Slayer's Take

Slayer's Take
Official art of the Slayer's Take symbol, by Critical Role.[art 1]
Organizational information
TypeGuild
BaseVasselheim
Favored deityIoun
Membership
Leaders
Notable members
Relationships
Allies

Here is where the hunters gather,
Keen eyes and blades at ready.
We cease the unknown's cackling laughter,
Our will is strong, our members plenty.

We stand against the tide of darkness,
We do the deeds few men can handle.
Reap forth a trophy from the carcass,
We are your strength, we are your candle.

— Engraving on the doorway of the Slayer's Take guild hall in Vasselheim.[1]

The Slayer's Take is a guild in Vasselheim that is paid to hunt rare animals, typically for specific parts of the animal. The Slayer's Take pays homage to Ioun, the goddess of knowledge, prophecy, and skill.

Leadership[edit | edit source]

A large gynosphinx, Osysa, lives in a cavern below the guildhall. She uses her knowledge and scrying abilities to locate the guild's quarry and determine the viability of contracts the Slayer's Take.

The guild members are led by Vanessa Cyndrial, a no-nonsense tiefling. The second-in-command is her husband, Mertin Cyndrial, a halfling.

Membership[edit | edit source]

Induction[edit | edit source]

When Vox Machina wished to become members of the guild, they were first tested by being sent to complete a contract in under three days. Upon returning to the guildhall after successfully completing their contracts, Vox Machina were brought to meet the sphinx Osysa. Osysa branded each of their shoulders with the guild mark, identifying them as fully fledged members of the Slayer's Take.[2]

Known members[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

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

The members of Vox Machina (except Pike) were forced to join the Slayer's Take to avoid being prosecuted for poaching a hydra that was under contract by one of the guild's parties. In order to rectify the situation, Vox Machina was given the option to complete an initiation and join the guild, making the hydra kill legal. For the initiation, Vox Machina was split into two groups. One group was assigned a contract to hunt and kill an adult white dragon (they found one in the Vesper Timberland named Rimefang), while the other group hunted a rakshasa, Hotis, in Vasselheim.

When Vox Machina proved their competence, Vanessa showed them the way below the Slayer's Take guildhall in Vasselheim. There lies a sealed chamber ziggurat-like platform in the center, a place devoted to the Knowing Mistress.[3] Osysa, the keeper of this holy place, greeted Vox Machina and branded them.

Campaign 1 Arc 3: The Chroma Conclave[edit | edit source]

Vox Machina returned to the Slayer's Take and asked if any members of the guild would be of assistance in fighting the Chroma Conclave. Vanessa replied that the guild was more suited to hunting relatively unorganized monsters, but they consulted Osysa, who told Vox Machina of the existence of the Vestiges of Divergence.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Hubris" (1x17) from 3:13:45 through 3:14:02. Matt recites the poem engraved on the door of the Slayer's Take guild hall.
  2. "Aramente to Pyrah" (1x22) at 24:46.
  3. "Aramente to Pyrah" (1x22) at 17:41.

Art:

  1. Official art of the Slayer's Take symbol, by Critical Role (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.