Osysa

Osysa
Non-player character
Screenshot of Osysa from "The Trials of Vasselheim" (LVM2x02).[art 1]
Basic information
Actor
RaceSphinx (gynosphinx)
Biographical information
Full nameOsysa[1]
Pronounsshe/her
Age"Hundreds of years" (Campaign 1; 810 PD)[2]
PlacesVasselheim
PartnerKamaljiori
Affiliations
Status
StatusAlive (in 811 PD)
Mechanical information
Creature typeMonstrosity
Appearances
First seen"Aramente to Pyrah" (1x22)
Last seen"Return to Vasselheim" (1x43)
StreamCampaign 1 (2 episodes)

Osysa (pronounced: oh-SEE-sah) is a gynosphinx residing beneath the Slayer's Take guildhall in Vasselheim.

As an NPC in Critical Role, Osysa is played by Matthew Mercer. In The Legend of Vox Machina, Osysa is portrayed by Alanna Ubach.

Description[edit | edit source]

Screenshot of Osysa from "The Trials of Vasselheim" (LVM2x02).[art 2]

Appearance[edit | edit source]

Osysa has a large, leonine body, feathered griffin-like wings, and a female humanoid face. Her hair and mane is light blond, and her glowing blue eyes have no pupils. She adorns her neck and shoulders with golden jewelry.[3][4]

Personality[edit | edit source]

Osysa is honest and forthright, although her personality is overwhelmingly forceful.[5] Although her power to scry upon nearly anywhere in the world were bestowed upon her at great personal cost, she gladly makes this sacrifice for the greater good.[6] She appreciates jokes and wishes she heard them more often.[7]

Biography[edit | edit source]

Background[edit | edit source]

Osysa has been the keeper of the temple to Ioun within the cavern beneath the guildhall for hundreds of years, scrying via a heart glass in the altar with which Ioun extends her vision to "watch the world." This allows her to locate the guild's quarry, determine the viability of their contracts, and watch over her mate, Kamaljiori.[8] Her clairvoyance pierces through planes, becoming easier to block the farther it extends. While apparently possible, she states that a prior attempt to peer into the Abyss was a "dire mistake."[9]

"Aramente to Pyrah" (1x22)[edit | edit source]

When Vox Machina proved their competence, Vanessa showed them the way below the Slayer's Take guildhall in Vasselheim. There lay a sealed chamber with a ziggurat-like platform in the center, a place devoted to the Knowing Mistress.[10] Osysa, the keeper of this holy place, greeted Vox Machina, inducted them into the Slayer's Take, and gave them each the brand of the guild.

"Return to Vasselheim" (1x43)[edit | edit source]

Vanessa again brought Vox Machina, along with Kashaw Vesh and Zahra Hydris, before Osysa when they returned to the Slayer's Take to ask for aid against the Chroma Conclave. She became a vessel channeling Ioun's knowledge, her eyes flashing with a blue light, and informed them of the existence of the Vestiges of the Divergence, ancient and powerful artifacts from the Calamity.[11] She offered that her mate, who resided "south of the Frostweald," would be able to aid them further in seeking the Vestiges, but indicated that it was in her nature to challenge them by not giving any further information on his whereabouts.

Osysa reprimanded Vex'ahlia for mentioning Vecna within Ioun's temple. After Vex and Percival explained what they knew of Vecna, Osysa scried upon Whitestone and noted that the ziggurats were not of Vecna's construction, but rather that he stole them.

Osysa also scried on the destruction of Draconia at the hands of the Chroma Conclave.[12]

Abilities[edit | edit source]

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

Osysa's design in The Legend of Vox Machina went through various iterations incorporating different amounts of fur and mechanical elements. Supervising director Sung Jin Ahn said that they ultimately chose a more mechanical design because the Titmouse team was unsure they could render fur in the 3D CGI.[15]

Appearances and mentions[edit | edit source]

Quotations[edit | edit source]

Osysa: I have been keeper of this temple for hundreds of years--
Tiberius: You don't look a day over 20!
Osysa: Interesting. Humor does not find its way to my chambers often enough these days.
Tiberius: That's unfortunate.
Osysa: I appreciate your candor, dragonborn.[16]

Concept art for The Legend of Vox Machina[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. This is the spelling in the official transcript. "Aramente to Pyrah" (1x22) at 21:35.
  2. "Aramente to Pyrah" (1x22) at 23:56. "I have been "keeper of this temple for hundreds of years"
  3. "Aramente to Pyrah" (1x22) at 22:10.
  4. "Return to Vasselheim" (1x43) at 23:45. Her jewelry is described as golden.
  5. "Aramente to Pyrah" (1x22) at 26:43. "She appears to be forthright and honest. There is a force of personality to her that speaks beyond any sort of mortal you've encountered, and even the extraplanar entities you've discussed with, there seems to be a forthrightness in her speech."
  6. "Aramente to Pyrah" (1x22) at 28:05.
  7. "Aramente to Pyrah" (1x22) at 24:22. "Interesting. Humor does not find its way to my chambers often enough these days."
  8. "Aramente to Pyrah" (1x22) from 27:20 through 28:04.
  9. "Aramente to Pyrah" (1x22) at 28:42.
  10. "Aramente to Pyrah" (1x22) at 17:41.
  11. "Return to Vasselheim" (1x43) at 27:25.
  12. Osysa scried the floating islands of Draconia crashing. "Return to Vasselheim" (1x43) at 37:08.
  13. "Return to Vasselheim" (1x43) at 35:51.
  14. "Aramente to Pyrah" (1x22) at 30:16. "A gynosphinx is a feminine sphinx entity that specializes in being able to peer past lies, to peer past magical veils."
  15. "The Legend of Vox Machina, Season 2: Episods 1-3 Watch Party" at 1:30:50 (subscription required).
  16. "Aramente to Pyrah" (1x22) at 23:56.

Art:

  1. Screenshot of Osysa from "The Trials of Vasselheim" (LVM2x02). 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. Screenshot of Osysa from "The Trials of Vasselheim" (LVM2x02). 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. Concept art of Osysa with mechanical and organic features, shown at the first watch party, by Phil Bourassa (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.
  4. Concept art of Osysa with animal-like body, shown at the first watch party, by Phil Bourassa (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.
  5. Concept art of Osysa with different mane variants, shown at the first watch party, by Phil Bourassa (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.
  6. Concept art of Osysa, shown at the first watch party, by Phil Bourassa (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.