Ahriman by JZ Murdock | Script Revolution

Ahriman

Type:

Status:

Page Count: 
143pp

Genre:

Budget:

Age Rating:

Logline: 
Prophet prince Ahriman, accidentally transported to Earth from his ultra violent desert planet, fights for Earth against his own and loses everything.
Synopsis/Details: 

Open to a campfire area with incomplete imagery and a man telling a boy a story about the planet's prophet sitting there with them. It is Ahriman who quickly rises and walks away. A quick transform into a nightmare and we realize the storyteller is a scientist doing Virtual Reality (VR) social-models research within a computer on Earth. His lab is tied into two other labs, using a new type of computer that goes awry.

A glitch brings Ahriman to the Earth lab. The VR lab was doing computer societal generation studies but seem to be actually watching another real planet. What's happening? Could it have been synthesized through the computer somehow?

Young prophet Ahriman lives on this religious but strange and violent desert planet called Beulah. A wise man, his good Uncle Ormazd does his best to keep their deteriorating world in check. He loves Ahriman and tolerates his troublesome charitable ways, even though politically it costs him a great deal. In the end it costs him everything. Needless religious ceremonies have tied this culture up to the point of schizophrenic infighting.

Ahriman is whisked off planet while handing out clothing in a local market located below his Uncle's castle. Ormazd watches from above as Ahriman is attacked by their enemies. During this a wind swept, dusty, tumultuous & murderous scramble ensues as Ahriman vanishes. This is not taken well by the fearful\paranoid enemies of Ormazd and who suspect great evil enacted behind the scenes.

At the Earth lab scientists find themselves looking at a comatose Ahriman mentally linked to the Earth scientist from the opening. Their link between planets allows Ormazd's murderers to send forces to Earth. Ahriman is kidnapped by black suit types, but as it turns out they fall under his control. From there we don't see him much, only hear about him.

Except finally on TV news when he makes an announcement to the world. Ahriman has very persuasive powers, apparently accentuated by TV signals. Just before Earth is invaded by the usurpers he says “we must band together in peace”. And so it becomes as the world over turns to peace which couldn’t have happened at a worse time in the history of the world.

The U.S. Government puts its forces at the lab to stop the invasion. Ahriman realizes that for the invasion to have happened, his Uncle must be dead and have been murdered. Eventually, Ahriman helps to defeat his own people; but our government intervenes and destroys his planet.

Earth is saved; the planetary link is destroyed and Ahriman has earned an entire planet's gratitude and devotion, but he is Earth bound now forever. He is lonely for his home and more so his only family known to him, his Uncle.

Story ends with Ahriman using an incomplete VR simulation of his home planet, in returning to the beginning. The computer was damaged in the fighting and no one wants to take a chance at rebuilding the link. Besides, the planet was destroyed in a vast armada of replicated nuclear weapons, rather than just one, in a twist by the US government's intervention in a double twist against the scientists best efforts.

Ahriman has lost everything and feels isolated. We end at the beginning with a somewhat fantastic fight between Ahriman and the bad guy who appeared in the beginning as a boy and who finally transforms into himself. Ahriman is of course, victorious. The ending is emotional and bittersweet as he meets with a restructured Uncle on a partially rebuilt VR planet model.

An ending tag is a brief nod to Ormazd’s special fighters who still exist somewhere in the computer (sequel?) and appear on Earth, wondering what to do next.

Want to read this script? You must join the revolution first. Don't worry, it's free, easy, everyone's welcome, and you can start reading right away.

JZ Murdock's picture

The Writer: JZ Murdock

JZ Murdock is a writer, author and screenwriter living in Bremerton, WA. His books include Death of Heaven, a collection of her older short horror and sci fi stories in Anthology of Evil and, his upcoming Anthology of Evil Volume II with his newer works including stories included in other anthologies, a sci fi magazine and a novella.

Murdock received his B.A. in Psychology from WWU with a minor in creative writing. He was a Sr. Technical Writer for years and retired on 9/11/16 to devote his full time to writing ficiton and screenplays. He is also involved in local independent films. Of late he has been involved in the Studio 724 artist, writer and creatives community in Port... Go to bio

More Scripts From JZ

Poor Lord Ritchie's Answer
Medieval Lord descends into madness in a surreal world that may be a wizard's revenge.
Short Fantasy, Mystery For sale 21pp
Sarah
Grandma Sarah has Alzheimer's (or a Twilight Zone?). But that'sno reason to dump your family. Or is it?
Short Thriller For sale 28pp
Popsicle Death
When a young boy doesn't pay his Popsicle vendor (for whom it was the final straw and kills himself), Death incarnate returns to avenge him. Potential as animation..
Short Fantasy For sale 11pp
Sealed in Lies
Romance on the run, ducking bullets, bombs and Bastards as deep undercover CIA Spy investigates plot against America, joining up with beautiful wife of US Senator, his ex-Special Forces teammate.
Feature Thriller For sale 110pp
Gray and Lover The Hearth Tales Incident
People fear demons. Demons fear, Gray and Lover. Female steampunk duo contract to various religions, are contracted to stop a demon terrorizing Seattle to kill a famous horror writer being targeted by his golddigger wife.
Feature Horror For sale 89pp
The Teenage Bodyguard
Gutsy 18 year old in 1974 protects female murder witness from Tacoma mafia for a week at a sex\drug commune until she can leave town. Sex, Drugs and Rock-n-Roll meet Sex, Drugs and Mayhem.
Feature Biography, Crime, Thriller For sale 117pp
sendnudes