The Hidden Almanac for
Monday February 24th, 2014
Episode 71
Previous episode: 2014-02-21
Next episode: 2014-02-26


Today is the day Lady Emily of House Blatt and Lord Milo of House Sworn were married. It is also the day of a squirrel counter-attack. It is the Feast Day of St. Anna Cervinius, and in the garden, there is a homecoming.

Be Safe, and Stay out of Trouble.


Welcome to the Hidden Almanac, I’m Reverend Mord.

Today is February 24th, 2014.

It was on this day in 1568 that Lady Emily of the House of Blatt and Lord Milo of the House of Sworn were married, in an attempt to bring about the end of a long-standing fued between their houses. The wedding was hailed as the dawn of a new age of communication and cooperation between houses. This optimistic spirit was unshaken by the fact that both bride and groom were found dead some hours later, apparently having stabbed one another to death with decorative fish forks. The two were buried together and the Houses of Blatt and Sworn remained fast friends, for, as one matriarch of Blatt observed, “Nobody ever liked either of them when they were alive.”

And it was on this day that the squirrels launched a counter attack against the mice led by the Council of Sixteen. Squirrels plugged up the drainpipe leading to the mouseholes, using mud and acorns, and set guards on every known exit. Fortunately for the mice, squirrels have very short attention spans, and they were able to forage for supplies during frequent periods of distraction.

And it was on this day in 1995 that the Great Lupercalia Drought, showing no signs of lessening, was classed as an emergency. Refugees fled the mountains east of the city, and the Lord of the Mountain begged his allies for supplies and humanitarian aid.

It is the Feast Day of Saint Anna Cervinius, patron of deer diseases. She is invoked both to protect against them, and to summon them in times of great overpopulation. She is represented as a woman wearing a deer skull mask and holding a live fawn in her arms. In ancient times, chronic wasting disease in deer and elk was sometimes called “St. Anna’s Blight.”

In the garden, the interns have returned home. They are malnourished, bedraggled, and sad, but they are alive. Although they do not know it yet, they will be receiving extra credit on their work-study programs for their adventure. We are glad they’re home.

The Hidden Almanac is brought to you by Red Wombat Tea Company, purveyors of fine and inaccessible teas. Red Wombat --- “We Dig Tea.”

Also brought to you by the Garlic Scouts of Troyzantium. The Garlic cookies are in! Visit a Garlic Scout stand near you for all your favorites—Stinky Mints, Onion Crunchies, and Ramperdoodles!

That’s the Hidden Almanac for February 24th, 2014. Be safe, and stay out of trouble.


Out of Character

The Hidden Almanac is a production of Dark Canvas Media, written by Ursula Vernon and performed and produced by Kevin Sonney. Our theme music is Moon Valley and our exit music is Red in Black, both by Kosta T. You can hear more from Kosta T at the Free Music Archive. All other content is copyright 2013, Ursula Vernon.

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