I don't know if I’m the leader you deserve, or a good leader, but I’m willing to dedicate the rest of my life to doing whatever I can for all of us. As long as Vox Machina stands by my side.
– 

Keyleth is a half-elf druid in the group Vox Machina and headmaster of the Air Ashari. She was played by Marisha Ray.

Intro[edit | edit source]

"A first impression of Keyleth would leave you with little information on the half-elven druid. You might even think that her social awkwardness, due to her sheltered upbringing, is... kind of sweet. Of course, it would be unwise to underestimate her based on first impressions. Under that unintimidating petite frame is a vicious beast waiting to be unleashed, whose natural powers have made even the fiercest of champions pee their pants. Literally.

Born to the air tribe of the Ashari people, Keyleth was raised with a deep love of nature and the elemental magics. It is her people's inherent duty to protect the delicate areas in Tal'Dorei, where the four elemental planes begin to bleed with this realm. Since she was a little girl, she had quite a knack for air manipulation and beast shaping abilities; well, if you consider kittens and flying squirrels to be little beasts, which I do. Anyways, it wasn't long before the headmaster of the tribe, her father, Korrin, realized her true prodigious abilities and she was inveterated to succeed him as the next headmaster. Just like that, her jovial childhood was stripped and replaced with endless spell memorization, teachings from ancient traditions, and exceedingly high expectations.

Every druid leader-to-be must embark on a journey to seek out the sister tribes in order to introduce and establish respect amongst the fellow headmasters. They call this the Aramenté, or Noble Odyssey. When her father felt she was ready, he set her on the path to truly discovering herself. Not knowing when, or if, she will ever return. As she hikes down the mountain towards Stilben, she meditated on the task ahead. Part of the Aramenté is proving yourself a strong warrior, a valiant protector, and a wise and compassionate leader. With this knowledge, one thought plays in repeat in her mind: is she even worthy?"[29]

Description[edit | edit source]

Appearance[edit | edit source]

Fan art of Keyleth, by Kerri Aitken.[art 1]

Official Keyleth Pop! figure.[art 2]

Keyleth is a twenty-three-year-old young half-elven woman standing six feet tall,[30] with fair skin, green eyes[31] and long red hair, which was later cut short.[32] She is depicted with freckles on her nose and cheeks in some official material. She's almost never seen without her signature "antlers", a druidic circlet. She would later wear the Mantle of the Tempest, a long cloak made of dark green leathers that unfurl into autumn-colored leaves.

After joining the Slayer's Take, Keyleth has the brand of the guild on her right arm.[33] In the year that passed between Vex'halia's first successful Grey Hunt and the party's vacation to Marquet, Keyleth received tattoos along her chest, shoulders, and back to symbolize the Mantle of the Tempest when she's not wearing it, as a reminder of her position as the Voice of the Tempest.[34]

In 836 PD, Keyleth's description seemed to match her previous appearance. Because of the druid ability Timeless Body, even though Keyleth is now 47 years old, she should appear to be around 25 years old.[35]

Personality[edit | edit source]

Keyleth is shy and very socially inept. This makes it difficult for her to persuade others to help her and her friends out in many situations. However, she also has a strong moral compass,[36] which leads her to question at times some of the rather extreme choices that Vox Machina tends to make. Although she has slowly been overcoming her own social flaws, at times her anger gets the better of her.[37] She has been gaining more confidence in herself, and becoming more pragmatic, without compromising her morals. At times, Keyleth is prone to acting impulsively, which has led to unfavorable outcomes. However, she's also very tenacious and stubborn, refusing to give up even in the bleakest of circumstances and always wanting to go the extra mile to help others. Another thing that defines Keyleth is her tendency to feel guilty. She tends to focus more on her mistakes than her successes.

Whereas many of her people, the Ashari, are worshipers of the nature goddess Melora, following her as a deity and example, Keyleth herself is much less devout.[38] In fact, she has a very strong distrust towards any religious establishment. This is due to several unpleasant experiences in the past where she had witnessed corruption within those of the faith. It is after the attack of the Chroma Conclave begins that she starts to overcome her distrust of the gods, most notably taking an interest in Melora herself.

Despite her peoples' exceedingly high expectations of her, deep down Keyleth never wanted the responsibility she was given. But she felt as if she couldn't escape from it, that she had no control over her future since birth. She yearned to return to the normal life she once had, to be blissful and ignorant again.[39] However, over time, she has learned to accept her responsibilities. After many struggles, she took up the mantle of the Voice of the Tempest, and became a leader for her people.[40]

Fan art of Keyleth, by Bee.[art 3]

Keyleth also believed for the longest time that she did not deserve happiness. She has a strong fear of death and of losing those close to her. She worries that even if she lives to fulfill her Aramenté, she will still watch those close to her die. This has caused her great pain and for some time made her unable to allow herself to love others, such as Vax'ildan, who would become her first boyfriend.[41] She eventually fought that same fear and confessed her feelings to him.[42] It was also Vax who taught her how to love and take chances.

Keyleth feels attraction towards confident and self-assured people because those are qualities that don't come easy to her.[43] She is still questioning her own sexuality as she not only returned Vax's affections when she confessed her love for him, but she's also had a fascination with his twin sister. As she mentions to Percy during Grog's rematch with Earthbreaker Groon, when Vex thinks of flashing Grog to "inspire" him and Keyleth responds in the affirmative, drawing an odd look from Percy, she says, "I have a thing for twins."[44] But she herself is still new at relationships in general, and is still trying to figure things out about herself.[45]

Keyleth is one of the party's main spellcasters. She often uses her Wild Shape abilities to turn into various creatures for battle, scouting, transportation, stealth, and many other purposes. She can control the elements, and at times she uses these abilities to slow down enemies or buy time but is also capable of using said powers to defend herself and others. Keyleth also possesses some knowledge of healing, as she can heal the wounds of her friends and she once managed to bring Grog out of a catatonic state.[46]

Keyleth's alignment is "neutral good",[10] like Percy and, originally, Vex'ahlia.[47]

Biography[edit | edit source]

Background[edit | edit source]

Fan art of Keyleth, by fangmich.[art 4]

Keyleth was born in the Air Ashari village of Zephrah to two other half-elven druids, Korrin and Vilya. Ever since she was a little girl, she had a natural talent for transforming into beasts and for using magic.

Prior to the start of the campaign, when Keyleth was only five or six years old, Vilya had gone on the Aramenté to succeed Korrin as headmaster, but she never returned. Due to that, Keyleth became next in line.[48] As such, she found herself groomed to become Korrin's successor, having to undergo endless training in the ways of her people, her people having very high expectations of her. Due to her sheltered life and homeschooling, Keyleth never really had any friends growing up.[49]

When she came of age at age 20, Korrin sent Keyleth out into the world to follow in her parents' footsteps, to seek out the sister-tribes of the Ashari, establish respect and communication between the fellow headmasters, and become a strong leader for her people. Early in her journey, she found herself in the swamp town of Stilben where she met members of the group that would—herself included—eventually form the adventuring party that would become Vox Machina.

Vox Machina: Origins[edit | edit source]

Volume 1

Oh, I'm... no, I'm nobody. I'm... it's not important. I'm Keyleth.
– 
Keyleth introduces herself to the twins
[!h]

Keyleth ran into Vax'ildan and Vex'ahlia for the first time in the K'tawl Swamp, near Stilben. She healed a wound on Vax's chest and was very friendly towards the twins, but was only met with distrust from them, especially Vex. Keyleth stated that the swamp water might be poisoned, and drank some to find out, much to the dismay of the twins. They parted way shortly after, and Keyleth returned to the town, where she met up with Tiberius and the rest of her group: Stitch, Brul, and Helicax. The party had been hired by The Clasp to find out who was poisoning the peasants they rely on for their prostitution supply and narcotics sales. When Stitch asked for compensation for a job well done but got poisoned, they got 12 hours to get to the bottom of the killings, or else Stitch would die.

Keyleth greets Vex'ahlia and Vax'ildan, by Olivia Samson.[art 5]

Keyleth and Tiberius split off from the rest of their group, and headed for an alchemical laboratory where they ran into Vex and Vax, as well as Scanlan and Grog, who Tiberius had met previously. The pairs didn't trust each other, but banded together to fight a common enemy, Iselda. After Iselda retreated into a mirror, Keyleth suggested that they all work together since they ultimately had the same goal, but the pairs all turned her down and went their own separate ways.

Vex'ahlia later called on the help of the others to help her rescue Vax, who had been kidnapped and pulled inside a magic mirror. Keyleth was the only one to accept. She followed Vex to the outskirts of town and was introduced to Trinket. The three headed for the docks in search of Vax, and ran again into the others. They all witnessed an explosion as Vax'ildan jumped out of a hole in the side of a ship, were he was being held captive.

The group decided to work together this time, and boarded the Mockingbird. They fought their way to Iselda as well as the source of the poison that has been plaguing the inhabitants of Stilben. They managed to kill her, stop a strange ritual, and escape through the previously made hole in the side of the ship. Afterwards, they all headed to a tavern together.

Volume 2 When tracking the wereabouts of their friend Grog, the party that would one day become Vox Machina was directed to the Trickfoot household, where they met Pike. Later, the party had to split to find ingredients for a ritual to save Grog from a lich attempting to possess his body. Keyleth went with Pike and Scanlan to the Umbra Hills to find the skull of a nightmare.

While looking for a cult rumored to posess the item, the trio interrogated Percival de Rolo, a prisoner accused of being one of the cultists. He explained to them that he was actually put in jail by the cult, and Keyleth and the others busted him out in exchange for his help. After their mission was complete, Percival decided to tag along with them.

"The Story of Vox Machina" (Sx06) & Other Pre-Stream Events[edit | edit source]

Keyleth and several other members of Vox Machina fell into a subterranean river system below Emon, where they encountered an aboleth.[50] Keyleth almost died after turning into a shark to fight it in the water, as the aboleth created a slime that tainted the water and pulled the oxygen out of it, causing her to suffocate.

At some point, Keyleth was thrown in jail and the party had to figure out a way to get her out. Scanlan Shorthalt managed to convince the guards that she had pubic lice. She played along by foaming at the mouth and acting insane. Percy acted as her lawyer.

First official portrait of Keyleth, by Kit Buss.[citation needed]

Vox Machina was forced to fight the Dread Emperor after they discovered he was abducting children and had abducted Uriel Tal'Dorei's son. While the group was in an alternate plane of existence controlled by the being known as the Dread Emperor, Keyleth was able to stop a fight against a corrupted treant using her ability Dominate Plants (seen here). While fighting the Dread Emperor, one of his defenses was using children chained by their necks to him as living shields to share the damage he took from the group's attacks. When Keyleth attempted to rescue one of the children with her Grasping Vine spell, she got into a tug-of-war fight with the Dread Emperor over the child. The child accidentally died when his neck broke from too much pressure around the collar.[51]

During the six-month period of time where Vox Machina decided to split to pursue their own separate goals, Keyleth traveled to Terrah alone to complete her Earth Ashari trial.[52] However, she experienced great difficulty due to the trauma of the child's death still fresh in her mind.[53][54]

Chapter 1[edit | edit source]

"Yug'Voril Uncovered" (1x09) While the party was journeying through the underdark, Keyleth mentionned her suspicions about Lady Kima of Vord. Vax'ildan argued that she wasn't being fair to her. He then told the druid that he knew about her hardships, that they all have had them, and that they have all made mistakes. Keyleth subsequently broke down in tears, wondering if they were doing the right thing and upset that she killed a lot of people. Vax, along with Percy and Tiberius, went on to mention that despite the situation in which they found themselves, miles underground, they were the only ones that could put a stop to K'Varn's plot, and that they would get through their ordeal together.

Chapter 2[edit | edit source]

Fan art of Keyleth diving into the Elemental Plane of Fire, by LuvianBlue.[art 6]

"Aramente to Pyrah" (1x22) Vox Machina journeyed to Pyrah so Keyleth could attempt the next step of her aramente. They met with Cerkonos, Flamespeaker and headmaster of the Fire Ashari. Cerkonos confirmed that Keyleth's mother, Vilya, came through about ten years ago on her own aramenté. He invited Keyleth to begin her trial immediately, with no preparation. They proceeded to the Cindergrove, where they found and entered a portal into the Elemental Plane of Fire. Cerkonos told her to "follow the footsteps" to find a "stone spire."

Arriving at the stone obelisk that Cerkonos told them to look for, they found Cerkonos himself and two other druids. The druids transformed into fire elementals to test the party's skills in combat. The party took down two of the druids before a cinder storm interrupted their fight and they were forced to flee the plane. Once back outside the portal, Cerkonos congratulated Keyleth on completing her trial. He gifted her a Spark Stone in celebration of the deed.

Chapter 3[edit | edit source]

"Consequences and Cows" (1x26) Keyleth expressed her concerns to the rest of the group about Percy's brutal behavior while fighting The Broker and his entourage, namely butchering an uncounscious old woman, but the group was quick to justify it based on his traumatized state after confronting the Briarwoods. Keyleth also put forth the idea that the group should consider their sense of morality more going forward. She considered leaving the group if this kind of senseless violence continued. The group agreed that they should all be more mindful of their actions.

"Reunions" (1x33) Vax finally revealed to Keyleth, after almost dying again at the hands of Professor Anders, that he was in love with her and emphasized it with a kiss. Vax's sudden display of affection greatly flustered Keyleth.

"Race to the Ziggurat" (1x34) Keyleth stayed behind while the rest of the group left the ziggurat and tried shoving some glass into the black orb. As her hand got to a point of no resistance,she felt an immediate, extremely strong suction begin to pull towards her hand, and yanked back with all her might, pulling away successfully. It was revealed during "Talks Machina: Campaign Wrap-up" (Sx31) that Marisha rolling a nat 20 on her strenght save may have saved Keyleth's life in that moment, as the save was very high. If she had failed, she would have gone through the orb, taken a ton of damage, and either died, or if she survived, been thrust out into the Shadowfell on the outskirts of Thar Amphala, completely alone.

Chapter 4[edit | edit source]

Fan art of Keyleth and Vax'ildan spending the night together[55], by Wendy Sullivan Green.[art 7]

"Desperate Measures" (1x40) Allura told Vox Machina that she and a group of adventurers had sealed Thordak in the Elemental Plane of Fire about 15 years prior, and Keyleth feared that his escape might have put the Fire Ashari in danger. She immediately felt responsible for Thordak's escape, and worried Vox Machina might even be responsible for the attack of the Chroma Conclave, remembering the time Vox Machina killed Brimscythe and were threatened by the dragons through magical stones in his lair, two years before.

With the help of Allura, Keyleth scried on Pyrah and saw the devastation left behind by the red dragon. Everything was burned and destroyed, and she saw no survivors. After exiting the ritual, Keyleth, devastated, declared that her people had failed their cause. Allura tried to encourage her, promising that they would rally who they can and bring the dragons to justice.

"Dangerous Dealings" (1x42) Keyleth and Vax'ildan both voiced their disapproval of an alliance with the Clasp and, as a sign of him severing all ties with the guild, Vax asked Keyleth to burn away the brand on his back. Keyleth complied and did so with her burning hand, leaving in its place a scar of her handprint. Before retiring for the evening, when Vax knocked on her door, Keyleth let him in and they spent the night together.

"Those Who Walk Away" (1x45) After Vax'ildan offered himself to the Raven Queen to save his sister's life, he told Keyleth he loved her. Keyleth answered that she thought she loved him, too, but was afraid of it because she might lose him. She feared outliving and losing everyone after completing her Aramenté, a feat which would allow her to live for hundreds of years.

The next day, Vox Machina travelled back to Pyrah, and found it almost completely destroyed, with the volcano still erupting. Cerkonos, gravely injured, announced that there were only twenty-five survivors. He believed they brought tragedy on themselves, as the Fire Ashari had agreed to help Allura's party seal Thordak into the Elemental Plane of Fire. Keyleth's father, Korrin, was also there to help, and Keyleth reunited with him for the first time since the she began her Aramenté. She apologized for not checking in sooner, saying she was afraid of disappointing him.

"The Family Business" (1x47) Cerkonos revealed to Keyleth that the tear that allowed Thordak to escape was opened by a young girl named Raishan taken in by the Fire Ashari four years prior. He warned Keyleth to watch out for her, believing she may be someone else than what she led the tribe to believe. Keyleth, filled with resentment, recognized the name: the girl was none other than the green dragon from the Chroma Conclave.

"Hope" (1x56) After the defeat of Umbrasyl, Vox Machina had a party thrown in their honor in Westruun. Keyleth felt extremely undeserving and began to panic, as she still felt guilty for the dragon's attack in the first place. Noticing Keyleth's unease and anxiety, Kerrek invited her to step outside. He understood that she was bothered by the fact that no matter what she did, she seemed to end up destroying more things than she fixed. He validated her fears and anxieties, but reminded her that things aren't hopeless, and explained that he once felt the same way and turned out okay. Keyleth felt comforted from this talk, and later hugged Kerrek tightly when it was time to say goodbye.

Chapter 5[edit | edit source]

"The Streets of Ank'Harel" (1x65)

Keyleth:I realized this whole time that I was afraid of losing you to a future that ultimately has not yet been written, which is… stupid.
Vax'ildan: Maybe so.
Keyleth:But you’re ultimately right. We have nothing to lose. I love you, Vax. I have for a long time. And I’m sorry for being me and that it took me this long to say it.
– 
[!h]

Emotionally exhausted after coming back from the ruins of Draconia, where she witnessed the dead body of her friend Tiberius, Keyleth knocked on Vax's door and asked to spend the night with him. She finally admitted that she loved him too, and was ready to pursue a relationship with him. The two half-elves sealed the deal with a high-five before embracing.

"The Chase to Glintshore" (1x67) Keyleth used Control Weather to command an entire storm to part for the skyship that Vox Machina was using to chase after Anna Ripley.

"Passed Through Fire" (1x69) Keyleth received a letter from Kerrek, who gave news of Westruun and talked about the hardship of being a leader for his people. Keyleth was happy to hear from her friend, and receive more of his advice.

You have the heart of a gardener, and because of this, you think of consequence, and your current path pains you. I am not wise, and I do not give advice, but I have come to know a few things. Sometimes breaking is making. Even iron can start again, and there are many things that move through fire and find themselves much better for it afterward.
– 
Part of the letter written to Keyleth by Kerrek [57]
[!h]

Chapter 6[edit | edit source]

"Trust" (1x70) Raishan revealed that she had been masquerading as Seeker Assum and was aware of their plans to defeat the Conclave, and proposed an alliance with Vox Machina, as she also wished to take down Thordak. Keyleth, enraged, declared that Raishan would not live to see Thordak die and would suffer for what she did.

During Raishan's conversation with Vox Machina, Keyleth frequently interjected with resentful, aggressive remarks and threats towards the green dragon. While most of the party believed it would be better to team up with Raishan in order to defeat Vorugal and Thordak, planning on killing her later, Keyleth was extremely against the idea.
Raishan: Child, your anger is misplaced–
Keyleth, shouting: Call me child one more goddamn time!
– 
Keyleth facing Raishan in Whitestone [58]
[!h]
Fueled by her need for revenge, she wanted to use this chance to kill her then and there. After careful negociations, and when even Grog advised for patience, Keyleth reluctantly accepted the deal and shook hands with Raishan.

"Vorugal" (1x71) During the battle against Vorugal, Vox machina summoned the goristro, Yenk and defeated him. They uncovered a powerful staff, the Spire of Conflux, one of the Vestiges of Divergence, from his body. It was given to Keyleth to wield.

"The Coming Storm" (1x73) Back in Whitestone, Raishan reappeared, still disguised as Seeker Assum. She appeared to have had modified Kima's memory, as she acted like she was talkling to the real Assum. Keyleth insisted on killing Raishan now, but the others wanted her help in defeating the Cinder King. Keyleth asked Grog how he used his rage, being able to be patient. He told her to let her rage build, and that he would help her take down Raishan when the time was right.

"What Lies Beneath the Surface" (1x81) After Keyleth fell in lava during the battle inside Thordak's lair, her hair was badly burned and left a lot shorter than it used to be. Vax'ildan gave Keyleth a clean cut with Whisper.[59]

Keyleth: Do you like it shorter?
Vax'ildan I like you. And I see you doubting yourself. I see it, Kiki. I have no doubts in you. I’ve known you for a long time now… and I have seen the strength in you growing. And I’m a fan. You’re gonna make a great leader some day.
– 
Keyleth and Vax'ildan [60]
[!h]

"The Deceiver's Stand" (1x83) Vox Machina tracked Raishan back to the Island of Viscan and confronted her. Keyleth spoke up, telling the dragon that she had taught her a lot about herself in the past weeks, and how she hopes to never turn to anger and selfishness in dark times like Raishan did. The two had a tense conversation, in which Keyleth admitted that she had let herself be driven by her selfish need for revenge against Raishan, and wasn't the only one who should decide what her fate was going to be. She offered Raishan a fair trial on behalf of the people of Emon, the Ashari, and all of Exandria if she accepted to follow them peacefully. The dragon scoffed at the offer, comparing the people of Exandria to ants below her feet.

Fan art of Keyleth casting Feeblemind, by Lap Pun Cheung.[art 8]

During the battle with Raishan, Keyleth cast Feeblemind against the dragon in a desperate attempt, and succeeded. Raishan's brilliant mind was reduced to primal instincts, and the party managed to take her down, though at great cost.

Later, when attempting to teleport away from the island, Allura and Kima accidentally ended up in the middle of ocean. Keyleth found them through scrying, and spotted them far off the coast, allowing Vex to fly to them and rescue them.

Chapter 7[edit | edit source]

"Onward to Vesrah" (1x87) Vox Machina arrived at Vesrah so Keyleth could take on the final trial on her aramenté and met with Uvenda, Heart of the Tides and headmaster of the Water Ashari. Uvenda explained that the final task of the aramenté was to venture through the rift into the Elemental Plane of Water. There, they would have to gather three lodestones dropped by a kraken living not far from the rift. They could not, however, kill the kraken, as the Water Ashari people would then lose their source of lodestones.

Uvenda revealed that Keyleth's mother made it to their tribe but was unable to complete her aramenté. She attempted this task with her own group of companions, but they were all killed in the effort. Of her remains, only a leg was found, so she could not even be properly interred. Keyleth accepted this news and agreed to attempt the task the following morning.

Fan art of Keyleth after the City of Brass, by hani.[art 9]

"Tangled Depths" (1x88) The party ventured to the Aerie of Torrent, the rift to the Elemental Plane of Water. They managed to bring back the required loadstones through the portal while fighting off the kraken. Keyleth plane shifted with Vex'aliah and the lifeless body of Vax'ildan to the outskirts of Vesrah, while the rest of the group were left to fight their way out through the rift.

"Curious Tides" (1x89) During Vax's resurrection ritual, Keyleth touched the handprint she burned onto Vax's back, casting Daylight as a light to guide him back from the darkness. The ritual succeeded.

Uvenda was visibly surprised and congratulated Keyleth on the completion of her Aramenté. She admitted that the Aramenté was not meant to be lethal; Keyleth and her mother had been the only ones to attempt it since the coming of the kraken, and perhaps it was time to reconsider the task. As a reward for completing her trial, Keyleth learned the 9th-level spell Shapechange.

Keyleth announced that she has been holding on to something she had Gilmore help her make: a set of dragon-tooth pendants, enchanted so that, if any member of the party goes unconscious, the rest will know. She handed out a pendant to each member of the party.

"Voice of the Tempest" (1x90)

Fan art of Keyleth, Voice of the Tempest, by Lap Pun Cheung.[art 10]

After fulfilling her Aramente, Keyleth eventually returned to Zephrah for her coronation as the Voice of the Tempest. She attested the success of her journey to the people of the world, the support of her tribe, and most importantly, the bonds of friendship and family she has with Vox Machina. As proof of her new responsibilities, she was gifted the Mantle of the Tempest and the Inspiring Leader feat.

"One Year Later..." (1x95) During her year off, Keyleth spent a lot of time in Zephrah with Vax. When she and Vax went to get tattoos together, Keyleth got a version of her mantle across her chest and shoulders. She also spent a significant amount of time, with Percy and Tary's help, setting up a Crisis Orb system to enable better communication between the four cities of the Ashari.

Keyleth worked with Pike, Vex'ahlia, and Tary in the Slayer's Cake, a bakery they opened together in Whitestone. She also took a sprig from the Sun Tree in Whitestone to grow her own tree in Zephrah, spent some time learning more alchemy, and had crafting parties with Vex and Tary.

At some point, Keyleth, Vax, Vex, Pike, and Tary all made a group outing to the Feywild to look for the Theater they had been told about. They found it in the north of the forest where they had faced Saundor. Disguising themselves as small beasts and insects, they snuck into the theater and watched a three-act performance put on by six pale, white-eyed, elvish-looking actors. On their return from the theater, Percy, who had read a lot about the Feywild in his youth, told them they had managed to witness the Royal Troupe of the Unseelie Court, and that, had they been caught, they very easily might not have been heard from ever again.

Fan art of Keyleth, by Elliott.[art 11]

"Taryon, My Wayward Son" (1x97) In what may have been a slight lapse of judgment, Keyleth swan-dived over the side of a cliff to join Vex'aliah at the bottom, thinking she will hit water and be fine. She didn't jump quite far enough, however. In a moment of panic, she beast shaped into a goldfish before hitting the rocks at the base of the cliff, and died on impact. Vex, on her broom, was the only one who saw this. Luckily, she still had a Revivify coin given to her by Taryon and quickly used it on Keyleth's body.

Chapter 8[edit | edit source]

"Dark Dealings" (1x112) While Keyleth and Vex retrieved the Sword of Kas, they accidentaly revealed their position to Vecna, who sent the resurected Briarwoods. To escape them, Keyleth cast Plane Shift and brought the party to the Feywild. Once there, she suggested asking Artagan for help to ensure that time wasn't warped during their stay there. However, when he showed up, Artagan only agreed if he was allowed to strangle Vax'ildan to death, and if they built a doorway into the material plane for him.

"The Final Ascent" (1x113) Keyleth brought the party back to Thar Amphala and Vox Machina fought their way to Vecna.

"Vecna, the Ascended" (1x114) During the fight against Vecna, she hit the god with a Sunburst spell, accidently killing Velora, who was trapped inside his ribcage. She shapechanged into a planetar and attempted to drive the Raven Queen's Divine Trammel into Vecna's chest to aid with his banishing ritual, but missed, and the trammel shattered.

Although Scanlan was the only member of Vox Machina able to read arcane texts, Keyleth realized that, in her planetar form, all languages were legible to her. While Scanlan had to wait for his next chance to attempt the rites of Prime Banishment, she flew to him and took the book, beginning to read. Keyleth finished the ritual and Vecna was succesfully sealed.

"The Chapter Closes" (1x115) Vox Machina flew down to the Platinum Sanctuary on the back of J'mon Sa Ord to announce the defeat of Vecna. On the urging of her friends, Keyleth stepped forward to address the people gathered there.

The bravery of Vasselheim remains evident on this day. You all should be proud that your reputation of a city unfallen by invasion or attack remains, and that is only because of the faith and the bravery and the strength of the citizens of this amazing city. We of Vox Machina are proud and honored to have fought by every single one of you and we vow to continue to stand by your side through the rest of our days.

Huzzah! To 1,000 years of Vasselheim! Huzzah!
– 
Keyleth addresses the people of Vasselheim[61]

Almost immediately after the end of her speech, the Raven Queen appeared to take Vax away. After he said goodbye to his sister, Vax turned to Keyleth. She said she wasn't ready; but he assured her she was ready to lead her people. Keyleth promised she would find him and see him again.

Some time later, after helping Pike for a while in the rebuilding of Vasselheim, Keyleth eventually retired to Zephrah to take up her duties there. She adventured with her friends when called upon, and reconnected with Kerrek in Westruun. Taking the raven feather given to her by Pike, she embeded it into the sprig she once took from the Sun Tree in Whitestone. The sprig grew over time into a new Raven Tree of the Ashari.

Fan art of The Epilogue, by Tyrone Andersen.[art 12]

One cold day, on the 13th day of the tenth month of the year, Keyleth was visited by a single raven, larger than the ones she has seen before. She blew it a kiss, and the raven landed on her shoulder. Every day after, that raven came to visit.

Epilogues[edit | edit source]

"Dalen's Closet" (Sx47) Keyleth brought Derrig, her bodyguard, as her plus one to Vex and Percy's wedding. Keyleth was asked to be Percy's best woman. She was very nervous and inquired with the wedding planner to make sure that everything was going to be perfect.

After waking up with the others who had been knocked unconscious, she managed to lift the heavy fog that made it difficult for people to see each other with Control Weather, allowing the party to realize Vex and Percy were missing. Keyleth, in water elemental form, later retrieved Vex'aliah's body from the ocean, not in time to save her from drowning, but brought her back to Pike so she could be revived with a Revivify spell.

After Sylas Briarwood was finally defeated, Vex'ahlia and Percy decided to get married then and there on the cliff. Keyleth stood behind Percy as they exchanged vows. Right before the rings were brought out, Scanlan interrupted the ceremony to cast Wish, and Vax'ildan appeared briefly. After he congratulated his sister and her husband, he turned to Keyleth and wrapped her in his arms. Keyleth told him her life was not the same without him and jokingly asked how he expected her to get over him if he kept sending her ravens. He assured her that he was far, but not gone.

Post-Campaign[edit | edit source]

As revealed in "The Chapter Closes" (1x115), Keyleth lendt her wisdom to the councils of Tal'Dorei and Whitestone. She eventually considered dating again, though not for a long time after Vax's loss.

Fan art of Vilya returning to Zephrah, by Lap Pun Cheung.[art 13]

Keyleth is still alive and living in Zephrah as of 836 PD, when she ran to greet Vilya as she emerged from a tree via Transport via Plants from Rumblecusp.[62]

Keyleth, as an archdruid, will live to be hundreds of years old.[35] When her time comes, she will someday retreat into the Raven Tree to become a part of the realm; but that is a long way off.

Relationships[edit | edit source]

Grog[edit | edit source]

Main article:  Relationship between Grog and Keyleth.

Keyleth and Grog have worked together on occasion, such as creating a special combo attack referred to as the "Fastball Special", where Keyleth turns into a brawny creature, like an earth elemental, in order to have enough strength to throw Grog at a large opponent.

Grog was present when Keyleth was on the brink of attacking Raishan when the dragon revealed herself in the guise of Seeker Assum and explained to her the value of patience.[63] When Keyleth, struggling with her anger at Raishan, asked Grog how he manages to keep his rage in check, he answered:  "Family."[64]

Kashaw[edit | edit source]

Fan art of Kashaw kissing Keyleth, by Wendy Sullivan Green.[art 14]

Keyleth became interested with the cleric Kashaw Vesh while completing a trial for the Slayer's Take guild in Vasselheim, even receiving her first kiss from him before he departed.[65]  During their reunion when the party visited Vasselheim once more, after the attack of the Chroma Conclave, the two of them cleared the air as Kashaw apologized for stealing her first kiss, saying that while it felt good, it was ultimately wrong of him. Keyleth herself said that he didn't have to, that she never meant to hurt anyone physically or emotionally.[66]

When Vex'ahlia was killed due to a trap within Purvan Suul's tomb, Kashaw revived her because he knew Keyleth would have wanted him to.[67] After Vex's resurrection, Kashaw told her that he believes not in Vesh, but in life itself.[68] He later told Keyleth that he noticed the interest that Vax'ildan, Vex's twin brother, had in her and told her to stay near him, that the rogue would look after her in his stead. Since then, the two have had a rather awkward friendship.

Kerrek[edit | edit source]

Keyleth first met Kerrek after Vox Machina defeated Umbrasyl the Hope Devourer. When Keyleth was having a breakdown over the fact that she hated being called a hero, thinking that she was not due to her actions, it was Kerrek whom she confided in, telling him that she never wanted the burden and responsibility of the Aramenté. The former paladin served as an inspiration and mentor to her, being the very first person who completely understood Keyleth's constant struggles with herself, telling her that she needed to look at the big picture even if it was unpleasant, that things were not as hopeless as she believed.[69] It was this advice that started to motivate her to turn her life and way of thinking around, which would later lead to her further development as a person.[70] He later sent a letter to Keyleth after Percy's resurrection, giving her additional wisdom along with a ring with the engraved words, "I Have Passed Through Fire".[71]

Keyleth and Kerrek crossed paths once more in the wake of the death of Thordak and the escape of Raishan, as he comforted her after her failure to achieve revenge for her people.[72] He later accompanied her to the Island of Viscan in order to find and defeat Raishan for good, being given her Cloak of Displacement just in case.[73] When the battle was won thanks to their combined efforts, and after Allura Vysoren and Lady Kima vanished due to a freak teleportation accident, Keyleth had managed to spot the two of them in the ocean despite the odds. Kerrek, being doubtful of Keyleth, tried giving her "the talk", saying that sometimes you lose people and you never get them back. However, his words only served to make Keyleth feel worse.[74] After Scanlan Shorthalt's resurrection in Whitestone, the two later parted ways in Emon.[75]

Kima[edit | edit source]

Keyleth and Lady Kima did not initially see eye to eye. After Vox Machina's assault on the Emberhold, they had gotten into a very heated argument about how the paladin's blind faith in her god's protection in addition to her vengeful desires put their party in grave peril and caused Grog to get captured. Keyleth also told Kima that she hoped, in her efforts to rid the world of K'Varn, she would not end up becoming the very thing she was trying to destroy.[76]

Keyleth later expressed concern to the rest of her group that she did not want Kima or the people of Emon to gain control of the Horn of Orcus, as she did not completely trust them. After being comforted by Vax, Percy, and Tiberius about the situation they had found themselves in, Keyleth later apologized to Kima, who forgave her earlier outburst, and the tension between them lessened greatly with Keyleth giving Kima her patience while the paladin gave the party the respect they deserved.[77]

In the days since, Kima earned Keyleth's trust and even her friendship as well, a prime example being when the paladin was reunited with Vox Machina after the attack of the Chroma Conclave. Keyleth, in particular, had defended Kima when High Bearer Vord ridiculed the halfling's "foolish impulses" by saying that said impulses were exactly what Vox Machina needed.[78]

Korrin[edit | edit source]

Keyleth loves her father so much. The interim headmaster himself has expressed his praise and fondness for his daughter and her accomplishments.[79] The night before the battle to reclaim Emon, he decided to aid Keyleth and Vox Machina by having his tribe provide air support, with him taking part in the battle himself.[80] Upon Keyleth's return to Zephrah after the completion of the Aramenté, Korrin personally passed on the mantle of leadership to his daughter, appointing her as the new headmaster of the tribe and once again expressing how proud he is and how proud her mother would have been if she had lived.[81]

Percy[edit | edit source]

Main article:  Relationship between Keyleth and Percy.

Keyleth and Percy share a deep bond of friendship, despite their differing views on leadership and moral choices.

Pike[edit | edit source]

Main article:  Relationship between Keyleth and Pike.

Despite having a huge distrust of the gods, Keyleth has great respect for Pike and the two are good friends.

Before Keyleth departed for the Feywild, Pike told her about how despite being a cleric of Sarenrae, she still has control over her own life. She then gave Keyleth some advice about finding happiness and getting comfortable with Vax.[82] That advice eventually gave Keyleth the courage to confess to him.[83]

Raishan[edit | edit source]

Raishan:  "You act as though the laws of the anthill affect the foot that crushes it. You speak words of importance, but I've seen laws and people come and go, change, die, turn to dust, and rise again. People kill neighbor, families die from the inside and out. They say I'm diseased, but look upon you, you insignificant creatures. You do more to your people than I've done in an entire lifetime."
Keyleth:  "That might be true. But at least that's the fate of our own consequences and our own doing. Not some outwardly force, forcing their repercussions on us. And, you should know, Raishan, I've stepped on plenty of anthills in my day. Those that don't die revolt. And guess what? There's some pretty nasty stings from some ants out there. The strength of a colony is stronger than the individual of one great, diseased foot."
– 
[!h]

Fan art of Keyleth and Raishan, by Allison Huey.[art 15]

Keyleth discovered from Cerkonos, headmaster of the Fire Ashari, that a young girl that they took in had been the one responsible for freeing Thordak of the Chroma Conclave from the Plane of Fire. Her actions had led to Pyrah's destruction and the devastation of his tribe. Keyleth later learned that the girl who set Thordak free and one of the dragons of the Conclave, Raishan, were one and the same.[85]

Since then, Keyleth developed an immense hatred for the Diseased Deceiver which was brought to the fore when the dragon revealed herself to Vox Machina under the guise of Assum Emring. She lashed out at the dragon, the party having to calm her down and convince her to not give in to her desire to kill Raishan out of fear of destroying Whitestone. Eventually, Raishan and Vox Machina made a mutual yet temporary alliance to defeat Thordak due to the Cinder King having lied to her. Keyleth begrudgingly agreed to the alliance, but still yearned to kill the dragon to avenge her sister-tribe.[86]

Despite failing to kill her in the moments after Thordak's death due to Raishan escaping,[87] in their last encounter Keyleth spoke up against the dragon, the druid keeping her anger in check and mentioning her hope that during her very long lifetime she does not become like her, and she even gave Raishan a chance to surrender and be brought to justice, a far outcry from their first proper encounter in Whitestone weeks before.[88] A long and bloody battle ensued, with Keyleth effectively neutralizing Raishan's spellcasting with Feeblemind, destroying her very identity and intellect,[89] and Kerrek delivering the final blow on her.[90]

Tiberius[edit | edit source]

Main article:  Relationship between Keyleth and Tiberius.

During their adventures together, Keyleth and Tiberius shared a strong, respectful friendship. When Tiberius was discovered to have died defending Draconia, it was Keyleth who personally buried him.

Vax'ildan[edit | edit source]

I know you can hear me. I know you’re still in there. And I’m sure She can hear me, too. But your sister is right. You’ve held up to your promise to Her. And you’ve made a promise to me. We have to settle down and live happily together, remember? You promised me Zephrah. So I want to give you a little bit of light to follow in the darkness. [...] And besides... you know I’m in love with you, right?
– 
Keyleth to Vax'ildan during his resurrection ritual[91]
[!h]

Fan art of Keyleth and Vax'ildan, by pixelllls.[art 16]

Main article:  Relationship between Keyleth and Vax'ildan.

Vax is Keyleth's first love. At first simply mutual acquaintances and later friends alongside the rest of Vox Machina, the two of them eventually became romantic partners after a series of harrowing events.[92] After over a year of traveling alongside him, she first developed feelings for the rogue when he began standing up for her, becoming the first to ever do so. Vax has also shown his full support in regards to the Aramenté,[93] encouraging Keyleth to pursue her goals and that she deserves to live the life she is destined to have.[94]

Keyleth was initially hesitant to admit her feelings for Vax, however, and for a time she was afraid of losing him be it through himself dying in battle or just outliving him, a fear that kept her from allowing herself to love him.[95] She eventually did admit her feelings, much to her relief and his.[96] The two of them have been together since, and Vax has continued to support her and encourage her, telling her that despite her doubts, she must mix in the faith that he and the rest of their companions have in her.[97]

After Vax was brought back as a revenant, the two of them came to terms that their time together would end far sooner than they hoped. But Keyleth remarked that despite all the hardship that was thrown at them, she would never take it back as it was Vax who taught her to take chances, including falling in love.[98]

Vilya[edit | edit source]

Vilya went off on her own Aramenté twenty years prior to the campaign's start, and due to her not returning home, Keyleth had to be next in line.[99] While venturing on her own quest, Keyleth learned more about Vilya's whereabouts, such as hearing that Vilya had visited Pyrah ten years prior.[100]

It was not until arriving at Vesrah that Keyleth discovered the truth: Vilya had disappeared five years before Keyleth arrived while facing a kraken in the Elemental Plane of Water and was presumed dead, with only her left leg being found.[101] In fact, Keyleth later discovered that the challenge she herself faced had been changed only recently due to the kraken's arrival, with Vilya and her party being the first to undergo the trial in its current state.[102] During the celebration of Keyleth's completion of the trial, Uvenda told her that her mother's memory now lives on in her.[103]

Keyleth learned that her mother was still alive when Vilya appeared in front of her in Zephrah with a Transport via plants portal[104], over twenty years after learning she had disappeared.

Character Information[edit | edit source]

Quests[edit | edit source]

Fan art of Keyleth wearing the Mantle of the Tempest after becoming headmaster, by Elaine Tipping.[art 17]

Keyleth's quest was to complete her Aramenté; this required her to seek out the sister-tribes of the Air Ashari in order to introduce and establish respect amongst the fellow headmasters. She has met with the Earth Ashari in Terrah during her absence from Vox Machina[105], visited the Fire Ashari in Pyrah during her stay in Vasselheim,[106] completed the trial of the Water Ashari in Vesrah,[107] and has succeeded in returning to Zephrah where she was formally given the title of "Voice of the Tempest" as the new headmaster of the Air Ashari.[108]

Keyleth revealed to the party that the last person to attempt the Aramenté, her mother Vilya, had never been heard from again.[109] Keyleth wanted to discover what happened to her mother, and eventually discovered that she disappeared while trying to complete the Water Ashari trial and was presumed dead.[110] Over twenty years later, Keyleth was reunited with her mother, who returned from Rumblecusp[111] after the Mighty Nein helped save her and the other denizens of the island from a memory altering being.

Keyleth also had a personal stake in Vox Machina's dealings with the Chroma Conclave, specifically with Raishan due to her role in freeing Thordak and causing the decimation of the Fire Ashari. She wished to personally kill her to avenge them, a goal that was fulfilled twofold with Keyleth destroying her intelligent and cunning persona with Feeblemind,[112] and Kerrek landing the final blow on the then-feral Diseased Deceiver.[113]

Notable Items[edit | edit source]

Current Items[edit | edit source]

Former Items[edit | edit source]

  • Cloak of Displacement< (given to her by Vax'ildan,[119] loaned to Kerrek indefinitely[120])
  • Magic Choker (+1 to damage with beast/elemental forms, traded to Whaska for information)[121]
  • Ring of Protection +1 (traded to Whaska for information)[122]
  • Spark Stone (granted when she passed the Fire Ashari trial;[123] expended;[124] granted Keyleth a permanent boon of +1d6 fire damage with hands, claws, or talons when activated)

Abilities[edit | edit source]

Fan art of Keyleth, by poetiskt.[art 18]

Being a druid Keyleth is gifted with the ability to harness divine nature energy to cast spells as well as, transform into animals through Wild Shape. Being a Circle of the Moon druid allows her to use more powerful wild shapes such as higher CR beasts and elemental forms. She is a level 20 druid, allowing her full range of all druid spells. Each day she can prepare up to 26 spells.

Half-Elf Abilities[edit | edit source]

  • Darkvision
  • Fey Ancestry

Feats[edit | edit source]

  • Inspiring Leader (from completing the Aramenté)[125]
  • Mystic Conflux (4 attuned items at a time)[126]
  • Skilled (Alchemist's Supplies, Intimidation, Persuasion)
  • War Caster[127]

Druid Abilities[edit | edit source]

Class Features[edit | edit source]
  • Archdruid
    • Unlimited Wild Shapes
    • Ability to ignore verbal, somatic, and no cost material components of spells
  • Beast Spells[128]
  • Druid Circle: Circle of the Moon
    • Circle Forms
    • Combat Wild Shape
    • Elemental Wild Shape (Circle of the Moon)
    • Primal Strike (Circle of the Moon) (Beast attacks count as magical)[129]
    • Thousand Forms (Circle of the Moon) (Alter Self at will)[130]
  • Flaming Hands (from the Sparkstone)
  • Ritual Casting
  • Spellcasting (Wisdom-based ability)
  • Timeless Body
  • Wild Shape

Druid Spells[edit | edit source]

Keyleth has access to all druid class spells. As a 20th-level druid, she can prepare up to 26 spells per day.

Cantrips[edit | edit source]

Fan art of Keyleth, by BlackSalander.[art 19]

1st-level[edit | edit source]
2nd-level[edit | edit source]
3rd-level[edit | edit source]
4th-level[edit | edit source]
5th-level[edit | edit source]
6th-level[edit | edit source]
7th-level[edit | edit source]
8th-level[edit | edit source]
9th-level[edit | edit source]

Spire of Conflux Spells[edit | edit source]

  • Burning Hands (1 charge)[218]
  • Chain Lightning (6 charges)[219]
  • Conjure Elemental (5 charges)[220]
  • Fireball (3 charges)[221]
  • Fire Storm (7 charges)[222]
  • Ice Storm (4 charges)[citation needed]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

Keyleth's portrait in Pillars of Eternity II: Dreadfire.[art 20]

  • Keyleth has the highest wisdom score of any player character thus far.
  • Marisha Ray's inspiration for Keyleth, and her overall quest, came from Avatar: The Last Airbender.
  • Marisha chose the character's name by putting an air-related word into an online Elvish translator, and then simplified the spelling.[223] Keyleth is similar to gwilith, which translates as "air (as a region)."[224]
    • Likewise, the name of Keyleth's mother, Vilya, translates as "air, sky."[225]
    • Keyleth's name is also a suggested name for female Elves in the Fifth Edition Player's Handbook and Xanathar's Guide to Everything.[226][227]
  • It was revealed on Talks Machina: After Dark that at one point, she and Vax became intimate with each other, and that he was her first.
  • Keyleth has expressed an interest in learning how to make potions and has asked Shaun Gilmore about possibly starting up a workshop to teach people alchemy.[citation needed] She worked on alchemy during the party's year-long break from adventuring.[228]
  • Her favorite animal form is a white saber-toothed tiger,[229] which Grog refers to as "Minxie". She first used that form as a way to help Grog intimidate somebody, pretending to be his pet tiger. She can also turn into a bear that closely resembles Trinket.[230]
  • Keyleth's signature antlers were an invention of artist Kit Buss as a way to represent her circlet for her official portrait.[231]
  • Keyleth has participated in all four "Battle Royale" episodes and is the winner of the fourth.
  • Keyleth is included in the Critical Role Pack DLC for Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire.
  • According to the Chronicles of Exandria artbook, the original plan for her Aramenté was Pyrah, Vesrah, and Terrah before she insisted on her own choices.
  • In the Critical Role Major Arcana Tarot Card Set, she represents XIX - The Sun.
  • Keyleth does not know what the metric system is.[232]
  • Keyleth has an extremely low tolerance for alcohol, and her behavior is extremely affected by any amount of drinking, making her very loud and emotional.
  • Keyleth was the first, and so far only, member of Vox Machina to appear in Campaign 2. She was seen by Veth through the Transport via Plants portal opened by Vilya on Rumblecusp.[233]
  • Keyleth will be the last of the original members of Vox Machina to die.

External Links[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. From Matthew Mercer's YouTube video Dungeons & Dragons: Vox Style at 01:53.
  2. Keyleth does not have a last name.  See "Cindergrove Revisited" (1x46) at 3:20:09.
  3. The spelling of "sabre-toothed tiger" taken from the Monster Manual.  See D&D: Monster Manual, 5th ed., p. 336.
  4. See "Attack on the Duergar Warcamp" (1x04) at 47:49.
  5. See "Yug'Voril Uncovered" (1x09) at 1:27:41.
  6. See "Daring Days" (1x86) at 46:18.
  7. See "Voice of the Tempest" (1x90) at 3:49:17.
  8. See "Dalen's Closet" (Sx47) at 53:20.
  9. The Chronicles of Exandria artbook notes that Keyleth left Zephrah on the dawn of her twentieth birthday.
  10. 10.0 10.1 Keyleth's alignment is shown on her character sheet posted by Marisha Ray on Twitter on 2015-04-16.
  11. Marisha Ray again confirms the alignment on Twitter on 2016-07-08
  12. See "Into the Frostweald" (1x48) at 2:15:00.
  13. Keyleth spoke Ignan while she was in fire elemental form.  See "Cindergrove Revisited" (1x46) at 34:43.
  14. See "Taryon, My Wayward Son" (1x97).[citation needed]
  15. Marisha Ray spelled Keyleth's mother's name on Twitter.
  16. Keyleth openly admitted her feelings for Vax'ildan.  See "The Streets of Ank'Harel" (1x65) at 16:10.
  17. See "The Deceiver's Stand" (1x83).[citation needed]
  18. Keyleth's level 10 stats were posted by Marisha Ray on Twitter on 2015-04-16.
  19. Keyleth's level 14 stat card was shown onscreen.  See "A Cycle of Vengeance" (1x58) at 0:20:15.
  20. Keyleth's level 15 stat card was shown onscreen.  See "Cloak and Dagger" (1x68) at 2:15:00.
  21. Keyleth's level 16 stat card was shown onscreen.  See "Clash at Daxio" (1x77) at 42:29.
  22. The Spire of Conflux was rebalanced to grant +1 to Keyleth's DC, boosting it to 20.  See "The Siege of Emon" (1x78).[citation needed]
  23. Keyleth gained the ability to cast Shapechange, therefore she is now level 17.  See "Curious Tides" (1x89).[citation needed]
  24. Keyleth's level 17 stat card was shown onscreen.  See "Voice of the Tempest" (1x90) at 3:55:22.
  25. Keyleth's level 18 stat card was shown onscreen.  See "Race to the Tower" (1x102) at 56:31.
  26. Keyleth's level 19 stat card was shown onscreen.  See "Dark Dealings" (1x112).[citation needed]
  27. Keyleth's Mantle of the Tempest assures that regardless of armor (or lack of), her AC can't be any lower than 16.
  28. See "Voice of the Tempest" (1x90) at 3:55:11.
  29. See "Arrival at Kraghammer" (1x01) from 2:37 through 4:40.
  30. Marisha Ray mentioned that Keyleth is slightly taller than Vax'ildan by at least a few inches on Twitter.
  31. Marisha stated that Keyleth has green eyeson Twitter.
  32. Originally, Keyleth had long red hair until the battle with Raishan where most of it was burnt off, after which she received a haircut from Vax'ildan.  See "What Lies Beneath the Surface" (1x81) at 3:45:59.
  33. See "Aramente to Pyrah" (1x22) at 25:00.
  34. See "One Year Later..." (1x95).[citation needed]
  35. 35.0 35.1 See D&D: Player's Handbook, 5th ed., pp. 39, 67–Half-elves typically live for 180 years. The 18th-level druid feature "Timeless Body" causes a druid to age 10 times slower, allowing Keyleth to potentially live for up to 1,800 years.
  36. Marisha talks about Keyleth always wanting to find the (Pareto-optimal) greater-good solution in which nobody gets hurt, rather than being Machiavellian, and that roleplaying as Keyleth has made her more empathetic.  See "Talks Machina #8: 'Raishan'" (TMx08) from 50:05 through 51:34.
  37. See "Talks Machina #10: 'Deadly Echoes'" (TMx10) from 1:18:07 through 1:20:07.  Marisha talks about Keyleth's anger, considering taking a level in Barbarian, and her likely angry response if Vilya turned up alive and well.
  38. Marisha Ray mentioned Keyleth's people's relationship with Melora and how she is less religious than other members of the Ashari in this tweet.
  39. See "Hope" (1x56) from 2:03:57 through 2:04:35.
  40. See "Voice of the Tempest" (1x90).[citation needed]
  41. See "Those Who Walk Away" (1x45) from 1:13:15 through 1:16:13.
  42. See "The Streets of Ank'Harel" (1x65) from 0:11:30 through 0:17:36.
  43. Marisha Ray reveals that Keyleth feels attraction to those who exude confidence on Twitter.
  44. See "A Bard's Lament" (1x85).[citation needed]
  45. Marisha Ray reveals that Keyleth felt attraction to Vex as well, but is still unsure of her own sexuality on Twitter.
  46. See "Strange Bedfellows" (1x03) from 27:24 through 31:44.
  47. See "K'Varn Revealed" (1x10) at 3:29:09.
  48. See "Enter Vasselheim" (1x16) from 25:12 through 27:03.
  49. See "What Lies Beneath the Surface" (1x81) at 3:48:48.
  50. See "The Story of Vox Machina" (Sx06) from 8:00 through 8:27.
  51. See "K'Varn Revealed" (1x10) at 3:23:42.
  52. See "Glass and Bone" (1x08) at 38:29.
  53. See "Aramente to Pyrah" (1x22) at 2:58:38.
  54. See "Talks Machina: Campaign Wrap-up" (Sx31) at 9:14.
  55. See "Dangerous Dealings" (1x42) at 3:08:20.
  56. See "The Streets of Ank'Harel" (1x65) from 0:14:54 through 0:16:35.
  57. See "Passed Through Fire" (1x69).
  58. See "What Lies Beneath the Surface" (1x81).
  59. See "What Lies Beneath the Surface" (1x81) at 3:45:59.
  60. See "What Lies Beneath the Surface" (1x81).
  61. See "The Chapter Closes" (1x115) at 1:24:04.
  62. See "Devoutness and Dicks" (2x107) at 3:51:38.
  63. See "Trust" (1x70) at 51:25.
  64. See "The Coming Storm" (1x73).[citation needed]
  65. See "Trial of the Take: Part 4" (1x21) at 4:02:02.
  66. See "Return to Vasselheim" (1x43) at 2:42:06.
  67. See "The Sunken Tomb" (1x44) at 4:36:11.
  68. See "The Sunken Tomb" (1x44) at 4:44:57.
  69. See "Hope" (1x56) from 1:58:22 through 2:06:55.
  70. Marisha Ray described Keyleth's encounter with Kerrek as a turning point for her during the "Beyond Critical Role" panel at MomoCon 2017.
  71. See "Passed Through Fire" (1x69) from 1:59:15 through 2:03:50.
  72. See "What Lies Beneath the Surface" (1x81).[citation needed]
  73. See "Deadly Echoes" (1x82).[citation needed]
  74. See "The Deceiver's Stand" (1x83).[citation needed]
  75. See "Loose Ends" (1x84).[citation needed]
  76. See "Glass and Bone" (1x08) from 0:51:29 through 0:59:29.
  77. See "Yug'Voril Uncovered" (1x09) from 1:22:58 through 1:31:34.
  78. See "Return to Vasselheim" (1x43) at 2:16:30.
  79. See "Those Who Walk Away" (1x45).[citation needed]
  80. See "The Siege of Emon" (1x78).[citation needed]
  81. See "Voice of the Tempest" (1x90).[citation needed]
  82. See "A Cycle of Vengeance" (1x58) at 3:04:30.
  83. See "The Streets of Ank'Harel" (1x65) at 16:10.
  84. See "The Deceiver's Stand" (1x83).[citation needed]
  85. See "The Family Business" (1x47) from 47:30 through 50:52.
  86. See "Trust" (1x70) from 0:12:13 through 1:00:27.
  87. See "Raishan" (1x80).[citation needed]
  88. See "The Deceiver's Stand" (1x83).[citation needed]
  89. See "The Deceiver's Stand" (1x83).[citation needed]
  90. See "The Deceiver's Stand" (1x83).[citation needed]
  91. See "Curious Tides" (1x89) at 0:49:14.
  92. See "The Streets of Ank'Harel" (1x65) from 0:11:30 through 0:17:36.
  93. See "Aramente to Pyrah" (1x22).[citation needed]
  94. See "Trust" (1x70) from 1:18:43 through 1:19:43.
  95. See "Those Who Walk Away" (1x45) from 1:13:15 through 1:16:13.
  96. See "The Streets of Ank'Harel" (1x65) at 0:16:10.
  97. See "What Lies Beneath the Surface" (1x81).[citation needed]
  98. See "Scaldseat" (1x107).[citation needed]
  99. See "Enter Vasselheim" (1x16) from 0:25:12 through 27:03.
  100. See "Aramente to Pyrah" (1x22) from 2:51:23 through 2:53:42.
  101. See "Onward to Vesrah" (1x87) from 3:28:30 through 3:29:39.
  102. See "Curious Tides" (1x89) at 1:06:26.
  103. See "Curious Tides" (1x89) at 2:07:41.
  104. See "Devoutness and Dicks" (2x107) at 3:51:38.
  105. See "Glass and Bone" (1x08) at 38:29.
  106. See "Aramente to Pyrah" (1x22).[citation needed]
  107. See "Curious Tides" (1x89).[citation needed]
  108. See "Voice of the Tempest" (1x90).[citation needed]
  109. See "Enter Vasselheim" (1x16) from 0:25:12 through 0:27:03.
  110. See "Onward to Vesrah" (1x87).[citation needed]
  111. See "Devoutness and Dicks" (2x107) at 3:51:38.
  112. See "The Deceiver's Stand" (1x83).[citation needed]
  113. See "The Deceiver's Stand" (1x83).[citation needed]
  114. Marisha Ray reveals that Keyleth gets a bonus to Wisdom and Charisma from the circlet on Twitter.
  115. See "A Bard's Lament" (1x85).[citation needed]
  116. Marisha Ray answered a tweet about her armor's properties on Twitter.
  117. Keyleth received the Mantle of the Tempest upon completing her Aramenté and becoming Voice of the Tempest.  See "Voice of the Tempest" (1x90).[citation needed]
  118. The staff is described and then handed to Keyleth.  See "Vorugal" (1x71) from 4:40:33 through 4:41:15.
  119. See "Trust" (1x70) at 1:19:44.
  120. See "Deadly Echoes" (1x82).[citation needed]
  121. See "Where the Cards Fall" (1x75).[citation needed]
  122. See "Where the Cards Fall" (1x75).[citation needed]
  123. See "Aramente to Pyrah" (1x22) at 4:15:20.
  124. See "The Sun Tree" (1x28) at 0:28:48.
  125. See "Voice of the Tempest" (1x90) at 3:57:20.
  126. See "The Final Ascent" (1x113) at 19:20.  Marisha notes that she took a feat to attune to 4 items at a time, consistent with the Mystic Conflux feat from the Tal'dorei Campaign Guide
  127. See "Clash at Daxio" (1x77).[citation needed]
  128. See "Race to the Tower" (1x102).[citation needed]  Matt asks Marisha if a spell she is casting while under Wild Shape requires material components, showing that she has gained this ability.
  129. See "Trial of the Take: Part 4" (1x21).[citation needed]  Matt asks if Keyleth's attack while in her Minxie form are magical or not, and she confirms that they are.
  130. See "Hope" (1x56) at 3:21:33.  Keyleth casts Alter Self via Thousand Forms.
  131. See "Arrival at Kraghammer" (1x01) at 2:07:34.  Keyleth casts Druidcraft.
  132. See "Breaching the Emberhold" (1x06) at 2:04:55.  Keyleth casts Guidance.
  133. See "Trial of the Take: Part 4" (1x21) at 2:23:04.  Keyleth casts Gust.
  134. See "At Dawn, We Plan!" (1x53) at 0:23:12.  Keyleth casts Mending.
  135. See "Enter Vasselheim" (1x16) at 2:10:56.  Keyleth casts Thorn Whip.
  136. See "Bats out of Hell" (1x93) at 1:46:13.  Keyleth casts Absorb Elements.
  137. See "The Throne Room" (1x07) at 3:42:59.  Keyleth casts Create or Destroy Water.
  138. See "Into the Greyspine Mines" (1x02) at 2:32:55.  Keyleth casts Cure Wounds.
  139. See "Echoes of the Past" (1x38) at 2:22:05.  Keyleth casts Detect Magic.
  140. See "Arrival at Kraghammer" (1x01) at 2:24:22.  Keyleth casts Entangle.
  141. See "Trial of the Take: Part 4" (1x21) at 3:03:23.  Keyleth casts Faerie Fire.
  142. See "Arrival at Kraghammer" (1x01) at 1:18:14.  Keyleth casts Fog Cloud.
  143. See "The Rematch" (1x23) at 0:23:42.  Keyleth casts Goodberry.
  144. See "Crimson Diplomacy" (1x25) at 1:24:21.  Keyleth casts Healing Word.
  145. See "Shadows of Thomara" (1x111) at 3:24:42.  Keyleth casts Ice Knife.
  146. See "The Temple Showdown" (1x11) at 2:37:00.  Keyleth casts Speak with Animals.
  147. See "Arrival at Kraghammer" (1x01) at 2:58:00.  Keyleth casts Thunderwave.
  148. See "The Trick about Falling" (1x05) at 1:08:50.  Keyleth casts Beast Sense.
  149. See "In the Belly of the Beast" (1x54) at 3:35:14.  Keyleth casts Earthbind.
  150. See "Strange Bedfellows" (1x03) at 1:40:46.  Keyleth casts Enhance Ability.
  151. See "The Climb Within" (1x110) at 3:23:47.  Keyleth casts Flame Blade.
  152. See "Whispers" (1x29) at 3:53:19.  Keyleth casts Flaming Sphere.
  153. See "Enter Vasselheim" (1x16) at 1:19:57.  Keyleth casts Gust of Wind.
  154. See "Whispers" (1x29) at 2:19:23.  Keyleth casts Heat Metal.
  155. See "Trial of the Take: Part 3" (1x20) at 2:25:36.  Keyleth casts Hold Person.
  156. See "Where the Cards Fall" (1x75) at 1:08:08.  Keyleth casts Locate Object.
  157. See "Deadly Echoes" (1x82) at 2:38:32.  Keyleth casts Moonbeam.
  158. See "Attack on the Duergar Warcamp" (1x04) at 1:20:32.  Keyleth casts Pass without Trace
  159. See "Brawl in the Arches" (1x76) at 2:44:25.  Keyleth casts Protection from Poison
  160. See "Gunpowder Plot" (1x31), part 2, at 00:01.  Keyleth casts Skywrite.
  161. See "Into the Greyspine Mines" (1x02) at 2:28:33.  Keyleth casts Call Lightning.
  162. See "Attack on the Duergar Warcamp" (1x04) at 1:46:09.  Keyleth casts Daylight.
  163. See "Reunions" (1x33), part 1, at 20:30.  Keyleth casts Dispel Magic.
  164. See "The Sun Tree" (1x28) at 2:58:15.  Keyleth casts Plant Growth.
  165. See "Aramente to Pyrah" (1x22) at 3:06:06.  Keyleth casts Protection from Energy.
  166. See "Crimson Diplomacy" (1x25) at 1:44:05.  Keyleth casts Sleet Storm.
  167. See "The Sun Tree" (1x28) at 2:53:27.  Keyleth casts Speak with Plants.
  168. See "Cindergrove Revisited" (1x46) at 2:02:10.  Keyleth casts Tidal Wave.
  169. See "The Chase to Glintshore" (1x67) at 3:08:19.  Keyleth casts Water Breathing.
  170. See "The Trick about Falling" (1x05) at 49:41.  Keyleth casts Wind Wall.
  171. See "Trial of the Take: Part 4" (1x21) at 29:08.  Keyleth casts Blight.
  172. See "Desperate Measures" (1x40) at 56:40.  Keyleth casts Conjure Woodland Beings.
  173. See "Strange Bedfellows" (1x03) at 2:05:46.  Keyleth casts Control Water.
  174. See "Consequences and Cows" (1x26) at 2:52:44.  Keyleth casts Dominate Beast.
  175. See "The Mines of the Many" (1x98) at 3:08:27.  Keyleth casts Freedom of Movement.
  176. See "Attack on the Duergar Warcamp" (1x04) at 2:10:23.  Keyleth casts Grasping Vine.
  177. See "Strange Bedfellows" (1x03) at 1:44:27.  Keyleth casts Hallucinatory Terrain.
  178. See "Gunpowder Plot" (1x31), part 2, at 53:33.  Keyleth casts Ice Storm.
  179. See "Trial of the Take: Part 4" (1x21) at 2:08:34.  Keyleth casts Locate Creature.
  180. See "Arrival at Kraghammer" (1x01) at 1:18:44.  Keyleth casts Polymorph.
  181. See "The Throne Room" (1x07) at 3:44:43.  Keyleth casts Stoneshape.
  182. See "Arrival at Kraghammer" (1x01) at 2:42:47.  Keyleth casts Stoneskin.
  183. See "Brawl in the Arches" (1x76) at 22:18.  Keyleth casts Watery Sphere.
  184. See "Strange Bedfellows" (1x03) at 17:57.  Keyleth casts Antilife Shell.
  185. See "The Trick about Falling" (1x05) at 1:41:58.  Keyleth casts Commune with Nature.
  186. See "Thordak" (1x79) at 1:03:57.  Keyleth casts Contagion.
  187. See "Curious Tides" (1x89) at 2:39:05.  Keyleth casts Control Winds.
  188. See "The Temple Showdown" (1x11) at 1:03:30.  Keyleth casts Geas.
  189. See "Strange Bedfellows" (1x03) at 27:20.  Keyleth casts Greater Restoration as a ritual.
  190. See "Bats out of Hell" (1x93) at 4:00:36.  Keyleth casts Mass Cure Wounds.
  191. See "The Path to Whitestone" (1x27) at 2:44:25.  Keyleth casts Planar Binding.
  192. See "Passed Through Fire" (1x69) at mentions that she can cast Reincarnate in "Passed Through Fire" (1x69), but voiced her unwillingness to use it due to its unpredictability.s Keyleth mentions that she can cast Reincarnate in "Passed Through Fire" (1x69), but voiced her unwillingness to use it due to its unpredictability..[citation needed]
  193. See "K'Varn Revealed" (1x10) at 2:18:30.  Keyleth casts Scrying.
  194. See "In the Belly of the Beast" (1x54) at 35:26.  Keyleth casts Transmute Rock.
  195. See "The Echo Tree" (1x63) at 2:38:53.  Keyleth casts Tree Stride.
  196. See "Arrival at Kraghammer" (1x01) at 2:40:44.  Keyleth casts Wall of Stone.
  197. See "In the Belly of the Beast" (1x54) at 3:05:16.  Keyleth casts Bones of the Earth.
  198. See "Into the Frostweald" (1x48) at 3:00:20.  Keyleth casts Find the Path.
  199. See "Cloak and Dagger" (1x68) at 2:14:37.  Keyleth casts Heal.
  200. See "Trial of the Take: Part 4" (1x21) at 1:55:50.  Keyleth casts Heroes' Feast.
  201. See "The Path to Whitestone" (1x27) at 3:07:20.  Keyleth casts Move Earth.
  202. See "Whispers" (1x29) at 1:19:18.  Keyleth casts Sunbeam.
  203. See "A Musician's Nostalgia" (1x37) at 26:05.  Keyleth casts Transport via Plants.
  204. See "Omens" (1x39) at 34:45.  Keyleth casts Wind Walk.
  205. See "Dangerous Dealings" (1x42) at 2:01:00.  Keyleth casts Fire Storm.
  206. See "Cindergrove Revisited" (1x46) at 3:03:28.  Keyleth casts Plane Shift.
  207. See "The Search for Grog" (Sx42) at 3:04:57.  Keyleth casts Regenerate.
  208. See "Cloak and Dagger" (1x68) at 2:44:25.  Keyleth casts Whirlwind.
  209. See "Tangled Depths" (1x88) at 3:56:10.  Keyleth casts Animal Shapes.
  210. See "The Chase to Glintshore" (1x67) at 2:53:21.  Keyleth casts Control Weather.
  211. See "Race to the Tower" (1x102) at 2:19:58.  Keyleth casts Earthquake.
  212. See "Where the Cards Fall" (1x75) at 3:46:35.  Keyleth casts Feeblemind.
  213. See "Vecna, the Ascended" (1x114) at 1:00:58.  Keyleth casts Sunburst.
  214. See "Thordak" (1x79) at 23:43.  Keyleth casts Tsunami.
  215. See "Thar Amphala" (1x101) at 2:48:17.  Keyleth casts Foresight.
  216. See "Curious Tides" (1x89) at 2:00:31.  Keyleth learned Shapechange from Uvenda.
  217. Keyleth mentions that she can cast True Resurrection to bring Vax'ildan back in, but lacked the materials. Ultimately, due to Vax's deal, she never got to.  See "The Fate-Touched" (1x103).[citation needed]
  218. See "The Core Anvil" (1x108).[citation needed]  Keyleth casts Burning Hands from the Spire of Conflux.
  219. See "The Elephant in the Room" (1x72) at 1:41:56.  Keyleth casts Chain Lightning from the Spire of Conflux.
  220. See "The Elephant in the Room" (1x72) at 1:42:56.  Keyleth casts Conjure Elemental from the Spire of Conflux.
  221. See "The Elephant in the Room" (1x72) at 1:40:36.  Keyleth casts Fireball from the Spire of Conflux.
  222. See "The Deceiver's Stand" (1x83) at 1:57:23.  Keyleth casts Fire Storm from the Spire of Conflux.
  223. See "Talks Machina #3" (TMx03) at 44:38.
  224. Gwilith - Parf Edhellen: an elvish dictionary
  225. Vilya - Parf Edhellen: an elvish dictionary
  226. See D&D: Player's Handbook, 5th ed., p. 23.
  227. See D&D: Xanathar's Guide to Everything, 5th ed., p. 177.
  228. See "One Year Later..." (1x95) at 40:37.
  229. See D&D: Monster Manual, 5th ed., p. 336.  The spelling of "saber-toothed tiger" is given.
  230. See "Arrival at Kraghammer" (1x01) at 1:18:21.
  231. See "Talks Machina: Campaign Wrap-up" (Sx31) at 29:11.
  232. See "Onward to Vesrah" (1x87) at 2:55:35.
  233. See "Devoutness and Dicks" (2x107) at 3:51:38.

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