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How could you ask me to do or be anything other than what I am?
– 
Poska[2]
[!h]

Poska is a human who leads a nameless criminal organization in Emon.[3] As an NPC in Exandria Unlimited, she is played by Aabria Iyengar.

Description

Appearance

Poska is a human with copper skin with symmetrical vitiligo and blue hair. She is first seen wearing a red leather duster.[4] She has a small sigil tattooed on the inside of her forearm.[5]

Personality

Poska displays resentment toward the wealthy of Emon, who are gentrifying the Upper Slums even more since the Chroma Conclave ruined the Cloudtop District decades earlier.[6]

Biography

Background

Exandria Unlimited

"The Nameless Ones" (E1x01)

The adventuring party that would later be called the Crown Keepers caught Poska etching a symbol on the door of the house they'd been staying in. Dariax Zaveon accosted her and asked her what was doing, so she claimed to be just a gardener. Upon further questioning, she eventually came clean and told them she thought the property was owned by the Cirrospects in the Cloudtop, rich gentrifiers.

She revealed to the party that she spoke for the Nameless Ones, a criminal organization picking up the pieces left behind after the war between the Clasp and the Myriad. They were planning on hitting the house, alongside several others, to deal with the gentrifying forces in the Upper Slums. Poska offered to keep this property off the hit list if the party did something for her: steal something "nice" and bring it to her warehouse on Darkwater Street. She also agreed to give them information and spending money. She told the party she didn't really care where they got if from but recommended the docks, then went upstairs to wait.

Later that day, when the party did not return, Poska found her warehouse in disarray. She noted the corpses, the fire, and most importantly the broken door and pried open safe where the party had stolen from her. She spoke into a sigil tattooed on her wrist, saying to burn it down. Upon her direction the penthouse in the Upper Slums was set on fire.

"The Oh No Plateau" (E1x02)

Dariax briefly saw Poska riding from Emon in the same direction the party was headed.

"A Glorious Return" (E1x03)

Poska caught the party as they were attempted to flee Emon and took control of their carriage. She told the party they have some things that belong to her: the Residuum and the Circlet of Barbed Vision. Dorian told her they gave them to Gilmore and she said she could kill Gilmore after she dealt with them.

The party frantically tried to come up with a plan of action, before Fearne Calloway suddenly cast a successful Charm Person on Poska. Fearne told Poska to step aside, as the party had important things to do. Poska got off the carriage and Fearne got out to talk to her. Poska called over the rest of the Nameless Ones and told them to stand down. Fearne told Poska that she could do whatever she wanted with Gilmore if he had the items she's looking for. Fearne kissed Poska on the cheek, got in the driver's seat and drove off. As they left, Dariax leaned out of the carriage and taunted Poska by waving the circlet at her, saying "Gotcha!". Poska screamed in frustration as Fearne picked up the pace.

"What Comes Next" (E1x08)

Poska sat in her office, feet on her desk, surrounded by unseen individuals. She announced that she thought the Nameless Ones could be different to the Clasp and the Myriad, but her generosity was exploited. She warned violence against the Crown Keepers should they ever return to Emon.

Relationships

Poska calls herself a "third party" in the criminal underworld of Emon.[7]

Character information

Notable Items

  • Dagger: A very aggressive-looking blade[8]
  • Two-inch blade: apparently useful for removing enchantments she placed.[9]

Abilities

The sigil on the inside of Poska's forearm allows her to speak to others across town.[10]

Appearances and mentions

Quotations

  • "We are the ones that are left, but we know better than to use names."[12]
  • "Who cares when people hurt the rich?"[13]
  • "All of those people back up at the Cloudtop that were too chickenshit to move back there after Thordak attacked thirty years ago, now they're buying a property down here, changing the infrastructure of a once lucrative area. […] That's what they do. They buy up property, kick out the people that lived here before, and by virtue of their aura, bring in things like increased guards, 'oversight'."[14]
  • "How could you ask me to do or be anything other than what I am?"[15]

Trivia

No, no, let our little friend here go, 'cause we need to have a conversation. See, you walked into my fine establishment, a stranger, spouting a lot of big words, heavy words, words with weight and gravity. Names like Myriad, like Clasp. Except we don't use those names anymore. Too messy. See, there's power in a name, but you knew that before you walked in. So were I to assume that that was boldness and not stupidity, I might be inclined to make you an offer. So here's the deal.

The upper-crustiest of Emon will be headed into the Temple District tomorrow, dressed in their finery and loaded for bear with their coin and gold in tribute for the Changebringer. But Lady Luck favors the bold, and we're going to use this little promenade of conspicuous consumption to liberate some coinage from the aristocracy. Mulberry, here, is our druid on the inside. Two weeks ago, she snuck into the stables of three noble houses and awakened their horses. So they are now as smart as us, loyal to us, and in on the plan for a 5% cut. We've also got a plant in with the musicians and the temple—What? No, not a literal plant. Like, a guy. We did this yesterday. You can't—not everything's about like leaves and shit.

Tomorrow, our man on the inside, once he sees our friendlies trotting into the square, will "accidentally" set off a firework, and our three sets of horses will spook in different directions, each running down a very narrow alley, and in the ensuing chaos, while they try to un-wedge themselves in reverse, we slide into the undercarriages, grab what we can, and get out. Real easy. No one gets seen, no one gets hurt, and one hour later we meet down at the docks to split our treasure, board some boats, lay low for a while. Make sense?

So, are you in? Or is the harbor going to float just a little bit higher tonight?
– 
Poska's monologue from Narrative Telephone
[!h]

References

Art:

  1. Fan art of Poska, by @hierothraxs (source). Used with permission.
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