Thoreau Lionett

Thoreau Lionett
Non-player character
Basic information
ActorMatthew Mercer
Biographical information
Full nameThoreau Lionett
PlacesKamordah, Wildemount (hometown)[1]
  • Father (unnamed)
  • Possible adopted grandchildren[2]
PartnerClara Lionett (ex-wife)[3]
ProfessionVineyard owner and winemaker
Mechanical information
Creature typeHumanoid
First seen"Between the Lines" (2x78)
Last seen"Fond Farewells" (2x141)
StreamCampaign 2 (4 episodes)
ComicsThe Mighty Nein Origins: Beauregard Lionett

Thoreau Lionett is a human vineyard owner and winemaker in Kamordah, and the father of Beauregard Lionett and Thoreau Lionett Jr. As an NPC, Thoreau is played by Matthew Mercer.

Description[edit | edit source]

Appearance[edit | edit source]

Thoreau was described by his daughter Beauregard Lionett as being a little bit shorter and slightly pudgy with a rounded face. He has dark hair with a widow's peak and brown eyes, with a unibrow that he's let go as he ages.[4]

Personality[edit | edit source]

Beau described him as cranky[4] and superstitious.[5]

Biography[edit | edit source]

Before Campaign 2[edit | edit source]

Thoreau was "a poor bastard" who grew up with nothing and lived on the streets; he thought the woman he wanted to marry, Clara, deserved more than an impoverished man and that he had nothing to lose, so (at some point before 833 PD) he risked walking through the wilderness to find "the witch in the mountains" about whom he had heard stories when he was growing up.[6] Despite wearing out his shoes and being chased by wolves, in a diminished state he stumbled upon the house of a witch who claimed to specialize in fortunes. The fortuneteller offered him a deal: in exchange for "a fragment of [his] fortune," he would get what he always wanted. He agreed, so she told him to pick a place in the mountains and the ground would grow, that he would be a craftsman of fine spirits, and that "a young beau will take on the great name to continue the success, until everything eventually will humble [him] by that which [he] desired most."[1]

Thoreau borrowed what he could from Clara's family to buy derelict farm property in the hills on the north side of Kamordah and grew grapes on it, with amazing success. The family is now very well off and their wine is famous. Given the stunning success of the fortuneteller's advice, he now fears what is coming to "humble" him, and wants to protect his family. Thoreau believes that the fortuneteller may return someday and demand payment for her advice.[1] Thoreau shared his past with his daughter, Beauregard Lionett, as a bedtime story and telling her Beau soon would inherit his name and his business. He warned the girl that the witch has given them many gifts, but she could also take them away, and gave Beau a jade necklace for protection.[7]

Years later, Thoreau and Beau often clashed—she tried to interject into the operation of the winery, and her father hindered her efforts. Upon hearing that Beauregard wanted to leave Kamordah, Thoreau (supported by Clara) again reminded her how safe she was at home, and that their success could easily vanish with her departure. One night, Beau escaped the Lionett house and went to a tavern to make an under-the-table deal on delivering the family wine with the owner—she wanted to proved herself to her father. Instead, he told her that while he appreciated her dedication to the winery, he had to shut down her dreams of success before she did something foolish.[7]

When Beau and her smuggling associate named Tori were caught while stealing the wine and imprisoned by the Kamordah authorities, Thoreau came to the jail to get Beau out. Tori tried to shield her girlfriend by claiming Beau was actually trying to save her father, when Tori was blackmailing Beau and threatening to rob the winery. Thoreau didn't buy the lies and offered Tori money so that she'd disappear out of Beau's life. Tori refused and said to Thoreau that women like Beau couldn't be caged, and she would soon escape Thoreau's world.[7]

At the Lionett's home, Thoreau told his daughter that he's taken all of her hoard to "compensate" for Beau's disobedience. Beau tried to argue that she did all of this to prove herself, but Thoreau said that Beau has only brought shame to the family and was trying to break it apart; Beauregard angrily responded that it has already been broken. Beau spent several days in her room without speaking to her parents, and Thoreau bribed Adon Zeenoth to "kidnap" and recruit her into the Cobalt Soul of Zadash.[7]

Campaign 2: The Mighty Nein[edit | edit source]

In 836 PD, Thoreau received a Sending from Jester Lavorre pretending to be Archivist Zeenoth, telling him that Beau was now an Expositor and asking if anything weird has happened. He responded that everything's fine. The next day he was contacted again by Jester using a spooky voice, and he responded with some confusion, asking if they've met and who this was. Jester responded that everything he was doing was being watched, which seemed to terrify him.[8]

A month later, Thoreau received another Sending from Jester, asking him how things were going and if he heeded her previous warnings, and telling him "we" has been keeping eyes on him. He told her everything was fine and thanked for helping with the competition, adding that she needed to let him know what she needed.[9]

After discovering a link between the witch who told Thoreau how to make his fortune and the witch who cursed Nott, the Mighty Nein rode toward Kamordah to meet with Thoreau.[10]

Within a few weeks after the defeat of Lucien, Lawmaster Orentha Stonegrasp presided over the trial of Archivist Zeenoth and Thoreau, overseen by High-Richter Dolan Thrym. Thoreau testified on his own behalf, trying to defend his actions and reasoning in paying Zeenoth to kidnap Beauregard, but he was sentenced to a brief time in jail and fines. As he was escorted from the courtroom, Beau handed him her Expositor badge, telling him to give it to TJ for her.[11]

Post-campaign[edit | edit source]

According to two post-campaign tweets by Matthew Mercer, Thoreau's toxic behaviors were very specific in their timing and targets, and otherwise he appeared a wonderful husband and father."[12] However, following the revelations of Zeenoth and Thoreau's trial, and Thoreau's subsequent time in jail, Clara took their son T.J. and left.[3]

Relationships[edit | edit source]

Thoreau is married to Clara Lionett. The two had two children: an older daughter named Beauregard and a younger son named Thoreau Jr.[13]

Zeenoth described Thoreau as "a very good friend" of the Valley Archive of the Cobalt Soul. When Beau was arrested, he contacted the Cobalt Soul; in his last moments with her before the monks took her, he referred to her as his "misfortune."[14]

Appearances and mentions[edit | edit source]

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Mentions[edit | edit source]

Quotations[edit | edit source]

To Beau, during their reunion:

  • "I know we've had our differences. And I've not—I've not been the pinnacle of a father, in the same way that you've not been the pinnacle of a daughter. I accept my responsibilities in the things that I've maybe been a bit harsh on. But look what you've become."[15]
  • "You were on a self-destructive path. We didn't know what to do. I've never been a—no one teaches you how to be a good father. I regret choices I've made, and you don't think I don't hold myself responsible for...? I thought I was doing what was best for you, truly."[16]
  • "Beauregard, don't think for any moment your mother and I haven't loved you from the depths of our hearts this entire time. I'm sorry if we didn't show it properly."[17]
  • "I only hope, I hope I can make up to you the missteps that I can plainly see behind me. It's rare that a child's damage at that age and behavior doesn't reflect how I, hmm, misstepped in my parenting."[18]
  • "Your grandfather was no peach, either, and there's, there's difficulty in realizing how much you intended to be different, and then to realize you've become so similar. So I hope with the company you keep, maybe you won't repeat the same mistakes I have, by treating the people around you..."[19]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Between the Lines" (2x78) at 58:28.
  2. "Critical Role Campaign 2 Wrap-Up" (Mx10) at 2:27:00. Ashley states that Yasha and Beau possibly adopted children subsequent to the Campaign.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Matthew Mercer (@matthewmercer) on Twitter: "In my mind, those revelations shook up the dynamic and allowed Clara the strength and impetus to take TJ and leave. She isn't without her feeling of guilt for not seeing things as they were/believing him entirely, but she is trying to begin anew and make amends." (October 12, 2021).
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Between the Lines" (2x78) at 1:07:10.
  5. "Between the Lines" (2x78) at 1:34:25.
  6. "Home is Where the Heart Is" (2x92) at 3:46:17.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 The Mighty Nein Origins: Beauregard Lionett.
  8. "Between the Lines" (2x78).
  9. "Lingering Wounds" (2x89).
  10. "Home is Where the Heart Is" (2x92).
  11. "Fond Farewells" (2x141).
  12. Matthew Mercer (@matthewmercer) on Twitter: "Clara was not aware of the depths it went, but she did not follow on her suspicions either. Even so, its is a complicated dynamic within the family. I imagine Thoreau's toxic behaviors are very specific in their timing & targets, and otherwise appears a wonderful husband/father." (October 12, 2021).
  13. "Home is Where the Heart Is" (2x92) at 3:30:33.
  14. The Chronicles of Exandria - The Mighty Nein, p. 10.
  15. "Home is Where the Heart Is" (2x92) at 3:41:50.
  16. "Home is Where the Heart Is" (2x92) at 3:43:31.
  17. "Home is Where the Heart Is" (2x92) at 3:52:25.
  18. "Home is Where the Heart Is" (2x92) at 4:00:38.
  19. "Home is Where the Heart Is" (2x92) at 4:01:41.
  20. "Home is Where the Heart Is" (2x92) at 4:11:24.


  1. Official art of Thoreau Lionett, by Guilherme Balbi and Diana Sousa from The Mighty Nein Origins: Beauregard Lionett. 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.