Fy'ra Rai

Fy'ra Rai
Player character
Basic information
ActorAnjali Bhimani
RaceFire Genasi
ClassMonk (Way of the Four Elements)[1]
Biographical information
Full nameFy'ra Rai
Pronounsshe/her
LanguagesCommon, Primordial
Places
Family
Affiliations
Status
StatusAlive (as of 843 PD)
Mechanical information
Creature typeHumanoid
Level13
HP
110
AC
17
DC
17
Strength
21
Dexterity
18
Constitution
19
Intelligence
12
Wisdom
17
Charisma
16
Stats reference[4][5][6]
Appearances
First seen"A Glorious Return" (E1x03) [DM] / "By the Road" (E1x04) (Anjali)
Last seen"Bittersweet Reunions" (3x93)
Stream

Fy'ra Rai is a fire genasi monk and a member of the Crown Keepers. She is played by Anjali Bhimani.

Description[edit | edit source]

Official full-body portrait of Fy'ra Rai, by Hannah Friederichs.[art 3]

Appearance[edit | edit source]

Fy'ra Rai is tall and very dark-skinned, with gold sparkling on her arms and neck. She has fire for hair. When she first appears, she is wearing all black, including her tall boots. She carries a tall,[7] collapsible staff.[8]

She explained that her tattoos meant that someone who loved her wanted to shield her from pain, and instead inflict that pain on others who tried to hurt her.[9]

Personality[edit | edit source]

Fy'ra Rai always shows a calm and composed front, and fully believes in her purpose of guiding the group to complete their mission, whatever that may be. She gives great importance to following one's destiny, and relies on her "gift", which gives her hints about the present and future, often. She often gives the group instructions, but hides many things from them, such as their destination and the fact that she has met them before, during the week that the group forgot.[10] Fy'ra was deeply troubled by her sister's passing, which fueled her desire to protect others no matter what, even trying to control the situation they're in or what they do.[11]

As a fire genasi, Fy'ra Rai takes great pride in "being born from the Elemental Plane of Fire," giving her unwavering confidence. She is "a protector, a caretaker, and someone who used a very bad experience that she had as fuel for the rest of her life."[12]

Biography[edit | edit source]

Background[edit | edit source]

Fy'ra is not originally from the Material Plane, but born on the Elemental Plane of Fire.[13][12] She had been watching Crown Keepers for a "little bit" before they met, ready to intervene at any moment of need, but they surprised her with their resourcefulness.[14]

The parents gave both sisters the name Fy'ra, which means "fire", which is the first part of their names. With the second part of the name: one sister was named Rai for trust and another and was named Kai for warrior.[15]

Fy'ra mentioned that her mother was the one who gave her the magic. However, she also said that her mother was from Exandria.[16]

"By the Road" (E1x04)[edit | edit source]

While the at the time unnamed Crown Keepers were confronting an evil version of Fearne in the Verdant Expanse, Fy'ra revealed herself to the party and intervened. Fy'ra joined them in combat and landed the killing blow on the creature. After their fight and the arrival of Myr'atta Niselor, Fy'ra explained that she was summoned to protect the party. When Myr'atta looked into Opal's thoughts, Fy'ra put herself in between them and pulled Opal away. She accompanied the party back to their carriage, and on the way used her Gift to sense the intentions of Myr'atta and her people. She sensed that Myr'atta's companions were not a threat, but that Myr'atta herself had some kind of intent towards them.

Upon arriving at their flamboyant carriage, Fy'ra concluded that this method of transportation was a great way to get themselves killed. The party pointed out that they don't know anything about Fy'ra and she formally introduced herself to the group, explaining that although they did not know her, she knew them. She restated that she was here to protect them, and said that if her actions so far had not yet proved that to be true, she didn't know what would.

The party invited her to join them on their trek down to the ruins of Qoniira and she laughed, realizing why she had been sent to these people. Instead of explaining her statement, she hopped into the driver's seat of the cart and began leading them south.

The party then arrived in Byroden and while most of the party decided to partake in the Gem of Byroden pageant, Fy'ra elected not to. Instead, she and Orym watched from the crowd. When Orym was called to participate in Cinna Brightbow's axe-throwing during the talent contest, Fy'ra pushed her way to the front of the crowd to stop this from happening. She climbed onto the stage just as Cinna finished her performance and dragged Orym away. During Opal's turn in the evening wear portion of the competition, Fy'ra subtly cast flames around her, making her glow and sparkle.

Later that evening, as the festivities died down, Fy'ra befriended some of the city guards and joined them on their patrol, climbing the parapets. She took some satisfaction in knowing her friends were safe for the time being, but was worried for the difficulties that lay ahead.

"A Test of Worth" (E1x05)[edit | edit source]

Before leaving Byroden, Fy'ra warned the party that the Qoniiran ruins were special and would want to know what they wanted. They then continued their journey south.

That night, they made camp and Dorian and Dariax had a loud conversation about Dariax dreaming of The Spider Queen, waking the entire party, Fy'ra included. Fy'ra used her Gift, which told her to watch and wait, as important events were transpiring. She told the party of her deceased twin sister, Fy'ra Kai, whom she failed to protect.

Dorian told Fy'ra about the Circlet of Barbed Vision and that they were being pursued by Poska and the Nameless Ones. Fy'ra admitted that she had been following the party for some time, waiting to see if they needed her. Fearne offered to carry the circlet for a while, then suddenly, Dorian's nose began to bleed and his ears began to ring, which grew louder each time Fy'ra Rai approached him, or Fearne approached with the circlet. Spiders then began appearing on the party, and they agreed to put the circlet in the middle of the campsite and go back to sleep.

Dorian then dreamed of Fy'ra and the Spider Queen, and made a deal with the goddess resulting in her returning his memories of the past week to him. He remembered that Fy'ra traveled with them and they all entered a stopping-over place between Exandria and the Feywild together, where they fought. Fy'ra traded herself to let all of them leave, and she still retained her memories of this.

Fy'ra was still on watch when he awoke, and he looked towards her. She told him there was still time to sleep, so he rolled over but did not go back to sleep. Fy'ra told the jungle she thought it was time to "show them" and the vine in her hand burnt and withered away, which she interpreted as a dramatic agreement.

The party continued on their journey into the jungle and came across the ruins they had been seeking. As they approached, Fy'ra heard the voice of The Wildmother in her head, asking if the others of the party could see the truth or not. Fy'ra assured her they were good-hearted and would do the right thing. She watched as each member spoke to The Wildmother in turn, processing their reactions. As a giant fey crocodile approached the party, Fy'ra asked if they did so badly, to which The Wildmother said no.

After the fight, they continued deeper into the jungle at the Wildmother's urging, and discussed names for the party. At their terrible suggestions, Fy'ra teared up a little, and quietly mused that her sister would like them a lot.

"The Gift Among the Green" (E1x06)[edit | edit source]

Fy'ra lead the party to Niirdal-Poc and welcomed them to the city. At the gates, she gave a pass sign to the guards to be granted admittance and warned the party to be respectful of the city. She brought them to the home of her friend Elam Genar, who welcomed them in and cooked them a meal.

Fy'ra explained that the city was ruled by the four tetrarchs, and it had remained hidden in the jungle for uncountable years. She herself found her way to it with the aid of the Wildmother when she heard of her sister's death. Elam told them that Niirdal-Poc was once the capital of the five cities of the Qoniira Tetrarchy, but was now the only city remaining.

Fy'ra told Elam she wished to bring the party before the tetrarchs, and asked how things have been. Elam told her off ill omens and Tetrarch Umeji going to scout out the Iron Authority. After dinner, Fy'ra lead the party to the civic hall, where they met Tetrarch Thrascuur. During their conversations, Fy'ra started to panic, speculating that as a fire genasi, she was drawn to the party to protect them from the rising power of the fire. When Thrascuur asked her what she really wanted, it was to see her family again, and she saw a vision of her sister, alive, waiting for her far northwest of Emon.

When the rest of the party left the room, Fy'ra ran back and told the Tetrarch she feared one of the party was being drawn south for the wrong reasons. Thrascuur agreed, saying he was losing himself to a dangerous and terrible force.

The party were attacked in the city, and after fending off their attackers, Fy'ra Rai told the party she must go search for her sister and said her goodbyes. She then went to Dorian, took his head in her hands, and pulled their foreheads together. She told him that she knew something drove him to a terrible choice, making him think it was better to be alone. She urged him to stay with his new found family. He told her not to worry, he would do anything for his friends. She realized that they must do the next part alone, but when the time was right, she would return. With that, she moved on her way and was lost to darkness.

"Exandria Unlimited: Kymal, Part 1" (E2x01)[edit | edit source]

In the following year, Fy'ra Rai used all her resources to locate her sister Fy'ra Kai, but was unsuccessful. In mid-843 PD, she re-joined Dariax Zaveon, Opal, and Dorian in the crime-ridden casino town of Kymal for a heist on The Maiden's Wish casino. Fy'ra won 75 gp on a bet and decided to quit while she was ahead. Dariax, inspired by her success, made a huge bet and won 60 platinum. The group promptly decided to leave the gambling tables and head to the bar.

At the bar, Opal's pocket was picked and her Pearl of Power was stolen. She told Fy'ra about this, and together they chased down the pickpocket. Fy'ra caught him and learnt his name was Jinoir. She recovered the stolen pearl and also acquired some information: The Nameless Ones, including Poska, are in town and they're causing trouble for the casinos.

Fy'ra returned to the bar and tried to persuade the group to leave town, but they instead proposed a casino heist to gain enough money to pay off Cyrus's bounty. The party joined forces with their bartender, Morrighan Ferus, an accomplish casino thief in her own right, to plan a heist. The first step was getting the blueprints of the Maiden's Wish from the penthouse.

Morrighan attempted to steal the key to the penthouse from the owner Paedrov Krishtan while he was performing, but got caught by thr guards. Fy'ra quickly disguised herself as Tharla Starr to cause a distraction, allowing Morrighan to escape with the key. The two quickly left and rejoined the rest of the group at the penthouse. There, they fought some guards and a contingent of Nameless Ones, but were able to recover the necessary blueprints.

"Exandria Unlimited: Kymal, Part 2" (E2x02)[edit | edit source]

The party were preparing for the morning's heist in their hotel room, when Cyrus passed Fy'ra a note from Jinoir, asking her to meet him in the Chroma Dawn Spa. The party made their way there and she met with Jinoir in the Vorugal-themed cold water room. He informed her that the Nameless Ones caught him and forced him to join, but he was willing to work as an inside man. Additionally, he saw some of the lieutenants of the organization, and one of them was a fire genasi who looked a lot like her. Fy'ra used her Gift to confirm that this was her sister, Fy'ra Kai. Fy'ra told Jinoir to stay safe, paid him 2 gold, and left.

During the heist, Fy'ra elected not to disguise herself and instead to pretend to be her sister. Along the way, they met a Goliath member of the Nameless Ones, who recognized Fy'ra and mockingly informed her that Fy'ra Kai joined the group of her own volition and had never told anyone she had a sister. The party killed him, proceeded to the vault, emptied it of gold and made their getaway. As they left, Fy'ra Rai looked back towards the casino and saw her sister, watching her from the penthouse balcony. Fy'ra Kai met her eyes and grinned at her menacingly as the fights in the casino continued. Fy'ra Rai's tigerstone shattered.

Campaign 3: Bells Hells[edit | edit source]

Not long after the Apogee Solstice of 843 PD, Opal was possessed by the Spider Queen and attacked her friends from the Crown Keepers. Her first target was Fy'ra as the person she feared the most. Fy'ra believed the only way to truly stop this was to remove Opal's crown, but didn't pursued the potion, because the Wildmother declined to interfere with the Spider Queen, and instead simply attacked Opal with her lava whip. Deeper into the confrontation, Fy'ra started pick up a number of the Opal's memory gems remembering a recent time on the road together with Opal, when they talked about their struggles with Fy'ra Kai and with Ted and about Opal's transformation. Fy'ra gave Opal half of the tiger's eye gem she had.[17]

Fy'ra Rai offered her service to the Wildmother hoping to free Opal from the Spider Queen's influence, but the Wildmother couldn't, explaining that the gods agreed to abstain from interfering with each other's plans in the interest of stopping the shared threat (Predathos) and did not provide the terms of this promise. Fy'ra instead cast Fireball toward Opal, who was still hidden by Darkness cloud, but Opal Counterspelled the Fireball. Fy'ra told the Wildmother that she accepted the term, despite her lack of knowledge about their nature. The Wildemother then dispeled the Darkness. Shortly after Opal cast Mass Suggestion on Dariax and Dorian making them flee, she used the Telepathic Bond to tell Fy'ra to try to damage her as much as possible before fleeing, but Fy'ra refused and said she would either remove the circlet, or accompany Opal. Fy'ra grabbed the crown and found that she could pull it free, if she wanted, but she had a sense it would kill Opal. She asked Opal to make a decision. Opal told her to leave, but the two realized that, as long as the Wildmother and the Spider Queen were on the same side, they could remain together for now. The Spider Queen tried to get Fy'ra to leave, pointing out she needed to find Fy'ra Kai, but Fy'ra and Opal refused, and eventually the Spider Queen agreed to let them travel together.[18]

Relationships[edit | edit source]

She has known the adventuring party[19] since they met, and they fought together in a space between the Feywild and the Material Plane, though the rest of the party forgot that time.[20] She believes she is meant to protect them.[21]

She had a twin sister, Fy'ra Kai, whom she believed had died shortly after going off on an adventure.[2] Fy'ra Rai mentioned that a fight between her parents long ago reminded her of Fearne's creation of Little Mister from Emon's breach into the Elemental Plane of Fire.[12][22]

Character information[edit | edit source]

Notable items[edit | edit source]

Abilities[edit | edit source]

Genasi traits[edit | edit source]

  • Subrace: Fire Genasi
    • Darkvision (60 ft.)
    • Fire resistance[24]
    • Reach to the Blaze
      • Produce Flame cantrip
      • Burning Hands (1/Day)[25]

Monk abilities[edit | edit source]

  • Unarmored Defense
  • Martial Arts[26]
  • Ki (13 points)
  • Unarmored Movement
  • Monastic Tradition: Way of the Four Elements[27]
    • Disciple of the Elements
      • Elemental Attunement
      • Fist of Four Thunders[28]
      • Lava Whip,[29] likely a reskinned Water Whip
      • Flames of the Phoenix[30]
  • Extra Attack
  • Stunning Strike
  • Ki-Empowered Strikes
  • Evasion
  • Stillness of Mind
  • Purity of Body
  • Tongue of the Sun and Moon

Proficiencies[edit | edit source]

Proficiency Source Ref.
Acrobatics Background/Monk [31]
Insight Background/Monk [32]
Perception Background [33]

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

  • When creating Fy'ra Rai, Anjali "wanted her to be someone who was from somewhere far far away and wasn't really OF any place on Exandria… which is part of why her accent is a combination of several different ones from different lands". She gave Fy'ra Rai traits that she would hope to have in similar situations, and some of her own traits, but magnified.[34]
  • Because her sister is named "Fy'ra Kai", their family name is suggested to be "Fy'ra". Anjali confirmed that "Fy'ra Rai" is two names, but did not confirm whether "Fy'ra" is the family name. When asked how best to refer to the character using a single name, Anjali said she would personally choose "Fy'ra", not "Rai", but generally thinks of the character with her full name.[35]
  • In #RollForCharity live stream organized by Roll for Persuasion, Anjali played another fire genasi character who was vastly different from Fy'ra Rai "in every other way".[34]

Appearances and mentions[edit | edit source]

Quotations[edit | edit source]

  • "Not all family is blood. Much family is chosen."[36]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

External links[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Fy'ra decides against using Thunderwave, which can be cast by Four Elements monks using the Fist of Four Thunders elemental discipline. "The Gift Among the Green" (E1x06) at 3:03:45. See also the use of "Lava Whip" at 3:53:58.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "A Test of Worth" (E1x05) at 54:55.
  3. "The Gift Among the Green" (E1x06) at 1:18:50.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "By the Road" (E1x04) at 55:20.
  5. "Exandria Unlimited: Kymal, Part 1" (E2x01) at 12:47.
  6. "Broken Roads" (3x92) at 1:55:41.
  7. "By the Road" (E1x04) at 54:59.
  8. 8.0 8.1 "By the Road" (E1x04) at 2:50:37.
  9. "Exandria Unlimited: Kymal, Part 1" (E2x01) at 59:21.
  10. "A Test of Worth" (E1x05) at 1:26:09.
  11. "The Gift Among the Green" (E1x06) at 4:40:09.
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 Anjali Bhimani's interview.
  13. "Exandria Unlimited: Kymal, Part 1" (E2x01) at 59:09.
  14. "A Test of Worth" (E1x05) at 1:00:35.
  15. "Broken Roads" (3x92) at 3:45:34.
  16. "A Test of Worth" (E1x05) at 54:50.
  17. 17.0 17.1 "Broken Roads" (3x92).
  18. "Bittersweet Reunions" (3x93).
  19. "By the Road" (E1x04) at 2:51:00.
  20. "A Test of Worth" (E1x05) at 1:26:10.
  21. "A Test of Worth" (E1x05) at 53:29.
  22. "The Gift Among the Green" (E1x06) at 2:09:28. It's not entirely clear whether this is referring to the creation of the ashen plateau or the summoning of Little Mister.
  23. "Exandria Unlimited: Kymal, Part 1" (E2x01) at 3:14:33. To have a Strength score of 21, Fy'ra Rai must have a Belt of Hill Giant Strength. Anjali additionally mentions she is wearing a magical belt when asked if Fy'ra is wearing her items.
  24. "By the Road" (E1x04) at 1:26:06.
  25. "The Gift Among the Green" (E1x06) at 4:15:13.
  26. "By the Road" (E1x04) at 1:46:22.
  27. "The Gift Among the Green" (E1x06) at 3:03:45. See also 3:53:58.
  28. "The Gift Among the Green" (E1x06) at 3:03:45.
  29. "The Gift Among the Green" (E1x06) at 3:53:58.
  30. "Bittersweet Reunions" (3x93) at 1:06:04. Fy'ra Rai casts Fireball.
  31. "The Gift Among the Green" (E1x06) at 3:26:11. With +3 Dexterity modifier, Fy'ra Rai got 24 on her Acrobatics Check.
  32. "The Gift Among the Green" (E1x06) at 18:00. "Which one is it? Insight or perception? Oh, they're both the same."
  33. "Exandria Unlimited: Kymal, Part 1" (E2x01) at 1:31:50. Natural twenty plus 5 on perception.
  34. 34.0 34.1 Critical Role Newsletter (2021-07-22). Visit Tal'Dorei AND Get to Know Anjali! ✨. Archived on 2021-07-22.
  35. Anjali Bhimani (@sweeetanj) on Twitter: "Great question.... let me think on how best to answer that... For now, I WILL say I always think of her going by the full name as if it were one word, even though it's two. 😉" (July 26, 2021) — in reply to @higglety1: "Hey @sweeetanj I have a question! Can you clarify her name structure for me? Mentioning #ExUSpoilers her sister Fy'ra Kai leads me to believe Fy'ra is her family name, and Rai is her given name; is that accurate? When referring to her in conversation (or fanfic) is it acceptable". Anjali later added a second reply: "Given the option between the two words, I would definitely call her Fy'ra, not Rai. But again, I imagine the full name all the time... (Unless one of the party members decided to give her a nickname... god help us all)."
  36. "The Gift Among the Green" (E1x06) at 4:39:00.

Art:

  1. Official portrait in Exandria Unlimited: Kymal, by Hannah Friederichs (source). This file is a copyrighted work. Its use in this article is asserted to qualify as fair use of the material under United States copyright law.
  2. Official portrait in Exandria Unlimited, by Hannah Friederichs from "By the Road" (E1x04). This file is a copyrighted work. Its use in this article is asserted to qualify as fair use of the material under United States copyright law.
  3. Official full-body portrait of Fy'ra Rai, by Hannah Friederichs (source). This file is a copyrighted work. Its use in this article is asserted to qualify as fair use of the material under United States copyright law.