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"The Feast" (3x01) is the first episode of the third chapter of Critical Role. With the Briarwoods coming to Emon, Percy reveals the full tale of how they slaughtered his family and seized control of WhitestoneVox Machina has just one week to prepare for a diplomatic feast between the Tal'Dorei Council and the sinister and mysterious Lord and Lady Briarwood...

Synopsis Edit

Pre-Show Edit

Announcements Edit

  • Due to time concerns, Critmas will no longer be happening every week. Instead, it will be staying on-stream, but moving to just the first Thursday of every month.
  • The Hasbro game design contest is still going until the end of the month.
  • Matt plays the main villain in a film series called Mythica, which is currently running a Kickstarter to finish their third episode.
  • WeLoveFine is still running their D&D T-shirt design contest for Rage of Demons.
  • The "Is It Thursday Yet?" T-shirt is still available on TeeSpring for another week.
  • Blindspot with Ashley Johnson is premiering this coming Monday.
  • Joe Madureira, as part of the company Airship Syndicate, is currently running a Kickstarter for a game called Battle Chasers: Nightwar. The campaign has already hit its funding goal, but is still working toward stretch goals.
  • Taliesin will be at Senshi Con in Anchorage, Alaska on September 26 and 27.
  • The entire cast will be at New York Comic Con, October 8-11.
  • Kit Buss and Wendy Sullivan Green, the official artists for Critical Role, are hanging out on set tonight.
  • According to Matt, the new Kindred wolf character in League of Legends sounds pretty cool. (Matt voices him.)
  • The PO box for Critmas packages has been posted in the chat.

Previously on Critical Role Edit

"The party, after completing their business in the city of Vasselheim, on the far off northwest continentGrog of course having an epic battle in the Crucible fight pit against Kern, reclaiming his honor; Pike left back there to finish up the renovation of the temple of Sarenrae that was discovered—the rest of the party moved on back to Emon, the rest of their business complete. Within Emon, they returned to the Greyskull Keep where they encountered a fan, apparently, of Vox Machina that had been camping for two weeks outside, who was promptly bludgeoned in the temple by Vax to "teach him a lesson". However, [he was] brought back from the brink, and taught that hard lesson that this is a dangerous field. [Vax] managed to seemingly reach out and to touch the heart of this young, intrepid, wannabe adventurer, to possibly try and better himself before he throws himself into danger's way; he ran off to train harder.

"Upon returning to the Keep, notice was sent off to one of the other members of the Council of Tal'Dorei, Seeker Assum, who is the halfling Head of whispers and all sorts of subterfuge across the countryside, who came to [Vox Machina] notifying [them] that within a week's time the Briarwoods, Lord and Lady Briarwood, are supposed to be arriving here within Emon for a feast, to discuss, apparently, the building of a bridge and a more political joining between Emon and the Tal'Dorei royal family and these up-and-coming Lords and Ladies, who have a very dark history, apparently, with Percy. [The party has] been asked to join as part of this feast, as [Percy] previously requested with Sovereign Tal'Dorei that, should anything involve the Briarwoods, [he] be included. [They] have a week to figure out what [they] want to do in advance of that."

Part I Edit

Percy's Family History Edit

Laina brings up the subject of payment for the staff at Greyskull Keep, so Vax, Vex and Tiberius front their wages. That done, the party go to talk to Percy in his workshop.

They find Percy already hard at work. Although he is initially reluctant to talk, they persuade him to give a brief history of his time before joining Vox Machina. They learn what the Briarwoods did to his family. Confessing that he wants revenge, Percy shows them his gun. On five of the six barrels are the names Lord Briarwood, Lady Briarwood, Anna Ripley, Sir Stonefell, and Professor Anders -- all conspirators in the coup that overthrew his family.

The Briarwoods, Lord and Lady Briarwood, are responsible for the death of my entire family. Whitestone was my home. Many years ago-- I don't want to get into the details. I came from a big family. I came from a proud family. One night, they were invited into our home, and over the course of that night, they slaughtered everybody. They are evil. They are corrupting.

The few survivors of Castle Whitestone who did survive only survived through deceit and by working for the Briarwoods, turning on their masters. Thankfully, the de Rolo family still has standing elsewhere, and there's other branches of the family other than my father's.

I was lost for quite a while after that happened. I had nothing else in my life other than my family. I was never really going to inherit anything. I was not going to run anything. I was idle. And at some point, I made the decision that, if nothing else, I survived to, maybe, extract some vengeance. Maybe set something right. Maybe stop whatever it was that they were doing. I don't know.

There was one of their party, Dr. Ripley. She was in charge of something during the murder. I don't know what. I chased her. I chased her down. It took a year, and I had my gun, and I discovered where she was and where she was working on some ruins, and I approached her. I never even saw her face. Her guards captured me, beat me up. Didn't even bother taking my things. They just threw me in that dungeon. I never even got close enough to see her face.

...

I don't know what to do. I'm preparing for anything. When I got thrown into that dungeon, I came to the realization that maybe I wasn't doing this the right way. I wasn't being responsible, and I prayed to whatever it is I pray to that maybe I would have a sign of what I should be doing. And then there you were. I've been trusting that Vox Machina will take me where I need to go, and maybe what I need to do is confront this. But I don't know what this is, and I'm terrified.
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Percy opens up about his history[1]

The party agree to help Percy fight the Briarwoods when he is ready.

Errands in Emon Edit

Tiberius goes to the Alabaster Lyceum. He inquires about a teleportation sigil for Kraghammer, but is turned down due to Vox Machina's shaky history with House Thunderbrand. Tiberius leaves to find Grog, hoping the Thunderbrand family amulet they found in the Underdark will provide bargaining power.

Keyleth goes with the rest of the party to Gilmore's Glorious Goods. Although Gilmore is away in Westruun, Sherri sends him a message. Gilmore arrives immediately at the mention of Vax's name, and he and Vax go into a back room to trade news. On Vax's request, Gilmore procures a favor for him with the Lyceum. Vax also purchases three enchanted daggers, presumably as a gift for Kynan Leore.

Tiberius uses the Thunderbrand amulet to barter access to the Kraghammer sigil, choosing not to cash in on Gilmore's favor. As he is out of the needed spell slots, however, he is unable to leave that day and goes home to rest.

Vax quietly leaves the rest of the group to look for Harold, Kynan's father. He finds him just as he is closing up shop for the day. He sneaks into Harold's house, finding what looks to be Kynan's room left empty. Seeing that, he sneaks back out and knocks on the front door. Harold answers it. On inquiring, Vax learns that Kynan argued with his father before gathering his things and leaving. Vax leaves 50 gold for Kynan when he returns, but does not leave the daggers.

Break Edit

Part II Edit

A Short Trip to Kraghammer Edit

In the morning, Grog wakes up to find that the beard from his Belt of Dwarvenkind is coming in. Tiberius spends some time training Lockheed, his pet pseudo-dragon.

As the party finish breakfast, Tiberius casts his teleportation spell. He, Grog, Vex, and Scanlan go through it to Kraghammer. They emerge inside the Thunderbrand estate and are met by a grumpy Lord Thunderbrand, who had stayed up all night waiting for them. They give him the amulet, which seems to change his mood; he gets distracted and wipes away a tear. When asked about the damaged flying carpet, he does say he could re-enchant it, but that it would take 50,000 gold and the better part of a year. Vex, flustered, declines.

They go next to Nostoc Greyspine to collect payment for their Underdark venture. Although they have no illithid scalps to present, they tell him what they found in Yug'Voril. He is initially reluctant to pay them the full agreed-upon reward without evidence, but a Suggestion from Scanlan changes his mind.

Preparations Edit

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Fan art of Vax'ildan and Keyleth tying bows and braids into Trinket's fur, by Wendy Sullivan Green.[art 1]

The four of them return to Emon to find that Vax and Keyleth have tied pink ribbons all through Trinket's fur. Percy is still in his workshop, tinkering. They discuss plans for the feast. Percy, unsure of what he wants with the Briarwoods, says only to watch them and not attack, but they agree on the code word "Jenga" in case violence is needed.

Over the next week, Vex works on teaching Trinket a new cannonball attack. Keyleth studies alchemy. Tiberius trains Lockheed the commands for hide and speak. Grog's belt provides him with a full beard, which he is very proud of until Vax gets him drunk and shaves off half of it. Percy does more tinkering, crafting a gauntlet that can discharge an electric burst; he tests it on Tiberius.

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Fan art of Grog in his "formal wear" for the feast, by David Rodrigues.[art 2]

The day of the feast arrives, and the party don their finest clothes. (Grog dons a tapestry that he found on the wall.) To avoid showing his face to the Briarwoods, Percy disguises himself as Vax, and Scanlan casts Invisibility on the real Vax.

Meeting the Briarwoods Edit

Seeker Assum meets the party at the entrance to the palace and takes them aside for a briefing. Assum is planning to do some digging while the Briarwoods are distracted at the feast, and as such asks Vox Machina to keep a low profile. Seeing through Percy's disguise, he suggests that the real Vax join him after the feast begins. Assum then goes into more detail on the reasons for his distrust of the Briarwoods and notes that Lady Briarwood is an accomplished wizard.

A horn announces the arrival of guests, and the party go to meet Sylas and Delilah Briarwood. As they have just come from the road, the couple quickly go up to their room to get ready for dinner. In the meantime, Vox Machina are greeted by Allura Vysoren and pass the time chatting with her. Tiberius sets up a tea date with Allura, whom he fancies.

Dinner is announced and the guests seated. Vex and Scanlan strike up a conversation with the Briarwoods while Vax prowls the room. The Briarwoods share their version of their acquaintance with the de Rolos and inheritance of Whitestone. Vax does not go to meet Assum, but eventually, when the meal ends, follows the Briarwoods out of the hall and to their room.

Using his Serpent Belt as a distraction, Vax takes down the guard outside the Briarwoods' guest room and steals the key to enter. As he steps in, the two of them see him. He tries and fails to bluff his way out of the situation. Before he can run or call for help, Vax is paralyzed and dragged into the room.

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Fan art of Vax'ildan being caught by the Briarwoods, by Wendy Sullivan Green.[art 3]

Featured Characters Edit

Vox Machina Edit

New Edit

Returning Edit

Inventory Edit

Adjustment Count Item Source Destination Notes
expended 300 gold Vex Laina Yor wages for the staff at Greyskull Keep
expended 300 gold Vax
expended 600 gold Tiberius
acquired 1 magic chest Gilmore's Glorious Goods Scanlan enchanted for anti-detection
expended 200 gold Scanlan Gilmore's for magic chest
acquired 2 books on alchemy Gilmore's Keyleth procured via Scanlan
expended 50 gold Keyleth Gilmore's for books, procured via Scanlan
acquired 3 Daggers +1 Gilmore's Vax purchased on 1,200-gold credit
expended 120 gold Tiberius Karen for construction of a custom glaive
relinquished 5 daggers
crafted 10 bullets ore & black powder Percy used the materials for 20 bullets
crafted 20 bullets used the materials for 20 bullets
expended 50 gold Vax Harold left for Kynan, though Vax suspected Harold might keep it for himself
relinquished 1 amulet Bag of Holding Lord Thunderbrand in exchange for access to the Kraghammer teleportation sigil
acquired 25,000 gold Nostoc Greyspine party for defeating K'Varn
transferred 1500 gold party Grog stipend
transferred 1500 Keyleth
transferred 1500 Percy
transferred 1500 Scanlan
transferred 1500 Tiberius
transferred 1500 Vax'ildan
transferred 1500 Vex'ahlia
acquired 2 sets of business cards print shop Scanlan one with Scanlan's name, one with Burt Reynolds
expended 50 gold Scanlan print shop for business cards
expended 1,200 gold Vax Gilmore's repayment for credit
crafted 1 Diplomacy tinkering supplies Percy
acquired 1 "krull" Karen Tiberius a custom glaive-like weapon that he commissioned
converted 1 ornate toga wall hanging Grog formal wear
transferred 1 Potion of Climbing Grog Vax
expended 1 Potion of Climbing Vax self for reconnaissance during feast
lost 1 Serpent Belt Vax palace left outside the Briarwoods' guest room

Quotations Edit

  • "Don't worry. You look delicious." - Lord Sylas Briarwood[2]
  • "Jenga! Jenga! We had a safe word for a reason!" - Sam Riegel[3]

External Links Edit

References Edit

  1. See "The Feast" (3x01) from 0:20:49 through 0:25:55.
  2. See "The Feast" (3x01) at 3:47:06.
  3. See "The Feast" (3x01) at 3:47:20.

Art:

  1. Fan art of Vax'ildan and Keyleth tying bows and braids into Trinket's fur, by Wendy Sullivan Green (source).  Used with permission.
  2. Fan art of Grog in his "formal wear" for the feast, by David Rodrigues (source).  Used with permission.
  3. Fan art of Vax'ildan being caught by the Briarwoods, by Wendy Sullivan Green (source).  Used with permission.