The Television Show

RaydenValkyrieArtThis first episode will demonstrate the tone and nature of the series; gritty, edgy dark fantasy/sword and sorcery.

Rayden and a band of warriors are shown in the beginning of the TV pilot engaged in battle with a larger number of raiders.  The scene swirls with chaos, as terrified villagers try to escape the bloodletting while Rayden and her comrades fight to stop it.

The raiders are intent upon one thing; captives, and especially female captives.

When the course of the battle tilts in the favor of the warriors with Rayden, a number of raiders move to leave the battle with a few female captives they have managed to seize.  They flee into the depths of the woods before the fighting is ended, preventing Rayden or those with her from stopping them there.

At first, the warriors with Rayden give pause, as the woodlands beyond the village are rumored to be filled with nightmarish dangers.  As the others hesitate, Rayden is prepared to go after the raiders by herself.

Her determination to bring the raiders to a just end and get the captives freed prevails over the reticence of many of the other warriors.  While a few stay behind, most decide to accompany Rayden into the woodlands.

Picking up the trail of the raiders through the skill of an experienced tracker with them, Rayden’s band of warriors begins the pursuit, but the dangers of the woods soon begin to manifest and grow more deadly.  From a shadowy and lethal race of forest creatures, to a hulking, undead creature called a Draugr, Rayden and her band of warriors are sorely pressed and many fall in the harrowing series of events that follow.

The pale, sinewy forest beings are evaded, but squarely block any chance of returning the way they have come.  The only way is forward, and a Draugr now hunts them, even as they continue after the raiders.

Even after they catch up to the raiders and overcome them in another battle, their fate appears doomed as the Draugr on their trail appears unstoppable with its supernatural qualities.  Only one chance remains, when one of the freed captives tells Rayden of the existence of a pair of forest witches steeped in darker arts.

The ages-old witches appear young and voluptuous when they are found, and the manner in which they have maintained their youth is soon revealed when a price is asked of one of Rayden’s male warrior companions in return for a way to counter the Draugr.

Understanding the ultimate intention of the witches, Rayden intervenes when they begin to exact their price from the male warrior using sexual magic.  Fortunately, the means of stopping the Draugr is revealed before the witches are slain.  After helping the weakened, shaken warrior she has rescued back to the others, the group turns their attention to the Draugr.

A final confrontation ensues, in which the Draugr is overcome and destroyed using the knowledge gained from the witches.  Only a few survivors, captives, and Rayden stand at the end of the episode.

After all they have been through, a daunting challenge lies ahead;  a return home.