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Herodian - Act 1

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HERODIAN

Copyright ©) 2007

Victor Darnell Hadnot

A Theatrical Play

 

In loving memory of Nathaniel Harrison Jr-he was like a big brother to me.

"The Spirit of God rested on us all, the boat which once tossed by the tempest was now calm, and we all gave God the glory" Reverend Joseph Zimzumens

 

CAST OF CHARACTERS:

Dirodious - man - politician

Dr. Space - man/angel - politician

Aprocia - woman - Space's wife

Saopazah - woman - politician

Viconus - man politician

Fandanga - woman - representative

Marcus - man - scientist

Caliber - woman - scientist

General Galong - man - soldier

Abomitons - war creatures

Amanda - woman - researcher

Jerry - man - college student/catalyst

Malinda - woman - student/love of Jerry's life

Larry - man - student/friend

Susan - woman - student/friend

Herodia - woman/demon - Jerry's wife of destiny

Sandra - woman - Jerry's sister

Mrs. Crowder - woman- Jerry's mother

Mr. Crowder - man - Jerry's father

Mr. Langston - man - Herodia's father

Mrs. Langston - woman - Herodia's mother

The Five - three men and two women/demons - spies for Herodian

ACT 1

Scene 1:

There is a mist that goes out from the sea onto the shore. In and out of the mist we can see structures-they seem ancient but modern at the same time. People are mingled about the area-some look like dignitaries-others look like soldiers-and others like politicians. The whole scene takes place in a future not far from now-only a few moments into an alternate reality. We now see and hear flying machines as they pass overhead-they look like armored personnel carriers. A man walks out from one of them that has landed. He is tall and stately looking. Along side him a talk and beautiful woman-they are talking amongst themselves. Finally they reach a small gathering-a man hails them.

Dirodious:

Well-well-well! We'd all began to think that you and your lovely wife were not going to make it. But then-with all the strange matters going on in the counsel floor these days-it would have seemed strange if you did-so-how strange is this?

Dr.Space:

These are troubling times indeed, my friend-look all-see how our friend Dirodious greets us! We have not been allowed to set eyes on any of you in seasons. And as you know the king is very upset with the way things are going with the war.

Aproica:

All-farewell-things are indeed looking bleak-for those who hoped that the war would be over in months-behold-it has taken years-and who could have predicted in modern times a hundred year war? But alas-predictions were made to be predictable and war is never predictable.

Dirodious:

And there were those who foretold that a century long war was good for the economy. And would bring wealth to the planet-and look-wealth has come-for I do not see a poor soul among any of us. We are indeed the benefactors of the military industry. Some have made their mark in weapons. Others in intelligence. Yet others in software and cyber-industries.

Aproica:

It is a cold day when so many can gain from so many a loss. For lives are loss when war erupts-what charge is there for love or freedom-when death comes a knocking at everyone's door? We give up our young and destroy the future-who can live when our young die? They are the future-and we brainwash them into a service that no one can win.

Saopazah:

Do we not use machines to fight our wars? Are your young put in any danger anymore-now that we've learned to fight our battles remotely? We no longer send our young into harm's way-we have created machines of destruction to do our bidding. Horrible machines-with faces of men and wings of dragons and claws of steel. So-where is the harm of it all-it is good for business.

Viconus:

I have news that might spark the ear.

Dirodious:

Indeed. Please let us hear of the news that you bring-perhaps it might brighten our thoughts or maybe lighten our spirits.

Viconus:

Would if I could bring such new, Dirodius. However it all concerns the war. That war between planets. Ever since mankind set forth in true earnestness to explore the stars-not the foolishness for the Twentieth and Twenty-first Centuries-where mankind seemed to be going backwards. Missing were the evolutionary steps of design. Once there were the simple capsules-then came the shuttles-and then came the fall of the programs-all leading back to the capsules-or other simple devices.

Dr.Space:

Yes-those were the Dark Ages of space exploration-at the time the general public did not know or understand why progress moved so slowly. It was only after the Revelations of Wogrodim that light was shed upon the issue. Then it was discovered that Earth had been the subject of alien influence. The Herodians we all learned they were called-a violent and warlike race of beings from the distance star system called Herodia.

Aproica:

Yes-they had made contact with the leaders of Earth at that time-it was a time in Earth's history when many countries each strived for dominance. Wars and rumors of wars were everywhere. It was a time before Herodian made known their plans for our tiny planet.

Viconus:

Ah-and that was when they offered to save us from ourselves by allowing us to join their League of Worlds. In turn-poverty and hunger and sickness and disease would be eradicated. And it was-the Earth entered into a New Age-where science and technology seemed to hold the answers to all of our sins.

Aproica:

But there was a price to pay-a very terrible price to pay. For when we became part of the Herodian Kingdom we also became part of their conflicts. They had many enemies that hated them to death. And they were engaged in a war that had been going on for centuries. Now that war is our war. Now we are part of the blessing and the curse. For what will have we when we have sold our souls for the fleeing moments of physical perfection.

Dr.Space:

There really is no such thing as physical perfection. There is only the illusion of what is culturally considered beauty and correctness. What one culture on one planet calls perfection is in another's eyes-abomination! Thus is our meeting put forth and thus is why we speak in secret places for the governing machines that Herodian put over us-to teach us and guide us-we have become slaves-slaves to the horror of the perfection. Yes-we all have delicate lives-while machines do our killing-yet the call for the young to control the machines and offer up abominable transformations into war machines and creatures of war-it takes its tole on us all. For who are we now-are we free men and women? No-I think not-for we have sold our freedom for perfection. Alas-has Eden gone searching for her children-are we not all the children of her womb? And now-look upon us-yes-look you all-for what manner is this that we speak of? What charms?

Scene 2:

We can see a room-it is well groomed and it is obvious wealthy people live in the house. There is a great desk with works in progress along with pictures of family and whatnot. There is a great window just off to one side-out the window it seems to be some type of celebration going on. We can hear faint voices of happy people and occasional fireworks. Enters in Dr. Space with a woman who seems to be a foreign dignitary from a planet. She is shown a seat while Dr. Space proceeds to pour them both a drink from his bar off to the side.

Fandanga:

I am very impressed with your proposal to the council floor asking for advancement of my planet into the League of Worlds. It is quite an honor to even be chosen. It normally takes decades if not longer to even be considered for membership. I was told that your own planet-Earth-it took a century before the offer was made to join the League.

Dr.Space:

(He hands her the drink and finds himself a seat behind his desk.) You are well informed-it did take a long time to finally join. But surely this information is listed in the Chronicles of Herodian. When we first met-I sensed that you had something more pressing on your mind...

Fandanga:

Perhaps-maybe you are right...

Dr.Space:

Is my observation off-perhaps I read something else into your expression-if I did I am sorry.

Fandanga:

No! No-you saw what I wanted you to see-it was hard to talk with all of those other dignitaries around us. There seems to be such a grand celebration of the success of the war.

Dr.Space:

Yes-it would seem that one of our generals had commanded a major victory. Taking several key positions-planets that were greatly viewed upon by the king.

Fandanga:

You have a lovely wife.

DR.SPACE;

Huh? Oh-yes she is quite beautiful-if I can say so myself. Without seeming proud.

Fandanga:

Nothing wrong with pride-it is the stuff that dreams are made of.

Dr.Space:

Pride goeth before the fall...

Fandanga:

I think you already know why I'm really here-don't you, Dr. Space? I mean-I've managed to have a little conversation with your lovely and beautiful wife--Aprocia. She didn't tell me very much about the total process-but she did manage to inform me about the ambassador position-it's something that I am interested in.

Dr.Space:

If you did speak with my wife then you know that I'm not in a position to pick and choose which person gets which position. And when it comes to something like the ambassador of your planet to the Herodian Kingdom-well-let's just say-I think your own planet's dignitaries might have something to say about that.

Fandanga:

Oh-my dear doctor-you sound like someone who doesn't have any real power around here. And we both know that you've been a politician for decades. You have quite the political will-when you want to use it. I happen to know that you have friends in the right places-positions of influence-all I'm asking is that you put in a good word for me. I'll do the rest.

Dr.Space:

I'm already recommending that your planet be fast tracked to the head of the queue-when it comes to being considered for inclusion in the League of Worlds. What more could you possibly think that I can do? I mean-just look at the tremendous amount of effort I had to go through just to get the right people in the right places-to accept the application-out of step. Do you have any idea of the damage that could be done if I went and overextended my hospitality-there could be serious complications.

Fandanga:

Oh-doctor-I'm sure that with all of your expertise-something like that would never happen. Besides-like you said-this is way beyond just me-my entire planet is expecting to hear good news when it comes to being accepted into the League of Worlds. What I'm asking for is simply a small formality-a formality that will not go unrewarded.

Dr.Space:

(He gets up and goes to the window-stares out the window for a moment.) I'm not that type of person-I'm not that type of politician. While it is true that I have been at this business for a long time-I'm not prone to bribery-I do things because I believe in them-I speak from the heart when I am in council-it is my way. That is why you have come to me-because I have a reputation that is well grounded in the truth.

Fandanga:

Dear Dr. Space-what is the truth?

Dr.Space:

There is only one truth-and that is that the Lord Jesus Christ is the Son of God.

Fandanga:

The Herodians do not believe in your God, Dr. Space-and my planet is concerned that by accepting your help that we might be pushed into announcing that we believe in gods that we do not recognize.

Dr.Space:

Hmm-I can see where that might be a problem. It would be a problem if I were pushing my own personal beliefs upon your race of people. But I am not-my God-the Lord Jesus Christ doesn't want people who don't believe in him. In fact-he has stated it more than once that if a person is to be saved-that they must come to him-as if they were a child-believing on him.

Fandanga:

Oh-my-so what must the Herodians think of you-I mean-you have been around them for so long-and they obviously don't follow your line of thought. Is it possible to deceive the Herodians into thinking that you are with them when in fact you are no? How is it that you manage to keep your faith in this man-God you call Jesus Christ-haven't there been people who have come forth and claimed to be God in your society?

Dr.Space:

Yes-there are many documented and undocumented events where someone has made a claim to such a thing-but that was foretold many thousands of years ago-in fact-the Lord Jesus spoke on the subject-saying not to believe them when they come and say that he is here in the secret chamber-or come and see-he is in the wilderness. God told us not to believe them.

Fandanga:

Yet-the king of the Herodians claims to be a god. I have heard that he is one of the direct decedents of the gods themselves. He came to Earth and offered the masses peace when there was nothing but wars-and there were nations rising up against nations. Sickness and disease was consuming the populations. I have heard that he was able to perform miracles in the sight of the nations-healing them and causing fire to rain down from the sky when they tried to fight back. Finally-the people of Earth gave in and discovered that life was good under the Herodian Kingdom. People live long lives now-where they once lived for less than a century if they were lucky-they now live for centuries-in perfect health-free from sickness.

Dr.Space:

I once asked the question to a class I was lecturing in my youth-I asked-what if God didn't exist? It was an argumentative question designed to force the listeners to think and question their own beliefs. God is Almighty-we can't do anything to hurt him-and God teaches us to think and reason-we are not mindless robots-programmed to do and say and whatnot-we were created to fulfil the tasks that had been abandoned-when one third of Heaven fell in a political attempt to overthrow the existing government. You see-Heaven is a Kingdom-is a place and a form of government-where the Creator of all things-rules and governs. And like-some governments we see on different planets-there were those who were discontent with the way that things were done. So-one of them-their leader-decided that he would try and overthrow everything.

Scene 3:

We can see a long corridor and within it all sorts of abominable creations-these are the devices of the Herodians-they are war machines. Out further from the corridor of horror is a laboratory which is filled with partial experiments. We can see a few people dressed in special clothing-maybe protective-as they enter certain chambers and do experiments. Closer to us is a man and a woman dress in lab coats-they seem to be in charge-enters Dr. Space who is shown to the people in charge.

Marcus:

Well-we finally get to meet you-the ministry told us that you would be making a routine visit to see where all the kingdom's money is going to. This is my assistant-Professor Caliber-she's been with me throughout the whole process.

Caliber:

(She smiles at Space.) I think you'll find that we have managed to prefect several concepts of the aliens that we are engaged in war with. And also-at your request-we are making great progress in taking the human factor out of the equation and coming up with better and better robot fighting machines-they still need periodic monitoring from specially trained soldiers. But the units that do this are far away from the actual combat.

Dr.Space:

I'm very impressed with what I've seen-and as you've been informed-the Herodians want as many human and allied forces to fight and win the wars-that is why they reach out to alien civilizations-it isn't because they are so beneficial. No-quite on the contrary-they want to subdue an enemy that they have been fighting since the beginning of time.

Marcus:

Yes-that is puzzling. I know that in the military-we are only told what we need to know in order to get the job do-but on an intellectual level-my assistant and I have been pondering the full effect of the projects that we are working on. Just how is it that the Herodians come to us as a race of beings existing before time? Scientifically it makes no sense.

Caliber:

You see, good doctor-everything in the universe had to be made at the beginning of time-everything that is known to us originated in its most elemental form at the beginning of the process of the creation of the universe. So-where did the Herodians come from-how could they have a society that is so old-and who are they fighting? I mean-we all know the propaganda-but that is just the government-telling us fables-an enemy capable of bring fear into the hearts of the Herodians-must be very terrible.

Dr.Space:

Let's just say off the record-that the big question is-what would a race of beings-having been around for so long-have need of more primitive beings-and why share their technology-why be our benefactors in all of this? The question is-who stands to gain?

General Galong:

(Enters with others that seem important.) Ah-there you are, Dr. Space-I was beginning to think that one of our many war machines had gotten hold of you and you were no longer with the living. I see that you have met doctors Caliber and Marcus-they are heading our research on human and nonhuman integration. See here-this is an example of the projects that the Herodians are directing us to focus on. Granted-I'd rather have a totally robotic military-flesh and blood are so easily overcome-but when you have fierce killing machines attacking-well-no nerve gas or biological agents can stop them. And when you couple that with superior fire power-well-you get the picture. (The general pushes a few buttons and uncovers abominations of creation.)

Dr.Space:

(He reacts to the abominations.) Good Lord-what in the hell is this!

Marcus:

This is what the Herodians want us to build-it is of the most highest priority. They call them Abomitons. What they are is the most aggressive and ferocious killing creatures ever made. They are a combination of DNA from various sources-not all from the same species or from the same kind-we have taken bits and pieces from every known living thing and using recombinatoric-genetic manipulation-we have created these.

Caliber:

Of course-these are just the prototypes-they still need more work. However-they can kill quite efficiently.

Dr.Space:

They look like they have human DNA in them-look here-at this one-it has a face of a man-but the claws of a lion and the tail of a scorpion. What in God's Creation is this thing?

General Galong:

Progress, son-progress! The military has a near unlimited budget-oh hell-we don't have a budget when it comes to creating the ultimate killing machines. I can tell you-once the enemies of the Herodians get a hold of these little beauties-well-let's just say-all of our jobs are well secured. You know-our society doesn't work as well when we are not at war-but fighting amongst ourselves is crazy-the Herodians showed us that and taught us that killing just like everything else has its place and time.

Dr.Space:

This whole thing is highly immoral!

Marcus:

Doctor, I'm sure you of all people can understand our position. Before the Herodians came and made themselves known to the general public-before that-all every country did-was fight amongst themselves. Earth was a disaster-the truth be known-we might have had only a few decades left.

(They all leave Dr. Space and appear to be doing other things. Comes in a tall woman who looks very important but non-imposing.)

Amanda:

Doctor, I was hoping to find you here. You seemed to have gotten lost from the other dignitaries who are inspecting the facility. How did you manage to get so far down into this part of the facility? I mean-it's okay that you did-you have security clearance-but this stuff is so boring. There is going to be a party tonight after all of this-are you coming?

Dr.Space:

I'm not sure-there seems to be a lot on the table here-I was thinking about sticking around and inspecting some more of the facility. There have been some unexpected events unfold-things that I hadn't expected to discover.

Amanda:

Really? Like what?

Dr.Space:

Well-there is the advanced weapons projects-they are doing things that are-well-un-Godly! I have enough sense to understand that everything here has been sanctioned by the Herodians-but what I'm discovering is nothing less than an abomination to the moral senses of any reasonable man or woman.

Amanda:

Well-you know that we are all at war with the enemies of the Herodians-and with that comes a great burden on each and every society that is a member of the League of Worlds. I guess-it is the price to pay for allowing them to come to our world and solve our major problems-no matter how big or small-the price we all pay is total loyalty. It has to be unquestionable loyalty to the Herodians. Once upon a time on my planet-we were all dying of sickness and famine-then the Herodians came and offered to cure our diseases and show us how to feed the masses. Do you think that at that time-any of us would have told them no? Of course not-because desperate people will seek out desperate measures in order to be fed and cured-and we did.

Dr.Space:

It is the same with me and my people on my planet-but the enemy of the Herodians-they might be reasoned with. Anything is better than we all having our unique genetic material exploited like this! I mean-I of all people understand the circumstances of war-but Good Lord-death at what price? Have we all become like our benefactor? Have we gained at the suffering of other beings that we know not? If we are part of a civilized society-shouldn't what we are becoming and doing-bother us? Or have we sold our souls for the delicacies of wealth and physical perfection-we've become machines. Organic nano-machines course through our veins-fixing and reorganizing-making us immortal. But immortality without conscience is death! And perfection without the spirit is darkness. No-I'm convinced that there must be a way to put an end to these wars-there must be peace.

(Enters Adam and joins them.)

Adam:

I'm sure that you both have been having a wonderful time. I know that I have-the food on the second level is simply divine. And did you get a look at the equipment and gadgets on the seventh level? What the wrong people would do to get their hands on those things.

Dr.Space:

(Studies the man for a moment.) And you are?

Amanda:

Why-he's my assistant! We've been doing a great deal of work together in recent days. Most of it has to do with getting everything ready for the dignitaries-of course. People like yourself, doctor. Everyone here at the facility wants the outcome to be a great success.

Adam:

Why-of course-we all want the project to continue and all of this is for the Herodians. I mean-they are the ones who are footing the bill-though if you really think about it-we are the ones-because it is our resources that are being used-all they are doing is calling the shots. Amanda, have you really given any of this any thought?

Amanda:

Not to worry-I'm sure that our Dr. Space will put in a good word for us all here at the facility. After all-like the saying goes-the enemies of the Herodians are our enemies. And for the good things that they have done for us-joining their cause seems to be a small price to pay. I mean-they really haven't asked us for anything near what they have done for us-have they?

Adam:

I'm of the mind to have to agree-I mean-to think otherwise might be considered an act of treason. And no one wants to go down that road. Why-I heard that the last person to be changed with that-why-the Herodians themselves-took the poor bastard-and put him in some God awful secret DNA-changer and unzipped his DNA-while he was still alive!

Dr.Space:

Seems quite a price to pay-specially when human beings are so used to thinking for themselves. It seems almost oppressive-I mean-we are all still free-right?

Amanda:

Oh yes-the Herodians have never said or done anything to enslave any culture or planet-best to my knowledge-they have never asked for anything in return. And the small price we pay be siding with them in times of war-well-isn't that what treaties are all about? You can't have progress without leaving behind a few things that are not so important. Besides-I'm sure Dr. Space agrees.





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