Magic Brian

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Earlier Lifeedit | hide | edit source

Before the events of Here There Be Gerblins, Magic Brian was a Seeker for the Bureau of Balance. Killian considered him to be one of the most accomplished, powerful wizards she had ever met in all of her days. 

At some point, Magic Brian became engaged to an unknown person. 

Here There Be Gerblinsedit | hide | edit source

The Boys first encounter “The Black Spider” in Wave Echo Cave while searching for their employer, Gundren Rockseeker. He inquires whether they seek the Phoenix Fire Gauntlet, but the effects of The Voidfish render many of his words static-y. After seeing their confusion, he is welcoming and cordial to the boys and reveals his true name as Brian. Or Magic Brian, for clarity. While he and Taako hit it off immediately (bonding over their similar accents) and the Tres Horny Boys have no problem with his imprisonment of Killian, they do object to his plans on Gundren and enter a fight with Magic Brian and his actual humongous pet black spider (coincidentally named Spider Bryan). Magic Brian nearly kills Taako with one hit of Magic Missile, but is eventually defeated by the combined efforts of Merle, Magnus Burnsides, Renee the giant robot, and Taako’s “Abraca-FUCK YOU” Magic Missile.

As a final ploy, Magic Brian attempts a switcheroo by disguising himself as Gundren Rockseeker while the two are both obscured by the ledge of a massive pit. Magnus immediately sees through this charade (mostly due to Magic Brian maintaining his ridiculous accent) and finishes him off, Sparta style, by kicking him into the pit. Magic Brian then proceeds to fall for roughly twenty seconds before weakly proclaiming, "Oh, I've landed on Bryan..." referring to Spider Bryan, then expressing how proud he is that the adventurers have solved his magical riddle. Killian later confirms his death.

He was keeping a wedding invitation for his marriage ceremony in his pocket. He was going to invite Taako to the wedding but instead of RSVPing to it, Taako murdered him.

The Crystal Kingdomedit | hide | edit source

Some time later,[1] Magic Brian returns as one of three spiritual escapees from the Astral Plane, who have taken robotic form and attempt to take vengeance on the main party. He reveals that he had a wedding invitation for Taako. Shortly after, Brian and his two companions were banished back to the Astral Plane by Merle.[2]

Powers and Abilitiesedit | hide | edit source

Magic Brian is a wizard and can do magic, and he also likely has the innate abilities common to Dark Elves (e.g. dark vision).

Spellsedit | hide | edit source

The following are the spells known by Magic Brian.

(Note: most low-level spells can be cast at an additionally higher level for a stronger effect.)

1st - 6th Leveledit | hide | edit source

Name Synopsis Level School Number of Times Used Episodes Used
Magic Missile You create three glowing darts of magical force. Each dart hits a creature of your choice that you can see within range. A dart deals 1d4+1 force damage to its target. The darts all strike simultaneously and you can direct them to hit one creature or several. 1st-level Evocation
Disguise Self You make yourself—including your clothing, armor, weapons, and other belongings on your person—look different until the spell ends or until you use your action to dismiss it. 1st-level Illusion 1 Ep. 5
Fireball A bright streak flashes from your pointing finger to a point you choose within range and then blossoms with a low roar into an explosion of flame. 3rd-level Evocation 1 Ep. 37
Haste Choose a willing creature that you can see within range. Until the spell ends, the target’s speed is doubled, it gains a +2 bonus to AC, it has advantage on Dexterity saving throws, and it gains an additional action on each of its turns. 3rd-level Transmutation 1 Ep. 37

Itemsedit | hide | edit source

The dead have no items, especially after Taako is done with them.

Former Itemsedit | hide | edit source

  • Big black spider, also named Bryan
  • Possibly also owned the grinder bot
  • Black robes and a tabard decorated with a white spider
  • Staff

Featured Episodesedit | hide | edit source

Episodes featuring Magic Brian

Fan Artedit | hide | edit source

Triviaedit | hide | edit source

  • Magic Brian was named after Twitter user Brian Lee.
  • He had a fiance and was very close to being married. He wanted to invite Taako to the wedding.
  • In the Suffering Game, the Boys fight a simulacrum of Magic Brian (and Spider Bryan) in the Boss Rush room.
  • In the Lost Mine of Phandelver, which Here There Be Gerblins is largely based on, the Black Spider is named Nezznar.

References and Footnotesedit | hide | edit source

  1. Balance – Episode 36: The Crystal Kingdom: Chapter Eight
  2. Previously said to be obliterated, but revealed in the next episode to just be banished.
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