
Taryon to his father, from "Taryon, My Wayward Son" (7x13) at 3:32:54

Taryon Gary Darrington is a human artificer played by Sam Riegel.

Description Edit

Appearance Edit

Taryon-Darrington-by-advocatingAvian

Fan art of Taryon Darrington, by advocatingAvian.[art 1]

Taryon is a handsome human male with shoulder-length, feathered, dirty blonde hair. He has blue-green eyes and a well-groomed goatee adorning his dashing smirk. His frame is svelte and he is adorned in a set of polished immaculate breastplate armor that looks to be barely used, with numerous satchels all around him as well as jewelry and adornments. He has a silver helmet that shines with many embedded gems, including diamonds and opals.[12]

Personality Edit

Taryon tends to underestimate the intelligence of the people he meets. He assumed that none of Vox Machina were literate.[2] When Percy asked him how Doty worked, Taryon began by explaining the basic functions of levers, pulleys, and inclines.[2]

Tary does not ask for names very often, instead choosing to give (often rude) nicknames to the people he meets.[2]

Tary seems to have a weak stomach, as he is prone to nausea and vomiting when encountering gory or disturbing situations.[13][14][15]

Biography Edit

Background Edit

Taryon has a great deal of wealth given to him by his father, who is a businessman. His younger sister Maryanne is set to inherit everything unless Tary can prove himself to his father, and so he set out to become a hero.[2] He began stylizing himself as "Ser" Taryon Darrington, despite having never been knighted nor having any training as a knight.

He has traveled with other adventuring groups in the past, but his companions ended up leaving him behind.[2]. Tary later lied and said that they were all killed.[12]

He claimed to have killed a small beholder at some point in the past with help from sell swords, who "took it out into a field and, sort of roughed it up" for Taryon, who then dealt the killing blow to the beast.[12]

Tary eventually admitted that he has never been on a real adventure, and he had only been "adventuring" for a month or so before meeting Vox Machina.[2]

After returning from the Nine Hells, Tary further admitted that the reason his inheritance was taken away and his father looked down on him was because his father caught him having a romantic affair with one of his tutors, a man named Lawrence. Tary is unsure whether or not Lawrence is alive or not, but believes it's likely that he's dead because of how his father is.[16]

Tary admitted that the only person he's ever had romantic feelings for was another man, explaining that he pursued damsels because in all of the books he read, none of the heroes ever had relationships with men. Following this admission, he slept with Trisha and, upon meeting with Pike and Grog the next morning, declared that "women are soft and tender, and... they are not for me".[17]

Chapter 7 Edit

Taryon encountered Vox Machina in Ank'Harel as they were returning Ripley's hand, as they had promised. Though the group was annoyed by Tary's behavior and personality, they decided to accept his offer to be hired into his service at the price of 50,000 gold per day.

Back at Whitestone, some of Vox Machina decided to test Tary's capabilities by attacking him. After only a few rounds, Tary surrendered. He broke down into ugly cries and proclaimed that he was unfit to be an adventurer. When Tary confessed that he was just trying to be an adventurer to prove himself to his father, Vox Machina decided to give him another chance. As they put it, they were won over by his "daddy issues".

Tary accompanied Vox Machina on the last leg of Keyleth's Aramente. On the journey to Vesrah, the group's ship was attacked by pirates, and Tary successfully killed a marid: his first ever kill.

Later, he accompanied Vox Machina's mission to the Iron City of Dis, in the Nine Hells, in order to permanently kill the rakshasa Hotis. He purchased 20 soul stones at an inn, not knowing what the stones contained and why he felt such a burst of energy after consuming one. When he finally was able to identify the soul stones as receptacles for fragments of "refined soul", he promptly puked, followed shortly by an equally-horrified Keyleth.

During the one-year time skip, he became roommates with Vex after she finished reconstructing the Third House of Whitestone, her noble manor as a Baroness. The two roommates and Pike eventually went into business together to open a bakery called "The Slayer's Cake". Despite not being much of a baker, Vox Machina enjoyed having him at the bakery and Tary was best known for his blondies.

After Vox Machina dealt with the deception of the Trickfoot family (Pike's relatives), Tary was abducted by a Drow bounty hunter named K'ryyn, who had been disguised as a baker seeking employment. The bounty hunter had been paid by Howaardt to retrieve Tary and bring him back to the family estate in Deastok. Vox Machina managed to intercept K'ryyn in Wildemount, but Tary decided to return home anyways to finally face his father. Vox Machina decided to accompany Tary as support.

When confronting Howaardt, his father revealed that the Darrington family was in dire financial straits and owed a tremendous amount of money to the Myriad: the local crime syndicate that controlled Wildemount in all but name. Howaardt also revealed that when Tary left home for his "adventure", Tary had stolen the entire family treasury: the true source of Tary's supposed wealth. Howaardt thought he had a solution for their financial problems: a marriage between Tary and Lydia Truscan. Lydia was the only heir to the Truscan Trust, which would give Tary (and by extension, the Darrington family) complete control of the Truscan family's wealth. Howaardt was determined to have Tary marry Lydia, despite being fully aware of his son's sexual orientation. Vox Machina decided to aid the Darringtons by speaking with the Myriad.

Korshad (Vox Machina's Myriad contact) agreed to forgive some of the Darringtons' debts in exchange for Vox Machina clear out an infestation of a Myriad-controlled platinum mine. Vox Machina did so, and Tary and Korshad haggled over the terms. The Myriad would seize the Darrington lands and tax revenue (minus the Darrington Estate itself and enough taxes to provide a reasonable income for the family). Tary also successfully negotiated that the Darringtons would get to keep a small farm adjacent to the Darrington Estate, as a source of crops and food for the family. However, when Tary requested a percentage of the platinum mine's profits, Korshad drew the line.

When Tary informed his family about the deal, Howaardt was furious. After Tary announced his plan to relocate his family to the small farm, and use the Darrington Estate as a home for the poor and the headquarters for a charitable Darrington Foundation, Howaardt threw a chair at Tary. Still convinced that the Darrington family could've been restored to their original prosperity through an alliance with the Truscans, he venomously told Tary, "You should have married that girl!" Tary stood his ground and told Howaardt that the Darrington family was in financial trouble long before Tary stole the family treasury. Tary demanded his father stop blaming Tary for Howaardt's own mistakes. Howaardt broke down into tears and agreed to try Tary's plan. Tary also announced his plan to start a band of adventurers (similar to Vox Machina) in Wildemount: the Darrington Brigade, led by himself.

Tary announced his decision to return to Wildemount after gathering his things in Whitestone. Before he could return to Deastok, Vox Machina was approached by Lionel Gayheart. Tary decided to accompany Vox Machina as they met with the Meat Man in Ank'Harel.

Relationships Edit

Howaardt Darrington Edit

Taryon wishes to prove himself to his father, Howaardt, who seems to have a low opinion of his son. At some point Howaardt caught Taryon having a romantic affair with one of his tutors, a man named Lawrence, and he ostracized Taryon from the family, with Lawrence's fate unknown. After being pressed for information by Vox Machina regarding his relationship with his father, Tary admitted to them that he hated him.

Maryanne Darrington Edit

Maryanne is Taryon's younger sister, and seems to be the favored child in the family, as she is the one set to inherit their land, property, and wealth. Taryon said that his sister would often hit him.

Doty Edit

Doty was Taryon's mechanical servant, scribe, and best friend. The human built him when he was 27 years old.

Vox Machina Edit

Taryon hired Vox Machina to take him adventuring for the price of fifty thousand gold per day. So far he has paid 16,000 gold in the form of a check, much to Vex'ahlia's displeasure.[2]

Taryon got off to a rocky start with the band of adventurers, as his pompous demeanor and condescending attitude caused them to immediately dislike him. However, after testing his skills in what was essentially a hazing and causing the man to break down crying, Vox Machina felt more sympathetic towards him and began to warm up to their new companion.

Percival de Rolo Edit

Percy was initially distrustful and wary of Taryon, not believing that the other man had actually built Doty. In return, Tary assumed that Percy knew very little about mechanics and engineering, and explained such concepts to him at a basic level. However, after Tary opened up to the group, the two of them soon began to bond over their mutual love of tinkering and started collaborating on projects.

Tary has always been fond of Percy, despite being aware of Percy's relationship with Vex. Tary even went so far as to declare Percy as "the type of man I want to marry someday". The two maintain a platonic relationship and remain very good friends.

Keyleth Edit

Tary is very impressed by Keyleth's skills and abilities. Keyleth seems to appreciate his admiration, but also feels a bit jealous of his quick friendship with Percy. At one point the druid admitted to Vax'ildan that she felt like Tary was replacing her as Percy's best friend.[18]

Character Information Edit

Quests Edit

Taryon is on a quest to become a heroic adventurer in order to prove himself to his father, so that he can inherit some of his family's wealth instead of it all being passed on to his younger, stronger sister.[2]

Taryon is writing a book about his adventures. He is still trying to decide on a name for it, and has come up with many possible titles.[12]

Taryon keeps a list of adventures and acts of bravery he believes he needs to attempt to become a true adventurer.[12]

Known Items on List Edit

  • Kill a Naga
  • Kill a Dragon
  • Go to the Nine Hells (accomplished through Vox Machina using Plane Shift to go there[14])
  • Rescue a maiden (accomplished at Keyleth's request during a battle against some pirates[18])
  • Teleport (accomplished through Keyleth's Transport via Plants spell[2])
  • Transport a Treasure
  • Escort a Muckity Muck
  • A Revenge Plot (accomplished through Vox Machina's journey to the Nine Hells[3])
  • A Classic Dungeon Crawl (Accomplished in "Unfinished Business" (8x01) with Vox Machina and Lionel Gayheart[19])
  • Solving a Mysterious Riddle
  • The Old Fashioned Double Cross
  • Shopping Mission (accomplished by going potion-shopping with Grog[20])
  • Defeat a Goliath

Notable Items Edit

Abilities Edit

Artificer Abilities Edit

  • Alchemical Acid[18]
  • Alchemical Fire
  • Healing Draught[2]
  • Tanglefoot Bag
  • Infuse Magic
  • Mechanical Servant
  • Superior Attunement

Feats Edit

Helm of Brilliance Edit

By pulling a gem from the Helm of Brilliance, Taryon can cast a spell based on the gem he selected. The Helm of Brilliance has a DC of 18.[2]

  • Diamond: Prismatic Spray[27]
  • Opal: Daylight[28]

Robe of Useful Items Edit

The Robe of Useful Items is covered in patches that turn into items once removed. Some of these patches contain spell scrolls that Taryon can use, however each can only be used once.

  • Hypnotic Pattern[29]
  • Vampiric Touch[30]

Spells Edit

1st-level Edit
2nd-level Edit
3rd-level Edit

Trivia Edit

  • Tary and Percy, as an Artificer and a Gunslinger (respectively), became very quick friends and loved to trade mechanical and technological designs. This has led to Matt dubbing them the "Tinkering Nerds", and Taliesin and Sam have referred to themselves as the "Science Bros". Some of their most notable collaborations was a mechanical lamp powered by opals from Tary's Helm of Brilliance, as well as Percy helping Tary construct Doty 2.0.
  • Taryon was the winner of the third battle royale episode, where he fought against Percy, Vex'ahlia, Keyleth, and Grog.

References Edit

  1. The spelling of "Taryon Darrington" was confirmed by Sam Riegel. (source)
  2. See "Daring Days" (7x02).[citation needed]
  3. See "Jugs and Rods" (7x10).[citation needed]
  4. See "The Mines of the Many" (7x14) at 0:26:25.
  5. See "Daring Days" (7x02).[citation needed] Taryon stated that he was 28 years old. There was later a year-long timeskip between "Jugs and Rods" (7x10) and "One Year Later..." (7x11), meaning he is at least 29 now.
  6. See "Curious Tides" (7x05).[citation needed]
  7. See "One Year Later..." (7x11).[citation needed]
  8. See "Family Matters" (7x12).[citation needed]
  9. Taryon's level 13 stat card was shown onscreen. See "Daring Days" (7x02).[citation needed]
  10. Taryon's level 14 stat card was shown onscreen. See "Deals in the Dark" (7x08) at 2:18:00.
  11. Taryon's level 15 stat card was shown onscreen. See "One Year Later..." (7x11) at 0:52:02.
  12. See "A Bard's Lament" (7x01).[citation needed]
  13. See "Tangled Depths" (7x04).[citation needed]
  14. See "Vox Machina Go to Hell" (7x07).[citation needed]
  15. See "Deals in the Dark" (7x08) at 3:20:38.
  16. See "Jugs and Rods" (7x10) at 1:18:00.
  17. See "Jugs and Rods" (7x10) at 2:28:23.
  18. See "Onward to Vesrah" (7x03).[citation needed]
  19. See "Unfinished Business" (8x01).[citation needed]
  20. See "Voice of the Tempest" (7x06).[citation needed]
  21. See "The Mines of the Many" (7x14).[citation needed]
  22. See "One Year Later..." (7x11) at 1:32:05.
  23. Used on Ogden Trickfoot. See "Family Matters" (7x12).[citation needed]
  24. Scroll of Fire Shield purchased from Cydric Gillsman. See "Voice of the Tempest" (7x06).[citation needed]
  25. See "Bats out of Hell" (7x09) at 3:50:01.
  26. Taken from Ogden Trickfoot. See "Family Matters" (7x12).[citation needed]
  27. See "Daring Days" (7x02) at 1:56:28. Taryon pulled a diamond from his Helm of Brilliance and cast Prismatic Spray.
  28. See "Onward to Vesrah" (7x03) at 2:58:00. Taryon pulled an opal from his Helm of Brilliance and cast Daylight.
  29. See "Tangled Depths" (7x04) at 2:43:43. Taryon pulled a patch from the Robe of Useful Items and cast Hypnotic Pattern.
  30. See "Tangled Depths" (7x04) at 3:01:20. Taryon pulled a patch from the Robe of Useful Items and cast Vampiric Touch.
  31. See "The Mines of the Many" (7x14) at 2:58:24. Taryon infuses a coin with a Cure Wounds spell.
  32. See "Tangled Depths" (7x04) at 1:30:20. Taryon casts Detect Magic.
  33. See "Onward to Vesrah" (7x03) at 2:46:54. Taryon casts Identify.
  34. See "The Mines of the Many" (7x14) at 2:57:20. Taryon infuses a coin with a Jump spell.
  35. See "Daring Days" (7x02) at 1:59:21. Taryon casts Sanctuary.
  36. See "Onward to Vesrah" (7x03) at 0:35:51. Taryon casts Alter Self.
  37. See "Onward to Vesrah" (7x03) at 0:12:32. Taryon casts Blur.
  38. See "Vox Machina Go to Hell" (7x07) at 0:39:40. Matt confirms that Taryon has Enhance Ability.
  39. See "Deals in the Dark" (7x08) at 2:14:13. Taryon casts Invisibility.
  40. See "Onward to Vesrah" (7x03) at 0:12:32. Taryon casts Fly.
  41. See "Onward to Vesrah" (7x03) at 1:41:40. Taryon casts Haste.
  42. See "Family Matters" (7x12) at 3:25:41. Taryon infuses a coin with a Revivify spell.

Art:

  1. Fan art of Taryon Darrington, by advocatingAvian (source).  Used with permission.


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