Anna Ripley

Dr. Anna Ripley
Non-player character
Basic information
Actor
RaceHuman
Class
Biographical information
Pronounsshe/her
Titles
Also known asGloria Cyn (disguise)[6]
AgeEarly mid-forties (Campaign 1; 810 PD)
Places
Profession
  • Tinkerer
  • Weapons developer for the Dwendalian military (formerly)
Affiliations
Status
StatusDeceased
Cause of deathBrutally executed by Vox Machina[8]
Mechanical information
Creature typeHumanoid
Level20 (Gunslinger 15[9]/Wizard 5[4])
HP
200
AC
20
DC
Strength
14-15
Dexterity
Constitution
Intelligence
Wisdom
18-19
Charisma
Stats reference[4]
Appearances
First seen
Last seen
Stream
TelevisionThe Legend of Vox Machina (7 episodes)

Dr. Anna Ripley is a tinker and gunslinger notable for her work as a military weapons developer for the government of the Dwendalian Empire and Chief Scientific Designer for the Briarwoods, helping their project to ascend Vecna to godhood. After the Briarwoods seized control of Whitestone, Percy attempted to kill Dr. Ripley in Stilben, but he was captured by her guards, tortured, and interrogated.[10] Dr. Ripley began gathering intelligence about Percy's weapons and experimenting with firearm construction, losing a hand during one of her experiments.

As an NPC in Critical Role, Dr. Ripley is played by Matthew Mercer. In The Legend of Vox Machina, Ripley is voiced by Kelly Hu.

Description[edit | edit source]

Appearance[edit | edit source]

When Vox Machina first met Ripley locked up in the dungeon beneath Whitestone Castle, she was disguised as an old woman, looking to be in her seventies. She had very deep, sunken wrinkles, weathered skin, mostly whitish-gray hair with a bit of remaining red and brown, and was wearing ragged clothing.[11]

When the magic disguising her was dispelled, she was revealed to be a woman in her early mid-forties, with jet black hair pulled into a tight ponytail. She was wearing nice travel clothes with a long duster-like coat.[12] Her right hand was missing.[13] Her face was a little weathered from travel and she had dark lines at the sides of her face, whether from smiles or frowning.[14]

Later, when Vox Machina caught up with Ripley's party on Glintshore, she was wearing Cabal's Ruin. Her dark brown hair with streaks of white was pulled into a very tight bun in the back, and familiar-looking weapons dangled from her belt.[15] She had a prosthetic metallic arm.[16]

Personality[edit | edit source]

Dr. Anna Ripley has claimed to enjoy challenges. In particular, when she was working for the Briarwoods, Anna has expressed no interest in their dealings with Vecna, but rather was keen for the challenge behind her role as the Chief Scientific Designer, as well as an interest in their resources.[17]

When the Briarwoods took over Whitestone, Ripley got her individual room in the castle. She striped decorations that she felt to be excessive and "for the most part" arranged it to be functional.[18]

Ripley was obsessively fascinated with Percy and his inventions. She was simultaneously admiring and envious of Percy's genius. She showed the capability to read and comprehend complex mechanical designs, as she was able to create her own firearm based on eyewitness accounts of Percy's exploits.[19] In addition to being able to construct Percy's concepts, she showed the ability to improve upon those designs as well. For example, she was able to use her knowledge of "The List" to create the far more advanced "Animus".[20]

Ripley was an amoral opportunist, siding with the Briarwoods and their Vecna-worshiping cult not out of faith in the god, but because she saw an opportunity to continue her research with more resources. She reasoned that the technological achievements that result from a decision are what determine whether or not something should be done (rather than a more humanistic "right vs. wrong"). She had no interest in getting involved in the struggle against the Chroma Conclave, citing that the "petty tyranny of drakes and dragons" have always fallen to "the ingenuity of Man".[21] She also was an unapologetic racist, believing that humans were the only race capable of finding solutions to new problems and that non-humans lacked the same "dynamic ability to adapt".[21] Thus, she genuinely believed that Vox Machina's success was only due to Percy's intelligence and ingenuity.

Ripley proved herself to be quite charismatic, as she was able to assemble her own group of followers (including Kynan Leore) as her own twisted version of Vox Machina. Unlike the real Vox Machina (whom Percy regards as family), Ripley treated her group more like tools: useful, and not to be carelessly discarded, but tools nonetheless.[22]

Biography[edit | edit source]

Before Campaign 1[edit | edit source]

Dr. Anna Ripley originally lived in Rexxentrum, Dwendalian Empire and worked for the Dwendalian government,[23] developing military technology, as well as attempting to use arcane diseases as the basis for new biological and chemical weapons, involving human experimentation illegal at that time. As a higher-level denizens of Rexxentrum, Anna possessed small-level magic.[24]

Dr. Ripley was turned to the crown by her cooperators, whose names she placed on Animus barrel, and got placed on a list for trial. But before the law enforcers could bring her in, she fled to Port Damali, where she first met Sylas and Delilah Briarwood.[24] The Briarwoods are also of the empire origin and had been arrested for necromancy, had escaped prison, and now were fleeing hunters with orders to execute on sight. The three fugitives decided to work together, and Ripley aided the Briarwoods with their plan to murder the de Rolo family and seize control of Whitestone. Shortly after,[25] Ripley interrogated Percy, particularly interested in details about Whitestone Castle.[26]

During the Briarwoods' rule of the Whitestone, Dr. Ripley helped them reestablish social control. She also was one of their chief scientific designers, who worked with the Briarwoods to create an acidic compound that would distill whitestone ore into pure residuum.[27]

A year after the Briarwoods seized Whitestone, the now-free Percival (one of the last surviving de Rolos) managed to track Dr. Ripley's location. His attempt to murder Ripley failed, and Percy was seized by Ripley's guards and thrown into a prison cell in the Umbra Hills.[28] Her guards left him there to die of starvation. Unbeknownst to Ripley, the party of adventurers known as "Vox Machina" managed to find Percy in his prison cell, just in time to provide proper care and food.[29]

Slightly over a week before Vox Machina arrived, Anna Ripley completed her work for the Briarwoods and attempted to leave. As Anna was packing up her belongings, Byron Anders saw this and immediately whispered about it to the Briarwoods. They threw her into a dungeon under Whitestone Castle, which Dr. Ripley believed to be a temporary measure until the completion of the ziggurat.[30]

Campaign 1: Vox Machina[edit | edit source]

Arc 2: The Briarwoods[edit | edit source]

Vox Machina found Anna Ripley in Whitestone castle down in the dungeon. She was disguised as an old lady named Gloria Cyn. The story she told the party was that "Gloria" came up from Drynna to ask the Briarwoods why the waters had grown brackish and the fish were dying. Delilah laughed and threw her in the dungeon. She told the party her main intention was to escape her cell, and repeatedly asked for their help. Although when they first met her, Vox Machina was inclined to accept, with each time she asked, the group felt more suspicious.

Eventually, they decided to leave "Gloria Cyn" until they had defeated the Briarwoods, telling her it was for her safety. As a compromise, Vex started to fake picking the lock, with help from the old lady on the other side of the cell. Anna visibly used both of her hands, but Vex distinctly felt only one of them.[31] Remembering the description of Dr. Ripley, Vex'ahlia broke the lockpick and jammed the lock. Keyleth Dispelled Magic, revealing a black-haired woman a little over the age of forty, wearing travel clothes and a slightly ragged duster coat. Percy stepped out of the shadows, wearing a Hat of Disguise, appearing as a Whitestone peasant. He offered her a deal: if she led them toward their goal, she would be allowed to leave Whitestone unarmed, but with a promise that Percy would find her again someday.[32]

Having reached an agreement, Ripley led them to her room, where Percy found many sketches of his pepperbox firearm, the List, drawn from eye-witness accounts.[33] Ripley had designed her own firearm, a pistol similar to Percy's pepperbox but more technically refined and less aesthetically styled. It had only one barrel and a small, rotating, four-cylinder chamber.[34]

Anna Ripley was able to escape the castle while Vox Machina was distracted by Professor Anders.[35]

Arc 3: The Chroma Conclave[edit | edit source]

Victor said Percy that, several weeks prior to Vox Machina's return to Vasselheim, he had done business with a nicely dressed lady. Percy had a hunch that the person Victor has described closely resembled Ripley.[36]

Ripley, setting off from Vasselheim, traveled to Ank'Harel, as Vox Machina discovered when they found evidence that a firearm had been used to kill Mistress Asharru.[37] Both Keyleth and Khime, a member of the Omnival Library examined Ripley's former pistol, now in Percy's possession, and discovered a magical enchantment, which they learned Ripley used to listen to them. Scrying on her, Keyleth discovered that Ripley did have Cabal's Ruin and was on a ship in the Ozmit Sea, most likely looking for Whisper, another Vestige of Divergence.[38][39]

Official art of Vox Machina grouping up to get the final blow on Dr. Ripley, by Rich Kelly from The World of Critical Role, page 457.[art 2]

Vox Machina caught up with Ripley in the jungle of Glintshore just after she had procured Whisper.[40] There, they learned she had allied herself with Orthax in a similar deal to the one Percy once made.[7] Ripley revealed that she had no interest in becoming involved in the struggle against the Chroma Conclave, stating that the "petty tyranny of drakes and dragons" have always fallen to "the ingenuity of Man".[21] She told Percy that after leaving Whitestone, she had continued her design and construction of firearms, and even gave the plans to other tinkerers as well as selling some firearms.[41] Percy was incapacitated twice during the fight with Ripley and her men but was healed both times by members of Vox Machina. Finally, Orthax appeared to aid Ripley, and with his help, she was able to take the killing shot. She then attempted to flee but was captured and brutally executed by the remaining members of Vox Machina. [8]

The Legend of Vox Machina[edit | edit source]

Vox Machina encountered Ripley locked in a cell underneath Whitestone Castle. She offered to take them to Delilah and Sylas Briarwood if they freed her. As Vax began to pick the lock to free her, Percy pushed past him and pointed his gun at Ripley.[42] While pointing his gun at Ripley, Percy had flashbacks to her torturing him. Percy decided not to kill her after Cassandra said Ripley might have valuable information.[43]

Vox Machina let Ripley out of the cell and tied her up. Ripley told the party that the Briarwoods had imprisoned her after her work was done. Cassandra warned Ripley she would live only as long as she was useful. Percy searched her bag and found that had constructed her own gun similar to his. He took the gun.[44] Ripley told Vox Machina she had found and restored the ziggurat for the Briarwoods and figured out a way to augment it with residuum. She claimed she did not know what the Briarwoods wanted with the ziggurat.[45] While leading the party underneath the castle, Ripley questioned Percy about how his gun worked, but he didn't answer her. Ripley led the party through a trapped hallway into the de Rolo family tomb then into a room designed to refine residuum.[46]

After Cassandra double-crossed Vox Machina by locking the party (except Vax who was charmed by Sylas) in the refining room, Ripley helped figured Percy figure out how to turn off the mechanism that was filling the room up with acid.[47]

When the party reached the ziggurat, Ripley told Percy that he could not defeat the Briarwoods and he should come with her. She started backing away from the ziggurat and Percy pointed his gun at her. Percy decided not to shoot her because the noise would ruin Vox Machina's plan to sneak up on the Briarwoods. Ripley left the ziggurat chamber, saying "Until next time" as she ran away.[48]

Following the Chroma Conclave attacks, Ripley was shown gazing into a purple ball, seemingly scrying on Vex and Vax.[49] She then walked towards a burning town. She later approached Umbrasyl as he was speaking to Zanroar, and told him that his rule over Westruun would be brief unless he listened to her.[50] When Umbrasyl attacked Kamaljiori's lair, he remarked that "the woman was right," likely referring to Ripley's counsel.[51] She continued to encourage Umbrasyl to obtain Vestiges after Thordak was dismissive of Umbrasyl's theft of Mythcarver, though Umbrasyl seemed to still trust in Thordak's leadership.[52] She returned with Umbrasyl to Westruun to demand tribute from the Herd of Storms, and scoffed at the shrinking spoils the herd was bringing in comparison to the Vestige she helped Umbrasyl obtain. Scanlan found her voice familiar, but could not place it.[53]

Relationships[edit | edit source]

Percival de Rolo[edit | edit source]

when the Briarwoods took over the Castle Whitestone, Dr. Ripley was the one who tortured Percy. Moreover, upon learning of Percy's inventions, she became obsessed with his work and desired to replicate it. She eventually succeeded, albeit at the cost of her right hand.[13] Dr. Ripley and Percy met for the last time on the Glintshore, where she revealed to Vox Machina that she have made a pact with Orthax, the shadow demon with whom Percy once made a pact, as well. That deadly partnership eventually caused Percy's death.[54]

Orthax[edit | edit source]

Upon encountering Orthax, Ripley assumed the shadow demon to be the source of Percy's invention. She became fascinated with firearms and saw a lot of uses for this new technology. She was immediately curious about what secrets it might have withheld from Percy. She believed if she embraced the entity, she could learn more than Percy because she could sacrifice more than Percy's moral code would allow him to. Her pursuit of that knowledge drove her mad.[55]

King Bertrand Dwendal[edit | edit source]

Before King Dwendal discovered Ripley's experiments into biological/chemical warfare, there was bad blood between the King and Ripley.[24] Thus, his name was listed on Ripley's gun Animus, as a target for vengeance.[56]

Character information[edit | edit source]

Official art of Anna Ripley, by Oliver Barrett from The World of Critical Role, page 294.[art 3]

Notable items[edit | edit source]

Abilities[edit | edit source]

Feats[edit | edit source]

  • Magic Initiate: Warlock[61]

Fighter abilities[edit | edit source]

  • Action Surge[62]
  • Extra Attack (3 attacks per action)
  • Indomitable (two times per rest)
  • Second Wind[63]
  • Martial Archetype: Gunslinger
    • Grit points [3]
    • Lightning Reload[9]

Spells[edit | edit source]

Spell Level Notes Ref.
Disguise Self 1st [65]
Alarm 1st [66]
Hex 1st Magic Initiate [67]
Shield 1st [68]
Misty Step 2nd [69]
Blink 3rd [70]
Fireball 3rd [71]
Major Image 3rd [72]

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

During one of the the "Fireside Chat" episodes, Matthew Mercer compared Ripley to Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels, as they both served militaristic, totalitarian governments and did human.[73] Goebbels was also one of the chief architects of Nazi Germany's Final Solution and the Holocaust.

Quotations[edit | edit source]

  • "I sold a couple in Vasselheim, and a few more in Ank'Harel. Partially because I needed the money, but also because...he told me it would drive you mad." (Ripley revealing her proliferation of firearms)[41]
  • "Another name...off the list..." (just before killing Percy on Glintshore)[74]

Appearances and mentions[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

Marisha dressed as Dr.Ripley for Halloween 2016.
  • Marisha Ray was dressed as Anna Ripley during "The Coming Storm" (1x73), which aired the week before Halloween 2016.
  • Several parallels can be made between Ripley and Avantika. Each of them has a particularly antagonistic relationship with a certain member of the party (Percy and Fjord, respectively); they both forged pacts with the same patrons (Orthax and Uk'otoa, respectively).

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "The Legend of the Cast of The Legend of Vox Machina"
  2. "Cloak and Dagger" (1x68) at 3:14:15. Ripley uses an Action Surge
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Cloak and Dagger" (1x68) at 2:35:13. Ripley uses a Grit point
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 CritRoleStats Monster Analysis: Dr. Anna Ripley and Company (Part 1)
  5. "Cloak and Dagger" (1x68) at 3:53:58.
  6. "Against the Tide of Bone" (1x32) at 3:17:23.
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Cloak and Dagger" (1x68) at 2:34:18.
  8. 8.0 8.1 "Cloak and Dagger" (1x68) from 4:21:53 through 4:24:20.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Matt confirms she can reload as a bonus action, Gunslinger level 15 ability.
  10. "The Feast" (1x24) at 22:36.
  11. "Against the Tide of Bone" (1x32) from 3:16:03 through 3:17:31.
  12. "Reunions" (1x33), part 1, at 21:23.
  13. 13.0 13.1 "Reunions" (1x33), part 1, at 23:07.
  14. "Reunions" (1x33), part 1, at 24:43.
  15. "Cloak and Dagger" (1x68) at 1:28:05.
  16. "Cloak and Dagger" (1x68) at 2:05:25.
  17. "Reunions" (1x33), part 1, at 26:20.
  18. "Reunions" (1x33), part 1, at 52:51.
  19. "Reunions" (1x33), part 1, at 55:08.
  20. "Cloak and Dagger" (1x68) at 2:34:40.
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 "Cloak and Dagger" (1x68) at 1:40:13.
  22. "Cloak and Dagger" (1x68) at 1:37:57.
  23. "Unwanted Reunions" (2x88) at 4:10:10.
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 "Talks Machina Special #5: Fireside Chat Q&A" (TMSx05) at 1:46:04.
  25. "The Feast" (1x24) from 23:27 through 23:36.
  26. "The Feast" (1x24) from 25:53 through 26:35.
  27. "Reunions" (1x33), part 1, at 1:07:50.
  28. "The Feast" (1x24) from 22:32 through 23:27. Percy relates his first attempt to hunt down Ripley.
  29. "The Story of Vox Machina" (Mx04) at 2:54.
  30. "Reunions" (1x33), part 1, at 26:54.
  31. "Against the Tide of Bone" (1x32) from 3:10:53 through 3:34:05.
  32. "Reunions" (1x33), part 1, at 36:01.
  33. "Reunions" (1x33), part 1, at 56:06.
  34. "Reunions" (1x33), part 1, at 55:09.
  35. "Reunions" (1x33), part 2, at 23:39.
  36. "Return to Vasselheim" (1x43) at 1:20:38.
  37. "A Traveler's Gamble" (1x66) at 4:05:38.
  38. Keyleth scries on Ripley. "The Chase to Glintshore" (1x67) from 24:31 through 26:24.
  39. Khime examines Retort. "The Chase to Glintshore" (1x67) at 1:52:38.
  40. "Cloak and Dagger" (1x68) at 2:16:35.
  41. 41.0 41.1 "Cloak and Dagger" (1x68) at 1:48:33.
  42. "The Tide of Bone" (LVM1x09) at 21:50.
  43. "Depths of Deceit" (LVM1x10) at 3:07.
  44. "Depths of Deceit" (LVM1x10) at 4:54.
  45. "Depths of Deceit" (LVM1x10) at 8:07.
  46. "Depths of Deceit" (LVM1x10) at 14:07.
  47. "Depths of Deceit" (LVM1x10) at 20:54.
  48. "Whispers at the Ziggurat" (LVM1x11) at 4:02.
  49. "Those Who Walk Away" (LVM2x04) at 23:48.
  50. "Pass Through Fire" (LVM2x05) at 24:11.
  51. "Into Rimecleft" (LVM2x06) at 18:53.
  52. "The Fey Realm" (LVM2x07) at 23:20.
  53. "A Test of Pride" (LVM2x09) at 16:03.
  54. "Cloak and Dagger" (1x68).
  55. "Talks Machina Special #5: Fireside Chat Q&A" (TMSx05) at 1:48:05.
  56. "Passed Through Fire" (1x69) at 22:44.
  57. "Passed Through Fire" (1x69) at 22:33.
  58. "Passed Through Fire" (1x69) at 1:47:01.
  59. See Matt's comment on Reddit
  60. "Passed Through Fire" (1x69) at 24:11.
  61. "Cloak and Dagger" (1x68) at 3:51:40. Ripley is able to cast Hex, a warlock-only spell. Because she made a similar pact with Orthax as Percy, it is likely she also has this feat.
  62. "Cloak and Dagger" (1x68) at 3:14:15. Ripley uses Action Surge
  63. "Cloak and Dagger" (1x68) at 3:32:35. Ripley uses Second Wind
  64. "Cloak and Dagger" (1x68) at 2:35:10.
  65. "Reunions" (1x33), part 1, at 30:53. Anna have access to disguise magic and, as a 5th level wizard, only one probable option: Disguise Self.
  66. See Matt's comment on Reddit
  67. "Cloak and Dagger" (1x68) at 2:35:52.
  68. "Cloak and Dagger" (1x68) at 3:51:40.
  69. "Cloak and Dagger" (1x68) at 4:12:21.
  70. "Cloak and Dagger" (1x68) at 2:05:45.
  71. "Cloak and Dagger" (1x68) at 3:53:20.
  72. Dr. Ripley and the mage from her party made illusions of Anna Ripley and Kynan Leore to lure Vox Machina into the trap in "Cloak and Dagger" (1x68). See Matt's comment on Reddit
  73. "Talks Machina Special #5: Fireside Chat Q&A" (TMSx05) at 1:46:00.
  74. "Cloak and Dagger" (1x68) at 4:10:35.

Art:

  1. Screenshot of Anna Ripley from "The Legend of the Cast of The Legend of Vox Machina". 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.
  2. Official art of Vox Machina grouping up to get the final blow on Dr. Ripley, by Rich Kelly from The World of Critical Role, page 457. 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.
  3. Official art of Anna Ripley, by Oliver Barrett from The World of Critical Role, page 294. 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.