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
I'm watching the Essek Supercut again, and I noticed Essek's accent and when it starts to settle. Watch the first few clips, until about about 0:4:40 https://youtu.be/Dlu9LTsP0dQ Mostly this is just Matt settling into Essek's voice, but when he was first introduced, Essek had a very stern authoritative court voice. But once they were in … Continue reading Analysis: Essek’s Accent As The Shadowhand Fades
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
This scene says so much about politics in the Empire and the conflicting stories Matt wants to tell about people seeing different sides to groups and responding to their perspective. Matt makes characters who are messy, alive, sort of right, and sort of wrong, all existing in this beautiful, hypocritical mess. It's so easy to … Continue reading Transcript Fjord talks politics with Pumat – Critical Role C2 Ep11 0:50:44
Spoilers for Campaign 1 through episode 85 and Campaign 2 through episode 76 One thing I really love about Critical Role from both campaigns is the way they show that the seemingly happy, jokey, funny, delightful people are really using that as a mask for a lot of pain and insecurity that they're either hiding … Continue reading Analysis: The hidden pain of Jester and Scanlan – CR C2 Ep76 and CR C1 Ep85
This was such a beautiful Clay family lore drop. Husky firbolg ASMR story time. Transcript by @DarkwaterSmidge, posted with permission. Scene runs: 3:31:05 to 3:34:41 3:31:05 Caduceus: "The day after the Raven Queen ascended, three of her champions were given the task of dealing with one of the heroes of the war. And his body … Continue reading Transcript: Clay Family History – Critical Role C2 Ep70 3:31:05