While we as an audience may see everything that happens between everyone else (except for whispers), it’s important to remember that the characters don’t necessarily have all the information. To that end, here’s all the information that the Mighty Nein (except Caduceus) has learned about each other. Since Caduceus came to the party much later, he doesn’t have most of the same information, so we’ll be discussing him separately in part 3 of our knowledge dump series with all the information that isn’t quite out there for the entire group just yet.
Beau is from Kamordah, a city in the western Dwendalian Empire surrounded by mountains. She has a mother and father, both of whom potentially wanted a son. Her family owns and runs a wine making business. Beau was tasked with taking care of the bookkeeping, which is how she learned Halfling. She is a member of the Expositors, a branch of the Cobalt Soul monastic order that sets out to break systems. Sometime while she was at the Cobalt Soul, she received a note from her parents informing her that she had a baby brother, and that it was better that she not come home.
Caduceus grew up in the Blooming Grove in a family whose calling for generations was to tend to the graveyard on behalf of the Wildmother. He has at least a mother, another parent, a brother, and two sisters, one of whom caused his knee injury that aches when it’s going to rain and one of whom made him his green beetle armor. His parents and siblings left over the years to find a solution to the unnatural blight upon the woods surrounding the Blooming Grove that keeps creeping into their land from the Savalierwood. Caduceus left when The Mighty Nein found him because he knew to await a sign from the Wildmother, and saw them as that sign. He also knew it was dangerous for him to leave the temple alone, so he was waiting for people to tag along with.
Caleb had a knack for magic from an early age, and learned more through reading. Caleb wandered the Empire, getting by mostly through theft. He was thrown in a small town’s jail, where he met up with Nott. They got each other out of prison, and have been together ever since.
Fjord was raised in Port Damali in an orphanage, where he was shamed for being a half-orc. He was taken in by Vandran, who taught Fjord everything he knows about sailing and how to carry himself. Vandran also took another under his wing, Sabian. Fjord and Sabian didn’t always see eye to eye, but Fjord thought they had put their disagreements to rest.
One night, as their ship, the Tide’s Breath, was sailing through an area of the Lucidian Ocean known as the Diver’s Grave, a massive storm hit. Fjord caught Sabian going below deck and lighting a fuse. When Fjord called him on it, Sabian put a dagger in Fjord’s chest and ran above deck to abandon ship. An explosion hit, and Fjord was thrown overboard.
When Fjord awoke, he was next to a falchion that he had never seen before. When he examined it, he suddenly came to have new powers gifted to him by Uk’otoa. Fjord hitched a ride back towards Port Damali. He planned to go through Vandran's things, but the storehouse had been ransacked. The local butcher next door said that he was proud to see at least one other of Vandran’s crew other than Sabian, and that no one else had returned. Wanting to learn more about his new magical capabilities, Fjord struck out for Rexxentrum to potentially gain entry to the Soltryce Academy. Along his way, he met Jester, who was escaping from the bounty on her head in Nicodranas.
Jester grew up the daughter of Marion Lavore, a highly respected courtesan in Nicodranas. Her father, Babenon Dosal, was a charming man from an island at sea with blue (and damp) skin and dark hair who wore many rings on his fingers. After Marion and he fell in love, she got pregnant, and they decided that they were going to get married right after he got his home set up for them. He left and never returned.
Jester spent the majority of her childhood in The Lavish Chateau, where her mother lived and worked. She stayed hidden away so that her mother’s clients wouldn’t know about her. While she was growing up, a mysterious figure often kept her company: the Traveler. She would draw him pictures, her artistry a skill she learned from her mother. The Traveler encouraged her to sow chaos in the world, but to always give back.
One day, Jester played a prank on one of her mother’s clients, Lord Sharp, taking on her mother’s appearance, luring him out onto their balcony, and locking him out to the public while he was in a girdle. He was furious, and put a bounty on Jester’s head. Jester left Nicodranas to escape Lord Sharp and hopefully find her father to live with him. Along the way, she met Fjord, excitedly joining him in his journey to the Dwendalian Empire as a traveling companion.
Before Molly was Molly, the person inhabiting his body was an individual named Lucien or Nonagon. Lucien was a bloodhunter who created his own sect called the Tomb Takers around Shadycreek Run, broken off from a previous order whose judgement had become clouded. Members of the Tomb Takers included Lucien (who later went by Nonagon), Cree, Tyffial, Zoran, Jurrel, and Ottis. Lucien/Nonagon (L/N) led the group.
Over two years ago, the Tomb Takers were working under contract for a “spell-spitter lady from the capitol,” and attempted a ritual as part of it. This ritual would supposedly lead them to a city he promised where they could learn long-lost secrets and powers. L/N directed the other Tomb Takers that if things went wrong to scatter and vanish and wait until he returned. Things went wrong, and it seemed that L/N died. The Tomb Takers buried him outside of “the hideout,” and scattered. With L/N gone, the woman from the capitol, “took the book and left, and that her contract said she was in the right and that [The Tomb Takers] knew better than to go toe to toe with her and her ilk."
Mollymauk Tealeaf awoke after being buried with no memory of his past. He was found by Gustav Fletchling on his circus’ tour. All Molly would say for some time was “Empty.” After living with the circus for some time, he developed who he was when the rest of The Mighty Nein’s members met him in Trostenwald. While traveling, he got all of his tattoos, which were to cover up and camouflage the nine red eyes he has on his body. He also became a follower of the Moonweaver.
Nott grew up near Felderwin on the eastern side of the Dwendalian Empire. She has no knowledge of her biological parents, since all goblin children are raised by the entire clan. Her clan acted as goblins traditionally do: stealing, kidnapping, torturing, etc. Nott was never entirely comfortable with that or with herself.
While apprenticed to the clan’s lead torturer, a halfling named Yeza was taken captive. Nott took a shining to him, and in exchange for information she could get out of him, the clan let him live longer than most other captives. Eventually, however, the clan wanted him dead. Rather than let that happen, Nott shot a goblin in the butt as a distraction, and the two ran in separate directions. Nott has not been back since.
For stealing cherry wine, Nott was put in a small town’s jail cell with Caleb. After breaking out, the two began traveling together.
Yasha is from a swampy area of Xhorhas south of Ghor Dranas, which her people didn’t go near because of the rumors of how terrible it was. The Stormlord saved her. It was on her journey away from Xhorhas that she was picked up by Gustav Fletchling and his circus, and hired on as muscle. This was between 6 months and a year and a half before she met the rest of the Mighty Nein (her timeline has varied).