Summary[edit | edit source]
- The play opens on a remote world in a kingdom built in the middle of a dark forest. In this kingdom, the good, wise king has just died. The king's son, the Edjian-Prince, assumes the throne and immediately begins to implement his new plan for the kingdom, expansion. He sends several servants into the forest to mark trees for felling. The servants do not return. The mysterious disappearances causes a commotion among the aged people of the kingdom: the elderly believe that the servants have been spirited away by Uhl Eharl Khoehng, an ancient spirit that rules the dark forest. Believing the stories, the Edjian Prince sends several messengers into the forest to invite Uhl Eharl Khoehng to his palace.
- The Edjian Prince becomes infuriated when his messengers to Uhl Eharl Khoehng also disappear. Believing that perhaps he will respond to threats, the Edjian Prince sends a small army into the forest to force an audience with Uhl Eharl Khoehng. Not surprisingly, the small army never returns. The people of the kingdom become furious with the Edjian Prince for sending their loved ones into the forest to their apparent deaths. The Edjian Prince become enraged with his citizens and uses the remainder of his army to drive the people into the forest. Neither the people or the remainder of his army return. Only the Edjian Prince and his hunt servant remain in the kingdom. Driven by his desire to meet Uhl Eharl Khoehng and his inability to admit his arrogance, the Edjian Prince sends his hunt servant into the forest. All alone, the Edjian Prince hides in his palace until Uhl Eharl Khoehng comes to him in a dream and promises him safe passage through the forest.
- The Edjian Prince wanders through the forest for almost ten years. While the Edjian Prince was granted safe passage through the forest, he was trapped there by Uhl Eharl Khoehng's illusions and unable to leave. Eventually, the spirit of the Edjian Prince's old hunt servant appeared to the prince. He tells the prince that the trees of the forest are actually his former subjects transformed by the magical powers of Uhl Eharl Khoehng. The hunt servant then leads the Edjian Prince to the edge of the forest, where Uhl Eharl Khoehng awaits him. The prince confronts Uhl Eharl Khoehng; he is offered a compromise. The Edjian Prince will be restored his kingdom subjects - if he will only but bow down to Uhl Eharl Khoehng and call him master. The Edjian Prince is pushed over the brink of madness at this offer and proceeds to burn down the entire forest. Robed in the charred remains of his former life, the Edjian Prince comes once more to Uhl Eharl Khoehng telling him that the charred remains of his kingdom is all he deserves to rule and is the only thing that Uhl Eharl Khoehng may take from him. The play ends with the Edjian Prince's kneeling down and his final words to Uhl Eharl Khoehng: "Long...live...the King!"
Famous Lines[edit | edit source]
- Edjian-Prince: "You are a thief, a liar, and a pawn!"
- Uhl Eharl Khoehng: "A thief? A liar? A pawn? Are these not the greatest virtues of any good king?"
- Uhl Eharl Khoehng: "Courtesy costs little Edjian Prince, and discourtesy can rob even the richest man of his fortune."
- Edjian Prince: "Then no more call me Edjian Prince. Dress me in rags and let me be a poor, rude man."
- Uhl Eharl Khoehng: "Worship me and call me master and all that I have shall be yours, including your kingdom."
Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]
The name "Uhl Eharl Khoehng" appears on an old poster in Star Wars Galaxies in Aurebesh, depicting some sort of celebration, though it is hard to understand and not in any understandable dialect, suggesting the title may be in slang.