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Fresh Cut Grass[9]
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Fresh Cut Grass (F.C.G.) is an aeormaton[4] cleric and a member of the Campaign Three adventuring party. F.C.G. is played by Sam Riegel.

Description

Official art of Fresh Cut Grass, by Hannah Friederichs.[art 2]

Appearance

F.C.G. has yellow metallic plating, with four chestplate stripes that look like blades of grass, and rolls around on a tiny wheel. He has big blue eyes of different shapes.[10] F.C.G. is made of various alloys and, being dense, weighs twice as much as he looks like he would.[11]

F.C.G. eats metal rather than organic food for sustenance. They described it as a very complicated self-repairing system that their creator Dancer designed for them that needs raw materials to operate. The portions of consumed materials that they don't require (such as the non-metallic components of ore) are excreted through their mouth.[12]

Personality

F.C.G. is extraordinarily kind, polite, and helpful. He considers Ashton Greymoore a close friend and is keen to aid in their various crude pursuits. F.C.G. is well aware that he is an automaton and does not believe that he has a soul. They are outwardly dismissive of their own feelings because they are not sure whether those feelings are genuine, or merely from how they were built.[13] However, F.C.G. has displayed emotions, including sadness about the death of their friends. F.C.G. is also at times judgemental or passive-aggressive when upset, notably in response to Orym accidentally losing their coin, which had been a gift from Dancer.[14]

Biography

Fan art of F.C.G., by Nathaniel Himawan (ninesicks).[art 3]

Background

Fresh Cut Grass was named by their creator and former associate Dancer, who named all her creations after her favorite smells including Oatmeal, Apple Pie, and Pussy.[15] Each construct was designed for particular tasks, and each was unique. Fresh Cut Grass was designed to heal, and thus, their magic does not come from a divine source.[16]

He was later part of a group of adventurers working out of Bosarus.[7][17] A couple of months before joining the Campaign Three adventuring party, the group was hired to clear out a silver mine near Evishi in the Oderan Wilds[18] from unknown, possibly one-eyed monsters.[19] The adventurers camped outside the cave to rest for the night, with F.C.G. going into a stasis not far from the group. On the following morning, he awoke from the stasis to find the other party members deceased.

F.C.G. met Ashton when Ashton was sent in on a job to find what happened in the mines. Ashton discovered F.C.G., who was glad that Ashton had come to help them. Together they buried the bodies, but F.C.G. kept some of the other automaton parts with him, including the sawblade used in combat.[20]

Chapter 20

F.C.G. had accompanied Ashton to the Spire by Fire Inn on a search for employment when a magical disturbance nearby created several animated objects that threatened to attack innocents. To fight the constructs, F.C.G. and Ashton spontaneously coordinated with two other groups: Imogen Temult and Laudna; and Dorian Storm, Fearne Calloway, and Orym. The seven individuals' effectiveness as a team impressed Bertrand Bell, who promised to make introductions to high-placed people in the city to help them with their various goals, and took them to see Lord Ariks Eshteross.[21]

Relationships

Ashton Greymoore

Fan art of Ashton and F.C.G., by DaftHux.[art 4]

Main article: Relationship between Ashton and Fresh Cut Grass

Ashton has been F.C.G.'s closest companion since the incident at the mines. The two both live at Krook House, and F.C.G. occasionally helps Ashton cheat at cards.

Character information

Notable items

Current items

  • A sawblade attachment[22]
  • Grappling cannon[23] - Makes a ranged weapon attack that, on a hit, deals 1d10 damage and the target creature is grappled. If the target creature is Medium or smaller, the creature can be pulled 20 feet toward Fresh Cut Grass. If the target creature is Large, F.C.G. can be pulled 20 feet toward the creature.[24]
  • Goggles of Object Reading[25]

Former items

Abilities

Aeormaton abilities

The following abilities are assumed from the warforged traits from Eberron: Rising from the Last War:[28]

  • Constructed Resilience
    • Resistant to poison damage and advantage on saves against the poisoned condition
    • Doesn't require air, food, or drink[29]
    • Doesn't require sleep and can't be put to sleep by magic[30]
    • Immune to disease
  • Sentry's Rest: Spend 6 hours in a conscious, motionless state during a long rest instead of sleep[31]
  • Integrated Protection: +1 AC, must spend 1 hour to integrate armor onto body, integrated armor can't be removed unwillingly
  • Specialized Design: Proficiency in one skill and one tool

Cleric abilities

Fresh Cut Grass is cleric of the Empathy Domain, a subclass homebrewed by Matthew Mercer.[5] Though they use the game mechanics of a cleric, their magical abilities appear to be something they were built with, rather than something they get through worship of a god.[32]

  • Divine Domain: Empathy Domain[5]
  • Channel Divinity
    • Sympathetic Binding: F.C.G. magically binds themself to up to two creatures they can see.[33][34]
      • Ardent Armor: As a bonus action on each turn for 1 minute, F.C.G. can give one bound creature 4 temporary hit points.[35]
    • Transfer Suffering: As a reaction, F.C.G. halves of the damage dealt to a nearby creature, and F.C.G. gains temporary hit points equal to the other half.[36] If F.C.G. attacks a creature and hits, they deal additional damage equal to the temporary hit points, which then disappear.[37] If they don't hit a creature after a certain amount of time, they lose the temporary hit points and take damage equal to that amount.


Domain spells

Fresh Cut Grass always has access to these spells.

1st level
  • Speak with Animals[38]
2nd level

Cleric spells

In addition to their domain spells, F.C.G. has access to three cleric cantrips and 1st- through 2nd-level cleric spells. As a 3rd-level cleric, they can prepare up to 6 of these spells per day.

Cantrips
1st level
2nd level
  • Spiritual Weapon[47]

Behind the scenes

Fresh Cut Grass's race and class were decided by Liam in a manner similar to how Sam's previous characters Scanlan Shorthalt and Veth Brenatto (as a goblin) had a race and class suggested by Liam O'Brien, though Liam stated that it was a mandate in Campaign Three.[48] Fresh Cut Grass as a character is mainly inspired by Jack McBrayer, who is a friend of Sam's. He felt that McBrayer's personality as "a ray of sunshine and optimism" perfectly suited an automaton's programming. He also noted Ted Lasso as a likely influence, as he was watching the series before the campaign. He further asked Matt if he could play as a therapist, and this resulted in the development of the homebrewed Empathy Domain.[5] The inspiration for this came from "Titles and Tattoos" (2x84), when in an aside, Taliesin Jaffe asked Matt if they could make a therapy character class.[49]

Quotations

  • "Smiley day there."[50]
  • (after someone accidentally dumps a piss bucket on him) "Sorry I was in your way. I apologize."[51]
  • "Shiny day to you!"[52]
  • "You know, they say that the word goodbye is the hardest word to say, but it's not. It's Worcestershire."[53]
  • "Carpe BM. When we're in a real shitty situation, you just got to seize it."[54]

Trivia

  • Fresh Cut Grass's miniature was accidentally broken by Matthew Mercer during his debut episode.[55]
  • The animation on their stat card features drifting motes of bright light.[1]
  • As they are both a "robot" and an apparently healing-oriented cleric, Fresh Cut Grass is, in a different sense, literally a "healbot". Though the actual definition doesn't apply to them, the term usually describes a support player who focuses only on healing other members of the party, often to the point of ignoring other abilities they may have and often in a manner considered repetitive and rote.
  • F.C.G. is the first cleric played by a main cast member in a campaign to have no apparent connection to a deity or lesser idol.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 See "The Draw of Destiny" (3x01) at 0:50:00.  Fresh Cut Grass's character card is shown onscreen
  2. See "The Draw of Destiny" (3x01) at 0:49:24.
  3. Assumed from the warforged traits from Eberron: Rising from the Last War. Additionally, Fresh Cut Grass regains hit points from Cure Wounds (see "The Threat Between the Walls" (3x05) at 3:42:16), which does not affect constructs.
  4. 4.0 4.1 CritRoleStats stated that Matt confirmed to them that Fresh Cut Grass's race is Aeormaton in "Quick Answers 88". In the campaign so far, Fresh Cut Grass has been described as an automaton.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 "Critical Role's Sam Riegel Spills on New Campaign, Reveals Inspiration and Subclass for New Character" (November 4, 2021) by Christian Hoffer at ComicBook.com.
  6. See "The Threat Between the Walls" (3x05) at 1:45:02.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Also spelled "Bassuras" in the closed captioning for "The Draw of Destiny" (3x01)
  8. See "The Draw of Destiny" (3x01) at 2:53:16.
  9. See "On the Trail of a Killer " (3x04) at 1:03:23.
  10. See "The Draw of Destiny" (3x01) at 49:47.
  11. See "On the Trail of a Killer " (3x04) at 4:22:10.
  12. See "The Draw of Destiny" (3x01) at 3:37:51.
  13. See "The Draw of Destiny" (3x01) at 2:58:02.
  14. See "On the Trail of a Killer " (3x04) at 1:28:10.
  15. See "The Draw of Destiny" (3x01) at 2:51:22.  Oatmeal and Pussy are mentioned again in "Trial by Firelight" (3x02) at 1:28:45.
  16. See "Trial by Firelight" (3x02) at 1:27:45.
  17. See "The Draw of Destiny" (3x01) at 2:53:16.
  18. See "The Trail and the Toll" (3x03) at 3:25:46.
  19. See "The Trail and the Toll" (3x03) at 3:27:16.  When F.C.G. asked Lord Eshteross if he might know what creatures had killed F.C.G.'s party, he specified one-eyed creatures.
  20. See "The Draw of Destiny" (3x01) at 2:55:17.
  21. See "The Draw of Destiny" (3x01) at 2:22:49.
  22. See "The Draw of Destiny" (3x01) at 1:50:05.
  23. See "Trial by Firelight" (3x02) at 31:20.
  24. See "The Trail and the Toll" (3x03) at 2:26:47.
  25. See "Trial by Firelight" (3x02) at 2:47:27.
  26. See "On the Trail of a Killer " (3x04) at 1:28:10.
  27. See "On the Trail of a Killer " (3x04) at 1:38:50.
  28. See "Critical Role Campaign 2 Wrap Up" (Sx56) at 3:30:28.  Because aeormatons are considered to be the Exandrian equivalent to Eberron's warforged, they presumably use the same racial features for gameplay purposes.
  29. See "The Draw of Destiny" (3x01) at 1:06:10.  F.C.G. cannot drink beverages.
  30. See "The Draw of Destiny" (3x01) at 3:34:23.  F.C.G. doesn't require sleep. However, see 2:55:29, when F.C.G. talks about going into "stasis mode".
  31. This seems slightly different from what F.C.G. calls "stasis mode", in which F.C.G. claims to have been unaware of what happened in the immediate vicinity.  See "The Draw of Destiny" (3x01) at 2:55:29.
  32. See "Trial by Firelight" (3x02) at 1:27:48.
  33. See "The Draw of Destiny" (3x01) at 1:49:25.
  34. See "The Threat Between the Walls" (3x05).[citation needed]
  35. See "The Threat Between the Walls" (3x05) at 2:27:14.
  36. See "The Draw of Destiny" (3x01) at 2:19:21.
  37. See "The Trail and the Toll" (3x03) at 2:28:09.
  38. See "The Threat Between the Walls" (3x05) at 1:54:36.
  39. See "The Draw of Destiny" (3x01) at 3:30:32.
  40. See "Trial by Firelight" (3x02) at 2:05:00.
  41. See "The Threat Between the Walls" (3x05) at 3:05:56.
  42. See "The Trail and the Toll" (3x03) at 2:57:28.
  43. See "Trial by Firelight" (3x02) at 30:42.
  44. See "Trial by Firelight" (3x02) at 48:36.
  45. See "The Draw of Destiny" (3x01) at 1:49:40.
  46. See "The Threat Between the Walls" (3x05) at 2:27:35.
  47. See "The Draw of Destiny" (3x01) at 2:10:12.
  48. See "Critical Role Campaign 2 Wrap Up" (Sx56) at 28:39.
  49. See "Titles and Tattoos" (2x84) at 3:01:21.  See also the tweet exchange: Twitter icon.png Sam Riegel (@samriegel) on Twitter: "eagle eye" (2021-11-17) — in reply to @WhiskeyOnTwitch: "Rewatching episode 84 of @CriticalRole's Mighty Nein campaign and I heard @executivegoth say "Can we make a Therapy Character Class" Was this where @samriegel / @matthewmercer got the idea from".
  50. See "The Draw of Destiny" (3x01) at 0:50:28.
  51. See "The Draw of Destiny" (3x01) at 58:51.
  52. See "The Draw of Destiny" (3x01) at 2:14:03.
  53. See "On the Trail of a Killer " (3x04) at 2:57:45.
  54. See "The Threat Between the Walls" (3x05) at 2:46:48.
  55. See "The Draw of Destiny" (3x01) at 1:50:25.

Art:

  1. Official art of Fresh Cut Grass, by Hannah Friederichs (source). This file is a copyrighted work. Its use in this article is asserted to qualify as fair use of the material under United States copyright law.
  2. Official art of Fresh Cut Grass, by Hannah Friederichs (source). This file is a copyrighted work. Its use in this article is asserted to qualify as fair use of the material under United States copyright law.
  3. Fan art of F.C.G., by Nathaniel Himawan (ninesicks) (source).  Used with permission.
  4. Fan art of Ashton and F.C.G., by DaftHux (source).  Used with permission.
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