"Within the Nest" (2x28) is the twenty-eighth episode of the second campaign of Critical Role. The Mighty Nein set out to find some help to take down the Iron Shepherds, and enter the Sour Nest to engage with their enemies...(with guests Ashly Burch and Sumalee Montano!)

Synopsis Edit

Pre-Show Edit

Announcements Edit

Previously on Critical Role Edit

Last we left off, The Mighty Nein, who had acquired two new allies in Keg, the dwarven fighter, and Nila, the firbolg druid, had made their way to the city of Shadycreek Run. After making [their] way through the town, spending an evening staying at the Landlocked Lady, and getting some information about where to find info about [their] quarry, and where [their] friends [Jester, Fjord, and Yasha] may have been taken to after they were captured by the Iron Shepherds, a traveling slavers crew.

[...] [The Mighty Nein] went and had a discussion at the Estate Sybaritic with Ophelia Mardun, of whom [they] were sent by The Gentleman to interface with and do a deed for her a little over two weeks ago. There it seemed that the intent of [their] job placed here in this city has aligned with [their] current goal of freeing [their] friends and seeking vengeance against the Iron Shepherds, as they currently work for a competitive family to the Mardun house, and in response to them destroying parts of the trade route that the Mardun family enjoys through the center and southern sides of the empire, they wish [for the Mighty Nein] to instill damage upon their traders as well, by eliminating the Iron Shepherds.

[The party was] given some ideas as to where [they] might find some help, [they] gathered [their] things, made [their] way north into the seemingly corrupted and haunted Savalierwood, to seek information about these Iron Shepherds and where they are. [They] narrowly avoided two large, immensely mutated, bone-spurred bear creatures. [They] sought out and cased the exterior of the Sour Nest, which is the fortress that was given to the Iron Shepherds by the family that pays them and keeps them in their employ. [The party] decided to send [their] new druid friend, Nila, in the form of a small mouse, over the wall, delivery via owl. She snuck through some portions of the fortress to gather intel, and to get an idea of where you were going and what may reside within. A few close calls, and some discovery of what can be expected within the interior, [Nila] made [her] way back, safely, to join [her] friends.

Campaign 2 Tracker Map, Episode 28

Campaign 2 Tracker Map, Episode 28

Upon accidentally spooking one of the outer guards who were walking the perimeter of the wall that surrounds the Sour Nest, [the party] immediately picked up what you had, fled south, back through the Savalierwood, on [the] way to Shadycreek Run to look for means of possibly finding more help for this endeavor when nightfall hits, and whatever else [they] can do to prepare for the necessary evacuation of [the Mighty Nein's] allies. And that's where we left off.

Part I Edit

Caduceus Clay2

Official full body portrait of Caduceus Clay, by Ari.[art 1]

Break Edit

Part II Edit

Featured Characters Edit

The Mighty Nein Edit

New Edit

Returning Edit

Mentioned Edit

Inventory Edit

Adjustment Count Item Source Destination Notes
Transferred crossbow bolt 2 Nott Beau Beau angrily told Nott she was keeping the bolts Nott shot at her to test Caduceus's healing abilities.
Acquired gold 62 Sour Nest guard Nott
Acquired gold 22 Sour Nest guard Nila
Acquired crossbow bolts 16 Sour Nest guard Nila
Acquired Sour Nest Guard's cloak 1 Sour Nest guard Beau
Acquired The Magician's Judge 1 Wohn Jester's Haversack
Transferred red feather 1 Nila Beau

Quotations Edit

  • Beau: "We're drinking dead people tea?"
    Caduceus: "Aren't we all?"
    Caleb: "That is a very fair point."
    Beau: "Very true. But you're cultivating dead people for good tea?"
    Caduceus: "Aren't we all?" [1]
  • Caduceus: "Have you ever been in nature? Yes! Violence is extremely natural."
  • Keg: "Nott, be careful."
    Nott: "You care about me?"
    Keg: "Yeah."[2]

Trivia Edit

  • Sam's giant flask in this episode has a picture of Taliesin with text saying "This flask is Taliesin's new character."
  • When Caleb casts Knock the spell does not create a loud booming sound as described by the spell.[3][4]

References Edit

  1. See "Within the Nest" (2x28) at 1:01:57.
  2. See "Within the Nest" (2x28) at 2:47:55.
  3. See "Within the Nest" (2x28) at 2:47:32.
  4. See "Within the Nest" (2x28) at 3:35:37.


  1. Official full body portrait of Caduceus Clay, by Ari (source).  Used with permission.