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Matt: Hello everyone, and welcome to tonight's episode of Critical Role, where a bunch of us nerdy-ass voice actors sit around and play Dungeons & Dragons.
TRAVIS: We play Dungeons & Dragons! LAURA: Thank you, Liam., MATT:, Wow., So--- MARISHA: There are so many puns.
MATT: Oh yeah.
We've returned from our Gen Con live, show last week, which went amazingly, and since we are back in our home front here at the table, let's go ahead and jump into some announcements before the show, beginning with our fantastic sponsor, our friends in Campaign 2.
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You guys might've caught the end of the D&D Beyond presidential campaign.
Last week, where Liam and myself were elected co-presidents of D&D Beyond., TRAVIS:, Oh!, SAM: And.
We have held that title-- well, we held that title.
Something happened, and maybe we should tell you guys what happened or maybe it's just better to just show them what happened.
MARISHA: Oh yeah.
LAURA: I thought this was done.
Sam: It is done., It is done, but we have to show the people how it really ended.
LIAM: Turn back the clock.
This video will start right.
After last week's show, stopped.
Roll, it., BRIAN: I'm being told that the election results are in., The winner-- stop celebrating early.
Everyone in the world, is Mr.
Liam, O'brien!, LIAM:, Critters..
You are the wind beneath my dead wings.
I could not be here today.
Without my goblin, Sam, my beautiful husband, I would like to propose a partnership.
From here on out.
We will president as one.
You make me the happiest president of D&D Beyond on Earth? SAM: Liam, I've never lost anything in my life, and by accepting this, I.
Keep that streak going.
Yes, yes, a thousand times yes! I will be your co-president! SAM: Woo.
We did it! Wow! Wow! What, a great show! What, a great ending to the show! TRAVIS: Hey, congrats guys! SAM: Get out of the way.
LIAM: Out of the way, wiener dog.
SAM: Ow, yes! Yes, what a show! What a finish to the show! You won, but then I won, too, and we won together! We're co-presidents of D&D Beyond, yes! Thank you.
Thank you for bringing me along for the ride, man.
LIAM: We are stronger together.
SAM: Yeah, we are.
LIAM:, D&D Beyond, isn't going to know what them.
SAM: No, no.
Do we do first? What? Do we do? LIAM: Oh, bubby., We, celebrate., (electronic, dance, music), SAM:, Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah!, I, love, money!, (electronic, dance, music), (birds, chirping), (laughing and whooping) SAM: I did not think you could fit that your nose, but you did!, Whoa!, LIAM: You, doubt me, Sam, Riegel?, SAM:, Wow., Wow, I mean, that's a tough-- LIAM: Ah! Our day has come.
ADAM: You idiots.
SAM: Hey, Adam-- ADAM: What.
Are you doing? LIAM: We? Are the presidents of D&D Beyond.
SAM: Yeah, dos presidentes.
ADAM: Presidents of the party planning committee.
We've been through this? So many times.
But you're not anymore, because you're, both fired.
SAM: Fired? LIAM: We, have so much work to do! SAM:, Yeah! ADAM: Considering that you just blew the entire year's party planning.
You don't have anything else to do.
I'm going to need you to pay the overages on this bill, especially this 1984 Chianti.
I am so disappointed in you., (melancholy, music), LIAM:, Holy, crap., SAM:, What? Let me see: the..
Ooh., Hold, on, I, can't., LIAM: You, like wine too much.
SAM: Wow, that's a lot., Oh, man.
He seemed really sad or mad or I.
LIAM: We had it all, Sam.
SAM: We had it.
Then we blew it.
Here, you take this.
You got more votes, so you should pay for it.
LIAM: That's, fair., Come, here., Come, here., SAM: Can.
We still be the presidents of I, don't know, each other?, LIAM: You'll always be my number one, Mr.
SAM: That means a lot.
That means a lot.
(melancholy music) SAM: And, that's the end of our presidential reign, unfortunately.
We were presidents for about 90 minutes.
LIAM: We flew too close to the sun.
TRAVIS: I feel like leaving on Sunday early or Saturday was a mistake.
TRAVIS: We missed out.
You made the right call.
SAM: Thank you again to D&D Beyond for allowing us to go on this journey and we learned a lot and we'll never make those mistakes.
LAURA: You'll never be allowed.
SAM:, That's, true.
That is absolutely true.
Matt: Legally., (laughter), MATT: We have it.
In writing.- (laughter) MATT: Thank you Sam, and thank you, D&D Beyond, a fantastic resource for D&D players and Dungeon Masters out there.
That allows you to create characters and run campaigns with a new encounter builder that they've been having in Alpha that's awesome.
Check it out.
SAM:, That, whole fucking, campaign.
(laughter), TRAVIS:, Didn't, fucking, shave., LAURA:, You, guys., TALIESIN:, Oh, god., SAM:, What?, It, was-- LAURA:, Worth, it!, LIAM: It was worth it.
Sam: That party was off the hook! (laughter) MARISHA: It was really awesome.
TRAVIS: Erika Ishii and the one-arm pushups.
MARISHA: Yeah! MATT: She doesn't fuck around.
MATT: Thank, you, D&D, Beyond., All right, so once again, thank you, everyone, for coming to the live show, watching our live show, and if you haven't already seen it yet, you're going to be really confused about tonight's episode and you should watch it.
We did announce that we're headed to Austin-- LAURA:, Yay!, MATT:, --on, Saturday, November 23 for a very special live show: one-shot, The Adventures of the Darrington Brigade.
We get to follow Taryon Darrington and the Brigade after the adventures of Vox Machina.
It's, going to have the rest of the cast playing members of the Brigade.
VIP tickets will be on sale, Monday, August 12, at 9:00, AM, Pacific, 11:00, AM, Central, and general admission tickets will be on sale, Tuesday, August 13, at 9:00, AM-- I got a bubble in my throat.
Give me that face, Laura Bailey.
We are imperfect.
Creatures! (laughter) MATT: Tuesday, August 13, at 11:00, AM Pacific-- 9:00, AM, Pacific, 11:00, AM, Central., Check out critrole.com/events for details.
And, for those who haven't seen it, the Season 3 premiere of Between, the Sheets featuring Amanda Fucking Palmer is now available on our YouTube channel.
It's, a great talk.
She just had a music video drop today.
MATT: Yeah, yeah, "Drowning in the Sound." Check it out.
If you have the chance.
I, believe that's all the announcements.
So without further ado.
Let's go ahead and dive in to tonight's episode of Critical Role.
(funny noises) (water bubbling) (thunder rumbling), (explosion), ♪, Role, Critical, Critical, ♪, ♪, Role, Critical, Critical, ♪, ♪, Role, Critical, Critical, ♪, ♪, Role, Critical, Critical, ♪, ♪, Role, Critical, Critical, ♪, ♪, Role, Critical, ♪, ♪ Roll, the dice ♪ ♪ Roll, the dice ♪ ♪ The adventure begins ♪ ♪ They were always beside you, ♪ ♪, Your, nerdy, best friends, ♪ ♪ And, the DM to guide you ♪ ♪ And.
They rise from the flames for the battles ahead: ♪ ♪, Villains, beware: 'cause, you're, 'bout to be dead, ♪, (dramatic, music), ♪ They got magic and flair.
♪ ♪ They got falchions and cunning ♪ ♪ They, don't see over there.
♪ ♪ There's a monster incoming ♪, ♪ Inspiration is waiting, rise, up, don't think twice: ♪ ♪ Put your fate in your hands, take a chance, ♪ ♪ Roll, the dice ♪ ♪ Roll, the dice ♪ ♪ Role, Critical ♪ ♪ Role, Critical, Critical ♪ ♪ Role, Critical, Critical, ♪, ♪, Role, Critical, ♪, ♪ Can.
You answer the call? ♪ ♪ Dig in deep in your soul, ♪ ♪ As, the legend unfolds, ♪ ♪ Now, it's your turn, your turn, your turn: ♪ ♪ To roll ♪, (fire, igniting), (dragon, roaring), MATT: And, welcome, back., LAURA:, (laughs) You guys are getting lazy.
(laughs) So last we left off, The Mighty Nein had found their way to the northern realm of the Greying Wildlands in search of answers regarding Caduceus' visions.
He's been granted multiple times through the Wildmother and the pursuit of fixing the broken halves of this blade, of which you have discovered, has some ancient power attached to its historical lineage.
You made your way across the mountains of the Flotket Alps into the subterranean dwarven-elven city of Uthodurn, where you acquired a room to stay and then made your way to the forge of the one individual responsible for previously reinforcing this blade, a very talented, blacksmith.
If you will., However, upon arriving there, discovered that he had passed away four years previous and instead were met with his son, who was an apprentice of his and is hoping to eventually climb to that level of notoriety and skill.
A brief discussion between him and you unveiled that this weapon requires a certain material to be recreated called iceflex, which is a form of mithral that has to be enchanted, essentially, by the breath of a white dragon.
Not, knowing where one might be found.
You stepped out into the alley on the side of the smithy to where a hooded, cloaked figure approached you from the shadows, and that's where we're going to go ahead and pick up.
TRAVIS: Jesus., MATT: As, you all, mid-discussion, glance, over, Caduceus, noticing first, Jester, quickly, second, and the rest of you.
This figure approaching.
If I, could have the player.
Please come to the table.
Mica Burton is joining us as our guest.
SAM: This is a quick join.
Marisha: Yeah, it is.
Matt: I was not going to have another Noelle Stevenson happen.
LIAM: Fastest ever, maybe., MATT:, Welcome, Mica!, MICA:, Thank, you!, MATT: Glad.
You could join us.
TRAVIS: (clapping), Aw, yeah!, SAM: Do.
You need me to recap: you on the D&D Beyond campaign?, MICA:, Uh, no.
Should we just get into it?? Mica: I saw your codpiece and that's all I needed, so I'm all caught up.
LAURA: I'm sorry.
MICA: Yeah, thank you., MATT: I'm, so sorry.
MATT: If you'd like to describe what they see as you approach.
MICA: Yes! (dice clattering), SAM:, Oh!, MATT:, Yes!, SAM:, Laura Bailey has a run for her money! TRAVIS: Oh no.
TALIESIN: That's, a lot.
LAURA: And they're beautiful! MICA: Thank you! SAM: How.
Will you roll any of them? MICA: This is my special one.
LAURA: (gasps) MICA: Okay,? Now I'm done.
MATT: (laughs) She came prepared., MICA: I came prepared.
This one says fuck on the one.
LAURA: I don't want to touch them.
Can I touch them? MICA: Yeah.
You can touch them.
LAURA: Oh, my gosh.
TRAVIS: Dice protocol is very important.
Liam: Well, we'll see you next week.
Ladies and gentlemen.
(laughter) TALIESIN: Been a great show.
So you see before you a warm brown-skinned, aasimar, halo above her head, white cloak, white dress, thigh-high brown, boots, gold freckles all over her skin, and bright gold.
She has a scimitar and a wand stuck in her brown belt and she has long long long.
White blonde hair down to her waist up in a super-high ponytail on her head.
TRAVIS: Fucking dope.
LAURA: Aw shit! TRAVIS:, A, halo?, MICA:, A, halo., MATT:, A, faint glowing, halo just above the head.
SAM: Is there, any physical resemblance to Yasha, not like facial resemblance, but is it the same body type? TRAVIS: Stature-wise? MATT:, No., TRAVIS:, Whoa., Uh, wings?, MICA:, No, wings., TRAVIS:, No, wings., MICA:, Just, a halo.
TRAVIS: And, a cloak.
Like a cloak with a hood? MICA:, A white cloak with a hood and a gold trim and it matches the gold trim on her dress.
LAURA: Is, your hood up or down right now? MICA: My hood is down right: now., TRAVIS:, Brown-skinned, gold, golden eyes, and freckles? MICA: Golden freckles, all over her body.
SAM: Golden freckles, that is so cool.
LAURA: That's, so fucking, cool., SAM:, I, mean:, Oh, who's, this?, (laughter), MARISHA:, I, think we've died., We died, right? SAM: Fjord, draw your-- nope., LAURA:, She's beautiful.
MICA: I'm, just here to make sure that everything's fine, but I see that you've met Umi., TRAVIS:, Umi?, LAURA and SAM: Umagorn? MICA: You've met Umi., LAURA: Yes? Is that the guy in there that we talked to?, MICA:, Yeah, and I couldn't help but overhearing something about a dragon.
LAURA: (gasps) MICA: I couldn't help but overhearing something about going to find this dragon.
MARISHA: Wait wait, wait, wait! Wait., His, nickname's, Umi?, MICA:, Yeah!, MARISHA:, (laughs), TALIESIN:, I'm, glad I! Wasn't the only one.
LAURA: You were listening to our entire-- SAM: Are you, a spy?, MICA: I, just..
I was eavesdropping just a little bit.
I'm, not sorry.
I'm..., TRAVIS: You heard the whole conversation, then, or just the end? MICA: The whole conversation.
TRAVIS: Fair enough.
MARISHA: What's, your name? SAM: Were, you invisible?, MICA:, My name is Reani.
MICA: I just wanted to make sure that he was safe.
I just want to make sure you guys aren't bad.
And, you guys don't seem bad, you just seem..
LAURA: Awesome and colorful.
You need help.
TALIESIN: That, too, is very fair.
We that transparent? MICA: Kind of.
MARISHA: Yeah, that's fair., LIAM: You and Umagorn are-- MICA:, Umi., LIAM: Yes, are friends or family or? MICA: He's, my friend.
LAURA: How long.
Have you known, him?, MICA: For about four years.: LAURA: That's, cool., MICA:, Yeah., SAM: Are, you guys together? MICA:, No., SAM:, Oh., Because, he's-- MICA:, But I like to bake him things-- LAURA:, (gasps), MICA:, -- and I like to make him things.
He's my friend, and we like to.
Sometimes we tell each other secrets and sometimes we like to plant flowers together and sometimes, even though he grumbles about it.
He lets me leave him little presents in his forge, I.
Don't know if you saw them, if you saw the flowers on the wall, that was me.
SAM: We did, but that guy? MATT: "Don't, listen to a single word: she's saying!", MICA: Umi, be quiet.
You know you love me!, LAURA: Umi, you love, it!, MATT: You, see his arms splayed out on both sides of the doorframe, his face, wet with sweat and bright red and he's just like, "Would.
You please be so kind as to maybe, you know, "not, just go rambling about things to strangers?" MARISHA: Hey Umi.
You be proud of your sleepovers.
All right? There's, nothing to be ashamed.
(laughter) SAM: It's, like we finish: each other's sentences., TRAVIS:, Holy, shit!, MATT: "Look.
What you're looking for,? It's, not easy.
"Sure! You could use some help.
"Go for it, but just, you know, "friends, keep certain things between friends." MICA: So.
You don't want me to bring you back.
A souvenir? MATT:, "I, mean, yes, a souvenir'd be great, I'd love, that.", MICA: That's.
What I thought.
MATT: "And just ask--? It's too late, now.
"There, fine., "Anyway, good luck, stay alive, I'll be here.", LAURA:, You, bake, things?, MICA:, I, do., LAURA:, What kind of things? MICA: I, like cakes.
Umi likes my cakes, right, Umi? LAURA: Yeah, you do!, MATT:, "They're tasty, I'll, give you that." MICA: Thank you.
Umi likes my cakes.
You want a cupcake? MICA: You have cupcakes? LAURA: Oh, do I, have cupcakes! MICA: Can I have a cupcake?, LAURA: Yes, and you can choose your flavor, though! MICA: I can choose my flavor? LAURA: I've got to see how many I have left, hold on.
Let me look at my thingie.
Taliesin: You actually wrote that down, how many cupcakes you have.
LAURA: Fuck? Yes, I did.
MATT: ♪ Keeping tabs on your inventory! ♪ LAURA: Other possessions.
I have four cupcakes left! SAM: And they're fresh! LAURA: They are fresh, I just got them.
You have a vanilla? LAURA: Let me look., SAM:, Ooh, I think they were blueberry.
Laura: There was blueberry, but she did put a couple, there's one black moss, flavor left.
You had a black moss, cupcake? MICA: Never.
LAURA: You've got to try it.
MICA: Well, then I'll try it! LAURA: Okay.
Here you go.
It's like the opposite of vanilla, but it's so good! It kind of tastes like matcha., MICA:, (gasps), LAURA:, I, know!, MICA:, I, just shove.
It in my face.
TRAVIS: Jester, I hate to interrupt the cupcake bonanza.
But we are supposed to be-- MARISHA: (blows raspberry) LAURA: Don't get a little frosting on your cloak, because it's so pristine.
MICA: Thank you, I, won't., SAM: Is.
Do you like it? MICA:, It's, so good! SAM:, Insight, check., MATT:, Roll!, (laughter), SAM:, Five., MATT:, She's hard to read, Nott.
She got a tough exterior.
She seems to be enjoying the cupcake, but who knows? LAURA: What? Were you saying, Fjord?, LIAM: Yeah,? We have a to-do, list.
Are we going to stand in the street or what are we doing?, MARISHA: Yeah,? Let's go somewhere.
You want to go with a bunch of strangers back to a hotel, room? MICA: I, don't see what could be wrong with that.
MARISHA: Awesome, she's, great., MATT: "You'll be fine.
They're, curious." MICA: I'll make sure they don't die! MATT: "And I'll have one of those." LAURA: Oh, I've.
Only got-- okay.
We got to stop back by this bakery.
You guys., SAM: We, know where it is, it'll be fine.
Reani?, MICA:, Yes., SAM: Are.
We going to walk and talk? MICA: Yes! Let's walk and talk! MARISHA: I, look around, make sure no one's listening.
Do you do? How? Do you know,? Are you a blacksmith like Umi? Uni?, MICA:, Umi., SAM:, Umi., MICA: No, I'm, not a blacksmith, I kind of keep this place.
TRAVIS: This, place, Uthodurn?, MICA:, Yeah!, SAM:, From invaders,! Are you in the military? MICA: No, well,? There's a lot of bad people here: and-- LAURA:, Here?, MICA:, Yeah, there's a lot of underground, crime.
Wouldn't think it, but, well, now they're not that much around, because I like to take care of them.
I like to wander and help people, you know? I found Umagorn and he was.
He took me in when I accidentally-- it's a long, story.
MARISHA: You're, a vigilante?, MICA: Kind, of.
How about you guys come over to my house and I'll, make you guys tea and then we can talk.
Travis: You have a house? SAM: Tea? TALIESIN: You have tea? MICA: I have tea! Do you like tea? MARISHA: You, have a house? MICA: Yeah! LAURA: I feel like you're our dream: come true.
MICA:, No, I'm, just me.
SAM: She likes tea.
She likes baked goods.
Do you also like whiskey? MICA: Who doesn't?, SAM:, I love this person.
(laughter) MICA: I have wine? If that's more your style.
MARISHA: Who? Do you work? For? Who sent you? MICA: Myself.
MARISHA: You said you know about secret underground, organizations? MICA:, Because, I fight, them., MARISHA:, Have you...
Are you playing both parties right, now?, Are, you, a spy?, MICA:, No., MARISHA: Are, you, a double agent?, MICA:, No., TRAVIS: You've, said you've known Umi.
For about four years., Have, you been in this city longer than that? MICA: I've been here for about five years.: TRAVIS: About five years.: What, were you doing before that? MICA: Well, before that I was wandering around saving other people, and before that, I was dropped off by my mom in Nicodranas, and before that, I, don't know.
I was born, I guess.
LIAM: What is-- SAM: Nicodranas? Jessie's from Nicodranas! MICA: What, no way! LAURA: You're from Nicodranas, too.
MICA: We're going to be friends.
You guys called Nicodranians? LAURA: Mm-hmm.
LIAM: They're from the Drans.
MICA: I'm sorry.
Were you asking about..
TRAVIS: I was a little bit curious, I've, never seen a--.
What is that? MICA: Well, Landon told me that it means that I'm part angel or celestial or something, but I don't know.
Some really nice angel talks to me from time to time in my dreams and tells me what to do, so I'm just going to trust it.
SAM: Landon is the name of your angel? MICA: No, Landon's.
Like my dad.
LAURA: Like, your dad? MICA: He's kind of my dad, I.
Don't know my dad.
MARISHA: You have daddy issues too?, LAURA: I, don't know my dad either! MARISHA: Damn it! She's too perfect.
SAM: That's, four out of six.
You like fire? Do, you shove balls into your stomach? MICA: I, don't shove anything into anywhere., LAURA:, That's, okay., MARISHA:, Is, that your actual accent? Do.
You have another accent that you're hiding? MICA:, No? LIAM: I feel like we are losing focus.
MARISHA: You're, right., LIAM: We have to find a dragon and deal with it.
Don't understand why you want to accompany us on that.
You mention that, because remember the whole angel thing that I was telling you about? LIAM: Yeah, just 20 seconds ago.
MICA: He's been telling me about a white dragon.
Then I heard you guys talking about a white dragon, so I feel like I have to go with you, right? SAM: Your angel's been talking about a white dragon? MICA: Yeah, in my dreams.
I get dreams.
Sometimes that tells me what to do so.
I follow it.
SAM: What's, this angel's-- MARISHA: It is you, too! SAM: Look, it's five out of six! (shouting), MICA: I'm, so confused, what's happening? SAM: You are perfect.
But wait., LAURA: Have, you ever been in jail? Have.
You ever pretended to be someone else? SAM: Do, you like to burn things? MICA: No, no, sometimes., SAM: Oh! MARISHA: She's, like a horoscope.
LIAM: Who, doesn't like to burn things from time to time? TRAVIS: Do you like cats?, SAM:, Me!, MICA:, I love, cats!, TALIESIN:, There.
You've got six out of six.
TRAVIS: Do you like books? MICA:, Eh., SAM:, Oh., LIAM: Down, the drain.
(whistles) SAM: What is your angel? LAURA: Is.
He dressed in a green cloak? MICA: No.
He named the Traveler? MICA: No.
My angel's name is Samliel, and he likes to talk to me and he came to me when I was really little and he tells me to go help.
People and he told me to come here and so I've been here for five years and he hasn't really talked to me since, for a few years now.
But then he started telling me about this dragon, and then you guys said dragon, and so I feel like I should be here, right?, TRAVIS:, Yeah no, you definitely should.
Taliesin: I think we all need to sit down with a cup of tea.
LAURA: We're, your destiny! TRAVIS: You're part angel or celestial, but you have an angel that speaks to you, I'm sorry, I'm, just trying to play catch-up.
LAURA: Oh, that would've been amazing.
MARISHA: Did you get it? LAURA:, No., MARISHA: Oh, so close.
MATT: Damn, that would've been cool., TRAVIS: Yes, your house.
How far is that from here and who is, who lives at your house? MICA: Oh,? It's just me.
TRAVIS: You have your own house.
After five years? MICA: Well, I've been traveling-- SAM: You, don't know what the real estate market is: here., LAURA: Plus.
We have our own house after, like two days in Xhorhas.
SAM: It's true., TRAVIS: Yes, but we came by it under very questionable circumstances.
LAURA:, Oh, no, she made the--.
Have you ever carried a dodecahedron across enemy, lines?, MICA:, No., TRAVIS: Jester, maybe not with all of our stuff.
LAURA: Sorry, Fjord.
We close to your home? MICA: We are, it's on the Liber Disk, so we're just going to walk a little bit further and we're going to get to my house and if you want tea, I have tea.
If you have wine, I have wine, I can also bake, cookies, TRAVIS: She's going to kill us all.
Anybody want cookies?, LAURA: I would love them!, TALIESIN:, That's, very exciting., MICA: All right.
Well, then follow me!, MARISHA: I'm still not redacting.
My theory that we might be dead.
LAURA: I'm, following behind her very enthusiastically.
TALIESIN: This, is precisely what we've needed.
MATT: Traveling through the neighborhood.
You guys still generally stick out like a sore thumb amongst the general populace of Uthodurn.
A few eyes turn.
Curiously, as you walk by, some seem just confounded, some seem untrusting.
Some seem dubious.
LIAM: Do people react to her? MATT: It's hard to tell, you're moving as a cluster.
Nobody seems to cause any sort of stir.
For a being that walks around with a faint halo, visible half the time.
MATT: Nobody seems to be having any sort of adverse reaction or calling additional attention to it.
Probably, as if they have seen it a number of times.
TRAVIS: As we're walking.
Can we just keep an eye out for anyone else that has glowing circles above their heads? MATT: Sure, make a perception: check., TRAVIS: Yeah,? Let's try this.
Currently, the only one.
TRAVIS: There's, your class, roll amazing.
Only one, good.
Those were shit.
MARISHA: What's, your class? Roll amazing., MATT:, Hey, man, at least there's balance.
You move along for a few minutes, gauging this unexpected conversation and companion.
You turn to see the domicile of Reani.
If would you like to describe the home that they encounter? MICA: It's, a small home, mostly elven details, only one story, but once you enter, it goes far back.
So it's like a studio apartment, so it's kitchen, then living room, and then two small doors, so bedroom and bathroom.
MATT: It's, like the shotgun houses of New, Orleans., MICA:, Exactly, yeah, yeah., TALIESIN:.
One of those train, car--- MICA: Yeah, like a train, car.
Train, car apartment., Yeah.
It's, filled with little knickknacks and books.
Definitely from places that aren't from around here.
They look like they're from all over, like little keepsakes, lots of plants and a little dog bed in the corner.
(gasps) TRAVIS: You have so many plants.
That's unusual, there's no sunlight, yes? SAM: We're underground, aren't we? MICA: Well, I can keep them.
Looking nice and I love plants., TRAVIS: How.
Do you do that? MICA: Well, once when I was a kid, and Landon told me to go, get herbs, because he likes herbs.
He's like an alchemist, and I was his apprentice and that's where my mom dropped me.
Off, still haven't met her though, that sucks, but I ran into these fey and they gave me powers and now I can do cool druid, stuff., TRAVIS:, Right, yes., SAM:, See, Fjord.
You just meet someone and they give you powers.
MICA: Yeah!, TRAVIS:, Right., Good, good., MICA: Do! You need a fairy or something, is that what's happening? LAURA: Do, you need a fairy, Fjord? TRAVIS: Not currently.
LIAM: Well-- MARISHA: Can.
You like rent them or something? MICA: I, don't know.
MARISHA: For like training? MICA: If.
We go to a forest, I'm sure I could find one.
LIAM: Dragon, bringing it back to the dragon.
MICA: Oh right, the dragon, yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah.
This conversation is going on, I'm going to wander around and look at all your knickknacks.
TALIESIN: It's, like someone dropped an ADD bomb.
MATT: Pretty, much., TRAVIS:, I'm, very interested in hearing what Samliel-- MICA: Samliel.
TRAVIS: Has been telling you about a dragon.
MICA: Only that there is one., TRAVIS:, Oh, okay., SAM: Give, you any! Can he or they give you any details about where or-- MICA: Nope! SAM: Well,? Can you ask? MICA: That's, not how that works.
LIAM: Any specific type of breed? MICA:, A white dragon., LIAM:, White, dragon., SAM: So? He just came to you in a dream and said, "There is a white dragon?" MICA: Mm-hmm.
SAM: Wake up! MICA: Mm-hmm! TRAVIS: How often do you communicate with your angel? MICA: Well, he's been telling me about a white dragon every night for the past two weeks, and last night, I didn't get anything, and today I met you!, So I'm.
Guessing that's going to be it for a while.
He just pops in and goes, "White dragon," and then goes away.
MICA:, Mm-hmm, or "Bad guys," or sometimes, "Big, quest," or sometimes, "There's a war.
You have to stop!" Or, you know, stuff, like that., SAM: Is there, a war that you have to stop? MICA: Not right, now., SAM:, Oh., MARISHA:, How old, are you? MICA:, 33., LAURA:, 33., MARISHA: I feel so under-accomplished.
LAURA: She's done a lot.
TALIESIN: How long has it been since we messed up underneath the ground with the King Who Crawls? MATT: Oh.
It's probably been a few days.
TALIESIN: Okay, just a few days.
MATT: I'd, say close to a week.
You guys have taken a few evenings to recover or for transitions to Nicodranas.
So about a week.
TALIESIN:, That's- no, this is good.
This is good.
This is good.
LAURA: I'm, going to leave a little figurine of the Traveler that I have made amongst the rest of her knickknacks.
Like, quietly? LAURA: Yes.
MATT: Make, a sleight of hand.
LAURA:, Ooh., 26., MATT: Cleverly, expertly placed as you just wander past, one of the shelves and without even a moving or twitch of the arm, suddenly.
Something is there that previously wasn't.
LIAM: Bringing the conversation back to our dragon, which could possibly be her dragon, is this.
Are we doing this now,? We are set out in the morning to find this thing.
Or-- SAM: What time is it? MATT: At this point in time, you would know it's pushing close to noon.
Probably about 11:00 in the morning.
LIAM: It's 11:52.
TALIESIN: Then figure out where we're going and head out in the morning.
Don't we need materials? First? We need the sword, right? LAURA: We have the sword.
LIAM: Caleb does, but Liam doesn't remember.
Did they give us directions to where this thing is or it's just out in the wild? MATT: You have, nobody knows.
Or at least that you've encountered.
You're? Given a couple possibilities, you were mentioned that there was the Vellum Steeple, which is an archive, might be a good place to go for information.
You were told of the Plexus Post, which is an odd trading post, run by an individual named Ava, and those are the only real clues you have at the moment.
The rest is up to you guys to try and figure out.
SAM: The items that we needed.
The sword-- MATT: You have the sword.
LAURA: We need some mithral.
Matt: You need some mithral to take with you to be enchanted and whatever else you guys are looking for.
As far as like-- TALIESIN: And, then the refined residuum.
MATT: Refined residuum, if that's something you're looking for as well.
TRAVIS: Mithral, is what we need to have for iceflex.
Like, the breath on the mithral.
LAURA: Yes., MARISHA:, I, mean, I.
Imagine we could go, try and talk to Ava, see if she has any? MICA: (pained) Oh.
SAM: What's that.
You have a stomachache? MICA: No, she's mean.
LAURA: Ava? TRAVIS: Who's mean? MICA: Ava.
LAURA: Ava Endlewood.
LIAM: Mean, like she would hit us, or-- MICA: No, mean like she doesn't like my flower crowns when I give them to her.
TRAVIS: Flower crowns?, MICA: Do.
You want one? LAURA: Do.
You want one? MICA: Before.
He even answers I immediately start Druidcrafting little flowers and start weaving them together.
Super fast and I just place the flower crown on his head.
TRAVIS: I feel..
♪ pretty!, ♪, (laughter) TALIESIN: It suits you.
TRAVIS: Thank you., MICA: See.
He likes it., She doesn't.
LAURA: She's, obviously got problems.
SAM: Well, we're quite likable.
So maybe we can turn the tide and go speak with her and get her--.
Mica: You can try! SAM: To like us, maybe?, MICA:, Yeah!, SAM: Do.
You know where she, she has this Plexus Post? LAURA: She's at the Plexus Post.
MICA: She is, yeah., SAM: Do.
You know where that is? MICA: I do, but can we go there after wine? SAM:, Sure., I, thought, yeah?, MICA: Wine and tea first, yeah?, TALIESIN: Wine, and tea for the moment, sure.
MICA: Yeah! I immediately start bustling around the kitchen and making tea and pouring glasses of wine for everyone.
So this Master Ava,? Maybe she requires a certain disposition.
Maybe-- SAM: She doesn't like frilly things., LIAM: Maybe.
She just doesn't want party favors placed on top of her head.
You should talk to her.
LIAM: I'm, going to the archive, so..
SAM: Oh! MARISHA: I would like to join you at the archives, but you could also, we could go and we could talk to Ava, first, or Fjord.
You want to go to the archives, I'd, be happy to talk to her.
LIAM: That's, your strong suit.
LAURA: I could help you, Fjord.
MARISHA: I'll go with you, too.
LAURA: He can hold entire worms with a whip.
TRAVIS: Hold worms, yep.
Hold, the worms.
TALIESIN: Possibly refined, residuum.
We need to find some mithral.
Do we have a lead on mithral? LIAM: Well,? Maybe the trading post, that's a good place to start for that.
SAM: Didn't Umi tell us that she would have some? TALIESIN: -- everybody who's.
Looking for everything, everywhere.
SAM: Let's go talk to her., TALIESIN: Inevitably.
The right path is going to open.
We already have divine intervention., LIAM: I, don't know how long we're going to be here.
We never seem to stay in one place for long, so I would like to go to the archive.
As soon as possible.
After tea and wine, I assume.
MARISHA: Yeah, I'll go with you.
We can do some research, figure out the white dragon, maybe some mithral, maybe some other things, we'll hit the books.
TALIESIN: Do you actually hit the book? I can imagine you hitting the the books, though.
MARISHA: They make great targets.
Let's have that tea and wine and be on our way.
MICA: I start to serve everyone, their tea and wine.
And cookies from last week.
LAURA: Yes! MICA: Sorry, they're, a little stale.
LAURA: What kind of cookies? MICA: They're, chocolate, chip., LAURA:, That's, delicious.
You have any milk? MICA: I don't., LAURA:, That's okay, that's okay.
Tea is really good.
Sam: Insight, check., (laughter) MATT: Go ahead and roll.
TALIESIN: (laughs) MATT: You can't tell if you're getting the entire truth, but a little part of you thinks that maybe, she might be out of milk.
Maybe didn't have it to begin.
With., SAM:, This one's hard to read., TALIESIN:, Only, soy, milk or almond milk.
There's no actual milk in this.
LIAM:, No, cattle., TALIESIN:, Yeah., MATT:, There's, goats.
They have goat milk, here.
TALIESIN: Goat milk.
Is that beast milk? MATT: Goat milk is actually pretty popular in dwarven societies., TRAVIS: I, don't mean to pry, but that scimitar you have is quite impressive.
Mica: Thanks, I kill a lot of things with it! TRAVIS: I gather.
TRAVIS:, Is, that a wand in your belt? MICA:, Yeah!, TRAVIS: What, do you prefer, the wand or the sword? MICA: Well, I prefer..
I prefer to..
Maybe I should just show you.
I want to Wild Shape into a wolf.
MATT: A standard, wolf?, MICA:, A standard wolf., I, don't think a dire wolf would fit in here., MATT and MICA: It'd be pretty tight.
MATT: You watch as Reani takes a moment and then shifts the entire body magically into a wolfen form.
MARISHA: She's, a druid.
MICA: I'll spin around in a circle and I'll sit in the dog bed.
LAURA: Is the dog bed for you? How long.
Can you stay a dog? LIAM: That is a wolf.
MICA: Un-wild shape.
TRAVIS: Can, you bark?, MICA:, I just, I, don't know,! Sometimes it's comfy., SAM:, Wow., LAURA:, I, really like, sometimes I'm an animal, too MICA: What? LAURA: And.
It's really really fun.
MICA: Right? Sometimes I like to sleep as a dog, because I dunno, it's comfy., LAURA: I will try that.
I've, never thought to do.
Mica: You'll get a great night's sleep, I promise.
LAURA: This one time.
I was a moth and I ate curtains.
MICA: Are curtains, tasty? LAURA: They were at the time.
Now I got to try it! LAURA: Yeah.
Take your word for it! TRAVIS: How far is the archive from where we are now.
Do you know, Reani? MATT: It's, maybe about an hour's walk.
MICA: It's about an hour's walk.
I can pack snacks.
Anybody want snacks? LAURA: Yes! TALIESIN: I, always like snacks.
SAM: Well, we're going to two different places, right? MICA: Wait, what? SAM: Some of us are going to the Plexus Post with you to meet Ava.
Our learned gentleman here wants to go to the archive.
Mica: I know guys at the archives.
I can go with you after.
If you want!, LIAM: Could you-- is the archive on the way to the Plexus Post? Further down into the city? MATT: (laughs) The Plexus Post is actually on the way to the archive.
The archive is the furthest distance.
It's right on the cusp of the bottom disc.
MARISHA: We should all go.
MICA: It's better to stick together.
SAM: We'll, be on the way.
MARISHA: Listen to the angel.
It's better to stick: together.
TRAVIS: At, the first sign of hesitation.
You can leave.
TALIESIN: Hopefully you'll get a presentation.
MICA: If I.
Give you one of my books to hold.
Would you feel better? LIAM: Do? You have any good books? MICA: I have a lot of books about plants.
LIAM: I'll, take it., MICA: Do.
You want a book about plants?, LIAM: Could, one be a loaner? MICA: Okay I'll, no.
You can have it! (giggles) I'm, going to go to my tiny little bookshelf and just get a book.
It's about plants.
You can make poisons out.
Of, I hope you, like it., SAM:, Ooh., LIAM:, I, start to speed.
SAM: I might want to take a look at that.
MARISHA: So, you know.
Actually we had a, we have--.
We have a friend who was also, is also, fuck, an aasimar.
SAM: She's, an enemy.
MICA: I was trying to be positive.
Laura: She had a bad time.
She is no longer a good person., MICA: Oh.
TALIESIN: She's, still a good person., LAURA: She's stuck being a bad person right, now.
SAM: She might not have ever been a good person.
LAURA: Yes, she was.
Getting a lot of different stories.
TRAVIS: Don't worry about it.
MARISHA: She was very enigmatic.
Liam: We've lost a friend for the moment.
LIAM: It's, a raw subject., MICA:, That, sucks., MARISHA: I, just didn't, know if.
This is going to sound like a dumb question, but if there wasn't some sort of communication, system-- SAM: Among, the aasimar? MARISHA: Yeah.
Do you know if your friend has an angel, friend, too?, SAM:, Bad, devil, friend., MICA:, Oh, well, then.
If she was bad, I'd have to kill her.
Those are the rules.
What rule is that? MICA: The rule is that evil dies.
TRAVIS: Evil dies.
MICA: Evil dies.
LAURA: Oh no.
Does this mean this white dragon is evil? MICA: I, don't know, Samliel didn't tell me.
All I heard was "Dragon!" LAURA: He didn't go "Dragon: kill?", MICA: No, just "Dragon!" TRAVIS: You have to kill evil, not evil dies in general.
You are tasked with destroying evil? MICA: If.
There is evil, I will kill it.
Do you know the difference between what's evil and maybe someone who's just confused or complicated? LIAM: Yes,? What is your stance? On-- MICA: Samliel usually tells me, and I just listen to him.
He have a stance on gray, areas?, MICA: No., TRAVIS: What.
If you disagree? MICA: I, don't disagree.
MICA: None of you are evil, right? LAURA: Nope! MICA: Cool.
MARISHA:, No., TALIESIN:, Yeah., TRAVIS:, Not, today., TALIESIN:, Not, really., LAURA:, He's, joking., MICA:, Okay.
He liked my flower crown, so he can't be evil.
LAURA: He's, a good guy, he's a super good guy.
We set off to the Plexus Post? MICA: Yeah! LAURA: Let's do it! MICA: This way, everybody.
As we walk.
The Wildmother tell you if people are evil and gives you assassination tasks? TALIESIN: Well, yeah., TRAVIS:, (laughs) Shut, the fuck up! TALIESIN: No.
(laughter) MARISHA: You're, just playing the long con! MATT: How.
Do you think all those bodies made it into that graveyard? He grew up.
In? TALIESIN: I made it myself.
I, do want to just, on the way out, ask her plants: Is.
She on the up-and-up? Everything seems all right? You guys see a lot.
She all right? MATT: The plants, flicker, a vibrant, green and healthy in their sunless abode.
What I thought.
All right, good.
MATT: All right.
LAURA: As? We walk, I'm, going to whisper to the Traveler.
Apparently, some people talk to their people in dreams and say, "Hey, go find these people," and you don't really tell me anybody to really look for necessarily.
But if you ever want to, you know, feel free.
Do you know anything about the white dragon, because that could be helpful.
MATT: Out of the corner of your eye, Reani.
You just see Jester quietly talking to herself emphatically.
You guys are led through the main auger, Auger Road, further down, through the Liber Disk.
Until eventually you come upon a rather gaudy-looking building that you can see already.
The entranceway is like a double-set door and with a little bit of the window light you can see inside, there are multi-colored paper lanterns that are clustered and jammed in corners.
You can see bits and scraps of colored material and silks covering most of the windows.
There's, a sign out front that says The Plexus, Post.
It just remains still, not much in the way of noise or traffic making its way in or out.
Remind me again, we're talking to Ava? MARISHA: Ava.
Master Ava., TALIESIN: Well.
This looks good.
Apparently the collector.
I mean, Reani seems to know far more about her.
MICA: Don't make her mad! TRAVIS: Don't make her mad, don't offer any flower wreaths.
LIAM: No, flowers., MICA:, Unfortunately., LIAM:, Or, crowns, no crowns., TRAVIS: And, we're looking for mithral., SAM:, Yes, and anything about dragons.
She might know.
TRAVIS: All right.
MARISHA: I'm, going to stay out here and keep watch, I think.
Just survey, the scene.
TALIESIN: So paranoid.
LAURA: I'll stay out there with Beau.
TALIESIN: All right.
SAM: I'm, going in as well.
Definitely going in.
MATT: Okay, who all's going inside? LAURA: I will be going in in a moment after I finish, making the Plexus Post look like the Penis Post.
MATT: So you're painting on the sign? MARISHA: I stand guard.
Make a sleight of hand, check.
SAM:, It's, pretty easy.
LAURA:, Yeah, I, looked, I checked it out.
If Reani thinks you're evil and kills you for doing this?, LAURA: It's, not evil.
It's fun., 19! Plus, eight, 27., MICA:, Power of the penis.
MATT: In, a very impressive display of Banksy-level street art.
You rapidly scrawl across the Plexus Post sign and leave it as intended.
You didn't use your magic paint., LAURA: Nope., LIAM:, (thudding), SAM:, ♪ Jester's world of dicks! ♪ (laughter), MATT:, All, right.
You enter through the front doors; a familiar sight to you, but the rest of you see the most organized hoarder experience you could imagine in a subterranean elf-dwarven city.
It is just floor-to-ceiling canisters and bags, and little boxes, each with little labels and tags on them, just from floor to ceiling, awkwardly set in ways where some look like they're about to tumble.
Everything looks cluttered but organized.
If that makes sense.
Like, it's a mass amount of all sorts of containers of different sizes and strange scents immediately hit you that are a combination of scented candles and dried ceder meets a musty, fungal smell and as soon as you take the next step, that shifts again into dried meats and long-dusty leather, and the next step leads you into the smells of wet metal.
It is a strange interior and is immediately imposing and it feels like you're walking into a warehouse that you have no idea what lies in here.
As you enter with what low light there is from some lanterns around you, and the scraps of material that hang in front of the windows and parts of the ceiling.
Across, the way.
You see a figure spin around in a little swiveling stool, currently in the process of holding a tiny knickknack in hand with a paintbrush.
You, see an elven woman with wide shoulders and a faint mustache of dark gray-green color that matches her long gray-green, hair.
Very fine and thin.
She's, dressed in a patterned frock of Marquesian, make under a cotton robe.
She turns around, looks at you, places her little knickknack and brush on the side, and stands up, in this awkward, stilted way, and approaches, upper body, almost unmoving as the feet swivel one in front of the other, the head slightly tilted.
"Might I help you?" LIAM: Yeah.
We are new to this city, and we are here for a few things, some supplies for our journey and also to do a bit of fact-finding and believe it or not.
We are searching for some mithral in town, I.
Don't suppose you have anything for sale, ha ha ha?, MATT:, "Ha ha ha, I can check.
"I have many things.
"Many things." MARISHA: Hey, Mark! MATT: "All I ask? Is you stay put, please.", TALIESIN:, Of, course., MATT:, "Stay, put, I'll, look.", SAM:, Okay., MATT: She turns around (whooshes) and whisks off and then vanishes down one of the aisles and you can hear things shifting out of sight, boxes being moved, and things clattering to the ground.
It sounds like a pot, almost like ping ping, ping ping ping over the side, and "Oh, shit!" TRAVIS: Reani.
How often do you speak with Ava? MICA: I? Try, not to, but I got to pay.
She takes all my things and she gives me money and so like, I dunno.
SAM: She pays you? MICA: Once a month.
I give her stuff.
TRAVIS: She knows: you're resourceful.
MICA:, Yeah., TRAVIS:, Okay., LAURA: She takes your things? MICA: She takes my things.
Do you mean,? She takes your things? MICA: I.
Give her, I give her things.
SAM: Oh, I see, I, see., LIAM:, What kind of things.
Do you trade to her?, MICA: Things, you know, I've, been around.
Just stuff that I found, I found some dungeons and they had some mystical artifacts in them or whatever, and so I keep them, and so sometimes I give them to her because she wants them., LIAM: Okay., MICA: She still doesn't take my flower crowns, whatever.
MATT: The figure turns back, coming along the way with a small wooden box with a number of shiny things poking out the top, and sets it down on the table where she was sitting.
"You may come now, please, to my desk.
If you don't mind." TALIESIN: Of course, of course.
SAM: Does, she look like a bunch of kobolds in a-- (laughter) MATT: Make, a perception check.
TRAVIS: Come on, higher than 10.
MATT:, 17., You glance around, across the robe, intently looking.
No signs of kobolds, but your eyes meet her intently noticing you intently.
Looking at her and goes, "Tsk, tsk tsk." SAM:, Sorry, sorry., MARISHA: She didn't like eye contact? SAM: I was scoping.
MATT: "I have some mithral things, "perhaps you're interested," and sets the box down.
You look inside.
There are a mithral teacup, a small figurine, they're, all just little things, that've been crafted or pressed or molded to be collectibles, and apparently made of mithral.
The material itself looks beautiful, but it's not like a bar of ore by any means.
LAURA: Oh man, I, wonder how much old Umi needs.
Do you do with a mithral teacup? LAURA: Drink out of it! TALIESIN: Well-- well, that's fair., Yeah.
MICA:, If, you're, really fancy.
MATT: "The nobles have strange tastes, "and when they get "sick of their old things and buy new ones, "well.
They find their way to me." TALIESIN: Huh.
TRAVIS: Just as a means of measure, that particular teacup, very charming.
How much would you require for that? MATT: "Oh, for that teacup, there?, Let's, see., "Fine, craftsmanship, mithral as itself "is, a fantastic material, especially for crafting, "pliable, but light, and strong and sturdy.
"That is meant to last many lifetimes, "something you pass down from generation to generation., "That teacup I'd say would run you about "75 gold, pieces.", LAURA:, Oh, okay, okay! SAM:, How much for all of it.
Together? MATT: "All of this, the box here? "Oh, you're.
Looking for quite a bit, aren't you, "little one? You're such a minx.", (laughter) She, looks very passively-aggressively unhappy with being eyeballed by you.
"For, the box entirely, I'd say..
"800 gold." LAURA: That's, a lot.
MATT: "It's, a lot of mithral." LAURA:, Yeah, I, know, I.
Just don't know if we need that much, I'm, not sure., MATT: "Well, then, grab a few things: "and we'll pay for them.
"I, don't have all day, make your choices." LAURA: She's, so mean.
MICA: I told you she's mean! TALIESIN: I, quite like it, it's fascinating.
I, don't mean to ask, but since it seems like we might do a bit of shopping, here, I'm also, we're looking for some refined residuum.
If you have anything like that., MATT: "I'm, not entirely certain I know what that is." LAURA: (gasps) Oh, wow, you don't know what residuum? Wow.
MATT: "I know of residuum.
"I have some residuum.
"Refined residuum, describe that to me." TALIESIN: Oh, it's like residuum, but a denser, larger, pure crystal, a big green crystal of it, I guess would be the best way: of-- MATT: "Green, crystal.", TALIESIN:, Big green crystal., MATT: "I'll be back, pink one!" She stands up and drifts off again.
SAM:, Should I steal all the mithral? TRAVIS: No.
No, no, no no.
SAM:, Should I steal some of the mithral? Yes? LIAM: Just no.
We are going to use our words.
There is no reason to flip this whole situation.
Upside down., TALIESIN: We're on a divine mission.
You, can't be weird about a divine mission.
If you steal it, I'll, have to kill you.
TRAVIS: Yes, right., SAM:, Just, wait, so-- LAURA: But, if she's stealing from a bad person.
Even, though she doesn't take my flower crowns, she isn't a bad person, she's, just mean.
SAM: So Reani, you're that hard line.
So if I jaywalked across the street, insta-death.
Like, where is the line? LAURA: What, if you're stealing a loaf of bread to give it to an orphan? SAM: Like in "Les, Mis?", (laughter), MICA: Well, that's different because then you're doing good.
If you're stealing for your own means, then that's bad., LAURA: What, if we're stealing the mithral, so we can create a sword that will help save the world? LIAM:.
These are those gray areas.
We were talking about., MICA: Oh, oh gosh, Samliel.
Didn't prepare me for this.
LAURA: It's, all about balance, really., MICA:, Mmm..., MATT: You hear an impact heavily and you see a jar of some kind slams into the ground from off the side alley where you watched, Ava, disappear down and then roll a bit before the top opening and a bunch of dust spilling out and you hear, "Aw, shit!" TRAVIS: Do.
You need a hand? MATT: "No, it's all right, just ashes," and darts back off into the side.
It look like ashes?, MATT: It looks like ashes.
MICA: You said: you're saving the world, right? LAURA: Mm-hmm.
MICA: Which is good., Can I go to sleep and take a nap and see if my angel will talk to me, because this is really confusing.
Sam: Okay Reani, don't worry about it, I won't steal anything from here.
You don't have to make a life or death call.
MICA:, Okay., TRAVIS: As we're looking around the shop.
Are there any arms or shields or plate armor or any other things that adventurers might be looking to-- MATT: Make a perception, check., TRAVIS:, Acquire., LAURA: Also, anything that just looks cool.
MATT: You can make a perception check as well.
SAM: Yes, I would like to also look for shiny things., TALIESIN: I'm, also going to cast Detect Magic and see if anything, pops, up.
MATT:, All, right., MICA: I'm, going to stand there and start crafting more flower, crowns.
MATT: Okay., SAM:, 10., MATT:, 17, 10., LAURA:, 14, wait., 15., MATT:, 15, okay., Looking around.
You don't see anything that looks visibly armor.
Most things are put away, like they're locked in the boxes or set into crates and above higher shelves and there's just row after row after row of high shelves, floor to ceiling, and the ceiling itself probably goes to about 11 or 12 feet: up.
TRAVIS: Entering, a Room of Requirement.
MATT: A little bit.
At a first glance, you're, not entirely certain.
What could be a weapon.
Some of them are long, boxes, short boxes, tall boxes, wide boxes.
Some of them are baskets, some--.
This is the most mighty haberdashery beneath the surface of Exandria.
Yeah, between you and Nott both, you'd have to pore through these to really make ends of what's inside.
SAM: They're boxes.
Nothing is out and exposed.
MATT: No, no.
TRAVIS: No price tag, swinging.
LAURA: Are there any boxes that could be opened?, MATT:, I'm, sure, there's plenty., TALIESIN:, Anything, glowing, though?, MATT: There are a few things.
Glowing, actually, in the vicinity.
do not see anything sticking out, but what you do notice is at the top of two of these stacks.
You see two tiny creatures.
They have dark, ashen-gray skin, little humanoid face with a pointed nose and fanged teeth, little sets of wings, they're just perched on top, looking down at you with these faintly glowing, yellow eyes., Little imps, just watching.
SAM: Security cameras., MARISHA:, Jester..., TRAVIS:, Imps?, LAURA:, Imps., TALIESIN:, Very standard in any type of shop like this., LAURA: Have.
You seen this before? MICA: Yeah., LAURA: Aren't, those bad things?, MICA:, Eh., Samliel, hasn't said anything, so I.
Let them live.
LAURA:, Okay., TALIESIN:, Moral, servitude, I'm, so glad that we're finally getting a bit of this, I feel like it's been missing from this group for a while., (laughter) I'm, not saying it's a flavor.
We have to have all the time, but I'm glad-- TRAVIS: All we needed was the threat of imminent death.
That's all we needed.
TALIESIN: I'm glad you're getting a taste.
That's all I'm saying.
TRAVIS: I, don't know,! If we steal that, you might have to die.
LAURA: Can I wave at them? MATT: Mm-hmm.
The head just turns.
LAURA: Can I hold up a little bit of cookie that I took from her house? MATT: The one on, that'd, be your left.
takes off and snatches out of your hand and rushes back up to the perch and (chewing).
"Thank you." TRAVIS: Oh shit, it talks! LAURA:, You're welcome!, MATT: Then.
It just keeps watching.
At, which point, Ava turns the corner.
Again, has two baskets under each arm, different, one's like a dark brown shade and the other one's just a dull gray.
It looks like it's been woven.
Sets them down., "All, right.
If we have what's necessary," and pulls out what looks to be, there are different shards of glass.
One looks like pieces of elongated crystal that have been made into points.
The coloration's a little off.
It looks more of like a blueish-clear crystal.
"I, don't think that's it.
"I do have some residuum." Sets down a small pouch, looks like a snuff pouch.
If you will, but opening it up, you can see inside there's a condensed block of residuum.
That's just been pressed.
She goes ahead and pulls open a wooden box with a lock on it.
You watch, Ava, look at it and do a little signal with a finger and the lock (clicking) opens up.
(creaks) Opens up and on the inside.
You do see five elongated shards, almost diamond-shape of familiar green glass., TALIESIN: That's.
What I'm looking for, right, there.
MATT:, "Fantastic, glad to hear it." SAM: How much.
Would that cost us? MATT: "Ah well,? Let me go look at my books.
"I'm, not sure what the going rate is for refined, residuum.", TALIESIN: I'll also mention that we are happy to discuss trade or any sorts of work that may need to be done.
Matt: "Work, you say? "What's your specialties?" TALIESIN: Well..., MATT: "Are, you in league with this one? "As, unique as she may be, "she does occasionally bring useful things to me.
"Are you in a similar sort of wanderlust type, lifestyle?" TRAVIS: We may be in that very sort of position, actually.
LIAM: Definitely, some overlap.
MATT: "Now," and you see the eyes.
Look back to you, "are you more of the bold creature-hunting type "or.
Do your skills lean, more subtle?, "Unseen, quiet?", TRAVIS: Actually, we're quite talented in both arenas.
SAM: We were talking about going to tangle with a white dragon.
MATT: "That's ridiculous." SAM: Is it.
Do you know of one around here? MATT: "No.", SAM:, Okay., TALIESIN: We will probably be having an encounter with a white dragon.
Perhaps before the week is up.
If you needed more subtle work, as you put it, accomplished, we might be able to help out.
MATT: "Well, then." She takes the two baskets off the table, leaving the one unlocked case of the residuum glass and goes "Are.
You able to bypass barriers, unseen, "only, to return with this.
The wiser?" LIAM: We have before.
"I have a bit of a personal issue: "with one to the noble families in Uthodurn.
"They're, not very nice, they're, not very gracious., "They're, well, "how do I, say: it, classless.", TALIESIN:, Mm., MATT:, "And they've come into the ownership "of, something that was intended for me, not lawfully.
"I would be interested in.
Perhaps you "finding your way subtly into their estate "and returning it to its rightful, paid-for owner." LAURA: So.
They stole it from you.
MATT:, "Yes.", MICA:, So, they're, evil., MATT: "They are immoral and scrupulous." LIAM: How believable is this story? TALIESIN: I was going to insight check some of this.
MATT: Make, an insight.
LIAM: Pretty believable., TALIESIN:, 14., LIAM:, Oh, 15., MATT:, 15?, Her demeanor is so strange and off-kilter that you're having a hard time really discerning any subtle, motive.
Seems, pretty straightforward.
LIAM: All right.
SAM: Who is this royal person and where do they? Reside? MATT: "They are known as the Tumblecarves." SAM: Tumblecarves? MATT: "Their residence is near the end of the Liber Disk "in, the affluent Demerant Circle.
"There's, a number of wealthy families that live there, but "it shouldn't be too hard to find their estate, "a three-story home towards the back wall, "wedge-shaped at the front, "dual balconies on the second floor.
"Keep, an eye for it." SAM: And, the item? MATT: "They have a ring that belongs to me.
"They made it part of their personal museum, collection.
"It's, a red metal spiral across the band, "filigreed ring with elven script, set atop "by an oval-shaped polished stone of jet.
"That is my quarry and I.
Would like my property, back." LAURA: What.
Does the ring do? MATT: "That's, none of your concern." LAURA: Well,? What, if it's going to kill us the minute we pick it up? MATT: "It's, going to kill you, I assure you.", LAURA: Is it a good ring, then? Will.
It help people when you put it on? MATT: "It will help me quite a bit.".
Travis: We only ask in case it's something we might be able to utilize in need of quick escape to return it to you.
MATT: "Unfortunately not.
"It's, more of a, more of a subtle enchantment.
"Don't worry yourself with it." TALIESIN: I.
Imagine this'll be something that we'd take care of.
Perhaps after our more pressing matter? TRAVIS: Well..
TALIESIN: We can-- one thing at a time, of course.
You want to see anything else in the shop, by the way.
Since we're here?, TRAVIS: You noticed a few magical.
Pings, yeah? TALIESIN: I was curious about that, that, that.
LIAM: You, keep saying that, like 12 times.
TALIESIN: That, that, that, that, that.
Come up with it, Matt! Sorry.
What are you asking? About, just...? TALIESIN: I am pointing specifically at everything that glowed when I was looking around.
MATT: Okay., MICA:, Those, things.
MATT: Three of the blips that you saw were from a similar space.
Goes over and takes this small, long box off the shelf, sets it down, and slides it.
The lid actually pulls outward and leaves it open.
You can see in there these river stone-looking pieces of rock that are faintly blue and they almost look somewhat translucent, like a polished, quartz, crystal, semi-opaque, semi-transparent, and they're a little soft.
She pulls one out and sets it down and it like.
It seems to have a little give to it.
As its placed.
SAM: Like, a mochi ball?, MATT:, Kind, of, I.
Guess you could say.
TALIESIN: That's interesting.
Does it do,? What does it do? MATT: "I have to go.
Check, I'll be right, back.", LAURA: Why! Doesn't she know these things? SAM: Why? Don't you bring the books to the front? All right, it's fine., TRAVIS: You know what you should do, Nott? You should touch it and see what happens.
SAM: I'll touch.
MATT: As your hand gets close.
You hear (hissing) from both of the imps up there.
TALIESIN:, Thank, you., LAURA:, I.
Guess it's good! You didn't try to steal all the mithral, hm? MATT: She, returns., SAM: We could kill them very quickly.
Matt: "These are echo stones." TALIESIN and LAURA: Echo stones? MATT:, "Yes., Watch." She takes it and squeezes it in her hand, and you watch it.
Glows faintly, and she goes, "It's useful.
"Hopefully, depending on the situation," and then releases it, and tosses it about five feet.
(clicks) It makes almost no sound as it hits the ground.
MARISHA: It's a talk: back.
MATT: And, that's it., SAM: But.
What does it..
I go over and wave my hand over it, touch: it.
MATT:, It's kind of squishy.
SAM: Jump over it.
MATT: You leap over it.
TRAVIS:, Rather, disappointing., LAURA: I'm, going to pick it up and squeeze it in my hand.
MATT: As you go and pick it up.
It suddenly says the exact phrase in the exact voice.
She left into it.
SAM: Interesting., LAURA: It's a way to leave messages for each other, or? TRAVIS:, Or, distraction, perhaps?, MATT:, "It'll.
Repeat it over time." Let me pull the exact object up: here.
SAM: That's, pretty cool.
I, don't know how we would use it, but we could come up with something.
MARISHA: It's, like the whiteboard on-- MATT: "It repeats it ever five minutes." LAURA: On its own? MATT: "On its own until its been squeezed once more "and no longer in continuing its "repetition." LAURA: Oh.
It's a diversion., TRAVIS: That's cool.
MATT: There are five of them in the box, or four in the box, now, and the one that's, "Oh.
If you wouldn't mind, please." LAURA: Oh, sorry, I was chewing on it a little bit, it's probably okay, though.
TRAVIS: How much would one of those run? MATT: "Oh.
Each of these runs about 100 gold, pieces.
"You could say 450 for the lot.
If you're interested." TRAVIS: Could be useful when infiltrating.
LIAM: May I ask, would you mind if I inspected your residuum? MATT: "By, all means," and slides it forward on the table.
LAURA: The refined, residuum? MATT: It's, a familiar color and texture to you.
TALIESIN: What?!, LAURA:, (gasps) That's? What the crystals were! SAM: What crystals?, LAURA: That.
He had to shove into his arm! SAM: Oh shit! MARISHA: That makes sense.
LAURA: We're, not saying that out, loud, don't worry.
SAM: I'm, saying it out: loud! No.
(laughter), LIAM:, Thank, you., LAURA:, (sighs), MATT:, "Of, course., "So.
You wish for these stones, "one, two, or the lot.
Whatever you'd like to purchase." LAURA: How much-- TALIESIN: Before, we do, is there anything else that I saw popping up? MATT: She pulls over and you can see a small vial.
It has swirling, a dull.
Let me look at the coloration on this one.
TALIESIN:, Yep., SAM: You've got all the items.
MATT: This one has a pinkish-purple tint to it.
TALIESIN: Oh, that's cool., MATT: And goes like.
"This in particular is an elixir that can purify the body "of any sort of ailments, I, believe so," and she grabs it and looks underneath and puts the little tag.
"That is exactly what it is.".
Taliesin: That labeling system's a really good idea.
That's actually-- MATT: "It's, occasionally helpful." LAURA: You should maybe write what it does on the outside of the box.
So you don't have to-- MATT: "Then.
It just makes it that much easier, "for it to be pilfered by wandering eyes." LAURA: This is true.
TALIESIN:, What, does..., nevermind., MATT: "Don't, doubt my techniques, I.
Don't doubt yours." MICA: See, she's, mean!, SAM:, She's kind of abrasive.
There anything else that was glowing up that, like I, might have picked? MATT: There was the stones.
There was the vial, and I'll say there is probably one-- TALIESIN: One more.
I won't push any further past this one.
MATT: Okay, okay.
(laughs) TALIESIN: Got to do three., MATT: Brings it over and pulls up a small jewelry box, about that big.
Pulls it up out of a larger container, rummaging through, lifts it and opens it.
Up, looks for the little tag on the side and goes, "Yes.
This is a ring.
That's enchanted., "A, simple application with the intent of just "enabling, a minor bit of passive protection.
"To, an individual who.
You know, "wishes to survive in a very harsh world.", SAM: Fjord.
Do you think you could use one of those?? Laura: Who has on a ring of protection, already? TRAVIS: How much for that useful ring.
You have there? MARISHA: They're expensive., MATT: "Ah, let's see, that would run you about "3000 gold pieces for that." TRAVIS: Right.
What is that, a plus two to AC or plus one? MATT: Plus, one to AC and saving throws.
You need protection, Mr., Green, Man?, LAURA:, His name is Fjord.
Do you need protection, Fjord? TRAVIS: Uh, yes.
MICA: I can protect you.
TRAVIS: Thank you.
LAURA: We, never told her.
MARISHA: We didn't.
MICA: No, but you guys seem nice, so I just trusted you., SAM:, Wow! You're, so nice., You, know, Ava, Reani here tells us so much about you and about how wonderful you are to work with and how kind you are to her and-- MICA: That's, not what I, said.
SAM: Oh, well, I was trying to help out with your relationship a little bit.
MICA: No, it's okay.
MATT: "We're, very aware of our relationship.
"Thank you for whatever you're attempting, "but, it's unnecessary.", MICA: I'm! Guessing you still don't want a flower crown? MATT: "I will destroy you." TRAVIS: Ava, could I offer you 850 gold for all of the mithral that you have and one of those little echo stones? MATT: Make, a persuasion, check.
TRAVIS:, 16., MATT:, 16., "Deal." Shuffles, the pile of various mithral knickknacks and sets one of the stones amongst the pile.
TALIESIN: We have some business to take care of and then once we're finished with it, we'll be back to have our conversation, perhaps about the residuum.
If you manage to return this object, I, seek, "then, I'm, very excited of this transaction." TALIESIN: I am excited as well, I think this may work out well for everybody, involved., MATT:, "I'm, curious, and just because I'm a curious creature, "what is your intent with this refined residuum?" TALIESIN: I am on a mission for the Wildmother.
She asked me to procure this and so I shall.
MATT: "Hm., "Sure., "Very, well.
You require?", TRAVIS: Did.
You want the residuum? TALIESIN: We'll, be back.
I, do, but-- LIAM: One step at a time, right? TALIESIN: One step at a time.
TRAVIS: Fair enough., LIAM: You, don't deal in spells, do you? MATT: "No.
Unfortunately, the Steeple "tends to run most of that business." LIAM: Of course.
MARISHA: Is that where we're going next? Did I notice anything suspicious, while watching outside? MATT: Watching outside, nothing caught your attention.
This is out of the way, and it's so strange, doesn't seem like a lot of people tend to enjoy coming through just to check in on you.
TRAVIS: I put the mithral in the bag of holding and I, throw the echo stone to Jester.
TALIESIN: Let's double-check that this is enough mithral and then the right-- TRAVIS: Sure.
We can just maybe keep it in the box and just have the box get hit, or I.
TRAVIS: After we let them get to the archive.
TALIESIN: Yeah, of course.
TRAVIS: Yes., LAURA: That would suck if we had to hold up every single item.
One by one., TALIESIN: Yeah., TRAVIS:, Breathe here, breathe, here, breathe, here.
(frost, breath) (laughter) TALIESIN: Like, licking stamps., SAM: Before, we leave, Ms.
Do you know what iceflex are and do you have any of it? MATT: "I? Haven't the foggiest idea? What that is.
"Sorry." SAM: Can, you check,! Can you check? MATT: "Sure." She turns around and goes off.
We just kill the imps and steal everything? LAURA: I.
Don't think we should kill the imps.
TALIESIN: I, think that would go very badly.
Sam: They're, little! MICA: I'll have to kill you.
SAM: Oh, that's right!, TRAVIS: How.
Can you forget-- LAURA: Hey, imps!, TRAVIS: --.
Great security is right.
Here., LIAM:, They've also just been listening to us.
Have this entire conversation.
SAM: They can't speak Common.
LAURA:, They, can!, MICA: Then.
Also, if you kill them, then maybe she'll kick me out of my house and then, where am I supposed to go? LAURA: Did, she give you your house? MICA: She's.
The reason I have it, I did a lot of trading.
It was a long story, and I kind of don't want to be homeless.
TRAVIS: Good context, yes!, Not, stealing from her! MICA: Then.
Once again, I'd have to kill you.
SAM: All right., MICA: And, you seem so nice.
TALIESIN: I assure you they can speak Common., Right?, LAURA:, They, can., TRAVIS:, We hate to die., MATT:, "Yes.", TALIESIN:, Thank, you., LAURA:, Yeah.
You guys are real cute., SAM: They just know a couple of phrases-- MARISHA: Not today.
SAM: Oh, see! LAURA: Yes, I am very cute!, MATT: "No." TRAVIS: Ava's.
Still in the back? SAM: Ava, did you find anything? MATT: Comes by a moment, later.
"No iceflex, sorry, fresh out.", SAM and LAURA: All right.
TRAVIS: All right, thank you, we'll be returning, hopefully with your item.
MATT: "Yes, please.
I'd love, that.", TALIESIN:, Exciting., MATT:, "Ta-ta!, Be, careful.", TRAVIS: Did, you see anything while we were inside? MARISHA:, Uh, no.
Turns out people.
Aren't that interested or they're pretty normal.
How'd it go with you? LIAM: You sound slightly disappointed.
MARISHA: Ah, yeah.
SAM: We got some stuff.
MARISHA: I waited for 30 minutes and nothing happened.
We got a box of mithral and-- LAURA: Ooh! MARISHA: Can I see? TRAVIS: It's in the--.
Oh, I have the Bag of Holding, Yes.
I, take out the box.
There's a teacup and a bunch of other fragments of shit.
MARISHA: That little soldier guy is cool.
Travis: Yes., MARISHA:, Can I hold the soldier guy? LIAM: That is a game.
Did you want to go see books? LIAM:, Oh..., TRAVIS:, ♪, Mr., Coat, Man!, ♪, LIAM: The answer to that is always yes.
Marisha: My name is Beauregard, by the way.
MICA: Hi, Beauregard! MARISHA: Yeah, good to meet you.
MICA: Nice to meet you.
MARISHA: Don't kill, us.
LIAM: Let's all-- MICA: I won't! Don't be bad.
TALIESIN: And, that's Caleb., Caleb, Coat, Man., LIAM:, Thank, you, Caleb, "Coat, Man", Widogast., SAM:, I'm Nott, the Brave.
MICA: Nott, the Brave.
And you're, Jester., You, whispered it to me.
TALIESIN: Caduceus, Pink, Guy, apparently., MICA:, Can I call you Pinky? TALIESIN: Yeah.
MICA: Hi, Pinky.
TRAVIS:, Caduceus, Pink, Eye?, (laughter), MICA: So, we have-- LAURA: Caduceus plays with his poop! (laughter) MARISHA: The lead singer of a ska band.
Caduceus Pink Eye.
TALIESIN: No, too far, too far.
There's a line on this table and you fucking crossed it.
Mica: Ska is the line? TALIESIN: Ska is, by gods, always the line.
SAM: He's, the drummer for Yasha and Orphans.
(laughter and groaning) LIAM: I cast Conjunctivitis.
(laughter) MATT: It's a 6th-level spell.
You're, not there yet.
TALIESIN: Too much of a day.
(laughter) MICA: So.
We have Fjord Green Man, Beauregard, Caleb Coat Man, Nott, the Brave, Jester, and Pinky.
SAM: And Reani.
MICA: And Reani.
That's, me., SAM:, Is, Reani short for anything? MICA:, Yeah, Reanminere., LAURA: Oh, that's beautiful!, MICA:, Thank, you!, SAM: Reanminere is beautiful! MICA: But.
It takes a lot of people a long time to learn that so it's Reani.
LAURA: That's beautiful.
You ever heard of the Ruby of the Sea? MICA: Actually I have.
I've met her once! LAURA: You have? MICA: Yeah! LAURA: That's, my mom! MICA: I love your mom! LAURA: I, know, she's, so great, right?, MICA: She's, so pretty.
Did you hear her perform? MICA: Yes.
LAURA: When? Were you there? MICA: When I was a kid, but I know I wasn't supposed to be there, but I went and I wanted to visit your mom because I followed Landon, because my dad wanted to go see her performance.
So I went behind and then I was like, whoa! She's, so pretty.
I wanted to be her when I grew, up., LAURA: How old were you?.
Mica: I was five.
Laura: Oh, that was before I was born.
LIAM: I grab Beauregard by the shoulder and say, come on, we're going to the archive.
MARISHA: Yes, thank you., MATT: (laughs) Just, the two of you? SAM: We're, all going.
MARISHA: We're going to-- LIAM:, Catch, up., MARISHA:, (laughs), LAURA: We go running after them being very noisy.
Travis: We should go.
MATT: All right.
You guys step ahead and with a little bit of guidance from Reani and your general streetwise awareness.
You eventually find your way towards the Vellum Steeple, but you see-- MARISHA: Hey, DM, question?, MATT:, Yes?, MARISHA: Okay.
You mentioned before that.
This is primarily dwarven and elven in terms of population? MATT:, Correct., MARISHA: We're out of Xhorhas, of Xhorhasian borders?, MATT: Yes, you guys are outside of the elements of the war.
You, are far north of the Empire.
TRAVIS: North and west, or just straight-up north? MATT: It's, more north of the Empire, and northwest of Xhorhas.
SAM: Oh, northwest of Xhorhas, got it.
TRAVIS: All right.
MATT: Make, everybody, look.
TRAVIS:, There's a map, point with a finger.
That's just the whole-- TALIESIN: Right there, right smack dab.
(tapping) TRAVIS: Ow! (laughter) LAURA: That was pretty stupid.
(laughter) TRAVIS: (cracking) TALIESIN: That was gross.
SAM: Off to the Steeple.
MATT: You come upon the grand, curving tower of blue marble that glitters as it ascends, blending into the rock above it.
The exterior of it seems to reveal the presence of very wide, cavernous halls on the inside.
You can see what looks to be, very limited color palette on stained glass that sits primarily between red and yellow, to be complementary to the mostly blue structure.
The, outside of it looks to have a colorless courtyard of bushes that have a gray tint.
The leaves looking to be heavily textured.
This is a unique form of subterranean plant life that you haven't really come: across.
It's, a makeshift garden on the outside of an odd type of lightless plant life.
You saw elements of this, actually, underneath in the Shadowshire of Rosohna, usually used in less decorative and more an element of the subterranean planting process and farming as a separator to various fields.
Here it's given a slightly beautiful manicured presence on the exterior of the Steeple.
You can see the door is open.
There is curved archway and a very tall door, probably 10-foot, to the top, and on the inside it's warmly lit, kind of an orange-- (phone chime) MATT: --and.
You hear a chime as you approach.
(laughter) MARISHA: Oh.
They have a door chime.
TALIESIN:, Oh, good.
Everybody needs one., MATT: They have a lucky cat in there., As you step and approach.
You can see.
There are a few figures that walk out., They, look to be well-dressed, noble, folk.
You, see a pair of elves, a male and female, walking arm-in-arm, watch you as you pass and continue out into the city and as you step inside, you can see a long, curved table with two individuals at the front.
You see a young, elven man in cream-colored robes, with a sash of golden burgundy.
That has a cool stitched pattern throughout it, and he is sitting there looking bored out of his fucking mind.
To, the left of him.
You can see a dwarf woman, middle aged or so, who has a very thick pair of spectacles on and is currently in the process of sketching or writing in a tome of some kind on the table.
As you step into the chamber, the bored, elf gentleman, without even looking up, goes, "Can I help you?" LIAM: Yeah, good afternoon.
New to town, and we have heard great things about the Archive, wanted to inquire as to the-- MATT: "Are.
You here to meet with the Woodset Auditors?" LIAM: The Woodset Auditors? MATT: "You are not here to meet with the Woodset Auditors." TALIESIN: They're otters? LAURA:, (laughs) MATT: "Otters would be interesting." TALIESIN:, Yeah., MATT:, "Can I help you?" He finally looks up and starts making eye contact.
LIAM: We hear you have some books.
Are they open to the public? Is there.
Any method by which visitors to the city may peruse your shelves? MATT: "No.
"You can request a book "and.
It will be brought to you under supervision." LIAM: Ja., MATT: "But.
This is not an open.
"This is a place of research." LIAM: Understood.
MARISHA: I apologize.
The thing is we're here under a diplomatic, mission., I'm, actually Beauregard Lionett with the Cobalt Soul.
MATT: Kind of reaches-- brow, ruffles., "Cobalt, Soul?", MARISHA:, Yeah.
MATT: "You, probably want to speak to-- "what's his name.
Demid?", MARISHA:, Yeah, I'm.
Sure you have a representative here.
We didn't have them throughout the Empire.
Just occasionally wander through.
"I'll look into it." MARISHA: Check and see if he's in., LIAM: That's the first time you said the last name out: loud, right?, MARISHA: Yes, it is.
TRAVIS:, Yeah, I thought so., MATT: He gets up and walks away.
The old, woman's still sitting there, just not paying any attention-- MARISHA: Lionett.
MATT: --or, giving two shits about your presence.
You, wait for two minutes, three minutes.
MATT: "Right.", LAURA: Do.
You have any books about weasels?, MATT:, "Yes.", LAURA:, Can I, see one? MATT:, "No.", LAURA: Do.
You have any books, about..
the Traveler? MATT: "Don't know what that is." LAURA: What kind of a-- anyway.
(laughter), SAM: Do.
You have any books about alchemy?, MATT:, "Yes.", LAURA: Can.
We see it? MATT: "Nope." SAM: How.
Can we see it? MATT: "Your representative is already on his way.
"To get you some person to speak.
"You've already been helped.
"Leave me to my business." LAURA: What.
Is she doing? MATT: It's a puzzle? Book.
She's, essentially doing-- ALL: Sudoku? MATT:, Like, Sudoku, crossword, puzzles., LAURA:, Amazing., TALIESIN:, Wow., SAM: Do.
You come here, Reani, a lot? MICA: I, do., SAM: Do.
You have a card or something, a library, card? MICA:, Noticing this.
How long have we been waiting?, MATT:, About, four minutes.
MICA: Only, four minutes? MATT: Four to five minutes.
TALIESIN: (groans) (laughter), LAURA:, (groans), MICA: I'll, step up to the desk and be like: Um, excuse, me, I, know you're busy with your puzzle.
Book and I know that she had a really cool fancy.
Last name, but the Ivae'ess has sent me.
So we have to go see books, now., Is, that cool? We have to go, see books, now., MATT:, "What, kind of piece, of-- "What.
What did you say?" MICA: The Ivae'ess has sent me.
So we have to go, see books, now.
Whatever, they need.
MATT: "I'll, go fetch the Scribewarden.
Hold on." MICA: Thank you! Have, a good day! SAM: What is that? TRAVIS: How.
Are you executive, platinum?, What, just happened? SAM: What is Ivae'ess? MICA: Oh so..
(inaudible whispering) SAM: Yeah yeah yeah.
LAURA:, (whispering), Okay, what?, MICA: Remember the time that I keep everybody safe? LAURA:, Yeah., MICA:, So I.
Do it as only animals, and I, keep everybody safe, and they've of started, calling me Ivae'ess, and that means the Lightbringer or whatever, and it's kind of a cool legend around here.
LAURA: Are you a superhero?, MICA: Kinda?, SAM:, What?, MICA: Shh, nobody knows! SAM: But that's--.
So this is your secret identity? MICA:, Shh., SAM: So Reani is your secret-- MICA: Shh! SAM: (softly) So Reani's, really Ivae'ess? MICA: Yeah., SAM: Do.
You change your personalities, your persona, do you-- MICA: I change into a scorpion or a bear, or a wolf or an eagle or a snake.
Do they know it's you, then? LAURA: Because? Where else are there going to be animals around like that down? Here? SAM: Well, there's animals.
MICA:, It's kind of rare to see animals with halos and gold, eyes.
SAM: Ah., LAURA: They haven't caught on that.
You have a halo and gold eyes? MICA: No.
LAURA: They're dumb., (laughter), SAM:, Wow., MICA:, It's kind of fun, and I've been here for five years, and so people keep talking about it.
And sometimes there are drawings and stuff of me as an eagle.
I'm like: Whoa, that's me!, But I can't tell them that it's me because then that'll blow my cover and then people would come to kill me because lots of the crime families that I keep, you know, on the DL, they would want to kill me so-- LIAM: So.
This is like another identity for yourself? MICA: Yeah, and if you tell anybody, I'm going to have to kill you.
MARISHA: Ehh! LAURA:, Oh-ho-ho!, MATT:, The door opens and you watch as the old dwarf woman returns and then sits down at the desk, followed by what you see is a very tall, pale-skinned elven woman with a platinum blonde, pompadour, short in the back, but just billowing in the front.
LIAM: Rockabilly! MATT: These, bright, blue piercing eyes.
You recognize as the Scribewarden, approaches.
"Word is that you've come on the request of the Ivae'ess?" MICA: Yeah.
MATT: And gives a wink.
MICA: (laughs) Uh-huh! MATT: You get the immediate sense that she's not good with keeping that-- (laughter) MATT: -- secret identity., TALIESIN: Is, Reani Clark--.
Everyone knows Clark Kent's, really Superman.
Everyone's, like, "Oh, no! "Superman, you just showed up! "Where did Clark go?" (laughs) MATT: "So.
What can we do to help the Ivae'ess?" MICA: So? He likes books.
She likes weasels, LAURA:, (whispers), I, do!, MICA: And.
We need to find a dragon.
A white dragon., MATT: "A white dragon?", MICA: Yeah.
If you do have a representative of the Cobalt Soul here, that would be cool, because I did mention that.
If you're offering, we would love to peruse any books.
You have on the subject of mythical beasts or creatures of great repute or dunamancy, or local legends, or-- MICA: And weasels! LAURA: Or Laughing Hands.
MATT: "One book at a time." SAM: Let's prioritize.
Caleb? MATT: "What.
Do you wish us to retrieve?" LIAM: Creatures of this realm.
TALIESIN: White dragons.
LIAM: Local legends that might talk, of-- SAM:, White, dragons., LIAM:, --beasts, like, yeah, I, think you've said it.
Multiple times, I think she heard.
LAURA: White dragons.
TALIESIN:, Yeah, white dragons., MATT: "I'll return with such a tome.
"The price is 10 gold per hour of research." LAURA: And.
You can only look at one book at a time? SAM: Per, person?, MATT:, "Multiple books, as one per individual, "of course.
Each paying independently.
"We have to fund our research.
"As you know, Reani." SAM: Sure., LIAM: Excellent.
So if we are getting a couple books for a few of us to read, I will cover the costs.
You have anything also on more intricate forms of transmutative magic.
Here? MATT: "I can certainly look.
"So, who will be taking "the possible tome of transmutative magic?" LIAM: That will be for me.
"Then, who is taking the interest "in mythological creatures and folklore?" MARISHA: I'll take that.
MATT: "All right, that's two., "Who else needs one?".
Taliesin: Anything have pictures in it, is mostly pictures? MATT: "There's a lot of pictures.
"I'll, get you a picture: book." TALIESIN:, All, right., With like.
What's on, books, on-- TRAVIS: I'll, take a book on deities, new and old, perhaps? TALIESIN:, That'll, do., MATT:, "Very, well.
"Pantheon's would be probably pre-Calamity.
Is such a thing.
"Very well, anything else?", SAM:, Yes, alchemical, guide to making different chemistry, mixtures and sticky things or puffy things or acid-y things? MATT:, "All, right, five books." LIAM:, And Jester.
You were saying you wanted a book about ancient forms of the arcane, like the origin of magic in Exandria?, LAURA:, (deadpan) That's.
What I've been looking for? My entire life.
MATT: "What is this, I'm, sorry?" LAURA: Books on the ancient forms of arcane.
MATT: "Very well.", (laughter), TALIESIN: Do.
You have to roll damage for that? TRAVIS: (like, Jester), My brain just fell out of my ear! MICA: I thought.
You said: weasels.
LAURA:, Ancient, arcane, weasels, specifically., MATT: "I will do my best.
The Ivae'ess requests, one." MICA: A book of new poisons, please.
Anything poisonous plants, mixing poisons, creating poisons, killing people.
Anything like that., MATT:, "Interesting, very well.", MICA: Thank, you!, MATT: "It'll be done.".
Marisha: What was your name? MATT: "Oh, I'm sorry, I'm Scribewarden Ressia Uvesic." TRAVIS: Scribewarden? MATT:, "Scribewarden, yes.", TRAVIS:, Scribewarden., MARISHA:, Ressia-- Ressia, Uveh--?, MATT:, Ressia, Uvesic., MARISHA:, Uvesic., LIAM:, Uva, sick!, MARISHA:, Can, I just walk and talk with you for a second.
As we go? MATT: "Well, no, I'm retrieving the books for you.
"You must stay here.", MARISHA:, Can I, walk and talk with you to the threshold of which then I will stay.
Behind? MATT: "Certainly." MARISHA: Thank you.
MATT: "All right, but you must pay in advance.
"That's, seven tomes.
That's 70 gold for the first hour.
"Repeating from thereon, "the, continuation of your research--" MARISHA:, You see, that's what-- I would like if we could just, just real quick.
MATT: "Right." TALIESIN: We're, going to owe 100 gold before this is over.
Matt: She goes ahead and steps off to the side, joins you.
"So?", MARISHA: Yes, you may know Archivist Zeenoth from Cobalt Soul in Zadash., MATT: "I'm familiar with the Cobalt Soul, yes.
"We do have one such representative "here on a research mission." MARISHA:, Okay, yeah.
That would be good if we could maybe connect with him.
If you know, the Cobalt Soul is always interested in sharing any type of information and having that free flow, communication, so-- MATT:, "Of course.
What have you for trade then?", MARISHA:, Sure., Sure., Yeah.
I, will pull..
What do I have for trade? TRAVIS: You've got some crossbows.
(laughter) MATT: "Look, I know there is free, traded information.
"Within your troop, your--" MARISHA: I have my Crick history, book.
MATT:, "--your, faction.
We are a legitimate business and there needs to be--" MARISHA: I pull out my history.
You pull out a history: book.
MARISHA: And Courting of the Crick, the smut.
MATT: Okay, just the general history, book? What history book.
Do you have? MARISHA: It was the one on the Kryn.
TRAVIS: The smutty one? MARISHA: No, I had two.
We already read that whole book? The history, book? MATT:, Mm-hmm., MARISHA:, I, did., LAURA:, Okay., MATT:, Yeah., Okay.
Thumbs through the history book.
"Interesting.", MARISHA: The.
Second, one's really valuable, too.
You, don't have to look through it.
MATT: "Oh my.", MARISHA:, Told, you., LAURA:, (tongue, clicking), MARISHA: She has a bit of anxiety.
MATT: "Terribly sorry.
"We'll go ahead and consider this trade for two of the "research periods, so 50 gold for the first hour." TRAVIS: Here's 10, gold., LAURA:, Not bad, not bad., SAM:, Sure, 10, gold from me.
LAURA:, Oh, yes, same, same, same, same, same.
Even, though I'm probably just researching for Caleb.
TRAVIS: Here's, two more.
Who's got 10 gold for Scribewarden? LIAM: Oh, sorry.
I was looking through.
I will cover all of it if need be., MARISHA: I'll, put forward 10 gold, too, and give me back the smut.
TRAVIS: We're covered.
MARISHA: Thank, you., MATT:, "I'll return," and she leaves, and as soon as she passes, by, you can see the elven man who was originally here enters, giving a bow of respect towards the Scribewarden and behind.
Entering, looks to be a male gnome with a curly mop of red hair, blue eyes, and Cobalt Soul attire, familiar to you guys, who have been by the archives in Zadash.
Comes in with himself, a pair of his own large, wide spectacles to match the dwarven woman who met you at the front and as he steps in, "Hello, sorry.
I was called here for someone?" MARISHA: Yeah, that's me., MATT: "Right, right, I was in the middle of my research." MARISHA: Cool.
You want to chat? MATT: "Certainly.
"Are you here as well.
Studying the moons?" MARISHA: Absolutely.
MATT: "Are, you a specialist?", MARISHA: I..., am., MATT: "Well.
Please tell me all about your mission: here! "I'm, curious.", LIAM:, Me, too., MARISHA:, Him, ,too., MATT:, "Right, all right.
You both with?" MARISHA: I'm, actually from the Cobalt Soul from Zadash.
MATT: "Oh, really?", MARISHA:, Yeah., MATT:, "How, interesting! "Are, you as well?" MARISHA:, Yeah., MATT:, "All, right!", Make, a deception, check.
(laughter) MARISHA:, 24., MATT:, "Wonderful! "Wonderful to meet others.
So far, north here! "I felt a bit isolated for some time, "so, it's very exciting to meet other scholars." LIAM: Lonely work.
MATT: "Oh, very, very., "So I'm, primarily researching Ruidus, "the, smaller of our moons." MARISHA: Ruidus., MATT: So.
You do know there are two moons of Exandria.
There's Catha, which is the main moon.
That's the one, that's largely associated with the Moonweaver and the bright one that moves in the sky, and there's Ruidus.
There's the secondary moon, which is a dull brown color, is much smaller and further and is mostly not visible throughout most of the day, and usually only during certain points of night., "So, I'm, hoping and working here with the Woodset Auditors "to see.
If there is some information, "that may have been recovered from the ruins of Molaesmyr, "and.
So far it's been a lot of false leads, "but I'm working on it anyway.
Have you been looking for? "What? Is your process? "Please? Tell me anything!" MARISHA: What was your name, by the way? MATT: "Oh! God! Sorry! "Archivist Demid Sunlash." LIAM: Sunlesh? MATT: "Sunlash.", LIAM:, Sunlash., MARISHA:, Archivist, Demid?, MATT:, "Demid, yes.", MARISHA:, Demid, Sunlash., MATT: Raises, his glasses, a bit.
He's tiny, like even for a gnome, he's slightly hunching his shoulders and probably comes up to mid-thigh for you, Beauregard.
Just looking up at both of you.
LIAM: You said your focus was on Ruidus? MATT: "Personally yes, "it's, the one we know the least about." LIAM: We know a bit more about Catha.
MATT: "Understood, most do, "it's, mostly just folklore, elements, "there's, not a lot of specific study on it these days.
"Which is why I find it such a fascinating, subject.", LIAM: What.
Have you found so far? MATT: "It's been a bit dry, so far.
"Hoping., "I mean, there's the standard beliefs of various cultures, "across Exandria of it being an entity of ill omen, "you, know.", MRAISHA:, Yeah.
Speaking of the ill omen, thing, we've actually been trying to research, the convalescence between the moon cycles and beasts and fiends that happen, because maybe there's a correlation.
Have you heard of anything? MATT: "It, I mean that is very possible.
"The moon cycles themselves are distinctly related to "various entities, whether it be bestial curses "or creatures themselves that are nocturnal, "you know.
They come out by Catha's light to hunt." MARISHA: Demons? MATT: "Demons.
Now there is a lot of interesting "thoughts and ideas about Catha." MARISHA:, Yeah., MATT: "Or about Ruidus.
Some are believed to have been "either a pre-creation, back when the elements themselves, "were consuming all of Exandria, but others believe "may have not originally existed.
"May have been a creation by the Betrayer Gods "and was some sort of long-running mysterious plot.
"That was cut short during the end of the Calamity "and when they were banished away.
What I'm certainly curious, about." MRAISHA: You think demons come from the moon? MATT: "I don't.
Some people, do." MARISHA: Okay.
White, dragons? Anything, with that? LAURA: Those aren't demons.
MARISHA:, No, I, know.
MATT:, "Don't follow, but anything, please.", MARISHA: Just, it's separate, you know, we've been getting pings and you know.
What's a demon,? What's a dragon, I, don't know,? Have you heard anything about a white dragon?, MATT: "Very distinctly different creatures, "white, dragons and demons.
"There are many varieties of both, actually." MARISHA: No, I know! People are stupid, though.
You heard anything about a white dragon?, LIAM: In, the area specifically.
MATT: "I..., no.", MRAISHA:, Okay., MATT: "I've just been here for about a year and a half.
"It's, not really going anywhere.
If I hear anything, "I'll send word to Zadash, don't worry." MARISHA: He doesn't know anything about white dragons., LIAM: But! You can ask him more times., MATT: "What about you? "What.
Are your findings?" LIAM: Well, it's illusory, really,! It's as you say,! Everything is shrouded in myth and legend.
It's mostly superstition.
Some people say it's made of cheese.
MATT: "No, what, who?", MARISHA:, People., LIAM:, People., MARISHA: I, said they're dumb., MATT: "Interesting.
Is there a particular culture? "That believes this because, I mean--" LIAM: Yes, Whitestone., MATT:, "Whitestone?", LIAM:, Part of the local myth and legend in Whitestone.
MATT: "Tal'dorei is such an uncultured land.
"Interesting, I'll make note of this and bring it back.
"I wonder how far that goes.
Thank you for that nugget of information." MARISHA: Question., MATT:, "Yes?", MARISHA:, They're, being a little, by the books, no pun, intended, about letting us view the archives? MATT: "Right, right, of course, "you have to respect the way they do their business." MARISHA:, Oh, no, I, absolutely do!, MATT: "They! Wouldn't let just anyone "peruse our libraries openly without interest!" MARISHA:, Of, course!, But-- MATT: "Ioun gives us free reign to spread the information.
"They, don't fall under this same form of religious interest, "so they're a little more protective.
"Understandably, too, because this place is very remote.
"And not involved in local politics.
"And does not want to be, you know, "a, continuous drawer of elven information.
"That would be an unwanted attention towards it.
You think you could give us the hookup? Say something.
Maybe let us go in? Like, get a little look-see? MATT: "Um, I--", MARISHA:, Plus, one, plus two? You know, do a little research? LIAM: Fellow moon, archivists., MATT: "I'll, tell you what." LIAM: Yes.
MATT:, "What I can do "is.
Show you my notes on Catha and Ruidus." LIAM: Well, I'll take what I can get.
MARISHA: Yeah yeah yeah, sure.
MATT: "Not now.
"Too many prying eyes and ears.
"But perhaps, "perhaps in the next two days.
If interested, "you could go ahead and meet me, "let's see, what would work? Here, "we could meet at..
"The, Tumbled, Tankards., "Bit of a seedy, place, "but I.
Think no one'll pay mind or interest.
"And I can tell you all about what I found.
"It's, not much, but it's interesting!", LIAM: Tumble.
What now? MARISHA: Tankards.
TALIESIN: Basically the D&D equivalent of the Denny's parking lot.
(laughter) MATT: You're, not wrong, no.
MICA: You! Don't go there,! You wind up! There.
MATT: You wind up there.
LIAM: A, CD, shop?, MARISHA: It's, a CD, shop., MATT:, Yeah, it's-- MICA: I, know the Denny's parking lot.
All too well.
LIAM: Red Hot Chili Peppers, yeah! MATT: Unfortunately, the Dark Tower shop closed down a while back.
LIAM: Quit, while we're ahead, yeah? MARISHA: Okay, well, Caleb and I look, I, look over his shoulder and quickly read: his, no.
Let us read his notes: right, here., MATT:, "No, no no.
"Not, yet." LAURA: We have to meet him in the Denny's parking.
TALIESIN: We'll go to Denny's.
If you want a hookup, man.
MARISHA: Well, you know, I..
can't guarantee that we won't be busy.
I, don't know if we're going to be available, but I'll get back to you., MATT:, "Right, I'm, usually here.
So just ask for me." MARISHA: Thanks.
MATT: "Of course.
You find any additional information, "please do pass it along, "I'm kind of flapping in the wind here, a bit." MARISHA:, Yeah., MATT: "Oh, oh oh!", He turns and watches as the Scribewarden enters.
"I'll (clears, throat)," and heads on back to his research, chambers.
MARISHA:, Bye, Sunlash!, LAURA:, I, always felt kind of sorry for Ruidus.
You know? LIAM: Less, noticed than its sister.
LAURA: Yeah, like it's-- MARISHA: It's, the ugly duckling.
LAURA: Big flashy sister, always trying to take all its attention.
LIAM: Little sister feeling practically invisible.
TRAVIS: Are you talking about moons? MARISHA: Yeah., SAM:, They, are., TRAVIS:, Okay., MARISHA:, My fucking.
Contacts were for shit.
LIAM: We are a long way from home, Ms.
Lionett? SAM: We found some good books, though.
LIAM: We've been traveling together for a long time.
Take that long to drop a proper family, name? MARISHA: You, never asked., LIAM:, That's, true., TRAVIS:, Shit., MATT:, The Scribewarden returns and leads you all to an independent research chamber where there's a large table that everyone's able to sit at., Under supervision of the Scribewarden, and is keeping track of how long you are reading, and making sure that no undue use of these tomes is carried on.
You're, given your respective books, and begin to research.
Interesting tidbits about different elements of nature that can be converted, whether they are poisonous to begin with, or certain processing can be made into a toxin.
Some of it's information that you already know, and some of it is information about places.
You learn about some other herbs that are indigenous to maybe south Xhorhas, some of the further south islands of the Menagerie Coast.
Some of it speaks of the Vesperwood that surrounds an area of Issylra, which is far far far west of here, and also some strange blooms that happen in the deserts of Marquet as well.
That have been known to have, essentially, induced coma-like, effects.
Just take the information, very fascinating.
You were reading about arcane weasels., SAM:, Well, I, think she was-- (laughter) She slipped the book to him, I believe., LAURA: Yeah.
It was arcane origins and whatever the fuck.
LIAM: That's, the title, that's the specific title.
LAURA: "Arcane Origins and Whatever.
The Fuck." TALIESIN: Somehow got on the bestseller list.
(laughter) MATT: So you're.
Reading it? LAURA: Sure.
MATT: All right.
It is a fascinatingly deep, scholarly, verbose, dissertation on various theories on the origins of mythological creatures, some of them that believe that they stemmed from the breaking of the Elemental Planes when they once were just a mashed chaos across the surface of Exandria.
That believe, they were born from dreams of the first beings that were given life by the pantheon.
There are some that believe that they were creations, magically through those that dabbled in arcane or divine based magic to suit their own needs and then lost control of them, and thus they became part of the natural world as their own accord.
LAURA: Anything about blink, dogs?, MATT: Yeah, a thing about blink, dogs., Blink dogs believed to be fey in nature, believed to have originally began in the Feywild and then were brought in and partially domesticated here in Exandria, due to their unique talents.
Spoke of the difficulty in breaking them, especially at a young age, and how they tend to be a bull in a china.
You immediately like yeah, yeah, I, know, that.
LAURA:, Any, tidbits I would know about Nugget? MATT: You learn that preferred foods tend to be ground.
Nuts made into a meal.
LAURA: Oh shit., LIAM: You were way.
LAURA: I was so far off.
MATT: For a healthy diet.
Pretty much anything.
That is considered a core element as part of the fey life in which it originally stemmed from.
TRAVIS: Blinking causes a high metabolism.
MATT: You are looking for SAM: Just looking for things, I can make with chemicals.
MATT: They're a chemistry book that goes there that goes delves in alchemy, same thing, similar to what Reani was looking for.
What a lot of you've already learned.
A few things.
There, are some chemicals that aren't widely distributed here in Wildemount, because the materials aren't present and you weren't, you didn't grow up in a heavy-trade city, necessarily so other forms of chemicals that are used to dissolve certain minerals and elements.
Nothing that necessarily specifically triggers any interest, but I will say that you do, you do come to find some easier and better methods to refining the chemicals you already work.
That may help reduce the cost of some of the alchemical components that you wish to purchase.
MATT: You were looking at a book.
Of? LIAM: It was higher, intricate levels of transmutative magic, I'm, looking for things about transformation and permanence, not transitory, locking that change into place.
It's a lot of arcane theories on the challenge of permanence.
When it comes to transmutative, spellcraft.
How, a creature's natural form is intended and is stubborn against arcane nature.
There are also entities and creatures that they are born not in their natural form and have a life coming to discovering that transition into their natural form and that magic is actually easier and more accepted into that space.
The permanence element of it is challenging up until a certain level of magic.
Discussions of the temporary elements of Polymorph and the supposed idea that there is levels of Polymorph-based magic that can induce performance.
You pick up some tidbits and some interesting ideas and some things that start getting your mind running a bit.
It, isn't exactly what you're looking for, LIAM: Yeah.
MATT: It's, helping just add more to the breadth of your understanding.
LIAM: Yeah, and is that the main focus of this book? Or does it touch on the nature of reality? Itself? MATT: No,? It was primarily on the nature of material elements.
You have the matter, and ore, and the attempts to transition.
It goes into discussion of the Philosopher's Stone and you wanted to make gold out of lead, and other material movements there, and the success.
It's had, once again, temporary, elements that usually only helps in the process of deception, and/or, temporary use of materials.
LIAM:, The, elements, matter, and the manipulation of.
LIAM: Those things., Got it.
MATT: You had a book on..., TRAVIS:, Deities., MATT:, The, deities.
It, is a discussion of the wide pantheon of Exandria.
It speaks loosely about the creation myth of the realm.
It speaks of the tethered elements, on how these entities came to the planet and attempted to quell the elemental chaos that was roiling across the surface and the elemental titans that resided here before the pantheon came, managing to separate and disperse them to their separate elemental planes, and bring order, and the beginning of life to the planet.
It goes into the eventual betraying, of what came to be known as Betrayer Gods, and the creation of other entities that were just born out of the malice that then began to find its way into the heart of those that were created in the life form of the initial pantheon.
It goes into the discussion about the Age of Arcanum, in which the gods gave the gift of you know.
First, it was divine, through worship, the divine presence of magic, and then eventually the gift of the arcane.
Which, as opposed to the lending of one's essence for magic.
It taught them to create magic from within themself and then became the rise of the, for lack of better term, the arrogance of certain mortal species and races, as well as cultures that began to see themselves as now equal to or above the gods that created them, which led into the Age of Arcanum.
You start going a little numb getting to this portion of the process.
The Age of Arcanum is a bit spotty.
A lot of the information is still lost with the Calamity and pieces of it are still being put together.
A lot of it's theories and a lot of it's different people's notes about it, until it continues into the Calamity.
There've been multiple times in which the gods have warred and a lot of terrible destruction's been wrought.
But the Calamity itself, at the end of the Age of Arcanum, was what was responsible for destroying most standing society.
Those, that survived, either by going underground or escaping, managed to begin the seeds of the current age.
This was, you know, over 800 years, ago.
TRAVIS:, Fuuu-- MATT: It speaks of the Divine Gate.
It speaks of the banishing of the Betrayer Gods, the self-imposed banishment of the Prime Deities, the creation of the Divine Gate that separates any of them from transgressing onto the actual prime material plane of Exandria, and you finish.
It takes you a few hours to finish this and when it does, your head, just like (pulsing).
TRAVIS: Yeah, that's fair., LIAM:, Is, that a lot to unpack, that one? TRAVIS:, Yeah.
Yes, I feel like most of this is stuff that most, some of you already know.
But as an introduction, it's a bitch., LIAM: Give me the three-line pitch/summary.
What are the good bits? TRAVIS: Yes,? There were good gods and bad gods and they fought and there were ruined parts of the world and littler things were left in its wake and some were sealed away, and some remained.
LIAM: Right, right, right.
TRAVIS: There, were planes and alternate dimensions.
And-- I might need to sleep, tonight, actually, to process all of this.
You finished with that one? TRAVIS: Yes.
Would you like to? LIAM:, Yes.
TRAVIS: Please, have at it.
MATT: We're now pushing into hour four of research, by the way, guys.
Every hour is an additional 10 gold per book.
That's brought out and there are currently seven books checked: out.
So we're looking at right: now-- TRAVIS:, Yeah., MATT:, A, total of 200 and-- Lowered by 20 gold as part of--.
So it's only 50 gold per hour, so you're looking at about 200 gold, cost., TRAVIS:, If, there's anyone still diving, deep, I, don't want to interrupt, I'm tapped.
I can certainly go back to Umi and see if the mithral that we've gathered is enough.
Taliesin: I'll join you.
If you'd like.
TRAVIS: I'll meet you back on the outside of the archive, yes? MICA: I'll come!, TRAVIS:, Great., LIAM: I would like to stay.
Would you like to swing by and pick me up when you're finished? TRAVIS: We'll wait for you on the outside, I'm sure.
If? For some reason you come out and we're not they're, we'll be back at Umi's, yes.
LIAM:, Our, lodgings., LAURA: Are there, any books about healing?, MATT: There are books about healing.
LAURA: Healing spells and stuff? MATT: Oh yeah.
That could definitely be brought.
MATT: Make, a perception check for me.
LIAM: 18., MATT:, 18., As you're, getting towards the end of your transmutation, book.
You notice that one of the pages, the ink is different from the rest of the book.
LIAM: And I would know if it was arcane in nature.
Or-- MATT:, Roll, an arcana check., TRAVIS:, Red, ink., LIAM:, 23., MATT:, 23.
This page holds a very simple transmutative spell on it, usually used to conceal or contain something just beyond the boundaries of this reality.
It's like stumbling upon a pocket on your jeans.
You didn't know: was there before., LIAM:, Oh, jeez.
MATT: You are under supervision.
SAM: I'm still with you in the library.
So am I.
You need a distraction..
LIAM: Where is everybody else at this time? MARISHA: We're, all still here.
You guys step out?, MARISHA: Unless.
MATT: You, guys all stepped out., TALIESIN: The.
Three of us have left.
TALIESIN: All forms of vague moral authority, have left the building.
MATT: All right, so you two and the Fjord? TRAVIS: Guess.
There won't be any killing.
Three of you guys are out? Or Beau, did you leave with them? MARISHA: I'm with them.
MATT: All right, so you guys left., MARISHA: I still haven't read my fiend book about local fiends, because that's what I was reading.
MATT: Sorry,? That's the next one.
Local fiends, like fiends specifically, or just creatures?, LAURA: Like, local legends., MARISHA:, Local legends,! That's what I was getting, yeah.
MATT: It discusses the idea that the Flotket Alps themselves are home to a number of various frost, giant clans that live amongst and within parts of the mountain.
It speaks of wyvern nests in the peaks.
It speaks of terrible, large lizards.
That themselves are an embodiment of elemental.
It speaks on.
It speaks of the known, the yeti and the terrible yeti that do sometimes peruse and supposedly themselves run from a larger, more elder yeti that has long haunted.
The folklore of the Flotket Alps.
TRAVIS: Fucking yetis?! SAM: Sasquatch! TRAVIS: Is that real? MATT: You do also find word of a cursed location to the far east, northeast of Uthodurn, known as Mythburrow.
It's about 350 miles from here.
MARISHA: Ooh! TRAVIS:, 350?, MATT:, 350.
Along, the southern end of the Alps.
Many speak of an ancient dragon of hoarfrost color and quaking roar.
That was thought to possibly nest.
There, now unseen in nearly a century.
This dragon's name is Gelidon.
The Nightmare in Ivory.
TRAVIS: Oh shit! LAURA: ♪ Gelidon, the Nightmare in Ivory., ♪, LIAM: Couldn't, his name just be Simon?.
Matt: Dragons are a bit particular about their titles.
LIAM: "Hello, I'm Simon! "I heard you had some teacups you'd like me to breathe on!" MARISHA: She's in northeast?, MATT:, Like farther east and slightly northeast.
He be like-- TALIESIN:, The Nap in Teflon or something? MICA: The Dream in Feathered Pillows.
TRAVIS: We are here.
MARISHA:, Ooh, fuck, that's far!, SAM: We can teleport, we're fine.
TRAVIS: No problem.
LAURA: Let's go back., We'll use Essek to teleport us there.
Then done, and then he can just go home and then we'll teleport with Caleb.
TRAVIS: You need a circle., LAURA: Yeah! That's.
Why I'm saying we go back, we'll get Essek, we go.
There, Caleb's got a circle to go: back.
LAURA: We, don't even know.
We don't even know, what if Reani can teleport us? LAURA: Reani, can you-- SAM: She's, not with us anymore.
MATT:, No, she's, not., SAM:, We're, the chaos crew, is-- LAURA: We're, just the chaos crew! MARISHA: So? How are we stealing this fucking spell? TRAVIS: Is this just Beau reading this book? This is all in Beau's, head., LIAM: You know what Nott and-- MARISHA: Oh, I tell them.
What I found real quick, to the chaos crew.
SAM: That's great! LAURA:, Holy, moly!, MARISHA:, Fucking, Gilidon.
Gilidon or Gildon? MATT: Gelidon.
MATT: Like G-E-L-I-D-O-N.
LIAM: No, and-- SAM:, Yes? LIAM: I'm, going to move onto this other book, but I think you would find this interesting.
This page especially, is not your..
average Modern Literature.
This, page., (paper, rustling) SAM: The thing that we do.
TALIESIN: Yeah! TRAVIS: It's, an old fucking-- MARISHA: An oldie? TRAVIS: You're, breaking out the fucking Vaudeville?! SAM: Okay, okay, okay.
LAURA: Oh, my god, what? SAM: Okay, okay, okay., LAURA:, What?!, SAM: I understand what you're telling me right: now! LIAM: Are you sure? SAM: I, think I do! MARISHA: Are, we being watched? Are.
They watching this exchange? MATT: The Scribewarden is watching you all and, you know, is just keeping an eye.
Liam: She looks a little manic, so I'm just going to turn away and start reading the book that Fjord was reading.
Just that page, give it a read.
So you handed me this book, this book with the page-- LIAM: It's open with a page open.
SAM: Oh, okay!, MATT: The book that you have.
SAM:, Yeah?, MATT:, The Scribewarden comes up and removes it.
Like, the one you were reading previously.
SAM: Oh, because I'm only allowed one book at a time.
It's gathered into a pile on the table.
LAURA: What about healing books? Do.
You got a healing book?, MATT:, Goes, ahead and summons one of the other workers here at the Vellum Steeple and eventually retrieves you one, talks of various, you know.
These books aren't instructional and healing magic is a difficult thing to teach, a lot of times.
It's just an instinctual thing that comes through faith or is largely more applied to balms and more the creation of healing salves and potions and such.
But it's interesting., LAURA: Oh, okay., SAM:, I, assume, there's some note paper around or anything for taking notes here or no? MATT: Yeah.
You can ask for it.
You're here to research, so you can take your notes, but you can't take the book with you.
SAM: I'm, going to just write down a little note and I'll pass it over to Jester and it says-- MATT: Make a sleight of hand.
SAM:, Oh, okay, okay, sure., MATT: Passing notes is still a very noticeable thing.
TALIESIN: Jesus fucking Christ! MATT: Yeah, you're good at this., SAM: The note says, I'm going to create a distraction.
While I do, rip this page out of this book and steal it.
LAURA: (clicks, tongue), SAM:, (clears, throat) I have to go to the bathroom! Going to get up and start walking and then--.
Oh shit, I, don't know! I'm, going to turn around, draw.
My crossbow, and say: You know what this is: for! And I'll shoot Caleb (laughter) in his side-- LIAM: I'll turn.
SAM: -- where he keeps the book.
MATT: Roll an attack, roll.
(laughter), SAM:, Not, great, 17.
LAURA: That's, probably for the best.
MATT: That definitely hits you.
Yeah, you don't-- (laughter) LAURA: As, soon as-- MATT: Even, with Mage Armor, that hits you.
LAURA: -- the Scribewarden's eyes, move, I'm, going to make a move to take the paper.
Well, first off, TALIESIN:, Oh no!, Oh, no! MATT: Go ahead and-- MICA: I never should have left! MATT: Just roll.
An acrobatics check for me.
This is a mild skillful attempt to maneuver.
You knew it was coming.
MATT: Yeah, which is why I'm allowing this.
MATT: Six, all right.
(laughter) It misses the book by about an inch.
LAURA: Oh no! MATT:, (arrow firing) Go ahead and roll damage.
SAM: You need sneak, attack? MATT:, No., LAURA:, Oh., SAM: Okay, that's 12 points of damage.
MATT:, So, (arrow, firing)., SAM:, I'll pump in that Fury of the Small, though.
(laughter) MATT: You turn knowingly, and it's like: Oh.
That's not how this goes! Your acting becomes very believable., (laughter) LIAM: I clutch the book that I was reading and I just topple over to the ground, clutching it to me and actually whimpering.
Are you do-? Stop that immediately!" SAM: He knew! He betrayed me! MATT: Make, a sleight of hand, check.
LAURA:, Okay., MATT: I'll, say with the distraction with advantage.
LAURA: Ooh,: that's good!, SAM: Thank, god., (gasping), LAURA:, Natural, 20!, MATT:, Really?, (cheering), MATT: So.
What's the total? LAURA: Oh man.
TALIESIN: Natural 20, holy-- MICA: That was so lucky.
MATT: The page tears out and slips in the inside of your sleeve.
The Scribewarden is currently focused on the two of you and is like, "If.
You don't place that down.
Immediately, "we'll have you arrested and thrown into prison!" SAM: He cheated on me! MARISHA: I tackle Nott.
SAM: Oh! Yeah.
Hold, her down." MARISHA: I'm, sorry, Scribewarden!, LAURA:, We'll leave, we'll leave, we're so sorry! MATT: Two other people come in and they start trying to figure our what's: happening.
LAURA: I get on the ground.
Next to Caleb, I try to start healing him.
MATT: They, reclaim all the books off the table, putting them in a pile.
"You all have to leave, pay, and then leave immediately." SAM: He shouldn't be cheating on his wife: Me! MATT: "You two.
"You two are banished from the Steeple." LAURA: Oh! MATT: "Get them out." LAURA: I..
okay., SAM:, I'm, sorry., TALIESIN:, For, 90, days., LAURA: Or, just like a month: maybe? MATT:, "Until, otherwise decided." SAM: There's, a chance! MARISHA: I linger behind., LAURA:, I'm healing you! LIAM: Jester, Jester, pull this out! LAURA: Oh, shit! (laughter), LAURA: Nott.
Here you go.
SAM: Thank, you!, MATT:, The, side of the coat, there's just like this, where the other bleeded, you know, blood-soaked parts that have dried on the coat from various battles.
There's this one growing.
TRAVIS:, This, leopard, spot., MATT: You all are escorted out of the Steeple immediately.
LIAM: I just got this coat! MATT: You do owe 250 gold.
For the time you spent in there., MARISHA: I stay behind and I say: I am so sorry.
You see, we've been through a lot and we've seen some terrible things.
MATT: "I'm sure, I, don't know how you do business "but here, as part of the Steeple, "we.
Don't fire weapons "in the middle of our research, sessions." MARISHA: Yes, yes, no.
Sometimes our business gets in the way of our personal life and you know.
It is something we are all actively-- MATT: "Pay and please leave." MARISHA: Absolutely, yeah.
I give 300 gold.
MATT: All right.
Maybe that extra gold will help cleanse your memory of this moment.
MATT: "It's, certainly helping." MARISHA:, Man, why-- fucking, shit., SAM:, Are, Fjord and the others out here or are they gone? MATT: They're already,? You guys are off to where? TALIESIN: We're, going back to-- MICA: Umi's house., TALIESIN:, Umi's, place., MATT: As.
You are making your way to, towards the Smeltborne, Anvil of the Smeltborne, we're going to go ahead and take a break.
ALL: Yay! MATT: We'll be back here in just a few minutes.
To pick up where we left off.
We do have our Wyrmwood giveaway tonight, back in here.
We have the- ooh.
A favorite, return of the purpleheart dice tray.
The Scanlan special from Campaign 1.
This will be going to one lucky winner in the chat, I'm.
So sorry about that, microphone., I, know., (creaking), LIAM: Use, your words! MATT: I'm, sure.
This will be going to one lucky winner in the chat.
The keyword tonight is snowfall.
One word, snowfall.
Enter it once in the chat room, more than once and you'll get disqualified, and once again, US and Canada only excluding Quebec because of stupid.
We'll be back here shortly.
To tell you who the winner is.
See you in a minute! LIAM and TALIESIN: Stupid laws.
♪ You got the perfect warlock ♪ ♪ Her weapons and supplies ♪ ♪ But.
You need a place to track your stuff, ♪ ♪, 'cause, you're, so disorganized, ♪, ♪, You click open the webpage ♪ ♪ You, heard about on Critical Role ♪ ♪ And.
Now you're ready to kick some butt: ♪ ♪ In, a mineshaft full of gnolls ♪ ♪ It's D&D ♪ ♪ D&D ♪, ♪, D&D, Beyond, ♪, ♪, Yeah, D&D, ♪, ♪, D&D, ♪, ♪, D&D, Beyond, ♪, ♪ You got your stats.
You got your swords, ♪ ♪ And.
You got your invisible wand, ♪ ♪, It's, D&D, ♪, ♪, D&D, ♪, ♪, D&D, ♪, ♪, D&D, Beyond, ♪, AMANDA: And, that kind of validation, especially after being a fringe, maligned, weirdo, always other kind of kid, and then in a band that was was always like.
We were the weird ones.
We were never cool.
We were the Dresden Dolls.
The Boston music scene hated us.
We were the gay mime.
AMANDA: We were never invited to the party.
We were, you know.
We were a posse and we were like, fuck.
We have our own party.
A party, where everything is allowed.
We're, allowed to have feelings, fuck your system, fuck, being cool, fuck, your plaid shirts.
We're, not going to stare at our shoes.
We're, going to look at you and be like us doing this now, family, community, punk, rock, here.
Let's do it.
Have a feather boa.
Here's a drink,! Let's do this shit.
(speakeasy music) BRIAN (V.O.): Last time on Talks Machina., LAURA: I'm, telling it like it.
I, don't know which camera to look: at., BRIAN: Look at Greg., SAM: I'm spilling the tea.
LAURA: I'm spilling the tea.
If you're watching-- BRIAN:, He's, watching.
He, just Facetimed us earlier!, LAURA: He might be putting Ronin to bed by now.
So when we were deciding our characters-- BRIAN: Hi, buddy! Hope your night's going, well, man., (laughter), BRIAN: Miss you and the baby.
He's, so big!, LAURA:, He's, so cute! BRIAN: Anyway.
You were saying.
We were making our characters, I-- DANI: Oh my god.
LAURA: Oh god.
SAM: Hey! (laughter) DANI: It's awful! SAM:, Good, night, Ro-ro!, I love, you!, BRIAN: He's, going to have nightmares for the rest of his life.
LAURA: I, hope Travis turned it off.
(laughter) LAURA: I'm, sorry, baby., I'm, sorry! BRIAN: Lord have Mercer.
SAM: Is that true? BRIAN: Yeah, he owns the building.
SAM: I did not know.
That! BRIAN: He owns me.
He owns me.
DANI: He owns you, Sam.
MATT: I have to go to his house and pick up his dry cleaning after this.
SAM: I would love to see Matt pissed off in general, but I would love to see him so pissed off, because I've never seen it.
LAURA: I've seen Matt pissed off.
BRIAN: I have.
He would come in here and be like, "Do.
You know who the fuck I am?" BRIAN: Oh wow.
SAM: "I own.
All of this shit! "I own, that camera! "I own this fucking table! "Fuck you!", (laughter), BRIAN: Could, you imagine, dude? Oh, my god.
That would be the fucking day.
Anybody ever seen, Matt yelling?, BRIAN: Matt's been pissed at me.
You do not want that.
LAURA: I've seen him angry, but I haven't seen him.
BRIAN: Travis has been pissed at me.
You do not want that.
SAM: Well, that's-- BRIAN: Liam..
has been pissed at me.
But that one really bums you out.
BRIAN: Is Travis, calling you? LAURA: No., BRIAN: I, just texted him and asked him if he stole warlock from you.
LAURA: You did not! BRIAN: You said it on the air!.
You accused your husband of stealing the class that you wanted for this campaign! This is a fucking breaking news.
We have some kind of graphic for when he texts me back, Zach?, SAM: Do.
We have a breaking news? BRIAN: Can.
We afford some sort, of-- I have not-- I, don't want to throw the crew into a-- All right, in the meantime, Sam.
While we wait for Travis to confirm.
SAM: I, just learned-- BRIAN: Breaking news.
SAM: I'm, not Liam, O'brien.
I'm not going to hijack the Twitter.
LAURA: I trust, Liam, too, I.
Don't think he's going to do that.
TRAVIS: Breaking news, all caps.
"I was changing.
Ronin." LAURA: Okay.
SAM: Where's, the graphic? BRIAN: "Yes, I stole warlock." (laughter) BRIAN: Yes! (laughter) SAM: Did that have music with it or was it just a graphic? LAURA: It's just..
That was amazing! BRIAN: Travis confirms-- get ready, Zach.
Travis confirms he stole warlock.
(laughter) SAM: That just comes preloaded with the computer? BRIAN: I think so! Yeah, the Lenovo we're running all this off of.
Do you get up? Usually? You have kids.
SAM: Just like 6:45.
SAM: I, try to let them sleep as late as possible, so sometimes I dress them, while they're still in their beds in the morning, just so they can lie down just for a couple extra minutes., LAURA: What, that's the cutest.
SAM: I puT ON, their little pants and their little shirts and stuff, and while they're still under the blankies.
LAURA: What? SAM: Yeah.
BRIAN: Until I was 17 years old, every single morning at 5:00AM, my mom would dump a cup of ice-cold water.
On my face to wake me, up.
SAM: That's, not true., BRIAN: Look, how I turned out.
It seem like that's true or not? SAM:, It kind of does., LAURA: I honestly, don't know: BRIAN: That's the mystery.
That's, the mystery.
LAURA: My mom woke me up with a water gun.
If I would sleep in., BRIAN:, No, way., LAURA: Yeah, she would come in with a Super, Soaker., SAM: You know what I call that? LAURA: Hm? SAM: Breaking News.
(laughter) BRIAN: Zach? LAURA: He's, like shit, I'm not!, SAM:, He's like, oh fuck!, (stammering), (laughter), BRIAN:, Oh, fuck! That was worth it.
That was worth it.
BRIAN: Scoot over a little bit, scoot over a little bit.
Come on, Henry.
Come on, Bubbas.
Here, you go.
LAURA: Come on up! BRIAN: There, you go., SAM: Oh, a third guest.
LAURA: Oh, he's going to fart on me, isn't he? BRIAN: No.
There we go.
Yeah, good boy., LAURA:, Thanks, Henry., BRIAN: Do.
You want to ask a question? (laughter) LAURA:, I love, him., BRIAN: He loves it up.
Huh, you like to be with your auntie.
Looking at this picture of Ronin that Travis-- LAURA: Travis sent you a picture of Ronin? BRIAN: Yeah.
Here you go, here you go., LAURA:, He, didn't send it to me!.
Sam: Laura is pure harp.
I would do anything for her.
LAURA: Look at the baby! SAM: Man.
BRIAN: What, a sweetie.
SAM: Oh, wait, is that breaking news? BRIAN: I think it was.
Zach? (laughter) BRIAN: Zach, I'm going to need to see some of the other ones that you have for future.
Episodes of this show.
I think we're onto something.
(laughter) SAM: Third down conversion! (laughter) SAM: Fourth attempt! BRIAN: It's.
Only football stuff., TRAVIS: (southern accent) Last time on Yee-Haw Game, Ranch., BRIAN: Travis, holy shit.
What the fuck is going, on? Where the fuck are we, dude? LIAM: ♪ Welcome to the jungle! ♪ ♪ We got fun and games! ♪ ♪ Sha la la la la la le!, ♪ BRIAN: What, it's Tet'nus, Terry! What, the hell's going on? What.
Is this place, Tet'nus? LIAM: I warped you boys here to get you away from Bast'alar! BRIAN: Oh man, my head's fucking killing me, I can't remember: shit.
LIAM: That's, because I put you to sleep, you ignorant, disgusting waste of blood, salve.
BRIAN: Jesus., TRAVIS:, (laughs), BRIAN:, Jesus.
Bast'alar came out of nowhere and had a creature thing called Specimen.exe.
TRAVIS: Yeah., BRIAN:, And decapitated, poor T.N.Tina!, LIAM: That.
He did, you disowned Olsen twin., TRAVIS:, (laughs), LIAM: And.
This is just the beginning.
I used a little bit of extra game soul, energy.
To warp you slack jaws here to the jungle, ranch! BRIAN: Out of all the game.
Why did you take us? Here? This is lame.
Compared to some of these others.
We got Neo Game Land-- LIAM: I ain't going to hear any lip about where you wanted to go.
Now, listen, up! Bast'alar has made a pact with Void Tech Industries.
This ain't good for our endeavors, boys.
The hell is Void Tech Industries? LIAM: All right, long before the great rift shatter, an evil corporation existed named Void Tech Industries.
They were the first mega-corp to rival the power of the gods! It's believed they gained access to some ancient eldritch cyber-technology that put them ahead of all the other corps! And.
Now that Bast'alar is in cahoots with them, his power is sure to be even more unfathomable!, (babbling) That's.
Why you boys, need to keep playing games and continue to charge up the game? Souls.
If we don't move fast, boys.
We may all be in grave danger.
So pick up your sticks and let's ride, boys! Sha la la le le le! BRIAN: I'm, not slow.
I'm, going as fast as this motorcycle will let me, but I got a bunch of freaking LA West Side drivers on my ass here.
Hold on a second.
Now-- TRAVIS: It was so pretty!.
Brian: I was about to turn the corner.
And-- TRAVIS: Show me the replay! Oh, my god! BRIAN: We.
Don't have instant replay.
TRAVIS: I incorporated a barrel.
It's time to bust the tower.
BRIAN: I'm, going to go see about a cheeseburger.
TRAVIS: Look at this.
I, don't even have a helmet, that's how much I don't care about this scenario.
I'm, so devil-may-care right, now.
I have girlfriends in every city, because I have dope-ass, hair and I can rock on a dirt bike.
With camo pants.
That was a terrible slip.
(laughs) Couldn't take the spotlight! BRIAN: I got a little too low.
I got a little too low.
Travis: Where are you?.
Brian: Where are you? TRAVIS: Over, here., (gunshots), BRIAN:, No!, TRAVIS:, (laughs), BRIAN: See.
That's not the objective.
TRAVIS: The objective-- BRIAN: I was checking on a little old lady who had fallen off of her dirt.
TRAVIS: I haven't seen anybody else on this map, so I'm wondering how that's possible., (explosion) (gasp) (explosion) (explosion), (rapid, beeping), (explosion), (explosion), TRAVIS:, Oh!, (explosions), (screaming), (laughter), BRIAN: That's, so stupid.
So, stupid., (laughter), TRAVIS: Easily.
The best part of the game.
BRIAN: I was almost out of rockets.
We end it there? TRAVIS:, I, mean, I, don't know how it would get any better.
We should probably..
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(epic music) MATT: And, welcome back.
Before, we jump in.
We do have the winner of the Wyrmwood giveaway, of our fantastic Purple Heart dice tray.
The winner is AshenArt.
We'll get that sent to you, ASAP.
SAM:, Sometimes, I AshenArt, my pants.
We don't need to know that.
SAM:, Okay., MARISHA:, I, can't-- I, don't know what to do! LIAM: Are we going after the white dragon or the fucking fly? MICA: Fly.
MARISHA: Priorities., MATT:, Either, way, so.
You guys exit the Steeple, and make your way to find the rest of your party.
The rest of you have gone to go ahead and meet up with Umagorn.
Heading back towards the Anvil of Smeltborne outside of Moradin's Mantle Temple.
You come back to the, to you, very familiar doors and the rest of you, pseudo-familiar doors, where you find both Deilin and Umagorn are not currently at the anvil, but instead are sitting and eating.
It looks to be a spread of cured meats and some bread.
Very simple, just hearty foods for a hard day's work, It's.
Still that same warm interior and there's still sweat across Umagorn's brow.
As you're sitting there eating, Umagorn's, talking, Deilin's nodding and signing back, and, as you guys, enter the main chamber doors.
They both stop and turn and look and Deilin waves a bit and Umagorn goes, "Okay, you're back.
We lost everyone, already?" TRAVIS: No, we're obviously trying to work on a little bit of an expedited schedule.
We managed to stop by Ava's place and pick up some mithral.
You got some mithral.
We took whatever she had.
I'll, take the box out of the Bag of Holding, hold it up, and, trinkets, it looks like.
I, don't know.
If perhaps we could smelt it down into one piece that we could then try.
To-- MATT: "I can certainly try.
Let me see it." Sets, it down.
Takes in the trinkets.
"Hopefully, it's enough.
"Give me just a second.
Let me try this.
If you go ahead and bring the spark box for me." She nods and slips over and you can see behind where the forge is and there's the little desk area that he has.
She rummages through a little side corner and, "Pardon, me.", (laughs) Pulls a box out and brings it over.
Umagorn goes ahead and grabs almost like a bowl or a pot.
That's on a long metal handle and begins placing these various knickknacks and cups and everything inside of it, and you hear (ringing) just piling up on the inside until they're, almost towards-- about to fall.
Out., Goes, ahead and motions over to Deilin.
Deilin opens the box and pulls out these little bits of tinder crystal almost.
multi-colored, and she scatters them across the fire of the forge.
The forge flares up brighter in almost a multi-color flare.
He immediately takes and turns and puts it over in the fire and the heat in the room.
It's like, yeah.
So they take a few steps.
It becomes almost unbearable.
He holds it there in the flames, themself stoked by whatever material that Deilin threw into it.
You watch as they slowly begin to soften and fold into this pot.
Eventually, pulling it out after it seems to melt into a molten metal.
He gives a nod to Deilin.
"Uh, bring over the ingot mold." She brings over and sets down this piece of dark metal that has grooves in it and a central piece where a rectangular recess is placed within it.
He turns it and begins pouring it into the edges and as it merges down and begins to fill, you see now the liquid mithral fill up to just about where it reaches the top of this mold.
He turns it back and looks inside.
You've actually got some extra, it looks, like.
"You did good.
"Go ahead and give me that mold there." And Deilin passes over and he pours the rest into the smaller mold.
He says, "Well, I'll, set that aside for the time be, but..." He sets down.
The pot, takes the mold, but with a pair of tongs, and then sets it carefully into a trough of water that (hisses) steams around the materials before bringing it up.
Turning over and banging the mold across the edge of the forge until suddenly, (ringing), this bar of solid mithral, there sits before you.
He goes, "(sighs) "This is going to be warm in here for a bit.
"Let's step outside, but "looks like you got enough, maybe to work.
That's good., "Good running." He goes ahead and takes the tongs, takes the bar, and you all step out, just outside of the forge.
"This, a few imperfections, "but.
Those can be hammered.
Out., "This'll, do., This'll, do., "Hopefully., "The, hard part's up to you." TRAVIS: Ideally.
We would take this entire piece and cover it in iceflex from a white dragon., MATT: "Supposedly.", TRAVIS:, Right.
Okay, no problem there.
MATT: "Hold on a second." He hands you-- at the end of the tongs, the bar, and you're a little reticent at first, afraid that maybe it's still hot, but it's cold to your touch and it's lighter than you anticipated., For it being a solid metal.
Mithral, is known, for, not only its strength, but it's very, very lightweight compared with other materials.
So it's surprising when the heft is placed in your palm.
Out, comes back with that same notebook that he had previously.
That outlined the process in which he was refining the blade and then looks up and goes, "Well.
It says here for iceflex, "there's, actual change in hue to the metal.
When you'll know.
"I, don't know what that means, "but I.
Guess you got to keep an eye." TRAVIS: Right.
There any sense to attaching this to the front of a shield or something that might be in the direct path of dragon's breath?.
Matt: "That sounds a lot safer than "maybe holding it up with your hand." TRAVIS: Yeah.
TRAVIS: I do have a shield.
It's, rather plain.
MATT: "I, mean, preferably.
However, you get this done, "you're, not anywhere near the bar when this happens." TRAVIS: If only that were true., Yes, I'm sure we'll come up with something.
Any, ideas?, MATT:, "I, hope, so.", TALIESIN:, Definitely, will.
It's, just a matter of getting there and getting back.
MATT: "Don't be foolish.
Are you going,? Did you figure out--?" TRAVIS: Yes, actually-- Nope, nope,? We don't--.
We don't know that info.
We were not in there.
(laughter) TRAVIS: That was after we left.
I'm sure our comrades have come up with something.
"Just be smart.
"...kind of feared historically for a reason." TALIESIN: Really? MATT: "Are you going with these yahoos?" MICA: Uh-huh.
MATT: "Really?", MICA:, Uh-huh!, Come on, it's a white, dragon., MATT: "I know that." MICA:, Yeah!, I, won't die, I, promise, and I'll make sure that they won't die, probably, and I'm going to come back and am going to give you a scale of a dragon, and you can hang it up and it's going to be a cool keepsake, okay?, Promise.
MATT: It's, not the first time you've made that promise." MICA: Have I died, yet?, MATT: "No, but you've come back.
Pretty bruised and beaten.".
Mica: But have I died?, MATT:, "Not yet, but each time you're pushing your luck.
"You know how many strange travelers, mercenaries, "make their way across this place, looking to find glory, "and they're, never seen again.
"Just, don't be one of them, please." MICA: It's, not glory.
It's, a dragon.
I'll be fine.
Travis:, Does Umi know about your-- MATT: "Umagorn." MICA:, Umi., TRAVIS:, Oh, yes., MATT: "Only.
She calls me--" TRAVIS: I apologize, my fault.
My mistake, sorry.
He know about your secret? MICA: Yeah, he's one of the first people, I told.
Well, not told, I, messed, up., He caught me changing back.
That was a while ago.
It's fine, now., He, knows., MATT: "They know about Ivae'ess?" MICA: Yeah.
MATT: "You got to stop telling people about this!" MICA: Well.
They seem nice! MATT: "It's, not a good secret to keep you safe if you're, not keeping it a secret.".
Mica: They're not going to-- If, they tell, I'll, kill them.
MATT: "We got to talk about that, too.
"You've got a very hard line.
"It's going to put you in trouble." TRAVIS:, Fatal threats and revealing secrets in the first day.
It's, a lot., TALIESIN: I, think it's a refreshing change of pace.
If I bring you back, two dragon scales? MATT: "I mean if you're going for it, bring me back many, "but.
Only if it's easy and it's dead.
"And by the way, don't kill.
"Don't try to kill it.
"It's, a fucking dragon." MICA: But.
What if I want to kill it? What? If Samliel tells me to kill it? Then, can I kill it? I'm going to take that as a yes.
"No,? Don't take that as a yes.
"That was just me exhibiting my frustration.
"That wasn't an answer.
"That was a form of social expression.".
Mica: Which I'll take as a yes.
MATT: (frustrated groan) TRAVIS: We will keep her safe, as neither of us wish to die in this endeavor.
MATT: "Right." MICA: They get it! MATT: "Look at that.", TRAVIS: We should be returning to our friends.
Thank you for your help.
We'll be back, hopefully sooner rather than later.
MATT: "All right, I'll.
Be here finishing my orders.
"Be careful." MICA: Bye, Umi!, MATT:, "Bye, Reani.", TRAVIS: Did, we say were going to try to meet them at our lodgings or outside of the archive?.
Taliesin: We were very unspecific about where we were going to meet.
Matt: They also followed about a half an hour, after, so we'll say for the purposes of ease.
Eventually stumbling around, you manage to cross paths.
They have Sending in their disposal, so it wouldn't be too hard.
You guys do meet up once more.
TRAVIS: We have a new single bar of mithral.
We have information on a dragon., TRAVIS: You do?, MARISHA:, Gelidon., He's-- fucking, far., TRAVIS:, Oh., LAURA:, Is 100 year-old dragon, an old dragon, or is it a new dragon.
What? Do you guys think? MARISHA: I would know that, based on reading.
MATT: From, what you read.
It said that he hadn't been seen in 100 years., LIAM: Seen in 100-- he's way: older.
Probably., LAURA:, I, mean, maybe., SAM: He's at least 101.
(laughter), MARISHA:, Did I get any information on how long this myth has been around?, MATT: The.
Myth has been around for maybe close to two to 250 years., MARISHA: 250 or something.
Oh! MATT: Almost! Curse, the spiritual weapon! LIAM: This is the show.
SAM: It's, just going from cup to cup.
LAURA: Wait, wait! Clap above it! You have to clap above it.
I learned it from Steve Carell.
Clap above it, clap above it.
TRAVIS: Yeah yeah, where it's going to go.
LIAM: Boom! LAURA: He was so close.
He was so close! MARISHA: What.
Do you mean clap above it? LAURA: Clap above where it goes.
Get it, baby., (clap), (cheering), MARISHA:, Amazing!, MICA: That was amazing! TALIESIN: Let the bread and circuses commence! (laughter) MATT: We can just end the game.
There tonight, guys.
We're, not getting any better than that.
LIAM: That dragon ain't, shit!, (laughter), MATT: After, an obnoxiously long period of time of being harried by some sort of subterranean insect, Fjord snatches it from the air.
Just as the rest of the party catches, up.
TRAVIS: Should have lost my powers years, ago! (laughter), TRAVIS: That is incredible! LIAM: All, your other senses are heightening.
(laughter) TRAVIS: Beau.
Did you see? I? Think you should teach me some shit, I'm, just saying.
Are you talking-- LAURA: We just caught up.
SAM: Hey, so..
LIAM: How far away? Are we talking about? SAM:, 350, miles!, MICA: That's, just a slight trek up the hill.
That's fine, we can do it.
SAM: Can, you transport, long, distances?, MICA:, No, I can walk.
Yes., MATT:, So, 350 miles.
Looking at the map that you have, and there's a few options: here.
LIAM: Hold it up.
High, Travis., MICA:, Hit him in the face.
Hit him in the face! MATT: All right, so-- MARISHA: I can feel your twitchiness.
I can feel it.
MICA: Hit him in the chest! LAURA: Don't do it! MATT: On foot, through the mountains, you're.
Looking at 18 days of travel.
LAURA: What? MATT: However, on goatback-- SAM:, Goatback?, MATT: Because, you see goats, on the way, in.
These, very, very large goats.
SAM: Goatback Mountain.
MATT: That's a whole different campaign.
That's 12, days., SAM: That's, still a fuck ton of days.
You go through the Rime Plains, which is underneath the mountains, you're.
Looking at 15 days of foot travel, 10 days on horseback.
Are, there, horses, here? MATT: They- do have some Wildemount horses as well.
LAURA:, Man, I wish we had our moorbounders, you guys.
MATT: The downside of the Rime Plains is it's-- you're in open plains, so you're much more visible as opposed to mountain travel.
So the choice is yours.
SAM:, Or, I'm.
Just throwing this out there, Reani.
How would you feel about doing that? Much-Easier-To-Handle caper, that's in town, where we go and get the red ring back from the Tumblecarves or whatever their names, were? LAURA: No.
We need to kill a dragon.
SAM: I know, but that's like a month-long ordeal.
It doesn't have to be.
You guys! SAM:, Let Reani answer my question.
Is that evil or good? Stealing back a ring that was illegally taken?.
Mica: Samliel hasn't gotten back to me on that one.
SAM: We got to sleep.
MICA: But I know I have to see a dragon.
If it takes us, two months? LAURA: This is what I'm saying, it won't.
TALIESIN: That's a long-- yeah.
Aren't you listening to my idea? SAM: What's, your idea? LAURA: Caleb-- LIAM:, Yeah?, LAURA: You, take us all home to Xhorhas.
We talk to Essek.
He transports us to the mountain.
We kill a dragon.
You can use your circle and take us back to Xhorhas.
When we need to go.
We need to come back here.
Then we talk to Essek and he bamfs us back.
TALIESIN: A lot of bamfing.
TRAVIS: Involves a lot of Essek.
It possible there's already a circle where we're going? Could we talk to someone?.
Marisha: There might also be a circle.
There's got to be a circle.
LAURA: There's got to be a circle: here.
There's, elves, here., MARISHA:, It's, just who, and who doesn't hate us yet., LAURA: I could send a message to Essek and see if he would do it.
TRAVIS: Plus, the archive I'm sure is friendly.
We've left that in good-- LAURA: Ooh-- MICA:, Oh-- SAM:, Chaos crew kind, fucked that up.
LAURA: Yes, Reani? MICA: Hello?, LIAM:, Reani., MICA: Did.
Somebody say you need an elf that doesn't hate you?, SAM:, Yes., LAURA: Somebody.
That's powerfully magical.
MICA:, Oh, no, nevermind, then.
Were you going to say?, MICA: I just know a nice elf.
SAM: Who's that? MICA: She works for the Glassblades and we could visit her and ask.
LAURA: Ooh, the Glassblades.
They might have access to something.
SAM: Yeah., MICA: You said elf.
Yeah, we could.
Do we need elves? TALIESIN: Well,? They tend to-- LAURA:, Be, very magical., TALIESIN: --have access to maybe intricate magics, especially teleportation spells.
We were basically totally being biased on the former stereotypes that we've known.
MICA: That's valid., MARISHA:, Yeah., MICA:, Okay., SAM: We could use your magical paint and make a hot air balloon.
TALIESIN: That's a lot of paint.
LAURA: That is a lot of paint, but I think I might have enough for it.
Matt: It would use most of your paint, but it's possible.
LAURA: All of the paint.
Then we could get shot down pretty easy.
Do you have any experience piloting a hot air, balloon? SAM: Nope, never seen or heard of one.
(laughter) TRAVIS: I was wondering.
(laughter) TALIESIN: Just, throwing a bunch of words.
MARISHA: Wait, Nott, did you just invent the hot air balloon? SAM:, Canon., LIAM:, Canon., (laughter), SAM: It just seems like hot air trapped in some sort of container could rise up and be able to-- TALIESIN:, Why? It's, just thermodynamics.
TALIESIN: I don't-- what?, The-- SAM:, Hot air wants to rise.
TALIESIN: Does it?, TRAVIS:, There's dunamancy and then there's thermodynamics.
MARISHA: Somewhere, Percy is having a nosebleed.
TALIESIN: I know.
TRAVIS: We should certainly explore the Glassblade option.
In any case.
There is someone that has-- TALIESIN: What an exciting opportunity to make more friends: and/or enemies.
MARISHA: Schrodinger's, friend., TALIESIN:, Yeah., MARISHA:, Something else, I invented!, The, philosopher., TALIESIN: He's, the guy who invented cheese on the moon.
LIAM: Beauregard, Schrodinger, Lionett., SAM:, All right.
Let's go see your Glassblade.
SAM: What's his or her name? MICA: Her name is Fen.
Sam: Fen is a cool name.
TALIESIN: The Glassblade.
TRAVIS: How far.
Is she from where we are? MATT: She lives in the Glassblade Kaserne, which is right by the entrance to the city.
TALIESIN: All right.
LAURA: Oh good, that's close to our hotel.
MICA: Oh, that's nice.! Did! You guys leave anything in your hotel that we may need to get? SAM: No.
TRAVIS: We seem to travel very lightly.
Liam: Your idea is a good one.
Laura: Thank, you, Caleb., LIAM: We should see this Fen and then pivot to that.
I can send a message to Essek and see if he'd be down to help us.
SAM: Oh yeah.
That's a good idea.
You want to try that first or after Fen? LAURA: We can talk to Fen.
Let's go talk to Fen.
MICA: And at the very least, they have horses.
Or, goats or things we can ride and then that'll help and we don't have to walk.
Marisha: Goats are cool.
LAURA: Also riding a goat could be really fun., MARISHA: Yep.
They got square eyes., MICA: But.
They smell really bad.
TALIESIN: I, like the way they smell.
MATT: Strangely, Caduceus smells not entirely dissimilar to some of the goats.
TALIESIN: I have been told, that., (laughter), TRAVIS: "I've been told that." "You smell, like a goat.", "Yeah, I know it." MATT: All right.
Do you guys wish to head to the Kaserne then? SAM: Sure., MATT:, All, right.
You, remember seeing elements of this when you first arrived.
You didn't take too much to stock in the barracks, because you were instead focused more on this entire city opening before you after you descended the large pit.
While returning back through the Volition Disk, to the entrance of the city, you come to the base of the spiral stairs that lead up and out of the city of Uthodurn under the mountains.
And there, to the back of where this pit and these descending staircases are.
You see the three separate chambers that lead to the Glassblade Kaserne, which is a number of embedded, housing, training, and storage areas for the Glassblades and all the various elements of main military protection that the city itself provides to defend itself and to house some of the rangers and other ones that keep the exterior elements of the city.
You already know where to go.
You do have an actual guide to the city here, which helps a lot more of your wandering fuckery that usually a new town, entails.
Few questions are asked, as some of the other Glassblades see your unfamiliar companions and are just asking for confirmation, but they trust you.
You're not going going to any sort of weird, secret place, you're, just trying to find out where Fen exists.
Heading over to Fen's portion of the barracks.
You find she's in the process of working with a small troop practicing archery in this long chamber, and you watch as one after one, they're taking arrows out, nocking, them, and firing for target practice.
One of the Glassblades that sees you approach goes like, "(clears, throat), "Fen? "Fen.
You got company.", And Fen turns and looks back.
(Fen) "Huh." Puts.
The bow away, throws it over.
The shoulder, comes up and smiles and gives you a hug.
"Reani." MICA: Hi., SAM:, Aww., MICA:, So, um-- MATT: "I, know that face, you look concerned.
"What's on your mind, girl?" MICA: Don't be mad.
We need to find a dragon.
MATT: Pulls, the hood back,- and you can see now this young elf, with pale skin, almond-shaped, eyes, bright, blue irises, dark hair hair that is tucked behind the ears and just tumbles outside of the hood as she pulls it.
Back, a little more flops, behind.
MICA: We need to kill the dragon.
First, we need to get the dragon to blow on a piece of mithral and I promised them I'd.
Take them and get them back.
MATT: "You're not doing this." MICA: I'm, gonna., MATT: "You're not doing this." MICA: This.
Isn't a question.
MATT: "We're, not going through this again." MICA: I'm just telling you what's happening.
And! We need some sort of magic that they said the elves know and you're an elf that I know.
So you're, going to give us the information and I'm going to go free without a lecture, right? MATT: "I'm not going to help you run off to your death, don't be stupid." MICA: I'm not going to run off to my death, I'm, going to be fine.
I have a bunch of people with me., This, dude's huge, and he's fine and we-- MATT: "How.
Many came back with you from the Savalirwood, huh?" MICA: One, but that's not the point! MATT: "That is the point.
That's exactly the point!" MICA: That's, not the point, I'll be fine!.
I came here because I knew you'd help.
Let's just skip over this and you're going to give me the information and we're going to go, okay? MATT: "There's, no way of stopping you?", MICA: You know me well enough to know that there isn't.
Do you have to kill the dragon?" MICA: I, don't know if I have to kill it, but Samliel told me: I have to see it.
I have to go.
There, I have to know what I have to do, I can't-- I'm not-- I'm.
Not doing this with you right, now.
Please., MATT:, "(sighs) She looks over at the rest of you.
MARISHA: I avert my gaze.
TALIESIN: I don't.
SAM: We're, very dependable.
We, won't let her die., LAURA: We, didn't tell her.
She had to find the white dragon.
She just really wants to find one too.
TRAVIS: It's for a very noble and good cause., LAURA: Also, we're pretty strong, and she seems pretty strong so-- MATT: Both of you make persuasion, checks.
LAURA:, 13., TRAVIS:, 17., SAM:, Okay., LIAM:, Fjord, tough., MATT: "And.
What do you want from me? "Again?" MICA: I--? They need to know something about a circle: or-- LAURA:, Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah., MICA: I, don't know, I just, they said an elf might know: and-- LIAM:, A, teleportation, circle.
This is a large city.
We thought perhaps there would be a means of transportation.
MATT:, "Probably.", LIAM: Probably, but you do not know-- MATT: "I'm a grunt, I-- "I'm, more comfortable up top side than in this city.
Half the time, "I don't know much in the ways of magic.
"I know you assumed but--" MICA: Do.
You know someone that would know? Please? MATT: "I mean, your best bet's, probably with where they keep most of the arcane knowledge, which is the Steeple.
MARISHA: (chuckles) TRAVIS: Fuck.
We were banned.
TALIESIN: Beyond that.
Is there any fast travel west that's safer and more-- contained.
We can make this journey that are our chances of all coming back in one piece.
Are you looking to go?" TALIESIN: You've got the-- MICA: You've got the map.
TRAVIS: It's called Mythburrow.
SAM: Mythburrow, 350 miles northwest? MATT:, "That's, ridiculous, you're traveling to Mythburrow?", MICA: I, know it's cursed or whatever, but I'm sure that's just a rumor.
TALIESIN: There's, a curse? MARISHA: I'll tell you later.
MICA: Come on., MATT: "Please.
Don't do this.
"Not again." MICA: I made it back last time, didn't I? MATT: "Last time you did.", SAM: What was this last time? Was this a-- Some deadly mission?, MATT: "You're, not part of this conversation." SAM: Oh, but I thought that I was because I was here.
Mica: Careful, she might shoot you.
No stopping you, is there?" MICA: I, can't let Samliel down.
MATT: "I love you, but I can't "be part of you running to your death." MICA: You can't say you love me and then turn around and betray me like this, not again., SAM:, Oh!, MATT: "Don't, put the blame on me." MICA: I'm, always going to put the blame on you.
If you're always going to stick your foot in the mud and just not-- and I just walk away at that point.
MATT: Throws her hood up and goes back, and starts firing arrows with increased anger amongst the rest of the Glassblades.
We seem to have struck a sore spot.
SAM: I feel like we've learned so much about her in like two hours.
No, six hours.
Secret identities, relationships., TRAVIS: We will try to keep her in good care.
If we've disturbed you., LIAM: She stormed off, didn't she?, MATT: She's, just ignoring you, guys.
LIAM: Perhaps I can make a contribution to the archives as an apology.
We need to use the circle there.
SAM:, We, don't know.
If there's a circle.
LIAM: We, don't know.
MARISHA: I can go in and ask them first and then we could go from there.: LIAM:, Yeah., TRAVIS: Yes.
Let's try that.
You want to look at that.
Spell? That, page I mean, that page, I don't know what it is.
Perhaps while Beauregard is speaking, inside, I will take a moment, yeah.
LAURA: Yeah, yeah, yeah.
Guess we should check in with Rena.
SAM: Yeah, did she, where'd.
She huff off to? MATT: She huffed off back towards the entrance away from the Kaserne.
Well, let's catch up with her.
Reani, Reani, hello? Hello? MICA: I'm just sitting outside on the sidewalk.
SAM: Oh, there you are.
(laughter) TRAVIS: I, take it that didn't go as planned? MICA:, No, I knew she'd, say: that.
I thought, maybe she'd help.
TALIESIN: It can be difficult for others.
When you answer to a higher power.
But, like-- I'm not going to die! I'll, be fine.
I, don't know why she won't help me.
LAURA: Are, you immortal?, MICA:, No., LIAM: We get pretty banged up.
MICA: So do I.
TALIESIN: Eventually, everyone doesn't come back., MICA: But, it's not my time, yet.
LAURA: Do! You know your time? MICA: No, but I trust.
Samliel would tell me.
But Fen doesn't get it.
TALIESIN: It's important, not to get angry at people for what they don't: know.
MICA: I, guess., SAM:, This, Sam, Riegel or however, you say it is very smart and wise.
And I know you can trust.
So put your faith in Sam Riegel, and he'll be, he'll guide you, from the back.
LIAM: The election's over, Sam.
SAM: This is just for me.
(laughter) MICA:, I, mean..
You ever think that maybe higher powers don't have the best interest in you? TRAVIS:, Yes., MICA:, Oh.
So, a lot of you.
Think the higher powers have the best interests of everything and sometimes the best interests of everything.
Don't necessarily line up with the best interests of each of us.
TRAVIS: Or, what we want.
TALIESIN: Or, what we want.
MICA: Well, that sucks.
MICA: Well, I'm still going to help.
You find your dragon.
And I'm still going to help.
You kill the dragon.
And-- LAURA: Maybe.
We won't have to! MICA: Or.
Maybe we won't have to.
Maybe Fen won't be mad at me.
TRAVIS: She mentioned before.
Who is she to you and what happened? Before?, MICA:, Well..
She saved me five years, ago.
I was out patrolling and I was trying to save a trapper out in the snow and I was hurt and she saved me.
I thought I was going to marry her one day.
But I wanted to join an expedition that she knew was going to get me killed.
But I wanted to go because I wanted to help because I'm supposed to help people.
We argued- and she told me that if I'm not going to stay and keep the city safe and keep myself safe, then we could never be together.
So., TRAVIS:, Right., TALIESIN:, That's, difficult., LAURA: Yeah.
Sometimes the people that love- you just want to keep you around and so that they know you're safe and it's only because, you know.
They care about you, so much., MICA:, But I also have to care about everyone.
It's my job.
MICA: How am I supposed to put myself before everyone? MARISHA:, Well, I, think you're included in everyone.
MICA: Sometimes I, just don't feel like that.
And, that's okay.
Perhaps we should send Beau in and acquire if there is a circle to be used in the archive.
We have a definitive plan, a good plan that Jester came up.
MICA: Why, can't we all go in? SAM:, Oh, well, um..
Some of us are banned from ever going back into the-- TRAVIS: Did, you say: banned? LAURA: Just.
Until further notice is all.
Mica: What, happened?!, TALIESIN:, Oh..., TRAVIS: I, think we were gone for 30 minutes!, TALIESIN: I just realized who we left: alone.
SAM: Yeah., TALIESIN:, Oh., MICA: Should.
We not've? TALIESIN:, No., MICA:, Oh., TALIESIN:, Wow, ha ha, that's a-- wow., LAURA:, Chaos crew in the house! LIAM: Would you take this.
Perhaps it will be a help, and I, give 300 gold to Beauregard.
If that will help grease the wheels or make amends.
MARISHA: All right.
SAM: Why is Beauregard going in? She was part of the chaos.
LAURA: She's from the Cobalt..
LIAM: She smoothed things a little., SAM: Maybe Reani could go, Reani knows people there.
MICA: I can go with you! LIAM: Why.
Don't you both go ahead? MARISHA: Yeah,? Let's do this.
MICA: Yeah! SAM: We'll stay out here and analyze your page.
LIAM: You know, good cap, asshole, cop., MARISHA: Yeah.
You know that, right? Yeah, also something we omitted.
(laughter) MATT:, All, right., TALIESIN:, Oh, boy., MATT: You trek your way back to the Volition Disk, to the Liber Disk, eventually coming to the familiar sight of the exterior of the Vellum Steeple, and you both approach and enter the familiar site of the two front-facing clerks of the Steeple.
The same older woman still going through the same, looks like a few more pages later into whatever the next puzzles have her entranced and the younger male elf.
If half asleep, going (snoring) MARISHA: Is there like a desk, those chimes from earlier (ringing) MATT:, "Hello?" MARISHA: Need to speak to the Scribewarden.
MATT: "It's, your funeral." Gets up and-- MARISHA: Wait, what, what, why?, MATT:, "Because, she's, busy!", MARISHA:, Oh.
I, don't care about that.
(laughter), MATT:, Comes, back., "Right, hello., "Uh, uh., "Your friends have caused a ruckus "and as such, for the time.
Being, "it would be appreciated as to "the day's interest in the Steeple.
Come to a close.".
Marisha: I wanted to extend a deepest apology on behalf of my coworkers and of course, myself, on what happened.
It was totally uncalled.
For, things got out of hand.
As leader of this ground, I promise.
I will never let that happen.
MICA:, Also, I vouch for them.
MARISHA: She likes us.
This is from the wizard himself.
MATT: Make, a persuasion check with advantage.
LIAM: ♪ (beginning of "Immigrant Song") ♪ MATT: 300 gold, helps.
TRAVIS:, ♪, (continues, "Immigrant, Song", introduction), ♪, MARISHA:, Okay, ooh., LIAM:, Both good, both good.
MARISHA: They're, an 18 and a 19.
♪ Take that 19! ♪ ♪ Plus.
My persuasion, which is one.
♪, ♪, 20!, ♪, MATT: The Scribewarden, reaches out, takes the sack of coins, and shakes it.
"Your apology's accepted." MARISHA: Thank you.
MATT: "Those at the Steeple "is glad to be of service "of, your interests.
Do you require of the Steeple?" MICA: What? Do we require of the Steeple? MARISHA: We're, looking for potential arcane means of transportation? And if the Steeple has access to a teleportation circle, to be more specific.
If, you don't have access.
If you could point us in the direction, I would be obliged., MATT: "If I might ask.
What is your interest with this circle?" MARISHA: We have matters to attend to at great haste.
It would be good to have that, than to travel by goat for two weeks.
MATT: "We do have one such circle, "but.
It is for the Steeple and Diarchy use only." MARISHA: These matters that we are attempting to solve, pose a great threat to not only the surrounding communities, but the continent and potentially the world at large., MATT: "That's, very large., "Wow." MARISHA:, So, large., MATT: "Curious.
"What are these issues,? If you would be specific, please, "I'm, definitely entranced by the possibilities." MARISHA: Well, it has to deal a little bit with the ongoing conflict between the Dynasty and the Empire and the fact that a demon incursion might be overwriting, those entire events and utilizing that to invade us in a very insidious way.
LIAM: That's, a good book report.
LAURA: Yeah, it was.
TRAVIS:, It's, amazing, teamwork., MATT: Make, another persuasion, check.
We are very, very, very, very, very, very, very very scared.
MICA: Nice Charlie Brown reference.
MARISHA: 10? MATT: "Well..
"Such foreign political matters are "of little interest in the Diarchy.
"We'll wish to remain absolved of such scenarios.
Sorry I can be of no help to you." MICA: At.
This point, I shuffle over and am like: The faster.
The Lightbringer can go, help them, and come back.
The faster everyone will be safe, here., MATT: Are, you doing this-- Are you doing this with the subtlety of trying to be very convincing or doing this as a veiled, threat? MICA: As, a veiled, threat.
MATT: Roll, an intimidation, check.
MARISHA:, Come on, come on, come on, make it.
MICA: Oh! That's a solid five., LIAM: (old, timey, mobster), Nice outpost.
You've got here, it'd, be a shame.
If something happened to it.
(laughter) MATT:, "Well, I believe the Lightbringer "will have to do their best "with the resources at their disposal." (sighs), MARISHA:, Well, luckily.
The resources at our disposal happen to involve a decent amount of cash.
Platinum? MATT: "100 platinum." (gasps) "And.
You gain access to the circle." MARISHA: In perpetuity., MATT:, "500 platinum for perpetuity.
"100 for the month." LIAM: Shit.
SAM: The month? TRAVIS: The, month., SAM:, Okay., MARISHA:, No, fuck, that.
That's, not good enough., SAM:, 100 platinum is 1000.
Gold? Is that right? MARISHA: Yeah.
Right? TRAVIS: We can't afford that.
MARISHA: Just, hang on, hang on, hang on.
I need a hair.
What is my hair-- LIAM: Summoning Traci! LAURA: Traci!, TALIESIN: I, haven't seen it in game very often.
Sam: We also need another (pigeon coo) teleportation circle.
On the other side, (pigeon coo)., LAURA: We, don't need another one.
We've got Essek.
LIAM:, It's, 500-- SAM: You, don't need a circle-- MATT: "If, that's too rich for your blood, "I, entirely understand, "but.
It was your offer." MARISHA: What.
Did you say, 500 permanent? LAURA: Yes., MARISHA:, 200 platinum in perpetuity.
You have full access to any of our findings along our journeys.
(laughter) MATT: Make, a persuasion check with disadvantage.
MARISHA: No, what, come on!, LIAM:, Just roll, really high! LAURA: Two natural 20s! It's, not unheard of., LIAM: Will it into existence! Not bad., Not, bad., MARISHA:, 11., SAM: Bad, pretty bad.
(laughter) MATT:, "I'm sorry, but your interesting, I'm sure, excursions, "hold very little interest for us "up here in the Greying Wildlands.
"Your political matters are your own.
"The deal sits where it is." MARISHA: Fuck., LAURA:, Well-- I'm, not in there.
TALIESIN: Hmm., MARISHA:, Hang, on, I'm..
Looking at Reani., LIAM: Come back for a fourth try.
(laughter) MICA: I lost a piece of information.
TRAVIS: I turn into a bear and I rip him into pieces.
(laughter) MICA: I turn into a giant scorpion and I start murdering everyone, I see., MATT: What could possibly go wrong?.
Mica: What could possibly go wrong in that moment? SAM: Sam Riegel knows all.
MICA: Ah-- TALIESIN:, Sam, Riegel., MICA:, Aha!, MARISHA: Unless, you got something.
MICA: I do have something.
And, the Lightbringer accompanies another excursion to the Savalirwood.
MATT: "Let me go speak "with, my compatriots," and she leaves the complex for a second.
She's gone for-- LIAM: I can draw it.
LAURA: Once, you see it.
You can draw it? LIAM: No, no, I can draw my own on the floor.
Marisha: You have to see the circle though, right? LAURA: You can draw our own in her house! MATT: Yeah, to go to the Dynasty.
Which still gets us to Essek.
Who can still take us to wherever.
So I can keep bring us back to the Dynasty, right? MATT: Yeah.
You can keep bringing them back to the Dynasty.
You just can't scribe a new circle.
LAURA: No, no, no, yeah.
You can't bring us back.
LIAM: I thought the plan was to go to Essek, though.
LAURA: Yeah! MARISHA: Once.
We kill the dragon.
We have to come back.
Here., LIAM:, So we'd then go to Essek again.
That, ultimately, would be great.
We also said that that's tapping Essek a lot.
If I can get you this arcane circle for 200 platinum, I'm going to do it for you! LIAM: It's, all good, it's great, it's great., LAURA: And, then you'll have it forever!, LIAM: True., MARISHA:, Yeah!, LAURA: And.
Then we can come to Umi, no.
MARISHA:, Umadurn?, Umagorn!, MATT:, Ten minutes of awkward silence pass in the main entry chamber of the Steeple.
It just me and Reani? MATT: Just you and Reani.
MICA: In that 10 minutes.
MATT: Then the two clerks there at the front.
MICA: Okay, in that 10 minutes, I made another flower crown, and just placed it on Beau's head.
LIAM: I've also checked out that ripped-out page.
MATT: Right, we'll get to that in just a moment.
MICA: Just to kill the time.
MARISHA: I like it.
MATT: Eventually, the Scribewarden returns with two other figures, behind.
Not, dressed in similar robes to the Steeple.
Instead, they are dressed in a little more green and blue-themed noble attire, but also appear to be scholars of some kind.
You recognize them as being, at least their attire, as members of the Woodset Auditors.
MARISHA: What are these these Woodset otters.
TALIESIN: Otters?, TRAVIS: O-T-T-E-R-S or no? MATT: Auditors., TALIESIN:, Oh., LIAM:, I love it.
When the auditors put a rock on their chest and they bang-- TALIESIN: And they hold hands when they're--! MARISHA: They hold hands when they're sleeping!, LIAM: Just floating in the water.
Third part of the society here is just adorable.
Fucking otters, guys.
Just, thousands of them.
TRAVIS: Otters, can take down alligators.
You thought the word auditor was safe, didn't ya? MATT: Keep, pushing me, book boy., TRAVIS:, "Book, boy?", (laughter) Keep, pushing me, Barnes & Noble.
(laughter) MATT: Say, Borders would be the tougher one to say.
All righty, so.
The Scribewarden "(clears throat) "Should.
You pass on to the Lightbringer "the interest in signing a contract of intent.
"To be available for six months worth of excursion "to the Savalirwood, into the ruins of Molaesmyr "along with the Woodset Auditors, "we.
Will consider this 200 platinum, deal.
"Do I have an accord?" MICA: Six months, 150.
MATT: Make, a persuasion, check.
TRAVIS: Go get them! Go get them! MICA: (squeals) 12.
"(laughs) "You've reached the limits of this conversation.
"And I am quickly losing patience." MICA: Fine.
MARISHA: Hey, don't-- MICA:, Fine.
MARISHA: Don't do this.
If you're-- MICA: Fine.
MARISHA: We can just-- MICA: Fine.
MARISHA: Don't, okay, just saying.
I'm, letting you know., MATT: The Scribewarden raises a hand, and you see one of the auditors.
Approaches, paperwork already drawn up.
Places it on the table.
MARISHA: But he's adorable.
(laughter) MICA: He swims up! MATT: The process of handing you the quill is extremely cute.: (laughter) Goddamn, it, guys., MICA: Bangs it on a rock on his chest.
MATT: Oh, I'm, going to kill you all.
(laughter) LIAM:, (As, David, Attenborough) Here.
We see the Vellum Archive auditors in their natural habitat.
(laughter) TALIESIN: Oh no.
(laughter) MATT: Every DM out there.
You understand, me.
You know this pain.
SAM: Then suddenly, a predator.
(laughter) MARISHA: It's got a little wand.
Sorry, keep going.
LIAM: Druid swoops in for the attack! MATT: Do.
You sign the paperwork? MICA: I sign the paperwork.
Reluctantly, I sign the paperwork.
MARISHA: I hand over the 2000 gold worth of cash.
MATT: All right.
MARISHA: Which is everything I have.
"I look forward to doing business.
"With each of you." Accepts, the money.
MARISHA: How do we, ooh, wait, wait.
I meant to remove.
I wish I could've added that.
Do we contact when we want to come in? MATT:, "Me.", MARISHA:, Awesome., Thank, you., (laughter), MARISHA: I'm distracted with the amount of money I lost right, now., TRAVIS:, Dope., (laughter), MATT:, All, right, so..., TRAVIS:, Word., MICA:, Dope., MARISHA:, All, right!, MATT: That's, very Beau, though.
MATT: All right.
You've made the deal.
You guys get the fuck out of the steeple.
LIAM: I hear you have a yeet circle.
(laughter) MICA: Fucking yeet ourselves.
(laughter) Excuse me, we'd like to yeet ourselves into the mountains.
MARISHA: Yeet back to Rosohna.
MATT:, All right.
So in the meantime, you are doing that.
LIAM:, High, fantasy, yes, checking out that page.
TRAVIS: Oh shit.
LAURA and LIAM: The page.
LIAM: I mean.
That was like two hours at least so-- MATT: Yeah.
So what do you wish to do? LIAM:? It's been a long time since I've had a page.
I will take the time to cast Comprehend Languages to read it.
MATT:, All, right.
The page itself has nothing to do with the enchantment.
You seem to sense on it.
The ink is different and there is definitely something subtly hidden amongst the script to bind some sort of magic to this.
The text itself appears to be picking up in the middle of an expository write-down on the ability to take various forms of earth and raw materials and craft them through magical means into structures, and essentially discussing about how, in the Age of Arcanum, there was very little need for masonry.
As most all major construction eventually was transitioned into purely arcane-based summoning and creation.
LIAM: The spell is contained within the page, or that is hard to assess? MATT: It's hard to assess.
There's, something enchanted in this page and the page-- there's something about this that-- LIAM: I'm going to spend another 10 minutes and identify.
I cast Identify on it.
There is a strong conjuration essence to this.
You get the feeling that there is something essentially zipped or hidden within this, like there is a thin veil, like a pocket, that doesn't exist on this plane that is woven into this page.
LIAM: This is some sort of portal.
The page itself is portal.
SAM: Could you dispel, dispel something? LIAM:, Perhaps.
If I study the words, could I see if there is any sort of code or pattern hidden in the writing? MATT: Make, an arcana check.
LIAM: (snorts) 14.
MATT: 14? SAM: Mote of possibility? LIAM: You have to do it in advance., MATT: Unfortunately, it escapes you.
Whoever, put this-- LAURA: I.
Look over his shoulder, can I see any symbols? Like drawing things that would catch.
My eye? MATT: Make, an arcana check.
MATT: This, is certainly not your specialty.
LAURA: Well, now I'm, just looking for stuff.
Oof., 16., MATT:, 16., Not really, but it's pretty ink.
LAURA: It's, shimmery., LIAM: Yeah.
Something to it.
I will save it for a rainy day.
Taliesin: We'll have time.
So, you pocket the page.
MATT: All right.
The rest of your party catches up to you.
There anything else you guys want to do in the interim? MARISHA: All right, well, I'm super broke now.
TRAVIS:, Why?, MARISHA:, Well, I just bought us like a year-long, like a forever membership to this place.
TRAVIS: Hey, that's great!, MARISHA:, Yeah!, LIAM:, Forever?, MARISHA: Well.
We have access to the teleportation circle in perpetuity., LAURA:, In, perpetuity?, MARISHA:, It, just cost me 2000 gold., TRAVIS:, Oh!, TALIESIN:, Wow., MICA:, And I might die.
LAURA: What?! MARISHA: And Reani kind of signed up for a six-month contract.
LAURA: What?! MARISHA: Because.
They originally wanted 500 gold.
SAM: You mean 5000? MARISHA: No sorry, 500 platinum.
MARISHA: So 5000, gold.
We were able to talk them.
Down, we tried to go for a little bit less, but they wanted 100 platinum for a month, and I was like: Fucking ripoff.
LIAM: This is huge, though.
MARISHA: Is it? Is it good? Did I, do a good thing? TRAVIS: You did very well.
Laura: We can come here, forever! MARISHA: Yeah.
We can use it forever.
SAM: And, it didn't cost us a thing., MARISHA: Uh-huh.
LIAM: Let me cover half of that.
MARISHA: You have 1000 gold on you? LIAM:, I, do., MARISHA:, Deal., LAURA: I can help too.
LIAM: Let me get this., MARISHA:, Yeah, and I don't mind.
I haven't paid for anything in a bit.
LIAM: You had the idea.
That seems like a really good deal for me.
This mean you guys will come back to visit?.
Sam: Yes! This place is awesome.
TRAVIS: Fuck this place.
No, I'm, just kidding.
(laughter) SAM: So.
We need to reach out to Essek.
Mica: Who is Essek? LAURA: He's, our friend.
He nice? SAM:, He floats., LAURA:, He's, super cool., MICA:, He, floats?, LAURA:, He floats and he's super duper hot.
Can we go? Can, we go now? SAM: Well.
We got to talk to him.
LAURA: We got to talk to him.
I'll talk to him.
MATT: All right.
I'm, going to send him a message.
Further developments on our mission.
We need your help again to travel a great distance.
It's of dire importance.
TRAVIS: That's one word.
Do you think? Can you..., (laughter), MATT:, "Why..., (laughter) "If, it is of dire.
Importance, "I will do what I can, "but please, my skills are not "given.
Parlor, tricks., "Be, mindful.", LAURA: I send a message: back.
No! No, no, no no,! We don't think that! You're very powerful and we just need your help! We.
Don't take it for granted.
Do do do do do., MATT: That's, the entire message? LAURA: Yeah., MATT: "Very, well.
"I, will await your arrival in Rosohna.
"And will do my best to be of aid." LAURA: Oh, my gosh! He's, going to help us.
We just got to get to Rosohna.
TRAVIS: That's, great., SAM:, Good, news, good news.
You ever been to Rosohna? MICA: No.
LAURA: Ooh., SAM: It's, a little weird.
LAURA: It's, very dark.
LAURA: It's, pretty dark here, isn't it, too, because we're underground., SAM: Do, you think that, I mean.
Do you think that she'll be accepted? There? LIAM: She's, with us.
LAURA: You, might get some looks.
MICA: I have a hood.
Anybody tries to hurt me, I'll stab them.
SAM: Yeah! TRAVIS: Well.
Maybe we lay low on the stabbing outright, and I.
Don't know if the hood will hide your-- SAM: Does.
It hide your-- TRAVIS: Light?, MICA:, No., TRAVIS:, Right.
We ever seen anyone that had a halo of light above their head? MATT: No.
SAM:, When you're in your beast form.
Do you still have the halo? MICA: Uh-huh.
SAM: Is there any way to dim it?, MICA: No one can see it if they're dead!, TRAVIS: Okay.
Not what we're going for.
TALIESIN: That's, true., SAM: What.
If you put on a hat? Does it conceal it.
A little?, MICA:, No.
SAM: It just goes around the hat, no matter how big the hat, is? MICA:, Yeah, and I put up my hood to show them the halo's still there.: SAM: Wow., LAURA: That's, really cool.
TRAVIS: We're actually favored people of this Dynasty.
So they tend not to mess with us.
You should be fine.
MICA: So, no stabbing., TRAVIS:, No., MICA:, Poisoning?, LAURA: No, no no.
MICA:, Okay., MARISHA: Does.
This keep you up at night?, MICA: No, I've learned to live with it.
MICA:, Yeah., MARISHA: It's, just a little neon light.
All the time.
MICA: It dims, when I sleep.
LAURA: Does it? MICA: That's.
What I've been told.
MARISHA: It dims when you sleep? MICA: Yeah.
LIAM: Do, you mind.
If we use your home to jump? MICA: Please! Only.
If I can cook dinner., SAM: Sure.
LIAM and TALIESIN: All right.
MICA: Yeah? TALIESIN:, Oh, yeah., MICA: Well, let's go then! TALIESIN: Let's do this.
MATT: All right.
Just as a note.
You have not yet inspected the circle at the Steeple.
LAURA: Oh yeah.
You probably should do that.
Caleb knew that; Liam's an idiot.
MARISHA: I wanted to pop back in anyway real quick before we left, because I forgot, something., LIAM: Well.
Let's go, you can run your errand.
(laughter) Here's, your deal.
(laughter) MARISHA: Steal, the money back.
MATT:, All right, you head back to the Steeple as the rest of you are gathering over at Reani's house., LAURA:, That's good, because it's time to prep, dinner., MICA:, Dinnertime., MARISHA:, (ringing), MATT:, You enter, the old woman dwarf looks up and goes, "You've certainly come in a lot.
Today!" MARISHA: Sorry.
Do you need?" MARISHA: We need to take a peek at that fancy-schmancy teleportation that I just spent a lot of money to get access.
MATT: "I'll get the Scribewarden.
"(grunts)" She gets up and wanders off.
The Scribewarden is retrieved, and, "Ah,! Very quick.
Are you to take "of this particular arrangement."? Marisha: Well, you know WHAT, they say.
Lucky, number three.
We won't bother you any more after this.
LIAM: Going to maximize our use of it.
Also, I would like to apologize for my wife and my domestic squabble.
MATT: "How is your rib doing?" LIAM: We have some very accomplished.
In the group.- MATT: "I hope you have very accomplished therapists as well.
"Come." Leads you guys back from the doorway where you saw the people you were gathering entering and exiting what you hadn't been in.
You are stepping into what looks like a sprawling library, similar to some of the Cobalt Soul libraries that you've come across.
You can see.
A lot of them are scrolls, as opposed to books, like Library of Alexandria style, stacked up in sections with labels and various notes set aside.
LIAM:, Some "I, Claudius" shit.
It's, not as big, comparatively, as some of the libraries.
There are sections where you can see areas of very well guarded, and so it looks and actually a lot of these appear to be damaged.
Marisha: Can I tell what kind of damage? MATT: Make a perception, check.
Is it never investigation? MATT: If, you want to get close, you can investigate it.
MARISHA: Will I get in trouble?, MATT: You, don't know until you try.
TALIESIN: That sounds like a dare to me.
LAURA: ♪ Roll, the dice! ♪ MARISHA: It's.
Always a dare, and I have to-- TRAVIS: You just spent all this money, MICA: Get, re-kicked, out., MATT:, The, section of predominantly damaged books is surrounded with similarly dressed individuals as the ones that you saw referred to as the Woodset Auditors.
TRAVIS: (high-pitched animal cry), MARISHA: I, don't want to Red Rover them because I know they're, holding hands and they're super adorable, but.
If I could-- TALIESIN: It's, why they call them aww-ditors.
MICA and LAURA: Aww! TALIESIN: I'm done.
That was my one.
You guys put so much faith in a Teleport, spell., (laughter), TALIESIN: We're, so fucked.
MARISHA:, Can I swing wide and take a look? LIAM: Yes.
You can try to do that.
This is such a bumblefuck of an episode.
MATT: Make, a stealth check to see if you can peel off for a moment to get close.
You find a moment where you peel off away from the periphery of the Scribewarden and get close enough to look over the shoulder of a few of these auditors.
Glance past and take a deep bit of interest.
Now roll a perception, check.
Or no, investigation for this one, because you got plus one for investigation.
MARISHA: I, know, I, know., TRAVIS: Are, you serious?, MARISHA:, Shut, up.
I, don't need this from you.
No!, 10., TALIESIN:, Oh!, MATT:, It's hard to tell., (laughter), The pages, look sullied and at first glance, seems just filthier or oil or some sort of contaminant, like they were just drudged up out an ocean floor.
But the coloration is continuously purple.
The tint is purple.
Which leads you to be different, that's as much as you get.
MARISHA: Okay, that's something, I got something.
MATT: You got something with a 10.
Travis: It was a Color Run.
MATT: Then, you hear, (throat clearing), and the Scribewarden's looking back, in your direction as you're sliding back up., MARISHA:, 45 foot movement, speed., MATT:, Yeah., (whooshing), The Scribewarden, seems kind of.
You just ninja catted, her essentially.
Caleb is very innocent-faced and just ogling everything.
He, hasn't been by books in forever.
You are brought towards the very back and center of this large open chamber, and you can see now it's called the Steeple because the center of it, it's just that rising part of the temple.
It's this ever, this extremely tall gradually gathering point, a tower from the inside and each 15-foot or 20-foot height, has a small walkway and a staircase that goes up another smaller walkway and a staircase that goes up.
It's like being in Luxor, where you look up where all the hotel floors that descend to the top, and it's much more of a point.
Right in the center of all that, you can see on the ground is a very familiar.
Chiseled sigil representing a teleportation circle.
As, you approach, the Scribewarden, says, "Just, so you're aware, this, "to step into this circle.
"Will send you to Palebank Village "which is a bit northwest of here.
"And is involved in our excavations.
"Of Eiselcross to the north.
"That is not of interest to you.
"And I would hate for you to be suddenly stranded "in such a small podunk place.
Should this be an element of your returning, "to it,? It does act as an anchor for such circles.
"Which I assume, is why you're so interested in this." Looking straight towards you.
We have business here and business elsewhere, so we need to be able to return here.
"Then, come here and meet the guardians of the circle "so.
They know what to look for "so.
You aren't immediately assailed when you return." Introduces you to a set of four different guardians.
They all take note, you know, they meet.
You briefly, take a very intense look over each of you, some of them sketch a bit and take notes.
That seems sufficient enough to the point where you won't be attacked on sight for suddenly appearing in the middle of a very closely guarded.
LIAM: Give, a brief description of our friends who are not here., MATT: All, right.
LIAM: I am the one who will be piloting the expedition.
MATT: "Very, well.
You require anything else?" MARISHA: Is there any type of certificate or documentation that we need to show to the people at the front desk.
So we don't have to bother you every time we come in? Or so that we can get our very hefty transaction in writing? MATT: "A contract I can draw up, yes." MARISHA:, Thank, you., MATT:, "But I do have to be present whenever you're here, "so do not try to abuse this." LIAM: So, not today, but does this deal mean that I have access to the archives.
Again? MATT: "No.", LIAM:, Okay., MATT: "It was for the circle." (laughter) TALIESIN: Wow.
MATT: The contract is written up and you now have in your disposal- and you can add it to your equipment, section of your character sheet that you have a contract with the Scribewarden.
LIAM: Just a little (squishing) MATT: I know, I know.
Sorry, buddy., LIAM:, Yeah, great, good stuff., TALIESIN: Caleb's heart broke that day.
Took it to be repaired., MARISHA:, All right.
We go back to everybody, else.
SAM: Should, we rest a night and then go or go now and rest there?.
Liam: I think we should rest there, I think we should go.
SAM: All right.
MARISHA: We have dinner first though, right?, LIAM: They're, making dinner.
TALIESIN: I think we've been making dinner.
While you go out.
LAURA: What did we make? MICA: Grilled goat with assorted, veggies.
SAM: Ooh! TALIESIN: Spiced.
TALIESIN: I have good stuff., MICA: And, a rice, pilaf.
MARISHA: Oh, my god, yes.
MICA: And, then after dinner, some mulled wine.
LAURA: What about baked goods, probably a big cake?, MICA: Absolutely, yeah.
MARISHA: This is making me emotional., MICA: It's, a cake, and then poorly frosted is everybody's face, but like, it looks really bad.
LAURA: No, I definitely helped with that.
So it looks pretty good.
MICA: I, take it back.
It's a beautifully frosted cake.
MATT: Make-- SAM:, (whispered), Performance., MATT: Make, a performance check, yeah., Yeah, I was going to say either performance or dexterity.
I was like no, that'll, be a performance.
MICA: Make, a frosting, check.
MATT: That's, exactly what this is,? This is frosting technique., TRAVIS: How's, your performance? LAURA: My performance is not good, but that's a 19.
MATT: It's, pretty impeccable.
For the limited icing resources that they have here that you've managed to accrue over time, or through favors at the local bakeries in the area.
You pull off some decent mixtures and color shade, transitions and stuff, where there's actually a little bit of shadow elements-- MICA: Duff Goldman would be proud.
MATT:, Oh yeah, straight up., MICA:, Yeah, Ace of Cakes.
TALIESIN: I, don't know how you got the glowing lichen to work like that, but that's really impressive.
MICA: I'm, going to let you know: moss.
TALIESIN: Wow!, MICA:, I, know., Crazy., TALIESIN: Is.
There anything it can't do? (laughter) MATT: All right, so your meal is much better than you were expecting for a podunk portion of the city of Uthodurn.
The rest of the evening is yours.
SAM: We're going to go back.
Now? LAURA:, Yeah., SAM:, All, right.
Fire it up.
How do we do this? LIAM: It takes a little bit of time to write on the floors.
Is it okay? If I use these chalks here? MICA: Yeah,? Do you want a different color?, LIAM: No, I'm, all set, thank you.
LAURA: When? He is drawing that up, I'm just going to send a real, quick message to Yeza.
SAM: Oh, thank you!, LAURA: Oh, yeah.
Are you going to say? LAURA: Hey Yeza.
Found out Nugget really likes ground nuts, like in a meal form, because I don't think we've been feeding him.
The right things.
SAM:, Also, how's, my family? LAURA: Also, how's, the fam? MATT: "How's the--", is about where it ends.
"Oh, I had no idea.
"That's good to know.
"I'll go ahead and get some posthaste.
"I assume you meant.
Family? "All is well.
"Just miss my--", And, like-- (laughter) Somewhere in the neighborhood.
That's your response.
LAURA: They're good, they're, good., SAM:, Perfect., MATT: You finish the circle creation, mark down the components utilized for that.
LIAM: I have to get more.
Laura: I think he was going to say he misses me.
A lot, though.
TALIESIN: We need more before we end up where we're ending up? LIAM: We can get some in Rosohna.
Before we take off, I finished everyone's flower crowns and have delivered them to everyone.
So now everyone matches.
MATT: Each of you- have matching flower crowns in your inventory.
Do with it as you will.
TALIESIN: I'm, putting mine on my head and I'm, starting my spell to get it to start sprouting mushrooms in the game.
MATT: The flower crown immediately begins to, and much more rapidly than you expected, to produce unique and alien-looking fungus that in some ways blends and contrasts with the hair color, which is transitioning away from pink a little bit.
TALIESIN: A little bit.
What's happening? TALIESIN: It's, just getting a little..
SAM: He isn't eating enough salmon or something.
TALIESIN: Well, we've been in a bit of a rough environment., LAURA: What color.
Is it turning? TALIESIN: It's, still pink, it's just getting a little lighter, and there's also some new colors in the lichen and I've got some interesting blue glowing, lichens starting to spread on my right, side.
MICA: What can make your hair pink, again? TALIESIN: Oh, that's just a better environment for what turns it pink,! It's just been,! It's not been a lot of sunlight.
MICA: I'm, going to Druidcraft a small, pink flower and place it on top of your head, but I have to climb up on a chair, I'm assuming-- TALIESIN:, Oh, I'm, really tall.
MICA: To place it on top of your head.
MATT: Problem solved.
At this point, while you guys are having this conversation, Caleb.
You finish the spell, and you have in your hand the final component to trigger the very brief instant in which the circle is active.
Liam: Flower crown still on my head, okay.
We ready to go? This is very quick, so you have to jump in right away as soon as I make this last mark.
MICA: On it.
LIAM: Okay., MARISHA:, Mm-hmm., LIAM:, Right, eins, zwei, drei.
Soon as he does that, you watch all the scrawlings on the ground, (whooshing) light up with extremely strong whitish, almost golden light, and you watch as one by one.
They all jump.
In, vanish., (whooshing) You go with them? MICA: Yeah.
MATT: (whooshing) There's a moment where all of a sudden, the ground leaves your feet.
There is no color.
No light, just the sensation of being pushed through a void.
Your stomach, suddenly knots up in that butterfly-type feeling in your stomach and then (whooshing) your feet find ground and you are inside of a darkly lit, subterranean chamber of gray rock, very smoothly carved, and a bunch of soldiers around suddenly.
Turning with spears, wearing strange, metallic armor that looks organic or chitinous, with helmets and probably one of the first times in a long time that you've seen drow.
MICA:, Oh., Well, first, I turn and vom a little bit.
TALIESIN: Yep, that'll, that'll-- MATT: The weapons, relax.
MICA: It's, not fun.
It's not great.
SAM: Show, our symbols.
They escort you through hallways into this grandiose-looking walkway that you've never seen something.
Quite so large.
It's like a cathedral of muted color, palette, but still beautiful and perfunctory in the colors that do push out which are bright, purples and greens, and subtle, reds., The walls themselves.
Are these chiseled, refractory, opaque, gray, marble.
Heading down this hallway, more soldiers pass you.
They look curious and there's definitely with each moment of recognition, an impulse towards intruder and then a moment of recognition that goes into a moment of relaxation.
They lead you out to the exterior in which you now look upon the entirety of the beautiful city of Rosohna.
It is midnight here, from what you can tell, a pitch-black sky, sparse with clouds.
You can see circle after circle of this city, sprawling out around you, separated by boundary walls, themselves, made of a similar gray-like material with numerous small, green lanterns of light that flicker and glow across, marking the separations to each ring of this city.
It is strange.
It is dark, it is beautiful, and it's alien.
Nothing, quite like anything.
You've, seen., MICA:, I fight the urge to run off and explore because adventure is like the greatest thing on earth.
I'm, just kind of.
First of all, getting over the stomachache of-- MATT: Still a little queasy.
MICA: Still a little queasy, but I'm just spinning around in a circle, like not sure where to go.
First, like a dog., MATT: You guys see this push and pull.
TRAVIS: No, you'll be fine.
There's time to explore later.
MICA:, Do, we?, Can, we?, TRAVIS: In, a bit.
MICA: Okay., LAURA: You should see our house! MICA: You have a house? LAURA: We have a tree on the roof! MICA: What? LAURA: Yeah.
We go? TRAVIS: Less stimuli.
Why we are on an objective, yes.
MICA: Right, but..
LAURA: And, a hot tub! MICA: What? LAURA: In, our house! MICA: What? Can.
We go now? No? They seem like no.
TRAVIS: We're, going to see Essek, right? MICA: Can.
We go? MATT: What's the order of operations here? LIAM: Well.
We should speak to Essek, I need to speak to Essek.
MARISHA: We should check in at the house.
LAURA: We should show Essek the-- LIAM:, Yeah, absolutely., MARISHA: I should make sure Dairon's okay.
SAM: And that she's properly folded our laundry by now.
We should tell Essek to meet us at the house and that's where we should take care of things.
MARISHA: Mm-hmm., LAURA:, Yeah., Oh., Yeah, I can do that.
Yes, I can do that, I have the pearl.
I can do.
I will send a message to Essek again.
MATT: All righty.
MICA: This, poor guy., TALIESIN: Hey.
LAURA: It's me again.
MICA: 'sup, dude., TALIESIN:, Brah., MICA:, Brah., LAURA:, Don't worry.
We made it totally safe, we're back here, just heading to the house.
If you want to meet us, there.
We have something cool to show.
We have a friend with us.
Don't be surprised.
See you soon., Essek's response is, "That is quicker than I was expecting.
"I will be heading over towards your abode.
"Get, your things: ready." LAURA: Get, our stuff ready, he's coming.
SAM:, Okay, okay, okay., Let's, go., MATT: Is.
There anything you guys need to do before meeting up with Essek at your home? LIAM: On.
The way there, I will probably try to find a place where I can replenish my supply of fancy.
Chalks for-- MATT: You know of two locations you've been introduced to by Essek in your brief excursion through the city, getting a lay of the land where this is accessible to you., LIAM: Okay, so I'm dropping enough for four more times.
MATT: Go for it.
Mark, those components down on your inventory.
TALIESIN: I'm, repacking, teas, spices, things that we need for travel and I'm going to try and take the flower off my head and see if I can get it going in the tree.
Once we're back home.
LAURA:, Ooh, yeah., TALIESIN: Since, we've got some stuff going there.
MATT: You are brought towards this neighborhood.
The architecture is familiar, but distinctly different and it's really beautiful.
The populace here is vastly drow.
Well, as you see bits of other creatures, you're not used to seeing in and around Uthodurn.
You do see some orcs and you had some interactions with orcs of different ideals and dispositions, from Boroftkrah to the south, very positive, if aloof in their interactions and very-- Very, culturally protective, but agnostic to anything with Uthodurn, specifically as opposed to the Jez-Araz, orcs, which are much more intense and hunt whatever comes their path.
You, see occasionally goblins and bugbears and other, you know, people that you've heard varying degrees of communication about being considered, enemies, villainous, killers of dwarf and elf alike.
Just a lot of conflicting information in your head at once, you're trying to get through, and as you're struggling with that, you're brought into this neighborhood and see a home.
A, very nice two-story home, where upon a parapet-like tower in the far corner, a massive fucking tree is growing, 60 or so feet.
Out of the top of it, covered in lights.
MICA: Is that the tree? LAURA: That's, it., It's, really pretty, right? MICA: How did it get there? SAM: He did it.
MICA:, (gasps) It's, so nice! TALIESIN:, Thank, you., Yeah, I'm, pretty proud of that.
MICA: I love, it!, TALIESIN:, Yeah., MICA: Does.
It have a name? TALIESIN:, You, know, I haven't asked.
I should ask.
MICA: You should ask! TALIESIN: It never occurs to me to ask plants' names.
Normally it just doesn't come up.
I've actually never met a plant with a name.
(laughter) LAURA: Clay goes silent for an hour.
(laughter) MATT: As.
You guys approach the entryway, (laughter) TALIESIN: Thank you.
MATT: The familiar face of Dairon's, dark elf form, goes, "You've, returned.
"Well, come inside.
"Tell me what has transpired." And ushers.
You all in, looks over to you.
"And you are?" MICA: I'm Reani.
MATT:, "Reani.", MARISHA:, She's, cool., MATT:, "Dairon.", MICA:, Kind of like, eying, his hand.
MARISHA: She's, cool., Yeah, I, actually like this though, this, yeah.
In terms of how protective you all are.
Stop, staring at me, Christ.
MATT:, "Come, inside." LAURA:, Who, what, who is that? MARISHA: Sorry, I, just mean, nevermind.
LAURA: Dairon, Essek, is on his way.
MATT: "I will do my best to be out of sight." TALIESIN: No, I, haven't., (laughter), MATT: In, the meantime, as you're out shopping and gathering everything, and you guys are all at the house.
They give you the tour of the space, beautiful interior.
It's kept, well.
Dairon's done decent maintenance, at the very least.
There is a tub of water at the base of the tower where the tree is above, and you can see the roots that have dug down through the rock and stone that are just tickling about five feet.
Above the water's surface.
LAURA: Pretty cool? MICA: I, like it.
TALIESIN:, Pretty proud, pretty proud.
MATT: Leads you up into the base of the tree, the top of it, and you can see, there's a garden that has been established here where there are little shrines with little symbols placed amongst them, incomplete in full collection, but partially in process there and little, small packets of plants that are in the process of growing, though having a tougher time.
Given the environment, here.
MICA: Are these your plants? TALIESIN: Well, I, mean, they're their own, but yeah, I help with them here.
You want help with them? TALIESIN: Always, of course.
MICA: I want to go over to all of them and just generally Druidcraft over them and give them love and warmth and growing powers.
MATT: The way.
You've established this, it's sustainable, but it doesn't allow for rapid--.
What's the word I'm looking for-- rapid abundance, if you will, or flourishing of these different pockets.
TRAVIS: -- expansion.
MATT: However, as Reani, comes through, having a different, but fascinating connection with nature than the one that you have.
You watch as each of these patches.
Suddenly the color becomes more vibrant.
The leaves, the flowers, everything seems to blossom as she runs her hands across the exterior.
Not to an unfathomable degree, but quickly and subtly, in a way that it impresses you., LAURA:, Wow., TALIESIN: Ah, that's great., This, is-- Oh, that's great, I was getting a little worried on the-- MICA: You know.
Sometimes you just got to talk to them in the right way and give them a little more encouragement., TALIESIN: Well, I've been trying to encourage.
I mean, I talk to them as much as-- MICA: Yeah, I can tell.
They like you.
TALIESIN:, Oh, well, I like them, too., MICA:, Yeah, good., Well, I'm, glad to be of service.
TALIESIN: Oh, thank you.
Thank you for reminding me by the way, I meant to ask.
What is your name? I'm talking to the tree.
(laughter) MICA: Is.
He responding? TALIESIN: Yeah.
MICA: Yeah? TALIESIN: Yeah.
His name is Silence, apparently.
MICA: Oh, that's a good name,! That's a good name.
TALIESIN: There's, just nothing, yeah.
It's, just quiet, it's kind of nice.
LIAM: Sylas!, MICA: We can call him Sy.
Taliesin: We can call him Sy., MICA: I think he likes it.
TALIESIN: He just keeps saying his name.
It's pretty, I think.
(laughter) MATT: All right., TALIESIN: Thank you for that.
MATT: You, don't happen to have Speak with Plants prepared, do you? MICA: I don't, actually., MATT: That would've been fun.
MICA: I'm, so mad! MATT:, That's, okay., All right, so, around this time, Caleb returns, gathering materials as well, including what Caduceus was requesting, right about the time that Essek arrives.
Now, who you see, arrived at the front, a male drow, short white hair, a perpetual soft smile, a similar mantle of armor to the soldiers that you saw exterior, but beneath it, a cloak of dark purple, just drifts below and obscures the entirety of his body.
He glides in, no bobs or footsteps, just drifting to the front of the house and entering the chamber upon being met up with the rest.
"It is good to see all of you well.
This is the friend you were talking.
About?" MICA: I lean over to Jester like: He is hot.
LAURA: I, know!, MICA:, Wow.
MATT: "If I might inquire, what is your name?" MICA: Just Reani.
(laughter) MATT: "Well.
Do you hail?" MICA: Nicodranas.
SAM: What, um..., TRAVIS:, Sorry., I, mean, you're speaking, very quietly., MICA: Um, I'm from Nicodranas.
MATT: "Hmm.", LAURA:, Me, too!, MATT:, "Indeed.
You required my assistance? "My time: is--" SAM:, Yes., LAURA:, Really, valuable., SAM: Remember, how you teleported us somewhere? MATT: "Yes, to the Greying Wildlands." SAM: We need to go somewhere: else.
MATT:, "Whereabouts?", LAURA: It's called Mythburrow.
MATT: "Very well." LAURA: Have, you heard of it? SAM: Oh boy.
TRAVIS: We have a map.
MATT: "No." (laughter) LAURA: So.
We do have a map, but also I was thinking.
What? If I scryed on the..
dragon? SAM: Can, you do that? You're, familiar-- LAURA:, I'm, familiar with it., TRAVIS: We know his name.
LAURA:, Yeah, and I know basically what he looks: like.
SAM:, Do dragons sense that sort of thing? LAURA: Who knows, I don't.
SAM: All right.
Let's do it then.
TALIESIN: I mean, one would assume.
LIAM: No, that's rare.
What are you doing?, LAURA: I'm, going to try to scry on-- SAM: Do? We need to do this? We're doing this to get a location so that we can teleport closest.
LAURA: Wouldn't it be better.
If I could give you a description of what it looks.
Like? MATT: "That would probably be helpful to us.
"To a minor extent.
"As I have not traveled there, "it's going to be challenging, but not impossible.".
Taliesin: Perhaps, also not attempting to teleport directly on top of the dragon.
LAURA: Well, yeah, I know that.
TALIESIN: Like, maybe a mile or two away.
MATT: "So I'm just mildly curious., "Dragon?" TALIESIN:, Oh well., MARISHA: It's, like a-- LAURA: Have, you heard of-- MARISHA:, Yeah., LAURA:, Gelidon?, LIAM: It's, a story with many parts.
A piece of the puzzle in us trying to accomplish our overall goal.
MATT:, "All right, so you're going to a dragon." LAURA: Yeah.
Have, you heard of iceflex? MATT: "No." LAURA:, It's mithral, that's been breathed on by a dragon, a white dragon.
We have to go there and get him to breathe on the mithral so that we can go and get this sword fixed so that we can defeat the Laughing Hand and you know, serve the Bright Queen like she wants us.
TALIESIN: Pretty standard stuff, really., MARISHA:, Yeah., MATT:, "Quite, standard.", LAURA: Here's, the thing.
Can we sleep before we go? TALIESIN: Well, I thought we would sleep once we're there.
TRAVIS: Yeah., LAURA: Why,? Why would we do that when we could sleep here? Instead? TALIESIN: To get a better sense of where we are-- LAURA: What.
If something attacks us there and we're not rested and we could be rested and go-- LIAM: Could, we put a pin in that for just one moment? May I, ask, too.
This is a separate topic-- MATT: "Yes." LIAM: How is the timeline that we have discussed? MATT: "(sighs) "We are looking at an extension of maybe two more weeks, "but I have pushed to the extent of my ability." LIAM: Well.
If we leave in the morning, we have two weeks, that's good, I have time, but perhaps tonight.
Now? Today? Would I be able to get in to see this prisoner.
Again? Or, sometime-- MATT: "There needs to be a bit more of a-- "An acknowledgement in advance.
"Even I have my limitations within my den." LIAM: Of course.
MATT: "And I've already pushed that to a limit "to make good on your request.
You intend to leave, well, tomorrow, "then I'm, not entirely certain.
Why you summon me now.
"If, you intend to leave tonight, "either way.
You would need a few days.
"For me to bring this to the den." LIAM: Before.
We leave tonight, if there's paperwork or logistics involved.
Consider this my formal, application, then., MATT: "I will go ahead and put it in." LIAM: Thank, you., MATT:, Now--", LAURA:, Show him.
LIAM: I feel like I'm, pushing too much.
SAM: I'll, ask him.
He might like it! SAM: Yeah.
There's one thing, there's one thing.
Caleb is such a polite young man.
He wouldn't bring this up to bother you with this, but he found an amazing page filled with magic and wonder, and you might be the key that unlocks it.
LAURA: Also, I brought you a present.
MATT: "Yay." LAURA: I pull out a cupcake.
It's fresh, I swear! MATT: Extends his hand and the cupcake lifts out of your hand-- LAURA: I did that myself.
MATT: -- and drifts over.
LIAM: This guy's, a germophobe.
(laughter) SAM: That's, why he floats.
TRAVIS: Thank you.
SAM:, Like, Howie, Mandel?, MATT:, "Thank, you.", It vanishes beneath the cloak.
He eats with his sleeve! (laughter) MATT: Subtle chewing noises emerge from it.
(laughter) It's like Bishamon from Darkstalkers, anyway., LIAM: Sheepishly fishes this page out and says: I've only just acquired this, but it stumping me a bit.
This mean anything to you? MATT: Reaches out and takes the page.
(speaking foreign language) Begins, suddenly incanting some spell and you begin to recognize.
Make, an arcana check.
LIAM: What he's casting? MATT: Mm-hmm.
LIAM: Yeah sure, that's 26., MATT: Dispel, Magic., LAURA:, Oh, well., LIAM: I was going to do that tonight.
At bedtime., Great.
MATT: He completes the cast.
You watch as suddenly all the writing.
On the page flares, you hear a tearing sound, and it seems like dropping out of the bottom of the page, (whooshing) two pouches and a round case (rumbling) onto the ground.
MARISHA: Oh, my god.
MATT: He, goes, "I, think I figured it out." LIAM: Sometimes the simplest solutions escape us.
I'm in your debt, again.
MATT: "Mm-hmm.", LIAM:, Thank, you., SAM:, Cool!, LIAM:, Yeah, I, scoop up the things and hide them away for now.
We away then? MARISHA: Can I check in with Dairon real quick, while that was happening?.
Matt: Sure, while this is happening, Dairon, is off in the other room, arms crossed.
She's, listening in, facing away from everything.
I just back up and lean against her.
MATT: "How goes everything, Beauregard?" MARISHA: It's, going pretty good.
About to head off to some sort of cursed land to apparently have a white dragon breathe on a sword.
How's it going with you? MATT: "I'm going to be perfectly honest.
"I hate it here.
"I'm not made for housekeeping." MARISHA: The housekeeping was a guise.
MATT: "I know.
"What am I to do with my time.
"When I have to maintain this guise.
"When people occasionally come by? "It's, okay.
"I'm doing my own bits of detective work in the meantime.
"Just broken with dusting." MARISHA: Well, the house looks fucking' fantastic.
MATT: "Thank you." MARISHA: We'll talk more when we get back., MATT: "I'm, sure we will.
"White, dragon?" MARISHA: Yeah., MATT:, "How, old?", MARISHA: I, don't know, at least 250 years.
Old, probably more., How old is that.
What's that mean, you have any information? MATT: "It can depend.
"If it's 250 years old, it could be an adult." MARISHA:, Hm., MATT: "Older, even bigger.
"You're, all very talented, people, "but.
You have your limits.
"Just, be careful.
"If things go poorly, run.", MARISHA:, All, right., MATT: "I, say this "as, an individual who has survived this long "because I knew when to run." MARISHA: I can't abandon these people.
"So make them run with you.
"Bravery has a very fine line before it turns into stupidity.
"Survive." MARISHA: So.
You keep telling me.
MATT: "Indeed, and you have made it this far, "that means you are listening." MARISHA: Catch you on the flip.
Peace! MATT: (heavy sigh) You, hear a heavy sigh from Dairon.
You all join Essek, gather in a circle.
He begins to mutter an incantation.
His voice begins to echo loudly until it seems to consume the space around you and in a similar, uncomfortable sensation, all the color and shape suddenly blurs.
(whooshing) I need someone to go ahead and roll-- SAM: Oh yeah.
MATT: A percentage dice for me, please., LIAM:, Got, it., MARISHA: Are, you doing it?, LIAM: I'm, doing it.
TALIESIN: All right., MARISHA: Doing it on the map, cam? Nope., LIAM:, 87., SAM:, Ooh, that's good, that's good., I, think? Or is that bad? LAURA: I, don't know.
MATT: Hold on, I'm pulling up, I'm, pulling it up right.
Now., TALIESIN: This is not an exact science.
SAM: We might die.
MATT: 87, you said.
LAURA: You could be bamfed into a rock.
MICA: Oh fuck! TALIESIN: A lot can happen.
LIAM: Three miles in the air.
MATT: Let me pull it out of the book.
Here, it's a little convoluted in that, so, keep the number in mind.
Thank you for your patience.
TALIESIN: We're on the moon! (cheering) Wait.
(gasping) MICA: It's, made of cheese! MATT: Moonweaver ain't going to help you there.
TALIESIN: Whitestone was right! And, then I, die., (laughter), MATT:, All, right, so what'd you roll?, LIAM:, 87., MATT:, 87., TALIESIN: Don't do that! That's, so mean! MATT: With that sudden rush, TALIESIN: Fuck.
MATT: The temperature immediately shifts, as you find yourselves suddenly sitting in the center of a mild snowstorm.
Familiar to your first arrival here in the Greying Wildlands.
A successful teleport (sighing) has brought you to the base of a heavy mountain range.
Just beyond the white blasting of the snow.
You can see the rolling, craggy alps just begin to vanish into the storm ahead.
This region still powdered familiar white from the recent and current snowfall, but one mountainside's mild discoloration before you catches your eye.
A few hundred feet up from its base, a faceted, jagged, unnatural frostscape of white-blue ice appears to have claimed the rocky incline for a few hundred feet.
More, looking like a plague of ice vines erupting from the mountain's belly, frozen in time after climbing and attempting to burst.
Out of the mountain itself.
In, the center of that spiraling web of ice, you see a massive cluster of cage-like ice growths that encircle an oblong mouth.
A cavern that enters the mountainside.
You assume is Mythburrow.
Essek turns to you, all, his hair blowing in the wind, "You're crazy, "but, good, luck." And.
That's where we'll pick up next week.
(sighing) SAM:, Oh, man., TRAVIS:, Shit., MATT:, So you'll be joining us again for next week.
MICA: Yay! (clapping), Or, you're, like, "And.
This is where you die, "goodbye, get out." MATT:, Also viable.
TRAVIS:, Also, possible., MATT: You skipped a shit ton of possible encounters, there.
MICA:, What?, MATT:, Well, yeah, because-- TRAVIS: We're, not traveling by goat? MATT: You're, not traveling, by goat.
MICA: Oh., MATT: Which is great.
You guys did all that.
Earned some more in Essek's debt by doing so, but you managed to avoid a lot of possible dangers so well done.
TRAVIS:, Damn, it., MARISHA: Did.
He say more Essek, debt? MATT:, That's, cool., TRAVIS:, What, dangers?, MATT: I'll show you some of the maps afterwards, because I was damn proud of them.
Don't apologize,: this is my game, guys, that's what I do.
TALIESIN: They come back.
MATT: It's, what I do.
Thank you guys so much for joining us, we'll be back at the Mythburrow next Thursday to see where this leads them.
On this leg of their journey.
We love you very much, and is it Thursday yet? Good night!.