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Iova is one of the higher-ranking guards of Syngorn. As an NPC, Iova is played by Matthew Mercer.

Description[]

Appearance[]

Iova is an elven woman with deep crimson hair that she wears braided to one side and shaved on the other.[1][6] While on duty, she wears the standard Syngornian guard armor.[7]

When she met Vox Machina at the gates of Syngorn, Iova was more "battle-hardened" than when the twins had last seen her.[8]

Personality[]

Vex'ahlia described Iova as a teacher "with a no-nonsense approach", who saw the half-elves as "inferior in the same way all non-elves were"—a step up from how they were treated by most Syngornian elves.[1] Iova was tough on Vex'ahlia: she "had no qualms letting her bruise herself until she learned".[1] However, Iova also reluctantly admitted that the half-elf was a good archer.[9]

When she encountered the twins again, years later, Iova was "aloof and distanced" but respectful.[10]

Biography[]

Kith & Kin[]

Around 797 PD,[11][1] Ambassador Syldor Vessar hired Iova as an archery tutor for his half-elven children, Vax'ildan and Vex'ahlia.[1] She was also working as a guardswoman at the time.[9] She was hard on her students, especially Vex'ahlia, but was more willing than most elves to acknowledge their skill.[12] Iova expected Vex'ahlia to continue practicing until she reached perfection and to care for her bow.[13] Two weeks prior to High Warden Tyrelda's visit to Syldor's home, Iova mentioned to Vex'ahlia that she thought the children should be attending school.[14]

Iova and Tharendril were present when Syldor and the High Warden arrived, and she bowed respectfully to Tyrelda.[14] Iova did not intervene when the High Warden asked Vex'ahlia to demonstrate her archery; the half-elf performed poorly due to her exhaustion.[15]

"The Feywild" (1x59)[]

By the time she next encountered Vax'ildan and Vex'ahlia, Iova had risen up to a leadership position within the guard, to the rank of Watcher.[16] She recognized the twins when they arrived at the gates with Vox Machina and Garmelie, and asked them what their business was.[17] She called off the other archers and opened the gates for them.[18] She was surprised that the twins had returned to the city, particularly while it was in the Feywild.[19] She told them that the party would be followed through the city until the guard was told otherwise, and that Syldor would be informed of their arrival.[20] She welcomed them to Syngorn.[21]

Character Information[]

Abilities[]

Iova is a talented and graceful archer. She was hired by Syldor Vessar to tutor his children in combat, and particularly archery.[1]

Appearances and mentions[]

References[]

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