A READING EXPERIENCE
Kingdom of Malaar
By Ben Kesp
Based on the original screenplay "Kingdom of Malaar" written in 2001
Copyright © 2019 Ben Kesp
All rights reserved. No part of this serial screenplay may be reproduced in any form without the permission in writing from the author.
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Sira Galor, Malic Siris, Barton Malor, Marget Galor, Soulep, Rubella
with Karron and Jules
SCENE 1 EXT. ARMONTE FLAGSHIP – MORNING
Rubella stands on DECK of the Armonte flagship observing the Armonte. Karron and Jules are standing to the front of the ship. They turn and walk towards the CABIN and enter. Rubella follows.
SCENE 2 INT. ARMONTE FLAGSHIP CABIN – MORNING
Karron moves to a table.
We will reach land before midnight and we will anchor offshore until daylight.
I have instructed the lieges that we will disembark early the following morning and head on shore and start moving south.
(Walks around the cabin)
I will not regret leaving this ship behind us. Was it really necessary to go through this arduous sea journey?
The people of this land are primitive. We do not wish to arrive out of the skies using powers and magic....
What is it? Karron?
Karron waves his hands quickly in a circular motion around the room. Red light pulsates outlining the cabin walls and ceiling.
Come out! Show yourself! I know you are here.
I feel the presence.
(Looking about her)
Rubella appears at the opposite end of the cabin.
How long have you been with us? You are welcome Korninti elder.
Rubella steps closer observing Karron and Jules.
SCENE 3 EXT. PALACE OUTER COURTYARD – MORNING
Malic paces nervously. Marget and Barton exchange glances. A LARGE CROWD waits patiently.
Malic, why do you not tell us why you have called a public meeting? What are you announcing?
If I were to tell you, you or Barton would surely talk me out of it as believe me it would not take much.
Cauper arrives and steps towards Malic.
Cauper, are you trying to prolong the agony for me up here on this stage before the public?
It takes time for me. I am not blessed with your youth.
Are you sure this is going to work?
(Looks out at the crowd)
They might fear their king has gone mad.
What is the alternative? Instate Sira back onto the throne! My king, stick to the plan as we agreed. It is not for them to believe you. It is for you to communicate a message and inform them of your new edict.
Malic nods, stepping towards the edge of the lower balcony. He looks out over the awaiting crowd.
Good morning citizens of Enegue. I thank you for coming to listen to me this morning.
(Looks at Cauper who urges him on)
We need to rebuild our once proud and fine kingdom. We are a people that have lost so much in exchange for tyranny, famine and fear. We need to move forward from the past and embrace what our future can be. People without a belief and people that lack faith are people that are lost and have no dream for a better future. From this day, I declare that the temples of old are to be reopened and the ancient temple on the Hill of Tatum once more becomes the centre of the religion that proudly guided and directed our forefathers.
The crowd give a low murmur and returns to silence.
There is more.
SCENE 4 INT. ARMONTE FLAGSHIP CABIN – MORNING
Rubella looks around her and gently puts her hand out to feel in front of her.
What is this?
You are inside an orb that has hindered your powers useless. You see I have been studying the Korninti. Powerful you are, but you have limitations.
As have you Karron and Jules.
You know us?
I have visited your world, the Vellig Kingdom many times to observe. Back then, of course, you knew nothing about the Hall of Worlds, the Korninti or the Shi.
Now we do.
Karron lifts his hand and twists it. Rubella is thrown backwards and lands on her back. Rubella glares upwards towards Karron. She extends her hands and looks at them. Karron moves his hands again causing Rubella to flip forward onto her front. She rolls over and gets onto her knees.
The mighty goddess, Rubella, High Ducess of Wisdom does not appear to be so mighty after all.
Rubella glares at her, pulling her body upwards.
SCENE 5 EXT. PALACE OUTER COURTYARD – MORNING
I have received a message from a goddess while I was in the temple on the Hill of Tatum.
The crowd murmur again. Marget looks towards Barton. Malic raises his hand for silence.
This might be hard for you to believe but I urge you to listen to me. The gods exist and she has given me a message, a warning that..........
The crowd gasp. Soulep appears a short distance away from Malic.
(Places her hand on her stomach)
Becoming aware that she has become visible, Soulep moves her attention to the crowd. She steps closer to Malic. Barton rises with his hand on his sword.
Your king speaks the truth. This world has lost faith in the gods. You have lost your path. I am your sovereign goddess and I have come back to give you a warning. A great threat is advancing upon these shores to the north. Rise, unite and believe in your goddess.
Soulep turns to Malic and whispers.
Come. We must speak. Bring Barton Malor with you.
SCENE 6 INT. PALACE COUNCIL CHAMBER – DAY
Soulep stands to one side of the council chamber. Malic and Barton stand on the other side.
Is this really...?
Yes. They are two sisters, Rubella and Soulep. This is goddess Soulep, a battle goddess.
Where did they come from?
Barton Malor, I know all about you. You lack what everyone lacks in this world and that is faith but we have more important matters to attend to. A great threat is coming to the northern shores from a race of powerful people known as the Armonte. Queen Sira will coordinate and work with King Malic. She will be the first line of defence at the city of Kark. From there whatever is remaining of the Armonte, they will march south to Enegue and attempt to take this city. We will stand with you and help you.
Barton and Malic exchange glances. Barton walks to one side and looks at Soulep.
(Clears his throat)
So there is an invading force almost at the shores of Ostund Land and we are to enter a battle which could mean, losing our kingdom and even our lives! I certainly mean no disrespect your goddess but could you not have informed us earlier or sent a message?
You have been preparing Barton Malor with the last two years.
In order for this kingdom to become ready, it first needed to be restructured and order restored. Your role in overtaking the Galor throne and inserting the rightful heir was one of the key strategic moves in becoming ready. The people need a king that they will listen to. The kingdom needs a king and queen that have the skill and love for this kingdom. There is no one better than King Malic and Queen Sira. For the last nine months, both sides have been preparing and amassing their armies getting ready for battle but not a battle against each other but for this threat that is about to descend onto this world.
Were you preparing us for this day?
Correct. My sister and I worked with all of you to make this moment happen.
Soulep steps closer to the council chamber and focuses on Malic.
King Malic. You should also be aware of two things. Firstly, the Armonte are not like any race of people you have encountered before. They have power and magic on their side. Secondly, my sister has found herself captive by the two Armonte elders.
Malic remains silent and turns to Barton for support. Barton does not answer.
SCENE 7 INT.ARMONTE FLAGSHIP CABIN – DAY
Rubella coughs as her body doubles over. She clutches her stomach. Jules smiles, the sight is pleasing her.
Enough for now.
Rubella forces her body to her knees and then stands.
And you would question why the Shi would choose us, the Korninti to be the watchers over the Hall of Worlds. Your hearts are full of greed and you long for absolute power. You are not worthy to hold the four essences to maintain peace over chaos.
Do not think the Korninti were so great. If they were, why would Gornus who was not even an elder set out to alter the power of balance by imprisoning you in the Soulamir realm and imprisoning Soulep in the mountains of the Auskan World.
How do you know so much?
Surely you have wondered how Gornus was able to trick the two most powerful Korninti elders. He came to the Vellig Kingdom. He knew we would be able to help him. Of course, he did not tell us about the Hall of Worlds and the Korninti’s role as guardians of it. Even he did not know at that time about the existence of the Shi who granted onto the Korninti the four essences.
You should also know that the Shi are going to take back their role as guardians and will return order to chaos. You will be returned to the Vellig Kingdom where you belong.
Karron walks nearer to the transparency of the orb.
It will take the Shi time and when they do, they will be limited in numbers, whereas we will have grown and taken control of many worlds. That I believe puts us in a better bargaining position.
Have you seen Jonas?
(Looks towards Jules)
He killed our fellow elder.
I can promise you one thing Karron. The Kingdom of Malaar will not be yours. It will fight to the end.
Karron faces Rubella and smiles.
I am counting on it.
SCENE 8 INT. ROYAL PALACE – NIGHT
Marget paces her room. A knock is heard at the door. She rushes to it and opens. Barton is standing outside. She beckons him to enter and he closes the door.
I am not sure how to take this news, Barton? I am fearful of what is ahead for Malic. Fighting Sira is one thing, but this is way beyond anything we can understand.
Barton steps closer and holds her in his arms.
This is when we need to be strong. How can we battle against a threat that is unknown to us and has the power to subdue gods?
This will unite the people of the Kingdom of Malaar. It will give us something to stand for.
You always see the best in every situation even in the most difficult times. Malic will need your wisdom on the council and your power to get through to the other council members. We will have to use all the tactical and strategic knowledge we have to fight this enemy. The funny side of this is that Sebastian Galor was always encouraging King Siris to fortify Kark city as he always said, a threat would come from the north.
Barton releases his grip on Marget and moves to a chair. He sits.
I never thought I would say this, but I will need to work with Sira Galor to formulate strategy. She is one of the most skilled warriors in the entire kingdom.
Marget sits next to Barton.
What of their daughter?
For now, Eve will remain a secret. Promise me this Marget. Malic needs undivided attention for what is ahead.
Marget nods and leans her head against Barton’s chest.