Campaign 1 Arc 3: The Chroma Conclave

The third arc of Campaign 1 of Critical Role begins shortly after the defeat of the Briarwoods. As Sovereign Uriel Tal'Dorei II announces his abdication, four dragons calling themselves the Chroma Conclave attack the city of Emon. After saving whomever they can and resettling them in Whitestone, the members of Vox Machina rally their allies to kill the dragons and take back their home and gather the power of the Vestiges of the Divergence. One member of the Chroma Conclave, Raishan, proposes an alliance with Vox Machina to take down the leader, Thordak. Although the party does not trust her, the dragon's strength and knowledge would be a great asset to them. As Thordak swells with madness and power from his position within Emon, time is running out until the final confrontation with the Cinder King.

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No. Title Original airdate Link Runtime
39 "Omens" (1x39) January 21, 2016 VOD / Transcript 3:55:51
Vox Machina returns to General Krieg's home, learning about J'mon Sa Ord, ruler of Ank'Harel on the desert continent of Marquet. The group discovers a mysterious skull, and Vax questions the priorities of the group. Meanwhile, the city of Emon experiences a substantial political shift.
40 "Desperate Measures" (1x40) January 28, 2016 VOD / Transcript 3:01:47
Vox Machina must deal with the Chroma Conclave's attack on Emon and the possible slaughter of much of the city's leadership and notable citizenry.
41 "In Ruins" (1x41) February 4, 2016 VOD / Transcript 4:32:41
Vox Machina searches the ruins of Emon for survivors of the Chroma Conclave's attack. With the help of a new friend, they find an old one on death's door.
42 "Dangerous Dealings" (1x42) February 11, 2016 VOD / Transcript 3:38:50
Vox Machina, having rescued Gilmore and the surviving members of the Tal'Dorei royal family, must decide how to handle the Chroma Conclave's attacks across Exandria—and whether to make a devil's bargain with the Clasp.
43 "Return to Vasselheim" (1x43) February 18, 2016 VOD / Transcript 3:44:33
Now in the relative safety of Vasselheim, Vox Machina begins planning their first move against the Chroma Conclave. Fortunately, some old friends turn up to offer their aid.
44 "The Sunken Tomb" (1x44) March 10, 2016 VOD / Transcript 4:55:26
In hopes of defeating the Chroma Conclave, Vox Machina sets out to recover the Vestiges of the Divergence—ancient armor, weapons, and other items of immense power. They learn the location of one Vestige, the Deathwalker's Ward, interred with an ancient Champion of the Raven Queen... at the bottom of a lake.
45 "Those Who Walk Away..." (1x45) March 17, 2016 VOD / Transcript 3:03:24
An exhausted Vox Machina spends some time hashing out their pent-up frustrations and examining their spoils of victory. They then journey to Pyrah, home of the Fire Ashari, hoping to find survivors of Thordak's escape from the Elemental Plane of Fire.
46 "Cindergrove Revisited" (1x46) March 24, 2016 VOD / Transcript 3:23:03
With fire elementals emerging from the Elemental Plane of Fire, Vox Machina joins forces with the druids of Pyrah and Zephrah—and a strange scavenger—to seal the rift between planes.
47 "The Family Business" (1x47) March 31, 2016 VOD / Transcript 3:00:33
Vox Machina returns to where much of the group's history began: Westruun. But all is not well! Not only has the Chroma Conclave decimated the area, but another strangely familiar threat has taken hold of the city, as well...
48 "Into the Frostweald" (1x48) April 7, 2016 VOD / Transcript 3:24:37
Vox Machina continues the quest to collect the Vestiges of the Divergence in order to defeat the Chroma Conclave. Along the way, they are rejoined by Pike and discover some other old friends in dire straits.
49 "A Name Is Earned" (1x49) April 14, 2016 VOD / Transcript 4:51:32
Vox Machina ventures deep beneath the Stormcrest Mountains to confront the mysterious androsphinx mate of Osysa—and hopefully learn more about the Vestiges of the Divergence.
50 "Best Laid Plans..." (1x50) April 21, 2016 VOD / Transcript 3:05:00
Vox Machina confronts the darkness of Craven Edge and plans to retake Westruun. Scanlan infiltrates the city to set up a distraction and stumbles upon some old friends.
51 "Test of Pride" (1x51) April 28, 2016 VOD / Transcript 2:54:25
Scanlan tries to plan a safe escape for his daughter Kaylie, while Grog makes his way to the center of Westruun for the final confrontation with his uncle Kevdak.
52 "The Kill Box" (1x52) May 5, 2016 VOD / Transcript 3:19:27
Unable to defeat Kevdak in single combat, Grog calls upon Vox Machina in a desperate fight for their lives, the fate of Westruun, and control of the Herd of Storms.
53 "At Dawn, We Plan!" (1x53) May 12, 2016 VOD / Transcript 3:37:36
Vox Machina must decide: leave Westruun to fight another day, or prepare to face the deadly black dragon Umbrasyl?
54 "In the Belly of the Beast" (1x54) May 19, 2016 VOD / Transcript 4:26:47
With battle plans in place, Grog frees some Westruun citizens while Vox Machina busily prepares to engage Umbrasyl with the cunning of their tactics and the strength of the Herd of Storms. The hour arrives, Umbrasyl descends, and the battle begins...
55 "Umbrasyl" (1x55) June 2, 2016 VOD / Transcript 4:16:57
The battle with Umbrasyl went according to plan—until it didn't. After most of the Herd of Storms dissolved in acid, and with Scanlan and Vax'ildan trapped inside the dragon with Grog trailing through the air on a chain, Vox Machina's chance for victory is about to fly away...
56 "Hope" (1x56) June 9, 2016 VOD / Transcript 3:53:14
As the citizens of Westruun learn of Umbrasyl's demise, they must decide whether to flee possible retaliation from the Chroma Conclave or reclaim their city. With the burden of so many lives and so much destruction, the members of Vox Machina struggle with their own responsibilities and destinies. Perhaps a humble paladin can restore the hope of both frightened citizens and powerful heroes...
57 "Duskmeadow" (1x57) June 16, 2016 VOD / Transcript 3:45:52
With Umbrasyl defeated, the Herd of Storms beginning a new chapter as part of the Rivermaw Tribe, and the city of Westruun restored to its people, Vox Machina journeys to Vasselheim as Vax'ildan confronts the heavy price of a bargain for his sister's life. After a short stay in Vasselheim, the party travels to Whitestone to meet old friends... and an old enemy?
58 "A Cycle of Vengeance" (1x58) June 23, 2016 VOD / Transcript 3:42:51
Beset by an old foe disguised as a beloved ally, Vax fights for his life while the other members of Vox Machina fend off some assassin hirelings standing between them and their friend.
59 "The Feywild" (1x59) July 7, 2016 VOD / Transcript 3:08:33
In search of one of the Vestiges of the Divergence, Vox Machina enters the Feywild—a magical but dangerous twilight reflection of the Material Plane. After finding a nymph from their past and a mischievous satyr, the party finds its way to a familiar place: the home of Vax and Vex's father, the elven city of Syngorn.
60 "Heredity and Hats" (1x60) July 14, 2016 VOD / Transcript 2:42:35
Forced by circumstance to enter Syngorn, the party reluctantly seeks audience with Vax'ildan and Vex'ahlia's estranged father, Syldor Vessar, and his new family. After a tense reunion, Vox Machina acquires diplomatic papers to pursue their agenda in the elven city—and complete some unscrupulous tasks for their satyr guide.
61 "Denizens of the Moonbrush" (1x61) July 28, 2016 VOD / Transcript 4:01:21
The satyr guide, Garmelie, leads Vox Machina toward the cancerous tree that houses one of the Vestiges of the Divergence. The journey through the Feywild presents several challenges, but the biggest and scariest threats aren't always the most dangerous in this strange realm...
62 "Uninviting Waters" (1x62) August 6, 2016 VOD / Transcript 2:59:40
Still travelling through the Feywild, Vox Machina and Garmelie finally arrive at the Gilded Run, a series of rivers that separate them from the Shademurk Bog. Nature itself bars passage, and even if they contend with the magical rivers, who knows what lurks below?
63 "The Echo Tree" (1x63) August 11, 2016 VOD / Transcript 4:10:14
The members of Vox Machina prepare for their final approach to the cancerous tree in the Feywild, including a discussion between Keyleth and, seemingly, the bog itself. The tree opens to them, and Vex'ahlia is offered a disturbing choice...
64 "The Frigid Doom" (1x64) August 18, 2016 VOD / Transcript 3:58:37
Back in Whitestone to debate their next move, Vox Machina discovers their return from the Feywild may not have been as clean cut as it seemed. Their attention turns to Draconia where the destruction wrought by the Conclave again leaves the party to search for allies amongst the scattered survivors while coming face to face with the cost to defeat them.
65 "The Streets of Ank'Harel" (1x65) August 25, 2016 VOD / Transcript 4:19:47
Vox Machina travels to Marquet in search of Cabal's Ruin, the next Vestige on their list. They explore the city of Ank'Harel, get involved in some questionable activities, and eventually find themselves standing before the mysterious ruler of the city...
66 "A Traveler's Gamble" (1x66) September 8, 2016 VOD / Transcript 4:17:28
After proving their strength to J'mon Sa Ord, Vox Machina heads to a casino to have some fun and make some deals. The next day, they go in search of Mistress Asharru—the owner of Cabal's Ruin—and discover a shocking scene, as well as evidence that an old foe is on the move.
67 "The Chase to Glintshore" (1x67) September 15, 2016 VOD / Transcript 3:43:09
Anna Ripley has stolen one of the Vestiges of the Divergence and is on her way to an island of glass in search of another. With the help of Captain Damon and his skyship, Vox Machina races across the sea to stop her once and for all.
68 "Cloak and Dagger" (1x68) September 22, 2016 VOD / Transcript 4:34:22
Hot on the heels of Dr. Anna Ripley, Vox Machina finds themselves on the beach of the isle of glass. The party prepares as their confrontation with Ripley draws near. Old demons and new discoveries will surface on the isle of Glintshore.
69 "Passed Through Fire" (1x69) September 29, 2016 VOD / Transcript 2:58:27
Vox Machina is left shaken in the aftermath of their battle with Anna Ripley. They hurry back to Whitestone to save one of their own and end up being offered an alliance from the most unlikely source...
70 "Trust" (1x70) October 6, 2016 VOD / Transcript 3:59:32
After a tense discussion, Vox Machina finds themselves with an unlikely—and untrustworthy—ally. A risky plan is formed and the group heads to the ruins of Draconia to prepare for their battle with Vorugal the white dragon...
71 "Vorugal" (1x71) October 13, 2016 VOD / Transcript 4:52:25
Vox Machina enacts their riskiest plan yet: summon a goristro from the Abyss to fight Vorugal and hope for the two giant creatures to kill each other. If they succeed, another member of the Chroma Conclave will fall and another Vestige will be retrieved. But if any step in their plan fails, it could have dire consequences, especially with another dragon waiting in the wings...
72 "The Elephant in the Room" (1x72) October 20, 2016 VOD / Transcript 3:06:50
Fresh off of slaying Yenk and Vorugal the Frigid Doom, the weary members of Vox Machina take time to catch their breaths and set about gathering what spoils they could find from both the corpse of the wyrm and his treasure trove before resting and returning to Whitestone for their next course of action...
73 "The Coming Storm" (1x73) October 27, 2016 VOD / Transcript 3:24:38
With three of the five members of the Chroma Conclave dead, Vox Machina has a meeting with their friends in Whitestone to begin planning for the upcoming battle with Thordak. Percy decides it's time for one of their allies to stop keeping secrets from the rest.
74 "Path of Brass" (1x74) November 3, 2016 VOD / Transcript 4:00:17
Vox Machina heads to Fort Daxio to begin preparation for the upcoming fight with Thordak. With time running out until the climactic battle, the party decides to travel to the Elemental Plane of Fire in search of the final Vestige, but find themselves in over their heads...
75 "Where the Cards Fall" (1x75) November 10, 2016 VOD / Transcript 3:57:40
Guided by their bizarre new acquaintance, Vox Machina meets with the fire giant who is in possession of the Plate of the Dawnmartyr. Although their goal is literally in sight, retrieving the final Vestige might be one of their most perilous challenges yet.
76 "Brawl in the Arches" (1x76) November 17, 2016 VOD / Transcript 3:52:02
Vox Machina finds themselves face to face with Ghurrix the pit fiend, leading to an all-out battle in the middle of the City of Brass.
77 "Clash at Daxio" (1x77) December 1, 2016 VOD / Transcript 4:25:15
Vox Machina returns from the Elemental Plane of Fire, only to discover Fort Daxio under siege. With no word from Allura, they rush into battle to save as many of their allies as they can.
78 "The Siege of Emon" (1x78) December 8, 2016 VOD / Transcript 4:16:26
Having gathered their allies, Vox Machina heads for the center of Emon to begin the final battle against Thordak the Cinder King.
79 "Thordak" (1x79) December 15, 2016 VOD / Transcript 4:26:39
Having infiltrated the center of Emon, Vox Machina and their allies engage Thordak in a battle to the death.
80 "Raishan" (1x80) January 5, 2017 VOD / Transcript 3:23:30
Vox Machina battles Raishan within Thordak's lair.
81 "What Lies Beneath the Surface" (1x81) January 12, 2017 VOD / Transcript 4:00:50
After reuniting with an old friend, Vox Machina loots Thordak's treasure hoard before returning to Whitestone to decide what to do about Raishan.
82 "Deadly Echoes" (1x82) January 19, 2017 VOD / Transcript 4:48:33
Vox Machina and their allies travel to the island that Raishan fled to, but to reach her they must find their way past numerous obstacles and undead threats.
83 "The Deceiver's Stand" (1x83) January 26, 2017 VOD / Transcript 4:18:13
Raishan and Vox Machina have their final confrontation.

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