The figurehead of a naval ship that has served its empire for five generations of rulers hides a dishonorable secret. Or so sayeth the legend.
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[Video description: 51 seconds. Scanned watercolor painting. Foreground, main element. The portside bow and front third of a wooden ship, tilted upward, crashing against waves. Sails are unfurled. Small figures seen only as dark shapes scramble about the deck. A cannon is visible. The ship’s figurehead appears to be a squid whose head is shaped like a harpoon tip, whose limbs curl against the ship, and whose forehead appears to be marked with some symbol. The sky appears stormy. In the distance, another ship approaches on a perpendicular course. Watermark of the word “storyfeather” lays over the image. Title card over the image displays “Podcast Episode” and “Genre: Fantasy” The words fade away, replaced by the story’s title. The title fades. Subtitles appear in time with music and narration at the bottom: “We were moving into the sea of perpetual storm. ‘Captain!’ I cried. ‘What do we do?’ ‘Brace yourselves.’ We began to move so swiftly there was no time to run to the captain’s cabin for protection. We were all on deck. We would surely be struck by lightning. I drew cold comfort in the thought that a heroic death at sea was preferable to a lifetime of imprisonment for desertion. So I told myself as we passed into the sea of perpetual storm. My skin crackled. And some force seemed to press upon me from all sides. The sky above raged. And the seas below churned. But Mynotragon—the ship—was steady. And we, the crew, were unharmed.” Text box appears over image displaying the words, “Listen on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, iHeartRadio, Spotify, Stitcher, and so on. Or listen on my Podcast page at storyfeather.com.” Website URL appears at bottom right throughout and fades as the text box appears.]
We are not deserters. We are not thieves. But we have been named as such by the imperial navy. We are hunted by the ships we once called our allies. The empress gave our captain a precious treasure as a gift. It was but a gesture. In truth, the treasure belongs to the empire, as all things do. Our captain has taken it.
The warship Mynotragon.
Story: “Mynotragon” Copyright © 2017 by Nila L. Patel
Episode Art: “Mynotragon” Copyright © 2017 by Sanjay Patel
Narration and Editing: Nila L. Patel
“Trip-Hop Lounge Abstract Background” by Digital Emotions (Intro/Outro)
Music by Benjamin Carr (Scythuz)*
“Miscellaneous Battle Theme 1”
“Miscellaneous Battle Theme 4”
“Orchestral Battle Theme 4”
Music by Nicholas Jeudy (Dark Fantasy Studio)*
“Deep lands (Part 2)”
Music by Andrew Sitkov (MuzStation Game Music)*
“Medieval Track #1 (looped)”
“Percussion Loop #1”
“Be a Hero”
Music by Andy Ray*
“A Long Journey)
*These tracks were part of music and sound effects bundles I purchased from Humble Bundle and sourced from GameDev Market.
Music by Benjamin Carr, Nicholas Jeudy, Andrew Sitkov, and Andy Ray is licensed from GameDev Market
Sound effects from AudioJungle and GameDevMarket
Find more music by Digital_Emotions at audiojungle.net
Find more music by Benjamin Carr, Nicholas Jeudy, Andrew Sitkov, and Andy Ray at gamedevmarket.net
Find more stories by Nila at storyfeather.com
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FROM SEASON 4 (AKA YEAR 4)
THIS SEASON’S THEME IS CREATURES
Genre: Fantasy, Mythology
Tags: CAPTAIN, EMPRESS, FIRST MATE, MYNOTRAGON, PIRATE, SQUID-FOLK, SQUIDS
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