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Sep 3, 2021

“Mars, help me. Help me, Mars.” 

Betty Garimonde wasn’t dead. Mars could see the slight rise and fall of her chest as she breathed. Her body was so frail that when he lifted it, it felt as if all her substance were gone, and he was only lifting her skin and her bones. The light, not just sunlight, but even the light of the torches, seared her skin, so that Mars had to keep her covered from head to toe with a cloth. She looked even more so like a corpse when he did. Maybe she was close to being one. So there was nothing to lose now.


A massive ancient door lying beneath the desert, hidden by mazes and magic may lead to the salvation of one, or the destruction of many.

Genre: Horror, Mythology, Mystery

Tags: Betty, Dietrich, Garimonde, giants, Mars, Rosie


This episode contains a direct callback to a previous story about giants: “Giant’s Overlook.” There’s also another previous episode containing lore about giants: “Sword of the Giant Wizard.”


Story: “The Door Beneath the Desert” Copyright © 2017 by Nila L. Patel
Episode Art: “The Door Beneath the Desert” Copyright © 2017 by Sanjay Patel
Narration and Editing:  Nila L. Patel

Trip-Hop Lounge Abstract Background” by Digital Emotions (Intro/Outro)

Music by Andrea Baroni (Cyberleaf)*
“Forest Bathing (loop-intro)”
“Forest Bathing (loop)(68)”

Music by Nicholas Jeudy (Dark Fantasy Studio)*
“Trust me”
“Emblem (seamless)”
“Dark Secret”
“Demon at the door”

Music by Lee Rosevere
“Heat Haze”
“Awkward Silences (version b)”

Music by ROZKOL
“Ambient I-IV”

Music by Rafael Archangel
“So Cold”

Music by Komiku
“Dreaming of you”
“Frozen Jungle”

*These tracks were part of a music and sound effects bundles I purchased from Humble Bundle and sourced from GameDev Market.

Music by Andrea Baroni and Nicholas Jeudy is licensed from GameDev Market
Music by Rafael Archangel and Komiku is licensed under CC0 1.0 Universal License
Music by Lee Rosevere and ROZKOL is licensed under CC BY 4.0
Sound effects from AudioJungle and GameDevMarket

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Goofs: Oops, I mispronounced the word “banal.”  Is that banal of me?


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