VILLAGE COUNCIL CHAMBER - EVENING
The villagers assemble in what is obviously the largest hut in the
village. There are handmade tables and chairs. The hut is used for
meetings, and for other large group gatherings. At the front, there is
what appears to be an altar of some kind, made of very heavy, naturally
carved wood. The villagers mill around, very upset.
Around the walls of the chamber, woven mats have been hung which are
painted with the jagged symbol the villagers all wear. The VILLAGE LEADER
enters and goes to the altar.
My friends, my friends... please.
We have a lot to talk about.
The villagers take a seat.
Bring in the prisoners.
Xena and Gabrielle are led inside. Guards surround them.
(low, to Xena)
I'm sure this is just
Xena looks at the altar, which is stained with a dark substance.
The laws of our village
culprits are here.
The leader points at Xena and Gabrielle.
Watch where you're
pointing that, buddy.
What rule did we break?
You prevented us from giving our
tribute to the
great Toola. Now he will
take revenge on us,
find a way to appease him.
Toola? What's that?
The villagers react in shock.
Blasphemer! Stone her!
The crowd yells agreement.
Toola is our god. Our great god.
Bringer of the rains, father of
the sun, provider of all
that is good,
propagator of the Universe...
We get the idea. So where
does the not
mummy come in?
The leader looks puzzled. The crowd murmurs to each other, confused.
(under her breath)
I don't think they know what
a mummy is, Xena.
The guy wrapped in sheets.
Ah. The bringer of the tribute.
It's a great honor.
Uh huh...so... he
chose to do that?
VILLAGE STREET - EVENING
Several small children play with a goat in a nearby pen. As they run and
laugh, a low sound is heard. The children do not hear it at first. The
sound gets louder. The children stop laughing and look around fearfully.
The sound gets louder, making water in the horse trough vibrate.
The children scream in terror.
Animals start to race around in fear.
The sound comes again, this time with a definite vibration that shakes the
VILLAGE COUNCIL CHAMBER - EVENING
The crowd is chattering, the leader shakes his head, and shrugs. Gabrielle
decides to take charge.
Let me try.
What was the tribute?
Were you going
that man we let go?
The leader reacts in horror.
Kill him! What do you take
Of course not!
Xena pokes Gabrielle in the ribs, amused.
The crowd starts yelling in anger, shaking their fists at Gabrielle.
He was to be given the tribute
for this moon, and
in Toola's hands, as he manifests
himself to us in the form of the
Great Waterfall of Life.
The leader places his hands together, and bows his head. The crowd
I get it. You don't kill them,
the god does. Nice.
We must meditate, and ask
Toola what we
should do. Take
them to the holding place.
Wait a minute....
The crowd starts to chant, drowning Xena out. The guards surround Xena and
Gabrielle and march them outside.
MOUNTAINSIDE OUTSIDE MILLTOS - EVENING
From an opening in the mountainside outside the village, smoke begins to
drift. An eerie light is seen within. The low rumble sounds, and small
rocks trickle out of the opening, to bounce down the mountainside and roll
onto the main road of the village.
VILLAGE JAIL - EVENING
The jail is a dark, dingy, dismal, yet very well constructed pit,
obviously intended not to allow it's occupants to escape. Xena and
Gabrielle are thrown inside, and the hatch slammed behind them, something
heavy being dropped on top of it to keep them in.
A shower of debris cascades down and covers them. Xena brushes herself off
disgustedly. Gabrielle examines the pit. There is a tiny window near the
top of the wall that lets in light.
Great. Just great.
Gabrielle finds a boot, it's laces tied, and it's sock still in place. She
studies it with a perplexed expression.
Ya think just once we could
go into a town
and kick a few
butts, and not get involved
a sacrificial god cult.
Gabrielle looks at Xena, and smiles.
Feels like old times, doesn't it?
A low vibration shakes the room, showering Xena with sticks, bits of dirt,
and debris. Gabrielle laughs and walks over to brush Xena off. She
continues to chuckle.
Yeah, it does.
What's so funny?
Xena plucks a twig from under her armor.
I can't believe after all we've
here we are in a
dirty pit, in trouble for
good deed. It's so...
Another low vibration shakes the pit. This time, both Xena and Gabrielle
pay attention to it.
What is that?
Xena cocks her head and listens. The noise rumbles again.
Too regular for an earthquake.
Almost sounds like
a giant's around.
Xena suddenly smiles as she remembers something and her expression
Gabrielle leans against Xena.
Sure I do.
Gabrielle seems suddenly pensive.
Back in the days when
giants was the
worst of our problems.
The ground shudders again. Xena puts her arms around Gabrielle. As they
listen, they can hear cries of terror outside.
Sounds like this Toola meaner
thought. We'd better
humor them until
we find out
what the real story is.
There is a sound of footsteps heading their way, and voices calling out.
I have a feeling we won't
long to wait for that.
MILLTOS VILLAGE ROAD - NIGHT
The opening in the mountain is now glowing. The light pulses as though the
mountain itself has a heartbeat. Rocks tumble out and down the road almost
continually. The villagers run in fear back and forth, avoiding touching
VILLAGE COUNCIL CHAMBER - NIGHT
The chamber is now lit with torches. The front of the chamber is filled
with the hooded guards. The leader enters, dressed in the same manner. He
stops as the ground shakes, then with a determined look, he goes to the
altar and stands behind it. The entire atmosphere of the village has
changed, from irritation to fear bordering on panic.
Xena and Gabrielle are brought inside. They are surrounded by guards, who
are heavily weaponed. The men are nervous, most of them flinch when the
rumble sounds. The noise comes more often, every minute or so.
All right. Let's talk.
The time for talking is over. The
time for action is at hand.
Catchy, but I think you'd better
tell us what's going on.
A low roar interrupts them. The sound of debris clattering outside is
clearly heard. Several villagers cry out at the noise.
Listen to her.
We can help you.
Yes, you will help us.
The leader produces a large, ornamental staff from under his apron and
lays it on the altar.
Our tribute is gone. You
must take it's place.
Hold it right there.
Don't be afraid. Toola will
be gentle with you.
You can't do this.
Guards! Take them and
before the waters rise!
The guards rush Xena and Gabrielle, yelling at the top of their lungs.
OF ACT 2