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    VANDAL HEARTS SCRIPT
    transcribed by Kamau
    mglanville@hotmail.com
    
    Please ask my permission before putting any part of this script on your
    site by e-mailing me at mglanville@hotmail.com
    
    Vandal Hearts (TM) is an original game developed by KONAMI COMPUTER
    ENTERTAINMENT TOKYO KONAMI CO., LTD. reserves all copyrights,
    trademarks, and other industrial property rights with respect to this
    game.
    
    ======= CONTENTS ======================================================
    
    	Act I: A Premonition of War
    	Act II: Island of Madness
    	Act III: Escape to Tomorrow
    	Act IV: The Successor
    	Act V: The Legacy
    	Act VI: A Fool's Epitaph
    	Extras: villagers, dojo, death quotes, errors
    
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    Sostegaria...
    
    For over a millennium the fertile lands in the heart of this vast
    continent were ruled by the Holy Ashah Dynasty, descendants of Toroah
    the Messiah.
    
    However, it is man's doom to forget... Amidst all the wealth and exotic
    pleasures, the nobility lost their way and sank into corruption and
    depravity, forgetting even the holy teaching of Toroah.
    
    It was in these days of unrest that the citizens, struggling under an
    oppressive regime, rose up and - under the leadership of Arris the Sage
    - took up arms against the Kingdom. That was the first outbreak of
    violence in what would later be known simply as "The Revolution". The
    Royal Army's counterattack was swift and fierce, but time and time
    again they were put to flight by the cunning strategies of Arris and
    the indomitable will of the advancing Liberation Army.
    
    Victory in hand, the rebels set up a Council and worked to establish
    the continent's first democracy. And so, the republic of "Ishtaria"
    was born.
    
    However, Arris the Sage, whom all hoped would lead the country,
    mysteriously vanished and has not been seen again to this day.
    
    Now, 15 years later, the shadow of war once again threatens Ishtaria...
    
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    	1254 at
    	Gillbaris Island
    	"Castle Ruins"
    
    (We see three soldiers enter a large temple of some sort. One of them
    is unmasked. They examine the temple.)
    
    Soldier:
    	What is this place?
    
    (A fourth soldier enters. He is also unmasked and wears a long, red
    cloak. He looks very important. He speaks...)
    
    Magnus:
    	Ah... A hidden room.
    
    (Magnus, the cloaked soldier, walks forward.)
    
    Magnus:
    	Hmm?... What's that?
    
    (The camera swivels round and we see a raised platform with an ornament
    of some sort on it. There is a red orb in the ornament. Magnus steps
    up to it and the other soldiers follow him.)
    
    Magnus:
    	Oh... That sparkle...
    	This must be it!...
    
    (Magnus reaches out and touches the orb and rays of energy blast out of
    it suddenly.)
    
    Magnus:
    	Th... These rays...
    	What's happening?
    
    (The orb glows white and the soldiers are blinded by the bright light.)
    
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    ACT I: A PREMONITION OF WAR
    
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    (Complete blackness. We can hear the sound of running water, and birds
    are singing.)
    
    	...Ash...
    	...Ash!!...
    
    (The blackness fades into a grassy area with hills and trees. Three men
    in long brown robes are standing side-by-side with some sort of cargo.)
    
    Merchant:
    	Ash!...
    
    Man called Ash:
    	Huh... Oh sorry...
    	I was just thinking...
    
    Merchant:
    	Well you better get up.
    	We've got some trouble.
    
    Other merchant:
    	We're surrounded!
    
    (The camera zooms out to show a large gang of thieves emerging from the
    hills and trees. It zooms back in on an archer.)
    
    Thief:
    	He he... You're trapped.
    	Don't you know that this
    	valley belongs to the
    	"Fangs of Umbaba"?
    
    Other thief:
    	They're just some dumb
    	wandering peddlers...
    	Ignorance is the root of
    	misfortune, as they say.
    
    Thief:
    	If ya wanna live, hand
    	over everything ya got!
    	Although, we'll probably
    	kill you anyway!
    	...Right boss?
    
    (The camera pans across to a large man with a big sword.)
    
    Zoot:
    	Wa ha ha ha...
    	Ya got that right!
    
    (The camera pans back to the three merchants.)
    
    Man called Ash:
    	....................
    
    Thief:
    	Hee hee hee
    	Too scared to talk baby?
    
    (The archer runs up to Ash, but the merchant pulls a sword from his
    robes and slices at the thief, killing him instantly.)
    
    Zoot:
    	What the...!
    
    Merchant:
    	Ha! Where's that
    	stupid laugh now?!
    
    Other merchant:
    	Now you're the ones
    	who are trapped!
    
    Zoot:
    	Who the hell
    	are you guys?
    
    (Ash quickly removes his cloak to reveal a man in shining armor with a
    sharp sword and a solid shield.)
    
    Ash:
    	Ash Lambert. 3rd Platoon,
    	Ishtarian Security Forces.
    
    (The first merchant removes his robes. He is a grinning soldier with a
    red bandanna and a bow and arrow.)
    
    Diego:
    	Diego Renault.
    	From the same.
    
    (The third merchant removes his robes. He looks similar to Ash only
    with a larger sword. His hair is tied back into a small ponytail and he
    has short stubble on his face.)
    
    Clint:
    	Clint Picard. Likewise.
    
    Zoot:
    	Ash?!?...
    	Ash of the Black Wind?!
    
    Ash:
    	Surrender quietly and
    	we'll grant you quarter!
    
    Zoot:
    	Against only three?...
    	Kill them now!
    
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    ** BATTLE AGAINST THIEVES **
    
    VICTORY = Defeat of Zoot Gach
    DEFEAT  = Death of Ash
    
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    * VICTORY *
    
    Zoot:
    	Argh... Don't kill me!
    	I'm pleading with you!
    
    (The screen fades to black and then back in again. Zoot has been tied
    up by Ash, Diego and Clint.)
    
    Diego:
    	That should teach
    	you guys a... huh?
    	It's you! I knew I'd
    	seen you before...
    	Zoot Gach!
    
    Ash:
    	What?!
    	The same Zoot Gach that
    	we threw in jail just 2
    	months ago?
    
    Diego:
    	Yup. Same bonehead grin.
    	Don't ya recognize him?
    
    Zoot:
    	The pleasure's all mine.
    
    Diego:
    	Wait a minute...
    	Only 2 months and he's
    	already out?! He must
    	have busted out!
    
    Ash:
    	True, but I don't think
    	for a minute that this
    	loser would be able
    	to break himself out
    	of prison.
    
    Zoot:
    	Staves and stones
    	may crack yer bones...
    	But it don't bother me
    	cause my friends won't
    	forget about me!
    
    Diego:
    	What does that mean?!
    	Answer me!
    
    Zoot:
    	Oh nothing...
    	I'm just mumbling.
    
    Clint:
    	Ah... I think I get it.
    
    Ash:
    	....................
    
    Clint:
    	Bandits have shut off all
    	trade in this valley.
    	Whoever freed him is
    	probably reaping huge
    	blackmarket profits...
    	A crooked politician or
    	merchant pulled strings.
    	So what else is new?
    
    Diego:
    	That burns me up!
    	Should I put an arrow in
    	him right now, Ash?
    
    Zoot:
    	No... Stop!...
    
    Ash:
    	Hold it Diego. Killing
    	this flea is no answer...
    	Our job is finished.
    	Let's go back to
    	Shumeria!
    
    ======= CAPITAL SHUMERIA ==============================================
    
    Ash:
    	First let's go to HQ
    	and give our report.
    
    (Ash and his companions MOVE to Security Force HQ. We see a room with a
    desk. The three men are with another older man.)
    
    Ash:
    	...And that concludes
    	my report.
    
    Clive:
    	I see... Well done.
    	Let's take a good look
    	into the background of
    	this... Zoot Gach.
    
    Ash:
    	I agree.
    
    Diego:
    	As always. The big guy
    	gets away, the truth gets
    	swept under the carpet,
    	and only the small
    	guy gets screwed!
    
    Clint:
    	Hey! You're outta line!
    
    Clive:
    	Hmm...
    	You're right. There are
    	lots of things wrong with
    	this government...
    	Corrupt politicians,
    	oppressive taxes and
    	not enough police.
    	The rich are getting
    	richer and the poor
    	are getting poorer.
    	But no matter how filthy
    	things get, as long as we
    	remember who we are...
    	We, the people, have the
    	freedom to change things
    	for the better.
    	And it's that freedom
    	that so many people died
    	for 15 years ago!
    
    Ash:
    	I understand...
    
    Diego:
    	I had no right to mouth
    	off like that. I'm sorry.
    
    Clive:
    	No... It's all right.
    	In any case, you all did
    	a fine job. Why don't
    	you relax a little.
    
    (It fades back to the town square again.)
    
    Diego:
    	Now how about we head to
    	the tavern for a drink?
    
    ======= CAPITAL SHUMERIA TAVERN =======================================
    
    (Ash and the others go to the tavern and talk to the people there. If
    you try to leave the bar, a man enters.)
    
    Man:
    	H.. Help... Somebody...
    	...Riot...
    
    Ash:
    	What?!
    
    Clint:
    	Calm down and tell us
    	what happened.
    
    Man:
    	A riot has broken out
    	in the Dover District!
    
    Diego:
    	Dover District... AKA the
    	Royal Ghetto.
    	But they hate bloodshed.
    	They're always the first
    	to negotiate.
    
    Man:
    	That's the terrible part!
    	The army decided
    	that the Royalists were
    	behind the assassination
    	of Smetana, and they
    	came to take Count
    	Claymore away.
    	Things got tense. The
    	young nobles gathered
    	around the soldiers...
    	Then there was some
    	shoving and someone
    	drew a sword...
    
    Clint:
    	What kind of fool...
    
    Ash:
    	Let's get over there
    	right away.
    
    ======= DOVER DISTRICT ================================================
    
    (The three soldiers stand in an old street in the rain. A man is ahead
    with his back to them. He is wearing large crimson armor and has a very
    large sword in its sheath.)
    
    Ash:
    	These are the
    	advance troops?
    
    (The camera pans across the city. Crimson-coloured knights are duelling
    with rioters in light clothing.)
    
    Crimon Soldier:
    	Hayahhh!
    
    Rioter:
    	Waaaa!
    
    (The soldiers kills the rioter.)
    
    Crimson Soldier:
    	Kiiiiyaaaaaaa!
    
    Rioter:
    	Unnnnnh!
    
    (The soldier kills the rioter.)
    
    Rioter:
    	We... We surrender!
    
    Crimson Soldier:
    	Surrender to death!
    
    Rioter:
    	Aaaaaahhhhhh!
    
    (The soldier kills the rioter.)
    
    Diego:
    	Barbarians!
    
    Clint:
    	Crimson Guard. Special
    	anti-terrorist forces...
    	An elite fighting force
    	formed by the well known
    	right winger, Hel Spites.
    	They're famous for being
    	ruthless with terrorists,
    	but this is too much!
    
    Kane: (the man in the crimson suit)
    	Troops... Assemble!
    
    (The camera swivels round to show the crimson soldiers forming a small
    unit in front of Kane, and he turns to face Ash.)
    
    Kane:
    	Well if it isn't the
    	Security Forces!
    	What are you doing
    	poking your little noses
    	around here?
    
    Ash:
    	..........
    
    Kane:
    	I know you...
    	You're Ash Lambert.
    	The son of a traitor
    	becoming a platoon
    	leader. What a joke!
    
    Diego:
    	What did you say!
    
    Clint:
    	You scum!
    
    Ash:
    	Stop it both of you!
    
    Diego:
    	But Ash...
    
    Ash:
    	Let him talk.
    
    Kane:
    	Always trying to sound
    	like a saint, aren't you?
    	As you can see, we've
    	cleared the area of
    	enemies.
    	Some are still holed
    	up in that church, but we
    	have business elsewhere.
    	As long as you're here,
    	you can take care of
    	those left in the church.
    	Make sure you do
    	a good job now!
    
    (Kane leads the crimson soldiers away and they watch him leave.)
    
    Diego:
    	That lousy creep!
    
    Clint:
    	Yes, but what are we
    	going to do, Ash?
    
    Ash:
    	Let's go and see if they
    	will surrender.
    	It looks like there are
    	no enemies around, but
    	don't relax your guard.
    
    (The camera rotates and zooms out to show the town, when some War
    Ghosts and Hunter Imps appear. It zooms back to show the soldiers.)
    
    Diego:
    	Where did these monsters
    	come from?!
    
    Ash:
    	They've been summoned by
    	a powerful mage!
    
    Clint:
    	We're gonna have to cut
    	through them!
    
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    ** BATTLE IN THE DOVER DISTRICT **
    
    VICTORY = Arrival at church
    DEFEAT  = Death of Ash
    
    =======================================================================
    
    * AFTER 1 ROUND *
    
    Diego:
    	This is a pretty filthy
    	place for nobles to live!
    
    Ash:
    	After the war, their
    	estates were confiscated
    	and a special tax was
    	levied on them. They
    	can't even vote.
    
    Clint:
    	Just as the Ashah
    	Dynasty did, we are
    	oppressing them just
    	for being who they are.
    	Politicians always make
    	the weak in society pay
    	for others' mistakes.
    
    Diego:
    	That would make anyone
    	want to fight back!
    
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    * AFTER 2 ROUNDS *
    
    Ash:
    	We have to release
    	that drawbridge!
    	If we 'examine'
    	the switch, it should
    	release it!
    
    =======================================================================
    
    * VICTORY *
    
    (Ash, Clint and Diego enter the church where they find a small group of
    rioters with weapons.)
    
    Ash:
    	You're surrounded.
    	Drop your weapons.
    	We don't want any more
    	needless bloodshed.
    
    (A smartly-dressed man walks towards Ash from the altar. He has a stick
    in one hand. It is Count Claymore.)
    
    Count Claymore:
    	You mean that,
    	don't you?
    
    Ash:
    	Of course I do.
    
    Young man:
    	Don't listen Count! He's
    	a blood drinking devil!
    
    Count Claymore:
    	But if we continue,
    	everyone will die.
    
    Other young man:
    	Excuse me, Count...
    	But how can you trust
    	these soldiers that just
    	slaughtered us?
    
    Count Claymore:
    	Peace needs to begin
    	somewhere.
    	Also, this man seems
    	different than those
    	crimson murderers.
    	I'll give him a chance.
    
    (Count Claymore steps forward.)
    
    Count Claymore:
    	We surrender.
    
    (The men all drop their weapons and step back a bit cautiously.)
    
    Ash:
    	I'm Ash Lambert.
    	Ishtarian Security Force.
    	Thank you for your
    	quick compliance.
    
    Count Claymore:
    	My name is Roland
    	Claymore. This riot is
    	my responsibility.
    	Please do not blame
    	anyone else.
    
    Ash:
    	We have laws here. It's
    	not for me to decide...
    	But I will report
    	that you offered us
    	no resistance.
    
    Kane:
    	That's enough!
    	Stop right there!
    
    (They all turn to see Kane and the Crimson Soldiers enter the church,
    and they close the doors behind them.)
    
    Ash:
    	The Crimson Guards
    	have come back.
    
    Kane:
    	Nice job for a bunch of
    	weaklings like you!
    	But we'll assume control
    	from this point on!
    	Or maybe this son of a
    	traitor wants to take
    	credit for this?
    
    Ash:
    	I want no credit.
    	Do as you like.
    
    (The Crimson Guards march forward and Clint and Diego move aside. Kane
    stops when he reaches Ash, waits a while, then Ash also steps aside.)
    
    Kane:
    	Thank you, I will...
    	Which one is Claymore?
    
    Count Claymore:
    	I am...
    
    Kane:
    	Good. Come over here.
    
    (Claymore walks over and stands next to Kane.)
    
    Kane:
    	I have no need for the
    	others. Kill them!
    
    (The Crimson Soldiers advance and the rioters try to run away. Diego
    steps forward in horror and we hear swords slicing flesh as blood
    sprays up from off-screen.)
    
    Count Claymore:
    	What have you done?!
    
    (Claymore walks forward and falls to his knees. The camera pans across
    to show the corpses of the rioters, then pans back to show Ash and his
    companions.)
    
    Diego:
    	Murderer...
    
    Clint:
    	I won't forget this!
    
    Ash:
    	Kane you bastard!!!!
    
    Kane:
    	So the traitor finally
    	shows his colors?
    	Good! I've wanted to
    	cross swords with you for
    	a long time!
    
    (Kane draws his mighty blade, but the church doors swing open and Clive
    rushes in. He stands between them.)
    
    Clive:
    	Stop it you two!
    
    Ash:
    	Commander Beckett!
    
    Clive:
    	Stop! You're both sworn
    	to defend this country!
    
    Kane:
    	Leave us be old man!
    
    Clive:
    	You had best watch that
    	mouth of yours, Kane!
    	The Crimson Guard is
    	already in enough trouble
    	with the council.
    	More trouble and even
    	your dad, Hel Spites
    	won't be able to help.
    
    Kane:
    	Save your hollow threats
    	for someone else...
    	But I will be a big man
    	and forget your rude
    	words to me today.
    	However, I'm taking this
    	old blueblood with me!
    
    (Kane leads the Crimson Guards out of the church, taking Claymore with
    them. They close the doors behind them.)
    
    Ash:
    	Damn him...
    
    Clive:
    	Thanks for staying cool,
    	Ash. It will be fine...
    
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    	The next day...
    
    (We see Clive and another man standing in his office. The other man has
    long black hair and large metal shoulder pads. He is wearing an ornate
    royal-looking cloak.)
    
    Ash:
    	Excuse me sir.
    
    (Ash enters the room and the other man steps forward.
    
    	Oh! You must be Ash!
    
    Clive:
    	Ash, this is
    	Dolf Crowley,
    	a representative from
    	the Young Revolutionary
    	Party.
    
    Ash:
    	Nice to meet you.
    
    Clive:
    	Dolf has been sent out
    	as a mediator to deal
    	with yesterday's
    	incident.
    
    Ash:
    	Hmm..............
    
    Dolf:
    	I understand exactly how
    	you feel Ash.
    	The Crimson Guards were
    	completely at fault in
    	yesterday's massacre.
    	Normally there would be
    	need for a mediator in a
    	case like this, but there
    	are a few complications.
    	As you know, the Crimson
    	Guards are the pet
    	project of Hel Spites,
    	the Minister of Defense.
    	Hel's tactics may be
    	questionable, but his
    	power and influence
    	in the council are not.
    	I personally think that
    	he is a dangerous man
    	who needs to be watched.
    
    Ash:
    	....................
    
    Dolf:
    	Two council members are
    	competing to become head.
    	Hel Spites and Renaldo
    	Castille, who is as you
    	know the head of the
    	Domestic Security
    	Forces, your boss. See
    	the pattern?
    
    Ash:
    	You're saying it's more
    	than just a personal
    	grudge between us and
    	the Crimson Guard.
    	Do you think it could
    	escalate into a
    	confrontation between
    	the DSF and the army?!
    
    Dolf:
    	Well... Let's not be
    	overly pessimistic.
    	But we need to act
    	swiftly to avoid
    	future trouble.
    
    Ash:
    	...So what do you
    	want us to do?
    
    Dolf:
    	As punishment we'll send
    	you on leave away from
    	your policing duties here
    	in the capital. But
    	that's just to establish
    	your cover! The truth is
    	that I have a top secret
    	assignment for you...
    
    (The screen fades to black and fades back into a conference room. Ash,
    Diego, Clint and Clive are gathered around a large table.)
    
    Diego:
    	So what is this top
    	secret mission?
    
    Ash:
    	Do you know who General
    	Magnus Dunbar is?
    
    Diego:
    	Of course. The greatest
    	hero of our country! Why?
    
    Clint:
    	He's also 2nd in line
    	behind Hel in the
    	Defense Ministry.
    
    Ash:
    	Well 3 months ago he
    	went to Gillbaris Island
    	with a squad of hand
    	picked soldiers and he
    	hasn't been seen since.
    
    Clint:
    	Gillbaris Island? In
    	the Gadar Sea? Why?
    
    Ash:
    	I don't know. But I've
    	heard rumors that he was
    	acting on secret orders
    	from Hel who was
    	planning a coup d'etat.
    
    Clint:
    	That guy is out
    	of control.
    
    Diego:
    	And he wants us to
    	investigate that, huh...
    
    Clint:
    	But Magnus is known for
    	his sense of justice.
    	I don't think he would
    	just blindly follow Hel
    	Spites' orders...
    
    Clive:
    	This secret assignment
    	makes me uneasy...
    	I'm still not personally
    	sure how much we can
    	believe this Dolf.
    	It may be a wise
    	idea not to accept
    	this assignment...
    
    Ash:
    	No. I'm going to go.
    	If we stay here we may
    	cause trouble for you.
    	You've been a good
    	friend to me.
    
    Clive:
    	Ash, that's not why I
    	had you assigned here!
    
    Ash:
    	Of course I know that.
    	But whatever Dolf's
    	reasons may be, we can't
    	ignore what happened
    	to General Magnus.
    
    Clint:
    	That's true.
    
    Diego:
    	I wanted to take a
    	vacation anyway.
    
    Clive:
    	I understand...
    	But this is a dangerous
    	assignment. I want you
    	to be careful every step
    	of the way.
    
    ======= PALACE RUINS ==================================================
    
    (After leaving Shumeria and travelling to the palace ruins, we see the
    gang amongst old-looking columns and structures.)
    
    Ash:
    	This was the palace
    	of the Ashah Dynasty.
    
    Clint:
    	15 years ago Arris' army
    	arrived here.
    	This magnificent palace
    	was burned to the ground.
    	Even now, when it grows
    	dark, the spirits of the
    	dead haunt this place.
    
    Diego:
    	Hey cut it out! You're
    	giving me the creeps!
    
    Mysterious voice:
    	Go back where
    	you came from!
    
    Diego:
    	Eeeeeeek!
    
    Mysterious voice:
    	A curse will befall all
    	who enter here!
    
    Ash:
    	Don't be silly. Nothing
    	to be afraid of.
    
    Mysterious voice:
    	Fools! Die then
    	if you wish!
    
    (The camera zooms out to show many Clay Golems teleporting down into
    the ruins.)
    
    =======================================================================
    
    ** BATTLE IN THE PALACE RUINS **
    
    VICTORY = Destruction of enemies
    DEFEAT  = Death of Ash
    
    =======================================================================
    
    * VICTORY *
    
    (A small girl with blonde hair emerges from behind a column. She is
    wearing red robes and has a staff of some sort in her hand.)
    
    Girl:
    	My clay golems!...
    
    (She runs over to where the three soldiers are standing.)
    
    Ash:
    	That doesn't sound like
    	the same voice!
    
    Clint:
    	So this is the one who
    	created the golems...
    
    Diego:
    	That was a pretty
    	vicious thing to do!
    
    Girl:
    	You're the vicious ones!
    	Trying to make my
    	daddy into a traitor!...
    
    Ash:
    	Daddy?...
    	Who are you?...
    
    Girl:
    	Eleni Dunbar, daughter
    	of Magnus Dunbar.
    
    Ash:
    	General Dunbar!?!
    	But it seems that
    	you're misinformed.
    	We're just trying to...
    
    Huxley:
    	Miss Eleni!
    
    (The camera rotates to show an old man shuffle across the stone bridge.
    He is wearing white robes and has a long, grey beard. He is also
    carrying a staff.)
    
    Eleni:
    	Huxley!... I told you
    	not to follow me!
    
    Huxley:
    	But Miss Eleni...
    	Oh... Some gentlemen from
    	the DSF, I hope she didn't
    	bother you...
    
    Diego:
    	'Bother'! She tried to
    	kill us!!
    
    (Huxley bows down to Ash and the others.)
    
    Huxley:
    	A thousand humble
    	pardons, my lords...
    	I am Miss Eleni's tutor,
    	Huxley Hobbes.
    	It seems as if the young
    	miss has heard some
    	foolish rumors...
    
    Eleni:
    	It isn't a foolish rumor!
    
    (Ash walks over to Eleni.)
    
    Ash:
    	Please just listen to
    	our side of the story...
    	Some say that Magnus was
    	planning a coup, but we
    	never believed it!
    
    Eleni:
    	So you think something
    	happened to him?
    
    Ash:
    	That's what we came to
    	this island to find out.
    
    Eleni:
    	I believe you. Let's
    	get started!
    
    Huxley:
    	Absolutely not! I won't
    	allow it, Miss!
    
    Eleni:
    	It's my decision! And
    	stop calling me 'Miss'!
    	Please Ash, I want to
    	help my father!
    	Let me come with you!
    
    -----------------------------------------------------------------------
    
    * QUESTION *
    >	1. OK. Let's go!
    >	2. No you're too young!
    
    * ANSWER *
    >	1. OK. Let's go!
    
    Ash:
    	OK. Let's go!
    	But you better be
    	able to take care
    	of yourself!
    
    Eleni:
    	Thanks Ash!
    
    Diego:
    	Geez, Ash.
    	I can't believe you!
    
    * ANSWER *
    >	2. No you're too young!
    
    Ash:
    	No you're too young!
    	This is no picnic!
    
    Eleni:
    	Fine. I'll just go to
    	Gillbaris Island myself.
    
    Diego:
    	I guess we have to take
    	her now, Ash...
    
    Ash:
    	....................
    
    -----------------------------------------------------------------------
    
    Huxley:
    	What?!!!!.....
    	In that case, I shall be
    	forced to go as well.
    	Although I appear frail,
    	I am a master of healing.
    	You will need my help!
    
    	Eleni joined your party.
    
    	Huxley joined your party.
    
    Diego:
    	Even the old guy is
    	gonna come with us?!
    	Oh man!
    
    =======================================================================
    
    (The screen fades into a dark prison somewhere. Count Claymore has been
    chained to a post and Kane is standing in front of him. Lurking by the
    door is a man in grand robes and armor, his grey hair elegantly combed
    back across his head.)
    
    Kane:
    	C'mon old man,
    	tell us what you know!
    
    (Kane steps forward and hits Claymore in the face.)
    
    Count Claymore:
    	Oooof.
    	I... know... nothing...
    
    Hel:
    	Don't lie, Count.
    	As the highest ranking
    	nobleman,
    	you must know!
    
    Count Claymore:
    	...............
    
    Kane:
    	Fool! My father heard
    	you! How about that?!
    
    (Kane hits Claymore across the face again.)
    
    Voice:
    	Hey it's not nice to
    	mistreat old people.
    
    (The camera pans back to the entrance and the gates roll down. Dolf
    walks in and stands beside Hel Spites.)
    
    Hel:
    	Oh, it's you.
    
    Dolf:
    	Don't kill the
    	old fool... yet.
    	There is still valuable
    	information that we
    	require.
    
    Kane:
    	I like you. You're
    	almost as evil as I.
    	Would you like to take
    	a crack at breaking this
    	old man?
    
    Hel:
    	Enough, Kane!
    	So... Dolf... How
    	goes our little plan?
    
    Dolf:
    	Everything is going as
    	scheduled...
    	Just to be sure, one of
    	my people has even
    	infiltrated their group.
    
    Hel:
    	Good...
    	Now we just have to wait
    	for them to arrive at
    	Gillbaris Island.
    
    Count Claymore:
    	Gillbaris Island!
    	No... You mustn't!
    
    Dolf:
    	Ho ho. I knew you
    	knew something.
    
    Count Claymore:
    	Ooops...
    
    Kane:
    	Now you can tell me
    	everything you know...
    
    ======= RHINE BRIDGE ==================================================
    
    (The group has assembled on a large wooden bridge held up by thick
    cables. Beneath them is a fast-flowing river.)
    
    Huxley:
    	These kinds of bridges
    	just aren't safe.
    
    Diego:
    	C'mon!
    	I'm going anyway!
    
    Clint:
    	I'm not so sure
    	about that...
    
    (The camera pans across to the other end of the bridge where there is a
    large gang of thieves. They look similar to Zoot's gang, only with a
    darker shade of green on their clothing.)
    
    Thief:
    	Huh?
    	Those aren't merchants.
    
    Other thief:
    	Don't bother me none!
    	We can always sell their
    	stuff for money after
    	we kill 'em.
    
    Diego:
    	Oboy...
    	Where did these guys
    	come from all of a
    	sudden?
    
    Ash:
    	Don't worry.
    	Piece of cake!
    
    Thief:
    	Hey it looks like these
    	guys are game!
    
    Other thief:
    	Don't worry. We won't
    	even bloody our hands!
    
    Clint:
    	Look out! I smell
    	gunpowder!
    
    (The camera zooms out and the part of the bridge behind the group
    explodes, leaving a wide gap back to the land. The cables still hold
    the rest of the bridge in place.)
    
    Thief:
    	Huh? I missed.
    	Well that's okay.
    	This bridge will
    	collapse soon anyway.
    	They're headed for the
    	bottom of the river.
    
    Huxley:
    	This is not good.
    
    Ash:
    	Let's cross this bridge
    	before it collapses!
    
    =======================================================================
    
    ** BATTLE ON THE RHINE BRIDGE **
    
    VICTORY = Destruction of enemies
    DEFEAT  = Death of Ash
    
    =======================================================================
    
    * EVERY TURN *
    
    (A piece of the bridge will explode every turn. Any units, allies or
    enemies, are killed if they are standing on the part of the bridge as
    it explodes.)
    
    * AFTER 1 ROUND *
    
    Diego:
    	Eleni, why don't you whip
    	out some golems now?
    
    Eleni:
    	Don't you remember? You
    	destroyed them all!
    	Do you know how long it
    	took me to make those
    	golems?
    	One year to form them
    	from the mud and two
    	years to give them life!
    
    Diego:
    	Okay okay, I got it...
    	Next time you should
    	make them a little
    	more durable!
    
    Eleni:
    	Hmph!
    
    * AFTER 2 ROUNDS *
    
    (An female archer dressed in pink garments appears on the other side of
    the bridge.)
    
    Female warrior:
    	Looks like you guys
    	could use some help!
    
    Ash:
    	Who are you?
    
    Female warrior:
    	My name's Kira Wulfstan.
    	Let's fight together.
    
    * WHEN KIRA ATTACKS *
    
    Kira:
    	Suck on this, brigand!
    
    Ash:
    	What a fighter!
    
    * VICTORY *
    
    (Having killed all of the thieves, the group assemble on the safety of
    the land the other side of the bridge.)
    
    Ash:
    	I'm Ash Lambert...
    	Thanks for helping us.
    
    Kira:
    	I'm Kira. A mercenary.
    
    Diego:
    	A fierce warrior and a
    	beauty as well.
    	I think I'm in love...
    
    Clint:
    	That's rude Diego.
    
    Kira:
    	That's okay. Want to
    	hire me as a bodyguard?
    	It looks like you only
    	have this one cute guy as
    	your basic archer class.
    	I'll bet you could use
    	another archer in your
    	party. How about it?
    
    Diego:
    	He he. She called me
    	cute!
    	You're a fine archer!
    	We welcome you to
    	our party, right Ash?
    
    -----------------------------------------------------------------------
    
    * QUESTION *
    >	1. Of course we do.
    >	2. But...
    
    * ANSWER *
    >	1. Of course we do.
    
    Ash:
    	Of course we do. You'll
    	be a great help.
    
    Diego:
    	Now things are getting
    	interesting!
    
    * ANSWER *
    >	2. But...
    
    Ash:
    	But this is a top
    	secret mission!
    
    Diego:
    	So what?! What about
    	Eleni and the old man?
    
    Ash:
    	Okay... That's a good
    	point. She can come.
    
    Diego:
    	Yahoo!
    
    -----------------------------------------------------------------------
    
    Clint:
    	Are you sure, Ash?
    	We shouldn't involve
    	some woman who we
    	hardly know.
    
    Kira:
    	Oh yeah? Well I bet I'm
    	a match for even you!
    
    Clint:
    	It's not your strength
    	that I'm questioning...
    
    Diego:
    	You sound like a grumpy
    	old man, Clint!
    
    Clint:
    	...............
    
    Ash:
    	The sun will set soon...
    	Let's make camp.
    
    =======================================================================
    
    (Night-time, Ash is standing beside the river playing a soothing melody
    on a small instrument (I think it's an ocarina). Eleni slowly wanders
    down and waits nearby for him to finish playing.)
    
    Eleni:
    	That's beautiful...
    
    Ash:
    	Oh... It's you.
    	Couldn't sleep?
    
    Eleni:
    	I want to apologize for
    	forcing you to take me.
    
    Ash:
    	Well I understand you're
    	worried about your dad.
    	But you should know that
    	it's possible that your
    	dad really is a traitor.
    	It's also possible that
    	he has reasons that
    	neither of us know about.
    	I want you to be ready
    	to judge for yourself
    	when the time comes.
    
    Eleni:
    	...I know what you're
    	trying to say
    	but I trust my
    	father completely!
    
    Ash:
    	...............
    
    (There is a long pause as Ash and Eleni both watch the river flow by.)
    
    Eleni:
    	The truth is...
    	I'm adopted.
    	15 years ago, Magnus
    	found me. My parents had
    	been killed in the war
    	and I couldn't remember
    	who I was or what my
    	name was.
    	But Magnus loved me as
    	if I was his own flesh and
    	blood.
    	That's why I'll always
    	trust my father even if
    	no one else does.
    
    Ash:
    	That's beautiful. I'm
    	jealous of you...
    
    Eleni:
    	You don't trust your
    	father?
    
    Ash:
    	He died during
    	the Revolution.
    
    Eleni:
    	I'm so sorry!
    
    Ash:
    	No. Don't be sorry.
    	He doesn't deserve it.
    	My father was a soldier
    	in the Liberation Army,
    	but he switched sides and
    	died a traitor's death.
    	My mother and I faced
    	constant humiliation...
    	After mother died I fell
    	apart and only Commander
    	Beckett trusted me.
    	He saved me from
    	myself...
    
    Eleni:
    	Mr. Lambard...
    
    Ash:
    	Anyway, I didn't mean to
    	bore you with that...
    	Please call me Ash.
    	Okay Eleni?
    
    Eleni:
    	Sure... Ash and you can
    	call me Eleni.
    	Sweet dreams, Ash.
    
    Ash:
    	Goodnight, Eleni...
    
    (Ash watches as Eleni walks back to where she came from. He folds his
    arms and closes his eyes.)
    
    ======= PORT CITY MINATO ==============================================
    
    Ash:
    	We need to find a ship
    	to take us to Gillbaris
    	Island. Let's go to the
    	tavern and ask around.
    
    Clint:
    	Hmm... It's strange.
    	Last time I was here,
    	this was a lively and
    	bustling port city...
    
    ======= PORT CITY MINATO TAVERN =======================================
    
    (Ash and the others go to the tavern and talk to the people there. If
    you try to leave the bar, the bartender stops you.)
    
    Bartender:
    	Wait a minute! There
    	is one chance...
    	Nah... Forget it!
    	He'd never do it!
    
    Ash:
    	Tell me! What?
    
    Bartender:
    	Well his name is
    	Grog Drinkwater...
    	He was a great sailor
    	once, but his younger
    	brother was killed by
    	Hassan the Pirate and
    	he hasn't been the
    	same since...
    
    Ash:
    	Let's go have a talk
    	with this fellow Grog...
    
    ======= GROG'S HOUSE ==================================================
    
    (A small house with bottles of drink all over the place. A man is
    sitting on the rug in the middle of the room, gulping down drink from
    a bottle, which is supposedly alcohol. There is a knock at the door,
    but the man ignores it.)
    
    Ash:
    	Excuse me?...
    
    (There are three more knocks on the door, and the man doesn't even look
    away from his drink.)
    
    Ash:
    	Anybody home?...
    
    (Three more knocks and still no response.)
    
    Ash:
    	I'm coming in.
    
    (The door opens and Ash, Diego and Clint all walk inside. Still, the
    man continues to drink, apparently oblivious to the world around him.)
    
    Diego:
    	Man, this place
    	stinks of wine!
    
    Grog:
    	You bust into my place
    	and then mouth off?!
    
    Ash:
    	Sorry, we knocked
    	but no one answered.
    
    Grog:
    	Stupid punks!!!
    	I didn't answer cause
    	I didn't wanna be
    	bothered!
    
    Clint:
    	Well we're here anyway.
    	We want to hire you and
    	your ship to take us to
    	Gillbaris Island.
    	Of course we will
    	pay you handsomely.
    
    Grog:
    	Gillbaris Island?!...
    	Even you strangers must
    	have heard the rumors of
    	Hassan the Pirate!
    	If ya don't wanna die,
    	you'll forget about
    	goin' there!
    
    Ash:
    	We're not leaving until
    	you agree to take us...
    
    (The screen fades to black, then fades back in again. The room has got
    darker. They must have been waiting a long time...)
    
    Grog:
    	...C'mon already. We'd
    	never make it there!
    
    Ash:
    	We can protect you
    	from those sea dogs.
    
    Grog:
    	Okay. I'll make a deal
    	with you.
    	If you guys are strong
    	enough to defeat the
    	monster livin' in the
    	sand dunes outside
    	of town, I'll think
    	about it.
    
    Ash:
    	Okay. It's a deal.
    
    Diego:
    	Ash, you don't even know
    	what the heck it is!
    
    (Ash and Clint ignore Diego and leave the house, and the archer quickly
    hurries after them.)
    
    Grog:
    	Don't get your fool
    	selves killed...
    
    ======= SAND DUNES OF SEA =============================================
    
    (The group are standing on the sand fields, dead trees here and there.
    It looks like a vast desert.)
    
    Huxley:
    	Oh this sand is killing
    	my flat feet!
    
    Eleni:
    	I told you not to come
    	along!
    
    Kira:
    	By the way, what kind
    	of monster is it?
    
    Clint:
    	Huh? There's something
    	moving under the sand!
    
    (The camera rotates to show six clawed hands burrowing out of the sand.
    In the middle of them, a large insectoid monster head emerges and the
    sand raises to form a hill with the monster's head at the top.)
    
    Huxley:
    	Oh no! It's a bug!...
    	I detest bugs!!!
    
    =======================================================================
    
    ** BATTLE ON THE SAND DUNES OF SEA **
    
    VICTORY = Defeat of monster
    DEFEAT  = Death of Ash
    
    =======================================================================
    
    * EVERY ROUND *
    
    (Any arms which have been killed previously are resurrected in the
    corners of the battlefield.)
    
    * AFTER 1 ROUND *
    
    Ash:
    	We're gonna have to
    	aim for its head!
    
    * VICTORY *
    
    (To the next scene...)
    
    ======= GROG'S HOUSE ==================================================
    
    (Ash, Diego and Clint are back in Grog's house. This time the man seems
    to have tidied up the place. He is no longer drinking and the bottles
    have been cleared up. Also he is... STANDING!!)
    
    Grog:
    	I never thought you guys
    	were really gonna do it.
    
    Clint:
    	So that means you'll
    	take us now, right?
    
    (Grog turns around and steps away, revealing a mighty sword and shield
    on his back. The camera swivels round to show us his face.)
    
    Grog:
    	...............
    	Let me sleep on it,
    	okay?
    
    Diego:
    	Sleep on it?!
    	You promised!
    
    Ash:
    	Hold on...
    
    (There is a brief pause.)
    
    Ash:
    	We'll accept your answer
    	tomorrow, but let me just
    	say one thing...
    	Whoever it is you've
    	lost, drinking won't
    	bring them back...
    	Just remember that...
    
    (Ash, Diego and Clint leave the house. Diego pauses for a moment to
    look back at Grog, then follows the others. After the front door has
    closed, Grog bows his head.)
    
    Grog:
    	...Little brother...
    	I'm sorry...
    
    =======================================================================
    
    	The next day...
    
    (The four men are back in Grog's house.)
    
    Grog:
    	All right.
    	I'll take you!
    
    Ash:
    	Thanks a lot!
    
    Grog:
    	I thought about what you
    	said and you were right.
    
    	Grog joined your party.
    
    Grog:
    	The ships docked just
    	outta town...
    
    ======= GADAR SEA =====================================================
    
    (Out in the ocean with no land in sight, a large ship sails past and we
    can see a number of menacing-looking pirates on board. It sails
    alongside Grog's ship and two bridges extend from the side, joining the
    two vessels.)
    
    Grog:
    	Ha! I knew he'd
    	show up!
    
    Ash:
    	That's Hassan
    	the Pirate?
    
    (The camera swings round to focus on Hassan, a muscle-bound pirate with
    a long ponytail, tanned skin and a gigantic axe in his hands.)
    
    Hassan:
    	Been too long since we
    	seen some action!
    
    Pirate:
    	You're so famous that no
    	ships even try to come
    	through anymore.
    	Look! This is no trader,
    	but there's 2 women!
    
    Hassan:
    	Eh? Who's that?!
    
    Grog:
    	I've come to avenge
    	my friends!
    
    Hassan:
    	You really want
    	to fight me!?!
    
    Pirate:
    	Master? What's the
    	problem?
    
    Hassan:
    	Ho... Ho... No problems...
    	Let's fight then!
    	You ran away while
    	you're friends died					[sic]
    	one by one!
    	No drunken good for
    	nothing has-been can
    	fight me and live!
    
    =======================================================================
    
    ** BATTLE IN THE GADAR SEA **
    
    VICTORY = Defeat of Hassan
    DEFEAT  = Death of Ash
    
    =======================================================================
    
    * VICTORY *
    
    Hassan:
    	Argh! Brother...
    
    (The screen fades to black. When it fades back in, Hassan is laying on
    the deck of his ship, wounded. The others are all around him and Grog
    is kneeling beside him.)
    
    Hassan:
    	Oooof... Ss... Strong...
    	Always stronger... me
    
    Grog:
    	Fool...
    	You goddamn fool!
    
    Diego:
    	?!...
    	What's going on here?
    
    Clint:
    	He said his brother was
    	killed by pirates....
    	But in reality
    	Hassan was
    	his brother?!
    
    Hassan:
    	Ever since we were kids,
    	I was always trying to
    	catch up to you... Always
    	trying to be stronger,
    	tougher than you...
    	For a while I thought I
    	had passed you, but I was
    	just a filthy pirate...
    	I'm sorry for what I did
    	to your friends!... Ugh!
    
    Grog:
    	It's okay now...
    	Try to relax!...
    
    Hassan:
    	I wish I could go back...
    	Do it over again...
    	I... just... got... tired
    	of... chasing you...
    	Good bye..........
    
    (The group watches as Hassan's breathing lessens and he dies. Grog bows
    his head and closes his eyes. The screen fades to black.)
    
    (When it fades back in, Grog is standing at the back of his ship,
    staring out into the ocean. Ash approaches him from behind.)
    
    Ash:
    	I'm sorry, Grog.
    	I got you involved with
    	no idea of what I was
    	doing...
    
    (Grog turns around, smiling.)
    
    Grog:
    	No... It was a good thing.
    	Didn't you notice how
    	peaceful his face
    	looked in death?
    	He wanted to die...
    	by my hand. He was
    	consumed by guilt!
    	I knew how he felt, but
    	I ran away from it. I'm
    	glad he's finally free!
    
    Ash:
    	...............
    
    Grog:
    	Don't worry about it!
    	You got yer own problems.
    	Anyway, I want to come
    	with ya. I have no life
    	back there and I can
    	see you'll need my
    	help!
    
    =======================================================================
    =======================================================================
    
    ACT I: A PREMONITION OF WAR
    			END
    
    =======================================================================
    =======================================================================
    
    Gillbaris Island....
    
    Over the centuries, this tiny island in the Gadar Sea has given rise to
    numerous myths and legends. It is called the Island of Ancient
    Mysteries and has been the subject of much speculation over the years.
    
    It is the island of General Magnus' disappearance and it is here that
    Ash and his companions now venture.
    
    =======================================================================
    =======================================================================
    
    ACT II: ISLAND OF MADNESS
    
    =======================================================================
    =======================================================================
    
    (Fade in to show the group on the outskirts of a small town with tiny
    huts and wooden fences.)
    
    Grog:
    	So here we are. The
    	island's only city.
    
    Kira:
    	But there's something
    	wrong with this place!
    
    (The camera pans across the village. There are stone statues of weird
    beasts here and there and the villagers are all facing the group. Their
    skin is an unnatural green and their eyes are red. They are all holding
    dangerous-looking sharp farming tools.)
    
    Villager:
    	Interlopers!
    
    (Pans across to an old man, also green.)
    
    Villagers:
    	Interlopers are here!
    
    (Pans across to a young woman.)
    
    Villager:
    	Kill the interlopers!
    
    (Pans across to another woman.)
    
    Villagers:
    	Kill them!
    
    (Pans across to a young man.)
    
    Villager:
    	Kill them all!
    
    (The camera finally pans back to the group.)
    
    Huxley:
    	Not exactly what I'd
    	call a warm reception...
    
    Eleni:
    	Oooh!...
    	There's an evil and
    	malicious force coming
    	from those statues!
    
    (The camera zooms across to one of the stone beasts and we hear an
    eerie wailing noise, then pans back to the group.)
    
    Clint:
    	They're being controlled
    	by those statues?!
    
    Ash:
    	Destroy the statues but
    	spare the villagers!
    
    Diego:
    	Easy to say, but what
    	if they attack us?
    
    Clint:
    	The blocks can be used
    	to slow them down.
    	Push the blocks to
    	guide them and maybe we
    	can avoid killing them.
    
    =======================================================================
    
    ** BATTLE IN YUZU VILLAGE **
    
    VICTORY = Destruction of statues
    DEFEAT  = Death of Ash and villagers
    
    =======================================================================
    
    * VICTORY *
    
    (The group are bunched up in the middle of the village and still the
    zombie-like villagers are advancing upon them slowly.)
    
    Diego:
    	We destroyed the statues
    	but they keep coming!
    
    Eleni:
    	Don't be so sure.
    	Take a look!
    
    (There is a bright white glow and when it fades, the villagers have
    returned to normal, their skin regular colour and their eyes normal.)
    
    Villager:
    	Huh... Where are we...
    	What's going on?...
    
    Villager:
    	It was like a
    	horrible nightmare...
    
    Villager:
    	Yech! My mouth
    	tastes terrible!
    
    Ash:
    	Ha ha! Well I'm glad
    	you're better now.
    
    (The screen fades to black and then back in to the interior of a
    building, presumably in the village. The group are standing inside with
    a few of the villagers.)
    
    Mayor:
    	Thank you for
    	saving us!
    
    Ash:
    	What happened to
    	you anyway?
    
    Mayor:
    	It all started 3
    	months ago...
    	It started when soldiers
    	came from the mainland to
    	do an investigation.
    
    Clint:
    	That must have
    	been Magnus!
    
    Mayor:
    	Yes! That was his
    	name, Magnus!
    
    Diego:
    	You said they came
    	to investigate...?
    
    Mayor:
    	Yes. The ruins
    	of a fortress...
    	But we never
    	go near it...
    
    Ash:
    	Why is that?
    
    Mayor:
    	There are many scary
    	legends about the ruins
    	Some say they can see
    	flickering lights or
    	hear strange wailing...
    	When Magnus told us why
    	he had come, we tried to
    	convince him not to go.
    	But he just laughed
    	at all our warnings...
    	A few weeks went by as
    	usual, and then one
    	night...
    
    (The screen fades out and then in to show the same building. The mayor
    is standing alone inside when a villager rushes in.)
    
    Man:
    	Mayor... Monsters...
    	A whole bunch of 'em!!!
    
    Mayor:
    	What are you talking
    	about?!
    
    (The man runs to the back of the room as three creatures run inside.
    They have pink and purple armor and strange white eyes. Each one is
    carrying a curved knife in each hand.)
    
    Man:
    	Aaaaahhhhh!!!
    
    Mayor:
    	What in hell's
    	name are you!
    
    (Another creature enters the building. It looks exactly like General
    Magnus only his armor is also pink and purple and his skin has turned
    purple. His eyes are glowing white and his armor is shimmering in an
    eerie way.)
    
    Mayor:
    	You... I know you!!!
    
    (Beams of energy fly through the air around Magnus and three beams
    which look like electricity fire from his hand into the mayor and the
    villager. One is green, one blue and the other purple.)
    
    Mayor:
    	Uggghhhh!...
    
    (The villagers' skin has turned green like when Ash and the others
    first met them. The screen glows white. When it fades we are back in
    the room with the group in the present again.)
    
    Ash:
    	And you don't remember
    	anything after that...
    
    Mayor:
    	That's right...
    	And yet I'm certain that
    	it was Magnus that did
    	this to us...
    
    Clint:
    	It seems hard to
    	believe and yet...
    
    Ash:
    	We have to go to the
    	ruins to check things out
    	I know it's dangerous,
    	but there's no
    	other way!
    
    (Fade out. Player is free to explore the village and leave the town
    when they are ready.)
    
    ======= YGDRA CANYON===================================================
    
    (There is a bridge with over a narrow but fast-flowing river. Three
    people run up to the bridge and then back and forth as if in panic. One
    of them is wearing silver knight armor, one is an archer and is wearing
    a blue outfit, and the other one is female and wears long white robes.
    The archer is the first to speak.)
    
    Amon:
    	It's no good!...
    	We're finished!
    
    Dolan:
    	Don't give up!
    	Over that bridge
    	and we'll soon be
    	in Yuzu Village.
    
    Amon:
    	But what if they've
    	taken the village too?!
    
    Sara:
    	Enough, Amon! You're
    	too pessimistic!
    
    Dolan:
    	Uh oh! They've
    	caught us!
    
    (Eight of the pink/purple creatures from the village and one dog appear
    nearby.)
    
    Dolan:
    	I'll distract them while
    	you two get away!
    
    Sara:
    	We won't leave
    	you alone!
    
    Amon:
    	Look! Some strangers have arrived!
    
    (The camera pans across to the other side of the river where Ash and
    the others have arrived.)
    
    Huxley:
    	Those people are under
    	attack by demons!
    
    Ash:
    	We're coming to save
    	you! Hang on!
    
    Dolan:
    	We'll try!
    
    	Dolan joined your party.
    
    	Amon joined your party.
    
    	Sara joined your party.
    
    Diego:
    	But how are we gonna
    	get to the other side?
    
    (The camera shows that the river near Dolan and the others is, in fact,
    an aqueduct with a closing function. It is over another wider river.)
    
    Kira:
    	If we can shut off the
    	flow of water in the
    	aqueduct, we can cross.
    	Look for a switch!
    
    =======================================================================
    
    ** BATTLE IN YGDRA CANYON **
    
    VICTORY = Destruction of enemies
    DEFEAT  = Death of Ash or Dolan
    
    =======================================================================
    
    * VICTORY *
    
    (The group are standing by the aqueduct with their new-found
    companions.)
    
    Dolan:
    	We owe you our lives...
    
    Eleni:
    	Captain Dolan!... You're
    	Captain Dolan!
    
    Dolan:
    	Well if it isn't
    	Miss Eleni!
    
    Ash:
    	You know each other?
    
    Eleni:
    	Yes. Captain Dolan is
    	one of my father's men.
    
    Clint:
    	Tell us Captain, what
    	were those monsters?
    
    (Dolan and Sara look at each other, then Dolan and Amon.)
    
    Dolan:
    	Those are my men trans-
    	formed into monsters.
    	And they are being led
    	by General Magnus.
    
    Eleni:
    	I don't believe you!
    	You lie!
    
    Dolan:
    	I'm sorry Eleni,
    	but it's the truth.
    
    Ash:
    	...Well anyway, this
    	place isn't safe.
    	Let's go back to
    	Yuzu Village.
    
    ======= YUZU VILLAGE ==================================================
    
    (The group are all inside the building in the village.)
    
    Dolan:
    	Let me try to explain
    	the whole story.
    	As you know, we came to
    	investigate the ruins
    	on this island.
    	We were sent after stone
    	tablets, indicating that
    	these ruins are the site
    	of Toroah's Ark, were
    	discovered!
    
    Diego:
    	'Toroah's Ark'? From
    	the Holy Tome?
    
    Dolan:
    	I know it's hard to
    	believe, but this has
    	tremendous political
    	significance for the
    	new government.
    
    (Clint steps forward.)
    
    Clint:
    	Wait... I think
    	I understand...
    	The Ashah Dynasty claims
    	to be descended from
    	Toroah who used the Ark
    	to survive the Great
    	Calamity. Discovery of
    	the Ark would provide
    	evidence that Toroah is
    	no legend. If the story
    	of Toroah is real, then
    	the Ashah Dynasty
    	has a rightful claim
    	to rule Ishtaria.
    
    Dolan:
    	That's correct.
    	Furthermore, with all
    	of the recent terrorist
    	attacks, we thought that
    	this kind of news might
    	cause a mass riot.
    	That's why we came
    	to this island secretly.
    
    Diego:
    	I see why you came here.
    	But where did those
    	monsters come from?
    
    (Dolan looks at Amon and Sara and they look back at him.)
    
    Dolan:
    	I'm not exactly
    	sure myself.
    	We were only away for a
    	short time, but something
    	happened. When we got
    	back and saw how they
    	had transformed, we
    	tried to escape but they
    	captured us. It wasn't
    	until today that we
    	managed to escape.
    
    Ash:
    	So there's no clues as
    	to what happened?
    
    Dolan:
    	It's possible that Magnus
    	had a secret mission.
    	He did seem to be
    	searching for something
    	in particular...
    
    (The screen fades out and the player is free to explore Yuzu. The
    following occurs when you try to leave the village...)
    
    Dolan:
    	Wait a moment, Ash.
    	If you're going to
    	the ruins, I'd like
    	to go with you.
    	Unlike the villagers,
    	the soldiers can't be
    	cured. There's no other
    	way, so I'll free them
    	from their nightmare with
    	my own blade.
    
    Sara:
    	I'm going too! If I
    	don't, I'll regret if for
    	the rest of my life.
    	You're going too,
    	right Amon?
    
    Amon:
    	We just escaped and you
    	want to go back there?!
    
    Sara:
    	You're going to make
    	me go alone?
    
    Amon:
    	OK I got it!
    	I'll go too...
    
    ======= LORIS BEACH ===================================================
    
    (The group are on some dead wastelands with bubbling purple pools all
    around them.)
    
    Sara:
    	Enemies!
    	Not too many, but...
    
    (The camera pans around the battlefield showing various monsters ahead
    of them all.)
    
    Amon:
    	Uh oh! There are
    	more behind us!
    
    Kira:
    	I'll take care of the
    	ones back here!
    
    (Kira walks off behind the group to the monsters.)
    
    Clint:
    	Don't be a fool!
    
    (Clint chases after her. After he passes a small hill, two zombie-
    soldiers appear from behind it and then two golems teleport in.)
    
    Dolan:
    	Damn! There's
    	still more!
    
    Huxley:
    	We're totally
    	surrounded!
    
    Ash:
    	Stick together or we'll
    	never get out of here!
    
    =======================================================================
    
    ** BATTLE ON LORIS BEACH **
    
    VICTORY = Destruction of enemies
    DEFEAT  = Death of Ash
    
    =======================================================================
    
    * AFTER 1 ROUND *
    
    Ash:
    	Look out for the
    	poisonous areas!
    
    * VICTORY *
    
    (Ash, Diego, Huxley and Dolan are sitting around a camp fire at night.)
    
    Ash:
    	There's one thing I
    	don't understand...
    	How can these fortress
    	ruins also be
    	Toroah's Ark?
    
    Dolan:
    	I don't completely
    	understand either, but
    	the idea of an Ark
    	may be the result of a
    	bad translation from the
    	ancient language of
    	Dhuron.
    
    Huxley:
    	Hmmm. If there really
    	was a 'Great Calamity' as
    	is written, then the
    	people would have been
    	more likely to go
    	inside a fortress
    	rather than a ship!
    
    Diego:
    	By the way, where
    	did Kira go?
    
    Huxley:
    	Hmmm. Clint isn't
    	around either...
    
    Diego:
    	That creep...
    	I saw her first!
    
    (Diego walks off and the screen fades to black. It fades back in to
    show Clint and Kira standing by a river or lake.)
    
    Kira:
    	I hope you called me
    	here for a good reason!
    
    Clint:
    	A warning...
    	You fight too recklessly!
    
    Kira:
    	I think I've proven my
    	prowess in battle...
    
    Clint:
    	Oh I admit that you're
    	a first class warrior.
    	You fight as if you have
    	nothing to lose. There's
    	a sadness to you...
    	It's almost as if you
    	don't care whether
    	you live or die.
    
    Kira:
    	...............
    
    Clint:
    	Well... That's all I
    	wanted to say.
    
    (He starts to walk away.)
    
    Kira:
    	Wait!
    
    (Clint stops.)
    
    Kira:
    	I guess I should thank
    	you for saving me today.
    
    Clint:
    	...............
    
    (Clint walks away and Diego passes his as he enters. He looks back to
    watch Clint leave, then walks over to Kira.)
    
    Diego:
    	Did you two have some
    	kind of fight?
    	I looked everywhere
    	for you.
    
    Kira:
    	He's a self-righteous
    	jerk!
    
    Diego:
    	Before you say that,
    	listen to this story...
    	He saw his lover slain
    	right in front of his
    	own eyes.
    
    Kira:
    	By the gods!...
    
    (Diego walks down to the water.)
    
    Diego:
    	It's been almost
    	3 years now...
    	The scum who did it had
    	a grudge against Clint,
    	and Clint knew it...
    	Bastard shot her and
    	galloped away... All in
    	front of Clint...
    	He still blames himself
    	for not preventing it.
    	It eats him up inside...
    	That's why he tends to
    	come on a little strong.
    	Cause he cares so much.
    
    Kira:
    	I had no idea...
    
    ======= CASTLE RUINS ==================================================
    
    Ash:
    	We've finally arrived.
    
    Eleni:
    	Father is somewhere
    	in there...
    
    (The camera rotates to show a wide fortress guarded by lots of monsters
    and zombified soldiers. There are two elevators leading up to the top
    of the fortress.)
    
    Amon:
    	We need to use that lift
    	machine to get inside.
    	Let's split into two
    	groups so we can use the
    	lifts on either side.
    
    Ash:
    	Good. We'll meet in
    	front of the entrance!
    
    =======================================================================
    
    ** BATTLE OUTSIDE CASTLE RUINS **
    
    VICTORY = Arrival at entrance
    DEFEAT  = Death of Ash
    
    =======================================================================
    
    * VICTORY *
    
    (The group are standing at the entrance to the ruins at the top of some
    stone steps.)
    
    Clint:
    	We made it.
    
    Diego:
    	Yeah, but what's next?
    
    Grog:
    	Are you sure we're
    	ready, Ash?
    
    -----------------------------------------------------------------------
    
    * QUESTION *
    >	1. Let's head back...
    >	2. We're ready to go.
    
    * ANSWER *
    >	1. Let's head back...
    
    Ash:
    	Let's head back and
    	resupply.
    
    * ANSWER *
    >	2. We're ready to go.
    
    Ash:
    	We're ready to go.
    	Stay alive everybody!
    
    -----------------------------------------------------------------------
    =======================================================================
    
    (Fade to the interior of the ruins. Observant players will notice that
    this is the temple from the very first scene of Vandal Hearts. Magnus
    is standing in the middle of the hall with his back to the group.)
    
    Ash:
    	General Magnus!
    
    Magnus:
    	...............
    
    Eleni:
    	Daddy!
    
    (Eleni rushes forward towards Magnus.)
    
    Ash:
    	Eleni, wait!!
    
    Magnus:
    	L...Leni is it you?
    
    Eleni:
    	Yes daddy!
    
    (Magnus bends over and begins to glow brightly.)
    
    Magnus:
    	No!!!.....
    	Get away from me!!!
    
    Eleni:
    	Daddy, what is it?...
    
    Magnus:
    	Hurry... I can't resist
    	much longer!...
    
    Eleni:
    	Daddy... What's happening
    	to you?!
    
    Magnus:
    	...............
    
    Eleni:
    	Daddy! Daddy!!!
    
    Dolan:
    	He can't hear you!
    	Get out of there!
    
    (Explosions of all different colours erupt around Magnus and he flashes
    and flickers. When the explosions die down, he has purple skin like the
    monstrous soldiers. White rays burst out of him and Eleni falls back.)
    
    Eleni:
    	Ayaaah!!!
    
    (Magnus disappears and re-appears at the far end of the hall.)
    
    Magnus:
    	...Will... kill...
    	you... all...!!
    
    (White rays shoot towards him and a large bronze rune image appears. A
    beam of purple light shoots up into the sky with strange runes flying
    around. The camera zooms out and many monsters appear in the hall.)
    
    Ash:
    	We have no choice but to fight him!
    
    =======================================================================
    
    ** BATTLE INSIDE CASTLE RUINS **
    
    VICTORY = Defeat of Magnus
    DEFEAT  = Death of Ash
    
    =======================================================================
    
    * VICTORY *
    
    Magnus:
    	Gwaaaaahhhhh!!!
    
    (Magnus falls to the ground.)
    
    Magnus:
    	Uhhh...
    
    (The group are run to him as the evil colour fades from his skin. Eleni
    and Dolan kneel beside him.)
    
    Eleni:
    	Daddy, don't die!
    
    Magnus:
    	Uhhh...
    
    Dolan:
    	He's back to normal!
    
    Magnus:
    	Magic stone's curse...
    	Finally ...broken?
    
    Ash:
    	Magic stone?
    	What's that?
    
    Magnus:
    	I was sent here to
    	retrieve the stone...
    	But he never told me
    	what could happen...
    
    Ash:
    	Who is 'he'?
    
    Magnus:
    	He used me... It was
    	all his doing...
    
    (There is a silent pause as the group wait. Suddenly an arrow soars
    through the air from off-screen and lands in Magnus' chest.)
    
    Magnus:
    	Aaargh!
    
    Eleni:
    	Nooo! Daddy, no!
    
    Dolan:
    	General!
    
    (Ash steps forward.)
    
    Ash:
    	It's you!!!
    
    (The screen pans down as Kane and six Crimson Guard soldiers enter
    the temple ruins and surround the group.)
    
    Kane:
    	Hey, don't be so mad!
    	I came to help you!
    
    Eleni:
    	Hang in there, daddy!
    
    Dolan:
    	Don't worry. I don't
    	think it hit any vitals.
    
    Kane:
    	Darn, we missed.
    
    Ash:
    	You bastard!
    
    Man's voice:
    	Well done, Ash my boy.
    
    Ash:
    	I should have known
    	you were behind this!
    
    (Kane steps aside as Dolf enters and bows before Magnus briefly.)
    
    Dolf:
    	Tee hee hee...
    	Great job, Ash.
    	You and your men
    	can be proud!
    	Thanks to you, Magnus'
    	coup d'etat plans have
    	been stopped.
    
    Ash:
    	What?!
    
    Dolf:
    	You truly deserve the
    	title of 'hero'.
    	And now... Eleni Dunbar
    	and Huxley Hobbes...
    	You are under arrest as
    	followers of the traitor
    	Magnus. Come with us.
    
    (Dolf starts to leave but stops.)
    
    Diego:
    	But you can't just...
    
    Dolf:
    	Of course I can!
    
    Eleni:
    	Leave us alone!
    	Can't you see he's hurt!
    
    (A Crimson Guard soldier approaches Magnus but Ash stands in his way.)
    
    Ash:
    	Back off!
    
    Dolf:
    	Ash my naive friend...
    	As you know, interfering
    	with us is tantamount
    	to treason...
    	Think well on whether
    	you want to be
    	known as a hero
    	or whether you want to
    	be known as a traitor
    	like your father!
    
    Ash:
    	...............
    
    Diego:
    	Don't worry Ash,
    	we're behind you!
    
    Clint:
    	Yeah! We know who's
    	really behind this!
    
    Ash:
    	...............
    
    Dolf:
    	Glory or shame, Ash.
    	Which will it be?
    
    Ash:
    	.....Okay. You win.
    	Do as you will...
    
    (Clint rushes towards Ash.)
    
    Clint:
    	Ash!!!
    
    Diego:
    	Ash, you can't!...
    
    Ash:
    	Put aside your weapons...
    	We're officers who have
    	sworn loyalty to the
    	state...
    
    Dolf:
    	Ho ho ho. A very wise
    	decision Ash my boy...
    	We're going to tour the
    	ruins a few more days.
    	In the meantime, put the
    	prisoners in the dungeon
    	downstairs.
    
    Diego:
    	Ash, what's wrong with
    	you? Say something!
    
    Ash:
    	...............
    
    Dolf:
    	Ho ho ho. Ha ha ha.
    	Hee hee hee... Cough.
    
    =======================================================================
    
    (Fade to Loris Beach at night. Ash is wandering along by himself.)
    
    Man's voice:
    	Ash!!
    
    (Clint appears and walks over to Ash.)
    
    Clint:
    	Where are you going this
    	time of the night?
    
    Ash:
    	Clint...
    
    (Diego also appears and joins them.)
    
    Diego:
    	You don't think we'd let
    	you go alone, do you?
    
    (Enter Grog, who also walks over to Ash.)
    
    Grog:
    	You're not as quiet
    	as you think...
    
    Ash:
    	Diego and Grog, too?
    
    Clint:
    	You should have let us
    	in on your plan...
    
    Ash:
    	I didn't want to involve
    	you all in this...
    	There's no need for all
    	of you to be labeled
    	as traitors.
    
    Grog:
    	We're already involved
    	up to our necks!
    	Besides, without you
    	I'd just be a washed
    	up old drunk...
    	I want to do the right
    	thing! I want to make my
    	dead brother proud!
    
    (The screens pans across as Dolan, Amon and Sara wander across the
    beach and join the ever-increasing group of people.)
    
    Sara:
    	What's everyone
    	doing out here?
    
    Amon:
    	Taking a midnight
    	dip in the water?
    
    Dolan:
    	Ha ha. We were
    	planning the same.
    
    Clint:
    	Ash, we're with you.
    	You're our leader,
    	just tell us what
    	to do!
    
    Ash:
    	Ha! Well it looks like
    	we're in it together!
    	Let's go and save
    	Magnus and the
    	others!
    
    Grog:
    	Now you're talkin'!
    
    Diego:
    	It's about time!
    
    (The screen pans down to show Kira standing behind a nearby tree, then
    fades to black.)
    
    ======= CASTLE RUINS ==================================================
    
    (Darkness has fallen. The group are gathered at the castle ruins where
    they had fought not long ago.)
    
    Sara:
    	Magnus must be in the
    	same dungeon we were in.
    	So we should be able to
    	just go back the same
    	way we escaped.
    
    Grog
    	Whoops...
    	I got bad news...
    	We've been spotted by
    	guard dogs!
    
    (The camera swivels around to show a large group of menacing-looking
    guard dogs with spiked armor on their backs. It zooms back to Ash.)
    
    Ash:
    	If those dogs raise
    	a racket...
    	It'll blow any chance of
    	stealth we might've had!
    	Let's take 'em out fast!
    
    =======================================================================
    
    ** BATTLE OUTSIDE DUNGEON **
    
    VICTORY = Conquest within 6 turns
    DEFEAT  = Death of Ash or time up
    
    =======================================================================
    
    * AFTER 1 ROUND *
    
    Ash:
    	Make sure you cut
    	off their retreat!
    
    * AFTER 3 ROUNDS *
    
    Ash:
    	We're running out
    	of time!
    
    * VICTORY *
    
    (Cut to a dark cell. Magnus is lying on the floor and Eleni is knelt
    down beside him. Huxley stands by his head.)
    
    Magnus:
    	Oooohhh...
    
    Eleni:
    	Try to be strong,
    	daddy!
    
    Magnus:
    	Eleni...
    	I was a fool...
    	I sent all my men
    	to their deaths...
    	For what?!
    
    (Eleni shakes her head furiously.)
    
    Eleni:
    	It's not your fault!
    	You were possessed!
    
    Magnus:
    	I wish that were so...
    	The Magic Stone isn't
    	good or evi, it is only
    	pure power...
    	It just magnifies the
    	user's true nature.
    	When I touched the
    	stone and felt its powers,
    	I was seduced by my
    	own demons...
    	I let the power consume
    	me... It's all my fault.
    
    Eleni:
    	Why father? Why did
    	you look for this stone?
    
    Magnus:
    	To resist Hel Spites.
    	I'm certain that Hel is
    	planning a coup d'etat in
    	the near future.
    	I knew that in order to
    	stop him, I would need
    	more power...
    	I was desperate and that
    	desperation led me down
    	the wrong path...
    	We must get the stone
    	back! It holds a
    	frightening secret...
    
    (Huxley turns his head, then slowly walks over to the iron bars which
    block their exit.)
    
    Huxley:
    	Someone's coming!
    
    (He stands back as the bars slide down and Ash strides in. Eleni jumps
    to her feet.)
    
    Eleni:
    	Ash!...
    	How did you?...
    
    Ash:
    	Forget about it.
    	Let's get outta here!
    
    (As the screen fades to black, Ash and Huxley walk over to Magnus. It
    fades back in to show the entire group and Magnus gathered outside of
    the dungeon where they had fought just minutes ago.)
    
    Magnus:
    	Wait! We've got to get
    	the Magic Stone!
    	The person pulling
    	Dolf's strings is
    	Hel Spites!
    	We can't let that madman
    	get his hands on the
    	stone!
    
    Man's voice:
    	So you finally caught
    	on, did you?
    
    (The camera swivels round as six Crimson Guard soldiers, Dolf and Hel
    Spites come marching across the field and stop before Ash and Magnus.)
    
    Hel:
    	But you're too late
    	now, Magnus!
    
    Magnus:
    	What do you mean?...
    
    Dolf:
    	I've got that stone you
    	want right here!
    	A grunt like you can't
    	appreciate the true power
    	of this stone.
    	But I on the other
    	hand...
    
    Magnus:
    	You pampered
    	little poodle!...
    	You knew what that stone
    	was going to do to me,
    	didn't you?!
    
    Hel:
    	You reap what you sow,
    	General!
    	You came here to betray
    	me and you deserve what
    	happens to you!
    
    Ash:
    	That means that...
    	We were just part of
    	your scheme to frame
    	General Magnus?!
    
    Dolf:
    	Ho ho. Exactly!
    	I'm disappointed in you,
    	Ash. Your feelings led
    	you the wrong way.
    	Not that it would have
    	mattered anyway...
    	Let me introduce you to
    	my beautiful young
    	assistant.
    
    (The camera rotates to show Kira walking towards the group without her
    battle armor and bow.)
    
    Ash:
    	Kira!!
    
    Clint:
    	Kira...
    	How could you?
    
    Kira:
    	...............
    
    Dolf:
    	Thanks to her, I
    	knew all your moves.
    	Hahaha... Well, I think
    	it's just about time for
    	you to die.
    
    Magnus:
    	I won't allow that!
    
    (Bright multi-coloured explosions errupt around Magnus' body and when
    they die down he has transformed into his possessed monster self from
    the castle ruins. He raises his arms and purple rays of energy fire
    from his eyes at Dolf, who points his hands at Magnus, sending blue
    rays in his direction. The rays clash between the two men, creating
    bright blue spirals of burning energy. They are locked in this position
    for about twenty seconds, the others watching powerless.)
    
    Dolf:
    	You still retain some
    	power from the stone?!
    
    Magnus:
    	I...willl...stop...you!
    
    Dolf:
    	No, we're tearing a hole
    	in the time-space fabric!
    
    (With a mystifying roar, a dark blue warp hole grows from the point
    where the rays meet. In the middle of the hole are two runic symbols,
    one bronze and one blue, rotating and spinning randomly. They slowly
    move towards Magnus.)
    
    Magnus:
    	Aaaaaaahhhhh!!!!!
    
    (The warp hole reaches Magnus.)
    
    Magnus:
    	Iiiiyahhhh!!!
    
    (Magnus is sucked into the hole.)
    
    Ash:
    	Wooooaaahhh!!!
    
    (Ash is also sucked in.)
    
    Grog:
    	Ugh!
    	What the!...
    
    (Grog is next.)
    
    Sara:
    	Eeeeeeeehhhhh!!!
    
    (Finally, Sara is sucked in. They disappear as the hole closes and the
    runes vanish.)
    
    Eleni:
    	Daddy!!!...
    	Ash!!!...
    
    (Hel leans back and begins laughing.)
    
    Hel:
    	Heh heh heh...
    	Ho ho ho
    	Ha ha ha
    	Hee hee hee!
    
    =======================================================================
    =======================================================================
    
    ACT II: ISLAND OF MADNESS
    			    END
    
    =======================================================================
    =======================================================================
    
    After the disappearance of Ash and the others, it is announced that
    General Magnus has been assassinated by an extremist faction within the
    Security Forces. News that a national hero has fallen at the hands of
    terrorists sends shockwaves through the country and most blame the
    Domestic Security Agency which controls the Security Forces. This
    results in the ouster of Renaldo Castille, Hel Spites' political arch
    rival.
    
    Defense Minister Hel Spites, highly praised for his quick handling of
    the terrorist threat, is elected Prime Minister the following month.
    
    In the name of national security, Hel requests emergency powers from
    the Council, but as soon as he is granted those powers, his tyrannical
    nature emerges. He abolishes the Council, creates a secret police and
    establishes a privileged class.. Finally, he revives imperialism and
    claims that he will place himself on the sacred and inviolable
    Ishtarian imperial throne.
    
    Realizing the danger, some citizens join anti-imperial movements, but
    these are easily crushed by the Crimson Guard. It was the second coming
    of the Dark Ages and terror reigned over all...
    
    =======================================================================
    =======================================================================
    
    ACT III: ESCAPE TO TOMORROW
    
    =======================================================================
    =======================================================================
    
    (As the screen fades in we see Ash and Grog standing on a very small
    rocky island in a lake of molten lava. In the background Sara is
    crouched down beside Magnus.)
    
    Grog:
    	Where in the heck
    	are we?!
    
    Ash:
    	I don't think we're in
    	Kansas anymore...
    
    (The camera pans across to Sara and Magnus.)
    
    Sara:
    	Ash! Something's wrong
    	with the General!
    
    (Ash and Grog hurry over.)
    
    Magnus:
    	Oooohh...
    
    Ash:
    	General, hang in there!
    
    Magnus:
    	Ash... It's no good...
    	It's the end for me...
    
    Ash:
    	General... No...
    
    Magnus:
    	I've stared death in the
    	face all my life...
    	I know what she looks
    	like and I do not fear
    	her cold embrace...
    
    Ash:
    	...............
    
    Magnus:
    	I was raised in a poor
    	farming village...
    	I was going to lead the
    	simple life, following in
    	my father's footsteps...
    	But then the Revolution
    	came and our lives were
    	thrown into turmoil.
    	For country!...
    	For ideals!...
    	For liberty!...
    	But however pretty the
    	slogan, there's no such
    	thing as a good war...
    	They call me a hero, but
    	I'm just a murderer with
    	blood on his hands...
    
    Ash:
    	But think of the people
    	you saved, like Eleni!
    
    Magnus:
    	Eleni....
    	15 years ago, I found
    	her wandering around
    	the ruins of her town.
    	Adopting her was my
    	attempt to make
    	restitution for my sins..
    	Ash, don't make the
    	same mistakes I
    	made...
    	You must stop Hel and
    	Dolf! Return this land
    	to its former greatness!
    	...I beg you, Ash...
    	Retrieve the Magic
    	Stone..........
    
    Ash:
    	General!
    	General Magnus!!
    
    (Magnus' body goes limp as the life fades from his soul. The screen
    fades to black. When it fades back in, Ash, Grog and Sara and gathered
    around a makeshift grave - two wooden sticks bound together to make a
    cross.)
    
    Grog:
    	Too bad we had to bury
    	him in this weird place.
    
    (Sara looks around.)
    
    Sara:
    	Hmm... Something
    	feels very wrong.
    
    (The camera swoops around the tiny island as evil-looking flaming
    skulls appear from the lava and surround them.)
    
    Grog:
    	What are these things?!
    
    Ash:
    	I don't know,
    	but they're attacking!
    
    =======================================================================
    
    ** BATTLE ON PLAIN OF SORROW **
    
    VICTORY = Destruction of enemies
    DEFEAT  = Death of Ash
    
    =======================================================================
    
    * VICTORY *
    
    (Ash, Sara and Grog are standing by Magnus' grave. A man approches from
    behind them. He is wearing long black robes and has long white hair. In
    his hand is a wooden staff.)
    
    Mystery man:
    	Aha. So this is why the
    	spirits were so noisy...
    
    Ash:
    	Huh?...
    
    (The camera spins round and shows the man from the front.)
    
    Mystery man:
    	You've destroyed the
    	spirits? That was cruel.
    	Those are the spirits of
    	people who died young.
    	They are harmless...
    
    Grog:
    	Harmless?!
    	Are you crazy?
    	Those things tried
    	to bite our heads off!
    
    Mystery man:
    	They were drawn by the
    	smell of blood.
    	You people have the
    	blood of many
    	on your hands.
    
    Ash:
    	Who are you?
    
    Mystery man:
    	My name is Zohar and I
     	am just as you see me.
    	I have been exploring
    	this strange land for
    	some time.
    	Just south of here is
    	this land's only town.
    	You should visit it.
    	Good luck,
    	strangers...
    
    (The camera turns back as Zohar walks away.)
    
    Grog:
    	What a strange guy...
    
    Sara:
    	Zohar?...Where have I
    	heard that name before?
    
    Ash:
    	In any case, let's go
    	pay this town a visit.
    
    ======= REMOTE TOWN ===================================================
    
    Grog:
    	These houses are really
    	old looking.
    
    Sara:
    	Not true. That house is
    	ultra-modern!
    
    Ash:
    	You're both right.
    	It's both old and new...
    
    (Ash, Grog and Sara go to the tavern and speak to people, then leave.)
    
    Grog:
    	It looks like we might
    	be stuck here...
    
    Sara:
    	A loophole in time...
    	I've heard legends.
    	The ship that was lost
    	at sea and found 10 years
    	later in the desert...
    	Or the ancient princess
    	who vanished while
    	strolling in the garden.
    
    Ash:
    	But we've got to get back!
    	We promised the General
    	that we would stop Hel
    	and get the stone back!
    
    Zohar:
    	Are you referring to
    	the Magic Stone?
    
    Ash:
    	You're the guy
    	from before!
    
    Zohar:
    	Yes...I am Zohar.
    	If you don't mind,
    	please tell me about
    	this Magic Stone.
    	Let's go to my home
    	outside of town and
    	talk of this...
    
    (Fade to a very small house where the four people are gathered.)
    
    Zohar:
    	I see...
    	You and your companions
    	are trying to stop this
    	man named Hel...
    	But are you absolutely
    	sure that's the right
    	thing to do?
    	Think about it. The
    	generation before you
    	gave up their lives to
    	build an ideal society
    	and what was the
    	end result?
    	We've let the Council
    	turn into a den of thieves
    	and liars!
    	There will always be
    	war, but by stopping Hel
    	now, who is to say you
    	won't be paving the way
    	for someone even worse
    	than him?!
    
    (Ash, Grog and Sara bow their heads.)
    
    Ash:
    	Maybe you're right.
    
    (There is a pause...)
    
    Ash:
    	But a brief
    	peace is better
    	than war!
    	I can't sit and do
    	nothing when I know that
    	people are going to die!
    
    Zohar:
    	Hmmmm......
    	I suppose it is the
    	struggle that lends
    	dignity to our lives...
    	...It's decided. I will
    	help you in your brave
    	mission.
    
    	Zohar joined your party.
    
    Ash:
    	So how can we...?
    
    Zohar:
    	There's only one way to
    	get back to your time.
    	First we have to go back
    	to the exact spot where
    	you first arrived.
    
    ======= PLAIN OF SORROW ===============================================
    
    (Ash, Grog, Sara and Zohar are gathered around Magnus' grave. There are
    huge runic symbols on carved into the ground and four strange metallic
    posts with red orbs on top in all four directions.)
    
    Zohar:
    	The preparations
    	are complete...
    	The space-time warp you
    	entered was caused by a
    	powerful magic source.
    	This type of force
    	always creates a
    	counter-force.
    	These Mage Towers will
    	gather the force and
    	recreate the warp!
    
    (Sara looks around.)
    
    Sara:
    	I sense something!...
    
    (The camera zooms out and more flaming skulls appear, surrounding the
    group.)
    
    Grog:
    	Not these creeps again!
    
    Zohar:
    	Those spirits will drain
    	the tower's energy!
    	I suppose we have no
    	choice! We must protect
    	the towers!
    	If this doesn't work
    	now, you'll never
    	get back home!
    
    =======================================================================
    
    ** BATTLE ON PLAIN OF SORROW **
    
    VICTORY = Defend towers for 5 turns
    DEFEAT  = Death of Ash or towers
    
    =======================================================================
    
    * EVERY ROUND *
    
    (Any spirits which have been killed previously are resurrected in the
    corners of the battlefield.)
    
    * AFTER 2 ROUNDS *
    
    Ash:
    	When will the warp
    	open up?
    
    Zohar:
    	Just a little longer!
    
    * AFTER 1 TOWER HAS BEEN DESTROYED *
    
    Ash:
    	Things are looking grim.
    
    * AFTER 2 TOWERS HAVE BEEN DESTROYED *
    
    Ash:
    	They're destroying
    	the towers!
    
    * AFTER 3 TOWERS HAVE BEEN DESTROYED *
    
    Ash:
    	We must protect the
    	last Mage Tower!
    
    * AFTER 4 TOWERS HAVE BEEN DESTROYED *
    
    Ash:
    	Damn! They've
    	destroyed them all!
    
    (Defeat.)
    
    * VICTORY *
    
    (The four characters are standing around the grave.)
    
    Zohar:
    	The warp will open any
    	minute now!
    
    (The blue and bronze runes appears just like before and grow.)
    
    Grog:
    	There it is!
    
    Ash:
    	Everyone jump in!
    
    (They jump into the middle of the warp and are shrunk to invisible
    specks. The warp closes behind them, leaving Magnus' grave alone in the
    Plains of Sorrow.)
    
    ======= TERASU VILLAGE =================================================
    
    (Fade to a large grassy area. There is a river with a bridge and a
    small building on top of a hill. At the bottom of the hill are lots of
    men in armor with weapons. One of them is wearing pink (yes, pink)
    armor. He is quite fat and holds a large cutlass. It is Zoot Gach from
    the very beginning of the game.)
    
    Zoot:
    	Give up, traitors!
    	You're surrounded!
    
    (At the top of the hill next to the building we see Diego, Dolan, Clive
    Beckett and Huxley.)
    
    Diego:
    	Zoot Gach, you
    	slimebag!
    	You may work for the
    	Empire now, but you're
    	still just a petty thief!
    
    Huxley:
    	The Empire has hired
    	criminals to swell the
    	ranks of the army. Now
    	these scoundrels steal
    	from the innocent under
    	the protection of the
    	Empire. 'Tis a sad sight
    	to behold.
    
    Clive:
    	And I was foolish enough
    	to trust Dolf...
    
    Dolan:
    	Don't blame yourself!
    	We all fell for it!
    
    Zoot:
    	What's the delay!
    	The villagers in this
    	area are all rebel
    	sympathizers anyway!
    	Torch it! We'll burn
    	all these villages to
    	the ground!
    
    Dolan:
    	Not while I'm alive
    	you won't!
    
    Diego:
    	That's double for me!
    
    Clive:
    	We don't stand
    	a chance!...
    	But let's take as many
    	of them with us
    	as we can!
    
    (Pan to the other side of the bridge where the warp is just closing.
    Sara, Grog, Ash and Zohar are standing there.)
    
    Ash:
    	Where are we?
    
    Grog:
    	It looks like we
    	made it back!
    
    Diego:
    	I can't believe it!!!
    	It's Ash!!!
    
    Clive:
    	It can't be!...
    	Is it really you?!
    
    Ash:
    	Clive, my friend!
    	Diego!
    
    Zoot:
    	What the!! Where did they
    	come from?
    
    Diego:
    	Haha! Now we can
    	turn things around!
    	Ash, they're Hel's boys!
    	Let's show 'em the
    	old crunch play!
    
    =======================================================================
    
    ** BATTLE IN TERASU VILLAGE **
    
    VICTORY = Destruction of enemies
    DEFEAT  = Death of Ash
    
    *NOTE*
    For this battle Clive is on the player's side but cannot be controlled.
    
    =======================================================================
    
    * WHEN ZOOT GACH IS KILLED *
    
    Zoot:
    	Gaaaach!
    
    * VICTORY *
    
    (The group are stood beside the river.)
    
    Ash:
    	Commander...
    	Clive. Well met!
    
    Clive:
    	Ash! Beyond hope...
    	But where have you
    	been these past
    	3 miserable years!
    
    Grog:
    	3 years! We've only
    	been gone 1 day!
    
    Zohar:
    	The truth is we're lucky
    	to have come this close!
    	We might have easily
    	been off by 20 years
    	or more!
    
    Sara:
    	It can't be true...
    
    Clive:
    	Let's go back to the
    	village and talk it out!
    
    (Fade to the inside of a small building with a large wooden table in
    the middle. Ash, Diego, Dolan and Clive are stood around it.)
    
    Ash:
    	So that's what happened
    	while I've been gone...
    
    Clive:
    	Many good people want to
    	resist Emperor Hel...
    	But all of their leaders
    	have been either
    	executed or exiled.
    	If only we could bring
    	everyone under the same
    	banner...
    
    Ash:
    	Let's do it!!
    	We'll set off some fire-
    	works that will rouse the
    	resistance from sleep!
    
    Diego:
    	Fireworks, huh?
    	What's the plan?
    
    Ash:
    	We'll storm the Imperial
    	prison!
    
    Clive:
    	The one that they brag
    	is impenetrable?!
    
    (Dolan nods.)
    
    Dolan:
    	It would be a great
    	victory for the rebels!
    	That's where they hold
    	the political prisoners.
    	If we could free them,
    	we might finally be able
    	to organize ourselves.
    
    Diego:
    	Clint, Eleni and Amon
    	are being held their too!
    	It's perfect.
    	Two birds with
    	one stone!
    
    Dolan:
    	I think we should
    	try it.
    
    (They all nod.)
    
    Ash:
    	I'll lead the troops
    	during the actual attack.
    	Clive, I want you to
    	start trying to galvanize
    	the resistance.
    
    Clive:
    	I understand.
    
    Diego:
    	Things are just starting
    	to get interesting!
    
    ======= BASIL GATE =====================================================
    
    Dolan:
    	We've got to pass here
    	to reach the prison.
    
    (Pan to the other side of the gate where numerous soldiers and monsters
    are waiting.)
    
    Sara:
    	They're not going to
    	just let us pass...
    
    Ash:
    	They're not expecting us
    	so let's hit 'em hard!
    
    =======================================================================
    
    ** BATTLE AT BASIL GATE **
    
    VICTORY = Destruction of enemies
    DEFEAT  = Death of Ash
    
    =======================================================================
    
    * VICTORY *
    
    (Fade to a palace room with a long table and valuable-looking ornaments.
    At the head of the table is Hel Spites. Also at the table are Dolf,
    Kane and three other men.)
    
    Hel:
    	Dolf,
    	fill everyone in.
    
    Dolf:
    	First take a look at this.
    
    (The camera swivels round as Dolf takes a jar from his cloak. Inside the
    jar on a rich velvet cushion is the Magic Stone.)
    
    Dolf:
    	As you can see, this is
    	the Magic Stone that has
    	everyone so excited.
    	The Empire's greatest
    	scientific minds have
    	been studying this stone.
    	They found that this
    	stone is from when the
    	universe was born!
    	It contains a spark of
    	the original
    	Flames of Judgment!
    
    Financier:
    	The Flames of Judgment?
    	Are you insane?
    
    Dolf:
    	No. It's the same power
    	that we've all heard of.
    	The power that brought
    	this world to the very
    	edge of destruction!
    
    Financier:
    	Don't make me laugh!
    	I admit that the stone
    	is unusual. But I don't
    	believe that it has the
    	power to evaporate
    	entire cities or destroy
    	the world!
    
    Dolf:
    	You're right. Currently
    	something called the
    	Royal Ring is keeping
    	its true power in check.
    
    Financier:
    	The Royal Ring?...
    
    Dolf:
    	Remember your history.
    	Toroah saved the world
    	by sealing the Flames of
    	Judgment with a ring.
    	This ring was passed on
    	to his descendants along
    	with a holy command.
    	They were to found a
    	country to protect this
    	holy ring at all costs.
    	This was the Holy Ashah
    	Dynasty's task! But at
    	some point they forgot.
    	18 years ago when the
    	royal family was cast
    	down, the ring was lost.
    
    Kane:
    	So you want us to find
    	this ring, huh?
    	Well I don't like it!
    	The Crimson Guard are
    	all the power we need
    	to rule this country!
    
    Hel:
    	Kane, listen to me for
    	a minute.
    	Oppressing the people is
    	easy, but ruling them is
    	a different thing.
    	Kane, you and I are
    	strong. We make our own
    	path in life. But most
    	people are weak, relying
    	on the power of religion
    	or government to protect
    	them. These weaklings
    	need symbols to follow.
    	What better symbol to
    	rule the people then the
    	Flames of Judgment?
    	It's time for us to
    	unify this continent
    	under one banner!
    	We must find the Royal
    	Ring. Search this land
    	from high to low!
    
    (Gradually fade to Kira alone in another palace room, unarmed.)
    
    Kira:
    	Clint...
    
    Dolf:
    	What are you feeling
    	sad about, Kira?
    
    (Dolf approaches.)
    
    Kira:
    	Oh!... Master Dolf...
    
    (Dolf walks closer to Kira.)
    
    Dolf:
    	You still feel bad about
    	betraying your friends?
    
    Kira:
    	No.....
    
    Dolf:
    	Hmmm... I wonder.
    	I wonder if you have
    	what it takes to get
    	your revenge.
    	Have you forgotten
    	what they did to
    	your family?
    
    Kira:
    	Of course I haven't
    	forgotten...
    
    Dolf:
    	Kira, I know exactly
    	how you feel...
    	But people must realize
    	what's happening
    	in this country.
    	Hel and his minions are
    	sacrificing countless
    	innocents and for what?
    	All to pursue his
    	insane goal of
    	world domination.
    
    Kira:
    	!!!...............
    
    Dolf:
    	I'll make my move soon.
    	I need your support!
    
    Kira:
    	I'll help, Master Dolf.
    
    (Kira walks over to the double doors, opens them and leaves. Dolf steps
    over to the window and waits for a moment. Suddenly, a figure in black
    and gold armor warps in. He wears a metallic helmet which shows only
    his eyes, nose and mouth and holds a staff with a skull on top.)
    
    Xeno:
    	Dangerous my lord...
    
    Dolf:
    	Eh?!
    	Xeno!!...
    
    Xeno:
    	You put too much
    	trust in that girl!
    
    Dolf:
    	Take care how you
    	speak to me!
    
    Xeno:
    	Forgive me...
    
    (Xeno bows to Dolf.)
    
    Dolf:
    	But as long as you
    	mention it...
    	I'd like you to keep an
    	eye on her for a while.
    
    (Xeno straightens up.)
    
    Xeno:
    	It shall be as
    	you command.
    
    (Xeno warps away and Dolf is alone again.)
    
    Dolf:
    	...............
    
    ======= REED HIGHWAY ===================================================
    
    (The group are all assembled in the middle of the road. Diego runs
    towards them.)
    
    Diego:
    	We've got trouble, Ash!
    	An enemy patrol
    	is heading this way!
    
    (Pan to further up the road where a group of imperial soldiers are, lead
    by Lando.)
    
    Ash:
    	If they spot us we lose
    	the element of surprise.
    
    Zohar:
    	Once they see the gate,
    	they'll know anyway.
    
    Dolan:
    	In either case, we can't
    	let them leave here...
    
    Ash:
    	Hide behind the trees.
    	If we move, they'll
    	notice us and
    	flee for sure.
    	Wait until the time is
    	right and hit 'em with
    	everything you got!
    
    (The group split up to opposite sides of the highway and hide in amongst
    the trees. Huxley runs further down the road to the switch controlling
    a large bridge.)
    
    =======================================================================
    
    ** BATTLE AT REED HIGHWAY **
    
    VICTORY = Destruction of enemies
    DEFEAT  = Death of Ash / Enemy escape
    
    =======================================================================
    
    * AFTER 1 TURN *
    
    Ash:
    	Wait until they're a
    	little closer...
    
    * AFTER 2 TURNS *
    
    Ash:
    	...............
    
    * AFTER 3 TURNS *
    
    Ash:
    	Just a tiny bit
    	longer...
    
    * WHEN THE PLAYERS MOVE ANY OF THE UNITS *
    
    Lando:
    	What are rebels
    	doing around here?!
    	They can't be planning
    	to attack the prison,
    	can they?!
    	Somebody! Get away
    	from here fast and
    	warn the others!
    
    (All of Lando's units retreat.)
    
    * WHEN LANDO IS KILLED *
    
    Lando:
    	Wahhh!...
    	Kane, avenge me!...
    
    ======= PRISON FORTRESS ================================================
    
    (Inside the prison Clint is locked in a cell with another short, plump,
    balding man with funny little glasses. Two jailers approaching with
    Count Claymore between them. They open the cell door and push him
    inside.)
    
    Jailer:
    	I've got a new friend
    	for ya! Enjoy!
    
    (The jailer kicks Claymore in the back and he collapses in the cell on
    the floor. Clint and the other man rush over to him.)
    
    Clint:
    	Hang in there,
    	old man!
    
    Count Claymore:
    	Ooohhhh.....
    
    Darius: (the other man)
    	Horrible... Treating an
    	old man like that...
    
    Count Claymore:
    	Where...
    	Where am I?
    
    Darius:
    	The dungeon. Don't
    	worry... we're friendly.
    	My name is Darius.
    	I'm a tinkerer by trade.
    	I quarreled with a
    	soldier... Next thing I
    	know I'm in here.
    	The big guy here calls
    	himself Clint...
    
    Clint:
    	!!... I know you.
    	You're Count Claymore.
    
    Darius:
    	You two know
    	each other?
    
    Count Claymore:
    	Yes. But I'm sorry, I
    	don't...
    
    Clint:
    	The riot in the
    	Dover District...
    
    Count Claymore:
    	Oh yes. From the
    	Security Forces.
    
    Clint:
    	But what have you done
    	to be beaten like this?
    
    Count Claymore:
    	They're frantically
    	searching...
    	Searching for the
    	Royal Ring...
    
    Clint:
    	The Royal Ring?
    
    Count Claymore:
    	It has the power to
    	tame the Magic Stone.
    
    Clint:
    	Magic Stone? Please tell
    	me what you know!
    
    (Fade to black. When the screen fades back in Claymore has been propped
    against one of the walls.)
    
    Clint:
    	So that's the history of
    	the Magic Stone...
    
    Count Claymore:
    	I truly don't know where
    	the ring is either.
    	But it must not be used
    	for evil or it will be
    	the end of the world!
    
    (Darius turns his head to the cell gate. He walks over and peers down
    the corridor.)
    
    Darius:
    	Footsteps!..
    	The jailer again?
    
    (Clint rises to his feet as Kira approaches, opens the gate and enters.)
    
    Clint:
    	You!!...
    
    Kira:
    	Clint... They're planning
    	to execute you tomorrow!
    
    (She pulls a set of keys out from behind her back.)
    
    Kira:
    	Here are the keys.
    	I have weapons outside.
    	Take me with you!
    
    (Kira throws the keys on to the floor in the middle of the cell.)
    
    Clint:
    	Why should I
    	trust you?
    
    Kira:
    	I'm sorry... I couldn't
    	betray Dolf...
    	I understand if you
    	despise me, but please
    	don't die!
    
    (She walks away.)
    
    Clint:
    	Kira!!...
    
    Darius:
    	You'd better run while
    	you still can!!
    	By the way,
    	I think I'll come
    	with you!
    
    	Darius joined your party.
    
    Clint:
    	Count... You're
    	coming too.
    
    Count Claymore:
    	It's no good...
    	I can't make it...
    	I'll be fine. They
    	won't kill me until they
    	find the Royal Ring.
    
    Clint:
    	Sorry Count... We'll
    	come back for you!
    
    (Clint takes the set of keys and leaves, closely followed by Darius.
    Fade to a network of corridors in the Prison Fortress. Clint and Darius
    have equipped themselves with weapons and armor and have met up with
    Eleni and Amon.)
    
    Amon:
    	They were gonna
    	kill us, huh?
    	Thanks for the
    	rescue, Clint!
    
    Eleni:
    	But how did you
    	get the keys?
    
    Clint:
    	I'll tell you after we
    	get out of here!
    
    Darius:
    	Listen to me
    	carefully!...
    	Don't bother hittin'
    	these juggernauts from
    	the front or side.
    	Ya have to circle 'round
    	and attack their backs!
    
    =======================================================================
    
    ** BATTLE INSIDE PRISON FORTRESS **
    
    VICTORY = Destruction of enemies
    DEFEAT  = Death of Clint
    
    =======================================================================
    
    * VICTORY *
    
    (Cut to a courtyard near the gate of the Prison Fortress. Clint,
    Darius, Amon and Eleni have escaped but are surrounded by soldiers and
    seem to be largely outnumbered.)
    
    Clint:
    	Oh oh!
    	Where are we?
    
    (The camera pans to show, up on the battlements, a large figure in
    black robes with a bald head. He is carrying a rope with a scythe on
    the end. He is Dumas.)
    
    Dumas:
    	You are stalwart indeed
    	to escape my dungeon!
    	If you were wise, you
    	would have stayed below
    	and died quietly.
    	Now you shall die a
    	less pleasant death!!
    
    =======================================================================
    
    ** BATTLE OUTSIDE PRISON FORTRESS **
    
    VICTORY = Defeat of Dumas
    DEFEAT  = Death of Clint
    
    =======================================================================
    
    * AFTER 1 TURN *
    
    Dumas:
    	Ha... Slay them all!!!
    
    (Pan to the other side of the courtyard where a jailer has appeared.)
    
    Jailer:
    	Lord Dumas!!!...
    	The rebels!!!
    
    Dumas:
    	Speak up!
    
    (The jailer is out of sight but we hear swords slashing and the cries
    of men.)
    
    Jailer:
    	Gwahkkkk!!!
    
    (The camera pans back to where the jailer was and we just see the last
    drops of blood splash on the floor. Ash, Dolan, Diego, Huxley, Grog,
    Zohar and Sara have arrived and are up on the courtyard walls!)
    
    Ash:
    	We're taking over
    	this prison!
    	Lay down your
    	arms or die!!
    
    Clint:
    	I can't believe it!
    	It's Ash!
    
    Ash:
    	Hold on Clint!
    	We're coming!
    
    Dumas:
    	Impudent whelp!...
    	You will beg to die!
    
    * VICTORY *
    
    Dumas:
    	Gwahkkkk!!!
    
    (The group are assembled at the prison gate.)
    
    Clint:
    	Ash, you're alive!
    
    Ash:
    	My words exactly,
    	Clint.
    
    Darius:
    	Claymore and the other
    	prisoners are free now!
    
    Huxley:
    	I know that low-class
    	voice... Darius!!
    
    Darius:
    	Well if it isn't
    	old man Hobbes!
    
    (Darius walks over to Huxley.)
    
    Ash:
    	Are you two friends?
    
    Huxley:
    	Hardly. We are simply
    	from the same village.
    	He was always slapping
    	together some piece of
    	junk and making trouble.
    
    Darius:
    	Look who's talking?
    	This guy's famous for the
    	time he was doing healing
    	experiments in town.
    	He accidentally turned a
    	farmer's pig into a
    	chicken. Ha ha!
    
    (Huxley goes red in the face and begins to shake his staff at Darius.)
    
    Huxley:
    	Well you burned down
    	the schoolhouse!
    
    Diego:
    	C'mon you two,
    	cut it out already!
    
    Dolan:
    	It looks like our plan
    	was a great success!
    
    Ash:
    	But this is only
    	the first step.
    	The real war with the
    	Empire starts from
    	this point on!
    
    =======================================================================
    =======================================================================
    
    ACT III: ESCAPE TO TOMORROW
    			    END
    
    =======================================================================
    =======================================================================
    
    News of the fall of the supposedly impregnable prison spreads quickly
    throughout all of Ishtaria and is a tremendous shock to the imperial
    government who believed themselves unassailable.
    
    Upon hearing this news, the Resistance movement is revitalized. They
    begin staging large revolts throughout the land and succeed in
    liberating the southern region.
    
    In the meantime, Ash and his companions hold a meeting with Clive
    Beckett who is acting as a pipeline to the Resistance.
    
    =======================================================================
    =======================================================================
    
    ACT IV: THE SUCCESSOR
    
    =======================================================================
    =======================================================================
    
    (Fade in to a meeting room. Clive, Ash, Clint, Eleni, Diego and Dolan
    are seated around a table.)
    
    Eleni:
    	So it's true...
    	Daddy really is...
    
    Ash:
    	Eleni, I'm...
    
    Eleni:
    	I'm all right, Ash.
    	I was ready for it...
    
    (She pushes back her chair, walks over to the door and closes her eyes.)
    
    Eleni:
    	...Excuse me.
    	I think I need some
    	fresh air...
    
    (She leaves the room. Ash runs to the door.)
    
    Clive:
    	Let her be alone for
    	a while...
    	There are some things
    	we need to face
    	by ourselves...
    
    Ash:
    	I understand...
    
    (The camera swivels round as Ash takes his seat again.)
    
    Dolan:
    	Clive, how goes the
    	resistance movement?
    
    Clive:
    	Very well, thanks to
    	you people.
    	The region of Ishtaria
    	between the Tarre River
    	has been liberated.
    
    Clive:
    	That's fantastic!
    
    Clive:
    	But things are going to
    	get much harder...
    	The north has many
    	strongholds which will
    	now be heavily guarded.
    	Also, the Empire is
    	courting the support of
    	the neighboring country
    	of Urdu in exchange for
    	granting them the
    	southern region.
    	If that happens, we'll
    	be forced to fight on
    	two fronts...
    
    Ash:
    	We mustn't let that
    	happen...
    
    Clive:
    	There's another issue
    	which must be dealt with.
    	The Empire is searching
    	for the Royal Ring.
    	If they find it, their
    	power will be
    	unstoppable.
    	Go to Kerachi. There's
    	an informant there for
    	you to meet.
    	Find the Royal Ring
    	before the Empire
    	does.
    
    Diego:
    	Kerachi... Damn it!
    
    (Diego turns his head away.)
    
    Clint:
    	What's wrong, Diego?
    
    (Diego turns his head back, smiling as usual.)
    
    Diego:
    	Huh?... No,
    	it's nothing...
    
    (Fade to black. When the screen fades back in we see Clive heading
    across a town square dressed in brown robes with a sword and shield.)
    
    Ash:
    	Commander!
    
    (Clive stops and turns round.)
    
    Clive:
    	Oh... Ash!
    
    (Ash appears and walks over to Clive.)
    
    Ash:
    	Leaving already?
    
    Clive:
    	I'm going to meet with a
    	rebel group in the east.
    
    Ash:
    	I... I'm afraid I've
    	cursed you too, Clive.
    
    Clive:
    	What are you talking
    	about, Ash!
    
    Ash:
    	This may not make any
    	sense to you, but...
    	I feel like somehow my
    	traitor's blood has
    	doomed you all...
    	The acorn never falls
    	far from the oak
    	they say...
    
    Clive:
    	Ash...
    	There's something very
    	important that I need
    	to tell you...
    
    Diego:
    	So there you all are!
    
    (Diego and Clint approach.)
    
    Diego:
    	You were gonna leave
    	without a word!
    
    Clive:
    	I didn't want to
    	disturb you all...
    
    Clint:
    	Be careful, commander.
    
    Clive:
    	Thank you, Clint.
    
    Ash:
    	Clive...
    
    Clive:
    	Ash...
    	Believe in yourself!
    	Believe in your friends!
    	You're no traitor!
    
    * WHEN THEY LEAVE KHANOS CITY *
    
    Darius:
    	Ash, they've surrounded
    	the town!
    
    Ash:
    	What?!
    
    (Cut to a town scene. Kane and three Crimson Knights are gathered in
    one corner of the town.)
    
    Kane:
    	Ash! So you're alive!
    
    (The camera pans across the town past a bridge to where the entire
    group has gathered.)
    
    Ash:
    	Kane!!.....
    
    (Pan to another corner of the town. Here a female archer in Crimson
    Guard clothing is waiting with three more knights.)
    
    Sabina:
    	These are the fools that
    	destroyed the prison?
    
    (Pan once again to the next corner. There is a man in large armor with
    a huge battle hammer.)
    
    Dallas:
    	They look like
    	puny weaklings!
    
    (Finally to the last corner where a punk man is waiting with claws.)
    
    Kurtz:
    	They're no match for
    	the Crimson Leaders!
    
    Kane:
    	Don't forget they
    	killed Lando!!
    
    Sabina:
    	Lando was always the
    	weakest of us...
    	Don't worry. We'll make
    	certain he doesn't leave
    	here alive.
    
    Sara:
    	The Crimson Leaders
    	are all here!!...
    
    Dolan:
    	We're not ready to take
    	all of them on!
    
    Ash:
    	We've got to break
    	out of this trap...
    	Everybody! Concentrate
    	on getting out of here!
    
    =======================================================================
    
    ** BATTLE IN KHANOS CITY **
    
    VICTORY = Arrival at village exit
    DEFEAT  = Death of Ash
    
    =======================================================================
    
    * IF KANE IS DEFEATED *
    
    Kane:
    	You got lucky, punk!
    	But I'll be back!
    
    * IF KURTZ IS DEFEATED *
    
    Kurtz:
    	Impressive! But I will
    	see you again!
    
    * IF SABINA IS DEFEATED *
    
    Sabina:
    	I underestimated you!
    	I've got to fall back.
    
    < During the transcription process I did not manage to defeat Dallas or
    Kane. If anyone finds out their death quotes please send them to me at
    mglanville@hotmail.com >
    
    * VICTORY *
    
    (Cut to the room where Dolf met Xeno before. Dolf is staring out of the
    window and Kira is stood behind him.)
    
    Kira:
    	You called Master Dolf?
    
    Dolf:
    	A traitor was involved
    	in the prison attack...
    
    Kira:
    	Yes... I heard.
    
    Dolf:
    	Just before the attack,
    	there was a riot inside.
    	Attacked from the inside
    	and the outside, the
    	prison couldn't stand.
    	One more thing... The
    	rioters got weapons and
    	the keys from someone!
    	You wouldn't know
    	anything about it,
    	would you?
    
    Kira:
    	No... Not a thing.
    
    (The camera spins around and Xeno warps in.)
    
    Xeno:
    	Wa ha hah! You mustn't
    	tell lies, little girl!
    
    (Kira turns in shock.)
    
    Kira:
    	Xeno Calimani,
    	you villain!
    
    Xeno:
    	I was watching when you
    	brought Clint the keys!
    
    Kira:
    	You had me followed?!!
    
    Dolf:
    	I'm sorry Kira.
    	I thought that I could
    	trust you, but you
    	betrayed me.
    	Take her away.
    
    (Two guards enter the room, take Kira and lead her away. Xeno steps
    towards Dolf.)
    
    Xeno:
    	A wise decision...
    
    Dolf:
    	You haven't forgotten
    	your promise I hope.
    	I'm manipulating Hel in
    	order to rekindle the
    	Flames of Judgment.
    	And you are sworn to aid
    	me in that pursuit.
    
    Xeno:
    	I have not forgotten
    	for a moment.
    
    Dolf:
    	Good. I'll hold
    	you to it.
    	It has come time to
    	dispose of this annoying
    	pest Ash Lambert.
    	I want you to personally
    	see that it is taken
    	care of.
    
    Xeno:
    	As you wish.
    
    (Xeno disappears.)
    
    ======= GREAT MASAI FOREST ============================================
    
    Ash:
    	The port of Kerachi is
    	just past this forest.
    
    Diego:
    	Do we really have to
    	go to Kerachi?
    	Maybe we should be
    	helping on the
    	southern front.
    
    Ash:
    	We've already discussed
    	our role with Clive.
    	What is your problem
    	lately Diego?!
    
    Diego:
    	I don't know what you're
    	talking about.
    
    Huxley:
    	I sense an
    	evil presence.
    
    (The camera rotates as Xeno warps in at the top of a hill.)
    
    Xeno:
    	Ho ho.
    	So you are the rebels!
    	You have been quite a
    	nuisance to us.
    	Today you must die.
    
    Grog:
    	Who is that guy?
    
    Zohar:
    	Xeno Calimani. I've
    	been expecting you!
    
    Xeno:
    	Master Zohar!!...
    
    Ash:
    	?!.......
    
    Zohar:
    	You are searching for
    	the Magic Stone...
    	Don't you know that its
    	power would consume what
    	is left of your soul?
    
    Xeno:
    	...Ha...ha ha ha...
    	You'll never change...
    	Honest and good...
    	and inflexible as a
    	blind goat!
    
    (Zohar raises his fist in anger.)
    
    Zohar:
    	Silence! You're nothing
    	but a servant of hell!
    	I did not return to this
    	world to allow you to
    	destroy it!
    
    Xeno:
    	You no longer have the
    	power to stop me!
    	...I summon forth the
    	darkness from this
    	ancient forest!!...
    	Dark Forest,
    	I summon thee!!!
    
    (The camera zooms in on Xeno as white rays of energy shoot into his
    body. A bronze rune symbol appears, then a beam of light shines
    directly down upon him and other runes float upwards. Finally, the
    light fades and monsters warp into the forest around him.)
    
    Darius:
    	What are these
    	creatures!!
    
    Xeno:
    	Hee hee hee.
    	I couldn't stand to see
    	my old mentor eaten so I
    	will bid thee farewell!
    
    (Xeno disappears into thin air.)
    
    Zohar:
    	Xeno, wait!!...
    
    Ash:
    	Zohar, who is that guy?
    
    Zohar:
    	No time for
    	explanations now!!
    
    =======================================================================
    
    ** BATTLE IN GREAT MASAI FOREST **
    
    VICTORY = Destruction of enemies
    DEFEAT  = Death of Ash
    
    =======================================================================
    
    * VICTORY *
    
    (The group are assembled in the Masai Forest.)
    
    Ash:
    	That strange man called
    	you his mentor...
    
    Zohar:
    	Yes, he was my student.
    	Over 300 years ago.
    
    Ash:
    	300 years ago!!
    	Just who are you?!
    
    Zohar:
    	My true name is
    	Zohar Abu Sa'id.
    
    Sara:
    	Did you say
    	Zohar Abu Sa'id!
    	Anyone who dabbles in
    	the Arcana has heard of
    	Zohar the Aloof!!
    
    Zohar:
    	I had forgotten that
    	particular nickname...
    	As he said, I am no
    	longer as powerful
    	as I once was.
    	Due to the shock from
    	the time warp that
    	he created.
    
    Dolan:
    	Please continue.
    
    Zohar:
    	Xeno was my best and
    	brightest pupil.
    	But at some point, he
    	abandoned his principals
    	in pursuit of power.
    	He dreamed of one day
    	rekindling the
    	Flames of Judgment.
    	I tried to stop him but
    	he wouldn't listen and
    	cast a spell on me.
    	During our struggle, a
    	time-warp was created
    	and I fell in...
    	But I always knew that
    	we would meet again...
    
    Ash:
    	I see now...
    	Xeno is why the Empire
    	wants to rekindle the
    	Flames of Judgment.
    
    Zohar:
    	It seems a safe
    	assumption.
    	I'm partly responsible
    	for Xeno! I'll stop
    	him or die trying!
    
    ======= TRADE CITY KERACHI ============================================
    
    Clint:
    	So who's this person
    	we're supposed to meet?
    
    Ash:
    	An important merchant
    	named Carlo Lisbon.
    
    Diego:
    	Carlo Lisbon! We
    	can't trust that guy!
    
    Ash:
    	What are you talking
    	about, Diego?
    	Carlo has been a
    	big financial supporter
    	of the rebellion.
    
    Diego:
    	He's trying to win our
    	favor in case we succeed.
    	He's probably giving
    	just as much money to the
    	Empire I bet.
    
    Ash:
    	Where do you get these
    	crazy ideas?
    	In any case, let's pay a
    	visit to Carlo's mansion.
    
    Diego:
    	...............
    
    (In Carlo's mansion the group are all gathered in the room.)
    
    Carlo:
    	Thank you for coming.
    	I'm Carlo Lisbon.
    
    Ash:
    	Ash Lambert.
    
    Carlo:
    	I've been searching for
    	your lost ring.
    	One of my operatives is
    	about to finalize its
    	purchase.
    	Let's wait here until
    	the deal is concluded.
    
    Ash:
    	Thank you very much.
    
    (They all start to leave the room. Soon it is just Ash, Carlo, Diego,
    Eleni and Huxley left. Diego turns to leave but Carlo rushes forward.)
    
    Carlo:
    	Wait!...
    	Is that Diego?!
    
    Diego:
    	Damn...
    
    Carlo:
    	You've come back to
    	succeed me!!
    
    Ash:
    	Huh?.....
    
    Diego:
    	Don't be ridiculous!
    	I told you 7 years ago
    	that I have nothing to
    	do with you!
    	My name is
    	Diego Renault now!
    
    (Diego leaves.)
    
    Carlo:
    	Diego, my son...
    
    (Fade to black, then fade in to Diego standing out on a balcony. Soft,
    sad music is playing. Ash approaches.)
    
    Ash:
    	Diego...
    
    Diego:
    	I didn't want you
    	all to see that.
    
    Ash:
    	So you're really the
    	heir to this estate?
    
    Diego:
    	I've always despised
    	my father...
    	All he ever cared about
    	was money. He ignored
    	mother and me.
    	7 years ago I left here
    	and decided to give up
    	the Lisbon family name.
    
    Ash:
    	So that's the story...
    
    (Eleni appears.)
    
    Eleni:
    	So this is where you
    	were, Ash.
    	Carlo wants you...
    	Some news about the
    	ring, I think...
    
    (Fade back to the room in the mansion where the group are gathered
    again but this time without Diego.)
    
    Carlo:
    	I've confirmed that it
    	is the Royal Ring.
    	After the Revolution, the
    	ring wound up with a well
    	known coin collector.
    	I've completed the
    	negotiations with
    	this man.
    	The exchange will be
    	tonight at a warehouse
    	in Old Town.
    	I want you to go
    	and make the exchange.
    
    Ash:
    	I understand. The
    	warehouse in Old Town.
    
    (When Ash and his companions move to the warehouse we see them
    assembled inside. There are strange and eerie whooshing noises.)
    
    Ash:
    	Something's wrong!
    	Where are they?!
    	Huh?
    
    (The camera pans around as skeletons and golems appear.)
    
    Ash:
    	Monsters!
    	What the...!
    
    Darius:
    	Here they come and
    	they look pissed!
    
    =======================================================================
    
    ** BATTLE IN KERACHI WAREHOUSE **
    
    VICTORY = Destruction of enemies
    DEFEAT  = Death of Ash
    
    =======================================================================
    
    * VICTORY *
    
    Ash:
    	I wonder if we
    	were set up?
    
    (The camera pans to the other side of the warehouse. Xeno warps in.)
    
    Xeno:
    	Ha! Even you could
    	figure that out.
    	Did you really think it
    	would be so easy?
    
    (Carlo approaches Xeno and stands beside him.)
    
    Ash:
    	Xeno!!
    	...And Carlo!!!
    
    Diego:
    	I knew you were
    	a turncoat!
    
    Carlo:
    	Son, you're not cut out
    	for the warrior's life.
    	Come home and take over
    	the family business.
    
    Diego:
    	The hell I will!
    
    (A huge circle of flames ignites around the group with a boom.)
    
    Diego:
    	Yipes!
    
    Xeno:
    	Ha ha ha!
    	You're all finished now!
    	They'll be nothing left
    	but blackened and
    	charred bones!
    
    Carlo:
    	Wait a minute! That's
    	not what we agreed to!
    	You said that you'd
    	spare my son's life!
    
    Xeno:
    	Silence! Does an eagle
    	bargain with a sparrow!
    
    Ash:
    	Damn!
    	It can't end like this!
    
    Xeno:
    	Ha! Famous last words,
    	Ash Lambert!
    
    Carlo:
    	Leave them alone!!
    
    (Carlo charges at Xeno but Xeno simply raises his arm and hits Carlo
    in the face, knocking him to the ground.)
    
    Xeno:
    	Are you insane!...
    	Huh? He interrupted
    	my spell!
    
    (The flames diminish.)
    
    Ash:
    	Yes! The ring of fire
    	disappeared!
    
    Xeno:
    	Too bad. We'll see each
    	other again!
    
    (Xeno vanishes. Diego and Huxley run over to Carlo.)
    
    Diego:
    	Father!
    	Speak to me!
    
    Carlo:
    	Ooohhh...
    
    Huxley:
    	He'll be all right.
    	'Tis a surface wound.
    
    (Fade to a small room. Carlo is laying in a bed and Diego is sat beside
    him on a chair. Carlo opens his eyes and turns his head towards Diego.)
    
    Carlo:
    	Oh... Where am I?
    
    Diego:
    	Good... I was getting
    	worried about you.
    
    Carlo:
    	You're the ugliest nurse
    	I've ever seen!
    
    Diego:
    	Ha ha. I see you're
    	feeling yourself again.
    
    (Diego pushes the chair back and starts to walk away.)
    
    Carlo:
    	Diego, wait! I have
    	to apologize.
    
    Diego:
    	Dad... I...
    
    Carlo:
    	You have no idea how
    	poor my family was!
    	My brother died from a
    	cold because we couldn't
    	keep the house warm.
    
    (There is a pause, and Carlo looks up at the ceiling.)
    
    Carlo:
    	And I realized that if
    	we only had money,
    	he would still be alive.
    	Ever since then, I've
    	been as you know me.
    	A heartless merchant...
    	I won't try to stop you
    	anymore! Go where your
    	dreams take you!...
    
    Diego:
    	Father...
    
    (Ash enters.)
    
    Ash:
    	Diego, we got a hot tip
    	about the ring!!
    	The ring has already
    	been sold to an agent of
    	the Empire!
    	They're taking it back to
    	Shumeria by train, but we
    	can still catch them!
    
    (Carlo turns his head away.)
    
    Carlo:
    	Diego, go with him!
    
    Diego:
    	Ummm....
    	Father, when it's all
    	over, I'll come back.
    	Stay well until then.
    
    (Diego and Ash leave. Carlo turns his head back and closes his eyes.)
    
    
    ======= MAGIC TRAIN====================================================
    
    (Dallas is stood on the front carriage with various soldiers on each
    one. At the back is Ash and his group.)
    
    Ash:
    	This train is made up of
    	these linked cars.
    	I wonder which one
    	the ring is on.
    
    Zohar:
    	I feel its power coming
    	from the front car!
    
    Dallas:
    	You rebel scum!!
    	You want the ring, huh?
    	Release the back cars
    	before they can
    	reach here!
    
    Trooper:
    	But sir, we don't
    	have time...
    
    Dallas:
    	Then you better shut up
    	and get started now!!!
    
    Ash:
    	If they release the
    	cars we're lost!
    	Everyone rush to
    	the front car!
    
    =======================================================================
    
    ** BATTLE ON MAGIC TRAIN **
    
    VICTORY = Defeat of Dallas
    DEFEAT  = Death of Ash
    
    =======================================================================
    
    * AFTER 2 TURNS *
    
    Trooper:
    	Ready to release car #1!
    
    Dallas:
    	Good. Do it!
    
    (The rear car is disconnected and drifts away from the main body of the
    train.)
    
    * AFTER 5 TURNS *
    
    Trooper:
    	Ready to release car #2!
    
    Dallas:
    	Release it you fool!
    
    (The next car is disconnected and drifts away from the main body of the
    train.)
    
    * AFTER 5 TURNS *
    
    Trooper:
    	Releasing car #3!
    
    Dallas:
    	Hurry!
    
    (The next car is disconnected and drifts away from the main body of the
    train.)
    
    * VICTORY *
    
    Dallas:
    	Long live the empire!
    
    (Cut to the group on the front carriage of the train by a large box.)
    
    Ash:
    	So this is the
    	royal ring!
    	It looks just like an
    	ordinary ring to me...
    
    Zohar:
    	Mind if I take a look?
    	Huh? What the...?
    
    Xeno:
    	Ha ha! That ring is
    	wasted on you fools!
    
    (Xeno teleports in front of them, but appears semi-transparent.)
    
    Ash:
    	Xeno!!
    
    Zohar:
    	Wait! It's an illusion!
    	He's not really here!
    
    Xeno:
    	Exactly! But let's
    	talk terms...
    	If you give me the ring,
    	I will return this
    	friend of yours...
    
    (A projection of Kira appears next to Xeno, tied to a large stake.)
    
    Clive:
    	Kira!!
    
    Xeno:
    	Of course she's already
    	betrayed you once...
    	so it may be an unfair
    	trade. We have no more
    	use for her however...
    	If you don't wish to
    	trade, we will be happy
    	to execute her...
    	If you're not at Fort
    	Dain to make the trade by
    	tomorrow, she will die!
    
    (Both illusions disappear.)
    
    Zohar:
    	The dirty scum...
    	What do we do, Ash?
    
    Ash:
    	It's true that she
    	betrayed us...
    	But now she's just a
    	desperate woman in
    	need of help.
    	If we let her die then
    	we'll lose a little piece
    	of our own souls!
    
    Diego:
    	It's decided!
    
    Ash:
    	To Fort Dain!
    	To save Kira!
    
    ======= FORT DAIN =====================================================
    
    (The group arrives at a hill with an odd contraption at the top. Two
    posts protrude from the group with a platform suspended by chains in
    the middle. Beneath the platform is a pit of hot lava and stood on the
    platform is Kira. Xeno stands beside the contraption, surrounded by
    various monsters and minions.)
    
    Xeno:
    	Kind of you to come.
    
    Clint:
    	Kira!
    
    Kira:
    	Clint, don't give them
    	the Royal Ring!...
    
    Xeno:
    	But if you don't, Kira
    	will take a lava bath!
    
    Ash:
    	We'll give you the ring!
    	Just let her go!
    
    Xeno:
    	Hand over the ring to my
    	little friend here.
    
    (A skeleton soldier walks over to Ash, takes the Ring and returns to
    where Xeno is waiting.)
    
    Xeno:
    	Ha! The Ring!
    	And now the hostage...
    
    (As the camera pans up to Kira, the platform drops a couple of feet
    towards the lava.)
    
    Xeno:
    	Whoops!...
    	Uh oh. I seem to have
    	lost the key to stop
    	this thing...
    
    Ash:
    	What?
    
    Xeno:
    	So sorry...
    	Oh well, I did my best.
    	Farewell, fool!
    
    (Xeno teleports away.)
    
    Clint:
    	That evil rat!
    
    Ash:
    	We've got to destroy
    	the death device!
    
    =======================================================================
    
    ** BATTLE AT FORT DAIN **
    
    VICTORY = Destroy devices in 8 turns
    DEFEAT  = Death of Ash or Kira
    
    =======================================================================
    
    * AFTER EVERY TURN*
    
    (The platform drops a little bit closer to the lava.)
    
    * VICTORY *
    (The group assemble round the base of the hill. Kira is knelt on the
    ground amongst them.)
    
    Kira:
    	I don't deserve to live...
    	You traded something
    	like the Royal Ring for
    	my miserable life!
    
    Clint:
    	But we couldn't let
    	you die.
    	If we let you die, we
    	wouldn't be any different
    	than Hel.
    	Besides, everyone
    	deserves a chance to
    	redeem themselves.
    
    Kira:
    	Are you saying I can
    	start over?
    
    Clint:
    	Of course you can!
    	We need you Kira!
    	Let's fight together for
    	what's right!
    
    Kira:
    	Clint.....
    
    (Fade to night time. They group are all sat around an open fire.)
    
    Kira:
    	I was born into a
    	royal family...
    	We were royal in name
    	only and poorer than
    	most peasants.
    	But I was blessed with
    	warm and loving parents
    	and was very happy.
    	But all that changed
    	when the revolution
    	started...
    	Mother, father, sister...
    	All killed by rioting
    	mobs during the war...
    
    Dolan:
    	It's true, rampaging
    	mobs went crazy...
    	They looted homes and
    	slaughtered thousands
    	of innocents.
    
    Amon:
    	So the Ishtaria that
    	we're so proud of...
    	was built with the
    	blood of innocents!
    
    Ash:
    	But the emperor wants to
    	repeat the tragedy.
    	Whatever we do, we've
    	got to stop him!
    
    Amon:
    	But what do we do now?
    	The emperor has the
    	magic stone and the
    	Royal Ring!
    
    Zohar:
    	There's still a way...
    
    Ash:
    	Speak up, man!
    
    Zohar:
    	Inscribed on the Ring is
    	a message.
    	It is in the language
    	of the Biruni Empire.
    	I believe it gives the
    	coordinates of a place
    	in the Torog Mountains.
    
    Ash:
    	What could be there?!
    
    Zohar:
    	I have no idea...
    	But we might as well
    	give it a try...
    
    Ash:
    	All right then!!
    	Let's head for the
    	Torog Mountains!
    
    =======================================================================
    =======================================================================
    
    ACT IV: THE SUCCESSOR
    			    END
    
    =======================================================================
    =======================================================================
    
    The Torog mountain range, located on the far northern border of
    Ishtaria. From ancient times, it has been called the home of the gods
    and as of yet no man has been able to dwell for long upon its cruel
    facade.
    
    Placing their last hopes for the overthrow of the Empire upon the
    ancient script engraved upon the Royal Ring, Ash and his companions
    travel north by sea to this harsh land.
    
    Meanwhile, after finally obtaining the Flame of Judgment, powerful
    forces were at work within the Empire...
    
    =======================================================================
    =======================================================================
    
    ACT V: THE LEGACY
    
    =======================================================================
    =======================================================================
    
    (Fade into an imperial room. Hel Spites and Dolf Crowley are stood
    around a glass case with a flickering flame inside. A guard stands
    nearby.)
    
    Hel:
    	The Flames of Judgment
    	in their true form...
    	Are they not dazzling?
    	Each man is always at
    	war with the side of his
    	nature that seeks death.
    	Those who pretend to
    	seek glory are merely
    	trying to run from this.
    	Have you never
    	thought about this?
    
    Dolf:
    	...............
    
    (Dolf begins to walk over towards the wall.)
    
    Hel:
    	The Flames of Judgment!
    	........
    	They have the power to
    	lay waste to everything!
    	Such power wasn't meant
    	for man... Even one so
    	great as I...
    	Yet to save the people
    	from pain and suffering
    	I must have power...
    	I learned much from the
    	chaos that followed the
    	revolution...
    
    Dolf:
    	Ha ha. Like a child
    	crying for mommy...
    	You always could
    	make me laugh....
    
    Hel:
    	What!!!
    
    (Dolf draws his sword and strikes the guard down.)
    
    Hel:
    	!!!..........
    
    Dolf:
    	There is no glory
    	in suffering...
    	'Tis better and more
    	natural to allow those
    	who are in pain to die.
    
    (Dolf approaches Hel, sword still drawn.)
    
    Hel:
    	You... You're a...
    
    Dolf:
    	A traitor! Yes!!
    
    (Dolf swings his sword and kills Hel.)
    
    Hel:
    	Gyaaaaaaah!!!
    
    (Promptly a soldier enters the room.)
    
    Soldier:
    	My lord, did I hear
    	something?...
    	What!!
    	What happened!...
    
    Dolf:
    	Stay calm!!
    	The emperor has been
    	felled by an assassin...
    	There may still be time!
    	Quickly! Call a healer!
    
    Soldier:
    	Yes, sir!
    
    (The soldier runs away.)
    
    Dolf:
    	A healer... Ha!
    	He needs only a coffin!
    
    ======= WART BAY ======================================================
    
    (Cut to Ash and his group on a ship moored in a harbour.)
    
    Grog:
    	All square!
    
    Huxley:
    	Oooh... This ship life
    	is difficult work.
    
    Darius:
    	That's cause you're a
    	tired old grouch!
    
    Huxley:
    	It takes one to
    	know one!
    
    Eleni:
    	Stop it you two.
    	Huh? What's that!
    
    (The camera sweeps across to reveal eggworms, golems and various other
    creatures inhabiting the docks.)
    
    Diego:
    	Monsters?!
    
    Ash:
    	Look alive people!
    
    =======================================================================
    
    ** BATTLE IN WART BAY **
    
    VICTORY = Destruction of enemies
    DEFEAT  = Death of Ash
    
    =======================================================================
    
    ======= PIONEER TOWN SORBO ============================================
    
    Ash:
    	Tomorrow we head for
    	the Torog mountains.
    	This is the last rest
    	we'll get for some time.
    	Let's get some sleep.
    
    (Fade to black. Harsh wind can be heard as well as crying birds.)
    
    Girl's voice:
    	Yaaaaaah!
    
    Woman's voice:
    	N...No!!!.....
    
    Man's voice:
    	Save us!...
    
    Girl's voice:
    	Sister, no!...
    
    (Fade in to a small bed chamber where Eleni and Sara are sleeping.
    Eleni sits up suddenly and screams.)
    
    Eleni:
    	Eeeeeek!!!
    
    Sara:
    	What is it?
    	What happened?
    
    Eleni:
    	Oh my!...
    	I... I'm sorry...
    	I had a terrible dream.
    
    Sara:
    	You scared me!
    	That was some scream!
    	What were you
    	dreaming about?!
    
    Eleni:
    	The same dream I've been
    	having since I was small.
    	In the dream, I get
    	sucked into a giant
    	glowing fissure...
    	I'm surrounded by people
    	who seem to know me...
    	They're trying
    	desperately to save me...
    	But they're too late.
    
    Sara:
    	Weird dream! My dreams
    	are all so boring!
    	I wouldn't mind having a
    	dream about some
    	handsome stranger...
    
    Eleni:
    	I thought you and Amon
    	were in love.
    
    (Sara's face goes red.)
    
    Sara:
    	What?! What are you
    	talking about!
    	Anyway, you should get
    	some sleep! We have a
    	big day tomorrow.
    
    Eleni:
    	All right...
    
    (They both go back to sleep.)
    
    ======= TOROG MOUNTAINS ===============================================
    
    (The group are on a wooden bridge over icy water in a snow-filled,
    rocky landscape.)
    
    Dolan:
    	Master Zohar...
    	Please tell us what
    	you think we will find
    	around here.
    
    Zohar:
    	Hmmm... The descendants
    	of the lost people.
    
    Ash:
    	Lost people? Do you
    	really think that...
    
    Darius:
    	Heads up!
    	We got company!!
    
    (Kane and a group of Crimson soldiers appear behind the group.)
    
    Kane;
    	Ash Lambert! This will
    	be your burial place!
    
    Ash:
    	Better men have said
    	that before!!
    
    (On top of a bluff ahead of them, Kurtz is waiting with his own
    group of soldiers.)
    
    Kurtz:
    	I'll stain this snow
    	crimson with your blood!
    
    Kira:
    	We're surrounded!
    
    (Sabina walks up to Kane.)
    
    Sabina:
    	Master Kane,
    	terrible news!!
    
    Kane:
    	What is it Sabina!
    
    Sabina:
    	A messenger arrived...
    	The emperor is dead...
    	He was assassinated
    	by terrorists, they say.
    
    Kane:
    	Father... I can't
    	believe it...
    	I must go to the
    	capital to see for
    	myself.
    	Kurtz, I'm counting on
    	you to take care of
    	Ash for me!
    
    Kurtz:
    	With pleasure!
    
    =======================================================================
    
    ** BATTLE IN TOROG MOUNTAINS **
    
    VICTORY = Defeat of Kurtz
    DEFEAT  = Death of Ash
    
    =======================================================================
    
    * VICTORY *
    
    Kurtz:
    	Ugh! So it was to be
    	my blood instead...
    
    (The group assemble around the base of the bluff.)
    
    Ash:
    	They said the emperor
    	was killed...
    
    Kira:
    	I wonder if it could be
    	Dolf so soon...
    
    Clint:
    	What are you talking
    	about?
    
    Kira:
    	Dolf was waiting for the
    	chance to supplant Hel.
    	If he's behind this,
    	we're in much greater
    	peril than even before.
    	Hel was a lover
    	of power, it's true.
    	But Dolf is insane!
    	He is in love with
    	death!!
    
    Diego:
    	I always thought he was
    	dangerous...
    
    Ash:
    	We need to move
    	faster than ever now!
    
    ======= FRONTIER VILLAGE ==============================================
    
    Ash:
    	What a charming little
    	village.
    
    Amon:
    	Looks pretty boring
    	to me...
    
    Zohar:
    	This is the location
    	inscribed on the ring...
    
    Ash:
    	Well, in any case...
    	Eleni, what's wrong?
    
    Eleni:
    	I feel strange...
    	This is the first time
    	I've been here
    	and yet...
    
    Ash:
    	?..........
    
    * AFTER VISITING THE TAVERN *
    
    Ash:
    	Eleni! You don't
    	look well!
    
    Eleni:
    	I... I do know this
    	village...
    
    Ash:
    	What do you mean?
    
    Eleni:
    	These stone streets...
    	These houses...!
    	Oh no! Flames!!
    	This village will become
    	an ocean of flames!!
    
    Ash:
    	Eleni!!
    	What is it!!
    
    Old Man:
    	What happened?
    
    Ash:
    	Suddenly she just
    	started raving...
    
    Old Man:
    	She can lie down at my
    	house... It's over there.
    
    (Fade to Ash waiting in the room of a house. The old man enters.)
    
    Old Man:
    	She's relaxing now.
    	She was very tired.
    
    Ash:
    	Thank you for
    	everything.
    	My name is
    	Ash Lambert.
    
    Old Man:
    	I'm the village head.
    	Call me Orosius.
    	Tell me, for what
    	purpose have you come
    	to this village?
    
    Ash:
    	Well, the truth is...
    
    (Fade to black, then fade back in again.)
    
    Orosius:
    	Oh... I see.
    	But as you see this is
    	nothing but a mountain
    	village.
    	We have nothing to do
    	with any magic stone
    	or lost people.
    
    Ash:
    	Is that so?...
    
    (Suddenly, a man bursts in through the door carrying a pitchfork.)
    
    Villager:
    	Chief! Monsters!!
    	We were out
    	picking healing herbs
    	when they attacked.
    	Your granddaughter Leena
    	is among them....
    
    Orosius:
    	What?!
    
    Ash:
    	We'll save them!
    	Where do we go?
    
    Villager:
    	The Tsukue Plains north-
    	west of the village.
    
    (The villager leaves. Eleni comes from another room and Ash rushes over
    to her.)
    
    Eleni:
    	I'm going too.
    
    Ash:
    	Are you sure?
    
    Eleni:
    	Don't worry. I'm
    	feeling much better!
    
    ======= TSUKUE PLAINS =================================================
    
    (The whole group is assembled on the plains.)
    
    Ash:
    	There they are!!
    
    (The camera pans across to a man and a small blonde girl in the field.
    There are several monsters nearby, and between the pair and the group.)
    
    Villager:
    	Leena, don't worry about
    	me. Save yourself!
    
    Leena:
    	No, you can't give up!
    	I know! I'll use the
    	spell my granddad
    	taught me...
    	Spirits of the light
    	surround me now...
    	Elemental shield!!
    
    (Leena casts a spell that creates a blue barrier around them.)
    
    Zohar:
    	A little girl casting
    	such a powerful spell!!
    
    Ash:
    	Wow!!.....
    	We don't know how long
    	it will last!
    	Let's get to work!
    
    =======================================================================
    
    ** BATTLE IN TSUKUE PLAINS **
    
    VICTORY = Destruction of enemies
    DEFEAT  = Death of Ash
    
    =======================================================================
    
    * VICTORY *
    
    (Ash and the group are stood around Leena and the man.)
    
    Ash:
    	Are you all right?
    
    Leena:
    	Yes. Thank you!
    
    Diego:
    	Let's get back to
    	the village.
    
    (Fade out. When the screen fades back in, Ash and Zohar are stood
    alone in Tsukue Plains.)
    
    Zohar:
    	The spell that girl
    	used...
    	Only the very highest
    	in our craft know
    	that spell!
    	Also did you notice the
    	markings in the plain?
    
    Ash:
    	Yes, I've seen that
    	mark before.
    	The village chief is
    	trying to hide
    	something from us.
    
    (Ash and Zohar leave, and the camera pans up to reveal a high view of
    the field. There are markings in it resembling a bird with a cross on
    its back. The same markings could be seen on the floor in the castle
    ruins in Act II. Fade to Orosius' house where Ash, Zohar, Orosius and
    Leena are stood.)
    
    Orosius:
    	How can I
    	thank you!
    
    Ash:
    	Start by telling us
    	the truth.
    	What is the secret
    	of this village?
    
    Orosius:
    	Huh? What are
    	you talking about?
    
    Ash:
    	You can't fool us.
    	No normal child could
    	wield a spell of
    	such power!
    	And the pattern carved
    	into the plains? I saw
    	it on Toroah's Ark!
    	And the same mark is on
    	your pendant...
    
    Orosius:
    	...............
    	I see there is no use in
    	trying to deceive 
    	you further...
    	The villagers here are
    	descendants of the
    	ancient Biruni Empire.
    	We were a civilization
    	of sorcerers and sages,
    	but then...
    	Our greatest and most
    	terrible achievement was
    	also our undoing...
    	The Flames
    	of Judgment!
    
    Zohar:
    	Just as I suspected...
    
    Ash:
    	Orosius, please lend
    	us your power!
    
    (Orosius shakes his head.)
    
    Orosius:
    	Sadly, I cannot.
    	Our ancestors took pride
    	in power and walked the
    	path of destruction...
    	The power that they
    	unwittingly unleashed,
    	they later sealed away.
    	We will not use power
    	again. We will not
    	repeat our mistakes.
    
    Ash:
    	You're only running from
    	your responsibilities!
    	Even though you sealed
    	the power, it did not
    	go away.
    	If it truly was your
    	ancestors who unleashed
    	this power...
    	then it is your duty and
    	your obligation to rid us
    	of its menace!
    
    Orosius:
    	...............
    
    Leena:
    	They saved us from
    	certain death!
    	Please! You must lend
    	them your strength!
    
    Orosius:
    	Leena...
    	I have an idea. We will
    	test them to see if their
    	hearts are true.
    	If they can retrieve a
    	claw from Salamander the
    	Dragon, I will help.
    	Leena, guide them to the
    	cave and do not get
    	involved yourself!
    
    Leena:
    	Terrific! I can be
    	your guide!
    
    ======= SMOKING BONES CAVE ============================================
    
    (A cave filled with lava pools.)
    
    Leena:
    	The fire drake is in the
    	back! Be careful!
    
    (Leena leaves.)
    
    =======================================================================
    
    ** BATTLE IN SMOKING BONES CAVE **
    
    VICTORY = Defeat of Dragon
    DEFEAT  = Death of Ash
    
    =======================================================================
    
    * VICTORY *
    
    Fire Dragon:
    	Raaaaaaaarrrrr!!!
    
    ======= FRONTIER VILLAGE ==============================================
    
    (The village is in flames, buildings are crumbling and villagers lay
    dead. Crimson soldiers are around, including Sabina.)
    
    Sabina:
    	Ha ha ha!...
    	Kill them all!
    
    Orosius:
    	Stop!!
    
    Sabina:
    	We'll stop if you tell
    	us where Ash is!
    
    Orosius:
    	I know nothing!
    
    Sabina:
    	Then you shall die
    	for me!
    
    (A Crimson soldier strikes Orosius with his sword.)
    
    Orosius:
    	Gach!
    
    (Ash's group arrives with Leena.)
    
    Leena:
    	Grandfather!!
    
    Ash:
    	You'll pay for that!
    
    Sabina:
    	Indeed! I was about to
    	say the same!
    	You shall pay dearly for
    	the lives of Lando,
    	Dallas and Kurtz!!
    
    Eleni:
    	Move away, Leena.
    	We'll take care of this!
    
    Leena:
    	O...Okay.
    
    =======================================================================
    
    ** BATTLE IN FRONTIER VILLAGE **
    
    VICTORY = Defeat of Sabina
    DEFEAT  = Death of Ash
    
    =======================================================================
    
    * AFTER 4 ROUNDS *
    
    Sabina:
    	Ooof... You are stronger
    	than I thought...
    
    (Kane appears in the village with a group of soldiers.)
    
    Kane:
    	Sabina, I'm back!
    
    Sabina:
    	Master Kane!
    
    Ash:
    	Fresh troops!...
    	We're in trouble!
    
    * IF KANE IS DEFEATED *
    
    Kane:
    	Sabina!...
    	I must retreat!...
    
    Sabina:
    	Kane!
    	Leave it to me!
    
    * IF SABINA IS DEFEATED *
    
    Sabina:
    	Kane!! Help!!
    
    * VICTORY *
    
    (Ash and the group are gathered in the ruins of Frontier Village with
    Orosius, who is laying on the ground.)
    
    Orosius:
    	Ooooooooohhh...
    
    Leena:
    	No! Don't die
    	grandfather!
    
    Ash:
    	Orosius!
    
    Orosius:
    	Ash... It is just as
    	you said...
    	We were running... from
    	the terrifying power that
    	we gave birth to.
    	...But it seems that the
    	time has come...
    	to pay for our lies...
    
    Leena:
    	Grandfather!!
    
    Orosius:
    	Leena... You must go to
    	Orome Lake...
    	Break the seal on the
    	temple... You're the only
    	one left to do it...
    	It shall be reborn... The
    	only power to resist the
    	Flames of Judgment...
    	The sword of
    	destruction...
    	Vandal Heart!!
    
    Ash:
    	Vandal Heart...
    
    Orosius:
    	A sentient blade... as
    	fearful as its name...
    	He who wields it, if
    	there be doubt in his
    	heart, will be cursed.
    	The wielder could become
    	a puppet of evil,
    	spreading pain...
    	But you Ash...
    	You could...
    	You could do it...
    
    Ash:
    	Orosius, be strong!
    
    Orosius:
    	Tell them...
    	Tell them for us...
    	...The people... must not
    	...give in ...to...
    	power......
    
    (Orosius collapses.)
    
    Leena:
    	Grandfather!!!
    
    (Fade to a field with three wooden crosses marking graves. Dolan is
    knelt by the front marker with Amon and Sara behind him. He stands.)
    
    Amon:
    	Another sacrifice...
    	I hope what we're
    	fighting for really
    	has meaning...
    
    Dolan:
    	That will be judged by
    	later generations.
    	We have to trust our
    	own conscience. By the
    	way, where's Leena?
    
    Sara:
    	Eleni is going to check
    	on her. Poor girl...
    
    Dolan:
    	Poor girl she
    	may be...
    	But right now, our only
    	hopes are riding on her!
    
    (Fade to Leena crying on the floor of the house with Eleni stood by
    her.)
    
    Leena:
    	Boo hoo... What am I
    	going to do now?
    	My grandfather... The
    	whole village dead.
    	I'm all alone!...
    
    Eleni:
    	Leena, you're not
    	alone!
    	Nobody is alone in this
    	world... Everyone is
    	connected in some way!
    
    Leena:
    	You too?
    
    Eleni:
    	Me too... I have no
    	family left either...
    	And yet I know that I'm
    	not alone. I have Ash,
    	Huxley and the others.
    	You too, Leena! You're
    	one of us now!
    
    Leena:
    	Really? You'll take
    	me with you?
    
    Eleni:
    	Of course... Here, take
    	this pendant of mine.
    
    Leena:
    	It's beautiful!...
    
    Eleni:
    	I was wearing this when
    	they found me...
    	I was an orphan baby
    	with only this pendant to
    	show who I really was.
    	I'm giving this to you
    	because now I know
    	who I am. I'm me!
    	Someday you'll know what
    	I mean... Let's go back
    	to the others, okay?
    
    Leena:
    	Okay!...
    
    ======= OROME LAKE ====================================================
    
    (The group are gathered with Leena at the edge of Orome Lake. Leena
    is stood on a marked panel.)
    
    Darius:
    	If this is Orome Lake,
    	then where's the temple?
    
    Leena:
    	Hee hee...
    	Watch this.
    	Spirits of the lake,
    	keep thy pledge to the
    	emperors of Biruni...
    	De gustibus non est
    	disputandum!
    
    (Leena casts a spell which causes a large temple to rise from the
    water.)
    
    Diego:
    	That was really cool!
    	...Oh no, what's this?
    
    (Golden machines appear at the temple doors, resembling golems from
    before but more hi-tech.)
    
    Guardian:
    	Survive this trial to
    	receive our guidance.
    
    Kira:
    	They're not gonna let us
    	pass without a fight!
    
    Leena:
    	If I can reach the gate
    	they should fall back!
    
    Ash:
    	Let's protect Leena and
    	get her to the gate!
    
    =======================================================================
    
    ** BATTLE ON OROME LAKE **
    
    VICTORY = Move Leena to entrance
    DEFEAT  = Death of Ash or Leena
    
    =======================================================================
    
    * WHEN LEENA REACHES THE SECOND PANEL *
    
    Leena:
    	By the blood that runs
    	through my veins...
    	Sic transit gloria
    	mundi!!
    
    (Another part of the temple rises from the water, creating a bridge
    for the group to pass through but revealing more guardians.)
    
    * WHEN LEENA REACHES THE THIRD PANEL *
    
    Leena:
    	Rise again from your
    	ancient slumber...
    	Nun aut nunquam!
    
    (Another part of the temple rises from the water, creating a bridge
    for the group to pass through but revealing more guardians.)
    
    * VICTORY *
    
    (Inside the temple, the Vandal Heart is suspended inside a spinning
    blue energy field. The temple interior resembles the same temple
    where the group faced Magnus.)
    
    Ash:
    	So this is...
    	Vandal Heart!
    
    Zohar:
    	Leena, it's up to you to
    	unseal the sword.
    
    Leena:
    	I'll try!
    
    (Leena walks forward.)
    
    Man's voice:
    	Go no further!
    
    (Xeno teleports in behind the group.)
    
    Ash:
    	It's Xeno!
    
    Xeno:
    	I took a chance at
    	following you...
    	I had no idea that you
    	would find a relic of
    	this magnitude!
    	The fabled Vandal Heart,
    	sword of destruction!
    
    Zohar:
    	Xeno, don't get any
    	foolish ideas!
    
    Xeno:
    	Ha! Even you can't stop
    	me now, Zohar!
    	I've discovered the
    	secrets of phase magic
    	...Dimension Hole!!
    
    Zohar:
    	He's summoned a space-
    	time rift by himself!
    
    (Xeno casts a spell which creates a vortex shimmering with runic
    symbols. It is the same one seen when Ash, Grog and Sara were
    sucked into the Plains of Sorrow (end of Act 2). The vortex shoots
    towards Leena.)
    
    Leena:
    	Gyaaaaaah!!
    
    Eleni:
    	Leena!!
    
    (Eleni tries to run to Leena, but Ash stops her.)
    
    Ash:
    	Eleni, no!!
    
    Eleni:
    	Leena!
    	...Leena!
    
    Leena:
    	Eleni, help!
    
    (The vortex closes and Leena is gone.)
    
    Xeno:
    	Ha! You're last
    	chance is gone!
    	See you at the
    	apocalypse!
    	Ha ha ha...
    
    (Xeno teleports away.)
    
    Ash:
    	Now what are we
    	gonna do...
    
    Diego:
    	Shit!!
    
    Zohar:
    	Sealed for eternity...
    
    Eleni:
    	That's not true!...
    
    Ash:
    	Huh?...
    
    Eleni:
    	I... I just remembered
    	...The truth is...
    	I am Leena...
    	Leena is Eleni!...
    	Is me...
    
    Ash:
    	Eleni, are you well?
    	Sit down and rest!
    
    Eleni:
    	I'm fine Ash. It's just
    	that I know who I am.
    	Everyone, Leena's fine!
    	She came out of the rift
    	18 years in the past.
    	She'll wander around a
    	little, but soon she'll
    	be found by Magnus!
    
    Zohar:
    	So you mean that...
    
    Eleni:
    	Yes, Leena is myself
    	from the past!
    	Don't give up hope! As
    	the last Biruni mage,
    	I can break this seal!
    
    (Eleni begins to cast a spell.)
    
    Eleni:
    	Soul sword, make with us
    	a contract of blood...
    	Morituri te salumatus!
    
    (Energy flows from Eleni and the barrier around the Vandal Heart
    disappears.)
    
    Eleni:
    	Ash, take the sword!!
    
    (Ash takes the Vandal Heart, and begins to glow white.)
    
    Ash:
    	My entire body...
    	It's flowing with energy!
    	So this...
    	This is Vandal Heart!
    
    =======================================================================
    =======================================================================
    
    ACT V: THE LEGACY
    			    END
    
    =======================================================================
    =======================================================================
    
    Having acquired the great sword, Vandal Heart, the only power which
    can resist the Flames of Judgment, Ash and his friends set off for the
    city of Shumeria to take their part in the Liberation Army's final
    assault.
    
    At the same time, Dolf, who had been secretly hiding his true ambition
    for years, saw the chaos after the death of Emperor Hel as his great
    chance to grasp the reigns of power.
    
    =======================================================================
    =======================================================================
    
    ACT VI: A FOOL'S EPITAPH
    
    =======================================================================
    =======================================================================
    
    (Having left Glasgow Town, Ash and his group arrive at Fort Gareth.
    Kane is stood on battlements.)
    
    Kane:
    	Lando, Dallas, Kurtz,
    	Sabina and father...
    	Lend me your power...
    
    Messenger:
    	Master Kane, Ash and his
    	men are here!
    
    Kane:
    	So it's finally time!
    
    (Ash and the others are seen at the entrance to the fort.)
    
    Ash:
    	There's no need for
    	further bloodshed.
    	I'm not even sure
    	who the real enemy
    	is now!
    
    Kane:
    	Are you referring to
    	Dolf perhaps?
    	That's got nothing to do
    	with what's between
    	you and I!
    	I promised I would kill
    	you with my own hands
    	and I will!
    
    Ash:
    	Let's see if you
    	can do that!!
    
    =======================================================================
    
    ** BATTLE AT FORT GARETH **
    
    VICTORY = Defeat of Kane
    DEFEAT  = Death of Ash
    
    =======================================================================
    
    * AFTER 1 ROUND *
    
    Kane:
    	Ash, I've hated you since
    	officer training school!
    	Son of a traitorous dog!
    	Acting like one of the
    	elite... How dare you!
    	Now I'll show you what a
    	lowlife you really are!
    
    Ash:
    	Come on then, Kane!
    
    Kane:
    	I'll feast on your still
    	beating heart!!
    
    * WHEN ASH'S GROUP BREACH THE INNER WALL *
    
    Kane:
    	They keep coming!
    	Can nothing stop them?
    
    (Xeno teleports in.)
    
    Xeno:
    	It's not time to
    	give up yet...
    
    Kane:
    	You're Dolf's pet wizard
    	aren't you?!
    
    Xeno:
    	Surrender to me
    	your soul...
    	and I will use my arts
    	to transform you into a
    	creature of the dark!
    
    Kane:
    	I'll not take the
    	coward's road!!
    
    Xeno:
    	I thought you wanted
    	Ash dead, no?
    
    Kane:
    	Damn... Very well.
    	I grant you my soul.
    
    Xeno:
    	Ha! Superb! In return
    	I grant you victory!
    
    (Colourful, magic explosions erupt around Kane.)
    
    Kane:
    	Kyaaaaaaaaaaa!!!
    
    Xeno:
    	Ha ha! Now you're just a
    	mindless killing machine!
    
    (Xeno disappears.)
    
    Ash:
    	Fool! He's abandoned
    	humanity!
    	I can't believe he
    	went that far!
    
    (Kane is now shrouded in dark purple energy.)
    
    Kane:
    	...Ash...Ash...
    	Ashhhhh!!!!!
    
    * WHEN KANE IS DEFEATED *
    
    Kane:
    	Yaaarrrgggg!!!
    	Ash... I hate you!!!
    	You've destroyed
    	everything I love!
    	I'll be waiting for you
    	in the gates of hell!!
    
    ======= COBALT BEACH ==================================================
    
    (Ash is stood alone in the darkness. Strange shapes can be seen against
    the sky.)
    
    Ash:
    	What is this place?
    
    Voice:
    	Son of a traitor!!
    
    Ash:
    	Who said that?
    
    Man's Voice:
    	You sold out our
    	country!!
    
    Woman's Voice:
    	You and your father are
    	the shame of this land!!
    
    Ash:
    	Stop..stop it!!
    
    Child's Voice:
    	Traitor! Traitor!!
    
    Old Person's Voice:
    	You'll never be anything
    	but a dirty lowlife!!
    
    Kane's Voice:
    	I hate you! I'll hate
    	you for all eternity!!
    
    Ash:
    	Stooooooooop!!!
    
    (Suddenly the darkness fades and Ash is stood on green grass with all
    his companions.)
    
    Clint:
    	Ash!!
    	Ash what's wrong!
    
    Ash:
    	Uhhh..........
    	I... Sorry
    	about that...
    
    Eleni:
    	Are you okay?
    	You don't look well.
    
    Ash:
    	No, really...
    	I'm fine.
    	It's nearly time for us
    	to link up our forces
    	with Clive.
    
    (Across the field we see a large group of centurions and grenadiers.)
    
    Kira:
    	First we'll have to deal
    	with those guys!!
    
    =======================================================================
    
    ** BATTLE ON COBALT BEACH **
    
    VICTORY = Destruction of enemies
    DEFEAT  = Death of Ash
    
    =======================================================================
    
    * AFTER 1 ROUND *
    
    Voice:
    	Traitor's son!
    
    Ash:
    	?!Huh?...
    	Who said that?!
    
    * AFTER 2 ROUNDS *
    
    [Kane's] Voice:
    	I'll hate you forever!!
    
    Ash:
    	Again that voice!
    	Can't you hear it?!
    
    * AFTER 3 ROUNDS *
    
    Voice:
    	You sold out your
    	country! Traitor!!
    
    Ash:
    	Stop!!
    	Why won't you stop!!
    
    * VICTORY *
    
    Eleni:
    	Ash, are you really
    	all right?!
    
    (The scene fades away until it is just Ash in the blackness again.)
    
    Voice:
    	Traitor!
    	Renegade!
    
    Voice:
    	Turncoat!
    
    Voice:
    	You big jerk!
    
    Ash:
    	Someone stop these
    	voices in my head!
    
    (Ash erupts in the same kind of explosions that Kane did. When they
    dissipate, he has a dark, eerie tone to his flesh and armour.)
    
    Eleni:
    	Ash, what is it?!
    
    Ash:
    	Help meee!!!
    
    (Ash takes a swipe at Eleni.)
    
    Eleni:
    	Eeeeeek!!
    
    Dolan:
    	Eleni! Get away
    	from there!
    
    Ash:
    	Do not call me...
    	a traitor!!!
    
    (Clive appears and hurries over.)
    
    Clive:
    	What... What's going on?
    
    Zohar:
    	Vandal Heart is vying to
    	control Ash's soul!
    	His trauma from being
    	called a traitor as a boy
    	is emerging!
    
    Clive:
    	What can we do!
    
    Ash:
    	All of you...
    	Die! Die! Die!
    
    (Ash suddenly creates a wave of white energy that forces everybody
    back.)
    
    Clive:
    	Stop!...
    	Stop it, Ash!
    
    (Clive approaches Ash.)
    
    Clint:
    	Clive, look out!
    
    Ash:
    	Gwaaaahhhh!
    
    (Ash strikes Clive down. The dark energy fades and rain begins to fall.
    Clive is gasping on the ground.)
    
    Ash:
    	...What... What have
    	I wrought!
    	Please Clive!
    	Please don't die!!
    
    Clive:
    	Huff... It's better this
    	way, Ash.
    
    Ash:
    	What!!
    
    Clive:
    	I'll never forget that
    	fateful day 18 years
    	ago...
    
    (The screen fades to black, then shows a flashback to a castle room.
    Two men are stood there.)
    
    Ash's father, Aldor:
    	Arris, I'll cover you!
    	Go out the back!
    
    Arris the Sage:
    	No, Aldor!
    	I won't forsake you...
    
    (Clive and several imperial soldiers enter through a large door.)
    
    Clive:
    	Aldor Lambert, surrender
    	the traitor Arris!
    
    Aldor:
    	Stop it Clive!
    	You've been deceived!
    
    Clive:
    	Don't interfere or
    	you'll be hurt too!!
    
    Aldor:
    	Listen to me Clive!
    	This is part of a plan
    	to ensnare
    	Arris the Sage!
    
    (Clive draws his sword.)
    
    Clive:
    	I'll listen no more!!
    	Put up your sword!
    
    Aldor:
    	I didn't want to fight,
    	but I have no choice...
    
    Clive:
    	Have at you!!
    
    (The screen fades to black and we hear the clash of swords, followed
    by a deathly scream.)
    
    Clive:
    	I found out later that
    	Aldor spoke the truth.
    	They were just using me
    	to sabotage the new
    	government...
    	After I discovered the
    	truth, I tried to make a
    	public announcement.
    	But the person that
    	deceived me had already
    	been killed in the war...
    	I said nothing for fear
    	of derailing the peace
    	process...
    	And so the truth has
    	not been spoken until
    	this day...
    
    (Fade back in to the rainy scene.)
    
    Clive:
    	Ash, you're father was				[sic]
    	no traitor!!...
    
    Ash:
    	Clive!!
    
    Zohar:
    	We may yet save him!
    	Let's return to town!!
    
    =======================================================================
    
    (Cut to Ash alone in a room. Eleni enters.)
    
    Eleni:
    	Here you are, Ash.
    	Clive, will be fine!
    
    Ash:
    	Thank the gods! I was
    	so worried...
    	But I nearly killed him!
    	I'm in no condition to
    	keep fighting...
    
    Eleni:
    	What are you talking
    	about Ash!
    
    Ash:
    	I can never forgive
    	myself...
    
    Eleni:
    	Listen to me Ash!
    	Your father, Clive...
    	Everyone was fighting for
    	a better tomorrow...
    	You must continue the
    	good fight that your
    	father died for!
    
    Ash:
    	Eleni...
    
    Eleni:
    	It's your turn now, Ash.
    	You mustn't use guilt as
    	an excuse to avoid
    	responsibility!
    
    Ash:
    	You're right Eleni.
    	It's just as you say.
    	I've been selfish for
    	too long. It's time to
    	do my duty!
    
    Eleni:
    	Complete your father's
    	dying wish!
    
    Ash:
    	My father's dying
    	wish...
    
    (Ash pulls something from his armour.)
    
    Eleni:
    	That's the same ocarina
    	from before!
    
    (Ash plays the tune he played after the Rhine Bridge battle in Act 1.)
    
    Ash:
    	Yes... It's a memento
    	from my father.
    	All those years I hated
    	him, but I just couldn't
    	throw it away.
    	I guess all those years
    	part of me never stopped
    	believing in him.
    
    Eleni:
    	Ash...
    
    Ash:
    	We're finally near the
    	end of all this madness.
    	Come on, let's go!
    
    ======= CAPITAL SHUMERIA ==============================================
    
    (A scene of carnage. Crimson Guard soldiers are in the city streets
    and are being killed by monsters.)
    
    Imperial Soldier:
    	Hyaaaaaaahhh!!
    
    Imperial Soldier:
    	Waaaaaaahhhh!!
    
    Imperial Soldier:
    	Gyaaaaaahhhh!!
    
    Ash:
    	Monsters attacking Imperial Soldiers!?!
    
    (One soldier runs up to Ash.)
    
    Imperial Soldiers:
    	Help... Help us!
    
    Ash:
    	Tell us what's going
    	on here!
    
    Imperial Soldier:
    	Councilor Dolf took the
    	Flames of Judgment and
    	holed himself up in the
    	great temple 3 days ago.
    	He said something...
    	about a magic ceremony
    	to destroy the
    	rebel army...
    	After that, powerful
    	monsters appeared and
    	nearly wiped us out!
    	This country
    	is finished!!
    
    (The soldier flees.)
    
    Ash:
    	What's going on at
    	the great temple?!
    
    Zohar:
    	I think I know what
    	happened...
    	A powerful negative force
    	is wielding the flames,
    	and the resultant dark
    	energy has created a
    	vortex to some dark and
    	evil dimension, I think.
    
    Xeno:
    	Exactly...
    
    Zohar:
    	Xeno, is this what you
    	wanted all along?
    
    Xeno:
    	My heart has ever
    	yearned to know...
    	to what heady heights a
    	man may climb have he but
    	the will and the power!
    	Teacher, I'll not allow
    	you to stop me from
    	my dream!
    
    =======================================================================
    
    ** BATTLE IN CAPITAL SHUMERIA **
    
    VICTORY = Defeat of Xeno
    DEFEAT  = Death of Ash
    
    =======================================================================
    
    * AFTER 1 ROUND *
    
    Sara:
    	We've reached the
    	endgame at long last!
    
    Amon:
    	We must win even if it
    	means our deaths!
    
    Dolan:
    	You're wrong, Amon!
    	We fight to live! If we
    	die, what good is
    	our victory?
    
    Sara:
    	Amon, you have another
    	good reason to live too!
    
    Amon:
    	Hey, is that a promise?
    
    Sara:
    	Not a promise. Call it
    	an incentive.
    
    * AFTER 2 ROUNDS *
    
    Clint:
    	Kira... If we
    	survive this war...
    
    Kira:
    	What? I couldn't
    	hear you.
    
    Clint:
    	Nothing... I said
    	'be careful!'
    
    Kira:
    	Yeah... You too.
    
    * VICTORY *
    
    Xeno:
    	Yeeeeoooowwww!!!
    	You have slain me!...
    
    =======================================================================
    
    (The group are gathered in Shumeria's streets.)
    
    Zohar:
    	Xeno was a man very much
    	like other men.
    	Mankind has ever had an
    	insatiable desire for
    	knowledge and truth...
    
    Dolan:
    	But not everyone kills
    	for that desire.
    
    Grog:
    	...Well anyway, we still
    	gotta deal with Dolf!
    	Are we ready to attack
    	as we are, Ash?
    
    -----------------------------------------------------------------------
    
    * QUESTION *
    >	1. Not yet...
    >	2. Let's go!
    
    * ANSWER *
    >	1. Not yet...
    
    Ash:
    	Not yet, we need to
    	resupply first!
    
    * ANSWER *
    >	2. Let's go!
    
    Ash:
    	Let's go! This is the
    	final battle!
    
    -----------------------------------------------------------------------
    
    =======================================================================
    
    (Dolf is stood at the head of what looks like a church or palace. Ash's
    group are at the entrance, and between them are numerous monsters.)
    
    Dolf:
    	Impressive! I greatly
    	underestimated you!
    
    Ash:
    	Dolf... What are you
    	planning?!
    	If this continues,
    	everyone in Ishtaria
    	will wind up dead!
    	Do you want to be the
    	ruler of a kingdom
    	of ghosts?!
    
    Dolf:
    	Ho ho. You completely
    	misunderstand me!
    	It is neither power
    	nor glory that I seek...
    	It is revenge for the
    	death of my father,
    	Arris, that I seek!
    
    Eleni:
    	Arris the Sage!
    	The greatest hero of
    	Ishtaria was your
    	father?!...
    
    Dolf:
    	Father was the greatest
    	patriot of our history!
    	But he was used and
    	thrown away like a
    	lump of coal...
    	His place in history
    	was forgotten even
    	as the people...
    	enjoyed the prosperity
    	that was hard won
    	with his blood!
    	I vowed I would take
    	revenge on those people
    	who forgot him!
    	It was then that I met
    	Xeno and learned of the
    	Flames of Judgment...
    
    Zohar:
    	Fool! To use such power
    	for petty revenge!
    	You would destroy the
    	world to settle your own
    	puny debts?!
    
    Dolf:
    	Your words move me not!
    	This unclean world
    	can only be cleansed
    	with fire!
    
    Ash:
    	You're wrong!
    	Though this world may
    	be wicked, life itself
    	is precious!
    	Good and evil, love and
    	hate. Each man contains
    	the potential for both.
    	You would exterminate
    	mankind for their sins?
    	I would fight the gods
    	themselves to save them!
    
    Dolf:
    	Sanctimonious whelp!
    	How many souls have you
    	yourself released from
    	their corporeal bondage?
    	Well then... Why don't
    	you see if you can
    	stop me!
    
    =======================================================================
    
    ** BATTLE IN CAPITAL SHUMERIA **
    
    VICTORY = Defeat of Dolf
    DEFEAT  = Death of Ash
    
    =======================================================================
    
    * WHEN DOLF IS DEFEATED *
    
    Dolf:
    	Fool!... Let's see you
    	handle this!
    
    (Explosions erupt around Dolf. When they stop he has become 'Dolf
    Dark Angel', a winged, hooded version of himself.)
    
    * WHEN DOLF DARK ANGEL IS DEFEATED *
    
    Dolf:
    	Yaaaaarrrrrggg!!!!
    
    =======================================================================
    
    (The group are all gathered around Dolf as he lays on the floor.)
    
    Dolf:
    	Uuuuuhhhh.......
    
    Dolan:
    	It's finally over...
    
    Dolf:
    	F...Father...
    
    Ash:
    	Dolf, it's over.
    	Let it go.
    	Revenge for your father.
    	I understand you better
    	than you know...
    	But after revenge is
    	taken, nothing remains
    	but a painful scar...
    	Dolf, you can
    	begin again.
    	With your genius you
    	could do much to help
    	rebuild this country.
    
    Dolf:
    	Uggg...
    	Help this country?...
    	Help this country?!
    	You still do not
    	understand...
    	This country was headed
    	for annihilation anyway!
    	I am merely accelerating
    	and purifying the means
    	of its destruction...
    
    Ash:
    	...............
    
    Dolf:
    	Now the world shall be
    	judged as was my father!
    
    Zohar:
    	!?!... Dolf, don't do it!
    	You must stop!!
    
    Dolf:
    	Flames of Judgment!
    	Devour all you see!
    	Devour our souls!
    	Devour the world!!
    
    (An orange ball of energy forms above Dolf. White light flashes,
    followed by explosions in the room. Dolf vanishes.)
    
    Dolan:
    	With his last effort he
    	released the flames!!
    
    Eleni:
    	It can't be true!!
    	Who can save us now?!
    
    Clint:
    	It's no good!
    	It keeps expanding!
    
    Ash:
    	I'll use Vandal Heart to
    	disperse its power!
    
    Zohar:
    	Ash, no!!
    	It's too dangerous!
    
    Ash:
    	Well here goes nothing!
    	Yaaaahhhhhh!!!!
    
    (Ash leaps forward into the energy ball and symbols appear suddenly,
    then a bright flash. When it fades, Ash is gone.)
    
    Diego:
    	Did... Did it work?
    
    Zohar:
    	It looks like the flames
    	have gone out, but...
    
    Eleni:
    	Ash!...
    	Where's Ash?!
    
    Darius:
    	He... He disappeared
    	with the flames...
    
    Eleni:
    	No!... Ash!...
    	Come back, Ash!!
    
    =======================================================================
    =======================================================================
    
    ACT VI: A FOOL'S EPITAPH
    			    END
    
    =======================================================================
    =======================================================================
    
    
    Ash, gone from this world, was never to be seen again...
    
    With Hel and Dolf gone, the Empire quickly crumbled. Ishtaria was once
    more set back on the path of democracy. However, the wounds left by the
    empire were deep indeed. As a result of the purges which left many
    dead, the new government faced a difficult task indeed. In the
    countryside, thieves still make their own laws and only the strong can
    survive. Ultimately not much changed since before the war started.
    
    People still must make their way by force of their will. It is only
    when the people lose this will that evil is able to flourish and
    take power.
    
    During this time, Ash's friends began to drift away...
    
    Dolan became a statesman and helped to rebuild Ishtaria.
    (Image: Dolan stood on a podium.)
    
    Kira took off by herself on a journey of self-discovery.
    (Image: Kira riding a horse across a field by a lake.)
    
    While Clint, new head of the SDF, waited for her return. Recently there
    have been rumors that the two will marry.
    (Image: Clint sat among Kira's belongings reading a letter.)
    
    Diego returned to Kerachi to continue the family business.
    (Image: Diego sat at a desk, looking somewhat bored.)
    
    Amon became Darius' apprentice machine maker.
    (Image: Amon tinkering with some cogs and large machinery.)
    
    Sara got a job in a nearby bakery to be close to Amon.
    (Image: Sara slumped over the counter staring longingly.)
    
    Grog and Zohar sailed all over the world together.
    (Image: Grog standing at the bow of a ship while Zohar sits nearby,
    reading from a large book.)
    
    Huxley is always at home working on his stamp collection.
    (Image: Huxley holding a stamp with a pair of tweezers with several
    stamp books scattered around.)
    
    	The days go by one
    	after the other...
    
    (Eleni is sat alone at a desk in a room.)
    
    Eleni:
    	The days go by one
    	after the other...
    	An endless procession
    	of tomorrows...
    	But nothing new
    	to write about...
    
    (Ash's ocarina melody is heard.)
    
    Eleni:
    	!!..........
    	That ocarina!...
    	That melody!...
    	Could it be!!
    
    (She walks over to the door and goes outside.)
    
    Eleni:
    	It is!...
    	Welcome back!...
    	I've been waiting
    	so long!
    
    =======================================================================
    
    	Congratulations
    
    	You are the master of Vandal Hearts
    
    	Thank you for playing.
    	See you in the next episode.
    
    =======================================================================
    ======= END ===========================================================
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    EXTRA DIALOGUE AND NOTES
    
    =======================================================================
    =======================================================================
    
    This includes:
    	Speech given by people in towns (taverns and dojo)
    	Holy Key battles
    	Character battle death quotes
    	Character train death quotes (4.4)
    	Character bridge death quotes (5.2)
    	Character river death quotes (5.5)
    	Errors in Vandal Hearts script/translation
    
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    SPEECH GIVEN BY PEOPLE IN TOWNS
    =======================================================================
    =======================================================================
    
    ======= CAPITAL SHUMERIA ==============================================
    
    Bartender:
    	I thought it would get
    	better after the war.
    	But now everything is
    	taxed and you can't walk
    	on the streets at night.
    
    Young man:
    	The streets are filled
    	with criminals and our
    	council is filled with
    	politicians who only
    	care about padding
    	their own nests.
    	Now it's daily terrorist
    	threats. What's going to
    	happen to this country?
    
    Woman:
    	The terrorists killed
    	Mr. Smetana, head of the
    	council just 3 days ago...
    	They say it was the work
    	of the Old Royalists...
    	But if you ask me, it
    	could have been any of a
    	dozen different groups.
    	I'm just surprised it
    	didn't happen sooner.
    
    Old man:
    	If Arris were here to
    	see how things have
    	turned out...
    	I wonder what he would say.
    
    
    ======= PORT CITY MINATO ==============================================
    
    Bartender:
    	A ship? I don't think
    	you'll have much luck.
    	The pirate, Hassan,
    	has been prowling
    	this area recently.
    	Everyone's so afraid
    	that all trade has been
    	brought to a halt.
    
    Man:
    	A relative of mine lives
    	on Gillbaris Island, but
    	all contact's been cut
    	off cause of that damned
    	pirate! I hope he's okay.
    
    Old man:
    	A monster is living in
    	the sand dune near town.
    	Pirates in the sea and
    	monsters in the sand.
    	What's next?
    
    Woman: (after defeating the Death Ant)
    	Now I can go back to
    	tanning on the dunes!
    	Please accept this
    	family heirloom
    	in return.
    (You got the Key of Nova!)
    Woman:
    	Now if we could only be
    	rid of those pirates!
    
    
    ======= YUZU VILLAGE ==================================================
    
    Bartender:
    	Thank you for saving us.
    	If it wasn't for you, we
    	might have been mindless
    	zombies forever!
    
    Man:
    	Before the revolution,
    	the Royal Family made it
    	illegal to study the
    	ruins. They were afraid
    	that archeologists would
    	discover that the legend
    	about the Royal Family
    	and the origins of the
    	country were untrue.
    	Recently, they found
    	out there was an
    	advanced civilization
    	here long, long ago.
    
    Old man:
    	Those Royals were a
    	corrupt bunch all right.
    	And yet they were of the
    	Ashah Dynasty, children
    	of Toroah the Messiah.
    	Perhaps one day we'll
    	all be punished for
    	overthrowing them.
    
    Young man:
    	I found this weird fruit
    	the other day...
    	But then I dropped it
    	while running away from
    	a monster...
    	That was right next to
    	that cross shaped
    	poisonous swamp...
    
    Young man: (if you give him the banana)
    	You found that weird
    	banana for me!
    	It was laying in
    	the poison swamp
    	so I can't eat it, but
    	please take this in
    	return! I found it
    	near the ruins.
    (You got the Key of Earth!)
    Young man:
    	It's pretty darn
    	strange, huh?
    
    ======= REMOTE TOWN ===================================================
    
    Bartender:
    	Welcome!...Huh?
    	Never seen you before!
    	Ha. You must have some
    	bad luck to materialize
    	in this dimension!
    Ash:
    	???...What are you
    	talking about?
    Bartender:
    	This is a loophole
    	in time.
    	This is the town at the
    	end of the world.
    
    Old Man:
    	The flow of time is
    	not an absolute.
    	It's more like the
    	weather. Sometimes
    	there are disturbances.
    	I've seen birds and
    	small dogs come through
    	rips in time-space.
    
    Man:
    	Most of the people who
    	enter a warp just get
    	spit out elsewhere,
    	but some people wind up
    	in this damned town!
    	Like me...
    
    Woman:
    	You want to leave
    	this town? Simple.
    	Exit this town and keep
    	walking. The winds of
    	time will take you
    	somewhere, but you can't
    	predict when and where
    	you will appear.
    
    ======= TERASU VILLAGE ================================================
    
    Bartender:
    	Before Emperor Hel came
    	to power, people thought
    	the Royalists were
    	behind the terrorist
    	attacks.
    	But it looks like those
    	were lies spread by
    	Hel's party.
    
    Young Man:
    	The Empire has been
    	doing strange things.
    	On one hand they're busy
    	stamping out rebels.
    	On the other hand
    	they're digging up ruins.
    	What's going on?
    
    Woman:
    	The army's made up of
    	criminals and thugs.
    	But the Crimson Guards
    	are something different.
    	I've heard that at the
    	top there are 5 Crimson
    	Generals.
    	It is said that none
    	has ever been bested in
    	personal combat.
    
    ======= KHANOS CITY ===================================================
    
    Bartender:
    	I'm not afraid of these
    	army boys...
    	But the leaders of the
    	Crimson Guard are
    	really scary...
    
    Man:
    	Archeologists have made
    	great finds recently.
    	They discovered that an
    	ancient advanced
    	civilization existed
    	and something called a
    	train that runs between
    	Kerachi and the capital.
    
    Old Man:
    	The civilization that
    	they just discovered...
    	That must be the Biruni
    	Empire described in
    	the Holy Tome.
    	Then what happened to
    	the Flames of Judgment
    	that destroyed it?
    
    ======= TRADE CITY KERACHI ============================================
    
    Bartender:
    	This town owes it all
    	to Carlo Lisbon.
    	Maybe he does do some
    	shady deals, but if
    	not for him...
    
    Old Man:
    	Have you seen our
    	precious train?
    	'Tis a wonderous relic
    	from a dead civilization.
    	It runs all the
    	way to the capital!
    
    Woman:
    	It's so strange...
    	What could destroy
    	a culture that made
    	something as incredible
    	as the train?
    	Maybe they're still
    	alive somewhere...
    
    Man:
    	I collect strange and
    	rare things objects.
    	But it looks like
    	there's nothing in these
    	parts to interest me.
    	Where are the 3 sacred
    	treasures everyone is
    	looking for?
    
    * IF PLAYER GIVES MAN MACROMAN, TAROT AND RAMEN *
    
    Man:
    	I collect strange and
    	rare things objects.
    	You have them!!!
    	The 3 sacred treasures!
    	The magical macroman!
    	The legendary rider card!
    	The fabled heavy ramen!
    	I admire your good
    	taste. Please add this
    	to your collection!
    
    	You got the Key of Chaos!
    Man:
    	One man's garbage is
    	another man's treasure.
    
    ======= PIONEER TOWN SORBO ============================================
    
    Bartender:
    	This is the last town
    	on the frontier.
    	But the legends claim
    	that a magical city lies
    	beyond here.
    
    Man:
    	Better be careful
    	'round these parts!
    	We got monsters and
    	villains of all sorts
    	around here.
    
    Old Man:
    	The Torog mountains are
    	the homes of the gods!
    	Before you go, you had
    	best make your peace
    	with them!
    
    ======= FRONTIER VILLAGE ==============================================
    
    Bartender:
    	It's rare to have
    	visitors in these parts.
    	Have a nice stay
    	while you're here.
    
    Man:
    	There's nothing to see
    	around here.
    	Nuthin in my granddad's
    	day, nuthin in my dad's
    	day and nuthin in my day.
    	They'll probably be
    	nuthin here in my son's
    	day either.
    
    Woman:
    	You think we're an
    	ancient people?
    	Ha ha ha. Well my
    	granddad is over 100!
    
    * AFTER BATTLE ON TSUKUE PLAINS *
    
    Bartender:
    	Thank you.
    	That was my brother that
    	you saved on the
    	Tsukue Plains.	
    
    Man:
    	We threw away our
    	culture...
    	But I often long for the
    	greatness and majesty
    	of our ancestors.
    
    Woman:
    	I'm frightened by
    	monsters around here...
    	But it's better than the
    	evil power that our
    	people created!
    
    Old Man:
    	We just want to live our
    	lives in peace...
    	If you'll keep our
    	village's secret, I'll
    	give you a tip...
    	In the dragon's lair,
    	search the center of the
    	smallest lava lake.
    	What you find will be
    	of great use to you!
    
    ======= GLASGOW TOWN ==================================================
    
    Bartender:
    	The Empire is finished.
    	Emperor Hel's death was
    	the final nail in the
    	coffin, no pun intended.
    	Now everyone's rushing
    	to line up on the side
    	of the rebels.
    
    Man:
    	The imperial army has
    	fallen to pieces all over
    	the country.
    	But the Crimson Guard
    	still strikes fear into
    	the heart of their foes.
    
    Old Man:
    	Now everyone's screaming
    	for a revolution, but...
    	they say that a country
    	always gets the leaders
    	it deserves, don't they?
    	
    Weird Man:
    	?!... Do I know
    	you stranger?
    	Art thou the hero
    	eternal?...
    	Nay, I was mistook!
    
    * IF THE PLAYER HAS 5 PRISMS *
    
    Weird Man:
    	?!... Do I know
    	you stranger?
    	Thou art the hero
    	eternal!! The holder
    	of the 5 prisms!
    	Take the final key
    	oh great one!
    
    You got the Key of Heaven.
    
    Mystery Man:
    	At last my journey is
    	finally over...
    
    =======================================================================
    =======================================================================
    	DOJO
    =======================================================================
    =======================================================================
    
    * GUIDANCE *
    
    Dojo:
    	Listen carefully.
    
    (After reading any of the following, he says...)
    
    Dojo:
    	Is there anything else
    	you wish to know?
    
    -----------------------------------------------------------------------
    
    ** GROWTH **
    
    Dojo:
    	It is the goal of every
    	man to attain the highest
    	rank in his profession!
    	After reaching levels
    	10 and 20, you may come
    	here to learn new skills.
    	Always strive to find
    	the best in yourself.
    
    ** 7 POWERS **
    
    Dojo:
    	The 7 classes correspond
    	to the 7 powers that
    	Toroah mastered.
    	They are: Knight, Armor,
    	Archer, Airman, Mage,
    	Priest, and Monk.
    	You must choose wisely
    	in order to create a
    	well-balanced party.
    
    ** HINTS **
    
    Dojo:
    	Sword defeats bow,
    	bow defeats air
    	and air defeats sword.
    	Armor is strong but slow
    	Mages are weak but wise
    	Monks use word and claw.
    	Always remember these
    	basic rules before you
    	engage your foe in war.
    
    ** LEGEND **
    
    Dojo:
    	Toroah underwent severe
    	trials to master the 7
    	powers of war.
    	If you seek true power,
    	you must undergo the 6
    	trials just as Toroah.
    	Remember that each door
    	must first be unlocked
    	by a key...
    
    -----------------------------------------------------------------------
    
    * ADVANCE *
    
    (Select a character level 10+ or 20+.)
    
    Dojo:
    	<Character name> can advance to
    	the following classes.
    
    (Select a class.)
    
    Dojo:
    	Do you wish to advance
    	to this class?
    
    (Pick 'YES' or 'NO'. 'NO' will take you back one screen. 'YES' will go
    to the next screen.)
    
    Dojo:
    	By the power of the gods
    	of light and darkness...
    	Grant this soul new
    	wisdom and powers in the
    	service of mankind!
    
    (White light. When it fades, your character has advanced.)
    
    Dojo:
    	<Character's name> has advanced to
    	the class of <Class>!
    (The following only occurs if you need different weapon types.)
    	Here are weapons and
    	armor to match your
    	new skills.
    	Your old possessions
    	will be sent to the
    	supply wagon.
    
    Dojo:
    	Does anyone else seek
    	advancement?
    
    (If your character is not level 10+ or 20+, this message comes up...)
    
    Dojo:
    	<Character's name> needs more
    	experience before
    	seeking advancement.
    
    (If your character has already ascended to their Level 3 Class...)
    
    Dojo:
    	But <Character's name> has already
    	achieved the highest
    	possible class!
    
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    * LEAVE DOJO *
    
    Dojo:
    	Keep the faith.
    
    (Exits to previous town/village.)
    
    (If Ash is carrying any of the special key items, the priest will stop
     you for a moment.)
    
    Dojo:
    	Hold for a moment!
    	Is that one of the holy
    	keys that you have?
    	Those are to be held
    	only by the chosen one.
    	Do you wish to undergo
    	the Trials of Toroah?
    
    (Player selects "Transform" or "Forget it", this assumes you have
     selected "Transform".)
    
    Dojo:
    	Then may your soul be
    	sent to the spirit world
    	for judgment!!!
    	Fare thee well!!!
    
    (After beating the trial...)
    
    Dojo:
    	Well done!!
    	You survived the trial.
    	You have returned with
    	one of the prisms which
    	holds the soul of Toroah!
    	You have taken one more
    	step on the path to
    	enlightenment.
    	We will keep this key
    	for the next traveler
    	who seeks the true path!
    	Always keep the faith!
    
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    CHARACTER BATTLE DEATH QUOTES
    
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    (The following messages are displayed if a character is defeated in
    normal battle.)
    
    Ash:
    	Aaaaaaargh!!!
    
    Diego:
    	Urk! They got me!
    	See ya later!
    
    Clint:
    	Damn! Sorry, I've got
    	to fall back!
    
    Clint 2:
    	Argh! Kira!...
    	I'm sorry!...
    
    Eleni:
    	Eeeeek!
    	I've got to retreat!
    
    Huxley:
    	Yeowch!! I must make a
    	strategic withdrawal!
    
    Kira:
    	Oh! Lucky shot!
    	Gotta sit this one out!
    
    Grog:
    	Uggg!... Ya got me!
    	Time to retreat!
    
    Dolan:
    	Ouch! I must beat a
    	hasty retreat!
    
    Sara:
    	I must retreat!
    	Good luck!
    
    Amon:
    	Sorry I couldn't be
    	more help!...
    
    Zohar:
    	Gyahh!!...
    	I shall return!...
    
    Clive:
    	!!! Sorry Ash!
    	I've got to retreat!
    
    Darius:
    	You creeps!
    	I won't forget this!!
    
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    CHARACTER TRAIN DEATH QUOTES
    
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    (The following messages are displayed if a character is on a car that
    is disconnected during the magic train battle in Act IV.)
    
    Ash:
    	Rats!!
    	They've gotten away!...
    
    Diego:
    	Whoa!!
    	It can't be!!
    
    Clint:
    	Boy do I feel stupid!!
    
    
    Eleni:
    	But we've come so far!
    
    
    Huxley:
    	What...
    	I can't hear you!...
    
    Grog:
    	Yaah! What's going on?
    
    Dolan:
    	Damn!
    	We were too slow!
    
    Amon:
    	I guess we blew it!
    
    Sara:
    	No way!!!
    
    Zohar:
    	It's no use!
    	They've won!
    
    Darius:
    	Hell!! They're smarter
    	than they look!
    
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    CHARACTER BRIDGE DEATH QUOTES
    
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    (The following messages are displayed if a character is on a bridge
    that is destroyed during the Torog Mountains battle in Act V.)
    
    Ash:
    	The bridge...
    	No!!
    
    Diego:
    	Whoa. We're goin'
    	down!
    
    Clint:
    	Look out below!!
    
    
    Eleni:
    	An explosion?
    	Yaaaaaaaaah!!
    
    
    Huxley:
    	Ufffff!
    	I'm falling!...
    
    Kira:
    	The bridge!!...
    
    Grog:
    	The explosion..
    	Whoaaaaa!!!
    
    Dolan:
    	What the?!...
    	The bridge is...!
    
    Amon:
    	Did I hear a switch?!...
    	Waaaaaaaaaaa!!!!
    
    Sara:
    	Damn! Who pressed
    	the switch!
    
    Zohar:
    	Watch out! Don't hit
    	that switch yet!!...
    
    Darius:
    	Why you stupid fool!...
    
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    CHARACTER RIVER DEATH QUOTES
    
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    (The following messages are displayed if a character is in the riverbed
    when the sluice gate is opened, in the frontier village battle in
    Act V. NOTE: I was unable to get Darius' line for this part, as I had
    made him into a Hawknight which prevented him from drowning! If anyone
    can let me know what it is I'd appreciate it. mglanville@hotmail.com)
    
    Ash:
    	Huh? What's this water?
    	Yaaaah!!!
    
    Diego:
    	Hey! Who released
    	the water?!
    
    Clint:
    	We can't swim with
    	all this armor!...
    
    
    Eleni:
    	Eeeyaaah!!!
    	Why is the water...
    
    
    Huxley:
    	No! I wasn't meant
    	to drown!
    
    Kira:
    	No!
    	The flow is too fast!
    
    Grog:
    	All sailors can swim,
    	but this is too much!
    
    Dolan:
    	Damn it! After all
    	we've been through!
    
    Amon:
    	We'll be swept away!
    
    Sara:
    	Oh no! My clothes will
    	be soaked!
    
    Zohar:
    	The water velocity is
    	too strong!!
    
    Darius:
    	<?????????????????> 	*see above
    
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    ERRORS IN THE VANDAL HEARTS SCRIPT/TRANSLATION
    
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    1.	Ash's last name is Lambert. We know this because he says it
    	numerous times when he meets knew people. However, during the
    	scene after the battle on the Rhine Bridge (the one which
    	explodes), Ash and Eleni are talking down by the river at
    	night. Eleni calls Ash "Mr. Lambard"! Is this a fault by Konami
    	or is it supposed to be like that, suggesting that Eleni wasn't
    	paying attention when Ash introduced himself?!
    2.	The man in the tavern in Kerachi says:
    		"I collect strange and rare things objects."
    	Well, this is just weird. Either he collects rare things or
    	rare objects, surely not rare things objects!
    
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    Vandal Hearts (TM) is an original game developed by KONAMI COMPUTER
    ENTERTAINMENT TOKYO KONAMI CO., LTD. reserves all copyrights,
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