With hindsight, Matthew Mercer is terrifying. An hour into episode 14, Vax asks to insight check “everyone at the table” in council. Mercer comes back with “quick rising in tension, fear, and adrenaline… fear is the main thing you’re getting. The stakes have just suddenly jumped for what they expected their morning to be, and they’re trying to wrap their head around it.“
Which applies fine to the rest of the council trying to deal with Sudden Evil Artifact, but at the same time, Percy’s sitting there processing the word “Briarwood.” (And as per usual Taliesin Jaffe’s face is murdering my heart.)
I mean, if over the course of eleventeen rounds of editing, I had managed to write something with such a perfectly terrible double meaning, I’d be smug for a week. Mercer improvised it live. With a straight face.