Puns of Episode 105: The Fear of Isolation

Episode 105 had the most puns made in all of Critical Role!

  • (0:17:08) Liam: Will you remind me where my Vecdar made me feel Vecna?
  • (0:20:45) Marisha: Let’s walk through that a******.
  • (1:13:18) Taliesin: I think we can just call them Macculkins now.
  • (1:14:52) Percy: I sometimes will talk to the fourth wall.  Sprigg: It’s a domicile, there has to be four walls. If there weren't, then it would be a yurt!
  • (1:15:09) Sprigg: I have nothing against yurts! It’s like a stick that you put in a yurt so it would fall over. I would want it to fall over. Therefore, I would have nothing against yurts!
  • (1:16:45) Sprigg: We were heroes and now I am here. Oh.
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Media References of Episode 105: The Fear of Isolation

Darin De Paul brought the hammer down this week as Sprigg. (Interestingly enough, not a single Overwatch reference in this week's expansive list.)

(You may also notice a distinct lack of puns in this article. Those are coming up next, for good reason...)

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Critical Role Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting

We’d like to extend our congratulations to Matthew Mercer, James Haeck, and everyone at Green Ronin who helped put out this extremely expansive guide to Tal’Dorei!

Chances are that by now you have already been one of the many, many individuals who have purchased their copy of the campaign guide. In the event that you have not already secured yours, Green Ronin has provided the following preorder pages:

If you buy a physical copy, you can order as many physical copies of the PDF as you want (to read RIGHT NOW) for $5 each. Keep in mind that if you order to pickup from GenCon, you must be there yourself with photo ID to get it (and we’re looking forward to seeing you there!).

Media References and Puns of Episode 104: Elysium

So, you guys think JCVD could take down Vecna?

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Taryon's Nicknames for Vox Machina

Friends may call him Tary, but Taryon Darrington calls his friends quite a variety of nicknames. As a note, we only counted the first time he used a particular nickname.

85 A Bard’s Lament

  • (3:04:31) To Vex: You, little elf girl, what’s your name?
  • (3:15:16) To Grog: Hey, big man, look at this.

86 Daring Days

  • (0:33:04) To Grog: Friends call me Tary, Jumbo!
  • (0:44:32) To Vax: No, you misheard me, Little Elf Boy.
  • (0:46:21) About Keyleth: Is Antlers ok over here?
  • (0:54:36) To Vex: I’m sorry Little--
  • (1:27:00) To Percy: Uh, Four Eyes, shall I trust Jumbo here?
  • (3:42:36) To Vax: I am eager to get my adventuring on, L.E.B.

87 Onward to Vesrah

  • (0:23:45) About Keyleth: The Redhead continues to propel us forward faster and faster, to everyone’s surprise and respect, including the captain.

88 Tangled Depths

  • (0:31:34) About Percy: While The Gunslinger was rendered useless...
  • (0:47:23) About Grog: The big fellow over there said that...
  • (1:15:01) To Grog: And, Bigly Man Over There, do you want a coin…
  • (3:45:06) To Trinket: Oh, Friendly Bear! [...] Never mind, Friendly Bear! Thanks to a critter for this one!

89 Curious Tides

  • (1:43:20) About Pike: Not Short Stuff…
  • (2:30:32) To Pike: Daughter of Sarenrae
  • (2:33:19) To Pike: And I will keep your friends safe. Your friends: Greg, Vox, Vox, Kiko…

91 Vox Machina Go to Hell

  • (3:44:47) About Vox Machina: Rocks Dockina

95 One Year Later…

  • (3:21:47) To Vex: Little E.G.

Taryon's List of Adventures

At the beginning of his journey with Vox Machina, Taryon Darrington read off a list of adventures that he hoped to accomplish during his travels. Those were:

  • Rescue a maiden
  • Transport a treasure
  • Escort a muckety-muck
  • A revenge plot
  • A classic dungeon crawl
  • Solving a mysterious riddle
  • The old fashioned double-cross
  • Teleport
  • Shopping mission
  • Slay a dragon

He’ll be pleased to note that he can cross almost everything off of that list!

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A Tribute to Taryon Darrington

With the parting of ways that took place in Episode 101, we look back at some of our favorite moments involving the artificer.

Thanks to eponymous-rose for editing this video together, and thank you to Geek & Sundry and Critical Role for use of these clips! All content used with permission.

  • Tary meets Vox Machina (Ep85, 2:56:26)
  • Tary’s List of Adventures (Ep86, 0:48:18)
  • Potential book titles (Ep86, 0:51:40)
  • Taryon gets real with VM (Ep86, 2:07:13)
  • Keyleth’s eyes make Taryon feel ashamed (Ep86, 2:17:17)
  • Taryon gets his first kill (Ep87, 1:42:10)
  • The flashcards (Ep89, 2:21:38)
  • Grog and Tary buy from the potion merchant in Vasselheim (Ep90, 2:18:07)
  • Tary kills a succubus (Ep92, 3:16:59)
  • Tary uses a Scroll of Programmed Illusion to buy VM time to get to Hotis (Ep93, 3:50:01)
  • VM’s friendship is worth about 210,000 gold, which is a relatively large amount of money, even to Tary (Ep94, 0:27:30)
  • Tary confirms that women definitely aren’t for him (Ep94, 2:30:30)
  • Tary and Grog attempt to build sandcastles (Ep95, 1:23:33)
  • Tary sics two mastiffs on Percy and Vex’s room (Ep95, 1:32:43)
  • Tary tries to get the Whitestone kitchen to serve the Trickfoots the fanciest of meals (Ep95, 3:20:00)
  • “I am, literally, the least hard man to find.” (Ep97, 3:32:48)
  • Tary encases himself with a Bead of Force (Level 17 Battle Royale, 0:20:14)
  • Tary wins the Battle Royale (Level 17 Battle Royale, 3:38:17)
  • Tary tells the Darringtons about his plan for their future (Ep99, 0:50:15)
  • Tary kills the War Priest (Ep100, 5:03:51)
  • Scanlan and Tary have a conversation about Lionel (Ep101, 0:52:34)
  • Tary and Vex say their goodbyes (Ep101, 2:16:47)
  • What Tary’s doing while Vox Machina fights Vecna (Ep102, 3:53:43)

Media References and Puns of Episode 103: The Fate-Touched

They're Vox Machina!
But they need help, too!
'Cause saving Exandria's the thing to do.
Necromancing and destroying is not the way,
Hear what Matthew Mercer has to say:
How do you want to do this?

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State of Vox Machina Post-Episode 102

State of Vox Machina Post-Episode 102

Thanks to @madqueenmomo for this art piece!

Given the events of last week, it’s likely that restrictions on spells, skills, and equipment are going to heavily drive what Vox Machina does next. Here’s where the party stands. (Note: We’ve left out all completely expended spell slot levels for brevity. We’re assuming that the characters who benefitted from a short rest gained back all their health.)

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Monster Analysis: Vecna, Death Knight, and Delilah Briarwood

Monster Analysis: Vecna, Death Knight, and Delilah Briarwood

Thanks to @iorverth for this art piece!

Vecna (Non-Deity)

  • Armor Class Unknown
  • 54 damage taken
  • Cast Power Word Kill, Finger of Death, Disintegrate (twice), Counterspell (twice), Fireball (at 7th), Hold Monster (at 8th), Fire Bolt
  • Legendary Actions: 2 to cast leveled spells, 1 to cast cantrip
  • Spell Save DC 24
  • Spell Casting Ability Modifier: +10

Death Knight

  • Armor Class 18-21 (Suggested 20)
  • 221 damage taken
  • Suggested Average, Max HP: 180, 247
  • MM standard +6 Dex Save, +5 Con
  • Spell Save ≥ 21 (Suggested 18)

Delilah Briarwood

  • Armor Class 18
  • 241 damage taken, 24 HDYWTDT by Percy
  • Immune to Necrotic Damage
  • Possesses the Eye of Vecna

Lair Actions:

  • Summon Undead (undead get attacks)
  • Ghostly Claws
  • Dark energy suffuses the landscape (unused)
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Media References and Puns of Episode 102: Race to the Tower

And we all say
"Oh, well I never, was there ever
A gloom stalker as magical
Mr. Mistoffelees"

He is loud and large, he is black
From the snout to the tip of his tail
He can pierce through illusions to track
With fleshless wings he sails

His shrouded form is looking for a snack
He is equally quick with his claws like a knife
He is always deceiving you into believing
That he's only hunting for life...

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Monster Analysis: Gloom Stalkers

Thanks to @capefoxalix for this art piece!

  • First appearance: 101 Thar Amphala
  • “Encounter” appearance: 102 Race to the Tower
  • Armor Class unknown
  • Speed unknown (flying speed)
  • Dex +3, Wis Save +3
  • +4 or greater to hit
    • Claw attack dealt 16 damage to Keyleth
  • Total health unknown, no damage taken

The gloom stalker, a Mercer creation and resident of the Shadowfell, is very similar to an undead cross between a dementor and a wyvern. These large creatures with 20-foot fleshless wingspans and elongated, snapping necks predatorily search from the skies for living flesh, using their fellow gloom stalkers to narrow their focus to the target they are hunting. Their skin billows in a black, shadow-like smoke, and gives off a freezing chill that reaches out to the very soul to those in close proximity.

Scanlan’s injured child Major Image was convincing enough that it distracted the gloom stalker from its intended quarry, Vox Machina. However, their bright, greenish-yellow eyes emanate cones of light that see through illusions. Illusions that fall under the cones’ influence disappear before the vision of others, as well. So, while the gloom stalkers aren’t terribly intelligent creatures, they’re not without their tricks.

It’s also Scanlan’s willingness to quickly use his 8th level spell, Dominate Monster, that saved Keyleth and Vox Machina from a protracted battle with the gloom stalkers. Though only one noticed Keyleth’s presence at first, several more were on their way to join in the hunt. Scanlan harnessed the power of the newly-named Mister Mistoffelees as an ambassador to the other gloom stalkers and as a flying steed, allowing Vox Machina a glimpse at what was happening on Entropis before the real battle began.