Synopsis: 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.
Review: This for me is the best chapter in the Pathfinder series so far and its even better that we are left with an almighty cliffhanger to keep us hanging until they release the final chapter of the series.
The adventure begins when Ezren, Merisiel, Harsk and Valeros return home to sandpoint to discover that they have one more quest before they get to enjoy a heroes welcome.
So into the catacombs they go following a trail of puzzling breadcrumbs that are left behind by the unfortunate scribbler who is voiced to great effect by John Banks who could almost be channeling Gollum from Lord Of The Rings.
Ezren is the character with the most to do in this story, which isn’t to say that Harsk, Veleros and Merisel are wasted – it with this being more of a mystery it was left to Ezren to flex his brains and use some of his magic.
As the adventure goes on we learn that the number seven has a great deal of significance to the ancient runelords, but further more we learn that our heroes flaws could well be their undoing.
Although this particular chapter in the series is more of a mystery we still get a fair bit of action. One sequence in particular sees one of our heroes take on a dragon in mortal combat and actually live to tell about it.
And Ezren gets to engage in magical battle against Karzoug a battle, which ends in a stalemate and will likely resume in the next chapter.
As ever the acting performances in this by the leads were top notch. I’m still very much enjoying the banter between Merisiel and Veleros who seem to have a love hate thing going on. Where as the only two adults in the group seem to be Harsk and Ezren.
Have to give special mention to both John Banks who did wonderfully as Scribbler and Nicholas Rowe who was wonderfully menacing as Karzoug.
- You can get your own copy of ‘Pathfinder 1.5: Rise of the Runelords: Sins of the Saviors’ at: www.bigfinish.com/releases/v/rise-of-the-runelords-sins-of-the-saviors-969
- Fantastic mystery
- The fact that we have to wait for the conclusion
- Sound Production10