Epic Theatre Ensemble presents Goddess, an 8-part audio fantasy about the Goddess of Clear Sight, Zarqa.
Zarqa was a Mesopotamian prophetess whose visions saved her people from certain doom. But when she told truths they did not like, they turned on her and crucified her as a witch.
When our series opens, Zarqa stands before Osiris, judge of the dead. Isis is so impressed with Zarqa’s bravery and character, she intervenes and promotes Zarqa to an immortal Goddess.
With her pet demon, Behemoth, Zarqa travels history, helping people see both themselves and others clearly. All along, she is pursued by the malevolent “crawling chaos,” Narlathotep. Where she goes, clearing people’s visions, he follows, clouding them again.
Part 8 "Narlathotep"
Moving even further back in history, Narlathotep now rules one of the first great civilizations as a God on Earth. He uses Behemoth to enforce his will through pure, unfettered fear. With the help of a powerful friend, Zarqa faces Narlathotep in one final battle.
Part 7 "Antigone"
Zarqa travels to Ancient Greece, to face Narlathotep again. But the ancient and evil god has bigger problems: an acerbic teenage girl with dreams of martyrdom.
Part 6 "God Anselem"
Murdered for his secret, Sir Anselem meets Zarqa in the afterlife, where she bestows him with a very special gift.
Part 5 "The Knight"
Zarqa lands in 13th century Europe, where she meets Sir Anselem, a brave knight harboring a secret he dare not speak.
Part 4 "The Enslaved"
Zarqa and Behemoth arrive in an 18th Century slave trading port. Zarqa convinces the port administrator to help an enslaved woman escape, while Narlathotep tries to claw the man back into ignorance. This time, Zarqa and Behemoth are prepared.
Part 3 "The Refugee"
Zarqa and Behemoth move back in time, and land aboard a ship in the 1940s. They befriend a refugee and help a sea captain see that the refugee is worth saving. Narlathotep pursues and Zarqa must take extreme measures.
Goddess is divine
Every episode is a journey; every story contains layers of meaning and symbolism, and I find myself wishing I could invoke Zarqa and Bohemoth into many current political situations.