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Laudna (pronounced /ˈlɔːdnə/) is a human Hollow One sorcerer/warlock and a member of Bells Hells. Laudna is played by Marisha Ray.

Description

Appearance

Official art of Laudna, by Hannah Friederichs.[art 2]

When she first appears, Laudna is fairly young, pale, and gaunt. Her big eyes have dilated pupils, and her lips are dark. Marisha further describes Laudna's features as "almost doll-like."[10] She has long, thin, dark hair with a shock of white through her bangs, pulled up in a half-up bun with a rock chisel (depicted as a rock pick in official art). She wears tattered clothes, including a dark red blouse and a black skirt. She wears pointy gold cuffs on her ears to hide their edges, which were once shorn to points like an elf's.[11] Her belt holds various tools, a dead rat with a raven skull named Pâté de Rolo, and other odds and ends.[12][13]

Fan art of Laudna, by Nathaniel Himawan (ninesicks).[art 3]

When Laudna uses her Form of Dread, her extremities elongate and a black veil comes across her face, hiding a stream of black tears pouring from her eyes.

Her eyes glow green at times, notably when she uses Eyes of the Runekeeper[14] or Cling to Life.[15]

Personality

In stark contrast to her ghoulish appearance, Laudna is rather bubbly, personable, and easy-going. Laudna seems largely unaware of how frightening she appears (especially when she uses her Form of Dread power) and becomes offended when someone judges her based on appearances alone.[16] She also shows insecurity when she feels as if she is lacking in purpose and thus tends to want to be helpful in any way.[citation needed]

When asked by Orym how she is the "happiest person" in Bells Hells, she comments that "the worst thing that's ever happened to [her] has already happened," alluding to her death. She prefers not to dwell on the past, beseeching others to do so in kind, that there is "no point in being sad over what can't be changed".[17]

Biography

Background

Fan art of Laudna in her youth, by @JustHustina.[art 4]

Laudna grew up on a farm on the outskirts of Whitestone in Tal'Dorei, and always had innate magical capabilities.[18][19] Even as a young girl, she was thought of as the freak of the town. She once had a crush on a young boy named Andy, but he threw dirt in her face.[20]

The Briarwoods took over the city when Laudna was a young woman. Shortly before the Whitestone Rebellion in 810 PD, she and her parents were invited to dine with the Briarwoods and told they were going to serve a greater purpose. In addition to the promise of festivities, she hoped that the magical Briarwoods would take interest in developing her natural sorceress magic.[21] After the dinner, she was killed. Her ears were docked into points like those of a half-elf and she was strung up on the Sun Tree in effigy of Vex'ahlia.[22]

Laudna woke up hanging from the tree when a burst of necromantic magic hit her and mingled with her natural magic.[23][24] She left the city and never returned, and believes she is a cross between dead and alive.[25] Although the Briarwoods are dead, Laudna began to hear the voice of Delilah Briarwood in her head around a year after Delilah died.[26] Laudna hears Delilah "every now and then."[27][28]

Having been killed before Vox Machina's arrival in the city and left during the rebellion, Laudna was unaware that Percival and Cassandra de Rolo had returned to power in Whitestone, saying that she became "a bit of a recluse" after her time in Whitestone. She didn't talk to people much, and they didn't want to talk to her.[29] She spent the next thirty years going from town to town, living in fixed-up abandoned shacks in the woods until chased out by townsfolk denouncing her as an undead witch.[30]

Campaign Three: Bells Hells

Relationships

Imogen Temult

Main article: Relationship between Imogen and Laudna

Imogen is Laudna's closest ally, whom Laudna met while she was in Imogen's town a couple of years ago.[31][32] They "hit it off really well" and decided to start traveling together.[33] They share a goal: to try to enter one of the conservatories located in the Spires so Imogen can do research.[34] They have been staying together in Jrusar with their landlady, Zhudanna.[35]

Laudna will often wake when Imogen has a nightmare and sometimes observes Imogen without waking her up as it happens. After Imogen awakens, she comforts her and talks about what Imogen saw in the dream.[36][37]

Delilah Briarwood

Laudna occasionally hears the voice of her patron, Delilah, in her head.[38] Delilah appears to be her warlock patron, although it is unclear when after Laudna and Delilah's respective deaths the pact was made. After Laudna told the rest of Bells Hells about her pact, Delilah told Laudna to keep things secret.[39] Laudna has also expressed to Imogen that she is not sure how she feels about Delilah and has floated the possibility of breaking her pact.[40]

While Laudna was inspecting the shard that Imogen got from the Shade Mother's den, Delilah used her power to shatter the shard and transfer the magical essence into Laudna. This upset Imogen, who had asked Laudna not to do anything to the shard. Laudna in turn was quite angry at Delilah and screamed "What did you do?"[41]

Fearne Calloway

She and Fearne clicked almost immediately. Fearne loved everything about her and was even fascinated when she saw Laudna perform her 'Form of Dread' for the first time.[42] Laudna, Fearne, and Imogen all have bonded over being spellcasters, and call one another 'Witchy/Witch Bitches'.[43][44][45]

Orym

Orym is one of the few members of Bells Hells that knows Laudna's cause of death. Laudna seems to trust Orym enough to tell him. Orym in return shows his empathy towards her in his repeated apologies about her death. Additionally Orym, due to his relationship with Keyleth, knew about the Whitestone atrocities.

Dorian Storm

Fresh Cut Grass

Ashton Greymoore

Unlike many people she's encountered, including other party members, who seem off-put by Laudna's creepiness, Ashton seems to love her aesthetic.[46]

Bertrand Bell

Chetney Pock O'Pea

Character information

Fan art of Laudna and Pâté, by Linda Lithén.[art 5]

Notable items

Hollow One abilities

Feats

Sorcerer abilities

  • Spellcasting (Charisma-based spellcasting)
  • Sorcerous Origin (Shadow Magic)
    • Eyes of the Dark: Darkvision 120 ft.[59]
    • Strength of the Grave[60]
  • Font of Magic
    • Sorcery Points: 4
    • Flexible Casting
  • Metamagic

Warlock abilities

Fan art of Laudna's Form of Dread, by Hailey Collins.[art 6]

  • Otherworldly Patron (The Undead)
  • Pact Magic (Charisma-based spellcasting)
  • Eldritch Invocations (2)
    • Agonizing Blast[64]
    • Eyes of the Rune Keeper[65]

Sorcerer spells

Cantrips

1st-level

2nd-level

Warlock spells

Cantrips

1st-level

Unknown class spells

Some spells Laudna knows are available to her through both of her classes and are listed here until their source is confirmed.

Cantrips

Behind the scenes

Laudna's creation indirectly stems from a nightmare Marisha had where she encountered the jaw-less flower girl (which Laudna later conjured with Silent Image in "Ghosts, Dates, and Darker Fates" (3x10)). This made her want to play a creepy character for Campaign Three, and she initially wanted to play a little girl who had died and been resurrected, but ultimately believed it could get weird and decided to play an adult instead. Marisha knew from the outset that her character would have died during the Briarwoods' insurrection of Whitestone and been resurrected, and through discussion with Matt, the idea that she was the effigy of Vex'ahlia hung from the Sun Tree came to be. From there, she decided to multiclass as a sorcerer/warlock, and would thus need a patron, for which she suggested Delilah Briarwood.[84]

Appearances and mentions

Quotations

  • Laudna: I'm fun-scary!
    Imogen: Laudna, you’re scary-scary.[85]
  • Laudna: Is it rude to ask about dead people?
    Dorian: When you're using their body parts, I think so.
    Laudna: Wow. Don't tell Pâté.[86]
  • Orym: So why are you puppeteering a dead rat?
    Laudna: (in Pâté's voice) "Well, you see, Laudna here was quite alone for quite some time, and she kind of needed somebody to keep her company or else she would go insane. Especially because it was just me and that voice in her head." (in her own voice) He's so silly.[87]
  • Laudna: You know, I don't think I've ever been in love either. I mean, that's not true. I deeply love Imogen.
    Ashton: It's a very broad word, isn't it?[88]
  • Fresh Cut Grass: Are you dead? What the fuck is up with that?
    Laudna: I'm not entirely sure. I think so. [...] I think I'm some cross in between life and death. Not totally alive, but not totally dead. I definitely died! I died, and then I woke up. I woke up, and I was surrounded by a lot of other corpses, and all of Whitestone was in a complete panic, run amok, just death and disease and nightmare everywhere, and I didn't know what happened so I ran. I haven't really aged.
    Fresh Cut Grass: How long ago was that?
    Laudna: Thirty years.[89]
  • Laudna: (giving the "book jacket version" of her life to Chetney) I was alive, but then I was dead, and now I'm alive again. I'm originally from Whitestone and this is Pâté, my pet rat. (as Pâté) "Hello, Chetney!"[90]
  • Laudna: Nightmares are just fun dreams. They're inspiration, right? I've pulled many of my tactics from nightmares that I've had. They keep you on your toes.[91]
  • Orym: You know what's interesting about you?
    Laudna: Hm? I would hope a great deal of many things.
    Orym: Well, there's the obvious, but you're the happiest person in this bunch.
    Laudna: Of course! The worst thing that's ever happened to me has already happened.[92]

Trivia

  • Laudna's name likely derives from laudanum, an opium tincture historically widely used as pain medication or to induce sleep. Its use is often featured in especially 19th century Gothic and horror literature.
  • The animation on her stat card features black smoke and black ooze dripping from the top of the frame.[7]
  • When using the Message spell, Laudna's voice is accompanied by eerie whispers and otherworldly sound effects created by the rest of the cast. This began as a joke when Laudna tried to spook Orym with a Message and has become a running gag. Prior to this event, her Messages had no echoes.
  • Laudna is the second player character to hail from Whitestone, following Percival de Rolo.
  • During the masquerade ball in Jrusar, Laudna used the alias "Lorelei de Rolo"[93], combining the name of the werewolf family in "Liam's One Shot: The Song of the Lorelei" (Sx36) with the last name of the rulers of Whitestone, her former home. Her stuffed rat Pâté de Rolo also bears the de Rolo name.[94]
    • The word "lorelei" was also mentioned by Laudna as an abusive name hurled at her by mobs when she was driven out of various towns.[95] In this context, it refers to a siren or mermaid who lures men to their doom, particularly one associated with stories surrounding the Lorelei rock in the River Rhine.
  • Until Chetney Pock O'Pea's introduction in "Behind the Curtain" (3x07), Laudna was the only member of Bells Hells to have darkvision.

Screenshot of Vex's soon-to-be double in the Amazon show, by Titmouse from "Fate's Journey" (LVM1x05).[art 7]

Art gallery

For more images, see Category:Images of Laudna.

External links

Notes

  1. Laudna has a feat before reaching level 4 in a class, meaning she is a variant human.
  2. With her Bloodwell vial attuned, her DC is 16.
  3. Chill Touch is both a Sorcerer and Warlock spell.
  4. Prestidigitation is both a Sorcerer and Warlock spell.
  5. Thaumaturgy is neither a Sorcerer nor Warlock spell.

References

  1. See "The Threat Between the Walls" (3x05).  Laudna clarifies that she doesn't have a last name.
  2. See "Growing Bonds and Teasing Threads" (3x06) at 53:41.  Laudna states that she was a human before she died.
  3. Laudna uses "Unsettling Presence".  See "Trial by Firelight" (3x02) at 35:37.
  4. See "Growing Bonds and Teasing Threads" (3x06) from 52:57 through 53:09.  Laudna says she died at the age of 20, at the end of the Briarwood rule of Whitestone in 810 PD.
  5. See "Growing Bonds and Teasing Threads" (3x06) at 54:10.
  6. See "Growing Bonds and Teasing Threads" (3x06) at 1:10:50.
  7. 7.0 7.1 See "The Draw of Destiny" (3x01) at 0:19:30.
  8. See "Fight at the Museum..." (3x21) at 3:46:38.
  9. See "Trial by Firelight" (3x02).  Laudna added 2 to the temporary hit points she gained from Form of Dread, indicating she is a level 2 warlock
  10. See "The Draw of Destiny" (3x01) from 19:10 through 19:43.
  11. See "Heart-to-Heartmoor" (3x17) at 3:10:21.
  12. See "The Draw of Destiny" (3x01) at 19:15.
  13. See "Trial by Firelight" (3x02) at 1:31:02.  The type of bird and the name she gave the dead rat are revealed.
  14. See "Thicker Grows the Meal and Plot" (3x09) at 1:24:18.
  15. See "A Hungry Jungle" (3x18) at 1:07:03.
  16. See "The Draw of Destiny" (3x01) at 41:11.  See also 2:50:09.
  17. See "Heart-to-Heartmoor" (3x17) at 3:07:11.
  18. See "The Draw of Destiny" (3x01) at 2:59:11.
  19. See "Growing Bonds and Teasing Threads" (3x06) at 55:04.
  20. See "Thicker Grows the Meal and Plot" (3x09) at 3:20:23.
  21. See "4-Sided Dive: Silken Secrets" (4SDx01) at 21:46.
  22. See "4-Sided Dive: Silken Secrets" (4SDx01) at 21:04.
  23. See "Heart-to-Heartmoor" (3x17) at 3:08:10.
  24. See "4-Sided Dive: Silken Secrets" (4SDx01) at 22:25.
  25. See "Growing Bonds and Teasing Threads" (3x06) at 54:10.
  26. See "Make It Fashion" (3x12) at 2:55:04.  "having a dead woman in your head a year after she dies." It's unclear which time Delilah died Laudna is referring to, as Delilah died first in 810 PD and again in 812 PD.
  27. See "Growing Bonds and Teasing Threads" (3x06) at 56:17.
  28. See "Growing Bonds and Teasing Threads" (3x06) at 1:10:40.  Delilah has a conversation with Laudna.
  29. See "Trial by Firelight" (3x02) at 1:32:32.
  30. See "Growing Bonds and Teasing Threads" (3x06) at 56:59.
  31. See "Trial by Firelight" (3x02) at 1:31:02.  Imogen comments, "Two years and I never get used to it," about Laudna's dead rat.
  32. See "Growing Bonds and Teasing Threads" (3x06) at 56:42.
  33. See "The Draw of Destiny" (3x01) at 3:42:28.
  34. See "The Draw of Destiny" (3x01) at 20:16.
  35. See "The Draw of Destiny" (3x01) at 3:09:39.
  36. See "Make It Fashion" (3x12) at 3:15:31.
  37. See "On the Trail of a Killer" (3x04) at 13:20.
  38. See "Growing Bonds and Teasing Threads" (3x06) at 56:17.
  39. See "Growing Bonds and Teasing Threads" (3x06) at 1:10:50.
  40. See "Make It Fashion" (3x12) at 2:54:52.
  41. See "To The Skies" (3x23) from 4:00:13 through 4:11:26.
  42. See "The Draw of Destiny" (3x01).[citation needed]
  43. See "The Threat Between the Walls" (3x05) at 3:01:58.
  44. See "Ghosts, Dates, and Darker Fates" (3x10) at 2:05:06.
  45. See "The Tunnels Below" (3x15) at 3:26:56.
  46. See "The Draw of Destiny" (3x01) at 1:31:37.
  47. See "Make It Fashion" (3x12) at 3:30:38.
  48. See "The Threat Between the Walls" (3x05) at 3:48:42.
  49. See "Trial by Firelight" (3x02) at 1:30:54.
  50. See "The Trail and the Toll" (3x03) at 0:45:48.
  51. See "Omens Above" (3x19) at 3:00:42.
  52. See "To The Skies" (3x23) at 1:06:09.
  53. See "Campaign 3 Episode 24" (3x24).[citation needed]
  54. See "Growing Bonds and Teasing Threads" (3x06) at 53:01.
  55. See "A Hungry Jungle" (3x18) at 1:06:13.  Laudna succeeds on rolling a 16 or higher on a death save, bringing her back to consciousness with one hit point.
  56. See "A Dance of Deception" (3x13) at 1:47:45.
  57. See "Trial by Firelight" (3x02) at 35:37.
  58. See "Trial by Firelight" (3x02) at 41:47.
  59. See "The Trail and the Toll" (3x03) at 2:47:46.
  60. See "The Shade Mother" (3x16) at 2:52:16.
  61. See "In Too Deep" (3x14) at 2:58:19.
  62. See "The Tunnels Below" (3x15) at 3:13:47.
  63. See "The Draw of Destiny" (3x01) at 1:54:49.
  64. When rolling for damage against Lord Eshteross, Laudna rolled higher than 10 damage, independent of her Hex spell.  See "Trial by Firelight" (3x02) at 53:29.
  65. See "Chasing Nightmares" (3x11) at 3:00:25.
  66. See "Trial by Firelight" (3x02) at 1:13:05.
  67. See "Trial by Firelight" (3x02) at 3:27:07.
  68. See "The Tunnels Below" (3x15) at 4:07:08.
  69. See "Campaign 3 Episode 24" (3x24).[citation needed]
  70. See "The Trail and the Toll" (3x03) at 1:26:26.
  71. See "Trial by Firelight" (3x02) at 23:24.
  72. See "Ghosts, Dates, and Darker Fates" (3x10) at 2:38:19.  Laudna casts Silent Image.
  73. See "To The Skies" (3x23) at 2:23:57.
  74. See "Breaking and Entering..." (3x20) at 2:59:40.  Marisha asked if she can cast Feather Fall to slow Chetney's fall.
  75. See "Campaign 3 Episode 24" (3x24).[citation needed]
  76. See "In Too Deep" (3x14) at 3:47:30.
  77. See "The Draw of Destiny" (3x01) at 2:15:13.
  78. See "The Draw of Destiny" (3x01) at 1:55:44.
  79. See "The Shade Mother" (3x16) at 1:12:51.
  80. See "Trial by Firelight" (3x02) at 18:39.
  81. See "The Trail and the Toll" (3x03) at 1:49:57.
  82. See "Trial by Firelight" (3x02) at 1:25:06.
  83. See "Behind the Curtain" (3x07) at 28:09.
  84. See "4-Sided Dive: Silken Secrets" (4SDx01) at 19:35.
  85. See "The Draw of Destiny" (3x01) at 41:11.
  86. See "Trial by Firelight" (3x02) at 1:30:31.
  87. See "Trial by Firelight" (3x02) at 1:33:51.
  88. See "Growing Bonds and Teasing Threads" (3x06) at 27:51.
  89. See "Growing Bonds and Teasing Threads" (3x06) at 51:49.
  90. See "A Woodworker's Quandary" (3x08) at 0:27:20.
  91. See "The Shade Mother" (3x16) at 3:53:44.
  92. See "Heart-to-Heartmoor" (3x17) at 3:07:02.
  93. See "In Too Deep" (3x14) at 1:25:52.
  94. See "Trial by Firelight" (3x02) at 1:30:55.
  95. See "Growing Bonds and Teasing Threads" (3x06) at 0:56:50.

Art:

  1. Official art of Laudna, by Hannah Friederichs (source). 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. Official art of Laudna, by Hannah Friederichs (source). 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.
  3. Fan art of Laudna, by Nathaniel Himawan (ninesicks) (source). Used with permission.
  4. Fan art of Laudna in her youth, by @JustHustina (source). Used with permission.
  5. Fan art of Laudna and Pâté, by Linda Lithén (source). Used with permission.
  6. Fan art of Laudna's Form of Dread, by Hailey Collins (source). Used with permission.
  7. Screenshot of Vex's soon-to-be double in the Amazon show, by Titmouse from "Fate's Journey" (LVM1x05). 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.
  8. Fan art of Laudna, by Minttu Hynninen (source). Used with permission.
  9. Fan art of Laudna, by BlackSalander (source). Used with permission.
  10. Fan art of Laudna, by Amarantheia (source). Used with permission.
  11. Fan art of Laudna, by Rachel McEwan (source). Used with permission.
  12. Fan art of Laudna, by shalizeh7 (source). Used with permission.
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