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.
For formatting purposes on this site, the character name and dialogue will remain left aligned.
Sira Galor, Malic Siris, Barton Malor, Marget Galor, Soulep, Rubella
with Karron and Jules
SCENE 1 EXT. GRASS PLAINS NORTH OF THE HILL OF TATUM - DAY
Soulep stands next to a spot of BURNT GRASS. She kneels, placing both her hands onto the spot.
Sister! What have you done?
Soulep looks upwards. She stands and faces the ARMONTE ARMY as it moves away from her in the distance.
SCENE 2 EXT. GRASS PLAINS OUTSIDE THE ENEGUE - DAY
The armies of the Armonte take up position on the GRASS PLAINS outside the capital city of ENEGUE. Karron and Jules stand, surrounded on each side by their elite warriors. They stare forward onto the city protected by the DOME.
SCENE 3 INT. ROYAL PALACE - DAY
Marget steps closer to the LARGE WINDOW overlooking the palace courtyards. She stares down and observes Sira, Malic and Barton preparing for departure. Marget focuses her gaze outwards across the city and onto the distant ARMY waiting outside.
SCENE 4 EXT. CITY WALLS - DAY
Soulep appears and steps between Sira and Malic staring onwards towards the Armonte army. Barton stands nearby.
I will dampen any magic of the front lines of the Armonte army. This will allow you to fight them like any other soldier. I will target what remains of the elite warriors and the elders.
Barton nods. He mounts and leads a formation of soldiers taking up a position on the western side of the city walls.
Malic, take a contingent of your soldiers and move around to the rear of the Armonte and take up a position just outside the Hill of Tatum. Sira, you will lead the charge directly into the enemy lines.
Malic faces Sira. They nod to each other and mount their respective horses. They gallop onwards. Soulep stares ahead. She raises and directs her hands outwards onto Armonte. She whispers an incantation. She disappears.
SCENE 5 EXT. GRASS PLAINS OUTSIDE THE CITY WALLS - DAY
Barton commands his soldiers. They form a tight formation and brace against the oncoming Armonte soldiers, now having to fight hand to hand. Barton fights off each attacker that he encounters.
Keep the lines tight. Advance!
Barton pushes his lines of soldiers forward.
SCENE 6 EXT. GRASS PLAINS OUTSIDE THE CITY WALLS - DAY
Sira leads her cavalry directly into the front lines of the Armonte army. Swords clash. Sira strikes at every attacker she encounters. She pushes on her white stallion deeper into the enemy lines. A spear strikes the edge of her armour knocking her from the horse. Two attackers lunge toward her. She rolls from their blows and returns to her feet. Withdrawing both her swords she faces them.
SCENE 7 EXT. PALACE BATTLEMENTS - DAY
Marget steps onto the BATTLEMENTS. Glancing upwards she watches energy strikes and firebombs being repelled off the dome. Walking to the end of the battlements Marget stares onward at the scene on the grass plains before the city. A council member approaches her.
My Lady, do you have new orders?
No. We are to hold tight. Ensure our troops within the city and palace hold their positions should the dome fail. Are all vulnerable below ground?
Very well. We wait.
Marget glances upwards again toward the dome.
SCENE 8 EXT. GRASS PLAINS OUTSIDE THE CITY WALLS - DAY
Sira drives her sword into the oncoming attackers. One of her soldiers runs to her.
My Queen, King Malic is being ambushed within the temple by a group of Armonte.
Fetch my horse and the 5th legion. Hold your position here. Do not let the Armonte advance.
The soldier nods. Sira strikes another attacker who approaches her. She stares onwards ready for the next attacker.
SCENE 9 EXT. GRASS PLAINS OUTSIDE THE CITY WALLS - DAY
Soulep stands firm pushing back wave after wave of attacks from the Armonte elite warriors. With a wave of her hand, she extends her protective SHIELDS outwards. Raising her right hand she extends it upwards toward the now DARKENING SKY. Using a swirling motion, the dark clouds follow the action, swirling and dropping. Thunder sounds and LIGHTNING shoots down directed at Soulep’s extended hand. She casts the lightning bolt outwards into the Armonte forces obliterating a path through them, leaving the ground scorched. She repeats the action multiple times, casting lightning bolts into the Armonte forces. Karron and Jules are thrown from their positions. They stand.
We must end this now Jules.
Jules nods. She joins Karron and moves forward to join their warriors.
Soulep pushes her hands outwards sending a shockwave through the group of elite soldiers before closing her shields around her again. A golden light appears to her left. She turns, facing JONAS, a handsome young man standing next to her. His WHITE ARMOUR radiates a golden colour. He smiles.
Soulep, we thank you for your incredible strength in holding out against the Armonte in this small world. You certainly deserve a place by our side.
Jonas gently places his right hand on Soulep’s cheek.
Have you retaken the Hall of Worlds?
We have regained control. It took longer than we had anticipated. The Kingdom of Malaar and the Kingdom of Vellig are the last two worlds to have their portals sealed.
Soulep cast her eyes around and sees more GOLDEN LIGHTS ascend onto the battlefield, transforming into the white armoured Shi. A tear falls from her left eye and her face fills with emotion.
I am truly sorry for the loss of your sister Rubella. She is resting peacefully in her rightful place.
Soulep nods, controlling her emotion. Jonas extends his hand to her.
Come. Join me. Let us end this together and put the Armonte back to where they belong.
Soulep pushes forward with Jonas and the white army of the Shi, repelling the Armonte’s attacks.
SCENE 10 EXT. HILL OF TATUM - DAY
Sira gallops up the Hill of Tatum and to the ANCIENT TEMPLE. Armonte soldiers who stand guard rush forward to defend the temple. Sira and her men clash swords with the enemy. Sira breaks through the formation towards the temple door. She is caught off guard by a large Armonte soldier who knocks her forward into the entrance columns of the temple stunning her. She struggles to her feet but receives a blow from the Armonte knocking her down. Reaching for her sword she drives it upwards, missing contact with the enemy’s body who bears down on her with his weapon but stops before he can pierce her armour. He falls forward. Sira stares into the eyes of Lorenz standing over her. He withdraws his sword from the fallen Armonte.
My Queen. I said I would always be by your side to protect you if I can.
Lorenz extends his hand to Sira and helps her up.
My dear General, I am pleased you survived the first attack from the Armonte at Kark and you are here now.
Retake the temple and let no one inside.
Lorenz nods and Sira enters the temple.
SCENE 11 INT. TEMPLE ON THE HILL OF TATUM – DAY
Sira enters cautiously. Her sword is drawn. Shouts and clashing of weapons can be heard from within the inner chamber. Stepping into the inner chamber, Malic is fighting two Armonte soldiers. Sira rushes in, striking at one of the soldiers and pierces his armour with her sword. Swinging her sword she blocks the attacker’s movement and with her right leg pins his hand to the pillar knocking his sword from his grasp. Sira drives her sword into his body. Turning towards Malic, she sees the other Armonte soldier pierce Malic’s abdomen with its sword.
Malic falls to his knees before collapsing to the ground. Sira attacks, taking the Armonte by surprise and slices her blade across his neck, knocking him backwards. She follows by driving her sword into his torso. Sira drops to her knees next to Malic and places her arm under his head.
Malic! You know you can’t die! There are people in this kingdom that need your wisdom, your leadership. Marget, Barton, your daughter Eve.....
He coughs and blood spurts from his mouth.
Me! I need it too Malic!
Malic forces a smile before coughing more blood. He closes his eyes with his head falling limp onto Sira’s arm.
No. No. No.
(Begins to bang Malic’s chest and shouts through tears)
Lorenz rushes into the chamber.
Send word to fetch the Goddess.
Soulep appears before Sira.
I hear you, my child. We have pushed back the Armonte. It is over. The Shi have returned those that live to their realm.
Can you help him?
Soulep kneels and places her hand on Malic.
I cannot. It is beyond my ability to return his life force to the living.
Golden light radiates next to Soulep and Jonas appears. Sira fixes her gaze on him.
You must be Queen Sira and this must be King Malic.
(Kneels and places his hand onto Malic’s chest)
Receive this as a gift from the Shi for your efforts in a battle that was not yours.
Malic inhales and opens his eyes. Sira places her eyes on Malic.
(Gives his hand to Malic)
Malic stands next to Sira looking on at Jonas.
The Shi thank you both for your help in this battle. You will never be forgotten.
(Smiles and faces Soulep)
Soulep, when you are ready, return to your home on the Hall of Worlds. I will be waiting to welcome you.
Soulep smiles and nods. Jonas fades into a golden light and disappears.
So what happens now?
From here out, you walk your own destiny. If you ever need me, either of you, just call out my name. I will always keep the Kingdom of Malaar close to my thoughts.
Soulep reaches out and holds Sira and Malic’s hands.
Whatever happens between you, remember that Eve is the bond that joins you both. Teach her well and I will always be watching over her.
Releasing her hold, Soulep disappears. Malic faces Sira.
So you need my wisdom? My leadership?
You know when people are dying, they fantasise about all the things they would love but could never have. Come. We must return to the Enegue.
Sira moves forward. Malic smiles and follows.
SCENE 12 INT. ROYAL PALACE – NIGHT
Malic and Barton sit with Sira and Marget.
When the dawn breaks tomorrow it will be a new beginning for the Kingdom. A new era for peace and faith will once more be part of lives.
All temples will be reopened in honour of the goddesses. I wish to build a splendid new temple in honour of the fallen Goddess Rubella, my goddess. Work will begin immediately and on completion, I am offering that the first ceremony to take place in the temple will be your wedding.
Barton fixes his eyes on Marget and smiles.
We humbly accept.
We will take our leave from you both and discuss more in the morning. Good night.
Barton and Marget exit the room. Malic faces Sira.
Speak what is on your mind? I can see you wish to ask me something.
What about the future of the kingdom, the throne, the way forward.
If you are asking me to give up my throne, I cannot. But I promise to rule, build and protect this land with you until such time as our daughter is of age to rule. When that time comes and if Eve wishes to unite both thrones, then I will not stand in her way.
It is a start.
Do you believe you can change my mind over time?
I would never be so presumptuous but as we both know, the world is not as we once knew. Anything and everything is possible.
Yes. Anything and everything is possible. If the Armonte never arrived on our shores, we would not be here together in this moment. We would be sworn enemies with each trying to conquer the other to attain full autonomy over the Kingdom of Malaar.
It makes it all sound petty now after what has happened, but if the Armonte never arrived, the goddesses would not have intervened with our destinies. You would probably be still sitting on the throne and I making horseshoes in a forge in a little forgotten village on the edge of a forest.
And there would be no Eve.
I will leave in the morning with Eve and what is left of my contingent of soldiers. I have much work to do in rebuilding the city of Kark, which unfortunately was not spared like Enegue.
Please accept my help. I will send stonemasons, bricklayers, planners and labourers to assist you to rebuild.
Thank you. There is still the issue of Gail. What will you do with her?
Goddess Soulep has stripped her of any magic so she should not be any problem. I will talk with her and perhaps she will fit into life here on the Kingdom of Malaar.
(Pauses and gazes at Malic)
Tomorrow is a new day. Good night.
Malic nods and smiles. Sira exits the room.
SCENE 13 INT. ROYAL PALACE – NIGHT
Sira enters the bedchamber and walks to the crib resting next to a WINDOW. The MOONLIGHT filters in resting on Eve sleeping inside. Sira looks at her lovingly.
You have no idea what occurred today in this kingdom. A day that will forever change the future of our world.
Sira steps to the window and stares outward.
One day Eve, all of this will be yours. You will control both thrones and carry on the legacy of our family.
(Pauses and looks upwards to the NIGHT STARS)
And also the legacy of the Korninti Gods that for a period of time walked among us.
Sira bows her head and her SILHOUETTE against the moonlight fades into the darkness of the room.