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Alyson Paij is the human captain of The Ill Hand[2] and a pirate of the Revelry. She is a rival of Captain Avantika. As an NPC, Alyson is played by Matthew Mercer.



Alyson is a woman with curly, shoulder-length blonde hair and a scar over one eye that keeps the eye closed. She wears a tattered black coat.[3][4]


Alyson is a fierce and abrasive woman whose demeanor makes Beauregard seem friendly.[5] Enjoys a good brawl as much as she appreciates a stiff drink. Possesses an uncompromising sense of moral duty to the downtrodden.



Prior to the Mighty Nein meeting her, Alyson had been a rival to Avantika for some time. Avantika claims she had crossed paths with her multiple times, and that Alyson has previously embellished information to gain favor with the Plank King. [6] While a pirate, she never raids civilian vessels and does her best to rein in the Revelry's cruelest captains and focus their efforts on those who deserve to have their goods stolen.

"A Hole In the Plan" (2x42)[]

Alyson is encountered by the Mighty Nein in the Bloated Cup whilst they are discussing their future plans with Avantika. Avantika notices Alyson eavesdropping on their conversation and after calling attention to it the pair have a brief but tense interaction, exchanging remarks after which Alyson walks away and seats herself at the far end of the tavern. [7]

Later that night, Beauregard, wishing to talk to Alyson in private, tries to slip her a message asking her to meet in the alley behind the tavern. Alyson simply crumples the message up and discards it before communicating in no uncertain terms that she is not interested.[8]


Avantika []

As Avantika's rival it appeared that neither had any particular liking for the other.

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  • Alyson's character was inspired by the daughter of a Critter who asked Matthew Mercer to include her in the game.[9]


  1. Spelling from See Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, p. 57.
  2. 2.0 2.1 See Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, p. 57.
  3. See "A Hole In the Plan" (2x42) at 48:55.
  4. See "A Hole In the Plan" (2x42) at 1:04:39.
  5. See "A Hole In the Plan" (2x42) from 1:05:07 through 1:05:29.
  6. See "A Hole In the Plan" (2x42) from 50:00 through 51:10.
  7. See "A Hole In the Plan" (2x42) at 48:44.
  8. See "A Hole In the Plan" (2x42) from 1:05:07 through 1:05:29.
  9. See a tweet from the Critter in question and Matt's response.


  1. Fan art of Alyson, by Amy King (source). Used with permission.