P.O.V. GUATEMALA, CENTRAL AMERICA -- DAY
- ESTABLISHING -
From just above the modern day city of Guatemala, we swiftly move over the city, as giant glass buildings, and car filled streets quickly pass below. As we move south across the city, we begin to move from a densely populated area to the jungle that surrounds the city.
As the jungle flows like a giant green river below:
GID (V.O.) Twenty-Five Hundred Years ago in the first year of the reign of Zedekiah, the King of Judah, my ancestors came to this continent after fleeing Jeruselem, the city they called home. (beat) Guided by faith, our forefathers journeyed to this continent, leaving behind all those that would be taken away into babylon. (beat) They brought with them the records of old. Written by great men such as Moses and Isiah. (beat) Just as these men kept records, we too were commanded to keep a record of our people. (beat) the story I am about to tell you, is found in the records our people kept, it is a story of faith, and of vertue. (beat) It is the story of the Last Great Army who fought with the power of God, to protect the Liberty of our People. (beat) a people who would eventually be destroyed by the sword, only to be remembered in the great records of our people. (beat) a record kept for the sake of all man kind.
From just above the canopy of the jungle forest, we swiftly move over modern day Central America. Only the top of the jungle canopy is seen as it passes swiftly below.
After several miles of dense jungle forest, we reach a clearing and a great Ancient City is revealed.
The camera continues to move swiftly through the ancient city.
P.O.V. GREAT ANCIENT AMERICAN CITY -- CONTINUOUS
- ESTABLISHING -
An ancient city which has been mostly covered by the dense jungle. Many buildings are completely hidden from view, while other have still peer out from the past.
Like ghosts from the past, we begin to see this city as it once was, the people who lived here, the people who are dying here, as a great slaughter ensues.
The camera continues to move throughout the city as we are now completely into the period, 90 B.C.. We see the barbaric Lamanite Army slaughtering hundreds of innocent Lamanite people.
Smoke fills the air as the smaller buildings burn to the ground, people run, and Lamanite Soldiers continue their destruction.
We see some men fighting, but it is obvious that this people was caught off guard and was not ready to battle an army.
High atop a great stone temple, several Lamanites have found what could only be the ruler of this land. The Lamanite soldiers bring this man to the edge of a platform.
a barbaric club with shards of volcanic glass around the edges, which is being lifted into the air.
as the club slashes down out of cameras view.
All of the soldiers walk down the steep stairs of the temple to the bottom where their horses wait.
Once the men have climbed atop their horses, we follow them as they leave the city. Falling in behind many soldiers join them as the ride out of the city.
TAMAL, a young Lamanite boy who sits in terror over his murdered parents. He is covered in soot and has a gapping wound on the right side of his face that extends from his temple down over his cheek bone. The cut barely misses his eye.
Tamal watches as the men ride off, until they disappear into a clouds of smoke that fills the city street.
Once the men are out of site, Tamal composes himself, taking a deep breath and then wiping the tears and secretions from his face. By doing so, he wipes blood, tears, and soot across his face. It is not until then, that he realizes he is injured.
Tamal notices the blood that covers his forearm and examines it to determine the source. Not seeing it right away, his focus changes to his parents who lye dead on the ground in front of him.
Tamal focuses on a gold neckband, covered in blood, that is around his fathers neck. Gently, Tamal removes it, holding it with both hands, he uses his thumb to wipe away a thumbs width of blood, to reveal the shiny gold underneath. His face turns from sadness to anger.
With that Tamal stands and looks off in the direction the soldiers rode and places the adult size jewelry around his neck, blood and all.
EXT. THE LAND OF ISHMAEL - ESTABLISHING -- DAY
- ESTABLISHING -
The great city of Ishmael fills the landscape of this dense tropical region.
Gigantic stone structures fill this unfortified city. Outside the main capitol of the city, we see thousands of tents and many thousands of Lamanite people who are gathered all around.
These tents belong to the people of the Land of Nephi who have gathered in and around the city for a celebration this night.
EXT. INTERIOR MARKET OF ISHMAEL CITY -- DAY
- ESTABLISHING -
A giant courtyard inside the great city of Ishmael. Hundreds, if not thousands of people are at the market, buying, selling, and trading all things indigenous to 77 B.C. central america. A Great Temple sits at the North end of the Courtyard.
GID, a young Anti-Nephi-Lehie boy, about 8, is intensely watching a young girl spin pottery. The young girl smiles at Gid, who is entranced in the process.
MESHA - GID'S MOTHER (O.S.) (Motherly) Gideon! (beat, slight sternness) Gideon, let us go now!!
Gid is obviously entranced in some hypnotic movement of the pottery, or maybe it's the young girl spinning it.
AMULON - GID'S FATHER (O.S.) (With no room for interpretation) GID!!!!
GID reacts immediately to his fathers call, as he runs to catch up with his family. Gid grabs hold of his fathers hand.
ANGLE PULLS OUT
To show Gid and his family, holding hands, while walking through a giant market in the middle of the City of Ishmael. Gid can't help but turn to look at the young girl, who in turn looks back at him, smiling.
Gid's little Sister, SARIAH (6 yrs old), interrupts the moment by slapping him in the arm.
YOUNG SARIAH (laughing)
Gid, caught off guard, immediately chases after sariah and a game of tag ensues as they both weave in and out through the marketplace.
BACK TO SCENE
Where MESHA and AMULON now walk alone hand in hand.
MESHA - GID'S MOTHER (perturbed) Why does he not listen to me anymore?
AMULON - GID'S FATHER I will speak with him.
MESHA - GID'S MOTHER (upset) I do not want you to have to speak with him.
AMULON - GID'S FATHER (consoling) Mesha, our son loves you very much, but now he is reaching the age of manhood and trying to spread his wings. (beat) He is only caught up in his youthfulness, (beat, emphasizing) and I will speak with him.
She does not want to hear that her boy is growing up. She wants things to stay the way they have been.
MESHA - GID'S MOTHER (hesitantly) I do know that you are right, (beat) I just want my son to stay a child in his own eyes.
AMULON - GID'S FATHER Well, I can not make Gid stay a child, (beat) But if it is children you desire in our presence, then let us have many many more.
Mesha's face turns to joy
MESHA - GID'S MOTHER (suspiciously) Do you speak the truth to me now? Or are you playing upon my desires?
AMULON - GID'S FATHER (questioning her suspicions) Have I not always spoken the words of truth to you? (beat) Let it be no secret, I to would love to have many more children to fill our home, and I am not becoming any younger.
She is totally caught off guard, and jump like a giddy school girl into his arms.
As they embrace with joy. A moment passes as they celebrate the new choice.
GATE GUARD (O.S.) (Yelling) clear the way....
Both immediately look over, as do all persons in the area.
A large gated opening in the middle of small wall which encircles the courtyard. The GATE GUARD stands on the top of the wall as a lookout, along with several other men who stand atop the wall.
Although this city is not fortified by great walls, this small wall is the entrance into the city from other lands.
GATE GUARD (Yelling) Clear the way!!
Led by AMMON, a very distinguished man who is dressed well but travels lightly, a large group of men on horseback come riding though the entrance.
MESHA - GID'S MOTHER Who is that?
AMORON - GID'S GRANDFATHER (O.S.) (deep calming voice) They are the sons of Mosiah and their brethren. (beat) It has been many seasons since they have been in Ishmael.
Both Mesha and Amulon turn to find AMORON - GID'S GRANDFATHER standing in front of a market booth looking at a fine tool made of hardened copper.
Amoron is a very dignified looking man, who commands presence. He is dressed very beautifly.
AMULON - GID'S FATHER Surely they come for the Feast and celebration this night?
AMORON - GID'S GRANDFATHER I do not know, other than a messenger arrived early this morning asking for audience with King Lamoni.
AMULON - GID'S FATHER Is there need to worry Father?
Amoron looks at his son, it is obvious that he knows not why Ammon and his brethren have come.
AMORON - GID'S GRANDFATHER This night is a great time for our people. I can see no better time for them to come to Ishmael.
All stand solemnly watching as the men dismount their horses and head up into the great building.
up to reveal the outside of the Kings conference room, which overlooks the market and the Temple.
INT. KING'S CONFERENCE ROOM ISHMAEL -- MOMENTS LATER
King Lamoni (39 yrs old), ruler of the Land of Ishmael, and his younger brother, King Nephi-Lehi (24 Yrs old), the ruler of all the Land of Nephi, both sit together at the base of the throne, or in other words, neither sit on the throne but are in a more casual atmosphere.
KING LAMONI I trust your travel was well?
KING NEPHI-LEHI Of course brother, although it proved to be longer than I had remembered.
KING LAMONI Yes it does take longer when traveling with full guard, (beat) unlike the times you used to ride here alone, against fathers wishes.
KING NEPHI-LEHI That only happened once Brother, (beat) the other times he never knew I had gone.
Both laugh at what could only be an inside joke.
KING LAMONI Oh, brother it is good have you here. I only wish father had lived to see this day.
The moment turns solemn
KING NEPHI-LEHI He would of had much joy seeing his people come together in the righteousness they now own. (beat) Although I do not know if he could bear to see the numbers who still deny the truth.
KING LAMONI If father had not become ill, I believe he would have gone and not returned home until all his people had come together under one fold.
Again both brother laugh
Suddenly the delight between brothers is broken!
CAPTIAN TAMAL I see that not much has changed.
TAMAL, who we recognize because of the scar and unique golden neckband that he now wears, stands behind the Kings, just inside a small doorway which is obviously used only by the King.
He arrogantly stands looking around the chambers, as if he had not been here in a while. Then looks down at the two Kings.
CAPTIAN TAMAL (smiling and somewhat disapproving) Except for the young Nephi-Lehi who now wears the crown of this land.
Both Kings immediately stand because of the greatness of their surprise.
Tamal stands there with a smile upon his face. Waiting for a response.
KING LAMONI And I see that you have not forgotten your way around my palace.
The tension in the room is beginning to build. Here it becomes clear that these men were once friends, but are now not sure where the relationship lies.
CAPTIAN TAMAL Indeed.
KING LAMONI To whom do I owe this honor, having my oldest friend and absent Chief Counselor return to me?
Tamal takes the steps in strides and he lands on level ground with the Kings.
CAPTIAN TAMAL You have me to thank for my safe return, for it is I who has caused this reunion of old friends.
King Lamoni's countenance changes from distant to loving and joyful.
KING LAMONI Then let old friends embrace and rejoice as only we can this day.
Both men embrace in a barbaric hug then King Lamoni places his hands on Tamal's shoulders looking his old friend over.
KING LAMONI (looking Tamal over) You have not changed in the slightest my friend, (beat) and how I have missed your presence at my side. (beat) I have spent much time pondering what I had done to drive you from this place. (beat, solomnly) and Father asked of you frequently before he died.
CAPTIAN TAMAL My friend, I do not wish to dwell on the events of the past, for now is the only time which we can effect. (beat) and for that reason, Now is the time I have chosen to return to my old friend who is the King of this people.
KING LAMONI My friend, you speak the truth in your words.
Walking over to a table on the nearby wall
KING LAMONI So let us rejoice in this day, and welcome our brother Tamal back to his home and his position as the Kings Chief Counselor for the people.
King Lamoni grabs a pitcher of wine and begins to pour it into a very fine golden goblet.
CAPTIAN TAMAL (laughing at the King) Is that why you believe I have come here this day?
He immediately stops pouring.
KING LAMONI (smiling) Why else would thou return here under a flag of friendship?
CAPTIAN TAMAL Are we not the oldest of friends, can we not suspend the flattery?
Tamal is still very confident with himself and the situation, although he says he wants to stop the flattery, he just increases the loads.
CAPTIAN TAMAL I have come this day because of the great unrest that this people suffer. (beat) I have come to put this people again at peace. Something two Kings have been unable to do.
King Lamoni is a little taken back by that statement and retorts accordingly.
KING LAMONI I assure you my friend, that those who desire peace are here this day in the Lands of Ishmael, (beat) and any who have not come to this place are most assuredly not striving for peace.
CAPTIAN TAMAL It is those that are here this day that cause the distensions among our people.
Lamoni looks to his brother.
KING LAMONI (smiling) Please do enlighten us.
Tamal does not like being mocked as he becomes a little abrupt.
CAPTIAN TAMAL If the sons of Mosiah had been executed the day they came to this land, as I had counseled, we would have remained a peaceful people. (beat) If your Father had not fallen into the same trap as you we would still be at peace.
AMMON So do tell me your interpretation of peace my friend, (beat) Is that what your armies intend to create, peace?
Tamal looks over, as do the Kings, to find AMMON and his Brothers, ARRON, OMNER, HIMNI standing in the entrance to the conference room. They are all aware that Tamal has dug himself a pretty big hole.
CAPTIAN TAMAL (again becoming dreadfully sly) The people of this land desire to have the peace that was theirs before you came here.
AMMON If the truth causes a people to loose their peace, (beat) then I say peace was never theirs to begin with.
CAPTIAN TAMAL And I say if truth causes a people to loose peace, then that truth is nothing but trickery brought about by lies and false Gods.
KING LAMONI (hurt) Why have you come here?
CAPTIAN TAMAL I desire to stop bloodshed, (beat) and you have the power to stop it.
AMMON (angrily) You have the power to stop bloodshed, (beat) For it is your armies that threaten this righteous people.
CAPTIAN TAMAL (innocently) I am but a messenger, (to Lamoni) I only came because I thought you might listen to me, before you and your people make a decision they will be unable to LIVE with.
KING LAMONI Are you part of those who might take up arms against your own people?
CAPTIAN TAMAL (Smiling to King Lamoni & Nephi-Lehi) It does not have to come to that my friend, (pointing to Ammon) simply remove them from this land, stop their foolish teachings, and your people will go home peacefully. (boasting) And I would even join you as your chief councilman again.
AMMON Had you and your brethren chosen to maintain peace, your first reaction would not have been to start a civil war.
Tamal is very angered by the situation, but swallows his tounge.
CAPTIAN TAMAL (to King lamoni) Consider saving your people, I will be camped half a day south of Ishmael, I will remain their until first mornings light. (beat) After that time, there will be nothing I can do.
The realization of Tamal's visit has now become clear to King Lamoni.
KING LAMONI My old friend, my people have been saved. You need not wait for a change of heart on my part. (beat) However, you have much travel ahead of you, I pray that you will consider saving yourself.
Tamal storms out of the council room through the Sons of Mosiah.
King Lamoni watches Tamal leave, then looks over at Ammon. Sorrow fills his countenance as he turns and places the pitcher of wine and the cup down on the table.
Ammon and his brethren approach the Kings. Stopping several feet before King Lamoni,
KING LAMONI Ammon my brother, Welcome.
He lowers his head slightly.(showing his respect). Then looks at Ammon who stands ready to embrace his faithful brother.
AMMON It is good to see you my friend.
All of the men address each other and embrace in friendship. Ammon, Arron, Omner, Himni, Muloki, and Ammah are among the ten men.
KING LAMONI We received your messenger earlier this day, and have prepared accommodation for you, (beat) how long do you desire to grace us with your presence.
AMMON Our desire to be among God's truest people is great, however, we know not the length of our presence.
KING NEPHI-LEHI Then let us make the most of this momentous occasion, (beat) By having all of the Son's of Mosiah and their brethren here beside all the faithful Lamanite who have gathered for the Lords purpose, (beat) I see a great reason to rejoice.
KING LAMONI My brother speaks the truth as we can not deny the tremendous blessings of this day.
AMMON It is a marvelous site indeed, seeing the way we have been blessed by coming down to this land.
KING LAMONI Ammon, I fear the joy in you words is overcome by the grave soberness of your eyes.
Ammon takes a moment to gather his thoughts.
AMMON Your perception is great my friend, (beat) and although I do not desire to cease the atmosphere here, I bring grave concerns this day.
KING LAMONI Then brother, please let us give attention to the words you bring us, (motioning to sit on the steps) please continue.
All of the men are seated.
AMMON The man you once respected as your Chief Councilman, spoke a partial truth, (beat) We have witnessed the Amalekites and Amulonites stirring up the remainder of your people, (beat) those who have not been converted to the Lord, now prepare to overthrow your place as kings and place a new in your stead. (beat) We know without error that they gather in a place less than two days from Ishmael.
King Lamoni stands up and begins to walk towards the wall opposite of where he stood to pour a drink. This wall has a doorway and windows that lead to a platform which over looks the city, or most directly the giant courtyard. Off to the left the Temple is also clearly seen
Ammon watches King lamoni.
KING NEPHI-LEHI (toward Ammon) When will they come upon us?
AMMON We did come as soon as we knew the circumstances. However, I fear that they are already on the march.
King Nephi-Lehi looks worriedly at Lamoni, who stands their in deep thought.
Ammon sees that Lamoni ponders the situation at hand, and knows that he is unsure of what to do, so He stands and offers his advice.
AMMON (Determined) You must begin preparation to defend yourselves. (beat) Even at half march they will be here in two mornings light.
Lamoni understands Ammon's concern. But he to has concerns in this situation.
KING LAMONI Ammon my brother, there is not one soul among all this people that has been converted to the Lord, that would take up arms against their brethren. (beat) We were once as them, until you came upon our people, we were unable to see our wicked ways. (beat) So how is it that now we should blame them for believing the things we once also believed. (beat) Taking the actions that we once took.
ARRON stands up and approaches Lamoni
ARRON (Sympathetically) Brothers, you lead a great and righteous people. And I have been honored to walk at your side as a servant of God. But we will not stand by and watch you and your people be slain by the sword of your own brethren. I know only that, (with power) You must defend yourselves.
Nephi-Lehi stepping forward towards Ammon.
KING NEPHI-LEHI This people has spent many nights on their knees praying to God for forgiveness of their wicked ways. It is only now after years of repentance that they feel like a righteous people. (beat) We must not be tempted by the adversary, (beat) not even now.
As a moment goes by, Ammon examines the facts at hand, then replies. He still believes they can walk upright before God in defending themselves.
AMMON I have witnessed that God has truly converted this people, (beat) I know that this people has become airs to gift of the atonement and your souls have been washed clean. (beat) So raise your swords in righteousness to defend your Liberty, (beat) Hold fast to the knowledge of God's protection of his people, and throw down your persecutors who seek to destroy you. (beat) God honors those who defend his cause.
Lamoni walks to the doorway and proceeds outside, stopping once at the edge of the platform. Both Ammon and Nephi-Lehi follow him.
KING LAMONI (holding out his arms to acknowledge the people of Ishmael) We have gathered our righteous people together this day for one purpose, (looking at Ammon) to lay down our sword, even bury them deep within the earth. (looking out again) We will one day stand at the Judgment Bar of God and we will be able to say, "our swords shine brightly because we never did again shed the blood of any man".
A moment passes as the power of King Lamoni's speech sinks in. Ammon softly smiles at his friend.
AMMON I was unaware of the power of your conversion to the Lord. You have filled my heart with joy this day. (placing his hand on Lamoni's shoulder) For I know that your people will never again fall away from the truthfulness of your faith.
Ammon's focus now changes to that of delivering this great people, determined to keep them from destruction.
AMMON (smiling) Let us leave this land and flee from our enemy. (beat - turning to his brothers) We will go down unto the Land of Zarahemla where the Nephites will surely welcome us.
Nephi-Lehi looks to his brother, could it be as simple at that. But would the Nephite's welcome them?
KING NEPHI-LEHI If we held in our hearts that the Nephite's would welcome us. Then it would be that you could lead our people out of the hands of our brethren. (beat) But we hold no such knowledge.
AMMON The Lord has truly blesses this people, The Nephite's will see as I do the righteousness among you. (beat) They will seek no more to contend with war against you. (after short thought) If I go and inquire of the Lord, and if he says unto us, go down unto our brethren, will you go?
KING LAMONI (without hesitation) Yes, if the Lord saith unto us go, we will go.
AMMON (soft smile) Then my friends, prepare your people, we shall return before two mornings light.
Ammon turns and briskly leaves the room. Ammon's brethren follow.
Lamoni turns and looks out over his people.
EXT. OUTSIDE GID'S HOME, ISHMAEL - ESTABLISHING -- LATER
- ESTABLISHING -
Gid's home sits in a dense area just outside the main city of Ishmael. It is a normal size home for this time period. The home sits within 15 yards of a briskly running stream.
Amulon and Gid are working on a large perfectly square stone, (about w = 4' x d = 2' x h = 2'). Amulon draws detailed graphics on the stone, while Gid smooths over recently carved graphics with a small stone-working tool. Gid works intensely on a small detail. It is obvious he knows exactly what he is doing. The graphics depict a peaceful people praying.
Amulon's attention focuses on Gid several times, as he notices how intensely Gid is working. So much so, that he stops what he is doing and leans in to get a better look.
Gid suddenly stop and looks over at his father, who just stares at him, and inquires
YOUNG GID Is it as you desire father?
Amulon leans over and brushes the dust away from the area Gid has been working one, then runs his hand over the detailed design.
AMULON - GID'S FATHER (surprised) This is magnificent, (beat) you have taken away all of the coarseness and yet still kept the shape perfectly. (smiling) This is wonderful work Gideon.
Gid smiles at his father. It is obvious that Gid respects him and that these words have boosted his confidence and self-esteem almost immediately.
AMULON - GID'S FATHER When this stone is complete, it will sit within the Temple, all who see it will be proud of the fine workmanship.
Gid's perma-grin fills Amulon's heart with pride in his young son. He embraces his son then returns to sketching the smooth side of the stone as Gid's excitedly returns to his work.
A moment passes then from out of nowhere.
YOUNG GID Father, who were those Nephite men who entered the city this day?
AMULON - GID'S FATHER They are the Sons of Mosiah, I believe they came for the celebration this evening.
Both continue to work. But Gid still has some questions, he tries to continue working, but can't concentrate. Amulon notices the struggle Gid is having
AMULON - GID'S FATHER Gideon? You look troubled, are you alright?
It is as though Gid has to gain the courage to continue.
YOUNG GID (worried) will you be leaving soon, to go fight a war?
AMULON - GID'S FATHER (very surprised) No Gideon, what would make you think such a thing?
YOUNG GID Teomner had told me that his father had taken out a sword and packed it into a cloth, as though he were going to take it somewhere. (beat) then this day you took your sword and packet it also into a cloth also as if to take it away.
Amulon smiles and even chuckles at Gid's misunderstanding.
AMULON - GID'S FATHER This night I will take that sword with us, to the celebration, where I will place it into a tomb deep within the earth, (beat) to show God that I never will again us it.
YOUNG GID Father, why do we celebrate this?
AMULON - GID'S FATHER I know that God will be watching us, I think that He will celebrate that we are choosing never again to shed the blood of man, (smiling) So I believe we have cause to also celebrate?
The opening to Gid's home. The door opens and Sariah pokes her head out.
SARIAH Father, dinner is ready.
then as suddenly as it opened the door to the hut closes.
ANGLE BACK ON
Gid and his father. Gid looks at his father in anticipation.
AMULON - GID'S FATHER Let us go eat.
Gid doesn't have to be told twice...
INT. GID'S HOME, ISHMAEL -- LATER
Mesha brings whole cooked corn cobs to the dinner table, in a fine woven basket. After placing the corn on the table, she sits with the rest of the family. Other foods are already placed on the table, such as tortillas, fruits, and vegetables.
Gid's father looks around the table, then bows his head in prayer, as does the rest of the family.
AMULON - GID'S FATHER Dear Lord our God, we in humility come before thee to thank thee for this bountiful meal. We pray that thy blessings will be upon this feast, that it may bring us strength and health. (beats) We pray that thy spirit will be with us always and guide us each day.
Gid's Father pauses for a moment. It is obvious that this isn't normal, as we see Gid look up to see what is wrong. Quickly closing his eyes as his father again begins to speak.
AMULON - GID'S FATHER We humble ourselves as we go to the celebration this night, we pray that our sacrifice is accepted. (beat) We also ask at this time that thou be with Gid, now that he is entering the age of manhood.
Gid again looks up, this is unusual for a dinner blessing.
AMULON - GID'S FATHER And ask that we may be guided in teaching him well to honor thee. (beat) We are grateful to thee and offer this blessing and prayer to thee, Amen.
All of the Family honors God by also saying "AMEN".
Gid looks at his mother to see if she is as astounded as he is. Although it is obvious that she is, she just looks at Gid for a moment then begins to pass the food.
EXT. LAMANITE CAMP OUTSIDE ISHMAEL - ESTABLISHING -- NIGHT
A giant camp has been setup for thousands of Lamanite soldiers. Some fires burn, but it is mostly quiet, except for one large tent.
Tamal and two other men ride up on horses. Dismounting and going inside the tent.
INT. LAMANITE TENT -- CONTINUOUS
Eight barbaric looking men sit around a rather large table feasting.
Tamal enters, stopping just inside the tent.
LAMANITE CONSPIRACY LEADER TAMAL!, what word do you bring from Ishmael?
It is obvious at this point that Tamal is just a peon here. These men are the leaders of the rebelion.
CAPTIAN TAMAL The rumors are true, people have gathered from all of the Lands of Nephi, King Nephi-Lehi and Lamoni, along with the Nephites have gathered there.
LAMANITE CONSPIRACY LEADER (unbelieving) Do they really gather to bury their weapons?
CAPTIAN TAMAL The ceremony is this night.
LAMANITE CONSPIRACY LEADER (laughing) Are they man? (beat) They must know we are here.
CAPTIAN TAMAL They believe their God will save them.
LAMANITE CONSPIRACY LEADER Do you believe their God will save them?
CAPTIAN TAMAL I believe that we will have no trouble replacing the King, or putting down the Lamanite Traitors, if we strike soon.
LAMANITE CONSPIRACY LEADER Good, then ready the men, you will leave immediately.
Tamal bows his head and leaves the tent.
INT. INTERIOR MARKET OF ISHMAEL CITY - ESTABLISHING-- NIGHT
ANGLE CUTS MULTIPLE TIMES
to show a montage of shots, showing:
The market is now full of thousands of people who are all enjoying the festivities and food.
It looks somewhat like a fair with music and dancing groups, etc.
INT. KING'S CONFERENCE ROOM ISHMAEL -- CONTINUOUS
The kings are being dressed into extravagant clothing, which include everything from headdresses to the final touch of a beautifully designed sword, all while carrying on this conversation:
KING NEPHI-LEHI Brother, have we made the right choice?
KING LAMONI Have you any doubts?
Nephi-Lehi ponders for a moment, but answers with confidence.
KING NEPHI-LEHI (confidently) I have no doubts, (questioning) but should we not let our people make the choice for themselves?
KING LAMONI Our people are here because of the choices they have made, (bead) Our people have chosen us to lead them. Still, they are free to do as they desire. But any choice to fight, would be at their own peril.
Nephi-Lehi knew this, but this young Kings ability to trust the choices he has made is lacking. He want to serve his people righteously and up to this point always has.
A moment goes by while they the final touches are made to their outfits.
Lamoni realizes that his younger brother is a little insecure with the responsibility. So he does something that he believes will help strengthen Nephi-lehi's faith.
KING LAMONI Bring it among our people.
Nephi-Lehi looks a little stunned at his brothers request, as each King is handed an extravagantly decorated sword.
KING LAMONI See what is in their hearts.
King Lamoni hangs the sword on his side and walks towards the entrance to the balcony (Nephi-Lehi follows only after he struggles with attaching his sword), where they overlook the giant celebration.
Lamoni look over at the Temple and up where he will soon address his people, there we see two pillars which put off giant flames that completely light the top of the temple.
Nephi-Lehi barely looks out over the people before:
KING LAMONI Let us go now and address the people.
Lamoni turns and walks back inside, while Nephi-Lehi takes just another second to look over the celebration, then follows his brother.
EXT. INTERIOR MARKET OF ISHMAEL CITY -- CONTINUOUS
Gid and his family have just arrived to the Celebration. Both Amulon and Amoron are carrying swords covered in cloths. Gid looks around in amazement at the number of people gathered, and all of the festivities taking place.
As Gid takes in the site, his attention, as well as most everyone else, is focused to the side of the temple where a very large group of dancers begins to put on a show.
this group which is spread out over the distance of the face of the temple and spans most of the upper portion of the temple. During the dance, the Temple slowly becomes lit up by the dancers who light hundreds of torches that are placed to draw the attention to the top, where the Kings will soon be.
The finally ends with something being thrown into the flames of the two giant pillars, causing a giant fireball to flash and the music stops. All is quiet.
The top of the Temple where the Kings Guard walks out to the edge of the top of the temple.
KINGS GUARD Beloved people of Ishmael and of the Lands of Nephi, (motioning to Lamoni) King Lamoni of Ishmael.
As the Guard steps aside, King Lamoni walks out to where his people can all see him. When he appears, all of the people begin to cheer exceedingly.
KING LAMONI (smiling, holding up hands to quiet the people) Please.....Please....
The crowd becomes quiet once again.
KING LAMONI I welcome those of you, who have chosen to come this day. (beat) We rejoice in knowing that so many of this great land have chosen to open your hearts and trust in the faith of your God. (beat) We have prayed for wisdom in leading you, our people, righteously. Believing the reason we have come together this day, will be a testimony to God, that we as a people will never fall away.
The people begin to cheer.
KING LAMONI (as the crowd quiets) It is now my honor to introduce to you my brother, the King of the Lands of Nephi.
Again the people begin to cheer, as King Lamoni steps back and Nephi-Lehi steps up.
He stands there for a moment just looking out over the crowd. It is obvious that even he is amazed at the number of people, too many to fit inside the market area, spilling out past the small wall.
KING NEPHI-LEHI (motioning for silence) I stand here in amazement at the number of our people that have gathered here this day, (beat) A great number have traveled many days, I honor all of you who have sacrificed to be here. (beat) We have gathered together this day for a great purpose. Not only will we unit as one people, but we will show God our true hearts by placing our weapons of war, (pointing to opening at base of temple) deep within the earth, where they will be clean from stain forever.
Again, the people cheer for a moment then become quiet again as to listen to Nephi-Lehi. However, He just looks out over the people. His face showing the somber reality.
KING NEPHI-LEHI (complete soberness) It is with great regret that I now bring you this word, which was delivered from the Sons of Mosiah to us this day. (beat) Our fellow brethren who do not gather here this day, have taken up arms to come here and destroy us. (beat) It is our belief that our brethren will be here in two mornings light.
King Nephi-Lehi is overcome with emotion.
KING NEPHI-LEHI They have chosen to strike at our weakness, and we will shall only have God to protect us. Still, you must decide what will be best for your families...
Nephi-Lehi who begins to realize that many of his people are moving towards the temple. All of which are men who carry weapons. As he looks out, men are coming from as far back as he can see.
Nephi-Lehi looks back at his brother who smiles and bows his head slightly as if to say "now do you see".
the base of the Temple where the entrance to the Tombs is. Several hundred men are knelt down in prayer. One by one men begin to rise and walk towards the opening which leads down under the temple. Each man grabs a unlit tourch and passes it over one of flames at the entrance, then proceeds down into the tomb.
Amulon and Amoron who are behind the line of men covenanting. As the man in front of them stands up they take his place. Amulon takes out his magnificent sword and places in on the ground in front of him, then begins to pray.
Gid and his family who watch the ceremony take place, they all watch reverently.
The line of men coming out of the temple, each hands his torch to a man entering the stairway leading down.
Amulon who's eyes open, as he reaches down to take up his sword. He then stands and walks to the entrance, where he takes a torch and enters the stairway.
INT. SACRED BURIAL TOMB FOR WEAPONS, ISHMAEL -- CONTINUOUS
The stairway must lead 30' underground, there it ends and a doorway leads off to the left. The doorway leads into a very large stone room, decorated beyond belief. Intricate carvings of this ceramony cover the walls, along with spectacular murals.
Amulon looks around the room, which is very well lit by several torches, carried by the other men in the room ahead of him. Each man places his weapon along the wall opposite the entrance into the room, then leaves.
Amulon places his sword along the wall then proceeds out of the room.
EXT. INTERIOR MARKET OF ISHMAEL CITY -- CONTINUOUS
Both Kings stand watching the ceremony take place. Each filled with joy.
KING LAMONI Now let us pray that Ammon returns quickly.
EXT. OUTSIDE GID'S HOME, ISHMAEL-- MORNING
The early morning fog has yet to lift from the ground as Gid swings open the door of his home and briskly runs into the woods.
P.O.V. WOODED AREA AROUND ISHMAEL CITY -- MOMENTS LATER
Gid is running through the woods, ducking under fallen trees and jumping over stumps. It is obviously that he knows where he is going.
EXT. WOODED AREA AROUND ISHMAEL CITY -- CONTINUOUS
Gid comes to an abrupt stop in a small clearing. He looks carefully around, then closes his eyes and listens to the sounds in the woods.
O.S. a movement in the brush can be heard. Gid immediately opens his eyes and whips around prepared to defend himself. Then from behind
JACOB (O.S.) (Yelling) AAAHHHHH!!!
As Gid starts to turn around, a blur hits him, knocking him to the ground.
JACOB has Gid pinned to the ground. Gid struggles to get free, but Jacob is clearly bigger than Gid.
JACOB (laughing and proud) The Mighty Jacob goes undefeated!!
With Gid still struggling to free himself
YOUNG GID (Angrily) Jacob, remove yourself from me!!! (beat) You win... get OFF!!
JACOB (Joking) Will you serve me as my...
Then out of nowhere,
YOUNG TEOMNER AAAHHHHH!!!
TEOMNER tackles Jacob, but looses the advantage quickly to Jacob's size. It only takes a moment for Gid to get up and help Teomner.
But the struggle is really no use, even at two against one, Gid and Teomner can't overpower Jacob. The struggle ends with both Gid and Teomner pinned down by Jacob. Jacob just giggles as both boys struggle to free themselves. Once the struggle stops, the mood changes.
JACOB (innocently) Did you goto the celebration?
YOUNG GID Of course, where you not there?
Jacob seems a little closed as he gets off of the other two boys.
YOUNG GID (sitting up) What is wrong?
Jacob says nothing while his back is turned, but when he does turn around, tears are running down his face.
YOUNG GID (very concerned) Jacob, what is wrong, why are you crying?
JACOB Will we all die?
Teomner looks at Jacob in disbelief.
YOUNG TEOMNER What do you mean?
JACOB When they come to destroy us (beat) will we all die?
Gid and Jacob look at each other. It is obvious that neither has given the thought since the ceremony. Both walk to their friend and console him.
YOUNG GID Jacob, all of our weapons of war have been sealed away, we can not fight.
JACOB (relieved) Really, will they still come to Ishmael?
YOUNG TEOMNER If they do, they will leave when they see we will not fight.
In the background, towards the city, a loud horn can be heard. All of the boys are startles by the sound. Gid looks at Teomner.
JACOB Is that coming from the city?
Neither of the boys replies, but just stand silent, listening for another blow.
Again the Horn drifts through the forest. Both Gid and Teomner look at each other, then run towards the city.
JACOB (just standing there) Where are you going?
YOUNG TEOMNER (looking over his shoulder) Go home Jacob, you'll be safe their.
Both boys disapear into the forest, while Jacob just stands there watching them.
INT. GID'S HOME, ISHMAEL -- MOMENTS LATER
Gid barrels through the door
YOUNG GID Father?
stopping in the middle of the room, Gid looks around to find the hut empty.
Again the horn blows, but this time it is louder. He doesn't think twice before running out of the house.
EXT. OUTSIDE GID'S HOME, ISHMAEL -- CONTINUOUS
Gid run out of the door and stops, he looks a little distraught. Looking around he sees nothing, hears nothing.
YOUNG TEOMNER (O.S.) Gid! (beat) Gid!
Gid turns to see Teomner running towards him
YOUNG TEOMNER My family is gone, everyone is gone.
YOUNG GID They must be in the city.
Both boys run off towards the city
EXT. INTERIOR MARKET OF ISHMAEL CITY -- MOMENTS LATER
Hundreds of people are in market, most of the focus is on the giant flat stone that is being lifted into the air. People are working frantically to set the stone in place to seal the burial tomb.
Suddenly the horn blows again. Now we can see the men at the top of the Temple who blow the horns.
Now any people that are not working on sealing the tomb leave the market area through the gate which leads our of the city.
Gid and Teomner who run into the market. Both stop and look around at the chaos.
YOUNG TEOMNER What is happening?
YOUNG GID They are sealing the tomb.
YOUNG TEOMNER Where is everyone else?
YOUNG GID (pointing) It looks as though they are leaving the city.
YOUNG TEOMNER Should we not also leave then?
Gid thinks for a moment, looking around as if to find the answer. His focus falls upon the people who are lifting the sealing stone into place.
With a loud thud and trembling of the earth the stone is dropped perfectly into place. Gid jumps as he is starttled by the magnitude of the event.
As quickly as the stone is in place, everyone else heads out of the city.
YOUNG GID Let us not be the only ones left here.
Both boys join the others in leaving the city.
Gid and Teomner who push their way through the others who file out through the small gate.
EXT. OUTSIDE ISHMAEL CITY WALLS -- CONTINUOUS
Once through the gate we see that the people are walking away from the city. Thousands of people are gathered several hundred yards from the city, all seem to be prostrate upon the ground.
Gid and Teomner move quickly though the crowd looking for their families. In doing so the boys become separated, but continue to keep looking.
EXT. FOREST CLEARING SOMEWHERE OUTSIDE ISHMAEL -- MOMENTS LATER
The tree canopy, looking from the ground up into the sky.
ANGLE PULLS DOWN
Several of Ammon's Brethren are sitting on the ground around a campfire. Some lean against tree stumps, while others are hunched over their knees. The men seem to be meditating or maybe just sleeping
Their horses graze on nearby foliage.
to show Ammon kneeling in prayer. A great light shines down towards him as he prays. As though only one beam of light is shining through the tree canopy.
After a few moments the light pulls away, leaving Ammon's surroundings normal.
the front of Ammon still in prayer.
Ammon's eyes open abruptly and we see great fear in his eyes. He quickly jumps up and runs towards his camp.
EXT. OUTSIDE ISHMAEL CITY WALLS -- MOMENTS LATER
Gid has reached the rest of the people who are all prostate on the ground. He looks out over the thousands of people for his family, but there are just so many people, he'll need to walk among these people to find them.
Suddenly the all becomes quiet. Gid notices the change and looks behind.
The last of the people are kneeling down. The only other child he sees is Teomner who also looks around. Both make eye contacts, but are afraid to make any noise, Gid just shrugs his shoulders.
Then Gid begins to walk towards the front of the people, looking for his family. Gid looks down at the people. Everyone is here, men, women, and children. It is eery how quiet it is. Then suddenly, Gid's attention is broken by a deep thundering sound off in the distance, but it is coming closer.
EXT. FOREST SOMEWHERE OUTSIDE ISHMAEL -- CONTINUOUS
We see a great force of men marching line by line. At the head of this army we see several men on horseback. All the men carry weapons like: swords, spears or modified clubs. Although this is a great army, they are a barbaric looking group.
Captain Tamal, the leader of the army, who sits high atop his black horse. He comes to a stop as he looks at the great city whose base is covered in fog. The entire army comes to a stop behind Tamal.
Tamal signals his troops to spread out, which they do. The army now stretches out from right to left as far as can be seen through the fog.
KORHORIAN (laughing) This is the city that we have come to destroy?
CAPTIAN TAMAL (angrily) This city is to be left standing, You may have the kings to do with as you please, But the city remains mine.
KORHORIAN How do you plan to take their amry in this?
KORHORIAN (a skinny 'stooley' looking fellow, about 35 yr. old)is speaking about the fog, and trying to belittle Tamal. But Tamal does not even address Korhorian.
CAPTIAN TAMAL (to an Archer behind him) You, (pointing) Go and bring me word on the readiness of their armies.
The man puts his bow down and cowers into the fog.
KORHORIAN How do they even know that we are here? (beat) Maybe we can take them by surprise.
CAPTIAN TAMAL Have you heard the horn?
KORHORIAN Of course.
CAPTIAN TAMAL They know we are here.
Korhorian is somewhat surprised, how would they know in this fog.
KORHORIAN Are you sure?
Tamal doesn't even take the time to answer, instead he just glares at him, almost as if saying, "I should kill you right now".
Suddenly the ARCHER appears from the fog. White as a ghost, he just looks up at Tamal.
CAPTIAN TAMAL I gave you an order.
ARCHER Yes captain, I.... (beat) They are directly in front of us, (beat) I was running towards the city, I ran right into them.
CAPTIAN TAMAL (very surprised) How many?
ARCHER All of them I think, But captain they are all down on their knees, (beat) Men, women, and even children.
KORHORIAN It is a trap! (beat) we must retreat.
CAPTIAN TAMAL Will our arrows reach them?
The Archer looks horrified.
ARCHER Yes captain, but I did not see a weapon, I do not think they are here to fight.
Tamal ignores everything after Yes and proceeds with the slaughter.
CAPTIAN TAMAL (to the archers) Fire directly ahead, as far as your arrows will carry.
All of the archers load their weapon and draw.
ARCHER But Captain, (beat) please you must at least..
Before the man can complete his plea, Tamal's sword end the arches life.
CAPTIAN TAMAL Release!
EXT. OUTSIDE ISHMAEL CITY WALLS -- CONTINUOUS
The sound of Tamal's order is clearly heard. Gid now stands much closer to the front his people. He is horrified at the sound of Tamal's voice.
But again all is quiet, for the moment, then hundreds of arrows pierce the veil of fog and strike all around him.
Gid is horrified as he looks around. Many of the arrows hit their target.
EXT. FOREST CLEARING SOMEWHERE OUTSIDE ISHMAEL -- CONTINUOUS
Tamal looks into the fog, listening for something. But nothing is heard.
CAPTIAN TAMAL (angrily) You missed them, (beat) fire again!
Again the men load and fire, and again their is no sound.
Tamal is becoming very angry.
KORHORIAN There is nobody out there.
Tamal just stares ahead
CAPTIAN TAMAL They are out there. (yelling) Ready Arms!
All men pull out their weapons.
CAPTIAN TAMAL Attack!!
The barbaric army wastes no time in charging towards the unknown. A giant roar is all that can be heard.
Tamal watches thousands of men run past him.
EXT. OUTSIDE ISHMAEL CITY WALLS -- CONTINUOUS
Gid stands there in horror as the giant roar heads his way. He immediatly looks at Teomner who seems to also be frozen in his tracks, white as a ghost.
Then suddenly the barbarians break through the fog, falling upon the prostrate people.
Gid scans the crowd, watching the horrific slaughter of his people. The men just keep coming from the fog. Suddenly his focus changes to one of the Lamanite Soldiers that ends a life with every swing of the sword. The hatred and anger are obvious with each stroke.
The a man catches his eye, Gid see's his Father who is only 20 or so feet away, right in the line of destruction of the Soldier he has been fixated on.
Gid, who has now turned pale white, he has just realized that his father is next in line to be slain.
YOUNG GID (Screaming) Papa!!
Gid runs towards his father.
Gid's Father who is still praying, and never see's the blade coming. The Lamanite makes the pass, slicing Gid's fathers chest and neck open. Then lifts the sword high above his head preparing to finish the job.
Suddenly Gid is on top of his father hunched over the lifeless body. Gid holds his hand up, looking directly into the eyes of the Lamanite
YOUNG GID (begging) Please, please
the Lamanite's face turns from an evil vengeance look to a lost child's face. Slowly he lowers the sword, finally releasing it to fall to the ground.
The Lamanite turns and looks around, seeing the destruction and life loss, he falls to his knees crying, begging for forgiveness.
LAMANITE SOLDIER #1 (crying) God please forgive me...
Gid looks at the soldier for a moment in total confusion. Then looks around to see that many of the Lamanite men are just looking around, some are even trying to stop others.
But men are still charging from the fog.
LAMANITE SOLDIER #2 who is looking out over the prostrate people, then looks back towards the Lamanite Army that is still pouring out from the fog. His attention is focused on one man who has hate in his eyes and is pushing his way through the other men, just to get to some fresh blood.
Lamanite soldier #2 runs to intercept this man, only finding that he ends up in a fight with him, having to kill him in order to stop him.
Other men to are also trying to stop the bloodshed, some have just fallen to the ground in guilt.
Tamal towering over Lamanite Soldier #1
CAPTIAN TAMAL Get up you coward
The Lamanite Soldier looks up at the Captain and then begins to pray like the other Nephi-Lehi People.
Tamal is furious and kicks the the Lamanite Soldier in the face, slicing his face open.
CAPTIAN TAMAL (yelling) You cowards fight!!
No normal sounds of battle can be heard, no clanging of metal, no cries of death.. Just silence..
CAPTIAN TAMAL Finish them all!! Take this City, I command you..
All the Lamanites just stand there. Even they can see they've lost...
CAPTIAN TAMAL Keep fighting!
Tamal moves his horse into a better position and slays one of the Anti Nephi Lehi People still praying, then another.
His anger just keeps growing. Finally it grows so large he starts slaying his own soldiers for just standing there.
The Captain yells at one of his own soldiers to kill a man he stands next to.
CAPTIAN TAMAL Kill that man!
But the soldier just shrugs his shoulders.
LAMANITE SOLDIER #2 (questioning) He's not armed, non of these people are armed.
CAPTIAN TAMAL Then you can take his place.
Tamal runs him through. The soldier stands there for a moment then falls to his knees, eventually dying and falling over.
CAPTIAN TAMAL (yelling at all the men) You cowards! (beat) LAMONI!, This is not the end, I will be back.
Tamal turn and leaves the battle field, most of the men follow, but many stay behind.
EXT. OUTSIDE ISHMAEL CITY WALLS -- LATER
People are wandering through the thousand and five lifeless bodies. Some are looking for loved ones, while others are just trying to make sense of it all.
a mother sobbing while holding her lifeless infant child in her arms. Next to her we see another young child lying still on the ground.
ANGLE PULL BACK
to show two men come up to the sobbing mother. One man leans over to console the woman, the other picks up the lifeless child lying on the ground.
As the man turns the child over, we realize it is Jacob. He was killed by an arrow through the chest.
END OF ACT ONE
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