"Stephen Colbert's D&D Adventure with Matthew Mercer" (Sx43) is the forty-third special episode of Critical Role.

Noticing strange disappearances, Capo being such a book-learned bard, grew frustrated when no one else listening to him when he told them. He gather his belongings, weapons, and bee companion Eric, to go ahead and see if he could find out the root of this terrible, rash series of disappearances.

Synopsis Edit

Trying to find the source of the disappearance Capo and Eric head to the forest. When they are well on their way they get attacked by a black fur panther. The panther did not appear to be entirely alive it had part of its face scraped off to the bone, and its clouded eye was dangling out of the socket. Missing their first strikes at the panther, Copa manage to keep the panther at bay. He cast Thunderwave at the panther causing its flesh to shake of its bones, and reveals the entryway into the subterranean regions beneath the Plumgroves. Hearing a distant echoing whine from deeper within the caverns the duo heads in.

Finding abridge and two stone imps, Capo decide to throw a rock at the imps causing it to fall into the ravine into the water below. He then ties his 50 feet rope to the bridge post and himself like a harness and crosses the bridge. When he is halfway on the bridge his rope ends and he stops to untie himself as he is hit by the energy blast of the remaining imp throwing him almost off the bridge. As he gets to the edge of the rope bridge, it fires another blast but he ducks and tumbles out of the way reaching the opposite side and head into the next dark cavern.

In the next chamber Capo find dull red spheres as he approached it rolled in his direction and stopped. As he steps backwards he sees a little line appear across the front of it and it rolls a little faster in his direction. As he runs towards the tomb, six or seven of the spheres begin to roll out of the piles of bones and where the crack was open he see small rows of serrated teeth. Capo discovered that the spheres must be discarded attempts that failed at recreating its magic of the Crimson Sphere of Generosity. Missing his first hit Capo gets hit by two of the spheres before he can get to the tomb where the final one leaps right towards him and latches onto his chin. When he throws it, it shatters against the crystal floor, and all the rest of the spheres have come to rest, apparently no longer aware of your presence.

As he begins to look at the tomb he hears a faint, strange, ethereal voice. As a ghostly apparition appears of a female knight. Her golden armor and beautiful dark skin now manifest in a pale blue ethereal glow. He recognize this to be, Shiona, the warrior that previously defeated the mage. When Capo reaches for the sword the spirit flares angrily.

"Walk this path towards your own destruction. Beware, for this tomb will claim you as it has claimed many. As it has claimed me, the fool, the victorious. He has risen in unlife, and I am bound to my grave, my shame. This blade has brought down the terror of Zathkira once, but I will not see it in the hands of one unworthy. You tell me, what do you fight for? What is so precious that you would throw your life away in these pits of despair?"
Spoken by the ghostly apparition of Shiona[1]

He answered the ghost by telling them that he fights to alleviate children's poverty. The ghost says his heart is pure and driven. The Exalting Blade of Favor is his and that he needs to finish what they could not; and disappears. Capo removes the sword and his surprised as it begins to talk to as he continues beyond the tomb. As he listens through the door he hears nothing and tries to pick the lock with his thief tools. Willing his sword to give light it lights his way with bright torchlight into the next chamber.

When entering the laboratory, he finds fresh-ish decaying corpses, and Zathkira hunched over it, pulling apart one of the corpses. He tells Capo he is locking for the source of a strange relic’s power, named generosity. Convincing Zathkira to give him the orb he tells Eric to scan around the back side. When he concentrates on the orb he knows that where humans keep their generosity is in their heart and puts the orb on his nose. After the effect of the nose has settled the sword is hyping Capo up to fight Zathkira and he gives in.

Failing to doge the first attack Capo almost died from a bolt of lightning, he heals himself and Eric turns to attack Zathkira. After being stung by Eric, Zathkira cast Inflict Wounds and kills Eric. Seeing this Capo turns invisible and heads towards the bed. Not knowing where Capo went Zathkira cast another bolt of lightning toward the corner of the room. Capo searches the bed finding a glass tube that contains some sort of faint blue energy and smashes it, and the body of Zathkira just falls limp.

Featured Characters Edit

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  • Eric

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Inventory Edit

Adjustment Count Item Source Destination Notes
Expended 1 rope Capo Used trying to cross the bridge
Acquired 1 Exalting Blade of Favor Shiona Capo
Acquired 1 Crimson Sphere of Generosity Zathkira Capo

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References Edit

  1. See "Stephen Colbert's D&D Adventure with Matthew Mercer" (Sx43).[citation needed]

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