Lythir VaSuun is a drow mage of the Xhorhas Empire. While leading an ambush against the Muck Men in the Ashkeeper Peaks, Lythir and his war party engaged in battle with the adventuring party known as the Mighty Nein. As an NPC, Lythir VaSuun is played by Matthew Mercer.

Fan art of Lythir VaSuun, by Kileigh Gallagher.[art 2]

Description

Appearance

Despite the disadvantage in numbers against both the Muck Men and the Mighty Nein, Lythir's use of dunamis to manipulate the battlefield provided a remarkably strong advantage, potentially honed over generations of beacon use.

Personality

Lythir is a loyal and nationalistic soldier of the Xhorhas Empire. In contrast to the "brave" Kryn soldiers, he sees the Dwendalian Empire as "filthy ilk".[1]

Biography

Background

"Xhorhas" (2x51)

Leading a Xhorhasian war band of gnolls, with an echo knight (Kryn warrior) escort, Lythir ambushed the Muck Men along the Ashkeeper Peaks. The Mighty Nein (hidden nearby) decided to enter the fray on the side of the Dwendalian scouts.

Caleb, Nott, and Fjord helped keep Lythir and the gnolls occupied, while Beau, Jester, Caduceus, and Yasha focused their attention on the echo knight on the other side of Caleb's Wall of Fire. Jester and Caduceus' Bless helped the party brave Lythir's Cloudkill and allowing their attacks to get through the Kryn's' high armor classes.

The Muck Men were almost all wiped out by the echo knight's swift blows and Lythir's spells, which altered the reality of the battlefield.

Having taken heavy damage, Lythir and the echo knight retreated. The death toll from the battle was eight Muck Men, five gnolls, and one Barlgura (summoned by Fjord with Summon Greater Demon). Although the Nein could still consider it a victory, the ramifications of two powerful Kryn soldiers escaping alive (who knew their descriptions) remained to be seen.

"The Favor" (2x56)

Lythir met the Mighty Nein again when they arrived at the Aurora Hold to seek payment from Lady Zethris Olios for dealing with a demonic incursion in Asarius (though the adventuring party failed to recognize the mage without his armor). He inspected the magic items brought by the Nein, confirming their claim to Lady Olios. He then removed a crystal from the Abyssal anchor to permanently deactivate it.

Lythir teleported along with the Mighty Nein to the Cathedral of the Bright Queen. During their audience with Leylas Kryn, Lythir identified the Mighty Nein as the group that had attacked him in the Ashkeeper Peaks, causing the Queen to call for the group's arrest.

"In Love and War" (2x57)

Lythir was present during the Mighty Nein's conversation with the Bright Queen about the history of the Luxon beacon. As they were leaving the chamber, Fjord taunted Lythir by insisting that there should be no hard feelings between them.[2]

Relationships

Leylas Kryn

Lythir showed Leylas Kryn ("The Bright Queen") all the honors and courtly manners she is owed as Empress of the Xhorhas Empire.

Zethris Olios

After the fight in the Ashkeeper Peaks, Lythir was reassigned to the court of Lady Olios in Asarius (possibly as a punishment for his failed ambush).

Character Information

Abilities

Unless otherwise noted, the following abilities are assumed from the standard Dungeons & Dragons materials:

Drow Abilities

  • Superior Darkvision
  • Sunlight Sensitivity
  • Drow Magic
    • Dancing Lights (cantrip)
    • Faerie Fire (spell)
    • Darkness (spell)
  • Drow Weapon Training

Wizard Abilities

  • Spellcasting (Intelligence-based ability)
  • Arcane Recovery
  • Arcane Tradition (Graviturgist)
    • Gravity Well
      • After affecting another creature with any spell effect, Lythir could use this ability to push the target 10 feet in any direction of his choice.[3]

Wizard Spells

Cantrips
1st-level
2nd-level
3rd-level
  • Counterspell[5]
4th-level
5th-level
6th-level

Other Abilities

Manifest Echo (bonus action)

Lythir summoned an echo of himself on his turn that was able to cast a spell simultaneously with Lythir.

Compress Gravity (spell)

This spell, cast via Lythir's shadowy echo, dealt force damage to Fjord and Caleb and halved their speed despite their successful Constitution saves.[10]

Vacuum Blast (spell)

Cast by Lythir himself, this spell dealt additional force damage. Fjord and Caleb succeeded, taking half damage. Kaulden failed, taking the full damage and getting pulled 20 feet into a vacuum-like hole, which tore his body to shreds.[11]

Notable Items

  • Kryn armor
  • Quarterstaff
  • Dagger
  • Spellbook

Quotations

Trivia

References

  1. See "The Favor" (2x56) at 2:46:28.
  2. See "In Love and War" (2x57) at 0:47:35.
  3. See "Xhorhas" (2x51) at 1:30:32.
  4. See "Xhorhas" (2x51) at 1:56:21.  Lythir's echo casts Compress Gravity, later renamed to Magnify Gravity in Explorer's Guide to Wildemount.
  5. See "Xhorhas" (2x51) at 1:24:55.  Lythir casts Counterspell.
  6. See "Xhorhas" (2x51) at 2:26:03.  Lythir casts Dimension Door.
  7. See "Xhorhas" (2x51) at 1:58:05.  Lythir casts Vacuum Blast, later renamed to Gravity Sinkhole in Explorer's Guide to Wildemount.
  8. See "Xhorhas" (2x51) at 1:27:45.  Lythir casts Cloudkill.
  9. See "Xhorhas" (2x51) at 1:11:06.  Lythir casts a spell consistent with the description of Gravity Fissure.
  10. See "Xhorhas" (2x51) at 1:56:25Compress Gravity is cast at 3rd level
  11. See "Xhorhas" (2x51) at 1:58:07.

Art:

  1. Fan art of Lythir, by Nikki Dawes (source).  Used with permission.
  2. Fan art of Lythir VaSuun, by Kileigh Gallagher (source).  Used with permission.
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