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Ranada has to figure out how to resolve a war before it starts.
Written for The Monthly Script Writing Contest. Genre: Sci-fi


ADVENTURES IN OUTER SPACE


“Peacekeeper”


TEASER ACT


FADE IN:

INT – THE CAPTAIN'S ROOM – SPACE

DAG (20 Earth-years), floppy dog-like ears, brown hair, half-human, stands next to a bed. RANADA DATINO MADINASAD (14 Earth-years; 47 Horandian-years), looks like a crow – including her beak, can fly using her wings, is incredibly intelligent, Linguistics Officer of the ship, enters.

                                                 RANADA
                             You called me, Captain Dag?

                                                 DAG
                             Yes. I need to talk to you privately for a
                             moment about a new mission.

                                                 RANADA
                             I had not heard about that. What is the
                             mission, Captain?

                                                 DAG
                             First of all, I know you're excited about
                             our new positions in this new ship, but
                             that doesn't negate our friendship.
                             There is no reason to call me 'Captain'
                             in private.

                                                 RANADA
                             Yes, sir, Dag.

                                                 DAG
                             Next, I needed to confirm that we would
                             be able to complete the mission before
                             completely accepting. I need to know if
                             you can speak Garatian and Salafterish.

                                                 RANADA
                             Garatia is a well-known planet. I know
                             their language. I have only just begun
                             learning Salafterish, though. However,
                             I should know the language pretty well
                             by the time we can get to that system.

                                                 DAG
                             Good.

                                                 RANADA
                             What is our mission?

                                                 DAG
                             The two planets are going to start a war
                             That is, unless we stop them. Both
                             planets have resources used across the
                             galaxy. If they started a war, they would
                             use their metals and rocks to fight,
                             leaving the other planets who benefit from
                             that trade with nothing.

                                                 RANADA
                                       (nodding her head)
                             I see. However, this will be a hard task. I
                             am sure I will be doing much of this.

                                                 DAG
                             Yes. I'm afraid you're the only one on this
                             ship who can speak either language.
                             Ranada, fly down and gather the crew. I'll
                             come down and tell them, too.

                                                 RANADA
                             Yes, Dag.

FADE OUT


END OF TEASER ACT




ACT ONE


FADE IN:

INT – THE GARATIAN LEADER'S THRONE ROOM – DAY

EMPEROR ZHULEN (43 Earth-years; 45 Garatian-years), a furry, bearlike creature, black fur, loves fighting, good ruler, sits on his throne with a stone-like crown and gold claw sheaths on his claws. Ranada enters and kneels, bowing in front of the emperor.

                                                 RANADA
                                       (in Garatian)
                             Your High Excellency, Emperor Zhulen, I
                             beg of you not to go to war with the
                             people of Salafter.

Emperor Zhulen stands up suddenly. Ranada slowly stands up as well.

                                                 EMPEROR ZHULEN
                                       (in Garatian; roars)
                             What?!

                                                 RANADA
                                       (in Garatian)
                             Emperor, war at this point would not be a
                             good idea.

Emperor Zhulen slowly sits back down.

                                                 EMPEROR ZHULEN
                                       (in Garatian)
                             All of my advisers have told me that it is
                             beneficial for me to go on with the war.
                                       (pause)
                                       (laughs while speaking)
                             Do you think that you are smarter
                             than my professional advisers?

                                                 RANADA
                                       (in Garatian)
                             No, Emperor Zhulen, I do not think
                             myself better. What, if I may ask, is the
                             reason for the planned war?

                                                 EMPEROR ZHULEN
                                       (in Garatian)
                             You ask me to stop a war that you do not
                             even know the cause of?
                                       (pause)
                             Very well then, I will tell you. The
                             Salafterish people do not wish to be taken
                             over by us. We shall expand our empire
                             beyond this planet, and what better than
                             the one next to us, with all of its treasures
                             to expand into?

                                                 RANADA
                                       (in Garatian)
                             A compromise cannot be made?

                                                 EMPEROR ZHULEN
                                       (in Garatian)
                             If they could agree with us for once, then I
                             think we could compromise. I do not think
                             we will ever agree, though. So I will be
                             forced into war to take the planet.

                                                 RANADA
                                       (in Garatian)
                             Yes, your High Excellency, Emperor
                             Zhulen. I will do my best to return with
                             the answer of the Salafter people.

Ranada kneels and bows again, then stands up and walks out.

INT – A SMALL TRANSPORTER – SPACE

Ranada stands in the moving shuttle, which is returning to Captain Dag's ship, speaking through a communicator to Dag.

                                                 DAG (O.S.)
                             Ranada, please report.

                                                 RANADA
                             Emperor Zhulen is going to go to war
                             against the people of Salafter because
                             he wants to expand his empire past
                             the planet he is living on. The nearest
                             planet is Salafter, making it an easy
                             target. He wants to force his rule. He
                             will compromise, however, if the
                             Salafterans will agree with them.

                                                 DAG (O.S.)
                             Good work, Ranada, good work.

FADE OUT


END OF ACT ONE




ACT TWO


FADE IN:

EXT – NEXT TO A SMALL LOG CABIN – MIDDAY

CHIEF SALANDI (37 Earth-years; 48 Salafterish-years), kind, good ruler, peaceful, looks like a human but the hair is green and the eyes are yellow, stands in the middle of a flower garden. Ranada walks up to Chief Salandi and looks down to her feet.

                                                 RANADA
                                       (in Salafterish)
                             Chief Salandi, Chieftain of the
                             Leporidae Tribe, Peaceful Chief of
                             Salafter, there is a possible war
                             coming.

                                                 CHIEF SALANDI
                                       (in Salafterish)
                             I appreciate your warning, foreigner,
                             and your proper use of my title. We
                             already know of the upcoming war.
                             There is no way to stop it.

                                                 RANADA
                                       (in Salafterish)
                             I am not just here to warn you, I have
                             come to offer a compromise from
                             Garatia.

                                                 CHIEF SALANDI
                                       (in Salafterish)
                             You are not Garatian. Why are you
                             taking the problem into your own
                             wings?

                                                 RANADA
                                       (in Salafterish)
                             My name is Ranada Datino
                             Madinasad. I am from the planet
                             Horandia. I work with others on our
                             starship, The Ankandia. Preventing
                             this war is our current mission.

Chief Salandi strokes the feather headdress in his long hair. Ranada stares at the feathers.

                                                 CHIEF SALANDI
                                       (in Salafterish)
                             Do not worry, none were harmed when
                             this was made.

Ranada nods her head, then pulls out a black feather from a pocket in her clothes.

                                                 RANADA
                                       (in Salafterish)
                             I have something for you. That is, if
                             you want it.

                                                 CHIEF SALANDI
                                       (in Salafterish)
                             Thank you. I am honored. Now, where
                             were we?

                                                 RANADA
                                       (in Salafterish)
                             There is a possible compromise.
                             Emperor Zhulen wants more land to
                             his empire. Perhaps he could have
                             some from your planet.

                                                 CHIEF SALANDI
                                       (in Salafterish)
                             I refuse to relinquish any of this
                             planet.

                                                 RANADA
                                       (in Salafterish)
                             Then the armies will come. Will you
                             be ready?

                                                 CHIEF SALANDI
                                       (in Salafterish)
                             So be it. We are a peaceful people,
                             but we will fight if we must to keep
                             our planet intact of Garatian lords.

FADE OUT


END OF ACT TWO




ACT THREE


FADE IN:

INT – RANADA'S ROOM – SPACE

Ranada sits on her bed, which is a mat on the floor, and speaks to her computer journal.

                                                 RANADA
                                       (in Horandian, her native language)
                             I cannot figure it out, Diary.
                             Emperor Zhulen wants to expand his
                             empire to the Salafter planet, but
                             Chief Salandi wants to keep the
                             planet his people's. Emperor Zhulen
                             will start a war for domination of the
                             planet if we do not find a way to keep
                             peace.
                                       (pause)
                             I wonder what Emperor Zhulen wants
                             from Salafter. Perhaps natural
                             resources.
                                       (pause)
                             Diary, stop recording.

Ranada flies out of her room and down the hall.

INT – THE SPACESHIP'S BRIDGE – SPACE

Captain Dag sit in the captain chair, several other crew members ready to do what Dag says as soon as he orders it. Ranada flies in, quickly landing.

                                                 RANADA
                             Captain Dag, may I communicate with
                             Emperor Zhulen and Chief Salandi? I
                             need to ask some questions.

                                                 DAG
                             Sure.
                                       (pause)
                             Get Emperor Zhulen on the screen.

The big screen shows only static for a minute, until Emperor Zhulen appears on it.

                                                 EMPEROR ZHULEN
                                       (in Garatian; English subtitles)
                             What is it?

                                                 DAG
                             Ranada, what did he say?

                                                 RANADA
                                       (in Garatian; English subtitles)
                             Your High Excellency, Emperor Zhulen,
                             I would like to know why you wish to
                             expand your empire.

                                                 EMPEROR ZHULEN
                                       (in Garatian; English subtitles)
                             Salafter has many resources that I
                             cannot get on my planet. I also
                             want my empire to be noticed and
                             revered.

                                                 RANADA
                                       (in Garatian; English subtitles)
                             Can you not take over a different
                             planet? Must it be this exact one?

                                                 EMPEROR ZHULEN
                                       (in Garatian)
                             I have not found a planet close
                             enough with the same resources.

                                                 RANADA
                                       (in Garatian; English subtitles)
                             May I have a moment to speak
                             with another?

                                                 EMPEROR ZHULEN
                                       (in Garatian; English subtitles)
                             Of course.

The screen goes blank and stays that way for a few minutes before Chief Salandi appears on the screen.

                                                 RANADA
                                       (in Salafterish; English subtitles)
                             Chief Salandi, Chieftain of the
                             Leporidae Tribe, Peaceful Chief of
                             Salafter, Emperor Zhulen seems to
                             mainly want the resources from your
                             planet. Would you be willing to
                             initiate a trade between your planet
                             and Garatia?

                                                 CHIEF SALANDI
                                       (in Salafterish; English subtitles)
                             That would be excellent!

                                                 RANADA
                             Get the emperor back up.

The screen changes back to the emperor.

                                                 RANADA
                                       (in Garatian; English subtitles)
                             Would you be willing to initiate a
                             a trade between you and the people
                             of Salafter? There is another nearby
                             planet you could take over.

                                                 EMPEROR ZHULEN
                                       (in Garatian; English subtitles)
                             I do not see why not. That is a good idea.
                             I will send for Chief Salandi and we will
                             talk it over.

The screen goes black again.

                                                 DAG
                             What happened?

                                                 RANADA
                             They are going to start a trade, so there
                             will be no war between Garatia and
                             Salafter.

                                                 DAG
                             Good job, Ranada. Mission accomplished!

FADE OUT


END OF ACT THREE

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