An aasimar is a medium-sized humanoid whose heritage shares a bond with celestial powers or whose soul has been touched by the divine.[10][11] Most tend to have human parents.[1]

Society[edit | edit source]

Wildemount[edit | edit source]

Across Wildemount, the birth of an aasimar is considered a portent and a blessing, and they are understood to have a greater cosmic destiny than other mortals.[3]

Dwendalian Empire[edit | edit source]

Whether an aasimar is born into a law-abiding family that worships one of the Empire's approved deities, and the child seems to be touched by an angel of one of those deities, determines whether they and their family are elevated to higher status or they have to flee for the Menagerie Coast or Greying Wildlands.[3] Trent Ikithon of the Cerberus Assembly took a special interest in Yasha as soon as he met her, although it was unclear whether that was due to her admission that she was from Xhorhas and only been in the Empire for eight months, or something else.[12]

Menagerie Coast[edit | edit source]

Aasimar manage to arouse curiosity even among the people of the Clovis Concord who are used to seeing colorful and unusual folk.[3]

Xhorhas[edit | edit source]

Within the Kryn Dynasty, aasimar are seen as overflowing with potential, and they tend to be trained essentially from birth as dunamancers and echo knights.[3]

Among the outlying tribes of Xhorhas, like the Dolorav, the birth of an aasimar is interpreted by the shamans as a message from the gods whose meaning is related to the circumstances of the birth: such a child born during a thunderstorm might be seen as a warning from Kord, the Storm Lord, for example.[3]

Elemental Plane of Fire and the Nine Hells[edit | edit source]

Aasimar are prized as slaves in the City of Brass due to their rarity,[13] and they instantly commanded the interest of a visiting ambassador of the Nine Hells, Ghurrix.[14]

Known Aasimar[edit | edit source]

Traits[edit | edit source]

Aasimar are longer-lived than regular humans—they can live up to 160 years—but they tend to mature at the same rate.[3] The aasimar in Exandria tend to have distinct visual traits like exotic eye colors,[18][19][20] skin color,[21] or even (in Reani's case) a halo and gold freckles.[22]

Angelic Guides[edit | edit source]

Aasimar who have not turned to evil have a link to a celestial being, usually a deva, who provides guidance in the aasimar's dreams, through visions, prophecies, or feelings. The being is not at all omniscient, but may provide insight into fighting some potent evils it does know about, and it tends to guide the aasimar toward the principles of law and goodness.[3] Reani's angelic guide is Samliel, who doesn't speak to her frequently but whom she credits with her firm stance on helping people[23] and summarily killing evil.[24]

Types of Aasimar[edit | edit source]

Fan art of Yasha battling the lightning creature, by BlackSalander.[art 3]

There are three "subraces" of aasimar,[25] but it is possible for an aasimar to transform from one to another, as they generally reflect the aasimar's disposition. Yasha Nydoorin, for example, exhibited traits of a fallen aasimar who had turned to evil as a youth or young adult, particularly when she conjured a frightening Necrotic Shroud, during which her eyes and the tips of her hair turned jet black, and her wings were black and skeletal.[26] After a series of visions and tests[27][28] from the Storm Lord during which Yasha exhibited personal growth, Yasha's formerly skeletal black wings became full and feathered, and capable of brief flight, as with a protector aasimar.[29] A few days later, Caduceus noticed that her black hair was returning to its former silver-white color at the roots.[30]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, p. 167.
  2. Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, p. 167-168.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, p. 166.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, p. 175.
  5. Hunin and Kyor have light blue skin.  See "Where the Cards Fall" (1x75) at 3:13:21.
  6. See "A Fog Lifted" (2x106) at of Kotho's companions had pearlescent skin and was identified as having celestial blood like Yasha.s One of Kotho's companions had pearlescent skin and was identified as having celestial blood like Yasha..
  7. Hunin and Kyor have pupil-less eyes.  See "Where the Cards Fall" (1x75) at 3:13:21.
  8. Yasha's eyes are different jewel tones: one light greenish-blue, one violet.  See "Curious Beginnings" (2x01) at 46:40.
  9. Reani's eyes are bright gold.  See "Manifold Morals" (2x74) at 14:13.
  10. The Aasimars canonical to Critical Role may be wholly or partly based on the Dungeons & Dragons race.  See D&D: Volo's Guide to Monsters, 5th ed., available online at D&D Beyond.
  11. See D&D: Volo's Guide to Monsters, 5th ed., p. 104.
  12. See "Whispers of War" (2x18) from 1:24:02 through 1:28:18.
  13. See "Where the Cards Fall" (1x75) from 3:15:03 through 3:16:24.
  14. See "Where the Cards Fall" (1x75) from 3:32:47 through 3:36:30.  See also 3:45:45.
  15. See "Where the Cards Fall" (1x75) at 3:34:25.
  16. See "Where the Cards Fall" (1x75) at 3:34:25.
  17. See "Manifold Morals" (2x74).
  18. Hunin and Kyor have pupil-less eyes.  See "Where the Cards Fall" (1x75) at 3:13:21.
  19. Yasha's eyes are different jewel tones: one light greenish-blue, one violet.  See "Curious Beginnings" (2x01) at 46:40.
  20. Reani's eyes are bright gold.  See "Manifold Morals" (2x74) at 14:13.
  21. Hunin and Kyor have light blue skin.  See "Where the Cards Fall" (1x75) at 3:13:21.
  22. See "Manifold Morals" (2x74) at 14:13.
  23. See "Manifold Morals" (2x74) at 24:40.
  24. See "Manifold Morals" (2x74) at 40:19.
  25. Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, pp. 167–168.
  26. See "The Gentleman's Path" (2x19) at 2:41:45.
  27. Yasha has a vision and battles what seems to be a lightning angel summoned specifically to test her.  See "A Storm of Memories" (2x46) at 1:33:27.
  28. See "Dark Waters" (2x98) at 2:50:57.
  29. See "A Fog Lifted" (2x106) at 1:03:52.
  30. See "Frigid Propositions" (2x109) at 3:07:39.

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  2. Official portrait of Reani, by Ari (source).  Used with permission.
  3. Fan art of Yasha battling the lightning creature, by BlackSalander (source).  Used with permission.
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