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Myths and Legends

Jason Weiser tells stories from myths, legends, and folklore that have shaped cultures throughout history. Some, like the stories of Aladdin, King Arthur, and Hercules are stories you think you know, but with surprising origins. Others are stories you might not have heard, but really should. All the stories are sourced from world folklore, but retold for modern ears. These are stories of wizards, knights, Vikings, dragons, princesses, and kings from the time when the world beyond the map was a dangerous and wonderful place.
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Now displaying: July, 2017
Jul 26, 2017

The story of a dark (well, dark-ish. Actually, kind of not even that. You'll see.) prophecy, a kingdom overrun by monsters (again, kind of), and one woman's globe spanning quest to do what's right (that's pretty much correct). Also, pig plague parties are only fun if you're a talking swine with a moderately sinister agenda.

The creature this time is the Alkutane, from the folklore of the Pacific Northwest, in the US. These creatures will leave fun little baubles by your ear. Oops. My bad, I meant to say bubbles. Bubbles filled with your undigested brains. And they're not fun.

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Music:

"Vanagon" by Podington Bear

"Trellis" by Podington Bear

"TrailwaysA" by Podington Bear

"Bambi" by Podington Bear

"Daemones" by Kai Engel

"Modum" by Kai Engel

"Locked Up" by Fleslit

"Cach" by Blue Dot Sessions

Jul 19, 2017

The story of Atalanta is one of the woman who just couldn't be stopped...and of a world that had a big, big problem with that. Giant monster fights, meddling gods, and well-known heroes make an appearance in the story of a heroine who just can't be kept down.

The creature this week is Al, from North Africa, and he's a great reason to not run with scissors.

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Music:

"Gringo Steele Rocks the 40" by Rolemusic

"Death on the Battlefield" by Rolemusic

"Seventh Hill" by Podington Bear

"Vengeful" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Tuck and Point" by Blue Dot Sessions

"The Cast and Favor" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Set the Tip Jar" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Mercurial Vision" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Lemon and Melon" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Andelo" by Blue Dot Sessions

Jul 12, 2017

The story of Pecos Bill is that of a true American Hero...who spends half the story naked and who legitimately thinks he is actually a coyote. But don't tell him that. He's cool and won't hurt you, but you'll get into a long discussion and won't actually convince him or his horse (named Pegasus/Widowmaker/Jeremy) that he's actually a human being. Also, while we're at it, he can lasso water and air because I guess when you ask the audience to suspend disbelief, you go for broke.

The creature this time is the Mongolian Death Worm. It's a sand worm, but don't go getting your maker hooks just yet, because it's no Shai Hulud. And that's a problem, because instead of the spice melange that will give you longevity and maybe prescience, it spits a virulent neurotoxin that will do precisely the exact opposite.

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Music:

"Vibrant Canopy"

"Seamless"

"Scraper"

"Opener"

"Moon Bicycle Theme"

"Middle"

"Gondola Blue"

"Doubled"

"An Introduction to Beetles"

by Blue Dot Sessions

Jul 5, 2017

The story of Sentaro the millionaire* is about a man with a dream. Well, not really a dream, but a deep, abiding fear of death. Soon, he becomes so obsessed with avoiding the inevitable that it leads him on a journey across Japan and later the world to find a way to avoid that which will come to us all.

The creatures this time are from the US and one will "please and excite" you in the forest...then lure you back to its place where it will turn you into an electric eel burrito.

*Sentaro is not a millionaire and really not very smart at all.

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Music:

"Waltz and Fury" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Tralaga" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Twosome" by Podington Bear

"Spring Comes Early" by Podington Bear

"Big Blue" by Podington Bear

"Norvik" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Drone Pine" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Chilvat" by Blue Dot Sessions

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