#kate watches cr
It’s wild to watch the episode where the Nein first go to the Evening Nip while also knowing that Jester’s going to drag this same ‘scary’ crime boss kicking and screaming into fatherhood in about 100 episodes.
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Thinking about how Marisha’s natural inclination for note-taking has been incorporated into both of her characters, especially Beau, and how much the other players all respect her so much for it. This can be seen in both campaigns, from Vax and Keyleth asking about information on the Shadowfell from Eskil Ryndarien and Vax saying, absolutely smitten, “this is what she does, she carries this little book around everywhere”, to the way that note-taking and information has been incorporated into Beau’s entire character motivation. It fits perfectly with Beau’s monk abilities as well - her Cobalt Soul skills like Extract Aspects and Extort Truth are perfect for someone who collects information so judiciously.
I love how dedicated Marisha has been to storing the party’s information, and how critically important her notes have been so many times in both campaigns. Taking notes during dnd is a SKILL - it’s extremely tricky to balance writing down the correct information with role-playing, but Marisha pulls it off masterfully. Kudos to Marisha for this incredible talent! I can’t wait to see how she incorporates gathering information into her character in the third campaign.
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Cursed idea: vid of the Ikithon + scourgers fight to Mariah Carey’s “Obsessed”
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25 Syndenstar, 835 PD at the Steam’s Respite in Zadash
Yasha: just for clarification...is it...nine is the number?
Nott: Yes, it’s the number nine
Jester: so we still need a few people, actually
Somewhere in the Savalirwood, Caduceus Clay looks up at the sky, shielding his eyes from the sun, so used to his own loneliness that it barely registers. He has no idea what is coming for him in almost exactly a month that will make sure he never has to be alone again.
Across the continent in Xhorhas, Essek Thelyss sits within the court of the Bright Queen, mired in his own misery and boredom while listening to petty squabbling between the Dens. He cannot even fathom that in five months, his entire existence will be upended for the rest of his long, long life.
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The Nein just met Pumat Sol, who immediately Prestidigitated Caleb clean (to everyone’s delight):
Marisha: this guy’s our new Gilmore, you guys
Liam, like he’s not playing the most chaotic bisexual wizard in Exandria: I am NOT seducing this person
Matt: you say this now
Marisha: 500 hours later, we’re fighting gods with him
Me, remembering the Obann fight in Rexxentrum: .....
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I started a rewatch of the early campaign 2 episodes and am on episode 8, where they coin “the Mighty Nein”. Caleb comes up with the name so proudly, and Fjord immediately starts counting “one, two, three, four” to kick off the much-recurring joke that there are never actually nine of them – none of them realizing that nearly a year later, after a mountain of grief and loss and heartache followed by love and friendship and healing, averting the end of the world at the hands of one of their own, through trials untold and places unimagined, they will someday stand shoulder to shoulder and be nine in reality.
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There have been several amazing posts about how Essek had no idea what was coming for him when the Nein showed up on the Bright Queen’s doorstep, and I’ve been thinking about how it’s delightful that neither did Caleb! Caleb himself was just starting the slow climb out of his own bottomless pit of shame and guilt - he’d only revealed his birth name to the Nein less than ten episodes before - and he had no idea when he walked into that room and pulled out the beacon, he was going to change everything.
Finding the love of his life, continuing his redemption arc, changing the course of Exandrian history - these outcomes all hinged on that one moment, where a dirty, traumatized wizard took a wild risk and went off-script.
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MY GIRL COMES THROUGH YESSSS
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You go Essek use dunamancy to protect your bf
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Bald Matt giving us eyes over the tabletop
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Humble apologies to anyone who embroidered a Molly coat only for tal to throw the whole character away
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“You’re wearing them...king”
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I know it’s too much but my heart says widomauk could somehow still win
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Before the break is the actual episode after the break it’s just Matt and Liam role playing a wizard couple
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If within this SEVEN HOUR LIVESTREAM these wizards DO NOT KISS I will LOSE IT
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Hey friends! I will be live watching at LEAST for the beginning half of tonight’s CR finale, finger’s crossed I’ll make it through the whole thing even though it ends at 5:30am for me. In lieu of that, you will definitely want to blacklist “cr spoilers” if you don’t want spoilers on your dash! I will tag all posts with this for two weeks after the episode. Can’t wait to scream on the internet with you all! 😘
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For the longest time, before we had realized this was the final arc, I was dreading this arc’s ending because I knew Essek couldn’t stay with the Nein for an entire prolonged campaign. It was the same with Molly - when they went to resurrect him that first time, there was no mechanical way to bring him back, keep Caduceus, and continue with a long campaign.
So in some ways, the fact that the campaign is ending now is perfect, because it allows us to continue to follow these characters and their growth without being limited by gameplay mechanics.
Thematically it makes so much sense that Essek would now become permanently incorporated into the Mighty Nein. He’s grown so much, he’s come so far, and he doesn’t really have anything to go back to. His budding romance with Caleb, his “redemption” arc - if this was a normal storytelling medium, he would be part of the group moving forward. But because he’s an NPC, this makes things very difficult for Matt - in terms of gameplay mechanics alone, Essek will never be able to function as an equal member of the party because of all the other responsibilities that Matt carries as DM.
But with the campaign ending now, it gives the cast the freedom to follow that narrative direction without mechanics getting in the way. Matt doesn’t have to ship Essek off to Bazzoxan or get him kidnapped by the Bright Queen or what have you. He can just stay with them, developing his friendships, becoming a full-fledged member of the Nein the way we’ve all wanted him to be. And when they return to one-shots, they can reference his presence, they can tell stories and shared experiences - and they can show the passage of time with Essek present without Matt needing to RP any of it.
And it’s the same with Mollymauk! Playing two characters is difficult, but neither Molly or Caduceus would feel the same without Tal behind them, and being a huge fan of both, I would hate to see a complete Mighty Nein without either of them present. But because the campaign is ending, that pressure is removed from Tal - oh, he may have to play two characters in a couple of one-offs here and there, and definitely for the finale, but in terms of a long, drawn-out campaign, they don’t have to leave Molly somewhere. He can just…join them.
If I had to choose between adventurer!Essek and the campaign going on a bit longer, I’ll choose to have Essek among them every time, and I’m SO glad that we have Mollymauk back without having to pick between him and Caduceus. The Mighty Nein will live on long after this campaign comes to a close in my heart and in my imagination, and to have them complete, to have Essek have his narrative closure, to have him and Caleb have their chance, to see the possibility of redemption for this character that we’ve ALL come to know and love so much - and to see Mollymauk have his chance at life, an opportunity to learn and grow and develop into the person he might have been without his early death?? It all feels very much worth it, as sad as I am to see it end.
Thank you for such an incredible run, Mighty Nein. It’s been such a journey.
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You know when you’re so filled with joy that it feels like it doesn’t fit within the confines of your human body and it’s just flaring out from you into the universe like a starbust? That’s how I feel after finishing episode 140.
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