Archivist Adon Zeenoth[3][4] is an elf and was a member of the Cobalt Soul in Zadash. As an NPC, Zeenoth is played by Matthew Mercer.

Description

Appearance

Zeenoth is a delicate-looking elven male with shoulder-length, curled, blond hair.[5]

Personality

Biography

Background

"Disparate Pieces" (2x04)

During the carnival of curiosities zombie incident, Law Master Norda called upon Archivist Zeenoth to help identify from what sort of entity the head of Kylre had come, which he later confirmed was indeed a nergaliid from the far east.[6]

"A Favor in Kind" (2x16)

"Commerce & Chaos" (2x31)

Beauregard returned to the Archive to see if Dairon was there to continue her training. Instead, Zeenoth came out to greet her. Beauregard was disappointed to see him and they exchanged their usual insincere pleasantries. Zeenoth explained that Dairon went beyond the frontline to assess threats beyond the Eastern Border, being gone for thirty days and set to be gone for another forty-five. Beauregard was suspicious and asked if the Cobalt Soul sent Dairon into enemy territory, but he responded, "She progressed behind enemy lines and then wrote to us that she was staying for an extended period. She's impetuous."[7] He recommended that if she was looking for training she ask Tubo to tutor her whilst Dairon was away. This is one of the few pieces of Zeenoth's advice that Beau actually listened to.

"Between the Lines" (2x78)

"Titles and Tattoos" (2x84)

"The Threads Converge" (2x85)

Chapter 18

When the Mighty Nein returned to Rexxentrum while seeking assistance against the Tombtakers, Yudala Fon took Beauregard aside and told her that Zeenoth was under arrest by the Cobalt Soul. Dairon had been investigating Beau's story of being kidnapped and forced into the order, and had determined that Zeenoth had accepted a bribe from Beau's father in return for overseeing Beau's capture, in addition to other briberies and illegal activity. Yudala sincerely apologized to Beau for what had happened to her. The trial was planned to be held in two months.[8]

Chapter 19

Beauregard testified at the trial of Zeenoth at the King's Hall in Zadash, presided over by Lawmaster Orentha Stonegrasp. Zeenoth was found guilty of bribery and corruption, kidnapping, and conspiracy. His estate was forfeited to the Library and he was imprisoned in the Umber Dungeon of Zadash for a minimum of 35 years. He was further barred from holding any office or position of management within Imperial lands for the remainder of his days.[9]

Relationships

Beauregard Lionett

Beauregard's father Thoreau Lionett sought out and paid the Soul to take her in, and Zeenoth took it upon himself to teach and train her in the disciplines and lifestyle of monkhood and the ways of the Knowing Mistress. Although showing great promise, her personality clashed with that of her teachers and so she ran away.

Unbeknownst to Beau or anyone else in the Soul at the time, Thoreau had paid Zeenoth personally and the archivist pocketed the money as a bribe. And due to Beau's belief that "money talks" as part of the system, his corruption had gone unnoticed for three years.

That all changed when, having searched for her for some time, Zeenoth eventually by chance found her chained up with the party in the Loch Ward while Law Master Norda was conducting her investigation. Later in the evening, he confronted Beau in the Nestled Nook Inn and together they entered one of the Baumbauch Brewery's warehouses. After some time trying to convince Beau to return with him and continue her teaching, he was interrupted by Expositor Dairon and released of any responsibility concerning her teachings.

Afterward, Zeenoth was still actively involved in analyzing intelligence collected by Beauregard.[10] In at least one instance, he acquired missing pages of her journal (about Caleb revealing his backstory) by means that would make other members of the Cobalt Soul uncomfortable; the name of Trent Ikithon had twice been rendered illegible.[11]

Eventually, his corruption was exposed and he was arrested, the news of which greatly shook Beau, who had come to slowly respect the archivist.

Expositor Dairon

Dairon was specially called in by Archivist Zeenoth to help find Beauregard and would later teach her the monk tradition of the Way of the Cobalt Soul. Dairon did not seem particularly fond of Zeenoth, and used him as a punching bag to teach Beau how to Extract Aspects. This animosity would later prove to be justified as Dairon uncovered evidence of his corruption, primarily due to Beauregard's testimony in Trostenwald. The Expositor then personally had Zeenoth arrested.

Lawmaster Norda

The Lawmaster of Trostenwald has a cordial professional relationship with Zeenoth.

Character Information

Abilities

Unless otherwise noted, the following abilities are assumed from the standard Dungeons & Dragons materials:

Elf abilities

  • Darkvision
  • Keen Senses
  • Fey Ancestry
  • Trance

Notable Items

Quotations

Trivia

Taliesin dressed as Zeenoth for Halloween 2020.

References

  1. See "Between the Lines" (2x78) at 3:19:35.  Archivist Zeenoth reads from a tome written in Abyssal.
  2. See "Disparate Pieces" (2x04) at 2:31:05.  Expositor Dairon said she would return to Zadash, where the Archive of the Cobalt Soul is located.
  3. See "Disparate Pieces" (2x04) at 1:03:48.
  4. See "Fond Farewells" (2x141) at 5:47:31.
  5. See "Disparate Pieces" (2x04) at 1:22:24.
  6. See "Disparate Pieces" (2x04) at 1:04:36.
  7. See "Commerce & Chaos" (2x31) at 1:22:22.
  8. See "The Neverending Day" (2x125) at 2:34:29.
  9. See at 5:47:31.
  10. The Chronicles of Exandria - The Mighty Nein, pp. 10, 23, 37, 57, 75, 78, 94, 106, 122, 124, 146, 148, 152, 162, 182, 193, 238, 247.
  11. The Chronicles of Exandria - The Mighty Nein, p. 94.
  12. See "An Open Window" (2x114) at 0:03:32.

Art:

  1. Fan art of Zeenoth and Dairon, by Kileigh Gallagher (source).  Used with permission.
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