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 INT ROYAL PALACE KARK CITY – DAY
Sira stands and looks at her council chambers and at its round table. She walks slowly towards the main council seat and caresses the wood with her fingers. The door opens and Lorenz enters, standing to attention.
Work has just been completed on this part of the palace and my new council room has not yet been put to use, and I am abandoning.
(Turns and looks at Lorenz. Gently smiles)
Lorenz, my faithful general. I am sure you have other pressing thoughts on your mind. Speak.
My queen, is it true? The rumours that have reached our kingdom from the south?
And what rumours would those be?
That the gods of old have returned and that the Kingdom of Malaar are reopening their temples and returning to the old beliefs.
It is true. The rumours for once do not lie.
Are we to follow suit and open our temples?
It would never be my plan of replicating every little action that the Kingdom of Malaar does. However, as it is, I have been chosen by the gods to lead our people into battle against the powerful enemy that approaches.
There has been a change of plans, a new message if you will from the gods. I have been instructed to travel south into the Kingdom of Malaar with my daughter Eve and onto the capital city of Enegue.
Then I will accompany you.
Sira stands and moves towards Lorenz. She places her hand tenderly on his jaw. He looks at her briefly before returning his gaze directly in front of him.
My dear Lorenz, this is where our journey together may part, depending on the will of the gods. You are to remain here at Kark and hold out for as long as you can against the Armonte. The gods will help, do not fear, but the enemy will approach.
For you, my Queen, I will defend and protect.
(Looks at Lorenz silently)
I could never forget your loyal obedience to me or to my kingdom. Thank you.
Lorenz nods and departs. Soulep appears before Sira.
Will I ever see him again?
There are always causalities in war, which is why you will only leave a small contingent at Kark. Take with you the best of your armies to Enegue and stand with Malic. That is where the fight for the kingdom will be decided. My sister and I will erect a barrier that will slow the Armonte but eventually, they will break through it. Take your child and leave at once. The Armonte march onwards as we speak.
Sira nods and Soulep disappears.
SCENE 2 EXT. OSTUNDLAND – DAY
Soulep appears and stands alongside Rubella. The sisters look outward onto the PLAINS stretching out before them. The large armies of the Armonte approach. The distance drums and war chants carry towards the sisters.
Karron is driven by his self righteous belief in power and greed. Jules appears to have lost her role as an advisor over the Armonte people, perhaps also, delusional by the thoughts of Karron.
Then they are beyond saving.
They were never meant to exist outside the Vellig Kingdom.
Rubella steps forward. Extending her hands, the green amulet around her neck illuminates. She whispers inaudibly. Space before her shimmers and forms a barrier, rising high above her and spreads out to each side, fading into the distance. It shimmers, fading in and out of existence.
Rubella and Soulep wait, watching the oncoming Armonte. The vast ARMIES spread out in a wide formation.
The elite warriors along with the elders remain at the back.
Those that lead, do not have the strength of magic, it will be easy to dampen their abilities, putting them on a level for the Kingdom of Malaar to fight.
Rubella and Soulep watch as the Armonte attempt to penetrate the barrier. Energy blasts rebound and sparks illuminate the ground where they fall. The VAST ARMY breaks formation, giving way for the elite of the Armonte, lead by Karron and Jules to march through to the front lines observing the BARRIER erected before them. Karron steps forth, placing his eyes onto Rubella and Soulep. The sisters clasp hands and disappear. Jules moves next to Karron, both observing the blockage.
SCENE 3 EXT. ROYAL PALACE, ENEGUE – NIGHT
Malic observes Rubella standing along on one of the battlements. He observes her. The night light from the fires highlights her white dress. The wind blows her raven black hair. Malic moves towards her.
My child, you alone are not meant to bear the burden of what comes this way.
I want to know more. Please. Where do you come from and who are the Armonte?
(Continues to look outward over the battlements)
You should never have known any of this Malic but your world along with many other worlds has been thrown open to an existence that should have never been knowledge to you. My people, the Korninti govern a place called the Hall of Worlds. It is a place that contains portals or doorways to numerous worlds, many like this one. The elders of the Korninti once ruled and maintained balance overall worlds until one of our members, Gornus, wanted more for our race. He separated Soulep and I, causing chaos to rule over Hall of Doors and the resulting action was the opening of portals that could not be closed. Creatures and all known species began to emerge and cross barriers into different worlds. The Armonte are from a world called the Kingdom of Vellig. Once they broke through and discovered who we were, they challenged the right to have our power.
How will order ever be restored and our world returned to the way it was?
We, the Korninti thought we were the most ascended species having the responsibility of maintaining harmony over the worlds. The Shi are the true ascended masters, but they feared corruption would occur as it did with us, so to prevent it they instilled on us the essences and the power to do their job. They stood back and just monitored.
Where are the Shi now?
The parent couple exists somewhere, but no one knows where. They left their son, Jonas on a world, very similar to this one to be raised as a human. At first, he had no knowledge of who he was but gradually his memories returned and he awoke the rest of the Shi that lay in hibernation and they have since been trying to restore order.
Does Jonas know what is happening here?
(Reaching for Malic’s hands, she holds them)
Listen to me, my child. You must protect this palace and all within. There will be sacrifices to be made for the greater good. Go now and prepare with Barton and Sira.
Sira is here?
She has just arrived. This is where she needs to be.
Malic nods and departs. Rubella turns to gaze outwards over the battlements. She inhales, closing her eyes.
SCENE 4 INT. ROYAL PALACE, PRIVATE QUARTERS – NIGHT
Sira stands by the window. The door of the room opens and Marget enters. Sira moves towards her.
Is she safe?
Do not fear. Eve is protected and kept out of sight. Malic will not know she is here.
It is not Malic I fear in finding out, but what is to be brought upon us. How can we fight an enemy that performs tricks and magic?
Come, do not worry. We must convene at the council chamber at once.
SCENE 5 INT. ROYAL PALACE, LOWER FLOORS – NIGHT
Gail observes all the newcomers arrive. She moves about the palace halls and descends to the lower floors. She stops a young female servant.
What is going on? Where are all of these people coming from?
They are arriving from Kark, from the Kingdom of the Northern Realm.
Has Queen Sira arrived?
Yes, my lady.
Gail nods and allows the servant to continue with her business. A baby in the distance cries. Gail stops and turns in the direction of the sound.
SCENE 6 INT. ROYAL PALACE, COUNCIL CHAMBER – NIGHT
Sira and Marget enter. Malic and Barton are seated at the council room chamber.
Why have I not been informed of this change of plans? Were you not to stand at Kark and hold the Armonte for as long as you could?
Do you now question the will of the gods?
They told you to leave?
Do you think I would abandon my own capital city and kingdom? The sisters have given us some time so we can prepare. Enegue and its grass planes are where the final stand will be against the Armonte.
We have our city defences in place.
(Looks at Barton)
You and I, Barton Malor, are to convene immediately and formulate our tactical strategy. We are to first engage the Armonte on the planes and then fall back within the walls of the city.
I never would have imagined I would be working with a Galor.
Believe me, I would never have imagined I would be working with you either, an outlaw, and a coward who did not stand and protect his king, but ran for his life.
Barton stands and faces Sira with anger.
I did not have a king to protect as by the time I arrived at king’s quarters. King Siris was already dead at the hands of your father. I did not run. I left so I could protect the true heir to the kingdom.
Put the past behind us, Barton and that goes for all of us! We are here to defend our lands against a foreign enemy that does not belong here. Daylight will be upon us soon and so will the Armonte. We have work to do.
Barton keeps his focus on Sira before acknowledging Marget with a nod of agreement.
I along with the other council members will start moving all citizens underground that cannot lift a sword. We will ensure our granaries are fully stocked. We could be in for a long siege.
Let’s do this.
(Malic places his gaze on Sira)
SCENE 7 EXT. ROYAL PALACE, BATTLEMENTS – DAY
Rubella stands next to Soulep observing the palace and the city before it.
It is time to protect the city. I will seek out the Armonte and reduce the numbers of elite warriors. They are the ones the citizens of the kingdom cannot fight.
Sister, it is I who should go.
Rubella takes her sister’s hand and places her other hand onto her right jaw.
The people of the city need you. Sira and Malic need you.
What do you see?
A fierce battle out there before the city. There will be terrible loss. Protect this city and the special jewel that lies within it.
Rubella smiles and releases Soulep’s hand.
I will see you again my dear sister.
Soulep smiles. Rubella disappears. Soulep turns, overlooking the city of Enegue. Raising her hands she whispers an inaudible incantation. The city shakes. Distant screams and shouts are heard. Malic and Sira appear from within the palace and step onto the battlements observing Soulep. Soulep opens her arms upwards. Malic and Sira stare outwards and around all sides of the city. A shimmering transparent dome rises upwards, encompassing the capital city and the Royal Palace.
(Faces Malic and Sira)
Only I have the ability to release anyone outside the dome. When the time comes, I will send out your armies.
Sira and Malic exchange glances with each other before looking upwards at the massive dome covering Enegue.