Cerkonos is the headmaster of the Fire Ashari in Pyrah, and one of the guardians of the portal from the Material Plane to the Elemental Plane of Fire. As an NPC, he is portrayed by Matthew Mercer.

Fan art of Cerkonos, by Kileigh Gallagher.[art 2]



Cerkonos is a human with a thick, sturdy build, very dark skin, long jet black hair, a square jaw, and coal-black eyes. He stands about a foot and a half taller than Keyleth. When he first appeared he was shirtless, with brass-colored bracers and long, billowing maroon pants bearing gold trim and designs.[3]

At some point around when Thordak escaped from the Elemental Plane of Fire, Cerkonos lost his right arm,[4] but it was growing back as of "The Family Business" (1x47). In "Path of Brass" (1x74), when Vox Machina asked Cerkonos for help, his arm had fully reformed.




Not much is known about Cerkonos. As headmaster of the Fire Ashari, he likely completed an Aramente earlier in his life and may now have a greatly extended lifespan as a result.

"Aramente to Pyrah" (1x22)

Cerkonos guided Keyleth through the fire trial of her Aramente. He and two other druids were waiting to test her in the Elemental Plane of Fire, turning into fire elementals and challenging Vox Machina to a battle.[5] Upon Keyleth's completion of the trial, Cerkonos gifted her with a spark stone, to use as she saw fit.[6]

The Cinder King's Escape

After Vox Machina had left, Raishan - who had infiltrated the Fire Ashari disguised as a child - opened a rift to the Elemental Plane of Fire and freed Thordak. The two dragons and the rift dealt massive amounts of damage to the Fire Ashari and in the ensuing chaos, Cerkonos lost an arm.

"Cindergrove Revisited" (1x46)

Cerkonos led the Fire Ashari's efforts to close the rift to the Elemental Plane of Fire, which they did with the help of Vox Machina and Gern Blanston.

"The Family Business" (1x47)

"Path of Brass" (1x74)

"The Fate-Touched" (1x103)

Character Information




  1. Spelling of Cerkonos confirmed by Matthew Mercer on Twitter.
  2. See "Aramente to Pyrah" (1x22) at 2:51:36.
  3. See "Aramente to Pyrah" (1x22) from 2:50:25 through 2:51:22.
  4. See "Cindergrove Revisited" (1x46) at 2:48:00.
  5. See "Aramente to Pyrah" (1x22) from 3:17:59 through 3:19:13.
  6. See "Aramente to Pyrah" (1x22) at 4:15:16.


  1. Fan art of Cerkonos, by Andrew Keller (source).  Permission needed.
  2. Fan art of Cerkonos, by Kileigh Gallagher (source).  Used with permission.

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