The Tales of Exandria II: Artagan #1

The Tales of Exandria II: Artagan #1
Issue cover art, by Toby Sharp.[art 1]
SeriesThe Tales of Exandria II: Artagan
Issue number1
Creative team
WriterSam Maggs
ArtistAviv Or
LettererAriana Maher
ColoristCris Peter
Cover artistToby Sharp
Publication information
PublisherDark Horse Comics
Publication dateJanuary 3, 2024
FormatFull color
Page count32
UPC7 61568 01168 5 00111
Chronology
Followed byThe Tales of Exandria II: Artagan #2

The Tales of Exandria II: Artagan #1 is the first issue of The Tales of Exandria II: Artagan comic miniseries. The series follows the archfey Artagan as he is brought to trial before the Seelie and Unseelie Courts.

The series is written by Sam Maggs and illustrated by Aviv Or with coloring by Cris Peter and lettering by Ariana Maher. The issue's cover was illustrated by Toby Sharp. The issue was published by Dark Horse Comics on January 3, 2024.

Publisher's summary[edit | edit source]

The powerful and mischievous Archfey Artagan, also known as the Traveler, finally gets his day in court—which is the LAST thing he wanted. But since he's here, he's happy to tell the Seelie and Unseelie courts how he's graced the material realms with his knowledge and mentorship. But there are witnesses who may have a different take, and the consequences could be dire.

— Publisher's summary[1]

Plot summary[edit | edit source]

In a flashback to some time early in the Calamity,[2] Artagan gathered his worshipers to reveal the true source of great knowledge and the "truth of all existence". He ends his speech highlighting the virtue of his followers to taking him in as a family and establishing a bond of trust. Artagan then raises a whale corpse from the ground (called "Mister Demeanor").

Sometime after the events of the Traveler Con, Artagan stands on a small rostrum in a trial room, handcuffed. Before him are an audience and two prosecutors, the archfey leaders of the most influential Feywild political courts: Lady Elmenore of the Seelie Court, and Potentate Sammanar of the Unseelie Court. The prosecutors state that Artagan has been brought to the attention of the court for "taking the false godhood one step too far, one too many times", highlighting the whale incident which resulted in his banishment from the Material Plane. They claim that Artagan did not draw any moral conclusions from his deeds, but permit him to explain himself. Artagan tells them that the whale worshipers were better off without constantly questioning theology and the nature of life. This response angers Sammanar, who summons the Bespelled Gem, a levitating, diamond-shaped crystal, which showed within it images of a distorted individual in eternal agony; Artagan's potential punishment.

Once again, Artagan is unfazed, and starts to slowly unlock the handcuffs as he speaks to the other archfey about his alleged remorse for his past history, such as the Traveler Con ruse of pretending to be the Moonweaver and choking Vix [sic] to death. Artagan then throws the handcuffs, creates a portal and attempts to jump through it, but the smashes into the portal's solid surface, suddenly unable to move. The guards bring him back to the rostrum as Elmenore and Sammanar point out that they are prepared for his trickery, and the trial resumes. Several members of Vox Machina, namely Keyleth, Vex'ahlia, and Percival de Rolo, are seen in the court's audience.

Featured characters[edit | edit source]

Mentioned[edit | edit source]

Publication[edit | edit source]

The issue was published by Dark Horse Comics on January 3, 2024. The digital version was released on the same day.[1]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Critical Role: Tales of Exandria II--Artagan #1 on Dark Horse Comics' official website
  2. Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, Chapter 1: "Story of Wildemount", p. 32. "a millenium" before 835 PD, which is approximately contemporary to Aeor's fall.

Art:

  1. Issue cover art, by Toby Sharp (source). This file is a copyrighted work. Its use in this article is asserted to qualify as fair use of the material under United States copyright law.