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Kingdom of Malaar 

By Ben Kesp

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

Season 2

Copyright © 2019 Ben Kesp

 

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S2 Ep7

Characters

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

with Karron and Jules

 

 

 

Fade In.

 

SCENE 1 INT ROYAL PALACE– DAY

 

A young servant girl rushes through the UNDERGROUND PASSAGE WAYS and ascends the STONE STEPS.  Racing under the LARGE COLUMNS she enters the grand main entrance hall of the palace and onwards toward a large door. She pushes it inwards, facing the Royals and Barton. She is out of breath and almost speechless.  She looks nervously from Marget to Sira.

 

MARGET

What is it? Speak!

(Marget rises and moves towards the girl)

SERVANT

The queen’s daughter has been kidnapped!

SIRA

(Rising to her feet)

How is this possible? Where is she?

SERVANT

The young woman, Ms Myerston was seen with her and then she disappeared! Just from sight!

MARGET

Barton, sound the alarms!

MALIC

You have a daughter!

SIRA

We have a daughter.

MALIC

A daughter!

BARTON

Marget you knew!

MARGET

Now is not the time for Malic to be getting involved in this.  There is a greater threat coming upon us. Please, sound the alarms, we must find the baby.

MALIC

It is my decision to make.  Why can I never make my own decisions or even know what is happening around my own palace!

SIRA

It was my decision not to tell you and who is this Ms Myerston?

 

The palace alarms sound and Soulep appears before them.

 

SOULEP

Enough!

 

Silence follows. Everyone waits for Soulep to speak.

 

SOULEP

This woman who calls herself Gail Myerston must be an Armonte spy, who has fooled you all by saying she is a member of a noble family.  She too has tricked me and has kept herself hidden. Even now, I can’t detect her.  But she cannot leave the city by any means once the dome is active.

SIRA

But what does she want with Eve?

SOULEP

My sister and I helped your daughter to be conceived.  Eve is special and is the legacy of the Korninti elders, containing a small part of each of us. The Armonte want to destroy every last one of us and they detected what lies within her. The baby is to be protected.

SIRA

(Screams)

Check every damn room in this palace! Leave nothing out, a storeroom, a closet, a secret passage or underground tunnel.

(Sira draws her sword)

 

MALIC

I am going with you.

SIRA

If you do, then do not get in my way!

 

Sira exits with Malic following her.

 

SCENE 2 INT ROYAL PALACE – DAY

 

Soulep appears in a corridor.  She listens and waits.  Gail appears from around the corner on the opposite end of the corridor carrying Eve in her arms.  

 

SOULEP

You are not an Armonte Elder but you possess great ability. You should know by now there is no escape from the palace.

GAIL

Lower the dome.

SOULEP

You want the baby, otherwise you would have killed it by now and no one would ever have suspected it was you. Why is this child so important to the Armonte?

GAIL

Lower the dome.

 

Soulep disappears and reappears several feet from Gail.  Gail vanishes. Soulep inhales and closes her eyes. She disappears.

 

SCENE 3 INT ROYAL PALACE– DAY

Sira races into the food granary followed by Malic.  Sira kicks a bag of grain before putting her sword into its sheath.

 

SIRA

Even if we catch her, what match are we against someone that can work with tricks.

MALIC

Gail cannot go anywhere, we will find her.

SIRA

It was you that brought this young woman into the palace who turns out to be one of our enemy! Real smart move King Malic!

MALIC

My mother recognised her as a member of nobility from the Oisten province. How was I to know she was Armonte?

SIRA

Did you sleep with her?

MALIC

Does that really bother you?

(Pauses)

Perhaps under that cold heart there is just a small hint of emotion, of human compassion.  I remember when we first laid eyes on each other in the cabin, we both connected, a feeling so strong we were unable to give in to our urges.

SIRA

The goddesses had a role to play.  You heard Goddess Soulep.  It was the goddesses who put a spell on us so Eve could be conceived.

MALIC

Do you really believe that? They gifted the baby to be special but not on what we were feeling, I felt it.

SIRA

Were you in love with me?

(Mockingly)

MALIC

Do you deny that you felt love? We have a daughter which I knew nothing about so I would say we were both a little infatuated, so the answer is, yes.

 

Sira sits.

 

MALIC

This is a gift from the goddesses that was born out of the love we shared.  You must believe in that?  Sira, I am not your enemy.  I did not know I was the son of a king until nine months ago.  I thought I was the son of a blacksmith! You were raised believing to be the daughter in a long line of powerful kings and I was raised in a forge. We cannot blame each other for our parent’s actions.

SIRA

I know......

(Exhales)

I know you are not to blame .......but why are you so tolerant?

MALIC

Tolerant?

SIRA

My father killed your father!  My father stole your birthright and gave it to me. I killed your foster father.

MALIC

I see these as a line of actions taken but none taken in the knowledge of what we now know. You might see it as a weakness.  I look at it as a way of leaving behind what has happened and moving forward with the future.  This is something Marget has really helped me to see and understand with the past nine months.    

SIRA

Marget tried following my father’s death to show me this path, but I failed to see it or I did not wish to see it.  

(Pauses)

Goddess Rubella was correct in choosing you to bestow the gift of wisdom upon.

MALIC

Rule with me Sira.

SIRA

We are cousins, do not forget.  The bloodline of our daughter has been tainted enough.

(Pauses)

Malic, let’s focus on finding our daughter and should we survive the attack from the Armonte ....well ....then ....we can see what the future will hold. We could also be enslaved, living out the rest of our days serving our new overlords.

MALIC

Sira, do you understand everything that is going on here? I mean, numerous worlds existing side by side, goddesses, creatures...

SIRA

We should never have known about it, if Gornus had not done what he did to the Korninti. Goddess Soulep filled me in.

MALIC

They do not show it, but the goddesses fear that they may not be able to stop what is coming.

SIRA

They are only two against an army. We will do what we can Malic and protect our home.  It worries me what is ahead. Since Eve was born, I look at the future differently.  What was once important to me is no longer that relevant.  Perhaps it is motherhood that has altered my perception of life.

MALIC

I have just found out I have a daughter but already I want to protect the Kingdom of Malaar for her to grow up in.

 

Malic and Sira stare at one another.  Sira stands.

 

SIRA

Come.  Let us find Eve so I can behead this Gail.

 

Sira departs and Malic pauses for a moment looking after her before following Sira out of the granary.

 

SCENE 4 EXT. HILL OF TATUM – DAY

Rubella stands in front of the ANCIENT TEMPLE on the Hill of Tatum.  She observes the Armonte armies advancing. The war chants are audible. Rubella steps down from the hill and takes up position in the path of the army. The AMULET around her neck radiates green.

 

SCENE 5 EXT. PALACE BATTLEMENTS – DAY

 

Sira and Malic move outward onto the palace battlements.  Malic looks down and sees Barton in the inner courtyard with a small group of palace soldiers. The DOME circling the palace and city shimmers. Soulep appears behind Malic.

 

SOULEP

She is deceptive.

SIRA

Can she be stopped?

SOULEP

I will dampen her magic the next time she appears.  She is present on this battlement.  I can feel her.

 

Sira readies her sword and moves forward cautiously. Malic follows her. Soulep holds her position. Barton scans the BATTLEMENTS closely and grips his sword.  Gail appears in the inner courtyard.  Barton faces her.  Gail disappears. Sira looks down.  Gail reappears on the battlements, no longer holding Eve.  Soulep waves her hand keeping Gail from disappearing. 

 

SIRA

(Shouts)

Where is my daughter?

GAIL

The baby must not remain in this world.  Should the portals close, this is no place for her. 

SIRA

You want to take her with you! To your home world on the Kingdom of Vellig!

 

Soulep steps forward places both her hands in front of her and pushes them outwards, sending a shock wave toward Gail knocking her against the battlements.

 

SOULEP

Barton, do with her as you deem necessary.  I know where the child is.  Her spell no longer conceals it.

 

Soulep disappears.  Sira places her sword against Gail’s throat.

 

SIRA

I think you will find being on my level of existence a little different from yours.

 

Gail remains silent.

 

SCENE 6 EXT. HILL OF TATUM PLAINS – DAY

 

Rubella stands in front of the valley in the PLAINS stretching out before the Hill of Tatum.  Green light radiates from her amulet around her neck and her shielded bubble repels the attack from the elite warriors of the Armonte.  It is a fight between Rubella and the elite Armonte.  The elite group of Armonte warriors bear down on her, each casting magic and energy flames in her direction. Karron and Jules hold back, observing the scene as many of the elite warriors fall, with blood oozing from their ears, dying where they stand in agonising screams.

 

JULES

We must stop her!

KARRON

She is attacking from within their minds. It is a non-invasive attack.  But she is only one and we have numbers on our side.

JULES

(Steps forward)

We must stop her now before she destroys our elite forces. 

KARRON

She is weakening.  To escape she will need to remove her shielding. 

 

Karron and Jules step forward, joining their elite warriors and cast flames of energy onto Rubella’s bubble shielding that surrounds her body.  Rubella stands firm.  Her focus changes once she sees Karron and Jules enter the fight.  The green light illuminating her fades and her bubble reduces in size.   Karron and Jules push forward, striking hard against Rubella.  Rubella struggles under the force of what remains of the elite warriors and its elders.  The bubble collapses and she falls to her knees.  Karron and Jules move in.  The Armonte surround her.  Rubella raises her hands with palms upturned and closes her eyes. The Armonte attack and strike her hard.  Rubella falls forward and her body transforms to GREEN ENERGY that rises upwards, disappearing out of sight.

 

Fade Out.

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