Dagen Underthorn is a dwarven explorer hired to escort the party on Foren. As an NPC, Dagen Underthorn is played by Matthew Mercer.

Fan art of Dagen, by Gaelfox.[art 2]

Fan art of Dagen Underthorn, by Savvy Jensen.[art 3]



Dagen is an extremely grizzled-looking male dwarf, his face a mess of tanned, leathery skin framed by a mane of jet-black hair that tumbles thick past his shoulders meshing with a rats' nest of a beard. Tattoos wrap his arms extending under his sleeves. He moves via an intricate chair of scuffed metal and wood with slanted wheels on its side. There are numerous tools and plates bolted onto it.[3]

He carries a battle-axe that has a massive thick leather hilt and a dark metal blade that he named Sheila.[4]


Oweda described him as "a beast" who had been up and down most parts of Foren, but was respected. She would want him on her side in a battle.[5] He appears to largely be unconcerned with the politics of the Empire and Dynasty, and will gladly work for anyone who pays him money no matter what side of the conflict they are on.



Dagen has suggested that he is a native of Uthodurn.[6] His combat wheelchair is of Uthodurnian make.[7]

Chapter 18

The Mighty Nein and Vess DeRogna met up with Dagen in Balenpost. He and the Mighty Nein set out into the interior of Foren the next day after the Nein told him they were to meet DeRogna later following her murder.[8]

Dagen led the party north, and helped de-escalate a fight with yetis he recognized as being the intelligent sort from Allowak's Sanctuary.[9] He opted to stay outside of site A5 while the Mighty Nein explored within, and when they emerged he helped them track the Tombtakers northward from there, and was suitably impressed when Jester used Polymorph to neutralize a frost worm.[10] When Fjord let slip that Vess DeRogna was dead, Dagen was distressed to even know about it, given how dangerous it was to mess with the Cerberus Assembly;[11] he wished his memory could be wiped, and Jester obligingly used Modify Memory on him the next morning.[12]

The Mighty Nein left a hidden Dagen above-ground while they explored the ruins of A2 and recovered a threshold crest. When they traveled onward, he was with the party when they were accosted by Lucien and the Tombtakers, although hidden.[13] From his hiding place, he told them he'd follow at a safe distance because he wanted the other half of his pay.[14] Later, the party dropped the balance of his payment on the trail for him to find in exchange for taking a message to Essek Thelyss.[15] When they encountered him again at the Kryn Dynasty outpost, they encouraged Essek to hire him as a mercenary.[16]

Chapter 19

Dagen was one of the guards posted by Essek at the secret entrance to the ruins of Aeor that the Mighty Nein believed the Tombtakers intended to use in order to place the threshold crests which would return the Cognouza to the Material Plane.[17]


Jester believed Dagen may have once loved someone named Sheila since he named his battle-axe Sheila. When she mentioned this theory to Dagen, he did not respond and went very quiet.[18]

Character Information


Notable Items

  • Large dwarven battleaxe named Sheila
  • Combat wheelchair


  • Dagen: Sometimes scavenging isn't worth what you find.[19]
  • Dagen: So long as someone's paying me, I don't care who we're escorting.[20]


  • Dagen uses the combat wheelchair designed by Sara Thompson (@mustangsart on Twitter).[21]
  • Dagen's first name is similar to that of Matt and Marisha's pet bird Dagon.
  • Dagen is said to be allergic to cats.


  1. See "Fetching Fables & Frosty Friends" (2x115) at 13:10.  Matt mentions that Dagen has some levels in Ranger.
  2. See "Fetching Fables & Frosty Friends" (2x115) at 3:01:40.  Dagen uses Action Surge, establishing that he has at least two fighter levels.
  3. See "An Open Window" (2x114) at 0:26:14.
  4. See "An Open Window" (2x114) at 1:29:27.
  5. See "An Open Window" (2x114) at 0:43:02.
  6. See "An Open Window" (2x114) at 1:24:14.
  7. See "An Open Window" (2x114) at 1:20:00.
  8. See "An Open Window" (2x114) at 3:22:52.
  9. See "Fetching Fables & Frosty Friends" (2x115) at 3:11:08.
  10. See "The Tortoise and The Dare" (2x117) at 4:00:49.
  11. See "The Tortoise and The Dare" (2x117) at 2:16:48.
  12. See "The Tortoise and The Dare" (2x117) at 3:00:15.
  13. See "Contentious Company" (2x120) at 3:41:07.
  14. See "Ice and Fire" (2x121) at 0:22:55.
  15. See "Fair-weather Faith" (2x123) at 3:02:05.
  16. See "A Walk to Warmer Welcomes" (2x124) at 3:00:25.
  17. See "Aeor" (2x132) at 0:31:08.
  18. See "Fetching Fables & Frosty Friends" (2x115) at 0:51:53.
  19. See "An Open Window" (2x114) at 1:31:31.
  20. See "An Open Window" (2x114) at 3:23:25.
  21. Confirmed by Matt in a tweet.


  1. Fan art of Dagen Underthorn, by HollieACaddock (source).  Used with permission.
  2. Fan art of Dagen, by Gaelfox (source).  Used with permission.
  3. Fan art of Dagen Underthorn, by Savvy Jensen (source).  Used with permission.
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