The Paladin: Blood Bank

Age rating: 17 and older
What at first appears to be a tale of a group of hit-men who botch their assignment for a Los Angeles crime lord, soon becomes apparent that this is a supernatural tale of good vs. evil in a biblical sense.
Project collaboration: Closed
Synopsis: In this first tale of ‘The Paladin’, we find him (his real name is Zophiel) on the trail of a powerful demon named Tap, who in his mortal guise is a powerful crime-boss living in Los Angeles. Tap has gotten wind that he has been targeted by ‘The Paladin’ and has assembled a small army of vampire hit-men to try and take Zophiel out, or that’s what he’s led the assassins to believe. In reality Tap hopes to use the vampires as a distraction, weakening ‘The Paladin’ as he escapes and combines forces with a fellow demonic crime-boss named Gorson in Las Vegas.

As expected, the vampires fail in their attempt to slay ‘The Paladin’, and the survivors embark on a high-speed road trip to Vegas to escape him and meet up with Tap for protection. But one of them is seriously wounded in the melee with Zophiel, and needs a large dose of blood if he is to survive. Compounding their problem is the fact that they have to reach their destination before dawn, which is a few hours away. Unbeknownst to them, ‘The Paladin’ is now tracking them down.

Going against their better judgment and their own vampiric superstitions, the hit-men decide to rob the blood-bank of a small town hospital along the way.
Things go from bad to worse when they encounter an elderly hospital security guard who, as fate would have it, is also a member of the Order of Zophiel and fights back in an attempt to thwart them.

In the resulting melee, the security guard is mortally wounded while the hospital is inadvertently and completely locked-down. Charging his protégé Danny, to take his place in the Order, the older security guard insists the younger man save the staff and patients and get them to the building’s chapel. There he tells him they will be safe until ‘The Paladin’ arrives to save them.
But ‘The Paladin’ has already infiltrated the hospital and begins to dispatch the vampires within.

And so begins a night of cat-and-mouse with ‘The Paladin’ hunting the vampires hunting Danny hunting patients to rescue.
Along the way Danny discovers the hit-men have fed on a janitor, unintentionally making him one of them. He in turn begins biting patients and staff members resulting in more vampires on the loose within the hospital.
As dawn approaches, the hit-men turn on each other. Some have their own agendas, while others are just desperate to escape. All the while ‘The Paladin’ systematically destroys every vampire he crosses, going floor by floor of the hospital.

In a desperate bid to unlock the hospital, Danny attempts to reach the building’s engineering room and reboot the system. But the remaining hit-men anticipate this and what results is a ‘mexican stand-off’ between Danny, the now-warring hit-men and ‘The Paladin’ himself.
The resulting showdown has the hospital exploding from a gas leak caused by a stray bullet.

At dawn Danny awakens alive and learns that the chapel and all of its survivors were miraculously and unexplainably spared from the explosion. Yet upon questioning by the authorities, no one can quite remember what the mysterious stranger (‘The Paladin’) looked like….

In Vegas, the two remaining vampire hit-men make it back to report to Tap. But something is wrong as they soon discover.

One of the survivors is actually ‘The Paladin’ in disguise, having duped the other into leading him to his true prey: Tap.

Tap is well protected, having a small army of demons, vampires, and were-wolves at his disposal. They close in on Zophiel for a final battle.

When the dust settles, only ‘The Paladin’ remains standing.

Leaving behind a literal array of blood, ashes, and carnage, ‘The Paladin’ heads off to continue his never-ending mission.

END

Latest Work

  • Video 1
    05/08/13
    Creative Notes:
    THE PALADIN: BLOOD BANK at first appears to be a tale of a group of hit-men who botch their assignment for a Los Angeles crime lord. But it soon becomes apparent that this is a supernatural tale of good vs. evil in a biblical sense, and the hit-men are actually vampires now being hunted by their former prey: an infamous fallen angel known as The Paladin.
  • Script 1 - Stephen Mark's Original Draft
    05/08/13
    Creative Notes:
    THE PALADIN: BLOOD BANK at first appears to be a tale of a group of hit-men who botch their assignment for a Los Angeles crime lord. But it soon becomes apparent that this is a supernatural tale of good vs. evil in a biblical sense, and the hit-men are actually vampires now being hunted by their former prey: an infamous fallen angel known as The Paladin.