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Ethred Brokenbranch, better known as Sprigg, is an arcane trickster gnome. He is played by Darin De Paul.



Sprigg is an elderly gnome. He is bald on top with a long white beard. He has a bit of a distant look in his eyes.


Darin De Paul said that he originally thought of Sprigg as Fagin, a Charles Dickens character, who was just going to steal everything he could, but that the goodness in everybody brought out the goodness in him.[6]



Sprigg was part of an adventuring party for some time and they considered themselves to be heroes. However, during a battle with hobgoblins all of them were slain except for Sprigg, who ran away. The gnome spent the next thirty-seven years isolated in his tiny cottage, where he seems to have become somewhat addled.

After becoming attuned to Ioun during his encounter with Vox Machina, he suddenly recovered at least some of his memories, and named several of his former companions: Theda Pax, Zephra, and "that guy with the nose" who he claimed was his favorite.

"The Fear of Isolation" (1x105)

"The Endless Atheneum" (1x106)


Fan art of Sprigg and Demistrik, by BlackSalander.[art 1]

Fan art of Sprigg, by Jet.[art 2]


Demistrik is an imp that shares a homestead with Sprigg. While the nature of their relationship is for the most part unknown, it was stated that Demistrik’s master died within the confines of Sprigg’s home. Their cohabitation is likely a result of Demistrik’s master’s demise.


Character Information



  • Tasha's Hideous Laughter[7]

Notable Items


Fan art of Sprigg, by David Rodrigues.[art 3]

  • "You're HERE! *giggles madly* And you're REAL! Go away." (Sprigg's reaction to learning there are real people on his doorstep)
  • "Knock-knock! ...Right!"
  • "We need a mnemonic device!!"
  • "You see, I didn't have to believe in Ioun, I found my religion... I'm bluish"
  • "House gone, Imp gone, burny burny, sad sad, pray, nothing happen, now I'm blue"


  • Sprigg has the highest dexterity score of any guest player character thus far.
  • Sprigg is a continuation of a character Darin De Paul originally played in a D&D game with Matt Mercer's mother from over 37 years ago.[9][10]
  • Leading up to the Dalen's Closet one-shot, Darin De Paul posted an in-character video as Sprigg congratulating the soon-to-be married couple on their special day, despite never getting an invitation.[11]
  • In May 2020, Liam O'Brien adopted a mini dachshund that he named Sprigg. He has since posted several pictures of him on social media. [12] [13]

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  1. See "The Fear of Isolation" (1x105) at 3:18:03.
  2. See "Talks Machina #32: 'The Fear of Isolation'" (TMx32) at 0:15:27.
  3. Matt and Darin say that Sprigg is in the process of transitioning to a more neutral alignment.  See "Talks Machina #33: 'The Endless Atheneeum'" (TMx33) at 0:52:59.  Time based on Alpha VOD.
  4. Sprigg's level 15 stat card was shown onscreen.  See "The Fear of Isolation" (1x105) at 3:31:40.
  5. See "The Fear of Isolation" (1x105) at 2:23:13.
  6. See "Talks Machina: Campaign Wrap-up" (Sx31) at 2:24:22.
  7. See "The Fear of Isolation" (1x105) at 2:59:10.  Sprigg casts Tasha's Hideous Laughter.
  8. See "The Fear of Isolation" (1x105) at 1:30:13.
  10. See "Talks Machina #32: 'The Fear of Isolation'" (TMx32).


  1. Fan art of Sprigg and Demistrik, by BlackSalander (source).  Used with permission.
  2. Fan art of Sprigg, by Jet (source).  Used with permission.
  3. Fan art of Sprigg, by David Rodrigues (source).  Used with permission.