Chapter 1: act 1
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.
EXT. Well- Day
Ariadne age nine is collecting water from a well. The Labyrinth behind her. Guards in the background are leading a few prisoners and criminals to the entrance of the maze.
GODS! Please no! I BEG OF YOU, ANY PUNISHMENT! Any THING BUT THIS!
Ariadne looks up from her task toward the commotion, a look of frustration and uncertainty before she turns away and try's to focus on the task. Flinching at the sounds behind her.
Guard 1 (CONT'd)
KEEP MOVING FORWARD! OR WOULD YOU RATHER BE THROWN IN THROUGH THE CENTER!
The focus shifts to a sky view showing a hole in the center of the labyrinth that seems to have no end.
The prisoners and criminals continue pleading and whimpering. The guards push them forward to the stand in front of the entrance.
If you didn't want to face the Monster then you shouldn't have gone against the law. Everyone knows the majority of punishment in Crete is to face the Labyrinth.
At least the have a chance. Its up to the Gods if they survive. All they need to do is make it to the exit on the other side and they can live another day.
Yeah... Just avoid the Monster some how, when it is likely ravenous in huger.... simple. ANYone can have a chance to reach the other side.
Ariadne stalls finishing collecting the water by dropping the pale and starting over again. Ariadne is trembling and biting her tongue to keep from reacting to the scene behind her.
The prisoners bindings are cut as they are shoved through the doors and it slams shut behind them.
The guards march off toward the castle.
Ariadne finally pulls the pale out the well. A maid in her 20s can be seen running from the castle toward the well. The women looking slightly red in the face from running and out of shape.
Ariadne! Huff..There.. you are girl... Huff...huff..huff. We-where you here all this time. What are you doing collecting water for?
I-I need it.
Ariadne looks from the women to the labyrinth behind her.
Speak clearly when you talk, and look at how your speaking with. Honestly your a princess, no matter that your younger sister will be the one to marry a ruler and already started her own training, the royal blood flows through your veins too. Show it.
I am collecting water for Asterion.
AST-As- the monster, Ariadne you sho-
DON"T CALL HIM THAT! He is my mothers son, and my responsibility.
Alright... but didn't your father say when there are ..runners.. in the maze that you are to wait a few days before entering.
No one was supposed to be let in today, they were supposed to go through tomorrow so i could go to Asterion today.
well... you just have to wait a few more days to care out your duties, come along, lets get you cleaned up.
No, I am supposed to see to Asterion to day and i will. I already gave my word when i last saw him.
Ariadne lifts the pail and starts toward the side of the labyrinth where a smaller side door can be made out along the stone wall further from the Large entrance.
Ariadne! You Mustn't. What would you do should you run into one of the people within. They might try to hold you hostage! I know you have an uncanny way to find you way through, and to find the m...Asterion when you seek to, but the luck of the Gods may not always work. There is a chance you can get lost or the mon- Asterion may do something untoward as well.
It is not luck that leads me through the Labyrinth, nor will i run into others. That is why my entrance starts out in a different section.
Ariadne marches the rest of the way to the door, the maid stands behind her unsure of what to do.
And for future reference, Asterion would not hurt me. He has never hurt me while we grew up together, not has he hurt me since i have been made the Labyrinth's care taker, nor would he ever hurt me even when he is hurt. GOOD BYE, i expect a different maid to see to me when i return, you are excused from my services.
Ariadne enters the labyrinth and shuts the door behind her. Stopping in front of the closed door, putting the pail down. Ariadne reaches into her waist belt and pulls out a pale yellow ball of thread that starts to glow gold.
Its not the god's luck. Just a gods favor, a gift from one and not any other that has helped me.
Ariadne starts to unwind the thread, holding the main part close to her, she lets the tip lengthen and it hangs parallel in the air, snaking forward toward a corner in the maze.
Cousin Hephaestus just understands what its like to be cast away for what he was born like. And he wants me to be able to be there for Asterion because he would have wanted something like that for him to.
Ariadne continues forward though the maze. Passing a few vermin and crushed bones along the way. Incoherent creaming can be heard in the background echoing through the maze.
Its not luck from any god, just one gods favor and gift.
Ariadne starts to hear the huffing of Asterion
Hmm mm, hmm, hmm mm mmmm.
Ariadne turns a corner and sees Asterion who is facing the other way. Asterion stand scared, thick, hairy, and tall. Horns spiraling out into wicked points. Only a leg shorter than the ceiling.
HMM MM, HMM, HMM MM MMMM!
Asterion's howling cuts off as he notices Ariadne. Turing toward her With big cow eyes, Asterion moves closer to Ariadne. Bending down to reach her better.
That's, you heard the people enter didn't you, that's why you were making so much noise huh
You thought i wouldn't come didn't you. I normally don't come when there are others. But i promised to come today, and you know i have yet to break my word to you. so calm down. And let me clean you. You'd like that wouldn't you for me to clean off all that yuck that dried to you.
As Ariadne talks with Asterion, a criminal starts to try to sneak up on them and lounges for Ariadne.
Asterion grabs the man before he can reach Ariadne and slams him into the wall killing him then tosses it to the other side of a different corner.
Ariadne just focuses on winding the thread more securely around her wrist until it is to be used again. Ariadne takes out a wash cloth and dips it in the water before looking up to were Asterion is still beating at the mans body hidden slightly behind a corner.
Asterion come here, little star, let me clean you off now.
Asterion turns back to Ariadne and does as she bids. As she cleans him begins to hum his lullaby and the scene starts to pan out with the humming over changing to the sound of festivities.
Ariadne age 12, a few weeks after the first sacrifice, a celebration is being thrown. Ariadne is sitting close to the surf looking toward the Labyrinth with a frown.
In the woods further off, glimpses of a different kind of celebration can be caught as satyrs and maenads dance in and out the trees edge.
Ariadne runs her fingers along her golden thread were it is wrapped around her wrist.
Why cant he just let me care for Asterion instead? It's not like I'm needed, Everyone focuses on Phaedra anyway. That little sister of mine knows how to take part in these things more than me.
Nine year old, cherubic Phaedra, Ariadne's opposite in looks with gold hair and blue eyes to Ariadne's Black hair and green eyes. Phaedra can be seen in the center of the celebration laughing in her fathers arms.
A young man in his early 20s, wearing a purple robe with a long thyrsus can be seen between the two different celebrations, moving toward Ariadne. Eyes seeming to be focused on the thread.
Now what has you so far from the celebration child. All the fun is over there.
What do you want?
Why, to see what has such a young flower wilted so... Along with a slight curiosity.
Dionysus sits beside Ariadne as she continues to side eye him. Dionysus' eyes keep shifting from the thread to Ariadne's eyes.
That's any interesting bracelet you wear. Its a bit familiar as well, would you tell me about it.
Oh. Its not a bracelet, Its thread.
Ariadne nervously starts to fiddle with the thread looking in the distance toward the labyrinth again. Dionysus focuses on her more.
thread you say.
why are you so curious about it. With your fine cloths, you must have seen thread more interesting than mine.
Just a memory of a dream
Dionysus and Ariadne seem to talk the night away as the sun starts to rise . Ariadne begins to sway sleepy beside Dionysus. Dionysus continues to smile at the scenery peacefully.
would you make a promise to me?
Wait for me. Do not give your self to another. As you had led me, let me one day lead you to the path that heads past the insanity.
Ariadne falls asleep against Dionysus. Dionysus' eyes glow a slight purple. A Sayter starts to come up to him from the woods.
I'll hold you to that.
My lord? Is it time to continue on?
I suppose it is. Tell we meet again, little Ariadne.
Dionysus lays Ariadne down on a bed of soft grass further away from the beach, Grape vines grow close to her head and wrap lightly around her hand. Dionysus leaves this his party of satyrs and maenads. the scene fades away.
Ariadne 18, the same day as the second set of sacrifices arrive. Phaedra, 15, standing beside Ariadne while watching the guards practice.
I've been hearing tales of a hero recently
you hear tales of heroes nearly everyday. You can even hear father tell of his days as a hero before he became king.
Yes but this hero is closer to us then those. I heard he slew a Hydra. and battled a Nemean lion.
What good is a hero that is just near us if they are not with us. If they can do nothing to help us and are doing nothing to help us then i care not to hear of them. You know this Phaedra. so why are you speaking of this to me, you have your followers to gossip about men with.
Sorry sister, its just... what if one does come here. All the heroes we ever truly hear of are said to be a son of a god. If one were to come here or hear of our plight, maybe they would help.
Oh Phaedra. I am sorry, you know how i get when hearing of HEROES and their deeds. I didn't mean to snap at you. Don't worry I promise one day soon, we will be free, and ill bring you with me, were you can marry as you like and live without fear of sacrifices.
thank you, Ariadne, I wont forget your promise, you always keep them...no matter who they are too.
The scene fades out with Ariadne smiling at her sister as they start to walk inside.
Ariadne 25, the day before the third set of sacrifices are due. Ariadne is preparing herself for the day, dressing in priestess garb.
This time, This time for sure. I have to ... I have to end this, no matter what... no matter what i must promise in return... I will find a way to end it with this last set. I will find a way to Free Asterion, even if ...even if it is in death.
Chapter 3: act iii
ACT III 3
Ariadne stands with the guards and her father to welcome the sacrifices. THESEUS, 18 years old, is the first sacrifices to walk off the boat, standing proudly.
The sacrifices are lined up in front of King Minos. looking frighten. Theseus looks angered.
As custom, the sacrifices from Athens will have one night to feast and rest before going to the labyrinth.
THESEUS (Whispering to other sacrifices)
Feast and rest, he makes it seem like this is supposed to be an honor.
Ariadne looks toward Theseus, overhearing him. King Minos carries on talking, not noticing what else is happening.
KING MINOS CONT'D
To be sure the cowards do not try to run from their duty, the room where you will rest will be locked, you will remain chained, and the guards present will remain your escorts until you enter the labyrinth.
Cowards? He is the coward, the demented king, feeding humans to a monster to keep his power. (speaking up to Minos) Is it true that should a person put in the labyrinth find their way to the end, they will be free?
That is a part of the contract made with Athens. For the sacrifices to have a chance. Unlike my son did.
Theseus looks determined, Ariadne seems contemplating.
KING MINOS CONT’D
The mistress of the Labyrinth will be the one to lead you to the Labyrinth and be the one to see if any had reached the end or met their end in three days’ time. You will follow her to the feast.
(determined) Follow me.
INT. FEASTING ROOM-EVENING
The sacrifices sit at a table, most seeming downtrodden, chatter quietly to each other. Those closes to Theseus seem hopeful. Ariadne makes her way to Theseus’s side, wary of the guards.
What would you do? should you reach the end? This would not end. King Minos would likely just order for your king to send him a different sacrifice in your place.
THESEUS Then I will end the horrors completely before leaving this kingdom with my people.
No one can truly find their way. the maker made it, so it is ever changing. No one has made it through the labyrinth alive.
Then how do you check with in.
I am the only one.
Theseus turns back to the table, dismissive.
I can help you.
Theseus interested, focuses on Ariadne.
I need your oath in turn.
My oath, why should I give my oath to one who leads us to death.
I would also lead you to victory in your mission. I may be mistress of the labyrinth, that only means I watch over it and its inhabitants.
what is it you want?
My sister wants to leave this kingdom and our fathers’ rule. Take her with you when you leave, and I will help you find your way. you can lead the others out with you and avoid the- the monster completely. DO not kill it, take only my sister with you and your people as you leave, promise me this.
how would the monster be avoided.
I will distract him, his focus will not be you or yours, you can slip by unnoticed.
you have my oath.
this will lead you to where you desire. Hold it tightly in your hand and will your destination, only do this in the labyrinth and don’t let anyone else see it.
Ariadne slips her yellow thread off her wrist and passes it to him under the table before getting up to leave. Theseus tucks the thread away and begins to talk with his people in quiet tones.
Theseus and the other sacrifices stand in front of the labyrinths. Ariadne stands in front of the door. The guards stand to the side.
you will enter one at a time. there will be five minutes after the door shuts on the first person between entering for the next person to go through. This is to ensure- this is to ensure the sacrifices are in different parts of the maze. In three days should you have found the exit you will be free.
The maze can be heard shifting. Theseus steps forward.
I will be first.
so be it
Ariadne leads him to the door.
(whispering) do not forget, whatever destination, human or object, it will lead you.
Theseus steps through the door
EXT. Labyrinth- Noon.
Ariadne hurries through the side door, unnoticed by the guards. Making her way to Asterion.
hush, hush Asterion. can you do something for me, will you please.
Asterion, sits before Ariadne, inquisitive and willing.
Good boy, such a sweet boy. Just focus on me okay, only me, and I’ll tell you stories.
Time passes, and Ariadne starts to doze. Asterion starts to get up. waking Ariadne
no, Asterion, stay here, stay with me. I’ll hum to you your lullaby.
Ariadne hums the lullaby with closed eyes, Asterion focuses on her. Theseus slowly comes up behind Asterion with a sword raised and swings. Cutting off Asterion’s head. Blood splatters Ariadne, she freezes, eyes opened wide.
Theseus grabs the head by the horns to carry out while grabbing Ariadne’s arm and dragging her with him. The thread pressed into her hands.
the others are outside, lead the way so we can go.
Ariadne, in shock, leads them to the exit and opens the door to the night sky.
Phaedra stands at the docks with the sacrifices as they prepare a boat with black sails to leave. Theseus and Ariadne arrive as they finish preparing.
Ariadne what happened I thought yo-
Phaedra notices the head and blood, becomes shocked.
get on, we push off now.
They get on the boat, Theseus tosses the head on a white sail, staining it red. and starts to order the men. Phaedra focuses on Ariadne who is still in shock staring at the bull head.
Ariadne, sister please you’re not acting like yourself. I know it meant a lot to you but isn’t this better. It was a monster there’s no way it could live outs-
Asterion was no monster!
Well, Prince Theseus is a hero, not any hero either but a son of Zeus. If he decided to kill ASTERION, then he saw Asterion as a monster and that is confirmation enough for me.
Ariadne angered, turns from her sister and faces the sea. Time passes as they come closer to a new island.
SACRIFICES 1 Theseus the island of Noxas is ahead, we have full stock of wine and meat shall we let everyone enjoy your victory before continuing home.
AYE, Let’s celebrate!
EXT. NOXAS BEACH- late night
The sacrifices and Phaedra celebrate around a fire. Ariadne sits close to the shore, Theseus comes up to her, drunk, pulls her with him to a blanket pile hidden from sight of the other behind rocks. Theseus coerces her to lie with him.
EXT. NOXAS BEACH-SUN RISE
Ariadne wakes with the sun on her face, seeing no one around her becomes frantic.
the boat is no longer anchored, and only a dead fire and the blankets she was on remain.
Ariadne spy’s the ship in the distance sailing toward Athens.
You bastard! You Betrayer! You Oath Breaker! Thief! Murderer! I Curse you, Theseus of Athens! I Curse you! The Blood of my brother stains me! May you know the pain of losing a loved one as I have!
Ariadne weeps as the ship sails. The sun reaches mid-morning.
Ariadne stand determined.
He was right. That man when I was young was right. Heroes are not heroes to everyone.
Ariadne starts to make her way to collect the blankets.
I’ll just have to find my own way. Noxas was said to have a small vineyard, which means people. I won’t let Asterion’s death be in vain. I’ll live for the both of us, and see all the places I told him of in stories
A man in his 20s, with purple eyes and a long thyrsus starts to come up behind her.
Do you need any help miss?
I can manage, though I would not be remiss some directions... DO I know you.
Dionysus smiles at Ariadne, offers her a hand up.
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