The Forest of the Dasollagi

A student seeking to learn the craft of enchantment is challenged to pass through a forest filled with strange obstacles.

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

Video description: Trailer for “The Forest of the Dasollagi.” 38 seconds. Title card with the words “Podcast Episode” and “Genre: Mythology” is displayed at top. Story tagline is displayed at bottom. Tagline reads, “A student seeking to learn the craft of enchantment is challenged to pass through a forest filled with strange obstacles.” The title card and tagline fade. Digital drawing. At bottom, center right, a figure seen in dark silhouette walks a forest path toward a simple cabin. Bordering this path is trees and shrubbery. The right side is in shadow. Light shines through the trees from top left. Along the left of frame, a faint shadowy figure extends a long-fingered arm toward the person walking to the cabin. The original image is a horizontal rectangle. The image is made square by adding borders at top and bottom that copy and extend the edges of the original image in grayscale and shadow. A watermark of the word “Storyfeather” appears along bottom left. Subtitles appear in time with music and narration at the bottom: “…he could take as long as he wanted, and he could choose one of three gifts to help him through. One gift was the power to grow invisible at will. Another was the power to fly. The third gift was a mystery…and a gamble. It might be another ability, a tool, or perhaps, nothing at all.” Website URL appears at bottom center throughout and fades as story title appears at top and text box appears at center displaying the words, “Listen on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, iHeartRadio, Spotify, Stitcher, and so on. Or listen on my Podcast page at”

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Episode Released: 5 May 2023

“Wait until you are within the borders of the forest before you open the box, else you have failed before you have begun.”

With those words, the schoolmaster turned away and left Naji alone before the borders of the forest.

Naji entered the forest with no other possessions but that box, as the test required. He carried no water, no food, no clothing but what he already wore, no bedroll, nothing to trade or barter with.

But that is what he had chosen. A box.

What’s the Word (that inspired the story)?
Who knows what I could have been thinking? I certainly don’t remember, and I didn’t write it down this time. But did you know that the Dutch word for “butterfly” is “vlinder”?  There’s a Vlinder in this story.

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Story: “The Forest of the Dasollagi” Copyright © 2019 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 NICHOLAS JEUDY (Dark Fantasy Studio)*
“Lonely Day”
“Elders wisdom”
“The forest”
“Ancient gods”
“Deep lands part 2”
“Kingdom rises”
“Infinite land”
“Creatures of the night”
“The edge of nightmare”
“Back in the village”
“The bard”

“Cold Sanctuary”
“Treading the Unknown”

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

Music by Nicholas Jeudy and Jonathan Shaw is licensed from GameDev Market
Sound effects from AudioJungle and GameDevMarket

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Find more stories by Nila at

(Stories centered on an intriguing word and its meaning)

Portal Button. Elongated rectangle. Rings of colored light emanate from the center. Inset on the left, an embossed circle with the Storyfeather feather logo, a feather quill shaped like the letter "f" with a drop of ink hovering below its tip. The circle is bordered with dots and dashes and casts a shadow. To the right of the image, the word "Definitions." At top right, the word "Year." Below "Year," the numeral "6."

Genre: Mythology, Fairy Tale, Fantasy
Tags: Carpenter, Curse, Enchant, Forest, Naji, Schoolmaster, Shadow, Tarak, Test

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