As The Mighty Nein head towards the Lucid Bastion to tell the Bright Queen what they’ve learned about the Dwendalian Empire’s plans for the war, we’re here to provide an update on what we know about the situation with the Empire, the Dynasty, and the person placing Abyssal Anchors. We’d also encourage you to take a look at some of our past articles in our What We Know About series as well as our relevant compiled quotation compendiums.
We’ve heard from a number of you that you appreciate our posts breaking down what we know about the various lore drops on Critical Role, and boy howdy did we get one in the most recent episode! Ahead, we’ll detail the new information The Mighty Nein gained through their experiences in Rosohna.
We learned a lot about the Dynasty’s favorite deity from Empress Leylas Kryn, Skysybil Abrianna Mirimm, and Shadowhand Essek Thelyss in episode 2-57. (Yes, we’ve confirmed all those spellings with Matt.)
The Luxon is responsible for creating the elements that became life on Exandria, scattering itself to bring fire and life to a cold and lonely rock of a planet.
The Luxon’s body is held within the Beacons, of which the Dynasty has discovered four.
Selected followers of the Luxon go through cycles of rebirth so they can live enough lives to learn the true meaning of why they are on Exandria and to bring the fragments of the Luxon’s puzzle to it when it is reborn, to give it purpose.
The Luxon is also the source of a very potent magical force and the beacon is one of many funnels of dunamis power.
The followers of the Luxon have periods of worship where they “give [them]selves to the sunlight as part of [their] means of showing [their] faith.”
To say the situation at the end of Episode 2-56 is complicated would be a vast understatement. Ahead, we break down everything you need to know to understand what’s going on as The Mighty Nein give their mighty gift to Empress Leylas Kryn. We also have several previous posts with relevant information (and linked quote compendiums) you may want to check out as well:
The Mighty Nein are heading into the neighboring country of Xhorhas, a land shrouded in mystery and fear, in order to rescue Yeza. Ahead, we lay out everything we know so far about the Dwendalian Empire’s foe, and Yasha’s homeland. We’ve compiled a relevant quote compendium that you can also read through here.Read More
Hello, lore drop!
Our post last week had to assume that Nott was telling the truth, and likewise, this week we have to assume she was telling the truth when she was talking to the Nein in Episode 49… which means that we have to clarify some past lies that she’s told. She did a fair amount of mixing in parts of the truth to her previous stories, but they didn’t necessarily happen quite the way she initially told them. In response to Nott’s story and the events revealed in Episode 48, Caleb let a few additional bombs drop, some of which were new to us and the Mighty Nein. (Subheadings link to timestamped transcriptions of interest.)Read More
After avoiding it for as long as they could, The Mighty Nein has made their way back into the Dwendalian Empire. Never ones to do things part way, the party set their destination for Felderwin, the site of the most recent (and furthest west) Xhorhasian attack. Felderwin is also the nearest town to where Nott grew up as a member of a roving goblin clan. Upon arriving, the Nein realized that their visit would be much more complicated than checking up on Nott’s old friend, Yeza.
There is a lot of information that we just don’t know yet about the entire situation, and probably won’t until at least episode 49. Speculation, naturally, has been rife this week. We’re going to lay out everything that we do know related to Nott’s history, the Cerberus Assembly, Xhorhas, and dunamis, and how it all factors into where we left our band of adventurers.Read More
Here’s where things get complicated. There are bits of information that aren’t out to the entire group, but a few characters do know. Here’s a (relatively) quick summary of what certain people know about other members of the Mighty Nein to wrap things up.Read More
While we as an audience may see everything that happens between everyone else (except for whispers), it’s important to remember that the characters don’t necessarily have all the information. To that end, here’s all the information that the Mighty Nein (except Caduceus) has learned about each other. Since Caduceus came to the party much later, he doesn’t have most of the same information, so we’ll be discussing him separately in part 3 of our knowledge dump series with all the information that isn’t quite out there for the entire group just yet.Read More
In the spirit of Talks Machina’s look back at Campaign 2 so far, we decided to take a look at everything we’ve learned thus far about each Mighty Nein member’s history. Because we’re us, we can’t do things in halves, and spent the better part of the last three weeks researching, compiling, timestamping, linking, writing and editing information on each character’s background. (A friendly reminder that we have a ko-fi!)
We’ll be presenting this information in three parts:
what we, the viewers, know about TMN from what they’ve said on Critical Role and Talks Machina;
what The Mighty Nein (except Caduceus, since he came later) knows about each others’ past;
and what information certain characters know about others’ history that isn’t known by the group at large along with what Caduceus knows about the rest of the Nein.
In this first section, each character’s heading links to a compendium of quotations about that character’s backstory.
A massive thanks to the volunteer editors and transcribers at CRTranscript for their hard work making Critical Role accessible! Projects like this wouldn’t be possible without them. We are basing our spellings off of what has been confirmed by CRTranscript and Stats, what is on the Wildemount maps, and from other places where spellings have been confirmed.Read More
Thanks to @planarbindings for this art piece!
Since boarding The Squalleater, Fjord’s past and patron have come under scrutiny. Ahead, we lay out what we’ve learned so far about The Mighty Nein’s resident warlock and his recently revealed patron, Uk'otoa. (Transcripts of relevant moments are documented here.)Read More