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Veth Brenatto/Nott the Brave

Played by: Sam Riegel

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"Everyone back up! We're gonna Fluffernutter this bitch!"
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Race: Lightfoot Halfling (formerly transformed into a Goblin)
Class: Rogue (Arcane Trickster) / Wizard

A halfling rogue with kleptomaniacal tendencies and an alcohol addiction. Formerly transformed into a goblin, during which period she disguised herself with a half mask made of a porcelain doll's face. Caleb's travelling companion. She is incredibly bad at lying.

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    Tropes A - H 
  • Action Mom: She is a mother and an accomplished Arcane Trickster. Her son Luc is delighted. Her husband Yeza knows that she is strong enough to take care of herself, but he still worries that her stories (and some of her souvenirs) are not exactly appropriate for a four-year-old child.
  • The Alcoholic: She dulls her anxiety and kleptomania with alcohol. Drunk Nott is significantly more "brave" than Tipsy Nott, much to the amusement and horror of the rest of the party. Along with facing penalties to some ability checks, some penalties are more personal, with a tender reunion with her son marred by her drunkenness.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: As Veth, the other halflings in her village oftentimes bullied and made fun of Nott for her looks and quirky behavior. Her husband, Yeza, was the only one to see her for who she really was; but she had already internalized it at that point, and after turning into a goblin she ran away in fear that he would be disgusted by her as well.
  • All Women Are Lustful: She's caught lusting over a particularly muscular minotaur despite having long confirmed that she's still married to Yeza. Upon turning back into Veth, she and Yeza end up doing it a lot. In many, many ways. Episode 135 resurrects this one when she's caught lusting after a robot.
  • Automatic Crossbows: Her Tinkertop Bolt Blaster 1000, a Magitek hand-crank crossbow. If Nott is particularly lucky, it will fire two arrows at once, but if she's particularly unlucky, the thing will misfire and shoot her.
  • Backstab: Part and parcel of the rogue class.
  • Bad Liar: In a stunning turn from Scanlan and his +18, Nott has a -3 to Charisma rolls note . This means anytime she tries to lie using Deception means she has to roll almost a natural 20 to succeed on them.
  • Badass Cape: The Cloak of Elvenkind, like Vax'ildan before her.
  • Badass Unintentional: Nott doesn't think of herself as anything special. The reason for this becomes apparent when it's revealed that she just wants to return home to her husband and child. All her heroic skills are gained so she can return to normalcy.
  • Baleful Polymorph: Episode 49 reveals that Nott was originally a Halfling woman who was turned into a goblin, after she killed the leader of the local goblins and his wife wanted to make her suffer. In episode 91, an attempt is made to change her back, but Nott is revealed to have been cursed to remain in goblin form, a curse that was eventually broken in Episode 93, and as of Episode 97, she's officially back to her original form.
  • Blood Knight: Gets a little too into combat sometimes, and occasionally reacts to someone causing a problem by threatening extreme violence against them. She's usually talked out of it easily, though.
  • Bow and Sword, in Accord: Her Weapons Of Choice are a hand crossbow and a short sword.
  • Boomerang Bigot: Nott loathes other Goblins, and agrees with the common perceptions that they are evil creatures. In episode 19, she even states that killing Goblins brings her great satisfaction, and is only upset that one got away. Her hatred of her own kind is so great that she wishes for Caleb to learn magic that can transform her permanently into something else. Episode 49 subverts this, in that she wasn't originally a goblin, but was turned into one as a form of punishment and torture.
  • Booze-Based Buff: The mechanical effects of her inebriation states that when severely intoxicated, she has disadvantage on Dexterity, Intelligence, and Perception ability checks, but is immune to the Frightened condition.
  • Born Lucky: Defied. As a Halfling, Veth naturally has halfling luck, but Sam has come to hate the Lucky feat and similar abilities after the last campaign, and so he refuses to make use of it; even when it could save Veth from her weapon backfiring from a natural 1.
    • Played straight when Sam rolls a natural 1 after the rest of the Nein attempt to take the cursed Corecut Dagger away from Veth, doing so for the sole purpose of trolling the other players. He still failed the roll.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Obann charms her during their initial meeting and again during episode 86.
  • But Now I Must Go: In the final episode, Veth bids farewell to the Nein, saying how she wants to spend more time with her family. But she does ask the others to visit often when they can.
  • Catchphrase: Nott always concludes her Message spell with the words: "You can respond to this message". She even takes the time to sign off like this when being slowly crushed to death by an enchanted rug.
  • Character Development:
    • Molly's advice to not steal from happy people really sinks in after his death. It's the first time Nott is seen to be showing respect for someone else's goods without prompting from someone else.
    • After she is reunited with Yeza and he accepts her despite her goblin body, she starts to show more confidence in her body by removing her bandages and she even starts wearing dresses again.
  • Character Death:
    • Ends up triggering a Power Word Kill trap when attempting to unlock a box in the Happy Fun Ball in Episode 83. Even worse, she wasn't warned in time to check for traps due to them having to keep silent in the chamber lest they attracted anti-magic mites. Fortunately, Jester was able to use Revivify on her, bringing her back.
    • Was not the first time she experienced death, as she was killed than forcibly reincarnated as a goblin by Isharnai the prism sage as part of her backstory.
  • Character Exaggeration: Most of Nott's issues were already present when she was Veth but to a much lesser extent, what was once a fondness for wine became full blown alcoholism, an aversion to being in crowded places became social anxiety, and a desire to collect some fun knickknacks, became severe Kleptomania. This is due to Sam's headcanon on goblins being feral creatures with little to no impulse control.
  • Chubby Mama, Skinny Papa: As Veth, her body is on the rounder side, while her husband Yeza is described as leaner and short for a halfling.
  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character:
    • A strong contrast to Sam Riegel's previous character, Scanlan Shorthalt. Low charisma, awful singing, constantly nervous when Scanlan projected confidence, and a goblin when Scanlan hated goblins for killing his mother. Later Played for Laughs when she dispatches an enemy bard:
    Nott: Bards suck!
    • Of course, that last part is somewhat subverted; Scanlan's mother was killed by goblins, while Nott is a mother who was killed by goblins. Both characters' hatred of goblins is probably around equal.
    • Sam Riegel has confirmed that Nott was intentionally created to be a total opposite of Scanlan, from her personality to her gender.
  • Cowardly Lion: Extremely jittery and anxious, and always the first to insist on avoiding a dangerous situation. However, when push comes to shove, she is the first to act in order to protect her friends (especially Caleb).
  • Creepy Doll: She has a mask made from a porcelain doll's head that hides the bottom of her face and helps her hide in plain sight.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: Mechanically, Nott has a very impressive bonus to Investigation, but the worst Perception score out of the entire party. Since she often acts as the scout, Matt and Sam have played this out as Nott being excellent at finding clues when she is actively looking for them, but awful at noticing the obvious.
  • Cross-Dressing Voices: Sam is a man and Nott is a girl. Goblins speak in such raspy voices that it works out. Veth, a halfling, having the same voice anyway is pure Rule of Funny.
  • Cute Monster Girl: While by default goblins are viewed as ugly and unattractive humanoid monsters, Nott is considered quite cute by the fandom and artwork. The team at large quickly starts treating her like a little sister. Takes a darker turn in Episode 49. Nott was turned into a goblin because it's the exact opposite of what she considers beautiful
  • Dark and Troubled Past:
    • Hinted; someone (or someones) are after her and she is a goblin who somehow is good in nature. Considering the Always Chaotic Evil nature of her race in most D&D settings, this implies she's been through enough to make her so anxious. She tells the Lawmaster during Episode 4's trial that she'd be happy to help the Crownsguard hunt down her former clan, and reveals to Fjord and Molly in Episode 11 that there are a lot of people further north who "don't like [her]".
    • Episode 49 goes much farther into this. Nott was born a halfling woman named Veth, who was eventually drowned by goblins, then likely turned into one through a cruelly ironic use of the Reincarnate spell. As a result, she cannot go home to her husband and son.
    Nott: [monotone] No-one is after me.
  • Did Not Think This Through: Nott's fatal flaw is that she rarely thinks her actions through, either in or outside of battle. Outside of battle, she continuously tries to meddle with Caleb's past and personal life, including trying to reconnect him with Astrid when that might not be a good idea and when Caleb has asked her to stop. In battle, she accidentally killed Caduceus with an explosive arrow, and then during a later fight nearly killed him again when he was eaten by a remorhaz with another explosive arrow.
  • Dramatic Gun Cock: She's fond of doing this with her Crossbow.
  • Dreadful Musician: Just to further prove how far away she is from Scanlan, her singing is atrocious.
  • Eat the Dog: Nott has apparently eaten Frumpkin at least twice in the past. She may have also eaten actual dogs - in Episode 11, she makes a case for puppies as a source of protein.
  • Everyone's Baby Sister:
    • Due to Nott's generally childlike demeanor and dorky personality, she's quickly shaping up to become this to the rest of the party: Caleb openly admits in Episode 8 that he sees her as a little sister.
    • Further revelations about her true identity and backstory turn this status on its head, as she actually has more life experience than the majority of the party, even if she isn't as old as a few of them.
  • Failed a Spot Check: Due to having +0 in Perception, Nott is prone to having abysmal rolls of that nature.
  • Fantastic Racism:
    • In a world where Goblins are at best treated as untrustworthy troublemakers to be avoided and at worst as vermin to be exterminated, poor Nott suffers from this heavily, resulting in her attempting to hide her true appearance behind a mask, thick cloak and bandages. Fortunately, Caleb and the rest of the party don't treat her with such contempt.
    • Played for Laughs in her constant assumption that all Firbolgs know each other.
  • Gag Boobs: Sam has made multiple jokes about her well-endowed halfling chest.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Her Level 10 portrait depicts her with braided pigtails the same hairstyle she had as Veth.
  • Given Name Reveal: In Episode 49, she reveals her true name to be "Veth Brenatto", when she was a halfling before her transformation into a goblin.
  • Good Feels Good: She comes to this conclusion in Episode 27 while explaining her reasoning for going to rescue Fjord, Jester and Yasha from the Iron Shepards.
    Nott: We were hiding in the shadows and ducking into alleys to get away from people. We were safe but we weren't really alive, right? With these people we're having fun, and winning contests, and killing bad guys, and rescuing children, and... It's amazing.
  • Happily Married: When she was still a halfling, she was married to the halfling alchemist Yeza, and had a son with him. Upon discovering she has turned into a goblin, he tells her he still loves her.
    Tropes I - P 
  • In the Hood: She keeps her hood up at all times in public in an attempt to hide her species from townsfolk.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: A big part of why she wants to continue hanging with the rest of the group despite Caleb's protests, believing that, besides Caleb, they are the first to accept and befriend her unconditionally.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal:
    • [During her confrontation with Molly and Fjord in Episode 11, Nott admits that she wants Caleb to "change her", so she doesn't have to live as a goblin anymore. In Episode 16, she makes a point of using Disguise Self to spend an hour as a "normal halfling" in a cafe. Episode 49 reveals the reason behind this, she originally was a halfling, so it's more "I just want to be normal again."
    • Zig Zagged over time; her traumatic experiences as a goblin have driven her to seek out any possible cure, however her adventures with the Mighty Nein give her exciting experiences that her previous domestic life never could. She feels torn at the idea of returning to what she once had while severing ties with her new companions.
    • Exploited in episode 93; when the hag who transformed her asks what misery she'd offer in exchange to undo the curse, Nott's desperate enough to offer breaking the fragile peace between the Dwendalian Empire and the Krynn Dynasty - yet immediately after suggests the Mighty Nein just kill the hag regardless of possibly remaining with the curse. Fortunately, Jester intervenes.
  • Innocent Bigot: She has some ideas about other races that aren't offensive so much as just plain weird like Tieflings only being able to see movement or all firbolg knowing each other.
  • Ironic Name: Nott chose her name because, as a goblin, she felt she'd become everything she was not. Not beautiful, not brave, not Veth.
  • It's All About Me: Downplayed. When she met with Isharnai, she offered to undermine the peace talks between the Empire and the Dynasty so that Isharnai would lift the curse she placed on her. That would have caused the deaths of thousands of people, at a minimum. She didn't go through with it, partly because of Jester's brilliant play with the cupcake, but she was strongly tempted.
  • It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time: Often comes up with plans that she doesn't quite think through before things go wrong; like trying to reconnect Caleb with his childhood love, or accidentally killing Caduceus in the blast radius of her explosive arrow in episode 55.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Nott at her core does care about her friends and goes to great lengths to support them, but she is also incredibly obnoxious and rude towards them and regularly boundary stomps.
  • Kill It with Fire: Asks Caleb to do this to her in episode 71 once they learn to reincarnate her back into her halfling form. He agrees, but is reluctant, and keen to search for alternative means.
  • Like a Son to Me: She claimed in episode 13 that she loves Caleb like he was her own child, despite the fact that he is actually older than her.
  • Liquid Courage: Apparently this is where "the Brave" in her name comes from.
  • Long-Range Fighter: Uses a small crossbow and typically stays back to avoid getting hurt.
  • Magic Knight: At Level 3, Nott takes the Arcane Trickster subclass, giving her some small magical ability, largely focused around illusions and enchantment. In-universe, she mentions having picked up some magic tricks from Caleb.
    • At level 16, at the end of the campaign, she takes a level in Wizard, solidifying this further.
  • Mama Bear: Nott sees herself as Caleb's mother figure and must protect him and help him learn and grow. Her reactions to anything attacking him line up with her declaration pretty clearly. As Episode 48 reveals, she's also this towards her son.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Episode 49 reveals that her name "Nott" refers to her previous life as Veth, who was "not" pretty, not athletic, not... anything, and then the goblins turned her into someone who truly was "Nott".
    • Further, "Nott the Brave" is actually an anagram of her real name, "Veth Brenatto".
  • The Mind Is a Plaything of the Body: After revealing her unwilling transformation from halfling to goblin she admits that the longer she spends as a goblin the more she feels herself starting to think like one, and that her memories of being a halfling are starting to fade. Sam has even said on Talks Machina that he doesn't know how much of Veth is really left within Nott.
  • Missing Mom: To her son Luc after sacrificing herself so that he and Yeza could escape from the goblins. She's only recently let Yeza know she's alive and, given Luc's surprise at seeing her again, he hadn't informed the boy of this. She's briefly reunited with him in episode 71 when the party travels to Nicodranas but leaves again at the end of the episode to continue looking for ways to restore her halfling form (and also to deal with the Laughing Hand). Seeks to avoid this, telling Yeza she feels forced to deal with Lucien and the Eyes of Nine but then she's coming home...and staying home.
  • Morphic Resonance: Played for Laughs when Veth is revealed to have had the same goofy voice as Nott the whole time.
  • Mr. Vice Guy: Acting as a coping mechanism for her fear and insecurities, her alcoholism contributes to her occasionally pursuing more impulsive, reckless, or selfish actions, and can lead to Alcohol-Induced Idiocy if she fails her ability checks or forgets to check for traps.
  • My Species Doth Protest Too Much: Nott absolutely eviscerates the stereotypes about her race being nothing but marauding scavengers and brigands, with the worst criminal activity she gets up to being some petty theft and a problem with alcoholism that stems from trying to curb her larcenous habit. She even agrees that most of her race is Always Chaotic Evil and sees them all as something of a lost cause. After The Reveal that she's not really a goblin, but a halfling woman turned into one as punishment by goblins, this attitude makes a lot more sense.
  • Nervous Wreck: She's terribly anxious, reacting with great hesitance when Jester approaches her for the first time. Caleb even describes her as "jumpy".
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: She boasts the party's second highest Intelligence stat, but for much of the early episodes, she is treated as a somewhat silly and jumpy little sister with sticky fingers. A good example is when Fjord, not confident in her ability to keep up a disguise, asks her to just "be a mime" during the mission. In response, Nott begins acting out a mime's routine (complete with a box that's closing in on her), but when the party tries to explain what Fjord actually meant, she shuts them down by saying "[she]'s not an idiot". This might be due to her being a lot older than she appears.
  • One Last Job: Her and Yeza agree that accompanying the Nein on the mission to stop Lucien will be this and that she'll return home to help raise Luc once it's over. Fortunately doesn't go the way this trope often does, although it almost does with Luc.
  • Only One Name: Likely because she's from a tribe of goblins instead of a more mainstream civilization, she doesn't have a last name, merely an ironic title. She actually chose it herself out of Self-Deprecation.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: Whenever Nott's silly personality drops it's a sign that something is seriously wrong. The best example is her sudden cold fury upon discovering Yeza's burned down workshop and discovering that he was involved with the Cerberus Assembly's research into time-warping magic. A less dramatic example is during the trip from Felderwin to Xhorhas, which calls for the Nein to spend days on foot through empty underground tunnels. Caleb's habit of announcing the time at the top of every hour (due to his Keen Mind) gets on everyone's nerves so much that even Nott starts telling him to shut up.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: When the conspiracy between Essek and the Cerberus Assembly is revealed Nott is adamant that all of the conspirators be punished in kind.
  • Perpetual Poverty: Subverted. Nott is arguably the richest member of the group (not counting outside wealth like Jester's Mother) because she rarely spends her money, saving it instead. Since Nott both steals, and only really wants shiny things, she rarely spends her money on things, and thus she tends to be the one to help pay for certain larger payments, or cover for Caleb. When she does buy things, it tends to be smaller items to help her not need to rely on paying for more such as tools or cheap clothing.
  • Properly Paranoid: She HATES water because she drowned and was resurrected as a goblin and a lot of bad things involving water have happened to the Mighty Nein.
  • Punny Name: Lampshaded in-character when she explains that there's no comma in it.
    Tropes Q - Z 
  • Real Name as an Alias: On 3 separate occasions, Nott chose "Veth", "Bren", and "Otto" as her aliases.
  • The Magnificent: Titled "the Brave" because of her cowardice.
  • Secret-Keeper: Knows Caleb's backstory, along with Beau, as of Episode 18. In her despair at finding Yeza's ransacked workshop and its connection to Trent Ikithon and his people, blurts out that Caleb was "one of his people" to the rest of the Nein.
  • The Secret of Long Pork Pies: While she vehemently denies ever stooping to cannibalism when asked by the group, she privately admits to Caleb in a Brick Joke sort of way that she did eat human flesh by accident once, when it was mixed in with other meats. Caleb takes a hefty swig from her flask in response, before saying he is not one to judge.
  • Shipper on Deck: As of Episode 16, she seems to be one for Caleb and Jester. And Astrid and Caleb as of episode 32, which according to Talks Machina is out of a belief that it'd be good for him to have a young lady/peer in his life. Likewise, she constantly encourages Jester's crush on Fjord and even gives Jester advice for how to get his attention. She also encourages Beau's crush on Jester in episode 85. Being Happily Married herself probably has something to do with it.
  • Shock and Awe: Can cast the Shocking Grasp cantrip. After she is turned back into Veth, she invents a brand new spell on her own, Brenatto's Voltaic Bolt, which allows her to use her bonus action to deal additional lightning damage with her next crossbow attack.
  • Significant Anagram: Nott the Brave for her original name, Veth Brenatto.
  • The Sneaky Guy: With an impressively high Dexterity stat, Nott is pretty damn good at stealth.
  • So Unfunny, It's Funny: Nott always precedes her casting of Hideous Laughter with an absolutely terrible joke, made even funnier by the target being magically compelled to go Laughing Mad on hearing it.
  • Sticky Fingers: She has a seemingly obsessive need to steal that she dulls with alcohol.
  • Team Killer: An accidental example. An unconscious Caduceus is caught in the area of her explosive crossbow bolt, killing him until Jester could cast Revivify.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: She snarks back at Fjord with equal vitriol, drinks heavily, and doesn't mind getting her hands dirty on a job. At the same time, she enjoys wearing dresses when she has the opportunity. She gets a bright pink Lolita dress for her winter outfit, and her level 10 outfit has her in a bright yellow dress and Girlish Pigtails. She's also quite the romantic, constantly acting as a Shipper on Deck for various members of the Mighty Nein and eagerly helping Jester with a The Parent Trap-esque scene to get Marion Lavorre and the Gentleman together again.
  • Too Hungry to Be Polite: She shovels food into her face like an animal, likely due to how Caleb mentioned they had been living in the woods without much to eat.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Nott became more reckless and impulsive in the arc following Episode 49, though she has since backpedaled on many of those traits, such as apologizing to the group for her proposal to Isharnai in the following episode.
  • Trans Nature: Implied in episode 19 when Nott reveals her backstory. Complicated in Episode 49, she wasn't originally a goblin, but a halfling, and this trope was inflicted on her as punishment.
  • Undying Loyalty: Towards Caleb. She genuinely believes everything Caleb does is for a worthwhile purpose, and would willingly go along with anything he chooses to do, the rest of the party be damned if they think differently. However, she suddenly lashes out at Caleb when his past comes back to haunt them and her family is caught in the crossfire.
  • Vocal Evolution:
    • In the first couple of episodes, Sam voices Nott with a distinctly Cockney accent, but this soon gets quietly dropped.
    • For a while after turning back into her original halfling self, Veth still speaks with Nott's raspy voice, mostly because it's funny. As time has gone on, Veth's voice has retained the same pitch, but has become much smoother and less screechy.
  • Walking Spoiler:
    • It's nearly impossible for newcomers to learn about Nott without spoiling that she was originally a Happily Married halfling woman named Veth Brenatto.
    • Additionally, anyone who hasn't caught up to episode 97 will more than likely be spoiled to the fact that she has changed back into a halfling and goes by Veth again.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: She is regularly called out on various poor or selfish choices that she makes, largely by Beau or Fjord. The biggest example being nearly sacrificing the potential peace between the Empire and the Dynasty just to break the curse that keeps her as a goblin.
  • White Sheep: Episode 19 reveals that Nott was this among her tribe: for some reason, she was the only one who developed a true conscience and empathy for others. Deconstructed in that living as the only good person in an entire tribe of bad ones has clearly had a negative effect on her, and it's implied that the things she saw her tribe do traumatized her and contributed to her extremely anxious demeanor and consequent alcoholism. Later subverted when it's revealed that she's the White Sheep because she was never a goblin to begin with.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: Nott is no more than a teenager by goblin standards, but she's still often a voice of ruthless pragmatism and has intense Mama Bear instincts. In spite of her inherent anxiety, Nott is also often hugely brave when the situation calls for it. Justified, she really is older than she looks, she was a married halfling woman with a child, turned into a young goblin.
  • Would Hurt a Child: The child of a monstrous creature like the Manticore, perhaps, but a Manticore is still a sentient creature, and it was basically a baby. In her defense, it was a clutch ploy to save the gnolls' prisoners, not to mention a paralyzed Fjord, and later episodes show that Nott isn't entirely okay with what she did.
    Nott: I still feel very bad about it...
  • Worthless Yellow Rocks: Sam revealed on Talks Machina that Nott doesn't care about money, which explains why she's so eager to lend Caleb money early in the campaign. Nott steals things she likes the look of, and to satisfy "the itch", but she doesn't care about their monetary value. In Episode 9, she tries to steal a pouch from a rich-looking woman and is just as happy to get two of the woman's buttons instead.
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