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The Chroma Conclave was a faction of five chromatic dragons confronted by Vox Machina. The blue dragon, Brimscythe, was defeated pre-stream; the remaining red, green, white, and black dragons were major villains over the course of Arc 3 in Campaign One (episodes "Omens" (1x39) through "The Deceiver's Stand" (1x83)).

Story So Far


It was Raishan and Thordak (though mostly Raishan) who brokered the idea of the Chroma Conclave. The plan was for the five dragons to work together to wipe out the controlling society of Tal'Dorei. Of greater concern to the Conclave was the immediate threat of Draconia, as the Dragonborn civilization had been keeping close tabs on many (if not all) of the Conclave's members. After Draconia and the Tal'Dorei government were dealt with, the continent of Tal'Dorei would be divided up among the members. Both Brimscythe and Thordak wanted Emon for themselves, but Brimscythe was killed before the claim could become an issue.[2]

"The Story of Vox Machina" (Sx06)

Art of an unknown dragon looking through one of the orbs on the wall of Brimscythe's lair, by Wendy Sullivan Green. From "The Story of Vox Machina" (Sx06).

Vox Machina first encountered the Chroma Conclave (although they didn't know it at the time) when they went through a transportation circle in the home of General Krieg and discovered a cavern full of treasure. On the wall were four obsidian orbs. One of the orbs was touched and a massive, scaly eye appeared within it. As it appeared, a voice called out for "Brimscythe". The eye then noticed Vox Machina, and the voice said "Intruders. I know your face now. He is a fool, and so are you, insect." All four orbs simultaneously cracked, and became inert.[3]

General Krieg himself then appeared in the cavern and revealed his true form as the blue dragon Brimscythe. The dragon fought against Vox Machina, nearly devouring several members of the group, but was eventually slain by Vax'ildan. In his death throes, Brimscythe thrashed about the cavern, knocking down several support pillars and causing the roof to collapse. Vox Machina barely escaped back through the teleportation circle.[4]

Occupation of Tal'Dorei

Main article: Chroma Crisis.

The Chroma Conclave invaded Emon, destroying most of the city. The city was subsequently occupied by Thordak, who claimed the surrounding Bladeshimmer Shoreline as his domain and took the Cloudtop District in Emon as his lair.[5]

Umbrasyl attacked Westruun and the Dividing Plains, but made his lair in Gatshadow.[6] Raishan did not claim new territory during the Chroma Crisis, but her lair is within the Rifenmist Jungle.[7] Vorugal destroyed Draconia and then made his lair among the ruins.[8]




  1. See Critical Role: Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting, p. 11-12. Raishan infiltrated Pyrah 5 years before the attack on Emon
  2. See "Talks Machina Fireside Special: Q&A with the Critical Role Cast" (Sx33) at 1:40:45.  Matthew Mercer explains each member's motivation and the reason for the loose alliance.
  3. See "The Story of Vox Machina" (Sx06) from 13:50 through 14:41.
  4. See "The Story of Vox Machina" (Sx06) from 14:41 through 15:19.
  5. See Critical Role: Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting, p. 93.
  6. See Critical Role: Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting, p. 58.
  7. See "Trust" (1x70) at 13:49.
  8. See "The Frigid Doom" (1x64) at 1:02:14.
  9. See "The Deceiver's Stand" (1x83) at 2:49:13.
  10. See "Thordak" (1x79) from 3:19:49 through 3:22:32.
  11. See "Umbrasyl" (1x55) at 3:55:37.
  12. See "Vorugal" (1x71) from 4:35:13 through 4:37:38.
  13. See "The Story of Vox Machina" (Sx06) at 15:04.


  1. Fan art of the Chroma Conclave attacking Emon in "Omens" (1x39), by Thomas Brin (source). Used with permission.