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"Crimson Diplomacy" (3x02) is the second episode of the third chapter of Critical Role. Vax'ildan finds himself alone in the clutches of the villainous Briarwoods! While the party rushes in to save him, they are joined by a mysterious tiefling named Lillith Daturai, a powerful wizard on the run from bounty hunters. Can Vox Machina save both Vax and Lillith from their grim fates?
Previously on Critical Role Edit
"The party, after traveling abroad in the distant city of Vasselheim and the surrounding lands, eventually returned to Emon, their central hub city where they have their Greyskull Keep constructed, to relax and take in a brief moment of respite, before learning that the Briarwoods—two individuals apparently responsible for much darkness and sadness in the history of Percy—were coming to court within a week to have a feast and talk with Sovereign Uriel Tal'Dorei. Upon hearing the Briarwoods were arriving within the week to discuss political matters and enjoy a feast, the members of Vox Machina, who are part of the Council of Tal'Dorei, were invited.
"Within that week, they made their various preparations, made their various beard-checks, made their various beard-shavings, and made their way to the central palace in the Cloudtop District of Emon. The Briarwoods arrived, a feast was put out, however Percy went in under an illusion to look like Vax, while Vax went invisible. Everyone had formal attire on, weapons left at the door, unarmored, dressed for the occasion. During the feast, conversations were had, questions were raised, and information was extracted. Seeker Assum had requested to have been met in the foyer by our rogue here, who forgot and then decided to go on his own upstairs, following the Briarwoods to the second floor where their guest room was set. He distracted one of the guards with his Serpent Belt, knocked out the other, entered the room, and found himself face-to-face with the Briarwoods themselves. After a brief discussion, a little bit of awkwardness, [Vax] attempted to leave but [was] placed in a holding pattern, if you will, by a Hold Person spell and had the two Briarwoods come up to [him], whisper in [his] ear that [he] had nothing to worry about, [he looks] delicious."
Part I Edit
Part II Edit
The party and guards are gathering in front of the palace, where the destroyed carriage lies. Percy knocks the young bleeding driver unconscious. Keyleth makes sure he won't bleed to death.
Vax and Keyleth intimidate the guards into letting the tiefling leave and bring the driver in their keep's holding cell.
Tiberus shows up distressed to Allura, who calms him down and makes him stay put.
The party gets acquainted with Lillith Daturai, Zahra's cousin, who deflects questions about her presence in the castle. A red glowing eye sigil on her chest raises suspicion in the party. She explain it's the mark of the Broker, who hunts her. She goes back to her servant disguise.
Uriel interrupts the party departure towards the Sarenra temple to heal Vax and Tiberius. The meeting is quickly adjourned to first thing the next morning.
Three clerics, including Tristan, the old one who led the resurrection ritual on Pike, welcome the party into Sarenra's temple.
Vex refuses to haggle the price (100 gold) of healing Vax and Tiberius. Dried, yellowish leaves of glissfoil are pressed onto the biting wound to disinfect it. The cleric assures Vax that, as far as he knows, Vax shouldn't be tainted by the vampirism.
Tiberius asks the cleric to bless his bottomless bottle of water. The cleric is unsure how the enchantment will work out with the blessing; he quotes 25 gold for 2 days of work.
The cleric is moved as the party brings news of the temple being restored in Vasselheim. The party successfully plugs Gilmore's shop to the temple.
Walking the street towards Greyskull, Vax apologies for his stealth failure. Grog whacks him as they accept his apology.
The Broker, a red-skinned, horned tiefling ambushes the party with the help of a sickly older lady and a scarred, masked humanoid. The Broker names "Nefertiri, Nethspira and Bellenore", sisters of Lillith, as his quest givers, and hints that he is acting legally.
During the fight, Scanlan puts the woman to sleep; Grog wakes her up with a lightning spear. Percy shouts for the ambushers to leave, then kills the Broker by shooting 6 bullets in his chest, yelling "You fool, your soul is forfeit! Die! Die!". He ends his turn by glaring the other two down, pulling his other, bigger gun. The old lady start running away, she is shot in the back by Vex, put back to sleep, and hit by Tiberius' spinning blades.
Vox Machina captures the masked man, denying him the honor of death, revealing his face to be melted by acid. He is released, and starts wandering.
Lillith animates the Broker, the eye sigil on her chest vanished. She sends him back to her sisters at Palac Lusterka.
The party invite Lillith into the keep. Keyleth plants a glissfoil plant out of the dried leaf.
Featured Characters Edit
Vox Machina Edit
- Percival de Rolo
- Scanlan Shorthalt
- Tiberius Stormwind
- Grog Strongjaw
Pike Trickfoot(absent; mentioned only)
- The Broker
- Lillith Daturai: tiefling wizard, played by Kit Buss.
- Desmond: the Briarwoods' carriage driver.
- Father Tristan: cleric at the Temple of Sarenrae.
- Vax: "Jenga!"
- Scanlan: "Hello. What a lovely dinner we had--LIGHTNING!"
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