"What Lies Beneath the Surface" (1x81) is the twelfth episode of the sixth chapter of Critical Role. After reuniting with an old friend, Vox Machina loots Thordak's treasure hoard before returning to Whitestone to decide what to do about Raishan.

Synopsis Edit

Pre-Show Edit

Announcements Edit

Previously on Critical Role Edit

"Vox Machina, our band of adventurers, have been traveling across Tal'Dorei, continents, and planes of existence beyond in search of the Vestiges of the Divergence, magical artifacts that can help outfit them for their coming struggle against the Chroma Conclave, a group of chromatic dragons that had terrorized and conquered the Tal'Dorei countryside for quite some time now.

At the end of this venture, you've all—acquiring your relative power, your levels of experience, and the allies you've amassed through this journey—converged upon the central capital city of Emon in hopes of finally defeating and destroying Thordak, the Cinder King. You made a tenuous relationship with a member of the Conclave, Raishan, the Diseased Deceiver, a green dragon. And after killing the other three members of the Conclave, you went in with armies at your back, Ashari in the sky who laid siege to the city as you snuck beneath the streets of Emon, emerging on the outskirts of the Cloudtop District.

Through the help of your two allies, Zahra and Kashaw, you managed to bypass two waiting fire giants, push straight into the center of the mostly ruined Cloudtop District where you confronted Thordak, the Cinder King, in his large, swollen, powerful, primordial red dragon form.

You came prepared with allies at your side. In full power you tore into Thordak and while many blows were sustained on both sides of the fray, Thordak fell in the battlefield. In those moments, as Thordak attempted to retreat into his lair, you, Vax, gave chase and slew the dragon using Whisper in your grasp.

As a few of you came up behind, Raishan, as well, asked—as part of the accord you made—to be given some time with the corpse of Thordak. It was decided that this was not to be allowed, she was not to be trusted and attack was made on Raishan—though Raishan also had made a few unique choices of her own leading up to it—[and this] has led to a confrontation—in Thordak's lair beneath the city—where you all nearly got your asses handed to you by a well-prepared Raishan.

However, in the midst of this battle you did summon your ally J'mon Sa Ord there—the leader of Ank'Harel, the distant city on the continent of Marquet, and a brass dragon—who upon arriving in this fray, [with] full health and ready to fight, was enough of a threat to drive Raishan off, in her damaged form, before she could finish you off in the state you were in.

However, you were then kept at bay by a Wall of Force as Raishan took two of Thordak's strangely existing eggs and flew into a tunnel towards the corpse of Thordak and then disappeared in a flash of purple energy before the wall dropped and you all just arrived, halfway through the tunnel where the corpse of Thordak once lay, to find it missing along with Raishan and the eggs that she had gathered."

Part I Edit

Deck of Many Things - Lap Pun Cheung

Fan art of Grog pulling a card, by Lap Pun Cheung.[art 1]


Fan art of Grog pulling a card from the Deck of Many Things, by Hugo Cardenas.[art 2]

Break Edit

Part II Edit

The Haircut

Fan art of Vax'ildan cutting Keyleth's hair in "What Lies Beneath the Surface" (1x81), by Agent Pluto.[art 3]

Awkward Bathtime - Lap Pun Cheung

Fan art of Awkward Bathtime, by Lap Pun Cheung.[art 4]

Featured Characters Edit

Vox Machina Edit

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Appeared Edit

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Returning Edit

Appeared Edit

Mentioned Edit

Inventory Edit

Adjustment Count Item Source Destination Notes
Acquired 1 Immovable Rod Thordak's hoard Grog Strongjaw Grog looted Thordak's treasure hoard.
Acquired 1 Deck of Many Things
Acquired 1 Carpet of Flying Vex'ahlia Vex'ahlia looted a tapestry from Thordak's treasure hoard, convinced that it was another Carpet of Flying. After spending some time examining it, her suspicions proved correct.
Acquired 1 Dancing Sword Deck of Many Things Grog Strongjaw Grog drew a card from the Deck of Many Things. The card then transformed into a magical scimitar. Shaun Gilmore later identified it as a Dancing Sword.
Transferred 1 Deck of Many Things Grog Strongjaw Vex'ahlia Vex took the Deck from Grog, not trusting him with such a dangerous item.
Acquired 1 pair of elvish-looking boots Thordak's hoard Vex'ahlia Vex continued to loot Thordak's hoard.
Acquired 1 dwarven warhammer
Transferred 1 pair of elvish-looking boots Vex'ahlia Keyleth Vex gave the boots to Keyleth.
Acquired 2 diamonds worth 1,000 gold each Thordak's hoard Vex'ahlia Vox Machina took their share of Thordak's treasure.
Acquired 200 platinum pieces Scanlan Shorthalt
Acquired 1000 platinum pieces Vox Machina
Acquired 184 gold pieces Grog Strongjaw
Acquired 500 gold pieces Keyleth / Percival de Rolo
Acquired 50 platinum pieces Vex'ahlia
Acquired some samples of the destroyed dragon eggs Thordak's lair Percy Percy gathered some samples of the destroyed dragon eggs and stored them in the Bag of Colding.

Quotations Edit

  • Vax: I walk in the buck, and I find Percival’s bath, and silently walk in while he’s bathing, and I sit in the bath on the other side, and just stare for a minute.
    Percy: You know you’re getting weirder.
    Vax: You and I are very different.
    Percy: I would agree, although, again, I’m in a bath at the moment… Cut to it, I think, I was really working on something. [ ... ]
    Vax: I’m glad I have you around still.
    Percy: Me as well. I like this family. I’d like to keep it.
    Vax: Don’t say another word. I show him my ass and I leave.
    Vex: As soon as he leaves, I come up from the water and go, Ugh! I thought he’d never leave!

Trivia Edit

  • This episode marks the first time the Deck of Many Things has been used. Matt said that Grog had pulled the Key card and he received a scimitar. Due to a mix-up, Travis actually had pulled the Euryale card. [1] This was corrected in the following episode.

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  1. Fan art of Grog pulling a card, by Lap Pun Cheung (source).  Used with permission.
  2. Fan art of Grog pulling a card from the Deck of Many Things, by Hugo Cardenas (source).  Used with permission.
  3. Fan art of Vax'ildan cutting Keyleth's hair in "What Lies Beneath the Surface" (1x81), by Agent Pluto (source).  Used with permission.
  4. Fan art of Awkward Bathtime, by Lap Pun Cheung (source).  Used with permission.

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