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Calliope Clay is the sister of Caduceus. As an NPC, she is played by Matthew Mercer.



She appears to be stoic and no-nonsense, and wields a mace. She wears a chest plate similar to Caduceus's.[1]




Calliope lived in the Blooming Grove in the Savalirwood with the rest of the Clay family. She left the Grove in 828 or 829 PD,[2] seeking a way to prevent the further corruption of their home and was able to figure out the first part of the process, transforming residuum crystals in the Cinderrest Sanctum at Kravaraad.[3] She then made her way to The Menagerie with her father, Cornelius, where she was petrified by a gorgon.

"Blessing in Disguise" (2x95)[]

The Mighty Nein found the petrified forms of Calliope, Cornelius, Constance, and Corrin. Calliope  was found being shielded by her father.

"Family Shatters" (2x96)[]

Caduceus cast Greater Restoration on Calliope and his father, restoring them both. Caduceus caught them up to speed on everything that had happened, introduced them to the party, and showed them his transformed crystals. This impressed them, but Calliope produced one that she, too, had transformed. She claimed that she would have beaten him.

Later that evening, Caduceus wandered off and found Calliope sitting and praying at the edge of the glowing pool of water in front of the temple, looking between it and the transformed crystal in her hand. He was able to sneak up directly behind her and hit her with a blast on his death flute, startling her enough to send her into the water. She threw the crystal at Caduceus as he scarpered and he scooped it up as she tackled him, taking him to the ground. He gave her the flute, and they noticed that the crystal she was holding when she fell in the lake had started to sprout tiny buds. Returning to the lakeside, she threw it back in where it sank to the bottom and the buds expanded into root-like appendages. Caduceus also dropped his crystals in the water and they sprouted as well, like partially germinated seeds. When she pushed him into the lake after them, he gave her at least some of the crystals to take home and plant. He said he was not sure that he's ready to go home yet.

The next morning, upon the restoration of the remaining members of the Clay family, Constance encouraged the family to thank Caduceus for saving them, which Calliope did reluctantly. Caduceus gave Calliope the rest of the crystals as she knew what to do with them. After some consultation, Caleb used Teleportation Circle to transport the family to Uthodurn, as it was the closest he could get them to their home. The Mighty Nein rented rooms in the Broken Stool for them, and made arrangements for their friend Reani to escort them safely home through the Savalirwood. Before Caduceus left, he bid farewell to his siblings, and encouraged Calliope to use the death whistle to annoy Colton.

"Solace Between the Secrets" (2x118)[]

Caduceus asked Jester to Send a message to his sister Calliope, asking how everything was going, and Calliope reported they'd planted the transformed refined residuum crystals and they're taking root.

"The Calm Before the Storm" (2x130)[]

Calliope welcomed Caduceus back home with a punch on the shoulder. Once he and the Mighty Nein got themselves situated, the family explained to Caduceus that they’d been having weird dreams that they believed were connected to him. Calliope attempted to persuade Caduceus to stay home instead of heading north to Aeor, and the conversation got heated. Upset, Caduceus went out to the spring to meditate, and Calliope followed him. He told her he knew this was supposed to have happened to her, not him. He didn't want to go, but he has to, although he didn't think he'd come back. Caduceus waded into the spring and cast Commune. When he resurfaced, Calliope asked him if he found what he was looking for, and he told her if he didn’t return she had to protect their home from whatever’s to come, and that the Wildmother would guide her.

"Into the Eye" (2x131)[]

Calliope, upon Caduceus’ request, gave him two opals from her armor. She accepted 350 gold in payment, but wasn’t particularly upset about parting with them, saying that she could probably remake it better. She joined the rest of her family in hugging Caduceus goodbye before he and the rest of the Nein left to continue their journey north.

"Fond Farewells" (2x141)[]

Calliope welcomed the Nein back to the Blooming Grove, and told them they've only been gone a couple days. She smacked Caduceus on the shoulder, hugged him and said he listened to her and came back alive. She then teared up and left.

Later that week, when Trent Ikithon and his scourgers attacked the Blooming Grove, Calliope stuck with her family to protect them.

After the campaign, Calliope occasionally joined Caduceus on his rambles across the world.

"The Mighty Nein Reunion: Echoes of the Solstice" (Sx79)[]

When Beau and Caleb Teleported to the Blooming Grove in search of Caduceus and Yasha (who was visiting while Beau was on a mission), they were initially greeted by Calliope, who was aware that the apogee solstice had started. Before leaving, Caduceus told his sisters that should he not return in two weeks, they would have to take care of his mission.

Appearances and mentions[]


  • Matthew Mercer occasionally confused Calliope and her sister Clarabelle. For one scene in "The Calm Before the Storm" (2x130), he stated the character present to be Clarabelle but roleplayed and voiced her as Calliope.[4]
  • While there is no solid evidence for it, certain aspects of her fighting style and equipment suggest she is a Paladin.


  1. See "Family Shatters" (2x96) at 1:33:55.
  2. See "Family Shatters" (2x96) at 3:31:45.
  3. See "Family Shatters" (2x96) at 2:25:48.
  4. See "The Calm Before the Storm" (2x130) at 2:25:38.


  1. Fan art of Calliope Clay, by Lee (Lucid Demon) (source). Used with permission.