A. A. Roberts
Copyright A. A. Roberts 1992 All Rights Reserved Registered WGA/W (860) 429-7862 9 Lakeside Dr. Ashford, CT 06278 EXT. BACK ROADS - NIGHT DOLPH NEWHAUSE is behind the wheel of a beat up Dodge four by four. Dolph is a very large, athletic individual of Nordic descent. His normally piercing blue eyes are dulled by the effects of a long day and a long drive. The engine dies. Dolph pulls off to the side of the road next to a grassy field. Dolph exits the truck like the weight of the world is on his shoulders. He opens the hood. He pokes about the engine. The light under the hood flickers and goes out. He pulls his head out from under the hood and bangs his head. He slams the side of the truck. DOLPH Piece of shit! There is a silent flash behind Dolph. He spins to find the source of light. In the middle of a grassy field behind him there is a bright light that dances in place. Tendrils of energy seem to stream off of this ball of force. Intrigued like the proverbial moth, Dolph sets out across the field. EXT. AT THE LIGHT - SAME Dolph stops a few yards away from the light. He stares in amazement at this display of ethereal forces. The light bridges the distance to Dolph instantaneously. He is in the light. He totters, balanced on the edge of a precipice contained within this Will-o'-the-wisp. He falls with a scream. INT. WITHIN THE LIGHT - SAME Dolph screams as he falls head over heels into the light. Eternity stretches before him. EXT. GRASSY PLAIN - SAME Still screaming, Dolph materializes six feet above the ground. He slams into the ground with a sickening thud and bounces on to his back. He GROANS and then passes out. EXT. THROUGH DOLPH'S BLURRED VISION - LATER Three men tower over Dolph. We can just make out their outlines, but their speech is clear to us. VOICE 1 It is as Adomass said... He is huge. VOICE 2 We'll break our backs getting him to the castle. VOICE 1 We should have brought some damned peasants to carry him. VOICE 3 Never mind a little work. Hoist him up and get him to the pack horse. Two of the voices GROAN with effort. The world swims around Dolph. He is hoisted to a pack horse. He is almost dropped. VOICE 3 Careful, you fools! Crack his head open and we're lost. Dolph is secured on the blurred image of a horse. The horse begins to move. The world bobbles up and down as Dolph passes out again. EXT. THROUGH DOLPH'S BLURRED VISION - LATER Dolph is on his back staring into a gray ceiling. The rough voices of the men have been replaced with the refined voices of a woman and two older men. Their blurred images hover over him. MAN 1 It is as you said, Adomass, he is a big one. MAN It is not his size that is important. It is his invulnerability. WOMAN I wonder if he is as big all over. MAN Lucinda! Such thoughts are unseemly for a daughter of the King. LUCINDA (demure) I was only referring to his feet, Father. (sweet) May I lift the covers and see? FATHER No, you may not! Maybe I should have one of the chambermaids look after this one. LUCINDA Oh, Father! Don't be so crotchety! I was only having fun. FATHER Well, (sighs) These are dire times, Lucy. Forgive my lack of humor. The two men leave in a blurred collage. FATHER Tend to him well, Lucy. Our future depends on him. INT. LARGE BEDROOM - MORNING Dolph's eyes flutter open. He is greeted with the sight of a diaphanous silk canopy. He finds himself in large four poster bed in a cavernous bedroom. The walls are lined with tapestries illustrating various mythic battles. Directly across from the bed a window with open shutters reveals a beautiful spring day. LUCINDA MALVALLE fills a basin at a nearby table with warm water from a silver pitcher. She doesn't see Dolph appraising her. She's a beautiful strawberry blond in her early twenties. Her ample figure is accented by a white, floor length silk gown. DOLPH Excuse me? Lucy screams and drops the pitcher. With a flash that would gut a warrior, she produces a slim dagger. The vicious glare of an animal crosses her face. A sheepish grin replaces the ugly mask. She bounces her weapon up down as though it were a spoon. LUCINDA You startled me, Fair Knight. She tosses the blade next to the basin. DOLPH Where am I? LUCINDA (sweet as an angel) You are at the castle Malvalle in Varchone. I am Lucinda Malvalle, daughter of Brian Malvalle the king of these fair lands. DOLPH How did I get here? LUCINDA The wizard Adomass summoned you. DOLPH (groans) I must've really banged my head. Lucinda snatches up a silk cloth. She tends to Dolph's forehead. LUCINDA Oh you did good sir. Adomass is very adept at summoning, but not so good at providing for a tender arrival. DOLPH I must be dreaming. Lucy pulls close to Dolph. She becomes a sensuous animal. LUCINDA Do dreams smell so sweet, Warrior? DOLPH (nervous) Huh? Lucinda parts the silk shirt Dolph is wearing. She runs her hands over his ample muscles. LUCINDA Do dreams have such a delicate touch to them, Warrior? She begins to run her hands down his chest to his nether regions. Dolph's eyes go wide. LUCINDA Do dreams offer such pleasant promise, Dear Knight? Lucy starts to seduce Dolph with the most desirous kisses. The door to the bedroom bangs open. KING MALVALLE Lucy! Lucy snatches her hands back and pulls away from Dolph. LUCINDA I was merely greeting our fair guest with a morning kiss, Father. The King strides to the bed with the crush of anger in his boots. The King is of medium build and in his late forties. He sports a gray beard and mustache. He is dressed in leather garb of the type worn during the 1100s. A short sword dangles at the kings side. ADOMASS, the kings wizard, strolls behind his lord. He appears to be the same age as his king. He is dressed much the same. ADOMASS It would seem the princess is attempting to lay a spell of enslavement on our guest. LUCINDA (sweet as light) Nay Adomass. I only wish to make him feel welcome. KING MALVALLE You are randy as a mare in heat, Lucy. LUCINDA Father! The king grins, turns to Dolph. KING MALVALLE So how say you, Warrior? Are you fit? DOLPH Engineer. KING MALVALLE Engineer? DOLPH I'm an engineer, not a warrior... Well actually a graduate student of electrical engineering. The King turns questioningly to Adomass. KING MALVALLE You were to bring me a warrior, Wizard? What is an ELECTRICAL engineer? ADOMASS I assure you he is, My Lord. From whence he came the standards by which a warrior are made are different. KING MALVALLE Ah, I see. You are an engineer warrior! A maker of catapults, perchance? DOLPH What's happening to me? Where am I? Why can't I wake up? Adomass pulls a long slender needle from his sleeve. He jabs Dolph in the shoulder. Dolph screams, jumps up and clutches his shoulder. He glares at the wizard. ADOMASS As you can see, Warrior, this is no dream. Pain is real, the ladies are real and death is real. This world is very different from the one you have come from. Danger feeds on the unwary. You must come to terms quickly with your situation. Quickly, if you are to survive. Dolph starts to look like a caged animal DOLPH It's not possible! ADOMASS Some of my better magics. DOLPH Magic!? ADOMASS (frowns) Do not mock what you do not understand, Engineer. KING MALVALLE This will all be explained to you shortly, Warrior. The Lady Lucinda will tend to your hurts. At midday we will explain your situation. How shall we call you? DOLPH What? ADOMASS Your name, Dullard. DOLPH Dolph Newhause. KING MALVALLE Very good then, Dolph. As the wizard says, it is important that you gather your wits quickly. These are dread times. Lucy, summon the servants and a healer. Tend to his hurts not his- LUCINDA Father! The King chuckles. He leaves with Adomass. INT. THE KING'S HALL - NOON Lucinda and two of her servants escort Dolph into the King's hall. The windowless room is immense. The only illumination is supplied by firelight. An ornate carpet leads to the dais where the king sits on his throne. Adomass stands at the King's side. Warrior knights line either side of the carpet. Behind the warriors stand the ladies and gentlemen of the court. They are resplendent in finery. They are the definition of the beautiful people. Dolph makes his way through the ranks. He ignores the cold suspicious stares of the warriors. Lucy and her servants curtsy when they reach the foot of the stairs. DOLPH Why am I here? The King shifts in his throne, perturbed. KING MALVALLE It is common to kneel to the king when you are presented to him. DOLPH I come from a land where there are no kings and no bowing. Every man is equal. The closest warrior whips out his sword. He puts it to Dolph's throat. Dolph turns and stares down at the man impassively. AUGUSTUS is of medium build with red hair and a braided beard. AUGUSTUS The king said kneel, Cur! The King waves off Augustus. KING MALVALLE It's all right Augustus. Put away your sword. This is no way to treat our new friend. He is strange to our ways. Augustus obliges grudgingly. Malvalle appraises Dolph for a second. KING MALVALLE You have come to terms with your surroundings? You realize this is no dream? DOLPH Since I can't seem to wake from it, I might as well go along with it. KING MALVALLE Good! If that is how you wish to view the matter then so be it. Just understand to die here is to die the real death. Do you understand this? Dolph shrugs his shoulders. KING MALVALLE Very well, then. Malvalle motions to Adomass. KING MALVALLE Adomass? Adomass steps forward to address Dolph and the room. ADOMASS Why are you here?... I must admit with the greatest humility that it is because of my error. There are a couple of derisive snorts among the warriors. Adomass shoots them cold stares. ADOMASS There was a sorcerer named Magnus a hated enemy of this realm. Time and again he visited his vile creations upon us. These monstrosities cursed us for twenty years and brought down many a fine warrior. Several warrior make noises of agreement. ADOMASS The King, having the deepest sympathy for the plight of his people, directed me to find a cure for Magnus' vile sorcery. I decided to find one invulnerable to Magnus' magics, but one who could be invested with magics of his own. A warrior magician outside of this realm. And so I summoned one called Corwin. The warriors shift about and curse at the mention of this name. ADOMASS I sent him to destroy Magnus, which he did. But this traitor rose up to take his place and has become much worse then Magnus ever was. DOLPH What's all this got to do with me? KING MALVALLE We want you to destroy Corwin and free us from this vile curse. DOLPH Me? What makes you think I can handle him? ADOMASS The world you came from imbues you with the same invulnerability to our magic. Corwin can fight you only on the physical realm. KING MALVALLE You are large, he is small. You should have no problem with him. DOLPH And if I refuse? Several warriors grumble menancingly and the King shifts uncomfortably. Adomass smiles. ADOMASS Your efforts will not go unrewarded. you may choose to stay here and be treated as second only to my lord. With riches beyond imagining. Adomass nods at Lucy who blushes. She curtsies to the Wizard's compliment. ADOMASS If this is not enough for you, then we will send you home with as much wealth as you can carry. KING MALVALLE (nervous) Which looks like a fair amount. DOLPH I'm an engineer not a mercenary. Augustus draws his sword again. He places the point on Dolph's throat. Dolph turns and stares at him. AUGUSTUS Enough! I tire of this disrespect to the king, Wizard! DOLPH Remove it. AUGUSTUS It is your vile magic that got us here in the first place, Magician. Let me quest for Corwin, My Lord. I can defeat him. DOLPH Remove it. The King slams his throne. KING MALVALLE Time and again you have led my men to destruction, Augustus! Magic must fight magic! I will not lose any more men to your pride. AUGUSTUS I would have succeeded if the Wizards spells of protection had worked as he claimed! DOLPH I said, remove it. AUGUSTUS Silence, Dog! Dolph bats the sword away and slams Augustus in the chest with a palm heel. The warrior sails backwards through the air onto the floor. In one fluid motion the knight who was standing next to Augustus draws his sword. He takes a swipe at Dolph's head. Dolph steps back, lets the sword sail by. He steps in grabbing his assailant's sword and delivers an elbow to the warrior's temple. He is knocked out. Four other knights draw their weapons. Dolph picks up the unconscious knight by the torso. He swings him about using him as a weapon. Several of the knights are clubbed down. KING MALVALLE Stop! Stop this now! I command it! The warriors back off. Dolph drops the unconscious Knight like a sack of beans. Augustus can be heard retching in a corner. Dolph turns to face the king. The King regains his composure. KING MALVALLE If you are an engineer, Sir Dolph, I would hate to see what destruction the warriors of your world are capable of. ADOMASS You are a certain choice for this task... Will you help us? DOLPH There is the one thing you haven't said which I know to be the truth. The entire roomful of people seems to suck in its breath. They fear what Dolph is about to accuse them of. ADOMASS And that is? DOLPH If I don't help you, then you won't return me to my home. Everyone relaxes. They obviously expected him to say something else. ADOMASS An unpleasant thought. I would rather offer you sugar than poison. Lucy takes Dolph's hand. She smiles demurely at Dolph. Dolph returns a sheepish smile. LUCINDA Please, Sir Dolph. DOLPH I'll have to think about it. I need more information. A look of scorn passes Lucy's face, unnoticed by Dolph. It is immediately replaced by her previous fawning smile. KING MALVALLE Very well! One can not expect you to ride into the unknown unprepared. Lucy will show you about the kingdom. This evening we will go over the particulars. You can give us your decision then.
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