Poisoning Brady in Vulkar's Revenge (8_41)

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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 Eight
Vulkar's Revenge

Act 1
Act 2
Act 3
Act 4

Vulkar's Revenge

Written by Robert Earll


 

ACT ONE

FADE IN:

SCENE 1
EXT. CASTLE BAALDORF

We see the exterior of the castle at night. Torrents of rain can be seen and there is much thunder and lightning. One large flash of lightening lets us view the castle outline, then it goes to a faint outline in the blue-blackness of the night and rain. Shot cuts toÖ

 

SCENE 2
INT. CASTLE BAALDORF

Shot of the interior of the throne room. We briefly see the throne and the wall behind it decorated with the map of Aperanís dragon shaped lands. Shot cuts to the doors of the chamber. We watch as the cloaked figures of PRINCE ERIK GREYSTONE, his vassal MARKO, KING EDWIN BAALDORF and PRINCESS ARIEL BAALDORF enter the castle. Booming thunder can be heard. They shake off the rain from their cloaks.

Greystone removes his cloak, as do the others. Greystone is dressed in his boots, red leggings, white shirt with gold overtunic. His sword is strapped to his side. He also wears his gauntlets.

GREYSTONE

Itís a good thing that just started. Another five miles in that and none of us would be alive now.

Baaldorf is dressed in black and gold robes, his crown on his head.

BAALDORF

Oooh. Rains of Death. Thank the gods itís rare. Though itís fitting for King Troninís death ceremony.

Cut to shot of CASSANDRA running towards the group, her skirts in her hands.

CASSANDRA

Oh, your highness. Youíre safe. Oh, I was so worried. Youíre alive.

She hugs Ariel tightly as the princess looks exasperated.

CASSANDRA
(continuing)

I was so worried. Out in the Rains of Death!

Ariel is wearing an off-white, flowing gown and head covering/veil.

ARIEL

All right! Give it a rest.

She pushes her cloak at Cassandra. The handmaiden moves away from Ariel and to the front of the entire group again.

BAALDORF

I donít want to seem disrespectful, King Tronin was a great ruler and a real manís man, but frankly Iím glad itís over.

Greystone throws his cloak to Cassandra also. She catches it.

Marko is dressed in his usual outfit of white leggings and tunic with a darker brown overtunic.

MARKO

Yeah, Iím glad itís over too. I hate those death ceremonies. Thereís never any snacks.

Marko also tosses his cloak at Cassandra. She manages to catch it and it adds to the growing pile in her arms.

GREYSTONE

I guess everybodyís glad itís over.

MARKO

Except for King Tronin.

The entire group moves further into the throne room chambers as Cassandra backs up in front of them, waiting for Baaldorfís cloak.

BAALDORF

And his eight ex-wives. Now they wonít be getting their Ďsee-ya-laterí money every month.

Baaldorf also throws his cloak to Cassandra Ė she catches it on the pile. She can barely see over the collected cloaks.

Cassandra (8_3)

GREYSTONE

Iím sure theyíre all well provided for.

MARKO

Boy, that guy got married a lot.

Cut to longer shot of the group walking further into the chambers.

BAALDORF

WellÖ he was a romantic.

The group of them stop.

ARIEL

He was a dirty old man.

BAALDORF

Ariel! Now that is disrespectful. Iím gonna have to send you outside in the storm.

Baaldorf nods towards the doors and raises an eyebrow at Ariel.

Cut to shot of Cassandra pleading.

CASSANDRA

Oh, no, please. Not out in the storm. Sheíll die. Sheíll be burned up.

ARIEL

All right, Cassandra. Put a sock on it, OK? I wasnít being disrespectful, I was just pointing out a fact. The older King Tronin got, the younger his wives got.

BAALDORF

Oh, I think youíre exaggerating.

ARIEL

Oh, really? Did you see Queen Tronin at the funeral? She was holding a teddy bear.

Shot cuts to Greystone and Marko.

GREYSTONE

Well, maybe it had sentimental value.

MARKO

Yeah. Sheíll probably get rid of it when she grows . . . up. Becomes more emotionally mature.

Shot cuts back to Baaldorf and Ariel.

ARIEL

Well, thatís what Iím going to do when Iím old.

They all move further into the chambers and Cassandra keeps backing up in front of them.

ARIEL
(continuing)

Iím gonna dump my old man and marry somebody whoís young and handsome. And tall and blonde.

GREYSTONE

Could we talk about something else?

BAALDORF

Good idea. Ariel, you can discuss these matters with your mother.

Shot cuts to Cassandra as she drops all the cloaks in shock and then drops to the floor to pick them up again. She looks horrified.

CASSANDRA

Your mother. Queen Lattinia. Where is she? Out in the storm? Sheís gonna get burned up.

ARIEL

All right, Cassandra. All right. Knock it off.

Ariel finally removes her veil/head covering and throws it onto Cassandra. It drapes over the handmaidenís head.

ARIEL
(continuing)

She stayed behind to console Queen Tronin. Mommyís very good with children.

Cassandra stands with the cloaks in her arms once again, but since she canít see, Ariel guides her with directions and walks behind her.

ARIEL
(continuing)

A little to your right.

Cassandra thumps into the wall in front of her and Ariel runs into her as well, stumbling over a chair.

ARIEL
(continuing)

Oh, I meant left.

Cassandra and Ariel exit the chambers.

BAALDORF

Arielís got a lot to learn.

GREYSTONE

Yes, sire.

MARKO

And now that Arielís gone, can we talk about wife number seven? The red-head? I have never seen such . . .

GREYSTONE

Marko!

There is a loud peal of THUNDER as the doors to the chamber open and a guard moves to the side. Two mysteriously caped and hooded figures push into the room followed by two of Baaldorfís GUARDS.

BAALDORF

What the devil?!

Baaldorf, Greystone and Marko turn and walk towards the entrance. The two figures stop. One pulls back its hood/head covering and PRINCE DIRK BLACKPOOL is revealed. He is smirking, as usual.

BLACKPOOL

Hi.

BAALDORF

Dirk.

The second figure removes its hood/head covering and THE WIZARD VECTOR is revealed. He looks at the group in front of him. The two of them stand there, flanked by the two castle guards.

MARKO

Vector.

Blackpool is wearing his usual black leggings, boots, studded leather armor and weapons. He is also wearing his gauntlets.

BLACKPOOL

Remarkable vision for such a short-sighted group.

Dirk Blackpool (8_11)

Cut to head shot of Baaldorf.

GUARD ONE

Sire, they came in under a flag of truce.

Cut to shot of Blackpool. He looks extremely displeased at being in the castle with them all.

BLACKPOOL

The bridge at Madness Canyon was washed out. We couldnít stay in the rains any longer without risking death.

Vector is wearing grey and purple robes and a head covering adorned with pearls.

VECTOR

Your castle was the nearest place.

BLACKPOOL

It was a difficult choice. Believe me, being at the funeral with you three was bad enough. If I could have located another shelter I would have taken it.

Cut to shot of Marko.

MARKO

I know of a nice stable you might check out.

GREYSTONE

Marko, we canít put anybody out in the Rains of Death. Not even Blackpool and Vector. The death of Tronin forbids any act of unkindness during the mourning period.

Baaldorf motions to the guards to disarm the two northerners.

Blackpool puts out his arm to the guard nearest him, stopping him.

BLACKPOOL

If it will make you feel more comfortable, we will voluntarily give you our weapons.

Blackpool unhooks his sword belt and hands it to guard one. Vector "zaps" a wicked looking dagger with a curved blade onto the open palm of the GUARD TWO.

BAALDORF

Meals will be sent to your rooms. As soon as the stormís over, your weapons will be returned and youíll be invited to leave.

BLACKPOOL

This situation is more intolerable to me than you can imagine.

He looks very put upon and exasperated with them all.

BLACKPOOL
(continuing)

It would help if you could muster some degree of sophistication.

GREYSTONE

Dirk, why donít you quit while youíre ahead? In the Rains of Death, skin melts.

BLACKPOOL

Obviously sophistication is beyond you, Erik. I trust the rest of you will make up for him. Lead the way.

Guard one leads the way as Blackpool and Vector follow, trailed by guard two. Baaldorf, Marko and Greystone watch them leave with concern.

BAALDORF

I donít like it.

MARKO

You think theyíre up to something?

GREYSTONE

And if they are, being unarmed in the middle of your enemies castle, itís not what Iíd call a brilliant plan.

BAALDORF

Maybe youíre right. Well, letís go get ready for dinner.

The king exits, passing Greystone.

GREYSTONE

Good idea.

He follows Baaldorf.

MARKO

Great idea.

Marko exits the chambers behind them.

 

SCENE 2
INT. SHOT OF VECTORíS IN A CHAMBER AT CASTLE BAALDORF

Shot opens on a game of some type Ė similar to chess. A number of metal knights are placed on the board. Vector moves one piece telepathically and then moves another out of the oncoming path of the knight with his hand. He flips on of the two pieces on the side of the knightís helmet downward. He has captured the piece. He sits and rests his chin in his hand briefly, then stands. He moves towards a corner and disappears in a glow of purple light. Shot cuts to . . .

 

SCENE 3
INT. OF MYSTERIOUS CHAMBER

We watch as Vector appears from a glow of purple light in the darkly lit, foggy chamber. He untucks his head from his chest as he stands in front of a bubbling pool. He reaches into his robes and brings out a large amulet. He holds it with his arms outstretched as he begins to speak.

VECTOR

Oh, great amulet of the Caverns, I, the wizard Vector command of you life from the earth, blood to the water, voice of the wind.

He begins to chant a mystical incantation in a magical tongue. The pool behind him bubbles and froths violently.

VECTOR
(continuing)

To this end, I sacrifice my rights to the amulet of the Caverns.

Vector (8_20)

Vector turns around and throws the amulet in the bubbling pool.

VECTOR
(continuing)

I now summon my personal assassin.

The wizard shoots a red beam of power from his hand into the depths of the pool.

A strange warrior rises from the depths of the smoking pool Ė dressed in red armor with bat-like wings attached to his shoulders. His face is covered with a helm that makes him look even more terrifiying. It is VULKAR, though his name has not yet been revealed to us.

VULKAR

Why have you raised me from the dead, great wizard?

VECTOR

You are in my control. I ask questions. I demand answers.

VULKAR

Yes, great wizard.

VECTOR

Go. Call your men. Your barbarian horde.

Vulkar lets out a terrible, GROWLING YELL. It echoes in the chamber as THUNDER booms and lightning flashes outside. Shot cuts to exterior shot of the night sky as the thunder and lightning crash outside. Shot then cuts to footage of knights on a hill, then back to Vulkar in the chamber, still calling. Shot cuts away to more of his soldiers running to do his bidding. Shot then cuts back to Vulkar as he steps down from the pool.

VECTOR

Do you remember Prince Blackpool?

VULKAR

The one who caused my fortieth death?

VECTOR

Yes. He and I are stranded for the night in Castle Baaldorf.

VULKAR

The temporary home of my last executioner. Greystone.

VECTOR

Forget about him. In the morning, after the storm has passed, Dirk Blackpool and I will be taking the north road home. You will assemble your men at Demon Pass. You will attack Ė and kill Blackpool!

VULKAR

Yes, great wizard. Tonight, all of you are at Castle Baaldorf. Tomorrow, I attack and kill Blackpool.

Shot cuts to Vector as he ponders what this will mean to him. At last, he will have revenge on Blackpool for stealing his monocle.

VECTOR

My monocle will be returned to me. And I will wreak such havoc on the earth, the like of which man has never seen. Go, slave. Join your men.

VULKAR

Good idea, lizard.

Vector turns at the insult and glares at the warrior.

VULKAR
(continuing)

Then we take the castle and kill them all.

VECTOR

You will obey my command.

VULKAR

Fool!

He strikes at Vector with his magical whip. It misses the wizard, but there is a flash of red magic.

VULKAR
(continuing)

No one commands Vulkar. Without your monocle, your magic is limited. As is your time to live.

The resurrected warrior raises his whip threateningly at the wizard.

Vector disappears in a glow of purple light as Vulkar laughs evilly. Shot cuts to an exterior shot of the night sky outside as the thunder sounds with a crash and lightning is displayed.

 

SCENE 4
INT. CASTLE BAALDORF Ė DINING ROOM/GREAT HALL

Shot pans the dinner table . We see wine and plates of food, then see Ariel at one side of the table and Baaldorf sitting at the head of the table. Shot pans back further and we see Greystone sitting opposite Ariel and Marko sitting on her right.

BAALDORF

You look beautiful tonight, Ariel.

Ariel has changed gowns and is now wearing a large headress as well. It is gold fabric with two coils almost like ramís horns curling down to each side of her head. Tassles finish off the coils and there are two small fabric pads/coils over her ears.

ARIEL

Oh, no. Itís too late for beautiful. I looked beautiful about two hours ago, but now Iím down to lovely.

BAALDORF

Very well. You look lovely.

ARIEL

Thank you. If I stay up too late, I get cute.

Cassandra serves Ariel and moves around the table towards Greystone. Greystone tries to hand Marko the platter of tadmon.

GREYSTONE

Marko?

MARKO

No, I canít eat that tadmon.

GREYSTONE

Why not? Whatís the matter? Donít you feel well?

MARKO

I knew him. I was with him just yesterday in the yard. I know his wife. Uh, his widow. Itíd be like cannibals offering me my own family.

Ariel looks at Marko but continues to eat her own tadmon.

MARKO
(continuing)

Boy, they sure named him wrong.

GREYSTONE

What was his name?

MARKO

Lucky.

ARIEL

I still say that we shouldíve invited Prince Blackpool to dinner. After all, he is our guest. And people might think that weíre uncivilized.

Ariel accidentally tosses her tadmon leg across the table and Cassandra deftly catches it, then places it back on her ladyís plate.

BAALDORF

Heís our enemy, daughter dear. He has no scruples.

ARIEL

He doesnít?

BAALDORF

Tradition and respect for the dead dictate that we give him shelter, nothing more.

Ariel is chewing and talking at the same time.

ARIEL

But, good manners are importantÖ and people might . . .

GREYSTONE

Ariel. Dirk Blackpool is a vicious killer. There is nothing he wouldnít do.

ARIEL

Nothing?

She smiles and raises her eyebrows.

ARIEL
(continuing)

Oh, wow.

There is a NOISE at the door of the chamber and a bear-like figure makes its way inside, growling menacingly. The GUARD at the door holds a short sword at ready. Then a chuckle emerges from the depths as PRINCE JUSTIN GREYSTONE pulls off the bear head like a helmet. He is dressed in the bear skin to escape the Rains of Death.

JUSTIN

Ah, sorry. I didnít mean to scare everybody. ĎBout the only way a fella stands a slim chance out there.

He hands the bear head/helmet to the guard and then makes his way to the table by Marko.

JUSTIN
(continuing)

I sure hope this storm doesnít, ah, ruin the funeral tomorrow.

Greystone looks at his brother with aggravation.

GREYSTONE

It was today, Justin.

JUSTIN

Ahh, no kiddin?

BAALDORF

Now, where have you been?

JUSTIN

I was up in the mountains doiní some fishiní with the Winslow sisters.

Justin removes the bear skin/coat as Marko looks up with shock.

JUSTIN
(continuing)

Fella loses trackía time up there, ya know? Pittiní his wits against the wilderness.

Greystone purses his lips and raises an eyebrow suggestively.

GREYSTONE

Not to mention the Winslow sisters.

ARIEL

Theyíre tramps.

MARKO

They are not. Well, Lucille is. But not Margaret.

Justin chuckles appreciatively.

JUSTIN

Pass the tadmon, wouldíya? I love tadmon.

He accepts the platter from Greystone.

JUSTIN
(continuing)

Oh, this is lucky.

MARKO

Yeah.

JUSTIN

Is Betsy the scullery maid still around here? You know, the one that carries around that ball of steel wool?

Justin grins a bit and looks at Greystone, who looks at Justin with disapproval. Shot cuts to Ariel looking perplexed.

 

SCENE 5
INT. CASTLE BAALDORF

Shot of an empty hallway and door in the castle. Blackpool opens the door of his temporary chambers and walks into the hall, looking to the right to see if anyone is about. As he closes the door, Vector appears behind it. Blackpool turns and looks at Vector.

BLACKPOOL

Hmm. Where have you been?

He pulls on his gauntlets as they walk together.

VECTOR

Checking the castle for vulnerabilities.

BLACKPOOL

Letís go over it one more time. After dinner, Iíll stab Greystone and you fly us out of here . . .

VECTOR

That might be a problem.

BLACKPOOL

Why?

VECTOR

Iím rather weak, my lord. It must be the rain.

He pauses in the hall and Blackpool stops as well, pondering for a moment.

BLACKPOOL

Very well then.

He rubs his gloved fingers together as he thinks.

BLACKPOOL
(continuing)

Iíll think of some other way to kill him. Do you have any poison?

VECTOR

Of course.

He pulls out a vial from his robes and gives it to Blackpool.

BLACKPOOL

Good. Iíll get rid of them all. Iíll slip this in their drinks after dinner.

He accepts the vial and hides it in his armour.

VECTOR

I think thereís something I must tell you, my lord.

BLACKPOOL

Not yet. Letís go to the dining hall. I want to get on with this.

Blackpool begins to exit.

VECTOR

We werenít invited.

Blackpool stops and looks at the wizard.

BLACKPOOL

My dear Vector, those fools expect us to be abusive and boorish. Letís give them what they expect.

He exits the hallway to the left.

VECTOR

But . . .

And follows the prince.

 

SCENE 6
INT CASTLE BAALDORF DINING HALL

We see the table and all who are eating at it. Shot cuts to doorway of the chamber being opened as Blackpool walks in with Vector trailing behind him.

BLACKPOOL

Good evening.

(to Vector)

Watch this.

Marko stands as Blackpool enters and Justin turns to look at the newcomers. Greystone also stands.

BLACKPOOL
(continuing)

Your Highness, I am terribly insulted. No one came to tell us that dinner was served.

BAALDORF

Your meals were sent to your rooms.

Blackpool crosses to Baaldorf. Marko sits down. Baaldorf turns to look at Blackpool and Vector.

BLACKPOOL

You canít be serious. I told them there must be some mistake and had them take the food to the dogs.

MARKO

Maybe someone oughta feed you to the dogs.

BLACKPOOL

Well, a clever servant. Very rare. And soon to be extinct.

BAALDORF

Donít press your luck, Blackpool.

GREYSTONE

No, good ahead. Press it, Dirk. Iíd like to teach you some manners.

Greystone glares at his enemy threateningly.

Blackpool turns to the princess and takes her hand, bowing slightly to her. Brings her hand up towards his lips to kiss it.

BLACKPOOL

Princess Ariel. How are you?

Ariel liberates the tadmon in the hand that he is holding, puts it back on her plate and looks at him haughtily.

ARIEL

Wouldnít you like to know?

Blackpool looks at her with a bit of distaste.

BLACKPOOL

Actually, no.

He pauses as Ariel looks away unhappily, then focuses his attention on Justin.

BLACKPOOL
(continuing)

Ah, the family playboy. Back from a tough day of chasing skirts?

He and Vector continue to move around the table to the side that Greystone is standing by.

JUSTIN

Youíre gonna look funny when I turn you inside out.

Blackpool turns to Vector with feigned hurt.

BLACKPOOL

One insult after another.

MARKO

And you look exceptionally rancid tonight, Vector.

VECTOR

Itís the storm outside. And whatís in it.

(to Blackpool)

I must speak to you at once.

BLACKPOOL
(whispers back to the wizard)

Not yet.

(continuing to group)

Interesting table you set here, your highness.

He picks up a piece of tadmon.

BLACKPOOL
(continuing)

Nothing like good peasant food.

Blackpool drops it back onto a plate.

JUSTIN

Howíd you like to swallow a good peasant tadmon in one bite?

BLACKPOOL

What kind of dressing does it have?

BAALDORF

All right, calm down! Now, if youíre unhappy, Blackpool, I can have you escorted outside. Now.

VECTOR

Thatís not necessary. He wasÖ joking.

GREYSTONE

Any more jokes and both of you will be very wet skeletons. Do you understand me, Dirk?

He glares at Blackpool again.

BLACKPOOL

I understand you more than youíll ever know.

He nods to Vector and the wizard uses a red beam of power to pull out a chair for his lord. Blackpool settles into the chair smugly and smirks at all of them.

 

SCENE 7
EXT. CASTLE BAALDORF

Shot opens on a night shot of the castle in the torrential rains of death. There is a flash of lightning and a rumble of thunder. Shot dissolves to . . .

 

SCENE 8
INT. CASTLE BAALDORF

Shot cuts to the window of the dining room/great hall of the castle where the group is watching Ariel tap dance to a tune being played by Cassandra on a harpsichord type instrument. Ariel is, unfortunately, dancing badly. She is on a small platform/stage in front of the window. All of the viewers except Baaldorf look a bit pained to have to watch this spectacle. Justin and Marko are seated next to each other and Baaldorf and Greystone are seated next to each other. Baaldorf is relaxing with an after-dinner pipe. Blackpool and Vector stand by the table, watching the proceedings with expressions that border on anguish.

BLACKPOOL

Unbelievable.

VECTOR

There are no words.

A female servant brings in a tray of after-dinner snifters of brandy for everyone and then leaves. Blackpool gets the vial of poison out of its hiding place in his garments.

\

Vector
(aside to Blackpool)

Thereís something I must speak to you about.

Blackpool continues with what he is doing.

BLACKPOOL
(speaking softly)

Quiet, Vector. Youíll spoil this side show.

Blackpool slips the poison in all the glasses of brandy except one, carefully choosing that one for himself, as the others continue to watch Arielís dancing.

Poisoning Brandy (8_41)

Baaldorf grins at Greystone when Ariel does a bit of a flourish with her steps. Greystone attempts to smile sincerely, but it falls short. The music seems to end as does the dance. Shot cuts to Justin sitting at the table and Marko behind him, smiling, ready to clap for the princess. They stop in confusion as the music starts again and Ariel keeps dancing. Blackpool removes his glass from the tray as a servant brings in a container of brandy and leaves. Marko moves the tray down so every one can get a drink. Justin takes a snifter. Ariel continues to dance and twirl, then slips and falls as the music ends.

ARIEL

Oooh!

Everyone claps for her efforts even though they were puzzled by them. Ariel stands and smiles, motioning to Cassandra, her accompanist.

BLACKPOOL

A toast to the . . . unusual talents of the Princess Ariel.

Everyone gets their snifters of brandy and raises them in a toast. They are all almost drinking from them when there is a loud crash and an object is thrown through the window behind Ariel. She screams and jumps out of the way. The others rush over to the window and peer out of the broken glass.

MARKO

Somebodyís out there!

Greystone picks up the object. It is a metal shield with a large hole punched through the middle of it, obviously by some type of weapon.

BAALDORF

That shield belongs to the captain of the guard.

BLACKPOOL

I believe the correct word is belonged.

Greystone pulls out a parchment that was attached to the shield and reads it out loud. His face is grim.

GREYSTONE

Surrender or die. Signed, Vulkar.

Shot pans in closer to the shield and the ragged hole in the middle of it. Shot freezes to animated/drawing of the shield in Greystone's hands.

FADE OUT.

 

END OF ACT ONE

 

Act 2

 


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