Prisoners of Spiral

A human boy and an erpon soldier are imprisoned by a wizard and made to play a game to win their freedom.

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. Two figures, a human boy and a humanoid adult with lizard or dinosaur features sit on stone benches at a stone table in a clearing in a forest. They are shackled together at their ankles. A spiral shape marks the table surface. They are playing a game, and the lizard humanoid is about to set down a piece. The boy expresses surprise or concerns. “Podcast Episode” displays mid-screen, with “Genre: Fantasy” below it. The words fade away, replaced by the story’s title, “Prisoners of Spiral” which spirals into and out of view. Subtitles appear in time with narration at the top of the screen: “Daylight turned to dark. They heard growls, snorting, and snuffling, and spotted glowing eyes in the thick forest surrounding them. Demetrius pulled out a sword and told Cor to stand behind him. The soldier braced for battle with whatever came out of the forest for them.” The website URL appears at the bottom and fades only at the very end. At the video’s end, a text box appears over the image displaying the words, “Listen on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, and so on.  Or listen on my Podcast page at”]

Prisoners of Spiral Storyfeather

The first sound that either one of them heard as they woke was the scraping of a chain on the stone floor. After a few heartbeats of stunned silence, they both remembered what had happened to bring them there. They both looked at each other. The erpon spoke first, believing that the human child would need some comfort.

He asked the boy’s name, and the boy answered, “Cor.”

“Demetrius,” the erpon soldier said, placing a hand upon his chest.

: “Prisoners of Spiral” Copyright © 2017 by Nila L. Patel
Episode Art: “Prisoners of Spiral” Copyright © 2017 by Sanjay Patel
Narration and Editing:  Nila L. Patel

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

Music by TRG Banks
“The silver bus”

Music by Andy Ray
“Medieval Theme 5 (Looped)”
“Last Moments of Peace”
“Hidden Fear (Short Loop)”
“Medieval Theme 3 (Looped)”

Music by Unnamed Artist(s)*
“Secrets of Kingdom”
“Exploration_Forest Of Magic”
“Magic Within”
“A&C Percussion Loop #20 (Fast Version)”
“Adventure Track #1 (looped)”
“Battle_1_normal (loop)”
“Locations_Court Song”

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

Music by TRG Banks is licensed under CC0 1.0 Universal License
Music by Andy Ray and the unnamed artists is licensed from GameDev Market

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Tags: Cor, Demetrius, erpon, forest, skriddir, Spiral, wizard, puzzle, game
Genre: Fantasy