The Making of 'The Scorpion King 2: Rise of a Warrior'

14 min

In ancient times,

there arose in the lands between

the Tigris and Euphrates rivers,

a powerful kingdom

called Akkad.

And for generations, her elite

warriors, called the Black Scorpions,

held sway over

all the neighboring tribes.

Bound by their code of honor

to fight and die to the last man

rather than abandon

their master,

they became prized as the personal

bodyguards of princes and emperors.

Most renowned among

the Black Scorpions was Ashur.

But as for

his own son, Mathayus,

Ashur refused to allow

the boy to compete

for the honor of joining

the Black Scorpions.

I must follow my faith and I forbid

you to go to the games tomorrow.

You think it's

all honor and glory.

Well, it's not.

I've done some things

that were not noble.

I promise you

that, my son.

But like

many boys his age,

Mathayus paid no heed

to his father's warnings.

You 24 boys are here to show your skills

in the art of fighting.

Only 12 of you will

be chosen to move ahead

and train for six long years to

become the pinnacle of a warrior.

A Black Scorpion!


Advance to combat!

Show some mettle if you

want to be Scorpions.

Mercy is weakness!



I thought your father...

I snuck out.

You're crazy.

I'm crazy?

I can fight

as well as any boy.

Oh, really?

Prove it!


Girls are forbidden

from the games.

Leave her alone!

Little vermin!

Get him!

Get him back here! Where

do you think you're going?

You dare dishonor

the games by interfering?

Lay a hand on him and you

won't live to regret it.

Arm yourself.

I'm not in the mood

for killing today.


Arrest them both!

And the girl.


King Hammurabi!

They make a mockery of the

ancient games and insult me,

the commander

of your armies.

That may be, Sargon.

But Ashur has earned

himself some forbearance.

I am in your debt,

My Lord. As always.

And you may repay it

by sending your boy to

the Scorpions for training.

If he makes half the

mercenary his father was,

he'll serve the nation well.

You will pay for this.

I promise.

The king's general, Sargon, had

always resented Ashur's fame.

And now, his hatred knew no bounds.


Though he had no proof,

Mathayus knew in his heart

who had done

this to his father.

He vowed to master

the ways of the warrior.

You fight

like a woman.

Six years had passed.

Mathayus had left Nippur a

boy, and he returned a man.

And as he would shortly learn,

much had changed while he was gone.

For these six years past, you have

seen neither kinsman nor any friend,

but blade,

shield and shaft.

You have trained hard.

Some have fallen

by the wayside.

Those who

yet stand before me

represent the pinnacle of generations

of Akkadian fighting prowess,

the Order of

the Black Scorpions.

Go forth proudly to wherever

your king may send you.

Fight nobly!

Bring gold to

our nation's coffers

and honor to

your family names!

Oh, Mom!

Look at you.

You're a man now!

I barely recognized you.

Mathayus! Mathayus!



What do they

feed you, rock stew?

I see you've grown, too.

He eats Enki's portions

as well as his own.

Where is Enki?

Why didn't he come?

He ran away

from home last year.

He's left to

find his fortune.

He'll be back.

Well, well, look at the

proud new Black Scorpion.

I see you've come

to pay your respects, Layla.

I can take you on

and don't you forget it.

Does that sting?

Only if you

dare touch it.

All turn and hail

Sargon, your king!

Present King Sargon!

I heard rumors.

You heard the truth.

Hammurabi's death was no

accident. Sargon killed him.

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