FOLLOW TO THE END

ORA

But we need to get to Carcerem.

GALEN

Bad idea. Oh, bad, bad, bad, bad

idea.

ORA

If there’s a spell keeping the

Guardians trapped, maybe it’s like

the bell! All It needs is an ally

to pour magic into the gate door,

then we could open It.

GALEN

Yeah, Maybe. And, and, and do you

think the Dark Ones sat around and

did nothing? They have to, they

have to be watching Carcerem to

keep the Guardians contained and

others out. Like a prison. They’ll

defend It in lots of terrible ways.

Claws that can’t be seen. Words

that drive one to madness. Corpses

fighting trespassers. Who knows?!

Definitely that last one.

KEVIN

We did watch the dead rise and

attack people at Dawnwallow.

GALEN

There! There See?! One of them

specialized in undead magic.

Normally, it’s a high level spell

to bring back a single person as a

puppet, but we have seen they can

easily bring back dozens. They’re

probably guarding Carcerem.

FORMOSA

There were hundreds of corpses

raised at Dawnwallow. Maybe

thousands.

GALEN

The well that has been deepened

that much? Well, I’m not seasoning

myself up and climbing into the

monster’s mouth. Absolutely not.

Not going to Carcerem.

ORA

Could you at least point It out on

a map?

GALEN

I’m...I’m free, right? No chains.

No enchanted metal encircling my

neck. Yes... yes I’m free. Ha. Then

why stay here and have a pointless

conversation?

ORA

Oh...Wait, Galen!

GALEN

It’s been a long time, Emilian.

ELIZABETH

I’m so sorry. We didn’t think to

cover him.

GALEN

No. No, it’s... It’s good that I

got to see him one last time. My

captor. My friend.

May I have some time alone with

him?

ORA

Of course.

SPIRIT

(Whinnies)

ORA

You doing okay, girl?

FORMOSA

That was a lot to take in. Magical

rules. Guardians. Hiding in fear

for years, maybe in plain site.

ELIZABETH

Do you think he’d allow me to

transcribe his words? We need to

preserve this knowledge.

KEVIN

The Dark Guardians seem like the

type who’d come after you if they

found out you spread information

about them.

ELIZABETH

Don’t worry, I have my ways.

ORA

Has anyone else thought about how

Galen’s story fits into the

Prophecy?

KEVIN

Perhaps a little, but I couldn’t

really figure It out.

ORA

Surviving death, using fire magic,

and guarding people against the

darkness – that all fits in with

the Prophecy. And there are lines

about Carcerem.

ELIZABETH

I agree. There’s too much in common

for It to be a simple coincidence.

ORA

Maybe the Chosen One is whoever

releases the trapped Guardians. The

Prophecy could be about saving the

Guardians so they can save the

land.

FORMOSA

That does make sense.

KARRAS

(Grunts)

ORA

We need to convince Galen to lead

us to Carcerem. Somehow.

KEVIN

It sounds like Carcerem is defended

by the Dark Guardians. That army of

risen is probably under their

control; So you know it’s a big

army. Why would we run towards the

people we barely escaped from?

ORA

I can’t ignore a chance to make

things better.

KEVIN

And if you’re wrong, you die.

Excuse me if I don’t like those

odds.

ORA

They’re still better odds than

we’ve had in a long time.

KEVIN

Ugh, you’re hopeless. Isten, you

know better than any of us what

we’re up against, what do you

think?

Isten? Isten?

ISTEN

...Yes.

ORA

Hey...Are you okay? You haven’t

talked since we met Galen.

ISTEN

...Yes.

ORA

Isten?

ISTEN

Hard. To keep. Myself. Together.

KEVIN

Do you still feel like you’re

disappearing?

ISTEN

...Yes.

KARRAS

Disappearing? What?

KEVIN

The night Ora worked on the

Prophecy, Isten told me he felt

like he was fading away.

KARRAS

He talked to you, not me?

KEVIN

Sometimes it’s easier to talk to

someone you don’t care about. You

don’t worry you’ll hurt them.

KARRAS

(grunts)

ISTEN

And the urge. To walk. To go there.

It’s difficult to resist.

ORA

To go where?

It’s a physical location?

ISTEN

Yes.

ORA

Maybe it’s Carcerem! Galen did say

that the dead are probably guarding

the city. If you know where to go,

then we can find It.

ELIZABETH

We shouldn’t let him lead us.

ORA

Are you still worried that Isten

might betray us? It’s been days, he

clearly isn’t being controlled.

ELIZABETH

He’s barely keeping his own mind

now. What do you think will happen

if he starts following what the

magic commands? If he leads us to

Carcerem, the Isten you know may

finish “fading away.”

ORA

But maybe-

KARRAS

No.

ORA

Karras?

KARRAS

Don’t use him.

ORA

I know that...

KEVIN

ORA!

ORA

What?!

KEVIN

Stop...

ORA

You’re right. We’ll figure out

another way to get to Carcerem.

GALEN

Uhhh....Friends who probably aren’t

only in my mind, are you still

there? You can come back. I made

tea. The leaves weren’t that

rotten.

I’m really, really outside. Oh, is

that a horse? It has been so very

long since I’ve seen an animal that

wasn’t a rat.

ORA

Her name’s Spirit. Do you want to

pet her?

GALEN

Ummm...Might be too much right now.

It’s been such a big day. Maybe

tomorrow. You’ll stay, right? I

know you’re thinking of going, but

surely you’ve re-thought that,

right?

ORA

We can stay for awhile, but we do

want to go to Carcerem soon. I hope

you’ll reconsider and take us

there.

GALEN

Nope.

But where are my manners? Come in,

come in. There’s not-rotted tea

waiting.

Here, here, help your self.

ORA

Oh, thanks Galen. It

smells...uhm...uh...smelly.

Galen, what would you do if you

found out someone had magic? Would

you train them?

GALEN

Not a Dark One, right?

ORA

Not a Dark One. Someone who never

even heard of Guardians before

today.

KEVIN

Subtle.

GALEN

Then yes, I’d train them. Nothing

beyond simple spells, obviously.

Small, small powers. Just enough to

control outbursts. Don’t want to

attract attention.

ORA

How long would It take to teach

them?

GALEN

Uhhhh...a few years? Probably.

ORA

Years?!

GALEN

Magic remakes the world. Did you

all forget? Of course It takes a

long time to learn. Longer if we

wanted to get into high levels, but

that’s definitely a no. No no no

no.

Ugh! This tea is awful, who made

It?

ORA

What if the person only wanted to

pour their magic into an object?

Like you did with the bell.

GALEN

Oh, oh that’s easy. You concentrate

on the desire and the need, if you

feel strongly enough, It will work.

ORA

Oh, so even someone without

training could someone possibly

open Carcerem’s gate?

GALEN

That again? That’s annoying talk.

Let’s discuss something better. Oh,

what’s everyone’s names? I’ve

started to give you nicknames in

the head, but I don’t think Muscled

Meanie and Ancient Woman would like

those titles if I said them out

loud. Oh, did I say them out loud.

I didn’t, right?

ORA

I’m sorry we didn’t introduce

ourselves sooner. I’m Ora.

KEVIN

Kevin. Please never tell me my

nickname.

FORMOSA

I’m Formosa. It’s nice to meet you.

KARRAS

Karras.

ELIZABETH

You can call me Elizabeth. I was

hoping you’d give me permission to

document what we’ve talked about.

If you don’t mind, I have more

questions.

ORA

And that’s Isten.

GALEN

He’s so quiet, hasn’t said a word.

Oh no, can he... can he not speak?

Oh no!

(hushed)

Is It... is It rude to ask if he

can’t speak?

ISTEN

...Greetings.

GALEN

Hmm. Hmmm. Why do I get a bad

feeling from him?

ORA

Don’t worry, Isten’s a friend.

GALEN

Hmm.

He’s dead! He’s dead and he’s

moving! You brought one of Danika’s

undead puppets into my home!

ORA

Woah, woah, woah. We can explain!

GALEN

Get out! Get out!!

ELIZABETH

He was dying when the spell

happened. He’s not completely bound

by the magic.

GALEN

Leave! NOW!

ORA

He can be trusted. He defended us

from the other dead!

GALEN

I don’t care! I don’t care! You

brought this thing into my home.

Leave now or I’ll make you leave!

ORA

We’re leaving! We’re laving. Don’t

do anything rash!

GALEN

Because you freed me, I’m not going

to hurt you. But never come here

again. Never.

KARRAS

Should we fight It?

FORMOSA

He seemed scared enough he would

burn everything to keep Isten away.

ORA

Let’s get some distance before he

attacks us.

KEVIN

What now?

ORA

We find Carcerem.

(MORE)

KEVIN

That was madness even assuming you

had magic and learn how to control

It. But without basic training at

all, going there would be suicide.

ORA

Galen said that pouring magic into

an object is based on need, I can

do that even without training. And

if all the spell needs is an ally

to activate It, then we should be

able to do It.

KEVIN

(Laughing)

If these all-powerful Guardians

haven’t figured It out, what makes

you think we can even open the

gates?

ORA

Maybe no one on the outside has

tried. Everything connects back to

the Prophecy and the Prophecy leads

to Carcerem. And if we don’t try,

how many more people will they

kill?

KEVIN

Nice words and all, but that

doesn’t mean we can suddenly take

them on.

ORA

We won’t try to fight them head-tohead,

we’ll simply run to the gate

and try to open It before they

overwhelm us.

KEVIN

(sarcastic)

Oh...“Simply.” Great plan.

ORA

Or come up with a real plan when we

get there!

KEVIN

Don’t get mad at me!! I’m just

thinking rationally. You’re

just...hoping everything will be

fine!

KEVIN (CONT'D)

Just because you’re in the “right”

doesn’t automatically mean it’ll

all work out!

ORA

The gate will open Kevin, the gate

will open... what’s with all the

negativity?

KEVIN

Negativity?! You’re just denying

reality!!

ELIZABETH

STOP! Both of you!

SPIRIT

(Whinnies)

ELIZABETH

Look, without Galen’s help or

following Isten, how do we even

find Carcerem?

ORA

We could return to Dawnwallow; look

for tracks to follow the dead.

FORMOSA

With all the blood spilled, It has

to be overrun by Lusus Naturae. And

the forest could erase the tracks.

ISTEN

I will take you. To Carcerem.

KARRAS

No.

ISTEN

Let me take you.

KARRAS

No.

ORA

Karras is right, it’s not worth the

risk. And we don’t even know if the

direction your sensing would lead

us to Carcerem.

ISTEN

Dead army’s there. I’m dead and

want to go there. It’s Carcerem.

KARRAS

No.

ISTEN

I’m fading. I know It. Even if I

don’t go, I’ll disappear. Let me do

one good thing. Let me take you.

KARRAS

You’ll die.

ISTEN

I’m already dead.

KARRAS

This isn’t fair. It just isn't

fair.

ISTEN

When have I been fair?

KEVIN

Are you sure you want to do this,

Isten?

ISTEN

Yes.

ORA

If we go, we might not survive

this. Not just Isten, all of us.

We’re taking a gamble that the

Prophecy is about letting the

Guardians out and that my magic can

open the door. If we’re wrong...

FORMOSA

I joined you because I was looking

for hope. This is It. I’m going.

ELIZABETH

I may never get another chance to

learn what happened. If you’ll have

me, I’m with you.

KARRAS

We’ll fight those that turned Isten

to this?

ORA

I think so.

KARRAS

I’ll go.

KEVIN

Well, I’m in. Someone has to

protect you all. At least one of us

has to make sure we have a plan.

Plus, I’ve always wanted to see a

big door...

ISTEN

This way.

ORA

You all go ahead, I want to check

Spirit’s hooves. Kevin, why don’t

you help me?

FORMOSA

We could wait.

ORA

Go. This won’t take long.

SPIRIT

(Blows)

KEVIN

Spirit’s fine.

ORA

I needed a moment to talk to you

alone. I know you don’t agree with

us going to Carcerem.

KEVIN

It’s not that I don’t want...

ORA

I’m not mad, I just think...you

should leave. Go back to the

village or find another settlement.

KEVIN

Why?! Do you not trust me to have

your back? Do you think I’ll be

that useless in a fight? Just

because...

ORA

That’s not It. Not at all. I...need

you to leave because I couldn’t

bear It if anything happened to

you.

(MORE)

ORA (CONT'D)

After Godrick died, I don’t think I

could have survived without you;

literally and figuratively. You

helped me escape from a Lusus

Naturae, you made me laugh no

matter how deeply I began to hate

myself, you trusted me enough to

follow my ideas no matter how much

you complained.

KEVIN

That’s not-

ORA

And that’s why I couldn’t live with

myself if you died following me.

With everyone else, at least I know

they have their own reasons for

going, but if you go It would only

be because you trust me. Like

Godrick did. Please Kevin, please

leave me.

KEVIN

Godrick wasn’t your fault.

ORA

Then what about Dawnwallow? Did my

magic summon the Dark Guardians?

(chuckle)

People keep dying around me, I

might as well bring that to our

enemies, right?

KEVIN

(sigh)

You’re not to blame. You haven’t

done anything wrong. You surround

yourself with the crazy and the

brave, people who choose the

dangerous path. They aren’t

marching along behind you, they’re

by your side.

ORA

That doesn’t matter, what matters

is that you live. I need you to

live.

KEVIN

I’ve thought about leaving before.

I never wanted an adventure, and I

want to die even less.

KEVIN (CONT'D)

Each time we’ve gone somewhere new

I’ve wondered if It was finally

time to part ways.

ORA

Then-

KEVIN

But I won’t go. And it’s not

because I trust you. In fact, it’s

because I don’t trust you. I know

you well enough that you’ll happily

throw your life away if you think

it’ll do a little bit of good.

Someone sane needs to stay by your

side to pull you out of the fire.

ORA

Kevin.

KEVIN

You’re going with a group where

everyone believes in something more

than their own lives. You all

desperately need a selfish person

who’ll occasionally force you to

consider reality.

ORA

I don’t know if we’ll survive.

KEVIN

Hasn’t It always been that way?

Sorry Ora, you’re stuck with me.

And whatever happens, it’s my

decision, not yours.

FORMOSA

Is everything alright?

KEVIN

We’re fine! We’re coming!

KEVIN (CONT'D)

Right?..... Let’s go.

ORA

I’m not holding your hand...

KEVIN

Ugh! Well, I don’t want to hold

yours either. I thought It could

have been a nice moment, but you

ruined It!

ORA

Hehehe. Worth It.

SCENE BRAKE

ORA

How’s Isten doing?

KEVIN

It’s getting harder to get him to

respond. And when we were on watch

together last night I noticed he

doesn’t blink anymore.

KARRAS

(grunts)

ORA

I hope we reach Carcerem soon.

Maybe the True Guardians can help

him.

FORMOSA

Well... I mean, we have been

steadily ascending since yesterday

and the soil is a reddish color

I’ve never seen before. You said

Carcerem was atop a red mountain,

right?

ORA

Then why didn’t we see a red

mountain before apparently we

started climbing It?

FORMOSA

The forest can conceal as well as

change.

ELIZABETH

Or magic. Perhaps the Guardians hid

their home which is why no one goes

there.

ISTEN

...close.

ORA

We’re getting close?

ISTEN

Close enough. A new

desire...rising.

KEVIN

Are you trying to sound creepy?

ELIZABETH

Karras.

ISTEN

To alert them to intruders. To you.

Then...to kill you.

KEVIN

Oh. So you are trying to sound

creepy.

ORA

Can you fight that urge?

ISTEN

For now. Getting harder.

ORA

Elizabeth, keep your lantern ready.

If Isten turns on us we can keep

him away.

ISTEN

No, won’t stop me from alerting

them.

FORMOSA

We could gag you.

ISTEN

No...No gag would work. Only...true

death.

KARRAS

No.

ISTEN

Even if you ripped out my tongue, I

could alert them.

KEVIN

Damn magic.

ISTEN

Before I lose myself, you must

destroy me.

KARRAS

No.

(MORE)

ISTEN

Karras. You must.

ORA

What if we stopped having you lead

us to Carcerem? You and Karras

could go in the opposite direction;

that might stop the urges.

ISTEN

What is done can’t be undone. The

desire will only grow. You must end

me.

ORA

There has to be a way.

ISTEN

It’s... Its’s difficult to pay

attention even now when discussing

my demise. I don’t know how much

longer I can keep my mind. Minutes?

Hours? But no more than that, no

matter what anyone does.

ELIZABETH

We should listen to him. I’m

surprised he resisted being

completely under the magic’s

control for this long.

KARRAS

No one is killing Isten.

ISTEN

Carcerem is straight ahead and up

the mountain. Keep going and you’ll

reach It.

ORA

Don’t talk like you won’t be here.

You can beat this, Isten. You’re

the Chosen One. I know you are.

ISTEN

Perhaps the Chosen One needs to

die.

KARRAS

No.

ISTEN

Karras, you saved my life. Gave me

a purpose.

ISTEN (CONT'D)

I’ve been wrong about so much, but

never for trusting in you. Let me

be the man you wanted me to be. Let

me die before I betray you again.

KARRAS

Don’t do this.

ISTEN

It’s harder to think. Like a veil

covering my thoughts. I don’t have

much time.

KARRAS

(Crying)

No....

ISTEN

Karras, you have to end me.

KARRAS

(sobbing)

Don’t. No, please don’t.

ISTEN

(crying)

I need you. I’ve always needed you.

Please kill me.

KARRAS

(Sobbing)

ISTEN

I...I...It’s calling...

I have...

I...

ORA

Isten, try to resist.

ELIZABETH

I don’t think he can understand

anymore.

ORA

This can’t be. Isten? Isten?

ELIZABETH

Don’t make this harder.

Karras, you know what you have to

do.

KEVIN

Goodbye, Isten. Goodbye, my friend.

ISTEN

(at a distance)

I... UGh!

KARRAS

(Sobs)

FORMOSA

We are born in darkness and to

darkness we return. May he find

peace.

I’m so sorry, Karras.

KARRAS

I’ll dig his grave.

KEVIN

I’ll help.

FORMOSA

So will I.

ORA

We’ll all help.

SCENE BRAKE

ORA

Carcerem. We’re finally here.

ELIZABETH

It’s more beautiful than I ever

imagined.

FORMOSA

And well guarded.

KEVIN

I thought calling the dead an

“army” was a figure of speech....

“army” doesn’t do It justice. And

there are so many dead animals and

Lusus Naturae, too.

ORA

That’s not the only issue. We’re

close, but it’s uphill and we’ll

have to stick to the road because

of the cliffs on either side.

Well... At least it’s a wide path,

but the incline is going to make

fighting difficult.

KARRAS

Doesn’t matter.

KEVIN

Are the dead going to find us?

There are so many of them.

FORMOSA

The forest has taken an interest in

us. While we stay in the trees, we

may be safe...

ELIZABETH

But the risen have cut down all the

trees between here and the gate.

KEVIN

Why are the risen here? Why now?

ORA

The bigger question is, how are we

going to get at that gate without

joining their ranks?

END OF EPISODE 26