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Iva Deshin is a human fledgling author, and the proprietor of the Chastity's Nook. As an NPC, Iva is played by Matthew Mercer.


Cosplay of Iva Deshin by YamiSionnach


In 835 PD, Iva was in her 40s. She had wild and curly mousey brown hair that went past her shoulders, and wore a heavy sweater and big glasses. Eight years later, her appearance hadn't changed greatly.


"Zemnian Nights" (2x11)[]

Iva Deshin discusses Courting of the Crick with Caleb - Megzilla87

Fan art of Iva Deshin telling Caleb that The Courting of the Crick has been banned for 15 years, by Megzilla87.[art 2]

When Caleb, Beau, and Jester visited Chastity's Nook, Iva Deshin introduced herself and offered her assistance. Amused at Caleb's claim that the Nook was "recommended" to him for literature, Iva quickly guided the trio to the adults-only back room of the shop. Caleb declined her enthusiastic recommendations of Tusk Love and Guard of My Heart, asking instead for something more along the lines of "historical fiction." Intrigued, Iva described a book that was banned by the Dwendalian Empire 15 years prior, entitled Courting of the Crick. After a furtive discussion of the contents of the tome and the rather hefty 15-gold price tag, she disappeared into another room to retrieve a copy. Ultimately, Caleb declined to purchase the book, citing the price tag and illicit nature of the book. However, Jester secretly purchased a copy of Tusk Love as a gift. After the sale, Iva proceeded to share with Beau some of her own romantic writings, which were overly wordy, with atrocious dialogue and some bizarre metaphors for farm equipment; it took a supreme effort for Beau to humor Iva with a smile and series of mild compliments.

Campaign Three: Bells Hells[]

Bells Hells visited the shop after the Apogee Solstice of 843 PD in the company of a disguised Essek Thelyss. Caleb Widogast had told Essek that he could find Astrid Becke there. When Essek asked Iva if she had any other employees, she sent them to the back room to speak to "Erma".[2] When the adventurers were leaving, Iva briefly checked that her employee was all right, then spoke with the group for a bit making recommendations, which led to Fearne Calloway purchasing a copy of Tusk Love and a copy of erotic illustrations that were allegedly unique (although Iva took out an identical tome the moment they left).[3]


Yussa Errenis[]

In 843 PD, Iva and Yussa had been "pen pals" for a while, but after he stopped writing for two months she started to get concerned, and asked Bells Hells to check on the wizard if they ever visited Nicodranas.[4]

Appearances and mentions[]


  • If she was being honest with Fearne while trying to sell her a tome of erotic illustrations, she hasn't dated in a long time, since she hadn't had the opportunity to put into practice the knowledge she had acquired from the tome.[5]
  • The Chronicles of Exandria - The Mighty Nein Part Two is written from Iva's perspective of the adventures of the Mighty Nein, as a collection of her notes and mementos of the party.[6]



  1. Fan art of Iva Deshin, by Kileigh Gallagher (source). Used with permission.
  2. Fan art of Iva Deshin telling Caleb that The Courting of the Crick has been banned for 15 years, by Megzilla87 (source). Used with permission.