Gathered around a fire on a cold winter’s eve, three friends tell tales of the final fate of the greatest sword in the realm.
On this page, you’ll find the podcast episode trailer and the full episode.
And of course, a link to the source, the short story.
[Video description: Duration is 23 seconds. Scanned watercolor painting of a warrior standing in snow seen from the back, holding out a sword with the left hand. The warrior’s right hand has been severed and is bandaged. The warrior’s long hair and cloak flow back. Behind the warrior are two fallen men and a sword, all half-buried in the snow. Approaching the warrior are three more warriors. Animated snow begins to fall before the still image until the end of the video. Text appears throughout the video. “Podcast Episode” displays mid-screen, with the story’s genre, “Fantasy” below it. The words fade away, replaced by the story’s title, “Fanfaronnade.” The title fades away. Subtitles appear in time with narration at the top of the screen: “Fanfaronnade, the Bloodless Braggart. Long had she been lost, or dead, and yet even a mention of her in a distant realm was touched by the force that filled and drove her living self.” The website URL appears at the bottom faintly in the snow and fades only at the very end. At the video’s end, a text box appears over the image with the words “Listen on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, and so on. Or listen on my Podcast page at storyfeather.com.”]
The baker and the blacksmith were gathered around the inn’s fireplace on a frozen blustery night. The fire was roaring and the wooden pillars from which the inn was built were stout and sturdy. Yet with every patron who entered, a sweep of snow and a shock of chill air barged in. It was late, and most patrons had retired to their rooms. But some remained in the common room, finishing the last of their hot mead or a late meal. Or hoping that the innkeeper would overlook it if they fell asleep by the hearty fire instead of retiring to their frosty chambers.
Story: “Fanfaronnade” Copyright © 2017 by Nila L. Patel
Episode Art: “Fanfaronnade” Copyright © 2017 by Sanjay Patel
Narration and Editing: Nila L. Patel
Music by Andy Ray*
“Medieval Theme 2 (Looped)”
“Army of Death (looped)”
Music by Komiku
“Where you hear the prayer (McGuffin theme)”
Music by Unnamed Artist(s)*
“Locations_Medieval Tavern Song”
“Exploration_Mystical Place (loop 2)”
“Exploration_Forest of Magic”
“Scary Theme #2 (Version 2)”
*These tracks were part of a music and sound effects bundle I purchased from Humble Bundle and sourced from GameDev Market.
Music by Komiku is licensed under CC0 1.0 Universal License
Music by Andy Ray and the unnamed artists is licensed from GameDev Market
Find more music by Digital_Emotions at audiojungle.net
Find more music by Komiku at freemusicarchive.org and bandcamp.com; and by Andy Ray and…uh, various unnamed artists at gamedevmarket.net
Find more stories by Nila at storyfeather.com
Tags: baker, blacksmith, duchess, Fanfaronnade, innkeeper, warrior, braggart
Genre: Mythology, Fantasy