Ariel Baaldorf in Vulkar's Revenge (8_85)

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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 FOUR

FADE IN:

SCENE 15
EXT. VULKARíS CAMP/CLEARING

Drawing/animation of Ariel looking frantically towards the still advancing Vulkar unfreezes into live action. She finally jumps over the ledge and she and Greystone escape together.

 

SCENE 16
INT. CASTLE BAALDORF

Shot cuts to the interior entrance of the great hall/dining room. Two guards open the door as Greystone and Ariel stumble into the room Baaldorf moves towards Ariel with concern.

BAALDORF

Are you all right, sweetheart?

ARIEL

Sure, Iím fine.

She has one of Greystonesís gauntlets in her hand and waves it around as she talks. Greystone attempts to grab it.

ARIEL
(continuing)

I was just dragged out the window by a . . .

Greystone makes another attempt to grab the gauntlet.

ARIEL
(continuing)

a masked barbarian, and gagged, lowered to the ground by a rope and . . .

Greystone finally manages to grab his gauntlet back.

ARIEL
(continuing)

Iíve even got rope burns. Look . . .

BAALDORF

Iíll look later.

(cheerily)

Uh, at least youíre back all in one piece.

ARIEL

And then I was paraded past savage troops like I was a . . . showgirl and I was taken to this Vulgar tyrant who said he was going to give me to his troops for a toy . . . Actually, it was kinda fun.

Greystone looks at Ariel a bit questioningly.

BAALDORF

Well, Iím sure it was all very traumatic and weíll discuss it at great length.

ARIEL

Ah . . .

BAALDORF

Later.

They all move further into the room.

ARIEL

And I got to throw cheap wine in his face.

Shot of Cassandra running to Ariel.

CASSANDRA

Oh, my lady!

She drops to her knees and hugs Ariel tightly about the waist.

CASSANDRA
(continuing)

I was so worried about you. I thought youíd be killedÖ

ARIEL

Cassandra!

She reaches out and grabs on of the horn-like attachments on the side of Cassandraís headdress. Cassandra winces as if she feels the twisting motion.

ARIEL

Iíve had a rough night.

CASSANDRA

Oh?

She stands and looks at Ariel.

CASSANDRA
(continuing)

What was he like?

ARIEL

Who?

Both women walk further into the chamber.

CASSANDRA

Vulkar the barbarian.

ARIEL

Oh, he was big . . . and strong . . .and evil.

CASSANDRA

Ah, like Blackpool.

ARIEL

No, no Ė much worse! I mean, Blackpoolís evil but heís not evil looking. You know.

Ariel stops and leans against the wall as she talks.

ARIEL
(continuing)

He has that nice, soft hair andÖ those piercing eyes and . . . dimples . . . all those muscles. He wears those shiny black shirts . . . with those leather things . . . boots . . .

CASSANDRA

Chains . . .

Both look dreamily into the distance. Ariel starts and looks flustered, as does Cassandra.

ARIEL

Boy, itís warm in here.

CASSANDRA

I thought it was me.

Both Ariel and Cassandra disappear from view. We cut to Greystone speaking to Baaldorf. We can see Vector and Blackpool in the background.

GREYSTONE

I hit Vulkar with my sword. And he stood there and laughed at me. So I took one of his weapons and I shot him with it.

BAALDORF

AhhÖ

VECTOR

And when he got up, he laughed at you again.

GREYSTONE

How did you know that?

VECTOR

Because when heís killed he becomes immune. You cannot kill him that way again.

GREYSTONE

Then why donít you tell me how to kill him?

VECTOR

Let me assure you, if I had a way, youíd be the first to know.

Blackpool peers out the window at the clearing below.

BLACKPOOL

Vulkarís men are silent. Theyíre re-grouping.

GREYSTONE

Weíre all tired. I think we should get some sleep before they strike. Weíll take it in shifts.

BAALDORF

Good idea. It may be a long night.

 

SCENE 17
INT. CASTLE BAALDORF - NIGHT

Shot cuts briefly to an exterior shot of Castle Baaldorfís outline at night. Shot then cuts to the interior of the castle dining room/great hall. We see Marko and Cassandra talking together. They are leaning up against the wine rack in the corner.

CASSANDRA

Marko? Do you like being a servant?

MARKO

Oh, I donít mind. Kinda lousy hours though. How Ďbout you?

Marko (8_88)

CASSANDRA

Oh, I like it. But in your case, itís kinda dangerous.

MARKO

Yeah. At least Iím outside though. I donít think I could stand being cooped up in an office all day. Itís dangerous for you, too. Look at today. You couldía gotten killed makiní soup.

CASSANDRA

If you could be free, would you give up being a vassal?

She reaches up to scratch one of the horn-like attachments on her headdress.

MARKO

Probably not. I mean, itís all Iíve been trained to do. All Iíve ever known is . . . well, killiní monsters and dragons and weird lookiní beasts. What could I do?

CASSANDRA

You could be a butcher.

Marko chuckles.

MARKO

Besides, I get to meet a lot of interesting people.

CASSANDRA

Oh, yeah, sure. Like Vulkar and Blackpool and Vector . . .

MARKO

All right. I get to meet a few interesting people.

CASSANDRA
(looking at him somewhat petulantly)

Like the Winslow sisters.

MARKO

Yeah. Well, how Ďbout you? Do you like being a handmaiden?

CASSANDRA

Oh, I love it.

(smiles widely)

Especially for Princess Ariel. Besides, Iím in the same boat. Itís all Iíve ever done. What else could I be?

MARKO

Right.

 

SCENE 18
INT. CASTLE BAALDORF - NIGHT

Cut to shot of Ariel and Greystone resting on the steps nearby. Greystone lounges on his back and Ariel is sitting and fiddling with a short knife.

ARIEL

Erik?

GREYSTONE

Hmm?

ARIEL

Are you glad our parents arenít forcing us to honor the betrothal?

Greystone sits up and moves the knife away and looks at her seriously.

GREYSTONE

Yes.

ARIEL

Me too. Why, I donít know why anybody wants to get married in the first place.

She attempts to look casual as she talks about something she obviously does care about.

ARIEL
(continuing)

Having someone to love and cherish is no big deal. Who cares about . . . closeness . . . and . . . intimacy . . .

GREYSTONE

Ariel . . . Iím glad because I want us to be free to choose. If you and I are to be married, I want it to be out of desire. Ours.

ARIEL

Then you havenít totally written me off yet?

GREYSTONE
(grinning)

Of course not.

ARIEL

Oh.

GREYSTONE

You know, I really donít know you very well.

ARIEL

OK, letís find out about each other. Iíll go first. How many girlfriends have you had?

He looks at her and blinks a bit.

GREYSTONE

A few.

ARIEL

Tell me about them.

GREYSTONE

Well, the first one that comes to mind is Catherine. Sheís tall . . .

Erik Greystone (8_99)

Ariel begins to hum and continues to hum as he is speaking.

GREYSTONE
(continuing)

. . . long, red hair down to her waist . . . youíre humming.

ARIEL

Hmm, huh?

GREYSTONE

Youíre humming.

ARIEL

Oh, was I?

Greystone chuckles.

GREYSTONE

Yes.

ARIEL

Oh, I didnít realize it. I only hum when Iím bored.

Greystone looks at her very seriously, trying to reassure her.

GREYSTONE

Ariel, everything is going to be all right.

ARIEL

Are you sure?

GREYSTONE

Iím positive.

ARIEL

But what about that guy out there? You already killed him once and then you blasted him in the belly and heís still around . . .

GREYSTONE

Weíll find a way.

(lowers his voice and leans toward her)

Trust me.

ARIEL
(whispering)

OK.

She smiles as we see Greystoneís gauntleted fingers tap the end of her nose playfully.

 

SCENE 19
INT. BAALDORF CASTLE - NIGHT

Shot opens on a fluffy, white cat resting in someoneís arms. By the studded leather armor, we know it is Blackpool. Shot pulls back and we see him staring out the window with the cat purring. We hear footsteps and the Vector approaches the prince. The cat watches the wizard as Blackpool speaks.

BLACKPOOL

Did you put my father in a coma?

Vector stops and leans up against the opposite side of the window.

VECTOR

Yes.

BLACKPOOL

I shall kill you tonight.

VECTOR

You always have that option.

BLACKPOOL

Why did you say yes? Why didnít you lie?

VECTOR

Perhaps I did. Perhaps I was trying to liven up an otherwise dull evening. Perhaps I had nothing to do with your fatherís illness.

The cat peers up at Blackpoolís face.

BLACKPOOL

Games, Vector. Which is it? Yes or no?

Close-up shot of Vector.

VECTOR

Yes. I caused your fatherís illness. I was attempting to cause his death.

BLACKPOOL

I . . . I donít understand you. WhyÖ why do you invite your own death so openly?

VECTOR

Because itís time you knew the truth. Towards the end, your father was attempting to negotiate a truce with Baaldorf.

Blackpool looks disgusted and incredulous.

BLACKPOOL

What?

VECTOR

He was tired of fighting. He wanted peace.

(raises his eyebrows)

That is the truth.

BLACKPOOL

My father . . .

VECTOR

But I stopped him. I watched you grow. I knew you had all the ruthlessness of a true warrior and the makings of a fierce king.

Shot cuts to Blackpool Ė the muscles in his face tighten.

VECTOR
(continuing)

You were my choice. I only made one mistake.

BLACKPOOL

You underestimated me.

VECTOR

Exactly. And now would you mind telling me if my own death is imminent?

BLACKPOOL

It could be.

(moves closer to the window and peers out of it)

But it wonít be by my hand.

VECTOR

Is it possible you understand?

BLACKPOOL

My dear Vector, in light of what youíve just told me, if you hadnít tried to kill my father I would have.

Vector smirks slyly.

VECTOR

Then what I did makes no difference.

BLACKPOOL

Oh, there wouldíve been one difference. I wouldnít have failed.

Vector nods slightly at Blackpoolís grim countenance.

Shot cuts to Baaldorfís paddle-shaped scepter leaning against the wall on a tapestry. Shot pans to Baaldorf sleeping in a chair. He is snoring lightly. Shot cuts to attackers with torches scaling the castle walls again. Blackpool looks out the window and grimaces.

BLACKPOOL

Here they come!

Shot of the attackers on the castle walls. Cuts to shot of the great hall/dining room. Marko and Cassandra get up, as do Ariel and Greystone. Blackpool and Vector move swiftly away from the window and the cat runs off. Baaldorf grabs his scepter and gets out of his chair as a GUARD runs into view.

GUARD

Sire! Theyíve taken the east and the south wing.

BAALDORF

Theyíve got us sealed in here! Vulkarís men control the rest of the castle!

Shot of Greystone slashing away an arrow that comes through the window. Marko pulls Cassandra around as an attacker approaches.

Cassandra panics and hangs onto Marko.

CASSANDRA

Youíre gonna die! Youíre gonna die! Oh, please!

She screams.

Marko pushes the hysterical handmaiden out of the way as the attacker rushes him.

MARKO

Move!

He kicks the attacker, grabs his spear and knocks him out.

Cut to shot of Greystone fighting another attacker. His magic sword flashes with a blue light as it hits the other manís sword. Blackpool and another attacker can be seen in the background. Cut to Blackpool. He kicks the man and knocks him back, then kicks him again. The man drops to the floor.

Shot cuts to Vector and Baaldorf in a corner, facing off with another attacker. Vector blasts the man with a beam of red magic. Cut back to Greystone fighting. Shot goes to view of horses and men in the castle moat swarming towards the castle walls. Shot cuts back to Vector who blasts another man with magic as Baaldorf hefts his scepter and thumps the attacker as he falls.

Cut to Greystone fighting another attacker with Blackpool in the background. Cut to Blackpool as he and the attacker face off. Blackpool kicks the manís weapon out of the way, nailing him square in the face with his boot. The man is knocked unconscious. Cut to shot of Marko as he fends off another attacker and knocks him away. Greystone raps an attacker with a backhand to the manís face with the hilt of his sword, yells, and swings at another enemy. Shot of Blackpool with another attacker Ė he kicks him out of the way. Shot of Greystone fighting attacker with Blackpool in the background.

Cut to shot of castle walls being overrun with enemy soldiers. Cut to shot of Baaldorf swinging with his scepter. He sends an attacker sprawling towards the wall and Vector knocks the man out with a blast of magic. Cut to Marko as an attacker leaps upon him from behind and they struggle. Another enemy runs towards Baaldorf and Vector . The wizard stops him with magic and Baaldorf smacks him on the behind with the scepter. The man sprawls on the floor.

Shot cuts to Marko still fighting his attacker as another falls on the floor in front of him. Ariel runs in and leaps on the second attackerís back and begins to hit him about the head and neck.

Ariel Baaldorf (8_111)

The man attempts to stagger to his feet as Ariel continues to hit him and hang on. Cut to shot of Blackpool facing off with another attacker. He adopts a casual pose and then focuses the monocle. A blue beam of magic shoots out and the attacker is knocked out cold.

Shot cuts to Greystone with yet another attacker. Cut back to Blackpool as a man with a wicked looking ax approaches him. Blackpool blasts the man with the monocle and then kicks him over. The shot goes to the cannon pointing out the window. We see Justin as he leaps up onto the sill carrying a sword that is obviously not his. It is large and silver. The prince peers into the chamber at the chaos that is taking place.

Shot moves to Marko struggling with the attacker behind him as Ariel still clings to the second attacker and smacks him about the head. Cassandra moves into the shot carrying a chair and hits a third attacker who is attempting to drag Ariel off attacker two. Marko finally knocks out his attacker and then the man Ariel is hitting. Both fall to the floor of the chamber and Ariel stands, looking pleased.

Cassandra kneels on the floor in relief and excitement.

CASSANDRA

Are you all right, my lady? I saved your life. Did you see that? I saved your life! Did you see that? I flattened Ďem!

Ariel smiles happily at her prowess in fighting the attacker and flails her arm. Her hand catches Cassandra on the head and the handmaiden falls over. Ariel looks briefly at her, then to her hand. She examines it sadly.

ARIEL

Oh, I broke a nail.

Cut to shot of Justin leaping into the chamber and using the new sword to fight his way towards Greystone. He fights first one, then another attacker.

JUSTIN

Erik!

Greystone moves over to Justin where they fight facing opposite directions but can converse while they parry with their attackers.

GREYSTONE

Whereís Traquill?

Justin continues to trade sword blows with the enemy.

JUSTIN

Takiní care of eight hysterical ex-wives.

Greystone also continues to parry his attackerís strikes.

GREYSTONE

Well, what did he say to do?

JUSTIN

He sent this sword.

GREYSTONE

Sword?

He peers at the sword in Justinís hands.

JUSTIN

It was King Troninís sword. Supposedly itíll kill Vulkar.

Shot cuts to wider shot of Greystone and Justin as there is a ROAR and Vulkar drops down on them from the ceiling. In the confusion, Justin drops the sword and it skitters away. Greystone pushes his attacker out of the way and goes for the sword.

GREYSTONE

King Tronin's sword.

VULKAR

Revenge is mine. You fools!

Greystone has the sword firmly in his grasp.

GREYSTONE

I killed you before and Iíll do it again!

He advances on Vulkar and knocks the barbarianís sword away with a clatter. Vulkar pulls back and draws back his whip, then strikes at Greystone a number of times. On the sixth attempted strike, Greystone appears to be hit and falls back. The sword falls to the floor also. Vulkar closes in for the kill. Greystone grabs the sword from the floor and runs it through Vulkarís torso, forcing him back to one of the walls. There is a flash of red light as Vulkar slumps against the wall.

VULKAR

Uuh.

His voice begins to fade as he speaks his last words.

VULKAR
(continuing)

I shall return . . .

Shot cuts to wider shot of Greystone as Vulkarís body disappears. Greystone half falls over.

ARIEL

Erik!

GREYSTONE

Ahh.

He stands and the others crowd around him, making sure he is all right. They are all pleased at Vulkarís demise. Blackpool and Vector are in the background looking at them all with thinly veiled contempt. The prince and the wizard skirt the group and begin to move to the door of the chamber.

BAALDORF

Well done!

He calls out as Blackpool and Vector continue on their way towards the door.

BAALDORF
(continuing)

Hey, Dirk! Thanks for your help.

Blackpool stops and then he and Vector turn towards the group.

BLACKPOOL

I helped myself, not any of you. I shall see you all dead.

(beat)

Bye.

He and Vector exit the chamber.

GREYSTONE

I thought theyíd never leave.

The group laughs with relief. Baaldorf raises the scepter in a "high-five" gesture and Marko jumps up and slaps it with his hand. They all hug and laugh as the action freezes to a drawing/animation.

Closing animation (8_117)

FADE OUT.

 

END OF ACT FOUR

 


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