Scanlan's Magnificent Mansion


When people keep repeatin',
That you need a place to sleep,
When everybody starts retreatin',
But you need a really cool keep,
Let Scanlan open the door!
Let Scanlan open the door!
Let Scanlan open the door, to your heart.

— Scanlan parodying Let Love Open the Door by Pete Townshend, while casting Mordenkainen's Magnificent Mansion.[1]

Scanlan's Magnificent Mansion is a dwelling inside a pocket dimension created by Scanlan when he casts Mordenkainen's Magnificent Mansion. It was often used by Vox Machina as a safe place to rest for the night or take cover during battles.

Description[edit | edit source]

The entrance leads to a lavish two-story foyer with a 30-foot high ceiling paneled in marble and dark wood. It features a staircase that splits into two, leading up to the second floor, where there are sleeping chambers. There is ambient soft music throughout.[2] Much of the furnishing and decoration inside the mansion is opulent and extravagant. During his year away from Vox Machina, Scanlan put up many counterfeit art pieces up in the mansion.[3]

The mansion's menu was once exclusively waffles and chicken,[4] as well as alcoholic beverages such as mimosas and wine. However, during the time Scanlan shared the mansion with his daughter Kaylie, she got sick of chicken after the first two weeks, and declared that a vegan diet would be better for Scanlan. Since then, only vegan salads are served.[5]

Rooms[edit | edit source]

The mansion also has a kitchen with at least three pantries, a parlor, a game room, a music room, and a winery. There is also an all-purpose room which holds the basics required for Percival's smithing.[6] Scanlan made some changes to the layout of the mansion as he thought of them, like the addition of a library.[7]

Each member of Vox Machina has their own bedroom. In each room is a circular bed, with a mirror hung above it on the ceiling. The two rooms closest to Scanlan's are reserved for Pike and Kaylie, with Kaylie's room being locked until she visits.[8] Pike's room is blue and silver, and holds a small prayer area with a little statue of Sarenrae, which when pulled opens a secret gnome-sized door that leads to Scanlan's room.[9]

Scanlan's room is at the end of the hall, and slightly bigger than the others, with 50-foot high ceilings hung with drapery. His room has a water bed with black satin sheets. He later added more mirrors on the ceiling of his bedroom, for a total of three.[10] Scanlan's room is connected to all the other bedrooms by secret passageways that only he knows about.[11]

The basement is a large training area, containing a sand pit surrounded by brick, which Grog often sleeps in.[12][13] The training area contains wooden training dummies, climbing walls, and chains hanging for the ceiling for climbing and strength work. Two racks are lined with basic weapons and armor.[14]

The dining room is decorated with a portrait of Scanlan in a smoking jacket, standing in front of a fireplace with another portrait of Scanlan in a smoking jacket above it. Pike later requested a family portrait of Vox Machina from Garmelie. The result was a an extremely well-detailed charcoal portrait making grotesque fun of the entire party, except Scanlan, who looks perfectly normal.[15] The portrait was hung above the mantle and were still there about a year later.[16] On top of the dining room, there is also a breakfast nook.[17]

Scanlan can change the interior of the mansion when he casts it; notably, he included a spa with a hot tub after the party fought Umbrasyl.[18]

Servants[edit | edit source]

The mansion and its occupants are tended to by a hundred spectral servants. They can accomplish any task requested by the guests of the mansion. Some of them have specific jobs assigned by Scanlan; five of them play music whenever he or his guests want, and fifty of them are assigned to Scanlan personally.[19]

History[edit | edit source]

"The Family Business" (1x47)[edit | edit source]

Scanlan cast Mordenkainen's Magnificent Mansion for the first time in order to house Vox Machina and the Fire and Air Ashari present in the ruins of Pyrah. Although they were reticent at first, the members of Vox Machina were amazed by the mansion when they entered. Grog attacked the first spectral servant he saw, believing it to be a ghost. To show off that the servants could do anything they asked, Scanlan ordered one to braid his chest hair.

"Passed Through Fire" (1x69)[edit | edit source]

Vox Machina built a blanket fort in the kitchen, set Percy's body on the table, and all slept in the same room together.

"Vorugal" (1x71)[edit | edit source]

Pike prepared a Heroes' Feast for the group, their first non-chicken meal in the mansion. Later, the mansion was strategically utilized as a safe zone during the battle against Vorugal.

"Where the Cards Fall" (1x75)[edit | edit source]

Vox Machina unsuccessfully tried to lure Ghurrix, a pit fiend, into the mansion to fight him out of public view. However, they were able to use the mansion's door as a strategic retreat during the ensuing battle in "Brawl in the Arches" (1x76).

"Dark Dealings" (1x112)[edit | edit source]

When Vex accidentally removed Vox Machina's cover from Vecna's divination magic by entering the Ethereal Plane, the mansion's position was revealed to their enemy. Delilah Briarwood arrived shortly after and Dispelled the mansion, ejecting all of its occupants.

References[edit | edit source]

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