IN WHICH Rufus Snugg brings guns to a sword fight. Boom.
Your host largely restrains his instinct to musical bombast, but this episode does feature God’s Breath from Paradise Lost as the roll-out, with Danielle Erin Rhodes, Martin Sola, Michael Marcotte, and Kevin T. Collins, and MaryAnn Ivan on Keys.
In Finery Valley, Basil sets new plans in motion–now assisting the White Knights. Rufus expresses his earnest desire for the biggest boomstick that money can buy, and also a pony. Two fresh armies arrive in the valley, and Colonel Ratwurst finds not all to his liking. Daven spills new secrets to Rufus, and Rufus backs Devi into a corner with an irresistible request.
The Bright Path is good for the soul, if you’ve got one handy. If not, it’ll do as a really attractive paperweight.
Rufus Snugg and his friends make a new toy, but toys aren’t a solution to Rufus’s problems. Devi gets the latest news from home, and Daven gets a black eye for his trouble. Basil’s machinations bear fruit, as a certain ring-bearer plunges to his death in the fiery abyss.
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.
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.
Cyrus bids a fond farewell to Sheria. Johnathan and Merrily go to meet some demons, but find an entirely different mystery. Daven and Devi make a bad deal to get their new friends out of trouble, and both of them suffer the consequences.