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[Scene opens on a long hallway with lightening and thunder outside]
[Camera moves backwards to reveal a young girl crouching down listening to an argument]
[Pan to the left reveals three men in a study room]

DOCTOR 1
Madness, there's no other word for it. And it will be your undoing

DOCTOR 2
You must understand Gregory the Board has been patient with you but their generosity has limits

GREGORY
As does their imagination. Can you not fathom the secrets we are on the verge of unlocking?

DOCTOR 1
By accepting your hysterical and outlandish case studies as fact? You presume too much Gregory. I believe we're done here

DOCTOR 2
[sighs]

[The men begin to leave]

DOCTOR 2:Try to see the larger implications Gregory

GREGORY
I am, Sir. The question is, are you?

DOCTOR 2
You're a talented doctor Gregory, it would be a tragedy if you lost your licence to practice

[The two gentlemen leave down the hallway]

DOCTOR 2
Miss Magnus

[Helen gets up and goes to her father]

GREGORY
I'm sorry you had to hear that

YOUNG HELEN
I don't understand. Why are they always so angry at you?

GREGORY
They're not angry sweetheart. They're afraid.

YOUNG HELEN
Of what?

GREGORY
Oh, of being wrong mainly. Just put it out of your mind

YOUNG HELEN
How can you say that? They mean to end your career!

GREGORY
Helen, let it go

YOUNG HELEN
Please father! What have you done to make them so afraid of you?

GREGORY
[sighs]

YOUNG HELEN
Tell me.

GREGORY
I can't

[Helens father moves back into the study and closes the double doors]
[Helen is left despondent in the hallway as lightening flashes and thunder cracks]

[Cut to a dark windy night in a graveyard with lightening flashing]
[Oilean of Arracht, North Sea]
[100 miles off the coast of Scotland]

WILL
I said are you sure this is it?

HELEN
Keep your voice down! We're trying to remain undetected, that does require a modicum of silence

[Helen and Will are down on the ground with Helen looking through a small telescope at something in the distance]

WILL
Modicum, right. Why are we hiding? We're on an island in the middle of nowhere and it's a crypt not the Pentagon.

HELEN
A crypt potentially containing an elixir capable of prolonging life for centuries. Such secrets are rarely left unguarded.

WILL
Yeah, but why can't we just...

HELEN
Look! [Hands Will the telescope]

[Will sighs and looks at a nearby cave, spotting some cloaked and hooded creatures]

HELEN
Keepers of the Dead best be avoided if at all possible

WILL
Right

[Helen looks across the way to an impatient looking Ashley]
[A short but emphatic hand signal conversation ensues]

<this is my interpretation of the hand signals :>
ASHLEY
I'm going in

HELEN
Stop! Go around

ASHLEY
I'm going in

HELEN
I'm cutting off your allowance
<end interpretation>

[Ashley sighs and goes around to the right]

WILL
OK I got "I'm going in" and "go around". What was that wiggly one that you did?

HELEN
"I'm cutting off your allowance". Let's go

{Helen leaves to the left and Will follows her]
[Cut to Ashley moving quickly but stealthily through the graveyard]
[Cut back to Helen and Will mirroring Ashley's actions on the other side]

HELEN
Take the other side, draw them away if you can

WILL
You're kidding, right?

HELEN
Go! Quickly! Before they...

[Will is jumped by one of the Keepers of the Dead, more follow behind]
[Helen shoots several Keepers of the Dead]

HELEN
Ashley!

[Ashley runs in shooting but is grabbed by a Keeper of the Dead]
[Ashley flashes back to being held by Druitt]
[After freezing while she had the flashback, Ashley starts kicking butt on 4 Keeper of the Dead's]
[When she has downed all 4 of them she draws two pistols and commences to kill them all]
[Meanwhile Helen shoots the Keeper of the Dead off of Will]

HELEN
Get down!

[Helen, Will and Ashley join up outside of the crypt as they are attacked on all sides by Keeper of the Dead's. Lots of gun shots ensue]

ASHLEY
I know this was not on the brochure!

HELEN
This is why we don't work with Ernest. His intel is hopeless! Ashley!

[Ashley moves to her mother's side and all three pistols are used to clear the way to the crypt]

HELEN
Go to the crypt! Go!

[Will runs inside as Ashley guards their rear]

ASHLEY
Mom!

[Helen turns and again 3 pistols deliver their deadly load]

[Will enters the crypt and finds three stone coffins radiating out from a stone circle]
[Will checks out the coffins and steps onto the centre of the stone circle which fills the pattern with a green liquid]
[The coffin lids slide open]
[Meanwhile Helen and Ashley are still fending off the attacking Keeper of the Dead's]

HELEN
I'm going in

[Ashley continues shooting two handed while Helen runs to the crypt]

HELEN
Doctor!

WILL
This might be my first crypt but aren't they supposed to hold dead people?

[Overhead view of three young women inside the stone coffins]

[Cut to Sanctuary opening sequence]

[Will is in the large Sanctuary elevator descending to the lower levels]

WILL
Yes, yes, I realise he's left me five messages that's why I'm returning his call. OK, OK when do you expect him back in the office? No, no, no, no, no don't page him, I'll uh I'll call him back then. OK thank you

[The elevator stops and Will gets out]

WILL
Hey

ASHLEY
Hi

WILL
So, it was some mission huh?

ASHLEY
Ghouls. Crypt. Standard fare.

WILL
Ah, new guy. Still not sleeping. No such thing as standard fare

ASHLEY
Great

WILL
So I was just wondering, how you doing since?

ASHLEY
Since I learned my Dad was a time travelling nut job?

WILL
I was going to say troubled soul but...

ASHLEY
Peachy. Thanks for asking

WILL
Hey, you know that's some pretty serious information to be carrying around. If you ever want to just, you know sit down and talk and kind of let it out, I'm here.

ASHLEY
Here's some advice about me. I'm not big on sharing so just stick to helping the freaks, that's why you're here. Ciao.

WILL
See ya

[Will walks into a large room where Helen has the three women lying on gurneys with drips attached there is also a fourth body covered up]

WILL
Three not so dead women found in coffins. Just another day at the office

HELEN
All three are comatose. Fortunately brain functions and vital organs seem to be intact.

WILL
So they're normal?

HELEN
Near as I can tell. The scans aren't detecting any physical anomalies but they can only tell us so much. I'm administering a time release stimulant that should bring them back to consciousness slowly with as little physical trauma as possible

WILL
How about emotional trauma?

HELEN
That's more your department I should think. Until they awaken we have to rely on more traditional forensic methods. Now, this fellow

WILL
Fond memories

HELEN
These creature detected our presence early and possessed unnatural speed and strength

WILL
Definitely not normal

[Helen works at removing the huge bone skull helmet the creature is wearing]

HELEN
Not as you would define it, no. I was about to gather some fluid samples, care to assist?

WILL
Ah, I'd love to but I'd better get back to my office and get the whole head shrinking operation up and running

HELEN
If you wish

[Cut to Ashley coming around a corner of a building in a dark and badly lit area]
[She stops and swings around as if she heard something then continues on]
[Ashley turns around quickly and draws a gun that powers up with a high sounding whine and shoots at a creature high above her]
[The gun doesn't work and the creature jumps her]

ASHLEY
For crying out loud. Henry! Steve, get off.

STEVE
You Ok Ash?

ASHLEY
You need a mint. Henry!

HENRY
I know, I know. I know I know

ASHLEY
It didn't work

HENRY
Which is why we have dry runs

ASHLEY
I could have died

HENRY
What, from him? C'mon he's a puppy dog

[Ashley hands Henry the weapon and he makes some adjustments to it]

HENRY
May I? Full charge, minimum level. OK

[He then fires it at a building and knocks some of the wall down as rubble]

HENRY
There you go. It's a calibration issue these long range acoustic devices get a bit wonky when you jostle them, so...

ASHLEY
Henry, I do a lot of jostling when I work

HENRY
Well just choose a different a different weapon. I got a case of new tech 9's in the truck, they've still got that new smell and everything

STEVE
[Pointing at the damage to the building] That was minimum?

ASHLEY
I want my usual gear ready for Friday, including the LRADs calibrated to handle jostling

HENRY
OK, well the regular stuff's no problem but the sonics, you're dreaming. Well besides these are only good if you're going after... No, no, no, no, wait a minute, wait a minute! You're not thinking of trying to kill what I think you're thinking to try to kill?

ASHLEY
Just make it happen Henry

HENRY
Ash that is a completely unsanctioned

ASHLEY
Friday

HENRY
I'm gonna tell your mother!

STEVE
Suck up

[Cut to the Sanctuary Infirmary and the three unconscious women]
[One begins to wake up and sits up screaming]

DANU
No!

[Cut to Will in his new Sanctuary Offices and he is on the phone]

WILL
No, no I'm not avoiding the question sir, I just... You know I think I need some time to travel and meet some new people and you know see things I've never seen before. Ah yes sir, yes. So if you could just process... Thank you, thank you and... So much for the letter of recommendation

BIGFOOT
You are needed in the infirmary

WILL
OK, new rule. Don't do that

[Cut to the Infirmary and Will enters, he is on the monitors that Helen has on while she is working on the dead creature]

WILL
Hi. It's nice to see you're finally awake. I'm Dr Zimmerman, Will. Are you hungry? Do you want something to eat? Can you understand anything I'm saying? Hey, It's OK, it's OK, you're OK. You're in a safe place.

[The woman grabs Will and holds onto him as if for comfort, or is it?]

WILL
OK, OK Alright, you are OK. You're in a safe place, just relax

DANU
I'm Danu

WILL
So you can talk

DANU
My sisters, Tatha and Caird are they...

WILL
They're fine, your sisters are fine. You just woke up first. You're in a medical facility, we brought you here after we found you in a dark place. Do you have any idea how you ended up there?

DANU
Creatures, they came to our village. They weren't human

WILL
Yeah, sounds familiar

DANU
They took us with them and then I woke up here

WILL
Your village, is there anyone there, your friends or family that we could contact, let them know you're alright?

DANU
I'm sorry, I just... I can't remember

WILL
That's OK just take your time

DANU
This place is like nothing I've ever seen before. There's light but I see no candles. There's warmth but there's no fire, no sunlight

WILL
Danu before you and your sisters were taken, how much do you remember?

DANU
I'm not certain, I... last mass we were mourning the loss of our priest to the miasmas.

WILL
The miasmas?

DANU
It is a sickness that has cursed many villages surrounding us in recent months and there is no cure

WILL
So you remember the miasmas, anything else?

DANU
Why can't I remember?

WILL
Just give it time

[Cut to Ashley's room, she is packing for a trip with lots of weapons]

HELEN
I understand you've quite the weekend planned

ASHLEY
Thank you Henry

HELEN
He called out of concern for your well being, something you seem determined to sacrifice

ASHLEY
You mean I'm going to get myself killed? God, why can't you talk like a normal person?

HELEN
Ashley I realise there are things that need to be discussed between us

ASHLEY
Sure Mom let's bake treats and bond and do each other's hair, right after I'll kill a bunch of ghouls for sport

HELEN
Those creatures are on the contraband list for a reason. There are specific rules governing their capture

ASHLEY
Oh a lot of things changed since good ole Dad showed up

HELEN
It changes nothing. I had no reason to...

ASHLEY
When he had me prisoner... Mom, I froze on that island. OK I hesitated, do you realise how major a problem that is? For both of us!

HELEN
And you think that by going off on some insane hunt that suddenly you will overcome your fears

ASHLEY
If I can't do that I'm not worth a damn to anybody am I?

HELEN
Please don't do this!

[An external door opens at the back of Sanctuary and a motorcycle roars out]
[Helen's voice is heard as we get a close up of Ashley on the bike]

HELEN
These creatures exhibit a terrifying capacity for violence and future encounters with them must be undertaken with extreme caution.

[Cut to Helen in a lab dissecting the creature]

HELEN
Physiology appears human in base form though significant anomalies to the face and torso indicate the possibility of mutation at a base genetic level

WILL
Oh, OK, you need to uh you need to put a sock on the door or something before you do that

HELEN
He's breathtaking isn't he?

WILL
Yeah, that's one way of putting it

HELEN
How are our guests doing?

WILL
Confused, at least the one that is awake is. She mentioned a disease that was killing people in her village called the miasmas which translates from the Greek meaning poisoned air.

HELEN
Plague actually

WILL
The bubonic plague specifically. However the last reported serious outbreak was in Scotland in 880.

HELEN
Meaning?

WILL
She's crazy

HELEN
That your professional opinion?

WILL
Look I know there's a lot of things that are outside the realm of our knowledge blah, blah, blah but logically if she were from 880 she wouldn't speak English the way that we do. I'm guessing that linguistics and grammar have evolved somewhat since then

HELEN
Some would say de-evolved

WILL
Whatever the point is we wouldn't understand her, which makes her a very sweet, very delusional woman

HELEN
Possibly

WILL
If you have a theory please share it with the class

HELEN
The liquid we found the three of them in bears similar chemical properties to suspended animation formula used by southern voodoo cults.

WILL
Ha ha. The human body cannot survive intact for 1200 years I don't care what kind of magic bath products you use

HELEN
And I agree. So, these women are either far more than they appear or to use your incredibly clever vernacular

WILL
Crazy

HELEN
The question we should be asking

[Cut to the infirmary as Helen's voice continues]

HELEN
is why the Keepers were so anxious to stop us from getting into that crypt. What is it about these women that they don't want us to know?

[All three women are awake now and they all join hands]
[A nearby tray of equipment begins to shake and rattle]

[Cut to Sanctuary end sequence]

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