Copyright (c) 2014 Riley Marengo
This is the script I have been trying to get into animation. I hope to recieve some good feedback from readers, but I also am putting this on the newsfeed to see if there are any more animators interested in the project.
Thanks for looking!
PSYCHADICA :: EPISODE ONE
This scene takes place in a room underground, located in an ancient ruin of a castle, which once stood in the forest depths nearly 20 miles north of the Kingdom of Ishitara.
This room is approximately 50 ft2. The northern most portion of the room is a (15ft x 45 ft) platform which is level ground. There is a double door on the West side of this platform. Proceeding south along the floor, there is a sloped cage of metal bars which are the length of the room’s sides (45 ft east and west) and continue south for 30 feet at a 30 degree angle. Below this cage is a black pit stretching down at least 25 feet.
Continuing even further south is a centered platform, fastened in the air by chains which are meant to slowly lower a prisoner down into the pit and release the platform after a short time (at about 15ft from the ground of the pit the chains release the platform and retract into the walls) so as to not allow other prisoners to climb up using the chains. This platform is small and round. It is about 5 feet in diameter.
The chains fasten into the walls for the rest of the way back in 180 degrees. There is one chain set left and right of the platform, and one securing chain set for each 45 degree angle in between (180 and 0 degrees, 45 degrees, 90 degrees, 135 degrees). So basically the chains fasten in the shape of a cardinal compass.
The walls are tall- about 100 feet high- and along them are growing vines and plants which have crept in from the large crack in the cieling, showing the sunlight with a greenish hue.
Above everything, directly above the small round platform, is a tomb which is meant to encompass a prisoner. It is a solid structure 360 degrees around, and has a 4.5 ft round hole in the bottom to allow for what is on the round platform to be captured by and held inside of it.
Aegis Omoro, wounded skin all over and bandaged leg.
King Reynold Falker
Zado Takzen, bound to a stake by chains and unconscious at the beginning of the scene
Ishitaran royal Guard #1, standing left of the king
Ishitaran royal Guard #2, standing right of the king
Ishitaran Guard #1, standing guard at the door
Ishitaran Guard #2, standing guard at the door
The ishitaran guards open the doors to the left of the long platform, leading into this large room. In comes the King, his guards, and Aegis in a single file line in that order.
On the round platform and bound to the post by chains is Zado.
As the King, his guards, and Aegis continue towards the middle of the platform, Zado stirs awake, slowly.
It’s about time the sedative wore off, isn’t it?
Ohhhh…. (*sighing quietly)
I suppose you are wondering where you are?
ZADO (looking down with his eyes closed and adjusting to the light, everything is blurred)
I was wondering how you caught me. I couldn’t give a damn where I am. I escape and I will find out where I am. Then I’m going to kill you, whoever you are.
Unfortunately, that is impossible for you.
ZADO (opens his eyes wide and furrowed his brows, still adjusting)
You don’t know what I am.
I know exactly what you are. A clairavoyant psychopath with a desire to rise above humans.
ZADO (his eyes have adjusted, and he can see clearly)
Ahhhh… It seems there was a traitor in our midst after all. The penalty is death for that, Aegis.
And to what end? When will you pay for your crimes against the world, Zado?
ZADO (his eyes glow violet, and pulsate a violet echo-like wave)
I have never betrayed the world. I am a part of its wonder. You betrayed the world when you let the human king live.
So you admit to your crimes against the Kingdom of Ishitara? The sabatoging of my troops? The murder of my merchants? The inflitration of my market, my walls, and the destruction of several stone structures which include the treaty stone of Vius?
ZADO (beginning to wiggle and squirm at the chains which bind him)
I am only guilty of failing to bring down a sickness to the world…. but I’m not done yet.
Lower the Seal, now.
AEGIS (eyes begin to glow violet and his face becomes enraged. He moves his hands and body to bring down the sealing tomb on to the platform.)
*grunts and growns
ZADO (his eyes pulse again)
I can escape this in twenty seconds, Aegis! Can you finish your action before I can rip out your throat?!
Zado Takzen, I sentence you to life imprisonment for the crimes against the people of Ishitara and attempt to overthrow the king.
ZADO (his eye pulses again, and his arm breaks a bit of the chain)
NO PRISON CAN CONTAIN MY KIND! NO WEAKNESS CAN GO UNSEEN!
That’s why I’ve built this special prison for you.
SCENE : The tomb slams down on the platform, causing the chains the strain themselves from the velocity, force and weight.
ZADO (can barely be heard)
What is this?! Why can’t I feel the world?! What have you done!! WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO ME!!
It is a torture chamber, you miserable welp. I know your kind can sense the world. I know you can feel it always, and bond with it. You know its interworkings. I got to thinking… what happens when you cut a clairavoyant off from the world? Is it like ripping a childs favorite toy from him and burning it infront of him? So I found a material so dense that a clairavoyant is unable to see beyond with his mind. What’s it like in there? Dark? I added enough holes to breath and hear, but they are spread far enough apart to not contribute to any strutural weakness in the casing. You may find it difficult to survive more than a week, but who knows? There are hundred of insects crawling in the pit below you. They could help sustain you for a bit longer.
ZADO (still nearly inaudible, being lowered by the chains)
NO! I WILL KILL YOU FALKER! AND AEGIS! I WILL HUNT YOU DOWN! AND I WILL RIP YOUR HEART OUT AND SHOVE IT DOWN YOUR THROAT! I WILL WEAR YOUR BONES AS ARMOR! WEILD THEM AS WEAPONS! I WILL CUT AND SLASH ALL THOSE WHO YOU LOVE WITH YOUR SPLINTERED REMAINS!
SCENE : Aegis returns to his stance before. His cast is bleeding a bit through, and he is sweating. The King turns and faces him.
I apologize for forcing upon you an extrenious activity and causing you harm. Come. We must get you to rest.
I thank you for you hospitality.
I owe you a great deal for saving my life, and acting selflessly and heroically when all others cowered away.
You are too kind.
SCENE: All individuals head toward the doorway.
I also apologize for involving you in such an ordeal as this. But I’ve found that humans are no match to imprisoning your kind. As much as I’ve sworn against it, and still hold my vows to your kingdom as much as I do to my own, there are some terrible things that cannot be combatted with politics. Some terrible creatures that cannot be tamed with reason.
SCENE: There are stairs just beyond the doorway. The royal guards continue up them first. Then, at the base of the stairs, Falker turns to face Aegis.
I hope you also understand that the events which have occurred are not to be discussed furthermore for protecting my image and protecting the integrity I hold in the treaty of Vius. If King Leozen were to hear I contained and imprisoned a psionic illegally and in secrecy, there would be issues of trust in our future arrangements.
I promise you, this is a monster you have detained. You have given it the most merciful of punishments as compared to what it deserves. So I will also promise you that not a single word will be spoken about the events which have occurred. As far as I know, Zado Takzen was killed by a collapsed building. No will know differently. Especially the king.