Vanessa Cyndrial is the enigmatic matron of the Slayer's Take guild and the wife of Murtin Cyndrial, a halfling who also works at the Slayer's Take. Vanessa is a purple-skinned, serpent-tongued, white-eyed tiefling, who commands respect from both the guild and her husband. She keeps her affairs and motives secret. As an NPC, Vanessa is played by Matthew Mercer.



Fan art of Vanessa Cyndrial, by J.T. Arndt.[art 2]

Vanessa is a tiefling with tussled short brown hair and deep purple skin. Her eyes are bright white and have no pupils. Her tongue sometimes flicks out like a snake's. When Vox Machina first met her, Vanessa was wearing finely-crafted, dark brown and black studded leather armor with a small cloak fixed and tossed over one of her shoulders.[1]




"Hubris" (1x17)

"Trial of the Take: Part 1" (1x18)

"Trial of the Take: Part 2" (1x19)

"Trial of the Take: Part 3" (1x20)

"Trial of the Take: Part 4" (1x21)

"Aramente to Pyrah" (1x22)

"Return to Vasselheim" (1x43)

Vanessa appeared after returning from a hunt with guildmates Kashaw Vesh and Zahra Hydris. The trio were hunting down a Doppelganger. After being prompted by Vox Machina for aid with the occupation of Emon by the Chroma Conclave, she states that they should seek allies elsewhere because the Slayer's Take primarily deals in contracts pertaining to relatively unorganized monsters. She leads them to Osysa for further advice on how to proceed.

"Duskmeadow" (1x57)


Murtin Cyndrial

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  1. See "Hubris" (1x17) at 3:20:01.


  1. Fan art of Vanessa Cyndrial, by Ioana Muresan. Uploaded by the author.
  2. Fan art of Vanessa Cyndrial, by J.T. Arndt (source).  Also see J.T. Arndt's website.  Used with permission.

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