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The Penumbra Podcast

Harley Takagi Kaner and Kevin Vibert

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At the Penumbra, you might follow Juno Steel, a brooding, sharp-witted private eye on Mars, as he tangles with an elusive homme fatale, tracks dangerous artifacts of an ancient alien civilization, and faces his three greatest fears: heights, blood, and relationships. Or you might enter the world of the Second Citadel, where the merciless Sir Caroline must corral a team of emotionally distraught all-male knights to defend their city against mind-manipulating monsters...even the ones they’ve f ...
 
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Aurinko Permanent Corrections is not like other prisons. At Aurinko Permanent Corrections, they believe in rehabilitation. They believe that all of us have the ability to be better, do better, and it is with this certainty that the warden might look you in the eyes and ask: "So why aren't you doing better? And what do I have to do to you to make yo…
 
There is very little that the regions of the Universe can agree upon. The Northern Wilds has their monster-hunting furor, the Western Wastes are known for their scholars and scientists, and in the Southern Frosts survival against the elements dominates daily life. But in all three regions of the Universe, children are taught the same lesson: do not…
 
In pursuit of their missing poet, Rilla and Lord Arum take a lesser-known route leading directly through the undersea palace of a very regal -- and very hungry -- monster. Welcome to the Penumbra, dear Traveler. We hope you enjoy your stay. (Trigger warnings can be found at the bottom of this episode description and at the end of the transcript.) -…
 
Led by Sir Tristan the Cold, Damien the Pious returns to the Citadel he once called home... and finds that "home" is not where he left it six years ago. Welcome to the Penumbra, dear Traveler. We hope you enjoy your stay. (Trigger warnings can be found at the bottom of this episode description and at the end of the transcript.) ------- You can find…
 
In an asteroid fortress, Juno reunites with someone lost; On the planet Saraswati, a tragic deal is struck. Welcome to the Penumbra, dear Traveler. We hope you enjoy your stay. (Trigger warnings can be found at the bottom of this episode description and at the end of the transcript.) ------- You can find all of our transcripts here: https://drive.g…
 
Juno Steel would really like to take the past, lock it up in a little box, and throw away the key, thank you very much. It's hard to blame him: with his childhood friend hunting him down and his recent love gone without a trace, the past is really feeling like the place where all of today's problems were born. But Juno is a detective, and even if h…
 
It's Forever-Love Day and Rita doesn't have a date! Can she, Jet, the Ruby 7, and an uncaring and manipulative dating app prove love is real in twenty-five minutes or less? (Trigger warnings can be found at the bottom of this episode description and at the end of the transcript.) ------- You can find all of our transcripts here: https://drive.googl…
 
#PenumbraParty To keep the show running, we need your help! In lieu of our yearly Patreon funds drive, we're excited to launch an initiative so all our fans can support us in making The Penumbra Podcast possible -- even if you can't spend money on Patreon or merch right now. By promoting the show, you’ll also unlock awesome prizes for all Penumbra …
 
In which Damien the Pious learns a very important lesson: never meet your heroes. Welcome to the Penumbra, dear Traveler. We hope you enjoy your stay. (Trigger warnings can be found at the bottom of this episode description and at the end of the transcript.) ------- You can find all of our transcripts here: https://drive.google.com/drive/u/2/folder…
 
A strange and musical rain nears; a titan slumbers beneath the deep; three lovers struggle in secret; and yet, with all those threats on the horizon, it is the old falconer on his pilgrimage through the swamp who could destroy Damien, Rilla, and Lord Arum's peace for good. Welcome to the Penumbra, dear Traveler. We hope you enjoy your journey. (Tri…
 
In the basement of superstar writer Mick Mercury's mansion, in which an old friend has risen from the grave. (Trigger warnings can be found at the bottom of this episode description and at the end of the transcript.) ------- You can find all of our transcripts here: https://drive.google.com/drive/u/2/folders/1bnWLw5dTW4l9A0bmOMzEiy6XqqsXHHi_ Transc…
 
Superstar writer Mick Mercury is missing, and he's not the only missing man Juno Steel is looking for. Low on sleep and lower on patience, Juno will need to solve the mystery of this haunted Dollhouse Manor quickly... or else something a little more solid than ghosts might find him soon enough. Welcome to the Penumbra, dear Traveler. We hope you en…
 
Sir Pellinore is prepared for anything... except, perhaps, the shapeshifting teenage rascal he's just imprisoned in his fortress. She might be a little more than he bargained for. Welcome to the Penumbra, dear Traveler. We hope you enjoy your stay. (Trigger warnings can be found at the bottom of this episode description and at the end of the transc…
 
On a quiet jungle road deep in the Northern Wilds, a band of feared outlaws strikes. Welcome to the Penumbra, dear Traveler. We hope you enjoy your stay. (Trigger warnings can be found at the bottom of this episode description and at the end of the transcript.) ------- You can find all of our transcripts here: https://drive.google.com/drive/u/2/fol…
 
In which Juno Steel, detective wunderkind of the HCPD, becomes Juno Steel, disgraced ex-cop... and his story as we know him really begins. Welcome to the Penumbra, dear Traveler. We hope you enjoy your stay. (Trigger warnings can be found at the bottom of this episode description and at the end of the transcript.) ------- You can find all of our tr…
 
Seventeen years apart, two hot pursuits get hotter. Welcome to the Penumbra, Traveler. We hope you enjoy your stay. (Trigger warnings can be found at the bottom of this episode description and at the end of the transcript.) ------- You can find all of our transcripts here: https://drive.google.com/drive/u/2/folders/1bnWLw5dTW4l9A0bmOMzEiy6XqqsXHHi_…
 
On the recently-frozen moon Io, Juno meets an old friend and reflects on the worst mistake of his life. It's just as a member of his family once said: "We may look backward only to ensure we have not walked this path before." Welcome to the Penumbra, dear Traveler. We hope you enjoy your stay. (Trigger warnings can be found at the bottom of this ep…
 
Harley and Kevin say hello after the hiatus, and remind everyone that the first Juno Steel episode of Season 4 drops TODAY (9/26/21) for $4 Patreon supporters. Plus, if you pledge at any level you will have access to all of the rewards from last season's Bonus Spectacular (with more rewards coming soon!). For everyone else, we'll see you on 9/28/21…
 
Ticket link: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/the-penumbra-podcasthyperion-city-productions-31122391343 Tickets will go live on May 25th, 2021, at 1 PM Eastern! Remember, tickets are LIMITED, so get yours while you can. This is a TWO-PART SHOW, so the performances of Part A will only cover the first half of the plot, while Part B will be the second hal…
 
In which the world gets a little bigger, a little meaner. Welcome to the Penumbra, dear Traveler. We hope you enjoy your stay. (Trigger warnings can be found at the bottom of this episode description and at the end of the transcript.) ------- You can find all of our transcripts here: https://drive.google.com/drive/u/2/folders/1bnWLw5dTW4l9A0bmOMzEi…
 
The hour of judgment is upon the Second Citadel, and its self-appointed judge, jury, and executioner sharpens his blade in wait. It may not be true that might makes right -- but if the mightiest are wrong, who can stop them from saying otherwise? Some people will do anything to protect their home. The trouble arises when others who live there disag…
 
Five years of the Penumbra Podcast is coming up on March 18th, 2021! Sophie and Kevin talk exciting announcements for the anniversary and our lead-up to the Season 3 finale, including a TON of potential bonuses for our Patreon supporters. The fun begins TOMORROW (2/18) at 12 PM EST on our Patreon: www.patreon.com/thepenumbrapodcast.…
 
Sunset. The precise moment the Kite promised his assault on the Second Citadel would come. Two women now return to a land that does not want them to save it from itself... but why? We can't choose our families and we can't choose our homes. But we can choose how much of ourselves we give to them. Welcome to the Penumbra, dear Traveler. We hope you …
 
SUSPECT NAME: Juno Steel OCCUPATION: Former police detective and private investigator INCIDENT DETAILS: Found in possession of Class X radical (see form DM10-894-91) SUGGESTED COURSE OF ACTION: ERROR. PLEASE ENTER SUGGESTED COURSE OF ACTION: DIRECTOR. PLEASE ENTER SUGGESTED COURSE OF ACTION. (Trigger warnings can be found at the bottom of this epis…
 
In the days following the fall of the First Citadel, humanity's last survivors looked to their Saints for guidance through drought, exhaustion, and famine. And many, many years later, four humans and a lizard-bug-man-thing found themselves with a daunting task of their own: to make it through a family dinner without driving each other completely in…
 
Juno Steel has been feeling a little out-of-body, lately. Kind of like... well, it's been so busy he hasn't even had time to listen to his own thoughts. But the day of a wedding demands reflection: on where we came from, and where we are going. And at the end of a good thing, is there any question scarier than "where are we going?" Welcome to the P…
 
You can find all of our transcripts here: https://drive.google.com/drive/u/2/folders/1bnWLw5dTW4l9A0bmOMzEiy6XqqsXHHi_ Transcripts will come out along with the public release of the episode. On staff at the Penumbra: Kat Buckingham -- Head of Merchandise and Outreach Alice Chuang -- Head of Design Melissa DeJesus -- Script editing team Sophie Takag…
 
On the eve of the Kite's assault: a story of two awakenings. Welcome to the Penumbra, dear Traveler. We hope you enjoy your stay. (Trigger warnings can be found at the bottom of this episode description and at the end of the transcript.) ------- You can find all of our transcripts here: https://drive.google.com/drive/u/2/folders/1bnWLw5dTW4l9A0bmOM…
 
A legend can only die when the stories surrounding it stop being told. But a life, even one that generates legends in its time... a life is very, very fragile. Which is worth saving, then? A legend that will go on for ages... or a life, fleeting and delicate and precious? Welcome to the Penumbra, dear Travelers. We hope you enjoy your stay. (Trigge…
 
It's showtime -- and what a show lies ahead of us. Tonight we steal a legend, darlings, and no one in this galaxy is more prepared for the task than we. Why, nothing could stop any one of us, I should think, which does raise an interesting question: if none of us can be stopped, what happens if one of us attempts to do the stopping? Welcome to the …
 
Our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thepenumbrapodcast By pledging or increasing your current Patreon pledge, you can gain access to the special rewards Kevin will be adding, and if we hit $7000/episode by or before September 29th, Kevin will be writing a short story featuring characters that ALL Patrons can vote on! Even if you can only pledge on…
 
Love is, of course, the most heroic emotion -- but only if you're a hero while you're feeling it. If you're evil it's just... icky? Has anyone checked if evil people can feel love? Regardless: love and justice are exactly what's in store for the Vigilant He tonight, as he attempts to save Milltown from its masked captor once and for all! Welcome to…
 
Milltown. The darkest night, when villains walk freely to spread their evil in the cover of shadow. In this cursed land, at this cursed time, is there no one who will take a stand for Truth, Justice, and the Citadel way? Put on your masks. Tonight, justice hides his face. Welcome to the Penumbra, dear Travelers. We hope you enjoy your stay. (Trigge…
 
LAST TIME ON "RITA AND THE MEGA-ULTRABOTS OF CYBERJUSTICE": when the nefarious agents of DARK MATTERS assault a facility for housing INNOCENT CRIMINAL ROBOTS, it's up to BEAUTIFUL HEROINE RITA and TWO OTHER PEOPLE I GUESS to save the day! Will our plucky heroine save the day? Will her compatriots forgive her for doing that thing she definitely wasn…
 
Hi, Travelers. We are postponing this week’s episode for a few reasons, but one of them is that we’d like to take a moment to focus on this historical moment and to say that Black Lives Matter. The Black community’s fight for human rights is not by any means a new one, but we do find ourselves in a time when many more non-Black people are waking up…
 
WANTED: Six members of newly-established Aurinko Crime Family. Though we are unclear on their capabilities, suspects should be treated as if they are ARMED and DANGEROUS. Current location unknown. Those with information leading to the capture of the suspects should immediately contact [REDACTED] Welcome to the Penumbra, dear Traveler. We hope you e…
 
A whisper from the darkness: "One good turn deserves another, and so I'll give you two; Allow me this one favor and I'll do its twin for you." Welcome to the Penumbra, dear Traveler. We hope you enjoy your stay. (Trigger warnings can be found at the bottom of this episode description.) You can find all of our transcripts here: https://drive.google.…
 
Every city has its secrets that it keeps under lock and key -- and that's why Quanyii, Witch of the Wastes, has no interest in those. If every city has them, they're not exactly special, are they? The big secrets though -- those are a little more hidden. Like... two locks and two keys. And Quanyii has one secret of the Second Citadel just like that…
 
Sometimes seeing the truth is enough to make you miss the blissful blindness that is ignorance. Welcome to the Penumbra, Traveler. We hope you enjoy your stay. (Trigger warnings can be found at the bottom of this episode description.) You can find all of our transcripts here: https://drive.google.com/drive/u/2/folders/1bnWLw5dTW4l9A0bmOMzEiy6XqqsXH…
 
Vespa Ilkay's best days are behind her. It doesn't matter if this statement is actually true; she has convinced herself that it is. Whenever Vespa looks at herself today all she can see is the woman she used to be: a galaxy-class doctor and assassin. A legend. It doesn't matter if Vespa ever was a legend, or if she really has fallen as far as she t…
 
In thirty minutes, the Bridge at the end of the world will be destroyed. It will go like this: there will be one explosion; then there will be two explosions; then there will be a terrible whistling, a shriek from beyond the stars; and then... silence. And thirty minutes after that the Bridge will fall again. And again. And again. And unless Olala,…
 
Untold years ago, a monster woman and a human man witnessed the end of the world. It went like this: one explosion; then two explosions; then a great rumbling; and then, darkness. And that should have been the end of it, and them, and everything. But today, one-and-a-half monsters and two-and-a-half humans will witness that end again -- and if they…
 
All dressed in evergreen Ah yes, the birth of Spring What will your garden bring? Welcome to the Penumbra, dear Travelers. We hope you enjoy your stay. (Trigger warnings can be found at the bottom of this episode description.) To listen to more of Anjimile's work, you can find them on Spotify and Bandcamp. Their latest album, "Maker Mixtape" (from …
 
Strong hands to work the dust Long days -- in body I trust My tools have turned to rust... (Welcome to the Penumbra, dear Travelers. We hope you enjoy your stay. Trigger warnings can be found at the bottom of this episode description.) If you are interested in supporting Australian wildfire relief efforts, you can donate to: Fire Relief Fund for Fi…
 
A 100% canon adventure involving three best friends just as their adult lives are about to begin. "The Oldtown Trio," they call themselves, and they've been close for so long it seems like nothing could ever get in the way of them being friends forever. But something's been rubbing the Leader of the Gang, Mick Mercury, the wrong way for a few month…
 
There is no Fate, where the Universe is considered; there is only Intention. Things may have their proper place, of course, but once they get there... what they do is anyone's guess, including the Universe that brought them there in the first place. Today's Intention: The Four of Wastes, smelling blood and running, running; the Ax of Wilds, blade s…
 
In a quiet breeze amidst red leaves, Fate deals a new hand. Welcome to the Penumbra, dear Traveler. We hope you enjoy your stay. (Trigger warnings can be found at the bottom of this episode description.) You can find all of our transcripts here: https://drive.google.com/drive/u/2/folders/1bnWLw5dTW4l9A0bmOMzEiy6XqqsXHHi_ Transcripts will come out a…
 
Reduce all to what is most essential. A debutante's ball. A Gilded Globe. A ballroom floor, approximately 3000 square feet. An auction gone awry, An ex-detective shouting his cover at the top of his lungs, spitting it on the floor for all to see, an ingrate, an immature... And my debts, mounting. Even now, with every second. File it away. Reduce al…
 
A family is formed. A journey begins. A new era dawns. And out here, past the boundaries of City or government or law? Nothing stays guaranteed for long. Everything can change -- so you'd better hope you can keep up, or you might just get left behind. It's crime time, baby. Let's go. (Trigger warnings can be found at the bottom of this episode desc…
 
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