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               CREDITS FADE IN AND OUT AS THE MUSIC BUILDS Backgrounds are 
               rolling hills varying from desert to grassland and woods.

               Bassoons, Timpani, glockenspiel and tubular bells.  The theme 
               of bad guys yet to be revealed.

               After the titles a rolling curser.

               THE TIME OF NOWN IN MIDDLE EARTH WAS A TIME OF TROUBLE A 
               TIME WHEN HUMBLE AGRARIANS WERE THE PREY OF BRIGANDS AND 
               OTHER WAYFARERS.

               ABOUT THE TIME OF THE FEY REVOLUTION THERE WERE CIVIL WARS 
               IN MEDITERREANIA.

               AND THE GNOMES WERE BEING crushed by the brigands AND THE 
               BRIGANDS WERE TROLLS...FOR THE MOST PART.

                                                               DISSOLVE TO:

               SCENE 1. EXT: PLAINS DAY.

               Long High shot into a grassy plain, and PULL back across to 
               the horizon with the dawn sky above.

               Trolls ride and appear on the horizon and ride across toward 
               camera.

                                                                  PAN OVER:

               As they pass.  Their horses seem to goosestep contrary to 
               their nature.

                                                                    CUT TO:

               Medium Shot On one of the trolls galloping past, camera 
               panning left with him.

               He is short and stocky with a blotchy face.  He wears leather 
               armor and carries a crossbow.  His knee pads are of leather 
               with steel spikes.

               Hold as the others pass after him.

                                                                    CUT TO:

               Long shot of the Trolls galloping across frame, silhouetted 
               against the sky.

               PAN left, And then hold as they pass.

                                                                    CUT TO:

               Very long shot of the Trolls galloping up the slope against 
               the sky.

                                                         QUICK DISSOLVE TO:

               Medium shot looking along a path.  The trolls ride up in the 
               foreground and turn going away up into the path.  They are 
               of similar build and dress as their leader and all carry 
               crossbows.  Slung across the haunches of their animals, swing 
               battle axes.

                                                                    CUT TO:

               Medium shot Another part of the countryside with grass and 
               trees in the foreground.  The Trolls gallop passed in the 
               background.  In soft silhouette.

                                                                  PAN LEFT:

               As they gallop in the background.  Up an incline.

                                                               DISSOLVE TO:

               A HIGH ANGLE MEDIUM shot of the Trolls, seen from behind.

               They stop their horses at the top of the hill, looking down 
               into a valley where the roofs of houses can be seen.

               As they RIDE past.  Their horses  goosestep contrary to their 
               wild nature.

               They move forward, slightly, to get a better look.

                                                                  PAN OVER:

               MEDIUM CLOSE UP OF THE TROLL CHIEF AND HIS CAPTAIN, SALATICUS.

                                     SALATICUS
                         We'll take this place next!

               HIGH ANGLE SHOT LOOKING DOWN OVER THE VILLAGE.  IT IS PEACEFUL 
               AND QUIET.  SMOKE DRIFTS UP FROM ONE OR TWO CHIMNEYS.  A 
               WELL KEPT VILLAGE

               WIDE SHOT TO INCLUDE ALL OF THE TROLLS 

               The Trolls agree noisily, wheel to the left and gallop off.

                                                                    CUT T0:

               EXTREME LOW ANGLE MEDIUM CLOSE UP OF THE CHIEF AND HIS HORSE, 
               WITH THE HORSES HEAD NEAREST THE CAMERA.

                                     CHIEF
                         We took it last autumn.  They haven't 
                         got Anything left.  Yet!  Let us 
                         wait.
                              (As he speaks, he has 
                              trouble controlling 
                              his horse that keeps 
                              turning in circles...)

                                                               DISSOLVE TO:

               Low angle medium close up of the CAPTAIN SALATICUS on his 
               horse.

                                     SALATICUS
                         Ok!  We'll come back after the Barley 
                         harvest.

               Closer on the Salaticus as he turns his horse.

                                                                    CUT TO:

               MEDIUM SHOT OF THREE TROLLS WHEELING THEIR HORSES ROUND AND 
               GALLOPING PAST THE CAMERA.

                                                               DISSOLVE TO:

               MEDIUM LOW ANGLE SHOT LOOKING UP THE SLOPE, THE TROLLS GALLOP 
               UP FROM THE FOREGROUND TO THE TOP OF THE HILL.

               The CHIEF follows with a loud sound of galloping hooves.

                                                                    CUT TO:

               HIGH ANGLE SHOT FROM THE RIDGE, OF THE VILLAGE BELOW… WITH 
               ROUGH HEDGE OF BRUSHWOOD IN THE FOREGROUND.

               Trolls,  Humans,  a scattering  of Dwarves  they are a grimy,  
               sweaty lot,  ragged and unkempt,  with bolt-belts Xed across  
               their  chests,   crossbows slanted across  their backs  and 
               axes flopping at their waists.

               THE MEN'S FACES ARE STEELY, BLEAK AND SULLEN.  THEIR CHIEF'S 
               FACE IS SOMETHING ELSE AGAIN.

               His name is MALVERA and he is a BIG Troll wearing a broad 
               smile.  Cheerful, almost   innocent,   it is the   smile 
               that   is an irresistible force and knows it and knows you 
               know it, too.  His size and bulk testify to his strength.  
               That he has survived to the age of forty is evidence of his 
               shrewdness, ruthlessness and cunning.  The weapon he carries 
               and the men he leads bear witness to his power.  His   self-
               assurance, therefore,   is overwhelming and from it derives 
               certain bravura in manner and dress:    expansive gestures, 
               slightly exaggerated facial expressions, broadly striped 
               pants, enormous rowels to his   spurs.

               Salaticus the CAPTAIN,   his  second-in-command,  plucks an  
               ear of corn from a stalk as he rides past and, spurring  to 
               Malvera's side, hands it  to  him.  Malvera examines it with 
               interest as he rides, pinching it, stripping it and nibbling 
               experimentally at a kernel.

                                                                    CUT TO:

               The hoof beats, gradually fade away into the distance.  Music 
               follows along.

                                                                    CUT TO:

               Title page:

                                                                   BACK TO:

                                         SILENCE! ONE

               SCENE 3. EXT. RIDGE - DAY.

               CLOSER.

               The hedge begins to part and rise.  Shadows of the leaves 
               play in the dieing sunlight.

               It is the faggots of wood carried on the back of a GNOME 
               peasant, as he lay hidden over the ridge listening to the 
               Trolls… 

                                                                   WIPE TO:

               LOW ANGLE CLOSE UP:

               His face appears, frightened and scared from behind the pile.

               A bird fly's off, singing.

               The GNOME turns and looking back at the camera for a second, 
               flees down the hill, scattering his load as he runs.

                                                                    CUT TO:

               Long shot as the GNOME runs down the hill and reaches his 
               village.

                                                                   WIPE TO:

               SCENE 4. EXT: VILLAGE PLAZA - DAY. 

               A VERY LONG HIGH ANGLE SHOT OF THE VILLAGE.

               The gnomes are gathered in the center of town, chattering.

                                                               DISSOLVE TO:

               Follow shot of the bird that sings and flies off.

                                                                  PAN OVER:

               HIGH ANGLE SHOT OF THE GNOMES CROUCHED IN A CIRCLE MOTIONLESS

                                                                    CUT TO:

               MEDIUM SHOT OF SOME OF THE GNOMES' THEY ARE A PUDGY SHORT 
               PEOPLE WITH PREMATURE WHITING HAIR AND LARGE NOSES. THEY 
               DRESS BRIGHTLY IN PRIMARY COLORS AND CHATTER MORE THAN THEY 
               TALK.

                                                               DISSOLVE TO:

               Women and children sitting aback of them in support.  They 
               are smaller versions of their menfolk.  The men chatter and 
               the women wail and moan, both with equal solemnity.

                                     UNKNOWN WOMAN (V.O.)
                         Wailing and moaning. 

                                                                  PAN OVER:

               MEDIUM SHOT, ANOTHER ANGLE ON THE GROUP OF GNOMES.

               Closer.

               We see that they are Gnomes and humans.  A tiny people of 
               good nature.  Non more than five feet high but all hard 
               working, worried and defenseless.

                                                                    CUT TO:

               Medium shot of another group all crouched forward in despair.

                                                                    CUT TO:

               Another angle.  

               Closer on a WOMAN.

                                     WOMAN(SOBBING)
                         There are no gods here anymore.... 
                         forced labor, war, drought - and now 
                         the Trolls!

                                                                  PAN OVER:

               CAMERA TILTS UP SLIGHTLY TO MEDIUM CLOSE-UP OF TWO OF THE 
               GNOMES, WHO LOOK AT THE WOMAN WITH ANXIETY.

               CLOSER MEDIUM SHOT OF THE GNOMES IN THE CENTER OF THE CIRCLE.  
               THE WOMAN CAN JUST BE SEEN NEAR THEM, WEEPING IN DESPAIR.

               Gnomes are chubby, bearded caring people who dress loudly! 

               The bird sings again, off.

               TILT UP AS ONE OF THE GNOMES ON THE LEFT FINALLY STANDS UP.  
               IT IS HAMLIN.  A YOUNG GNOME THOUGH STRONG AND ENERGETIC AND 
               AT LEAST TWO INCHES TALLER THAN THE REST.  HE IS A HAFLING, 
               HALF GNOME AND HALF MAN. AN ANGRY YOUNG HAFLING!

                                                                 PULL BACK:

               BIG CLOSE-UP OF HAMLIN, STANDING, AGITATED.

                                     HAMLIN: (PASSIONATELY.)
                         Let's kill them - kill them all!  So 
                         they will never, never come here 
                         again!

                                                                  PAN OVER:

               CLOSE-UP ON YONEI, AN, OLDER GNOME, PARTLY OBSCURED BY 
               HAMLIN'S HAND, WHICH IS VISIBLE IN THE FOREGROUND. THREE 
               OTHER GNOMES CAN BE SEEN IN THE BACKGROUND. 

               THE SUN GLARES SLOWLY THROWING THEM INTO SILHOUETTE.

                                     YONEI: (FRIGHTENED)
                         You can't do that!

               Medium close-up ON YONEI, shorter that the others and with 
               others behind.  HAMILIN'S hand is in the foreground, his 
               fist tightly clenched.

                                                                    CUT TO:

               Medium close-up of another Gnome, MANZOO, the tubby, with 
               other gnomes gathering, mincing behind him.

                                     MANZOO
                         It is impossible.

               Close-up ON HAMLIN, looking down at the gnomes, out of shot.

                                                               DISSOLVE TO:

               Medium shot ON HAMLIN standing, surrounded by all the seated 
               Gnomes, only their heads in shot.

                                                        PAN SLIGHTLY RIGHT:

               As HAMLIN  makes A threatening movement towards MANZOO, Who 
               sits back to camera.  

               Another GNOME, ALDWIN restrains him.  A pantomime of 
               squabbling, like children, is in view.  Hilario stands by, 
               quietly, listening.

                                                                  PAN OVER:

               MANZOO gets up and walks up to HAMLIN, who is being held 
               back by ALDWIN.

                                     HAMLIN:
                         You kill the  deer in the forest, 
                         all right, but you can't kill  Trolls!

                                                                    CUT TO:

               CLOSER.  ON ALDWIN.

               ALDWIN IS AN OLDER, PORTLY BEARDED, A GNOME WITH PRESENCE. 

                                     ALDWIN
                         Stop this!  This is no time for 
                         quarreling.

                                                                    CUT TO:

               Close-up ON MANZOO as he sits down.  HAMLIN, held by ALDWIN, 
               is visible in the background.

                                                                    CUT TO:

                                     MANZOO
                         But we haven't a chance.  What if we 
                         lost?  They'd kill us all!  They'd 
                         kill the women, even.  And the babies!  
                         Even the dogs.

                                                                    CUT TO:

               Close up on Hamlin struggling to free himself.

                                     HAMLIN:
                         I've had enough.  I would rather 
                         take that chance than go on like 
                         this.  Let's either kill them or be 
                         killed by them.

                                                                  PAN OVER:

               ON ALDWIN, FURIOUS!

                                     ALDWIN
                         HAMLIN!

                                                                  PAN BACK:

               ON HAMLIN BREAKS AWAY FROM ALDWIN; WHO LETS HIM GO WITH 
               RESIGNATION.

                                                                    CUT TO:

                                     MANZOO
                         We were born to suffer.  It is our 
                         lot in life.

                                                                    CUT TO:

               Close-up ON HAMLIN as he sits down beside MANZOO and buries 
               his head in his arms.

               HAMLIN does not look at MANZOO.

                                                                    CUT TO:

                                     HAMLIN
                         When they come, let us not fight.  
                         Let us give them the harvest...

                                                                    CUT TO:

               A WOMAN next to him sinks down at these words and some gnomes 
               begin to weep quietly, off....

                                     ALDWIN
                         We could ask for just enough so we 
                         don't starve.  We'll beg, we'll go 
                         down on our knees.

               He begins to sob as well.

                                                              DISSOLVE TO: 

               High-angle medium long shot of the circle of gnomes, all 
               bowed down, some of their backs heaving with sobs.  Continuing 
               his movement, HAMLIN stands up in the center and turns towards 
               MANZOO

                                                                    CUT TO:

               ALDWIN rushes up and motions him back as he begins to harangue 
               MANZOO.

                                                                  PAN OVER:

               ON HAMLIN AS WE SEE THE GROWING BRAVADO OF ONE AND THE 
               SUBMISSION OF THE OTHERS. 

                                     HAMLIN:
                         And you think they'll listen?  Have 
                         you forgotten what we had to go 
                         through to keep the little corn that 
                         we have now?

                                                                    CUT TO:

               WIDE SHOT ON ALL OF THE ASSEMBLED GNOMES MANY OF THEM LOOK 
               UP ON HEARING THESE WORDS.

               TILT UP SLIGHTLY AS HAMLIN STRIDES OUT OF THE CIRCLE AND 
               STANDS ALONE, HIS SHOULDERS BOWED, BACK TO CAMERA.

                                                                    CUT TO:

               MEDIUM SHOT OF HAMLIN FACING CAMERA IN THE FOREGROUND, WITH 
               THE GNOMES SITTING CROUCHED BEHIND HIM, ALDWIN STANDING IN 
               THEIR MIDST.

               HAMLIN drops down on to his haunches and buries his head in 
               his arms.  ALDWIN comes to the edge of the circle, looks 
               worriedly towards HAMLIN and then turns back to the motionless 
               gnomes.

                                     ALDWIN
                         Let's go and see The OLD MAN and let 
                         him decide.

                                                                    CUT TO:

               ALDWIN COMES UP TO HAMLIN

               And sympathetically lays a hand on his shoulder as some of 
               the gnomes stand up slowly and turn to follow him.  Gradually 
               all the gnomes stand up.

                                                               DISSOLVE TO:

               MEDIUM LONG SHOT OF A WATER-MILL, THE WHEEL TURNING. AND 
               DROPLETS OF WATER DRIPPING ON TO LILY PADS, BOUNCING AND 
               SPLASHING A FROG.

               CLOSER ON THE FROG WITH TRANQUILLITY IN THE BACKGROUND.

               The frog leaps off.  .

                                                                  DOLLY IN:

               LOW ANGLE MEDIUM SHOT OF A GREAT MILL-WHEEL TURNING, WITH 
               THE SOUND OF RUSHING WATER.  THE STREAM RUNS PAST IT INTO 
               THE FOREGROUND.

                                                                    CLOSER:

               A CLOSER MEDIUM SHOT OF THE MILL WHEEL TURNING IN THE BOULDER-
               STREWN STREAM.

                                                                    CUT TO:

               SCENE 5. EXT. WINDMILL - DAY. 

               CLOSE-UP OF THE FACE OF AN OLD MAN, A VERY OLD MAN, WHO IS 
               THE VILLAGE PATRIARCH.  HIS EYES ARE SHUT, HIS MOUTH TIGHTLY 
               CLOSED: THE REGULAR SOUND OF THE TURNING MILL WHEEL CAN BE 
               HEARD OFF CAMERA.

               Behind THE OLD MAN, in soft focus, are a young GIRL and a 
               MAN.

                                                                    CUT TO:

               MEDIUM SHOT HAMLIN IS STILL COMPLAINING. 

                                     HAMLIN: (O.S.)
                         Bargain with them?  You give the 
                         wolf your leg and he'll take your 
                         arms too.  You cannot bargain with 
                         trolls.  You reason with them now, 
                         give them something, and they will 
                         be here in the autumn just the same.

                                                                   BACK ON:

               CLOSE UP. ON THE OLD MAN. 

                                     MANZOO (O.S.)
                         If they do come and we lose, what 
                         then?

                                     HAMLIN: (FURIOUSLY OFF)
                         So we lose.  Without the barley and 
                         corn we'll die anyway.

               THE OLD MAN suddenly opens his eyes and looks straight into 
               camera.

                                     A PAUSE.)
                         THE OLD MAN (Deliberately)
                         We'll fight.

                                                                    CUT TO:

               Close-up ON HAMLIN, his eyes shining with surprise and joy.

                                                                    CUT TO:

               Close-up ON THE OLD MAN, nearest camera in profile, with 
               MANZOO in the background, looking terrified.

                                     MANZOO
                         We can't.  We're Gnomes, not soldiers.

                                                                    CUT TO:

                                     THE OLD MAN
                         Then we'll hire Elf.

                                                                    CUT TO:

               MEDIUM SHOT ON THE OLD MAN SURROUNDED BY THE GROUP OF GNOMES.

               CLOSER ON MANZOO

                                     MANZOO
                         What?  Hire Elf?  Who ever heard of 
                         such a thing?

                                                               PAN OVER TO:

               WIDE SHOT TO INCLUDE THE OLD MAN; 

                                     THE OLD MAN
                         I did.

                                                                    CUT TO:

               BIG CLOSE-UP ON THE OLD MAN, FACING CAMERA.

                                     THE OLD MAN
                         Years ago, when all of you were still 
                         babies,  all of the villages were 
                         burned out by the Trolls.  When I 
                         was running away I saw something.  
                         There was one village left unburned.  
                         It had hired Elf.

               The Old Man draws on a strand of leather around his neck.  
               From under his shirt he brings forth a soft leather pouch, 
               inside the pouch is a fine gold watch.  He looks at it for 
               the last time, hands it to HILARIO who is quietly standing 
               by.

                                                                    CUT TO:

               Medium close-up of MANZOO and THE OLD MAN.

                                     MANZOO
                         There are all kinds of villages, all 
                         kinds of Gnomes.  We're too poor.  
                         We can only afford to eat barley.

                                                                    CUT TO:

               REVERSE-ANGLE MEDIUM CLOSE-UP OF MANZOO STANDING UP, FACING 
               HAMLIN, WHOSE HEAD IS VISIBLE IN THE FOREGROUND, THE OLD 
               MAN'S HEAD IS BETWEEN THEM. MANZOO IS COMING AROUND TO ???

                                     MANZOO
                         But would they fight for us - only 
                         for food?

               TILT DOWN AS MANZOO SITS DOWN, HOLDING ON MEDIUM CLOSE-UP 
               WITH THE OLD MAN AND HAMLIN IN THE FOREGROUND.

                                     MANZOO
                         Elves are very proud.

                                                                    CUT TO:

               Close-up ON THE OLD MAN.

                                     THE OLD MAN
                         You must find hungry Elf... even 
                         bears come out of the forest when 
                         they are hungry.  Choose three and 
                         go and find: Cheap Elf!

                                                               DISSOLVE TO:

               SCENE 6. EXT:  COUNTRY DAY

               LONG FOLLOW SHOT 

               THREE village committee-men on their way to  the border town.  
               Hilario, Miguel and Tomas.

                                                               DISSOLVE TO:

               SCENE 7.  EXT: CAMARGUE - DAY

               CAMARGUE IS A BORDER TOWN.  ALTHOUGH IT LIES ON THE NORTH 
               BANK OF THE TRIOS GOLDIE RIVER, THE PROXIMITY OF HAFLAND IS 
               IN EVIDENCE.  MOST OF THE BUILDINGS - FEW OF THEM MORE THAN 
               A SINGLE STORY HIGH - ARE OF MUD, MOSS AND SHINGLE.  BUT 
               HERE AND THERE THE PRIMARY WHITE PAINTED STRUCTURES CAN BE 
               SEEN.  ALSO, AMONG THE HUMAN SIGNS - CAMARGUE BANK, CAMARGUE 
               HOTEL - ARE A FEW THAT SAY PISSDA, ABBROUTE, CARNICERIA, 
               FAMILIAR TO ALL.

               ON THE MAIN STREET ARE HUMANS AND TROLLS, DWARVES AND GNOMES, 
               ELVES AND DRAYS. FAIRIES AND OTHERS. THE TRAFFIC INCLUDES A 
               FEW CARTS BUT MOSTLY CONSISTS OF TIRED OLD MULES AND A FEW 
               HORSES AND A CAMEL.

                                                              DISSOLVE TO: 

               DOWN THE MAIN STREET, ON THEIR SMALL, BONY MULES, COME 
               HILARIO, MIGUEL AND TOMAS.  TOTAL STRANGERS TO THIS LAND, 
               THEY HAVE NO IDEA WHERE OR HOW TO PROCEED WITH  THEIR QUEST.

               Anxiously, timidly, they swivel their heads from side to 
               side.  Everywhere are men and elves with Bows.

               IF WE COULD READ THEIR MINDS, THE THREE GNOMES ARE THINKING, 
               DOES WEARING A BOW MAKE A MAN  A BOWMAN?  IF SO, HOW DOES 
               ONE MAKE A CHOICE?  WHAT QUESTIONS DOES ONE ASK?  ARE THEY A 
               DANGEROUS BREED, EASILY OFFENDED? THEY CHATTER ENDLESSLY 
               'SOTRE VOTE.'

                                                            SLOW DISSOLVE: 

               They nudge one another and point,   shoot covert glances, 
               growing-more uncertain and apprehensive by the moment.  They 
               continue on. 

               ANGLE ON HILARIO. 

               HILARIO's response is a gesture of blank, open handed, 
               perplexity.

                                                                    CUT TO:

               SCENE 8.   EXT: CAMARGUE - DAY. 

               A curious crowd closes in to watch an incident.  HILARIO, MIGUEL 
               and TOMAS  dismount from their mules.  From a safe distance they, 
               too, watch the proceedings.

                                                               DISSOLVE TO:

               MEDIUM CLOSE-UP OF A TALL ELF IN PROFILE, WALKING ALONG THE 
               STREET. 

               Hero Music in.  

               Camera pans slightly left as he walks; hold as he walks off, 
               revealing another Elf in medium shot, walking in the opposite 
               direction.  Both command through their presence our gnomes 
               interest.

                                                                 PAN RIGHT:

               WITH HIM AS THEY COME INTO THE FOREGROUND LOOK AT EACH OTHER 
               IN AMAZEMENT AND THE SECOND ELF TURNS AWAY.

                                                                   BACK TO:

               MEDIUM CLOSE-UP OF THE FIRST ELF, BACK TO CAMERA, 

               As he approaches the crowd which melts away before him.

                                                             SLOW PAN OVER:

               The Gnomes and other town people, all turn to watch him as 
               he goes to look back through an archway.  Many of the crowd 
               are carrying clubs and pitchforks.  The elf turns and comes 
               back again.

                                                                    CUT TO:

               MEDIUM CLOSE-UP OF THE TOWN LEADER. A MAYORAL LOOKING GNOME!

               The elf strides over and joins him.  

                                                                   CUT TO: 

               MEDIUM CLOSE-UP OF ANOTHER GROUP OF ONLOOKERS JOSTLING ONE 
               ANOTHER TO GET A BETTER VIEW.

                                                                   CUT TO: 

               MEDIUM CLOSE-UP OF OTHERS IN THE CROWD, CARRYING PITCH FORKS 
               AND SCYTHES.

                                                                   CUT TO: 

               MEDIUM SHOT OF A GROUP OF PEOPLE, INCLUDING THE THREE GNOMES 
               AND ANOTHER MAN AND A WOMAN.  

               They are all watching intently

               TOMAS leans forward, and then turns to the WOMAN next to 
               him.

                                     TOMAS
                         What's happening?

                                     WOMAN
                         There's a thief in that barn.

               At that moment the first Elf, LIVEN TELL, appears behind 
               them,

               LIVEN TELL is the tall Elf.  In a bright suit of good cloth 
               cut well but going threadbare,  boots with the trousers 
               outside.

               CLOSER

               He watches and listens, silently, his enlarged ears turning.

               He is tall and wears a gorgeous old black Kosruth hat with a 
               floppy brim  and a high,  pointed-topped,  crumpled crown.  
               He wears Xed belts across his chest carrying an assortment 
               of knives and mysterious, shiny rings.  Across his shoulder 
               is a golden colored bow with a quiver of arrows.  He has 
               been around and,  in that course,  has developed a 
               considerable manner best described as panache.

                                     WOMAN
                         They found him and he ran in there.

               TOMAS rushes out of shot, followed by the other  Gnomes.

               The tall elf stands watching with a slight frown then follows 
               them, calmly.

                                                                    CUT TO:

               MEDIUM LONG SHOT OF A BARN WITH ITS THATCHED ROOF.  THE WIND 
               BLOWS THE DUST UP IN THE YARD.

                                                               DISSOLVE TO:

               Long shot of the barn through the gateway, with two gnomes 
               standing looking towards it in medium long shot.  The three 
               Gnomes, followed by LIVEN TELL, pass through the gateway 
               from the foreground, back to camera.

               Medium shot from the side of the two gnomes standing at the 
               gateway.  LIVEN TELL comes up and stands by them, furthest 
               from camera, and the Gnomes gather behind.  They all stare 
               forward.

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         How many are there?

               ANOTHER ANGLE ON:

                                     GNOME:
                         Just one.

               WIDEN:

               MEDIUM CLOSE-UP OF THE GNOME AND LIVEN TELL, WITH HILARO, 
               MIGUEL AND TOMAS VISIBLE BEHIND THEM.

               ANOTHER ANGLE. 

               CLOSER ON LIVEN TELL

                                     LIVEN TELL: (INCREDULOUSLY)
                         One!  But there are so many of you.

               Widen to include.

                                     GNOME:
                         We can't do anything.  He took a 
                         child in with him.  If we try to get 
                         him he says he'll kill it.

               A child is heard crying.

                                     GNOME
                         There, hear that?

                                                                    CUT TO:

               MEDIUM LONG SHOT OF THE BARN.  

               The child can be heard screaming above the noise of the wind

               Medium shot of the three Gnomes with the gnomes and LIVEN 
               TELL at the gateway, listening.

                                     2ND GNOME (GRIMLY.)
                         Oh, the poor thing.  And he's only 
                         seven.

                                                                    CUT TO:

               Medium shot of the group at the gateway from behind.  The 
               2ND GNOME turns towards camera.

                                                       PAN SLIGHTLY RIGHT: 

               As Liven Tell walks towards camera and the gnomes surround 
               him sympathetically.

                                     MIGUEL
                         But who is that Elf?

                                     2ND GNOME:
                         Nobody knows.  We asked him to save 
                         the child and he agreed.  Then he 
                         asked for two rice balls.  And a 
                         bottle of Purin as payment.

               She goes off.

                                                                    CUT TO:

               Wide shot on 1st Gnome approaching the camera.

                                     IST GNOME:
                         I don't know what he intends to do.

               WIDER

               AS THE 1ST. GNOME FINISHES SPEAKING, THEY ALL WALK PAST CAMERA 
               GOING OFF IN THE FOREGROUND, LEAVING LIVEN TELL LOOKING BACK 
               AT THE BARN.  THEN HE FOLLOWS THEM OFF, LEAVING THE DESERTED 
               YARD IN VIEW.

               A woman runs out of the house by the barn in long shot, 
               carrying a dish.  She pauses for a moment as the child screams 
               again, and then turns and runs towards camera, which tracks 
               back through the archway.

                                                                 PAN RIGHT:

               WITH HER AS SHE COMES UNDER THE GATEWAY, HOLDING AS SHE PUSHES 
               HER WAY THROUGH THE CROWD AND DISAPPEARS FROM VIEW.

               LIVEN TELL and the Gnomes move past camera.

                                                                  PAN OVER:

               MEDIUM SHOT OF LIVEN TELL AND THE FOUR GNOMES COMING ROUND 
               BEHIND THE CROWD TO GET A BETTER VIEW OF LIVEN TELL ON THE 
               RIVER BANK

                                                                 PAN RIGHT:

               WITH THEM AND HOLD AS THEY STAND, BACK TO CAMERA, IN THE 
               FOREGROUND.

               Kneeling on the ground in front of them is the 2nd. Elf, 
               MONVEN.  He looks up at LIVEN TELL, who is just behind him, 
               and stands up, giving them all a dirty look.  The Gnomes 
               back off slightly, and MONVEN settles down again to watch 
               LIVEN TELL.

                                                                    CUT TO:

               Medium shot ON LIVEN TELL, back to camera, his head completely 
               shaved.

               WIDEN. 

               On the other side of the stream, MONVEN can be seen crouching 
               down watching, LIVEN TELL and the Gnomes directly behind him 
               and the group of gnomes looking on.

                                                                    CUT TO:

               Close-up  Low angle ON LIVEN TELL looking across the stream.

                                                               PAN OVER TO:

               Close-up ON MONVEN staring back.

               Low-angle close-up on LIVEN TELL.  He turns away, and then 
               looks up again.

               Close-up on MONVEN.  He scratches his neck.

               Low-angle close-up on LIVEN TELL, staring towards MONVEN.  
               He lowers his eyes and turns his back as LIVEN TELL stares 
               across the stream again.

               Close-up on MONVEN looking up, a puzzled frown on his face.

               Low-angle close-up on LIVEN TELL, looking across impassively; 
               he turns away.

                                                                  PAN LEFT:

               With him as he takes a few paces forward to where the woman 
               is holding out her dish with two rice balls on it.  He takes 
               it and walks past her. 

                                                              FOLLOW SHOT: 

               Camera panning further left and tilting up slightly as he 
               starts to go through to the gateway.

               Long shot, looking along the stream to the bridge.  The crowd 
               hurry through the gateway, disappearing from view as they 
               follow LIVEN TELL.

               Long shot of the gateway from the other side, with LIVEN 
               TELL coming through and the crowd following.

                                                                   CUT TO: 

               Medium shot on  LIVEN TELL.  

               He crowd pressing up behind.  MONVEN pushes his way between 
               them.

               Medium shot of the owner with his wife and the other MAN 
               standing watching.  MONVEN pushes his way past them and comes 
               into the foreground, standing in low-angle medium close-up.

               Medium shot ON LIVEN TELL From behind, approaching the barn.  

               MONVEN comes into shot in the foreground, only the lower 
               half of his body in shot.

               He stops in low-angle medium close-up, kicks over a barrel 
               and sits down on it.

               The child can be heard screaming from inside the barn, and 
               the THIEF begins yelling hysterically, off, as LIVEN TELL 
               comes up to the barn door.

               Medium shot on LIVEN TELL outside the barn door.  He places 
               the dish of rice balls on a stone outside the barn.

                                     THIEF: (OFF)
                         So you've come.  Well don't come any 
                         nearer or I'll kill the boy.  You 
                         hear me.

               Closer.

                                     LIVEN TELL:
                         I'm a priest.  I have brought you 
                         food.

                                                                   CUT TO: 

               Medium shot of MONVEN sitting on the barrel, watching.,

                                     MONVEN
                         Fool!

               The thief  aims his crossbow.  WHOOF    POWf The thief's arm 
               and forehead are hit with a steel ring and his hand  gets  a 
               knife through it.  He stares at LIVEN TELL, wide-eyed at his 
               virtuosity.  

               LIVEN TELL, leaning back casually, a large knife in his left 
               hand,  studies him with professional objectivity.  A second 
               ticks by and then another while  he estimates the fight left  
               in the stunned thief.  

               Meanwhile, TOMAS and the crowd have run up to the hill, have  
               crouched behind an adobe wall and are peering at LIVEN TELL.  

               Liven Tell moves swiftly, snatching the child and drops the 
               thief to the ground.

               LIVEN TELL turns around, looks at the crowd.

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         Will the child's mother come and get 
                         him soon.  While we are STILL young.

                                                                  PAN OVER:

               Left to right and tilt up as MONVEN passes, coming into low-
               angle medium shot.

               Pan further left to right with the Elves as they go out of 
               shot in very low-angle medium close-up.

               Slight high-angle medium close-up of the thief bowing down 
               on the ground, only his back visible.  His shoulders are 
               shaking with silent sobs.

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         Leave while you still can! 

               A choir begins a monotonous and mournful "Sergio Leone" style 
               humming, over.

               Big close-up ON MIGUEL.  Standing over HILARIO.

                                     MIGUEL (MUTTERING)
                         I told you so.

                                                                    CUT TO:

               BIG CLOSE-UP ON HILARIO.  HE LOOKS IN THE DIRECTION ON MONVEN 
               WHO IS OUT OF SHOT.  HE FROWNS AND THEN LOOKS DOWN.

               LOW-ANGLE MEDIUM SHOT ON HILARIO HEAD BOWED, WITH TOMAS AND 
               MIGUEL  STANDING BEHIND HIM AND WOMEN AND CHILDREN WATCHING 
               IN THE BACKGROUND.

               MIGUEL goes up to HILARIO and bends over him, brushing the 
               dust off his clothes as HILARIO slowly lifts his head.  People 
               begin to walk past in front of them again, with only the 
               lower part of their bodies in frame as HILARIO slowly gets 
               to his feet.

               LIVEN TELL, bottle to his mouth,  gestures back over his 
               shoulder.  Hands the bottle to MONVEN.

               LIVEN TELL smiles and nods.  

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         Thanks for the back up. 

               MONVEN grins.

                                     MONVEN
                         You're more  than welcome.

               MONVEN returns the bottle to  LIVEN TELL  who  takes a swig.  

               There are two drinks left in the bottle.  LIVEN TELL hands 
               the bottle to MONVEN.  

                                     MONVEN
                         Where are you headed?

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         South, more or lESS.  You?

                                     MONVEN
                         Just drifting. Finishes the bottle,   
                         tosses it aside.

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         Any action here?

                                     MONVEN
                         Grocery clerk.  Bouncer in one of 
                         those bars  across the street — if 
                         that's  your taste.

               LIVEN TELL's grunt, accompanied by a sidelong  look  is answer 
               enough.

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         Well,  see you!

                                     MONVEN
                         Yeah.

               MONVEN crosses over to his horse and mounts.

               LIVEN TELL  takes his  saddle bags off his horse and starts 
               off.  He takes a few steps,  stops and turns.  

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         What's your name?

                                     MONVEN
                         Make  it.  MONVEN.  What's yours?

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         LIVEN TELL

               He flips a salute and walks on.

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               SCENE 8.   EXT. STREET -   DAY

               LIVEN TELL  starts across the street toward the Belabier 
               Hotel   as MONVEN rides his horse out of the  corral  and on 
               away up the street. 

               ANGLE ON LIVEN TELL

               LIVEN TELL reaches the front of an Hotel, he notices Hamlin, 
               who has been standing there noticing LIVEN TELL.  He seems 
               to wish to  speak to LIVEN TELL or, at least, have LIVEN 
               TELL take notice of HIM 

               FOLLOW SHOT. 

               LIVEN TELL Crosses up on hotel porch.  Sizes it up Looks a 
               little expensive.  He turns around and stares at Hamlin, who 
               is still staring at him.  Hamlin turns away and moves down 
               the street.

               LIVEN TELL crosses to edge of porch, looks off,  across the 
               street.  Sees a sign - ROOMS - and an arrow pointing

                                                                    CUT TO:

               SCENE 9. INT: HOTEL ROOM DAY.

               There is a KNOCK at the door.

               Liven Tell considers this briefly,  lifts the saddle-bag  to 
               the cot, flips open the flap and poises his hand near the 
               protruding Bowie KNIFE-butt.

               Close up on the hand!  On Liven Tell.

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         Yes!

                                                                    CUT TO:

               Tight reveal shot. 

               The door swings open,  revealing Hilario,  Miguel and Tomas.  

               TRUCK BACK AND THEN FORWARD. 

               They enter with great dignity, hats in hand.

                                     HILARIO
                         We think you  are an Elf that we can 
                         trust.

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         (A little startled) Thank you very 
                         much, but..

                                     TOMAS
                         We wish you to help us.

                                     HILARIO
                         There is this Troll, Malvera....

                                     MIGUEL
                         A thief and a murderer.....

                                     TOMAS
                         He And his band, they steal our food 
                         And they leave us to starve, not 
                         only that but our Women.  They —

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         Wait, wait, Just a moment.  If you 
                         need protection, why not go to the 
                         Rurales?

                                     HILARIO
                         We did.  Twice.  But they can't 
                         station men in a small village for 
                         who knows how long.  So they left

                                     TOMAS
                         And when they left, he came again, 
                         Malvera.  And every year since.  And 
                         he will do so until he's stopped.

               CLOSER ON LIVEN TELL

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         Sit down.

                                     MIGUEL
                         We need help!

                                     HILARIO
                         We must hire Elves!  But we know 
                         nothing about them.  Will you hire 
                         Elves for us?

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         Bows are very expensive,  and hard 
                         to get.    Why don't you hire men?

                                     HILARIO
                         Men?  We need Elves, such as yourself.

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         Now-a-days Bowmen are cheaper than 
                         Elves.

                                     TOMAS
                         Will you come?

                                     HILARIO
                         It would be a blessing if you helped 
                         us.

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         I'm sorry - I'm not in the blessing 
                         business.

                                     HILARIO
                         No, no!    We offer more than that.    
                         We could feed you every day.

                                     TOMAS
                         And we have this.......

               Close up on TOMAS's hands. 

               Out of a bandanna,  Tomas lays on the bed, we see,  as he 
               spreads It open——everything of value from the village; 
               inexpensive Jewelry, medallions,  the Old Man's watch  etc.

               It's everything we own,   everything of value in the village.

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         I've been offered a lot for my work, 
                         but never everything.

                                     TOMAS
                         Would it be enough?

                                     HILARIO
                         You  see,  if we could drive the 
                         Trolls away - life could be very 
                         good in our village.  But  as it is.  
                         We could  stand it a little longer.  
                         But the children.  They cry because 
                         they're hungry.

                                     MIGUEL
                         We will fight too.  Every one of us.

                                     TOMAS
                         When Malvera comes, the church bell 
                         will ring the alarm.

                                     HIIARIO
                         We'll fight with Bows if we have 
                         them.  If we don't, with machetes,   
                         axes,  clubs, anything.

               There is a pause.

               LIVEN TELL looks  at  the determined faces.

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         Do you understand what it means to 
                         start something like this?  Once you 
                         begin, you have to be prepared for 
                         killing and more killing and still 
                         more killing until the reason for it 
                         is gone.

                                     HILARIO
                         We've considered that.

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         Now, does every man in the village 
                         feel the same?

                                     TOMAS
                         Every Gnome!

               LIVEN TELL CONSIDERS

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         I'll see what I can do  for you.

                                     HILARIO
                         Thank you, thank you.

               LIVEN TELL  raises  a hand to  stave off  their gratitude.

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         Now - wait.  I didn't say I would 
                         go.  I'll  Just pass the word you're 
                         looking for Elves.

                                     HIIARIO
                         It won't be hard to  find men here.  
                         Everyone carries a Bow.

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         Sure - as they do  their pants.  
                         Because it's expected.  But good,  
                         that's something else again.

                                     MIGUEL
                         How can you tell if they're good.

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         There Are Ways.

                                                               DISSOLVE TO!

               SCENE 10. INT.   CANTINA -      NIGHT

               The Cantina is a  small bar.,  a quiet place in the quarter 
               for the not very well-to-do.  A hooded lamp casts a glow 
               over the center of the bar and soft shadows elsewhere.  Half-
               a-dozen Gnomes, men and haflings are seated and standing 
               here and there, quietly talking.  The occasional a Dray 
               wanders in, drinks and leaves.  Speaking to no one.

               A formidable man named PAPPY enters.  He is tall and wide 
               and very old.  A veteran of the second Elvin Wars.  He carries 
               an unusual weapon.  Along tube of steel with a wooden handle.  
               He looks around  and then goes to  the BARTENDER.

                                     PAPPY
                         Who's looking for men here?

               The BARTENDER indicates over to the far corner.

                                     BARTENDER
                         Back room - down the hall.

               WIDER AS CAMERA FOLLOWS AS:

               PAPPY strides slowly, deliberately, down the hall toward a 
               back room.

                                                                    CUT TO:

               SCENE   INT:  BACK ROOM - NIGHT

               The three gnomes sit at a table facing the door.  LIVEN TELL 
               leans against the wall nearby.    There is a KNOCK on the 
               door.  Nodding to Hilario, LIVEN TELL moves so that he will 
               be standing behind the door as it opens.

               PAPPY  enters  and as he crosses the  threshold,  LIVEN TELL 
               reaches forward and,   snatching PAPPY's tubular weapon and  
               holds it on him.

               In one smooth,  blinding-fast series of linked movements, 
               like a well-rehearsed pas de deux in  a ballet,  PAPPY whirls, 
               knocking the tube  aside,  "shoots his cuff" with his other 
               arm and a long thin knife pops into his hand as he turns on 
               LIVEN TELL. 

               LIVEN TELL  slaps the knife aside, aside and out of his hand.  
               PAPPY whips a knife from his boot with his other hand as he 
               leaps back into  a knife-fighter's crouch,  ready to  defend 
               himself.

                                     LIVEN TELL
                              (to  the Gnomes)
                         Good,  isn't he?

                                     PAPPY
                         What's going on here?

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         Just trying to find out what kind of 
                         a Elf you are.

               CLOSER ON AN ANGRY PAPPY.

                                     PAPPY (STEAMED)
                         Get a knife and let's see what kind 
                         of a elf you are.

               Another angle on Liven Tell.

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         Now,  take it easy.  I'm offering,
                              (picking up and 
                              returning the tube)
                         Food and  lodging for four to   six-
                         weeks.  Twenty bath in gold.  Against 
                         forty Bows, mainly Trolls.

                                     PAPPY
                         (cutting in)
                         Me and you against forty?

               LIVEN TELL returns PAPPY's  tube.

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         No,  we'll have more.

               (Indicates Hilario and the others )

               These people  and all the men in their village.

               PAPPY slings his  tube over his shoulder as  he looks  the  
               three  Gnomes over,  then turns to  LIVEN TELL.

                                     PAPPY
                         I like your  style.  And if I knew 
                         your name,  I'd vote for you next 
                         election.  But your deal stinks.

               HE STARTS OUT THE DOOR.

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         No hard feelings?

                                     PAPPY
                         No hard feelings.

               He opens the door and exits.  

               Another knock on door.

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         Come in —

                                     HAMLIN
                              (ENTERS)
                         The word's out you're looking for 
                         good men.

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         That's right I
                              (Indicating HAMLIN's 
                              Bow)
                         Men who   are good with that.

                                     HAMLIN
                         I'm good with it.

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         Fast?

                                     HAMLIN
                         Try me.

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         I aim to.

               HAMLIN watches LIVEN TELL warily,   as he holds his hands  
               about twenty Inches apart at shoulder height and quickly 
               claps them, together.

                                     LIVEN TELL
                              (continues)
                         Stand up closer - hold your hands 
                         like  that.  Clap them!

               (Puzzled,  Hamlin obeys) 

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         Faster. 

               HAMLIN  claps again.

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         Now as fast as you can.

               Hamlin tenses,  preparing himself,  then claps his hands 
               with all the speed at his command.     And finds between his 
               palms the business end of the very large knife LIVEN TELL 
               has drawn  and inserted.  LIVEN TELL holsters his knife and 
               spreads his hands.

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         Now you do it!

               Hamlin looks at the three gnomes out of the corner of his 
               eye and licks his lips,  terribly afraid of failing.  His 
               hand tenses above the haft of his Bow,  relaxes,   tenses 
               once more.  He seems about to draw.  And then,   abruptly, 
               he spins around and rushes out of the room. The three Gnomes 
               are ashamed.  Miguel pulls the brim of his hat down over his 
               eyes.  Hilario finds LIVEN TELL studying them, sensing their 
               dejection.

                                     HILARIO
                              (apologetically)
                         He IS very young and very proud.

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         Yeah - graveyards are full of boys 
                         who were very young and very proud.

               There is a KNOCK at the door.  Without a sound,  LIVEN TELL 
               steps to the wall so  that he will be behind the door when 
               it opens and motions to Hilario to let the visitor in.

               The door opens,   but nobody comes in.  Hilario  looks to 
               LIVEN TELL and shrugs.  LIVEN TELL  looks out into  the  
               hall and finds no one  there.  Puzzled,  he  leans forward 
               for a glance to the right down  toward the bar.  The hall is 
               empty.  Turning, be sees TALON LUCK beside him,   stocky,  
               past forty,  deceptively bland.

                                     TALON
                              (warning finger high)
                         No tricks now,  LIVEN TELL.

               LIVEN TELL crosses out into hall. 

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         Talon luck Good to see you again.

                                     TALON
                         LIVEN TELL.
                              (shaking hands)
                         What  are you doing in this dump?.... 

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         It wouldn't interest a high-stepper 
                         like you.  It's  just eating-money,  
                         Talon. One gold  eagle, room and 
                         board,   six weeks CLEAN UP for some 
                         gnomes.

                                     TALON
                         Ah,  you old Cajun - you don't talk 
                         so good but you always know what's 
                         go on!
                              (TO GNOMES)

               ) CON PERMISO —
                              (closes door)
                         All right,   that's on top.  What's 
                         underneath?

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         Only what I told you.

                                     TALON
                         Gold?   Cattle?  Payroll?

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         Only what I told you!

                                     TALON
                         Oh sure, sure.  Never mind.  Just 
                         tell me when you can.

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         Talon, please don't understand me so 
                         fast.

                                     TALON
                         I said never mind.  I'm in.
                              (pokes his ribs)
                         You dirty dog.

               SCENE 12. EXT.  STREET AND SALOON - NIGHT

               CAMERA IS PLACED INSIDE THE SALOON, IN DARKNESS AND SEES, 
               FRAMED IN THE DOORWAY: 

               MONVEN strides across  the street  at b.g.  - strides  to 
               front of the Saloon  and  enters.

               The waiter comes up to  LIVEN TELL.

                                     WAITER
                         Yes?

                                     LIVEN TELL
                              (looking over to  
                              MONVEN at gaming 
                              table)
                         The Elf who   Just came in!  I'd 
                         like to buy him a drink.

                                     WAITER
                         Yes,   sir.

               The waiter crosses over to MONVEN at gaming table.

                                     MIGUEL
                         There's one.  Just look at his face.

               MIGUEL refers  to  a PLUG-UGLY Dwarf who   Just entered the 
               saloon -his nose has been flattened and his face is  scarred.

                                     HILARIO
                         The man for us is the one who gave 
                         him that face.

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         You learn fast.

               MONVEN puts down the two dollars.  Rolls dice , MONVEN blinks 
               a couple of times, puzzled by the suddenness with which he 
               has been rendered cold,  stone broke.  The waiter taps him 
               on the shoulder,  points off.

                                     WAITER
                         Gent over there wants to  buy you a 
                         drink. MONVEN walks over to the booth 
                         occupied by LIVEN TELL and the Gnomes.

                                     MONVEN
                         Howdy.

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         Like to buy you a drink.
                              (To the waiter)
                         Purin.  Got something lined up?

                                     MONVEN
                         Yup.  I'm gonna take   a  Job.  In a 
                         grocery store.  Fellow who runs it 
                         thinks  I'd make  a crackerjack clerk 
                         Crackerjack.

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         Well,  if that's your taste...

                                     MONVEN
                         I did hear of a job.  Shooing flies 
                         away from some village. Can't find 
                         out what it pays.

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         Twenty dollars! 

                                     MONVEN
                         A week?

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         Six weeks.  The whole  Job.

                                     MONVEN
                         That's ridiculous.  You heard of 
                         anything?

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         Below the border.  Shooing flies 
                         away from some village.

               (Indicating the gnomes) Their village,

                                     MONVEN
                         Pays twenty whole dollars?

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         I'm looking for men right now.

               MONVEN turns to Hilario, Miguel and Tomas.

                                     MONVEN(APOLOGETIC)
                         That wouldn't even pay for arrows.

               CLOSER ON GRUNT FROM MONVEN.

                                     MIGUEL
                         We understand.  You would get much 
                         more in a grocery store. And it's 
                         good, steady work.  I'm sorry.  Ours 
                         is not a rich, village.

                                     MONVEN (TO LIVEN TELL)
                         How many you got signed up?

               LIVEN TELL holds up one finger. MONVEN shakes his head, holds 
               up two fingers.  He tosses off a drink.

                                                                    CUT TO:

               SCENE 13.  EXT: HOUSE ON A PLAIN - DAY

               LIVEN TELL and MONVEN ride toward the gnome's hut.  They 
               ride into the front yard.  The plain is vast and empty except 
               for the: sod hut with a rickety corral alongside and a well 
               in front.  LIVEN TELL  and MONVEN dismount,  hitch their 
               horses to a  rail and approach the front door.  The door 
               opens  - a gnome sticks his head out.

                                     LIVEN TELL.
                         I'm looking for a man named Alaric.

                                     GNOME
                         Don't know his name.  But there's a 
                         feller in back chopping WOOD for his 
                         breakfast.

               LIVEN TELL nods his thanks and, with MONVEN, walks around 
               the but to the rear.

               ALARIC,  a very hard-looking Elf,  half -human, half Elf,  
               this side of thirty with an habitual mad-at-the  world scowl.  
               He is splitting wood with an axe.    His  jacket and hat are 
               on a stack.  

               His bolt-belt and six bolt crossbow are on the ground at his 
               feet between him and the hut.  He straightens and stands 
               motionless when he sees LIVEN TELL and MONVEN, eyeing them 
               impassively as they come to  a halt half-a-dozen feet away.

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         Morning.

               ALARIC thinks  of a for a moment,  then toes his  Bow and 
               holster across the ground to   a spot on his other side,   
               away from them.  

               That done,   he  goes back to  chopping wood noticeably with 
               more force; splitting twelve inch diameter logs with a single 
               blow.

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         I'm a friend of Talon Luck's.  Tells 
                         me you're broke,

                                     ALARIC
                         Nah.  I'm doing this 'cause I'm an 
                         eccentric millionaire.

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         There's a  job for six men to  watch 
                         over  a village south of the river.

                                     ALARIC
                              (CHOPPING  AWAY)
                         How big's the odds?

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         Thirty, maybe more.

               At this,   Alaric misses   the log completely and almost 
               falls down.    Recovering,  he stares at LIVEN TELL.

                                     ALARIC
                         I've got to  admire your notion of.       
                         odds.

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         Talon Luck tells me you faced  odds 
                         in the Middle Terran  war.

                                     ALARIC
                         (Nods) They paid six hundred for 
                         that one!

                                     MONVEN
                         He also said you wrapped up Modrin 
                         single-handed in less than a month.

                                     ALARIC (NODS)
                         They paid me eight hundred for that 
                         one.

                                     MONVEN
                         You cost a lot.

                                     ALARIC
                         Yeah,  that's right - I cost a lot.

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         The offer  is   twenty dollars.

               Alaric looks  at the  logs he has  split and at  the pile 
               left to  go.

                                     ALARIC
                         Twenty dollars — Right now that's a 
                         lot.

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         Where can  I reach you?

                                     ALARIC
                         Right here.

               He  splits another log, with a force that sends splinters in 
               all directions.  Some into the camera lens.

                                                               DISSOLVE TO:

               SCENE 14.   EXT: LINE CAMP  - DAY

               The camp has been set up  across the  tracks from a loading 
               dock.  Lounging about a remuda and a food-wagon are the SCORE 
               OF MEN, GNOMES, Drays AND ASSORTED Others.

               A human,  BALANCE,   is having  a difference of opinion with 
               two other men.

               LIVEN TELL and MONVEN have ridden up during this and stand 
               near their horses, watching.

                                     BALANCE
                         I still say she can't.

                                     PINOCET
                         I tell you she can.

               BALANCE If she claims that, she's a liar!

                                     PINOCET
                         (Looks around quickly) Come on - not 
                         so  loud,  she might hear you.

                                     BALANCE
                         I don't give a damn if she hears me 
                         or not.  I got two months wages coming 
                         and I'll bet  it an it ain't so.

                                     STRANGER
                         Well,  you  ain't betting with me.

                                     PINOCET
                         Me  either.  I'm  Just  telling you 
                         what she said.  And I believe her.

                                     BALANCE
                         Well,  one of us  is a fathead.

                                     STRANGER
                         You can get odds on which.

               Balance turns on him in anger. 

                                     SOMEONE (O.S.)
                         (laughs) Haw haw haw!

               Another angle. 

               As Pinocet  turns  away in dismissal,  Balance looks at  the 
               men around.  None  seems the least impressed with what he  
               is  saying  and this makes  him even   angrier.  

               He  goes over to  an Elf  sitting hear the food-wagon,   a 
               tall, tall Elf stretched out on the ground dozing with her 
               back against a fence post and her huge floppy, hat pulled 
               down over her face.

               LIVEN TELL and MONVEN walk in.

               BALANCE STARES DOWN AT THE ELF. 

                                     BALANCE
                         El Tan.  El Tan.  Wake up.  El Tan -
                         look at me.  I'm talking to you.

               For a moment, EL TAN seems not to have heard him.  Then a 
               thumb slowly pushes the hat up and she is gazing calmly at 
               Balance.  EL TAN is a female Elf, tall, elegant and apparently 
               lithe.  Her red hair glistens in the sunlight.

                                     BALANCE
                              (continues; pointing 
                              to Pinocet)
                         Pinocet told me what you said.   I 
                         Say you're wrong.  What do you say?

               No one moves while waiting to hear what El Tan says.  Then 
               she pinches her hat-brim between a thumb and forefinger and 
               slowly pulls the hat back down over her face. 

                                     SOMEONE
                         (laughs again) Haw haw haw. 

               And stops suddenly as Balance glares at him.

                                     BALANCE
                         What's  the matter?

               Another angle. 

               Looking down at El Tan

                                     BALANCE
                         Afraid  to  say I'm wrong?

               Again the  thumb  slowly moves  the hat up off her face  and 
               El Tan's  calm, piercing green eyes hold Balance's.  Then,  
               in one  smooth, flowing motion,   El Tan is on her feet and 
               moving toward a fence-post  twenty feet  away.  

               She puts her coffee can on top of the post about  3" from 
               his shoulder then turns  to  face BALANCE.     

               She motions with her hand and Balance,   glancing behind 
               him, finds a similar post nearby.  One step and he is standing 
               next to  it.  But this isn't close enough to suit El Tan who 
               motions again.  

               BALANCE sidesteps  until  the post is  at his  shoulder.  El 
               Tan nods,   satisfied,   and then looks to Pinocet.

               Nervously,  Pinocet steps forward,  about half-way between 
               the two   and out of  the  line-of-fire.  He  winks  at 
               Balance who  crouches, ready to  draw his bow,  his eyes on  
               EL TAN.  He  looks at El Tan,  who   stands easily,   casually 
               tugging  at a long ear-lobe.

                                     BALANCE
                              (to Pinocet))
                         Call it!

               Pinocet fires an arrow into the air.  El Tan's hand streaks 
               down from her  ear,   as though throwing a ball,   and a 
               knife quivers in the post at Balance's  side.  At the same 
               moment,  Balance has fired HIS hand crossbow and the coffee 
               can is knocked down.  El Tan crosses over to   Balance - 
               gets knife out of the post.

                                     BALANCE
                              (triumphant to  Pinocet)
                         Well, you  see?  I won.  Well,  how 
                         about It?  Pinocet,  how about it?

               El Tan crosses away over to  the food-wagon.

                                     PINOCET
                         I don't know.    Mighty close,  wasn't 
                         it, boys?

                                     BALANCE
                         Close?  Close?  What do you mean 
                         close?

               He hurries over to Pinocet and a knot of others gathers around 
               them.

                                     BALANCE
                         You  all-got eyes,   ain't  you?  
                         You saw the whole thing,  didn't 
                         you?  I won.

               With a growl, Balance hurries over to  El Tan who  is   just 
               taking a drink of coffee.

                                     BALANCE
                         You tell them.  I won,  didn't  I?

                                     EL TAN (BARELY
                         Perceptible head shake)
                         You lost.

               El Tan crosses over to  the fence,   lies down.  And the hat 
               is down over her face.  Balance is beside himself with rage.  
               Crosses to  El Tan.

                                     BALANCE
                         You're  a liar.

               No response.

                                     BALANCE
                         I said you're a liar.

               No response.

                                     BALANCE
                         You 're a coward and a liar.

               No response.

                                     BALANCE
                         Get up and let's do  it for real.
                              (fires 2 bolts at El 
                              Tan's feet)
                         Get up,   I  said  - get up — or I 
                         swear I'll bolt you right where you 
                         — are.

               A long moment passes and  then EL TAN'S thumb slowly pushes 
               the hat up.    EL TAN'S calmness has gone and her eyes are 
               now like  ice.  She gets to her feet and moves  deliberately 
               back toward  the fence-post.  Balance crosses over to  his 
               post.    EL tan turns and finds Balance ready

                                     BALANCE
                         (Eyes on El Tan -to Pinocet) Call 
                         it.

                                     PINOCET
                         (Crosses to Balance on line) I don't 
                         want nothing to do with it.

                                     BALANCE
                         Call it!

               Pinocet moves to stop him.

                                     PINOCET
                         Come on, Balance — forget it!

                                     BALANCE
                         Get away from me!

                                                                   CUT TO: 

               The buzz of the onlookers' excited conversation stops abruptly 
               as they realize the game has ended and that they are watching 
               a contest that could end in death.

                                                                    CUT TO:

               Medium shot on Liven Tell.

                                     LIVEN TELL (TO MONVEN)
                         It' s ridiculous — and so obvious.

               Balance is immediately aware of the meaning of this sudden 
               silence.  Almost wishes he could withdraw, but a glance around 
               at the men who ridiculed him rekindles his rage.  

               Tensing, he glances at the post beside him, takes his stand 
               directly in front of it, his eyes on El Tan.

                                     EL TAN
                         (To Pinocet) Call it.

               Pinocet, hating to do it, pulls a hand Bow out and fires up 
               into air.  

               CLOSE UP.

               Balance crumples, slowly, to the earth with-El Tan's knife 
               in his throat.

               SILENCE

                                                               DISSOLVE TO:

               SCENE 15. INT:   SALOON - NIGHT

               It's  late.  The  cantina  is nearly empty.  The bartender 
               is reading a newspaper.  At  a table  are Hilario,  Miguel 
               and Tomas,  waiting with stoic patience.  Nearby ere Alaric 
               and Talon Luck.  Talon is playing  solitaire,   handling the 
               cards with loving dexterity.  Alaric watches him without 
               expression.  Each of  the  two  is nursing  a beer.  All 
               heads turn to  the door as LIVEN TELL and MONVEN enter.    
               MONVEN stops at the bar.  LIVEN TELL  sits with the Gnomes.

                                     MONVEN
                         (To  bartender) Wine.

               The three Gnomes exchange  anxious looks.     TALON and Alaric 
               wait.  Miguel clears his  throat.  Hesitantly.....

                                     MIGUEL
                         Did you have luck?

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         I found an Elf  who would have been 
                         perfect.  Bow or knife,  they don't 
                         come  any better.

               (A pause) Wasn't interested.

               The gnomes deflate.     They  sense that Liven Tell is dis-
               couraged,   too.

                                     HILARIO
                         The money?  It was not enough?

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         Doesn't give a damn!  About money.

                                     HILARIO
                         (As delicately as possible) An elf  
                         in this line of work who doesn't 
                         care about money?

                                     LIVEN TELL(POLITELY)
                         Elves in this line of work are not 
                         all alike.  Some care about nothing 
                         but money.  Others, for their own 
                         reasons, enjoy the danger.

                                     MONVEN
                         And the competition.

                                     HILARO
                         If he's  the best with the Bow or 
                         the knife,  with whom does he compete?

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         Himself.  
                              (A beat)
                         Herself!

               WHAM!    Their heads  swivel and they see Hamlin.  He has 
               come banging through the double doors.    He needs a shave.  
               His eyes are inflamed.     He peers around,  focuses on LIVEN 
               TELL. 

               Lurches toward Liven tell.

                                     HAMLIN
                              (WAVING A FINGER)
                         You.  I've been looking for you.

               Now we know.  He -is carrying quite a load of bottled courage, 
               He staggers slightly,   grips hold of a chair to  support 
               himself and his self-esteem.

               Hilario,   Miguel and Tomas immediately recognize  the menace.  
               MONVEN,  however,  has never  seen Hamlin before.  Therefore,  
               he's amused by the little Hafling's noisy appearance  and 
               erratic progress across the floor.

                                     MONVEN
                         Oh,  oh.  What have we here?

                                     HAMLIN
                         Never mind.  Never mind.  He knows.  
                         Clap hands,  he says.  Clap your 
                         hands.  Let's see how fast you are.
                              (With drunken dignity))
                         Man comes to  him  'cause he respects 
                         him,   'cause he'd be proud to work 
                         with  him.
                              (sudden rage)
                         And he tries to make him look like 
                         two  cents with some damned kid's 
                         game!

               He stops,   just a few feet away from LIVEN TELL, his hand 
               threateningly near his Bow.  

               MONVEN doesn't think it's funny now.  He has grown tense.  
               So have Alaric and Talon.

                                     BARTENDER
                         Hey, you.  Kid.  That's enough of 
                         that.

               From below the bar he hoists the familiar bartender's 
               peacemaker,  a short heavy skull-cracker.  He starts around 
               the bar.

                                     HAMLIN
                         (To  bartender) You  stay away from 
                         me.  yille yon?
                              (to LIVEN TELL)
                         Now, yon.  Come on.  Let's see how 
                         fast yon are.  No games.  No 
                         clarrisini?  Hands.  None of that.  
                         Come on.  Come on!

                                     MIGUEL
                              (PLEADING)

               No No! 

                                     HAMLIN
                         What did you  say Compesino?  Get 
                         out of the way,  you dirt fucker!

               Another angle on: 

               Hamlin's head is momentarily turned.  Alaric and  Talon, 
               seated to one  side,   start to  rise.  HAMLIN's cross bow 
               is Instantly in his hand.  They freeze.  LIVEN TELL  and 
               MONVEN haven't moved.

                                     HAMLIN
                         You don't think I mean it?  Think 
                         I'm  just talking?

               He  SHOOTS,  deliberately missing LIVEN TELL by an inch.  
               SHOOTS AGAIN and AGAIN,   smashing both "beer glasses on 
               LIVEN TELL's  table.

                                     HAMLIN
                         Get up!  Get up and face me!  Do you 
                         hear me?  Get up  - do  you hear!

               He  loses  his  equilibrium,   and falls back to  the bar.  
               Drops Bow on bar - tries to reach it.

                                     HAMLIN
                              (to  Bartender)
                         You - give me my zur.  Beck!

               His head slides off the bar and he falls to the floor passes 
               out.  LIVEN TELL crosses to the Bartender.

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         Sorry this happened, friend.  Let 
                         him sleep it off.  And when he wakes 
                         up -
                              (Slides Bow along the 
                              bar))
                         let him have his Bow back.

               Puts down a coin. 

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         And give him a drink.

               Liven Tell turns back,  stops short at the sight of El Tan 
               looming in the doorway.  

               Tall, gorgeous and dangerous.

                                     EL TAN
                         I've changed my mind.

                                                                  FADE OUT:

               FADE IN:

               ACT II.

               SCENE 16.INT: OFFICE OF LIVEN TELL'S ROOMING HOUSE -       
               NIGHT

               The clerk is behind the lobby desk as LIVEN TELL and MONVEN 
               enter at door.  LIVEN TELL holds out his hand for his key.

                                     CLERK
                         There's a man waiting in your room.  
                         He  said he was a friend of yours.

               LIVEN TELL  and MONVEN walk out of  the office.

                                                                  PAN OVER:

               Sidewalk to  door of  LIVEN TELL's room.  MONVEN stays behind  
               as LIVEN TELL opens the door  and steps back.

               The door opens,  revealing a youthful face in which there is 
               no  trace of expression.  Not  the kind of face you'd care 
               to meet  in the dark.  Nor in the daylight for that matter.  
               The face of  a Elf utterly devoid of feeling.  His name  is 
               KOMBEI.  He is  sitting on the bed.

               LIVEN TELL and MONVEN enter room.

               KOMBEI dresses well, with here and there a touch of elegance -
               his fine boots and hat, a pair of gloves looped in his belt.  

               His manner has more than a touch of arrogance. His voice 
               strangely soft, is further slurred.  He looks like Robin 
               hood.

                                     KOMBEI
                         You need men for a job in the Low-
                         lands.

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         That's right!

                                     KOMBEI
                         How long?

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         Six weeks.

                                     KOMBEI
                         That ought to do  it.  HOW much does 
                         the  Job pay?

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         I thought you were looking for the 
                         Mondrin.

                                     KOMBEI
                         I FOUND THEM.  (A significant pause) 
                         How much does the job pay?

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         Twenty.  We leave tomorrow.

                                     KOMBEI
                         I'll have the money before I leave -
                         It will Just take care of my last 
                         two days  rent.

               MONVEN Has been studying KOMBEI, not especially liking his 
               acid condescension.

                                     MONVEN
                         Twenty dollars - you must be living 
                         in style.

                                     KOMBEI
                         Yes,  I have the most stylish corner 
                         of the filthy storeroom out back, 
                         that and one plate of beans, ten 
                         dollars a day.

               Monven catches on.

                                     MONVEN
                         Yeah, things do get kind of high 
                         when they find out you're on the 
                         run.

                                                                  PAN OVER:

               KOMBEI stares at him coldly.  Then turns to LIVEN TELL

                                     KOMBEI
                         Here's a spring south of town.

               (Rises from the bed)

                                     KOMBEI
                         Pick me up there.

               KOMBEI goes out.  MONVEN reacts as to a chill wind passing 
               through.  He whistles softly.

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         Uh huh.  But he's handy with a Bow.  
                         And we're not  heading for a church 
                         social.

                                                               DISSOLVE TO:

               SCENE 17.   EXT: OPEN COUNTRY -  DAY

               The  sun flames  just above the horizon.  In single file, 
               the Gnomes and the Motley crew ride slowly across the plain.

               LIVEN TELL leads, Hilario behind him,  or perhaps beside 
               him? Followed by the others.

               The way they ride tells us quite a bit about the them:

               LIVEN TELL, erect and calm,   a man born to authority, 
               therefore, with no need to assert it.

               MONVEN with that slouch of his, taking things as they come.  

               EL TAN, hat pulled down, red hair shining beneath,   silent,   
               anonymous,  complete in herself.

               Talon, with his simple, happy-go-lucky expectation of good 
               things to come.  Hard enough to make it so.

               Alaric,  the sour, hard elf with a Bow, disenchanted with 
               everything,  himself in particular.

               KOMBEI, reins held delicately in his  gloved hand,   an  air 
               of being along merely for the ride, disdainful of this whole 
               ridiculous enterprise.

               PAPPY old enough to know better, continually slots racks of 
               quarrels into the tube and unloads them.  Adding grease as 
               he prepares.

                                                                  PAN OVER:

               Low angle camera follows.

               As they make a sharp turn to  the left and start up a rise, 
               MONVEN notices something far off on the back-TRAIL.  
               Silhouetted in the sunrise.

                                     MONVEN
                         Liven!

               LIVEN TELL glances off a half mile away; a mounted figure is 
               following them.

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         (nods) Yeah.  He picked us up at 
                         dawn.

                                                                    CUT TO:

               SCENE  18. INT:   SALOON -  NIGHT

               MONVEN enters, the saloon - looks  around - he crosses over 
               to  a dice table.    He watches the play for a moment,   
               lips pursed  in concentration.     

               The  SHOOTER is having a winning streak.  A lot of whooping 
               from those backing his play. MONVEN'S hand drifts to his hat - 
               extracts two coins.  This is no casual fling,  but a studied,  
               calculated Investment.

               LIVEN TELL is in one of the booths lining the wall opposite 
               the bar with Hilario, Miguel and Tomas.  They have been there 
               awhile scrutinizing and evaluating likely prospects.  MIGUEL 
               Indicates  the BOWMEN who has  Just entered.

                                     TOMAS
                         That's Hamlin from our village!

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         No!

                                     TOMAS
                         Why not?  He has notches on his Bow.

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         Yes,  I noticed.

                                     TOMAS
                         Well?

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         Would you care to work with a man 
                         who keeps score?

                                     TALON
                         Any idea who it is?

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         That kid  in the  saloon.  Won't 
                         take no for an answer.

                                     MONVEN
                         (Looking off) Doesn't show much sense, 
                         does he?

                                                               DISSOLVE TO:

               SCENE 19. EXT: FOOTHILLS - DAY

               The group is profiled against a tall butte,  picking its way 
               over rocky ground.  Still far behind,  Hamlin follows at 
               their pace.

                                     TALON
                              (Rubbing his neck)
                         I'm getting a stiff neck keeping 
                         track of him.

                                     ALARIC
                         If you can't forget him why don't 
                         you ride side-saddle?

                                     TALON
                         (Ignoring this) Ah, well,  he won't 
                         last much longer.

                                     ALARIC
                         Think so?

                                                                    CUT T0:

               ANOTHER ANGLE ON MONVEN.

               Monven is also watching Hamlin.

                                     MONVEN
                         Riding out there in all that dust 
                         and heat — what a chuckle-head.

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         Yeah, not smart like us?

               Another angle on. 

               MONVEN (NOT GETTING IT)

                                                               DISSOLVE TO:

               SCENE  20.  EXT: ENCAMPMENT DAY

               A fire  is burning low,   a coffee-pot heating.  The Gnomes  
               and the  Elvin fighters,   some of  them dry-washing tin-
               plates  and knives,   are  grouped around  Hilario  who has 
               made a mock-up of  the village and its  terrain with pebbles 
               and twigs.  MONVEN and Talon are listening with half an ear, 
               their eyes on a small fire far away and Hamlin's figure near 
               it.

                                     MONVEN
                         Suppose our friend over there has 
                         anything to  eat for himself?

                                     TALON
                              (Disturbed;))
                         to LIVEN TELL) How about I go over 
                         there and bring him some.

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         It's not food he's  hungry for.

                                     MONVEN
                         Then let me tie  a can to  his tail. 
                         Right now he's like an itch I can't   
                         scratch.

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         Let him alone.  It's a free country.

                                     ALARIC
                         And it's his.

                                                                    CUT TO:

               SCENE 21. EXT: MOUNTAIN PASS -  DAY

               The file is climbing, following a narrow,  winding trail 
               which makes it impossible to  see if Hamlin  is  still 
               following.

               MOUNTAIN STREAM

               HAMLIN LAYS IN THE STREAM, CROUCHED MOTIONLESS, HIS HAND IN 
               THE WATER.

               A swift motion and he has a fish in his hand.  He admires 
               it,  then tosses it out on the bank.  Hamlin crouches again, 
               his hand snaking slowly into the water -catches a second 
               fish -throws fish to bank - 

                                                               DISSOLVE TO:

               SCENE 22. EXT: HIGH RIDGE DAY

               The file moves  slowly toward us,   still climbing.  Reaching 
               the  top,   everyone  looks back.  Behind them,   the empty 
               trail, the open country stretching to  the horizon.  No   
               sign of Hamlin.

                                     TALON
                              (rubbing his neck)
                         Funny.  Now that he's gone - I kind'a 
                         miss him.

               The trail leads sharply down to...

                                                              LAP DISSOLVE:

               SCENE 23. EXT:   THE MOUNTAIN STREAM -DAY

               Attached to  a tree,, in plain  sight,   is a fine  string 
               of fish, an eloquent invitation to  dinner.  LIVEN TELL and 
               the others react as  to   a mirage.  They look off.  Upstream,  
               not far away,  is Hamlin,   seated on the ground,  cooking 
               fish,   all innocence.  LIVEN TELL looks at the fish,   then 
               off  at Hamlin.  LIVEN TELL can hardly keep from laughing.  
               With a broad scoop of his arm he waves  to  Hamlin  to   
               come  join them.

               SCENE 24. EXT:   THE MOUNTAIN STREAM -DAY

               Hamlin's not looking at LIVEN TELL,   but he sees the gesture,   
               all right, out of the corner of his eye.  He gets up,  not 
               hurrying,  his face wearing a faintly disdainful expression, 
               as if to  say,  "Maybe I will,  and maybe T won't."

                                                               DISSOLVE TO:

               SCENE 25.EXT   MOUNTAIN COUNTRY -         DAY

               The riders coming around  the bend in single file.  PAPPY 
               AND LIVEN TELL in front.  Then MONVEN,  El Tan,  Talon,  
               Alaric and KOMBEI.  With them now,  near the end of the file,  
               is HAMLIN.

                                                                    CUT T0:

               SCENE 26.  EXT.   TRAIL - DAY

               JAIME,  an eight-year old boy,   hides at foreground.  In a 
               ditch.

               The Bow fighters and Gnomes ride in on trail at background 
               They ride past the boy.

               As they go by - the boy rises and crosses out on the trail -
               he takes off his hat and waves to  another village boy far 
               up on a mountain, b.g.  The boy on the mountain waves his 
               hat towards o.s. boy RICO at river.

                                                                    CUT TO:

               SCENE 27. EXT: VILLAGE DAY

               High angle long shot.

               The village boy Rico  sits  against   a tree by the river.  
               He  is throwing rocks to  b.g.  river with a slingshot.  
               Suddenly he looks  towards O.S.  mountain and reacts to  
               O.S. boy waving hat.  He rises and runs  to  b.g.  Across 
               the river.

               He crosses the river and runs up on a rock wall - takes his 
               hat off and waves it to O.S. boy on rock mountain above the 
               village.

                                                                    CUT TO:

               SCENE 28.  EXT: VILLAGE - DAY

               A little boy sits above mountain at village.  Looks  0.S., 
               reacts to  O.S.  boy at river - rises - turns to village and 
               hollers, waving his hat.

                                     BOY
                         They're coming - they're coming!

               SCENE 29.  EXT. RIVER - DAY

               Low angle. 

               The three Gnomes and Bow fighters ride thru.

               The three Gnomes  and the Bow fighters ride past  the burial-
               ground and through the fields toward the village.  Hilario, 
               Miguel  and Tomas  are puzzled when the .Gnomes working in 
               the fields completely ignore there arrival.  LIVEN TELL and 
               the others glance at each other. 

               They enter the village.

               SCENE 30. EXT:  VILLAGE -      DAY

               Coming between  the two houses flanking the entrance to the 
               plaza.  Hilario  slows his pace, visibly upset by what he 
               sees.  Or, rather, what he does not see.    For the village 
               is empty, with not  a soul in sight.

                                     HILARIO (CALLS)
                         Where is everybody?  Where are they, 
                         Tomas!

                                     TOMAS
                              (shouts))
                         Attention!  Demetrius!

                                     MIGUEL
                         Eusebio!- Sandro!- what kind of  a 
                         reception is this?

                                     HILARIO
                         Come out.  Come out  and make  them 
                         welcome before we die of shame*

                                     OLD MAN
                              (calls)
                         HILARIO

               THE OLD MAN STANDS IN THE DOORWAY OF SANDRO'S.

                                     OLD MAN
                         Stop your shouting.

               Hilario turns toward LIVEN TELL, who nods and dismounts.  
               The other Bow fighters  follow him to   SANDRO's.

                                     HILARIO
                         (To  the Old Man) Do they call this 
                         a welcome?  What are they thinking 
                         of?

                                     OLD MAN
                         (Ignores Hilario; to the Bow fighters) 
                         Come in.  You must be thirsty.

                                     MIGUEL
                         Sandro.

                                                                    CUT TO:

               SCENE INT: SANDRO'S THE TOWN MEETING PLACE

               SANDRO, apprehensive behind the counter, starts pouring 
               drinks.  The Old Man scans the faces of the Bowmen, one by 
               one, measuring them.  Inevitably, his eyes return to LIVEN 
               TELL, recognizing him as the leader.  Abruptly, waspishly...

                                     OLD MAN
                         You must excuse them.  They're gnomes 
                         here.  They're afraid of everyone 
                         and everything.  They're afraid of 
                         rain and no rain.  The summer may be 
                         too hot, the winter too cold.    The 
                         sow has no pigs,  the gnome's afraid 
                         he may starve.  She has too many 
                         pigs, he's afraid she may starve.

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         There's no need to  apologize.

               (For Hilario's benefit. 

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         We didn't  expect flowers and 
                         speeches.

                                     OLD MAN
                         Good.  Tomorrow It's  the  anniversary  
                         of  the founding of the village  - 
                         they will be   celebrating -  then 
                         you will  see them in a better light.  
                         Till then — Eat drink and sleep over 
                         there at Lara's house.

                                                            SLOW DISSOLVE: 

               Suddenly,  the  church bell   starts to   CLANG deafeningly,   
               and - a voice screams.
                              (screams)
                         Malvera is coming,   Malvera is 
                         coming!

               Sandro  hurries out.  The others follow.  

                                                                    CUT TO:

               SCENE   EXT: PLAZA 

               The  plaza is now full of confused,   noisy panicked, 
               chattering gnomes.

                                     ARTURO
                         Where is he,  where  is he?

                                     FLACO
                         Which way is he coming?

                                     SANDRO
                         Who  sound the alarm?

               (At the top of his voice) Who sound the alarm?

                                     HAMLIN (V.O.)
                              (Just  as loud)
                         I did.

               PAN ROUND AND UP:

               On Hamlin he  stands at the top of the church tower sneering 
               at the gnomes.  He is sore - doubly so because he is a 
               Gnomish, half Gnome, half human  and so  are they.  He winds 
               down to the village square.  Comes out 

                                     HAMLIN
                              (Withering contempt)
                         Thank you,   araigos,  for coming 
                         out to greet us.  Thank you for 
                         letting us see your beautiful faces.  
                         Thank you, thank you.
                              (utter disgust)
                         You chickens!  You come running out 
                         like chickens!

               He marches down the steps and across  the plaza,   shouldering 
               people aside.

                                     HAMLIN
                         We ride for days  to  get to  this -
                         this nothing in the middle of nowhere.  
                         We 're ready to risk our lives to 
                         help you.  And you - you hide from 
                         us — - hide from us Hamlin climbs up 
                         on rim of fountain.

                                                                    CUT TO:

               On the old man. 

               The Old  Man cackles.

                                     OLD MAN
                         He's enjoying this.

               The Bowmen exchange looks.

                                     HAMLIN
                         Ah, but it's a different story when 
                         you're in danger,  hah?  And you 
                         might lose your precious crops?  Oh, 
                         yes.  And you flock to us.  Well,  
                         we're here, my compares and  I, are 
                         here and here we  we stay - and you - 
                         you prove to  us that you're worth 
                         fighting for — alright now, get back 
                         to your houses!  Back to work!  We'll 
                         let you know when to fight and how 
                         to fight.  Go  back;    Go  back,  
                         all of you - go  back!

               The Gnomes,   awed and humbled,  drift away.  

               LIVEN TELL  is tickled by Hamlin's impudent assumption of 
               authority. Impressed also by his scathing oratory.  He grins!

                                                               DISSOLVE TO:

               SCENE   EXT: PLAZA -DAY.

               THE GNOMES CONGREGATE TO ACT OUT AN ANNUAL RITUAL, CELEBRATING 
               THE FOUNDING OF MEDI TERRAN. 

               The 1st stuffed deer   is  ignited.  Crowd fights it.  

               FLUTES squeal, DRUMS rattle  and  crash;  crude figures of 
               Elves and Gnomes,  monstrous  in size  and fierce of face,  
               wildly bob and weave  against the sky,  depicting in mimic 
               battle the legendary origin of Terra Meridian.

               They are part of a dancing,   chanting procession working 
               itself up to  a frenzy as  it  circles  the plaza,  now pro-
               fusely decorated with flowers, new corn  and paper lanterns.—

               About a-third of the gnomes actively participate in this 
               ritual.

               The remaining inhabitants,   in holiday dress,  are watching 
               it and  sharing the emotion, many in front of their houses, 
               some  grouped at the fountain  and others at  Sandro's.

                                                                   CUT TO: 

               SCENE     INT: SANDRO'S -    DAY

               Hilario  and  LIVEN TELL  are  among those drinking there.  
               MONVEN and  Talon are sitting  at   a table.  They watch the 
               procession.

                                     MONVEN
                         You know,  I've been in towns where 
                         the  girls weren't very pretty,  in 
                         fact    I've been in  some towns 
                         where they were downright ugly.  But  
                         this is  the first town where there's 
                         no girls at  all.  Except small ones.  
                         I can see we're  going to  have a 
                         very active  social life.

               ANOTHER ANGLE ON TALON

                                     TALON
                         Oh,   it's not so bad.  I fell in 
                         with a fast crowd yesterday that 
                         hangs out near the fountain.  We got 
                         to predict the weather for today and 
                         didn't break up till twilight.

               SCENE EXT: PLAZA -      DAY

               The procession is now passing and the clamor is deafening. 
               The man leading the procession stops it and orders that the 
               second Florito be ignited.( A florito is a pinata on one 
               eel.  It chases the crowd.   

               Flaming Pamplona bulls chasing the crowd.

                                     MAN
                         (In Elf, to crowd) Paren la musica - 
                         slga el otro Florito

               The crowd screams and hollers  as it fights the second 
               florito.

               The  scowling ALARIC has  been leaning against a post watching  
               the proceedings.  With his knife  he has  been making a 
               whistle out of  a stick of  bamboo.  As the procession breaks 
               up,   a family with three   small  girls  stands  at front 
               of him as they watch the crowd fight the  florito.

               Alaric's  attention goes to  the  small girls.  He  shows 
               the whistle to  the children.  He blows  it.  The  girls  
               turn to look at him.  He blows it  again.  This time he offers 
               it to the child nearest him.  She takes it. 

               The boy Rico  comes hurrying into  the plaza from the fields. 
               He  stops by a tree in the plaza.  HAMLIN  is  sitting up in 
               the tree.    

               The boy, RICO, searching for someone,   sees Hilario with 
               LIVEN TELL  at their table and hurries over to him.     

               RICO  reaches Hilario's table and tugs at  HILARIO's shirt 
               for  attention.

               He whispers something to Hilario that makes him stiffen with 
               alarm.

               While the others are engrossed in the procession, he turns 
               to LIVEN TELL and drops a bombshell.

                                     HILARIO
                         Three of Malvera's men Just rode 
                         into  the woods.

               Another angle on.

               LIVENTELL. 

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         (To Rico) What  are they doing?

                                     RICO
                         I don't know    They left their horses 
                         in the woods.

                                     HILARIO
                         Should I sound the alarm?

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         No.  They'd know we spotted them.  
                         Come on.

               LIVEN TELL, Hilario and Rico cross through the crowd, fighting 
               the second florito  and make their way towards Lara's house. 

               HAMLIN up in the tree reacts to this.  He gets down from 
               tree and follows through crowd.

               LIVEN TELL,  Hilario  and Rico  go past Alaric and Lara's 
               house.  Hamlin exits into the house next to it.

               CLOSER TRUCK SHOT ENDING IN A CLOSE UP. 

               El Tan is  stretched  out on  the  ground,  hat over her  
               face.  KOMBEI sits back on a porch chair.  As  LIVEN TELL,   
               Hilario and Rico  enter,   the hat is raised with the familiar 
               thumb-and-finger motion.  Those piercing eyes  are  instantly 
               alert.

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         El Tan,  the boy saw three of 
                         Malvera's men.  Horses are in  the  
                         woods.

               In a smooth,  flowing motion,  El Tan la on her feet.  El 
               Tan looks off towards  KOMBEI.  She knows she needs another 
               Bow to back her up.

                                     EL TAN
                              (Calls  to  KOMBEI)
                         KOMBEI.

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         Get one  alive.

                                     RICO
                         I'll  show you where.

               El Tan picks up her  saddle & gear from ground and crosses 
               over to  the back yard gate.  Rico is  instantly there, opens 
               gate for El Tan.  El Tan steps out.  Hilario  crosses over 
               to Rico  and stops him from going with along.

                                     HILARIO
                         (to Rico) RICO,  he knows where the 
                         woods are.

               With this he leads Rico back towards LIVEN TELL and the three 
               of them exit towards front door of Lara's  as KOMBEI comes 
               off  the porch and follows towards O.S.   

               Hamlin has been overhearing the above in the yard next to 
               Lara's.  He shoulders his bow, ready for action  and follows 
               in the direction of El Tan & KOMBEI.

                                                                   CUT TO: 

               SCENE      EXT.   PLAZA - DAY

               Alaric is standing by a pole watching the proceedings  as 
               LIVEN TELL, Hilario  and Rico  come out of b.g. Lara's house. 
               LIVEN TELL comes over to Alaric, whispers to him.  Alaric 
               nods and walks toward the church.

               LIVEN TELL glances across the plaza.  A kind of telepathy 
               has alerted MONVEN and Talon.  MONVEN lifts a questioning 
               eyebrow.  LIVEN TELL shakes his head and gestures to them to 
               stay where they are.

               Now LIVEN TELL turns to the festivity with an appearance of 
               interest.  But after  a moment,  his  glance goes to  the 
               surrounding mountains and  then about the plaza,  estimating 
               possible defense positions.

                                                               DISSOLVE TO:

               SCENE      EDGE OF FOREST -   DAY

               El Tan and KOMBEI walk up trail at mountain side.

                                                                   CUT TO: 

               SCENE      EXT: OF FOREST -  DAY

               Three horses are tethered among the trees.  One of them stamps 
               and softly snickers. At the  sound,  El Tan and KOMBEI,  
               entering through the trees, stop  short.  Veering to  the 
               right,  they go  to  their hands and knees at the bottom of  
               a mound and crawl to  the top. El Tan comes up  at top  and, 
               finding a tree to rest against, seats herself  on the ground,  
               stretching her legs and makes herself comfortable.  KOMBEI 
               fades behind a tree to  cover her.

               Prone behind a bush a few yards  away,  Hamlin  cautiously 
               lifts his head to   see what they're doing.  He marvels at 
               the sight of  El Tan casually plucking a wild flower and 
               dreamily sniffing it  as she twirls it between her fingers.

                                                         CLOCK DISSOLVE TO:

               SCENE    EXT:   PLAZA -     DAY

               In the village,  the  Deer Dance is going on.

                                                                   CUT TO: 

               BACK TO HAMLIN At a sound behind him.  Hamlin whirls, leaping 
               to his feet and going for his Bow.

               Malvera's THREE MEN are as startled as he is.  As they reach 
               for swords and crossbows, Hamlin fires.  One of them lurches 
               back and falls heavily.  Another, his blade about to split 
               Hamlin's head, drops as El Tan shoots.  The third man 
               immediately darts for one of the plunging horses, mounts  
               and is off through the trees.  Impossible to hit him.

               El Tan  rises,   quickly estimates  the  terrain,   starts 
               walking, deliberately, Bow in hand,   to   a position   
               several yards away.

                                     HAMLIN (O.S.)
                         I'm sorry,   El Tan -  I didn't mean 
                         to   spoil it.

                                     EL TAN
                         Shut up.

               Arriving  at  her chosen vantage-point,  El Tan waits,  her 
               eyes on the man escaping through the dense,   screening 
               growth. The only gap lies between two  trees  at the  top of 
               a rise.  El Tan fires in the split-second the rider fills it 
               and  tumbles him from the  saddle.

                                     HAMLIN
                         That  was  the  greatest shot  I've 
                         ever seen.

                                     EL TAN
                         The worst.  I meant to get the horse.
                              (Cutting Hamlin   
                              short)
                         I wanted  to  get one alive.

                                                                   CUT TO: 

               SCENE   EXT.   PLAZA -  DAY

               The Deer Dance has frozen in its  tracks and  the plaza is 
               silent.   LIVEN TELL  - looks up to O.S.  belfry -crosses 
               towards fountain - Hilario follows. The men wearing the huge 
               masks of fierce trolls raise them to reveal their own 
               contrastingly apprehensive faces — among them MIGUEL and 
               Tomas.

               WIDEN TO INCLUDE.

               LIVEN TELL's eyes are on the belfry.  Alaric Is there,  sur-
               veying the woods across the open fields.  He glances down at 
               LIVEN TELL and shakes his head; he  sees nothing yet.

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         (Turning to the gnomes) Three men 
                         were sent by Malvera to spy.  It's 
                         almost certain they saw us.      

               His attention is drawn by movement in the belfry.

               Alaric is  looking out in  the distance.

                                                                    CUT TO:

               SCENE  EXT: BELFRY-    DAY

               Alaric looks down at the plaza,  nods reassuringly.

                                                                    CUT TO:

               SCENE   EXT: PLAZA -           DAY

               LIVEN TELL turns back to the Gnomes.

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         Whatever they learned,   it will be 
                         buried with them.

                                     CONSTANCE
                         Vftlgame DioDs,  if he comes now.

               Hastily,  he  TAPS himself at  the thought.

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         But he'd never send men ahead if 
                         he's close enough to see for himself. 
                         So we have time.  And we have 
                         something Else.  Surprise.  And I 
                         promise you, if he rides in with no 
                         idea of the reception we can prepare 
                         for him, I promise you we'll" all 
                         teach him something about the price 
                         of the corn.

                                                               DISSOLVE TO:

               SCENE  EXT. RIVER -  DAY

               MONVEN and El Tan are instructing Eusebio, Constance and 
               Demetrio in aiming and firing Bows.  El Tan is monotonously 
               repeating the routine.

                                     EL TAN
                         Aim RELEASE, Nock.

               The Gnomes are slow in catching on.

               MONVEN takes the Bow from EUSEBIO.

                                     MONVEN (TO EUSEBIO)
                         Thumb - with the thumb.

               The routine continues,  with El Tan  again repeating the  
               practice count  several times.

                                     EL TAN
                         Aim,   RELEASE,   NOCK.

                                                                   CUT TO: 

               SCENE   EXT.   RIVER -DAY

               LIVEN TELL, ALARIC AND TALON ARE INSTRUCTING HILARIO,  TOMAS, 
               AND MIGUEL IN TARGET PRACTICE.

                                     ALARIC
                              ((to  Miguel)
                         Settle.  Down,   if you miss the 
                         first time, you may not get  a second 
                         time.

                                     LIVEN TELL
                              (to  Hilario)
                         Keep  the flight  tight in your  
                         shoulder.  If you don't,  two things 
                         happen.  First,  you waste an arrow, 
                         second you break your arm.

                                     TALON
                         (To Tomas) Now close one eye.

               (Indicating the end of the arrow)
                         Aim from here to the target.

                                     TOMAS
                         That melon?

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         That man you're  going to kill.

                                     MIGUEL
                         If only we had more Bows, what we 
                         could do!

                                     ALARIC
                         You'll get more Bows.

                                     TOMAS
                         If Malvera doesn't  come  after  all 
                         this,   what   a waste.

                                     TALON
                         Pretty foxy fellow,  this Malvera,  
                         eh?

                                     MIGUEL
                         Senor, not fox.  A dog-

               TALON lights  a  cigarillo.  In  a nice,   chatty way...

                                     TALON
                         How did he  ever find out about the 
                         gold mine?

                                     TOMAS
                         Gold mine?

               Everybody  stops work.  This  is an interesting question.

                                     TALON
                         You know.  The one in the mountains.

                                     PLACO
                         In our mountains?

                                     TOMAS
                         We never had a gold mine around here.

                                     TALON
                         Come to  think of  it, maybe it was  
                         a silver mine.  Whatever happened  
                         to  it?

                                     PLACO
                         We have no  silver mine either.

                                     TALON
                         I mean in the old days.

                                     MIGUEL
                         Not at any time.

                                     PLACO
                         Where did you hear of this  gold and 
                         silver?

               Another angle on TALON. 

               Talon,   about to  reply,   sees LIVEN TELL a  short distance 
               off Isn't  sure whether LIVEN TELL  has  heard him or not.

                                     TALON
                              (briskly)
                         All right, come on, boys and less 
                         talk, huh?

               THEY ALL GO  BACK TO  WORK.     LIVEN TELL SMILES  TO  HIMSELF 
               AND WALKS OFF. 

                                                                   CUT TO: 

               SCENE     EXT: HILLSIDE -DAY

               Hamlin   and  his  squad of  three boys  have finished cutting 
               saplings.  The mules  ere loaded.  The party is making its 
               way down to  the village in single file, Hamlin at the rear, 
               leading his horse.

               HIGH CAMERA ANGLE. 

               The  laden mules  come down out of  the woods  to  a level, 
               grassy area.

               HIGHER ANGLE. 

               HAMLIN  leans down from his horse at  the side of the brook 
               to take a drink.  He twists around,  hearing the soft pad of  
               an animal approaching.  A lone,  long-horned cow is  staring 
               at him. 

               HAMLIN dismounts swiftly,  whips off his  jacket,  adopts 
               the proud,  haughty air of the torero.  Brandishing the  
               Jacket, he moves in on the beast.

                                     HAMLIN
                         Sntrsle  Forrito!  I Otro!  Haj!

               Closer and closer, recklessly exposing himself to the cruel 
               horns.  Finally he's on one knee,   staring directly into  
               the animal's  sad,  liquid eyes,    Hamlin  sighs,  reaches 
               out, pats the cow on the head and scratches her ears.

                                     HAMLIN
                         Good  cow!

               Abruptly the play-acting is over.  Hamlin hears something.  
               He whirls around.  Bow in hand.  A slight movement in the 
               bushes,    He rises, mounts horse - rides away.  He rides in-
               to trees by river - dismounts and hides by the trees.  

               PETRA runs from b.g. as she passes CAMERA - Hamlin  steps 
               out from behind the tree.    Stops her.

                                     PETRA
                         You do  anything to me  and I'll 
                         kill you.    I'll kill you.  While 
                         you're doing it.

               ANGLE ON  PETRA AS SHE STRIKES OUT AT HAMLIN.

                                     HAMLIN
                         You  little  chicken bruiiri, you 
                         almost took my eye out.

                                     PETRA
                         Let me go!  Let  me   go .

                                     HAMLIN
                              (as  she  tries  it)
                         You bite me - I'll bite you so help 
                         me.  I got a good mind to throw you 
                         in the water.

                                     PETRA
                         Smash you with a rock.  Cut your 
                         head off.

                                     HAMLIN
                         Stop it.  Shut up - shut up  - shut  
                         up!  Where  are  the others?

                                     PETRA
                         I'll never tell you. 

                                     HAMLIN
                         Oh! for God's sake.

               Bending and pulling,  he manages   to get her over his 
               shoulders.  Holding her tight,  as  she kicks and screams, 
               he starts  toward his horse. 

                                                               DISSOLVE TO:

               SCENE    EXT: NEAR VILLAGE -      DAY

               LIVEN TELL is helping with the ditch being dug by Hilario   
               and his crew.  It has now assumed considerable proportions.  
               All work stops at the SOUND of  an approaching horse. HAMLIN  
               jogs in, Petra slung over his lap like a sack of meal.  The 
               bandanna is off.  Very clearly it's a girl,  a matter of 
               keen interest to MONVEN.

                                     HAMLIN
                         Look what!

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         Who is she?

               LIVEN TELL  looks   at  Hilario.  An embarrassed moment.  
               The other Bowmen  drift into   the scene.

                                     HILARIO
                         From our village.

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         So   there's where  they were.  You 
                         hid  them.

               LIVEN TELL  comes out of ditch and over to  Hamlin  - MONVEN 
               b.g.  follows.  Monven leans down to   get a better look  at  
               Petra.  Hamlin pushes her off, onto her feet.

                                     HAMLIN
                         Sure- they hid them and she won't 
                         tell where.  They're afraid.  She's 
                         afraid of me.  And you.
                              (pointing to  LIVEN 
                              TELL)
                         And him. All -of us.  Gnomes.  Their 
                         families told them we'd rape them.

               THERE  IS A LONG SILENCE.

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         Well, we might.
                              (at their surprise)
                         In my opinion,  though, you might 
                         have given us  the benefit of  the 
                         doubt.  But -  just as you please.

                                     MONVEN
                         As long  as you were out .there - 
                         whyn'.T..,..you bring   'em all in?

                                     HAMLIN
                         What for?  Leave   'em out there.  
                         Let Malvera find them.  He'll take 
                         good care of them.

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         Bring them in Hamlin.
                         Show him where to hide.

                                     MONVEN
                         (Helps Petra up on horse) Ua'amJ

                                     HAMLIN
                         Come along,  little angel.

               He snatches  Petra up onto  his  lap In front of him.  Monven.  
               Winces.  Hamlin  turns  the horse  - rides away to   B.g.

                                     MONVEN
                         Almost in audibly) Gently boy,  
                         gently.

               There's an awkward moment.  LIVEN TELL appears  to  have 
               forgotten the whole thing.  He's  inspecting the ditch.

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         Vtell, we are getting there.  Ifou 
                         had a good  idea,   Hilario,     
                         It's going to work.

                                     HILARIO
                         If  I'd known it was going to  be so 
                         much trouble,   I'd have kept my 
                         mouth shut.

                                     TALON
                              (Swinging a pick)
                         Amen.

               They all go back to work.

                                                               DISSOLVE TO:

               SCENE     INT: LARA'S HOUSE -         NIGHT

               Most of  the Bowmen are here,   sitting  at the  table.  
               Lupe, the widow.Of Hafael,   is doing the cooking over the 
               brazier.The Bowmen are being served by PETRA.

               Petra now wears a dress.  MONVEN very much admires  the 
               change.  Hamlin  seeks  to  give the impression he is totally 
               unaware of her existence.

               She approaches,  glaring at him.  He  turns his head to one 
               side, holding out his plate.  She ladles out a big spoonful, 
               moves around so that he can see how much she hates him. 
               Another spoonful.    

               HAMLIN turns his head disdainfully in the other direction.  
               She ladles out a third spoonful*    Hamlin lowers his head 
               and starts eating.  Burning with frustration, Petra walks on 
               to MONVEN.  He gives her a big, beaming smile.

                                     MONVEN
                         I can't tell you how nice it was of 
                         you senoritas to fix this very nice 
                         dinner for us.

               Petra slaps one spoonful on his plate and walks on.  MONVEN 
               gazes at his meager helping, then at Hamlin's overflowing 
               plate.

               MONVEN gives him a look which says, "How do you like that?"  
               LIVEN TELL responds with one of those shrugs, to wit, "That's 
               life."

               Alaric walks in,   looks  around.

                                     ALARIC
                         How's  the food?

                                     PAPPY
                         Great!

                                     ALARIC
                         Came osada,   chicken salada and  
                         rice?

                                     PAPPY
                         Yeah, these people sure know how to 
                         cook.  There's plenty of it.  Dig 
                         in.

                                     ALARIC
                         You know what   -  these people have  
                         been eating since we  got here?  
                         Tortillas and  a few beans.  We got 
                         the rest!

                                                               DISSOLVE TO:

               Everybody stops eating.

                                                                   CUT TO: 

               SCENE   EXT: OUTSIDE LARA'S -NIGHT

               Most of  the small boys of the village are lined up.    Each 
               one has a clay bowl.  Talon holds  the pot.  MONVEN 
               distributes the food.  Gracias,   senor.  For nada!  Gracias,   
               senor. For nada. Gracias,  senor.

               He's  a handsome boy with a flashing smile.  MONVEN studies  
               his.

                                     MONVEN
                         You don't happen to  have  a grateful 
                         older sister?

                                     3RD BOY
                         No,  sentor,  gralas,   Sentor.

                                                               DISSOLVE TO:

               SCENE      EXT: RIVER DAY.

               BOW PRACTICE IS GOING ON AGAIN. THE GNOMES ARE PRONE ON THE 
               GROUND, FIRING AT A TARGET. ALARIC IS STANDING OVER MIGUEL, 
               WHO GRITS HIS TEETH, CLOSES HIS EVES, PULLS THE STRING. POVUU!

                                     ALARIC
                         Miguel, how many times do I have to 
                         tell you?  You're not milking a goat.

               ALARIC GRABS  THE BOW,   NOCKS IN ANOTHER ARROW,    MIGUEL 
               IS DISGUSTED WITH HIMSELF.

                                     MIGUEL
                         It's   Just   I get excited.

                                     ALARIC
                         Well, don't  get excited  - slowly.  
                         Try it again.  Slow now.     Slow.  
                         Pull it.  Squeeze it.  Slow.

               Whooof!  Alaric takes the Bow!  In a split second he releases 
               a dozen arrows all into a marker on the tree no larger than 
               a shoe.

                                     ALARIC
                         Tell you what.  Don't shoot the Bow.  
                         Take the Bow like this and use it 
                         like a club.

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         (Calls to   O.S.

               PLACO  enters to  take Miguel's place.

                                                                   CUT TO: 

               SCENE     EXT.   CORNFIELD AT CORN SHED  -  DAY

               Hilario,  Tomas and Miguel, with the  assistance of MONVEN 
               are working on a net.  Across road  at b.g. They stop.

                                     HILARIO
                         Water,  Tomas.

                                     TOMAS
                         Sicomte.

               They cross over to their water gourds under a corn shed.  
               MONVEN follows.  as the three Gnomes drink, MONVEN practices 
               a few fast draws with his Bow.  Tomas is impressed by the 
               speed with which MONVEN draws.  As MONVEN shoulders Bow, he 
               catches Tomas watching him.

                                     PAPPY
                         And!  Doh!

               PAPPY unslings the tube from his shoulder and without 
               ceremony, points and shoots.  Wish!  Wish! Wish! Wish! Wish!

               Five bolts whistle into the distance.  All nailing a gourd 
               upon a tree.

               PAPPY bristles. 

                                     MONVEN
                         Oh ——playing around.

                                     TOMAS
                         MONVEN,  would you show me something?

               MONVEN( TURNS TO  HIM)

               Another angle on Monven.

                                     MONVEN
                         What?

                                     TOMAS
                         SHOW ME HOW YOU DRAW?

               MONVEN' s answer is a fast draw of his boomerangs and a couple 
               of hurls at some other water gourds hanging inside corn shed.  
               MONVEN catches them as they return.  Turns to Tomas.

                                     MONVEN
                         I wonder if I could have some of 
                         that water?

               Tomas offers him water.  MONVEN takes it.

                                     MONVEN
                         Thank you! 

                                                               DISSOLVE TO:

               SCENE    EXT RIVER   -       DAY

               MONVEN and  El Tan are holding Bow practice  again -with 
               Constance  and Demetrio.  The Gnomes 'progress  is better 
               than  in previous practice  scene.  El Tan  iS off routine 
               much faster than before.

                                     EL TAN
                         Aim,   squeeze,  nock.
                              (repeats line several  
                              times)

               MONVEN is not watching the practice,   and is looking off 
               away from the men.

               P.O.V.   FROM MONVEN

               Petra  and  the Village  girls are washing  clothes on river 
               rocks.  Their scrubbing seems  to  be in tempo with El Tan's 
               counting. 

               BACK TO Monven EL TAN AND GNOMES

                                     MONVEN
                         ONE,  TWO, THREE FOUR —
                              (repeats count MONVEN 
                              joins in)
                         One, two, three, four, - one, two, 
                         three, four.

                                                                    CUT TO:

               SCENE    EXT. RIVER - DAM -   DAY

               A dam is being finished by some of the gnomes.  Hamlin walks 
               along the river, measuring the depth of water held back by 
               dam.  H« walks past Gnomes.

               HAMLIN Bien — bien — muy bien.

                                                                   CUT TO: 

               SCENE      EXT. ROAD PASS INTO VILLAGE -  DAY

               El Tan, with the help of Alaric is showing gnomes how to 
               raise and drop a net across the road at pass.

               (TO MEN)

               Pull it up — tighter — pull  it up — tighter — all right, 
               drop it.

               THE MEN DROP THE NET.

                                                               DISSOLVE TO:

               SCENE     EXT: OLD  MAN'S  HOUSE  -  DAY

               The Old  Man  is  seated on porch.  LIVEN TELL  and MONVEN 
               ride up trail into yard - dismount.

                                     OLD MAN
                         Buenas  tardes.

                                     MONVEN
                         Howdy!

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         Well, we came to move you into the 
                         village.

                                     OLD MAN
                         Move into the Village?  Me?

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         Not.  Just you.  Everybody who  lives 
                         outside.

                                     OLD MAN
                         Oh no,  not me!

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         We  can't protect you if you stay 
                         here.  A fellow narawd Rojas  is 
                         making room for you in his home.

                                     OLD MAN.
                         'Rojas"-.  His  conversation would  
                         bore me  to death*

                                     MONVEN
                         Yeah, well -
                         (Sits) Maybe somebody else.

                                     OLD MAN
                         They're all gnomes.    Gnomes talk 
                         of nothing but fertilizer and women. 
                         I have never shared their enthusiasm 
                         for fertilizer.  As for women I became 
                         indifferent when I was eighty-three.  
                         I'm staying here.

                                     MONVEN
                         What are you gonna DO When Malvera 
                         comes!

                                     OLD MAN
                         At my age a little excitement is 
                         welcome.
                              (and then)
                         Don't worry.  Why would he kill me?  
                         Bullets cost money.

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         All right.  Have it your way.

                                     OLD MAN
                         You worry about yourself.  Are you 
                         ready for him?  What if he comes 
                         now?  Hah?"  Hah?

               The Old Man cackles.

               And it echoes on and on! 

                                                               DISSOLVE TO:

               FADE UP:

               SCENE        EXT: HILLS -      DAY

               JAIME,   a village boy,   sits by rocks - looking off camera.  
               Racketing birds take to the  air abandoning  some  carrion 
               on which they have been feeding at the bottom of  the hill.  
               They have been disturbed by 

               Widen.

               LONG LOW SHOT BACK LIT.

               Cue music. 

               Malvera jogging down toward the village followed by some 
               forty men in ragged column formation, much as when we first 
               saw them.

               Jaime  rises and steps  up closer to   trail.  Seeing  Jaime, 
               Malvera looks at him,   and  Jaime,  taking off his hat,  
               waves a bit more broadly and at greater length than might be 
               thought necessary.  Jaime,  In fact, waves his hat to everyone 
               in the column.  Several respond.  Another boy up on B.g. 

               Mountain rises and waves his hat.

                                                                   CUT TO: 

               SCENE     EXT. RIVER -      DAY

               Rico, resting against a tree, sees boy on mountain waving in 
               the distance  and, turning toward the village, jumps up on 
               the rock wall and waves his own hat.

                                                                   CUT TO: 

               SCENE    EXT.   VILLAGE -       DAY

               Another boy sits up on  a rock on hill above the village.

               He  stands,   watches' for a moment, then calls,  waving his 
               hat down to   village.

                                     BOY (POINTING.)
                         Hilario.

                                                                   CUT TO: 

               SCENE   EXT:  PLAZA - DAY

               Predetermined All around the plaza, people stop in their 
               tracks to look at  the boy.  Then they Rather at a vantage 
               point in a group around LIVEN TELL.  From here they can  see 
               the tiny figure of Rico  signaling in the distance-No one 
               says a word  as they steel themselves for what is to  come.  
               Then each man, elf and GNOME starts for his -determined 
               position.

                                                                   CUT TO: 

               SCENE EXT:        FOREST -   RIVER - DAY

               Malvera  and his men pour down   a slope  and  jog into the 
               forest.

                                                                   CUT TO: 

               SCENE  EXT: FIELD -       DAY

               Three gnomes stand in the field looking toward the forest.

                                                                   CUT TO: 

               SCENE  EXT: EDGE OF FOREST - DAY.

               Malvera and his men emerge, ride past the burial-ground and 
               then through the field toward the village.

               Approaching the three gnomes  in the field,  Malvera waves.  
               One of them creases himself.  And then, when the last of the 
               column has gone by, the three move quickly along the trench 
               to its end near the river. 

               Here,  a reinforced embankment is all that keeps the water 
               flowing in its normal channel.    Picking up mattocks and a 
               spade concealed in the undergrowth,  the gnomes start hacking 
               at the embankment.    The water spurts into the ditch.

                                                                   CUT TO: 

               SCENE   EXT: FIELD -      DAY

               Malvera and his men ride at a jog through the harvested fields 
               into  the village.

                                                                    CUT TO:

               SCENE      EXT: PLAZA -  DAY

               Malvera leads his men into the plaza and halfway across before 
               he realizes something is amiss.  He reins in sharply and 
               SALATICUS and the riders behind him bunch as they come to a 
               halt.

               MALVERA'S POV.

               LIVEN TELL, armed and poised, stands facing him.  In front 
               of Sandro's.  El Tan and MONVEN are on his flanks.

               Malvera's eyes dart about the otherwise empty plaza and then 
               return to LIVEN TELL.  In silence, they study each other.  
               Malvera nods.

                                     MALVERA
                         I should have  guessed     When they 
                         didn't  come back,   I should have  
                         guessed.

               He looks around at the roofs,   the doorways and the  side-
               yards behind  their walls.

                                     MALVERA
                         How many of you did they hire?

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         Enough.

               Malvera stands in his  stirrups and points.

               MALVERA  New wall.

               He spurs forward a few feet for a more comprehensive survey.

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         Lots of new walls.  All around.

               Malvera returns to his column and faces LIVEN TELL again.

               MALVERA They won't keep me out*

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         They were built to keep you in.

               Some of Malvera's men ride to the front of Sandro's.

                                     MALVERA
                              (turns to  his men)
                         Hear that?  We're trapped.  All forty 
                         of us.  By these three.
                              (to LIVEN TELL)
                         Or is it four?  They couldn't afford 
                         to hire much more than that.

                                     TALON
                         We come cheaper by the bunch.

               During this Talon and Hamlin appear across from each other 
               on the perimeter of the plaza.  Malvera spots them.  His men 
               shift restlessly.

                                     MALVERA
                         FIVE
                         EVEN FIVE WON'T GIVE  US  TOO- Much 
                         trouble.

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         There won't be  any trouble.  If you 
                         ride on.

                                     MALVERA
                         And what kind of trouble are you?

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         Just trouble!

               Another angle on MONVEN. 

                                     MONVEN
                         Maybe even work for it.

                                     MALVERA
                         Seven!  Somehow,   I don't think 
                         you've solved my problem.

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         Solving your problems  isn't in our 
                         line.

                                     MONVEN
                         (Flipping a bolt) We deal in lead, 
                         friend.

                                     MALVERA
                         So do  I    We're in the same 
                         business, eh?

                                     MONVEN
                         Only as competitors.

                                     MALVERA
                              (TO  LIVEN TELL)
                         Why not as partners?  Suppose I offer 
                         you equal shares?

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         In what?

                                     MALVERA
                         (embracing the village) Everything.  
                         To the last grain.

                                     HAMLIN
                         And  the people  in the village — 
                         what about them?"

                                     MALVERA
                         I leave it to you.  Come men of our 
                         profession worry about that?  If God 
                         didn't want them to be sheared, he 
                         wouldn't have made them sheep.  What 
                         do you say?

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         Ride on.

               Malvera stands in his stirrups, raising his voice, addresses 
               the unseen gnomes.

                                     MALVERA
                         Did you hear that,  Sandro?  Did you 
                         hear what he said?  Ride on.  To me.  
                         Tell him to ride on before I  get  
                         angry.  Him  and the others.  Because 
                         if  I leave here with empty hands,  
                         everybody in the village will answer 
                         to me when I come back.    Do.  You 
                         hear me,   all of you?

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         You won't come back.

                                     MALVERA
                         Why not?

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         You won't have any Bows.    Take 
                         them off right now and drop them.

               Malvera turns  in his saddle to   address Ctrillo for the 
               benefit of the others.

                                     MALVERA
                         Generosity.  That was my mistake.  I 
                         left them a little extra and they 
                         used it  to  hire  these men to make 
                         trouble.  It  shows you  -  sooner 
                         or later we have to pay for every 
                         good deed.

               He  sits motionless  in his saddle for a moment,  then 
               abruptly explodes into  action.  

               With a yell that galvanizes his men, he draws  his crossbow 
               and,  spurring his mount, gallops at LIVEN TELL,   shooting. 

               Around  the plaza,  MONVEN,  El Tan,  KOMBEI,  Talon,  Alaric 
               and Hamlin duck for cover and open a rapid cross-fire of 
               bolts and arrows.

               Malvera's men,  racing after their leader,   spray bolts in 
               all directions. Bow blazing,   LIVEN TELL  leaps back, takes 
               cover behind wall,   as Malvera,   Ctrillo  and  two others 
               try to ride him down.

               From the church tower PAPPY raises his tube and lets loose 
               bolts, from the blue.

               One, two, three, four, MALVERA's men die. 

               Malvera and his men ride around plaza fountain and towards 
               b.G. down the street towards entrance into  village.    

               AS they near village, Gnomes raise net across road.  The 
               Trolls  stumble into the Net. EUSEBIO   and a few other Gnomes 
               fire at Trolls.  Two Trolls fall from horses.  Malvera and 
               his men turn their horses.  Some of the Trolls ride away 
               down the main street.  Malvera  and  Sentos ride Into   a 
               side street.  LIVEN TELL,  behind a rock wall, fires at Trolls 
               riding through towards the cornfields.

                                                                    CUT TO:

               SCENE  EXT: VILLAGE - DAY.

               CLOSE UP ON. 

               A TROLL HURLS AN AXE.

               SLO-MO INTO THE CAMERA.

               NAILS PAPPY IN GRAPHIC DETAIL.

                                     PAPPY
                         Roars!

                                                                   CUT TO: 

               Alaric up on roof fires same.  Talon,   taking cover at side 
               of Lara's house, fires same.  KOMBEI,  petrified with fear, 
               crouches by doorway of house next to  Lara's  as Trolls ride 
               through.  El Tan,  taking cover behind table under Sandro's 
               porch fires  at O.S.  Trolls riding through towards 
               cornfields.

               Monven inside Sandro's, fires same* Malvera and Santes ride 
               through back yards of houses,  jumping horses over yard walls.  
               As they ride past the back of Sandro's, SALATICUS and group 
               of Trolls  join them.  

               They ride away   through cornfield and escape to  b.g. MONVEN 
               runs out of Sandro's and mounts his horse at the back of the 
               building.  He gives chase into the cornfields, firing at the 
               escaping Trolls. HAMLIN comes out from behind the church and 
               fires towards the cornfields at the escaping Trolls.

               Some of  the  Trolls are trapped  in  the mud of the flooded 
               area of  cornfield.

               Tomas  yanks a bandit off his horse and kills him with his 
               machete.

               Hilario,  Miguel,  Placo,   Arturo  and other Gnomes under 
               the corn  shed in cornfield,  fire  at the  escaping Trolls.  
               Arrows and bolts are flying in all directions and we see 
               this confusion.

               Malvera and the rest- of his men gallop off in disarray toward 
               the hills,   encouraged with a few parting  shots.

               Silence,  except for the dwindling sound of galloping hooves.

               Buseblo  and Gnomes at net road block come out from behind 
               rocks.  React to   escaping Trolls.  Buseblo reacts  to  
               bandit he killed.  ALARIC and  El Tan  react to fight being 
               over.  KOMBEI,   covered with sweat,  breathing hard,  is  
               utterly spent.  He rises, walks  into  the street.  Reacts 
               to  the end of battle and  the  Trolls defeat.

               ALARIC swings down from the roof,   looks  towards the  corn-
               fields  at  escaping Trolls.  LIVEN TELL,  rises from behind 
               the rock wall,  crosses out into the  street,  looks after 
               the  escaping Trolls,  reacts  to the end of battle.

               MONVEN,  riding in the cornfield,   stops his horse,  
               dismounts, reacts  to the escaping Trolls.  Looks back towards 
               O.S. village.

               Hilario,  Miguel and others under corn shed in field,  react 
               to   the escaping Trolls.  Look at  each other,   almost 
               disbelief,   as it comes  to  then that they have actually 
               defeated the Trolls.

               Tomas,  in a trance  and shoulder wounded,  walks in the 
               corn field.  He stops - looking off at the escaping Trolls.

               Hamlin,  in the church graveyard, reacts to  the triumph, of 
               the Gnomes and Malvera's defeat.

                                                               DISSOLVE TO:

               SCENE  EXT. ROCK WALL BY BLACKSMITH SHOP - SUNSET

               Talon, Pedro  and Arturo are on watch at wall.  In the b.g. 
               LIVEN TELL and MONVEN,  returning from a reconnaissance,  
               cross through on their way to  the plaza.

                                     TALON
                         (Calls to b.g. LIVEN TELL) Any sign 
                         of them?

                                     MIGUEL
                         No!

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         (Points  to  three  Bows) The same 
                         way we got those.  From Malvera's 
                         men* The ones

                                     HILARIO
                         Came to   spy on us.

                                     TOMAS
                         Like Three Kings bearing gifts.

                                     ALARIC
                         All right,   Miguel - squeeze slowly -
                         slowly!

               He puts  it  tight  against his  shoulder,   squinting coldly 
               along the arrow.  Practicing like a pro.

               EXT.   PLAZA  -      EVENING

               LIVEN TELL,  Monven  and Hilario  rebuilding a rock wall.  
               Constance, Chapo,  Pedro  and  Arturo  carry rocks from b.g,  
               dump them at f.g.  and exit out  b.g.

                                     HILARIO
                         How long do you think it will take 
                         to be ready?  - I mean, really ready?

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         If we work straight through, maybe 
                         two days — three days.

                                     HILARIO
                         And our next ten years of good luck, 
                         hah?

                                     MONVEN
                         Make it twenty!

                                                               DISSOLVE TO:

               SCENE     PLAZA - LATER THAT NIGHT

               Around the perimeter of the village,  most of the gaps between 
               the houses have been filled with waist-high walls.  The 
               workmen, Talon included,  are pretty well tuckered.  Tomas 
               stops to massage his back.

                                     PLACO
                         Where did you hear of this gold and 
                         silver?

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         (Moving on) None.

               PEDRO THAT  IS  BAD   LUCK-

               Talon regards the Gnome curiously.

                                     ARTURO
                         Imagine.  I knew him when he was a 
                         mouse.

               INT:   SANDRO'S -    .    SUNSET

               Sandro's  is  crowded.  The gnomes  are  still in high 
               spirits.  Everyone is  talking  at once.  Most  are armed 
               for their turn on guard-stint.

               The largest  group is at  the  counter drinking,  bulling  
               qr.D speculating.  El Tan  is  seated inside.

                                     TOMAS
                         You were safe by your house.  I was 
                         out in the field,  face to  face 
                         with them.  They came   at me,  ten 
                         of them,  screaming like devils...

                                     MIGUEL
                         Last time you told it.  It was only

                                     HTIARIO
                         He has them multiplying like rabbits.

                                     TOMAS
                         Ten!  Ten!

                                     HILARIO
                         Make it eight, hah?  Leave two for 
                         the rest of us to fight!

                                     BUSEBIO
                         Eight, ten, a hundred, what's the 
                         difference?  They got a good kick in 
                         the behind.

                                     MIGUEL
                         If they try it again, they'll get 
                         another!  This gets  a general roar 
                         of  approval.

               CONSTANCE We'll tear them to  pieces.

               THIS   GETS A LOUDER ROAR.

                                     PLACO
                         We'll bury them all.  Malvera  too.

               In the rear counter,   Sandro,  Constance  and Demetrio   
               are in  a huddle. SANDRO I was never so frightened.  My knees 
               were like jelly.

                                     CONSTANCE
                         I would never have guessed it.

                                     SANDRO
                              (brightening)
                         Well,  he'll leave us alone from now 
                         on.

                                     DEMETRIO
                         You think so?

                                     SANDRO
                         Of course,  he'll go   away.  There 
                         are other villages.  Villages that                          
                         don't sting the way we do. "

               He looks off as LIVEN TELL,   and MONVEN enter from the 
               fields.

               They cross over to the porch.

                                     SANDRO
                         Sandro  crosses out to the porch to 
                         LIVEN TELL.  The other Gnomes follow.  
                         Tomas pours a drink for the new 
                         arrivals.
                              (to the Gnomes)
                         Neighbors,  I drink to our friends. 
                         They armed us, fought at our sides                                             
                         and will forever live in our hearts.

               He touches his mug to  LIVEN TELL's  and MONVEN's    With a 
               yell the gnomes lift their drinks in a toast.

               A blazing cross-bow bolt crashes through the window and 
               smashes into the mug. 

               Sandro looks  incredulously at the shattered mug.  For a 
               second there  is a silence.  Then another shot rings out,  
               and ricochets off with a whine.  They take cover.  LIVEN 
               TELL dashes out through the back door of SANDRO's followed 
               by MONVEN,   El Tan and Hilario.

               A dozen or more flaming bolts slam into the building setting 
               it a blaze.  SANDRO's is afire.

                                     SANDRO
                         (Taking cover  at door) They haven't 
                         gone,  then!

                                                                   CUT TO: 

               SCENE   EXT: PLAZA AND PERIMETER -       SUNSET

               LIVEN TELL,   El Tan,  MONVEN and Hilario  have moved like  
               lightning to  a rock wall from which they can observe the 
               first Live shots.

               Silence.  From their various positions,  the  Bowmen  study 
               the  terrain from which the unseen  snipers are  shooting.

                                                                   CUT TO: 

               SCENE      EXT: ROCK WALL -       SUNSET

                                     MONVEN
                         See the Bow?

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         Hell No.  But   I make  it two of 
                         them.

                                     EL TAN
                         Three.

                                                                   CUT TO: 

               SCENE EXT:   PLAZA -  SUNSET

               ALARIC and Hamlin run from plaza and take cover at cemetery 
               wails.

               A alienee!    HAMLIN  appears with his bow in hand and crosses 
               from one building to another, deliberately offering himself 
               as a target!    He passes Petra's house.  She is horrified.  
               Hamlin runs across road opening towards next wall, exposing 
               himself.

               Weesh   weesh  weesh!

               HAMLIN's hat flies off.  Cross bow bolts pock the wall  at 
               his  side, as he throws himself behind it.  "Raising his 
               bow,  he attempts to find a target.

                                                                   CUT TO: 

               SCENE   EXT: ROCK WALL       SUNSET

               LIVEN TELL  sees  this  and  simultaneously studies the  
               source ruined.  Of fire.  After  a moment,   Hamlin  retrieves  
               his hat  and cuts a finger in  the hole,   grinning.  The 
               hat is pretty well ok!

                                     MONVEN
                         Crazy kid's  going   to  get his 
                         head blown off!

                                     LIVENTELL
                         Hamlin  — stay put!

                                     EL TAN
                              (studying the woods)
                         Three?

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         (Nods agreement) Three.

                                                                   CUT TO: 

               SCENE      EXT  PLAZA -  SUNSET

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         See anything?

               Negative headshakes.

                                     MONVEN
                         Naw,   they're too far back in the 
                         trees.

               HAMLIN PUTS HIS HAT ON, READY TO DRAW FIRE AGAIN.

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         Fin going  to  try to make it to 
                         those rocks -- Yeah — I'll cover 
                         you.   

               THEY RUN OVER TO HAMLIN  AND ALARIC.  MONVEN AND HILARIO RUN 
               OUT B.G. PAST CHURCH.  LIVEN TELL STOPS BY HAMLIN.

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         (to Hamlin) Cover the back door.

               Hamlin exits.  LIVEN TELL notions to  El Tan.  They snake 
               around the corner of the wall,  in the direction of the 
               cemetery.

               ALARIC covers  LIVEN TELL  and  El Tan   as  the latter  two  
               exit through cemetery and disappear uphill behind rocks.  
               Alaric following,   stands  by tree  in cemetery.

                                                               DISSOLVE TO:

               SCENE EXT:   OUTCROP -  TWILIGHT

               Alaric watches the dark woods.  Hearing a scuffling, he 
               whirls, his bow at the ready.

               Rico, JAIME and Julio are sneaking towards him from the 
               village.

               He motions for them to get out of sight.

                                     ALARIC
                         Get back.  Get back.

               The kids ignore this.  Eyes wide with excitement, they crouch 
               for a moment, then scuttle to join him, flopping down 
               breathless at his side.

                                     ALARIC
                         Didn't you hear so good?- get down -
                         now stay down!   You might  have 
                         been hurt.

                                     RICO
                         So might you.

                                     ALARIC
                         It's not the same thing.  This is my 
                         work!

                                     JAIME
                         It's our work!  too.

               He and the others settle down beside ALARIC and fix their 
               eyes on the woods.

                                     RICO
                         Everyone tells us hide, get back, 
                         stay out of sight.  But we're not 
                         afraid.

                                     JAIME
                         He's very brave.  It's the truth.

                                     RICO
                         So is he.  We all are.  Every boy in 
                         the village.  We had a meeting and 
                         drew straws and we got you*

                                     ALARIC
                         You got me?  What do  you mean me?

                                     JAIME
                         If you get killed,   we take the bow  
                         and  avenge you!  

                                     RICO
                         And we  see  to  it that there  are 
                         always fresh flowers on your grave.

                                     ALARIC
                         That's a mighty big comfort.

                                     RICO
                              (TO  JAIME)
                         I told you he'd appreciate  that.

                                     ALARIC
                         Please don't be too  disappointed if  
                         it doesn't work out  as you planned

                                     JAIME
                         We won't.  If you stay alive we'll 
                         be   Just  as happy.

                                     RICO
                         Maybe even happier.

                                     JAIME
                              (Judiciously)
                         Maybe!

                                                                   CUT TO: 

               SCENE   EXT: -YARD -       TWILIGHT

               Bow  at the ready,  Hamlin  is kneeling behind a wall, eyes 
               on the forest.    At a rustling behind him, he turns his 
               head and finds Petra approaching.

                                     HAMLIN
                         What are you doing here?

               Grabbing her wrist, he pulls her down beside him to  the 
               protection of the wall.

                                     PETRA
                         You shouldn't do things like you 
                         did.

               HAMLIN Go back!

                                     PETRA
                         You mustn't take foolish chances I

                                     HAMLIN
                         All right,  I won't.  Now,  go back.

                                     PETRA
                              (TOUCHES HIS CHEEK)
                         DOES IT HURT?

                                     HAMLIN
                         What?  No.

                                     PETRA
                         It-?  N sorry I did  it,  but I 
                         thought...
                              (A shrug)
                         You know That I thought.

                                     HAMLIN
                         Yes,  I know.  I know.

                                     PETRA
                         T wasn't afraid of you.  It's my 
                         father.  He says  stay away from 
                         those  BOWMEN  they're cruel - they're 
                         brutes.

                                     HAMLIN
                         He's right.     !  Fow,  so back 
                         home.

                                     PETRA
                         HE'S WRONG!

                                     HAMLIN
                         Well,  go  home  anyway.  Before he 
                         finds out you're here.

                                     PBTRA
                         He already knows.  He said he'd punish 
                         me for being so  shameless! But I 
                         don't care!

               Hamlin has been listening with half an ear but,  at the 
               urgency in her voice,  he looks at her and finds her level 
               gaze upon him.

               There is the whistle of a distant shot.  Then, after a moment, 
               two more rapid successions.  Silence!

                                                               DISSOLVE TO:

               SCENE   INT. SANDRO'S - NIGHT

               As Monven and Hilario enter, all eves are on them, some with 
               fear.  Before Monven can answer their unspoken Question, 
               LIVEN TELL and El Tan appear.  LIVEN TELL is carrying three 
               bows which he drops on the table.

               They did it - they did it!

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         (To  Hilario) Pass  these out. El 
                         Tan has two quivers, a knife belt 
                         and a six-Bow over hER arm.  IN hER 
                         hand She carries an ornamented 
                         sombrero.  There are exclamations of 
                         relief and amazement.

                                                                   CUT TO: 

               SCENE  INT:   SANDRO'S WINDOW - NIGHT.

               RICO,   JAIME  and  Juan peek  Into  the room through the 
               window.

                                     JULIO
                         Maybe we should have drawn them.

               The others  glare  at him for this disloyalty.  

                                     SANDRO
                         Think they'll try that again?

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         I doubt it.  For all they know, we're 
                         still up there ready to Jump them.

                                     SANDRO
                         (Almost accusingly) He didn't go?  
                         Malvera didn't  go?

                                     HILARIO
                              (testily)
                         Do you think it would be that easy?
                              (To LIVEN TELL))
                         What do we do now?
                         What would you say?

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         We work for you, you know.

               Hilario has never thought of It this way.  He visibly grows.

                                     HIIARIO
                         What else  Is there to do but wait?  
                         It's Malvera's move.

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         Right.  You better relieve them - 
                         they must be tired.  

                                     CONCEPCTON
                         If you were Malvera?

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         Yes?

                                     CONSTANCE
                         You'd  go  away, wouldn't you?  If 
                         you pay the price we make him pay,   
                         you'd go?

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         Yes,  I would!    Only....

                                     CONSTANCE
                         Only what?

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         I'M NOT MALVERA

                                     HILARIO (TO GNOMES)
                         Take the bows and the quivers and 
                         pass them out!  Now, let's get out 
                         there on duty.

               Hilario follows LIVEN TELL and the Bow fighters out.  Sandro 
               looks after them.

                                     SANDRO
                         (To his wife) Food,  woman, they'll 
                         be hungry.

                                                                   CUT TO: 

               SCENE  INT: LARA'S HOUSE - NIGHT

               LIVEN TELL,  MONVEN and  El Tan  enter.  LIVEN TELL and  El 
               Tan  cross over to  the  table.  MONVEN crosses out  into  
               the porch.

               Hamlin  enters.  His eyes  are bright with admiration.

               HAMLIN (to  LIVEN TELL) That  was  the greatest,  the ——

                                     EL TAN- (O.S.)
                         A new hat for you,   sonny!  I she 
                         sails him the bandit sombrero.

               HAMLIN puts it on. 

                                     HAMLIN
                         How do I look?  Hah?

                                     MONVEN
                         Bier im-oro vement!

               Hamlin   goes to  the mirror  to  admire himself.

                                     HAMLIN
                         You know what?  They'll make up  a 
                         song about you  and this hat.  Gnomes 
                         like this,   they make up a song 
                         about every big  thing that happens.  
                         Sing them for years.

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         You think it's worth all that?

                                     HAMLIN
                         Don't you?

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         It's only a matter of being able to 
                         shoot  a bow.  Nothing very big about 
                         that.

                                     HAMLIN
                         How can you talk like this?  Your 
                         Bow has got you everything you have.

               (To the others) Isn't that true?  Isn't it true?

               The Bowmen exchange looks.  MONVEN speaks for them all

                                     MONVEN
                         Yeah,   sure.  Everything.  After a 
                         while,   bartenders and faro  dealers 
                         you call by their first names*    
                         Maybe two  hundred.  Rented rooms 
                         you've lived in: five hundred.  Meals 
                         you eat in hash-houses:  a thousand.  
                         Home?  None, Wife?  None.  Kids?  
                         None.  Prospects?  Zero!

               (To  LIVEN TELL) Suppose I left anything out?

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         Yes!

               KOMBEI ENTERS.

               Has a drink in his hand, several under his belt.  He holds 
               himself with drunken dignity.

                                     KOMBEI
                         Places you're tied down to:    None.  
                         People with a hold on you:    None.  
                         Men you step aside for:    None.  
                         (With cold, aristocratic disdain, 
                         almost a sneer) Insults swallowed: 
                         None.  Enemies: None.

               LIVEN TELL has been eyeing him closely.

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         No enemies?

               None Alive.

               He walks on into the next room*

                                     HAMLIN
                         This  la the kind of arithmetic  I 
                         like.

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         So did I at your age.

               He hands HAMLIN the captured QUIVERS and  six-Bow.

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         Now take these things and give them 
                         to someone who can use it.

                                     MONVEN
                         And while you're  at  it,  why don't 
                         you go  ask Malvera what he's  got  
                         in mind for tonight.

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         Do  that  and  I'll write a  sonnet 
                         about you,  myself.

               Hamlin   exits,  still wearing the bandit  sombrero.

                                                               DISSOLVE TO:

               SCENE   EXT: LEDGE AND ROCKS -       NIGHT

               Two of Malvera's men,  RUTZ  and  SANTOS,   in   sombreros  
               «md serapes,  wearing crossed quivers and carrying cross 
               bows, sit huddled side by side in the dark.

                                     HAMLIN
                         Now take beef,  red peppers, onions, 
                         salt,  pepper - a little lard and a 
                         large frying pan.  After the beef 
                         has been dried, you cut it into 
                         strips.  You put the strips  in a 
                         pan with a little lard.  Then you 
                         put in the red peppers  and  let  
                         them simmer.  Wait ten minutes.  
                         Then the onions chopped fine.  Then -
                         A third figure,   similarly dressed 
                         and  equipped,  comes wandering toward 
                         them.  Santos spots him and motions 
                         him down.

                                     SANTOS
                         Hey,  stupid - get out of there - 
                         stay out of sight* The figure complies 
                         and,  crouching,  comes to their 
                         side*

                                     RUIZ
                         - then you put in the salt,  pepper 
                         and let it simmer - then you, eat.  
                         The new figure grunts and takes out 
                         his cigarettes.

               The eyes of the two sentries fasten hungrily upon this, The 
               new figure hands them the cigarettes. FAMILIAR VOICE Per 
               nada* Ruiz strikes A match, lights Santo's cigarette.  Then 
               his own -then offers Hamlin a light, Hamlin, striking a match, 
               lights his own.

                                     HAMLIN
                         (Refuses Ruiz's light) Gracins.

                                     RUIZ
                         De Nada.

               By the  light of  the match we see  the new figure is Hamlin 
               wearing the   sombrero,   Bow and quiver  taken from the 
               snipers. 

                                     HAMLIN
                         (blows out the match) Well,   I'll  
                         see you later.

               HE RISES,   AND EXITS.

                                     RUIZ
                         My MOTHER USED  TO MAKE A SOUP.

                                     SANTOS
                         Shut up!    You never had a mother! 

                                                                    CUT TO:

               SCENE  EXT.   MALVERA  CAMP -       NIGHT

               Hamlin moves warily along the trail and stops when he hears 
               a horse blowing.  Following the sound, he comes across the 
               entire remuda picketed for the night.

               He moves along the line of horses till he hears men talking 
               in low voices nearby*

                                     SALATICUS
                         Andres, Lorenzo and Fellpe never 
                         came back.

                                     LEON
                         That 's three. Armando was killed in 
                         the plaza, That's four.

                                     SALATICUS
                         Then Memo and Jorge - they got it up 
                         there In the pass by that cursed 
                         net!

               As the voice drones on, Hamlin takes a deep breath and, as 
               casually as he can, moves toward the group.  SALATICUS 
               Gregorio near the fountain.

               A few heads  turn toward Hamlin, HAMLIN That's nine.

                                     SALATICUS
                         Nine - then Fortune by the water 
                         ditch - Rico in the fields where- 
                         they slashed him to pieces.

                                     HAMLIN
                         (Aware of their scrutiny) That's tan 
                         and eleven.  Go on* The voices stop*    
                         All heads turn towards Hamlin.  He  
                         tenses, becomes aware of someone at 
                         his  shoulder.  Malvera is standing 
                         beside him*

                                     MALVERA
                         Talk'—talk talk - they're all dead.  
                         Forget about them.  There are still 
                         enough of us here to make them pay, 
                         our friends down below — They'll pay -
                         they'll pay!

               He takes out  a cigarrillo   and Hamlin  lights it.

                                                                    CUT TO:

               SCENE      INT.   LARA'S  -     BACK ROOM -

               Kombei Is  sprawled out on  the  bed,   his last drink spilled 
               on the floor beside him.  He is sweating,   twisting, moaning.  
               He gives  an inarticulate cry.  Rises from bed -crosses room 
               and falls  to  b.g.  TOMAS  and Eusebio  enter.  They look 
               at him for a moment, startled by the writhing terror of the 
               fallen man.  KOMBEI's eyes open.  With a cry he goes for his 
               Bow.

                                     BUSEBIO
                         It's all right.  You're all right.  
                         You had  a bad dream.  Just a bad 
                         dream.

               Slowly KOMBEI  gains  control of himself.  They wait.  He 
               doesn't look at them.  Stares off into  space,   still groggy, 
               his voice thick with sleep and drink.

                                     TOMAS
                         Have no  fear,  Senor!

               KOMBEI is struck by the  irony of  this remark.  He speaks  
               as though to himself,  with quiet bitterness.

                                     KOMBEI
                         Have no fear.  My very words.  Ten 
                         thousand times a day.

                                     EUSEBIO
                         Senor,  don't punish yourself.

                                     TOMAS
                         A man who has fought so many times. 
                         You must have great courage.

                                     KOMBEI
                         Oh, yes.
                              (rises goes to table)
                         Till the day you lose your nerve.  
                         You feel it.    And you wait.  For 
                         the arrow in the Bow faster --
                              (SITS)
                         THAN YOURS.

                                     TOMAS
                         Senor.Don't No  enemies.  The lies 
                         you tell.     To fool yourself*     
                         No enemies left alive.

                                     KOMBEI
                         (A twisted smile) I've lost count of 
                         my enemies.

                                     EUSEBIO
                         But NOW you  are with friends.

                                     KOMBEI
                         And the final,   supreme idiocy -
                         coming?  Here to  hide.

                                     TOMAS
                         We know what fear is.  We live with 
                         it  all our lives.

                                     EUSEBIO
                         Only the dead   are without fear.

                                                                   CUT TO: 

               SCENE     EXT.   PLAZA       -       NIGHT

                                     WOMAN (O.S.)
                         RICO.  Rico.  RICO.

                                                                    CUT TO:

               SCENE   EXT.   LARA'S BACKWARD AND PORCH -       NIGHT

                                     RICO (O.S.)
                         In a moment,  mama.

               Jaime,  Rico,   Juan and Alaric emerge from a doorway near 
               which LIVEN TELL stands unobserved.

                                     RICO
                              (whispering)
                         Ten minutes to pretend we're as 
                         KOMBEI.  Then we'll be back on duty.  
                         All right, Senor Bernardo?

                                     ALARIC
                         Not you,  Juan.

                                     JAIME
                              (to   Juan))
                         You're too young

               They scurry away.  Alaric becomes  aware of LIVEN TELL.  His 
               grin vanishes.

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         Bernardo  Alaric - you've been 
                         adopted.

                                     ALARIC
                              (After a pause.)
                         It's my real name.  Elf on oneside,   
                         Irish on the other.  Safe in the 
                         middle.

                                                                   CUT TO: 

               SCENE      INT.   SANDRO'S -           NIGHT

               Talon stands  at the bar with Miguel,   TOMAS,  PLACO,  Chapo, 
               Sandro   and  a few others.  Before  him on the counter there 
               are three identical mugs  in  a row,   bottoms up.  He turns 
               the middle one rightside up.

                                     TALON
                         Here we go Simultaneously he reverses 
                         mugs 1  and  2 - 1 is now right-side 
                         up and 2 and 3  are upside down.  
                         Simultaneously he reverses mug 1 and 
                         3-1 and 2  are now upside down  and 
                         3 is right side up*    Simultaneously 
                         he reverses mugs 1 and 2 -  all three 
                         are now right side  up. (Continuing) 
                         See?  All three rightside up.
                              (To Miguel)
                         Think you can do it?

               He turns the middle mug upside down.

               OF COURSE.     THAT'S VERY EASY. MIGUEL REACHES FOR THE 
               MUGS*     TALON STOPS BIN.     AFFABLY—

                                     TALON
                         Would you care to make a friendly 
                         wager?  A little bet?

               Talon brings out some money. 

                                     MIGUEL
                         Senor,  you know we have no money.

                                     TALON (CASUALLY)
                         Doesn't have to be money.  Whatever 
                         you have hidden away - buried out 
                         where Malvera can't find  it.  Like  - 
                         I don't know - jewels?

               Miguel is preoccupied, studying the rugs.

                                     TALON
                         Jewels?  They tell me  a lot  of  
                         precious stones  have been dug out 
                         of the mountains.  You know,  opals,_ 
                         sapphires,  emeralds...

                                     MIGUEL
                         Oh,  yes.  Yes.  That's very true

                                     PLACO
                         There's no  denying it.

                                     TALON
                         Really Well,   then...

               Miguel repeats  the  three moves with the mugs.

                                     TALON
                         No,  no, you've got them wrong.  
                         When you're finished,  they should 
                         be rightside up.  Like this.

               He turns  the middle mug rightside up  and repeats the  three 
               moves.  When he's  done,   all the mugs are rightside up - 
               as they always are if you start with the middle one  that 
               way.

                                     TALON
                         See?

                                     PLACO
                         Let me see it!

               Another angle. 

               LIVEN TELL ENTERS.

                                     TALON
                         Just a minute.  About those precious 
                         stones, where are they found.

                                     PLACO
                         AS you say, senor, in the mountains. 
                         All right, but where in the mountains?  
                         That  I couldn't  tell you,   senor.

               He repeats  the  three moves.  (Gets it right)

                                     PLACO
                         THERE!

                                     TALON
                         Never mind that!  Why can't you tell 
                         me?

                                     FLACO
                         Because I have never found any 
                         precious stones.

               Talon smiles through clenched teeth.

                                     MIGUEL
                         Wait.  You mean Dray treasure, buried 
                         in the hills?  

                                     TALON (BRIGHTENING)
                         That's  exactly what  I mean.  Aztec 
                         Treasure.  You found  some  around                                                     
                         here?

                                     MIGUEL
                         Wish to   God   I had.  I wouldn't 
                         be standing here.  I'd be in  the 
                         big City living in a palace.

               Talon seethes with frustration.

                                     KARHY
                         Then,  tell ne this.  Hew come Malvera 
                         keeps hanging around here?

                                     TOMAS
                         Malvera?  We've seen the last of 
                         him*    He'11 be gone in the morning.

                                     HAMLIN (O.S.)
                         No he won't.  He isn't going anywhere. 
                         Everyone turns.  Hamlin  enters.

                                     CONSTANCE
                         Why do you say that?

                                     HAMLIN
                         Malvera isn't  worried   about food 
                         in  the winter.  He's worried about 
                         the food his men haven't  eaten for 
                         the last three days.  Price of corn 
                         is going up.  They're  starving.

                                     SANDRO
                         How do YOU know?

                                     HAMLIN
                         Starving and broke.

                                     SANDRO
                         How do  YOU!  With studied, 
                         casualness.

               HAMLIN  tosses the arrow and knife belts on the  counter  
               and pours himself a drink.

                                     HAMLIN
                         (Throws hat to El Tan's table) Oh,   
                         I was up there.

               El Tan pushes back her hat, looks at Hamlin as though she 
               had never seen him before.  LIVEN TELL and MONVEN are also 
               staring at him.

                                     HAMLIN
                         We'd better be ready for them.  They 
                         got  to  win or die.

                                     PLACO
                         Valgame,  Dioa — If they do winj

                                     HILARIO
                         They won't win!

                                     SANDRO
                         Are you God that you know for sure?

                                     CONSTANCE
                         We're surrounded    Out-numbered; 
                         What  are we to do?

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         Keep on fighting.

                                     SANDRO
                         You want to see us killed off one by 
                         one?  This is not what we hired you 
                         for.

                                     TOMAS
                         Once you start,   there's no stopping.

                                     HILARIO
                              (to  Sandro   and 
                              others)
                         You understood that.  And  I told 
                         him.  SANDRO (to  LIVEN TELL)

                                     MIGUEL
                         Let Malvera have  the food. give him 
                         what he wants.  At  least we'll be  
                         alive.

                                     HILARIO
                         Quiet    Listen to me

                                     SANDRO
                         No J It's easy for them to say fight. 
                         . They have no sons, no daughters, 
                         no wives.
                              (to LIVEN TELL)
                         LIVEN TELL raises his voice, facing 
                         them all with mounting fury.

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         Is that what you want?  Answer me! 
                         Answer me!    Who's for going on?  
                         Who's for giving up?  I want to know!

               HILARIO,  Miguel, Tomas, Busebio and  a handful of Others 
               gather at LIVEN TELL's side.  An equal number bunch in behind 
               Sandro The rest are undecided.

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         I'll tell you what  I can do.  T can 
                         kill the next men who   so much as 
                         whispers a word about giving up.  
                         The very next man,  so help me, I'll 
                         blow his head off!

               LIVEN TELL  flares  at Sandro   and his supporters,   turns 
               and strides out,  followed by MONVEN,   Talon and El Tan.

                                     HILARIO
                              (to   Sandro)
                         We started this fight  and we're 
                         going to finish it with our without 
                         you!

               Follows  the others.

               SCENE   INT:   LARA'S

               LIVEN TELL enters and sits down.  Pours  a drink.  His  hand 
               is trembling with fury and  the effort to  control it.  During 
               which,  MONVEN enters,  followed by Talon,   El Tan  and 
               Alaric.

                                     MONVEN
                         I don't  say we bit off more than we 
                         can  swallow.  I do  say we ought a 
                         have  a serious  talk along the lines 
                         of what do  we do  now.

                                     TALON
                         We start acting like we had  good 
                         sense.  I figured  to  raise the  
                         ante Just enough to make Malvera 
                         play someplace else.  I've figured 
                         wrong.

                                     MONVEN
                         We didn't figure on being the only 
                         game In town.

                                     EL TAN
                         Even an Elf can't call them all.

                                     MONVEN
                         I didn't say you could.  I'm only 
                         saying,   sometimes you bend with 
                         the breeze or you break.

                                     EL TAN
                         You want to go?

                                     MONVEN
                         Well,   there comes  a  time when  
                         you turn mother's picture  to   the 
                         wall  and get out.  The village will 
                         be no  worse off  than it  was  before 
                         we  came.

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         You forget one  thing.  We  took  a 
                         contract.

                                     MONVEN
                         Not the kind any court would enforce.

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         That's  the kind  you have  to keep.

                                     MONVEN
                         That's   a noble  thought,   but  
                         the way things are right now The 
                         odds are  too high.

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         Much too high.

                                     TALON
                         Then we  go?

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         No.  We lower the odds!

                                                               DISSOLVE TO:

               SCENE  INT.   SANDRO'S DAY

               Hilario  and a few others are there,     r.ilario  is deeply 
               depressed.

                                     HILARIO
                         If they decide to go  away,  I 
                         wouldn't  blame them*     If  I were 
                         them,  I'd do the same* He looks up 
                         to  see LIVEN TELL in the doorway*

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         We were  just talking about  that.

                                     HILARIO
                         I don't wonder.  I was proud of my 
                         village.  Now I'm ashamed.

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         You don't  Judge  a whole village by 
                         a few frightened men.

                                     HILARIO
                         We promised you every man would fight.  
                         It's  the very least we owe you.

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         I owe you much more.  I can't remember 
                         how many times  I've been hired to  
                         fight.  This is  the first time  
                         I've felt I was fighting for some 
                         thing more than money.

               IN THE FACES OF  THE GNOMES WE SEE WHAT A LIFT THIS GIVES  
               THEIR MORALE.

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         We're going up  and hit Malvera.

                                     MONVEN
                         Maybe we can run off his horses.  
                         Then  if he   attacks,  he'll be on 
                         foot.

                                     HILARIO
                         Let me  go with you.  I know every 
                         rock.

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         No.  You're  in charge here.

                                     HILARIO
                         You can count on me.

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         I know I can!

               He grips Hilario's hand,  then walks out*

               SCENE EXT.   SIDE YARD LARA'S - DAY.

               HAMLIN IS TALKING TO  PETRA.  SHE LISTENS WITH HALF AN EAR, 
               INTENT ON SOMETHING MUCH MORE BASIC,   HER EYES ON HIS  
               CHEEKS, HIS HAIR,  HIS MOUTH.

                                     HAMLIN
                         --will ?  Et you nothing but this.

               They kiss  again - long kiss.

               SCENE   EXT.   RIVER  - NIGHT

               THE  BOWMEN ARE RIDING TOWARD MALVERA'S CAMP.  HAMLIN,  HAVING 
               BEEN UP HERE BEFORE,  RIDES IN FRONT WITH LIVEN TELL,  
               POINTING THE WAY, 

               Hamlin motions to LIVEN TELL that they are near.  LIVEN TELL 
               signals a halt.  MONVEN, El Tan, Talon and KOMBEI ride in.  
               The men discount and tie their horses.

               THIS, IS  HE SAME TRAIL FOLLOWED BY HAMLIN  DURING HIS 
               PREVIOUS JAUNT.  HE AND LIVEN TELL  ARE LEADING THE WAY.  
               SLOWLY,   CAUTIOUSLY, THEY CRAWL UP A MOUND OVERLOOKING 
               MALVERA'S CAMP.  ALARIC COVERS AT  3.O CLOCK..

                                     MALVERA'S CAMP
                         Horses   and men are  gone.  The  
                         camp is deserted.

                                     HAMLIN
                         They've left  to  hit the village 
                         No, we'd have heard!  Their reactions 
                         to what they see.  Puzzled,   
                         startled, suspicious,  etc*

                                                               DISSOLVE TO:

               EXT: PASS LEADING INTO VILLAGE - NIGBT

               LIVEN TELL LEADS THE WAY INTO THE VILLAGE, WHICH IS 
               SUSPICIOUSLY SILENT. THE BOWMEN DISMOUNT, SPREAD OUT, TAKING 
               COVER IN THE SHADOWS AS THEY ENTER —

                                     HAMLIN
                         Right up into the hills... past the 
                         men on guard... right  into their 
                         camp.  I sat there,   I smoked a 
                         cigarette with them.  I  talked to  
                         them.  All of a  sudden there was  
                         Malvera himself, right beside me.  
                         When I brought the news back,  you  
                         should  have  seen the  look I got 
                         from El Tan.  And LIVEN TELL.  They've 
                         seen a thing or t-m in their time,   
                         and done them,  too.  They're not 
                         men you can impress easily, no.  But 
                         when  they looked at me,  I knew I 
                         was one of them at last.

               PETRA MOVES  AGAINST HIM.

                                     HAMLIN (CONTINUING)
                         You'd better  take  a look at me,  
                         too* A good- look.  Am I the kind of 
                         man who would  live in  a place like 
                         this?  Digging his life away out in 
                         the fields?  Me  a gnome?  A peasant?

               He  gives  a snort of derision.
                              (continuing)
                         You understand what I'm saying?  
                         Wherever they go - LIVEN TELL, El 
                         Tan, MONVEN, the others - I go with 
                         them.

               HER ARMS GO AROUND HIM.

                                     HAMLIN
                              (continuing)
                         And if you think you or anything you 
                         do  can make me change my mind, forget 
                         it.

               She Is clinging to him, her mouth close to his*

                                     HAMLIN
                         I want you to

               UNDERSTAND THAT - THIS —

               Her silence tells him.  He  takes her in his arms and kisses 
               her.

                                     HAMLIN
                         --will ?  Et you nothing but this.

               They kiss  again - long kiss.

               EXT.   RIVER  -   NIGHT

               The  Bowmen are riding toward Malvera's camp.  Hamlin,  having 
               been up here before,  rides in front with LIVEN TELL,  
               pointing the way, Hamlin motions to LIVEN TELL that they are 
               near.  LIVEN TELL signals a halt.  MONVEN, El Tan, Talon and 
               KOMBEI ride in.  The men discount and tie their horses.

               TRAIL THIS, IS   THE SAME TRAIL FOLLOWED BY HAMLIN  DURING 
               HIS PREVIOUS JAUNT.  HE AND LIVEN TELL  ARE LEADING THE WAY.  
               SLOWLY,   CAUTIOUSLY, THEY CRAWL UP A MOUND OVERLOOKING 
               MALVERA'S CAMP.  ALARIC COVERS AT  B.G.

               MALVERA'S CAMP

               HORSES   AND MEN ARE  GONE.  THE  CAMP IS DESERTED.

               HAMLIN They've left  to  hit the village LIVEN TELL No, we'd 
               have heard shots 1

               THEIR REACTIONS TO WHAT THEY SEE.  PUZZLED,   STARTLED, 
               SUSPICIOUS,  ETC.

                                                               DISSOLVE TO:

               SCENE    EXT: PASS LEADING INTO VILLAGE - NIGHT

               LIVEN TELL LEADS THE WAY INTO THE VILLAGE, WHICH IS 
               SUSPICIOUSLY SILENT. THE BOWMEN DISMOUNT, SPREAD OUT, TAKING 
               COVER IN THE SHADOWS AS THEY ENTER —

               LIVEN TELL  looks off,   stops  short.  The plaza is empty.  
               LIVEN TELL, Hamlin  and  KOMBEI dismount  end exit to  porch.  
               The  doors of the  store  are open  - Malvera comes out.

                                     MALVERA
                         Buenos noches!

               The  store windows open  - Trolls level rifles at  the Bow-
               fighters.  The Bowmen look around.  On rooftops,  from behind 
               walls   appear Malvera's men,   Bows leveled.  

                                     MALVERA
                         You`ll be  dead like that!  - If 
                         that's what  you want.

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         We have  a choice?

                                     MALVERA
                         Of.  Course. - sit down - let's talk 
                         about it.  ThinG s are  turned  around 
                         now - hah - you wondering how?  Your 
                         friends don't like you anymore,  
                         hah?  You forced them to make  too 
                         many decisions.  With me,  only one 
                         decision -do   as  I Say.  So you  
                         should not  be surprised that my 
                         good friend Sandro, he arranged to  
                         let me in!

               INT:  SANDRO'S -NIGHT

               Sandro and his wife are standing motionless and  apprehensive.  
               Nearby are several of the Gnomes - Hilario,   Miguel, Tomas, 
               HAMLIN,  PLACO,  BUSEBIO.  All are tied up.  Some are rounded.  
               They are guarded by MALVERA's men.

                                     MALVERA
                         Well,  anyway to business — I could 
                         kill you all. you agree?
                              (LIVEN TELL is silent)
                         Well, you don't disagree - anyway, I 
                         don't want to kill you.

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         Why so  generous?

                                     MALVERA
                         Practical!     They hear about it up 
                         north, maybe friends of yours.  Cause 
                         trouble for me,  a man who never 
                         wants trouble.  You have saying here - 
                         a thief who  steals from a thief,  
                         he is pardoned for one hundred years.  
                         All right, what does  that leave?  
                         Only one thing.

                                     LIVEN TELL
                              (snaps his fingers)
                         - Just like that?

               Malvera snaps his fingers to indicate "just like that."

                                     MALVERA
                         Yes  -   just  like  —— I make it 
                         easy for you.  You want food?

               (To  one of his men) Serve them food.
                              (to  LIVEN TELL)
                         Drink?  All right,  drink.  Horses?

               (Points to plaza) They're  saddled  and  waiting.

               (HIS VOICE  ALTERS)

               Take the reigns Fucker, take off now and -- run He taps on 
               the table.

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         What  about  these people?

                                     MALVERA
                         What happens to  those people will 
                         happen.  Whether I kill you first or 
                         not.

               LIVEN TELL TAKES OFF HIS BOW BELT AND LOOKS TOWARDS THE OTHER 
               BOWMEN AT THEIR HORSES.  THEY START TOWARDS MALVERA - TAKING 
               OFF THEIR BOWS AND DROPPING SAME ON THE TABLE DURING FOLLOWING

               He rises  - sits on top of table next to  LIVEN TELL.

                                     MALVERA
                         It's only a little gesture,  hah?  
                         To shore the-se people who   is  the 
                         boss.
                              (continuing)
                         You go — then I give Bows back. I 
                         know you won't use those Bows against 
                         me — only a crazy man makes the same 
                         mistake twice. LIVEN TELL takes off 
                         his Bow belt and looks towards the 
                         other Bowmen at their horses.  They 
                         start towards Malvera - taking off 
                         their Bows and dropping same on the 
                         table during following What I don't 
                         understand is why an elf like you 
                         took the Job in the first place.  
                         Why?  Hah?

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         I wonder myself.

                                     MALVERA
                         No, no, come on, tell me why.

               (As he enters to Malvera) 

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         It seemed like a good idea at the 
                         time.

               Drops his Bow a top table and walks b.g. to other Bowmen.  

               ALARIC follows, with resignation, and does same.

               Hamlin has been seething.

               LIVEN TELL looks at him and realizing what Hamlin is about 
               to do, immediately crosses over to him, grabs Hamlin by the 
               wrist as he is about to drop his Bow .  

               Hamlin fights back.  LIVEN TELL backhands him across the 
               face, Hamlin throws the Bow to the table.  

                                     MALVERA
                         Good!  Go  get your clothes,  your  
                         saddlebags.  Whatever else you want,  
                         take it.  Your "friends"  here owe 
                         you that much.

               (Turns to  SANDRO and SALATICUS ) 

                                                                  DISSOLVE:

               SCENE    INT.  LARA'S HOUSE

               LIVEN TELL and MONVEN enter.  They cross to dining room table.

                                     MONVEN
                         First time I took a Job as a hired 
                         Bow,  fella told me you can't afford 
                         to care.  It gets in your way. There's 
                         your problem....

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         One  thing  I don't  need  is  
                         somebody to  tell me my problems.

                                     MONVEN
                              (imperturbably)
                         TROUBLE   IS,  YOU  LET YOURSELF 
                         FALL- For this place and  these people 
                         No  sense denying it.  You're  about 
                         as hard  to read  as  a reward poster.

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         Do you ever get tired hearing yourself 
                         talk?

                                     MONVEN
                              (without  a pause)
                         Reason I understand your problem so 
                         well,   it's because  I walked  into  
                         the same bear trap myself.
                              (a beat)
                         Day we arrived here,   I began 
                         thinking - here's my chance to get 
                         rid of   'this'.

               (Taps his bow) 

                                     MONVEN
                         Maybe find  a piece of land, settle 
                         down,  where  all they know about me 
                         is  to my credit,   even make up  
                         songs in my honor.

               LIVEN TELL  stares at him.  MONVEN  shrugs.

                                     MONVEN
                         You needn't think you're the only 
                         sucker in  the world.

                                                                   CUT TO: 

               SCENE    INT: LARA'S BACK ROOM -  NIGHT

               Rico,  Jaime and Julio enter.  ALARIC ia stuffing clothes 
               into his saddle-bag.  The boys go  to him at the bed.

                                     RICO
                         Can we go with you, Bernardo?

                                     ALARIC (BRUSQUE)
                         No.

                                     JAIME
                         You like us,  don't you?

                                     RICO
                         You're one of us,  aren't you?

                                     ALARIC
                         Yes,   I'm one of us,   all right.

                                     RICO
                         Take us with you.  Please.

                                     JAIME
                         We're  ashamed  to  live here.  Our 
                         fathers  are  cowards.

               Alaric reaches out  and  slaps him.  Jaime recoils.

                                     ALARIC
                         Don't you ever  say that   Again  -
                         Your fathers  are not cowards.    
                         You think I'm. brave because I shoot 
                         a Bow -well your fathers are much 
                         braver because they carry 
                         responsibility.  For you, your sisters 
                         and brothers, your mothers.  It weighs 
                         a ton,  it's got  sharp edges  and 
                         there's no  rule that says  they 
                         have  to use It.  They do  it because 
                         they want to.  I was never brave 
                         enough to face up to anything like 
                         that.  And running  q farm, working 
                         like a mule every day with no  
                         guarantee anything will come of it - 
                         I've always been afraid of even 
                         starting something like that.  It's 
                         why I never have.' And never will.

               He exits.

                                                                   CUT TO: 

               SCENE     EXT:   SANDRO'S - DAY.

               Four of Malvera's men,  already mounted, hold the reins of 
               seven horses.  One of them is handed the serape with the 
               Bowmen's weapons.  The Bowmen are tying on their saddle bags.  
               Malvera is chewing another tortilla.

               MALVERA to  LIVEN TELL

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         You'll do  better on the other aide 
                         of  the border.  You can  steal 
                         cattle, hold  up trains,   all you 
                         have to face is  a sheriff or a 
                         marshal.  I robbed  a bank in Texas 
                         once  and your government _  got 
                         after me  with a whole  army.  A 
                         whole army:  One little bank.  The 
                         meaning is clear.     

               Malvera flips LIVEN TELL a salute.

               The Bowmen and their escorts  start  away.

               SCENE     EXT: PLAZA   - NIGHT

               The   seven Bowmen  and  their escort ride slowly across 
               the,.  Plaza and out of the village.

               SCENE   INT: SANDRO'S - NIGHT

               MALVERA WATCHES THE  BOWMEN RIDE AWAY.  ABRUPTLY 

               SANDRO   IS  IMMEDIATELY AT HIS  SIDE.

                                     MALVERA
                         There is no  sauce  like hunger - 
                         while we were up there in the hills, 
                         every time my stomach rumbled - I 
                         hated you -now I almost  love you.

                                                               DISSOLVE TO:

               SCENE   EXT:  STREAM - NIGHT

               The Bowmen and their escort ride slowly toward a broad, 
               shallow stream.

               Three of the escort rein in.  The fourth, carrying the food, 
               drink and Bows, follows the group.

               The Bowmen pull up on the far bank.  Contemptuously Salaticus 
               and Santos drop  the bundles on the ground.

               Then -they wheel their horses, ride to b.g., other Trolls 
               follow, Hamlin's fury explodes.

                                     HAMLIN
                              (discounts)
                         I could have told you they'd sell us 
                         out!  Gnomes.  Gnomes!    No honor.  
                         No  loyalty.  All they care about is  
                         their crecious crors,   and the 
                         miserable dirt they piss  in. I hate 
                         them.     I hate them all!

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         Sure you hate them,  because you 
                         come from a village  just like that 
                         one.  You are a gnome yourself*

                                     HAMLIN
                         Yes.  Yes!  I'm one of them.  And 
                         who made us the way we are?  Men 
                         with Bows.  Killers.  Men like 
                         Malvera.  Elves like you!  And now 
                         me!
                              (Wretchedly))
                         So what do you expect us to be?

               LIVEN TELL has been polishing his arrows.  

               El Tan has picked up her knife and wiped it, gently, off.  
               Closing it and opening it yet again.   

               LIVEN TELL looks at her questioningly!

                                     EL TAN
                         Nobody throws me my own knife and 
                         says run.  Nobody!

               LIVEN TELL looks at MONVEN.

                                     MONVEN
                         It took me a long time to learn my 
                         elbow from a hot rock - right now I 
                         belong in that border town.  Sleeping 
                         between white sheets — I'm going 
                         back to that village.

                                     KOMBEI
                         You're  crazy,   all of you .  They 
                         won't  lift  a finger to  help; Think 
                         of  the odds.

                                     ALARIC
                         Kombei! nobody's  asking you to go 
                         back.

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         You ride on,  Talon.  It's all right.

                                     TALON
                         You bet your sweet life I will.  
                         Come on, KOMBEI.  If they want to 
                         get killed, let them.

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         Go   ahead,   KOMBEI.  You don't owe 
                         anything to  anybody.

                                     KOMBEI
                         Except to myself.

               KOMBEI fiddles, expertly with his six bow. 

               The six of them mount and start back.  Talon mounts.

                                     TALON
                         You're crazy,   all of you!

               He digs  in with his spurs, rides off  in the opposite 
               direction.

                                                               DISSOLVE TO:

               SCENE    EXT.  VILLAGE - DAY

               DRAMATIC ANGLE 

               LIVEN TELL enters b.g. uphill on rocks.  He  comes down rocks 
               and into the back yard of one of the village houses.  MONVEN 
               enters into the yard of another house.  

               CAMERA PULLS BACK TO REVEAL MONVEN. 

               As he cautiously crosses through yard, one of Malvera's Trolls 
               spots him.  Before the bandit can draw, MONVEN quickly draws 
               his bow and shoots him.  The bandit falls, MONVEN runs through 
               the yard.  

               FOLLOW SHOT WITH A BLANK REVEAL. 

               Face to face with two Trolls.    

               MONVEN kills swiftly and easily with his sword and runs out 
               of  the yard.  

               A troll runs out of a house across the street.

               LIVENTELL reacts to   O.S.  MONVEN quarrel whistles.  He 
               runs  to the door leading to main  street.  He flings the 
               door open  end from the doorway fires  two  arrows out into   
               the street.  

               He runs out Into  street.

                                                                    CUT TO:

               SCENE  EXT: PLAZA - DAY 

               LIVEN TELL taking cover behind a  tree on  the plaza.  He 
               shoots a troll and then another who  comes out of b.g?. 

               ALARIC runs down from the rocks  into  the back yard of a 
               house.  He reacts to  O.S.  MONVEN Bowshots  and  jumps up, 
               with a roll onto the roof of the house.  He starts to make 
               his way across roof tops.

               Hamlin comes down mountain side into  back yard of a house.  
               Hearing the O.S.  shots he   jumps  fence  and runs  into 
               the house through back door.

               HAMLIN  running out of the house.  He fires at O.S. Trolls,   
               jumps over  a wall into path of   another horse.  

               KOMBEI  stops for  a moment  and  goes  into the house  
               through patio  door and comes out through another door,  and  
               jumps head first over another rock wall.

                                                              DISSOLVE TO: 

               A troll comes out B.G.     He Hurtles an axe towards Hamlin.  
               Hamlin runs to  b.g.   - winds up at corner of church.  The 
               axe crashes into the church door splitting the wood.

               El Tan on horse back comes from b.g.  and crosses through 
               blacksmith shop yard.  As she nears the yard wall,   she 
               reacts to  O.S.  MONVEN Bowshots.

               SLICE OF LIFE SHOT AS SHE JUMPS FROM HORSE BACK TO GROUND.

               She reacts to  eight O.S. Trolls run out into  the  street,  
               fires at trolls.

                                                                  PAN OVER:

               As each troll takes an arrow in the chest. 

               MONVEN comes running through the back yards of houses.  He 
               stops and kicks open a back door of one of the houses and 
               fire's three arrows to  inside of house.  

               His Bow nocked,  he  jumps over the back fence into  Lara's 
               house back yard.    

               Two Trolls run out on Lara's back porch.  MONVEN shoots them.  
               A bandit inside of Lara's breaks window of door and shoots 
               MONVEN in the leg.  

               MONVEN turns and kills him as MONVEN falls  to  the ground.  

               MONVEN rises,  grabs his bow and begins to unleash a Torrent  
               of arrows.

               KOMBEI runs  into  Lara's house through back porch door.

               CLOSE UP AS A TROLL RUSHES WITH DETERMINATION, SWINGING HIS 
               AXE. 

               MALVERA, Santos, Salaticus and other Trolls come out of a 
               house across the street from Lara's. They react to O.S. LIVEN 
               TELL by tree. They fire at him.  They react to O.S. 

               ALARIC firing up on top of roof-tops and to O.S.  

               El Tan also firing at them. LIVEN TELL runs across the plaza, 
               gets pinned in doorway.  Crossbow bolts flying from all 
               directions.

               Malvera and the mob of Trolls start for LIVEN TELL.

               Talon rides  in  at the pass Into  the village.  He  is firing 
               his Bow from horse back at the O.S.  Trolls on  street.

               Malvera and  the Trolls with him flatten on the  street.  
               They fire as  O.S.   reveals KOMBEI whirling un sure as to 
               which weapon to use next.  Sword, bow or knife.

               TALON rides towards Lara's,  he and  his horse are hit.  The 
               horse- falls  and  Talon spills onto  the street. 

               HAMLIN runs out from behind church to  plaza fountain.  Fires 
               at O.S.  Trolls Inside of Lara's,   

               MONVEN ties  a bandage around his leg.  He reacts to  the 
               O.S.  fight.  He crosses over to  the front door.

               LIVEN TELL runs  from the doorway of the house where he was 
               pinned, helps Talon end  starts with him to  Lara's  as MONVEN 
               opens door from inside.  

               MONVEN helps LIVEN TELL with Talon.  They exit into Lara's 
               Malvera and the Trolls with him rise from the street.  They 
               run to Lara's front door.  They start pounding the  door 
               down.

               ALARIC up on the roof  tops has been covering LIVEN TELL  
               and others.  As he slides down the roof firing arrows in all 
               directions, then jumps to another rooftop he is wounded.  He 
               hangs from one of the eves  and  then falls  to the ground.

               SCENE      INT.   LARA'S - DAWN

               Talon lies on the floor.  LIVEN TELL is kneeling next to 
               him.  MONVEN in b.g. by the door,  reloading his Bow.  The 
               pounding on the door continues.

                                     TALON
                         LIVEN TELL?

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         Yes,  Talon.

                                     TALON
                         LIVEN TELL,  I'd hate to die a sucker.  
                         We didn't come here  Just to keep an 
                         eye on a lot of corn and gnomes.  
                         did we?  There was really something 
                         else,  all the time?  Wasn't there?

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         Yes,  Talon.  You had it pegged right 
                         all the time.  Gold.     SACKS OF IT

                                     TALON
                         Oh,   that  sounds beautiful.  How 
                         much?

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         Over half  a million.

                                     TALON
                         My cut would have been what?

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         Seventy eight thousand.

                                     TALON
                         I'll be damned..

               Dies

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         (After a moment) Maybe you won't be.

               The shooting outside and pounding increases.  Trolls look in 
               through window - break glass - fire to inside.  LIVEN TELL 
               rises and takes cover by MONVEN at the door.

               SCENE    EXT.  PLAZA - DAY

               KOMBEI comes out from b.g.  doorway of the house.  He runs 
               to F.g. leans against wall of another house.  He reacts  to  
               O.S. Trolls pounding door of Lara's house.  He reacts  to  
               O.S. Gnomes being held prisoners in house.  He kicks open 
               the door of house and rushes inside.

               SCENE   INT. HOUSE - DAY

               Three Trolls hold Hilario, Miguel, TOMAS and other Gnomes 
               cowering as prisoners.  KOMBEI rushes in.

               A troll holds PETRA, a knife at her throat.

               TRUCK IN. ON PETRA.

               KOMBEI's sword flows through the air and reaches it's target, 
               releasing PETRA. 

               Slo-mo crane spin around shot as KOMBEI Kills the other trolls  
               with flourishing sword and foot play.  

               The Gnomes rush out into the street TOSSING AXES TO ANY 
               AVAILABLE Target, mainly into the screen.   KOMBEI follows.  
               MALVERA  and the Trolls are still pounding the door of house. 

                                     MALVERA
                              (to  his men)
                         Cover,   cover behind.

               Malvera leaves his men and makes his way around to  the back 
               of Lara's house. 

               HILARIO,   Tomas,   Miguel and other Gnomes rush across  the 
               plaza and  start clobbering the Malvera men  at door of 
               Lara's.  Most of the Trolls here  are killed by the Gnomes.  

               One of the Trolls runs  away.  Petra and Lupe,   run after 
               him.  They both attack him and knock the troll down, with 
               their fists.

               KOMBEI  comes out of  the house   across  the street.  He 
               reacts  to the O.S.  Gnomes beating up the Trolls.  

               He gets  shot a bolt in the center of his chest.  He slumps 
               against the wall, and  slowly falls to  his knees, dead.

                                                                   CUT TO: 

               SCENE   EXT.   BACK PORCH OP LARA'S HOUSE DAY

               Malvera sneaks up on the back porch,  CrossBow in hand.

               Some of Malvera's men are riding out on horseback.

               El Tan shoots three of them, with rapid bow shots.  She is 
               about to  throw her knife at another when she gets  shot.  
               She falls down dead  as She throws her knife.  The knife 
               sinks into  an mud wall near.

               SCENE     EXT.   BACK PORCH OP LARA'S - DAY

               Malvera spots LIVEN TELL and MONVEN inside Lara's.  He fires 
               at them, with a loaded crossbow, through the back glass doors. 

               LIVEN TELL whirls around and drops three arrows in rapid 
               succession  into  MALVERA.

               CRANE DOWN ON MALVERA. 

               MALVERA stumbles back and falls down into  a corner of the 
               back porch.  His body bristles with arrows.

                                                                  PAN OVER:

               Two Gnomes attack two of MALVERA's men in the back yard of 
               house next to Lara's.    

               Two  Trolls are killed by O.S. MONVEN.

               LIVEN TELL crosses out into the porch towards the dying 
               Malvera.

                                     MALVERA (TO LIVEN TELL)
                         You came back.  For a place like 
                         this.  Why?  An Elf like you.  Why?

               Malvera dies.  LIVEN TELL watches.  He shoulders his Bow 
               with aplomb and walks AWAY..

                                                                    CUT TO:

               SCENE EXT. PLAZA - DAY.

               The remaining Malvera men try to  escape by horseback.  Are 
               pulled down by Hamlin   and  Gnomes.

               Hamlin rides out into  the fields  after fleeing Trolls.

               SCENE  EXT.  BACK YARD OF HOUSE - DAY

               The wounded Alaric watches this  and fires at O.S.  Trolls.  
               The three  village boys, Rico,   Jaime and  Julio run in to 
               him..

                                     RICO
                         Bernardo,   Bernardo.

                                     ALARIC
                         Get back,  get back.

               He pushes them away to  cover at behind the church.  He 
               crosses  back to  continue firing.  He gets  shot.  He falls 
               to his knees.  The boys rush over to him.

                                     JAIME
                         We didn't mean to do  it.  We didn't 
                         mean to do  it!

                                     ALARIC
                         (Looking at  O.S.
                              (Gnomes)
                         You see.  You see your fathers.

               (To the boys) 

               What's my name. 

                                     JAIME
                         Bernardo 

                                     RICO
                         Bernardo

                                                                   CUT TO: 

               SCENE   EXT.   LARA'S  HOUSE - DAY.

               LIVEN TELL and MONVEN come out of  Lara's.  They find  the 
               Gnomes standing over  the  bodies of Malvera's men.  LIVEN 
               TELL crosses out  into  the plaza.

                                                                   CUT TO: 

               SCENE     EXT.  FIELDS - DAY

               Hamlin pulls up his horse.  He  reacts   to   O.S.  freaking 
               band!'  Looks off  towards  the village.

                                                                   CUT TO: 

               SCENE     EXT.   PLAZA -DAY

               LIVEN TELL  walks  towards  the village blacksmith  shop.  
               He  sees   the  dead  El Tan.  He pulls   El Tan's knife out 
               of the adobe wall.  He turns and looks back towards the villa.

                                                                  DISSOLVE:

               SCENE      EXT.   CORN FIELD - DAY

               THE GNOMES PREPARING THE FIELD FOR A NEW CROP.

                                                                    CUT TO:

               SCENE EXT.   THE SMOKING RUIN OF SANDRO'S - DAY

               LIVEN TELL,   MONVEN AND HAMLIN  AND  THE  OLD  MAN.  LIVEN 
               TELL  STANDS BY OLD MAN - HAMLIN  AND MONVEN ON HORSES.  
               HILARIO,   MIGUEL  AND TOMAS ARE THERE,  PLUS ONE OR TWO 
               OTHERS  IN THE BACKGROUND. OTHERWISE NOT A GNOME IS VISIBLE.  
               EVEN THESE FEW ARE A LITTLE IMPATIENT,   ANXIOUS TO  GET TO 
               WORK IN THE FIELDS.

                                     OLD MAN
                         You could  stay,   you know.  They 
                         wouldn't be sorry to  have you stay.

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         They won't be sorry to have us go, 
                         either.

               The Old Man nods*  There is DO denying it.

                                     OLD MAN
                         The fighting is over.  Your work is 
                         done.  For them,  each season has 
                         its tasks.  If there were a season 
                         for gratitude,  they would show it 
                         more

                                     MONVEN
                         We didn't get   gray more  than we 
                         expected,   Old   Man.

               Again  the Old  Man nods,   recognizing the wisdom of this.

                                     OLD MAN
                         Only the Gnomes have Won.     They-
                         Remain forever.  They Are like the 
                         land itself.  You helped "rid  them 
                         of Malvera the way a strong wind 
                         helps rid them of locusts.  You Are 
                         like the Wind,  blowing over the 
                         land.  Itself  And passing on.

               Pause. 

                                     OLD MAN
                         Veios A dios.

                                     LIVEN TELL
                         Ah dios.

               SCENE     EXT.   FRONT YARD OF HOUSE - DAY

               Petra and other village women  are sorting corn  in the yard.  
               Petra looks to  street as LIVEN TELL,  Monven and Hamlin 
               ride through.  Hamlin   and  Petra exchange looks.

               LIVEN TELL,  MONVEN  and  Hamlin  reach the pass leading out 
               of town.  They stop.  They turn back to  look at the village.

               Hamlin looks at LIVEN TELL and MONVEN.  LIVEN TELL 
               understands.

                                     LIVEN TELL
                           Hadios.

                                     HAMLIN
                         Ah  dios!

               HAMLIN rides back down the street towards the yard where 
               Petra is working.  He dismounts and crosses into yard. PETRA 
               looks up at him.  HAMLIN looks down to her. PETRA resumes 
               her work.  Hamlin  takes off his quiver.  And prepares to 
               help her. 

               LIVEN TELL  and MONVEN are  still  at  the pass.

                                     LIVEN TELL
                              (not   bitterly,   
                              but resignedly)
                         The Old  Man was right.  Only the 
                         gnomes have won.  We lost,  we always 
                         lose.

               LIVEN TELL  looks off and reacts.  

               SCENE   EXT.   FIELDS AND BURIAL GROUND - DAY

               LIVEN TELL  AND MONVEN RIDE FROM B.G.  FIELDS.  MALVERA  
               FANS THEN AS  THEY RIDE PAST CEMETERY. 

               They pause for  a moment and look towards four freshly covered 
               graves.

               A bird flies up into the camera. 

                                                                    FOLLOW:

               They continue on. The village boys,  Rico,   Jaime  and  
               Julio  walk up  to  cemetery.  They kneel  at one of  the 
               graves and put fresh-flowers on it.  They look off  towards 
               O.S,  LIVEN TELL and MONVEN.

                                                                  PAN BACK:

               ANGLE ON. 

               LIVEN TELL AND MONVEN They continue on without pausing or 
               looking back.

               CAMERA HOLDS AS THE END TITLE MUSIC BUILDS..SLOWLY PULLING 
               BACK AS THEY MOVE INTO THE SCENERY. 

               They follow the road, which leads into a clump of trees, and 
               are lost from sight.

               Camera holds as the credits roll.  An end title song completes 
               the work until: 

                                                                  FADE OUT:

               End credits. 



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