Captain Adella
Non-player character
Basic information
ActorMatthew Mercer
Biographical information
Full nameAdella
ProfessionSailor (formerly pirate)
StatusAlive (as of 837 PD)
Mechanical information
Creature typeHumanoid
First seen"Daring Days" (1x86)
Last seen"The Mighty Nein Reunited Part 2 – Uk'otoa Unleashed" (OSx51)

Captain Adella is the captain of the Drensala Vis. As an NPC, Adella is played by Matthew Mercer.

Description[edit | edit source]

Appearance[edit | edit source]

Adella is a dark-skinned woman with a long mass of dark hair, crimped, curled, and tattered by the sea air. Her hair has been sun-bleached to the point where the tips are lighter. She looks spry and young, probably in her late twenties or early thirties during Campaign 1. Her skin is weathered from the days spent at sea, with crow's feet beginning to form at her eyes, but she has a bright smile. Adella wears calf-high boots with a long light brown coat.[2]

Personality[edit | edit source]

Adella is stern and professional. As captain of the Drensala Vis, Adella is well respected by her crew and resents being referred to as a common pirate. Though she runs a tight ship Captain Adella has shown a softer side to her as well, following through on her promise to get Vox Machina to Vesrah and being willing to take several strangers on her ship who were in need of work while in Nicodranas.

Biography[edit | edit source]

Before Campaign 1[edit | edit source]

Adella was once a pirate, but by 811 PD, she turned to legal merchant sailing.[3]

Campaign 1: Vox Machina[edit | edit source]

"Daring Days" (1x86)[edit | edit source]

In 811 PD, Adella and her crew were docked in Emon when they were approached by Vox Machina who asked if she could take them to Vesrah, after being advised to do so by Dockmaster Abban. Adella offered to take them for 150 gp a day, estimating about a week long journey. They party agreed, and she welcomed them aboard the Drensala Vis, telling them to respect her and her crew and they'd get along just fine.

"Onward to Vesrah" (1x87)[edit | edit source]

A few days into their journey to Vesrah, Vex'ahlia sighted something in the water while flying on her magic broom. She warned Adella about it, but by then it had disappeared. Vex asked to borrow her telescope and check again, which Adella granted after some reluctance, but Vex couldn't see it either. Vex wondered if it could be a sea monster, and Adella hoped not but nonetheless began preparing for battle. A few hours later they came across an unnatural fog bank, which Adella tried to veer around but it followed them, forcing them to sail into it. They encounter a hostile ship and enter combat, Adella fighting off assailants who boarded the ship. On the ship, they found a prisoner, who they rescued. Adella sent one of her men to get food for him, and agreed to keep him under watch in the brig until they reached port.

The last day of travel was uneventful and they safely arrived in Vesrah.

"Curious Tides" (1x89)[edit | edit source]

Adella and her crew joined in the celebration of the completion of Keyleth's Aramenté, notably leaving their prisoner on the ship. She was relatively eager to leave the Water Ashari, although she was happy enough to enjoy the festivities. While celebrating, she met Pike Trickfoot for the first time, who was Astral Projecting, and they immediately got along well. Once they were ready to depart, Vox Machina joined Adella once more for the journey back to Emon, the journey made much shorter by Keyleth controlling the winds in their favor, which impressed Adella. She thanked them for their business and said they were welcome to hire her and her crew again.

Campaign 2: The Mighty Nein[edit | edit source]

"The Ruby and the Sapphire" (2x33)[edit | edit source]

In 835 PD, Adella was in the Wayfarer's Cove, a tavern in Nicodranas, when the Mighty Nein arrived looking for information on Algar.

"Encroaching Waters" (2x34)[edit | edit source]

Fjord approached Adella in the Wayfarer's Cove and asked if she knew anything about the Tidepeak Tower. She said she didn't, as she wasn't here often and was just passing through. Fjord admitted that he was a sailor as well, so she offered Fjord and Caleb positions with her crew on a voyage to Marquet. Fjord asked if she'd heard of Sabian, and she informed him he worked with a shady merchant named Cadmus Leeland a few months ago.[4] She promised to let Sabien know Fjord was looking if she ran into him, and went back to her drink.

"The Mighty Nein Reunited Part 2 – Uk'otoa Unleashed" (OSx51)[edit | edit source]

The Mighty Nein charted Adella's ship and crew to take them to the storm caused by Uk'otoa. She eagerly accepted, particularly when Fjord promised her a fortune.[5] She and her crew survived the encounter and assisted in combat by firing their cannons.[6] Afterwards, Fjord spoke to her about Stone's Throw Shipping, and she appeared interested.[7]

Character information[edit | edit source]

Notable items[edit | edit source]

Appearances and mentions[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Matthew Mercer (@matthewmercer) on Twitter: "Human. :)" (February 17, 2017). (backup link) The original tweet, which provides the context of Matt's answer, became unavailable before it was archived. This information was added to this article sourced to this tweet; it is assumed in good faith that this edit is accurate.
  2. "Daring Days" (1x86) from 3:35:00 through 3:36:05.
  3. "Daring Days" (1x86) at 3:39:20.
  4. "Encroaching Waters" (2x34) at 34:22.
  5. "The Mighty Nein Reunited Part 2 – Uk'otoa Unleashed" (OSx51) at 2:01:33.
  6. "The Mighty Nein Reunited Part 2 – Uk'otoa Unleashed" (OSx51) at 3:33:02.
  7. "The Mighty Nein Reunited Part 2 – Uk'otoa Unleashed" (OSx51) at 5:08:04.
  8. "Onward to Vesrah" (1x87) at 1:12:55.


  1. Adella, by Kamille Areopagita and Kevin Areopagita from "The Mighty Nein Reunited Part 1 – Unfinished Business" (OSx50) at 1:51:23. This file is a copyrighted work. Its use in this article is asserted to qualify as fair use of the material under United States copyright law.