A Hungry Jungle

"A Hungry Jungle"
Campaign 3 episode
"A Hungry Jungle" (3x18) thumbnail featuring Taliesin Jaffe, Ashley Johnson, and Laura Bailey.
Episode no.Episode 18
AirdateMarch 24, 2022 19:00 PDT
Running time3:23:12
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Associated 4-Sided Dive"Silken Secrets" (4SDx01)
Episode chronology
"Heart-to-Heartmoor" (3x17)
"Omens Above" (3x19)
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"Heart-to-Heartmoor" (3x17)
"Tiny Tina's Wonderlands One-Shot" (OSx46)
List of Campaign 3 episodes

"A Hungry Jungle" (3x18) is the eighteenth episode of the third campaign of Critical Role. While traveling to the Heartmoor Hamlet, Bells Hells find their night's rest interrupted by an enormous fey plant creature intent on devouring them whole...

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Part I[edit | edit source]

Roll initiative!

Part of the party is still asleep as the encounter with the tree-like creature begins. Fearne shrugs off the creature's charm and wakes Chetney, Orym, and Fresh Cut Grass with a yell. Ashton falls under its effect, moves towards it and is swallowed, taking serious acid damage on each turn thereafter. Chetney takes his werewolf form and Orym's Goading Attack gives the creature disadvantage on attacks against anyone but him.

Once swallowed by the creature, a party member can escape with a contested strength check or if the tree is damaged enough on a single attack turn to make it throw up. Ashton punches a hole through its esophagus with the bottom of their hammer and crawls through on a successful strength check. Laudna then gives the creature disadvantage on strength checks with Hex. Imogen attacks with a twinned Catapult spell and taps into a wild magic surge, which turns her skin dark blue.

The creature charms FCG and Laudna into moving toward it, and they discover it is vulnerable to fire damage and has legendary actions. The plant swallows Laudna, causing her Hex to vanish. The acid damage knocks her unconscious, but her ability to Cling to Life brings her back. She then crawls out through the hole Ashton hacked through the creature. The creature swallows FCG but Chetney damages it enough to make it throw him up. FCG then gets the How do you want to do this? with his saw blade arm.

Imogen is still a vibrant dark blue, and the party decides to see if finishing their interrupted long rest will cure her. They wake late in the morning to find her color unchanged. While they prepare to get back on the road again, Chetney pokes a fungal growth and releases a small cloud of poisonous spores. Imogen discovers a pre-Calamity long-ruined structure which Orym recognizes as old elvish architecture. He remembers that during the Calamity, there were "climactic elements" that took place in Marquet, scarring the landscape heavily and creating the Rumedam Desert from what had formerly been lush jungle holding a flourishing elf and orcish city.

They gather their supplies and ride on northward toward Heartmoor Hamlet.

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Part II[edit | edit source]

As the party continues their journey, they reach an established camping area where a group of five figures with horses are packing up: a hairless male katari, a human female with a drum, a small male goblin, a tall female firbolg named Tejana, and Hutchin, a slender female silver-scaled dragonborn. FCG casts Detect Thoughts on the dragonborn, but she notices him performing magic and becomes suspicious. The travelers are going the same direction as Bells Hells, toward the Heartmoor Hamlet, and Orym asks if they'd like to travel together. They cautiously agree to go in tandem. Fearne asks if they have anything fun for sale, and they offer a bracelet which Ashton buys.

They travel on for several hours into a swampy bogland and eventually see the small walled town of Heartmoor Hamlet in the distance, past a bridge arching over a channel of water. They enter through the Southern Gate Ridge which is guarded by two wilders. One of them directs the group to a stable for their horses and an inn for themselves, where they rent rooms. The innkeeper, Dobby Kingsman, tells them a little about the town and the locations of the Twilight Mirror Museum and Mosslight Manor (the home of Estani, the astronomist who worked with the Lumas twins before their deaths).

Though Orym and Imogen are eager to talk to Estani, they agree to go to the museum first. The museum is an unusual curved three-story building on the main square, surrounded by a tall iron fence. When they ring the bell at the gate, a face peers through the curtains at them, and shortly thereafter Evon Hytroga appears and welcomes them, offering them a half-day pass to the museum. He is amused when Ashton tells him they were sent by Jiana Hexum, immediately withdrawing the offer of a tour. The rival party who will be competing against them to complete the heist have not arrived yet, but are expected any minute. Once they arrive, Evon will notify Bells Hells and the competition will begin at midnight the next day. Evon also mentions to Ashton that he'd heard that during Jiana's recent break-in, one of the burglars suffered a serious head injury.

They then head to Estani's home, Mosslight Manor, which is a little ramshackle but cozy. Imogen is very nervous, hoping that Estani has the ripped-out book pages that talk about her mother.[1] The door to the manor bears recently installed locks, and when the owner peers out cautiously, they can see Estani is very old and of mixed elf-orc descent. Orym explains they are here at the behest of Oshad Breshio, and Estani sadly welcomes them into the organized and book-filled chaos of his home.

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These characters have not previously appeared in Campaign 3 or any other Critical Role work, though they may have been previously mentioned.

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Quotations[edit | edit source]

  • Ashton: (after being swallowed) Help.
    Travis: It's again?
    Marisha: It's again.
    Taliesin: It's fucking again.
  • FCG: (waking to friends in battle) Oh. It's happening again.
  • Delilah Briarwood: (as Laudna is brought back by Cling to Life) Not yet. There's too much to do.
  • Imogen: What was [getting swallowed/ingested] like?
    Laudna: Dark.
    FCG: Slimy.
    Ashton: Prickly.
    Laudna: Smelled a little like eucalyptus, actually.
    FCG: Very comforting there. Actually, you just felt all warm and wrapped up and safe.
  • Laudna: You're beautiful on the inside, just as you are on the outside. No matter what. It would be weird if you turned into a werewolf though.
    Chetney: (as werewolf) Why?
  • Ashton: We're splitting the party and both splits are going to the inn.
  • Fearne: Do you have any tips?
    Evon: Yes. Walk carefully. Be careful. Be safe. And if something scares you, run. (sinister giggle, then claps his hands) Oh, well, this is going to be fun! Oh, I'm so excited!
  • Evon: How much for your automaton?
    FCG: We've established my worth, right? Wasn't it like 20,000?[...]
    Orym: He's not for sale. He's priceless.[...]
    FCG: How much do you cost?
    Evon: Oh, you could not afford me, honey.

Inventory[edit | edit source]

Adjustment Count Item Source Destination Notes
Acquired some Acid the tree-creature Imogen Unclear if it retains any damage ability.
Acquired 1 Small chunk of the stone ruins the ruins Imogen
Acquired 1 Bracelet another traveling party Ashton A beautiful cluster of beads and imperfect gems in a double-wrap bracelet from Evishi, for which Ashton paid 20 gp.

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  1. "Chasing Nightmares" (3x11) at 4:57:53. Imogen found a book in the Starpoint Conservatory that recorded research into recurring dreams of a red storm linked to theories of fiendish influence, Ruidus tidal corruption, or elemental boundary flares, which included her mother's name as one of the contributors or subjects. Additional pages on the topic had been torn out. She later learned that the Lumas twins were the last to borrow the book, and they were staying with Estani when they were killed in the mysterious attack Orym and Fearne were sent by Keyleth to investigate.
  2. "The Threat Between the Walls" (3x05) at 1:59:44.