Lord Percival Fredrickstein Von Musel Klossowski de Rolo III of Whitestone, better known as "Percy", is a human gunslinger, a member of Vox Machina, and the husband of Vex'ahlia. He was played by Taliesin Jaffe.
"Percy was the third child of seven children, born to a noble family who lived far to the north in the ancient castle of Whitestone. With so many siblings to share the burdens of lordship, Percy turned his attention to the sciences, engineering, and naturalism.
One day, a mysterious couple, named Lord and Lady Briarwood, came to court. During a feast held in their honour, the Briarwoods violently took control of the castle, killing or imprisoning everyone who would stand in their way.
Percy awoke chained in the dungeon, only to be freed by his younger sister. Together they fled, chased by the Briarwoods' men. As they ran, Percy's sister took several arrows to the chest and fell. Percy kept running, eventually jumping into a freezing river and floating unconscious to freedom. He did not remember waking up on a fishing boat. He barely remembered the next two years, as he slowly made his way as far south as possible.
Percy is a young human in his early twenties. He originally had brown hair, but it turned white as a result of the trauma he suffered after the Briarwoods killed his family and he ran away with the aid of his sister Cassandra.
After joining the Slayer's Take, Percy has the brand of the guild on his right arm.
Compared to his fellow party, Percy is rather quiet, usually only speaking when necessary. However, he has shown he can be quite persuasive in social situations and is somewhat of a strategist within the group, as seen in "The Temple Showdown" (1x11).
Percy thinks of himself as being the only one capable of making adult decisions, despite his young age. He is also very pragmatic, with a consistent belief that the ends justify the means. This has led to moments of conflict between him and the party.
Percy was raised alongside his six siblings in Whitestone, where his branch of the de Rolo family ruled. Five years before the campaign began, the Briarwoods were invited in as guests, where they proceeded to seize control of Whitestone, murdering the de Rolos and those loyal to them. Percy was taken prisoner and tortured by Anna Ripley. After Percy fled Whitestone with the help of his sister Cassandra, he wandered aimlessly before setting out to avenge his family. Percy then constructed his first gun, the List. On five of its six barrels he inscribed a target of his vengeance: Lord Briarwood, Lady Briarwood, Dr. Ripley, Sir Kerrion Stonefell, and Professor Anders. Percy tracked Dr. Ripley for a year until he made his way to Stilben, where he attempted to kill her. He was captured by Dr. Ripley's guards and imprisoned until he was freed by the rest of Vox Machina.
Because he is a gunslinger, Percy is the main long-ranged attack member of Vox Machina. He previously fought with his two guns, "The List", a six-barrel pepper-box, and "Bad News", a sniper rifle-esque device. The List has since been destroyed, and Percy has acquired two new weapons, both from Dr. Ripley: a four-shot pistol which he called "Retort", and another pepperbox known as Animus. He also has experience in using melee weapons, usually a rapier or a longsword.
Percy is also a tinkerer, creating and modifying items to give both himself and his teammates an edge in battle. He creates explosive and utility arrows for Vex'ahlia, as well as crafting his own ammunition and even weapons, such as his Diplomacy electroshock glove.
Before the Stream
At some point, Percy spent several months designing and making a bomb for Scanlan to use.
On the same mission during which Pike was killed, the group encountered a shade-possessed royal family that had covered a glass dome ceiling with cloth to avoid being injured by the sun. Percy was able to damage the shades and force them out of their hosts by shooting holes through the glass dome and cloth, causing sunlight to come through.
Percy at some point had to be a lawyer for Keyleth when she was thrown into prison. He did so well that he is considered to be the unofficial lawyer for the group.
Percy constructed "Bad News" right before the stream started over the course of five months (most likely while Greyskull Keep was under construction).
After Vorugal was slain by Vex, Percy talked with her in the nearby woods. At the end of their conversation, as Percy turned to leave, he turned back around and kissed Vex, saying: "We'll talk later."
After the assault on Fort Daxio, Percy visited Vex's room, with a bag full of bottles of local Whitestone liquor: Direheart, Courage, a Snow Mead, and Green Tear Whiskey. She asked if he was there for their "later talk". She then answered the door completely naked and asked if Percy wanted to talk "before...or after?". Percy then quickly showed her the bottles, and said they would start with the Courage...and then excitedly ran into the room, shutting the door behind him.
Approximately five years before the events of Critical Role, the Briarwoods entered Castle Whitestone as welcome guests and proceeded to slaughter the de Rolo family and seize control of the castle and the city. Percy swore vengeance upon the Briarwoods, but the trauma left him too afraid to pursue them until the Briarwoods appeared in Emon, after which he and the rest of Vox Machina pursued them to Whitestone. Eventually, Percy succeeded in killing the Briarwoods and several of their closest allies.
Cassandra de Rolo
Cassandra is Percy's youngest sister. She freed him from captivity five years before the events of Critical Role and helped him escape the castle. As they fled, Cassandra was felled by arrows and Percy continued to run, convinced that she had died right there. However, she survived but eventually became a collaborator with the Briarwoods, pretending to aid Whitestone's citizen rebellions only to sabotage their plans. When Percy returned to Whitestone with Vox Machina, after killing Professor Anders, brother and sister were reunited. In the middle of their pursuit, Cassandra turned traitor on the party, declaring herself to be a Briarwood since, to her, she ceased to be a de Rolo when Percy left her for dead. But with the defeat of the Briarwoods, and the exorcism of Orthax, she came to her senses and Percy forgave her, ultimately leaving her to watch over Whitestone in his absence.
Doctor Anna Ripley
Dr. Ripley was perhaps the only person that Percy was truly afraid of. She was the one who tortured him endlessly when the Briarwoods attacked and took over the castle. Moreover, upon learning of Percy's inventions, she became obsessed with his work and desired to replicate it. She eventually succeeded, albeit at the cost of her right hand. Their next (and last) meeting occurred on the Isle of Glintshore, where she was revealed to have made a pact with the shadow demon that Percy once made a pact with, and that deadly partnership eventually led to Percy's death at their hands. She was later slain by Vox Machina and Percy was later resurrected.
- → Main article: Relationship between Keyleth and Percy.
Percy and Keyleth have a strong friendship, despite being the polar opposite of each other. They do come to blows when it comes to methods of leadership, but they still care deeply about each other.
Orthax is the shadow demon that Percy originally made a deal with so that the human would have the means to carry out his revenge. This eventually led to the creation of the List. Over time, when the Briarwoods returned to Percy's life, and as the Whitestone Rebellion progressed, Orthax slowly began to manipulate Percy and corrupt his will. When Cassandra betrayed the party, Orthax decided to include her name among those still on Percy's "list". But when Percy refused to kill his sister, Orthax manifested into a corporeal form and attacked the party. He was then defeated, but that wasn't the end of the demon as he found himself making a pact with Dr. Ripley. Together, the two eventually slew him on Glintshore and Orthax soon began feasting on his soul, only for Keyleth to sever the connection between Orthax and Animus, Ripley's pepperbox, the demon now having no tether to the Material Plane and returning to the Abyss.
- → Main article: Relationship between Percy and Pike.
Pike and Percy are good friends and have the utmost respect for each other despite the latter's views on the gods. During the Whitestone Rebellion, it was Pike who managed to stem the spread of corruption within him, buying him the time that was needed to see his goal through.
Before he departed for the Feywild, Percy was handed a special pendant from Pike that she had taken from her house in Westruun "for his protection". The pendant in question was later used to revive him when he was shot to death during his final encounter with Anna Ripley. However, after it shattered, it was unable to save him twice as Ripley inevitably killed him. His body was later returned to Whitestone where Pike performed a resurrection ritual that ultimately succeeded.
Percy first met Taryon in Ank'Harel the day after Scanlan left Vox Machina for the time being. Despite his initial jealousy towards the artificer for his construction of Doty, the two tinkerers soon started to bond over their mutual love for inventing, with Percy being the first person that Tary ever bothered learning the name of out of everyone in Vox Machina.
- → Main article: Relationship between Percy and Vax'ildan.
Percy and Vax'ildan are very trusting of each other, but the two passed through some time not been able to see eye-to-eye ever since Vex's death due to Percy's own negligence, as well as other events. They had a discussion and Percy told Vax that he wanted to be in the rogue's good graces again, but for the time being requested that he "never trust him". Eventually they came to terms with each other, Vax even telling Percy that he considers him to be his brother.
- → Main article: Relationship between Percy and Vex'ahlia.
Percy and Vex once had a rather interesting rapport with each other, mostly consisting of teasing and flirtation (and most of that coming from Vex). After his resurrection, when she confessed her love for him, (by saying "I should have told you. It's yours." calling back to her encounter with Saundor, where she said that her heart was someone else's), Percy's feelings for the ranger started to grow, culminating in him boldly kissing her in the woods outside Draconia after their battle with Vorugal. They have been together ever since, becoming lovers and later having eloped in the year that passed after the fall of the Chroma Conclave.
Percy's main goal was to avenge his family's murder at the hands of the Briarwoods, something that is now accomplished. Percy has also reunited with his sister, Cassandra.
He wanted to track down Anna Ripley, who was aiding the Briarwoods but escaped Whitestone while Vox Machina was distracted. Not only did he want revenge on her, but he also felt guilty for sparking her imagination to create firearms. Before he died, Percy forgave her, even after learning that she had produced multiple firearms and distributed the plans to other tinkerers. Vox Machina was able to kill her afterward.
Percy's Tinkered Items
- "Arrow?" (Vex)
- Bad News (himself; first used in battle in Kraghammer)
Bomb(Scanlan; expended against gricks)
- Diplomacy (himself; worn on left hand)
- Entanglement Arrows (Vex)
- Explosive Arrows (Vex)
- Grappling Hook Arrow (Vex)
Grenade(himself; expended against Rimefang)
- Hand Mortar (himself; currently unused)
The List(himself; a pepperbox firearm; destroyed by Scanlan via acid pit)
- Mask (himself)
- Raven Skull Brooch (cast from a mold of the skull given by Keyleth; filled with sweet-smelling herbs; given to Vax'ildan)
- Siege Arrow (Vex)
- Special Staff (Keyleth)
- Amulet of the Shield
- Animus (pepperbox previously owned/created by Dr. Ripley)
- Boots of Feral Leaping (received in a trade with Grog
- Cabal's Ruin (retrieved from Anna Ripley's corpse by Vox Machina and later given to Percy)
- Cincture of the Stone King (retrieved from the undead dwarf king in Thomara)
- Dragon Slayer Longsword (retrieved from the lair of Rimefang)
- Earring of Whisper (made by Tiberius)
- Gloves of Missile Snaring (retrieved from the lair of Rimefang)
- Rapier +1
- Retort (pistol previously owned/created by Dr. Ripley)
- Silvered Rapier
- Boots of Spider Climbing (traded for Grog's Boots of Feral Leaping)
- "Cloak of Smashing" (a standard cloak; traded to Grog for a long-barreled gun)
- Hat of Disguise (retrieved from the lair of Rimefang; given to Scanlan)
- Headband of Initiative (given to Vex'ahlia)
- Manual of Quickness of Action (read during the airship flight to Vasselheim; donated to the Cobalt Vault)
- Ring of Lightning Resistance (procured from Lady Delilah Briarwood, but later bartered away for information to Whaska)
Being a fighter, Percy benefits from proficiency in all manners of weapons and armor. However, as he is also a gunslinger, he is more skilled in the usage of firearms, but he is more than capable of using one-handed melee weapons such as rapiers and longswords. Percy tends to use damage-enhancing abilities to increase the power of his shots, in addition to targeted shots meant to hinder the enemy. Upon gaining the Magic Initiate feat, due to his connection to the shadow demon Orthax, he is able to cast a few spells but in a limited capacity, most notably his Hex spell, which manifests as a trail of black smoke circling his enemy.
Fire Shot(one barrel of The List)
Ice Shot(one barrel of The List)
- Psychic (Animus)
- Action Surge (twice per rest)
- Extra Attack (3 attacks per action)
- Fighting Style: Archery (+2 to ranged attack rolls)
- Indomitable (three times per rest)
- Martial Archetype: Gunslinger
- Second Wind
- "I've known a lot of people with money, and...uh...they are definitely not worth you." (Percy cheering up Vex before they enter Syngorn; also the moment when Percy realized he loves Vex)
- "No matter what [happens] today: I forgive you...but I cannot let you leave." (Percy forgiving Ripley, and finally letting go of his quest for revenge)
- "We're going to start with the Courage...and NOT talk about dragons!" (Percy, just before running into Vex's room and shutting the door behind him, after Vex had answered the door completely naked)
- The entire de Rolo family are actually real people. Taliesin stole the names from some of his friends and only a couple of them have any idea he did it.
- Percy is featured on the artwork for Matthew Mercer's "Gunslinger Martial Archetype for Fighters" on the Dungeon Masters Guild.
- In the Critical Role Major Arcana Tarot Card Set, he represents XV - The Devil.
- In the original title sequence, Percy is identified by his subclass rather than his class, unlike the rest of Vox Machina.
- Critical Role: Percy's Soundtrack – Number One With a Bullet (October 22, 2015)
- Dear Vox Machina: Ask Percy (June 10, 2016)
- Percy's Playlist 2016: A Light Must Cast the Shadow (December 9, 2016)
- Percy's Playlist 2017: The Life and Times of Percival de Rolo(November 28, 2017)
- ↑ See Dungeons & Dragons: Vox Style (by Matthew Mercer) at 1:57.
- ↑ See Percy's name capitalization clarification from Taliesin Jaffe on Twitter.
- ↑ Critical Role: Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting, p. 33.
- ↑ See "Denizens of the Moonbrush" (1x61).
- ↑ See "Daring Days" (1x86).
- ↑ See "Vox Machina Go to Hell" (1x91) at 0:44:35.
- ↑ Taliesin Jaffe clarified that Percy is in his early/mid-20s.
- ↑ See "Dangerous Dealings" (1x42) at 0:35:43.
- ↑ See "A Name Is Earned" (1x49) at 2:33:03.
- ↑ The resurrection ritual for Percy. See "Passed Through Fire" (1x69) from 1:01:21 through 1:22:20.
- ↑ Pike quickly cast Revivify on Percy after Raishan was killed. See "The Deceiver's Stand" (1x83).
- ↑ See "Cloak and Dagger" (1x68) from 4:10:19 through 4:12:11.
- ↑ See "The Deceiver's Stand" (1x83) at 2:44:33.
- ↑ From de Rolo genealogy with clarifications from Taliesin Jaffe.
- ↑ See "The Fear of Isolation" (1x105).
- ↑ See "Deals in the Dark" (1x92) from 1:37:29 through 1:38:32. Percy signed a contract with Ipkesh.
- ↑ Percy's level 12 stats were shown onscreen. See "In Ruins" (1x41) at 1:19:29.
- ↑ Percy's level 14 stats were shown onscreen. See "A Cycle of Vengeance" (1x58) at 0:20:38.
- ↑ Percy's level 15 stats were shown on-screen. See "Vorugal" (1x71) at 2:46:09.
- ↑ Percy's level 16 stats were shown onscreen. See "Deadly Echoes" (1x82) at 2:45:31.
- ↑ Percy's level 17 stats were shown onscreen. See "Deals in the Dark" (1x92) at 1:25:13.
- ↑ Percy's level 18 stats were shown onscreen. See "Race to the Tower" (1x102) at 2:55:51.
- ↑ See "A Name Is Earned" (1x49) at 3:12:16.
- ↑ See "Reunions" (1x33), part 1, at 31:47.
- ↑ See "Hope" (1x56) at 3:08:05.
- ↑ See "The Echo Tree" (1x63) at 1:14:21.
- ↑ See "The Echo Tree" (1x63) at 1:52:37.
- ↑ See "The Frigid Doom" (1x64) at 1:53:00.
- ↑ See "Arrival at Kraghammer" (1x01) from 4:41 through 5:55.
- ↑ Taliesin Jaffe clarified that Percy is in his early/mid-20s.
- ↑ See "The Story of Vox Machina" (Sx06) at 2:54.
- ↑ See "Attack on the Duergar Warcamp" (1x04) at 3:33:56.
- ↑ See "Hope" (1x56) from 3:06:32 through 3:09:21.
- ↑ See "Passed Through Fire" (1x69) from 1:17:06 through 1:18:20.
- ↑ See "Against the Tide of Bone" (1x32).
- ↑ See "A Cycle of Vengeance" (1x58).
- ↑ See "Cloak and Dagger" (1x68).
- ↑ See "Passed Through Fire" (1x69).
- ↑ See "A Bard's Lament" (1x85).
- ↑ See "The Chase to Glintshore" (1x67).
- ↑ See "Cloak and Dagger" (1x68) at 3:52:26.
- ↑ See "Cloak and Dagger" (1x68).
- ↑ See "Cloak and Dagger" (1x68) from 4:21:53 through 4:24:20.
- ↑ See "Arrival at Kraghammer" (1x01) at 2:27:22.
- ↑ See "K'Varn Revealed" (1x10) from 01:49:25 through 01:51:03.
- ↑ Taliesin Jaffe confirmed that Percy wears Diplomacy on his left hand.
- ↑ See "A Musician's Nostalgia" (1x37). The mortar was tinkered to originally be attached to Retort but was ultimately unused.
- ↑ See "Denouement" (1x35), part 2.
- ↑ See "Vecna, the Ascended" (1x114).
- ↑ See "The Climb Within" (1x110) at 2:15:10.
- ↑ See "The Midnight Chase" (2x03) at 3:40:33.
- ↑ See "The Midnight Chase" (2x03) at 3:37:43.
- ↑ See "Brawl in the Arches" (1x76).
- ↑ See "Trust" (1x70).
- ↑ Hat of Disguise retrieved from the lair of Rimefang. See "Trial of the Take: Part 2" (1x19) at 3:37:53.
- ↑ See "Gunpowder Plot" (1x31), part 2, at 0:40:55.
- ↑ See "Skyward" (1x15).
- ↑ See "Voice of the Tempest" (1x90).
- ↑ See "Denouement" (1x35), part 1, at 2:08:19. A portion of the episode was lost when the video was split into parts, but the ring is mentioned right before the part 1 video ends.
- ↑ See "Where the Cards Fall" (1x75).
- ↑ See "Reunions" (1x33), part 1, at 0:29:00. Percy casts Friends.
- ↑ See "Gunpowder Plot" (1x31), part 1, at 1:19:57. Percy casts Hex.
- ↑ See "Denouement" (1x35), part 1, at 0:48:23. Percy casts Minor Illusion.
- ↑ See "Desperate Measures" (1x40). Percy uses Deadeye Shot on Vorugal.
- ↑ See "Race to the Tower" (1x102). Vecna suffers additional damage from Percy's earlier critical hit.
- ↑ See "Race to the Ziggurat" (1x34). Percy uses Arm Shot on Sylas Briarwood.
- ↑ See "The Temple Showdown" (1x11) at 03:08:54. Percy uses Head Shot on K'Varn.
- ↑ See "Trial of the Take: Part 1" (1x18). Percy uses Leg Shot on an orc/ogre crossbreed.
- ↑ See "The Kill Box" (1x52). Percy uses Torso Shot on a member of the Herd of Storms.
- ↑ See "Skyward" (1x15). Percy uses Wing Shot on a wyvern.
- ↑ See "Race to the Tower" (1x102). Taliesin declares that Percy can now crit on a 19.
- ↑ See "Race to the Ziggurat" (1x34). Percy uses Violent Shot on Delilah Briarwood.
- ↑ From "Talking Critical Role - Cast Q&A, Prize Giveaway, and more! (Talks Machina)"
- ↑ http://www.dmsguild.com/product/170778/Gunslinger-Martial-Archetype-for-Fighters
- ↑ Fan art of Percy when he was younger, by Kit Buss (source). Permission needed.
- ↑ Art of Percy in a prison cell before being freed by Vox Machina, by Wendy Sullivan Green. See "The Story of Vox Machina" (Sx06) at 2:54.
- ↑ Fan art of Dr. Anna Ripley versus Percy on the Isle of Glintshore, by Truffery (source). Used with permission.
- ↑ Fan art of Percy wielding the List while being manipulated by Orthax, by David Rodrigues (source). Used with permission.
- ↑ Fan art of Percy, by Andrew Keller (source). Permission needed.