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  • Reenita Malhotra Hora

Episode 12 - The Medicine Woman

Upon reaching the edge of the forest, Arya and his friends find themselves surrounded by a series of waterfalls. The sun glistens off the water and they see a woman standing near the edge of the stream. It’s the Medicine Woman. Arya is drawn magnetically towards her as if they have met before, though he can’t seem to place where or how. Arya is convinced she can read his mind because she knows so much about his life. Instead of giving Arya the Deep Medicine they need, the mysterious woman gives him another riddle. Racing against time, Arya and his friends leave in search of the medicine that will help their friend.


  • [00:06] Previously on Shadow Realm

  • [01:22] Arya and his companions arrive at the edge of the forest and find the Medicine Woman

  • [05:02] Arya and the Medicine Woman talk as if they have met before

  • [11:18] The Medicine Woman tells Arya his next step

  • [11:29] How to support and connect with The Arya Chronicles

  • [12:51] Next episode teaser


  • Arya and his companions make it to the edge of the dark forest where the waterfalls are

  • Arya meets the Medicine Woman and immediately feels drawn to her. He’s convinced they have met before

  • As they talk, it seems the Medicine Woman can read Arya’s thoughts and knows many things about him and life in San Francisco

  • Before they depart, the Medicine Woman tells Arya his next step in the form of a riddle: find a plant with no medicinal value

  • In the next episode: Arya continues his journey to help Pandu but runs into some trouble


Shadow Realm was written and executive produced by Reenita Hora. Based on her middle grade novel When Arya Fell Through the Fault, this story constitutes ‘Part 1 of The Arya Chronicles.

An original soundtrack was composed for this story by Kanniks Kannikeswaran (

Audio adaptation by Shane Sakhrani. Audio Direction and Production by Daniel Gonzalez and Gabe Mara.

The narrative for the trailer was voiced by Carnie Wilson (

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Recorded at Studio City Sounds and The Room at Melrose.

Chapter 13 uses “Lake Waves Hjalmaren” by Owl

Chapter 17 uses “New Holland Honey Eaters 32x Slower” by digifishmusic

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