ANOTHER JOURNEY

ELIZABETH

We’re about four hours away from

the cabin; three if we hurry.

ORA

Agh! Oh, ugh. The forest still

hates me.

FORMOSA

Actually, I think it’s doing

surprisingly little to you. If It

really wanted you dead, it’d do

more than trip you.

Hu...I wonder if it’s distracted by

anything.

ORA

Great. So I can look forward to

when It isn’t distracted and

seriously tries to kill me.

KEVIN

Think of It as training!

KARRAS

Tough training.

ORA

You’re...Ugh!...

...not helping.

FORMOSA

Listen, we know it’s angry since

you captured a wisp, but since that

wisp is already gone, I don’t know

how to fix It.

ISTEN

My sword.

FORMOSA

What?

ISTEN

My sword. Wisp blood.

ELIZABETH

Your sword has a wisp blood stone

in It?

(MORE)

FORMOSA

That could work.

ORA

What?

FORMOSA

If you crack the stone, smear It

with your blood then repeat after

me, It may be enough to get the

forest to forgive you.

KEVIN

This feels...um...

KARRAS

Magical.

KEVIN

Sure. Like blood for blood and

getting plants to listen to you.

ORA

If this is magic, I shouldn’t do

It. What if what happened at the

tournament happens here because I

use my powers?

FORMOSA

This isn’t magic. My family taught

me and we don’t cast spells.

KEVIN

Just because you’re saying it’s not

magic, doesn’t mean you’re right.

ELIZABETH

Karras, help me down.

It’s not human magic.

ORA

Not human? There’s more than one

type of magic?

ELIZABETH

Imagine magic is a fire, It needs

fuel. Magic crafted by humans,

magic like yours, has the caster as

the fuel. You can always create a

fire because you are always you.

Now, non-human magic uses a

different fuel. If this forest lets

you use its magic, it’s like

borrowing a torch from someone.

ELIZABETH (CONT'D)

Yes, you’re using It but you didn’t

create It and It can be taken away

at any moment.

FORMOSA

So, I’ve used magic before?

ELIZABETH

Borrowed magic. Like how I kept

away the undead. It’s not yours, so

no one will trace It back to you.

Though borrowed magic is much, much

weaker than those with inherent

magic. If whoever had enspelled the

dead had found us when we were

escaping, my little magic lantern

would have been as harmful to them

as a gnat against a thunderstorm.

KEVIN

Then why don’t the Vigiles go after

non-human magic?

ELIZABETH

Harder to spot and harder to fight.

And frankly, they probably use some

of if themselves.

ORA

What!? Does that mean that...

KEVIN

What?! What is It?

ORA

The ring...I took a ring!!

ELIZABETH

What?

ORA

Vorlauf. He had a ring that I took

from him. It also had wisp blood in

It!

FORMOSA

What? Why?! He hates magic! Why

would he do that?!

KEVIN

He killed a wisp in front of you!

Why does the forest not hate him!

ORA

I don’t know...all I do know is

that he had... this ring, it’s how

he was able to know the wisp was

going to the Prophecies.

ELIZABETH

That...that is fascinating. The

forest...maybe It does hate him.

ISTEN

No...I was traveling with...ummm...

I traveled with him and his people

for a while. The forest didn’t seem

to bother him at all.

FORMOSA

That I can not understand.

ELIZABETH

Well, that doesn’t effect us right

now. But freeing two wisp magics

may very well help our Ora.

If you do this ritual, Ora, It will

feel like forest magic to them, and

forest magic is almost everywhere

here.

KARRAS

Wonder if we can use It as a

weapon.

FORMOSA

We’re not using It as a weapon.

KEVIN

Isten, I guess that means you’re

full of borrowed magic.

KEVIN (CONT'D)

Isten?

ISTEN

Yes.

KARRAS

You good?

ISTEN

Hard to...concentrate.

ORA

Then we should hurry.

FORMOSA

Do you still want to return the

wisps’ blood?

ISTEN

Please. It was wrong of me. I want

It released.

ORA

I’ll do It.

ISTEN

Here.

ORA

Okay, umm... now what?

KARRAS

Here...

ORA

Thanks. Here goes nothing.

ELIZABETH

Now you dear...

ORA

Ugh...

FORMOSA

Repeat after me: Blood to blood.

ORA

Blood to blood.

FORMOSA

Light to light.

ORA

Light to light.

FORMOSA

Return from here...

ORA

Return from here...

FORMOSA

...to what is right.

ORA

...to what is right.

SPIRIT

(Gets Skittish)

KEVIN

Woah, woah girl. Woah... It’s

alright.

KARRAS

Did It work?

FORMOSA

I think so.

ORA

Uh...Elizabeth?

ELIZABETH

Your guess is as good as mine.

ORA

Then let’s hurry. I don’t know

about you, but I don't want to

stick around and find out what’s

distracting the forest.

SCENE BRAKE

IVAN

(Humming)

Oh, watch out, James. Your leg is

only hanging on by a thread, if you

lose It...

RISEN

(Growls)

IVAN

Awwwww...Well I did warn you. Did

you lose your ears before you died?

Nope ...still there, mostly.

Well...you let me down...

...and I won’t have friends who let

me down... AAAAAAA

There...now...we are even. I

release you back to the peace of

death. Rest, my once friend. I will

see you nevermore.

(Humming)

Friends! You are boooring! I want

to contact my family!

RISEN

(Grunts)

IVAN

Sure, but there’s no need, not

really, and It requires so much

power.

RISEN

(Grunts)

IVAN

Yes, yes...Plus, they may be

angry... buuut what’s the use of

power if not to quash the dreadful

boredom?

RISEN

(Grunt)

IVAN

(Laughing)

Of course, you’re right! I’ll do

It!

From lips to ears

And mind to mind,

Bring our words

To each in kind.

ROHESIA

Ivan, my darling, are you okay? I

don’t feel anything wrong.

IVAN

I grew impatient. I hope you’ll

forgive me.

DANIKA

If you hadn’t contacted us, we

would have reached out to you. How

are you handling the forest?

IVAN

Terribly. It’s cruel and nasty,

keeps trying to break apart my

friends. And after all the trouble

I went through...killing them and

resurrecting them...

DANIKA

We understand. But don’t worry. We

will rule the forest one day and

you will have more friends than you

know what to do with.

IVAN

WEEEE!! Hooray!!

ROHESIA

Do you think you can come home

soon?

IVAN

My friends and I are not far from

their new home. Once I introduce

these new friends to my old

friends, then I can come home.

Though I might rest a few days

beforehand...

ROHESIA

Of course, you should rest! That

last incident took a lot out of all

of us.

IVAN

I wish you could meet all our new

friends.

ROHESIA

So do we. But we must conserve our

pool. We don’t know if we were able

to destroy whoever we detected at

the tournament.

DANIKA

Their magic has been growing

stronger. We have felt the same

essence too many times. What if we

feel It again and have to transport

you back to them?

IVAN

I know, I know.

DANIKA

It’s not the time for play.

IVAN

Oh, remember that time you

enspelled an entire library so

every book sang out their contents?

DANIKA

You said you loved the music.

IVAN

I did. Oh, I still dream of It

sometimes, often harmonizing with

the screams of the librarians.

RISEN

(Growls)

IVAN

Ugh!!! Stoooooop.

ROHESIA

What is It?

IVAN

This evil forest, It won’t rest

until It rips the limbs off half

our friends ugh.

ROHESIA

We should burn It to the ground.

IVAN

Yes, but I applaud its

determination. It will be that much

more satisfying when we turn It to

ash.

Would you like me to show you

what’s happening?

DANIKA

That’s alright. We will simply

imagine your glee as each branch

and bush is cut away to clear a

path.

ROHESIA

We must go now, but be careful,

Ivan. Even depleted, I know an army

wouldn’t stand a chance against

you. But that spell we followed was

powerful.

IVAN

Are you worried someone might

willingly follow our caravan of

cadavers?

Oh, that would be wonderful! It

would be lovely to have a playmate

for the rest of my journey.

DANIKA

I would have expected them to use

magic again to survive, but there

was nothing. That means that they

were either depleted and died, or

were able to flee the dead without

casting another spell. I’m very

curious who could do that.

IVAN

I know! I really, really want to

play with them!...but my friends

probably got to them first.

ROHESIA

(Laughing)

But they couldn’t do It without

you.

DANIKA

Well, if we feel them again, now

that we have tasted their power,

we’ll be even faster to find them

next time. And you can have all the

fun for yourself.

IVAN

Oh, you spoil me. Heheheh!

ROHESIA

Enjoy your journey. We will check

in again soon.

IVAN

Okay, friends! Tally-ho!!

(Singing)

Oooooh, we’ll groan and moan, and

crack our bones, and then

we’ll...burn some trees...then

we’ll claw, and paw, and lose a jaw

...amongst these...foul leaves...

SCENE BRAKE

ORA

Is this where your friend lives?

ELIZABETH

Yes.

KEVIN

The cabin looks rundown.

ELIZABETH

Better to avoid unwanted guests.

KEVIN

I’d think being hours away from any

village and far from the road would

do that.

ORA

Well, let’s go in.

ELIZABETH

It might be best to warn you that

my friend, Emilian, is a bit

eccentric.

ORA

How eccentric?

ELIZABETH

He may have booby-trapped his home

and will only answer questions for

money.

KEVIN

And he’s a friend?

FORMOSA

How much money?

KARRAS

What type of traps? Here, I’ill

help you.

ELIZABETH

My, thank you. I could get used to

this.

KARRAS

Ummmmm.

KEVIN

Are you sure we should talk to him?

ELIZABETH

Emilian’s been trading magical

objects on the black market for

years. I don’t know anyone else who

understands magic and its history

as well as he does.

ORA

It’ll be useful to talk to someone

who understands all of this, but

it’s a risk. Look, we all agreed to

come this far, but it’s not too

late to back out now.

FORMOSA

If we’ve come this far, I say we

keep going.

KARRAS

(Grunts)

ISTEN

It’s fine.

KEVIN

What? I’m in, of course.

Just because I like to talk It out

does not mean I’m not in. Forget

all of you. Let’s go see what this

“eccentric” magic dealer has to

say.

ORA

Spirit, stay here.

SPIRIT

(Blow)

ORA

Let us know if you see anything.

ELIZABETH

Hello?

Emilian, are you there? It’s me,

Elizabeth. From Shadow Run?

ORA

Maybe he’s out hunting?

ELIZABETH

Emilian?

KARRAS

Wait. May be a trap.

Ah. Here.

FORMOSA

What?

KARRAS

A string...

KARRAS (CONT'D)

Now open It.

KEVIN

Is that a crossbow?

KARRAS

If this string on the doorknob goes

loose, It shoots.

KEVIN

It’s aimed right at us.

KARRAS

(Grunts)

ORA

Huh, but the crossbow bolt is on

the floor.

KARRAS

Oh...

ORA

This is so strange. The string’s

still there, but the gears are all

messed up.

KEVIN

I’m more concerned about the

crossbow aimed at the door than why

It would have failed.

FORMOSA

There are three other traps in this

room. Though two are no longer

working since they weren’t

maintained.

KEVIN

Your friend knows how to welcome

visitors.

ELIZABETH

To be fair, we did break in.

Emilian, are you in?

ORA

Elizabeth, I don’t think Emilian

can take visitors anymore.

ELIZABETH

What’s wrong? Oh.

KEVIN

What’s going on?

KEVIN (CONT'D)

Is that a skeleton?

ELIZABETH

It’s Emilian. He must have died

here a long time ago. Poor dear. I

should bury him.

FORMOSA

Hang on. Wait until we check for

traps.

KARRAS

(Grunts)

ORA

Are you sure it’s Emilian?

ELIZABETH

It’s him. The skeleton has the same

silver ring Emilian always wore.

ORA

I’m so sorry.

Do you think he’ll rise again? Like

the dead at the tournament.

ISTEN

No.

ORA

How do you know?

ISTEN

I know.

KEVIN

If Emilian’s dead, there goes our

lead. What do we do now?

ELIZABETH

I want to see if he has any magical

objects.

ORA

Or Prophecies.

KEVIN

Hey...ummm...

ORA

Kevin? You alright?

KEVIN

I, uhmm, I just got really tired

or...I don’t know, I just, I feel

funny...

KARRAS

Maybe it’s the dead body?

KEVIN

Maybe you’re right...

FORMOSA

After we look around, are we still

going to that city from the

Prophecy? Uh..Carcerem?

ORA

But Emilian was the only one who

knew how to get there.

But maybe he has the location in

one of his documents.

KEVIN

If he doesn’t, we should leave. Run

from the dead and all that evil

magic.

I’m tired of everyone looking at me

like I’m a coward! We obviously

can’t go against that. We’re

outmatched.

KARRAS

I agree with Kevin. You don’t fight

when you can’t win.

ORA

Well, we can’t let evil go

unchallenged. We need to stop them,

whether by fulfilling the Prophecy

or hunting down whoever cast that

spell.

FORMOSA

I agree with Ora. Those things are

abominations.

No offense, Isten.

ORA, FORMOSA, KEVIN, KARRAS

(All Talking at Once)

ELIZABETH

(Whistles)

Quiet! Do you hear that?

ORA

What?

ELIZABETH

That.

KEVIN

Where’s It coming from?

ORA

A trapdoor?

ELIZABETH

It must lead to the basement.

FORMOSA

Do you think that’s where it’s

coming from?

ORA

Let’s find out.

KEVIN

What the....

ELIZABETH

Is that a Lusus Naturae?

ORA

No, its head and arms are human.

FORMOSA

Yeah but the wings and that tail.

KARRAS

It’s chained up.

ORA

Did It die down here?

FORMOSA

Look out!!

KARRAS

He moved!

GALEN

Help me.

END OF EPISODE 24