What We Know About: Lady Delilah Briarwood

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With all that’s gone on in the last two episodes, we knew we needed to compile everything we know so far about Delilah Briarwood. Much like our previous efforts, we’ve made a compendium (linked below) of all relevant quotes about her. The following is a summary of that information: all facts, no speculation, and spoilers through episode 100. Proceed with caution. We’d like to thank @curriebelle for providing her insight into Delilah, as well as Critical Role Transcript for their truly invaluable service!

 Delilah Briarwood Quote Compendium

  • Delilah hails from Wildmount, specifically the region of Wynandir, in the kingdom of King Bertrand Dwendell, which is on the western side of the continent of Wildmount. (Ep 23)
    • Deastok, Taryon Darrington’s hometown, is also in this kingdom. (Ep 86)
    • King Dwendell was one of the names on Ripley’s gun, Animus. (Ep 69)
    • Wildmount is across the Shearing Channel from Whitestone in northern Tal’Dorei. (Ep 23)
  • She and her husband, Sylas, ruled over a portion of Wynandir. (Ep 23)
  • Delilah has been known as a well-practiced user of various arcane wizardry schools. (Ep 24)
    • Studied at the Alabaster Lyceum nine or ten years prior to The Feast. (Ep 24)
    • Has shown that she has a wide variety of necromancy spells in her repertoire, including Finger of Death and Blight. (Ep 25, 100)
    • Has access to 9th level spells. (Prismatic Wall, Ep 100)
    • Other spells include Hold Person (3rd, Ep 24, 25), Feeblemind (8th, Ep 25, 100), Dimension Door (4th, Ep 25, 34), Haste (3rd, Ep 34), Power Word Stun (8th, Ep 34), and Invisibility. (2nd, Ep 35)
  • The Briarwoods established a good relationship with Uriel Tal’Dorei and the Tal’Dorei council while they were still in Wildmount. (Ep 24)
  • About six years before The Feast, the Briarwoods were accused of necromancy, and were to have their assets seized by the king. (Ep 37)
    • Before this could happen, their home was burned by a mob, and they were considered dead.
  • Months later, people matching the description of the Briarwoods were seen in Port Damali (in Wildmount) chartering a ship. (Ep 37)
  • Not long after, the Briarwoods came into Whitestone, and the ruling de Rolo family held a feast in their honor. (Percy’s backstory)
    • During this feast, the Briarwoods and their compatriots, some of whom already lived in Whitestone (like the de Rolo children’s tutor, Professor Anders), staged a violent coup, slaughtering most of the family and taking over Whitestone.
    • Percy escaped with his life.

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  • The Briarwoods set to making the lives of the Whitestone residents miserable.
    • They deposed/disposed of any previous Whitestone nobles and replaced them with individuals who aided in their takeover. (Ep 26)
    • Undead creatures began to take up residence in the city (Ep 29), some created by the Briarwoods. (Ep 28)
  • Sylas and Delilah set to excavating the forgotten ziggurat under the city.
    • The ziggurat was initially a place of worship for followers of Ioun. (Ep 43)
      • Ioun was diminished during a battle with Tharizdun, forcing her followers to hide (Ep 77)
      • It was later taken over by worshippers of Vecna.
      • Still later, the Sun Tree was placed over top of it in town to seal the rift in the light by Pelor. (Ep 28, 57)
  • Doctor Anna Ripley, who they brought over from Wildmount with them, researched ways of melting down whitestone to rebuild the ziggurat. (Ep 33)
    • “I was tasked to experiment with the design and create large amounts of a very, very delicately prepared acidic compound, one that could dissolve the stone of your whitestone and distill it down to pure residuum. This would allow the bulk creation of a very powerful magical essence for use in construction materials that we could instill and use apparently for this ziggurat, as well as other such things.”
    • Ripley’s work on developing acid to melt down whitestone finished weeks earlier than anticipated, even prior to The Feast.
  • Also during this time, Percy’s surviving younger sister, Cassandra, fell under the sway of the Briarwoods, likely through a combination of Sylas’ mind control and emotional abuse that fostered Cass’ Stockholm Syndrome. (Ep 30, 33, 35)
    • Cass was promised, for her participation in a ritual she didn’t understand, some element of power.
  • Southwest in Emon, Seeker Asum grew suspicious of the goings on in Whitestone, especially when the people he sent to investigate never returned and sent letters of resignation. (Ep 23)
    • To draw suspicion away from what they were doing in Whitestone, the Briarwoods proposed the construction of a bridge across the Shearing Channel, called the Uriel Bridge. (Ep 23)
  • Vox Machina attempted to force their hand after a feast in Emon, and were only semi-successful because Uriel had been charmed by Sylas. (Ep25 and 26)
    • Allura later described how Delilah was wearing something that cloaked her nature. (Ep26)
    • In the remains of Sylas was a similar brooch to the amulet Delilah wore during the feast, and was a Brooch of Living Essence. (Ep 36)
  • The Briarwoods escaped and told their hierarchy in Whitestone to expect Vox Machina in about two weeks’ time. (Ep29)
    • Their guards slew Whitestone residents, dressed them up like Vox Machina, and hung them from the Sun Tree. (Ep28, Ep31)
    • Ripley claimed that Professor Anders caught her packing her bags right around the time the Briarwoods returned from Emon, and they supposedly threw her in the dungeon, where she sat for a week. (Ep33)
      • During this same conversation, Ripley also claimed she had no interest in magic, which we know is a lie from her battle with VM in episode 68, so take everything she says with a grain of salt.
    • Weeks ahead of schedule on acid and residuum production, the Briarwoods created an acid trap, which Vox Machina later got themselves locked in (with the help of Cassandra). (Ep 34)
  • With Sylas evaporated before her eyes and Vox Machina closing in, Delilah attempted a ritual on the Whitestone ziggurat weeks too early. (their goal was Winter’s Crest) (Ep 34)
    • Delilah cried out that she broke the world for her and Sylas, though the meaning behind that is yet unknown.
    • At the time, she seemed to deem the ritual as unsuccessful.
    • However, the siphon was still activated, drawing all magic into it and creating a doorway to the Shadowfell. (Ep34, Ep97)
  • Her unconscious body was dragged out into the hallway. She regained consciousness and tried to escape, but was halted. (Ep 35)
    • Cassandra killed Delilah, and melted her body (after it was picked clean of magical items) in the acid of the distillery.
  • Previously, Percy made a deal with Orthax, the revenge demon, to give Orthax the souls of those on whom he wanted revenge in exchange for the knowledge of how to build a gun. (Percy’s backstory, Ep 30)
    • As each name on the gun was killed, it was magically wiped away by Orthax, whether Percy killed the individual or not. (Ep 29, 33, 35)
    • Once Percy’s gun was thrown in the acid, it released Orthax’s hold on Percy, the gun, and any remnants of the souls whose names were on the gun. Such demons can only maintain their hold on their victims on the Prime Material Plane through the objects they inhabit. (Ep 35, 69)
    • When Ripley killed Percy with her Orthax-inspired-and-inhabited gun, Animus, Orthax took Percy’s soul and began to devour it. (Ep 68, 69)
      • However, thanks to Vox Machina’s quick movement (death to resurrection within about 10 hours) and Keyleth’s restoration on the gun, Orthax was again robbed of his possession of both the gun (as Percy now wields it, demon-free) and Percy (who was then successfully resurrected, soul-intact). (Ep 69)
    • Kerrion’s soul may have successfully been devoured by Orthax, though Anders, Sylas, and Delilah were all killed less than 8 hours prior to the gun’s destruction. (Ep 29, 33, 34, 35)

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  • Over the next year, Delilah managed to reclaim life through some yet-unknown preparations she had made prior to her death. (Ep 100)
    • As of Episode 100, she is completely recognizable as the Delilah Briarwood that Vox Machina killed, in both appearance and voice.
    • Unlike the self-described members of the “body” of the Remnant, Delilah is not missing her left eye.
  • Potentially during the next year’s Winter Crest, she and a series of other Vecna followers, called The Remnant, successfully activated a siphon in the desecrated temple of Ioun in the Smoldercrown Mountains outside of Ank’Harel. (Ep 99, 100)
    • The siphon can be controlled by an amulet that Delilah wears to be turned white, allowing magic to come from the Shadowfell into the Prime Material, and black, allowing magic to be drawn into it and passage into the Shadowfell. (Ep 100)
    • She and the Remnant were throwing lots of magical items into the siphon. (Ep 99, 100)
  • After fending off Vox Machina, she and two remaining cultists stepped through the siphon into the Shadowfell. (Ep 100)