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Join a team of Appalachian RPG savants as they band together to tell tales and k. In the Secret Hearth podcast, Justin, Patrick, Madelyn, Josh, and Zachariah tell evocative tales using the role-playing games they've designed themselves, paired with an original soundtrack, rich lore, and experienced voice acting. The Secret Hearth releases new episodes each weekend - Join the adventure!

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Lavenlyn I - 50: Hand

EAn excerpt from the works of Pascal Warrin, curator of minerals - "This metal - it is not null, like the Pale, but it does not hold magic. It is not the lack of it ether within it, but the manner in which it erases the ether. This is a sort of compound that is the opposite of ether in many ways. The heavens have bestowed it upon us, not the earth, and so I must propose a rejection of it. This is not the works of Elpo the creator, or Orphos the smith. This is an accident by something else unknown - a fragment of something outside of the ether. It's properties are not unlike the legends of the sword or the great dragon Zael. This metal is ill, and we must not be tempted to forge tools of it."

85 MIN3 d ago
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Lavenlyn I - 50: Hand

Lavenlyn I - 49: Legend

EGoodbye, my love. You were the ranger that charted the East. You were the archivist of the lost tomes. You were the true light Yottle needed, when the shade king's rule proved too much for us. It was the time of heroes because you were there. Your bow, your spectacles, your spells and tricks. The walls of Sunbeam are your legacy. Your bonds tied the ether together when they all yelled out, "it is ruined!" Maybe there will be others after you to protect Yottle, and maybe not. I saw you, though, stand first. You, but a scholar - no blade, nor shield - stood against a darkness untold. I saw you stand. Goodbye, my love.

81 MIN1 w ago
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Lavenlyn I - 49: Legend

Lavenlyn I - 48: Cleanse

ECaptain Corub, We've found but one. It sleeps beneath the old Cunning Folk's library, in the heart of the Greenwyck Ruins. It's a lesser Shade, and will keep hold of what little safety it can. It is no Shade King - no Sea - and will not make a move. For now, it's safe. Entering into the library will not be an option for any band of scavenger or scholar. They will surely die by its hand. But if you are worried about it spreading, like that dark Shade King Sea from so long ago, worry not. These lesser ones may be able to infect and corrupt on small scales, but they can only spread themselves so thin. Its presence will be held by Greenwyck's old walls. I only worry for Galadriel. There is no way she will be able to die there, as she wishes. However, I will not underestimate her lover's dedication to her. I think Yellow could slay the beast even in old age if it meant Galadriel could find rest where she wishes to. I could ever only dream of a partner so beholden to me. In the meantime, my bond with ale will do. - Edna

72 MIN2 w ago
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Lavenlyn I - 48: Cleanse

Lavenlyn I - 47: Skink

EAzazel - The lizard thinks, and speaks, and plots. It might've been used for some evil purpose, had we not have found it first. Primordial beasts such as these are powerful, undying things. From what I know, they are easily impressionable. It has already taken to my books and scrolls, reading through them, learning and absorbing. It's rather cute. Our labyrinth of secrets and ink is a rightful home for such a creature. This library takes a lot - too much for mortal hands to keep smoothly running. It has turned into a world of its own. Galadriel calls it her Roofed Forest. It needs a caretaker, someone with the drive to tend to it forever. The lizard will be our librarian. I will see to it that the machinations of the library are built to be controlled and watched over by it. I will forge levers and spyglasses for our new caretaker. And of course, I will bring a meal home with me. I will be home soon. May Zhar's watchful eye be over you, Father Redd

89 MIN3 w ago
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Lavenlyn I - 47: Skink

Lavenlyn I - 46: History

EGaladriel - They seem pure of heart. They may be older than the trees themselves. You are right to say they deserve a visit, but I will stay away and wait for your presence to make true introductions. I may in fact not show myself at all. Their ways are unknown to me, and bewildering. They are so old that they very well might remember the birth of trees, or the arrival of them, to Yottle. Their heartwood tree, at the pinnacle of Vyrmoor's highest peak, is called the Blade Birther. They claim it is called this because it did, in fact, grant them the Crystal Sword of legend. Their history is rich, and flows like a poem, or river. Their nature is to study, but not like our study. They pore over writings from the gnomes that came before them as if those parchments held all the secrets of the world, but it is all just poetry and tales. It is a mystery to me, indeed. During the day, I stay far away and fish. At night, I creep to the edge of their college and watch them dance around each other, orating and slapping spears against shields. They are not playing. These are warriors, of a fine and strange and gruesome sort. However, I do not know how their peculiar style would truly fare if trouble were ever to find them in this hidden grove, this secret amphitheater hidden away from our world of bitter faces and city filth. I do not see the power behind words, only acts. They seem to find a union of the two - which I imagine would lead to weakness. Maybe they know something we don't, from those old poems of theirs. If your suspicions of the prophecy's truth are confirmed, and that fearsome dragon Zael is plotting a thousand year plot, I suppose we shall see. - Reynardine

106 MINNOV 4
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Lavenlyn I - 46: History

Lilac Delights: Halloween 2019

EIn a very special Halloween episode, Secret Hearth sits down to play Gas Mask Game's slasher RPG The Final Girl. It's 1990-something, and a gang of teens are sneaking into the mall theater after dark to watch a childhood classic on the big screen. It's their last time together before moving away from their home town, and they're looking for a dose of autumn nostalgia. The future, unfortunately, is the last thing they should be fearing. A crazed killer is on the loose inside the neon glow of the mall, and not everyone will make it out alive. Content Warning: This is a little more violent and graphic than we typically are. Expect slasher-style corniness, and a fair amount of gore.

90 MINOCT 28
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Lilac Delights: Halloween 2019

Lavenlyn I - 45: Name

EMy dear Beatrice - I write to you with the deepest of respects, but the doubts must flow from my tongue nonetheless, even if it is worse for the already loose thread which binds us. Ours is a relationship which must fall to the wayside over the importance of our future. Few can lay claim to being as wild or powerful as yourself, but a passion for the heartwoods and oration is not a tool of teaching. To pass on tradition rightly requires a dedication unwavering. Your latest lot lacks dedication, and we see in their stance and their works that this flaw is by your hand alone. To think, you allow them to train by themselves. Training alone only embeds failure. Mayhaps someday there will be only one of us - Seven forbid - and the errors which they teach themselves will be our legacy alone. The wrong phonetics, the lacking stances, the weakened inspiration - these are the things our enemies will see, not the good. Be sure that there is nothing ill simmering, for the wolves will surely smell it. - Lyla

88 MINOCT 21
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Lavenlyn I - 45: Name

Lavenlyn I - 44: Threads

EA brush with a pair of especially dangerous scissors leave them shaken, but books need read and secrets need uncovered. Maps, mysterious switches, and magical memories await our heroes as they make their way to the top of the library.

83 MINOCT 14
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Lavenlyn I - 44: Threads

Lavenlyn I - 43: Parley

EFurther delving into the dim depths of the Cunning Folk ruin, they come face-to-face with two monsters, each of a different sort.

84 MINOCT 8
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Lavenlyn I - 43: Parley

Lavenlyn I - 42: Bookworm

EThey move into the innards of the library, delving into deep secrets and discovering forgotten creatures.

87 MINSEP 30
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Lavenlyn I - 42: Bookworm

Latest Episodes

Lavenlyn I - 50: Hand

EAn excerpt from the works of Pascal Warrin, curator of minerals - "This metal - it is not null, like the Pale, but it does not hold magic. It is not the lack of it ether within it, but the manner in which it erases the ether. This is a sort of compound that is the opposite of ether in many ways. The heavens have bestowed it upon us, not the earth, and so I must propose a rejection of it. This is not the works of Elpo the creator, or Orphos the smith. This is an accident by something else unknown - a fragment of something outside of the ether. It's properties are not unlike the legends of the sword or the great dragon Zael. This metal is ill, and we must not be tempted to forge tools of it."

85 MIN3 d ago
Comments
Lavenlyn I - 50: Hand

Lavenlyn I - 49: Legend

EGoodbye, my love. You were the ranger that charted the East. You were the archivist of the lost tomes. You were the true light Yottle needed, when the shade king's rule proved too much for us. It was the time of heroes because you were there. Your bow, your spectacles, your spells and tricks. The walls of Sunbeam are your legacy. Your bonds tied the ether together when they all yelled out, "it is ruined!" Maybe there will be others after you to protect Yottle, and maybe not. I saw you, though, stand first. You, but a scholar - no blade, nor shield - stood against a darkness untold. I saw you stand. Goodbye, my love.

81 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Lavenlyn I - 49: Legend

Lavenlyn I - 48: Cleanse

ECaptain Corub, We've found but one. It sleeps beneath the old Cunning Folk's library, in the heart of the Greenwyck Ruins. It's a lesser Shade, and will keep hold of what little safety it can. It is no Shade King - no Sea - and will not make a move. For now, it's safe. Entering into the library will not be an option for any band of scavenger or scholar. They will surely die by its hand. But if you are worried about it spreading, like that dark Shade King Sea from so long ago, worry not. These lesser ones may be able to infect and corrupt on small scales, but they can only spread themselves so thin. Its presence will be held by Greenwyck's old walls. I only worry for Galadriel. There is no way she will be able to die there, as she wishes. However, I will not underestimate her lover's dedication to her. I think Yellow could slay the beast even in old age if it meant Galadriel could find rest where she wishes to. I could ever only dream of a partner so beholden to me. In the meantime, my bond with ale will do. - Edna

72 MIN2 w ago
Comments
Lavenlyn I - 48: Cleanse

Lavenlyn I - 47: Skink

EAzazel - The lizard thinks, and speaks, and plots. It might've been used for some evil purpose, had we not have found it first. Primordial beasts such as these are powerful, undying things. From what I know, they are easily impressionable. It has already taken to my books and scrolls, reading through them, learning and absorbing. It's rather cute. Our labyrinth of secrets and ink is a rightful home for such a creature. This library takes a lot - too much for mortal hands to keep smoothly running. It has turned into a world of its own. Galadriel calls it her Roofed Forest. It needs a caretaker, someone with the drive to tend to it forever. The lizard will be our librarian. I will see to it that the machinations of the library are built to be controlled and watched over by it. I will forge levers and spyglasses for our new caretaker. And of course, I will bring a meal home with me. I will be home soon. May Zhar's watchful eye be over you, Father Redd

89 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Lavenlyn I - 47: Skink

Lavenlyn I - 46: History

EGaladriel - They seem pure of heart. They may be older than the trees themselves. You are right to say they deserve a visit, but I will stay away and wait for your presence to make true introductions. I may in fact not show myself at all. Their ways are unknown to me, and bewildering. They are so old that they very well might remember the birth of trees, or the arrival of them, to Yottle. Their heartwood tree, at the pinnacle of Vyrmoor's highest peak, is called the Blade Birther. They claim it is called this because it did, in fact, grant them the Crystal Sword of legend. Their history is rich, and flows like a poem, or river. Their nature is to study, but not like our study. They pore over writings from the gnomes that came before them as if those parchments held all the secrets of the world, but it is all just poetry and tales. It is a mystery to me, indeed. During the day, I stay far away and fish. At night, I creep to the edge of their college and watch them dance around each other, orating and slapping spears against shields. They are not playing. These are warriors, of a fine and strange and gruesome sort. However, I do not know how their peculiar style would truly fare if trouble were ever to find them in this hidden grove, this secret amphitheater hidden away from our world of bitter faces and city filth. I do not see the power behind words, only acts. They seem to find a union of the two - which I imagine would lead to weakness. Maybe they know something we don't, from those old poems of theirs. If your suspicions of the prophecy's truth are confirmed, and that fearsome dragon Zael is plotting a thousand year plot, I suppose we shall see. - Reynardine

106 MINNOV 4
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Lavenlyn I - 46: History

Lilac Delights: Halloween 2019

EIn a very special Halloween episode, Secret Hearth sits down to play Gas Mask Game's slasher RPG The Final Girl. It's 1990-something, and a gang of teens are sneaking into the mall theater after dark to watch a childhood classic on the big screen. It's their last time together before moving away from their home town, and they're looking for a dose of autumn nostalgia. The future, unfortunately, is the last thing they should be fearing. A crazed killer is on the loose inside the neon glow of the mall, and not everyone will make it out alive. Content Warning: This is a little more violent and graphic than we typically are. Expect slasher-style corniness, and a fair amount of gore.

90 MINOCT 28
Comments
Lilac Delights: Halloween 2019

Lavenlyn I - 45: Name

EMy dear Beatrice - I write to you with the deepest of respects, but the doubts must flow from my tongue nonetheless, even if it is worse for the already loose thread which binds us. Ours is a relationship which must fall to the wayside over the importance of our future. Few can lay claim to being as wild or powerful as yourself, but a passion for the heartwoods and oration is not a tool of teaching. To pass on tradition rightly requires a dedication unwavering. Your latest lot lacks dedication, and we see in their stance and their works that this flaw is by your hand alone. To think, you allow them to train by themselves. Training alone only embeds failure. Mayhaps someday there will be only one of us - Seven forbid - and the errors which they teach themselves will be our legacy alone. The wrong phonetics, the lacking stances, the weakened inspiration - these are the things our enemies will see, not the good. Be sure that there is nothing ill simmering, for the wolves will surely smell it. - Lyla

88 MINOCT 21
Comments
Lavenlyn I - 45: Name

Lavenlyn I - 44: Threads

EA brush with a pair of especially dangerous scissors leave them shaken, but books need read and secrets need uncovered. Maps, mysterious switches, and magical memories await our heroes as they make their way to the top of the library.

83 MINOCT 14
Comments
Lavenlyn I - 44: Threads

Lavenlyn I - 43: Parley

EFurther delving into the dim depths of the Cunning Folk ruin, they come face-to-face with two monsters, each of a different sort.

84 MINOCT 8
Comments
Lavenlyn I - 43: Parley

Lavenlyn I - 42: Bookworm

EThey move into the innards of the library, delving into deep secrets and discovering forgotten creatures.

87 MINSEP 30
Comments
Lavenlyn I - 42: Bookworm
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