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Anthology

By Colton Chapin
An actual play podcast rooted in thoughtful worldbuilding and storytelling.
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Worlds Below 28 - [Epilogue] Voyage of the Agnatha
Howdy listeners and thank you all so much for having come on this wild adventure with us. It blows my mind that we started publishing episodes over a year ago and also to see how far we have come in terms of quality and gameplay. I wanted to take a moment to acknowledge the amazing work that Sam has put into breathing life and complexity into this world and more importantly its people. We really couldn’t have asked for a better GM. While this episode marks the end of the story of Cat and Angelica it is also the beginning of something new. As we mentioned in Episode 0, Worlds Below was always meant to be a trial run for our next project so stay tuned for news on that! We are hoping to kick off sometime early in the new year, and with a new host! Once more, thank you to all of those who supported us in this journey, it means the world to us. Now, without further ado we open, One Month Later.
27:39
December 21, 2021
Worlds Below 27 - [Finale] Foundations of the Soul
Welcome to Worlds Below, an actual play podcast that made us cry. No jokes this time folks. Just cold hard facts. Last Time, With the aid of the King, Charlie, and volunteers from the army Cat and Angelica cross the melee of deadheads to return to their erstwhile home. The situation on Haven is desperate but thus far, the leadership of Suze and Liza has managed to stave off disaster. In their search for a vector to transmit Cat’s code they are brought face to face with a broken Johanna, and the mysterious door. Join us as we unravel its secrets in the finale of Worlds Below.
36:07
December 21, 2021
Worlds Below 26 - Homecoming
Welcome to Worlds Below, an actual play podcast made from 100% recycled memes. Last Time, The armies of the King, Yarl Sven, and the Deadheads converge at the Crossing just as Cat signals for Haven to land. Improbably, the ship manages to touch down atop the aircraft carrier city of Halfryx where it is immediately swarmed by the hungering horde. Reunited at last Cat and Angelica must find a way to save their home.
48:51
December 21, 2021
Worlds Below 25 - And the World Stopped to Watch, Part 2
Welcome to Worlds Below, an actual play podcast that has all the answers you’re looking for. And, with a monthly subscription, you can upgrade to all the answers you didn’t know you needed! Last time, two peoples rose up to reclaim their cities. In Nyr Nyc, the Inquisition is driven out and its people set out on a pilgrimage toward the crashing spaceship. In Fell Himir, the siege turns to search as the Bandits discover family and friends long thought dead. The church has fallen and faith is tested as Haven’s descent begins to fill the sky. Once more we ask ourselves: How does the world react to Haven’s return?
34:34
December 21, 2021
Worlds Below 24 - And the World Stopped to Watch, Part 1
Welcome to Worlds Below, an actual play podcast that can only be seen every 7 years on a clear night. Hello listeners! With the finale nearly upon us, we wanted to try something a little different.  Today we will take a step back from our dynamic duo and instead explore a question we found ourselves debating off mic: How does the world react to Haven’s return?
44:50
December 21, 2021
Worlds Below 23 - Reunion
Welcome to Worlds Below, an actual play podcast that is UP TO THE MINUTE in popular memes. Last time: Hosts. Destroyers. Aliens. Deep below the streets of Fell Hmir, Angelica finds Max standing before a hologram of woman that reveals a horrible truth: Her home and Humanity were never been her own. North, on the rusted bridge of the Crossing, Cat discovers a similar truth when the King stabs her and she does not die. When Bjork cuts down Agnatha, a voice in her head begs her to rescue the creature that emerges, before she jumps off the bridge to escape.
01:05:43
December 21, 2021
Worlds Below 22 - Schism
Welcome to Worlds Below, an actual play podcast that revolves around the sun once every 366 days. A couple of notes at the top of this episode. Sadly, we lost our main audio for this session which means I had to rely on our backup which, you will notice, is not up to our usual standard and we apologize for that. Second, we wanted to include a content warning for violence, blood, and death. While we would usually do our best to veil these themes, we felt that, in this case, the scene was necessary to be true to the fiction to. I’ve included the timestamps for those scenes in the notes if would prefer to skip over it. And now, without further ado, Last time: The Bandits have descended on Fell Hemir and begin their struggle to wrest control of the capital. This chaos provides the backdrop as a mob of disenfranchised citizens march on the church of terra pure with Angelica leading the way. In the crossing, Cat is still stalling for time. She meets with the King and is present with an ultimatum: bring her Agnatha or she burns the forest to smoke them out.
01:01:56
December 21, 2021
Worlds Below 21 - Siege & Parley
Welcome to Worlds Below, an actual play podcast this is and will always be exactly 6 years old. Last time: Cat and Angelica journey apart. Cat, joined by the heretic prophet Agnatha, sails to the Crossing where she needs to buy time for the pieces of their plan to fall into place. Meanwhile, Angelica manages to secure the support of the Marsh folk and Bandits in the attack on Fell Hemir. From the east, Yarl Sven tails Cat with his armada and from the west, the deadheads pour forth as if summoned by primal instinct.
50:12
December 21, 2021
Worlds Below 20 - Paths Once Walked
Welcome to Worlds Below, an actual play podcast brought back from the dead by a cabal of necromancers who just couldn’t get enough of this sweet aural trash. Last Time: Yarl Seven is true to his word and sends a message to Oleg, Yarl of the floating city of Halfrix, that Angelica and Cat are in need of two boats. But Oleg does nothing in half measures and within the week the aircraft carrier upon which the city is built is hauled into the harbour by bioengineered whales. Getting the boats turns out to be easy enough but they discover they are being watched and must ensure they raise no suspicions about their true intent. With everything in place Angelica and Cat part ways with an emotional goodbye and a promise to meet again.
57:11
December 21, 2021
Worlds Below 19 - Curtain Call
Welcome to Worlds Below, an actual play podcast that needs to be watered twice a week and get plenty of light. Photosynthesis is the new vaping kids. Last Time: In the fallout of the Deckstravaganza, we found Angelica with a broken spirit and Cat with a wounded heart. In the week leading up to the election, both seemed to have given up hope of changing Haven for the better. But those around them had not. Liza begs Angelica to keep fighting despite the evidence of the murder, and Johanna insists that Cat must gather the Underdecks for the occasion. And then everything changed. In a surprise upset, Angelica is elected Admiral over Negata while, below, Johanna uses the moment to claim that same title for herself.
52:42
December 20, 2021
Worlds Below 18 - Two Jarls Don't Make a Right
Welcome to Worlds Below, an actual play podcast where we review how hugable fish are.  Spoiler alert, its the lump fish. Last Time: Convoluted, elaborate, and confusing. These are the words Cat used to describe the plan Angelica outlined to her. But, with no other options that they are willing to consider, the two are agreed: They will use Agnatha to lure the King out of Fell Hemir and have the Bandits take the city while she is gone. Through a happy convenience, the information broker Helga provided the messenger they needed to set things in motion. Now all that is left, is to act.
38:22
December 20, 2021
Worlds Below 17 - The New Admiral
The New Admiral
36:14
December 20, 2021
Worlds Below 16 - The Makings of a Plan
Yarl Sven outlined his vision of a new Democratic order though, to Cat and Angelica, the undertones of Tyranny are all too obvious. Afterwards, it was time to face the Prophet and fellow Havenite, Agnatha. Though she remained distrustful, she told them of her past, her child, and a secret that could change everything they believe about their erstwhile home. Cat and Angelica are agreed, they won’t kill to get their way, but now that leaves them in need of a plan.
55:13
December 20, 2021
Worlds Below 15 - Showtime
Following the death of Admiral Alazan, the ensuing power vacuum is quickly filled by security chief Charles Negata. His first action is to limit rations in the Underdecks and, adding insult to injury, appointing Sid Sullivan to hunt down the Under Admiral. As tensions roil below the Upper Decks are engrossed in their preparations for the Deckstravaganza. Haven now faces the third election of its history and for many, the first of their lifetime.
52:43
December 20, 2021
Worlds Below 14 - Regicide
I want you to kill the king. Yarl Sven’s words ring all too familiar to Cat and Angelica who have grown weary of the sword point diplomacy of the Kingdom. In exchange, he offers protection for the people of Haven though under the stewardship of his new “democracy” he wishes to install. Help us avert the return of Capitalism as we explore the mysteries of the worlds below.
40:52
December 20, 2021
Worlds Below 13 - Calm Before the Storm
Years after her original vow to avenge her mother’s death, Angelica plants a toxic seed in the ventilation system of the Admiral’s quarters, sealing the man’s fate for good. Meanwhile, Cat struggles with her roll in the design of the murder weapon and the perceived perversion of the science she has only ever used to protect. Admiral James Alazan is Dead. Or will be soon. Join us in the aftermath as we explore the mysteries of the Worlds Below.
33:02
December 20, 2021
Worlds Below 12 - Church & State
Church & State
55:10
December 20, 2021
Worlds Below 11 - The Illusion of Life
The Illusion of Life
42:43
December 20, 2021
Worlds Below 10 - Port of Call
Port of Call
48:33
December 20, 2021
Worlds Below 09 - This Could be Home
This Could be Home
44:43
December 20, 2021
Worlds Below 08 - Inquisition
Inquisition
01:11:26
December 20, 2021
Worlds Below 07 - Pawn to E4
Pawn to E4
56:47
December 20, 2021
Worlds Below 06 - Fraying & Mending
Fraying & Mending
01:08:59
December 20, 2021
Worlds Below 05 - Walk the Plank
Walk the Plank
01:10:59
December 20, 2021
Worlds Below 04 - Much Ado, A Boat, Nothing
Much Ado, A Boat, Nothing
55:55
November 28, 2021
Worlds Below 03 - Making Amends
The ladies talk things out.
01:05:57
April 26, 2021
Worlds Below 02 - From the Ashes
Escape from Phenix Enterprises
58:44
April 26, 2021
Worlds Below 01 - Aftermath
Howdy listeners, I’ve gone back in time to fix up these first couple of episodes and improve the listening experience. That’s right, no more unedited bathroom breaks! Hopefully, you can hang tight with us for these first couple of episodes as we figure out this whole podcasting business. I promise you it gets better pretty quickly. And so without any more ado, welcome to Worlds Below. An actual play podcast brought to you by three nerds with mics.
49:38
April 25, 2021
Worlds Below 00 - The Story Thus Far
Just to catch you up.
15:07
October 24, 2020