3: The Chase

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EXT. TISHINA – SAME TIME

THE CASTLETOWN

Koschei’s horse runs on the air, gaining speed and height.

Ivan scrambles and falls and rises and sprints, down a long street towards a gate.

Martin pulls a horse from a stable.  SERVANTS help SOLDIERS around him. 

He sees Ivan cross the gate.

 

MARTIN

Ivan!  Get back here, you oaf!

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2: All the Queen’s Sons

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EXT. TISHINA – DAY

An idyllic kingdom of fields and rolling meadows, complete with A CASTLE.

 

EXT. / INT. TISHINA CASTLE – DAY

A BANQUET HALL

A royal birthday party with GUESTS and feasting.  GUARDS (ND) lounge at their posts. 

ATTENDANTS (ND) move about.  One pours oil in a lamp from a flask.  Another feeds wood to a brazier.

Queen MORYA (60s) (pronounced “Mor-ya”) and King SYMON (70s) are a kindly, attractive couple who sit side-by-side on thrones.  They are warm to both guests and attendants.  They wear matching rings and shows signs of dark hair amid more gray.

THREE MEN stand in front of the thrones.  The last one shuffles his feet nervously. Continue reading

1: The Princess’s Dilemma

And here we go…


FADE IN:

 EXT. KHAZARIM – DAY (ONCE UPON A TIME)

KHAZARIM

Past green meadows and blue mountains lies Khazarim, a kingdom riddled from end to end with smoldering villages and ashen fields.  And bones.  

A lone RIDER sits astride a monstrous horse.  He wears a black cloak with silver Glagolitic “runes,” and his face is hidden by a hood.   Continue reading

Congratulations, it’s a…

I’ve given some more thought to titles, considering phrases within the theme, premise, and dialogue.  I even went to this strange and magical land, to see what an algorithm could come up with.  Here are the runners up:

 

The Harper’s Journey

The Trickster’s Apprentice

The Harper’s Ransom

King’s Fool*

 

The last one (*) refers to the idea of a harper being a type of fool if you count him or her among the skomorokhi but that might go over people’s heads.  However, the winner for random sequence of determiners, nouns, and adjectives (aka, a title) is…

 

…drumroll please…

 

A Queen’s Ransom

 

Ta-da!

 

Okay, so it happens to be an alternative name of a 1976 Hong Kong action flick, International Assassin, but that was before I was born.  I like the turn of phrase, though I wish I could fit something in there to hint at magical fantasy romance.

Special mention for amusement to Russian Rashomon and The Ghost and the Gusliar.

Like the title?  Like any better?  Comment below with your own take on the vote!  See you next week with an update!

 

14: Saving Face

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EXT.  DOLINA FIELDS.  DAY.

THE BLACK CAT INN

Noon:  Liev and Pavel cross the bridge, Sasha behind.  Men take a knee and patrons shout from windows.  The two knights eye Sasha warily. Continue reading

13: Things Left Unsaid

We’re at the start of Act III!

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EXT. TISHINA CASTLE. DAY.

THE GARDEN COURTYARD

A clear evening.  Galen watches from the wall.  Cleaned up, Irina and Liev sit at a fountain.  Siny stands at the gate looking nervous.  Irina holds her ring.  She’s warm, graceful, charismatic, but sad.

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