Marko in Vulkar's Revenge (8_24)

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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 THREE

FADE IN:

SCENE 13
INT. CASTLE BAALDORF

Animated/drawing unfreezes as the explosion from the missile/ball finishes. There is a huge cloud of smoke and dust that settles into the room. There is also a small fire burning from the explosion. We see the group gathered around the window.

GREYSTONE

Here they come!

Shot of castle walls being scaled by many troops. Cut back to the room. Justin goes over to the wine rack and grabs a bottle. Greystone fights sword to sword with an attacker. Blackpool kicks another out the window. Justin takes a swig of wine, shakes the bottle up and dowses the small fire created by the missile/ball. Blackpool fires a crossbow bolt out the window, then gets hit in the top of his leather shoulder armor with a bolt himself. Shot of troops still scaling the castle walls. Back to shot of Justin dowsing the fire Ė the large missile/ball can be seen embedded halfway through the castle wall. Greystone hits another attacker. Blackpool pulls out the bolt from his shoulder armor and throws it back out at the attackers. Shot cuts to an attacker falling off the castle wall. Justin is now engaged with an attacker and sprays him with the wine. The man backs up to get away and falls backwards out of the window behind him. Baaldorf and Vector stand by the cannon and Vector uses a red beam of magic to lift the cannonball to Baaldorf. Baaldorf catches it with a grunt. Greystone kicks another attacker out of the window as he leaps to the sill to protect the window. Shot of Baaldorf loading the cannonball and shooting the cannon. Cut to shot of siege tower and ladders falling away from the castle walls. Cut back to shot of Baaldorf and Vector looking pleased.

VECTOR

Not bad.

BAALDORF

Not bad, my crown! That was perfect.

Cut to shot of Greystone looking over to his brother. Justin and an attacker are engaged in a close fight and Justin smashes the wine bottle into the manís helmet. It breaks over the manís head, stunning him. Justin pushes the attacker out the window.

Greystone grins.

GREYSTONE

You are good with wine.

JUSTIN

You oughta see me with women and song.

He ponders a moment.

JUSTIN
(continuing)

Actually, Iím not that good with song.

Baaldorf sighs heavily.

BAALDORF

Well, I think weíve beaten them back.

Blackpool peers out the window.

BLACKPOOL

No, theyíre just re-grouping.

GREYSTONE

Donít you ever look on the bright side of anything?

BLACKPOOL

The only bright thing I can think of at the moment is stopping this demon and getting out of here.

JUSTIN

Where the heck is Traquill? We could sure use a little whiz-bammly.

BAALDORF

He was exhausted by the ceremony. He stayed at Troninís castle.

GREYSTONE

Ah, heís probably asleep or heíd know we were in trouble by now and be here. But youíre right, he could help us.

BAALDORF

Well, weíll have to send another messenger.

GREYSTONE

This time Iíll go.

Justin stands next to Greystone.

JUSTIN

Naw, youíll be needed here. Iíll go. Besides the rains might start again and my bear skin wonít fitícha.

He crosses over to his bear skin and bear head helmet in a chair in the corner of the room.

GREYSTONE

Whatís with this sudden attack of heroism? I thought by now youíd be figuring out a way to get back to the Winslow sisters.

JUSTIN

I am. The only way to get back to them is to get this mess over with.

He crosses over to Greystone, pulling on the skin like an overcoat.

GREYSTONE

I canít let you do it. The risk is too great.

JUSTIN

No, no, no. Not really. Their husbands are both outta town.

He settles the bear head helmet over his head.

GREYSTONE

All right, brother. But come back.

Justin turns his bear head helmet towards Greystone. His voice is muffled and it looks as if a bear is talking to Greystone.

JUSTIN

Is . . . that an order?

GREYSTONE

You bet it is.

Greystone pats the helmet on the bearís nose and nods. He and Justin move over to the window and Justin stands on the sill.

Baaldorf stand and looks at them both.

BAALDORF

May the gods go with you!

JUSTIN

Well, why wouldnít they?

He jumps out of the window with Greystoneís help.

Ariel runs into the room.

ARIEL

Erik? Erik?

She looks at the missile/ball stuck in the wall. Shot cuts to Ariel in front of Baaldorf. Greystone, Blackpool and Vector flank the king in a loose row.

ARIEL
(continuing)

Daddy? Markoís getting worse by the minute. He keeps fading further and further away like when you let go of a balloon.

BAALDORF

Iím afraid thereís nothing we can do.

ARIEL

There has to be. We canít just let him die.

GREYSTONE

There is a way. Vector can help him.

Shot of Vector standing next to Blackpool.

VECTOR

If I had enough strength left to work wizardry, I wouldíve been out of here a long time ago.

Pauses slightly and looks at Blackpool.

VECTOR
(continuing)

With you, of course, my lord.

Blackpool looks unconvinced.

BLACKPOOL

Of course.

GREYSTONE

We need Marko to help us, Dirk.

VECTOR
(aside to Blackpool)

If he dies, itís one less enemy.

BLACKPOOL
(aside to Vector)

If we die here for lack of man power, it wonít matter much, will it?

VECTOR
(retorts petulantly)

I canít do it. I donít remember any healing invocations.

GREYSTONE

If Marko dies, so do you.

Shot of Blackpool raising the monocle slightly away from his torso. It glows with blue magic as he stares at his uncooperative wizard.

VECTOR

I believe, with effort, I could think of something.

ARIEL

All right!

She claps her hands together.

ARIEL
(continuing)

Letís get this show on the road!

BAALDORF

Yes, you three go to Marko. Dirk and Iíll keep watch here.

Shot of Ariel, Greystone and Vector leaving the chamber. Cut to shot of Baaldorf loading another cannonball in the small cannon. He looks up at Blackpool who is leaning against the wall looking out the window. Blackpool holds a crossbow again.

BAALDORF

You know, Dirk, your father and I were good friends once.

BLACKPOOL

Until you betrayed him.

BAALDORF

Huh. How is old Saris? Still in a coma, hmm?

Blackpool stares out the window and doesnít look at Baaldorf as he answers.

BLACKPOOL

Yes.

BAALDORF

Do you suppose Vector had anything to do with that?

Blackpool looks and sounds annoyed.

BLACKPOOL

What is all this idle chit-chat?

BAALDORF

Well, I guess I was just envying Saris there for a minute.

BLACKPOOL

Why? Because you know it wonít be long before the Blackpoolís control your kingdom as well?

Baaldorf chuckles.

BAALDORF

No. I was thinking that if Iíd had a son like you I wouldíve raised him differently than Saris did.

BLACKPOOL

The gods gave you a daughter. If a son turned out like her . . .

BAALDORF

Aside from your demented mind, you have all the elements to make a father proud.

Blackpool looks a bit disconcerted as he looks back at Baaldorf defiantly.

BLACKPOOL

My father is proud.

BAALDORF

Heís unconscious. And I sometimes wonder if weíd be in this war if he wasnít.

Dirk Blackpool (8_74)

Blackpool crosses to Baaldorf and speaks to him placating.

BLACKPOOL

Youíre like all weak kings who wish for solutions other than complete and total victory. They all become sentimental and senile.

Shot of Baaldorf looking displeased.

 

SCENE 14
INT. CASTLE BAALDORF Ė EAST WING CHAMBER

Cut to chamber where Marko lies on the bed, ill from Vulkarís whip. Ariel, Greystone and Vector enter the room. Marko lies unconscious on top of the coverlet.

ARIEL

If you hurt him, IíllÖ

She looks to Greystone.

ARIEL
(continuing)

What do you do to a wizard?

GREYSTONE

Everything. Twice.

Greystone moves Ariel back from the wizard and then stands next to Vector.

Cut to shot of the wizard motioning for him to move back and Greystone does, his hand on his sword hilt. Ariel stands at the foot of the bed, watching. Vector moves beside the bed towards Marko. He concentrates and holds his hands out in front of him. A humming sound fills the air and smoke begins to roll as Markoís feet begin to raise off the bed. Vector closes his eyes, then opens one. Markoís feet flop back onto the bed. He looks irritated as Greystone and Ariel look on with disappointment.

VECTOR

I havenít done this for a long time.

He concentrates carefully again and Marko raises entirely off the bed as Greystone and Ariel watch.

Erik Greystone (8_79)

There are flashes of blue and red light as magic works against magic. The smoke gets heavier and Ariel begins to cough, backing up towards the open window to get fresh air. As Marko lowers to the bed, Vector and Greystone watch. Ariel is suddenly pulled through the window by an attacker, who covers her mouth with his hand and drags her with him. She kicks and tries to scream but cannot. She disappears. Vector reaches down and passes his hand near Markoís face. Marko awakes with a start.

Marko looks up at Greystone and Vector.

MARKO

Erik! What happened? Last thing I remember is Vulkarís whip. I was haviní this dream about beiní in a flower garden with theÖ the Winslow sisters. Except both of them were Lucille.

Greystone grins at his sturdy friend.

GREYSTONE

Well, I donít know anything about a flower garden, but you did get whipped. Nice work, Vector.

VECTOR

Excuse me. I must get a breath of fresh air.

The wizard exits the chambers as Cassandra brushes by him with a large bowl in her hands.

CASSANDRA

Iíve got the soup.

MARKO

Oh, great! I am starved!

CASSANDRA

Marko!

MARKO

Cassandra!

CASSANDRA

Youíre all right!

She crosses over to him and sits on the opposite side of the bed as Marko moves over to her to be fed.

MARKO

Boy, that smells great!

He prepares for Cassandra to feed him the spoonful of soup she has dipped out for him.

GREYSTONE

Whereís Ariel?

Shot of Cassandra turning her head and body, effectively moving the spoon and its contents out of Markoís range.

MARKO

How am I supposed to know? I was off somewhere with the Winslow sisters.

GREYSTONE

She mustíve gone downstairs.

MARKO

Right.

GREYSTONE

Come on, letís go double-check.

He hauls Marko off the bed and drags him out of the chambers as Marko looks beseechingly at Cassandra.

GREYSTONE
(continuing)

Come on.

Shot cuts back to Baaldorf and Blackpool keeping watch in the great hall/dining room. Blackpool is staring at Baaldorf in contempt. Marko and Greystone enter the hall with Vector trailing behind them. Cassandra follows, still holding the bowl of soup.

BAALDORF

Marko! Youíve recovered!

MARKO

Iím still a little weak, but Iíll be OK. Thanks to Vector.

VECTOR

It wasnít my idea.

CASSANDRA

What about my soup?

MARKO

Up til now, it tastes a lot like air.

GREYSTONE

Whereís Ariel?

BAALDORF

I thought she was with you.

GREYSTONE

She was. I thought she came back downstairs.

An arrow thumps into the wall to Greystoneís left side and he looks at it. The fabric attached to it is from Arielís dress.

GREYSTONE
(continuing)

Vulkarís got her!

Cassandra screams as she spills the soup out of the bowl.

Cassandra (8_81)

 

SCENE 15
INT. VULKARíS TENT

Cut to scene of a tankard being lowered. We see Vulkar behind the huge mug. At the entrance, Ariel is dragged into Vulkarís tent below the castle walls. A guard, wearing the distinctive red helmet of the troops, pushes her along.

ARIEL

Let go of me, you big, red, beaker-head!

She is pushed into the tent and made to sit down.

VULKAR

And what do we have here?

Ariel springs up defiantly and puts her hands on her hips.

ARIEL

We have Princess Ariel Baaldorf and we are not amused.

The guard pushes her back down again.

Vulkar chuckles.

VULKAR

Throw her back, sheís too small.

Ariel jumps up again, angry.

ARIEL

Listen to me, you giant hairball! Nobody throws me anywhere! I will go back on my own.

She turns and attempts to leave but the guard pushes her down and makes her sit again.

Vulkar chuckles again.

VULKAR

You are not going anywhere. Sit down. Have some wine.

He motions for the guard to leave as ARIEL takes the tankard in both hands. Chuckles again but stops as Ariel takes the drinking vessel and throws the wine all over him.

ARIEL

Itís domestic. And youíre disgusting.

She sets the wine vessel down.

VULKAR

Thank you.

And chuckles again.

ARIEL

Oh, great. Iím the captive of a barbarian who doesnít even know when heís being insulted.

VULKAR

You are the captive of a barbarian who gives teeny little wenches like yourself to his troops for their amusement.

Cut to shot of a sword blade slicing a hole in the back of Vulkarís tent. Greystone enters through it with a grimace.

GREYSTONE

Not this one you wonít!

He tries to strike Vulkar with his magic sword but it glances off the warriorís breastplate. Greystone stares at the blade in wonder.

Erik Greystone (8_87)

Vulkar laughs at him.

GREYSTONE

Thatís never happened before. Letís get outta here!

He grabs Arielís hand and they run out of the tent as Vulkar continues to laugh. Shot cuts to the outside of the tent/clearing as Greystone sheathes his sword and Ariel runs beside him. Greystone runs up to a cannon guarded by two of Vulkarís men. Calls back to Ariel.

GREYSTONE
(continuing)

Stay there!

He leans down and grabs two cannonballs and looks at the guards.

GREYSTONE
(continuing)

Uh, I need to borrow this.

He throws each at the guards like shotputs and the guards both fall down, unconscious. Greystone begins to try to push the cannon towards Vulkarís tent. Ariel runs up onto the ledge and blows dirt off the barrel and begins to push the opposite way, trying to help. Shot of Greystone looking down the barrel at Ariel. He is exasperated.

GREYSTONE

The other way!

Ariel looks confused, then runs around to the other side of the barrel, blows more dirt off of it and begins to push again.

GREYSTONE
(continuing)

Push!

Cut to shot of Vulkar and some of his men walking toward the ledge where the cannon sits.

ARIEL

Oh, Erik. Letís forget it. Letís run.

Greystone continues stubbornly pushing the cannon and finally gets it moving with great effort. Vulkar walks further into the clearing, his whip in his hand. Ariel moves with the cannon as it now points at Vulkar. Greystone looks down the barrel and motions her back.

ARIEL

You did it!

GREYSTONE

Get out of the way!

ARIEL

Oh!

Greystone fires the cannon directly at Vulkar. The warrior and all his men fall backwards like bowling pins. Greystone and Ariel look overjoyed but then Vulkar and his men sit up, unharmed. Vulkar laughs and tosses the cannonball backwards. It knocks out one of his guards. Vulkar continues to laugh and stands up.

GREYSTONE

Jump!

Greystone leaps over the edge and calls up to Ariel.

GREYSTONE

Iíll catch you!

Scene of Ariel looking frantically towards the still advancing Vulkar then down to Greystone freezes into drawing/animation.

FADE OUT.

END OF ACT THREE

 

Act 4

 


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