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In "Excelsior | Exandria Unlimited: Calamity | Episode 1," the players are introduced to a world known as Gwessar, which is in ruins due to the shadows stalking it. The players are tasked with telling a story of a more sorrowful and bitter time in this world. In the first episode, the city of Exandria is shown to be under the control of a changeling mage with a rapier-wand. The city's citizens are busy with their everyday lives until they see screens light up all around the city and see Sam's face broadcast across them.

  • 00:00:00 In this prequel series to Critical Role, the players are introduced to a different world before the Vestiges of Divergence. The world is known as Gwessar, and it is in ruins due to the shadows stalking it. The players are tasked with telling a story of a more sorrowful and bitter time in this world.
  • 00:05:00 In this video, a character is fighting in a city and is suddenly blasted away and into slow time. He tries to find people he knows, but they are all moving through slow time and the explosions keep getting faster and faster until they eventually stop.
  • 00:10:00 In "Excelsior | Exandria Unlimited: Calamity | Episode 1," Luis moves back into a space where he has the power of his own body and time slows down. He sees things exploding and Chaos still happening around him, but as he moves back into his own body, the city seems to become still and everything else subsides.
  • 00:15:00 The video follows Luis, Brennan, and Aabria as they play a game of dice and discuss their fortunes. Luis is on a 13, and Brennan and Aabria tell him that he needs to speak Draconic in order to hear the whispers. Luis goes to the pond to repeat Ghor Dranas back to the pool, but he is interrupted by a giant, red form that emerges from the water and groans in pain. The figure introduces itself as Ghor Dranas, and Luis is horrified to realize that he's been playing games with the very thing that's caused all the calamity in the city. Ghor Dranas tells him that he's sorry, and Luis is left in shock as the scene fades to black.
  • 00:20:00 In this video, Luis and his wife Brennan remember their late husband, Evandrin. Evandrin died 10 years ago in a battle against a horned figure, Zerxus. Luis asks Brennan if he feels anything when he touches the figure, and she says yes, he feels warmth and blood. Zerxus asks whom Evandrin betrayed, and Luis cannot answer. Evandrin's image is shattered and he is pulled into the sun. Luis asks if the being is looking down at him, and Brennan says it turns to look at him and says, "Turn your eyes from this sinner. He is beyond redemption."
  • 00:25:00 In this dream, Luis is the First Knight of Avalir, and he dwells in the Tower of the First Knight. He approaches the balcony of the tower to see his griffon, Tempus, and the cityscape of Avalir.
  • 00:30:00 In the first episode of "Exandria Unlimited: Calamity," the city of Exandria is shown to be under the control of a changeling mage with a rapier-wand. The city's citizens are shown to be busy with their everyday lives, until they see screens light up all around the city and see Sam's face broadcast across them.
  • 00:35:00 In the first of a series of morning announcements, Loquatius Seelie, the handsome and helpful Herald, reports on the eve of the Replenishment, the return to Cathmoíra, and the upcoming fireworks display. Loquatius then morphs into Orison, the proprietor of Orison's Odd-Tack, to give a sales pitch. Aria comes up to thank him and reminds him she's been trying to get ahold of him. He tells her the office is closed and that he will take it up with her next time he sees her. Later, while walking through the Herald's Tome, Brennan notices that the ratings for the city's main channel are down.
  • 00:40:00 The protagonist, a reporter for the Herald's Tome, walks out of the office after a long day of reporting. He sees a carrowhulk and a bunch of wizards, and then he is taken away by Aria. He gets one more autograph signed and then heads off to the Feast of Imyr.
  • 00:45:00 In this video, Travis and Aabria discuss Laerryn Coramar-Seelie, a powerful wizard who is also Laerryn's ex-wife. Laerryn is very focused on her work, but is occasionally distracted by other things. Travis and Aabria discuss Laerryn's character and her work in the heart of Avalir.
  • 00:50:00 The video follows the character of AABria as she attempts to focus on the engine in front of her and find any flaws. She is soon joined by other characters, who discuss the Toramundan Nexus and the upcoming arrival of the city. AABria decides that the ground ones are ready, and the veil of secrecy should be enforced.
  • 00:55:00 The video is about the Calamity, a celestial solstice that will happen in the near future. Chief Artificer Calum Staffwright tells the Architect Arcane, Laerryn, that they will have a month of not having to fly the sky city.

01:00:00 - 02:00:00

This video introduces the player to the world of Exandria Unlimited: Calamity and introduces some of the main characters. The video focuses on the city of Avalir and the preparations for the Apogee Solstice.

  • 01:00:00 Laerryn, an assistant to Aria, is crying relief after deducing that there will be slight shifting of leylines, which is possible because of the Apogee Solstice. Brennan and Travis enter and Laerryn begins summoning a Fire Bolt.
  • 01:05:00 The video follows the arrival ofspell kites from Avalir to Excelsior, and the ensuing festivities. Among the spell kites arriving is one for AABRIA, which she grabs and returns to her home. SAM and BRENNAN speak about their relationship before SAM leaves for the day.
  • 01:10:00 Lou introduces herself and Travis to the viewers, describing Travis's character, Travis the Ringmaster. They see a man at the helm of an empire, Lou recalling his features. Travis tells the viewers that the character, Nydas, is a stocky dude, with long dreads and tattoos of Xs on his face. The main focus of the video is the Golden Scythe, which is a symbol of the city's riches. Lou requests 100 more wands from Alessander, and he agrees. Lou, Travis, and Brennan talk about the Circle of the Crescent Moon and how they may be able to acquire wands for a cheaper price.
  • 01:15:00 The Guildmaster of the Sailor-Marines, Nydas Okiro, arrives to walk the Parade of Beasts and meets lion-man, Brennan, and sphinx, Lou. Feromyne roars for the fireworks show. Captain Badran Esparad and the sorcerous children of the Sorcerer's University thank Lou and Brennan for creating the university.
  • 01:20:00 Lou is trying to figure out what to do about an upcoming Replenishment, during which time a Magister will be coming to pay a debt. Lou wants to make sure that everyone who is important to her is taken care of, and so he sends Alessander to greet the Magister and make sure that everything is going as planned. The Archmage is reedy and sallow-faced, and Lou assumes that he is not very important.
  • 01:25:00 The video introduces the player to Magister Brennan, who is looking for someone to talk to about rumors of a movement up in the ranks of the Replenishment. Brennan is met by Lou, who brushes off his inquiries and tells him to go speak to the sphinx. Brennan and his companions, Alessander and Marisha, head to Cloudstone to investigate. Upon arriving, they find out that the tower is actually the headquarters of the Knights of the First Eye, a militaristic order with a history of betraying allies.
  • 01:30:00 Cerrit Agrupnin, the senior sightwarden of the eyes of Avalir, walks down a corridor flanked by attendants. He is a six and a half-foot tall eisfuura, or bird person, with white feathering that falls into brown tips, a dark beak with slightly gray, slightly bluish eyes, and proud, strong shoulders. He holds his arms tucked in tight to hide the double holstered axes, handaxes that are underneath his arm and wraps around his wrists and taloned fingers and feet. He talks to Travis, a human, about his character and the mission of Exandria Unlimited.
  • 01:35:00 The protagonist is examining a psychometric chamber that recreated the Sanctum of Vasselheim, which disappeared mysteriously. Brennan says that the Ring of Silver, an academic organization, requested that they take it away because the Guildmaster is not present to run it.
  • 01:40:00 The protagonist looks at a disenchanted object and realizes that it was once much larger. They notice that the corrosion comes from a disenchantment that didn't work in a spell-casting way, which suggests that the object was not specifically targeted. They realize that the object is a fragment of a bow and name the curvature of the fragment's end that starts to curl back as a result.
  • 01:45:00 In this video, Travis and Brennan explore a room filled with magical objects that have been disenchanted, and Travis notes that it is not typical fare. They discuss how Travis plans to keep Orwyn (the head of the magical crime unit) informed while also hiding the extent of what they are doing. The video then transitions to the summit of Avalir, where they see a statue of an elven man carved in marble.
  • 01:50:00 In this first episode of "Exandria Unlimited: Calamity", Imyr the Bold, the great wizard who raised the city of Avalir from its terrestrial constraints, is commemorated with a massive statue in the Archsept. The most beautiful woman in the city, Marisha, greets Imyr and explains that her makeup is flawless because she is the most put together woman he has ever seen. Eldamir the Wise, one of the seven archmages who rule the city, steps out of the door with Loras of the Weaver's Mask, an apprentice to one of the archmages.
  • 01:55:00 Loras, the apprentice who walks here, is a beautiful, raven-haired elven man who wears a partial mask over his face. His cloak is of red and green and gold and purple, carved with many bright colors. Eldamir the Wise, one of the seven, meets him and wishes to speak with him.

02:00:00 - 03:00:00

The first episode of "Excelsior: Exandria Unlimited" introduces the setting and main characters. Brennan, Luis, and Travis discuss the first episode of their new series and the events of the previous night's game. They divination spell to check everyone's honesty. Zerxus, the first Knight of Avalir, enters a Replenishment.

  • 02:00:00 The apprentice, Brennan, informs Marisha of the concerns of Eldamir the Wise, who is worried about an upcoming attack on Lathras. Brennan suggests that Marisha speak to Volucia, Eldamir's apprentice, to gain more information.
  • 02:05:00 The video is a short recap of what's been going on with the Calamity event and the various developments related to it. It mentions that the Hall of Prophecy has been closed down and that Eldamir the Wise is concerned about Eldamir the Wise's attempts to recreate the Matron's ritual. There is mention of the Sightwarden and the suggestion that he report his findings to the Archmage Eldamir.
  • 02:10:00 The video discusses the benefits of a Twitch subscription to Critical Role, including immediate access to VODs and custom emotes.
  • 02:15:00 Critical Role is a live-streamed role-playing game where players act out the adventures of the fictional group of adventurers called the "Critical Role" cast. The game is set in a world of magic and adventure, and is accompanied by a professionally moderated chat room where players can discuss the game. For Amazon Prime members, Twitch offers a one-month free subscription to any channel of their choice.
  • 02:20:00 In the year following a Replenishment, crops will explode and a new age of magic will come. The GM describes the city of Cathmoíra and its celebratory atmosphere.
  • 02:25:00 In this episode of "Exandria Unlimited," Brennan and Marisha describe the city of Avalir before the Replenishment, which is a seven-year event where the wizards of the city come together to celebrate. The main event of the Replenishment is the Palazzo Por'co gala, where the most important members of the Magisterium and the eight guilds attend. Marisha worries that the Septarion (a group of apprentices from the Ring of Gold) may not show up, and Brennan reminds her that they will be there. Later, Brennan speaks to a guildmaster about extra guests, and Magister Hollow (a member of the Ring of Silver) is mentioned.
  • 02:30:00 In this video, Brennan and Marisha discuss the upcoming party they are throwing for Travis. They explain that Cerrit, a member of the Octothurge and Dean of the College of Necromancy, is a notorious show-off and will only enter the party if he is announced by name. As the guests arrive, they all take notice of Cerrit and signal to each other with subtle nods and gestures.
  • 02:35:00 The video introduces the characters and sets the stage for the story. Brennan and Travis are talking about the Feast of Imyr and how it's been going so far. Brennan recalls a time when she was a reporter and met Loquatius Seelie. Bolo, a friend of a friend, interrupts the conversation to say that she's there to help with drinks. Bolo is introduced and everyone seems to have a negative reaction to her. Luis and AABria are worried that she's going to cause trouble. Bolo goes to get drinks and mingles with the other guests.
  • 02:40:00 In this video, Brennan and friends discuss their suspicions about a possible member of the group being a stowaway from a previous visit to Aeor. They eventually meet Bolo, a friendly Aeorian, and she just says "hello" every time they encounter each other. After a bewildered conversation with their would-be tree-seller, they realize it's the rarest magical tree in the world and head off in search of it. Along the way, they run into a group of wizards who seem unimpressed with their find and a Por'co who has gifted them a huge treasure.
  • 02:45:00 In this first episode of Excelsior: Exandria Unlimited, Laerryn walks into the Palazzo Porco, the Herald announcing her as the architect arcane of the court of workings. She walks past everyone and grabs a glass of champagne from Marisha, replaces her own glass, and marches towards Zerxus. He freezes in his tracks upon hearing his name announced and Zerxus casts haste on himself before flying out to explore the city.
  • 02:50:00 In this video, Brennan, Luis, and Travis discuss the first episode of their new series, Excelsior: Exandria Unlimited. They discuss the setting and the main characters. Brennan casts a divinatory spell to check everyone's honesty. Everyone at the table is their true self, and they look out at the magisters, deans, and provosts of the flying city of Avalir.
  • 02:55:00 The group celebrates their victory in the Calamity contest, but Luis has a troubling memory of his nightmare. Zerxus, the first Knight of Avalir, enters a Replenishment.

03:00:00 - 04:00:00

In the "Excelsior | Exandria Unlimited: Calamity | Episode 1" video, the characters discuss the recent discovery of artifacts from Vasselheim and the implications they may have. They also introduce the Palazzo Por'co and the Hall of Prophecy, which are both closed due to the Replenishing. Later, Lacrytia Hollow invites Purvan Suul to speak to the Septarion and Madara Glyph looks angry.

  • 03:00:00 In this video, Luis tells his friends about a dream in which one of the gods, the fallen one, the Betrayer, tries to extinguish another god. Zerxus, a Draconic speaker, says that the term Ghor Dranas, the literal meaning of which is "gathering of shadows," has a deep and scary connotation. Travis and Brennan both say that their intelligence skills would be useful for understanding the meaning of the dream, with Brennan going for religion, Travis for history, and Lou for arcana. AABIA gets a 22 on arcana.
  • 03:05:00 In the Librarium, Incantatum is the key to unlocking the Schism, which is the origin of Toramunda. The founding of Toramunda has its roots in the Schism, when the Emperor of Fire and the Empress of Earth were defeated by the Dawnfather and sealed away under Mount Ygora. Over time, the druids of Gau Drashari built Toramunda and it eventually grew into a city attracting wizards. Those wizards eventually took the top of Mount Ygora and sailed away, leaving Ghor Dranas behind. Later, Zerxus saw a dream in which he saw his son, who was five years old at the time, and he doesn't know what he looks like now.
  • 03:10:00 The characters discuss the recent discovery of artifacts from Vasselheim, which have caused suspicion and concern in the Ring of Silver.
  • 03:15:00 In this video, Luis, Brennan, Travis, AABria, and Sam are discussing an old, almost forgotten, gold bow. Brennan explains that it used to be 12 feet tall and made of pure, extraplanar gold. All of the others are amazed and excited by this discovery.
  • 03:20:00 Brennan and the others discuss what happened to the bow of a solar and realize that it was not a spell that was used to shatter it. They think that someone else was in the room with Vespin when he tried to use Mage's Disjunction on it and that this other person was powerful enough to do so without effort.
  • 03:25:00 In this video, Brennan introduces the Palazzo Por'co, where a champion of the gods has walked in. The man is a terrestrial ranger who has mud on his boots and a black and gray wolf walking beside him. Zerxus, Avalir's First Knight, approaches the table and greets the player characters. Madara Glyph, the Madra of Ravens, wanders off and Luis, Avalir's First Knight, approaches to speak with them. Galdric, Zerxus' servant, snarls at the scarecrows but also seems to be entertained by them. The player characters discuss the celestial feeling they are experiencing and wonder if they should consult with the Hall of Prophecy.
  • 03:30:00 The Hall of Prophecy is closed due to the Replenishing. Laerryn and Loquatius try to find out why, but have no luck. They decide to go check it out themselves and Luis accompanies them. They talk to Madara Glyph and the Magister Micah Cormorant, who seem to be in charge of the Replenishing. Lacrytia Hollow, Dean of the Throne of Necromancy, has invited Purvan Suul to speak to the Septarion, which is the ruling council of Avalir. All of the other members of the Septarion are confused and Madara looks angry.
  • 03:35:00 The video introduces the characters and discusses the current situation. The Magister Cormorant says that there have been many upheavels in recent history and that the current deity-less champion, Purvan, does not fit in with the spirit of the age. Lacrytia Hollow, Dean Hollow, and Travis discuss the situation, and Laerryn starts walking towards the door. A Sending is sent to Nydas, who then orders four Automatons to the Heart.
  • 03:40:00 In this video, Lou, Brennan, and Aabria discuss the party and the various happenings. Lou walks out of the party and tells Brennan that he found the silver circlet around Magister Cromwell's neck, marking her as a member of the Ring of Silver. Brennan realizes that Milus Phren is not one of their members, and he orders Aabria to head back to the vault to get four more automatons and head to the heart to investigate.
  • 03:45:00 The protagonist is investigating a breach in the circle of protection around Excelsior, and comes across a wobbling hodmedod that has stopped serving drinks. He realizes that the automata it was serving were not sentient, and that it was one of the contributors to the breach.
  • 03:50:00 In this video, Travis, Marisha, and Brennan discuss Excelsior Plaza and the Calamity event. Travis is tracking Dean Lacrytia Hollow and Bolo, and Brennan has been following Purvan. They discuss the vision Brennan had of the future, in which the champion Vasselheim disappears before he can meet the god Vespin Chloras.
  • 03:55:00 The protagonist, Brennan, tells the player about his goddess' belief that something reckless was attempted in Vasselheim, and that many powerful mages have sought to recreate the miracle of his mistress' ascension. He believes that the Archmage Chloras attempted something new, something riskier than an ascension to godhood.

04:00:00 - 04:10:00

In the first episode of "Exandria Unlimited: Calamity," the characters SAM and BRENNAN lament the end of the show. SAM suggests doing more stories about the characters' everyday lives, but BRENNAN is less interested. The episode ends with the characters chanting "Is it Thursday yet?"

  • 04:00:00 Travis looks at a dis-animated hodmedod and makes a Perception check, noticing that something is wrong. He uses Invisibility and detects that there is someone else in the room with him.
  • 04:05:00 In this video, Travis and Marisha are in a chamber with mirrors on all the walls. Travis is trying to sneak attack someone, but he keeps losing his grip on his axes, which appear in the mirrors behind him. Suddenly, Brennan appears in the mirror opposite of Travis, and he is horrified to see that Vespin Chloras, the leader of the Crimson Guard, is behind him. Brennan attacks Vespin, and the fight spills into the other mirrors, which fracture and fracture until Vespin is gone and Travis is the only one left.
  • 04:10:00 In the first episode of "Exandria Unlimited: Calamity," the characters SAM and BRENNAN lament the end of the show. SAM suggests doing more stories about the characters' everyday lives, but BRENNAN is less interested. The episode ends with the characters chanting "Is it Thursday yet?"

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