Nugget is a blink dog who is a pet of Jester and Beau. As an NPC, Nugget is played by Matthew Mercer.


Description

Appearance

At first Nugget is a tiny little puppy. His coat has hints of calico, with light tan fur and bits of faintly darker brown stripes. He has oversized puppy paws that look soft and goofy, and ears that are tall and pointed (though wide at the base). Signs of Nugget's fey nature can be seen in the blink dog's unnaturally angular limbs. Nugget's eyes are black but turn to a bright blue just before teleporting.

As of "Homeward Bound" (2x48), Nugget had grown up considerably. Though still a young blink dog, he was about as large as a fully grown conventional dog.

By the end of the campaign, Nugget was nearly full-grown.[1]

Personality

When Nugget gets too excited, he teleports. As a puppy, Nugget is rambunctious. Jester had to begin training him right away to recognize the Mighty Nein as "home".

Biography

Background

Fan art of Nugget the Blink Dog, by Keenan Taylor.[art 2]

It is unknown how Kestiff Drudy acquired this blink dog puppy. He and his troupe gave the puppy initial training to stay within its cage, otherwise it would be physically impossible to keep the teleporting fey creature in his menagerie.

"Beyond the Boundaries" (2x32)

Jester was immediately enamored with the cute little puppy, so she split the cost of 100 gp for the little blink dog with Beau. That way, they could have a pet together, and it could share their room whenever they roomed together.

"The Ruby and the Sapphire" (2x33)

When the Mighty Nein relaxed on the beach on their way to Nicodranas, Jester spent two hours training Nugget to blink on-command, after hearing the command word "poof".

"Encroaching Waters" (2x34)

Nugget struggled during the extensive swimming required to reach the Sluice Weave .

"Dockside Diplomacy" (2x35)

After the Nein finished their business under the city, Jester left Nugget in her mother's care prior to Marius' midnight meeting on the wharf. Nugget remained in Marion's care when the Nein stole the Mist.

"O Captain, Who's Captain?" (2x36)

Jester, via Sending, asked her mother to take care of Nugget, which Marion was happy to do.

"Homeward Bound" (2x48)

After the Mighty Nein's return to Nicodranas, Jester took Nugget with her and Marion seemed eager to be rid of him (as the dog had grown considerably since their departure).

"Duplicity" (2x55)

Nugget was knocked unconscious from Caleb's Fireball spell. He was saved by Caduceus, who used the cantrip Spare the Dying to save him.

"Wood and Steel" (2x58)

When the Mighty Nein traveled to The Deepriver Mining Camp to deal with the giants, Nugget (and Sprinkle) remained with Yeza at the Dim's Inn to keep him company.

"Domestic Respite" (2x62)

Nugget was designated as a 'Guard Nugget' by Jester and he was allowed to share her and Beau's bedroom, although Jester decided that he would also sleep on the balcony patio. Beau insisted that he was not allowed on her bed due to his drooling.

"A Dangerous Chase" (2x64)

Once again, Nugget remained with Yeza at the Xhorhaus when they set off to follow Obann to Bazzoxan in the north.

"Family Gathering" (2x71)

The Mighty Nein and Yeza Brenatto teleported from Rosohna to Nicodranas to drop Yeza off with Marion Lavorre. Jester left Nugget for Luc Brenatto to take care of.[2]

Relationships

  • Jester Lavorre: Co-owner. She takes more interest in Nugget and has attempted to train him.
  • Beauregard: Co-owner. Given that Jester seems to have a greater interest in training and bonding with Nugget, Beau has allowed her to take most of the responsibility for him.

Character Information

Abilities

  • Keen Hearing and Smell: Advantage on Wisdom (Perception) checks that rely on hearing or smell[3]
  • Bite: Melee Weapon attack, +0 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target, hit: 1 piercing damage[citation needed]
  • Teleport: The dog magically teleports (along with any Equipment it is wearing or carrying) up to 20 ft. to an unoccupied space it can see. Before or after teleportation, the dog can make one Bite attack.[citation needed]
    • "Poof": Jester's command word to get Nugget to Teleport

Quotations

Though typical blink dogs can understand Sylvan and speak their own Blink Dog language,[3] and Beau was able to understand any spoken language after she reached 13th level, Nugget is never depicted saying anything that anyone around him can understand.

Trivia

  • When Nugget was only a puppy, his speed (20 ft.) and other stats were originally lower than would be normal for his creature type.[citation needed] After his month and a half long stay with Marion Lavorre, his stats seemed closer to those of a standard blink dog.[citation needed]
  • Nugget appears to have spiritually succeeded Trinket, in the sense of becoming the brunt of Sam's jokes and derision towards animal companions.
    • Ironically, both animals are owned by Laura's characters.

References

  1. See "Fond Farewells" (2x141) at 4:58:05.
  2. See "Family Gathering" (2x71) from 1:46:02 through 1:49:05.
  3. 3.0 3.1 See D&D: Monster Manual, 5th ed., p. 318.

Art:

  1. Fan art of Nugget, by Mel de Carvalho (source).  Used with permission.
  2. Fan art of Nugget the Blink Dog, by Keenan Taylor (source).  Used with permission.
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