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Let's try later; let's do things you've done before.
– 
Shakäste[3]
[!h]

Shakäste (pronounced /ʃə'kɑs.tə/) is a human cleric.  He is played by special guest Khary Payton.

Description Edit

Appearance Edit

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Official Shakäste art, by Ari. Sh, by Ari.[art 1]

The party described Shakäste as "quite handsome".[4] On a scale of one to ten, Shakäste describes himself as "striking", and he is old enough that he has gotten past all the "bacheloring".[5] The first thing that one might notice is his shock of white hair, in a billowy afro with fingers of curly hair radiating in all directions. What draws attention away from the hair is his eyes: pupilless and as white as his hair. He has a chin beard that drifts to a point about three to four inches below his chin. He has three dimples (one beneath his beard, that can't be seen). He can look pretty menacing, unless he's smiling.[6] He is also described as "tall and spindly".[7]

He is covered in a tangle of brown, red, and green leather straps that cover him from his neck to his calves. He wears boots and a green cloak with a hood big enough to cover his "ample locks".[8] He also uses a cane, which is strong enough to parry a gnoll's spear.[9]

Personality Edit

Shakäste is generally forthright and a charismatic figure.[10] He doesn't like being referred to as "Shaq" by Fjord, not allowing Fjord to call him that.[11]

Biography Edit

Background Edit

Shakäste mentioned that he grew up in the Marrow Valley, not too far from Alfield.[12] He tended to look over the people around Alfield, coming by once in a while.[12] He also claimed to be a motivational speaker in the Menagerie Coast, "packing them in".[4]

He had a familiar named Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna, whose nickname is "Stacy" or "The Grand Duchess".[13] When the party first met her, she was in the form of an abrahum, a "dark, midnight" hummingbird.[14]

"Hush" (2x07) Edit

The party meets Shakäste as they are in battle, as he emerges from around the wall to assist.[15] He saw a cluster of unidentified individuals attacking gnolls, surprising him and slowing down his reactions.[16] He then join the battle fully, helping them to defeat their enemies before introducing himself.

Shakäste heard a "commotion" at the Rill's Mouth Mines, and he began freeing a few of the gnolls' captives, leading them to safety. However, he was doing so covertly, until the party made a clatter in their attempt to rescue the townsfolk.[17]

Soon after this, Nott unlocks a door and goes into a room where three bodies and one living woman are. The woman is covered in dirt and a spatter of blood, huddled in the room with her knees to her chest and tears streaking down her face. As he sees this, Shakäste walks up to her, puts his hand on her chin to pull up her face and meet her eyes, and whispers "Shhh", calming her down almost instantly.[18]

Shakäste explains that he is there to help people and that he has a place on the surface of them to stay. When the other members of the party ask if he has a cart to transport people, he replies "Well, a cart was just the thing I was needing. What say we hang out?"[19], at which point they all join together in one big party.

"The Stalking Nightmare" (2x29)Edit

Shakäste was one of many individuals captured by the Iron Shepherds and held captive in the Sour Nest. He served a similar role to his original appearance, attempting to calm and free the many slaves that had been imprisoned - and accompanying the Mighty Nein to the source. He attempted to cast Spiritual Weapon (in the form of a bust of the Egyptian Queen Nefertiti) multiple times but didn't manage to hit once.

Relationships Edit

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Fan art of Shakäste and Anastasia, by BlackSalander.[art 2]

Character Information Edit

Abilities Edit

Feats Edit

  • Magic Initiate (Frostbite[20], Dancing Lights or Light[21], Find Familiar[22])

Cleric Abilities Edit

Class Features Edit
  • Channel Divinity (1 use per short rest)
    • Turn Undead
  • Divine Domain: Tempest Domain
    • Bonus Proficiencies (martial weapons, heavy armor)
    • Channel Divinity: Destructive Wrath
    • Domain Spells
    • Wrath of the Storm
  • Ritual Casting
  • Spellcasting (Wisdom-based ability)

Domain Spells Edit

Shakäste always has access to these spells:

1st-level Edit
2nd-level Edit
3rd-level Edit

Cleric Spells Edit

In addition to his domain spells, Shakäste has access to four cleric cantrips and 1st- through 3rd-level cleric spells.  As a 5th-level cleric, he can prepare nine of these spells per day.

Cantrips Edit
1st-level Edit
2nd-level Edit
3rd-level Edit
  • Mass Healing Word[33]

Notable Items Edit

  • A wand
    • Used as a channel for his spells.[34]
  • A pouch (stolen by Nott[4])
    • Shakäste's pouch contained 113 gp, some bird seed, some jerky, and various travel supplies.[35]

Quotations Edit

  • "I tend to look over the people who happen to be around here."[4]
  • "I would like to materialize the all-inspiring sass of Estelle Getty..."[4]
  • "This is what your problem is: maybe next time you'll eat something less human-like, baby."[36]
  • "This was a bold move you made.  And we wouldn't have made it, we wouldn't have succeeded without you, so I say you earned that gold.  But make no mistake—be careful where you put your fingers."[37]
  • "Whether you realise it or not, I gave you that gold. People don't take money from Shakäste."[38]

Trivia Edit

  • Shakäste has the lowest strength score of any player character to ever appear on Critical Role thus far.
    • This is also the lowest score for any individual stat for any player character thus far, tied with Tiberius's wisdom score.
  • Shakäste was the first guest character of the second campaign.
  • Shakäste is the fourth of five guest characters to get the "How do you want to do this?" on Critical Role (Zahra, Kerrek, and Tova preceding him, Twiggy succeeding him).
  • Most (if not all) of the party thought Shakäste is quite handsome. Sam called him a "Bachelorette Finalist" and Liam called him a "Gray Fox".[4]
  • Project Alpha joked that any character that organically incorporated an umlaut (ex: "ä") into their name should be rewarded a free Intimidation proficiency.
  • In a fireside chat, Matt Mercer said that Shakaste "works with a community of people, independently although they are of a similar mind, with the drive of pursuing free ideas, free speech, and freeing those from unfair bindings that have found them under the control of an unjust entity... I see some folks in the chat who might have some ideas." The current leading fan theory is that this is the Golden Grin, but this has not yet been officially confirmed.

References Edit

  1. See "Hush" (2x07).  Shakäste mentioned his background in the Menagerie Coast.
  2. See "Hush" (2x07) at 00:33:50.
  3. See "Hush" (2x07) at 1:33:07.
  4. See "Hush" (2x07).[citation needed]
  5. See "Hush" (2x07) at 0:53:00.
  6. See "Hush" (2x07) at 0:53:28.
  7. See "Hush" (2x07) at 25:44.  Shakäste's entrance.
  8. See "Hush" (2x07) at 0:54:00.
  9. See "Hush" (2x07) at 36:36.  Shakäste in battle.
  10. See "Hush" (2x07) at 0:52:17.
  11. See "Hush" (2x07) at 1:39:29.  A conversation between Shakäste and Fjord in the middle of battle.
  12. See "Hush" (2x07) at 0:51:35.
  13. See "Hush" (2x07) at 0:50:16.
  14. See "Hush" (2x07) at 0:30:39.
  15. See "Hush" (2x07) at 25:37.  Shakäste's entrance.
  16. See "Hush" (2x07) at 26:54.  Shakäste's entrance
  17. See "Hush" (2x07) at 0:51:53.
  18. See "Hush" (2x07) at 0:57:00.
  19. See "Hush" (2x07) from 1:01:28 through 1:01:36.
  20. See "Hush" (2x07) at 1:40:35.
  21. See "Hush" (2x07) at 3:21:34.  Khary notes "we don't need light anymore," implying that his second wizard cantrip produces light.
  22. See "Hush" (2x07) at 2:41:43.  Khary asks if he notices Nott looking at him through Anastasia's eyes, meaning that she is a familiar.
  23. See "Hush" (2x07) at 4:02:02.  Shakäste casts Fog Cloud.
  24. See "Hush" (2x07) at 37:46.  Shakäste casts Thunderwave.
  25. 25.0 25.1 25.2 25.3 Some of Shakäste's spells or abilities were not featured on Critical Role and are presumed based on official D&D materials.  See D&D: Player's Handbook, 5th ed., p. 62, available online at D&D Beyond.
  26. See "Hush" (2x07) at 1:18:11.  Shakäste casts Guidance.
  27. See "Hush" (2x07) at 1:36:41.  Shakäste casts Sacred Flame.
  28. See "Hush" (2x07) at 1:31:00.  Shakäste casts Thaumaturgy.
  29. See "Hush" (2x07) from 2:10:50 through 2:12:45.  Shakäste casts Command.
  30. See "Hush" (2x07) at 1:51:14.  Shakäste casts Aid.
  31. See "Hush" (2x07) from 3:22:39 through 3:24:30.
  32. See "The Stalking Nightmare" (2x29).[citation needed]
  33. See "The Stalking Nightmare" (2x29).[citation needed]  Shakäste casts Mass healing Word.
  34. See "Hush" (2x07) at 38:52.  Shakäste in battle.
  35. See "The Gates of Zadash" (2x08).[citation needed]
  36. See "Hush" (2x07) at 3:53:41.
  37. See "Hush" (2x07) at 4:02:01.
  38. See "The Stalking Nightmare" (2x29) at 4:11:54.

Art:

  1. Official Shakäste art, by Ari. Sh, by Ari (source).  Used with permission.
  2. Fan art of Shakäste and Anastasia, by BlackSalander (source).  Used with permission.