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Captain Adella is the captain of the Drensala Vis. As an NPC, Adella is played by Matthew Mercer.


Adella - Manuel Torres

Fan art of Captain Adella, by Manuel Torres.[art 2]


Adella is a dark-skinned woman with a long mass of dark hair, crimped, curled, and tattered by the sea air. Her hair has been sun-bleached to the point where the tips are lighter. When Vox Machina encountered her, she looked spry and young, probably in her late twenties or early thirties. Her skin was weathered from the days spent at sea, with crow's feet beginning to form at her eyes, but she had a bright smile. She wore a light brown coat that hung just past her calf-high boots.[3]

Twenty years later, she had long wild graying sea-tattered hair and dark wrinkled skin. She still wore a calf-length light brown coat.[4]

The Marquesian name of her ship and her darker complexion suggest that she may originate from Marquet, but this has never been confirmed. Also, Adella has a Tal'Dorei accent as opposed to a Marquesian one.


Adella is stern and professional with at least thirty years of experience on the seas under her belt. As Captain of the Drensala Vis, Adella is well respected by her crew and resents being referred to as a common pirate. Though she runs a tight ship Captain Adella has shown a softer side as well, following through on her promise to get Vox Machina to Vesrah and being willing to take several strangers on her ship who were in need of work while in Nicodranas.

She was uneasy about the unnatural storm caused by the unleashing of Uk'otoa but expressed a desire to see action once again and readily agreed to transport the Mighty Nein towards it.[5]



Adella was once a pirate, but has gone straight by 811 PD, and had remained a sailor since.[6]

Campaign One: Vox Machina[]

"Daring Days" (1x86)[]

In 811 PD, Adella and her crew were docked in Emon when they were approached by Vox Machina who asked if she could take them to Vesrah, after being advised to do so by Dockmaster Abban. Adella offered to take them for 150 gp a day, estimating about a week long journey. They party agreed, and she welcomed them aboard the Drensala Vis, telling them to respect her and her crew and they'd get along just fine.

"Onward to Vesrah" (1x87)[]

A few days into their journey to Vesrah, Vex'ahlia sighted something in the water while flying on her magic broom. She warned Adella about it, but by then it had disappeared. Vex asked to borrow her telescope and check again, which Adella granted after some reluctance, but Vex couldn't see it either. Vex wondered if it could be a sea monster, and Adella hoped not but nonetheless began preparing for battle. A few hours later they came across an unnatural fog bank, which Adella tried to veer around but it followed them, forcing them to sail into it. They encounter a hostile ship and enter combat, Adella fighting off assailants who boarded the ship. On the ship, they found a prisoner, who they rescued. Adella sent one of her men to get food for him, and agreed to keep him under watch in the brig until they reached port.

The last day of travel was uneventful and they safely arrived in Vesrah.

"Curious Tides" (1x89)[]

Adella and her crew joined in the celebration of the completion of Keyleth's Aramenté, notably leaving their prisoner on the ship. She was relatively eager to leave the Water Ashari, although she was happy enough to enjoy the festivities. While celebrating, she met Pike Trickfoot for the first time, who was Astral Projecting, and they immediately got along well. Once they were ready to depart, Vox Machina joined Adella once more for the journey back to Emon, the journey made much shorter by Keyleth controlling the winds in their favor, which impressed Adella. She thanked them for their business and said they were welcome to hire her and her crew again.

Campaign Two: The Mighty Nein[]

"The Ruby and the Sapphire" (2x33)[]

In 835 PD, Adella was in the Wayfarer's Cove, a tavern in Nicodranas, when the Mighty Nein arrived looking for information on Algar.

"Encroaching Waters" (2x34)[]

Fjord approached Adella in the Wayfarer's Cove and asked if she knew anything about the Tidepeak Tower. She said she didn't, as she wasn't here often and was just passing through. Fjord admitted that he was a sailor as well, so she offered Fjord and Caleb positions with her crew on a voyage to Marquet. Fjord asked if she'd heard of Sabian, and she informed him he worked with a shady merchant named Cadmus Leeland a few months ago.[7] She promised to let Sabian know Fjord was looking if she ran into him, and went back to her drink.

"The Mighty Nein Reunited Part 2" (Sx74)[]

The party approached Adella about hiring the Drensala Vis to intercept the newly-unleashed Uk'otoa. She accepted with little persuasion, saying was growing bored with normal activities and that she had a bit of history with heroic and dangerous travel. She and the crew participated in the fight by firing the ship's cannons at the leviathan. After the battle, Fjord offered her a position with his shipping company, and she was interested in talking to him about it.

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  • Captain Adella bears many similarities to Isabela from the video game series "Dragon Age". Both are sea captains and former pirates, and both are somewhat flirtatious (as seen when Adella first interacts with Vex).
  • Adella was the first character from Campaign 1 to make a physical appearance in Campaign 2.


  1. Matthew Mercer clarified that Adella is human on Twitter.
  2. See "Daring Days" (1x86) at 3:39:20.
  3. See "Daring Days" (1x86) from 3:35:00 through 3:36:05.
  4. See "The Mighty Nein Reunited Part 2" (Sx74) at 1:59:51.
  5. See "The Mighty Nein Reunited Part 2" (Sx74) at 2:00:33.
  6. See "Daring Days" (1x86) at 3:39:20.
  7. See "Encroaching Waters" (2x34) at 00:34:22.
  8. See "Onward to Vesrah" (1x87) at 1:12:55.


  1. Fan art of Captain Adella, by Chandra Pandhita (source). Used with permission.
  2. Fan art of Captain Adella, by Manuel Torres (source). Used with permission.