20 Works in Eiselcross (Critical Role)

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    It's Quiet Uptown from Hamilton but it's Essek returning to Aeor post-campaign, reuniting there with Caleb, and starting to heal

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    Essek knows what has to be done to escape the prying eyes of the Empire and the Dynasty- he just needs everything in place to disappear.

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    As the Mighty Nein travel to Aeor, Essek keeps a distance. Wary of the people his friends have chosen to travel with.

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    Her girlfriend. Beau felt giddy just saying the word.

    Yasha landed next to her with a soft thud on the snow, her wings folding back and fading away.

    “Hey.”

    Gods, she could hear the smile in Yasha’s voice.

    Beau turned to look at her and smiled back. “Hey.”

     

    Or, Beau discovers some upsides to having a girlfriend with healing hands.

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    In which the Nein take a break, a real break, just for a while. And while some build relationships with each other and take some time off, for the first time in a long time, Caleb feels left out. On a whim, he decides to find Essek, to maybe fix whatever has been broken, learn more dunamancy maybe, and maybe something more.

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    AU: In this timeline, the tomb takers arc didn’t start yet, and the Nein enjoys a much earned time off from adventuring after Rumblecusp, at least for a while. Caleb seeks out Essek, they spend time dancing around each other in Eiselcross until reality comes knocking at their door.

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    Five times Caleb cast one of Essek's spells, and one time Essek cast one of Caleb's.

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    “It is just for warmth, Essek. You do not need to be embarrassed, ja?”

    He breathed out shakily. It was just for warmth. Just for warmth.

    He wasn’t sure he wanted it to be.

    -OR-

    Five times Essek and Caleb slept under the stars and one time they didn’t.

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    In the last fight with the Tombtakers, Essek Thelyss bends reality to keep them all alive and pays the price. As he copes with the aftereffects of his own magic and the party takes the long journey back to the surface, Essek and Caleb finally confront what they are to each other.

    or,

    Five times Essek woke up with level(s) of exhaustion and one time he didn't.

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    “They aren’t very nice to you, are they?” Lucien hummed, shaking his head. “Such a shame… I can be nice.”

    The tiefling's eyes flickered downwards and Essek felt his stomach flip.

    “Oh...”

    Lucien grinned, canines flashing sharply, and leaned forward slightly. “I can be very nice.”

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    The situation is bad in Eiselcross and The Traveller tries to help.

     

    “Well, this doesn’t look great.” Artagan exhaled, eyes catching Jester’s mid roll...

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    "I know I'm nosy," Essek says, "and it's none of my business."

    "It's fine," Caleb says. "There have been some... romantic developments within our group in recent weeks. It's all very heartwarming. And at the same time, it can be lonely."

    "I understand," Essek says. "Better than you might think." His gaze is piercing in a way that makes Caleb unable to look away.

    Caleb knows what he's thinking. He knows what it means.

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    "You can get caught in another person’s orbit before you realize. Magic has its own force of attraction, and wizards, knowledge-hungry creatures that they are, go to great lengths to study more, to become more powerful."
    Caleb Widogast and Shadowhand Essek Thelyss, and their fascination with each other, told in three scenes and the use of Gravity Sinkhole.

    TW: BLOOD, just briefly but violent, so maybe don't read if the recent descriptions of Gravity Sinkhole made you want a TW.
    Just a warning because I saw some comments about that in the community.

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    Beauregard was cold. She was freezing, and she wanted to feel any heat so badly, but there was no way to warm herself up. She couldn't sleep.

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    "It's the dome tonight, guys."
    In the ruins of Eiselcross, Essek fights his first fight, side by side with the Mighty Nein. A rest is in order - but is he even allowed to get close to them?

    Also, Essek hears about the M9's strange trust building exercises (aka endangering/killing each other during their adventures). Maybe there's hope for him. (Feat. Caduceus the Therapy Cleric)

    There be Wizard Boys Fluff inside. I needed something nice.

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    The Mighty Nein erupt into Essek's life, teach him to love them - and then leave him behind. As the weeks pass, and the people who changed him do not return, Essek learns to change himself.

    (Or: five things that change in Essek Thelyss after he parts ways with the Mighty Nein, and one thing that doesn't.)

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    It’s colder than death. Beau would be shivering if she weren’t half-unconscious.

    Fuck Eiselcross. Fuck Lucien. Fuck the Tomb Takers and their stupid fucking mission and their stupid fucking city. Fuck the Somnovum. Fuck the eye on the back of her hand. Fuck dragons, fuck almost dying. Fuck the snow.

    Really, truly fuck the snow.

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    Essek's relationship with the Mighty Nein can be especially fraught at times, but what if things had turned out differently?

    An exploration of 'bad ending' routes. And a whole lot of projection.

    Vague references to spoilers up until C2E122.

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    "Absence makes the heart grow fonder", they say. But he hardly remembered how long it was since he'd last seen the Mighty Nein. For a while he had tried to forget them, even; he was Shadowhand Thelyss, true to the Dynasty, invested in his research for the greater good.
    He didn't expect to hear from them while he was in Eiselcross. It should have been a distraction - now he was laughably close to them.
    Without the pending war and away from Dynasty and Empire... would they judge him more harshly now, or would they give him the chance he had been promised?

    (Mostly centered around Essek and Caleb trying to solve the Lucien/Mollymauk problem, as our wizard boys do. My take on what happens when the M9 get to Aeor.)

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    It’s cold.

    It’s fucking cold, is the first thing he thinks.

    The second thing he thinks is ‘not again’, though he doesn’t know why.

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    "You mean 'we'll make it,'" Beau said, as an icy feeling crept up her spine. "Right, Deuces? We'll make it out."
    "No," he said, and that same soft, grim smile was back. "I meant you."
    There was a beat of silence where Beau just breathed.
    "What," she said, trying to keep her voice measured even as her thoughts spun out. "Why the fuck do you think I would leave without you?"
    "You have to," he said.
    "Why?"
    "My last question to Melora," Caduceus replied. He looked regretful, almost chagrined.
    "What was it?" Beau said, dread creeping up the base of her skull.

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    Beau and Caduceus are lost beneath the snows of Eisselcross, separated from the group. And time is running out for one of them.

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