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20.

EXT DRUID CAMP- YUDOC GIVES DOM MUSHROOMS NIGHT

As a light misty rain falls Dom is enraged and having fits- He throws a bowl of pea soup and tears up the camp

as Dee tries to get him to stop

DOM

Bah! Pea soup! We HAD boar!

WIND, DOVE and MERRY watch his fit- Wind shakes his head and departs

MERRY

(whispers)

This why I no want you

with Dom, my little Dove…

He scary. Dee not so crazy….

Our clans still be joined…

DOVE

Dee no like me-

he shoo Dom away when I near-

They no even care when Fay die!

- Mama, Why must clans join?

MERRY

Ahman think it good for tribe-

bring priests and hunters together

DOVE

What difference that make?

They still no agree on any thing…

MERRY

Ahman think we get along

better then. I no know..

(exasperated)

He your father- he know best!

EXT YUDOC’S DOOR NIGHT

WIND

Yudoc! We must… Cahlm Dahhm…,

Cahlm Dahhm… ”

YUDOC

Cahlm Dahhm ?

21.

WIND gestures by spreading his hands

WIND

CALLLLMM DAHHHHHHHM……

YUDOC

Yeah, Yeah- I got medicine

Gooood medicine- But first

we need kill dog…

EXT BY THE CAMPFIRE SAME NIGHT

The Peece and Chinook men gather around a table that holds a dead dog with a knife stuck in it- Yudoc hands Wind several mushrooms and a cup of dog’s blood

YUDOC

These help him good…

mushrooms… dog blood

(smiling)

Then we eat dog tomorrow…

This one bite me- See?

Yudoc waves his hands over the dog and howls

Dom drinks the dog’s blood and takes the mushrooms

INT DOM’S HUT SAME NIGHT

Dom writhes and mutters as he hallucinates on his bed,

while the others watch and wonder

DEE

You think this help him?

YUDOC

Well, he no tear up camp-

He waves the dog’s tail in his hand

INT MEADE’S HUT NEXT NIGHT

Labah and Meade end an embrace in Meade’s hut

MEADE

I guard far moor this night-

-must go now…

 

22.

LABAH

Be careful, my Meade,

- when we meet again?

MEADE

When I knock like this…

He raps out MARIONETTE’S FUNERAL MARCH

LABAH

Yes love- then me tell

Hun I go to see Judah-

They kiss and he leaves- Dom is walking past outside, holding his head and muttering

DOM

Uuuuhh!

He stops and stares when he sees Meade emerge

EXT DRUID FAR MOOR OUTPOST SAME NIGHT

A light misty rain falls as Meade reports for guard duty-

There are spears and a small pile of stones ready to throw

He silently replaces the previous guard

Left alone, Meade surveys his dark surroundings

and his fingers tap on the drum slowly-

the beat develops into THE MARIONETTES FUNERAL MARCH

FADE TO:

Meade begins to dose off, but perks up when he hears strains of harp music coming from the forest.

He leaves the post to follow the strange, unfamiliar music

After a short walk, the music fades and he finds nothing

On the way back, he hears heavy breathing and a low growl-

He quickly snatches up a huge rock and warily begins creeping backwards toward the entrance-

His eyes are wide and his breathing heavy

As he nears the guard post, he relaxes a little

When the snarling big cat springs on him from the woods

He gurgles as the cat clamps down on his throat

EXT DRUID FAR OUTPOST THE NEXT MORNING

Tribe members have discovered Meade’s body

Others arrive and react in grief and fear

Labah arrives and overreacts with a loud shriek

Dom notices her reaction

23.

AHMAN

Now that beast has had meal,

May be not bother us again

CHINOOK

Or may be think we taste

good, and want more…

WIND

We need have two guard here at

Far moor- like I say before

AHMAN

My son right- must

have two guard

DOM and DEE carry the body away

DEE

Now Meade really is mead.

DOM

Yeah Yeah- dead mead!

AHMAN

Do not laugh over such thing!

You may be next!

DOM glares at him and then licks the blood from his fingers

AHMAN

Stop that! Our tribe

not eat our own!

DOM

(whispers to DEE)

Then we will find Celtic

when we are hungry

DEE

Yeah… yeah… Celtic!

INT DOVE’ROOM NIGHT

As another day ends, Dove watches Yudoc play his flute

She places a woven covering over the window and lays down to sleep- The sounds fade as she dreams

24.

In her dream she enters Dom’s hut where Dom and Labah entice her, Labah breathes in her ear, as Dom snarls like a big cat

Dove tosses and turns in her sleep to drum beats, and then awakens when she hears the sound of beautiful harp strains

The moon is full and, with curiosity, Dove follows the sound

She sees a glow in the distance, leading her onward

She gets to the fence and slips out past a guard

Then, although wary, she is intrigued, and keeps going

She finally reaches a clearing where she sees a

transparent image of a female ANGEL playing a harp

Dove watches from the underbrush- the Angel takes no notice

The angel plays a song like “IT CAME UPON A MIDNIGHT CLEAR”

When she finishes, the Angel looks at Dove and smiles

Before her image dissolves- Dove looks around confused,

then starts back to camp

EXT AT THE CAMPFIRE SITE NEXT MORNING

As some of tribe eat fruit, Dove tells the others about what she saw

DOVE

She real spirit!

or may be goddess!

She… shine… in dark.

I see… through her.

She play beautiful music

… on strange thing…

YUDOC

Strange thing- like my pipe?

DOVE

No… she play with her hands…

…like this…

(motions)

I watch for while. She smile at me-

then go away- melt like

mist in morning.

MERRY

My little Dove…

you sure it not a dream?

25.

DOVE

No- ground wet… my feet

still muddy. See?

when I hear her play.

I go through fence

where guard not see-

AHMAN

You leave camp alone?-

just after cat attack?!

You no leave camp at night again! You know? Maybe I move

my family away from edge of camp!

INT PEESE HUT THAT NIGHT

Dove again awakens to harp music, and now wakes Wind

DOVE

Wind, Wind. Wake up.

Goddess is making music

-you hear?

WIND

What? I hear no thing-

DOVE

Quick, quick- come with me..

He grabs a spear and together they go and watch the vision of the angel- The harp strains change as they approach

The angel plays “GREENSLEEVES- (What Child Is This)”

They watch from the brush- the vision is similar to the previous night- They whisper to each other

WIND

You think she see us?

DOVE

Yeah Yeah- but she pay us no mind-

why you think she here?

WIND

I not sure I really see this…

When the angel dissolves again- They explore the clearing

 

26.

WIND

You right- she not human-

she a spirit..

DOVE

or a goddess…

WIND

There nothing here now…

It dangerous… must go back …

EXT CAMPFIRE SITE DAY

Wind and Dove tell the others

WIND

DOVE right… there IS spirit

who play music in woods… by big tree-

We both see her last night…

AHMAN

You go into forest at night?

to chase spirits?

I have two fools for children!

DOM

(to Dee)

Heh heh heh… He say four children

when he only got three…

Dee grins like a Cheshire cat

DEE

Yeah….Yeah…

CHINOOK

You no believe in spirits Ahman?

May be we should all go see

… pray to it!

Some of the hunters laugh

AHMAN

If my son say he see spirit,

then I believe …

I just no want my children

in danger…

27.

WIND

If she come again,

will you go with us

and see?

AHMAN

May be we go-

but better not be joke!

WIND

Is no joke- there was

spirit… and her music much

better than Yudoc’s!

The others all laugh again

EXT SITE OF ANGEL’S APPEARANCE BY THE BIG TREE NIGHT

The image of the angel repeats

The priests and other tribesmen gradually arrive and look on

THE ANGEL PLAYS “COVENTRY CAROL”

Some emerge from the brush and approach- Ahman reaches out to touch the Angel and his hand goes through her-

She takes no notice and plays on before she slowly vanishes The Druids look at one another in awe and wonder

EXT CAMPFIRE SITE NEXT DAY

Sun has drawn a picture of the harp and angel on a rock and is showing the others

SUN

She touches these vines-

this make music

DEE

(mimicking)

Yeah… YEAH… YEAH!

YUDOC

Ahman! What you think?

why she here ?…

AHMAN

Priests talk of this-

Yeah- She a spirit-

Why she here- too soon to tell

28.

JUDAH

Maybe she Great Spirit-

A wooman- like we say!

AHMAN

No- I no think so!

But may be she sent

by Great Spirit,

May be HE come soon!

RAIN

May be she dead- May be

we see ghost of Meade soon!

LABAH

Listen to my mother! May be other

ghosts come- I afraid..

YUDOC

I no afraid- She look like good

spirit to me- speak with music

I think she a Goddess!

AHMAN

Whatever she is, we watch for her

at night- from now on…

The others nod

EXT FOREST BY THE BIG TREE THAT NIGHT

The tribe is gathered around the big tree

DOVE

She may no come with

All these people…

Ahman shushes her- they look at one another while they wait

EXT DRUID CAMP SAME TIME

While most of the tribe is outside waiting for the vision, the big cat enters the camp and attacks a goat

Dom and Dee emerge from their hut- they and other hunters begin to battle it

Dom is cornered by the cat- his face is full of fear

Wind arrives, and in an effort to save defenseless Dom,

he attacks the cat with a spear that breaks

29.

Wind then gets attacked by the cat

There’s a flash of light and strange sound

EXT ROMAN COLISEUM ARENA- 64 A.D. DAY

Wind is suddenly still engaged in a struggle with a lion

But he’s now in the Roman Coliseum, where people cheer from the stands- He struggles and manages to back the lion away momentarily with a sharp blow to its nose

Suddenly an arrow comes from the side and enters the lion- it staggers and falls- Wind looks to the side- The crowd in the stadium roars- the roar becomes the roar of the lion

EXT DRUID CAMP SAME NIGHT

Back at the camp, the lion squares off with the hunters

Dom is again cornered- Dee tosses him a spear and he finally kills the cat as it lunges at him

He is shaken and gasps for breath

The others cheer and congratulate him

Fire discovers that Wind is dead.. He lets out a yell that’s

drowned out by the roar of the crowd in the Roman coliseum

EXT ROMAN COLISEUM DAY

Wind struggles out from under the dying lion

and then looks to the direction the arrow came from

He sees a GLADIATOR holding a bow. The gladiator is Dee.

The gladiator bows to the crowd and then turns to CAESAR

DEE

Emperor- I implore you- Let

this one go for now. He has

a great fighting spirit, to

entertain us again another day!

From behind, Caesar nods, and motions to some centurions

DEE and the centurions grab the dazed and confused Wind, and drag him struggling out of the arena

He doesn’t know where he is, how he got here or who these strange people are- Wind screams-his cry dissolves to Fire’s

EXT DRUID CAMP THE SAME NIGHT

Fire cradles a dead Wind in his arms

The hunters react with horror and grief-

The others arrive and also react in horror-

30.

Dove drops to her knees as Judah screams

Ahman embraces Merry to keep her from looking

The Warbles look on as their sons catch their breath

RAIN

Thank God it not OUR son!

INT COLISEUM DUNGEON DAY

Back in the future of 64 A.D., WIND is thrown into a cell

He despairs and is given a cup of water by another prisoner-

He calms down a little but paces the cell and shakes the bars while the other prisoner eyes him warily

WIND

Where am I? Who you people?

A LYRE PLAYER shows up- FAY- and plays outside of the cells.

WIND

It Fay! He still alive too!

Fay! It me- Wind!

Fay looks at him blankly- The music calms WIND and

he finally falls asleep while his cellmate watches him

EXT OUTSIDE DRUID CAMP- BURIAL GROUND DAY

In Wind’s dream, he sees his own funeral. Hovering in spirit- he laments with his family, who cannot see him

MUSICAL TRACK: MIDSUMMER NIGHT‘S DREAM - “Nocturne”

WIND

(thinking)

That me… No-can no be me.

I am here. I live!

Ahman delivers some kind of barely inaudible eulogy.

They take turns tossing dirt in the grave.

WIND

My family look so sad.

Why they no see me?

The others leave, but Dove and Judah remain weeping-

The sun is setting red in the summer evening sky- Dove and Judah turn to leave

The angel and Harp appear to Wind and he hears it’s strains. He pleads at her:

31.

WIND

Why this happen?

What this all about

The angel holds her finger to her lips to “shush” him

She dissolves- A gust of wind shakes the trees around the gravesite and leaves blow across his grave

DISSOLVE TO:

INT COLISEUM DUNGEON DAY

Wind tosses and turns in his sleep, then awakens

He arises and shakes the bars of the cell door again and a window that looks out over the arena

A lone cellmate babbles in Hebrew and Wind is confused

He prays, crosses himself, and then speaks in English

PETER

Calm down friend- there is

no sense getting crazy.

There is no way out …

WIND

Who you?… where am I?

PETER

I am Simon Peter, and you,

my friend are in the confines

of the Roman Coliseum

WIND

But how I get here?

PETER

The Romans must have brought you

here- you are just confused.

Where are you from, my son?”

WIND

I am Wind, from Druid tribe.

PETER

Well, Wind.. I’m afraid I’ve

never heard of your people.

And you speak in such a strange tongue- it is only through the

grace of God that I understand you

 

 

32.

 

WIND

You speak… strange too.

But I still know what you say-

What god you speak of?

PETER

I speak of Jesus Christ

God who came to the world

I myself saw him do miracles

He healed the sick, and raised

the dead. He spoke of love,

and forgiveness, yet he

was killed by these Romans.

He crosses himself again

WIND

A goddess visit my tribe-

a wooman with wings.

I see her last night

in my dream… when they bury me

PETER

Hmmm… sounds like an angel…

And you think you were killed

by a lion? Then perhaps you

have been raised again from

the dead! Praise God!

WIND

But why I here now in this place-

PETER

Only God knows the answer to that,

friend- but He must have some sort of purpose for you-

Wind looks around at prisoners in other cells

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

33.

WIND

Who all these men?

PETER

Most are slaves-

taken from their own lands,

to work for the Romans

and to fight in the sick

“games” you saw

Very few- if any of us-

Will leave this place alive

WIND

You mean they kill us?

PETER

Oh, they probably won’t kill YOU directly… You’ll be a participant

in more games

But the Romans already know that I won’t fight, and so my execution

has been scheduled…

WIND

No.. no- I no want to die!

PETER

Take courage my son. An angel of

God, like your angel, once

freed me from such a cell before.

If we pray without ceasing,

God will be merciful-

And perhaps you’ll disappear

as quickly as you arrived…

They are then serenaded by the musician with the lyre,

To the introductory verse of Rudolf, the Red-nosed Reindeer

FAY

We pray to Balaam, and Mars,

And even to Caesar- Odin, Diana,

(and still we can’t please her)

To put an end to this poem-

bless these captive entertainers-

and Rome!

WIND shakes the cell door again

34.

WIND

God… I no want to die!

PETER

Well it sounds almost as if

you already died once.

perhaps you’re now beyond death…

The crowd begins to make noise in the Coliseum once more

Dee and the other centurions show up and take a prisoner from another cell

WIND

God, … Oh great spirit!

Please no let me die!

PETER

Let’s pray together then Wind…

He gets down on his knees and has WIND do the same

PETER

Dearest god, as death closes in

And knowing that shortly we must

put off these holy tabernacles,

Dee and guards show up and drag Peter away as he still prays

PETER

Be merciful at our time of death, that we may feel no pain..

And enter into heaven-

In the name of Jesus we pray, and thank you for our lives…

Peter crosses himself as the guards bind his arms, and Wind does the same

PETER

Keep praying Wind, keep praying!

Peter is taken struggling from the cell-

Wind looks out through the bars of his window and sees Peter led to a chopping block

He turns away from the window and hears the axe drop

And the roar of the crowd again-

He despairs and prays- crossing himself again and again

35.

EXT HUN’S HUT DAY

Hun strips the panther for it’s pelt- Labah complains-

LABAH

Hunny!! just bury it!

No one want to remember that cat

HUN

His coat real good- keep me

warm when ice come. Wind dead-

But WE must survive-

he would say same thing…

Hun holds up some sinewy cat entrails

HUN

Look… this tie things good

See? Every thing in forest

good for some thing- Even dead beast

EXT OUTSIDE THE CAMP BY THE BIG TREE DAWN

Druid tribe members are gathered around the sight where the angel appeared

CHINOOK

Three nights now and no spirit…

time for hunters to hunt again.-

Not watch for spirit! We need food

OTHER PRIEST

May be gods angry now.

AHMAN

(wearily)

Who can say? Starry night now seem strange… quiet. May be she come

to show that there ARE spirits

In other place. May be my son Wind

with them now…

CHINOOK

Two Druid hunters-lost to big cats!

You still worry about ghosts in woods-

 

36.

EXT AT SUN’S SUNDIAL DAY

Sun talks with his friend again about the sundial

SUN

See? Shadow go more around

circle every day- days get longer-

days warm. I think soon,

shadow no go as far-

days get short again-

Finally ice come again

FRIEND

We have warm time, then ice time.

Why worry when they come and go?

(SCOFFS)

You only worry cause you

named sun!

Dove runs up to them

DOVE

Sun! Come quick… your

sister having baby!

EXT HUN’S HUT DAY

The tribe gathers around the hut where Labah gives birth

INT HUN’S HUT DAY

Dove goes inside where the women are gathered around a moaning Labah- Yudoc is there trying to help

MERRY

No Yudoc! Labah no want your

mushrooms now! Baby almost out…

let her be…

Yudoc goes outside and plays his recorder to celebrate the birth- he manages to get a few notes of “Greensleeves” right

Rain emerges and holds the child aloft-

RAIN

It a boy child! another

hunter born to Warble clan!

She lowers it and cradles the baby in her arms DISSOLVE TO:

37.

EXT DRUID CAMPFIRE SITE NIGHT

Labah holds her baby as the tribe is gathered at the fire

AHMAN

Labah!- Time to decide

what his name be…

Labah hands the baby to Ahman- to present it to the tribe

AHMAN

Great Spirit who watch

over Druids…thank you

for this male child..

And that his mother

still lives!

DOM

(aside to DEE)

I think baby look more

like Meade than Hunny…

One night I see our sister

Come from Meade’s hut..

May be HE father.

AHMAN

May this boy grow big and strong!

One day be best Druid hunter!

The hunters cheer

AHMAN

Now- as is custom-

we name baby…

First we ask mother…

Labah! What name you want

Call him?

LABAH

I want to call him “Wisp”-

cause he come to me at time

When- wispy Goddess- come

to play her music…

CHINOOK

No… I no like… Wisp not name

for hunter! If he like wisp of fog,

animal run right through him!

38.

They all laugh, except for Labah- who is now displeased

CHINOOK

My grandson need STRONG

name- Brave name!

HUN

May be we call my son Wind-

To honor my friend-

a great Druid hunter!

AHMAN

I think- no. Wind not his father.

Judah have HIS baby soon. If it boy,

We name HIM Wind… after MY son.

Judah drops her head in grief, Dove consoles her

DOM

I know- call him Meade then

He gives Labah a coy look, and continues:

DOM

Meade brave Druid hunter too.

He die defending camp…

Always good friend of Warble clan

LABAH

(Getting annoyed)

You can no name my baby that…

just cause someone once stole

some mead! He not named for thief!

Some of the gathering snicker at one another

DOM

No- now I remember.

that not Meade’s real name…

He muses with his forefingers on his chin…

DOM

We name him ARPA then!

Arpa Meade’s real name. Beside,

he look like his pa, Hun! No?

Hun beams, and then quickly seconds the idea

39.

HUN

Yeah- Meade good friend…

brave hunter- I want

name my son for him…

And Arpa good MAN name!

The hunters rouse a chorus of “Yeas” and the name sticks

AHMAN

Then we decide- This boy Arpa!

The hunters cheer while Labah and the girls are annoyed

LABAH

No! It no fair- I his mother!

She turns to Hun and argues as many arise and leave

LABAH

You no care what I think!

HUN

I care… but now hunters

not laugh at my son!

The Peese and Warble clans still by the fire- Sun stands

SUN

Ahman- I think of way

to make camp safer.

He sketches in the dirt

SUN

We dig big ditch- around camp,

fill with water from river,

ditch keep cats and wolves away!

Keep us safe from other tribes!

We can build huts up off of ground.

where animals can no get in..

AHMAN

Yes young Sun- This good-

but it take much work…

CHINOOK

And THAT time better spent on hunt

while warm days still here!

40.

Sun sits down discouraged, while Ahman muses

AHMAN

You know my children,

We born-and live for SHORT time…

then we die… sun rises

and sun sets. How quickly

flow the days!

CHINOOK

Yes Ahman! hunting days not wait!

Your son gone- no one can

bring him back… but now

NEW hunter born to tribe…

May be Merry give you one

more son before she too old.

Merry looks at him in anger- he continues on

CHINOOK

Now I wonder… Wind WAS to lead tribe

But now he gone- we must choose new brave man… I think Dom best choice.

AHMAN

No… my son Fire now follow me.

Leader of Druids from priest

family. Has always been so.

CHINOOK

Dom best hunter- OLDER too!

Your clan has just

one male now..

Warbles have three… no,

four now with new boy

Dom holds up four fingers and says to Dee:

DOM

Four… for now!

He shakes his head in Dove’s direction- Dee looks perplexed

MERRY

Ahman not dying! Fire a

grown man soon-

HE best to lead tribe!

41.

Merry storms off- the men continue to argue

CHINOOK

Why your wooman think

SHE decide for tribe?

AHMAN

My wooman right. Fire a man

soon- he oldest priest son-

and priests still decide

-not hunters.

Ahman then also leaves in anger- the sons gaze at each other- Dove senses trouble-

audio fades on Yudoc’s flute- the notes suggest

“DES-O-LAAA-TION!“

INT DUNGEON ROMAN COLISEUM DAY

Wind hears the trumpets blow “DES-O-LAAA-TION!“ and the roar of the crowd- A squad of centurions arrive with Dee

and take him struggling out of his cell

They stop under the stands before entering the arena,

where Dee presents Wind with a long two-edged metal sword

Wind is intrigued by the weapon and inspects the workmanship - unlike anything he has ever seen

As Dee looks on, we hear the voice of PETER reciting the words of Ezekiel, (Ez Chapter 21)

“Son of man , prophesy, and say-“

Wind hears the voice and glances upward

“Thus saith the Lord: A sword, a sword is sharpened and also furbished:”

Dee laughs wickedly as Wind inspects the sword

“It is sharpened to make a sore slaughter;

it is furbished that it may glitter…

Wind runs his finger along the blade and it cuts him

“This sword is sharpened, to give

to the hand of the slayer….”

42.

Dee takes the sword, turns quickly, and cuts through the staff of an old man standing nearby- He totters and falls Dee and the others laugh

“Cry and howl, for it shall be upon all the princes… Terrors of the sword shall be upon my people….”

DEE

It is sharp, … and bright-

ready for the slaughter!

Dee then gives him a shield and demonstrates:

DEE

Use this to stop the sword

of your enemy… like this…

Dee quickly draws his own sword and swings it at another centurion who deflects the blow with a shield

Wind’s eyes grow wide…

DEE Come now warrior- it is your time.

Your time for victory… or death!

EXT ROMAN COLISEUM DAY

Wind is then led out to the arena as the trumpets blow and the crowd roars again-

Now Wind faces a bigger gladiator with a shield and sword

Defending himself, he finally subdues the other warrior by knocking him senseless with his shield

The crowd cheers, then grows quiet

Exhausted, Wind looks up toward Caesar, now revealed as Dom

Caesar gives the “thumbs down” sign for Wind to kill the other warrior- The crowd cheers but Wind doesn’t understand The crowd grows quiet- An angry Dee taunts him:

DEE

Kill him you fool! KILL HIM!

Wind drops his sword- the other gladiator gets up and flees

Then as Dee is about to slay Wind, we hear Caesar command:

 

 

43.

DOM

No! Not that way! A CHASE!

Dee backs off then leaving Wind alone in the arena

Caesar motions and his men open a gate releasing a lion

The crowd again begins to cheer

For a short time, Wind avoids the lion, but as it overtakes him- he covers himself with the shield and holds his other arm across his eyes (Point of View)

The lion roars- and it’s roar becomes the sound of a cannon

EXT MAN ‘O WAR SAILING SHIP- 1536 A.D. DAY

And Wind finds himself in the middle of a battle at sea

He is down on his knees, on a pitching deck, in rough seas

The sky is dark and an intense rain pelts him as he struggles to his feet- There is yelling and confusion-

an officer -MEADE- yells orders at Wind who stares blankly-

MEADE

My God man! To your

battle station!

Another sailor falls on Wind and they topple again

On his knees Wind watches as a row of cannons are loaded and fired at an approaching ship- emerging in the pouring rain

MEADE

(screaming)

Stand back! Prepare for ramming!

The ship takes some cannon hits and then is rammed by the enemy ship- Wind is thrown off the deck and plunges into the raging sea- A huge wave overtakes him and he starts to drown

There is a sudden flash of lightning and a loud thunderclap

-the thunderclap suggests- “CRE-AAA-TION!”

INT PEESE HOUSE NIGHT

The families huddle together in their huts in fear while a tempest rages and heavy rain falls

Ahman looks out through an opening

AMAN

Such a strange storm-

Maybe the gods ARE angry!

44.

Suddenly a great bolt of lightning illuminates the sky and strikes the big tree at the site of the angel’s appearance

The storm ceases abruptly and it becomes eerily quiet

A small fire burns at the tree the lightning struck

The families emerge from their huts and the tribe then goes out to investigate

Wind watches on in spirit- again bewildered by the events-

They find the tree rent in twain

THE HEARPE is exposed inside of the tree- eight feet off the ground- now wet with rain and glistening in the moonlight

AMAN

Look! It the Spirit’s… thing!

But this time- it real!

EXT AT THE BIG TREE SITE DAWN

All the men of the tribe- the priests and warriors are gathered around the tree- they murmur to one another

OTHER PRIEST

What you think Ahman?

AMAN

Gods put it here- for us!

DOVE and JUDAH look on from the brush-

A transparent wind hovers nearby

DOVE

It from goddess…

SHE bring it!

AHMAN

I think we look long enough-

Chinook! Have your men get it-

Chinook looks around and some of the men shrink back

CHINOOK

Dom! Dee! Get that..

That THING down

The brothers warily retrieve the harp- there is relief when

nothing happens- Ahman finally plucks a few strings and the others react with enthusiasm

45.

AHMAN

It a gift from the gods!

They all cheer

OTHER PRIEST

What we call it?

AHMAN

It name no matter.

It a gift from the gods…

Must be careful with it!

HUN

Since my new son come now too-

I call it ‘Arpa’…

AHMAN

Good, good- Then we take

Arpa back to camp!

They leave- Sun stays alone at the tree- Wind is near him

The sun is rising directly over the huge stone at the entrance to the camp- Sun is transfixed by it

It is MIDSUMMER’S DAY, and the first sunrise at STONEHENGE

Curious about Sun’s fixed attention- Wind moves next to him

POINT OF VIEW: Wind sees the sun rising over the heel stone

DISSOLVE TO:

INT ANOTHER SAILING SHIP- 1536 A.D. DAY

The sun shines through a porthole on another Man ‘O War ship

Wind awakes with the sun in his eyes-

He is now on a bunk in the ship’s infirmary

There are wounded and moaning sailors around-

Another sailor in the next bunk- SALTY (Fay again) sees that Wind is now conscious- He smiles and raises a flask of rum

SALTY

Welcome back to the living matey!

Yir lucky this time!

Most of your mates were

swallowed by the sea!

He takes a swig from the flask- Wind thinks it’s water

46.

WIND

(gasping)

Water… Water…

He grabs for the flask and they wrestle for it momentarily

SALTY

Blimey lad! It’s not water-

It’s me own private stock!

Wind wrestles it from him and quickly takes a big swig

Then just as quickly he spits it back out forcefully

SALTY

Now you’ve wasted it!

Are you daft lad?

WIND

Uhh?

Wind settles back in bed, then looks out a porthole-

He sees he is surrounded by the sea- he panics

He goes to the other side of the boat and looks out

WIND

Where am I? Where is land?!

SALTY

Land? We’re still at sea matey. On His Majesty’s finest ship,

the Valiant Plymouth!- Don’t worry.

We’ll make land in a few days.

While he is in a panic by a porthole, the ships physician returns and takes Wind by the shoulders back to his bed

PHYSICIAN

There, now lad. I thought

you’d come around soon…

Caaaalm down now…

He gives Wind some water- he sips it first, to see if it‘s like Salty‘s rum and then gulps it down

SALTY What’s wrong with this one Doc?

He’s sure in a fit.

47.

PHYSICIAN

Not unusual for a sailor

to get confused- after what he’s

been through… He’s obviously

… um… Bewildered… Say, can

you tell me your name, lad?

WIND

I am Wind- Wind of Druid tribe…

PHYSICIAN

Yes… quite confused… doesn’t

even know his name…

No lad, see yir tattoo?

He raises Wind’s sleeve to display a tattoo: an anchor with the inscription “John Maybury: H.M.S. Naphtali

PHYSICIAN

It says you’re John Maybury-

of the Naphtali Man ‘O War battleship. Your vessel went under lad-

When we pulled you from the drink,

we didn’t even know if you were

English- ‘til we saw that…

Yir lucky to be alive…

SALTY

Think the bloody Spaniards

meant to ram the Naphtali, Doc?

PHYSICIAN

What’s it matter now?

Both ships went down…

The ship’s captain (CAPTAIN THORROW) enters

PHYSICIAN

Another one coming to, Captain

But still bewildered.

THORROW

Calm him as best as you can,

doctor. Let me know when ANY are fit for duty. We’re short

of hands on deck.

48.

PHYSICIAN

I found a tatoo on this one-

Says he’s John Maybury-

Off the Naphtali.

THORROW

Maybury, eh? Well, doctor,

when Mr. Maybury regains his wits,

have him report to me. I lost my

Cabin Boy and need a replacement,

At least until we get to port.

Someone with experience- like this lad.

They both look at Wind who stares bleakly out the porthole

and then throws up

EXT DRUID CAMPFIRE SITE DAY

Sun is stirring something in a pot as his friend approaches,

he removes it from the flames

FRIEND

What crazy thing now my friend?

SUN

I mix some leaves with ashes

boil them in fire…

some thing to paint with

that not wash off with rain.

With a stick, he marks on a rock with the black goo

SUN

There, see… not bad.. eh?

The friend shrugs

SUN

Now look at this…

He picks up some thin pieces of bark he has collected

SUN

If I draw on this bark,

I can keep them in my hut

rain no wash pictures off…

He makes a mark on the bark with a stick

49.

SUN

Yes… I think this work

FRIEND

I think you waste time-

Your father not like it much…

SUN

Chinook no like any thing I do…

A crow squawks in a nearby tree- The friend grabs a rock

SUN

Aww- let it be,

my friend…

The friend throws the stone- we hear a loud squawk and the flutter of wings

FRIEND

There- I hit it! No druid

throw as good as me!

As he saunters off, a single feather floats to the ground

Sun picks it up, examines it for a moment, and then dips it into his new ink and marks on some bark. He nods in approval

EXT VALIANT PLYMOUTH AT SEA DAY

Wind is entranced by the surrounding ocean and the architecture of the ship- Salty points at the sails-

Wind stares in awe- Captain Thorrow motions for him

CUT TO: Wind has an unpleasant experience emptying a bedpan into the wind- The other sailors laugh at him

SALTY

It’s like you’re green Matey.

Don’t you know? Ya don’t

empty bedpans into the wind!

But don’t mind THOSE BLOKES lad!

A lot of ‘em are ‘ere against

their will. Sometimes- when

the fighting starts-

I’m not sure if I trust this

vicious bunch of scallywags..

You stick by ole Salty

an let me know if any of ‘em

gives you trouble!

50.

Wind sees a bust of a woman adorning the front of the ship

WIND

Salty- why there a wooman

On front of this ship?

SALTY

Don’t ask me… Must be one

‘O enry’s wives… If they

had any sense, they’d ‘ave

a big battering ram there!

WIND

You think there more fighting Salty?

SALTY

Nah. Doubt we’ll see any

action gettin back to port.

But there’ll be more fightin

after we get supplies-

WIND

Have you seen many fights Salty?

SALTY

Oh, you bet I have! Back in ‘12

we was up against the bloody French.

I saw the cannons flare then, an a lot

of good mates went under.

Then THEIR King Louie up and marries

‘enry’s sister. So all at once, it’s

like all in the family- everything’s

peaches and cream with the French-

as if nothing ever ‘appened!

Now it’s the bloody Spaniards again!

Don’t get me wrong mate. I love the

Seafaring life! But whenever fightin’

starts- lots of fine ships go under,

an it’s blokes like us payin a visit

to Davy Jones locker. Ole enry switches

wives so often e’ll probably be itchin up

with Ferdinand’s daughter! -they’ll be spreadin their blue blood

all over the continent, while OUR red blood’s bein washed in the drink!