The World Below The War in the Heavens

An exploration of a world of magic and adventure, stretched out beneath the eternal and ongoing battle in the heavens between gods and demons.

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The World Below the War in the Heavens

Imagine living in a land where an eternal war rages overhead between gods and demons, a land where mighty magic is the result of artefacts falling from this cosmic struggle. This podcast explores the history, the geography, the people, culture and beliefs of this remarkable world - and especially the oldest, most influential and most extraordinary realm of the entire continent, Anaquist, the home of the Dead God's Heirs.



Season 3 Preview

Monday May 15, 2023

Monday May 15, 2023

What's coming up in Season 3? Here's a preview: more extraordinary tales of magic, mystery and misadventure, more sensational stories of secrets, quests and romances, more insights into cultures, history and magic!

Wednesday Sep 14, 2022

Halden I earned his unflattering nickname because of the way he walked into disaster and steered Anaquist into a nightmare, if you can have a sleepwalking steersman/helmsman/at the wheel. One thing is clear, though – it’s the end of the Foundation Era of Anaquist, however you put it.

Wednesday Aug 31, 2022

Queen Iona's ambitions were, paradoxically, both heavenly and firmly of the world, aiming to bridge the two. Misguided, but visionary, she was doomed to failure - and what a spectacular failure it was.

Wednesday Aug 17, 2022

Absolute power does some people’s heads in, and when it goes hand in hand with brooding resentment and the harbouring of grudges, it’s a nasty combination, but that’s the way things unfold in this period of Anaquistian history, so get ready.

Episode 17: Hoch, the Boy King.

Wednesday Aug 03, 2022

Wednesday Aug 03, 2022

Definitely a youthful monarch, his reign was marred by the legendary Lessgar Affair - a sobering story of loyalty, mistrust and petty ambition gone badly, badly wrong.

Wednesday Jul 20, 2022

With a cognomen like that, you can guess that we're in for a wild ride this episode. Short story: if she ever offered you a plate of snacks, it was best to decline politely.

Wednesday Jul 06, 2022

Jallox is a large island separated from the mainland continent by a two hundred mile stretch of stormy waters. Jalloxians have always considered themselves apart from the rest of the World Below the War in the Heavens, separate and better – more hardy, more independent, more resourceful, more good looking and, pointedly, braver than mainlanders. 

Wednesday Jun 22, 2022

Cunning, manipulative, scheming and ambitious, Queen Ascot I was the epitome of the Anaquist dynamic, with a flair for the dramatic. She had to deal with a slew of Pretenders to the throne, too, and she did it in her own, inimitable way.

Episode 13: Blemin the Lucky

Wednesday Jun 08, 2022

Wednesday Jun 08, 2022

King Blemin lived fast, died young and was buried in a royal mausoleum. No regrets.

Wednesday May 25, 2022

Queen Varphina I didn’t suffer fools gladly, and she suffered villains even less. She died wrestling a giant killer boar, which should tell you something about her.

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