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Kith'rak Voss is a ruthless githyanki knight in the service of his queen, Vlaakith. He rides a red dragon steed named Qudenos.

Background[edit | edit source]

Voss is a Kith'rak in githyanki society, a fearsome warrior captain who reports directly to the lich queen Vlaakith CLVII. Per Lae'zel and lore found in-game, Voss has been the right-hand knight of Vlaakith and her predecessors, dating back to Vlaakith I, who succeeded the first githyanki leader Gith thousands of years in the past. Qudenos the Red Dragon is his steed and closest comrade.

Voss is direct and brutal, expecting the deference due to Vlaakith's personal silver sword. Other gith NPCs, including Lae'zel, hold him in esteem and may even be cowed by his presence. He will still talk with—and potentially even be friendly to—non-gith, but githyanki party members[1] will have special interactions with Voss that reflect their place in gith society.

Encounters[edit | edit source]

Act One - Mountain Pass[edit | edit source]

For the transcript of Voss's Act 1 appearance, see Voss/Transcript.

During Act One, the party can first encounter Voss if they venture close enough to the Mountain Pass area to the northwest of Waukeen's Rest. A group of githyanki will have just slain a Flaming Fist patrol, and Voss lands astride Qudenos to give orders to these githyanki.

If Kith'rak Voss or his githyanki underlings are approached by the party, he will interrogate the player character about the object of his mission, the Mysterious Artefact, which he believes is a powerful weapon that can be used against the Mind Flayers.

The interrogation is a gauntlet of ability checks. The player character must first try to convince Voss not to kill them on the spot,[2] followed by a check to resist a casting of Detect Thoughts Detect Thoughts, followed by a third check to end the interrogation peacefully. Failing these checks or opting for violence will initiate combat with the gith soldiers.

If Lae'zel is allowed to speak for the party, there will be a persuasion check to convince her to "play along" with Voss's order. However, this is followed by deception checks to convince Voss that Lae'zel is telling the truth.

Regardless of how the interrogation ends, Voss will depart on Qudenos once the dialogue has finished. He does not participate in combat, and will teleport away with Qudenos at the first opportunity if preemptively engaged.

Lae'zel[edit | edit source]

Lae'zel will leave and approach Voss on her own during this encounter[3]. If the player character follows her, the event proceeds as above. If the party leaves and takes a Long Rest, though, Lae'zel will die, Voss will be gone, and the other githyanki under his command will be hostile.

Campsite Visit[edit | edit source]

Once Discover the Artefact's Secrets is complete, Kith'rak Voss will make a surprise visit when fast travelling or having a long rest outside of the Creche. He will speak directly to Lae'zel, trying to reason with her about the truth of Vlaakith's tyranny after her own recent betrayal. Further, he will claim to be opposing Vlaakith's reign, and that the occupant within the Artefact is the key to her being overthrown. A critical choice must be made:

  • If choosing to listen to him and reasoning with Lae'zel, he will urge the party to meet him again in Baldur's Gate at Sharess' Caress.
  • Alternatively, it's possible to urge Lae'zel to attack him, leading to an optional boss fight. This will have considerable consequences, yet earn the party Voss' Silver Sword. The Letter to Voss on his body will direct the party to Sharess' Caress, continuing The Githyanki Warrior questline.

Act Three - Sharess' Caress[edit | edit source]

See also Help Kith'rak Voss quest.

Voss can be found in Sharess' Caress in Wyrm's Crossing, trying to make a deal with Raphael in the Devil's Den, but Voss has nothing to offer him. Raphael is in possession of the Orphic Hammer – a tool that can break the cage that holds Orpheus – the githyanki prince, son of Gith.

A long time ago Orpheus knew that Vlaakith I had betrayed his mother, and he led Gith's Honour Guard in a revolt and named himself the rightful king of the githyanki, triggering the War of the Comet. At the head of the Honour Guard mounted on red dragons, Orpheus fought Vlaakith's knights in a battle in the Astral Plane, where he praised Gith and accused Vlaakith. Yet he was overcome and defeated by Kith'rak Voss on Qudenos and imprisoned within the Astral Prism, so that Vlaakith I (and now Vlaakith CLVII) could exploit the powers he inherited from his mother.

Years later Voss realised that Vlaakith does not act in the interests of githyanki, and so he has sworn to free Gith's rightful successor.

Act Three - Lower City Sewers[edit | edit source]

If the party signs the deal with Raphael, they can show it to Voss immediately. Voss gifts the party a Silver Sword, a precious cultural item of the githyanki. He then departs to prepare his forces to take on the Elder Brain.

If the party refuses the deal, Voss relocates to the Lower City Sewers near the Undercity Ruins waypoint. There, he waits for the party and will grant them the sword before leaving to gather his forces.

If the party attacks him in the Sewers, he'll call the party traitors and will teleport away on his turn, even if restrained, silenced, or incapacitated. He may still be killed if the party can slay him in a single turn.

Act Three - Upper City[edit | edit source]

Voss will confront the party as they approach High Hall. His reaction varies greatly depending on the choices that the party made inside the Astral Prism after their initial loss to the Netherbrain:

  • If the party chose to free Orpheus and either Karlach or the player character became a Mind Flayer, then Voss is overjoyed at his friend's freedom. He then agrees to help them as part of the Gather Your Allies quest.
  • If the party chose to free Orpheus and then allowed him to sacrifice himself to become a Mind Flayer, then Voss initially believes they betrayed him and killed Orpheus. He is shocked and horrified to learn that his Prince sacrificed himself for the cause, but will still offer to help them as part of the Gather Your Allies quest.
  • If the party chose to trust the Emperor and let him or Karlach consume Orpheus, then Voss is enraged and the party must pass a DC 30 Persuasion check or DC 30 Deception check to prevent him from attacking them. If the check is successful, then Voss will both stand down and agree to help the party as part of the Gather Your Allies quest.
  • If the party chose to trust the Emperor and the player character became a Mind Flayer to consume Orpheus, then an additional DC 25 Persuasion check or DC 25 Intimidation check must be passed before the DC 30 Persuasion check or DC 30 Deception check to prevent Voss from attacking and secure his aid in the Gather Your Allies quest

Combat[edit | edit source]

Attacks and abilities[edit | edit source]

Main Hand Attack.webp
Normal weapon damage

Make a melee attack with your equipped weapon.
 Melee: 1.5 m / 5  ft
Wrathful Smite.webp
Normal weapon damage
+
D6 Psychic.png 1d6 (1~6) Damage TypesPsychic damage

Your weapon absorbs your wrath as you strike, possibly Frightening Frightening your target.
WIS Save
 Range: Normal weapon range
Misty Step.webp

Surrounded by silver mist, you teleport to an unoccupied space you can see.
 Range: 18 m / 60 ft
Blur.webp
Blur Blur ()

Attackers have Disadvantage Icon.png Disadvantage on Attack rolls against you.
 Range: Self
Action Surge.webp

Immediately gain an extra action to use this turn.
 Range: Self

Allies[edit | edit source]

Encounter - Rosymorn Monastery Trail camp[edit | edit source]

Encounter - The Upper City[edit | edit source]

Loot[edit | edit source]

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • A low-odds but successful Command: Drop Command: Drop on Voss in Act One will yield the Silver Sword of the Astral Plane. This will however trigger some dialogue with Lae'zel that was intended for the Act 3 acquisition of the sword.
  • Voss can be traded with in dialogue as early as Act One. Prior to Patch 6 he would also sell Voss' Silver Sword during Act 3.
  • Despite being thousands of years old, Voss owes his somewhat youthful appearance to the unusual passage of time on the Astral Plane.[4]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Or a party member appearing as a githyanki using Disguise Self Disguise Self.
  2. Fighters and possibly other classes[Needs Verification] may pass this dialogue without a check.
  3. If Lae'zel is freed from the Tieflings' cage but not invited to travel with the party, they can later encounter her running up to Kith'rak Voss just after the introductory scene triggers.
  4. From Astral Plane: "Creatures did not go hungry or age while in the Astral plane."

External links[edit | edit source]