THE PLAN

GALEN

Oh..Oh...This is bad...I mean, it’s

all bad...but It wasn’t this bad.

It was my magic they felt...I

should have guessed...but your

lives...!

VORLAUF

What is that? What in land’s name

are you afraid of?

KEVIN

Listen Vorly. There’s a whole lot

to be afraid of right now.

ANN

Hey! Watch It...

KEVIN

You be scared of whatever you want.

Me? Right now it’s the thousands of

undead.

Before that It was loose rocks.

ELIZABETH

Ivan? Galen, is It really him?

ORA

From your story?

GALEN

It’s not “MY STORY”. It’s “The

Story”.

ELIZABETH

Oh...

ANN

What story?

LINUS

Who is Ivan?

GALEN

He’s the dark guardian. One of

them, anyway. He, he, he was one of

the three that led the upheaval of

the guardians --

LINUS

Wait wait wait... So you’re telling

me that’s a...and you’re a...

GALEN

Yes, yes, that’s It. Guardian...we

guard!

LINUS

But...but...

GALEN

But, but but, but. But what? I’m

not real? I’m evil? I was wiped

out? Which is It? What story have

you been telling yourself all these

years? The same one your parents

told you, no doubt? Don’t worry. No

don't worry. I am at least four

times as old as you are, so you did

not miss killing me as a child. I

may have even saved your families’

lives years and years ago, but no

matter. Would you like to kill me

now?

LINUS

We defend the land, ss-ss-ssir!

GALEN

(Laugh)

Well, I can’t argue with that. I

have been living in fear for

decades since I became the scourge

of the land instead of it’s hope.

How’s the land doing, by the way?

Everyone happy? Doing well? Loving

each other?

LINUS

Stay back!!

ORA

Vorlauf! You swore!

VORLAUF

Linus, stop It.

LINUS

NO! He...u-u-unnatural... that’s

what you said...unnatural!!

GALEN

Yes yes yes yea. That does sound

like something someone would say...

Well...you have the upper hand, my

friend. My magic can’t kill you,

but your sword can kill me.

LINUS

You...LIAR?!

GALEN

Awwwww

ELIZABETH

Galen...it’s alright. The rest of

us know...

GALEN

Did they not teach you that part?

Is that not part of the story these

days?

IVAN

Hahahahaha!

Magic...naughty, naughty magic...

VORLAUF

Linus! Lower your sword!

GALEN

But his magic? His magic could kill

us all...

Isn’t that fun?

VORLAUF

Put It down, Linus. We will be

alright.

LINUS

I...I...no. No! (Blah)

ANN

He will be alright.

Just breath, you’ll be okay.

VORLAUF

It’s a lot to take in.

LINUS

(Blah)

FORMOSA

Ugh. I can’t say I blame him...

ORA

Nor I...

GALEN

I’m...I’m sorry...

ELIZABETH

Oh hunny, you did nothing wrong.

History is not your fault.

GALEN

Really?

VORLAUF

Come...I could use a cup of tea...

KEVIN

Really?

VORLAUF

I keep some with me.

KEVIN

Really?

ANN

Ya’ know that’s getting old...

KEVIN

Really?

KARRAS

I’ll make a fire.

ORA

I’ll get Spirit’s bags that we hid

and some water; Kevin, come help

me.

ELIZABETH

And I’ll sit here and rest.

GALEN

I can do that, too!

ELIZABETH

Let me know when the water’s

boiling.

SCENE BRAKE

ANN

I don’t know what this is, where

you got It, or how you cooked

It....but It almost makes me glad

you got away at the tournament.

FORMOSA

Oh ha. Thank you. My cousin taught

me.

KARRAS

Formosa, how is your shoulder?

FORMOSA

A little weak...but better. Thanks.

GALEN

Well, It must be, because It did

not stop you from making literally

the best thing I have eaten in

years and years.

ELIZABETH

Ha! I’m not sure that’s a good

measure, but It is quite good, and

the mint tea also helps bring out

the flavor.

VORLAUF

I’m glad you like It; I dry my own

tea, actually.

KARRAS

How?

VORLAUF

Oh, I have picked up a few things

over the years.

GALEN

Feeling better, fella’?

LINUS

Ummm...yes? I think...I-I mean...

sure?

ELIZABETH

Kevin, would you like some tea?

Kevin...? Are you Okay?

KEVIN

I...Uhhh...

ELIZABETH

What’s wrong?

KEVIN

It’s just...uhh...looking around at

who's here - knowing what we just

went through - this is the

strangest conversation I have ever

heard...

FORMOSA

I’m going to bring some tea to Ora.

Here, Ora...it’s already starting

to get cold.

ORA

Thanks.

FORMOSA

How does your back feel? Did those

plants work?

ORA

If I don’t think about It, It feels

great.

FORMOSA

Give It some more time.

ORA

It’s not really what I’m thinking

about now anyway.

FORMOSA

What? The door?

ORA

It wouldn’t open...

FORMOSA

You can’t think that meant anything

back there. We were in the middle

of fighting for our lives.

ORA

But, we failed. There’s a dark

guardian out there waiting for us

along with who knows how many

undead still walking around.

KEVIN

Ora, would you like some food?

It really hits the spot.

ORA

No, thank you.

KEVIN

Ya’ know...I might be crazy, but I

think it’s a lot colder over here

away from the fire.

You angry about the door?

ORA

I’m angry because we failed...

again. We keep....

KEVIN

Failed? What are you talking

about?! Look at us! Have you seen

Galen? That guy is scary. We just

gotta’ think of a plan.

ORA

OH...A plan to get to the door? Had

one, didn’t work.

KEVIN

OKAY! That’s enough. What is wrong

with you? I’m so tired of...

This!

ORA

What?!

FORMOSA

What?

KEVIN

Every time something doesn’t work

out the way you want It to, you say

It failed...that it’s all your

fault.

FORMOSA

You know that’s not....

KEVIN

We keep failing?! Over and over?!

Really?! First of all, we’re not

dead from monsters or Vigiles or

whatever else has tried to kill

us!! And second, no one else thinks

we failed, but you keep telling us

we did!

FORMOSA

Easy Kevin.

KEVIN

NO! She needs to stop pitying

herself. Because every time she

feels bad, we have to give her this

big talk about how it’s “not her

fault” and blabbity blah, blabbity

blah.

ORA

What is your problem?!

KEVIN

Well - according to you - you are

all of our problems!

ORA

Oh! So you think this is my fault

too?!

KEVIN

I have been listening to you this

whole trip and that’s all you keep

saying!

ORA

What do you want from me?!

KEVIN

Well, maybe this is all my fault!

Did you ever think of that?!

ORA

What?

KEVIN

I mean I have been here, too. Or

maybe it’s Spirit’s fault! Or

Formosa’s! You aren’t the only one

to blame and you need to stop

ignoring us!

ORA

So you want me to blame you?!

KEVIN

What? No! What?! Wait...

FORMOSA

I think you’ve lost your path...

KEVIN

NO! I want you to stop telling

yourself things that you would stab

someone else for saying about you.

ORA

Shut up, Kevin.

KEVIN

Oh, here we go again! “Shut up,

Kevin!” “You’re embarrassing

yourself, Kevin!” Well, why don’t

you shut up Ora!

ORA

NO, YOU SHUT UP!

KEVIN

Fine!

ORA

FINE! Give me that meat!

EVERYONE

(Laughing/inaudible convo)

ORA

Hello! How is everyone’s evening!

ANN

Well...It was pleasant a moment

ago...

ELIZABETH

Is everything alright?

KEVIN

Oh yes ORA! Is everything alright?

ORA

Yeah, it’s all great. Turns out

you’re all to blame for us failing.

ELIZABETH

What?!

ANN

Really?

LINUS

Great...

KARRAS

Formosa?

FORMOSA

Just go with It.

KEVIN

SEEEE?! WAS THAT SO HARD?!

ORA AND KEVIN

(Laughing)

KARRAS

(Fakes Laughing)

GALEN

And I thought I was a little off...

ORA

Sorry, sorry. I’m fine! I’m fine.

VORLAUF

I see...

Ignoring the spurts of insanity for

a moment, did you have anything

remotely resembling a plan?

FORMOSA

Well, the forest will help us. At

least keep us safe as long as we

stay inside It.

ELIZABETH

If that’s truly Ivan, there is some

good news.

GALEN

Good news? Good news?!? You’re a

monster. A lying, old monster.

Oh...I’m sorry. You’re not old. I’m

much older. Ancient, even.

FORMOSA

If there’s a dark guardian on the

other side, I don’t see how we get

around that.

ELIZABETH

We suspected these undead were

under the control of a necromancer,

yes?

ORA

Stands to reason.

ELIZABETH

Well...I think we found our

necromancer.

LINUS

I...I think I need some more tea...

ANN

How is knowing that good? Hooray!

We found the most foul, evil thing

in the world! We win!!

KEVIN

You are not helping you know.

GALEN

It means we don’t have to kill all

the dead...we just have to kill the

necromancer. Once Ivan is dead

there’s nothing keeping his army up

and walking around.

VORLAUF

Hmmm, that does sound like a more

attainable goal but, and pardon my

ignorance here, but how does one go

about killing a dark guardian?

They’re basically death itself, are

they not?

GALEN

Bup bup bup. Not quite. Guardian or

dark guardian, strip away all that

magic and they’re just mortal men

and women.

KEVIN

Wait! Let’s not forget all of the

undead between us and him.

GALEN

You’re right. The more undead he

controls, the stronger he is. He’s

strong, too strong. OOO...Too

strong. So

strong. The strongest!

ANN

But if they’re just mortals, can’t

you just torch him, “Mr. Flying

Fireball”?

GALEN

My magic can’t hurt him.

KEVIN

Of course It can’t.

ORA

What do you mean?

GALEN

He is too powerful. I’m sure all

the dark ones are impervious to

direct magic by now. If they can

raise the dead, they certainly

found a way to survive magic-based

attacks. Plus...

FORMOSA

What...?

GALEN

Well, my magic is not that strong

any more...I’ve been locked away

for a very long time...so long, too

long, the longest...

KEVIN

What do you talking about?! You

saved us with a huge fire bomb!

GALEN

But just one. That took so much out

of me that I could not do that

again any time soon. So....I’m

afraid I won’t be too much help in

killing him...

ANN

Great, so let’s just walk up to him

and stab him in the eye.

GALEN

That would work! Can we do that?!

LINUS

No...

ORA

So...what do we do?

FORMOSA

Wait one moment.

VORLAUF

Didn’t realize she had these sorts

of abilities. Assumed her

performance in the tournament was

the best she had.

ANN

Giving up rather than killing a

Lusus Naturae? Kinda fits that

she’s a good tree climber.

KARRAS

She could take both of you.

VORLAUF

Of course.

ORA

Look!

FORMOSA

Okay, coming down!

KEVIN

Nice!

FORMOSA

I just wanted to get the lay of the

land. The forest has been keeping

the undead out, but they can’t keep

It up forever. If the risen wanted

in badly enough....

KEVIN

That’s not good!!

FORMOSA

But they don’t know we’re here

specifically, and the forest will

make It very hard for them to find

us.

ELIZABETH

That sounds promising.

FORMOSA

It’s dark, but I could see Ivan

too, or at least, I think It was

him. Slender; black, unkempt hair;

floating a few feet off the

ground...

GALEN

Sounds like Ivan.

FORMOSA

He’s hard to miss. He is right in

front of the door. I’m sure he can

see everything.

ORA

And we know what we need to do and

we know where we need to get to...

ANN

This is fun, it’s like a terrifying

puzzle.

ORA

Exactly! I have the start of an

idea...

VORLAUF

I’m sure you do, and I certainly

don’t mean to offend, but I’ve seen

how your plans pan out and I think

we need to do better than the

“start of an idea.”

ORA

Well, what do you suggest?

VORLAUF

I’ve been listening and taking note

of the talents and skills of our

little company.

KEVIN

And...?

VORLAUF

And...I may have an actual plan...

ANN

Oooooh. I like the sound of that...

ORA

Alright! Let’s hear It.....

SCENE BRAKE

ANN

Doing alright, Linus? Not going to

throw up on me, are you?

LINUS

No...I’m ready.

ANN

You really think this plan will

work?

LINUS

Yes!

VORLAUF

Not quite sure.

LINUS

What?!

ANN

I’ve never known you to not be sure

of a fight.

SPIRIT

(Whinnies)

VORLAUF

It’s alright Spirit. It’s alright.

We will see them all again soon.

SPIRIT

(Blows)

VORLAUF

It will work as long as they all do

their part.

LINUS

Why are we doing this?

ANN

I hate to side with Linus, but...

I trust you, I just don’t trust

them.

VORLAUF

I trust them...enough. I know the

loyalty they have to their Prophecy

quest. They would never betray

us...because to them, that would be

betraying their mission.

ANN

Sure, but...

VORLAUF

Means to an end, Ann. Means to an

end. We will not betray the vow we

took...ever. Time will prove that.

The sun is starting to rise...get

ready....

SCENE BRAKE

KEVIN

You can see them...you can see the

dead from here.

ORA

What are they doing?

KEVIN

Well, the group who chased us in to

the woods are just...waiting...

ORA

Well...so are we...

KEVIN

I hate being visible like this.

ORA

They don’t know where we are, so as

long as we stay out of site they

won’t see us. They will just stay

where they are... I think...

KEVIN

I know, it’s...it’s just very

unnerving...sun’s almost up behind

us, we’ll be seeing the signal

soon...

ORA

The plan is good. Everyone knows

their part. It’s good...

KEVIN

I know...I know...

ORA

It’s good...

SCENE BRAKE

KARRAS

I like the forest. I don’t

understand It much, but I like It.

FORMOSA

There was a woman in my family who

used to say that the first step to

understanding the forest is to

realize there is no way to

understand It.

KARRAS

Oh...well, I guess I got that part.

FORMOSA

(laughs)

I guess that’s true.

Feels like we might have the easy

job...I’m worried about the others.

KARRAS

Kevin will be okay. I know It.

FORMOSA

(snickers)

Still, I can’t help but feel like

you and I could be more use out in

the open.

KARRAS

I like fighting with you.

FORMOSA

(Sings)

The wind through the tall grass,

called her Children. From the soil

they rose with their arms held high

to embrace their mother, and she

swayed them to sleep. And she said

soon children will sow what they

reap. Many days many seasons an

age. All her children slumbered

there. Dreaming of many days not

yet dawned. When this age would be

gone.

(Spoken)

It’s almost time. The sun is about

to peak over the trees. Shall we?

The forest will keep us safe for as

long as possible, but once the dead

know we’re in here...

KARRAS

I know the plan...

FORMOSA

There...the edge is just beyond the

dark patch up ahead. You can just

see It through the trees.

KARRAS

How do you know? I can’t see

anything beyond It?

FORMOSA

That’s how I know...do you need to

get closer?

KARRAS

Bigger head start if we’re here.

KARRAS (CONT'D)

Ready?

FORMOSA

No.

KARRAS

Me either.

RISEN

(Roar)

KARRAS

Go!

FORMOSA

No wait! We have to make sure they

make It though, and they know where

we are!

RISEN

(Roar)

FORMOSA

NOW, RUN!!

KARRAS

They are coming!

FORMOSA

It’s only a small gap, only one can

make It through at a time. We can

make It!

FORMOSA (CONT'D)

What are you doing?

KARRAS

Buying us time!

FORMOSA

What was that?

KARRAS

Galen?

FORMOSA

No, I don’t think so...it’s too

soon and...

KARRAS

Look! Fire!!

FORMOSA

The forest...the forest is on fire!

They are burning a hole...RUN!!

SCENE BRAKE

KEVIN

It’s starting!

ORA

Good. The sun will be directly in

their eyes now.

KEVIN

Wow...somehow it’s even worse

watching from here than being in

the middle of It.

ORA

Well...You say that now...

KEVIN

Do you really trust Vorlauf? You

really think they’ll come through?

ORA

I do...

KEVIN

It makes me really uncomfortable,

but I do too...

ORA

Ha! Who would have thought that...

KEVIN

Umm, Ora? Look!

ORA

What...? I know that sound...

Oh no....

Galen? What is he doing?!

KEVIN

I don’t think so. Look! It’s coming

from the doors of Carcerem! Look at

the light!

IVAN

Bahahahaha!!

ORA

It’s Ivan!

IVAN

(Laughing)

Oh, it’s been so long! I like to

play!!

ORA

The dead are going to get Karras

and Formosa!

KEVIN

Wait! Follow the plan. They know

what they are doing.

ORA

But...

KEVIN

Trust them! Stick to the plan!

ORA

Right...the plan.

SCENE BRAKE

LINUS

What was that?

ANN

That...that came from the...

VORLAUF

Does not change anything. Get

ready...

Spirit, come here girl.

LINUS

But that was a fire...a

big...something!

ANN

Linus, get ready. The next signal

is our go.

LINUS

But, but that...

ANN

Linus???

VORLAUF

It’s alright, we just need to...

LINUS

I don't need to do anything! I did

not sign up for this...I just

wanted to...It was just a...

ANN

HEY! Calm down!!

KARRAS

Formosa!!

LINUS

No! No! I can’t! I cant!!

ANN

Linus!!! YOU COWARD!!! I’LL FIND

YOU!!!

VORLAUF

You’re on your own now...can you

handle that?

ANN

Just watch me...

END OF EPISODE 29