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Here is where the hunters gather,
Keen eyes and blades at ready.
We cease the unknown’s cackling laughter,
Our will is strong, our members plenty.

We stand against the tide of darkness,
We do the deeds few men can handle.
Reap forth a trophy from the carcass,
We are your strength, we are your candle.
Engraving on the doorway of the Slayer's Take guild hall in Vasselheim.[1]

The Slayer's Take is a guild in Vasselheim that is paid to hunt rare animals, typically for specific parts of the animal. The Slayer's Take pays homage to Ioun, the goddess of knowledge, prophecy, and skill.


A large gynosphinx, Osysa, lives in a cavern below the guildhall. She uses her knowledge and scrying abilities to guide the Slayer's Take. The guild members are led by Vanessa Cyndrial, a no-nonsense tiefling. The second-in-command is her husband, Mertin Cyndrial, a halfling.


The Slayer's Take symbol.[2]


When Vox Machina wished to become members of the guild, they were first tested by being sent to complete a contract in under three days. Upon returning to the guildhall after successfully completing their contracts, Vox Machina were brought to meet the sphinx Osysa. Osysa branded each of their shoulders with the guild mark, identifying them as fully fledged members of the Slayer's Take.

Known Members


Campaign 1

The members of Vox Machina (except Pike) were forced to join the Slayer's Take to avoid being prosecuted for poaching a hydra that was under contract by one of the guild's parties. In order to rectify the situation, Vox Machina was given the option to complete an initiation and join the guild, making the hydra kill legal. For the initiation, Vox Machina was split into two groups. One group was assigned a contract to hunt and kill a white dragon, Rimefang, in the Vesper Timberland, while the other group hunted a rakshasa, Hotis, in Vasselheim.


  1. See "Hubris" (1x17) from 3:13:45 through 3:14:02.  Matt recites the poem engraved on the door of the Slayer's Take guild hall.
  2. The Slayer's Take symbol Critical Role Source