The Legend of Vox Machina began as a Dungeons & Dragons campaign played by a group of voice actors. Eventually, the group’s D&D sessions were posted on the Critical Role YouTube page. They gained a following and a Kickstarter campaign to turn it into a series. With an initial goal of $750,00, the campaign ended up earning $11 million, proving wary investors wrong and getting the attention of Amazon, who brought the new show to their streaming service.
The party consisted of Liam O’Brien, Ashley Johnson, Taliesin Jaffe, Laura Bailey, Sam Riegel, Travis Willingham, Marisha Ray, Orion Acaba, and Matthew Mercer. All but Acaba, who parted ways with the others during Critical Role’s first campaign, returned for the new Amazon show, which follows a group of mercenaries named Vox Machina, who battle against dragons, vampires, liches, and all sorts of other creatures.
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The show brought other talents such as Grey DeLisle and Khary Payton, who guest-starred during the original campaign. DeLisle played Deliah Briarwood, who, alongside her husband Sylas, tried to enact a ritual to summon the Whispered One, who D&D fans will know as Vecna, even if the show won’t be able to use the name of a licensed character. Payton voiced Sovereign Uriel Tal’Dorei, the ruler of the Tal’Dorei empire, whose put under the control of the Briarwoods.
What’s On the Horizon?
During an exclusive interview with Screen Rant, both DeLisle and Payton opened up about season 2 of the show. Payton praised the first season while saying he’s “pretty sure” that he’s got some characters to play. DeLisle hinted that she might be involved in “something adjacent” to Vox Machina, but she couldn’t say what. You can check out Payton and DeLisle’s full comments below:
Khary Payton: “There’s definitely talks, and I’m excited to see how it all comes out. I think that the first season came out amazing, some of the animation was just sick. I love all of those guys, and the story they told was amazing, and I just knew that another season was coming out. Yeah, I’m pretty sure that I’ve got some characters to play.”
Grey DeLisle: “In some capacity, yes. I can’t say if it will be Vox Machina, but it might be something adjacent. [Laughs] I’m being so bad right now, I can’t say what, but I definitely know that I’ll always stay in the people’s universe for the foreseeable future.”
Details on season two are still scarce, but the finale of season one saw Payton’s Uriel ceding power to the council of Tal’Dorei, so we’ll likely see the character present, if not in power. He also makes it sound like he might be playing more than one character during season two, which some of the actors on the show have done already.
DeLisle’s Deliah was seemingly killed off, but the character returned later on during the original campaign. Though not during the Chroma Conclave arc, which the ending of season one appeared to set up. Her comments also raise the possibility that some spin-off may be on the horizon as well.