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So this was first written as a play, but I plan to translate it into a comic form soon enough, I just want to see if the read was fun and enjoyable for you all. If so, please reblog so maybe I can see this story of mine become a reality, thanks! 

Imperium

Scene one

by: Mitchell Collings



Characters

Conner  (Constantine II)- Crown Prince of the Empire, age 27

Liam- Younger brother of Conner  and a captain in the Imperial Navy, age 23 

Vurisa- Vampiric girl that is a gifted mage that was taken in by Liam when she was 9, age 17 



Setting

Taking place after the death of Constantine the Great in the Imperial capital of Ironfell, the heart of Cathlarr (fictional world where magic, different races and creatures all existe). Conner , the Crown Prince of the Empire, rises to take the throne and to lead the Empire into a new era…








Imperium:

 

[Stage is dark, start of unknown voice over]

 

Unknown Voice

Ten years… ten long years the Empire has been at peace with the Vampiric Lords of the Ashlands, it has been a golden age to all people of Cathlarr. Before the great peace, there was twenty five years of constant war across the lands of Cathlarr. ele Vampiric Lords of the Ashlands saw the weakness of the Empire and struck without mercy.

 The far provinces of the Empire quickly fell, being ravaged by the wake of the advance Vampiric Lords. Constantine I, the Emperor of Ironfell, quickly rallied his army to meet the Vampiric Lords in combat.

 

[Red lights flash with the sound of swords clashing]

 

Unknown Voice

He was crushed. Being pushed back all the way to the gates of Ironfell. It was in this darkest hour that Constantine had a vision, not from the gods of old…

 

[Golden lights now cover the stage]

 

Unknown Voice

But from a new god named Deus Machina, the Machine God. Deus Machina gifted Constantine and his mages new knowledge, knowledge that lead to the creation of unimaginable machines built in the name of Deus Machina, ultimately pushing the Vampiric Lords back to the damned Ashlands. As the Empire readied the killing blow against the Vampiric Lords, Constantine received another vision from Deus Machina, ordering him to spare the Vampiric people and to spread his knowledge to all people in his name. Constantine obeyed Dues Machina’s wishes and the Black & White treaty was signed between the Empire and the Vampiric Lords. A golden age of peace and technological progression flourished throughout Cathlarr with the Empire at its center.

But Constantine is dead… and with his death the fate of Cathlarr seems uncertain. Conner , the Crown Prince will now take up the throne of Empire and lead Cathlarr into a new era… an uncertain era.

 

[The lights then dim on to show two young looking people in a crowd of others at the coronation and celebration of Conner ]

 

Vurisa

Still think that crown would look better on your head.

 

Liam

Not now.

 

Vurisa

I’m just saying, Conner ’s head is too fat for that crown, just look at him.

 

Liam

Vurisa… shut the hell up.

 

Vurisa

(Sarcastically) My apologies captain.

 

[Liam gives Vurisa a disapproving glare, then continue to watch the coronation]

 

Preacher

I now pronounces you, in the name of the Machine God, Constantine II, Emperor of Ironfell.

 

[A huge round of applause and cheers erupt in the hall as the preacher puts the crown on Conner . Conner  rises from the throne raising his hand to calm the crowd within the hall]

 

Conner

My loyal subjects! As emperor, I will lead Ironfell and all her provinces to even further achievements then ever thought possible! The word of Deus Machina and the might of Ironfell will be spread to every corner of Cathlarr! I promise you that my loyal subjects!

[Conner  raises his fist. the crowd roars with cheers as they also raise their fist with their new emperor]

 

Vurisa

They cheer now…

 

[Liam looks down at Vurisa]

 

Vurisa

They have no idea what monster he really is

 

Liam

(snapping) Vurisa!

 

[Vurisa continues to look straight ahead, neither of them spoke for the rest of the coronation. The coronation ends and the celebrations begin. Vurisa and Liam stand at the back corner of the room]

 

Liam

You know you can’t talk about Conner  like that in public.

 

Vurisa

What? When did speaking the truth become outlawed in Ironfell?

 

Liam

Don’t give me that shit Vurisa, you know damn well we can’t speak against the Emperor! The Laws of…

 

Vurisa

The Laws of Ironfell, (sarcastically) set down by the Old Gods, forbids it. I know.

 

Liam

Then why do you challenge them Vurisa?

 

[Vurisa stops Liam and stares at him with her orange eyes that resemble the setting sun]

 

Vurisa

The Old Gods have abandoned us Liam. The last contact with them was a thousand years ago. Why should we follow the laws of gods that have forgotten us?

 

Liam

Vurisa, it’s not that simple

 

[Vurisa starts to raise her voice]

 

Vurisa

How the hell is it not that simple? Your Old Gods are gone! Was it the Old Gods that pushed back my people away from the gates of Ironfell? No! If it wasn’t for Deus Machina, this whole damned city would be ash!

 

[Liam snaps back]

 

Liam

Its about tradition! Yes, if it were not for Deus Machina this whole damned city would be ash and my head atop a pike, but I cannot forget who I am!

 

[Vurisa is shocked by Liam’s response and just continues to stare at him]

 

Liam

Vurisa… I can’t turn my back on my Ancestors. Deus Machina has changed everything, I don’t know if it’s for better or worse, but everything is changing so fast…

 

[Vurisa sees the pain in Liam’s eyes]

 

Vurisa

Liam… I…

 

Liam

It’s fine Vurisa… Just try not to defy the ways of old. Can you do that for me?  

 

[Vurisa now feeling guilty for pushing Liam]

 

Vurisa

For you? [Vurisa grins] Anything.

 

Liam

Thank you.




Vurisa

You’re lucky you know.

 

Liam

And how is that?

 

Vurisa

I never knew the ways of my people, they always treated me as an outcast because of my magic, now I am here and an outcast because I am from the Ashlands. Never really was accepted by anyone.

 

Liam

Come on now, you always got me.

 

Vurisa

[smiles] Yeah, really would not know what I would do without you.

 

Liam

Same to you Vurisa.

 

[Liam and Vurisa leave the back corner of the room and move towards the center of the room, where the party is happening]

 

Liam

I always hated these things.

 

Vurisa   

Yeah… I never understand why your people celebrate like this… get all dressed and dance around in circles… another one of your fine traditions?

 

Liam

Yes… but this is one I wouldn’t mind being forgotten.

 

Vurisa

Hmm…

 

[Just then a dinging noise is heard, an old man rises from his chair]

 

Old Man

Honored guest, it is my great privilege to give you the new Emperor of Ironfell, Constantine II.

 

[Cheers and applause erupted as Conner  comes into view]

 

Conner

Greeting my loyal subjects! It is a great honor to be with the finest in all of Ironfell! Drink! Eat! Enjoy everything our mighty empire has to offer!

 

[Conner  raises a challouse up]

 

Conner

This toast is for you, my loyal subjects, may the Empire continuity to prosper now and forever!   

 

[The crowd of people give one more mighty round of applause for Conner . After the applause Conner  walks out of view. The band starts to play a waltz and the groups of people began to dance]

 

Vurisa

Captain.

 

[Liam looks down at Vurisa]

 

Vurisa

May I have this Dance?

 

[Liam has a small smile]

 

Liam

Of course.

 

[The two began to dance]



Liam

So you promise me you will not speak against the emperor aloud?

 

Vurisa

I told you Liam, I would not say another word.

 

Liam

Good. Anyways I think there are a couple of Inquisitors in here, Gods only know what they would do if they heard you.

 

Vurisa

Inquisitors? What are you talking about Liam?

 

[Liam quickly shushes Vurisa and continue to dance]

 

Liam

[whispering] Shhh… not so loud. The Imperial Inquisition… a little group my father put together after the Vampiric Wars, they lurk in the shadows, finding “heretics” that oppose the Empire and… dispose of them.

 

[Liam’s face saddens]

 

Liam

My father was not the man everyone thinks he was. He used deception to get what he wanted, if someone spoke out against him or the teachings of Deus Machina, they were branded as heretics and silenced.

 

Vurisa

I don’t believe it, I knew your father, he was a great man! He only wanted the best for all his people, every race is flourishing because of your father.

 

Liam

 Have you been to the far reaches of the Empire sense the Vampiric Wars? Have you seen the other races flourishing? Or have you heard the lies the Inquisition whispers in your ear.

 

[Vurisa face is now looks puzzled and conflicted]

Conner

There you two are!

 

[Conner  approaches Liam and Vurisa]

 

Conner

I haven’t seen you two all day! Seems like you’re trying to avoid me.

 

Vurisa

(sarcastically) Us? Never.

 

Conner

Funny girl. Liam, would you mind if I cut in?

 

Liam

Of course not my grace.

 

Conner

Your Grace? There is something I never imagined you saying. Stick to Conner  little brother.

 

[Liam nods and walks away, Conner  starts to dance with Vurisa]

Conner

So good to see you Vurisa.

 

[Vurisa remains silent]

 

Conner

Still upset about that little instant. I thought it would’ve been water under the bridge by now.

 

[Vurisa has a fierce look in her eyes]

 

Vurisa

Is that what you call trying to have me murdered, water under the bridge?

 

Conner

Murdered is such a harsh word Vurisa.

 

Vurisa

You’re a monster

 

[Vurisa tries to walk away but Conner  brings her in closer and forcefully continues to dance with her]

 

Conner

Listen here you Vampiric bitch, you and your savage people are nothing, unworthy to lick the heel of my boot.

 

[Vurisa tries to break eye contact with Conner ]

 

Conner

Look at me.

 

[She looks at him]

 

Conner

You know… the day my father and brother brought you back, I wanted nothing more than to see you dead, to just run a sword into you.

 

Vurisa

Then why don’t you try to do it yourself?

 

Conner

Oh I’ll get my chance, not yet, not while he is around.

 

[Conner  glances at Liam]

 

Conner

You are so lucky you have him. You know he loves you, right? To be honest, I can’t even comprehend why he would care about some animal like yourself, but he does.

 

[Vurisa looks down to break eye contact]

 

Conner

But he won’t be problem for long, then I’ll have you all to myself.

 

[Vurisa quickly makes eye contact with Conner  again]

 

Vurisa

What are you going to do to him?

 

Conner

Oh don’t worry, I won’t hurt him. I just have a feeling he will have to leave in the near future. You see, I have big plans for my Empire and all peoples of Cathlarr… especially yours.

 

[Vurisa has an extremely puzzled expression]

 

Vurisa

What do you mean?

 

Conner

[Grinning] Factories and monuments don’t build themselves, they need a “workforce” that the Empire does not have. I have the feeling that the conquest of the Ashlands will provide all the resources the I desire.

 

[Vurisa’s face is now in shock]

 

Conner

I can tell you’re not too fond of my planes, truly a shame you had to be one of those animals. Excuse me I have other guests that need their new emperor.

 

[Vurisa, still in shock, walks back over to Liam]

 

Vurisa

Liam… I… I need to talk to you

 

Liam

Sure. Are you ok? It looks as if you have seen a ghost.

 

Vurisa

It’s Conner , he is mad

 

Liam

Vurisa… what did I tell you about speaking about the emperor?

 

Vurisa

He is going to invade the Ashlands

 

[Liam now looking confused]

 

Liam

What?

 

Vurisa

He is going to break the Black and White treaty! [Yelling] He is going to enslave my people!

 

[Vurisa draws attention by yelling and party goers stair at Liam and Vurisa. Liam grabs Vurisa by the arm and pulls aside]

 

Liam

What the hell are you talking about? He would never march against the Vampiric Lords, there is nothing of gain in the Ashlands.

 

Vurisa

A “workforce”… thats what Conner  said. He is going to conquer the Ashlands to enslave my people Liam.  

 

Liam

No… no… he wouldn’t, he is not that kind of man.

 

Vurisa

The man tried to had me killed! Do you not remember that?! It doesn’t take Deus Machina to see that Conner  is mad.

 

Liam

I… I can’t do anything. It is not my place to judge or question the emperor.

 

[Vurisa shocked and hurt at Liam’s response]

 

Vurisa
What I said about the crown looking good on you, I take it back. No Emperor should be as spineless as you.

 

[Vurisa storms out of the ballroom]

 

Liam

Vurisa!

 

Conner  

Let her go brother

 

[Liam turns around to see Conner  standing behind him]

 

Conner

I don’t understand why you can’t just pick a nice girl from Ironfell. They are easy on the eyes and quite easy to get into your chambers.

 

Liam

What she said… is it true brother?

 

[Conner  starts to walk towards Liam]

 

Conner

Whatever are you talking about my dear brother?

 

Liam

You know damn well what I am talking about.

 

Conner

Is that anyway to talk to your emperor?

 

[Conner  looks at the old man from before]

 

Conner

Get these peasants out of my sight, I wish to speak to my brother alone.

 

Old Man

As you wish my grace. [taps on a glass to get the party goers attention] The Emperor request that the celebrations in his name end. We thank you for such enthusiasm to our new Emperor Constantine II.

 

[The party goers and all others leave the room, only leaving Liam and Conner  together]

 

Conner

You always been an obedient little dog, Liam. So, what did the bitch tell you?

 

[Liams face is now red with anger]

 

Conner

Seems I have angered you little brother.

 

Liam

Vurisa told me… you intend to break the Black and White treaty. That you are going to attack the Ashlands.

 

Conner

Now why would you trust the word of a filthy creature such a Vurisa?

 

Liam

Stop avoiding the question! Are you going to attack the Ashlands?

 

Conner

Yes, that is the plan.

 

[Liam recoiles back in shock]

 

Liam

Conner … How could…

 

Conner

How could I?! How could you defend those savages?! Stalking in the night, sacking our towns! By the gods Liam, they took our mother from us!



Liam

They have been beaten Conner ! They no longer pose a threat to us.

 

Conner  

No! They need to be wiped off of Cathlarr!

 

[Conner  has a sinister smile on his face]

 

Conner  

And you will lead the extinction of the Vampiric race… Admiral.

 

Liam

[In shock] What…

 

Conner

In the name of the Emperor, I promote you to Grand Admiral of the Imperial Fleet and command you to lead my forces against the Vampiric people!

 

Liam

[stuttering] I… I can not. I will not.

 

Conner

Are you questioning the will of the Emperor? That is heresy little brother.

 

[hooded men step out of the shadows at each end of the stage, Liam notices the hooded men]

 

Conner

The Imperial Inquisition does not take kindly to heretics Liam.   

 

Liam

No! I will not wipe out an entire race!

 

Conner

It would be a shame if the Inquisitors got a hold of your precious Vurisa.

 

[Liam shoots Conner  a fierce glance]

Conner

We both know how creative the Inquisitors are when they use torture.

 

Liam

I’ll do it…

 

Conner

Good! Father would be so proud of you little brother, being the new Grand Admri…

 

Liam

[Interrupting] On one condition.

 

Conner

[Raising an eyebrow] Who are you to give conditions?

 

Liam

Just allow Vurisa to come with me, she will be under my command, that is all I ask.

 

[Conner  shows signs of deep thought]

 

Conner  

Done. I find it quite patriotic that you will force Vurisa to watch the annihilation of her people. Very nice touch little brother.  

 

[Liam goes to one knee]

 

Liam

[grudgingly] Thank you, my grace.

 

Conner

I told you about that grace shit Liam. Now go, prepare yourself for the coming invasion brother.

 

[Liam bows and leaves the stage, one of the hooded men walks to Conner . Then standing next to him]



Conner

Keep a close eye on both of them. When the time is right, take care of Vurisa.

 

Hooded Man

As you command, your grace.

 

[All the Hooded men leave the stage just leaving Conner  left. He looks as in deep thoughts about the future. The lights then fade off.]

 

End of Scene

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