As stressful as the character deaths are on Critical Role, I’ve always been secretly excited by the ones that serve the story well if the character maybe doesn’t come back. I felt that way with Percy, and with Scanlan, and now with Vax.
The sheer irony of Vax going into this with the attitude that the only sort of message they had to leave was telling Keyleth’s dad that they might be gone a few extra days, only to get disintegrated by marching into a fight that VM was not prepared for, is fucking delicious. It’s sad, yes, but this is something Liam clearly knew might happen going in.
Just watch how Liam reacts the whole episode. He repeatedly says “this is a game.” He’s talked at length about how his favorite way to play D&D is to take stupid risks. The only thing that gets him choked up is when, right at the end, Vex asks “where’s Vax?” and then Matt ends the episode there.
This is a game. There’s a lot of emotional investment in it, both from the players and the fanbase, but whether Vax comes back or not (vaguely worried by how Matt said “we will have some discussions”), it was a hell of a ride and it will result in a good story either way.
Here’s my proposal for the true resurrection spell:
If the ritual succedes, then Vax is brought back temporarily. The Raven Queen gives him an astral form as we have seen with Pike in the past. Her champion’s duty is not finished. She hates undead and cheaters of death, BUT will allow her champion some extra time so that he can destroy a greater evil. Also maybe his wings have no time limit. You know, angel like.
Headcanon that after Matt is rescued, he starts travelling the galaxy, fighting on behalf of the rebellion and doing whatever he can to screw over the Galra. But he also develops a habit of picking up souvenirs on each of the planets and moons he lands on - just little stones or leaves or sticks, whatever he can find - whenever he thinks of Shiro or has a moment where he wishes Shiro is with him. He collects and keeps all of these little trinkets in a box that he carries with him, promising himself that one day he’ll get to show Shiro his collection.
Then he and Shiro are finally reunited. Matt brings out the box and explains what it is before handing it over. Shiro thinks it’s adorable that Matt made a little collection for him, but then he opens it up and is absolutely gobsmacked when he looks inside.
Because the box is filled to the brim and there have to be hundreds or thousands of little rocks and shells and plants and twigs and just so many things from so many planets and this is how often Matt thought of him and this is how much Matt missed him this is physical proof of Matt’s feelings for him and he’s just so overwhelmed he has to put the box down and rest his head in his hands and just breathe because holy god, Matt.
And then Matt has to sheepishly admit that this is just the first box.