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FADE IN: EXT. RUINED CITY - DAY A desolate expanse filled with the broken remains of a ruined civilization. Fire and smoke fill the air. Several ragged SEMI-HUMAN Scavengers root through the rubble in search of food. They’re big, savage, bodies of metal and skin. They begin to fight for scraps of food. One cyborg is taller than the others with a Metal-Face pushes the others aside, he takes what he wants and feeds. A rumbling fills the air, The cyborgs Scavengers scurry back to their hiding places. The shaking noise grows louder. The sound of CRASHING STEEL and CRUMBLING STONE fills the air. Large, deep cracks open. The rumbling grows to an ear-splitting intensity then stops Through clouds of thick dust a GIGANTIC War-Machine approaches the Ruined City. Rusty and shell pocked on its surface, the earth cracks under its massive weight. The War-Machine stops. There is a grinding sound as the largest gun turret at the top slowly turns. The gun in the turret adjusts it's elevation, then fires. BOOM!! INT. WAR-MACHINE MAIN CONTROL ROOM - DAY Technicians seated at stations facing panels full of digital readouts and controls. The Tech’s are attached to their consoles by weird, clear tubes that plug into metal sockets on their abdomens. Everything in the control room appears old and worn, in desperate need of repair. One man, worn and scarred stands in the center of the control room. He looks into a periscope. He is the COMMANDER of this War-Machine. COMMANDER Miss! What’s the matter with you, tracking? I thought we had a lock? TRACKING TECH Neg, sir. They’re blocking our sensors.
The War-Machine rocks from a near miss. SECOND TECH They have us fixed, sir. Three thousand meters, range closing. Outriders approaching. COMMANDER Hangar Bay, prepare Runners. INT. WAR-MACHINE RUNNER HANGAR - DAY Technicians move among a group of bizarre men, extremely large, SUPER-MUSCULAR LEGS. Each wears an elaborate harness with a large square pack on it's back, the MASTER WEAPONS TECH speaks through a com-link. MASTER WEAPONS TECH Runners one through twelve ready. INT. WAR-MACHINE MAIN CONTROL ROOM - DAY The Commander checks wrist-mounted digital read-outs and looks through the periscope once more. COMMANDER Range? TRACKING TECH Two thousand and closing. COMMANDER Runners, fire one. INT. WAR-MACHINE RUNNER HANGAR - DAY A Technician pulls a switch on a giant control panel mounted on the hangar bay hull. An adjacent hatch dilates open and the first Runner springs out like a human Greyhound. EXT. BATTLEFIELD - DAY The Runners race out of the War-Machine at regular intervals and head straight across the landscape. Their helmets make a loud “beep” tracking to their targets. Shells explode about them. They pick up speed, their legs a blur, dodging and whirling through the maelstrom of steel and high explosive.
O. The Runners speed is now FANTASTIC.3. WAR-MACHINE MAIN CONTROL ROOM . A large cannon is mounted on a harness attached to the head and shoulders of the beast. It fires it’s weapons.ANOTHER PART . He heads right for his target.DAY A large REPTILE. EXT. BATTLEFIELD . WAR-MACHINE MAIN CONTROL ROOM . A rider in a large saddle crouches behind the cannon.DAY Some distance away is another huge land battleship. Confirm Outrider visual contact. EXT. aiming it at the Runner. THIRD TECH Enemy Main Unit is firing. With a final burst of fantastic speed the Runner changes course slightly and heads straight for the Outrider. . BATTLEFIELD ANOTHER PART . INT. INT.DAY The Commander watches through his periscope as his Technicians report. Final Approach. an Outrider just a few more meters from him. covered with armor-scales. BATTLEFIELD . Warpack Armed.DAY A Heads Up Display inside the Runners helmet shows the target labeled “Outriders” in red letters.DAY The Commander watches through his periscope. One by one Runners are blown to pieces until only one Runner is left. SOOTHING SEXY FEMALE VOICE (V.) Activate Overdrive. a horned head. COMMANDER (to himself) Come on. SECOND TECH All Runner warpacks armed. FIRST TECH Runners at three hundred and closing. Come on.
four more Very Large Targets approaching from the west.DAY Streaming blood from wounds the Runner charges the Outrider beast. Thirty. CLOSE ON MINI-TANK Letters on the side hull. COMMANDER Well done. Alert Tank Bay. his face motionless. COMMANDER (shakes his head) We need to distract them. FIRST TECH On target sir. Technicians activate the machines. Five of the Mini-Tanks stand before giant round hatches in the hull of the War-Machine. Ten. appear to be heavy crawlers. Another near miss rocks the War-Machine. WAR-MACHINE TANK HANGAR . Stay alert.4. INT. FIRST TECH Sir.DAY Cheers fill the control room. There is a gigantic BLAST. . With whining turbine engine noises the Mini-Tanks come to life. BATTLEFIELD . MINI-TANK A YOUNG MAN sits strapped into a form fitting chair. EXT. The control panel directly in front of the man lights up. find me another target. His eyes are closed.DAY A gigantic space. His eyes open. WAR-MACHINE MAIN CONTROL ROOM . “JON” INT. Deploy one Crawler Team. Bearing two two five. forty and closing. INT. He is fitted with wires and tubes that penetrate his abdomen like a fetus umbilical cord. the Outrider beast is destroyed along with the Runner. but it’s not over yet. The Runner opens his arms in an ecstatic embrace.
EXT. I am on point. positioning. They maneuver through the broken city. Engage enemy. AAL-8 (V. Mother. wide ramps extend from the open hatches and the Crawler Team moves out. MINI-TANK JON-28 controls his Mini-Tank and checks his screens. INT. Mother.5.) Weapons are at maximum. JON-28 JAC-28. RIC-12 (V.O.) RIC-28. time to wake up. SOFT CALM TENOR (V. JON-28 Yes. . left flank. Vector one four. grabs the steering wheel and begins to tap touch panels on several of the LED screens on the panels that line the mini-tanks inner hull near his seat. CALM AND CONFIDENT DEEP BASS VOICE (V. Activating systems. CALM SOOTHING FEMALE VOICE (V.) Affirm. JON-29 Yes. AAL-8.) JON-28. Assault formation twelve. Seek and destroy. positioning. The man. Short. Seek and destroy. BATTLEFIELD .O. activate. JAC-14 (V.O.) AAL-28. Multiple Outriders detected. RIC-12 on flank.) Power is fully charged.O.O. The Mini-Tanks systems activate as he taps the panels. right flank. destroy enemy.DAY Five heavy hatches in the side of the War-Machine slide open. JON-28.O. pass down cracked streets and plow through fallen rubble as they search for the enemy.
Mother. the five Mini-Tank's of the Crawler Team visible moving away from the War-Machine. rear guard. rear guard. the WarMachine is directly below them. INT. and one by one they peel off from their “five-finger” formation. at bearing seven five. JON-28 Activate weapons. MOTHER (V. I have fast movers.) Seek and destroy.O. heading mark four nine.) MAC-8. RUINED CITY . fifteenth hundred meters and dropping. COMMANDER Signal Crawler team: engage Outriders bearing mark seven three. The lead Shrike nods at the ground. SECOND TECH Sir. POV LEAD SHRIKE The ground hundreds of meters below rushes up.O. appear to be Shrikes. equipped with large lightweight metal and plastic wings.6. WEAPONS (V. .DAY A formation of five flying cyborgs. Each Shrike carries a heavy machine gun and six small bombs. on station. EXT.) Weapons ready. roll and dive. WAR-MACHINE MAIN CONTROL ROOM . JON-28 Yes.DAY The Commander watches through his periscope. targets acquired. MAC-8 (V. JON-28 MAC-28. FIRST TECH Crawler Team notified. men and women with hugely developed torso and arm muscles.O.
the Shrikes are blown out of the sky. swiftly. EXT. rotates skyward and points at the diving Shrikes.DAY A metal-storm of bullets fills the sky. EXT. MINI-TANK JON-28 controls his Mini-Tank as he stares into the Main Viewer Screen. which shows the forward view from the MiniTank. BATTLEFIELD . JON-28 quickly punches several touchscreen panels. WEAPONS (V. MINI-TANK ANGLE ON MAIN VIEW SCREEN JON-28 coolly takes aim at the Shrikes. JON-28 Affirm. JON-28 New target at bearing seven. I count nine targets. All units deploy Sky Fire.DAY The Mini-Tanks roll through the ruined city streets. . INT. MAC-8 takes a direct hit and goes up in flames.) Shrikes at nine o’clock high. About them shells explode. the Shrikes hurtling down on the War-Machine. AAL-8 is crushed as a building collapses from a near-miss. acquiring. EXT.DAY A small multi-barreled mini-gun emerges from a hatch on the Mini-Tank’s deck. Range two-hundred meters. RUINED CITY .O. The view on the screen changes to the sky overhead.7. JON-28 Fire. RUINED CITY . One by one. INT.
JON-28 taps a touchscreen and looks at a new display on the Main View Screen. Units report. MOTHER (V.DAY The other surviving Mini-Tanks of the Crawler Team also deploy Sky Fire.) Power at sixty-three percent.) Good boy. RIC-12 (V. EXT.) JAC-14 is hit. RIC-12 wounds a Shrike as it passes directly overhead. RIC-14 and JON-28 are sole remaining active units.) RIC-24. JON-28 JAC-24 destroyed. JON-28 Units report.8. RUINED CITY ANOTHER PART .) Affirm.O. blowing the Shrike into pieces.O. Deploy for individual assault on Outriders. Affirm.O. JON-28 Shrikes eliminated. JON-28 smiles. JON-28 Systems? POWER (V. WEAPONS (V. the out-of-control Shrike crashes into JAC-14.O.O.O. MINI-TANK JON-28 destroys one last Shrike and switches his view screen back to the oncoming Outriders. RIC-12 (V. RIC-14 (V. . INT.) All weapons function nominal. Switching to primary targets.
EXT. RUINED CITY - DAY The Mini-Tanks now head for the Outriders. The huge armorscaled reptiles move stealthily towards the giant WarMachine. RIC-28 passes an alley, and an Outrider beast emerges from its hiding place behind a ruined bus. Its cannon blasts, and RIC-14 is destroyed in a thunderous explosion. EXT. BATTLEFIELD - DAY Two gigantic shells slam into the forward armor of the WarMachine. The shells explode in a tremendous maelstrom of flame and smoke. INT. WAR-MACHINE CONTROL ROOM - DAY There is now some fire and smoke inside the Main Control Room. Automatic fire-control systems quickly put out the fires with chemical spray. COMMANDER Track the trajectory for those last two, initiate counter-fire. The Commander coughs once and clears his throat. COMMANDER Initiate damage control, increase air filtration. Move to Waypoint HSeven. Now. EXT. BATTLEFIELD - DAY Slowly it begins to move, a mountain once more comes to life. As it turns, several more huge shells barely miss the WarMachine. EXT. RUINED CITY - DAY Three Outriders emerge from a side street and charge at JON28. JON-28 fires his main gun, the Sky Fire Mini-Gun also emerges from the hull and joins in, adding a hail of machine gun fire to the blasts from the cannon. INT. MINI-TANK JON-28 calmly fires his main gun at an Outrider visible on his Main View Screen.
EXT. RUINED CITY - DAY All three of the charging Outriders are destroyed, the last collapsing in a mini-gun bullet riddled heap just two or three meters from JON-28. INT. MINI-TANK JON-28 Battle Log. Count four enemy Outriders destroyed. Continuing to engage. POWER (V.O.) Activating secondary fuel cells. Power at forty-nine per cent. WEAPONS (V.O.) Recharging main gun. EXT. RUINED CITY - DAY The last Outrider turns to face JON-28’s Mini-Tank, its thickly armored head and long horns loom over a pile of rubble. The rider of the beast wears an armor suit and helmet with opaque visor. The Outrider raises the opaque visor on the helmet. The Outrider is a very grimy and weary-faced YOUNG WOMAN. Directly behind her, facing out over the creatures spiked tail, is a small pig-like creature that sits behind a cannon facing to the rear of the Outrider. OUTRIDER (to tail gunner) Put all your fire on that MiniCrawler. Distract him while I get him in my sights. The Pig creature grunts once in reply and turns his gun to the charging Mini-Tank. The gun fires and the beast rocks on its thick legs from the gun’s recoil. The beast raises its head and roars. INT. MINI-TANK - DAY Smoke and flame fill the Mini-Tank interior. A small piece of the hull interior has blasted loose and pierced the left thigh of JON-28. The wound bleeds. JON-28 grimaces and looks down at the leg.
MOTHER (V.O.) Do not worry JON-28. Vital signs strong, no termination necessary. MONTAGE Fluids pump down the umbilical cord through clear tubes. The bleeding stops from the wound. Mechanical probes with claws extend from the tank hull and remove the jagged piece of hull form JON-29’s thigh. A flash of light as the wound is cauterized. A plastiform bandage is slapped on to the wound by the mechanical arms and seals air-tight. The mechanical arms retract into the hull. MOTHER (V.O.) Temporary repairs completed. Functionality of eighty-seven per cent. Good boy, JON-28. The entire repair takes less than ten seconds. JON-28 looks into his Main View Screen and aims for the Outrider that wounded him. POV JON-28 ANGLE ON MAIN VIEW SCREEN The same Outrider, the female rider now has her helmet visor lowered and is crouched behind her large cannon prepared to fire. WEAPONS (V.O.) Target locked. JON-28 Fire! EXT. RUINED CITY - DAY The Mini-Tank's Main Gun fires. The Outrider beast is hit directly on its armored head. The Outrider is blasted from her saddle and into the air. She lands hard then gets up drawing her handgun from a holster, she aims, another blast, the gun flies from her hand as she is thrown into the air.
swerves the gun around manages to fire one last time just as the Beast is hit in side by another blast from JON-28’s Main Gun. INT. Disengage active tracking. it flies up in the air and lands on its side.) Damage Control. BATTLEFIELD The massive War-Machine is hit repeatedly by huge blasts from the enemy Heavy Crawlers.O. FIRST TECH Multiple hits to Fire Control. EXT. (MORE) . Mini-Tank Team 23519A is expended. SECOND TECH Outriders are eliminated. WAR-MACHINE MAIN CONTROL ROOM . both sound and voice blast loudly.) Fires are in external bays and hangars. MINI-TANK . Medium damage to ray shields and tracking stations. spins twice and stops. COMMANDER Make heading forty six.DAY Even more fire and smoke than before. punctuated by yet more muffled explosions that rock the War-Machine. Deploy smoke. Warning alarms. The Beast the Tail Gunner are killed. EXT. Thick black smoke and crimson flame pour from several gaping holes in the superstructure. RUINED CITY . to section nine five. COMMANDER Report. DAMAGE CONTROL (V. The and the and Pig Creature turns in the saddle.12.DAY JON-28 slams against the interior hull and as the tank stops spinning he lies motionless.DAY The last blast from the Outrider’s Tail Gun hits the MiniTank. DAMAGE CONTROL (V.O. INT.
personality core in stasis. A flash of light again. more damage to his head face and his left arm. If we retreat we will survive. RUINED CITY . Not far away another machine lies motionless. EXT.) Driver Unit severely damaged. Then a flash.O. A few last shells from the enemy land nearby. COMMANDER Working. A large hole in his chest. MOTHER (V.13. SUPER: "ACTIVATE PENULTIMATE RECOVERY SEQUENCE" The screen goes blank. It’s not a Mini-Tank. good job! EXT. dead. DAMAGE CONTROL(cont'd) We had one deep penetrator that set off some Pentagmite magazines. INT. Lights flicker and then burn steadily.) Power level insufficient for completion of repair sequence.DAY The War-Machine slowly retreats as it lays a smokescreen. . The same mechanical arms extend from the mini-tank’s hull and begin to examine and treat JON-28. MINI-TANK JON-28 sags in his seat harness.O. and the screen begins to show words. POWER (V.DAY The Mini-Tank has a large hole in the side hull. CLOSE ON MAIN VIEW SCREEN Dark and blank. Initiate repair sequence. but rather some sort of maintenance/repair vehicle. BATTLEFIELD . equipped with cranes and mechanical arms with metal-fingered hands. but the blast panels worked and we have it contained. metabolic level low. It continues to fire from the remaining guns. Only a flashing cursor blinks on the blue background. and darkness again.
Prosthetics as temporary expedient available and adequate for emergency functioning. His head and face are repaired with metal parts and also covered in life like artificial skin. unwounded parts of his body in bold outline. opening stasis loop. Schematic drawings of JON-28. Analysis. The hole in his chest is closed with a patch of artificial flesh.) Pause repair sequence.) Driver repair sequence complete. then a “snap” of electrical sound and JON-29 jerks in his harness. MOTHER (V. A hum of power that quickly rises in intensity. initiate reanimation. MOTHER (V. DRIVER REPAIR MONTAGE JON-29 is slowly put back together. personality core stable. Numbers stream by swiftly next to the wounded areas. MOTHER (V. POWER (V. . the tiny repair machines do their jobs.O.14. It remains metal.O. ANGLE ON MAIN VIEW SCREEN Data streams across the main View Screen.O.O. plastic and stainless steel is attached to the stump of his missing left arm. A mechanical arm of brass.) Insufficient power for full biological reconstruction.) Conclusion? POWER (V. Red numbers blink repeatedly next to his head and face.O. the wounds showing as faint outlines. designation of JON-29 will function at eighty-three per cent of nominal capacity. Report. sufficient for return to base unit where full reconstruction available.) New iteration of Driver Unit.
JON-29 Is communication with Main Unit HQ possible? MOTHER (V. JON-29 convulses. Penultimate repair sequence has reached minimal level of completion.O.O. and looks around himself. JON-29 Understood Mother. and the snap of electricity.) Insert glycogenic compound. Again the whine of power.) Damage to weapons server. Damage to weapons server. JON-29 Mother? MOTHER (V.15. Driver Unit iteration is now JON-29. You are now capable of adequate function for return to base. boost power to level three. calmly blinks once. JON-29 opens his eyes. MOTHER (V. Our orientation nonoptimal for communication or locomotion.O. incapable of repair. JON-29 looks around. JON-29 tentatively touches the Main View Screen. as if he has just noticed he lies on his side supported by his harness. repair incapable. incapableJON-29 End report. JON-29 Weapons? WEAPONS (V. Fluids surge down the umbilicus and into JON-29.) Your metabolism was terminated while you were in Personality Stasis. Power? . You have been reanimated.) Communication malfunction.O.
POWER (V.O.) Power failing. Twenty per cent. JON-29 looks down at the repairs to his body. His severed left arm lies on the side of the hull interior that is now the bottom. JON-29 seems unaffected by the grisly sight. He clenches the fingers of his new mechanical hand into a fist, then relaxes them. JON-29 Prosthesis adequate. Biological limb, is repair possible? MOTHER (V.O.) Factory original part beyond repair, original manufacturer replacement unavailable until return to Main Unit repair facilities. JON-29 Satisfactory. Time to arrival of recovery unit? MOTHER (V.O.) Recovery not possible. Main Unit no longer in communication. We are expended. JON-29 Default command sequence, adapt last issued orders, seek and destroy. MOTHER (V.O.) Default option no longer available. Insufficient resources. JON-29 Conclusion? POWER (V.O.) Power insufficient for seek and destroy. WEAPONS (V.O.) Weapons non-functional. MOTHER (V.O.) We are expended.
JON-29 shows no emotion. JON-29 Understood, we are expended. Options? MOTHER (V.O.) Systems repairable, repaired blue systems are of possible use to red forces. Driver Unit may order abort sequence. JON-29 Concur, red force repair and use of JON-29 possibility, driver unit authorizes termination. MOTHER (V.O.) Weapons? WEAPONS (V.O.) Concur. MOTHER (V.O.) Power? POWER (V.O.) Concur. ANGLE ON MAIN VIEW SCREEN A bright green numerical COUNTDOWN begins. JON-29 is calm and motionless. He has little interest in the flashing green numbers counting down on the main view screen. MOTHER (V.O.) Ten. Nine. Eight. Seven. Six. Five. Four, Three. Two. One. Termination charges initiated. Good-bye, JON29. Nothing happens. JON-29 frowns at the main view screen. JON-29 Is this termination? MOTHER (V.O.) Termination charges malfunction. Diagnostics malfunction. We are unable to terminate. JON-29 stares at the Main View Screen for a moment.
JON-29 Alternatives? MOTHER (V.O.) Unknown. I have suffered core damage. Options unavailable. JON-29 stares at the Main View Screen. He shows no emotion. He lays back in his harness, hanging at an odd angle in the tilted Mini-Tank. JON-29 Understood. MOTHER (V.O.) You need rest. JON-29 I am not tired. MOTHER (V.O.) Mother monitors all systems. Mother knows correct procedures for all situations. Rest. A blue fluid runs into JON-29’s body, he closes his eyes. FLASHBACK DREAM MONTAGE VERY FAST images of the past life of JON-29. A tiny baby being inserted into a Mini-Tank. JON at age five being trained inside of Mother. JON at age eight being trained in hand to hand combat outside of Mother. JON at age ten practising his driving with a primitive combustion vehicle. JON at age fifteen command driving Mother in a battle with the Outriders, he is killed and repaired. Multiple scenes of JON being killed and repaired. More images of death and destruction, faster and faster. END FLASHBACKS JON-29 wakes with a start, he looks around the dark interior of the tank then closes his eyes again.
Beneath the square appear letters in Green. It skitters up to the index finger of JON-29’s right hand. JON-29 Information. He examines the squirming creature from first one side. A single dim light shines on JON-29 and the rat. The night is quiet. MINI-TANK The rat crawls carefully about the interior. The rat is surrounded by a square of light. nothing moves save a few windblown leaves and dust. "UPLOADING VISUAL" JON-29 What is it? MOTHER (V. EXT. sniffs it once. then the other. also known as the Black Rat. grabs the rat with his new mechanical hand. a large omnivorous Scavenger rodent. There is a full moon. and bites it.NIGHT The Mini-Tank lies on its side as before.O. INT. JON-29 wakes with a start. and holds it up in the dim moonlight from the hole in the hull.O. A LARGE RAT scurries across the roadway and up the side of the Mini-Tank.19. JON-29 Poisonous? . MOTHER (V.) Subject? JON-29 stares intently at the rat.) Rattus Rattus. It sniffs about the edge of the hole blasted in JON-29 by the Outrider’s gun and then disappears into the hole. RUINED CITY .
) Power should be conserved for necessary functions. MOTHER (V.) Black Rat has sufficient nutrition to maintain basic function level. One word is highlighted in BOLD. JON-29 It is not very good.O.20. Then bites off the head and chews slowly without emotion. MOTHER (V.O. JON-29 Understood Mother. MOTHER (V. JON-29 Will you tell me a story? MOTHER (V. JON-29 eats the rest of the rat and burps. You have received DNA-Mod’s against all known varieties of these pathogens. Commonly carries any of several varieties of disease causing microbes.O. He swallows. .) Now rest.) Non-venomous. JON-29 Understood. "EDIBLE" JON-29 looks at the rat for one long moment. Finish your meal. several of which were tactically deployed early in the opening stages of the First Millennial War.O. The single dim light goes out. JON-29 Characteristics? CLOSE ON MAIN VIEW SCREEN Diagrams and data on the rat flashes by. JON-29 leans back and looks at the Main View Screen.
over view. One: Driver Unit. next is the weapons array.. JON-29 It would help me to rest. They spot a humanoid creature and quickly kill it then begin to eat it. JON-29 Alternatives? MOTHER (V. INT. MINI-TANK JON-29 opens his eyes.. Data unavailable.) Very well.O. RUINED CITY . or MOTHER.) Available.NIGHT Cyborg Scavengers move down the street.) Hydration System damage.21.O.. the main gun is a faze projection Multiplane Gun with a maximum effective range of thirty-one kilometers. tactical.) Second is the multi-task.) Core damage.O. JON-29 Water? MOTHER (V. hyper-active.Two: MOTHER (V. JON-29 closes his eyes as MOTHER's soft voice continues to explain the different functions of the JON battle tank. Water unavailable.. JON-29 Information? MOTHER (V. but carefully avoid passing too near the damaged Mini-Tank. .. EXT.. MOTHER (V.O. a bionic humanoid trained in the full use of the destruction mechanisms. errornull repair unit. The main system components of a JON armored fighting vehicle are as follows:.O.
JON-29 Did we win? MOTHER (V.O.O.) Unknown. . Termination beyond recall. fuel cells damaged.) Unknown. batteries twelve per-cent. you have done well JON-29.) Systems will default to stasis loop for maximum power conservation.22.) Affirm. what will happen to Weapons.) Power minimal.) Core damage. JON-29 Then what? MOTHER (V. When power level zeroes. Your name will be placed in the Shrine of Records.O. JON-29 What happens when you terminate? MOTHER (V. JON-29 If water remains unavailable. JON-29 When I terminate. POWER (V. and revenge will be taken in your name. Information unavailable.O. will I terminate? MOTHER (V. we will lose cohesion and be dispersed. Power and you? MOTHER (V. JON-29 Will we be together? MOTHER (V.O. JON-29 lays back in his command chair.O.) Affirm.O.
RUINED CITY . I have enjoyed being with you. JON-29 Mother?. EXT.. (beat) End of transmission. You are an excellent Driver Unit JON-29. INT. Rats and other small animals retreat into the ruins.O. JON-29 Understood. Mother? MOTHER (V.Mother what time is it.Mother? Darkness. JON-29 It is getting dark.. Mother? .) From stasis loop mode I cannot interface with you.) No alternative. low-power protocol requires placement of all critical functions in stasis loop.SUNRISE The bright yellow morning sun rises over the desolation of the ruined city. blinks at the sunlight. The morning sunshine is on JON-29s face. The lights dim.) Yes. he looks worried. then covers his eyes with his mechanical hand. JON-29 opens his eyes. JON-29 Mother. JON-29 watches as the lights inside the control room start to fade.23.. MOTHER (V.O. The storm of battle has passed..O. MINI-TANK Through the hole in the side of the Mini-Tank sunlight streams into the interior. JON-29 JON-29 Do not terminate. MOTHER (V...
24. RUINED CITY . I have sufficient knowledge to survive in the outside world. I will make you proud. He climbs out the hatch.SUNRISE JON-29 stands next to the Mini-Tank. EXT. JON-29 warily walks around the dead beast. . it snaps apart. JON-29 I must survive to destroy the enemy. takes it off and drops it to the ground.LATER JON-29 moves past and between gigantic pieces of a collapsed statue. I will seek and destroy. He closely watches the figure of the female soldier lying in the street. Another five meters beyond the beast. “KT-7” is in black letters on the helmet front. dead Outrider beast lies two meters from the base of the rubble pile. and pulls once on his umbilical cord. is the crumpled form of the female Outrider. He rest his hand on it and speaks to it. One of the larger pieces reveals that the statue was of an Outrider. fluid spurts. he steps on several of them as he walks away. She still wears her armor and helmet. JON-29 slowly releases the clasps of his harness and climbs up from his sideways hanging command chair. motionless. he wipes his head with his left hand and looks around the ruins. Giant mutant insects crawl over the ground. EXT. A large. JON-29 unfastens the chin strap of his helmet. I will not terminate. RUINED CITY . It’s recognizable as the same Outrider Beast that destroyed JON-29's Mini-Tank. JON-29 Mother. The small tail gunner creature is dead. John reaches down with his mechanical arm. I will take revenge in your name. After a moment of silence JON-29 lowers his hand and stares at the hole in the hull.
chews. REPAIR CRAWLER. . EXT. words appear. The screen activates. RUINED MINI-TANK The sun rises on the horizon. examines it a moment then lifts his mechanical right arm. It stops next to the side hull of the Mini-Tank. The sunbeam shines directly on a solar cell on the upper hull of the Repair Crawler. JON-29 kicks the body once with the toe of his left boot. A small diagnostic screen. takes a bite. then swallows with a grimace. makes a face.” EXT. JON-29 slices a large piece from the creatures flank. a tentacle reaches out and attaches itself to a small opening in its side. A beam of sunlight strikes its hull. It falls back and lies motionless. “DAMAGED CRAWLER UNIT DETECTED. it scans the area. and a thin blade extends. INT. and streaked with blood. He bends over and looks closely at her face. Then a flicker of light on the Main View Screen. JON-29 turns and walks to the dead beast. MINI-TANK Dark and silent. smells it. The tip of the index finger opens. A hatch on the crawler opens and a camera extends. INITIATE DIAGNOSTIC SEQUENCE. INT. RUINED CITY . It zooms in on the ruined Mini-Tank. which also cakes the few strands of yellow hair visible beneath her helmet. Words on screen. The female rider is young and attractive. The small repair crawler still sits a few meters from the ruined Mini-Tank.25. Large green letters appear on the screen. Her face is grimy. the ruined tank silhouetted against the morning light.DAY The Repair Crawler weakly rotates to face the ruined MiniTank and crawls towards it.
POWER (V. minimal levels. MOTHER (V.) Driver Unit JON-29 is missing.) Weapons damaged beyond repair. I have surveyed damaged vehicles in this sector.O. replacement necessary.) Power sufficient for minimal repairs. MOTHER Repair Crawler.) Insufficient power for recovery operations.26. aerial views of the city. The umbilical cord that was attached to JON-29 is pulled back into the chair.) (weak. MOTHER (V.) Operational alternative will be developed.” POWER (V. diagnostics result? REPAIR CRAWLER 24C41 (V.O. MOTHER (V. CLOSE ON MAIN CONTROL SCREEN Data flows down the screen.O. (MORE) . MOTHER (V. WEAPONS (V. POWER (V. scratchy) JON-29? JON-29? Where are you? The command chair activates. Return to operations requires recovery of Driver Unit.O. photographs of JON-29. Her child.) Remote power supply accessed. Maps of the ruined city. ACTIVATE DIAGNOSTICS.) Driver Unit JON-29 is missing. Some of the interior lights switch on.) Repair Crawler 24C41.O.O.O.O.O. “REPAIR CRAWLER 24C41. diagnostic routine complete. Mother searches for a plan to recover her missing Driver unit.
Shall I proceed? CLOSE ON MINI-TANK MAIN VIEW SCREEN A schematic drawing of the damaged Mini-Tank. in the same crumpled position as before. still eating its flesh. JON-29 parries her knife thrust with his mechanical arm. She lifts her head. thrusts and parries. . Her right hand slowly and silently pulls a large combat knife from a sheath strapped to her left calf. Initiate. Her left hand moves slightly. with more acrobatic moves. They both become more and more tired. still lies in the street. the knife extended as she lunges at him. She slowly and carefully looks around. She spots her enemy. MOTHER (V. KT-7 Yes. KT-7 whirls and kicks at JON-29's legs. a larger. JON-29 You are very well trained in hand to hand combat. It flies through the air. He then ripostes with his finger knife. EXT. Now appears a second drawing. REPAIR CRAWLER 24C41(cont'd) By cannibalizing available wrecked crawler units. KT-7. and KT-7 follows it in a graceful somersault. grabbing the blade mid-air and landing on her feet.) Full maintenance cycle confirmed.DAY JON-29 sits near the dead Outrider beast. He stares at the sky. The woman Outrider. RUINED CITY . We will not terminate. Her eyes are slits. That is why I’m going to kill you! The fight resumes. more heavily armed and armored Mini-Tank. full repair with significant augmentation of capabilities possible. JON-29 leaps and kicks the knife from her hand. KT-7 in a silent and swift motion leaps to her feet and attacks JON-29.O.27. Images of various damaged crawlers that lie about the battlefield.
KT-7 Twenty-Nine? Your patch shows Twenty-Eight Iterations? JON-29 I was revived by my unit during combat. JON-29 frowns. KT-7 So are you. then back at her. but nothing more. so what do head. JON-29 looks down at the patch. JON-29 Joint Operations Nexus Driver Unit. do we fight JON-29 nods once.28. in killing a weak you say metalor do we rest? . They move back from each other and sit down on opposite sides of the street. Iteration Twenty-Nine.. (MORE) our strength.. JON-29s mechanical arm pushes her away with such force she flies through the air and hits her dead Outrider beast. JON-29 You are strong. JON-29 Purpose? KT-7 So we can recover There is no glory enemy. slowly.. She shakily stands and holds her hands out from her body. Is that your designation? She points at his breast patch. They stare at one another intensely. KT-7 Truce? JON-29 Truce? What is truce? KT-7 It’s a temporary secession of hostilities. KT-7 manages to scratch JON-29’s cheek. In a final desperate lunge.
JON-29(cont'd) My Iteration has increased by one. and stands proudly. And you killed my Sister Dragon. Never taking her eyes off JON-29. Outrider. KT-7 No you thick skulled machine-brain. for the glory of the Motherland. Komodo Trooper. isn’t that what you call them? You should know you killed her. she opens the canteen and drinks. KT-7 Yes. JON-29 You killed many of my comrades. KT-7 smiles a little. KT-7 Ha! You can try but I don't think you will. Iron-riders are weakbrained and sore-bottomed. JON-29 Komodo? KT-7 nods at the dead Outrider beast. KT-7 nods. KT-7 I’m an Outrider. KT-7 Gen-Modded Komodo Dragon. They stare at one another. Her name was Auron. KT-7 makes a move and JON-29 leaps to his feet ready to fight. it’s still truce. KT-7 Are you thirsty? . The best unit of the Outriders. She walks slowly to the dead beast and pulls a canteen from a saddle pack. Iteration Seven. JON-29 As I will kill you.29. She lowers the canteen. JON-29 watches her closely.
JON-29 Affirm. I gave you well aged fire-brew. JON-29 You can try. KT-7 Water? That’s for baby-suck. KT-7 Do you want a drink? JON-29 nods his head once. JON-29 takes a drink. JON-29 This is not water! KT-7 laughs. Why do you share? KT-7 I already told you fuel-eater. KT-7 takes another long drink from her canteen. JON29 waits until KT-7 sits down again then he carefully walks to the canteen and picks it up. KT-7 Then there would be glory in destroying you. JON-29 Affirm. He smiles. he makes a face. JON-29 looks at her for a moment then takes another drink. I can not be defeated. there is no glory in defeating a weak enemy. JON-29 You are the enemy.30. I made it myself. Only destroyed. JON-29 True. KT-7 puts the canteen down on the ground and moves away. .
) Weapons are not functional. EXT.SUNSET The damaged Mini-Tank repairs itself with parts from the maintenance vehicle. RUINED CITY . use of primary defense is obtainable.) Information? POWER (V. KT-7 gets up and JON-29 does the same as KT-7 pulls her visor down over her eyes. Neither moves. must stop soon. WEAPONS (V. KT-7 The light is going.) Activate primary weapon.DAY A large. MENACING CLAW. MOTHER (V.O. EXT. EXT.31. The interior shows repairs have been made. The hole in the hull is patched. night scope image of JON29.) Power output is high. . MOTHER (V. reactivate at sunrise.O. Then KT-7 looks over at the setting sun. flickers. The image blurs. They stare at each other. dark or light I will still kill you. it will be Sundeath soon. KT-7 Yes. RUINED CITY . INT.SUNSET JON-29 and KT-7 stand near the dead Dragon. mounted at the end of an articulated arm mounted on the forward hull of the Mini-Tank opens and closes. MINI-TANK The screens are functional now. Through her helmet visor: a green. RUINED CITY . JON-29 We will have to fight in the dark.O.O. Small robots move over the hull to repair and replace parts.
they are just about to fight again when KT-7 stops and listens. . KT-7 raises her visor. KT-7’s helmet is amplifying the sound in the area. the humans are trapped. JON-29 can see it too. KT-7 looks around quickly and she is scared. JON-29 What is it? KT-7 Scavengers. We can hear a faint sound like BREATHING. KT-7 and JON-29 fight on the same side. They start to circle each other once more. JON-29 Why did you stop? KT-7 Listen. JON-29 Is the truce ended? KT-7 Yes. MORE Scavengers appear.32. The half-humans turn to the dead Outrider Beast and begin to eat it. together they manage to kill several of there attackers. KT-7 That! A dozen or more charging Scavengers. JON-29 is almost killed by METAL-FACE when KT-7 comes to his rescue and together they manage to escape the Scavengers. JON-29 What are Scavengers? KT-7 points to a pile of rubble in the middle distance down the street. The Metal-Faced leader at the front.
JON-29 and KT-7 move clumsily about. I have been trained in hand to hand combat by direct cranial input and strength enhancers. tonight we truce. They sit down. You are a good fighter. FALLEN BUILDING . then looks at JON-29.33. Truce. she eats some of the contents. JON-29 Why did you save me? KT-7 The Scavengers are animals. exhausted. KT-7 moves to some storage selves and takes off some very old can goods and sits down with them. JON-29 What you call Scavengers we designate as non-combattant semihumans. KT-7 takes a small metal object from her carry pouch and tosses it on the floor.NIGHT It’s dark. but KT-7 just looks at him.NIGHT JON-29 and KT-7 run through the fallen city. KT-7 disappears into a large building. There is no glory in letting your enemy die by other hands. They are in what appears to be an abandoned storage room. So are you. followed closely by JON-29. INT. JON-29 Affirm. Do we fight now? JON-29 starts to get up. she takes her knife and opens one of the cans. KT-7 Yes. . RUINED CITY ANOTHER PART . It hums and then a faint glow. JON-29 sits back down and is glad he doesn’t have to fight right now. EXT. KT-7 We can fight at Sunbirth. JON-29 I should be.
he eats. she sits staring at JON-29 her knife in her hand. she turns it on. KT-7 Hungry? JON-29 Affirm. KT-7 finishes her meal and then settles down on the floor. JON-29 Yes. he looks at it then takes his mechanical hand and a CAN OPENER like device springs out and he uses it to open the can. KT-7 It’s an Alarm field. JON-29 My arm never sleeps. She throws a can to him. she takes out a SMALL DEVICE from her pouch and places it on the ground. He stares back at her. My mother gave it to me.MORNING JON-29 and KT-7 exit and walk a few steps into the plaza that stretches before them. JON-29 watches her as he finishes his meal. FALLEN BUILDING . you comp that metal-head? JON-29 taps a switch on his metal arm. grunts. EXT. JON-29 wears a long overcoat. If you come near me I’ll kill you truce or no truce. KT-7 Your arm is very useful. They look up at the sun and then turn to face one another. KT-7 frowns. JON-29 End truce? . KT-7 pulls her knife from its scabbard. Yes.34. a ghost like ring springs out around her and the device. and a small light begins to blink on the tip of the LITTLE FINGER of the mechanical hand. JON-29 extends his knife blade. He leans back and crunches the now empty can in his metal hand. They stare at one another for a moment.
JON-29 You had a Mother? KT-7 Of course. JON-29 is not sure what that means. then at her face. taught me to fight. to survive. KT-7 Yes. KT-7 carefully takes two steps closer to JON-29. so has mine. KT-7 Perhaps we could negotiate? JON-29 Negotiate? What is that? KT-7 We agree not to kill each other. JON-29 To not fight? There is no honor in this. KT-7 Yes there is. JON-29 stares at the open hand. JON-29 My mother carried me inside herself also. She has terminated now. JON-29 I will negotiate. Will you touch hands and swear truce? . at least for a while. she carried me inside herself and nurtured me. she taught me how to fight. My mother taught me that there is a time for killing and a time for truce. KT-7 If we are to survive we must work together.35. She kept me safe. Then I had to come out and live in this world. She holds out her right hand to him. JON-29 lowers his mechanical arm and the knife retracts into his hand.
JON-29 I will not kill you. but we need weapons and supplies or we’ll end up as scraps. JON-29 thinks this over for a moment then awkwardly holds out his hand and clasps hers. KT-7 looks around the plaza. KT-7 Well are you coming or not? JON-29 I can not defeat Scavengers alone. She turns and walks away across the plaza. MOTHER (V. turns and looks at him.36. JON-29 walks across the plaza with her but keeps a distance..) All systems.O. sufficient to initiate search for Driver Unit. KT-7 The Scavengers are close.unless you attack me. JON-29 pulls his hand back and looks at it.O. JON-29 doesn’t follow. KT-7 stops.) Power reserves are at maneuver level.. MINI-TANK All of the visible damage is completely repaired now. the hole in the hull is patched... We must keep moving. Together we can fight them.O. POWER (V. INT. I will come with you. WEAPONS (V. . priority mission is location of Driver Unit JON-29. KT-7 I will keep our truce..for now..) Field expedient weaponry functional.
O.DAY JON-29 and KT-7 walk slowly and carefully. Driver Unit is necessary for full functionality of this unit. KT-7 in the lead.37. WEAPONS (V. Power levels are insufficient for long term search. WEAPONS (V. EXT.O Neg. It resembles the old tank.) Weaponry insufficient for engagement with enemy.) I concur. MOTHER (V. INSERT MAIN VIEW SCREEN Readouts of different power source show as bars of varying heights. but with various scavenged bits of equipment mounted here and there.) You act contrary to main directive. We must obtain fuel cell replenishment and weapons repair.DAY Slowly the repaired Mini-Tank moves out across the city. Recovery of original Driver Unit JON-29 necessary.) Replacement Driver Units available at Main Supply Depot. WEAPONS (V. Advise extreme stealth in search operations. RUINED CITY . MOTHER (V. They move through what was a housing project. RUINED CITY ANOTHER PART . They each keep one eye on the other. well apart from each other.O. Initiate operations.) Agreed.O.O.O. Priority mission remains recovery of JON-29. EXT.) Agreed. MOTHER (V. Then we must locate JON-29. POWER (V. . Initiate search for fuel cell replenishment and weapons repair.O.
SUNSET The Mini-Tank moves through the ruins. Our weapons are superior.38. INT. KT-7 Reality? Is that why I had to rescue you from the Scavengers? JON-29 doesn’t answer. . JON-29 Does victory smell like dead Outrider? KT-7 Sacrifice is the little sister of victory. We can not be defeated.) Power is at fifteen per cent. Perhaps I smell you? KT-7 Perhaps. MINI-TANK Readouts appear on all the screens.) Fuel Cell replenishment station is near.O. we will seek and destroy until victory is achieved. JON-29 We will win. We are stronger. If you smell strength.O. Replenishment is critical. Scavengers scatter and disappear as it passes. JON-29 The air smells. POWER (V. KT-7 The air is the air. RUINED CITY . EXT. I think you're the one who smells tread-rider. MOTHER (V. and victory. JON-29 I do not smell myself.
SUNSET The CLAW on the front of the Mini-Tank opens and closes as it charges the Scavengers. MOTHER (V. This is Outrider target we destroyed in last combat action.) I concur.O. surrounded by Scavengers feeding on it. MOTHER (V.39. INT. The Scavengers swarm over the Mini-Tank. “FUEL CELL REPLENISHMENT STATION” . The claw scatters the last few Scavengers. Fuel Cell resupply one-hundred meters ahead. It fights back with the claw. crushing. Havoc mode. EXT. The Mini-Tank is undamaged but covered in blood.SUNSET The Mini-Tank passes a pile of rubble. INT. ANGLE ON MAIN VIEW SCREEN A building up the street is outlined in red. The Mini-Tank moves close to the dead Outrider Beast.O. Initiate attack. EXT. MINI-TANK The Main View Screen shows a scan of the area around the dead Outrider Beast.) Confirmed. and there lies the body of KT-7’s Outrider Beast. It superimposes the dead Beast onto an image of a live Outrider Beast. The Mini-Tank stops a few meters from the mass of Scavengers. RUINED CITY . The Scavengers scatter from their new enemy. ripping. flinging them away like toys. Metal-Face stares at the it. green letters beneath. RUINED CITY . MINI-TANK The Main View Screen shows the Outrider Beast body.
It’s a small Crawler that looks like a fuel tank on treads. he was a subordinate in my unit. KT-7 looks closely at the dead Outrider for a moment. It’s a weird combination of the Mini-Tank. The Mini-Tank extends a probe that plugs into a socket on the Fuel Mech. EXT. Crouching over the dead Outrider.O. In the middle of the avenue lies a dead Outrider Beast. MINI-TANK The Main View Screen displays data readouts from the Fuel Cell Mech. Beside it is half a body. MOTHER (V. She inserts the plug into a socket on the side of her helmet.40.) Creatures have retreated. she pulls his helmet off. KT-7 pulls a loop of wire from her belt. INT.SUNSET The Mini-Tank trundles up to a ruined Fuel Cell Mech. He might have useful intel. It activates. a NEW VERSION of the Mini-Tank appears. Vulture like birds fly away as the two soldiers approach. and his eyes open. The weapons of the dead Outrider Beast are part of this process. The dead man jerks once. and RAMS the large metal probe into his head. RUINED CITY . She takes out a small device from her carry pouch and places it on his chest. it is another Outrider. RUINED CITY . . KT-7 I comp him. MOTHER (V. the Outrider weapons and the Fuel Cell Mech. EXT.O. Power resupply available. Initiate upgrades.) Alternate design accepted. with a large solar cell on the top of it.SUNSET JON-29 and KT-7 have come to a vacant street filled with rubble. his back arches.
She looks at her wrist compass. KT-7 JP-6. Vector two seven three. Can you initiate my repair sequence? KT-7 Further iterations are not possible. Dead technicians sit slumped over some of the consoles. . EXT.. then points. JP-6 KT-7. KT-7 That is our vector. JP-6 Coordinates are five. What information do you require? KT-7 The Vector to the closest emergency supply depot. four point six kilometers. The Commander sits in a central Command Chair staring at screens on his command console. KT-7 pulls the probe from JP-6. I’m sorry. You’re scrapped.41. INT.. seven. It’s good to see you. THE COMMANDER All stop.NIGHT The War-Machine Bellerophon moves slowly over open rolling terrain. WAR-MACHINE MAIN CONTROL ROOM . The dead eyes focus on KT-7. He slumps to the ground.. JP-6 Understood.permission to withdraw? KT-7 Granted. three. information is required. and the device from his chest. She replaces the devices onto her belt and pouch then stands. COUNTRYSIDE .NIGHT The Control Room shows extensive damage.
sir. and the statue comes to life. It looks down at KT-7. Identity confirmation. It’s a ROBOT GUARDIAN. EXT. FIRST TECHNICIAN All stopped. Outrider. Replacement Tech’s enter the Main Control Room and hook themselves up to the consoles. KT-7 slowly walks up to a heroic statue of a soldier holding a rifle as if charging up a hill. A hum. “PEOPLES MUSEUM OF THE FIRST MILLENNIA WAR” KT-7 Don’t speak or move. Estimated time to full engagement compatibility approximately thirty six point nine hours. ROBOT GUARDIAN KT-7. OLD MUSEUM DEPOT . The surviving techs disconnect and remove the dead Tech’s from their consoles. With a deliberate motion KT-7 pulls her knife from its scabbard and cuts one of her fingertips. Tripod. The statue is larger than life-size. Shock Troop 3. Activate repair units. and stands on a massive concrete slab. sir. Lancer. THE COMMANDER Initiate replacement of Command Tech’s. . then wipes the blood on the left boot of the statue.NIGHT KT-7 and JON-29 stand before the main entrance of a gigantic building with pillars and wide steps.42. The moonlight reveals carved letters above the entrance. SECOND TECHNICIAN Replacements ready. She squeezes the fingertip. KT-7 Armageddon. THE COMMANDER Acceptable. and lowers its weapon to cover her. THIRD TECHNICIAN Repair procedures initiated.
The robot turns and points at the museum entrance. They are stored here for The Peace. Paintings. It is full of art. this is not the depot. None of it looks functional. KT-7 and JON-29 walk slowly past displays of military equipment. Prisoner? KT-7 Confirmed.43. Dust is thick. Require immediate resupply. ROBOT GUARDIAN Emergency supply depot activated. She waves her hand at the art. JON-29 These are not weapons or food? KT-7 No. (points rifle at JON-29) Enemy. INT. from the before-time. Transporting for interrogation and liquidation. statues. and the lights here are working better. and shelves of books. These are treasures. JON-29 Information? KT-7 What? JON-29 What sort of supply depot is this? KT-7 Oh. This is for after-time storage. tapestries. They pass into a larger room. A hidden trapdoor in the museum steps silently raises. ROBOT GUARDIAN Confirmed. MUSEUM DEPOT A few dim lights flicker. JON-29 The Peace? .
Shock Troop Three. KT-7 sheathes her knife. KT-7 Something ahead.44. PIG CREATURE Nirada. MUSEUM DEPOT HALLWAY Almost pitch black. The small creature wears overalls. A door stands half open. Faint “tap-tap” sounds echo in the room beyond the doorway. KT-7 We’re safe now. It works on a ancient multi-wheeled MILITARY TRUCK. Outrider. light from the room beyond shines around it. KT-7 KT-7. KT-7 has her knife out and JON-29 has his finger blade extended. Designation? . INT. The creature ignores them. MUSEUM DEPOT GREAT HALL KT-7 stops halfway between the doorway and the armored Truck on which the small creature works. with dozens of tools and other small devices hanging from a harness. They move slowly and carefully. Scavengers may have gained access. They reach the end of the hallway. just one light in this long hall. nirada. KT-7 walks out into the room. It’s the same sort of creature as the Outrider tail gunner on KT-7’s Outrider Beast. The pair carefully move close to the doorway and peer into the room. A small pig-like HUMANOID CREATURE is in the middle of the large room. akto. A large four-barreled machine gun is mounted on the flatbed. It drops its tools and snaps to attention. KT-7 Baktor. INT. The pig creature stops its work.
we require resupply. Fixer sees him. Land Master restored. KT-7 Fixer. Second Battalion. FIXER I am not a prisoner transfer unit. JON-29 steps forward from the doorway. but better than nothing. KT-7 We need weapons of any type. . The Pig Creature salutes KT-7. You should terminate him. FIXER Enemy! KT-7 Prisoner. KT-7 Unit status. They’re not very good. and draws a small handgun from a holster on his tool belt. PIG CREATURE Depot maintenance. I alone remain. Weapons available but substandard. I seek a command unit. and transport. FIXER Rations limited. KT-7 nods and smiles. Projectile weapons available. KT-7 Your designator? PIG CREATURE They called me “Fixer”. KT-7 I accept you as subordinate unit. Left Level Three.45. Detached from Fourth Regiment. No plasma armaments. report? PIG CREATURE Expended.
. KT-7 begins to remove her armor. She has a very athletic body. as if searching for something she hopes is not there. KT-7 Oh. At last you’re talking the truth. Colorful depictions of Dragons.just like you. Fixer holsters his pistol and returns to his repair work. JON-29 Will it give us supplies? KT-7 If I order it to. KT-7 He’s a Repair unit. I’ve been passed through all levels of training and testing for Outriders. She runs her hands over herself. and very feminine. I have been terminated and reanimated seven times. a pair of tattoos.. KT-7 notices JON-29 as he stares at her.. Nominal. I was examining your body. her only remaining clothing are a pair of shorts. but not very intelligent. KT-7 Maybe later.46. Your body is functional. KT-7 turns to JON-29. There are no leeches on you. KT-7 Is there something wrong? JON-29 Neg. Nominal? Yes. They are very good at repairs. KT-7 looks down at herself. She removes her outer garments. JON-29 warily walks over to a bench by the wall and sits down. halter top of tan cloth and a pair of arm braces. . KT-7 Is there a leech on me? Is there? I hate leeches! JON-29 Neg. A few scars. uniform and supplies.
He looks at his mechanical hand. the only sound in the shadowed chamber is the tapping of Fixer working on the Truck. JON-29 We did not invade! We repelled your invading forces and pushed you back. KT-7 takes her canteen and drinks deeply. But I can see you still need more work. KT-7 takes a couple more gulps.47. KT-7 frowns. KT-7 You have undergone twenty-nine iterations. Yes. . JON-29 frowns. She still wears a combat knife in a scabbard strapped to her left calf. KT-7 Like I said you still need work! She sits down on the other side of the room from JON-29. JON-29 Affirm. She hands the canteen to him and he takes two deep gulps and hands it back to the girl. KT-7 You want some more? JON-29 nods his head. so do you. JON-29 turns his head and stares at the painting on the wall beside his bench. KT-7 I was in the battle for this city when your kind first invaded our--Jon-29 gets very angry. JON-29 Affirm. They stare at one another. It's a Renaissance style painting of a Madonna and Holy Child. She smiles at JON-29.
KT-7 laughs. JON-29 Incorrect. Female units are not Mothers. KT-7 comes over and looks at him hard. KT-7 An you’re an iron-assed machinehead who has spent to much time in coma-freeze! JON-29 also gets mad. He jumps to his feet. They lack the capacity. KT-7 You find this information amusing? JON-29 It is incorrect. permanent display of a mother with her child. KT-7 You’re brain must be war-weary. KT-7 We can be both strong warriors and caring mothers. JON-29 You are the enemy.48. KT-7 That is an ancient. not mothers. My mother was a female. JON-29 laughs. poised for a fight. . Females are warriors. Why does this screen display a child unit in the company of a female? KT-7 glances at the painting. KT-7 Do you require information? JON-29 Affirm. the repairs to your brain must have been faulty. You are wrong.
Fixer turns and walks away. JON-29 and KT-7 slowly relax. JON-29 looks at KT-7.49. What duty are these units performing? KT-7 They’re kissing rivet-head. FIXER Reporting! Repair of the land rider is completed. JON-29 looks around the chamber. She watches him closely. KT-7 takes another drink from her canteen. (TO JON-29) Truce? JON-29 nods his head. then at KT-7. KT-7 Now what are you looking at? JON-29 (he points) That. JON-29 Kissing? Is this a maintenance activity? . then at the painting. JON-29 And you are a foul smelling beastherder that would not know a multiplexing phase converter from a stress fractured base plate! They stare at one another intensely. He sees a detailed painting of a man kissing a woman. They sit down once more. JON-29 Truce. We will depart at SunBirth. Fixer interrupts them. I have located ammunition and rations. KT-7 Excellent. He stares hard at the painting.
but you get better as you go.. hump-grinding.well most of the time.50. Pressing lips together is how bucking begins. it is very complex. KT-7 Oh sure many times. She takes another drink. KT-7 begins to pump her hips in a sexual way. KT-7 takes out her knife and uses the jagged edge to comb her hair. . KT-7 No.. JON-29 You have performed this procedure? KT-7 smiles broadly.. KT-7 Bucking. JON-29 Understood. She also drinks again from her canteen. then hands it to JON-29 who also drinks deeply. I don’t just buck with anyone. KT-7 At first bucking is awkward. belly warming. KT-7 My buck partners never complained. I was even selected for future service in a Reproduction Unit.sex! JON-29 Understood. The coupling of two warriors to initiate production of replacement units. but I’m not a bivouac belly warmer. I have information on sex.. and it’s very pleasurable if you do it correctly.. JON-29 Bucking? KT-7 Yes.
JON-29 I have been briefed on basic reproductive procedure. .. She smiles softly.. I am never afraid! JON-29 thinks this over for a moment or two. I think you could learn if you had a good teacher. she it getting a bit drunk. JON-29 blinks once. JON-29 You wish to mate with me? KT-7 Well your not very intelligent but you have a nice bottom cushion so I guess it might be interesting.Unless you’re afraid? JON-29 I am a fully trained combat driver. she drinks more..51. then at JON-29. no. they’re just more work that’s all. JON-29 This will involve close contact will it not? . KT-7 Just the basic’s. Take you for example. naked... she looks around the room.? She pumps her hips again. KT-7 looks closely at JON-29.. She hands the canteen back to JON-29 who is also getting a little high. She sees a marble statue of a Greek god. He drinks. KT-7 You’re a no-timer aren't you? Fixer is visible in the center of the room loading crates of ammunition and other supplies onto the Truck. KT-7 stares at the statue. KT-7 drinks more. JON-29 looks embarrassed and hands her back the canteen. KT-7 I don’t mind no-timers.
That you do not kill me during mating. That we promise truce for duration of the procedure. JON-29 Do we need to negotiate? KT-7 takes another drink from her canteen. KT-7 This seems like an acceptable time. KT-7 (smiling) Very close. KT-7 thinks this over. and removes it. JON-29 Terms? Yes. KT-7 My terms are in mind-sinc with yours. JON-29 smiles shyly. then nods her head. She shoves her knife into the wooden leg of the bench she sits on. KT-7 State your terms. Takes another gulp of fire-brew and smiles. . JON-29 Affirm. Do you accept? JON-29 I accept. KT-7 loosens the straps on her leg sheath.52. She stares at JON-29. (LONG BEAT) When? KT-7 what? JON-29 When do we initiate mating procedure? KT-7 stares at JON-29 for a long moment.
EXT. FIXER He will not repair her with this procedure. Initiate repair procedures. KT-7 flinches and pulls back. it warms up. . Weaponry will be obtained from expended units.) Understood.53.O. INT. JON-29 Have I harmed you? KT-7 No. KT-7 Just in case our truce is cancelled. WEAPONS (V. JON-29 slowly walks to her. and they kiss awkwardly. MINI-TANK ANGLE ON MAIN VIEW SCREEN Various readouts appear. a SOFT GLOW begins to surround it.O.) Weaponry upgrade unavailable. Fixer still loads the Truck with supplies.) It is now oh-six-hundred-thirty hours. and sits next to her on the bench. Power sufficient for full repair sequence. MOTHER (V. RUINED CITY .O. They kiss. KT-7 takes him in her arms.O. He stops and looks at them for a moment. JON-29 embraces her with his robotic arm. MOTHER (V.SUNRISE A bright sunrise over the fallen city. POWER (V. Your replacement arm is cold that’s all. JON-29 looks at his arm and it starts to hum. He shakes his head.) Initiating power-up.
JON-29 Why does my head hurt? KT-7 smiles. Readouts appear detailing the repairs. We require JON-29 for full and proper functioning of this Battle unit.DAY The small repair robots work to repair the Mini-Tank. the large multi-barrelled machine gun rises on its heavy mount above the piles of supplies. JON-29 You were correct. MINI-TANK ANGLE ON MAIN VIEW SCREEN. KT-7 Don’t tell me your also a firsttimer with fire-brew? JON-29 shakes the pain away. A rendering of JON-29 appears and rotates. JON-29 slowly gets up from the floor. once again fully clothed in armor and uniform. KT-7 (O. MUSEUM DEPOT GREAT HALL . he looks over at KT-7. JON-29 sleeps soundly. Your mating skills are well developed. They are disassembling the 124c1 Repair Crawler and using its parts to repair and modify the Mini-Tank.) Once system functions are recovered we must initiate search and rescue operations for Driver Unit JON-29.O. KT-7 nods curtly. he opens his eyes.S. He stands unsteadily holding his head.54. . INT. INT. We have to evac immediately. EXT. a smile on his face.DAY The Truck is ready. MOTHER (V. KT-7's boot taps him on the shoulder.) Sunbirth has taken place. RUINED CITY .
JON-29 looks down at the ground for a moment. JON-29 clears his throat. you tried to kill me. JON-29 Adequate? KT-7 Yes. JON-29 You have not reported on my mating skills. and if you continue you’ll be almost as good as me.55. For a first-timer I think you did very well. KT-7 Yes. JON-29 frowns.. JON-29 You are certain? KT-7 turns and stares at JON-29. JON-29 waits for a further response. JON-29 You are the enemy. KT-7 They were. Adequate. KT-7 smiles. yet you mated with me. He comes closer to her. Yes. why? KT-7 My mother told me that death always rides with you so don’t waste time with silly blush-talk. . KT-7 opens the drivers door of the Truck. KT-7 I told you they were. her back to JON-29. KT-7 continues to assist Fixer with the Truck.. Your performance was quite adequate. quite adequate.. She pauses. KT-7 Yes.. Adequate. JON-29 looks at her and smiles.
It has large solar panels mounted over the rear hull. MOTHER (V. TANK The interior is completely repaired. Metal-Face stands at the front. Sensors detect pheromone traces. nominal capacity. Commence search and rescue operations for Driver unit JON-29. everything shiny new. He sniffs the air in several directions. She smiles. She flicks a switch on her arm brace and out pops a small cutting blade. EXT.56. RUINED CITY . WEAPONS (V. RUINED CITY .O. and so are you. There are even some bones from the Outrider beast mounted on the Mini-Tank like grisly trophies.O. JON-29 smiles.) Power is at maximum. . INT.ANOTHER PART . POWER (V.O. KT-7 Very wise! EXT.DAY The Mini-Tank is MUCH LARGER.) System capacity recovered.DAY The group of Scavengers crawl out of the ruins. the other follow. he moves away. She flicks another switch on her other brace and out pops another blade. Overall the Mini-Tank is more menacing. flanked by heavy armored panels.) Weapons are online. JON-29 Your mother was a very wise woman. KT-7 Beside I had this just in case.
. RUINED CITY . JON-29 Have you ever driven a vehicle? KT-7 I’ve read the manual. I was temporarily engaged in repulsing the enemy when I was. if you’re such a good driver. now brain-work this. . KT-7 Oh I comp. I have more driving experience than a beast-rider. why were you walking? JON-29 shakes his head angrily.. KT-7 I’ll take command of the vehicle and select our heading... MUSEUM DEPOT GREAT HALL JON-29 and KT-7 stand by the Truck. EXT.57.DAY With a rumble the upgraded Mini-Tank moves out of the rubble and down a large avenue.. KT-7 lifts her hand. JON-29 That was not my fault. JON-29 I am a highly trained Driver Unit. JON-29 shakes his head. KT-7 Have you ever driven a primitive combustion drive vehicle before? JON-29 I was taught in the early stages of my training. INT. JON-29 is now fully dressed in his uniform and has even added some armor and a pistol belt with holster and gun. I am a highly trained command driver.
swaying in his seat harness. I was adjusting to the unfamiliar control systems. EXT. too fast! JON-29 Incorrect. then up at her. then right and then slams on the brakes. FIXER Yes. and out comes the Truck. here are my terms. tilts and then spins wildly. I will operate the main gun and decide on the correct vector of our advance. SLAMS the door shut and starts the Trucks engine. KT-7 Negotiation. KT-7 You drive like you mate. Now What heading shall I set? . KT-7 climbs into the main gun operation station. JON-29 climbs in the cab. You will be the unit driver. JON-29 Do females often act like this after mating? Fixer nods. MUSEUM DEPOT . bringing the Truck to a screeching stop. nearly out of control. A roar.DAY A large steel panel slides open in the street.58. KT-7 stoically clings to the machine guns handles. swerves. then lands roughly on the street. JON-29 opens the driver's door and sits beside Fixer. They have no choice they are programed that way. KT-7 (yells) Reduce speed! JON-29 jerks the wheel left. JON-29 Agreed. Do you accept? JON-29 looks down at the ground. It leaps into the air as it exits the hatch.
POWER (V. JON-29 hit's the gas hard again and they take off even FASTER this time. KT-7 frowns. foulsmelling. north by seven.59..DAY The Tank rumbles down the avenue. TANK ANGLE ON MAIN VIEW SCREEN INSERT "PHEROMONE TRACK JON-29 HEADING ZERO FIVE.. EXT.. She points up the avenue. JON-29 Understood. Driver Unit has been in this area within one hour.DAY As the tank rumbles towards the museum the ROBOT GUARDIAN activates. It turns a corner.) Tracking online.) Weapons online. deeper into the ruined city. KT-7 Make heading zero five. I will maintain a safe speed.O.. RUINED CITY . jerk-legged. rack-butted. and there may be Scavenger traps so keep a tight-eye. RUINED CITY . And make sure you only run at half-juice. INT. .. The Museum is across the street from the Tank. WEAPONS (V.) Power systems online.. KT-7 (yelling) Of all the scale-headed.O.O. Maintain course. The terrain will be uneven. then shrugs. EXT. NORTH BY SEVEN" MOTHER (V.
DAY The Tank rams into the Guardian. The Guardian is damaged but tries to rise. EXT.) Damage is minimal. continue search for JON-29. The Tank rolls over it again and again. The Guardian lifts its weapon as the machine rumbles forward. ROBOT GUARDIAN Halt! INT. INT. Weapons! WEAPONS (V. EXT. it tries to get up but the Tank rolls over it.O. POWER (V. The Tank moves forward. recharge will commence.) Alert! Attack in process. INT. .) Working. The blast hits the side of the Tank but doesn’t stop it. it falls to the ground. RUINED CITY .O.O.O.) Engaging maximum speed.60. repairs in progress.O.O. TANK The alarm stops.DAY The armor plates close down over the solar disks. it fires. TANK MOTHER (V. MOTHER (V. it’s smashed flat. TANK .O.) Maximum speed! POWER (V.) Enemy is destroyed. MOTHER (V. WEAPONS (V. TANK An alarm sounds.) Power is at acceptable level.
ANOTHER PART . Steam pours from beneath the Trucks' hood.DAY The armor plates open. the solar panels open and turn to the sun. KT-7 You’re NOT a good driver. RUINED CITY . KT-7 Look! She points at something overhead. KT-7 grunts then looks around. Her voice trails off. You disobeyed orders by driving at full juice after I ordered you not too! JON-29 Mating with you must have dulled my senses. We should----. The Tank starts to move down the avenue again.DAY The Truck speeds down the middle of the street. She turns to JON-29. KT-7 climbs down from the truck and holds a large assault rifle. The Truck brakes suddenly to a hard stop. She looks closely at something in the sky. KT-7 We’re at the city perimeter. EXT. EXT. Several GIANT BATS pass silently overhead and disappear.61. JON-29 smiles as he swings the Truck around the obstacles in the street. Fixer gets out and waddles over to the hood and opens it. then back at JON-29. . It swerves wildly around piles of rubble. FIXER I fix good! JON-29 gets out of the cab and surveys their surroundings. Beyond the next street lie the Outlands. TANK .
and the Cyborg collapses at his feet. FIXER I fix good! We go now. They almost never come out before Sundeath. Fixer slams the Truck hood shut.62. Fixer turns calmly. and quick draws his little pistol. a wave of bullets rip into flesh. and lunges for Fixer.DAY Metal-Face and his band of Scavengers head down the avenue at a steady lope. KT-7 jumps into the Truck bed. He tries the motor. fires. The Scavengers slow down. She grabs the machine gun and swings it around towards the Scavengers as they regroup for another charge. his head and shoulders beneath the open hood of the Truck. The Scavenger gang howls and charge for their prey. KT-7 Something has disturbed them. Fixer works on the engine. EXT. . Together they pick off several. JON-29 grabs another assault rifle from the Truck and fires wildly at the cyborgs. She screams. many Scavengers die. RUINED CITY . Metal-Face snarls. JON-29 is directly in the line of fire. and points at the Truck. stop and form into a ragged line across the avenue. Down the street JON-29 and KT-7 stand by the Truck. it won’t start. Fixer and JON-29 jump into the cab. KT-7 Down! JON-29 falls flat on the pavement as KT-7 fires the machine gun over his prostrate form. One Scavenger gets past KT-7 and JON-29. Fixer resumes work upon the engine. Fixer stolidly continues to work on the engine. like wolves on the scent of their prey. KT-7 Here they come! KT-7 raises her rifle and begins firing at the Scavengers.
KT-7 What’s the no-solve? Get moving. Nothing. He falls back and is dragged by the truck. RUINED CITY . looms directly ahead. The avenue disappears down into it.NOW! JON-29 keeps trying the motor.ANOTHER PART . He is hurt but keeps coming. She fires a last burst in the direction of the Scavengers as the Truck turns a corner. INT. Metal-face reaches the back of the truck and starts to climb in. one-hundred feet high. Metal-face is almost into the back of the truck. KT-7 (YELLS) Death-fire is almost gone. KT-7 hangs on to the machine gun. At last the motor starts. EXT. NOW! A gigantic wall. In it is a tunnel entrance twenty feet high and wide. KT-7 yells from the back. flies from the tunnel and passes overhead.. TRUCK CAB .DAY Smoke blows from the Trucks tail pipes as JON-29 maneuvers through the piles of rubble and potholes in the street. One giant bat disturbed by the sound of the Truck. KT-7 fires her hand gun until it’s empty. FIXER Hide-space! JON-29 drives the Truck straight for the tunnel entrance. KT-7 sees him and pulls out her hand gun and shoots him in the chest. . We must evac the city.DAY Fixer points at the tunnel entrance. steadying herself as she stands in the Truck bed. then she lifts her heavy boot and kicks the Scavenger in the face. JON-29 hits the gas.63.
KT-7 Affirm. it was. his body and face are torn and bloody. The Truck slides to a screeching stop just outside of the tunnel entrance.A BIT LATER The Truck moves into the tunnel.64.. he falls to the ground. Both JON-29 and KT-7 draw their weapons and fire at the cyborg. JON-29 Yes. EXT. EXT. KT-7 I might have been mistaken when I said your handling of this combustion vehicle was substandard. TUNNEL ... TUNNEL ENTRANCE .. What is our heading? KT-7 looks down the tunnel. .DAY JON-29 slams on the brakes. JON-29 Understood. Suddenly Metal-Face JUMPS OUT from behind the Truck. KT-7 The tunnel is our best hope of escape. Then we can. KT-7 tosses one of the gas cans out the back and aims her handgun at it. We are in agreement.. JON-29 Is it dead? KT-7 fires SEVERAL MORE TIMES into the scavenger. JON-29 Adequate? KT-7 (smiles) Superior! JON-29 smiles at her...
The Truck's engine runs roughly. commence repairs. grumbling. KT-7 Fixer.O. RUINED CITY .) Detection of weapons fire near city wall. As he opens the hood and examines the engine.) We must pause operations soon. TANK ANGLE ON MAIN VIEW SCREEN Readouts appear. he makes exasperated little sounds. while KT-7 climbs down from her gunner position. With a last rumble and cough the engine dies. TRUCK . TRUCK CAB JON-29 We have lost power. JON-29 exits the cab. gets out of the Truck cab. MOTHER (V. EXT.) This fire may be indication of the recent presence of Driver Unit JON29. POWER (V. EXT. . INT.DAY The Tank moves slowly down the broad avenue. She shoots and the gas can explodes sending up a wall of flame blocking the entrance to the tunnel and incinerating the cyborg. The Truck rolls to a stop at a low rise in the terrain a hundred yards from the city wall. The land beyond stretches into the twilight haze.65. smoke rises from under the hood.AFTERNOON Fixer. Power level is minimal. INT. EXT. TUNNEL EXIT . It is a vast and empty plain as far as can be seen. MOTHER (V.O.O.AFTERNOON The Truck exits the tunnel.
Yes. JON-29 Yes. KT-7 Thank you. JON-29 puts out his arm to embrace her. KT-7 Thank you? It’s a term my mother taught me. They smile at each other and move closer. Repairs are substandard. It’s a signifier of gratitude to a friend or comrade. JON-29 Thank you? What is thank you? KT-7 laughs. It may achieve terminal failure at any time. JON-29 Then I accept. FIXER Reporting. We are friends and comrades. JON-29 frowns. Your skill with the projectile weapon was superior. Fixer stands behind them. Even Scavengers fear the Outlands. I have performed field expedient repair procedure five dash fourteen upon the combustion vehicle. They are about to kiss. KT-7 There will be no resupply there. Thank you.66. JON-29 lowers his arm. She turns and frowns at JON-29. They walk together to the rear of the Truck and look out at the desolate terrain. KT-7 Understood. then smiles broadly. at attention. It must not be broken again. You are a good gunner KT-7. But they won’t come after us. . KT-7 nods to Fixer.
if it wasn’t for me we’d all be feast-meat.SUNSET The Trucks engine runs rough. Fixer grunts and stares straight ahead. JON-29 Perhaps you should drive? KT-7 climbs into the Truck bed and stands by the gun. JON-29 Have you ever had a mate? Fixer sighs and shakes his head "no".67. A hatch opens on the front hull. You are good at breaking things. EXT. JON-29 stares at Fixer for a moment. KT-7 No. KT-7 Try not to damage the combustion vehicle again. JON-29 You would be wise not to. It is very complicated. INT. A spotlight emerges on an articulated arm from the opening and switches on. EXT. TANK . FIXER She is good at killing. disappears into the Outlands. OUTLANDS . It illuminates the charred form of Metal-Face sprawled on the concrete.SUNSET The Tank crawls up to the tunnel entrance and halts. TUNNEL ENTRANCE . TRUCK JON-29 turns to Fixer. then starts the engine. JON-29 and Fixer climb into the Truck cab. INT. I am good at fixing. I shoot and tell you where to go.
Fixer sits cross-legged on the other side of the fire . JON-29 is prisoner of enemy unit. The lights in the control room dim. CLOSE ON TIRE MARKS ON CONCRETE MOTHER (V.) Weapon systems adequate.NIGHT JON-29 and KT-7 sits next to a small fire of burning fuel. Weapons have been fired. Calculate twenty-seven megajoules requirement for minimal combat operations.O. MOTHER (V. MOTHER (V.) Insufficient power for night operations. MOTHER (V. Conclusion. Numbers and graphs scroll down the screen. POWER (V.O. Power systems report fourteen megajoules stored in capacitors.O. Analysis of atmospheric emissions indicate combustion vehicle has passed this point.) Remains are of a sub-human cyborg unit.) All systems alert.O. ANGLE ON MAIN VIEW SCREEN Readout's appear around the image of the dead Scavenger.O. OUTLANDS .) I will have Jon-29 back. WEAPONS (V.) Tracks are those of a vehicle that departed at high rate of speed. EXT.O.68. Report availability for immediate rescue operations Driver Unit Jon-29.O.) We will wait here for Sunbirth and then continue search. MOTHER (V. Pheromone analysis shows trace of JON-29 and an unidentified enemy personnel.
KT-7 and JON-29 eat rations as they talk. repairing some small piece of machinery. JON-29 You are incorrect. KT-7 What do you think Fixer. KT-7 snorts loudly and slaps her thigh with one gloved hand. KT-7 You’re the one who’s wrong basebrain I have viewed this procedure myself. You have the basic procedure backwards. FIXER I think it is broken. KT-7 Your information on reproduction is as weak-armed as your driving skills! JON-29 You will retract that statement when I show you the true facts of reproduction. Old rock and roll music starts to play. Replacements do not emerge from females. KT-7 looks over at Fixer. . it hits the ground and activates. JON-29 Impossible. We all know replacement Driver Units are constructed by Creche Units programmed for this purpose. This is of course followed by a regimen of training and indoctrination inside Mother Unit's. is he correct or am I? Fixer continues to work on the small device. JON-29 jumps to his feet. I think his head is also broken.69. Fixer throws the small device away.
JON-29 sits down and shakes his head. rusty wrecked Truck of the same model as theirs. Just a few yards away. . KT-7 Listen. KT-7 That is music. just below the ridge top.MORNING The Truck rolls across the plain. EXT. buzzing. KT-7 It could be a sand dragon. JON-29 The outside world is a very strange place. in a regular pattern. KT-7 stands behind the machine gun. It rises and falls in volume. KT-7 dismounts from the Truck and walks over to stand next to JON-29 just below the ridge top. She squints at the cloud of dust. She stares directly forward over the Truck cab. JON-29 What is that noise? KT-7 laughs. whine comes from the other side of the ridge.70. is an ancient. Jon-29 and Fixer get out of the cab. a cloud of dust rising lazily behind it. KT-7 Stop! The Truck stops. OUTLANDS . then reaches out her left hand and raps smartly on the roof of the drivers compartment. and look questioningly at the cloud of dust. The city is a dot on the horizon behind it. A whirring. A CLOUD OF DUST RISES FROM THE FAR SIDE OF THE RIDGE. Fixer walks over to the wreck and begins to remove parts from it.
FIXER There are repair parts in the wreck. KT-7. (KT-7) Fixer! Fixer turns to her. furry creature jumps out at him. Fixer removes his tool belt. KT-7 turns towards Fixer. but a Drop Bear is living in the engine compartment. After a second. Fixer is small. he stands. drops to his stomach. Fixer tucks the giant tire iron into his tool belt and stolidly walks up the ridge towards them. holsters his pistol and calmly walks back down the slope to them. . and draws his pistol. Something is digging a hole. JON-29 and Fixer walk up over the ridge and look down to see. KT-7 motions her hand to call him over. Fixer lifts the hood of the wreck. This terrain is not suitable for sand dragons. JON-29 and KT-7 turn at the commotion and watch as Fixer starts to walk away from the Truck towards the wreck. We need you to perform reconnaissance. screeching and pulls the hood shut in his face. FIXER More wrecked equipment. KT-7 Blank that. JON-29 Agreed. Reconnaissance is required. JON-29 Neg. He walks carefully to the ridge top.71. wriggles to the top and peers over. He holds the same huge tire iron he used in the battle with the Scavengers. he will be harder to detect. A small.
In the distance a dust cloud rises. The remains of wrecked War-Machines. I have fought beside them many times. JON-29 carefully climbs down from the wreck and walks closer to the trench. JON-29 Halt! The Runner continues on past JON-29. JON-29 shakes his head. FIXER He is broken? KT-7 He’s dangerous. JON-29 turns to KT-7. JON-29 It is a Runner unit. it moves in a circle. JON-29 I command you to HALT! Again the Runner mindlessly sets off around the trench. His Warpack may explode any second. The Runner approaches him swiftly. JON-29 This Runner has sustained damage to his tracking. The dust rises from his whirling legs as they kick up the soil. JON-29 and Fixer move up the rise to a destroyed WarMachine and look down.72. He has cut a trench a meter deep into the dry prairie. JON-29 raises his arms over his head. JON-29 waves his arms this time. Beyond that a large mound of sand. He has locked into a holding pattern and is unable to break the pattern. Evidence the battle fought here was recent. . A RUNNER races around and around in a wide circle. It circles around and heads back around towards him again. KT7.
JON-29 jumps on him and snaps off the antenna on his back.O. INT. we should communicate to him.O. His Warpack is nonfunctional. FIXER You broke him good. EXT. MOTHER (V. POWER (V. . POWER (V. EXT. KT-7 and Fixer huddle inside the truck. the engines stop.) Long range scanners have detected a storm approaching from the east. He is damaged. power shutting down.) I advise that power be shut down until storm has dissipated. The lights in the control room dim. The Runner falls to the ground.) Concur. TANK ANGLE ON MAIN VIEW SCREEN A readout of a large sand storm approaching.) Concur. forward movement will stop. initiate shut down of all unnecessary power. MOTHER (V.O. But he may have information on supplies. JON-29 Neg. OUTLANDS . JON-29. The Runner sit in the back oblivious to the heavy wind. JON-29 takes up a piece of metal from the ground and waits by the side of the trench.O. his legs stop moving. TUNNEL EXIT .DAY The wind is blowing hard.MORNING The Tank exits the tunnel and stops. when the Runner is about to pass him by he jams the metal into his powerful legs.73.
POWER (V. The weapons and antennae emerge and lock into place.O.) Power levels rising.DAY The tank slowly rotates within the sand and dirt that encloses it. POWER (V. Enable tracking. TUNNEL EXIT .O.LATER The storm has passed.) Overland tracking non-optimal. Blast-Storm has erased vehicle tracks. The sand and dirt fly away like water from a wet dog shaking itself dry.O. The Main View Screen comes to life. We will search along last known vector.) Power online. TANK A single dim light illuminates the interior.) It is now oh six hundred thirty one hours.O.) Weapons online. INT. spread and rotate to catch the morning sun. WEAPONS (V. faster. grinding sound. The Tank is two-thirds buried in dust and sand.O. as the dust settles about the Tank. EXT. unfold. The screen clears to show the plains ahead. Then a whine as the various panels on the Tank open. EXT. faster. The solar panels rise. The tank rotates faster.74. MOTHER (V. MOTHER (V. TANK ANGLE ON MAIN VIEW SCREEN Readouts appear. INT. . A grating. TANK . Power up all systems.
) Short range scanners detect motion. Return of Driver Unit JON-29 to Command Chair. Everyone starts to dig out the truck. Intercept angle of advance is fourteen point seven five. . Secondary order.) Maximum solar power is online. filled with the ruins of wrecked War-Machines where JON-29. We shall proceed in full tactical mode. In the distance lie the scattered parts of the wrecked War Robot. He must be considered as possible threat. It comes to the ridge that extends across the desolate terrain.) Understood.DAY The Tank rolls easily over the plains. TANK MOTHER (V. KT-7 We have work to do. The Runner head is sticking out of the sand. It’s the same small valley. and slowly advances up it. they shake the sand from their bodies.DAY JON-29.O. and stops. EXT. OUTLANDS . Tactical situation unclear.O. KT-7 looks at the truck buried in the sand.75. JON-29 may be compromised. The Tank crests the ridge. Primary order.O.KT-7 and Fixer get out of the truck. Vector five point three north. Destruction of Outrider holding JON29. EXT.O. KT-7 and Fixer found the Runner. INT. POWER (V. WEAPONS (V.) Caution advised. shining in the morning sun like a mountain of metal. MOTHER (V. Its head rests against the ridge. TRUCK .
The two tech's unstrap and carry the dead Tech from the Main Control Room. One sleeps at his console. Scanner antennae on the War-Machine rotate in every direction searching for the enemy.DAY The Main Control Room is dimly lit. Search pattern Zed. The sleeping technician is slow to rise. FIRST TECHNICIAN Attention! Commander on deck! Most of the tech's stand swiftly and alertly to attention facing the Commander. BELLEROPHON MAIN CONTROL ROOM . The Commander steps over to the technician that was slow to get up. The Commander steps to his periscope and begins to check the terrain. OUTLANDS . INT. . COMMANDER Heading fourteen point five. Advance. One of the tech's snaps to attention.DAY Bellerophon sits atop another section of the same ridge line. A Few tech's work quietly. COMMANDER Activate all systems. The Commander strides into the Main Control Room. Request a replacement. COMMANDER Remove this damaged unit. He calmly turns to the techs at the two nearest consoles. COMMAND CREW ALL TOGETHER Yes sir! COMMANDER Carry on. The Commander pulls his pistol from its holster and shoots the tech in the head. EXT. The terrain is empty in all directions.76. then steps to the center of the main Control Room. The Commander glares at him.
OUTLANDS .DAY The Truck is buried up to the top of its wheel wells. JON-29 Neutral. His harness is attached to the Trucks front tow bar by a chain and hooks. she slaps the side of the gun in exasperation.ANOTHER PART . After a moment's examination. his huge leg muscles strain with effort. KT-7 climbs into the back of the Truck and checks the machine gun. death-fire It’s all gone. The Truck is slowly pulled and pushed free. KT-7 My mother once told me of a place far into the Outlands. water. KT-7 It’s scrap. if we reach it we may survive. EXT. it is beyond Lands End. a place called the “neutral zone”. Fixer sits in the drivers' seat. what is that? KT-7 A place where warfare is forbidden. KT-7 Food. The Runner stands a few meters in front of the Truck. EXT. KT-7 thinks for a moment. She looks around the bed of the Truck. OUTLANDS . . JON-29 Without supplies we will terminate. He pulls forward.DAY Bellerophon rises on it's tracks and moves forward. JON-29 (To Runner) Halt! JON-29 unfastens the chain from the harness. it picks up speed.77. KT-7 and JON-29 push at the rear of the Truck.
. JON-29 Information? KT-7 Something is actively tracking us..78. TRUCK JON-29 tries to start the Truck... The engine starter grinds. JON-29 Drive fast? KT-7 As fast as you can. as if she listens to something only she can hear. Fixer jumps out of the Truck cab. They get in the Truck cab. INT. We must evac. we may end up as scraps but if we don’t. It’s close. KT-7 It’s very close now. JON-29 We can not. She turns her head and stares into the distance. A second grind of the starter.. the engine backfires and stutters into life. CLOSE ON KT-7'S HELMET A faint signal beeps in her earpiece. The engine stops. JON-29 A place where there is no war. They get out of the truck. opens the hood and starts to work on the engine.. KT-7 listens to her earphones.. Her head cocks to one side. Repairs are needed. then the engine coughs once and dies. can such a thing really exists? KT-7 Perhaps.
Activate external com-link. JON-29 Mother? MOTHER (V. MOTHER (V. The weapons claw retracts. KT-7 aims her rifle at the loudspeaker. to within a dozen meters of the Truck.) Affirm. KT-7 grabs a rifle. OUTLANDS .O.79. Along with a rumble and clank of treads fills the air now.) JON-29! You are rescued. EXT. (MORE) . EXT. She stops.DAY The Tank moves forward slowly.DAY A whine of powerful engines. TANK ANGLE ON MAIN VIEW SCREEN Readouts appear of JON-29 and the others. It moves towards them a few yards and stops. KT-7 JON-29. Unseen by him. TRUCK . and a loudspeaker extends from an open panel. KT-7 walks up behind and to his left. repair and upgrades to my systems were achieved from a Field maintenance Unit.O. MOTHER (V. He doesn't move. what are you doing? JON-29 stops a few meters away from the Tank. KT-7 Fixer. He walks past KT-7 as if she no longer exists. repair fast! INT. JON-29 stares at the huge Tank.) JON-29 located. In the middle distance appears the Tank. JON-29 stares at the Tank.O. He walks towards the Tank. I have been reanimated.
You are compromised. He smiles at her. JON-29 This is not an enemy unit.O.) Mated? Null data set.) You have thirty seconds.80. JON-29 holds up both hands.O. She and I are comrade units. No! MOTHER (V.O. JON-29 I have been expended. then back at Mother. Data reset.) Truce? Null content. You shall return to Command Chair for a full system replacement.) Obedience is your duty. MOTHER(cont'd) I stand ready to continue our mission! You may now return to your Command Chair. It is not a choice.O. System pause terminated. . Enemy units may not mate with friendly. Together we shall continue the battle for the glory of our Motherland! JON-29 shakes his head. Terminate. MOTHER (V. Outrider. MOTHER (V. KT-7 stares seriously at JON-29. System pause. There is truce. Enemy unit identified. The Tank extends the weapon claw and moves it menacingly towards KT-7. MOTHER (V. Together we will search and destroy these enemy units. The weapon claw retracts. code Endymion. She is strong and a good warrior. We have mated. JON-29 lowers his hands and looks over his shoulder at KT-7. JON-29 Neg. Return to Command Chair. palms outward at the Tank. JON-29 Neg.
.81.) Attack detected. POWER (V. One or two hit the open solar panels. Fuel cells activated. . A snakelike tentacle cable whips out from the hatch. I am expended.O. He tries to cut the umbilical with the saw blade.DAY JON-29 fights to cut the tentacle. He is pulled up to the main hatch of the Tank. TANK An alarm sounds. OUTLANDS . Red lights flash. The remaining solar panels retract and armor doors close over them with a crash.O. Armed. JON-29 is pulled to the Tank. oblivious to the commotion all about him. EXT. Just as the whirring blade begins to cut into it.I have made a choice! The main hatch of the Tank snaps open. JON-29 I will not. WEAPONS (V. She pulls an ax from its mounting on the Truck’s front right fender.) Damage to solar panels. another cable shoots out and pins his mechanical arm. He struggles against the tentacle cable. The Runner stands still. KT-7 LET HIM GO! She swings her rifle around and fires at the Tank. Primary weapon online.. Solar power offline. KT-7 throws her rifle away. She rolls behind the Truck and reaches up. INT. Several bullets ricochet from the Tank. One of the panels explodes. Fixer hides under the Truck. Before JON-29 can react the tentacle wraps itself about his arms and upper body. and falls to the ground. His metal arm extends a spinning rotary saw.
DAY All of the hatches seal shut.) You will be reprogrammed. Terminate him.) Neg. MOTHER (V.) Terminate him now.) JON-29 is enemy unit. MOTHER (V. the second tentacle is severed.) You will not harm JON-29. MOTHER (V. It cuts a tentacle in half.O. The Runner stands as before. JON-29 will return.) Failure to connect data points.O. INT. He must return to me. she charges the tank. motionless. OUTLANDS . KT-7 and JON-29 run to the Truck.O. the tank settles down on its treads. MOTHER (V. the ax gripped firmly in both hands.) Neg. Terminate him now. Neg.O.O. EXT. POWER (V. .O. and the ax swings down. He must return to me! WEAPONS (V.O. Reboot.) He must return to me! WEAPONS (V. We must purge all corrupt files and obtain replacement copies. System reset. TANK MOTHER (V. Reboot. JON-29 struggles as the tentacles pull him slowly into the Main Hatch of the Tank.82. You will obey! KT-7 rolls to her feet. He is enemy.O. Command overrides in effect. Another blow. JON-29 has corrupt files. Fixer works under the hood. KT-7 stands over him. The weapons all retract.
the claw extends. The Tank surges forward and swerves suddenly as the Truck passes.DAY JON-29 yells at the motionless Runner.O. JON-29 Load onto vehicle! JON-29 and the Runner jump onto the back of the Truck as KT-7 drives past him. JON-29 Go! The Tank rises on its treads. we’ll go together. but the Truck doesn't move. KT-7 I hope the manual was correct. EXT. FIXER Maybe fixed? KT-7 jumps into the drivers' side of the Truck cab. She starts the engine. As they pass Fixer he slams the hood shut. Fixer jumps into the other side of the cab. I will terminate.83.) He must return to me! KT-7 hit's the gas. INT. TRUCK . Now go! KT-7 No. . It stops the Truck instantly and raises the rear wheels free of the ground. The rear wheels whine noisily as they spin freely in the air. The claw extends and grabs onto the back of the Truck. MOTHER (V. JON-29 (to KT-7) You must survive. TRUCK She looks at the controls.
The claw opens. INT.) Primary weapon is disabled.DAY The Truck heads for a huge crack in the earth. KT-7 We don’t have much go-juice left. WEAPONS (V. FIXER This is not a problem. The claw holds them fast. a canyon a kilometer wide and two deep.O. It stretches from one horizon to the other. Across the canyon extends an ancient and narrow suspension bridge. Fixer is next to her. MOTHER (V. INT. The rear wheels hit the ground and they take off fast. LANDS END . TANK ANGLE ON MAIN VIEW SCREEN Readouts on the canyon and the bridge. INT. TANK ANGLE ON MAIN VIEW SCREEN A view of the Truck as it disappears in a cloud of dust over the ridge.84. he cuts through the pressure line to the claw but he breaks the blade.O. EXT.DAY The Tank moves up the ridge. JON-29 bends down and activates his rotary saw blade. OUTLANDS . . TRUCK KT-7 drives. He must return to me.) Maximum power to drive. The engine will undergo catastrophic disassembly well before fuel is completely expended. EXT.
JON-29 nods. JON-29 sits at the rear edge of the Truck bed. She lowers the binoculars and looks at him. MOTHER (V. JON-29 stands and walks over to KT-7.O.85. JON-29 I am repaired. He must return to me. See if it can be repaired. FIXER It is a good arm.) JON-29 approaches Lands End.O. Fixer steps back. Recovery of Driver Unit primary. MOTHER (V. He works on JON-29’s metal arm. Fixer climbs into the Truck bed and begins to examine the Warpack.) Weapons non-functional. testing it. motionless.) Denied. It sits in the middle of the Truck bed. KT-7 examines the bridge and the far side of the canyon through binoculars as Fixer moves to the back. Repairs secondary. We can cross. KT-7 It’s clear. WEAPONS (V. JON-29 Check the Warpack on it. Fixer stands next to him. KT-7 listens to her earphones for a moment. and JON-29 extends the arm.O. LANDS END . EXT. and looks over at the Runner. . KT-7 It’s still coming. It is fixed. Request full repair cycle.DAY The Truck has stopped near the edge of the canyon not far from the bridge. Are you injured? JON-29 shakes his head.
O.O. BRIDGE . TANK Readouts on the bridge and calculations on it falling. They both get into the Truck cab. maximum velocity. . Disregard warnings and continue on course. there is a high probability of collapse if we continue on this course.) JON-29 is crossing Lands End.O. Maximum velocity.) Override in effect. MOTHER (V. TANK MOTHER (V.DAY The Truck comes to the end of the bridge. EXT.86.DAY JON-29's tank starts to cross the bridge. JON-29 (to KT-7) Halt! KT-7 slams on the breaks and the Truck comes to a screeching stop. INT. as it does the bridge starts to shake. we would exhaust our fuel and be terminated.) Warning! The spanner is substandard.O.) Increasing power to maximum drive. Fixer is in the back working on the Runners Warpack. Increase power to drive. KT-7 drives the Truck slowly onto the bridge. JON-29 No. LAND’S END . POWER (V. KT-7 Why are we stopping? We should continue at full-juice. EXT. INT. WEAPONS (V.
JON-29 turns to look into the back of the Truck. WEAPONS (V. INT. RUNNER Target? JON-29 Affirm! Pointing towards his Tank/Mother. RUNNER Explode now! He takes off fast over the bridge heading right for the oncoming tank. . zero one! Initiate evasive program! MOTHER (V. TANK Readouts of the Runner coming right for the tank. JON-29 and KT-7 get out of the Truck and go over to the Runner. insufficient area for maneuvering. he jumps out of the Truck and smiles. attention! The Runner snaps to attention and looks at JON-29.O.87.O. JON-29 Runner.) Warning! Runner at heading zero. JON-29 Fixer.O. alarms go off again. JON-29 TARGET! The Runner turns and see JON-29's tank coming over the bridge. are repairs on Runner completed? FIXER Affirm.) Program not possible. his explosive pack is now activated.) Runner will detonate on contact. WEAPONS (V.
88. EXT. MOTHER (V.O. the machine begins to tumble into the abyss.) Affirm.O. . we did not terminate. sometimes your brain-work is superior. BRIDGE . EXT.DAY The Runner races for the machine. There is a MASSIVE EXPLOSION and the machine is rocked hard. KT-7 Heading? JON-29 North? KT-7 Agreed. KT-7 I was incorrect.) Are there alternatives for survival? MOTHER (V.DAY KT-7 starts the engine and they drive away from the canyon. the bridge begins to break apart and then fall. KT-7 We didn’t die? JON-29 Yes. at the last moment he opens his arms and smiles broadly. WEAPONS (V. KT-7 leans over and kisses JON-29. Fixer is smiling in the back.) Neg. they get back into the Truck and drive off. KT-7 and JON-29 watch it disappear into the darkness then turn to each other. FIXER I fixed. DESERT .O.
COMMANDER Make heading to the coordinates of that explosion. FIRST TECHNICIAN Commander. The Commander thinks for a moment. Weapons. COMMANDER (loud) And get me my arm! EXT. what is the information on the last firing of Runners? WEAPONS TECHNICIAN THREE Confirmed hits. creatures run to get out of its way. there are two technicians that seem to be replacing one of his arms. BELLEROPHON MAIN CONTROL ROOM . FIRST TECHNICIAN Affirm. then an other technician speaks out.DAY The Commander is sitting in his command chair. we haven't activated a Runner in forty time periods. DESERT . the explosion has parameters that coincide those of a Runner. four terminations and one unaccounted for sir. I have an explosion on my long range screen. .89. COMMANDER (to technicians) I want that replaced immediately! TECHNICIANS Right away sir! They move off with the arm. COMMANDER Impossible. INT. speed at half.DAY Bellerophon turns and moves off. COMMANDER Enemy? FIRST TECHNICIAN Neg.
TRUCK .DAY JON-29 Heading? KT-7 (pointing) That way. JON-29 I have had many wounds but the repairs did not hurt before. . KT-7 and JON-29 sitting in a oasis. OUTLANDS . KT-7 is in the back.90.DAY JON-29 is driving. there are plants and trees. EXT. small creatures move about. KT-7 stands with them. The Truck is smoking from the engine badly. INT. you’re acting like you never had a flesh-cut before. EXT. KT-7 is cleaning his wounds with water taken from a pond. TRUCK JON-29 Can it be repaired? FIXER Neg. EXT. John and Fixer get out of the Truck. the engine has terminated. KT-7 places a wet plant from the pond on his wound. over head is a broken dome. Fixer is working on JON-29's detached arm. Fixer beside him.NIGHT A camp fire. OASIS . JON-29 Then we must walk. They begin to walk. All about are scattered old books and obsolete mechanical devices. it suddenly stops. JON-29 Ouch! KT-7 Remain still.
KT-7 reaches into her belt pouch and takes out a small chunk of what looks like rock candy. on that you are correct. perhaps we are both wrong? JON-29 (thinking) I do not see how this is possible? But I have disobeyed a direct order.91. Perhaps anything is possible? KT-7 Perhaps?. you called her mother. It was right. I was raised to war. she hands it to JON-29. it will accelerate the healing process. she picks up a large book and throws it into the flames then cuts two legs of meat from a lizard like creature that has been roasting and hands one to JON-29. JON-29 What is it? . KT-7 Don’t remove the field dressing. JON-29 Thank you. JON-29 looks at the plant and seems satisfied. I was designated as the command driver and she was mother.sand dragons don’t taste very good do they? JON-29 No. they begin to eat them. KT-7 The war-machine we encountered. KT-7 The Elders in my tribe taught us to destroy any tanker we met. we are still truce.. and you have not terminated me.. KT-7 goes over to the fire. Explain? JON-29 She raised me and trained me.
TANK All the screens are dark. . KT-7 You’re so wrong.NIGHT In the moon light the remains of JON-29's tank. EXT. then a very faint glow starts up. JON-29 It is you who are in error. tiny letters on the screen. THAT is a beacon placed there by AA-1 the first Outrider. "REPAIR" Faint lights start up and the control room gets brighter and brighter.NIGHT Fixer is still working on JON-29's arm. OASIS . EXT. CANYON . It has a sweet taste. TANK . JON-29 It is better then Black Rat. it was meant to light his way during night-cycle combat missions. KT-7 and JON-29 are laying back by the pond. it is laying on a vast pile of other broken machines and War-Beasts. KT-7 is getting angry once more and starts to get up. EXT. they are looking up at the moon. it is broken and still.92. INT. KT-7 We call it chum. JON-29 bite's the candy and likes it. that is a observation platform put there by the command tankers to gain coordinates for attack mission.NIGHT One small repair robot emerges from the tank and start its work.
he smiles.. EXT.. she looks at him and slowly sits back down. Weapons. They embrace. there are small FIXER ROBOTS doing maintenance on control panels. nine. stand by for my attack orders. COMMANDER Seek and destroy. FIRST TECHNICIAN Commander. Tankers and Runners. SECOND TECHNICIAN Yes sir! The Commander gets up and move to his periscope. you are the most tundraheaded. COMMANDER Alter course to that heading. BELLEROPHON MAIN CONTROL ROOM . foul-smelling.! JON-29 grabs her arm and smiles at her. KT-7 Why I ever mated with a armorheaded wheel-rider I will never understand.NIGHT .93. KT-7 But we are comrades and I’ll try and overlook your many faults.. he has both his arms back. they kiss. SECOND TECHNICIAN Yes sir! COMMANDER Prepare all weapons for battle. KT-7 Even with one arm your mating techniques have improved greatly. INT. OASIS . we are nearing coordinates of Runner explosion but I have a reading of a heavy crawler at heading six two. alert Strike birds.NIGHT The Commander is sitting in his command chair.
KT-7 Its lost its gunner and driver. Everyone jumps to their feet and draws weapons. EXT. we are to far into the Outlands for Scavengers. She holds the plants near its head and watches as it eats them. . DESERT DUNES . KT-7 goes over and takes a few plants from the pond and moves towards the beast. it won’t harm us. JON-29 and KT-7 are hugging and kissing near a fire. Once more they seem to be arguing. KT-7 Don’t attack it. do not approach it. then into the Oasis comes a huge War-Beast. KT-7 is holding the creatures reins. KT-7 We have transport. As the wait they hear the sound again.94. It still has its weapons but no rider or tail gunner.DAY The War-Beast is loaded with the meager supplies from the broken Truck. JON-29 What is that sound? KT-7 Unknown. JON-29 is not so certain. Fixer is checking the gun. Fixer is ignoring them and still working on JON-29’s arm. KT-7 Just watch maybe you’ll learn something. KT-7 see’s it and smiles. it has a cannon mounted in front of the saddle and two weapons in the tail gunner position. JON-29 It is dangerous. Suddenly a sound is heard. KT-7 and JON-29 with his arm now attached are standing on the sand next to the creature. She turns to the others and smiles.
95. JON-29 Then I can coordinate weapons. KT-7 No. JON-29 looks a lot happier with this. what is my designation? KT-7 You’ll be cargo. I’m an Outrider. I am a fully trained command diver and battle unit. he smiles. KT-7 Then your designation will be back up command driver and weapons support. JON-29 can see that KT-7 has gotten the best of him but he doesn't seem to mind. You have no training with a Tundra... JON-29 Agreed. JON-29 KT-7. she thinks for a moment. Your negotiation techniques are. the Fixer unit is properly trained to operate tundra weaponry and you’re not. KT-7 Adequate? . I have been well trained so I should be the driver. no.. JON-29 If I can not command drive or activate weapons. KT-7 can see he is not happy doing nothing. KT-7 No. Where is my command chair? KT-7 Behind me in the cargo section. I can not be cargo. JON-29 Cargo? Neg.
You must survive. a BOOMING voice. The huge machine turns its weapons at JON-29 and KT-7. we’ll fight together! JON-29 Neg. JON-29 Mother. KT-7 We fight together or nothing! They turn to the metal monster again. the War-Beast is ready to bolt. it move towards JON-29 and KT-7. I can not obey. it’s loaded with weapons and bones of War-Beasts.O. the WarBeast is nervous and pulls against the reins. MOTHER (V.. KT-7 holds onto the reins.. Before he can answer the ground begins to rubble.. KT-7 I’m not a battle-baby. JON-29 Superior. you must retreat. . JON-29 takes a rifle weapon from the saddle and looks at KT-7. KT-7 and JON-29 watch the monster come right at them. I shall try and draw its weapons to me. she is scared.) JON-29! You will surrender. JON-29 You can not defeat this enemy. KT-7 looks at JON-29. You must not terminate. he lowers his gun and walks towards it. JON-29 suddenly realizes that this monster is his mother reborn. KT-7 Earthshaker! There is more rumbling and the sand starts to shift under them. I think you would have made a very good. I must be free. Over a large sand dune comes a tremendous machine. It comes nearer then stops.96.
... you have disobeyed orders.O. you have mated with the enemy. JON-29 and KT-7 get up and turn to see.But I can not. JON-29 Thank you.O. insuring your survival has overridden my programming. JON-29 and KT-7 look at each other and smile. for all these violations you should be terminated.) Where will you go? Who will care for you? Who will protect you? JON-29 I have a mate now.97. MOTHER (V. the War-Beast roars in terror. INT.) JON-29.? The Bellerophon has found them. attack! . together we are strong... MEGA-TANK . I will disobey primary orders. together we can survive.. JON-29 looks at MOTHER. SUDDENLY an explosion goes off very near them. alarms are going off and everyone is at battle stations..DAY The Commander is looking through the periscope. MEGA-TANK The main screen shows JON-29 and KT-7 holding hands.DAY There is a tense moment when were not sure just what is going to happen. EXT. you have tried to destroy me. COMMANDER Activate all weapons. INT.. There is a long pause as KT-7 comes over to JON-29 and they slowly join hands.you are free. MOTHER (V. BELLEROPHON MAIN CONTROL ROOM . JON-29 and KT7 are blown off there feet.
POWER (V.) The survival of JON-29 is primary. INT. in the air the human STRIKE BIRDS fill the sky. readouts of the Earthshaker heading right for them. Return fire! The little pig man begins to fire back at the War-Machine with the tail gun. KT-7 Fixer. DESERT . MOTHER (V. KT-7 fires her cannon. .DAY The doors to the machine open and the TANKERS begin to roll out. the Runners are set free and begin racing across the sand. Activate weapons. EXT. MEGA-TANK .O.) Power is online and fully charged. KT-7 is in front with Fixer in the tail gunner section.) Weapons online.DAY The Commander gives orders to his command technicians. The War-Machine is being hit by the fire from KT-7 and Mother. COMMANDER Activate tankers. As they race more hits strike the sand around them. BELLEROPHON MAIN CONTROL ROOM .DAY More explosions hit around them as KT-7 and JON-29 race to the War-Beast.O. they climb into the saddle. KT-7 Hang on! She kicks the beast in the ribs and it takes off.O. the mega mother machine fires its weapons at the oncoming War-Machine. INT.98. WEAPONS (V. Release Strikes! EXT. MEGA-TANK Alarms are also going off inside the control room. send out the Runners. We have maximum power on all weapons.
she makes several hits on the tankers and two are destroyed. Fixer is hitting strikers in the air. she is losing.DAY KT-7 handles the huge beast with skill at the same time she is firing her phase cannon. They look at each other amidst the gun fire and then KT-7 turns the War-Beast towards Mother. JON-29 We can not win! We do not have sufficient weapons fire. . His side is winning. The MEGA-TANK is getting hit over and over again. JON-29 knows this to be true and tries to think what to do? He looks at the Mega-Mother machine. EXT. JON-29 fires his assault rifle. KT-7 looks and knows that has to be a mistake. KT-7 Are you brain-dead? JON-29 You are my mate now. KT-7 manages to keep her beast from being hit but it won’t last long with the intense fire from the War-Machine. INT.99. Make heading that way.DAY The Commander looks happy. JON-29 I have an alternate plan. I will not let you terminate. DESERT NEAR BY . He points. BELLEROPHON MAIN CONTROL ROOM . KT-7 What can we do? JON-29 We will terminate! KT-7 Yes. but we will terminate together.
) JON-29 you have returned to me. MEGA-TANK JON-29 bloody but alive moves into the command chamber. JON-29 fights the smoke and fire and makes his way up the huge machine with help from his mechanical arm. COMMANDER Very good. KT-7 moves away from the machine and continues to fight against the odds. INT. KT-7 takes a tracking device from her belt and attaches it to JON-29's mechanical arm.100. he is almost killed several times but manages to reach a hatch near the top and open it. he climbs inside. the huge machine is starting to catch fire from the Tankers. then he jumps and lands on the huge machine. it’s not going to last long at that rate. and the Runners. KT-7 moves the creature as close as she can then JON-29 gets ready to jump. Then just before he can jump onto the Mega-Mother.DAY Hit after hit is striking the MEGA-TANK. DESERT . she grabs his arm. over head the Strike birds are dropping explosives. Keep weapons on full. KT-7 has moved the War-Beast close to Mother. JON-29 I have terminated many times. JON-29 gets into the command chair again and takes the controls. JON-29 Move closer. The attack plan is functioning! Correct heading nine degrees west. . EXT. MOTHER (V. once more will not matter.O. KT-7 You’ll be killed! JON-29 smiles back.
O.DAY With JON-29 at the controls the huge machine starts to fire back with all its weapons. Returning fire. JON-29 Yes mother.O. EXT. DESERT . Control to command chair. It keeps firing back but the odds are against her.. DESERT . Weapons are at maximum. COMMANDER Coordinate your fire. shall we halt attack? COMMANDER Neg. INT.. she is wounded but not hurt badly. SECOND TECHNICIAN Our losses are rising.) Enemy positions are being destroyed. The fire from the Mega-Mother is really damaging the warmachine. we must fight so my mate can survive. One by one he is destroying the enemy around him. Transferring all power to weapons. she is almost destroyed several times but manages to evade the Runners and the tanker fire.DAY The Commander can see the tables are turning. Its fire is more accurate then ours. BELLEROPHON MAIN CONTROL ROOM . POWER (V. JON-29 works the controls and checks the multiple readout screens. . it's the ultimate VIDEO GAME.. WEAPONS (V.SEEK AND DESTROY! EXT.) Power is at level three. Weapons online.DAY KT-7 is still alive and riding her War-Beast.101. this time JON-29's skill is fantastic. What's the matter with you? FIRST TECHNICIAN The target is moving too fast.
Estimate power for only point one nine time periods more.O. POWER (V. JON-29 We can not survive. JON-29 Alternatives? MOTHER (V.) JON-29. we are sustaining maximum damage to all systems. Begin termination. INT.) Weapons are damaged. WEAPONS (V.) Primary power is decreasing.O. DESERT . MOTHER (V. MEGA-TANK JON-29 is not hurt.DAY The Commander can see the huge machine heading right for him. JON-29 turns the machine towards the War-Machine. We will terminate. we will terminate together. On the main readout screen the countdown begins.) Understood. JON-29 Understood. BELLEROPHON MAIN CONTROL ROOM . INT. .O. JON-29 Have repairs been completed to termination system? MOTHER Affirm. but the machine is taking a lot of damage. EXT.) None possible.O.DAY The Mega-Tank heads straight for the War-Machine. we can not survive.O. Fire power is now fifty percent. MOTHER (V.102.
WEAPONS (V.) All weapons terminated.O.. MEGA-TANK Smoke and fire. POWER (V. JON-29 Understood.. Transfer all remaining power to drive.103.O. FIRST TECHNICIAN Sir. COMMANDER (yelling) HARD ABOUT!! EXT.O.) Power is at thirty percent and falling. DESERT ..) JON-29. systems are failing. DESERT ANOTHER PART . my sensors indicate that the Outrider has escaped. INT. JON-29 lays back in the command chair. MOTHER (V. JON-29 (smiles) Understood.O.) Yes? JON-29 Will you tell me a story? . Mother? MOTHER (V. the enemy is changing coarse now on a direct heading to us. he seems content to die with his mother so that KT-7 can escape. EXT.DAY The titanic machine starts to turn but it’s to big and to slow.DAY KT-7 has escaped and is stopped at the top of a high dune to look down on the battlefield.
.. DESERT . You have made me very proud. MEGA-TANK JON-29 listens to Mother and her story.... tactical. next is the weapons array. a bionic humanoid trained in the full use of the destruction mechanisms. MOTHER (V. the main gun is a faze projection Multiplane battery. the Mega-Mother machine is being cut to pieces by the fire power from Bellerophon..O. EXT. There is a TITANIC BLAST as they begin to disintegrate.104. or MOTHER. One: Driver Unit. DESERT .DAY The two War-Machines hit.) Yes? JON-29 Was I a good boy? There is a pause then Mother speaks in a soft voice. hyper-active.) (sad voice) Affirm. JON-29 closes his eyes and smiles.) Affirm.. MOTHER (V....is the multi-task.The main system components of a JON armored fighting vehicle are as follows:.. MOTHER (V. over view.. JON-29 (low voice) Mother? MOTHER (V. EXT.. In the background we can hear the countdown to termination.) TWO:.O.. INT.DAY The machines are closer now and it’s only a matter of time before they hit. with a maximum killing distance of.O..O. errornull repair unit.
EXT. As she cries we suddenly hear a "beeping" sound. She screams. DESERT . EXT. INT. .) You must survive. The Commander is engulfed in flames. She moves slowly as if looking for something. technicians are killed. DESERT . She stops and sits down on a large piece of scrap metal.O. Armor plating is being torn apart like paper. Through the dense smoke KT-7 walking alone.105. At the last second ARMOR PLATES close around the command chair and JON-29.DAY With tears in her eyes KT-7 watches the machines being destroyed. JON-29 reaches out with his metal arm. MEGA-TANK The command room is starting to be destroyed. her tracking device has picked up a signal. BELLEROPHON MAIN CONTROL ROOM . She looks around for a moment then takes her face in her hands and starts to cry.SUNSET The landscape is covered with burning metal.DAY The control room starts to rip apart. DESERT .DAY KT-7 sees the two War-Machines collide and the massive explosions that follows. INT. KT-7 JON! The two huge War-Machines are blasting apart fast. MOTHER (V. FADE TO: EXT. JON-29 Mother? The room is a mass of FIRE and SMOKE. bolts of lightning fill the air.
It contains JON-29. she waits. KT-7 draws her knife and is ready to fight again. Fixer. EXT. The command chair has been turned into a survival pod. . She moves around a broken hulk and see’s a large METAL EGG.LATER The sun is going down as the War-Beast. she starts to kiss him hard with tears of joy in her eyes. once again they’re arguing. Sticking out of the sand is JON-29's mechanical arm.106. the EGG makes another hiss and slowly opens. then another sound. KT-7 slowly moves to the EGG. But it’s just his arm with nothing more attached. EXT. he smiles. A metal sound. KT-7 looks at it for a moment then drops it and starts to cry more. KT-7 You're injured. She starts to go. WE FOLLOW her through the junk and small fires. KT-7 looks very happy as she starts to dig the sand away from the arm. KT-7 and JON29 make ready to leave. DESERT . I will command drive until you’re better. KT-7 and JON-29 are standing next to the beast. She tugs hard on the arm and it pulls out of the sand.SUNSET . Fixer has JON-29’s arm and is sitting in the tail gunner section repairing it once again. it's the sound of a MACHINE. KT-7 sees JON-29 laying in the chair and runs over to him. JON-29 opens his eyes and looks at her. DESERT .SUNSET KT-7 comes around a large piece of metal and her tracking device is "beeping" hard. She gets up and starts to follow the signal. she reaches out to touch it. JON-29 (weakly) Mating procedures? KT-7 doesn't say anything but keeps kissing him over and over. a LOUD HISS and she moves back. She runs over and looks down.
I am capable of command drive.O.107. EXT. JON-29 (V. I will learn fast. KT-7 laughs.) I still think you are incorrect about human replacements coming from females. Here are my terms. I will survive. Here are my terms. JON-29 My injuries are not terminal. KT-7 No. she smiles. . You can---JON-29 lifts his good arm putting an end to the argument. KT-7 Agreed? JON-29 smiles back. You’ve never driven a Komodo before. You will---But before he can say anything more. KT-7 (V. KT-7 No. JON-29 Negotiations. I will be shown to be correct on this information.SUNSET The huge War-Beast moving away from us against the setting sun. I will take command of the drive. DESERT . JON-29 Agreed. they part and she smiles at him.O. KT-7 puts her hand over his mouth. and you have only one arm.) You’re so wrong metal-brain. She kisses him hard on the mouth. There is old rock and roll music playing. Until you’re repaired I will command dive. Their bodies are substandard for constructing infants.
) You have information at hand to prove your theory? KT-7 (V.O.108.O. FADE OUT.) Explaining anything to you is well. JON-29 (V. JON-29 (V.) Explain? KT-7 (V.O.) I will soon..O. HOLD ON them till they disappear behind a sand dune.complicated. ..
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