Behind the Curtain

"Behind the Curtain"
Campaign 3 episode
"Behind the Curtain" (3x07) thumbnail featuring Liam O'Brien and Sam Riegel.
Episode no.Episode 7
AirdateDecember 9, 2021 19:00 PST
Running time3:49:37
Special guest
Robbie Daymond as Dorian Storm
Links and related articles
Associated 4-Sided Dive"Silken Secrets" (4SDx01)
Episode chronology
"Growing Bonds and Teasing Threads" (3x06)
"A Woodworker's Quandary" (3x08)
Airdate order
"Growing Bonds and Teasing Threads" (3x06)
"Kith & Kin Fireside Chat Q&A" (Mx13)
List of Campaign 3 episodes

"Behind the Curtain" (3x07) is the seventh episode of the third campaign of Critical Role. After a performance goes slightly awry, the group begins investigating the strange disappearances that have all taken place in and around the Dreamscape Theater...

Synopsis[edit | edit source]

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Part I[edit | edit source]

When the rest of the party asks Dorian who wanted to see him, he lies, badly. The singing acrobatic show begins, continuing until one of the performers misses a catch and falls, bringing the show to a premature close. As the audience filters out, the party sneaks backstage. There, they find the injured performer and Fresh Cut Grass heals him, winning the gratitude of the performers and theater staff, including the owner Stuvan Idrio. Orym notices all of the audience has left but one hooded figure in the rear, and when it exits he and Laudna follow but quickly lose the trail outside after recognizing it appears to be one of the Hubatt Corsairs.

Meanwhile, Stuvan leads the others to his office and eventually admits there indeed have been disappearances at the theater, including employees, actors, and patrons. He is suspicious of the group, but accepts their offer to investigate and tells the staff to cooperate.

The party begins interviewing the theater employees and exploring the theater building, learning that two of the missing patrons were having romantic trysts there. They eventually find a note scratched in the box seat reading "Outside", and realize this was a message from one of the clandestine lovers to the other.

Investigating a cul-de-sac alley next to the theater, they notice it is spotless. Imogen uses her Open Mind ability and senses another mind somewhere in the alley, but strangely unlike anything she's sensed before. FCG then casts Detect Thoughts and senses an odd presence as well. As the rest of the party joins them, Ashton and Imogen continue to inspect the area. Suddenly, the striations of the stone wall split and an eye appears, followed by jagged spikes and tendrils.

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Part II[edit | edit source]

The wall creature, a large spitting mimic, attacks, hitting hard with a bite attack and grappling with its tendrils on a hit. It also has a spitting attack which does severe acid area effect damage. A series of bad rolls means most of the party's early attacks miss, and several of the group suffer significant damage. Ashton manages to free a grappled Laudna but can only pull her five feet away from the mimic. Another spit attack hits Laudna, Ashton, and Orym, and only FCG's intervention by taking half the damage saves Laudna from unconsciousness. Those three and Dorian are all by this point seriously wounded.

Imogen is also struck and grappled by the mimic, bringing her perilously low as well, and the unlucky attack rolls continue until Dorian crits when casting Chromatic Orb, getting the How do you want to do this?

Everyone but FCG is in fairly dire health straits. They notice a few bits of partially dissolved bone in the otherwise spotlessly clean alley, and realize the missing people were eaten by the mimic. FCG takes the small items of metal jewelry that survive to possibly help in the identification of the victims. Two wardens then approach, asking what happened, and investigating. Stuvan and the other theater employees also appear and remember that some general street repair was recently supposed to have been done in the alley by the Treshi House Mason's Guild, although there are no signs of fresh construction materials.

The party joins Stuvan in his office, where he gives them a small case filled with gold and platinum coins, along with box seats for the rest of the season, in exchange for their agreement to reinforce to the authorities that the deaths were not the fault of the theater, and their silence about the matter to the incoming audience for the next show.

They exit out the back into the alley, noticing four Wardens still investigating the body of the dead spitting mimic. Orym and Dorian retrieve their weapons still in the body, and Fearne steals seven teeth before one of the Wilders notices and stops her. Imogen notices two small half-orb devices attached to the mimic, and manages to steal one.

As they approach the street at the end of the alley, they notice a figure leaning against the wall, different than the one Laudna and Orym followed earlier. When Imogen mentally asks him if he wants something, he seems startled, and they see a small elderly gnome wearing woodworking tools. He saw the fight, and he could use some help finding someone, a friend. His name is Chetney Pock O'Pea.

They all head to the Spire by Fire for drinks and rest.

Featured characters[edit | edit source]

Main player characters[edit | edit source]

Guest player characters[edit | edit source]

Companions[edit | edit source]

These characters are familiars or other companions of the player characters.

Returning[edit | edit source]

These characters previously appeared in Campaign 3 or any other Critical Role work.

  • Evaan, halfling ticket-taker at the Dreamscape Theater
  • Siran, dragonborn usher at the Dreamscape Theater

New[edit | edit source]

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

Mentioned[edit | edit source]

  • Dreamscape Theater disappearances:
    • Eden Callswell, Dreamscape patron having an affair with Emir Lioto
    • Emir Lioto, Dreamscape patron having an affair with Eden Callswell
    • Lidney Oseddala, Dreamscape bartender
    • Sino, Dreamscape performer
    • Usha Brec, Dreamscape janitor
    • Yaden, Dreamscape patron and kepper dust dealer
  • Scanlan Shorthalt
  • Teena, human ticket-taker at the Dreamscape Theater

Quotations[edit | edit source]

  • Laudna: (to Tefta) One word. First word that pops into your head when you look at us.
    Tefta: Lucky.
  • Dorian: (to Ocampo) It was a wall, a scary wall.
    Matt: He looks over and it's still there. It still has its wall form in places. It's just dead.
    FCG: We broke the fourth wall.
  • Stuvan: Thank you, I appreciate that. Have a good night, and get out.
  • Warden: (stopping Fearne's tooth harvesting) Hey, this is a crime scene.
    Fearne: Yes, a crime scene that I made!

Inventory[edit | edit source]

Adjustment Count Item Source Destination Notes
Stolen 1 White lace dress Dreamscape Theater Fearne From costume storage
Acquired Partially disssolved bone fragments Alley Lauda The remains of the spitting mimic's prior victims
Acquired Small case holding gold and platinum coins Stuvan The party amount unspecified
Acquired 7 Teeth Spitting mimic Fearne
Acquired 1 Half-orb-shaped device Spitting mimic Imogen Two were attached to the mimic when it died.

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