Pike was sometimes uncomfortable with Scanlan's womanizing and juvenile behavior, but they still maintained a close friendship, having first met in Westruun when Grog went missing.

Scanlan grieving Pike.

Scanlan had very strong feelings towards Pike, and their unique relationship was often a source of great humor and emotional moments. Pike herself wasn't completely sure about Scanlan; while she liked him, she was not sure he would treat her well.

When Pike was killed by a glabrezu, during the ritual to resurrect her, it was Scanlan's contribution—a kiss to her forehead—that ultimately brought her back to life.

When the members of Vox Machina were escaping from the Underdark, Pike willingly kissed Scanlan on the cheek, something that never happened before, after he saved her from nearly dying again.[1]

Dearest Pike,

My entire life, I've been half a man. Not in stature, nor confidence, nor certainly not in reputation, but you see, even though my heart has pumped blood for these 69 years, it has done so only as half a heart. The moment I first saw you was not a choir of angels singing, nor silly butterflies fluttering in my chest. No, the moment I met Pike Trickfoot was the tragic moment I realized that my heart, my soul, would be forever incomplete without you. For years, I've strived to mend to mend my incomplete heart. To join it with yours and find true bliss at your side. Though it may not have seemed so, everything I've done these past years has been to impress you, please you, protect you. I knew early on it was a futile effort, I'm not stupid. The entire world may be mad, but that doesn't nullify the laws of reality, one law being that you are, and will always be, too good for a poor penny-singer like Scanlan Shorthalt. But even though I would not win you, your love, I could never stop trying. Does the sun stop rising when the clouds blot it out? No. Like me, it knows its purpose. To illuminate the world so that mortals can witness such beauty as you.

But now, as the sun sets on my life, I have discovered something new. I have a daughter whose heart beats my blood and whose life is my own. And she, unlike her father, can be good and right and one day worthy of your love, which is why, on my deathbed, I leave her to you. Don't you see? This whole time I thought I was chasing a lover, but instead, I have been chasing a mother for my child. You, Pike Trickfoot, are the savior to Kaylie that I could never be. Your wisdom and honor and goodness can give her the chance at redemption that I never had. Pike, take my daughter as your own, show her the light of Sarenrae. Guide her to be a kind-hearted gnome. Teach her to be everything her father was not. That way, in death, my heart will be complete. And it will beat inside Kaylie, by your side, like I always dreamed it would.

With love and respect,
Burt Reynolds, Esquire.
Scanlan's letter to Pike

As the party's quest to stop the Chroma Conclave became increasingly dangerous, Scanlan wrote a letter to Pike,[2] which she promptly read after he gave it to her,[3] that expressed some of his thoughts and feelings and asked Pike to do certain things should he die. Pike admitted that she did love Scanlan and that her feelings for him are growing "in a weird way", but she loved someone else very much.[4] She promised to do the things in his letter.[5]

After proposing to her, Scanlan later rescinded the offer because he realized that he was more in love with the idea of Pike rather than Pike herself, and the two agreed to remain friends. Scanlan also went on to inspire Pike with advice, suggesting that she needs to be brave and eventually tell who she loves how she feels.[6]

After Scanlan's meltdown and subsequent departure from Vox Machina, Pike didn't speak about her feelings on the situation for quite some time. However, after getting drunk with Grog, Pike revealed to him that she uses her earpiece to speak to Scanlan every night to tell him about her day, despite knowing that he wouldn't hear or answer her. That same night, Pike 'told' Scanlan that she had reunited with Vox Machina, and that she missed him, before passing out.[7]

When Scanlan returned, she made it clear that she was still hurt and angry with him. She took offense to his insulting the "weird magic" that brought him back, when that is what she does as a cleric. Scanlan apologized, and she made it clear that he had to earn Vox Machina's trust back.

Their friendship eventually mended during their pursuit of Vecna. After his defeat, they embarked on a two week journey to restore Grog's soul from Pandemonium, after he pulled the Void card from the Deck of Many Things. Following that, they both asked the other out for a date, to see where things would go with them.

In five to ten years, after Wilhand's demise of old age, Pike inherited Wilhand's home. At that point, with their relationship in a good place, Pike expressed that she didn't want Scanlan to feel tied down. Scanlan admited that he felt most free when he's with her. This prompted Pike to propose. Scanlan excitedly agreed and asked Grog's permission, and Grog gave him the black sapphire to use for Pike's ring. Scanlan requested Grog carry him down the aisle, to which Grog tearfully accepted.

Pike, Scanlan, and Grog ultimately settled down to live together in Wilhand's old home, after making the modifications necessary to fit a goliath.

Quotes[edit | edit source]

  • Scanlan:  "You remember what Pike looks like?"
    Elowen Brist:  "Yeah, about your size, light-ish hair..."
    Scanlan:  "Hair the color of the sunset; eyes like waves that crash in the night; breasts supple, firm–"
    Grog, interrupting:  "Okay, uh, Scanlan, uh, Scanlan–"
    Ashley Johnson:  "True, true, true."[8]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. See "Escape from the Underdark" (1x13) at 1:36:08.
  2. See "Best Laid Plans..." (1x50) at 1:14:20.
  3. See "Best Laid Plans..." (1x50) from 2:13:59 through 2:17:20.
  4. See "At Dawn, We Plan!" (1x53) at 3:05:30.
  5. See "At Dawn, We Plan!" (1x53) from 3:01:21 through 3:07:00.
  6. See "A Cycle of Vengeance" (1x58) from 3:05:37 through 3:12.
  7. See "Jugs and Rods" (1x94) from 2:20:40 through 2:25:52.
  8. See "Into the Frostweald" (1x48) at 0:48:00.


Vox Machina's Intraparty Relationships
Grog Keyleth Percy Pike Scanlan Tiberius Trinket Vax'ildan Vex'ahlia
Grog Grog Keyleth & Grog Percy & Grog Pike & Grog Scanlan & Grog Tiberius & Grog Trinket & Grog Vax'ildan & Grog Vex'ahlia & Grog
Keyleth Grog & Keyleth Keyleth Percy & Keyleth Pike & Keyleth Scanlan & Keyleth Tiberius & Keyleth Trinket & Keyleth Vax'ildan & Keyleth Vex'ahlia & Keyleth
Percy Grog & Percy Keyleth & Percy Percy Pike & Percy Scanlan & Percy Tiberius & Percy Trinket & Percy Vax'ildan & Percy Vex'ahlia & Percy
Pike Grog & Pike Keyleth & Pike Percy & Pike Pike Scanlan & Pike Tiberius & Pike Trinket & Pike Vax'ildan & Pike Vex'ahlia & Pike
Scanlan Grog & Scanlan Keyleth & Scanlan Percy & Scanlan Pike & Scanlan Scanlan Tiberius & Scanlan Trinket & Scanlan Vax'ildan & Scanlan Vex'ahlia & Scanlan
Tiberius Grog & Tiberius Keyleth & Tiberius Percy & Tiberius Pike & Tiberius Scanlan & Tiberius Tiberius Trinket & Tiberius Vax'ildan & Tiberius Vex'ahlia & Tiberius
Trinket Grog & Trinket Keyleth & Trinket Percy & Trinket Pike & Trinket Scanlan & Trinket Tiberius & Trinket Trinket Vax'ildan & Trinket Vex'ahlia & Trinket
Vax'ildan Grog & Vax'ildan Keyleth & Vax'ildan Percy & Vax'ildan Pike & Vax'ildan Scanlan & Vax'ildan Tiberius & Vax'ildan Trinket & Vax'ildan Vax'ildan Vex'ahlia & Vax'ildan
Vex'ahlia Grog & Vex'ahlia Keyleth & Vex'ahlia Percy & Vex'ahlia Pike & Vex'ahlia Scanlan & Vex'ahlia Tiberius & Vex'ahlia Trinket & Vex'ahlia Vax'ildan & Vex'ahlia Vex'ahlia
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