For the reason that net sequence kicked off in 2012, actual-play phenomena Crucial Position has expanded the world of Exandria, with every subsequent marketing campaign happening in a while on the earth’s historical past. However with Prime Video’s animated fantasy sequence, The Legend of Vox Machina, the voice actors return to the place it began, with their first group of misfit mercenaries from the very first marketing campaign. This time, nevertheless, that they had an opportunity to rewrite historical past and make some tweaks to the way in which it unfolded the primary time round.
“[We’d] been enjoying as a bunch for 2 and a half years earlier than we determined to take it to the stream,” says Marisha Ray, voice of half-elf druid Keyleth. “So there have been numerous character constructing and backstory moments that the viewers by no means noticed. So via flashbacks, and simply actually nice chilly opens, we’re capable of see sort of a peek behind that curtain.”
[Ed. note: This post contains spoilers for the first three episodes of The Legend of Vox Machina season 2]
“The scenes that I like are the moments that I didn’t get to be there within the precise marketing campaign,” provides Ashley Johnson, who voices compassionate gnomish cleric Pike Trickfoot.
Resulting from real-life scheduling conflicts, Johnson was absent for some pivotal moments. Because of the animated sequence, the actors had been capable of rewrite historical past a bit and convey Pike into the fold for these scenes. This season’s third episode, for example, “The Sunken Tomb” follows the plot factors of one of many net sequence episodes that Johnson couldn’t attend; now when a entice triggers within the eerie underwater temple and kills half-elf ranger Vex’ahlia (Laura Bailey), Pike rushes to her aspect to attempt to revive her — a second notably absent from the unique run.
The animated sequence not solely provides the actors an opportunity to dive into extra of their characters’ backstories and discover dynamics that weren’t current on the desk, however it additionally takes the present exterior the storytellers’ POV, permitting viewers to see the villains conniving and plotting their very own schemes. Dungeon Grasp Matt Mercer was significantly excited to see that side of the present come to life, since, as Dungeon Grasp, he performed all of the dragons of the Chroma Conclave. Within the present, although, whereas he does reprise the function of historic dragon Umbrasyl, the opposite dragons are voiced by Cree Summers, Lance Reddick, and Liam O’Brien (who can also be the participant and voice behind half-elf rogue Vax’ildan). Now we get to see the dragons’ behind-the-scenes machinations, which make the epic battles all of the extra thrilling. That’s not the one tweak that comes with showdowns.
“We get to make some parts of fight that generally the cube don’t get to make as cool on the desk be that rather more cinematic and dynamic and thrilling for this sequence,” says Mercer.
In terms of the precise net sequence, the forged now performs a brand new set of characters coping with a brand new set of threats (although their OGs do make the occasional cameo look). Nonetheless, there’s a particular place of their hearts for the characters who began all of it, even when recording in a sales space with a script is completely different from improvising on the desk.
“It’s like going residence on trip to go to your loved ones,” explains Mercer. “There’s this side of those characters that we love a lot and lived with for a few years, a few years in the past. And now we get to sort of slip again into these previous snug outfits. We get to re-embrace the place it began for lots of those friendships which have now turn out to be inseparable bonds and breathe new life to them, and pay homage and precisely signify what occurred in numerous methods after which shock, even ourselves and others and hopefully the viewers. That is sort of taking what was previous and making it new once more.”
Whereas the first-ever session for Vox Machina was recorded in individual, a lot of the recording for season one needed to be achieved remotely as a result of pandemic. When doable, the forged recorded in pairs or trios, capable of feed off one another’s power and attempt to replicate the expertise of being on the desk and making all of it up the primary time round. Going ahead, recording collectively seems prefer it’s going to be extra of an everyday factor, however the actors say there’ll all the time be one thing actually particular about that first ever everyone-together recording session.
“It was a really pinch ourselves kind of a second,” says Sam Riegal, the voice of rakish gnome bard Scanlan. “We had been all collectively in a sales space recording a present that we created and helped write and get to do the voices for and get to assist produce. And we had been being voice directed by Mary McGlynn, certainly one of our oldest mates. It was an actual “Is that this actual?” kind of a second, that first time within the sales space. However each time we get collectively to carry out, whether or not it’s on the desk, or behind some microphones, or on a conference stage, it’s nice. It’s nice to hang around with these guys. Even after being round them for years and years, we nonetheless handle to make one another snicker. It’s a uncommon friendship that we have now. And I hope we get to maintain doing it perpetually.”
New episodes of The Legend of Vox Machina drop on Prime Video on Fridays.