EXT. FOREST - JUST BEFORE DAWN
Mail-clad HORSEMEN gallop headlong through the dark, bent
low over their saddles. A bestial scream is heard, and
suddenly a saddle is empty, the rider sprawled face down in
a pool of blood.
At the head of the band, COLWYN, a boy of twenty-two, raises
his shield to ward off an unseen assailant. We hear a
horrendous tearing sound, and Colwyn's father, TUROLD,
riding beside him, looks over at the boy. Colwyn is unharmed
- but his shield is deeply gouged, as if by a huge claw.
EXT. PARAPET OF WHITE CASTLE - DAWN
A GUARD sees the band of warriors emerge from the forest.
Open the gate!
EXT. APPROACH TO WHITE CASTLE - DAWN
The warriors gallop toward the main gate of the castle.
Though their arms and armor are reminiscent of the Middle
Ages on Earth, this is not Earth ...
Behind the riders, TWO SUNS rise above the horizon.
EXT. MAIN GATE OF WHITE CASTLE - DAWN
Turold and Colwyn lead their men through the gate and
dismount. Waiting for them are LORD ROWAN, a man of Turold's
age, and an elderly COUNCILOR. Rowan notices the gouges in
You were attacked in the forest?
Yes. We lost five.
You were lucky. I lost thirty there.
INT. CORRIDOR IN WHITE CASTLE - DAY
Turold and Rowan walk down the corridor, followed by Colwyn
and the Councilor.
I tried to reach Ynyr, the old one.
I led a hundred men to his place in
Granite Needle, but it was
surrounded. The Dark Ones guard it
by night and by day they call out
the Slayers. Ynyr cannot get out and
no one can get in.
How many did you lose?
Sixty at the needle, another thirty
in the forest. Only ten of us made
We will have to try again. His
knowledge is great. Without it, we
cannot hope to win.
INT. QUEEN'S BEDROOM - DAY
The QUEEN is propped up in bed, eyes closed, head tilted
back. Her crown, a jeweled tiara, rests in her lap. She is
attended by two GIRLS-IN-WAITING, one of whom sponges her
forehead with a damp cloth. The Queen opens her eyes as the
elderly Councilor enters.
Lord Turold and his son, my lady.
The Queen hands her tiara to one of the girls-in-waiting,
who places it on her head. Then she nods, and the Councilor
admits Turold and Colwyn, followed by Rowan. The three
He has turned out well.
Turold stands and looks down at Colwyn with an affectionate
Colwyn stands and we see that he is several inches taller
than his father.
Though a touch too tall for my
Colwyn smiles somewhat sheepishly.
My daughter is in the north tower.
Go to her.
In my armor?
If she's to marry a warrior, she'd
best get used to it.
Colwyn bows his head and leaves. The three men approach the