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Critical Role Reveals Trailer for Candela Obscura: The First of Darrington Press’s Illuminated Worlds

Hey there, do you like spooky? Critical Role, the beloved tabletop role-playing group, is about to take you on a terrifying journey with their newest show, Candela Obscura. Get ready to be immersed in the darkness starting May 25th!

Candela Obscura is an ongoing monthly horror drama that follows an esoteric order of investigators as they use centuries of knowledge to fight back against a mysterious source of corruption and bleed. Leveraging gaming as a story mechanic, the series features the Candela Obscura tabletop roleplaying game from Darrington Press, which is built on the Illuminated Worlds system.

This TTRPG show is set in a fictional turn-of-the-century inspired region known as The Fairelands, a place of terrifying magick. At the beginning of each episode, an inciting incident occurs, prompting a team, or circle, of investigators to uncover and solve the mystery at hand.

This means that it’s a completely standalone series – you can jump right in on whichever episode you’d like and don’t need to be caught up on any of our other content to enjoy the story.

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Candela Obscura will be a horror series that follows a group of player character investigators from an obscure order as they fight against an unrevealed BBEG. This first chapter will consist of 3 stand-alone episodes. Set in the fictional turn-of-the-century inspired region known as The Fairelands, this show is set to explore a world of gothic horrors and spooky magic in a way Critical Role has yet to do so before. But don’t be too worried, the series promises that it will not be overly scary, focusing more on the supernatural elements familiar with the horror genre. You can get a peek at what’s to come in the trailer:

The series will premiere at 7 PM Pacific on the Critical Role Twitch and Youtube channels and will continue on the last Thursday of each month. The podcast and YouTube VOD versions of the show will be released two weeks after each episode airs.

This series will be the first from Critical Role’s Darrington Press Illuminated Worlds System. Curious about the Candela Obscura TTRPG the actual play will be using? While the core rulebook won’t be released until the end of 2023, Critical Role will be releasing a quickstart guide ahead of the series premiere that will provide some context to the rules, settings, and characters, and include an adventure you can run at your own tables! The quickstart will be released for free on Thursday, May 25th.

The Cast ☠️

What makes Candela Obscura truly special is the cast of talented individuals who bring the story to life. Led by the brilliant Game Master, Matthew Mercer, who is renowned for his exceptional storytelling abilities, the show promises to deliver a nightmarish adventure like no other. Matthew’s skill in weaving immersive narratives will surely keep you on the edge of your seat.

Joining Matthew are some familiar faces from Critical Role, including Laura Bailey, known for her incredible performances in various roles. Laura’s talent for bringing characters to life will undoubtedly add depth and emotion to the show’s gripping horror.

Robbie Daymond, a voice actor known for his incredible range and captivating performances, is also part of the cast for Candela Obscura. With his extensive experience in bringing characters to life, Robbie adds another layer of depth and immersion to the horror-filled world of the show. Anjali Bhimani, another talented performer, will also be joining the cast of Candela Obscura. With her diverse range of skills and captivating presence, Anjali is sure to bring a unique flavor to the series, leaving audiences spellbound.

We can’t forget about Ashley Johnson, a fan-favorite member of Critical Role. Ashley’s ability to portray complex characters with depth and vulnerability will be a perfect fit for the dark and mysterious world of Candela Obscura. Her performances have consistently captivated audiences, and we can expect nothing less from her in this horror-filled adventure.

And let’s not overlook Taliesin Jaffe, who plays a crucial role in the series as the Lightkeeper. In Candela Obscura, a “Lightkeeper”, a veteran of the world who guides those recruited by the order through their adventure and provides them with missions. Taliesin was one of the creators of Candela Obscura, and his vast experience and unique storytelling abilities make him the perfect steward for the audience, providing episode prologues and setting the stage for the terrifying mysteries that lie ahead. Plus check out that fit. ✨

With such an incredible cast, it’s clear that Candela Obscura will be a show that immerses you in the world of horror like never before. The combination of Matthew Mercer’s masterful storytelling, along with the talents of Laura Bailey, Anjali Bhimani, Ashley Johnson, and Taliesin Jaffe, ensures that you’re in for a hauntingly unforgettable experience.

So mark your calendars for May 25th and prepare to be enthralled by the darkness of Candela Obscura. Critical Role is about to take you on a bone-chilling adventure that will leave you trembling with fear. Are you ready to face the unknown?