But, At What Cost? (pt.6)

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Nottingham Castle. The Great Hall.
(Little John and Much man the closed doors of the Great Hall on the balcony. Little John opens the door, throws something out, then spits and closes the door again. Meanwhile, Much yells down to Will.)
Much: “Will, get up here! We can’t hold them!”
(Will, who is helping Djaq, pours from a large pitcher.)
Will: “Just a little bit longer!”
(Clarke stands at his side.)
Clarke: “Come on!”
(Allan, Robin & Gisborne emerge from the tunnel.)
Allan: “Leave the door! Everyone is to follow me! Robin’s orders! (Allan helps Gisborne down to sit on the floor against a barrel.) With me! To the cellars!(Allan leads the peasants out.) Those who can walk help those who can’t.” (Robin leans wearily on a barrel next to Will as Marian runs over to Gisborne.)
Marian: “Guy, what happened?”
Gisborne: “The Sheriff…Isabella…it was a trap.”
Marian: (As Djaq arrives:) “Well you hang on, Djaq will look after you.”
Gisborne: “If anyone can.”
Djaq: “Shh. Less talking I have to see your wound.”
Robin: (Trying to focus, to Will:) “Are we ready?”
Will: “Yeah, we’re done, we’re done. (Looks at Robin with concern.) Are you all right?”
Robin: (Shakes his head solemnly. Mouths:) “No. (Robin grimaces with the first twinge of the poison’s effects. Will nods, understanding Robin doesn’t want to talk about it, but suspects something very wrong with Robin. Shouting impatiently:) Get these people out!”
Will: “Come on!”
Djaq: (Calmly, while tending to Gisborne:) “Robin, look around you. These people are gravely injured, they cannot be moved. And Gisborne? (Djaq looks up to see Marian holding Gisborne’s hand.) I need to operate right away.”
Robin: (Frustratedly:) “We are running out of time and options here! (Looking around:) Start breaking up the ladders for litters we need to get the wounded out of the castle via the tunnel before Vaisey’s army returns.”
(The
gang stand around mutely, watching Djaq prepare to operate on Gisborne
as Robin paces, trying to think. Marian glances at Clarke.)

Marian: “I think I have an idea! Grab as much of Djaq’s concoction as you can and follow me.”

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Nottingham Castle. Poolside.
(Allan and Little John are
positioning barrels on opposite corners of the large swimming
pool. Marian and Clarke do the same with their own
barrels.)
Clarke: “Are you sure this will work?”
Marian: “We have to try. This is the only way we can stop Vaisey’s
army without destroying the rest of the castle.”
Clarke: “How will this work?”
Marian: (Speaking loud enough for Allan and John to hear:) “When the second explosion happens, that’s our signal to light our barrels.”
Allan: (Turning to Little John:) “Are we really going to blow it all up? (Little John makes a face and shrugs. Rubbing his hands together:) Should make one hell of a bang!”

(Little John laughs and nods.)

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Outside Nottingham. Graveyard.
(Much is muttering and complaining to Will as he climbs down the graveyard entrance to the tunnel.)
Much: “Why is it always me? I’m always the decoy.”
Will: “Because after you embarrassed him by saving Marian, there’s no doubt the Sheriff will be after your blood.”
Much: (Stares at Will a moment, then throws his arms up, exasperated:) “Honestly, no good deed.”
Will: “Shh, they’re coming. Get down there.”
(Much nods and heads down the hole into the tunnel as Will takes his position behind a tree, hidden from sight.)
Blamire: (Approaching the tunnel entrance:) “Pick up your feet. I want the castle back in our possession before the Prince arrives.”
(Much, playing the fool, pops his head out of the hole and looks around as if terrified.)
Much: “You? I-I..I thought you’d retreated! (As Blamire and his men step forward:) Don’t come any closer! There are more of me… I mean us! Hundreds of us all down here waiting to kill you all!”
Blamire: “He’s bluffing, he’s alone. (to soldiers:) Kill him.”
Much: “Oh!”
(Much drops back down the hole as the Blamire smiles.)
Blamire: “Come along men, time to hunt.”
(He
sneers as one by one the
soldiers step down into the tunnel after Much as Blamire stays behind.)
Will: (From his hidden position:) “Come on, go down into the tunnel you git.”
(As the last soldier disappears, Blamire looks around unsure of something, then finally enters the tunnel.)

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Tunnel.
(Much runs ahead, looking behind him to make sure he’s being followed as Blamire leads his men down the tunnel.)
Graveyard.
(Will
steps out from his hiding place, bow and arrow in hand. He walks to the
tunnel entrance, pulls out a flint from his pocket and kneels.)
Tunnel.
(Much has slowed his pace to a hurried walk, glancing over his shoulder as the soldier march towards him.)
Graveyard.
(Will
manages to start a small fire with his flint and some dried grass.
Standing, he ignites the tip of his arrow and nocks it do his bow.)
Will: (Taking a deep breath:) “Gotcha.”
Tunnel.
(Much stands wide eyed on the spot trying to see into the darkness as Blamire and his men catch up to him.)
Blamire: “Nowhere left to run?”
(Much’s
response is cut off as an almighty explosion is heard at the far end of
the tunnel. The soldiers make various distressed noises as they are
showered with rocks and dirt.)
Soldier: “They’ve sealed the entrance, there’s no way out!”
Blamire: (As the soldiers murmur:) “Shut up, shut up! We don’t need a way out. (Points at Much:) Forward!”
Robin: (Hidden in the shadows:) “Much, get ready to run.”
(Much, not needing to be told
twice runs back towards the Great Hall entrance. Backing up as the army
approaches.
Robin shoots his
arrow at a small barrel of Byzantine fire and runs for the exit. There
is an explosion and several support columns collapse closing off the
Great Hall entrance. More dust and dirt falls on the soldiers heads.)
Soldier: (Coughing:) “Blamire, we’re trapped.”
Blamire: “This is nothing, organise the men, start clearing the debris.”
(Blamire wanders over to another part of the tunnel. Reaching around in
the darkness, his hands find the handle to the cellar door exit. He
turns it and the door opens. Just as he is about to shout back to the
men four more explosions are heard overhead. With a horrible creaking
sound the ceiling above them starts to crumble.)
Soldier: (Squinting into the darkness:) “My lord!”
Blamire: “Sorry.”
(Blamire ducks inside the door, pulling it firmly behind him and bolting
it shut. Soldiers yell as the ceiling collapses on top
of the army and gallons of water floods the room.)

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Outside Nottingham.
(A series of explosions rock the castle. The villagers and townsfolk turn to watch.)
Marian: “Robin!”
(Marian runs toward him and they kiss deeply. He spins her around and places her back on the ground.)
Robin: “That, my love, was brilliant!”


Marian: “We did it! We did it!”
(Allan laughs. Much punches the air.)
Much: “Yeah! (Much runs to embrace Robin.) You did it!”
(All the people cheer loudly. Robin sombrely walks through them as the people slap him on the back and congratulate him.)
Marian: “Much! Yes!”
Much: (Noticing Robin is gone.) “Where is he? Where’s Robin? He should be here to celebrate.“
(Will stops Much.)
Will: (Solemnly:) “I think there’s something wrong with Robin.”

Much:
(With disbelief:) “What?“
(Gisborne, who is being carried on a litter by Allan and Little John, speaks up.)
Gisborne: “Will’s right. (Gisborne is gently lowered to the ground and is quickly swarmed by Djaq who resumes stitching his wound.) Ah. (Continues:) There was a fight, in the tunnel. Isabella cut Robin with a dagger. The blade was poisoned.”
Marian: “Poison? Where did she get poison from?”
Gisborne: (Glances at Djaq:) “I gave it to her. I was trying to show her mercy. I took it from the Powis stores.”
Djaq: (Stares at him a moment, realising the grimness of the situation:) “You fool.”
Gisborne: (Winces as Djaq resumes her work, to Marian:) ”He’s dying, Marian, and quickly. It’s time to say goodbye.”
(Little John is stunned. Allan hangs his head. Much refuses to believe his ears and runs after Robin, who is steadily climbing the hill towards the forest’s edge. Little John tries to hug Marian.)
Little John: “Marian…”
(Marian wrenches away.)
Marian: “No!”
(Little John reaches for her again, and she lets him pull her into an embrace, sinking against his chest. Will follows Robin, as do Little John and Marian. Allan glances back at Gisborne before following. Robin lets his hand slide over the tall stalks of brown grass as he walks up the rise.)

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Sherwood Forest.
(Robin looks up at the sun streaming through the trees as the gang slowly catch him up.)
Robin: “I’d forgotten how beautiful sunsets here can be. (Robin sighs and turns his head to look around at the trees.) Sherwood. This is home.”
(Robin looks back at the gang and realises he must say his goodbyes, however much he doesn’t want to. He turns to face them. Much tries to be brave and chokes back his tears.)
Much: “Is it true?”
Robin: (Nods.) “The final battle.”
Little John: (Quietly:) “No.”
Much: (Shakes head.) “No, this can’t happen. There’s… there’s a cure.”
(Robin shakes his head.)
Robin: “Much… (Robin steps towards Much.) We have cheated death… so many times.” (Much takes trembling breaths and takes a step forward.)
Much: “What am I going to be without you?”
(Robin claps his hands on either side of Much’s head.)
Robin: “You… are already more of a man… than I will ever be. (Robin pulls Much’s head covering off and looks him sternly in the face.) You are Much… and you are my best friend.”
(Robin gives Much a long embrace and Much can’t hold back the tears any longer. Robin pulls himself away and turns to Marian, tears streaking down her cheeks. Much turns his back, unable to watch any more.)
Marian: "No. (Shakes her head:) It can’t end like this, we’re not finished yet. (Marian looks around desperately as Djaq & Clarke reach the clearing:) Djaq, surely there’s time if we-”
Djaq: “I’m sorry. Even if we rode non stop at full gallop we would not reach Powis and the antidote in time.”

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Robin: (Whispers:) “Marian… Our fight does not end with
my death. Robin Hood goes on. As long as Prince John and his allies
bring misery and suffering to the people of England, you will fight it.”
Little John: (Nods in agreement.) “We are Robin Hood.”
Robin: (Looks to him,  tries to smile. Fiercely:) “Today is a good day to die!”
(Little John hugs Robin. They are both crying now. Will notices movement from the far side of the clearing.)

Will: “Riders approaching!”
(The gang turn and watch as five riders approach on horseback. Leading the group is Octavia flanked by Indra. Djaq gives an audible gasp at the sight of the third rider, Nyko, the Celtic healer. Clarke smiles beside Djaq as she realises there is now at least hope for Robin. However, the Princess’ attention is taken by the arrival of the last two riders. When Marcus crests the hill Clarke cannot remember him for a moment. But as the last rider comes into view, everything falls into place.)
Clarke: (Walking slowly towards them:) “Mom?”
(Robin and the rest of the gang watch as Abby dismounts her horse and quickly closes the distance between she and Clarke, pulling her daughter close to her in an emotional reunion.)
To Be Continued…

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Storming The Gates (pt.5)

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Outside Nottingham. Graveyard.
(Gisborne leads Robin and Much to the tunnel entrance.)
Gisborne: “Robin… this is it.”
(Gisborne
kneels at the side of the rock-covered grave and starts moving the
stones off. Robin kneels on the other side to help. Much, scared of
disturbing the grave, stands off, distressed, until Robin glances at
him. Then he kneels by Gisborne to help.)
Much: “You shouldn’t mess with graves.”
(They
clear off all the rocks and Gisborne lifts off the cover. Robin looks
down the steps. Gisborne watches him, waiting for his approval. Robin
starts down the steps.)

Nottingham Castle. The Great Hall.
(Allan sits on a windowsill on the south side. Isabella and Marian enter the room.)
Isabella: (Winks at Allan then turns to Marian:) “So, how’ve you been? How’s life in the forest?”
Marian: “Isabella, listen-”
Isabella: (Continuing over her:) “Cosy, I’d imagine. What with both Robin and Guy fighting for your affections. (Marian says nothing:) You know I never thought I’d see my brother relinquish his power and position for anyone.”
Marian: “We obviously have a lot to catch up on. Like how you went from helping us save the men of Locksley to rounding them up to fight for Prince John.”
Isabella: (Glances back at Allan:) “Oh, you two are like a broken record. I can do no more good for the people of Nottingham if I’m no longer sheriff.”
Marian: “There is always a choice. You can choose to stand with us again and refuse the Prince. The King will be here imminently and-”
Isabella: “Do you really think it’s that simple?”
Marian: “Yes! The time is now, Isabella. The Prince is clearly in trouble otherwise he wouldn’t be asking for reinforcements. This is our chance to be rid of him for good.”
Isabella: (Considers this:) “What about Robin and my brother? They won’t simply ignore my betrayal.”
Marian: “I’ll speak to them on your behalf. I’ll make sure they know you did what you had to to survive.”
Isabella: (Nods:) “The Prince left me no choice.”
Marian: (Moves closer, softly:) “I know.”
Isabella: “And I would never have let anything happen to either of you.”
Allan: (From the window sill:) “We know, Iz.”
Marian: “We believe in you. We can make this right, together.”
(Isabella nods, smiles then leans into Marian who gives her a warm embrace. The sheriff sighs against Marian’s shoulder as she and Allan look to each other, relieved.)

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Nottingham Castle. Tunnel.
(Robin leads them with a lit torch. The tunnel turns into stone column supports. Much stops.)
Much: “Oh! We’re under the castle.”
Robin: “Much, keep moving! Come on!”
(Gisborne
steps on a trip stone and grunts in surprise. He and Robin look round,
hearing gears turning. They see a barrier come down a few paces in front
of them.)
Much: “Oh no! (They rush to the barrier, but
it’s already down. Robin and Much pound on it as Gisborne tries to lift
it. Then they see another barrier coming down back the way they came.
They rush to it and again they’re too late. Robin looks at the floor and
then the ceiling, which has a round grate in it. Much raises his sword
at Robin.)
I knew it would be a trap!”
(Robin holds his hand up to silence him.)
Robin: “Much… let me think.”

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Somewhere By A Riverbank.
(Nyko and Octavia kneel by Lincoln’s freshly dug and filled grave. The warriors place large stones atop the dirt to ensure the grave is not disturbed. Marcus stands a few feet behind them covered in soot. Allowing them some privacy, he walks over to Abby who is washing her arms and hands in the river.)
Marcus: “I moved the bodies into the barn and set it ablaze. Not what I’d call the most dignified of funeral pyres but at least their souls are at peace.”
Abby: (Shaking her head:) “This is all my fault. I should never have come here. It’s because of me that Lincoln and the others died.”
Marcus: “Abby, listen to me. None of this is your fault. The fact that those men died trying to save us means that we cannot be swayed from our mission.”
Abby: “What if she’s already been captured? What if John has already locked her away somewhere.”
Marcus: “We will find your daughter.”
Abby: (Nods:) “But what if the prince refuses to release her?”
Marcus: “We won’t leave without her. (Places his hand comfortingly on her shoulder:) I promise.”
(Abby covers Marcus’ hand with her own as the two smile at each other. The moment is shattered however by Octavia’s wails of grief for Lincoln. As the warrior woman screams to the heavens, Abby makes a move towards her but is stopped my Marcus.)
Marcus: “Let her mourn.”
(Abby nods and walks in the opposite direction, her guilt threatening to overwhelm her.)

Nottingham. Outside the main gate.
(The gate is closed. Will, Djaq and Little John walk down the bridge and stop in the middle. The only sound is the breeze blowing.)
Will: “Nearly time.”
Little John: “It’s
quiet, isn’t it? Calm. It’s like when you’re hunting. The moment you
spot your prey, your stag, there’s a…stillness. Just for a moment, you
wonder whether you can go through with it. Whether you can slaughter
this beast with… so much…”
(Shakes his head, unable to find the word he wants.)
Djaq: “Dignity?”
Little John: (Looks at Will:) “Yeah. Dignity.”
(Will puts a hand on Little John’s shoulder in agreement, then notices movement behind him.)
Will: “John…”
(Little
John turns round to see the Locksley men coming out of the forest with
torches, axes, scythes, flails, any tools or farm implements they could
muster.)
Little John: “They’re brave, but they can’t fight, Will. Look at them. It’ll be a massacre.”
Will: “They’re not going to fight, John.“

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Nottingham Castle. Tunnel.
Much:
“So Allan’s told her! (Looks at Gisborne.) Or him. (Points at Gisborne.) I knew we shouldn’t have trusted you.”
(Gisborne grabs Much’s shoulders.)
Gisborne: “If I knew this was a trap, do you think I’d be stuck in here as well?”
(Gisborne roughly pushes Much away.)
Robin: “That’s enough! The both of you! This isn’t Allan, this is something else. (They hear a loud rumbling noise and small white pebbles start pouring down on them. Looks up.) What is that?”
(Gisborne and Much look up in a mix of disbelief and fright as the deluge continues.)
Much: (Whispers in hopelessness:) “There’s no way out.”
(Robin gives him an intense look.)
Robin: “There’s always a way out, Much.”
(Drops his bow and takes off his quiver.)
Much: (Unconvinced:) “So this is how it ends. This is how we die. Buried in limestone. (Gisborne looks at Much. Much gives a sidelong look at Robin.) Hardly fair, is it?”
Robin: “If one of us can reach the top, we can hold out longer. Much, come here. Gisborne, get on our shoulders.”
Much: (Starts to go to Robin, then stops.) “No! It’s got to be you, Robin. You’re the one who has to live. It has to be you.”
Robin: (Relenting, realising there’s no time to argue:) “All right. Come on. Let’s do this.” (Much and Gisborne grab each other’s shoulders and knock heads.)
Much: “Ow!”
Robin: “Ready?”
Gisborne: “Go!”
(Under
the relentless cascade of gravel, Robin pulls on their clothes and
climbs up on their shoulders, then pulls up Much’s hand as Much and
Gisborne grunt under the strain.)

Nottingham Castle. The Great Hall.
(Allan still sits on the windowsill talking with Isabella as Blamire approaches.)
Isabella: “Hm?”
Blamire: (Quietly:) “Hood and his men have entered the tunnel.”
Isabella: “Good. Time for you to leave I think? (Blamire nods and leaves the room. To Allan:) So predictable.”
Allan: (Eying her warily:) “What have you done, Iz?”
Isabella: “Me? Oh, just a small insurance policy. To make sure Robin and my brother don’t spoil my plans.”
Allan: “You’ve booby trapped the tunnel? What about-”
Isabella: (Leaning in and cutting him off:) “Think about it this way, Allan. With them out of the way you’ll have no one left to doubt your loyalty. No one left to take you for granted. And with Guy dead I can finally be free to bring honour back to the Gisborne name.”
Allan: “You really think I’m just gonna sit here and let you kill them? You think Marian will ever forgive you if Robin dies? Guy’s your brother and my best mate, you can’t let this happen!”
Isabella: (Her smile faltering:) “Their fate was sealed the moment they entered the tunnel. It’s out of my hands.”
(As Isabella turns away from him, Allan leaps down from the windowsill and grabs the sheriff by the arm.)
Allan: “Nothing is over till it’s over. Tell me how to stop it, tell me how to save them. (Pleading with her:) Please, Iz, I know you don’t want to do this.”
Isabella: (Stares at him a moment then relents:) “There’s a lever on the top of each door. A fail safe.”

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(Allan pulls Isabella to him and kisses her deeply.)
Allan: (As they separate:) “You won’t regret this.”
(Allan takes off running out of the Hall leaving Isabella to stare after him an evil glint in her eyes.)

Nottingham Castle. Courtyard.
(Blamire enters from the stables.)
Blamire: “Raise the portcullis! Move out! (The portcullis starts to move. Blamire leads soldiers through first. The village conscripts unwillingly line up behind.) Open the gates!”
Nottingham. Outside the main gate.

Will: “Fellas, these gates will open soon. Now, it is our
task to stop the supply train in its tracks. And that is exactly what
we’re going to do. As an army, as a militia, we would be crushed. The
sheriff’s men would hack us down like weeds. But Robin told us to stop
them by any means necessary. So, when these gates open, and the supply
train pulls
out, we are going to sit down. (Little John shoots Will an incredulous
look.)
Just sit and block their path.”
Little John: “What?! (Steps towards Will:) They will be—we will be crushed.”
Will: “Dignity,
John. Dignity! This is the only way we can stop the Sheriff and not get
everyone killed. The sheriff ’s men will have to choose: stand aside or
carry out a massacre.”
Little John: (Flustered:) “Will! (In Will’s ear:) These are the sheriff’s men. I think we know what choice they’re gonna make.”
Will: “We’ve got to try, John. (to the villagers:) If we all stand together, we have a chance!” (The villagers nod. Little John eyes Will, still unsure of the success of his plan.)

Tunnel.
(Robin stands on Much and Gisborne’s shoulders, one
hand each holding one of theirs. The rocks continue to pour down on top
of them.)
Robin: “Don’t worry! I won’t let you die!”
Gisborne: (Panicked:) “Aah! I’m sinking!”
(Gisborne
lets go of Robin’s hand. Robin reaches up and grabs the grate. After a
moment, Much’s hand slips from Robin’s grasp and Much flails his arm.)
Much: “I’m going under! Aah!”
Robin: “Give me your—” (Robin brushes Much’s fingertips.)
Much: “Aah! Robin!”
(Robin hangs from the grate by one arm and finds Much’s hand again.)
Robin: “Much!
Stay together! Much, if you stay together, you can breathe for a little
while longer! And keep your hands moving, so I know! Much! (Much’s hand slips from Robin’s.) Much! (Robin reaches for Much’s hand, but it disappears under the growing pile of gravel.) Much!”
(Robin reaches up and grabs the grate with both hands, and grimaces with grief at losing his best friend.)

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Outside the main gate.
(Little John and Will turn round as they hear noise at the gate.)
Will: (Crosses his legs and sits defiantly as the gates open.) “Here goes nothing.” (Little John and the men sit, too.)
Blamire: (Steps forward, and calls down:) “You there! Move out of the road! (Nobody moves. Forcefully:) Move out of the road, I said. Or prepare to die where you sit. (Blamire stares a moment, then moves to the side. to the soldiers:) Men, draw your swords! (The guards put a hand to their hilts, but do not draw. A restrained yell:) I said, draw your swords. Now!”
(The guards half-heartedly pull their swords free. Blamire draws, his eyes wide with anger, and steps towards Will. Blamire raises his sword with both hands, preparing to stab down. Will leans back, sticking out his chest, ready for the blow. Blamire hesitates, looking at all the faces staring at him. To Will’s relief, he slowly lowers his sword. Isabella appears on the battlements over the gate with a crossbow. She aims it at the men.)
Isabella: “Get out of the way! (Blamire turns aside and looks up at Isabella. Isabella shoots and hits Will in the shoulder. All the men groan. Little John looks up at Isabella and starts to stand, but Will grabs his arm.) Cut them down!”
(Nobody moves. Blamire frowns, then his attention is caught by Djaq running up behind the villagers with a sword.)
Djaq: ”You bitch!!! (Djaq strides through the men. She stands before the guard next to Blamire, presenting him her sword lying across both palms.) Go on, be a man! Start with me!”
Isabella: “Do it or die.”
(Djaq glances at Blamire, who is glaring at the guard. The guard yells as he raises his sword.
Djaq attacks viciously, and the guard sinks to his knees and falls back.)
Djaq: (Frenzied. to the men:) “To arms!”  

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(Will
and Little John get up. Djaq fights guards. Little John charges a
guard. Will pulls out the arrow as Blamire and the guards, retreat from
the battlements. The village men fight with their various
weapons. Little John makes it through the guards in front to the
conscripts in the town and herds them back.)
Djaq: (Makes her way to the gate.) “Will, come on!”
(Will defeats two guards.)
Will: “Let’s go!”
(Allan, Clarke and Marian appear from the dungeons.)

Allan: “She lied to me, I can’t believe it.”
Marian: “We’ve just got to hope there’s a lever on the other door, come on Allan!”
(Marian grabs Allan’s hand and pulls him out the gate and down the bridge. Meanwhile, the
villagers charge the gate as Djaq finishes another guard.
Watching from below, Clarke

sees Isabella
stare down in disbelief, then realise she needs to retreat. Determined not to let the Sheriff escape, Clarke follows.)

Isabella Makes Her Move (pt.3)

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The Cave.
(Henry stands at the mouth of the cave still shackled. His attention is caught by the arrival of Marcus & Abby followed by Nyko and finally Octavia. Henry, amused by the sight of his would-be targets turns to Octavia.)
Henry: “Found what you were looking for? Where’s your lover?”
Octavia: (Her back turned to him:) “Your brother killed him. (Henry closes his eyes and braces himself for what he knows must follow. Octavia turns and punches Henry hard in the face. He straightens and waits for more. Octavia delivers two more hard punches straight to Henry’s face. Octavia’s barrage of blows continues as her anger and grief merge into one prolonged bout of violence. Finally, after turning Henry into a bloody mess, she pulls him up.) Your brother dies next.”

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Nottingham Castle. The Great Hall.
(Isabella, appraising her situation out loud, gets up off her chair as Blamire goes to stand by it.)
Isabella: “If I disappoint the Prince, I hang like every other noble who’s ever failed him. (Takes a deep breath.) Blamire, I need those men.”
Blamire: “Tricky. Hood’s protecting them in the forest.”
Isabella: “Then it’s Hood I need to destroy. (Turns aside, thinking aloud.) I need to get to his weakness… (sighs)… exploit his vulnerabilities.”
Blamire: “Which are?”
Isabella: (Thinks a long moment.) “His friends. That odious little gang. The idiot cares about them. That’s his weakness. (Sighs, turns to Blamire.) Blamire, bring me some parchment, I have a proclamation to write.”
(Blamire walks to the door as Isabella turns to her chair.)
Clarke: “What proclamation? What are you doing?”
Isabella: (Rolls eyes:) “Robin, like your uncle, values loyalty above all else. If he thinks he has a traitor in his midst he’ll be more concerned with dealing with that than interfering in my business.”
Clarke: “You want them fighting amongst themselves while you what, sneak men into the forest and gather up the villagers?”
Isabella: “I need Hood distracted. I can work out the details later. Besides, (As Blamire returns and hands her parchment, quills and ink:) if this works out the way I think it will, I’ll be killing two birds with one stone.”
Clarke: (Shakes her head as Isabella writes:) “Whatever you’re planning, Robin will see through it.”
Isabella: (Continues to write:) “Only if he wants to. You forget, Hood now has two rogue members in his gang. One who covets his lover and the other… well lets just see how things turn out shall we? (Isabella rolls up the parchment and holds it out to Blamire.) Now, I want you to issue this proclamation and I want you to make sure it’s spoken about in every corner of Nottingham that due to his duties and loyalties to the sheriff, the outlaw Allan A Dale is pardoned for all his wrongdoings.”
Blamire: “Allan A Dale has—”
Isabella: (Interrupting:) “Shh. Just do it. (Blamire nods, takes the scroll and leaves. Isabella smiles. to Clarke:) Trust me.”
(Blamire goes up the stairs. Isabella sighs, satisfied with her plans and sits down. Blamire gives her one last glance before disappearing out the door. She laughs.)

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Nottingham Town.
(Little John and Will look for tools in an empty shop. A fanfare sounds.)
Little John: “They’ve taken everything.”
Will: “Even the forging tools.”
(Little John jumps at the sound of Blamire’s voice and they both go to the window to peek out at him.)
Blamire: “This is a proclamation from the Sheriff of Nottingham. Let it be known that for services to the sheriff, the outlaw Allan A Dale (Little John and Will exchange incredulous glances.) has been given immunity from prosecution. He is a free man.”
(Little John seethes with anger as Will stares in disbelief. Blamire moves on. Little John turns on his heel and leaves.)
Will: (Glancing at where John was:) “John! (Looks again, seeing he’s gone.) John!”
(Follows Little John.)

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Sherwood Forest. Outlaws’ camp. Thunderstorm.
(Thunder rumbles. Much brings in a small chest and sets it down by his bunk. Allan and Gisborne are making arrows. Djaq watches Much from her bunk also making arrows. Robin & Marian enter bringing two large purses.)
Robin: “All of this needs to be made into arrowheads.”
Much: “Robin.”
Robin: “We’re running out of time.”
(Sets the purses by the chest, deliberately ignoring Much.)
Much: “Robin!”
Robin: “Where’s Will and John with those tools?”
Much: “What are we going to do about the Princess! (Robin finally looks at him.) Clarke.”
(Robin steps forward, then changes his mind, shaking his head. He picks up the two purses and heads to a bunk.)
Marian: “We’re working on a plan, Much. We can’t do anything until we’re ready to act.”
(Much notices Allan say something to Gisborne who laughs.)
Much: (to Allan:) “You say something?”
Allan: (Holding his arms out:) “Why is it always my fault?”
(Much walks out, pointing at Robin.)
Much: “I can’t just sit and do nothing!”
Allan: “Since when?”
Much: (To Allan:) “Listen you-”
Robin: (Turns angrily to Much.) “Much, Clarke can look after herself. We’ve got a castle to take.”
Much: “I know.”

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(Little John runs in, pushing Much aside in his hurry to get his hands round Allan’s neck.)
Allan: “What?”
Little John: “Traitor! What did you tell them? (Through his teeth:) Judas!”
(Robin looks at Will as he comes in explaining.)
Will: “It’s all over Nottingham. Allan’s been pardoned by the sheriff… for services rendered.“
Allan: “What?”
Marian: (Outraged:) “John, let him go!”
Allan: “Let me speak!”
Little John: “Why? You’re good at that, aren’t you? Speaking, lying… (Will tries to pulls Little John back.) Twisting us around your little finger.”
Will: “John! John, come on!”
Robin: “Let him go.”
Gisborne: (Draws his sword and points it at John. Icily:) “Let him go, now.”
(Little John sneers at Gisborne then lets go, throwing Allan’s head down.)
Little John: “Liar!“
(Robin turns to Allan and puts a hand on his shoulder.)
Robin: “You all right?”
Allan: (Rubbing his throat:) “I haven’t done anything! (Robin, Will, Little John and Much line up to face him.) I swear, I haven’t betrayed you. (to Much:) Much… (Much stares at him a moment, then looks to Robin, who returns his gaze with doubt in his eyes. Little John charges Allan, but Will puts his hand to his chest and stops him.)
Will: “No.”

Allan:
(Pleadingly:) “Will… (Will, in answer to Allan, raises his eyebrows and shrugs, then looks Allan in the eye as if to say, “Well, you’ve done it before…” Will looks at Robin. Robin looks up in exasperation at the sky. Voice almost breaking, beseechingly:) Robin… (Robin shoots Allan a furious look.) So you think I’m a coward? Is that it, yeah? What, that I’ve… sold you out to save myself somehow, yeah?“
Much: “You’ve done that before!”
(Little John nods in agreement.)
Allan: “I know! And every day I wish I could take that back, you know that!”

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(Nobody says anything. Robin frowns, trying to decide what to do.)
Marian: (To Will:) “What did the message say exactly? Word for word.”
Will: (Thinks:) “Er…’Let it be known that for services to the sheriff, the
outlaw Allan A Dale has been given immunity from prosecution. He is a
free man.’

Marian: (Repeating:) “Services to the sheriff? (Rolls her eyes:) Isabella. (Turns to Robin:) This is just one of Isabella’s games. She’s trying to mess with our heads. She wants us fighting among ourselves.”
Djaq: (To Allan:) “Perhaps she wants you back?”
Allan: “You what?”
Marian: (Considers this:) “Possibly. (To Allan:) Well think about it, in her own weird way, Isabella loves you. The King is returning and she’s trapped on the wrong side of things. Maybe this is her way of asking for help?”
Allan: “Yeah, or maybe this is her way of killing me off? (Looking around the group:) Death by lynching!”
Gisborne: “You’re reaching, Marian. My sister made her choice a long time ago.”
Marian: “Well there’s only one way to find out. Allan and I will go to the castle.”
Allan: “You what?”
Robin: “No, Marian.”
Marian: “Robin, listen to me. Although Isabella is surrounded by guards she’s alone. I believe that if Allan and I can get an audience with her then we may be able to reason with her.”
Much: (Scoffs:) “Good luck with that.”
Marian: “If we’re in the castle we can also find Clarke and make sure she’s ok, Much. (To Robin:) You know I’m right.”

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Robin: “How can you be sure that the moment you enter the castle Isabella won’t throw you into the dungeons? (Looking over her shoulder at Allan:) And how can you be sure he’s not betrayed us?”
(Marian glances over at Allan then back to Robin.)
Marian: “Because he swore to me a long time ago that he would never betray me. Do you remember? (Robin nods as he thinks back to the day Edward died.) I trust him with my life. (To the group:) As I trust you all.”
Djaq: “Marian, if you go to the castle who’s going to show us the way into the tunnel?”
Gisborne: (Steps forward:) “I will. I can get you inside the castle without anyone noticing.”
Marian: “Then it’s settled. Allan and I will go to the castle while you plan your attack.”
Robin: (Sighs:) “I know better than to try and change your mind by now. (Looks to Allan:) If anything happens to her I swear I’ll-”
Allan: “I know, all right, I know.”
Gisborne: “Allan? (Smirks:) Good luck.”
Allan: (Gives him a frustrated look, then cracks a smile:) “Yeah, thanks.”(Marian grabs her cloak and Allan side steps Little John to grab his own as the duo exit the camp.)

The Fallen (pt.2)

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Locksley.
(Soldiers are in Locksley, rounding up men, food
and livestock. Robin stands over the ridge of a thatched roof, pulls an
arrow from his quiver, and shoots a guard on a horse chasing a small
group of men and boys. Those men already caught have been chained to the
back of a wagon. Blamire turns his horse around and immediately knows
who’s to blame for the commotion.)
Blamire: “Hood!”
(Robin
shoots another guard coming out of a house with more men, then he
swings his back foot over the ridge and slides down the roof to the
ground while the gang charge in. Little John, Djaq, Will and Allan race in between
buildings.)
Little John: “Come on, then! Aaaargh!”
(Gisborne,
Marian and Much run in from another direction, swords blazing, killing
the guards. Robin defends himself using his bow like a staff.)
Gisborne: (Racing through the village:) “Get all the men! Move! Get the men!”
Blamire: “Pull back! Get the supplies to the castle! (Clarke and the
gang herd the village men together, away from the guards. Robin shoots a
soldier standing near the foot of the wagon. Mutters to self:)
Idiots! (Yelling to guards:) Get the prisoners out of there!“
Robin: “John! Break the chain!”
(Little
John runs towards the wagon, chased by a guard. Little John turns to
fight him off, but Robin shoots him instead, pulls another arrow from
his quiver and points it at Blamire as Little John pulls the chain off
the wagon with a loud grunt.)

Little John: “On the move! On the move!”
(The
soldiers withdraw, riding or running out of the village. The gang
gather the men together. Robin advances on Blamire, still pointing his
bow at him. Blamire looks back menacingly at him before finally
leaving.)

Robin: “They’re gone. (Lowers bow.) Let’s get these men to Sherwood!“
(Robin continues to stare after Blamire a moment longer.)
Marian: (Catching up to Robin:) “Robin, who the hell was that?”
Robin: “I’ve no idea. But I think our Sheriff does.”

Will: “Robin, where’s Clarke?”
(Everyone looks around for the Princess and Robin grimaces as he realises Clarke has been taken.)

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The Cave.
(Henry, shackled to the cave wall considers Indra sitting quietly across from him.)
Henry: “You have no idea what you’re getting into. If you let me go now I can speak to my brother about sparing your lives.”
Indra: “Like he did on the battlefield, where he murdered my brothers and sisters?”
Henry: “The man who gave that order is now dead. Going against an army in the name of vengeance is suicide. (As Indra looks away:) Unless, that’s what you want?”
Octavia: (Re-entering the cave:) “What she wants is for you to tell us where your brother’s army is. (To Indra:) I need to find Lincoln and make sure he’s alright.”
Henry: “Lincoln?”
Octavia: (Looking at him:) “Yeah, why?”
Henry: “Oh, no reason. (As Indra draws her sword:) It’s just that Blamire mentioned a warrior by that name. He and his men gave my brother quite the bit of trouble. Briefly, before my brother’s army dealt with them.”
Octavia: “Where was this? Where did they fight?”
(Henry looks at his two captors before relenting.)
Henry: “Fine, it’s not like they’re still there. I’ll tell you where you can find the bodies.”
(Indra and Octavia glance at each other as Henry grins up at them.)

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Nottingham Castle. The Great Hall.
(Isabella turns around and sighs at her messenger, who is flanked by two guards.)
Isabella: “You are an imbecile. (She approaches the messenger and sighs. In the messenger’s face:) Failure! (Isabella slaps the messenger with all her might. She hears footsteps and looks up at the balcony. With relief:) Oh, Blamire. Tell me, are the men of Locksley secured?”
Blamire: “We had a situation, some… unforeseen difficulties.”
(Isabella turns away.)
Isabella: (Muttering:) “Robin Hood.”
Blamire: (Coming downstairs:) “There’s good news however.”
Isabella: “Good news?”
Blamire: (Clicks his fingers and two guards bring Clarke into the Hall:) “We found the Princess.”
Clarke: (Struggling against the guards:) “Get your hands off me!”
(Isabella walks over and nods to the guards who release Clarke.)
Isabella: “Welcome, Princess.”
Clarke: “Isabella what are you thinking? You can’t allow the men of Nottingham to be rounded up and…conscripted into my Uncle’s army.”
Isabella: (Tilts her head:) “I’ll admit the situation isn’t ideal. But it’s not like I have a choice in the matter. The request came directly from the Prince’s own hand. If I ignore it and John defeats Joan’s forces anyway, Nottingham will be doomed.”
Clarke: “You know this is wrong. You should be standing with us against John. The fact that Richard returns within the month should be all you need to see that John is finished.”
Blamire: (Scoffs:) “You think Richard is the answer? The man couldn’t point to England on a map. He’s spent more time at war than he has on the throne.”
Clarke: (Turns to him:) “The King has his flaws, yes, but he doesn’t take it upon himself to tax his people into starvation. The Prince uses England as his own personal piggy bank and thugs like you help him do it.”
Isabella: (Warningly:) “Clarke I wouldn’t-”
Clarke: (Continuing, pointing her finger at Blamire:) “In fact, your former boss Vaisey was the-”

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(Clarke’s words are cut off as Blamire grabs the Princess by the
wrist and kicks her legs out from under her, knocking her to the floor.)
Blamire: (Angrily:)
“Don’t you dare speak his name. Your Commander bitch co-conspirator is
the reason my lord is not here in the first place!”
Isabella:
(Soothingly:)
“That’s enough, Blamire. Let the Princess up now. (Blamire
glares up at the Sheriff but releases Clarke nonetheless. Isabella
sighs and heads toward her high backed chair. Taking a seat:)
Of course
you’re right, Clarke. The Prince is a no-good scoundrel. But he is also
our nation’s leader for the time being. The fact that it’s your aunt
leading the charge doesn’t make whats happening any less of an invasion.
England is at war and I for one refuse to abandon her in her time of
need. I’m sure the fine men of Nottingham will agree.”
(Clarke stares up at Isabella, incredulous at her attitude and continued support of Prince John.)

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Sherwood Forest.
(Robin leads the village men through the forest.)
Robin: “We
have to get the rest of our supplies to Locksley. That’ll keep the
women and children alive until we return their crops and livestock.”
Marian: “Robin. (Robin stops.) What about the men?”
Robin: “What about them?” (The villagers file past them.)
Marian: “Well, when are they going to fight?”
Robin: (Scoffs.) “Marian, these men are farmers, they’re not warriors.”
Marian: “There comes a time when people have to stand up and help themselves, Robin. (Robin turns with a scowl to look at the men walking past.) We’re supposed to be inspiring these men to stand up and fight for themselves, giving them real hope.”
Robin: “These men are terrified for their lives. They’ve forgotten how to hope.”
Marian: “If they’ve forgotten how to be truly free, it’s time we show them the way.”
(Marian walks past, leaving Robin to ponder her words.)

Large Farm House.
(Octavia strides purposefully through the large double doors of a seemingly abandoned farm house. No candles or torches are lit, casting the house into darkness.)
Second Floor Room.
(A man and a woman are knelt beside a second man who is unconscious on the floor. There is concern on their faces as the situation looks grim.)

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Ground Floor.
(Octavia, her sword drawn, moves cautiously through the house. Having checked every room, she decides to head upstairs but is grabbed from behind.)
Nyko: (His hand over her mouth:) “Shhh. (Octavia elbows him in the stomach:) Ooof!” (Nyko stumbles back and drops his medicine bag.)
Octavia: “Nyko? What are you doing, where’s Lincoln? (Nyko doesn’t immediately answer her, instead leans over to pick up his medicines.) Nyko, where-”
Nyko: “It’s not good, Octavia. Finn is dead. They’re all dead. Their army was too much for us.”
Octavia: “I don’t understand, why did you attack them? You know I was going for reinforcements.”
Nyko: “Lincoln…he wanted to save the prisoners.”
Octavia: “Prisoners? Nyko, take me to him, now.”
Second Floor.
(Octavia bursts into the room to see Lincoln lying chained to the floor.)
Octavia: (Pushing the man aside:) “Out of my way. (Kneels next to him:) Lincoln? Hey, Lincoln, it’s me.”

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(Lincoln’s eyes slowly open and he sighs in relief.)
Lincoln: “I thought I’d never see you again.”
Octavia: “I’m right here. I’ve got you.”
Abby: (Softly:) “He’s been holding on for you.”
Octavia: (Looks to her:) “What happened? Who did this?”
Marcus: “Their leader, Blamire. Lincoln tried to free us, they all did.”
Octavia: (Looking down at Lincoln:) “There has to be something we can do.”
Lincoln: (Shakes head slowly:) “My wounds are mortal. I don’t have much time. I just needed to see you again.”
Octavia: “No, you’re not dying on me. I can’t do this without you.”
Lincoln: “Yes you can. You’re the strongest person I know.”
Octavia: “Lincoln, please…”
Lincoln: “Listen to me. Get them to safety, make sure they see their loved ones again. I know you can do it, I believe in you.”
Octavia: (Looks up at Nyko:) “This can’t be happening.”
(Nyko shakes his head.)
Lincoln: “Octavia, I love you.”
Octavia: (Tears falling:) “I love you so so much.”
Lincoln: (Nods:) “May we meet again.”
(Octavia
leans forward and gives him a long kiss. As they break apart she sees
that Lincoln has died. Octavia breaks down in tears as Marcus and Abby
bow their heads.)

Necessary Evils

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Somewhere between Powis and Nottingham…
(Henry, the former manservant of Bishop Waleran, sits at a large table. There is food laid out before him but his attention is solely on the person sat across from him.)
Henry: “The army is only a couple days ride from here. (With a meaningful look:) They await their Commander readily.”
Unseen Man: “Good. You’ve done well my boy. You and your brother in fact. Loyalty like yours is a rare thing these days.”
Henry: “How could I not remain loyal to you, sire? After everything you’ve done for my brother and I, we would gladly give our lives for your cause.”
Unseen Man: “Our cause. Soon everything we’ve worked towards will come to fruition and you shall take your rightful place by my side.”
Henry: (Nods:) “Even during his greatest schemes and plots, I knew Waleran was no match for you, sire.”
Unseen Man: “True. Although his death is a great blow for our influence within the church, Waleran had served his purpose.”
Henry: “Yes, sire.”
Unseen Man: “Now, (Getting to his feet:) this is where I must leave you. I believe I can rely on you to dispatch the remaining prisoners?”
Henry: “Of course, sire. Are we sure that killing them is the right decision?”
Unseen Man: “Henry, we’ve been through this. Their survival would be an unnecessary burden on the Prince. What he doesn’t know he can’t worry about, hm? (Henry nods:) Good boy. Although you were right to consult with me first on the matter.”
Henry: (Nods:) “You must go, Sire. You have a long journey ahead of you.”
Unseen Man: (Picking up his coat:) “Kill them quickly then catch up to us when you can. Our time has come!”
Outside The House.
(Henry watches as the man rides away on his horse. Securing his saddle and mounting his own horse, Henry looks around cautiously before leaving.)
Dirt Road.
(Henry has not travelled far before he notices rustling in the trees.)
Henry: “Who’s there? Show yourself!”
(Emerging from the trees atop her own horse is Octavia. They regard each other a moment before Octavia makes her move.)
Octavia: “Death to Prince John!”
(The woman warrior turns her horse and rides away quickly. Henry raises an eyebrow at this obvious trap. Amused and deciding that a diversion is needed, Henry kicks his horse into motion and chases Octavia. Following her tracks until he reaches a clearing, the man in black dismounts and draws his sword.)
Henry: “Come out and face me, savage. (Looking around for any sign of attack:) It’s true then, your kind are all cowards!”
(Henry shakes his head then sheathes his sword, annoyed at himself for indulging his whim. As he turns back to his horse however, he is met by Octavia who pummels him with strategic blows to body. Falling to his knees, the last sight Henry sees is Octavia standing over him before all goes black.)

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Nottingham Castle. Castle Baths.
(Despite her alliance with Prince John, Nottingham’s fortunes have turned around under Isabella’s reign as Sheriff. The markets thrive, taxes have been lowered and people are slowly returning from the brink of starvation. There is also a silent agreement between Isabella and the outlaws. Although she cannot pardon them outright, the Sheriff has ceased the guard patrol inside Sherwood forest allowing Robin’s gang to re-enter their camp. It is an olive branch in an attempt to mend relationships that were harmed in the past. Although her time as Sheriff has been well spent, it has also been spent alone. Perhaps it’s for this reason that Isabella has reopened the castle baths. A huge pool of water in which the sheriff now sits reading her correspondence. Unfortunately for Isabella, the letter she knew was bound to come has finally arrived:

My dearest Isabella,
Word of my plot to take the throne has reached both France and Italy. My mother and sister have combined their forces in an attempt to put an end to my plans for England. My own sister leads the army that seeks to destroy me! As of now my army has managed to keep them at bay but this will not last. I implore you to do what you can for your future King and send reinforcements. My Generals inform me I need at least three hundred men with food and supplies to hold back Joan’s army.

Do this because you love me.

Isabella re-reads the letter and sighs. She knows that all her accomplishments to date will be forgotten with the Prince’s request. Yet she cannot simply ignore the letter lest Nottingham itself be flattened. Isabella exits the baths knowing that what she is about to do will leave a mark on her soul that will never wash off.)

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A Cave.
(As Henry slowly awakens, his eyes focus on the two women stood over him.)
Indra: (Her arm in a sling, to Octavia:) “It was a mistake to bring him here.”
Octavia: “He was unconscious the whole trip and I have his weapons.”
Henry: “Whatever you’re planning you won’t get away with it.”
Indra: (Through gritted teeth:) “Shut your mouth!”
Octavia: (Placing her hand soothingly on Indra’s uninjured arm:) “Indra, we talked about this.”
Indra: “You waste time, the army’s trail grows colder by the hour.”
Henry: (Smirks:) “The army is miles from here. What do you even hope to accomplish if you find them?”
Indra: “Vengeance.”
Henry: (Scoffs:) “Two against an entire army?”
Octavia: “There are more of us. Watching your people, waiting.”
Henry: “Savages in trees. An annoyance at best.”
Indra: “The Commander of the thirteen clans awaits our word.”
Henry: (Falters a moment:) “You’re bluffing.”
Indra: (Steps forward:) “Try us.”

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Sherwood Forest. Great North Road. The Next Morning.
(Robin puts his ear to the ground and listens. He
hears a single horse galloping down the road. He chuckles and gets up.
He nocks an arrow, pulls out a second one from his quiver and nocks it
beside the first. He draws and aims. Marian puts her face next to
Robin’s and lays another arrow above the two.)
Marian: (Saucily:) “I bet you can’t do it with three.”
(Robin
nocks the third arrow, looks back at her and smiles slyly. The horse
neighs. Robin draws and shoots. The three arrows sail and land in front
of the horse, spooking it. It rears and bucks off its rider. Gisborne
immediately stands over him with his sword, turns him over and pulls the
message from his belt.)
Gisborne: “I’ll take that.”
(Gisborne hands the parchment to Marian.)
Robin: “Tie him up, then.”
(Allan flips the messenger back onto his face, whips out a piece of rope and hands it to Gisborne. Marian reads the message.)
Marian: “It’s from Isabella to Prince John. “My Prince, I understand the urgency of your request. Richard returns from the Crusades within the month. (Robin turns his head, distressed at what he’s hearing.) Troops loyal to him await his return in Loughborough. We must be ready.”
(Gisborne stares at the ground, fearing for his future.)
Allan: “Richard… King Richard?”
Marian: “The King’s coming home.”
Robin: (Steps away from the gang, thinking.) “Read the rest.”
(Allan leads the tied-up messenger to his horse.)
Marian: “You asked for three hundred men, food and supplies. I will dispatch them at sunset to join with your northern forces in Doncaster.”
Robin: (Grimaces.) “So where’s Isabella supposed to find three hundred men?”
Marian: “England will soon be yours.”
Gisborne: (Considering:) “It’s only through the Prince that Isabella is sheriff.”
Robin: (Leans on his bow. to messenger:) “You give the Prince this message…”
Allan: (Patting the horse’s rump:) “Go on.”
(The horse walks down the road with the messenger riding backwards, his hands tied to the saddle.)

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Robin: “England will never be a slave to Prince John, not while Robin Hood fights for King Richard.”
Little John: (Calling from over the hill:) “Robin! (Marian and Robin run up the hill. The gang follow.) They’ve taken them! (Robin and Marian come over the rise.) They took them!”
Robin: “Taken who?”
Little John: “I was in Clun. The sheriff’s soldiers. They’ve taken all the men!”
Gisborne: “How many?”
Little John: “I don’t know. Must have been at least a hundred.”
Much: (From a nearby ridge:) “Robin! Same in Nettlestone! The sheriff’s guard came and just carted them off. Crops and livestock, too.”
Marian: “A hundred from Clun, a hundred from Nettlestone.”
Robin: “They’ll go to Locksley next. (to Much:) Get to Locksley!”

Flamekeeper No More (pt.6)

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Powis Castle. Commander’s Chamber.
(Lexa sits at the foot of her bed on the floor, meditating. The door to the chamber opens and Clarke walks in. Taking in the scene before her, Clarke is unable to hold her tongue.)
Clarke: “Someone tried to kill you today. How are you this calm?”
Lexa: (Takes a deep breath then opens her eyes:) “You’ve come to tell me that you’re leaving.”
Clarke: (As Lexa looks up at her:) “Yes.”
Lexa: “You need to take the traitors charter with you.”
Clarke: “Yes, we need to have everything with us in order to succeed.”
(Lexa slowly gets to her feet.)
Lexa: “You realise that the Prince will not go quietly. (Clarke nods:) You’re drawing a line in the sand that will divide the people of your nation.”
Clarke: “Yes.”
Lexa: “But who’s to say you can’t choose to stay on this side of that line?”
(Clarke watches the Commander, realising she is asking her to stay. Before Clarke can answer however, Titus’ voice can be heard outside.)
Titus: “I told you she was not to be disturbed.”
Clarke: “I know someone who might.”
(The Commander and the Princess share a smile as Titus makes his way into the room.)
Titus: (To Clarke:) “Princess, I understand your people are preparing to leave. I have made arrangements for you to take some of our fastest horses.”
Clarke: (Nods:) “Thank you.”
Lexa: “Actually, I’ve asked Clarke to stay in Powis as my guest.”
(Clarke looks to Lexa, as does Titus.)
Titus: (Staring at the Commander, to Clarke:) “Clarke, will you excuse us?”
(Clarke nods silently, glances at Lexa then turns and leaves the room.)

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(Lexa watches Clarke leave then looks away as the doors close behind her. Turning her back to her mentor, Lexa waits for Titus to share his thoughts.)
Titus: “On this sacred day, I beg you to remember my teachings. (Lexa turns and faces him:) Love is weakness. To be Commander is to be alone.”
Lexa: “No, I will not hear this again.”
Titus: (As Lexa walks away:) “Yes, you will! Your feelings for Clarke put both of you in danger. She is a distraction from your duties as Commander. If you care for Clarke you must send her home, it is the only way she will be safe. (Lexa turns back to him but does not look at him:) Don’t make her pay for your mistakes as Costia did.”
(At this Lexa looks at Titus, a fire lighting her eyes.)
Lexa: (Stalking towards him:) “My mistakes? Prince John ordered Costia’s death. Vaisey cut off her head and delivered it to my bed. And still, at your recommendation, I pledged a treaty with them. I am more than capable of separating feelings from duty!”
Titus: (His head bowed:) “I’m sorry, Lexa. I didn’t mean to offend you.”
Lexa: “Yes you did. (Softer:) But you also mean well, and I know that, teacher.”
Titus: “May I make arrangements for Clarke’s departure?”
Lexa: “That’s up to Clarke. I know where you stand, Titus.”
(Titus takes a deep breath and Lexa walks away.)
Cut To: Castle Corridor.
(As soon as the doors to the Commander’s chamber shut behind her, Clarke heads towards the main doors to get some air. When she reaches them she sees Octavia climbing the steps.)
Clarke: “Octavia? Is that really you?”
Octavia: “Yeah, it’s me.”
Clarke: “What are you doing here? (Looks around anxiously:) What about the kill order?”
Octavia: “That only applies to Lincoln. (Also looks around:) For now at least. Listen, I need you to get me an audience with the Commander.”
Clarke: (Glances back:) “She’s meeting with Titus right now.”
Octavia: (Her eyes widening:) “She’s with him right now?”
Clarke: “Yes. (Watching her closely:) Octavia, what’s wrong?”
(Octavia takes Clarke by the arm and leads her over to a quiet alcove and begins to speak in a hushed voice.)
Octavia: “We need to get her alone, now.”
Clarke: (Scoffs:) “Tell me about it, he’s like her shadow.”
Octavia: “No, Clarke, listen to me. I have information on the people who attacked Powis.”
Clarke: "Go on.”
Octavia: “Lincoln and I travel with Finn and his men now right? There aren’t many of us yet so we go from village to village offering to help out wherever we can. Build walls, milk cows – whatever in return for meals and a roof over our heads for the night. Finn also asks around trying to find men to join the cause. Well last night we were told there might be some guys who’d be interested. So Finn, Lincoln and I knock on their door in the hopes of recruiting them. As soon as we do, they take one look at Lincoln and I and start to attack us. And I mean these were not farmers. They were skilled warriors and if they weren’t stinking drunk we may have had something to worry about.”
Clarke: “Warriors disguised as farmers. Sounds like the people we’re looking for.”
Octavia: (Nods:) “So we have them all tied up in the barn and you’d think they’d be at least a little worried about the situation right? (Shakes her head:) These guys were laughing and bragging about all their kills, how clever they are and how they have eyes everywhere. So, Finn gets curious and asks them more about their army, saying that maybe we should join them instead. These guys tell us everything. About how they attacked Powis before dawn, how they knew exactly where to strike, everything.”
Clarke: (Realisation dawning:) “There’s no way Waleran would’ve known about where our army was positioned without some inside help.”
Octavia: “Exactly. So Lincoln asks them how they communicate with their spies and they tell us by messenger pigeon. They said if we listened carefully we could hear them cooing upstairs. Well, sure enough Lincoln and I go and investigate and find the birds upstairs in their cage. And what do we find on the leg of one of the birds?”
Clarke: “What?”
Octavia: “The symbol of the flame.”

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Castle Dungeons.
(Will and Djaq lead the rest of the gang down to the dungeons to retrieve Waleran.)
Much: "This feels funny.”
Little John: “What does?”
Much: “This, visiting the dungeons rather than being forcibly thrown into one.”
Allan: “Yeah, well the day ain’t over yet, Much.”
(Will reaches and unlocks the door, stepping aside to allow Djaq entry into the cell. Upon entry she sees Waleran kneeling in front of the large cross.)
Much: (Striding into the cell:) “Come on now, Bishop, there’ll be plenty of time to pray on our journey back to Nottingham. (Receiving no response, Much winks at Djaq and pats Waleran on the back:) Come on, time to go. (When there’s still no response, Much grabs Waleran’s shoulder and is horrified when the man’s lifeless body rolls towards him.) Ah! Get him off me!”
(Djaq rushes over to them and checks on the Bishop as Will pulls Much out from under the body. Robin and Gisborne, who were waiting outside the cell both rush to the door at the same time. Getting wedged together in the doorway, the two men growl at each other until Marian pushes them both from behind into the cell.)
Robin: “Djaq, is he…?”
Djaq: (Looks up:) “He’s dead. Strangled it looks like.”
(Gisborne roars and kicks the cell door in anger. Robin slumps against the wall and Marian and Allan exchange looks as a key part of their plan now lies dead on the dungeon floor.)

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Kingsbridge Castle. Courtyard.
(Isabella and Henry have arrived and have been met by Tuck. Isabella stands by Henry and looks down as a cloth is pulled off Lipscombe’s dead face. Isabella sighs in exasperation. Tuck hands her an arrow.)
Tuck: “He was killed by Robin Hood’s arrow. (Isabella takes the arrow.) Not to speak ill of the dead, but Kingsbridge will not miss him or Waleran.”
Henry: “Where is the Bishop?”
Tuck: “He’s been taken by Robin Hood and his gang to Powis to answer for his crimes against them. Waleran is no longer welcome here. And neither are you. I will give you an hour to collect your personal belongings then I want you outside Kingsbridge’s walls.”
Henry: “Now wait just a minute, who do you think you are?”
Tuck: “Kingsbridge will no longer support the Prince or his conspirators. We are holding an election to appoint a new sheriff. One that holds the interests of the people of this town above all. (To Isabella:) I thought you would’ve known better than to trade one abusive master for another, sheriff.”
(Tuck leaves. Isabella frowns and breaks the arrow in two, then throws the pieces down.)
Isabella: (To Henry:) “Find your brother and tell him Waleran is finished. Bring him to Nottingham, it’s critical that we forge an alliance before it’s too late.”
Henry: (Nods:) “It shall be done, you have my word.”
(Isabella sighs and covers the dead man’s face again.)

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Powis Castle. Temple.
(Titus kneels at the altar, gathering his thoughts. Beside him there is a large ceremonial basin. Suddenly he hears as sound and turns as the door opens. Seeing that it is Clarke, he gets to his feet.)
Titus: “You do not belong here.”
Gisborne: (Following behind Clarke:) “No, you made sure of that, didn’t you?”
Titus: (Turns back to the altar:) “I don’t know what you mean.”
Clarke: “I believe you do, Titus. We need to talk about how Waleran knew to attack.”
Titus: (Makes a move for the door:) “I do not have time for guessing games.”
Gisborne: (Blocks his path:) “There was no way anyone from outside Powis’ borders could’ve heard about Vaisey’s death that quickly. Waleran had a spy and we think it’s you.”
Titus: “This is ridiculous.”
Gisborne: (Drawing his sword:) “Oh, I know all about spies and betrayal. (Points his sword at Titus:) You could say I’m an expert on the subject.”
Clarke: “Admit it, Titus. You sent word to Waleran and he ordered the attack. Then when he was captured you had no choice but to kill him in an attempt to cover up your part in all of this.”
Titus: (Calmly:) “You think you have all the answers, don’t you? You think you’re the first to try and come between us? (Shakes his head:) I’ve served four Commanders as flamekeeper. None of them half as wise or strong as Lexa. The truth is she was all of these things even before Ascension. But the ways of the Commander were irrefutable. To be the Commander is to stand alone. When Lexa first ascended she was already in love.”
Clarke: “With Costia.”
Titus: (Nods:) “Our people were at war with English forces. We had just lost one Commander and needed a strong successor. I believed Costia to be Lexa’s weakness then as you are her weakness now.”
Clarke: (Stares at Titus:) “So what did you do, back then?”
Titus: (Shakes his head:) “This is immaterial, I’ve prepared your horses for your departure.”

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Lexa: (From the door way:) “Stop him. (Gisborne steps forward and holds
his sword across Titus’ throat. Lexa walks slowly into the room followed
by the rest of the gang.)
Continue your story, Titus. What did you do
all those years ago?”
Titus: “Heda, please understand I only did what I felt I had to keep you strong.”
Lexa: (Repeats loudly:) “What did you do, Titus?!”
Titus:
(Swallows, or attempts to with Gisborne’s sword pressed against him:)
“On the night before the final battle you needed time to consult your
Generals. You asked me to escort Costia to safety away from the
fighting. I could see even then that your head wasn’t where it should’ve
been. That you would still worry over her even when leading your army.
So I did the only thing I could to guarantee your victory.”
(There is a long silence as everyone waits for Titus to finish.)
Lexa: “Speak, Titus.”
Titus: “I delivered her to Vaisey’s camp.”
(Lexa closes her eyes at this admission.)
Gisborne: (As Titus attempts to move forward:) “Do not move or I will kill you where you stand.”
Clarke:
(Shocked:) “You were responsible for Costia’s death (Realising as she speaks:) And
you’ve been spying for the Prince to cover it up ever since.”
Titus:
(To Lexa:) “I did not intend for her life to end that night. Only that
if you knew she was captured it would focus you to defeat your enemy and
reclaim your love.”
Lexa: “That’s a lie! You wanted her gone so that you could be my counsel, so that you could teach me the ways of the Commander.”
Titus: “Heda, please. I did what I had to for the sake of your people.”
Lexa:
(Outraged:) “Costia’s death and her memory led me to unite the twelve clans
in the name of peace. It is in her honour that I became the Commander I
am today. (Lexa moves towards the altar. Leaning down, she pulls out something wrapped in a dark red cloth. She holds it out to Clarke:) This is yours now.”
Clarke: “What is it?”
(Lexa turns and looks to Titus.)
Titus: (Resignedly:) “There’s a book inside. It’s the journal of the first Commander. You will need it to perform the ascension ritual.”
Clarke: (To Lexa:) “What does this mean?”
Lexa: “You shall be the flamekeeper now.”
Gisborne: “Does that mean we can take him back to Nottingham with us?”
Lexa: (Considers:) “That is up to Titus. (To Titus:) Where do you wish to pay for your crimes? Here or in England?”
(Titus looks to the Commander a moment then makes his decision. Seizing Gisborne’s arm, Titus quickly leans into the sword and slits his own throat. Before anyone can react, the deed is done.)
Titus: (To Lexa:) “Forgive me, Heda.”

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(With that, Titus falls back into the large basin splattering water everywhere, blood pouring from his throat. Everyone gathers round astonished by the turn of events. Clarke’s eyes are wide, Gisborne is in shock. Robin drops his head in dismay as Much shakes his head at the gory sight. Lexa merely glances down at her former mentor before leaving the room.)
Castle Courtyard.
(Elsewhere, Octavia waits anxiously in the courtyard. Glancing up at the sun she realises she can’t wait any longer and turns to leave. She manages about five steps before she hears her name called.)
Indra: “Octavia.”
(Octavia stops and turns to face her mentor. As Indra reaches her, she holds out her uninjured left hand. Octavia clasps it and the two women exchange the warriors greeting. Walking side by side, mentor and student leave the castle grounds, headed for revenge.)

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Ascension Day (pt.5)

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Powis Castle. Dungeons.
(Titus opens the door and descends the steps that lead into the dungeons below.)
Cut To:
(Waleran is knelt naked praying before a large cross that has been brought in for him.)
Waleran: “Tuck in power, Kingsbridge lost to me. Ever your patient General, Lord God when will I see our victory? Look what I have done for you. God, why has thou forsaken me?”
(Titus enters the cell and looks upon the broken man before him.)
Titus: “Look what you’ve become, Bishop. Powerless, pitiful. Perhaps I should just put you out of your misery. (Suddenly grabbing Waleran by the throat:) Make no mistake, Bishop, if you name me as your accomplice in your deeds I will end your life.”
Waleran: (Smiles:) “What makes you think they don’t already know? How else would I have been able to send Vaisey’s army to attack so soon after his death? Once the Commander and the Princess have enough time to think about it, the only conclusion they will draw is that they have a mole in their midst.”
Titus: (Releases Waleran and growls in frustration:) “I brought the Commander and the Prince together to forge a treaty to end the violence.”
Waleran: “Yes, just as you attempted to do years ago with the last Commander.”
Titus: “The treaty would have held if not for the girl.”
Waleran: “Would it? You must’ve known that sooner or later Lexa would take her revenge on Vaisey for the murder of her mate. No, your treaty was doomed to fail from the start.”
Lexa: “The Commander has followed her heart over her head once again, just as with Costia.”
Waleran: “And it appears the Princess is having quite the effect on her too.”
Titus: “Blood must not have blood is a mistake.”
Waleran: “Then it is up to you to change the Commander’s mind before it’s too late.”
Titus: “And how do I do that?”
Waleran: “That, flamekeeper, is entirely in your hands.”

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Powis Castle. The Great Hall. Morning.
(Lexa sits on her throne in the Great Hall addressing her subjects.)
Lexa: “We gather here on this Ascension day, to honour the Commanders that came before me. Those who live on within me… (She turns toward her novitiates:) As I will live on in one of you.”
(Suddenly there is a commotion and the doors to the Great Hall spring open.)
Semet: (Entering the room:) “The flamekeeper promised we would be heard!”
Lexa: (Looks to the man beside her:) “Titus, what is this?”
Titus: (Turns and leans closely to Lexa:) “Something you need to hear, Heda.”
(Lexa blinks then turns back to the intruders, bracing herself for what’s to follow. Semet and his group slowly kneel before the Commander as Robin, Marian, Gisborne and Allan are pulled into view. Clarke gasps and steps forward as Marian is thrown unceremoniously to the ground.)

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Clarke: (Shocked:) “Marian.”
Semet: (To Lexa:) “Forgive me for intruding on this holy day, Commander. (Getting to his feet:) I am Semet and I come seeking justice.”
(Marian and the others look toward the Commander.)
Lexa: “Explain yourself. Why do you hold members of the thirteenth clan prisoner?”
Semet: “They are prisoners of war, Commander, brought here to bear witness to the crimes of their people.”
Clarke: (Stepping forward:) “What crimes? (Turns to the dais:) We’ve settled this.”
Titus: “Apparently not. These people and their village have been left defenseless because of the massacre.”
Semet: “Please, Commander. I beg you. Avenge us.”
(As
everyone looks to the Commander, Indra steps out from the crowd and
eyes each of the prisoners in turn before disappearing once again. The
gathered crowd begin to chant ‘Blood must have blood’ at the Commander
and Lexa glares at Titus.)
Titus: (To the unruly mob:) “You will show respect in this chamber!”

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Cut To: The Commander’s Chamber.
(Lexa bursts through the doors of her chamber raving at Titus who follows behind along with Clarke.)
Lexa: “How dare you bring this to me on Ascension day?!”
Titus: “I did not bring them here, Heda. (Lexa turns towards him:) You did. Against my advice, you made Nottingham and its people the thirteenth clan. (Points at Clarke:) You rejected the treaty with Prince John in favour of the Princess. Then, after your warriors are slaughtered, you postpone vengeance upon the perpetrators in favour of sending members of the thirteenth clan to find the man who gave the order. And now, after all this, you allow Waleran to live. Your people still desire vengeance, ‘blood must not have blood’ has failed.”
(Lexa glares at her mentor as Clarke glances at the robed man herself.)
Lexa: (Walking towards her:) “Clarke?”
Titus: “Clarke’s opinion in this matter is not exactly unbiased.”
(Clarke and Titus share a look before Clarke answers.)
Clarke: “Titus is right. My people need Waleran alive in order to remove my Uncle from his position of power, you know this. You chose to side with me for a reason, you know the Prince must be stopped.”
Titus: “Not at the expense of our coalition. Heda, your people are revolting against you, the alliance is fragile at this moment. If you do not act now-”
(Lexa holds up her hand and Titus is silenced.)

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Cut Back To: The Great Hall.
(Lexa holds her hand up for silence. Once the noise dies down, she makes her decision.)
Lexa: “Today I call upon the armies of the twelve clans not to attack. The Princess and her people need time to take out their leaders and ensure travesties like the massacre of our warriors never happen again.”
(Lexa looks to Titus who is deeply unhappy about this but reiterates the order regardless.)
Titus: “You heard the Commander. The armies of the twelve clans shall stand down until further notice.”
Semet: “Heda, I do not understand. How is this vengeance?”
Lexa: “It is not vengeance, my brother. It is justice.”
Semet: “Their people killed my son! And my brother, and my wife! (Turns to the room at large:) Now if the spirit of the Commander will not protect us then what will?!”
Titus: “You mind yourself, Semet.”
Semet: (Sighs and turns his back:) “Death to the Commander!”
(Semet draws a knife from his belt and charges at Lexa. Titus steps in front of her, grabs the knife from Semet and turns it against him. Slicing his stomach, chest and throat in quick succession. Semet barely has time to register the blows before Titus finishes him with a final thrust of the blade. Gasps of shock reverberate through the hall as Semet falls to the floor, dead. Semet’s followers crowd around him as Robin and the others look to each other in shock.)
Titus: (Turning to Lexa, softly:) “Blood must have blood.”
(Lexa stares at her mentor as the blood drips from the blade onto the dais.)

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Powis. Indra’s Hut.
(Djaq is checking on Indra to see how her arm is progressing.)
Djaq: “You have to give it time, Indra. Your arm needs to heal itself fully.”
Indra: “I need to regain the strength I’ve lost in it. I need to pick up my sword and begin training.”
Djaq: “If you try to spar with anyone using that arm you only damage it further. I know it’s frustrating but please, just allow yourself to recuperate.”
(As Indra looks away a shadow blocks the sun for a moment. As Djaq’s eyes adjust she can see the woman standing there.)
Octavia: (To Indra’s back:) “I came to honour you.”
(Indra tenses at the sound of her voice then shakes her head.)
Indra: “You waste your time. There’s no honor here.”
Djaq: (Sensing their need to talk alone, to Indra:) “I’ll check in on you again later, Indra.”
(Djaq gathers her things, nods to Octavia then leaves the hut.)
Octavia: (Stepping inside:) “I need your council, Master Indra.”
Indra: (Getting to her feet quickly, her back still facing Octavia:) “Go away.”
(Indra takes a drink as Octavia moves closer to her mentor.)
Octavia: “I need the woman I served as second. I need the warrior who taught me to be who I am.”
Indra: (Spinning around to face her:) “I said get out of here!”
(Turning her back upon Octavia once again:)
Octavia: “Indra, please. I know the men who did this to you. I’ve come here for your help to defeat them.”
(Suddenly Indra spins and punches Octavia. Octavia rallies and tackles Indra to the ground, holding her fist up ready to strike.)
Indra: “You see?! Even someone as slow and as weak as you can put me on my back. I should have died on that field.”
Octavia: “We all die. You can either do that here, feeling sorry for yourself or you come back with me and get your revenge. (Indra cannot look at her. Octavia stands and walks toward the hut entrance. Standing at the opening:) The choice is yours.”
(She leaves.)

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Powis Castle. Clarke’s Chamber.
(Robin and the others are all gathered in Clarke’s chamber. Clarke is sat perched on her bed as Robin makes the case for them to leave.)
Robin: “It’s time, Clarke. We have to head back to Nottingham and put a stop to Prince John’s schemes.”
Clarke: “I know, you’re right. But we still don’t know where the men who attacked Lexa’s people are. I can’t leave here without giving Lexa a way to appease her people.”
Robin: “We can’t afford to travel the length of the country searching for an army.”
Marian: “An army that are masters at blending in and disappearing. (Stepping closer to Clarke:) We need you with us, Princess. Once Prince John steps down, England will need -”
Gisborne: (Cutting in:) “You really think the Prince will just step down? He’s waited his entire life to become King and now he’s the closest he’s ever come to it. He’s not leaving without a fight.”
Robin: “Which is why we need to act quickly. We have the Bishop, we have the pact and we have the Princess. If John refuses to step aside we can still turn the Barons against him. Geoffrey should be ruling England right now in the King’s absence. The only reason he’s not is because John colluded to have his brother killed. The pact shows that John is willing, if not eager, to commit Fratricide once again to get what he wants.”
Clarke: (Stands:) “I’ll speak to Lexa, but I stand by what I said. We cannot leave here without viable information about the whereabouts of that army.”
Marian: “We’ll speak to Waleran. We’ll make sure he knows that giving up the army is part of the deal.”
Cut To: Castle Dungeons.
(Waleran is seated, his hands tied to a chair. Behind him, Titus kneels praying. The robed man bows his head then stands and walks to stand in front of the Bishop.)
Titus: “I have tried to guide the Commander the best way I know how. I have kept her strong throughout her reign. But Lexa’s refusal to act is turning her people against her. The Commander is so concerned with her alliance with Clarke and the thirteenth clan that she’s neglecting the other twelve.”
Waleran: “That’s because she believes she has choices. If you limit the Commander’s options she will soon see things your way again. But if things continue in the way the Princess desires then your influence will surely be lost for good.”
Titus: “Clarke cannot take the throne.”
Waleran: (Shakes his head:) “And I cannot be brought to testify against the Prince. You know what you must do my son. For the sake of the Commander and all that she’s built.”
Titus: (Softly:) “For the Commander.”
(Waleran nods as Titus slowly brings his hands toward the bound man’s throat.)
Waleran: “Ergo te absolvo.”
(Titus closes his hands around Waleran’s throat and begins to squeeze.)