Lord Sylas Briarwood[1] was the vampire co-ruler, along with Lady Delilah Briarwood, of Whitestone and other lands to the north after usurping the de Rolo family. Vox Machina overthrew him, with Keyleth dealing the fatal blow.

Over a year later, Sylas was spotted alongside his wife in the service of Vecna.

Description[edit | edit source]

Appearance[edit | edit source]

Sylas was a strong, tall man, with short brown hair framing his chiseled and handsome face, which was adorned with a well-groomed goatee. When Vox Machina first met him, Sylas's clothing was predominantly blue and black with gold and red trim. He wore a strip of gray fur cresting over one shoulder and framing his torso.[4]

Personality[edit | edit source]

Sylas is loyal, practical, and has a supernatural charisma. He is also sinister and cruel with very little empathy for those who are not Delilah or himself. However, he does genuinely care for his wife, willing to do anything to defend her and usually deferring to her wishes.

Biography[edit | edit source]

Background[edit | edit source]

See: Briarwoods

"The Feast" (1x24)[edit | edit source]

Sylas and his wife visited Emon as part of a campaign to build a bridge across the Shearing Channel to Wildemount. Sovereign Uriel threw a feast in their honor, where they were introduced to the members of Vox Machina. At the feast, Sylas discussed the merits of a trade route to Wildemount and engaged, along with Delilah, in conversations with Vox Machina. Afterward, Vax tracked the couple to their guest room and tried to sneak in. Vax was caught at the door, and Sylas helped drag him into the room.

Fan art of Sylas Briarwood turning as he hears Percy scream his name, by Jessica Huegel (@Cryptobaffling).[art 2]

"Crimson Diplomacy" (1x25)[edit | edit source]

"Race to the Ziggurat" (1x34)[edit | edit source]

"Dark Dealings" (1x112)[edit | edit source]

Sylas is seen with his wife Delilah atop a bone dragon, returned to life (or undeath) by Vecna at some point after his ascension.

"The Final Ascent" (1x113)[edit | edit source]

Upon Vox Machina's destruction of part of the barrier protecting Thar Amphala, Sylas and Delilah rode in on their undead dragon to investigate. After Delilah's death, Sylas fled in bat and then mist form, moving quickly enough to avoid death by a sunlight generating spell. As a vampire reduced to 0 hit points, Sylas was forced to return to his resting place and be paralyzed for an hour before regaining any hit points.

"The Chapter Closes" (1x115)[edit | edit source]

Sylas was last seen through Keyleth's scrying. Still in bat form, he was flying frantically through the Vesper Timberland to escape.

"Dalen's Closet" (Sx47)[edit | edit source]

A year after Vecna's defeat, Sylas and his vampire minions attacked the wedding of Percival and Vex'ahlia de Rolo at Dalen's Closet. He drugged the wine at the rehearsal, knocking out the majority of the party and abducting Percy and Vex. He bound them in chains and threw them off a cliff into the ocean below. As Vox Machina and their allies closed in, he attempted to flee but was killed by Vex before he could escape and his mist form was destroyed for good by the sunlight she radiated as the champion of The Dawnfather.

Relationships[edit | edit source]

Character Information[edit | edit source]

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Notable Items[edit | edit source]

Quotations[edit | edit source]

  • "Don't worry...you look delicious." (Sylas to Vax, revealing his vampiric nature)

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Travis Willingham was dressed as Lord Briarwood during "The Coming Storm" (1x73), which aired the week before Halloween 2016.
  • In the Critical Role Major Arcana Tarot Card Set, he along with his wife, Delilah, represent VI - The Lovers.
  • Because of their necromantic nature, the Briarwoods have each been killed multiple times.  However, both of their final deaths come from Vex'ahlia De Rolo.  She killed Delilah during Vecna's siege in "Vecna, the Ascended" (1x114) and both killed and fully destroyed Sylas after his assault on her wedding in "Dalen's Closet" (Sx47).

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Although the fan community assumed the spelling "Silas", Matthew Mercer spelled it "Sylas" in his written note from Dr. Ripley and in his Spotify playlist.
  2. See "Race to the Ziggurat" (1x34) from 3:36:47 through 3:37:19.
  3. See "Race to the Ziggurat" (1x34) from 3:44:40 through 3:46:50.
  4. See "The Feast" (1x24) at 2:59:30.

Art:

  1. Fan art of Sylas Briarwood, by Kit Buss (source).  Permission needed.
  2. Fan art of Sylas Briarwood turning as he hears Percy scream his name, by Jessica Huegel (@Cryptobaffling) (source).  Used with permission.


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