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This wiki contains spoilers for all stories of Critical Role. This includes the story for unaired episodes of The Legend of Vox Machina, as it's based on the first campaign of Critical Role from 2015-2017.


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Dr. Dranzel's Spectacular Traveling Troupe is a group of musicians that, as of 811 PD, traveled Tal'Dorei. Before joining Vox Machina, Scanlan was a member of the troup.


Between 795-796 PD, the troupe performed in the Darrington estate, intending to stay there for a few days, but were forced to leave in a hurry, as Scanlan had an affair with one the family's handmaiden and in an unknown way corrupted Howaardt Darrington's bed.[1][2]

Vox Machina met the troupe at the Diamond Nest Tavern in Emon, where they had been performing for Winter’s Crest.[3]



  • Dr. Dranzel (half-orc, violinist)
  • Eselmyr (half-elf, singer)
  • Kent Plucker (halfling, lutenist)
  • Zedd (human, percussion/drums)
  • Samson, a teenaged halfling, acts as a dogsbody for the doctor and pickpockets the crowd during performances.[4]

Former members:

Side Business

As well as pickpocketing the crowd during performances, Dr. Dranzel sought to break into (and rob) General Krieg's abandoned house in Emon's Cloudtop District. He convinced Vox Machina to do so on his behalf.[5]


The cast sometimes refer to Dr. Dranzel as "Dr. Dra" as a parody of real-life artist Dr. Dre.


  1. See "Curious Tides" (1x89) at 1:13:37.  In 811 PD, Taryon claimed to be 28 years old and remembered that the Dranzel's performing troupe with Scanlan made their appearance when he was 12-13 years old.
  2. See "Talks Machina #17: 'Voice of the Tempest'" (TMx17) at 56:37.  Sam out of character confirmed this story.
  3. See "A Musician's Nostalgia" (1x37) at 2:08:34.
  4. See from 1x37 through 2:21:11.
  5. See "Echoes of the Past" (1x38) at 1:10:08.


  1. Fan art of the flute-off between Kaylie and Scanlan, by Thomas Brin (source). Used with permission.