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This page is about the in-universe chronological order of released Critical Role media set in Exandria. You may be looking for the Timeline, which lists all known events of the Critical Role universe in chronological order.
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The official Exandrian Timeline.[1]

Events set before Campaign One[]

Exandria Unlimited: Calamity[]

Exandria Unlimited Calamity

Set in the Age of Arcanum, following six adventurers as they uncover a hidden corruption beneath the city they've sworn to protect, and attempt to prevent The Calamity.

Downfall[]

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A three part series within Campaign Three: Bells Hells, it is set over a century into the Calamity. Through an arcane relic found in the ruins of Aeor, it shows the historical memories of "six divine figures of Exandria and the role they played in the destruction of the flying city."[2]

"Choose Their Adventure...Again!" (Sx81)[]

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The events of this one-off special episode are canon.[3][4]
Before 795 PD[5] a group of mercenaries that called themselves the Glorious Ones were hired to protect the people in the Musetide Festival in the island of Athova-Rae, and ended up having an unexpected adventure that led them to sail to Tal'Dorei in a hurry.

Vox Machina - Kith & Kin[]

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Follows Vex'ahlia and Vax'ildan in 807 PD, before they joined Vox Machina.[6]

Vox Machina Origins Series I[]

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Vex'ahlia, Vax'ildan, Scanlan Shorthalt, Grog Strongjaw, Keyleth and Tiberius Stormwind cross paths in Stilben as they investigate shady business going on in the town and the neighboring swamp. Together, they take down Iselda, a member of the Myriad.

Vox Machina Origins Series II[]

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The group leaves Stilben in search of Grog, who disappears overnight. They meet Pike Trickfoot and her great-great-grand-father in Westruun and save Grog from a lich, and later meet Percy de Rolo as they look for components for a ritual to remove a phylactery implanted within Grog's chest.

Vox Machina Origins Series III[]

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After paying off their debt to Drez Vina, Vox Machina enjoy a week in Westruun's lap of luxury. But that costs coin, which has a bad habit of running out. So to keep themselves in the black (and the taverns, and the brothels) they agree to join an underground fighting ring. But before they can bash their way to cash, their attention is snagged by the case of a missing child.

Winter's Crest Festival[]

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Vox Machina attends the Winter's Crest festival in Westruun and enjoys the festivities, until a giant egg hatches and reveals a nude woman who freezes the festival over.

Vox Machina Origins Series IV[]

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In Emon, the party investigates the disappearance of Sir Gregory Fince.

"The Story of Vox Machina" (Sx06)[]

The Story of Vox Machina

This summary covers the events of the Vox Machina Origins and Winter's Crest Festival comics, albeit with minor differences, and so overlaps with them in the chronology. This retelling of Vox Machina's adventures covers events spanning from the initial meeting of the members of Vox Machina in Stilben to their departure for Kraghammer. In addition to events in other material, this special covers the party's initial meeting with Syldor Vessar in Emon; their adventures within the city's underground river system; their meeting with Allura Vysoren; their encounter with the blue dragon Brimscythe; their fight against the glabrezu controlling the Sovereign's family; Pike's death and resurrection; their fight against the Dread Emperor; and the construction of Greyskull Keep.

Events set during Campaign One[]

The Legend of Vox Machina[]

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*The events of the show are considered a separate canon from Campaign One.[7]
The first season begins with Vox Machina facing Brimscythe, followed by the adaptation of the Briarwoods arc. The second season chronicles the efforts of the party to gather the Vestiges of Divergence in order to combat the Chroma Conclave's attempt at world domination, culminating in the slaying of Umbrasyl.

"Critical Role Extra – The Return of Liam!" (Sx15)[]

Critical Role Extra – The Return of Liam!

*The events of this one-off special episode may not be canonical.
Some time before the attack of the Chroma Conclave, several members of the Clasp set off on a heist in Emon. These events may have happened before or during Campaign One.

Campaign One: Vox Machina[]

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The first main campaign of Critical Role covered events spanning less than two years, including the defeat of K'Varn; taking down the Briarwoods and reclaiming Whitestone; recovering several Vestiges of Divergence; taking down the Chroma Conclave; traveling to the Nine Hells; and banishing Vecna. These events take place from 810 to 812 PD.

"Critical Role: Grog's One-Shot" (Sx26)[]

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*The events of this one-off special episode may not be canonical.
Sometime between "The Family Business" (1x47) and "The Ominous March" (1x109), Grog hosted a game of "Bunions & Flagons" within Scanlan's mansion.

"The Search For Grog" (Sx42)[]

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Immediately after the end of Campaign One, Vox Machina ventured within the Plane of Pandemonium in search of Grog's captured soul.

"The Search For Bob" (Sx45)[]

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After recovering Grog's soul, Vox Machina looked for the githzerai who made off with their only way home.

Events set between Campaign One and Campaign Two[]

"Dalen's Closet" (Sx47)[]

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One year later, Vox Machina reunited in Dalen's Closet for Vex'ahlia and Percy's official wedding.

"Trinket's Honey Heist" (Sx27)[]

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*The events of this one-off special episode may not be canonical.
Two years after the defeat of the Chroma Conclave, in autumn of 813 PD,[8] Trinket and his crew set out to steal some honey during a Hazel Festival in Westruun.

"Honey Heist 2: Electric Beargaloo" (Sx35)[]

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*The events of this one-off special episode may not be canonical.
Seven months and 28 days after their last Hazel Festival,[9] Trinket and his crew reunited in Whitestone and attempted to liberate a honey depot at Tova's request.

"Honey Heist 3: Tova’s Honeys" (Sx39)[]

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*The events of this one-off special episode may not be canonical.
Three months after "Honey Heist 2: Electric Beargaloo" (Sx35),[10] Tova gathered a new team of lady bears for a new High Bear Nation mission.

The Mighty Nein Origins[]

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Set between 816 PD and 835 PD,[6] the series explores the lives of the Mighty Nein before they all met in Trostenwald.

Critical Role: The Mighty Nein - The Nine Eyes of Lucien[]

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This novel explores the life of Lucien Tavelle before he became Mollymauk Tealeaf and encountered the Mighty Nein, as well as the subsequent events after their meeting from his perspective.

"The Adventures of the Darrington Brigade" (Sx49)[]

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Fourteen years after the end of Campaign One, Taryon Darrington welcomed new members within his brigade and led them through a dangerous journey in search of glory.

Events set during Campaign Two[]

Campaign Two: The Mighty Nein[]

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Nearly 25 years after the end of Campaign One, a new group of adventurers met and began traveling together. The events covered in this campaign include the Mighty Nein saving the town of Alfield, facing the Iron Shepherds, turning in Avantika to the Plank King, allying themselves with the Bright Queen, battling Obann and the Angel of Irons cult, bringing the War of Ash and Light to an end, liberating the island of Rumblecusp, and stopping a long-lost part of Aeor from returning to Exandria and wreaking its madness on the world. These events take place from 835 to 836 PD.

"Dignity: An Adventure with Stephen Colbert" (Sx67)[]

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The events of this one-off special episode are not canonical.
As the War of Ash and Light loomed over the Dwendalian Empire, Lucky Jack, Yasha Nydoorin, Beauregard Lionett, and Nott the Brave sought revenge on Madrak.[11]

"Liam's One Shot: The Song of the Lorelei" (Sx36)[]

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The events of this one-off special episode are semi-canonical.[12]
Around the beginning of active hostilities in the War of Ash and Light,[13] the children of the lycanthropic Lorelei family were summoned back to Castle Lorelei by a letter from their father, and encountered the unexpected upon returning to their ancestral home.

"A Familiar Problem: Sprinkle's Incredible Journey" (Sx68)[]

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The events of this one-off special episode are not canonical.
Two months after the beginning of the War of Ash and Light in the north, a team of scrappy and stressed out familiars is on their way to explore Nicodranas, while the Mighty Nein explore leads toward the second Cloven Crystal.

Events set between Campaign Two and Campaign Three[]

"The Mighty Nein Reunited Part 1" (Sx73) and "The Mighty Nein Reunited Part 2" (Sx74)[]

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Picking up several months after the events in Cognouza, the Mighty Nein have all started new chapters in their lives. However, forces loyal to the great leviathan Uk'otoa recover the final Cloven Crystal from Fjord following a battle. Despite the party's reuniting and their efforts to prevent the Crystal's use, Uk'otoa is released from its imprisonment. The Mighty Nein take ship to do final battle with the beast, eventually defeating it and re-sealing it beneath the ocean.

The Re-Slayer's Take[]

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Set between 836 and 843 PD, the story follows six individuals in Issylra wanting to join the prestigious Slayer's Take.

Exandria Unlimited Prime[]

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Set in late 842 PD to early 843 PD,[6][14] a group of adventurers in Emon get entangled with the Nameless Ones and investigate a strange rune in the Scar of the Cinder King.

Events set during Campaign Three[]

Campaign Three[]

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Set in 843 PD,[15] new and returning heroes group up in Jrusar for a job that eventually takes them to the far reaches of Exandria... and beyond.

Exandria Unlimited: Kymal[]

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Set in early 843 PD after Dorian Storm fled Marquet with his brother, Dorian rejoined some of his friends in the Crown Keepers and attempted to lay low in Kymal. Barmaid Morrighan Ferus convinced the crew to attempt a casino heist as part of a mission from a god.

"The Mighty Nein Reunion: Echoes of the Solstice" (Sx79)[]

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In the wake of the chaos after the Apogee Solstice, Caleb Widogast and Beauregard Lionett find themselves transported away to remote Wildemount. They gather the Mighty Nein together once more to deal with the suddenly released Trent Ikithon, defeating him and sealing his essence away once more.

Events set after Campaign Three[]

The Tales of Exandria: The Bright Queen[]

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Set in 855 PD,[6] what might be the final piece of the Luxon appears and Leylas Kryn sends Quana to collect it... with consequences that may threaten the entire Kryn Dynasty.

Uncertain Time Frame[]

References[]

  1. Twitter logo Critical Role (@CriticalRole) on Twitter: "Check out our updated timeline featuring ALL of our epic adventures throughout Exandria -- including Campaign 3! ⚔" (2021-10-28). (backup link)
  2. Twitter logo Critical Role (@CriticalRole) on Twitter: "🔥DOWNFALL🔥 Episodes 99-101 of #CriticalRole will explore the 3-part story of a memory from an arcane relic within the ruins of Aeor." (2024-06-21).
  3. The content in the one-shot contains canon worldbuilding material and seems to develop some backstory for Scanlan Shorthalt, as well as the beginnings of his charismatic but reckless tendencies.
  4. See "To Hurt Is to Heal" (3x79) at 0:05:50.  Matt stated: "It's technically a prequel to even Campaign One, so all those characters are canon in the past, so whoever survived is still out there."
  5. This special takes place in a time in Scanlan's life when he's still inexpert and lacks confidence, and by the end of it he's trying to behave more like the charismatic Ranthiel Volthor. Since between 795 and 796 PD Scanlan had a messy affair with a member of the Darrington Estate staff that forced the bard and his troupe to leave, presumably the gnome's time with the Glorious Ones preceded this incident in Deastok. For more information see "Curious Tides" (1x89) at 1:13:37 and "Talks Machina #17: 'Voice of the Tempest'" (TMx17) at 56:37
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 See the timeline on What You Need to Know Before Watching Exandria Unlimited.
  7. Twitter logo Matthew Mercer (@matthewmercer) on Twitter: "The Animated Series is it's own "adaptation" with its own canon, though we include as much of the OG canon as we can. :) However, the actual campaign/stream still remains and is the original, core canon." (2022-01-28). (backup link)
  8. See "Trinket's Honey Heist" (Sx27) at 16:40.
  9. See "Honey Heist 2: Electric Beargaloo" (Sx35) at 2:07.
  10. See "Honey Heist 3: Tova’s Honeys" (Sx39) at 2:33.
  11. See "Dignity: An Adventure with Stephen Colbert" (Sx67) at 7:15.
  12. The content in the one-shot is considered canon in Exandria and it is contemporary of the War of Ash and Light, but does not appear in the main timeline image.
  13. See "Liam's One Shot: The Song of the Lorelei" (Sx36) at 20:25.
  14. The adventurers wake up after attending a party, the Everdawn, that started on Civilization's Dawn (22 Quen'pillar), but "promises to hold through until the new year" more than two months later.  See "The Nameless Ones" (E1x01) at 12:08.
  15. See "ICYMI: Campaign 3 Premieres October 21st & State of the Role Updates" at CritRole.com.
  16. See Matt Mercer & Marisha Ray's first Periscope at 48:57 through 49:52 (2015-11-04)

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