Pathfinder Legends: Rise of the Runelords

This series of audio dramas were released by Big Finish between March 2014 and January 2015.

1. Burnt Offerings

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Sandpoint. An ordinary town on the Lost Coast of Varisia. When Ezren, Merisiel, Valeros and Harsk arrive, seeking rest from their adventures, it seems the town’s annual Swallowtail Festival will give them what they need – until goblins attack during a ceremony to consecrate the town’s rebuilt church.

After defending Sandpoint, the adventurers discover a sinister plot to return an ancient evil to Varisia. Can they discover the sinister connection between the goblin attack and the removal of mortal remains from a crypt in the town’s graveyard?

This is just the beginning of a new quest for the iconic Pathfinder characters Ezren, Merisiel, Valeros and Harsk. The Rise of the Runelords begins with burnt offerings – and only four heroes stand against it.

Written By: Mark Wright
Directed By: John Ainsworth

Cast

Trevor Littledale (Ezren), Ian Brooker (Harsk), Stewart Alexander (Valeros), Kerry Skinner (Merisiel), Yuriri Naka (Ameiko), Toby Longworth (Hemlock), Kevin Shen (Tsuto), Katarina Olsson (Nualia), Duncan Wisbey (Foxglove), Helen Goldwyn (Deverin), Sunny Ormonde (Townswoman)

2. The Skinsaw Murders

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Sandpoint used to be such a safe place to live – until the scarecrows started to walk.

A series of grisly murders points to an undead killer. With Merisiel missing, Valeros, Harsk and Ezren must track the mysterious Skinsaw Man back to his haunted lair. Can they survive vengeful spirits, necrotic guardians and assassin cults to discover the secrets of the ancient rune carved into each of the corpses? Or will death find them as they explore the dangerousstreets of Magnimar?

Written By: Cavan Scott
Directed By: John Ainsworth

Cast

Trevor Littledale (Ezren), Ian Brooker (Harsk), Stewart Alexander (Valeros), Kerry Skinner (Merisiel), Yuriri Naka (Ameiko Kajitsu), Toby Longworth (Belor Hemlock), Katarina Olsson (Iesha Foxglove), Duncan Wisbey (Aldern Foxglove), Tam Williams (Justice Ironbriar), Helen Goldwyn (Lissa Hambley), Sunny Ormonde (Xanesha), Sean Connolly (Maester Grump)

3. The Hook Mountain Massacre

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Ezren, Merisiel, Harsk and Valeros answer a desperate call for aid from Hook Mountain. A tribe of ogres has slaughtered the garrison of a small keep, including the famous retired war hero stationed there. The few surviving rangers need the heroes to help them retake the key fortification back. And in the surrounding wilderness, a sinister force is growing.

Written By: Mark Wright
Directed By: John Ainsworth

Cast

Trevor Littledale(Ezren), Ian Brooker (Harsk), Stewart Alexander (Valeros), Kerry Skinner (Merisiel), Duncan Wisbey (Crowfood Graul/Ogre 2), Tam Williams (Rukus Graul/Kaven Windstrike), Sunny Ormonde (Mammy Graul), Helen Goldwyn (Lucrecia), Sean Connolly (Haldmeer Grobaras/Jakardros Sovark), Toby Longworth (Barl Breakbones), Jason Mitchell (Jaagrath Kreeg)

4. Fortress of the Stone Giants

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A sudden assault on the town of Sandpoint by stone giants and a dragon brings the looming threat home. Ezren, Merisiel, Harsk and Valeros learn that attack was just a scouting party, that the stone giants are massing for war. The only way to disrupt their advance is to strike at the Jorgenfist, the fortress of Warlord Mokmurian, the sinister giant responsible for gathering his people for war.

Written By: Cavan Scott
Directed By: John Ainsworth

Cast

Ian Brooker (Harsk), Kerry Skinner (Merisiel / Almara), Stewart Alexander (Valeros), Trevor Littledale (Ezren), Yuriri Naka (Ameiko Kaijitsu), Toby Longworth (Belor Hemlock), Steven Wickham (Longtooth), Annette Badland (Shayliss Vinder / Conna the Wise / Almera), Mark Donovan (Teraktinus), Harry Myers (Mokmurian), Nicholas Rowe (Karzoug), David Dobson, John Banks, and Jason Mitchell (The Stone Giants)

5. Sins of the Saviors

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Ezren, Merisiel, Harsk and Valeros discover that Karzoug, an ancient wizard from the long-dead empire of Thassilon, has returned to life. From his city fortress of Xin-Shalast high in the mountains, he has been using the giants to harvest souls to reclaim his lost power. The secret to defeating him before he can reclaim his realm and enslave the region lies hidden in a deadly dungeon called Runeforge.

Written By: Mark Wright
Directed By: John Ainsworth

Cast

Kerry Skinner (Merisiel), Stewart Alexander (Valeros), Trevor Littledale (Ezren), Ian Brooker (Harsk), Yuriri Naka (Ameiko Kaijitsu), Toby Longworth (Belor Hemlock / Giant Voice), John Banks (The Scribbler), Annette Badland (The Voice), Nicholas Rowe (Karzoug), Mark Donovan and Harry Myers (The Guards)

6. Spires of Xin-Shalast

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Having steeped their weapons in the ancient magic of Thassilon, Ezren, Merisiel, Harsk and Valeros prepare to confront the newly risen Runelord Karzoug at the seat of his power. To do so, they must travel high into the mountains, to the fabled city of Xin-Shalast, where they are confronted by enormous giants and dragons before they can finally confront the mad wizard of greed in his mountaintop palace. Yet can defeating Runelord Karzoug stop the rise of the Runelords? Or are there more terrors yet to come?

Written By: Cavan Scott
Directed By: John Ainsworth

Cast

Stewart Alexander (Valeros), Trevor Littledale (Ezren), Ian Brooker (Harsk), Kerry Skinner (Merisiel), Yuriri Naka (Ameiko Kaijitsu), David Dobson (Silas Vekker / Bjormundal), John Banks (Karivek Vekker), Nicholas Rowe (Karzoug), Mark Donovan, Harry Myers, and Steven Wickham (The Ghosts)

The series can be purchased on CD or download at

http://www.bigfinish.com/ranges/released/pathfinder

Doctor Who: The Tomb of the Cybermen

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This Doctor Who story, written by Kit Pedler and Gerry Davis, was first broadcast in four episodes in 1967.

This audio version consists of a digitally remastered soundtrack with linking narration provided by Frazer Hines.

On the planet Telos, the Doctor and his friends encounter a party of archaeologists intent on uncovering the mythical tomb of the Cybermen. Only the Doctor seems aware of the folly of this venture, but suddenly it’s too late – the ice tombs are open and the Cybermen are coming back to life…

Trapped underground with the Cyber Controller and his acolytes, including the vermin-like Cybermats, the Doctor and company learn that they are to be turned into a new generation of Cybermen. To make matters worse, there is treachery and double-crossing amongst the humans. Can the Cyber menace be made dormant before it spreads out to the galaxy once again – and will the Doctor, Jamie and Victoria escape with their lives?

Doctor Who: Downtime

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This Doctor Who novel, written by Marc Platt, was published by Virgin in January 1996.

Across the room, in a high-backed leather chair, Victoria saw the old man from the reading room. His face was curiously young for someone so long dead.

In 1966 the Doctor defeated the Great Intelligence, but he knew it wasn’t a final victory. And his companion Victoria, whose mind had once hosted the evil entity, might still fall prey to its power.

Now it seems that his fears are justified. In a Tibetan monastery, the monks display unearthly powers – UNIT are investigating. A new university has opened in London with a secret agenda that may threaten the whole country. Victoria, abandoned in an age very different from her own, and haunted by visions of a father she refuses to believe is dead, is slipping into despair and madness. But are the visions which plague her really hallucinations? Or has the Great Intelligence once again made Earth its target for invasion?

Doctor Who: Lords of the Storm

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This Doctor Whonovel, written by David A McIntee, was published by Virgin in December 1995.

‘They’ve been fighting this war for longer than man has been walking upright, and they don’t take prisoners.’

The war between the Sontarans and the Rutans has been raging for millennia. Billions have died and whole star systems have been obliterated in the conflict. Now, finally, one side may have victory within its grasp.

The human colony world of Raghi is crucial to that victory. When the Doctor and Turlough arrive there, they find a seemingly stable society ruled by a strict caste system. But all is not as it seems. Members of the lower caste are being struck down by a mysterious illness. People are vanishing in their hundreds. And strange objects have been observed orbiting the sun.

Why is Raghi so important to the feuding alien empires? And how high a price will the galaxy pay if the conflict comes to an end?

Doctor Who: The Empire of Glass

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This Doctor Who novel, written by Andy Lane, was published by Virgin in November 1995.

‘There is a old Venetian saying,’ the Doctor murmured. ‘The council of ten send you to the torture chamber; the council of three send you to the grave.’

A strange invitation brings the Doctor, Steven and Vicki to Venice in the year of our Lord 1609: a place of politics and poison, science and superstition, telescopes and terror. Galileo Galilei is there demonstrating his new invention to the Doge, and William Shakespeare is working as a spy for King James I. And there are other visitors too: inhuman ones that lurk in the shadows, watching – and killing.

Vicki is abducted to a flying island. Steven is accused of murder and challenged to a duel. The Doctor, meanwhile, finds himself at the centre of what looks like an attempted invasion. But who are the invaders? And why can’t they proceed without his help?

Doctor Who: Millennial Rites

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This Doctor Who novel, written by Craig Hinton, was published by Virgin in October 1995.

‘The Millennium, Mel: the last New Year’s eve of the Twentieth century. But it’s definitely not party time.’

England, 1999: the Doctor and Mel have come to London to celebrate the new year with old friends – and to heal old wounds. But others are making more sinister preparations to usher in the new millennium. A software house is about to run a program that will change the fabric of reality. And an entity older than the universe is soon to be reborn.

When Anne Travers’ fear of the Great Intelligence and millionaire philanthropist Ashley Chapel’s secret researches combine, London is transformed into a dark and twisted mirror image populated by demons and sorcerers. Only the Doctor can put things right, but his friends have also been shockingly changed and he cannot trust anybody – least of all himself.

Doctor Who: Managra

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This Doctor Who novel, written by Stephen Marley, was published by Virgin in September 1995.

‘Europa is infested by ghosts, vampires, werewolves, ghouls and other grotesques spawned from old European folklore. I think we’re in a spot of bother, Sarah Jane.’

Europa, designed by lunatics a thousand years in the future, is a resurrected Europe that lives in an imaginary past.

In Europa, historical figures live again: Lord Byron combats Torquemada’s Inquisition, Mary Shelley is writing her sequel to Frankenstein, and Cardinal Richelieu schemes to become Pope Supreme while Aleister Crowley and Faust vie for the post of Official Antichrist.

When the Doctor and Sarah Jane arrive, they are instantly accused of murdering the Pope. Aided only by a young vampire hunter and a revenant Byron, they confront the sinister Theatre of Transmogrification in their quest to prove their innocence.