For episode 80 (chapter 6, episode 11), see Raishan (episode).

Raishan, the Diseased Deceiver, was an ancient green dragon and a member of the Chroma Conclave. As an NPC, Raishan was portrayed by Matthew Mercer.

Description[edit | edit source]

Appearance[edit | edit source]

Raishan, as an ancient green dragon, was able to take on the form of others. She had taken on the form of Seeker Assum, a dwarf named Larkin, and (for several years) a young human Fire Ashari girl.

Fan art of Raishan in human form, by Nguyen Minh Hieu.[art 2]

Her natural form was that of a green dragon. She had piercing green eyes, gnarled green scales and hide, and arrays of brilliantly white teeth. She was, however, much smaller than the other ancient members of the Chroma Conclave, due to the strange disease countered upon her by a druid half a century ago. Because of this ailment, her body was covered with festering pustule sores and gashes. However, this did not hinder her fighting ability. She was quite versed in Druidic magic and harnessed the poison from within her to do damage.

Personality[edit | edit source]

Until the rise of Vecna, Raishan was considered the greatest nemesis that Vox Machina had fought. Despite her illness making her physically weaker and smaller, her mind was perhaps the sharpest of the Chroma Conclave. She managed to deceive Vox Machina for some time as Seeker Assum, and concealed her underlying motives even after her identity was revealed. She was innately clever and charismatic, and managed to evade Vox Machina twice.

It was Raishan that brokered the idea that if all five chromatic dragons worked together, they could wipe out most of the controlling Kingdom of Tal'Dorei on the continent. The five together would also be powerful enough to wipe out the most immediate threat to the Conclave: Draconia. The result would be the Conclave members put in a position of power with no serious opposition.[11]

Raishan shares the general contempt of her chromatic brethren for "lesser" races. In her own words: "You act as though the laws of the anthill affect the foot that crushes it."[12] She displayed no regret for her part in the genocide against the Fire Ashari,[13] seeing them as little more than an annoying but minor obstacle in her mission to find a cure for her affliction.

Biography[edit | edit source]

Background[edit | edit source]

My home is south of here within the jungles of the Rifenmist Peninsula along the southern side of the Stormcrest. That is where I met the Cinder King nearly two decades ago. He encroached upon my territory. We battled then, an exhausting struggle over days. Thordak is keen of eye, however, and older than I. He held his assault. He saw me, and he saw my disease.

I was cursed a half-century ago, when I infiltrated and toppled a temple of Melora that was being built by a high druid for her roving peons. As I consumed her last follower, broke the druid upon her altar, she gave her dying breath to spite me. This sickness that she imparted was merely an inconvenience, but as the years wore on, it spread and worsened. I left my pursuits of base interests and began to obsess over a cure for this before it took me. I burned through servant after servant to find anything on such a disease. Everything failed. Everything. Thordak somehow noted and recognized my ailment. He said, 'You are unwell. A rare malady upon you. It will claim you, in time. However, I've traveled the world, I've gathered many secrets, and I know how to be rid of it. To burn it out of your system with a fire you will never find. I've done it before. I can burn away the worst of illnesses.'

Now, I am a creature that can pierce any lie by nature. I know in my heart that he spoke the truth that day, that dragon. When asked what he wanted in return, he said, 'Your servitude.' We made an agreement. He would return once he marked his domain. We discussed the terms. However, he did not return. I grew furious and sought answers only to find that he was brought low and sealed away by some assembled others, some fools from Emon. It took me years of seeking, but I found his whereabouts. I was not going to let my chance to strike away this bloody curse slip from me, so I met him on the fire plane. Over the years, I saw his swelling, his pained form. He spoke of plans, ideas for vengeance and domination, but he would not relinquish the secrets he promised me until I released him.

I proposed the Conclave. I assembled the others. I negotiated the agreements. I corrupted the binding stone. I prepared the Pyrah gate. I did everything! As time went on, Thordak's clarity muddled. It seemed his bindings, the power that he was absorbing, was beginning to drive him mad, so we did not have any more time. I needed to initiate the escape before he lost enough to forget our agreement, the means to even fulfill his side of the bargain. No Celestial Solstice as planned, but Winter's Crest would have to do. And with Thordak freed, the Conclave assembled, Tal'Dorei was razed, divided, and won.

But Thordak still withheld his words. He laughs at my requests. I see now that he does not mean to tell me, and never really did, as his mind began to go. He enjoys his seat of power over all of you, over me. I want him dead! I want to watch him be torn apart, I want to see his eyes go cold and in that very moment, I want to call his spirit back and bind his word to tell me how I can save myself. And then laugh at his misfortune as I tear what's left of him.

– 
Raishan tells her history.[14]
[!h]

Raishan was cursed half a century ago by a druid after Raishan had killed all the followers at a temple of Melora. The druid gave her last breath to "spite" Raishan. At first the sickness was merely an inconvenience to Raishan; however, it spread and worsened over the years. Raishan became obsessed with finding a cure but everything she tried failed.[15]

Thordak seemed to recognize the disease and offered to rid her of the illness in return for her servitude. They made an agreement to discuss the terms after Thordak returned from marking his domain. But he did not return.[16]

Raishan found out, after years of seeking, that Thordak had been bound to the Elemental Plane of Fire. When she met him there he spoke of plans for vengeance and dominance. He refused to reveal the cure for Raishan's disease until after she found a way to release him. Raishan proposed the Chroma Conclave and prepared everything for Thordak's escape.[17]

Disguised as a fifteen-year-old human girl, Raishan came to Pyrah about four years before the Chroma Conclave attacked Emon, where she joined the Fire Ashari. The leader of the Ashari, Cerkonos, noticed that she did not seem to mature like a normal human and saw that she possessed great power but he did not realize her true nature as a green dragon.[18]

Raishan was still with the Fire Ashari when Keyleth met with them for her Aramenté.[19] It was unclear if Vox Machina saw her humanoid form at that time.

Raishan planned to free Thordak from the fire plane at the Celestial Solstice. However, the power he was consuming from the heart stone had started driving him mad. Therefore, she decided to initiate the escape at Winter's Crest instead, as she feared Thordak would forget their deal if she waited any longer.[20]

Around the time of the Winter's Crest festival following the defeat of the Briarwoods, Raishan released Thordak by ripping open a rift to the Elemental Plane of Fire in the side of the volcano.[21] After Thordak was freed from the fire plane, Raishan realized that he had never meant to tell her the cure. She planned to kill him and then call back his spirit to tell her how to rid herself of the illness.[22][23]

"Omens" (1x39)[edit | edit source]

Fan art of the Chroma Conclave's assault on Emon in "Omens" (1x39), by Thomas Brin.[art 3]

Raishan encountered Vox Machina when she and the rest of the Chroma Conclave interrupted Sovereign Uriel Tal'Dorei III's abdication speech and laid waste to a large group of Tal'Dorei Council members and other political and economic elites in Emon. Uriel died from this attack, Gilmore was wounded, and some members of Vox Machina nearly died, as well.

Upon conquering Emon, Thordak, leader of the Chroma Conclave, ordered Raishan and Umbrasyl to their next objective; they obeyed and flew east.[24][25]

"Desperate Measures" (1x40)[edit | edit source]

The next day, after losing her connection to the teleportation sigils in Westruun[26], Lady Allura scryed across Tal'Dorei. She revealed to Vox Machina that eastern towns, including Westruun, had, indeed, been conquered, presumably by Raishan and Umbrasyl.[27]

"The Frigid Doom" (1x64)[edit | edit source]

For some time after the initial attack, Raishan seemed to disappear, with nobody seeing or hearing anything about her current activities. Shaun Gilmore explained to Vox Machina that attempts to scry Raishan's location had been hindered.[28]

"Passed Through Fire" (1x69)[edit | edit source]

Raishan finally reappeared in Whitestone, where she revealed to Vox Machina that she had taken the form of Assum Emring. She proposed an alliance of sorts with Vox Machina, saying that she wanted to take down the Cinder King, Thordak.[29]

"Trust" (1x70)[edit | edit source]

Raishan proposed an alliance, explaining that with circumstances as they were, she thought that Vox Machina had very little choice, much like her. When Vax asked about her motives, she revealed her history to the party.

"Vorugal" (1x71)[edit | edit source]

Raishan assisted Vox Machina during the battle against Vorugal. After Vex'ahlia dealt a fatal blow to the white dragon, Raishan flew down and tore Vorugal's throat out.

"The Coming Storm" (1x73)[edit | edit source]

"Clash at Daxio" (1x77)[edit | edit source]

"The Siege of Emon" (1x78)[edit | edit source]

"Thordak" (1x79)[edit | edit source]

Raishan assisted Vox Machina in the battle against Thordak. After the red dragon was slain, Raishan walked up to his corpse and began casting a spell from a scroll. Vax'ildan then attacked her, having been told by Keyleth not to let the green dragon touch Thordak's corpse. Raishan fled deeper into Thordak's lair. Vax, Vex, and Keyleth chased after her and entered a lava-filled cavern containing five strange crystalline dragon eggs. From her position at the ceiling of the cavern, Raishan cast Meteor Swarm and dealt some heavy damage to the half-elves.

"Raishan" (1x80)[edit | edit source]

The rest of Vox Machina and their allies made their way down into Thordak's lair to join the fight with Raishan. Scanlan used the flute given to him by J'mon Sa Ord and the brass dragon soon arrived to aid them. During the fight, Raishan dealt heavy damage to Vox Machina, forcing them to focus on healing each other rather than attacking her. Both Vex'ahlia and Scanlan were temporarily killed during the battle. When most of them were laying injured or unconscious on the ground, Raishan took the opportunity to escape, taking two of the dragon eggs with her and teleporting away with Thordak's corpse.

"What Lies Beneath the Surface" (1x81)[edit | edit source]

After Raishan's escape, Keyleth scryed on her and saw Raishan had fled to an island in the middle of an ocean. In the caverns underneath that island was a laboratory full of bookshelves. Within that laboratory, Keyleth saw Thordak's corpse, the two dragon eggs, and Raishan in the form of a humanoid woman with long green hair, furiously searching through the books then tossing them aside.[30]

"Deadly Echoes" (1x82)[edit | edit source]

Vox Machina infiltrated the island where Raishan was and eventually came upon the dragon still in her humanoid form and still looking through books such as Opash's notes.

"The Deceiver's Stand" (1x83)[edit | edit source]

Fan art of Kerrek landing a killing blow on Raishan, by Viktor Engholm.[art 4]

Vox Machina began their second battle against Raishan. Although the group had fully rested, so had the dragon, and she rained devastation down on the party with multiple powerful spells, including Meteor Swarm. During the battle, Raishan once again killed Scanlan. Keyleth managed to hit her with a successful Feeblemind spell, reducing the ancient dragon to a mindless beast and preventing her from using any more spells. Nevertheless, Raishan still managed to get another kill, this time gutting Percy. Shortly after, Raishan's life was brought to an end by a fierce hammer blow from Kerrek.

Relationships[edit | edit source]

Keyleth[edit | edit source]

Raishan:  "You act as though the laws of the anthill affect the foot that crushes it. You speak words of importance, but I've seen laws and people come and go, change, die, turn to dust, and rise again. People kill neighbor, families die from the inside and out. They say I'm diseased but look upon you, you insignificant creatures. You do more to your people than I've done in an entire lifetime."
Keyleth:  "That might be true. But at least that's the fate of our own consequences and our own doing. Not some outwardly force, forcing their repercussions on us. And, you should know, Raishan, I've stepped on plenty of anthills in my day. Those that don't die, revolt. And guess what? There are some pretty nasty stings from some ants out there. The strength of a colony is stronger than the individual of one great, diseased foot."
– 
[!h]

Fan art of Keyleth and Raishan, by Allison Huey.[art 5]

The relationship between Keyleth and Raishan is comparable to the rivalry between Percy and Ripley. But unlike Ripley, Raishan thought very little of Keyleth, considering her just another insect among many. She seemed to delight in taunting her over the destruction of the Fire Ashari and treating her like a child, which served to further enrage the druid. Keyleth later begrudgingly agreed to the alliance that Raishan had proposed to kill Thordak but she still reminded the dragon that the last thing she will see is Keyleth's face before she dies.[32]

In their last encounter, Keyleth spoke up against the dragon, keeping her anger in check and mentioning her hope that during her very long lifetime she does not become like her. She gave Raishan a chance to surrender and be brought to justice, a far cry from their first proper encounter in Whitestone weeks before.[33] Raishan refused the offer and instead attempted to kill or enslave them all,[34] but her overconfidence and arrogance became her undoing as Keyleth effectively neutralized her with Feeblemind, destroying her very identity and intellect.[35]

Thordak[edit | edit source]

Character Information[edit | edit source]

Abilities[edit | edit source]

  • 520 hit point maximum
  • +14 constitution save modifier[36]
  • +9 dexterity save modifier[37][38]

Spells[edit | edit source]

Cantrips[edit | edit source]
1st-level[edit | edit source]
2nd-level[edit | edit source]
  • Melf's Acid Arrow[40]
3rd-level[edit | edit source]
4th-level[edit | edit source]
5th-level[edit | edit source]
6th-level[edit | edit source]
7th-level[edit | edit source]
8th-level[edit | edit source]
  • Abi-Dalzim's Horrid Wilting[56]
9th-level[edit | edit source]

Notable Items[edit | edit source]

  • Unknown scroll; cast a spell that looked similar to Speak with Dead (used on Thordak's corpse[58])

Quotations[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Raishan can move her eyes independently from each other.[59]
  • As revealed by Matthew Mercer during the Fireside Chat, Raishan's plan had she not been interrupted was to obtain the cure from Thordak using an ancient, torturous version of Speak with Dead. She then would have left with Thordak's eggs and corpse (likely to reanimate it as a dracolich). She would have left Tal'Dorei and established a new lair on another continent (thus becoming a threat for the next campaign).[60]
  • Raishan was the third member of the Chroma Conclave encountered in person by Vox Machina (the first being Brimscythe, whom they slew before the Critical Role stream, and the second being Thordak, from whom they hid while in the Elemental Plane of Fire in "Aramente to Pyrah" (1x22)).
  • Raishan survived the episode that shares her name ("Raishan" (1x80)), whereas Umbrasyl, Vorugal, and Thordak were all killed in their respective episodes ("Umbrasyl" (1x55), "Vorugal" (1x71), and "Thordak" (1x79)).
  • Raishan caused more deaths among the members of Vox Machina than any other enemy. She was responsible for the deaths of Vex and Scanlan in "Raishan" (1x80), and of Percy and Scanlan (again) in "The Deceiver's Stand" (1x83).
  • Raishan is the only member of the Chroma Conclave who suffered a killing blow by a guest character (Kerrek); her four colleagues were killed by members of Vox Machina: Vax'ildan (Brimscythe and Thordak), Vex'ahlia (Vorugal), and Grog (Umbrasyl). 
  • It was during the battle with Raishan that Cabal's Ruin became exalted, after absorbing a Meteor Swarm spell cast by the Diseased Deceiver.[61]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Spelling of "Raishan" confirmed by Matthew Mercer on Twitter.
  2. See "Trust" (1x70) at 3:50:00.
  3. See "The Siege of Emon" (1x78) at 2:36:44.
  4. See "Raishan" (1x80) at 1:42:54.
  5. See "The Deceiver's Stand" (1x83) at 2:49:59.
  6. See "The Deceiver's Stand" (1x83) at 2:49:49.
  7. See "The Deceiver's Stand" (1x83) at 2:39:15.
  8. See "Raishan" (1x80) at 1:00:45.
  9. At the time of Raishan's death, her Intelligence and Charisma had both been reduced to 1 as a result of Keyleth's Feeblemind spell.  See "The Deceiver's Stand" (1x83).
  10. At the time of Raishan's death, her Intelligence and Charisma had both been reduced to 1 as a result of Keyleth's Feeblemind spell.  See "The Deceiver's Stand" (1x83).
  11. See "Talks Machina Fireside Special: Q&A with the Critical Role Cast" (Sx33) at 1:40:14.
  12. See "A Bard's Lament" (1x85) at 32:35.
  13. See from 1x70 through 19:53.
  14. See "Trust" (1x70) from 0:13:40 through 0:19:15.
  15. See "Trust" (1x70) from 14:30 through 15:23.
  16. See "Trust" (1x70) from 15:23 through 16:36.
  17. See "Trust" (1x70) from 16:36 through 17:32.
  18. See "The Family Business" (1x47) from 50:00 through 50:52.
  19. Matthew Mercer confirmed that Raishan would have been with the Fire Ashari during "Aramente to Pyrah" (1x22). (source)
  20. See "Trust" (1x70) from 17:20 through 18:14.
  21. See "The Family Business" (1x47) from 47:31 through 49:32.
  22. See "Trust" (1x70) from 18:14 through 19:00.
  23. See "Talks Machina Fireside Special: Q&A with the Critical Role Cast" (Sx33) at 1:50:15.
  24. See "Omens" (1x39) at 3:51:34.
  25. See "Desperate Measures" (1x40) at 1:13:18.
  26. See "Desperate Measures" (1x40) at 2:47:53.
  27. See "Desperate Measures" (1x40) at 2:47:53.
  28. See "The Frigid Doom" (1x64) at 0:29:05.
  29. See "Passed Through Fire" (1x69) from 2:44:20 through 2:49:17.
  30. See "What Lies Beneath the Surface" (1x81) from 1:46:15 through 1:49:06.
  31. See "The Deceiver's Stand" (1x83) from 32:35 through 33:55.
  32. See "Trust" (1x70) from 0:12:13 through 1:00:27.
  33. See "The Deceiver's Stand" (1x83) from 34:38 through 35:06.
  34. See "The Deceiver's Stand" (1x83) at 34:05.
  35. See "The Deceiver's Stand" (1x83) at 2:28:31.
  36. See "The Deceiver's Stand" (1x83) from 1:26:56 through 1:27:11.
  37. See "Raishan" (1x80) from 1:04:24 through 1:04:37.
  38. See "The Deceiver's Stand" (1x83) from 2:37:38 through 2:37:47.
  39. See "Trust" (1x70) at 0:47:49.
  40. See "Raishan" (1x80) at 2:18:38.
  41. See "Raishan" (1x80) at 0:52:52.
  42. See "Raishan" (1x80) from 1:44:29 through 1:45:46.
  43. See "Raishan" (1x80) at 1:43:34.
  44. See "Vorugal" (1x71) at 3:20:24.
  45. See "Vorugal" (1x71) at 3:20:07.
  46. See "Raishan" (1x80) at 0:17:23.
  47. See "Raishan" (1x80) at 2:12:56.
  48. See "The Coming Storm" (1x73) at 0:24:12.
  49. See "Raishan" (1x80) at 2:48:20.
  50. See "Vorugal" (1x71) at 2:59:16.
  51. See "Raishan" (1x80) at 1:43:34.
  52. See "The Deceiver's Stand" (1x83) at 1:45:45.
  53. See "Raishan" (1x80) at 1:36:43.
  54. See "The Coming Storm" (1x73) at 1:46:55.
  55. See "Vorugal" (1x71) at 4:42:29.
  56. See "Raishan" (1x80) from 0:59:43 through 1:01:27.
  57. See "Thordak" (1x79) at 4:13:22.
  58. See "Thordak" (1x79).[citation needed]
  59. See "Thordak" (1x79) at 4:03:00.
  60. See "Talks Machina Fireside Special: Q&A with the Critical Role Cast" (Sx33) at 1:50:15.
  61. See "The Deceiver's Stand" (1x83) from 1:35:32 through 1:36:47.

Art:

  1. Fan art of Raishan, by Joma Cueto (source).  Used with permission.
  2. Fan art of Raishan in human form, by Nguyen Minh Hieu (source).  Used with permission.
  3. Fan art of the Chroma Conclave's assault on Emon in "Omens" (1x39), by Thomas Brin (source).  Used with permission.
  4. Fan art of Kerrek landing a killing blow on Raishan, by Viktor Engholm (source).  Used with permission.
  5. Fan art of Keyleth and Raishan, by Allison Huey (source).  Used with permission.


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