Soul anchor

Soul anchor
Concept art of Thordak's soul anchor, shown at the fourth watch party for the second season of The Legend of Vox Machina, by Christine Bian.[art 1]
General information
Also known asPinion of Service (Dominox)
MaterialsHeartstone of a fire primordial (Thordak)[1]
Notable propertiesBinds a creature's soul to a specific Plane of Existence[1]
Historical information
CreatedAround 795 PD (Thordak)[2]
Created by
Destroyed811 PD[4] (Thordak)

Soul anchors are magical objects that provide an arcane means of binding a creature's soul to a specific plane of existence.

Description[edit | edit source]

Appearance[edit | edit source]

Thordak's soul anchor was a smooth, jagged-edge ruby[5] that was embedded in his chest and appeared to pulse.[6]

Properties[edit | edit source]

One soul anchor served to bind Thordak's soul to the Elemental Plane of Fire: it could not leave the plane, and Thordak could not leave without the soul anchor.[1] Being physically bonded with the anchor had the side effects of increasing his size considerably; mutating him such that he could reproduce asexually; and damaging his sanity.[7][8]

Aeor used an Abyssal soul anchor to bind Dominox, grand demon of loathing, on the Material Plane so that he could be harnessed to run their engines. If killed, he would return to the soul anchor, which was of the abyss. There were additional seals to render him harmless. These seals were broken in 843 PD, presumably due to the events of the apogee solstice.[9]

History[edit | edit source]

Age of Arcanum[edit | edit source]

Dominox was bound during the Age of Arcanum, and remained bound, though no longer rendered harmless, in 843 PD.[10] This anchor was referred to as the Pinion of Service.[11]

Before Campaign 1[edit | edit source]

In 795 PD, approximately 15 years prior to the Chroma Crisis, Allura Vysoren and her adventuring party, upon realizing that defeating Thordak was beyond their capabilities, called upon the Arcana Pansophical to devise a means of trapping Thordak in a place he could not harm Exandria. They successfully sealed him in the fire plane, using a crystal crafted from the heartstone of a fire primordial.[12]

Some time later, Raishan approached Thordak, still trapped in the plane of fire. She attempted to destroy the soul anchor, but found it indestructible by the means available to her. She, allied with fire giants, was ultimately able to, after infiltrating the Fire Ashari tribe at Pyrah such that she had easy access to rifts to the plane of fire, find a way to capture some of the essence of the plane, called the Ember Seed, within the gem. This permitted Thordak to leave with it and return to the Material Plane.[13]

Campaign 1: Vox Machina[edit | edit source]

Gilmore noticed the gem during the initial Chroma Conclave attack on Emon at the end of 810 PD,[6] and Allura independently told Vox Machina about it when recounting her history with Thordak.[1] While Allura at the time believed it to be indestructible,[14] Vex'ahlia was able to destroy it using Fenthras, a Vestige of Divergence, when Vox Machina fought Thordak during the Siege of Emon.[4]

Vox Machina later discovered, upon following Raishan to the Island of Viscan, that the soul anchor had permitted Thordak to spawn primordial dragons.[15]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Desperate Measures" (1x40) at 2:40:52.
  2. "Desperate Measures" (1x40) at 2:37:13. During the attacks on Emon, Allura indicates it was created in response to Thordak's resurgence 15 years prior.
  3. "Desperate Measures" (1x40) at 2:39:02.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "Thordak" (1x79) at 2:46:18.
  5. "Desperate Measures" (1x40) at 2:41:46.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "In Ruins" (1x41) at 2:35:28.
  7. "Talks Machina #26: Level 17 Battle Royale" (TMOSx11) at 37:13.
  8. "Raishan" (1x80) at 6:44.
  9. "Ancient Sins" (3x97) at 3:34:20.
  10. "Ancient Sins" (3x97) at 3:35:22.
  11. "Ancient Sins" (3x97) at 3:33:42.
  12. "Desperate Measures" (1x40) at 2:38:56.
  13. "The Coming Storm" (1x73) at 2:15:27.
  14. "Desperate Measures" (1x40) at 2:41:51.
  15. "The Deceiver's Stand" (1x83) at 56:16.


  1. Concept art of Thordak's soul anchor, shown at the fourth watch party for the second season of The Legend of Vox Machina, by Christine Bian (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.