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"The Rematch" (1x23) is the twenty-third episode of the first campaign of Critical Role. As Vox Machina prepares for the return to Emon, Grog demands a rematch against Kern to regain his honor. After some final errands, the party returns home to Greyskull Keep and a fan outside their home, but there's no time to rest with bad news on the horizon...




  • Matt thanks Ivan van Norman for running last week's one-shot while he and Marisha were away.
  • Matt gives a shout-out to Scott from Boise, Idaho, who ran into him and Marisha at Burning Man.
  • Hasbro is accepting submissions for their new face-to-face party game at
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  • Travis voices the main villain, Scabrous Scrotus, in the new Mad Max game. Orion voices Scab and various war boys. Matt is a war boy commander and various random NPCs. Laura, apparently, barfs a lot in it.
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  • Orion suggest following him on Twitch (Orionacaba) to watch him play the shit out of Mad Max.
  • In honor of the start of the 2015 NFL football season, Travis will be repping the Dallas Cowboys tonight.
  • Liam has a family commitment tonight, but is hoping to arrive late. Sam steals his seat.
  • There is a Kickstarter up for the third Mythica film, an indie-budget fantasy series. Matt plays Szorlok, the main villain, and several other friends are in the cast.[1]

Previously on Critical Role[]

"Vox Machina, after completing the trials of the Slayer's Take and acquiring their marking brand as evidence of them joining the actual guild itself, meeting the gynosphinx that is currently responsible for the development and the progression of the guild itself, they found themselves having Pike join them for about a week's time. The landscape of her temple to Sarenrae was being cleansed of a curse, and the group decided to follow through on their promise to aid Keyleth on her Aramenté, to find the Pyrah people to the far southwest of Vasselheim. [They] made their way to the mountains, eventually to the actual Pyrah tribe itself, where they underwent a trial through the Elemental Plane of Fire, battled some of the druids of the Pyrah themselves in elemental fire form, combated against time through a cinder storm as they attempted to escape, managed to do so with their lives, and in doing so, gained the blessing from the Aramenté for Keyleth from the Pyrah tribe, as well as a blessing from their main druid as well, a Sparkstone, and returned to Vasselheim. Pike then said her goodbyes again, returning to help the restoration of the temple of Sarenrae."

Part I[]

The Vengeance of Philip[]

Scanlan rejoins the rest of the group, and they trade news. As they discuss their next steps, Grog decides he wants a rematch with Kern and, on the barest encouragement from Tiberius, immediately leaves to do that. The rest of the party hurry after him.

Although they find the Crucible empty in the middle of the day, news of the rematch between "Philip" (Grog's previous arena name) and Kern "the Hammer" spreads quickly. Kern is summoned, and a crowd gathers. The party place their bets, mostly on their friend, though Scanlan bets on Kern.

Bookie:  All here in attendance, we have here in the Crucible this day a rematch of titans! The standing champion of all the Braving Grounds of Vasselheim: Kern the Hammer. Challenging him, once again, tail between his legs, intent on claiming his glory, returning to the Crucible, Philip!
Grog:  No! Philip is dead. There is no Philip. There is only Grog, the Vengeful.
The rematch is announced[2]

Kern arrives and leaps into the Crucible with Grog, who drinks his potion of Stone Giant Strength. Both go into a rage. Kern's punches show a discipline that he did not previously have; he has been training. Grog simply rages harder. From the sidelines, Scanlan yells inspiration at Grog and Cutting Words at Kern. Keyleth attempts to heal Grog from a distance, but gets caught by a nearby Bastion. She gets dragged away for cheating, along with Tiberius for trying to help her.

Kern, at this point, is badly hurt and desperate, but gathers the strength for a round of blows that would have knocked Grog unconscious. Grog pushes through with his Relentless Rage. Grog at last lands a final blow to knock Kern out of the fight. He is declared Grog "the Victorious".

The crowd falls silent as an older, muscular man, who has been watching the fight, throws back his hood and gives Grog a respectful nod before leaving. Clerics arrive and administer to the fighters. Grog rejoins the rest of the group, and they collect their winnings from the bookie. Grog then goes to shake Kern's hand, promising him another rematch someday.

Meanwhile, Tiberius and Keyleth have been brought to a Bastion holding facility. Vex tracks them down and claims that they are escaped mental patients. Scanlan, under the name of Burt Reynolds, esquire, backs her up. They persuade the guards to release their friends for a 500-gold fine. The party retires to Bellow's Respite Inn for drinks.


Part II[]

Final Errands in Vasselheim[]

Vex asks the bartender about the hooded man who watched Grog's fight and learns that he is Earthbreaker Groon, the Dawn Marshal. The party split up to run errands.


Fan art of Percy meeting Victor for the first time, by Wendy Sullivan Green.[art 1]

Percy goes with Keyleth and Tiberius to look for ammunition supplies. Though black powder is not a commonly-sold commodity in Vasselheim, Percy manages to find one eccentric older man who sells it. Delighted to learn that his black powder is of value to someone, the merchant, who calls himself Victor, sells Percy a hogshead of it. He then directs Percy to his friend Samson to buy ore.

Grog goes with Scanlan and the twins to the Trial Forge to talk to Earthbreaker Groon. Groon recognizes Grog and has heard of Vox Machina. Grog offers the services of Vox Machina to Groon if they are ever needed, and Groon replies that such a day will come.

Their business in Vasselheim concluded, Tiberius opens a teleportation sigil back to Emon.

Checking In at Greyskull Keep[]

The party emerge in the Alabaster Lyceum and fill out the necessary paperwork for their use of the circle. From there, they decide to visit Greyskull Keep. Outside the keep, they find that a young man has been camping outside the front door for the last two weeks. He introduces himself as Kynan Leore and asks to join Vox Machina, insisting that he has been training to fight for months.


Fan art of Vax'ildan talking to Kynan after knocking him out, by David Rodrigues.[art 2]

As Kynan is speaking, Vax, to make a point, strikes him with the pommel of a dagger and knocks him out in a single hit. When Kynan wakes up, Vax tells him he is not ready to deal with beholders and dragons. Kynan is heartbroken, but Vax tells him to go train and return when he is ready, offering to personally mentor him when he returns. Kynan swears to make him proud and runs off.

The party go into the keep and are greeted by Laina, the housekeeper. She tells them that Seeker Assum Emring has business to discuss with them, and sends off a note to notify Assum that they have returned. The party rest for a while in their home. Scanlan, missing Pike, takes a moment to scry on her. He sees her at work in the recovered temple of Sarenrae.

Seeker Assum arrives while the party are eating dinner. He tells them that a dinner is to be held within the week with one Lord and Lady Briarwood of Whitestone, celebrating the construction of a bridge between Tal'Dorei and Wildemount. Assum noticed Percy's discomfort the last time the Briarwoods were mentioned, which matched up with Assum's own reservations about the couple. Assum invites them all to attend the dinner. Percy excuses himself to work on something downstairs, and Assum leaves.

Featured Characters[]

Vox Machina[]





Adjustment Count Item Source Destination Notes
expended 1363 gold Grog bookie bet on himself
expended 100 gold Scanlan bet against Grog
expended 500 gold Percy bet on Grog
expended 612 gold Tiberius
expended 600 gold Vex'ahlia
expended 5 gold Keyleth
expended 1 Potion of Stone Giant Strength Grog self before fight with Kern
acquired 5452 gold bookie Grog winnings at 3:1 odds
acquired 2000 gold Percy
acquired 2400 gold Vex
acquired 20 gold Keyleth
acquired 2448 gold Tiberius
transferred ? gold Grog Vex Vex made Grog repay her the gold she lost betting on him in the last fight
expended 500 gold Vex Bastion fine to release Keyleth and Tiberius
transferred 500 gold Tiberius Vex'ahlia to pay her back for getting him out of prison
relinquished 1 second-place medal Grog Kern sent via young fanboy
acquired 1 hogshead of black powder Victor Percy
expended 400 gold Percy Victor for black powder
acquired 100 pounds of iron ingots Samson Percy
expended 350 gold Percy Samson for iron ingots
expended 1 potion of healing Vax Kynan Leore to revive him after knocking him out


  • Grog: I have a bit of a chip on my shoulder. Would you mind terribly if I maybe went out to the street and picked a fight?[3]
  • Scanlan: I'm Burt Reynolds, Esquire. I'm an attorney at large. I represent all manner of escaped mental patients.
    Percy: An attorney at small. Attorney at small.[4]
  • Assum: Now, while you were gone, a venture has been put into motion. In celebration of the agreed-upon construction of a grand bridge across the Shearing Channel to the eastern continent of Wynandir, a dinner is being held here within a week. This venture is helmed by one Lord and Lady Briarwood of Whitestone, as the bridge would be set at the edge of the Alabaster Sierras. They are probably en route as we speak. The bridge shall open trade routes with the kingdom of Wildemount across the way. I'm here because few things escape my eye. Percival, when last we were company, you had shifted so very uncomfortably at the mention of these two. May I ask why?
    Percy: Had I? I hadn't noticed.
    Assum: Well, I did.[5]


  2. See "The Rematch" (1x23) at 0:39:18.
  3. See "The Rematch" (1x23) at 0:21:35.
  4. See "The Rematch" (1x23) at 1:39:45.
  5. See "The Rematch" (1x23) at 3:05:25.


  1. Fan art of Percy meeting Victor for the first time, by Wendy Sullivan Green (source). Used with permission.
  2. Fan art of Vax'ildan talking to Kynan after knocking him out, by David Rodrigues (source). Used with permission.