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Curses and Crossroads

By Curses and Crossroads
A Bi-weekly Monster of the Week Actual Play Podcast
SEASON 2: Deep in the Rocky Mountains you’ll find the town of Obsidian Lake. Another small town with secrets and mysteries waiting to be uncovered.
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5. OBSIDIAN - Ep 5: Down Below pt 5

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7. OBSIDIAN EP 7: Down Below Pt 7
After our long hiatus we are finally back!!! Our cast of characters are deep within the old mines of Obsidian Lake looking for answers. Henry has been taken to the heart of the  Tommyknocker territory, KP and Sydney are separated, and Bill has run into some trouble of his own. Will our hunters get out of the mines? Will they find the answers they are looking for? Will their own secrets remain hidden? Find out in this episode! Content Warnings: poor audio quality, yelling (humorous), discussion of mining disaster, discussion of being bitten, minor bodily injury Cast:  Karona Panda "KP" Mick - Jet,  Henry Smith - Joven,  William "Bill" Diggins - Garret,  Keeper - Jaci Check us out on our social medias! Twitter: https://twitter.com/cursesxroadspod?lang=en Bandlab: https://www.bandlab.com/curses_and_crossroad  Freesound bookmark with all of our current and future sound design clips used in our podcast: https://freesound.org/people/cursesandcrossroadspod/bookmarks/
01:00:36
June 29, 2022
6. OBSIDIAN: EP 6: Down Below Pt 6
Henry has found his way into the company of the tommy knockers, KP and Sydney are being led into the mines, and Bill is lighting fires deep inside the mountain with just a little bit of magic.  Content Warnings: yelling (humorous), discussion of enclosed spaces, discussion of being bitten, minor bodily injury  Cast:  Sydney Stiles: Keli  Karona Panda "KP" Mick - Jet  Henry Smith - Joven  William "Bill" Diggins - Garret  Keeper - Jaci   Check us out on our social medias! Twitter: https://twitter.com/cursesxroadspod?lang=en  Bandlab: https://www.bandlab.com/curses_and_crossroad Freesound bookmark with all of our current and future sound design clips used in our podcast: https://freesound.org/people/cursesandcrossroadspod/bookmarks/
49:40
January 10, 2022
5. OBSIDIAN - Ep 5: Down Below pt 5
Bill has magic, Sydney is feeling a connection to KP, Henry is trapped in safe room A-7 and there is something lurking in the shadows of the mine's winding tunnels, and all of it hinges on the hopes that whatever is waiting for them is indeed tommy knockers.  Content Warnings: yelling (humorous), discussion of enclosed spaces, discussion of being bitten, minor bodily injury Cast:  Sydney Stiles: Keli  Karona Panda "KP" Mick - Jet  Henry Smith - Joven  William "Bill" Diggins - Garret  Keeper - Jaci  Check us out on our social medias! Twitter: https://twitter.com/cursesxroadspod?lang=en Bandlab: https://www.bandlab.com/curses_and_crossroad Freesound bookmark with all of our current and future sound design clips used in our podcast: https://freesound.org/people/cursesandcrossroadspod/bookmarks/
01:00:27
July 22, 2021
4. OBSIDIAN - Ep 4: Down Below pt 4
All our hunters have made it back up to the Bridgeburn Mine to investigate the possibilities of Tommy Knockers. And after a failed round of the Silent Game, a tomato and grilled cheese sandwich, and a very confused understanding of what D&D is, they might finally be getting close to real answers.  Content Warnings: yelling (humorous), discussion of enclosed spaces, discussion of guns, minor bodily injury,  Cast: Sydney Stiles: Keli Karona Panda "KP" Mick - Jet Henry Smith - Joven William "Bill" Diggins - Garret Keeper - Jaci Check us out on our social medias! Twitter: https://twitter.com/cursesxroadspod?lang=en Bandlab: https://www.bandlab.com/curses_and_crossroad Freesound bookmark with all of our current and future sound design clips used in our podcast: https://freesound.org/people/cursesandcrossroadspod/bookmarks/
45:34
July 06, 2021
3. OBSIDIAN - Ep 3: Down Below pt 3
Following the explosion and mine collapse, everyone is on edge and looking for answers. Henry is consulting with KT Bridgeburn about how he can help. Bill is trying to figure out what exactly is causing the mines to be so dangerous. Sydney is working on a jail-break from being grounded, and KP is looking to go back to the mines as soon as they can. All the while, the Santa Mingas boys are getting wrapped in with everybody's plans.  Content Warnings: yelling (humorous), discussion of enclosed spaces, discussion of death Cast: Sydney Stiles: Keli Karona Panda "KP" Mick - Jet Henry Smith - Joven William "Bill" Diggins - Garret Keeper - Jaci Check us out on our social medias! Twitter: https://twitter.com/cursesxroadspod?lang=en Bandlab: https://www.bandlab.com/curses_and_crossroad Freesound bookmark with all of our current and future sound design clips used in our podcast: https://freesound.org/people/cursesandcrossroadspod/bookmarks/
52:07
June 22, 2021
2. OBSIDIAN: EP 2: Down Below pt 2
There has been an accident at the Bridgeburn Mine and Smelting company, and the only hope is that they can save the miners, and that above all else, that this does not mark the 13th death. CW: Collapsing mine, enclosed spaces, brief discussion of suicide, implication of death, loud rumbling/falling rocks/boom noises (58:00) Cast: Sydney Stiles: Keli Karona Panda "KP" Mick - Jet Henry Smith - Joven William "Bill" Diggins - Garret Keeper - Jaci Check us out on our social medias! Twitter: https://twitter.com/cursesxroadspod?lang=en Bandlab: https://www.bandlab.com/curses_and_crossroad Freesound bookmark with all of our current and future sound design clips used in our podcast: https://freesound.org/people/cursesandcrossroadspod/bookmarks/
59:35
June 08, 2021
1. Season 2: OBSIDIAN - Ep 1: Down Below Pt 1
Welcome back to Curses and Crossroads and welcome to our second season! We are so excited to be back and sharing a whole new story with you! As always keep an eye on the content warnings of our show notes to stay informed, as well as check us out on our twitter! We are very excited to share our stories with you once again!  Obsidian Lake, Colorado. An Unsuspecting little town high in the Rocky Mountains, long forgotten by the majority of travelers and the ambitious dreams of miners from long ago. But don't be deceived by this living ghost town, like all small towns, there is more here than meets the eye.  Sound/Content/Trigger Warnings: Loud voices, radio static, fire truck sirens, discussion of mining disasters, foul language.  Cast:  Sydney Stiles: Keli Karona Panda "KP" Mick - Jet Henry Smith - Joven William "Bill" Diggins - Garret Keeper - Jaci Check us out on our social medias!  Twitter: https://twitter.com/cursesxroadspod?lang=en  Bandlab: https://www.bandlab.com/curses_and_crossroad Freesound bookmark with all of our current and future sound design clips used in our podcast: https://freesound.org/people/cursesandcrossroadspod/bookmarks/
59:28
May 25, 2021
Coffee Detective: 1 - A Murder in Forks, Washington
As a break between our seasons, we played Alex Flanigan's Coffee Detective. A hilarious and open-world RPG that puts all the narrative control in the hands of wild characters full of secrets and surprises. In this game of Coffee Detective, Detective Margarite Esquire the 3rd, is called to Forks, Washington (Yes, inspired by that Forks, Washington) to solve the case of a murdered high school quarterback, and like all things in the Pacific Northwest, there is more here than meets the eye.  Check out Alex Flanigan's Coffee Detective here at: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/260431/Coffee-Detective Content Warning: Discussion of murder, discussion of car accident, discussion of drug use, gun use, hospitals, coma, conspiracy, gendered insults.  Cast:  Detective Margarite Esquire the 3rd - Joven Ace - Garret Johnny Reputation - Keli Jake Westminster - Jaci Taylor Tayler - Jaylee
01:50:25
March 02, 2021
30. FOUND - EP. 30 SEASON ONE ROADHOUSE DISCUSSION.
After two years of playing, and one year of hosting this podcast, our "Found" storyline has finally come to an end. Join us as we talk about our experiences with the characters and world we have come to love, and find out where Season 2 of Curses and Crossroads will go next! 
38:06
February 02, 2021
29. FOUND - EP. 29: Final Tide Pt 6 (Season 1 Finale)
The Last Day. The Last action. The Last Good-bye.  Cast: Keeper - Garret, Eden Hightower - Keli, Rachel Hightower - Jaci, Flemyth Jet - Joven, Caroline Jet - Jaylee Check us out on our Twitter! https://twitter.com/cursesxroadspod and Tag us with #cxrpod
41:13
January 19, 2021
28. FOUND - EP. 28 Final Tide Pt 5
Darkness is ever closer and the tomorrow marks the end of the world. Our hunters find them in a place between time and space, and a last deal is offered. Will they take it? Will they refuse?  CW: Unreality, Manipulation, Deal making Cast: Keeper - Garret, Eden Hightower - Keli, Rachel Hightower - Jaci, Flemyth Jet - Joven, Caroline Jet - Jaylee Check us out on our Twitter! https://twitter.com/cursesxroadspod and Tag us with #cxrpod
17:56
January 05, 2021
27. FOUND - EP. 27: Final Tide Pt 4
Rifts are opening in the town of Foghorn. Creatures beyond our comprehension are slipping through the cracks of reality. Flemyth is changing. Time is running out. There are only 2 days left, and our hunters may not be ready for what is to come their way.  Audio Warning: earth rumbling/earthquake, and Metal Screeching Content Warning: Body Horror, Fungi, Descriptions of war/fighting, Discussion of Death.  Cast: Keeper - Garret, Eden Hightower - Keli, Rachel Hightower - Jaci, Flemyth Jet - Joven, Caroline Jet - Jaylee   Check us out on our Twitter! https://twitter.com/cursesxroadspod and Tag us with #cxrpod
42:23
December 22, 2020
26. FOUND - EP. 26: Final Tide Pt. 3
The hunters are burned out and exhausted, and the days drag further on as the barrier between worlds begins to break. It is not long before certainly abilities begin to return to Flemyth, and the call to the Ocean grows ever louder.  CW: Sound - Crunching, destruction, rumbling.   CW: Content- Description of explosion, altered reality, fantasy violence, injury in combat, Description of fungus, minor body horror, Cast: Keeper - Garret, Eden Hightower - Keli, Rachel Hightower - Jaci, Flemyth Jet - Joven, Caroline Jet - Jaylee  Check us out on our Twitter! https://twitter.com/cursesxroadspod and Tag us with #cxrpod
20:56
November 18, 2020
25. FOUND - EP. 25 - Final Tide Pt 2
A battle plan is devised. The line between worlds is opening, and our hunters prepare for what is to come.  CW: Sound - Crunching, destruction, rumbling, repetitive music notes at end of episode.  CW: Content- Description of explosion, altered reality, fantasy violence, injury in combat, Description of fungus, minor body horror, 
18:36
October 18, 2020
24. FOUND - EP. 24 - Final Tide Pt 1
The days of the last battle begin. There is so much to lose, and our hunters are faced with a threat that is quite literally out of this world. Hopefully, they are strong enough for this. They have to be.  CW: War scenes / planning, Discussion of violence, Discussion of potential loss and death.  Sound Warning: Ticking sound in final music piece starting at 17:00 minutes Cast: Keeper - Garret, Eden Hightower - Keli, Rachel Hightower - Jaci, Flemyth Jet - Joven, Caroline Jet - Jaylee Check us out on our Twitter! https://twitter.com/cursesxroadspod and Tag us with #cxrpod
19:56
September 29, 2020
23. FOUND - EP. 23- On The Roam Interlude 4
Aravolt calls in his hold over Flemyth. We were bound to participate in a heist of cosmic proportion. However, things do not exactly go according to plan. Something bigger is coming, and our hunters can only hope that they are strong enough to make it through. For the sake of the world, they must be.  Cast: Keeper - Garret, Eden Hightower - Keli, Rachel Hightower - Jaci, Flemyth Jet - Joven, Caroline Jet - Jaylee Check us out on our Twitter! https://twitter.com/cursesxroadspod and Tag us with #cxrpod
38:12
September 15, 2020
22. FOUND - EP. 22: The Matriarch Pt 3
The battle rages on and Eden loses more than she bargained for.  CW: Gore, Memory Loss Cast: Keeper - Garret, Eden Hightower - Keli, Rachel Hightower - Jaci, Flemyth Jet - Joven, Caroline Jet - Jaylee Check us out on our Twitter! https://twitter.com/cursesxroadspod and Tag us with #cxrpod
38:18
August 18, 2020
21. FOUND - EP. 21: The Matriarch Pt. 3
The pressure is increasing as Eden learns why she has been drawn to California. The battle seems hopeless, and Eden loses more than she can bargained for. CW: Gore, Insect related gore, description of battle, violence, description of blood, trance state.  Cast: Keeper - Garret, Eden Hightower - Keli, Rachel Hightower - Jaci, Flemyth Jet - Joven, Caroline Jet - Jaylee Check us out on our Twitter! https://twitter.com/cursesxroadspod and Tag us with #cxrpod
01:00:36
August 04, 2020
20. FOUND - EP. 20: The Matriarch Pt. 2
Eden, despite her better judgment, agrees to infiltrate the vampiric court in Rifton. The rest of the hunters, work to ensure that she can stay as safe as possible. And like the saying goes "Just about the time you think you know what you're doing, you mess up." CW: discussion of vampirism and corpses, discussion of abandonment Cast: Keeper - Garret, Eden Hightower - Keli, Rachel Hightower - Jaci, Flemyth Jet - Joven, Caroline Jet - Jaylee Check us out on our Twitter! https://twitter.com/cursesxroadspod and Tag us with #cxrpod
42:58
July 07, 2020
19. FOUND - EP. 19: The Matriarch Pt 1
California Dreamin' is more of a nightmare than they could ever imagine. Something inside Eden call's our hunters towards the town of Rifton, California, and towards answers about Eden's secreted past. 
01:02:37
June 23, 2020
18. FOUND - EP. 18: On the Road Interlude 3
Have you ever wondered what our hunters would be like if they were Dungeons and Dragons characters? Well...this is something like that.  CW: Unreality, virtual reality, fantasy violence Keeper: Garret Flemyth Jet: Joven Caroline Jet: Jaylee Eden Hightower: Keli Rachel Hightower and Sound design: Jaci  Check us out on Twitter: https://twitter.com/CursesXroadsPod
01:28:21
May 26, 2020
17. FOUND - EP. 17: Broken Parts Pt 15
In the conclusion of the Broken Parts Arc, Flemyth finally get's the answers that he never wanted. The hunters return to New Mexico, and this small, found family is left with something new, and hopefully, it is something safe. Only time will tell.  Content Warning: hospital, discussed kidnapping, mention of torture, tentacles, transformation,    Keeper: Garret Flemyth Jet: Joven Caroline Jet: Jaylee Eden Hightower: Keli Rachel Hightower and Sound design: Jaci Check us out on Twitter: https://twitter.com/CursesXroadsPod
01:11:36
May 12, 2020
16. FOUND - EP. 16: Broken Parts Pt 14
There is darkness in the water. There is magic in his veins. Truth is in the air. Flemyth will never be the same.  Content Warning: blood, body horror, self-harm, attempted suicide (27:00-28:00), stabbing, darkness, gunshot, hospital Keeper: Garret Flemyth Jet: Joven Caroline Jet: Jaylee Eden Hightower: Keli Rachel Hightower and Sound design: Jaci Check us out on Twitter: https://twitter.com/CursesXroadsPod
55:22
April 28, 2020
15. FOUND - EP. 15: Broken Parts Pt 13
The idol piece is acquired, but at what cost? The truths that have been following Caroline are finally revealed. And there may or may not be an old god stuck in a cookie tin. Find out this week on Curses and Crossroads.  Content Warning: body horror, shadows, blood, needles, warped reality, parasitism, discussed animal death.  Keeper: Garret Eden Hightower: Keli Rachel Hightower: Jaci Caroline Jet: Jaylee Flemyth Jet: Joven Check us out on Twitter: https://twitter.com/cursesxroadspod
01:04:24
April 14, 2020
14. FOUND - EP. 14: Broken Parts Pt 12
Eden and the Jets head out into the wilderness to try and find the final idol piece while Rachel remains at the base as darkness inches ever closer to the base and our hunters. While the shadows hold dangerous secrets, they may yet hold even more dangerous truths.   CW: Enclosed spaces, Guns, Caves, Animal Death, Animal Body Horror Check us out on our Social Media! https://twitter.com/CursesXroadsPod  Cast: Garret - Keeper Jaci - Rachel Hightower Keli - Eden Hightower Jaylee - Caroline Jet Joven - Flemyth Jet
32:48
March 31, 2020
13. FOUND - EP. 13: Broken Parts Pt 11
In the first part of the final installation of the Broken Parts Arc, our hunters head to the far north to collect the last of the four idol pieces for the long-abandoned goddess Primis. Winter is a time of mystery and shadows in the Arctic Circle, and let's just hope that our hunters aren't afraid of the dark. CW: Enclosed spaces, Knives Check us out on our Social Media! https://twitter.com/CursesXroadsPod Cast: Garret - Keeper Jaci - Rachel Hightower Keli - Eden Hightower Jaylee - Caroline Jet Joven - Flemyth Jet
42:28
March 17, 2020
12. FOUND - EP. 12: On The Roam Interlude 2
Fragment three of the idol has been found, and our hunters are gladly taking a break in the "City by the Bay". Needless to say, there is always chaos but this time, Bob has it a little under control. Will they "escape" in the nic-of-time? Find out in this week's episode!  Content Warning: escape rooms, surveillance Check us out on our Social Media! https://twitter.com/CursesXroadsPod Cast: Garret - Keeper Jaci - Rachel Hightower Keli - Eden Hightower Jaylee - Caroline Jet Joven - Flemyth Jet
47:17
March 03, 2020
11. FOUND - EP. 11: Broken Parts Pt 10
Deep underground in a forest of mystic mist, our hunters learn more about Primis, the idol, and even the fate of the world.  Content Warning: Minor Body Horror, Large Insects,  Animal/Creature Death, Implied Loss, Underground. Check us out on our Social Media! https://twitter.com/CursesXroadsPod Cast: Garret - Keeper Jaci - Rachel Hightower Keli - Eden Hightower Jaylee - Caroline Jet Joven - Flemyth Jet
51:57
February 18, 2020
10. FOUND - EP. 10: Broken Parts Pt. 9
The source of the mysterious fog has been uncovered, and the hands of fate and the Goddess Primis seem to be puppeteering our hunters closer and closer to truths long forgotten and truths yet to be known.   Content Warning: Animal Death, Body Horror, Large Insects, Panic, PTSD, Yelling, Crying, Begging, Retrospectively Implied Death, Implied Loss, Underground.   Check us out on our Social Media! https://twitter.com/CursesXroadsPod  Cast:   Garret - Keeper Jaci - Rachel Hightower Keli - Eden Hightower Jaylee - Caroline Jet Joven - Flemyth Jet
57:55
February 04, 2020
9. FOUND - EP. 9: Broken Parts Pt 8
Displaced and afraid, our hunters must choose between trust and defeat and hopefully reclaim the cabin.  CW: Discussed Parasitism, minor body horror. 
44:16
January 21, 2020
8. FOUND - EP. 8: Broken Parts Pt. 7
Having made it through the first night in the forest and thankfully avoiding any other contact with the purple mushroom folk, our hunters are all a bit unsure of what they can do here.  Just as things seem to be simmering down, they take an unexpected turn.  CW: Discussion of Parasitism, Implied Parasitism, Implied Animal Death, Minor Body Horror Keeper: Garret Rachel Hightower: Jaci Eden Hightower: Keli Flemyth Jet: Joven Caroline Jet: Jaylee
52:11
January 07, 2020
7. FOUND - EP. 7: Broken Parts Pt. 6
Back on the trail for the next piece of the relic. Our hunters find themselves back in Washington. Though the forest around them is stunning, something is just out of place as rolling waves of fog filter in.  CW: Discussion of Parasitism, Animal Death Keeper: Garret Rachel Hightower: Jaci Eden Hightower: Keli Flemyth Jet: Joven Caroline Jet: Jaylee
52:20
December 24, 2019
6. FOUND - EP. 6: On The Roam Interlude I
Taking a small break from tracking down the broken relic, Flemyth, Eden, and Rachel head to Southeast Oregon to talk to a group of high schoolers who have had to deal with the things that go bump in the night. Caroline is still in the wind, and Flemyth is growing more and more suspicious of his mother's dark past.  CW: Discussion of Death and Violence Keeper: Garret Rachel Hightower: Jaci Eden Hightower: Keli Flemyth Jet: Joven Caroline Jet: Jaylee
01:30:54
December 10, 2019
5. FOUND - EP. 5: Broken Parts Pt. 5
The fight continues in both body and mind. As Flemyth's memories are called into question, more gaps between the stories he has always known as true grow more and more untrustworthy.  CW: Body horror, Violence, Gore, Manipulation, Repressed memories, Trauma Cast: Keeper: Garret, Rachel Hightower: Jaci, Eden Hightower: Keli, Flemyth Jet: Joven, Caroline Jet: Jaylee
42:52
November 26, 2019
4. FOUND - EP. 4: Broken Parts Pt. 4
Caroline's disappearances aren't going unnoticed. As our hunters head out to collect the next part of Primas' lost relic, her absence is challenged by dark forces high up on the Lost Mesa. Family, pain, and some of our dark pasts are brought into the light - for better or for worst. CONTENT WARNING: Violence, Gore, Manipulation, Repressed memories, Trauma  Keeper: Garret, Rachel Hightower: Jaci, Eden Hightower: Keli, Flemyth Jet: Joven, Caroline Jet: Jaylee
43:43
November 12, 2019
3. FOUND - EP. 3: Broken Parts Pt 3
AUDIO NOTES: There is pretty rough background noise in Episodes 1-3, please feel free to jump to Episode 4 if harsh background noise is a triggering, or intensely uncomfortable experience. We are currently working to make these episodes more enjoyable and easier to listen to. Thank you for your patience. Government made monsters? Hidden Military bases? The Jets and Hightowers are pulled further into the mysteries of La Vibora, as lines between what is and what should be, continue to be crossed.   CONTENT WARNING: Implied Animal Death  Keeper: Garret Rachel Hightower: Jaci Eden Hightower: Keli Flemyth Jet: Joven Caroline Jet: Jaylee
01:16:08
October 29, 2019
2. FOUND - EP. 2: Broken Parts Pt. 2
AUDIO NOTES: There is pretty rough background noise in Episodes 1-3, please feel free to jump to Episode 4 if harsh background noise is a triggering, or intensely uncomfortable experience. We are currently working to make these episodes more enjoyable and easier to listen to. Thank you for your patience. On the trail of what has only been described as an "unusual" chupacabra, Our hunters continue to explore La Vibora, NM, but little do they know, things may not be as they seem.   Keeper: Garret Rachel Hightower: Jaci Eden Hightower: Keli Flemyth Jet: Joven Caroline Jet: Jaylee
43:37
October 15, 2019
1. FOUND - EP 1: Broke Parts Pt 1
AUDIO NOTES: There is pretty rough background noise in Episodes 1-3, please feel free to jump to Episode 4 if harsh background noise is a triggering, or intensely uncomfortable experience. We are currently working to make these episodes more enjoyable and easier to listen to. Thank you for your patience.  Welcome to Curses and Crossroads, a Monster of The Week actual play podcast!  This Week on Curses and Crossroads: Something isn't quite right in Southwestern New Mexico. Mysterious cattle deaths draws our hunters from their hunt for lost relics to try and find out what is terrorizing this small town.   CONTENT WARNINGS: Animal death, language, Minor body horror, discussion of murder Keeper: Garret Rachel Hightower: Jaci Eden Hightower: Keli Flemyth Jet: Joven Caroline Jet: Jaylee
52:06
October 01, 2019
0. FOUND - EP 0: Found- Backstory
Welcome to Curses and Crossroads, a Monster of the Week Actual Play Podcast. Join us as we dive into the world of Rachel, Eden, Flemyth, and Jet as they cross the country facing down things that go bump in the night. This week's episode is an introduction to our podcast, the setting, and characters of our story. Welcome and enjoy!  CW: Blood, Death, Body horror, Manipulation, Abandonment  The Keeper is Garret  Rachel Hightower is played by Jac'lyn  Eden Hightower is played by Keli Flemyth Jet is played by Joven Caroline Jet is played by Jaylee
38:04
October 01, 2019