The Timeless Assassin
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PAGE 1 (6 PANELS)
Erzwin is dressed in a suit and tie. Knuckles is dressed more casually, like he’s going on a holiday. He lifts up a pair of sunglasses and looks at Erzwin surprised.
Leave room for title/creative credits.
CAPTION: EVEN BEFORE ERZWIN HESERTINE WAS BORN, IT HAD BEEN AGREED THAT HE WOULD KILL KNUCKLES BELGOOZY.
This is our glimpse into the far future so it needs to look more technologically advanced than the 23rd century (where the majority of the story is set). Maybe include something like robot waiters to help distinguish it. Feel free to experiment with stuff, just so long as it looks distinct.
CAPTION: KNUCKLES WAS A MEMBER OF THE BELGOOZY CRIME FAMILY FROM THE FORTY-SIXTH CENTURY.
CAPTION: HAVING RECENTLY CARRIED OUT A MAJOR HIT ON THE RIVAL DEBLANCO FAMILY, HE WAS FLEEING TO 2274 TO ESCAPE RETRIBUTION.
CAPTION: BUT THE DEBLANCOS WEREN’T ABOUT TO LET HIM GET AWAY THAT EASILY.
BELFONTE: NOW WE’D LOVE TO TAKE CARE OF HIM OURSELVES, BUT...
WHISKERS: WELL, LET’S JUST SAY WE’VE GOT VISA TROUBLES.
CAPTION: THE TWENTY-THIRD CENTURY WAS VERY PICKY ABOUT WHO IT LET IN. KNUCKLES HAD ONLY MADE IT THROUGH BECAUSE, WHILE HE’D COMMITTED COUNTLESS CRIMES, HE HAD NO PRIOR CONVICTIONS.
BELEFONTE: WE KNOW HE’S ON A FLIGHT HEADED TO DECEMBER SEVENTEENTH 2274.
WHISKERS: SO WE NEED SOMEONE WAITING FOR HIM WHEN HE GETS THERE.
Again, being set in 2199, while still greatly advanced, it looks almost pre-industrial compared to the worlds we see in the 23rd and 46th centuries.
CAPTION: REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE DEBLANCOS VISITED CARNAGIE HESERTINE IN 2199 AND OFFERED HIM A DEAL. IN RETURN FOR CANCELLING CARNAGIE’S LONGSTANDING GAMBLING DEBTS, WHICHEVER OF HIS DESCENDENTS WAS ALIVE IN 2274 WOULD BE RESPONSIBLE FOR CARRYING OUT THE HIT ON KNUCKLES.
CAPTION: THAT PARTICULAR HONOUR WOULD FALL TO ERZWIN.
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CAPTION: THE 2274 TIMEPORT HADN’T EVEN BEEN BUILT WHEN ERZWIN WAS BORN, AND FOR A TIME HE HARBOURED HOPES THAT IT MIGHT NOT APPEAR.
CAPTION: BUT AROUND 2266, CONSTRUCTION BEGAN AND HE WATCHED IT TAKE SHAPE WITH MOUNTING DREAD.
CAPTION: HE CONSIDERED ABANDONING THE HIT ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS BUT THE DEBLANCOS HAD PROMISED TO WIPE OUT HIS ENTIRE BLOODLINE IF HE BACKED OUT.
CAPTION: WHILE THE KNOWLEDGE OF WHAT AWAITED HIM GAVE HIM MANY SLEEPLESS NIGHTS, ERZWIN NEVER REVEALED THE INFORMATION ABOUT KNUCKLES TO A SINGLE SOUL.
CAPTION: LIFE WASN’T ALL BAD, MIND YOU. SHORTLY AFTER GRADUATING, HE STARTED WORKING AT THE TIMEPORT, WHERE HE MET HIS FUTURE WIFE MARGOLA.
CAPTION: BUT SOON THE DAY OF RECKONING ARRIVED.
ERZWIN (off): KNUCKLES BELGOOZY!
ERWZIN: THE DEBLANCOS SAY HELLO.
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MARGOLA: MR BELGOOZY, YOU NEED TO COME WITH ME.
MARGOLA: YOUR FAMILY HIRED ME TO KEEP YOU SAFE—
JANITOR: DEATH TO THE BELGOOZYS!
Feel free to go nuts with the amount of blood and bullets, as well as the size and calibre of gun that’s being used.
CAPTION: WITH NO WAY OF KNOWING IF ANY OF THEIR AGENTS WOULD SURVIVE UNTIL 2274, BOTH THE DEBLANCOS AND BELGOOZYS HAD PLANTED MULTIPLE MOLES AT THE TIMEPORT.
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CAPTION: THE ONE SURVIVOR OF THE MASSACRE WAS KNUCKLES, WHOSE IDENTITY THE AUTHORITIES QUICKLY DEDUCED.
CAPTION: WHILE INNOCENT OF ANY CRIME IN THE TWENTY-THIRD CENTURY, THE AUTHORITIES FEARED THAT KNUCKLES’ PRESENCE IN THEIR ERA WOULD PUT A TARGET ON THEIR BACK.
A banner overhead reads “Welcome to the 24th Century. Please enjoy your stay”
CAPTION: SO TO PRESERVE THE PEACE, THEY GOT RID OF HIM AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE.
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5. In tight on Knuckles, now alone. Still massaging his wrist, he hears a voice nearby that sends a shiver down his spine. He starts to turn, a look of impending dread passing over his face. He already knows who it’s going to be.
BELEFONTE (OFF PANEL): YOO-HOO, KNUCKLES...
6. Reverse the angle. Belefonte and Whiskers stand nearby amongst a crowd of limo and taxi drivers. They both smile wickedly. Belefonte waves mockingly, cooing at Knuckles in a sing-song voice. Whiskers holds a sign with the words “Knuckles Belgoozy” written on it.
WHISKERS: FANCY SEEING YOU HERE.