What We Know About Battle Royale 3

In place of the continuing story of Vox Machina, tonight’s episode of Critical Role will see Vex, Grog, Tary, Percy, and Keyleth showdown in a battle royale. Five will enter, one will survive as the champion.

  • Who: Vex’ahlia, Grog, Taryon, Percy, Keyleth
  • Where: Unknown
  • When: Today, regular Critical Role time, 7pm PDT
  • Why: Liam and Ashley can’t be there
  • Other Info:
    • Everyone will be level 17, including Tary (who is regularly level 15)
    • Everyone has access to their current equipment (unless told otherwise)
    • Vex will have Trinket; Taryon will have Doty

In case you're looking for the first two Battle Royales, you can find them here and here!

Media References and Puns of Episode 98: The Mines of The Many

Assignment. Burden. Business. Calling. Charge. Commission. Commitment. Job. Load. Milstone. Mission. Obligation. Onus. Responsibility. Station. Task. Trouble. Undertaking. Weight. Work.

Or, put simply, duty. 

Puns

  • (0:24:35) Tary: I feel a duty, a responsibility to this family, because they are my family.  Keyleth: Grog!  Grog: You feel a doody? The privy is over there, or over there, or the front yard beckons.
  • (0:28:28) Keyleth: So what exactly is your duty that you’re feeling inclined toward- Grog: *something* *general laughter* Keyleth: Dammit, Grog.
  • (0:29:27) Keyleth: But Grog does bring up a point I was trying to make before he started laughing when I said ‘duty.’ Grog: *tries really hard to not laugh again*
  • (0:29:37) Keyleth: You said you were compelled and felt like you had a duty. Grog: *again starts laughing, Liam and Laura are pretty gone, too* Taliesin: Stop it, Travis, god, I can’t. Liam: It’s gotten all of us now, it’s off to the races.
  • (0:31:21) Grog: Can you describe to me this “duty?” Keyleth: You don’t care! Percy: That’s hard, that’s very hard. Grog: I think I do now. Like, you know. Is it real like, hard, or, you know, is it- *breaks off laughing* Tary: It’s a little more nebulous than that, Grog. Percy: You can pass on this for now.
  • (0:31:56) Tary: Listen, when you see my duty, you’ll know. Grog: Copy that. Vax: It’s loose.
  • (0:39:46) Tary: (while talking to his mother) Mum’s the word.
  • (0:46:23) Grog: This is the meeting place of a dark group, right? A shady group? Shouldn’t we check this area for anything shady? (...) Taliesin: Is there shade? Is there shade in this establishment? Matt: It’s dimly lit, so there’s plenty of shadows.
  • (1:28:00) Pike: Tell her she has nice boots, Grog. Grog: Nice boobs! Pike: Boots! Boots, boots. Grog: Boo- Boots. Boots. Boots. Nice boots.
  • (2:17:58) Keyleth: Duty. Grog: Better.
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Monster Analysis: Symphior the Withered Planetar & Ankhegs

Monster Analysis: Symphior the Withered Planetar & Ankhegs

Thanks to @ForgingMeanings for this art piece!

  • First Appearance: 98 The Mines of The Many
  • Armor Class 25
  • Speed 40, 120 ft (flying)
  • Legendary Actions
  • Advantage on saves against magic
  • Suggested Average, Max HP: 200, 282
  • 374 taken, 48 HDYWTDT by Vex’ahlia

Despite being a planetar, Symphior shares very little in common with its textbook counterpart. Planetars are a kind of angel, along with devas and solars. Planetars serve a deity, as Herethis’ planetar once did. This planetar, created by the chat during Matt’s fireside Q&A, was put in place as a seed to grow and eventually emerge to protect the land. However, its development was cut short by the land becoming corrupted, stilting and deforming its growth. It was forced to emerge early by The Myriad’s drilling into the platinum mine, terrorizing all who came near.

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Media References and Puns of Episode 97: Taryon, My Wayward Son

You know it's a winner of an episode when the title is a media reference AND a pun! (Full Disclosure: Not all of CRStats feels this way. But, the one of us making this post does and that's what matters.)

Puns

  • (Episode Title) Taryon, My Wayward Son
  • (0:04:51) Matt: Elrond and Riverdale.
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Quick Answers 52

Do you have the timestamp of that one time when Matt, much to Travis' surprise, invented an official flower for one of the big cities (Westruun?) in a matter of seconds and what that flower was?

The Critical Role Wiki answered this one for us. We recommend checking them out, as they are a great source for trivia like this! Matt told us the official flower of Westruun was the white iris in Episode 56 (3:33:10).

Does the timeskip mean that Tary has been with VM as long as/longer than Scanlan at this point?

From what we can gather, no, Scanlan has still been with the party longer. During a Periscope, Matt suggested that a year and a half passed since the party first met together in Stillben to mid-Conclave arc. We can also note that Scanlan was with the party through two Winter’s Crest celebrations, while Tary has only been through one.

Everyone should have had a bday in the year gap. What's everyone's age now?

  • Taryon: 29
  • Vax and Vex: 28 or 29
  • Pike: Early 40s
  • Keyleth and Percy: Mid 20s
  • Grog, Scanlan: Unknown + 1
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Monster Analysis: Trickfoot Curse

Monster Analysis: Trickfoot Curse

Thanks to @BrinMataujall for this art piece!

  • First Appearance: 96 Family Matters
  • Armor Class: Unknown
  • Unknown to Hit
  • Immune to Unseen Damage
  • 413 damage dealt, total HP unknown

The Trickfoot family name has a long and checkered past. In the words of Ogden Trickfoot: (1:45:18)

"Over four centuries ago, when our kin still occupied the city of Witterbach, up in the Cliffkeep Mountains, long before our bloodline took the name Trickfoot, there was a wily rock gnome called O.G. Pipemender. Now, O.G. grew jealous of his brother, Lons, and his business’ success and his marriage, apparently. So, seeking a means of balancing their standing, bringing Lons down a peg or two, O.G. plotted to undermine, shame his brother, and destroy his life. Now, he was successful in this plot, at least from what I’ve gleaned. Lons was ruined, but not before it was revealed to Lons that O.G. himself was the culprit.

Now, cornered and fearing for his life, O.G. lashed out and slew his brother. He fled Witterbach and wandered the mountains for week, scavenging to survive. On a full moon, he was visited by a vision of what is believed to be the Lawbearer, Erathis herself. At least, an aspect of her, at the very least. Now, this grave injustice he had committed did not go unnoticed by the Lawbearer and it required punishment. And a curse was set within the very blood of O.G. himself. One that lay dormant from generation to generation, unless those carrying the seed fell to extreme selfishness and wanton destruction of others.

Now, we Trickfoots may not have the best reputation, but what we do, we do it to survive. And we hurt no other in the process. Those that wander too far into the dark call up this curse and the shades within them slowly hollow them out, leaving a ravenous, selfish beast of a gnome."

The shadowy entity demonstrated the ability to attack all enemies in melee with it in a single action, striking out at Grog, Trinket, Percy, Doty, and Vax. Unlike past encounters, the Trickfoot Curse Monster was immune to ranged physical and spell attacks. Despite its demonic-like presence, Divine Smite dealt no extra damage. Keyleth creatively used Moonbeam to force the monster to reveal its true self if it was a shapeshifter, but to no avail. Its strange immunity to damage dealt by some party members and not others at certain times and not others provided a wrinkle as they sought to determine the cause of this discrepancy mid-combat...

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Media References and Puns of Episode 96: Family Matters

Media References and Puns of Episode 96: Family Matters

Thanks to Chris Gutierrez (@bullyart07) for this art piece!

Ogden: Pike, you have been saved from a family line of terrible curses!

Ogden, you keep using that word. We do not think it means what you think it means.

Puns

  • (0:03:50) Marisha: I still want to make Sportsball, but you won’t let me! I want to make it with you!  Laura: Don’t say you want to make it with my husband.
  • (0:53:30) Vex: Was he kind of a dick?  Wilhand: A what?  Keyleth: Oh! A penis!
  • (2:21:25) Vex: ... some really terrible gods. Some good gods. Travis: Good god!
  • (2:40:02) Grog: Do you want to go see another cleric and see if you even need to exorcise or not?
  • (2:44:42) Grog: I do love probing.
  • (2:50:19) Keyleth: You don’t look shady.
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Media References and Puns of Episode 95: One Year Later...

IT'S BEEN one year since you went to hell,
Escaped with your lives and with a foe felled.
Few months since you set up shop,
Built a bakery with sun treats and bear claws.
Two weeks since you went to the beach,
Locked mastiffs in a room to mate, destroy, and pee.
Yesterday was common as can be,
But it'll still be a few days with the Trickfoot family...

Puns

  • (0:10:45) Travis: So, I had the bear tattooed that I filleted off of Kevdak, and I had it tanned, and I then I got a copy of that tattoo on my back ‘cause that s***’s behind me.
  • (0:11:11) Liam: Did you put a bear a** on your bare a**?
  • (0:28:16) Laura: It’s called The Slayer’s Cake.
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The Transcriptions of Doty the First

The Transcriptions of Doty the First

Thanks to @marycreates art for this art piece!

In the mere 17 days Vox Machina knew Doty, the obedient automaton wrote and sketched his way into their hearts.

Okay, maybe not their hearts, but definitely ours.

Anyway, as we fast forward a year and potentially meet his replacement, we figured it was worth compiling a few words from the robot itself. Which, were words mostly spoken by Tary. Transcribing is hard work, yo.

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Monster Analysis: Liam's Quest - Full Circle

Monster Analysis: Liam's Quest - Full Circle

Thanks to @drunken_pilot for this art piece!

Often, our Monster Analyses are fairly in-depth looks into whatever battle happened in the most recent episode, including discussions of monster histories and player strategies. Level 17 characters, and the monsters that fight them, have so many differentiated abilities, each aspect of the battle merits a closer analysis. As we saw in Full Circle, Level 1 characters and corresponding monsters are much more limited and generalized in their abilities, so we can look more generally at their battles. This episode had no fewer than four battles: the initial skinned cat attack, the pack of cats, the demogoron and friends, and the machines.

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Liam's Quest: Full Circle Master Post

Liam's Quest: Full Circle Master Post

Art by @kendrawcandraw

In the continuation and conclusion of Liam's metaverse, we laughed, we cried, some people died, it became a part of us. Below, we've compiled all interesting and un-interesting stats alike from the session (mostly the former), as well as some fantastic fan art (thanks to @kendrawcandraw, @owlishee, @samazkma, and @cwoodsart!).

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Media References and Puns of Liam's Quest: Full Circle

When your inner child is brought to the forefront and is facing down the end of all things, there is only one thing you can do to power through: reference EVERYTHING. (Seriously, we caught 94 references this week.)

Puns

  • (1:27:05) Laura: There’s nothing metal?  Sam: Just Ashley.
  • (3:44:40) Liam, but it doesn’t say ‘Exit,’ you didn’t see it until now, it says ‘Come.’  Sam: *gasp* I come in my pants.
  • (3:50:04) Sam: Mad Matt Mercer.
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