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.

Atrophy creeping.
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.

Featuring special guests Beck Michalak (@R_Michalak) and Nate Crowley (@FrogCroakley), alongside Thryn Henderson (@thairyn). Hosted by Adam Dixon (@adtidixon).

Episode produced by Thryn Henderson (@thairyn).
Cover art by Allissa Chan (@formyths).
Sound clips from kangaroovindaloo and Yuval on freesound.org

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