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Schism #1 Plot Notes  
-from unpublished creator notes1-
SCHISM # 1 plot 
• Open with Sally, now successful, on a modeling shoot for a commercial. All sorts of people are buzzing around and her agent (W.D. #4) is there, talking to her about choosing between a movie deal and a TV script when Fabiano arrives for their date. She says to her agent "I don't have time for all this now." and is leaving with Fab. when... 

• Styx comes to take her away. He takes her quantum and she sees all the horrors of the substratum before he takes her away through quantum mists. She is upset and asks where he is taking her -he gestures- the mists clear, and we see the isle of Avalon, misty and green and mysterious, with a small group of Atlantean style buildings on it. 
• Cut to War Dancer and Charlemagne fighting in Angor Wat, Thailand. Igo (a spy from Avalon) has discovered the battle and is observing. The scene ends on a cliff hanger with Char. in trouble, and Igo leaves to report to Thrakahl. 


• Cut to Sally being given a tour of Avalon (a few buildings, gardens and a castle/palace complex)-then she is taken to a large, exotic room full of maps and globes and books. There is a guy sitting at a desk who rises at her entrance an introduces himself "My name is Michael Alexander. I live on West 45th street." Sally expresses confusion at where she is and what has happened and Michael begins to explain … 

• Michael goes to a beautiful, ornate book on a stand and starts to tell Sally about the origin of the universe and the origin of War Dancer. He opens the book (an illustrated history volume) and we see Plaslantis, and (briefly ) the contest between Arhq and Thrakahl for Zahnree's hand. The magical experiment - Arhq and Zahnree doing the dance of two and being interrupted by the 4 evil magicians, the feathered serpent and Thrakahl. The experiment goes wrong - Zahnree is swallowed by the serpent, Arhq is flung out into space, Atlantis sinks, and Thrakahl is set adrift, alone, in the sea (in the real world). (refer to cassette drama) Michael pulls out a map of the planes of existence from a beautiful wood map cabinet (flat file) and explains that the experiment created a barrier around a section of the quantum field that grew to become the org of plasm ( he shows her a globe model of the org). He goes, next, to an ornate (plasmoid?) globe (a memory sphere). He activates the sphere and continues with the story of how Lorca discovered Earth and pierced the barrier. As a result of this, he explains, dreams are becoming actualized on Earth and we flash on the origins of the W.O.P., Good Guys, Charlemagne and Michael tells about his own, too. This scene is interrupted several times by women coming in to measure Sally, and a 
scholar comes in to give her a scroll of Atlantean words or magic phrases or something. 

• A person comes in and instructs Sally that she must prepare herself to act in Zahnree's stead and perform the Dance of Two with Thrakahl to complete the spell and heal the schism. Michael assures her "Yes, this is real." 

• Cut to Thrakahl in his war room organizing and planning. Igo comes in and reports that the battle is going badly-that Charlemagne is losing. Thrakahl gives orders to go get Sally and prepare her for the Dance of Two. 

• They bring her to the room Thrakahl has prepared-a kind of open sided palisade (maybe a bit like the ball room in Beauty And The Beast). Sally is brought in dressed in Zahnree-type finery and Thrakahl is wearing some 
magnificent garb (we may have some designs ). Sally is presented with great fanfare and ceremony and at the peak of this Thrakahl looks at her and says "No, she isn't the right one." 

• Cut to Nudge arriving at the temple of Nimh (Zahnree's ancestral temple W.D. # 1) in Sally's backyard with the bottle holding the essence of Zahnree. Someone sees her and she mind-nudges them to forget and then enters the temple. She opens the bottle and prepares for the essence, and we have a flashback onto the evolution of the Org since the Schism with a mother's loving eye. Zahnree is communicating all that happened to her to Nudge to prepare her to receive her spirit and Z's perspective is very benevolent. Then Nudge and the spirit merge in 
a spectacular effect that lights up the area. 


• Cut to Plasm and show Chasm battling the W.O.P. cast-the Org is going wild now that Zahnree's influence is gone and the feathered serpent is all that is left. Chasm is so powerful at this point that he brushes our guys away, but in the process he damages the Org and it strikes at him. We have a clear demonstration of his power when he brushes back even the Org! Chasm starts to understand and feel the extent of his power. 
• Cut to the end of the battle between War Dancer and Charlemagne. 
Charlemagne, through relentless perseverance, manages to defeat W.D. W.D. tells him that he was going to destroy the world before it destroyed itself and half the universe in the process because people are becoming gods. W.D. tells him "I can't do it. You have to. Charlemagne can see evidence of what W.D. is telling him going on around him. Char. refuses to destroy the Earth, but now he understands the situation. 

• Skipper has arrived back and tells Char. that he must take W.D. to Avalon. Char. asks why-refuses to obey some strange man he's never met. Then Nudge/Zahn. calls out to W.D. and tells him he must go to Avalon. She is on the way, herself, with Avalon folk who were alerted when the spirit transfer occurred and came to get her. Char. agrees to go and everybody is converging on Avalon! 

• Sally has been forgotten in the shuffle. Someone finally tells her that she won't be needed now that the real Zahnree (or a reasonable facsimile) is found. Styx takes her back to the real world, but things are getting very weird there. Quantum things are manifesting themselves and much is out of control. 

• Chasm arrives in Avalon to kick everybody's butt(s). 

1 Thanks to Pauline Weiss for the text contribution. Thanks to JayJay Jackson for the digital photographs of the artwork. Abbreviations have been kept intact. Minor punctuation, spacing and font case corrections were done.