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I am your god! Long may I reign!
– 
Mollymauk Tealeaf[3]

Mollymauk Tealeaf was a tiefling blood hunter. He was created by Taliesin Jaffe.

Description Edit

Appearance Edit

Mollymauk Official byArianaOrner

Official full body portrait of Mollymauk Tealeaf, by Ari.[art 2]

Molly was a lavender tiefling with red eyes. His curled horns were pierced and extremely ostentatious, with little gems and baubles. His flamboyant appearance was often commented upon. He wore a bright and colorful robe covered with religious symbols[4]. Molly was introduced with two swords and a pouch that dangled from his hips. He also had many straight, overlapping scars on his neck, upper chest, and arms, presumably from drawing his own blood to activate his swords. Molly had a light Irish accent, though whether Lucien also shared this accent or it was something Molly developed on his own is unknown.[5]

TattoosEdit

Molly first awoke with a red eye tattoo on the right side of his neck, on his right shoulder, and one eye on back and palm of his right hand. Integrating and concealing these eyes, he had a serpent tattoo that curls all along the length of his right hand and up his arm, that winds into a floral piece on his shoulder, and then into a peacock with tail feathers that run up the side of his face. Although he had tried to tattoo over the eyes they would not take ink[6]. It is confirmed by Yasha that Molly had nine 'eye tattoos' on his body.

Between his shoulder blades rising towards the hairline, he had tattoos of an eye within a pyramid, illuminated by another eye above it. Flanking and connecting through it like a mantle, he has a moon and sun tattoo[7].

Personality Edit

Molly had been described as a "literal and figurative peacock". He frequently told extravagant lies with little mind for whether or not his audience believed them. He was not visibly affected by insults, as shown by his lack of reaction when the old man in the Old Mud Hole called him a devil and told him to leave town.

Molly was very confident about his appearance and often mentioned nudity, both his own and others.

He found everything delightful and was on board for any thrill or high.[8] Though he didn't seem to mind rough living, he’d also been interested in extravagant — borderline hedonistic— pursuits, including being hand-fed fruit, illegal recreational drug use, and getting full release massages from escorts.

Biography Edit

Background Edit

Lucien Edit

At some point in the past, a purple tiefling going by Lucien[9] (and later Nonagon[10]) led a group of people who broke away from an established order of some sort to form their own faction, called The Tomb Takers. At some point around or before 833 P.D., Lucien got involved with a spellcaster from "the capital" (presumably Rexxentrum) and a book of some sort. A tabaxi named Cree and the other members of the group found Lucien apparently dead in the woods after he and the spellcaster performed an unspecified ritual. They buried him and gave the book to the spellcaster.[11]

Mollymauk Edit

Mollymauk thought of himself as having come into existence two years before he met the Mighty Nein, when he woke up buried in the ground with no memories. He shortly thereafter joined The Fletching and Moondrop Traveling Carnival of Curiosities. According to Toya, Molly wasn't talking when he first joined the carnival.[12] This wasn't entirely true, as, at the time of joining the carnival, he would only say the word "empty." Gustav Fletching heard this as "M.T." and would eventually forge papers for him under the name "Mollymauk Tealeaf" in the hopes that these initials were either somehow significant to Molly or his original name.[13] Molly has no desire to remember the life of the person who ended up buried where he woke up,[1] though he has expressed some regret at not experiencing a childhood.[14] Molly claimed in introductions to have been in the carnival for as "long as [he] can reasonably remember".[15]

Molly was introduced as a promoter for the carnival and as a "fortune-teller" within it. His fortune-telling "abilities" came from card-reading techniques and sleight of hand, not actual magic. He never developed an act for the show itself.[16]

Pre-Stream Edit

Chapter 9 Edit

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Fan art of Mollymauk Tealeaf and Nott, after the latter is caught rummaging through Fjord's things in "Zemnian Nights" (2x11), by Rebecca Snowden.[art 3]

Chapter 10 Edit

"Fleeting Memories" (2x14) Edit

Upon meeting Cree in the Evening Nip and being addressed as Lucien, Mollymauk panics and insists that the Mighty Nein play along.[17] He tries to pass himself off as having the same personality as Lucien to Cree, possibly succeeding.[18] Later, under a Zone of Truth, Molly reveals his amnesia and desire to live as a new person separate from whoever Lucien may have been.[19]

Chapter 11 Edit

"Found & Lost" (2x26) Edit

While on watch with Beau, Molly reveals that the best lie he ever told was when, as part of a scam and initiation test for The Fletching and Moondrop Traveling Carnival of Curiosities, he spent three weeks pretending to be a reincarnated royal from overseas. Beau tells Molly she once found out a politician and his wife were both cheating on each other then used that information to ruin their relationship and their lives. Molly says he’s impressed and is sure the politician and his wife had it coming.[20]

Having tracked and set an ambush on the Glory Run Road ahead of the Iron Shepherds and their slave wagon convoy, Keg and the remaining members of the Mighty Nein quickly face losing odds as they attempt to do battle and recover their abducted members. Although the party manages to track down the half-orc druid Dwelma, they are outnumbered and outclassed. Gravely injured and facing off against Lorenzo with Beau, Molly attempts to use his Blood Maledict ability to hinder Lorenzo's attacks. However, he is already injured enough that this effort knocks him unconscious. Lorenzo plants his glaive into Mollymauk's chest. Mollymauk, knowing this to be his end, spits blood into the face of Lorenzo. Noting his respect for fighting until his end, Lorenzo twists his glaive and leaves Molly to expire with his eyes open to the falling snow of the northern Marrow Valley.[21]

"Converging Fury" (2x27)Edit

Episode 142 Heather Hood Mollymauk's Grave

Fan art of Mollymauk's Grave, by Heather Hood.[art 4]

After Beau loots Molly's body for his Periapt of Wound Closure, tarot deck, Summer's Dance, and his gold (to help pay for his eventual resurrection), the party buries Molly along the side of the road. Beau pours out a drink for Molly, and the party toasts: "Long may he reign."

"The Journey Home" (2x30)Edit

When visiting the grave of Mollymauk, the group finds that his coat is still there. Jester, Fjord and Yasha say their goodbyes. Jester leaves the Moon card at his grave as a memorial of him. Caduceus Clay uses his cantrip, Decompose, to make sure that the earth will remember Molly. The cantrip triggers one minute of rapid decomposition by fungus and, potentially, flowers. (Requirements for resurrection remain unaffected.)

Relationships Edit

Jester Lavorre Edit

Molly reads Jester's fortune for two copper pieces, using a small set of cards. He predicts that there is something bright and adventurous in her future.

At the Traveling Carnival of Curiosities, he shows her the moon and shadow cards together and asked if she understands what they mean, possibly in reference to The Moonweaver.

When using Vicious Mockery in Infernal, Jester chooses phrases to make Molly laugh. Without Molly there, she just screams.

Beauregard Edit

Molly is initially annoyed by Beau's abrasiveness. When describing her to fellow carnival members, Molly says, "She’s helping, she’s awful, you have a lot in common."[22] Beau, in return, is put off by Molly teasing her about it. He supports her efforts to change, and they go on to develop a close, sibling-like relationship.

Molly thinks that his death enabling Beau's survival is worth it, and Taliesin joked that Molly would forever have a "one up" on her.[23]

Beau has taken Molly's lessons to heart and is trying to take baby steps towards leaving towns better than she finds them.[24]

Yasha Edit

Molly and Yasha seem to be well acquainted from working with the Carnival of Curiosities. Molly met Yasha when she joined the Carnival a few months before episode 1. When asked whether or not Yasha would be coming along with the party, Molly immediately accepts, referring to her as "the Charm." Yasha knows as much as Molly does about Molly's history.[8]

Molly gifted Yasha with a book on manners and a four-leaf clover. She continues to add flowers to the book and treasures it to this day.

Due to a Sleep spell cast upon her manacles, Yasha awakens later than Jester and Fjord following their rescue. Upon seeing Mollymauk's gravesite, she lets out a tortured scream and leaves the party, quietly assuring them that when she is ready, she will find them again.

Character Information Edit

Quests Edit

Notable Items Edit

  • Pair of decorated scimitars (constructed of carnival glass)[25]
  • Marked "fortune-telling" deck[26] (taken by Beau)
    • "The Silver Dragon"
    • "The Anvil"
    • "The Serpent"
    • "The Eye"
    • "The Moon" (returned by Jester)[27]
    • "The Shadow"
    • "The Chariot"
  • Disguise Kit
  • Pouch, bedazzled with gems, containing incense
  • Periapt of Wound Closure (taken by Beau)
  • Old, rusted, iron helmet that is at least two hundred years old (obtained from a cemetery)[28]
  • A "deeply gaudy" tapestry with a symbol of the Platinum Dragon embroidered into it.[29]
  • A brooch of the Platinum Dragon.[30].
  • An exceptionally noteworthy penis
  • Summer's Dance Scimitar (a +1 scimitar that can cast Misty Step)[31] (in Fjord's possession)

Abilities Edit

Feats Edit

Variant Tiefling Abilities Edit

  • Darkvision
  • Devil's Tongue
  • Hellish Resistance

Blood Hunter Abilities Edit

Though concealed on his body, regardless of where he cuts himself to use his rite powers, a single red eye on his body bleeds in response. Different abilities cause this reaction for different eyes. [6].

  • Blood Curses (2)
    • Blood Curse of the Eyeless[37]
    • Blood Curse of Purgation[38]
  • Blood Hunter Order: Order of the Ghostslayer
    • Esoteric Rite: Rite of the Dawn[39]
  • Blood Maledict (1 use)
  • Crimson Rite (1d6)
    • Primal Rite: Rite of the Frozen[40]
  • Extra Attack
  • Fighting Style: Two-Weapon Fighting[41]
  • Hunter's Bane

Quotations Edit

  • Mollymauk: Can you hand me your staff so I can watch this? I want to see this limp of yours. Purely for my own entertainment.
    Beauregard: Are you patronizing me, Mollymauk?
    Mollymauk: No, I'm hoping that you’re going to patronize us.[42]
  • "We're carnival people: we all have our issues. You don't wind up here if you don't have some kind of issues."
  • ‪"Mother always told me to never give away a story for free.‬"
  • "They say solitaire is a game for the death obsessed, there's an inevitability to every hand, most of them are doomed from the start no matter what you do". [43]
  • "When in doubt, if something goes wrong, just... nudity. It usually works."[44]
  • "BECAUSE I'M WEIRD!"[45] (when asked why he joined the circus)
  • Molly: "What about Yogur"
    Jester: "That-thats an after thought"
    Molly: "Usually is"
  • "I'm always ready to make a fool of myself."
  • “Be the chaos you want to see in the world.”
  • "I don’t want to remember anything, I don’t want anybody else’s baggage in my head, I don’t want anybody else’s problems, thoughts, ideas… I like this person, right now, is a good person, is a fine person, is a happy person."[46]
  • "I spent two years before I met you all cajoling people, occasionally ripping them off, occasionally doing a good turn here or there. Never trust the truth. The truth is vicious, the truth thinks that you owe it something… None of that. I like my bullshit. It’s good, it’s happy, it makes other people happy."[47]
  • "Let me make this abundantly clear: My name is Molly. That person is dead, and not me. It's just a person who had this body. They abandoned it. It's mine now."[48]
  • "I am your god! Long may I reign!"[49]
  • "There's nothing better than waking up with no pants and flowers in your hair."[50]
  • Molly: (suggesting Keg hire the Mighty Nein) "Twenty gold."
    Keg: "You just gave me twenty gold."
    Molly: "Yes, that's how I know you can afford us."[51]
  • "I don't care where anyone's from. It's nice. I certainly don't care where I'm from."[52]
  • Matt: "Molly, you have a brief moment. As the consciousness and life leaves you, what are your last words?"
    Taliesin: (spits) "With blood."
    Matt: "As it slams into his face-"
    Matt, as Lorenzo: "Respect,"
    Matt: "-and then twists the blade. The life leaves Molly."
    Taliesin: "Eyes never shut."[21]
  • "Well fuck you too!" (Molly's parting thoughts)

Trivia Edit

  • Molly has implied himself to be a worshiper of The Platinum Dragon: Bahamut (based on what he said to a carnival-goer in "Curious Beginnings" (2x01)[53]). While under the influence of Jester's Zone of Truth, Molly reveals that he actually worships the Moonweaver (an unapproved deity in the Dwendalian Empire). However, he explicitly states that his swords are entirely nonmagical and his "worship" over them was a show.[54]
    • The fact that Molly worships The Moonweaver (who is the goddess of the Moon and Autumn) is an opposite of Percival de Rolo, who leads his home-city of Whitestone. There, a majority of residents worship [[The Dawnfather|Pelor], the god of the Sun and agriculture.
  • Taliesin Jaffe confirmed that "Mollymauk" is named after Alan "Mollymauk" Musgrave in the 1966 teen comedy film "Lord Love a Duck", which had been directed by Taliesin's grandfather, George Axelrod.
  • Molly's intials are MT, a homophone for the first thing he initially said ("empty"). Taliesin confirmed this as intentional.[55]
  • Taliesin originally intended for Mollymauk's last name to be "Trickfoot," but Matt didn't want such an explicit reference to the first campaign so early on.[56]
  • "Mollymauk" is a modification of "Mollymawk", the name of a species of albatross in the genus Thalassarche that originates from the Dutch "mallemok" (mal - foolish, and mok - gull).
    • The word "albatross" is sometimes used metaphorically to mean a psychological burden that feels like a curse.
    • In maritime superstition, to be followed by an albatross was considered a sign of good luck for a ship; killing the bird, such as in Samuel Coleridge's The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, is said to bring a curse onto the killer and their ship.
  • "Molly" is a slang term for the psycoactive drug MDMA, also known as ecstasy, known for inducing feelings of euphoria, increased self-confidence, increased empathy and closeness with others and oneself, relaxation and reduced anxiety, a sense of inner peace, mild hallucinogenic effects, altered sense of time, and enhanced sensation, perception, or sexuality.
  • "Tealeaf" is a suggested surname for Halflings in several editions of the Player's Handbook.
    • "Tea leaf" is also Cockney rhyming slang for "thief".
    • Tasseography (also known as tasseomancy or tassology) is a method of divination or fortune-telling that interprets tea leaves, coffee grounds, or wine sediments.
  • Lucien originates from the Latin name Lucius, itself from the word lux (meaning "light", "shining", or "resplendent").
  • Nonagon is the name of a nine-sided polygon (also called an enneagon), from the Latin nonus ("nine") + gōnía ("corner"). 
    • The band They Might Be Giants have a song entitled "Nonagon" on their children's album Here Come the 123s. It refers to both an attendee at a party at which "everybody in the party is a many-sided polygon" and a dance they perform at this party
      • Taliesin has quoted lines from TMBG's song "Don't Let's Start".
    • Temples of the Baha'i Faith (a religion teaching the essential worth of all religions, and the unity and equality of all people) are required to be nonagonal, an essential architectural character stipulated by 'Abdu'l-Bahá, a head of the Baha'i Faith. In the Baha'i Faith, the number nine represents completeness.
    • The number 9 has significance in several cultures , including the nine planets of Hinduism, an association with the Chinese dragon (a symbol of power, magic, and good luck), the Ennead (nine deities worshiped at the major city of Heliopolis) of Egypt, the Nine Worthies that personified the ideals of chivalry of the Middle Ages, the nine worlds of Norse mythology, and the nine muses of Greek mythology. There are also nine circles of Hell in Dante's Inferno, and nine rings of power in J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-Earth.
      • The Nine Days of Av are a religious observance in Judaism that takes place during the first nine days of the Jewish month of Av. It is a period of semi-mourning leading up to Tisha B'Av, the ninth day of Av on which both Temples in Jerusalem were destroyed. Jaffe's grandfather George Axelrod was born to a Russian Jewish father.
    • This is also a nod, coincidental or not, to the group's name The Mighty Nein.
    • The nines of the Minor Arcana in a classic tarot deck are generally read as completion and fulilment of the suit's meaning.  
  • Molly was the first player character of the second campaign's party to be knocked unconscious in combat.
  • Taliesin has compared Molly's personality to that of Hunter S. Thompson.[57]
  • Taliesin had hoped that Molly could continue coming up with new lies about his backstory for a long time, but was forced to come clean during the events of "Fleeting Memories" (2x14).[58]
  • Molly appears to be bisexual, or at least have little preference for who he sleeps with, as seen when he bought the services of two courtesans and when asked about his preference of gender, he specified he only cared about the one with the best hands and best conversation.[59]
    • Matt labeled Mollymauk as an openly bisexual and genderfluid character during an interview on the DnD Beyond twitch channel.
  • Molly has been described as having a "difficult to make out gender" appearance-wise[60]
  • Taliesin considers Molly functionally illiterate due to his lack of interest in reading.[61]
  • At episode 27, Molly has the most kills (21) and HDYWTDT (7) of the Mighty Nein.
  • Mollymauk is the first player character to have died in Campaign 2. A resurrection has been discussed but not yet attempted at this time. If he is not resurrected, he would be the third player character across both campaigns to die permanently (after Tiberius Stormwind and Vax'ildan).
    • In "The Journey Home" (2x30) Caduceus uses Decompose to make sure that "the earth remembers" Molly. Resurrection remains a possibility due to the nature of the cantrip.[62]

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References Edit

  1. See "Fleeting Memories" (2x14).[citation needed]
  2. See "Found & Lost" (2x26) from 4:38:56 through 4:39:54.
  3. See "Whispers of War" (2x18) at 3:03:39.
  4. See "Stalker in the Swamp" (2x21).[citation needed]
  5. See "Talks Machina #49: 'Curious Beginnings'" (TMx49).
  6. See "Fleeting Memories" (2x14) at 2:16:32.  Molly reveals that he awoke having these red eyes on his body.
  7. See "Steam and Conversation" (2x09) at 2:27:23.  Molly in the nude walks out of the changing room and into the bath.
  8. See "Talks Machina #62: 'Fleeting Memories'" (TMx62).[citation needed]
  9. See "Lost & Found" (2x13) at 04:10:28.  Molly is greeted by Cree as "Lucien."
  10. See "Fleeting Memories" (2x14) at 00:18:03.  Cree addressed Mollymauk as "Nonagon."
  11. See "Fleeting Memories" (2x14) at 00:18:50.  Cree explains her memories of what happened to Lucien.
  12. See "A Show of Scrutiny" (2x02) at 3:53:44.
  13. See "Talks Machina #62: 'Fleeting Memories'" (TMx62) from 1:02:49 through 1:03:50.
  14. See "A Favor in Kind" (2x16).[citation needed]  Molly talks about not having had a childhood while high.
  15. See "A Show of Scrutiny" (2x02) from 58:15 through 58:28.
  16. See "The Open Road" (2x05) from 14:47 through 15:51.
  17. See "Fleeting Memories" (2x14) at 00:13:00.  Molly asks Fjord to call him Lucien for the moment, saying that this is Molly's worst nightmare come to life.
  18. See "Fleeting Memories" (2x14).[citation needed]  Molly makes a deception check that isn't explicitly challenged by Cree.
  19. See "Fleeting Memories" (2x14).[citation needed]  Zone of Truth shenanigans.
  20. See "Found & Lost" (2x26) from 2:55:00 through 2:58:40.  Beau and Molly gamble with secrets.
  21. See "Found & Lost" (2x26) from 4:39:29 through 4:39:56.
  22. See "A Show of Scrutiny" (2x02).
  23. See "Talks Machina #74: 'Found & Lost'" (TMx74).
  24. See "Converging Fury" (2x27).
  25. See "Fleeting Memories" (2x14) at 2:12:36.  Molly tells the party that his swords are non-magical.
  26. See "Converging Fury" (2x27) at 0:16:56.  taken from Molly by Beau.
  27. See "The Journey Home" (2x30) at 2:35:46.
  28. See "The Gates of Zadash" (2x08) at 2:36:34.
  29. See "Harvest Close" (2x17) at 0:59:03.
  30. See "Harvest Close" (2x17) at 1:00:30.
  31. See "Lost Treasures" (2x22) at 3:09:40.
  32. See "Fleeting Memories" (2x14).[citation needed]  Molly takes the Tough feat.
  33. 33.0 33.1 33.2 See D&D: Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide, 5th ed., p. 118.
  34. See "The Midnight Chase" (2x03) at 3:18:08.
  35. See "The Howling Mines" (2x06) at 1:15:52.  Molly casts Charm Person.
  36. See "Labenda Awaits" (2x20) at 1:41:18.  Molly casts Enthrall.
  37. See "Curious Beginnings" (2x01) at 2:42:45.  Mollymauk imposes disadvantage with a use of Blood Maledict, consistent with the Blood Curse of the Eyeless
  38. See "Have Bird, Will Travel" (2x23).[citation needed]  Mollymauk enables a saving throw against the poisoned condition with his Blood Curse of Purgation.
  39. See "The Open Road" (2x05) from 1:26:30 through 1:26:38.  Mollymauk uses the Rite of the Dawn on a scimitar.
  40. See "Curious Beginnings" (2x01) at 2:38:38.  Mollymauk uses the Rite of the Frozen on a scimitar.
  41. See "Hush" (2x07) from 43:52 through 44:07.  Mollymauk deals 9 damage with an off-hand non-rite attack, which means that he adds his Dexterity modifier to the damage dealt.
  42. See "Curious Beginnings" (2x01) from 1:56:55 through 1:57:07.
  43. See "A Show of Scrutiny" (2x02) from 1:58:55 through 1:59:04.
  44. See "A Show of Scrutiny" (2x02).[citation needed]
  45. See "The Midnight Chase" (2x03) at 1:57:20.
  46. See "Fleeting Memories" (2x14) at 2:09:46.
  47. See "Fleeting Memories" (2x14) at 2:12:10.
  48. See "Fleeting Memories" (2x14) at 2:20:10.
  49. See "Whispers of War" (2x18) at 3:03:38.
  50. See "Have Bird, Will Travel" (2x23).[citation needed]
  51. See "Found & Lost" (2x26) at 38:23.
  52. See "Found & Lost" (2x26) at 2:57:36.
  53. Mollymauk says "Platinum Dragon be with you," to a patron of the Carnival of Curiosities.  See "Curious Beginnings" (2x01) at 1:51:50.
  54. See "Fleeting Memories" (2x14) at 2:12:36.
  55. See "Talks Machina #62: 'Fleeting Memories'" (TMx62) from 1:03:20 through 1:03:33.
  56. See "Talks Machina #62: 'Fleeting Memories'" (TMx62).
  57. See "Talks Machina #54: 'The Howling Mines'" (TMx54).
  58. See "Talks Machina #62: 'Fleeting Memories'" (TMx62).
  59. See "Whispers of War" (2x18) at 2:31:10.
  60. See "Found & Lost" (2x26) at 26:00.
  61. See "Talks Machina #72: 'The Hour of Honor'" (TMx72).
  62. See "The Journey Home" (2x30).
Art:
  1. Official 2018 portrait of Mollymauk, by Ari (source).  Used with permission.
  2. Official full body portrait of Mollymauk Tealeaf, by Ari (source).  Used with permission.
  3. Fan art of Mollymauk Tealeaf and Nott, after the latter is caught rummaging through Fjord's things in "Zemnian Nights" (2x11), by Rebecca Snowden (source).  Used with permission.
  4. Fan art of Mollymauk's Grave, by Heather Hood (source).  Used with permission.
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