The Architect and the Aristocrat

A brilliant architect impresses an ambitious aristocrat with more and more wondrous constructions.

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 “The Architect and the Aristocrat.” 46 seconds. Digital drawing, seen blurred behind text box at first, then revealed as narration and music begin. A tree with a tall trunk and a bushy top, sprouting branches, and scattered six-petal flowers. One flower at top right glows. A wooden spiral staircase curls around the trunk, which appears to be patched with plates attached with rivets. Wiry tangles hang the whole length of the trunk. The hazy shapes of plateaus and a tower on the right appears in the background. The silhouette of a small figure stands at the foot of the staircase.  Watermark of the word “storyfeather” lies over the image. Title card with the words “Podcast Episode” and “Genre: Fairy Tale” is displayed at top. Story tagline is displayed at center. Tagline reads, “A brilliant architect impresses an ambitious aristocrat with more and more wondrous constructions.”  The title card fades and tagline recedes. Subtitles appear in time with music and narration at the bottom: “A magnificent tree once lived in their land, long, long ago, when it was covered with wild forests and empty valleys. It was called a ‘starflower.’ There was a perennial that bloomed during late spring and early summer called ‘starflower,’ and some believed the pretty flower was named in honor of that more majestic ancestor. The ancient starflower was a tree with a trunk so wide that only when a dozen men raised and clasped hands could they embrace its girth. It grew so tall that its tops were said to brush against the bottoms of clouds.” Website URL appears at bottom center throughout and fades as 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” Story title appears at top.]

The Architect and the Aristocrat Storyfeather

Episode Released: 31 March 2022

So charmed was the aristocrat that by the end of their discourse, he began to speak familiarly with the architect, as he would only typically do with a young man of his own station.

He challenged the architect—dared him even—to build a magnificent monument to him from the twigs and branches on the floor.

Story: “The Architect and the Aristocrat” 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 TRG Banks
“The silver bus”
“Lake in the woods”
“Father Green”
“Packed lunch”

Music by TRG Banks is licensed under CC0 1.0 Universal License
Sound effects from AudioJungle and GameDevMarket

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Find more stories by Nila at


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Genre: Fairy Tale

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