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Lady Geneviève Lorelei, also known as The Iron Woe, was a noblewoman and the former head of the Lorelei family. As an NPC, she was played by Dungeon Master Liam O'Brien in "Liam's One Shot: The Song of the Lorelei" (Sx36).

Description[]

Appearance[]

In undeath, Lady Geneviève was a ghastly ten-foot-tall figure of dark brown, almost black bone. Tattered, decaying robes in a faded ghost of the traditional Lorelei green draped around her scraping, lumbering hips. Her eye sockets were seeping black, and a jawbone of ragged teeth widened beyond comprehension, black mist or smoke spilling out in place of a tongue long since rotted away.[2]

Personality[]

Katerine told Geneviève's son, Haldur, that Geneviève was unbridled and wild, spurned the taming and embraced the animal within more than the family would have liked.

Biography[]

Background[]

Geneviève Lorelei by Micaerys

Fan art of Geneviève Lorelei in her youth, by Micaerys.[art 2]

Geneviève Lorelei was wild and unbridled. She spurned the Taming and instead embraced the animal inside, which put her at odds with her family. Her nature brought Genevieve into a whirlwind romance with a drow from Xhorhas, a man the family did not approve of. As a result of their relationship, Genevieve and her partner had a child born out of a wedlock, Haldur Lorelei.[3]

She was murdered not far from Castle Lorelei's grounds, killed by Kryn soldiers along with her lover's twin brother, while he was being taken away.[4] Geneviève's body was found in a wolven heap, buried in the family mausoleum, and sealed behind a monument constructed by her sister, Katerine Lorelei, and son, Haldur.

"Liam's One Shot: The Song of the Lorelei" (Sx36)[]

Geneviève's Drow Lover by Kendra Wells

Official art of Geneviève's lover, by Kendra Wells from "Liam's One Shot: The Song of the Lorelei" (Sx36).[art 3]

Seeking revenge, Geneviève's lover eventually came back from Xhorhas and attacked Castle Lorelei with a small army of undead, killing everyone in the keep,[5] including Geneviève's sister, Katerine, and mutilating Haldur before taking him to the mausoleum as captive. Once in place, the drow reanimated his loved one's remains using necromancy and turned Geneviève's corpse into a dark undead entity, the Iron Woe.[6]

Later, Haldur's children found them and in the battle that followed Benicio Lorelei destroyed the Iron Woe, putting his grandmother again to rest.[7]

Abilities[]

Geneviève as the Iron Woe by Cory Trego-Erdner

Fan art of Geneviève leaving her tomb, by Cory Trego-Erdner.[art 4]

  • Multiattack (Genevieve makes two attacks: one with its bite and one with its claws)
  • Legendary actions (three per round):[8]
    • Iron Woe curls her shoulders forward, oozing a black inky substance and a feeling of anger, pain, and sorrow. The target must make a Wisdom save (15 ≥ x > 12) or suffer frightened condition.[9]
    • Genevieve exudes a jet almost like a squid ink, moving without provoking attacks of opportunity.[10]
    • Claw attack[11][12]

Appearances and mentions[]

Trivia[]

  • Her name comes from the French form of the Medieval Latin Genoveva, which in turn derives from the combination of the Proto-Germanic words kunją ("kin" or "family") and wībą ("woman" or "wife"); it can also be connected to the Proto-Celtic word genos, meaning "family" or "clan". In a way, the name itself is a reference to Geneviève's position as the common ancestor of the remaining members of her house, of which she was the ruling lady in life.
    • Despite the Dwendalian Empire being largely inspired by 15th century Eastern Europe and Russia, Geneviève's name uses the French pronunciation ("jean-vee-ev"), rather than the more Germanic/Celtic pronunciation of "Genevieve" ("jehn-uh-veev").
    • She had the same birth name as Jester Lavorre.

References[]

Art:

  1. Official art of an undead Geneviève, by Kendra Wells from "Liam's One Shot: The Song of the Lorelei" (Sx36). 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.
  2. Fan art of Geneviève Lorelei in her youth, by Micaerys. Work contributed to the Critical Role Wiki by the artist.
  3. Official art of Geneviève's lover, by Kendra Wells from "Liam's One Shot: The Song of the Lorelei" (Sx36). 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.
  4. Fan art of Geneviève leaving her tomb, by Cory Trego-Erdner (source). Used with permission.
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