These Flimsy Rituals

These Flimsy Rituals

By These Flimsy Rituals
Narrative-first roleplaying, telling small stories in big worlds. Find us at flimsyrituals.com, with new episodes every other Sunday.

Currently playing Embrace — join the defiant radicals, the Jubilant Maybe, as they fight to change Embrace.

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Embrace 11: For A Moment Or So
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.
1:32:25
August 9, 2020
Embrace 10: These Are My Confessions
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
1:01:23
July 26, 2020
Embrace 09: Subltety's A Word I Cannot Spell
c/w graphic descriptions of violence and death, natural disaster “The earthquake that rocked through the city would only be a footnote. A disaster that many would tie to other events of that day. Because, at the same time as our protest, the rest of the Jubilant were over the other end of the city. And they were about to do something really fucking stupid.” ~~~ When Oken killed Relict, the Sun Spear was his weapon. This legendary artefact, long held by the nim Shif family, is no longer in Oken’s hands. Instead, an imposter wields it. A scion from the family who have disowned him, masquerading as him. Oken would do anything to take it back. As Hulling Day continues, many citizens in Limbus Ward turn to celebration, not protest. It has been a long time since the Ochre Hull wreaked destruction on their streets. Today the hero that protected them, Oken nim Shif, visits. The nim Shif family are hosting a parade leading to Scarrel market, the site of his victory over the many-limbed envoy. What they don’t know is that as the imposter gives his speech, the Jubilant plan to strike. ~~ PEOPLE ~~ Altara nim Shif: A scion of nim Shif and one of their enforcers. She’s had previous run-ins with the Jubilant. Anancrik "Crik" Rise: Ezra’s childhood friend and rival. Leader of the Flint Street Knappers. Oken nim Shif (fake): An imposter. Chosen and trained by his family to be a much more controllable tool of propaganda. Valour nim Shif: Ruthless, calculated and brilliant. Leader of the nim Shif family. ~~ 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. 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 Shif: Embrace’s newest great family. Plotting to take over the city with silvered tongues and bloody blades. ~~ PLACES ~~ Limbus Ward: Embrace’s North-Eastern ward. Most of the city’s trade comes through here. Scarrel Market: The hub of the city’s trade. Rebuilt following the Ochre Hull’s attack. ~~~ Episode title from Martha’s Curly & Raquel ~~~ 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, and Steve Martin. Produced by Thryn Henderson Series art by Ben Swinden Music taken from Kai Engel’s Satin
1:22:04
July 12, 2020
Embrace 08: If I Had A Voice I Would Sing
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
1:25:31
June 28, 2020
Embrace 07: This Ain't No Disguise
“As much as Maybes had leaders, Ezra was the Jubilant’s. When we took Oken, others in the Ginnels had a dozen ideas for different ways we could use him - whether that be as a bargaining chip with the council or turning him into the weapon the Jackal’s said he was. It took all my sway to keep him with the Jubilant. I reasoned that if Ezra could help a fool like me, then just maybe they could do the same with Oken.” ~~~ After stealing the Jackal’s weapon, our crew head back to their headquarters - the Jubilee, Embrace’s first carousel - for some downtime. There they question the person that the Jackals had been smuggling through the city, the person claiming to be Oken nim Shalif. ~~ PEOPLE ~~ Alin & Mara Pinder: Ash’s sisters. They both work for the Viols, a union of sex workers. Amris Graft: Ezra's mum. A community organiser and member of the Painted Hands. Cherib & Zedek nim Gorse: Neah’s parents. They see themselves as part of Embrace’s upper middle class, and are desperate to improve their station. Mell: One of Relict’s envoys, leader of a gestalt consciousness. Once an enormous woman with a horn of bees, now a bee. 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. nim Shif: Embrace’s newest great family. Plotting to take over the city with silvered tongues and bloody blades. ~~ PLACES ~~ Tail’s End: A small group of ghosts who’ve formed their own community at the tip of Embrace. ~~~ Episode title from Dorian Electra’s Guyliner ~~~ 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
1:15:30
June 14, 2020
Embrace 06: Ain't No Need To Feel Alone
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
1:04:02
May 31, 2020
Embrace 05: Deny Your Maker
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
1:25:48
May 17, 2020
Embrace 04: The Stories We Might Write
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
1:15:33
May 3, 2020
Embrace 03: Atrium Part 3
“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.
58:50
April 19, 2020
Embrace 02: Atrium Part 2
“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.
1:17:00
April 5, 2020
Embrace 01: Atrium Part 1
“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.
53:00
March 22, 2020
Embrace: Trailer
"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.
03:03
March 15, 2020
A Quick Announcement and Q&A Link
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.
02:29
March 8, 2020
Shards & Fragments: The Painted Mountain
“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).
58:22
February 23, 2020
Tiding 32: Last Words
"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
15:35
February 9, 2020
Tiding 31: Eulogy
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
53:47
January 26, 2020
Tiding 30: A Drift
"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
49:34
January 19, 2020
Tiding 29: Sword to Sword
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
28:48
January 12, 2020
Tiding 28: Forged Provenance
"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
37:55
January 5, 2020
Tiding 27: The Chains
"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
54:13
December 22, 2019
Tiding 26: Notations Part 2
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.
39:07
December 8, 2019
Tiding 25: Notations Part 1
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.
45:25
November 24, 2019
Tiding 24: Paper and Clay, Wood and Gold
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
1:10:42
November 10, 2019
Shards and Fragments: The Mustang
C/W: death, mild horror You're crouched outside the lair of the Mustang, near the burned tree. Your friends are with you, exchanging nervous looks. Like you, they’re having second thoughts. Like you, they smell death in the air and wonder if it’s their deaths. Keen has a big piece of sheet metal with a rope across the back, because the Mustang breathes fire. Niamh has a rifle, because the Mustang is far too swift to catch. Yelena has the teachings, because maybe the Mustang can still be reasoned with. You have a knife because, in the end, someone has to cut the Mustang’s throat. It’s the witching hour, the moon is full, and fresh blood is on the ground. The Mustang will surely run tonight. *** This is our Halloween Special, focusing on a younger Venz as he, and a group of snarls and weavers, wait warily beneath a full moon. They have come together to find and kill the Mustang, a snarl who has unravelled and sowed destruction over this land. For now though, they wait. Steeling themselves for their confrontation. This is the second Shards and Fragments - one-shots set in Ryne, showcasing a different part of the world to Tiding. They're designed to be stand-alone, you can listen to them out of order. They're good entry places if you've not listened before. In this episode, we play a slightly modified version of The Mustang by John Harper. *** Hosted by Adam Dixon (@adtidixon). Featuring Ryan Evans (@brainxray), Thryn Henderson (@thairyn) and Steve Martin (@purple_steve). Produced by Thryn Henderson and Adam Dixon. Cover art by Allissa Chan (@formyths). Sound clips from jgrzinich at freesound.org
52:55
October 27, 2019
Tiding 23: Stolen Memories
C/W: Memory loss, snakes "But there’s only so long you can go on doing heists and scores and schemes. It was like we were just snapping branches off of a tree, but what we needed to do was to chop that tree down. But what we needed was stop that tree from growing in the first place."   - Ferrox Urstraet *** Carried by the chains, Belka and Venz are carried away from the threat of the Conclave's agents. Separated in the library, both get their chance to face their past. Meanwhile, arriving at the library, Challa stumbles into the bothersome Captain Aloma Labrencis and must try to find a way past. The caravan, led by Bris, come to Eulogy and find it worse for wear.  Bris scouts, Challa shows off her meek side, Belka gets patched up and Venz bumps into old friends. *** 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 sagetyrtle and fthgurdy at freesound.org
1:04:41
September 29, 2019
Tiding 22: Bound
CW: Violence, memory loss "My own mission progresses. I am closer to Venz than ever before. You may question the wisdom of focusing on him and not the Splinters, but I suspect a connection their. That their paths lead to the same place. If strength and conviction were the weapons of your other soldiers, patience is mine."    -   Rugate Ullun Bakkal *** Everyone begins to converge on the Helctic Library, where beneath the ground, Venz and Belka face off against dangerous foes. Something is happening at the bottom of the library's great staircase, and whatever it is has pushed several factions into action. Meanwhile, at the caravan, Bris finds themselves embroiled in politics. For the first time in her life, she seems to be enjoying it. Challa takes in a festival, Belka steals a book, Venz gets chained up and Bris finds family. *** 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 SoundCollectah, HunteR4708 and sunsharon0709 at freesound.org
58:47
September 15, 2019
Tiding 21: Making a Statement
CW: Violence, memory loss “If you’re reading this, if you’re the one they’ve sent, this is my record. If this monk does their job right, after this I won't remember any of what happened. I don’t know who I’ll be, but I will be no threat to you. I beg you to take this book, and destroy it if that’s what you want, but let me live out whatever life I have left.”  - Serrata Paige *** A great rumble spreads from beneath the Heltic Monastery, causing its great dome to crack. The negotiations between The Obeyant Auscult Calsun, and Belka and Venz are put on hold. They rush to find the cause. The library of the Revenant Chorus is under attack. Belka searches for Tiller Bract and Venz shows off a new trick. *** 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 brainclaim, ogsoundfx and newagesoup at freesound.org
59:39
September 8, 2019
Tiding 20: Veiled Conversation
“I stand before our village’s council to relinquish my claim to become elder of the Derral family. I understand that my claim will be passed to my sister Aya, or otherwise the next person to come of age. I reaffirm my commitment to my family and will continue to serve them in other ways.”  - Bris *** In the aftermath of the Jackal Dorish's attack, the caravan tries to make sense of what happened. The wounded must be tended, sides taken and questions about Challa's part in this answered. Bris and Challa find themselves making decisions about the future of themselves and the caravan. Challa loses a friend and Bris talks to a tent. *** 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.   Cover art by Allissa Chan (@formyths).   Rules are available at adtidi.itch.io/ryne.     Sound clips from  Heigh-hoo, alexkandrell and kiefspoon at freesound.org
58:43
August 18, 2019
Tiding 19: Welcome to Lentil
C/W: Violence “Our practice is about untangling memory. Done well, the petitioner should have no sense of the memory they wanted rid of. This means that our work will often be tedious, we must cultivate patience. Learn to see that network of roots attached to each memory, and work slowly to pry each one free leaving stone intact.”  - Notes on Our Practice by the Judgemental Observer Axenius *** Eulogy sits at the heart of Cenja, a small town governed by the monks of the Revenant Chorus. At its centre is the Helctic Library, a monastery where they practice their trade - the taking of memories, to assuage the pain of the grieving.  Escorted by Captain Aloma Labrencis, Belka reaches Eulogy with Venz not far behind. Meanwhile, the rest of the camping trip head back to the caravan, where trouble awaits. Bris gets told off, Belka refuses to budge, Challa shows uncanny potential and Venz gets sassy. *** 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.   Cover art by Allissa Chan (@formyths).   Rules are available at adtidi.itch.io/ryne.     Sound clips from newagesoup, elmoustachio and fthgurdy at freesound.org
53:42
August 4, 2019
Tiding 18: Forces in Play
"But to do this is to ignore all of the different forces in play. It ignores the Splintered Breath, that group of renegade snarls, already planning their audacious robbery of the monk’s library - willing to risk everything to find a trace of their absent prophet. It ignores those opposing them. Snarl-hunters from the Conclave of Sima, who would let the library go up in flames, if it meant catching their quarry. It ignores too the ambitions of the monk’s supposed allies, the Satraphy of Pheretrere, who, fearing the Conclave’s interference, moved to reaffirm the loyalty of the Revenant Chorus - by whatever means that would take.”  - The Counterfeit God: A History of Corpus by Avyn Fiir Vorunt *** After a night’s rest on Tiller Bract’s farm, trouble catches up to the camping trip. They find themselves caught between their melancholy host and people who would do them harm. Bris babysits, Challa sings songs, Venz makes threats and Belka stands firm. *** 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.   Cover art by Beck Michalak (@r_michalak). Tiding art by Allissa Chan (@formyths).   Rules are available at adtidi.itch.io/ryne.     Sound clips from HunteR4708 and kiefspoon at freesound.org
40:54
July 21, 2019
Tiding 17: Clean Slate
C/W: terminal illness, death, bugs   “I never thought I’d be able to think of this place as a home, but it wasn’t half bad for a while. But life being the way it is, the things we were running from caught up with us. And now, as I find myself desperately wanting to forget, to leave this place, I find myself weighed down - as if by stone.”  - The memories of Tiller Bract recorded by The Distractible Sepult Charus *** The camping group find shelter in the house of Tiller Bract, a rancher living near Eulogy. For the first time in a long while they are well-fed and rested. However, like leaves in the gutter, gloom and memory weigh down this house. Sensing something strange, the group attempt to investigate the farm and their forgetful host. Bris investigates, Venz takes it all in, Challa discovers strange animals and Belka learns about omelettes. *** 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.   Cover art by Beck Michalak (@r_michalak). Tiding art by Allissa Chan (@formyths).   Rules are available at adtidi.itch.io/ryne.     Sound clips from SoundCollectah, HunteR4708 and sunsharon0709 at freesound.org
51:10
July 7, 2019
Tiding 16: A Fistful of Feathers
 “But, Corpus did not lie idle. It had begun to proliferate outwards from Carn Veskl; folded the power claimed from Slumber and Strael into its whole. And by spore and ice wind and tunnel, spread. In the Sharrow it found easy pickings, the land defenceless following its remnant’s murder. Now in control of Strael’s frozen wake, it stretched itself over the territory. Then, it turned East. Began to track those who had eluded it in the caves, the ones that had turned its powers against it. It put its newfound strength to the test against Cenja. And, while Duier did its best to hold back Corpus’ fury, its victory seemed an inevitability.”  - Avyn Fiir Vorunt *** Ahead of the caravan, the camping trip starts proper. Venz and Challa attempt to get answers from Strael; first though they’ll have to avoid Belka and Bris’ suspicions, as well as the attention of dangerous strangers. Venz finds time for his hobbies, Belka cooks potatoes, Challa rides a moth and Bris goes chasing waterfalls. *** 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.    Cover art by Beck Michalak (@r_michalak). Tiding art by Allissa Chan (@formyths).    Rules are available at adtidi.itch.io/ryne.     Sound clips from jcarrascovazquez, xenonn, straget and Matucha at freesound.org
58:21
June 23, 2019
Tiding 15: Secrets, Loosely Held
C/W: upsetting scenes “I knew then that if I was to do this right, I would need to get close. I would have to map the full extent of Venz’s influence - find out whether it spread elsewhere, to see whether the two children might be redeemed under the Conclave’s tutelage. And only then, I would strike. I would destroy the stem of weed, but destroy it right down to the roots. Yours in faithful service, Rugate Ullun Bakkal”  ***  Challa and Bris gather people, ready to go camping. First though there are permissions to be asked and conversations to be had, Secrets unfurl, spreading their shadow over the whole trip. Belka investigates Strael, Challa gets a ghostly surprise, Venz hides behind a secret and Bris loses her temper.  ***  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.     Cover art by Beck Michalak (@r_michalak). Tiding art by Allissa Chan (@formyths).    Rules are available at adtidi.itch.io/ryne.      Sound clips from Kyster and Matucha at freesound.org
52:03
June 9, 2019
Tiding 14: Memento Mori
C/W: Mention of family death "When a remnant demands beauty, give your eyes so it can see its land. When a remnant demands expression, give your tongue so it can speak. When a remnant demands knowledge, give your thoughts so it can understand. When a remnant demands service, give your body so it can act. When a remnant demands certainty, give your spirit so it can judge. When a remnant demands death, give your life so it can be put to a higher purpose." - a prayer recorded on a Voek grave, Cenja *** Amongst the stone and root of Cenja, Belka meets envoys of the remnant Duier. They barter for the caravan's right to cross its land. Meanwhile, at the caravan, Strael repeats their demands. Belka shares a name, Challa asks for help, Venz meets Strael and Bris agrees to a camping trip. *** 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.    Cover art by Beck Michalak (@r_michalak). Tiding art by Allissa Chan (@formyths).    Rules are available at adtidi.itch.io/ryne.     Sound clips from Kyster and Daenerys at freesound.org  
1:04:15
May 28, 2019
Tiding 13: Written in Stone
C/W: discussion of grief  “Vassan, Lef. My hope is that you’ll never have to go through this. That we’ll find a home you’ll never have to leave unless you choose to.”  - Jeddah Assum  ***  The caravan continues its journey through the grave-strewn landscape of Cenja. They head towards Eulogy, following the trail of a scientist who was seen fleeing Carn Veskl. There an order of monks, devoted to capturing memory and assuaging grief, make their home. But, there is much road still to cover between here and there.  Venz shares his burdens, Bris hears harsh truths, Challa demands Strael's attention and Belka investigates a grave.  ***  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.    Cover art by Beck Michalak (@r_michalak). Tiding art by Allissa Chan (@formyths).    Rules are available at adtidi.itch.io/ryne.     Sound clips from SteeLManure, daenerys and mcharchenko at freesound.org
53:05
May 12, 2019
Tiding 12: Murmurations
“Your book is an incredible thing. I recognise so much of my home in it, even a few things I didn’t know. I’d been planning to keep it, but as you’re still around, I thought you might like it back. I hope you continue to work on it. I fear that the place we both know is lost with the Sharrow’s death. The book is a fitting tribute.”  -Venz  ***  Having decided to head East the survivors of Carn Veskl gather their belongings. Soon they’ll climb the steep path out of the valley into Cenja, a territory devoted to mourning. A forested landscape dotted with graves, tombs and graves from a thousand cultures; where fruit grows bland and grief lingers like a thick fog. As the caravan prepares to leave there are a few moments - to heal wounds, to make plans, to catch-up with old friends. Venz returns a book, Belka reunites with Vilte, Bris shares unwelcome wisdom and Challa sees a bird.  ***  As mentioned in the episode we recently created a Discord - a place where you can chat about the podcast. You can join at https://discord.gg/bTQdKmU. We’ve also released the draft rules for Ryne, the game we play on the podcast. You can get the playtest version at adtidi.itch.io/ryne.    ***  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.  Cover art by Beck Michalak (@r_michalak). Tiding art by Allissa Chan (@formyths).    Rules are available at adtidi.itch.io/ryne.     Sound clips from bbcsfx.acropolis.org.uk and mcharchenko at freesound.org
53:26
April 28, 2019
Tiding 11: A Moment's Respite
C/W: NPC death “But my eyes were drawn to another figure, who sat in their midst. An anathema, the monster I'd come to know as Venz. From the moment I set eye on him I knew I had to act. That if I didn't, all of these people would be doomed.”  -Ullun Bakkal *** Having escaped the strange remnant Corpus, the people of Ninut gather at the confluence of three territories. They rest, shocked by the dark events under the mountain, waiting to see if all of their loved ones make it out of Carn Veskl. A small group, gathered by Jeddah and the now-awakened Vilte, are asked to make a decision about where to go next. Do they go north into Irravence’s untamed forests, or east into the grief-touched Cenja? Venz shares news of the Sharrow’s fate, Belka puts their foot down, Bris gets emotional and Challa climbs a tree. *** This is the start of Tiding's second arc. We're excited to pick up the adventures of Belka, Bris, Challa and Venz again. We also wanted to share some news! We've just released the rules we've been playing with, you can download and view them at adtidi.itch.io/ryne. They're WIP, but we'll be continuing to update them on that itch page. If you want to chat about the rules or podcast, we also have a new Discord server - https://discord.gg/bTQdKmU. Come and discuss the episodes, share your non-canon remnants and argue about which character is the best. *** 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. Cover art by Beck Michalak (@r_michalak). Tiding art by Allissa Chan (@formyths).  Sound clips from bbcsfx.acropolis.org.uk.
34:12
April 15, 2019
Shards & Fragments: Eolith Pt 3
 C/W: violence, death “The instructors taught us this trick. When a remnants influence begins to cause things to slip, build constants. Mark the world, use them to observe and comprehend. That’s the purpose of this record. This is waking 11 or 12.” - Oken nim Sharif *** This is the final part of our special Shards & Fragments: Eolith - focusing on the Jackal’s attempts to bring down Relict. We’re playing The Harder They Fall, a game of final battles for the fate of the world, by Jay Iles and UFO Press.  ***  Finally united at the edge of Eolith’s petrified forest, the Tender’s Oken and Flint launch their assault on Relict. Its envoys, the gestalt consciousness led by Mell, swarm to protect their remnant.  Sensing the threat that the Jackal’s pose, the envoys petition Relict to release their fearsome sibling, Hongeo. A gigantic fermented stingray, with a dangerous relationship with entropy.  ***  Featuring special guests Beck Michalak (@R_Michalak) and Nate Crowley (@FrogCroakley), alongside Thryn Henderson (@thairyn). Hosted by Adam Dixon (@adtidixon). Episode produced by Thryn Henderson (@thairyn).  Cover art by Allissa Chan (@formyths). Sound clips from kangaroovindaloo, Benboncan and Yuval on Freesound.org 
1:23:19
March 31, 2019
Shards & Fragments: Eolith Pt 2
C/W: trypophobia, discussion of butchery and preservation, violence and horror “Scur, 1502. Relict: leaching of time from surrounding territories Lead agents: Oken nim Shalif, expunged” - Excerpt from Index of Assignments of the Tenders of the Dawn’s Embers  ***  This is part two of our three-part special focusing on the Jackal’s attempts to bring down Relict. We’re playing The Harder They Fall, a game of final battles for the fate of the world, by Jay Iles and UFO Press. The game has just released, it’s available here: https://ufo-jay.itch.io/harder-they-fall.   ***  Eolith. A stoppered landscape, shielded from entropy and decay by the remnant Relict. Here things are detached from the rhythms time - trees grow already petrified, corpses are preserved overnight by a salt wind, insects burst from the ground centuries after their last appearance. With the aid of its envoys - a kind of gestalt hive-mind led by the fearsome Mell - Relict collects rarities from the neighbouring world. It preserves the extinct and the endangered, the fragile and the unique. However, entropy has entered Eolith. Relict’s wunderkammer has created a curio-led gold-rush. Archaeologists, treasure hunters and prospectors flock to the wheeled town of Rush. There they hope to get rich off of the preserved bodies and alien artifacts craned from the argon river.  Relict responds by pulling time from its neighbours. A trickle at first, but that stream widens. To the South, two enter. Flint and Oken. Agents of the Tenders of the Dawn’s Embers - stewards, god-killers, jackals. Their plant-read prophecies show the dark outcome of Relict’s thievery. They have come to stop it.  *** Featuring special guests Beck Michalak (@R_Michalak) and Nate Crowley (@FrogCroakley), alongside Thryn Henderson (@thairyn). Hosted by Adam Dixon (@adtidixon). Episode produced by Thryn Henderson (@thairyn).  Cover art by Allissa Chan (@formyths). Sound clips from kangaroovindaloo, Benboncan and Yuval on Freesound.org 
1:04:34
March 17, 2019
Shards & Fragments: Eolith Pt 1
 C/W: Trypophobia, discussion of death “Eolith whispers slow. Setting sun, rays lie thick. Cool, harden, coat the tongue. Long, dry exhale, salt-heavy funeral sigh. Atrophy creeping. Old crystalline veins, crumble dust-like, flake and fall. Decay extends, searches. Hide the heart. Calm the pulse, slower, slower. Extend the reach. Split the chrysalis. Wake the hive. Grasp the roots outside the edges - unheeded time, more use here. Others waste, redirect. Bind the wound. Brace.” This is the first of a three-part special focusing on the Jackal’s attempts to bring down Relict. We play the game The Harder They Fall, a game of final battles for the fate of the world, by Jay Iles and UFO Press. In this episode we build the landscape of Eolith, a preserved landscape of amber mountains, tar pits and salt flats. We share the characters we’ll be playing - the remnant Relict, its envoys led by Mell, and the Tenders Flint and Oaken.  It’s set in the same world as Tiding, but is a stand-alone story. If you’re new to These Flimsy Rituals, this might be a good entry point. Featuring special guests Beck Michalak (@R_Michalak) and Nate Crowley (@FrogCroakley), alongside Thryn Henderson (@thairyn). Hosted by Adam Dixon (@adtidixon). Episode produced by Thryn Henderson (@thairyn). Cover art by Allissa Chan (@formyths). Sound clips from kangaroovindaloo and Yuval on Freesound.org 
58:30
March 3, 2019
Tiding 10: Strael
C/W: horror, gore, dead bodies, possession "Vilte fell into a deep sleep. By the time she had awakened Corpus was already growing under Carn Veskl. Her dark prophecy would be coming true." - Avyn Fiir Vorunt After Challa's attempts to stop Corpus fail, the caravan are trapped in Carn Veskl. There they must fight for their lives. Bris attempts to guide people to relative safety, while Belka desperately hunts for another way out of the caves. Venz flees a bear, Belka rows a boat, Challa welcomes a storm and Bris, well... Bris makes some choices. This is the final episode of Tiding's first arc. We'll be picking up the story of Belka, Bris, Challa and Venz again in a few weeks - but before that we'll be taking a quick break from their story to share some special episodes. Hosted by Adam Dixon (@adtidixon). Featuring Ryan Evans (@brainxray), Steve Martin (@purple_steve), Thryn Henderson (@thairyn) and Ziz Simoens (@seasylphgames). Produced by Thryn Henderson (@thairyn). Cover art by Allissa Chan (@formyths). Sound clips from giddster and Schoggimousse at freesound.org
1:17:50
February 17, 2019
Tiding 09: Corpus
"We shouldn't have gone into the caves." - Challa C/W: horror, violence Venz and Shu leave the Sharrow's resting place changed men. Meanwhile, the caravan reaches Carn Veskl and, seeing the kite Venz left them, they decide to head into the caves. Inside, the scouting party investigate the screams and find something monstrous at the barricades. Bris reunites with Korrin, Challa makes a pact, Venz resolves to help Ninut and Belka hears a poem. Hosted by Adam Dixon (@adtidixon). Featuring Ryan Evans (@brainxray), Steve Martin (@purple_steve), Thryn Henderson (@thairyn) and Ziz Simoens (@seasylphgames). Episode produced by Thryn Henderson. Cover art by Allissa Chan (@formyths). Sound clips from juilius_galla and sheepfilms on freesound.
1:10:51
February 3, 2019
Tiding 08: Sharrow
C/W: Death, trauma "Realise this. Realise that despite your training, killing a remnant will not be easy.  They are living gods. Even if your sword strikes true their wounds will heal, their hearts mend. You must do things right.  These are the steps, commit them to memory." - Crooner Cassis Venz and Shu reach the Northern edge of the Sharrow. There they find the missing remnant, and some unwanted company. Venz discovers Sharrow's fate. Hosted by Adam Dixon (@adtidixon). Featuring Ryan Evans (@brainxray), Steve Martin (@purple_steve), Thryn Henderson (@thairyn) and Ziz Simoens (@seasylphgames).  Episode produced by Adam Dixon.  Cover art by Allissa Chan (@formyths).  Sound clips from BBC Sound Effects.
1:00:44
January 20, 2019
Tiding 07: Friends, Un/Accounted For
C/W: death, dead body "Every settlement here has its own ways of celebrating our remnants arrival, because we know that with it comes Spring. That in its tred wildflowers grow like footprints, birds settle to nest and the land begins to warm, ready for the sewing of the year's first crops.Spring spreads through the land in a great circle. The Sharrow's passing is a signal for life to wake. I have spent half a life trying to trace the Sharrow, to give detail to its movements. This is what I know." - Cast Under Carn Veskl, the scouting party try to convince Calyn and Madi to move on - before the shadows that haunt the mountain's tunnels claims them. After the meeting the caravan's luck turns. They see signs that they're heading in the right direction. Meanwhile, Venz and Shu are sidetracked from their attempt to find the Sharrow. Belka and Bris tell hard truths, Challa sees a miracle and Venz uncovers a crime.  Hosted by Adam Dixon (@adtidixon). Featuring Ryan Evans (@brainxray), Steve Martin (@purple_steve), Thryn Henderson (@thairyn) and Ziz Simoens (@seasylphgames). Produced by Thryn Henderson (@thairyn). Cover art by Allissa Chan (@formyths). Sound clips from julius_galla, TinTinOko, Feder_Ogon and Kyster on freesound.org
48:59
January 6, 2019
Tiding 06: At Rest
"But, Vilte's greatest strength was her gift for understanding people. She was able to bring others to her cause, to build a following and inspire them into action. She showed a faith in them and, in return, they would show a faith in her." - Avyn Fiir Vorunt The scouting party make friends with the underpeople - the community that calls Carn Veskl home. The caravan holds a meeting to discuss the lost family. Strael makes a move. Bris prevents a fight, Challa bargains with Strael and Belka enforces bedtime. Hosted by Adam Dixon (@adtidixon). Featuring Ryan Evans (@brainxray), Steve Martin (@purple_steve), Thryn Henderson (@thairyn) and Ziz Simoens (@seasylphgames). Produced by Thryn Henderson (@thairyn). Cover art by Allissa Chan (@formyths). Sound clips from  julius_galla and  bashrambali on freesound.org 
49:38
December 23, 2018
Tiding 05: Entanglements
C/W: Horror "High above, split from the knowing, the body walked in circles around the world thread, and from its being and its witnessing the world was born. Everywhere it passed, the thought of things solidified, and wound another thread around the world’s string." - Belka The world reveals dark omens. The scouting party finds something worrying growing under Carn Veskl - the mountain the caravan approaches. On the surface, a storm's name is revealed, and its intent. Belka swaps stories, Challa fights a storm, Venz eases doubts and Bris draws her sword. Hosted by Adam Dixon (@adtidixon). Featuring Ryan Evans (@brainxray), Steve Martin (@purple_steve), Thryn Henderson (@thairyn) and Ziz Simoens (@seasylphgames). Produced by Thryn Henderson (@thairyn). Cover art by Allissa Chan (@formyths). Sound clips from bbcsfx.acropolis.org.uk and julius_galla on freesound.org
44:30
December 10, 2018
Tiding 04: The Paths We Choose
C/W: Horror “Even the world itself can catch a sickness, once the wound has festered, hidden, for too long. I wonder now how I didn’t feel the fever burning in its caverns. How I could not see the threads of fate there, cut and twisted out of shape.” - Belka The scouting party reaches Carn Veskl's caves and, inside them, find an unexpected presence. Venz, after his encounter with the eagle, decides to take a different path. In the forest below the mountain the storm catches up and Challa tries to guide the stragglers back to the caravan's relative safety. Challa leads a dance, Venz flies a kite, Bris takes us below and Belka knocks hello. Hosted by Adam Dixon (@adtidixon). Featuring Ryan Evans (@brainxray), Steve Martin (@purple_steve), Thryn Henderson (@thairyn) and Ziz Simoens (@seasylphgames). Produced by Thryn Henderson (@thairyn). Cover art by Allissa Chan (@formyths). Sound clips from aliceemily, FreqMan and julius_galla on freesound.org
52:12
November 18, 2018
Tiding 03: Stragglers
C/W: minor horror, implied offscreen death "This is not the first time we've been forced to leave our homes behind. Nearly fifty years ago - before most of us were born - we lived in a different place, way to the west. There, on an island blanketed in colourless fog, our parents and grandparents lived in a town called Brisal. They didn't need to wear veils, their eyes perfectly suited to the shifting shades of mist." - an excerpt from the letters of Jeddah Assum As the storm gathers behind it, the caravan heads towards Carn Veskl. There the scouting party hunt for the caves that will give the travellers protection from the winds. The caves that are rumoured to lead out of the Sharrow. Bris builds bridges, Venz soars like an eagle, Belka listens to a dead fox and Challa starts a blaze. Hosted by Adam Dixon (@adtidixon). Featuring Ryan Evans (@brainxray), Steve Martin (@purple_steve), Thryn Henderson (@thairyn) and Ziz Simoens (@seasylphgames). Produced by Thryn Henderson (@thairyn). Cover art by Allissa Chan (@formyths). Sound clips from bbcsfx.acropolis.org.uk, and aliceemily and FreqMan on freesound.org
1:03:22
November 4, 2018
Tiding 02: Absolutely Useless Things
“Beginnings are always hard. There’s never a perfect place to start a story. The moment we pick is a choice that says as much about us as it does the history we tell.” - Avyn Fiir Vorunt The people of Ninut abandon the village of Etrys. They load their carts hoping to outrun the oncoming storm. Bris struggles with responsibilities, Challa soothes the weaver, Belka packs for an adventure, Venz decides to stick around - for now. A group is formed to scout the looming mountain, Carn Veskl. Hosted by Adam Dixon (@adtidixon). Featuring Ryan Evans (@brainxray), Steve Martin (@purple_steve), Thryn Henderson (@thairyn) and Ziz Simoens (@seasylphgames). Produced by Thryn Henderson (@thairyn). Cover art by Allissa Chan (@formyths). Sound clips from bbcsfx.acropolis.org.uk and thefilmbakery on freesound.org
1:01:48
October 21, 2018
Tiding 01: A Songless Dawn
"I kept a record of every day, overwrote each one the next. Not the normal practice, but the days all seemed like one: a heavy pause, a stutter. I replaced all of our yesterday's like I could erase this endless hesitation, as though the village wasn't there at all." - Belka The first play episode of Tiding - a story of a community doing their best to survive in indifferent landscapes. Two weeks ago the people of Ninut fled their homes to avoid a deadly storm, following the mysterious Parish to Etrys. There they wait, hoping for more stragglers to follow them. Challa uncovers a strange secret in the basements below Etrys, Bris meets a familiar stranger, Venz searches for flinthooks and Belka discovers stew. After a dire warning is shared, the people of Ninut face a difficult decision. Hosted by Adam Dixon (@adtidixon). Featuring Ryan Evans (@brainxray), Steve Martin (@purple_steve), Thryn Henderson (@thairyn) and Ziz Simoens (@seasylphgames). Produced by Thryn Henderson (@thairyn). Cover art by Allissa Chan (@formyths). Sound clips from bbcsfx.acropolis.org.uk and thefilmbakery on freesound.org
1:04:35
October 7, 2018
Tiding 00: The Breaking of Ninut
A storm sweeps over the Sharrow, different to any that has come before - haunted, deadly, alive. A caravan flees its wake, formed of the people of Ninut and the mysterious Parish. Leading them a reluctant guardian, outcast storyteller, rebellious kid and an unravelling spiritweaver. This is the world building episode for our first season, Tiding - set in a world of broken gods, wild landscapes and living spirits. In it we introduce our setting, rules and characters. We’re running a custom Apocalypse World hack, also drawing inspiration from Monsterhearts, Sagas of the Icelanders and The Veil. Hosted by Adam Dixon (@adtidixon). Featuring Ryan Evans (@brainxray), Steve Martin (@purple_steve), Thryn Henderson (@thairyn) and Ziz Simoens (@seasylphgames). Produced by Thryn Henderson (@thairyn). Cover art by Allissa Chan (@formyths).
1:42:00
September 30, 2018