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For Liam O'Brien's non-canon NPC, see Spireling Shenn (non-canon).

Spireling Shenn is the Spireling of Secrets in the Clasp's Emon sect. As an NPC, he is played by Matthew Mercer.



Spireling Shenn is a six-foot-tall human with long blond hair that trails past the middle of his back. He has fine features, although his face is a bit weathered from age. He wears a dark gray cloak and has a red-tinted monocle that he wears over one eye.[3]



Campaign One: Vox Machina[]

"Dangerous Dealings" (1x42)[]

After Emon was devastated by the Chroma Conclave in late 810 PD, Vox Machina ventured into the Clasp's territory to seek an alliance. They hoped to ensure the safety and survival of Emon's remaining citizens while also developing an information network with the Clasp's spies.

Spireling Shenn came forward to negotiate the deal. In return for the Clasp's aid to Vox Machina, Shenn asked for an introduction to certain key power figures in Vasselheim so he could establish his crime network there. Percy seemed ready to take the deal, but Vax'ildan—himself a member of the Clasp—refused to shake hands. Shenn then made clear that Vox Machina would not be welcome among the Clasp in the future.

Spireling Shenn - Clya Lyren

Fan art of Spireling Shenn, by Clya Lyren.[art 2]

"The Frigid Doom" (1x64)[]

Assum Emring mentioned to Vox Machina and their war council in Whitestone that Tofor Brotoras, who had remained in Emon, was working with Shenn to get survivors underground.[4] However, this information may have been unreliable as it actually came from Raishan in disguise as Seeker Assum.[5]

Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting Reborn[]

Shenn remains the Spireling of Secrets in 836 PD. After the Myriad arrived in Emon, the Clasp went on the defensive, forcing Shenn's ambitions to spread the Clasp elsewhere to be put on hold.

Campaign Three: Bells Hells[]

After stealing papers from Evon Hytroga, Bells Hells discovered coded correspondence between Evon and Shenn concerning the trade of artifacts. Orym recognized the initials used for Shenn, remembering that Shenn had previously attempted to make a deal with Keyleth.[6]

Appearances and mentions[]



  1. The spelling of Shenn's name was imported from Matthew Mercer's Vox Machina Wiki article "The Clasp".
  2. See Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting Reborn, p. 54.
  3. See "Dangerous Dealings" (1x42) at 2:36:41.
  4. See "The Frigid Doom" (1x64) at 0:37:31.
  5. Raishan reveals herself to Vox Machina.  See "Passed Through Fire" (1x69) at 2:47:48.
  6. See "Fight at the Museum..." (3x21) at 3:27:23.


  1. Fan art of Spireling Shenn and agents of the Clasp, by Thomas Brin (source). Used with permission.
  2. Fan art of Spireling Shenn, by Clya Lyren (source). Used with permission.