The Hidden Almanac for
Friday February 28th, 2014
Episode 73
Previous episode: 2014-02-26
Next episode: 2014-03-03


Today markes Eland the Younger’s encounter with an aardlion. It is also the birthday of Seamus Tells-the-Trees, and the day Echo Harbor was no longer a harbor. It is the Feast-Day of St. Aegopus of the Peaks, and in the garden, there are peas.

Be Safe, and Stay Out of Trouble.


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

Today is February 28th, 2014.

It was on this day that the naturalist Eland the Younger first encountered the aardlion, a large feline-like creature of the distant wastes. He encountered the beasts when they attempted to eat him, and only timely intervention by his faithful servant Heinrich prevented bloodshed.

It is the birthday of Seamus Tells-the-Trees, last of the great bards of the highlands. It was said that when a true bard spoke, the stones and waters would rise up to shame his enemies. His name has been linked to the suspicious mass-drowning of a number of tax collectors, though no proof was ever found. He died, untaxed and extremely drunk, at the ripe old age of ninety-seven. A standing stone grew on his grave, which was somewhat unsettling for everyone involved.

And it was on this day, in the Year of Broken Ghosts, that the town of Echo Harbor found itself briefly landlocked. Instead of a harbor, it had a jungle. Strange scented breezes blew into town and wild animals could be heard roaring from the depths. Several prominent citizens vanished in an attempt to explore the jungle, which vanished as suddenly as it had come three days later.

Today is the Feast Day of Saint Aegopus of the Peaks. This saint is represented as a bounding mountain goat. Legend holds that when Saint Jerome was trapped in a cave, hiding from his enemies, a faithful mountain goat brought him mouthfuls of plants so that he might eat. A willingness to eat plants that have been drooled on by goats is a prerequisite for beatification, so it all worked out.

In the garden, it is a good time to plant peas. The ground should ideally not be frozen, but peas will tolerate a certain amount of frost on their heads. Please note that sweet peas are something else entirely, and are finicky, eldritch beasts that require copious sacrifices of manure.

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 Keepers of the Unknown Codex. Your name is in here. That’s all you need to know.

That’s the Hidden Almanac for February 28th, 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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