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"Cindergrove Revisited" (4x08) is the eighth episode of the fourth chapter of Critical Role.  Special guest star Chris Hardwick plays Gern Blanston, a blue dragonborn wizard.  With fire elementals emerging from the Elemental Plane of Fire, Vox Machina joins forces with the druids of Pyrah and Zephrah—and a strange scavenger—to seal the rift between planes.

Synopsis Edit

Announcements Edit

  • Many of the Critical Role cast members will be at WonderCon 2016 in the LA Convention Center on 2016-03-25.
  • Sam Riegel gets emasculated.
  • The first batch of Gilmore's Glorious Goods T-shirts rapidly sold out of stock.  A limited second batch will be available for purchase for only one week, beginning on 2016-03-24, at geekandsundry.com.
  • A "Strongjaw Ale" T-shirt design, modeled by Travis Willingham will be available at WonderCon on 2016-03-25, then at geekandsundry.com.
  • Taliesin Jaffe provided a voice a robot companion in Fallout 4, now available in game.
  • The Nerdist Panel will be on Sunday at WonderCon, followed by a signing by Chris Hardwick.
  • Chris Hardwick posted the full, unedited parody debate of Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump from his Comedy Central show, @Midnight.
  • Chris Hardwick's Comedy Central special, Fun Comfortable, premieres on April 30th.
  • Wyrmwood Gaming, a sponsor of Critical Role, offers free shipping through the code "critrole".
  • Laura Bailey is an extraordinary belcher.

Previously on Critical Role Edit

Our band of intrepid adventurers, Vox Machina, after having a horrible encounter with the Chroma Conclave—a gathering of chromatic, evil dragons that has just torn through the Tal'Dorei countryside, destroying cityscape after cityscape—the party has fled and has been seeking information on how to possibly eventually topple these creatures and restore order to the land of Tal'Dorei. They begin seeking these artifacts known as the Vestiges of the Divergence that promise ancient power from wars long passed that could aid them in this journey.

After acquiring one [Deathwalker's Ward] with a near-death experience by Vex'ahlia over there, they begin the next step in their journey. However, as part of a recent scrying by Keyleth, the druid, they discovered that the Pyrah tribe of her druidic heritage, the Ashari, were decimated as their home of Pyrah was the portal to the fire elemental plane, that they normally guard, was where Thordak, the Cinder King, the great red dragon, tore through into this prime realm and managed to seemingly wipe out most, if not all, of the tribe.

Vox Machina made the relatively grim journey back to the mountainside, finding it now brimming with volcanic rock and volcanic activity that previously lay dormant. Upon climbing the side of the mountain, you found remnants of the Pyrah tribe still alive and making their way up the mountain, as damaged as they are, in hopes of sealing this now progressively swelling tear between the prime Material Plane and the Elemental Plane of Fire. Not just that; there was aid that came to the Pyrah tribe that involved a number of Air Ashari, one of which was Korrin, Keyleth's father. There is a brief, tearful exchange and reunion before the rest of you, steeling yourselves, began to walk in towards the center of the mountain's caldera, towards the remnants of the Cindergrove—the now-destroyed and -sundered petrified forest—in hopes of closing this rippling tear to the Elemental Plane, once and for all.

Part I Edit

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Laura Bailey reacts to the "16k and a Sloth" subscriber challenge on Geek & Sundry's Twitch channel.

Vox Machina finds some undead creatures and decides to attack.  After destroying one of these thralls, their master arrives and parlays with the group. A blue dragonborn wizard, Gern Blanston, introduces himself after their initial misunderstanding and joins Vox Machina.

As the now-larger party proceeds to the rift in the portal to the Elemental Plane of Fire, they encounter some fire elementals. Keyleth transforms into a fire elemental and pursues her fleeing quarry.

Break Edit

Several Geek & Sundry promotional videos aired during the break.

Part II Edit

Featured Characters Edit

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Fan art of Coral (a thrall of Gern Blanston) helping to seal the rift to the Elemental Plane of Fire, by Thomas Brin.[art 1]

Vox Machina Edit

New Edit

Returning Edit


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Fan art of Keyleth casting Tidal Wave, by Thomas Brin.[art 2]

Inventory Edit

Adjustment Count Item Source Destination Notes
Acquired many dragon scales environment Gern Blanston Gern initially picked up a scale from the ashy ground, although Vex didn't notice what it was. Later, Gern began obviously, intensively collecting scales.
Relinquished 2 arrow(s) Vex'ahlia enemies Vex shot arrows during combat.
1 environment Vex launched an arrow as a flare.
Relinquished 1 fancy robe bag of holding environment Vex attached the robe to an arrow, lit it on fire from Keyleth's fire elemental form, and shot it as a flare.
Relinquished 2 candles Gern Blanston enemies Fatty Arbuckle delivered a blue Ice Storm candle to damage two salamander enemies.
A thrall detonated a yellow Blink candle to help close the rift to the Elemental Plane of Fire.
Transferred 1 Broom of Flying Gern Blanston Bag of Holding Vex retrieved then hid Gern's broom in Grog's bag of holding, then told Gern that she had dropped it into the lava.
Relinquished 3 ammunition Percy enemies Percy shot his weapons during combat.

Quotations Edit

Trivia Edit

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Fan art of Vex'ahlia flying on the broom she stole from Gern Blanston, by Meg Simmons.[art 3]

  • Vex'ahlia's alignment was originally neutral good[2], just like Keyleth and Scanlan, but shifted to chaotic neutral due to many behaviors and actions culminating in the theft of Gern Blanston's flying broom and then lying about it.[3]

External Links Edit

References Edit

  1. Spelling of Cerkonos confirmed by Matthew Mercer on Twitter.
  2. Laura Bailey stated in a Q&A that Vex'ahlia's alignment was neutral good. See "K'Varn Revealed" (1x10) at 3:29:46.
  3. Matthew Mercer confirmed on Reddit that Vex'ahlia has officially shifted alignment to chaotic neutral.

Art:

  1. Fan art of Coral (a thrall of Gern Blanston) helping to seal the rift to the Elemental Plane of Fire, by Thomas Brin (source).  Used with permission.
  2. Fan art of Keyleth casting Tidal Wave, by Thomas Brin (source).  Used with permission.
  3. Fan art of Vex'ahlia flying on the broom she stole from Gern Blanston, by Meg Simmons (source).


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