"Victorious Dead, The"
The Victorious Dead Dante O. Thompson firstname.lastname@example.org Fade in: Ext. A CORPSE STREWN MISTY FIELD-- DAWN The field is completely level with exception to several random hills, and is surrounded by a river on one side and a forest on the other. The weapons of the fallen jut out of the ground, the blood glints in the morning sun. CUT TO-- At the edge of the forest atop a hill is a stone fortress, practically in ruins from constant siege. Atop a hill opposite the fort is a team of three cannonades, pelting the already battered fortress. CUT TO-- An army marches past the cannons towards the fortress. The remaining archers atop the fort manage to pick off one of the cannonades as well a few of the enemy soldiers assaulting the fortress gates. An archer notices the approaching army and sends out a warning. ARCHER They’ve sent reinforcements!! Strengthen the gates! The remaining soldiers, even those too injured to fight, run down to the gates below. INT. THE FORTRESS FOYER-- A KNIGHT in silver armor directs the soldiers to the gate. He grabs a large piece of timber and aids the others in barricading the gates. The enemy horde manages to break through the gates, and with a well placed cannonball, the men holding the gate are impaled by massive splinters and falling debris. EXT. THE FORTRESS OUTER WALLS-- DAWN The tower holding the archers collapses in an explosion of dust and rubble. INT. FORTRESS FOYER The KNIGHT removes his helmet, revealing his wild jet black hair. The KNIGHT removes his chest, leg and shoulder armor, leaving the gauntlets. He stands and brushes the dust off of his uniform he is attractive and has an athletic build. Despite being only 23, the KNIGHT has the look of a hardened veteran as he scans the room searching for survivors. The remaining soldiers in the fort attempt to plug the gaping hole with corpses and debris. KNIGHT (Speaks with authority and a strong English accent) Don’t give the heathens an inch! (grabs a soldier)Bring me whatever gunpowder, anything flammable you can find… SOLDIER (Frightened)But sir… KNIGHT That is an order not a request. (Draws his sword) If we are to die here I intend on dragging these bastards to hell right along with us. A wave of soldiers crashes against the battered oak gate. The soldiers within attempt to hold off the enemy forces, but are quickly overwhelmed as the enemy picks them off with spears and bows. The KNIGHT charges down the hall and cleaves an enemy with a single blow, he then steps off of the collapsing corpse and decapitates another. An enemy archer snipes the knight from the gaping hole in the gate. The KNIGHT tries to pull the arrow from his shoulder, but it is deeply penetrated. An enemy cuts the KNIGHT across his chest; the KNIGHT in turn stabs him in the stomach and kicks the body off his blade. The KNIGHT is stabbed in the side and before he can retaliate, he is stabbed again. The KNIGHT swings blindly, bleeding profusely. An enemy soldier knocks the KNIGHT over and stabs him, twists his blade. The other soldiers run in, finishing off the dying soldiers with a stab to the chest or neck. The KNIGHT lies on his back, dead, staring blankly at the ceiling, blood pooling around him and pouring from his mouth. The weapons of the fallen jut out of the ground, the blood glints in the morning sun. EXT. THE FIELD OUTSIDE THE RUINED FORT--MORNING The soldiers carry the knight and his fallen comrades outside and dump the bodies in the nearby river. Behind them, the fortress explodes and collapses. BEGIN FLASHBACK Int. /EXT. BALCONY OF A ROMAN STYLE VILLA ON THE MEDITTERANEAN CLIFFSIDE-- AFTERNOON An attractive WOMAN in her early 20’s walks out onto a balcony overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. She is dressed in a light roman garment, it hangs over one shoulder and the white fabric blows gently in the wind. She can be seen as someone who is part of the roman aristocracy, given her elaborate home, jewelry and cleanliness. She moves a strand of her dark brown hair from her face and leans on the railing, looking out at the sea and port city at the bottom of the cliff. The ports are bustling and warships fill the harbor while gulls cry out in the distance. The KNIGHT walks up behind her and places his arms around her waist, she smiles and leans her head back, resting it on his chest. WOMAN (She speaks softly, sincere.) What news Have you from the front dear Aichlan? AICHLAN (Very serious, he stares out at the sea in silence for a moment) Well we aren't dead yet, though how much longer that will last… WOMAN (Stares back at the harbor.) This war is not going well. Thousands die in these senseless battles with the premières intentions still eluding me... AICHLAN (Angered)He's mad, Nothing more to it. (Turns her around to face him) As long as I still draw breath no harm shall come to you. (Lifts her chin delicately with his finger) You worry yourself too much on the subject. WOMAN (Steps out of his grasp and turns her back to him.)And you worry yourself not enough! (She stops and turns) Aichlan I'm Sorry... AICHLAN (Interrupting her) You have nothing to apologize for. I have made a career of death, having seen many men lose their lives in the name of god and country, I've learned that it is best not to dwell on the subject.(the woman does not respond, merely stares into the wind.) Lady Renata? RENATA (She is in a sort of trance, as if her mind is elsewhere) I will miss you Aichlan. (Trailing off, speaking to the wind) I would gladly abandon it all if only... (Stops and thinks for a moment then returns to reality) Never mind. AICHLAN (Interested) No, please continue. RENATA No, it is merely wishful thinking. (Fakes a halfhearted smile) You should get going Aichlan. Or should I say General? AICHLAN General, (ponders the title and responsibilities) what would Garrick would say. Probably that I’m undeserving or something like that. (Sees the sadness written upon her face) Are you well? (She steps forward and removes her garb, which falls to the ground revealing her in all entireties. Aichlan struggles with himself for a moment) ...We shouldn't be... RENATA (Looks up at him, seductively, lovingly: but her expression hints at a deep sadness within) It is what I want. AICHLAN What of your vows of a chaste? The church frowns upon broken vows and the like. RENATA They mean nothing now. Please Aichlan, just stay, be with me. For after this, we shall never be again.... AICHLAN is disturbed by her statement and confused by her behavior. He steps forward and holds here in his arms. Camera pulls out; all goes fuzzy. FADE OUT END FLASHBACK FADE IN: Ext. MISTY EXPANSE OF PURE WHITE LIGHT—UNKNOWN TIME AICHLAN is laying on his back staring at nothing, looking as he did after the battle. RENATA’S voice rings out omnipotent, as she gently calls his name. AICHLAN continues to stare. RENATA appears, walking out of the fog. She knells down and kisses him, strokes his face and leans towards his ear. RENATA (Speaks in Latin) It is Time to wake up my love. She stands, and looks down at him lovingly, then disappears into the fog. AICHLAN bolts upright, a look of confusion and terror on his face. He franticly looks around, but all he sees is the blinding white and rolling fog. EXT. /INT. –MONTAGE AICHLAN is in a fierce duel with an enemy knight; AICHLAN pierces the knight’s armor and kicks him off his blade. AICHLAN runs to the aid of his subordinate, but the soldier is riddled with bullets and several arrows. A dozen soldiers are launched into the air when a cannon ball strikes the ground before them. AICHLAN is shot by an arrow An enemy cuts AICHLAN across his chest; AICHLAN in turn stabs him in the stomach and kicks the body off his blade. AICHLAN is stabbed in the side and before he can retaliate, he is stabbed again. END MONTAGE EXT. THE MISTY EXPANSE OF WHITE LIGHT AICHLAN clenches his eyes and covers his ears. His wounds start to bleed and he is overcome with pain. He clutches his wounds, screaming in pain and vomiting blood. As quickly as it came it all fades, he is left panting in the swirling fog. VOICE (It is the voice of wisdom and discipline, stern, yet compassionate.)Quite the show you put on back there boy. Brazen recklessness as usual, though entertaining nonetheless. (AICHLAN Groans and Shakes) I thought you had it there for a moment, but only a moment. AICHLAN (Shaken, frightened) J...Jesus? VOICE (Harsher) No Fool. AICHLAN (Dismayed) Garrick.... GARRICK (Steps out of the fog, wearing his battle dress. He is a fairly muscular man with grey hair and a coarse grey beard. He is in his mid 40’s) That is General Garrick to you boy. I don’t care if they decided to promote you; you’re still just a child. AICHLAN That doesn’t change the fact that you’re dead. I was there and quickly avenged you while you still drew breathe. There is no reason for you to haunt me spirit. GARRICK (Holds up his hand) Peace. I am dead, yet I am no malicious spirit. It is, (tries to put it delicately) you who is in fact… (Aichlan laughs to himself, realizing his fate.) The circumstances of our reunion are unfortunate. AICHLAN (Struggles to his feet.) Spare me old man. I knew what I was getting into. (Smiles at GARRICK) So! What is it, Valhalla or streets of Gold? GARRICK (Firm) neither. AICHLAN (His face drops) Pardon? GARRICK When you swore your life to Lady Renata I’m afraid you got more than you bargained for. AICHLAN More than I bargained for? GARRICK She is in peril to say the least. AICHLAN (Concerned) What of Her? Is she safe? GARRICK The temple is under siege and she remains trapped inside with a few unarmed clerics. As for reinforcements there are none seeing as the French have failed not surprisingly. AICHLAN (Crouches and stares into the fog, he stares for a moment then looks at GARRICK) What of the Goths, or the Celts? GARRICK Don't be foolish! The barbarians hold Rome in contempt. They’ve take refuge in the vast forests of the elves, content to only venture out and scavenge from the dead. We can hardly rely on them for assistance. AICHLAN And what of his majesty? Or the Pope? Surely they can handle this. GARRICK His majesty has sent armies to reclaim Paris. It is a bold move and success seems distant. And the pope, well he’s the Pope. AICHLAN So they can kill a bunch of astronomers and others dubbed as heretics but they can’t… GARRICK That’s beside the point. Our enemy seeks to open hells gate. They will reach Renata and kill her. AICHLAN (Visibly disturbed, he looks up and scowls at GARRICK) Why do you tell me this? As if I am not tortured enough, I do not need you salting my wounds with these morbid reports. Is it not bad enough that I’m dead? Is there no peace even in death? GARRICK (Angered) You are charged with stopping this from happening! AICHLAN (Yelling right back) You think I don't know this?! The woman I love shall be sacrificed to demons and there is naught I can do about it! I've given my life! What else is there to give?! GARRICK (Raged) You will sit on your arse whilst she is slaughtered? (Disperses the fog which was actually clouds, they are above the temple, soldiers are ramming the door trying to get in.) Does she mean so little? Are your oaths no more than hollow words? (Picks AICHLAN up and shakes him) Answer me boy!! AICHLAN What am I supposed to do?! (Breaks free and stumbles back) Huh? What, Go down there and haunt them!? I’m fucking dead!! GARRICK (Calmer, still stern) Yes. That is exactly what I want you to do. AICHLAN What? Have you lost you bleedin’ mind you old cocker? GARRICK (Ignores him) You have the blessings of our Patron Saint Renata.... AICHLAN What the hell’s going on?! GARRICK ....For king and country. May god be with you. AICHLAN Hey! What is all this? Garrick?! GARRICK Hold Your Breath son. EXT.A POWERFULL RIVER FLOWING THROUGH A FOREST—DAY OVERCAST AICHLAN breaks the surface of a raging river, gasping for air he struggles to stay afloat. The rapids slam him into the rocks and waves prevent him from swimming to shore. AICHLAN grabs a mossy rock and struggles to hold on as he is buffeted by waves and nearly sucked into a whirlpool. AICHLAN tries to swim towards the shore again, when a wave in the shape of a lions face swallows him under. A group of 20 elves walk along the shores. They are well armed and wild looking with tribal tattoos on their arms, chest and face, much like Gaelic warriors. The LEADER looks out and sees AICHLAN struggling in the water; he steps out to the water’s edge. He has silver hair hanging down to his back and a scar running down his left eye. LEADER Lilaea. (The water continues to rage, thrashing AICHLAN about) Lilaea, lest you become a rolling mist... (Holds out his hand, it is on fire.) The water becomes calm in front of the elf, a beautiful nude woman rises out of the water in front of him, and river kelp adorns her long hair. LILAEA Thou art a barbarous imp Kielan. (Crosses her arms and pouts) since when did you care about a human life? KIELAN (Points at Aichlan) Who is that man you seek to claim beneath your waves? LILAEA (Turns and looks at AICHLAN) The hell if I know, he fell from the sky and started me. Now if you’ll excuse me… KIELAN Perhaps he fell from an airship. (AICHLAN is lost beneath the waves for several seconds) Lilaea, release him. LILAEA (Shakes her head) Nay. I’ve seen no air craft in a fortnight; this man is among those that continue to plague my waters. (Accusingly)I have been violated by armed men defiling my rivers with corpses such as his. I shall tolerate it no longer. KIELAN He seems alive to me, does he not? LILAEA Not when I’m finished he ain't. KIELAN Bring him to me. (She hesitates) Lilea. (She remains defiant) Please? LILAEA (Looks at him out of the corner of one eye, then sighs) Very well. A large wave carries AICHLAN to the shore, he coughs and sputters then rolls over to see KIELAN’S large sword in his face. LILAEA (Eyes light up with murderous glee) You shall kill the bastard won't you? AICHLAN Without so much as a trial? (Sits up and pushes the sword away from his face) You should be careful with that; you could put an eye out. An angry looking elf in his mid 20’s, with wild faerie hair, athletic no shirt and a military like jacket that is open stands behind KIELAN. He steps forward and draws his sword, and points it at Aichlan. ANGRY ELF (Thick Scottish accent) Aye, an this'll put yer head off! Now what the fuck are ya doin out 'ere?! KIELAN Eth, Calm. (To AICHLAN.) You are an English soldier are you not? AICHLAN I am, why? KIELAN (To the group) we set up camp here. (To LILAEA) you may return to your river and you have my word that I will stop anyone from trespassing in the future. LILAEA (Scoffs) you'd damn well better. Come back again human. She blows AICHLAN a kiss and dives beneath the waves. Within seconds the water calms. KIELAN Looks Like you are with us. AICHLAN Lovely... A picnic in fairy land. ETH spits, glares at AICHLAN then walks away. AICHLAN laughs to himself then follows the elves. EXT.DEEPER IN THE FOREST--NIGHTIME The group sits around two fires, the sky is full of stars and a crescent moon hangs in the sky over the tree tops. Aichlan is entranced by the fire; its reflection dances wildly in his eyes. KIELAN Seen a lot of combat? (No response, AICHLAN stares at the fire) You still there mate? AICHLAN (Snaps out of the trance) Huh? Yeah, I'm alright. KIELAN (Laughs) I asked if you'd seen combat, but I already have the answer. ETH Ya think? (Points and flicks the arrow in AICHLAN arm) Look 'ere! He’s got a fuckin arrow stickin’ out o' his shoulder! You look like shit boy! I’m surprised you ain’t cryin’ out like a wee babe. (The group laughs, except AICHLAN) Ahhh (swats at AICHLAN) he’s no fun! AICHLAN (Pulls out the arrow without as much as a grimace and tosses it in the fire.) I was in France before it fell. KIELAN (Watches the wound bleed without ceasing) They fell weeks ago, I was under the impression that none survived.(hands AICHLAN a piece of cloth) AICHLAN (Sarcastic) Maybe I’m just lucky. (Takes the cloth and uses it to stop the bleeding) thanks. KIELAN The spirit of this river says you fell from the sky, do you know what she meant? AICHLAN No. I have no idea how I got here or where here is. (Looks up at KIELAN) I also don't know you or your intentions. KIELAN My apologies... ETH Don't apologize to the human. KIELAN That surly fellow is General Eth (ETH grunts) and I am Kielan, the “leader” so to speak. We are, (tries to think of the proper word) "Allies" of Britain. AICHLAN But you’re elves, I though they remained neutral in human affairs? ETH We don't give a damn if you humans destroy each other, were only involved cause the fool Osric decided to involve us. AICHLAN Who is this Ostrich you speak of? KIELAN No, No. Osric. He's the dark sorcerer from the Russian empire. He's the "Mastermind" of this war. AICHLAN (Pretending to know what they're talking about) Right, Right. Osric. KIELAN (Suspicious and curious)What front did you serve at? AICHLAN The Maginot line, why? ETH (Surprised, suddenly interested in the conversation) That was a Bloodbath! None survived. The wood nymphs of that region were driven out cause o’ the carnage and fires as Osric’s army razed the countryside. KIELAN (Gestures to the river behind them) All of the slain were sent down this river as a grotesque gesture of might. (Suspicious) Who are you really? AICHLAN (Sighs) I am the personal guard to High priestess Renata of Rome. She sought a diplomatic solution to this conflict, and I was sent in when she realized that diplomacy was out of the question. ETH (Scoffs) the only way to end a war is wit the spillage of blood, not the prettiness of words. KIELAN I take it you failed to realize it was her he was after till too late. AICHLAN (Anxious, dreading the answer) What do you mean? KIELAN Rome has fallen, the gates have been opened. INT. A LARGE TEMPLE IN ROME--DAY Priests and female clerics scramble around the crumbling temple trying to find something to barricade the large oak door with. EXT. OUTSIDE THE TEMPLE--DAY Osric’s army is sacking the city. A large force is carrying a battering ram towards the temple. INT. INSIDE THE TEMPLE The door is being rammed and with each ram, those holding the door are knocked back. The temple shakes, and dust and debris fall to the ground. The large pillars crack and a section of the roof falls in. In a back room RENATA is kneeled before an alter, above the alter is a statue of the Virgin Mary. The door is pounded again and the falling debris puts out some of her candles. Everyone is dirty and ragged, giving the impression that they've been under siege for some time now. The door is knocked over and those holding it up are crushed beneath. Soldiers rush in speaking Russian, they kill everyone in their way, and all those that try and flee. A priest runs back to warn RENATA, but is quickly killed. A Russian soldier sees RENATA praying and calls for backup. RENATA stands and faces her attackers as they rush in and drag her out into the main temple. A MAN in dark flowing robes enters the temple, accompanied by an elite guard. He is attractive and young, (24 to 26) with long hair and the flowing robe of a wizard. He says something in Russian and the soldiers stand at attention. RENATA is dragged over and thrown at his feet. RENATA tries to sit up but a soldier stomps down on her head. MAN (Very cold, he looks down at her in contempt. speaks with a heavy Russian accent) Where is the Gate priestess? She remains silent. He kneels down and picks her up by the hair, she cries out in pain. MAN That wasn't a question. SOLDIER (All speak in Russian only) Osric sir, (Osric looks up at him) we’ve found something. OSRIC slams RENATA’S head on the ground, stands up and walks over to a giant stone mural. His face lights up. The mural depicts a battle in a field. A demon stands atop a hill while a woman prepares to shoot a shinning arrow at it. At the bottom of the hill a knight stabs a demon in the heart with a spear and all around soldiers are fighting skeletons. Osric walks over to the mural. RENATA (Bleeding from the mouth, she yells after him) It's just a legend! (Frantic) A story told to frighten disobedient children! (Osric stops, she calms) That is nothing more than stone, all you could hope find on the other side is a gaping hole or another wall. OSRIC (In Russian) ...Shut her up. (A solder starts kicking Renata, Osric holds up his hand after he's satisfied in her punishment) Enough. I want to kill her while she’s still alive. (Turns to RENATA. in English) Your efforts are in vain dear priestess. You are either trying to keep me from discovering what’s on the other side of this "masterpiece" or you seek to save your pathetic life. (She glares at him) But know this, if I find what I am after, you shall die. If I find nothing, then you shall die. So please spare us the commentary. OSRIC turns his attention to the mural; he looks up at it, nodding his approval. OSRIC (In awe)Absolutely beautiful! Wrought by the most artistic minds and brilliant sculptors of their time; Taking decades to complete and now, centuries later, it still stands as majestic and awe inspiring as when it was first unveiled. It is simply remarkable. (Coldly) Destroy it. A team of soldiers carrying two large crates walk over and place them in front of the mural. They run for cover as OSRIC slowly walks over to RENATA. OSRIC points his finger at the crates like a gun, energy swirls around the finger tip. OSRIC fires and the crates explode the mural collapses and dust and debris are blown towards OSRIC and RENATA. RENATA shields her face, but OSRIC stands in place, still pointing as the gust blows his robes. When the dust clears the wall is no more, in its place is a large evil looking iron gate. RENATA stares in awe and horror. RENATA You gotta be shittin me... OSRIC (Smug) Don't act so surprised priestess. (Looks at the ruined mural) I hope you’re not too upset about the pretty picture. (Picks up a piece of the mural, it has a part of a face on it) Here, a souvenir. (She doesn’t take it) Here! (She looks up at him angrily and he drops the stone on her face, she clutches her bleeding nose.) Bitch. (Walks towards the gate) Don't worry; I’ll make it up to you, how about I sacrifice your body to the demons of hell? Sound nice? (Holds out his hand and speaks in Russian to a soldier) Give me the tablet. A soldier runs over and hands Osric a stone tablet, it has Hebrew words written in still fresh blood. Osric levitates the tablet and places it in a slot on the ground in front of the gate. The edges light up and then start to seep blood. There is the sound of an incredibly heavy lock opening and echoing the temple then silence. Everyone stares at the gate in anticipation, and then it slowly starts to grate open. The entire temple rumbles as the metal grates against stone. A thick black vapor escapes the gate. The door finally opens revealing a dark corridor, the mist heavy on the ground. In the silence the only sound is the faint wailings of the dead. OSRIC Luminous. (Clicks his fingers and gestures towards the corridor, "shooting" an orb of light inside) The small orb increases in size; but is soon enveloped by the unnatural darkness. OSRIC (To soldiers in Russian) You three, get in there. The soldiers look at Osric then one another, deciding if they fear him or the corridor more. OSRIC (Impatient) Now!! The soldiers gather their courage and start towards the cavern. Two soldiers carry riffles; the third carries a pike that doubles as a firearm. Osric notices a soldier trembling next to him, the soldier carries a torch. OSRIC You, go as well. TORCH (Nods) y...yes sir. The soldier fearfully follows the other three soldiers into the dark. INT. LONG PITCH BLAKC CORRIDOR TORCH stays in the rear, but PIKE MAN shoves him to the front. The soldiers enter the dark corridor, and the torch does little to aid them in the unnatural darkness. There is a clicking to their left, TORCH swings around in time to see a tail slither past the torch bearer flings his torch at it and the other soldiers open fire. SEARGENT Cease Fire! TORCH We should go back! SOLDIER 1 You wanna deal with him? The TORCH picks up the torch and sees the shadow figure again, glaring with its red eyes. The TORCH screams and stumbles back. The soldiers open fire again. SEARGENT Hold you’re.... SOLDIER 2 (Stops firing) Sarge? The TORCH picks up the torch and holds it up to the SEARGENT, and taps his shoulder. The SEARGENT’S head rolls off and lands with a thud, his blood squirts out as the body collapses. TORCH Holy Shit!!! The shadow flits by again, severing two other soldiers across the middle. SOLDIER 3 What the hell is that thing?! Give me some light goddamn it! The SOLDIER 3 shoots franticly in the dark; he pulls out a grenade and lights the fuse, the spark from his flint lighter illuminates the demon before him. SOLDIER 3 is slashed across the stomach, spilling his entrails. He is killed before he can throw the grenade. His body collapses and the grenade goes off. TORCH flees but stops face to face with a humanoid demon; it opens its mouth revealing shark like teeth dripping with blood and drool. TORCH Oh god no! TORCH backs up into the wall, the demon approaches and bites off his face. INT. THE TEMPLE Soldiers listen in horror, OSRIC’S face twitches in anger. The demon charges out of the corridor at a lighting fast pace, straight for OSRIC. OSRIC side steps at the last second, and the demon severs the arms of the soldier holding RENATA. She screams and covers her head as she is drenched in his blood. The demon dances about, severing the limbs and heads of the frightened and confused soldiers. OSRIC Grabs a soldier and thrusts him forward. OSRIC Don't just stand there!! KILL IT!!!! The soldier draws his sword, but before he can swing, his sword arm falls off, followed by his head and upper body. The other soldiers swing franticly, trying to keep from being dismembered. The demon dashes between two soldiers; they swing and strike one another. The temple floor is covered in blood and entrails, the demon circles a gun wielding soldier, the footsteps clearly heard in the pools of blood. The soldier shoots, but cannot hit the target, even striking his fellow soldiers. The soldier watches in horror, then places the gun under his chin and fires. OSRIC points his pinky and index finger at the approaching demon, and then points down, his wrist vertical. The demon falls flat on its face in front of him, its feet fused with the floor. The demon claws at OSRIC, bits of flesh stuck on its teeth and claws. OSRIC Such a pitiful creature wreaked so much havoc? And they call themselves soldiers. OSRIC looks down in disgust, he holds out his palm, aimed at the demons head, with a flash of light the demon explodes in a fireball. RENATA looks up, shaking and covered in blood. She looks at her reflection in the blood; the blood ripples as if there is an earthquake. She looks up and sees a giant MINOTAUR stomp out of the corridor, it carries a large spiked club. RENATA (Desperate, crying) No, no, no, no, no.... OSRIC looks up and the beast bellows, blowing his hair. OSRIC moves a few stray strands of hair and while still looking at the beast he points two fingers at RENATA. Razor wire snakes out of the ground and wraps around her ankles and wrists, lifting her up, beneath her a large satanic pentagram appears. OSRIC then levitates a piece of a broken pillar and launches it at the MINOTAUR, striking it in the head. The beast roars and swings its club; OSRIC makes an arc over his head with his finger. Half the club lands harmlessly in front of him, the other half behind him. OSRIC You will submit! RENATA struggles with the wire, but it only cuts her more. RENATA (Struggling) what the hell you are doing!! OSRIC What I set out to do. Points down, the razor wire tighten, RENATA screams and her blood pours down. The pentagram lights on fire, as the blood flows the fire increases. The MINOTAUR prepares another attack, but stops and looks at RENATA. The MINOTAUR decides to attack the helpless RENATA instead, when the fire expands and engulfs the room. OSRIC does some hand gestures and creates a barrier, and the MINOTAUR covers its face with its arms, the fire burns orange then a deep crimson color. When the fire clears the MINOTAUR is charred and laying on its back. OSRIC (Laughs hysterically) The beast of hell shall now answer to me!! OSRIC continues to laugh, but stops when he sees the MINOTAUR stand. It has a mane of fire and smoke, and it removes the cat nine tails wrapped around its waist, it has large sharp bone and metal fragments embedded on it. OSRIC Bullshit... OSRIC drops the razor wire, and levitates RENATA into his hands; he has a choke hold on her with a look of sheer rage on his face. OSRIC Tell me priestess, (trying to contain his rage) why did it not work? (RENATA laughs. And he tightens his grip) RENATA (Choking, but still laughing) You need a virgin. Dumbass. (Smiles and manages to give OSRIC the finger.)that monster is going to kill you Osric, then it will drag your carcass straight to hell. (laughs) bon voyage. OSRIC (Bristling with rage) You fucking whore!! (Flings her into a pillar) You've ruined everything!!!! The MINOTAUR snorts out smoke and roars then swing its whip at OSRIC.OSRIC dodges and summons six glowing orbs. The MINOTAUR rips its whip out of the shattered tile, and then prepares another attack. OSRIC launches the orbs at the beast; they hit its leg, chest and face then explode. The MINOTAUR runs through the fire and swings its whip; OSRIC launches himself into the air and launches a "shotgun" like blast of dark energy from both hands. The MINOTAUR snaps its whip back and knocks OSRIC out of the air. OSRIC tries to stand but is trampled and kicked into a wall. The MINOTAUR prepares to crush OSRIC, but he launches an explosive flare of energy, blasting the MINOTAUR into the wall across the temple. OSRIC (coughs up blood) shit… (stands) some bitch fucks a bull and I’m the one who gets stuck dealing with it. OSRIC summons a vortex of wind that carries him over to the MINOTAUR, and then jumps off as the wind cuts into its skin. The bloodied MINOTAUR breaks free and charges blindly, thrashing about. OSRIC flings an orb of light low to the ground, ripping up the tile as it moves; it strikes the MINOTAUR, entering its abdomen and explodes. The MINOTAUR collapses to one knee; OSRIC runs up its arm and clutches its mane. The MINOTAUR thrashes and claws at OSRIC, but he holds fast. OSRIC places his hand on the MINOTAUR’S head, his hand glows pale blue and frost crystals appear. An icicle pierces the beasts head; the bloody tip exits the MINOTAUR’S jaw. OSRIC pants, his breath visible as if in subzero weather, he pushes down and icicles shoot out of the sides of the MINOTAUR’S head. As the dead monster collapses OSRIC jumps off and dusts himself off. OSRIC (Looks for RENATA)where are you woman? There is hell to pay! The sound of a horse’s hooves echo from the corridor, OSRIC turns and waits to see what appears. An eight foot tall, eight legged black steed with red eyes and black armor walks out. Atop the horse is a knight in black armor that looks like the armor is actually its skin. On its chest is a skull and it has downturned horns on its helmed head. OSRIC Lest you end up like that foul beast you'd best turn back. Spits blood, giving the RIDER a contemptuous look. The RIDER remains undaunted. OSRIC slowly steps forward, and looks the RIDER up and down. OSRIC Unless you’re ready to bow before me, TAKE YOUR SORRY ASS BACK TO HELL!!! (He spits blood as he yells) RIDER (Dismounts his horse, and approaches Osric. He has a deep scary voice and speaks in Hebrew.) I am Abigor, The grand duke of hell, commander of Satan’s legions. You with the blackened soul that bested the guard and freed us from this prison, (kneels to one knee) I am at your service. An army of demons, skeleton warriors and tormented souls of every type appear behind ABIGOR, and more come out of the corridor. Osric grins and laughs hysterically. OSRIC (Smiles sinisterly) Come then heathens! Let Armageddon commence! Ext. A MOUNTAIN PASS THROUGH THE FRENCH ALPS--DAY AICHLAN and the Elf warriors are marching up a glacier; AICHLAN struggles as each step causes him to sink into four feet of snow. AICHLAN It’s bloody cold. (Rubs his hands together) I thought elves dwelt in forests and moors, why is it that we’re traipsing through this snow capped hell? KIELAN There are many species of elves, and two major classifications, light and dark. We are earth spirits, born of the soil. Generally we are classified as dark elves. It would serve you well in the future not to lump us all into the same category. AICHLAN Well I don’t see much soil around here. ETH Stop yer complaining human, we could uv[spelling intentional] sent your arse back to the nymph Lilaea. The group reaches the summit of the mountain, ahead of them is a large active volcano, the surrounding land is scorched and free of snow. The sky is heavy with smoke, the sky a blood red hue. KIELAN Ah, we’ve made it. AICHLAN What do you mean ‘we’ve made it?(looks at the volcano) certainly not...(Kielan nods) An active volcano!? ETH Home of the glorious Colbynau. AICHLAN On a volcano? In the Alps no less! KIELAN As I stated before, we are fire and earth spirits; this is the birthplace of our people, from the fires of this mountain. ETH Best ore on the continent. All manner o' smiths an craftsmen come 'ere fer their precious gems an met’als. AICHLAN So your miners? ETH (Rests his hand on the hilt of his sword strapped to his waist behind him) Among other things. Ne'er heard of us before? AICHLAN I know of the wood elves and faeries that inhabit the forests of my home and that’s about it. KIELAN (A bit contemptuous) Humph, the outcasts of Alfheim no doubt. AICHLAN Alfeim? ETH It’s the "capitol' so to speak. It’s deep in the forests of Deutschland. Geez your ign’rant. Stone houses dot the sides and stone canals channel the lava, much like the canals of Venice. The channels empty into a moat of lava, and large buildings are built at the base of the mountain. A large building is built on the mountainside, a temple looking building, this catches AICHLAN’S eyes. KIELAN (Notices AICHLAN’S awed expression) Welcome to Rhode city, the city of flames. (Speaks to the other elves) Take our guest into the city, I’ll join shortly. The elves escort AICHLAN down the mountain and into the city. KIELAN walks over to ETH whose looking into the sky. KIELAN (Looks at the smoke darkened sky) He speaks to eth in a strange language) It comes tonight old friend. ETH (Responds in the language) it would appear so. (Laughs) think she'll remember me? KIELAN Without a doubt. Who could forget a hothead like you? Come. Festivities and liquor wait. (Slaps ETH on the back) The two walk down the hill towards the city. EXT. THE LARGE TEMPLE LIKE BUILDING IN RHODE CITY— EVENING Aichlan is leaning on a balcony, looking out at the mountains. He takes a drink from a bottle of liquor, and sets it down on the rail. The sky is a deep red, smoke blankets the stars. Ash falls like snow, and his hair is speckled grey. AICHLAN What an alien world this is... GARRICK Get off your arse boy! AICHLAN (Startled) Jesus! (Turns around) What the... (GARRICK smacks him on the back of the head) What Gives?! GARRICK Don't use the lords name in vain! (Smacks him again, but Aichlan swats his hand away) AICHLAN Bloody Hell man!! GARRICK You weren’t sent back to go hiking and party with a bunch of elves! AICHLAN You dropped me in a bleedin river for Christ’s sake! Some naked chick tried to drown me! GARRICK What does it matter? You’re already dead. AICHLAN thinks about what GARRICK has just said; it is evident by his expression that he realizes the truth in that statement. AICHLAN ...This is about the horse isn't it? Come on man! Get over it! GARRICK It was a thoroughbred! Cost me a small fortune! (Collects himself) There is much more at stake than petty squabbles of the past life. AICHLAN You finished? GARRICK Yeah, (mutters to himself) It’s a shame what you did to that horse.... AICHLAN Is that all you came for? GARRICK (Serious once again) Rome is taken; Osric has the legions of hell at his disposal, as well as Renata. (Anticipating AICHLAN’S Reaction, holds up his hand for silence) But she lives yet, though I cannot say for how much longer. AICHLAN (Serious, concerned) Where is she? GARRICK Osric's army marches upon this city as we speak. He cannot enter this Building at any and all costs. AICHLAN My priority is Renata's safety. These elves are more than capable... GARRICK This is your priority! To stop this madman from destroying everything! You cannot let your feelings about her dictate all of your decisions. (AICHLAN interrupts in protest, but GARRICK cuts him off.) If you save her then what? AICHLAN (Taken aback by the odd question) what do you mean "then what"? GARRICK Will you run and hide? AICHLAN Of course not! I’d make sure she was in a safe place the return and fight! You know me better Garrick. GARRICK As long as he's around, there is no safety. They will hunt both of you down, and there will be no second chances if this happens. A war horn sounds in the distance; AICHLAN looks out to see thousands of soldiers crossing the pass. He looks back and GARRICK is gone. AICHLAN Shit... (Looks into the room, a giant gold egg sits atop an alter, a fire rages beneath.) What the hell could be so important here? ETH runs out onto the balcony and looks at the approaching army. He like the other elves is drunk as hell and carrying a bottle of liquor. ETH Bastard! (Takes a deep drink, then throws the bottle) If he wants a slaughter, then a slaughter he shall have. (Looks at AICHLAN) What the hell are ya doin sittin 'round lookin so helpless fer? Get yer arse down thur an fight!! ETH takes AICHLANS bottle of alcohol and runs back into the temple. AICHLAN takes another look at the egg then follows Eth. EXT. OSRICS ARMY MARCHES DOWN THE MOUNTAIN TOWARDS THE CITY-- EVENING OSRIC’S army marches down the hill in a rigid formation. Heavy artillery is brought in on top of the mountains adjacent to the pass. A gate at the volcanoes base opens up and a group of about a thousand or so elves charge out. They wield heavy hammers, large pickaxes, and large wicked looking swords. The soldiers of Osric’s army lower their pikes, and gunners get into position. ETH runs out to the front followed by AICHLAN. ETH LET US DRAG THIS BATTLE LONG INTO THE NIGHT! LET OUR RETURNING BRETHREN GET A TASTE OF COMBAT AFTER THEIR THOUSAND YEAR SLUMBER!! The hammer wielding elves charge to the front, they jump over the pike lines, and bring their hammers crashing down, leaving craters filled with crushed soldiers. The gunners open fire, the sword elves rush in using their swords as shields, then break off to the right and left at the last second. The pickaxe elves run in behind them and hook several gunners on their blades and fling them into the air. The swordsmen then charge through the ranks swinging wildly, launching bits of the soldiers into the air. OSRIC’S army is now disorganized, they try to defend and counterattack, but they are overwhelmed by the skill and might of elves. A hammer wielding elf smashes a cluster of OSRIC’S soldiers fighting a sword elf, he then turns and clubs an approaching soldier, breaking him and sending him crashing into a group of his comrades. Each time an elf is struck or becomes enraged, they go berserk. Their eyes go white, canines extend, glowing tribal tattoos appear on their bodies and flames swirl around them. Their strength and speed also increases. The enemy army is quickly being decimated, a rain of sparks starts to pour down, weak at first, then it increases in ferocity over time. The ground erupts and the volcano spews lava and volcanic rocks. The soldiers are not only killed by the enraged elves, but also the eruptions and falling molten rock. AICHLAN is engaged in combat with the soldiers, but finds himself having to dodge the eruptions as well as gunfire and sword strikes. A rock hits the ground and starts rolling, taking out several soldiers. ENEMY GENERAL (in Russian)FALL BACK! FALL BACK! A fleeing soldier falls into a fissure that opened beneath him and is consumed by the lava. All that remains of the attacking army flees in a hectic mob manner. ETH WE’VE GOT THEM ON THE RUN! LET NONE ESCAPE! Beneath the fleeing soldiers a large black hole appears, stars sparkle in it. Black slimy hands reach up and crawl on the soldiers and elves standing above the hole. "Mud men" covered in the black sludge crawl out of the abyss. Their hands become sharp knife like appendages; they stab them into the soldiers desperately trying to escape. The soldiers have their life sucked from them, the age rapidly, their skin turns to dust, flakes off leaving dusty skeletons which collapse to the ground. The hole shrinks up and closes, leaving the skeletal remains of hundreds of elves and men. AICHLAN (Shocked) bloody hell... The remaining elves stop in their tracks, anticipating a new enemy. With a terrifying shriek a black dragon swoops down and rakes up several elves, bites into them then drops them to the ground. Three more dragons swoop in and do the same. The elves try to retaliate, launching fire balls and swiping at the air. The corpses of the soldiers slain by elves rise and start attacking the elves. Giant lightning a bolt strikes the ground, scorching the earth more so than it already is. A large dragon covered in armor and spikes swoops down, raking the ground, and elves, before it comes to a stop and bites the heads off those underfoot, then it raises its head and roars at AICHLAN and ETH who stand in front of it. ETH (Yells right back at the dragon, slashing at the air)ROOOAARR!!! Ya damned lizard! OSRIC Dismounts, flashy and gracefully, then strolls past AICHLAN and ETH admiring the carnage. He stops and turns to face them with a smile. OSRIC Such a lovely evening, wouldn’t you say? (The volcano spews lava behind him) The blood flows like a crimson river,(bends down, dips his finger in a pool of blood and licks it) The stench of sulfur and decay rank in the air(inhales) We are truly fortunate to be alive.(more cold, stops playing friendly) At least I am. Can't say the same for you mother fuckers! Flings a bone at AICHLAN, he calmly steps out of the way. OSRIC fixes his hair and calms down. OSRIC And what would a fellow human be doing with the likes of these barbarous elves? ETH (Raged, raises his sword and charges) You son of a bitch!! OSRIC gracefully waves his hand, and knocks ETH into a pile of bones using magic. OSRIC turns his rage to AICHLAN, but notices his uniform and wounds. OSRIC You should have died in France. (Snorts) from the looks of it your barely alive as it is. (Waves his hand, "shooing" AICHLAN) Go crawl under a fucking rock and die or something. I can't stand the sight of you. AICHLAN So you’re the sorcerer terrorizing the land it seems. OSRIC Sorcer? Child you dare insult me? I am no conjurer of party tricks. I am god. I am Your god. Now bow down and lick the shit from my boots. AICHLAN A psychopathic demi god. (Gets in a fighting stance) we shall soon put your mortality to the test, but first, where is Renata? OSRIC (Fuming)You have the audacity to make demands from me? You worthless piece of animated flesh! Your less significant than the maggots that will feast from your corpse! I am the implement of mankind’s destruction! I will not take this shit from some teenager fresh out of the goddamned cradle! AICHLAN You may enjoy the sound of your own voice but I abhor it. OSRIC You little shit!! AICHLAN I prefer the sound of clashing steel. (Charges OSRIC) I find its words more meaningful!! OSRIC runs backwards, and does some hand signs. The ground shoots up and starts to curve like a large wave, AICHLAN runs up the side and jumps, ready to bring his sword down on OSRIC. OSRIC summons a large wall of earth that shoots out of the ground. AICHLAN kick flips backwards off the wall, lands and charges around the obstacle. OSRIC summons a skeleton warrior from out of the ground, its fetid flesh still hanging from its blood blackened bones. AICHLAN So you’re a necromancer huh? (Spins his sword) All it amounts to is cheap tricks and gimmicky diversions from you own inferiority. OSRIC You shall be force-fed those words by the time I am through with you. The skeleton charges AICHLAN and swings its rusted blade; he grabs its wrist and breaks it off, both the arm and the sword fall to the ground. The skeleton swings with its other arm, AICHLAN pulls it out the socket and snaps it over his knee, and he then snaps the skeletons neck. AICHLAN You'll need to send more than corpse’s wizard. An enraged OSRIC "magic’s" the swords of the fallen, they circle around him and OSRIC himself levitates. OSRIC sends a sword at AICHLAN, and he deflects it. The sword circles around and comes at him again, and he deflects it again. OSRIC launches several swords and launches them at AICHLAN and he is forced to deflect them both. OSRIC laughs hysterically and keeps sending more swords. OSRIC What happened to all the boasting knight? You’ve not said a word in quite some time!! AICHLAN I needn’t waste any more words on you Osric! The swords keep coming and he can't contend, so AICHLAN charges OSRIC, and at the last second he ducks down and slides under OSRIC. The swords keep going, and OSRIC dispels them and sends them off in random directions to keep from being impaled. OSRIC Now who is resorting to cheap tricks?! AICHLAN turns around, runs and jumps up towards OSRIC. AICHLAN swings and OSRIC slides back, magic’s a sword and slices AICHLAN across the chest. AICHLAN falls to the ground, then runs and jumps again. AICHLAN swings several times and OSRIC dodges all. As he starts to fall, AICHLAN manages to grab OSRIC’S leg and slam him to the ground. OSRIC I’ve had about enough of this. OSRIC gets up and summons an evil looking staff, then charges AICHLAN. OSRIC ITS TIME LAY THIS TO REST! AICHLAN knocks the staff out of the way, and then hooks OSRIC in the jaw. OSRIC stumbles back, a look of pure rage on his face. AICHLAN Instead of gasbagging, you should focus more on the fight at hand. Taunts and threats that can’t be backed up are best left unsaid. You sorry excuse for a magician. OSRIC I.AM. GOD!!! AICHLAN charges at OSRIC, and slashes, but OSRIC block with his staff and kicks AICHLAN. AICHLAN stumbles back, and then quickly rolls out of the way as OSRIC swings his staff down. AICHLAN lunges and swings at OSRIC’S neck, OSRIC dodges, and gets behind AICHLAN. He slashes madly at the air with two fingers, sending arcs of magic at AICHLAN, who turns and knocks them out of the air with his sword. AICHLAN rushes OSRIC, ducks a swing of the staff and grabs OSRIC’S cape/cloak. AICHLAN spins him around and flings him to the ground. AICHLAN walks over to the downed OSRIC and prepares to plant his sword in his chest, but OSRIC blasts him with a bolt of lightning. AICHLAN is launched into the air, and he slams back to the ground. AICHLAN shakily sits up, as OSRIC stands. Osric Fool mortal!!I have the power therefore I am God!! You can't fuck with this!! (Flicks his hair from his face, speaks in a barely audible tone) now die. OSRIC launches several black orbs at AICHLAN, and then rises into the air. AICHLAN evades as they explode like depth charges. AICHLAN slides and grabs a rifle of a fallen soldier. Two orbs didn't explode and come after AICHLAN as he prepares to shoot. The orbs turn into black spears and barrel down on the unsuspecting AICHLAN. By the time he notices the spears are too close. Just as he is about to be impaled, a glowing celestial being, a female angel that looks like a slightly older RENATA appears in front of the spears and creates a barrier. OSRIC (Surprised, stunned) her?! The spears hit and do nothing, the angel disappears and AICHLAN fires on the surprised OSRIC. OSRIC falls to the ground; he stands and touches the bullet hole pouring blood from his chest. AICHLAN charges OSRIC, ready to kill him, when ABIGOR sucker punches him from the side, sending AICHLAN skidding into the ground. Two skeletal hands jut up from the ground and drag him to ABIGOR’S feet. AICHLAN looks up at the demon in disbelief. AICHLAN What the fuck are you? ABIGOR plants his sword in the ground just as AICHLAN rolls out of the way. ABIGOR pulls it out and calmly walks over to AICHLAN. AICHLAN handsprings to his feet, then swing repeatedly at ABIGOR, but the demon is unfazed, the sword unable to penetrate the armor. AICHLAN stabs in what appears to be a weak spot on the armor; it goes in but ABIGOR in unharmed. ABIGOR kicks AICHLAN, who tumbles head over heels. AICHLAN stands and barely blocks an oncoming blow from ABIGOR evil looking sword (it is massive, and black, it seems to be organic). ETH runs up from behind and jumps up, slashing off one of ABIGORS horns with his now super heated blade. The blade digs into ABIGOR’S shoulder and starts to melt through the armor. ETH (Berserk, has a deep scary voice) Bastard! You’re gonna fucking burn!! The sword catches fire and flames swirl around ETH as he is in the air, his muscles strain as he presses the sword into ABIGOR. ABIGOR (In Hebrew) annoying insect! ABIGOR grabs ETH and slams him to the ground, lifts him up and does it again, then flings him into a large rock which breaks apart on impact. ABIGOR Now for you… Abigor grabs the distracted Aichlan by the neck and lifts him up. ABIGOR Pray to you impotent god. I want to watch your faith drain from your eyes as I squeeze the life breathe from your body. AICHLAN holds to his sword, but his grip starts to weaken, its tip is covered in black sludge. GARRICK (Only his voice, ringing out loud and clear) The skull! ABIGOR (Surprised, in a deep frightening demonic voice. He speaks in English) The spear? AICHLAN No! (Stabs the skull) The sword. ABIGOR drops AICHLAN and stumbles back; the broken skull becomes a vortex, sucking things into it. ABIGOR is distorted and starts to collapse in on himself. ABIGOR shrieks as he is compressed and sucked into the skull, which falls to the ground when it finishes. AICHLAN walks over and crushes it with a stomp. AICHLAN Now Osric, we finish… AICHLAN turns to face OSRIC, but is caught by a bolt of lightning he shot. AICHLAN is knocked unconscious and collapses. Several zombie knights and skeleton warriors rise from the ground around OSRIC. OSRIC (Touches the wound) spread out. Find the egg and bring it to the forest. (Looks at AICHLAN in contempt) And do so before it arrives. We wouldn’t want any of these fuckers waking before we are through. OSRIC turns with a swirl of his cloak and walks away as his monsters do his bidding. Ext. The corpse strewn inferno that was the battlefield AICHLAN awakes, all around him fires burn and sparks gently rain down. Corpses are strewn everywhere. GARRICK A valiant effort, though a failure nonetheless. I am beginning to think my faith was misplaced in you. AICHLAN (Feels his wounds) Why am I not in pain? GARRICK Because you’re dead. AICHLAN (Confused and annoyed) Again? GARRICK No, not again. (Thinks a moment) You know of possessions correct? (AICHLAN nods) Think of this as you have possessed your own corpse. AICHLAN stick his fingers in the wounds, fascinated by the fact that he can do so. GARRICK notices and is disgusted, but chooses to ignore him. GARRICK You won't die or be "evicted" unless... AICHLAN continues play with his wounds, even pulling out a splinter or two. GARRICK is annoyed. GARRICK Would you stop that! AICHLAN Hey! They’re my wounds I’ll poke 'em if I want to! (GARRICK glares at him, so he stops) sorry, please continue. GARRICK As I was saying, you can inhabit this body as long as the trauma is not to severe, i.e. head trauma, broken neck, severed spinal cord, dismemberment, disembowelment.... AICHLAN Alright I get it. So when am I given my life back? I don't want to walk around as a corpse from here to judgment day. GARRICK You've got a lot of nerve asking that… AICHLAN I'm not doing this for the hell of it! When I'm through I expect life again! GARRICK (Furious)Thus far you've proved yourself unworthy of even this existence! You've had your chance and failed. You ought to be fortunate your sinnin ass ain't burnin in the pit! Now get up. AICHLAN (mumbles) hard ass... GARRICK What was that boy? (AICHLAN doesn't respond) That’s what I thought. Now take your ungrateful ass into the forest. Osric heads for the capitol, Alfheim. It is there in a temple that you will have your last chance to stop Osric before it’s probably too late. (Looks at ETH) And take him with you. AICHLAN (Looks at ETH) But he's dead. ETH (Groans) I ain't dead yet human. (Stands) An who the hell are you talkin to? AICHLAN (Looks to see GARRICK gone) Ghosts... (Picks up his sword) Osric Fled to the forest, we should pursue him. ETH I've never agreed more, but we must wait for the others to arrive. AICHLAN What others? Everyone’s dead in case you haven’t noticed. ETH It's a new millennium (Looks at AICHLAN) not by your calendar, but ours. AICHLAN And your point being? ETH Every thousand years a phoenix dies, and is reborn through an egg it laid when it was born. The cycle has been going on since the creation of this world. During the dying process, feathers are shed, and when the phoenix is reborn those feathers turn into those slain in combat over the past thousand years. AICHLAN Christ... ETH It is usually met with festivities, but I doubt they would oppose a battle. AICHLAN What of sickness and old age? How many people will return? (Shocked) Have you, died and been resurrected by this, magic chicken? ETH It's a bloody phoenix! And I’ve been reborn three times already. As for sickness, it doesn't exist in our race, and those who die of old age join the elements in the great forest. AICHLAN (Comes to a startling realization) Hey! The egg in that room! That’s what he was after! ETH Stands with a look of fear evident on his face for the first time. ETH Io... (Runs off towards the volcano) AICHLAN follows eth up into the volcano. INT. /EXT. THE LARGE TEMPLE-- NIGHT ETH charges up a flight of stairs and kicks in the double doors to the temple. ETH collapses to his knees, trembling. AICHLAN runs up behind him, the alters’ fire is now smoldering embers and the egg is gone. AICHLAN Shit! ETH Io..... AICHLAN Who the hell is Io?! ETH (A giant bird shrieks in the distance) My wife... AICHLAN You have a wife?! The bird shrieks again, closer this time. Off in the distance a large flaming bird the size of a Boeing 747 draws near, approaching rapidly. The bird shrieks again, it echoes the room, reverberating and shaking the temple. The bird appears before them, swooping up at the last second, leaving a gust of embers in the room. AICHLAN runs out onto the balcony, and looks up to see the bird circling the volcano. AICHLAN (Fed up) Aw what the fuck.... ETH starts speaking in his native tongue. AICHLAN (Looks at him) Speak English! (Looks at the bird) What the hell is it doing? The bird explodes in a fiery supernova. An AICHLAN step back in shock and raises his arms in defense. AICHLAN (Shocked) JESUS CHRIST! ETH walks out to the balcony and looks up, still speaking in his native tongue. Feathers rain down from the sky, as they hit the ground they burst into flames. ETH reaches up and plucks a feather from the air. AICHLAN What the hell are you saying? ETH With this, I can be resurrected if I were to die. (Smiles faintly) damn lot o' good that does me....this was my third time seeing the guardian phoenix, and it appears it will be my last. AICHLAN He has taken someone important to me as well. He won't get away. (Thinks for a moment) If we get that egg back here, will it hatch and bring back the fallen? ETH It should.... AICHLAN We will get that egg and bring it back here. ETH The forest is vast. We had better hurry. (Starts walking away) And you'd better not slow me down! AICHLAN stretches and watches ETH leave. AICHLAN What a fine mess this has turned into. AICHLAN grabs a bottle of liquor off of a table and follows ETH. EXT. A THICK FOREST-- DAY OSRIC is in the forest, he's digging into his chest with a knife, trying to remove the bullet. He manages to dig it out with a considerable amount of pain; he holds the bloody bullet up to the light then tosses it into the underbrush. He gets up and stumbles over to the golden egg, leaning on it to catch his breath. To his surprise his wound closes up, and he feels like new. OSRIC And thus I shed my mortality. OSRIC smiles sinisterly, behind him a soldier calls weakly for help in Russian. OSRIC turns and sees a soldier clawing towards him, arm outstretched. The soldier is bloody and missing his lower half. OSRIC flings his knife, impaling the man in the eye. [Camera slowly pulls out to a wider shot] OSRIC’S demon army is feasting on the remains of the Russian soldiers as well as a barbarian tribe that has set up camp in the area. OSRIC walks over to RENATA, who is tied up next to the egg. OSRIC bends down and removes her gag. OSRIC Feeling better are we? RENATA What the hell do you want?! OSRIC (Smacks her) Are you ready to talk? Or do you need more interrogations? (the demon ALASTOR the executioner steps up behind him) RENATA I can tell you nothing if you insist on torturing me without telling me what you want to know! OSRIC (Stands) I want to know why you thought it wise to fuck with me. (Stomps her head, knocking her unconscious.) EXT. THE SAME FOREST, DIFFERENT AREA—MID DAY AICHLAN and ETH are walking through the forest on an animal trail. The forest is thick, and several stray sunbeams manage to penetrate the thick canopy. ETH stops and Aichlan bumps into him. AICHLAN What is it? ETH ...Just a sound (draws a large knife and throws it at a tree, as it hits a WOMAN who makes a squeaking noise.) And that wasn't it. ETH walks over to the tree and pulls his knife out. ETH (Speaks softly in his language) Why are you in the lighted area of the forest.(no response) Well? (impatient) Answer me! AICHLAN Don't frighten her more than you already have. A young woman with light brown hair steps from behind the tree. She is 19 and very attractive. She wears a mini- dress made of a green leather type material. She wears elf shoes and thigh length stockings with lacey tops. She has a belt with a large ornate dagger on one side and a quiver on the other. Her clothing has a very organic look to it. ETH removes her sword from its shield, she protests in the language. Eth: What’s this here? (Examines the blade with approval) A silver blade, (turns her and looks at the shield strapped to her back) and shield with a royal crest upon it. Now whose corpse did you take these from? (Reads the writing on the blade) who is this Titania? WOMAN It belonged to my sister, now give it back! ETH continues to look at the sword, even swings it around a bit. The WOMAN draws a bow and notches an arrow. ETH points his finger at her like it were a gun, fire burns in a ball at the tip. AICHLAN She's just a kid mate. Stop being a bully and give her back her blade. ETH (Holds the blade up to the light, watching the reflected light) what happened to Titania? WOMAN Give it back. ETH grins and tosses the sword at her feet. She quickly turns her bow on AICHLAN and fires, he dodges and she nocks another arrow. AICHLAN What the fuck is your problem?! WOMAN He's one of the demons haunting this wood. You must kill it. AICHLAN (To ETH) What the hell is she saying?! ETH (In English) she thinks you’re a demon of Osric’s army. (Looks at AICHLAN’S tattered, bloody uniform, numerous wounds and black eyes) Can't say I blame her. Looks like you've been through hell and back. The WOMAN fires, AICHLAN knocks it away then rushes her, putting his sword to her throat. ETH Who’s scarin whom? AICHLAN (Puts his sword away) We are just passing through, in pursuit of a sorcerer. I assume you've seen him. WOMAN (In English, still quite shaken) vile creatures have been appearing frequently in this wood of late. A necromancer has been laying siege to villages and adding the dead to his army. The WOMAN glares at AICHLAN, her expressions shows distrust and contempt for him. WOMAN We should exercise this demon at once. ETH He is no demon. (in the language)he’s,(pauses, almost ashamed)a friend. So I would rather you not try an kill him. WOMAN (in the language)…I have no choice to trust your judgment.(looks at AICHLAN) But we should remain wary, I’ve seen what what these demons are capable of. ETH So has he. AICHLAN Where was he last? ETH We’ll talk later. (Looks at the WOMAN, she is sweating and looks ill) For now we make camp till nightfall. AICHLAN Till nightfall? Are you daft man? It is extremely difficult to attempt to navigate this forest at night! We could be ambushed at any time! ETH Then we will be fools for a night. WOMAN We have to keep moving! he is sacking villages as we speak! I should not have allowed you to find me. ETH You should not have come out in the daylight. This conversation is over. She is reluctant, but realizes the logic of ETH’S words. With a defeated look she curls up under the root of a tree, upon a bed of leaves. Eth lies down in front of the root. ETH You should rest as well, it may help with those wounds. AICHLAN Thanks for your concern but… ETH I was jus fuckin with ya mate, ain’t nothing goin to heal a corpse. Lay down and shut the fuck up, we got a long ways ahead of us. Aichlan angrily clears some brush with his feet, and then lays down staring at the patches of sky, before finally dozing off. FLASHBACK Int./EXT. RENATA’S VILLA-- NIGHT AICHLAN is on RENATA’S balcony, overlooking the sea. The moon hangs in the starless sky, dominating the night. Below the port city sleeps; only the lights of a few taverns remain lit. RENATA lay on the bed, wrapped in a thin sheet. AICHLAN stares into the night, the warships in the harbor are gone, only two remain protecting the city. RENATA walks up behind him, draped in the sheet. She wraps her arms around him and rests her head on his back. RENATA You don't have to leave for battle till morning darling. Come to bed. AICHLAN It’s a beautiful night. Though it pales in comparison to your own. RENATA (Laughs) I did not think you the type to use such clichés! But I appreciate your intentions. AICHLAN We will see each other again. RENATA (Saddened, she speaks almost prophetically) There events that are out of mans control. The invisible hand of fate strings us along, either to death, glory or a seemingly meaningless existence. AICHLAN To serve in heaven. RENATA (Serious) I don't want to have this talk Aichlan. AICHLAN I'll not stand idly by whilst some sadistic god robs me off all I love! No unseen force shall dictate my existence, nor yours! We are not puppets Renata. You will return here, as will I. No force mortal or otherwise shall tear you from my arms. This I promise to you. RENATA Perhaps. But I suggest you not make promises you cannot keep. But I do hope you are correct, and I have a feeling... (Smiles) Aichlan I.... END FLASHBACK EXT. IN THE FOREST-- NIGHT RENATA’S voice trails off, all goes black. AICHLAN’S name is called again, faint but it grows louder, and it is ETH’S voice calling. ETH smacks AICHLAN face a couple of times trying to wake him. ETH Wake up Damn it! AICHLAN sits up, blinking, trying to adjust to the dark. Moonbeams filter through the canopy, AICHLAN sees the WOMAN is already up and about; her skin is pale white, glowing slightly. AICHLAN stands and straps his sword to his waist. AICHLAN What was the point of this again? ETH This is Rowena. AICHLAN Uh, hello. ROWENA (Still frightened by AICHLAN) Hello. ETH She's a wood elf. They live in the deepest darkest parts of the forest. Their skin is extremely sensitive to sunlight, it weakens them. AICHLAN (Surprised by his sensitivity, teasingly) How gentlemanly Eth. I knew you had it in you. ETH Most of the beasts and demons here are nocturnal. ETH snaps his fingers and a flame appears over his finger tips like a torch. He starts to walk away into the dark forest. ETH It should be most entertaining. A strange roar and growls off in the distance echo the forest. AICHLAN curses under his breath and follows ETH and ROWENA into the forest. [Camera zooms out over the canopy] In a tree in the fore screen a cross between a gargoyle and an umbrella bird shrieks and flies off. Off in the distance skyscraper sized tree looms over the forest. EXT. A DENSE PART OF THE FOREST-- NIGHT The group of three is walking through the forest, ROWENA stays close to ETH eying AICHLAN cautiously. ROWENA (in native tongue)who, what is he? ETH (pushes ROWENA into AICHLAN)ask ‘em yerself AICHLAN catches ROWENA; she immediately breaks free and stands on her own. AICHLAN My name is Aichlan. (She is caught off guard, nods and looks away.) I can assure you I am not with Osric’s men. I seek to make him pay in blood for all he's done. ETH Get in line. AICHLAN (Ignoring ETH’S comment) Have you lost anyone due to his (tries to find a word to describe OSRIC’S actions) Atrocities? ROWENA My sister, Titania. He then went on to feed my family to his demons and burn my village to the ground. (Looks up at AICHLAN) Are you a zombie? AICHLAN (Looks dead ahead) No. I am a vengeful spirit who’s possessed the corpse of some poor knight. ETH Finally, the truth. AICHLAN Tell me, was this village Alfheim? ROWENA (still startled by what he said) No, Mossroot was the name of my village. Alfheim is... ETH It’s in the centre of the forest, built in a giant tree. It is where all souls of the dead gather, and where they return to the elements. AICHLAN How big is this forest? ROWENA It is a little over half of Eastern Europe and what you call Deutschland. The underbrush rustles behind them, ETH and AICHLAN sharply turn. AICHLAN Shit!(draws his sword) ROWENA (proudly) yes, it’s the largest on the continent. ETH (snaps and the fire goes out, he draws his sword.)Shh! (more movement) Five, maybe six.... AICHLAN How can you be sure? ETH Hard to miss the beady red eyes. AICHLAN I can't see two inches past my nose! How do you expect me to see them, let alone fight! ETH (Points, and sets a tree on fire with a flash of light) Good enough for you? ROWENA (horrified) Have you lost your fucking mind!! Put it out! Put it out! A demon with the body of a cheetah, lions mane and wolfs face bursts out of the underbrush and tackles AICHLAN. AICHLAN blocks the slathering jaws with his sword, and then cuts into its mouth, cutting off the top of its head; he then kicks the carcass off of him. An imp rides in on one of the cheetahs, and it attacks ETH, he cleaves it with it with his sword, the imp jumps off and onto ETH’S head, and then crawls onto his back. Eth grabs it and flings it into the burning tree; it screams and is burned to a crisp. A cheetah barrels down on ROWENA, she launches several arrows at it in rapid succession in the face, it falls over and skids to a stop at her feet. She draws her sword and stabs the still twitching beast in the spine. A centaur cuts down several trees with its giant axe to make a small clearing. It has the lower body of a Clydesdale and the upper body of a muscular mountain hermit. ROWENA Stop killing my forest!! ETH pick up a cheetah by the neck, and stabs its underside, he then flings the carcass into the centaur. The centaur knocks the corpse away, as AICHLAN runs up and swings at it. The centaur blocks, and AICHLAN’S sword locks into the top of the axe. The centaur twists its axe, and knocks AICHLAN to the ground. AICHLAN rolls under it as it slams its axe into the dirt. The centaur tries to stomp AICHLAN, AICHLAN crawls from under it and hops on its back. AICHLAN cuts off its arms, pulls back on its hair and kicks its sides like a horse. AICHLAN Yah!Yah! The centaur takes off, and AICHLAN chases after it on the galloping centaur. Swings at the remaining cheetah, killing it, then cuts the centaur’s throat and jumps off as it crashes into a tree. A demon bird cries out and takes off, ROWENA hits it with an arrow, but it still flies away. ETH Damnit! He's got this place covered! ROWENA (Panicked) Eth! (Dancing around like an excited child that has to pee) Put out that damned fire before you burn down the whole forest! ETH (Pretends to ignore her) We should hurry on ahead. ETH swings his sword, sending a gust that puts out the fire, and then sheathes it. As he walks past ROWENA, he grin at her. ETH Baby. AICHLAN And how are we supposed to see where it is we are going? Do you propose we wander around aimlessly and hope to get lucky, or get ambushed again? ETH (Stops, impatient) they found us because of the light. At least this way we can proceed with at least some amount of stealth. Now hurry the fuck up or I’ll leave without you! The bird caws again, there is the sound of snarling and falling trees. AICHLAN and ROWENA Follow ETH as they run through forest, jumping over logs and pushing away ferns. EXT. THE THICK OLD GROWTH FOREST-- NIGHT The cheetahs are close behind them, though not seen they are heard. They run past a stream, the terrain becomes rockier and less congested with trees, but an increase in other plants. Arrows are launched at them by snipers in the foliage. AICHLAN slips on the mossy wet stones and slides down an embankment. ETH You clumsy bastard! ETH jumps down the embankment after AICHLAN, ROWENA follows him. ETH picks up AICHLAN and stands him on his feet, then pushes him forward, urging him to run, he does the same to ROWENA, the takes off after them. The cheetahs are directly behind them and gaining. ETH Hurry the fuck up! ETH pulls out his sword and swings at one that pulls up beside him while still running. The cheetah veers away, then veers back and snaps at him. ETH kicks the cheetah in the mouth mid stride, hovers in the air a moment with his momentum carrying him forward and he resumes running after stumbling for a bit. They run on the dirt, and it soon gives way to a stream. They splash through it closely pursued by the cheetahs. Ahead of them a light glows faintly, they charge towards it and stumble into a clearing. EXT. A GROVE SURROUNDED BY TREES, BATHED IN AN OTHERWORLDLY WHITE LIGHT--NIGHT They slow to a stop and look around at the ruins of an impromptu village and stone ruins of an ancient elf temple. ETH What the hell? Bodies are strewn across the ground, everything is covered in blood and a white light radiates from an unknown source. AICHLAN What the hell is this place? ETH Where’s that bloody light comin from? A giant demon in an executioners mask and apron approaches a man cowering away from him. The executioner lifts his axe overhead, and the man screams. ROWENA shoots an arrow, but it is deflected by a gust of wind. ROWENA What the hell? WOMAN (Speaks in an otherworldly voice, angelic even) The spirits of this forest gather here, it is a realm of perpetual daylight. The group looks around, drawing their weapons searching for the source of the mysterious voice. The executioner cleaves the man in two, his screams and the sound of impaled flesh echo sickeningly. WOMAN You children amuse me. How you prepare yourself for a fight without even knowing what it is you’re fighting. AICHLAN If you are friend you have nothing to fear, if you are foe then there is nowhere for you to hide. We will find you. ETH An salt the earth with your ashes Now get out here! A beautiful WOMAN dressed in a dress made of leaves and moss, with long blonde hair flies gracefully into the clearing, her translucent wings shine with all the colors of the rainbow in the light. AICHLAN A Faerie? I thought they were, tiny. WOMAN Some fool mortal would think such. Shows how ignorant you newcomers to this world are. Yet in your arrogance you attempt to conquer it. (Looks to ROWENA and ETH) I would expect more from mother earth’s children, but you are sinking to the level of the humans. AICHLAN Well I take it you’re a foe then.... WOMAN Lord Osric is different though, though he consorts with foul beasts, he has respect for the planet and this forest. AICHAN What, the magician? (Laughs) What are you, high? Osric doesn't give a damn about anyone but himself. WOMAN That is where you are wrong. I came across him taking care of the barbarians that had taken refuge in this wood. They had been nothing but a nuisance; they defiled this once holy site, and cut down the trees just to burn them! ROWENA gives eth a dirty look, he "humphs" and spits, obviously not giving a damn. WOMAN He spied me and offered me an irrefutable deal. He offered to return this forest to its natural state and get rid of the human infestation, allowing me to spread this wood across the continent. ETH An your dumbass believed him? WOMAN (Forceful, borderline demonic) Silence you foul imp! I've seen the destruction you've done; setting the trees alight and having them burn, yet not killing them. That amounts to torture. ETH Who gives a fuck? Just a bunch of friggin trees lady. An I don't need some faerie wench preachin to me about the environment! The executioner turns and faces the group, then slowly lumbers over to stand next to the WOMAN. The group takes a defensive posture; the WOMAN finds this amusing and laughs at them. WOMAN Give up. There is no way for you to prevail against this abomination. It will kill you effortlessly. Serves you lot right for interfering with lord Osric’s plans of utopian world.(glares at AICHLAN) you humans and your manmade structures, destroying nature and replacing its beauty with cold spires producing smoke paved roads and… AICHLAN (Calm, serious) I have heard enough. We have no reason to fight you, for you are obviously just a fool whose been led astray by a madman. Now stand down and let us pass. WOMAN Hmph! You certainly are an arrogant species. Alastor! Wipe him from existence. ETH (Charges the WOMAN) to hell with this! ETH jumps and prepares to strike, the WOMAN sends an intense gust of air, and it blasts ETH into a stone wall and holds him there. ETH struggles, curses and spits but can’t break free. ALASTOR lumbers over, and with an absurd speed he lunges at ROWENA and knocks her to the ground. She bounces in the air a few feet and ALASOR grabs her and flings her into a pile of debris. With the same uncanny speed he covers 20 feet in 2 seconds, and attacks AICHLAN. AICHLAN manages to block, but is knocked to one knee by the impact. Unable to push him off, AICHLAN slips to the side and ALASTOR’S momentum carries him forward, stumbling. AICHLAN uses his own momentum to spin kick ALASTOR in the back, but to no effect. ALASTOR turns quickly and impales his axe in AICHLAN’S chest, then lifts him and slams him to the ground. AICHLAN lays on the ground, gasping and bleeding more than usual, his eyes wide open. ROWENA shoots three more arrows, but they too are blown away. ROWENA Damn it! AICHLAN slowly stands, clutching the bleeding gash in his chest. ETH Shoot that fairy bitch! ROWENA shoots arrow in rapid succession, emptying her quiver. The WOMAN blows away each and every arrow. ROWENA draws her sword and runs towards the WOMAN. The WOMAN sends a powerful gust of swirling air at ROWENA, the high speed wind cuts into her skin and clothing, and then she is blasted backwards. AICHLAN manages to get in a fighting stance as ALASTOR approaches. In the blink of an eye ALASTOR is standing behind AICHLAN, and swings his axe. The stunned AICHLAN manages to duck at the last moment. AICHLAN then turns around and slices at ALASTOR’S knees. AICHLAN then slides to the side as ALASTOR brings his axe crashing down. ALASTOR lifts his axe from out of the ground, and then swings at AICHLAN again. AICHLAN struggles to dodge axe blows while simultaneously taking pot shots at ALASTOR whenever the opportunity arises. ROWENA runs along the tops of the ruined stone walls, chasing the WOMAN. WOMAN You are a disappointment to our mother forest child. ROWENA You are the one consorting with demons! The WOMAN sends an arc of wind at ROWENA, she somersaults onto a pillar, jumps onto another pillar as that one is destroyed the jumps out and grabs the WOMAN. ROWENA rips off one of her wings, the kicks off of her, knocking the WOMAN out of the sky. ROWENA Now I shall return you to the forest! The WOMAN stands as ROWENA is barreling down on her. The WOMAN conjures a scepter out of sparkling dust, blocking ROWENA’S attack. ROWENA wields her sword gracefully, each slash is connected like an intricate dance, yet she follows through with each swing allowing for maximum power. The WOMAN manages to block each crushing blow, shuddering at each impact. ALASTOR picks up AICHLAN by his wrist, making him drop his sword. ALASTOR (Speaks in English with a booming demonic voice, exhaling smoke as he speaks)this is the one who bested Abigor? A pity that I wasn’t able to torture you as long as I had hoped. AICHLAN kicks ALASTOR in the jaw, flipping free of his grasp. AICHLAN picks up his sword and stabs ALASTOR in the neck, pulls his sword out and plunges it into ALASTOR’S chest, and then spins, ripping it out the side. ROWENA sees ALASTOR preparing an attack from behind. ROWENA Behind you! She knocks the woman back, runs over to ALASTOR and severs one of his arms at the elbow. AICHLAN sees the WOMAN charging towards ROWENA, he runs over and drop kicks her in the mouth. AICHLAN Thanks for the support. AICHLAN cuts through the scepter and the woman in a single slash. The wind vortex subsides and ETH drops from the wall. ETH You son of whore!! ETH rushes ALASTOR without a moment’s hesitation and tackles him, knocking the behemoth over. ETH rolls ALASTOR onto his back and starts pummeling him with flaming fists. ETH You goddamned cock suckin, fucking fairy whore pinnin me to a bloody muther fuckin wall shit eatin… ALASTOR grabs ETH by the back of the neck and holds him at arm’s length, ETH continues to kick and punch at the air. ALASTOR flings ETH, but he holds on, and bites into ALASTOR vein. ROWENA runs up his back and plants her sword in ALASTOR’S skull. ALASTOR roars and reaches for her, but she back flips off him. AICHLAN runs up and stabs ALASTOR in the kneecap. ALASTOR lowers his arm, allowing ETH to stand on the ground, he the then flips ALASTOR over his head. ALASTOR lands with a thud. Both AICHLAN and ROWENA retrieve their blades from the carcass. AICHLAN You alright Rowena? Aichlan clutches his wound, his broken ribs are seen, but it has stopped bleeding. ROWENA rushes over and examines it. ROWENA (Afraid of him, yet concerned)You should be more worried about yourself. This is really deep, (to ETH) go get me some healing herbs and cloth. ETH What the hell am I your nurse? ROWENA Just do it Eth! ETH Whatever… ETH walks over to the ruins and searches for the items. AICHLAN Whatever you’re planning, I appreciate it but it won’t do any good. ROWENA I think I know what you are now. AICHLAN (Amused) really now? ROWENA I’ve heard of people being witched back to life against their wills, I think that’s the case with you. AICHLAN (A bit melancholy) you’re not too terribly far off. What happened with you being afraid of me? ROWENA You’re a good person, not evil like I had originally assumed. You, you seem sad. Like there’s a great turmoil within. Your worried about someone aren’t you? ETH (Drops the materials in front of them) There. I’m going to go check out the area. AICHLAN Your too god for that to be a guess. ROWENA Call it intuition. No hold still… ROWENA chews the herbs into a paste and puts it on AICHLAN’S wounds. AICHLAN (Stopping her) whoa, whoa! What’s all this now? ROWENA Oh calm down! You’ve kissed before haven’t you? AICHLAN That is not kissing! You might as well just spit on me! ROWENA Aichlan, trust me. (Looks at him and smiles) Alright? AICHLAN stops resisting and allows ROWENA to continue to treat and cover his numerous wounds. ROWENA You’re really messed up right now in my professional opinion. AICHLAN Well I appreciate your diagnosis doctor Rowena, but I think I’ll seek a second opinion. ROWENA (Giggles) so what is it you’re fighting for? How did you get dragged so far into this conflict? AICHLAN Why don’t you go first? I don’t think you’re a soldier, but your skills with a bow and sword are quite impressive. ROWENA Thanks, my sister taught me. She was the soldier. AICHLAN (serious) So you fight for vengeance? ROWENA (Becomes serious, reflecting within) When my village was destroyed, I had nothing left. When you found me I had been running aimlessly for days it seems. My whole life was gone in an instant. (Laughs to herself) I don’t have some valiant reason, nor do I seek glory. I fight because I have nothing else to live for. If Osric were standing before me now, I don’t know what I would feel. Empty perhaps. As for hate and rage, I, I just don’t know. (Smiles sheepishly) you think I’m just a silly little girl don’t you? AICHLAN (sincere) no, I don’t. I think you’re more of an adult than I am. For I fight for all the shallow causes, vengeance, glory, valor. I fight for king and country. Of which none matters to me. Except for Renata. ROWENA (dismayed) Renata? Is that you’re… AICHLAN You needn’t concern yourself with it. She’s just a ghost as I am. ETH Oy! Get your arses o’er here! AICHLAN and ROWENA get up and run over to eth. AICHLAN What is it? ETH It’s a way outta here. AICHLAN Ok and where does it go? ROWENA We passed a stream coming in right? ETH Yeah. ROWENA Then this must lead to petal falls, a city outside the capitol. AICHLAN Are you certain? ROWENA I grew up in this forest; everyone knows how to get everywhere. (Runs ahead) are you coming? ETH follows her followed by AICHLAN. EXT.A DENSER, DARKER PART OF THE FOREST-- DAY AICHLAN is stumbling through the dark, trying to keep up with the others. AICHLAN Damn dark forest, Can’t see anything. GARRICK This forest is alive with spirits. It is alight with pale blue souls of the departed. It can’t be seen by humans, at least not the living ones. AICHLAN Why is it that you come and go as you bloody well please? And what’s this bullocks about glowing lights? I can’t see a thing. GARRICK Focus your eyes. (Waits a moment) not on her bum, on the lights! Blue lights pop up and float dimly, and lazily. They emit enough to make out outlines of the forest and his companions. AICHLAN That’s remarkable! GARRICK Aye, she’s got a nice bum on her. AICHLAN You old pervert. (Nudges him in the ribs, and grins. Rowena looks over her shoulder and Garrick’s gone) uh, hey. What’s up? ROWENA (Knows what he was looking at) why are you so far behind? AICHLAN Uh, taking in the sights. ROWENA (Smiles) well try and keep up. (Keeps walking forward, but with more sway in her hips) GARRICK You dog… AICHLAN (Shoves GARRICK) why are you here anyway? You must have some information. GARRICK I know little more than you do. AICHLAN I’m not buying it. You always seem to show up whenever something big is about to happen. You come and tell me what to do and where to go. Then you start bitching whenever anything goes wrong. GARRICK Maybe I wouldn’t have to be cross with you if you didn’t screw around so much. AICHLAN You still treat me like a child. GARRICK To me, you still are. AICHLAN Is that all you came for? GARRICK Do you remember when I found you? AICHLAN (Surprised) Not really. Why do you ask? GARRICK Your village had been sacked by Viking invaders, and my company arrived too late. To be honest I was just going to leave you to die. The world had enough orphans, why should another have to suffer the same fate. But I didn’t, I took you home with me and presented you to Cecilia. She fell in love with you at first glance. AICHLAN Why are you telling me this? GARRICK You became my squire when you came of age, you were so ambitious. You were very competitive as well. Of course Cecilia opposed to having another soldier in the family… AICHLAN …she always used to fuss over every cut and bruise. She nearly got in a fight with a Lord because she thought he was treating me unfairly. GARRICK She cared a lot for you. She always said If anything ever happened to you, she would have never have forgiven me. I’ve failed you Aichlan. AICHLAN You haven’t failed me Garrick. GARRICK I have always been proud of you, and always will be. That much shall never change. The rest of this journey is up to you, I know with all confidence you will make the right decision, the one that comes straight from your heart. (Disappears into several orbs that float away) ETH has dropped back behind AICHLAN. ETH Your father? AICHLAN Something like that. (Realizes eth saw GARRICK) wait a second! You saw him? ETH Something about this forest, it heightens the senses. You can see the orbs now can’t you? AICHLAN Yeah. ETH We approach the village. Pick up the pace. EXT. IN A CLEARING SUROUNDED BY FOLIAGE AND COVERED IN A THICK CANOPY-- AFTERNOON The group steps into a clearing. There is the sound of rushing water, like a waterfall. In the center of the clearing is a pond. Homes are built into the surrounding tree roots and mounds. Yellow orbs of light float lazily, and though it is dark, it is light enough to see. ROWENA This is petal falls, but… (Looks around) we can follow the river to the town center. (Concerned) where is everyone? AICHLAN What do you mean? ETH Petal falls is a large city, yet there isn’t any activity whatsoever. AICHLAN It’s to be expected, it’s the middle of the night, and those demons are around here. ROWENA It’s the middle of the day! (Frantic, she runs around, pounding on doors, searching for signs of life.) AICHLAN Really? How can you tell? ETH The orbs, yellow is day, green is night. The intensity of the color represents the time of day or night. As fer an evacuation, a detachment of soldiers would have been left behind. ROWENA They wouldn’t know of Osric’s advance, he caught my village off guard; no one other than me could have relayed the news. ETH kneels and examines the pond, he dips his fingers in the dark pool of water, but when he pulls them out they are covered in blood. ETH (Stands) The bastards already here. AICHLAN Where?! ETH I’d guess the town center. ROWENA That’s just up the river. ETH gets up and runs along the river banks, AICHLAN and ROWENA follow. EXT. A MORE “URBAN” AREA—BRIGHTER THAN PREVIOUS ZONE OSRIC is walking through the town center of petal falls, all the citizenry are stone statues frozen in moments of terror and pain. OSRIC (Speaking to the bound and gagged RENATA) Lovely aren’t they? I must use these in my garden. It would be a true work of art, for no sculptor alive can capture the essence of pain and suffering as I have. Don’t you agree? (No response) what the hell do you know anyway? Uses magic to remove the gag, RENATA coughs and spits out blood. OSRIC such a nice look for you I’d say. The look of despair, the look of a broken soul, eyes once shinning jewels now devoid of life. (Smiles) I hope to see this look more on you, no, that’s not grand enough. (Thinks) it would be more fitting of my legacy to have that very look of defeat and hopelessness on all people. They shall pray to their impotent god for death as you yourself are. And as usual he shall turn a deaf ear to their tortured pleas. Even I would grant death to those who begged for it. (As an afterthought) long enough that is. RENATA What do you hope to accomplish by consorting with demons? You can’t possibly imagine what you’ve brought upon yourself. OSRIC He has roamed this earth many times before, each time his presence was expertly covered up by the church. Not because he was evil, that was an afterthought. No, they covered it up because his knowledge could jeopardize their grip on humanity. He has knowledge, and it is that knowledge that I am after. I know full well his power cannot be controlled, and I have no desire to do so. My power surpasses his one hundred fold; this planet can be mine in an instant. RENATA Then what are you going to do? OSRIC I shall consume his soul, absorbing his knowledge with my own, it is then that I shall make my stand against heavens tyranny. I shall rewrite history and… From out of nowhere ETH runs up from behind and slams OSRIC’S head into a stone statue. ETH YOU BASTARD! There is a sickening crack as skull and stone are destroyed. ETH starts stomping on OSRIC’S ribs and collapsed skull. A large troll runs over and grabs ETH, squeezes him, then slams him to the ground. Five arrows strike the troll in the back of the neck; it roars and reaches back trying to remove them. AICHLAN charges and hacks off the trolls leg from the back of the knee. It falls to its side, and he decapitates it, hacking through the massive neck muscles and vertebrae. AICHLAN wipes the blood from his face, then turns to cut down an approaching zombie soldier. AICHLAN then double spin kicks another soldier in the mouth, causing its head to explode. OSRIC stands, as his broken body starts to heal, he summons steel pikes that shoot out of the ground. The pikes are covered in bits of flesh and stained with blood; AICHLAN, ETH and ROWENA dodge the pikes, while also trying to get close to OSRIC. AICHLAN is struck by a black feather; the sharpened quill is impaled in his shoulder. AICHLAN looks up to see a grinning OSRIC. AICHLAN What trickery is this wizard? Still lack the strength to properly engage your opponent. OSRIC Whatever gets the job done. A large, red, glowing pentagram appears over AICHLAN’S torso. A flock of ravenous crows swoop down and attack AICHLAN. He swings at them and tries to escape, but the pentagram serves as a target. ROWENA picks off the birds with her bow, while perched in a tree. AICHLAN swings at OSRIC, but OSRIC steps to the side. AICHLAN swings again, and OSRIC again dodges. AICHLAN continues to swing at OSRIC, while ROWENA picks off the birds. AICHLAN swings his sword powerfully, but OSRIC catches it in his bare hand, and the flings AICHLAN into a statue. ETH runs up and hooks OSRIC in the jaw with a flaming fist, sending him flying. ETH jumps on top of OSRIC and starts brutally pummeling him with flaming fists. OSRIC kicks ETH off and rises, he holds out his hand and RENATA is pulled into his grasp. RENATA Aichlan! AICHLAN looks up and rushes over to RENATA after killing a zombie warrior. OSRIC (Yelling, spitting blood as he speaks) Stop or the bitch dies!! AICHLAN stops in his tracks, ETH continues to advance OSRIC You advance any further and I’ll tear her apart atom by atom. It’s never been done before but I’m certain it’s very painful. If it were to fail it could be even more excruciating. ETH (Heat shimmers around him, each step leaves scorched earth.) Pray she forgives me. AICHLAN (Steps between ETH and OSRIC.) I can’t let you. ETH Heed me Aichlan; you shall not stop me from avenging my clan! I will cut through all three of you if necessary. Now step aside. OSRIC Yes, you must be the one who tainted this flower. (Licks the side of her face and gropes her) She’s getting wet sir knight. (Laughs at RENATA’S anguish, and AICHLAN’S rage) your all so predictable! Do you not get weary of your pathetic lives? You just live life following the motions. You sicken me. ETH I’VE HAD ENOUGH OF THIS! PREPARE YOURSELF FOR DEATH WIZARD!! OSRIC (calmly, ignoring ETH as a threat) Either you tell your pet to stand down, or I shall. This ignorant beast is starting to try my patience. RENATA (Squeals in agony and disgust) Aichlan!! ETH I’m no one’s pet, and I’ll not be letting you go free because of some woman! ROWENA sneaks through the foliage, flanking Osric. AICHLAN notices her, camouflaged in the ferns. AICHLAN Eth, just give me a moment. ETH A moment? I’ll not be givin you anything, now get outta the way! ROWENA nocks an arrow, aims it at OSRIC’S head, and fires. OSRIC catches the arrow and looks over to the foliage. OSRIC I was hoping you’d have more sense girl. OSRIC launches the arrow back and it strikes ROWENA, causing her to fall from the tree. AICHLAN DAMN YOU! AICHLAN rushes OSRIC and snatches RENATA. AICHLAN dives with RENATA and the two are tackled by a cheetah monster, and they are separated. AICHLAN stabs the cheetah and pushes it off. He stands and looks franticly for RENATA. AICHLAN Renata!? RENATA ducks a swing from a centaur and runs toward AICHLAN. RENATA Here! AICHLAN kills a skeletal warrior and looks for RENATA; he spots her and runs toward her. RENATA is running towards AICHLAN, when centaur runs past, it cuts her in half across the middle and keeps on running past. AICHLAN stands still stunned, unable to move, he collapses to his knees. A cheetah tackles AICHLAN, knocking him into the river. The fast currents carry them out of the town center, back to the pond. AICHLAN stabs the cat in the neck and lets it float away, as he too lets the current carry him over a tall waterfall, plummeting into the deep raging water. EXT. UNDER CLEAR BLUE WATER, LIGHT FILTERS THROUGH THE SURFACE-- AFTERNOON AICHLAN is sinking beneath the water, he sinks without any struggle, he is in a daze and everything is dreamlike and tranquil. VO (Echoes, it is compromised of many synchronized voices, male and female.) Why are you not trying to save your life? Does self preservation have no meaning to you? AICHLAN Not really, no. VO Does the sorrow of your lost lover consume you so? AICHLAN She’s dead. Hell, I’m dead, just an animated corpse. We shall meet soon enough. VO How tragic that you are so weak. AICHLAN Who are you? VO I am everyone, yet no one. AICHLAN Then why the hell am I talking to you? Or am I talking to myself? VO That fact is debatable. We have stood guard against those who seek to engulf this world in darkness. We are the one Renata and the many guardians. AICHLAN If I were talking to myself I doubt I’d be so confusing. VO You’re not talking, you’re drowning. AICHLAN A pity. VO Swim. AICHLAN (Feeling uncomfortable) ghosts don’t swim. I’m dead, Renata’s dead. Just let me have my peace. VO She, like you, are of the undying. AICHLAN How so? VO She will be reborn until the end of time. The spirit of her protector will also live on. It is your fate. AICHLAN I don’t believe in fate or pre destiny. There is no guiding light, no heaven; Just a life of hell. Now shut up and let me drown. VO (More urgent) swim! AICHLAN (Very uncomfortable) stop saying that! VO Swim! Breathe! Rebirth! (Chants continually) AICHLAN starts to choke and sputter, a white light shines down through the water, and a hand reaches out to him from the center of the light. AICHLAN swims towards the hand; his “soul” separates from his body and swims up, while his corpse sinks to the bottom. Events of his life pass before his eyes, from when he was found by Garrick to his death, the images swirl around the water. INT. /EXT.MONTAGE A much younger GARRICK rides through the torched remains of a village. He dismounts and discovers a frightened AICHLAN at 5 years hiding under the debris. GARRICK enters a classical era drawing room, it is drenched in sunlight. He shows the now clean AICHLAN to a beautiful noble woman. She is estatic. AICHLAN is now 10, he is practicing swordsmanship with GARRICK. AICHLAN is knocked down, GARRICK scolds him, but helps AICHLAN up with a compassionate look. The noble woman is tending the scraps of an embarrassed AICHLAN; while the woman chews GARRICK. He can do nothing but hang his head in shame. AICHLAN is now in his teens, standing at attention with other soldiers. The drill seargent paces before them yelling so hard the veins on his face are protruding. AICHLAN on a battle field, he kills an enemy soldier, and turns to see GARRICK thrown off his horse and engage a large mace wielding knight. The knight smashes through GARRICKS spear, and then clubs GARRICK in the head with his mace. The force knocks off his helmet and killing him. Enraged and distraught, a teary eyed AICHLAN charges over shouting GARRICK’S name. With a reckless fury, AICHLAN cuts down the knight and hacks at his corpse in blind rage. AICHLAN is holding a dead GARRICK in his arms, tears streaming down his face AICHLAN is kneeling before a king, being knighted. When he stands the noble woman is seen giving a standing ovation, to the surprise of the other nobles. AICHLAN drops a flower on a grave marked Cecilia, the headstone is massive with an angelic statue adorning it. AICHLAN holds up his right hand reciting an oath before RENATA, a pope and a king. AICHLAN kisses RENATA passionately AICHLAN is killed in the French fortress. AICHLAN confronts OSRIC at the volcano RENATA is killed. END MONTAGE Aichlan reaches for the hand, but no matter how hard he swims, he comes up short. Voice: Breathe!! Aichlan: Hey! Just shut the hell up already! Aichlan chokes and inhales water, gasping and sputtering he grabs the hand, and all goes white. INT. THE MASTER CHAMBERS OF A FRENCH LORD-- NIGHT AICHLAN is in a castle bedroom, a woman is giving birth on the bed, and AICHLAN looks on confused unaware of how he got where he is. The wet nurses and doctor are speaking in French. AICHLAN What the fuck is all this now? MAN (Appears next to AICHLAN) I have been waiting for you Aichlan. AICHLAN And who are you? And how do you know my name? MAN All of that is trivial at this point. What matters is your rebirth as guardian of priestess Renata. AICHLAN Where am I? MAN As I said that is all trivial... AICHLAN (Draws his sword) I want answers. Now. MAN …France, in the castle of a noble family that survived the invasion. You will be the heir of a general that seeks to reclaim his nation from Russian control. Soon Osric’s army of demons will descend upon the world and Armageddon will commence. You must protect Renata, for she serves as the key to close the gates once again. AICHLAN That’s, the most ridicules thing I’ve ever heard, now try a less absurd explanation before I lose my patience. MAN She will be your mother…. AICHLAN (Angry) I already have one, and you still haven’t given an acceptable explanation. MAN God placed you on this earth to protect Renata, and he placed Renata on this earth to serve as a key to the gates of hell. You have died and been reborn since the creation of hell, as has Renata. Think of it as a dungeon, you serve as warden and Renata is the key. AICHLAN So what were just tools? MAN Essentially, yes. AICHLAN Why do I not remember any of this? Assuming it is the truth. MAN Your soul lives on, you don’t need to remember anything, all you need to do is obey. AICHLAN Will I remember Renata? Will she remember me? What of the time we spent together? Will it all be erased and forgotten? MAN Yes. You failed because you failed to obey. Your personality will have to be rewritten to better suit our needs. AICHLAN I’m not about to have my life dictated to me and have your threats of damnation held over my head! If I cannot be with the one that I love then you can take this rebirth shit and shove it up your enigmatic ass. MAN That is not your choice to make. AICHLAN The hell it isn’t! Now take me back to where I came from! MAN your purpose is to protect Renata. It always has been, and always will be, till the end of time. You will be born and reborn, each time starting anew. You can either live or you can die. You cannot fight destiny. AICHLAN No, my purpose is to find a purpose, and this isn’t it. I loved Renata, but she died before my eyes today and I know she wouldn’t go along with this. (Opens the door, revealing a blinding white light) I’m leaving. Damn me if you want. Or can for that matter. MAN What a fool you are, how little you know of the woman you claim to love. She is already reborn, in a year she is to be baptized and consecrated to god as she always has, and always will be. And this child (points to the woman) shall grow up to be a knight, as you were, and forever will be. AICHLAN I do not accept that. MAN Whether you accept it or not doesn’t really play an important role in the matter. You are merely a piece in a game, a pawn to be used as we see fit. AICHLAN I am not your pawn. MAN (Amused) Tell me, where will you go Aichlan? What will you do hmm? If Osric doesn’t kill you then the church will. You have nowhere left to hide. You’ve just made enemies with both heaven and hell in your miserable lifetime! AICHLAN So be it. I didn’t really care for either of them. (Walks through the door) EXT. PETAL FALLS, BY THE POND-- AFTERNOON AICHLAN walks out of the pond, all of his wound are healed and his uniform is new and clean, he looks as if he had never seen combat. ETH and ROWENA are sitting at the water’s edge; they look up and see him walking towards them. ETH (Playing with fire, casual) Don’t you die? AICHLAN Guess not. ETH (Snaps and fire appears, snaps again and it goes away. He keeps repeating this) Why you looking so pretty all the sudden? Goin on a date? ROWENA (Hugs Aichlan) I thought you died. AICHLAN (Not expecting her reaction) Why are you still here? Why didn’t you follow Osric? ETH The crazy blighter wants to eat the soul of Satan mate, we can’t just go up to him and say “oy, put that down, you don’t know where it’s been” it’s the soul of fucking Satan. Besides, the capitol is overrun with his legions of hell. Not much two elves and a human can do against thousands now is there? Overhead is a large patch of blue sky; an air ship flies overhead, followed by another. They all have the royal crest of England painted on them. A group of about a hundred soldiers, elf and human, enter the clearing. AICHLAN What the hell is this? HUMAN My lord knight, how is it that you came to this part of the forest? (looks around) Where is your company? AICHLAN They all died in France. What I would like to know is why you are here? HUMAN The fell beasts have been on a constant retreat towards this forest. We feared they were amassing their forces for another assault so we pursued. Unfortunately, we suffered massive casualties in this cursed tomb of timber and foliage. AICHLAN Who is your commander? HUMAN At this moment you are. AICHLAN (Sarcastic) perfect… (To ROWENA) are you familiar with the capitol at all? Do you have any idea what’s there, what is Osric after? ETH The soul of a great demon is held in a great temple, the forest mages keep it suppressed and dormant. ROWENA I know where the temple is, but I don’t know where the demon is being held. AICHLAN As long as we can get to the temple. (To soldiers) alright, Osric is holed up in Alfheim, so that’s where were going. Signal for air support and any reinforcements we can get. HUMAN Understood. (To his men) launch a flare to get their attention, and another when we reach the capitol. HUMAN 2 Yes sir! ETH So we have the pitiful remnants of an army at our disposal now, and our favorite undead warrior at the helm. AICHLAN (Mockingly) there a problem Eth? ETH Not as long as I kill that sorcerer there isn’t. ETH walks away; AICHLAN, ROWENA and the army follow him out of Petal Falls and towards Alfheim. [Camera pans and zooms out] the forest goes on for miles and miles, like an ocean of trees. In the center of the forest, a giant tree juts out above the tree line like a skyscraper. EXT. BASE OF THE MASSIVE TREE-- AFTERNOON OSRIC’S army is terrorizing the capitol city of Alfheim. His demons massacre what’s left of the citizenry, and devour its remaining guard. The city is built on and under its exposed roots, and on its massive branches. An airship passes overhead and opens fire on the demons. AICHLAN’S army charges into the fray, as more demons emerge. An airship drops several pieces of heavy artillery, and soldiers’ wheel out large Gatling guns from out of the forest. A team of demon archers send down a rain of arrows from the branches of the great tree. The humans pelt the branches with cannon fire and explosive shells, causing one branch to burn and come crashing down. ETH runs out to the front lines, leaving a trail of smoldering carcasses. He is confronted by two ogres, one swings at him and he dodges and runs up its club and onto its arm. ETH cut off the ogres head, and as it falls backwards he savagely stabs the carcass. When it hits the ground, ETH jumps off and plants his sword into the other ogres head. He then cuts off the arms and kick/ back flips off, knocking it over. A winged demon swoops down and stabs at him with a spear, ETH snatches the spear and breaks it over his knee, then grabs the demon by the wings as it tries to escape. ETH pulls on the wings while pushing with his foot, tearing them off, the then throws the carcass at a centaur. A lizard man thing attacks ETH from behind, he ducks, rises and drop kicks it. ETH (Incinerating the lizard) where the fuck is he? AICHLAN We need to get to the temple! (Kills a cheetah monster) Rowena! ROWENA (Kills a lizard) it’s in the tree! A skeleton rises from the ground, AICHLAN stomps on it, shoving it back underground. AICHLAN then turns and kicks another one, shattering its ribs, then stabs a cheetah and kicks it off his blade. AICHLAN (to a human soldier)damn it! You there! HUMAN Yes sir! AICHLAN Man the front! I’m going after the wizard! A winged demon swoops down as he heads for the tree, and ROWENA shoots it down, but more come up from the ground. AICHLAN Eth! ETH Come get it mother fuckers! ETH slams his sword into the ground; fires erupt incinerating the new arrivals. He pulls his sword out and buys the other two more time as they head up the tree. INT. INSIDE THE ELVEN TEMPLE--AFTERNOON OSRIC stands in front of a large purple orb in an ornate temple. AICHLAN kicks in a large door and enters the room through the splintered hole. OSRIC I figure as much. (Turns to face AICHLAN) you’re very stubborn. AICHLAN I appreciate you having so much faith in me, but it ends here. OSRIC Why must you attempt to interfere with things that are far greater than yourself? AICHLAN You’re a crazed madman who’s slaughtered hundreds for your own selfishness. You killed Renata. For that reason alone, you must die. OSRIC It was not I who killed her, nor was it the demon. No, it was you and your weakness that killed her. (Laughs) do you not see the futility? I’m fucking invincible! You fuckers can’t stop me! (Points to the egg above a fire) with this, I’m god! Give up and go home. ROWENA What are you, a fucking moron? OSRIC (Annoyed) goddamned elves, crawl back into your hole girl. This is grown folks business. ROWENA That (referring to orb) thing is pure evil, more so than you are! What do you hope to possibly accomplish? OSRIC I hope to challenge the current order. My motives are far too complex for a child to understand. Especially some pointy eared forest dwelling hippie! (ROWENA flips Osric off) bitch! OSRIC plants his palm on the ground causing the floor to ripple like a wave surging towards ROWENA. It trips her and carries her towards the wall, she jumps and flips at the last moment before it crashes into the wall. OSRIC You can’t possibly think you’re a match for me! ROWENA You’ve committed great atrocities in my homeland and I will not allow you to walk away Scott bloody free! (Spits) stupid fucking git. AICHLAN Rowena… OSRIC Wrong time and place to decide to grow some balls girl. (Summons an evil looking staff) but if you wish to die so badly (charges her) I have no choice but to oblige!!! OSRIC swings at ROWENA and swings several times; she gracefully dodges all of them. OSRIC swings his staff down, and ROWENA blocks with her shield and cuts him across the midsection. OSRIC stumbles back, and as she advances, he strikes her hard across the face. OSRIC You fool child! ROWENA recovers and deflects an oncoming strike with her sword. They exchange several blows, and OSRIC manages to throw ROWENA into a pillar. OSRIC flips his staff around, and charges ROWENA with the sharpened end. ROWENA ducks and cuts off OSRIC’S arms, he stumbles back screaming and yelling stuff in Russian. OSRIC My arms! That crazy bitch cut off my arms! Ahhhh!!! It fucking hurts!!! Ahhhhh!!! (Laughs, his arms grow back) Got ya bitch! ROWENA flings her shield at him; it hits him in the mouth, snapping his neck causing his head to roll back. OSRIC snaps his head back in place to see ROWENA barreling down on him, a large knife in one hand, and her sword in the other. She wields both weapons skillfully and with great speed, yet OSRIC still manages to dodge all of her strikes. OSRIC counters her strikes by slashing at the air, sending arcs of energy at her. OSRIC NO ONE SHALL OPPOSE ME! NO ONE! ROWENA does three consecutive back flips and pulls out her bow. With super human speed OSRIC appears before her, and slashes her across the stomach. AICHLAN Rowena! OSRIC I have come too far to be thwarted by some elf. It is unfortunate that you caught me when I wasn’t feeling my usually magnanimous self. ROWENA The time for kindness and forgiveness has long passed. OSRIC Well said. But that doesn’t change the fact that you’re going to die! ROWENA jumps backwards and starts backpedaling while launching arrows. OSRIC deflects most of the arrows, but still gets hit several times. OSRIC summons his staff into his hands and swings, ROWENA blocks with her lightly armored forearm. ROWENA kicks OSRIC back and draws her sword and knife. ROWENA slashes at OSRIC, he blocks the sword, and she spins in the opposite direction and stabs him in the neck with the knife. She withdraws the knife and spins full circle, a cyclone of steel. OSRIC is knocked back. ROWENA charges OSRIC and grabs him by the collar; she then pummels him repeatedly with the sword hilt. ROWENA then slams OSRIC to the ground and elbow drops him. She prepares for the final strike, but OSRIC appears behind her, a look of rage upon his face. ETH (Just arriving) Rowena! Behind you!! ROWENA starts to turn but OSRIC grabs her by the neck, and lifts her up, then slams her hard on the ground. OSRIC then snaps her neck with a sickening crack. OSRIC slowly stands and cracks his finger joints. ETH walks over to ROWENA’S lifeless body. He holds her limp hand in silence for a few moments, before brandishing the phoenix feather. ETH places the feather on her chest it glows and is absorbed in her as a fiery inferno. ROWENA gasps and starts breathing again, but remains unconscious. ETH lifts her and carries her to AICHLAN, who takes her in his arms. ETH Watch over her. AICHLAN The only way for Osric to reach her is if he scatters my corpse amongst the nine circles of hell. OSRIC (Dusts himself off) cry me a fucking river. ETH (Faces OSRIC) I want for you to struggle. OSRIC At the hands of some pyro elf? (Points to AICHLAN) Or the walking dead over there? You’ll fare no better than that girl you hold in your arms, or any of millions I have already slain. ETH approaches OSRIC, OSRIC backhands him across the face. OSRIC Goddamned elf! Know your place! ETH slowly turns to face OSRIC; his pupils are dilated, almost catlike. His canines are extended and the tribal tattoos appear and the air shimmers around him from heat. OSRIC So you can turn your little trick on at will. That changes nothing! With lightning fast speed, he clutches OSRIC’S neck and lifts him in the air. OSRIC gags and his eyes bulge out of his head. Smoke rises from ETH’S hands as he burns into OSRIC’S flesh. ETH slams OSRIC to the ground hard, shattering the tile floor. ETH proceeds to strangle the life out of OSRIC with both hands, a devilish grin on his face. OSRIC places both hands on eths torso, and blasts him off with a bolt of lightning. ETH flips in mid air and lands on his feet. OSRIC struggles to his feet, trying to breathe through his crushed trachea. As his wound starts to heal, OSRIC draws a triangle in the air, he places his palm in the center and black lightning shoots out of the tips and converge into a single bolt. ETH shields himself with intense flames and heat. ETH then bursts from the flames and swings at OSRIC, who deflects the blade with his hand. ETH continues to swing feverously, but OSRIC manages to dance around all his attacks. OSRIC deflects a strike and ETH moves in face to face, and grips OSRIC’S head in his hand, melting the flesh. OSRIC stumbles back, his skull exposed, melting flesh dripping off and smoke rising from his face. ETH (his voice is deep and sinister)by the time I have finished, you shall beg for the mercy of the lake of fire. ETH charges over and cleaves OSRIC in two with a flaming sword, then continues to dice OSRIC’S remains. ETH stops and spins around, as OSRIC fires a beam of energy at ETH, destroying all in its path. ETH blocks, but is overtaken by the blast, and sent crashing through several pillars. ETH stands and his wounds start to heal, he looks to his right and sees the egg. OSRIC summons another staff and the two recklessly duke it out. They land hits and exchange savage blows, the emphasis not on defending, but making sure the other takes the most damage. They continue this way; any wounds they take are quickly healed by the eggs power. OSRIC sends a volley of ice shard at ETH, and ETH block with a wall of flames, creating a thick steam. They continue to fight blindly in the steam, OSRIC sending out an array of magic attacks and ETH swings madly at every movement. ETH spins his sword over head, like the burning blades of a helicopter. This super heats the steam, filling the room with volatile plasma energy. ETH sends arcs of fire at OSRIC; they combine with the plasma and cause a violent explosion. When it all clears, both combatants stand unharmed. OSRIC Can you not see how pointless it is? As long as I have your precious treasure, I can’t be killed!! ETH And neither can I. OSRIC (Summons demons from the shadows) oh, but I have a feeling you can if you get hit enough times. ETH Then my only course of action is clear. Io, I will join you soon. ETH picks up a stone, and then whips it at the egg to OSRIC’S horror. OSRIC (Shocked, but realizes it did nothing) Ha!! You fool!!! (The egg cracks) Huh? The crack emits a white light and more cracks appear, then it explodes with the force of a two ton bomb. OSRIC creates a force field and the blast blows out the wall of the temple. Down below, the fighting still rages on, and artillery hits the nearby branches. ETH I figured as much! Aichlan, get the fuck out of here!!! AICHLAN takes ROWENA and they leave the temple. OSRIC turns around as ETH runs up and grabs him by the face and lifts him into the air. ETH We’ll finish this in hell. OSRIC Don’t wait up. ETH glows white with heat, then explodes in a fiery inferno. EXT. THE BATTLE AT THE BASE OF THE TREE AND UPON IT’S LIMBS---TWILIGHT The fighting continues to rage outside of the tree, the soldiers fight valiantly, but more demons always appear. SOLDIER We can’t hold them off much longer! LEADER Shit! (Kills a lizard) fall back into the forest! The soldiers retreat into the forest, closely pursued by the demons. As they flee, the tree explodes behind them, as if an atomic bomb went off inside. The tree is obliterated and the shockwaves take out some of the surrounding forest. A mushroom cloud rises as splinters are sent off in every direction. EXT. AMONGST THE RUBBLE-- TWILIGHT At ground zero, AICHLAN rises from the rubble and dusts himself off, then helps ROWENA to her feet. Standing before them is a spectral GARRICK. GARRICK You still can’t listen worth a damn can you boy? (Smiles) I knew you were meant for greatness, it takes a real man to break a corrupt cycle, even if it defies all convention. AICHLAN (reaches out to GARRICK as he fades away) Garrick! (Stands in silence staring at the debris. ROWENA walks up to him) what the hell was that about…? ROWENA Eth sacrificed himself, using the power of Rhode volcano; he engulfed Osric in flames, killing himself in the process. He gave up his only chance at saving his clan for me. AICHLAN He told you what happened then. ROWENA Yes. AICHLAN Don’t beat yourself up over it. He was given no other choice and did what he felt was best. If you must blame anyone for his death, that monster Osric is who is responsible, not you. OSRIC rises from the rubble, relatively unharmed. OSRIC That son of a bitch! (Dusts himself off, and touches his bloody lip) that fucker ruined everything!! AICHLAN Goddamn it. Why the hell didn’t you die? OSRIC Look who’s talking. What the hell are you still doing here? AICHLAN draws his sword. OSRIC Not this shit again, you couldn’t beat me before, and you saw what just happened to your little elf friend. The bitch is dead! Drop it and go home, I’ll kill you all later. AICHLAN Your weapon sorcerer. Unless you want it quick. OSRIC picks up a random sword jutting from the ground. OSRIC and AICHLAN charge each other and exchange blows, neither able to land a hit on the other. They parry and block a savage dance of clashing steel, until finally AICHLAN takes the advantage. AICHLAN knocks OSRIC off balance and prepares for the killing blow. OSRIC All in the name of your god. You’re a fucking pawn. AICHLAN I do this in my name. I am no one’s pawn. (Stabs OSRIC in the heart) AICHLAN cleans the blood from his blade, sighs and tries to take in the scope of it all. AICHLAN notices eths blade jutting from the rubble, and he walks over and picks it up. ROWENA I am glad that his sacrifice was not in vain. (Looks off into the distance) thank you. AICHLAN (Unsure of how to answer, he stands in silence for a few seconds.) I think I’ll keep this, (turns to ROWENA) you think he would mind? ROWENA Though he would never say it, I think he would be honored, or something like that. AICHLAN Where are you going now? Have you any other kin that you could seek out? ROWENA (Saddened) No. I’ve got no one. AICHLAN Well I can’t just let you go wandering off alone then. (Holds out his hand) if you want a traveling companion…. (ROWENA smiles sheepishly and takes his hand) but I must warn you, I’ve made some powerful enemies. Things could get rather dangerous at times. ROWENA I think I should be able to deal with it. (Curious) but you say travelling companion, where are we going? AICHLAN A castle in France. And that’s about all I know. ROWENA France huh? Well we should get going then. The two walk off towards the forest. Soldiers walk around dazed and wounded. Several flares are launched and the airships move in to collect the soldiers. It is a hectic scene, allowing AICHLAN and ROWENA to slip off into the forest unnoticed. End. Roll credits.