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It goes against every virtue of this age to believe that something that is achievable by one is not, at least in theory, achievable by all. [...] A future ritual would not dethrone a Prime Deity. After all, why would we wish to remove a force from this world that, while archaic and not necessarily where our vision of the future comes from, are nonetheless largely benevolent? Would it not make more sense to attempt to dethrone and remove something more nefarious from existence?
– 
Vespin Chloras on the Raven Queen's Ritual of Seeding[2]
[!h]

Vespin Chloras was an archmage and malconvoker during the Age of Arcanum who freed the Betrayer Gods from their prisons and became the left hand of Asmodeus.[3] As an NPC in Exandria Unlimited: Calamity, Vespin was played by Brennan Lee Mulligan.

Personality

In ancient Vasselheim, Vespin was a famously masterful, wealthy, and vicious archmage[3] who seemed to have no intentions to dethrone the Prime Deities[4] or guarantee the supremacy of the evil gods, but for history to remember him.[5] However, once the scale broaden and went out his control, a look of pain appeared[6] and streaks of tears ran through his face.[7] When he temporarily was cleansed by Zerxus from the pernicious influence of Asmodeus, Vespin said that regretted his aspirations for power and the patronage of the Betrayers, easing Zexus' contract with the Lord of the Hells as a desire for an unobtainable redemption.[8]

Biography

Exandria Unlimited: Calamity

"Excelsior" (E3x01)

Cerrit Agrupnin from the Eyes of Avalir was notified that a mage in Vasselheim, Vespin Chloras, had two weeks ago attempted to perform some kind of elaborate ritual and disappeared. It was suspected that Vespin was attempting to replicate the Ritual of Seeding,[9] weakening the gate that held the betrayer gods at bay and turning into a fiend.

At a party that evening, Purvan Suul appeared to warn the city of Avalir of Vespin's deeds and that his motivations were more complicated than ascension to godhood, but was largely ignored.[10] Later at that party, Cerrit noticed an invisible creature made of stitched-together flesh and killed it, only to hear a voice whispering, "You will never reach the Wildmother's embrace in time. Are you looking for something?" then saw Vespin Chloras rush toward the surface of a mirror behind him, cracking the glass and disappearing.[11] His face at that point had most of its skin peeled off.[12]

"Bitterness and Dread" (E3x02)

In Loquatius's office at the Herald's Tome, Loquatius and Cerrit found an eight-year-old recorded interview of someone else with Vespin in the background. He was talking with Lacrytia Hollow and Loras of the Weaver's Mask, and Cerrit could read Vespin's lips. They were talking about the pact with the Gau Drashari and why that had made re-creating the Raven Queen's Ritual of Seeding so difficult. But, Vespin said, Avalir bears the Tree of Names, which the Arboreal Calix was built over and around 120 years ago.

"Blood and Shadow" (E3x03)

Laerryn cast Blight upon the Tree of Names, sundering it. As a seam opened in the trunk, there was fire and the mutilated face of Vespin Chloras peered out. Behind him, Asmodeus's voice said, "Very good, my little puppet." Vespin crawled through and as the tree split further apart, the Lord of Hells emerged, saying, "Ah, to be home again!" as he set foot once more in Exandria.

"Fire and Ruin" (E3x04)

Asmodeus ordered Vespin to get Lacrytia Hollow, Milus Phren, Findras Lightbreaker, and Micah Cormorant in position. Before Asmodeus left for Ghor Dranas he told Vespin to prepare the gateway for the Primordial Empress and Emperor, who must join them before sunrise in Vasselheim. In the Arboreal Calix, Asmodeus's new champion Zerxus found the unconscious but stable Nydas, the dead Patia and Loquatius, and Vespin Chloras. Zerxus used Cleansing Touch on Vespin, trying to give him a chance for redemption, and Vespin shrieked as his skin regrew and a human face appeared on the fiendish body... for the moment.

Saying there wasn't much time, Vespin grasped the mace and cast Time Stop. Continually fighting retransformation into a fiend, Vespin used his skills as a malconvoker to inscribe more runes upon the mace, moving the time that the deal for Zerxus's soul would go into effect to sunrise. Vespin gasps out that the party must go back to the Hall of Prophecy before Dimension Dooring away to buy them time before becoming a puppet to Asmodeus once more.

Vespin (once more under Asmodeus's sway) fought the party along with four corrupted taxmen automata. With only six seconds till touchdown, Vespin began to cast Power Word Kill at Laerryn, but Cerrit managed to sneak attack, with a natural 20, and kill him before the spell went off, sending Vespin over to the Nine Hells.

Legacy

Following his death, Vespin was born anew in the Nine Hells, serving at the left hand of Asmodeus, Lord of the Hells.[3]

Vespin's role in starting the Calamity earned him renown as one of the greatest villains in Exandrian history. In 843 PD, Evon Hytroga displayed a fake journal of Vespin Chloras, apparently written by Evon himself, at the Twilight Mirror Museum.[13][14]

History would remembered him as one who sought guidance and power from the Betrayer Gods, opening the gates of their prisons and releasing them and their creations into the mortal world. Upon seeing the world, the Betrayer Gods' need to destroy was replaced by desire to dominate, and their first thrall was none other than Archmage Vespin himself. The release of those gods led directly to the Calamity.[15]

Abilities

  • Legendary Actions
  • Legendary Resistance

Wizard abilities

Wizard spells

Cantrips
2nd-level
3rd-level
9th-level

Appearances and mentions

Quotations

  • "Do not bother with my name. In the darkness, I saw my name would be destroyed, and I asked beyond all things not to be forgotten. And I know the Lord of the Hells will see that wish granted. I thought-- I'm a fool. And I brought ruin to the world. Hope that you are forgotten."[23]

Trivia

References

  1. See "Blood and Shadow" (E3x03) at 5:19:49.  Asmodeus called him "my puppet" (which is the meaning of the term k'nauth), and Vespin's mutilated appearance and beast-like behavior suggest that maybe he became a k'nauth himself, acting like such before being killed and sent to the Nine Hells during the destruction of Avalir.
  2. See "Bitterness and Dread" (E3x02) at 2:45:23.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 See Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting Reborn, p. 15.
  4. See "Bitterness and Dread" (E3x02) at 2:45:23.
  5. See "Fire and Ruin" (E3x04) at 2:10:54.
  6. See "Fire and Ruin" (E3x04) at 2:05:24.
  7. See "Fire and Ruin" (E3x04) at 2:10:54.
  8. See "Fire and Ruin" (E3x04) at 2:14:24.
  9. See "Excelsior" (E3x01) at 1:35:40.
  10. See "Excelsior" (E3x01) at 3:35:12.
  11. See "Excelsior" (E3x01) at 4:06:00.
  12. See "Bitterness and Dread" (E3x02) at 9:37.
  13. See "Breaking and Entering..." (3x20) at 2:52:39.
  14. See "Fight at the Museum..." (3x21) at 3:01:46.
  15. See Critical Role: Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting, p. 7.
  16. See "Fire and Ruin" (E3x04) at 4:23:24.
  17. See "Fire and Ruin" (E3x04) at 4:23:24.
  18. See "Fire and Ruin" (E3x04) at 4:21:45.
  19. See "Fire and Ruin" (E3x04) at 4:46:05.
  20. See "Fire and Ruin" (E3x04) at 4:26:20.
  21. See "Fire and Ruin" (E3x04) at 5:11:33.
  22. See "Fire and Ruin" (E3x04) at 2:08:51.
  23. See "Fire and Ruin" (E3x04) at 2:14:24.

Art:

  1. Official art of Vespin Chloras, by Jessica Nguyen from "Exandria: An Intimate History" (Sx61) at 3:37. Used with permission.
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