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This page is about the character in the campaign. For the character in the animated series, see Archibald Desnay (The Legend of Vox Machina).
"Archibald" redirects here. For the High Paladin in Othanzia, see Archibald (paladin).

Archibald Desnay is a well-respected philosopher in Whitestone and was once the chancellor to Frederick de Rolo, Percy's father.[2] As an NPC, Archibald is played by Matthew Mercer.



Archibald Desnay is a very elderly man with a very thin, frail form. His weathered skin is dark and leathery, with liver spots all over his nearly hairless scalp. One of his eyes is clouded over in white. When Vox Machina first met him, he was wearing ragged robes draped over his body.[3]


Archibald speaks with power, resonance, and confidence, giving off the impression that he is a man of great power and respect.[4] He is stern and can be crotchety at times.[5]



Before the Briarwoods seized control of Whitestone, Archibald had been the chancellor to Frederick de Rolo.[6]

Campaign One Arc 2: The Briarwoods

Vox Machina met Archibald during their first visit to Whitestone. As they spoke to Keeper Yennen about the Briarwoods, Archibald entered the room and asked the group how they thought they could make a difference. Percy recognized him and dropped the disguise he had been wearing. The older man was both shocked and pleased to see him, having thought he had been killed. He informed Percy that his sister, Cassandra, also survived, and had been leaking information to the citizens of Whitestone.[7] Archibald requested the help of Percy and Vox Machina in freeing the city from the Briarwoods and told them the known whereabouts of the New Nobles. Vox Machina then left to kill Count Tylieri.

After the Briarwoods fell, Cassandra apologized profusely to Archibald for feeding the Briarwoods the information he had relayed to her, but it took days before he was willing to even face her.[8]

Appearances and mentions'

Appearances and mentions



  1. See "Stoke the Flames" (1x30) at 2:35:33.
  2. See "Stoke the Flames" (1x30) at 2:34:03.
  3. See "Stoke the Flames" (1x30) at 2:32:50.
  4. See "Stoke the Flames" (1x30) at 2:33:40.
  5. See "Stoke the Flames" (1x30) at 2:34:23.
  6. See "Stoke the Flames" (1x30) at 2:34:03.
  7. See "Stoke the Flames" (1x30) from 2:36:24 through 2:37:29.
  8. See "Winter's Crest in Whitestone" (1x36) at 39:54.


  1. Fan art of Archibald Desnay, by Kileigh Gallagher (source). Used with permission.