The Caves of Hephaestus Island

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A team dispatched to a tiny island to investigate the source of a strange signal make an unexpected discovery.

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: 43 seconds. Digital drawing. The dark silhouettes of four people standing before a passage or opening inside a cave. Foreground, two partial figures from shoulders up at either edge of the frame. Mid-ground, two figures seen from mid-thigh up. The figure at left is holding up a flashlight. The light illuminates the stone walls of a cave. Above the figure at right flies at butterfly. To make the overall image square, the rectangular drawing is set in front of a glowing circle against a black background to give the illusion of a flashlight glow, whose arc is seen above and below the drawing. Title card with the words “Podcast Episode” and “Genre: Mystery” and story title are displayed over the image. The title and title card fade. Subtitles appear in time with music and narration at the bottom: “Here’s a passage written by a scholar: ‘She comes to us in many forms, forms that delight both her and us. But we have not seen her since the mount has begun to roar. She has forsaken us. Or else, she has already been consumed by her more powerful rival. She promised to save us. She promised to lead us. She promised to share with us her light. She promised to grant us the gift of her own powers. Then we too might flee from our enemies and endure any troubles that cast a shadow upon our hearts.’” Website URL appears at bottom right 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 storyfeather.com.” Title reappears at top.]


The Caves of Hephaestus Island Storyfeather

Episode Released: 27 January 2022

EXCERPT:
“That volcano was supposed to have consumed everything, including itself. But we’re seeing something. Something is giving off enough of an energy signature for several terrestrial and even a few orbital detectors to register the signal.”


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CREDITS
Story: “The Caves of Hephaestus Island” Copyright © 2018 by Nila L. Patel
Narration, Episode Art, Editing, and Production:  Nila L. Patel

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


Music by Benjamin Carr (Scythuz)*
“Ice Cavern”
“Crystal Caves”
“Ancient Ruins”


Music by Chris Logsdon*
“Level 1”

Music by Lee Rosevere
“Decompress”
“Start the Day”
“Here’s the Thing”
“Night Caves”

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

Music by Benjamin Carr and Chris Logsdon is licensed from GameDev Market
Music by Lee Rosevere is licensed under CC BY 4.0

Find more music by Digital_Emotions at audiojungle.net
Find more music by Benjamin Carr and Chris Logsdon at gamedevmarket.net
Find more music by Lee Rosevere at freemusicarchive.org and bandcamp.com
Find more stories by Nila at storyfeather.com


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Genre: Mystery, Mythology, Science Fiction
Tags: AGENCYBUTTERFLYCONRADDEQUANHEPHAESTUSJAETHERAVOLCANO


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