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Opal is a human warlock who appeared in Exandria Unlimited. She is played by Aimee Carrero.

Description

Appearance

Official full-body portrait of Opal, by Hannah Friederichs.[art 1]

Opal has iridescent hair, which she puts in a half-up 'do, and is very attentive to her makeup. She wears a pink sateen cropped jacket and has a rose-gold necklace with a pendant containing a small opal.[11]

Personality

Biography

Background

Opal is from Byroden.[12] There she became skilled with a rope; by her own reckoning, tying things up is all she was good at.[13] She has a twin sister named Ted[14] and has a dad[15] and grandmother.[16] She has previously been crowned "Miss Byroden."[17]

Opal had never seen the ocean until her adventuring party visited the Port of Emon and saw the Ozmit Sea in 842 PD.[18]

Exandria Unlimited

Fan art of Opal preparing to knock out a tied-up, charmed Arthur with an Eldritch Blast, by BlackSalander.[art 2]

Relationships

Opal has a twin sister, Ted, to whom she sometimes speaks out loud though they are apart. She feels close to Ted, though they made different decisions in life.[19] Ted is the source of Opal's magical power,[20][21] and she is watching Opal from a low, dark place[22] beside and within Opal.[23] After a confrontation with Ted while Opal was unconscious, she saw Ted in a new light but resented her for not having her own life.[24]

Character information

Notable Items

  • Iridescent daggers[25]
  • Vicious Whip[26]
  • Spell Gem (Amber)[27]

Abilities

Warlock Abilities

  • Otherworldly Patron: Hexblade
    • Hexblade's Curse[28]
  • Pact Boon: Pact of the Tome[29]

Warlock Spells

Cantrips
1st Level
2nd Level

Quotes

  • "Food! Food? They're not getting back to me."[37]
  • "No last name, no stage name needed."[38]
  • (Trying to express "change the channel" in setting-appropriate terms:) "I'm going to turn the papyrus, Ted!"[39]
  • "Go away, ash!"[40]
  • "I can't be alone."[41]

Behind the scenes

Aimee stated that her first question when creating Opal was "What's the Exandria equivalent of Laredo, TX?" She described Opal as "an amalgamation of many incredible women" ranging from celebrities to friends who grew up in Laredo. She highlighted stories of her friends participating in local Las Marthas debutante balls, a tradition she found interesting and described as part of Mexican-American and immigrant efforts to assimilate. Off these stories, she said, "Opal needed to be from a place like this: flashy, a little curious, and full of rich culture." Through discussions with Matt, Aabria, and other members of the creative team, it was ultimately decided Byroden was such a place.[42]

The intent with Opal was to tell a coming-of-age story, and her flawed and at times "unlikeable" character was intentionally developed as part of that. In remarks about "By the Road" (Ex04), which features an emotional argument between Opal and Ted, Aimee said that she wanted their relationship to explore "2 very different people, connected forever, with 2 really valid (and opposing) core wounds" and felt that "they can't ever seem to give what the other needs".[43]

Her Pinterest image board of visual inspiration for Opal included Dolly Parton, Jennifer Lopez, 1984 Miss America pageant winner Vanessa Williams, Goldie Hawn as she appeared on Laugh-In, and the character Cher Horowitz of Clueless.[44]

Trivia

  • Opal got the first "HDYWTDT" of Exandria Unlimited when fighting the shadowy assassins in "The Nameless Ones" (Ex01).[45]
  • Aimee described Opal as being the Exandria equivalent of Latina.[46]
  • Opal is right-handed.[47]

References

  1. See "The Nameless Ones" (Ex01) at 25:05.
  2. Twitter icon.png Aimee Carrero (@aimeecarrero) on Twitter: "For those asking, Opal is human ❤️‍🔥⚔️ #ExUSpoilers" (2021-06-25).
  3. See "The Nameless Ones" (Ex01) at 3:26:35.
  4. Twitter icon.png Aimee Carrero (@aimeecarrero) on Twitter: "She's def 18 or 19 but I'm just saying I kept my dress" (2021-07-13) — in reply to @STUNNlNGSTRIKE: "wait how old is opal??"
  5. Opal left when she was 18, and had been gone for about a year.  See "By the Road" (Ex04) at 3:00:31.  See also 2:57:30.
  6. See Critical Recap: Exandria Unlimited E1 "The Nameless Ones" at CritRole.com.
  7. See "The Nameless Ones" (Ex01) at 28:01.
  8. See "The Nameless Ones" (Ex01) at 33:43.
  9. See "The Oh No Plateau" (Ex02) at 1:27:37.
  10. See "By the Road" (Ex04).
  11. See "The Nameless Ones" (Ex01) from 25:16 through 26:34.
  12. See "The Nameless Ones" (Ex01) at 1:55:24.
  13. See "The Oh No Plateau" (Ex02) at 48:24.
  14. See "The Nameless Ones" (Ex01) at 28:01.
  15. See "The Oh No Plateau" (Ex02) at 1:27:37.
  16. See "The Nameless Ones" (Ex01) at 33:43.
  17. See "A Test of Worth" (Ex05).[citation needed]
  18. See "The Nameless Ones" (Ex01) at 1:55:24.
  19. See "The Nameless Ones" (Ex01) at 27:34.  See also 3:41:36.
  20. See "The Nameless Ones" (Ex01) at 27:34.  See also 3:41:36.
  21. See "The Oh No Plateau" (Ex02) at 1:28:41.
  22. See "The Oh No Plateau" (Ex02) at 3:56:50.
  23. See "By the Road" (Ex04) at 4:24:48.
  24. See "By the Road" (Ex04) at 2:38:18.
  25. See "The Nameless Ones" (Ex01) at 1:11:42.
  26. See "A Glorious Return" (Ex03) at 2:41:51.
  27. See "A Glorious Return" (Ex03) at 2:48:11.
  28. See "The Nameless Ones" (Ex01) at 3:26:35.
  29. See "A Test of Worth" (Ex05).[citation needed]  Opal casts Druidcraft, which is otherwise not a warlock spell.
  30. See "The Nameless Ones" (Ex01) at 3:25:50.
  31. See "The Oh No Plateau" (Ex02) at 3:17:04.
  32. See "A Test of Worth" (Ex05).[citation needed]
  33. See "The Oh No Plateau" (Ex02) at 18:20.
  34. See "The Nameless Ones" (Ex01) at 3:21:54.
  35. See "The Nameless Ones" (Ex01) at 3:15:12.
  36. See "A Test of Worth" (Ex05).[citation needed]
  37. See "The Nameless Ones" (Ex01) at 31:41.
  38. See "The Oh No Plateau" (Ex02) at 1:25.
  39. See "The Oh No Plateau" (Ex02) at 1:27:58.
  40. See "The Oh No Plateau" (Ex02) at 2:32:22.
  41. See "The Oh No Plateau" (Ex02) at 2:37:47.
  42. Twitter icon.png Aimee Carrero (@aimeecarrero) on Twitter: "Byroden! 🥧👑 #ExUSpoilers My first question when creating Opal was: "What's the Exandria equivalent of Laredo, TX?" Opal is an amalgamation of many incredible women (celebs & ppl I know). Specifically, friends who grew up in Laredo.⁣" (2021-07-19). This is the first tweet of a thread discussing Byroden in Opal's backstory and the inspiration of Laredo, Texas.
  43. Twitter icon.png Aimee Carrero (@aimeecarrero) on Twitter: "Ep. 4 thread 👇🏽 #ExandriaUnlimitedSpoilers ⁣First, some h/mu close-ups + bts⁣" (2021-07-16). This is the first tweet of a thread discussing the intended arc of Opal's story and her relationship with Ted.
  44. Twitter icon.png Aimee Carrero (@aimeecarrero) on Twitter: "From my ✨Opal✨ Pinterest board 😂⁣" (2021-06-28).
  45. See "The Nameless Ones" (Ex01) at 3:39:19.
  46. Twitter icon.png Aimee Carrero (@aimeecarrero) on Twitter: "Oh she’s def whatever exandria’s version of Latina is ✨" (2021-06-28).
  47. See "By the Road" (Ex04) at 1:30:20.

Art:

  1. Official full-body portrait of Opal, by Hannah Friederichs (source).  Permission needed.
  2. Fan art of Opal preparing to knock out a tied-up, charmed Arthur with an Eldritch Blast, by BlackSalander (source).  Used with permission.