The Hidden Almanac for
Friday September 18th, 2015
Episode 310
Previous episode: 2015-09-16
Next episode: 2015-09-21


Today we are visited once again by Pastor Drom, who is looking for an update. It is the Feast Day of St. Darrow, and in the garden, there are acorns.

Be Safe, and Stay Out of Trouble.


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

Today is September 18th, 2015.

PD: Hi, everybody! I’m Pastor Drom!

PD: So how’s the research into my horrible death going, Mord?

RM: It is progressing.

PD: …and? Is it progressing fast? Do you know how these people are going to kill me?

RM: It is progressing. I have determined that the modern-day followers of Corvus-Wrax are likely to be found among followers of the Shrike Cult. They are one of the impaling religions.

PD: Why is it always impaling? I do not understand why people insist on building religions based on putting other people on a stick!

RM: I suppose if you are the kind of person who enjoys that sort of thing, you gravitate toward that sort of faith.

PD: No one should enjoy that sort of thing, Mord. It’s weird.

RM: I believe that the First Reformed Shrike Church only does it in effigy. With marshamallow victims.

PD: Marshmallow.

RM: They sing camp songs and roast the effigies. It is supposed to be quite…cheerful.

PD: I’m going to die and people are going to sing camp songs.

RM: Perhaps not, Drom. We have no proof that any followers of Corvus-Wrax are lurking among the First Reformed Church. Or the Second Reformed Church. I have not yet investigated the one with the attached parochial school.

PD: *shuddering noises* Check the parochial school. There’s gonna be nuns. Nuns’d do it.

RM: I would think that you would have greater respect for fellow women of the cloth, Drom. Nuns do a great deal of good work and have advanced the cause of women in faith for centuries.

PD: You never met Sister Mary Thomas! She was the scourge of fourth grade! She’d have impaled you soon as look at you, if she thought your soul would be better for it. And she’d have used a ruler!

RM: She sounds like a woman of remarkable character.

PD: *hysterical laughter* That’s one way to look at it…

RM: It is the Feast Day of Saint Darrow, bard of the highlands. The story goes that a barbarian chieftain captured Darrow and threatened to slay his entire tribe unless Darrow could play him a song that could move his men to tears. Darrow asked for a few hours to prepare, then played a ballad of such terrible beauty that the barbarians wept openly. Later versions of this story tell that Darrow was moved by the spirit of the divine, while early versions written in the vernacular of the time would indicate that he stuffed his lute full of raw onions. Regardless, Darrow was set free and his tribe left unharmed.

In the garden, the oak are beginning to drop a few small green acorns. The interns are handwatering many of the plants, and there is no rain in sight.

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That’s the Hidden Almanac for September 18th, 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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