Taryon Gary Darrington is a human artificer played by Sam Riegel.
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.
Taryon tends to underestimate the intelligence of the people he meets. He assumed that none of Vox Machina were literate. When Percy asked him how Doty worked, Taryon began by explaining the basic functions of levers, pulleys, and inclines.
Tary does not ask for names very often, instead choosing to give (often rude) nicknames to the people he meets.
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. He began stylizing himself as "Ser" Taryon Darrington, despite having never been knighted nor having any training as a knight.
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
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 was Taryon's mechanical servant, scribe, and best friend. The human built him when he was 27 years old.
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.
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.
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.
Character Information 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.
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.
Taryon keeps a list of adventures and acts of bravery he believes he needs to attempt to become a true adventurer.
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)
Rescue a maiden(accomplished at Keyleth's request during a battle against some pirates)
Teleport(accomplished through Keyleth's Transport via Plants spell)
- Transport a Treasure
- Escort a Muckity Muck
A Revenge Plot(accomplished through Vox Machina's journey to the Nine Hells)
A Classic Dungeon Crawl(Accomplished in "Unfinished Business" (8x01) with Vox Machina and Lionel Gayheart)
- Solving a Mysterious Riddle
- The Old Fashioned Double Cross
Shopping Mission(accomplished by going potion-shopping with Grog)
Defeat a Goliath
Notable Items Edit
- Alchemists Satchel
- Bag of Holding
- Boots of Speed
- Chime of Opening
- Helm of Brilliance
"Magical Egg of Power"(a rotten basilisk egg given to him by Grog; traded to Cydric Gillsman)
- Navigator's Tools
Potion of Mind Reading
- Ring of the Ram
- Robe of Useful Items
- Rod of Mercurial Form
- Scroll of Fire Shield
Scroll of Programmed Illusion (used in the Nine Hells)
- Staff of Major Image
Artificer Abilities Edit
- Alchemical Acid
- Alchemical Fire
- Healing Draught
- Tanglefoot Bag
- Infuse Magic
- Mechanical Servant
- Superior Attunement
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.
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.
- 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.
- ↑ The spelling of "Taryon Darrington" was confirmed by Sam Riegel. (source)
- ↑ See "Daring Days" (7x02).
- ↑ See "Jugs and Rods" (7x10).
- ↑ See "The Mines of the Many" (7x14) at 0:26:25.
- ↑ See "Daring Days" (7x02). 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.
- ↑ See "Curious Tides" (7x05).
- ↑ See "One Year Later..." (7x11).
- ↑ See "Family Matters" (7x12).
- ↑ Taryon's level 13 stat card was shown onscreen. See "Daring Days" (7x02).
- ↑ Taryon's level 14 stat card was shown onscreen. See "Deals in the Dark" (7x08) at 2:18:00.
- ↑ Taryon's level 15 stat card was shown onscreen. See "One Year Later..." (7x11) at 0:52:02.
- ↑ See "A Bard's Lament" (7x01).
- ↑ See "Tangled Depths" (7x04).
- ↑ See "Vox Machina Go to Hell" (7x07).
- ↑ See "Deals in the Dark" (7x08) at 3:20:38.
- ↑ See "Jugs and Rods" (7x10) at 1:18:00.
- ↑ See "Jugs and Rods" (7x10) at 2:28:23.
- ↑ See "Onward to Vesrah" (7x03).
- ↑ See "Unfinished Business" (8x01).
- ↑ See "Voice of the Tempest" (7x06).
- ↑ See "The Mines of the Many" (7x14).
- ↑ See "One Year Later..." (7x11) at 1:32:05.
- ↑ Used on Ogden Trickfoot. See "Family Matters" (7x12).
- ↑ Scroll of Fire Shield purchased from Cydric Gillsman. See "Voice of the Tempest" (7x06).
- ↑ See "Bats out of Hell" (7x09) at 3:50:01.
- ↑ Taken from Ogden Trickfoot. See "Family Matters" (7x12).
- ↑ See "Daring Days" (7x02) at 1:56:28. Taryon pulled a diamond from his Helm of Brilliance and cast Prismatic Spray.
- ↑ See "Onward to Vesrah" (7x03) at 2:58:00. Taryon pulled an opal from his Helm of Brilliance and cast Daylight.
- ↑ See "Tangled Depths" (7x04) at 2:43:43. Taryon pulled a patch from the Robe of Useful Items and cast Hypnotic Pattern.
- ↑ See "Tangled Depths" (7x04) at 3:01:20. Taryon pulled a patch from the Robe of Useful Items and cast Vampiric Touch.
- ↑ See "The Mines of the Many" (7x14) at 2:58:24. Taryon infuses a coin with a Cure Wounds spell.
- ↑ See "Tangled Depths" (7x04) at 1:30:20. Taryon casts Detect Magic.
- ↑ See "Onward to Vesrah" (7x03) at 2:46:54. Taryon casts Identify.
- ↑ See "The Mines of the Many" (7x14) at 2:57:20. Taryon infuses a coin with a Jump spell.
- ↑ See "Daring Days" (7x02) at 1:59:21. Taryon casts Sanctuary.
- ↑ See "Onward to Vesrah" (7x03) at 0:35:51. Taryon casts Alter Self.
- ↑ See "Onward to Vesrah" (7x03) at 0:12:32. Taryon casts Blur.
- ↑ See "Vox Machina Go to Hell" (7x07) at 0:39:40. Matt confirms that Taryon has Enhance Ability.
- ↑ See "Deals in the Dark" (7x08) at 2:14:13. Taryon casts Invisibility.
- ↑ See "Onward to Vesrah" (7x03) at 0:12:32. Taryon casts Fly.
- ↑ See "Onward to Vesrah" (7x03) at 1:41:40. Taryon casts Haste.
- ↑ See "Family Matters" (7x12) at 3:25:41. Taryon infuses a coin with a Revivify spell.