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4.14: The Beginning

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(00:00) INTRO:

 

HANNAH
Hi, everyone! Hannah here!

Welcome to the season finale!

I’m so proud of this episode and the work the cast and crew have put into the last two seasons, and I’m grateful for the listeners who have stuck with us while we changed the cast entirely and started a whole new story.

I’m especially grateful because guess what? We’re about to do it again!

(excitedly)

That’s right! You can expect a season 5 of Inn Between! We don’t have a release date for it yet, but over the summer and into the fall we will have bonus episodes and feed drops from other shows we like to keep you all busy.

And, on that note, we need to hear from you!

One of our bonus episodes will be a Q&A! We’ll have various members of the cast from all the seasons, as well as myself, William, and hopefully Katherine and Ria as well.

So, if you have questions, send them in to thegoblinshead@gmail.com with the subject line “Goblin Questions”, and we may answer them in our Q&A! We are so excited that we get to do this, so stay tuned!

In the meantime, thank you!

Thank you for continuing to pour forth your love for this show and thank you for listening. I appreciate each and every one of you spending time with us.

Now, for the final time this season…

Let’s go to the inn.

 

Inn Between theme plays in the background.

Inn Between theme fades.

 

(02:00) THE BEGINNING.

 

Background sounds of a tavern.

 

ZARA
Here.

 

Several glasses clink.

Chair scoots.

 

KNOWLES
What’s this?

 

ZARA
Uhm… Tessa was making a bunch of them?
They’re like… strawberries and glacial ice and sugar and stuff? Those three have rum. I didn’t know what everybody wanted.

 

KNOWLES
(excited)
Oho!

 

Cup dragged through wooden surface.

 

ROSIE
Thank you, Zara!

 

ZARA
Sure.

 

CASTOR
Anyone feel like a weight’s been lifted?

 

TODE
It is lovely to once again be at our leisure.

 

ROSIE
(chuckles)
Have we ever really been at our leisure? As a group?

 

KNOWLES
I don’t think we have. Nice not to have a goddess looming over our shoulder!

 

ZARA
(mutters)
Or a potential future threat to evaluate.

 

TODE
Who knows what tomorrow may bring?

 

KNOWLES
But, for today, we… can rest.

 

ROSIE
Leaping Lolth, this drink is the best thing I’ve ever tasted!

 

TODE
Mm, it is very delicious.

 

ROSIE
You know, I’m never going to know peace from here on out. I’m going to be thinking about this drink for the rest of my life!

 

CASTOR
I’m trying to imagine what Pollux would say…? He’d probably be like… “add some mint” or something.

 

ROSIE
(gasp)
(breathily)
That would be so good!

 

CASTOR
Yeah, he’d love to hear about this recipe. You think Tessa would give it to me?

 

ZARA
Probably.

 

CASTOR
I need to write home soon anyway…

 

KNOWLES
Hey, Castor, can you still do magic?

 

CASTOR
Oh, yeah.

 

Magical swoosh.

 

CASTOR
Huh…. Guess she’s letting me keep it.

 

ZARA
At the cost of having a horseshoe on your forehead for the rest of your life?

 

CASTOR
Honestly, I can live with that, it’s a lot smaller price to pay than my soul.
(off-handedly)
Not that I know what to do with the magic now.

 

ZARA
What do you mean?

 

CASTOR
I mean… I’m a scholar. I don’t need all this magic.

 

KNOWLES
(softly)
So… you’re… going back to the monastery?

 

Long pause.

 

CASTOR
(clears throat)
Maybe, but… I… pretty much finished my work there…? I was thinking of trying to write a book next.

 

ROSIE
(unhappily)
I suppose you… need to do a lot of studying and such to… write a book.

 

CASTOR
Yes.
Although, uh… I’ve never read a book where the author became a warlock and then killed his patron, so… that should definitely add some interesting content!

 

ZARA
I’d read it.

 

CASTOR
Thanks.
What about you, Knowles?

 

KNOWLES
What am I going to do next?

 

CASTOR
Yeah.

 

KNOWLES
Ah. Well. I… have to go back to the capitol.

 

ROSIE
Duty calls, and all that?

 

KNOWLES
Something like that.
I… have to return my armor. Maybe… maybe have a serious talk with Captain Whitetower about how we enforce what we enforce.

 

ZARA
Then, you’re doing it? You’re quitting?

 

KNOWLES
I am. I think there are better ways to do justice than… what I’ve been doing. It’s time to build my own structure instead of working within someone else’s.

 

ROSIE
(sincere, soft-spoken)
That’s brave. Striking out from… everything you know.

 

KNOWLES
I learned from the best!

 

ROSIE
Aw…

 

KNOWLES
What are you going to do next?

 

ROSIE
Oh, I’m… sure I’ll find something.
(nervously)
You’re for sure quitting?

 

KNOWLES
Oh, yes! I consider myself resigned.

 

ROSIE
Good.
(normal tone)
There’s always work for a thief.

 

TODE
Back into the mercenary game?

 

ROSIE
I mean… Did I ever really leave it?

 

KNOWLES
(chuckles)
Not really.

 

ZARA
You’re just going to go back and do the same things?

 

ROSIE
Well… What else am I supposed to do?

 

ZARA
I don’t know.

 

ROSIE
What are you going to do?

 

ZARA
I don’t know!
(self-deprecating)
It’s not like I was doing much before.

 

TODE
You would not like to go back to the same old thing?

 

ZARA
What choice do I have, really?

 

ROSIE
You could always go into business with me! The stuff you know about magic… You could be… an appraiser! Or—!

 

ZARA
(bitterly)
I don’t want to be a mercenary, Rosie. I never did. The merc work I did before this…

 

CASTOR
(gently)
Just a way to survive?

 

ZARA
A stopgap.

 

ROSIE
A stopgap for what?

 

ZARA
(frustrated)
I don’t know!

 

TODE
(prompting)
What about your little cottage and land? Where you do not have to talk to anyone?

 

ZARA
No longer really appeals to me, Tode.

 

TODE
Hm… I can relate.

 

ZARA
(flatly)
Can you?

 

TODE
I do not plan to go back to the woods. You see… Cybilene and I are going to Touramelle, so I may meet my family.

 

KNOWLES
That’s going to be a lot of people, from what I hear.

 

TODE
It will be, and I do not entirely know what to expect! But… I’m ready for the challenge.

 

ROSIE
So, we’re all splitting up, then.

 

TODE
That does appear to be the case.

 

A pause.

 

ROSIE
Now this drink tastes like… sadness.

 

ZARA
They’re strawberries. They can’t taste like sadness.

 

ROSIE
(humorous)
And yet!

 

CASTOR
Wait, don’t we… Don’t we have a payout waiting for us?

 

ROSIE
(brightly)
Hey, yeah!

 

KNOWLES
I forgot all about that.

 

CASTOR
We could go together…

 

ZARA
What’s the point of delaying the inevitable?

 

CASTOR
The point is… maybe…

 

ROSIE
Maybe it’s not inevitable!

 

CASTOR
(warmly)
Exactly.

 

KNOWLES
You’re saying…
(with hopeful realization)
We don’t have to split up.

 

CASTOR
Nobody says we do!

 

ZARA
(skeptical)
And what exactly would we do, if we didn’t split up?

 

TODE
What do crews of adventurers usually do?

 

ROSIE
Maybe… right some wrongs?

 

KNOWLES
Make a little money on the way?

 

ROSIE
Oh, but… prioritize righting wrongs for sure.

 

KNOWLES
(amused)
Obviously!

 

TODE
Am I included in this “we,” if I’m not going to the capitol?

 

CASTOR
Uh, Touramelle’s not that far out of the way. We… could go with you!

 

ROSIE
If you and Cybilene will have us.

 

TODE
(excitedly)
Oh—Of course we will! I would never have found Cybilene without you!

 

ZARA
Wait… Wait!
(beat)
(uncomprehending, panicked)
You’re all just going to… upend your lives and decide to go be adventurers?

 

ROSIE
Yes?

 

KNOWLES
What’s the problem here, Zara?

 

ZARA
For how long?

 

A long pause.

 

TODE
Personally? I do not have any plans!

 

KNOWLES
I’m going to be out of a job pretty soon.

 

ROSIE
My schedule’s… totally flexible! Oh! But, Castor, what about your book?

 

CASTOR
(chuckles)
If I can read anywhere, I bet I can write anywhere. I’m not worried about it.

 

ZARA
(worriedly)
And… what if things change? What if we all discover we actually hate each other?

 

TODE
Relationships… do change.
(beat)
Nature changes every moment, and we, who are a part of nature, no matter how much we may try to deny it… we change as well.
Even when you are as old as I am, it is inevitable.
But this change is not purposeless. It is the change of renewal, of… becoming something better or larger or different! A seed may fear becoming a tree, but… it will never reach its full potential if not planted.

 

KNOWLES
I can’t say I like the uncertainty. Not knowing what we might become.

 

TODE
It is daunting, yes, but… Not even a tree remains a tree forever.
If you do not like what you have become, you may change again!

 

CASTOR
Choosing our own fates.

 

TODE
It’s not quite as straightforward without a magic gem, but… yes.

 

ZARA
(scared, demanding, loud)
So… So we just get to… to choose? To choose the best case scenario?

 

ROSIE
I mean… We don’t always get to choose, but… we get to choose today.

 

A pause.

 

ROSIE
(gently)
So, what do you say?

 

ZARA
(softly, terrified)
I… I say… I…

 

CYBILENE
(distant)
Oh, Tode!

 

TODE
(soft gasp)
(pleased)
Cybilene!

 

CYBILENE
Hello… Ooh!
(interested)
What’s that?

 

TODE
You must try it.

 

Soft clink as a cup is lifted.

 

CYBILENE
Mm! I simply have to get one of these.

 

TODE
I recommend you do!

 

CYBILENE
(nonchalant)
So… are they coming with us or no?

 

KNOWLES
Mm—! Now, wait a second—!

 

TODE
(satisfied)
I was prepared to do quite a bit of convincing, but they almost came to the decision completely on their own.

 

CASTOR
(completely taken off-guard)
Was this your plan all along?

 

ROSIE
I can’t believe we fell prey to twin shenanigans.

 

CYBILENE
Well, I hope whatever leftover deciding they have to do is tied up soon! I just got word that the way back to Touramelle has got a serious bandit problem.

 

TODE
Does it?

 

CYBILENE
It does indeed!

 

ZARA
(quietly)
Sounds like you could… use some help.

 

KNOWLES
We can’t have bandits going around robbing innocent passersby.

 

ROSIE
Yeah, we only rob people who are decidedly non-innocent!

 

KNOWLES
Oh, I… don’t think I’m ready for that yet.

 

ROSIE
(cheerfully)
Noted!

 

CASTOR
Touramelle is just south of Darkmine, isn’t it? We could… pass through Delaroca.

 

ZARA
You think it’s time to go home?

 

CASTOR
(tired)
I think it’s…
(sigh)
Past time.

 

CYBILENE
Delaroca is such a lovely city!

 

CASTOR
Oh! You’ve been?

 

Footsteps approaching.

CYBILENE
(eagerly)
Oh, my friends and I have been all over. Why, I remember a time when I—!

 

KILLIKER
(clears throat)
Uhm… Cybilene?

 

CYBILENE
(softly)
Oh.
(a tad awkward and wary)
Hello, Killiker. Where’s… Max?

 

KILLIKER
(with great difficulty)
Max is… Uhm… He’s gone.
We had a disagreement and… W—Well, I think it’s best if we parted ways until they get their priorities sorted.

 

CYBILENE
Hm… You know, I’m very proud of you, Killiker.

 

KILLIKER
(soft chuckle)
Why don’t you wait until I’ve done something to be proud of?
(slowly and unsure)
I was… going to ask you something, but I see you’re busy now, so… perhaps it’d be best if I just… bid you farewell—

 

CYBILENE
You were going to ask if you could stick with me for a while, weren’t you?

 

TODE
(welcoming)
Would you like to join us?

 

KILLIKER
I… A-are you sure?

 

TODE
If my friends have no objections!

 

ZARA
(angrily)
Hm!

 

CASTOR
(unhappily)
Hm…

 

ROSIE
What do you think, Knowles?

 

KNOWLES
One question… Do you know any healing spells?

 

KILLIKER
(eagerly)
O—oh! Yes! Yes, I do!

 

CYBILENE
Mm, between me and Max, he’s had to!

 

KNOWLES
Then you are more than welcome.

 

ROSIE
(friendlier now)
Pull up a chair!

 

Chair scoots.

 

ROSIE
Should I go get more drinks?

 

CYBILENE
Oh, you don’t have to.

 

ROSIE
I’d like to!
(calling)
Uh, Tessa? Two more.

 

CYBILENE
(conspiratorially)
If we’re going toward Delaroca, we’ll want to be on the lookout for a giant!

 

CASTOR
Oh… Is there a giant that way now?

 

KNOWLES
Now that is an interesting tactical challenge.

 

ZARA
If we’re staying in Touramelle, will there be places for… tall folk to stay?

 

KILLIKER
(chuckles)
(with warm amusement)
No fear, they have great guest houses!

 

ROSIE
Do you think they’re going to throw you a party, Tode?

 

CYBILENE
Hah! Of course we will.

 

TODE
I—I’ve never been to a party before!

 

Background sounds of tavern fade away.

 

 

(14:16) OUTRO:

 

Inn Between theme plays.

 

(14:20) CREDITS:

 

 

HANNAH
This episode, “The Beginning”, was written and directed by Hannah Wright with assistant director William Wright. The show is produced and edited by Katherine Ayers.

Castor is Caleb Del Rio. Zara is Quin Leigh. Tode is Anthony Morales. Rosie is Lucille Valentine and Knowles is JV Hampton-VanSant.

Cybiline is Kira Apple. Max is Malcolm Jay and Killiker is Sam B. Nguyen.

Our theme song is by Eli Hamada McIlveen and our artwork is by Gabrielle Buxman. Our transcriber is Ria Couoh.

Transcripts for this and every episode can be found on our website, thegoblinshead.com.

Find and follow us on Twitter, @inn_between_. Or support us on Patreon, at patreon.com/thegoblinshead.

This season is over but Inn Between will be back again!

From our crew to yours, thank you for listening!

 

Music ends.

 

HANNAH
This story was created in the traditional territory of the Arapaho, Cheyenne, and Ute peoples, and edited in the unceded territory of the Salish, Kootenai, and Kalispel peoples.

 

AD BREAK.

 

 

POST-CREDITS:

 

Background sounds of tavern.

 

MAX
My finest hour, the most important quest I will ever go on…
(quietly)
Gone.

 

TESSA
Must have been very disappointing.

 

MAX
(scoff)
Disappointing? It was humiliating! The… time and effort lost… My friends abandoning me?
(with quiet outrage)
They think this is some kind of sport, where they can just… jump over to another team if they feel like it?

 

TESSA
(absently)
You think you know someone.

 

MAX
And then they stab you in the back. It’s not my priorities that need straightening.

 

TESSA
You’ve had a trying few days, that’s for certain.

 

MAX
(darkly)
Dead to rights.

 

TESSA
What do you plan to do about it?

 

MAX
What I always do.
Bounce back.

 

Background sounds of tavern fade away.

 

EPISODE ENDS.

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