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Lyra is a human wizard, a member of the Slayer's Take guild in Vasselheim, and an ally of Vox Machina. She is played by Felicia Day.



...she is dressed in a nice blouse, her just-past-shoulder-length, somewhat curly hair, is kept as much as a frazzled woman would keep. A large pair of glasses adorn the front of her face, and she definitely is not who you were expecting to be considered leading this group into its journey.
Matthew Mercer's description of Lyra's physical appearance[2]


Physically and socially awkward, naïve to the grave danger of a slayer's life, and lacking practical combat experience, Lyra was a curious choice for leading the party on such a perilous contract as slaying an adult white dragon. Nevertheless, she tenuously attempted to make leadership decisions and was ultimately essential to her party's success in slaying Rimefang.[3]



Lyra's membership to the Slayer's Take was described as "a technicality", and she was regarded as an unproven member of the guild. Upon meeting Vox Machina, she claimed that her biggest kill to date was a worg that was threatening Aldor, another member of the guild and her crush.[4]

Lyra's parents are deceased, but her welfare was ensured with a trust fund[5] and her Uncle Randy in Vasselheim took her in. He is a trade ambassador and owns several warehouses within the city. Lyra stated that she was originally from Vasselheim, but studied "the wizardly arts" in Emon.[6] Despite this, she had not heard of Vox Machina prior to their introduction.

"Trial of the Take: Part 1" (1x18)[]

Lyra - Linda Lithén

Fan art of Lyra, by Linda Lithén.[art 2]

Lyra was appointed as a team leader for half of Vox Machina (Vex, Grog, Percy, and Scanlan) and one other applicant: Zahra Hydris. They were contracted to slay an adult white dragon and harvest its body parts within three days. Vanessa Cyndrial involved Lyra in this contract, ostensibly to test her abilities. Lyra was excited to get an opportunity to do so. The team learned of the rumored location of such a dragon, and set off on the Glasswalk Road toward its last known position. Along the way, Lyra helped fend off attacks from a mostly orcish raiding party and a pair of frost giants before reaching the dragon's lair.

"Trial of the Take: Part 2" (1x19)[]

Lyra cast Legend Lore as they neared the dragon's lair, learning its name was Rimefang and that the Slayer's Take had sent a more experienced party after it before, which had failed. She helped Vox Machina and Zahra in the battle against Rimefang, being frozen unconscious by its frost breath immediately before Zahra dealt the killing blow. Scanlan, disguised as Aldor, used a potion to heal her and they embraced passionately before she saw through the disguise due to his height. The party then gathered the necessary ingredients from Rimefang's body, completing their contract.

For every dragon part, the party was paid, in total earning them 9,000 gold. Lyra turned down her part of the share but was joyful to prove her worth to the Slayer's Take guild. She asked Vanessa about her reasoning for sending them on such a difficult mission, and Vanessa admitted that based on Vox Machina's confidence, she expected that they would either shamefully flee, get themselves killed and remove themselves as a problem, or actually succeed, considering the latter the best-case scenario. Vanessa then took Lyra aside to talk to her woman-to-woman about her conclusion for the best way to woo Aldor.[7]



Throughout her adventure with Vox Machina, Lyra made frequent reference to Aldor and her amorous and unrequited feelings toward him. Her party members, including Zahra, attempted to persuade Lyra that she should forget about Aldor and expand her romantic horizons.

Scanlan Shorthalt[]

Scanlan was often flirtatious and duplicitous toward Lyra. He went so far as to assume the form of her beloved, Aldor, after she was revived from the dragon fight.[8] Lyra also states that she considers Scanlan a friend, and that he helped her realize that Aldor may not love her because she is not experienced enough sexually.

Character Information[]


Notable items[]

  • Transmuter's Stone


Wizard Abilities[]

  • Arcane Recovery
  • Arcane Tradition: School of Transmutation
    • Minor Alchemy
    • Shapechanger
    • Transmutation Savant
    • Transmuter's Stone
  • Ritual Casting
  • Spellcasting (Intelligence-based ability)

Wizard spells[]

Lyra - Lady Rossë

Fan art of Lyra, by Lady Rossë.[art 3]

Lyra has a spell that would allow her to know the Giant language, but it's not clear whether that is Tongues or merely Comprehend Languages.[9]


  • Fire Bolt[10]
  • Friends




  • Locate Creature
  • Polymorph[13]
  • Stoneskin[14]



Appearances and mentions[]


Lyra:  "(running into the room) Oh my gosh I'm so sorry I'm late, I'm so sorry–" (trips, spilling papaya onto the floor) "Oh my gosh, that is disappointing. That is just disappointing. Oh my gosh, you are so impressive, how lovely. Mertin, I brought you some papaya. I'm sorry. It's all over the floor right now. I– you know what, I will go get a broom, I'll clean it up right now–"
Mertin:  "No, no, don’t worry about it, I insist–"
Lyra:  "Somebody might slip–"
Mertin:  "Stay. With your group. We have important business to discuss. I appreciate the papaya."
Grog:  (under his breath) "She's the leader?"
Lyra:  "Well I just wanted to– this is my group. Yay! So nice to meet all of you." (to Grog) "You are large." (to Scanlan) "You are not." (to Vex) "You are so pretty."
Vex'ahlia:  "Oh, you are too."
Lyra:  (to Zahra Hydris) "Oh my gosh, I've heard about her, she is something."
Vex'ahlia:  "She is... yeah."
Lyra:  "Anyway. Nice to meet you, nice to meet you, nice to meet you."
Lyra's first impressions of Vox Machina.[19]
Well, I just want to thank you. Thank you, Vanessa. Thank you for entrusting me with this group. I have been reading up a lot, lately. I'm very excited to (as if reciting) "use the commanding presence of a guild leader," and prove my membership of the guild.
Lyra:  "Listen, missy. I am a leader of this, and the fact that you pulled out a spell and did not say– and it is just– it's just not even the way I want to conduct my team. So. You. If you're going to use underhanded tactics you need to clear them with me first because I am the leader."
Zahra:  "My spellcasting is actually overhand, but..."
Lyra:  "Wha–?"
Zahra:  "I understand. And I shall keep that in mind, and I do apologize."
Lyra:  "Really?"
Zahra:  "Yes, I apologize very deeply. Very, very sincerely."
Lyra:  "I was just a leader! I did it."
Percy:  "Oh, well done!"
Lyra:  "Yay! We're going to have a great journey!"
Lyra putting Zahra Hydris "in her place."[21]
Can I use a Fire Bolt? That would be good, a Fire Bolt. [...] Is that okay? I mean, I'm the leader. I'm going to say I'm going to.
Lyra asserting her role as the leader.[22]


  • As of June 2022, Lyra holds the record for the lowest dexterity score of any player character to appear on Critical Role.
  • Lyra shares the highest intelligence stat of any player character with Percy, Caleb, and Lillith Daturai.
  • In the Critical Role Major Arcana Tarot Card Set, she represents III - The Empress.


  1. Lyra's stat card was shown onscreen. Her spell DC was calculated from the D&D Player's Handbook, 5th ed., p. 114, and does not account for potential DC-modifying items or blessings.  See "Trial of the Take: Part 2" (1x19) at 0:20:00.
  2. See "Trial of the Take: Part 1" (1x18) from 25:24 through 25:44.
  3. See "Trial of the Take: Part 2" (1x19).
  4. See "Trial of the Take: Part 1" (1x18) at 42:45.
  5. See "Trial of the Take: Part 1" (1x18) at 2:42:05.
  6. See "Trial of the Take: Part 1" (1x18) at 29:07.
  7. See "Trial of the Take: Part 2" (1x19) at 3:46:24.
  8. See "Trial of the Take: Part 2" (1x19) at 3:26:23.
  9. See "Trial of the Take: Part 2" (1x19) at 1:21:54.
  10. See "Trial of the Take: Part 2" (1x19) at 1:02:45.  Lyra casts Fire Bolt.
  11. See "Trial of the Take: Part 2" (1x19) at 1:22:07.
  12. See "Trial of the Take: Part 2" (1x19) at 3:17:02.  Lyra casts Fireball.
  13. Transmutation wizards automatically gain Polymorph at 10th level if they don't already have it in their spellbooks. See D&D: Player's Handbook, 5th ed., p. 119, available online at D&D Beyond.
  14. See "Trial of the Take: Part 2" (1x19) at 1:18:20.  Lyra casts Stoneskin.
  15. See "Trial of the Take: Part 2" (1x19) at 2:40:59.  Lyra casts Hold Monster.
  16. See "Trial of the Take: Part 2" (1x19) at 0:51:35.  Lyra casts Legend Lore.
  17. See "Trial of the Take: Part 1" (1x18) at 2:02:08.  Lyra casts Chain Lightning.
  18. See "Trial of the Take: Part 2" (1x19) at 0:19:51.  Lyra casts Disintegrate.
  19. See "Trial of the Take: Part 1" (1x18) from 24:31 through 25:17.
  20. See "Trial of the Take: Part 1" (1x18) from 31:06 through 31:29.
  21. See "Trial of the Take: Part 1" (1x18) from 1:07:22 through 1:07:58.
  22. See "Trial of the Take: Part 2" (1x19) from 1:02:45 through 1:02:59.


  1. Official portrait of Lyra, by Kit Buss (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. Fan art of Lyra, by Linda Lithén (source). Used with permission.
  3. Fan art of Lyra, by Lady Rossë (source). Used with permission.