"The Deceiver's Stand" (1x83) is the fourteenth episode of the sixth chapter of Critical Role. Raishan and Vox Machina have their final confrontation.

Synopsis Edit

Pre-Show Edit

Announcements Edit

Previously on Critical Role Edit

"Vox Machina—having spent a period of time battling with the Chroma Conclave, a collection of evil and allied chromatic dragons that terrorized the Tal'Dorei countryside—they've acquired artifacts called the Vestiges of the Divergence after traversing the planes and locations to gather allies.

"They made war on the current occupying armies of Thordak the Cinder King in the center of the capital city of Emon, managed to eke out a victory, destroying Thordak, and apparently going into battle with a dragon they had made an alliance with known as Raishan, the Diseased Deceiver, a member of the Conclave [with whom] they had a very tenuous agreement together.

"After being nearly killed by Raishan as she flew the coop, essentially, [Vox Machina] managed to collect the remaining armies of the city, make sure everyone was okay, [they] ran into an old friend from Westruun here, Kerrek, who had brought a number of his able-bodied warriors with him to aid in this battle.

"[They] then made [their] way to Whitestone with Kerrek to ascertain the location of Raishan, the Diseased Deceiver, which apparently she had absconded to what was called the Island of Viscan. It used to belong to a necromancer and then briefly became the lair of Thordak the Cinder King before his original attack on Tal'Dorei roughly sixteen years ago.

"[Vox Machina] then gathered [their] weapons, [their] armor, and [their] reserved strength, and with a couple of allies traversed through teleportation all the way to this island. [They] managed to battle [their] way through a deep dungeon that once this necromancer called his home, going past traps and chasms filled with undead and gravity reversed through magical means.

"[They] made [their] way into a small tunnel just past this area into what seemed to split into two sides; behind that, what appeared to be the necromancer's sanctum, some sort of a necrotic laboratory, where [they] discovered there within two of the eggs of Thordak's lair that were taken by Raishan, the corpse of Thordak folded in the corner, and apparently Raishan's female human form currently poring through books and rummaging through what currently appears to be the relatively untouched necropolis chamber."[1]

Part I Edit

Feeblemind - Lap Pun Cheung

Fan art of Keyleth casting Feeblemind, by Lap Pun Cheung.[art 1]

Break Edit

Part II Edit

Featured Characters Edit

Vox Machina Edit

New Edit

Returning Edit

Appeared Edit

Mentioned Edit

Inventory Edit

Quotations Edit

  • Raishan: "Why won't you all just stay down and die with dignity?"
    Vex: We don't do anything with dignity.

Trivia Edit

  • This episode marks the second time that Scanlan has died and the second time that Percy has died.
    • These are the seventh and eighth on-stream deaths of player characters, and the ninth and tenth overall.
  • This is the first episode where a Revivify spell failed.

External Links Edit

References Edit

  1. The recap.  See "The Deceiver's Stand" (1x83) from 10:06 through 12:30.


  1. Fan art of Keyleth casting Feeblemind, by Lap Pun Cheung (source).  Used with permission.

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