"Midnight Espionage" (2x12) is the twelfth episode of the second campaign of Critical Role. Hijinks ensue as the Mighty Nein attempt subterfuge in order to carry out the mission of the Knights of Requital...

Synopsis Edit

Pre-Show Edit

Announcements Edit

  • Both sponsors from last week return to sponsor this week's episode:
    • Far Cry 5: "Far Cry 5" is set in the fictional Hope County, Montana. A fanatical doomsday cult known as "The Project at Eden's Gate" has taken control. If you have played it or you are planning to play it, you will hear Matt and Marisha somewhere in that cult. Laura always knew that Marisha was a cultist. Matt got to work on his Montanan accent for that game (he apologizes to the state of Montana). Fight against Eden's Gate in the most Far Cry way possible! (which is to say, "with extreme force") It is currently encompassing Brian Wayne Foster's life...he's just vanished over the last couple days since the game's release. Jess Black is voiced by friend of the show Julie Nathanson.
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Previously on Critical Role Edit

"So, last we left off: The Mighty Nein had gotten seemingly in-bed with a rebel group, who had been meeting in the interior of Zadash. Unhappy with some members of the local government of the city, they had been trying to discover a way that they can discredit some of the corrupt individuals that have been causing some strife in the city to some of the locals. You had met with some of these individuals a few times and discovered that there was an end of harvest gala that was arriving fairly soon. And that was going to be a distraction period to allow them to infiltrate the abodes of two individuals in particular: Lord Sutan and the High Richter Prucine.

"You had discussed with them, last time, a plot - fixing their seemingly not-very-well-put-together plot into a better direction (thankfully) - to acquire a wax seal within the home of Lord Sutan, to create a letter that you feel would be incriminating. Then to infiltrate the High Richter's home, do the same, and then report them to the Lawmaster or whoever else you think would be of higher estate..."

Part I Edit

The Mighty Nein has a day to prepare before the Harvest's Close gala tomorrow evening.

Break Edit

  • "Far Cry 5" trailer
  • International TableTop Day (ITTD) 2018 trailer
  • "Asinine Wisdom" Season 2 trailer
  • "Outbreak: Undead" RPG, 2nd edition ("How to Play" by Becca Scott)
  • "We're Alive: Frontier" trailer

Part II Edit

As the Mighty Nein all prepare for the evening's rest, Nott talks to Caleb and asks a favor of him.

Sutan Heist Edit

Molly, Fjord, and Frumpkin stayed outside the walls while Beau, Caleb, Jester, Nott, and Ulog used a grappling hook and rope to climb onto the roof. Beau spotted a loose patch of shingles, where she found a trap door and smuggled the party into the attic.

The party defeated a Rug of Smothering, knocking Nott unconscious in the process. Caleb used his Greater Healing Potion to bring her back to consciousness.

Nott triggered a paralysis trap by opening a chest.

While carrying a paralyzed Nott over the rope, Jester fell down. When Mollymauk stepped forward to cover for her fall, they were both escorted out of the Tri-Spires, necessitating a journey back into the Tri-Spires through another gate.

Prucine Heist Edit

Molly and Beau remained outside while Jester and Fjord deceived their way inside disguised as Prucine and a crownsguard. Caleb, Nott, and Ulog snuck in the back door.

Molly attempted a "mild busk" on the street during the heist, but was forced to stop by the Crownsguard.

Jester discovered a copy of The Courting of the Crick under Prucine's bed.

Ulog discovered a note detailing his wife's innocence and the fact that Prucine falsely
Fjord threatening Caleb

Fan art of Fjord threatening Caleb, by Hugo Cardenas.[art 1]

imprisoned her. As the party left the room, Caleb attempted to steal a spell scroll. Fjord forcibly stopped him from doing so, and in the delay Prucine arrived and opened the front door. She rang a bell to summon the guards, gloating about the fact that everyone in the house would be spending a life sentence in the Umber Dungeon. Ulog entrusted the note about Iliana to Caleb, charging at Prucine with a magical bead and detonating a fireball that killed them both and knocked out Caleb. Fjord used a potion to wake Caleb up, and the party quickly absconded from the smoldering house. Nott stole the spell scroll once the rest of the party couldn't see her, then escaped through the shattered windows of the High Richter's home.

Escape to the Sewers Edit

BlackSalander Zauber Spire

Fan art of Attack on Zauber Spire, by BlackSalander.[art 2]

The Crownsguard stationed outside the home began to ram open the front door, but were soon distracted by the implosion and near collapse of the Zauber Spire. Two figures at the top of the spire took flight, while two other figures emerged from the hole left by the implosion and leapt to the ground. The gliding figures gave chase, casting bolts of lightning from their hands at the individuals below. One of these figures had long white hair.
Episode 127 Zauber Spire

Fan art of Collapse of Zauber Spire, by GalacticJonah.[art 3]

At the back wall of the High Richter's home, the Mighty Nein reunited and then fled to the sewers amidst the chaos of the frightened gala attendees. As the group made its way to the sewer entrance, the flying mages scanned the streets, one of them striking a shadowy figure on the ground with a bolt of lightning. Beau got a brief glimpse of a blue-tipped glove on the hand of the smoking, lightning-struck body being dragged away by guards.

The group eventually made it to the sewers, still reeling from the terror aboveground. However, they gradually became aware of blood spatters on the ground. Caleb illuminated the space with Dancing Lights, revealing a heavily wounded individual clad in black, insect-like leather armor and who was clutching a faintly glowing dodecahedral object of some sort. The armorclad figure spat some phrases of Undercommon at the party, and as Caleb attempted to cast Comprehend Languages, the figure drew its blade and lunged at Caleb.

Featured Characters Edit

The Mighty Nein Edit

New Edit

Returning Edit

Mentioned Edit

Inventory Edit

Adjustment Count Item Source Destination Notes
Acquired 1 grappling hook shop Beau
Acquired 1 50 foot of hemphen rope
Expended 3 gold Jester shop Jester paid for Beau
Acquired 1 egg based meal shop Molly
Expended 8 copper Fjord shop
Converted 1 egg based meal Molly Molly's sick to make Molly look sick
Acquired  ? Ren's papers The Guided Hand Infirmary Fjord multiple pieces of papers from a desk
Acquired 1 thieve's chant letter table Nott
Acquired 1 mask shop Nott
Acquired 1 mask Caleb
Acquired 1 mask Jester
Acquired 1 mask Fjord
Acquired 1 mask Beau
Acquired 1 mask Molly
Expended 3 gold Molly shop
Acquired 2 string of sausages shop Caleb
Expended 1 silver Caleb shop
Acquired 2 forged letter Jester Jester
Transferred 1 string of sausages Caleb Frumpkin
Expended 1 greater potion of healing Caleb Nott
Acquired 1 magical stone Sutan's office Caleb
Acquired 1 forged letter table Jester
Relinquished 2 forged letter Jester Sutan's safe
Relinquished 1 thieve's cant letter Nott Sutan's office
Relinquished 1 traveler phamflet Jester Sutan's office
Converted 1 grapling hook Schmidt unusuable grapling hook
Relinquished 2 forged letter Jester Prucine's office
Expended 1 healing potion Fjord Caleb
Acquired 1 Ulog's wife paper Ulog Caleb
Acquired 1 scroll case Prucine's office Nott

Quotations Edit

  • Nott: "Step One is 'find documents'...this is the most exciting thing we've ever done!"
  • Sam: "There's a meta-gaming pigeon in this..."
  • Marisha: "He took an hour to cosplay his dick!"
  • Beau: "Why are you covered in mayonnaise and egg?"
  • Caleb: "If we have no other options...Frumpkin can come back in and make mayhem again."
  • Nott: "How do you DO that, where you just look at something and you just see what it is?...You know so many spells and so many things."
  • Beau: "We're basically gods, okay?"

Trivia Edit

  • Sam's giant flask bears a message saying "AT DAWN WE FAIL" in this episode.

External Links Edit

References Edit


  1. Fan art of Fjord threatening Caleb, by Hugo Cardenas (source).  Used with permission.
  2. Fan art of Attack on Zauber Spire, by BlackSalander (source).  Used with permission.
  3. Fan art of Collapse of Zauber Spire, by GalacticJonah (source).  Used with permission.