Transcript Ep69 2:32:53 Percy’s Death Letter

Vex notices she has the letter and starts reading it herself

at 2:27:44. I’m not considering it part of this scene explicitly, but it’s

insightful to Vex’s character to watch her face as she reads it. Her happy

smile becoming crestfallen when she realizes what it is, and then wavering

between deep concern and a sad smile. Until the end where she tries to put her

smile back on and push her feelings away (2:29:57).

Credit to ToKe86 on Reddit for transcribing the letter

itself. https://www.reddit.com/r/criticalrole/comments/5588no/spoilers_e69_transcript_of_a_letter/


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Scenes

1. Vex finds the letter – 1:10:13 to 1:11:06

https://youtu.be/YLcRhm8UP8g?t=4211

2. The letter is opened, read, and discussed – 2:32:53 to

2:39:42

https://youtu.be/YLcRhm8UP8g?t=9173

3. Vax stacks trays on Pike – 2:38:47 to 2:41:25

https://youtu.be/YLcRhm8UP8g?t=9527

4. The Vex sneaks into Percy’s room – 2:41:25 to 2:43:18

https://youtu.be/YLcRhm8UP8g?t=9685

5. Unbroken copy of the letter


 

1. Vex finds the letter

1:10:13

Laura: “Can I reach forward and look in Percy’s

coat for that whitestone, that condensed whitestone that he caries?”

Matt: “Sure. Go ahead and make an investigation

check.”

Keyleth: “Hey, Vex, will you look for that raven

skull I gave him while you’re at it?”

Vex: “Sure.”

Laura: “25.”

Matt: “25. You start rummaging through his coat,

and you find his gun, retort, you find a bunch of random bullet casings and

bullets, you find a cluster of papers and notes that are folded up in a small

book, and what appears to be a partially sealed letter with no name on it.”

Laura: “Nothing else?”

Matt: “You eventually find some of the

whitestone glass, the green glass that you guys has flashed around in

Ank’Harel.

1:11:06


 

2. Percy’s Death Letter

2:32:53

Marisha: “I was looking anxiously over at Vex.

And she was-”

Vex, trying to sound chipper but with undertones of

anxiety: “Oh this?”

Keyleth, looking curious and concerned: “Yes.

What’s that?”

Vex: “Oh, it was, um,” she pauses and

quietly laughs nervously

Vax cocks his head to the side curiously, reading

Vex’s nervous tone and manner.

Vex, her tone turning wry: “Well, I suppose I’m

a horrible person, so you might as well be, too”

Vax’s body language changes to surprise.

Grog: “What? You read it?”

Vex: “This?”

Grog: “Yep.”

Vex, guiltily and nervously: “Mmhm.”

Vax, arms crossed, in and interrogating tone:

“What is it?”

Vex: “It’s a letter. It’s a goodbye letter from

Percy to us.”

Vax looks very startled by this. Keyleth is more

subtly alarmed. Scanlan looks over rather knowingly.

Taliesin: “You’re terrible people.”

Grog: “A what?”

Vex: “Umm…”

Vax reaches over and wrenches the letter out of her

hands, looking very serious and sad, and hastily pulls it out of the envelope.

Keyleth moves over to join him.

Vex: “I-” laughs nervously again. “I

feel like it’s a bit of an invasion. I probably shouldn’t have just done that.

[Chatter 2:33:26 to 2:33:39]

2:22:35 Vax and Keyleth start reading the letter

themselves. Keyleth’s face quickly shows the same crestfallen look Vex’s did.

Vax is hard to read from the angle.

Grog: “Are we all reading it, or just you two

pricks?”

Vex: “If you want to.”

Matt: “Just read it out loud at that

point.”

Sam: “Yeah, I mean, I’m the only one, I

mean-”

Taliesin: “Only those of you who don’t care

about my privacy.”

Liam: “Taliesin, would you like this to be in

your voice?”

Taliesin: “No! It was never supposed to be in my

voice.”

[Vax becomes increasingly more serious and then sad as

he reads. Keyleth sadly looks at Vax, or the letter, as he reads. Scanlan looks

down in contemplation, unusually downcast. Vex looks lost in her own sad

thoughts. Grog looks thoughtful at first, but his body language becomes

increasingly nervous, and suggest he disagrees with Percy’s morbidness.]

2:33:52 Vax, reading:

“My friends,

“I have just taken an audience with the Raven Queen who

has snuffed any hope of my redemption, for which I am truly grateful. With new

clarity, I can finally see my life as a series of compounding, poor

choices.” Vax winces. “There was nothing I could’ve done to save my

family, yet I still sold my soul in search of vengeance. Later I allowed Ripley

to leave, knowing full well she was a greater threat to the world than the

Briarwoods would ever be. I traded the world’s safety for the belief that I

could murder my way to peace; that if I could be a greater horror, it would

bring my family back. And once this lie was shattered I scrambled to find a

solution, to make a deal, to undo my mistakes and balance the scales. I now

understand that there are no scales, there is no redemption, and no ledger that

judges me good or evil. I am free to simply be myself and live with the

terrible mistakes I’ve made.

2:34:54 “Tomorrow I start upon a new path beyond

the gods and demons who have tormented me, and it’s your friendship that makes

this possible. Though a shadow lingers, the need for vengeance is gone. I will

try and do my best for you all. I will strive to buy the future more time, free

of my legacy. I will stand against the children of my madness in hope, rather

than in anger.” Vax’s body language deflates. “And if you are reading

this, then my travels on this path have come to an end.” Vax’s voice

nearly breaks with grief.

2:35:27 “Scanlan,” Scanlan looks up,

startled, hearing his name, “thank you for destroying my gun. Do not let

the weight of life’s consequences crush your bravado, it is your greatest

weapon.” Scanlan smiles wishfully at the words. Then hangs his head

looking even sadder.

2:35:36 “Grog,”

Grog: “Yes?”

Vax, reading: “remember that your compassion has

brought you this far, not just strength. For the record, I would’ve wiped the

floor with you that time.” Grog is startles by the last statement, then

glares off.

2:35:49 “Vax, you often remind me of myself and

yes, I know that is a bit of an insult. Stop indulging your desire to

sacrifice, and try being the man these two women seem to think you are. They

may actually need you one day.” Vax’s tone manages to turn even grimmer at

the last line, but both Vex and Keyleth smiles at it.

2:36:06 “Vex, you often remind me of myself and

that is the highest of compliments.” Everyone smiles and laughs at the

contrast

Vax, fondly: “Oh, true to form Percival, true to

form.”

Vax, reading: “I hope you free yourself of

whatever voices haunt you. Also since I’m gone, you’re the clever one

now.”

Vax: “Still the cleaver one.”

2:36:25 Vax, reading: “Keyleth, don’t let the

world break you. Learn to forgive it for not living up to your standards.”

Vax, with a broad smile, “We promise to try harder.” Keyleth laughs

and smiles.

Keyleth: “Smartass.”

Vax: “Yeah.”

2:36:34 Vax, reading: “Pike, it is wonderful to

have you home. You bring everyone closer to their best selves, and I can only

imagine what a burden that must be.”

Vax, looking over: “Oh, she’s out.”

Everyone softly laughs.

Vax, reading: “Allow yourself some vice and

failure,”

Vax, with a laugh: “Done and done.” The

laugher grows louder.

Vax, reading as he laughs: “we’ll still love you

just the same.”

Vax: “All true.”

2:36:54 Vax, reading, his tone sobering: “As to

what must be done, I’d be content to be left in a ditch, my weapons and notes

burnt and broken.”

Vax, shaking his head, with an irritated tone:

“Fucker.”

Vax, reading: “But I imagine that would upset

Cass. If you can, take me home. If you can’t, I understand. She knows where to

find the rest of my instructions. Times being what they are, burn my work or

bring it home in the hopes of aiding in the defense of Whitestone. I leave this

judgment in your capable hands. Please find Ripley before she does too many

terrible things, and erase my legacy wherever you find it. That silence would

be the greatest eulogy I could ever hope for.”

Vax: shifting the letter with concerned exasperation:

“Oh dear.”

Vax, reading, with a heavy sigh:

“With eternal gratitude,

“Percival of Vox Machina”

Vax leans on the table, woefully holds his head in

his hand. Then stares at the letter for a while.

2:37:39 Grog, who’s been fidgeting for a while:

“I’m gonna kick his fuckin’ ass.”

Scanlan, quietly: “Why?”

Grog: “He-”

Keyleth: “He was anticipating-”

Scanlan: “He didn’t mention you, did he?”

Grog, flustered: “Yeah he did! Yeah. He said he

could’ve wiped the floor with me.”

Scanlan: “Well, I’m sure it was a joke,

friend.”

Keyleth moves back to her seat away from Vax.

Vax: “Yeah, that’s a very highbrow kind of

humor. It’s hilarious, I promise, it’s hilarious.”

Grog: “Eyebrow?”

Vex: “Really, really funny.”

Keyleth, quietly laughing: “Was it a joke?”

Vax: “Yeah. It means stuffy. Boring, boring.

Boring humor.”

Ashley: “Am I still out? I’m still out.”

Matt: “You’re still out. You’re done for the

night, Pike. Actually, you know what, roll a perception check. With

disadvantage.

Vax folds up the note, softly sighing again and

looking dejected.

Scanlan: “Well, you should not have taken that

note.”

Vex, guiltily, taking the letter from Vax:

“Well, I know. I was searching for something important.”

Ashley: “12.”

Matt: “No. You’re passed out. You don’t hear

anything.”

Vex, toying with the letter: “I just realized I

still had it, is all.”

2:38:38 Grog: “So, do we plan to act like we

didn’t read it, or are you gonna try to slip it back in his pocket without him

noticing?”

Scanlan: “Hmm. That’s a good plan.”

Vex: “What do you guys think?”

Vax: “That’s a good point, that’s a good

point.”


3. Vax stacks trays on Pike

2:38:47 Liam: “I balance a tray on top of Pike’s

prone form, and put some cups on top of it.”

Vex, earnestly: “Should I pretend I didn’t read

it? Should I pretend I didn’t take it?”

Grog: “Was it sealed or anything?”

Scanlan: “Slip it back in.”

Vex: “No, it’s just folded.”

Grog: “Yeah! Try an’ sneak it in.”

Vex: “Alright.”

Vax: “Yeah.”

Liam: “I put a tray on top of the cups, on top

of the first tray.” Vex laughs.

2:39:08 Keyleth, seriously: “But now we go

forward, just with the knowledge that we know Percy was anticipating

dying?”

Scanlan, gently: “Well, aren’t we all

anticipating dying?”

Grog, flippantly: “Yeah, kind of.”

Vax: “Yeah, and I mean-”

Vex: “Technically, we should all write these

letters.”

Vax: “I mean,”

Scanlan: “Well, some of us have.” [Only

Pike knows Scanlan has, or was likely the first to.]

Vax: “that’s Percival up and down. There’s

nothing really that surprising in the letter, really.”

Grog: “Don’t know if we all need to write.”

Vex: patting him on the shoulder: “Grog, you can

draw some pictures for us.”

Grog seems intrigued by the idea.

Vax: “MmmHmm.”

Liam: “More cups on top of the second

tray.”

2:39:33 Scanlan: “The fact is, we all might die

at any point.”

Vax, mouths: “Yeah.”

Keyleth, softly and somberly: “No, it’s

true.”

Scanlan: “And it would be terrible. And we

should enjoy every day that we have together.”

Vax: “That’s right.”

2:39:42 Liam: “Third tray.”

Matt: “Yeah, make a dexterity check, Vax.”

Liam: “No problem, 24.”

Matt: “24 – the stack is beautifully balanced.

It’s retaining a little bit.”

Vex: “You better hope she doesn’t move.”

Vax: “No, I just stand and admire my own

work.”

Scanlan: “Grog?”

Travis: “I walk up, and shove Vax into the

trays.”

Matt: “Yeah, as he’s admiring it, you get a sudden

ffwffb! push forward and Kchk! clanking. All of the trays and glasses fall and

hit the ground. You hear the metal and the brass cingcing wuwuwuwubwub wub wub

woob wooob wooob wooooob.”

Laura: “Would it have woken her up?”

Matt: “Pike stirs. You wake up, still trashed,

Pike, and still your lips numb as ever, but you’re back to consciousness now,

hearing all this clattering around you.”

Vax: “Hey!”

Pike: “Gah!”

Vax: “Hey. Did you know I’m-”

Pike, garbled: “I was tryin’t

[indistinguishable]!”

Vax: “What?”

Keyleth: “I was trying to stealth!”

Pike: “Too loud!”

Vax: “You are drunk! You are very drunk.”

Vex: “We should- We should head back to the

castle.”

Vax: “Yeah. Grog, you wanna pick up Pickle, and

let’s go get some sleep?”

Grog, accusingly: “Pike! What did you do to all

these cups and trays!”

Pike, bewildered: “Did I do that?”

Grog, sternly: “Yes.”

Pike: “Oh no!”

Grog: “I’m very disappointed. You should

apologize to the owner.”

Pike: “I’m sorry, I was-”

Matt: “The older woman in the corner who owns

the bar is like, ‘Ah, it’s fine.’”

Travis: “I flip her a gold coin.”

Matt: “She watches it hit the ground.” Matt

nods looking over his should as at the coin rolling, “’Thanks.’”

Grog: “Welcome. Alright! Let’s go home.”

Vex: “Alright.”

Travis: “I pick up Pikey.”

Matt: “Alright. You guys all find your

way-”

Pike, cheerfully slurring: “Welcome!”


4. The Vex sneaks into Percy’s room

 

2:41:25 Matt: You find your way back to Whitestone

Castle. To your respective rooms.“

 

Laura: “Oh! No! I sneak into Percy’s room.”

Matt: “Okay. Make a stealth check.”

[Chatter]

Laura: “29.”

2:41:46 Matt: “29. Uh, yeah, no. Percy does not

seem to notice you. He’s just snoring loudly, face down on the-”

Laura: “Aw, he’s face down?”

Matt: “On the still-set bed, just-” He uses

his hand to mimic having his face pressed into the bed and makes snoring

noises. “In the bed itself. The room is dark, but you can still see fine

because you’re half-elven.”

Liam: “Put it in the mail slot.”

Laura: “Can I- I’m not gonna shove in his butt.

Can I try to reach under and get it into the pocket of the coat that I-”

Liam: “Oh, that side.”

Matt: “Yeah, go ahead and make a slight of hand

check.”

Sam: “Sort of reaching around?”

Taliesin: “I love you all. So much.”

Laura: “Slight of hand?”

Matt: “Yeah.”

Laura: “7 + 15 is…”

Matt: “22. Percival, I need you to go ahead and

roll a perception check. With disadvantage.”

Sam, emphatically: “Yes.”

Taliesin: “Full disadvantage, or the new

disadvantage that-”

Sam: “You’re dead! You’re essentially a dead

person!”

Matt: “Both. You are in the sleep of the dead

right now, so you are rolling with disadvantage, and whatever you roll,

-4.”

Taliesin: “-4.”

Marisha: “Oh right, because you died.”

Taliesin: “Eh, that’s a- Perception? Um, that’s

a- 13.”

2:42:53 Matt: “For a couple moments the snoring

kind of,” stuttered snoring, “and you stop, and wait for the

breathing to continue. You find the coat pocket where you found it, gently slip

the letter in with the notes that you found it with, close it, step away…”

Laura: “I tell him,”

2:43:12 Vex: “I’m glad you’re back.”

Laura: “And I leave the room.”

Percy gives a quiet snore in response.

Matt: “Okay. You gently close the door.”

2:43:18


 

5. Unbroken transcript of the letter:

My friends,

I have just taken an audience with the Raven Queen who has

snuffed any hope of my redemption, for which I am truly grateful. With new

clarity, I can finally see my life as a series of compounding, poor choices.

There was nothing I could’ve done to save my family, yet I still sold my soul

in search of vengeance. Later I allowed Ripley to leave, knowing full well she

was a greater threat to the world than the Briarwoods would ever be. I traded

the world’s safety for the belief that I could murder my way to peace; that if

I could be a greater horror, it would bring my family back. And once this lie

was shattered I scrambled to find a solution, to make a deal, to undo my

mistakes and balance the scales. I now understand that there are no scales,

there is no redemption, and no ledger that judges me good or evil. I am free to

simply be myself and live with the terrible mistakes I’ve made.

Tomorrow I start upon a new path beyond the gods and demons

who have tormented me, and it’s your friendship that makes this possible.

Though a shadow lingers, the need for vengeance is gone. I will try and do my

best for you all. I will strive to buy the future more time, free of my legacy.

I will stand against the children of my madness in hope, rather than in anger.

And if you are reading this, then my travels on this path have come to an end.

Scanlan, thank you for destroying my gun. Do not let the

weight of life’s consequences crush your bravado, it is your greatest weapon.

Grog, remember that your compassion has brought you this

far, not just strength. For the record, I would’ve wiped the floor with you

that time.

Vax, you often remind me of myself and yes, I know that is a

bit of an insult. Stop indulging your desire to sacrifice, and try being the

man these two women seem to think you are. They may actually need you one day.

Vex, you often remind me of myself and that is the highest

of compliments. I hope you free yourself of whatever voices haunt you. Also

since I’m gone, you’re the clever one now.

Keyleth, don’t let the world break you. Learn to forgive it

for not living up to your standards. We promise to try harder.

Pike, it is wonderful to have you home. You bring everyone

closer to their best selves, and I can only imagine what a burden that must be.

Allow yourself some vice and failure, we’ll still love you just the same.

As to what must be done, I’d be content to be left in a

ditch, my weapons and notes burnt and broken. But I imagine that would upset

Cass. If you can, take me home. If you can’t, I understand. She knows where to

find the rest of my instructions. Times being what they are, burn my work or

bring it home in the hopes of aiding in the defense of Whitestone. I leave this

judgment in your capable hands. Please find Ripley before she does too many

terrible things, and erase my legacy wherever you find it. That silence would

be the greatest eulogy I could ever hope for.

With eternal gratitude,

 

Percival of Vox Machina

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