THE WAITING GAME
I’m so bored. I want a drink.
How could you drink here?
It’s a pub. You’re supposed to
No, I meant, how can you drink
with... With them on the ground.
I prefer to drink with the dead
over the living. It’s quieter.
This early in the morning?
Yep! I’ll show you
Both of you should be quieter; I’m
trying to think.
There was a woman in here last
night. Young. She was familiar to
me and I don’t know why.
Maybe you saw her in your dreams.
No. That’s not It.
Come here you. Watch your step.
This is Fredrick. Say hello,
Fredric here works for the
Only when necessary, I’m a cobbler
But when there’s trouble and help
is needed, Fredrick answers the
call. Don’t you Fredrick.
Now I couldn’t find the head
watchmen in this blasted town, even
the gates were unguarded, but I
thought our friend Fredrick here
could help us out.
Such a nice new friend!
Thank you, Hal.
Fredrick, was It?
Yes, Fredrick, that’s right. Who’re
My name is Vorlauf. I apologize for
the stench, but bodies do tend to
smell after being left to rot from
sun down to sun up.
Oh, I’m afraid I disagree,
Fredrick; it’s not fine. Bodies
shouldn’t be left to rot in a pub
for hours. And we’ve kept the owner
here as witness for the same amount
of time, unable to clean or repair
his place of business; his
Can you imagine the inconvenience
this has posed to the poor gnome?
Guilty only of bearing witness to
this sad affair?
And what about me and my men? Hours
and hours we’ve waited, Fredrick.
Do you have any idea what it’s like
to keep the company of men you’ve
killed? Watching as their bodies
swell; as the foulness within makes
it’s way without?
Speak up, watchman.
It’s not pleasant, I’ll tell you
that. We have been waiting for the
law to come and mark the dead. My
men and I acted legally and justly,
and have left these rogues
untouched in accordance with the
law. We couldn’t even close their
Look at this man, Frederick!
Staring up at you with clouded
eyes, seeing none but death. He
He’s probably never seen a dead
Don’t worry Freddy, if you stick by
us you’ll see a lot more!
Fredrick, we have been waiting for
the Head Watchman to come here and
sign off that we acted in good
faith and within the law. And, upon
his declaration, to give approval
for another contract. Good,
upstanding citizens, waiting and
waiting. I have no doubt that the
news of this altercation has made
It to him and you hours ago...
You’re sorry? Sorry to who? Sorry
to the dead? Sorry to the barkeep?
Sorry to us? Or perhaps, sorry to
all those we’ve been barred from
helping while we’ve sat here
I’m sorry, but...
No. No. Nothing. Nothing
Didn’t sound like nothing.
Sounded a lot like something.
It’s just...when other Vigiles
come, they... They just fake the
signatures. The law doesn’t get
involved. We...kind if thought
you’d just go away.
True Vigiles always act within the
law. Tell me, Fredrick, does It
look like we’re going away?
No, sir. No
No. Can you bring your leader to
I don’t know where he is. I’m not
Do you think you could find him?
You. Don’t. Know.
Humm... Fredrick, do you know what
happens when you have to wait for
hours upon hours, trapped in a
place like this? You seek out any
distraction you can find. Some turn
to the drink.
But I...prefer a game.
What...what kind of game? I
Tut-tut. You needn’t worry, a
simple game to pass the time.
And new friends should play with
‘Specially a game with daggers!
Wait! Wait...with... With daggers?
What do youVORLAUF
You need only put your hand up
against the wall, please, Fredrick.
Make sure your fingers are spread
No, no. I ready don't want to...
Hal, could you please help our new
With pleasure. Ha ha. Come here
you. Hold Still. That’ll help you
hold still. (Muah)
Fredrick, I need your fingers
What are you going to do?
Fredrick. Good. Fingers just like
that. Now hold still.
Vorlauf draws open his coat, revealing a pair of holsters on
each thigh, each capable of securing four daggers. With
lightning speed, Vorlauf draws a dagger and THROWS It. It
lands with a THUD in the space between Fredrick’s thumb and
index finger. Fredrick SCREAMS.
Ha Ha! You see, Fredrick? It’s just
a game, I won’t hurt you. You
really mustn’t worry. I have a lot
of daggers and impeccable aim, I’ll
only hit the space between your
fingers. I promise....
Unless, of course, you move.
I. I. Please. Please. I...
Shh. You’ll only distract me.
Wouldn’t want that.
Fredrick’s pleas continue under the dialogue.
Wager a drink that Vorlauf hits
I’ll take that bet.
AAAAA... Please!!... AAAA
I have to admit, between the ring
finger and the pinky is always
tricky, even for me well rested,
but, I have been up all night. I’d
be tempted to stop now, but since
we’re stuck here waiting for your
leader and you don’t know where he
is, we have to play games to kill
Haaa... He said kill, haaaaaa
I’ll find him! I’ll find him and
bring him to you!
I’ll find him. Please...
Fredrick! I’m so pleased.
Oh fredrick, I seemed to have
scratched you... but I did tell you
not to move. I’m sure It will heal
just fine. Now, normally I would
suggest playing another round, but
you’re going to be too busy finding
Yes. Yes, I’ll find him. I’ll find
Thanks for helping me win the beer!
Oh, and Fredrick, if you don’t
return with him soon I’ll have Hal
find you again. There are lots more
games we can play.
I’ll find him, I’ll find him.
Well, that was fun! Though I’m a
When aren’t you confused?
The Justice told us not to hurt
innocent people...and we killed
these men because they were wanted
for messin’ ‘round with citizens
that weren’t involved with magic.
And they attacked us.
So, why would you do that to
Fredrick? Don’t seem he’s done
Not that I’m complaining, mind you.
I would never hurt an innocent
But if the law doesn’t fulfill
their duty after half a day, even
though they are legally required to
confirm these deaths, then I’m
unclear where their loyalties lie.
They’re hindering us, and I cannot
let anyone get in the way of our
cause. As you saw, our friend was
unwilling to act with haste to
resolve our dilemma. I simply
provided the motivation he needed.
And you can be sure his finger will
I do hope dear Freddy finds his
What are you staring at, my lord.
Something wrong with the wall
More like something missing. Get
There you go. Come on, Come on step
lively. There you are.
The paint on this spot of the wall
is lighter. Something was hanging
here. What was It? I don’t recall.
It, a... It got stolen last night.
What was It, exactly?
Don’t make me repeat myself.
It was a copy of the Prophecy. Not
that I believe It, of course. I
mean I can’t even read It. It’s
been here since long, long before I
bought the place. And no one here
believes It. B-but we joke about
It. All in good fun. I don’t
believe in the Prophecy at all. All
Enough. I believe you.
And you said It was stolen last
I think It was nicked during the
fight. There was this girl, you
see. She was really obsessed with
It. I’m guessin’ she took It when
she and her friend ran off.
night I really, don’t remember that
“Bog of Faces” you know...
You know, Vorlauf, now that our
dear Freddy’s gone, we don’t have
anyone left to play with. Maybe we
should make a new friend.
We do love to make friends.
She was young. Carried a sword and
looked like she knew how to use It.
Spoke gruffly, but seemed innocent.
Clean, almost too clean. I’d never
seen her before...and I know all
the people around here.
Yes, her. And you mentioned she had
a companion? Was It a man the same
age? Confident. Also looks like he
knows how to use a weapon?
He was the same age, sure, but he
was cowardly. Couldn’t even put up
a fight when he arm wrestled Gary!
I hadn’t seen him around. Not, not
See I found him! I found him.
Welcome back, Freddy! And good job!
You lead the watchmen, I assume.
Barkeep, would you bear witness for
our watchman friend here?
These good men here acted out of
necessity to defend themselves and
uphold their duty.
Uh...yes, yes of course.
My dear barkeep, thank you for your
patience and for doing your civic
duty. You’re a good citizen. You
may go now.
Thank the light.
Sorry for the wait. You see, I was
called away last night. There was a
Lusus Naturae attack and I...
Can I go? Please. Please. Can I go
Yes, Fredrick. And thank you for
doing your duty.
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
Thanks for being a good sport,
Sir, you left them covered in their
own filth and entrails; didn’t even
put a blanket over them.
You know the law. Can’t do anything
with the dead until I get legal
Well, everything seems to be in
order here. I can sign your
declaration and you all can be on
Ann! Take their rings.
Oh no, that’s not really necessary.
I don’t really need to see that...
Oh, you absolutely do. We waited
all night, you’ll mark every
detail. After we’ve claimed the
hands as our right, you can have
Have a seat.
Ugh, we have to take the rings off
all these dead people?
Can’t just take the rings. Once a
man dies, his fingers swell up like
cooked sausage. Plus, code says we
take the whole hand so...
The law is the law.
Hatch It, Ay! Damn near hit me in
Ha ha! Slapped by a dead man!
Tryin’ to give him the last laugh,
are ya’? (Laughs)
I...uh...I’d better go check on
Only three more to go...
Ann, I really got to Hand It to
Hey you old scoundrel. Shut your
Oh oh you dropped one. You looking
for a hand out? Ha.
All seems to be in order. Can I
sign It now?
If you would be so kind.
There...There you go.
Good. Very good. Thank you. Come,
there is much to be done.
Come on, Come on. Keep your guard
Ow. That hurts!
You can’t learn to fight by
watching others. Keep your
Have you seen Spirit? I haven’t
seen her since we started training.
You know, maybe we should look...
Don’t try to talk your way out of
this! Spirit is fine! I’m sure
she’s just grazing somewhere. Now,
Aim for the body, not the blade.
Er...in this case, the stick.
Don't cross your feet! Throws off
your balance and makes It easier
for the enemy to push you over.
How am I supposed to remember all
of this during a fight?
Practice. Practice. And more
practice. That’s what my mother
Where did she learn all this? It’s
not like the village has a militia
or anything...although that
wouldn’t be the worst idea in the
world these days.
My mother isn’t from the village.
Father is. Born and raised.
Ugh! Ha ha.
Mother moved to the village when
she was about my age.
Where was she before?
She traveled a lot. That’s where
she got the Prophecy, on one of her
So she passed on her love of swords
and the Prophecy to her daughter.
You’re exactly like her, you know.
Not exactly. She believed in the
Prophecy, but never thought It
would happen in our lifetime. It
was actually my grandmother who got
me to believe that It could.
Well, you’re improving.
But It took me a few seconds to
beat you. That’s an improvement.
Maybe in a few weeks we can spar
with actual swords.
Oh good. So I only have a few more
weeks to live.
Oh, come on! I wouldn’t kill
you...just cut you up a bit.
Let’s rest for a minute.
Oh, thank you. My... My arms are
sore in places I’ve never even felt
Only your arms? I guess I’m taking
It too easy on you.
So, you’re never worried when
Spirit runs off like that?
Not really, she always finds me
again. She’s a free Spirit... so to
... wow... I just got that...
Ha, yeah the name just seems to fit
her in many ways.
Gah. I can’t believe your mother
would put her kid through this
She wanted me to be able to defend
And why did she teach you about the
Everyone knows about the Prophecy.
But not everyone believes It. Or
has a copy.
True believers are a rare breed.
But what do you believe? You’re
faithful to this idea that a few
words on a scroll can predict the
future, but now we have proof that
there are different versions;
different Prophecies. But they
can’t both be right. Why still
believe in It at all?
Godrick and his parents’ deaths
have to mean something. They have
to be part of some greater plan
that leads us somewhere better.
Somewhere free. Free of the
terrible laws, the Vigiles, the
Lusus Naturae. Free to actually
live. The Prophecy is hope.
Ha. Hope. Hope only makes things
hurt more when It all comes
crashing down. And It always does.
That’s a really-
Oh no! A corrupted!!
Kevin, get our swords. Our real
swords. I left them against the
rock over there. I’ll distract It
as you run. Easy.. Easy
That’s a Lusus Naturae! You can’t
fight a corrupted with a stick!
CALM DOWN! That’s why I said to get
our swords. This one’s smaller than
the last one, I think we handle It.
Alright? GO! Now!
I got its left eye! It’s blind
Hey! Over here! Ho, who, ha! Attack
Come back here! I’m not done with
HAHA I DID It! Let’s see how you
like fighting someone armed!
Keep going! Keep going. It doesn’t
look like it’s healing! Press the
Kevin, uncross your legs! You’ll be
Oof. Ora I’m...
Are you okay?
Who’s shooting those arrows?
Is It dead?
Oh, it’s dead alright. Karras here
Thank you! I don’t know what we’d
have done if you two hadn’t showed
No need to thank me.
It is my duty to stop the Lusus
Really? Why is that?
Well, It has been written.
END OF EPISODE 8