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Lycanthropy Cursed

“Prequel”

By

Brian Uhe


PAGE 1


PANEL 1

(PAST SCENE) It’s Bordeaux, France in 1603 and it’s night time with a full moon. A city is shown.


PANEL 2

A man is walking alone in the streets and seems to be searching for something as if he was an investigator of some kind.


INVESTAGATOR (thought balloon)

UN CAS SI ÉTRANGE QUE J'AI ÉTÉ AFFECTÉ À.


(translation: SUCH A STRANGE CASE THAT I HAVE BEEN ASSIGNED TO.)


PANEL 3

Another view of the investigator.


INVESTAGATOR (thought balloon)

DEVANT RÉSOUDRE UN CRIME QUI SEMBLE AVOIR ÉTÉ FAIT PAR QUELQUE CHOSE QUI NE SEMBLE PAS HUMAINE.


(translation: HAVING TO SOLVE A CRIME THAT SEEMS TO HAVE BEEN DONE BY SOMETHING THAT DOESN'T SEEM HUMAN.)


PANEL 4

From above a scared woman is about to close the covers of her window as to keep something evil out.


INVESTAGATOR (not shown and thought balloon)

UN CRIME QUI A LE PEUPLE SPOOKED COMME SI UNE ENTITÉ MAUVAISE ÉTAIT DERRIÈRE ELLE, MAIS MOI NE PEUT PAS S'INTRODUIRE DANS LA CROIRE POURRAIT ÊTRE CELUI.


(translation: A CRIME THAT HAS THE PEOPLE SPOOKED AS IF AN EVIL ENTITY WAS BEHIND IT, BUT I CAN'T BRING MYSELF INTO BELIEVING IT COULD BE THAT.)


INVESTAGATOR (not shown and thought balloon)

LE RAISONNEMENT SAIN M'INDIQUE QUE N'IMPORTE QUOI DE PAREIL EST IMPOSSIBLE ET QU'IL DOIT ÊTRE UNE OMS D'HOMME A COMMIS LE MEURTRE. PEUT-ÊTRE C'ÉTAIT UN ÉVADÉ D'UN ASILE ?


(translation: SOUND REASONING TELLS ME THAT SOMETHING LIKE THAT IS IMPOSSIBLE AND THAT IT MUST BE A MAN WHO COMMITTED THE MURDER. PERHAPS IT WAS AN ESCAPEE FROM AN ASYLUM?)


PANEL 5

A close look at the investigator’s right side above the waist as he has on hand on his chin while thinking.


INVESTAGATOR (thought balloon)

OUI, PEUT-ÊTRE QUI est LUI, j'AI ENTENDU que LES CHOSES AU SUJET DE LA FORCE D'UN FOU ET CE QUE d'AUTRES CHOSES SA FOLIE LUI PERMET DE FAIRE QUI SEMBLERAIT IMPOSSIBLE POUR UNE OMS est DANS LA COMMANDE de SON PROPRE ESPRIT.


(translation: YES, PERHAPS THAT'S IT, I'VE HEARD THINGS ABOUT THE STRENGTH OF A MADMAN AND WHAT OTHER THINGS HIS MADNESS ALLOWS HIM TO DO THAT WOULD SEEM IMPOSSIBLE FOR ONE WHO'S IN CONTROL OF HIS OWN MIND.)


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PANEL 1

A close view of the investigator and next to him is an image of the past where he’s having a drink of wine at a tavern with two friends.


INVESTAGATOR (thought balloon)

BIEN QUE CECI ME RAPPELLE UNE DISCUSSION AVEC DEUX AMIS À OMS MOI M'AIT DIT AU SUJET DE L'AUTRE OCCURANCES ÉTRANGE QUI SEMBLE SEMBLABLE À CELUI-CI.


(translation: THOUGH THIS DOES REMIND ME OF A DISCUSSION WITH TWO FRIENDS OF MINE WHO TOLD ME ABOUT OTHER STRANGE OCCURANCES THAT SEEMS SIMILAR TO THIS ONE.)


PANEL 2

The walking investigator is shown from a somewhat distance.


INVESTAGATOR (thought balloon)

ILS ONT MENTIONNÉ QU'IL Y AVAIT CEUX DE LA FAMILLE DE GANDILLON DANS JURA, LE TAILLEUR DE CHALONS, ET ROULET DANS IRRITE, QUE TOUT S'EST PRODUIT IL Y A CINQ ANS, MAIS IL Y AVAIT CLAIR SOIT L'ÉVIDENCE CONTRE ACCUSÉ DU MEURTRE ET DU CANNIBALISME, CEPENDANT RIEN L'ASSOCIATION AVEC DES LOUPS, OU CELA CE QUE L'ACCUSATEUR A CRU, DANS D'AUTRES CAS COMME GILLES GARNIER DANS L'INDEMNITÉ EN 1573 OÙ JE CROIS QU'ILS ONT MENTIONNÉ, IL Y AVAIT ÉVIDENCE CLAIRE CONTRE UN CERTAIN LOUP, MAIS AUCUNE CONTRE ACCUSÉ.


(translation: THEY MENTIONED THAT THERE WAS THOSE OF THE GANDILLON FAMILY IN THE JURA, THE TAILOR OF CHALONS, AND ROULET IN ANGERS, WHICH ALL OCCURRED FIVE YEARS AGO, BUT THERE WAS CLEAR EVIDENCE AGAINST THE ACCUSED OF MURDER AND CANNIBALISM, THOUGH NONE OF ASSOCIATION WITH WOLVES, OR THAT IS WHAT THE ACCUSERS BELIEVED, IN OTHER CASES LIKE GILLES GARNIER IN DOLE IN 1573 I BELIEVE THEY MENTIONED, THERE WAS CLEAR EVIDENCE AGAINST SOME WOLF, BUT NONE AGAINST THE ACCUSED.)


PANEL 3

The head of the depressed investigator is shown, while above him is a wolf-like creature on top of a building and is mostly covered in shadows. The creatures pose is that of a predator.


INVESTAGATOR (thought balloon and depressed)

COMMENT L'ENFONCEMENT DE CECI EST POUR MOI. POUR DEVOIR RÉSOUDRE UN MYSTÈRE QUI SEMBLE ÊTRE BASÉ SUR LE NON-SENS AU SUJET DES CRÉATURES DÉMONIAQUES de WOLF-LIKE QUI EST PLUTÔT TOMBER DANS UN PUITS SANS FOND PUISQU'ILS ME DEMANDENT PRATIQUEMENT DE VOLER EN S'AGITANT MES BRAS, PUISQU'ELLES S'ATTENDENT à ce que JE TROUVE CETTE CHOSE CE QUI EST ÉVIDEMMENT DE L'IMAGINATION SAUVAGE ET DE LA CRAINTE de CES PERSONNES.


(translation: HOW DEPRESSING THIS IS FOR ME. TO HAVE TO SOLVE A MYSTERY THAT SEEMS TO BE BASED ON NONSENSE ABOUT DEMONIC WOLF-LIKE CREATURES WHICH IS MORE LIKE FALLING INTO A BOTTOMLESS PIT SINCE THEY’RE PRACTICALLY ASKING ME TO FLY BY FLAPPING MY ARMS, BECAUSE THEY EXPECT ME TO FIND THIS THING WHICH IS OBVIOUSLY FROM THESE PEOPLE'S WILD IMAGINATION AND FEAR.)


PANEL 4

The grinding teeth of the savage tan furred werewolf is only shown.


INVESTAGATOR (not shown and thought balloon)

ILS SÛREMENT N'ONT AUCUNE CONFIANCE DANS MES CAPACITÉS DE SERVIR SA MAJESTÉ ET M'ONT ENVOYÉ À CETTE POURSUITE VAINE SAUVAGE POUR ME MAINTENIR PARTI DE TOUTES LES FONCTIONS HONORABLES.


(translation: THEY SURELY HAVE NO CONFIDENCE IN MY ABILITIES TO SERVE HIS MAJESTY AND HAS SENT ME TO THIS WILD GOOSE CHASE TO KEEP ME AWAY FROM ANY HONORABLE DUTIES.)


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PANEL 1

The investigator is shown below as he continues his walk.


INVESTAGATOR (thought balloon and a little cheerful)

MAIS PEUT-ÊTRE UN JOUR MA CHANCE CHANGERA POUR LE MEILLEUR, OUI, TANT QUE J'AI UN FUTUR IL Y A TOUJOURS UNE POSSIBILITÉ QUE J'AURAI LA CHANCE D'ALLER EN AVANT ET DEVENIR QUELQU'UN QU'AUTRE RESPECTERA ET ADMIRERA.


(translation: BUT PERHAPS SOMEDAY MY LUCK WILL CHANGE FOR THE BEST, YES, AS LONG AS I HAVE A FUTURE THERE IS ALWAYS A POSSIBILITY THAT I WILL HAVE THE CHANCE TO GO FORWARD AND BECOME SOMEONE THAT OTHER'S WILL RESPECT AND ADMIRE.)


INVESTAGATOR (thought balloon and a little cheerful)

OUI, TOUT QUE JE DOIS FAIRE POUR OBTENIR PAR CECI EST DE GARDER MES SPIRITUEUX VERS LE HAUT, ET AVANT QUE JE LE SACHE, JE SERAI NOTÉ POUR MON TRAVAIL DUR ET ÊTRE BIEN RÉCOMPENSÉ DE LUI.


(translation: YES, ALL I NEED TO DO TO GET THROUGH THIS IS TO KEEP MY SPIRITS UP, AND BEFORE I KNOW IT, I WILL BE NOTICED FOR MY HARD WORK AND BE REWARDED WELL FOR IT.)


PANEL 2

(COLOR BLIND SCENE) As if looking thru the eyes of the werewolf, the creature heads down towards that surprised investigator at animal-like speed!


INVESTAGATOR (shocked)

AGH!


(translation: AGH!)


PANEL 3

The savage tan furred werewolf is partly shown as it sinks it’s teeth on the screaming in terror investigator!


PANEL 4

Inside a room from one of the buildings, the woman that was shown shutting her windows in fear is crawled up in a corner in fear and has her hands on her ears to block the noises! Growls are heard!


INVESTAGATOR (not shown, loud, terrified, and in pain)

M'AIDER ! QUELQU'UN SATISFONT M'AIDENT ! AAAAAAAAGH!


(translation: HELP ME! SOMEONE PLEASE HELP ME! AAAAAAAAGH!)


PANEL 5

The city of Bordeaux is shown and the full moon above. A howling is heard.


JUDGE (not shown and word box)

IL est PAR LA DÉCISION de CETTE COUR IMPLIQUANT LE CAS EN JEAN GRENIER QUE LYCANTHROPY N'EST RIEN DAVANTAGE QU'UNE ILLUSION ET QUE L'ÉVIDENCE SUR ACCUSÉ DOIT ÊTRE BASÉE SUR LE FAIT RAISONNABLE, AU LIEU DU NON-SENS SUPERSTITIEUX.


(translation: IT'S BY THE DECISION OF THIS COURT INVOLVING THE CASE OF JEAN GRENIER THAT LYCANTHROPY IS NOTHING MORE THAN A DELUSION AND THAT EVIDENCE ON THE ACCUSED MUST BE BASED ON RATIONAL FACT, INSTEAD OF SUPERSTITIOUS NONSENSE.)


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PANEL 1

(THE PRESENT) New York is shown and the sun is about to set.


ALCHEMIST #1 (not shown and word box)

HAS THE CENSUS BEEN COMPLETED?


ALCHEMIST #3 (not shown and word box)

YES, AND I’M AFRAID YOU WILL NOT LIKE THE ESTIMATE THAT HAS BEEN MADE.


PANEL 2

A part of Alchemist #1 and his hand that holds a piece of paper. He’s in the alchemists meeting room.


ALCHEMIST #1 (hand only shown, annoyed, serious, and arrogant)

UNBELIEVABLE, AND UNACCEPTABLE, THIS SAYS THAT NEW YORK IS INFESTED BY A GREAT NUMBER OF THE ENEMY…. AND IS MUCH GREATER THEN OTHER PARTS OF THE WORLD.


ALCHEMIST #2 (not shown)

BUT IT DOES MAKE SENSE IN A WAY, SINCE A CITY HAS A GREAT SUPPLY WHEN IT COMES TO A SOURCE OF FOOD AND THERE’S THE FACT THAT THE SIZE OF IT ALLOWS THEM A LOT OF PLACES TO HIDE.


PANE 3

Some of the alchemists are shown, but are mostly cover in shadows.


ALCHEMIST #1 (serious and arrogant)

THAT STILL DOESN’T CHANGE THE FACT THAT THERE’S TOO MANY HERE AND IT WAS HARD ENOUGH TO HUNT THEM DOWN AND KEEP THEM A SECRET FROM THE REST OF THE WORLD WHEN THEY WERE WITHIN ACCEPTABLE NUMBERS.


ALCHEMIST #5 (serious and arrogant)

AS WELL AS OUR SECRETS THAT IS LINKED TO THEIR EXISTENCE.


ALCHEMIST #1 (serious and arrogant)

MY POINT EXACTLY WHICH BRINGS FORTH THE POSSIBILITY THAT WE MAY END UP HAVING TO DO SOMETHING DRASTIC IF SOMETHING ISN’T DONE IMMEDIATELY.


PANEL 4

Alchemist #4 is partly shown.


ALCHEMIST #4 (partly shown, serious, and arrogant)

HUMANKIND ISN’T READY FOR OUR SECRETS OF ADVANCED CHEMISTRY CALLED ALCHEMY AND THE THINGS THAT THEY CAN CREATE, SINCE THEY CAN HARDLY BE TRUSTED WITH THE TECHNOLOGY THAT THEY HAVE NOW.


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PANEL 1

This drawing.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:GermanWoodcut1722.jpg


ALCHEMIST #7 (not shown and word box)

AGREED…. THE FACT THAT THEY THINK THESE THINGS, THESE SECRETS THAT THEY HAVE NO IDEA THAT THEY KNOW ABOUT, BUT THINK IS FOLKLORE, FAIRY TALES, HAVE GIVEN US THE LUXURY OF HIDING THE TRUTH FROM THEM FOR SO LONG.


ALCHEMIST #6 (not shown and word box)

BUT BACK TO THE SUBJECT IN HAND, THAT WON’T HELP IF THE REALITY OF THE SO BELIEVED FICTIONS BECOME COMMONLY KNOWN AND THAT THEY DISCOVER THAT WE HOLD THE KNOWLEDGE OF HOW THEY CAME TO BE…. THEN SURELY THE GOVERNMENTS OF THE WORLD WILL DEMAND THAT WE HAND OVER THAT KNOWLEDGE WHICH WE CAN’T DO WHICH WOULD LEAD TO A WAR THAT WILL LAST FOR DAYS, SINCE WE DON’T REALLY HAVE THE RESOURCES TO FIGHT THEM BACK IF IT BECAME A FULL SCALE ATTACK.


PANEL 2

Another scene of the alchemists in the meeting room with shadows hiding their faces.


ALCHEMIST #1 (serious and arrogant)

ALREADY UNUSUAL CRIME SCENES BASED ON HOMICIDE ARE BEING FOUNDED BY THE AUTHORITIES WHERE THE BODIES ARE ALMOST DRIED OF BLOOD BEFORE OUR PEOPLE CAN GET TO THEM.


PANEL 3

A crime scene is shown with a covered up dead body and some cops. Detective Harrison is there.


ALCHEMIST #1 (not shown and word box)

THEY’RE STARTING TO ASK QUESTIONS. THE KIND WE CAN’T AFFORD THEM TO BE ASKING.


PANEL 4

This drawing.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Burne-Jones-le-Vampire.jpg


PANEL 5

Alchemist #8 is shown with shadow somewhat covering him.


ALCHEMIST #8 (serious, calm, and concerned)

AND HOW DO YOU PROPOSE ON SOLVING THIS PROBLEM?


ALCHEMIST #8 (serious, calm, and concern)

HOW DO YOU PLAN TO RID AT LEAST A LARGE PORTION OF THE ENEMY WITHOUT GIVING OUT UNWANTED ATTENTION FROM THE OUTSIDE WHICH YOU FEAR OF HAPPENING SO MUCH?


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PANEL 1

A part of the somewhat shadow covered Alchemist #8 is shown upfront, while the somewhat shadow covered Alchemist #1 and some of the others are shown in the background.


ALCHEMIST #1 (serious, arrogant, and annoyed)

WHY IS IT THAT YOU SEEM TO ALWAYS HAVE A NEED TO MOCK ME WHEN SERIOUS BUSINESS IS AT HAND?


ALCHEMIST #8 (partly shown, serious, calm, and concern)

I’M MERELY BRINGING OUT WHAT NEEDS TO BE SAID BECAUSE OF THE SERIOUSNESS OF THIS.


ALCHEMIST #8 (partly shown, serious, calm, and concern)

THE LAST THING WE ALL WANT IS ANOTHER GRAND MISTAKE CAUSED BY ALCHEMY TO HAPPEN WHICH HAPPENS TO BE WHAT CREATED THE ENEMY IN THE FIRST PLACE.


PANEL 2

(PAST SCENE) A robed alchemist wearing a hood to cover his identity, but looks like Alchemist #8 is being frightened by something! A shadow of an attacking werebat is shown!


ALCHEMIST #2 (not shown and word box)

HE DOES MAKE A POINT; THE SITUATION IS TOO DELICATE FOR A SOLUTION WHICH WOULD END UP “TOO LOUD”.


ALCHEMIST #1 (not shown and word box)

I AM WELL AWARE OF THAT AND DON’T PLAN TO MAKE A PARADE WITH FIRECRACKERS OUT OF IT WHERE IT WOULD ATTRACT UNWANTED PEOPLE.


ALCHEMIST #8 (not shown and word box)

THEN HOW DO YOU PLAN TO SOLVE THIS PROBLEM?


PANEL 3

The homunculi Father Johnson with his black hat and coat, while face is covered, is outside somewhere in the city and it’s gotten darker out.


ALCHEMIST #1 (not shown and word box)

I ASSURE YOU THAT I ALREADY HAVE A PLAN BEING FORMULATED AND SOMEONE OUT THERE TO MAKE THE NECESSARY ARRANGEMENTS.


ALCHEMIST #8 (not shown and word box)

BUT YOU’RE GOING TO REFUSE TO SHARE IT WITH THE REST OF YOUR FELLOW ALCHEMISTS AS IF ONE OF US IS A POTENTIAL SECURITY RISK, AREN’T YOU?


ALCHEMIST #8 (not shown and word box)

I DON’T KNOW WHETHER YOU HAVE TOO MUCH FUN KEEPING THINGS FROM US OR YOU’RE AN ARROGANT CONTROL FREAK WHO FEARS OF LOSING HIS POSITION AS HEAD OF THE BOARD.


PANEL 4

The armored hands of a silver knight are holding a helmet.


ALCHEMIST #1 (not shown and word box)

IT DOESN’T MATTER WHAT YOU THINK OF ME AND FOR NOW WE WILL LET THE SILVER KNIGHTS HANDLE AS MUCH AS THEY CAN UNTIL THE PLAN CAN BE EXECUTED, AND TONIGHT IS THE FULL MOON WHICH MEANS THAT THEY’LL HAVE THE BEASTS WITH THEM TO MAKE THE JOB EASIER, AS WELL AS TRACK DOWN SOME NESTS.


PANEL 5

A shadow of Sam is shown.


PANEL 6

The night sky of the city is shown, as well as a full moon.


PANEL 7

Same as panel 5, but Sam is beginning to transform! A growl is heard!


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PANEL 1

Another view of the city in an area that seems empty.


PANEL 2

The savage Ralph werewolf’s snout is only shown as it sniffs the ground to search for it’s prey!


PANEL 3

A man is shown running for his life near the street!


PANEL 4

The running man turns his head when he hears a howl! Shadow mostly covers his face!


PANEL 5

A close look at the running man’s mouth and grinding teeth that has fangs! He gives out a hiss!


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PANEL 1

A part of the savage werewolves are shown running after their prey!


PANEL 2

Another view of the running man!


ALCHEMIST #8 (not shown and word box)

I STILL DON’T LIKE WHAT THIS COULD POSSIBLY LEAD TO IF YOUR SO CALLED PLAN FAILS.


ALCHEMIST #1 (not shown and word box)

IT WON’T FAIL BECAUSE I MADE SURE EVERY ASPECT WAS COVERED.


PANEL 3

The teeth of the savage James werewolf are the main focus!


ALCHEMIST #1 (not shown and word box)

YOU DON’T SEEM TO REALIZE THAT THE SCIENCE THEY WE POSSESS IS WHAT THE SUPERSTITIOUS FROM LONG AGO CALLED MAGIC, AND DESPITE THE ADVANCEMENTS THAT THEY HAVE MADE TODAY, IT WOULD STILL BE MAGIC TO THEM IN TERMS OF UNDERSTANDING AND DANGEROUS IN THEIR HANDS BECAUSE OF THAT.


PANEL 4

(COLOR BLIND SCENE) As if looking thru the eyes of a werewolf, the “vampire” is shock to see his predator coming at him at animal-like speed!


ALCHEMIST #1 (not shown and word box)

THE RISKS ARE GREATER IF OUR SECRETS ARE REVEALED COMPARED TO WHAT YOU FEAR WILL HAPPEN.


ALCHEMIST #1 (not shown and word box)

IF WE HAVE TO BE DESPERATE IN OUR ACTIONS, THEN SO BE IT.


PANEL 5

Elsewhere, a sign that says “Welcome to Free Falls!” from “Howl to the Moon #1” and a howling that’s heard.


ALCHEMIST #8 (not shown and word box)

THEN SO BE IT…. AND HOPEFULLY WE WON’T REGRET THIS IN THE END.


TO BE CONTINUED