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Cressida Holt is a new expositor of the Cobalt Reserve in Tal'Dorei as of 836 PD.[2]



Cressida is a tall orc with a muscular build (although she would be considered slim by orcish standard), with dark eyes, light green skin and dark brown hair shaved on the sides and pulled back in a braid held in place by a simple gold ornament. They usually wear a Cobalt Soul blue outfit trimmed in gold and a lighter blue, with a yellow fabric belt and dark boots with gold metallic; however, whenever she has to assist to a social event she wears a finer suit instead, although keeping the cobalt-blue coloration. Their weapon appears to be a stylized version of a gold metal rope dart with a white string.[2][3]


Cressida is a charismatic, suave and stylish individual that combines her great social skills with a blunt, merciless coldness, which makes them the perfect agent for any type of mission.[2][3]


Cressida joined the Cobalt Soul being young, and underwent demanding training, learning the ways of a monk of this order. Having recently been appointed expositor, she has been accepting infiltration and espionage missions that have taken them to different locations on the continent, such as Kymal or Westruun. On these missions, designed to find political corruption, Cressida has been seen at parties and/or gambling places of potential high-society corruption, subtly seducing and interrogating potential targets, as well as using her license to kill when necessary.[2][3]

By 836 PD, Cressida is stationed in Emon, observing a person of interest on the Tal'Dorei Council. So far her mission has required a combination of agility moving through (and over) the streets and social skills in ballrooms.[2]

Character information[]

Notable items[]

  • Gold rope dart


Orc abilities[]

Unless otherwise noted, the following abilities are assumed from the standard Dungeons & Dragons materials:

  • Darkvision
  • Aggressive
  • Powerful Build
  • Primal Intuition

Monk features[]

  • Unarmored Defense
  • Martial Arts
  • Ki
  • Unarmored Movement
  • Dedicated Weapon (possibly)
  • Deflect Missiles
  • Slow Fall
  • Extra Attack
  • Stunning Strike
  • Ki-Empowered Strikes
  • Monastic Tradition: Way of the Cobalt Soul
    • Extract Aspects
    • Extort Truth
    • Mystical Erudition
    • Mind of Mercury (potentially)


  • Cressida's name derives from the Greek Chryseis, which means "gold".
    • There are elements of yellow and gold in both her clothing and her weapon.
  • Cressida is nonbinary, and uses she/they pronouns. They also shows interest in people of different genders.



  1. Official art of Cressida Holt, a Cobalt Soul monk and expositor, by Lauren Walsh from Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting Reborn, page 173. This file is a copyrighted work. Its use in this article is asserted to qualify as fair use of the material under United States copyright law.