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Kamaljiori is the androsphinx mate of Osysa. According to Osysa, Kamaljiori is a keeper of hidden knowledge and knew of the lost Vestiges of the Divergence.[6] Vox Machina sought him out and, upon passing his trial, Kamaljiori gifted them one of the Vestiges, the Mythcarver,[7] and revealed the names and locations of some other Vestiges. As an NPC, Kamaljiori is played by Matthew Mercer in Critical Role, and by Tony Plana in The Legend of Vox Machina, Season Two.

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Kamaljiori is a fifteen- to twenty-foot-tall androsphinx. His lion-like body is similar to Osysa's, but thicker and rippling with muscle. His face is masculine and human-like with glowing blue eyes. There are ceremonial marks on his cheeks and he has a thick mane of red-brown hair. Kamaljiori has two enormous feathered wings sprouting from his back. He speaks with an African accent.[8]

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Kamaljiori and Osysa - Linda Lithen

Fan art of Kamaljiori and Osysa, by Linda Lithén.[art 2]

"Into the Frostweald" (1x48)[]

Vox Machina, in their quest to find the Vestiges of the Divergence to help end the threat of the Chroma Conclave, traveled to the Frostweald just north of the Stormcrest Mountains on Osysa's promise that her mate would be able to help the party further.[9]

"A Name Is Earned" (1x49)[]

After activating an obelisk that appeared to be dedicated to Ioun, the party eventually made their way to the base of the mountain, coming to a triangularly cut cave,[10] the Cavern of Axiom.[4] The cave led into a temple. The party entered a chamber with a central pool, with an underwater tunnel that appeared to connect to another. Grog and Keyleth went scouting ahead, but strange red tendrils extended from the walls of the tunnel and paralyzed Grog. Keyleth managed to rescue Grog, then used Control Water to create a tunnel of air through the passageway for the group to get safely through the water trial.

The party found a room with 4 pillars with stone lion heads atop and another puzzle in Celestial around the central pool. Above the pool was a hole extending up and a huge mural depicted the elemental chaos around it. The party solved the puzzle by activating each of the pillars with one of the four elements: water, air, fire, and earth. This triggered a trap that began filling the room with sand. The party managed to climb up the hole where they entered the next room.

Viktor Engholm - Kamaljiori

Fan art of Kamaljiori, by Viktor Engholm.[art 3]

The sphinx demanded Vox Machina speak his name. When they failed to do so, he attacked, activating a series of extraplanar gateways scattered around his lair. After several devastating rounds of combat, Vex'ahlia secured a rope and jumped into a seemingly bottomless well, a gateway to the Elemental Plane of Water. She emerged hurriedly and shouted out two letters ("K" and "A"),[11] presumably part of the sphinx's name.

The rest of Vox Machina followed suit, and, in short order, (earth: "J" and "I";[12] fire: "M", "A", and "L"[13]) all the gateways had been probed except the gateway to the Elemental Plane of Air. Grog jumped in without a rope, discovered the letters ("O", "R", and "I"),[14] and began drifting away from the portal. Grog instead attached his Chain of Returning to Craven Edge and threw it through the gate, skewering Pike accidentally, and he was so horrified with what he had done that he could not tell the group what the letters he'd seen were. Scanlan used Dimension Door to get to the gateway and walked into the Elemental Plane of Air, discovering the letters, but finding himself adrift without a tether. Vax'ildan slung a rope over Grog's head and dove into the gateway after Scanlan, who instead simply conjured another Dimension Door and escaped the plane unharmed.

What is my name - Lap Pun Cheung

Fan art of Kamaljiori, by Lap Pun Cheung.[art 4]

When all the letters had been discovered, Percy began spouting out any combination he could think of, finally hitting upon "Kamaljiori". Upon hearing his name, the sphinx immediately ceased combat, deactivating the gates and returning to his dais. Grog used the rope to pull Vax to safety from the Elemental Plane of Air just as the gateway closed. Shifting suddenly to a friendly, calm demeanor, Kamaljiori shared the names and locations of the Vestiges he knew about, and then presented to Vox Machina the Mythcarver, a longsword that once belonged to the legendary bard known as the White Duke.[15]

When Kamaljiori had said all he was willing to say, he summoned a sandstorm and teleported the group back out into the Frostweald, sealing the entrance behind them.

The Legend of Vox Machina[]

Kamaljiori - LoVM 5

Screenshot of Kamaljiori, by Titmouse from "Into Rimecleft" (LVM2x06).[art 5]

The party sought out Kamaljiori in search of the second Vestige of Divergence after retrieving Deathwalker's Ward. The lair was located in a pre-Calamity temple. Kamaljiori was at first hostile and attacked, but Vex shouted that they were sent by Osysa. The sphinx arrested his attack, noting that it had been centuries since he heard from his mate. He had the knowledge they sought, but before he would reveal it they must prove their worth in a challenge. They could choose either to conquer the seventy Death Gorgons, survive the Endless Labyrinth of Misery, or wound Kamaljiori, since in his eons of life, he had never felt pain. They chose that option and found themselves transported to another dimension, where they each tried and failed to injure the sphinx. The last one remaining, Scanlan played Kamaljiori a song of Osysa's love and loneliness. At its end, there was a long silence, and a tear rolled down Kamaljiori's cheek. He told Scanlan he had succeeded in causing him pain, by wounding his heart. The sphinx told them that the vestige Mythcarver, which he then gave to Scanlan, would reveal to them the locations of the other vestiges. Scanlan caught glimpses of a bow within a corrupted part of the Feywild, and of a Westruun overrun by the Herd of Storms before the sudden arrival and attack of Umbrasyl interrupted. Kamaljiori fought the dragon, sacrificing himself to protect Scanlan, but Umbrasyl escaped with Mythcarver. As Kamaljiori died, he thanked Scanlan for showing him Osysa once more.[16] He was later avenged by Scanlan.

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References[]

  1. The Legend of Vox Machina on IMDb
  2. See "Into Rimecleft" (LVM2x06).
  3. See D&D: Monster Manual, 5th ed., p. 281.
  4. 4.0 4.1 See Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting, p. 74.
  5. See "Into Rimecleft" (LVM2x06).
  6. See "Return to Vasselheim" (1x43) at 30:26.
  7. See "A Name Is Earned" (1x49) at 4:43:16.
  8. See "A Name Is Earned" (1x49) at 3:24:15.
  9. See "Into the Frostweald" (1x48) from 30:26 through 32:45.
  10. See "A Name Is Earned" (1x49) at 1:55:01.
  11. See "A Name Is Earned" (1x49) from 4:00:42 through 4:02:07.
  12. See "A Name Is Earned" (1x49) from 4:06:47 through 4:07:34.
  13. See "A Name Is Earned" (1x49) from 4:08:47 through 4:09:42.
  14. See "A Name Is Earned" (1x49) at 4:30:30.
  15. See "A Name Is Earned" (1x49) at 4:43:16.
  16. See "Into Rimecleft" (LVM2x06).
  17. See "A Name Is Earned" (1x49) at 4:43:16.

Art:

  1. Fan art of Kamaljiori, by Natalie King (source). Used with permission.
  2. Fan art of Kamaljiori and Osysa, by Linda Lithén (source). Used with permission.
  3. Fan art of Kamaljiori, by Viktor Engholm (source). Used with permission.
  4. Fan art of Kamaljiori, by Lap Pun Cheung (source). Used with permission.
  5. Screenshot of Kamaljiori, by Titmouse from "Into Rimecleft" (LVM2x06). 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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