An Earring of Whisper[2] is a gemmed and enchanted item that delivers and receives Message spells to and from the other connected earrings within five hundred feet.[3][4] To send a message, the wearer must activate the earring by touching it with a hand; no activation is necessary to receive messages.

Ownership

Tiberius Stormwind designed the original Earrings of Whisper and created five for Vox Machina in the pre-stream adventures.[5] With seven or eight active members, the party had to divide the five earrings amongst themselves strategically.[6][7] The scarcity of earrings became less of an issue after Allura Vysoren enchanted an additional earring for them in "Consequences and Cows" (1x26),[8] after Tiberius departed (starting in "The Sun Tree" (1x28), though he didn't officially leave Vox Machina until "A Musician's Nostalgia" (1x37)), and during Pike Trickfoot's frequent absences from the group,[9] though she sometimes showed up in a radiant, not-fully-physical form. Taryon Darrington enchanted another, much more ornate, earring for himself.[10]

Notable Uses

  • Vax'ildan used an Earring of Whisper to alert Vox Machina to his capture by the Briarwoods through the inaugural use of their new emergency codeword, "jenga."[11]
  • Pike used her Earring of Whisper in an attempt to talk to an absent Scanlan while she was drunk.[12]
  • Vax'ildan used an Earring of Whisper to alert Vox Machina of an assassination attempt from a Rakshasa dressed as Gilmore.

References

  1. Tweet from Matt about crafting the earrings.
  2. See "Arrival at Kraghammer" (1x01) at 0:43:10.
  3. See "Strange Bedfellows" (1x03) at 0:41:15.
  4. Matthew Mercer confirmed on Reddit that the range on the Earring of Whisper is 500 feet. (source)
  5. See "Strange Bedfellows" (1x03) at 0:41:15.
  6. See "Strange Bedfellows" (1x03) at 0:41:15.  The five members with earrings at that time are Vex, Vax, Tiberius, Scanlan, and Keyleth.
  7. See "The Trick about Falling" (1x05) at 1:51:35.  Tiberius takes an earring from Scanlan and gives it to Grog.
  8. Allura gave Tiberius a newly-enchanted Earring of Whisper that he had requested.  See "Consequences and Cows" (1x26) at 1:09:15.
  9. Pike is corporeally separated from the party's expeditions from "Hubris" (1x17) until "A Musician's Nostalgia" (1x37), again from "Dangerous Dealings" (1x42) until "Into the Frostweald" (1x48), and from "A Cycle of Vengeance" (1x58) to "Vorugal" (1x71).
  10. See "One Year Later..." (1x95) at 55:47.
  11. See "Crimson Diplomacy" (1x25) at 0:28:36.
  12. See "Jugs and Rods" (1x94) at 2:25:00.

Art:

  1. Fan art of the Earrings of Whisper, by DungeonScribe (source).  Used with permission.
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