The story continues. Right where we left off.
We return to Aramis, considering her next steps in the volatile atmosphere that has spread across the Worlds of Mebar. All while two new enemies consider THEIR next steps.
Recap2 My segment with the guys is in the second half of the episode, but don't be a jerk and fast-forward to that, hang out for the whole episode! It's all good, I guarantee it, guys. DontPanicRadioShowE160 Story recap, of everything since last recap! (Spoilers spoilers spoilers......SPOILERS!) (ACT I ended in mid-May, as Soma decided to settle in to Pan, Nathan had to go back to Prometheus, and Aramis and Paul became friends at the Remnant study meetings.ACT II (about a half a year later) Early December: Soma pressures Ignacio to help her begin her vendetta against the Alephs (and to bond with her). Nathan goes on top of a hill to pressure Irse into appearing to answer some questions. Aramis has strong feelings for Paul, but he's still set on getting back to his girlfriend in PrometheusMid December: Irse tells Nathan that Mebar is no longer a computer simulation but instead a real, physical multiverse. Soma and Ignacio are captured when trying to get into Babel to gather evidence of Aleph corruption. Around Christmas: Nathan goes to Pan because Irse tells him something is about to happen, referring to the appeal hearing that Soma demanded upon her arrest. Nathan, impatient with Aramis' hesitant explanation of the preyvede bond, does his own detective work and meets Milton and Aubry, two older Preyvedes. APPEAL HEARING: The head Aleph of Pan, Negri, kills Ignacio after he killed many people at the hearing in an escape attempt. He then tells Soma he's going to wipe her memory and change nothing to help the soul space offender problem. Soma, now boosted by Ignacio's power (as per one of the conditions of their bond), loses control and explodes in fire, killing everyone in the room except Negri. Embarrassed by losing control of things, Negri passes on his Assembly seat to Soma, telling HER to try and fix the soul offender problem. ACT III (Three weeks later) January 17th. Soma has handed down orders to all the head mayors in Pan, saying that all soul offenders on the Main Continent must be arrested. If they turn themselves in before the deadline (February 22nd), they'll be sent to prison. If they don't, and they're found guilty, they will be executed. Preyvedes are fleeing the Continent in droves, since almost all of them have at least incidental connections to soul offender activities. Late January: The Remnant study group's leader, Kamel, turns himself in as a soul offender. The aggressive response to this from the Hempstock police, plus the Preyvede exodus, motivates Aramis to put together a plan to smuggle frightened people off of Pan.Early February: Nathan and Soma both seek out allies, the former with a smuggler syndicate called the Soyou Cult, the latter with a semi-anarchist group called the Kaze Cult. Aramis finds out that over two hundred people want to join the group leaving Pan. February 20: Soma attends a Assembly meeting, discussing major problems multi-verse-wide, and gains important perspective. Aramis and Paul and the group, now diminished down to about 90, begin their march to the Narthex. Viktoria, on probation since Soma's hearing, has joined them, partly because Aramis does not want to bond with Paul in order to get him strong enough to open the Narthex door. The Deadline (February 22): Soma travels from city to city, delivering arrest lists (first to her Kaze Cult contacts, then to the mayors). Aramis and Paul are nearly to the Narthex, but after an argument concerning Viktoria, their friendship is strained.
I talk with Paul and Steve over at The Don't Panic Radio Show about Mebar and writing and they ask me some awkward questions. All for your listening pleasure, of course. (Just so you know, there are mild spoilers for the story up to this point so far, and a few teasers of what's to come) Act_I_Recap Warning! Below is a timeline of the events up to this point (that's up to Chapter 9 and the Act Break Interlude), so if you haven't listened that far, DO NOT READ BELOW here! Timeline (Chapter 1 - Chapter 9): (day 1) 5th of May: Soma’s family vanishesPaul is kidnapped(day 2) 6th of May:Paul is murdered(day 3) 7th of May:Irse uses the Aleph’s investigation going on concerning the disappearance of Soma’s family to begin her machinations, which starts with her waking up Nathan (day 4) 8th of May:Soma meets VikiPaul wakes up in a white room after being kept in stasis for two days. Irse tells him to proclaim that the Alephs are evilSoma gets the Midnight Caller potion from TravisPaul enters PanSoma meets Ignacio using the potionAramis is woken up by the potion by accident(day 5) 9th of May: Aramis welcomes Jules to PanSoma writes down notes from her meeting with IgnacioNathan finishes a 2 day bender, goes to the HNM center, and finds out something’s wrong with MebarPaul steals Aramis’ job(day 6) 10th of May: Aramis makes it to Hempstock, meets PaulSoma learns the truth about her family(day 7) 11th of May:Soma enters Pan as a preyvedeNathan makes it to Threshold(day 8) 12th of May:Nathan talks with Carini about the changes to MebarAramis runs into Paul at the Remnants studySoma talks with Ignacio all night(day 9) 13th of May:Soma talks with PhyllisNathan escapes from Threshold(day 15) 19th of May:Aramis and Paul talk before their second Remnant study meetingViki helps Assembly member Negri contact Irse, who tells them she wants Nathan to kill all of them
Nathan explores Threshold and runs into an old friend. Aramis visits the Remnants study group and runs into a new friend. NewAlephChapterEight (And, check out this week's plug, Bay Weather, and how to see them performing live, Nov 1)
Soma finally gets answers, Nathan begins his own search for answers, and Aramis settles into a new life chapter she hadn't planned for. NewAlephChapterSix ( Also, check out Justin Thomas, this chapter's plug, on most of the things @jtvibraphone and find his music at: http://smarturl.it/jtvibraphone?IQid=instagram !)
We meet Aramis, a young woman indirectly connected to the potion Soma received from Travis. And Soma meets a man in her dreams. NewAlephChapterFour ( Also, check out Jenny Skiffington's music, this chapter's plug, at JennySkiffingtonMusic.com )
As the story begins, we meet Detective Soma Dan, a mother of two and a homicide investigator at Helison PD, and Paul Stevens, a young man living in the southern city of Lieutenia. Both are about to have their lives upended. NewAlephChapterOne
Welcome to the soft-launch of the Worlds of Mebar podcast, with the trailer for the first novel in the series, The New Aleph: MebarPodcast/DRAFT02_radio_trailer03_floods.mp3 Special thanks to Michael Wright for the use of "Floods," from his band's (The Restitution) recent album "Into the Dark!"