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The Proteus Factor

Animated series. Proteus, leader of the mysterious Guardians, traps the Aronnax in a magnetic field and kidnaps Ant, believing he is the key to finding Lemuria.


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I believe this could be very important, Nereus.

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It's hard to tell from here, William.

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I'd need to see the picture first-hand.

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This part of the Chronicle seems to refer to Lemuria's Needle.

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-Hmm. Perhaps.

-Mr Nereus, is it needle as in compass?

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And is it connected to our piece of the Ephemychron?

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It could be. But then again...

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My family has been searching for

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lost Lemuria for generations, Nereus.

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Why are you being so mysterious?

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Ugh, mysterious is probably his middle name.

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Mysterious is not my middle name.

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I think Mysterious is his first name.

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Mysterious...not...first...either.

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Nereus? Oh, we lost his signal.

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Huh?

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Ant, look! Isn't it that Mr Mysterious?

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Nereus? How?

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Of course.

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He pretends he's miles away, then makes a surprise entrance.

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Hmm, that does sound like his style.

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Well, this time, let's surprise him.

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Surprise!

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Huh? You're not Nereus.

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You must be Fontaine.

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And you must be Antaeus.

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I'm so pleased to meet you.

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My name is Proteus.

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My family are explorers.

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We have been for generations.

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While others look up to the stars,

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we know there are an infinite number

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of things that shine in the darkness below.

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There are things lurking in the seas that long ago vanished into

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myth. My family are explorers and we explore...

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the deep.

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I feel like I've been waiting to

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meet the Nekton family my entire life.

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So, like, a really long time?

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Ow!

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My friend Nereus always has some

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reason not to introduce us.

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So you know Nereus.

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As well as anyone can.

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He's a little mysterious.

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Oh, I know, right?

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But I'm here to help you find Lemuria's Needle.

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How did you know we were looking for Lemuria's Needle?

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Well, you were in the area.

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-ALERT BLARES

-Huh?

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Mayday, Mayday! Can anyone hear me?

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Aronnax receiving you. What's the nature of your emergency?

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I'm Captain Marko on the icebreaker, Macintosh.

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We're trapped in pack ice.

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-We have your coordinates. We're on our way.

-Thank you.

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-Please hurry.

-Nektons, we have a ship in distress.

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Everyone back to the bridge.

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Oh, my, sounds urgent.

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You'd better come aboard.

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Captain Marko, we'll be arriving in 20 minutes.

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Hang on.

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Nereus and I are both members of the Guardians.

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Nereus once mentioned something about guardians

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but never told us what they do.

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We basically try to preserve Lemurian culture.

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But why wouldn't Nereus just say that?

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Nereus and I do things differently.

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To be honest, sometimes I wonder if he wants you to find Lemuria at all.

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Lemuria's Needle and the Ephemychron are connected.

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-I knew it!

-When all the pieces of the Ephemychron are connected,

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it forms an ancient navigational computer.

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And here in the Chronicle it reads,

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"The wielder of the Ephemychron is the wayfinder

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"and the compass of their people."

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I've been trying to translate that for months.

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-Thank you.

-My pleasure.

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When was the last time Nereus translated anything for us?

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He does. Occasionally.

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-Once or twice.

-The Chronicle suggests you will find this

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by heading due north.

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Just so we're clear, Proteus now rates way above Nereus in my book.

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He doesn't play games.

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Nereus is kind of intentionally mysterious, isn't he, Jeffery?

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Good point. See, you know how to give a straight answer!

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Aronnax, are you reading me?

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Captain Marko, we're almost there.

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My boat is at the point of breaking up.

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The Macintosh cannot take any more of this.

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It won't have to.

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-Hold on to something.

-What?

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Why do I have to hold on to something?

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Where are...?

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Whoa!

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That just might do it.

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We'll carve a channel to open water for you.

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Incredible.

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-Thank you.

-You're welcome.

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Stay safe, Captain Marko.

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Aronnax out.

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Full steam ahead!

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We're 20 miles from true north.

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If I read this correctly, you'll need to turn to port three degrees,

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head towards magnetic north and descend.

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Technically, true north is right at the top of the planet

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but compasses point to magnetic north,

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where the Earth's magnetic field is focused.

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Yes, it is fascinating.

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Aronnax, your transponder signal!

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Nereus, your signal is very weak.

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You...almost...North Pole.

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Yes. Your friend Proteus is with us.

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He says he has something to show us.

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Hello, old friend.

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Proteus!

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Be careful of the...

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Mr Nereus? Be careful of what?

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-We lost the signal.

-Be careful of the...

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What could he have meant?

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Maybe he was trying to be mysterious again.

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He was trying to warn us of something.

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Now, now, Antaeus.

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You have nothing to fear.

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Trust me.

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Depth is 1.2km. We can't go much deeper.

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What's that?

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A mountain?

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Engines off.

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Is that what I think it is?

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Indeed it is.

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That is the North Pole.

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-Wow.

-Incredible.

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Look, the North Pole floats!

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In ancient times, Lemurians placed this here.

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It marks the exact position of magnetic north.

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The Chronicle states that, when assembled,

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the Ephemychron will align itself with Lemuria's Needle.

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Using this and other significant markers,

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it can calculate the route to Lemuria.

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This is almost too amazing to believe.

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PROTEUS CHUCKLES

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Believe it, William.

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Some Guardians delight in sharing their knowledge.

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Especially with keen adventurers such as yourselves.

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Thank you, Proteus.

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I want to know what Nereus meant by "be careful".

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Don't pretend, Jeffery.

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I know you're curious too.

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With the radio boat we deployed, we might get a stronger signal.

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Aronnax to Nereus, Aronnax to Nereus.

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Nereus! Can you hear me?

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-Who...let Proteus aboard?

-What?

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Yes, Proteus is here, but what did you mean by "be careful"?

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Be...wits about you!

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What? Hello?

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-Nereus?

-I thought you'd be more interested in the North Pole.

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I am, I...

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-It's incredible.

-You are very smart, aren't you, Antaeus?

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Ant, Fontaine, please prepare the rover for deployment immediately.

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Your father wants to see the pole up close.

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It's the eighth wonder of the world.

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Hmm, something smells fishy here.

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Oh, sorry, Jeffery. Not you.

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Moving closer to the obelisk.

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What an incredible vehicle.

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You want a closer look?

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Yes, please.

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Uh, maybe just don't press any buttons.

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CREAKING

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Hmm, that's strange.

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Dad, the rover's ready.

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Thanks, Fontaine.

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Where's the Ephemychron?

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Ant, did you put the Ephemychron back in my study?

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Ant? Ant?

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Your technology is impressive.

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Everything is so easy to operate.

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Uh, does "don't press any buttons"

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mean something different where you come from?

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Ant!

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Fontaine, I can't get through to the rover.

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Can you ask Ant if he put the Ephemychron back in the study?

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Ant, did you put the Ephemychron away?

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-Huh?

-Proteus, what are you doing?

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Ant, come in. Where are you going?

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Why are you leaving without me?

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Dad, can you try to reach Ant?

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Ant, do you copy?

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Proteus, take us back now!

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Rover to Aronnax, Rover to Aronnax.

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Hello?

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So, somehow that thing blocks radio signals, right?

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Oh, you are clever.

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Where are you taking me?

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-Ant, can you hear me?

-What?

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Will, look!

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Huh? Look out!

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-Huh?

-We're speeding up.

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Listen, it's not me. We're being pulled.

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What's happening?

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Engines are in full reverse.

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We can't stop.

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The North Pole is magnetised.

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-We're going to hit!

-Hold on!

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Whoa!

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The North Pole is the focal point in the earth's magnetic field.

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It's a giant electromagnet.

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Proteus and Ant are gone.

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-What?

-How?

-In the rover, just before things went crazy.

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Proteus was driving.

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Aronnax to rover. Can you hear me, Ant?

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I have a plan.

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Jeffery is wondering why.

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Nereus believes you are The One.

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-Which one?

-You know exactly what I'm talking about.

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The Chosen One alone has the ability to assemble the pieces of

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the Ephemychron. It's time to fulfil your destiny.

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I'm in position.

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The magnite is made of carbon fibre, completely nonconductive.

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OK. So we can't be magnetised and stuck,

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but why do you want the sea plane's cover?

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It's thermoplastic, Fontaine.

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Also nonconductive.

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You're going to try and save us with a plastic sheet?

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If I can wrap it around the pole's face it might cut off the energy

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supply, weaken the magnetism and free the Aronnax.

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Sounds like a plan.

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No offence, but do we have a plan B?

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ANT SHIVERS

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If you can make the Ephemychron whole, the power will be ours.

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Never trust a man who carries a staff, Jeffery.

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Stop playing!

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You will help me.

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Not a chance!

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Your parents are in mortal danger.

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Mayday, Mayday!

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Unless I tell your family how to save the Aronnax,

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they will be trapped for ever.

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If you want them free, prove to me that you are The One.

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Mom!

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CREAKING

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The roof shouldn't be doing that.

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The hull is losing integrity.

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-Meaning?

-Meaning we've got to get out of here now or the Aronnax could

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collapse in on itself.

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-Take this.

-What?

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-Hey, that's ours!

-Not any more.

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Take this too.

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But that's...

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Your task is simple.

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The Chronicle tells us The One will join the pieces of the Ephemychron

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-together.

-There's supposed to be three.

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Two should be enough to prove if you're genuine.

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-Or not.

-If I do this, you'll help my family?

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Of course.

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OK, must go this way.

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Oh.

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That's it? That's the best you can do?

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Nereus was wrong about you.

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You're just an annoying child.

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Hey!

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OK, done.

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The instruments show you've blocked most of the energy flow coming from

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the earth. I'm trying the engines now.

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I'm sorry, Will, it wasn't enough.

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Help! This guy believes in destinies and wears robes as casual clothes!

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Radio for help. My family is in danger!

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Your little friend is noisy, Proteus.

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-You two.

-He's also quite useless to me.

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Captain Marko will take you far away.

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I cannot allow Nereus to know of these events.

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You didn't help my family.

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You didn't put the Ephemychron together.

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You...

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You were lying! You were never going to help them!

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That's a bigger drop than I was expecting.

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Are you sure about this, Kaiko?

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A charge through the hull should reverse our polarity.

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Like turning a magnet around.

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So instead of being attracted we'll be repelled?

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That's the theory.

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But if it works, it could be a rough ride.

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The pole's diminished magnetism will slow the rate of propulsion so

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the Aronnax should be able to stay in one piece.

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SHOULD be able to?

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Oh, there isn't a plan C, is there?

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-On three.

-One, two, three!

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Come on, come on!

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Hook these to the auxiliary batteries.

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FROM ABOVE: Whoa!

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-That really doesn't sound good.

-THUMP

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That was a bigger drop than I was expecting.

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-How are we doing?

-We're ready to reverse polarity.

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What kind of Guardian endangers people's lives?

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Give me that!

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Proteus?

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Jeffery, stay.

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Polarity reversing...

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now!

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-We're free!

-I wasn't expecting it to be this smooth.

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THUMP

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Will, the engines!

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Yes! Come on, let's find Ant.

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I'm picking up a GPS signal from Ant's communicator.

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Aronnax to Ant, can you hear me?

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Can't...talk...

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freezing.

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-Nereus!

-You're all right?

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Yes, but...

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but cold.

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You had no right to do what you did, Proteus.

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This fool is not The One and you are in no position to speak this way to

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the head of the Guardians.

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It has been decided, Proteus, you are no longer a Guardian.

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Have it your way, Nereus.

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I have no need for the Guardians or the boy.

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Oh, no!

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He's got both pieces of the Ephemychron!

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Ha-ha-ha!

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Go after him!

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Don't worry, Antaeus, he won't get far.

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What's all this stuff about The One?

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You are important, Antaeus.

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But Proteus's strange beliefs are deluded.

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-Nereus.

-Go ahead, Glaucus.

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We have searched the icebreaker.

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Proteus has vanished.

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Well, that's annoying.

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Thank you.

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Nereus, why would Proteus endanger all of our lives to find Lemuria?

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What's there that he could want so badly?

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Oh, the same thing

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sad, unimaginative people always want, Kaiko -

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wealth and power.

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At least, the Guardians believe that's what's there.

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Some people think you should share more of the Guardians' knowledge,

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-Mr Nereus.

-Honestly, Antaeus,

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we are no closer to finding Lemuria than you are.

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Any information I give you may only hinder you.

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With both pieces of the Ephemychron,

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does that mean Proteus will find Lemuria?

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But he doesn't have the third piece and he doesn't have you.

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I believe you, the Nekton family,

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are far more important than any ancient artefacts.

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Why?

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Oh, call it a hunch.

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He's back - Mr Mysterious!

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Yes, I get that a lot.

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Proteus, leader of the mysterious Guardians, traps the Aronnax in a magnetic field and kidnaps Ant, believing he is the key to finding Lemuria. Ant thinks Proteus is crazy. He tries to escape to save his family.


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