EXT.. NOCKMAAR CASTLE - DAY
Under gloomy sky a huge fortress looms on a volcanic
mountainside. From within WE HEAR the agonizing scream
of a woman giving birth.
INT.. NOCKMAAR CASTLE - DAY
The scream continues as WE MOVE THROUGH the grim corri-
dors of the castle TOWARD stairs leading down to a
INT.. DUNGEON - DAY
Silhouetted in sadows, three Nockmaar MINIONS stand
guard. In a jail cell, sex fully pregnant WOMEN watch
from behind iron bars. The screaming stops. There's a
moment of silence. As WE MOVE INTO another jail cell
WE HEAR a slap and the first cry of a newborn BABY.
In the cell a black-robed DRUID watches intensely as
ETHNA, a midwife, leans over the MOTHER and wraps the
baby in swaddling.
Is it a girl?
It is a girl.
Show me its arm.
Ethna peels back the swaddling. On the baby's arm is a
It's true then. I must tell Queen
With great urgency the druid hurries up the dungeon
stairs. Ethna gently places the baby on the mother's
breast. The mother comforst the baby lovingly until it
stops crying. Then she reaches out and clasps the
Ethna, please. Help me. They're
going to kill my baby.
Ethna nervously looks out at the guards, then shakes
her head at the mother.
They'll kill you.
Please save my baby.
Ethna hesitates. Then decides. She quickly wraps to-
gether some rags and gives them to the mother.
Pretend this is the child.
Thank you, Ethna. Thank you.
The mother kisses her baby and hands it to Ethna, who
hides the baby inside the basket of rags. Ethna car-
ries the basket past the guards and up the stairs.
The mother lies back and sighs with relief. Then she
hears clinking bootsteps and her eyes widen with fear.
QUEEN BAVMORDA sweeps down the dungeon stairs, her
black robes flowing behind her. The druid hurries
We will start the ritual at dusk.
You're certain this is the one?
It bears the markings.
I must see for myself! Just as the
The guards fearfully move aside as Bavmorda enters the
So. You *were* the one.
Yes. But nothing you can do will
stop the prophecy.
This child will have no power over
Bavmorda grabs the rags away from the mother and anxi-
ously tears them apart.
Where's the baby!
One of the guards looks up the stairs.
Bavmorda flies into a rage.
Find that baby! Use the dogs!
Two guards draw swords and charge upstairs. Bavmorda
grabs the third guard and nods toward the mother.
Bavmorda storms away with the druid. WE SEE the shadow
of the guard move over the terrified mother. War drums
begin to beat out an alarm.
EXT. SNOWY MOUNTAINSIDE - DAY