After the camel ride into the city, the trio make their way through some underground tunnels leading from Ascalante's Temple of Odala to the Temple of Hotah, where lies the dead body of the impostor Kull.
Kull knocks out the two guards, as done in the movie, by smashing their heads together as they sniff eachother cause of the stench of urine that's on the real Kull's body, as he sneaks into the Temple.
Kull unmasks the impostor body, to find loyal Dalgar there, dead in his place. Kull is greatly angered. He swears revenge for the both of them (a part definitely needed and cut from the film).
Zereta disguises herself as the incense burner, and Ascalante disguises himself as priest of Hotath. Rolando recites the last words of R.E. Howard's life, but then the action starts. Mandara's head is chopped off by the real Kull, but his headless body proceeds to burn the pyre anyway, as it falls to the ground.
They make their way into the temple, fighting off a number of the Dragon Legionnaires. Taligaro fights Kull, but Taligaro is clearly the better swordsman. It's a battle between the two men, a battle of honor and to find out just who is the best. But Zereta knocks out Taligaro with the incense burner. Kull, Zereta, Ascalante and Rolando all escape through a secret tunnel.
Taligaro awakes to find most of his men were killed by Kull. This enrages him, as he lays there, with a body of one of his dead men in his arms. (He clearly has a code of honor, which doesn't make the cliched villain, he's a bit more complex).
Outside and away from the city, Ascalante tells Kull about the Isle of Ever Night, and the only way to kill Akivasha.
There's a whole back story given as to what and who Valka is, who/what Korsala was, and there's even mention of Set (though not directly by name, at this point) and the "Scrolls of Tuzun" (who is familiar, of course, from the King Kull story "Mirrors of Tuzun Thune").
Here's another excerpt:
You know the ancient ballad, poet.
More than your magic books, tell of the tale
of Valka and Korsala.
What tale? Valka is my god and I do not know it.
Valka was not always the dark and sullen god of your religion, Kull.
Once he loved a mortal maid,
Korala, and took her to his domain
deep in the earth. But Korsala feared that one day her beauty would wither
and so she begged Valka to make her immortal. But
Valka told her to be content with the time they had.
But the Snake God, desiring Korsla, wooed her with hissing lies,
promising the immortality Valka denied. And so
she surrendered to his slithering embrace and
as she yielded to the kisses of his forked tongue...
(strikes a chord for effect)
The Dark One bit her lip and smiled, 'The...
...Kissss of Immortality. Go show Valka.'
And when Valka saw the mark of the Snake upon her, his hot
rage made the blood upon her lip boil, then burst into flame.
Rolando throws a log into the fire, making it flare and takes up the tale.
And the flame consumed her. And the earth trembled and cracked
at Valka's anguish. And the flame of Korsala shot through the severed rock, exposing her shame to the world.
But also from the wounded earth blew Valka's wounded
passions, his bitter breath banishing them to the unfeeling frigid North.
And the Snake, his mischief done, mocked Korsala, 'You have the forever
fire in the bloody kiss and the kiss of blood and flame will evil thrive.'
And it thrives in Akivasha. I will seek this Breath of Valka.
Just one thing. What is it?
That, you will know when you find it.
This scene and story does bear some strong ressemblance to Oliver Stone's story of Thulsa Doom's and his turning of princess Taramis, and just to mythology in general.
Here goes to the port of Tatteli, and find Juba the Spider. Kull is mentioned as leading the Black Corsairs. As this happens, Akivasha shows Enaros the secret passages and catacombs beneath the city, which Enaros had no idea existed. They come across the ancient dead dynasties of Acheron. Some of these corpses where humans, other weren't. The witch makes a startling revelation.
Men were not always ruled by men.
Enaros asks the Witch Queen why did she bring him there. Akivasha tells him because she wishes to learn dark secrets of the dead and wisdom and spells. She now touches one of the dead Acheronian corpses.
I would rouse these ancients from their sleep! Restore Acheron's grim
glory! And by the lore of the dead, bring hell back to Earth!
She tries to reanimate the dead, but is too weak to succeed; she needs her unborn son to accomplish this task and fulfill her own destiny to bring the Ancheron Empire back. Here, she reveals her naked stomach, the translucent flesh revealing the inhuman fetish within her.
On Juba's ship, it's revealed why Rolando and Zereta had a falling out years ago, and Rolando didn't approve of her becoming Borna's concubine to save his life. Kull and company are knocked out by the drugged food aboard Juba's ship. Juba has pigeons used for carrying messages, which he intends to use to inform Akivasha of Kull's capture and return to her. Kull, after he takes over the ship, uses these pigeons to inform Akivasha that he'll be back to stop her. Now, the slaves used at the ores of the ship, who were supposed to be the remnants of Kull's Black Corsairs, which would explain their loyalty and why they know who he is as in the film, are freed and help mop up the rest of Juba's sailors.
Back in Valusia, Ascalante is talking to Tu, and getting those loyal to the King to await his return and fight to get back the kingdom; he also informs them of who Akivasha is and what she plans to do.
Then the pigeons arrive into the Citadel, Enaros gives the message to Akivasha, she reads it. There's a bit of voodo afterwoods: as she throws the paper message into the flame, she gives off a incantation which she demands that the messages burning shreds reveal where Kull is going. It works.
She actually cries at this point. Enaros tries mocking her teers, and saying how he's her loyal servant and loves her, and that Kull is unworthy, etc, etc... She becomes mad and burns him again. Enaros gets re-burned by Akivasha a total of 3 times in this script!
She rebuilds the ruined citadel through magic while she's hovering in the flames again.
Back on board Kull's ship, Zereta does her sexy dance before Kull. They make love, Akivasha uses the Flame again to spy on the lovers, where she joins in on the action. And it's Zereta who sees Akivasha's face on Kull towards the end of the lovemaking. Which frightens her.
Zereta tries unsuccessfully to make Kull abandon his quest as she fears for his life. Kull refuses. He has nice lines here.
It was destiny that undid me, girl. I no longer believe in it. Only gods
have destiny, men merely have... duty.
Why must the crown of Valusia be your duty?
Because I failed it... and now the innocent will suffer for my
failure. And great evil will darken the land. Unless I stop it.
In this version, Taligaro does not follow in ship, so there's no battle on the Isle of Ice. He merely eagerly awaits Kull's return with his army.
Ducalon dies like in the movie, but not so much the whining pussy as portrayed on screen. He walks into the room and sees the Dead mummies circling the flame of Korsala, this is when he realizes that Kull was right, and that because of his own greedy ambitions, he was responsible for Valusia's down fall. So he acts by stabbing Akivasha in the heart, this obviously fails. And he is killed much like in the movie.
Kull returns to Valusia. Taligaro's army is encamped along the shores. Kull sees that Taligaro's forces are mostly made up of army regulars (who are mercenaries that were, at some point, under Kull's command during the reign of King Borna). So Kull reminds them that he was their leader and their king, still alive. Taligaro's army quickly breaks apart. Now come Ascalante, Tu, Fric and Frak, leading armed citizens to help Kull. Only Taligaro's Dragon Legion is loyal to him and fights against Kull. They all fight amongst eachother.
Taligaro's on horse back leaps aboard the ship to face off with Kull again. Pretty cool scene. They fight it out with swords. Kull eventually wins by stabbing Taligaro in the throat, with a broken sword. Both Kull and Zareta go to the citadel, Kull squares off against Enaros.
Enaros throws another one of his black balls, which blows away some of the Citadel's stairs and walls. Kull again faces the wizard. Enaros makes some incantation, calling upon Set, so that his Staff would become alive, it launch's out for Kull and Zareta. But Rolando leaps out and saves them, by taking the blade directly into the chest.
What differs from the movie here also is that Kull uses a chunk of broken stone to kill Enaros, Kull throws the stone at Enaros' ugly burnt face, and he falls back into the Flame of Korsala. Akivasha's death is pretty much like what seen in the movie.
Kull takes the breath of Valka from Zareta's weak lips, because she could not kill the flame, Akivasha entices Kull to kiss her and to feel her stomach and their unborn son, but she doesn't realize that he now holds the breath of Valka within him. She consumes the breath after the kiss. Through the kiss, she rapidly ages again back to her original form, burns up and dies, her lifeless body falls down the pillar-well-like structure back to hell. But even with her death the Flame does not die, but her powers combined with the breath of Valka create a terrible wind, it starts tearing at the corpses of the Acheron dead. All the mummies explode and blow to pieces. The tower/Citadel begins to crumble apart. So Kull, Zareta and Ascalante must escape. Both the breath of Valka and the Flame are eternal, they cannot die. They slip down a rope and jump into the water, later to swim a shore.
Kull is re-coronated as King in a new ceremony and takes Zareta as his Queen.
The ending is pretty much like in the movie, except there's no line "By this Axe, I rule" (which is a excellent line), and there's no chopping and smashing of the tablets of Laws. Actually, there is no axe in Pogue's script, which is perhaps more accurate, but it definitely takes away the weapon which Kull is known for. Kull, in the script, only uses an axe as secondary weapon very briefly aboard the ship, when he kills Juba's men, then that's over with.
I also like the story arc from the movie, of Kull getting the Axe from one of the Dead frozen warriors and chopping threw the stone face of Valka.
Well, the script was very very good, well done story and a worthy movie that would have been, had it been done right. The movie really wasn't so much different in a lot of ways, as much of it played the same way. But the main differences was that the script/story had blood, nudity, maturity, had the much needed character development and had of course the superior storyline than the abortion that was the film.
I don't blame the movie's director or star, because it wasn't badly directed or acted. It was just underproduced and butchered, made very cheaply and severely watered down by of course the De Laurentiis's. They turned an epic into kids quickie, like they did with CONAN 2
The casting of Sorbo, Ian Griffith and Lombard along with Litefoot was well done, even Carrere, they fitted their characters quite well. But the casting of Tu, Juba, Ducalon was complete horseshit!