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Desirat[1] is a phoenix-like entity formerly imprisoned under Mount Mentiri in the Cyrios Mountains.

Desirat by Christain Thor Lally

Fan art of Desirat, by Christian Thor Lally.[art 2]

Description[]

Appearance[]

The depiction of Desirat in the temple of Uk'otoa on Urukayxl showed a crowd of people clustered around the base and above them three larger humanoid figures haloed by a light or aura elevating them above the crowd. Over them, occupying most of the mural, was a huge bird of dark purple flame wreathing the sky, its wings curved upward and then bent down, and where the wings ended, fire curled and burned. The feathers on the edges of the wings came up into purple and dark gray flame with bits and specks of deep red. Its beak was long and pointed and it had three eyes, each set with a large onyx stone.[2]

Biography[]

Desirat was the companion and mount of Asmodeus during the wars of the Calamity. She was captured and imprisoned beneath Mount Mentiri by the original pre-Divergence Cerberus Assembly and up until 843 PD remained there, giving birth to the geothermal activity in the area.[1]

During the time of the Julous Dominion, a group living in the area built an entire colony based around this god-like creature, calling it the Twilight Phoenix. They burned effigies to it and believed this was its resting place. However, they also made a lot of enemies, and the Julous Dominion itself hunted them down and killed them in their homeland around the base of Mount Mentiri.[3]

At some point before 835 PD the fire giant city of Vuthos was built around Desirat's prison.[4]

After the apogee solstice of 843 PD there was an earthquake in the Mount Mentiri area, splitting it in two as the Twilight Phoenix was released from her prison. She flew to Zadash and attacked it, eventually being driven off by the Righteous Brand and others warriors after causing many casualties.[5]

Relationships[]

Uk'otoa and Quajath[]

Murals of Urukayxl by Hunter Severn Bonyun

The murals of Urukayxl in Beau's journal, by Hunter Severn Bonyun from The Chronicles of Exandria - The Mighty Nein, page 209.[art 3]

In the yuan-ti temple on Urukayxl, the Mighty Nein saw three murals: one depicting a giant purple bird with fire-like wings and three eyes of onyx, one showing a gigantic sea serpent emerging from the water with many small eyes of amber and three large eyes, and one of a worm-like creature with three eyes of ivory inside its mouth, plowing through the earth.[6] The three lesser idols have a pact; apparently, if one escapes, it will help the others.[7] Before the Julous Dominion took power in the Marrow Valley, Uk'otoa's followers helped Desirat to establish a following and nearly dug deep enough to free the phoenix.[1]

Appearances and mentions[]

Trivia[]

  • Since the Twilight Phoenix constantly tries to whisper into the minds and dreams of vengeful souls, it is unclear if the citizens of Vuthos have become somewhat used/immune to her influence, if they are enthralled by her but unable to free her, or if they were supposed to be part of the actual prison from the beginning.
    • It is very likely that the fire giants are using the thermal energy produced by Desirat to keep their forges working.
  • The adventure hook Twilight Phoenix in the Explorer's Guide to Wildemount involves archmages who worship Asmodeus attempting to free his mount from her prison, which would destroy the mountain (and presumably Vuthos) in the process.[4]

References[]

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 See Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, p. 31.
  2. See "Dubious Pursuits" (2x40) from 0:22:38 through 0:23:54.  Murals in the temple of Uk'otoa on Urukayxl.
  3. See "With Great Power..." (2x94) at 1:35:31.
  4. 4.0 4.1 See Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, p. 90.
  5. See "Gathering of Needs" (3x95) from 1:25:23 through 1:27:20.  See aso at 0:35:41.
  6. See "Dubious Pursuits" (2x40) from 22:40 through 29:00.  Murals in the temple of the Uk'otoa on Urukayxl
  7. See "Critical Role Campaign 2 Wrap Up" (Sx56) at 52:35.

Art:

  1. Fan art of Desirat, by Kiyoko (source). Used with permission.
  2. Fan art of Desirat, by Christian Thor Lally (source). Used with permission.
  3. The murals of Urukayxl in Beau's journal, by Hunter Severn Bonyun from The Chronicles of Exandria - The Mighty Nein, page 209. 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.
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