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The planet was Earth. The time was fifty thousand years from now. Magic and witchcraft worked and the Old Science didn’t. Why this was so, nobody knew – it had always been that way during the long tyranny of the Empire of the East. During that same period there had always been little bands of rebels using fragments of white magic against the demonic armies. Rolf was the latest of these rebels – and he had on his side the mysterious power known as Ardneh.
When Rolf finally finds Ardneh, he learns of the Change through which Ardneh forced technology to be replaced by magic in this alternate Earth of a far distant future. The discovery of Ardneh’s origin, the climactic showdown of fifty millennia of cosmic contention, and Rolf’s part in it, combine to make a thrilling adventure that concludes the struggle between the Old Technology and the New Demonology.
Welcome to the Sanctum Secorum podcast. Tonight we discuss Fred Saberhagen’s novel Changeling Earth (aka Ardneh’s World) as well as Daniel J. Bishop’s adventure Silent Nightfall.
As always, we have new material to bring to the table based on this story. Below is a list, by category and author, of what has been added to the Dark Acquisitions page by the Keepers of Mysteries, based on this show. Further contributions from friends of the library will also be found there as they arrive.
Elemental Turning – Marc Bruner
The Blood-Drinking Box [part 2] – Clifford Morton
Gods of the Eternal Struggle
Orcus – Bob Brinkman
Demon Mount (Type II demon) – Marc Bruner
Elemental, Desert – Bob Brinkman
Elemental, Forest – Bob Brinkman
Door of Orcus – Jen Brinkman
Summon Elemental – Marc Bruner
Against the Atomic Overlord by Edgar Johnson
Demon Drums by Tim Callahan
The Infernal Crucible of Sezrekan the Mad by Harley Stroh
Jeweler who Dealt in Stardust by Harley Stroh
Jewels of the Carnifex by Harley Stroh
Peril on the Purple Planet by Harley Stroh
Silent Nightfall by Daniel J. Bishop
Through Ningauble’s Cave by Michael Curtis
The Waystation by David Przbyla
Silent Nightfall Fan Map by Claytonian
Ambient 4/On Land (album) by Brian Eno
Approaching Jupiter by Carl Palmquist
Epic Music by Auracle Music
Kaiser Wilhelm Siegesmarsch by Johann Gottfried Piefke
The Last Dance with the Ripper by Old Blood
March of Cambreadth by Heather Alexander
Radetzky March by Johann Strauss Sr.
Saurian Exorcisms (album) by Karl Sanders
Saurian Meditation (album) by Karl Sanders
Speed Metal War by Warfist
Black Steel Worship by Urn
War Music by farhankk360
Yorckscher Marsch by Ludwig van Beethoven
Road Crew Appearances
* M Nicksic @ Tacoma Games in Tacoma, WA (every Saturday)
* Troy Tucker @ The Magician’s Forge in North Port, FL (alternating Saturdays)
* Jeff Goad @ the Brooklyn Strategist in Brooklyn, NY
* Jeff Bernstein @ Games Plus in Mount Prospect, IL
* Sarah Brown @ Cullison’s Cards & Games in Jonesboro, AR
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