MARCH 2019 I EMPRESS’S DAUGHTER
Strawberry Mochi Cider
Nomad and dog arrive on Antheia, a garden world that has long prospered with its plentiful blossoms and fruits. Upon entering the royal citadel, it is clear that everything is in a state of disarray. Nomad is told that the Empress’s husband had recently passed away from illness, and the Princess, unprepared for the death, was particularly distraught. She made a hasty deal with a witch, who promised her twice her normal lifespan, in exchange for pardon from her previous malfeasance. Nomad and dog enter the quarters to see the Princess trapped in a magic sphere where she exists at half the speed of the world around her. Moving in slow-motion, she cries out in a low voice to her mother. The Empress, wiping away tears, asks Nomad and dog if they would help her daughter.
APRIL 2019 I BLOSSOM OF REMORESE
Apricot Mochi Cider
The empress explains to nomad that the only known way to reverse the witch’s spell is to find a rare flower - the metaméleia, or blossom of remorse. The once-common flower was over-harvested and is now only rarely found amongst fields of a copycat flower that evolved to mimic its appearance. The empress shows nomad and dog a used, dried specimen and has them note the details - the metaméleia has an inner circle of 3 pedals, and an outer circle of 5, whereas the copycat has only 4. Nomad and dog join the dozens of citizens out in the vast wildflower fields to search for the blossom. Hours become days without any success, and bleak hopelessness begins to set in.
MAY 2019 I FRUITS OF FAVOR
Peach Mochi Cider
Dog suddenly goes into high alert and darts off in a hurried pace. Nomad encourages Dog as he sniffs around, and within no time, they’ve found it: the elusive Metaméleia. Nomad shoots a flare into the sky, and they are finally picked up by the royal scouts. Upon their return, the precious blossom is infused into a magic tonic and given to the empress’s daughter. Thankfully, the spell is lifted and the princess is restored. As a token of her gratitude, the princess presents Nomad and Dog with a bounty of exotic alien fruit to nourish them on their future travels.
DEC 2018 I SHADOWS & SNAKES
Bourbon Maple Raspberry Cider
Nomad & Dog decide to relax and take a weekend retreat at a mansion in Cryptos- a captivating nearby town with a murky history. Upon their first night stay, they hear a rattling noise from the basement and discover it’s coming from a decayed ouija board with message already drafted for them: NOW WE BEGIN. Suddenly the walls are covered in snakes, slithering their way down. The planchette moves around the board spelling out: PLAY THEM SOMETHING NICE AND FAST. A flute appears in the box as Nomad quickly reaches for it, in attempt to not ‘hiss’ these guys off.
JAN 2019 I PORTALS OF DREAD
Bourbon Chocolate Cherry Cider
The ground violently shakes beneath Nomad & Dog. The room seems to expand around them: Parts of the walls crumble as openings are made to resemble portals. There are three total, each filled with a different horror: flames, horrendous spikes, and slime-covered tentacles. The ouija planchette moves swiftly across the cursed board: 'Fear the unknown-embrace it to survive'. As Nomad biggest fear is fire, the duo rushes through the flaming portal as the smoke envelops them...
FEB 2019 I PHANTOM CARRIAGE
Bourbon Vanilla Blueberry Cider
Nomad and Dog appear in the foyer of the mansion, unscathed from the flaming portal and bolt towards the front door. As Dog and Nomad step outside, a curious-looking faun stands beside a carriage drawn by an elephant. The faun promises a swift and safe journey from the treacherous place in exchange for the duo regaling the trials they faced inside the portals. They take the faun up on his offer, leaving cryptos and its dark secrets behind.