Tales from the Aletheian Society

Tales from the Aletheian Society is a serialised comedy-horror audio drama about the misadventures of a society of Victorian occultists.

And we're back!

It's been a quiet couple of months at the Aletheian Society. It's LARP season, which always gets in the way of productivity, and the team have been working on a few other projects of their own. Jude and Chris both have short stories coming out in a variety of anthologies, including the wonderful Haunted Voices Anthology of Scottish Gothic Storytelling (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/hauntedvoices/haunted-voices). Meanwhile, Stoo's been working on his splendid new tabletop RPG  Aegean (http://www.aegeanrpg.com/), as well as the rewards for our Season 3 kickstarter.

Suddenly, though, it's time for Season 3! The episodes are coming together nicely, and we're seeing a real difference in the sound quality as a result of our proper studio recording. We've got a mini documentary about the making of Season 3 to release, and we're presently writing the scripts for our upcoming live show for Tabletop Scotland (https://tabletopscotland.co.uk/). And if that wasn't enough, we've finalised the lineup for our anthology of short stories set in the world of the Aletheian Society, and it's looking pretty damn exciting. We'll be sharing a little bit more about our authors and their stories over the coming weeks, and as always our lovely Patreons will be the first to know!

Jude

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Season Three Teaser Trailer: Objects in Motion

Some of the Society’s darkest secrets are about to come to light, with disastrous consequences for the rules of time and space.  Will the residents of Hunter House be able to avoid being dragged into yet another awful, sanity-shredding mystery, or…-  no, who are we kidding?  They’re definitely going to get dragged in, like it or not!

Enjoy the new teaser for Tales from the Aletheian Society, Season Three: Fearful Symmetries!

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A Weighty Matter

It has been drawn to my attention that perhaps, just perhaps, there are quite a lot of fat jokes in our show - specifically, mainly aimed at Cadwallader.  Now I feel that before we begin I should probably set the record straight.  

  1. The vast majority of these insults are written by me
  2. I am probably the most overweight member of the cast (certainly by height)
  3. I voice Cadwallader
  4. Cadwallader is supremely self-confident in his body image, and simply shrugs off such insults.

Ergo, I can assure you that neither during recording nor in the reality of the show does anyone suffer from these barbs.  Neither is this a case of me being a “self-hating fat person”.  I think honestly I just enjoy self-deprecating humour, and while I certainly have been bullied and made to feel miserable about weight when I was younger, to me this is more about showing that these words can’t really hurt me any more.  Horrible as he is, Cadwallader’s more the person I would have wished I was back then - no fucks given!

But, I can see the argument that the dear listener isn’t to know my inner thoughts on the subject, and could easily construe it as us merely punching downwards.  To those so offended I say, keep a close eye (ear) on Season 3 as it unfolds - matters behind Cadwallader’s weight may not be all that they seem...

Chris Edwards

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Recording is done!

Over the last two weeks, we spent two full days studio recording the third series of Tales. Our best guess was that we'd need two full days recording to get the six episodes done, maybe with a bit of time for minisodes. As it happens, that was a massive overestimate, and we finished Episode Six last Sunday, leaving us with ten hours of studio time paid for and not a lot to do with it...

Never defeated, we put the time to good use. This week Jude and Chris have been hard at work writing and we're pleased to let you know that we've now recorded the audio messages for our backers at the relevant level, AND all three of the promised stretch goal minisodes - 'Gillespie's Christmas Carol', 'Mortifying Curiosity' and 'Banj-o-Shanter', all of which will be going out to our Patreon and Kickstarter supporters as soon as they're ready. We even managed to squeeze in an extra one, "Pro Patria Mori", which puts Arthur in a difficult situation...

But we STILL had extra time. 

It's a sort of open secret that we've been working on another project for a while, and we had three episodes of a planned six installment season sitting written. Chris managed to magic up another one, so we recorded them as well. We're not going to let on what it's about just yet, but you'll hear more about it soon, and we hope you enjoy it once it's ready.

So, it's over to Stoo now to work his magic, and we hope you're as excited as we are to see what comes next!

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New illuminate discovered: Julia Mary Brazell

Miss Brazell was the librarian of the Society’s Llandudno chapter, which was established in 1848 to oversee the expansion of the town.  This construction work allowed the Society cover to clandestinely search for the remnants of a malignant pre-human civilisation buried in the vicinity.  It was Miss Brazell’s job to  study and catalogue the strange artefacts that were recovered, before shipping them off for either storage or destruction.

Apart from her duties in the library, Miss Brazell was also an active field agent, and her encyclopedic knowledge of the occult led to the swift and successful resolution of the “Queen Victoria’s Goats” incident.  Given the dangerous nature of the information under her care, Brazell was disinclined to let chapter-mates simply browse the collection, and had a fearsome reputation for refusing what she felt were frivolous requests for records.

By the time of her disappearance in 1865 Miss Brazell was at odds with Chapter-Master Felton, and had begun to live the life of a virtual recluse, seldom leaving her library for any length of time.  According to the reports of her Chapter-mates of the time, during an argument with Felton, she simply dissolved into a shower of paper and dissipated into the library’s collection.

Since that day it has been not uncommon for her spirit to manifest in the library as tutting or shushing noises when anyone makes too much noise, or the sudden closing of books if she feels that they are too dangerous for browsing.

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