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Alba Salix, Royal Physician

The award-winning fantasy-comedy! In Alba Salix, overworked, cynical witch Alba tends to the health of the King, Queen and citizens of the kingdom of Farloria, with the help of her obnoxious apprentice Magnus and an absent-minded fairy named Holly. The spinoff The Axe & Crown follows the misadventures of Gubbin the troll tavernkeeper, his clueless landlord Stan and his shady niece Betula.Support us here!

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This means episodes are recommended to be heard in order from the very start. Here's the 10 best episodes of the series anyway though!

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Alba Salix E101: Well Met

Alba is summoned to remove some unexpected snakes from King Gunther's head, and saddled with a bothersome young patient – not to mention some unwanted help from a fairy.Episode TranscriptFind and support our sponsors at: fableandfolly.com/partnersGet your merch on at our TeePublic store.CreditsBarbara Clifford as Alba SalixJulian Sark as Magnus and Valtar the CentaurOlivia Jon as HollyGeorge Bertwell as King GuntherMarisa King as Queen ParabelCarter Siddall as Helbard Krankel and Balthig the OgreRobert Frances as Jerome and Father LaingJasmin Cheng as Millie and Hiccups Kidand Sean Howard, Jason Mahon and Stephen SmithWritten and directed by Eli McIlveenSound design and music by Eli McIlveenProduced by Sean HowardAssociate producers: Carter Siddall, Eric Portelance, Mark Fenwick, Josh Clavir and Dave AddisonSupport the show and get access to bonus content: https://albasalix.com/supportContent warning: Cartoonish violence, bodily harm, blood, panic, surgery, drug references and many snakes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

31mins

6 Nov 2014

Rank #1

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The Axe & Crown E201: A Taste of Something New

It's time for another round at the Axe & Crown!Gubbin and Betula try to lift Stan's spirits by plotting to beat the Badger & Bucket at their own game.Episode TranscriptFind and support our sponsors at: fableandfolly.com/partnersGet your merch on at our TeePublic store.CreditsStarring Hugo Jones, Art Carlson and Marisa KingWritten by Eli McIlveenDirected by Sean Howard and Eli McIlveenSound design by Eli McIlveenProduced by Sean HowardSupporting producers: Kim Bellinger, Ryan Cushman and KonaContent warning: gross food, poop jokes and crime.Check us out on Patreon and help us make more Axe & Crown! Get bonus episodes and lots more at patreon.com/albasalix. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

20mins

18 Nov 2019

Rank #2

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The Axe & Crown E101: Last Call

Gubbin and his loyal regulars make their last stand.Episode TranscriptFind and support our sponsors at: fableandfolly.com/partnersGet your merch on at our TeePublic store.CreditsStarring Hugo Jones, Art Carlson and Marisa King.Written and directed by Eli McIlveen.Sound design and music by Eli McIlveen.Produced by Sean Howard.Content warning: excessive drinking, depression, bereavement, swords and death threats.Check us out on Patreon and help us make more Axe & Crown! Get bonus episodes and lots more at patreon.com/albasalix. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

17mins

3 Apr 2017

Rank #3

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Alba Salix E102: Birds and Beasts

While Alba tends to her two least favourite patients, Magnus receives some advice from the local wildlife.Episode TranscriptFind and support our sponsors at: fableandfolly.com/partnersCreditsBarbara Clifford as Alba SalixJulian Sark as MagnusOlivia Jon as HollyElaine O’Neal as Countess CarneliaRobert Frances as Jerome and the SquirrelJasmin Cheng as the BirdClive E Milne as the RabbitWritten and directed by Eli McIlveenSound design and music by Eli McIlveenProduced by Sean HowardAssociate producers: Carter Siddall, Eric Portelance, Mark Fenwick, Josh Clavir and Dave AddisonSupport the show and get access to bonus content: https://albasalix.com/supportContent warning: Cartoonish violence, animal endangerment, animal attacks, hypochondria, surgery, innuendo and leeches. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

30mins

14 Nov 2014

Rank #4

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The End of Time and Other Bothers, Episode 1

Introducing a brand new improvised fantasy adventure set in the world of Alba Salix, Royal Physician!Future episodes will appear on their own feed, so look for "Other Bothers" on your favourite podcast app, or visit otherbothers.com.Episode TranscriptFind and support our sponsors at: fableandfolly.com/partnersThe End of Time and Other Bothers, Episode 1: The EndBlat the half-demon has a calamity in the filing room. Eggerton the fairy gives a fateful presentation. And Darcy the human realizes she is being hunted.Game Master: Sean HowardPlayers: Carter Siddall, Michael Howie and Marisa KingAnanka: Maggie MakarTweeter: Stephen SmithAugustus: Eli McIlveenAdditional material and sound design: Eli McIlveenStory consultant: Laura PackerGame consultant: Stephen SmithContent warning: The world ends. Other tragic disasters are mentioned. Things explode. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 9mins

15 Apr 2018

Rank #5

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Alba Salix E205: A Blueprint For Success

King Gunther's outlandish plans for a new school of medicine require Minister Pearcey and the House of Healing crew to throw a gala fundraiser.Episode TranscriptFind and support our sponsors at: fableandfolly.com/partnersCreditsBarbara Clifford as Alba SalixJulian Sark as MagnusOlivia Jon as Hollyand Elaine O'Neal as Antalia PearceyGeorge Bertwell as King GuntherMarisa King as Queen ParabelAbbas Hussein as Neighbour 2Hugo Jones as Lord Croncibleand special guests:Neighbour 1: Jack Pevyhouse of Misadventure by Death, Jim Robbie and Forest GuideEdgar Preston: Alexander Danner of Greater BostonLady Jonewood: Sarah GoldingScript, music and sound design by Eli McIlveenDirected by Sean Howard and Eli McIlveenAssociate Producers: Julian Sark, Michael Hudson, Jack Pevyhouse, Paul Tedesco, Keiko Kanda and Heather CollinsSupporting Producer: Kim BellingerExecutive Producer: Dave AddisonSupport the show and get access to bonus content: https://albasalix.com/supportContent warning: Knife violence, panic, magical pregnancy, icky diseases, things going bang. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

36mins

30 Nov 2018

Rank #6

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Alba Salix E201: By The Book

Alba, Magnus and Holly meet their strict new boss, the Minister of Magical Affairs and Health, while Queen Parabel fears for her kingdom.Episode TranscriptFind and support our sponsors at: fableandfolly.com/partnersGet your merch on at our TeePublic store.CreditsBarbara Clifford as Alba SalixJulian Sark as MagnusOlivia Jon as HollyElaine O’Neal as Antalia Pearcey and Princess Minseywith George Bertwell as King GuntherMarisa King as Queen ParabelAbbas Hussein as Emperor RockhartRobert Frances as Prince Bulwarkand special guests:David Rheinstrom (host of Radio Drama Revival) as Sir Galitus Lightwind the Pureand Jeff Van Dreason (co-creator of Greater Boston) as T’Horxa the InvincibleScript, music and sound design by Eli McIlveenDirected by Sean Howard and Eli McIlveenAssociate Producers: Jack Pevyhouse, Paul Tedesco, Keiko Kanda, Heather Collins, Julian Sark and Michael HudsonSupporting Producer: Kim BellingerExecutive Producer: Dave AddisonSupport the show and get access to bonus content: https://albasalix.com/supportContent warning: Nightmares, mildly gross ailments and malpractice.This episode is brought to you by Join The Party, a wonderful and inclusive Dungeons & Dragons real play podcast. Visit jointhepartypod.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

34mins

2 Nov 2018

Rank #7

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The Axe & Crown E202: The Cutting Edge

Stan and his friend have a brilliant new business idea, but it's going to need some work.Episode TranscriptFind and support our sponsors at: fableandfolly.com/partnersGet your merch on at our TeePublic store.CreditsStarring Hugo Jones, Art Carlson and Marisa KingWritten by Eli McIlveenDirected by Sean Howard and Eli McIlveenSound design by Eli McIlveenProduced by Sean HowardSupporting producers: Kim Bellinger, Ryan Cushman and KonaContent warning: fire, panic and marketing.Check us out on Patreon and help us make more Axe & Crown! Get bonus episodes and lots more at patreon.com/albasalix. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

17mins

2 Dec 2019

Rank #8

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Alba Salix E206: Signed, Sealed, Delivered

The royal baby arrives well ahead of schedule — and so does an unwelcome guest.Episode TranscriptFind and support our sponsors at: fableandfolly.com/partnersCreditsBarbara Clifford as Alba SalixJulian Sark as MagnusOlivia Jon as Hollyand Elaine O'Neal as Antalia PearceyMarisa King as Queen ParabelGeorge Bertwell as King GuntherHugh McLeod as Aten-AbenMbula Enobong as Loria BereniceAbbas Hussein as Withrow Leeand special guests:Braden Lamb as Leon Stamatis (from Greater Boston)Alexander Danner (of Greater Boston) as Edgar PrestonSarah Golding as Lady JonewoodWritten and directed by Eli McIlveen and Sean HowardMusic and sound design by Eli McIlveenAssociate producers: Michael Hudson, Jack Pevyhouse, Paul Tedesco, Keiko Kanda, Heather Collins and Julian SarkSupporting Producer: Kim BellingerExecutive Producer: Dave AddisonSupport the show and get access to bonus content: https://albasalix.com/supportContent warning: Violence, knives, panic, heights, hijacking, death threats, magical pregnancy and labour, separation, allergies, and ever so much screaming. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

35mins

8 Dec 2018

Rank #9

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Alba Salix E204: Harvest Moon

The House of Healing crew visit the Harvest Moon Faire to unwind, but strange and monstrous things are afoot.Episode TranscriptFind and support our sponsors at: fableandfolly.com/partnersCreditsBarbara Clifford as Alba SalixJulian Sark as MagnusOlivia Jon as Hollyand Elaine O'Neal as Antalia PearceyMbula Enobong as Loria BereniceRobert Frances as JeromeAbbas Hussein as Withrow LeeGeorge Bertwell as King GuntherMarisa King as Queen Parabeland special guests:Royal Librarians Amanda McLoughlin and Julia Schifini, hosts of of the podcast Spirits;the prologue was read by Chris Luckhardt;the Cook and young Master Martin were Alan Burgon and Julia C. Thorne of The Amelia Project from Imploding Fictions;and Biff was played by James Oliva, heard on countless shows and creator of What's The Frequency.Written and directed by Eli McIlveen and Sean HowardMusic and sound design by Eli McIlveenAssociate Producers: Heather Collins, Julian Sark, Michael Hudson, Jack Pevyhouse, Paul Tedesco and Keiko KandaSupporting Producer: Kim BellingerExecutive Producer: Dave AddisonSupport the show and get access to bonus content: https://albasalix.com/supportContent warning: Danger, animal attacks, violent mobs and day drinking. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

35mins

23 Nov 2018

Rank #10

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Alba Salix E203: Burning Questions

Alba and Holly get a summons to examine the Queen, Ms Pearcey gets some unexpected assistance, and Magnus gets in deep trouble.Episode TranscriptFind and support our sponsors at: fableandfolly.com/partnersCreditsBarbara Clifford as Alba SalixJulian Sark as MagnusOlivia Jon as Hollyand Elaine O'Neal as Antalia PearceyMbula Enobong as Loria BereniceRobert Frances as JeromeAbbas Hussein as Guy van FleetMarisa King as Queen ParabelGeorge Bertwell as King GuntherMichael Howie as Travinand special guest Braden Lamb as LeonLeon Stamatis is one of the wonderful characters on Greater Boston, created by Alexander Danner and Jeff Van Dreason. Check it out at greaterbostonshow.com.Written by Sean HowardDirected by Sean Howard and Eli McIlveenMusic and sound design by Eli McIlveenAssociate producers: Keiko Kanda, Heather Collins, Julian Sark, Michael Hudson, Jack Pevyhouse and Paul TedescoSupporting Producer: Kim BellingerExecutive Producer: Dave AddisonSupport the show and get access to bonus content: https://albasalix.com/supportContent warning: Fire, flood, confinement, near-drowning, interrogation and misgendering.This episode has been brought to you by Anansi Storytime, a podcast of tales from all over the world. Check them out at spiderstorytime.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

34mins

16 Nov 2018

Rank #11

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Alba Salix E202: Tried and Tested

The House of Healing staff face an inspection by Minister Pearcey — and a test of a different kind.Episode TranscriptFind and support our sponsors at: fableandfolly.com/partnersStarring:Barbara Clifford as Alba SalixJulian Sark as MagnusOlivia Jon as HollyElaine O'Neal as Antalia Pearceywith Abbas Hussein as the ButterflyMbula Enobong as Loria Bereniceand special guests:Michael Howie as TravinJasmin Cheng as the CatalogueScript, music and sound design by Eli McIlveenDirected by Sean Howard and Eli McIlveenAssociate Producers: Paul Tedesco, Keiko Kanda, Heather Collins, Julian Sark, Michael Hudson and Jack PevyhouseSupporting Producer: Kim BellingerExecutive Producer: Dave AddisonSupport the show and get access to bonus content: https://albasalix.com/supportContent warning: Claustrophobia, violence, doom and destruction.This episode is brought to you by The Amelia Project, a delightfully witty audio drama podcast about an agency who helps their clients disappear. Look them up at ameliapodcast.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

32mins

9 Nov 2018

Rank #12

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Alba Salix E103: Into the Woeful Woods

After the House of Healing's herb garden is torn out by workmen bearing royal orders, Alba tries to get to the root of the matter while Holly and Magnus venture into the woods to gather more rare plants.Episode TranscriptFind and support our sponsors at: fableandfolly.com/partnersCreditsBarbara Clifford as Alba SalixJulian Sark as MagnusOlivia Jon as HollyCarter Siddall as Helbard Krankel and DouglasGeorge Bertwell as King Gunther and Papa BearMarisa King as Queen Parabel and Mama BearRobert Frances as Bailiff Henry and BadgerAbbas Hussain as Jan and Badger GuardJasmin Cheng as Baby BearClive E Milne as the Spider and the MapWritten and directed by Eli McIlveenSound design and music by Eli McIlveenProduced by Sean HowardAssociate producers: Carter Siddall, Eric Portelance, Mark Fenwick, Josh Clavir and Dave AddisonSupport the show and get access to bonus content: https://albasalix.com/supportContent warning: Cartoonish violence, fantasy racism, imprisonment, animal attacks, drug references and crimes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

31mins

21 Nov 2014

Rank #13

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Alba Salix E104: A Chance To Cure

As Alba and Holly race to cure a deadly outbreak of cranial swelling, Magnus receives a visit from the kingdom's most feared outlaw.Episode TranscriptFind and support our sponsors at: fableandfolly.com/partnersCreditsBarbara Clifford as Alba SalixJulian Sark as Magnusand Olivia Jon as HollyMarisa King as Queen ParabelGeorge Bertwell as King GuntherCarter Siddall as Helbard KrankelAbbas Hussain as Guy van FleetElaine O’Neal as Mrs StrudebakerRobert Frances as Carlton Gerrardand Jasmin Cheng as the PageWritten and directed by Eli McIlveenSound design and music by Eli McIlveenProduced by Sean HowardAssociate producers: Carter Siddall, Eric Portelance, Mark Fenwick, Josh Clavir and Dave AddisonSupport the show and get access to bonus content: https://albasalix.com/supportContent warning: Cartoonish gore and death, bereavement, outbreak of illness and mansplaining. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

30mins

28 Nov 2014

Rank #14

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Alba Salix E105: To Market, To Market

Alba's old flame Withrow Lee comes to town selling suspicious potions, inspiring Magnus to get in on the game.Episode TranscriptFind and support our sponsors at: fableandfolly.com/partnersCreditsBarbara Clifford as Alba SalixJulian Sark as Magnusand Olivia Jon as Holly and BerthaAbbas Hussain as Withrow LeeJohn Palmieri as Jerome and Mister BenvenitoElaine O’Neal as Countess Carnelia and Serdikos the ImpCarter Siddall as McWhinneyGeorge Bertwell as AbeMarisa King as Angie and the Apple Sellerand special guest Tim Ciaschini as Professor Schpringeler and the MuggerWritten and directed by Eli McIlveenSound design and music by Eli McIlveenProduced by Sean HowardAssociate producers: Carter Siddall, Eric Portelance, Mark Fenwick, Josh Clavir and Dave AddisonSupport the show and get access to bonus content: https://albasalix.com/supportContent warning: Cartoonish violence and torture, threats, heights, mind control? and fraud up the wazoo. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

31mins

5 Dec 2014

Rank #15

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The Axe & Crown E111: Bowled Over

Gubbin and Betula are set to compete in this year's Grandville Pub League Siege Bowling Championship — but the new team from the Badger & Bucket have some tricks up their sleeve too.Episode TranscriptFind and support our sponsors at: fableandfolly.com/partnersCreditsStarring Hugo Jones, Art Carlson and Marisa King, with special guests Sean Howard and Sarah Golding.Written and directed by Eli McIlveen.Sound design and music by Eli McIlveen.Produced by Sean Howard.Content warning: lying, cheating, drinking, innuendo and sports.Check us out on Patreon and help us make more Axe & Crown! Get bonus episodes and lots more at patreon.com/albasalix. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

15mins

16 Oct 2017

Rank #16

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The Axe & Crown E112: The Art of War

An old enemy comes to town, and the Axe & Crown's regulars prepare for battle.Episode TranscriptFind and support our sponsors at: fableandfolly.com/partnersCreditsStarring Hugo Jones, Art Carlson and Marisa King, with special guest Karim Kronfli – plus cameos by Jack Pevyhouse, Jake Song and the Aural Traditions cast! Written and directed by Eli McIlveen.Sound design and music by Eli McIlveen.Produced by Sean Howard.Content warning: organized crime, war, death threats, violence, siege, fantasy racism, confinement, drinking.Check us out on Patreon and help us make more Axe & Crown! Get bonus episodes and lots more at patreon.com/albasalix. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

17mins

20 Nov 2017

Rank #17

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The Axe & Crown E110: Grand Opening

It's Grand Opening Day across the street at the Badger & Bucket. Stan is in awe. Betula is skeptical. Gubbin is... suspiciously busy.Episode TranscriptFind and support our sponsors at: fableandfolly.com/partnersCreditsStarring Hugo Jones, Art Carlson and Marisa King.Written and directed by Eli McIlveen.Sound design and music by Eli McIlveen.Produced by Sean Howard.Content warning: poisoning, illness, poop and dirty tricks.Check us out on Patreon and help us make more Axe & Crown! Get bonus episodes and lots more at patreon.com/albasalix. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

12mins

2 Oct 2017

Rank #18

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Alba Salix E106: Wedding Bells

The marriage of Prince Bulwark and Princess Minsey could bring peace to two warring nations – if Alba can keep the bride and groom alive until their wedding day.Episode TranscriptFind and support our sponsors at: fableandfolly.com/partnersCreditsBarbara Clifford as Alba SalixJulian Sark as Magnusand Olivia Jon as Holly and Princess WilleminaGeorge Bertwell as King GuntherMarisa King as Queen ParabelCarter Siddall as Helbard Krankel and the MinisterAbbas Hussain as King RockhartElaine O’Neal as Princess Minseyand Robert Frances as Prince BulwarkWritten and directed by Eli McIlveenSound design and music by Eli McIlveenProduced by Sean HowardAssociate producers: Carter Siddall, Eric Portelance, Mark Fenwick, Josh Clavir and Dave AddisonSupport the show and get access to bonus content: https://albasalix.com/supportContent warning: Conspiracy to murder, suicide attempt, blood and politics. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

32mins

19 Dec 2014

Rank #19

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The Axe & Crown E204: As Good As Gone

The magic business hits a dead end – and Stan receives an unexpected visit.Episode TranscriptFind and support our sponsors at: fableandfolly.com/partnersGet your merch on at our TeePublic store.CreditsStarring Hugo Jones, Art Carlson and Marisa KingWritten and directed by Eli McIlveen and Sean HowardSound design by Eli McIlveenProduced by Sean HowardSupporting producers: Kim Bellinger, Ryan Cushman and KonaContent warning: bereavement, family struggles and undead creatures.Check us out on Patreon and help us make more Axe & Crown! Get bonus episodes and lots more at patreon.com/albasalix. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

20mins

30 Dec 2019

Rank #20