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Kingdom of Malaar 

By Ben Kesp

Based on the original screenplay "Kingdom of Malaar" written in 2001

Season 1 Complete 

Copyright © 2018 Ben Kesp

 

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S1 Ep6

Characters

Sira Galor, Malic Ward, Barton Malor, Lorenz Calis, Marget Galor, with Soulep and Rubella

 

 

Fade In.

 

INT. SCENE 1 ROYAL PALACE – AFTERNOON

 

Twenty Three Years Earlier

 

ALANA WARD (29) enters an open living space and sights MARGET GALOR (37) preparing food.

 

ALANA

Here you are.  I have been searching the palace over for you.

MARGET

It’s the first Wednesday of the new month, remember it’s my turn to prepare the pie for this evening’s gathering.

 

Alana dips her finger into the mixture and tastes it.

 

ALANA

(Laughs)(

It shall pass. 

MARGET

What has you in such a hurry to find me?

MARGET

The queen wishes to speak with you urgently within the hour.

 

BARTON MALOR (31) AND MARCUS WARD (31) enter, chatting inaudibly and move towards the large table at the centre of the room and sit. Marget places her hand on Alana’s arm and whispers.

 

MARGET

What does she want?  I have found her to be acting very strangely around me of late.

ALANA

I do not know but tell me all later.  Make haste and find out. 

MARCUS

What are you two whispering about?

MARGET

Food talk for tonight.  Nothing for you men to hurt your minds about.

BARTON

I have enough worries on my hands with your brother. 

 

Marget wipes her hands and moves towards the table.

 

MARGET

Surely my brother is not more work than managing the whole royal army?

BARTON

Perhaps if you made an honest man out of me, it might calm him.  You know despite his dislike of me for getting the position of head of the armies over him, he is a man that just can’t rest.   A soldier is a soldier.  He longs for war.

ALANA

We can thank the gods there are no more wars.  King Siris has seen to that and we should all be grateful including Sebastian Galor that the nobles from the provinces are seated around the council chamber table.

MARGET

My brother does not need defending nor will I defend him however he is still my brother and my protector.  As for making an honest man out of you Barton Malor, perhaps you need to try a little harder in wooing me.

 

Marcus laughs.

 

MARCUS

A challenge, if I ever heard one.

BARTON

Before this year is out, I shall have you as my bride.

MARGET

(Smiles)

It shall be an interesting year.  I look forward to it with delight.  Now if you will excuse me, the queen has requested my presence. 

 

Marget touches Alana’s elbow before departing the room.

 

INT. SCENE 2 ROYAL PALACE QUEEN’S PRIVATE QUARTERS – AFTERNOON

 

Marget knocks slightly on the door and it is opened by a servant girl.  Marget enters and the girl leaves.  QUEEN MAYER (35) sits on the WINDOW SEAT and beckons for Marget to join her.  Marget sits.

 

QUEEN MAYER

I have wanted to have this discussion with you with the past several days and yet I was unable to each time. 

MARGET

What is it, my queen?

QUEEN MAYER

I do not need to tell you what work the king had to do in order to create a unitary kingdom, a stable one that for the first time in centuries, it is without war, violence, famine and torture.

MARGET

We all acknowledge the great work of the king, my queen.

QUEEN MAYER

Without an heir, there is a fear of what will happen once my husband dies.  Who will succeed the line to the throne?  The king is an only son with no siblings.  Your brother Sebastian is already stirring an uneasy feeling among the ranks for whatever reason but at the moment he is not of concern to us.

MARGET

I understand however my queen, your last five attempts to have a child were not successful despite carrying one to full term and it was stillborn.

QUEEN MAYER

I am letting my husband down.  He has done so much for this kingdom and I cannot even give him an heir, one of my most important duties as a queen.

 

Queen Mayer reaches out and takes hold of Marget’s hands in hers.

 

QUEEN MAYER

I know Marget for a long time that the king takes you as his mistress.

 

Marget pulls back in embarrassment.

 

MARGET

My queen!

QUEEN MAYER

Do not worry.  I had known and if I did not approve do not think you would be sitting before me.  Call it guilt on my behalf, but I wish for my husband to be happy.  I value my position by his side. Tonight and for the next three nights you will bed with us. The king will enter us both during our lovemaking.

MARGET

My queen! How can you ask me?

QUEEN MAYER

This is a royal command, Marget.  Producing an heir is vitally important for the stability of the Kingdom for generations to come. Be here tonight on the stroke of eight bells for preparation. But remember Marget, no one is to know of this.

 

Marget bows her head and casts her eyes out of the window.

 

INT. SCENE 3 ROYAL PALACE QUEEN’S PRIVATE QUARTERS – NIGHT

 

CANDLES light the chamber.  Marget and Queen Mayer are dressed in WHITE DRESSES.  Queen Mayer looks at Marget and smiles.

 

QUEEN MAYER

Come. The king waits for us in the royal bed.

 

Queen Mayer takes Marget’s hand and leads her into the adjoining room.  The room is lowly lit with CANDLES and a SCREEN surrounds the large bed in the centre of the room.  Queen Mayer parts the screen to one side and KING EYRE SIRIS (39) smiles at her and on sighting Marget. Queen Mayer climbs onto the bed followed by a reluctant Marget.

 

INT. SCENE 4 ROYAL PALACE – AFTERNOON

 

Three Days Later

 

Marcus, Alana, Barton, and Marget are seated having lunch. 

 

BARTON

Later this afternoon, we send out two legions to the city of Kark. 

MARCUS

Why does the king wish to fortify the city?  It will be more heavily fortified than the capital city itself.

BARTON

He believes its location at the northern tip of Metag will ensure the strength of the province and protect it from the north, east and west. Added to this, Sebastian is now insisting we build stronger ships to explore the seas.  He believes we could be open to attack.

ALANA

From where the seas! Is he petitioning this to the king?

BARTON

He is.  To the South, there is nothing but water, calm and clear.  We have chartered much of it.  To the north, North West and East, granted, we have been unable to chart much of the oceans, however, if an impending force were to invade, they would have to march through Ostund Land and it would deplete many an army.

 

Alana reaches out to Marget with her hand.

 

ALANA

You are very quiet these past few days.  Whatever is the matter?

MARGET

Nothing.  I have just been busy and I have not slept much.

BARTON

Perhaps you are thinking of the year ahead and how by the end you and I will be walking out as husband and wife.

MARGET

(Smiles) Perhaps! We do not know what this year will bring us.

 

Marget returns to her plate of untouched food.

 

INT. SCENE 5 ROYAL PALACE QUEEN’S PRIVATE QUARTERS – MORNING

 

Two and Half Months Later

 

Marget BUTTONS her dress keeping her eyes on the window.  She can hear the inaudible whispers of the Queen and medical physician. Finishing dressing, Marget moves to the window seat and sits.  The door opens and the physician exits.  The Queen moves towards Marget and sits opposite.

 

QUEEN MAYER

I am not with child and I have been told that due to my past mishaps in trying to bear children, I will no longer be able to carry a child.

MARGET

My queen, I am truly sorry.

QUEEN MAYER

It is not a surprise to me as I could feel it in my body.  It is like there is a part of me missing, gone. Perhaps, swept away in all the blood I lost in trying to have children. But you my dear Marget, you are with child.  The joy the king will be in.

 

Marget looks at the queen in surprise, unable to speak.

 

QUEEN MAYER

You carry within you the heir, the future of the Kingdom of Malaar. 

 

The Queen stands and begins pacing the chamber. 

 

QUEEN MAYER

We must be very careful about how we are to proceed with this.  I will have a false pregnancy for the kingdom to see.  You will remain in hiding.  Here! In my private chamber!  No one will have access to you.

 

Marget stands and steps towards the queen.

 

MARGET

People will become suspicious.  What of my brother?  Sebastian will demand to see me.

QUEEN MAYER

The king will deal with your brother.  We will organise something.  It can be that I cannot leave the chamber and you need to be my side all the time. It is your duty, one you have agreed to.

MARGET

I cannot keep this from Alana.

QUEEN MAYER

Yes.  It is true. In my excitement, I have forgotten about Alana.  Alana will need to be included and she can help in ensuring this plan works and the public believe it is I that carries the child. What is important is that you carry the heir inside you.  I will meet with the king at this very moment and begin the preparations for our plans.  Remain here until my return.

 

The queen departs the room.  Marget moves towards the window and stares outside.  She places her hand on her STOMACH and glances down at it.

 

INT. SCENE 6 ROYAL PALACE QUEEN’S PRIVATE QUARTERS – MORNING

 

Five Days Later

 

Alana enters the queen’s private quarters with a small sack and places it on a nearby table.  She smiles on sighting Marget sitting by the window and moves to her and sits opposite. Alana holds Marget’s hands.

 

MARGET

So this is my new home for the foreseeable future.

ALANA

(Mocks)

It is not bad. 

MARGET

What will I say to Barton?  I cannot just disappear without saying anything.

ALANA

Do you love him?

MARGET

Yes, I do.  I should have married him two years ago when he asked me. Do you remember? 

 

Alana nods and smiles.

 

MARGET

It was on the night of his promotion to becoming general of the palace army.  But I could not say yes as I felt I was betraying Sebastian.  Sebastian had hoped for that position and when King Siris announced it to Barton, it killed a part of him inside. I know my brother.  He made a promise to my mother and father before they were killed that he would protect me.  He did that.  All my life he has been there for me.  I just could not hurt him.

ALANA

I understand Marget, I do.  But we must tell Barton something.

MARGET

(Emotional)

You will need to tell him it is over and I am not interested anymore. 

ALANA

Marget, are you sure?

MARGET

There is no other way.  This child that I carry is greater than all of us. It is the future of the kingdom, the future of all the young children that are now being born into a peaceful kingdom.

 

Alana squeezes Marget’s hands.

 

ALANA

Remember I will be here with you every single day during all of this.  You are not alone.  I will talk to Barton for you. It will be okay.  Do not worry.  Focus on you and the baby.

 

Marget nods.  Marget embraces Alana with tears in her eyes.

 

MARGET

I had often imagined what this day would be like when I would carry a child.  Now my brother’s wife Eve, found out only last week she too is to bear a child.

ALANA

Eve!

MARGET

You know Eve is not a favourite of mine, however, if my brother loves her and she makes him happy then I will be content with her.  Perhaps being a mother might calm her warrior side.

ALANA

Do not worry.  You will have me to share all those happy moments.

 

Alana smiles and embraces Marget.

 

INT. SCENE 7 ROYAL PALACE QUEEN’S PRIVATE QUARTERS – NIGHT

 

Eight Months Later

 

Alana enters the queen’s private quarters.  Marget is inside with the baby in her arms.

 

ALANA

Why don’t you take a break and go and join the festivities?  The palace hall is full.  I am sure there is a certain man down there that would love to see you.

MARGET

Since the birth of this little one, I have not wanted to leave his side.  Let alone start socialising.  I cannot face Barton Malor after so long away.  We have not spoken in over eight months.

ALANA

He still only talks about you.

MARGET

Go back to the celebrations I will stay with the little one.

ALANA

For the moment there is a bit of a holdup.  Your brother has demanded an audience with the king.

MARGET

Why now?  What is the matter about?

ALANA

I am not sure but he has a contingent of men with him and Eve is by his side.

MARGET

I sometimes blame Eve for my brother’s irrational thoughts.  I do not know why he married her.

 

The chamber door opens and the queen rushes in.

 

QUEEN MAYER

Quickly, we must leave. I believe Sebastian Galor is planning a takeover of the palace?

 

Marget hands the child to Alana and moves towards the queen.

 

MARGET

Whatever do you mean?  What is happening?

 

The door of the chambers burst open and EVE GALOR (32) dressed in her armour enters the chamber. The queen faces her.

 

QUEEN MAYER 

What is the meaning of this?  These are my private chambers you have no authority to enter here soldier.

EVE

Is that the heir?

QUEEN MAYER

Did you not just have your own child, a daughter?  Her name is Sira I hear. How could you want to hurt a baby?

EVE

I am killing a bloodline.

 

Eve slices the queen’s throat with a knife hidden in her left hand.  Queen Mayer shakes involuntary and falls forward holding her neck.  Marget steps in front of Eve.

 

MARGET

Enough! What are you doing Eve?  Is this what my brother wants?  There must be another way?

EVE

If you were not your brother’s sister who he cares so deeply about, you would be joining the queen on the floor. Now move out of my way.

MARGET

Stop now Eve under my brother’s name.

 

Eve strikes Marget across the face knocking her to the side and onto the floor.  Eve glances around the room and there is no sight of Alana or the baby.  Soldiers arrive in the room.

 

EVE

Storm the castle and I want the heir found.  Bring it to me.

 

Eve and the soldiers depart.  Marget sits up and looks towards the dead queen.  She glances desperately around her.  Marget screams.

 

INT. SCENE 8 PALACE CORRIDOR

 

Alana runs with the baby wrapped in a blanket through a series of narrow corridors.  She reaches the doorway and bumps into Barton Malor and a contingent of soldiers.

 

BARTON

Take the baby out through the underwater tunnel system.  Keep going north until you come to a village in the northern reaches of the province of Wesser called Dooras.  Marcus has ridden north to the city of Kark, I will have word sent for him to join you there. 

ALANA

Eve has killed the queen.

BARTON

And its Sebastian’s plan to kill the king.  They are not aware of these tunnels.  I will surprise them by entering directly into the private quarters of the king.

ALANA

Do not go in there!  Sebastian will kill you!

BARTON

Do not worry about me.  Get going.  I will send soldiers with you.  Head north and protect the heir. I will follow you. 

 

Barton moves forward and the soldiers that remain guide Alana through more narrow tunnels until they reach a stairwell descending to an underground river.  They enter three boats and the soldiers paddle through an underground water network.  Alana cradles the baby.

 

ALANA

From now on I will be your mother and your name will be Malic.

 

Alana holds the baby tight as the boats glide out into the night’s air.

 

Fade Out.

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