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Frederick de Rolo was the lord of Whitestone, the husband of Lady Johanna von Musel and the father of her seven children, including Percival de Rolo and Cassandra de Rolo.

In The Legend of Vox Machina, Frederick is voiced by Taliesin Jaffe.[2]

Biography[]

Background[]

Lord Frederick was born as a member of the de Rolo family, the noble family that ruled Whitestone; eventually, he became Lord de Rolo.

At some point he married Johanna von Musel, who became the Lady of Whitestone as his consort. Together they had seven children: Julius, Vesper, Percy, Whitney, Ludwig, Oliver and Cassandra. When the third one was born several distant relatives of the couple demanded to be honored and recognized, so Lord and Lady de Rolo appeased them by naming the boy Percival Fredrickstein von Musel Klossowski de Rolo III. In a similar way, the youngest child was named Cassandra Johanna von Musel Klossowski de Rolo.[3]

Around 805 PD the de Rolos had two guests from Wildemount in Whitestone Castle: Delilah and Sylas Briarwood. The guests, however, betrayed their hosts, murdering almost the entire family (only Percy and Cassandra survived) with the help of allies whom they would later reward.[4][5][6][7] He was stabbed through the chest with a blade,[8] and his body was left hanging on the Sun Tree with the rest of the victims.[9]

"The Feast" (1x24)[]

Delilah Briarwood claimed that the supposed "Uriel Bridge" to span the Shearing Channel was Frederick's idea, and that meeting with Uriel Tal'Dorei II to discuss the construction of such a bridge was just carrying out Frederick's wishes.[10]

After the de Rolo restoration[]

Even after the Briarwoods were defeated and Percy and Cassandra started rebuilding and restoring their family seat, the bodies of Frederick, Johanna and their five murdered children were not recovered, so they aren't resting in the Greyfield with the rest of their ancestors.[11]

The Legend of Vox Machina[]

Appearances and mentions[]

Trivia[]

  • His name is of Germanic origin, and it is composed of the elements frid (peace) and ric (ruler). It's possible that the name itself is a reference to the peaceful period Whitestone lived while Lord Frederick was in charge.
    • His grandson, Vax'ildan Frederick de Rolo, is named after him.[12]
    • Percy's second name is most likely a reference to Frederick himself, and the stein part (meaning "stone/rock" in German) could reference Whitestone itself.
  • Taliesin Jaffe modelled his portrayal of Frederick on his own grandfather.
  • He might have some connection with the Klossowski family, either by blood or through his wife, since the reason why Klossowski was used to name Percival was to placate relatives of his parents.[13]
  • It is possible that he marrying Johanna allowed the de Rolos to claim the Third House of Whitestone for themselves,[14] in case it still belonged to her family by then.
    • While the exact genealogical connection between them isn't defined, it is possible that Frederick and Johanna were distantly related, with their marriage being the second between their two families.[15]
  • In The Legend of Vox Machina, which is a separate continuity from Campaign One,[16] an "Uncle Nathaniel" is mentioned by Cassandra.[17] A "Nathaniel de Rolo" has never been mentioned on stream nor in any related materials. Additionally, it is never mentioned if Frederick had siblings.

References[]

  1. See "The Path to Whitestone" (1x27) at 0:17:05.
  2. Twitter logo Taliesin Jaffe (@executivegoth) on Twitter: "Lord de Rolo is my best impression of my grandfather. #TheLegendofVoxMachina #LVMWatchParty #LVMSpoilers" (2022-01-29).
  3. The Chronicles of Exandria Volume One: The Tale of Vox Machina, p. 28.
  4. See "Consequences and Cows" (1x26) from 54m020s 1: 54:20 through 1:57:37.
  5. In 810 PD, Percy said it was four or five years ago.  See "The Feast" (1x24) at 0:23:36.
  6. In 810 PD, Matt narrates that the Briarwoods have ruled Whitestone for five years.  See "Race to the Ziggurat" (1x34) at 0:08:24.
  7. See Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting, p. 32. This, strangely, indicates the Briarwoods' reign lasted six years. See also pp. 48 and 50.
  8. See "The Path to Whitestone" (1x27) at 0:17:05.
  9. See "Talks Machina: Campaign Wrap-up" (Sx31) at 0:58:41.
  10. See "The Feast" (1x24) from 3:23:31 through 3:26:36.
  11. See Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting, p. 51.
  12. See Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting Reborn, p. 264.
  13. The Chronicles of Exandria - The Legend of Vox Machina Volume II, p. 28.
  14. See "Heredity and Hats" (1x60) at 54:40.  See also at 1:01:10
  15. https://twitter.com/executivegoth/status/647811134595067904?s=20&t=GmxUMpgZbpB-O63IlnJk2w
  16. Twitter logo Matthew Mercer (@matthewmercer) on Twitter: "The Animated Series is it's own "adaptation" with its own canon, though we include as much of the OG canon as we can. :) However, the actual campaign/stream still remains and is the original, core canon." (2022-01-28). (backup link)
  17. See "Depths of Deceit" (LVM1x10) at 11:14.

Art:

  1. Screenshot of Frederick de Rolo from "Scanbo" (LVM1x07). 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.
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