J'mon Sa Ord

J'mon Sa Ord
Non-player character
Basic information
ActorMatthew Mercer
RaceBrass dragon
Biographical information
Full nameJ'mon Sa Ord[1]
Also known as
  • Devo'ssa[4]
  • The Soul of the Jeweled City
LanguagesCommon, Draconic,[presumed] Marquesian[7]
PlacesAnk'Harel, Marquet
Mechanical information
Creature typeDragon
AlignmentLawful Neutral[8]
Level10 or higher[9]
297 or higher
Stats reference[10]
First seen"The Streets of Ank'Harel" (1x65)
Last seen"The Chapter Closes" (1x115)
StreamCampaign 1 (10 episodes)

J'mon Sa Ord, the Soul of the Jeweled City, is the ruler of Ank'Harel, the central city in Marquet, since its founding. Their true form is that of an ancient brass dragon, Devo'ssa. As an NPC, J'mon Sa Ord is played by Matthew Mercer.

Description[edit | edit source]

Appearance[edit | edit source]

In their humanoid disguise, J'mon Sa Ord is a slender, humanoid entity, androgynous and beautiful. Their skin is a deep-set reddish brown, smooth and impeccable. Their features are extremely fine and delicate. Their eyes have black sclerae and pupils that burn like molten metal. J'mon is almost as tall as Grog and has elongated limbs. Their overall appearance is somewhat alien, not quite matching that of a man, elf, or fey. J'mon does not wear any jewelry, ceremonial adornments, or crown. They just wear a simple brown cotton shirt over simple elegant pants. They don't wear any shoes, preferring to leave their feet bare.[11]

In their true form, Devo'ssa is a massive brass dragon. The golden scales on their wings and tail tip shift to green in the sunlight. Their appearance is beautiful and frightening at the same time, although there is almost a smile and benevolence to their presence. The dragon's eyes are the same as those in their humanoid form: black sclerae with molten pupils.[12]

Personality[edit | edit source]

J'mon is known to not appear in public very often.[13] They get lonely in the tower.[14]

Biography[edit | edit source]

Before Campaign 1[edit | edit source]

When Ank'Harel began to expand, it fell into chaos, and many wished to abuse, swindle, and enslave those who lived within the central desert. According to the tales, about four hundred years before 811 PD, an individual referred to as J'mon Sa Ord brought the city together. They started the Hand of Ord, the peacekeepers that helped guide the town of Ank'Harel on its path to becoming a grand city.[15][13]

Centuries before 811 PD, prior to Thordak growing into an especially large and elementally corrupted ancient dragon, Devo'ssa faced him,[16] his feral armies of kobolds, and the rest of his serpentine followers[17] in the battle for Ank'Harel. They managed to defeat Thordak, cutting his heart out and watching him sink beneath the ocean.[16]

Campaign 1: Vox Machina[edit | edit source]

Arc 3: The Chroma Conclave[edit | edit source]

Upon their first meeting, J'mon recognized Vox Machina as the heroes of Tal'Dorei and put them to the test against a Cobalt Golem. As they successfully defeated the golem by pushing it off a balcony, J'mon awarded them with a brass flute that would summon the guardian of the city, a massive brass dragon called Devo'ssa which they revealed to be their true form.[18]

J'mon Sa Ord was summoned by Scanlan Shorthalt via the flute they had previously given Vox Machina. The brass dragon assisted the party in their battle against Raishan.[19] While they had expected to fight Thordak, they still participated in this battle, but unfortunately did not prevent Raishan from escaping.[20] In the aftermath of the battle against Raishan, J'mon Sa Ord was one of the first (along with Shaun Gilmore, Pike Trickfoot, and Lady Kima of Vord) to witness as Scanlan prepared to take a third of the suude that Jarett procured for him. They did not stop him (though Pike attempted to), but did not seem to approve. However, rather than watching the brief talk between Scanlan and Pike about what the drugs were, they had a conversation with Gilmore in Marquesian, as Gilmore expressed interest in speaking with the ruler of his country of origin. This conversation however, was interrupted by Kima asking them to help with a perimeter search which they did participate in. Later, they (also with Kima and Gilmore) watched a conversation between Keyleth, Vax'ildan, and Kerrek about the day's events and their future plans, with a remark on "[t]he drama of such short lives."[21] Vex'ahlia stated that they could leave their tower away from more mortal lives, however J'mon made it clear that they felt a strong need to remain in Ank'Harel to protect the city. J'mon Sa Ord then wished luck to Vox Machina, and before they flew away towards their home city, gave some advice on how they should fight Raishan.[22]

Arc 5: Vecna[edit | edit source]

J'mon Sa Ord brought the Hand of Ord and their warriors to Vasselheim to help protect the city from the newly reconstituted Vecna, noting that the clouds had even darkened the desert skies in Marquet.[23] While the leaders of the defense of the city were gathered in the Platinum Sanctuary, an illusion of Vecna appeared and began threatening the less-protected loved ones of the most formidable figures present. The threat he directed at the "great protector" of Ank'Harel was to note that while J'mon was away, their "studious concubines are left without their guard."[24]

After J'mon teleported northwest with Vox Machina to the Zenwick Mountains, where they discovered the Primordial earth titan had been reanimated and was marching toward Vasselheim, bearing a city of Thar Amphala. J'mon took on their brass dragon form and flew Vox Machina back toward the titan, following the craters marking the titan's stride.[25] As they approached the titan, the party was attacked by gloomstalkers, but the dragon dropped off the adventurers at an entrance into the titan and cast Mass Cure Wounds to help them on their way.[26]

Vox Machina briefly saw J'mon in the form of Devo'ssa flying over the magical barrier encasing Thar Amphala. They were struck by a blast of energy fired from the barrier, but quickly recovered from the hit and flew out of sight.[27] After successfully deactivating the barrier surrounding the city, hundreds of gloomstalkers began to converge on the party's location, but they were intercepted by Devo'ssa alongside all the wyvern-riders of Vasselheim. The following aerial battle provided Vox Machina with a chance to run for Entropis.[28]

During Vox Machina's final confrontation with Vecna, Devo'ssa flew in to aid them, threatening the lich and unleashing a torrent of flame in his direction.[29] Vecna declared that Devo'ssa's presence made him uncomfortable, and trapped them in a Forcecage. This effectively nullified them for the rest of the fight, as they were unable to escape it on their own.[30] As soon as Vecna was banished, the Forcecage containing J'mon dissipated. They apologized to Vox Machina for not being very helpful, and offered them a ride down into Vasselheim, which the party accepted. They accompanied Vox Machina to the Platinum Sanctuary, assuming their humanoid form, and were present for the conversations and speeches that took place therein.[31]

Campaign 3: Bells Hells[edit | edit source]

Shortly after the apogee solstice in 843 PD, J'mon Sa Ord briefly visited Jrusar to meet with the Chandei Quorum and, possibly, to facilitate the alliance with the Stratos Throne against the threat at the Tishtan excavation site.[32]

Relationships[edit | edit source]

Thordak[edit | edit source]

Devo'ssa has a history with Thordak, having fought off the red dragon when he attacked Ank'Harel. Many years later, J'mon promised to help Vox Machina in their battle against the Cinder King, offering them a magic flute which they could use to summon the brass dragon to their side.

Character information[edit | edit source]

Notable items[edit | edit source]

Abilities[edit | edit source]

Brass dragon abilities[edit | edit source]

Devo'ssa has abilities usual for brass dragons, including the abilities to Change Shape,[36] exhale Breath Weapon,[37] use Legendary Actions,[38] and utilize a Legendary Resistance.[39]

Spells[edit | edit source]

Spell Level Notes Ref.
Invisibility 2nd [40]
Mass Cure Wounds 5th [41]

Appearances and mentions[edit | edit source]

Quotations[edit | edit source]

  • Percival de Rolo "Your technology is impressive, your craftsmanship beyond anything I have ever seen, and there is nothing more pleasing than a monarch with a sense of humor. Bless you."
    J'mon: "My patience for your honeyed words grows thin."[42]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Official spelling of "J'mon Sa Ord" confirmed by Matthew Mercer on Twitter.
  2. Confirmed on Twitter by Matt
  3. "The Streets of Ank'Harel" (1x65) at 2:15:01. Also "The Streets of Ank'Harel" (1x65) at 3:58:15.
  4. @CritRoleStats on Twitter confirmed with Matthew Mercer that the correct spelling is "Devo'ssa". (source)
  5. "A Traveler's Gamble" (1x66) from 3:18:52 through 3:19:05. Headmaster James Kryon refers to J'mon Sa Ord as "Soul of the Jeweled City."
  6. "A Traveler's Gamble" (1x66) at 16:15.
  7. "What Lies Beneath the Surface" (1x81) at 31:15.
  8. Call of the Netherdeep, Chapter 4: "The Jewel of Hope", p. 84.
  9. In one day, J'mon cast Invisibility on themselves and three other creatures, meaning she cast it using her 5th level slot, and cast Mass Cure Wounds, a 5th level spell, which makes at least 10th level spell caster.
  10. Ancient Brass Dragon on D&D Beyond
  11. "The Streets of Ank'Harel" (1x65) at 4:10:06.
  12. "A Traveler's Gamble" (1x66) from 1:23:22 through 1:24:31.
  13. 13.0 13.1 "The Streets of Ank'Harel" (1x65) at 1:03:18.
  14. "The Deceiver's Stand" (1x83) at 53:45.
  15. "Echoes of the Past" (1x38) from 2:24:19 through 2:28:25.
  16. 16.0 16.1 "A Traveler's Gamble" (1x66) at 14:48.
  17. "A Traveler's Gamble" (1x66) at 20:19.
  18. "The Streets of Ank'Harel" (1x65) and "A Traveler's Gamble" (1x66).
  19. "Raishan" (1x80) at 1:21:11.
  20. "Raishan" (1x80) at 2:48:54.
  21. "What Lies Beneath the Surface" (1x81) at 51:10.
  22. "What Lies Beneath the Surface" (1x81) at 53:45.
  23. "The Ominous March" (1x109) at 1:23:13. See also 1:28:52 and 2:15:16.
  24. "The Ominous March" (1x109) from 2:09:17 through 2:11:17.
  25. "The Ominous March" (1x109) at 2:52:05.
  26. "The Ominous March" (1x109) from 2:52:05 through 3:37:51.
  27. "Dark Dealings" (1x112) at 1:25:47.
  28. "The Final Ascent" (1x113) at 3:10:51.
  29. "Vecna, the Ascended" (1x114) at 1:39:37.
  30. "Vecna, the Ascended" (1x114) at 2:29:29.
  31. "The Chapter Closes" (1x115) at 1:09:16.
  32. "A Path of Vengeance" (3x65) at 1:35:13.
  33. "A Traveler's Gamble" (1x66) at 1:21:58.
  34. "Raishan" (1x80) at 1:21:44.
  35. Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting, p. 111.
  36. "A Traveler's Gamble" (1x66) at 1:23:06. J'mon changes into their true form, Devo'ssa.
  37. "Raishan" (1x80) at 1:51:56.
  38. "Raishan" (1x80) at 2:31:38.
  39. "Raishan" (1x80) at 2:05:58.
  40. "The Ominous March" (1x109) at 3:20:07. J'mon and Scanlan both cast Invisibility on the party.
  41. "The Ominous March" (1x109) at 3:37:13.
  42. "A Traveler's Gamble" (1x66) at 1:31:30.
  43. "Echoes of the Past" (1x38) at 2:25:09.
  44. "A Traveler's Gamble" (1x66) at 2:10:35.
  45. "The Nameless Ones" (E1x01) at 6:00.