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A Gallery of Guests Who Have Crossed Paths With the Mighty Nein
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A Gallery of Guests Who Have Crossed Paths With the Mighty Nein

Critical Role is Geek & Sundry’s live Dungeons & Dragons show featuring Dungeon Master Matthew Mercer and his troupe of fellow voice actors. Catch them every Thursday night at 7:00 PM PT on the Geek & Sundry Twitch channel and on Alpha.

The second campaign of Critical Role is only months old, but already some impressive and compelling guest characters have crossed paths with The Mighty Nein. Faces both new and familiar have graced the stage to join and assist the intrepid cast in Wildemount.

Each of the guests’ portraits has been illustrated by official artist of the second campaign, Ariana Orner. The process was similar to putting together the art for The Mighty Nein when the campaign began, but with less time to tweak the design.

“I can’t go back and forth as much as I’d like to get things absolutely perfect,” Ariana says. “Still, the process is the same: I’ll send over the sketch to the guest based on their initial character description, receive feedback, and then adjust the art as necessary.”

Take a look at the guests gallery below and learn a little more about them and their characters.



Character: Shakäste, human cleric

Player: Khary Payton

First Appearance: “Hush” (Episode 7)

The first guest player character the Mighty Nein encountered was the enigmatic and charismatic Shakäste in the depths of the gnoll mines. His pupil-less eyes are as white as his hair. Shakäste is accompanied by his dark-feathered hummingbird, Grand Duchess Anastasia, and while he is mysterious, his intentions are good.

Khary might be best known as the voice of DC Comics’ Cyborg in Teen Titans, Teen Titans Go!, and DC Super Hero Girls. (Booyah.) He’s also had a recurring role on The Walking Dead.



Character: Calianna, half-elf sorcerer

Player: Mark Hulmes

First Appearance“Stalker in the Swamp” (Episode 21)

Calianna is a half-elf with a draconic heritage revealed by the black scales that cover the side of her body. That same heritage also gifted her with powerful acid and fire-based magic. As powerful as Calianna is, she’s very inexperienced in the ways of the world, and finds the Mighty Nein and their companion Kiri utterly fascinating.

Mark is a longtime friend of Matt Mercer and the Dungeon Master for High Rollers, a D&D live game with new episodes every Sunday. You can also find him on YouTube channel Tabletop Weekly. Mark also DMed a quick, fun game with Taliesin Jaffe and Ashley Johnson at this summer’s Stream of Many Eyes.



Character: Keg, dwarf fighter

Player: Ashly Burch

First Appearance: “Found and Lost” (Episode 26)

Keg, a fighter from Shady Creek Run who has a history with the remorseless Iron Shepherds, wears battered and bloodied armor. She’s abrasive and finds the Mighty Nein off-putting, especially Nott. But she agrees to join forces to help find the group’s missing friends for her own vengeful ends.

Ashly is known for her roles in video games such as Aloy in Horizon Zero Dawn, Tiny Tina in Borderlands 2, and Chloe in Life Is Strange. You might also remember her as an unforgettable character in the Critical Role Pathfinder one-shot “To the Poop! Goblins.”



Character: Nila, firbolg druid

Player: Sumalee Montano

First Appearance: “Converging Fury” (Episode 27)

Nila is a kind soul who comes upon The Mighty Nein in their moment of great sorrow. She lends a sympathetic ear, but has a tragedy of her own to contend with: Her family has been abducted by the same foul slavers who struck the Mighty Nein. They team up to find her missing spouse and child in The Sour Nest.

Sumalee has a wide range of acting experience, starting with a recurring role on ER, and later major gaming voice roles like the Inquisitor in Dragon Age: Inquisition and Suraya Hawthorne in Destiny 2.


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All Images: Ariana Orner / Critical Role


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