For the Sentinels of The Invisible Word, an “informal” Firewall server dedicated to tracking and combating epistemological threats, nothing poses a greater danger to the continued existence of the species than the limits of transhuman knowledge. Without the approval of the rest of The Org, they have taken it upon themselves to untie the knotty philosophical questions puzzling transhumans. Is the post-Fall world nothing but an elaborate simulation under the TITANs’ control? In order to test the limits of reality itself, they’ll have to track down a rare petal called Delphinium One, a shared hallucinatory experience created by a rogue AGI hacker. Getting their hands on the petal may be easier said than done, however, as the only one on Mars has currently been promised to socialite and scion of Elysium Vincenza Oaxaca-Maartens. Can these philosophical agents of Firewall acquire the petal and prove once and for all whether or not the entirety of existence is an elaborate sham? Listen to find out!
The San Francisco Earthquake of 1906 was the worst disaster to ever hit the city, and one of the worst disasters the U.S. has ever faced. The city was almost completely destroyed, and it took years to recover. But in Chinatown, where the city’s poorest citizens lived, the destruction was complete. Between the earthquake itself and the destruction caused in trying to recover, not one building was left standing.
Into the rubble go the children of Chinese immigrants, going home to try to pick up the pieces and find their families. But the earthquake did more than just destroy buildings and take lives — it released something that was trapped. Something evil and angry. Something that wants revenge.
If you want to learn more about the San Francisco earthquake, and the architectural style that rose from the rubble, listen to this great episode of 99 Percent Invisible.
On an ordinary day in Ponyville, four friends are about to find way more adventure than they bargained for. There’s Silver Spirit, the dim but lovable earth pony who specializes in the healing arts. Dusk Waterstone (of the Cloudsdale Waterstones) is a pegasus lawyer whose blunt but honest manner makes her a courtroom star. Crimson Moon, a unicorn with a penchant for chasing gems, is a practiced expert in telekinesis. Finally, Shadow Whimsy uses her unicorn magic and a dash of empathetic power to converse with animals. When these ponies are asked to pet-sit for the bearers of The Elements of Harmony, six of the most important ponies in all of Equestria, they immediately agree. But what should be a simple job turns into a thrilling quest full of fun, danger and excitement when all six of their charges scatter into The Everfree Forest, where the clouds move themselves and wild magic runs amok. In order to retrieve all six pets, they’ll have to face diamond dogs, avoid poisoned joke, and navigate all manner of harrowing hazards. Can these four ponies find the lost pets and escape the Everfree? Listen to find out!
In the series finale to Alex’s Masters of Umdaar campaign, the Archaeonauts must use the Cube of Subeqo to defeat Drazkum the Debaser. First, however, they will need to capture the final piece, a sliver that they did not even realize was missing, from the Master’s helmet. And before that, they’ll need to put aside their differences, work out their interpersonal issues, and learn to work together as a team. Can this ragtag group of adventurers, mages and underwear relocation experts save Umdaar from the evil they unleashed, or will they learn the true power of the Demiurge when their enemy wields it against them? Listen to find out!
This week’s installment of Masters of Umdaar finds our brave Archaeonauts returning to the seaside village of Meh on the Mediocre Coast, site of their storied victory against the dreaded Ella-Vator! The Cube of Subeqo has led them back with visions of an underwater temple where the next fragment awaits. But before they can explore, our heroes will have to navigate the awkward social consequences of their previous dealings with the townsfolk, and discover the true story behind the underwater castle. When a fellow artifact hunter offers them a ride in her submarine, they gladly accept, but is their faith in her good will mislaid? (Spoiler: Yes.) Can the Archaeonauts outsmart a rival, survive a dungeon full of dangerous traps, and rescue the second-to-last piece from the watery depths? Listen to find out!