“Man Lies, Magic Lives”
1.1 - A young boy running through a crowded marketplace. He’s dressed in simple robes, clutching a piece of parchment in one hand and a glass bottle in another, a blue/purple potion glowing within. In the distant background there is a black unicorn with fire in its nostrils, covered in blue armor, charging through the marketplace after the boy, riding is is a tall being with flowing blue hair.
Caption (DART) - I always thought lots of danger was the kind of thing my mom included in bedtime stories to make people seem more courageous.
1.2 - DART in mid-jump to hide behind a stack of crates labelled “Blue Fairy Ale” - still clutching map and potion
Caption (DART) - But after this morning…
1.3 - CU on the DART pulling the cork in the potion.
Caption (DART) - …I think it was to tell me that anybody trying to do something heroic…
1.4 - DART chugging the potion down.
Caption (DART) - ….was a complete idiot.
1.5 - DART holds up his open hand and looks at it intently, but nervous; do I know what I’m doing?
1.6 - Ignited inches above his hand is a small flame. DART is surprised, smiling; I can’t believe it.
2.1 - DART is kneeling at the bedside of a sick man, crying. The man is handsome and looks kind, smiling at DART. He’s holding one of DART’s hands, and handing DART a parchment with his other. In DART’s lap sits the potion.
Man - ….even so, I’m glad it lasted long enough to meet you.
DART - But why lie to me about this? We could have had so much time -
Man - Your mother cough had her reasons. I’m sure she didn’t want you ending up where I am now.
Man - But I’ll tell you something…
2.2 - Man and DART with eyes locked, savoring these last moments. Both their free hands are grappling the parchment - the father is handing DART the map.
Man - …use these, and I promise you…
2.3 - The DART standing in the middle of the marketplace - the crowd has split down the middle - ready for a fight. He’s screaming at his pursuer. A black unicorn in blue armor, flames coming out of it’s nostrils. Sitting atop him is a elf with pale complexion and flowing blue hair. Dressed in silver armor with blue trim, he’s wielding a sword with one hand and gripping the reigns with the other.
Caption (father) - “…a much better future awaits you.”
THRISTIEL - Please Dart, your mother is worried. Just forget about this and come home!
DART - Forget!? I never even knew, Thirstiel!
DART - I had to find my father myself and then watch him die alone! At least he wanted me to know about something outside my own room! I’d rather have the scary truth than some sweetly harmless unicrap!
DART - Go back and you tell my mother I don’t care about the cost of whatever it is she’s so desperate to hide!
2.4 - CU on THRISTIEL, somehow he’s begging but he’s also angry - this is a child he’s cared for his whole life, now rebelling - THRISTIEL is scared but covering it with anger.
THRISTIEL - I’ll tell you the truth! Your father’s a fool! Tales of human magic and delusions - you’re smarter than to believe his lies!
2.5 - DART hurling a fireball down the street towards THRISTIEL - THRISTIEL looks confused and frightened!
DART - Is THIS a lie?!
3.1 - CU on THRISTIEL. Angry, yelling at DART.
THRISTIEL - You’re coming home Dart.
THRISTIEL - I’m taking you home.
3.2 - THRISTIEL charging with sword outstretched, aiming for DART. THRISTIEL is whispering to himself.
THRISTIEL - My maiden, forgive me.
3.3 - DART dodges the attack and has an arm outstretched, billowing flame at the unicorn.
3.4 - CU on THRISTIEL, terrified, and the unicorn - rearing its body, engulfed in flames.
SFX (horse) - Rrruuoohhhgguuu
SFX (THRISTIEL) - Aaahuhh
3.5 - Wide view. The unicorn is lying hoofs up in flames. THRISTIEL is passed out, crushed under the unicorn, his sword is laying on the ground. DART is in mid-run up to THRISTIEL, a bucket of water in hand.
SFX (THRISTIEL) - uhn
DART - Thristiel!
3.6 - DART is glassy-eyed, crouched and pouring a bucket of water on the back of the horse.
DART - Thirstiel!
DART (weakly) - it…I didn’t mean….it….I…I’m…
The entire background of this page is the splash from panel 4.3, with the other panels overlaying it’s top part, the sky.
4.1 - CU -DART’s hand grabs the sword.
Caption (DART) - I’m sorry Thirstiel…
4.2 - CU - DART grabs the parchment - now it’s visible - it’s a map.
Caption (DART) - It’s not your fault…
4.4 - Zoom out further to see the whole city - taverns, towers, markets, houses, all leading up to a collection of giant houses, a giant castle, and at the very edge of the city we see the DART running towards a mountainous region that towers over the marketplace - the wild.
Caption (DART) - ….it’s just my fate…