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So! You came looking for black powder, did you? No one asks about the black powder, but I knew it had a purpose!
– 
Victor, to Percy[1]
[!h]

Victor was a vendor of mining products (and byproducts) in Vasselheim, and he served as Percy's source of black powder in Othanzia. As an NPC, Victor was played by Matthew Mercer.

Description[]

Appearance[]

Victor was described as a lithe, crooked-looking man, who was quite elderly but very spry for his age. His arms and legs were quite spider-like and lanky. He had frazzled, grey hair, a puffed out, partially burnt and curled bit of goatee, and wore spectacles of two different lens sizes, at least for his work. One of his glasses was cracked and he was half-covered in soot.[7][8] Supplied with a variety of refuse from mining operations (such as gravel, sulfur, and quartz), he utilized them in the creation of black powder (presumably sulfur, charcoal, and saltpeter).

Every subsequent time Percy visited the black merchant, Victor lost part of his body for the good of the experiments. On the second time, Victor was missing several fingers due to an accident that also destroyed part of his roof.[9] On the last, Victor was missing all of the fingers on his right hand, for which Percy designed a prosthetic with two attachments.

Personality[]

Erratic and eccentric, Victor was considered to be a "crazy old coot" by his friend and supplier, Samson.[10]

Biography[]

Background[]

"The Rematch" (1x23)[]

Before leaving Vasselheim, Percy decided to look for supplies to make ammunition. He asked around in the Braving Grounds and was directed to Victor's hovel. Victor became very excited when Percy said he was looking for black powder and sold him one hogshead worth of the material.

"Critical Trolls for Extra Life" (Sx02)[]

Victor encounters Vox Moronica, becoming obsessed with Snugglelord's outfit. At the end of the adventure, Victor is blown apart, but is brought back to life horribly conjoined to Cyril through Salty Pete's Wish spell. This (probably non-canonical) adventure seems to be set before Vox Machina's adventures in Vasselheim, so it appears that he was separated from Cyril before he encountered them.

"Return to Vasselheim" (1x43)[]

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Fan art of Victor missing the necessary fingers, by Ansgar Trecksel.[art 2]

The second time Percy visited the black powder merchant, Victor was missing several fingers due to an accident that also destroyed part of his roof.[11] He told Percy that he has not been his only customer; he was also patronized by a nicely-dressed woman, possibly Anna Ripley.[12] He then sold four vials of black powder to Percy and promised to keep quiet if Ripley came around again to buy more powder.

"Duskmeadow" (1x57)[]

When Percy next saw him, Victor was missing all of the fingers on his right hand, for which Percy designed a prosthetic with two attachments.

"Vecna, the Ascended" (1x114)[]

Victor's Demise by Sally Grew

Fan art of Victor's demise, by Sally Grew.[art 3]

Victor died in Vecna’s siege on Vasselheim. During the battle, he rigged his shop with explosive powder and lured in a group of necromancers and undead before blowing them, his shop and himself up. Vox Machina heard this large explosion from the top of the Titan, although to them at the time it was just another part of the battle far below.[13]

The Legend of Vox Machina[]

Relationships[]

Percival de Rolo[]

Percy buys black powder from Victor and maintains a friendly relationship with him. Victor's eccentricity makes Percy uncomfortable but for the most part they maintain an amicable relationship.

Character information[]

Abilities[]

Notable items[]

Appearances and mentions[]

Quotations[]

  • "Learn from my mistakes!"[14]
  • It can put hair on your balls. - Victor in reference to his black-powder infused tea, [15]
  • "Good! Good! I'm still breathing. Very good. Keep that up, I need a reminder every now and then."[16]

Trivia[]

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Matt dressed as Victor for Halloween 2016.

  • Matthew Mercer created the character of Victor spontaneously in "The Rematch" (1x23).[17]
  • Victor was included in the non-canon Vox Moronica episode "Critical Trolls for Extra Life" (Sx02).
  • Matthew Mercer provided voice clips of Victor for Syrinscape's Goblin Raid SoundPack.
  • Victor made a short cameo appearance in the non-canon "Deadlands One-Shot for MDA Charity!" (Sx11).
  • Marisha Ray voiced Victor in the non-canonical "Trinket's Honey Heist" (Sx27).
  • Matthew Mercer dressed as Victor in "The Coming Storm" (1x73), which aired the week before Halloween 2016.
  • Regarding Victor's fate during the Battle of Vasselheim, Matthew Mercer stated that canonically he left it up to viewers' imaginations, but in his mind he imagined Victor taking a "You'll never take me alive!" approach and blowing up his own house and himself to take out a bunch of attacking Remnants.[18]
  • Matthew Mercer stated in his second fireside chat that Victor wasn’t the last of his bloodline, and that The Mighty Nein had passed by an area in Wildemount where Victor had a descendant.[19]
  • Victor answered questions in Geek & Sundry's "Ask Vox Machina".[20]
  • Victor appeared in "Narrative Telephone Round 2 Ep. 1: Return of the Matt" and suggested that the story needed more explosions.[21]

Art gallery[]

External Links[]

References[]

  1. See "The Rematch" (1x23) at 2:10:40.
  2. The Legend of Vox Machina on IMDb
  3. Twitter logo Matthew Mercer (@matthewmercer) on Twitter: "Victor, technically. He has a speech problem. ;)" (2015-09-16) — in reply to @dexcuracy: "Could you share how the black powder merchant is called? I get 'Victaan' out of that amazing(!) dialogue." (backup link)
  4. Twitter logo Matthew Mercer (@matthewmercer) on Twitter: "Approx 65-70" (2016-02-02) — in reply to @EternalTotem: "I think I'm going to make victor from CR a major influential figure, Oh this should be fun. Hey @matthewmercer how old is Victor?" (backup link)
  5. See "The Trials of Vasselheim" (LVM2x02).
  6. See "Fireside Chat & NPC Build with Matthew Mercer" (Sx34) at 1:01:00.
  7. See "The Rematch" (1x23) at 2:08:51.  Percy meets Victor for the first time.
  8. See "Return to Vasselheim" (1x43) at 1:17:00.
  9. See "Return to Vasselheim" (1x43) from 1:17:15 through 1:18:29.
  10. See "The Rematch" (1x23) at 2:14:29.  Percy and Samson agree on Victor's strangeness.
  11. See "Return to Vasselheim" (1x43) from 1:17:15 through 1:18:29.
  12. See "Return to Vasselheim" (1x43) at 1:20:38.
  13. See "Fireside Chat & NPC Build with Matthew Mercer" (Sx34) at 1:01:00.
  14. See "Return to Vasselheim" (1x43) at 1:18:41.
  15. See "Duskmeadow" (1x57) at 1:46:55.
  16. See "Critical Trolls for Extra Life" (Sx02) from 1:03:25 through 1:03:33.
  17. Twitter logo Matthew Mercer (@matthewmercer) on Twitter: "He was invented entirely on the spot." (2016-01-29) — in reply to @JonathanPlowma: "Just watching your DM tips, and I thought about the black powder merchant, was he planned or did you invent him on the spot?" (backup link)
  18. See "Fireside Chat & NPC Build with Matthew Mercer" (Sx34) at 1:01:00.
  19. See "Fireside Chat & NPC Build with Matthew Mercer" (Sx34) at 1:01:43.
  20. Ask Vox Machina [1]
  21. See "Narrative Telephone Round 2 Ep. 1: Return of the Matt" at 2:28.

Art:

  1. Fan art of Victor in "Return to Vasselheim" (1x43), by Nikki Dawes (source). Used with permission.
  2. Fan art of Victor missing the necessary fingers, by Ansgar Trecksel (source). Used with permission.
  3. Fan art of Victor's demise, by Sally Grew (source). Used with permission.
  4. Fan art of Victor, by Nicklas Andersson (source). Used with permission.
  5. Fan art of Victor, cropped from original, by Wendy Sullivan Green (source). Used with permission.
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