Media References and Puns of 2-69 The King's Cage

Nic-

...Okay, not that nice.

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What Does The Mighty Nein Have Left: Tombs Under Bazzoxan (Day 2) Edition

What Does The Mighty Nein Have Left: Tombs Under Bazzoxan (Day 2) Edition

Thanks to @LornArt_ for this art piece!

As the Nein continues even deeper past horrific relics of the Calamity on their second day in the tombs near Bazzoxan, we take stock of what they have at their disposal for whatever lies in wait ahead for them.

No matter what happens, at least the number of the next episode is nice.

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Monster Analysis: Doppelgangers

Monster Analysis: Doppelgangers

Thanks to @EmberWickArt for this art piece!

  • First Appearance: 2-68 Reflections

  • Armor Class 12-15 (Suggested 14)

  • Speed 30 ft

  • Darkvision 60 ft, Passive Perception 11

  • Suggested Average, Max HP: 52, 80

    • Doppelganger Yasha: 55 taken, 27 HDYWTDT by Yasha

    • Doppelganger Fjord: 45 taken, 5 killing blow by Caduceus

    • Doppelganger Caleb: 53 taken, 5 killing blow by Caduceus

    • Doppelganger Caduceus: 49 taken, 16 HDYWTDT by Caduceus

Doppelgangers are shifty creatures. No, really, they’re literal shapeshifters that take on the appearance and surface thoughts of another for their own nefarious purposes. They either work alone or, in the case of the ones who ambushed the Nein, small groups. Doppelgangers can be a terror in social situations where they can read the thoughts of an unsuspecting creature, study its mannerisms, and take on its identity, unbeknownst to anyone else.

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Monster Analysis: Gibbering Chasm and Roper

Monster Analysis: Gibbering Chasm and Roper

Thanks to @albapalacio for this art piece!

In our last monster analysis of the roper, we admitted that our reaction to the roper was, and we quote, “NO. Eww. Gross! Gross gross gross.” Not only has that not changed, but was amplified upon discovery of the sources of the voices in the deep…

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Monster Analysis: Dust Titan

Monster Analysis: Dust Titan

Thanks to @rosemary_thyme for this art piece!

  • Encounter Appearance: Search for Bob

  • Armor Class 26 in sandstone form

  • Armor Class ≤ 23 in whirlwind form

  • Resistant to bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing damage

  • Speed unknown, 60 ft flying in whirlwind form

  • 187+ damage taken in whirlwind form

  • 0 damage taken in sandstone form

Once again, we return to the lightless chaos of Pandemonium! Vox Machina couldn’t escape the plane without a little trouble, despite their attempts at being stealthy. Their very presence drew the ire of a massive dust titan, determined to snuff out the extraplanar intrusion.

In Exandrian lore, the elemental titans formed deep within the fabric of creation and did not take kindly to the creator gods’ attempts to tame the elements to give their children (elves, dwarves, etc.) a safe place to live. The titans rose up to tear creation asunder, allowing demons, devils, and other chaotic beings into the Prime Material Plane. Those gods that sided with chaos and destruction became the Betrayer Gods, while those that defended Exandria and their children became the Prime Deities. Eventually, the titans were defeated, ushering in the Age of Arcanum. 

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Search for Bob Master Post

Search for Bob Master Post

Thanks to @AlexielApril for this art piece!

Wow, it’s been awhile since we last saw Vox Machina!

Media References

  • (0:11:05) Taliesin: I’ve heard Scrappy Doo in every D&D game.

  • (0:20:07) Liam: She’s a striking, beautiful dark haired woman.  Taliesin: Strikes everyone. (Eddie Izzard)

  • (0:25:17) Matt: I’m envisioning a Subway sandwich artist and there’s too much stuff in the sandwich, and they’re trying to hold it closed.

  • (0:28:34) Matt: ...in a very Simba fashion…  Travis: Simba! It is time! (The Lion King)

  • (0:29:12) Travis: Who’s up for Le’veon Bell?

  • (0:44:18) Sam: *singing* Scrying eyes! (“Private Eyes” by Hall & Oates)

  • (0:44:55) Scam:  *singing* Scrying eyes!  Travis: *singing* They’re watching you! (“Private Eyes” by Hall & Oates)

  • (0:48:29) Ashley: what if he’s just like Little Mermaid?

  • (0:51:56) Sam: It’s called The Secret. If you think about something, you just envision it.

  • (0:55:47) Liam: *singing* It’s been awhile! (Staind)

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Media References and Puns of 2-68 Reflections

We’ll refrain from throwing you under the bridge. Or… you know, the other thing.

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What Does The Mighty Nein Have Left: Tombs Under Bazzoxan Edition

What Does The Mighty Nein Have Left: Tombs Under Bazzoxan Edition

Thanks to @RecordPainted for this art piece!

The Mighty Nein have been through a lot in the last day, battling 9 giant wolf spiders, 1 monstrous mama spider, a massive egg sac, an invisible stalker, a pulsing lightning crystal, and innumerable zombies. They’ve chosen to camp near a bridge over maddening whispers. What could go wrong?

Here’s how they stand at the end of the day, assuming they haven’t yet taken a short or long rest. As always, these numbers are based on what we tracked, and if something is said differently in-game, that’s canon.

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Monster Analysis: Zombie Horde (The Discard Pits)

Monster Analysis: Zombie Horde (The Discard Pits)

Thanks to @lauraillustrate for this art piece!

  • First Appearance: 1-10 K’varn Revealed

  • Encounter Appearance: 2-67 Beyond the Eyes of Angels

  • Armor Class 8

  • Speed 20 ft

  • Immune to poison, poisoned

  • Suggested Average, Max HP: 22, 33

The final encounter of the day proved to be a dangerous, undead puzzle. The Crawling King, Torog, is the patron god for jailers and torturers, and The Mighty Nein’s descent into the Discard Pits showed just how fervently his followers worshipped him through their work.

This room of low-level, clumped together undead is a cleric’s dream because they can put their Channel Divinity: Destroy Undead to use with reckless abandon. The Mighty Nein’s two clerics alone released nearly 50 souls from their undead entrapment to finally move onto their afterlife. A room like this gives spellcasters the ability to maximize the damage their area of effect spells can do, like Caleb’s Fireball.

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Monster Analysis: Invisible Stalker (The Radiant Stair)

Monster Analysis: Invisible Stalker (The Radiant Stair)

Thanks to @opheliona for this art piece!

First Appearance: 1-27 The Path to Whitestone

  • Encounter Appearance: 2-67 Beyond the Eyes of Angels

  • Armor Class 14 or 15

  • Speed 50 ft, 50 ft fly (hover)

  • Immune to poison

  • Resistant to nonmagical physical damage

  • Suggested Average, Max HP: 104, 160

  • 59 damage taken

Invisible stalkers are altered air elementals, usually tasked to invisibly stalk and kill a particular target. The one hanging out in the mist-filled chambers of this temple is bound to serve as a protector against those would would try to pass through to reach the pits below, rather than as a single-target wandering assassin.

Matt brought out the anxiety-inducing hourglass for the other portion of this room’s challenge, once Fjord stepped on the activating tile on the stairway. At the bottom of the winding stair sat a crystal crackling with lightning-based magic. Each time the crystal fired off, the lightning damage increased. As Fjord learned, it got even worse by trying to damage the crystal because it just absorbed that damage and shot it right back out on its next crackling.

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Monster Analysis: Giant Spiders (Bazzoxan Tombs)

Monster Analysis: Giant Spiders (Bazzoxan Tombs)

Thanks to @ARNewland for this art piece!

Monstrous Mama Spider

  • First Appearance: 2-67 Beyond the Eyes of Angels

  • Armor Class 14

  • Speed 30 ft, 30 ft climb

  • Suggested Average, Max HP for Giant Spider: 26, 44

  • Mama Spider: 84 damage taken, 8 HDYWTDT by Nott

The first of the Mighty Nein’s three encounters in this episode proved to be the most straightforward, in terms of combat. The temple seems to have largely been in disuse, drawing spiders to it to make it their home. Their physiology also hints that unlike most giant spiders, these creatures aren’t beasts native to the material plane. Whether or not they originate from another plane entirely or have been tainted by the corruption of the Calamity remains a mystery. Their size and numbers would easily overwhelm most small groups or individuals who would attempt to make their way through, but the Mighty Nein isn’t just any group.

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Media References and Puns of 2-67 Beyond the Eyes of Angels

(To the tune of "Angel" by Sarah McLachlan)
Beyond the eyes of the angel
Evil lurks down here
From the eye-bleeding statues
And the endless whispers your hear
You fight off spiders from the wreckage
And take hearts from zombies
You're beyond the eyes of the angel
May you find Oban near here

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