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"Growing Bonds and Teasing Threads" (3x06) is the sixth episode of the third campaign of Critical Role. The group celebrates their success by getting to know each other better and looking into the background of Orym's contact in the city, but the past is following one of them closely...

Synopsis[]

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Previously on Critical Role[]

So, last we left off, the strange crew of wayward adventurers had come together, formed themselves a group helmed by Sir Bertrand Bell, then lost Sir Bertrand Bell and went searching for vengeance on the one that took his life. Through the right questions, the right contacts, located the abode of this strange, dark, seemingly corrupted dwarf and managed to, indeed, find vengeance for him.

Upon returning and giving this information to Lord Ariks Eshteross, he thanked you for doing so, paid you a bounty that he thought was necessary and right, given the circumstances, mentioned that he was still working on a few of the requests that were made of the group, but was making headway and should have updates at some point in the near future. You were then, where we left off, heading out into the night air of the city of Jrusar to rest your wounds, and whatever else events you wish to utilize to wind down after a very, very long day.

Part I[]

The group heads to the Spire by Fire for food and drink. Ashton orders a bottle of "whatever's cheapest" and they find a private room for a drinking game called "What the Fuck Is Up With That?" Each person must answer a question about themselves truthfully.

  • Dorian reveals he is second in line to inherit in a wealthy noble family. He is trying to fulfill expectations he's put upon himself that he wouldn't be able to fulfill within his family.
  • Ashton isn't sure if they have ever been in love before or not, but there are many different forms of love. They had a group of friends called the Nobodies, but all the other members left town.
  • Although Fearne has some regrets in her life, she's not comfortable talking about them. As an alternative question, she explains that Dorian, Orym, and she came to town to meet up with some friends, but takes another drink to go on to a third question instead: She steals because she likes having things.
  • Imogen is a little nervous about having had to give her father's name as collateral to the Hubatt Corsairs, but feels that it will probably be all right.
  • Orym is in town representing the people of his home, Zephrah, investigating a possible local link to an attack that took place there months ago.
  • Orym asks FCG if there are more like him and where he comes from, but when FCG tries to answer he glitches out, appearing to be unable to access the information beyond saying that Dancer created him and he was with Dancer for about two years. He has never dreamed.
  • Laudna isn't entirely sure if she's dead or not, but thinks so. She definitely died thirty years ago, and woke up a day or so later in Whitestone in a pile of other corpses. She wandered alone from town to town until she met Imogen about two years ago.
Laudna's gift to Dorian - Dylan Chinn

Fan art of Laudna's gift to Dorian, by Dylan Chinn.[art 1]

As the party winds down, Dorian plays a song and Laudna gives him a doll of Bertrand Bell she has crafted from chicken bones and Bertrand's hair. They spend the night at the Inn. As Laudna is dozing off, she hears the voice of Delilah Briarwood in her head warning her that some things should be kept secret, but Laudna is unperturbed. When Imogen asks, Laudna tells her that although Delilah has threatened to take back her gift, she has not yet done it. It strengthens their resolve to get into the Starlight Conservatory, however.

In the morning, they gather downstairs and discuss what to do next, eventually deciding to return to the Hubatt Corsairs. Their password gets them safe entry to the hidden safe house where they wake Yash Mangal and report that they killed Dugger. Yash says the Corsairs have confirmed that the party told them the truth and the Corsairs will now stop following them. When they mention Lord Eshteross, Yash tells them of the rumors that Eshteross killed Mistress Prudaj, or that he is a vampire. The group offers to set up a meeting between the Corsairs and Eshteross, but Yash is suspicious of people with money. He will think about it, however, and let them know if the Corsairs decide to move forward.

The party goes back outside. While trying to decide what to do next, Orym shares the name of the person he is seeking: Oshad Breshio. Ashton recalls that "The Anger" was a mercenary who made a name for himself breaking up violent bar brawls, and became a personal bodyguard to one of the Mahaan houses of Jrusar.

Break[]

Part II[]

Anni and Dorian's musical contest - Kiera James

Fan art of Anni and Dorian's musical contest, by Kiera James.[art 2]

The party goes to the Krook House, the home of Ashton and FCG, where they encounter Anni Aughta. Anni tells them that the Anger used to work for the Lumas twins, members of one of the Mahaan houses. She and Dorian get into a musical competition which Dorian wins. As she storms out, she tells Ashton someone dropped something in Ashton's room: a letter which he reads and pockets. Joined by the others, he immediately walks a short distance to the abode of Effid the Fallen, a misshapen and strange older eisfuura. Effid saw a courier dressed like they came from money drop off the letter for Ashton, which seems to confirm Ashton's suspicions. At Imogen's request, Ashton allows her to read a redacted version of the letter: "I have an eight when you are ready."

They all head to Lord Eshteross's manor and tell him the Corsairs are tentatively slightly interested in making his acquaintance, and they'll let him know if they hear more from them. Laudna tells Lord Eshteross about the rumors that he killed Mistress Prudaj, which he vehemently denies. He confirms that Oshad Breshio worked for the Lumas twins. Oshad is still recovering from injuries suffered during an internal attack made on Mahaan Lumas a few weeks ago in which the twins were killed. Eshteross believes the twins weren't involved in anything too nefarious, being more interested in geological and scientific pursuits. He also suggests Orym would already be familiar with the pattern of the attack.

Dreamscape Theater - Cers

Fan art of the Dreamscape Theater, by Cers @Cersonality.[art 3]

Orym offers that the group would be happy to help if Lord Eshteross needs anything done, and Eshteross tells them of a series of mysterious disappearances from the Dreamscape Theater in the Core Spire. Before they leave, Imogen reminds Eshteross about the letter of recommendation he promised them for the Starlight Conservatory, and he promises to start working on it and deliver it directly to the Conservatory.

When they leave, the other party members confront Orym about what he knows about the attack on House Lumas, but he's reluctant to talk about it in public. Laudna and Imogen take them to their rented room at Zhudanna's, where they introduce her to the party and she makes them lunch. They all crowd into Laudna and Imogen's bedroom, where Orym shares that six years ago, an attack was made on Zephrah and specifically on Keyleth, their leader, coming from out of nowhere and immediately disappearing. Those of the assailants who were killed, evaporated. Recently, a friend to the Ashari in Whitestone had heard a rumor from a friend who had been to Marquet and spoke to Breshio. The attack on the Lumas twins was similar to the attack in Zephrah. Orym was therefore sent by the Voice of the Tempest to investigate.

They decide, for now, to follow up on the disappearances at the theater. There, a matinée performance is beginning soon, and the eclectic audience is arriving. They ask about a box seat overlooking the audience, but are told those are sold out until Dorian gives the ticket seller ten platinum, which Fearne partially pickpockets back. Both employees they ask deny any knowledge of disappearances.

Cyrus and Dorian - Lap Pun Cheung

Fan art of Cyrus and Dorian, by Lap Pun Cheung.[art 4]

While they are waiting for the performance to begin, the usher returns and tells Dorian there is a patron present who wishes to speak to him, alone, downstairs. Reluctantly, Dorian goes, and is met by a hooded leather-clad person: his brother, Cyrus Wyvernwind. Cyrus says that he got away the same way Dorian did, by following his lead. They need to talk; if not now, soon. Promising to meet later, Cyrus disappears back into the audience while Dorian collects himself and rejoins the party, telling them it was nothing. The house lights dim, music begins, the stage lights with arcane magic, and the performance is about to begin.

Featured Characters[]

Player Characters[]

Returning[]

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Mentioned[]

Quotations[]

  • Fearne: (to FCG) Do you have a small wonder flap somewhere? I'd love to see your insides.
  • Delilah Briarwood: (to Laudna, menacingly) Careful, dear. Some things are meant to be kept secret.
    Laudna: Oh! Oh, hello, it's been so long since I've heard from you. What have you been up to? (Delilah sighs) Oh, come on, D, just tell me.
    Delilah: Please. Just be careful.
    Laudna: I didn't say anything that's not public knowledge. So back off.
  • Dorian: [The rich] tend to isolate themselves from everyone. I think the only people that rich people fear more than poor people is other rich people.
  • Fearne: Would you like some coffee or something?
    Yash: If you are making coffee, but of course, please!
    Fearne: Well, is there someone I can ask?
  • Laudna: (to Yash Mangal) What is the first word that pops into your head when you look at us?
    Yash Mangal: Trouble.
  • Laudna: (to Lord Eshteross) When you look at us as a group, the first word that pops into your mind? Don't overthink it.
    Lord Eshteross: Eclectic.
  • Imogen: (to Zhudanna) When you look at us, what's the first word that pops into your head?
    Zhudanna: (laughing) Just the sweetest.

Inventory[]

Adjustment Count Item Source Destination Notes
Expended 1.5 gold Fearne Ishir For rooms for the night.
Expended 5 gold Ashton Ishir For a bottle of liquor.
Crafted
Transferred
1 Doll of Bertrand Bell Laudna Dorian Made from chicken bones and Bertrand's actual hair.
Acquired 1 a wax-sealed letter Ashton
Expended 50 gold Ashton Effid the Fallen
Expended
Recovered
10
6
platinum Dorian
Evaan
Evaan
Fearne
Dorian bribed the ticket seller with 10 platinum, and Fearne immediately pickpocketed back 6 of it.
Transferred 1 Sending stone Ashton Dorian Loaned for use during his meeting in the theater.

Trivia[]

  • The party's Level 4 stat cards were shown at the beginning of the episode:
    • Dorian's stats were unchanged other than a hit point increase, suggesting he took a feat.
    • FCG increased Constitution and Intelligence.
    • Fearne increased Wisdom and Charisma.
    • Imogen took a feat which increased her Dexterity by 1.
    • Orym increased his Dexterity by 2 to 20.
    • Ashton increased both Strength and Dexterity.
    • As a multiclassed character, Laudna did not qualify for an ASI this level.
  • Sam's jerrycan shows a poster for the "JAZZ IS CHAOS TOUR" (charge is $10, doors open at 7pm) including Special Guests:[1]
    • The Slippery Dashes
    • Duggar's Creepers
    • Bertrand & the Alleycats
    • Dorian's Failed Performance Check

References[]

  1. See "Growing Bonds and Teasing Threads" (3x06) from 59:30 through 59:50.

Art:

  1. Fan art of Laudna's gift to Dorian, by Dylan Chinn (source). Used with permission.
  2. Fan art of Anni and Dorian's musical contest, by Kiera James (source). Used with permission.
  3. Fan art of the Dreamscape Theater, by Cers @Cersonality (source). Used with permission.
  4. Fan art of Cyrus and Dorian, by Lap Pun Cheung (source). Used with permission.


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