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- "Of course, Vandham is just a nickname. His real name is Aquila Paronet Sol Esteriole."
- — Zox
Vandham (Japanese: ヴァンダム, Vandamu), born Aquila Paronet Sol Esteriole, is a character in Xenoblade Chronicles 2. He is the leader of the Urayan Garfont Mercenaries. He is a Driver and is accompanied by his special Blade, Roc. He is a robust and beefy man who is a formidable Driver and wise mercenary leader. He acts as a mentor to Rex and the party.
Before he became a mercenary, he was a scion of the noble Paronet family. The name "Vandham" was a nickname he chose inspired by someone he looked up to as a child. He was a freelancer before he joined the Garfont Mercenaries, and he fought with Cole.
Rex first meets Vandham in the Kingdom of Uraya. He and his assistants, Yew and Zuo, challenge Rex and party a fight, seemingly after the Aegis. Vandham tricks Rex into exhausting Pyra's power. Just as Vandham is about to deliver a lethal blow to Rex, he stops. He reveals that he never meant them any harm and just wanted to test the capabilities of the Driver of the Aegis.
Vandham leads them back to Garfont Village, the home of his mercenary group. Over a meal, Vandham tells Rex that wars involve everybody, one way or another, and that everyone needs a reason to fight. He then joins the party to investigate a large ether energy buildup near the blowhole. Along the way, Vandham teaches Rex how to inflict Topple with Anchor Shot. They find a decaying Titan near the blowhole, but they are interrupted by an Arachno that managed to bond with the Blade Wulfric. Vandham then tells Rex the Blade life-cycle: Core Crystals are formed from dying Titans, and every time a Blade's dies, they revert to their Cores with their memories wiped.
Upon making it back to Garfont, Vandham learns that Rex and Pyra share a special bond, resulting in both Rex and Pyra sustaining similar injuries. Akhos interrupts their conversation, and Vandham tells them that Torna had killed many Drivers, including some of his friends. After Vandham and Roc help drive off Akhos, Nia tells Vandham about her past with Torna before Vandham dismisses her, telling her to focus on the present.
He then leads the party to Fonsa Myma to meet Cole, who knows how to get to Elysium. Along the way, they encounter Zeke and Pandoria. Upon reaching the Capital, they notice a large number of Warships. They later fight a Soldier who stole a little girl's rations; the girl turns out to be Iona, Cole's granddaughter. They watch one of Cole's plays on the Aegis War; Cole later speaks to Vandham and the others and agrees to help them reach Elysium.
After Pyra and Iona are lured out to Olethro Playhouse, Vandham helps Rex and the others fight back against Akhos and Malos. When Obrona uses her power to disrupt the ether flow in the air, Vandham impales Roc's scythes in himself to continue fighting. He begs Rex to escape, though Rex refuses to leave Vandham. He tells Rex to fight his own war before being killed by Malos. Rex tries to avenge Vandham, leading to Mythra's awakening.
After the battle, Vandham is buried in Olethro Playhouse, as it is a mercenary custom to be buried where they fell in battle. Yew and Zuo reveal that Vandham wanted Rex to take charge of the Garfont Mercenaries.
- Dual Scythes
Hidden Affinity Chart
|1||Power Lift||Extends Launch duration by 15%.||7,500|
|Quick Muscles||Increases Agility by 20.||3,750|
|Dependable Guy||Slightly fills the Party Gauge for each critical hit delivered.||2,500|
|Anything for a Mate||Boosts recharge for Specials after canceling by 20%.||6,250|
|Knack for Battle||Increases Dexterity by 20.||5,000|
|2||World's Strongest Man||Boosts Strength by 10%.||5,000|
|Honed to Perfection||Boosts Dexterity by 10%.||10,000|
|Recuperation||Increases HP restored to self (not using HP Potions) by 10%.||12,500|
|Pumped Dodge||Boosts Agility by 10%.||7,500|
|Thank the Heavens||Increases Luck by 20.||15,000|
|3||Buff Buff||Slightly fills the Party Gauge when an "Excellent" is scored during a Special.||15,000|
|Higher Powers||Boosts Luck by 10%.||30,000|
|Physical Fitness||Restores 3% HP when canceling an auto-attack with a Driver Art.||25,000|
|Booming Aid||Increases Affinity by 25% after winning a Special button challenge.||10,000|
|Greatest Work||Slightly fills the Party Gauge at the end of each Chain Attack.||20,000|
- Pouch item types: Staple Foods, Board Games
- Pouch items: Armu T-Bone Steak (Meats), The Alrestogony (Literature)
- Vangarre, the Colonel of Colony 9's Defence Force in Xenoblade Chronicles, shares Vandham's Japanese name. Both Vangarre and Vandham were in turn based on Vanderkam from Xenosaga, especially their drill sergeant-like personality and a tendency to call their subordinates "slackers." Vanderkam was in turn based on a character of the same name from Xenogears. All these characters' names also begin with "Van-".
- He also shares his name with Commander Vandham from Xenoblade Chronicles X, both voiced by the same Japanese actor Tesshō Genda.
- One of Vandham's hobbies is growing trees.
|Playable Characters||Rex · Nia · Tora · Vandham · Zeke · Mòrag|
|Special Blades||Pyra · Mythra · Dromarch · Poppi α · Poppi QT · Poppi QTπ · Roc · Pandoria · Brighid|
|Supporting Characters||Amalthus · Azurda · Cole · Fan la Norne · Turters|
|Torna||Jin · Malos · Akhos · Mikhail · Patroka|