Scanlan Shorthalt

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Name: Scanlan Shorthalt
Occupation: Gnome Bard, member of Vox Machina
Relationships: Kaylee Shorthalt - daughter
Fandom: Critical Role
Other: Played by Sam Riegel (IMDb)
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Scanlan is a fictional character played by Sam Riegel on a popular D&D web series Critical Role. He was one of the main characters in Campaign 1 and a member of Vox Machina. During the Chroma Conclave arc, Scanlan developed a substance abuse problem. After he died in a fight with Raishan and was brought back, he left Vox Machina and moved to Marquet and developed a crime boss persona The Meat Man. He later returned to Whitestone and rejoined the party for the fight against Vecna.


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Some fans didn't like Scanlan at the beginning of the stream because he came off a little sleazy and like a womanizer stereotype, though by the type Campaign 1 was ending a lot of people were appreciating the character.

For fans who started playing D&D after watching the show, Scanlan became the blueprint of how to play a bard, though (in a similar way to Matt Mercer Effect) people often try to emphasize that you don't have to be Sam Riegel to play a bard.



  • an empty gun by sparxwrites - “So,” says Scanlan, when he finally finds Percy. He’s high up on the ramparts of Castle Whitestone, on the thin walkway that runs behind the crenelated wall, just… standing. Watching. His coat, still torn through with bullet holes and stained russet-red with dried blood, his blood, flaps faintly in the breeze. “I’m sure the others aren’t going to appreciate me telling you this, but we found that letter of yours.” (In which Scanlan has a long-overdue talk with Percy.)
  • we're on the road to nowhere (let's find out where it goes) by impossibletruths - He collects them slowly, and mostly by accident. [or, a Critical Role Star Wars AU]
  • if that hole's got a heart by skanktuary - everyone really did miss Scanlan. He can tell because they won’t stop trying to fuck him. trying, and succeeding.
  • The Miracle Worker by Crewe - (Major spoilers for episode 68) Scanlan is used to saving his friends. He's not used to failing.