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→ For the Campaign One episode of the same name, see Vorugal (episode).

You! Betrayer! RAAAUUGHH!
– 
Vorugal, breathing his Cold Breath at Raishan.[9]
[!h]

Vorugal, the Frigid Doom, was an ancient white dragon and a member of the Chroma Conclave. As an NPC, Vorugal was played by Matthew Mercer.

Description

Appearance

Vorugal was an ancient white dragon. He was covered in white dragon scales and hide, with piercing blue eyes and gnarled teeth. It was not uncommon for icicles to hang from under his chin.

Personality

Vorugal was mentioned by Lady Allura to be the most bestial member of the Chroma Conclave. Although white dragons are just as intelligent as their other chromatic counterparts, Vorugal chose to be a hunter and collector of treasures like others of his kind, rather than a deceiver and schemer. Vorugal was fascinated with the hunt and the thrill of stalking worthy prey. He was however overly jealous of the power of others and would challenge any creature that undermined or questioned his superiority. His goal was to find a creature more powerful than him, a hunt that provided a real challenge, which ironically proved to be his undoing.

Fan art of Vorugal and Yenk, by Linda Lithén.[art 2]

Biography

Background

According to Lady Allura, Vorugal had been known to wander the wastes north in Othanzia, but had not been seen as far as Emon or Tal'Dorei. Some of Vorugal's offspring wandered farther. In fact, Lady Allura believed that a dragon called Skysunder, who had been sealed in the Frostweald and was destroyed by Vox Machina, was one of Vorugal's children.[10]

"Omens" (1x39)

The Chroma Conclave attacked Emon and other cities across Exandria, Vorugal was part of the initial attack on Emon, slamming into Allura Vysoren's tower.[11]

"Desperate Measures" (1x40)

Vorugal battled Vox Machina at Greyskull Keep[12] as they attempted to evacuate civilians. He eventually moved on to new targets on the command of the Chroma Conclave's leader, Thordak[13], but not before freezing solid a number of civilians

Fan art of Vorugal, by Kaitlyn Leeds.[art 3]

Occupation

The dragonborn of Draconia in Wildemount had been tracking the movements of the dragons, making Draconia a priority target for the Conclave.[14] The Chroma Conclave attacked and brought down the floating city into the Dreemoth Ravine. Vorugal nested near its ruins.[15] His immense territory encroached upon that of Gelidon, an ancient female white dragon living in the Greying Wildlands, and they began to engage in a courtship.[16]

"The Frigid Doom" (1x64)

Vorugal made an appearance flying over Whitestone with an army of wyverns, causing the city to go into lockdown until he passed over.[17]

"Vorugal" (1x71)

After a successful partnership with the local Ravenites and a surprise dwarven ally in Larkin, Vox Machina sought to tempt the white dragon with a hunt of a lifetime, and spring a trap while he was busy. Scanlan's successful use of a Gate Scroll in their possession summoned Yenk the goristro as bait, a subsequent Dominate Monster put it under the bard's control and a fight commenced between Vox Machina and the ancient white dragon.

Fan art of Vex'ahlia preparing to shoot Vorugal, by Thomas Brin.[art 4]

A successful Divine Intervention from Pike saw the radiant fist of Sarenrae punch Vorugal out of the sky; Larkin revealed to the dragon her true form as his one-time ally Raishan in an aerial battle and Grog managed to dispatch the now frenzied Yenk, but in the end, it was Vex'ahlia who got the killing blow on Vorugal - taking two well-placed shots, one in the stomach and one in the heart, as he tried to flee while airborne. Raishan, however, finished him off by tearing his throat out after claiming that risking her cover was "worth it".

Relationships

Gelidon

Before Vorugal was slain by Vox Machina, the two dragons had been beginning a courtship.[18]

Character Information

Fan art of Vorugal (cropped from a larger image), by Hugo Cardenas.[art 5]

Notable items

  • Floebreaker, a ship possibly kept for sentimental value
  • Painted gold war mask
  • Well-cut black sapphire
  • Large ruby with gold refraction
  • Potion of Invulnerability
  • Boots of Feral Leaping
  • Platinum bracelet set with embedded with a sapphire
  • Potion of Speed
  • Band braided with gold and platinum
  • Holy Avenger

Abilities

  • Legendary Resistance (3x)
  • Immune to cold damage and to difficult terrain created by cold weather
  • Blindsight[19]
  • Multiattack
  • Tail attack[23]
  • Cold Breath(18 < DC < 23)[24][25]
  • Legendary Actions:
    • Wing attack (DC >21)[26]
    • Tail attack

Appearances and mentions

Quotations

Trivia

  • In "Talks Machina #124: 'Rime and Reason'" (TMx124), Matt confirmed that before he was slain, Vorugal was courting the ancient white dragon Gelidon, The Nightmare in Ivory, with the intent to mate with her. That was stopped with Vorugal's death for which Gelidon has sworn revenge.[28]

References

  1. Spelling of "Vorugal" confirmed by Matthew Mercer on Twitter.
  2. See "The Streets of Ank'Harel" (1x65) at 08:54.
  3. See "Vorugal" (1x71) from 4:35:13 through 4:37:38.
  4. See "Desperate Measures" (1x40) at 2:34:06.
  5. See "The Frigid Doom" (1x64) at 40:04.
  6. See D&D: Monster Manual, 5th ed., p. 100. Standard ancient white dragon stat block
  7. 823 taken, 32 estimated damage taken
  8. See "Vorugal" (1x71) at 3:45:20.
  9. See "Vorugal" (1x71) at 4:27:27.
  10. See "Desperate Measures" (1x40) at 2:34:06.
  11. See "Omens" (1x39) at 3:31:49.
  12. See "Desperate Measures" (1x40) at 22:15.
  13. See "Desperate Measures" (1x40) at 1:13:37.
  14. See "Talks Machina Fireside Special: Q&A with the Critical Role Cast" (Sx33) at 1:40:45.  Matthew Mercer explains each member's motivation and the reason for the loose alliance.
  15. See "The Frigid Doom" (1x64) at 40:04.
  16. See "Talks Machina #124: 'Rime and Reason'" (TMx124) at 0:45:05.
  17. See "The Frigid Doom" (1x64) from 45:28 through 48:57.
  18. See "Talks Machina #124: 'Rime and Reason'" (TMx124) at 0:45:05.
  19. See "Desperate Measures" (1x40) at 0:34:36.
  20. See "Desperate Measures" (1x40) at 1:00:03.
  21. See "Desperate Measures" (1x40) at 1:01:47.
  22. See "Desperate Measures" (1x40) at 1:01:47.
  23. See "Vorugal" (1x71) at 2:33:40.
  24. See "Vorugal" (1x71) at 3:24:53.
  25. See "Vorugal" (1x71) at 3:54:37.
  26. See "Vorugal" (1x71) at 4:32:26.
  27. See "The Frigid Doom" (1x64) at 0:29:08.
  28. See "Talks Machina #124: 'Rime and Reason'" (TMx124) at 0:45:05.

Art:

  1. Fan art of Vorugal, by Sylvanidae (source). Used with permission.
  2. Fan art of Vorugal and Yenk, by Linda Lithén (source). Used with permission.
  3. Fan art of Vorugal, by Kaitlyn Leeds (source). Used with permission.
  4. Fan art of Vex'ahlia preparing to shoot Vorugal, by Thomas Brin (source). Used with permission.
  5. Fan art of Vorugal (cropped from a larger image), by Hugo Cardenas (source). Used with permission.
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