Festival of the Triumphant Locks

In a town renowned for their long hair and unique styles, one hairdresser learns the value of her trade.

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: Trailer for “Festival of the Triumphant Locks.” 52 seconds. Digital drawing. At center, a woman stands facing left, but turned slightly forward so her face is in three-quarters profile. Her gaze looks forward. She has long loose wavy hair that almost reaches the floor. She holds one braided lock in her left hand, which is held at her side. She wears three flowers in the crown of her hair. Title card with the words “Podcast Episode” and “Genre: Fantasy” is displayed at top. Story tagline is displayed at bottom. Tagline reads, “In a town renowned for their long hair and unique styles, one hairdresser learns the value of her trade.” The title card and tagline fade.  Subtitles appear in time with music and narration at the bottom: “Val touched the braid that lay over her shoulder like a sleeping serpent. ‘One never knows when that which is frivolous and fanciful to one person might serve to save the life of another.’ The mayor sighed heavily, his brow furrowed deeply disagreement. ‘You go too far, madam. I doubt the hairdressers of our town—despite their inarguable skill—have saved any lives with that skill.’ ‘I beg to differ, Master Mayor,’ someone said from the back of the room. It was one of the very naturalists that Unaflette had mentioned. And so it went. Back and forth. Forth and back. The discourse remained civil, but nothing was decided. And all went to sleep dissatisfied.” Website URL appears at bottom right throughout and fades at the end as the image blurs and story title appears at top.  Text box appears at center displaying the words, “Listen on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, iHeartRadio, Spotify, Stitcher, and so on. Or listen on my Podcast page at storyfeather.com.”]

Festival of the Triumphant Locks Storyfeather

Episode Released: 23 June 2022

Everyone in town wore long hair in those days— children, grown folk, household beasts, beasts of the wild. Even trees and flowers bore long and thick filaments. Even the insects! The bumblebees bore the thickest and most luxuriant coats in all the country.

And those who lost their hair—by illness or nature— even they bore weighty wigs.

Those who never visited the region would ask why. Why did all insist on having such long locks?

The answer was a single word.


Story: “The Festival of the Triumphant Locks” Copyright © 2018 by Nila L. Patel
Narration, Episode Art, Editing, and Production:  Nila L. Patel

Trip-Hop Lounge Abstract Background” by Digital Emotions (Intro/Outro)

Music by Nicholas Jeudy (Dark Fantasy Studio)*
“Joy” or “Here we go”
“Silent walk”
“Everything and more”
“Medieval fiesta”

Music by Albert Fernandez (Audio Alchemist, Potion Studio)*
“Location Medieval Tavern Song”
“Humorous Exploration (loop)”
“Locations Happy Village (loop)”
“Exploration Cave (loop)”
“Exploration Mystery (loop)”
“Exploration Forest of Magic”

Music by TRG Banks
“Horse ride 4”

*These tracks were part of a music and sound effects bundles I purchased from Humble Bundle and sourced from GameDev Market.

Music by Nicholas Jeudy and Albert Fernandez is licensed from GameDev Market
Music by TRG Banks is licensed under CC0 1.0 Universal License

Find more music by Digital_Emotions at audiojungle.net
Find more music by Nicholas Jeudy and Albert Fernandez at gamedevmarket.net
Find more music by TRG Banks at freemusicarchive.org and bandcamp.com
Find more stories by Nila at storyfeather.com


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Genre: Fantasy

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