THE MyS-TECH BOARD
Establishing shot of the caves below Darkmoor as seen in HELL'S ANGEL #1 and OVERKILL #1. A grim, moody place with an open area laid out with a star as per reference in Frame One of Hell's Angel Strip. Smoking urns decorated with twisted snakes pour out acrid smoke, some knocked over in the aftermath of Mephisto's arrival, others still upright; their smoke twists upwards around the hideous, bloated shape of he arch-demon, MEPHISTO - again, use the Daredevil/Hell's Angel version and not the boring human figure sometimes used.
Arcane energies should crackle off the walls at the appearance, forming a terrifying backdrop to the demon's appearance. The members of the MyS-TECH Board are gathered, cowering from the hideous apparition, dressed in the robes as ssen in reference comic... remember, RANULPH HALDANE was one of these original board members.
CROWE has just dropped the chalice he was holding up to complete the incantation used to summon Mephisto. An open, ancient book - THE TESTIMONY - rests on a plinth somewhere in this frame. All the body language of the characters should indicate they are very afraid, perhaps WYCHWOOD is making some warding sign to protect himself in this situation. TYBURN, RANULPH HALDANE PORLOCK, GRYFFN and RATHCOOLE are also in shot.
LOGO: EVIL INCARNATE!
SUB -LOGO: THE ORIGIN OF THE MyS-TECH BOARD
BX: 987 A.D. THE CAVERNS BELOW DARKMOOR, NORTHERN ENGLAND... A PLACE STEEPED IN MAJICKS THAT CAN BE USED FOR GOOD OR ILL...
BX2: HERE, A GATHERING OF WIZARDS HAVE JUST ENACTED THE CASTING OF AN ANCIENT SPELL - - AN ENCHANTMENT WHOSE COMPLEXITY FORMS A WEB MATCHING THE VERY THREADS OF CREATION...
BX3: A SPELL THEY BELEIVED WOULD GAIN THEM IMMORTALITY... AND IT WILL. BUT NOT IN THE WAY THEY HOPED...
MEPHISTO: WHO SUMMONS ME? WHO DARES SUMMON MEPHISTO?
Mephisto leans into peer closely at a terrified, cold sweating Crowe, leader of the coven... Haldane scurries for cover, if room.
MEPHISTO: MERE MORTALS! I COULD BE IMPRESSED WERE I NOT SO ANGRY AT BEING DISTURBED!
CROWE: SPARE US, MASTER! WE OFFER A PACT...
MEPHISTO: A PACT FOR WHAT?
CROWE: IMMORTALITY, MASTER...
Page One Continued...
Mephisto, rises up laughing and gesturing at the magicians in the same panel, arcane energy still crackling around him. Rathcoole to right and in the foreground, looking down at his hands, alarmed as the change takes place. Crowe looking up and nearer to Mephisto.
MEPHISTO: YOU HAVE CHOSEN YOUR TIME WELL - - TOO FEW SOULS ARE REACHING MY DOMAIN. YOU WILL BRING THEM TO ME!
MEPHISTO2: WE WILL SET QUOTAS... DRAW UP A PLAN. ARE WE AGREED?
CROWE: WE ARE AGREED!
MEPHISTO: THEN IT IS DONE. YOU WILL ALL LIVE FOREVER... IF YOU CONTINUE TO OBEY ME...
RATHCOOLE: BUT WE ARE STILL OLD! WHAT USE IS NEVER ENDING LIFE IN THESE DECAYED BODIES...
Close up of the twisted Mephisto, laughing.
MEPHISTO: YOU ASKED FOR IMMORTALITY, FLESH THING... ETERNAL YOUTH WAS NOT THE DEAL...
MEPHISTO: NOW - - BE ABOUT MY BUSINESS... AND BRING ME WHAT I NEED!
Establishing shot of the Musuem of Pagan Antiquities, 1993.
BX: LONDON, 1993.
BX2: BENEATH THE MUSEUM OF PAGAN ANTIQUITIES IN LONDON'S DOCKLANDS...
Cut to a n area we have not seen before - - a meeting area above a huge area of immesne activity. The MyS-TECH Board have assembled and ae discussing things in general, reviweing their progress.
BX: ... A SUBTERRANEAN COMPLEX OF IMMENSE PROPORTIONS... THE NERVE CENTRE OF MyS-TECH - - THE EVIL ORGANISATION RUN TODAY BY THE IMMORTALS IN MEPHISTO'S EMPLOY!
CROWE: MY FELOW TECHNO-WIZARDS... IT IS NOW NEARLY ONE THOUSAND YEARS SINCE THE MAJICKAL CEREMONY THAT BEGAN OUR PATH TO NEAR INFINITE POWER...
Close in on the of the MyS-TECH Board, surveying a globe of the Earth with the spread of black emanating from London. Crowe is gesturing towards this, with some satisfaction... all the other board members are here - - except HALDANE who is now dead.
Separate floating images of the various MyS-TECH activities... Doctor Mullarkey at work at the Gena-SyS lab (see MOTORMOUTH #4 for reference) ... the Musuem of Pagan Antiquities... (virtually any Marvel UK book) the Warheads battling some unspeakable foe on a distant world (Warheads - early issues)... ... the Unearth Chasm.... Psycho Wariors battling the Bane... people dying in demon fire... there may be even more current images of MyS-TECH skullduggery that can be added...
CROWE: - - AS YOU SEE FROM THIS CONJURATION, OUR POWER EXTENDS ACROSS THE GLOBE!
CROWE: FROM THIS BASE BENEATH LONDON'S STREETS, OUR ORGANISZATION HAS FINGERS IN SO MANY PIES... COMMERCE... ARMS DEALING... GENETICS... DRUGS .... SPACE EXPLOITATION...
Crowe and a closer image of the world, the blackness spread over it. Rathcoole and others also in shot, very displeased.
CROWE2: OUR WARHEADS BRING RICHES UNIMAGINABLE FROM WORLDS SEPARATE FROM THIS IN TIME AND SPACE... AND HAVE EVEN FOUND US PLANETS WE CAN RULE WITHOUT INTERFERENCE FROM SO-CALED SUPER HEROES!
RATHCOOLE: FOR ALL OUR POWER, ALL OUR HEIGHTENED MAJICKS, MEPHISTO'S DEMANDS HAVE ESCALATED TO SUCH AN EXTENT OUR VERY IMMORTALITY IS A BURDEN!
TYBURN: RATHCOOLE IS RIGHT, CROWE - - WE MUST BE FREE OF HIM!
Page Two Continued...
Crowe, frowning, creates an image of Ranulph Haldane being killed by Mephisto (ref: Hell's Angel #1).
CROWE: ONCE BEFORE, WE SOUGHT TO ESCAPE THE ARCH-DEMON'S BARGAIN, TYBURN... AND OUR FELLOW IMMORTAL, RANULPH HALDANE, DIED IN THE ATTEMPT!
Close up of Crowe. As mean, moody and as threatening as possible!
CROWE: BUT YOU ARE RIGHT - - ONE DAY WE WILL HAVE IMMORTALIITY WITH NO STRINGS ATTACHED... THERE WILL BE NO PACT FOR SOULS TO INTERRUPT OUR WORK!
CROWE2: - - AND WHEN WE ARE FREE OF THAT ARCH-DEMON... LET THE WORLD BEWARE!
BAMBOS - OPTIONAL ACROSS THE BOTTOM OF PAGE 1 and 2 SECTION...
THE MyS-TECH BOARD
Small pic of each board member in clothes and doing things that looking suitably menacing and nasty. Typeset copy beneath to sum up each one.
BX: THE MyS-TECH BOARD... EACH IMMORTAL GRANTED WITH AN INVOLUNTARY DEFENCE MECHANISM TO ENUSRE THEIR CONTINUED IMMORTALITY...
CROWE - - LEADER OF THE SECT OF WIZARDS THAT BECAME THE MyS-TECH BOARD... HIS BODY CAN BECOME LIVING STEEL... WHEN THREATENED! HE HAS A LONG-RUNNING FEUD WITH NICK FURY...
WYCHWOOD - - BONDED TO BOTH MEPHISTO AND THE RED LORD, LEADER OF THE FOULSOME BANE... HE DISPLACES EITHER HIMSELF OR AN ATTACKER IN THE FACE OF ATTACK... HIS SCHEMING SAW THE CREATION OF CODENAME: GENETIX AND MANY BATTLES AGAINST THE KNIGHTS OF PENDRAGON!
TYBURN HAS THE POWER OF RECONSTITUTION - - ALL WOUNDS HEAL, NO MATTER HOW SEVERE... SHE RAN THE RESEARCH PROGRAM WHICH SAW THE CREATION OF MOTORMOUTH...
PORLOCK'S IMMORTALITY PROTECTION CAUSES HIM TO AUTOMATICALLY BECOME A DEMON APPROPRIATE TO THE LIFE THREATENING SITUATION HE IS IN.
RATHCOOLE CAN STOP TIME WHEN HE IS THREATENED. HE RUNS MyS-TECH'S WARHEADS - - DIMENSION SPANNING MERCENARIES REACHING OTHER WORLDS THROUGH THE WORMHOLES SCATTERED ACROSS THE EARTH
GRYFFN INVOLUNTARILY BECOMES A HUMAN PHANTOM WHEN HER LIFE IS THREATENED. SHE TAKES CHARGE OF MUCH OF MyS-TECH'S SECURITY OPERATIONS.
RANULPH HALDANE WAS KILLED BY MEPHISTO FOR HIS RESEARCHES INTO ALTERNATIVE FORMS OF IMMORTALITY... HIS DAUGHTER, SHEVAUN, CONTINUES HIS RESEARCHES - - AND IS ALSO MyS-TECH'S ARCH-NEMESIS -- DARK ANGEL!