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Lady Delilah Briarwood was a powerful human wizard from Wildemount and a zealot of Vecna, The Whispered One. As an NPC, she was played by Matthew Mercer.

Description Edit

Appearance Edit

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Fan art of Delilah, by RobynAlyHope.[art 2]

When Vox Machina first met her, Delilah was a beautiful woman with dark auburn hair, pulled up into a tight braided bun. With gloves on her feminine hands, she wore a blue and black gown that had a long, billowing skirt that tapered up to be form-fitting, wrapping up her neck nearly to her jaw.[7]

Personality Edit

Delilah was incredibly cunning and intelligent as well as ruthless, cold, and willful. She was strategically minded and astute, clearly being the mastermind behind the Briarwood's plans in Whitestone. Despite her wicked nature she appeared to be genuinely loving, devoted, and affectionate towards her husband, willing to do anything to preserve their life together.

Biography Edit

Background Edit

See also: Briarwoods

Delilah Briarwood trained briefly at the Alabaster Lyceum in Emon.[8]

Delilah was a necromancer, according to Cassandra.[1][9] She and her husband, Lord Sylas Briarwood, slaughtered the entire de Rolo family (except for Percy and Cassandra), in an attempt to seize Whitestone for a dark ritual involving Vecna.

About five years after Whitestone fell to the Briarwoods, Percy returned with Vox Machina to claim revenge. They were able to foment a citizens' rebellion, disrupt the Briarwoods' ritual, kill Sylas, and finally kill a grieving Delilah.

However, she was revealed to be alive in Marquet over a year later, after completing a second (or possibly third) ziggurat ritual. She was killed for a second time during the fight against Vecna, after his resurrection atop Entropis.

After coming back to life a third time, Delilah was killed for the (hopefully) final time by Vex'ahlia when Vox Machina returned to Thar Amphala from the Feywild.

"Shopping and Shipping" (1x14)Edit

It was briefly mentioned that the Briarwoods had been in Emon for about a week on a diplomatic mission to discuss the establishment of the official trade route through the northeast with Sovereign Uriel.[10]

"The Rematch" (1x23) Edit

Asum informed Vox Machina that the Briarwoods were en route to Emon as, in celebration of the agreed-upon construction of a grand bridge across the Shearing Channel to the eastern continent of Wynandir, a dinner was being held here within a week.

"The Feast" (1x24) Edit

The Briarwoods held a dinner celebrating the agreed upon venture of the construction of a grand bridge across the Shearing Channel to the eastern continent of Wynandir with Uriel and the Council members (including an invite to Vox Machina).

Discussion took place of the intricate details of the trade route between Wildemount and Tal'Dorei before the discussion segued into conversation about the Briarwoods' history in Whitestone.

Delilah spun a tale of how they both met the de Rolo family after taking them into their home during a terrible storm while the family had been on holiday and had been intending to meet with the noble family to discuss pursuing the venture as a joint trade before disease took the family. With the death of the entire family and no heir left to inherit the city it had been to their surprise that the mantle had been passed onto them to spearhead the venture and take over Whitestone in their stead.

Conversation moved on to discuss Vox Machina's adventures briefly before Scanlan interjected asking about the disease that had taken the de Rolos. Sylas stated that they had only been given the information but a month or two after the family had passed away much to the confusion of Keyleth wondering why they had not been afraid to enter the castle after the disease had swept through. Sylas reassured the druid that they had sent their best clerics to rid of any existing possible lingering disease, and to make sure to remove any corpses or bodies that may contain it before they moved in.

Eventually the couple retired to their rooms leaving the group to their own devices.

They were then alerted to Vax'ildan entering their quarters not a few moments later under the guise of being a guard. As the rogue tried to talk his way out of the room as he backed up to the door, Delilah questioned his identity citing they had just been to dinner with someone who looked uncannily like Vax.

Delilah smirked and began an incantation under her breath just as Vax tried to take off, managing to capture him with a Hold Person spell, mid retreat. Vax continued to try to talk his way out of the situation even as Delilah approached him and Sylas flanked him from the other side.

Delilah berated Vax for trying to flee when she simply wanted to ask him some questions in their private quarters just as Sylas slammed a hand down on Vax saying not to worry and he looked delicious.

"Crimson Diplomacy" (1x25) Edit

Despite Vax's best attempts to convince the couple that he was successfully charmed, Delilah and Sylas clearly didn't fall for it and with an agreement between the couple, they attacked. Delilah's magical prowess and Sylas' true nature as a vampire both became clear, but Vax still managed to escape (temporarily) by jumping out of the nearest window and alerting the rest of his friends to the danger via his Earring of Farspeech. The couple quickly followed him however, and Delilah managed to knock Vax unconscious with a blast of necromantic energy as his allies were en-route.

A full-blown firefight broke out between the Briarwoods and Vox Machina, with a charmed Seeker Asum aiding the couple and a surprising new ally coming to Vox Machina's aid. Feeling surrounded and not wanting to cause more of a scene, Delilah and Sylas curtly managed to escape via a carriage already leaving the castle.

This left Vox Machina to explain their side of the story, but it became clear that Sylas and Delilah held some unnatural sway over Uriel Tal'Dorei when he saw Vox Machina as the instigators of the attack, and the group were removed from the Council pending further investigation. Since the group now needed to prove their innocence and Percy had a clear score to settle, Vox Machina decided that far-off Whitestone was their next destination, with the Briarwoods as their target.

"Race to the Ziggurat" (1x34) Edit

Vox Machina prepared for their final confrontation with the Briarwoods, learning from Cassandra de Rolo that she was the sole person behind the armies of undead roaming Whitestone.
That being said, Lady Briarwood, Delilah, she

carries magic far more powerful than I’ve seen. She on her own was able to create, run, and rule each of these sentries that run about the entire city. She had half of the entire castle staffed with long-dead individuals. None questioned her. I’ve never seen her in battle, but I sense there

is far more to her abilities than I’ve seen.
– 
Cassandra, about Delilah Briarwood

"Denouement" (1x35) Edit

"Unfinished Business" (1x100) Edit

"Race to the Tower" (1x102) Edit

"The Endless Atheneeum" (1x106) Edit

"Dark Dealings" (1x112) Edit

"The Final Ascent" (1x113) Edit

Delilah was killed by Vex'ahlia and turned into a zombie by Arkhan.

"Vecna, the Ascended" (1x114) Edit

The zombified Delilah was revealed to have been beheaded during Arkhan's battle with the Death Knight.

Relationships Edit

Sylas Briarwood Edit

Delilah was married to Sylas Briarwood. Their marriage is portrayed as deeply loving; when Sylas is killed by Keyleth, Delilah is immediately distraught and yells, "You can't! I broke the world for us!"[11].

Cassandra de Rolo Edit

Unbeknownst to Percy, Delilah and Sylas did not kill Cassandra when they murdered the rest of the de Rolo family, but instead kept her as a pawn in maintaining peace in Whitestone. Over time, Cassandra developed a (somewhat Stockholm Syndrome-esque) loyalty to her captors and began to do their bidding. She helped them quash one rebellion attempt prior to Vox Machina's arrival and willingly betrayed her brother to the Briarwoods on his return.

Character Information Edit

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Fan art of Delilah Briarwood, by Nadz Salvo.[art 3]

Abilities Edit

Spells Edit

1st-level Edit
2nd-level Edit
  • Hold Person[13]
  • Invisibility[14]
  • Misty Step[citation needed]
3rd-level Edit
4th-level Edit
5th-level Edit
6th-level Edit
7th-level Edit
  • Finger of Death[21]
8th-level Edit
9th-level Edit
  • Prismatic Wall[25]

Notable Items Edit

Quotations Edit

  • "Whatever it takes." (Delilah accepting Vecna's deal for the Rites of Vampirism to resurrect Sylas)
  • "NOOOOOOOO!!! I BROKE THE WORLD FOR US!!!" (Delilah screaming in horror after Sylas was destroyed by Keyleth at the Ziggurat)[11]

Trivia Edit

  • Laura Bailey dressed as Lady Briarwood during "The Coming Storm" (1x73), which aired the week before Halloween 2016. Laura has identified Delilah as the "Anti-Vex'ahlia", and says Vex came very close to becoming someone very similar to Delilah had she gone down a darker path.
  • In the Critical Role Major Arcana Tarot Card Set, she along with her husband, Sylas, represent VI - The Lovers.
  • Delilah has been killed three times so far, all by a de Rolo; once by Cassandra in "Denouement" (1x35), once by Percy in "Race to the Tower" (1x102), and once by Vex in "The Final Ascent" (1x113).

References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Matthew Mercer confirmed on Twitter that Delilah Briarwood is a necromancer wizard.
  2. See "Denouement" (1x35).[citation needed]
  3. See "Race to the Tower" (1x102) at 3:37:40.
  4. See "The Final Ascent" (1x113).[citation needed]
  5. Delilah could cast 9th-level spells, meaning she was at least a level 17 wizard.
  6. See "Race to the Tower" (1x102) at 3:09:07.
  7. See "The Feast" (1x24) at 3:00:00.
  8. See "The Feast" (1x24) at 2:57:00.
  9. See "Reunions" (1x33), part 2, at 0:51:55.
  10. See "Shopping and Shipping" (1x14) at 1:25:34.
  11. See "Race to the Ziggurat" (1x34) from 3:47:33 through 3:47:50.
  12. See "The Final Ascent" (1x113) at 2:17:45.  Delilah casts Shield.
  13. See "The Feast" (1x24) at 3:46:20.  Mercer told Vax'ildan to make a Wisdom saving throw, and that he could try again at the end of each turn, in keeping with the spell description of Hold Person in D&D: Player's Handbook, 5th ed., p. 251.
  14. See "Denouement" (1x35).[citation needed]  Delilah casts Invisibility.
  15. See "Dark Dealings" (1x112) at 3:05:01.  Delilah casts Counterspell.
  16. See "Dark Dealings" (1x112) at 3:04:35.  Delilah casts Dispel Magic.
  17. See "Race to the Ziggurat" (1x34).[citation needed]  Delilah casts Haste.
  18. See "Race to the Ziggurat" (1x34).[citation needed]  Delilah casts Blight.
  19. See "Race to the Ziggurat" (1x34).[citation needed]  Delilah casts Dimension Door.
  20. See "Race to the Tower" (1x102) at 3:17:36.  Delilah casts Disintegrate.
  21. See "Race to the Ziggurat" (1x34).[citation needed]  Delilah casts Finger of Death.
  22. See "The Final Ascent" (1x113).[citation needed]  Mercer assents when someone calls Delilah's ability to come back to life a cloning ability
  23. See "Race to the Ziggurat" (1x34).[citation needed]  Delilah casts Feeblemind.
  24. See "Race to the Ziggurat" (1x34) at 3:01:04.  Mercer used the phrase "power word" and specified that the effect succeeded because Vax'ildan had fewer than 150 HP, in keeping with the spell description of Power Word Stun in D&D: Player's Handbook, 5th ed., p. 267.
  25. See "Unfinished Business" (1x100) at 4:05:54.  The description of Scanlan's passage through the layers is in keeping with that of Prismatic Wall.
  26. See "The Fate-Touched" (1x103).[citation needed]
  27. See "Elysium" (1x104).[citation needed]

Art:

  1. Fan art of Delilah Briarwood, by Nicklas Andersson (source).  Used with permission.
  2. Fan art of Delilah, by RobynAlyHope (source).  Used with permission.
  3. Fan art of Delilah Briarwood, by Nadz Salvo (source).  Used with permission.


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