THE CARAVAN

KEVIN (CONT'D)

Yep... still a fork in the road...

ORA

I have No idea which way.

KARRAS

Go Right.

FORMOSA

How do you know?

KARRAS

I don’t.

KEVIN

Well, its hard to argue with that

logic.

ORA

Well, I don’t see you coming up

with any ideas.

KEVIN

I was always told, “If you find a

fork in the road, pick It up.”

FORMOSA

You are either very wise or a

fool...

ORA

I don’t think those two things are

mutually exclusive.

EILIKA

Go RIGHT!!!

KEVIN

What? Who said...?

FORMOSA

Over there.

KARRAS

I don’t like them....

ORA

Let’s go say hello.

(MORE)

KEVIN

Ora, and hear me out on this one,

let’s not.

ORA

We can’t change the world if we’re

scared of strangers.

KEVIN

We also can’t change the world if

we’re dead.

FORMOSA

It would be good to get

information. Find out if any Lusus

Naturae are active nearby.

KARRAS

Strength in numbers.

ORA

And they might be able to tell us

which way leads to Dawnwallow.

Guess you’re out numbered, Kev.

Hello!

SARAH

Oh, we were wondering if you all

were gonna keep gawking or come

over and say hello. Well, I-I’m

Sarah, this is my wife Eilika, and

this is our son Thoman. He’s six.

THOMAN

(giggling)

Six and a half!

ORA

I’m Ora, and the one scowling is

Kevin; that’s Formosa leading my

horse, Spirit; and that’s Karras

with the bow.

THOMAN

Ooo, you’re so tall.

KARRAS

(Grunts)

EILIKA

(Chuckles)

Always nice to meet folks on the

road.

EILIKA (CONT'D)

I swear, sometimes we ride for days

at a time and only see a handful of

people.

SARAH

Are you looking to buy or trade?

Our apple jam is so fantastic

you’ll swear It was made by nature

herself. Or, if wine is more to

your taste, you could travel an age

and never find a better vint than

ours.

KEVIN

About that apple jam...

ORA

Eh...We’re not here to buy

anything.

We’re on our way to Dawnwallow.

EILIKA

Yes, we figured you might be.

Thoman was very excited to meet

some fighters.

FORMOSA

Fighters?

KARRAS

(Grunts)

EILIKA

Well, what with how you’re dressed

and all, we figured It out. We’ve

got a whole caravan behind us

that’s goin’ there, too.

A’yeah, can’t miss the fair. It’s

one of our most profitable yearly

stops.

ORA

Wait, what’s behind you?

FORMOSA

A caravan. Groups who band together

on the road to defend against

bandits and Lusus Naturae.

KEVIN

And they’re fighters?

FORMOSA

Sometimes. And sometimes they

aren’t and they hire guards, or

sometimes they’re just groups of

regular folks that find each other

and ride along together.

EILIKA

But we ran ahead to get a good spot

on the main street.

SARAH

If we get a good spot by the pub,

and we sell twice as much.

FORMOSA

And you said you were going to a

fair?

THOMAN

Wow! Are any of you going to be the

One?!

ORA

What? What do you know about the

One? We’re looking for him.

SARAH

See, Thoman? Everyone is looking

for the One. Maybe this year we

will find them.

ORA

Where?! Where are you going?

SARAH

What? What do you mean?

EILIKA

Hey Thoman, go back in the wagon

and find me a blanket; it’s getting

a little chilly out here.

THOMAN

But mom--

EILIKA

Hey! What did I say about talking

back? If you want to see the

tournament, you have to listen to

me.

THOMAN

Yes, mom.

SARAH

Alright, who are you? Who are you

backing?

ORA

What? I don’t know what you mean.

EILIKA

You’re going to Dawnwallow. So who

is your hero in the tournament?

FORMOSA

Uh...We don’t know anything about a

tournament.

ORA

We’re trying to find the Chosen

One.

EILIKA

You’re true believers, ain't you?!

SARAH

Eilika, don’t!

THOMAN

Mom, I can’t find the blanket...

SARAH

One second, sweetie; stay back

there.

EILIKA

Don’t take another step...

KARRAS

Ugh.

ORA

What are you doing...?

KEVIN

Woah, woah, woah! Alright...

Alright everyone.

(Laughing)

I think we have lead them on long

enough.

SARAH

What...?

EILIKA

What do you mean? And don’t move!

(MORE)

KEVIN

(forced laughter)

I’m so sorry, haha! It was all...

It was all meant to be in fun.

SARAH

Fun?!

ORA

What are you doing?

KEVIN

We’re sorry. We’ve never been to

Dawnwallow; a man in Stonny said we

might be able to pick up some extra

coin there by pretending to be

fighters.

Right everybody?

FORMOSA

Uh...Yeah...

KARRAS

(Grunts.)

ORA

Uh...Right...

EILIKA

That was a very stupid man.

FORMOSA

I agree...

KEVIN

Ora and I...that’s Ora over there,

see, uh, we have a game that we’ve

played since we were just about as

old as your son there. Whenever

someone talks about the Prophecy or

the One, we like to play along.

‘Cause most people who follow It

are pretty nuts, right? Anyway

always good for a few laughs. And

we don’t get much opportunity to do

It anymore, I mean, how many people

still talk about the Prophecy?

SARAH

Well, if you get to the fair,

that’ll change...

Oh Eilika, put your sword away!

SARAH (CONT'D)

Look at them, they clearly aren’t a

threat. It was just a

misunderstanding.

EIKIKA

Hu...

KARRAS

Yes...I am sorry.

EILIKA

Well... Alright then.

KEVIN

We’re sorry, we clearly got in over

our heads with our little joke.

But...uh...tell me, who did you

think we were?

EILIKA

Tournament Zealots...but I should

have known you were harmless.

I mean, just look at you!

KEVIN

Okay...someone else talk now.

THOMAN

Here’s your blanket mother

SARAH

Oh, thank you sweetie. (kissy)

THOMAN

Moooom...STAHP!! MAAHHM!!

EILIKA

So, you’re headed to Dawnwallow to

pretend to be fighters in the

tournament, is that right?

ORA

Right.

But...we’ve never actually been

there. What’s It like?

SARAH

Oh! You are in for such a treat.

The tournament is held in a big

arena right outside the town walls.

It’s so much fun! There are

performers and-and food from all

over. You’re going to love It.

EILIKA

And more merchants go there than

any other gathering. And, best of

all, we all make a profit! Of

course, the tournament is the main

attraction, but we tend to stay

away; it’s bloody business.

THOMAN

Hey, you promised I could watch

this year!

EILIKA

I didn’t promise, I said we’ll see.

ORA

And the winner of the tournament?

What do they win?

THOMAN

Oooo. They’re the Chosen One!

ORA

What?

EILIKA

Originally, the tournament was

established to allow all those who

believe their the One from the

Prophecy to compete and prove their

claim to the world.

SARAH

These days it’s mostly guards and

mercenaries who just want to show

off. Use It as a stage to

demonstrate their skills with a

blade or bow to a huge audience.

THOMAN

Last year everyone died!

SARAH

Everyone did not die. Most of the

warriors dropped out before the

last round.

The last round’s a fight to the

death. Usually only the true

believers stick around to compete

in that.

ORA

True believers?

EILIKA

Tournament Zealots. Same thing we

thought you might be for a moment.

These people deranged enough to

believe they’re actually the Chosen

One from the Prophecy.

ORA

Well, what’s so wrong...?

KEVIN

I take It you don’t think this

tournament will lead us to find our

salvation.

EILIKA

Don’t get us wrong, It would be

nice to have someone solve all our

problems, but I doubt the Chosen

One is going to turn up at a fair

designed for entertainment.

SARAH

And there’s been tournament winners

before, yet nothing’s changed.

Everything’s still... Well just

look around.

EILIKA

If you attend, watch out for the

true believers. Those zealots and

their followers can be...worrisome.

Best to stay away.

SARAH

They’ve been known to act violently

towards anyone who doesn’t share

their beliefs. And their followers

are quick to attack anyone who

follows a different Chosen One then

they do.

EILIKA

(scoffing)

Crazy bastards thinking they’re the

One.

ORA

But what’s so crazy...?

KARRAS

There is a Chosen One. We know him.

He’sKEVIN

Ha! Look at us, getting in the mood

for the tournament already! Yeah

thats good. Maybe instead of

pretending to be fighters, we

should pretend to follow one.

That-Thats a... a good idea Karras.

EILIKA

Well, if you’re looking for

fighters, I know there were a few

at the head of the caravan...

CARAVAN HORSE

(Neigh)

SARAH

Oh no! I’m sorry, we have to go.

They caught up to us. We chatted

too long.

EILIKA

Thoman, sit down and wave goodbye.

FORMOSA

It was an honor speaking with you

ELIKA

You too. (Whistles)

THOMAN

Goodbye! You’re my favorite

fighter!

KEVIN

Thanks!

THOMAN

(Laughing)

Not you!

Him!

KARRAS

(Grunts)

KEVIN

You know...I’m not even mad.

SARAH

Look for the man in the blue wagon.

He’s one of the fighters, I think.

You should chat with him for a bit.

Buh-Bye.

FORMOSA

Ora, if you keep digging your nails

into your own hands, you’ll draw

blood.

ORA

Ugh! But, they’re making this in to

a stupid game!

KEVIN

It doesn’t seem like anyone is

forced to compete.

ORA

That’s not the point.

KEVIN

Then tell me, what is the point? If

some special hero is supposed to

grace us all and save the day, then

they should be able to do anything

right? Even survive a stupid and

dangerous contest. And in the

meantime, all of us nothings, who

apparently can’t do anything to fix

the world, can have a little fun.

And if these fighters die during

the tournament, well, I guess they

actually aren’t from the Prophecy.

So, no harm done.

ORA

Have you already forgotten about

Godrick?

KEVIN

You know I didn’t mean...I'm sorry.

You’re right, this shouldn’t be a

game.

KARRAS

Isten is the Chosen One. If he

competes, he wins.

FORMOSA

Given the way that family looked at

us when they thought we might be

true believers, if we want to blend

in, we may not want to talk about

Isten.

KARRAS

(Grunts)

FORMOSA

The blue wagon is almost here. Do

you want to talk to them or let the

carven pass us by?

KEVIN

What do you want to do, Ora?

ORA

Let’s talk. We should know what

we’re getting into.

Hello there! I heard you’re

traveling to Dawnwallow?

JONATHAN

You heard right! I take It you all

are heading to the tournament too?

ORA

Yes we are, mind if we chat with

you?

JONATHAN

Sure, so long as you can keep up.

KEVIN

Can’t stop?

JONATHAN

Well, it’s a long caravan and quite

hard to stop the whole thing for

every traveler on the road.

(Chuckles)

Oh, where are my manners? I’m

Jonathan and these are my friends,

Ancelin and Taresa.

ANCELIN

Hello.

TARESA

Hi.

JONATHAN

We were hired to guard Mister Zaite

here.

ORA

I’m Ora, this is Kevin, Formosa,

and Karras.

So, are you competing?

JONATHAN

Yes I am. This will be my second

year. Last time I made It through

the first round, but lost in the

second; I’m a better fighter than a

builder.

FORMOSA

What kind of tournament is this?

ANCELIN

This your first year?

TARESA

Oh, don’t tell them anything! It’s

more exciting that way.

JONATHAN

I’ll just say that with all my

training over the last year I think

I can do better now. Should be fun!

FORMOSA

You think fighting is fun?

JONATHAN

Ha. It’s a challenge. I like seeing

how far I can push my limits. And,

if you do well, the jobs line up. A

good performance in the tournament

can set you up for the whole year.

Are any of you competing?

ORA

I don’t know...maybe.

ANCELIN

If you don’t know, then you aren’t

competing.

TARESA

The entrance fee for participants

is a Prophecy. And those are hard

to come by.

ORA

Oh? We have a prophecy. Actually we

have two! Hold on. What? Where are

they?

FORMOSA

Why would they want competitors to

bring a Prophecy...rather than

money? That seems curious.

JONATHAN

Don’t know for sure. I’d imagine It

has something to do with the whole

idea of finding the Chosen One

prophesied in the Prophecy, but now

a’days It feels more like a

vestigial element of a bygone era.

The good bit about It is that a

fighter bearing a Prophecy can

bring in a team of people with ‘em

to help with armor and such. So, my

friends here will be my companions

this year.

ANCELIN

Being a companion is really an

excuse to have a fantastic view

without having to pay.

TARESA

Yup, seems like a lot of folks come

to the tournament just because they

know the participants had to have a

Prophecy to get in. Makes It more

exclusive. The Prophecies are the

draw, the attendees are the money.

Although why anyone would pay to

watch this old goat fight in the

arena is anyone’s guess. (Laughs)

ouch.

KEVIN

If you’re participating, that means

you have a Prophecy, right? Do you

mind if we take a look?

JONATHAN

I suppose... But I’ll warn you:

don’t run off and steal It; I’m

faster than I look.

KEVIN

Fair enough.

ORA

Where are the Prophecies? I know I

left them in here...

KEVIN

Ora, look at this. I don’t know

what It says, but isn’t It longer

than the other two?

ORA

It’s different than the others. Why

are they all so different?

KARRAS

What’s It say?

ORA

I can’t read that fast... but It

kind of looks like a combination of

my mom’s and the one from the pub

but there are different words all

over It and an extra line at the

end.

The last line says “And as those

who can never draw breath rise up,

the Savior shall draw steel.”

KEVIN

Well thats ominous.

ORA

Do you fulfill what’s written

there?

JONATHAN

Fulfill It? Of course not. HA. Only

the Zealots give a rat’s ass about

all that fulfillment nonsense. The

tournament doesn’t need you to

actually fit the Prophecy you

bring, they only care that you hand

It over and claim that you are the

One.

ANCELIN

The true believers - cultists if

you ask me - they’ll follow you for

hours to convince you to join

whatever screwed-up group they’re

in and when you refuse, they’re

quick to anger.

JONATHAN

Be warned, if you do compete, keep

an eye on them.

TARESA

But at least they’re easy to make a

profit off of. They’ll bet

everything they have that their

Chosen One will win, even if

they’re clearly out-matched.

(MORE)

ANCELIN

One fella’ literally bet me the

shirt off his back. Surprisingly,

It was a perfect fit. Oh...I think

It may be the one I’m wearing.

ORA

I...need to leave.

KEVIN

We’ve been traveling for too long,

we should rest. We’ll meet up with

you at the tournament.

JONATHAN

Safe travels!

KEVIN

Are you okay?

ORA

No one is taking this seriously.

And I think Isten stole our

Prophecies.

KEVIN

Oh....So...not okay.

SCENE BRAKE

LINUS

The arena’s more impressive than I

thought. Didn’t think It would have

stone walls.

ANN

It’s not that impressive.

ISTEN

This is where we part. Spectators -

that’s you - go through that gate

over there. I’m going through this

entrance; for the fighters. And

Here is your horse back. I can’t

say I’m sad to part with him.

LINUS

What does that mean?!

ISTEN

Have fun waiting in line at your

entrance.

ISTEN (CONT'D)

If you’ll excuse me, I’m going to

just walk right in at mine.

LINUS

Why do you get the shorter line?

ISTEN

Because I’m special.

It’s been a real...pleasure

traveling with you, though I fear

with this crowd, we may not see

each other again.

HAL

You may not see us, but we’ll be

watching your fights. Try not to

die eh.

ISTEN

Listen, when I win, I’ll be sure to

thank you in my speech for

accompanying me here.

LINUS

Thanks “Chosen One.” I’d rather you

reward us with money.

HAL

Don’t forget, he has Prophecies.

ISTEN

Ah yes, and a Prophecy at the

tournament is better than money.

See, I have a spare Prophecy; I can

use the one that the girl gave me

to enter and sell the other one.

Right now, a Prophecy is worth its

weight in gold.

Or, a lot more than that since

paper doesn’t weigh much.

The point is, a gold coin is worth

what it’s worth. A Prophecy, on the

other hand, well...as we get closer

to the tournament, that little

scroll will be worth more and more.

I’m going to make a fortune on

this.

VORLAUF

The other Prophecy, you say you got

It from a girl? What girl?

ISTEN

Funny story, I defended her from a

Lusus Naturae and she rewarded me

with this Prophecy to thank me for

saving her life.

VORLAUF

Did she mention where she got It?

ISTEN

...No. Actually, she was so

grateful that she basically begged

me to take It as a reward.

VORLAUF

Did she happen to come from Shadow

Run?

ISTEN

I don’t know. I wasn’t paying too

much attention. I had just bested a

Lusus Naturae. I was a little

preoccupied.

VORLAUF

And this girl, what was she like?

ISTEN

Earnest. Simple. Thinks she’s good

with a sword.

VORLAUF

Was she with a companion? A young

man. Also a good with a sword.

ISTEN

Why all the interest, Vorlauf?

Well, he definitely wasn’t a good

fighter, but she did have an

annoying friend with her. The less

said about that idiot the better.

VORLAUF

I don’t believe in coincidences and

her path keeps crossing with ours.

I’d like to say hello. What was her

name again?

ISTEN

I don’t recall.

VORLAUF

You don’t recall? But you remember

so much about her.

ISTEN

Memory can be a funny thing.

VORLAUF

So funny. Yes.

Isn’t that...funny?

ANN

Hilarious.

HAL

I can barely contain my laughter.

VORLAUF

Tell me, how’s your memory now,

Isten?

ISTEN

I should really get going.

VORLAUF

Oh yes, have to pay the toll. Hand

over a Prophecy. But with an extra

worth more than its weight in gold.

My, if word got out about that, I

bet a lot of people would be very,

very interested. A lot of people.

I’d imagine some might do

such...unsavory things to obtain It

for themselves.

ANN

Dreadful things.

HAL

Sad state of affairs, really.

VORLAUF

Though we’re very good at keeping

secrets for our friends. We are

friends, aren’t we?

ISTEN

I should like to think so.

VORLAUF

And a friend would never lie to us,

would they?

ISTEN

I wouldn’t lie to save my life.

VORLAUF

Then, do you think you remember her

name now?

ISTEN

Like I said, I don’t remember.

VORLAUF

You know, memory is a funny thing.

I just remembered, we have passes

to get in to either side of the

fair.

ISTEN

OH...How so?

VORLAUF

These rings on our hands...they

aren’t mere decorations.

Are you sure you don’t know her

name? Because if I find out you’re

lying to me...well, like Hal said,

we will be seeing you. And, as you

don’t lie to your friends, I

suppose that would make you our

enemy.

ISTEN

Are you threatening me?

VORLAUF

Oh no, not threatening.

Promising.

ISTEN

Actually, you know...maybe I do

remember her name.

VORLAUF

Oh?

ISTEN

Ora. Thats right. Her name is Ora.

VORLAUF

Ora.

ISTEN

Now, I’m leaving. Don’t follow me.

VORLAUF

Naturally. We wouldn’t want to

impede our friend. Best of luck in

the tournament.

ANN

Bye, “Chosen One”!

ISTEN

You there!

FIGHTER SIDE GATEKEEPER

Let’s see your Prophecy, then.

ISTEN

Here you are.

FIGHTER SIDE GATEKEEPER

Alright, this looks like its in

order. Hold on to It till you are

called in to the fight. Alright,

lets see. What’s yer name?

ISTEN

Name’s Isten

FIGHTER SIDE GATEKEEPER

Okay Isten. Any companions or

handlers? Arriving now or later?

ISTEN

No! No one’s accompanying me.

HAL

Bye sweetie!

ISTEN

No one.

49 SCENE BRAKE 49

KEVIN

Finally, civilization. Anyone else

want a beer?

FORMOSA

You are far too happy about going

into a walled trap.

KEVIN

It’s a walled arena next to a

walled town. Walls keep monsters

out and us safe inside.

FORMOSA

Hm.

ORA

Alright. Which gate do we go

through?

KEVIN

Obviously the one with a shorter

line.

The group starts to waltz past the Gatekeeper, who extends a

pole arm across the gate, blocking their passage.

FIGHTER SIDE GATEKEEPER

Hey hey, hey, hey, hey! Where’s do

you think your going? Wheres your

prophesy?

ORA

What? But the people in front of us

didn’t...

FIGHTER SIDE GATEKEEPER

They were with a competitor.

KEVIN

Oh, what do you know, we’re with a

competitor too.

FIGHTER SIDE GATEKEEPER

Name?

ORA

Isten.

FIGHTER SIDE GATEKEEPER

Hmmm...Isten...there is a

participant with that name, but he

said no one was with him. Now

provide a Prophecy or leave. The

other entrance is for spectators.

KARRAS

Isten said no one was with him?

FIGHTER SIDE GATEKEEPER

Yes.

KARRAS

No one?

FIGHTER SIDE GATEKEEPER

Thats right.

KARRAS

He didn’t say Karras?

FIGHTER SIDE GATEKEEPER

Look, either prove your a

competitor or you leave. It’s not

that difficult to understand.

FORMOSA

How do we prove we’re a competitor?

FIGHTER SIDE GATEKEEPER

Do you have a Prophecy? All I need

to do is see It.

KEVIN

You don’t take It?

FIGHTER SIDE GATEKEEPER

They will take It from you at the

opening ceremony. Do you have one

or not?

ORA

Well...not on us...But...

FIGHTER SIDE GATEKEEPER

Well then...It seems your only

other option is...to leave.

ORA

Give us a minute.

KARRAS

Why would Isten say no one was with

him?

KEVIN

Because he’s an asshole.

ORA

And why would he steal both

Prophecies. I can understand taking

one so he can participate, but

both?

KEVIN

Uhhh...Because he’s an asshole.

FORMOSA

Well, he took the Prophecies and

claimed to be alone...I believe

this Isten fellow may be an

asshole.

ORA

The arena is obviously separated

into the competitors’ and

spectators’ sections. Unless we get

into the competitors’ side, we

won’t be able to talk to Isten.

FORMOSA

So what do we do?

ORA

We break in.

KEVIN

So... So no beer, then? Ora? Beer?

END OF EPISODE 14