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c/w fights with police, animal harm, NPC death “Across the city these splinters of defiance spread. Each spelk the families plucked saw two more embedded into Embrace’s flesh. Us ginnels and those like us, watched. We were both proud of our comrade’s successes, and jealous, desperate to join the fray." ~~~ As the rain lashes down over Embrace, Ezra and Oken take shelter in the carousel. They’ve been laying low here for a couple of weeks, nearly at each other's throats. Nilkat brings the reprieve they need. He’s got a job for the pair of them—the Ginnels are calling a meeting and he wants the Jubilant’s in convincing others to join. Armed with a list of names—The Triumphant Maybe, The Pamphleteers, The Painted Hands—Ezra and Oken set out. But they won't just need their diplomacy for the factions, they’ll need it for each other too. ~~ PEOPLE ~~ Amris Graft: Ezra’s mam. A community organiser and member of the Painted Hands. L.V. Petit: A radical pamphleteer, that can often be found in the middle of radical gatherings, printing machine on their back. Nilkat: A former factory mechanic, turned revolutionary. A member of the Ginnels and our story’s narrator. Xenaras Crow: A careful, calculating, and somewhat cynical radical. Leads the Triumphant Maybe. ~~ FACTIONS ~~ Ginnels: A broad revolutionary network, formed by the workers of Calvary Ward. Jackals: More formally known as the Tenders of the Dawn’s Embers, the Jackals are an organisation of remnant hunters guided by strange divination. Painted Hands: A group of criminals formed of people laid-off when the dye factories mechanised. They break the law to put food on the table and to pay the bosses back. Pamphleteers: A shabby collection of small presses and independent pamphleteers. They’d be made illegal if the news-sheets had their way. Swifts: Embrace’s police force. Once a ragtag militia, formed of ward locals, they have been armed and outfitted by the nim Shifs. Triumphant Maybe: A radical cell headed by Xenarus Crow. They are ruthless and professional. ~~~ Episode title from Balaclava by the Arctic Monkeys ~~~ Follow the show on twitter @flimsyrituals Find our website at flimsyrituals.com Chat to us on Discord  ~~~ Hosted by Adam Dixon. Starring Beck Michalak, Elizabeth Simoens, Ryan Evans, Steve Martin and Thryn Henderson. Produced by Thryn Henderson Series art by Ben Swinden Music taken from Kai Engel’s Satin
c/w description of insects and spiders, violence, NPC death “For as long as I’d known, resistance in Embrace had been like puddles in the cobbles. Disparate, kept separate by the foundations of the city. Over there a union of factory workers fighting for pay and safety; here a group trying to raise their voices above Parsant’s tight dogma. For us Ginnels, so much of our work had been trying to score trenches between those waters, to turn puddle, into pool, into flood.” ~~~ The estate of Silicet nim Callad was used to hosting parties. Nearly every night, the Minister would be hosting some affair or another. The whole villa was shaped to that purpose; from the central building a torrent of jutting rooms and juxtaposed architecture broke out. A vine-covered balcony, a tiled dome, a veranda on a rooftop courtyard. Silicet was adding new rooms. There is a secret though, at the heart of this architecture. A gap in the floorplans, a void that plunges down, like a dagger, puncturing the building from top-story to basement. Tonight, the Jubilant Maybe mean to find their way into that space and discover what Silicet hides inside. ~~ PEOPLE ~~ Branch & Fleece: The chaotic leaders of the Likelihood Lads. After they worked a score together that went bad, Ivar has reservations. Crik: Ezra’s childhood friend and rival. Leader of the Flint Street Knappers. Galena nim Ovid: The imposing head of the Umbral Provenders and Ash’s aunt. She has ambitious plans for the city. Silicet nim Callad: One of the city’s ministers and a member of nim Callad. To her acquaintances she’s known for throwing the best parties in town; to everyone else, she’s a tyrant. ~~ FACTIONS ~~ Flint Street Knappers: A gang operating out of Limbus Ward, who use gliders to get around. Most are from families with heritage in the Rushes. Likelihood Lads: A ruthless, stylish, and fickle gang of bookmakers that rule Hinter’s races. Ministry of the True: Agents of the council who wield extra-judiciary powers and private militias. nim Callad: The former monarchs of Embrace, who refuse to release their grip on their burnished gold. They own most of the city’s land, extracting extortionate rents. Viols: A union of sex workers, striking against rent increases. ~~~ Here's where you can find Ryne.  ~~~ Episode title from Thin Lizzy’s Jailbreak ~~~ Follow the show on twitter @flimsyrituals Find our website at flimsyrituals.com Chat to us on Discord  ~~~ Hosted by Adam Dixon. Starring Beck Michalak, Elizabeth Simoens, Ryan Evans, Steve Martin and Thryn Henderson. Produced by Thryn Henderson Series art by Ben Swinden Music taken from Kai Engel’s Satin
c/w description of police violence (in intro: 0'00 to 2'43) “Over the next few weeks, the families paraded their victory over us. Their news-sheets celebrating the crushing of the radical ward of Atrium and the arrest of the heretic priest Lena Fisher. The press’ insults were the easiest taunt to brush off, their actions were harder to stomach. ” ~~~ Sitting patiently has never been something Ash Pinders has been good at. Laying low was never going to be easy. In the strange and dangerous weeks that follow the destruction of the People’s Ward of Atrium, Ash searches for a way to keep himself occupied. When Ginnels tell him to keep his head down, he turns to another group instead: the Flint Street Knappers. He’s not the only member of the Jubilant though, to turn up at their door. ~~ PEOPLE ~~ Alin & Mara Pinder: Ash’s sisters. They both work for the Viols, a union of sex workers. Crik: Ezra’s childhood friend and rival. Leader of the Flint Street Knappers. ~~ FACTIONS ~~ Flint Street Knappers: A gang operating out of Limbus Ward, who use gliders to get around. Most are from families with heritage in the Rushes. Likelihood Lads: A ruthless, stylish, and fickle gang of bookmakers, that rule Hinter’s races. Ministry of the True: Agents of the council who wield extra-judiciary powers and private militias. nim Callad: The former monarchs of Embrace, who refuse to release their grip on their burnished gold. They own most of the city’s land, extracting extortionate rents. Viols: A union of sex workers, striking against rent increases. ~~ PLACES ~~ Hinter Ward: Embrace’s southernmost ward. The north is dense tenements, while the south has been abandoned to marsh and spirit. Loven Street: A street in Hinter ward. Its people have banded together to strike against nim Callad’s rent increases. Tail’s End: A community, built by spirits, at the tip of Rodella’s tail. A ramshackle ghost town, radical in outlook. ~~~ Episode title from One More Try by That Handsome Devil ~~~ Follow the show on twitter @flimsyrituals Find our website at flimsyrituals.com Chat to us on Discord  ~~~ Hosted by Adam Dixon. Starring Beck Michalak, Elizabeth Simoens, Ryan Evans, Steve Martin and Thryn Henderson. Produced by Thryn Henderson Series art by Ben Swinden Music taken from Kai Engel’s Satin
Episode contains spoilers for Tiding season one. Hi everyone! Due to a combination of deadlines and illness we're not releasing a new Embrace episode this week. We're going to take a little bit more time to put the episode together, we'll be releasing it next Sunday instead. We're releasing this bonus clips episode in its place. It's a collection of outtakes, goofs, and pre-recording chat that didn't make it into the episodes. Enjoy! If you're part of our discord you might have heard these clips before. If you're not, come and join and chat about the show. We often share little bonus bits like this there, whether that's silly clips that were too good to leave unheard or behind the scenes looks at These Flimsy Rituals. Also, if you're into the rules for Tiding and want to know more about the game, Ryne, Adam shares glimpses into the development of the game there too. As always, we wanted to say thank you for continuing to listen to and support the show. We've been doing this for nearly two years now and getting shares, reviews, and feedback from our fans is the thing that motivates us to keep doing this. One of the genuinely nice things about doing both Tiding and Embrace has been seeing you all talking about the characters and scenes you've enjoyed! Cheers from The Flimsy Rituals crew!
c/w police violence and named NPC death (1:21:30 to 1:25:46. If you skip the description but want the facts, check below episode notes), natural disaster (earthquake) “Those moments were just a glimpse though. They’d soon be brought to an end. Disaster brings out the best in communities, and the worst in authority.” I can’t remember if it was Serrivomer or Boctive that said that, but either way, those words would prove prophetic.” ~~~ For a week after the earthquake, the people of Atrium, Calvary, Hinter and Holm are left to fend for themselves. Absent of the council’s attention, community effort, and grassroots organising help them to recover from the earthquake. As the earthquake's effects make themselves known, the Jubilant Maybe spend time helping their community's efforts. They fix infrastructure, secure food, help out their families, and give people a way to relax. This strange lull won’t last though; the void of authority is temporary. It’s no surprise when they move to take back what’s theirs. ~~ PEOPLE ~~ Amris Graft: Ezra’s mam. A community organiser and member of the Painted Hands. Darjan Hask: A poet, writer and part of Embrace’s elite. They are a childhood rival of Neah. Elif: An apprentice for a fashion house and a member of the Ginnels. Foible: A member of the Ginnels, who helped out on the voting score. Lena Fisher: The self-declared Tether of Rialla’s Harbour. A former sailor turned radical priest, who teaches a doctrine focused on community. Trilvo: A ghost healer and the community leader of Tail’s End. ~~ FACTIONS ~~ Laceport Beneficiaries: An illegal, roaming co-op dock that feeds the people of Calvary. nim Shif: Embrace’s newest great family. Plotting to take over the city with silvered tongues and bloody blades. Swifts: Embrace’s police force. Once a ragtag militia, formed of ward locals, they have been armed and outfitted by the nim Shifs. ~~ PLACES ~~ Rialla’s Harbour: One of Embrace’s two major temples. A spire of bone covered in scrimshaw. Tail’s End: A community, built by spirits, at the tip of Rodella’s tail. A ramshackle ghost town, radical in outlook. ~~~ Episode title from Kagoule’s It Knows It ~~~ Follow the show on twitter @flimsyrituals Find our website at flimsyrituals.com Chat to us on Discord  ~~~ Hosted by Adam Dixon. Starring Beck Michalak, Elizabeth Simoens, Ryan Evans, Steve Martin and Thryn Henderson. Produced by Thryn Henderson Series art by Ben Swinden Music taken from Kai Engel’s Satin ~~~ SPOILERS BELOW  Atrium's barriers are torn down. Lena is arrested. Foible is killed.
c/w earthquake, discussion of murder “In sessions over in Marrow, in the ransacked halls of the Arrad Chambers, they advocated for great sums of money to go to the Bridgers to repair their tarnished heirloom.  We’d not get a penny of it. We were left to fend for ourselves. ” ~~~ An earthquake rocks Embrace. The land that-two years ago-started moving beneath Atrium, shifts again. With little time to reflect on their scores, most of the crew of the Jubilant Maybe rush back to their homes and families. Later there will be a chance to consider what they’ve done, but now it’s time to help, to aid, to pitch in. ~~ PEOPLE ~~ Amris Graft: Ezra’s mam. A community organiser and member of the Painted Hands. Cherin & Zedek nim Gorse: Neah’s parents. They are part of the ambitious middle classes, trying to earn their place in Embrace’s high society. Oken nim Shif (fake): An imposter. Chosen and trained by his family to be a much more controllable tool of propaganda. Killed by his namesake. Scran: A radical pamphleteer and friend of Ezra. Serrivomer Glass: The unofficial Warden, elected by the people of Atrium. Member of the Tanner’s Union, a radical and a friend of Lena. ~~ FACTIONS ~~ Pamphleteers: A collective of independent publishers, mostly radical in their writing. Distributors of much of Embrace’s political critique. ~~ PLACES ~~ People’s Ward of Atrium: An old neighbourhood near the docks, once home to wholesale markets and cafes. It has declared itself its own ward, with an unofficially elected Warden. Tail’s End: A community, built by spirits, at the tip of Rodella’s tail. A ramshackle ghost town, radical in outlook. ~~~ Episode title from Rag’N’Bone Man’s Lay My Body Down ~~~ Follow the show on twitter @flimsyrituals Find our website at flimsyrituals.com Chat to us on Discord  ~~~ Hosted by Adam Dixon. Starring Beck Michalak, Elizabeth Simoens, Ryan Evans, Steve Martin and Thryn Henderson. Produced by Thryn Henderson Series art by Ben Swinden Music taken from Kai Engel’s Satin
c/w: mass protest, violence against protestors, death, natural disaster "Heat in Embrace wraps close to the skin - saturating, condensation mingling with sweat. There’s a texture to it that I’ve not felt anywhere else. When the sun breaks, it doesn’t tip-toe through dawn. It’s there in its full fury, from moment of first light til its dusk retreat. That summer the city blistered. The scrimshawers were kept busy repairing cracks in bone; the Trill’s moisture was the only thing that stopped the fleshwood from igniting. Our tempers though were frayed to wicks, ready to catch. Hulling day would be the spark." ~~~ On this day each year, the people of Embrace down their work tools, and instead tend to their homes and streets. A tradition formed in the days following the Ochre Hull's attack, as people refused demands to return to work and instead repaired the rubble of their communities. The day came to be known as Hulling Day. This year those privileged few who get to vote gather in Marrow Ward. They cast their ballots for the new warden of Holm, the ward that Atrium officially belongs to. They chose between the incumbent, Tomer Lorving - favoured by nim Daker and nim Callad - and Parsib nim Corvanus, nim Shif's proxy candidate. Sick of their disenfranchisement, the people of Atrium are on the march. Though they know it's a hollow act,  they're going to vote in a warden of their own. ~~ PEOPLE ~~ Lena Fisher: The self-declared Tether of Rialla’s Harbour. A former sailor turned radical priest, who teaches a doctrine focused on community. Nilkat: A former factory mechanic, turned revolutionary. A member of the Ginnels and our story’s narrator. Topaz: Ivar's trusty companion. Somewhere between a bat and a labrador. ~~ FACTIONS ~~ People's Ward of Atrium: An old neighbourhood near the docks, once home to wholesale markets and cafes. It has declared itself its own ward, erecting barricades to keep the city’s officials out. Ginnels: A broad revolutionary network, formed by the workers of Calvary Ward. Syndics: Clerks and government officials aligned with nim Shif. Embroiled in extortion, corruption and conspiracy. ~~ PLACES ~~ Arrad Chambers: Part of Embrace's civic infrastructure. Here clerks and bureaucrats sign away the city's future. Holm Ward: Traditionally Embrace's dock district. People here tend to make their living from the boats that dock in the harbour. ~~~ Episode title from Fever Ray's If I Had A Heart ~~~ Follow the show on twitter @flimsyrituals Find our website at flimsyrituals.com Chat to us on Discord  ~~~ Hosted by Adam Dixon. Starring Ryan Evans and Thryn Henderson. Produced by Thryn Henderson Series art by Ben Swinden Music taken from Kai Engel’s Satin
c/w blood, eyes, combat, discussion of police “Then, there were the Jubilant. They weren’t professional or ruthless; they weren’t calculating or swift-tongued - but, they had their ways. They were resourceful, broad-hearted and brave. Uncertain in a way that kept them open to other means of doing things. Others liked to dismiss them. All they saw was the messes they created but they never watched for long enough to see that, no matter how dire the situation, they always found a way back out.” ~~~ Before Oken nim Shalif, the faces of four strangers. The Jubilant Maybe, struggling to make sense of the man they’ve found in a box that should contain weapons. There won’t be long to take stock though. They may have fended off the cart’s guards, but there are reinforcements on the way - and these ones won't be so eager to give up what’s theirs. ~~ PEOPLE ~~ Altara nim Shif: Scion of the nim Shif family and one of their enforcers. Nilkat: A former factory mechanic, turned revolutionary. A member of the Ginnels and our story’s narrator. ~~ FACTIONS ~~ Ginnels: A broad revolutionary network, formed by the workers of Calvary Ward. Jackals: More formally known as the Tenders of the Dawn’s Embers, the Jackals are an organisation of remnant hunters guided by strange divination. League of Gunsmiths: Controllers of the licensing and manufacturing of spirit guns. Maybes: A loose collection of radical cells carrying out direct action. nim Shif: Embrace’s newest great family. Plotting to take over the city with silvered tongues and bloody blades. Syndics: Clerks and government officials, embroiled in extortion, corruption and conspiracy. Umbral Provenders: A legitimised organisation of smugglers, who use the cut to smuggle contraband into and out of the city. ~~~ Episode title from Jesus Bill! by Delta Sleep. ~~~ Follow the show on twitter @flimsyrituals Find our website at flimsyrituals.com Chat to us on Discord  ~~~ Hosted by Adam Dixon. Starring Beck Michalak, Elizabeth Simoens, Ryan Evans, Steve Martin and Thryn Henderson. Produced by Thryn Henderson Series art by Ben Swinden Music taken from Kai Engel’s Satin
c/w body horror, possession, insects "Us that used to play in the alleys and backstreets of Calvary had a game. A bunch of us would cluster together, locked arm-to-arm, roaring and vicious, pretending to be a remnant. Whoever was left got to be one of the Tenders, would try and take that giggling mass of bodies down. They’d pretend to be Carn nim Daker or Arbor’s Precident or another of their legends. Everyone had their favourite, though there was one we always fought over. Oken nim Shalif, the slayer of Relict and the Ochre Hull. And on those streets where we played, we could see the tower where he was said to keep watch, asleep until Embrace needed him." ~~~ Before Oken nim Shalif lies the rapidly calcifying body of a god. Relict - remnant of preservation, of Eolith - dead by his spear.  In its last moments, that vacant gives one last, parting gift. Time slips. Oken - wielder of the sun spear, Tender of the Dawn’s Embers, remnant-killer, and, at last, a hero worthy of his family’s name - becomes unmoored in time. Days, months and years begin to slip through his fingers. This episode, we play a hacked version of Jason Morningstar’s The Skeletons, published by Bully Pulpit Games. We play to find out what happens to Oken, as he finds himself slipping through time. ~~ PEOPLE ~~ Relict: Remnant of Eolith, focused on preservation. Slain by the Jackals Oken nim Shalif and Flint Erul Tun. Mell: One of Relict’s envoys, leader of a gestalt consciousness. Once an enormous woman with a horn of bees, now a bee. ~~ FACTIONS ~~ Jackals: More formally known as the Tenders of the Dawn’s Embers, the Jackals are an organisation of remnant hunters guided by strange divination. nim Shalif: Embrace’s newest great family. Originally founded in Gallance, they are seen by the rest as opportunistic incomers. nim Callad: Embrace’s oldest great family. Former monarchs of the city, they long to regain their title. nim Daker: A great family, founded by the killer of Caerdroia and Rodella. Staunchly anti-remnant. The Shorach: Embrace’s secret rulers. The Widow, the Slayer and the Bee. ~~~ Episode title from Alice in Chain's Man in the Box ~~~ Follow the show on twitter @flimsyrituals Find our website at flimsyrituals.com Chat to us on Discord ~~~ Hosted by Adam Dixon. Starring Beck Michalak, Elizabeth Simoens, Ryan Evans, Steve Martin and Thryn Henderson. Produced by Thryn Henderson Series art by Ben Swinden Music taken from Kai Engel’s Satin
C/W hanging/public execution, 0'00 to 3'34, body horror (eyes) “And then, there’s the end. The whole lot of us rounded up and stood on that platform on Mawk’s Mantle. A great crowd of people before us, no cover from that boiling sun. I remember the quiet most. Looking into all those faces and being met with nothing. Everything waited.” ~~~ Under the cover of darkness, a wagon rolls its way through the streets of the People’s Ward of Atrium. Four people escort it, moonlight glinting off armour hidden under their coats. They are Jackals, they do not belong here. The wagon they move carries a weapon, something powerful enough to shake the labyrinthine foundations of Embrace. This is the first of our episodes playing Blades in the Dark, a game about daring scoundrels by John Harper. We meet our crew of radicals as they undertake their most dangerous score yet. If you’re interested in Embrace - our season about a revolution in a city built on the corpses of two gods - and want to jump straight into the action, this is the episode to start with. We did some worldbuilding in episodes 1-3 and start our main campaign here. If you don’t know what Embrace is or are new to the show entirely, we spend some time at the start of this episode briefly going over the core concepts of our world, Ryne. We’ve designed this to be a good place to start listening to These Flimsy Rituals. ~~ PEOPLE ~~ Nilkat: A former factory mechanic, turned revolutionary. He’s a member of the Ginnels and our story’s narrator. ~~ FACTIONS ~~ Umbral Provenders: A legitimised organisation of smugglers, who use the cut to smuggle contraband into and out of the city. Based in Atrium, they use criminality to enforce their hold there. Jackals: More formally known as the Tenders of the Dawn’s Embers, the Jackals are an organisation of remnant hunters guided by strange divination. ~~ PLACES ~~ Embrace: An island city, built on the corpses of the remnant’s Caerdroia and Rodella. It serves as one of the only crossing points of the river Trill. People’s Ward of Atrium: An old neighbourhood near the docks, once home to wholesale markets and cafes. It has declared itself its own ward, erecting barricades to keep the city’s officials out. ~~~ Episode title from Onsind’s Snitches Get Stitches ~~~ Follow the show on twitter @flimsyrituals Find our website at flimsyrituals.com Chat to us on Discord  ~~~ Hosted by Adam Dixon. Starring Beck Michalak, Elizabeth Simoens, Ryan Evans, Steve Martin and Thryn Henderson. Produced by Thryn Henderson Series art by Ben Swinden Music from Kai Engel’s Satin
“After their worldly Guidance, Tovak, died and Rialla’s Harbour was left without leadership, who else but Lena would dare say that they’re going to lead it as its new, folk-chosen head? Then to start harboring the likes of us - rebels and dissidents, maybes and ginnels - while her right to be there was still being questioned. Well, I guess shame on us for not seeing the day they built those barricades and declared themselves a free ward coming. That really was the start of things...” ~~~ After the death of the High Priest Tovak and the disappearance of the worms from the fleshwood, Atrium is left with nothing but bleak omens. The people here though are resourceful. In the face of hostility from other parts of the city, they band together. They begin to build new foundations, praying that they’ll hold strong when something comes to test them. We continue our game of The Ground Itself by Everest Pipkin, exploring the neighbourhood of Atrium. ~~ PLACES ~~ Atrium: An old neighbourhood near the docks, once home to wholesale markets and cafes. It is bordered by the Castings, the Tear and the headquarters of the Tenders of the Dawn’s Embers. Embrace: An island city, built on the corpses of the remnant’s Caerdroia and Rodella. It serves as one of the only crossing points of the river Trill. ~~ FACTIONS ~~ Bismuth Bands: A rough group of semi-official treasure hunters, who have built their base by a tear into the cut. They are experts at navigating Caerdroia’s maze. Dodgers: A group, mostly teenagers, who make their money in the Castings. They find and sell trinkets uncovered by the worms. Parsant: Embrace’s main religion. Built on a denial of the remnant’s divinity, it centres humanity in its teachings. Umbral Provenders: A legitimised organisation of smugglers, who use the cut to smuggle contraband into and out of the city. Based in Atrium, they use criminality to enforce their hold there. Jackals: More formally known as the Tenders of the Dawn’s Embers, the Jackals are an organisation of remnant hunters guided by strange divination. ~~ PEOPLE ~~ Caerdroia: A vacant, said to be of labyrinths, whirlpools and destiny. Upon its death, the river Trill’s water became roil; a strange maze, known as the cut, unspooled beneath Embrace. Rodela: An echo, said to be of dawn, renewal and growth. Upon its death, the dawn and the stars broke; its body would not lie still, strange flora erupts across the island. Lena Fisher: The self-declared Tether of Rialla’s Harbour. A former sailor turned radical priest, who teaches a doctrine focused on community. ~~~ Follow the show on twitter @flimsyrituals Find our website at flimsyrituals.com Chat to us on Discord  ~~~ Hosted by Adam Dixon. Starring Beck Michalak, Elizabeth Simoens, Ryan Evans, Steve Martin and Thryn Henderson. Produced by Thryn Henderson. Series art by Ben Swinden.
“I’m getting ahead of myself though. I’m talking about Atrium and you’ve got no idea what or where that is. Back then it was a forgotten sort of place, a few faded streets, not even a ward in its own right. All of Embrace had its weirdness from our departed remnants to deal with, but Atrium - jammed between the docks and the Tear, the Jackals and the Castings - had more than most.” ~~~ As the bioluminescent blooms of the Castings open, the people of Atrium welcome summer. It is a time to share good food, fished from the Trill and bought from the docks; to brighten the streets with cuttings from the strange trees that grow along Rodela’s body; to sit with friends on unsteady chairs outside fading awnings and argue about meaningless things. This summer though will be different. It is wicked and fierce and hot, and the people of Atrium will face a choice - wilt in the fickle shade or stand bright against the tyrant sun. We continue our game of The Ground Itself by Everest Pipkin, exploring the neighbourhood of Atrium. This season we’re taking a leaf out of Friends at the Table’s book, and including short descriptions with each episode of important people, places and factions. ~~ PLACES ~~ Atrium: An old neighbourhood near the docks, once home to wholesale markets and cafes. It is bordered by the Castings, the Tear and the headquarters of the Tenders of the Dawn’s Embers. Embrace: An island city, built on the corpses of the remnant’s Caerdroia and Rodella. It serves as one of the only crossing points of the river Trill. ~~ FACTIONS ~~ Bismuth Bands: A rough group of semi-official treasure hunters, who have built their base by a tear into the cut. They are experts at navigating Caerdroia’s maze. Dodgers: A group, mostly teenagers, who make their money in the Castings. They find and sell trinkets uncovered by the worms. Parsant: Embrace’s main religion. Built on a denial of the remnant’s divinity, it centres humanity in its teachings. Umbral Provenders: A legitimised organisation of smugglers, who use the cut to smuggle contraband into and out of the city. Based in Atrium, they use criminality to enforce their hold there. ~~ PEOPLE ~~ Caerdroia: A vacant, said to be of labyrinths, whirlpools and destiny. Upon its death, the river Trill’s water became roil; a strange maze, known as the cut, unspooled beneath Embrace. Rodela: An echo, said to be of dawn, renewal and growth. Upon its death, the dawn and the stars broke; its body would not lie still, strange flora erupts across the island. ~~~ Follow the show on twitter @flimsyrituals Find our website at flimsyrituals.com Chat to us on Discord  ~~~ Hosted by Adam Dixon. Starring Beck Michalak, Elizabeth Simoens, Ryan Evans, Steve Martin and Thryn Henderson. Produced by Thryn Henderson. Series art by Ben Swinden. Music taken from Kai Engel’s Satin.
“Belka, you asked me before about my exile, about how I came to join Vilte’s parish, about why I left Embrace. I think I’m just about ready to tell that story. Now, there’s a lot to hear - about the revolution, about the Ginnels and the Swifts, the bastard nim Shifs and the defiant Maybes. First though, let’s start with what’s important: that city is a fucking hole.” ~~~ Welcome to season two of These Flimsy Rituals: Embrace. We’re playing a game of Blades in the Dark by John Harper, telling the story of a revolution in a city built on the corpses of two dead gods. This season takes place in the same world as season one, Tiding, but it’s telling a stand-alone story. You don’t have to have listened to that season to listen to Embrace - in fact, we feel that Embrace to be a really good point to jump in. It’s set 25 years before the events of Tiding, it’s a little bit faster-paced, it’s going to be shorter and more focused. This is the first of our worldbuilding episodes. We play The Ground Itself by Everest Pipkin, a game about places over time. In this, and the next two episodes, we’ll be focusing on one part of our city - Atrium - to build a picture of what life here is like. Finally, we have a gorgeous map for the new season, created by Ben Swinden (@benswinden on Twitter). All of our new episode images, twitter banners etc. are taken from it. You can see the map in full on our website. ~~~ Follow the show on twitter @flimsyrituals Find our website at flimsyrituals.com Chat to us on Discord  ~~~ Hosted by Adam Dixon. Starring Beck Michalak, Elizabeth Simoens, Ryan Evans, Steve Martin and Thryn Henderson. Produced by Thryn Henderson. Series art by Ben Swinden. Music taken from Kai Engel’s Satin.
"Where their corpses lay, an island formed. And then a city. Its citizens named it for the remnant's struggle, they named it Embrace." ~~~ Hey! We're excited to share the trailer for season two of These Flimsy Rituals, Embrace. We're going to be playing a game of Blades in the Dark by John Harper, following a crew of radicals fighting to change Embrace - a city formed on the bodies of two dead gods. It's a stand-alone season. It shares the same setting as season one, Tiding - but it's set twenty-five years earlier. You don't have to have listened before, it's designed to be a good point to jump in. We'll be kicking the new season off on the 22nd of March.  ~~~ Follow the show on twitter @flimsyrituals Find our website at flimsyrituals.com Chat to us on Discord  ~~~ Series art by Ben Swinden Hosted by Adam Dixon. Starring Beck Michalak, Ryan Evans, Steve Martin, Thryn Henderson and Ziz Simoens.
Hi everyone! We've got no new episode this week. We were planning on editing together the Q&A we recorded a couple of weeks back on Twitch, but we had some technical glitches. Instead, we've put the full recording on our youtube channel for people to watch. Hopefully, we'll be able to edit the Q&A at some point in the future for people to listen to as a podcast episode, but for now, we're moving onto the production of Embrace. All things going well, the first episode of Embrace will be our next release, sometime before the end of this month. Prior to that, we're hoping to put out a trailer, to give everyone a sneak peek of what we've been recording. We're really pumped to share our next season. Thank you for your understanding. You can find the video of the Q&A here.
“Friends, I don’t know how much you’ve heard about this place. I don’t know whether you’ve heard the stories - the rumours - about what has happened here in the past. This is the story of Carn’s Brook. You’ve heard of this surely?” *** Around a crackling fire, four storytellers gather - maybe in a cabin, perhaps beneath uncovered stars. There they share stories - of singing sheep, of the biggest squash you've ever seen, of a painted mountain. We play a special game of HISTORY IS GONE BUT WE REMEMBER by Ben Roswell. It’s a game about histories shared and created through oral storytelling. It’s set in the same world as Tiding but is a stand-alone story. If you’re new to These Flimsy Rituals, this could be a good starting point! *** Hosted by Adam Dixon (@adtidixon). Featuring Ryan Evans (@brainxray), Steve Martin (@purple_steve), Thryn Henderson (@thairyn) and Ziz Simoens (@seasylphgames). Produced by Thryn Henderson and Adam Dixon. Sounds by CaganCelik from freesound.org. Cover art by Beck Michalak (@r_michalak). Tiding art by Allissa Chan (@formyths).
"As the eater of gods approached, Duier set out its last will and testament - and Corpus would be stricken from it. Carn Vers was its bastion and from that broken mountain it directed its servants.  Those who could rushed to the borders, carrying Cenja’s secrets with them. That which was left behind, Grafan buried - so deep as to never be disinterred. Duier's great library was unwritten, given to Belka, the only person used to carrying such sorrow. Its buildings were torn down, gravestones shattered, engravings uncarved themselves.  One by one its envoys became a part of Duier once more. Then, when it could hold Corpus back no longer, it brought about its own end. Keen, once a priest of a ghostly moon, saw to both of their unravellings." *** Hey all, this week's episode is a special one. It features three stories, each tying up some the events of the first season. With the final episodes each being individual ones, we wanted to bring everything together and give an impression of where all the pieces ended up. We also wanted to share a few production updates, which are gone into in more detail in the episode, but essentially: This Tuesday, 11th February, we're doing a Q&A about our first season. You can join us live at 9pm GMT - we'll link from our twitter - or we'll be releasing it as a later episode. We're going to be taking some time before releasing season 2 - we want to make sure that that season is the best it can be. We have some episodes lined up before we kick off - the Q&A and a Shard & Fragments episode - so we'll probably be sticking to our release schedule. Season 2 is Embrace. We're going to be playing Blades in the Dark, by John Harper. We'll be telling another story set in Ryne, but around 25 years earlier. The second season of Tiding will be after Embrace - we're imagining it'll be sometime in 2021, depending on how long the next season is. As always, thank you so much for listening. We wouldn't be doing what we're doing without you. x *** Hosted by Adam Dixon (@adtidixon). Featuring Ryan Evans (@brainxray), Steve Martin (@purple_steve), Thryn Henderson (@thairyn) and Ziz Simoens (@seasylphgames). Produced by Thryn Henderson and Adam Dixon. Show cover art by Allissa Chan (@formyths). Eulogy cover art by Beck Michalak (@r_michalak) Rules are available at adtidi.itch.io/ryne. Sound clips from rui-aires and thefilmbakery at freesound.org
C/W: Death “...Belka, when the earth around it has dried too completely to sustain it, the stone fern gathers up its leaves close and pulls up its own roots from the earth - we cannot hear the cries of plants, but we must assume that it hurts it some to do so - but still it does so, and it lets the winds take it with them until it finds what it is looking for. And perhaps it settles there or moves on again and again, but each time it must it takes the risk - because staying where the dry stone sucks the life away from it is undoubtedly the worst fate it can imagine” - Karuum, the Heart of Growth *** Belka, following Duier's request, arrives at the top of Carn Vers. There they meet the remnant formed of fog and mist, grief and memory. There Belka gets a glimpse of Corpus' dark path. There Belka hears Duier's final words. Belka meets an old friend, sort of. *** Hosted by Adam Dixon (@adtidixon). Featuring Ryan Evans (@brainxray), Steve Martin (@purple_steve), Thryn Henderson (@thairyn) and Ziz Simoens (@seasylphgames). Produced by Thryn Henderson and Adam Dixon. Show cover art by Allissa Chan (@formyths). Eulogy cover art by Beck Michalak (@r_michalak) Rules are available at adtidi.itch.io/ryne. Sound clips from thanvannispen, Calcuttan and daveincamas at freesound.org
"Tomorrow we’re going camping! Bris promised forever ago and is finally going to take us. It’ll be me and Korrin, but Venz, Belka and Femrir are coming too. I’m not sure how many tents we’re taking, or even if we’re taking tents. I hope Bris doesn’t try to make us sleep outside again. It’s going to be great. Bris says that she’s going to show us a waterfall and teach us about some of the plants and animals she’s found. I’m going to add them all to the book. Maybe I’ll even be able to come up with some new recipes too!"      - Challa *** Caught stuttering in the chains, Challa must make her choice. To stay with the caravan or to find her own path. To go alone or let Strael come with her. At the edge of Cenja, she must decide where to go next. *** Hosted by Adam Dixon (@adtidixon). Featuring Ryan Evans (@brainxray), Steve Martin (@purple_steve), Thryn Henderson (@thairyn) and Ziz Simoens (@seasylphgames). Produced by Thryn Henderson and Adam Dixon. Show cover art by Allissa Chan (@formyths). Eulogy cover art by Beck Michalak (@r_michalak) Rules are available at adtidi.itch.io/ryne. Sound clips from tim.kahn and daveincamas at freesound.org
C/W: death (from opening), moderate violence "I know you won’t want to talk to me after I tell you, or even listen. So, I’m writing - in case I don’t make it, in case that one day after you want to read it. Maybe when the day comes that I’m gone and Korrin is grown, you might let him read it too. It’s dangerous out here, doing this. I do it because it’s what I know. It’s what I’m good at. Out here the winds seem to grow colder and colder; knowing that you’re safe, the both of you, warms me against them. Stay warm by your fires. Stay safe."      - Bris *** Sistre's chains lead Bris to the Jackal, Rowl Estvelryn. The anger and hatred that she has carried with her over these past years has boiled over. She has chosen revenge. She wants justice - for what was done to the Sharrow, for what was done to her family. Bris prepares to fight. *** Hosted by Adam Dixon (@adtidixon). Featuring Ryan Evans (@brainxray), Steve Martin (@purple_steve), Thryn Henderson (@thairyn) and Ziz Simoens (@seasylphgames). Produced by Thryn Henderson and Adam Dixon. Show cover art by Allissa Chan (@formyths). Eulogy cover art by Beck Michalak (@r_michalak) Rules are available at adtidi.itch.io/ryne. Sound clips from Black Boe and sagetyrtle at freesound.org
"I think that was when I began to question my place in the Splintered Breath. Funny really, that when you joined was when I first thought about leaving. It wasn’t that I disagreed with what we were trying to do - Calloa did not deserve its imprisonment. However, seeing Ferrox Urstraet’s unwillingness to consider that the citizens of Frailty would be punished as much as its rulers, terrified me. I saw then that she would put her ideals above the safety of others."      - Venz *** The group are pulled different directions by Sistre's chains. Venz wishes for a moment of peace, of quiet and solitude. He uses it to read the book that he claimed from the library - a grimoire filled with Serrata Paige's memories. He's determined to discover what happened under Carn Veskl, to find out who is responsible for Corpus. *** Notables Corpus, the god under the mountain. A counterfeit remnant. The Splintered Breath, a group of renegade snarls trying to find their formed leader, Ferrox Urstraet. Serrata Paige, a scientist and sole survivor of the experiments on Corpus. The Entwined Form, a fringe organisation that want to heal the cleaved remnants - uniting spirit and matter. Provenance, an old empire ruled by a remnant and its envoys. A group aiming to restore it. Ven, the slayer of the remnant of Provenance. *** Hosted by Adam Dixon (@adtidixon). Featuring Ryan Evans (@brainxray), Steve Martin (@purple_steve), Thryn Henderson (@thairyn) and Ziz Simoens (@seasylphgames). Produced by Thryn Henderson and Adam Dixon. Show cover art by Allissa Chan (@formyths). Eulogy cover art by Beck Michalak (@r_michalak) Rules are available at adtidi.itch.io/ryne. Sound clips from caquet and sagetyrtle at freesound.org
"Other rogues began to create counterfeits. A great shadow industry of fakes and forgeries blossomed. While most peddled shoddy imitations and bluffed at their provenance, experts made sure to replicate every detail. To their books, they would attach chains and etch tell-tale insignia down the spines. They would use glues to emulate the strange fusion that was the inevitable fate of all of Eulogy’s tomes."      - Avyn Fiir Vorunt *** The Conclave are dealt with, the Splintered Breath have departed. The group are left alone at the bottom of the Helctic Library. They have a moment to reflect and make choices about their next steps. But whatever they decide, Sistre's chains are waiting. *** Hosted by Adam Dixon (@adtidixon).  Featuring Ryan Evans (@brainxray), Steve Martin (@purple_steve), Thryn Henderson (@thairyn) and Ziz Simoens (@seasylphgames). Produced by Thryn Henderson and Adam Dixon. Show cover art by Allissa Chan (@formyths). Eulogy cover art by Beck Michalak (@r_michalak) Rules are available at adtidi.itch.io/ryne. Sound clips from daveincamas at freesound.org
C/W: blood, violence, death With a single word, Compli Xender Bross ends the Splinter's spells. The web of spirit that is everywhere, that connects everything, is gone from the room. The snarls are left vulnerable. Venz tries a new kind of weaving, Bris offers a hand, Challa faces the worst choice and Belka makes sure that Eulogy will remember them. *** Hosted by Adam Dixon (@adtidixon). Featuring Elizabeth Simoens (@seasylphgames), Ryan Evans (@brainxray), Steve Martin (@purple_steve) and Thryn Henderson (@thairyn). Produced by Thryn Henderson and Adam Dixon. Cover art by Allissa Chan (@formyths). Rules are available at adtidi.itch.io/ryne. Sound clips from yuval, borralbi, drotzruhn, 000600, alexkandrell and ienba.
C/W: blood, violence, child endangerment, off-screen death “I remember them telling me, we might run into the Conclave. If you see someone dressed in gold, stay away. If they talk to you, keep your head low and do what they say. Don’t try to reason with them, don’t answer back.”  - Ayof *** There is no more time. The agents of the Conclave - Compli Xender Bross and Rugate Terella Awl - launch their attack. One of the snarls has already fallen, blood has been spilled. The Splintered Breath make their stand. Bris squares up for a fight, Challa gets in a tangle, Belka makes the catch, and Venz gets in the groove. *** Hosted by Adam Dixon (@adtidixon). Featuring Ryan Evans (@brainxray) and Thryn Henderson (@thairyn). Produced by Thryn Henderson and Adam Dixon. Cover art by Allissa Chan (@formyths). Rules are available at adtidi.itch.io/ryne. Sound clips from yuval, borralbi, drotzruhn, 000600 and ienba.
C/W: Death, violence, memory loss "It is hard, to rewrite what has been written. To change the thing completely is a long and weary task; harder still alone. A myriad of paths which must be followed to their ends, a detangling of possible and probable and maybe. The more you try to alter in that moment, the further out the tears will spread. Still. With time, with patience. With purpose. Yes. I suppose it can be done"   - Belka *** As everyone converges on the Helctic Library, chaos rules. The opportunistic forces of the Satraphy, Splinters and the Conclave all make their moves. The monks, and our party, are caught in the middle. Challa looks for a librarian, Bris turns down a free meal, Venz enters the vault and Belka rewrites the story. *** Hosted by Adam Dixon (@adtidixon). Featuring Elizabeth Simoens (@seasylphgames), Ryan Evans (@brainxray), Steve Martin (purple_steve), Thryn Henderson (@thairyn). Produced by Thryn Henderson and Adam Dixon. Cover art by Allissa Chan (@formyths). Rules are available at adtidi.itch.io/ryne. Sound clips from sagetyrtle and ienba at freesound.org
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Created by
These Flimsy Rituals
Podcast Status
Active
Started
Sep 30th, 2018
Latest Episode
Sep 27th, 2020
Release Period
2 per month
Seasons
2
Episodes
55
Avg. Episode Length
About 1 hour
Explicit
Yes
Order
Episodic
Language
English
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