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Carrots and Suffering: A D&D Odyssey

A real play D&D 5th edition podcast by 4 friends from Portland Oregon

The ancient kingdom of Fenrir, blessed with prosperity from the queen of fairy for a millennia, has fallen. The once bountiful forests are teeming now with thorns and monsters. Each prick of the brambles' poison turns man into beast, one drop at a time. For over a lifetime now, the kingdom has struggled to remain alive under constant siege from without and from within. Three little maidens from finishing school, trained in the arts of dinner etiquette, with a touch of magic and steel, gather their wits and step into the cutthroat world of adulthood. Join Sylpha Lunari, the bookish but courtly wizard with moth-like features; Sable Mirkwood, the young and naive druid whose very touch sickens like the flesh of a poison frog; and Jaelen, the trained but idealistic assassin, whose skin shifts like the chameleon with her every emotion. Tag along with our heroes as they enter a world of intrigue, adventure, and magic. Can they change the world they inherited, or will it change them?

Notes: All the curse words; English language; Medium level of mechanical adherence; Once or twice a month posting.

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Carrots and Suffering: A D&D Odyssey

A real play D&D 5th edition podcast by 4 friends from Portland Oregon

The ancient kingdom of Fenrir, blessed with prosperity from the queen of fairy for a millennia, has fallen. The once bountiful forests are teeming now with thorns and monsters. Each prick of the brambles' poison turns man into beast, one drop at a time. For over a lifetime now, the kingdom has struggled to remain alive under constant siege from without and from within. Three little maidens from finishing school, trained in the arts of dinner etiquette, with a touch of magic and steel, gather their wits and step into the cutthroat world of adulthood. Join Sylpha Lunari, the bookish but courtly wizard with moth-like features; Sable Mirkwood, the young and naive druid whose very touch sickens like the flesh of a poison frog; and Jaelen, the trained but idealistic assassin, whose skin shifts like the chameleon with her every emotion. Tag along with our heroes as they enter a world of intrigue, adventure, and magic. Can they change the world they inherited, or will it change them?

Notes: All the curse words; English language; Medium level of mechanical adherence; Once or twice a month posting.

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
6 Ratings

6 Ratings

Hypolita18 ,

Loving these Carrots and Suffering

Witty podcast with a great balance of story, role playing, and humor. Smart editing keeps things moving without loosing a sense of the characters or players. Finally, Nate as the DM does a masterful job voicing the NPCs and layering detail.

Geekrampage ,

Excellent story reminiscent of a YA novel

This podcast is a gem! The episodes are nice and short (about an hour each) which is much better than most 3+ hour gaming podcasts out there! Nate Shehorn's voice is a joy to listen to. Sandra Elliott, Mandy Stigant, and Julie Wnuk are fantastic role-players. They give each character a distinct personality. Their characters actually act like teenage girls. It's not your typical D&D party.

I would describe this story as Harry Potter meets the new She-Ra TV series by way of a YA novel series. There's teenage drama, there's house intrigue, there's lying and schemes and investigation and a hint of mystery.

I don't think I've ever encountered a D&D game with a girl's night sleepover (complete with makeover) followed by tense non-violent confrontation with bullies/rivals (possibly my favorite scene!). Kudos to Nate and the Best Friends Team for thinking on your feet (both players and DM) and turning what was probably supposed to be a combat encounter into something right out of a YA novel/movie.

Also, bravo on excellent editing! All the useless side banter and chatter is removed. I don't know how much of that is good editing and how much is attentive respectful and engaged players, but it's great!

Wucrc2014 ,

Two thumbs up!

I was on a quest for local (PDX-based) D&D podcasts when I serendipitously stumbled across this gem. Tight storytelling, great characterization, and an intriguing mystery based plot in an original world make this a winning combination.

Three young women are coming of age in an enchanted kingdom where cursed thorns keep the community in isolation. As they develop their own professions and skills they begin to unravel the mysteries of the thorns. I find the setting and situation a clever way to introduce level one characters with challenges that feel appropriate to their abilities.