The Hidden Almanac for
Wednesday September 16th, 2015
Episode 309
Previous episode: 2015-09-14
Next episode: 2015-09-18


Today we continue our investigations into the Cult of Corvus-Wrax and the related Shrike God. It is the Feast Day of St. Andreas, and in the garden, there are water-irises.

Be Safe, and Stay Out of Trouble.


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

Today is September 16th, 2015.

I am continuing my research into the followers of Corvus-Wrax, and their brother-cult, the worship of the Shrike God. Unfortunately, the trail becomes extremely muddled here, as the Shrike God has turned out to be surprisingly popular. A number of the Shrike God’s followers have abandoned impaling as “unsociable” and now have largely unremarkable worship services. In the city alone, we have the First and Second Reformed Church of Shrikedom, the Fellowship Shrike Church, and the Healing Waters Shrike Center, located slightly outside of the city limits, and attached to Our Lady of Bright Feathers parochial school, K-through-12.

The original cult, with the impaling, seems to have been mostly limited to the Mountain Kingdom, which of course has fallen due to climate change, so they could be anywhere.

I suppose I could go to each of these churches and ask “Pardon, do you have an impaling service on Wednesday nights?” but I am not certain how far that would get me.

It is the Feast Day of Saint Andreas, patron of librarians, who was martyred while saving sacred texts from the flames of the great fire of Troyzantium in the 4th century. She was a pagan, and most of the texts she saved were also pagan, but the Shepherd Pope declared that such an act confers holiness, regardless of one’s faith, and should be recognized by all those who love knowledge. St. Andreas therefore holds a place of honor on the ecclesiastical calendar. Her Feast Day varies, but always falls one week before the first day of Autumn.

In the garden, it is beginning to feel like fall. There are cool breezes, and the mornings are pleasant. Most of the beans have stopped producing, and the last vines have been removed. The exception—Goat-Eye—is finally getting its act together and producing, but cannot compared to those cultivars that are productive for months on end.

The peppers are ripe, even the very hot ones that take a long season. It is a good time to take stock of one’s water-irises. We sank one tub of the variety “Black Gamecock” several years ago, and it has now tripled in size and requires thinning, lest it eat the entire pond. Water irises are beautiful, and when happy, extremely prolific.

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I am working on it.

That’s the Hidden Almanac for September 16th, 2015. Be safe, and stay out of trouble.


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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 through 2015, Ursula Vernon.

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