Yasha Nydoorin is a fallen aasimar barbarian. She is played by Ashley Johnson.
Appearance EditYasha Nydoorin is a tall, muscular woman with very, very pale skin. Her hair is black and fades to white as it reaches the tips. Her hair is matted, dreaded, and braided. Her clothes are slightly tattered and she is a bit of a mess. Yasha has heterochromia, with one eye being light greenish-blue and the other violet. She worships and wears a symbol of The Stormlord on her waist. When using her Necrotic Shroud, the parts of her hair that are white and her eyes both turn jet black.
Yasha is shown to be very socially awkward and will rarely speak unless spoken to. She is often blunt or abrupt when talking to strangers, and has shown to be uncomfortable and fidgety when too much attention is brought on her. She has said that she prefers not to travel in groups, but will not say why. She has shown a fear of small and enclosed spaces and gave this as the reason why she ran off in Episode One, not wanting to end up in a cell.
Yasha has a light Scandinavian accent.
Despite her savagery in combat (which has been described as a "cold, detatched rage"), Yasha is one of the kinder members of the Mighty Nein. She treats her fellows fairly and with compassion, speaking to them with patience and a general willingness to make them feel at ease despite her size and strength. She has a competitive streak, but also an interest in gentler hobbies, such as collecting flowers.
Yasha has proven quite adept at shaving people with her greatsword. Besides having shown great dexterity in shaving Caleb's beard, she also regularly shaves her own arms and has groomed women's bikini lines. Jester seemed interested in this service.
Yasha has strongly implied that, as a child, she had fought other children to the death
Yasha's tribe in Xhorhas gave its members names and designated mates. Yasha was given the name "Orphan Maker." She fell in love with and married Zuala, who was not her mate. The tribe killed Zuala, and Yasha ran away, after which she does not remember several months. The next moment she remembers is finding herself at an altar to The Stormlord, who has guided her since.
Yasha moved to the Dwendalian Empire from the southern part of Xhorhas midway through 834 P.D., where she joined The Fletching and Moondrop Traveling Carnival of Curiosities as security.
Yasha is a fallen aasimar. Fallen aasimar either turned to evil or were "touched by dark powers as a youth" that replaced their inner light with shadow; Yasha's descriptions and memories of Xhorhas imply the latter.
Ashley Johnson did not have a pre-stream session due to her work on Blindspot.
Chapter 9 Edit
Yasha tried to make a run for it after the incident at the Traveling Tent of Curiosities. However, she didn't make it far, and she was arrested by the Crownsguard.
She reunited with the rest of the party at their trial before the town's Lawmaster. After being acquitted of their charges, Yasha decided to remain in Trostenwald. She needed to converse with someone for unknown reasons. All she would reveal is that, while she was aware that she wasn't beholden to Gustav anymore, Gustav wasn't the only person she owed debts to. She promised to meet the rest of the party in Zadash at some point.
Chapter 10 Edit
"The Gentleman's Path" (2x19) Edit
In a fight with a raiding party of goblins and ogres, Yasha activated her Necrotic Shroud in front of the full Mighty Nein for the first time. Her eyes and hair turned fully black, and she sprouted skeletal, membranous wings from her back.
The other members of the Mighty Nein did not seem bothered by her transformation, but wondered after the fight if there was a deeper meaning to it. When Caleb asked her questions in Celestial, Yasha stated that she was "not exactly" an angel.
"Labenda Awaits" (2x20) Edit
"Divergent Paths" (2x25) Edit
In the middle of their first night on the road north of Hupperdook, Yasha, Fjord, and Jester were kidnapped by a group of humanoids led by a bald human. The three were manacled and caged on carts that took off into the night.
Chapter 11 Edit
"The Journey Home" (2x30) EditWhen she woke up from being captured by the Iron Shepherds at Molly's grave, she said "it happened again" before breaking down and eventually walking away with a promise to be back.
Chapter 12 Edit
"A Storm of Memories" (2x46) EditYasha had a vision from the Stormlord during a storm. Afterwards, a lightning creature only visible as such to Yasha attacked her, though she narrowly defeated it.
While recovering from the fight, Yasha shared some of her history with Caduceus and Jester. She explained her marriage to Zuala and the fallout from it, her memory lapse, and finding her way afterwards through the Stormlord.
Molly and Yasha seem to be well acquainted from working with the Carnival of Curiosities. Molly appears to have met Yasha when she joined the Carnival a few months ago.
Yasha knows about as much as Molly when it comes to Molly's past.
They are very close; when Molly kisses her forehead after he sees her in the bathhouse in Zadash, Yasha seems used to it and does not react. 
In the episode "Waste and Webs" after Mollymauk finishes the spider Yasha comes up to him and slaps his butt.
After waking up from her capture by the Iron Shepherds at Molly's grave, Yasha broke down. Jester and Beau offered her comfort, but she took on her necrotic shroud form and stormed off in the direction of a thunderstorm happening in the distance.
Yasha and Beau seem to be hitting it off very well. When Yasha asked Beauregard to hand Yasha all of her weapons she asked if she could keep her walking stick. Yasha declined but instead carried Beau to her seat. When they got there, Beau asked Yasha to hold her through the show. Yasha asked for several gold to do this but seemed to take the request as a compliment.
While Yasha does find Beau fascinating and attractive, at the moment she has no interest in any romantic relationships. 
Yasha and Jester, the strongest members of the party, have a growing camaraderie. When the two first met, Yasha took Jester's weapons with the promise she would return them. Jester responded by making Yasha "pinky swear," declaring that this made them "best friends."  Yasha later commented to Mollymauk that "Jester's adorable" and that she liked her. 
Jester seems keen on getting Yasha out of her shell. She goes to great lengths to get to know Yasha. During the night before Yasha disappears from the Mighty Nein for the third time, Jester sat beside Yasha and showed her her various drawings and even drew Yasha "lit up by the lightning" before going to sleep. 
Yasha greatly enjoys Frumpkin's company, often asking Caleb if she can hold him. When obliged, she will let him lay across her neck and shoulders.
Character Information Edit
Yasha hopes to return to Xhorhas and find Zuala's grave, in order to place the flowers she has been collecting there.
Notable Items Edit
Current Items Edit
- The Magician's Judge. A six-foot-long greatsword that was able to cast Dispel Magic either as part of an attack or as a separate spell. This sword had a wide blade and a hilt of a gold color with tiny runes inscribed along its edges. The hilt curled up to the side in sharp angles forming a sort of 'V' that flanked the blade. The blade itself being five-feet-long from the hilt, this weapon from the Age of Arcanum was an executioner's blade used to kill mages that went against the law of the land, were caught by the law and killed. Once wielded by a bounty hunter that came after Siff Duthar, this blade was mounted as a trophy when Siff, having lost his legs to the blade, slew the bounty hunter with fire.
- A book (with a four-leafed clover and Nott's flowers pressed between the pages)
- A rat in a cage received from Nott.
- Potion of ? Giant Strength
Former Items Edit
Aasimar Abilities Edit
- Celestial Resistance (resistant to radiant and necrotic damage)
- Healing Hands
- Light Bearer
- Subrace: Fallen
- Necrotic Shroud
Barbarian Abilities Edit
- Danger Sense
- Extra Attack
- Fast Movement
- Feral Instinct
- Primal Path: Path of the Zealot
- Reckless Attack
- Unarmored Defense
- "It's an extra five gold pieces. These arms are worth a lot." (To Beauregard during the Carnival)
- "Because I'm really fucking strong." (To Jester after she asked how she could be carrying all of the weapons before heading into the carnival)
- "Get the fuck out of my tent!" (To a zombified Enon Brinjay after dealing an attack)
- "I really think hygiene and cleanliness are important." (To Caleb, before shaving his face with the Magician's Judge)
- "I have so many flowers to bring her." (To Jester and Caduceus, when talking about wanting to visit Zuala's grave)
- "Sometimes I get nervous to get close to people because I feel that I just lose them. And then Molly... I feel like I'm either very unlucky or cursed. And I don't believe in luck."
- Yasha has the highest strength of all of The Mighty Nein.
- Due to Yasha's personality, Sam Riegel jokingly named her "Worst Hype Man Ever".
- Yasha killed the first monster in the campaign (the old man who became a husk), though she did not get a How do you want to do this?
- "Yasha" is a male name in Russian and Farsi. In Farsi, it means "to live", as in "to live forever". The name also refers to a spirit in Japanese folklore, which were vile devils in early Buddhism before eventually being incorporated into the pantheon of lawful deities.
- During a discussion about the game "Boulder, Parchment, Shears", Yasha claimed to "have a better version of that game." It can be assumed Xhorhasian Boulder, Parchment, Shears is more violent.
- Yasha is confirmed to be a worshipper of Kord, The Stormlord. She has stated that she is an extremely devout follower of him and will do anything he asks her to do.
- Ashley has stated Yasha's height is around 5'11'', which is shorter than Fjord.
- It was implied in episode 19 that Yasha had never seen grass before leaving Xhorhas; she confirmed this in "A Storm of Memories" (2x46), where she noted that Xhorhas has almost no plant life. As a result, she didn't see bees until "A Storm of Memories" (2x46).
- Before having attended the Harvest Close Festival in Zadash in 835 PD, Yasha had never had a candied apple.
- Yasha stated that her favorite dinner was cooked rat and that she liked how the dark meat would fall off the bone.
External Links Edit
- ↑ See "Talks Machina #57: 'Steam and Conversation'" (TMx57).
- ↑ https://critrole.com/members/ashley-johnson/
- ↑ See "Talks Machina #49: 'Curious Beginnings'" (TMx49).
- ↑ See "A Favor in Kind" (2x16) at 2:26:03.
- ↑ See "A Storm of Memories" (2x46). Yasha tells some of her life story.
- ↑ See "Whispers of War" (2x18) at 1:24:20. Yasha states while talking to Trent Ikithon during the conclusion of the Victory Pit tournment that she had left Xhorhas only around 8 months previously.
- ↑ See "Fleeting Memories" (2x14) at 1:17:22.
- ↑ See "Talks Machina #64: 'A Favor in Kind'" (TMx64). Ashley revealed that Yasha is a Fallen Aasimar during After Dark.
- ↑ See D&D: Volo's Guide to Monsters, 5th ed., available online at D&D Beyond.
- ↑ See "Whispers of War" (2x18). Yasha describes the rulers of Xhorhas as evil, noting her disdain for them.
- ↑ See "A Storm of Memories" (2x46). Yasha sees a vision of a demonic figure praising her work as "Orphan Maker."
- ↑ See "A Storm of Memories" (2x46). Yasha notes that she "looked different" when she regained awareness at an altar to the Stormlord.
- ↑ See "Talks Machina #62: 'Fleeting Memories'" (TMx62) from 47:46 through 48:06.
- ↑ See "Steam and Conversation" (2x09) from 2:27:25 through 2:27:34.
- ↑ See "Talks Machina #57: 'Steam and Conversation'" (TMx57) from 1:16:21 through 1:18:15.
- ↑ See "Curious Beginnings" (2x01) at 1:56:23.
- ↑ See "Curious Beginnings" (2x01) at 2:03:37.
- ↑ See "Zemnian Nights" (2x11) at 16:10.
- ↑ See "A Favor in Kind" (2x16) from 1:21:27 through 1:23:00. Caleb identifies the greatsword and Yasha takes it.
- ↑ See "Where The River Goes" (2x15) from 3:27:29 through 3:27:57.
- ↑ See "Where The River Goes" (2x15) at 3:29:00.
- ↑ See "A Favor in Kind" (2x16) at 1:23:01.
- ↑ See "A Favor in Kind" (2x16) from 1:23:10 through 1:23:20.
- ↑ See "Where The River Goes" (2x15) from 3:34:03 through 3:35:09.
- ↑ See "A Favor in Kind" (2x16) at 1:23:50.
- ↑ See "Harvest Close" (2x17) at 1:13:59.
- ↑ See "Fleeting Memories" (2x14) at 1:28:33.
- ↑ See "A Favor in Kind" (2x16) at 3:30:27. Pumat Sol was willing to buy the sword off of her for 30gp stating that the enchantment was fairly common. Hearing that she had spent all of her money to get it, out of pity he gave her 40gp for it.
- ↑ See "A Favor in Kind" (2x16) at 33:38. Yasha reduces a creature's speed to 0 with an attack of opportunity, consistent with the Sentinel feat.
- ↑ See "Waste and Webs" (2x10) at 2:33:23. Yasha uses Healing Hands on herself to regain hit points.
- ↑ See "Where The River Goes" (2x15) at 34:37. Yasha casts the Light cantrip.
- ↑ See "The Gentleman's Path" (2x19) from 2:41:45 through 2:43:28. Yasha uses Necrotic Shroud
- ↑ See "Where The River Goes" (2x15) at 28:38. Ashley mentions Yasha's Danger Sense.
- ↑ See "The Gentleman's Path" (2x19) at 3:05:30. Yasha makes two attacks with the attack action, consistent with the Barbarian Extra Attack.
- ↑ See "A Storm of Memories" (2x46). Ashley notes that Yasha has advantage on initiative, consistent with Feral Instinct.
- ↑ See "A Favor in Kind" (2x16) at 0:59:00.
- ↑ See "Where The River Goes" (2x15) from 1:52:25 through 1:53:48. Yasha uses Divine Fury to deal necrotic damage.
- ↑ See "A Favor in Kind" (2x16) at 59:05. Matt mentions that Yasha has Warrior of the Gods.
- ↑ See "Curious Beginnings" (2x01) at 2:44:46. Yasha goes into a Rage.
- ↑ See "Disparate Pieces" (2x04) at 1:33:06.
- ↑ See "Steam and Conversation" (2x09) from 2:43:27 through 2:43:49.
- ↑ See "Talks Machina #64: 'A Favor in Kind'" (TMx64).
- ↑ See "Harvest Close" (2x17) at 2:57:11. Ashley clarified Yasha's base height, which was doubled when Caleb cast Enlarge on her in the Victory Pit.
- ↑ See "A Storm of Memories" (2x46).
- ↑ See "Harvest Close" (2x17) at 0:54:20.
- ↑ See "Harvest Close" (2x17) at 1:13:28.
- ↑ See "Harvest Close" (2x17) at 1:13:58.
- ↑ Official 2018 portrait of Yasha, by Ari (source). Used with permission.
- ↑ Official full body portrait of Yasha, by Ari (source). Used with permission.
- ↑ Fan art of Yasha, by Carolina Abrantes (source). Used with permission.
- ↑ Fan art of Yasha, by Rammaru (source). Used with permission.
- ↑ Fan art of Yasha's necrotic shroud transformation, by Elaine Tipping (source). Used with permission.
- ↑ Fan art of Yasha's reaction to Molly's death, by BlackSalander (source). Used with permission.
- ↑ Fan art of Yasha battling the lightning creature, by BlackSalander (source). Used with permission.
- ↑ Fan art of Yasha, by Joma Cueto (source). Used with permission.
- ↑ Fan art of Yasha, by OrcBarbies (source). Used with permission.
- ↑ Fan art of Yasha, by Joanna Johnen (source). Used with permission.
- ↑ Fan art of Yasha, by Atutcha (source). Used with permission.