Campaign 1 Arc 1: Kraghammer and Vasselheim

During the first arc of Campaign 1 of Critical Role, Lady Allura asks Vox Machina to find her friend, Lady Kima, who disappeared into the mines of Kraghammer upon learning of a great evil resting beneath it during a vision quest. After completing their quest, trouble with the law in Vasselheim splits the party into two separate groups as they attempt to make amends, and during their stay, they encounter new friends, new enemies, and new revelations before eventually returning home.

Arc 1: Kraghammer and Vasselheim / Arc 2: The Briarwoods

Episode summaries[edit | edit source]

No. Title Original airdate Link Runtime
1 "Arrival at Kraghammer" (1x01) March 12, 2015 VOD / Transcript 3:03:07
Vox Machina arrives at the cavernous underground city of Kraghammer intent on rescuing a missing halfling paladin. They sample the culture of the city and find themselves coming face-to-face with the horrors coming from beneath the city...
2 "Into the Greyspine Mines" (1x02) March 19, 2015 VOD / Transcript 3:19:40
Vox Machina makes a deal with Nostoc Greyspine to put an end to the darkness now rising up from the bowels of the earth. The party gears up and makes their way into Kraghammer's mine, beginning a miles-long trek down into the veins of Khaloor.
3 "Strange Bedfellows" (1x03) March 26, 2015 VOD / Transcript 2:36:16
After saving Grog, the party comes across a duergar war camp controlled by a mind flayer. After a failed initial attack, Vex'ahlia and Keyleth find a powerful and unlikely ally.
4 "Attack on the Duergar Warcamp" (1x04) April 2, 2015 VOD / Transcript 4:42:42
Vox Machina forms a tentative alliance with an illithid outcast, named Clarota, deep inside the caverns under Kraghammer. The heroes devise a plan and fly themselves down to the center of the enemy's war camp to chance a risky assassination attempt on a creature that could easily break their wills with a glance.
5 "The Trick about Falling" (1x05) April 9, 2015 VOD / Transcript 3:09:41
Having successfully slain a dangerous illithid and its dwarven general, Vox Machina finds themselves surrounded by a small army of duergar. Barely escaping with their lives, they press forward, quickly realizing their path is growing more dangerous with every step into the darkness.
6 "Breaching the Emberhold" (1x06) April 16, 2015 VOD / Transcript 2:57:00
Vox Machina and Clarota continue to wind their way ever downward, eventually reaching the duergar fortress of Emberhold. With a little dash of gnomic derring-do, the group sneaks in through a secret entrance to begin searching for the captive Lady Kima of Vord.
7 "The Throne Room" (1x07) April 23, 2015 VOD / Transcript 3:58:41
With an uneasy agreement struck between Lady Kima of Vord and Clarota, Vox Machina quietly begins a search of Emberhold. Lady Kima means to strike a blow against their unseen enemy by cutting off the head of K'Varn's military forces, but the ensuing battle may come at a price...
8 "Glass and Bone" (1x08) April 30, 2015 VOD / Transcript 3:01:25
Vox Machina, broken and battered, struggles to survive after a catastrophic battle with the duergar king and queen. Relying on Vex'ahlia's knowledge of the Underdark and her skill at tracking prey, the weary adventurers press on into the depths only to come across a perilous sea of bone and glass...
9 "Yug'Voril Uncovered" (1x09) May 7, 2015 VOD / Transcript 3:05:52
Vox Machina battles the duergar queen, Ulara, before she can make a thrall of Grog. Keyleth and Lady Kima settle their differences, Vax'ildan encourages the druid that she is not alone, and the party makes their way to the illithid colony of Yug'Voril.
10 "K'Varn Revealed" (1x10) May 14, 2015 VOD / Transcript 4:38:34
After encountering a menagerie of trouble, Vox Machina looks into a cavern alcove and discovers the veil between planes that K'Varn stepped through to gain entrance to Yug'Voril. Making their way forward, Keyleth performs a Scrying ritual on the being himself, and discovers his true identity...
11 "The Temple Showdown" (1x11) May 21, 2015 VOD / Transcript 5:32:34
Vox Machina and their allies commence their assault on K'Varn's temple. Who will survive this grueling battle?
12 "Dungeons & Dragons Campaign Tips" (1x12) May 28, 2015 VOD / Transcript 5:32:34
Matt Mercer relays some tips for playing and dungeon-mastering Dungeons & Dragons and then leads Vox Moronica through a one-shot adventure.
13 "Escape from the Underdark" (1x13) June 4, 2015 VOD / Transcript 3:28:37
With K'Varn killed and the dread god Orcus's machinations put to an end, the party struggles with what to do next. Before a decision can be reached, several illithid glide into the chamber of the elder brain, and victory quickly yields to impending doom as Vox Machina struggles to escape the city alive...
14 "Shopping and Shipping" (1x14) June 11, 2015 VOD / Transcript 3:21:14
After allowing themselves a single night's rest back in the city of Emon, the members of Vox Machina set out for their meeting with Sovereign Uriel Tal'Dorei II and the Tal'Dorei Council. Once the Council learns of the Horn of Orcus, a course of action is eventually decided upon, and the party then heads out into the city to gear up for the mission at hand.
15 "Skyward" (1x15) June 25, 2015 VOD / Transcript 4:09:01
With the arrival of the envoys of Bahamut and the holy container in which to transport the evil Horn of Orcus, Vox Machina prepares to travel to the distant and ancient city of Vasselheim.
16 "Enter Vasselheim" (1x16) July 2, 2015 VOD / Transcript 2:57:38
As Vox Machina completes the journey across the Ozmit Sea, Lady Kima of Vord arrives and prepares the group for the culture shock awaiting them in Othanzia's capital city of Vasselheim.
17 "Hubris" (1x17) July 23, 2015 VOD / Transcript 4:05:43
Parting ways with one of their members, Vox Machina is now adrift in a strange and unfamiliar city. After Grog dukes it out in a fighting pit, Vox Machina rushes to help against an attacking beast outside the city, which ends up setting a chain of events in motion.
18 "Trial of the Take: Part 1" (1x18) July 30, 2015 VOD / Transcript 3:01:59
With Vox Machina now split, Scanlan, Percy, Vex'ahlia, and Grog find themselves teaming up with an unlikely duo assigned by Huntmaster Vanessa Cyndrial of the Slayer's Take guild. The task at hand: ridding the wilds around Vasselheim of a troublesome white dragon past the frost-harried north of the Vesper Timberland...
19 "Trial of the Take: Part 2" (1x19) August 6, 2015 VOD / Transcript 4:43:04
Scanlan, Percy, Vex, and Grog continue their quest with Lyra and Zahra to hunt a white dragon for the Slayer's Take guild. Rimefang, an adult dragon, was pursued by a previous band of veteran adventurers from the guild—but they never returned! Is this a suicide mission or a true test of will?
20 "Trial of the Take: Part 3" (1x20) August 13, 2015 VOD / Transcript 3:14:44
Like their companions before them, Keyleth, Vax'ildan, and Tiberius begin their contract for the Slayer's Take along with a driven and mysterious young cleric named Kashaw and a hardened dwarf by the name of Thorbir. The group's mission—to track down and kill an elusive rakshasa that has been preying on wealthy travelers within the city—leads to the Velvet Cabaret, an exotic establishment in the Duskmeadow District...
21 "Trial of the Take: Part 4" (1x21) August 20, 2015 VOD / Transcript 4:44:19
Keyleth, Vax'ildan, and Tiberius, joined by Kashaw and Thorbir from the Slayer's Take, make their way down into the tunnels beneath the Velvet Cabaret, pursuing their mercurial prey. The path is far from easy, but after surmounting a handful of harrowing obstacles, Thorbir leads the hunting party into the hidden lair of the elusive rakshasa...
22 "Aramente to Pyrah" (1x22) August 27, 2015 VOD / Transcript 4:40:27
With their trials behind them, the members of Vox Machina reunite within the walls of the Slayer's Take. Newly marked and happily reunited, the group decides to set out for Pyrah to find the Fire Ashari, escorting Keyleth on the next leg of her Aramenté.
23 "The Rematch" (1x23) September 10, 2015 VOD / Transcript 4:40:27
As Vox Machina prepares for the return to Emon, Grog demands a rematch against Kern to regain his honor. After some final errands, the party returns home to Greyskull Keep and a fan outside their home, but there's no time to rest with bad news on the horizon...