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The Dust of Tracelessness is a magical item that, when sprinkled while a group or an individual is moving, prevents potential trackers from finding evidence of their passage.[1]

History[]

The dust was an item acquired by Vox Machina pre-stream. It first appeared in Critical Role in "The Trick about Falling" (1x05), when Vex'ahlia took some from the Bag of Holding carried by Grog Strongjaw to conceal the party's escape from the Duergar war camp.[2] Shortly thereafter, Grog did the same, sprinkling it behind them "like a fucking flower girl."[3] In the multiple uses of the dust subsequently during the first campaign, its usage was often referred to as being "like a flower girl".[4]

Vox Machina used the dust frequently throughout their campaign. Its final appearance was in "Race to the Tower" (1x102) when the party used it to conceal their passage through Thar Amphala.[5]

Features[]

The dust appeared to have unlimited uses; however, it was only effective if removed and used immediately. Once removed, after a short time it became magically inert.[6]

Trivia[]

  • Grog's expertise in scattering the dust was utilized when Vex'ahlia and Percival de Rolo made him their flower goliath in their wedding, charged with strewing snowdrops along the bride's path.[7]

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 The Dust of Tracelessness was a magical item in Dungeons & Dragons: Dungeon Masters Guide Core Rulebook II v.3.5, p. 256. The version in Critical Role appears to be based on it.
  2. See "The Trick about Falling" (1x05) at 0:41:02.
  3. See "The Trick about Falling" (1x05) at 1:02:11.
  4. See "Breaching the Emberhold" (1x06) at 0:40:41.  See also, for example, "The Coming Storm" (1x73) at 0:13:44.
  5. See "Race to the Tower" (1x102) at 0:40:14.
  6. See "Against the Tide of Bone" (1x32) at 1:57:02.
  7. See "Dalen's Closet" (Sx47) from 0:35:50 through 0:40:06.

Art:

  1. Fan art of Dust of Tracelessness, by DungeonScribe (source). Used with permission.
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