A pharmacist, an apothecary, a teacher, and more! It's The Scholar!
Run Time: 101:36
Everyone should go to Adam's Halloween party. Except Christopher.
There are a lot of rabbit trails in today's episode, but that's mostly because The Scholar's story does a fair bit of wandering. Also, it features some depressing bits, so we wander to keep from getting too down.
Fastest transition to the Questions section ever! We end the Overview segment only 8 minutes in!
At the 11 minute mark, we field a Powerhound question about us messing up published issue numbers again. And! To be fair! We did mess it up. *sad trombone sound* But not entirely! That's worth something, right? Right? Look, we give a slight hint about a Sentinel Comics RPG Starter Kit as a result, so hopefully that makes up for it.
Finally, right around 25 minutes in, we get into the proper tale of The Scholar's backstory. His way-back-story, really. Buckle up!
Just after 34 minutes in, Adam claims that a "soda" is a "tincture". It is not. Oh well. You don't listen to this podcast for medical advice/terminology, do you? Gosh, I hope not.
We finally get back to your questions at the 47 minute mark. Whew! Longest answer ever! Over 20 minutes?! What were we thinking?!
Right after 50 minutes in, we reveal the true origins of the thing that became The Scholar's Philosopher's Stone. Ominous!
Just before the 66 minute mark, we drop the biggest lie of all! Please don't think we were being serious! We definitely weren't!
Right after that, we get into another big story - another progression of The Scholar's story. Bit by bit, we'll get through this whole thing!
A little after 76 minutes in, we get back into the topic of Progeny's head flying through space. Cool: y/n? You decide!
The question we get an hour and a half in reveals a bit of story involving The Scholar, Guise, and even OblivAeon! This is a big story that we don't fully explain... got questions? Sure you do! Ask them here before Friday, October 20th and we'll follow-up in the next episode!
See you next week!
Like last week, another character with wings and a sword! Unlike last week, this one's a villain!
Run Time: 108:51
Much like the Fanatic episode, we recommend not listening to more than the first 5 minutes of this episode if knowing the truth of Fanatic and Apostate would ruin the characters for you. We do brief overview type stuff before getting into the dark truths of Apostate, but after that, all bets are off. Next week, we'll get away from all this stuff and dig into a character who has had his hands in more of the Multiverse than you might assume!
Around 9 minutes in, we accidentally do a preview of what the episode on Biomancer will sound like. I'm so sorry.
Just after the 24 minute mark, we learn that Adam doesn't care for Christopher's singing. Jerk.
49 minutes in, we get to your questions!
A bit after the 90 minute mark, Christopher attempts to craft an analogy using gelatin. It goes poorly. Everyone ends up the worse for it.
Lots of great info in this episode - we hope it further explains what's going on with Apostate, Fanatic, and [redacted].
Join us next week for The Scholar! Get your questions in now!
It's everyone's favorite avenging angel!
Run Time: 86:49
This is a big one, folks. Not a super long one, but a big one, nonetheless.
The first sixteen minutes of the podcast are focused on covering who Fanatic is, how she grew up, how her powers manifested, and a couple of her early notable stories. Then, we give a notable disclaimer that I'm going to reiterate here: if knowing the nitty-gritty truth of Fanatic would in some way ruin the character for you, stop listening after the 16 minute mark. Just call it a day and pick up with another episode. Probably not next week, as that's Apostate, so we'll be going even deeper into divine spoilers territory, but the week after that is The Scholar and then Guise after that, so those are fair game. Anyway, point is, you have to decide for yourself if you want to know Fanatic's truth better than she does, or if you want to keep living by faith alone. Up to you.
I'm keeping the show notes pretty brief today, so as to not put any spoilers in the text for folks that are choosing to skip the rest of the episode.
About half an hour in, we start talking about blood magic and vampires, and end up covering a bit of Court of Blood business as well. Bonus info in this already info-filled episode!
We get into your questions at the 36 minute mark. Lots of great questions this episode! We do our best to not let you down with our answers.
If you have questions about Apostate or The Host, get them in now! We're looking forward to answering them when we record on Friday!
It's the first ever Editor's Note! This is where we fill in the corners and answer any lingering questions.
Run Time: 49:15
Topics of today's Editor's Note:
With the posting of this Editor's Note, you have under 24 hours to get in your Fanatic questions! Not to worry, though, we already have well over a hundred Fanatic questions received so far...
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!