THE TOWER

LINUS

Ugh. Can someone else please take

this, just for a second?

ANN

No. We’re almost to the banker.

HAL

Right, keep It up, Linus. You’re

doing a great job. Carrying things

nobody else wants to carry is a

very important skill.

ANN

Wish someone’d taught you how to do

that.

HAL

I am trying to toughen this one up

for you. I’m not the one

responsible for him.

ANN

You’re barely responsible for

yourself.

LINUS

It’s just, I’ve been carrying It

for days now, and my shoulders

are...What’s...ughhhh. That’s

blood.

ANN

See, that right there’s the benefit

of having so many different hands

in the sack: it’s impossible to

know whose blood It is.

LINUS

Ugh. You are such an ass.

ANN

And you need to get used to blood

with out throwing up. You are lucky

no other crew saw you.

LINUS

I just mean, what kind of crew is

this that I have to...?

ANN

The kind you don’t belong to yet.

HAL

Hahaha. Oh ya Having second

thoughts on sponsorship, Ann?

LINUS

You’re an ass too, Hal.

HAL

...say that again.

ANN

Ha, hon't look at me, you’re on

your own.

HAL

Say...It...again.

LINUS

(slowly)

You’re...an ass.

HAL

Well...at least you’re learning to

follow directions. Ahahahah!

VORLAUF

Linus, you’re gonna have to keep

holding the sack of hands until

you’re cured of your aversion.

LINUS

...it’s fine. I’m okay with holding

the bag. Really.

HAL

No you’re not. You are so clearly

not.

ANN

Hey Linus, what’s that on your leg?

LINUS

Ugh....

HAL AND ANN

(laugh)

LINUS

Its fine... its just blood... no

big... deal...

ANN

You know, you’ve been so brave,

Linus. I...I really think I’ve come

to fancy you.

LINUS

Oh, that’s...really sweet. You know

I really--

ANN

Does that feel good?

LINUS

--that’s not your hand...

YEEEEHHHCCCCHHHH! BLLEECCCHHHH,

HAL AND ANN

(laugh)

LINUS

Ann! Ann. That is disgusting!

ANN

Your face. I got ya.

LINUS

Ha, I’m actually a little relieved.

I was worried when your hand was so

cold...and hairy.

VORLAUF

This is the life we’ve chosen,

Linus. Defending the realm can test

a man.

There’s another hand on your foot.

LINUS

Ugh. Look, I realize the blood and

body parts make me uneasy but--

VORLAUF

Melanie!

MEL

How’d the new guy do?

HAL

‘E’s shit.

VORLAUF

We’re all alive and the world is a

safer place. I’d say he was

adequate.

MEL

(laugh)

Whatcha’ got for me, uh...bag boy?

LINUS

Linus.

MEL

Don’t care, I’ll just forget It.

What you got in the bag for me?

LINUS

Oh shit...uh...sorry about the

blood. Let me just get the...uhm...

...is this making things worse?

This is making things worse isn't

It.

MEL

What happened to you? Did you fall

on your head as a child?

VORLAUF

He’s still learning the ropes.

Here are the town forms as well.

MEL

Ha! Your paperwork! It’s my

favorite; always so...thorough.

MEL (CONT'D)

Yep. Looks like we are all set. And

where are your completed orders?

ANN

Here, got It right here.

MEL

Here you are...

And...uh...go ahead and take back

your Sponsor ring.

VORLAUF

Well...I guess that’s...the end of

that.

MEL

Sorry, Vorlauf. But better his hand

than your own.

LINUS

Wait, that’s It?

ANN

What? Did you think we held a

burial ceremony for appendages?

HAL

Well, that’s actually not a

terrible idea. We could make

little, tiny coffins and little

wreaths next to them and have

little tiny moaners there It would

be...

LINU

Wait!

I want to be a part of this. All

the way.

HAL

What?

LINUS

I fought with you all, I defended

you and I want to be able to do

more. I’m ready.

HAL

Haha, someone thinks they’re tough

now eh?

ANN

Shut up, ya’ bobolyne.

LINUS

Vorlauf?

VORLAUF

That...is up to your sponsor.

LINUS

Ann? You saw me fight.

ANN

You saw what we did to Vorlauf’s

initiate when he didn’t follow the

code right?

LINUS

Yes.

ANN

Well that’s 1/10 of what I would do

to you.

LINUS

The code is why I want to do

this...

MEL

What? You think I'm going to help

you? I don’t even know your name!

ANN

I’ll do It.

LINUS

Ann, thank you.

VORLAUF

You’re sure you want to do this,

Ann?

ANN

He rode with us. He carried the

bag, and he knows the risk without

the reward. We’ve lost worse

prospects recently...and he is

eager.

VORLAUF

You know my rule.

ANN

I do, and you won’t have to worry.

I’d kill him myself.

LINUS

What are you talking about?

VORLAUF

Well, that means we have to decide

which way we want to initiate him.

The trench or the tower?

HAL

I say the trench. Let him earn It.

ANN

The tower.

HAL

My, you do have a lot of faith in

him, don’t you?

ANN

I want to find out if he has faith

in us.

VORLAUF

Tower It is. Mel?

MEL

VOWS TO THE TOWER!!!!

BANK VIGILES

(Cheer)

MEL

Alright then. Follow me.

VIGILES

New Blood. New Blood! New Blood!!

LINUS

Did you pick the tower because It

plays to my strengths?

ANN

No, now shut up.

Hal, give me the hand bag.

HAL

Here.

LINUS

What?!

ANN

I’d close my mouth if I were you...

LINUS

No! Don’t!

HAL

(calling from a distance)

See you on the other side,

Linus...if you make It. (Laughs)

LINUS

How far are we going?

SCENE BRAKE

ANN

Get in there.

LINUS

Hello? Where are we? Anyone?

MEL

This is the tower.

LINUS

What?... What was that????

MEL

The bag is now locked and the key

is in your pocket. Do not remove

the bag under any circumstances

until you are told.

ANN

This is where I find out if I made

a mistake or not.

MEL

Now, uhm, you? I never did get your

name.

LINUS

Linus.

ANN

Don't talk!

LINUS

I’m sorry! Is that part of my

initiation?

ANN

Initiation? This is a test. This is

for me, not you...

MEL

Becoming a Vigile means protecting

the land and its people. It means

standing for order and peace. It

means trusting that your fellow

Vigiles are here for you as much as

you are here for them. It means....

CALM...AMIDST CHAOS!

ANN

WALK FORWARD!

LINUS

BUT I CAN’T SEE!

ANN

WALK! FORWARD!

LINUS

IT’S...IS THIS A LADDER? WHAT DO I

DO NOW?

MEL

ABOVE YOU IS A WINDOW. ASCEND THE

LADDER SO YOU MAY OPEN THE GATED

WINDOW ABOVE TO FREE THE CROWS FROM

THEIR CONFINEMENT AND FREE YOUR

VIGILE BROTHERS AND SISTERS FROM

THIS DEFEANING CLAMOR.

LINUS

I...UMMM...

ANN

GO!

MEL

COME ON! FOR LAND SAKE, DON’T YOU

HAVE EARS?!

LINUS

I’M GOING TO FALL!

ANN

THEN FALL ALREADY SO I CAN GO HOME!

LINUS

PISS OFF!!

Linus reaches the top of the ladder. He paws at the wall, but

can’t find the window.

LINUS (CONT'D)

WHERE’S THE WINDOW? I CAN’T FEEL

It?

MEL

THE WINDOW IS SIX FEET ABOVE YOU.

LINUS

BUT I’M OUT OF LADDER!

ANN

LINUS, REACH!

LINUS

I CAN’T SEE! I CAN’T REACH It! I’M

SORRY!

MEL

VERY WELL, ANN, YOU HAVE WASTED THE

COUNCIL’S TIME. GIVE ME YOUR RIGHT

HAND!

ANN

WHAT? NO! THAT WASN’T PART OF THE

TEST!

MEL

YOUR HAND!

LINUS

NO! WAIT! I CAN GO...HIGHER...

MEL

IN THE NAME OF THE VIGILES, YOU

WILL REMEMBER THE TIME YOU PUT YOUR

FAITH IN TO THE WRONG HANDS.

ANN

LINUS!

LINUS

I’M TRYING! I’M...GOT It!! I’VE GOT

THE LEDGE.

AHH! THE LADDER!! It FELL!!

ANN

THE WINDOW!

ANN (CONT'D)

AAAAAAAH!

LINUS

UGH! Ann?! ANN?!

ANN

Linus....

LINUS

I can’t get down! I can’t move! If

I let go of the window, I’ll fall.

LINUS (CONT'D)

What? Who’s that?!

ANN

It’s me. We need escape out the

window.

LINUS

What? What happened?

ANN

We need to jump! GO!

LINUS

We’ll never survive! We’ll fall to

our deaths!

ANN

Linus...trust me!

LINUS

Uh...uh...Oh, hell...

AAAAAAAAAH! Hu?

LINUS (CONT'D)

I’m...I’m....

What. Who are you?! Let me go!

VORLAUF

Oh, hold still!

LINUS

Wait, I know that...

HAL

Oh, look. A dead man.

VORLAUF

Welcome to your new life.

LINUS

What...? How did...? Where’s Ann?!

ANN

I told you to trust me!

MEL

(Laughs)

LINUS

When?!? Did you... How?!?

VORLAUF

Faith in your sponsor...that’s how.

MEL

Linus! Do you vow to uphold the

Code of the Vigiles? To protect the

land from the darkness of magic and

dedicate yourself to eradicating It

in all it’s forms?

ANN

And under Penalty of having to deal

with me?

(MORE)

HAL

And me!

VORLAUF

And me!

THE CROWD

AND ME!

LINUS

You bet I do!!

MEL

Here, catch!

ANN

Put on the ring. It’s your

credential. And don’t ever make me

take It back from you.

MEL

Now stands before you: Linus, the

Vigile! For Vow and Code!

ALL OTHERS THERE

FOR VOW AND CODE!!

SCENE BRAKE

HAL

...but I must admit, you did well.

ANN

Ha, I’m just glad you didn’t try

and swan dive out the window.

LINUS

Do you think Mel likes me? I think

by the end she was starting to like

me.

HAL

Oh, absolutely!

LINUS

Really?

ANN

Don’t be stupid. Mel’s a stone-cold

bureaucrat. She doesn’t care about

anything except... I don’t know,

efficiency or documents or

something.

ANN (CONT'D)

Maybe don’t listen to Hal as much

when we’re on our next assignment.

LINUS

What is our next assignment?

VORLAUF

There isn’t one.

ANN

Oh no. Really?

HAL

Your horse is ready, sir.

LINUS

So, why? What are we doing if there

isn’t an assignment? Did I just do

all that for nothing? Vorlauf,

where are we going?

VORLAUF

Recruiting. Follow me.

LINUS

What does that mean?!

SCENE BRAKE

ORA

What the...? What?

Hey! Hey! Wake up.

ISTEN

Oh, hello. How’d you sleep?

ORA

We were supposed to take turns! Why

didn’t you wake me up?

ISTEN

I realized we were fine and figured

why not let both of us sleep.

ORA

Oh. You just...decided that?

ISTEN

Okay, so, I fell asleep.

ORA

(incensed)

You left us defenseless?!

ISTEN

Look, everything’s fine, okay? It’s

morning. We’re fine.

I mean, sure, the fire went out and

that’s less than ideal, but

really...no harm done.

ORA

Okay, but where’s Kevin?

He hasn’t come back yet.

ISTEN

No he hasn’t.

ORA

Doesn’t that concern you?

ISTEN

There’s a great many things in this

world that you know nothing about.

ORA

What are you doing?

ISTEN

You...uh...don’t know what this is,

do you?

ORA

No. But, I’m sure you’re going to

tell me.

ISTEN

It’s grau. An ancient practice of

synchronizing the physical and

spiritual. You know how sometimes

your body aches after a battle?

ORA

Sure.

ISTEN

It’s because your physical self and

spiritual self are misaligned.

ORA

Or, you know, because I got hit

with stuff while Vigiles were

trying to kill me.

ISTEN

(Chuckles)

A wise, 190-year-old monk taught me

this. Have you ever even met

anybody who’s lived that long?

ORA

No, no I have not.

ISTEN

That’s right, you haven’t.

ORA

Well... That guy Gary maybe...

ISTEN

This isn’t just some crazy belief.

This is just how our bodies work. I

used to be four inches shorter

before I started practicing this

every morning.

ORA

Really? It actually made you...

taller?

ISTEN

Look, if I’m truly chosen, don’t I

owe It to the world to take care of

myself?

Can you hand me some of that moss?

I need to massage It into my

temples.

ORA

You have got to be kidding...

ISTEN

Nope!

ORA

So, I think it’s great that you

take care of yourself--

ISTEN

Thank you.

ORA

...But, when you’re done, we really

need to go and find Kevin and

Karras.

ISTEN

No.

ORA

What? Isten, we have to. We can’t

just leave them out there. What if

they are in trouble?

ISTEN

Don’t let the slow, methodical

movements realigning my spiritual

self fool you, we are on a very

tight timeline.

ORA

Timeline? What timeline?

ISTEN

Look, they’ll meet us at the next

town. Karras’ll figure It out, he’s

a bright guy.

ORA

Really?

ISTEN

Well, I mean, he can follow

instructions.

ORA

What instructions?

ISTEN

Nothing, look...I’m confident that

we’ll catch up with them in

Dawnwallow.

ORA

Dawnwallow? Why Dawnwallow?

ISTEN

Because it’s where we’re headed.

They’ll be there.

ORA

If you’re going to be leading us,

you have to tell me why we’re doing

what we’re doing.

ISTEN

I told you we were on a quest and

you agreed to join...you knew what

you were...

ORA

Wait! Listen...

ISTEN

(ignoring her)

...signing up for, you agreed to

follow me and to let me handle

these sorts of decisions.

ORA

Isten! The trees!

ISTEN

Ora, I am the Chosen One. He who is

prophesied. And I’m telling you--

SPIRIT

(Neigh)

ORA

Spirit!

But where’s Kevin...?

END OF EPISODE 11