RISE OF THE BLACK DRAGON

by Robert Kriel

Screenplay
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A full length feature film called "Rise of the Black Dragon"

"Rise of the Black Dragon"
Original Screenplay
by
Robert Kriel
FADE IN
EXT. VIETNAM FOREST -SUNSET -NIGHT
A HELICOPTER flies over the forest of VIETNAM.
SUBTITLE: SOMEWHERE IN VIETNAM 1973
The helicopter flies over the forest until it reaches a
clearing.
In the middle of the clearing stands an ancient temple. The
helicopter circles the temple and descends to land in the
clearing in front of the temple.
EXT. ANCIENT TEMPLE -SUNSET -NIGHT
A young Vietnamese man waits for the helicopter to land,
before running closer to greet the passengers.
The door opens and three men jump out, each carrying
different sized briefcases.
The young man waves at them to follow him into the temple.
They follow without saying a word.
The man in front is a big, strong man carrying a long
rectangular briefcase.
They all wear black sunglasses and the same military uniforms.
The second man is an elderly, short, fat man carrying a
small square briefcase.
The third man is fairly young, average build and tall. He
carries a small briefcase.
They follow the Vietnamese man into the temple.
INT. INSIDE ANCIENT TEMPLE -NIGHT
Inside the temple, the corridors are narrow and low.
They walk with their backs bent not to bump their heads. The
young man leading them with only a torch breaking the darkness.
The corridors are like a labyrinth, leaving the men clueless
as to where they are.
The young man stops dead in his tracks as a loud ROAR from
some sort of animal shakes the walls.
He looks back at the men. The big built man nods at him and
he continues.
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Another ROAR shakes the walls, followed by men screaming.
Around a corner and dead ahead they can see a dim light
shining from a slightly bigger opening in the rock face.
They are about nine feet away from the opening, when another
ROAR shakes the walls.
A man comes flying out the room, hitting the wall, smashing
his head open against it.
The guide decides that’s enough and turns around and runs
away. The three men head towards the opening, stepping over
the dead man’s body.
INT. INNER CHAMBER -DEMON CAPTURE -NIGHT
Huge chamber with the roof at least thirty feet high.
Torches light the room.
Hundreds of Vietnamese men are scattered all over the room.
They cling for dear life to a web of chains.
Centered between them, SNARLING at the men, is a 12 Foot
MAN-BEAST with hooves for feet and claws for hands.
His eyes are pitch black and his teeth razor sharp.
On his back is a tattoo of a big black dragon with a chain
around his right back foot.
The chain runs up on its back, curling around its biceps.
The one link on the chain is half broken on the one side but
still holds.
Chains restrain it from moving its hands, legs, waist and
neck.
Even with the large amount of men pulling on the chain, they
find it difficult to keep the demon contained.
It GROWLS and SNARLS at the men while pulling hard on the
chain. It tries to pull them in close enough to kill them.
From the entrance the three uniformed men enter the chamber.
Their first reactions are that of shock and horror at the
scene in front of them.
Bloody bodies lie strewn on the floor and at the beast’s feet.
It is the old man that reacts first. He moves in to the
chamber and stops to face the demon from the front.
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At a safe distance, he puts his briefcase down on the floor.
The other two join him at his side.
The big man opens his case to reveal a large rifle,
customized with a 20mm caliber.
While he unpacks this weapon, the young man kneels down
beside him and opens the briefcase he carries.
He unfolds four 20mm caliber rounds.
The rounds look different from the conventional ammo. The
tips of these rounds are made of a glass substance filled
with a reddish black liquid.
He carefully hands them to the big man. The man slots them
into the rifle’s magazine and closes the chamber.
From the old man’s case, he removes an old book made from
leather. A circle with a light in the middle is on the cover.
The old man frantically pages through the first couple of
pages, stopping at a page with an illustration next to it.
The drawing is of a beast, similar to the one standing in
front of them.
INTERCUT TO DEMON
MEN SCREAMING as the demon jerks on the chain with its right
arm. Some of the front line men loose their balance and one
poor soul steps too close to the Demon.
The Demon snaps at him with jaws wide open, catching the man
over the shoulder.
Its razor sharp fangs slash into the man’s flesh, ripping
open flesh and bone. The blow is so powerful, that it sends
the man flying back, landing hard on the ground.
He squirms for a while, then stops, dead.
BACK TO SCENE
Sweat dripping from the man’s forehead as his finger reads
along ancient scriptures in the book. GUNNER (30’s) snaps a
vicious look at the old man.
GUNNER
Come on old man, we don’t have much
time.
OLD MAN (60’s), waves his hand at the gunner.
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OLD MAN
Hang on, I almost got it.
He mumbles softly to himself as he reads from the book.
OLD MAN
Okay, okay I got it.
He raises the book in front of him.
OLD MAN
(to the gunner)
Wait until I am finished before you
shoot!
GUNNER
I know my job, just get on with
yours!
The old man speaks to the demon in Latin with English
subtitles.
OLD MAN
Demon spawn from hell, you rose
from the depths of Darkness to
destroy all that is sacred. Bound
by the circle of light you will be
banished.
Hearing these words the demon jerks violently on the chains
and the hundreds of men strain under his powerful onslaught.
OLD MAN
Let the blood of that what is holy
send you back to darkness where you
shall stay bound.
The old man looks at the man holding the gun and nods.
The man raises the gun to his shoulder and braces himself
for the shot.
For that moment everything is so quiet you can hear the
click of the bolt slamming four times.
INTERCUT TO BULLETS
The bullets leave the barrel and fly towards the demon.
FROM BEHIND THE DEMON
The four slugs slam into the demon’s body, but do not exit
at the back.
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It leaves four marks where the bullets got stopped
underneath the skin just before exiting.
The tension on the chains immediately relax as the demon
sinks to its knees and slowly falls over, face forward.
CHEERING MEN jump up and down as the demon dissolves into
the earth.
OLD MAN
Nice shooting there son!
The gunner grinns at the old man as he packs away the gun.
YOUNG MAN (20’s), looks a bit shocked.
YOUNG MAN
What or who was that?
OLD MAN
That my son, is Lord Garmone. The
fiercest and most horrifying
General of the Dark army.
YOUNG MAN
Is or was?
GUNNER
We can’t kill these Demons. We can
only send them back to hell.
YOUNG MAN
What stops them from coming back?
OLD MAN
Nothing, we only delay them.
YOUNG MAN
Delay, what do you mean delay?
GUNNER
They need to be born onto this
world. That means it takes time for
them to grow up and become powerful.
YOUNG MAN
How long does it take before they
reach full power?
OLD MAN
Luckily for us this process takes
very long, anything from a hundred
to a thousand years.
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YOUNG MAN
Good, so he won’t be back to haunt
us anytime soon.
They all laugh as they exit the chamber.
INT. RESPECTABLE PUB - DAY
SUBTITLE: THIRTY YEARS LATER
The pub is packed with suited executives. At a table near
the bar counter are nine people sitting with their drinks,
laughing out loud.
From a table behind them a big DRUNK MAN(late thirties)
turns to a beautiful lady. DIANE (29), brown hair, green
eyes and smooth skin.
DRUNK MAN
Hey sugar, why don’t you come sit
on my lap?
The table becomes quiet as she turns around.
DIANE
In your dreams!
The drunk man’s friends laugh at him. This makes him more
persistent.
DRUNK MAN
(slurring)
Come on there, sweet cakes. Let me
show you what a real man is all
about.
LUCIOS (33), big man, strongly build, with neat appearance
wearing glasses over his dark brown eyes. He puts his hand
over hers as he speaks to her.
LUCIOS
Ignore him. He is drunk.
DIANE
No way he is making me cheap.
She turns around to face the drunk man.
DIANE
I am not your sweet cakes, if you
are a real man then I would rather
date woman!
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Everyone at her table bursts out with laughter except for
Lucios. He stares at them without any expression.
DRUNK MAN
Listen you whore-
Lucios gets up and walks over to the man. The man gets up
halfway but Lucios is already there.
Lucios gets close to the man’s face, WHISPERING in his ear,
clenching his fists.
The people back at his table can’t hear what he is saying.
He turns around and goes back to the table. He sits down and
continues with his drink.
The men stand up quickly, take their stuff and leave.
Everyone at his table is quiet, starring at him surprised.
PETER CROMWEL (30), slender man with blue eyes.
PETER CROMWEL
What the hell did you say to him?
Lucios swallows the last sip of his drink as he gets up to
leave.
LUCIOS
(to Diane)
Next time try to avoid the conflict!
See you guys after the long weekend.
He walks out of the pub.
JENINE (34), blonde woman.
JENINE
That is a side of him I have never
seen before!
PATRICK (26), black haired, tall, young man.
PATRICK
He hardly ever speaks or twitches a
muscle, but I have to admit, that
was slightly scary.
PETER CROMWEL
I agree. Have you guys ever noticed
that when he walks in it is as if
it gets colder?
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They laugh at him.
PETER CROMWEL
No serious. He never shows emotion.
JENINE
Come on, he is not that bad.
The group finishes their drinks and get up to leave.
EXT. RESPECTABLE PUB -DAY.
The group exits the Pub, merrily looking forward to the long
weekend.
They walk chatting to each other.
PATRICK
Shit guys, look at that.
He points further up the parking lot. The five men from the
pub surround Lucios, with the big fat drunk right in his face.
He grabs Lucios by his shirt.
DRUNK MAN
You made a big fucking mistake
humiliating me like that!
LUCIOS
Listen man, I don’t want trouble!
Why don’t you just leave me alone?
The group walks closer, but too scared to interfere.
DRUNK MAN
I will leave you. Leave you
bleeding on the ground, you Fuck.
LUCIOS
Just leave. Go, sleep it off.
The man grabs Lucios’s glasses from his face and smashes it
on the ground.
His men seem to enjoy this as they laugh and encourage him
to fight.
A small vein in Lucios’s forehead swells up.
LUCIOS
That was not necessary.
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DRUNK MAN
Next time you want to play hero,
think again, geek boy.
The drunk man rips Lucios’s shirt open, sending buttons
flying in all directions.
This reveals Lucios’s upper body. He is strong built with
well defined muscles.
This makes the drunk move slightly backwards. Lucios takes
off his torn shirt.
LUCIOS
Now that is it, you need to be
taught some manners.
Removing the shirt, he turns around to have his back facing
the men and his torso to the group of colleagues.
The ladies GASP as they see his body.
On his right shoulder is a tattoo of a chain wrapped around
his huge bicep. It runs over his shoulder and disappears on
his back.
The men behind him GASP at the sight of his back.
He turns around and the group behind him almost chokes from
what they see.
A big black dragon is tattooed across the whole of his back.
The chain part of the tattoo runs down the back to chain the
dragon’s right back foot.
JENINE
That was...
(a beat)
unexpected.
PATRICK
Now I am really scared.
DIANE
Interesting turn of events.
Lucios slowly walks closer to the men. They form a circle
around him.
The drunk man speaks sarcastically.
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DRUNK MAN
Ooh, scary tattoo. It is going to
look nice on my wall back home!
DRUNK MAN’S FRIEND (30’s), cautions his friend.
DRUNK MAN’S FRIEND
Hey man, I’ve heard of this
tattooed freak. Every one calls him
"The Black Dragon".
DRUNK MAN
So, that means what?
DRUNK MAN’S FRIEND
There are stories saying you should
not fuck with him.
DRUNK MAN
Well, then I am going to change the
stories.
Lucios is close to the drunk man.
The drunk charges him and swings with a wild punch, missing
by a mile. He tries again.
Lucios moves so fast that it looks as if he is floating,
almost ghost like.
Not seeing the punches, the drunk’s face bursts open,
spraying blood all over.
The man falls backwards, clasping his hands over the wounds
in his face. Bone from his nose and jaw protrudes from his
skin.
Lucios slides across to the next victim. The man desperately
punches at Lucios, but he blocks the blows off easily.
The man suffers the same fate.
The third man jumps on Lucios’s back.
Lucios head butts backwards. The man drops backwards.
Before he hits the ground, Lucios turns around.
He grabs him by the throat and throws him back against the
wall.
The group stares in disbelief at this display of aggression.
Diane is quietly intrigued by this display of power.
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The last two men decide that they have seen enough and flee
the scene.
Lucios looks at the three men and walks off to his car. He
opens the boot taking out a black T-Shirt, putting it on.
He opens his briefcase and removes a pair of contact lenses.
POLICE SIRENS sounding from further up the road. They pull
into the parking lot and two officers get out.
An ambulance arrives on the scene. A crowd gathers outside.
POLICE OFFICER #1
What the fuck happened here?
A man steps from the crowd.
PUB OWNER
I am the one who called you guys.
POLICE OFFICER #2
Then be so kind and tell us what
happened here!
PUB OWNER
These men attacked that
(points at lucios)
man, tearing his shirt off and
breaking his glasses. He warned
them to stop, but no, they didn’t
want to listen.
POLICE OFFICER #1
Then what happened?
PUB OWNER
He beat the shit out of them. You
should have seen it, it was awesome.
The officers take some statements of the bystanders. The
paramedics load the three men into the ambulance and leaves.
Diane walks up to Lucios.
DIANE
I am sorry that I got you into this.
Lucios opens his car door.
POLICE OFFICER #1
You are free to go. We have your
details if we need to contact you.
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LUCIOS
(to Diane)
The next time I tell you to ignore
someone, do so.
He closes the door, starts the car and drives off with Diane
staring at the leaving car.
INT. "THE STAGE" NIGHT CLUB -NIGHT
The inside of this night club is dark and filled with smoke.
Hundreds of men and women fill the place. There is almost no
place for a mouse to move.
A live band is on stage SINGING a song while the crowd
dances to the beat.
The dance floor is sunken with the rest of the club built
around it. Bar counters surround the dance floor.
A second floor is less busy. There are tables and chairs on
this floor with a more sophisticated look to it.
On the far side is a booth that is closed off with glass and
behind that is an office.
In the glass booth is a group of seven men and six women.
Lucios is part of this group. He wears a white t-shirt,
black denim with boots and a baseball cap on backwards.
In the middle of their table is a statuette made of black
marble. It is a pole with a black dragon wrapped around it.
The men have the same trademarked rings with a dragon head
on top of it.
Lucios watches the crowd from above, rhythmically moving
along with the music while drinking a beer.
The club is packed.
While looking through the crowd, he notices Diane and a
couple of her friends. They look uncomfortable being cramped
in.
Lucios nods to one of the bouncers close by. The man walks
up the stairs to him and Lucios WHISPERS something in his ear.
Nodding, the bouncer walks down the stairs straight to Diane
and her friends.
Lucios turns around and goes into the office.
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The bouncer speaks to Diane and points her to a table on the
second floor. The group of ladies follows him to the table.
Diane shouts out loud to be heard above the music.
DIANE
This place is packed!
VIVIANE (27), red head with nice, big breasts.
VIVIANE
I heard this place is pumping.
COLLEEN (29), blonde with brown eyes.
COLLEEN
What did we do right?
DIANE
Why do you say that?
COLLEEN
This is a VIP floor.
They all look around them. They notice that on the second
floor there are open tables, but the lower level is cramped.
DIANE
I see what you mean!
COLLEEN
Lets just enjoy the evening!
Lucios exits the office. In his hand is the same statuette
as the one on his table.
He walks to their table and places the statue on the table
so sudden, that the ladies YELP.
Diane is surprised to see him.
DIANE
Lucios! Good to see you here.
LUCIOS
Hi Diane. You ladies enjoy the
evening.
He turns around without saying anything further. He takes
his place at his friends‘ table.
VIVIANE
Wow, who is that?
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DIANE
Lucios, he is an attorney at the
same firm where I work.
VIVIANE
He is hot, just look at that ass
and those muscles!
COLLEEN
Rude though, did not even greet us
or stayed to chat!
DIANE
He is weird, never says much and
nor shows emotion.
VIVIANE
I don’t mind emotion, as long as he
has the motion.
They laugh.
COLLEEN
What is this statue supposed to be?
A WAITER (23), with boyish good looks, and a big mother
fucker of a bouncer stop next to their table.
WAITER
Good evening ladies. My name is
Jack and I’ll be your waiter for
the evening.
They all greet.
WAITER
What can I get you ladies to drink.
INT. "THE STAGE" NIGHT CLUB -NIGHT
From Lucios’s table, ANDREW (34) 5’7 with light, short cut
hair and blue eyes, well built, bumps James (36), 6’6, curly
blond hair with brown eyes, strong looking.
ANDREW
Look at that table, what do you see?
James looks at the table, but doesn’t see anything strange.
JAMES
I don’t see anything.
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ANDREW
Look at the lady with the pink
sweater.
James looks at her and his eyes light up as he recognizes
Diane.
JAMES
Damn. How could I not notice her?
ANDREW
Our boy is spot on. Damn, it is
fucking perfect.
INT. "THE STAGE" NIGHT CLUB -NIGHT
Diane’s table just finished ordering drinks.
DIANE
Is this on a tab and then we pay
later or do we pay as we go?
WAITER
Pay?
(A beat)
Oh shit, I forgot to tell you.
VIVIANE
Tell us what?
The waiter picks up the statue standing on the table.
WAITER
This means VIP treatment.
COLLEEN
What do you mean by VIP treatment?
WAITER
Everything you want is on the house
for the rest of the evening.
Drinks, food, everything.
DIANE
Why the bouncer?
WAITER
It works like this. The "free" is
for you only. As soon as somebody
joins the table, it falls away. We
are not busy yet, it is still early.
(MORE)
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WAITER (CONT’D)
As soon as it gets full up here,
people will try to take advantage
of your privileges and that is why
he is here.
VIVIANE
Shit, what did we do to deserve this?
The waiter points to Lucios’s table.
WAITER
The only way is if you know the
owners!
DIANE
Yet another surprise.
Andrew and James make their way over to Diane’s table.
ANDREW
Good evening ladies, hope
everything is okay.
They all greet back.
ANDREW
You must be Diane.
DIANE
Yes I am, have we met before?
ANDREW
No, but I must say, it is a
pleasure to finally meet you. Enjoy
the evening and if there is
anything you need, just ask Jack.
Andrew turns around and leaves the confused table.
COLLEEN
What was that all about?
DIANE
Don’t know!
INTERCUT TO LUCIOS.
Lucios watches the crowd from above, as a regular band takes
the stage.
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INT. "THE STAGE" NIGHT CLUB -NIGHT
The band gets on stage and the CROWD GOES APE. The lead
singer takes the microphone in his right hand. In his left
is an electrical guitar.
The BAND LEADER, long haired and sweaty, shouts to the crowd.
BAND LEADER
Are you ready to party?
Crowd goes wild, shouting out "YES".
BAND LEADER
Tonight is our fiftieth appearance
here at "THE STAGE" and it seems we
have a problem. We need a guitarist.
Who will it be?
He shakes the guitar in the air.
The crowd starts chanting dragon, dragon, dragon
continuously, until Lucios gets down and on the stage.
They all cheer as he takes the guitar. The band huddles,
telling him what they are going to play.
BAND LEADER
Yeah, let’s rock!
They start to play, with Lucios playing along on the guitar.
THE CROWD ROCKS WILDLY.
INT. "THE STAGE" NIGHT CLUB -NIGHT
Diane looks and listens surprised.
DIANE
Christ, this man is talented!
VIVIANE
I want him.
COLLEEN
You want all men.
VIVIANE
Shut up bitch!
They listen to the band play. Diane looks at Lucios and a
glitter can be seen in her eyes.
The band burns up the stage while entertaining the crowd.
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After the song, Lucios hands the guitar back to the band.
Still expressionless, he waves at the crowd and goes back up
to his table.
He grabs a beer and gulps it down in one breath.
A waiter comes from the office and speaks to him . He nods
and goes into the office.
INT. CLUB OFFICE -NIGHT
Lucios closes the door behind him to stifle out the music
and the noisy crowd. He walks over to a telephone lying on
the table.
LUCIOS
What do you want?
(a beat)
What happened?
(a beat)
I will be there shortly!
He puts the phone down.
INT. "THE STAGE" NIGHT CLUB -NIGHT
The office door opens and Lucios calls ANDREW, JAMES and
WILLIAM. William(32), fat, bald man with tattoos and
piercings all over.
They enter the office and the door closes behind them.
Diane closely watches this activity from her table. Moments
later the four men leave the office.
Lucios, Andrew and James wear black leather jackets and each
of them have a black motorcycle helmet. William follows them
with car keys in his hands.
EXT. HIGHWAY BIKE RIDE -NIGHT
Lucios, Andrew and James speed along the freeway on their
motorcycles. William follows with a VW Van in the background.
They race along busy streets and eventually into a poor
neighborhood run by gangs.
They slow down as they search for the right address. They
eventually pull into the drive way of a real shithole.
EXT. SLUM VALLEY -NIGHT
A young, but fairly tall man, DAVID (19), is sitting on his
knees holding his face. Blood dripping through his fingers.
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Behind the young man is two girls standing against the wall.
From their looks and clothes they look like teen whores.
Lucios and crew pull in and stop. As they get off their
bikes you can see a man and his friends.
Three of them are standing on the porch. They are all in
their mid forties. Next to them is a woman, also in her mid
forties.
Lucios kneels down beside DAVID (25).
LUCIOS
Are you alright?
DAVID
I guess I will be okay!
Lucios turns to William.
LUCIOS
Take him to my place. Clean him up
and feed him.
WILLIAM
Sure thing!
William helps David to his feet and walks towards the van.
Lucios yells after them.
LUCIOS
Take the two whores with you!
William turns to the girls and wave, they join William and
David.
INTERCUT TO GANG
Six gang members on the opposite side of the road seem to
find the happenings interesting.
BACK TO SCENE
Lucios walks towards the house. BEATRIX (47), trashy looking
with too much makeup on.
She takes a deep pull on the cigarette that she clenches
between her index and middle finger.
LEE (49), thick unbrushed hair, dirty beard, tattoos all
over, standing with a bottle whiskey in his hand.
He motions forward as Lucios approaches.
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BEATRIX
What the fuck do you want?
LUCIOS
Now, now aunt Beatrix. That is no
way to greet family.
Beatrix sees the dead look on his face as Lucios advances
towards her.
BEATRIX
Come on Lucios, just leave us alone.
You don’t care what happens around
here!
LUCIOS
Just because I don’t agree with
your way of living, doesn’t mean
that I don’t care.
LEE
Get the fuck off my property, you
crazy bastard!
LUCIOS
The four of you need to be taught a
lesson.
LEE
What lesson?
LUCIOS
Not to fuck with my family!
The three men behind Lee take up arms. The one a chain, the
second a lead pipe and the third an aluminum baseball bat.
Lucios is on the porch about six feet from Lee.
The man with the baseball bat takes the first step as he
rushes Lucios with the bat, swinging wildly.
Again, as in the first fight, Lucios moves so fast that it
seems as if he is gliding across the floor, not even seeing
his hands or feet move.
The man flies about seven feet across the porch to crash
against the wall.
SCREAMING LIKE A PIG, clutching the bone protruding from his
right arm.
The man with the chain is more cautious in his approach. He
circles Lucios, swinging the chain round and round.
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Before he gets the chance to react, Lucios grabs the chain
and pulls the man into him, head butting him.
Using the chain wrapped around the man’s arm to swing him
off the porch, the man lands on the grass, clutching his
face. Blood gushing from his broken nose.
EXT. SLUM VALLEY GANG -NIGHT
The gang members across the street see this and decide to go
and help out.
They move across the street very macho, shouting at the
group of people.
CARLOS (Mexican), the leader of the gang, enters the drive
way.
CARLOS
What are you mother fuckers doing
in my back yard?
Andrew and James both turn around to face the gang.
ANDREW
This is a family issue. Stay out of
it!
CARLOS
Who the fuck are you to tell me,
Carlos, what to do in my own hood?
JAMES
Listen man, this doesn’t concern
you, so just get the fuck out of
here, okay!
Carlos’s crew take out knives and bats to confront Andrew
and James.
As they walk closer, Andrew pulls a huge DESSERT EAGLE .45
from underneath his jacket.
James brings a CHROME 12 GAUGE SHORT GRIP SHOTGUN to the
party.
ANDREW
I am not asking you again, leave
now, so we can finish our business.
Carlos puts his hands up. Slowly retreating.
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CARLOS
Cool man, we can see when it is
none of our business.
Carlos turns to his men.
CARLOS
Come on Hombres, lets get the fuck
out of here. That hombre can fight
for himself.
EXT. SLUM VALLEY -NIGHT
Lucios moves in on the man with the lead pipe. The blow is
so hard that the man flies through the living room window.
Lee wants to attack, but Lucios grabs him by the throat and
lifts him off the ground, pressing him against the wall.
Beatrix shouts and screams.
BEATRIX
Lucios, leave him please!
Lucios hisses the words close to Lee’s face.
LUCIOS
Hurt my family and I will destroy
you. Do you understand?
Lee chokes the word "YES" out. Lucios lets go of him and he
drops to the floor.
Lucios leaves the porch, gets on his bike and he and his men
leave.
INT. LUCIOS HOME -NIGHT
His house resembles a huge stone castle with a lot of modern
touches in an up market area.
Lucios enters the front door, puts away his helmet and keys.
JEFFERY (60), the butler, meets him as he enters.
JEFFERY
Ah, Master Lucios, you are home.
LUCIOS
Hello Jeffery.
JEFFERY
I have tended to your guests. Is it
alright for me to retire to my
quarters?
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LUCIOS
Thanks Jeffery, sure, go ahead and
have a good rest.
JEFFERY
Thank you Master. Goodnight.
LUCIOS
Goodnight Jeffery.
Lucios listens, music is banging loud from his living room.
He walks down the passage towards the living area.
LIVING ROOM
In the living area are the two girls dancing to the music,
with David lying on a couch.
NATASHA(18), blonde hair, well built, sees him first. She
smiles and sits down on a chair, spreading her legs like a
real whore would.
NATASHA
Cousin Lucios, how nice of you to
join us. Nice place!
Lucios gives her a vicious look.
DAVID
Thanks man, I thought they were
going to kill me!
LUCIOS
You know I will take care of the
family.
Natasha gets up and rubs herself against Lucios.
NATASHA
How about a donation, we will make
it worth your while!
Lucios pushes her away from him.
LUCIOS
You little whore, I gave you the
chance to better yourself, but you
threw it back in my face. Now you
are on your own.
DAVID
Natasha, shut the fuck up and sit
down you bitch!
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LUCIOS
I am going out again, tomorrow when
I get back you will be gone.
Understood?
They nod "Yes" and Lucios turns around and leaves.
INT. ORDER OF LIGHT VATICAN CITY CATHEDRAL -DAY
SUBTITLE: VATICAN CITY
Inside an old stone Cathedral. People praying and priests
walking around.
A young man enters the Cathedral and walks straight down the
aisle to disappear behind a curtain.
INT. ORDER OF LIGHT VATICAN CITY CORRIDOR -DAY
The young man walks down a corridor filled with books and
students. Stopping at a heavy wooden door he knocks. After a
while, an elderly man opens the door.
The old man shows the boy in. The boy enters the room.
INT. ORDER OF LIGHT VATICAN CITY -FATHER CONSTANCE -DAY
The room is warm, with torches burning along the wall. The
furniture is made of dark, heavy wood.
Books, manuscripts and maps lie all over the tables. Another
old man is sitting behind a desk, reading the Bible.
He is wearing a dark purple robe. The young man walks to
him, kneels down and kisses his ring.
DARREN (18), blonde hair and deep blue eyes.
DARREN
You have called for me father?
FATHER CONSTANCE(70’s) is the head of "THE ORDER OF LIGHT",
a secret organization that exists since the dawn of time, to
detect and contain EVIL that roams the earth.
FATHER CONSTANCE
Yes my son, I have a matter of
urgency!
DARREN
What is wrong Father?
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FATHER CONSTANCE
Last night I had a vision,
(A beat)
a terrible evil is unleashed on
earth, destroying all that comes in
its way. An evil that is ancient
and very powerful.
DARREN
What can I do to help Father?
FATHER CONSTANCE
Put out a distress call to all our
brothers and sisters and make it
top priority.
DARREN
What should it say?
FATHER CONSTANCE
Tell them, "The Black Dragon has
stirred from its sleep, he is
already here and is growing very
strong. We failed to detect his
presence in time, he is already
lurking about, it is imperative
that he is found before it is too
late."
DARREN
The Black Dragon?
FATHER CONSTANCE
Yes my son, The Black Dragon. Our
biggest test of faith, also the
most dangerous adversary of all
time. Go now and spread the word.
DARREN
Yes Father.
INT. CROMWEL ATTORNEYS -DAY
A large open plan office with lots of people walking around
with paperwork and files.
Lucios, dressed in a suit and tie, walks in with his
briefcase. As he walks along the passage, past the desks, he
gets a lot of stares from the ladies.
At the end of the office is a board room closed off with
glass panels. Around a table is a group of people.
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Peter, Diane, Jenine and Patric are also there. Lucios
enters the room, still no expression on his face.
PETER CROMWEL
Good of you to join us. We were
just about to get started.
LUCIOS
Morning all. Sorry I am late.
They all greet back and the meeting starts.
PETER CROMWEL
Hope you all had a good long weekend.
They all nod.
PETER CROMWEL
Back to business. I have good news
for you all, we have signed a new
client. They are the biggest
manufacturers of climate control
systems in the world. GAMMATRON
They all clap hands, Peter holds his hands up to quiet them
down.
PETER CROMWEL
Diane, you and Lucios are to meet
Carter Williams for lunch. He is
the President of the company.
Everything is arranged, just be
there.
Peter pushes a file with the details to Diane. She opens it
and quickly browses through it.
PETER CROMWEL
That is all, thanks.
INT. FANCY RESTAURANT -DAY
A fancy restaurant, exclusive to VIP executives. Lucios and
Diane are sitting at a table waiting for their guest.
DIANE
I was meaning to ask you. Since
when do you have a night club?
Lucios puts his wine glass down.
LUCIOS
A couple of years now. It belongs
to me and my group of friends.
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DIANE
It sure seems to be popular.
LUCIOS
People like to hang out and relax.
We offer the live entertainment free.
RESTAURANT FOYER
An elderly man with a body guard walks into the restaurant.
The manager takes him to the table where Lucios and Diane sit.
CARTER WILLIAMS (57), extremely rich and of high stature,
strong build, even for a guy of his age.
He has thick black hair with grey streaks on the sides and
dark brown eyes. Lucios and Diane stand up as the man
arrives at the table.
CARTER WILLIAMS
Good afternoon, I am sorry for
being so late. Traffic was a killer.
DIANE
Not a problem at all Mr. Williams.
My name is Diane Roberts and this
is another senior partner Lucios
Wentlock.
CARTER WILLIAMS
It is a pleasure to meet you both.
Please sit down.
The group sits down and Carter orders a cognac from the
waiter. Carter looks at Lucios intensely for a while.
CARTER WILLIAMS
Have we met before? You look very
familiar.
LUCIOS
I don’t think so. I don’t forget a
face.
CARTER WILLIAMS
Something about you reminds me of
someone I knew a long time ago.
Carter notices the dragon ring on Lucios’s finger.
CARTER WILLIAMS
So what is good on the menu?
The group looks at the menu.
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INT. CAR BACK TO OFFICE -DAY
Lucios is driving with Diane as a passenger. They are very
quiet.
It is Lucios that breaks the silence. Lucios still
maintaining the straight face and cold appearance.
LUCIOS
I was meaning to ask you. It is my
birthday Saturday and my friends
and family are having a party at
the lake. I was wondering if you
would accompany me for the day.
A short silence follows.
DIANE
Sure, what time do you pick me up?
LUCIOS
We have to be there early. Say
round about 10:00 AM.
DIANE
Okay, 10:00 it is.
LUCIOS
It is settled then.
A smile on her face and a glint in her eyes shows that she
is more than pleased to be asked.
EXT. DIANE’S PLACE SATURDAY -DAY
Lucios’s car pulls into the drive way of a nice suburban
home. The car stops at the front door.
Lucios gets out and walks to the door, where he rings the
door bell.
DIANE (O.C)
Just a minute!
Lucios steps back from the door. A couple of seconds go by
before Diane opens the door and steps out.
She is wearing a low cut T-shirt, shorts and sneakers. She
walks up to him and hands him a gift.
DIANE
Happy birthday.
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She kisses him full on the lips and on release, she looks a
bit surprised at how good that was.
LUCIOS
Thanks. We better get going.
He walks to the car and opens the door for her. She gets in
and he closes it before going to the driver’s side.
INT. CAR -DAY
He starts the car while Diane looks at him, biting on her
lip and checking his body out. The car drives away.
EXT. PARTY AT LAKE -DAY
A group, of about sixty people of different ages, are
gathered at a lake.
Tables of food and drinks are neatly packed under the shade
of the trees next to the lake. Lucios pulls into a parking
space and he and Diane get out of the car.
They walk down to the group of people. They WISH him a happy
birthday and he introduces Diane to them as they move along.
His friends Andrew, James, William and the rest from the
club, with their wifes, are also there. He introduces Diane
as a colleague. They acknowledge (MOS).
Lucios takes her to an elderly lady surrounded by a couple
of people.
Beatrix, David and Natasha are also there.
The woman is Lucios’s mother, MS. WENTLOCK (63), grey head,
with sparkling green eyes, looking very good for her age, a
lady of stature. Lucios kisses her on the cheek.
LUCIOS
Mom this is-
MS. WENTLOCK
Diane, it is such a pleasure to
finally meet you.
The old lady gets up and hugs Diane and kisses her on the
cheek.
DIANE
Good day Ms. Wentlock.
The old lady steps back, holding Diane by the shoulder.
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MS. WENTLOCK
Let me look at you.
The lady examines Diane.
MS. WENTLOCK
Exactly to the finest detail. Come
sit down, have something to drink.
Overwhelmed, Diane follows Lucios’s Mother to a chair next
to hers. For a moment Lucios gets sucked in by family and
friends congratulating him on his birthday.
Lucios goes to the bar and gets himself and Diane a drink.
He takes it to her. He arrives in the middle of a conversation.
MS. WENTLOCK
What do you think of my boy?
Lucios interrupts before she could reply.
LUCIOS
Come on Mom, cut it out.
He hands her the drink. Lucios’s mom takes his face between
her hands and looks him deep in the eyes. She speaks softly
so that only Lucios can hear her.
MS. WENTLOCK
You look different, what is wrong
my son?
LUCIOS
What do you mean mother?
MS. WENTLOCK
Your face, your eyes, something
changed.
LUCIOS
Nothing is wrong and nothing changed.
A couple of teenage boys come to him with a football.
YOUNG BOY
Come on Lucios, come play ball with
us for a while.
They nag until he gives in. He leaves with them.
DIANE
How is it that so many people
recognize me and I don’t know them
at all?
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MS. WENTLOCK
Oh, so you don’t know yet. Lucios
is very, very talented. But it is
best that he shows you himself.
DIANE
What kind of talents?
BEATRIX
He has a lot of talent for a cold
heartless bastard.
MS. WENTLOCK snaps at her.
MS. WENTLOCK
You keep your mouth from my boy,
you ungrateful wench.
Beatrix walks away.
MS. WENTLOCK
Sorry about that. Lucios is looking
after the family and some of them
don’t like the way he runs things.
EXT. PARTY AT LAKE -DAY
Lucios and Diane get ready to leave the party and go home.
Lucios says goodbye to his friends Andrew, James, David and
the rest. Diane stands with Lucios’s mother, waiting for him.
DIANE
Thanks for a lovely day Ms. Wentlock.
MS. WENTLOCK
The pleasure is all mine my dear.
It was a pleasure to have finally
met you.
DIANE
The same here.
Lucios joins them. He gathers a couple of packages.
LUCIOS
Thanks for everything mother.
MS. WENTLOCK
It is a pleasure my boy.
LUCIOS
Take care.
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MS. WENTLOCK
You too. Drive back safely.
Lucios and Diane leave.
INT. CAR BACK HOME -NIGHT
The two of them drive in silence. Diane breaks the silence.
DIANE
I really enjoyed spending the day
with you and your family.
LUCIOS
My Mother took quite a fancy to you!
DIANE
I can see that she loves you very
much!
LUCIOS
I am her only child, that makes her
very protective over me.
Diane looks at his strong body.
DIANE
Not that you need protection.
LUCIOS
Everyone needs protection from
onething or another.
DIANE
I would love to see your place... I
mean, everyone raves about your
talents. I would like to see what
they are talking about.
EXT. LUCIOS HOME -NIGHT
Lucios opens the front door of his home and let Diane inside.
She looks around, amazed by the enormous size of the house
and its contents.
INT. LUCIOS HOME -NIGHT
As she enters, she looks at the paintings and sculptures in
the room. Jeffery enters the room.
JEFFERY
Ah, good evening Master Lucios.
Good evening ma’m.
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They both greet the old butler.
DIANE
Lucios, this is beautiful! I didn’t
know that you were into all these
ancient artifacts.
LUCIOS
I enjoy collecting old things.
Something to drink?
DIANE
Yes please!
Lucios walks to a tray with a bottle of red wine and a
couple of glasses. He opens the bottle and pours two glasses.
Diane is looking at a, black cast iron, statue of a dragon
wrapped around a large, long pole, chained at the feet to
the bottom of the pole.
DIANE
I see that black dragons fascinate
you.
LUCIOS
It is said that black dragons are a
symbol of power. They are strong,
mysterious and almost invincible.
They were feared by all.
DIANE
And the chains, what does that
resemble?
LUCIOS
Although the black dragon was very
powerful, it could still be
contained by man using chains.
DIANE
How did they catch them?
LUCIOS
They caught them while they were
still young and killed it before it
grew too strong to break the chains.
DIANE
Why wait?
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LUCIOS
People are selfish and weak. They
used the black dragon to keep away
their enemies. Sometimes waiting
almost too long before killing it,
therefore suffering great losses.
DIANE
That is sad.
They sit down, drinking their wine in silence. Jeffery
enters the room.
JEFFERY
Is there anything else, Master
Lucios?
LUCIOS
No Jeffery, that will be all, thanks.
He bids them goodnight and leaves the room.
DIANE
Back at "The Stage" Andrew and
James recognized me and knew my
name without ever seeing me. It was
the same today with your mother.
How did they know?
Lucios puts his glass of wine down. All the time his face
remains expressionless.
LUCIOS
I got something to show you!
He takes her hand and leads her through the house. They stop
at a heavy wooden door. Lucios unlocks it and opens the
door. It is pitch black inside.
LUCIOS
Wait here!
ART STUDIO
He disappears into the darkness. She can hear him scuffling
about.
The next moment a light comes on and her eyes have to adjust
to the light first.
Without anyone else seeing anything, the look on her face
spells disbelief.
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The inside of the room is sunk in the ground. Stairs lead
down to an interior garden with a waterfall.
It is a huge chamber. In the centre of it is an elevated
platform that has a small stairway leading onto it. On this
is canvases covered with cloth.
In the middle of the platform is something huge covered as
well.
Lucios goes upstairs and takes Diane by the arm, leading her
down.
On the platform he uncovers the paintings, revealing that
all of them are about Diane. Each different in profile.
DIANE
Damn, did you do this?
LUCIOS
Yes!
DIANE
You are obsessed with me then!
LUCIOS
Not obsessed, inspired!
She moves around the paintings, touching each of them very
lightly. She stops at the middle covered object.
DIANE
And this, what is this?
Lucios takes the hem of the cloth and pulls hard. The cover
comes off.
Revealed is a life size statue of Diane carved out of marble.
The detail is perfect.
DIANE
When did you do this?
LUCIOS
I started about a year ago.
DIANE
Why didn’t you tell me?
She takes his hand very gently, while stroking his face with
the other.
LUCIOS
I was scared!
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DIANE
Why would you be scared of me?
LUCIOS
There are things about me that
people don’t know. I was scared
that if you were to know these
things, I would not see you again.
I could not risk that.
DIANE
Oh Lucios. We all have something to
hide. You don’t need to be afraid
about what people think.
She reaches up and kisses him full on his lips. He returns
this and their kissing becomes very HOT. He picks her small
body up and, while still kissing, takes her upstairs.
INT. HOT SCENE LUCIOS BEDROOM -NIGHT
The two of them are naked on his bed. His big strong body
almost swallows her tender small figure. They make love.
INT. LUCIOS BEDROOM AFTERWARDS -NIGHT
Diane lies under a cover, sleeping. Her deep breathing
indicates the peacefulness of her slumber.
Lucios, still naked, sits on a high chair with a pencil and
a canvas. He captures Diane’s body with pencil sketches.
INT. LUCIOS HOME -DAY
Diane wakes up alone in the bed. She looks around the room
and sees Lucios sitting on the same chair, just staring at
her. She smiles at him.
DIANE
Good morning stud!
LUCIOS
Morning, slept well?
She notices three drawings of the previous night’s passion.
DIANE
Did you do that this morning?
LUCIOS
Yes, I was inspired.
DIANE
Didn’t you sleep?
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LUCIOS
I don’t know. I feel rested.
Diane walks to him and kisses him.
DIANE
You are amazing!
INT. DARK UNKNOWN ROOM -DAY
The room is dark and build of stone. A couple of black
candles flicker on the walls and on some tables.
A woman dressed in a black robe enters the room.
A black metallic pentagram is mounted on the wall.
The woman stops at another black robed figure writing in a
huge black book.
CHANTRA (26), is a very beautiful lady, with a pale white
face and green eyes, her long black hair running along her
slender body.
CHANTRA
I have news, it is from Durag,
Master.
ZARGO (50’s), long grey hair and a goat beard. His pitch
black eyes looking over his glasses.
ZARGO
And what does our friend Durag have
to say?
CHANTRA
He intercepted messages from the
order of light!
Zargo puts the pen down and gets up from his chair. He walks
to a cabinet and pours himself a drink.
FIRE SNAPS in a fireplace next to the cabinet.
ZARGO
Ah, the order of light! And what do
these messages say?
She removes a piece of paper from the inside pocket of her
robe.
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CHANTRA
It was scrambled, he did not get
all of it. "Black dragon stirred,
very strong, detected presence,
before late" that is all he could
decrypt.
The old man stares into the fire before speaking.
ZARGO
Nothing to worry about yet. Put
someone on The Dragon to observe
and report on his actions. Make it
very discreet, we don’t want to
alert him to our presence. He
doesn’t know who we are yet, but he
is already powerful enough to
detect someone is following him.
CHANTRA
Very well Master.
Chantra leaves the room.
ZARGO
This time Lord Garmone will have
his revenge. I will see to that, if
it is the last thing I do.
INT. THE STAGE CLUB -DAY
The club is empty, since it only opens at night. Andrew,
James, William and some of the other friends sit around a
table with paperwork.
WILLIAM
Do you guys notice something
different about Lucios?
Andrew sucks on the cigar clenched between his teeth.
ANDREW
Like what?
WILLIAM
I don’t know, he is just different.
JAMES
I saw the way he looked at Diane,
or what ever her name is.
ANDREW
She is a fine lady! It is about
time that Lucios gets some action!
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They all laugh.
WILLIAM
Ever wondered why he never smiles
or shows any emotion?
Andrew slams hard down on the table.
ANDREW
Hey! Lucios is a tough, hard ass
man. Don’t go prying in his
business. He looks well after all
of us and our families. In return,
every now and then, he requires
some assistance and we are there
for him, no questions asked. Okay!
JAMES
All our businesses run legit. So
what if he bangs up a couple of bad
guys to put them straight.
WILLIAM
Hey man I am on your side, I was
just wondering. I mean look at the
talent, the money and not to speak
about the fact that he never sleeps.
That creeps me out sometimes.
ANDREW
Forget about it, lets get back to
business. WILL, are you still going
to London as planned?
WILLIAM
Yeah, plane leaves Saturday. I’ll
be back on Thursday.
JAMES
Remember to go and look for that
book I asked you about.
WILLIAM
Sure no problem.
EXT. THE STAGE CLUB -NIGHT
Lucios stops outside with his car. Diane is with him. He
opens the door for her. She looks stunning. As they enter,
almost every one at the door greets him by the name black
dragon.
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INT. THE STAGE CLUB -NIGHT
The club is packed with people dancing, drinking or just
relaxing around tables. Lucios and Diane join Andrew, James
and the rest at the usual table on the second floor.
They all greet him and Diane. A waiter scampers closer to
get their drinks order.
Diane talks to the other ladies at the table.
DIANE
How long do you know Lucios?
ANDREW’S WIFE(27) is a short slender blonde haired girl.
ANDREW’S WIFE
About three years now!
DIANE
How does he know Andrew?
ANDREW’S WIFE
They grew up together. Andrew,
James, William and Lucios are
friends since pre school.
INT. THE STAGE BATHROOM -NIGHT
A big biker is standing at an urinal, pissing. Bold headed,
brown eyed, with a black leather jacket and a moustache.
He looks like the real bad ass type. Three men enter the
toilets. They stop behind the biker.
One strong looking man, mid thirties, with black hair and a
SCAR over his left eye.
An older man, very tall with grey/brown hair and a young
chap with blond hair, with a nervous look on his face.
The BIKER(30’s) turns around and looks angrily at the three.
BIKER
Can I help you!
TALL OLD MAN (50’s), calmly speaks to him.
TALL OLD MAN
I believe you can.
They pause a while and this irritates the biker.
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BIKER
If you are not going to talk, get
the fuck out of my way.
He pushes forward, but the strong chap blocks the door.
TALL OLD MAN
I will give you $200 if you stir
some trouble at the bar.
BIKER
Fuck, old man, for $200 I will kill
someone at the bar!
TALL OLD MAN
That won’t be necessary, stirring
trouble would do.
The old man hands the money to the biker. He exits the toilet.
INT. THE STAGE CLUB -NIGHT
Lucios, Andrew and James are looking down on the crowd
jumping around on the wild sounds of a ROCK BAND.
ANDREW
I am glad for you!
LUCIOS
What does that mean?
Andrew turns his head towards Diane.
ANDREW
I can’t help but noticing that you
have a fucking smuck grin on your
face. That is a first ever.
LUCIOS
I do have a tingly feeling all over!
JAMES
Damn, she must be great between the
sheets.
Lucios doesn’t answer him as he speeds down to one of the
bar counters where a fight is about to break out.
INT. BAR COUNTER -FIGHT -NIGHT
A young man fights for air as the big biker holds him by the
throat.
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The crowd amongst them make it difficult for the bouncers to
get to them. The biker is really pissed off with the young,
geeky looking man.
BIKER
What did you say about grabbing my
woman’s ass?
The geeky man gargles out the words.
GEEKY MAN
Shit man, I didn’t say anything
about your girl!
The BIKER’S GIRL tries to stop him. He pushes her away.
BIKER’S GIRL
Come on Tom he didn’t say anything
about me, leave him and lets go!
She tries to grab his arm.
BIKER
Get the fuck away from me bitch!
He pushes her so hard that she falls against the bar counter.
The biker winds up a punch to hit the poor geek.
As he punches, his action gets stopped dead by an even more
powerful arm.
The biker looks around surprised. He looks into the cold,
dead eyes of Lucios.
LUCIOS
That is enough! Let him go.
The man drops the geek, the geek grabs his throat, gasping
for air.
BIKER
Let me go man. He started it!
LUCIOS
I don’t care who started it, no
fighting in my club. You take it
elsewhere.
The biker is not impressed.
BIKER
Take your hands off me.
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He swings around with the loose arm to hit Lucios. He nicks
Lucios’s shirt and tears it open. Lucios gets rid of the
remaining shreds.
The biker swings again.
Lucios side steps the blow and quickly counters by grabbing
the man, slamming him hard onto the bar counter.
This takes the wind out of him. Lucios grabs him behind the
neck and BANGS his face on the bar.
The bouncers finally arrive to take the men outside. The
crowd cheers, DRAGON, DRAGON... The party rocks on.
INT. THE STAGE CLUB TRIO -NIGHT
The tall old man and the two others watch as the crowd go
about their business.
The bouncers escort the biker outside and Lucios returns to
his position on the second floor.
The old man turns to the other two men.
TALL OLD MAN
That is him alright!
The YOUNG SCARED MAN (20’s) looks at the old man questioningly.
YOUNG SCARED MAN
How do you know?
TALL OLD MAN
You need to be observant. There are
three dead giveaways.
The STRONG MAN(30’s) helps out.
STRONG MAN
(German accent)
The way he moves.
TALL OLD MAN
Yes, very quick and graceful.
Secondly, did anyone notice the
tattoo on his back?
YOUNG SCARED MAN
What tattoo?
STRONG MAN
The chained Black dragon!
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TALL OLD MAN
And the crowd chanting his name.
YOUNG SCARED MAN
Dragon.
TALL OLD MAN
Correct. We won’t act now, we will
come back another time! Let’s go.
The men follow the old man out of the club.
INT. ORDER OF LIGHT VATICAN CITY -FATHER CONSTANCE -NIGHT
Darren enters the chamber and stops behind father Constance
who is reading from a big open book.
DARREN
I have news on the Black Dragon,
father.
The old man turns to Darren and removes his glasses from his
eyes.
FATHER CONSTANCE
Have they found him?
DARREN
They believe so, father.
The old man rubs his chin with his hand.
FATHER CONSTANCE
Tell them to sit tight, they are
not to approach him. Then call on
the Guardians. They must leave
immediately to confirm and to
prepare for containment.
DARREN
Yes father. I will dispatch them
immediately.
Darren leaves the room. Father Constance turns back to the
book he is busy reading.
On the page, currently open, is the drawing of a horrific
beast with wings, killing off what looks like angels.
FATHER CONSTANCE
May God have mercy on all of us.
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EXT. LONDON LITTLE BOOK SHOP -DAY
William gets off a bus and stops in front of the tiniest of
book shops. He stops at the display window to look inside.
The shop looks very old. An old lady walks out and William
holds the door while she exits. She thanks him.
INT. LONDON LITTLE BOOK SHOP -DAY
William browses through the rows and rows of books. William
talks to himself while looking at the books.
WILLIAM
James, why do you always ask the
impossible?
A young BOOK STORE ASSISTANT (28) with spectacles comes
around the corner to assist William.
BOOK STORE ASSISTANT
Can I help you Sir?
WILLIAM
Yes, I am looking for a book.
"Archangels" by S.F. McCoy. A
friend of mine is looking for it.
The young man turns around.
BOOK STORE ASSISTANT
This way Sir!
William follows the man to the back part of the store. He
looks up and down over the books and stops at the required
one. He removes if from the shelve.
BOOK STORE ASSISTANT
Here you go Sir, "Archangels" by
S.F. McCoy.
William takes the book from the man.
WILLIAM
Thanks !
The man turns around and leaves. William opens the book and
walks, while reading.
Not seeing a little stepstool in the aisle, he trips and
stumbles against a shelve, sending books tumbling to the
floor.
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BOOK STORE ASSISTANT (O.C)
Are you alright Sir?
William Curse "Fuck" softly to himself.
WILLIAM
Yes thanks, just a bit clumsy, but
everything is okay.
He starts to pack the books back on the shelve. He notices
something hidden in the lower part of the shelve. He reaches
inside and pulls it out.
It is a dust and cobweb covered big black book made from
some kind of leather.
It looks very old. He dusts it off and carefully opens the
book. It is in a language unknown to him, with pictures here
and there.
Some of the pages are torn and others have English
translations next to the unknown language. He turns yet
another page.
A chained down big black dragon curled around a large
treelike pole is featured on a full page. Wording both in
English and the unknown language features on the right hand
side.
He reads the English with difficulty. Another symbol is also
visible. It is a red phoenix. No wording is available on that.
WILLIAM
The Black Dragon chained to the
pole... Symbol of the Demon god...
Contained he is fairly harmless,
but if freed will destroy mankind..
That is all he can make out. The rest of the English is faded.
He turns the page. A manlike creature, with horrific
features, is on the page, with the tattoo of the dragon on
his arm and back.
WILLIAM
What the fuck? This can’t be!
He closes the book and hurriedly gets his stuff together. He
rushes to the counter and out the two books in front of the
assistant.
WILLIAM
How much for this book?
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The man studies the book with interest. He runs his fingers
over the keyboard of his computer.
BOOK STORE ASSISTANT
I don’t find it in my catalogue!
WILLIAM
How much then?
BOOK STORE ASSISTANT
Give me Ten Quid and you can have it.
William pays the man and rushes out of the store.
INT. THE STAGE CLUB -NIGHT
The club is closed and Lucios is locking up. He switches off
the light and closes the back door leading from the kitchen.
EXT. THE STAGE CLUB -NIGHT
Lucios moves to his motorcycle parked outside, with his back
to the club. He gets ready to climb on. Without looking
around he speaks.
LUCIOS
Why are you following me? What do
you want?
Three figures emerge from the shadows. It is the same three
men from the night before.
TALL OLD MAN
We need to speak to you!
Lucios turns around, summing up the three men in front of him.
LUCIOS
I don’t believe that we have ever
met before!
TALL OLD MAN
No we haven’t!
(a beat)
That tattoo of yours, where did you
get that?
Lucios looks at his bicep and then to the old man.
LUCIOS
I don’t see that it is any of your
business!
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STRONG MAN
It is a rare symbol. How did you
get hold of it?
Lucios looks irritated.
LUCIOS
Who are you?
TALL OLD MAN
We are just curious. We are not
looking for trouble!
LUCIOS
Listen! I don’t owe you anything!
Now, it is late and I want to go
home, please leave or I will have
to call the police!
INSERT YOUNG MAN’S HAND
Unnoticed, the young man removes a tranquilizer gun from
behind his back.
BACK TO SCENE
Lucios gets onto the bike.
LUCIOS
Excuse me, I am leaving now!
TALL OLD MAN
I am sorry, we can not allow that!
The young man brings the gun forward and aims it at Lucios.
The dart THUDS as it leaves the gun.
Lucios flips backwards from the bike to avoid the dart. The
moment he lands he rolls side ways and stands combat ready.
LUCIOS
What the fuck are you doing?
The old man, together with the other two, move forward to
tackle Lucios together.
TALL OLD MAN
Get him, he must not escape!
The strong man moves first. Martial Arts is an obvious field
of expertise.
The strong man moves very fast and his punches and kicks
SNAP fast and relentless. Lucios blocks these attacks.
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The young and the older man join in on the attack. So far
Lucios just fends the three men off.
LUCIOS
I am warning you. Back off!
The men don’t listen.
LUCIOS
Fuck this!
The strong man steps in to punch and again Lucios blocks off
the blow.
Lucios retaliates with an open palm blow to the man’s chest.
Wind leaves the man’s lungs as he flies back and hits the
wall very hard.
Swiftly, he moves in on the old man, leaving him bloody on
the ground.
The young man swings wildly with a broken bottle at Lucios,
gracing his arm, leaving a streak of blood.
The man swipes again and with a lot of power. Lucios hits
the glass bottle, shattering it further into millions of
pieces.
The man looks up in horror, just in time to see Lucios’s
fist snapping in his face.
INT. ORDER OF LIGHT VATICAN CITY -FATHER CONSTANCE -NIGHT
Father Constance’s face is red with anger.
FATHER CONSTANCE
I specifically gave the order that
they should wait!
Darren stands quiet in front of his superior.
FATHER CONSTANCE
They put us all at risk!
(a beat)
How are they?
DARREN
All three of them are alive, but
badly beaten. Their condition is
stable however!
Father Constance paces up and down.
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FATHER CONSTANCE
And The Black Dragon? What does he
know?
DARREN
He is still unaware of his situation!
FATHER CONSTANCE
We don’t have much time! Surely by
now Zargo and his disciples know
that we are onto their Lord of
Darkness.
Father Constance scribbles on a piece of paper and seals it
with wax and the emblem on his ring.
FATHER CONSTANCE
Send for the "Guardians"! Here is
my seal of approval.
DARREN
The "Guardians". Father, is it
really necessary to bring them in
now?
FATHER CONSTANCE
Don’t question my actions! Do as
you are told!
DARREN
Yes Father, I am sorry!
Darren leaves the room.
INT. DARK UNKNOWN ROOM -NIGHT
Zargo and a couple of pale skinned whores are busy in his
bed. He makes faint GROWLING noises as they go on.
They do not notice Chantra entering the room. She clears her
throat to get his attention.
He pushes the women aside.
ZARGO
Can’t you see that I am busy?
CHANTRA
I am sorry to intrude Master! I
have rather urgent news!
Zargo tries to get up, but the HEATED up whores want more of
him. He pushes them aside.
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ZARGO
Leave us alone.
They ‘Ah‘ with disappointment. They get out, butt naked and
without putting on clothes, they leave the room.
ZARGO
This better be important!
CHANTRA
Our informant keeping an eye on
"The Dragon", reported rather
disturbing news.
ZARGO
What news is this?
CHANTRA
The order of light tried to capture
the Lord last night.
ZARGO
Tried? Meaning they did not succeed.
Is he still okay?
CHANTRA
They could not touch him. He is
really powerful this time.
ZARGO
Yes, it seems that he is. Still, we
can’t take any chances. Send Demon
Knights to watch out for him. The
order will surely come after him
with everything they have now that
they know where he is and that he
is already powerful.
CHANTRA
Consider it done my Master!
Chantra turns around to leave the room.
ZARGO
On your way out, send the whores
back in!
Chantra bows as she leaves.
ZARGO
The Supreme chancellor will have my
head if something happens to his
Lordship Garmone!
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INT. DEMON LAIR CORRIDOR -NIGHT
Chantra exits the room into a corridor lit by torches. The
three whores are busy pleasing each other while waiting.
They look at Chantra lustfully as she exits.
CHANTRA
The master demands you back in his
quarters!
The three don’t wait as they giggle and run into the room.
INT. DIANE’S PLACE -NIGHT
The door BELL RINGS. A figure can be made out through the
glass. It is Lucios. Diane comes rushing to the door trying
to get her shoes on. She opens the door.
EXT. DIANE’S PLACE -NIGHT
Lucios stands on the outside, looking at Diane.
LUCIOS
Hi, are you ready?
DIANE
Almost, just give me a second!
She turns around and runs back inside. Lucios looks at the
time. Pacing up and down on the porch.
EXT. CLOSE BY BUSHES -NIGHT
Something unknown lurks in the dark, hiding in the bushes.
It watches Lucios’s every movement.
EXT. DIANE’S PLACE -NIGHT
Diane comes out of the door, locking it after she closed it.
DIANE
Right, now I am ready! Let’s go.
Lucios takes her hand and they get into his car. They drive
off.
EXT. CLOSE BY BUSHES -NIGHT
The unknown presence in the bushes watches them closely as
they leave.
As the car becomes small in the distance, the unknown leaves
it’s hiding place.
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With extreme speed it moves along the tar road until
suddenly it gets airborne and disappears in the night.
INT. THE STAGE CLUB -NIGHT
Diane and Lucios in the middle of the dance floor. Hundreds
of warm sweaty bodies dance and bump around them.
The two of them face each other. Diane looks into Lucios’s
eyes with a fierce hunger. The loud music driving the mob
around them into overdrive.
MONTAGEICE
CREAM PARLOUR
He buys them ice cream and the two love birds sit opposite
each other, eating ice cream and sharing. Lucios actually
smiles and he is laughing.
POND
Diane relaxes in the sun as Lucios rows the boat on the
pond. Other couples around them do the same.
Diane rests between Lucios’s legs reading a book. Lucios
reads over her shoulder, while gently kissing her hair.
CARNIVAL
Lucios and Diane walk hand around waist at a carnival.
People walk around, kids are playing.
They stop at a stall that requires the player to throw over
pins with a ball to win prizes. Lucios wins a little black
dragon and hands it to Diane.
A rollercoaster speeds up and down with Lucios, Diane and
other people SCREAMING. Lucios sits calm, enjoying the ride,
but Diane screams and clings to Lucios.
INT. RESTAURANT HAVING DINNER -NIGHT
In a very classy restaurant, Lucios and Diane are having
dinner.
A candle lit with a rose on the table. Diane looks yet again
good enough to eat. Lucios wears a tuxedo.
DIANE
It has been the best two weeks of
my live! I owe it all to you!
Lucios puts his fork down and takes her hand in his.
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LUCIOS
I think that I am the one who
benefited most.
DIANE
All the time before, you never
smiled or showed emotion. Why is
that? You have such a beautiful
smile.
LUCIOS
I don’t know! I guess that before I
met you, I didn’t have anybody to
make me smile!
The waiter comes along to refill their wine glasses.
DIANE
I am curios, how did you get that
massive dragon on your back?
LUCIOS
I don’t know. One night I got very
drunk at a weird party and the next
day it was there.
DIANE
Wow, that must have been a hell of
a party?
LUCIOS
Don’t remember much of it!
DIANE
What happened to your father?
LUCIOS
I didn’t know him! Mother says that
he died in Vietnam before I was born.
DIANE
Sorry to hear that!
LUCIOS
Hey, enough about me. What about you?
DIANE
Not much to say. I grew up as a
small town girl. Decided to make it
in the city, so I studied to become
a lawyer. Never looked back.
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EXT. BUILDING ROOF OUTSIDE -NIGHT
The unknown presence sits on a building roof looking down on
the restaurant. A GROAWLING, HISSING SOUND comes from its
mouth.
INT. LUCIOS HOME FIRE PLACE -NIGHT
Lucios and Diane are on the carpet with a satin sheet,
almost covering them. A fire crackles in the fire place.
The two are passionately twined, making sweet love.
Holding her in his arms, the two fall asleep afterwards.
EXT. LUCIOS HOME OUTSIDE WINDOW -NIGHT
The unknown presence is looking through the window at the
two lying on the floor. It’s exhalation fogs up against the
window.
INT. ORDER OF LIGHT VATICAN CITY -FATHER CONSTANCE -DAY
Father Constance and a couple of other men sit around a
table. Darren enters the room. He walks to Father Constance
and kisses his ring.
FATHER CONSTANCE
What news do you bring?
DARREN
I received word from the
"Guardians". They are ready to
proceed!
Father Constance develops a smile on his face.
FATHER CONSTANCE
Excellent! This time we will take
care of the Dark Lord Garmone
before he can awake! Tell them to
make it happen!
Darren still hangs around.
FATHER CONSTANCE
Any thing else my son?
Darren hesitates.
DARREN
Should they capture or destroy?
Father Constance lifts his hands in amazement.
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FATHER CONSTANCE
Destroy of course! We don’t want
him alive!
Darren nods "Yes" and leaves the room.
INT. THE STAGE CLUB -DAY
A bar man is busy cleaning glasses. Andrew and James sit at
a table close by, doing paper work.
ANDREW
When is William coming back?
JAMES
He said he is staying a while
longer. Why?
ANDREW
I got a strange mail from him. He
says that he needs to speak to us
urgently when he gets back.
JAMES
He didn’t mention anything to me!
ANDREW
What’s up with Lucios lately?
JAMES
What do you mean?
ANDREW
We don’t see him as much as we used
to!
JAMES
Yeah, he does spend a lot of time
with Diane. I for one am happy for
him. It is about time he met someone.
ANDREW
She is good for him. It just means
that our family is growing.
Lucios enters the club and greets his two friends.
LUCIOS
What’s up?
JAMES
Not much. Getting ready for Gate
Crash.
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LUCIOS
Shit, is that tonight?
ANDREW
Damn, your head is definitely not
here! You never forget Gate Crash.
The event that made this club famous.
The bar man slaps a couple of beers down in front of them.
LUCIOS
I don’t know what is happening to
me? I feel lightheaded. I can’t
seem to concentrate!
The other two chuckle while gulping on their beers. Andrew
wipes his mouth.
ANDREW
That, my friend, is a little
bastard called love!
JAMES
Once it’s got you by the balls, it
drags you where ever it wants to go.
Lucios finishes his beer
LUCIOS
Hey, I got to go. See you guys
tonight!
Lucios gets up and leaves.
ANDREW
A tower of power with a heart of
butter!
They both laugh.
INT. CROMWEL ATTORNEYS -DAY
Lucios, Diane and other lawyers sit around the conference
table. Peter Cromwell is standing, looking outside the
building.
PETER CROMWEL
I want to begin by congratulating
Diane and Lucios with the Williams
account. I don’t know what you did,
but it is working.
DIANE
Why, what happened?
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PETER CROMWEL
He wants to expand our
responsibility by including some of
his other business ventures. He
invited the two of you to join him
this weekend on his ranch, to
discuss business. The two of you
will be there!
Diane makes an attempt to protest.
PETER CROMWEL
No buts or any excuses. You will go!
EXT. THE STAGE CLUB "GATE CRASH" -NIGHT
Hundreds of people push and shove each other to get into the
club. Big posters are against the wall, spelling out GATE
CRASH.
Entry and first drink free. The three bouncers have their
hands full containing the crowd.
INT. THE STAGE CLUB "GATE CRASH" -NIGHT
It is worse inside. Hundreds of people pack the club. There
is hardly room to move.
The bars are overrun by patrons. Even the dance floor is a
hazard. A metal band grinds away on the stage.
Lucios watches the crowd with hawk eyes, looking for trouble
makers. Slowly drinking his beer.
INT. THE STAGE CLUB BAR -NIGHT
A smooth looking young man and a massive big dude make their
way to the bar.
ROGER(24), rich man’s son, with neat black hair and neat
clothes, makes him stand out like a sore thumb.
ROGER
Barman, double scotch on the rocks
and a beer for my friend.
The bar man hands them the drinks. Roger hands him the free
drinks voucher. They make their way through the crowd.
One of the men on the dance floor jumps back, right into
Roger. His drink spills on the floor.
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ROGER
Hey you fucking idiot! Look what
you have done!
DANCER
Shit! I’m sorry dude. Let me
replace that drink for you.
Roger’s brother, DUMB DAN (31), who is as dumb as he is big,
steps closer.
ROGER
That is just not good enough.
He pushes the man, who looses his balance and falls.
DANCER
Hey man I said I’m sorry.
Roger steps in and punches the man, knocking him off his
feet. He kicks the man as he lands on the ground.
Before he can do anything, he feels the steel grip of Lucios
closing around his arm. He pulls him away from the bleeding
man.
LUCIOS
No fighting in my club! Now get out.
ROGER
I hav’nt finish my drink yet!
LUCIOS
I don’t care, you will leave now!
Roger tries to punch Lucios out of anger. Lucios just pushes
him away. Roger falls into the crowd, who laughs at him.
Dumb Dan comes out of nowhere and strikes Lucios on the side
of his jaw. The fist meets Lucios’s jaw, spinning him off
balance.
Dumb Dan runs in to tackle Lucios. This time Lucios is ready
for him. Neatly side stepping the oncoming "train", Lucios
plants a fist to the man’s head, sending him straying into a
concrete pillar.
Lucios grabs him from behind. The man is very strong and
swings Lucios around to ram him into the pillar.
Again and again the man rams until Lucios lets go. The man
turns around and punches.
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Lucios ducks below the blow and the man’s fist crashes into
the pillar, breaking the bones in his hand.
LUCIOS
This has gone too far!
Lucios moves like a ghost. Before the man can react, Lucios
strikes and the man’s eyebrow bursts open, spraying blood on
the nearby patrons.
Again and again the fall of Lucios’s fists, so fast that the
human eye can barely see it. Lucios finishes him off with a
right hook, sending him spinning.
He lands hard on the ground, out for the count. The crowd
goes wild with excitement. The bouncers pick him up and
carry him out, together with his little brother.
INT. THE STAGE CLUB BATHROOM -NIGHT
Lucios is washing up. He SPLASHES his face with water and
wipes it off with his hands.
As he looks in the mirror, for a split second, it seems as
if another horrific monsterlike face is looking back at him.
He shakes his head and looks again, but this time it looks
normal. He is still looking in the mirror when Andrew and
James enter.
ANDREW
Are you okay man?
Lucios nods.
JAMES
That is one big mother! We thought
he was going to take you down!
ANDREW
The damn crowd! We could not get
through to help you. Sorry man!
LUCIOS
Don’t worry too much about it! I
didn’t want to hurt him!
ANDREW
Hey, you don’t look so good! Have
you seen a ghost or something?
Lucios looks into the mirror.
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LUCIOS
Or something!
JAMES
Lets go back and enjoy the crowd!
LUCIOS
You guys go ahead. I am heading
home! Listen, I will be out of town
for business for a couple of days.
We have a new client to entertain
over the weekend!
ANDREW
Sure thing. We will take care of
things here!
INT. CAR TO WILLIAM CARTER RANCH -DAY
Lucios and Diane drive in Diane’s mercedes.
LUCIOS
So, what do we know about Carter
Williams? Besides the fact that he
is a billionaire!
Diane opens a file from her briefcase and reads from it.
DIANE
Well, according to his records, he
is happily married with six children!
LUCIOS
Six children! He is a busy old man.
DIANE
His hobbies include sports like
hunting, golf, and fishing. He is
also a fan of ancient artifacts and
is said to be quite the collector.
They pull up to the gates of the ranch.
DIANE
And apparently the two of you have
the same interests.
They look at the gate posts-
EXT. GATES OF CARTER’S RANCH -DAY
The gate posts are shaped like huge poles. Twined around it
is a dragon that rests it’s head on top. Lucios and Diane
enter the drive way.
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INT. CAR TO WILLIAM CARTER RANCH -DAY
Diane find these gate posts very amusing. Lucios, however,
looks puzzled.
DIANE
I can swear that I have seen that
somewhere before!
Before she could continue.
LUCIOS
They are similar to the statuettes
that I use in the club!
DIANE
You are right! What a coincidence!
LUCIOS
I have a strange feeling about this
place!
DIANE
What do you mean?
He shows her his arm.
LUCIOS
I have goosebumps since we entered
those gates. It also feels like
someone or something is watching us.
Diane laughs.
DIANE
You are imagining things. It is the
feeling of money and power, that’s
all.
Lucios looks out the window and replies softly.
LUCIOS
I don’t know about that!
EXT. CARTER’S HOUSE OUTSIDE FRONT DOOR -DAY
The house is huge. The second floor runs out on a terrace,
over looking the estate.
The stairs, that lead up to the front door, are guarded by
two beastlike creatures carved out of marble.
Lucios and Diane pull up in front of the stairway. Carter
Williams exits the house to greet them, followed by his wife.
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A woman that doesn’t look a day older than 21 although she
is aged 50. Lucios and Diane get out of the car.
CARTER WILLIAMS
Welcome, welcome.
He walks to Diane and kisses her on the cheek.
CARTER WILLIAMS
Ah, Diane, beautiful as always.
DIANE
Mr. Williams.
CARTER WILLIAMS
Please call me Carter.
He grabs Lucios’s hand and shakes it.
CARTER WILLIAMS
Lucios, so good to see you again.
Come on inside.
His wife waits on the top of the stairway.
GWEN WILLIAMS (50), her straight long black hair neatly
combed and tied, hanging down her backside. Her pale skin
flawless and radiates with beauty.
CARTER WILLIAMS
Diane, Lucios, this is the love of
my life, my wife Gwen.
GWEN WILLIAMS
It is a pleasure to have you here.
DIANE
It is a pleasure to meet you.
LUCIOS
Like wise.
CARTER WILLIAMS
Lets go inside and have some tea!
Carter leads the way, followed by Diane and Lucios.
Gwen stays behind for a moment,looking at Lucios in a way
that a married woman should not do.
INT. CARTER’S HOUSE INSIDE -DAY
The inside screams luxury. All the furniture is made of a
dark, heavy wood.
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The walls and rooms are filled with old paintings and
artifacts displayed in glass cases. Lucios notices an
acoustic guitar at the exit to the pool area.
The party walks through this open plan room to the back and
outside to the entertainment area next to the pool.
EXT. CARTER’S HOUSE BY THE POOL -DAY
This side of the house is elevated and drops down on a
picturesque scene. The ranch stretches as far as the eye can
see.
Six riders on horse back approach the house.
EXT. CARTER’S HOUSE RELAXING -DAY
The group sits down around a table and a house maid comes to
the table with a tray.
DIANE
You really have a beautiful home!
CARTER WILLIAMS
Why thank you. Me and the wife, we
take pride in making it as
comfortable as possible.
LUCIOS
Interesting statues you have at the
gate.
GWEN WILLIAMS
They give the place a sort of
mysticism! Don’t you think?
CARTER WILLIAMS
Why is that Lucios?
LUCIOS
It is just that, I too have a
interest in the Dragon. That is why
I noticed it first up.
Laughter of a group of young people draw the attention from
behind them.
Six people, three young men and three young women, make
their appearance.
CARTER WILLIAMS
Ah, the joy of my life. Let me
introduce you to our guests.
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From left to right, VINCENT (26), the oldest son, black
haired with blue eyes, a strapping young man.
CHANTEL (25), the oldest daughter, is a picture of her mother.
The twins, CAROL and ANGELIQUE (23), identical with scary
beautiful grey/green eyes, also black hair.
CONNER (19), just made it through puberty, skin head and
brown eyes.
CARTER Jr. (16), father’s little boy.
They all greet Diane and Lucios as they are introduced.
Again the girls look at Lucios almost as if they are ready
to eat him.
Chantel specifically seems very interested in him. The boys
however, look a bit unsettled.
A male servant appears from inside the house.
CARTER WILLIAMS
Edward will show you your sleeping
quarters. Sundowners at six,
followed by dinner and only then
can we talk business.
Diane and Lucios follow the servant into the house.
EXT. CARTER’S HOUSE -CHANTEL’S HUNGRY LOOK -DAY
Diane and Lucios walk past the children, still standing in
the doorway. As Lucios passes Chantel, he brushes her with
his arm, unknowingly.
His touch makes her GASP with delight. She licks her lips
lustfully as she watches him disappear into the house.
INT. CARTER’S HOUSE LUCIOS AND DIANE’S BEDROOMS -DAY
The male servant, with Diane’s baggage, leads them down a
corridor. Midway he stops and opens a door leading to a very
luxurious bedroom.
He puts Diane’s baggage down and opens the door across the
hall for Lucios. He leaves the two alone.
Diane walks in her room and opens the curtains and balcony
door. It over looks the pool area.
DIANE
This place is beautiful.
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LUCIOS
I recon money can buy everything!
Diane puts her arms around Lucios and they kiss. She holds
on to him.
DIANE
So, with bedrooms so close. Where
will it be, my place or yours?
LUCIOS
You seem to have the better view!
They both laugh. He picks her up and lays her down on the
bed. He lies down on top of her.
INT. OUTSIDE DIANE’S BEDROOM -DAY
An unknown figure is looking through the half open door.
The figure sees Diane and Lucios on the bed making out. It
watches them for a short while and then leaves.
EXT. BY THE POOL -DAY
Carter’s boys are in the pool cooling off after a hot day.
The girls in their bikini’s, sit and tan next to the pool.
Their beauty are rivaled only by the extreme beauty of Diane.
CAROL
What do you think of our guests?
CHANTEL
I think she is a slut. He, however,
has really big potential.
ANGELIQUE
Be careful what you say. Someone
might just hear you!
CHANTEL
Oh come on! A girl can lust every
now and then, can’t she?
CAROL
Angelique is right. Dad will not be
pleased if he heard you talking
like that.
CHANTEL
You girls have no sense of adventure.
ANGELIQUE
Your adventure is dangerous.
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They shut up when they see Lucios coming out of the house
with a towel over his shoulder.
He is only wearing a swimsuit. His body glimmering in the sun.
Lucios puts the towel down and stops at the edge of the
pool. Vincent, Conner and Carter stop their playing when
they see him standing there.
LUCIOS
You guys mind if I cool off a bit?
VINCENT
No, not at all. Come on in!
Lucios jumps in.
EXT. BY THE POOL -DAY
Chantel looks at this in awe, as he emerges from the water.
She makes faint GRRR noises. Carol prods her with her arm to
stop.
Chantel just smiles. They are all very fascinated by the
massive dragon tattoo on his back.
EXT. SUNDOWNERS -NIGHT
The red of the setting sun floods the sky. The group of
people stands on the terrace overlooking the ranch.
Lucios and Diane, each with a drink, posted on either side
of Carter.
CARTER WILLIAMS
Isn’t that a beauty? Nothing like a
beautiful sunset to finish off a
perfect day.
DIANE
Sure is beautiful.
They stare into the distance, soaking up the last rays of
the sun.
LUCIOS
What does one have to do to deserve
something like that?
Carter turns to face Lucios.
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CARTER WILLIAMS
To be able to make it big in life,
one need to sacrifice a lot to be
able to enjoy the finer things!
INT. DIANE’S BEDROOM -NIGHT
Diane lies in Lucios’s arms, both naked, covered by a silk
sheet. She gently strokes his chest.
DIANE
I have never been so happy in my
life! I must be the luckiest woman
in the world!
LUCIOS
You are the one that makes me happy.
And if somebody have to be lucky it
would be me! I love you more than
life itself.
DIANE
I love you too!
She kisses him. She closes her eyes to go to sleep. Lucios
turns out the light.
He looks out the window. The wind restlessly blows the
curtains. He sighs deep, closes his eyes and goes to sleep.
Focusing on the tattoo on his arm, the chain gained another
link.
INT. DIANE’S BEDROOM -NIGHT
The room is quiet. All that can be heard is the deep
breathing of Diane and Lucios as they sleep.
Looking at the window as the curtains move restlessly.
Looking back at the two on the bed. Lucios starts to twitch
restlessly. The wind picks the curtain up high.
Suddenly a figure is standing in the shadows of the room.
The identity of the person is unknown and well concealed to
the left of the window.
Lucios moans something. His dream seems to become a nightmare.
INT. DIANE’S BEDROOM -LUCIOS’S WILD DREAM -NIGHT
Fast flashing images.
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Almost like a strobe light in a club. The images are not
clear but a woman can be seen approaching a bed. On the bed
lies a man sleeping.
None of them can be identified. The flashes are too quick.
The woman is naked. She sits, with legs spread, over the
man’s naked body. They are having sex.
The intensity increases and the woman moans with delight as
she moves faster and faster, wilder and wilder.
Apart from her moans there is an animal like growl that
rumbles in the room.
The woman’s body drips from sweat, her long hair soaking
wet. Her moans get faster as she approaches climax, so does
the growl of the man.
The images flash faster. Images from the man can be seen.
Images of his hands as it grabs her buttocks.
His hands are not human, it is claws with long, razor sharp
nails. Just before the woman reaches climax the man beast
scratches her right buttock cheek and opens up four small
gushes.
This brings the woman to even wilder heights. A loud scream
from her and an earth shattering roar from him ends it.
INT. DIANE’S BEROOM -SUDDEN WAKE UP -NIGHT
Lucios rips out of the dream sitting upright in the bed. His
breath chasing and his body sweaty. He wipes over his face.
Diane stirs and not really awake, speaks to him.
DIANE
Are you alright?
Lucios looks at her, she is not awake.
LUCIOS
Yeah, just a bad dream.
He sits for a while as she turns around and continues sleeping.
The figure has gone out of the room.
A shadow in the background jumps off the balcony. Lucios
gets up and puts on shorts.
LUCIOS
I am going to get some fresh air!
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Diane doesn’t respond.
EXT. LUCIOS ON BENCH AT POOL -NIGHT
Lucios is sitting on a bench, overlooking the ranch, with
his back to the house.
He is picking the acoustic guitar softly, captured by the
sounds.
CHANTEL (O.C)
Can’t sleep, hey?
The voice startles him and he swings around, ready to rumble.
LUCIOS
Shit, you should not sneak up on me
like that!
CHANTEL
I am sorry. I did not mean to
startle you.
The full moon is catching her from behind. The basically see
through negligee revealing her body.
LUCIOS
It must be the heat!
CHANTEL
What about the heat?
LUCIOS
That makes it difficult to sleep.
CHANTEL
Oh, yeah me too!
They sit in silence staring into the darkness. She looks at
his tattoo and softly traces the chain with her finger from
his arm to his lower back.
CHANTEL
Interesting tattoo! Where did you
get it from?
LUCIOS
I am rather embarrassed to say, but
I don’t know.
CHANTEL
Wild party?
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LUCIOS
Yeah!
CHANTEL
Don’t be embarrassed. I had the same.
She turns around so he can see her back side. She lifts her
dress to reveal her naked buttocks and lower back.
In the middle of her lower back is a RED PHOENIX with a
golden tail. She covers up.
CHANTEL
From a wild party!
Uncomfortable silence follows.
CHANTEL
My father likes you a lot! I can
see it in his eyes.
LUCIOS
That is good to know!
(A beat)
So, what do you do for a living?
CHANTEL
All of us, like good children, work
for father. We can’t complain too
much. He takes good care of us.
(a beat)
You and Diane seem close, do you
love her?
LUCIOS
Yes I do. She means the world to me
and I would do anything for her.
Chantel looks disappointed and slightly angry. Silence.
Chantel looks at the guitar in his hands.
CHANTEL
Are you going to play that or are
you just holding on to it?
Lucios takes it up and plays.
EXT. WALK IN GARDEN -DAY
Lucios and Carter Williams are walking in the huge garden.
CARTER WILLIAMS
Lucios, can I be honest with you?
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LUCIOS
Certainly.
CARTER WILLIAMS
I like you very much. You have all
the right stuff.
LUCIOS
I am not with you Sir?
CARTER WILLIAMS
You have what it takes to make it
big. You reek of power. You are
physically and mentally strong. You
look good. I see how Diane looks at
you. Even my daughters drool when
you pass. You have strong business
skills and the right attitude.
LUCIOS
Thanks Sir, but what is the
relevance of it all?
CARTER WILLIAMS
Take it from an old man. We are a
rare breed. There are not many men
like us. We are powerful and that
scares the rest. So don’t take shit
from anyone. Make the sacrifices
and reach your full potential.
A servant calls Carter away to attend to a phone call.
INT. GWEN’S ROOM -DAY
Gwen is in the shower. The water stops running and she opens
the shower door to take a towel.
Inside the shower she wraps the towel around her and gets
out. She walks into the bedroom.
Without removing the towel she puts on her panties, then a
bra. Sitting in front of the mirror, she looks at herself
and grins.
She removes a first aid bag from the drawer. From it she
takes anti bacterial cream and a small bandage.
She gets up and turns her right buttock to the mirror. She
pulls her panty down slightly, revealing four nasty
scratches on her buttock.
She softly covers it with the bandage.
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EXT. LUCIOS IN GARDEN ALONE -DAY
Lucios wanders through the thick growth by himself. A
HELLISH VOICE speaks to him.
It sounds like a whisper in the wind. He swings around, only
to find nothing.
HELLISH VOICE (V.O.)
Lord Garmone!
Lucios spins around. Still nothing.
LUCIOS
Who is there?
HELLISH VOICE (V.O.)
Awake.
LUCIOS
Where are you?
HELLISH VOICE (V.O.)
Awake.
LUCIOS
Stop playing these games. It’s
getting old.
He runs around, trying to find someone behind the bushes.
HELLISH VOICE (V.O.)
Awake Dragon!
This is freaking Lucios out and he starts to run around
frantically. Around the next bush he almost runs over Diane.
DIANE
Lucios! What is wrong? Why are you
running like that.
LUCIOS
Sh! Listen.
They listen.
DIANE
Listen to what?
LUCIOS
Don’t you hear it?
They listen again. Nothing.
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DIANE
I don’t hear anything but my
rumbling tummy. Come on, breakfast
is ready.
She walks away. He stands for a few seconds listening. Then
he follows her.
INT. CARTER’S HOUSE INSIDE DINING ROOM -DAY
The whole Williams family sits around the table.
Lucios and Diane enters and APOLOGIZES for being late.
Lucios is seated across from Gwen, still smiling.
CARTER WILLIAMS
I gather you are leaving after
breakfast?
DIANE
Yes, still a long drive back to the
city.
CARTER WILLIAMS
I trust that all the paper work is
in order.
LUCIOS
Don’t worry about a thing. We will
take care of everything.
CARTER WILLIAMS
Then I am happy.
EXT. LEAVING CARTER RANCH -DAY
Lucios and Diane says goodbye to all the Williams family
members. They get in the car and drive off.
Carter Williams still smiling, waves them goodbye. As soon
as they leave his sight, the smile on his face disappears.
INT. DARKLORD ZARGO’S PLACE -NIGHT
Chantra and another man are sitting around a table. They
scribble in a heavy black leather book.
Zargo bursts into the room. He is angry.
ZARGO
Fuck, fuck, fuck!
He grabs his hair and paces up and down, very worried.
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CHANTRA
Master, calm down.
He shouts out loud.
ZARGO
Don’t tell me to calm down! Don’t
you dare to tell me to fucking calm
down.
Silence as he paces. DURAG (unknown age), silver hair
hanging down his back, with a cold expression on his face.
He looks as strong as a warrior.
DURAG
What is wrong my Master?
ZARGO
What is wrong?
He moves to be face to face with Durag.
ZARGO
I just came from the Supreme
Chancellor. She is not happy at
all! She says that we fucked up
with the Dragon!
CHANTRA
I can’t see how! We didn’t do
anything!
ZARGO
Exactly! We did not do anything!
That is the whole problem!
He throws the table, with the book and a couple of glasses,
over. The glasses shatter as they hit the floor.
ZARGO
They spent time observing the
Dragon.
(a beat)
They are very disappointed in what
they saw!
DURAG
What happened?
ZARGO
His involvement with that woman
makes him weak. Him falling in love
with her is very dangerous. Love
can keep Lord Garmone in suspension!
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CHANTRA
What are we going to do?
Durag jumps up with a knife in his hand.
DURAG
The solution is obvious, she has to
be eliminated!
ZARGO
No! The Chancellor was clear with
her instructions. We will use this
love relationship to our advantage.
CHANTRA
And how will we do that?
ZARGO
We will use her to speed up the
Rise of the Dragon. Putting her in
harms way will bring out the worst
in him.
DURAG
How do we know that it will work?
ZARGO
We have to remember that he is pure
evil of nature. In order to protect
her, he will do whatever it takes.
CHANTRA
His anger and hate will bring the
Dragon to glory. That is ingenious!
DURAG
What can we do to help?
INT. LUCIOS HOME -NIGHT
Lucios and Diane are lying on the carpet. Diane with her
head on his stomach, reading a book. Lucios’s arms folded
behind his head. Staring at the ceiling, he sighs deeply.
DIANE
Come on, what is bothering you?
She puts her book down and sits up straight.
LUCIOS
Uh, it’s nothing!
Diane sits with her legs entangled in his. Close up, looking
him straight in his eyes.
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DIANE
Ever since the weekend you are not
yourself.
LUCIOS
Don’t worry. It is silly.
DIANE
Hey, something is troubling you.
Share, it will make the burden
easier.
LUCIOS
I think I am loosing my mind.
DIANE
Why would you say that?
LUCIOS
Lately, I am seeing faces, hearing
voices and having dreams that
almost seem real!
DIANE
What do you see and hear?
LUCIOS
I can’t say, it happens so fast. I
am wide awake looking in the
mirror, but the face looking back
is not me. When I look again it is
gone. Voices calling and when I
look around there is no one.
DIANE
And the dreams?
LUCIOS
A woman walks up to a man that
turns out to be an animal of some
kind. They have sex and then I wake
up.
DIANE
What is wrong with that?
LUCIOS
I feel tired and short of breath
and I am sweating as if it was me
that was there. It also feels as if
I am being watched and followed all
the time.
Diane lies down on his chest, holding him.
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DIANE
You have been working very hard
lately! Maybe you should take a
break. Just relax for a few days
and get away from work.
LUCIOS
Maybe you are right!
INT./EXT. LUCIOS DRIVING IN RAIN -NIGHT
The rain is pouring down. Lucios drives down an abandoned
road. The lights are out because of the rain.
Deep in thought, he almost sees the Van in the road too
late. He slams on the brakes very hard. The car slides to a
stand still. Very upset, Lucios jumps out of the car.
EXT. ABANDONED ROAD -NIGHT
Lucios walks closer to the Van. It seems abandoned.
LUCIOS
Who the fuck would leave his car in
the middle of the road like this?
GUNTHER (35), Very big, with strange tattoos over his face,
appears from Lucios’s right side.
EVAN (30), athletic built, long black hair to his right.
GABRIEL (36), African American man same built as Evan is
behind him.
GUNTHER
Sorry, the axle broke. We can’t
seem to move it.
Lucios looks around him at the three men.
LUCIOS
Then you should put up some sort of
warning.
Gabriel comes much closer to Lucios.
GABRIEL
I hate the rain, lets get it over
with!
He steps in and hits Lucios in the middle of his back. The
wind RUSHES from his lungs and he goes down on one knee.
EVAN
I agree, lets finish this!
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Gunter kicks at Lucios. Lucios avoids it by rolling to his
left.
As he gets up, he plants a blow in Evan’s stomach. Evan
falls backwards. Gabriel strikes and Lucios blocks.
Gunter strikes immediately after that, catching Lucios
against the jaw. Evan is back. Lucios caught between the
three.
The three use Kung-Fu to attack. Lucios struggles to keep
them off since they are attacking simultaneously.
Now and then he strikes, sending the receiver flying
backwards. The fighting is fast and furious.
The fight seems to be at a stalemate. Neither side making
ground until Gunter gets struck down.
He picks up a big piece of wood.
He strikes Lucios, making him loose his balance. This gives
them the chance to move in for the kill.
They kick and beat him and all he can do is to cover his body.
EXT. ABANDONED ROAD -DEMON KNIGHTS TO THE RESCUE -NIGHT
Lucios tries to crawl away. He ends up on the side of the
road, still crawling in the mud.
The three attackers go to the Van and open the side door,
taking out a bag. They remove strange looking rifles from it
and a strange book.
Just as they where returning, a terrifying WAIL fills the air.
The three men spin around, just in time to see four fast
moving creatures swoop down on them.
These creatures are faceless and slightly taller than the
average man.
GUNTHER
Demon Knights!
EVAN
Fuck!
Gabriel opens fire on them. One of the Demon Knights strikes
and hits Gabriel, sending him flying about 15 feet before
hitting the ground.
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EXT. ABANDONED ROAD -LUCIOS FLEEING FROM FIGHT -NIGHT
Lucios runs to his car. His hands are shaking as he tries to
open the door. He gets in and starts the car. He spins it
into an 180 and speeds off.
INT. LUCIOS HOME -NIGHT
Jeffery starts a fire in the fireplace. He pours himself a
quick brandy. Looking around to make sure nobody sees him,
he flips the drink down his throat.
Jeffery stands with his back to the front door, looking at a
magazine.
Lucios BURSTS through the front door, soaked. His clothes
torn from the fight.
JEFFERY
Master Lucios! What happened? Are
you okay?
LUCIOS
I will be fine, thanks Jeffery.
The old man rushes into a hallway. Moments later he comes
back with a towel, robe and a medic kit.
He hands the robe and towel to Lucios.
JEFFERY
Who did this to you?
Lucios gets dressed and starts drying himself.
LUCIOS
I don’t know. It all happened so
fast. Three thugs tried to mug me.
They where not your average thugs.
They where strong and well trained.
Jeffery takes some antiseptic liquid and cleans Lucios’s
hands.
JEFFERY
What happened to them?
LUCIOS
I am not sure. It was difficult to
tell through the rain and wind. I
heard a strange sound and suddenly
the men where fighting something
else.
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JEFFERY
Who where these other men?
LUCIOS
I didn’t stick around to find out.
JEFFERY
Let me get you something to warm
you up.
INT. THE STAGE CLUB -WILLIAM REVEALS -NIGHT
The club is busy as always. In the office a group of men sit
around a table. A big book is on the table in front of them.
William, Andrew and James just stare at the open book, not
saying a word.
JAMES
Fuck, I don’t know what to say or
think.
ANDREW
This is bullshit. It doesn’t proof
anything!
WILLIAM
I am telling you guys, Lucios is a
fucking demon.
JAMES
If he is, he sure isn’t bad at all.
WILLIAM
It is because he hasn’t transformed
yet. He is just a carrier for the
demon’s spirit. At the right time
the Black Dragon will awake.
ANDREW
Say this is true, what happens to
Lucios?
WILLIAM
Okay, after discovering this book,
I decided to do some research. As
far as I know, after transformation,
the Lucios we know will no longer
be. The demon Lord Garmone will
have possessed him completely.
JAMES
And he will create chaos on earth!
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WILLIAM
In this book they describe him as
the unlisted eleventh plague from
hell. Worse than anything imaginable.
The three men sit in silence, not knowing what to believe or
do.
ANDREW
Fuck this. As long as Lucios is
Lucios he will be my friend. If or
when shit happens to him I will
judge it on merit. Until then, if
he needs my help he will have it.
James hits the table with his fist.
JAMES
Fuck yeah. He made us who we are.
We owe him the benefit of the doubt.
William closes up the book and makes for the door.
ANDREW
Where are you off to?
WILLIAM
I need to speak to him.
William leaves the room.
INT. ORDER OF LIGHT VATICAN CITY -NIGHT
Father Constance is sleeping in his room. He is breathing
deeply. The door bursts open and Darren rushes in. Father
Constance jumps up from the noise.
DARREN
Father! Father!
DARREN
Father Constance! Wake up!
FATHER CONSTANCE
Goodness boy what is it? Do you
know what time it is?
DARREN
I am sorry father but we have a
very serious problem!
Father Constance gets up. He puts on a robe and his glasses.
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FATHER CONSTANCE
What could possibly be this serious?
DARREN
It is the Guardians.
He stutters to get the words out.
FATHER CONSTANCE
Calm down and tell me what it wrong?
DARREN
The Guardians attacked the Dragon
earlier tonight!
FATHER CONSTANCE
So that is what they are trained
and ordered to do!
DARREN
The problem is, only one managed to
escape and he is in a serious
condition in hospital.
FATHER CONSTANCE
Dear God. What happened?
DARREN
We are not sure. All the doctor
could make out was that the Dragon
had help from Hellish creatures.
FATHER CONSTANCE
He is more powerful than we
anticipated.
DARREN
What are we going to do?
Pause.
FATHER CONSTANCE
We have one last resort! We prayed
for centuries that we never had to
resolve to this. Come with me!
They rush out of the room.
INT. DEEP IN DUNGEON AT VATICAN CITY -DAY
A musty dungeon, old looking. Four strong looking guards
lead the way with lanterns.
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Father Constance and Darren follow them. They stop in front
of a heavy iron door bolted down with huge locks.
Two guards unlock the door. The other two carry big rifles.
They ready it, pointing at the door.
DARREN
What are we doing father?
FATHER CONSTANCE
To fight a demon you need a demon!
DARREN
Do you mean-
FATHER CONSTANCE
We have a Demon called Mardull. A
man possessed by many demons
torturing his soul.
DARREN
Why would he help us?
FATHER CONSTANCE
We will make him a deal that he
can’t refuse!
The door opens. The inside is pitch black.
A deep laughter comes from inside, it changes to a high
pitched laugh. MARDULL speaks from the dark.
MARDULL (O.C)
So you want to make a deal with us
to destroy the GREAT ONE.
An ear splintering laugh cries out. The Father and Darren
cover their ears. It stops.
MARDULL
What can you do for us? It better
be good if you want us to take on
Lord Garmone!
FATHER CONSTANCE
Freedom!
DARREN
But father-
Father Constance hushes Darren.
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FATHER CONSTANCE
We will set you free from your
misery. On one condition.
MARDULL
What is that?
FATHER CONSTANCE
All of you will leave this body and
into your own disciples.
The room is quiet.
MARDULL
Fair enough!
Father Constance shakes his head. He nods to the guards and
leaves.
INT. DEEP IN DUNGEON AT VATICAN CITY -DAY
Father Constance and Darren are walking up stairs.
DARREN
Why are we setting him free?
FATHER CONSTANCE
Lord Garmone is by far worse than
all of them together. With our army
and him, we might stand a chance.
Besides, we can always go back and
destroy them afterwards.
Darren nods that he understands.
INT. DARKLORD ZARGO’S PLACE -NIGHT
Zargo sits with his head in his hands at a table. A chalice,
filled with red wine, is in front of him. Two empty bottles
stand on the table. Durag bursts into the room.
DURAG
Master?
Zargo lifts his head tiredly. His tone of voice slow.
ZARGO
What now?
DURAG
My Master, the Order of Light
attacked the Dragon earlier tonight!
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ZARGO
What? How? Where? How is he?
Zargo gets up and walks to a basin filled with water. He
washes his face while Durag explains.
DURAG
He was ambushed by Guardians, just
outside the City. He managed to
escape, after the demon knights
came to assist him.
ZARGO
Damn it. Is he hurt?
DURAG
We don’t know. We are still waiting
for news from the insider.
ZARGO
Get the information and get it
quick. I need to know if he is hurt
and what he makes of the situation.
DURAG
I am afraid that was the good news.
Zargo swings around and angrily closes in on Durag. He grabs
him by the chest.
ZARGO
What do you mean that was the good
news?
Durag swallows hard.
DURAG
A few minutes ago, the Order
dispatched a large force of
soldiers. They are going for him in
full force.
Zargo relaxes a bit. He replies in a not to bothered fashion.
ZARGO
So, their full army can be stopped
by ours.
DURAG
I know my Master but-
ZARGO
But what? Damn it, get to the point!
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DURAG
Mardull agreed to join them. He is
coming along to destroy the Dragon.
Zargo’s face goes expressionless. He looks weak as he sits
down.
ZARGO
No, fuck it, the Dragon is not yet
ready to face something like that!
DURAG
We can hold off their soldiers. But
we can not stop Mardull!
ZARGO
We have no choice but to move our
plans forward and quickly.
DURAG
You mean the girl!
ZARGO
Yes the girl. Take her to the
temple. Get all the available men
and woman able to fight to go there.
Leak to the Order that he will be
there.
DURAG
Why tell them?
ZARGO
We will have home ground advantage.
(a beat)
A big face off is about to take
place.
DURAG
We will be victorious this time!
Durag exits the room. Zargo puts his head in his hands.
INT. LUCIOS HOME - NIGHT
Lucios is standing by the window looking out. He is
shirtless. A couple of bruises show on his body.
The rain has stopped. He puts down the brandy and walks to
the fireplace. He stretches his muscles. He shouts.
LUCIOS
Jeffery!
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Jeffery enters the room. He stops dead in his tracks as he
notices something strange on Lucios’s tattoo around his bicep.
INSERT BICEP
Without saying a word he looks closer. The tattooed links on
his arm changed. It looks like it is strained, ready to break.
JEFFERY
Yes Master Lucios!
LUCIOS
Do you believe in the Supernatural?
JEFFERY
Master?
LUCIOS
You know. Super strong beings. Not
human, but beast.
LUCIOS
I do believe that the world
consists of many strange forces.
Like the clash between good and
evil. Why this question?
LUCIOS
I have been seeing faces, images. I
hear these strange voices. I have
been feeling strange inside. I am
experiencing strong emotions. I
think I am going mad.
JEFFERY
Master, you are not going mad. The
emotions you feel is that of love.
Your love for Diane. Love does make
the world go round.
The doorbell rings. Jeffery turns around and walks to the
door.
INT. CROMWELL ATTORNEYS -DIANE KIDNAPPING -NIGHT
The parking lot of CROMWELL ATTORNEYS. Diane and Peter are
walking to their cars after working late.
PETER CROMWEL
I noticed that you and Lucios are
getting close.
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DIANE
Yes. There is something about him
that I can not resist.
SCREECHING TIRES in the background draws their attention.
PETER CROMWEL
Seems that somebody is in a rush to
get home.
A black van comes racing around the corner. The van skids to
a stand still just in front of Diane and Peter. Four men
jump out, grabbing Diane.
PETER CROMWEL
Hey! Hey! What the fuck are you
doing?
Diane kicks and screams.
PETER CROMWEL
Get away from her you pieces of shit!
He strikes the man closest to him. Two of them leave Diane
and focus on Peter.
DIANE
Peter! No!
Peter swings wildly, but the men overwhelm him. He falls to
the ground.
The men kick him in the ribs and his face. The other two men
shove Diane into the van.
The VAN DRIVER winds his window down and yells to the men
kicking Peter.
VAN DRIVER
Come on, leave him, lets go!
The two men leave Peter and jump into the van. They close
the door and speed off.
INT. LUCIOS HOME -DOOR OPENING -NIGHT
Jeffery opens the door. William stands in the door way with
the Book in his hand.
JEFFERY
Ah, Master William. Do come in.
WILLIAM
Thanks Jeffery!
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William enters the house.
INT. LUCIOS HOME -LIVING ROOM -NIGHT
Lucios puts on a shirt. William enters the room and greets
Lucios.
WILLIAM
How are you doing my friend?
Lucios is delighted to see his friend.
LUCIOS
William! Shit it is good to see you
man!
Lucios gives him a hug, lifting him off his feet.
WILLIAM
It has been a while!
They sit down.
LUCIOS
When did you get back?
WILLIAM
My plane landed this morning.
Lucios gets up and pours William a drink.
LUCIOS
Why are you not at the club? It is
rather late for a social visit!
William looks nervous. He puts the book down in front of him.
WILLIAM
Lucios, I am not here for a social
visit.
Lucios turns around to face William. The serious tone of
William’s voice stops his smile.
LUCIOS
Wow, this sounds serious!
WILLIAM
Lucios, we have been friends since
I can remember, am I right?
LUCIOS
Of course!
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WILLIAM
I know you as an open minded man.
LUCIOS
William get to the point!
WILLIAM
You have always been the special one!
LUCIOS
What are you talking about?
WILLIAM
Hang on, let me finish! You have
always been the best at everything
and I mean everything. Sports,
culture, art and academics there is
no equal. You are fast and strong.
William shifts nervously.
WILLIAM
You always did best in academics.
You have talents unrivaled. You can
paint, sculpture make music. Face
it, you have it all.
LUCIOS
So I have talents. Why does this
bother you now, after all these
years?
William brings the book closer and opens it to the page with
the Dragon marking, the same as Lucios’s tattoo.
WILLIAM
It didn’t until I found this.
He shoves the book in front of Lucios. Lucios picks it up
and looks at it.
LUCIOS
It is a picture of my tattoo!
WILLIAM
Not just any tattoo. It is a
distinguished marking.
LUCIOS
Of what?
William hesitates for a few seconds.
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WILLIAM
It is the mark of THE BLACK DRAGON!
LUCIOS
Are you going mad? Anyone with eyes
can see it is a dragon.
WILLIAM
No Lucios, not a dragon, THE Dragon.
This particular marking has a
history to it. A demon Lord with
the name of Garmone.
Lucios seems interested when hearing the name Garmone. He
sits on the edge of his seat.
LUCIOS
What is that name?
WILLIAM
Garmone, the Dark Lord, to lead the
army of darkness to victory on earth!
LUCIOS
I heard that name before, can’t
remember where!
WILLIAM
This might sound insane, but I
think the Dark Lord is you!
Lucios jumps up, very upset. William follows him.
LUCIOS
What the fuck are you talking about?
WILLIAM
According to the book the Demon
gets born into a human body. He
then sleeps, maturing only to awake
and conquer the world when the time
is right.
LUCIOS
This is bullshit!
Outside a car races into the driveway. Peter knocks heavily
on the door.
PETER CROMWEL (O.C)
Lucios, Lucios open up!
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INT. LUCIOS HOME -DOOR OPENING -NIGHT
Lucios opens the door. Peter stands bleeding badly strugling
to stay upright.
LUCIOS
Peter, what happened?
Lucios and William help Peter in.
INT. LUCIOS HOME -LIVING ROOM -NIGHT
Lucios lies Peter down on the couch.
PETER CROMWEL
They have Diane!
Lucios hands him a brandy.
LUCIOS
Who has Diane. What happened?
Peter gulps down the brandy, pulling his face as it burns
his wounded mouth.
PETER CROMWEL
They came out of nowhere. I could
not stop them.
LUCIOS
Where did they go?
PETER CROMWEL
I don’t know!
Lucios gets very upset. The veins in his neck and face are
swelling. He paces up and down. He kicks a table, sending it
flying across the room.
WILLIAM
Lucios, what is happening to you is
more important right now!
Lucios moves in on William. He hits the book out of his hands.
He is so furious that he hisses the words through clenched
teeth.
LUCIOS
Nothing but nothing, is more
important than Diane!
He grabs William by the chest and lifts him off the floor.
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LUCIOS
She is everything to me, do you
understand!
MS. WENTLOCK (O.C)
Lucios!
Lucios’s Mother is standing in the hallway. She speaks
sharply, with her expression very strict.
MS. WENTLOCK
That is enough! Put him down.
Lucios lets him down.
LUCIOS
Mother! What are you doing here?
MS. WENTLOCK
Jeffery called me. He told me what
happened earlier. It is time that
you know the truth!
LUCIOS
Truth! What truth? Mother what is
going on?
MS. WENTLOCK
The truth about your father. The
truth about you. A truth I was
trying to forget.
She sits down and Lucios kneels in front of her. Her hands
shake as she feels his face.
MS. WENTLOCK
Your father did die in Vietnam, but
he did not die in the War. I was a
nurse in a small little village. I
met this stunning man. Ah, he was
perfect. Almost too perfect.
She cries in her hands.
MS. WENTLOCK
He had the very same tattoo that
you have. After a couple of months
we fell in love. We got married and
that night you were conceived.
She gets up and walks to the fire place. Staring into the
fire she continues.
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MS. WENTLOCK
The next day we where walking
through the market. Some drunk
attacked me.
She pulls up the sleeve on her left arm. A scar runs over
the length of it.
MS. WENTLOCK
He cut my arm with his knife. It
knocked me back. Your father was
furious, I have never seen him like
that before. It was as if he
snapped. He killed the man and two
others trying to stop him. He
picked me up and ran to the hospital.
She embraces herself.
MS. WENTLOCK
He was strong, very strong. The
police was after him. So he left me
at the hospital. Before he left he
looked me in the eyes. They were
changing. I was scared. He ran to
hide in the forest. I never saw him
again.
Lucios shakes his head in disbelieve.
LUCIOS
What happened to him?
MS. WENTLOCK
He was killed in a temple about
twenty miles into the forest.
LUCIOS
Why, what was so different about him?
MS. WENTLOCK
For months after that a story
circulated. The story about a man
who became a demon beast. A beast
killed by three men. In a temple
not far from there.
LUCIOS
How did you know it was him?
Lucios’s mother pulls an amulet from her purse.
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MS. WENTLOCK
Your father had this with him. I
got it from one of the village men
who was there when they killed the
beast.
LUCIOS
Why didn’t you tell me?
MS. WENTLOCK
I was afraid. I thought that by not
telling you and by ignoring the
facts, that it will not happen to
you.
LUCIOS
I can’t think of this right now.
Diane needs me!
MS. WENTLOCK
Lucios, you don’t understand.
Diane’s kidnapping, the attacks on
you, all the strange things that
happened, are all linked somehow.
William pages through the book. He pages past a picture of
the Dragon and a RED PHOENIX with a golden tail. Lucios sees
this.
LUCIOS
Wait! Go back a page!
William turns the page back.
LUCIOS
What is this all about?
WILLIAM
It is said that after the awakening
of the Dragon, he will meet up with
the Red Phoenix and together they
will create a new specie. From her
womb will come a warrior that will
be unstoppable.
FLASHBACK TO POOL MEETING
Flashback of the meeting with Chantel at the pool. Showing
her marking of the very same Red Phoenix with a golden tail.
BACK TO SCENE
Lucios snaps the book close.
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LUCIOS
I don’t care of what I may or may
not be. Diane is in trouble and we
must help her.
WILLIAM
Where will we find her?
LUCIOS
It all starts to make sense to me.
I think that I know someone that
might be able to help us.
WILLIAM
Who?
LUCIOS
There is no time to explain.
(to his mother)
I have to take care of this. Can
you please take care of Peter?
She nods. Lucios kisses her on the forehead.
Lucios and William exit the house.
EXT. LUCIOS HOME -OUTSIDE -NIGHT
Lucios gets on his DUCATI motorcycle.
LUCIOS
Follow me.
William starts his van. Lucios pulls away with speed,
spinning the wheels of the DUCATI.
EXT. CARTER’S HOUSE -NIGHT
About 500 yards from Carter Williams’s house Lucios stops
his motorcycle next to a tree. William pulls in behind him.
Lucios goes to him. William gets out.
LUCIOS
No, you stay here. See to it that
nobody comes from behind.
Lucios turns around to leave.
WILLIAM
Lucios!
Lucios turns back. William holds his hand out. Lucios grabs
it.
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WILLIAM
Take care man!
Silently Lucios disappears into the dark.
EXT. POOL -RED PHOENIX -NIGHT
Chantel stands by the pool, looking down on the ranch. She
wears a long, black silk gown.
Her hair waving gently in the wind. Lucios’s voice startles
her.
LUCIOS
I need to speak to you!
She swings around looking very surprised.
CHANTEL
Lucios! What brings you here?
LUCIOS
Stop your games! I know who and
what you are! Now tell me what you
did with her!
He walks closer. His attitude scares her a bit and she takes
a step back.
CHANTEL
I don’t know what you are talking
about!
LUCIOS
Don’t fucking waste my time! Now
tell me where you keep her!
He grabs her hand.
CHANTEL
Lucios stop! You are hurting me.
Lucios is loosing his patients and starts to shout at her.
LUCIOS
Tell me!!
She starts to cry.
CHANTEL
I don’t know! I don’t know!
Hands clapping come from behind them. Lucios let her go as
he swings around to face who ever is clapping.
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Vincent and about twenty other men and women are walking up
the stairs.
VINCENT
Well done Lucios! Mother told me
that you might pitch up here sooner
or later.
LUCIOS
So you have her!
VINCENT
Yes we do for now. Until we kill
her of course.
LUCIOS
Where is she?
CHANTEL
Vincent, what are you talking about?
Vincent walks around very arrogant and his tone of voice
matches it.
VINCENT
Oh, my poor little virgin sister.
So innocent, so unsuspecting. Not
knowing the fate that lies before
you.
LUCIOS
Vincent, I don’t have time for your
games! Are you going to tell me or
do I have to beat it out of you!
Vincent removes his jacket.
VINCENT
The mighty Black Dragon. Mother
always said, be careful of him, be
respectful. Well I say FUCK that. I
have different plans for you.
Vincent snaps his fingers at his hencemen.
VINCENT
See, I want to be Supreme
Chancellor. Now if you were to
become Lord Garmone, that means our
power will be inferior. No one will
listen to us. I can’t let that
happen!
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EXT. POOL -LUCIOS FIGHTS VINCENT AND GANG -NIGHT
Vincent’s henchmen step closer very cautiously. Vincent
pulls a chair closer and sits down. He lights a cigarette.
Chantel kneels down in front of him.
CHANTEL
Vincent no, come on, you know that
mother won’t let you get away with
this.
Vincent takes her head in his hands. He kisses her on the
lips.
VINCENT
Stay out of this. I might have a
use for you. Fuck with me and you
die with him. Okay!
He throws her to one side.
VINCENT
Kill him!
One of the men close to Lucios jumps forward. He hardly
touches ground when Lucios strikes him in the chest. The man
flies backwards.
All hell breaks loose as the rest charge. Knives, pipes,
chains and various other weapons are used.
Lucios moves with unnatural speed to block all the attacks.
His Kung-FU style works very effective to keep the attackers
away.
Counter attacks are devastating. One man stabs with his
knife. Lucios blocks it and breaks the man’s arm, with the
bone breaking through the skin.
Lucios swings around to kick another attacker. He catches
the man on the knee, shattering the leg backwards. Lucios
gets angrier by the moment.
LUCIOS
I am not here to kill you!
A woman stabs him in the arm. He head butts her, shattering
her face. She SCREAMS as she falls backwards.
LUCIOS
Tell me where Diane is and I will
let you live!
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A fat man attacks with a large hunting knife. Lucios side
steps the man, grabbing the hand with the knife. Lucios
twists the hand, ramming the knife through the man’s throat.
CHANTEL
Brother you know that they can not
kill him. Stop them please!
Vincent slaps her in the face.
VINCENT
Shut up bitch!
The fight is so intense that they rip Lucios’s shirt from
his body.
A SHOT in the air brings the whole crowd to a halt. They
turn around to see William at the top of the stairs.
He carries a short grip pump action shot gun.
WILLIAM
Which one of you fuckers want to
die next?
He cocks the shot gun and points it to the crowd. Vincent
throws his cigarette aside.
VINCENT
Don’t just stand there, kill him!
A karate kung fu guru makes cart wheels and flip flops
towards William. He lands about three feet from William.
Just as the man’s feet hit the ground a SHOT is FIRED. The
impact is so bad that the man’s chest explodes, sending him
several feet back.
WILLIAM
Who’s next?
He points the gun at them. They scatter a bit.
EXT. POOL -VINCENT STABS LUCIOS -NIGHT
Vincent removes a rather strange looking dagger from behind
his back. While Lucios and the rest focus on William, he
moves closer to Lucios.
About two feet behind Lucios he stops. He puts his one hand
on Lucios’s shoulder.
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VINCENT
If you want to get the job done,
you got to do it yourself!
Lucios swings around and at that moment Vincent jams the
dagger into Lucios’s body. He repeatedly stabs Lucios. The
last stab he pushes it in as deep as he can.
Lucios stands with a surprised look on his face. He goes
down on one knee clutching the dagger.
EXT. POOL -LUCIOS ON GROUND -NIGHT
Lucios goes down on his hands and knees, his face concealed
from the crowd. Everything turns blurry.
Blood dripping on the ground. The sounds coming from his
mouth sound distorted. A HEART BEATS, first slow then faster
and faster also harder and harder. The earth spinning.
EXT. IMAGES IN LUCIOS’S MIND -NIGHT
Images of him and Diane flash through his mind. Things they
did together. In between that, a closed eye flashes. The eye
of some animal. The flashes become faster and of more recent
events. Till the dagger enters his body. The eye opens as if
ripped from a dream.
EXT. LUCIOS ON GROUND -NIGHT
Lucios screams. First it sounds like a normal human cry.
Lucios pulls the dagger from his body. His scream turns into
a horrible, terrifying, beastly roar.
WILLIAM
Oh fuck!
Lucios’s face is still concealed from the crowd. He throws
the dagger aside.
He gets up slowly.
INSERT ON HIS ARM
The focus is on his arm with the tatoo. The links are open,
just hanging on. The crowd moves backwards.
Lucios snaps a look at Vincent. The sight is terrifying.
Lucios’s pupils wide open and pitch black.
A black liquid runs from the tear glands along his nose. The
liquid is thick. Lucios’s K9 teeth becomes extended.
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Lucios laughs at Vincent’s horror. The laugh is deep and
hellish. Lucios walks closer to Vincent.
As he approaches, the gashes from the dagger close up and
disappear. Lucios circles Vincent, SNARLING like a leopard.
He stops in front of Vincent. He is standing close, too
close for Vincent’s comfort.
When Lucios speaks it is with a deep, coarse, hellish voice.
LUCIOS CHANGED
Lets cut to the chase. Tell me
where Diane is and I will be merciful.
Vincent falls on his knees, crying, begging.
VINCENT
Please, please don’t hurt me.
Lucios reaches down and grabs Vincent by the throat. He
lifts him with one hand. Vincent’s feet kick as he battles
for air.
LUCIOS CHANGED
Tell me!
Vincent gargles out the words.
VINCENT
Okay, okay, okay. I’ll tell you. Go
back to the city, ten miles from
here you’ll find a dirt road to the
right. A white church marks it.
Take that road into the woods.
About five miles another road to
the right. You’ll come to a complex
in the woods with high walls and a
big gate. She is inside.
Lucios holds him for a few seconds. With a twitch of his
hand he snaps Vincent’s neck.
He tosses him aside. As he walks pass Chantel she grabs his
arm. She is crying.
CHANTEL
What about me?
LUCIOS CHANGED
Get out of here. Make something of
your life.
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He shrugs her off. William doesn’t need to keep the crowd
away anymore. Lucios goes to him.
LUCIOS CHANGED
Go get the boys, meet me there.
WILLIAM
Sure thing Lucios.
Casually Lucios disappears down the stairs.
EXT. TEMPLE IN WOODS -NIGHT
Lucios’s Ducati motorcycle speeds down the dirt road with
the complex in front of him. GUN FIRE fills the air.
The Order of Light with a huge task force arrived first.
Soldiers armed with automatic weapons are firing at the
barricaded dark disciples.
An armored van stands in the middle. Lucios comes racing
into the complex.
The Order sees him and starts to concentrate fire on him.
They hit his front wheel. The bike slides from under him.
EXT. TEMPLE ENTRANCE -DURAG -NIGHT
Durag sees this and yells at a couple of the men close to him.
DURAG
Don’t let those fucks get to the
Dragon.
He jumps up and shoots a couple of soldiers running across
the field.
Lucios gets up and, with amazing speed, runs to the entrance.
Small arms bullets hit him, but as fast as it hits it heals.
Two unfortunate disciples run into him as he comes around a
car. They get such a fright and fire at him.
He smashes their skulls together, killing them instantly.
The temple’s door is barricaded. Lucios stops and looks at
it. He grabs the door and breaks it open.
EXT. ARMORED VAN -MARDULL COME TO PLAY -NIGHT
The armored van in the middle is the center of attraction.
Four soldiers run to it and open the door.
They stand aside. Mardull steps out. He is strong built with
long silver hair.
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His eyes white, as if he is blind. Scars run across his
back, like torture marks.
He bends his neck side ways and it CRACKS AS IT POPS back
into position. He smiles. His teeth black and decayed. He
casually walks to the entrance.
Another soldier carries the same huge rifle that killed the
demon in the begining.
INT. TEMPLE CORRIDORS -NIGHT
Lucios walks down the corridors. A couple of torches are the
only source of light. A nervous disciple jumps up in front
of Lucios.
Too late he realizes that it is not one of the Order of
light men.
Lucios grabs him by the chest and rams him upwards, smashing
his body against the ceiling.
INT. MAIN CHAMBER -NIGHT
A huge chamber with an altar on the far side of the room.
Diane is chained to this altar.
In the centre is an obelisk about three and a half feet
high. There is no other entrance or exit to the room.
Higher up is a balcony. Gwen, dressed in black, sits on a
chair looking down. Next to her is Zargo and on the other
side Chantra.
ZARGO
The Dragon is here and so is Mardull.
GWEN WILLIAMS
Yes, I can feel them. The Dragon is
powerful indeed. The change started
already. Mardull is no match!
INT. MAIN CHAMBER BIG FIGHT -NIGHT
Lucios runs into the chamber. It is empty. He sees Diane on
the altar. He runs to her.
DIANE
Lucios! Watch out, it is a trap!
She is shocked to see him like this.
LUCIOS CHANGED
I will get you out of here!
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He takes the chains around her feet and snap them as if they
where nothing. Mardull’s voice makes him turn around.
MARDULL
Lord Garmone! Funny that we meet
under these circumstances!
LUCIOS CHANGED
Who are you?
MARDULL
Ah, the Great Black Dragon is still
a bit sleepy. Lets just say we know
each other for quite some time. If
things where different, I would
probably fight by your side.
LUCIOS CHANGED
I have no quarrel with you. Let me
be and you won’t get hurt!
Mardull bursts out with laughter. He walks closer to Lucios.
MARDULL
Oh, but I do have a quarrel with
thee.
He leaps forward and punches Lucios in the chest. The punch
is powerful. It sends Lucios flying.
Lucios lands and rolls onto his feet. Mardull is there to
attack again, Lucios blocks the extremely fast attacks of
Mardull.
Lucios with his back to the wall. Lucios grabs Mardull’s
right wrist while running backwards against the wall,
dragging Mardull with him.
Reaching a certain height, he leaps over Mardull and slings
him across the room.
Mardull hits the wall with such a force that the bricks
crack. Mardull gets up and wipes the blood from his mouth.
MARDULL
You are strong Dragon, but are you
strong enough?
Mardull jumps through the air. Lucios does the same. The two
collide in mid air, kicking and clawing as they pass each
other.
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As soon as they land they run towards each other. Kung-FU
fighting so fast that their fists are a mere blur to the
spectators. One for one Mardull and Lucios hit each other.
Lucios recovers and retaliates by kicking Mardull.
Mardull sees a sword mounted on the wall. He flip flops to
the rack and takes the sword.
Like a skilled master he swings the blade around. Lucios has
to double his efforts to stay clear of the blade.
Lucios sees two short swords behind Mardull. With the next
swipe from Mardull, Lucios leaps through the air, landing
behind Mardull. He removes the two swords from their mounts.
MARDULL
Are you sure that you are old
enough to play with those?
LUCIOS CHANGED
Why don’t you get over here so I
can shove them up your ass.
Mardull attacks, with Lucios blocking vigorously. The energy
is so high, that as the blades make contact, sparks fly all
over.
Going to and fro, Mardull attacks, then Lucios attacks. It
becomes so intense, that the blades just flash every now and
then.
BALCONY
ZARGO
Fuck, but they are fast.
GWEN WILLIAMS
Beautiful to watch two ancient
warriors. Men of desire.
She rubs her hands over her breasts. Lusting after the two
men. Zargo raises an eyebrow at her. Chantra just shakes her
head.
INT. MAIN CHAMBER -PRIEST AND SOLDIER -NIGHT
The soldier with the big rifle and a priest with an ancient
book enters the chamber.
They stare in amazement at the two beings fighting.
THE PRIEST, opens the book and start to read from it it is
in LATIN with English subtitles.
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THE PRIEST
Demon spawn from hell, you rose
from the depths of Darkness to
destroy all that is sacred. Bound
by the circle of light you will be
banished.
He raise his hand to the soldier. He continues in Latin.
THE PRIEST
Let the blood of that what is holy
send you back to darkness where you
shall stay bound.
The priest nods to the soldier.
The soldier takes the rifle and jams a bullet, with a
red/black liquid in a glass tip, into the rifle.
Lifting the rifle, he tries to aim. The two move too fast
for him to aim.
Lucios hits Mardull with an uppercut, sending Mardull
crashing into the side of the chamber.
The soldier uses this window of time to shoot. The shot
rings out throughout the chamber.
The slug rips into the left side of Lucios’s chest.
Lucios drops the swords to clasp at the wound. Mardull
doesn’t give him time as he attacks again.
Lucios looks disorientated.
DIANE
Lucios. No!
BALCONY
Chantra sees the soldier shooting.
ZARGO
Stop that son of a bitch.
CHANTRA
I am on him!
Chantra jumps on the balcony. Like a cat she runs alongside
the wall with amazing agility.
As the soldier lifts the rifle for the second shot, she
kicks the rifle from his hands.
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CHANTRA
Wrong place, wrong time.
She spins around making WHOOSING SOUNDS. The next moment the
soldier’s throat opens.
The priest runs away through the chamber door opening.
Chantra stops and hits him in the face, sending his nose
into his brain. She licks his blood from her long razor
sharp nails.
BACK TO SCENE
Mardull breaths heavily. The fight’s intensity is sapping
his energy.
MARDULL
Time to finish you off, Garmone!
He attacks, but Lucios fends him off with the one good arm.
He grabs Mardull’s one hand and with the other hand winds up
for a big one.
LUCIOS CHANGED
My name is Lucios.
He lets loose a big punch. Mardull flies back, crashing into
a pillar. The pillar falls over on him.
It is quiet. Dark blood oozes from the wound. This does not
heal. Lucios turns to Diane. He slumps to her.
INT. MAIN CHAMBER LUCIOS AND DIANE -NIGHT
Lucios snaps the remaining chains off her. She sits upright.
His big, sweaty, body blood smeared. It obscures her view of
the rest of the room.
DIANE
You came for me?
LUCIOS CHANGED
I would rather die before leaving
you here.
DIANE
What happened to you?
LUCIOS CHANGED
There are things about me that you
need to hear. First we need to get
out of here!
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The next moment he roars with pain. A thick wooden pole
emerges through his chest. Mardull is driving the long pole
through his body from behind.
MARDULL
You have underestimated me, Garmone.
Your love for this woman makes you
weak.
Mardull steps back to watch Lucios’s anguish. Lucios grabs
the back of the pole and snaps it off. He takes the front of
the pole and pulls it out.
LUCIOS CHANGED
No Mardull, my love fuels my desire
to live.
He roars so loud that the people cover their ears.
He grabs Mardull and lifts him above his head. He walks with
him towards the obelisk.
LUCIOS CHANGED
Now I shall set you free!
He slams his body down on the obelisk, impaling Mardull’s
body. Blood spurts from Mardull’s mouth.
Soon after this, hellish voices, of thousands of demons,
rise from the body.
It’s like big, black particles floating in the air. They
then dive down to the floor and disappear into the cracks.
Lucios starts to wobble and falls. The wound from the
special bullet is not healing and bleeding heavily.
Diane rushes to his side. The rest of the spectators are
stunned.
DIANE
Lucios are you okay?
LUCIOS CHANGED
I feel funny. Something is
spreading through my body.
INT. MAIN CHAMBER -GWEN’S FIGHTING BITCHES -NIGHT
Carol and Angelique stand next to their mother. They are
dressed in tight black leather outfits. Their eyes as if in
a trance.
Gwen gives them the order. She is furious.
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GWEN WILLIAMS
Destroy that bitch like she
destroyed our dreams!
The two girls jump off the balcony and rush to where Diane
is standing over Lucios.
Carol grabs Diane by the hair and drags her away from Lucios.
Angelique kicks Lucios’s hands from under him, making him
collapse on the floor.
LUCIOS CHANGED
Diane!
Carol bitch-slaps Diane in the face.
CAROL
Do you know what you have done?
Another blow to Diane. She falls backwards, rolling over the
altar.
Next to her on the floor is the short, sharp piece of the
pole Lucios pulled from his body.
Carol grabs her hair again. Carol pulls Diane’s head backwards.
CAROL
If you hadn’t interfered in his
life, everything would have worked
out fine!
Just as she is about to strike Diane, Diane jerks up with
the piece of pole in her hand.
She stabs hard and keeps on pushing the piece up through
Carol’s heart.
Blood comes out of her mouth. She doubles up and dies.
Angelique sees and feels her sister’s death and screams like
a banshee.
She runs, picking up one of the swords lying on the floor.
SCREAMING she charges Diane.
She strikes the sword down on Diane. The sword just misses
Diane’s head. Very surprised, Diane looks at Angelique.
Angelique drops the sword, her eyes glaze over. Blood
appears in a long streak down her body.
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She splits open, revealing Lucios behind her with the sword
Mardull used.
INT. MAIN CHAMBER ORDER OF LIGHT -NIGHT
More soldiers are rushing into the room and start to fire at
them.
Chantra kicks one or two of them, snapping their necks.
She holds them at a distance with an automatic weapon, but
is running out of bullets.
Just as she looks up, she takes a blow between the eyes.
BALCONY
Zargo takes Gwen by the hand.
ZARGO
We better leave now.
Gwen is stunned, the wind out of her sails.
GWEN WILLIAMS
We have failed! We were so close.
Bullets hit above their heads.
ZARGO
We have got to go! Now!
GWEN WILLIAMS
You have failed me Zargo.
ZARGO
Chancellor! It was not my fault!
GWEN WILLIAMS
Everything is your fault.
From her sleeve she brings a knife and jams it into his
stomach. Zargo’s eyes shocked. Gwen removes the knife.
Zargo falls backwards over the balcony to the chamber floor.
She leaves through a door behind her.
INT. ESCAPING THE TEMPLE -NIGHT
The old man with the book comes rushing in, followed by the
big man with yet another special rifle.
Lucios covers Diane from the bullets. He roars with pain as
they slam into him. Soldiers block the only way out.
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113.
DIANE
We are trapped!
Lucios scans the room.
LUCIOS CHANGED
Hold on!
He takes her in his arms and runs towards the outer wall of
the chamber.
Just in front of the wall he jumps, turning his back to the
wall to cover Diane from the impact. He hits the wall so
hard, it shatters apart. They are through.
EXT. OUTSIDE THE TEMPLE -NIGHT
Lucios has Diane in his arms as they run across the field.
Soldiers shoot at them as they run.
Lucios stumbles and falls. He covers Diane as he goes down.
DIANE
Lucios are you okay?
Only thing coming from his mouth is SNARLING.
He is not looking so good. Lucios runs and again he stumbles.
This time he doesn’t cover and Diane skids across the grass.
Lucios doesn’t get up.
LUCIOS CHANGED
Go! Leave me behind!
DIANE
I am not leaving you now!
A van comes sliding across the grass. The door slides open.
Andrew and James get out, guns blazing. William is at the
wheel.
ANDREW
Come on, get in!
James grabs Diane and shoves her inside. Shooting from the
hip, James and Andrew rush to Lucios.
They help him on his feet. Struggling to the van they throw
him in. William spins off. James and Andrew are still
shooting at the soldiers. They disappear through the gate.
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114.
INT. INSIDE VAN -WHILE ESCAPING -NIGHT
William drives as fast as he can. Diane is holding on to
Lucios while Andrew tries to stop the bleeding.
Lucios roars loudly every time Andrew presses on the wound.
ANDREW
Come on Lucios, we need to stop
your bleeding.
Andrew digs in the wound to try and remove the bullet. James
tries to hold him down. Lucios is like a wounded animal.
ANDREW
Fuck, keep him still!
JAMES
Christ, I am trying! Fuck he is as
strong as an ox.
Diane takes his head in her hands and looks him deep in his
eyes.
DIANE
Lucios, Lucios listen to my voice.
Forget about the pain, concentrate
on my voice.
Lucios relaxes, giving Andrew chance to get the bullet. All
he can find is fragments of glass.
ANDREW
Fuck, it was made of glass or
something. Shattered on impact.
William pulls over to the side of the road. He jumps in the
back with the rest of them. Andrew moves aside. William
looks at the glass and the wound.
He looks at the rest and shakes his head.
WILLIAM
This was no ordinary bullet. The
book describes them as holy arrows.
JAMES
Holy arrows. What the fuck are you
talking about?
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WILLIAM
These bullets are specially made
with glass tips, acting as
containers. They are filled with
Holy Blood. The blood spreads
through the victim’s body.
Lucios’s convulges are ramming them against the side of the
van.
WILLIAM
As it goes along, it destroys the
victim’s blood cells and organs.
Usually they use four to speed it
up. Lucios lasted this long cause
it takes much longer with only one.
DIANE
So there is nothing we can do for
him!
WILLIAM
I am sorry!
They all sit back and blow off.
ANDREW
This is fucked up.
Lucios coughs badly, blood spurting from his mouth.
DIANE
Don’t leave me now! I love you!
LUCIOS
Don’t be sad my love! It is better
to have loved and lost, than not to
have loved at all.
DIANE
Don’t say that!
LUCIOS
Diane, it could never have worked
out. I am a monster. Nothing good
would come from our relationship.
He coughs again. The tattoo on his body starts to fade.
Lucios looks at Andrew, James and William.
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LUCIOS
Promise me that you will take care
of her? Take her far away where no
one knows her.
ANDREW
Anything for you my friend!
The rest agree. Lucios grabs Andrew’s hand, putting a key in
it.
LUCIOS
At my house I have a safe. Take
everything you need. There should
be enough to last a very long time.
But don’t trust anyone with where
you are taking her.
Lucios sags back very exhausted. He starts to shake. Diane
cries heavily.
DIANE
No, please don’t! Don’t leave me!
Lucios takes his hand and gently strokes her cheek. His hand
falls back lifeless.
The same small particles, as Mardull, start to appear. The
tattoo vanishes completely.
The particles circle the inside of the van and then
disappear through the cracks.
INT. A CATHEDRAL IN THE VATICAN CITY -DAY
Father Constance is praying in front of the Cathedral. It is
pretty much empty.
Darren enters through a side door. He walks to Father
Constance and kneels down beside him.
DARREN
Father, we do not have confirmation
of the Dark Lord’s death!
FATHER CONSTANCE
Don’t worry my son, he is gone. For
now.
DARREN
What do you mean Father?
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FATHER CONSTANCE
I don’t feel his presence anymore.
The demon is vanquished. We are
safe once more.
The two continue to pray.
DARREN
Why did he attack his own kind as
well as ours? What went wrong for
the Dark lord Zargo?
FATHER CONSTANCE
A miracle was sent to us. It was in
the form of a woman.
DARREN
Why? What did she do?
FATHER CONSTANCE
Love my son, love. The power of
love is a very powerful weapon. He
went there for her, she was all
that mattered to him. They tried to
force the awakening by using his
love to fuel his anger. Fortunately
for us, his love was too strong for
the Dark lord Garmone to truly
break free.
EXT. UNKNOW LOCATION -DAY
Diane is walking on a pier running into the ocean. She is
alone. A fine mist rain soaks her jersey. She cries as she
walks along.
Only her upper body is visible. She stops at the end of the
pier. She looks over the ocean.
In her hand is a single black rose. She smells the rose. Her
soft voice full of heartache.
DIANE
Oh, I miss you so much! It has been
four months since I last kissed
you.
(a beat)
The boys are taking real good care
of me. They miss you more than they
really show.
She wipes the tears from her eyes.
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DIANE
It is so hard without you! Life is
almost intolerable.
She kisses the rose and throws it into the ocean. She smiles
as she puts her hands on her stomach.
She is more than four months pregnant.
DIANE
It is a comforting thought knowing
that part of you grows inside of me.
She turns around and walks back. William awaits her at the
beginning of the pier.
FADE OUT.
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