So sorry for the late delivery of Episode 26, everybody. I normally queue these things up the weekend before release, because I get super busy during the week and don’t have time to attend to it properly. For this episode, I made a mistake and set the date one week in advance by accident. Aaaand… didn’t notice it until now.
Also, apparently my website crashed? Weird. Anyway. All is well now, and the episode is in your podcatcher.
Hobb the Wise and The Kettle share an unfriendly cup of tea. The Kettle illuminates the difference between truth and honesty. Hobb reveals their great and shared enemy. King Leeland suspects Hobb is after his job; Hobb demurs. Everyone drinks a great deal of tea.
Between them, Cyrus and Veridia commit all seven deadly sins in the space of an hour. Rolly realizes what he’ll miss the most about Veridia. Wally’s Woodsmen find the path, and the mercenaries follow it. The White Knights have an unexpected ally.
Deep in the frontier forest, King Simon’s subjects behold the power of the backbeat. Jonathan learns how to lie just in time to save his life. Simon, The Gizzard, and Sheria link up with the human resistance in Hog Hurst, only to find that they’re not the only ones with an interest in events in the outcome. Grygory the Pious discovers that his new allies have some rough edges, but struggles to carry on the fight for hearts and minds. The Council of Longbean’s Farm doesn’t come off quite the way anyone imagined.
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Bonus track: Your narrator performing “Sin and Death” from Paradise Lost: The Musical.
The good citizens of Uellodon experience black comedy and just regular old blackness. En route from the Finery Valley to Hog Hurst, Captain Whiffle and his band of mercenaries encounter festively decorated former comrades.
Rufus Snugg confronts a stubborn mystery and a stubborn archaeologist. Devi declines to send beer. The snarfs discover that the problems of history are also the problems of today. Rufus makes a strategic gamble, of which Gog the Hammer disapproves. Basil causes Gunnar to rip his pants.
Professor Stoat terrorizes his class with logic; Danny Frogflower is eaten by not-cannibals. Merrily discovers the value of straightening shoes, and also that her boss is up to no good. Merrily gets up to no good herself, and talks her way into a fancy party. Robert Franco turns out to be rather different than we imagined.
Ladies and gentlemen! We (I) at The Bright Path Podcast are so pleased to offer you a special double feature in this blog post. Not only can you download Episode 20 of The Bright Path Podcast, you can now also purchase the paperback or Kindle e-Book version of the complete story. Podcast going too slow for you? Cruise right on over to Amazon and pick up the complete story! In either edition, you’ll get the full array of ninety-two beautiful pen and ink-style illustrations to complement the narrative.
In Episode 20, Sir Richard continues his journey into the deep wilderness. He loses his men, then finds them, then loses them again–and then finds a nasty surprise in the deep mountains.
Jonathan meets a romantic rival, and sets about making all kinds of mistakes. He goes on a little ski trip, and finds that the situation in Hog Hurst has changed dramatically since he was last at home. Mr. Southfarm is downright un-neighborly, which is to be expected considering the new neighbors.
Part 2 of The Bright Path Podcast begins with a different perspective. In Green Bridge, Veridia confronts the predations of her enemies and the flaws in her own plans. She resorts to violence, and then thinks better of it. Rolland Gorp delivers a bit too much literary criticism, and pays the usual price. Veridia goes for a ski race, and loses.
This episode features “Last Songs” by Ben Birney, featuring baritone Cory Osborne.