August 21 2014

The Gift/The Perfect Crime – written by Womby – Narrated by Asclepius

Hello everyone, this is Asclepius, with a couple of great short stories written by Womby. Musical background “No More Magic”, by HorrorPen, at

The Gift

Slowly, ever so carefully, Feldring secured the final gem in place. The ornate cloak had taken several months to craft, and represented the culmination of his skills in textiles, tailoring and alchemy.
All that remained was the final step. Once completed, the cloak would cause its wearer to age rapidly, proving fatal within the hour. After two hours, all that remained would be an easily disposed of skeleton.

Feldring summoned all the skills resulting from many years of alchemy and completed the cloak.
Tomorrow he would present it to his wife for her fiftieth birthday, and the day after he would be able to invite the attractive wench he had secretly been seeing to take her place.
He had lost a lot of sleep working on this project and now, overcome with exhaustion, he collapsed onto the makeshift cot in his workshop and fell into a deep sleep.

Shortly after, his wife Portia tapped on his door to inquire if she could bring him some food. Hearing no reply she tiptoed in and saw him lying unconscious on his cot.
“Poor dear” she thought, “he works so hard.” The window had been blown open by the wind, making the room bitterly cold.
With loving care Portia laid the newly completed cloak over Feldrings sleeping body, and quietly tiptoed out.

The Perfect Crime

It should have been the perfect crime.
An informant had told Gratnor that Sir Ewan Masterton had the most impressive collection of gemstones in the entire Vale.
He also told Gratnor that Sir Ewan spent every Friday evening in the Hearth Inn after sending his only servant on a weekly supply trip to Owl’s Head. His Knight Marshall tower keep should therefore have been unoccupied.

The entry was ingenious. The powerful stealth potion had been obscenely expensive, but Gratnor considered it a worthwhile investment as he managed to slip inside unnoticed when Sir Ewan left for the evening.
Once inside, he headed straight for the hidden room that would surely be the place where valuables were kept.
Entering the room proved no obstacle for someone who had spent many years honing his skills as a thief. Surprisingly however the room was empty, save for a trapdoor that apparently led to a basement of some kind.

Cautiously Gratnor descended the ladder into the basement. Not wishing to alert any person or creature he might encounter, he felt his way along the wall in the dark.

After several twists and turns Gratnor came up against what felt like iron bars. A loud clanging sound behind him caused him to freeze in his tracks, and he suddenly found himself locked in a cage on the edge of a large room, as various people in robes lit torches.
In the centre of the room was a large altar.

As one of the people in robes approached his cage he recognised the face of his informant, who smiled at him, then turned to his colleagues and said “It is time. The sacrifice has arrived.”

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August 21 2014

Echoes from the Caverns podcasting is growing!

And because we are continually growing there are things you can do to help us out that are quick and easy but will save us a lot of time and allow us to be better at what we do! So if you think about it, are willing, or can take a minute now and then to lend a hand here are some things that we love to see more of!

  1. If you are a writer – fiction, poetry, songs, anything – PLEASE send us your work. Email saying “Here’s my new piece, you have permission to podcast it”.  I spend tens of hours finding writings and contacting authors to ask for permission. If you send us your work the 2 minutes you spend would save us hours!
  2. If you are aware of a forum thread that has something in it that may be news worthy, shoot me a link! Email me, PM me, send it via contact form, facebook me – OR just put it in our new Shoutout!     Shout out! – Echoes from the Cavern
  3. Interested in doing voice acting? We keep a list and check it.. a lot! Each time we have a new project that needs voice actors it is our go-to. Let us know if you want to be on it.. The larger our list the less time we have to spend trying to recruit people.
  4. Have something YOU want to record or are recording? An advertisement? Your own fan fiction? We will podcast your mp3 for you and Avatars Radio would have the option of playing it also. We are willing to help podcast your work, not just our own.

This is one of the best communities I have ever worked with and for that reason we want to help! By you initiating contact we are able to do that more efficiently and faster so please.. don’t hesitate to bug us!

The pod-casting is growing all the time over here at Echoes from the Caverns and here are some of the more recent spotlights!

  • Lord Baldrith is now doing the weekly news cast talk show style with Asclepius.
  • We have added the format that includes guests to the show.
  • We are doing a HUGE piece that’s been being worked on for a couple of months that is starting to see some light at the end of the tunnel to being completed, using multiple voice actors. We are talking about many other pieces like that to do in the future.
  • With the Scribe council being formed more and more authors are putting out work and letting us podcast them.
  • Asclepius is now also doing solo fan-fiction pieces, narration, and and posting! and even some website updates for me.
  • much, much more!

As always, thank you! You have made us what we are!

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