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    Page 1, Panel 1

    Splash page. Ext. Swirling portal.

    Arms spread wide, The Hierophant (middle-aged, but heroically proportioned) is bathed in magical energies. He is a noble figure, the embodiment of power. Costumed foes are hurled back from him like ragdolls. Most prominent of these is Stopwatch (30s)
    Beneath this vision of this idealized past, Christine (30s) educates her new recruit, Heirold (19)

    CHRISTINE

    EVERY SCHOOL KID KNOWS THE STORY OF THE HIEROPHANT’S PLAN TO OPEN THE MAGICHAOS FISSURE.

    BUT HAVE YOU EVER HEARD OF STOPWATCH? DIDN’T THINK SO.

    SEE? THERE’S A WHOLE OTHER SIDE OF THE STORY. YOU KIDS HAVE NO IDEA.<br clear=”all”>

    Page 2, Panel 1

    Non-specific location

    Five incarnations of The Hierophant scroll across the panel. Reflections of past lives lived; all practitioners of magic.

    CHRISTINE (VO)

    THE HIEROPHANT WAS ANCIENT, ROLLING FROM LIFE TO LIFE FOR CENTURIES, INCREASING HIS POWER WITH EACH ONE. BUT IT WASN’T ENOUGH FOR HIM.

    Page2, Panel 2

    Int. Hotel desk.

    Christine talks with Heirold (20s).

    CHRISTINE

    SO, HE PLANNED TO OPEN THE MAGICHAOS FISSURE.

    Heirold’s distracted, toying with a small magical creature hovering above the palm of his hand.

    HEIROLD

    AND MAKE EVERYTHING AWESOME.

    Page2, Panel 3.

    Int. Hotel desk.

    Christine fixes Heirold with a cold glare.

    CHRISTINE

    MM-HMM.
    COME WITH ME.

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    Page 3, Panel 1

    Int. Hotel hall.

    Pulling bedding from a closet, Christine hands it to Heirold.

    CHRISTINE

    THE HEIROPHANT NEEDED ARTIFACTS GATHERED FOR HIS SPELL, WHICH MEANT HANDS.

    HEIROLD

    THE CRAZY 8S.

    CHRISTINE

    EXACTLY.

    Page3, Panel 2-5

    Various non-specific locations

    Separated into teams, the Crazy 8s recover magical artifacts.

    Stand-up and Saxon get the Glaive of Arloc

    Androgyn and Arcadian acquire Hercius’ Polar Attractor

    Bonnie, and Clyde steal the Rubyatte

    Moondog looks deeply concerned as he and Hopper peruse the Lexicus Vecticarum

    CHRISTINE (VO)

    THEY FOUND ALL THE ARTIFACTS. BUT, IN THE PROCESS THE 8S DISCOVERED THE HEIROPHANT’S PLAN WOULD FLOOD OUR WORLD WITH MAGICAL ENERGIES, COMPLETELY CHANGING OUR REALITY.

    Page3, Panel 6

    Int. Hotel room.

    Authentic western décor. Christine and Heirold make the bed.

    HEIROLD

    YOU MAKE IT SOUND LIKE A BAD THING.

    CHRISTINE

    WELL, I WAS ONLY TEN WHEN IT HAPPENED, BUT CHANGE THAT BIG WAS TERRIFYING AT THE TIME.

    MAYBE YOU SEE THE HIEROPHANT AS A HERO BECAUSE YOU’RE USED TO THE WORLD HE CREATED.

    HISTORY IS WRITTEN BY THE WINNERS.

    Page 3, Panel 4

    Non-specific location

    The Hierophant pulls the last of the objects from the 8s defeated hands.

    CHRISTINE (VO)

    SO, THE 8S CAME UP WITH A PLOT TO STOP HIM. GUESS THEY ALSO LIKED THINGS HOW THEY WERE.

    HEIROLD (VO)

    YEAH, BUT THEY TOTALLY FAILED.

    CHRISTINE (VO)

    YES. YES, THEY DID.

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    Page 4, Panel 1

    Ext. Rooftop.

    Perched, Moondog howls into the night.

    CHRISTINE (VO)

    BUT BEFORE THEY DID, ONE OF THE 8S, MOONDOG, REACHED OUT TO ANOTHER OF THE GREAT CANINE SPIRITS, THE SILVERFOX.

    Page 4, Panel 2

    Int. Hotel hallway.

    Christine and Heirold change out torches in an medieval castle hall.

    HEIROLD

    HOLD UP. CANINE SPIRITS? BEFORE THERE WAS MAGIC?

    CHRISTINE

    DID YOU MISS THE PART ABOUT THE HIEOPHANT’S MAGICAL LIVES SPANNING CENTURIES? THERE WAS MAGIC. HE JUST WANTED MORE.

    HEIROLD

    OH, RIGHT, RIGHT.

    Page 4, Panel 3

    Ext. Battlesite.

    The team charges onto the scene; including: Silverfox, Stopwatch, Sorrow, Thrust, Cutlass, Mercy, Scorn, Panacea, Runesmith, and Cardinal.

    CHRISTINE (VO)

    SILVERFOX BROUGHT ALLIES, INCLUDING STOPWATCH.

    HEIROLD (VO)

    YEAH. YOU MENTIONED HIM…LIKE A MILLION YEARS AGO.

    SO, OK…WHO’S THAT?

    CHRISTINE (VO)

    I’M TELLING YOU.
    STOPWATCH WAS AN ANTHROPOLOGY PROFESSOR NAMED JEFF STOAN.

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    Page 5, Panel 1

    Ext. Jungle. Stoan with the Makuzi.

    CHRISTINE (VO)

    HE’D LIVED WITH THE MAZUCHAI, AN INDIGENOUS PEOPLE IN THE DEEP JUNGLE, LEGENDARY FOR THEIR EXTRAODINARY LONGEVITY.

    STOAN SPENT MONTHS GAINING THEIR TRUST…

    Page 5, Panel 2

    Ext. jungle, campfire. Stoan drinks an elixer with members of the Mazuchai ritual.

    CHRISTINE (VO)

    …UNTIL THEY FINALLY INVITED HIM TO PARTAKE IN A RITUAL.

    THEIR ELIXIR SLOWS DOWN TIME WITHIN THE MEMBERS OF THE TRIBE, WHICH IS WHY THEY LIVE SO LONG. BUT STOAN WAS AN OUTSIDER.

    Page 5, Panel 3

    Ext. Stoan yard.

    Stoan’s 10-year-old daughter watches, amazed, as he suspends a butterfly in a small bubble of frozen time.

    CHRISTINE (VO)

    WHEN HE RETURNED HOME TO HIS DAUGHTER, HE DISCOVERED THAT HIS WESTERN DNA AND THE TOXINS IN HIS SYSTEM HAD WARPED THE ELIXIR’S EFFECTS.

    INSTEAD OF SLOWING TIME INTERNALLY, STOAN FOUND HE COULD STOP TIME OUTSIDE HIMSELF. THERE WERE LIMITS THOUGH. AREA, DURATION. REAL TIME STILL MATTERED.

    HEIROLD (VO)

    PHYSICS CLASS MUCH? GAHD. STOPWATCH. I GET IT.

    CHRISTINE (VO)

    SMART BOY. SHUT UP.

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    Page 6, Panel 1

    Ext. Battlesite.

    The team is defeated. The Hierophant opens the portal. It is a much darker, malevolent version of the opening splash page.

    CHRISTINE (VO)

    EVEN TOGETHER THEY COULDN’T STOP HIM FROM OPENING THE FISSURE.

    Page 6 , Panel 2

    Insert. Stopwatch’s eyes filled with horror at the wave of power coming down on them.

    Page 6 , Panel 3

    Ext. Battlesite. Magical energies rebound around the time bubble.

    CHRISTINE

    HE’D NEVER MADE A BUBBLE SO BIG. IT MIGHT ONLY LAST SECONDS. BUT THEY WERE OUT OF OPTIONS. OUT OF TIME.

    The wave of magic bombards the bubble, fracturing off it, radiating out like spokes on a wheel.

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    Page 7, Panel 1

    Int. Shadowy hotel room.

    There are hints of large foliage. Heirold throws his hands up in frustration.

    HEIROLD

    OH MY GOD. IS THERE AN END TO ALL THIS ANCIENT HISTORY?

    Christine crosses through the shadows.

    CHRISTINE

    ONE THING YOU’RE GONNA LEARN WORKING HERE.

    Page 7, Panel 2

    Int. Hotel Shadowy room.

    Same shot. Christine strolls back toward the door.

    CHRISTINE

    THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS ANCIENT HISTORY.

    HEIROLD

    WHATEVER.

    WHAT DOES ANY OF THIS HAVE TO DO WITH THE HO-LY SHIT!!!

    A massive raptor charges from the shadows behind Christine.

    Page 7, Panel 3

    Int. Hotel Shadowy room.

    Heirold freaks out.

    The jaws of the raptor are poised to clamp down on Christine’s head.

    Page 7, Panel 4

    Insert. The door clicks closed.

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    Page 8, Panel 1

    Int. Hotel hallway.

    Heirold waves his arms hysterically.

    HEIROLD

    BUH…BUH…BUH…

    Unflustered, Christine crosses to another door.

    CHRISTINE

    THIS HOTEL WAS BUILT ON THE REMAINS OF THE BATTLESITE.
    THE DOORS WERE LINED UP WITH FRACTURES SO EVERY ROOM LEADS TO A DIFFERENT TIME.

    Page 8, Panel 2

    Insert.

    Christine’s key turns in the lock with a click.

    CHRISTINE

    AND SOME DAY…

    Page 8, Panel 3

    Int. Hotel – Bubble room.

    Heirold looks shocked as Christine reveals the one object in the room…Stopwatch’s time bubble with all the heroes still frozen in it.

    CHRISTINE

    …I’M GOING TO RESCUE MY FATHER FROM HIS BUBBLE.

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