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stickandthorn · 5 months ago
Hey shoutout to Mathew Mercer for saying “In my world there’s an organization  of responsible, accountable monk-librarians who are all sexy badass enbies or lesbians who spend their days carefully taking down a bunch of greasy old men in positions of power. And you can’t do anything about that.” Like... how iconic.
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bloodyshadow1 · 8 months ago
something that really stuck with me during talks was Marisha saying that what happened to Beau with the Soul taking responsibility and apologizing to her is a fantasy never seen in stories for victims of abuse, because she’s a 100% right.  In media, there are often 2 stories that are told (when the victim of abuse is the protagonist) 
1. Society has failed the abused and it’s up to them to take matters into their own hands, often getting vengeance but rarely justice, if it isn’t a tragedy, where the protagonist doesn’t get either.  Most often seen in movies as the short runtime and focus required fits the abuse as a whole plot.  Ex you’ve been beaten by your husband constantly, but the cops won’t do anything because X, Y, or Z, so you need to take matters into your own hands learn karate and kick boxing to get strong on your own and beat your abuser to show you’re not weak. or increasingly common, the people in power know that you and others are being abused, but because of the abuser’s status it would reflect poorly on the establishment to punish them so they let it happen. (which it seemed the Soul was doing)
2. It’s something in the background that shapes the abused as a character and used as an explanation for how they are.  Often times this leaves the abuser as a nonentity only existing in the backstory, and more often than not forgotten since the plot doesn’t revolve around them.  maybe the Abused will get the chance to confront their abuser somewhere down the line when they’re facing their ghosts but a lot of the time it’s framed as letting the abuser go if the abused is stronger than they were, sometimes even forgiving them in some weird way for making the protagonist stronger in some twisted way.  Ex you meet your parent who used to beat the crap out of you after school everyday to ‘toughen you up’ after years and after gaining super powers to fight monsters, you could crush them like a bug, but instead you forgive them, despite them not doing anything worth forgiving except maybe an apology, because their ‘tough love’ shaped you into the person you are today.  Something I know at the very least have seen a hundred times
Beau’s story is the first story I’ve ever seen where society (the Cobalt Soul) acknowledges her trauma and the abuse she went through, even though it isn’t actually the Soul’s fault because it was Zeenoth specifically who took the money to kidnap her, Zeenoth is still a member of the Cobalt Soul and such had the power to kidnap her and make her protests disappear.  Udalla Fon, the Head of the Wildemount archives, personally apologizes to Beau, they let her know that what happened to her was not the norm, nor was it acceptable, they inform her, that they’ve already brought Zeenoth into custody and he is awaiting trial. Beau didn’t have to do anything other than let it slip in passing during a moment of anger that she was kidnapped for money in front of Dairon, an expositor and someone who saw potential in Beau, and it was being taken care of.  
It got to the point where Beau didn’t even seem to think of Zeenoth as someone who abused her, that he was just a teacher who was bad at teaching her personally and just another part of the establishment that she had to deal with if she wanted to stay an expositor. Instead of you know..., the guy who was bribed into kidnapping her from her family home.  Marisha is right, I can’t think of a single story where society doesn’t fail a character when it comes to dealing with their abuser, yet here in a dnd show we see it and it is amazing.   That for once an abused character doesn’t have to scrape and scrap to be treated like a human being and respected as such.  Even better, they don’t even try to act like it’s for the greater good since Beau is an expositor in their ranks now so things worked out making it okay.  No, they reflect on what happened and tell Beau sincerely, that while they appreciate her and are happy that she is an expositor, that in a kinder world they hope she would find her way to them willingly instead of being forced.  There’s no, ‘well it sucked but it made you into the woman you are today so it makes it okay in the long run,’ from them, it’s, you deserved to make the choice yourself and we’d like to think that you would find your way here, but are sorry that you never had the choice to make.
The storyline almost comes out of nowhere because it was building in the background since Trostenwald, since episode 4 of the campaign.  Beau got justice even though she didn’t have to seek it out and it was a delight to see
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vestigesofperversion · 2 months ago
Beau Does Vandalism, Breaks Caleb
[Caleb, Beau, and Yasha, among the tomes of Zedash’s Cobalt Soul Reserve, having just made some early breakthroughs in the Vess / Aeor investigation]
Marisha, to Matt: “I rip out the page documenting The Tomb Takers.”
Caleb: “I.. could have memorized.. that poor book...”
Beau: “NO TIME.”
Yasha, consolingly, to Caleb: “She’s allowed to do it.”
Liam, to Matt: “Caleb just goes — thousand-yard stare — for a full 30 seconds.”
Travis: “You massacred a book.”
Matt, describing Caleb: “Just a slight twitch in the left eye.”
Travis: “🎵 Who can say where the road goes… 🎵”
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wanderingisland · 8 months ago
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Shinscratch the Dragonborn Monk. Born to an impoverished family in Draconia, the dragonborn’s parents were forced to sell him to a mercenary band in the hopes of bettering the lives of his siblings. His new masters forced him to fight all manner of creatures and monsters that they had captured, for their entertainment. After years of this abuse, Shinscratch was freed by a group of monks from the Order of the Cobalt Soul, who took him back to their temple. There, Shinscratch learned to blend his sword-fighting technique with the monk’s graceful movements and control, and though their patience and faith haven’t rubbed off on him as strongly, he has grown into a formidable warrior.
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defineyourterms · a year ago
"Your dislike for authority is not a bad thing. 𝐼𝑡 𝑐𝑎𝑛 𝑘𝑒𝑒𝑝 𝑦𝑜𝑢 𝑎𝑙𝑖𝑣𝑒. 𝐀𝐮𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐲 𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝 𝐚𝐥𝐰𝐚𝐲𝐬 𝐛𝐞 𝐪𝐮𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐞𝐝. 𝑻𝒉𝒐𝒔𝒆 𝒘𝒊𝒕𝒉 𝒎𝒐𝒓𝒆 𝒑𝒐𝒘𝒆𝒓 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒏 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒔𝒉𝒐𝒖𝒍𝒅 𝒃𝒆 𝒉𝒆𝒍𝒅 𝒕𝒐 𝒂 𝒉𝒊𝒈𝒉𝒆𝒓 𝒔𝒕𝒂𝒏𝒅𝒂𝒓𝒅."
-Expositor Dairon (Critical Role - Campaign 2, Episode 4)
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acebender · 9 months ago
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Text in the Picture:
“I feel obligated to mention that Thoreau Lionett has been a very good friend to the Archive. Perhaps a bit of discretion could be exercised by the junior archivists?
Also, PLEASE arrange a proper interview with Expositor Dairon before the volume goes to print.
   - Zeenoth”
This is from The Chronicles of Exandria, page 10.
Zeenoth has been on my shitlist since I read this, and I love being right.
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stickandthorn · 5 months ago
I’m gonna be honest, I like how the Cerberus assembly plot line ended. It felt optimistic but realistic. Evil systems are horribly hard to take down, and while awful pieces can be removed, the whole thing oftentimes cannot, or at least cannot without a very long, arduous fight. But there will always be people (Caleb, Beau, the Cobalt Soul) working to take that corrupt system down, and keep as many people out of that system as they can. And hopefully someday, they will succeed. 
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nymphofnovels · a month ago
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Hey Critters! I added some new Cobalt Soul emblem earrings to my shop, go take a look!
[Link in about and reblogs]
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pawthorn · 9 months ago
The situation between Beau and the Cobalt Soul just further highlights what a great DM Matt is.
Marisha went to him with an awesome backstory idea- this young woman was kidnapped and forced into tutelage with the Cobalt Soul because her father paid to get rid of her. It's dramatic and has the potential for a lot of interesting and important storytelling.
But Matt knows that's not how the Cobalt Soul operates. He's spent years thinking about and building this organization. It's in source books. There's a whole subclass made from this. This is not who they are.
But he didn't say "no." He found a way to make it work, a way that amplifies both the player, his NPCs, and the organization as a whole.
Because the Cobalt Soul doesn't exist for its own sake. It's there for his players. They can and should interact with it in a way that changes it, that explores it's corners and edges, that makes it grow.
That's what D&D is all about.
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thevoicethatinspiredme · 9 months ago
Am I the only that loves the fact that Marisha is wearing the Beau jacket a lot, these past few episodes?
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writeywritey · 9 months ago
just thinking a lot about the contrast of Beau saying to Thoreau ‘I’d like to hope what I became had nothing to fucking do with you, but maybe I’d be lying to myself’ (C2, E92, 1:42:30) 
and Yudala saying to Beau ‘we like to think you’d have found your way to us regardless’ (C2, E125, 2:56:48 on Twitch)
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thefriendlymurderer · 8 months ago
So I should be sleeping instead of making this post, but my mind keeps going back to Zeenoth being held by the Cobalt Soul for taking bribes and it makes me wonder if this ties into Isharnai's prophecy at all.
Isharnai told Beau's dad that he would be humbled by that which he desired most. You could interpret that to mean bribing someone to take away the troublesome child that's sullying the family name, and reaping the consequences of it years later.
I would not be surprised if we find out at one point that Beau's dad has also been arrested; after all, it takes two to commit bribery.
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