|“||A queen by night, and firebird by day, sold by her fellow human queens to a sorcerer-lord who had enchanted her into transforming each dawn into a bird of fire and ash.||”|
The King of Hybern sent Jurian to the Mortal Queens to inform them of the Cauldron and gain them as allies. Vassa saw through Jurian's lies and warned her fellow Queens against allying with Hybern, stating that Jurian's resurrection was a bad sign and they should raise their armies. She failed to notice how envious the other Queens, excluding Demetra, had become once they heard of the Cauldron's powers, and didn't realize that they had become her enemies.
Wanting her gone but unable to kill her due to the fact that her successor was far more willful, the Queens sold Vassa to an old death-lord who cursed and enslaved her with a spell that turned her into a firebird by day and a woman by night. They then spread a lie that she was ill.
When Vassa is absent for the meeting between the five remaining Queens and the Night Court, the Queens lie that she is ill and thus unable to attend. But Demetra warns Rhysand that she is not ill and that the other Queens are not to be trusted.
Through Elain's new clairvoyant abilities Feyre and the rest of her allies learn of Vassa's fate. She sees Vassa and other women kept captive by Koschei at a lake within the continent, hidden amongst mountains and ancient forests. Elain mentions that the other women have feathers white as snow and they glide across the water while Vassa rages through the skies above the lake. Lucien Vanserra volunteers to go on the quest to find her and hopefully break her curse.
Feyre's father having already uncovered the Queens' treachery months before, bargains for a temporary release from Vassa’s enslavement. Vassa then leads his army to Prythian, guided by Lucien. During the journey, Vassa develops a bond with Mr. Archeron, who tells her about his daughters. Vassa and Lucien form a friendship along the journey as well. Vassa arrives at the battle and decimates Hybern's soldiers with her firebird form. Feyre describes her as “red and gold and white—vibrant as molten metal, trailing sparks and embers across the waves. Burning as hot and furious as the heart of a forge.” After the war, Lucien is seen gushing about to Feyre about Vassa. When Feyre teases Lucien about sounding like an acolyte, he blushes.
After the battle, Vassa approaches Feyre and Nesta and introduces herself, offering her condolences for their father's death as well as expressing her respect for him. She also says that he was a better father to her than her own. Nesta only stares coldly at her and Vassa returns the favour. Vassa then asks Feyre if she could break her curse, to which Feyre replies that she could try. Vassa then takes her leave and is seen spending the little time she has before turning into a firebird, by talking animatedly to a relaxed, chuckling and interested Lucien.
Lucien visits Vassa often enough and soon after decides to move in with her and Jurian in a manor near the human lands.The three choose to name their friend group the Band of Exiles. Lucien’s lips twitch and there’s a spark in his eye when he talks about Vassa with Feyre.
Mor and Cassian muse that Lucien cannot be unbiased in reporting to them on Vassa and that any of his reports would be skewed in her favour. Cassian goes to their manor to gain insight from Vassa about the other mortal queens. Seeing flames in Vassa's eyes and realising that her time to go back to the lake is nearing, Lucien's face shows his pain. When Vassa talks about her enslavement, Lucien stares outside the window setting Koschei as his target for all the pain and trauma she went through because of him.
Vassa is described as a beautiful woman with freckled golden-brown skin, smooth and long reddish-gold hair, thick dark eyelashes and stunning, large, up-tilted cerulean blue eyes.
In A Court of Silver Flames, it is seen that she has cut her long hair to shoulder length.
Vassa is a fiery woman. Feyre describes her as fierce, untamed and unfaltering despite her curse. When Nesta looks Vassa up and down coldly, she returns the favour. She has a strong spirit and is optimistic, as despite her situation she manages to joke and enjoy herself. She has a queenly presence and she upholds herself to that standard despite the betrayal she faced by her fellow mortal queens. According to Lucien, she has a foul temper and a fouler mouth.
Powers & Abilities
Due to her curse Vassa has the ability to turn into a firebird during the day. Using her power, Vassa decimated Hybern's armies, thus leading to Prythian's victory. She also has the ability to winnow, but only when several of the queens winnow together. Cassian also notices flames rippling across Vassa's eyes.
|“||A bird of flame and a lord of fire. I wondered if they’d found each other yet.||”|
–A Court of Wings and Ruin
Vassa met Lucien when he went on a quest to find her and attain her help for the war against Hybern. On the journey, they became close friends. When Lucien mentions Vassa, Feyre teases him that he sounds like an acolyte, to which he is seen blushing. At the meeting after winning the war, Vassa is seen spending the little time she has before turning into a firebird, by talking animatedly to a relaxed and chuckling Lucien, his body language surprisingly at ease. Lucien actively tries to find loopholes in the bargain struck with Koschei to extend her stay, so she doesn't have to go back to the lake. He visits her often enough and soon after chooses to move in with Vassa and Jurian in a manor situated near the human lands. Having found friendship with each other, the three live together, and name their friend group the Band of Exiles. When Lucien talks to Feyre about Vassa on Winter Solstice, his lips twitch with amusement and there's a spark in his eye. Mor and Cassian muse that Lucien wouldn't be unbiased in reporting to them on Vassa and that any reports would be in her favour. Seeing flames in Vassa's eyes and realising that her time to go back to the lake is nearing, Lucien's face showcases his pain. When Vassa talks about her enslavement, Lucien stares outside the window setting Koschei as his target for all the pain and trauma he made her go through.
- A Court of Mist and Fury (mentioned)
- A Court of Wings and Ruin
- A Court of Frost and Starlight (mentioned)
- A Court of Silver Flames
- The name Vassa means royalty.
- Vassa speaks with a lilting accent of unknown origin.