Traquill in Caverns of Chaos (6_5)

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Transcripts

1. The Unicorn of Death
2. The Kidnap
3. The Rescue
4. Night of Terror
5. Skies of Death
6. Caverns of Chaos
7. The Dungeon of Death
8. Vulkar's Revenge
Unfilmed - The Games

Episode Six
Caverns of Chaos

Act 1
Act 2
Act 3
Act 4

Caverns of Chaos

Written by Don Reo


 

ACT ONE

FADE IN:

SCENE 1
EXT. CASTLE GREYSTONE

We watch as GREYSTONE and his vassal MARKO ride up to Castle Greystone Ė a lovely castle by a moat that sparkles in the sunlight - they cross the road into the castle and disappear from view. Shot dissolves to a strangely red-orange colored hand. Shot pans back Ė the hand belongs to a man. The man is KING RICHARD GREYSTONE and he lies on his bed, sleeping and ill. The WIZARD TRAQUILL is in a chair beside the bed, watching over King Richard. Greystone enters with Marko behind him. Greystone crosses over to Traquill and looks down on his father.

GREYSTONE

How is he?

TRAQUILL

Heíll die soon without the fruit of the astrid tree.

GREYSTONE

And why doesnít he have it?

TRAQUILL

I canít get it. The only tree is in the Caverns of Chaos Ė a place of death and pain. Off limits for wizards.

MARKO

Letís go.

Marko and Greystone turn to leave.

TRAQUILL

Hold it.

The two heroes stop and listen.

TRAQUILL
(continuing)

This disease is the result of a wizardís spell. The blackest kind of magic. Itís ancient. Even I canít make a dent in it. And Iím ancient.

MARKO

Vector.

TRAQUILL

The spell is powerful and unbreakable. Thereís something very evil going on here. This is probably just the tip of the iceberg.

GREYSTONE

Then Iíd better go alone. Marko, you stay here in case theyíre planning some kind of sneak attack. Get Justin to help you.

MARKO

If I can find Ďem. Heís supposed to be covering the western perimeter tomorrow.

TRAQUILL

Erik, no man has ever returned from the Caverns of Chaos. If youíre trapped inside, you will die.

GREYSTONE

If itís the only way to save my father, nothing will stop me.

TRAQUILL

I kinda figured thatíd be your attitude. So kneel.

Greystone kneels in front of the wizard.

TRAQUILL
(continuing)

I will give you a blessing that will protect you from death. One time and one time only.

Traquill uses the monocle on Greystone. It casts a beam at him, then a golden glow surrounds the prince.

Traquill (6_7)

GREYSTONE

Thank you. Iím on my way.

Greystone rises and turns, beginning to leave the chamber.

KING RICHARD

Erik.

Greystone turns back.

GREYSTONE

Father.

Greystone kneels by his fatherís bedside.

KING RICHARD

Erik, I am growing old. I donít have much time left anyway.

GREYSTONE

Donít say that. Youíll outlive all of us.

KING RICHARD

Erik. You must survive. Do not go to the Caverns of Chaos.

GREYSTONE

I have to, father.

Greystone bows his head.

TRAQUILL

Shh Ė let him rest, Erik.

GREYSTONE

Iíll let him rest, but I wonít let him die.

Greystone rises and exits the chamber, leaving King Richard, Traquill and Marko.

 

SCENE2
INT. CASTLE BLACKPOOL

We watch as the camera pans another strangely red-orange colored hand resting on a chair. By the leather armor, we know it is Blackpool. Shot pans back to show BLACKPOOL sitting in a chair in one of the chambers of Castle Blackpool. He does not look happy.

VECTOR

Pity.

BLACKPOOL

I donít want sympathy, Vector. I want a cure.

Blackpool flexes his hand and looks at it. Shot pans to the WIZARD VECTOR sitting at a table in the chamber. He is wearing a hat that defies description Ė it almost looks as if a skyscraper is resting on his head.

VECTOR

Yes. I wish I could help. I told you casting that spell was dangerous. Itís an inexact science. A bite of the astrid fruit is the only cure.

BLACKPOOL

In the Caverns of Chaos.

VECTOR

Yes. Where the Book was kept before the great change. Where there is no mercy.

BLACKPOOL

Then I must go there. When I return, we must talk about this little accident.

Blackpool stands.

Dirk Blackpool (6_19)

VECTOR

Yes, of course. But in the meantime, you should hurry. Erik Greystone is after the astrid fruit for his father. If he should beat you thereÖ

BLACKPOOL

He wonít.

Blackpool turns to gather up his sword and gauntlets.

VECTOR

Iím glad to hear it. A word of warning. The Caverns are filled with ancient traps. Donít use your sword there. Itís protected against violence. It will bind you to whatever you would kill.

BLACKPOOL

Vector, I am tired of wizard tricks. I am sick of wizard talk. So let me give you a warning. If you lie to me, or if you try to deceive me Ė donít get caught.

Blackpool exits the chamber, leaving Vector alone.

VECTOR

I donít intend to.

 

SCENE 3
EXT. CAVERNS OF CHAOS

There is a camera wipe like a page turning. The shot that is revealed is that of a rocky cliff/mountain wall. Shot dissolves to a cave-like entrance in the wall of rock. Through a tunnel-like opening we see the far-away figure of Greystone moving towards a tree with red leaves. There is also a bush-like growth at the bottom of the tree. Only one green fruit hangs on the tree. Shot dissolves to a closer shot of Greystone in the chamber. He moves to the tree, looks at the fruit, and plucks it, placing it in a leather pouch, which he then ties to his belt. Blackpool enters the chamber, his double-bladed dagger already drawn and in his right hand.

BLACKPOOL

Stop right there, Erik.

Greystone looks at Blackpoolís hands.

GREYSTONE

So, Vector gave you the fever too.

BLACKPOOL

Unintentionally.

GREYSTONE

Sure.

BLACKPOOL

At the moment, I couldnít care less how I got it. Iím only interested in getting rid of it.

GREYSTONE

And one bite of the fruit will cure you.

Greystone ponders this and decides he might share the fruit.

GREYSTONE
(continuing)

And thereís still enough left to save my father.

BLACKPOOL

Very few things in this world would please me more than the death of your father. Heís been an enemy of my family since he was a boy. Twice he nearly killed my father. No. This time you both die.

Blackpool reaches for his sword hilt. A large rock panel sliding down seals the entrance. Blackpool sheathes his dagger.

GREYSTONE

What have you done? Now weíre both sealed in here. I would have given you some.

Blackpool turns both hands on his sword hilt.

Give it to me now.

Greystone draws his own sword.

GREYSTONE

Why donít you try to take it?

BLACKPOOL

Come on!

Blackpool and Greystone circle around the tree. Shot pans back to shot of them through the tunnel, then back to a closer shot of the sparring princes who are now behind the tree.

GREYSTONE

Itíll be interesting with you gone, Dirk. Your brother, Geoffrey, will command the North. Provided he can find it.

Greystone yells and swings at Blackpool.

BLACKPOOL

Youíre dreaming, Erik. A final, pitiful dream.

Blackpool yells back and swings back at Greystone.

GREYSTONE

I donít have time for this, Dirk. Letís get it done.

BLACKPOOL

My pleasure.

Blackpool and Greystone cross swords. As they connect, a red glow settles on each of their blades.

Dirk and Erik (6_27)

The blades of the swords disappear as the glow continues to go below their hands in a loop. They both stagger back and fall to the floor of the chamber.

 

SCENE 4
EXT. CASTLE BLACKPOOL

Shot opens on Castle Blackpool then pans into a closer shot of the imposing castle on its cliff. Shot dissolves to the doors of Vectorís chambers. The doors open and the WITCH BETHEL enters the room.

BETHEL

Hello, Vector.

VECTOR

What are you doing here, Bethel?

Vector pours himself a goblet of wine. Bethel crosses over to Vector.

BETHEL

I want you to know that Iím aware of your little game. I must admit Iím quite surprised.

VECTOR

I surprise you? How?

BETHEL

I never dreamt you could summon up the crimson fever without your monocle. How did you do it?

VECTOR

That shall remain as much a mystery to you as how my monocle was stolen from me. That is a mystery to you, isnít it, Bethel?

BETHEL

When Prince Blackpool returns I intend to tell him you deceived him intentionally. Heíll know you tried to kill him. And heíll kill you.

Bethel walks away, then turns back as Vector speaks.

Vector chuckles.

VECTOR

Donít you marvel at my abilities, Bethel? No other wizard could do what I do without a monocle. I possess great power.

BETHEL

Not for long.

Bethel moves to the doors.

VECTOR

You could be part of it. How would you like to be Queen of Camarand?

Bethel stops at the doors and turns to Vector.

BETHEL

What do you mean?

VECTOR

Let me tell you the truth.

Bethel walks back towards Vector.

BETHEL

Hmm. Iíd like to hear that, Vector.

VECTOR

Yes.

Vector moves over to a chair and settles into it, holding his goblet.

VECTOR
(continuing)

I did conjure the crimson fever. I gave it to King Greystone and Prince Blackpool.

BETHEL

Why?

VECTOR

Itís all part of my plan. A plan you could fit into.

BETHEL

Keep talking, Vector.

VECTOR

King Greystone will die. With Erik Greystone and Blackpool in the Caverns of Chaos, chances are theyíll die too.

Bethel walks over to the table where the wine vessel is and leans on the table.

BETHEL

Ah. Blackpool dies and you get your monocle back.

VECTOR

Yes. But I see the opportunity to go further. I can use Geoffrey to eliminate Marko. And you, sweet BethelÖ

Vector rises and walks over to Bethel

VECTOR
(continuing)

Öcan marry Justin Greystone. We can pretend to serve royalty, but in fact, weíll control it.

Vector and Bethel (6_38)

BETHEL

Youíre so clever, Vector.

VECTOR

More than youíll ever know. One Greystone left alive. How does that sound?

BETHEL

Intriguing.

Bethel moves away from Vector again.

BETHEL

If it all works.

VECTOR

Can you seduce Justin Greystone?

Bethel looks at Vector with amusement and disdain.

BETHEL

I can seduce anyone.

VECTOR

Of course.

Vector turns to Bethel and walks to her.

VECTOR
(continuing)

After you accomplish that, return here and weíll ensure our plan. Weíll make certain that Blackpool and Greystone are dead.

BETHEL

And what if Dirk Blackpool survives?

VECTOR

You mean, if he isnít killed by Greystone, or the fever, or one of the traps and demons in the Caverns of Chaos?

BETHEL

That is a lot to ask, even of him.

Vector and Bethel both smirk.

 

SCENE 5
INT. CAVERNS OF CHAOS

Shot dissolves to Cavern entrance shot, then pans closer. Shot dissolves to Blackpool and Greystone lying on the chamber floor. They attempt to get up and move away from each other then discover they are chained together. A manacle encircles Greystoneís right wrist and Blackpoolís left wrist is also encircled. There is about a two-foot length of chain connecting them to each other.

BLACKPOOL

Vectorís warning.

Blackpool punches Greystone.

BLACKPOOL
(continuing)

Give it to me now.

GREYSTONE

Come and get it.

Blackpool grabs Greystoneís hand and swings him into the stone wall. Greystone yells and they struggle, rolling over and fighting. They roll near an opening in the side of the stone wall. Greystone looks up and sees a portcullis/gate with sharply spiked edges beginning to roll downward in its grooves towards them. The shot freezes and goes to animation/drawing of the portcullis/gate.

FADE OUT.

 

END OF ACT ONE

 

Act 2

 


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