What We Know About the Luxon and Xhorhas (Updated!)

What We Know About the Luxon and Xhorhas (Updated!)

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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.

Luxon

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.”

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What We Know About the Xhorhas Situation

What We Know About the Xhorhas Situation

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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:

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What We Know About Xhorhas

What We Know About Xhorhas

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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.

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Monster Analysis: Xhorhas Assassin

Monster Analysis: Xhorhas Assassin

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  • Encounter Appearance: 2-13 Lost & Found
  • Armor Class 16 < x < 20
  • Speed 30 ft
  • Darkvision 60 ft, able to see in magical darkness
  • 41 damage taken, 5 knockout blow by Mollymauk

After escaping from an out-of-control heist, watching one of Zadash’s great landmarks suffer serious damage, and fleeing into the sewers under the cover of the city’s panic, The Mighty Nein found themselves facing an angry, very wounded individual in insect-like armor who only spoke to them in a language they didn’t speak (Undercommon). While they weren’t interested in fighting the individual, they had no intention of lying down while they slaughtered the lot of them.

For background into Xhorhas and the Dwendalian Empire’s longstanding feud, check out our Context post from last week.

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The Historical and Current Context to the Attack and Aftermath of Zadash

The Historical and Current Context to the Attack and Aftermath of Zadash

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So much happened in last episode, and we found our heads spinning a little trying to consider the scale of it. Figuring that we weren’t the only ones, we’ve written up a post detailing the context needed to grasp just how the events of last week’s episode fit into the world at large. We’ll start at the planar level of Exandria and work our way smaller. Fair warning: the last few sections of this post contain massive spoilers for episodes 11 and 12 of Campaign 2. Turn back now if you haven’t caught up and wish to remain unspoiled!

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