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Nymph Queen;
Queen of Forgotten Time;
The Count's Last Mistress
Source: Sound of a Thousand Screams, pg(s). 53–54 (1E)
Kingmaker Adventure Path, pg(s). 602 (2E)

Nyrissa is a powerful nymph of the fey realm of the First World. She fell in love with Count Ranalc, one of the Eldest who rule the realm. She grew in power, earning the title of Nymph Queen, and eventually proclaimed herself to be a new member of the Eldest.1

The existing Eldest opposed her claim and sent a Jabberwock to kill her. She managed to survive that attack (and later used the blood to create a Lesser Jabberwock), but fell into the clutches of the Eldest. They stripped away her capacity to love, creating the bastard sword Briar in the process, and hid the blade—a major artifact with the power to either destroy or restore her—in the Material Plane. Nyrissa wants to "catch" the Stolen Lands as a gift for one of the Eldest, the lords of the First World, in order to work the return of her "most precious treasure" from the Eldest that have taken it from her.12

For uplifting Nyrissa and enabling her trespass, Count Ranalc was exiled to the Plane of Shadow.1

Nyrissa has a long-standing plot to transfer that portion of the Material Plane that is coterminous with her fey realm of Thousandbreaths into the First World. She hopes that such a coup would appease the Eldest. This has dire implications for the material lands concerned, which form part of the River Kingdoms.13


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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Richard Pett. “Sound of a Thousand Screams” in Sound of a Thousand Screams, 7. Paizo Inc., 2010
  2. In the computer game and anniversary edition, Nyrissa's motivation and curse was changed to having to destroy 1,000 mortal kingdoms in the area known as the Stolen Lands to earn forgiveness.
  3. Richard Pett. “Sound of a Thousand Screams” in Sound of a Thousand Screams, 10. Paizo Inc., 2010