BLOOD RIOT

ANNOUNCER

The order of introductions has been

chosen at random. You, in the

red...

SQUIRE OF ZELENNE

You are addressing my master,

Champion Zelenne. He wears red

to...

ANNOUNCER

Yes, yes, yes. Save It for the

podium. You have first intro. Wait

here till you’re called.

CROWD

(Cheers)

ANNOUNCER

WELCOME BACK!!

I trust you are all rested from

this afternoon’s festivities. We

saw some incredible victories. Some

horrifying defeats, and one utterly

cowardly failure.

CROWD

(Booing)

ANNOUNCER

BUT! We’ve found ourselves with

four champions who have won their

rounds, and not run away!!

So...who’s ready for the final

round?

CROWD

(Cheer)

ANNOUNCER

As am I! The final round is unlike

any other. It’s not merely a

pitting of man against beast. It is

not a simple contest of submissionbased,

hand-to-hand combat...

...and it’s certainly not a battle

of wits on a chessboard. This

round, ladies and gentlemen, is the

most deadly, the most unforgiving,

the most devastating form of

ultimate combat in existence.

ANNOUNCER (CONT'D)

To take place here, in the chosen

arena, surrounded by the dead

bodies of the fallen false prophets

and the defeated abominations of

the forest. Look upon the dead!

Will your champion soon join them?

This...

...is BLOOD...RIOT!

CROWD

(Cheer)

ANNOUNCER

NOW!! To meet the champions! First,

the followers of Zelenne!

SQUIRE OF ZELENNE

To those of you who cheer, you have

chosen the righteous path! We are

the followers of the true prophet

Zelenne. Abandoned in the forest as

a child, and raised by wisps, he

has seen more in his young life

then all the history books. He

learned to fight by surviving the

Lusus Naturae. He has spoken to

magic itself, looked in its eyes,

and It has run away scared. We have

seen firsthand his stoicism, his

grace, and his power.

ZELENNE

I am Zelenne, and I am the Chosen

One!

CROWD

(Cheer)

SCENE BRAKE

KEVIN

Formosa. What’s wrong?

KARRAS

She’s sad.

KEVIN

Well...that explains It, I guess.

Who else is up for a game of

obvious statements?

ORA

Kevin, don’t.

(MORE)

KEVIN

Sorry.

FORMOSA

Why did we do that?

KARRAS

Do that?

FORMOSA

We just...my whole life I have

known that they’re all the same.

That they all exist just to

terrorize and destroy us. But, you

saw that thing, right? You all saw

It!

ORA

Yes. We saw.

KARRAS

I saw It, Formosa.

FORMOSA

It didn’t want anything to do with

me. It was scared! My father...he

was wrong.

ORA

I know...

FORMOSA

I have spent my life running from

them or defending against them. My

short sight was based on fear. But

these people! They caught them,

they were around them. They knew

that the Lusus Naturae needed to be

made to fight. Their ignorance was

self-inflicted. It was based on

superiority. And we held an entire

round of this ridiculous tournament

just to slaughter them. Why? What

was the point?

KEVIN

Power...it’s always...

KARRAS

Kevin?

KEVIN

(changing the tone, trying

to cheer up Formosa)

KEVIN (CONT'D)

Look. People are horrible, it’s the

way of the world. Let’s go throw

mud at them! Would that make you

feel better? Some of those monsters

probably deserved It, too! I

mean... Ugh, Hey

KARRAS

Grrrrrr...

KEVIN

Well, that seemed unnecessary. I am

just trying to cheer Formosa up. I

don’t think being a jerk to me is

doing that.

ORA

It honestly might be.

KARRAS

See?

FORMOSA

Here.

ORA

Formosa, I... I don’t think I

should be dealing with a wisp. I’m

not exactly their favorite,

remember?

FORMOSA

Look, it’ll probably be fine.

Honestly, at this point, I’m--

KARRAS

Formosa, I have to ask you an

important question.

Would you feel better with a hug?

FORMOSA

Oh. No, Karras. That’s nice that

you’re thinking of me...

KARRAS

Okay.

ORA

Hug Kevin.

KEVIN

Wait, what?!

KARRAS

Okay.

KEVIN

He...help?

Ora...you’re such a....

FORMOSA

Ora, go. Find the Prophecies.

KEVIN

How?

FORMOSA

Use the wisp. But remember to stay

close, you can lose them if you

aren’t careful.

ORA

Wait!!

KEVIN

Wow...

FORMOSA

Shh... Come here, Come here... If

we don’t even get the Prophecies,

then this really was all for

nothing.

ORA

Fine.

KEVIN

(wheezing)

Wh--wait! Okay. Okay buddy, that’s -

-

ORA

Karras, I think he might need to

breath.

KARRAS

Oh... Oh.

KEVIN

Ora...Ora, wait. Let me go with

you. I know how important these

Prophecies are to you. I want to

help.

KARRAS

I’ll stay with Formosa.

ORA

Kevin...

KEVIN

Ow!...I’m just a little tender.

ORA

I think It will be better to do

this alone.

KEVIN

What?! Look! I can-- Ow...

KEVIN (CONT'D)

Aw, Karras, you broke my thing! My

arm or elbow or something!

FORMOSA

(laughs a little)

But with love.

KARRAS

You did It, Kevin! She smiled!!

KEVIN

No, no no...Wait, wait, wait!! I

can’t take any more love right now.

ORA

Also, I need to keep a low profile

and one person can sneak around a

lot easier than two.

Keep an eye on him, Alright?

FORMOSA

Yeah, I will. The wisp will lead

you to the marked scroll, but don’t

lose sight of It. I have slowed It

down, but that’s all.

ORA

Right.

FORMOSA

Ready?

ORA

Ready.

KEVIN

Just... be careful.

ORA

I will.

KEVIN

Why do I never believe her when she

says that?

SCENE BRAKE

NARCIRAC

I am Narcirac, and I am the only

Chosen One!

CROWD

(Cheers)

ANNOUNCER

Take your place and pick up your

weapon.

And now for your final champion,

meet the followers of Isten!

CROWD

(Cheer)

ANNOUNCER

Isten and his followers?

ISTEN

(laughs)

Followers? What sort of prophet

would I be if I needed followers to

exalt me and tell me I’m great?

ANNOUNCER

I don’t know... The regular kind of

prophet, I guess.

ISTEN

Well, all the regular ones seem to

be dead...or about to be...

ANNOUNCER

Whatever, do what you want. I get

paid either way!

ISTEN

Friends!

CROWD

(Cheer)

ISTEN

I present myself before you: not

humbly, for humility is for those

who don’t believe in their true

abilities. It is a crutch to lean

on in case of failure. I have no

such need for a crutch.

SPECTATOR #5

Your awful! Keep Quiet!!

ISTEN

A simple man, but a brilliant

one...a kind man, but a strong

one...an intractable man, but a

limber one...a poor man...but a

prophet!

SPECTATOR #1

Stop him!!

ISTEN

A Chosen One must not simply prove

themself in the field of combat,

no! They must prove themselves with

their mind! These other champions

have claimed to be the voice of the

people. To speak for the good in

the world, yet not a single one of

them spoke for themselves.

ZEALOT #4

That mouth will help you to your

end!

SPECTATOR #4

Let him speak, you Zealot freak!

ISTEN

A voice of the people with the fear

to speak for themselves?! That is

no hero, no champion, no Chosen

One!

ZEALOT #3

NO ONE HAS CHOSEN YOU!

ISTEN

I am the only voice! The one true

Chosen One!!

CROWD

(Cheers and Boos)

(MORE)

ANNOUNCER

Isten, ladies and gentlemen!

Take your place and pick up your

weapons!

All fighters! Prepare for battle!

SCENE TRANSITION

LINUS

Did any of that make any sense at

all?

HAL

If you’re an intellectual like me,

you appreciate the nuance and brain

power that logic requires.

ANN

Nobody cares.

LINUS

I dunno. Some of the people seem to

like It

ANN

It’s only interesting to anybody so

painfully pedantic that they like

to hear themselves talk.

HAL

A low IQ isn’t your fault, Ann, but

you really shouldn’t hold that

disadvantage against deep thinkers

like myself and Isten.

ANN

Here, open that to any page and

start reading.

HAL

Ah, yes, a book. Haha, of corse.

Chapter Six...Change Intermitten--

ANN

This book doesn’t have any

chapters.

HAL

You see that? That’s what we call

‘ad hominem.’ It’s an attack - not

on my argument’s merits - but on me

as a person. And it’s the lowest,

most base form of debate, Linus.

HAL (CONT'D)

One only resorts to such unbecoming

as...

ANN

Asking you to read isn’t a personal

attack. It just made you feel

stupid.

HAL

As only an ad hominem could!

LINUS

I wish Vorlauf were here. He

usually has a good handle on big

questions like ‘what’s ad hominem

mean’ and ‘should we fight this guy

we just met.’

HAL

Did he leave?

ANN

Yeah, he hates the Riot as a sport.

HAL

Really? That’s strange, he never

mentioned anything about that.

ANN

If you ever listened instead of

focusing all of your stupid energy

on being a logic dorbel you’d know

that.

HAL

Uh...

ANN

That was an ad hominem.

SCENE BRAKE

ORA

Come on...

In here?

VORLAUF

Oh, hello.

ORA

Ah!

(MORE)

VORLAUF

...were you looking for something?

ORA

Just...my Prophecy. It was stolen.

VORLAUF

That’s funny. I, too, thought the

Prophecies would be here....

ORA

You’re right...

You kill a wisp for that ring?

VORLAUF

Oh, you know a thing or two don’t

you? But to answer your question,

of course not.

ORA

(Gasp)No...

VORLAUF

But, I’m certainly not against such

a thing.

ORA

You’re...not gonna let me have my

Prophecy are you?

VORLAUF

(Laughs)

Oh, absolutely. Sure! Why not?

ORA

You don’t believe It was stolen, do

you?

VORLAUF

Funny enough, that is the part I

believe the most.

Don’t you find It a bit curious?

How we keep running into one

another?

ORA

I don’t think we’ve met.

VORLAUF

(chuckles)

Don’t insult me, I’m sure we have

not officially met, but have been

acquainted? Crossed paths? Shared

experiences?

VORLAUF (CONT'D)

Shadow Run is one thing...It would

seem improbable. But somehow I

feel...

Of course. It is you.

ORA

I really don’t know what you mean.

I don’t think we’ve ever seen each

other before...

VORLAUF

The fire...the small house. I was

so sure we had the right person,

but then something happened. You

remember, don’t you?

ORA

I wasn’t there. I’ve never met you.

VORLAUF

Sure you were. When you witness

magic, It tends to stay with you. I

mean, I should know, I’ve witnessed

that evil numerous times. But, that

day, the magic...there was a girl

who was quite good in battle.

And you say that wasn’t you?

ORA

I’m telling you. I’ve never met

you. I’ve never seen magic. It’s a

myth. Now, I’m gonna just grab my

Prophecy and leave, if that’s

alright with you.

VORLAUF

Okay, maybe you’re not lying.

Because even if that wasn’t you,

this Prophecy you’re after? I know

you stole It from a bar.

ORA

Alright. You got me. I stole a

piece of paper from a bar. Ya’ got

me. What’s the punishment for that?

VORLAUF

I don’t care about that anymore!

I’m after the magic. Somebody

performed magic. My people believe

we eliminated that magic. But some

of us know how ridiculous that

is...don’t we?

ORA

So what do you want from me?

VORLAUF

Magic...where is the magic? It is a

threat to our society and our

livelihood.

ORA

I. Don’t. Know.

VORLAUF

I don’t believe you.

ORA

He’s dead.

VORLAUF

Ballocks.

ORA

The son of the family you

slaughtered? It was him...and he’s

dead.

VORLAUF

Really?

ORA

Yes. And you murdered him, too.

Now, give me my Prophecy.

VORLAUF

What was the point of this Prophecy

obsession if the person you thought

It was about has been dead?

ORA

You’re as bad as Isten with your

talking and talking.

VORLAUF

Let me see your eyes...

ORA

Get away from me.

VORLAUF

I’d watch yourself. I’m a Vigile

and a damn good one. I know you had

a wisp lead you to your Prophecy.

I knew I’d seen you before. I don’t

just keep running into innocent

people where magic shows up.

(MORE)

ORA

So what? Who cares if magic exists?

What’s wrong with something greater

than what we see?

VORLAUF

Order. Stability. Magic is too

powerful for mere mortals. It

corrupts and leads to tyranny. I

have seen It! The only way to keep

the world safe for all living

beings to exist in a harmony is to

stop that magic that only exists to

upend and destroy.

So, if I seem a bit persistent,

forgive me.

ORA

I don’t forgive you.

VORLAUF

And I don’t care.

ORA

If you don’t think the Vigiles only

exist to keep the masses powerless,

oppressed and desperate at the

whims of the powerful few then you

doesn’t really know what tyranny

means. I’m leaving.

VORLAUF

Ugh!

ORA

Let go of me!

VORLAUF

Oof!! You stupid little fool.

ORA

Fool?

VORLAUF

The Prophecies? Only a fool would

live their lives in service of a

mystery person who doesn’t even

exist.

ORA

Believing in people’s better nature

prevailing isn’t foolish, mister...

ORA (CONT'D)

I just realized I don’t even know

your name. .

Vorlauf’s pride is slightly wounded. He is a proud man.

VORLAUF

The name is Vorlauf. But, that

doesn’t matter much now, does

It...Ora.

ORA

How did you....

SCENE BRAKE

ZELENNE

You are nothing! You will pay for

your hubris!

ISTEN

And they say I talk a lot.

NARCIRAC

Get off!

LYANORA

Your time has come!

NARCIRAC

No! Wait!!

AAHHHH!!

ISTEN

Seems like you got lucky, Zelenne.

One down and you did nothing but

trip over your own feet.

ZELENNE

You insult me. I survive because It

is my destiny.

LYANORA

Your destiny is to serve me or die.

ZELENNE

You have no honor. To kill a person

you did not defeat yourself.

LYANORA

If anyone has no honor It is Isten.

ZELENNE

Agreed! He does not believe in

anything!

ISTEN

Wrong. I just don’t believe in you

and the worlds you have made up!

LYANORA

You have dropped your weapon! Let

go mine and take your defeat!

ISTEN

Make me...

ZELENNE

With pleasure.

ISTEN

Shit...

LYANORA

Oof!

ZELENNE

AAAAAA

ISTEN

HA!

LYANORA

AAAAAAHHHH!! My leg!! You cut off

my leg!! (Screaming)

ISTEN

Relax, technically it’s still

there, you just can’t really wa...

ZELENNE

And I say with pleasure. Die, you

enemy of the land!

ISTEN

(Choking)

ZELENNE

Come on...

SCENE BRAKE

VORLAUF

Aaagghhh!!!

ORA

Oh sorry...did that hurt?

VORLAUF

Not at all.

You do have some skills...I will

give you that.

ORA

So...do... Oof!

That was a dirty trick...

VORLAUF

No such thing.

ORA

Look, just hand over the Prophecies

and you can go on doing whatever

your thing is... UGH!

...terrorizing innocent civilians,

I believe?

VORLAUF

Protecting the people? Sure, I’ll

get back to that.

VORLAUF (CONT'D)

But, not before I protect them from

you.

ORA

That set on losing, are you? Happy

to oblige.

VORLAUF

Ugh, I am tired of this.

ORA

Ahhhh.....

VORLAUF

It’s over.

ORA

Oof!!

VORLAUF

If It makes you feel better, you’re

not bad in a fight. But you protect

magic and that is bad for the

world.

ORA

You can’t do this forever. All

tyranny ends. If it’s not you, then

the next, replaceable fool they

hire to replace you.

VORLAUF

Well that may be...but what you

call tyranny, I call equality. You

might have learned that...but now

it’s time to go to sleep.

AAAAAHH!

SCENE BRAKE

ISTEN

(Choking)

ZELENNE

That’s...who did magic?! UGHGGGHHGHISTEN

You...you are the...coward.

ZELENNE

AAAAAAhhh....You will never be the

Chosen O... AAAAAAAAHH!!

ISTEN

Oh, shut up.

LYANORA

I will defeat you! You are nothing!

My body is only the start! The

Chosen One can never be defeated!

You will see me again!!

ISTEN

I’m looking forward to It.

CROWD

(Cheers)

SCENE BRAKE

ORA

I...I...I What...what...What...?

KEVIN

Ora!!

ORA

Kevin, did you... did you .... Did

you just see that?

KEVIN

No, I was around the corner and

heard an explosion. What happened?

ORA

Kevin, I-I think I maybe...

KEVIN

Wait...

This is the guy from the bar! He’s

out cold.

ORA

Kevin...I think I...

KEVIN

Don’t worry, it’s fine; he’s not

dead. Where are the Prophecies?

ORA

In there!

I’ll be keeping this ring.

I’d say thank you, but...

KEVIN

Where are they?

ORA

Look! There! Look in that chest.

KEVIN

Yessss! This must be every one that

was turned in! Maybe even past

years! Hey, grab that other side.

KEVIN (CONT'D)

One, two, THREE!

ORA

Okay, let’s go.

So, where’s Formosa?

KEVIN

Well, they were at the tent, but

Karras was trying to get her to go

to the fight.

ORA

Do you think It worked?

KEVIN

Your guess is as good as mine. But

I know they would not mind seeing

Isten taken down.

ORA

Right.

SCENE BRAKE

ANNOUNCER

We have a champion!

ISTEN

Yeah! Ha Ha Ha!.

CROWD

(Cheers)

ANNOUNCE

We finally have It! The alignment

of Prophecy and prophet has

occurred! We no longer need wonder

when such a momentous event could

occur. For we are its witness!

Our champion weathered a barrage of

challenges, powerful opponents and

dynamic obstacles. Ladies and

gentlemen...

CROWD

(Cheers)

ANNOUNCER

...Please greet and show the

requisite deference to the savior

of the land! Our one true prophet!

ISTEN

AAA!....

CROWD

(Gasps)

ANNOUNCER

The Chosen One...ISTEN!

ISTEN

I...I...What?....

CROWD

(Gasps)

ANNOUNCER

Whats going on

SQUIRE OF ZELENNE

NO PROPHET BUT THE TRUE PROPHET!

FOLOWERS OF ZELENNE

NO!

SQUIRE OF ZELENNE

RESTORE THE ORDER!

FOLLOWERS OF ZELENNE

FREEDOME!

ZEALOT #5

You have killed the proven Chosen

One...

SQUIRE OF ZELENNE

He was a false prophet! And you!

ANNOUNCER

Wait...

SQUIRE OF ZELENNE

You declared him the One...

FOLLOWERS OF ZELENNE

(Yelling)

ANNOUNCER

Wait...wait...wait, wait

wait...WAIT... You don't know how

this works...

SQUIRE OF ZELENNE

Followers of Zelenne!!!

ANNOUNCER

Hold on, hold... help... HELP....

SQUIRE OF ZELENNE

We will only serve the true

prophet!

SCENE TRANSITION

LINUS

What is happening?!

FALLING SPECTATOR

AAAAAAAA

HAL

LOOK OUT!

ANN

HEY! WATCH It!

BIG ZEALOT

You fight for us for truth, or you

fight for evil!

ANN

You really don’t want to do this.

BIG ZEALOT

EVIL MUST BE REMOV....

HAL

That’s a...what...storm clouds?

ANN

It was clear skies a second ago...

LINUS

I don’t know what It is...but it’s

getting closer...

END OF EPISODE 19