THE TERRA

KEVIN (CONT'D)

(softly)

Damn. Damn. Damn It. Damn. Damn.

Damn Damn

ORA

(moaning)

Ah. Ugh.

KEVIN

Ora? Ora, you awake?

ORA

(groggily)

Godrick? Godrick?

KEVIN

No. Um. He’s...

ORA

I remember. Sorry Kevin. What

happened? Where are we?

KEVIN

They knocked us out. No time to

explain we have to get out of here

now.

ORA

What’s going on? Ouch! Why am I

tied up?

KEVIN

It’s the Terra. It’s got to be the

Terra.

ORA

These ropes are tight.

KEVIN

Yeah, no kidding! I’ve been working

on mine for a while. But the ropes

are going to be the least of our

problems if we don’t get out of

here.

ORA

That sounds ominous.

KEVIN

Oh, because being kidnapped and

tied up isn’t ominous enough.

ORA

Panicking isn’t going to get us

anywhere.

KEVIN

Well, panic is my go-to in

situations like this. If you have

any better suggestions, I’m all

ears!

ORA

Hu, you done...?

KEVIN

Yeah... Yeah, I think so.

ORA

Okay, first thing, I can’t feel

any of my weapons. What about you?

KEVIN

No, me either. But... But I’m

thinking these ropes are just horse

hair. Ya know, they are strong

together, but the fibers can break

easily.

ORA

Alright. Now we’re getting

somewhere!

KEVIN

But I can’t reach anything to rub

on to break them up.

ORA

Can you work on my knots?

KEVIN

I tried earlier, but the knots

are... They’re just too tight and I

can’t move my hands well.

ORA

What if we rub the ropes together?

KEVIN

That might work. I think I can

reach. Wait, can you turn?

KEVIN (CONT'D)

Ack! Your hair is in my face.

ORA

More like, your face is in my hair.

KEVIN

Thats... Ugh...This is harder than

I thought...

ORA

No, you have to move more to the

left. No No My left.

KEVIN

I would if I could, but... No, no,

no no no no! Ugh.

ORA

Well...

KEVIN

Well...my head found a rock...if

that’s helpful at all.

ORA

It might be.

KEVIN

Ugh. Okay, hold on let me... wait

can you...scoot...No you scoot over

more. Come here, yeah, Okay. Okay

great. Now don’t move let me

just... Okay.

There! Okay, if you hold your hands

still...

ORA

Is It working?

KEVIN

I think so. My, my ropes feel like

they’re starting to loosen up a

little.

ORA

So what do you know about the

Terra?

KEVIN

Nothing good. They are rarely seen.

They don’t stay in one place long.

They live in the forest and appear

and disappear without a trace.

ORA

That doesn’t sound so bad.

KEVIN

Yeah...Most say they keep moving

because they steal and want to

leave before they’re caught. One

thing’s for sure, they’re

dangerous. And worse, unpredictable

and dangerous.

ORA

How so?

KEVIN

Well, see there are stories of them

brutally murdering people, without

any rhyme or reason. And, and they

say they lust for blood and kill

for pleasure! Thats pretty ominous.

ORA

Have you ever heard of them

kidnapping people before? Maybe

it’s not them?

KEVIN

Well, I’ve only heard of them

killing. But I wouldn’t put

anything past them, and from

everything I have seen so far, it’s

them. Guess they’re branching out

with kidnapping and exploring new

realms of terribleness. They’re

going to sell us to the highest

bidder as slaves. Or, or maybe they

want to murder us slowly ya know.

Or maybe, maybe they’ll use us as

target practice? Or, or maybe-

ORA

Yes! I knew you were good for

something!

KEVIN

Wait...what happened? I can’t see!

Where are you going?! I’m still

tied up!

ORA

Let me untie my legs and then I’ll

help you.

ORA (CONT'D)

There!

KEVIN

Okay, now get me out!

ORA

They are almost cut through.

Where’s the...

ORA (CONT'D)

ROCK! Okay, hold still!

KEVIN

I am!!

ORA

Okay, I got your hands. Get to your

own feet and I’ll see if there’s

anything in here that we can use.

KEVIN

Shhhhh! They’ll hear us! They’re

probably right outside the tent!

ORA

We need to get Spirit back. We can

fight if we have to.

KEVIN

With your rock? You have got to be

kidding. Let’s just leave

everything and sneak away. I think

I can lift up the back of the....

AGILMAR

What are you doing?

KEVIN AND ORA

(Startled)

AGILMAR

I see you’ve freed yourself.

ORA

And I’m not going to be tied up

again!

AGILMAR

Good, then we are in agreement.

ORA

I can handle anything you got!

AGILMAR

What about...Fruit?

ORA

hu?

KEVIN

Don’t trust him Ora

ORA

What?

AGILMAR

Sinthar?

SINTHAR

(reciting)

Ummm... welcome to....

AGILMAR

Go on.

SINTHAR

Welcome to our home, I picked these

apples for you. Ummm...

AGILMAR

That’s good enough, now run along.

SINTHAR

Yes Grandfather

ORA

What a minute. I’m confused.

KEVIN

I’m not! They are going to poison

us! Why else would they be happy we

got untied?!

AGILMAR

Because It saves me the headache of

undoing those blasted knots. Let me

explain. And boy... Stop trying to

break my tent and come over here. I

promise I won’t hurt either of you.

KEVIN

Oh, Sure. Cause we should trust the

stranger who kidnapped us.

AGILMAR

I’m Agilmar, leader of this clan of

Terra, and I give you my word that

we mean you no harm. Have some

food, you must be starving.

ORA

Uhh...

KEVIN

Don’t eat that.

AGILMAR

Oh, for Darkness and Light

AGILMAR (CONT'D)

See?! Now come, sit down.

Better?

ORA

Much! This is amazing! I am Ora by

the way. And this is...

Kevin! Kevin, come here. Have an

apple.

KEVIN

Okay...

ORA

This is Kevin.

KEVIN

But only the one that he already

took a bite out of!

AGILMAR

Great, fine, whatever. Here. Little

jumpy, that one? Hu?

ORA

To be fair, we don’t have any idea

what’s going on or what you’re

planning to do with us.

AGILMAR

We’re letting you go. The trap

wasn’t meant for you.

ORA

Oh... Who was It meant for?

AGILMAR

Vigiles.

ORA

Why would you assume only Vigiles

would be ensnared? Anyone could

have fallen for that trap.

AGILMAR

Most people know not to leave the

protected roads. The paths leading

from village to village don’t

change, but the forest around them

does.

KEVIN

What? I think we would have noticed

if trees and stuff were moving.

AGILMAR

The forest doesn’t move quickly. An

unwary traveler might never notice

the differences. But the trees

dance. They shift and twirl turning

clearings into dense thicket and

back again. Sometimes the changes

help people, sometimes It causes

confusion. In either case, this is

usually none of the tree’s concern.

ORA

You’re wrong. My parents would have

told me about that.

AGILMAR

If you stay on the roads, the

dancing doesn’t matter. And almost

everyone avoids going deep in the

woods due to the Lusus Naturae, so

most don’t know.

KEVIN

I’m just going to grab another one

of these...

AGILMAR

Help yourself.

KEVIN

I’ll bet It was all that forest

dancing that got me lost.

ORA

Or maybe you just got lost. I don’t

know if I believe this story about

dancing trees.

AGILMAR

You can see for yourself. Sit and

gaze out onto the land around you.

After hours of watching, you’ll see

roots gliding along the soil and

branches groaning as they shift.

KEVIN

Hu...

AGILMAR

Every day, the forest remakes

itself into something different.

KEVIN

That doesn’t sound creepy at all.

AGILMAR

Usually only the Vigiles and

thieves travel through the forest;

those willing to risk getting lost

to keep from being found.

ORA

Alright...Then why are you here?

KEVIN

And why do you move around all the

time?

AGILMAR

Because this is where we are meant

to be. This forest is not evil, and

if you respect and learn from the

land, you can join the dance.

Seeing the pattern and shape, even

if you can’t hear the music. We

don’t get lost here. But we would

struggle in a settlement. Stone

walls would shut us away from the

woods and we would slowly lose our

knowledge. Rules would control us

and we would slowly lose our

traditions. Staying put would put

us at the mercy of Vigiles and the

Lusus Naturae. We would lose our

way. Far better to only visit those

settlements to trade or to claim

vengeance against Vigiles who try

to steal our children.

KEVIN

So you keep children that can use

magic? You don’t give them to the

Vigiles?

AGILMAR

Of course we keep them. They are

our children. But we teach them to

never use their powers. Magic calls

to too many evil beings to be worth

using. The evils of Magic can be

seen in the abomination of the

Lusus Naturae. The selfish hubris

of man and the needless destruction

of nature.

ORA

Putting aside the frolicking forest

for a moment, let’s say I do

believe that you set that trap for

the Vigiles. Then why didn’t you

free us the moment you caught us?

We’re obviously not Vigiles.

AGILMAR

Not that obviously. Some travel in

disguise so they can better

approach their target. We needed to

see if you had any inculpations or

rings to connect you to them.

Also... We consider Vigiles

cowardly, and some of your actions

may not have been the bravest.

KEVIN

Why are you looking at me?

AGILMAR

But...we looked through your

belongings and you appear to be

normal travelers. We’ll give you

food as an apology for your

troubles and send you on your way.

ORA

And what about Spirit? Where’s my

horse?

AGILMAR

Oh yes, of course. We’ll return

your horse to you.

KEVIN

...or they could keep her.

ORA

Please take me to her. I need to

make sure’s alright.

KEVIN

Knowing that horse, I’d be more

worried about the Terra’s.

ORA

You’re just jealous she likes me

better than you.

AGILMAR

I’ll take you to your horse.

ORA

Kevin, you coming?

KEVIN

Umm...I don't feel good...

ORA

What is happening to him?

KEVIN

Oh no! I knew It! They poisoned me!

ORA

What did you do?!

AGILMAR

Oh, calm down. He ate four apples,

core and all, in the flap of a

bird’s wing; that would make anyone

sick.

ORA

You know Kevin... He has a point.

KEVIN

Ugh...I’m such an idiot.

ORA

...and you have a point, too.

KEVIN

(Burps) Oh yeah I feel better

ORA

It’s beautiful here.

KIDS

It’s the funny man!/Funny man!/Tell

us a joke, funny man!

SINTHAR

I heard you ran away from the

corrupted.

KEVIN

Well, I, you heard wrong.

KID 2

Funny man Funny man

KEVIN

I well I may be funny but looks

are’t everything.

KID 3

Are you a scared funny man?

KEVIN

Scared? What would I be sacred of.

KID 4

Look at his hair!

KEVIN

Well I grow my hair

SINTHAR

Why do you talk funny?

KEVIN

I don't talk funny

SINTHAR

Did you like the apples?

KEVIN

A little too much.

KID 2

I grew them from seeds!

KEVIN

Yeah.

AGILMAR

Enough! Everyone away!

KIDS

(running off)

Bye, funny man!/Bye!/Hope you don’t

get scared!

KEVIN

What just happened?...

ORA

...well, that was strange.

KEVIN

Well, not really. Kids like me. I

just have a way with them. You

know, this place is really starting

to grow on me.

ORA

Feeling better are you? Agilmar,

what did they mean, “funny man”?

AGILMAR

This one talks in his sleep...and

the children really enjoyed It...

Ora, Kevin, this is Haren. She has

your weapons.

HAREN

Good evening, Agilmar. Are these

our guests?

AGILMAR

They are.

HAREN

Pleased to meet you. Your weapons

are over there.

ORA

Thanks. Wow, you cleaned them?

HAREN

...and sharpened them. I figured

that since you were not Vigiles you

might be a little upset that we

grabbed you.

ORA

Thank you so much.

KEVIN

And that soup smells amazing.

HAREN

Well, it’s not done yet, but

perhaps later you can come back and

have some.

AGILMAR

If you want to see your horse,

she’s right around the corner

there.

ORA

Thank you, Haren. We will be back.

HAREN

See you later.

KEVIN

Look, I’m so confused...everyone is

so nice. Why are there all those

stories about you doing awful

things?

AGILMAR

The Vigiles don’t like us because

we don’t follow their rules. If It

were up to them, they would wipe us

all out. But because they hardly

ever find us, all they can do is

spread stories. Truth be told, we

don’t mind. Keeps people from

looking for us.

ORA

Spirit!

SPIRIT

(horse sound)

ORA

Did you miss me, girl?

AGILMAR

Let me introduce you to my

daughter, Formosa. She has a way

with animals and is one of the best

fighters in the Terra.

ORA

Thank you for taking care of

Spirit. She looks well-groomed and

happy.

FORMOSA

I can tell she’s well loved; she’s

so sweet and gentle.

AGILMAR

And this is Reginald, my nephew...

AGILMAR (CONT'D)

...who is one of the best braggarts

in the Terra.

(MORE)

ORA

Pleased to meet you. I’m Ora and

this is Kevin.

REGINALD

Since you’re untied and walking

around...and breathing, I guess you

aren’t Vigiles. Aw, that’s a shame.

I was hoping to kill something

today.

FORMOSA

Reginald! Sorry about him. He’s an

idiot. I’m sorry we tied you up,

but out here we have to be careful.

ORA

It’s alright, we understand.

REGINALD

And what were you doing out here,

anyway?

KEVIN

...trying to get kidnapped.

ORA

Kevin! Sorry. He too is an idiot.

FORMOSA AND ORA

(Laugh)

ORA

As for us, Kevin was traveling

through the forest to our village

and got lost. And I... well, I

was...

REGINALD

You are a Prophecy hunter.

FORMOSA

Reginald!

KEVIN

What did you say?

ORA

How did you know? You know of the

Prophecy?

AGILMAR

Yes. We found It in your bag, and

there It remains.

AGILMAR (CONT'D)

The Terra don’t put faith in It, we

believe it’s far better to try to

improve the world ourselves than

wait for another.

FORMOSA

...But some still hope It comes

true. It would be a blessing to

have peace once again.

ORA

I thought I had found the Chosen

One. Everything lined up perfectly.

But...

AGILMAR

What happened?

ORA

He died.

REGINALD

Well, figures.

KEVIN

Hey! You know what?!

REGINALD

WHAT?

ORA

Kevin! Stop It!!

FORMOSA

Reginald! They’re our guests!

KEVIN

Okay fine! I’ll drop It, but only

‘cause... I don’t really know how

to use a sword and It really seems

like he does...

REGINALD

There goes all my fun.

FORMOSA

I’m sorry for you loss.

ORA

Thank you. We’re on our way to

Shadow Run to tell his family.

AGILMAR

We will provide food for your

journey. We can escort you to

Shadow Run, if you wish.

ORA

Thank you. We may take you up on

that. I’ve seen what a Lusus

Naturae can do. The sooner we get

safely to Shadow Run, the better.

REGINALD

Nowhere is safe from the Lusus

Naturae.

FORMOSA

Stop trying to scare people,

Reginald.

REGINALD

What? It’s true.

KEVIN

I’m with Reggie on this one.

REGINALD

You can’t deny that Lusus Naturae

attacks have been increasing.

FORMOSA

It’s the way with nature. Sometimes

It rains enough to flood, other

times It rains so little that the

rivers dry up.

REGINALD

You really want to debate this

again? Those creatures aren’t

natural. They’re an abomination,

created to hurt us because of our

ancestors’ greed and obsession with

magic. Why else do you think they

usually appear if someone uses

magic? Hu? Your FATHER even thinks

so.

FORMOSA

You’re so quick to label anything

you don’t understand as unnatural.

You’re beginning to sound like

those magic-hating Vigiles.

REGINALD

Vig..! You take that back

AGILMAR

Enough. Stop bickering like

children in front of the outsiders.

FORMOSA

Sorry, father.

REGINALD

My apologizes, uncle.

AGILMAR

Now then, I smell deer roasting.

Let us enjoy a meal together and

then we’ll discuss how to-

REGINALD

Formosa!

FORMOSA

Go! I’ll be right behind.

REGINALD

I’m on It.

ORA

What’s that?

AGILMAR

Lusus Naturae.

END OF EPISODE 3