The Labours Of Mendevolin


ACT I SCENE I

(HIGH PRIEST on stage right. Enter MENDEVOLIN stage left. HIGH PRIEST crosses
to centre stage to meet MENDEVOLIN there.)

MENDEVOLIN: High Priest Marchand!

HIGH PRIEST: Ahh Mendevolin, it is such a pleasure to see you again.

MENDEVOLIN: Let\'s disperse with the pleasantries. Take me to my father.

HIGH PRIEST: There are things you must know Mendevolin. Your father has not
been well. He has been slowly passing away for the last few months. This is
why we have sent for you.

MENDEVOLIN: He hinted at that in his letter. I came as soon as I could. How
long do we have?

HIGH PRIEST: Not long, he\'s on his death bed. I\'ve been using my healing
powers to keep him alive for the last week and a half. We have been waiting for
your arrival.

MENDEVOLIN: Why didn\'t he say anything before I left?

HIGH PRIEST: He\'s a proud man, it took him months to even ask for my assistance.
I\'m sure that he wouldn\'t want his only son to have felt obligated to care for
him. He respects you a great deal and is proud to see you out working magic as
he once did.

MENDEVOLIN: As much work as it may have been, it wouldn\'t have seemed a burden,
because it would have been spent with my father. Now it\'s too late. Please
take me to him now so that I might spend these last few moments of his life with
him.

HIGH PRIEST: Come with me. He\'s resting in the basement of the church, you\'ll
have to make it quick, he doesn\'t have much longer.

(HIGH PRIEST and MENDEVOLIN exit stage right.)

ACT I SCENE II

(MENDEVOLIN\'S father lies on bed center stage. MENDEVOLIN enters stage left and
approaches his father.)

MENDEVOLIN: I came as soon as I heard. I\'m sorry it took so-----

FATHER: Don\'t worry, what\'s important is that you\'re here now. I have some news
that is going to shock you. It concerns your lineage and a burden which has
been placed upon this family. In regards to your lineage, I should tell you
that....ahhhhh.....oh yes,lineage Your great-great-great....well he was a great
guy. A thousand years ago, an elven mage of whom you are a descendant, cast----

MENDEVOLIN: What!!!!???? We\'re of elven descent, why did you never tell me?
In 54 years, I would\'ve thought that you could\'ve mentioned it once!

FATHER: (Coughs) ......quiet, do you want to hear this or not? (silence) OK,
good. As I was saying.....what was I saying.....oh yes. Elven ancestry......an
elven member of our family gathered together a contingent of powerful mages from
across the land nearly a thousand years ago in an effort to repress the ultimate
evil which threatened to sweep over the land. That terrible beast known as
Terresquay once rampaged across the land, but with the help of his fellow mages,
Thraltes of the Brook....did I mention he\'s an ancestor of ours?

MENDEVOLIN: Yes you did, please.....?

FATHER: Right, right. Well, Thraltes of the Brook and his band of mages
collaborated on what has proven to be the most powerful spell cast in millenia.
Using the wax from the Contusion bees-----

MENDEVOLIN: Contusion Bees!?

FATHER: Yes, I didn\'t tell you about those either?

MENDEVOLIN: No, no you didn\'t.

FATHER: Well then....the Contusion bees are located on the Contusion Islands,
their wax was used to create the candle-----

MENDEVOLIN: Father, it would help if I had some specifics. (father coughs)
tell me more about the Contusion bees. How big are they, why is their wax so
special and where are the Contusion Islands

FATHER: All in good time my son. As I was saying before I was so rudely
interrupted..... (pause) the wax of the Contusion bees was used in making the
candle which serves as the focal point for the spell which has forced Terresquay
from our realm. The legendary Contusion bees were selected as the source for the
wax due to its incredible longevity. Once you have gathered the wax, forge a
candle from it, take it to the diamond mountain range and place it on the
pedestal between the twin volcanoes.The contusion bees are incredibly small, but
don\'t doubt their deadliness for a second. They produce wax only once every 1000
years and the time for gathering the wax is at hand. I was hoping to do it
myself, but (coughing fit).....look in the chest (gestures towards chest at head
of bed) take what is in there, it will help you in your journey. You must also
find Leon of Sylvanus, his companion Spruce