Rimefang

Rimefang
Non-player character
Official art of Rimefang versus Trinket, by Kit Buss.[art 1]
Basic information
ActorMatthew Mercer
RaceWhite dragon
Biographical information
Full nameRimefang
Pronounshe/him
Age100 or more (Adult)[1]
PlacesVesper Timberland, Othanzia
Status
StatusDead
Cause of deathImmolated by Zahra's Hellish Rebuke ("Trial of the Take: Part 2" (1x19))[2]
Mechanical information
Creature typeDragon
HP
622-630[3]
AC
18
DC
Appearances
First seen"Trial of the Take: Part 1" (1x18)
Last seen"Trial of the Take: Part 2" (1x19)
StreamCampaign 1 (2 episodes)

You say you're from the Slayer's Take. I have not lived these hundred years or so to become the hunted. I am the hunter! I am the scourge of the Thorain Tundra! I am the stalker of this Timberland.

— Rimefang to Vox Machina.[1]

Rimefang is an adult white dragon, hunted by a half of Vox Machina, as well as Lyra and Zahra, on the behalf of the Slayer's Take. As an NPC, he is played by Matthew Mercer.

Description[edit | edit source]

Appearance[edit | edit source]

Rimefang has the standard appearance of an adult white dragon.

Personality[edit | edit source]

Rimefang was described as being spiteful, arrogant, and more bestial than other dragons. Upon facing him, Vox Machina initially pandered to his vanity, but Scanlan failed to appeal to him. Rimefang praised himself as the prime hunter of the Vesper Timberland, and was insulted that Vox Machina would dare even face him.

Biography[edit | edit source]

Before Campaign 1[edit | edit source]

Rimefang was the only dragon of his clutch whose egg survived to birth. He struggled to survive in the Thorain Tundra of northern Issylra, escaping the poachers who wanted his parts and hunters who perhaps were just trying to protect their villages. As he grew over the decades into an adult dragon, he remained quite feral as dragons go. He was filled with spite and ego; he had a lust for bending everything to his will, getting others to bow before, serve, and feed him.[4]

Eight or nine months before the dragon's death, an experienced party was contracted to hunt the as-yet-unidentified white dragon, but they were killed.[5]

To build his lair, Rimefang proceeded to destroy a village of frost giants in the Zenwick Mountains.[fn 1] He enslaved two of the giants, allowing them to live in exchange for their servitude. In a cavern at the base of his mountain-lair, the ruins of the giants' village lay strewn with bodies. A giant, roughshod effigy to Rimefang was erected from the rubble.[7] The dragon's lair was located further up the mountain. The large cavern in which Rimefang resided was covered in ice, with treasure frozen into the walls.

Once he had established a lair, the white dragon took the name Rimefang as part of a bid to make itself known publicly and drive fear into the populace.[8]

Campaign 1: Vox Machina[edit | edit source]

In 810 PD, Vox Machina had to join the Slayer's Take in order to make up for accidentally ruining another hunt. The group was split, and Percival de Rolo,Vex'ahlia, Scanlan Shorthalt, Pike Trickfoot, and Grog Strongjaw were contracted to slay Rimefang. Aiding them in the hunt was another Take hopeful, Zahra Hydris, and Lyra, their Slayer's Take guide. After traveling through the Vesper Timberland to the ruined giant village, they were accosted by the two surviving giants. Thanks to Zahra's Mass Suggestion spell, the party was able to enlist the aid of the giants against Rimefang.[9]

When the party arrived, Rimefang was waiting for them, and he beckoned for them to approach. As the battle was about to begin, Zahra persuaded the giants to join them against the tyrant-dragon. Once the battle began in earnest, the power of the dragon became apparent. Rimefang quickly dispatched one of the giants with his lethal frost breath, damaging Lyra and Percy as well. As the fight progressed, Grog and Scanlan both closed in to melee distance. Scanlan placed the makeshift grenade, which Percy crafted earlier, at the dragon's feet, but in a twist of fate, Rimefang slammed down onto Scanlan with his tail, detonating the grenade on all of them. Immediately after Scanlan and Grog recovered from the explosion, Vex'ahlia fired an explosive arrow that caught the goliath and the gnome in the blast. Rimefang furiously attacked the injured Scanlan, knocking him unconscious and sending him to the edge of death. However, Grog managed to revive Scanlan, and the gnome retreated far away from the dragon. The battle was full of close calls, though, as Percy and Lyra were both knocked unconscious later on. Rimefang perched on a ledge in the cave and attacked the party with a devastating breath attack. Zahra retaliated with a Hellish Rebuke, engulfing Rimefang in an inferno, killing him.[2]

As part of the contract for the Slayer's Take guild, the party harvested the eyes, teeth, claws, and heart of Rimefang. In addition, they obtained 25 pounds of scales, 4244 gold pieces, a hoard of gems, a hat of disguise, a potion of climbing, gloves of missile snaring, sword of dragon slaying, and an arrow of dragon slaying. The party returned victorious to Vasselheim, and was compensated by Huntmaster Vanessa Cyndrial for their success in slaying such a powerful foe.[10]

The Re-Slayer's Take[edit | edit source]

Between 837 and 843 PD,[fn 2] a newly formed adventuring party, soon to be named The Re-Slayer's Take, arrived at Rimefang's abandoned lair, having given chase to a marionette ghost that captured one of their members, Poogs. Once the arrived, eight marionettes animated Rimefang's skeleton, still missing its teeth and claws from decades earlier. After a hard fought battle, the party defeated the animated skeleton by cutting the spectral vines controlling it, and discovered the ghostly plant that was the source of these marionettes. Heera Agneheart stabbed it with her rapier, destroying it.[11]

Within the lair's ice walls, Idrin Shadowstep discovered a box containing ten Earrings of Whisper, which seemed to be of similar design and color to Frog, the aeormaton member of the party. Timpani Guff then took Rimefang's skull as proof of the ghostly activity in the area, which he theorized to be caused by the return of The Timberblight. However, Heldwell, a member of the Take, dismissed the Timpani and the party's story.[11]

Character information[edit | edit source]

Notable items[edit | edit source]

Abilities[edit | edit source]

  • Frightening Presence[17]
  • Freezing Breath[18]
  • Legendary Actions:
  • Multi-attack: one Bite and two Claw attacks[21]

Appearances and mentions[edit | edit source]

Quotations[edit | edit source]

"You say you're from the Slayer's Take. I have not lived these hundred years or so to become the hunted. I am the hunter! I am the scourge of the Thorain Tundra! I am the stalker of this timberland. Well. Parts of you shall adorn my walls, glittering in pieces for times to come. Giants. To my side! Tonight, you choose whether I dine on you or just them."[1]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Rimefang shares a name with an NPC in World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King. The Rimefang in Warcraft is also a frost-breathing dragon, found in the Frostwing Halls inside the Icecrown Citadel raid.[22]
  • The Rimefang miniature is the huge white dragon from White Dragon Evolution special release of the Pathfinder Battles miniatures series.[23]
  • The miniature was signed by Mary Elizabeth McGlynn, who played Zahra, with the message: "Zahra — dragon slayer".[23]
  • When the re-animated body of Rimefang is described in The Re-Slayer's Take, it is mentioned that his eyes sockets are full of spectral flame. GMs George Primavera and Nick Williams added this detail as a reference to Zahra's spell that killed the dragon.[24]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Trial of the Take: Part 2" (1x19) at 1:57:18.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Trial of the Take: Part 2" (1x19) from 3:23:34 through 3:26:14.
  3. Per CritRoleStats' analysis.
  4. "Trial of the Take: Part 2" (1x19) at 52:19. See also 1:57:18 for the name of the tundra.
  5. "Trial of the Take: Part 2" (1x19) at 55:18. See also 53:09.
  6. "Trial of the Take: Part 1" (1x18) at 52:43.
  7. "Trial of the Take: Part 2" (1x19) from 46:29 through 51:35.
  8. "Trial of the Take: Part 2" (1x19) at 55:18.
  9. "Trial of the Take: Part 1" (1x18).
  10. "Trial of the Take: Part 2" (1x19).
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 "The Frozen Puppet" (RST 1x03).
  12. "Trial of the Take: Part 2" (1x19) at 3:41:39.
  13. "Trial of the Take: Part 2" (1x19) at 3:41:59.
  14. "Trial of the Take: Part 2" (1x19) at 3:39:28.
  15. "Trial of the Take: Part 2" (1x19) at 3:38:43.
  16. "Trial of the Take: Part 2" (1x19) at 3:40:00.
  17. "Trial of the Take: Part 2" (1x19) at 2:07:35.
  18. "Trial of the Take: Part 2" (1x19) at 2:30:27.
  19. "Trial of the Take: Part 2" (1x19) at 2:28:19.
  20. "Trial of the Take: Part 2" (1x19) at 2:43:30.
  21. "Trial of the Take: Part 2" (1x19) at 2:51:56.
  22. See Rimefang on the Warcraft Wiki
  23. 23.0 23.1 "Matt is moving in to his NEW map room" at 0:29:24 (subscription required).
  24. "The Re-Slayer's (Bonus) Take w/ Dani Carr" (Mx38) at 9:30.

Footnotes:

  1. While the mountain range Rimefang dwelt in was not named, it was located to the north of Vasselheim along the Glasswalk Road,[6] the same distance and direction as the Zenwick Mountains.
  2. The web series is set after the end of the Mighty Nein's adventures and before the formation of Bells Hells.

Art:

  1. Official art of Rimefang versus Trinket, by Kit Buss (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.