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Chetney Pock O'Pea is a gnomish blood hunter. He is played by Travis Willingham.

Description

Appearance

Official art of Chetney Pock O'Pea, by Hannah Friederichs.[art 2]

Chetney is an elderly gnome who appears to be "a hundred-and-something" years old. He stands about 3 foot 4 inches and has well-muscled arms. Tufts of silvery-grey hair sprout from and over his ears from under a knitted cap with ear straps pulled down tight on his head. He wears a leather chest harness, pointy-toed boots, and woodworking tools around his waist.[3]

Personality

Chetney loves woodworking, especially furniture making and toymaking. He works almost exclusively in wood and scorns the use of metal in craftsmanship; it may have been over this or a similar issue that he left his job in Uthodurn working for Oltgar. His skills as a woodcarver also play into his rogue skills of breaking and entering.[4]

Chetney has shown himself willing to volunteer for risky situations within his skillset[5][6] but hesitant to rush into danger that seems beyond his capability.[7] He is quick to retort, stubborn-willed, and foul-mouthed, but perceptive and capable under pressure.

Biography

Background

Chetney is a wood craftsman from Uthodurn, regarding himself as a master craftsman. He formerly made furniture but has mostly found success as a toymaker, specializing in rocking horses.[8] He left his old job working for Oltgar due to creative differences. In 843 PD, he was sent to Jrusar by the Craftsmen's Guild of the Savalirwood to meet with a man named Gurge Kisgregg, but lost him.

Campaign Three

Fan art of Chetney escaping the office of Vali Dertrana, by Shrugs.[art 3]

Chetney witnessed the Campaign Three adventuring party fighting with a spitting mimic outside the Dreamscape Theater. When the party approached him, he asked them for help in finding Gurge.[9]

Relationships

Chetney immediately liked Fresh Cut Grass and Fearne, was consistently alarmed by Laudna (though he was hesitantly delighted by Pâté), and took a great dislike to Dorian.[10] However, the two warmed up quickly, and Dorian directly called him a friend and a member of the party when patrolling the Moon Tower.

Character information

Notable items

Abilities

Gnome abilities

  • Darkvision
  • Gnome Cunning
  • Subrace: Rock Gnome[citation needed]
  • Artificers Lore
  • Tinker

Blood hunter abilities

  • Hunter's Bane
  • Blood Maledict (1/Rest)
  • Fighting Style
  • Crimson Rite
    • Rite of the Flame
  • Blood Hunter Order: Order of the Lycan
    • Heightened Senses
    • Hybrid Transformation

Other abilities

Behind the scenes

Fan art of Chutney in "The Night Before Critmas" (Sx41), by Janelle Krzykowski.[art 4]

Chetney was conceived as a "true, legit" take on the character Chutney Chocolatecane, a Christmas elf Travis played in "The Night Before Critmas" (Sx41) and in Narrative Telephone's "Chutney's Christmas Vacation"; Campaign Three and the Critical Role special do not share continuity, and the gnome Chetney is distinct from the Christmas elf Chutney.[18] Chetney bears similar facial scars to his Christmas elf counterpart, and his knit cap may allude to Chutney's Christmas hat; similarly, both are armed with a weaponized wood chisel.[19] Much as Chutney is a toymaking elf from the North Pole who rues the replacement of wooden toys with plastic ones, Chetney is a toymaker from the snowbound northern city of Uthodurn who opposes the use of metal instead of wood in craftsmanship.[20][21] Both Chutney and Chetney committed an act of violence against their former employer.[22] Snowflakes are also depicted in the animation on Chetney's stat card, a further nod to his inspiration.[23]

Travis had wanted Chetney to join the party a little later in the story, so Chetney was not introduced until toward the end of "Behind the Curtain" (3x07).[24] Instead, Travis played Bertrand Bell (a returning character) until "The Trail and the Toll" (3x03) and was absent from the table until Chetney's introduction.[25]

Quotations

  • Chetney: (on meeting the party) You're awfully nice. I mean, I could be fucking armed to the teeth. You don't know me.
    Laudna: Are you armed to the teeth?
    Chetney: Yes.[26]
  • Chetney: (explaining his woodworking past) I started with furniture and there wasn't much of a market for that where I was. I wanted to make something that people loved, so I switched to toys. I'm particularly good at making rocking horses.[27]
  • Chetney: I love working with wood.[28][29]
  • Chetney: Woodworking is something I've had a passion for for decades, maybe longer. I learned from some of the best. [...] The wood speaks to you. You just have to be ready to listen.[30]
  • Dorian: to Chetney You have a friend, right? Like a group of friends?
    Chetney: I do now.[31]

Trivia

  • The animation on his gnome stat card is of falling snow.[23]
  • Chetney is one of two members of the Campaign Three adventuring party with darkvision. Because Laudna acquired it magically through her sorcerer subclass, he is the only one who has darkvision naturally.
  • Chetney was introduced in December 2021, apt given his roots in a Christmas-themed one-shot.

References

  1. See "Thicker Grows the Meal and Plot" (3x09) at 1:03:24.  Chetney estimates he is older than 200 and stopped counting at 101.
  2. See "Behind the Curtain" (3x07) at 3:45:46.
  3. See "Behind the Curtain" (3x07) at 2:23:04.
  4. See "A Woodworker's Quandary" (3x08) at 2:42:25.
  5. See "A Woodworker's Quandary" (3x08) at 57:16.  Chetney volunteers to help Orym follow someone believed spying on them.
  6. See "A Woodworker's Quandary" (3x08) at 2:20:28.  Chetney offers to help Cyrus Wyvernwind to safety.
  7. See "Behind the Curtain" (3x07) at 3:44:33.  Chetney explains that he did not help in the difficult fight against a spitting mimic because it seemed very dangerous.
  8. See "A Woodworker's Quandary" (3x08) at 32:38.
  9. See "Behind the Curtain" (3x07) at 3:45:23.
  10. See "A Woodworker's Quandary" (3x08) from 26:01 through 30:30.
  11. See "Thicker Grows the Meal and Plot" (3x09) at 3:58:00.
  12. See "Ghosts, Dates, and Darker Fates" (3x10) at 3:02:11.  Chetney's boots give him advantage on Stealth checks to move silently, matching the description of Boots of Elvenkind.
  13. Twitter icon.png Matthew Mercer (@matthewmercer) on Twitter: "His “Offhand Mallet” is a flavored shield, and he’s technically wearing a breastplate. :)" (2022-01-21).
  14. Twitter icon.png Matthew Mercer (@matthewmercer) on Twitter: "His “Offhand Mallet” is a flavored shield, and he’s technically wearing a breastplate. :)" (2022-01-21).
  15. See "Thicker Grows the Meal and Plot" (3x09) at 1:31:39.
  16. See "Thicker Grows the Meal and Plot" (3x09) at 3:42:39.
  17. May be cast through an item or the Shadow Touched feat. It may also possibly be an incorrect application of the Fade Away feat.
  18. Twitter icon.png Matthew Mercer (@matthewmercer) on Twitter: "You're referring to "Chutney". Travis' character in C3 is "Chetney". Entirely different. (No, Santa is not Exandrian canon, but @WillingBlam had so much fun playing Chutney in ye old Xmas one-shot, he wanted to give him a true, legit spin!)" (2021-12-10).
  19. Twitter icon.png Critical Role (@CriticalRole) on Twitter: "Oh, hello! Please welcome Chetney played by @WillingBlam to the party! ⚔️" (2021-12-10).
  20. See "The Night Before Critmas" (Sx41) at 7:22.
  21. See "A Woodworker's Quandary" (3x08) at 2:33:55.
  22. See "Campaign 3 Episode 11" (3x11).[citation needed]
  23. 23.0 23.1 See "Behind the Curtain" (3x07) at 3:45:46.
  24. Twitter icon.png Matthew Mercer (@matthewmercer) on Twitter: "Travis wanted his C3 character to join in a little bit down the road (not unlike many classic JRPGs), but it led to an issue… I wanted Travis at the table and present for the first episode at least or more! (2/4)" (2021-11-05).
  25. See "Trial by Firelight" (3x02) and "The Threat Between the Walls" (3x05) for examples.
  26. See "A Woodworker's Quandary" (3x08) at 13:36.
  27. See "A Woodworker's Quandary" (3x08) at 32:26.
  28. See "A Woodworker's Quandary" (3x08) at 0:31:41.
  29. See "Thicker Grows the Meal and Plot" (3x09) at 1:04:24.
  30. See "Ghosts, Dates, and Darker Fates" (3x10) at 1:52:07.
  31. See "Ghosts, Dates, and Darker Fates" (3x10) at 1:01:50.

Art:

  1. Official art of Chetney Pock O'Pea, 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 Chetney Pock O'Pea, 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 Chetney escaping the office of Vali Dertrana, by Shrugs (source). Used with permission.
  4. Fan art of Chutney in "The Night Before Critmas" (Sx41), by Janelle Krzykowski (source). Used with permission.
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