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Cardinal Respa is a priestess in the temple of Pelor in Rexxentrum, and a follower of the Angel of Irons. As an NPC, Respa is played by Matthew Mercer.

Fan art of Cardinal Respa, by Kileigh Gallagher.[art 2]



Respa is an older woman in elaborate red, gold, and white robes, her grey hair pulled up tightly behind her head.




Respa was a Cardinal in the Chantry of the Dawn, the cathedral of Pelor in Rexxentrum. At some point she had become a devout follower of the Angel of Irons in the same cult as Vence Nuthaleus.

"The Threads Converge" (2x85)

Cardinal Respa met with Vence in the Chantry of the Dawn. He gave her a satchel containing several scrolls taken from the vaults of Vasselheim, and an Abyssal Anchor. She was able to see Jester's Scrying sensor and flew into a fury at Vence as the Scry abruptly ended.

"The Cathedral" (2x86)

Cardinal Respa led several cultists in a prayer of worship for the Angel of Irons and hoping for its release. During this sermon she was attacked by the Mighty Nein. She fought alongside demons against the Nein and when the fight started to go against her favour she contacted Obann to ask for assistance. She kept fighting until Nott shot an arrow into her neck, causing her to die skewered standing to the wall behind her.


Vence Nuthaleus

From what little Jester was able to see, Respa and Vence seemed businesslike up until Respa realized Vence had failed a saving throw against Scrying, after which she began berating him.

Cultists of the Angel of Irons

Respa burned one of the cultists attending her sermons with Firestorm without caring.

Acolytes of the Dawnfather

It is inferred that Respa poisoned all acolytes who were genuinely loyal to Pelor the morning before Obann's attempt to break one of the chains holding Tharizdun in place.

Character Information

Cardinal Respa is at least a 13th-level spellcaster, as she casts a 7th-level spell. Based on the spells she casts,[5] her high wisdom,[6] and her position, she is almost certainly a cleric.

In "The Threads Converge" (2x85) she is able to see an invisible sensor created by Scrying,[7] but she does not notice it immediately, and it is not explained whether she used a spell like See Invisibility[8] or a magic item like a Lantern of Revealing[9] to do so.



3rd Level

7th Level

Notable Items



  • Beau and Jester commented that Respa's hair appeared frizzy with bad breakage.


  1. See "The Cathedral" (2x86) at 1:06:53.  In order to cast 7th-level spells, Respa must be at least level 13
  2. See "The Cathedral" (2x86) at 1:22:31.  19 just hits.
  3. See "The Cathedral" (2x86) at 1:08:47.  A saving throw of 17 fails to meet her DC.
  4. See "The Cathedral" (2x86) at 1:08:47.  DC≥18, which requires +5 WIS at +5 proficiency, the minimum for a ≥13th level spellcaster
  5. Respa casts Thaumaturgy.  See "The Cathedral" (2x86) at 48:30.
  6. See "The Threads Converge" (2x85) at 1:12:41.
  7. See "The Threads Converge" (2x85) at 4:25:28.
  8. DDB.png See Invisibility on D&D Beyond
  9. DDB.png Lantern of Revealing on D&D Beyond
  10. Respa casts Thaumaturgy.  See "The Cathedral" (2x86) at 48:30.
  11. See "The Threads Converge" (2x85) at 4:25:28.
  12. See "The Cathedral" (2x86) at 1:06:53.


  1. Fan art of Cardinal Respa, by Callum Lyall (source). Used with permission.
  2. Fan art of Cardinal Respa, by Kileigh Gallagher (source). Used with permission.