GIANT CANNIBALS
Love, lies, mythology and murder on the seas of ancient Greece.
EPISODE II: STRANGERS  

Odysseus and his men recover after their ordeal.


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Giant Cannibals

Script for Episode 2

SCENE 6EXT. SHIP NIGHT. THINGS ARE PEACEFUL AFTER THE CHAOS.
ODYSSEUSThe winds in a wine-sack, to carry us home.  That was our gift, Statheros!  What were they hoping for?  Gold?  What were they going to do with gold out here?  Those idiots wasted the only chance we had.
STATHEROSThat wasn’t your fault, Odysseus.  I –
ODYSSEUSYou played your part, same as they did.  What’s left to hope for now?
STATHEROSIf I’m right about where we are, the wind is still against us.  We’d need a miracle from the Gods.
ODYSSEUSHa!  You hear that, Aiolos?  A miracle!  Another miracle!  What have you got for me, Aiolos?  You hear that?  I need your help!
SOUNDTHE HEAVENS BEGIN TO RUMBLE. ENTER AIOLOS.
AIOLOSYou had my help.  I gave you the winds.
ODYSSEUSMy men were foolish –
AIOLOSYour men squandered my gift, and you let them do it.  I remember when you called yourself the ruler of the heavens.  Now look at you.  You can’t control a fleet of homesick bandits.
ODYSSEUSI’ve been loyal to you –
AIOLOSYour loyalty isn’t worth what it used to be, 'King Odysseus'.  And my patience with you is exhausted.  You want my favour?  You’ve lost it.  Prove yourself useful and earn it back. (HE FADES AWAY)
ODYSSEUSI swear to you, I’ll find the man who did this!
SOUNDTHE HEAVENS STOP RUMBLING
ODYSSEUSYou have a lot to answer for.
STATHEROSIt couldn’t have been me.  I was with you when it happened.
ODYSSEUSOf course.  I know that.  But that’s not the point. Whoever did this, you caused it.  You, with your stupid little outburst.  Whoever stole from me was emboldened by you, or at least thought he could hide behind you.
STATHEROSOdysseus -
SOUNDENTER LUPIOS
LUPIOSOdysseus!  What is happening to us?
ODYSSEUSThe man who opened that bag will suffer.  We may be lost for a long time.
SCENE 7INT. BANQUET NIGHT.
SOUNDSLOW-FADE IN. DIFFERENT MOOD – LATER, QUIETER, RAPT ATTENTION. ODYSSEUS IS BEING LISTENED TO. HE IS IN CONTROL OF HIS STORY, FOR NOW.
GELASTOSHow long?
ODYSSEUSSix days and nights.  Sometimes, every man aboard hauled till his lungs burned. Sometimes, we drifted like orphans for hours.  Ithaca was lost – all hope of land was lost - because someone got greedy.  And everyone knew it.
BEATRIXBut you did find land.
ODYSSEUSOh, more than once.  We made it back to where we’d been before.  They said we’d insulted the Gods - turned us away, just as the Gods themselves turned me away when I needed them.  I was empty.  Dead on the inside.  There were nights when I stared at the sea and willed myself to jump in, just to put an end to the nightmares.  But fate has peculiar punishments for men who take shortcuts.  So we hauled and hauled again – for a place more welcoming, or so we thought.
GELASTOSYou thought wrongly.
ODYSSEUSSavages.  They’d never seen great men before – in the beginning, they didn’t know what to make of a desperate hero and his fleet.
BEATRIXWhat did they make of you in the end?
ODYSSEUSCorpses.  But we’re getting ahead of ourselves.
SCENE 8INT. PALACE DAY. AGNES AND ANTIPHATES LOOK OUT FROM THE PALACE
SOUNDA BELL RINGS FROM THE COURTYARD. HUE AND CRY IN THE DISTANCE
ANTIPHATESThere, in the distance! Three ships - seven –
AGNESTwelve.  Warships.
ANTIPHATESThey’re pirates, Agnes.
AGNESAntiphates, look closer.  Their sails are in tatters, and the oars have no rhythm.  They're weary.
ANTIPHATESWeary or not, what I can see right now is a threat.
AGNESThat's a royal pennant on the mast.  They have a king aboard!
ANTIPHATESA pirate king and his fleet of starving bandits.  Agnes, I’m needed elsewhere. (HE LEAVES IN A RUSH)
AGNESA king for my daughter, and a navy in need of a home.
ANTIPHATES(OFF MIC) Send soldiers!
AGNESTrust him to miss a good opportunity. Anthea!
SOUNDENTER ANTH, PERTURBED
ANTHEAYes, mother.  I’ve seen them.  And I can handle myself!  Are you planning to hide me in the cellars?  
AGNESQuite the opposite.  Take a water-jug and walk to the riverbank.  Fill it up, bring it back and tell me what you’ve seen.
ANTHEAYou heard my father.  They could be anyone!  You want me kidnapped, killed or worse!  Is that your plan?
AGNESYou can handle yourself, can you?  Prove it.
ANTHEAThis is –
AGNESMy last chance to get you the future you deserve. Don’t you dare waste it.
SCENE 9EXT. SHIP DAY. LUPI, PHILAUTOS AND STATHEROS LOOK OUT TO SEA AND ARGUE. ODYSSEUS JOINS THEM.
SOUNDWALLA/ARGUMENT IN FOREGROUND. WEARY ROWING/HAULING NOISES FROM BELOW DECKS
ODYSSEUSStatheros!  What are you lot squabbling about?
STATHEROSLand.  Six days to find it, but land!
ODYSSEUSIthaca.
LUPIOSSomewhere different.
ODYSSEUSThen it's not my land.
STATHEROSWe all have our lives, Odysseus.
ODYSSEUSSomeone on my boat shouldn't.
PHILAUTOSAnd you'll find out who it is, but right now we need port.
ODYSSEUSYou don’t understand, Philautos.  Someone here has betrayed us.  Stolen from me.  That man – whoever he is - that man is diseased flesh.  He is a thieving traitor and he nearly killed us all.  
LUPIOSDiseased flesh?
ODYSSEUSThis ship is poisoned with him, and poison spreads.  (BEAT) I want us moored a long way from the other boats.  Signal the order.  While we're ashore, alone, I will find the rot and cut it out.  
SOUNDCALLS / SAILS / ROPES (UNDER)
ODYSSEUS(HOT ON MIC) Cut out the rot - or amputate the entire limb, if I have to.
SOUNDHUSTLE AND BUSTLE GROWS LOUDER. IN THE DISTANCE, ON LAND, A BELL BEGINS TO RING.
ODYSSEUSAnd Statheros -
STATHEROSYes?
ODYSSEUSDon’t think I’ve forgotten why this happened.
STATHEROSBut –
ODYSSEUSHow long since your feet last walked on dry land?
STATHEROSFourteen days.
ODYSSEUSYou are confined to the ship until we make it back home to Ithaca.
STATHEROSBut what if -
ODYSSEUSYou were right, Statheros.  You were with me when the storm broke, so it can’t have been you that stole from me.  That makes you the only man aboard I can trust, which means you get to look after my boat. (BEAT) Strange little island.  Do you hear them ringing that bell?
STATHEROSWhat do you think it means?
ODYSSEUSIt’s an alarm.  They think we’re invading.  If you hear them ring it again while we’re ashore, you bring this ship around the bay.
STATHEROSUnderstood.
ODYSSEUSThis is the part where you thank me for sparing your life.
STATHEROSThank you, Odysseus.
SOUNDSLOW-FADE TO BANQUET
SCENE 10INT. BANQUET NIGHT.
BEATRIXYou hid your ship from your own men.
ODYSSEUSNo.  The only ones in hiding were the traitors.
BEATRIXThe ones you took ashore with you.
ODYSSEUSWith good reason.  I wanted proof.  And I wanted them in my sight.
GELASTOSBut . . . you let your guard slip?
ODYSSEUSThey weren’t the only ones I had to watch. Remember what was waiting for us on the shore
SCENE 11EXT. RIVERBANK DAY. ANTHEA DRAWS WATER FROM THE RIVER. ENTER ODYSSEUS, LUPIOS, PHILAUTOS.
ODYSSEUSWe’re back at the river again, Lupios.  
PHILAUTOSHis little legs aren’t used to land.
LUPIOSPhilautos, shut up!  I can’t see anything for these damned boulders.
ODYSSEUSDon’t forget, men.  We have no idea what we’re dealing with here.  Any signs of trouble, be prepared to use lethal force.  
PHILAUTOSWhen was the last time you used lethal force, Lupios?
LUPIOSThat’s not fair -  
PHILAUTOSStick behind me.  
SOUNDSPLASH
LUPIOSLook!  There’s one of them!  Should we approach?
PHILAUTOSIt’s one normal-sized woman on her own Lupios.  I don’t think we need to worry that much.  
LUPIOSStill, a little caution. . .  
ODYSSEUSYou leave your spine on the boat?
SOUNDTHE ITHACANS APPROACH.
ODYSSEUSOK, you.  Speak to her.
LUPIOSMe?
PHILAUTOS(SARCASTIC) Yes, go on Lupios.  This is your big chance to make a difference.  
LUPIOSI-alright.  
SOUNDLUPIOS MOVES IN CLOSER, SLIGHTLY DRAWING HIS SWORD.
ANTHEA(SUDDEN) Oh, hello!  Are you from the ships?
LUPIOSI-yes.  We’re –
ANTHEA(SARCASTIC) You're lost. And you’re holding that thing like -
ODYSSEUSAnd you're insolent.  Do you know who you're talking to?
ANTHEAYou haven't told me your name, so I suppose I'm talking to nobody.
LUPIOSYou stand before Odysseus, King of Ithaca, hero of the Trojan War -
ANTHEAThat was seven years ago, and he looks like he hasn't washed since.
LUPIOSYou will not–
ODYSSEUSLupios! (TO ANTHEA) We’ve travelled for seven years, little woman.  This is nothing.
PHILAUTOSHere we go.
ODYSSEUSWe conquered the walls of Troy.  Hideous monsters.  Even the Gods themselves.  And now we have decided -
PHILAUTOS(SNIGGERS)
ODYSSEUSNow we have decided to make port.  (BEAT) And who are you?  
ANTHEA(MOCKING) Anthea.  Daughter of King Antiphates.  Princess and inheritor of Lamos.  Bored of you lot, already.
PHILAUTOSAnd you’re drawing water, “princess”?
LUPIOSGods’ sake, Philautos!
ODYSSEUSYou must admit, it is a little odd.
ANTHEAI was thirsty.  
ODYSSEUSDon’t you have servants?
ANTHEAThey are busy defending us from a fleet of marauding pirates that just pulled into my father’s harbour. But you wouldn’t know anything about them, would you?  
ODYSSEUSWe’re not pirates.  There was a storm, and we -
ANTHEAAnd you decided to limp back onto land, before the weather decided to drown you.
ODYSSEUSWe’re just trying to get home.  
ANTHEAThen I don’t know why you’re going to all this trouble.  I've been home all my life.  It's over-rated.
ODYSSEUSThere are thousands of places called home, and you've only seen one of them.
ANTHEASo where could I go, to feel at home?
ODYSSEUSIf I could show you what I've seen. . .
ANTHEAOh really?  I’m sure there will be plenty of time for that.  Follow me to the castle.  And try not to look so. . .  scruffy.
ODYSSEUSThank you -
ANTHEAYou can thank me later, 'King Odysseus', by telling me all about those thousand homes that weren't good enough for you.
ODYSSEUSAnd when will I get the chance to do that, Anthea?
ANTHEAWe do have standards. How about after you’ve explained to my father what you’re doing here uninvited?



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EPISODE I: MUTINY  

Odysseus begins to tell the story of how he survived disaster.

EPISODE III: TRUCE  

The Ithacans and Laestrygonians grow closer.

EPISODE IV: WHISPERS  

Trouble brews between host and guest.

EPISODE V: CLAMOUR  

Things get serious by the riverbank.

EPISODE VI: RELEASE  

Time runs out for Odysseus.