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Deirta Thelyss is an Umavi,[2] a "perfect soul" revered in the Kryn Dynasty, and the leader of Den Thelyss of Rosohna, one of the Dynasty's three ruling Dens.[3] Under her guidance, Den Thelyss wishes to see the Dynasty established within the world and respected by others.[4] Deirta is the mother of Essek Thelyss[2] and Verin Thelyss.[5] Matthew Mercer described her as "deeply steeped" in Dynasty culture.[6]

Appearances and mentions


  • In "Bathhouses and Bastions" (2x90), the Mighty Nein realize that they never asked Essek about his personal life. They specifically point out they do not know his mother's name, a reference to when Scanlan Shorthalt asks his friends in "A Bard's Lament" (1x85) for his mother's name, knowing that they do not know.[7] Essek does not answer the question over Sending, but he answers in the subsequent episode when it is posed to him again in person.[2]
  • As both Essek and Verin are drow, Deirta was also drow when they were born. However, due to the nature of consecution, it is unclear if she is still a drow during the events of Campaign 2. It is possible that she currently inhabits a body of another race if she died after Verin was born, though it is unlikely that she has since died as Essek remarks he has never raised a parent.[8]


  1. Deirta was a drow at the time of Essek's birth, then Verin's. Her current race is unclear.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 See "Stone to Clay" (2x91) at 0:23:06.
  3. See Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, p. 144. Chapter 3: Wildemount Gazetteer. "Rosohna: Government". Den Thelyss is described as being led by an Umavi, who is likely to be Deirta.
  4. See "Stone to Clay" (2x91) at 25:48.
  5. See Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, p. 41. Chapter 2: Factions and Societies. "Kryn Dynasty: Figures of Interest". Verin is described as Essek's brother, implying that he is also Deirta's son.
  6. See "Critical Role Campaign 2 Wrap Up" (Sx56) at 1:37:15.  Matt discusses Verin.
  7. See "Bathhouses and Bastions" (2x90) from 3:42:19 through 3:43:45.
  8. See "Stone to Clay" (2x91) at 0:59:57.  Essek remarks that he has never raised a parent.


  1. Fan art of Deirta Thelyss, by @tshortik (source). Used with permission.