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Well, you know. Heaven to some, and hell to others.
– 
Ashton to Fearne about the inside of his head.
[!h]

Ashton Greymoore is an earth genasi barbarian and a member of the Campaign Three adventuring party. Ashton is played by Taliesin Jaffe.

Description

Official art of Ashton, by Hannah Friederichs.[art 2]

Appearance

Ashton has green stone skin and short, dark-purple crystal hair. They[6] have a prominent hole in the left side of their head filled with slag glass, through which an opalescent brain can be seen, and the eye on the cracked side of Ashton's head is milky white. There are cracks across Ashton's left side, patched together with what looks like slag melted gold (like kintsugi).[7]

Ashton has piercings made mostly of nails, carries multiple leather pouches, and wears a lot of well-worn leather with red fabric lining. The back of his hand-decorated jacket says "JUST DON'T". He carries a big glass hammer which has "FUCK OFF" engraved in it.[8] On Ashton's pant leg is a patch with a symbol of the Clasp.[9]

Personality

When Campaign Three opened, Ashton was living in the Fownsee Hollow neighborhood inside the Core Spire of Jrusar, in what would be considered destitute surroundings by anyone of means. It is a location where people come or are thrown to be forgotten. However, they saw it as colorful and fun, and had decorated their room with cast-offs and bright trinkets of little actual value.[10]

Ashton described himself as "cranky and unpleasant", and FCG immediately agreed with him.[11] Ashton recognized that he could be difficult with people.[12] He identified his main goals as self-reliance, and freedom to move about.[13]

Biography

Background

Ashton was hired to investigate the disappearance of a party of adventurers who had gone missing in a mine. Arriving at the assigned place, they discovered Fresh Cut Grass, along with several corpses scattered across the camp.[14]

Chapter 20

As of "The Trail and the Toll" (3x03), Ashton is in debt with multiple third parties.[15]

Relationships

Fresh Cut Grass

Fan art of Ashton and Fresh Cut Grass, by Bunchu.[art 3]

Main article: Relationship between Ashton and Fresh Cut Grass

Ashton was hired to investigate the disappearance of the party of adventurers who had gone missing, and discovered Fresh Cut Grass along with the corpses of their comrades. Ashton emotionally supported FCG and helped him to bury his dead comrades, and FCG followed Ashton to their home. The two have remained close ever since.

Fearne Calloway

Ashton and Fearne seem to get along with one another, and enjoy each other's mischief. They pickpocketed her when they first met, stealing a large earring of the Allhammer's symbol,[16] which she herself stole from a pachydan priest she met on her first day in Jrusar.[17] She offered to let Ashton drink some of the liquor out of her hair after Bertrand Bell accidentally threw it at her.

Laudna

Unlike various other members of the party who seem to find Laudna scary or off-putting, Ashton immediately takes a liking to her and is apparently fond of her particular aesthetics, reacting favorably to her showing off of the dead rat puppet Pâté de Rolo and even going as far as to call the performance "amazing". In turn, Laudna seemingly appreciated their enthusiasm and, following a prank in which a drink was spilled over Bertrand Bell's clothes, cast Prestidigitation in order to pour the alcohol into their glass (despite the fact that the prank did not involve them).

Character information

Notable items

  • Magic glass hammer[18][19] with the words "Fuck off" engraved around the base[20]
  • An earring with the symbol of the Allhammer[21]
  • A sending stone (corresponding stone currently held by Orym)[22]

Abilities

Fan art of Ashton using Temporal Morass, by Nikki Dawes.[art 4]

Genasi abilities

  • Subrace: Earth Genasi
    • Earthwalk
    • Pass without Trace (Cast Pass without Trace 1/Day)[23]

Barbarian abilities

  • Danger Sense[24]
  • Primal Path: Path of Fundamental Chaos[25][2][26]
    • Chaos Burst:[27] Add 2d4 damage to a weapon attack twice a day.[28] Damage type apparently depends on a rolled die and includes lightning, force[29] and cold damage.[30]
    • Four Rage builds:[31]
      • "Gravity build": Enemies within 15 feet seem to be pulled toward Ashton and suffer disadvantage on attacks against creatures other than Ashton.[32]
      • Temporal Morass: When raging, Ashton begins flickering with blue and red after-images.[33] The target must make a Constitution saving throw to avoid having their speed halved and losing their reactions.[34]
  • Rage[35]
  • Reckless Attack[36]
  • Unarmored Defense

Quotations

  • Ashton: "Never take copper. You never take copper. That's just kicking someone while they're down. You take silver if they're an asshole and you take gold regardless." [37]
  • Ashton: "I like getting paid, and I like living."[38]
  • FCG: "What is the thing that you're trying to get to, that you think that you want, maybe?"
    Ashton: "That's a very interesting question. Self-reliance. A certain amount of freedom to move about."[39]
  • Ashton: "I'm gonna liquefy you!"[40]
  • Ashton: "Friends is always a complicated word. I try to avoid it. It implies a layer of trust that is not necessarily healthy."[41]

Trivia

  • Ashton uses he/they pronouns.[42]
  • Ashton returns to the trend, broken by Caduceus Clay, of Taliesin playing classes or subclasses created by Matt Mercer in the main campaigns.
  • The animation on his stat card appears to be a red-hued meteor shower.[4]

Art gallery

References

  1. See "The Draw of Destiny" (3x01) at 2:00:34.
  2. 2.0 2.1 CritRoleStats stated that Matt was referring to the name of Ashton's subclass in "Quick Answers 88".
  3. See "Trial by Firelight" (3x02) at 1:49:56.
  4. 4.0 4.1 See "The Draw of Destiny" (3x01) at 0:47:56.
  5. See "Trial by Firelight" (3x02) at 37:02.
  6. Ashton uses he/they pronouns and seemed to prefer "they".
  7. See "The Draw of Destiny" (3x01) at 45:50.
  8. See "The Draw of Destiny" (3x01) at 46:09.
  9. See the portrait tweeted by the official Critical Role account.
  10. See "The Draw of Destiny" (3x01) at 43:38.
  11. See "The Draw of Destiny" (3x01) at 3:02:22.
  12. See "The Trail and the Toll" (3x03) at 0:55:54.
  13. See "The Trail and the Toll" (3x03) at 0:54:56.
  14. See "The Draw of Destiny" (3x01) at 2:55:57.
  15. See "The Trail and the Toll" (3x03) at 0:55:22.
  16. See "The Draw of Destiny" (3x01) at 2:29:39.
  17. See "The Draw of Destiny" (3x01) at 1:30:26.
  18. Twitter icon.png Matthew Mercer (@matthewmercer) on Twitter: "Str bonus + Rage bonus + Magic Weapon bonus (folks got to pick starting magic items to match the level of the EXU arriving chars)" (2021-11-21) — in reply to @KyosukeDei: "There are plenty of classes that do way more damage early on, @executivegoth just rolling well!. That said some of us are confused how he could've have rolled 27 to hit... and he says his plus damage is +7 at level 3?"
  19. Taliesin says that damage is +7 at "The Trail and the Toll" (3x03) at 1:59:03 while Raging. With the calculation per Matt of Strength modifier (+3) plus Rage bonus (+2) plus weapon bonus, that leaves +2 for the weapon. However, a 27 to hit at "Trial by Firelight" (3x02) at 0:25:13 would require a natural 20 on a +2 weapon: die roll (20) plus Strength modifier (+3) plus proficiency (+2) plus weapon bonus (+2). However, there was no declaration of one.
  20. See "The Draw of Destiny" (3x01) at 47:25.
  21. See "The Draw of Destiny" (3x01) from 2:29:30 through 2:30:34.
  22. See "The Threat Between the Walls" (3x05) from 1:14:47 through 1:15:14.
  23. See "Trial by Firelight" (3x02) at 2:50:55.
  24. See "The Trail and the Toll" (3x03) at 2:39:23.
  25. See "The Draw of Destiny" (3x01) at 2:00:34.
  26. Twitter icon.png Matthew Mercer (@) on Twitter: "Something special we cooked up together. ;)" (2021-10-22) — in reply to @Jake70928358: "but @matthewmercer what subclass is @executivegoth playing?"
  27. See "The Draw of Destiny" (3x01) at 2:00:26.
  28. Twitter icon.png Matthew Mercer (@matthewmercer) on Twitter: "Its a consideration! He’s rolled really high so far, but his “burst” damage is +2d4 twice a day, which is comparable/less than the Zealot Barb which is +1d6+Half Barb lvl once every round. The other abilities are largely utility/situationally helpful. We shall see as it goes!" (2021-11-19).
  29. In "The Trail and the Toll" (3x03) during a single Rage, Chaos Burst deals force damage at 1:58:34 and lightning damage at 2:19:19. Taliesin visibly rolls a die, either a d8 or a d10, both times before declaring the damage type.
  30. See "The Threat Between the Walls" (3x05) at 2:54:28.  Ashton's Chaos Burst deals cold damage
  31. See "Trial by Firelight" (3x02) at 1:58:37.
  32. See "The Draw of Destiny" (3x01) at 1:59:22.  See also 2:18:38 regarding disadvantage.
  33. See "Trial by Firelight" (3x02) at 0:24:31.
  34. See "Trial by Firelight" (3x02) at 0:36:46.
  35. See "The Draw of Destiny" (3x01) at 1:59:12.
  36. See "Trial by Firelight" (3x02) at 0:25:13.
  37. See "Trial by Firelight" (3x02) at 3:48:20.
  38. See "Trial by Firelight" (3x02) at 1:41:07.
  39. See "The Trail and the Toll" (3x03) from 54:46 through 55:07.
  40. See "The Trail and the Toll" (3x03) at 1:59:34.
  41. See "The Threat Between the Walls" (3x05) at 1:10:51.
  42. See "The Draw of Destiny" (3x01) at 45:51.  Taliesin introduces Ashton using he/they pronouns, although Ashton prefers to be called they.

Art:

  1. Official art of Ashton, by Hannah Friederichs (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.
  2. Official art of Ashton, by Hannah Friederichs (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.
  3. Fan art of Ashton and Fresh Cut Grass, by Bunchu (source).  Used with permission.
  4. Fan art of Ashton using Temporal Morass, by Nikki Dawes (source).  Used with permission.
  5. Fan art of Ashton, by Nathaniel Himawan (ninesicks) (source).  Used with permission.
  6. Fan art of Ashton, by Clara (source).  Used with permission.
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