A Winter Solstice Gift

Jasper loved the longest night of the year. To anyone else, it would look like he and his dad were just sharing a simple meal and swapping stories in the makeshift kitchen. What only they knew was that on the Winter Solstice, Eric and Jasper could finally get to share some holiday cheer with their extended family. Sif and Thor would bring fresh- baked bread, and warm hugs that smelled of rising yeast. Jasper’s mother, Skuld , and his aunts, Urd and Verdani, would bring mead from Odin’s vaults, and they’d all be careful how they told stories, so as not to spoil any surprises.  Ratatoskr would bring crunchy nuts from all over the Nine Worlds. Jarnsaxa would bring a carved roast, but she’d never say what species it had been, or how it was acquired. Loki brought brennevin and promised to be on his best behavior, but he’d have to leave early to visit his children. All would laugh and sing by the fire, and Heimdall would keep the bridge open for as long as they needed it.

Jasper’s favorite part of the Winter Solstice was when he and Jarnsaxa would sneak out to the most remote point of the island, where no light from the docks or the wind farm would reach. He’d nestle in her shoulder, and she’d point out the constellations. She explained that this is how navigation began, how to use those sky-borne pathways to find the connections to the rest of Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and the Americas. She said  they were never lost as long as they could look up.

“Remember, when it’s darkest, this is when good things shine the brightest.”

A Jotun giantess shows a child the constellations, on the darkest night of the year.
Illustration by Matthew Lichtenwalner. Visit him at http://www.dragonbones.net.

We have a gift for you. You’ve been good to us. You deserve it. Here’s almost half an hour of Jarnsaxa Rising’s behind the scenes moments, bits of our creative process, moments that had to be cut for time (what other treasures were in Mr. Wallace’s trophy case?) , and moments of giddy hilarity. Vince said that he hopes that this is as much silly fun as the blooper reel at the end of a 1970s-era Burt Reynolds movie.

Listen to Behind The Scenes of Jarnsaxa Rising, Season II, at Libsyn or wherever you enjoy listening to podcasts now! 

Let us know what you think. We hope to hear from you. Whatever holidays you celebrate, enjoy, and may your new year be bright.

Episode 8: Charged and Grounded

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Illustration by Matt Lichtenwalner.

Jarnsaxa’s final battle with Balder and Thor forces her to abandon her usual tactics. Using Nikea’s flash drive, she explodes the witch bottle, attacking the corporation in a sonic storm. Thor takes her to Yggdrasil. Reunited with Eric, she must make hard choices about the future for her own children, and Eric’s.

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Episode 7: The Flow Of Current

1024px-Dendera03Despite Sif’s new wisdom and Eric’s new insight about his relationships, Thor obstructs their mission. Loki uses his experience as the mother of Slepnir to gain Skuld’s trust. Eric uses 21st-century tools to stop Thor, and Sif invokes Jarnsaxa. The Interviewer remembers who she is. Heimdall is caught between Sif’s determination and Thor’s stubborness, and must carve his own path without the Aesir. Ratatoskr returns with intelligence from another world.

Special thanks to Tom Boutell for his understanding of .png files, and to Mark Edmundson for his understanding of ancient electricity.

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Episode 6: Conductivity

lighteningstrike1Season 2, Episode 6: Urd, Sif and Eric connect the pattern between the destruction of Jotunheim, the other Norns’ disappearance, and Jarnsaxa’s mission in Midgard.  Jarnsaxa experiences a new side of Balder, and must protect her witch bottle. Loki and Skuld discover the truth about Jasper and Balder, and Loki sets out on a path of destruction.

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Episode 5: Is This Really You?

A red squirrel sits on a tree branch, looking somewhat mischievous.
Red Squirrel by hedera.baltica, Wroclaw, Poland.

Season 2, Episode 5: Ratatoskr warns Sif and Eric that something is wrong at Urd’s Well. Jarnsaxa finds that Mr. Wallace has been collecting some mysterious trophies, and recognizes him for who he really is. Heimdall and Thor strain their relationship and mission with threats and deception. Loki makes Stephanie discover her true voice and identity.

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Episode 4: Is It A Trap?

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Wilhelm Wagner, Heimdallr desires Iðunn’s return from the underworld,1881.

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Jarnsaxa brings Nikea’s viral weapon back to the Hei Shui corporation, but must continue posing as Agent Bachman and develop diplomatic skills, when The Interviewer gives her a risky invitation. Loki finds Jasper, and lands in the tightest vise he can imagine: the role of a devoted father. Eric and Sif go to Hel, find the trapped Scandia Energy workers from Sottunga, and Agent Bachman adds to the greater mystery. What could Hel want from Sif? Why are the voices of Stephanie, The Interviewer and SoloMom so compelling to Loki and Jarnsaxa?

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Episode 3: Take My Hand

Episode 3 of Season 2 is ready for you now!

Transcripts of Episodes 1-3 are available via Google Drive, here.

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Photo by Alfred T. Palmer. Public Domain.

Jarnsaxa escapes the Hei Shui Corporation and finds a world more harsh than she expected. She meets Nikea and Rocola, learns what humans really can be, and is given an unusual weapon. Sif and Eric escape to the unknown, and Heimdall shows Thor how disastrous his mission to find Jarnsaxa could be.

This episode uses binaural audio in some scenes.

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