Elkar begins his shift as a castle town guard, and quickly finds himself face to face with a dragon which brings both death and possibly, love.
EXT. NEAR MAIN GATE OF THYLARK CASTLE – NIGHT
ELKAR steps out of the barracks, a cup of tea in his hands. He shivers slightly from the fierce cold.
ELKAR is a late twenties soldier who was just promoted from the infantry to a Sergeant in the city guard of the fortified town of Thylark. All soldiers under Thylark are called Panthers. He has his standard baggy black uniform with leather chest armor bearing the emblem of a brick wall and a blue sash tied around his waist that all guards wear to identify themselves. The tip of the sash is black to represent a supervisor. He carries a one handed sword, which hangs from the left side of his belt and a one handed axe that is strapped to his back. On his left forearm is a small buckler shield. This is the standard uniform for guard Panthers, aside from the axe, which Elkar brought over from his position as an infantryman.
Elkar walks up to a group of night watch guards who are huddled near a brazier, trying to fight off the cold and sleep of a long night.
The guards turn towards Elkar and place their right fist against their heart.
G’morning sir. Ready for another cold day?
Guard 1 is wearing a black baggy uniform with leather chest armor identical to that of Elkar’s. He wears a blue sash around his waist and has a small buckler strapped to his arm and a sword hanging from the left side of his belt. He is in his late twenties and has a beard and mustache.
Ah, it shouldn’t be as bad as you guys had to fare. Did the fire help some?
It was a battle, and the cold won. But it could have been worse.
Guard 2 is dresses identical to Guard 1. He is in his early twenties and clean shaven. He has a young look to him and appears to be very muscular.
The two guards nodded and smiled at each other as they continued to rub their hands above the warm flame. Elkar smiled at their comment.
I bet. I am glad you lads made it out alive. Say, have you seen Dorian around yet?
Ah, your know him, sir. He is probably already with the smith, having his sword polished.
Elkar laughs, and is joined by the two guards.
I’m sure you are right. He is a bit vain, I gotta admit.
Elkar turns and begins walking away from the western gate of the fortified city, towards the blacksmith building. As he walks he drinks out of a cup with steam flowing out.
(Off screen) Crack!
Ah, I love watching the engineers fire those ballista.
Elkar changes his direction towards the south western tower. Rounding a corner of the “Pigs Hide” tannery, Elkar stops.
He stares up at the sleeping ballista tower, which lay stagnant, vacant.
I must be losing my mind. Could have sworn I heard the giant bows.
(Off screen) Crack!
Elkar whips his body around, staring towards the southern wall, just east of the tower. Pausing for a moment and squinting through the rising sun, Elkar begins to slowly walk towards the wall below the parapet.
As Elkar nears the wall, he gives a big look of shock and surprise. The wall looks as though it is moving.
Elkar looks down, suspiciously into his cup. He quickly pours the liquid onto the ground.
Just as Elkar looks up, a portion of the moving wall flies towards Elkar’s head. He barely dodges the attack as he falls to the ground, quickly moving into a squatting defensive posture. Elkar draws his sword.
His sword is a double edged sword, three feet in length and three inches wide, with a shiny black hilt that looks as it were made of stone.
Another large piece of the wall suddenly flies towards Elkar’s chest. Too fast to dodge, Elkar takes a desperate swing at the piece of stone with his sword. As the sword makes contact with the stone, instead of chipping away stone as expected, the blade slices through the familiar substance of flesh.
Elkar is covered in blood from the attack and sees the stone is actually a large piece of tail.
The wall that was moving begins to change, changing from the color of stone to that of dark green scales.
Elkar looks with wide eyes as the form slowly takes shape. The shape on the wall eventually reveals itself as a large LIZARD like creature.
The hairless LIZARD is approximately 10 feet in length (body) with dark green scales and a very long tail, minus the last two feet, which lay on the ground at Elkar’s feet. It’s sharp claws attached to short legs are dug into the wall, allowing it to cling with its belly again the stone in a low profile.
By the Gods. What sort of beast is this?
Elkar pulls out his small horn and gives three quick bursts as the Lizard begins to climb down from the wall and walk towards Elkar.
React! Tower 21!
Elkar drops his horn and maintains his defensive posture, holding his sword at the ready and the small buckler that is strapped to his left forearm at the ready. Elkar quickly glances at the small shield and shakes his head.
Damn this dinner plate of a shield. Wish I had my kite.
The Lizard nears Elkar and with surprising speed lunged towards his head. Caught off guard, Elkar thrust the shield into the beast’s mouth, wedging its large maw open. Elkar squints and forces his mouth shut as a steam like cloud is breathed into Elkar’s face.
Elkar forces his left arm out of the straps, catching his clothing on the thin stiletto shaped Lizard teeth. The sharp teeth rip easily through the clothing and rake a gash in his skin as he pulls his arm back.
Elkar grunts in pain as he fades back, swinging his sword in a downward arc, catching the Lizard on the nose. The left outer nostril is split in two and black blood instantly begins to ooze out.
The Lizard dislodges the shield from its mouth and spits it onto the ground, refocusing on Elkar.
The Lizard opens its mouth again, preparing to strike. Elkar continues to move slowly backwards, focusing on the large beast.
As the Lizard looks as though it is about to strike, an arrow suddenly whips past Elkar’s head, embedding deep in the base of the Lizards tongue.
The Lizard lets out a cruel shriek as it rears in apparent pain. Suddenly, dozens of arrows fly through the air, striking the Lizard along the entire body.
Elkar continues to stumble back and dares a quick glance behind him and sees the familiar green sash archers, raining accurate and deadly arrows at the beast. Six Green Panthers stand along the tops of battlements and parapets, firing arrows.
(Off-screen) Boots can be heard running closer. Elkar again looks.
Blue Panthers arrive on foot. THOMAS GREENER runs up to Elkar and helps him to his feet.
THOMAS GREENER is a short man in this late thirties. He has a slight belly and stocky build, wearing the same black baggy outfit as Elkar, with a blue sash around his waist with a black tip.
The Lizard, who is being bombarded with arrows, turns towards the wall and runs towards it. Digging its large claws into the stone, the Lizard begins to scale the sheer face up towards the battlements.
Green Panthers man the large ballistae at the nearby tower. The engineers swivel the weapon towards the Lizard and begin loading the long bolts.
As the Lizard reaches the top of the wall, its bleeding should slams into an archer that was a little too close and a little too slow, knocking him off the outside of the stone wall.
As the archer falls, he slings his standard issue yew bow into the air as he falls out of view.
Out of view from beyond the wall, yelling could be heard before it stops, suddenly.
The Lizard runs off.
All the Panthers stand still, only their heavy breathing moves their bodies.
Snapping too from the shock, Elkar begins to take command.
Healer! Get a healer over that wall quick.
EXT. BASE OF WALL NEAR TOWER 21 – DAY
Green Panthers on the walls begin looping ropes around the battlements as two healers run up to the base and begin scaling a wooden ladder towards the top.
A MALE HEALER is first up the ladder and turns towards the female healer who is on his heels.
The MALE HEALER has short hair that is beginning to turn grey. He has a muscular build and is tall. He wears baggy black uniform and a white sash with a black tip around his waist.
Hurry, Dannika. We can’t let him die alone.
DANNIKA is in her mid twenties, with long dark hair tied back in a pony tail. She has a tall and slender athletic frame and wears a baggy black uniform with four stars in a diamond shape in the upper left portion of her chest. She is wearing a white sash around her waist.
Dannika quickly reaches the top and ties a rope around her waist and lowers herself over the far side of the wall, repelling out of sight.
EXT. OUTSIDE OF PIG’S HIDE TANNERY – DAY
Elkar leans against the wall, sitting down. He holds his wounded left arm in his lap.
Elkar. Where in the abyss did that beast come from?
Thomas Greener runs gracelessly up to Elkar and kneels next to him.
I don’t know. The serpent was blended into the wall when it first attacked. Caught me off guard.
That’s hard to do with you. Here, let me take a look at that arm. Gotcha pretty good, it did. Bleeding like a fountain. We might need a healer.
Thomas Greener grabbed some bandages from a pouch on Elkar’s belt and crumbled one up. He pushed it deep into the wound on Elkar’s forearm, causing him to flinch. He then placed a few more on top of the wound before wrapping it tightly to apply pressure.
Let’s see if that works, eh Elkar? You gonna make it or can I have your sword?
(Laughing) Takes more than a small dragon to keep me from giving you my sword, man.
Elkar’s right hand slides slowly to the hilt of his sword, in a mocking grasp of defense.
Seeing the painful look and sweat on Elkar’s face, Thomas Greener yelled at a nearby archer.
You lad. Fetch Sergeant Elkar a healer for his arm.
Moments later, the same two healers from the wall walk up. The Male Healer begins to talk with Thomas Greener and Dannika approaches Elkar.
Can I have a look at your arm, sir?
Elkar looks up and finds his words stumbling as he stares into Dannika’s dark eyes.
It’s, uh, yea sure. Not really that bad…but, uh, you can, um, yea, take a look.
Dannika looks up at Elkar through her bangs that have fallen out of her ponytail and smiles warmly.
Dannika begins to remove the bandages slowly so she can examine the wound. Elkar notices the four stars on Dannika’s upper left chest.
You’re a Druid? But…
Yes sir, but because I am a scout Druid I am receiving some cross training in the healing arts.
Elkar begins to look around curiously.
Where is your, um…?
Spirit animal, sir? Right above you.
Elkar looks up and sees a large hawk circling high in the sky. Dannika nods at Elkar.
That’s her. That is Shae.
Oh. I’m sorry, I didn’t expect that you were a Druid.
Why didn’t you expect that?
Well, you don’t seem to, …you don’t like a fighter.
Dannika stops and looks right into Elkar’s eyes.
You are way too beautiful. Never have I seen an equal. Why have I never seen you here?
Dannika looks away, her face begins to blush.
Thank you, sir. It’s just, that well I am a scout. I am mostly in the surrounding forest and report directly to Captain Malicos. Unfortunate at times, because, I do not often get to meet people.
Now Dannika begins to stumble over her words, her face still flush.
I mean, um, people that I want to meet. Or, rather, would like to meet. You know, people such as yourself.
Oh. (Smiling largely) It is a pleasure. May I have the honor of your name.
Elkar rubs the sweat forming on his right hand against his pants, his breathing beginning to increase
Dannika. And if it would please you, you might see me in town more often. I have been reassigned.
Yes yes, very. And where are you reassigned to?
To security and enforcement. I don’t know anyone, but my new supervisor is Sergeant Elkar. You know him?
Sighing greatly, Elkar looks up towards the Gods and rest his head against wall.
Yes. I know him, for he is me.