The captain has departed, a strange passenger has boarded, and a mysterious sea creature is following a cargo ship headed to the farthest of all known ports..
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[Video description: 54 seconds. Scanned watercolor painting A tentacled creature is attacking men inside of what appears to be the cargo hold of a ship. Top left, one tentacle looms from an opening in the ceiling, from which a rope ladder hangs. Another tentacle slips over the edge of the opening. At center, two other tentacles have burst through the wooden hull. One of them is wrapped around a man, who’s been lifted in the air. Beneath him a barrel tips over. The tip of the other one opens up into a starfish-shaped appendage lined with rows of teeth around a puckered, sphincter-like mouth. One man at bottom left bears a harpoon against the creature. Another bears a knife. In the foreground on the right a man holds a sword. 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: “’Captain!’ Marlowe yelled out. The coils of grasping tentacle slid past each other, tightening their grip around Santi’s waist. That was when I knew. In the midst of chaos, with half the crew—swords and daggers drawn— converging on the barrel where Santi had been hiding, with the ship trapped in the grip of a whirlpool, with the hull shattering from the force of those monstrous tentacles, when I heard Marlowe speak that word, that was when I knew that all my suspicions were true.” 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 center throughout and fades as the text box appears.]
“Captain!” Marlowe yelled out. The coils of the grasping tentacle slid past each other, tightening their grip around Santi’s waist.
That was when I knew. In the midst of chaos, with half the crew—swords and daggers drawn—converging on the barrel where Santi had been hiding, with the ship trapped in the grip of a whirlpool, with the hull shattering from the force of those monstrous tentacles, when I heard Marlowe speak that word, that was when I knew that all my suspicions were true.
Story: “The Captain’s Creature” Copyright © 2017 by Nila L. Patel
Episode Art: “Captain’s Creature” Copyright © 2017 by Sanjay Patel
Narration and Editing: Nila L. Patel
Music by Dark Fantasy Studio (Nicholas Jeudy)*
“Peaceful place (seamless)”
“The village (seamless)”
“The ocean takes it all”
“Ex nihilo (seamless)”
“Dungeon of shadows (seamless)”
*These tracks were part of a music and sound effects bundle I purchased from Humble Bundle and sourced from GameDev Market.
Music by Dark Fantasy Studio (Nicholas Jeudy) is licensed from GameDev Market
Sound effects from AudioJungle and GameDevMarket
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