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The Murder of Phillip of Macedon
The Player finds a model of a Macedonian palace.
BLUE ANGEL: This is the palace of King Phillip of Macedon,
father of Alexander the Great.
Clicking on the appropriate hotspot will cause the Tableau
to come to life. The scene takes place from above, with tiny
figures inhabiting the model. We see a procession of King
Phillip of Macedon walking across a courtyard with his son
Alexander. Behind them follow several guards.
Around a corner, unseen by this group an assassin pulls a
dagger from his belt. Suddenly, he runs straight into the
courtyard and stabs Phillip in the chest—the King falls
to the ground. Alexander shouts out "Father!". He
pulls his sword from its scabbard, chases down the assassin
and cuts off his head.
INT. BED CHAMBER. NIGHT.
ALEXANDER of Macedon (aged 19) is asleep in bed with a scroll
held in one hand. He sits up with a start—as if waking
from a nightmare—and instantly grabs a long dagger from
beside his bed. He gets out of bed, dropping the scroll on
his pillow, and cautiously walks toward the door, holding
the dagger out in front of him, poised to strike.
Something stirs in the corner of the room—a hooded shape.
ALEXANDER leaps forward, wrestling the figure to the ground
and holds the dagger to the person's throat. He rips off the
hood to reveal the BLUE ANGEL, playing the part of THAIS,
a beautiful Greek courtesan.
ALEXANDER: (surprised) Thais!
THAIS smiles and grabs ALEXANDER'S hand—the hand holding
the dagger. She traces the blade softly across her own neck
(not drawing blood) then guides it to ALEXANDER'S throat.
This arouses him greatly. He tears open her cloak to reveal
her naked chest. She pokes the tip of the blade into his neck,
drawing blood. He pulls back angrily and she scrambles away,
laughing. ALEXANDER stabs the dagger into a wooden post and
crawls after her. She lets herself be captured. He grabs her
waist and drags her to him. Suddenly, she rolls him over,
pinning his hands to the floor, straddling him.
ALEXANDER: (laughing) I concede, Thais.
THAIS: You give up too easily.
ALEXANDER makes himself comfortable, crossing his arms behind
ALEXANDER: On the battlefield never. But in the bedroom I'm
a willing victim. I learned that bit of wisdom from my teacher
He gestures to a bust of Aristotle.
THAIS stands up.
ALEXANDER: (petulantly) Hey, where are you going?
THAIS: I came to warn you. The king tells me things in his
ALEXANDER gets up and goes to her.
ALEXANDER: My father is a drunk and babbles nonsense like
THAIS: He plans on having you murdered. So the heir of his
second wife can assume the throne.
His expression grows stern.
ALEXANDER: I believe you. I've heard rumors. (pause, angrily)
I should kill him myself. With my bare hands.
THAIS: No, Alexander. It must not be by your hands. You will
lose all sympathy if you commit patricide.
She bows on her knees before him.
ALEXANDER: What are you doing?
THAIS: It is your destiny to conquer the world. You will
be invincible. Your followers will bow to you like I do now—like
a Persian slave. They will worship your statue as they would
a God. You are a God.
He stares into the distance.
ALEXANDER: I had a dream tonight. I saw whole armies annihilated.
Crushed. Cities burning. Walls crumbling to the ground. Nameless
rivers crossed. Boundless regions conquered. No one will defeat
me. But where do I begin? When?
THAIS: Tomorrow. The assassin will strike. And you will kill
the king's murderer, thus revenging your father.
ALEXANDER kneels in front of THAIS and kisses her lustily.
ALEXANDER: You're no longer the king's possession. I claim
you as my own.
He takes a ring from his finger and puts it in her hand.
She pushes him back to the ground and lays on top of him again.
THAIS: (laughing) I was going to say the same thing about
you. You are no longer the king's possession. I claim you
as my own.
She puts on the ring and admires it.
ALEXANDER frowns, but before he can reply she covers his
mouth with her own.
Encounter 1: Clicking on a carved bust of Alexander
will cause the statue to come to life and speak: "You
traitors! My father made you city-dwellers. He gave you cloaks
instead of skins. He brought you law and civilized you. He
rescued you from subjugation and slavery and made you masters
of the wild tribes who harried and plundered you! And this
is how you repay his son? With mutiny? My army will not stop
here. We will not go back to Macedon until we have conquered
Encounter 2: Clicking on a model of the Persian city
of Persopolis causes it to erupt into flames. We hear screams
coming from the buildings. The voice of the Blue Angel says:
"Thais ordered Alexander to burn the capital of Persia
to the ground. He obeyed."
Encounter 3: The Player finds a mosaic of Alexander
astride his horse, doing battle with Darius, king of the Persians.
Clicking on the image causes the scene to come to life for
a moment with violent action.
- A Macedonian dagger used to kill king Phillip.
- The ring Alexander gives to Thais when he claims her.
- The scroll Alexander was reading in bed. It is The Iliad.
Clicking on it will highlight a sentence translated into
English: "for victory shifteth from man to man."
- A bust of Aristotle that is in Alexander's room. Clicking
on it causes it to speak: "No great genius exists without
a touch of madness."
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