The Terrible Mallard

An explorer vessel searches for a lost continent whose fiercely guarded shores may hide a horrific weapon or a terrific power.

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: 44 seconds. Scanned watercolor painting. A map showing portions of three large landmasses. Three-dimensional features, such as clusters of trees and roads appear on the map. Bottom right corner is burned away, the edges singed. Top left corner depicts a compass rose. Landmass on right depicts a castle and small structures surrounded by a wall, a city. Roads lead to a town to the north and a port to the west, from which a small ship has embarked. Bottom right landmass shows only nature features. Left landmass, along its eastern coast: a tower, a statue that appears to be a large head, and waves crashing against tall triangular structures. Inland, a vast forest. Half of a large dark circle is visible within the forest. Beside the compass rose is a double-masted ship. 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 recedes. Subtitles appear in time with music and narration at the bottom: “‘There was only one port city on that side of the Falkkisian continent then,’ the noblewoman said. ‘Long abandoned. The city’s full of dust and ghosts now. Its people were tough though. They were the only ones who would trade with the neighboring forbidden continent. They called it Soumough.’ ‘Some of what?’ Lady Morales shook her head and wrote out the name. ‘It’s from an old Falkissian word that means ‘doorway,’ which was strange. If there were any doors on the continent, they all seemed to be closed.’” Website URL displays at bottom & fades at end as a 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”]

The Terrible Mallard Storyfeather


“You must be Captain Vasquez.”

“And why, madam, do you presume that?”

“Because judging from their expressions, none of the people at this table believe a word you’re saying…but they’re all listening anyway because the story is just that captivating.”

Captain Vasquez glanced around the crowded table and smiled. She believed in her tales with such confidence that it did not matter whether anyone else did or not. She believed because they were true, mostly. The tale of the spineless cater-monkey was certainly true.

: “The Terrible Mallard” Copyright © 2017 by Nila L. Patel
Episode Art: “Soumough” Copyright © 2017 by Sanjay Patel
Narration and Editing:  Nila L. Patel

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

Music by Dark Fantasy Studio (Nicholas Jeudy)
“The village (seamless)”
“Ex nihilo (seamless)”
“Eternity (seamless)”
“Immortals (seamless)”

Music by ROZKOL
“Ambient I-IV”

Music by Andy Ray*
“Medieval Theme #1”

Music by Unnamed Artist(s)*
“Locations_Happy Village (loop)”
“Exploration_Cave (loop)”
“Exploration_Technologic Place (loop)”
“Medieval Track #2 (looped)”

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

Music by ROZKOL is licensed under CC BY 4.0
Music by Andy Ray, Dark Fantasy Studio (Nicholas Jeudy) and the unnamed artists is licensed from GameDev Market
Sound effects from AudioJungle and GameDevMarket

Find more music by Digital_Emotions at
Find more music by ROZKOL at and
Find more music by Andy Ray, Nicholas Jeudy, and the unnamed artists at
Find more stories by Nila at

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For more podcast episodes, visit the Storyfeather Podcast page.

Genre: Fantasy


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