Magic Brian is a Drow wizard and ex-Seeker for the Bureau of Balance.
Here There Be Gerblins Edit
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, 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 Brian..." referring to Spider Bryan, then expressing how proud he is that the adventurers have solved his magical riddle. Killian later confirms his death.
The Crystal Kingdom Edit
Some time later, 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.
Powers and Abilities Edit
Magic Brian is a wizard and can do magic, and he also likely has the innate abilities common to Dark Elves (dark vision, etc).
The following are the spells known by Magic Brian.
Please note, that most low-level spells can be cast at an additionally higher level for a stronger effect.
1st - 6th Level Edit
|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|
Former Items Edit
- Big black spider, also named Bryan
- Possibly also owned the grinder bot
- Black robes and a tabard decorated with a white spider
Featured Episodes Edit
|Episodes featuring Magic Brian|
Fan Art Edit
- Named after Twitter user, Brian Lee.
- 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.