Dorian Storm

Dorian Storm
Player character
Basic information
ActorRobbie Daymond
RaceAir Genasi[1]
ClassBard (College of Swords)[2]
Biographical information
Full nameDorian Storm[3] (stage name)[4]
Also known as
  • Brontë Secondsun Wyvernwind (birth name)
  • Bron (by his mother)[5]
  • Prince Dorian (by the Bells Hells)[6]
Age27 (in 843 PD)[7]
LanguagesCommon, Primordial[8] Marquesian[9]
FamilyWyvernwind family
StatusAlive (as of 843 PD)
Mechanical information
Creature typeHumanoid
  • Chaotic Good (formerly)[11]
  • Chaotic Neutral[12]
walk 40 ft., fly 40 ft.[b]
Stats reference[13]
Dorian's original Exandria Unlimited stats are listed below
First seen"The Nameless Ones" (E1x01)
Last seen"Downfall: Part One" (3x99)

Dorian Storm, born Brontë Secondsun Wyvernwind, is an air genasi[1] bard who appeared in Exandria Unlimited and Campaign 3 of Critical Role. He is a member of the Crown Keepers and Bells Hells. He is the first in the succession line in the Wyvernwind family. Dorian is played by Robbie Daymond.

Description[edit | edit source]

Appearance[edit | edit source]

Dorian has sky-blue skin, crystal-blue eyes, and jet-black hair that falls in an ombre finishing in white and sky-blue just past his shoulders. He is 6'1"[14] and more lightweight than he appears. Most of his clothes and his lute are sunburst blue, but the inside of his cape is colored the oranges and reds of a sunset.[15] Dorian wears a mail wearing mail under his tunic.[16] On his chest is a metallic plate in the shape of wings, and it's unclear whether it's purely ornamental or armor. As an air genasi, he moves with a lightness that could be mistaken for confidence.[17]

Arriving in Marquet, Dorian was uncharacteristically clean, spotless and shined.[18]

Before heading to Aeor, Dorian (along with the rest of BH) ordered new clothes at the Emerald Curtain in Zadash. He got swashbucklers pants, an open sheer shirt sawn out of mithral, leather cummerbund with small silver wings created across it, a half cape one shoulder pauldron. After the death of Cyrus, Dorian became the first in the succession line and now all of the metal accent and armor pieces are adorned with gold instead of silver.[19]

Portrait gallery[edit | edit source]

Personality[edit | edit source]

Dorian is well spoken and charismatic. He seems to have come from a very secluded place, and likes to see different kinds of people living together.[20] He desperately wants to prove himself.[21] Dorian appears to have left home to look for a better life, but he often dodges questions about his past, seemingly uncomfortable when talking about it.

When Poska said Dorian seems to come from money, Dorian nervously brushed it off and claimed to just be a humble bard.[22]

After his conversation with Lolth and his offering to give her Poska in exchange for power, Dorian's alignment switched from Chaotic Good to Chaotic Neutral.[23]

Biography[edit | edit source]

Background[edit | edit source]

Born as Brontë Wyvernwind in about 816 PD, he is the second son of the prominent and wealthy Wyvernwind family and is second in line to the family inheritance.[24] His home was among the tents of the Silken Squall,[25] where he lived "a very cloistered life".[21] Growing up, when he was caught trying to lie, his family would hire someone to cast Zone of Truth on him to force a confession.[26]

Around Misuthar 842 PD, he left home and took the name Dorian Storm, later saying of "Brontë" that he "left that name behind".[27][28] His travels away from home started in Marquet,[29] where he spent at least one night in a hostel in Jrusar and had his purse strings cut overnight.[30] Seven months later, around Quen'pillar 842, he was playing music gigs in Emon on the continent of Tal'Dorei.[31]

Exandria Unlimited[edit | edit source]

With the rest of the Exandria Unlimited party, Dorian woke up in a house in Emon with no memory of the preceding week. When investigating the Blightstar, Dorian picked up the crate containing the Circlet of Barbed Vision but immediately became nauseous and vomited oily black ichor.[32] When they needed a more convenient method of transporting the circlet, Dorian dumped it from its crate into his cloak and gave it to Dariax to carry.[33]

While camping on the road to the Flamereach Outpost, during Dorian's watch he heard a faint lullaby being sung in Undercommon, took out his flute, and softly played along with it. He sensed a pair of eyes watching him, pleased.[34]

When the party made their way to Gilmore's Glorious Goods to aske Gilmore for his help, Dorian, alongside most of the party, was instantly charmed and enamored by Gilmore, so much so that he almost introduced himself as Brontë before catching himself.[35] Dorian managed to wangle a free healing potion from Gilmore after failing to negotiate a sufficient discount from Inanna. He additionally purchased some ball bearings, smoke bombs, caltrops, and an immovable rod.[36]

On the road to Byroden, Dorian told the party a little about his upbringing, and that he had a brother.[37] Upon arriving, he participated in the Gem of Byroden pageant, but did not place.[38]

While camping on the road to the Qoniiran ruins in the Rifenmist Jungle, Dariax woke up Dorian and told him he had a nightmare. They settled down to sleep back-to-back, but Dariax was still carrying the circlet and it gave Dorian an electric shock. Dariax admitted that his dream was of the Spider Queen, and Dorian responded loudly enough to wake the rest of the party.[39] Dorian told Fy'ra about the Circlet of Barbed Vision and that they were being pursued by Poska and the Nameless Ones. Fy'ra admitted that she had been following the party for some time, waiting to see if they needed her. Fearne offered to carry the circlet for a while, then suddenly, Dorian's nose began to bleed and his ears began to ring, which grew louder each time Fy'ra Rai approached him, or Fearne approached with the circlet. Spiders then began appearing on the party, and they agreed to put the circlet in the middle of the campsite and go back to sleep.[40] Dorian then had a dream where he saw Fy'ra being pulled into the darkness and tried to push against it.[41] The dream began to shift as he called out to the Spider Queen to bring back his memories from the past week, in exchange for him handing the Circlet of Barbed Vision over to Poska. While this caused a shift in his alignment, Lolth kept her promise and gave back a part of his memories, remembering that he met Fy'ra Rai before near the the stopping point between the Material Plane and the Feywild. They fought together and Fy'ra Rai traded herself to let all of them leave. Fy'ra was still on watch when he awoke, and he looked towards her. She told him there was still time to sleep, so he rolled over but did not go back to sleep.[42]

Upon reaching the Qoniiran ruins, the Wildmother asked each member of the party in turn what they wanted. Dorian responded that if they were prevented from getting what they needed, he wouldn't allow it.[43] At the end of their test, Dorian offered to carry the circlet for a while, and when Dariax tossed it to him, Dorian caught and held it without any of the problems that had previously beset him. When he packed it away, Orym confronted him, saying that if he didn't give it back to Dariax, they were going to have a problem. Reluctantly, Dorian returned it to Dariax.[44] Orym saw a glint of spider silk shining on the back of Dorian's hand, and Dariax saw the same thing on Dorian's eye.[45]

The party arrived in Niirdal-Poc and ate a meal with Fy'ra's friend Elam Genar. Over dinner, Dorian admitted his real name, Bronte and explained that "Dorian Storm" was a stage name.[46] The party were attacked in the city, and after fending off their attackers, Fy'ra Rai told the party she must go search for her sister and said her goodbyes. She went to Dorian, took his head in her hands, and pulled their foreheads together. She told him that she knew something drove him to a terrible choice, making him think it was better to be alone. She urged him to stay with his new found family. Doiran told her not to worry, he would do anything for his friends.[47] Dorian then went back to the battle scene to find his ax among the bodies. When he recovered it, he pulled away a strand of spider silk and heard the voice of the Spider Queen taunting him for his cowardice.[48]

During their battle in the ruins of Niirdal-Sarqet, Dorian heard the voice of the Spider Queen taunting him multiple times, insulting the party's capabilities and Dorian's leadership, goading him into putting on the circlet, but Dorian resisted and ignored her.[49] After the defeat of Myr'atta Niselor, Dorian performed a ritual to reunite Opal and Ted, using the residuum they took from Emon. The sisters successfully restored,[50] the party tried to decide what to do next. Dorian pointed out that they hadn't found Tetrarch Umejii, and that they were still being hunted by assassins. They dubbed themselves the Crown Keepers and agreed to stick together for a while.[51]

Between campaigns[edit | edit source]

Following the events taking place in Exandria Unlimited, Dorian returned to Byroden and accepted the mission from Keyleth. She sent Orym and his friends Fearne and Dorian to investigate the source of the attack on Zephrah. Keyleth used Transport via Plants to sneak them to the skyship port in Emon, on which they eventually traveled to Jrusar.[52]

Campaign 3: Bells Hells[edit | edit source]

As soon as he stepped on the ground of Marquet, Dorian found himself responding to a mysterious attack of animated objects in the streets, fighting alongside Ashton Greymoore, Fresh Cut Grass, Imogen Temult, and Laudna, and they attracted the attention of Bertrand Bell, who promised to make introductions to high-placed people in the city.[53] Bertrand introduced the party to Lord Ariks Eshteross, who immediately challenged them to combat as a test of their abilities.[54] After passing their test, Eshteross sat and discussed business with the party. As most of the group gathered around him, he adjusted the top of his cane and those closest felt a warmth which Dorian only much later realized was a Zone of Truth.[55]

Following a relatively successful mission at the Eshteross' warehouse, the party headed out to the Spire by Fire Inn where they drank and chatted, agreeing to meet up in the morning. Bertrand bought the drinks and paid for rooms for Dorian, Fearne and Orym, and gradually everyone either went home or to their rooms as Bertrand continued to celebrate with multiple drinks. Dorian stayed up with him to take care of him, playing songs in the hope that he'd fall asleep. Bertrand progressively became drunker and more loquacious as the evening progressed, until eventually, he decided to go for a walk and sent Dorian to bed.[56] The day after Bertrand's death, the party was on the hunt for the murderer. Dorian found a tiefling who pointed them to Dugger. Dorian pressed tiefling for more information, and cast Charm Person on him. The tiefling happily shared all he knew, and flirted very aggressively. Once Dorian had all of the information he needed, he awkwardly left.[57] The party decided to play a drinking game to get to know each other better: What the fuck is up with that? Dorian revealed he's part of a wealthy noble family, and is second in line to inherit. He explained that he was trying to fulfill expectations he's put upon himself that he wouldn't be able to fulfill within his family. As the party began to wind down, Dorian played a song and Laudna gave him a doll of Bertrand Bell she had crafted from chicken bones and Bertrand's hair.[58]

The next day, they went to the Krook House to see if they could find more information on Oshad Breshio from Anni Aughta. After some bantering, Dorian entered into a musical contest with her, which he ultimately won when one of the strings of Anni's fiddle snapped.[59] Later that day, when the party was investigating the Dreamscape Theater, Dorian was approached by a figure cloaked in a hood, eventually revealing themselves to be Cyrus Wyvernwind, Dorian's brother.[60]

The next evening, while the party was drinking, Orym noticed the mysterious cloaked Hubbat Corsair from the theater had followed them and was watching them. Orym and Chetney followed him and persuaded him to talk to them, where he told them he wanted to talk with Dorian. Orym quickly retrieved Dorian and the rest of the party. The figure revealed himself to be Cyrus Wyvernwind. He said just wanted to see how Dorian's doing. He explained why he left home, how he ended up with a large bounty on his head, and why he's working with the Corsairs. The party decided to continue their conversation inside.[61] Cyrus didn't want to go home until this situation was resolved. He and Dorian were the only children of the noble leadership of the Silken Squall - the best analogous title is probably "prince", although Dorian expressed some discomfort about being referred to that way. Dorian told the party his real name, Brontë Wyvernwind, and explained a little more about the Silken Squall.[62] Dorian then escorted Cyrus back to the Elder's Post, the safe house of the Corsairs. On the way, Dorian gave him one of the sending stones and told him to use it if he needed anything.[63] Dorian confessed to the party that he gave his sending stone to Cyrus, so Orym gave him the corresponding stone so he could talk to his brother. The party then split up, Dorian, Orym, and Chetney staying to keep watch on the Moon Tower. Dorian and Chetney bonded as they pretended to be passers-by, calling each other friend.[64]

During their fight against Ira Wendagoth within the Moon Tower, Dorian used Shatter to free Gurge Kisgregg from his cage. After Ira teleported away with Dimension Door and initiated the destruction of the tower, the party fled as fast as possible without outright running. Behind them the tower exploded and Dorian was struck by falling debris, knocking him unconscious.[65] The party then went to the Diamond Horizon Bathhouse to clean up before meeting Ela Lumas. Dorian took Chetney to go get massages.[66]

Two days prior to the ball, Bells Hells went shopping for the suitable attire, and Dorian happily gave everyone advice on fashion and etiquette. When asked what outfit he wanted, he said that he already had one, intending to wear the garments he'd previously purchased in Byroden for the pageant there. They decided to craft their own masks and Chetney gifted Dorian the wooden toy airship he'd promised him. Dorian's mask was made out of fabric and sculpted to look like it was blowing in the wind.[67] Upon returning to Eshteross's manor, the party decided that Dorian should go as himself, possibly pretending to be interested in employing Armand's Paragon's Call mercenaries. Eshteross approved of this plan, saying it would make things easier. Dorian realized that if he was to go as Bronte Wyvernwind, he would need a change in attire. He borrowed a suit and mask from Eshteross, the mask stern and regal, the suit severe, elegant and lacking in flair. He pulled out his handmade mask and crumpled it into a ball, leaving it in Eshteross' bureau. He asked if Eshteross could promise his family protection if he used his real identity, and Eshteross admitted that everything came with a risk but he would do everything in his power.[68]

At the ball, Orym noticed that Cyrus was in attendance and informed Dorian. Dorian told Chetney to go figure out why he's here and make sure he wasn't going to do anything stupid.[69] The party reconvened on the dance floor to enact their plan to steal Armand Treshi's ring. There was much discussion about exactly what they were going to try and little agreement, but Dorian ended up with the tracker ring as he and Fearne joined the dance. They began trying to get closer to Armand by working their way via other partners as the dance continued. Fearne managed to pull his ring from his thumb and dropped it. As Armand searched the floor, Dorian kicked the real ring away but Armand noticed and went toward the sound, ignoring Dorian's attempt to pull him into the dance. The party were eventually able to successfully switch the rings.[70]

In the back room of the ball, the party fought Emoth Kade, almost catching her. As Emoth retreated, the group heard Cyrus's voice outside in the hall. Dorian and Laudna ran out and witnessed a shackled Cyrus being escorted out of the ball by a guard and the Green Seekers.[71] Dorian threw a smoke grenade, dashed into the obscured area, and bumped into one of the Seekers holding Cyrus.[72] He successfully Charmed him, but the other one was holding Cyrus's other arm.[73] Using his cane, Lord Eshteross whacked her on the head, and with a natural 20, Dorian convinced the Charmed guard to let them go.[74] Toward the edge of the smoke cloud, he cast Invisibility on Cyrus and they succeeded in reaching the carriages unnoticed.[75] The rest of the party joined them, and with a very tense Lord Eshteross they traveled to his manor. Once there, Cyrus explained that one of the Hubatt Corsairs occasionally worked for Lady Emoth, who had worked with Dugger for a while. Emoth hired him to help her steal things at the ball in return for part of her "great treasure". Emoth had often spoken of a business partner she worked with, referred to as "Mother". When Cyrus was arrested, however, the guards thought he had been involved with the recent destruction of the Moon Tower by the party. The group realized the authorities were confusing Dorian and Cyrus.[76]

Official art of a child finding Dorian's toy ship, by Cris Trinci from Critical Role Abridged Episode 14.[art 7]

Eshteross offered his skyship to smuggle Cyrus to Emon, but pointed out that the guards still would be looking for "a certain type of person", staring pointedly at Dorian. In addition, Dorian also realized that due to the way he last left Emon, they really shouldn't go there, but reluctantly agreed to accompany Cyrus.[77] Cyrus gave one of the sending stones to Bells Hells, when its pair stayed with Dorian to be in touch with the party.[78] As the carriage holding Dorian and Cyrus pulled away, Dorian's toy airship was left floating via Levitate. A child on the street ran up, snatched it, and ran down the street.[79]

Fearne, Imogen and Orym used their sending stone to send Dorian a message, telling him they missed him and asking how he was. He responded, telling them he had not been gone that long and was still in the air.[80]

Exandria Unlimited: Kymal[edit | edit source]

Dorian and his brother arrived in Emon and sought out Gilmore's aid to travel to Kymal.[81] The two successfully arrived in the casino city and reunited with Fy'ra Rai, Opal and Dariax Zaveon. While catching up at the bar of the Maiden's Wish casino, the group caught the attention of Morrighan Ferus, and Cyrus and Dorian decided to try to flirt with her to get information on money making opportunities in Kymal, so they could clear Cyrus's bounty.[82] Morrighan asks them to talk to her when she isn't at work and offers to meet the group at a nearby theater.[83] There, Morrighan revealed that she's a thief and specialized in robbing casinos, so the group planned a casino heist.[84]

While enacting the first part of their plan, Dariax and Opal gifted Dorian a mandolin they "acquired" for him in Byroden. He played a tune on it, and as he wasn't attuned, took psychic damage. He spent the rest of the time the group was preparing attuning to the mandolin.[85] While the rest of the group were attempting to steal the key to Phaedrov Krishtan's penthouse, Dorian and his brother sat in the audience and watched the performance. Dorian enjoyed it, despite the bad reviews, and Cyrus reminded him of the time he accused Cyrus off being "pitchy" when he sang for their mother's birthday. Dorian remembered this, and stood by what he said, so Cyrus gently slapped him.[86]

While preparing for their heist, the Crown Keepers went to the Chroma Dawn Spa to meet with Fy'ra's contact Jinoir. While there, Dorian decided to try out every treatment available, including several facial scrubs and a deep tissue massage,[87] the latter of which was interrupted by Fy'ra telling everyone she had something she wished to discuss in private, urging everyone to go back upstairs.[88]

Later that night, Cyrus, having awoken early as he'd gone to bed very early, woke up Dorian, and asked for his advice. Cyrus admitted that he wasn't ready to go home to the Silken Squall, let alone assume rule. The brothers talked openly, and acknowledged that their upbringing often kept them distant and sheltered from the world. Dorian told Cyrus that he would become a good leader, and admitted that he also wanted to stay out in the world, exploring and experiencing it, and that when they're both ready they could go home together. Cyrus became emotional and told Dorian that he was proud of him. The two played a few rounds of cards before going back to sleep near the fireplace.[89]

During the heist, the party faced off against a goliath lieutenant of the Nameless Ones. The goliath filled the area with a poison vapor, which Dorian resisted the effects of by holding his breath.[90] Dorian cast Warding Wind which deafened the goliath,[91] and later attacked him with Dissonant Whispers, which prompted the man to tell him he's wanted, presumably by the Nameless Ones.[92] The party then killed the goliath and continued on to the vault and took all the gold they needed. The party then escaped on a sky bar held aloft with brumestone, Dorian casting Fly on his brother with his new mandolin so they could steer it.[93]

Campaign 3, after Exandria Unlimited: Kymal[edit | edit source]

Orym contacted Dorian via sending stone, updating him on a number of events including Eshteross' death, and telling him that he missed him.[94] Dorian responded, telling him that he wished he could be there.[95] In the weeks leading up to the Apogee Solstice, Orym contacted Dorian a number of times to invite him to join the party in Bassuras. Dorian told him that things were tense with the rest of the Crown Keepers, and that Opal was "getting dark", so he wouldn't be able to join them. The two told each other to stay safe and that they missed each other.[96][97]

A couple days after the apogee solstice, Joan Abaddina, upon Deni$e's request, Scried on Dariax, using a lock of his hair. She saw both Dariax and Dorian, who looked tense and "a bit worse for wear".[98]

Upon learning Sending was working again while in Ria'Doin, Orym used his sending stone to contact Dorian and tell him that he was alive and to find Keyleth. He did not receive a response.[99] Dorian, meanwhile, had been traveling with the rest of the Crown Keepers along the Wildwood Byway, though staying away from the road. Not long after receiving Orym's message, the Spider Queen took over Opal and forced her to attack the rest of the party with a goal of driving the others away so that she would be entirely her champion.[100] In the course of the fight, Cyrus was killed, and due to a Mass Suggestion spell from Opal, Dorian was forced to flee, leaving his brother's body behind.[101] He and Dariax left together, and after Dorian realized that he wanted revenge and that Dariax wished for a quieter life, he encouraged Dariax to play in a tavern, then invisibly left and continued towards Zephrah alone.[102]

In Zephrah, Dorian met Keyleth, who updated him on current events and encouraged him to rest. The two also discussed his future plans after he asked her to send Ashari to retrieve Cyrus's body.[103] Shortly after, both he and Keyleth received messages from Bells Hells, her that they had returned from Ruidus and him a message from Dorian asking him to come to the site, as he missed him.[104] They left for the Tishtan site, where they were reunited with Bells Hells, and Dorian and the party updated each other on the past few months since they'd parted.[105] He agreed to join Bells Hells on their trip to Aeor, noting that while he could not trust the gods nor champions, he did trust them.[106]

Relationships[edit | edit source]

Dariax Zaveon[edit | edit source]

Dorian has referred to Dariax as a friend, which Dariax appeared touched by. Dorian told Poska that "if he doesn't like someone, I don't like someone."[107]

Fy'ra Rai[edit | edit source]

Dorian was a little hesitant in trusting Fy'ra Rai originally when she joined the party given the amount of time he has spent with Orym, Dariax, Fearne, and Opal. He gradually respects her more as she proves trustworthy on their journey south of Byroden, and into Niirdal-Poc, with her strong urge of protection over the group.

Orym[edit | edit source]

Dorian's feelings were hurt when Orym expressed alarm about Dorian holding onto the Circlet of Barbed Vision tightly because for Dorian it wasn't so much about personal power but about ensuring that their party collectively kept stewardship of the evil artifact.[108] By the time of Campaign 3, Dorian considered Orym their small group's leader.[109] At some point between the time of EXU and Campaign 3, Orym told Dorian, along with Fearne, about his deceased husband.[110]

Cyrus Wyvernwind[edit | edit source]

Growing up, Dorian felt that there was often distance between him and Cyrus Wyvernwind, and since Cyrus was the heir to the leadership of the Silken Squall and Dorian was second line.[111] This changed after the brothers reunited in Jrusar and after Cyrus revealed the situation in which he'd found himself. Dorian began to feel protective of his brother, and by the time they were traveling to Kymal, felt that losing him would be his worst fear.[112]

Bertrand Bell[edit | edit source]

Dorian quickly became fond of Bertrand Bell after meeting him, and the two shared a moment at the Spire by Fire the night after their first encounter with Dugger, shortly before Bertrand was killed, in which Bertrand urged Dorian to make the most of his opportunities.[113] Afterward, Dorian felt upset about Bertrand's death,[114] and referred to him as a friend when he took his revenge on Dugger.[115]

Character information[edit | edit source]

Exandria Unlimited stats[edit | edit source]

Dorian's character stats were rerolled between Exandria Unlimited and Campaign 3.[116] His original stats at level 2 were:[117]

HP: 13 AC: 14 DC: 12/10
Str: 14 Dex: 14 Con: 10
Int: 12 Wis: 10 Cha: 15

Notable items[edit | edit source]

Former items[edit | edit source]

Abilities[edit | edit source]

Genasi abilities[edit | edit source]

  • Subrace: Air Genasi
    • Unending Breath[138]
    • Mingle with the Wind (Cast Levitate 1/Day)[139]

Feats[edit | edit source]

  • Magic Initiate: Sorcerer[140]
    • Chromatic Orb (1/day)
    • 2 Sorcerer cantrips
  • Mobile[141]

Bard abilities[edit | edit source]

  • Bardic Inspiration (1d10)
  • Jack of All Trades
  • Song of Rest (1d10)
  • Bard College: College of Swords
    • Bonus Proficiencies[142]
    • Fighting Style (Two-Weapon Fighting)
    • Blade Flourish[143]
    • Extra Attack
  • Font of Inspiration
  • Countercharm
  • Magical Secrets

Proficiencies[edit | edit source]

Proficiency Source Ref.
Athletics (Expertise) Bard/Background [144][145][146]
Acrobatics Bard/Background [147]
Deception Bard/Background [148]
Sleight of Hand Bard/Background [149][150]
Performance (expertise) Bard/Background [151][152]
Persuasion Bard/Background [153]

Spells[edit | edit source]

Dorian knows three bard cantrips, as well as two sorcerer cantrips from the Magic Initiate feat, one of which he has yet to cast, though it is unknown which cantrips are from the feat.

Spell Level Notes Ref.
Blade Ward Cantrip [154]
Minor Illusion Cantrip [155]
Thunderclap Cantrip [156]
Mending Cantrip [157]
Message Cantrip [158]
Charm Person 1st [159]
Chromatic Orb 1st Magic Initiate [160]
Cure Wounds 1st [161]
Dissonant Whispers 1st [162]
Thunderwave 1st [163]
Invisibility 2nd [164]
Levitate 2nd Mingle with the Wind [139]
See Invisibility 2nd [165]
Shatter 2nd [166]
Warding Wind 2nd [167]
Hypnotic Pattern 3rd [168]
Lightning Bolt 3rd Magical Secrets [169]
Motivational Speech 3rd [170]
Geas 5th [171]
Otto's Irresistible Dance 6th [172]
Forcecage 7th [173]

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

Robbie Daymond named Dorian after the Dorian musical mode, in reference to his youthfulness through a connection to The Picture of Dorian Gray, and after his first pet, a Great Dane. Brontë Secondsun Wyvernwind was chosen for its similarly thematic connections: Brontë being "thunder" in Greek for a weather theme, and Secondsun in reference to him being a second son. Dorian's stage surname "Storm" was chosen because he "wanted a cheesy stage name" and for its thematic relation to Brontë.[174]

Dorian's character was developed specifically to contrast with Robbie's self-described extroversion and social confidence. He sought to play a bard opposite to his own comfort as a musical performer and to the type of bard Scanlan Shorthalt from Campaign 1 was established as. Going into Exandria Unlimited, he drew from being a new cast member and sought to "find a character that is competent and charming, but also nervous". He found "a bard with stage fright" and "high charisma with social anxiety" to be a fun, complex character.[174]

Robbie sent Aabria Iyengar and Matthew Mercer his backstory putting forward an idea of Exandrian nomadic tribe of air genasi supporting their kin all around world. Robbie said that Dorian's backstory was partially inspired by his wife's past experience as a tour assistant for a relatively famous pop star. They visited about 80 countries, but really seen only four of them, mostly staying in hotel rooms. Dorian in the similar way has been outside of Marquet, but only managed to sneak into the populated areas a "handful of times" before meeting the future Crown Keepers. He also made a choice for Dorian to be naive, insular, and mostly unaware of the world's history outside of just general knowledge, because Robbie himself wasn't caught up on the lore of Exandria."[175]

Dorian was brought into Campaign 3 as a guest character after Liam and Ashley chose to play the campaign with their Exandria Unlimited characters Orym and Fearne, who started as initial Campaign 3 concepts, leading to Dorian being a "perfect fit" to bring with them. His stats, which were originally determined using the standard array method, were re-determined under the same rules as other characters in Campaign 3 and in prior campaigns: using the rolled method in the Player's Handbook with a homebrewed rule that if the sum of the scores was less than 70, they could reroll the scores.[176][177]

When Hannah Friederichs was drawing a portrait of Dorian Storm for Exandria Unlimited, she didn't know much about his character, but knowing that Dorian is an air genasi, she started her research by looking at attires common among cultures that lived at high altitudes, especially looking through Andean, Tibetan, and Ethiopian fashion. The belt/flap, the lower part of the cuirass/breastplate, was taken from Ming Dynasty armor. Robbie picked independent details from various alterations to bring them together in the final art piece. Initially, Dorian was intended to wear a lamellar armor, but in the final version its material and color changed into a mail hidden under his tunic.[16]

Appearances and mentions[edit | edit source]

Quotations[edit | edit source]

  • "Mm-hmm. Sorry, bacon lips."[178]
  • (during a parting toast with Bells Hells) "You know what's funny? I've always felt, my entire life, always, like I was on the outside looking in. And you, you have all made me feel like I am part of something bigger, and I will be forever grateful for that. Thank you."[179]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

Screenshot of Matthew Mercer cosplaying as Dorian Storm from "What Comes Next" (E1x08).[art 8]
  • Robbie wrote and performed a song sung by Dorian during his airship journey back to Tal'Dorei in memory of his former traveling companion and fellow adventurer, "The Ballad of Bertrand Bell".
  • Unlike the rest of the party in Exandria Unlimited, Dorian's race was not clearly indicated in "The Nameless Ones" (E1x01). Instead, Robbie confirmed it in a Tweet a day after the initial broadcast.[1]
  • Matt cosplayed Dorian in the sponsor segment of "What Comes Next" (E1x08).[180]
  • The animation on his Campaign 3 stat card features a ripple effect, similar to wind disturbing the surface of water.[181]
  • Dorian has appeared in more consecutive episodes than any other guest character.
    • His total appearances in a main campaign is also greater than Zahra Hydris' (13 episodes) and Kashaw Vesh's (12 episodes).
    • His total appearances overall, including Exandria Unlimited and one-shots, remains greater than Zahra's and Kashaw's 14 overall appearances.
  • Dorian is the second guest character from a miniseries or one-shot to appear in a main campaign, after Arkhan.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Robbie Daymond (@robbiedaymond) on Twitter: "Oh allllrrriiiiigggght. I've had so much fun watching you all guess the past 24hrs, but it's finally time to tell you. Dorian is… An Air Genasi. 🌬💙" (June 26, 2021).
  2. "In Too Deep" (3x14) at 2:52:41. Dorian uses a flourish, confirming his subclass
  3. "The Nameless Ones" (E1x01) at 10:08.
  4. "The Gift Among the Green" (E1x06) at 1:15:18.
  5. "The Gift Among the Green" (E1x06) at 1:17:58.
  6. "Growing Bonds and Teasing Threads" (3x06) at 25:30. Also see 58:26.
  7. "Growing Bonds and Teasing Threads" (3x06) at 3:19:46.
  8. "The Nameless Ones" (E1x01) at 2:38:03.
  9. "On the Trail of a Killer" (3x04) at 3:35:40.
  10. "By the Road" (E1x04) at 27:07.
  11. "The Nameless Ones" (E1x01) at 2:42:38.
  12. "A Test of Worth" (E1x05) at 1:25:07.
  13. "Broken Roads" (3x92) at 1:56:18.
  14. "A Glorious Return" (E1x03) at 53:47.
  15. "The Nameless Ones" (E1x01) from 10:17 through 11:23.
  16. 16.0 16.1 Hannah Friederichs (agarthanguide) on Tumblr" // Describing the influences on Dorian's attire, especially focusing on the flap (Jan 15, 2022). Archived.
  17. "The Draw of Destiny" (3x01) at 1:17:53.
  18. "The Draw of Destiny" (3x01) at 1:17:42.
  19. "Shadows New and Old" (3x96) at 1:14:54.
  20. "The Gift Among the Green" (E1x06) at 1:07:05.
  21. 21.0 21.1 Exandria Unlimited Playlist: Dorian on
  22. "The Nameless Ones" (E1x01) at 1:25:26. Also see 1:20:57.
  23. "A Test of Worth" (E1x05) at 1:25:27.
  24. "Growing Bonds and Teasing Threads" (3x06) from 22:27 through 23:40.
  25. "The Nameless Ones" (E1x01) at 12:46.
  26. "Trial by Firelight" (3x02) at 1:54:51.
  27. Around late Misuthar 843 PD, Dorian said that he'd been away from his people for a year. "The Gift Among the Green" (E1x06) at 1:06:56.
  28. "The Gift Among the Green" (E1x06) from 1:15:51 through 1:18:11.
  29. "The Draw of Destiny" (3x01) at 1:17:13.
  30. "The Draw of Destiny" (3x01) at 1:29:10.
  31. Dorian said, probably in early-to-mid Duscar, that he'd been playing gigs for two months in that city. "A Glorious Return" (E1x03) at 46:26.
  32. "The Nameless Ones" (E1x01) at 2:42:43.
  33. "The Nameless Ones" (E1x01) at 3:08:59.
  34. "The Oh No Plateau" (E1x02) at 1:30:47.
  35. "A Glorious Return" (E1x03) at 1:19:20.
  36. "A Glorious Return" (E1x03) at 2:27:46.
  37. "By the Road" (E1x04) at 25:24.
  38. "By the Road" (E1x04).
  39. "A Test of Worth" (E1x05) at 30:43.
  40. "A Test of Worth" (E1x05) at 55:59.
  41. "A Test of Worth" (E1x05) at 1:16:39.
  42. "A Test of Worth" (E1x05) at 1:25:41.
  43. "A Test of Worth" (E1x05) at 2:22:07.
  44. "A Test of Worth" (E1x05) at 3:26:09.
  45. "A Test of Worth" (E1x05) at 3:31:39.
  46. "The Gift Among the Green" (E1x06) at 1:17:38.
  47. "The Gift Among the Green" (E1x06) at 4:37:45.
  48. "Beyond the Heart City" (E1x07) at 35:33.
  49. "Beyond the Heart City" (E1x07) at 1:57:19.
  50. "What Comes Next" (E1x08) at 2:58:11.
  51. "What Comes Next" (E1x08) at 3:23:10.
  52. "The Draw of Destiny" (3x01) at 1:12:25.
  53. "The Draw of Destiny" (3x01) from 1:37:35 through 2:44:49.
  54. "The Draw of Destiny" (3x01) at 3:53:07.
  55. "Trial by Firelight" (3x02) at 1:54:03.
  56. "The Trail and the Toll" (3x03) at 3:52:58.
  57. "On the Trail of a Killer" (3x04) at 2:26:11.
  58. "Growing Bonds and Teasing Threads" (3x06) at 1:04:13.
  59. "Growing Bonds and Teasing Threads" (3x06) at 2:16:40.
  60. "Growing Bonds and Teasing Threads" (3x06) at 3:49:00.
  61. "A Woodworker's Quandary" (3x08) at 1:12:37.
  62. "A Woodworker's Quandary" (3x08) at 1:44:58.
  63. "A Woodworker's Quandary" (3x08) at 1:58:05.
  64. "Ghosts, Dates, and Darker Fates" (3x10) at 1:01:57.
  65. "Chasing Nightmares" (3x11) at 2:09:33.
  66. "Chasing Nightmares" (3x11) at 3:59:03.
  67. "Make It Fashion" (3x12).
  68. "Make It Fashion" (3x12) at 4:10:37.
  69. "A Dance of Deception" (3x13) at 2:21:20.
  70. "A Dance of Deception" (3x13) at 2:53:53.
  71. "In Too Deep" (3x14) at 3:34:43.
  72. "In Too Deep" (3x14) at 3:51:18.
  73. "In Too Deep" (3x14) at 3:53:19.
  74. "In Too Deep" (3x14) at 3:55:32.
  75. "In Too Deep" (3x14) at 3:58:04.
  76. "In Too Deep" (3x14) at 4:10:00.
  77. "In Too Deep" (3x14) at 4:14:38.
  78. "In Too Deep" (3x14) at 4:24:55.
  79. "In Too Deep" (3x14) at 4:41:37.
  80. "The Shade Mother" (3x16) at 3:34:18.
  81. "Exandria Unlimited: Kymal, Part 1" (E2x01) at 7:38.
  82. "Exandria Unlimited: Kymal, Part 1" (E2x01) at 29:08.
  83. "Exandria Unlimited: Kymal, Part 1" (E2x01) at 1:10:33.
  84. "Exandria Unlimited: Kymal, Part 1" (E2x01) at 1:25:38.
  85. "Exandria Unlimited: Kymal, Part 1" (E2x01) at 2:13:03.
  86. "Exandria Unlimited: Kymal, Part 1" (E2x01) at 2:44:14.
  87. "Exandria Unlimited: Kymal, Part 2" (E2x02) at 39:50.
  88. "Exandria Unlimited: Kymal, Part 2" (E2x02) at 1:07:39.
  89. "Exandria Unlimited: Kymal, Part 2" (E2x02) at 1:21:57.
  90. "Exandria Unlimited: Kymal, Part 2" (E2x02) at 2:19:24.
  91. "Exandria Unlimited: Kymal, Part 2" (E2x02) at 2:33:53.
  92. "Exandria Unlimited: Kymal, Part 2" (E2x02) at 2:52:44.
  93. "Exandria Unlimited: Kymal, Part 2" (E2x02) at 4:36:58.
  94. "Compulsions" (3x40) at 41:17.
  95. "Call of the Wild" (3x41) at 10:55.
  96. "The Aurora Grows" (3x49) at 1:23:15.
  97. "The Aurora Grows" (3x49) at 4:00:19.
  98. "Crisis of Faith" (3x61) at 4:38:09.
  99. "Doorways to Darker Depths" (3x86) at 1:36:01.
  100. "Broken Roads" (3x92). Post-break.
  101. "Bittersweet Reunions" (3x93) at 1:11:26.
  102. "Bittersweet Reunions" (3x93) at 2:37:43.
  103. "Bittersweet Reunions" (3x93) at 3:08:21.
  104. "Bittersweet Reunions" (3x93) at 3:14:15. see also "Broken Roads" (3x92) at 1:31:54
  105. "Bittersweet Reunions" (3x93) at 3:24:55.
  106. "Where The Red Fearne Glows" (3x94) at 2:30:02.
  107. "The Nameless Ones" (E1x01) at 1:09:43.
  108. "Exandria Unlimited Wrap-Up" (Mx11) at 59:40.
  109. "The Draw of Destiny" (3x01) at 3:19:46.
  110. "Heart-to-Heartmoor" (3x17) at 3:45:32.
  111. "Exandria Unlimited: Kymal, Part 2" (E2x02) at 1:24:14.
  112. "Exandria Unlimited: Kymal, Part 1" (E2x01) at 9:17.
  113. "The Trail and the Toll" (3x03) at 3:57:14.
  114. "On the Trail of a Killer" (3x04) at 1:06:42.
  115. "The Threat Between the Walls" (3x05) at 3:26:25.
  116. Matthew Mercer (@matthewmercer) on Twitter: "With that, the opportunity for them to reroll their stats using the technique we've used in past campaigns (and the other C3 characters) was offered, and taken up by Fearne & Dorian. (4/6)" (October 22, 2021). Part of a thread.
  117. Dorian's Exandria Unlimited stat card was shown onscreen. "The Nameless Ones" (E1x01) at 11:00.
  118. "On the Trail of a Killer" (3x04) at 48:29.
  119. "Exandria Unlimited: Kymal, Part 1" (E2x01) at 2:02:29.
  120. "By the Road" (E1x04) at 4:01:19.
  121. "Trial by Firelight" (3x02) at 2:57:25.
  122. "Shadows New and Old" (3x96) at 1:15:45. Dorian's armor class is 17, which fits either studded leather armor +1 or breastplate +1.
  123. "A Glorious Return" (E1x03) at 2:28:10.
  124. "In Too Deep" (3x14) at 4:24:55. Dorian originally had a sending stone loaned to him by Ashton, which he then gave to Cyrus, and then received its pair from Orym ("Growing Bonds and Teasing Threads" (3x06) at 3:47:20). Cyrus gave his back to Orym.
  125. "The Nameless Ones" (E1x01) at 44:21.
  126. "The Draw of Destiny" (3x01) at 3:27:32. Robbie additionally clarifies that it is not a transverse flute, i.e. a flute held sideways. See also Robbie Daymond (@robbiedaymond) on Twitter: "Break time!! Aight all of you flute aficionado critters critiquing my STYLE, Lolol, THIS is the kinda flute/ax handle we're dealing with… 😜 #ExUSpoilers" (June 25, 2021). (includes an image of a Native American flute.)
  127. "A Glorious Return" (E1x03) at 2:27:57.
  128. "A Glorious Return" (E1x03) at 2:27:52.
  129. "A Glorious Return" (E1x03) at 2:27:54.
  130. "Growing Bonds and Teasing Threads" (3x06) at 1:04:19.
  131. "Bittersweet Reunions" (3x93) at 3:46:18.
  132. "Make It Fashion" (3x12) at 3:33:21.
  133. "In Too Deep" (3x14) at 4:42:26.
  134. "The Nameless Ones" (E1x01) at 3:32:25.
  135. "The Draw of Destiny" (3x01) at 31:59.
  136. "Bittersweet Reunions" (3x93) at 2:43:21.
  137. Robbie Daymond (@robbiedaymond) on Twitter: "THIS is my biggest mess up rules wise. I didn't fully understand the D&D Beyond interface & @quiddie knowingly gives me a pass AND saves me narratively. She later amends my sheet & gives me limited blindsight as a part of my backstory. A true, master DM. #ExUSpoilers" (June 25, 2021).
  138. "The Oh No Plateau" (E1x02) at 2:36:37.
  139. 139.0 139.1 "By the Road" (E1x04) at 11:05.
  140. "Behind the Curtain" (3x07) from 3:17:32 through 3:17:48. Dorian casts Chromatic Orb, a sorcerer or wizard spell. With a natural 20 for the attack roll he mentions a modifier of +5 (25 to hit), which is only possible if the spell uses his Charisma rather than his Intelligence, so sorcerer is the only option.
  141. "Broken Roads" (3x92) at 2:39:18. Dorian's speed is 40 feet, boosted from genasi's usual 30 feet.
  142. "Trial by Firelight" (3x02) at 32:08. Dorian uses a scimitar.
  143. "In Too Deep" (3x14) at 2:52:41.
  144. "What Comes Next" (E1x08) at 2:37:15. Dorian had +6 for his Athletics roll, saying that it is his highest stat.
  145. "Broken Roads" (3x92) at 2:39:56. Dorian has plus 13 to his Athletics.
  146. "Exandria Unlimited: Kymal, Part 2" (E2x02) at 4:37:30. As a note, Robie (perhaps erroneously) said, "Athletics, not great for me."
  147. "Broken Roads" (3x92) at 3:36:45. Dorian got 27 on his Acrobatics check.
  148. "A Glorious Return" (E1x03) at 3:04:57. "Plus three, 13, 16 plus two. 18"
  149. "Thicker Grows the Meal and Plot" (3x09) at 2:36:21. "I am very good at sleight of hand"
  150. "Make It Fashion" (3x12) at 4:17:17. "I'm pretty good with my hands"
  151. "Growing Bonds and Teasing Threads" (3x06) at 2:16:59. Robbie rolled nat 20 + doubled proficiency of 4 and his modifier of +3 = 27
  152. "The Nameless Ones" (E1x01) at 45:19. "18, with performance, that is a 22!"
  153. "Behind the Curtain" (3x07) at 1:13:47. With Charisma modifier of +3, Dorian got 24 on his Persuasion check.
  154. "Exandria Unlimited: Kymal, Part 1" (E2x01) at 3:02:29.
  155. "In Too Deep" (3x14) at 1:51:14.
  156. "A Glorious Return" (E1x03) at 39:27.
  157. "Exandria Unlimited: Kymal, Part 1" (E2x01) at 1:07:58.
  158. "Where The Red Fearne Glows" (3x94) at 2:59:57.
  159. "The Oh No Plateau" (E1x02) at 18:52.
  160. "Behind the Curtain" (3x07) from 3:17:32 through 3:17:48.
  161. "By the Road" (E1x04) at 2:24:42.
  162. "The Oh No Plateau" (E1x02) at 35:53.
  163. "By the Road" (E1x04) at 1:31:50.
  164. "A Test of Worth" (E1x05) at 2:07:54.
  165. "Ancient Sins" (3x97) at 2:11:40.
  166. "Beyond the Heart City" (E1x07) at 3:55:15.
  167. "Exandria Unlimited: Kymal, Part 2" (E2x02) at 2:33:56.
  168. "Exandria Unlimited: Kymal, Part 1" (E2x01) at 3:24:01.
  169. "Ancient Sins" (3x97) at 35:09.
  170. "Exandria Unlimited: Kymal, Part 1" (E2x01) at 3:48:02.
  171. "Bittersweet Reunions" (3x93) at 2:03:04.
  172. "The Nox Engine" (3x98) at 3:09:07.
  173. "Where The Red Fearne Glows" (3x94) at 3:36:28.
  174. 174.0 174.1 Part one: "Critical Role's Robbie Daymond on Campaign 3, How He Named His Character, and More (Exclusive)" (February 24, 2022) by Christian Hoffer at
  175. Part two: "Critical Role's Robbie Daymond on Campaign 3, How He Named His Character, and More (Exclusive)" (February 25, 2022) by Christian Hoffer at
  176. Matthew Mercer (@matthewmercer) on Twitter: "They both, however, were excited to continue exploring their stories, both just barely touched on in EXU, and carry them forward into C3. Given that, Robbie's Dorian was a perfect fit to join them, and here we are! (3/6)" (October 22, 2021). See also follow-up tweet in the thread: Matthew Mercer (@matthewmercer) on Twitter: "With that, the opportunity for them to reroll their stats using the technique we've used in past campaigns (and the other C3 characters) was offered, and taken up by Fearne & Dorian. (4/6)" (October 22, 2021) — in reply to @matthewmercer: "They both, however, were excited to continue exploring their stories, both just barely touched on in EXU, and carry them forward into C3. Given that, Robbie's Dorian was a perfect fit to join them, and here we are! (3/6)"
  177. Robbie Daymond (@robbiedaymond) on Twitter: "I'll only add to this by saying that re-rolling stats with the gang was one of the most intense and FUN things I've done in this adventure so far & was a really enjoyable part of the D&D experience. I used standard array for EXU, but encourage everyone to ROLL! Thanks, Matt!" (October 22, 2021).
  178. "The Nameless Ones" (E1x01) at 44:54.
  179. "In Too Deep" (3x14) at 4:28:07.
  180. "What Comes Next" (E1x08) at 1:50.
  181. Dorian's revised level 3 stat card was shown onscreen. "Trial by Firelight" (3x02) at 58:12.


  1. Spells. Note that while his bard spells and genasi spells have different spellcasting abilities (Charisma and Constitution respectively) his modifier for these ability scores are the same, therefore the DC is the same.
  2. Winged Boots


  1. Official portrait in Campaign 3, by Hannah Friederichs (source). 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 Dorian, by Hannah Friederichs (source). 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 portrait in Exandria Unlimited: Kymal, by Hannah Friederichs (source). 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.
  4. Official full-body portrait of Dorian in Exandria Unlimited, by Hannah Friederichs (source). 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.
  5. Official full-body portrait of Dorian in Campaign 3, by Hannah Friederichs (source). 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.
  6. Official art of Dorian, by Hannah Friederichs (source). 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.
  7. Official art of a child finding Dorian's toy ship, by Cris Trinci from Critical Role Abridged Episode 14. 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.
  8. Screenshot of Matthew Mercer cosplaying as Dorian Storm from "What Comes Next" (E1x08). 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.