Podcast / The Once and Future Nerd
Zach Glass and Christian Madera produce a podcast audio series called The Once and Future Nerd
Currently in BOOK 1 – PRINCES OF IORDEN, the story follows three highschool students, Billy, Jen, and Nelson, who were transported into a magical realm one afternoon in detention. Noteworthy for its surprising variety in terms of depiction of race, class, gender, age and all other sorts of issues without actually beating you over the head with any of them or giving them much more than passing comments.
The protagonists include the three children, a doctoral student called Nia, an adolescent elf called Yllowyyn, thief queen Aerona Regan, King Gunther, an older general named Brennen, Antonin Mooncrest, half-Orc General Traft, noblewoman Arlene Redmoor, her handmaiden Gwen, and her psychotic brother Ardel.
The Once and Future Nerd provides examples of:
- A Date with Rosie Palms
- Adult Fear: Quite a few. From Ardel's treatment of Arlene to how a lot of the country is run, to General Traft's very motivation and the idea of being thrust into a world where people kill left right and center while having no training or imunization and having been raised in a modern, relatively comfortable world.
- Always Chaotic Evil: We are told this about the Orcs. As of more recent episodes, the Orcs redeem themselves a little and the Elves seem to be more antagonists.
- Arranged Marriage
- Automatic Crossbows: Regularly wielded by the Th'ar lo-Hyyl. Regan also acquires one.
- Black and Nerdy: Nelson, and to a lesser extent, Nia.
- Cool Old Guy: General , or Sir, Brennen.
- Dumb Blonde: Jen seems to be this at first. Subverted as Jen reveals herself to be possibly the smartest in the group.
- Dumb Jock: Billy.
- Genre Savvy: Nelson
- Good Is Not Nice
- Jerk Jock: Also Billy.
- Kick the Dog: Ardel. Over and over and over.
- Lovable Jock: Also Billy, sometimes.
- Everything Is Better With Princesses
- Fantastic Racism: Yllowyyn makes "human" jokes. Yllodyck tries to touch Nelson's hair. The Elves systematically oppress the Orcs.
- Fantasy Character Classes
- Fantasy Counterpart Culture: Elves seem to have a lot in common with the antebellum American South, down to the accents.
- I Don't Like the Sound of That Place: Discussed and Played For Laughs with the Cairn of Evil Untold
- Magic Music:
- Arlene Redmoor is slowly revealed to have this power. It becomes obvious in "Darkness On The Edge Of Town, Pt. 4," in a scene that serves double duty as Serenade Your Lover.
- Billy and Nelson try to do this in escaping from Armstrungard. Subverted in that they fail miserably, but Zig-zagged in that their failure is fascinating enough to distract the guards and let Regan move in for a Percussive Pickpocket attack.
- Meaningful Name: Possibly. Aerona means "carnage".
- My Master, Right or Wrong: Brennen is very loyal to the (legitimate) monarch.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: The Templars of Discord, and the aforementioned Cairn of Evil Untold.
- Order Versus Chaos: Seems to be an integral part of the magic/mythos, with the aforementioned Templars.
- Really 700 Years Old: Elves, of course.
- Rebel Leader: The Rebel General Traft seems to think himself this. From what we've seen, he's probably right.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: To be expected, given the setting.
- She Who Fights Monsters: This is a thru-line of Brennen and Regan's conversations throughout Chapter 4.
- Standard Fantasy Setting.
- Standard Royal Court.
- Fantasy Gun Control.
- Token Trio: Nelson, Billy and Jen.