When Critical Role launched the primary Exandria Unlimited mini-campaign final summer season, it introduced every kind of potentialities to the desk. Not solely did it provide some selection to the live-streaming Dungeons & Dragons present, however it opened the franchise as much as new Dungeon Masters and gamers whereas giving gave followers an excellent deeper look into the extremely advanced world created by Matthew Mercer.
There’s a complete world past the primary marketing campaign, stuffed with individuals and occasions that not solely coincide with however in the end affect the general sport. The newest mini-series, Exandria Unlimited: Calamity, took a deep dive into one of many world’s most catastrophic historic occasions that ended with the development of the Divine Gate and a deep separation of mortals from the deities that when performed a a lot higher position of their world. Calamity was just the start of one thing a lot bigger, disastrous consequence that may not solely stunt magical and mechanical progress, however set the world again for hundreds of years to return. With a lot story to work with, it could possibly be a goldmine for the franchise to discover in future mini-campaigns.
Across the four-episode Calamity arc, DM Brennan Lee Mulligan led six distinguished members of the flying metropolis of Avalir to their finish, just for them to find that it was the Ring of Brass’ personal hubris which introduced in regards to the occasions that may put Exandria on the verge of extinction. With one member destroying The Tree of Names, a protecting measures set in place by historical Druids to maintain the world protected and a second member holding out a hand in welcome to Asmodeus, the Lord of the Nine Hells, destruction struck Avalir onerous. The occasion rapidly recovered their wits and did all the pieces of their energy to restrict the fallout and defend as many individuals as doable –including the younger mages who would carry the magical secrets and techniques of Avalir into the longer term.
The mini-game explored the occasions that launched the Calamity, however this cataclysmic occasion spanned a whole lot of years earlier than the Divergence introduced an finish to the chaos and gave mortals one other alternative to develop. That time span leaves loads of attention-grabbing materials to discover, together with the foremost battle between the gods and the forging of the Vestiges of Divergence, in addition to the fates of those that managed to flee Avalir.
Among Avalir’s escapees was just one member of the Ring of Brass: Travis Willingham’s Rogue Inquisitor Cerrit, alongside together with his spouse and two youngsters. That alone is a goldmine of potential marketing campaign materials, which incorporates exploring what grew to become of the lifetime of information and reminiscences Patia (Marisha Ray) teleported to Cerrit’s daughter, Maya. That data turn out to be useful, and it might even embrace helpful details about the Raven Queen’s ascension to godhood. Calamity additionally delivered to life First Champion of the Raven Queen, Purvan Suul, who donned the Deathwalker’s Ward and took up arms in her identify.
It’s additionally necessary to contemplate that, together with the destruction and chaos that thundered on for hundreds of years, chunk of information and know-how had been misplaced to the ages. Even modern-day Exandria has but to reclaim an unlimited portion of it. Adjusting to a world thrown into epic catastrophe with out the considerable comforts individuals loved for an age or extra would additional contribute to the sense of hopelessness and strife. On the opposite hand, new generations would have been born into this time, listening to tales in regards to the good outdated days of considerable magic and constructs that when made life simpler and extra thrilling.
There can be alternative to discover each the Creator and Betrayer gods themselves in higher element. There was a quick second throughout Calamity the place Asmodeus managed to persuade the occasion’s Paladin, Zerxus, that his struggling warranted forgiveness and redemption. Later, he threw it again in Zerxus’ face, calling him a idiot for believing the Lord of the Hells would ever take care of mortals past the enjoyment he discovered of their struggling.
There are additionally different gods to contemplate like Ioun, Kord, Melora, and Bahamut. Despite their place as Prime Deities chargeable for creation itself, it should have been troublesome to distance themselves from their creations behind the Divine Gate. The vanity of mortals had grown so sturdy that one among them even dared to boost herself to hitch their numbers, and it was solely a matter of time earlier than others found out how she did it. It was absolutely the one resolution to an issue that may proceed till mortals destroyed all the pieces the gods created after which got here after the gods as properly. With a lot story to mine, one can solely hope Critical Role takes benefit of it and continues to provide epic content material the likes of which will not quickly be forgotten.