Lady of the Labyrinth: ACT 1
EXT.CRETE CLIFF- DAY
Opening view over an ocean slowly zooming into an island cliff. People are standing on the cliff. A cow the closest to the edge.
In the time where the Gods of Olympus still ruled, King Minos won his right to the throne of Crete with the help of Poseidon and a White bull. In return, all that was asked is for Minos to sacrifice the bull back to the sea from whence it came after Minos won the throne.
20 year old MINOS, demi-god son of Zeus stands in front of a white bull. Priest in the background along with his wife PASIPHAE, a demi goddess of the stars, along with their 15 year old son ANDROGENS and a 4 year old ARIADNE.
Poseidon! God of the Sea! Receive this offering of the bull born of the sand and foam back from whence it came.
Minos pulls out a ceremonial knife. Priest begin lighting torches. Pasiphae and Androgen stand straight looking at Minos. Ariadne stares at the bull looking nervous and hiding behind her mother.
For your help in my rise, let this sacrifice appease you!
Minos brings the knife down on the bull killing it then pushes it off the cliff into the sea. Clouds start to darken the sky, the sea becomes more turbulent. part of the sea begins to rise and take shape of POSEIDON.
MINOS! DO YOU THINK ME A FOOL! THAT IS AN IMITATION! YOU CRAVE MY BULL, THEN LET YOUR WIFE CRAVE AS YOU SO SEEM TO! LET THE BASTARD BORN OF THE UNION LIVE! SHOULD YOU KILL IT THEN YOUR CITY WILL DROWN! 14 SACRIFICES ARE NOW REQUIRED! EVERY SEVEN YEARS THEY WILL BE TAKEN BY THE BASTARD! FAIL TO BY THE YEARS END AND YOUR LIFE WILL BE FORFEIT IN PLACE! YOU HAVE SEVEN YEARS UNTIL THE SCARIFIES ARE REQUIRED! DO NOT TRY TO FOOL A GOD AGAIN!
Poseidon's form dissolves into water. The people there still frozen in shock and horror. Pasiphae gains a dazed look and starts staggering back to the kingdom.
The bull...the white bull...where have you hidden your self my love...let me...give me... my son of stars...you can give me a son of stars.
Minos and his son turn to look at Pasiphae in horror. Ariadne just frowns and stumbles after her mother.
INT. BEDROOM - DAY
Four months have passed. Pasiphae sit in her bed, smiling and rubbing her bulging stomach, still having a dazed look to her. Ariadne enters the room.
Ariadne. Come closer, my little clear eyes.Come feel. Your brother has started to move.
Do I have to.
Ariadne stumbles toward her mother, still slightly stubborn. Holds out her hand for her mother to take. Pasiphae places it to her stomach now smiling.
Your going to be an older sister. While your brother older brother takes after your father's side very much, you have more of my blood. My father Helios blessed your sight, strengthening his influence in you. My mother, Hecate, blessed you as well.
Pasiphae seems more focused and reminiscent. The background comes into focus.Construction can be heard in the background. Along with men passing in view of the window.
Background Man 1
Daedalus! Where is the blueprints for the Labyrinth!
The background sounds dim as Pasiphae comes into focus again.
Though they have shunned me due to my marriage, they have accepted you. and maybe with your brother i will be allowed back as a solar goddess.
Pasiphae becomes dazed again, releasing Ariadne and focusing on her stomach.
Oh Asterion. My precious son of stars, my treasure. (humming) Hmm mm, hmm, hmm mm mmmm.
As the humming continues in the background the scene transitions.
Androgens is participating in Olympic games. After winning another part of the game, Androgens can be seen laughing and returning to his tent. Five suspicious men seen in the background during the games can be seen sneaking after him. The humming still continues.
Androgens is undressing. The men enter the tent unnoticed. The men bring out knives and start stabbing at Androgens. The men step back as Androgens falls. The humming comes to a stop.
King Minos looks over his city from a balcony. A messenger comes up from behind to whisper in his ear.
NNIRRAAAAAAAAH! ANDROGEN! MY SON!
Minos grief changes to anger
INT. WAR ROOM- DAY
Minos can be seen preparing for war, then sailing to Athens.
EXT. ATHENS SHORE- DAY
Five thousand soldiers storm through Athens. Armored in bronze with helmets, shields, swords or spears. A Horse drawn chariot with Minos comes into view and becomes the focus with the ocean as the only other sight in view behind him. The scene circles around to Minos' back with Athens in front,the passing time shown the city already ravaged the sun having risen to high noon. Athens king kneeling in front of him.
You have taken my son. Sacrificed in your games, for what, FOR WINNING, FOR DECIDING TO PROVE HIM SELF IN WHAT IS SUPPOSED TO BE AN ALLIED KINGDOM!
The ATHENS KING continues to look down
We will concede to you demands King of Crete. Just let this war end.
Seven years. Every seven years you are to send seven of your best men and seven of your best maidens. They will play in a Cretan game. They will pass through my Labyrinth as Sacrifices to the monster that would be found within should they become lost in the maze.
Ariadne is sitting across the door looking at nurses coming in and out of a bedroom with red stained sheets. She can hear the voices from within the bedroom as the door is left open.
Keep pushing my lady,its almost over.
NNGGH, AAUH! (puffing)
Asterion, oh my Asterion!
The MID WIFE waves Ariadne in. Ariadne stands and moves to the door. Ariadne frowns as she watches her mother with Asterion.
Different stages of Asterion's growth is shown through three years as the labyrinth finishes being built until Asterion looks to be mid adolescent in height.
INT. Throne Room-DAY
Eight year old Ariadne, standing in front of her father, thinking back on her mothers words to her earlier.
In a flashback, Ariadne sitting beside her mother fiddling with a pale yellow thread. Pasiphae seems more confused then before Asterion's birth.
Ariadne, Aria please, watch over your little brother. He'd be so lonely in that Labyrinth, help him please.
Ariadne stops fiddling and looks up at her mother.
The thread your cousin Hephaestus gave you. It will help you when go within the Labyrinth
Pasiphae seems to become lost in her own thoughts and continues to mumble. Ariadne seems stubborn but nods to her mother. Flash back ends
INT. THRONE ROOM-Day
Ariadne looks to her father looking confident
I want to be the care taker of the Labyrinth.
And why would i let this happen
I still have the Minotaur trust, it will not harm me. Use me instead of the citizens and Crete will not have to worry of unnecessary loss. Let me show my Allegiance to you, My father, my king.
Very well, then it would mean your younger sister will marry before you, she will take your place as the first princess and you will be the priestess.
A three year old girl dressed finely is picked up by a maid.
Ariadne nods her agreement.