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Jourrael[2] is a nightmarish specter, an ancient assassin of Lolth, the Spider Queen. As an NPC, Jourrael is played by Matthew Mercer.


Official mini of Jourrael by WizKids


Jourrael has the appearance of a drow woman with reddish hair pulled back a little bit by a black bandana, swathed in a cloak and leathers. She has a semi-spectral form.[3]




Granted the title of Caedogeist,[1] Jourrael was a chosen assassin of Lolth, the Spider Queen, exalted through an arrangement with Asmodeus during a brief era of unified interests. Jourrael was a nightmarish specter who walked through walls and mountains like water. Known colloquially as the Inevitable End, Jourrael could not be completely destroyed unless the contract of the agreement between Lolth and Asmodeus was destroyed. In the bloodshed at the end of The Calamity, this attempt failed, so the body of Jourrael was sundered and sealed apart in secret.[4] The heart was buried within the Lotusden Greenwood in the Wraithroot tree, and the skull entrusted to the elves in the Veluthil.[5] The skull was recovered from the ruins of Molaesmyr and sold to the Stassman family of Kamordah.[6]

"Between the Lines" (2x78)

Obann and his party obtain the skull of Jourrael in Kamordah.[7][8][9]

"Through the Trees" (2x79)

Jourrael with Obann in Crit Recap Animated

Obann managed to recover the heart from the Wraithroot tree, while he and his party are under attack by the Mighty Nein.

"Titles and Tattoos" (2x84)

The party is at the Invulnerable Vagrant purchasing equipment and supplies, when suddenly, Caduceus feels a searing pain in his back as he is attacked and seriously wounded by a red-haired female drow specter that immediately shifts back into the ground like a ghost.

"The Threads Converge" (2x85)

In their first battle against Jourrael, the Nein take heavy damage from her sneak attacks. She fades back into the ground after each attack, limiting their offense. With the help of Pumat Sol, they are able to drive her off and she disappears. The next day, Pumat's Scry sees her and her companions being admitted to the city of Rexxentrum.

"The Cathedral" (2x86)

Fan art of the fight in the Invulnerable Vagrant, by BlackSalander.[art 2]

In the battle in the Chantry of the Dawn, Jourrael fights the Nein with Obann. Yasha, and the Laughing Hand, using the same tactics as their fight the day before. After the Hand's death, when Obann retreats to the subterranean room housing the first fane holding Tharizdun, Jourrael goes with him. The now-free Yasha realizes Jourrael is under the same charmed compulsion that she was, and Yasha urges them to try to break free. Obann is killed, possibly freeing the Caedogeist as well, but is re-formed by Tharizdun into Obann the Punished.

"Punishment and Politics" (2x87)

The Nein begin fighting Obann the Punished in terrible condition, spells and health almost universally depleted. At first, the Caedogeist moves to the outward-leading stairs, but then they sink into the floor and reappears beside Obann, attacking him. They do massive damage with their sneak attacks through the battle, and gets the final killing blow on Obann the Punished. Caduceus then heals them along with the rest of the party and asks for a hug. They respond, "Not my type of interaction," puts a finger to their lips in a shushing gesture, and vanishes into a wall.

"Lingering Wounds" (2x89)

Jester cast Sending to thank Jourrael for the help she provided down below in the cathedral dungeon and offer friendship if she is lonely. Jourrael responds that she appreciates the help in regaining her freedom, but they will never see each other again.



Obann recovered their remains and revived them, taking magical control over them in the process. They did his bidding while under his influence.

Character Information


  • Resistant to acid, fire, lightning, cold, and thunder; piercing, slashing and bludgeoning from non-magical weapons.[10]
  • Immune to poison. [11]
  • Cannot be frightened, grappled, paralyzed, restrained, or made prone.[12]

Drow Abilities

  • Fey Ancestry
  • Sunlight Sensitivity
  • Innate Spellcasting[13]

Specter Abilities

  • Incorporeal Movement
  • Immunity to Grappling[18]

Rogue Abilities

Class Features


  • Parry (reaction, adds 5 to AC)[20]

Notable Items

  • Two poisoned daggers[21]



  • The title Caedogeist comes from a combination of Latin and German, which, taken literally, would seem to translate to "I kill ghost". Per Matt, it means "murder ghost".[22]
    • "Caedo" comes from the Latin caedō, caedere, cecīdī, caesus. Caedō (/ˈkae̯.doː/) specifically is the present active indicative 1st person singular verb, which can translate to "I hack", "I strike", "I sever", "I murder", etc. However, Latin categorizes verbs by their 1st person singular form, rather than using the infinitive form (like we do in English), so in this case it should be read as "to kill" or "the killing", making Matt's use of the term absolutely correct.
    • "Geist" comes from the German noun Geist (/ɡaɪ̯st/), which can translate to "spirit", "mind", "ghost", etc.
  • One of Matt's few "How do I want to do this?" moments happened when Jourrael got the final strike on Obann the Punished. Although it was not the first time an NPC has gotten a final kill,[23] it was the first time Matt used the phrase.


  1. 1.0 1.1 See Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting Reborn, p. 244.
  2. See "Between the Lines" (2x78) from 3:01:47 through 3:02:38.
  3. See "The Threads Converge" (2x85) at 0:10:45.
  4. See "Between the Lines" (2x78) from 3:01:47 through 3:02:38.
  5. See "A Tangled Web" (2x77) at 3:45:54Jester scries on Obann.
  6. See "The Threads Converge" (2x85) from 2:01:09 through 2:01:33.
  7. See "Between the Lines" (2x78) from 0:53:01 through 0:55:14.
  8. See "Between the Lines" (2x78) at 3:12:00Jester scries again on Yasha discovering there is a skull-shaped bag hanging off of Obann's Belt.
  9. See "The Threads Converge" (2x85) from 2:01:09 through 2:01:33.
  10. See "The Cathedral" (2x86) at 4:31:17.
  11. See "The Cathedral" (2x86) at 4:31:29.
  12. See "The Cathedral" (2x86) at 4:31:35.
  13. See "The Threads Converge" (2x85) at 1:17:49.
  14. See "The Threads Converge" (2x85) at 0:26:29.
  15. See "The Threads Converge" (2x85) at 1:07:52.
  16. See "The Threads Converge" (2x85) at 0:30:26.
  17. See "The Cathedral" (2x86) at 4:36:03.
  18. See "The Threads Converge" (2x85) at 1:20:13.
  19. See "The Threads Converge" (2x85) at 0:15:46.
  20. See "The Threads Converge" (2x85) at 1:07:13.
  21. See "The Threads Converge" (2x85) at 0:16:21.
  22. See "Talks Machina #134: 'The Cathedral'" (TMx134) at 0:14:21.
  23. See, for instance, the two kills by Landspeaker Soorna against chasmes in "Perspective" (2x59) at 3:42:45 and "A Turtle By Any Other Name" (2x60) at 1:30:10.


  1. Fan art of Jourrael, by @hierothraxs (source). Used with permission.
  2. Fan art of the fight in the Invulnerable Vagrant, by BlackSalander (source). Used with permission.