The Tombtakers[2] are a small group based out of Shadycreek Run and led by Lucien.

Description

Lucien is the "Nonagon", a title bestowed upon him by the Somnovem or Eyes of Nine,[3] and the Tombtakers support him in his goals. The members of the group are psychically linked in some way; when this happens, their eyes turn red, and they all speak in unison. When questioned whether he was controlling the others at those times, Lucien responded that they were just "well-connected." Otis Brunkel, the halfling member, in their voice then said, "We've been through a lot, and we understand what needs to be done," and Cree added, "That is why we fight forward, to bring the Nonagon to his destined precipice."[4]

History

At some point in or before 831 PD,[5] Cree, Lucien, and the other Tombtakers had been part of a disparate collective called the Claret Orders. Some of them had grown up together, and some of them just had like-minded interests.[6] Lucien believed that the order was clouded in their thinking and wanted to seek a different path. Breaking off, he took a splinter group north to Shadycreek Run and started the Tombtakers.[7]

The Cobalt Soul believed that the Tombtakers were studying the blood magics used by Lucien, which had been known to temporarily enchant weapons, augment physiology, and been linked to some forms of lycanthropy.[8] They were also doing mercenary work, unlawful acquisitions of things, thieving, and some bodyguarding. They were hired for a number of expeditions into the ruins of Molaesmyr, among other places,[9] and worked at some point for Vess DeRogna.

In 833 PD, Lucien found a tome with the ritual spell required to reach a mysterious city.[10] The group contacted Vess DeRogna in Rexxentrum, who came to oversee and perform the ritual for him.[11]. During the process, something went wrong and Lucien appeared to die, while in reality his soul had been scattered. They buried Lucien in the woods outside of a hideout the group had been using. Lady DeRogna took the book and left.[12] Following Lucien's previous instructions, the group scattered and vanished, waiting for his return.[13]

At some point between Cree learning that Lucien's body was no longer hosting Mollymauk and 2 Brussendar 836 PD,[14] the Tombtakers reunited and put Lucien's soul back together, then headed north.

The Mighty Nein later caught up with them at some Aeorian ruins in Eiselcross known as "A5", witnessing them kill another party wearing Kryn Dynasty clothing who were simply in the way, before the Nein questioned Lucien. They learned that the Tombtakers were heading to Aeor and planned to stay on this sliver of reality "and perhaps a bit beyond."[15] Lucien claimed to aim to be both a public figure and hidden, and that the last person to hold the title of Nonagon disappeared a long time ago. The Mighty Nein were told they might meet those who gave Lucien his title, if they were looking for work.[16] Referring to those entities, Lucien said he regarded himself as their student and entrusted representative.[17] The Tombtakers had been at the ruins to recover a fragment of threshold crest, and Lucien told the Mighty Nein they were welcome to follow them on their journey, as the Tombtakers had a couple of other things to pick up.[18]

Members

  • Lucien: A tiefling who returned from the grave and became Mollymauk Tealeaf, a Ghostslayer blood hunter, before dying again... and being resurrected again. Holds the title of Nonagon.
  • Cree: A tabaxi Blood Domain cleric who ended up working for the Gentleman but, after seeing Lucien, left the Gentleman's employ and did not return.[19]

Dead Members

Affiliations

  • Vess DeRogna: Contracted by the Tombtakers to perform a ritual for them, which she intentionally failed, causing Lucien's apparent death. Killed by Lucien after he was revived.

Trivia

  • In Matt's notes on "Harvest Close" (2x17) it is spelled "Tombtakers".[21] In episode transcripts, both before and long after that episode, the spelling is "Tomb Takers".[25][26][27]

References

  1. See "The Chase Begins" (2x112) from 1:01:27 through 1:02:47.
  2. See note on spelling below.
  3. See "Ice and Fire" (2x121) at 0:43:02.
  4. See "The Tortoise and The Dare" (2x117) at 0:30:00.
  5. See "New Homes and Old Friends" (2x111) at 1:30:06.  The Cobalt Soul library of Zadash held records of the Tombtakers indicating they had been active for four or five years, but not in the past two years.
  6. See "Ice and Fire" (2x121) at 0:42:07.
  7. See "Fleeting Memories" (2x14) at 0:21:32.
  8. The Chronicles of Exandria - The Mighty Nein, p. 75. refers the reader to a book called Blood Cults of the Cyrengreen Forest, subsection "Bloodhunters", and to the History of the Castle Lorelei: Royal Bloodlines of Deastok. See also "Liam's One Shot: The Song of the Lorelei" (Sx36).
  9. See "New Homes and Old Friends" (2x111) at 1:30:52.
  10. See "Fleeting Memories" (2x14) at 1:04:59.
  11. See "Fleeting Memories" (2x14) at 1:05:09.
  12. See "Fleeting Memories" (2x14) at 1:06:16.
  13. See "Fleeting Memories" (2x14) at 0:18:50.
  14. See "New Homes and Old Friends" (2x111) at 3:31:31.
  15. See "The Tortoise and The Dare" (2x117) at 0:34:12.
  16. See "The Tortoise and The Dare" (2x117) at 0:32:25.
  17. See "The Tortoise and The Dare" (2x117) at 0:39:28.
  18. See "The Tortoise and The Dare" (2x117) at 0:49:52.
  19. See "Dinner with the Devil" (2x110) at 3:56:09.
  20. See "Fleeting Memories" (2x14) at 0:19:55.  Scattered amongst the Empire.
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 21.3 Matt's notes on "Harvest Close" (2x17) give details about the Tombtakers.
  22. See "Fleeting Memories" (2x14) at 0:19:55.  Scattered amongst the Empire.
  23. See "Fleeting Memories" (2x14) at 0:20:07.
  24. See "Fleeting Memories" (2x14) at 0:19:50.
  25. See "Fleeting Memories" (2x14) at 21:48.
  26. See "Dinner with the Devil" (2x110) at 3:44:17.
  27. See "New Homes and Old Friends" (2x111) at 3:18:14.

Art:

  1. Fan art of the Tombtakers, by HeartofPack (source).  Used with permission.
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