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Tiberius Stormwind was a dragonborn sorcerer and a former member of Vox Machina. He was played by Orion Acaba.

Intro

"Greetings and salutations. I am Tiberius Stormwind. I hail from a town called Tyriex, located in the heart of Draconia, born from a politically respected family.

At the age of 15, I succeeded in passing the Sorcerer's Rite, showing prodigy-like control of my magic. The judges and the Draconian high council were amazed at how powerful my spells were for how long I had been training. At 20 years old, I was the youngest appointed member of the magic guild in Draconian history. For the next few years, I almost went mad from the malaise of being a guild member, as it's rather boring.

However, one day I happened upon a chamber, unused for quite some time. In the room were stacks of books and maps of the surrounding cities and areas around the known world. For months I would frequent the chamber, and learned of artifacts from legend. After a long period of research, I made a list of artifacts that caught my eye. I brought these findings to the high council and was told that all of the information in the chamber I stumbled upon was either believed to be fiction or unsolvable mysteries and hence were lost forever. I found those answers to be unacceptable.

A year later I devised a ruse and managed to convince the city council to lend support in me leaving Draconia on a mission of peace and diplomacy for the surrounding kingdoms, going from town to town and making friends and allies, in and for the name of Draconia. Being a red dragonborn, I had quite the task on my hands in that respect, but it was exactly what I needed so I could explore the world and find these artifacts, as I felt the truth was out there.

Some may describe me as buffoonish, but I say poppycock to all that. I am much sharper than most give me credit for. I just don't pay attention to things sometimes. I've also been known to be rather cunning, loyal, happy-go-lucky, and well, dangerous. I can't help but show my true scales now and then. But overall, I think I'm quite friendly for a dragonborn."[9]

Description

Appearance

Tiberius was a red Dragonborn who wore glasses and a blue robe embroidered with green.

Personality

[..] he's the false buffoon, but he knows exactly what he's doing when it comes to a battle and other particular things.
– 
Orion Acaba [10]

Tiberius loved to use his spells freely and plentifully. To help in doing so, he had a ring of spell storing and an Ioun stone, which helped him prepare additional spells. A couple of times, Tiberius initiated magical confrontations with Scanlan and exploited as many spells as he needed to win the fight.[11] Sometimes the group was disappointed by his impulsiveness. When the Slayer's Take tasked half of Vox Machina to slay a rakshasa, they trailed him to the Velvet Cabaret. Pursuing the quest, Tiberius wasted all of his sorcery points and needed a rest, which developed into a mini-conflict because almost all the others wanted to proceed forward quickly.[12]

Biography

Background

Tiberius hailed from Tyriex in Draconia, where he came from a large political family. Besides his personal quest, Tiberius's reason for leaving Draconia was to avoid being forced into the Draconian Council. He was fluent in the Common, Draconic, and Dwarvish languages.

Tiberius was often portrayed as quite absent-minded, as shown in "Arrival at Kraghammer" (1x01) when he disguised himself as a dwarf named Tiberius Kraghammer while in the city of Kraghammer. Orion described Tiberius as a bit of a buffoon; however, this was partly due to Tiberius presenting himself as such to throw people off guard.

Draconian society had institutional class- and tail-based slavery, which is why Tofor Brotoras had negative reactions to Tiberius.[13] When Tofor made it clear she didn't like him, Tiberius responded by insulting her any time she spoke up and referred to her as "peasant" instead of using her name.[14]

Tiberius may have worshiped Bahamut, as in "Escape from the Underdark" (1x13), he shouted "By the blessings of Bahamut, I choose Emon!" while casting Teleportation Circle.[15]

Before the Stream

Tiberius once disguised himself as a female troll to distract a couple of male trolls that were around a fire. The situation almost ended badly for Tiberius, but his teammates and Allura Vysoren rescued him.

After half of the party fell into a cistern under Emon, they fought an aboleth that resided in the waters. In their search for an escape, they found the remnants of an ancient town where a hag named Trysta resided. Tiberius made a deal with Trysta that, in exchange for helping the party escape and giving them the Mending Wheel, she could take a part of Tiberius's fortune. Tiberius never learned what that meant. The party also agreed to get rid of a group of umber hulks which had built their nest in the ruins. During this battle, Tiberius killed one of the umber hulks by dropping it out of the nest. He later jumped out of the nest down a 170-foot drop and drank a Feather Fall potion, barely managing to make a saving throw.

Tiberius was inside the Ivory Tower when it collapsed into a pearl due to Allura's security magic, though he safely jumped out of the window and cast Feather Fall on himself to avoid taking damage.[16]

Tiberius was so enraged after Juurezel the glabrezu killed Pike that he couldn't speak coherently, and he sobbed when Pike came back to life.

Early in the campaign, Tiberius's use of Teleportation Circle was the only means the party had of quickly traveling far distances.

Chapter 1

"Shopping and Shipping" (1x14)

After Grog had been captured in the Underdark and lost the Bag of Holding along with the Mending Wheel, Tiberius went to Draconia and purchased his own Bag of Holding in which to store the Mending Wheel. It was Tiberius' most powerful artifact, so he wanted to keep it safe himself.[17]

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Fan art of Tiberius Stormwind, by David Rodrigues.[art 2]

"The Path to Whitestone" (1x27) Tiberius wrote to his father, Kruvanis Stormwind, invoking "the ambassador's right of wartime" and requesting an army to be readied to attack the Briarwoods-controlled Whitestone. Kruvanis admonished him: the authority to invoke war belonged not to Tiberius but to himself, and Tiberius — who was inexperienced and thus prone to jumping at shadows — had one chance to provide solid proof.[18]

"The Sun Tree" (1x28) During the journey to Whitestone, Tiberius left the party to better prepare himself for the upcoming conflict.[19] While gone, he tried to convince the Draconians to help them and did not return to Whitestone.

"A Musician's Nostalgia" (1x37) Upon returning to Emon, Tiberius announced to the other members of Vox Machina that he was leaving, as the "path of Vox Machina and the path of Tiberius Stormwind haven't been aligned for some time." Specifically, he hadn't made progress on his quests or earned the respect of his family.[20]

Chapter 5

"The Frigid Doom" (1x64) Tiberius Stormwind's body was discovered by Percy, who found it frozen in ice and locked in time as a hero defending Draconia from Vorugal the Frigid Doom. Unable to transport his body at the time, Vox Machina gave a short burial service for their longtime friend and ally. However, following the death of Vorugal, Scanlan approached the Ravenites to discuss a more permanent and dignified burial beneath the dragon's former lair. Among the requests was that a statue of Tiberius be built atop his grave, with an etching below reading "I Encourage Peace". Tooma, the leader of the Ravenites, agreed with Scanlan's request and tasked Korsa, one of the Ravenites' finest stonemasons, with the construction of the statue.[21]

Relationships

Fan art of Allura and Tiberius, by Wendy Sullivan Green.[art 3]

Stormwind Family

Tiberius had two brothers: Jerahd, a warlock he would contact for information on creatures and artifacts, and Faeryn, a silver dragonborn monk in another D&D campaign that Orion played. Faeryn and Tiberius did not interact during the stream, but Orion tweeted a picture of a letter Tiberius sent to Faeryn along with a Tear of Bahamut. Tiberius also had a sister named Drakka, a bronze dragonborn. However, Matthew Mercer implied that Tiberius may not be his father's child.[22] Though Vox Machina learned of Tiberius's death,[23] the party never learned the fates of his siblings.

Keyleth

Tiberius and Keyleth had a strong friendship, with Tiberius acting as a sort of loyal adviser and referring to Keyleth as "Your Highness" whenever he helped her through a very emotionally tough time. This was partly seen in "Glass and Bone" (1x08) when Keyleth became upset and difficult to reason with during an argument with Lady Kima.

Scanlan

Tiberius and Scanlan had a somewhat bullying form of friendship that started at some point before the stream.

Vex'ahlia

Tiberius and Vex'ahlia were good friends. Tiberius was overjoyed at seeing Vex again when Vox Machina reunited after the events of the Trial of the Take, and he embraced her first when Vex'ahlia's group returned to the Slayer's Take guild.

Tiberius has admitted to being attracted to Vex'ahlia. This was seen in "The Rematch" (1x23) when Tiberius asked Scanlan to describe Vex'ahlia's breasts to him after he missed seeing her flash Grog during Grog's fight with Kern. Later in the episode, while Tiberius scolded Vax'ildan for being harsh on Kynan, he admitted to being frightened of and attracted to Vex.

Lady Allura

At some point, Tiberius became infatuated with Lady Allura. While she hinted that she liked him as well, it was still ambiguous, and their relationship turned south after "Crimson Diplomacy" (1x25). Tiberius also stated to the rest of Vox Machina that Allura was more powerful than him.

Character Information

Quests

His personal journey was to collect several fabled magical artifacts that were rumored to either be myths or no longer exist.

Artifacts

  • Mending Wheel (found)
  • Boros Ring
  • God's Hammer
  • Pale Stone
  • Ropes of Mercy

One of Tiberius' personal goals was to find a way to re-enchant the Carpet of Flying, which lost its ability to fly after it was nearly destroyed by acid.

Notable Items

Tiberius's Crafted Items

Tiberius enchanted some magical items for the group:

Abilities

Tiberius was known for having various spells which he often used in combat. His trademark spell in combat was Fireball.

Dragonborn Abilities

Sorcerer Abilities

  • Flexible Casting[35]
  • Metamagic[36]
    • Empowered Spell
    • Quickened Spell[37]

Sorcerer Spells

Cantrips
1st-level
2nd-level
3rd-level
4th-level
5th-level
  • Obelisk of Iron[67]
  • Telekinesis[68]
  • Teleportation Circle[69]
6th-level

Quotations

  • "I encourage violence." (Tiberius telling Grog to kill the Duergar who tortured Kima of Vord)[71]
  • Osysa: "I have been "keeper of this temple for hundreds of years.."
    Tiberius:"You don't look a day over 20!"[72]
  • "Greeting and salutations. I'm Tiberius Stormwind from Draconia."[73]
  • Tiberius: "I need about 1,500 of them [mirrors]. Can I get 1,500? How many can I get?"
    Matt: "There aren't that many mirrors in the city."
    Tiberius: "Okay. All of them."[74]

Trivia

  • Tiberius has the lowest Wisdom score of any player character on Critical Role thus far.
    • This is also the lowest score for any individual stat for any player character thus far, tied with Shakäste's strength score.
  • In the Critical Role Major Arcana Tarot Card Set, Tiberius represents I - The Magician.

References

  1. See Dungeons & Dragons: Vox Style (by Matthew Mercer) at 0:02:01.
  2. See "Arrival at Kraghammer" (1x01) at 1:48:03.
  3. Orion Acaba stated in a Q&A that Tiberius's alignment was chaotic good.  See "K'Varn Revealed" (1x10) at 3:29:31.
  4. Matt referenced the alignment change on Twitter.
  5. See D&D: Player's Handbook, 5th ed., p. 34.
  6. See "Arrival at Kraghammer" (1x01) at 0:21:08.
  7. Orion Acaba tweeted about the Stormwind family.
  8. The spelling of "Kruvanis" was confirmed by Orion Acaba's usage on Twitter.
  9. See "Arrival at Kraghammer" (1x01) from 0:07:16 through 0:09:15.
  10. See "K'Varn Revealed" (1x10) at 3:34:33.
  11. See "Escape from the Underdark" (1x13) at 26:30.
  12. See "Trial of the Take: Part 4" (1x21) at 2:02:11.
  13. Matthew Mercer confirmed that Tiberius's tail and the mention of the name "Stormwind" upset Tofor (source).
  14. See "Shopping and Shipping" (1x14) at 1:15:00.
  15. See "Escape from the Underdark" (1x13) at 2:07:20.  This was the only instance of him mentioning Bahamut, so it's difficult to make a definite conclusion.
  16. See "Carpet Throwback" by Liam O'Brien from 0:00:33 through 0:01:07
  17. See "Shopping and Shipping" (1x14) at 25:59.
  18. See "The Path to Whitestone" (1x27) from 2:40:35 through 2:42:50.
  19. See "The Sun Tree" (1x28) at 1:07:05.
  20. See "A Musician's Nostalgia" (1x37) from 0:30:00 through 0:37:37.  In reality, after a mutual parting of ways, it was made official by the Critical Role cast that Tiberius's actor, Orion Acaba, would no longer be on the show.
  21. See "The Elephant in the Room" (1x72) from 0:46:42 through 0:48:15.
  22. After Orion tweeted the colors of Tiberius's siblings, who are all metallic while Tiberius is chromatic, Matthew Mercer tweeted that "Tiberius's father might have some questions for his mother... ;)". However, the winking emoticon could mean this was meant in a joking manner and is not to be taken seriously.
  23. See "The Frigid Doom" (1x64) at 3:43:56.
  24. See "The Feast" (1x24) from 1:20:11 through The Circlet of Concentration is described but not named..
  25. Described as a "bottle" here.  See "Breaching the Emberhold" (1x06) at 29:17.
  26. Tiberius gets Father Tristan to enchant the Decanter.  See "Crimson Diplomacy" (1x25) at 2:31:00.
  27. See "Strange Bedfellows" (1x03) at 1:34:43.
  28. See "Strange Bedfellows" (1x03) at 41:15.
  29. See "Breaching the Emberhold" (1x06) at 29:17.
  30. See "Skyward" (1x15) at 16:12.  Tiberius proposes trading the Stone for the Circlet.
  31. See "Enter Vasselheim" (1x16) from 16:48 through 21:33.  Tiberius asks again, and Scanlan initially brushes off the request but eventually relents.
  32. See "Trial of the Take: Part 4" (1x21) at 3:41:23.  When Tiberius attempts to use the Ring more than possible, Matt explains to Orion how the item works.
  33. Matthew Mercer stated that the Hand Cone of Clarity "[...] is a custom item crafted by Tiberius for Scanlan. When spells or Bard abilities are cast through it, it increases the DC by 1" (source).
  34. See "K'Varn Revealed" (1x10) at 55:43.
  35. See "The Trick about Falling" (1x05) at 57:37.
  36. See "The Throne Room" (1x07) from 1:02:29 through 1:04:02.  Tiberius uses Quickened Spell to cast a second Fire Bolt in one turn.
  37. See "The Throne Room" (1x07) from 1:02:29 through 1:04:02.  Tiberius casts a second Fire Bolt in one turn.
  38. See "Breaching the Emberhold" (1x06) at 2:41:39.  Tiberius casts Control Flames.
  39. See "Into the Greyspine Mines" (1x02) at 2:23:40.  Tiberius cast Fire Bolt.
  40. See "Into the Greyspine Mines" (1x02) at 1:21:10.  Tiberius casts Light.
  41. See "Arrival at Kraghammer" (1x01) at 1:11:42.  Tiberius casts Mage Hand.
  42. See "Arrival at Kraghammer" (1x01) at 1:23:36.  Tiberius casts Prestidigitation.
  43. See "Glass and Bone" (1x08) at 1:36:12.  Tiberius casts True Strike.
  44. See "The Trick about Falling" (1x05) at 0:52:24.  Tiberius casts Feather Fall.
  45. See "The Throne Room" (1x07) at 3:04:33.  Tiberius casts Ice Knife.
  46. See "Arrival at Kraghammer" (1x01) at 1:46:09.  Tiberius casts Alter Self.
  47. See "The Throne Room" (1x07) at 0:52:20.  Tiberius casts Blur.
  48. See "Yug'Voril Uncovered" (1x09) at 1:07:12.  Tiberius casts Hold Person.
  49. See "K'Varn Revealed" (1x10) at 1:37:45.  Tiberius casts Invisibility.
  50. See "Trial of the Take: Part 4" (1x21) at 0:35:38.  Tiberius casts Misty Step.
  51. See "Arrival at Kraghammer" (1x01) at 2:47:32.  Tiberius casts Scorching Ray.
  52. See "K'Varn Revealed" (1x10) at 1:46:37.  Tiberius casts Silence.
  53. See "The Throne Room" (1x07) at 2:58:27.  Tiberius casts Counterspell.
  54. See "Into the Greyspine Mines" (1x02) at 0:45:07.  Tiberius casts Dispel Magic.
  55. See "Arrival at Kraghammer" (1x01) at 2:23:30.  Tiberius casts Fireball.
  56. See "Strange Bedfellows" (1x03) at 1:45:51.  Tiberius casts Fly.
  57. Orion explained his Obelisk of Stone spell on Twitter.
  58. Matthew Mercer explained Tiberius's rock pillar spell on Reddit.
  59. See "Into the Greyspine Mines" (1x02) at 2:07:57.  Tiberius casts Grand Columns.
  60. See "Trial of the Take: Part 3" (1x20) at 2:53:58.  Tiberius casts Slow.
  61. See "Attack on the Duergar Warcamp" (1x04) at 2:06:15.  Tiberius casts Blight.
  62. Orion posted the stats for Glacial Blast on Twitter
  63. See "Arrival at Kraghammer" (1x01) at 1:11:39.  Tiberius casts Glacial Blast.
  64. See "Yug'Voril Uncovered" (1x09) at 0:33:05.  Tiberius casts Greater Invisibility.
  65. See "Arrival at Kraghammer" (1x01) at 2:08:00.  Tiberius casts Stoneskin.
  66. See "The Throne Room" (1x07) at 2:28:57.  Tiberius casts Watery Sphere.
  67. See "Trial of the Take: Part 3" (1x20) at 2:55:29.  Tiberius casts Obelisk of Iron.
  68. See "Arrival at Kraghammer" (1x01) at 2:31:29.  Tiberius casts Telekinesis.
  69. See "Escape from the Underdark" (1x13) at 2:06:03.  Tiberius casts Teleportation Circle.
  70. See "Hubris" (1x17) at 2:25:00.  Tiberius casts Chain Lightning.
  71. See "Breaching the Emberhold" (1x06) at 2:20:33.
  72. See "Aramente to Pyrah" (1x22) at 23:59.
  73. See "Consequences and Cows" (1x26) at 2:12:27.  This was his last usage of the phrase, which was by this time his trademark.
  74. See "The Path to Whitestone" (1x27) at 2:25:29.

Art:

  1. Official 2015 character portrait of Tiberius Stormwind, by Kit Buss from "The Path to Whitestone" (1x27). This file is a copyrighted work. Its use in this article is asserted to qualify as fair use of the material under United States copyright law.
  2. Fan art of Tiberius Stormwind, by David Rodrigues (source).  Used with permission.
  3. Fan art of Allura and Tiberius, by Wendy Sullivan Green (source).  Colored by John Wehr  Used with permission.


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