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  • Reenita Malhotra Hora

Episode 16 - The Dark Side

Arya wakes to find his friends, the vanaras, surrounding him. There is an army of monkeys with them, ready to fight the Rakshasas and save the Ramayana before it is destroyed, erasing the history that good ever existed. Arya and Chimpu form a Shakespearean plan inspired by Macbeth to distract the Rakshasas while Arya sneaks into the canyon to retrieve the book. Knowing the Rakshasas are blinded by the sunlight, Arya and his friends anxiously wait for the first signs of light to enact their plan. As Arya waits, he realizes that his path has been leading to this moment all along: meeting face to face with Ravana himself.


  • [00:04] Previously on Shadow Realm

  • [00:24] The vanaras wake Arya

  • [03:48] They form a Shakespearean plan

  • [05:55] Arya rests before the great battle

  • [06:42] How to support and connect with The Arya Chronicles

  • [07:00] Next episode teaser


  • Chimpu gathers an army of vanaras and monkeys

  • They wake Arya from his sleep

  • Arya and Chimpu form a plan to distract the Rakshasas and get the Ramayana back

  • They wait for first light, when the Rakshasas will be blinded by the daylight

  • Arya rests before the big battle begins

  • On the next episode: Arya and the vanaras head to the dark side where Arya will have to fly down into the steep canyon


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.

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

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