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Evelyn Avalona Helvig Marthain is a player character by Anna Prosser Robinson. She is a human paladin of Lathander the Morninglord, and she has a pet mouse named Juniper.

Personality Edit

Evelyn is a happy go-lucky person, who absolutely loves to share the wisdom of her deity with everybody. Her optimistic personality often annoys the rest of the group, especially Strix. Evelyn considers the tiefling one of her best friends, respects and defers to Diath's wisdom, and is a big fan of Paultin's musical abilities, flirting with him at times. Evelyn has proven herself very reliable in combat, although she can be overeager to enter a fight flying with her winged boots, wielding her sacred battleaxe, Lightfall.

Background (spoilers for season 1) Edit

Evelyn was born to a noble family living in a town on the outskirts of Waterdeep.[1] Her family were devout followers of Lathander, with Evelyn following in her father's footsteps as one of his paladins. However, her father died when she was young, and her mother passed away from an illness while Evelyn was away undergoing training.[2] Evelyn's brother is caring for the estate, but she has not been home to see him, and there are rumors in her home town that may be keeping her away.[1]

While training at the Spires, Evelyn would often drop by taverns where the bard Paultin Seppa was playing, believing that his music was an expression of her god's light.[3,4] It was at the Rusty Pommel Inn that she got into trouble while defending Diath Woodrow from accusations of thievery, and she, Diath, Strix and Paultin eventually fled together and decided to form an adventuring party.

Evelyn's sheltered past has made her relatively naive about the darker side of human nature or the evils in the world. Although she was cut off from the voice of her god in the cursed land of Barovia, she still kept her faith and praised him loudly to anyone who would listen. Her paladin oath is to cherish beauty and nature (Oath of the Ancients) rather than enforce the law (neutral good alignment),[1] which allows her to get away with questionable actions (willingly becoming a werewolf--or as she described herself, a 'were-Pomeranian', and adopting an evil puppet as her 'son'). Her faith was rewarded when the Crew found the tomb of St. Markovia, and Evelyn's axe was imbued with holy power.[5] She places Lathander above all other loyalties, even to her friends, believing that the entire world would be in peril without him.[6] Nevertheless, she still cares deeply for her party, acting like the "mom" to make sure everyone is feeling appreciated and doing what she can to keep them safe. She is likewise extremely friendly and trusting with all the NPCs they meet (especially Dee).

Character development (spoilers for seasons 2 & 3) Edit

When the Crew adopted Hooty McHootface (and later Waffles) and Simon, Evelyn was finally able to 'mother' creatures who appreciated the attention. She continued to rush impulsively into battle, breaking Lightfall when she tried smashing it against the adamantine heart.[7] Her flighty attention span also caused her to become distracted enough catching snowflakes to get completely separated from the party.[8] However, when she realized that St. Markovia's power could be used to save Strix and Diath from a death curse, she willingly gave up her life for them, claiming that she had known since she was very young that one day she would be called upon to sacrifice herself.[9] Although she had never before acted upon her feelings for Paultin, she kissed him during her moment of despair, and he played a song for her.

Although Paultin's spirit was able to intervene before Evelyn's soul was taken by the Soulmonger, being torn from the arms of her god made Evelyn begin to doubt her worthiness. She worried that she might have been meant to be punished by the soulmonger, and that Paultin had been wrong to save her. She also interpreted being placed in a construct body devoid of sensations as another form of punishment.[3,10] This disconnect prevented her from summoning her holy steed Mourning Glory, who symbolized her tie to her god.[11] However, in a hidden dungeon in Chult the Crew uncovered a vial of liquid sunlight, and when Evelyn drank it, she found herself in the presence of St. Andral, who reaffirmed Lathandar's love for her. Although he gave her the option to return to human form or to have Lightfall restored, Evelyn chose to remain in her construct body, which was further reinforced and decorated to become her new holy symbol.[12] When the Crew became trapped in Dendar's nightmare, Evelyn accidentally activated the bomb she had been carrying, which caused a stressful situation that resulted in Paultin leaving the group. Evelyn blamed herself, but when Paultin seemed to reappear and gave her a morning glory flower, she took that sign that Lathandar was with her, and she finally resummoned Mourning Glory, who also appeared more powerful than before. When they followed Paultin into the Shadowfell, Evelyn became assaulted with a magical despair that made her doubt what was real. When she tried to appeal to Paultin's better nature seemingly to no effect, she realized that he was truly lost, and set fire to the doorway and pulled Simon to safety. Even after his Ring was removed, Evelyn had her doubts about whether Paultin was still evil, and even began to doubt whether Miranda had ever existed. In her prayers to Lathander, she revealed her shame that she had let her love for Paultin persist despite his obvious turn to evil, and that people had died as a consequence.[13] Paultin overheard what she said and disparaged her for expecting Lathandar to just hand her things she wants, instead of working to achieve it herself. But he also revealed his own shame that he had put on the Ring despite the warnings, and that his intent had just been to make himself more useful to the party. Evelyn tried to comfort him, saying that despite knowing he wasn't himself, "it's my job to see these things", and she would strive to do better.

Notable Equipment Edit

  • Treebane (elvan magical axe)
  • Halruaan force bomb (egg-shaped device with a timer, believed to have the power of 10,000 magic missiles) (timer currently stopped by a mysterious key)
  • Lightfall (double-bladed battle axe and holy symbol, further empowered as a mace of disruption) (broken into shards and given to Diath)
  • Holy Symbol of Ravenkind
  • Heart of Spinelli (flame tongue great-sword; 2d6 damage + 2d6 fire damage)
  • Winged Boots of the Dawn - magical flying boots that glow in moonlight, worked with the holy symbol of Lathander. When worn, they also make the wearer feel fortunate and optimistic about the future, and harmless creatures seem to frolic in their presence.
  • doll of Evelyn (roughly constructed doll made in Evelyn's likeness by Strix during her 50 years alone in Barovia)
  • pan flute (given to Paultin)
  • Armor of Invulnerability (a magical black suit of armor originally belonging to Kaharik the dao, which he took back from her)

Trivia Edit

  • Anna has written out the letters Evelyn gave to each member of the Waffle Crew during episode 52.
  • Anna wrote several stories of Evelyn's past here, here, here and here.
  • Anna stated that Evelyn's last name came from the goddess Martha, who was Evelyn's patron in her last incarnation.[6]
  • Anna revealed that she wanted Evelyn to have Juniper the mouse because a past DM would tease her and find ways to prevent her from having pets.[6]
  • Anna said that she keeps a 'ship log' of all possible hints dropped by Nate over the series about Paultin's true feelings for Evelyn.[6]

References Edit

[1] Evelyn's character sheet: level 4.

[2] Clouded Judgement - Anna's Study After Episode 69: PAX Sub Optima. DCA reddit

[3] DCA Episode 73.

[4] "I'm Anna, I play Evelyn. AMA!"  DCA reddit.

[5] DCA Episode 30.

[6] Waffle Talk: Discussing Dice, Camera, Action Episode 79.

[7] DCA Episode 46.

[8] DCA Episode 36.

[9] DCA Episode 52.

[10] DCA Episode 53.


[12] DCA Episodes 66-67.

[13] DCA Episodes 84-85.