I appreciate that Matt didn’t want to make Essek disabled and fall into the disabled villain trope, but as a disabled person I love the idea that Essek’s floating is a disability aid and that ableism played a role in isolating him and pushing him into over-achieving at all costs. Story After Essek goes on … Continue reading Fiction C2 Post-Campaign Essek’s Mobility Aid
Description: Critical Role PIG (2021) AU. After the events of Campaign 2, Caleb Widogast builds a legacy as a teacher and legal activist against the corruption within the Cerberus Assembly, Soltryce Academy, and other government corruption. And then literally the plot of PIG (2021) with Caleb instead of Nicolas Cage. Major spoilers for PIG + an explanation of the often very subtle plot.
One of my favorite little headcanons that I think about a lot: Imagine Caleb becoming someone trans people come to for at-cost transition care and Essek as someone who goes to trans folks to help them since he moves around. That's part of how each of them works to atone and do good in the … Continue reading Fiction: Widogast’s Transition Care, Post CR C2 Ep141
Caleb encourages Essek to take up an artistic hobby for himself that he doesn't feel like he needs to be good at. He does a bit of basic drawing but it's mostly just for field notes. Caleb teaches him Programmed Illusion, but his visual imagination and memory are not very clear, especially compared to Caleb's. … Continue reading Fiction: Essek Invents Atmospheric Ambient Music, Post CR C2 Ep141
Essek is coming to Caleb's home for his short annual stay. Beau and Yasha are coming to dinner, and also to calm Caleb down a bit because one of their big cases is in deliberation and Caleb's been a bundle of raw nerves. They're over early so that Yasha can bake fresh cookies. Caleb is fretting over the menu and finally settles on a curated and complimentary series of soups. Beau watches him meticulously planning this out like a big detailed world-alerting spell and says, "You know you're still in love with him, right Caleb?"
I want to give some possible perspective on Essek and Caleb's relationship as it stands in CR C2 Ep140 before the grand finale. Whatever happens with them romantically, it's going to come from a specific place that needs understanding. Essek said he hasn't really had friends before. While we have no confirmation, the makes me … Continue reading Analysis: Caleb’s Relationship to Essek – CR C2 Ep140
Widowgast's Super Clutch Counterspell Level: 3rdCasting Time: 1 ReactionRange/Area: 60 ft.Duration: InstantaneousSchool: AbjurationAttack/Save: NoneDamage/Effect: Negation Caleb attempts to interrupt a creature in the process of casting a spell. If the creature is casting a spell of 3rd level or lower, its spell fails and has no effect. If the target is casting a spell of … Continue reading Image Description: Widowgast’s Super Clutch Counterspell – TM for CR C2 Ep98
Caleb’s recent change of appearance shows how far he’s come. It’s as important as any new magic item or ability. It’s not just an aesthetic change, it’s full of subtext about how he’s started overcoming his trauma. Scruffy, dirty hobo Caleb with arm bandages represents the traumatized place he started from, but he’s moving past … Continue reading Analysis: What Caleb’s appearance means to him – CR C2 Ep61
3:09:49 Yasha, reading Caleb’s list: “Dark muted purple coat that’s fur lined. New boots…” Jester: “New boots. He could use some. Yasha: “that are dark charcoal grey in Kryn style. Breeches and shirt.” If you enjoy my work, consider supporting me through ko-fi, Patreon, or my shop. I'm severely disabled and it all helps justify … Continue reading Transcript: Caleb clothing list, CR C2 Ep61 3:09:49
We're seeing Caleb buy new clothes and clean up. He had them buy the razor, but it's not until he sees Nott in a dress and free from her bandages that he commits to shaving. Part of why he removed his bandages may have been that she removed hers. Nott's felt like she had to … Continue reading Analysis: Nott and Caleb remove their bandages – CR C2 Ep58 2:43:15