The first campaign of Critical Role was Ashley's first time playing a pen-and-paper RPG. She was one of the last players to join the game, and with few options left, she chose to be a gnome cleric because she thought it would be funny and interesting. She quickly realized just how valuable a character she was when the first battle began.
On her first appearance on Critical Role, "Attack on the Duergar Warcamp" (1x04), her first and second dice rolls were both natural 20s. Her third dice roll was a natural 1.
After "Enter Vasselheim" (1x16), Ashley had to leave Los Angeles, California to live in New York City, as she was starring in NBC's Blindspot as the character Patterson. Ashley continued to play via Skype when possible, and she has returned to LA several times during Blindspot's production hiatus, allowing her to return to Critical Role in person.
During the times when Ashley is not available to play, Pike's absence from the story was usually explained as her staying to work on rebuilding the temple of Sarenrae in Vasselheim or helping to fortify Whitestone. Yasha's absences are justified by the character being more of a loner who does not like large groups, but will join up with the party on occasion.
Ashley's Player Characters Edit
Main Storyline Edit
- Pike Trickfoot, Gnome Cleric of The Everlight (War Domain) (The Campaign of Vox Machina)
- Yasha Nydoorin, Aasimar Barbarian (Path of the Zealot) (Campaign 2)
One-Shots and Special Episodes Edit
- Ashley Johnson (character), human rogue ("Liam's Quest: Full Circle" (Sx16))
- Nutmeg Gingersnap, christmas elf Wizard ("The Night Before Critmas" (Sx41))
- Peaches Silversong, honesty pegasus ("Tails of Equestria One-Shot" (Sx44))
- Damian Vadoma, half-elven fighter ("The Adventures of the Darrington Brigade" (Sx49))
- Cameron Solomon, infernal ("Cinderbrush: A Monsterhearts Story" (Sx51))
- On Talks Machina, the host Brian Wayne Foster (Ashley's fiancé) likes to "#ThankMyGuests" with names that are either mispronounced or wordplay that sounds close to their names. Here are the names for Ashley Johnson so far:
- Ashley Jenkins
- Arshley Jenkins
- Hashleaf Godson
- Ad-Free Johnson
- Crash Thee Datsun
- Ask Me to Prom, Son
- Ellie BAFTA Won
- Trashly Jenkins
- Yass Queen Get Some
- Yasha is a Boss, Son!
- Naturally Blocks Sun
- ↑ Sotoodeh, Sarah. Jaimie Alexander shows off her incredibly sculpted back in a bold crimson dress for PaleyLive in New York City on Daily Mail. Published April 12, 2016. Retrieved January 19, 2020.