C/W: Trypophobia, discussion of death
“Eolith whispers slow.
Setting sun, rays lie thick. Cool, harden, coat the tongue.
Long, dry exhale, salt-heavy funeral sigh.
Old crystalline veins, crumble dust-like, flake and fall.
Decay extends, searches.
Hide the heart.
Calm the pulse, slower, slower.
Extend the reach.
Split the chrysalis.
Wake the hive.
Grasp the roots outside the edges – unheeded time, more use here.
Others waste, redirect.
Bind the wound.
This is the first of a three-part special focusing on the Jackal’s attempts to bring down Relict. We play the game The Harder They Fall, a game of final battles for the fate of the world, by Jay Iles and UFO Press.
In this episode we build the landscape of Eolith, a preserved landscape of amber mountains, tar pits and salt flats. We share the characters we’ll be playing – the remnant Relict, its envoys led by Mell, and the Tenders Flint and Oaken.
It’s set in the same world as Tiding, but is a stand-alone story. If you’re new to These Flimsy Rituals, this might be a good entry point.
Episode produced by Thryn Henderson (@thairyn).
Cover art by Allissa Chan (@formyths).
Sound clips from kangaroovindaloo and Yuval on freesound.org