Rusty Trombone

"Rusty Trombone"
Player character
Basic information
ActorTaliesin Jaffe
RaceDragonborn
ClassPaladin
Biographical information
Full nameUnknown
PlacesStilben, Tal'Dorei
AffiliationsVox Machina (ally)
Mechanical information
Creature typeHumanoid
Appearances
Other worksPre-stream

"Rusty Trombone"[fn 1] was the dragonborn paladin that Taliesin Jaffe played in the one-shot Matthew Mercer ran to celebrate Liam O'Brien's birthday, which eventually became the Vox Machina campaign.[2] It was during this session that Vox Machina first encountered The Myriad,[3] and at some point, "Rusty" used his dragon breath to freeze water filling a room during a trap sequence.[4]

It is unknown what color dragonborn he was. Because the game was played in a simplified version of the 4th edition of Dungeons & Dragons,[5] the color of his scales does not necessarily match the cold damage of his dragon breath nor is it necessarily a standard chromatic or metallic dragon color.[6]

Because "Rusty" doesn't appear in either "The Story of Vox Machina" (Mx04) or Vox Machina Origins, it is most likely that his existence was retconned and is not canonical to Critical Role.

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Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. The name of this character was never confirmed. He was jokingly referred to as "Rusty Trombone", a lewd joke, by Liam O'Brien and Taliesin Jaffe in "Taryon, My Wayward Son" (1x97).[1] This article uses that name for ease of titling.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Taryon, My Wayward Son" (1x97) at 3:53:06.
  2. From an excerpt of episode 3 of the podcast allworknoplay at 3:37.
  3. "Taryon, My Wayward Son" (1x97) at 3:53:01.
  4. From an excerpt of episode 3 of the podcast allworknoplay at 8:22.
  5. Matthew Mercer (@matthewmercer) on Twitter: "The veeeery first session was very simplified 4E combat rules (we had new players), so we used he sheets/color coding" (November 19, 2015). (backup link)
  6. Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting, p. 34. "Rarely do an individual's scales match the hue of a chromatic or metallic dragon, and scale color gives no indication of the type of breath weapon a dragonborn uses."