A NEW DAY

KEVIN

Ora...Ora come on. Come On...

Formosa, help! She’s, she's

bleeding...and...I mean, she’s not

moving. She was talking and then

she just passed out. I tried...

SPIRIT

(Neigh)

FORMOSA

Let me look.

KEVIN

Her face, she’s all covered with

blood and...

FORMOSA

Shhhh, Kevin, it’s alright. Look

after Spirit.

SPIRIT

(Neigh)

KEVIN

Alright.

Come here, girl. Come here.

It’s alright...shhh...I got ya’...

When Ivan blew up - or whatever he

did - she got knocked...

FORMOSA

Easy, easy. She’s breathing...her

heart is beating, her head is

intact.

KARRAS

ORA! She’s still alive, right?

KEVIN

Yes. She’s breathing.

KARRAS

Her face is all bloody. What...?

FORMOSA

She has a gash on her forehead, but

it’s not deep. It looks worse than

It is.

KARRAS

She’s not moving.

KEVIN

She’s fine. She's-she's fine..

She’s uh, you know... probably...

just... uhmm...

SPIRIT

(Neigh)

KEVIN

Right, Formosa?

FORMOSA

As far as I can tell, she’ll be

alright. Her breathing is normal.

She needs to rest, we all do. We’d

better get her someplace safe. Then

we can clean her up and tend to our

wounds.

KARRAS

Kevin! Kevin! Kevin can help! I

hurt my knee and he...

KEVIN

Karras! Calm down. Ora will be

fine. Formosa knows much more then

me and if she says Ora’s going to

be fine, then Ora is going to be

fine.

SPIRIT

(Blow)

KARRAS

Okay yeah... Yeah okay... okay

KEVIN

Wait...Spirit!

KARRAS

She's right here...are you okay?

KEVIN

No! That’s not what...where are the

Vigiles?

KARRAS

(grunts)

FORMOSA

We don’t know. They disappeared in

to the forest and only Spirit came

back out.

KEVIN

Good riddance.

KARRAS

Watch out... I’ve got you Ora

KEVIN

Easy, girl. Eas...

SPIRIT

(Blows)

KEVIN

Blah...I...I-I think Spirit wants

to carry her.

KARRAS

Here...Be...be careful... Be carful

with her.

SPIRIT

(Groans)

KEVIN

Where do we go now?

FORMOSA

Let’s head back into the forest.

KEVIN

That sounds like a good idea.

Formosa, if you cook again, I’ll go

get more water.

KARRAS

Where is Elizabeth?

FORMOSA

And Galen?

KARRAS

(Grunts)

KEVIN

I have to tell you...they were

spectacular...

SCENE BRAKE

KEVIN

(coughing)

What...? Who's...?

ORA

YOU CAN READ!!

KEVIN

Ora?! What?

ORA

All this time you could read! You

thought I forgot, didn’t you?!

KEVIN

Wait!

What are you doing?!

ORA

Shut up or you will wake everyone

else up!

KEVIN

You are the one attacking.

ORA

Yes, I AM!!

Why did you did not tell me?! All

this time!!

KEVIN

It would not have helped anything.

ORA

WHAT?! This whole time I have been

looking at these Prophecies by

myself. You don't think I could

have used some help?!

YOU IDIOT!

KEVIN

Hey! What do you want?! Do you have

any idea what people can do if they

know you can read?! I have seen It!

Even you told me that reading was

bad when we were at the tavern. I’m

not you! I’m not Elizabeth! I don’t

want to stand up and get in fights.

People know I can read, then what

happens to me?!

ORA

Well, you could have told me! You

could have been honest with me!

KEVIN

And then what?! What would you have

done with that information?! Kept

It to yourself? You would have made

me read in front of everyone any

time you wanted. You’d say things

like... “These people are fine.”

Well, guess what, Ora? People are

not fine! None of them! They all

have their breaking point! Believe

me!

ORA

I don’t...I would never turn you

in. Every chance I had, I told you

to go; to leave. This world is so

bad, and the more I know about It

the worse It gets. But why didn’t

you trust me enough to tell me?

KEVIN

I’m sorry...I was scared...

I’m always scared.

ORA

Where did you learn?

KEVIN

Parents, I suppose. That’s how

anyone knows, right?

ORA

You don’t know?

KEVIN

I try not to think about It. I wish

I could forget how to. All the kids

I grew up with knew how to

read...and do you see any of them

around? Yeah, me either...didn’t go

so well for them, clearly. Coming

to your village was the start of my

life as far as I’m concerned.

ORA

...I suppose I can understand that,

we all get scared sometime.

But no more keeping things from me,

okay?

KEVIN

I’m afraid of what will happen if I

say no.

ORA

Shut up, Kevin.

KEVIN

How are you feeling? When I went to

sleep you were still out.

ORA

I’m alright. I mean, my face hurts,

my back hurts, I have blood

everywhere, half the hair on my

head is gone ‘cause of that acid

stuff and the other half is matted

down with dried blood...but other

than that...

KEVIN

Point taken.

ORA

Everyone else?

KEVIN

Well...The Vigiles disappeared, so

no idea there. Karras, Formosa,

Spirit, and I brought you back here

and we set up camp.

Karras was really worried about

you... until you started snoring.

ORA

Oh, no...did I really?

KEVIN

Ha, yes. After that, he was finally

convinced you were just sleeping

and not dead.

ORA

Well, that’s good.

KEVIN

We cooked some, I got some water.

Actually, I found the stream not

too far away.

ORA

Sun’s coming up.

KEVIN

We should go back, Karras is awake

and will prob be freaking out you

aren’t there.

ORA

How do you know?

KEVIN

Hear any snoring?

ORA

Ha, right.

KEVIN

That’s the only reason I was this

far from the fire, between the two

of you...

ORA

Oh, shut up. You know, you talk in

your sleep.

KEVIN

No I don’t...really?

ORA

Oh yeah, all the time! You say

things like, “Ora, you are the

best” and, “Ora, you are a way

better fighter than me” or, “Ora, I

peed my self.”

KEVIN

Huh... well, I would argue with

you, but you are a way better

fighter than me...

ORA

Ha ha ha. Well, I’ve got to say...

just now, you defended yourself

well. It took a lot of will power

to stay mad at you and not be

impressed by how far you’ve come.

KEVIN

It’s no big deal, I’m just amazing.

I’ve always told you that.

ORA

Okay, calm down. Next time I’ll

bring a staff.

KEVIN

And next time I’ll get hurt a lot

more.

ORA

(Laughs)

SCENE BRAKE

KEVIN

Well, good morning!

FORMOSA

How...how long has the sun been up?

KEVIN

For quite a while, actually.

FORMOSA

I can’t remember the last time I

didn’t wake with It.

KEVIN

We all needed rest. Would you like

some tea? That Vorlauf guy left

some of his stuff when they ran

off. So, we have his tea!!

FORMOSA

Where are Karras and Ora? Is she

okay?

KEVIN

Physically, she’s fine; she’s

sore, but fine. She went down to

the stream a while ago to clean up

a bit. Karras would not let her go

alone ‘cause...ya’ know...he’s

Karras. He wouldn’t even let her

carry her stuff. He had to do It.

Here.

FORMOSA

Oh. Well, good. I’m glad.

KEVIN

I’m a little worried that last

battle might have broken Ora.

FORMOSA

What’s wrong?

KEVIN

Nothing! And that’s what I tried to

tell her! The undead are dead, the

Vigiles are gone, all is well!

But...she doesn’t seem to really

care. It’s that Prophecy. Oh, by

the way, there’s some food sitting

next to you. It’s not as good as

yours, but it’s mostly edible.

FORMOSA

Thank you.

FORMOSA (CONT'D)

I don’t see the harm in her looking

at the Prophecies. You’re not even

sure they’re fake. I mean...there

sure are a lot of them, but...

...and most of them seem to

contradict each other, but...

I guess I don’t really believe It,

either.

KEVIN

It’s not that I don’t believe the

land can change, I just don’t think

that something written down a long

time ago can dictate someone’s

whole life.

FORMOSA

Can anything?

KEVIN

I can. I dictate my life. And you

dictate yours.

FORMOSA

And Ora dictates hers?

KEVIN

I suppose so.

FORMOSA

My father used to say that to

believe in the Prophecy was

foolish, but he also hoped It was

true.

KEVIN

Seems contradictory.

FORMOSA

Yeah well...We just fought an army

of the living dead...the world can

be contradictory place.

KEVIN

You have a very good point there...

FORMOSA

Swords...

KARRAS

It’s me!

FORMOSA

How ya’ holdin’ up, big guy?

KARRAS

Everything hurts. But, I do like

fighting with you.

FORMOSA

We did alright, didn’t we?

KARRAS

We could maybe fight again some

time.

FORMOSA

I’d like that.

KEVIN

Ora feeling better?

KARRAS

Yes, I-I think so...she cleaned up

and then we just sat there for a

while. I think I even saw her smile

a little.

KEVIN

Well, that’s a great sign.

FORMOSA

Where is she now?

KARRAS

She’s still there, she wanted to be

alone for a little.

KEVIN

I’m surprised you let her.

(MORE)

KARRAS

She’s safe...

KEVIN

Are you sure you’re okay?

KARRAS

She is looking at the Prophecies. I

don’t like to be around them any

more...

FORMOSA

Well I...don’t think I can blame

you for that.

KARRAS

Ora asked me why I followed

Isten...

FORMOSA

And what did you say?

KARRAS

Because I was weak.

KEVIN

And she said, “Shut Up.” And pushed

you to give an actual answer and

then you said...?

KARRAS

Because he was an individual...he

had qualities I had never seen in

another person...he was

unique...and I believed in him.

FORMOSA

Those are good reasons.

KARRAS

But I was wrong...and he was not...

KEVIN

Hey, Karras...I understand. I get

It and I don’t blame you at all.

KARRAS

Oh, how could you understand? You

hated him.

KEVIN

I know...but you just told me. You

said he was unique...

KEVIN (CONT'D)

and that’s why I’ve stayed with Ora

FORMOSA

I’d say that’s why I am here,

too...

KEVIN

See? No one faults you. And you had

to do something that none of us had

to do, and most are not strong

enough to do.

KARRAS

What’s that?

KEVIN

Accept that your beliefs may have

been wrong. Isten wasn’t the Chosen

One. And-and look at everyone at

the tournament: EVERYONE was wrong,

but they would rather kill each

other then admit It.

KARRAS

(grunts)

FORMOSA

You are stronger than most!

Stronger than Kevin, certainly. He

still believes this food is edible!

KEVIN

Hey! I said, “mostly.” (laughs)

FORMOSA

Weapons.

KARRAS

Ora?

ORA

Yes...it’s me...

KEVIN

Everything alright?

ORA

We need to move!

KARRAS

What’s after you?!

ORA

Nothing!

FORMOSA

Are you in danger?

ORA

I’m fine, just come on!

FORMOSA

Wow.

ORA

I figured It out...

KEVIN

You shaved your head...

ORA

I had to...

KEVIN

I mean, I like It. I also liked the

half-shaved-kind-of-thing before,

but this is nice, too.

FORMOSA

I’m impressed. You did that

yourself?

KEVIN

Hey! Where are you...?

ORA

COME ON!!

FORMOSA

Hey.

KEVIN

Ora, wait up!!

ORA

Hurry!!

KEVIN

Where are we going?!

ORA

Carcerem.

KARRAS

Why?!

ORA

It’s original! It’s unique...

FORMOSA

What is?

ORA

The Prophecy.

KEVIN

But, there’s more than one of

them...

ORA

There are four!

KEVIN

What do you mean? We have way more

than four...

ORA

No. These four, specifically.

Once I eliminated all the versions

that didn’t have old letters, and

the copies that were written on, on

new parchment...that left me with

maybe 10 or so. But, but It still

didn’t make sense. Some had the

same lines but... but different

orders, or-or-or some had old dead

letters for some-some words but not

others. But, these...these four...

they’re the real ones!

We’ve got the one my family had for

years and years, the one in the pub

that had been there for years and

years, and this one we found at the

tournament...

FORMOSA

But that’s only three.

KEVIN

You only gave me three.

ORA

And the door...the one on the door.

I went back up there before I woke

you and copied It down.

KEVIN

But these are all different...and

... and they contradict each other.

ORA

I thought so too, but...listen...

ORA (CONT'D)

Listener of time, hear your heart,

To trust words written, not seen

before.

Day dreams.

But one door, waiting for this.

Life giving body.

Head shorn clean, cold.

Imperfect face seeing our should-be

world.

Pained at the back follows you

always close by.

Magic bursts.

Fighter will draw no more.

Savior joined by friends, Welcome.

FORMOSA

How...?

ORA

There’s a system...the gate is the

key. ”To trust words written, not

seen before.” That line only

appears on the gate, so I removed

all the repeated words...

FORMOSA

But how do you know which...?

ORA

The lines...the syllables. These

three all have lines with different

numbers of syllables, but are the

only ones that match the syllables

of the lines on the door, and we

KNOW that one is an original. It

has been guarded by an army of dead

for years.

KARRAS

Makes...sense...

ORA

If you match up the lines with the

same number of syllables and remove

the repeated words...

KEVIN

That’s why you shaved your head...

ORA

“Head shorn clean, cold.”

KARRAS

The cut on your face...

ORA

My “imperfect face”...

FORMOSA

The burns on your back...

ORA

“Pained at the back follows you

always close by.”

KEVIN

And last lines, they all go

together.

ORA

“Savior joined by

friends, Welcome.”

FORMOSA

Ora...it’s you. You’re the Chosen

One.

KARRAS

(Gasps)

ORA

I am now.

KEVIN

Ora, wait...

ORA

For Aaru.

KARRAS

YEAH!! COME ON!

FORMOSA

Go!

KEVIN

It’s...it’s working...

ORA

I...

ORA (CONT'D)

For Godrick. Ughhhhmmm!

KARRAS

For Isten.

FORMOSA

For my family.

KEVIN

For us...

ORA

Where...where is everyone?

FORMOSA

I don’t know...

KARRAS

Should... Should we go in?

KEVIN

Umm, I guess...

BIG VOICE

WHAT IS YOUR BUSINESS HERE?

ORA

Uh...h-hello?

BIG VOICE

WHAT IS YOUR BUSINESS HERE?!

ORA

We have come to help the guardians

and save the land of Aaru.

BIG VOICE

AND WHO ARE YOU?!

ORA

I...I am Ora...and I...

FORMOSA

Go on... tell them...

ORA

I am Ora and I am the Chosen One.

BIG VOICE

The Chos...Chosen One?

ORA

Uhhhh....Yes....The one to save

Aaru?

BIG VOICE

And...and you are not here to

pillage the city?

KEVIN

What?!

ORA

No! We would never do that!

BIG VOICE

Oh, thank the land!

Aleck, open the door!

SKENDER

(Laughing)

Hooray!!

ALECK

(Laughing)

OH finally!!

SKENDER

We did It,?! We did It!! Yay!!

ALECK

We did It! It worked! It worked! It

took bloody years, but It worked!!

SKENDER

Years at least! Least years, maybe

decades. Who knows. But look who It

is! Look who It is!...Who are you

again?

ALECK

Who are you?

ORA

Ora.

ALECK

Ora!!!

ORA

What...?

SKENDER

ORA! Ora.

ALECK

Ora.

SKENDER

Oh...We knew you would come! I

mean, not you,

ALECK

No, not you..

SKENDER

But someone.

ALECK

Yes someone!

SKENDER

We’ve been here for years, haven’t

we, Aleck?

ALECK

Oh dear. Oh years. I stopped

counting the years. You see,

nobody’s ever done this before. You

are truly special.

SKENDER

Yeah...

ALECK

I’m sorry but you our savior.

KEVIN

This is...weird. Where is

everybody?

FORMOSA

Where are the rest of the

guardians?!

SKENDER

Oh, it’s us!

ALECK

Surprise!

KEVIN

YOU?!

ALECK

Yes! Well, n-n-not guardians as one

would think...but the rest, anyway!

Yes, the rest anyway.

ORA

No...no, that can’t be...

SKENDER

Been here since the... since the

murders.

Oh...do you know about the

murders?!

KEVIN

Yeah..We...we heard the story.

ALECK

Yes but... have you heard the real

story?

KEVIN

Straight from the guardian’s

mouth...

SKENDER

Really!

KARRAS

What was that voice...?

SKENDER

Oh, forgive us for that. But we

didn’t really know who you were.

ALECK

No.

SKENDER

I mean, if the wrong people got

into Carcerem; someone that wished

to do harm...

ALECK

Yeah! Or, or or or, or if you were

on the side of the dark Guardi...

SKENDER

Shtum, shtum, shtum.

ALECK

Shtum.

SKENDER

You mustn’t say their names! Right?

(MORE)

ALECK

I’m so sorry. But-but look-look

look-look-look. The things inside

these walls...if they fell into the

wrong hands... And if the city were

run by the wrong people...

FORMOSA

And who are you?!

ALECK

OH!

SKENDER

OH!! Apologies! You’re our savior

and we haven’t even introduced

ourselves. Well...

ALECK

Shame on us.

SKENDER

Yeah. He is Aleck...

ALECK

‘ello...and he is Skender.

SKENDER

Please to meet you.

ALECK

We were the only two what didn’t

get cast out you see. Killed or run

away after the prot-protection

spell was cast.

FORMOSA

H-How can that be?

SKENDER

Well, we were more like servants

here.

ALECK

Servants really.

SKENDER

Yeah, yeah. When the fighting

started, we were in the kitchens.

ALECK

And-and... w-w-w.. Look-looklook...

We didn’t hurt anyone so wewe

didn’t get cast ou...

ALECK (CONT'D)

I’m sorry, cast out. You see,

pretty much all the guardians

started fighting each other and-and

they, they all got cast out. I mean

the good ones, the bad ones... It

didn’t, It didn’t matter. But,

secret...we didn’t fight, we hid.

And once things settled down, well

we didn’t have any place to go did

we...

SKENDER

(Laughing)

So we stayed! Right here!

ALECK

(Laughing)

We stayed we stayed! We fooled them

all is what we did! We didn’t move!

And, once the protection spell was

cast, most of the folks still alive

ran away think-thinking that the

city would be attacked again. I

mean that spell, really, had never

been cast before so many people

didn’t know what It actually could

do you see.

SKENDER

But, but, but we were smarter than

that. We knew that no magic could

get in. Aleck here is a genius, he

knows all about the city.

ALECK

Oh, curse of the reading class I

reckon... (Belch) ‘scuse me.

KEVIN

You can’t possibly be from back

then...

SKENDER

Oh, I know, I know, I know we don’t

look It, but time works a little

differently inside the walls of the

city.

ORA

W-wh-What about the Prophecy?! I-I

collected all of them!

Every...Every single Prophecy!

SKENDER

(Laughing)

You See?! I told you!! I told you

the Prophecy would work!!

ALECK

(Laughing)

That’s our handy work. That is our

handy work!

FORMOSA

Wait, you two wrote them?

ALECK

Ohhh, did you like them? Oh see, I

had help from some of the poetry bobooks

we have...and, you know, the

one on the front gate.

KEVIN

Wait! Stop! Just wait! Hold on!

Shut up! Why would you do that??

SKENDER

What do you mean? Hope. That’s all

everything is for. Hope.

KARRAS

You better explain. Fast.

ALECK

Hang on, hang on. We were trapped,

and and there was a dead army

outside an-an and It gave us hope

that someone might come save us you

see.

SKENDER

So we thought...we can’t let evil

win, we should fight back! Right?

But then we figured out that we

can’t fight back...

KARRAS

Because you are cowards!

SKENDER

RIGHT! That’s what we came to

realize!

ORA

I don't understand.

ALECK

Well, we knew we couldn’t beat the

dark guardians, but we couldn’t

depend on anyone else to do It,

either could we? See, well

generally speaking, people are

cowards aren’t they. They’re...

They’re cowards because they’re

scared. And they’re scared

because... well they don't think

they can win. So we wrote a bunch

of letters and such and we... we

sent them out all over.

SKENDER

Yeah, we used birds, catapults,

sewage lines...really anything we

could think of to get them out of

here.

ALECK

Correct! We figured who doesn’t

want to be the Chosen One? So we

hoped they might give someone the

courage to rise up and save us!

SKENDER

And It worked!! It worked.

ORA

But I figured out how they combine

to form a single Prophecy! I’m the

Chosen One. I am the Prophecy!

SKENDER

Well...uh... Forgive me, but I’m

not sure what you mean. I mean, we

made a bunch of different versions,

we thought well...surely someone

would fit one of them.

ORA

How’d I open the door then? It

wouldn’t open before. It wouldn’t

open for others!

ALECK

Well...umm...there was a dark

undead army surrounding us, you

see? So, we weren’t about to unlock

the door with all that happening. I

mean I’m not stupid.

SKENDER

No no, we are not stupid.

ORA

(Gasping)

I...I can’t breath...

KEVIN

Ora?!

ORA

Are you telling me all of this, all

of - everything we went through.

All of It was just --

SKENDER

To free us! Yes! And you did!

ORA

And these pieces of paper? These

Prophecies??

SKENDER

Well, since we made them up,

they’re... They’re, they’re not

real.

ORA

I...I...

FORMOSA

Ora!

KARRAS

I got her.

SPIRIT

(Neighs)

KEVIN

Spirit?! What...?

ORA

(gasping for air)

I... I can’t...

FORMOSA

Breath! Ora, just breath...

ORA

I can’t...

KEVIN

Spirit, what’s wrong?

ALECK

Awww, don’t be so sad. Here, have a

pint! (Laugh)

SKENDER

Have a pint! (Laugh)

SCENE TRANSITION

VORLAUF

(as a war cry)

FOR VOW AND CODE!

VIGILES

FOR VOW AND CODE!!

END OF EPISODE 31

END OF SEASON