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Fan art of Spireling Shenn and agents of the Clasp from "Dangerous Dealings" (4x04), by Thomas Brin.[art 1]

The Clasp is a 200-year-old guild of thieves, assassins, black merchants, and contract dealers in Tal'Dorei that operates on a relatively amoral code of honor and respect.[1]  Their influence is easily enforced, as most people know of the dangerous myths surrounding them, and they maintain an extremely high success rate on contracts taken.

The Clasp was also the driving force behind the plot of a non-canon, one-shot special episode:  Critical Role Extra – The Return of Liam!.

Organizational Structure Edit

Leadership Edit

Leaders of the Clasp are called spirelings.[1][2][3] They are masters of networks and information.  Spireling Shenn is the leader of the Clasp in Emon.[4]

Emon Spirelings Edit

Westruun Spirelings Edit

Membership Edit


Symbol for the Clasp, branded on Vax'ildan's back, by [missing artist].[citation needed]

One does not apply to join the Clasp; worthy candidates are invited.[1]

  • Garthok is a member of the Clasp in Emon.[5]
  • Vax'ildan gained partial membership to the Westruun sect of the Clasp and was branded with their symbol before the events in the Critical Role stream.[6]

Non-canon Edit

In a non-canon, one-shot special episode entitled "Critical Role Extra – The Return of Liam!" (Sx15), several of the characters were members of the Clasp in Emon:  Spireling Shenn (non-canon); Delweth; Dren; Obby "the Rat"; and Tarvis.

Contracts Edit

To summon the attention of the Clasp for a contract, one must ask around until they find someone who has already dealt with them and persuade them to reveal the contract request drop-point.[1]

Locations Edit

Emon Edit

The Clasp has a subterranean base located beneath the Graveyard District in Emon, with a secret entrance leading to it from the Diamond Nest Tavern.[7]  There was another entrance from the north end of Abadar's Promenade[8], but it was destroyed by the Clasp after talks for an alliance with Vox Machina broke down.[9]  An entrance from the Temple District was blocked after the Chroma Conclave's attack on Emon.[8]

Activities Edit

Drugs Edit

There are two illegal drugs in Tal'Dorei. Oloore root is a heavy psychedelic used by druidic cultures, and suude is refined from arcane residuum and causes head rush and enhances senses/magic.[10] The Clasp traffics oloore root.[11]

The Story So Far Edit

The Clasp was responsible for sending the blue crystal that contained Skysunder to Westruun.[12]

Several members of the Clasp ambushed Pike and Vax'ildan in Emon, knocking them unconscious in an alleyway and taking them back to their headquarters. Spireling Modeth spoke with them, explaining that the Clasp had been watching the home of Sir Gregory Fince in order to stay aware of Emon's political climate. When they saw Vox Machina leaving the building, they decided to bring them in to interrogate them. Vax then revealed that he was a member of the Clasp sect in Westruun. Modeth called for a test of their skills and intent, forcing Pike and Vax into a battle against a chained chimera in the Clasp's arena. Although the two of them managed to slay the creature, Modeth was still not convinced and decided to detain them overnight. However, Vax and Pike managed to escape that night and reunited with the rest of their group.[13]

Vox Machina later returned to the Clasp's headquarters and ended up fighting Spireling Modeth. After killing him, they discovered that he had been keeping four strange glowing crystals, which they then took for themselves. As the party tried to leave, they were stopped by a group of Clasp members and another Spireling. Scanlan managed to convince the Clasp to let them go safely and Vox Machina left before their deeds could be discovered.[14]

Trivia Edit

  • Vax'ildan's initial run-in and partial membership with the Clasp was part of the plot from a one-on-one session between Liam O'Brien and Dungeon Master Matthew Mercer after Liam missed a regular game session with the rest of the group.[15]

References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Some of the information on this page was imported from Matthew Mercer's Vox Machina Wiki article, "The Clasp".
  2. Spirelings were referenced in Matthew Mercer's background story provided to Critical Role Transcriptions.
  3. See "In Ruins" (4x03) at 1:00:55.
  4. See "Dangerous Dealings" (4x04) at 2:37:42.
  5. See "Dangerous Dealings" (4x04).
  6. See "The Story of Vox Machina" (Sx06) at 10:01.
  7. See "A Musician's Nostalgia" (3x14) at 1:48:30.
  8. See "In Ruins" (4x03) at 1:02:11.
  9. See "Dangerous Dealings" (4x04) at 2:58:36.
  10. From Matthew Mercer's tweet on Tal'Dorei drugs.
  11. From Matthew Mercer's reddit comment on oloore root.
  12. See "The Story of Vox Machina" (Sx06) at 5:47.
  13. See "The Story of Vox Machina" (Sx06) from 9:26 through 10:36.
  14. See "The Story of Vox Machina" (Sx06) from 12:39 through 13:13.
  15. From Liam O'Brian's Q&A on Reddit (source).


  1. Fan art of Spireling Shenn and agents of the Clasp from "Dangerous Dealings" (4x04), by Thomas Brin (source).  Used with permission.

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