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Real Name Joakim Hellstrand
Usernames/Aliases Rythian
YouTube Channel YOGSCAST Rythian, DXPhoenix
Gender Male
Nationality Swedish
Current Member? Yes
Working at YogTowers? No
Occupation YouTube Content Producer at Yogscast Ltd
Partner Zoey Proasheck (Zoeya), Jon Evans (Tee), Jonathan Whitten (Ravs)
Catchphrase "OWNED!"
Joakim Hellstrand, also known as Rythian, is a Swedish member of the Yogscast and a renowned lover of Heroes of Newerth, League of Legends, and World of Warcraft. Rythian has shown Simon and Lewis through new HoN and LoL characters on numerous occasions.


A rugged barbarian from the north, Rythian adds a certain level of Swedish flair to the otherwise primarily UK-based Yogscast crew. Known for his popular Blackrock Chronicles series and his tendency to get highly into character in story-based games, he’s made a place for himself among the Yogscast fandom.


Rythian also has his own YouTube channel, YogscastRythian, to which he uploads playthroughs of games, as well as game updates. Besides his main channel, he also has an older channel, DXPhoenix, to which he uploads Awesomecasts/Sipscasts and some WoW.

The Awesomecast

The Awesomecast is a short series of podcast style videos uploaded by Rythian. They were linked by his twitter account on the 29th of April, 2013. The videos included Sips, Rythian, Daltos, Ravs and Strippin chatting whilst playing Battlefield 3. They are a derivative of the Sipscast.

Survival Games​

During the Yogscast Survival Games, Rythian teamed up with Mexxy from the VoxelBox. However, while fighting off skeletons, Mexxy accidentally killed Rythian with his enchanted sword. Mexxy was later murdered by Martyn and Toby. The team came sixth on the leaderboard.

Tekkit/Blackrock Chronicles

Rythian's Minecraft series is the only fully story-oriented of all the Yogscast Minecraft series. The series started as a "dull" (in Rythian's opinion) tekkit playthrough, and slowly became the most story oriented Yogscast series for tekkit with greater input of Zoeya. You can read its plot here. It may be Rythian's most popular series.

In a recent Q&A, available on his channel, he spoke about his love of writing and directing, so a story-orientated playthrough is ideal for him, and Zoey was more than happy to help.[1][2]

Crown Conquest

In Crown Conquest, Rythian was allied with Zoey. In Round 1, they didn't get much; Rythian had an arrow, some wheat and a cooked chicken, Zoey found an ender pearl and a plank with a nail in it. However, Zoey did manage to get a crown. She gave the plank to Rythian to protect her, as she had the crown. On the stairs on Dragonskull Mountain, they found a pile of other people's loot. They grabbed it, but didn't bother to equip any of it. Immediately after, Zoey encountered Hannah who managed to knock her off. Zoey however, got ahead of Hannah and whilst panicking, threw her ender pearl, which led her to her death by fall damage. Immediately after, Rythian got shot by Sjin. Zoey's crown ended up with the rest of her stuff on a side of the mountain.

In Round 2, Rythian got an iron chestplate and a billhook, so Rythian easily killed Sips and later Sjin and Noxite. He got killed by Noxite's partner, iBuze, later, but Zoey escaped and got the same crown as in Round 1. Zoey inadvertently avenged Rythian when iBuze wasn't getting hurt by fire in the lavafall due to the rain, but it eventually stopped, and iBuze burned to death. She was using the lavafall as a lift to go up to the winners' podium, and to avoid CaptainSparklez, who camped out on the stairway to Dragonskull Mountain. Rythian and Zoey won the second round.

In Round 3, they climbed up the Dragonskull mountain and then climbed back down the steep side not using the stairs. On the way down, Rythian discovered a chest with a zombie arm, some cooked meat and a raw fish. Not much later, Zoey found a spiked mace. They came across a few chests before, at the sunset, they got back to town where they encountered Sips and Sjin, who killed both of them. Sips and Sjin later also won the round.


In his Dishonored series, Rythian takes on the role of Corvo Attano, lord protector to Empress Jessamine and her daughter, Princess Emily. When he returns from exploring the world in search of the cure to a new, deadly plague, Lady Jessamine is killed by assassins dressed in whaling suits and gas masks, and Emily is kidnapped by the same people. The Spymaster and soon-to-be Lord Regent frames him, and sends him to jail, only for him to escape six months later, on the day of his execution.

He escaped with the aid of a rebel faction who want to find Princess Emily and put her on the throne as Empress. They also believe that Corvo/Rythian did not kill Lady Jessamine. They send Corvo/Rythian to capture, assassinate, or otherwise silence several enemy targets.

Along the way, Corvo/Rythian is approached by the Outsider, a mythical deity who gifts him with magic and The Heart, a useful device that tells Corvo/Rythian details about a place or person that would have otherwise gone unknown, and runes, objects carved out of whale bone used to gain new powers; a great asset when making decisions such as who to trust or which way to go. His magical abilities gained from the Outsider include teleportation (or Blink), possession, time slowing and/or stopping, and enhanced dexterity (jumping, speed, etc.)

The Dishonored series greatly shows off Rythian's skill at roleplaying, as he takes up the role of Corvo Attano greatly, going so far as to narrate his adventure as if he really were Corvo, only breaking the 4th wall when he needs to explain the mechanics of a game, or something similar. Though some criticize this, many love it, as it is a quality that has earned Rythian a large and loyal following of subscribers. The series ended after 29 episodes, with the final 29th episode being the alternative ending.


  • "Hello, I am Rythian and this is Minecraft."
  • "...because why not?"
  • "Oh, snappity snap!"
  • "Sips_ was slain by Rythian; <Rythian> OWNED"
  • "Sjin was slain by Rythian; <Rythian> OWNED"
  • "Noxite was slain by Rythian; <Rythian> OWNED <Zoeya> LOL"
  • "I am your worst nightmare!"
  • "Well, this is my land. Time to make it my bitch."
  • "Christ on a bike!"
  • "It's fine."
  • "Fair enough."
  • (To Nilesy) "Why don't you take your wood, and your dirt, and shove them up your inventory..."
  • "The death of Guard Guy shall not be forgotten!"
  • "Zoey, there's no magic alarms."
  • (To Zoey) "We're going to have a serious talk later."
  • (In a forced friendly voice) "Sjin! You little bastard!"
  • "See you later, shitlords! No, that didn't fit... *goes back*  See you later, sucker!"
  • "Harsh words! Harsh words from a man in a melon suit!"
  • "Well I guess I'm alone again."
  • "Oh well..."
  • "She...she was distractions. This is all distractions."
  • "What's the point?"
  • "Brilliant."
  • "The day you become predictable is the day you die." 
  • "Duncan, I will punch you in the face... THE FACE."
  • (To Zoey over the Mushnet chat) "I miss you. I need you. I love you."
  • "Zoey is crazy, but she is my type of crazy."
  • (To Nilesy, about Zoey) "This is what I have to deal with."
  • "I may be an assassin, but that doesn't mean I'm a gun for hire!"
  • "Should we sign the guestbook?" (As Corvo Attano, the most wanted man in Dunwall)
  • "I thought maybe you'd like some company?" (When he walks in on a woman's bath in Dishonored)
  • "Oh, crap!"
  • "Special Agent Parvis!"
  • "Holy crap, a Sectopod!"
  • "You are the worst."
  • "Rip." (when someone dies, esp. in X-Com)
  • "Holy Christ on a pogo stick."
  • "Just... Be careful. You know how I feel about you." (To Zoey, just before she goes to try and defuse the nuclear bomb under Blackrock)
  • "Malmö!"
  • "Why does this always happen to me?"
  • "Dave! Zombonaut"
  • "♫ Stuff him in a sack and throw him over, feed him to the hungry rats for dinner. Shoot to the heart with loaded pistol, slice his throat with a rusty cleaver. Early in the morning. ♫" (on his tumblr, when someone asked his to sing a shanty)
  • "Yeah, boobs are pretty cool. I’m a fan in general."
  • "We will not be stopped be a flying triangle!"
  • (to Duncan) "Press your fucking button all you want, Blackrock Castle is gone. I hope you're happy."
  • (Excited) "Aww, Mengsk is screwed! He is the screwdest of Screwed!"
  • "Spiny, NO! Spory!!!"
  • "Teep what are you doing?"
  • (in The Walls 2) "By the way, I'm Katniss."
  • Stabs Parv through stomach* "EAT SHIT, PARV!!"
  • "Stop calling me Crybabia!"
  • "Zoey, will you marry me?" - Rythian was reading out a comment from a donation during christmas livestream, not realising that he had just been tricked into asking Zoey that.
  • "I made a gay joke, yaaaaay!"


  • Rythian's username comes from a story he wrote.[3]
  • Rythian's Honcast account can be found here.
  • Rythian's hate and rivalry for Lalna/LividCoffee and Sjin runs so deep that he went to the effort of writing a parody. This parody is entitled "Sjin and Duncan are going to die" which is a parody of the Christmas classic "Santa Claus is coming to town." It can be found here.
  • In the 31/12/2012 livestream Rythian stated "I should just get this clear though, Paul and Duncan are cool guys, but Sjin and Lalna/LividCoffee can fuck off.". This of course clarifies that Rythian has nothing against Duncan and Sjin outside the Minecraft world.
  • Rythian has noted that he is the Hug Master on his twitter.
  • Rythian's skin has Enderman eyes on his back, leading many to think he is part Enderman. He does share some traits with Enderman, since he doesn't like rain and when he used his Void Ring to teleport, he said it felt "fairly natural" to him. He also commented that it was painful to him to hold Enderbane for too long and that it stings.
  • Rythian's old skin was of a man in a green robe with a darkened out face. Similar to the way Magicka wizards look.
  • Rythian's skin is actually named "enderman hunter."
  • Rythian hates Endermen.
  • Rythian confirmed on tumblr that he plays the characters Templar AdaephonMister Banjo and Isabel Peculier from the Shadow of Israphel series.
  • Rythian is red-green colourblind, which he said in one of his Q&A videos.
  • Rythian once said that Sweden is the best country in the world; however he was drunk at the time.
  • Rythian appeared on YogPod 30a "I'm thirty two years old!" when Simon and Lewis tell him and Ravs about their outing to see Warwick Davis.
  • Rythian is widely known for for capacity of roleplay, as proved in Dishonored and The Blackrock Chronicle .
  • Rythian loves to write, and currently is writing a novel. He sometimes writes short stories for fans on his tumblr, found here.
  • He has a loving girlfriend, who is yet to be named.
  • According to his Tumblr, his birthday is 23rd April 1984.
  • His Tumblr also said the most romantic thing he had ever done was let his girlfriend play Phoenix Wright on his DS because her charger was broken.
  • It has been proved many times that the master wizard Rythian in Tekkit/Yogscast series has fallen in love with his apprentice Zoeya. However, Zoey and Joakim are not dating IRL.
  • Rythian loves sandwiches and pizzas.
  • Rythian's favorite cake is Kladdkaka.
  • Rythian doesn't always roll his eyes, but when he does, he rolls his eyes counter clockwise.
  • Rythian is right handed.
  • Rythian's favourite films are The Prestige, Memento, Cabin in the Woods, The Matrix and Terminator 2
  • Rythian is technically the only viking in the Yogscast.
  • Rythian prefers Pepsi to Coca Cola.
  • Rythian is 6 foot 2.5 inches tall (189cm).
  • The phoenix is his favourite mythical creature.
  • Rythian has a brother, who is the co-founder of Gosu Gamers.
  • His top five games of all time are Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Dishonored, Heroes of Might and Magic III, PlaneScape: Torment and World of WarCraft[4]
  • On one of Panda's livestreams Rythian said that he liked Panda's taste in music and Rythian used his twitch stream as a playlist.
  • Rythian prefers PS4 to Xbox One.
  • His Pokemon X team is Venasaur, Blaziken, Tyrantrum, Gardevoir, Greninja & Aegislash.
  • His dream car would be a black Aston Martin DB9.
  • At the end of his COD: Ghosts playthrough, Rythian had a rant about why he believed it was the worst COD game ever.
  • He wears a size 12 shoe.
  • Rythian stated in his Civ V solo series that he has a small crush on Theodora Justinian.




The Yogscast
Content Producers: Lewis Brindley (Xephos), Simon Lane (Honeydew), Paul Sykes (Sjin),
Duncan Jones (Lalna), Chris Lovasz (Sips), Hannah Rutherford (Lomadia),
Martyn Littlewood (InTheLittleWood), Joakim Hellstrand (Rythian), Liam MacKay (Nilesy),
Chris Trott (Trottimus), Alex Smith (Alsmiffy), Ross Hornby (Djh3max),
Kim Richards (NanoSounds), Sam Thorne (Strippin), Keith Steinbach (BebopVox),
Zoey Proasheck (Zoeya), John Cochrane (Panda), Dave Bagnall (DaveChaos),
Steven Goates (Ridgedog), Matt Needler (iFirez), Phil Southam (BruteAlmighty),
Toby Cottrell (SoTotallyToby), William Strife (Linkthe1st), Mark Turpin (Turpster),
Ted Forsyth (Pyrion Flax), Alex Parvis (Parv), Brent Copeland,
Eric Fullerton, Rick van Laanen (Zylus)
Business: Mark Turpin (Turpster), Rich Keith, Dave Boddington (Bodders)
Community: Anya Ferris (MintyMinute), Si Melton (Skelitor77), Tom Perkins (IBringTheFunk),
Ben Edgar (Bedgarsan)
Audio: Tom Clarke (Sparkles*), Sam Gibbs (03gibbss), Adrian Ruiz (SWAudio)
Editors: Adam Davis, Tom Bates (NanookoftheNorth), Colin Bassett,
Adrian Ruiz (SWAudio), Alex Turner (Hapticated)
Animators: Ciaran Askew (Ceeraanoo), Fred Malmhake (FredMalm)
Artists: Ørjan Aarvik (Teutron), Ferazhin, Nina-Serena (Uni),
Harry Marshall (VeteranHarry)
Other: Nathan Ditum, Rob Pearson, Dave Jackson,
Tom Clark (Angor), Steven Goates (Ridgedog)
Associates: Jon Evans (Tee), Jonny Whitten (Ravs), Ben Fry (Benji),
Nicholas Buccino (Daltos), Danny Holland, Stephanie Louise (Kaeyi Dream),
Dave Fayram (KirinDave), Fiona Riches (Saberial)

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