The Thirteenth Hour Podcast #93: “Elminster at the Magefair” by Ed Greenwood Part 1 of 3

Episode #93:  Forgotten Realms “Elminster at the Magefair” by Ed Greenwood Part 1 of 3

https://archive.org/download/Podcast93_201705/Podcast%2093.mp3

Today’s episode is a three part telling of a fantasy short story by Ed Greenwood about Elminster the mage from the TSR Forgotten Realms anthology Realms of Valor.  He’s apparently a kind of Gandalf -like figure in the Forgotten Realms D and D world.  In this episode, he goes to a wizards’ convention, and trouble finds him.

This picture by Ned Dameron shows Elminster and his travelling companion and bodyguard, Storm Silverhand.

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The Thirteenth Hour Podcast #92: “The Bargain” by Elaine Cunningham Part 2 of 2

Episode #92:  Forgotten Realms “The Bargain” by Elaine Cunningham Part 2 of 2

https://archive.org/download/Podcast92_201705/Podcast%2092.mp3

Today’s episode is part 2 of the fantasy short story from the TSR Forgotten Realms anthology Realms of Valor, “The Bargain” by Elaine Cunningham.  It centers around a half elf character called Arilyn Moonblade and her companion, Danilo Thann, and in the episode, we learn why the story is called as it is.  If you missed the previous episode, here it is.

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The Thirteenth Hour Podcast #91: “The Bargain” by Elaine Cunningham Part 1 of 2

Episode #91:  Forgotten Realms “The Bargain” by Elaine Cunningham Part 1 of 2

https://archive.org/download/Podcast91_201705/Podcast%2091.mp3

Today’s episode continues the theme of the last two weeks – reading aloud a fantasy short story from the TSR Forgotten Realms anthology Realms of Valor.  This one is called “The Bargain” by Elaine Cunningham and centers around a half elf character called Arilyn Moonblade and her companion, Danilo Thann.  Here a pic of the two striking heroic poses, painting by Fred Fields:

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So, like the last two weeks, listen along as I continue to butcher the names left and right and try to avoid putting in running commentary when I don’t understand something. I’m getting a bit better.  I think if I had started with stories like these when I was a kid instead of books that just had cool covers, I might have made out better with fantasy in general.

To be continued next week!

The first page of the story had this title illustration by Ned Dameron.  He did a number of illustrations for the Dark Tower books if that name rings a bell.

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Musical Interlude – “Between Two Worlds”

Musical Interlude – “Between Two Worlds”

https://archive.org/download/Between2Worlds/between%202%20worlds.mp3

In the upcoming sequel to The Thirteenth Hour, one of the main characters, Aurora, becomes caught between the home she has made and one from her distant, unknown past. They literally are oceans apart and are different in just about every conceivable way.

One is wild and free, existing in a world she has known as far back as she could remember, a world that, while savage and primitive, has love, understanding, and a beauty of its own. It is a world far removed from the fast paced, technologically / magically advanced world she was originally from, the one she only gets to know as an adult by force when she is kidnapped to join her family as a Protector of the Wellspring – the magic source that powers all, the one being threatened by nightmarish forces no one can fight. Her husband is from the first world; her estranged family, whom she hasn’t seen since infancy, is in the second. She feels pulled in two directions – between love and obligation, between a destiny of her choosing and a destiny of bloodlines. This is her theme.

It takes the four note progression from “There’s a Wild Heart Beating” and slows it down, accompanied by a mournful electric guitar.

You can download a high quality version on Bandcamp, where you can find other tracks from the same upcoming album.

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The Thirteenth Hour Podcast #90: “Dark Mirror” by R.A. Salvatore Part 2 of 2

Episode #90:  Forgotten Realms “Dark Mirror” by R.A. Salvatore Part 2 of 2

https://archive.org/download/Podcast90_201705/Podcast%2090.mp3

Today’s episode continues where we left off last week (in the reading of “Dark Mirror” by R.A Salvatore from the anthology Realms of Valor) as Drizzt, the dark elf, and his magic panther with the unpronounceable name continue their travails to free a band of prisoners from some bad, bad creatures.

So, like last week, listen along as I continue to butcher the names left and right and try to avoid putting in running commentary when I don’t understand something.  But, the great thing about this story is that although it starts off simple enough, like a traditional fantasy story with the bad guys (orcs) and the good guys (human farmers), it becomes less and less clear as the tale progress who the good and bad creatures actually are.  I feel like if I had read more of this breed of fantasy story when I was a kid, I might have had a better time with the genre in general.  Oh well.

Apologies for the audio quality on this episode.  I had a lot of trouble recording for some reason.  The only way to get rid of the weird buzzing in the background was to try to clean up the audio enough it softens parts a bit too much.

I finally found the artist, Todd Lockwood, who did the great picture, entitled “Orc King,” from last week’s show notes.  Click on the full picture below to go to his website:



The first page of the story had this title illustration by Ned Dameron, which makes a little more sense this week than it did last week.  He did a number of illustrations for the Dark Tower books if that name rings a bell.

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The Thirteenth Hour Podcast #89: “Dark Mirror” by R.A. Salvatore Part 1 of 2

Episode #89:  Forgotten Realms “Dark Mirror” by R.A. Salvatore Part 1 of 2

https://archive.org/download/Podcast89_201704/Podcast%2089.mp3

Today’s episode starts a two part reading of a short story called “Dark Mirror” by fantasy author R.A. Salvatore from the D and D Forgotten Realms world.  It comes from a compilation of short stories in the book Realms of Valor.  Listen along as I butcher the names left and right and try to avoid putting in running commentary (everything probably would make more sense if I were more familiar with the world or Dungeons and Dragons).  I enjoyed it, though – I feel that since I write in this genre, I should at least try to educate myself a little …  This story, which we’ll finish next week, has the popular dark elf character, Drizzt.  (I mangle his name, too, and holy smokes, forget about his cat’s name.  I tried.)

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The first page had this title illustration by Ned Dameron.

To be continued next week!

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The Thirteenth Hour Podcast #88: The Lord’s Daughter and the Blacksmith’s Son Reading

Episode #88: Storytime Reading of The Lord’s Daughter and the Blacksmith’s Son

https://archive.org/download/Podcast88_201704/Podcast%2088.mp3

In honor of International Women’s Day (3/8/17), a few weeks ago, we read some stories about heroines from a book called The Serpent Slayer And Other Stories of Strong Women by Katrin Tchana and illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman.  (See Episodes 84 and 85).  Today’s tale from the same volume has more of a humorous spin about two teenagers who fall in love at first sight and rely on the wee folk to make things right.  It reminds me of something Disney would have put out in the mid 90s (for better or worse).  As usual, the illustrations are wonderful:


 

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