Avast, ye mangy bilge-rats! It's about time for some temporal piracy!
Run Time: 119:15
Managed to keep this one just barely under 2 hours! Sorry about last week!
We start by announcing that Interludes are dead - long live Editor's Notes! They will be about the same, but we'll no longer do Thursday episodes with in-depth story content, such as the Slaughterhouse Six Interlude.
As promised a bit after five minutes in, here's the chart we drew up about Maria Helena's appearances in time:
For those who cannot read my handwriting (and, let's be honest, I can barely read it), down the left side of the image are the various stages of Maria Helena:
Then, there are 9 points in time listed (with red words) along the timeline (the blue line). Those red labels, from left to right are:
This chart will only be somewhat helpful without listening to the episode itself.
Many apologies for the confusing nature of time travel. Fortunately, we're following her story from her point of view today, so that should make it a bit easier. Maybe!
Also, in this episode, we reveal a comic book series that has always been a part of Sentinel Comics, though not used in quotes on cards in Sentinels of the Multiverse, due to being non-canonincal. That book is called Disparation. It plays an important role in this episode.
Around the 48 minute mark, Adam succinctly sums up how La Comodora combines all Hakas into two Hakas, as discussed in the Haka episode. Here's another version of Adam explaining that event:
Worth a thousand words, right?
This episode is pretty evenly split between overview and questions. We get into the Q&A portion pretty close to the halfway point, around 51 minutes in.
Lots of time travel shenanigans in the questions, and some pirate voices as well.
Just after 71 minutes in, we get new limericks from the challenger, Arcanist Lepus!
Around the 88 minute mark, we get a question about Chiquito that ends up leading to actual explanation of how La Paradoja Magnifica works. Spoilers: it has nothing to do with anyone eating a strange alien monkey creature.
We get a question 97 minutes in that result in us telling the story of the Black Spot variant of La Comodora. Void incursions abound!
At around an hour and 51 minutes in, we get a suspicious question about a bunch of alternate reality characters seen in one of La Capitan's deck, and we talk a bit about each of those heroes and where they come from.
And then we're done! Possibly the shortest future section ever in today's episode.
See you Thursday for the first ever Editor's Note!
Let's talk about the Southwest Sentinels! And then Void Guard!
Run Time: 198:12
This is our longest and strangest episode ever. By far. In a lot of ways. Our fault for doing an episode about four different characters covering two teams. Also, no interlude this Thursday - we packed everything into this one episode.
Knowing that this episode would go long, right off the bat, we ask Trevor to get aggressive with the edits. And yet, still, this episode is so many hours long. What happened? Oh geeze. We're sorry?
So, we mention in the first few minutes that last week we had a huge spike of new listeners on Wednesday. That Wednesday was our highest download day of all time. What?! Why? If you're a new listener who joined us last Wednesday, let us know where you came from, please! Tweet at us here, or e-mail us at email@example.com. Let us know what brought you to The Letters Page! We're excited to have all you fantastic listeners, old and new alike!
Then we start going blow by blow through the pages of the Southwest Sentinels comic books.
After the 27 minute mark (once we're into the second issue of Southwest Sentinels), we talk about a character named Night Snake. Here's the sketch (as promised around 28:30) of that character who never made it into the canon of Sentinels of the Multiverse, even though he was a part of Sentinel Comics.
And then, we're on to Southwest Sentinels #3!
At 45 minutes in, we do a bit of foreshadowing for the power origin description that we don't actually get to until the question section MUCH later. (Like, over an hour later.)
Just after 70 minutes in, we end the Southwest Sentinels book, do a bit of transition story, and then start up the Void Guard book. It's not enough that we're doing an episode about four different heroes, we're also talking about two different hero teams!
We finally begin the Q&A portion of the podcast after an hour and a half into the show. And we have a TON of great questions. Buckle up, everyone!
97 minutes in, we finally begin actually explaining the origins of the powers of Doctor Medico and Mainstay, and how that origin connects to what else is happening in the pages of Sentinel Comics. This is a big reveal that has additional ramifications as Sentinel Comics moves forward into the future.
Then, around the 110 minute mark, we dig into the real story behind The Idealist! Finally! In retrospect, it shouldn't have surprised us that this episode ended up over three hours long, given how much we're covering here, and how many big reveals there are. But still. Whoof.
So many questions about so many things!
Around the 175 minute mark, we promise to show off Writhe being creepy. So, here you go!
Finally, after 190 minutes of episode, we get into the future section and talk a bit about what the futures could hold for Void Guard.
Whew! That was a long episode! Did you make it through the whole thing? We barely did!
Get your questions about La Capitan / La Comodora in now!
Ansel G. Moreau is a famous movie star! He does his own stunts!
Run Time: 123:04
Shockingly, this is the longest episode we've ever done! Man, that Ansel G. Moreau really loves to steal the scene.
We apologize right off the bat for the quality and quantity of bad French accents in today's episode. We're so, so sorry.
After the Ambuscade story stuff in the first 25 minutes, we get into a fun Mainstay and Ansel story that both Adam and Christopher end up having too much fun with on the air. It takes almost as much time as everything else that leads up to just that one story.
40 minutes in, we get into spoilers for OblivAeon territory, but we're just spilling the beans now! Have we spoiled that info before? We don't know... but we're doing it anyway! This episode is full of ups and downs.
Then, we get right into your questions! Of which there are many!
In the Q&A portion, we talk a lot more about Ansel G. Moreau's film career, his connection to RevoCorp, and indulge in a decent amount of listener-meta-silliness. All told, a fine time.
When we get into the future section, we spill some spoilers, but don't really tag them. Just putting the future story stuff right out there! If you want to avoid RPG spoilers, maybe skip from 117:45 to 119:35.
See you in a couple days for the Slaughterhouse Six interlude!
Our big friendly fighting friend... it's Haka!
Run Time: 102:01
We get right into it on this one, as we've got a lot to talk about. Within the first few minutes, we're already into the backstory of Aata Wakawarewa!
As a result of us digging right in, we manage to get through the Haka overview, from backstory to OblivAeon, in 25 minutes! On to your questions!
We had a lot of fun in the Questions section, because we got so many great questions! Haka has a lot of great stories, and we're happy to recount them.
Shortly after the 75 minute mark, we have our first call out of the episode to any of the strange meta-question nonsense things that goes on in these episodes. And shortly after that, we dive right into the nonsense.
After that dip into silliness, things start getting a bit more serious, and the questions and answers after the 80 minute mark start a turn for the worse.
Around 88 minutes in, we read a question that leads to the answer of "how the heck is Haka doing what he does?" We go into the complete answer here, but we intentionally leave out who is behind all this. We will reveal who that is... soon.
At the 95:30 mark, we begin a Spoilers section! Don't listen if you don't want spoilers for the end/branching point of the Haka stories! You can safely begin listening again at 98:45.
Next week, we'll be releasing both an episode AND an interlude! The episode is all about Ansel G. Moreau, AKA Ambuscade AKA Stuntman, and the interlude will be about the Slaughterhouse Six! We're recording that episode and interlude on Friday, so make sure you get your questions in by the end of day this coming Thursday, September 7th.
We are still exhausted from Gen Con, but let's talk about how that show went!
Run Time: 39:44
Christopher and Adam spend the first 7 minutes of the show just talking about how Gen Con went, especially the Letters Page Live panel. Spoilers: it went REALLY well.
Just before the 5 minute mark, Christopher forgets the name of the musical instrument he played at the Letters Page Live panel. It's the melodica, dummy.
The bulk of this interlude is getting to the questions that we brought to Gen Con to answer live, which are mostly general questions about both the world of Sentinel Comics and even this show.
Shortly after the 10 minute mark, we have a question for our producer Trevor! We had intended on asking this question live when Trevor was there in the room with us, but instead, he was kind enough to record an answer separately. But we cannot allow him to release all of our secrets!
On to the schedule of upcoming episodes!
So much thrilling content on the way! And look at all those interludes!
As we mention in this interlude, we've already recorded the Haka episode, as Christopher is currently in Seattle for PAX Dev and PAX West, but all the other episodes on the schedule need your questions! Send us your questions!
Want to hear what happened at Gen Con 2017? Here's your chance!
We had a blast at our first live episode of The Letters Page! We couldn't have asked for a better audience. So many fun things! Also, if you'd rather see what happened in this Letters Page Live episode, check out this video!
Besides the entire gang of Adam, Christopher, Trevor, and even Paul, we also were graced by the presence of Christopher's brother Anthony, who wrote and performed the "Christopher and Adam reading letters to you" song. Anthony added a lot to this live episode.
Now, on to the few actual show notes for this episode!
Run Time: 118:33
First thing first! As Trevor mentions in the intro to the episode, there are a lot of spoilers. We're not going to tag them all individually. Just know that wading into this episode means getting into SPOILERS territory!
Next, you'll notice that Christopher's voice sounds more awful than usual. He used it up by the end of the first day of Gen Con. What you hear is all he has left. But he still somehow made it through the entire two hour episode, more or less.
About four minutes in, Christopher lays some ground rules. These apply to all Letters Page questions ever, actually!
1. We don't have favorite heroes or villains. Stop asking.
2. Try to avoid bringing up other properties. We're here to talk about the world of Sentinel Comics. Not other comic book characters.
3. No swearing, please. At least, do your best.
These rules all apply to us as well, and we do our best to not break them.
I'm going to put notes here whenever Anthony plays a song, in case you want to navigate straight to the music bits. The first one starts at 8:12.
After that, Christopher, Adam, and Anthony talk about the "history" of the song. Mostly because we were all so blown away by everyone at the panel singing along. Even the high parts.
And then we actually start getting into questions, reading a couple of questions that we printed out in advance for the panel, just to get things rolling.
Another musical interlude! This one starts at 18:10.
And then we got into questions from people at the panel. The line of people asking questions was... notably long.
The second person in the line was dressed as Spite. Which was very creepy! But then he turned out to be LevelUpLeo! (We've been pronouncing his last name wrong this whole time! Now we know better.)
We recorded this episode on Saturday afternoon. That morning, we'd held a costume contest, so there were lots of folks at this panel in brilliant and creative costumes straight out of the pages of Sentinel Comics. It was wonderful.
Another song from Anthony at 44:41. Followed by Anthony's story of what inspired that song.
Then, we go back to reading a few of the letters that we printed out in advance, just to break things up a bit!
And then we sort of spill a pile of beans about OblivAeon story stuff that we've apparently never talked about publicly before? So, that's good. Enjoy!
Another Anthony song at 58:12.
This leads into more questions from the audience. Lots more great questions!
Oh, also some more huge spoiler reveals. A notably one right after the 70 minute mark. Probably not a big deal. *innocent whistle*
Around 81 minutes in, Argent Adept gives us a "Damage -1" token. Then, Citizen Dawn begins laughing ominously in the background.
95 minutes into the episode, Guise makes his appearance. He's exhausting.
As a result of that, starting around the 97 minute mark, Christopher loses it and reveals the secret behind where all of Sentinel Comics comes from. It's not pretty.
Then! A bit after 99 minutes in, Christopher and Adam disagree on the air! Don't worry - they work it out.
One of our favorite things that happened in this panel is that we drop a spoiler for our future plans at 109:50ish, but no one really seemed to pick up on it. Wonder what we meant by that... Probably nothing important! Right?
The final musical interlude from Anthony occurs at 112:30, though this is not the final song of the episode!
After that, just a bit of closing words. We're entirely overwhelmed by how great our listeners are, and how wonderful the Sentinel Comics community is. Seriously, you people are amazing.
We close the episode with another "Christopher and Adam" singalong.
Goodnight and good luck.
Corporate shenanigans! Ready to meet the CEO and more? It's time to talk about RevoCorp!
Run Time: 90:18
We dig pretty deep into untold tales and history to reveal the RevoCorp story. This is all stuff that happens on the sidelines (for the most part) of the Multiverse, but we'll cover how it ends up impacting the world of Sentinel Comics.
The Q&A section features people questioning our lies. It's good to see that we're getting that message through.
Also, last week's question in the Spoilers section was from Matchstickman. Sorry for making that clear in that episode! We hope that Matchstickman can forgive us. And also forgive us for what Adam does in this episode.
Sorry for the brief show notes today - we just got back from Gen Con yesterday and are still recovering.
Speaking of Gen Con, next Tuesday's episode will be the recording of the First Annual Gen Con Live! The Thursday after that, we'll release a "Gen Con Retrospective" interlude. And then back to the regularly scheduled hero and villain episodes next month, starting with Haka!
Time travel and psychic shenanigans! The many forms of Vanessa Long!
Run Time: 105:49
We deal with multiple realities - and multiple Vanessa Longs (Vanessas Long?) in the first ten minutes, so buckle up!
Brief show notes today, because: Gen Con!
So, we promised a link to the Lazer Ryders Soundtrack in the show notes. Here it is on Spotify. It's also available on Bandcamp. Not sure if there's a better place to get it, but those are both pretty legit! Also, for a sample, check out the song Trevor chose for our episode-ending music.
The questions segment has a bunch of nonsense about Biomancer's creations, the Cult of Gloom, and even the kingdom of Cooltopia? I don't know what's happening with our own podcast these days.
In the future section, we have two spoiler sections. The last bit of the Sentinel Tactics future is spoilers (from 95:30 to 96:35), and the entire Sentinel Comics RPG timeline segment is also spoilers. (from 97:09 to 99:20).
As mentioned, we're already at Gen Con! If you'll be at Gen Con on Saturday, come crash our Letters Page Live recording panel on Saturday!
Also, because we're in Indianapolis and away from our office all this week, we've already recorded the RevoCorp/Benchmark episode! It's too late for your questions! While we're gone, if you want to ask questions for upcoming episodes, I'll leave you with this hint: we have just begun to cover the Prime Wardens and their nemeses...
Akash'Bhuta, Akash'Thriya, and more!
Run Time: 118:27
This show covers more time than any other episode. It's also one of our longest episodes! Appropriate.
Around 5:40, we posit that this episode won't be longer than the Argent Adept episode. We were wrong. But just barely! Still, we shouldn't have been surprised.
It takes us about half an hour to go through the first couple hundred million years. Then, we start slowing down, only covering thousands or even hundreds of years at a time. Bear with us! We eventually get more into the blow-by-blow stuff that happens in the pages of Sentinel Comics.
At the beginning of the question section - around 45 minutes in - we clear up a thing that we straight up did wrong. We have officially said before the Akash'Bhuta's first appearance was in Prime Wardens #1. There is no way that's correct. Her first appearance was in Virtuoso of the Void #12, and we even know that! We were shocked to look back at what we'd released publicly. We just wrote down the wrong first appearance. We're very sorry.
On to the rest of the fantastic questions! So much to unpack!
A few fishy things happen in the other questions. Another letter from the Cult of Gloom, Princess Cool asserts that she's the original, and we're pretty sure that Biomancer is up to something...
In the future section, we first go over when the timeline split occurs in the Akash story. Then we talk about the rough stuff going on in the Sentinel Tactics timeline.
For the Sentinel Comics RPG timeline, we have to use the SPOILERS tag. From 107:00 to 114:22 so that we can talk about [redacted] and [redacted]. We also take one more question! Enjoy!
As we mention at the end of the episode, we're recording on Thursday this week, and we're actually recording TWO episodes on that day, due to Gen Con. So! Get your Visionary and RevoCorp questions in by early Thursday morning at the latest! Anything after that won't make the cut!
Looking forward to seeing some of you next week at Gen Con!