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Rediscovery EP: The Half-Burnt Torch of Mary Tudor
« on: December 21, 2006, 04:11:59 PM »
Author's Note: This is one of the episodes of my independent project, Legends: The Rediscovery.  More information on the project can be found by following this link.

Episode 5: The Half-Burnt Torch of Mary Tudor

The camera pans through a thick jungle to stop in front of an ancient temple. The giant stone head at the base of the temple breaks the silence:
"LEGENDS OF THE HIDDEN TEMPLE! With your guide, Kirk Fogg!"

Kirk comes down swinging on a rope. "Thank you, Olmec! Welcome to Legends of the Hidden Temple. The rooms are filled with lost treasures that are protected by mysterious Mayan Temple Guards. Only Olmec knows the legend behind each of the treasures in his temple. Olmec, which legend are we going to hear about today?"

Olmec replies:
"The legend of the Half-Burnt Torch of Mary Tudor."

"Oh, the Half-Burnt Torch of Mary Tudor!" Kirk says in response. "Well the legend is set, and one of these six teams will have the chance to retrieve the Half-Burnt Torch. Will it be:
"Tony and Samantha of the Red Jaguars—" the camera pans to each team in order—
"Jarrod and Bianca of the Blue Barracudas,
"Logan and Vanessa of the Green Monkeys,
"Brian and Elizabeth of the Orange Iguanas,
"Justin and Lisa of the Purple Parrots,
"Or T.J. and Annie of the Silver Snakes?"

"They'll have to pass some tough physical and mental tests," Kirk says, "but in the end, only one team will earn the right to enter Olmec's Temple. First, they must cross the moat, and here's how they'll have to do it today:
"In front of each team a giant web has fallen above the Moat. One player from each team is already holding onto a long rope, and when I say 'go,' they'll swing out to the web and climb over it, then swim the rest of the Moat. Then their partner will go out to grab the rope, then go across the same way, but be careful— if your knees touch the water before you climb over the web, you'll have to go back and start over.
"When both players are across, run over and hit your team's gong." He slams down on the Red Jaguars' gong to demonstrate. "The first four teams to hit their gongs will go on to the next round, so teams— are you ready?"
The players all cheer and shout in response.
"Olmec, are you ready?" asks Kirk.
"Time to rock and roll!" Olmec shouts in response.
"Then let's get started," Kirk replies. "On your mark, get set, GO!"

The teams all take off at more or less the same rate— with the exception of the Purple Parrots, whose first player can't swing out to the web before the Red Jaguars and Silver Snakes' first players make it across. The Blue Barracuda girl is right behind them, followed by the boy on the Green Monkeys. Meanwhile, the Purple Parrots are just catching up to the Orange Iguanas, whose female player is having trouble climbing up and over the web.
The Orange Iguanas' girl and the boy on the Purple Parrots jump off and land on the other side of the moat at almost the exact same time. A second later, the boy from the Blue Barracudas runs over and hits his team's gong. Not too long after the boy on the Silver Snakes slips off his net and into the Moat, letting the Red Jaguars and Green Monkeys pass and gong in. The boy on the Silver Snakes is fast, however, and he zooms right past the Orange Iguanas and Purple Parrots to claim the final position.
"That's it!" announces Kirk. "We've got our four teams! Silver Snakes blazed through the Moat in that last minute! They're going on to the next round, and so are the Green Monkeys—" the camera moves to each of the teams as Kirk announces their team names— "and the Blue Barracudas— and the Red Jaguars! Orange Iguanas and Purple Parrots gave it a great effort too. They're not going away empty-handed, we've got a great gift for them for playing and here's what it is." Brian, Elizabeth, Justin and Lisa will each be receiving a small prize package provided by British Knights.
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Re: Rediscovery EP: The Half-Burnt Torch of Mary Tudor
« Reply #1 on: December 21, 2006, 04:23:20 PM »
The four teams are now at the top of the Steps of Knowledge accompanied by Kirk. "As the quest continues, it's now time for Olmec to tell us about the Half-Burnt Torch of Mary Tudor.  Pay attention teams, because your knowledge of the legend can bring you one step closer to Olmec's Temple."

Olmec begins to tell the story:
"One of the most vicious queens of Renaissance England was Mary Tudor, or as many people call her today, Bloody Mary.  She was the oldest daughter of the notorious king Henry VIII.  Henry had six wives, of which he'd divorced two and done away with another three.  Not exactly the ideal husband!  England was relieved when Henry passed on, but things became worse when Mary took over as queen.
"Mary strongly supported the Catholic faith, and in fact ordered an imprisoned Catholic duke be set free from the Tower of London.  However, Mary is best known for doing away with many Protestants in the Marian Persecutions.
" 'Thou dost not agree with my beliefs!' Mary would shout. 'Guards! Bring the heretic to the executioner.'
"Oddly enough, everyone else in Mary's family was Protestant, but she alone was Catholic.  Mary preferred burning most of the heretics, and some say she did the work herself.  One of the torches she used to burn a great deal of the victims found its way to the Temple.  Your quest is to retrieve the Half-Burnt Torch of Mary Tudor and bring it back here."

"Thanks Olmec," Kirk says after Olmec finishes telling the story. "So tell us, where is the Torch?"
Olmec replies:
"The Half-Burnt Torch of Mary Tudor can be found in the Dungeon of the Lone Column."

"Teams," Kirk begins, walking down the steps, "you are now standing on the Steps of Knowledge, and in a minute, Olmec will ask you a question about the legend.  If you think you know the answer, stomp down on the ancient marking in front of you.  If you're first, your step will light up, and you'll have three seconds to answer.  If you're right, you can move down to the next level, but if you're wrong or run out of time, one of the other teams will get a chance to answer.  The first two teams to make it to the bottom level will be one step closer to Olmec's Temple.  Okay Olmec, we're now ready for your first question."

Olmec begins:
"Mary Tudor was the queen of what country: Spain, Italy, or England?"
Vanessa rings in: "England…?"
"Correct," replies Olmec, and the Green Monkeys get to move down one level.
"Next question," Kirk commands.

Olmec asks:
"By what nickname is Mary Tudor better known—"
Samantha shouts confidently: "Bloody Mary!"
"Correct," replies Olmec, and the Red Jaguars get to move down one step.
"Next question, Olmec," says Kirk.

Olmec now asks:
"What king was Mary Tudor's father: Richard the Lion Heart, William the Conqueror, or Henry VIII?"
Tony rings in, but blanks and says nothing.  A bell sounds, after which Annie rings in:
"Richard the Lion Heart…?"
"That is incorrect," Olmec replies. "The correct answer was Henry VIII."
"Nobody scored that time," Kirk narrates. "Next question, Mr. Olmec."

This time Olmec asks:
"How many wives did Henry VIII have: Five—?"
Tony rings in again and confidently answers: "Six."
"That is correct," Olmec replies, and so the Red Jaguars get to move down again.
"One more correct answer, and you're going to the Temple Games," Kirk explains. "Next question."

Olmec asks:
"To what religion did Mary Tudor belong: Anglicanism, Catholicism, or —?"
Tony buzzes in again: "Anglicanism—" he then groans.
"That is incorrect," says Olmec. "The other two choices are: Catholicism or U—"
Bianca stomps down first: "Catholicism."
"Correct," answers Olmec, and the Blue Barracudas move down one level.
"Silver Snakes can still catch up," Kirk says. "Next question, Olmec."

Olmec now asks:
"Mary Tudor ordered a Catholic duke be set free from what famous prison: Alcatraz, The Bastille—?"
Somehow Samantha beats her partner to the buzzer: "Bastille…?"
"Incorrect," Olmec says. "The other two choices are: Alcatraz or the Tower of L—"
Annie then answers: "The Tower of London."
"Correct," replies Olmec, and the Silver Snakes get to move down.
"Everybody's on the board now!" Kirk shouts. "We still need our two teams, though, so let's keep going."

Olmec asks:
"Mary Tudor did away with the followers of what faith: Presbyterianism, Anabaptist, or —?"
Jarrod rings in early: "Presbyterian— darn—"
"Presbyterianism is incorrect," says Olmec. "The other two choices are: Anabaptist or Anglic—"
Annie stomps down first: "Anglican…?"
"That is correct," Olmec replies, and the Silver Snakes step down again.
"One more right answer, Silver Snakes, and you're going to the Temple Games," Kirk explains. "Next question."

Olmec then asks:
"What Spanish king did Mary Tudor marry: Ferdinand V, Philip II, or Alfonso the Battler?"
Tony rings in first: "Philip II…?"
"That is correct!" Olmec shouts, allowing the Red Jaguars to move down to the bottom step.
"We're still looking for one more team," narrates Kirk, "but who's it gonna be: the Blue Barracudas, the Green Monkeys, or the Silver Snakes? Next question."

Olmec continues:
"What is the term for a follower of beliefs contrary to his or her faith: Heretic, Protestant, or Uncatholic?"
Jarrod buzzes in: "Heretic…?"
"That is correct," Olmec replies, and the Blue Barracudas move down another step.
"Blue Barracudas are only one step away from the next round," Kirk informs the audience. "Next question."

Olmec asks:
"By what means did Mary Tudor do away with most of the Protestants: Drawing and quartering, Burning at the stake, or Beheading?"
Vanessa stomps down and guesses: "Burning…?"
"That is correct," Olmec says, and the Green Monkeys move down to the next step.
"It's all tied up on the second-to-last step," Kirk narrates. "Olmec, next question."

Olmec now asks:
"Who is the head of the Anglican faith: The Pope, The King of England, or The Duchess of Cornwall?"
T.J. firmly answers: "The King of England."
"That is correct!" shouts Olmec, and the Silver Snakes join the Red Jaguars at the bottom level.
"We've got our two teams right here!" Kirk announces. "They are… the Red Jaguars and the Silver Snakes! Blue Barracudas and the Green Monkeys, you gave it a great effort too.  You won't be going home empty-handed, we've got a nice gift for each of you." Jarrod, Bianca, Logan and Vanessa will each be receiving a copy of RV on DVD.
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Re: Rediscovery EP: The Half-Burnt Torch of Mary Tudor
« Reply #2 on: December 21, 2006, 04:34:27 PM »
"Now," says Kirk, "the glory goes to the fastest and the strongest, but before we keep going, let's get to know our team players. On the Red Jaguars, we have Tony. How old are you, Tony?"
"Thirteen," Tony replies.
"Now, I understand you're really into basketball," reads Kirk. "Tell me about that."
"Yeah, I play with my friends every day after school," Tony answers.
"You ever sink a three-point shot?" Kirk asks.
"Not yet," Tony replies, "but I'm really good at free throws." The audience claps again, and Kirk goes to interview Tony's teammate.
"And his partner here is Samantha," Kirk says. "How old are you?"
"Fourteen," Samantha replies.
"Now it says here you call yourself the 'gossip queen,' " Kirk reads. "Tell me more."
"I had this column on my middle school's website called 'Samantha Menendez— Gossip Queen.' It's all about spreading and confirming rumors in the school, and I hear it got a lot of hits."
"But you won't be in middle school anymore, will you?" Kirk asks.
"Right, I'm startin' freshman year in high school in a couple months," Samantha explains.
"Let's hear it for the Red Jaguars!" Kirk shouts, the audience responding with applause. "But hold on, we've got the Silver Snakes, T.J. and Annie. And how old are you, T.J.?"
"Fourteen," replies T.J.
"Now I understand you're a big football fan," Kirk says. "Tell me about that."
"I know they're not from anywhere around here, but the Pats are my favorite team and I've followed them for a while now," explains T.J. "Favorite players're Tedy Bruschi and Tom Brady."
"And how old are you, Annie?" asks Kirk.
"Twelve," Annie replies.
"Now, I understand you want to be a writer when you grow up," Kirk says.
"Yes, I've got a story I'm working on called 'The Graveyard Shift,' " explains Annie. "It's all about how a walk through the cemetery on Halloween turns into a lifelong curse on one kid."
"Ooh, sounds like it'll be a bestseller!" Kirk shouts. "Let's hear it for the Silver Snakes!" The audience applauds again.

"Now, why don't you go get ready for the Temple Games," Kirk says, "while I tell you guys at home what's gonna happen here. Now, in the Temple Games, these teams will be competing to win Pendants of Life. The winning team will need the Pendants to protect themselves from the dreaded Temple Guards when they go to Olmec's Temple. There are three Temple Games, and Olmec will tell us about Temple Game #1."

Olmec begins:
"Mary Tudor freed several Catholics from the infamous Tower of London, but first she would need to gather the keys to each cell. Here, you will be doing just that. When Kirk gives the signal, fling yourself onto the spider web in front of you and climb up to one of the containers. Once you break a container open, you can grab the key inside, jump off the web and fit the key into one of the keyholes at its base.
"The first player to place a key in every one of her seven locks— or the player that's furthest along in 60 seconds— wins."
The camera segues to Kirk. "The key to winning this game… is the key. Let's put 60 seconds on the clock. On your mark, get set, GO!"
Samantha and Annie jump onto their webs at the same time and start climbing. Samantha ends up tangled in her web as Annie retrieves her first key and fits it in one of the keyholes. Samantha is only breaking her first container as Annie is fitting her second into one of the remaining keyholes. After a while longer, ceiling lights flash to indicate that time is up. Both girls break one of their last containers at the last second, but neither key counts.
"Okay, let's see how they did!" Kirk shouts, running over to count the number of filled keyholes. "Red Jaguars opened three cells, but the Silver Snakes got four! Silver Snakes get the half Pendant of Life!" The audience applauds for a moment. "Red Jaguars can catch in the next game, it's also worth a half Pendant. Olmec, tell us about it."

Olmec continues:
"Before she could burn the heretics, Mary Tudor would have to order someone to gather firewood. Here, you will do the same. You are now strapped in a rotating lever and, when Kirk gives the signal, you will run around to grab a piece of firewood off of the pedestal. Next, return to drop it in your bin.
"The player with the most pieces of wood in his bin after 60 seconds wins."
"Let's put 60 seconds on the clock," says Kirk. "Ready, get set, GO!"
Tony and T.J. run around to grab the first piece of firewood, but only T.J. grabs it and drops it in the bin. Both players miss on the second time around, and Tony doesn't get his first log until the third trip.
"The key to this game is to get the momentum right," explains Kirk. "You have to time your liftoff to grab the wood." Tony gets it right the fourth time around, and so does T.J. Soon both players are getting a piece of wood on every trip around until the lights flash from above.
"Okay, time's up!" Kirk announces. "And the Red Jaguars got one, two, three… four pieces of wood. The Silver Snakes got one, two, three, four, five… six pieces of wood! Silver Snakes get another half Pendant of Life!" The audience applauds for a moment. "So it's 1-0 Silver Snakes, but the Red Jaguars can tie it up in the third and final game, it's worth a full Pendant. Olmec, tell us about Temple Game #3."

Olmec narrates:
"Mary Tudor did away with over 500 heretics during the persecutions. Here, you must do the same. When Kirk gives the signal, load your slingshot to knock over the target on your pedestal, then your partner will take aim. If the target is knocked down, your team gains 50 points, then the target is set back up again.
"The first team to score 500 points— or the team with the highest score after 90 seconds— wins."
"This is for the Temple!" Kirk shouts. "Let's put 90 seconds on the clock. Ready, aim, FIRE!"
The girls load and shoot first, but only Annie knocks down the target. Neither of the boys score on the second shot, but both girls make the third. The game more or less continues the same way until the lights flash to indicate that time is up.
"So let's see," Kirk says, running over to the spotters holding the scoresheets. "Red Jaguars got 200 points, Silver Snakes got 250. Silver Snakes win the full Pendant, they have two Pendants, Red Jaguars didn't have any. The Silver Snakes are going to the Temple!" The audience applauds. "The Red Jaguars were good players, but it just didn't break their way. They're not going away empty-handed, we've got a great gift for them." Tony and Samantha will each be receiving a $100 U.S. Savings Bond provided by Nestle. "Great job, T.J. and Annie, but it's not over yet. We're going to see if you can make it through Olmec's Temple."
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Re: Rediscovery EP: The Half-Burnt Torch of Mary Tudor
« Reply #3 on: December 21, 2006, 04:37:00 PM »
"Olmec!" calls Kirk. "T.J. and Annie have proven themselves worthy and earned the right to enter your Temple. But before they go, can you give them any hints to help them retrieve the Burnt Torch of Mary Tudor?"
Olmec begins to give the rundown:
"You could start by running up the stairs to the Vault. Turn the wheel to open a door which may take you into the Great Chasm. Here you could choose to swing across the gap and climb up into the King's Storeroom. Smash the clay pots to find the key that will lead you into the Chamber of the Sacred Markers. Match the symbols on the right to those on the left and pass into the Room of the Ancient Warriors. Place yourself in the correct armor to open the door to the Shrine of the Silver Monkey. Assemble the statue there and you may be headed toward the Room of the Secret Password. Find the tablet with the correct inscription, and shout it out to open the door to the Pharaoh's Secret Passage.
"Slide down the tunnel to the Quicksand Bog, where you could smash through to the Dungeon of the Lone Column, where you can grab the Half-Burnt Torch. Reach into the column to find the key, or knock it over and you'll enter the Junction of the Secret Shafts. Race across the room and you'll gain entry to the Tomb of the Headless Kings. Attach the skull on the altar to its proper king to release the doors. Then, pass through the Great Chasm, climb through the Ledges, race down the stairs and back through the Temple Gate. The choices are yours and yours alone." Olmec pauses for a second here. "You won 2 Pendants in the Temple Games. Who's going first?"
"I am!" shouts Annie eagerly.
"Very well, Annie," replies Olmec as Kirk hands out the Pendants of Life. "Good luck to both of you."

"All right then," Kirk says, beginning to explain the rules. "When I say 'go,' you'll race through the gates into the Temple and make your way towards the Torch. Be careful though— the temple contains many locked doors and dead ends. But, there are three old shafts somewhere in the Temple. If you can find one and it's open, you can jump in and slide down to the Junction of the Secret Shafts. Also beware, because there are Temple Guards assigned to protect three specific rooms. If you enter one of those rooms, the Temple Guard will jump out and grab you, but you can trade your Pendant for an extra life and go on, but if you're caught without a Pendant, you'll be taken out of the Temple— and it'll be T.J.'s turn to enter and try his luck. If you can reach the Torch, all the doors of the Temple will instantly unlock, and the Temple Guards will vanish. Return through the gates with the Burnt Torch of Mary Tudor in three minutes, and you will both be handsomely rewarded— and here's how!"
• No matter what happens, T.J. and Annie will each receive a Bollinger-brand trampoline.
• If the team reaches the Burnt Torch before time's up, they'll also each win a Regent sports package.
• If they can get the Torch out of the temple before their three minutes run out, they'll get the grand prize— a pair of three-day vacations for four in the Bahamas!

"Okay then, let's see if we can get them to the Bahamas!" Kirk says. "By the way Annie, what's your strategy?"
"I'm just gonna try doors that'll lead right to the Torch," Annie explains. "And when T.J. comes in, he'll try to avoid as many dead ends as he can."
"Well let's see if that works out," Kirk says. "Lower the gate, Olmec!"
As the Temple Gate drops, T.J. and Annie put in their mouthpieces.
"You've got three minutes to get to the Torch, so let's set the clock for three minutes. Ready, GO!"

Annie races through the Temple Gate, tripping at the threshold and crawling down the ramp into the Ledges. Neither crawl tube opens, so she has to climb up into the Vault with 2:37 remaining. She grabs onto one of the handles of the safe wheel and gives it a gentle turn. "It has to go all the way around!" shouts Kirk, so Annie starts walking while pushing the handle until the door to the Great Chasm slams open. At the same time the safe slowly opens, and before Annie can enter the Great Chasm out jumps a TEMPLE GUARD!
Annie gives up her Pendant of Life to keep going, and jumps right down into the Chasm to try the door into the Tomb of the Headless Kings. It opens, and she runs over to grab the skull off the altar. The first king she attaches it to happens to be the right choice, but the door into the Junction of the Secret Shafts won't open. So Annie instead has to go up into the Chamber of the Sacred Markers. (2:10) She takes quite a bit of time correctly copying the pattern, but once it's done, the doors into the King's Storeroom and the Room of the Ancient Warriors both open. So she crawls through into the Room of the Ancient Warriors with 1:37 left and has to try two sets of armor before the next door opens. However, Annie failed to pick up on this and placed herself in the third suit of armor anyway. Then she goes into the Shrine of the Silver Monkey where she meets the second TEMPLE GUARD!
T.J. races right up the stairs with 1:20 left and a full Pendant in hand. Seeing it as an extra, unnecessary room, he avoids the Ledges completely and goes right through the Vault into the Great Chasm. T.J. cannonballs right down into the Chasm and follows Annie's path all the way to the Shrine of the Silver Monkey. (0:53) He grabs all three pieces of the statue at the same time, but slows down when he has to put them on the platform one at a time. Once he gets the head in place, he runs right into the Room of the Secret Password where he meets the third TEMPLE GUARD!
T.J. hands his Pendant to the Guard and starts searching for the hidden tablets with 27 seconds left. He doesn't take out his mouthpiece the first time he reads the first tablet, so the words "LONG LIVE OLMEC" come out somewhat muffled. T.J. then removes his mouthpiece to shout the password again, then pops it back in as the Pharaoh's Secret Passage opens up. (0:15) T.J. slides down the tunnel into the Quicksand Bog, smashes right through the stone wall and grabs the HALF-BURNT TORCH with only six seconds remaining!
T.J. races into the Junction of the Secret Shafts, going down one ramp and up the other, then hitting the actuator to enter the Tomb of the Headless Kings— but we're out of time! So T.J. and Annie get the trampolines and the sports packages for their efforts. Join us next time for another great legend of the Hidden Temple!
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Re: Rediscovery EP: The Half-Burnt Torch of Mary Tudor
« Reply #4 on: December 21, 2006, 04:53:33 PM »
Episode Summary
Episode 5: The Half-Burnt Torch of Mary Tudor

Name of Artifact: The Half-Burnt Torch of Mary Tudor
Season: 1
Layout: 2
Result: Failed escape
Team: Silver Snakes
Pendants Won: 2
Location of Artifact: The Dungeon of the Lone Column




T.J. and Annie weren't the smartest players, but they were at extremes when it came to speed. Annie took a little more time than she should've in the Vault and the Chamber of the Sacred Markers, and she tried all three sets of armor in the Room of the Ancient Warriors even though the second one opened the door. She was graciously taken out of the Shrine of the Silver Monkey with 1:21 remaining.

T.J., on the other hand, was fast! He rushed to where Annie left off in a little more than twenty seconds and grabbed all three pieces of the monkey at the same time. The Room of the Secret Password slowed him down considerably, however, since he had to reread the passwords with his mouthpiece taken out, and so it became a close grab of the Torch.

Trivia and Records:
This is the only time an artifact was hidden in the Dungeon of the Lone Column, as well as the first-aired episode in which an artifact is grabbed, but not brought out of the Temple, within the time limit. Finally (and although this may not interest anyone,) I'm convinced that T.J. is the twin brother of Jayden, the male Silver Snake in "The Silver Angel Wing of Elizabeth I." They both look very alike, at least: the same deep green eyes and long, straight brown hair. If so, it's quite the coincidence that both were also Silver Snakes.
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