ISTEN

ORA

Wa-wa-Wait...say that again?

ISTEN

I am the One. The One the Prophecy

speaks of.

KEVIN

Really...?

ISTEN

Yes, but...

You can call me Isten.

ORA

Isten...who came from Shadow Run?

ISTEN

The one and only.

ORA

The same Isten who succeeded in

proving he’s the Chosen One at the

Lord’s Throne Pub?

KEVIN

And then got drunk and god kicked

out?

ISTEN

I wasn’t kicked out...

I left. Filthy place full of filthy

people. I only went there because I

heard they had a Prophecy...and

because Karras here begged me to

announce my...Chosen-ness to the

world.

KARRAS

Hum

ORA

We were just on our way to look for

you! I can’t believe you found us!

ISTEN

Oh great, more admirers.

ISTEN (CONT'D)

Karras, get the other arrows.

KARRAS

Hold...

KEVIN

Uhhh... Alright????

ISTEN

I hope you two will show a little

dignity. Not like the others.

ORA

Sorry, we just never thought that

we would...

ISTEN

I know, and... well, now you have.

Soon the rest of world will learn

of my greatness and you can tell

tales down at the local mead

trough; say you knew me when.

KEVIN

Actually, we only wanted to talk to

you. We heard you fit the

Prophecies at the pub, and we have

a different one...

ISTEN

You have a Prophecy on you?

ORA

(eager)

We have two! I just...are you...do

you really think you’re the Chosen

One?

ISTEN

Of course I am.

KARRAS

We should move. Dead corrupted will

attract more.

And It smells.

ORA

Can we come with you?

ISTEN

Listen...uh...

ORA

Oh! I’m Ora and this is Kevin.

ISTEN

Listen Ora and...Kevin? Really?

Hu... Listen you two...you’re not

the first to ask, not by a long

shot. And let me ask you

something...how many others do you

see riding with me?

ORA

Well, just Karras.

ISTEN

Exactly, nobody. So...

ORA

Please, I have dedicated so much of

my life to the Prophecy and now...

now you’re here. Let us travel with

you, at least till Yarmouth...

ISTEN

So you’re heading to Yarmouth, are

you?

KEVIN

So It seems.

ISTEN

Well, naturally a follower should

follow. But only temporarily, mind

you. I can’t have everyone who

believes riding alongside me; We’d

have a small army. Right, Karras?

KARRAS

Hum

ISTEN

Let’s ride!

KEVIN

What do you mean ride?... your the

only one with a horse...

ISTEN

I don’t see...

ORA

I have a horse, spirit, she’ll find

us don’t worry. Shut up and grab

the bags and swords.

ISTEN

Umgh

ORA

Hey, um...If you really think

you’re the Chosen One, can I go

over our Prophecy with you? This

one’s been in my family since I was

born. I know every line by heart.

ISTEN

You can read?

ORA

My grandmother taught me.

ISTEN

Huh. The things you find on the

road.

Of corse, go ahead. Ask away. I’ll

fulfill any Prophecy.

ORA

Okay, Okay... Umm “Life survives

deaths knock.”

ISTEN

(laughs)

More then once.

ORA

“A pain twig on a dead limb at the

home tree?”

ISTEN

I have been an orphan since my

parents died.

KEVIN

That’s generally how It works...

ORA

Can you.... Can you do magic.

ISTEN

Hahaha... Karras, can I?

KARRAS

Hmmm

ISTEN

See.

KEVIN

No.

ORA

Kevin stop!

ISTEN

Anything else?

ORA

Oh Well...uh... the one at the

pub...

ISTEN

That is the other one you have?

ORA

Ummm...Well... Uh... kind of....

ISTEN

I see...

ORA

Well...

ISTEN

I will save you some time, yes I

fit It all. You can trust me on

that, and I’m growing tired of this

game.

KEVIN

Well, isn’t It suspicious that

there are two Prophecies?

ISTEN

Time can distort many things, even

a Prophecy. But the thread of truth

is still there.

ORA

I can’t believe I’m traveling with

the Chosen One!

KEVIN

Neither can I...

ISTEN

I have not said you are traveling

with me... lets just say you are

traveling near me.

(MORE)

SCENE BRAKE

KARRAS

Why are you weak?

KEVIN

Are...are you talking to me?

KARRAS

With the corrupted you fumbled and

flailed. Lots of flailing.

KEVIN

Hey! I’m not weak! And what kind of

question is that, anyway?

ISTEN

I think Karras is wondering if we

were attacked, could we trust you

to not get in the way?

KEVIN

Hey, I’m learning how to fight.

KARRAS

So much flailing.

ISTEN

Ha! I know! Why leave things to

speculation? We’ll have a friendly

duel between little Kevin here and

Karras. Then we can see how you

really handle yourself.

KEVIN & ORA

What?!

KARRAS

Hum

KEVIN

We don’t even know you! This is

ridiculous!

ORA

It would be good for you to spar

with someone besides me, Kevin. And

I’ll be watching. Remember, size

can work in your favor. You’re

smaller and faster, you can use

that to your advantage.

Okay.

ORA (CONT'D)

If we do this, they need to use

sticks rather than swords. And no

bows.

ISTEN

You supply the sticks.

ORA

Deal.

ISTEN

Ha. Then we agree!

KEVIN

I don’t!

ORA

Kevin, make me proud. Here Karras

use my stick. Sorry if It still has

a little Lusus Naturae eye goo on

It...

KARRAS

Uggg

ISTEN

Let me see that stick.

Uh...huh. Willow. Supple, yet firm.

Yes, this’ll work just fine.

Here are the rules, first one to

land a killing blow or step out of

the circle loses. And...No running

away this time...

KEVIN

Oh boy...

ORA

Here, I’ll take your sword.

ORA (CONT'D)

Now remember: mind your feet; keep

the stick moving, fluid; and see

everything.

KEVIN

Okay... OKAY... Alright, big

boy...are you ready?

KARRAS

Hum.

ISTEN

Alright men, sticks at the ready.

KEVIN

Okay...Just keep moving, just keep

moving...

ORA

Hey Kev, no need to rush.

ISTEN

Ha! Little chance of that, by the

looks of things.

KEVIN

Okay...UGH! Ow! Ooof. That was...

fast... ugh, that hurt!

KARRAS

(Chuckles)

KEVIN

Oh yeah? Well at least I can do

more then just grunt. Ugh... OW!

You know, I’d hit you back, but I

don’t like hurting animals.

KARRAS

Gurrrr

ISTEN

That’s enough.

Now that we know Kevin’s...ability,

It seems only fitting that we test

yours, Ora. You versus Karras.

Although, since you appear

experienced, perhaps we should make

It more interesting.

ORA

A-A bet?

ISTEN

If Karras wins, you give us those

prophecies.

ORA

Uh, I don’t know...

ISTEN

They’re about me, aren’t they? They

belong with the Chosen One.

ORA

I suppose...

ISTEN

And what would you like if you win?

ORA

To keep traveling with you...not

just temporarily.

ISTEN

(Chuckles)

A high honor, to be sure. I’ll have

you know that if, and I mean if,

you come with us, you would have to

follow my commands.

ORA

We can agree to that.

KEVIN

I’m not sure “we” is the word she

should use.

ISTEN

Given that you obviously know your

way around a sword, should we

switch to blades rather than

sticks?

ORA

Perfect.

ISTEN

Excellent! Fetch your sword.

KEVIN

Are you sure about this?

ORA

Nope, but I am sure I'm not going

home yet.

ISTEN

No circle, no rules. Draw your

swords and have...fun.

ORA

I raise my sword to you, sir. With

Honor.

KARRAS

Ha.

ORA

...no salute?

*FIGHT*

KEVIN

Hey!! Using a gauntlet isn’t fair!

ISTEN

We didn’t say you couldn’t have

armor.

This is a very nice sword.

You can’t win a duel without a

sword. Concede defeat!

ORA

It’s not over ‘til it’s over.

KARRAS

AAAAAA! My eyes!!

Stop...running.

ORA

Over here!

KARRAS

Oof!

KARRAS (CONT'D)

Oof

ISTEN

You’re only delaying the

inevitable.

KEVIN

Nah. She’s gotten out of worse than

this.

Get him, Ora!

ORA

See, Kevin? Know your feet! See

everything...

KEVIN

Stop teaching and look out!!!!

ORA

Huh...? Oof

KARRAS

YAAAAAAAA!

ORA

You seem stuck.

ISTEN

(outraged)

You have a dagger?

ORA

You didn’t say I couldn’t have a

boot dagger.

ISTEN

(Laughing)

Daggers are cute, but you’re going

to need longer arms!

ORA

Yield.

KARRAS

NO!

ORA

But...I could have killed you!

ISTEN

(to Ora)

Then you should have!

KEVIN

(to Isten)

What?! What is wrong with you?!

ISTEN

He does not drop his sword

easily... what is that my fault?

Hahah

ORA

Fine!

KEVIN

You can’t be serious.

ORA

Let’s do this.

ISTEN

Well, well...out of weapons?

ORA

There is no such thing...

KEVIN

Ha! Yes!

ISTEN

What are you cheering for? What do

you think she’s going to do with

that? That stick is just going to

provoke him.

ORA

Maybe so.

KARRAS

Guuurrrrrrr

ORA

Yield!

KEVIN

Com on. Just hang on, Ora!! Choke

him harder!!

ISTEN

Shake her off! Get her off of you!

ORA

Yield!!

KARRAS

(Coughing)

ORA

I...I win?

KARRAS

You win.

ISTEN

Ugh!!!

KEVIN

Ha ha ha!! That was amazing! I

mean, I can’t even believe

that...the way you used the tree,

the...! How did you...? I mean just

a dagger and...you were just...

ISTEN

Congratulations! I can see you’re

talented enough with the sword, or

a stick, anyway. Though I seriously

doubt you could beat Karras in

archery.

KEVIN

(laugh)

Are you kidding?! I don’t think

your brute is in any position to--

ISTEN

Nevertheless! I am a man of my

word...

You may join us. Welcome, new

devotees.

ORA

Thank you...

ISTEN

But you will have to carry our

baggage and yours. And arrange your

own horses.

ORA

Oh, I don’t think that will be an

issue.

SPIRIT

(Brays)

KEVIN

Oh. So NOW you show up?! You know,

we could have used you that last 10

miles walking!!!

SPIRIT

(Grunt)

ORA

Oh, she would have been here if I

had REALLY been in any trouble.

KEVIN

How did you know she was close by.

ORA

I saw her watching from the trees

when you were fighting.

KEVIN

Of course you did...

ISTEN

I see...well, mount up and quit

dallying. Theres no time to waist.

Come, Karras! You two catch up if

you can. Come on.

KEVIN

Hey... Hey wait a minute! Fight’s

over, you can’t just...

KARRAS

(grunts)

ORA

Ummm...no hard feelings?

KARRAS

Your sword.

ORA

Oh...thank you...

KARRAS

Hu...

KEVIN

Well...that was terrifying.

ORA

Come on, let’s load up Spirit and

get going.

KEVIN

Really?!

ORA

We have to!

KEVIN

You don't want to rest for a

minute?

ORA

I’ll rest on the road. If you think

I'm not riding Spirit for the rest

of the day, you’re out of your

mind.

KEVIN

Oh...well, good. Good.

KEVIN (CONT'D)

...if I was in any real danger...

(chuckling)

That was a good one.

KEVIN AND ORA

(laugh)

SCENE BRAKE

ISTEN

Alright. We’ll stop here for the

evening.

ORA

How should we divide setting up

camp?

ISTEN

Making camp is really more of a

follower task; I’m sure the two of

you will figure It out. I must talk

to Karras for a moment.

KEVIN

Wouldn’t you really prefer to talk

to Spirit? She’s probably a better

conversationalist.

KARRAS

Weak men, weak words.

KEVIN

Uff. Hey, Thanks for the saddle...I

think I’ll put It right...there.

ISTEN

Enough! Karras, come with me.

KEVIN

Thanks for volunteering us to serve

an idiot and a pompous ass.

ORA

Well, they did save our lives.

KEVIN

And then Mr. Chosen One said didn’t

want to be thanked for It. Let’s

take him at his word and go.

ISTEN

...I’m telling you...

ORA

I’ll admit, Isten isn’t what I was

expecting, but he fulfills both

prophecies.

(MORE)

KEVIN

You’re too trusting. They found us

so easily...and don’t you think its

convenient that he fits both

prophecies...even the parts that he

can’t prove!

ORA

I feel It in my gut that he’s part

of...something. I promise we’ll

leave if It turns out he’s a fake,

but until then I have to stay. I

have to see this through.

KEVIN

Come here big fella. When was the

last time you were brushed huh?

ORA

Here throw me the other brush. I’ll

groom spirit.

KEVIN

Here...

Nice...

ISTEN

...can’t believe you! After all

I’ve done for you...

ORA

Kevin, I’ll understand if you

leave.

Kevin stops brushing the horse and stares at Ora.

KEVIN

Will you stop saying that? I mean,

if you want me to leave...

ORA

No! But I understand that this

isn’t your journey. You don’t

believe and you’ve already been

through so much because of me. It’s

not fair.

KEVIN

I...ugh...

But speaking of fair, you still

need to teach me to fight,

remember? We had a deal!

KEVIN (CONT'D)

Besides, if you believe so much,

I’ll give Isten a chance.

But not Karras. I’d rather clean up

after Spirit with a hand trowel

than spend time with that dimwit...

Oof! Hey I was brushing him! Why

are you putting the saddle back on?

KARRAS

Ugh...

KEVIN

Are you speechless, or just

speaking your mind?

ISTEN

Karras is going to get water.

SPIRIT

(Neighs Scared)

ORA

Woah, woah. Easy, love. Easy.

What are you giving Karras? Is that

jar glowing?

ISTEN

Blue Fireflies, for luck. Can’t be

too careful in these woods.

KEVIN

Lucky fireflies? That’s the dumbest

thing I’ve heard today and I’ve

been listening to this dolt for

hours...

KARRAS

Hu... Ugh.

KEVIN

Ow!

ISTEN

Perhaps you should stop asking

questions and get back to work. You

said you’d follow my orders, and

now I’m ordering you to make camp.

Karras, get going.

KARRAS

Ugh... Heeeyaahh

KEVIN

You stupid...See if I ever care for

their horse again.

Are you sure you don’t want to

leave now? Isten is the opposite of

Godrick in every way: he’s

arrogant, he’s mean, he’s

pompous...

ORA

And maybe that’s why he’ll survive.

Maybe a cruel world needs a cruel

Chosen One.

END OF EPISODE 9