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Scanlan Shorthalt is a gnome bard and a member of the group Vox Machina. He was played by Sam Riegel.


"Oh, you haven't heard of Scanlan Shorthalt? Well, gird your loins, ladies, because he has his eye on you. A talented musician, master of disguise, and dashingly handsome in his own mind, Scanlan sings songs almost as much as he sings his own praises.

Born a poor gnome, Scanlan used his endless charm and soaring tenor voice to croon for coin and support his single mother. One day he was discovered by a half-orc promoter, and joined Dr. Dranzel's Spectacular Traveling Troupe, where he learned the ways of the world, and honed his skills as a bard extraordinaire.

A loner much of his life, Scanlan has never quite come to terms with the violent death of his mother at the hands of a goblin invasion. While his years on the road provided many, shall we say, educational experiences with the opposite sex, deep down Scanlan yearns for the one thing he's never known: the true love of a fellow gnome.

Still, Scanlan considers himself a lover first, performer second, and fighter distant third. On the battlefield, he'll support his allies, but rarely draws blood unless it's to protect fellow gnome Pike. Count on Scanlan for a hearty laugh, a rollicking song, and a twinkle in his eye that melts hearts and makes the females swoon."[27]



Scanlan at the end of Vox Machina's journey, by Kit Buss.[art 1]

Official Scanlan Pop! figure.[art 2]

As a gnome, Scanlan is shorter than the other members of Vox Machina. He is also much older, but because gnomes live so much longer than many humanoid races, he appears to be around the same age as his former companions.

Scanlan has brown hair and usually wears a beret. In official art, he is depicted wearing purple clothing with an open shirt that reveals his chest hair. His skin tone varies from slightly tanned to brown in various depictions of the character.

After joining the Slayer's Take, Scanlan has the brand of the guild on his right arm. When Scanlan returned to Whitestone after a year on the road with his daughter Kaylie, he bore a new scar under his eye where Kaylie's knife cut him.


Scanlan's alignment is "neutral good",[28] like Keyleth (and, originally, Vex'ahlia). He tended to sit back and watch while his allies strategize and scheme, occasionally making a joke or two. However, when the situation became urgent (or ripe for comedy), Scanlan would eagerly jump into the fray.

His quick wit and silver tongue made him Vox Machina's best negotiator and deceiver. Scanlan often acted as support for his allies by enhancing their abilities or weakening their opponents. He was also capable of holding his own with a combination of magic, improvisation, and courage, as exemplified by his solo fight against Duke Vedmeyer and his eight armed guards.[29]

Scanlan was often regarded as the comic-relief character and almost never brought up his own troubles and anxieties, instead focusing on making jokes or witty comments. He angrily pointed this out to the rest of Vox Machina after they resurrected him in front of his daughter, to whom he had promised he would never die, accusing them of never having cared about him or bothered to find out who he was and what he wanted.[30] Ostensibly because of this, he left the party for over a year.

A human man? That was teenage years, baby. I've gone much further than that since then.
Scanlan Shorthalt, "The Ominous March" (1x109)

Scanlan is an extensive womanizer but has been known to flirt with men as well, particularly Grog and Vax. [31] He has said that Vax kissing him was not the first time an elf-man kissed him (but it was in the top three).[32] When Vax and Grog pranked him with a potion of love, causing him to become infatuated with Percy, it was confirmed that Scanlan is bi- or pansexual. Scanlan tends to flirt with most women he interacts with, but most notably with Pike. For years, he made advances to her that she politely ignored. However, as time went by, and especially after spending a year with his daughter,[citation needed] Scanlan realized that his behavior had been disrespectful, and he wished to be more respectful towards women in the future.[33]

Scanlan is fluent in Common, Gnomish, and Marquesian. During the Campaign of Vox Machina, he only revealed his age to Pike, but late in the campaign he hinted that there is a "significant age gap" between himself and Percy,[34] and Sam revealed in the final episode, and in "Talks Machina: Campaign Wrap-up" (Sx31), that Scanlan was sixty-nine when the stream started.[35][36]

Come on, come on, get your Scanlan on.
It's Thursday night, and it won't be long.
Gonna play my flute, gonna play my shawm.
It's Thursday night, and it won't be long

'Til I get your health up,
Get your health up!
I got all you need.
No, I don't shoot bows,
I don't swing swords,
But damn, I can sing!
Scanlan's Healing Word for Percy[37]
(based on "Cheap Thrills" by Sia)

Scanlan (or rather Sam) created parodies of real-world songs, silly limericks, and comical remarks as part of his Bardic Inspiration, Healing Word, or Cutting Words spells. Some were improvised on the spot, while others were prepared in advance. CritRoleStats has compiled a list of Scanlan's songs used on stream.


Highly skilled in Deception, Scanlan sometimes found himself in situations where a simple lie or half-truth was not enough, so he adopted a disguise or false identity.

  • Burt Reynolds, Esquire: Initially used with a fake mustache and pretend badge to convince members of the Clasp that he was a customs inspector[38], the Burt Reynolds persona became Scanlan's deceit of choice when needing to impersonate an authority figure. Burt Reynolds later returned as a lawyer to rescue Keyleth and Tiberius from jail in Vasselheim.[39]
  • Kingslayer: Not entirely a lie, Scanlan's "Kingslayer" title was earned when delivering the killing blow to King Murghol. However, his "Kingslayer" persona deceptively portrayed Scanlan as a more honorable and valiant warrior than his everyday actions might have warranted.
  • The Meat Man: Scanlan provided this pseudonym to the half-orc Rutur in Ank'Harel during a "drug deal".[40] He later adopted it as his underworld moniker when he returned to Ank'Harel for revenge.
  • Francois Bertrand Jean-Luc Australia:[41] Scanlan used this name while under the illusion of Seeming to disguise himself as an azer slave-trader in the City of Brass.[42]



Scanlan was raised by a poor single mother, Juniper, and barely knew his father, Vicou. His mother was killed in front of him during a goblin invasion.

At some point in his past, at least fifteen years before the start of Critical Role, Scanlan encountered a gnome named Sybil (one of many women he has "encountered"). Scanlan unknowingly left her pregnant with a daughter, Kaylie.[43] In fact, Scanlan implied that he had knowledge that he has fathered more children than just Kaylie in "Masquerade" (1x99).

Scanlan joined up with Dr. Dranzel's Spectacular Traveling Troupe at an unknown point in his life. He left before joining the group that would become Vox Machina.

Vox Machina: Origins

Volume 1 Scanlan had teamed up with Grog Strongjaw, Vash, Arnicor and an unnamed cleric to recover an artefact from a temple in the swamp near Stilben. They fought a giant frog as well as the cult of fish-like people who inhabited the temple. They cut off the ruby eyes off of the statue of a fish god, then headed into town. Vash, the party wizard, identified some of their loot, but couldn't identify a vial of clear liquid they had found in the swamp. Scanlan led them to an alchemist's shop to ask about it, but were met with assassins of the Myriad, who said they had interfered with their plans and demanded the vial. The assassins killed Vash before the rest of the party managed to kill them.

The party headed to a tavern to rest, and Scanlan entertained the patrons by playing his lute and signing a song about their vanquishing of the cult. At the bar, he was approached by a red dragonborn who introduced himself as Tiberius Stormwind. Tiberius informed Scanlan that the people of Stilben believed the swamp was cursed, and thought his group had just saved them all. However, according to Tiberius' associate, there was no curse and the swamp was poisoned. Scanlan showed the vial, which Tiberius happily recognized as a potion of Aqua Caedis, and Scanlan sold it to him. Immediately after, a man (who was really Iselda in disguise) approached the party to arrest them. Scanlan inquired why, and realized the man only wanted the vial he just sold. The party agreed to a drop-off, and the man asked them to meet him at midnight in a sewer station.

Scanlan meets Keyleth, by Olivia Samson.[art 3]

Scanlan and Grog went to the rendezvous point immediately to scope it out, and overheard an alchemist mention the Mockingbird, a ship arriving in the morning with a shipment. Scanlan put him to sleep with magic so they could take a book he was guarding. As they investigated the room, Vax'ildan and Vex'ahlia jumped out of the shadows and attacked them, asking for the book they just got. Grog and Scanlan fought with the twins, but they were interrupted by a group of assassins who walked out of a mirror - the same ones that they had fought and killed earlier. Grog, Scanlan and the twins worked together to fight the assassins. Mid-battle, Tiberius walked in with Keyleth, and joined them in the fight. After all the assassins were killed, Iselda also walked out of the mirror and stabbed Scanlan in the back. She managed to overpower the group by filling the room with darkness, but Scanlan countered her with a Wand of Daylight. After Iselda retreated, Scanlan helped heal the wounds on the others, but refused to keep working with the others when Keyleth suggested it.

Scanlan and Grog went back to the tavern and sat at a table with Arnicor and the cleric when Vex'ahlia approached them. She asked for their help to retrieve Vax from Iselda, who had abducted him, but Scanlan refused, having been stabbed by Vax even after they had teamed up. However, after she was gone, Scanlan realized that helping Vex'ahlia would make for a much better story than leaving town in the middle of the intrigue. He and Grog headed for the docks, where they met up with Vex'ahlia, Keyleth, and Tiberius. There, Scanlan pointed to the Mockingbird, and they all witnessed an explosion as Vax'ildan jumped out of a hole in the side of the ship, were he was being held captive. The group decided to work together this time, and boarded the Mockingbird. They found the source of the poison that has been plaguing the inhabitants of Stilben: a sigil carved into the floor and filled with poison. When Keyleth and Tiberius determined that it could be diluted by an acidic substance, Scanlan immediately started to pee on it, succeeding in stopping the strange ritual. Iselda arrived and almost wiped the group out, but was killed by Grog, and the group escaped through the previously made hole in the side of the ship. Afterwards, they all headed to a tavern together.

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

While looking for a cult rumored to possess 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 Scanlan and the others busted him out in exchange for his help. After their mission was complete, Percival decided to tag along with them.

Critical Role

The Story of Vox Machina and Other Pre-Stream Events

At some point, the group either accidentally or intentionally walked through the back door of the Clasp, the thieves' guild in Emon, and almost got into a deadly confrontation. Scanlan was able to trick the guild into thinking Vox Machina was part of the customs department, using a silver star he had made in a previous town.[44]

The bard, by rolling a natural twenty on deception and putting a finger over his upper lip so it looked like he had a mustache, was able to get a man who had access to a tower into letting them in by tricking him into thinking that he was "Burt Reynolds". A moniker he would don throughout the series.

Scanlan and Grog managed to intimidate a group of hostile mages in a fighting pit when Scanlan summoned a pony that Grog abruptly decapitated and smeared the gore of it on his body while screaming. Scanlan also had Percy build him a bomb to use in that event, but since Grog's intimidation worked, Scanlan kept the bomb, which was later used in "K'Varn Revealed" (1x10).

Scanlan spent much of his time trying to convince Percy to create an exploding donkey, a request that Percy eventually complied to.

He was able to convince some guards to free Keyleth from prison after convincing them that she had pubic lice. She played along by foaming at the mouth and acting insane. Percy acted as her lawyer.[45]

Fan art of Scanlan grieving over Pike's death in the events before Critical Role, by sleepyjaneart.[art 4]

During Pike's resurrection ritual after she perished in combat fighting a glabrezu, Scanlan helped to bring her back both by using a small figurine of her he carved two months before, and kissing her on the brow. He still keeps the small figurine wherever he goes.

The bard accidentally crashed through a stained glass window when attempting to charge at the Dread Emperor by rolling a natural one. He crashed into a bramble bush three stories down while glass and wood from the window rained down on him.

Chapter 1

Scanlan made his very first kill ever when he killed a multi-headed naga with a Lightning Bolt at the entrance to the Greyspine Quarry.[46]

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

During the beginnings of the Whitestone Rebellion, Scanlan helped to gather information, disguised as a little human boy named Gavroche. (A reference to the Les Miserables character of the same name, who Sam Riegel portrayed as a child.) Scanlan also used a Seeming spell to allow the party to appear as peasants.

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

After journeying to the Feywild with the rest of Vox Machina, Scanlan used his first ever Modify Memory spell to "help" Percy remember a bit of his forgotten time in the Feywild.

Upon arrival in Ank'Harel, Scanlan began asking around for fusaka, a spice requested by Jarett before Vox Machina left for Marquet. He immediately assumed that fusaka was a drug, promptly getting caught in a fake drug deal and paying 500 gold for two small sacks of the cheap spice. This encounter may have eventually led to his interest in real drugs as he became increasingly depressed.

Chapter 6

Scanlan was killed in battle by the green dragon, Raishan, but Pike's quick Revivify spell returned him to life. Scanlan was later killed by Raishan a second time. This time, Pike's attempted Revivify failed, so Vox Machina took his body back to Whitestone where they performed a successful resurrection ritual.

Chapter 7

When Scanlan woke up after being resurrected, he was furious that Vox Machina had brought Kaylie and shown her his dead body, since he had previously promised her that he wouldn't die. He blew up at the group, saying that each of them had someone special to them, but he had no one, and none of them really cared about him as more than someone funny and useful. He noted he was no longer even useful, having died in each of their recent battles against Raishan. Although the rest of the party did their best to reassure him otherwise, he announced that he was leaving the party and walked out of Whitestone Castle with his daughter.[47] The two of them were later seen walking down a road together, smiling slightly.[48]

Several weeks later, Percy used the Scrying Eye to check in on Scanlan. He saw him and Kaylie performing for a group of farm folk in the Turst Fields.[49]

Several months into the one-year time skip, Scanlan and Kaylie traveled to Ank'Harel and Scanlan reclaimed his self-made title of "The Meat Man". According to Scanlan, "one thing led to another", and the Meat Man ended up becoming one of the three biggest crime lords in Ank'Harel. At some point, Scanlan adopted an illusory disguise for the Meat Man: a Marquetian human named "Aes Adon". Aes hired Lionel Gayheart as muscle for the Meat Man's operation.

Chapter 8

After the one-year time skip, Scanlan found some information that he judged important enough for him to want to deliver it in person to Vox Machina. He then traveled to Whitestone with Lionel to do so, disguising himself as Aes Adan. Lionel accidentally revealed to Vox Machina that his employer, Aes, was known as the "Meat Man". This former alias of Scanlan's tipped them off, and eventually, both Vex and Keyleth were able to see through Scanlan's disguise.

Scanlan revealed to the group some information that Lionel had managed to acquire: there was a second Ziggurat in the deserts of Ank'Harel, and it housed another Vecna cult that was making offerings to an Orb of Annihilation. Vex and Vax were quick to welcome Scanlan back, but the other members of Vox Machina (particularly Grog and Pike) were less forgiving towards him. As they made their way to Ank'Harel to investigate this second Ziggurat, he returned to being an active member of Vox Machina.



The Legend of Vox Machina


Dr. Dranzel

Scanlan found himself learning and perfecting his skills as a bard from a half-orc named Dr. Dranzel, and ended up joining his Spectacular Traveling Troupe. During his time with Dranzel, he honed his skills and became knowledgeable of the world around him. They reconnected years later in Emon just before the Chroma Conclave attacked, then reunited on several occasions afterward.


Main article: Relationship between Grog and Scanlan.

Grog and Scanlan are best friends, often pursuing the same things. They have frequently gone to 'houses of lady favors' together. Scanlan was the only person Grog told about Craven Edge's nature and sentience. When Scanlan came back with Lionel to Whitestone, Grog was deeply offended that his best friend had deceived him and replaced him with 'a whole new idiot'. Their friendship was quickly restored when Scanlan gave Grog a note that allowed him to go to any bar, tavern or house of lady favors he wished and drink until drunk without molestation by any employee. All charges and bills related to his drinking, cavorting, or violent behavior resulting from drunkenness were to be forwarded to the Meat Man for timely payment in full.[50]


Scanlan first met Kaylie in the Diamond Nest Tavern, where he was also reunited with Dr. Dranzel and his old troupe.[51] They had a flautist duel—which was mostly a distraction so Vox Machina could pursue Riskel Daxio—and Scanlan forfeited the competition (and all of his money) to the young gnome girl despite having a clear advantage.[52] After that, he invited the girl to his room in Greyskull Keep for the night.[53]

Fan art of Kaylie preparing to attack Scanlan[54], by advocatingAvian.[art 5]

Later that night, Kaylie revealed to Scanlan that she was his daughter that he never knew existed—news that greatly bothered Scanlan. She had trained at the College of the White Duke and traveled with Dranzel in order to hone her skills and, one day, not only find Scanlan and shame him but also kill him. She then pulled out a dagger, intending to kill him, but couldn't go through with it upon hearing Scanlan's impassioned speech and witnessing him offer his life without resistance. Scanlan mentioned that he knew there was something missing in his life, and that it may well have been his daughter before him. The two shared a tearful hug and, unable to face him anymore that night, Kaylie ran out of the keep.[55]

Scanlan did not reveal this information to the group until the following day, when he asked for their help to get Kaylie out of the stockade for causing a brawl in a bar.[56] She and Dranzel's troupe soon left Emon shortly before the Chroma Conclave attacked.[57] The two later reunited in Westruun when the Herd of Storms occupied the city.[58] Working together, father and daughter aided in the escape of a few of the survivors alongside Dr. Dranzel.[59]

They later reunited in Kymal after the slaying of Umbrasyl. During their reunion, Scanlan admitted that he had been going about his life all wrong, that the gnome he was supposed to love and protect wasn't Pike but Kaylie, his daughter. Scanlan gave her his Singing Dawnblade (which also contained a piece of his Magical Poop of Scrying in the scabbard) for her protection and for him to check in on her on occasion. Kaylie then made her father promise to stay alive and be there for her when the Chroma Conclave was defeated, so they could make up for the lost time.[60]


Main article: Relationship between Pike and Scanlan.

Scanlan had very strong feelings toward Pike, and it was a source of great humor and emotional moments within the Critical Role campaign. Pike eventually did willingly kiss Scanlan on the cheek when he saved her life once more during their escape from Yug'Voril. He once proposed marriage to the cleric,[61] but Scanlan later rescinded the offer and he and Pike chose to remain as close friends.[62]

Following Scanlan's departure and eventual return to Vox Machina, Pike was initially angry and resentful towards Scanlan for leaving the way he did and saying the things he had, leading to some tension between the two. As the group journeyed to stop Vecna, however, Pike quickly warmed back up to Scanlan, and their close friendship was restored.

Once Vecna was finally defeated, Scanlan asked Pike out on a formal date, just to see how things go, to which Pike answered by saying that she was going to ask him the same thing.[63] The two dated for several years before Pike asked for Scanlan's hand in marriage. They have since settled down, with Scanlan taking Pike's surname, to live together alongside Grog in Wilhand's old home.[64]


Main article: Relationship between Scanlan and Tiberius.

Scanlan and Tiberius had a bullying form of friendship, which started at some point before the stream. On many occasions, the two of them took jabs at each other. However, when Tiberius was discovered to have died defending Draconia, Scanlan showed the deepest respect for his fallen friend.[65]

After Vorugal was slain, Scanlan requested that the Ravenites give the sorcerer a proper burial and a statue to mark it with the epitaph, "I Encourage Peace".[66]


Main article: Relationship between Scanlan and Trinket.

Scanlan frequently picks on Vex'ahlia by making jokes about her beloved bear companion, Trinket. He repeatedly suggests that the group leave Trinket behind.

Taryon Darrington

When Taryon Darrington first talks to Pike in gnomish, he recalls only learning it from books that he read and had been taught only briefly by a fellow gnome from a musical group. He describes the "fellow" as "part of a performing troupe" that his father has hired for New Year's Eve, and how he vividly remembers him leaving quickly because something occurred with his "father and house maiden" and was chased out the house. Taryon also says although he doesn't know what exactly happened, his father had to "burn his bed sheets and I think he got a new bed." It is implied that this unnamed gnome bard is in fact Scanlan Shorthalt.

Character Information


Originally seeking to win Pike's heart, Scanlan realized that the gnome he was meant to love and protect is his daughter, Kaylie.[67] After successfully slaying the ancient black dragon Umbrasyl, Scanlan promised Kaylie that he would return to her and be the father she needs once he has finished slaying the other members of the Chroma Conclave.

Notable Items

Current Items

Fan art of the Mythcarver, one of the Vestiges of the Divergence, by David Rodrigues.[art 6]

Former Items


Fan art of Scanlan, by Andrew Keller.[art 7]

Because Scanlan is a bard, he has a large array of spells and skills, which he utilizes both in social and combat situations. His spells run the gamut of offense, defense, and support. Due to his expertise as a College of Lore bard, he is capable of inspiring not only his allies but also himself.

Gnome Abilities

  • Darkvision
  • Gnome Cunning (advantage on INT/WIS/CHA saving throws against magic)
  • Speak With Small Beasts


Bard Abilities

Class Features
  • Bard College: College of Lore
    • Additional Magical Secrets: Counterspell[95], Lightning Bolt[96]
    • Bonus Proficiencies
    • Cutting Words[97]
    • Peerless Skill[98]
  • Bardic Inspiration (d12)[99]
  • Countercharm[100]
  • Font of Inspiration
  • Jack of All Trades
  • Magical Secrets
  • Ritual Casting
  • Song of Rest (d12)[101]
  • Spellcasting (Charisma-based ability)

Bard Spells

Fan art of Scanlan using Bigby's Hand, by David Rodrigues.[art 8]

As a level 20 College of Lore bard, Scanlan can know 24 spells at a time. He can also swap a spell out with another one when gaining a level, so some of these spells may no longer be known by him.

  • True Polymorph[136]
  • Wish[137] (after Percy and Vex's wedding he loses the ability to cast it)[138]

Blessing of the Knowing Mistress

Upon becoming the chosen champion of Ioun, Scanlan has been granted the following abilities:

  • A permanent +2 bonus to intelligence.
  • As a bonus action, you may channel the omniscience of Ioun. For one hour, whenever you successfully hit a creature with a spell or attack you can learn one of the creature's stats of your choice from the following list:
    • AC
    • Senses
    • Saving Throw Bonuses
    • Damage Resistances
    • Damage Immunities
    • Damage Vulnerabilities

During this hour you also have advantage on initiative rolls and on saving throws. Once this ability is used it can not be used again "for like a week".


  • 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."[139][move?]
  • Grog: "If I pelvic thrust, will you...?"
    Scanlan: "I will grant you cock lightning."[140]
  • Scanlan: "Hello. What a lovely dinner we had--LIGHTNING!"[141]
  • Scanlan: "You can dwell on the shit, or you can leave it behind in people’s beds and keep going."[142]
  • Scanlan: "Remember... We met, but you did not meet the meat man."
  • Scanlan: "I’m upstairs, trying to take it anally."[143]


Scanlan's portrait in Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire.[art 9]

  • The word "scanlan" means "scandal" or "scandalous" in Irish.
    • It is also the surname of Irish composer and musical theater actor William J. Scanlan and the stage name of Walter Van Brunt (who was known to have had a bigamous affair that resulted in a child with his mistress and a divorce from his wife). English guitarist for The Fall, Craig Scanlon, had his surname misspelled as "Scanlan" on every record he featured on for The Fall up until and including the 7" single "Lie Dream of a Casino Soul" in 1981.
    • However, despite its highly appropriate nature, Sam did not choose Scanlan's name deliberately. He rolled for it randomly on a character name generator.
  • Scanlan has the highest charisma score of any player character thus far.
  • In the Critical Role Major Arcana Tarot Card Set, he represents The Fool.
  • When the home game began, Sam had never played before and didn't know what sort of character he wanted to be. Sam asked Liam what the "least cool" character and race combination would be, and ended up choosing to be a gnome bard. This matched his personality in real life as being more silly than imposing and relying more on charm than on skill.[144]
  • Scanlan's background of not really having a father, having mother issues, and being discovered by musicians and growing in fame, as a result, is due to Sam basing him loosely on the rapper Eminem.[144]
  • Scanlan is included in the Critical Role Pack DLC for Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire.
  • Throughout the course of the Vox Machina: Origins comics, Scanlan frequently broke the fourth wall by making allusions to narrative tropes and the rules of storytelling. For example, he once looked directly at the reader, stating "Now THAT will make a great story!". He also interrupted his party members, saying they wouldn't talk for the rest of the scene, and we could skip their introduction.
  • In the epilogue of "The Chapter Closes" (1x115), Scanlan said that following the defeat of Vecna, he wrote of the adventures of Vox Machina in a book entitled In the Belly of Dragons: The Legend of Scanlan Shorthalt and Vox Machina.[145] By 835 PD, he also wrote a book titled Adventure Sexy: Impress Potential Lovers with Great Deeds.[146]

External Links


  1. See Dungeons & Dragons: Vox Style (by Matthew Mercer) at 2:14.
  2. The story of Scanlan first using the name "Burt Reynolds" was told during a Q&A.  See "Attack on the Duergar Warcamp" (1x04) at 4:02:30.
  3. Vax calls Scanlan "Burt Reynolds" for the first time on-stream while persuading Clarota.  See "Strange Bedfellows" (1x03) at 2:30:58.
  4. See "Glass and Bone" (1x08) at 0:50:49.
  5. See "Denouement" (1x35), part 2, at 40:20.
  6. See "A Traveler's Gamble" (1x66) at 2:35:31.
  7. See "Where the Cards Fall" (1x75) at 3:18:32.
  8. See "Masquerade" (1x99) at 1:33:31.  Scanlan's Marquesian Human disguise for the crime lord known as "The Meat Man"
  9. At the end of the campaign, after Misuthar 812 PD, Sam said Scanlan was 70 years old, and he hoped to finish a book before turning 71.  See "The Chapter Closes" (1x115) at 3:49:23.
  10. Scanlan's letter to Pike, written just a few days into 811 PD in "Best Laid Plans..." (1x50), stated that he was 69 years old.  See "Talks Machina: Campaign Wrap-up" (Sx31) at 1:43:37.
  11. See "K'Varn Revealed" (1x10) at 3:29:09.
  12. CritRoleStats lists Scanlan as chaotic good
  13. See "A Name Is Earned" (1x49) at 2:32:53.
  14. See "Unfinished Business" (1x100) at 0:36:18.
  15. See "Raishan" (1x80) from 2:56:55 through 2:58:25.
  16. See "Loose Ends" (1x84) at 45:21.
  17. See "Raishan" (1x80) at 2:37:25.
  18. See "The Deceiver's Stand" (1x83) at 2:13:01.
  19. See "A Bard's Lament" (1x85) at 2:12:33.
  20. See "A Bard's Lament" (1x85) at 2:12:46.
  21. Scanlan's level 12 stats were shown onscreen.  See "In Ruins" (1x41) at 1:34:51.
  22. Scanlan's level 14 stats were shown onscreen.  See "A Cycle of Vengeance" (1x58) at 0:29:27.
  23. Scanlan completed his reading of the Tome of Leadership and Influence, increasing his Charisma from 20 to 22.  See "Denizens of the Moonbrush" (1x61) at 2:30:55.  See also Sam Riegel's post-episode tweet of his Charisma score of 22.
  24. Scanlan's level 15 stats were shown on-screen.  See "Brawl in the Arches" (1x76) at 1:08:13.
  25. Scanlan's level 16 stats were shown onscreen.  See "Deadly Echoes" (1x82) at 3:09:22.
  26. Scanlan's level 17 stats were shown onscreen.  See "Masquerade" (1x99) at 2:17:27.
  27. See "Arrival at Kraghammer" (1x01) from 0:05:55 through 0:07:16.
  28. See "K'Varn Revealed" (1x10) at 3:29:44.
  29. See "Gunpowder Plot" (1x31), part 1, from 14:56 through 53:09.
  30. See "A Bard's Lament" (1x85) from 2:03:18 through 2:08:06.
  31. Sam Riegel mentioned on Twitter that Scanlan's sexuality was not completely towards women.
  32. See "Brawl in the Arches" (1x76) at 3:18:45.
  33. See "A Cycle of Vengeance" (1x58) at 3:08:11.
  34. See "The Ominous March" (1x109) at 45:17.
  35. At the end of the campaign, after Misuthar 812 PD, Sam said Scanlan was 70 years old, and he hoped to finish a book before turning 71.  See "The Chapter Closes" (1x115) at 3:49:23.
  36. Scanlan's letter to Pike, written just a few days into 811 PD in "Best Laid Plans..." (1x50), stated that he was 69 years old.  See "Talks Machina: Campaign Wrap-up" (Sx31) at 1:43:37.
  37. See "The Echo Tree" (1x63) at 2:30:00.
  38. The story of Scanlan first using the name "Burt Reynolds" was told during a Q&A.  See "Attack on the Duergar Warcamp" (1x04) at 4:02:30.
  39. See "The Rematch" (1x23) at 1:39:18.
  40. See "A Traveler's Gamble" (1x66) at 2:35:31.
  41. See "Where the Cards Fall" (1x75) at 3:18:32.
  42. See "Where the Cards Fall" (1x75) from 3:15:48 through 3:19:02.
  43. Kaylie explained her backstory and heritage to Scanlan.  See "Echoes of the Past" (1x38) from 1:18:55 through 1:31:03.
  44. Part of this scene is available on Matthew Mercer's Youtube channel.
  45. See "K'Varn Revealed" (1x10) at 4:14:39.
  46. See "Arrival at Kraghammer" (1x01) from 2:59:41 through 3:01:50.
  47. See "A Bard's Lament" (1x85) from 2:03:18 through 2:08:06.
  48. See "A Bard's Lament" (1x85) at 2:49:13.
  49. See "Jugs and Rods" (1x94) at 1:36:02.
  50. See "Unfinished Business" (1x100) at 3:23:11.
  51. See "A Musician's Nostalgia" (1x37) at 2:17:55.
  52. See "A Musician's Nostalgia" (1x37) at 2:57:44.
  53. See "A Musician's Nostalgia" (1x37) at 4:21:06.
  54. See "Echoes of the Past" (1x38) at 1:22:29.
  55. See "Echoes of the Past" (1x38) from 1:21:26 through 1:30:00.
  56. See "Omens" (1x39) at 2:30:15.
  57. See "Omens" (1x39) at 2:58:53.
  58. See "Best Laid Plans..." (1x50) from 2:56:31 through 2:59:47.
  59. See "Test of Pride" (1x51) from 11:25 through 20:00.
  60. See "Hope" (1x56) at 3:23:14.
  61. See "At Dawn, We Plan!" (1x53) at 2:52:55.
  62. See "A Cycle of Vengeance" (1x58) at 3:07:10.
  63. See "The Chapter Closes" (1x115) at 3:44:18.
  64. See "The Chapter Closes" (1x115) from 3:54:38 through 3:58:34.
  65. See "The Frigid Doom" (1x64) at 3:52:10.
  66. See "The Elephant in the Room" (1x72) from 46:44 through 47:41.
  67. See "Hope" (1x56) at 3:22:12.
  68. See "Denizens of the Moonbrush" (1x61) at 26:20.
  70. See "Gunpowder Plot" (1x31), part 2, at 0:50:50.
  71. See "The Endless Atheneum" (1x106) at 39:08.
  72. See "Enter Vasselheim" (1x16) from 0:16:48 through 0:20:44.  Scanlan trades the Circlet of Concentration to Tiberius Stormwind in exchange for the Ioun Stone.
  73. The Mythcarver was obtained from Kamaljiori.  See "A Name Is Earned" (1x49) at 4:44:17.
  74. The Mythcarver was actually given to Scanlan after Matt ended the game.  See "A Name Is Earned" (1x49) at 4:50:22.
  75. See "Trust" (1x70) from 1:59:45 through 2:01:21.
  76. See "Masquerade" (1x99) from 2:41:35 through 2:42:00.
  77. See "Strange Bedfellows" (1x03) at 1:09:59.
  78. See "In the Belly of the Beast" (1x54) at 20:35.
  79. Scanlan still has the Wand in the final fight against Sylas Briarwood.  See "Dalen's Closet" (Sx47) at 3:23:07.
  80. Wand of Magic Missiles was obtained from a duergar in the Underdark.  See "Strange Bedfellows" (1x03) from 18:27 through 20:10.
  81. See "Enter Vasselheim" (1x16) from 0:16:48 through 0:20:44.  Scanlan trades the Circlet of Concentration to Tiberius Stormwind in exchange for the Ioun Stone.
  82. See "In the Belly of the Beast" (1x54) at 0:20:35.
  83. See "Hubris" (1x17) at 18:06.
  84. See "Race to the Ziggurat" (1x34) at 2:35:58.
  85. See "Hope" (1x56) from 3:15:44 through 3:16:43.
  86. See "Vorugal" (1x71) from 2:21:50 through 2:23:40.
  87. See "Hope" (1x56) at 3:24:19.
  88. See "The Endless Atheneum" (1x106) at 1:04:39.
  89. See "The Endless Atheneum" (1x106) at 27:12.
  90. See "Denizens of the Moonbrush" (1x61) at 2:30:55.
  91. See "The Streets of Ank'Harel" (1x65) at 31:49.
  92. War Caster feat was first mentioned when Scanlan used it to cast a spell as a reaction against Rimefang.  See "Trial of the Take: Part 2" (1x19) at 2:50:07.
  93. Matt referred to this feat when Scanlan successfully maintained concentration of Hold Person on Kevdak.  See "The Kill Box" (1x52) at 1:35:16.
  94. Matt referred to this feat when Scanlan successfully maintained concentration of Hold Person on Kevdak.  See "The Kill Box" (1x52) at 1:46:38.
  95. See "Reunions" (1x33), part 1, at 1:49:13.  Scanlan casts Counterspell.
  96. See "Arrival at Kraghammer" (1x01) at 2:59:42.  Scanlan casts Lightning Bolt.
  97. See "Into the Greyspine Mines" (1x02) at 1:50:33.
  98. See "Cloak and Dagger" (1x68) at 2:22:48.
  99. See "Vecna, the Ascended" (1x114) at 58:17.  Scanlan's Bardic Inspiration gives a d12 die.
  100. See "Into the Greyspine Mines" (1x02) at 1:54:25.  Scanlan used his Countercharm ability.
  101. See "Deadly Echoes" (1x82) at 3:04:19.  Scanlan's song of rest gives the party an extra d12 when rolling hit die.
  102. See "Escape from the Underdark" (1x13) at 2:16:06.  Scanlan casts Friends.
  103. See "Denouement" (1x35), part 1, at 46:26.  Scanlan casts Mage Hand.
  104. See "Crimson Diplomacy" (1x25) at 34:50.  Scanlan casts Message.
  105. See "Yug'Voril Uncovered" (1x09) at 1:22:13.  Scanlan casts Minor Illusion.
  106. See "The Throne Room" (1x07) at 1:36:14.  Scanlan casts Vicious Mockery.
  107. See "The Fate-Touched" (1x103) at 0:42:22.  Scanlan casts Wristpocket.
  108. Wristpocket is a homebrew spell created by Matt. Sam posted the spell information for it (on Reddit.)
  109. See "Arrival at Kraghammer" (1x01) at 40:03.  Scanlan casts Healing Word.
  110. See "Breaching the Emberhold" (1x06) at 1:18:24.  Scanlan casts Thunderwave.
  111. See "Into the Greyspine Mines" (1x02) at 47:03.  Scanlan casts Unseen Servant.
  112. See "Glass and Bone" (1x08) at 1:58:20.  Scanlan casts Blindness.
  113. See "Yug'Voril Uncovered" (1x09) at 1:07:30.  Scanlan casts Hold Person.
  114. See "Arrival at Kraghammer" (1x01) at 1:57:22.  Scanlan casts Invisibility.
  115. See "The Throne Room" (1x07) at 3:15:05.  Scanlan casts Suggestion.
  116. See "Reunions" (1x33), part 1, at 1:49:13.  Scanlan casts Counterspell.
  117. See "Into the Greyspine Mines" (1x02) at 2:50:05.  Scanlan casts Dispel Magic.
  118. See "Arrival at Kraghammer" (1x01) at 2:59:42.  Scanlan casts Lightning Bolt.
  119. See "Path of Brass" (1x74) at 2:34:41.  Scanlan casts Major Image.
  120. See "Into the Greyspine Mines" (1x02) at 2:39:37.  Scanlan casts Stinking Cloud.
  121. See "Attack on the Duergar Warcamp" (1x04) at 2:29:29.  Scanlan casts Banishment.
  122. See "Arrival at Kraghammer" (1x01) at 2:03:18.  Scanlan casts Dimension Door.
  123. See "The Trick about Falling" (1x05) at 2:28:42.  Scanlan casts Dominate Beast.
  124. See "Cindergrove Revisited" (1x46) at 1:58:30.  Scanlan casts Otiluke's Resilient Sphere.
  125. See "Into the Greyspine Mines" (1x02) at 2:11:35.  Scanlan casts Polymorph.
  126. See "K'Varn Revealed" (1x10) at 1:10:39.  Scanlan casts Bigby's Hand.
  127. See "Attack on the Duergar Warcamp" (1x04) at 2:07:29.  Scanlan casts Dominate Person.
  128. See "The Climb Within" (1x110) at 2:04:54.  Scanlan casts Greater Restoration.
  129. See "The Frigid Doom" (1x64) at 12:30.  Scanlan casts Modify Memory.
  130. See "Hubris" (1x17) at 2:12:44.  Scanlan casts Seeming.
  131. See "Trial of the Take: Part 2" (1x19) at 2:15:37.  Scanlan casts Eyebite.
  132. See "Critical Role One-Shot: Epic Level Battle Royale" (Sx30) at 49:43.  Scanlan casts Otto's Irresistible Dance.
  133. See "The Family Business" (1x47) at 13:23.  Scanlan casts Mordenkainen's Magnificent Mansion.
  134. See "Cloak and Dagger" (1x68) at 2:52:26.  Scanlan casts Reverse Gravity.
  135. See "Vorugal" (1x71) at 2:26:02.  Scanlan casts Dominate Monster.
  136. See "Race to the Tower" (1x102) at 2:31:59.  Scanlan casts True Polymorph.
  137. See "The Final Ascent" (1x113) at 39:04.  Scanlan casts Wish (replicating Simulacrum).
  138. See "Dalen's Closet" (Sx47) at 4:05:37.
  139. See "Into the Frostweald" (1x48) at 48:00.
  140. See "Best Laid Plans..." (1x50) at 1:48:44.
  141. See "Crimson Diplomacy" (1x25) at 1:34:31.
  142. See "Those Who Walk Away" (1x45) at 2:32:37.
  143. See "A Traveler's Gamble" (1x66) at 2:48:43.
  144. 144.0 144.1
  145. See "The Chapter Closes" (1x115) at 3:48:38.
  146. Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, p. 243.


  1. Scanlan at the end of Vox Machina's journey, by Kit Buss (source).  Permission needed.
  2. Official Scanlan Pop! figure.  Critical Role Shop
  3. Scanlan meets Keyleth, by Olivia Samson ([Vox Machina Origins Volume I Issue #4 source]).  Used with permission.
  4. Fan art of Scanlan grieving over Pike's death in the events before Critical Role, by sleepyjaneart (source).  Permission needed.
  5. Fan art of Kaylie preparing to attack Scanlan[54], by advocatingAvian (source).  Used with permission.
  6. Fan art of the Mythcarver, one of the Vestiges of the Divergence, by David Rodrigues (source).  Used with permission.
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  8. Fan art of Scanlan using Bigby's Hand, by David Rodrigues (source).  Used with permission.
  9. Scanlan's portrait in Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire[1]