Delilah Briarwood

Delilah Briarwood
Non-player character
Basic information
ClassWizard (School of Necromancy)[1]
Biographical information
Full nameDelilah Briarwood
Also known asLady Briarwood
PartnerSylas Briarwood (husband)
  • Necromancer
  • Archmage of Antiquity (former)[2]
  • Co-ruler of Whitestone (former
StatusUndead (physical form exists as a destroyed zombie; spiritual form exists within Laudna)
Causes of death
Mechanical information
Creature type
  • Humanoid (formerly)
  • Undead
Level17 or higher[8]
First seen
Last seen
TelevisionThe Legend of Vox Machina (9 episodes)

Lady Delilah Briarwood is a powerful human wizard (necromancer) from Dwendalian Empire, former Archmage of Antiquity for the Cerberus Assembly, and a zealot of Vecna, The Whispered One.

As an NPC in Critical Role, Delilah is played by Matthew Mercer. In The Legend of Vox Machina, she is voiced by Grey Griffin.[13]

Description[edit | edit source]

Appearance[edit | edit source]

When Vox Machina first met her, Delilah was a beautiful woman with dark auburn hair, pulled up into a tight braided bun. She wore a blue and black gown that had a long, billowing skirt which tapered up to be form-fitting at the waist and bodice, with a neckline that wrapped nearly to her jaw. She also wore gloves on her hands.[14]

Personality[edit | edit source]

Delilah is incredibly cunning and intelligent as well as ruthless, cold, and willful.[citation needed] Percy saw her as the brain behind the Occupation of Whitestone and his trauma.[15] Despite her ruthless nature, she is genuinely loving and devoted to her husband, willing to do anything to preserve their life together.[16]

In 843 PD, Delilah said, she "wished nothing more than to see history come to its natural close", but indended to outlive Exandria. She also wanted to uncover secrets of the world and keep them to herself, and her love, Sylas Briarwood.[17]

Biography[edit | edit source]

Background[edit | edit source]

Prior to emigrating to Tal'Dorei, the Briarwoods had some renown and enough powerful connections to maintain a comfortable life in the Dwendalian Empire,[18] possibly ruling the land in Wildemount.[19] Delilah had studied in few different schools and, more than nine years ago, briefly attended the Alabaster Lyceum in Emon as part of her training as a wizard.[20] Later she began working with the Soltryce Academy,[18] and was appointed the Archmage of Antiquity[2] on the Cerberus Assembly.[21]

At some point during Delilah's time on the Cerberus Assembly, Sylas became sick with a disease that no one could seem to cure. Delilah, therefore, set out to find something or someone who could help her husband. Though she found a cure on her quest, she returned too late and found that Sylas had already passed.[22]

Delilah was devastated by Sylas's death and became obsessed with pursuing means, through magic and meditation, that could perhaps bring him back. One day, she was screaming her frustration into the Astral Sea when a voice whispered back: "I can help you." Delilah would later learn this voice belonged to Vecna.[23]

She was given whispered directions in her dreams, which she followed unquestioningly in her grief. These directions eventually led her to one of Vecna's old laboratories. There, on condition of her service to Vecna, she was given information about the rites of vampirism. This allowed her to bring Sylas back as a vampire, but the rite also bound his existence to Vecna, bringing the couple both into service to the Whispered One.[24]

Necromancy is outlawed in the Dwendalian Empire, and people had begun to take note of Delilah's activities. When Sylas' undead nature and Delilah's involvement were discovered in an investigation led by the Cobalt Soul, she was ousted from the Assembly[21] Their estate and all lands were seized by King Dwendal and, officially, the Briarwoods were killed when their homestead was burned by a mob.[25] However, they managed to escape, fleeing to Port Damali on the Menagerie Coast with Dwendalian hunters in pursuit, bent on capturing them for execution.[26] There, the Briarwoods encountered Dr. Anna Ripley, who was also fleeing the Dwendalian Empire for her own reasons. Since all three were fugitives from the empire, they decided to work together.[27]

Upon hearing about an isolated city called Whitestone, the new allies made it their next target, as they believed its remote nature meant they could overthrow the ruling family without much involvement from other governments. Styling themselves as "Lord and Lady", the Briarwoods traveled to Whitestone Castle and were welcomed as guests of the de Rolo family household. The Briarwoods began to make frequent trips from Port Damali to Whitestone, building a relationship with the de Rolos while also secretly turning some of their servants against them in preparation for the coup.[27]

Eventually, the Briarwoods struck, slaughtering nearly all of the de Rolo family and taking over Whitestone.[28]

Campaign 1: Vox Machina[edit | edit source]

Arc 1: Kraghammer and Vasselheim[edit | edit source]

At the end of a meeting with the Tal'Dorei Council, Percy asked Sovereign Uriel about the Briarwoods' visit to Emon, upon hearing about it in passing during the meeting. Uriel told Percy that the Briarwoods were interested in establishing an official trade route from Whitestone to Emon, using their fabricated story that the de Rolo family gifted Whitestone to the Briarwoods before the family died. Percy asked to be notified when the Briarwoods returned to Emon, and withheld the truth about the Briarwoods' attack on the de Rolos from the sovereign.[29]

Seeker Asum Emring visited Greyskull Keep to invite Vox Machina to a dinner celebrating a bridge construction over the Shearing Channel, helmed by the Briarwoods. The bridge would connect Tal'Dorei to the continent of Wildemount, set at the edge of the Alabaster Sierras. Asum questioned why Percy was uncomfortable at the mention of the Briarwoods, and Percy told him that he found them untrustworthy. Asum agreed with Percy's assessment, as he had sent multiple operatives into Whitestone, only to have them resign. Vox Machina agreed to attend the dinner.[30]

Arc 2: The Briarwoods[edit | edit source]

Shortly before the feast, Percy told the rest of Vox Machina the truth about the Briarwoods; their responsibility for the deaths of the de Rolo family almost in its entirity. Vox Machina swore to help him take his revenge, and helped disguise Percy as Vax'ildan for the feast. Meanwhile, Vax was made invisible and hid in the Briarwood's room.[28]

As soon as the meal began, the Briarwoods were introduced to Vox Machina, and a conversation began regarding the bridge that was to be built over the Shearing Channel. When the conversation turned to how the Briarwoods became caretakers of Whitestone, Delilah told the group how the Briarwoods met the de Rolo family during a trip to Wildemount, and that the two families had kept in touch. Five years prior, the Briarwoods were visiting Whitestone to discuss a joint venture to create the bridge when the de Rolos all fell to disease. The Briarwoods were surprised to find that the de Rolos left Whitestone in their hands, and agreed to continue the de Rolos' legacy.[31] When Scanlan inquired about the disease that killed the de Rolos, Sylas told him they didn't know the details, as they were informed about the deaths after a few months had passed. When Keyleth questioned why they weren't afraid to enter the castle after the disease had swept through it, Sylas reassured her that they had sent in clerics to remove the corpses and any trace of the disease.[32]

After the dinner ended, the Briarwoods returned to their room and were alerted to Vax's presence. While Vax claimed to only be a castle guard, Delilah remarked that they had just had dinner with someone who looked just like him. When Vax attempted to flee, Delilah successfully cast Hold Person on him. Delilah berated Vax for trying to flee when she simply wanted to ask him some questions, while Sylas slammed a hand down on Vax and said he looked delicious.[33] Vax managed to break the Hold Person spell, and when Sylas Briarwood failed to charm him, the couple moved to attack Vax. Delilah dealt necrotic damage to Vax, while Sylas bit him, revealing his vampirism. Vax attempted to escape by jumping out of a window, and used his Earring of Whisper to alert the rest of Vox Machina. Delilah successfully cast Hold Person on Vax once again, and then knocked Vax unconscious with a blast of necrotic damage.[34] Vox Machina then joined the fight, along with a new ally, Lillith, while Seeker Assum was charmed by Sylas. Vex hit Delilah with multiple arrows causing significant damage, and Delilah retaliated by using Finger of Death against Vex, injuring but not killing her. After successfully casting Feeblemind on Tiberius and witnessing Sylas taking a lot of damage, Delilah decided it would be best to leave instead of continuing the fight, and cast Dimension Door away from the party.[35]

After the tussle at the feast, Vox Machina attended a council meeting to explain the Briarwoods' true history with Whitestone and Sylas' vampirism, but it became clear that Uriel had been charmed by Sylas and will not listen to them. Believing that Vox Machina were the true instigators of the attack, Uriel removed the party from the council and pended further investigation.[36] The party then interrogated Desmond, the Briarwoods' carriage driver, whom they had captured the night before. Desmond described his expirience of the Briarwoods' invasion of Whitestone and the harsh life under the Briarwoods' rule. He informed them that all of the servants in the castle were undead and that the Briarwoods spent a lot of time excavating something underneath the castle.[37]

Back in Whistestone, the Briarwoods had several citizens invited to dinner at the castle, where they were murdered and dressed as Vox Machina to be hanged on the Sun Tree. Among these victims was Matilda Bradbury, a burgeoning sorcerer. Before killing her, Delilah had Matilda subjected to torturous arcane experiments. In a burst of necromantic magic, likely what created the undead hoard that Vox Machina and the resistance fought in Whitestone, Matilda was raised as a Hollow One.[38]

Following their arrival in Whitestone and infiltration of Castle Whitestone, Vox Machina, along with new ally Cassandra de Rolo, traveled through the crypts beneath the castle toward the ziggurat. Percy asked Cassandra which of the Briarwoods she considered more of a threat, and Cassandra described Delilah as being a very powerful mage.[39] When the party became trapped in an acid distillery, both the Briarwoods appeared. Cassandra revealed that she had aligned herself with the couple, and told Vox Machina she had a destiny with the Whispered One. The party escaped the acid trap and followed the Briarwoods, along with a charmed Vax, into the Ziggurat.[40] When Scanlan failed to cast Blindness on Delilah, a charmed Vax stepped in front of her to protect her. After Pike successfully lifted Vax's charm effect, he attacked Delilah with his Dagger of Life-Stealing, poisoning her.[41]

That being said, Lady Briarwood, Delilah, she carries magic far more powerful than I've seen. She on her own was able to create, run, and rule each of these sentries that run about the entire city. She had half of the entire castle staffed with long-dead individuals. None questioned her. I've never seen her in battle, but I sense there is far more to her abilities than I've seen.

— Cassandra, about Delilah Briarwood

After Sylas appeared to be seriously injured, Delilah attempted to cast Dimension Door to escape with her husband but was Counterspelled by Scanlan. After being shot by Percy multiple times, Cassandra healed Delilah with a potion. Delilah tried to tell Sylas to continue the ritual, but Sylas was killed by Keyleth's Sunbeam spell. Watching in horror as her husband was disintegrated, Delilah screamed "You can't! I broke the world for us!'[42] After casting Dimension Door, Delilah appeared on top of a platform in the ziggurat, attempting to complete the ritual. Delilah read from a scroll which caused the ice in the chamber to shatter, and bodies on the walls began to writhe. While resisting attacks from Vox Machina, Delilah cut her wrist to add blood to the black orb on the platform. After taking more damage from the party, Delilah cast Finger of Death on Vex, leaving her with one hit point.[43] Delilah was desperate for the ritual to work, but seemed unsure whether it was successful when the orb stopped spinning and shrank down to a speck, and the bodies on the walls stopped writhing. Percy shot Delilah in the arm, leaving her unconscious. Grog carried her out of the ziggurat.[44]

Once the party made it out of the ziggurat chamber, Delilah was bound and stabilized, though still unconscious. When she woke up, Percy used Minor Illusion to taunted her with the face of a slowly melting Sylas, and asked her how to stop the ritual. Delilah confessed she didn't know if it had even worked, and that they had been working on the ritual for five years to repay a debt. The ritual was supposed to be completed during Winter's Crest, in return for Vecna raising Sylas from the dead.[45] Percy felt a strogn compultion from Orthax to shoot her with the List. While the party was distract battling Orthax, Delilah cast Misty Step and attempted to escape, but Vax managed to hit her in the back with one of his daggers. Percy invited Cassandra to land the killing blow on Delilah Briarwood. Lady Briarwood told her "You could have been my daughter" to which Cassandra replied: "No. Cassandra is a De Rolo, and you took them away from me. And now we're taking everything from you." Cassandra then stabbed and killed Delilah,[46] her possession were taken by the party, and Cassandra threw her body in an acid pit.[47]

Arc 5: Vecna[edit | edit source]

Over a year later, while Vox Machina investigated a second ziggurat in Marquet, they found a group of cultists besides a ziggurat sphere. One of the cultists was revealed to be Delilah, previously killed by Cassandra de Rolo, but revived by Vecna. Delilah used an amulet to change the color of the sphere from black to white, which canceled out the anti-magic field, and cast Prismatic Wall. She targeted Pike with a Feeblemind spell, but ultimately decided that leaving to complete her goals was more important than fighting the group. She used the amulet to change the sphere back to black, which brought back the anti-magic field, and stepped through the orb into the Shadowfell's Thar Amphala.[48]

In Thar Amphala, Vox Machina witnessed Vecna's rebirth, thanks to the ritual that Delilah had been trying to complete. Once the party ascended Entropis, they began fighting Delilah and the newly reborn Vecna. When her attempt to Disintegrate Vax was Counterspelled by Scanlan, Vecna later completed her "unfinished work". After she had already sustained considerable damage from Grog, Delilah was killed when Percy shot out her remaining eye. Percy took Delilah's body with him when Keyleth used Plane Shift to escape to the Feywild.[49]

When Pike attempted to cast Speak with Dead on Delilah's body, she found that there was no spirit for her to bring back, meaning Delilah wasn't dead. Keyleth then scryed on Delilah, and found she was once again in Thar Amphala, with both of her eyes. Delilah emerged from a tunnel, and said to an unseen companion that something was "almost ready".[50]

When confronted by Vox Machina for the third time, Delilah and Sylas were riding on an undead white dragon across Thar Amphala. The attempted to hide in Scanlan's Magnificent Mansion, but Delilah dispelled it. They tumbled out of the mansion, and Keyleth, successfully beating Delilah's Counterspell, Plane Shifted the party to the Feywild once again.[51]

Upon returning to Thar Amphala from the Feywild, Grog and Arkhan smashed one of the crystals protecting Thar Amphala from Vasselheim's forces. The noise this made drew the attention of the undead white dragon that was carrying Delilah and Sylas on its back. Percy shot Delilah, pushing her off the back of the dragon, and while she was on the ground Keyleth used Entangle to grapple Delilah to the floor. Grog hit Delilah and caused massive damage, causing Delilah to reach for Sylas' hand to try to escape. Before she could cast Dimension Door, Vex permanently killed Delilah with an arrow to the head.[7] Once the Briarwoods were defeated, Arkhan cast Animate Dead on Delilah to bring her back as a zombie.[52] It was revealed that the reanimated Delilah was beheaded by Arkhan during his fight with the death knight. Her head was dropped into the ruins of Entropis.[53]

Between Campaign 1 and Campaign 3[edit | edit source]

After her death, Delilah arrived in the Shadow Realm[54] and created herself a domain that took form of the twisted reflection of Whitestone. Delilah's essence clung to Matilda and mingled with her natural magic[55][56] and became her warlock patron. Around a year after the death of Delilah,[57] Matilda, who by this time began to go by the name of Laudna, began to hear the voice of Delilah in her head.[58][59]

Campaign 3: Bells Hells[edit | edit source]

In Brussendar 843 PD, during "What the Fuck is Up with That?", Laudna told Bells Hells that her warlock patron was one of the Briarwoods.[60] Afterward, when Laudna had gone to bed, Delilah spoke in her head, chastising her for revealing her secrets.[3]

During the journey towards Heartmoor Hamlet, when Laudna was knocked unconscious and nearly killed by a fairy-lure mantrap, Delilah spoke to her in her head again, reviving her and telling Laudna "Not yet, there's still much to do."[61]

While Laudna and Imogen Temult were talking on the deck of the Silver Sun, Laudna began to worry about the fragment of the gnarlrock that Imogen was carrying. When Laudna asked to inspect it and held it in her hand, she felt it grow warmer, with the warmth traveling up towards her heart. When Laudna opened her hand, the stone had cracked and gone dim. Laudna demanded of Delilah what she had done, and Delilah replied "I've taken care of it."[62] Delilah later expressed interest in another fragment of gnarlrock found at the Calloway's hideout outside Bassuras. After Imogen took the rock and threw it away, Delilah told Laudna that her party was likely to ultimately betray her, but that she, who needs Laudna to live, will always look out for her. She also provided Laudna with some information about the power of the celestial solstice.[63]

Upon Laudna's death, Delilah embraced her and whispered, "Worry not, child. Death is but a waiting game".[64] Imogen messaged her to see if she could bring Laudna back, but Delilah told her she could not.[65] Imogen tried again several days later, after the party returned to Jrusar, and offered to do anything to bring Laudna back. Delilah's voice seemed very faint in response. She told Imogen she was fading away and would take Laudna with her, and still could not do anything to restore Laudna to life.[66]

When Pike attempted to resurrect Laudna, she sensed that in addition to Laudna's soul, Delilah's was also tied to Laudna's body and was preventing Laudna's soul from returning without her.[67] A spectral form of Delilah appeared at the base of a corrupted version of the Sun Tree in the Shadow Realm[54] to which Pike sent Bells Hells.[68] She told them that she had chosen Laudna for her natural affinity for magic.[69] She laughed at FCG's offer of therapy,[70] but when Chetney pointed out that she needed their cooperation, briefly permitted Laudna's soul to speak.[71] After the branches closed over Laudna again, Imogen cast Psychic Lance at her, initiating combat.[72] Fearne did considerable damage to the corrupted Sun Tree, which was tethered to Delilah,[73] before Imogen's lightning split it, defeating Delilah, who screamed.[74]

After Bells Hells returned to the Material Plane, Pike told them that she could still sense Delilah's soul intertwined with Laudna's, but that it was significantly weakened, and that there was still a small but greatly diminished chance that a resurrection attempt would bring back Delilah.[75] After the resurrection, Pike confirmed that she brought back Laudna, and not Delilah.[76]

Months later, after Laudna killed Bor'Dor Dog'Son using Hunger of the Shadow, the fragment of Delilah within Laudna stirred.[77] In Zephrah, Laudna reached out to Delilah, eventually hearing a response that no matter what other higher powers she asks for aid, Laudna will always be hers.[78]

While staying in Whitestone Castle, Laudna decided to wander through it, accompanied by Imogen and Fearne. She recalled spending time in a large, opulent bedroom, and was eventually able to locate what had been Percy's parents' master bedroom and enter the now bricked-off secret torture chambers behind it. The party were attacked by the ghosts of three servants Delilah had killed, and after Laudna destroyed the final two of them, Delilah spoke to her and told her her goals: she wanted to continue to learn the secrets of the world and to revive Sylas. Their goals were aligned as Delilah's connection to Vecna meant she also opposed Predathos; and she was the only thing keeping Laudna alive, though perhaps if she were fed with souls from Hunger of the Shadow and powerful items like the gnarlrock, they could eventually have two separate bodies. Her presence then left.[79]

After the shard of Rau'shan was rejected by Ashton's body, Laudna felt a need to absorb it due to Delilah's need for power, and she ran away to avoid having to do so.[80] While in the tunnels beneath Whitestone, Laudna spoke with Delilah about the nature of love and pain; Delilah told her love was worth it despite the hardships.[81] Laudna then found the charred remains of her old shack in the Parchwood Timberlands outside the city. Delilah urged her again to take the shard, telling her some people don't deserve the things they have.[82] Laudna was hesitant, but Delilah told her she should retaliate, before urging her to rest; Laudna asked her to hold her.[83] The following morning, while looking for Laudna, Imogen told FCG they'd reawakened Delilah fully the previous night.[84]

During the second attempt to absorb the shard, now undertaken by Fearne, Delilah urged Laudna to interrupt the ritual. Imogen immediately reacted casting Calm Emotions on Laudna and blocking Delilah's plans.[85]

After Laudna used Hunger of the Shadow to kill Willmaster Edmuda, she felt Delilah, who responded approvingly and encouraged her to continue on this path.[86] Early the following morning, Laudna spoke to Delilah, asking her what the ultimate goal of gaining power was. Delilah told her that the meaning of power was to protect those you love, and to avenge them if you could not protect them.[87] Laudna had doubts, and told Delilah she thought Imogen might be better off without her, but Delilah disagreed.[88]

Relationships[edit | edit source]

Sylas Briarwood[edit | edit source]

Delilah was married to Sylas Briarwood. Their marriage is portrayed as a loving one; when Sylas was killed by Keyleth, Delilah yelled, "You can't! I broke the world for us!".[89]

Cassandra de Rolo[edit | edit source]

Unbeknownst to Percy, Delilah and Sylas did not kill Cassandra when they murdered the rest of the de Rolo family, but instead kept her as a pawn in maintaining peace in Whitestone. Over time, Cassandra developed a somewhat Stockholm Syndrome-like loyalty to her captors and began to do their bidding. She helped them quash one rebellion attempt prior to Vox Machina's arrival and willingly betrayed her brother to the Briarwoods on his return. However, Cassandra decided her loyalties were with her true family, and ultimately killed Delilah in revenge.[90]

Laudna[edit | edit source]

Delilah invited Laudna to dinner at Whitestone Castle shortly prior to Vox Machina's entry into Whitestone, and performed some form of ritual that bound her and Laudna's souls together.[91] She then hung Laudna from the Sun Tree as an effigy of Vex. Delilah first appeared in head about a year after her death,[92] though it is unknown if Laudna was referring to Delilah's death in Whitestone, or her death in Vasselheim. Delilah does not seem to contact Laudna often but does seem to hear much of what she says. She warns Laudna her not to talk to others about their secrets.[93] She has also at times tried to isolate Laudna, telling her that the rest of Bells Hells will betray her.[94]

Character information[edit | edit source]

Notable items[edit | edit source]

First life[edit | edit source]

Second life[edit | edit source]

Thirds life[edit | edit source]

Abilities[edit | edit source]

Feats[edit | edit source]

Wizard abilities[edit | edit source]

  • Spellcasting
  • Arcane Recovery
  • Arcane Tradition: School of Necromancy
    • Necromancy Savant
    • Grim Harvest
    • Undead Thralls
    • Inured to Undeath
    • Command Undead

Spells[edit | edit source]

Spells known in Campaign 1
Spell Level Notes Ref.
Shield 1st [106]
Hold Person 2nd [107]
Invisibility 2nd [108]
Misty Step 2nd [109]
Animate Dead 3rd School of Necromancy [110]
Counterspell 3rd [111]
Dispel Magic 3rd [112]
Haste 3rd [113]
Blight 4th [114]
Dimension Door 4th [115]
Disintegrate 6th [116]
Finger of Death 7th [117]
Clone 8th [118]
Feeblemind 8th [119]
Power Word Stun 8th [120]
Prismatic Wall 9th [121]

Shade abilities[edit | edit source]

The shade of Delilah fought by Bells Hells had the following abilities:

  • Shares hit point pool with apparition of the Sun Tree[122]
  • Legendary Resistance (at least 1/day)[123]
  • Multiattack: Delilah makes three Necrotic Burst attacks.[124]
  • Necrotic Burst: Delilah makes a ranged spell attack against a creature. On a hit, the target takes necrotic damage and is pushed up to 30 feet in a direction of Delilah's choice.[124]
    • When provoked into an opportunity attack, she may also target the creature with a Necrotic Burst as a reaction instead of making a melee weapon attack.[125]
  • Summon Undead: As a bonus action, Delilah summons multiple skeletons.[126]
  • Legendary Actions
    • Necrotic Burst: She makes one Necrotic Burst attack.[127]
    • Shadowstep: She teleports up to 30 feet.[128]
  • Lair Actions
    • Ward of the Corrupt: The Sun Tree envelopes Delilah in ribbons to shield her.[129]
    • Hungry Vines: The Sun Tree attempts to grab all creatures on the ground within 60 feet. On a failed Strength saving throw, the creature is dragged 30 feet closer and released. If the creature is dragged next to the trunk of the Sun Tree, they take necrotic damage, healing Delilah.[130]
Spells known in Campaign 3
Spell Level Notes Ref.
Blight 4th [131]
Negative Energy Flood 5th [132]

Appearances and mentions[edit | edit source]

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Mentions[edit | edit source]

Quotations[edit | edit source]

  • "You can't! I broke the world for us! No...!" (Delilah screaming in horror after Sylas was destroyed by Keyleth at the Ziggurat)[89]
  • "Careful, dear. Some things are meant to be kept secret." (Delilah speaking into Laudna's head)[3]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

Laura dressed as Delilah for Halloween 2016.
  • Laura Bailey dressed as Lady Briarwood during "The Coming Storm" (1x73), which aired the week before Halloween 2016. Laura has identified Delilah as the "Anti-Vex'ahlia", and says Vex came very close to becoming someone very similar to Delilah had she gone down a darker path.[citation needed]
  • In the Critical Role Major Arcana Tarot Card Set, she and Sylas represent VI - The Lovers.
  • As of the end of the first campaign, Delilah has been killed three times, each time by a member of the de Rolo family; once by Cassandra in "Denouement" (1x35), once by Percy in "Race to the Tower" (1x102), and once by Vex in "The Final Ascent" (1x113).
  • She is the first Campaign 1 character to appear in Campaign 3.[3]
  • The plane that she inhabits in Campaign 3, the twisted reflection of Whitestone where Bells Hells meets her, is similar to a Domain of Dread as described in Van Richten's Guide to Ravenloft. These domains are demiplanes within the Shadowfell that each imprison an evil villain referred to as a Darklord. Each domain mirrors the Darklord trapped within by drawing on their crimes, failures, or impossible ambitions and twists their desires into ironic torment, often by denying them their ultimate goals or satisfactions. Though the Darklord hates their domain, they are also the root cause of all suffering within it and have considerable influence over the domain.[133]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Matthew Mercer confirmed on Twitter that Delilah Briarwood is a necromancer wizard.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, Chapter 2: "Factions and Societies", p. 43.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 "Growing Bonds and Teasing Threads" (3x06) at 1:10:50.
  4. "Denouement" (1x35), part 1, at 2:04:38.
  5. "Denouement" (1x35), part 2, at 1:12.
  6. "Race to the Tower" (1x102) at 3:37:40.
  7. 7.0 7.1 "The Final Ascent" (1x113) at 1:38:20.
  8. Delilah could cast 9th-level spells, meaning she was at least a level 17 wizard.
  9. "Race to the Tower" (1x102) at 3:09:07.
  10. 10.0 10.1 "Crimson Diplomacy" (1x25) at 1:30:04. Tiberius fails a save with an 18. As she is shown to be at least level 17, she must have an Intelligence score of 20 to have a spell save DC of 19
  11. "Race to the Ziggurat" (1x34) at 2:39:48. Delilah adds +3 to her Constitution save, so she must have a Constitution score of 16 or 17.
  12. "Race to the Ziggurat" (1x34) at 3:03:08. Delilah adds +2 to her Wisdom save, so she must have a Wisdom score of 14 or 15.
  13. See actor credit for Asset #10 on the Amazon Prime Video/Amazon Studios press page for the show.
  14. "The Feast" (1x24) at 3:00:00.
  15. "Talks Machina Special #3: Critical Role Campaign 1 Wrap-up" (TMSx03) at 3:19:28.
  16. "Race to the Ziggurat" (1x34) at 3:47:30.
  17. "The Promise and the Price" (3x77) at 1:28:22.
  18. 18.0 18.1 "Talks Machina Special #3: Critical Role Campaign 1 Wrap-up" (TMSx03) at 47:35.
  19. "The Feast" (1x24) at 2:56:47.
  20. "The Feast" (1x24) at 2:57:00.
  21. 21.0 21.1 "Unwanted Reunions" (2x88) at 4:07:55.
  22. "Talks Machina Special #3: Critical Role Campaign 1 Wrap-up" (TMSx03) from 47:55 through 48:15.
  23. "Talks Machina Special #3: Critical Role Campaign 1 Wrap-up" (TMSx03) from 48:15 through 48:30.
  24. "Talks Machina Special #3: Critical Role Campaign 1 Wrap-up" (TMSx03) from 48:30 through 49:15.
  25. "A Musician's Nostalgia" (1x37) at 1:00:36.
  26. "Talks Machina Special #3: Critical Role Campaign 1 Wrap-up" (TMSx03) from 49:15 through 49:40.
  27. 27.0 27.1 "Talks Machina Special #3: Critical Role Campaign 1 Wrap-up" (TMSx03) from 49:40 through 50:05.
  28. 28.0 28.1 "The Feast" (1x24) at 20:44.
  29. "Shopping and Shipping" (1x14) at 1:25:34.
  30. "The Rematch" (1x23) at 3:03:30.
  31. "The Feast" (1x24) at 3:23:40.
  32. "The Feast" (1x24) at 3:31:57.
  33. "The Feast" (1x24) at 3:38:55.
  34. "Crimson Diplomacy" (1x25) at 36:18.
  35. "Crimson Diplomacy" (1x25) at 1:49:23.
  36. "Consequences and Cows" (1x26) at 56:04.
  37. "Consequences and Cows" (1x26) at 1:53:41.
  38. "The Promise and the Price" (3x77) at 1:29:48. Delilah said that the Wispered One's power "run through" Laudna.
  39. "Race to the Ziggurat" (1x34) at 23:05.
  40. "Race to the Ziggurat" (1x34) at 1:17:19.
  41. "Race to the Ziggurat" (1x34) at 3:00:35.
  42. "Race to the Ziggurat" (1x34) at 3:47:02.
  43. "Race to the Ziggurat" (1x34) at 4:13:28.
  44. "Race to the Ziggurat" (1x34) at 4:15:08.
  45. "Denouement" (1x35) at 51:10.
  46. "Denouement" (1x35), part 1, at 2:03:39.
  47. "Denouement" (1x35), part 2, at 0:01.
  48. "Unfinished Business" (1x100) from 3:58:29 through 5:18:27.
  49. "Race to the Tower" (1x102) at 2:32:58.
  50. "The Endless Atheneum" (1x106) at 3:31:49.
  51. "Dark Dealings" (1x112) at 3:04:07.
  52. "The Final Ascent" (1x113) at 3:09:44.
  53. "Vecna, the Ascended" (1x114) at 3:34:03.
  54. 54.0 54.1 "Kindling the Spirits" (3x73) at 1:00:38. Matt retroactively confirmed the Shadow Realm as the location inhabited by Delilah, where Bells Hells defeated her. Also see "The Promise and the Price" (3x77) at 1:26:04.
  55. "Heart-to-Heartmoor" (3x17) at 3:08:10.
  56. "4-Sided Dive: Silken Secrets" (4SDx01) at 22:25.
  57. "Make It Fashion" (3x12) at 2:55:04. "having a dead woman in your head a year after she dies." It's unclear which time Delilah died Laudna is referring to, as Delilah died first in 810 PD and again in 812 PD.
  58. "Growing Bonds and Teasing Threads" (3x06) at 56:17.
  59. "Growing Bonds and Teasing Threads" (3x06) at 1:10:40. Delilah has a conversation with Laudna.
  60. "Growing Bonds and Teasing Threads" (3x06) at 56:15.
  61. "A Hungry Jungle" (3x18) at 1:06:57.
  62. "To The Skies" (3x23) at 4:08:52.
  63. "Breaking Point" (3x31) at 2:48:24.
  64. "What Dreams May Come" (3x34) at 22:34.
  65. "What Dreams May Come" (3x34) at 1:02:20.
  66. "Pyrrhic Return" (3x35) at 4:20:02.
  67. "A Desperate Call" (3x36) at 1:21:53.
  68. "From the Boughs" (3x37) at 2:21:11.
  69. "From the Boughs" (3x37) at 2:35:34.
  70. "From the Boughs" (3x37) at 2:24:13.
  71. "From the Boughs" (3x37) at 2:41:29.
  72. "From the Boughs" (3x37) at 2:47:01.
  73. "From the Boughs" (3x37) at 3:42:46.
  74. "From the Boughs" (3x37) at 4:08:26.
  75. "A Dark Balance" (3x38) at 16:24.
  76. "A Dark Balance" (3x38) at 44:35.
  77. "A Haunted Past" (3x63) at 2:56:15.
  78. "Nice" (3x69) at 2:03:34.
  79. "The Promise and the Price" (3x77) at 1:26:32.
  80. "Fractures" (3x78) at 34:01.
  81. "Fractures" (3x78) at 1:55:49.
  82. "Fractures" (3x78) at 2:33:20.
  83. "Fractures" (3x78) at 2:34:21.
  84. "Fractures" (3x78) at 2:39:35.
  85. "A Test of Trust" (3x80) at 3:04:41.
  86. "Intense Interrogations" (3x85) at 2:33:02.
  87. "Doorways to Darker Depths" (3x86) at 3:07:18.
  88. "Doorways to Darker Depths" (3x86) at 3:08:39.
  89. 89.0 89.1 "Race to the Ziggurat" (1x34) from 3:47:33 through 3:47:50.
  90. "Denouement" (1x35) at 2:03:55.
  91. "What Dreams May Come" (3x34) at 14:20.
  92. "Make It Fashion" (3x12) at 2:55:04.
  93. "Growing Bonds and Teasing Threads" (3x06) at 1:10:30.
  94. "Breaking Point" (3x31) at 2:48:30.
  95. "Denouement" (1x35) at 2:06:51.
  96. "Winter's Crest in Whitestone" (1x36) at 20:19.
  97. "Denouement" (1x35), part 2, at 2:06:49.
  98. "Winter's Crest in Whitestone" (1x36) at 18:37.
  99. "Denouement" (1x35) at 2:08:01.
  100. "The Fate-Touched" (1x103) at 20:49.
  101. "Elysium" (1x104) at 2:19:45.
  102. "Unfinished Business" (1x100) at 3:58:29.
  103. 103.0 103.1 "The Final Ascent" (1x113) at 1:51:42.
  104. "The Final Ascent" (1x113) at 3:12:03.
  105. "Crimson Diplomacy" (1x25) at 1:54:30.
  106. "The Final Ascent" (1x113) at 2:17:45.
  107. "The Feast" (1x24) at 3:46:20. Vax'ildan had to make a Wisdom save against the spell and could repeat the save at the end of each turn to end it, consistent with Hold Person
  108. "Denouement" (1x35), part 1, at 1:53:36.
  109. "Denouement" (1x35), part 1, at 1:53:00.
  110. Player's Handbook, 5th edition, p. 119.
  111. "Dark Dealings" (1x112) at 3:05:01.
  112. "Dark Dealings" (1x112) at 3:04:35.
  113. "Race to the Ziggurat" (1x34) at 3:08:46.
  114. "Crimson Diplomacy" (1x25) at 24:38.
  115. "Race to the Ziggurat" (1x34) at 3:49:35.
  116. "Race to the Tower" (1x102) at 3:17:36.
  117. "Race to the Ziggurat" (1x34) at 4:14:00.
  118. "The Final Ascent" (1x113) at 2:37:18. Matt assents when someone calls Delilah's ability to come back to life a cloning ability.
  119. "Unfinished Business" (1x100) at 4:44:34.
  120. "Race to the Ziggurat" (1x34) at 3:01:04. Matt used the phrase "power word" and specified that the effect succeeded because Vax'ildan had fewer than 150 HP, consistent with Power Word Stun.
  121. "Unfinished Business" (1x100) at 4:05:54. The description of Scanlan's passage through the layers is consistent with Prismatic Wall.
  122. "From the Boughs" (3x37) at 3:22:32. When Imogen hits Delilah, the Sun Tree is stated to react.
  123. "From the Boughs" (3x37) at 3:45:44.
  124. 124.0 124.1 "From the Boughs" (3x37) at 3:31:52.
  125. "From the Boughs" (3x37) at 2:56:56. Delilah uses her reaction to attack Ashton with a Necrotic Burst when they move away from her at the end of their turn
  126. "From the Boughs" (3x37) at 3:02:12.
  127. "From the Boughs" (3x37) at 3:14:03.
  128. "From the Boughs" (3x37) at 3:46:39.
  129. "From the Boughs" (3x37) at 2:58:36.
  130. "From the Boughs" (3x37) at 3:27:42.
  131. "From the Boughs" (3x37) at 3:54:10.
  132. "From the Boughs" (3x37) at 3:00:02.
  133. Van Richten's Guide to Ravenloft, pp. 4–6. See also pp. 9–10


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