In today's episode of To Winter's End, we build the world. Our heroes talk about the world as they know it, filling it with cool places to see, people to meet, and problems to solve. Like all character creation episodes, this one is technically optional, but we will be referencing the world we made in this episode a lot going forward.

As this is a map-building episode, there is also a video version available by clicking here. I highly recommend watching the video, but listening with the full map open should also work fine.

You can find the full map by clicking here.

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Once again, Reckless Abandon overshadows logic as Apafi entrusts dire matters of the tower to them. The crew sets off on what they consider heroic deeds as they fix the wrongs of this strange, twisted tower.

Facing traps with no saving rolls, enemies with high defenses, a DM with no time to waste, even natural 20's suddenly becoming useless, this arc of LPD&D truly lives up to its name... Wait, this isn't the Tomb of Horrors?

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Now that they've arrived in Shorestone and scouted the place out, the East Patrol finds they have a lot of work to do, and not a lot of time to do it. As the sun begins to set on the camp of refugees, our heroes make some preparations for the job ahead of them.

Francisca is played by Riley. Marx is played by Gnome. Tander is played by Drakkel. And our Games Mouse is Grant.

Music performed by Thylacinus. Today's episode was edited by Gnome.

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There is a lot to talk about.

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Zeke's past has caught up to him, and he's determined not to let it catch up to anyone else. As determined as he is to leave the patrol, others are equally determined to see him stay. How strong do the bonds of friendship hold?

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Last season's crew of Tander, Francisca, and Marx has reunited once more, with another mission for the newly-forming town of Wildseed. With the wind blowing softly and the summer sun shining bright, East Patrol finds themselves on a lovely, leisurely trek to Shorestone to pick up some refugees.

Francisca is played by Riley. Marx is played by Gnome. Tander is played by Drakkel. And our Games Mouse is Grant

Music performed by Thylacinus. Today's episode was edited by Gnome

If you're listening to this episode today, Sept 2nd starting 10am Central, Grant will be part of a 24 hour Extra Life charity stream, happening right now! Hop on over to Gextra.life and check it out! You can come back to the mice later, they aren't going anywhere.

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Yuria and Pan learn what it means to be a hero.

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On their way to the next tower, our heroes come across the Elven capital of Llendora, and find it under attack from the largest ORC, B0L4. 

They have nothing they need here. Their next objective is far, far away. But in a move only most of them will regret, they intervene anyway.

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Friar Pan is played by Clove. Harbinger is played by Ikks. Poptart is played by Joey. Yuria is played by Riley. B0L4 is played by Gnome

This episode was edited by Gnome. This episode's art was drawn by Gnome.  

Most of the music in this episode was performed by Thylacinus. Llendora's Theme, Bola Speaks, and Bola Strikes were performed by Possibly, and were commissioned using funds from our patreon backers.

The introduction was an excerpt from Army Of Me by Bjork, and voiced by Grant.

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Summer has come to the Territories, and with the fresh start of the season comes one of the most important tasks of the Guard: delivering mail. Lily, Sable, Zeke, and Isolde stand together again, setting out to keep the territories well-connected and well-informed. Be it rain, snow, floods, ravens, or weasels, nothing will stand in the Guard's way to ensure their postal delivery!

Lily is played by Eliza. Sable is played by Arden. Isolde is played by Poor Weather. Zeke is played by Devious Vaccuum.

And our Games Mouse is Grant.

Music performed and scored by Thylacinus. Today's episode was edited by Riley.

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The quiet lumberjack village of Logdale rests in a simple pine forest valley. Poptart and Pan decide to pay them a visit, looking for the halfling Flapjack. But while they're gone, something wild attacks the Pumpkin Patch, with only Yuria there to stop it.

​Episode art is by Clove.

Friar Pan is played by Clove. Harbinger is played by Ikks. Poptart is played by Joey. Yuria is played by Riley. Aurorealis is played by Gnome.

This episode was edited by Gnome.

The music in this episode was performed by Thylacinus.

The introduction was an excerpt from Clear Blue Sky by Poets of the Fall, and voiced by Grant.

Ikks had to leave at the end of the previous episode, so Harbinger only appears at the end, in a bit we recorded later.

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As Spring comes to a close, both Patrols are still out and about as they complete their final missions for the season. North Patrol takes off to find Saxon which leads them into political intrigue, bandits, and talk of potatoes. In the meantime, South Patrol leads a mail run complete with a sabotaged cart and deal with the most difficult obstacle of the season: Sable's parents.

As Spring dies down, the days are longer and the sun shines brighter, ushering Summer into the Territories. The Guard is always prepared for anything, yet unknown to them an ominous wind blows from the west...

Francisca is played by Riley. Marx is played by Gnome. Tander is played by Drakkel. Lily is played by Eliza. Sable is played by Arden. Isolde is played by Poor Weather. Zeke is played by Devious Vaccuum. And our Games Mouse is Grant.

Music performed by Thylacinus. Today's episode was edited by Riley. 

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The Fellowship has escaped from the Blue Mountain, leaving their damage behind. But they didn't leave everything behind, as Pan discovers an extra passenger on the Pumpkin Patch, leaving everyone to try and figure out what to do with them.

Episode art is by Gnome. It contains spoilers for the back half of this episode.

The pog referenced at around the 33 minute mark is this, drawn by Clove.

Friar Pan is played by Clove. Harbinger is played by Ikks. Poptart is played by Joey. Yuria is played by Riley. Aurorealis is played by Gnome.

This episode was edited by Gnome.

The music in this episode was performed by Thylacinus.

The introduction was an excerpt from The Passenger by Digital Daggers, and voiced by Grant.

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The Spire

Returning guest Grant Howitt brings new guest Chris Taylor to play a session of their new game, The Spire. The Ministry of our Hidden Mistress sends Admiral Cranver Laurant (Chris Taylor), blood-drenched assassin Tears-the-Bone (Nadia), and hoslistic priestess Marchion (Grant) to investigate a small town where some of their number went missing. What secrets does Grist hold? Is this team's diversity an asset, or their undoing? How do you define "mission accomplished"?

The Spire is funding on kickstarter right now! You can find it here.

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