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The Metaphysical Engine, or What Quill Did

Doctor Who spin-off series. Miss Quill embarks on an extraordinary mission to reclaim her freedom.


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You could destroy the entire species who killed our people

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and yet, oh, here we stand...in a school!

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You shouldn't avenge genocide with genocide -

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-that's what the Doctor said.

-Oh, the Doctor...

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It isn't your decision, Quill.

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Nope.

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But detention is.

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Hey!

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You've all got an hour's detention and I've got things to do.

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You're sworn to protect me.

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And that's why I'm locking you in, Prince.

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It's so you won't come to any harm.

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< What are you going to do? Quill? Hey! Hey!

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Ready.

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Is that what you're wearing?

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Is that what you are?

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They'll stay in the classroom?

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Don't want them trying to solve any mysteries while we're away.

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Oh, they're such goody-two-shoes,

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they'd probably stay in there without a key or a teacher.

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Now, come on, are we leaving or aren't we?

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Are you really so eager?

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The chances of you surviving this...

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I'll either end today dead or with this thing out of my skull.

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Are you entirely sure about that?

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The Arn knows your thoughts, yes?

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Yeah.

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Then it knows you want it out.

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And surely the only reason it hasn't killed you already

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is that you yourself don't believe that this will work.

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What are you getting at?

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At some point today, should everything go according to plan,

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there will come a moment...

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..when you start to believe.

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And when that happens...?

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There will be no going back.

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You really will either end today dead or with your freedom.

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Then let's begin.

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I wish to be free.

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And who, I wonder,

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IS Quill when she's free?

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I am war itself.

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# What have I been waiting for?

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# Been wasting all my time

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# Watchin' my youth slip away surely is a crime?

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# We go on and on, and on and on

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# And on, never knowing where Never knowing where we gonna

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# We gonna We gonna end up in the morning

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# We go on and on, and on and on

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# And on, never knowing where Never knowing where we gonna

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# We gonna We gonna end up in the morning. #

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What exactly are we waiting for?

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Ah, there he is.

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HIGH-PITCHED PULSING

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You're late.

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The Governors keep alien prisoners?

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Does Unit know about this?

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ENERGY PULSES

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PULSING CEASES

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Remarkable.

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Who is this person?

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Quill, Ballon. Ballon, Quill.

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That's all either of you need to know for now.

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Stay out of my way.

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You stay out of mine.

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What's that?

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Very old technology, which, I confess,

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I don't fully understand.

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-DEVICE RINGS

-It's quite unstable.

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Liable to kill us all at any moment.

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Is that why they sent you?

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Expendable?

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DEVICE DINGS THEN RATTLES

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Three...two...one...

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BOOM! DOROTHEA GASPS

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PULSING AND CRACKLING

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BOOM! Aah... Oh...

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LOUD THROBBING OF ENERGY

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SHE GRUNTS

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RATTLING AND BANGING

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RINGING

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CREATURE BELLOWS IN DISTANCE

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SHE RETCHES

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I know. Me, too.

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There'll be a period of adjustment.

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Oh, what the hell just happened?

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Kind of atomic fuzzing.

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Makes us quite nearly not exist in the traditional sense,

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but it can take one to the most extraordinary places.

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Gosh!

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Right, well, if you ever do something like that again

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without warning me,

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I'll pluck the eyelids from your screaming face.

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Interesting company we make.

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CREATURE SHRIEKS IN DISTANCE

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PLANTS SQUEAL

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We didn't get buzzed atomically to the Peak District, did we?

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Because, you know, there are trains for that!

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Oh, my, no.

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OK.

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I'll just ask...

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Where are we, o' wise head teacher

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and mistress of nauseating space travel?

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-Someplace wonderful.

-Shhh! They're near!

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Who?

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Can't hear anything.

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She said you were meant to be a soldier.

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We're flying a little blind here,

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but our best zoological thinking is that you need to talk about your childhood.

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-Zoological...?

-What are your first memories? Quickly!

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-It feeds on those. We think it'll come hunting.

-What...?

-Your first memory!

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-Shedding your quills?

-Now!

-Suckling in the nest?

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I can sense them moving away - now, soldier, now!

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-Quickly!

-The-the death of our mother!

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Well, birth is the last thing that a Quill does, right?

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She gives birth to her litter and dies.

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And then, her body...

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-And then you eat it, don't you?

-God!

-For nourishment?

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Yes, yes! A contemptible tradition,

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and medically unnecessary in modern times,

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-but there are archaic cultural pressures, all right...

-That's enough.

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They're coming.

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CREATURES SQUAWK IN DISTANCE

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HE YELLS

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HE YELLS

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Aah!

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Yah!

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Aargh!

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HE YELLS OUT

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-That's it?

-It's stronger than it looks.

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Well, what was all the, "Aargh!"?! That's the size of a kitten.

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Are kittens dangerous?

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Only if you insult their worshippers online.

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-Are we safe?

-Are you kidding me?

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-We're safe, it's dead.

-For... Enough!

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YELLS: Where are we,

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who is this Little Lord Growls-A-Lot

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and why are we all so bothered that he just killed a kitten?!

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No.

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Oh, yes.

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That is impossible.

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Indeed. We are in the birthing grounds of the Arn.

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We need the pheromones of a fresh specimen

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to calm the one in your head enough for the procedure.

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What procedure?

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No... No, the Arn are a grown life form,

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they're genetically modified.

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They don't live in some forest.

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Those are the facts that everyone knows to be true

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but it's not, apparently, what the Arn believe.

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What the Arn believe?

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HE GROANS

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DEVICE CLICKS

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-DOROTHEA SIGHS

-All right.

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This, as best we can tell, is a metaphysical engine.

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Metaphysics? Metaphysics aren't real, it's just thought.

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Thought, yes.

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Everything in the universe is conserved,

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everything, even belief.

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Get millions of creatures believing something strongly enough

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for long enough and even space responds.

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You are quite right that the Arn weren't exactly wild creatures,

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but parts of them were

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and they dream like us of what comes after.

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I'm sorry, are you actually saying that we are stood...

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..in Arn heaven?

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-Don't be ridiculous.

-Good, because...

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We're in the idea of it.

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The belief itself, making it so.

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You are absolutely in...

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It just moved.

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That's the first time it's ever moved without hurting.

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You see?

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It believes.

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All right...

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DEVICE CLICKS AND RATTLES

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How many times have you travelled on this...device?

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Headmistress?

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Headmistress!

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This is my first actual time, though we've run several simulations.

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-QUILL AND BALLON:

-Your first?!

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I've been fully briefed, I know what I'm doing...

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ALL YELL

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BALLON GROANS

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OK, so, basically, we're in the hands of a learner driver.

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You're in the hands of the only one of us who's done the research

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on how to stay alive while using it.

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I mean, this is like a geek vomited.

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BANGING

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The Governors study the tears in space and time at Coal Hill.

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There are those who think the tears aren't accidental,

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that they were placed there to provide for those who will listen.

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Coal Hill provides, it always provides.

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And what do you get out of this, then?

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-My freedom.

-And who is Ballon when he is free, I wonder?

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Some kind of hunter, I reckon.

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Oh, no-no, my dear - he's your surgeon.

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You can't get an Arn out through surgery.

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You can if the surgeon is a shape-shifter.

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That's the theory, anyway.

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Shape-shifter, eh? I've heard of you on Earth.

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-Yeah, you're a Zygoat.

-I am a Law...

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Who was posing as a Zygon.

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One shape-shifter posing as another, eh?

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-That's meta.

-It is a fine way to hide, Zygons are protected on Earth.

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So what did you do?

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You are on this trip as well, Quill.

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What did YOU do?

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I'm a victim of circumstance.

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-As am I.

-Yes.

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I'm sure the families of the people you both murdered

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would be happy to consider themselves "a circumstance".

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-No-one was supposed to die.

-RINGING

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BALLON YELLS

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Remember what I promised you.

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Ask yourself, what would being unfrozen mean to you?

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Everything!

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-But why?

-ALL YELL

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BOOM! ALL YELL

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-QUILL GROANS

-Uh...

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DOROTHEA GASPS AND PANTS

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No!

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-This isn't real.

-Does no-one listen to the posh any more?

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No, it is not real, but, yes, we are really here.

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-Oh, God... WHERE?!

-This is Law...

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Law hell, more or less.

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Isn't it amazing?

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Surprisingly quiet, for hell.

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An awful, awful quiet.

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We are creatures that flow.

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We live in the constant flow.

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And this is the opposite of flowing.

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A punishment I already suffer.

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You said the second step was the retrieval of the key.

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CREATURE ROARS

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No.

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-ROARING

-No!

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This seems cruel, even for you.

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His hands need to shift to get into your brain.

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For that, I need a key to unlock them.

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But it is impossible to reverse the freezing of a shape-shifter...

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Except in an impossible place.

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CREATURE ROARS

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So, what's this key then?

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It's the blood of our god.

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CREATURE ROARS

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What, we're supposed to get the blood of a god?!

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-That's the theory!

-You just say theory again, I dare you!

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-CREATURE GROWLS

-Get up!

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You'll have to do it alone. There is a special knife...

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Whoa! No... No, no, I can't use knives, remember?

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That is the whole point of this trip!

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Oh. Oh, dear, that was an oversight.

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CREATURE ROARS

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What can I do?

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Soldier, tell me what I need to do!

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DOROTHEA PANTS

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Listen to me.

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Listen to me. In Quill, we call this the first fear.

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This is the one you always go back to and the one you can't face,

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and everyone has it, everyone, even Quill.

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-Law, we call it cowardice.

-No, that is not true.

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A soldier without fear is useless, inefficient.

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They win battles, but they lose wars.

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CREATURE ROARS

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-How can we overcome it?

-Hopefully quickly.

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CREATURE ROARS

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Yeah, we'll need that.

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Come on!

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Oh!

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Oh, I don't even have a shot!

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Hold the knife out.

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Hold it out! SHE PANTS

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I will be your arms, soldier!

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BOTH YELL

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CREATURE GROWLS

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Medical degradation seems at least 50% faster than originally...

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-< Aah!

-..theorised.

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Request further information from the...

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CREATURE GROWLS

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This won't look good on the report.

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-Oh!

-DOROTHEA PANTS

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-How?

-It thought we were already statues!

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-Ah...

-So, is that how you Law see the rest of us then?

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Like we're pretty much already dead?

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Yes.

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Now we can unfreeze your hands.

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BALLON PANTS

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It's, erm...

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..been too long since I've fought side-by-side with an actual soldier.

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Yes.

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For me, too.

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Oh, right! Yeah, sure, you're welcome(!)

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YELLS: Aah!

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That hurt!

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You're starting to believe this might work,

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which means this really is your last chance to turn back.

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From here on, there is only death or freedom.

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An unfree life isn't a life.

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So, come on...

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..where to next?

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You wouldn't believe me.

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BOOM! LOUD THROBBING OF ENERGY

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Will you just stop doing that?!

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Whoa!

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I don't know how long we're going to last.

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-What?

-Why? How far is where we're going?

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What, you...? You have to check your notes?

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How...? How did you even get picked for this?!

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I volunteered.

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I had to fight to convince the Governors

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that we should continue at all.

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No-one else was all that committed to saving you, Quill.

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Is that such a surprise?

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No, not really.

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Now, if you'll just let me read my notes.

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The Arn sits on your midbrain,

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yet I must only see the pathway there.

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And as all Quill brains were destroyed on Rhodia

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and you're using yours at the moment...

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Where are you going to find a Quill brain?

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No, our afterlife myth, that died out, like, 1,000 years ago!

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Let us hope not, or this will be a very short trip.

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RINGING Oh!

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SHE YELLS Oh...

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Dammit!

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So, where is this exactly?

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QUILL LAUGHS

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Well, our information isn't omniscient, but if our theory...

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Oh, for... If you say theory again, I swear to this guy's god, I'm...

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It is correct. This is where the Quill goddess is about to be born.

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-QUILL CHUCKLES

-So THIS is YOUR heaven?

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Oh, right! Well, excuse me, statue boy...

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but we only believed in all this before we realised

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that the only thing out there protecting us was us.

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Huh! No goddess in a Quill nest looking out for our best interest!

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It's so sad you think that's what belief is.

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-Yes.

-And do I really need to do to you two

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what I did to those very nice people

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who no longer come to my front door?

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RUMBLING

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What's happening?

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Oh, for...

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OK, so this is a Quill nest.

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This is the first Quill nest, allegedly.

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The Quill goddess is supposed to...

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..emerge from the underworld...

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Where she has been trapped.

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Isn't that correct?

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And she rises with...

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Fury and venom, according to the text we have.

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Oh, how exciting!

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Yeah, I beginning to think you don't know as much about my people as you think you do.

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RUMBLING GROWS STRONGER

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-Oh!

-Oh!

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LOW GROWL

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LOUD THUMP

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Well...

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Get to it.

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GODDESS ROARS

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GODDESS HISSES AND SNARLS

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HE YELLS

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Hey!

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QUILL GRUNTS

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Ugh!

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GODDESS GROWLS

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QUILL GROANS

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You don't deserve my belief!

0:19:070:19:10

Do you know how oppressed Quill have been for centuries?

0:19:120:19:14

We died!

0:19:140:19:15

And died again! And where were you?

0:19:150:19:18

I should rip your head off for even daring to exist!

0:19:180:19:21

Do it!

0:19:210:19:23

I was a soldier and you weren't there to stop them taking that from me, and where am I now, hey?

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QUILL PANTS

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GODDESS HISSES

0:19:300:19:33

GODDESS EMITS A LOW GROWL

0:19:340:19:37

What? What are you saying...?

0:19:370:19:38

BALLON YELLS, GODDESS SHRIEKS

0:19:380:19:40

No! No, stop!

0:19:400:19:43

No! Stop!

0:19:430:19:45

BALLON YELLS, GODDESS REELS IN PAIN

0:19:460:19:49

GODDESS GROANS

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BALLON PANTS

0:19:540:19:57

No! I... I think she was about to speak to...!

0:19:570:20:01

I could have been the first Quill ever...!

0:20:010:20:03

Would you REALLY want to hear what your god would say?

0:20:030:20:06

Well, as a matter of fact, yeah!

0:20:060:20:08

-If it meant...

-Yes!

-..that YOU would have to believe in her?

0:20:080:20:12

If it meant that you would have to worship her?

0:20:120:20:14

That you would have to change everything you think about yourself,

0:20:140:20:17

about your universe?

0:20:170:20:18

-But you believe!

-I always have.

0:20:180:20:21

It's part of who I am.

0:20:210:20:23

Your self has already formed.

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BALLON PANTS

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Yeah, well, we didn't decapitate YOUR god, did we?

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No, we just took a blood sample.

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If she's right, if this is a metaphysical place,

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your goddess will rise again.

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She will always be born.

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All gods are.

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I thought perhaps... she was your first fear.

0:20:460:20:50

I thought perhaps you needed the arm of a... A fellow soldier.

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DOROTHEA GROANS

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SHE UNZIPS BAG

0:21:120:21:13

-Ugh!

-Why don't you just use that blood to unfreeze yourself?

0:21:200:21:24

There's not nearly enough.

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I don't see why you...

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Well, we... We start in the nest, we end in the nest, it's...

0:21:330:21:36

It's our way.

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But this isn't even your real goddess.

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Yeah, well, that wasn't your real devil,

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but you were still petrified of it.

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Because it could still freeze me for ever in one shape.

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It's a fate worse than your death.

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The fate you're in now.

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I was caught as I shifted.

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I'm neither one thing nor the other.

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Their punishment was doubly unjust.

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You killed people.

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HE SIGHS

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Look, my planet was attacked by an enemy we could not hope to fight.

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I lost everything.

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The Law I loved.

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The rest of my family, scattered.

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We'd intended to meet on Earth,

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to seek sanctuary there together, but...

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..when I arrived...

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..I found neither them...

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..nor any form of welcome.

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We have a poet on Earth and she says...

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no-one leaves home unless home is the mouth of a shark.

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I did not mean for anyone to die.

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I'd just arrived.

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I was starving.

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It was the home of a family.

0:23:130:23:14

When they caught me, "Monster," they said.

0:23:160:23:19

"Freak," they said.

0:23:190:23:20

They beat me. They would have beaten me to death.

0:23:220:23:24

-So you killed...?

-I did not mean to.

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I'd heard of Unit -

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all arriving refugees do.

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I thought I'd be arrested, but the Governors got to me first...

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-..and ruined me.

-But now they're setting you free.

0:23:380:23:41

If I can get that thing out of your head without your death...

0:23:410:23:45

Sounds cheering(!)

0:23:450:23:46

I...lost the Quill I loved.

0:23:460:23:49

He was...killed...

0:23:490:23:51

in the destruction of your planet?

0:23:510:23:53

No.

0:23:530:23:54

No, he was killed in the war with my enemies.

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He died in the same battle that they arrested me.

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Took him from me.

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And took my will...

0:24:080:24:09

And you know what they did next?

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The worst thing they did?

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Made me used to it.

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I shout my power.

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I shout my toughness and my danger, but I'm shouting it to children.

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It's like they just...

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They just amputated the essential part of who I was.

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(Who I am.)

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You were frozen, too.

0:24:480:24:50

I'm sorry.

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I don't want your pity.

0:24:550:24:57

I do not offer you pity.

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I offer you shared sorrow.

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What a soldier would ask next is...

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how do I make them pay?

0:25:040:25:06

Yeah, and that is part of my problem...

0:25:090:25:11

..cos they've gone...

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..all of them,

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without being made to pay for their crime.

0:25:160:25:18

All but one.

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SHE INHALES

0:25:260:25:28

You OK?

0:25:280:25:29

No.

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No, I don't think I am.

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I think I just started to believe that this might work.

0:25:400:25:44

DOROTHEA STIRS

0:25:440:25:46

What hap...?

0:25:510:25:52

-You got its head?

-HER head.

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-And, yes.

-Oh...

-What's wrong?

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It's the Arn -

0:25:570:25:58

-it's fighting her.

-Then we're out of time.

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DEVICE CLICKS

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-ALL:

-Oh!

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QUILL PANTS

0:26:140:26:17

Oh, good...my own personal hell(!)

0:26:170:26:19

No... No, no, this is inappropriate.

0:26:200:26:23

It's not sterile, it's not antiseptic...!

0:26:230:26:25

But it is a place I can control.

0:26:250:26:26

I suggest you get started quickly.

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No!

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MUSIC STANDS CLANG AND RATTLE

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Oh, are you not staying?

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-To watch me die?

-The mission didn't go as planned, I'll have to explain.

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Ah, yes, your mysterious Governors.

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SHE SHRIEKS

0:26:430:26:45

QUILL MOANS AND PANTS

0:26:450:26:48

There are bigger things in the universe than this life,

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hidden things we can't even imagine,

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and if a place can be created from belief, if a goddess...

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Then what else might you be able to make...

0:27:000:27:02

..if you just believe hard enough?

0:27:030:27:05

Try not to die.

0:27:090:27:10

You are...

0:27:120:27:14

intriguing.

0:27:140:27:16

Pheromones of Arn...

0:27:250:27:27

..the blood of my god...

0:27:280:27:29

..and a Quill brain.

0:27:300:27:32

It works...

0:27:420:27:43

..in theory.

0:27:440:27:46

-I will shift my finger to avoid nerves.

-Huh...?

0:27:480:27:52

There will be some pain as the Arn comes out.

0:27:520:27:54

-How much pain?

-Would you turn back now if you knew?

0:27:540:27:57

No.

0:27:590:28:00

Ah...

0:28:040:28:05

SHE INHALES DEEPLY

0:28:050:28:08

This will be horrible.

0:28:140:28:16

SHE GASPS

0:28:190:28:21

Ah...

0:28:220:28:24

I've found the Arn. You have to be very still.

0:28:290:28:31

It's releasing.

0:28:330:28:35

Here it comes.

0:28:370:28:38

ARN SQUEALS Aah!

0:28:380:28:40

Get it out, get it out!

0:28:420:28:43

BALLON YELLS

0:28:470:28:48

SHE SCREAMS

0:28:480:28:51

QUILL GROANS IN PAIN

0:29:000:29:02

Quill, Quill! Look at me. Look at me.

0:29:040:29:07

We're about to do a sacred thing.

0:29:070:29:09

Oh, great(!) Just do it quick!

0:29:090:29:12

Please! SHE SCREAMS

0:29:130:29:16

SHE PANTS

0:29:240:29:27

(How can I still see?)

0:29:310:29:34

How do I still have my eye? I...

0:29:340:29:36

The blood of my devil, as you call him,

0:29:370:29:40

allowed me to manipulate your flesh.

0:29:400:29:42

Though, you are scarred.

0:29:420:29:45

Oh, yeah.

0:29:480:29:49

Well...

0:29:500:29:51

What good is a soldier without a scar?

0:29:520:29:55

HE EXHALES

0:29:560:29:59

SHE PANTS

0:30:040:30:07

SHE GRUNTS

0:30:210:30:23

SHE YELLS

0:30:250:30:26

SHE PANTS

0:30:260:30:29

Quill celebrate victory in battle in a certain way.

0:30:420:30:45

-HE CHUCKLES

-All species say that.

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All are lying.

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It has been too long since I was close to someone.

0:31:020:31:05

Oh, don't worry about it, the last person I kissed was a robot.

0:31:050:31:08

Mmm...

0:31:080:31:09

SHE PANTS

0:31:100:31:13

It's made me course, unshifting...

0:31:180:31:22

..like this form I wear.

0:31:230:31:25

Yeah, we do wear forms...

0:31:300:31:32

..you and I, don't we?

0:31:330:31:35

All I want is to be free.

0:31:400:31:41

(I want that, too.)

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A place you recognise, perhaps?

0:33:460:33:48

No, where are we? Where's the school gone?

0:33:520:33:54

You were never there, I'm afraid.

0:33:540:33:56

A hologram.

0:33:560:33:57

We had to come to here,

0:33:590:34:00

but the chances of you reacting badly were rather high.

0:34:000:34:03

This is the closest to Rhodian soil we could find,

0:34:030:34:05

increased the survival chances of the surgery by nearly 4%.

0:34:050:34:09

We're in the Cabinet of Souls?

0:34:110:34:12

We're in a cabinet?

0:34:140:34:15

Oh, yeah, it's... It's way bigger on the inside.

0:34:160:34:19

And so beautiful.

0:34:190:34:20

Wish I hadn't had to leave.

0:34:230:34:24

What?

0:34:240:34:26

Another hologram, I'm afraid.

0:34:280:34:30

The reliquary really is dying.

0:34:300:34:32

I had to come home or there was a chance I would never get back.

0:34:340:34:37

Though I did send you back a present.

0:34:380:34:40

Go ahead, open it.

0:34:470:34:50

-QUILL GASPS

-A Quill needs her gun.

0:34:590:35:02

Uh-uh, not yet, I'm afraid.

0:35:040:35:06

You have a mighty dilemma facing you - both of you.

0:35:060:35:09

Ever Upward Reach calculated an 85% chance only one of you

0:35:090:35:13

would survive the trip.

0:35:130:35:15

You've already beaten some pretty long odds, but, unfortunately,

0:35:150:35:18

that ends now.

0:35:180:35:19

Despite my arguing, the Governors have voted.

0:35:190:35:22

There's only enough energy in the reliquary for one of you to return.

0:35:220:35:25

If it's any comfort, the decision at least is yours.

0:35:260:35:29

What, you're leaving one of us here to die?!

0:35:300:35:32

You're breaking your word.

0:35:320:35:34

So we're supposed to, what? Agree to die so the other lives?

0:35:350:35:38

It's not what I wanted, I assure you.

0:35:380:35:41

In another life, you and I could have been great friends, Miss Quill.

0:35:410:35:45

Oh, I'd rather swim in my own vomit.

0:35:450:35:48

Regardless,

0:35:480:35:49

the little we know of both your species

0:35:490:35:51

suggests a fight to the death.

0:35:510:35:53

But, again, up to you.

0:35:540:35:56

I just saved her life...

0:35:560:35:58

..I will not now take it.

0:35:590:36:00

-Ditto.

-There's something else I need to tell you.

0:36:010:36:04

It turns out there is another Law on Earth - your niece.

0:36:070:36:11

Wait.

0:36:110:36:12

She's alive.

0:36:130:36:15

No.

0:36:180:36:19

This is a lie. I never sensed another Law.

0:36:190:36:23

I have been assured that she is alive and well and waiting for you,

0:36:230:36:26

if you return.

0:36:260:36:28

No. We will not fight each other.

0:36:280:36:30

You will never be free unless you do!

0:36:330:36:36

Never return from this living death!

0:36:370:36:39

Never see your family again!

0:36:390:36:42

And YOU, a Quill, with the greatest weapon her people ever made,

0:36:420:36:47

enough to force a certain Prince to wipe the Shadow Kin

0:36:470:36:50

from the grinning, smirking face of the universe.

0:36:500:36:53

You say you are war itself, now you actually can be.

0:36:530:36:56

I have been told to say the gun is set for open firing, but don't delay.

0:37:000:37:03

Time passes differently here.

0:37:040:37:06

You may awake tomorrow and find you are already old.

0:37:070:37:10

Don't.

0:37:260:37:28

SHE GRUNTS

0:37:320:37:33

I have been imprisoned for too long.

0:37:360:37:38

-Yes, so have I.

-My family...

0:37:380:37:41

-If that's even true.

-Is that not a risk you would take yourself?

0:37:410:37:44

-Ooh!

-Aah!

0:37:440:37:45

It's a risk I would take for a fellow soldier.

0:37:470:37:49

-Yah!

-Aah!

0:37:490:37:50

We just fought side-by-side.

0:37:510:37:52

-I know.

-If you have no loyalty on the battlefield...

0:37:520:37:55

I know!

0:37:550:37:56

HE GROWLS

0:37:560:37:58

SHE GRUNTS

0:37:580:37:59

But if a soldier isn't fighting for the safety of his family...

0:38:000:38:03

HE GROANS, SHE GRUNTS

0:38:030:38:05

..why does he fight at all?

0:38:060:38:07

SHE GRUNTS

0:38:100:38:11

I'm sorry.

0:38:120:38:13

SHE GROANS

0:38:140:38:16

That's a sorrow I share.

0:38:160:38:18

HE GRUNTS

0:38:180:38:19

Aah! Stop.

0:38:200:38:22

Stop.

0:38:230:38:24

So, you really believe she's going to set you free.

0:38:450:38:48

I have to take that chance.

0:38:480:38:51

Look away.

0:38:550:38:56

I will not.

0:38:570:38:58

Do it.

0:39:030:39:04

Forgive me.

0:39:080:39:10

Oh, I do.

0:39:100:39:11

SCREAMS: No!

0:39:170:39:19

SHE SOBS

0:39:200:39:22

(She did it, she set the gun.)

0:39:220:39:24

No!

0:39:290:39:31

Ah, now you come.

0:40:000:40:02

Ha! You come to see me grieve!

0:40:020:40:05

SHE GRUNTS

0:40:050:40:06

SHE YELLS

0:40:060:40:09

"Time passes differently here."

0:40:190:40:21

How much of my life am I losing?

0:40:260:40:28

You just keep taking.

0:40:350:40:38

Is that all you ever did?

0:40:380:40:40

But I fought you and I will still fight you.

0:40:420:40:46

Because you know what?

0:40:470:40:48

I am free.

0:40:510:40:53

I am free

0:40:560:40:58

and you are not the last.

0:40:580:40:59

There is one of you still living.

0:41:010:41:03

Show me the way out.

0:41:040:41:06

'I suffered in your home world...

0:41:110:41:13

'..and I have suffered in your heaven,

0:41:160:41:18

'but I will suffer no more.

0:41:180:41:20

'No more!

0:41:220:41:24

'Because I...

0:41:260:41:27

'I am war itself!'

0:41:310:41:33

SHOUTING

0:41:410:41:45

STUDENTS SHOUT AND PLEAD

0:41:540:41:56

You can't even handle detention right.

0:42:020:42:05

SHE SIGHS

0:42:050:42:07

-How can...? How can you...?

-I'm in no mood to talk.

0:42:070:42:10

I'm... I'm gone!

0:42:100:42:12

Aren't you going to go after him?

0:42:130:42:14

-No!

-But if the rope was making us angry...

0:42:140:42:16

-You'll understand when you get a boyfriend.

-And there it is!

0:42:160:42:20

-SHE SIGHS

-Why do we rely on other people?

0:42:220:42:24

How can you fire a gun?

0:42:280:42:30

You do not want to talk to me after the day I've had.

0:42:300:42:33

Day?

0:42:330:42:35

You've only been gone 45 minutes.

0:42:350:42:37

Really?

0:42:370:42:38

Seemed like a lifetime.

0:42:400:42:41

What's happened to your eye

0:42:420:42:44

-and your hair?

-And how can you fire a gun?

0:42:440:42:47

I just saved you, didn't I?

0:42:470:42:50

Isn't that my punishment?

0:42:500:42:52

-But...

-Yeah, well, consider it my last favour, Prince.

0:42:520:42:56

Last?

0:42:560:42:57

-It's...

-It's the Arn.

0:43:000:43:02

I'm no longer your slave, Prince.

0:43:050:43:07

I have my free will back...

0:43:090:43:10

..and I have my gun.

0:43:120:43:13

GUN CHARGES

0:43:130:43:15

And things...

0:43:150:43:17

Yeah, things are going to change around here.

0:43:180:43:21

# Live fast, die young Bad girls do it well

0:43:230:43:26

# Live fast, die young Bad girls do it well... #

0:43:260:43:29

No.

0:43:300:43:32

N-n-no, it can't be.

0:43:320:43:34

Oh.

0:43:350:43:36

'Look at you and your little circle...

0:43:380:43:42

'..pretending to be heroes who never expected to pay a price,

0:43:450:43:48

'and you will keep paying

0:43:480:43:51

'till you've lost yourself.'

0:43:510:43:54

'And the war begins again...'

0:44:010:44:03

..today.

0:44:040:44:06

With the gang trapped in detention and out of the way, Miss Quill accepts Dorothea's astonishing offer - to help remove the Arn from her head and to reclaim her freedom. Alongside Ballon, an imprisoned shape-shifter, Miss Quill travels in a metaphysical engine and is taken to impossible, extraordinary and dangerous worlds, collecting materials in preparation for her life-changing procedure.