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You don't have to be a bad person to do bad things if it's hurtin' other bad people.
– 
Dariax[8]
[!h]

Dariax Zaveon is a dwarven sorcerer who appears in Exandria Unlimited. He is played by Matthew Mercer.

Description

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

Appearance

Dariax is a young mountain dwarf with wild, floppy, reddish-auburn hair and a chinstrap beard. He wears a vest over a chain shirt,[9] and has a compass rose chained on his light chain necklace.[10]

After touching the thorny circlet and failing his wisdom saving throw, Dariax's eyes turned inky black.[11] They were restored to their normal "dreamy" brown color by Shaun Gilmore a few days later.[12]

Personality

Dariax is easygoing, reacting cheerfully to being pranked by his friends.[13] However, he becomes intense when he realises he’s being lied to, as he has had bad experiences with people who lie a lot.[14] He is impulsive and prone to throwing himself unthinkingly into dangerous situations.[15]

Despite his cheerful nature, Dariax is somewhat cynical, considering the world to be built on “fucking people over” and feeling that doing bad things in order to survive is necessary.[16] However, he believes in putting his friends before his own selfish desires, such as when he refused the Spider Queen's offer.[17]

Biography

Background

If he was the tree that stayed there, I'm the rock that people keep throwing.
– 
Dariax on his relationship with Taros[18]
[!h]

Dariax grew up in Turst Fields.[19] He has an older brother, Taros, whom Dariax described as "a bit of a dick, but we get along all right, I guess." Taros was the "workhorse" on the family farm, the one stepping in the same family path; overall a good guy, but the brothers got in scuffles here and there. Dariax, on the other hand, was a troublemaker growing up, and Taros had to frequently put out fires Dariax set both figuratively and literally.[20]

Dariax has worked in thieves' circles.[21] For a time, he had mentioned he was in a relationship with the traveling burlesque dancer Tharla Starr, though this was revealed to be a lie during a conversation in "The Gift Among the Green" (Ex06).[22][23]

Exandria Unlimited

Relationships

Fan art of Dariax and Dorian, by @somethingherbal.[art 3]

Dorian Storm

Dariax and Dorian have a friendly relationship. Dariax appeared touched when Dorian referred to him as a friend, and Dorian told Poska that "if he doesn't like someone, I don't like someone."[24] The two seem to be close and trust each other, sleeping back to back on multiple occasions and talking about their nightmares with each other.

Little Mister

Dariax and Little Mister are not on the best terms and have some external tension with each other due to a childhood incident with a monkey.[25]

Orym

Dariax cares about Orym, despite the small amount of time they’ve spent together.[26] He appeared confused and concerned by Orym’s reluctance to engage in crime, saying that if Orym didn’t start “fucking people over”, he wouldn’t survive.[27]

Character information

Notable Items

Fan art of Dariax, by Amy King.[art 4]

Abilities

Sorcerer Abilities

  • Sorcerous Origin: Divine Soul
    • Divine Magic
    • Favored by the Gods
  • Font of Magic
    • 3 Sorcery Points
    • Flexible Casting
  • Metamagic
    • Empowered Spell[38]
    • Quickened Spell

Sorcerer Spells

Cantrips

1st-level

2nd-level

Quotes

  • Orym: I just don't like fuckin' people over, Dariax.
    Dariax: This entire world is built on it. I've spent my whole life gettin' fucked over. If you don't start fuckin' people over you're not going to survive, buddy. I know you're from some highfalutin' mountain town you've been talking about, you know, but like, welcome to Emon, man.[47]
  • "You don't have to be a bad person to do bad things if it's hurtin' other bad people."[48]
  • "If you steal something that may have originally been stolen, does that unsteal it?"[49]
  • "If I'm wrong, it's not my fault."[50]

Trivia

  • Dariax is the player character that Matt has played the longest on the Critical Role channel, with 8 episodes. He is followed by Clayton Sharpe, who appeared in all four episodes of UnDeadwood.
  • Matt confirmed in the campaign wrap-up that Dariax was designed to be unlike any other character he had played, and to be a full chaos demon, "a tumbleweed of a person."[51]
  • The similarity between the names Dariax and Dorian caused amusing mixups for Aabria Iyengar and some of the others at the table, reminiscent of Vex and Vax. Mercer noted that he and Robbie Daymond had picked their characters' names independently, and sometimes that's what you get.[52]
  • According to the co-founder of Eldritch Foundry, which created the Exandria Unlimited miniatures, Dariax was a Light Domain cleric during the miniature-making process. Additionally, the studio at Eldritch Foundry took Dariax as an opportunity to "sneak" a complete re-design of their dwarves past the co-founder.[53]
  • A monkey bit Dariax when he was 12 years old, which eventually led to his negative relationship with Little Mister.[54]

External Links

References

  1. See "The Oh No Plateau" (Ex02) at 1:06.
  2. Dariax is wearing "chain mail" (actually a chain shirt, given his AC of 15 rather than 16) despite being a sorcerer, indicating he has the trait "Dwarven Armor Training" only available to mountain dwarves.  See "The Nameless Ones" (Ex01) at 20:00.
  3. Dariax casts Bless.  See "The Nameless Ones" (Ex01) at 2:15:03.
  4. See "The Nameless Ones" (Ex01) at 2:44:48.
  5. See "The Nameless Ones" (Ex01) at 2:44:48.
  6. See "A Test of Worth" (Ex05) at 25:41.
  7. See "The Nameless Ones" (Ex01) at 19:58.
  8. See "The Nameless Ones" (Ex01) at 1:36:04.
  9. See "The Nameless Ones" (Ex01) at 19:50.  It is described as "chain mail" but Dariax's AC of 15, his class, and wearing it under a vest all suggest it is a chain shirt.
  10. See "The Nameless Ones" (Ex01) at 48:49.
  11. See "The Oh No Plateau" (Ex02) at 2:20:25.
  12. See "A Glorious Return" (Ex03) at 1:47:39.  See also 1:32:07 for the original color.
  13. See "The Nameless Ones" (Ex01) at 46:19.
  14. See "The Nameless Ones" (Ex01) at 1:09:00.
  15. See "The Nameless Ones" (Ex01) at 1:09:00.
  16. See "The Nameless Ones" (Ex01) at 1:35:21.
  17. See "A Test of Worth" (Ex05) from 31:15 through 41:21.
  18. See "A Test of Worth" (Ex05) at 26:45.
  19. See "The Nameless Ones" (Ex01) at 47:54.
  20. See "A Test of Worth" (Ex05) at 25:41.
  21. See "The Nameless Ones" (Ex01) at 3:45:21.
  22. See "A Glorious Return" (Ex03) at 27:27.
  23. See "The Gift Among the Green" (Ex06) at 1:26:33.
  24. See "The Nameless Ones" (Ex01) at 1:09:43.
  25. See "The Nameless Ones" (Ex01) at 30:35.  Orym says that Dariax has a "problem" with Little Mister.
  26. See "The Nameless Ones" (Ex01) at 1:37:46.
  27. See "The Nameless Ones" (Ex01) at 1:35:14.
  28. See "The Nameless Ones" (Ex01) at 22:04.
  29. See "The Oh No Plateau" (Ex02) at 3:35:26.  Dariax's spear is destroyed by fire.
  30. Dariax gets a new spear.  See "A Glorious Return" (Ex03) at 2:34:31.
  31. See "The Nameless Ones" (Ex01) at 2:19:58.
  32. See "The Nameless Ones" (Ex01) at 3:49:52.
  33. Dariax gets a new set of thieves' tools off the shelf at Gilmore's Glorious Goods.  See "A Glorious Return" (Ex03) at 2:39:51.
  34. See "The Nameless Ones" (Ex01) at 3:23:55.
  35. See "A Glorious Return" (Ex03) at 2:33:43.
  36. See "The Nameless Ones" (Ex01) at 48:49.
  37. See "A Glorious Return" (Ex03) at 24:48.  Although Dariax briefly refers to his "Hat of Disguise" in "The Gift Among the Green" (Ex06) at 3:16:49, his earlier reference to a "Cloak of Disguise" went into detail about his invocation of the spell and is more likely correct.
  38. See "A Test of Worth" (Ex05) at 2:51:11.
  39. See "The Nameless Ones" (Ex01) at 3:18:50.
  40. See "The Nameless Ones" (Ex01) at 3:42:53.
  41. See "The Oh No Plateau" (Ex02) at 14:54.
  42. See "By the Road" (Ex04) at 3:38:51.
  43. See "The Nameless Ones" (Ex01) at 2:15:03.
  44. See "The Nameless Ones" (Ex01) at 3:27:58.
  45. See "By the Road" (Ex04) at 1:53:33.
  46. See "A Test of Worth" (Ex05) at 2:07:45.
  47. See "The Nameless Ones" (Ex01) at 1:35:22.
  48. See "The Nameless Ones" (Ex01) at 1:36:04.
  49. See "The Oh No Plateau" (Ex02) at 1:14:42.
  50. See "The Oh No Plateau" (Ex02) at 1:22:51.
  51. See "Exandria Unlimited Wrap-Up" (Sx59) at 0:14:11.
  52. See "The Oh No Plateau" (Ex02) at 2:28:51.  Also see the conversation at 3:40:31.
  53. [CR Media] Meet the ExU miniatures, made by Eldritch Foundry by Matan Gilat (/u/sempersicdraconis) on Reddit. Archived versions of the comment and the post saved on July 11, 2021.
  54. See "The Oh No Plateau" (Ex02) at 3:44:19.

Art:

  1. Official art of Dariax Zaveon, by Hannah Friederichs from "The Nameless Ones" (Ex01). 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 Dariax, 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 Dariax and Dorian, by @somethingherbal (source).  Used with permission.
  4. Fan art of Dariax, by Amy King (source).  Used with permission.
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