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Tales of the Echowood

When a human traveler wanders through a mysterious doorway, they find themselves on the threshold of a strange inn, lost in another world. Inside, they meet an old sprite named Grael – one part innkeeper, two parts storyteller, and one part deposed trickster god. The sprite uses a series of strange, interconnected tales to teach them about the twisted fairy tale realm they've stumbled into... Only for the traveler to realize that Grael might not be as trustworthy as he seems, and the Echowood more dangerous than they could have imagined.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/tales-of-the-echowood. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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This means episodes are recommended to be heard in order from the very start. Here's the 10 best episodes of the series anyway though!

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Episode 0: Welcome to the Echowood

Deep in the heart of an ancient wood stands an archway of stone and strange magic... A doorway to another world. Here stands an aged sprite – Grael his name – on a mission borne of loss and desperate hope. And so our tale begins...Tales of the Echowood is a 10-Part Fantasy Anthology Series from the creators of The Sheridan Tapes, and will premiere in August 2021. The series stars Sam Taylor as Grael, with original music by Jesse Haugen. It is written and produced by Trevor Van Winkle.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/tales-of-the-echowood. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

5mins

13 Aug 2021

Rank #1

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Episode 1: Gates of the Echowood

CONTENT WARNING: Depictions of drought and famine, themes of climate change, xenophobia, and isolationism, deep rumbling noises including earthquakes, some frightening elements.When a traveler stumbles through a strange archway of stone and wood and magic, they find themselves on the threshold of an inn in the heart of an ancient forest. Inside, they find an ancient sprite who gives them a tale... the story of how the door which brought them into the Echowood was made, and the desperation and deception that built it. But as his story unfolds, it becomes clear that not all is as it seems with Grael, and a deeper mystery begins to take shape.Starring Sam Taylor as Grael, with original music by Jesse Haugen. Written and produced by Trevor Van Winkle, and made possible by our supporters on Kickstarter, Patreon.com/homesteadcorner, and ko-fi.com/homesteadcorner. Executive produced by Axel Allcock.For more information, additional content, and episode transcript, visit homesteadonthecorner.com/tote001 "Dark Emptiness" elements created by jalastram (https://freesound.org/people/jalastram/), Licensed under Creative Commons (CC 3.0 Unported: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/)Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/tales-of-the-echowood. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

47mins

27 Aug 2021

Rank #2

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Episode 2: Witches of the Echowood

CONTENT WARNING: Religiously motivated violence within a fantasy setting, familial conflict, betrayal, and separation, nightmares and dream violence, discussions of poison, illness, and death.Waking to the sound of raised voices, the Traveler listens in as an aged witch lays a curse on Grael before storming out of the inn. Rather than being afraid of her, Grael tells the story of two witches he one knew, and the rivalry that shaped their lives.Starring Sam Taylor as Grael and Alejandra Cejudo as Maeven, with original music by Jesse Haugen. Written and produced by Trevor Van Winkle, and made possible by our supporters on Kickstarter, Patreon.com/homesteadcorner, and ko-fi.com/homesteadcorner. Executive produced by Axel Allcock.For more information, additional content, and episode transcript, visit homesteadonthecorner.com/tote002 "Dark Emptiness" elements created by jalastram (https://freesound.org/people/jalastram/), Licensed under Creative Commons (CC 3.0 Unported: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/)"Medieval City" element created by OGsoundFX (https://freesound.org/people/OGsoundFX/), Licensed under Creative Commons (CC 3.0 Unported: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/)Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/tales-of-the-echowood. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

58mins

10 Sep 2021

Rank #3

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Episode 3: Empire of the Echowood

CONTENT WARNING: Themes of imperialism and warfare, mentions of death, violence, and torture, dread, and implied body horror.Wandering the forest outside the inn, the Traveler stumbles across a broken sword, abandoned beneath the trees. Worried at what this strange artifact of war might mean, Grael tells them of the rise and fall of Etrius Oakheart: the first, last, and only emperor of the Echowood.Starring Sam Taylor as Grael, with original music by Jesse Haugen. Written and produced by Trevor Van Winkle, and made possible by our supporters on Kickstarter, Patreon.com/homesteadcorner, and ko-fi.com/homesteadcorner. Executive produced by Axel Allcock.For more information, additional content, and episode transcript, visit homesteadonthecorner.com/tote003"Dark Emptiness" elements created by jalastram (https://freesound.org/people/jalastram/), Licensed under Creative Commons (CC 3.0 Unported: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/)"Medieval City" element created by OGsoundFX (https://freesound.org/people/OGsoundFX/), Licensed under Creative Commons (CC 3.0 Unported: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/)Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/tales-of-the-echowood. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

51mins

24 Sep 2021

Rank #4

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Episode 4: Oceans of the Echowood

CONTENT WARNING: Elements of thalassophobia, existential dread, and some body horrorWalking through the woods with Grael, the Traveler discovers a strange lake, hidden amongst the trees. But when Grael finds them standing beside it, his terrified warnings lead into a strange tale of the sailing captain Meredith Elmroot... The first and last to explore the waters of the Echowood's enchanted oceans.Starring Sam Taylor as Grael and Alejandra Cejudo as Maeven, with original music by Jesse Haugen. Written and produced by Trevor Van Winkle, and made possible by our supporters on Kickstarter, Patreon.com/homesteadcorner, and ko-fi.com/homesteadcorner. Executive produced by Axel Allcock.For more information, additional content, and episode transcript, visit homesteadonthecorner.com/tote004 "Dark Emptiness" elements created by jalastram (https://freesound.org/people/jalastram/), Licensed under Creative Commons (CC 3.0 Unported: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/)"Medieval City" element created by OGsoundFX (https://freesound.org/people/OGsoundFX/), Licensed under Creative Commons (CC 3.0 Unported: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/)Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/tales-of-the-echowood. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

51mins

9 Oct 2021

Rank #5

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Episode 5: Shadows of the Echowood

CONTENT WARNING: Discussions of death, loss, and the afterlife, existential dread, low rumbling sound effects, and some disturbing imagery.Helping Grael locate a bottle of wine down in the inn's cellar, the Traveler stumbles upon a door in the wall... A door that opens into a hellish cavern below the inn. Clearly shaken, Grael tells them the story of a spirit's passage through the underworld of the Echowood, and what they found at the end of that journey.Starring Sam Taylor as Grael, with original music by Jesse Haugen. Written and produced by Trevor Van Winkle, and made possible by our supporters on Kickstarter, Patreon.com/homesteadcorner, and ko-fi.com/homesteadcorner. Executive produced by Axel Allcock.For more information, additional content, and episode transcript, visit homesteadonthecorner.com/tote005"Dark Emptiness" elements created by jalastram (https://freesound.org/people/jalastram/), Licensed under Creative Commons (CC 3.0 Unported: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/)"Medieval City" element created by OGsoundFX (https://freesound.org/people/OGsoundFX/), Licensed under Creative Commons (CC 3.0 Unported: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/)"Wind in basement" element created by jrosin (https://freesound.org/people/jrosin/), Licensed under Creative Commons (CC 3.0 Unported: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/)"Breaking Ice" element created by dheming (https://freesound.org/people/dheming/), Licensed under Creative Commons (CC 3.0 Unported: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/)Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/tales-of-the-echowood. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

52mins

29 Oct 2021

Rank #6

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Episode 6: Dragons of the Echowood

CONTENT WARNING: Depictions of fantasy violence, themes of natural disaster and climate change, and some dread, low rumbling sound effects and loud noises.As Autumn gives way to winter and the Inn of the Archway prepares for the months of cold, Grael tells the Traveler the story of a dwarven village high in the mountains and its battle with a dragon during one of the worst winters the Echowood had ever known.Starring Sam Taylor as Grael, Alejandra Cejudo as Maeven, and Tal Minear as The Traveler, with original music by Jesse Haugen. Written and produced by Trevor Van Winkle, and made possible by our supporters on Kickstarter, Patreon.com/homesteadcorner, and ko-fi.com/homesteadcorner. Executive produced by Axel Allcock.For more information, additional content, and episode transcript, visit homesteadonthecorner.com/tote006 "Dark Emptiness" elements created by jalastram (https://freesound.org/people/jalastram/), Licensed under Creative Commons (CC 3.0 Unported: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/)"Medieval City" element created by OGsoundFX (https://freesound.org/people/OGsoundFX/), Licensed under Creative Commons (CC 3.0 Unported: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/)"Wind in basement" element created by jrosin (https://freesound.org/people/jrosin/), Licensed under Creative Commons (CC 3.0 Unported: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/)"Breaking Ice" element created by dheming (https://freesound.org/people/dheming/), Licensed under Creative Commons (CC 3.0 Unported: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/)Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/tales-of-the-echowood. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

52mins

13 Nov 2021

Rank #7

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Episode 7: Night of the Echowood

CONTENT WARNING: Depictions of burnout and depression, arachnophobia, fantasy violence, and vertigo.As the Traveler struggles with haunting visions of their life before the Echowood, Grael takes a rare moment of quiet to tell them a story from his own past – a myth-making attempt to reach the stars high above the world.Starring Sam Taylor as Grael and Tal Minear as The Traveler, with original music by Jesse Haugen. Written and produced by Trevor Van Winkle, and made possible by our supporters on Kickstarter, Patreon.com/homesteadcorner, and ko-fi.com/homesteadcorner. Executive produced by Axel Allcock.For more information, additional content, and episode transcript, visit homesteadonthecorner.com/tote007"Dark Emptiness" elements created by jalastram (https://freesound.org/people/jalastram/), Licensed under Creative Commons (CC 3.0 Unported: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/)"Medieval City" element created by OGsoundFX (https://freesound.org/people/OGsoundFX/), Licensed under Creative Commons (CC 3.0 Unported: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/)"Wind in basement" element created by jrosin (https://freesound.org/people/jrosin/), Licensed under Creative Commons (CC 3.0 Unported: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/)"Breaking Ice" element created by dheming (https://freesound.org/people/dheming/), Licensed under Creative Commons (CC 3.0 Unported: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/)Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/tales-of-the-echowood. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

51mins

27 Nov 2021

Rank #8

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Episode 8: Songs of the Echowood

CONTENT WARNING: Descriptions of a natural disaster, some dread, and character betrayal. With Grael away from the inn for the first time since they arrived, the Traveler is finds an unlikely friend in a wandering bard, who regales them with the story of the Echowood's creation: the struggle against decay and destruction sung in the Lay of Nevermoor...Starring Leslie Redman as Rowan Baumann/Silvia Linwood, Tal Minear as The Traveler, and Sam Taylor as Grael, with original music and special music editing by Jesse Haugen. Written and produced by Trevor Van Winkle, with musical direction by Virginia Spotts. This episode was made possible by our supporters on Kickstarter, Patreon.com/homesteadcorner, and ko-fi.com/homesteadcorner. Executive produced by Axel Allcock.For more information, additional content, and episode transcript, visit homesteadonthecorner.com/tote008"Dark Emptiness" elements created by jalastram (https://freesound.org/people/jalastram/), Licensed under Creative Commons (CC 3.0 Unported: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/)"Medieval City" element created by OGsoundFX (https://freesound.org/people/OGsoundFX/), Licensed under Creative Commons (CC 3.0 Unported: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/)"Wind in basement" element created by jrosin (https://freesound.org/people/jrosin/), Licensed under Creative Commons (CC 3.0 Unported: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/)"Breaking Ice" element created by dheming (https://freesound.org/people/dheming/), Licensed under Creative Commons (CC 3.0 Unported: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/)Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/tales-of-the-echowood. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

37mins

12 Dec 2021

Rank #9

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Episode 9: Death of the Echowood

CONTENT WARNING: Discussions of illness, death, and grief, natural disasters, existential dread and paranoia, and character betrayal.Chasing the Traveler into the woods, Grael soon finds himself alone beside the ancient archway – the door between worlds. There, he finds someone he does not expect... And a story about the arch's creator becomes a meditation on time, change, and the end of all things.Starring Sam Taylor as Grael, Tal Minear as The Traveler, and Alejandra Cejudo as Maeven, with original music by Jesse Haugen. Written and produced by Trevor Van Winkle and made possible by our supporters on Kickstarter, Patreon.com/homesteadcorner, and ko-fi.com/homesteadcorner. Executive produced by Axel Allcock.For more information, additional content, and episode transcript, visit homesteadonthecorner.com/tote009"Dark Emptiness" elements created by jalastram (https://freesound.org/people/jalastram/), Licensed under Creative Commons (CC 3.0 Unported: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/)"Medieval City" element created by OGsoundFX (https://freesound.org/people/OGsoundFX/), Licensed under Creative Commons (CC 3.0 Unported: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/)"Wind in basement" element created by jrosin (https://freesound.org/people/jrosin/), Licensed under Creative Commons (CC 3.0 Unported: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/)"Breaking Ice" element created by dheming (https://freesound.org/people/dheming/), Licensed under Creative Commons (CC 3.0 Unported: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/)"Prayers in church" element created by klankbeeld (https://freesound.org/people/klankbeeld/), Licensed under Creative Commons (CC 3.0 Unported: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/)Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/tales-of-the-echowood. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

42mins

25 Dec 2021

Rank #10