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The Hidden Spear Inception – Prologue

Page 1 – Panel 1
Early evening.
The sky is deep purple.
The planetary rings are visible in the sky.
The terrain is mountainous.
Atop a cliff edge, Sylen Benevolen in his helmet, astride his winged black panther gazes across a chasm at a ruined black castle.
A swarm of green moths is coming across from the castle ruins towards him.

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He flies his panther across. Flanked by the swarm of green moths like some giant bat-wing.

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Inside the ruined castle, the great hall.
Gloomy lighting is provided by a series of gas tube lamps.
Kopath the giant has a young maiden (Umia) imprisoned inside a suspended cage.
There are other cages covered in sheets around the hall.
Kopath: There’s no need to be afraid of me Umia, I’m only protecting you from the rest of the world.
Umia just stares at the floor wide-eyed and shivering.

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Benevolen, Iyeon and the moths are on a giant, arched, window ledge high above.

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Benevolen is gesturing with his hand.
The green moths are swarming downwards.

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Down below.
The swarm of green moths smother Kopath’s face and shoulders with grey cobwebs!
Kopath: Ummmphh!

Page 3 – Panel 1
Iyeon the panther tackles Kopath pushing him away from Umia.
Benevolen has already leapt off Iyeon’s back in mid-air, spear in hand.

Page 3 – Panel 2
Now on the ground, Benevolen has drawn his duelling pistol and shoots out the lock on Umia’s cage.

Page 3 – Panel 3
Umia climbs out of the cage and clings onto Benevolen.
Umia: Sylen!

Page 4 – Panel 1
Kopath, down on one knee, tears the cobwebs from his eyes.
Iyeon is biting him on the forearm.

Page 4 – Panel 2
Kopath is up on his feet kicking Iyeon.
Iyeon: Rooaaarr!

Page 4 – Panel 3
Iyeon has retreated.
Kopath grabs a massive knife and grins at Benevolen and Umia.
Kopath: Heh heh.

Page 5 – Panel 1
Benevolen shoots Kopath with his duelling pistol.
Kopath is hit in the middle of the forehead.

Page 5 – Panel 2
Kopath topples backwards.

Page 5 – Panel 3
Benevolen holds Umia.
Umia: *Sob* he was going to kill me *sob* I know it.

Page 6 – Panel 1
Benevolen and Umia are flying at dusk on Iyeon the winged panther.
The moth swarm trailing behind them like a huge bat-wing.

Page 6 – Panel 2
It’s still dusk.
Home at Suborea, the forest city, on a huge bent over tree trunk that provides a sort of city high street.
Atonis Trogade is running to greet Umia and Benevolen.
Atonis: Umia!

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Benevolen still astride Iyeon with his moth swarm brooding over him, watches as Atonis and Umia embrace.
Umia: I never thought I’d see you again *sob*.
Atonis: You’re safe now my love.

Page 7 – Panel 1
Atonis turns to Benevolen.
Atonis: Thank you Benevolen, I owe you a great debt.
Benevolen: Don’t mention it.

Page 7 – Panel 2
This is a long distance view.
Night has fallen over the forest.
The lights of Suborea can be seen below.
The arching planetary rings can be seen above.

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The next day around noon.
In Suborea in the chapel (arching wooden architecture).
Umia and Atonis are getting married.
A priest stands above them.
Priest: Do you Umia Yulon, take Atonis Trogade to be your husband, from this day forward, forsaking all others?

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At the back of the church, Benevolen has turned his back and is leaving.
Umia is gazing into Atonis’ eyes.
Umia: I do.

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In Benevolen’s chambers.
Benevolen is packing his suitcase.

Page 8 – Panel 3
It is dusk.
The sky is deep purple and the planetary rings are visible.
Over the forest with the city of Suborea behind him we see Benevolen flying on a heavily laden Iyeon the winged panther and flanked by his moths like a giant bat-wing.


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