ESCAPE

ORA

It can’t be.

KEVIN

Aunt Godrick? I mean...Godrick’s

aunt?

ELIZABETH

Yes, yes. Aren’t you going to let

me in?

KEVIN

Oh, I’m sorry! Yes, come in, quick.

ELIZABETH

Thank you.

ORA

Why didn’t you say It was you?!

ELIZABETH

I don’t know if you noticed, but

there are dead people outside. I

would rather not make a lot of

noise!

KEVIN

Good point.

ORA

Karras, the door!

KEVIN

What? Why...why did they start

again?!

ELIZABETH

Oh, that’s my fault. Well, mine

that they stopped in the first

place. Once the door was shut, the

dead were blocked from the light.

FORMOSA

That light is very bright.

ELIZABETH

Yes, sorry. If you can hold that

door, big man, I’ll turn off the

lamp for the moment. We haven’t

much time, but I need to rest

before we press on.

KARRAS

(Grunts.)

ORA

Wait, I know that lamp!

KEVIN

That was the lamp that didn’t work!

ELIZABETH

Oh, It always worked, just not how

you thought It should.

FORMOSA

I am Formosa, and who are you?

ORA

Oh right...Formosa, Karras, it’s

okay.

KEVIN

I think.

ORA

This is Elizabeth. She is...or was,

Godrick’s aunt. She was the one who

filled us in on some of the

history, as well as got us on the

path to Isten.

KARRAS

And Karras!

KEVIN

Ha! Your right buddy, she’s the

reason we found you.

KARRAS

I will hug you later!

ELIZABETH

Well, I look forward to that.

FORMOSA

How did you get here? Through all

the risen?

ELIZABETH

As I started to say, it’s the

light. The lantern. It keeps the

undead away.

KEVIN

But look at It, there’s no wick.

ELIZABETH

It’s not a normal lantern. This is

a dead lantern.

KEVIN

What an understatement right;

there’s no wick!!

ELIZABETH

It feeds off the energy of the

risen. When they are around It, the

lamp is fueled by their energy and

lights up. In turn, any of the

risen that come within the radius

of the light become just dead

again. Honestly I never knew for

sure if It really worked until now.

FORMOSA

I see...

...but how are you here?

ORA

Not that we aren’t thrilled to see

you and everything.

KEVIN

Karras! Let me help!

ELIZABETH

No time for explanations now.

Sounds like we have to start

moving. Watch your eyes.

FORMOSA

Where are we heading?

ELIZABETH

Out of town. That’s the first step.

KARRAS

We must go!

KEVIN

I second that.

ELIZABETH

Ora, Formosa, get behind me.

On the count of three, you two

release the door and step aside.

Everyone ready?

KEVIN

Ready.

KARRAS

Ready.

ORA

Ready.

FORMOSA

Ready.

ELIZABETH

One, two, three. GO!

ORA

Wow...they just collapsed...

ELIZABETH

Yes, yes. Stick close to the light.

KARRAS

There’s not much room...

ELIZABETH

I know...but it’s all we have to

protect us.

ORA

Eww....

RISEN

(Growl)

KEVIN

AAAHH!

KARRAS

I got you.

KEVIN

Thanks...that was close...

ELIZABETH

This way. Hurry!

DEAD LUSUS NATURAE

(Roar)

KARRAS

He sees us!

FORMOSA

And so does everyone else!

KEVIN

RUN!

ORA

How???

ELIZABETH

Just keep moving!

ORA

What... what happen...

ISTEN

Hey!

ORA

It’s Isten!!

KEVIN

What?

ELIZABETH

Someone’s alive?!

KEVIN

How’s he not dead?

KARRAS

Maybe he is!

ELIZABETH

Keep moving. Ora look... It doesn’t

seem like Isten is dead. He’s

running quickly. None of the other

ones are.

KEVIN

He’s tricked us every step of the

way. He fell behind before, there’s

no way the risen wouldn’t have got

him.

ELIZABETH

Well he is stopping them from

getting to us.

ISTEN

Karras! HELP ME, PLEASE!

KARRAS

Wait!?!

ISTEN

Please! Wait!!

KARRAS

We must stop! We must get him!

FORMOSA

NO! It’s a trick, he’s got to be

dead.

KEVIN

Even if It wasn’t, there’s not

enough room!

KARRAS

Isten has never asked me for help

before, and he wouldn’t now unless

her really needed It.

ORA

None of the others are talking. He

must still be alive.

ELIZABETH

Karras, take the lantern, hold It

high. It will cast more light.

KEVIN

The dead don’t seem to be attacking

him.

ELIZABETH

Stay close.

ORA

We’re here!!

ISTEN

Ah-ha! Thank you! I don’t know

what’s happened to me!

KARRAS

Run around them!! Get in the light!

ISTEN

Oh, thank you. I don’t know how any

of this happened. We have to get...

ugh....

Ugh...what...what...what have you

done to me?

KEVIN

Hey, I didn’t touch him!

ORA

Why’d he collapse?

(MORE)

FORMOSA

Look out!

RISEN

(Growl)

ELIZABETH

Move your friend there out of the

light, quick!

KEVIN

My pleasure.

ISTEN

(whimpering)

Ugh. What...? Why would you do

that?!

KARRAS

Oh no...

ISTEN

Why won’t you help me?!

FORMOSA

Seriously?!

ISTEN

What?

ORA

Are...are... Are you....are you

dead...?

ISTEN

What?! What are you talking about?!

ELIZABETH

The undead can’t touch the light.

They get anywhere near It and they

collapse.

ISTEN

And who is this?!

SCENE BRAKE

ANN

Look! Let’s just cut our losses.

I’m done chasing this mystery

person for now. We don’t know if

she’s even magic or what.

Seriously, Vorlauf!

ANN (CONT'D)

Every time I stab one of these

things they just get up again a few

moments later. There’s no way to

win!

VORLAUF

Enough!! We have a duty! We are

completing our stated mission! We

are Vigiles! We are the protectors

of this land.

ANN

From what?! What are we protecting

It from?

VORLAUF

Look around!! From this!! From the

evils of great power!

HAL

How are we going to do that if

we’re dead?!

LINUS

We need to get out of here. Why

can’t we just go find someone else

who does magic?

VORLAUF

Because we’ve witnessed magic not

just once in an isolated instance,

but twice and both times the same

girl was there.

LINUS

Look out!

HAL

I got It. He’s not even armed.

Look, Vorlauf. It’s getting dark

and we don’t even know if your girl

is even here. And if she is, she’s

likely long dead.

VORLAUF

Ann, watch out! OOOFF!!

ANN

Thanks, Vorlauf.

VORLAUF

This, this whole thing, is her...

HAL

FINE! Then let’s find her.

ANN

But first, we have a situation to

deal with. I think they found us...

SCENE BRAKE

ELIZABETH

Quick, the farther we get from the

town the less dead there will

be...I hope.

ORA

Karras, how’s Isten?

ISTEN

I...I’m...fi...

KARRAS

Unconscious, but I have got him. I

could carry him all day.

KEVIN

Sounds like the best way to have

him.

RISEN

(Roar)

KARRAS

LOOK OUT!!

KEVIN

UNF!

Don’t worry buddy. You just hold

that lamp high and Isten and I will

protect you. I think I’m getting

better at this sword thing.

FORMOSA

The light, it’s getting dimmer.

ELIZABETH

There’s less of them out here.

Fewer risen means less light. We’re

almost clear. Stay close...

ORA

Aaaah!

KARRAS

Ora!

ELIZABETH

...and watch your step.

KEVIN

Here, I got ya’.

ORA

I’m fine...

KEVIN

The forest still seems...

ORA

So...I was saying, why-why can

Isten get so much closer than the

others?

FORMOSA

What do you mean?

ORA

Everybody else just collapses. Why

is he different?

KEVIN

Is he really the Chosen One? I

dunno’, ‘Cause, that’d be...very

disappointing.

ELIZABETH

The dead didn’t attack him when he

was alone, either. He made It to

the light. They got in his

way...but did not strike.

KEVIN

Great. So, he might be the Chosen

One?!

KARRAS

So...I...ummm

FORMOSA

No, Karras! He’s not the chosen

anything.

ORA

Well...I mean, It is kinda weird,

don’t you think?

ELIZABETH

Come on. There’s a clearing up

ahead. Karras, hand me the light.

KARRAS

I see something up there

it’s...it’s bright!

ELIZABETH

Up here! I think...yes....

ORA

Oh...uhhhh...

KARRAS

Oh my...

KEVIN

Is this...?

ELIZABETH

Yes. It’s a wisp’s wheel.

KEVIN

And...we’ll be safe here?

FORMOSA

Yes...they will let us know if

anything is approaching.

ELIZABETH

Hey! Yes, that is correct. Do you

know about wisps?

FORMOSA

I am a Terran.

ELIZABETH

So you know more then I do, ha!

That’s exciting.

ORA

Actually, we have all had a little

experience with them at this point.

ELIZABETH

I see...

Ora, they seem to be avoiding you.

ORA

Yes...we have a history.

ELIZABETH

Well, you will have to tell me that

story at some point. But for the

moment, let us rest here.

KEVIN

What about Isten?

ELIZABETH

Oh, I nearly forgot! Here. We can

turn off the lantern now. He’s the

only one keeping It lit anyway.

KARRAS

Are they not after us?

ELIZABETH

Not specifically, no. And for now,

they’ll find easier quarry in town.

Once they’ve exhausted the living

in Dawnwallow, they may start

hunting in the forest, but the

wisps will warn us long before they

get here.

ISTEN

What? What happ...where? Karras!

KARRAS

Shhhhh. I got you.

ISTEN

I don’t understand. Please help me.

KARRAS

You are safe. I have you.

ISTEN

Don’t...don’t leave me...

KARRAS

You just go to sleep now.

ISTEN

I...I...thank you...

KEVIN

Well...he’s getting more rest than

all of us.

FORMOSA

Karras, why don’t you put Isten

down? Take a rest.

KARRAS

No...No, I’ll hold him...just in

case.

FORMOSA

Well, at least have a seat. You

must rest, too. Come, sit next to

me.

FORMOSA (CONT'D)

Better?

KARRAS

Better.

ORA

Elizabeth...can I ask you...do you

know what’s going on with Isten?

Why is he different?

ELIZABETH

He is, to my best estimate

anyway...well, I guess the best way

to put It is he is half dead.

ORA

What does that mean?

KEVIN

Does this mean I have to feel sorry

for him now?

KARRAS

How do you know?

ELIZABETH

The lamp, it’s the only thing I can

think of.

FORMOSA

Uhh...I think we are going to need

a little more explanation.

ELIZABETH

So, I collect things. Old things.

As regressive as our society can

be, we don’t value old things very

much. I specialize in magic items.

FORMOSA

And you just happened upon the

lamp? Why haven’t the Vigiles taken

It?

ELIZABETH

I did not just happen upon It.

Decades of collecting, you find all

sorts of stuff. However, there is

only one of these in existence,

that I know of. Magic items, as far

as I can tell, aren't traceable by

whatever means the Vigiles use. And

their overwhelming fear of magic

keeps them from understanding that.

I have seen them blame objects for

magic before, but mostly it’s if

they can’t find a person, and just

guess it’s an object. I imagine

that’s why they have seen most of

the things I have and didn’t give

them a second thought. They never

traced magic to me. But, I’d die

before I let them get their hands

on many of my things.

KARRAS

Why?

ELIZABETH

Because there power in the Vigiles

hands would be the death of

thousands -- families, children,

the unborn. If they detected magic,

they’d kill whoever they needed to.

They’d commit mass murder to rid

the world of magic.

ORA

They kind of do that already.

ELIZABETH

(Laughs)

That is true, but I have a few

things that would be even worse.

Plus, I’m a crazy old widow, so

nobody cares what I have to say and

nobody bothers me. It’s unfortunate

and sad but, in this instance, I’m

happy we throw away everything old.

Means I can exist with my magic

lamp without any hassle.

KEVIN

So, you just happened to have this

lantern with you and were at the

tournament? I don’t buy It.

ELIZABETH

That would be crazy. I had lots of

my things with me. I’m old, not

stupid. But sadly, when the dead

got up, I had to leave most of my

things in my tent at the

tournament...except the lantern.

ORA

Okay, but why did you have so much

stuff and... and why were you

there?

ELIZABETH

(chuckling)

Oh, you have got to be smarter then

that. I have been following you

since you left my house.

KEVIN

What? Why?!

ORA

And how?! We haven’t seen you.

ELIZABETH

Well, the why?

Because what else was I gonna’ do?

You’d just told me my only

remaining family was dead. You were

following the Prophecies and the

world has been going to the dung

heap.

ORA

But why not travel with us?

ELIZABETH

I don’t know you. You could have

been anyone. You told me my family

was dead. You could have been bad

for the whole world. I was not

about to travel with strangers.

KEVIN

That’s fair.

(MORE)

ELIZABETH

I don’t care if it’s not.

KARRAS

I’m glad we met you!

ELIZABETH

I’m still deciding.

KEVIN

But how? How did you track us?

ELIZABETH

Chuancy.

KEVIN

Your bird? He followed us?

ELIZABETH

No no. Around your neck. The charm

I gave you.

KEVIN

You’re telling me...

ELIZABETH

...that I have been able to follow

the charm so it’s really all your

fault I’m here.

FORMOSA

Well...I don’t know what to say...

KEVIN

Well...joke’s on you all, then!

‘Cause that means that I saved us

all. I’m a hero!

ORA

Haha! I guess you are.

KARRAS

So, what now? What about Isten?

ELIZABETH

I told you - half dead.

FORMOSA

We don’t know what that means.

ELIZABETH

Well...let’s see. It means he

wasn’t completely dead when the

magic hit.

ELIZABETH (CONT'D)

But he wasn’t exactly alive,

either. You know when you cut the

head off a chicken It will still

run around? Or a person will still

blink?

KEVIN

I’m really upset that I know both

of those things to be true...

ELIZABETH

He was like that. No one would

consider that alive. He had already

died, but he was not...all dead?

ORA

alllright. I guess I can follow

that...

ELIZABETH

Its all kind of a guess, but that

is why he is like he is.

He still has his mind and wits

about him, for now...

KARRAS

So...he’s alive?!

ELIZABETH

No...he’s dead. And, like the

chicken, I believe he will become

totally dead eventually.

KARRAS

But we can fix him? Sew the head

back on?!

ELIZABETH

I’m sorry. I don’t think It works

that way; he’s never coming back.

KARRAS

Oh...

ELIZABETH

I’m not worried about him. I’m much

more worried about the necromancer.

FORMOSA

I knew It.

ELIZABETH

I have never heard a firsthand

account, but there have always been

old stories. The amount of magic It

would take...it’s almost beyond

belief but...I don’t know any other

way to explain all of this.

ORA

But...but why would they do that? I

mean, magic is sought after and

destroyed. They might have been in

hiding or something. Why would

something that powerful use magic?

Why then? Why, why there?

ELIZABETH

I don’t know...but whoever It is

must be plenty pissed off. I doubt

they appreciated Ora’s magic back

at the village.

ORA

My magic?

ELIZABETH

Yes. It was you, wasn’t It?

ORA

But...how...how did you know?

ELIZABETH

When you all visited me, when you

entered my house...well...

KEVIN

Okay, what’s your deal? Spill It!

I’m sorry. I was trying to be

lighthearted.

ELIZABETH

I have a...a bell. Well, kind of a

bell, It rings anyway. At close

proximities, It can detect magic.

So, I knew.

KARRAS

A bell? Is It here?

ELIZABETH

Heavens, no! I could never ever

risk It falling into anyone else's

hands. It will never leave my house

as long as I’m alive.

ORA

Why didn’t you say something?!

ELIZABETH

It’s always safer to not know you

have magic. And once you told me

about my nephew’s family, I figured

maybe you just didn’t know how to

control It.

ORA

But how did you know It was me at

the tournament?

ELIZABETH

Lucky guess. I played the odds and

It seems to have paid off.

ORA

I...I think It was me. I don’t know

what I did.

ELIZABETH

Well, that’s very exciting.

FORMOSA

I think that’s our cue. It’s time

to go.

KEVIN

Wow, best alarm ever.

ORA

Karras, do you have Isten?

ELIZABETH

There is a cottage up at the top of

this hill. It should be deserted. I

used to trade with its inhabitance

years ago and I’m sure they are

long dead.

Watch your eyes.

ELIZABETH (CONT'D)

Follow me.

SCENE BRAKE

HAL

One there!

ANN

LINUS! Where did you go?!

LINUS

Over here! I found some crates! Get

on the roof!

HAL

Good thinking!! That’s another good

idea that you...

VORLAUF

Look out!

HAL

UGNHGGGG!

VORLAUF

HAL!

No...

ANN

This way!

LINUS

Oh, thank the land.

ANN

Hurry!

LINUS

Things are getting bad up here.

ANN

They’re pretty bad on the ground,

too.

LINUS

Well, what are we gonna do?

Vorlauf?!

VORLAUF

Look.

LINUS

No! Hal! Stop It,

He--he’s...NO!

ANN

Uh, Vorlauf?!

VORLAUF

I don’t know! Maybe this is...

I don’t know!

ANN

What the...?

VORLAUF

What?...

LINUS

Are they...?

VORLAUF

They are...

LINUS

Where are they going?!

END OF EPISODE 22