What We Know About: Vecna and the Shadowfell

What We Know About: Vecna and the Shadowfell

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As Vex’s inspired Oracle Arrow revealed in Episode 97, Delilah Briarwood’s handiwork opened a window into the Shadowfell, also known as the Plane of Shadow. Delilah’s ritual was to advance the goals of the god wannabe, Vecna (who has not yet ascended to godhood in this world). Delilah’s return in Episode 100 has prompted Vox Machina to give chase into the Shadowfell, so let’s take a look about what all we know about the Shadowfell and The Whispered One. Before we begin, please remember that the Shadowfell and Vecna from any published material—5e DMG, previous lore, etc., may have similarities and differences from those in Critical Role. This summary is a combination of what we know from previous episodes, Matt’s descriptions in Episode 101, the DMG, and the MM.

Want to see the quotes from Critical Role about Vecna, the spinning orb of death, and the Shadowfell? Have we got a compendium for you!

 Vecna and Shadowfell Quote Compendium

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GoFiBePo Nutrition Facts

GoFiBePo Nutrition Facts

 

GoFiBePo: A sedimentary rock-styled bowl of meat. Two-week salted goat meat beneath hickory-kept long angled smoked fish guts, mixed with a wondrous mix of minced steaks, with a sprinkling of pork belly on top that’s been ground up well and salt cured over 2 months. 

Given the extravagant combination of Whitestone's soon-to-be-official dish, we decided to bring it upon ourselves to calculate the nutrition facts that absolutely no one asked for. We decided that for a big guy like Grog, two pounds of meat seemed like a reasonable serving. This resulted in:

 We were a little aghast by the end result.

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Media References and Puns of Episode 101: Thar Amphala

Critters, Matt has tasked you with assigning D&D classes to the characters in Hamilton. Don't throw away your shot at making an epic half-elf wizard character sheet for Angelica, a halfling urchin bard for Alexander, a human battle master fighter Washington, or whatever your heart desires!

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What We Know About: Lady Delilah Briarwood

What We Know About: Lady Delilah Briarwood

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With all that’s gone on in the last two episodes, we knew we needed to compile everything we know so far about Delilah Briarwood. Much like our previous efforts, we’ve made a compendium (linked below) of all relevant quotes about her. The following is a summary of that information: all facts, no speculation, and spoilers through episode 100. Proceed with caution. We’d like to thank @curriebelle for providing her insight into Delilah, as well as Critical Role Transcript for their truly invaluable service!

 Delilah Briarwood Quote Compendium

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Monster Analysis: Delilah Briarwood and the Remnants

Monster Analysis: Delilah Briarwood and the Remnants

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  • First Appearance: 24 The Feast
  • Encounter Appearance: 100 Unfinished Business
  • Armor Class: Unknown
  • Speed: 30 ft
  • Unknown HP and Resistances
  • No Damage Taken

The Delilah Vox Machina encountered by surprise had significantly more preparation than the last time they saw her. In the 383 days since her demise, she had time to rebuild her cult, start the ritual over again (without interruption) on the next Winter’s Crest, and practice her magic enough to learn 9th levels spells on top of her already deadly repertoire.

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Media References and Puns of Episode 100: Unfinished Business

Media References and Puns of Episode 100: Unfinished Business

Thanks to walking-fandoms for this gif!

 

Laura: Our infographic is no longer valid!

If it takes making more Hamilton references to invalidate our infographic it will have been worth it. We'll leave you to it.

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All Rolls Statistics, Episode 100 Update

All Rolls Statistics, Episode 100 Update

Episode 100 makes a fine checkpoint to see how many total d20 rolls and crits we’re at in the series. Let’s start with what each member contributes to the d20 total, individually:

All Rolls

There have been 8987 player d20 rolls, including guest players, since the start of the stream. Of these, the current members of Vox Machina have contributed 8477 rolls. Vax leads the way here, with 1711 total d20 rolls over 100 episodes (20.2%), likely because he is constantly stealthing and checking for traps, not to mention his signature “dagger dagger dagger.” Grog’s Reckless Attacks have pushed him into second at 1587 (18.7%), and Vex is third at 1504 (17.7%). Pike and Tary trail largely because of a much lower number of episode appearances, and Keyleth and Scanlan tend to roll fewer d20s simply because most of their attacks tend to be spells that rely on saving throws rather than an attack roll. In addition, none of these characters are typically taking point on any dungeon-crawling.

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Maximum Damage Update

Maximum Damage Update

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Now that we’ve hit 100 episodes and most everyone is at level 17, we figured it was time for an update of one of our favorite stats: Max Damages. As usual, this is the maximum damage each character can deal to a single target in a single turn, assuming they roll the highest number on every die and crit whenever possible. Using spells or effects cast in a previous turn is allowed, but we’re not taking environmental hazards (like lava or acid) or conditions (like storms) into account. We also assume that the target has no special vulnerabilities, and if there is a save, the target fails. For the sake of everyone’s sanity, we’re not allowing spells like Conjure Animals, because that gets game-breaking and complicated rather quickly. Otherwise, we follow Critical Role’s homebrewed spellcasting rules, which allows two spells to be cast in a turn, as long as one is 2nd level or lower (this doesn’t prevent the casting of a high level spell in a previous round to be used as a bonus action with another high level spell cast as an action). We’re including both Taryon and Scanlan here, but it’s possible that both characters have things that we don’t know about, especially since we’re not even close to confirming Scanlan’s full level 17 spell list (he potentially has access to every 9th level spell in the game right now, which is a little bit terrifying).

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CRStats Favorite Moments (Eps 75-100)

In honor of Critical Role’s 100th episode, we thought it fitting to release the third in our series of favorite moments posts. We hope you enjoy!

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CRStats Favorite Moments Episodes 39-74

  • Sam’s LootCrate Radio Play (Ep75, 0:00:59)
  • Pike starts teaching Grog to read (Ep75, 2:55:29)
  • Vex saves two aasimar children from slavery (Ep75, 3:13:24)
  • Scanlan modifies the efreet’s memory, saving Vox Machina from certain death (Ep76, 2:48:36)
  • Keyleth’s first use of the Spire of Conflux incinerates six lizardfolk (Ep77, 0:41:41)
  • Kima/Allura (Ep77, 3:13:37)
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100th Episode Celebration!

In celebration for tonight’s 100th episode, we compiled a list of 100th achievements over the first 99 episodes of Critical Role. Enjoy!

  • 100th Point of Damage Dealt: Tiberius (Ep01, 2:30:57) Fireball
  • 100th DM Facepalm: Episode 60 (1:05:28) At Travis’, “F***ing Verizon.”
  • 100th Scanlan Musical Moment: Episode 23 (1:23:59) “With your arms, and your fists, and your legs, and your wrists. It’s in your head, in your head, you are fighting!” Inspiring Grog for the final round of the fight. (“Zombie” by The Cranberries)
  • 100th d20 Roll: Vex’ahlia (Ep02, 1:51:40) Initiative
  • 100th Day In-Game: Feywild: The party escapes the campsite of Sorudun the Happy, then stumbles into the lycan residents of the Moonbrush.
  • 100th Spell cast: Episode 05 (2:25:43) Tiberius, Glacial Blast
  • 100th Kill: Episode 09 (0:47:33) Tiberius, Dwarf Thrall, Ice chunks through right side
  • 100th DM Nat20: Ghurrix (Ep76, 1:08:38) Tail against Vax’ildan with Luck
  • 100th PC Nat20: Keyleth (Ep21, 3:50:01) Nature Check with advantage (Extracting Hotis’ eyes)
  • 100th PC Nat1: Grog (Ep27, 3:21:31) Perception vs. Behir
  • 100th Encounter: Kraken (Ep88)
  • 100th Arrow fired by Vex: Lightning Arrow (Ep22, 3:43:48)
  • 100th Transformation: Vax- Albino crow with one black eye, one yellow eye, and a blue feather (Polymorphed by Keyleth)
  • 100th point of damage taken: Percy (Ep02, 1:50:10) Umberhulk Mandible

Episode 100 Infographic!

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We were thrilled to work with the folks at Geek & Sundry to put together an info-tastic celebration of Critical Role in honor of the 100th episode! Make sure to check out all the Critical Role goodness they're posting today on their site and Twitter. We'll also have some statsy celebrating of our own over on Twitter to tide you over until the episode.

Villains Gallery: Post-Conclave and Unlikable People

Villains Gallery: Post-Conclave and Unlikable People

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We had an anonymous critter request a while back for us to create a list of villains and information about their intentions and deeds. There have been a lot of big bads over the course of 99 episodes, so many that we can't do them justice in one post. We're breaking them up by story arc, ending with the villains Vox Machina faced so far after the Conclave, as well as the folks who didn't quite make it to Villain status, but were still pretty unlikable.

After The Conclave

The Kraken

  • Kraken
  • Scourge of the rift between the Material and Water planes
  • Producer of lodestones that keeps Vesrah afloat
  • Attacked Vox Machina after Taryon spoiled their stealth
  • Killed Vax’ildan.
  • Was prevented from crossing into the Material plane.

Utugash, The Herald of Vassalage

  • Pit fiend
  • Ran a section of the City of Dis
  • “One of the prominent owners and taskmasters involved in moving souls and soul goods throughout this area of Dis. He is slovenly, he is lazy, he is powerful, and he needs to fall. [...] At this time, his laziness has left him a useless sack of demon s**t.”
  • Bought Tova from the Mentiri prison for his own entertainment.
  • Attacked by VM in his stronghold to fulfill the terms of Percy’s deal with Ipkesh, a cambion under his command.
  • Permanently killed by Tova
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