Damn. Damn. Damn It. Damn. Damn.
Ora? Ora, you awake?
No. Um. He’s...
I remember. Sorry Kevin. What
happened? Where are we?
They knocked us out. No time to
explain we have to get out of here
What’s going on? Ouch! Why am I
It’s the Terra. It’s got to be the
These ropes are tight.
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
That sounds ominous.
Oh, because being kidnapped and
tied up isn’t ominous enough.
Panicking isn’t going to get us
Well, panic is my go-to in
situations like this. If you have
any better suggestions, I’m all
Hu, you done...?
Yeah... Yeah, I think so.
Okay, first thing, I can’t feel
any of my weapons. What about you?
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
Alright. Now we’re getting
But I can’t reach anything to rub
on to break them up.
Can you work on my knots?
I tried earlier, but the knots
are... They’re just too tight and I
can’t move my hands well.
What if we rub the ropes together?
That might work. I think I can
reach. Wait, can you turn?
Ack! Your hair is in my face.
More like, your face is in my hair.
Thats... Ugh...This is harder than
No, you have to move more to the
left. No No My left.
I would if I could, but... No, no,
no no no no! Ugh.
Well...my head found a rock...if
that’s helpful at all.
It might be.
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
There! Okay, if you hold your hands
Is It working?
I think so. My, my ropes feel like
they’re starting to loosen up a
So what do you know about the
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.
That doesn’t sound so bad.
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
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.
Have you ever heard of them
kidnapping people before? Maybe
it’s not them?
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-
Yes! I knew you were good for
Wait...what happened? I can’t see!
Where are you going?! I’m still
Let me untie my legs and then I’ll
Okay, now get me out!
They are almost cut through.
ROCK! Okay, hold still!
Okay, I got your hands. Get to your
own feet and I’ll see if there’s
anything in here that we can use.
Shhhhh! They’ll hear us! They’re
probably right outside the tent!
We need to get Spirit back. We can
fight if we have to.
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....
What are you doing?
KEVIN AND ORA
I see you’ve freed yourself.
And I’m not going to be tied up
Good, then we are in agreement.
I can handle anything you got!
Don’t trust him Ora
Ummm... welcome to....
Welcome to our home, I picked these
apples for you. Ummm...
That’s good enough, now run along.
What a minute. I’m confused.
I’m not! They are going to poison
us! Why else would they be happy we
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.
Oh, Sure. Cause we should trust the
stranger who kidnapped us.
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.
Don’t eat that.
Oh, for Darkness and Light
See?! Now come, sit down.
Much! This is amazing! I am Ora by
the way. And this is...
Kevin! Kevin, come here. Have an
This is Kevin.
But only the one that he already
took a bite out of!
Great, fine, whatever. Here. Little
jumpy, that one? Hu?
To be fair, we don’t have any idea
what’s going on or what you’re
planning to do with us.
We’re letting you go. The trap
wasn’t meant for you.
Oh... Who was It meant for?
Why would you assume only Vigiles
would be ensnared? Anyone could
have fallen for that trap.
Most people know not to leave the
protected roads. The paths leading
from village to village don’t
change, but the forest around them
What? I think we would have noticed
if trees and stuff were moving.
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.
You’re wrong. My parents would have
told me about that.
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.
I’m just going to grab another one
I’ll bet It was all that forest
dancing that got me lost.
Or maybe you just got lost. I don’t
know if I believe this story about
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.
Every day, the forest remakes
itself into something different.
That doesn’t sound creepy at all.
Usually only the Vigiles and
thieves travel through the forest;
those willing to risk getting lost
to keep from being found.
Alright...Then why are you here?
And why do you move around all the
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.
So you keep children that can use
magic? You don’t give them to the
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
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.
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.
Why are you looking at me?
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.
And what about Spirit? Where’s my
Oh yes, of course. We’ll return
your horse to you.
...or they could keep her.
Please take me to her. I need to
make sure’s alright.
Knowing that horse, I’d be more
worried about the Terra’s.
You’re just jealous she likes me
better than you.
I’ll take you to your horse.
Kevin, you coming?
Umm...I don't feel good...
What is happening to him?
Oh no! I knew It! They poisoned me!
What did you do?!
Oh, calm down. He ate four apples,
core and all, in the flap of a
bird’s wing; that would make anyone
You know Kevin... He has a point.
Ugh...I’m such an idiot.
...and you have a point, too.
(Burps) Oh yeah I feel better
It’s beautiful here.
It’s the funny man!/Funny man!/Tell
us a joke, funny man!
I heard you ran away from the
Well, I, you heard wrong.
Funny man Funny man
I well I may be funny but looks
Are you a scared funny man?
Scared? What would I be sacred of.
Look at his hair!
Well I grow my hair
Why do you talk funny?
I don't talk funny
Did you like the apples?
A little too much.
I grew them from seeds!
Enough! Everyone away!
Bye, funny man!/Bye!/Hope you don’t
What just happened?...
...well, that was strange.
Well, not really. Kids like me. I
just have a way with them. You
know, this place is really starting
to grow on me.
Feeling better are you? Agilmar,
what did they mean, “funny man”?
This one talks in his sleep...and
the children really enjoyed It...
Ora, Kevin, this is Haren. She has
Good evening, Agilmar. Are these
Pleased to meet you. Your weapons
are over there.
Thanks. Wow, you cleaned them?
...and sharpened them. I figured
that since you were not Vigiles you
might be a little upset that we
Thank you so much.
And that soup smells amazing.
Well, it’s not done yet, but
perhaps later you can come back and
If you want to see your horse,
she’s right around the corner
Thank you, Haren. We will be back.
See you later.
Look, I’m so confused...everyone is
so nice. Why are there all those
stories about you doing awful
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.
Did you miss me, girl?
Let me introduce you to my
daughter, Formosa. She has a way
with animals and is one of the best
fighters in the Terra.
Thank you for taking care of
Spirit. She looks well-groomed and
I can tell she’s well loved; she’s
so sweet and gentle.
And this is Reginald, my nephew...
...who is one of the best braggarts
in the Terra.
Pleased to meet you. I’m Ora and
this is Kevin.
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
Reginald! Sorry about him. He’s an
idiot. I’m sorry we tied you up,
but out here we have to be careful.
It’s alright, we understand.
And what were you doing out here,
...trying to get kidnapped.
Kevin! Sorry. He too is an idiot.
FORMOSA AND ORA
As for us, Kevin was traveling
through the forest to our village
and got lost. And I... well, I
You are a Prophecy hunter.
What did you say?
How did you know? You know of the
Yes. We found It in your bag, and
there It remains.
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.
...But some still hope It comes
true. It would be a blessing to
have peace once again.
I thought I had found the Chosen
One. Everything lined up perfectly.
Hey! You know what?!
Kevin! Stop It!!
Reginald! They’re our guests!
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...
There goes all my fun.
I’m sorry for you loss.
Thank you. We’re on our way to
Shadow Run to tell his family.
We will provide food for your
journey. We can escort you to
Shadow Run, if you wish.
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.
Nowhere is safe from the Lusus
Stop trying to scare people,
What? It’s true.
I’m with Reggie on this one.
You can’t deny that Lusus Naturae
attacks have been increasing.
It’s the way with nature. Sometimes
It rains enough to flood, other
times It rains so little that the
rivers dry up.
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
You’re so quick to label anything
you don’t understand as unnatural.
You’re beginning to sound like
those magic-hating Vigiles.
Vig..! You take that back
Enough. Stop bickering like
children in front of the outsiders.
My apologizes, uncle.
Now then, I smell deer roasting.
Let us enjoy a meal together and
then we’ll discuss how to-
Go! I’ll be right behind.
I’m on It.
END OF EPISODE 3