A READING EXPERIENCE

Weekly Serials 

 

 

Kingdom of Malaar 

By Ben Kesp

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

Season 2

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.

 

For formatting purposes on this site, the character name and dialogue will remain left aligned.

S2 Ep5

Characters

Sira Galor, Malic Siris, Barton Malor, Marget Galor, Soulep, Rubella

with Karron and Jules

 

 

 

Fade In.

 

SCENE 1 EXT. ROYAL HUNTING GROUNDS – MORNING

 

The ARROW is drawn tighter.  Its tip aimed at a STAG some distance off. The stag continues to graze, moving between the trees. Suddenly the stag darts and disappears into the bushes.  Malic loosens his grip on his bow.  A blue figure appears and disappears in the undergrowth.  Placing his bow over his shoulder and returning the arrow to its sheath, Malic withdraws his sword and moves forward cautiously.  He stops and kneels in the undergrowth.  A gushing river is heard and he spies the figure dressed all in blue kneeling by the river.  Edging closer to the figure he points his sword to it.

 

MALIC

Who are you?

 

The figure stands quickly and the hood falls off to reveal a young woman, GAIL (20).  Malic surprised on seeing her lowers his sword.

 

MALIC

What is your name?

GAIL

My name is Gail and you?

MALIC

I am your king, King Malic.

 

Gail laughs.  Malic puts away his sword and looks at her in surprise.

MALIC

Have I said something that amuses you?

GAIL

Queen Sira Galor is our queen, daughter of King Sebastian Galor.

MALIC

Where are you from?

GAIL

I come from the very eastern reaches of the province of Oisten.

MALIC

Are you not aware that over nine months ago, Queen Sira abandoned the Royal Palace and moved north to create a new state, now called the Kingdom of the Northern Realm?

 

Gail looks at him and then looks towards the river.

 

GAIL

I guess it takes time for news to travel to where I am from. I was on my way to see Queen Sira and to ask for her help.

MALIC

Come with me to the palace and I will listen to you.

 

Gail looks at him.

 

MALIC

Do not worry.  Only a short distance is my royal escort. You will be safe.

 

Gail nods and follows after Malic.

 

SCENE 2 INT. PRIVATE ROYAL CHAMBERS – MORNING

 

Marget enters the king’s private chambers.  Malic is seated on a window seat.

 

MALIC

Is our visitor ready to meet with me?

MARGET

Soon.  She is being cleaned and given some new attire to wear. 

(Sits opposite Malic)

I know you will speak to her but I know of her family Malic. I asked her name.  She is Gail Myerston, daughter of Ultan Myerston, a noble! One of the richest noblemen in the eastern province of Oisten.  What is she doing rambling through the royal hunting grounds like a common beggar?

MALIC

(Stands)

Now I am more curious about her.

 

Malic exits the room leaving Marget to ponder her thoughts.   

 

SCENE 3 INT. PALACE COUNCIL CHAMBER – MORNING

 

Malic and Barton sit with Gail at the council chamber.

 

MALIC

Ms. Myerston, my mother knows of your family.  You are a member of the nobility, once one of the ruling dynasties of the Oisten region before my father King Siris united all the provinces under one. I am at a loss to see you dressed as you were stomping through the royal hunting grounds.

GAIL

Your mother is correct.  That is who I am, or should I say, was.  My family no longer hold our title or lands. It was taken from us.

BARTON

By who?

GAIL

You are Barton Malor, head of the palace army?

BARTON

Correct and I have heard of no misdeeds in Oisten.

GAIL

Then your intelligence is not good, however, I am not surprised.  There is a group called the Black Shadow Hunters.  They control the borders of Oisten and keep the news from travelling to Metag and the Royal Palace.  They have removed three other noble families like mine, leaving them desolate and evicted onto the roads.

BARTON

What do they want?

GAIL

Power, revenge, it is not clear.

MALIC

Do you believe they are a threat to the Kingdom, do they wish for war?

GAIL

I cannot say.  I came here to ask the monarchy for help and to rid Oisten of Black Shadow Hunters.

MALIC

(Malic leans into the council chamber chair)

I am sorry but at this moment, there is a greater treat approaching our shores.  I cannot spare any men to combat this group. What I can offer you is refuge. You can stay here in the palace.

GAIL

What is so great a threat that is supersedes the people of your own kingdom?

BARTON

There is an invading force landing on our northern shores that we may not be able to repel.  If we cannot, then what happens in Oisten will not matter and there will be no more Black Shadow Hunters.

GAIL

What of Queen Sira?  You mentioned she has created a new state.

MALIC

Queen Sira will give you the same answer.  We are both united on defending the kingdoms from this oncoming threat and besides most of Oisten does not fall under her territory. Please, Gail, remain with us here until we can send forces into Oisten and rescue your family.

Gail looks at Malic and remains silent.

 

SCENE 4 INT. ROYAL PALACE – DAY

 

Barton is drying his hands.  Marget enters the room and smiles.  They move to each other and kiss. 

 

MARGET

I was told I would find you here.  I do not believe I was ever in this room of the palace.

BARTON

It was only a storeroom but since I moved in here over nine months ago, I had it cleared and it became my workroom.

MARGET

Workroom!

 

Marget looks around the room and at the miniature WOODEN CASTLES AND HOUSES.  She is amazed, moving from each one and studying them.

 

MARGET

Barton, they are ... beautiful.  I never knew you had such a gift.

BARTON

When I had to flee the palace twenty two years ago and moved northwest into Wesser, what was I to do? I moved in with Markus and Alana.  They worked at the forge so I turned my hand to woodturning and later I experimented in making wooden toys and houses for the local kids, even Malic got a replica of the royal palace from me.

MARGET

The detail, it is so delicate and intricate.

(Faces Barton and takes his hands in hers)

These hands, they are more skilled than I ever thought imaginable. They do more than brandish a sword and kill.  They also create such beauty.

BARTON

They can also create much pleasure.

They smile and Marget kisses his fingers.

 

BARTON

I want to show you beauty Marget Galor.  I want you to feel it, embrace the love and pleasure we can have.

MARGET

Can we ever live a life with peace and love?

BARTON

If we get through what is coming towards us, I am going to resign my position as head of the palace army and you should as head of the palace council. We can live in that peace you long for.  Just the two of us.

MARGET

I pray for that day and when it comes, I will embrace it.

 

Barton kisses Marget. 

 

MARGET

Do you trust Gail Myerston?

BARTON

We have no reason not to.  You know of the family, why would she lie? What would they have to gain?  She still believed Sira Galor was on the throne.

MARGET

Sira and Malic are both so young and the responsibility that rests on their shoulders is great. I worry for them.

BARTON

They are both strong and besides, they have the two of us for counsel and support.

 

Marget nods and embraces Barton’s hug.

 

SCENE 5 INT. PALACE PRIVATE CHAMBERS – NIGHT

 

Malic lies in bed.  A sound is heard in the next apartment.  He gets out of bed, dressed in a loincloth and reaches for his sword.  Moving towards the apartment he enters, pointing his sword onto Gail.

 

Gail

Sorry my king, I must have got lost.

Malic

Gail!

(Putting down sword)

These are the king’s private quarters.  I am not sure, how you even got in here. 

Gail

I could not sleep and went for a walk.  I must have taken a wrong turn. I am truly sorry.

(She looks at him and beyond to his bedchamber)

Why does the king sleep alone in such a big bed?

Malic

(Smiles)

Maybe the king likes to sleep alone.

 

Gail steps closer to Malic and places her hand on his chest for a moment before withdrawing and stepping back.

 

Gail

Forgive me, my king.  I have been too bold with my questions. You have given me a place of refuge for now and for that I am eternally grateful.  I shall return to my quarters. 

 

Gail bows and exits the private apartment.  Malic leans against the door frame and exhales deeply.  He smiles.

 

SCENE 6 EXT. RIARC MOUNTAIN RANGE - MORNING

 

Karron steps onto the rocky shoreline.  The wind howls around the high SNOW COVERED MOUNTAIN TOPS.  Jules joins him.

 

JULES

This is certainly a barren and isolated land but this mountain range has traces of power.

KARRON

I believe in those mountains is the layer of the Korninti elders, their hideout on this world.

JULES

We need to be organised and not be complacent Karron.  You saw the power of Soulep.  We did not expect that.

 

Karron does not answer.  He steps forward a little and stops before turning his eyes onto the ARMADA OF SHIPS.

 

JULES

She destroyed ten of our ships with a single movement and how do we know what sort of power Rubella has.

KARRON

Are you not an Armonte Elder?  We do not show fear.

JULES

(Steps closer to Karron)

We do not show fear in the Vellig Kingdom.  We are not there anymore.  For the first time, we are up against the elders of the Korninti race.

KARRON

We will show caution. Our elite group of warriors will hold to the back lines. Let’s move south and begin taking a stake in this world.

 

Jules remains silent and observes Karron walking onwards.  

 

SCENE 7 INT PALACE PRIVATE QUARTERS - MORNING

 

Malic is seated at the table filled with FOOD.  He waits.  He stands on sighting Gail enter the room.  She is instructed to sit by a servant who then departs.

 

MALIC

Good morning. I hope you had a good night sleep after your late night walk last night.

GAIL

(Smiles)

Yes, thank you.  It has been some time since I slept in a comfortable bed with sheets.  This is an honour I must say to be having breakfast privately with the king.

MALIC

My way of saying sorry, that I cannot be of help to you at this time, but I am curious about something?

GAIL

And what would that be?

MALIC

If the Black Shadow Hunters have the Oisten province so well guarded, how did you manage to escape?

GAIL

I have my ways, my king.  I can be resourceful if I have to.

MALIC

But a lady born into nobility surely does not know how to hunt or defend oneself?

GAIL

Does it surprise you, my king? Yet, here I am, unharmed and not dying of hunger.  One’s family can be a great motivator, for every rock I climbed or tunnel I crawled through.

MALIC

Indeed.

GAIL

Do you admire women that are forward thinking, resourceful and adaptable?

MALIC

(Smiles)

You remind me of another woman I know.

GAIL

Queen Sira perhaps? She is a formidable woman. A soldier and queen, balancing the masculine with feminine, beauty with strength.

MALIC

You make her out to be perfect.

GAIL

You do not think so? Perhaps you fear her dominant nature?

MALIC

(Laughs bashfully)

You seem to know Queen Sira very well for someone who has not ventured outside of Oisten before.

GAIL

Rumours of her great feats have been communicated all over the kingdom.

MALIC

I am very sure they have.

 

Barton enters the room and beckons for Malic to follow him.

 

MALIC

If you will excuse me, Gail.

 

Gail nods and Malic exits with Barton.

 

BARTON

We have just received word from Kark that a very large fleet have arrived offshore by the Riarc Mountain ranges.

MALIC

The Armonte have arrived.  By now they will have started their march inland.  It’s battle time.  

 

Malic keeps his focus on Barton.

 

Fade Out.

Join the Community

  • LinkedIn Social Icon
  • Twitter Classic
  • Facebook Classic
  • Instagram
  • Pinterest

Like & Share 

All information on this site is copyright of Ben Kesp registered.  Copyright © 2016 - 2019. All Rights Reserved.