"Passed Through Fire" (1x69) is the thirteenth episode of the fifth chapter of Critical Role. Vox Machina is left shaken in the aftermath of their battle with Anna Ripley. They hurry back to Whitestone to save one of their own and end up being offered an alliance from the most unlikely source...
- Sam delivers a spooky Loot Crate ad and the cast open crates.
- Matt will be at Twitchcon tomorrow
- Laura shows off some HDYWTDT hoodies
Previously on Critical Role
"Vox Machina had been traveling to collect the Vestiges of the Divergence, artifacts from an old ancient time, to gain enough power to combat the Chroma Conclave, a group of chromatic dragons that assailed Tal'Dorei, led by Thordak the Cinder King.
"In searching for these artifacts, they found one in the city of Ank'Harel, that had been taken from out from under their nose by a long-forgotten NPC named Ripley. They gave chase down to the Glintshore Island of the Hespet Archipelago, and upon storming the beaches and destroying her ship, they walked into the jungle where an ambush turned into folly. They charged into what appeared to be a couple of illusions as the floor detonated beneath them, sending them across the ground and starting an encounter with snipers in position, at half health and below for most of the party.
"They gave a very, very good fight and still managed to push through, unfortunately Dr. Ripley—with the reveal that she has now bound herself to Orthax, the shadow demon that once plagued Percy's inspiration and nightmares—bent on vengeance, managed to take Percy, slay him, and leave him cold on the ground. As a group, Vox Machina did manage to...dissect Dr. Ripley, very aggressively, and get vengeance back for their friend."
With Vox Machina reeling from Percy's death, Vax confronts Kynan, who hands Whisper over to him. Kynan says that he left Emon to seek his destiny and that Ripley had taught him a lot. She'd also told him that Vox Machina were responsible for the Chroma Conclave's attack. Vax tells him to put that out of his mind and to help them if he wants to redeem himself. Checking for signs of Orthax, Vax senses a fiendish presence from near Ripley's body. Vex recovers Cabal's Ruin from her, as well as some money and rations and her gun. Vax immediately recognizes the gun as the source of the fiendish presence, and notices three names carved on it: Richter Wells, Oz Gruude, and King Bertrand Dwendal.
The party discuss their options for reviving Percy, but their abilities are tapped and they are unable to get to Pike before resting. Amongst the loot from Ripley is a Scroll of Gate that she had retrieved from a cave on the island. They discuss using it to bring Pike to them, but decide that the best thing to do would be to rest and go to Pike in the morning. Grog loots the remaining bodies and retrieves money, several guns and bullets, a great sword, a set of full plate armor, a Potion of Superior Healing, and Bracers of Defense +2.
While Scanlan looks for and finds his onyx dog and Keyleth tends to Percy's body, the rest of the party go to investigate the cave. They find Ripley's tracks inside, which leads to a severely burned chamber filled with skulls, with an altar in the center. This is where the Scroll of Gate was found. Not finding anything of use, they head back. Vex persuades Captain Damon to help in the coming battle at Emon and instructs the captain to meet them in Whitestone. Then the party and Kynan rest in Scanlan's Magnificent Mansion and the next morning Keyleth's Transport via Plants sends them all to Whitestone, where the sun is already setting.
They rush Percy's body to Pike in her half-built temple of Sarenrae. She sets up the ritual and tries to reach out and contact Percy's spirit, but she is being blocked somehow. Thinking of Orthax, Keyleth hands Ripley's gun to Pike, and she immediately senses that he is the one in the way, as he is "hungrily feasting on the soul of Percival." They know that he is anchored to the gun, so Keyleth casts Greater Restoration on it and severs his connection to it, releasing Percy's spirit.
Pike begins casting Resurrection and the ritual begins. Vex'ahlia pleads with Percy to return because Whitestone needs him and because she needs him, and she kisses him. Pike reaches out to Sarenrae for her aid. Keyleth holds the raven's skull she gave to Percy and tells him that his journey isn't over, and she conjures a swarm of crows around herself. Vax unfurls the wings from the Deathwalker's Ward to aid in the effect. The ritual succeeds and Percy's life returns to his body.
- A Loot Crate ad is played
A shaken and exhausted Percy asks where he is and Vox Machina take turns telling him of what's happened since he fell. Cassandra bursts in with Seeker Assum and some guards, but is relieved to see Percy upright and breathing. She tells him to stay out of trouble and thanks Pike, then returns to the castle. Percy describes a bit of the experience, but most was worse than he'd care to mention.
The party and Kynan move to the castle to give Percy a place to lay down, and encounter Jarett and Gilmore discussing the recent events. They have Gilmore Identify Cabal's Ruin and Whisper, and give the cloak to Percy and the dagger to Vax. Scanlan gives Jarett one bag of the Fusaka he purchased in Ank'Harel and tells him what he paid for it. Jarett says Scanlan got swindled. Vax tells Jarett that Kynan is in need of work and can serve the castle guard well, and Jarett welcomes him into the ranks. Jarett then gives Keyleth a letter that arrived for her from Kerrek. The letter includes some kind and encouraging words for her and a ring he'd made from the metal of a sword, with the inscription "I have passed through fire." Percy takes his leave and collapses in bed. At Grog's insistence, Pike casts Detect Evil on Kynan and senses nothing, but notes that he is mentally unwell.
Everyone is "teleportation-lagged" so they go out for a drink with Jarett. Grog shares a shot of the Sandkheg's Hide that he got from Ank'Harel and both men's mouths immediately go numb for the evening. Vax goes to Kynan and shows him the daggers he bought for him, saying that he's worried about him right now but will give them to him soon. He tells Kynan that looking inward will not help him atone and that he should instead be of use. Kynan apologizes and says that Ripley was charming and confident and that he was easily persuaded, which showed that Vax was right that he wasn't ready to strike out on his own. He will do his best now to make up for what he's done.
Jarett offers Pike a shot of the Sandkheg's Hide, which she downs with no numbing effect. Grog gives her another shot, which she downs, immediately goes numb, and the passes out on the table. Scanlan tells Jarett that Vox Machina are friends with J'mon Sa Ord and can make Jarett's legal troubles go away, but Scanlan wants him to get ahold of some illegal drugs for him in return. Jarett is very uncomfortable with the situation but agrees to find him some Suude and takes his leave for the evening.
Keyleth sees the look on Vex's face and asks her what's the matter. Vex shows everyone a letter that Percy had on him when he died: a good-bye letter to all of them. Vax reads it aloud, though Pike didn't hear a word in her state. After a few more drunken shenanigans, they all head back to the castle for bed. Vex sneaks into Percy's room and sneaks the letter back into Percy's coat pocket before going to bed herself.
The next morning, Seeker Assum comes to them at breakfast saying that there is new information he has to share with them and to meet him in the war room when they are finished eating. They finish up and head to the war room where Assum is waiting for them. He tells them to close the door, and despite Vex and Keyleth's insistence that they move downstairs to the Ziggurat, he continues, asking them to think before they act, that not all is what it seems, and that he comes to them as an ally. His eyes glow green and then take on a yellow reptilian appearance and green scales begin to show on his face, revealing that this is not Seeker Assum, but Raishan in disguise. Raishan points out that she has had every opportunity to destroy them and hasn't, proving that she comes to them in good faith, and she asks for the party's help in destroying the Cinder King.
- Percival de Rolo
- Scanlan Shorthalt
- Grog Strongjaw
- Pike Trickfoot
- Captain Damon
- Cassandra de Rolo
- Shaun Gilmore
- Jarett Howarth
- Kynan Leore
- Raishan: under the guise of Assum Emring
|Acquired||1||Cabal's Ruin||Anna Ripley||Percy|
|Acquired||1||Gate Scroll||Anna Ripley||The party|
|Acquired||185 rounds||Ammunition (for pistols)||Ripley's henchmen||Grog|
|Acquired||26 rounds||Ammunition (for rifles)||Ripley's henchmen||Grog|
|Acquired||1||Long-barreled gun similar to Bad News||Ripley||Grog||Broken, discarded by Ripley during the fight.|
|Acquired||1||Bracers of Defense||Ripley's henchmen||Grog||+ 2|
|Acquired||1||Potion of Superior Healing||Ripley's henchmen||Grog|
|Acquired||620||Gold pieces||Ripley's henchmen||Grog|
|Acquired||1||Letter from Kerrek||Jarett||Keyleth||Delivered while they were away.|
|Acquired||1||Iron ring||Kerrek||Keyleth||Contained in Kerrek's letter.|