What is Warda?
Warda blends the aesthetic and class hierarchy of Downton Abbey with the intrigue and backstabbery of Game of Thrones, with a dash of Agatha Christie mystery on top.
Ambition, magic, invention, and curiosity combine in this original fantasy setting for fiction and tabletop roleplaying.
Warda is a multimedia fantasy project created by author Alyson Grauer and game connoisseur Drew Mierzejewski. It is both a fully formed fictional world and an operational setting for roleplaying games to take place in. Together, these two writers and performers are exploring the world of Warda in fiction, audio, RPG, and live stream actual play, the latter of which is found on the Twitch channel of the One Shot Podcast Network. Previous episodes of the live stream can be found on the One Shot YouTube channel or our blog here on the website, and there is a podcast available as well on iTunes and all other available podcasting apps.
Warda combines Edwardian-era aesthetics and class tensions with high fantasy magic and reimagined fey races to tell stories of intrigue, mystery, social warfare, comedy of manners, and many different genres in between.
The city holds thousands of stories. What will yours be?
So… Where Do I Start?
You can watch the video archive of the live streams, or you can listen to the podcast chapters.
The first major story in Warda is called Curiosities, and it is comprised of two arcs: “The Case of the Calcified Chanteuse” and “The Secrets of Spiderwillow.” It began in May 2017 as a weekly live stream on Twitch, hosted by the One Shot Podcast Network, and ended in September 2017.
(Click the image to view the first live stream video of each story arc!)
If you’d like to consume the story in chronological order, we advise beginning with the first podcast chapter, or viewing the live stream video of Game 1:
The next available ‘jumping off point’ would be Game 10, the beginning of the Spiderwillow arc:
What is Glimpses?
Glimpses is a series of
five four separate adventures that exist outside of the other storylines of Warda. Each story consisted of a new cast and a new plot, offered as ‘short stories’ in an anthology setting. You can listen to any of these stories and know nothing about what happened in Curiosities beforehand. They all take place chronologically after Curiosities and have no major connections to what came before.
There is a fifth Glimpse. It is a one-shot adventure, but it also acts as a prologue to the next major story – Winds of Change.
Click on the images below to view the live stream video for each Glimpse!
Are there any stories or books that are set in Warda?
Great question! There are no Warda novels… yet. We hope someday to have full-length fiction written by co-creator Aly Grauer, but for now we have short form fiction available right here on the website for you. Aly and Drew have each written some stories and continue to add more as time goes on. Some of the Patreon patrons have submitted stories about their canon characters, and with Aly and Drew’s editorial approval, some of these stories are being made available to read as well over time.