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Yasha is a fallen aasimar barbarian. She is played by Ashley Johnson.

Description Edit

Appearance Edit

Yasha 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.

Personality Edit

Yasha is very socially awkward, She is often blunt or abrupt when talking to people, and has shown to be very uncomfortable in social situations. She has said that- for a currently unknown reason- she prefers not to travel in groups. She has shown a distaste for small or enclosed spaces- she gave this for the reason she ran off in Episode One, not wanting to end up in a cell.

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 traditionally feminine 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 body and has groomed women's bikini lines. Jester seemed interested in this service.

Biography Edit

Background Edit

Yasha came to the Dwendalian Empire from the southern part of Xhorhas, when midway through 834 P.D. she joined The Fletching and Moondrop Traveling Carnival of Curiosities as security.[2]

Yasha is a fallen aasimar[3], meaning she either turned to evil willingly or was "touched by evil forces" during her youth.[4]

Pre-Stream Edit

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.

Yasha reunited with the Mighty Nein in Zadash when they visited a bathhouse. She helped them kill a phase spider before leaving during a storm.

Chapter 10 Edit

"The Gentleman's Path" (10x07) Edit

Yasha necrotic shroud

Fan art of Yasha's necrotic shroud transformation, by Elaine Tipping.[art 2]

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" (10x08) Edit

Relationships Edit

Mollymauk Tealeaf Edit

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.[5]

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. [6]

Beauregard Edit

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. [7]

Jester Edit

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." [8] Yasha later commented to Mollymauk that "Jester's adorable" and that she liked her. [9]

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. [10]

Frumpkin Edit

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

Notable Items Edit

Current Items Edit

  • 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.[11] This sword had a wide blade and a hilt of a gold color with tiny runes inscribed along its edges.[12][13] The hilt curled up to the side in sharp angles forming a sort of 'V' that flanked the blade.[14] 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.[15] 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, slain the bounty hunter in fire.[16][17]
  • A book (with a four-leafed clover and Nott's flowers pressed between the pages)
  • A rat in a cage received from Nott.[18]

Former Items Edit

  • A freshly-purchased moon-touched greatsword that was taller than Nott[19]. Sold to Pumat Sol.[20]

Abilities Edit

Feats Edit

Aasimar Abilities Edit

  • Celestial Resistance (resistant to radiant and necrotic damage)
  • Darkvision
  • Healing Hands[22]
  • Light Bearer[23]
  • Subrace: Fallen[3]
    • Necrotic Shroud[24]

Barbarian Abilities Edit

  • Danger Sense[25]
  • Extra Attack[26]
  • Fast Movement
  • Primal Path: Path of the Zealot[27]
    • Divine Fury (necrotic damage)[28]
    • Warrior of the Gods[29]
  • Rage[30]
  • Reckless Attack
  • Unarmored Defense

Quotations Edit

  • "I really think hygiene and cleanliness are important." (To Caleb, before shaving his face with the Magician's Judge)
  • "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)

Trivia Edit

  • 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 zombie), though she did not get a How do you want to do this?
  • "Yasha" is a male name in Russian and Iranian. In Iranian, 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.
  • 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.[31]
  • Ashley has stated Yasha's height is around 5'11'', which is shorter that Fjord.[32]
  • It was implied in episode 19 that Yasha had never seen grass before leaving Xhorhas.
  • Ashley's biography for the Force Grey event during the "Stream of Many Eyes" listed Yasha's last name as Nydoorin. The canonicity of this bio is unclear.[33]
  • Before having attended the Harvest Close Festival in Zadash in 835 PD, Yasha had never had a candied apple.[34]
  • Yasha stated that her favorite dinner was cooked rat[35] and that she liked how the dark meat would fall off the bone.[36]

Gallery Edit

External Links Edit

References Edit

  1. See "Talks Machina #57: 'Steam and Conversation'" (TMx57).[citation needed]
  2. See "Fleeting Memories" (10x02) at 1:17:22.
  3. See "Talks Machina #64: 'A Favor in Kind'" (TMx64).  Ashley revealed that Yasha is a Fallen Aasimar during After Dark.
  4. See D&D: Volo's Guide to Monsters, 5th ed., p. 105, available online at D&D Beyond.
  5. See "Talks Machina #62: 'Fleeting Memories'" (TMx62) from 47:46 through 48:06.
  6. See "Steam and Conversation" (9x09) from 2:27:25 through 2:27:34.
  7. See "Talks Machina #57: 'Steam and Conversation'" (TMx57) from 1:16:21 through 1:18:15.
  8. See "Curious Beginnings" (9x01) at 1:56:23.
  9. See "Curious Beginnings" (9x01) at 2:03:37.
  10. See "Zemnian Nights" (9x11) at 16:10.
  11. See "A Favor in Kind" (10x04) from 1:21:27 through 1:23:00.  Caleb identifies the greatsword and Yasha takes it.
  12. See "Where The River Goes" (10x03) from 3:27:29 through 3:27:57.
  13. See "Where The River Goes" (10x03) at 3:29:00.
  14. See "A Favor in Kind" (10x04) at 1:23:01.
  15. See "A Favor in Kind" (10x04) from 1:23:10 through 1:23:20.
  16. See "Where The River Goes" (10x03) from 3:34:03 through 3:35:09.
  17. See "A Favor in Kind" (10x04) at 1:23:50.
  18. See "Harvest Close" (10x05) at 1:13:59.
  19. See "Fleeting Memories" (10x02) at 1:28:33.
  20. See "A Favor in Kind" (10x04) 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.
  21. See "A Favor in Kind" (10x04) at 33:38.  Yasha reduces a creature's speed to 0 with an attack of opportunity, consistent with the Sentinel feat.
  22. See "Waste and Webs" (9x10) at 2:33:23.  Yasha uses Healing Hands on herself to regain hit points.
  23. See "Where The River Goes" (10x03) at 34:37.  Yasha casts the Light cantrip.
  24. See "The Gentleman's Path" (10x07) from 2:41:45 through 2:43:28.  Yasha uses Necrotic Shroud
  25. See "Where The River Goes" (10x03) at 28:38.  Ashley mentions Yasha's Danger Sense.
  26. See "The Gentleman's Path" (10x07).[citation needed]  Yasha makes two attacks with the attack action, consistent with the Barbarian Extra Attack.
  27. See "A Favor in Kind" (10x04) at 0:59:00.
  28. See "Where The River Goes" (10x03) from 1:52:25 through 1:53:48.  Yasha uses Divine Fury to deal necrotic damage.
  29. See "A Favor in Kind" (10x04) at 59:05.  Matt mentions that Yasha has Warrior of the Gods.
  30. See "Curious Beginnings" (9x01) at 2:44:46.  Yasha goes into a Rage.
  31. See "Steam and Conversation" (9x09) from 2:43:27 through 2:43:49.
  32. See "Talks Machina #64: 'A Favor in Kind'" (TMx64).
  33. See Ashley's entry on the Force Grey event page.
  34. See "Harvest Close" (10x05) at 0:54:20.
  35. See "Harvest Close" (10x05) at 1:13:28.
  36. See "Harvest Close" (10x05) at 1:13:58.
Art:
  1. Official 2018 portrait of Yasha, by Ari (source).  Permission needed.
  2. Fan art of Yasha's necrotic shroud transformation, by Elaine Tipping (source).  Used with permission.