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GREYSKULL TALES



Episode #8 "HOLY WAR"

By John M. T'lustachowski







Original Screen Play By John M. T'lustachowski







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CAST OF CHARACTERS:

HE-MAN

DUNCAN

KOBRA KHAN

KING HISS

RATTLOR

ANACONDA

TRI-KLOPS

BLACK GUARD COMMANDER RADIO TECH

RADIO COMMANDER FRIGHT FIGHTER PILOT

BLACK GUARD FORCES

SAUROD BRAVES

SAUROD CIVILIANS

HUMAN NOMADS



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GREYSKULL TALES: EPISODE #8

"Holy War"

By John M. T'lustachowski







1. FADE IN.





WE START WITH A LONG LEN~ SHOT OF THE FANG MOUNTAIN

REGION. THROUGH THE JUNGLE FOLIAGE WE SEE A SMALL

CONTINGENT OF SKELETOR'S LAND SHARKS CRASHING THROUGH

THE LEAVES, WITH BOMBASTIC MUSIC IN THE BACKGROUND.

THE LAND SHARKS IN SINGLE FILE BARREL THROUGH THE LUSH

UNDERBRUSH, CRUSHING SMALL TREES AND SENDING LEAVES FLYING.

'THEN WE PAN PAST THE TANKS AS THEY GO BY, AND IN THE FOREGROUND,

WE SEE A LONE SNAKE~MAN LEANING ON A SPEAR.

THEN WE CUT BACK TO THE FRONT VIEW OF THE LEAD LAND SHARK APPROACHING

THE CAMERA. THEN SUDDENLY THE NOSE OF THE LAND SHARK DISAPPEARS AS THE

TANK FALLS INTO A MASSIVE COVERED PIT TRAP.

WE THEN RAPIDLY CUT TO THE TOP OF THE HILL WHERE WE SEE THE

SNAKE MAN THROW OUT HIS ARMS AND SCREAM HIS BATTLE CRY:

KOBRA KHAN

Jihad!

AT THE SOUND OF HIS VOICE, AN ENTIRE ARMY OF

SNAKE MEN EMERGE FROM THE JUNGLE AND CHARGE

HEADLONG AT THE HALTED COLUMN OF LAND SHARKS.

THE SNAKE MEN POUR DOWN THE HILL AT THE TANKS

AND ATTACK WITH THEIR PRIMITIVE WEAPONS. THE

SAURODS ARE ARMED WITH STONE AXES AND SPEARS,

AND WEAR AZTEC STYLE ARMOR.

FROM THE TANKS, WE SEE BLACK GUARD COMMANDERS

EMERGE FROM THE TOP HATCHES, AS THEY BEGIN TO

RETURN LASER-FIRE AT THE SAVAGES.

LASERS ARC INTO THE TREES SETTING OFF SMALL

EXPLOSIONS AND FIRES, BLOWING AWAY CHARGING

SAURODS HIDING BEHIND THEIR WICKER SHIELDS.

BUT DESPITE THE LOSSES, THE FORCE OF THE CHARGE DOES NOT SLOW.

WE CUT TO A LONG ANGLE PAN, AS WE SEE THE FORCES

TRADING VOLLEYS. SPEARS AND ARROWS AGAINST LASERS

AND GUNS. OVER THE SAUROD BATTLE CRY, WE HEAR

THE WHINE OF LASERS AND EXPLOSIONS.

THEN AS THE SAURODS FINALLY REACH THE LAND SHARK

TANKS , THE TIDE OF BATTLE CHANGES IN THIS DUEL

OF HIGH VERSES LOW TECHNOLOGY.

FIRST WE CUT TO A VERY LARGE SAUROD, AS HE SAVAGELY HACKS AT A TANK TREAD WITH HIS AXE UNTIL HE SEVERS A LINKS, AND THE TREAD COILS OFF THE WHEELS. THEN MORE SAURODS SWARM OVER THE IMMOBILIZED TANK.

WE CUT TO A BLACK GUARD SHOOTING HIS LASER GUN

AT SEVERAL SNAKE MEN FROM HIS TURRET, THEN HE

IS HIT BY A VOLLEY OF ARROWS. HE SLUMPS INTO

THE HATCH OF THE TANK, AS A SAUROD LEAPS UP

ONTO THE TANK AND HURLS HIS SPEAR INSIDE.

BY NOW ,THERE ARE SEVERAL BURNING TANKS, AND LASERS

ARCING THROUGH PLUMES OF BLACK, OILY SMOKE, AS WE

SEE THINGS HAVE REALLY TURNED AGAINST THE BLACK

GUARD.

NOW WE SEE A FEW SAURODS RETURNING FIRE WITH

CAPTURED LASER RIFLES, AS A RETREATING LAND

SHARK EXPLODES INTO A GLISTENING MASS OF METAL

AND FLAME.

WE CUT BACK TO A REAR LINE TANK, AS HE PREPARES TO WITHDRAW FROM THE AMBUSH.



BLACK GUARD COMMANDER

Tank 224, form up!

Withdraw, WITHDRAW!!!

RADIO TECH

224, acknowledged: Signal the retreat!

THE SAURODS CONTINUE TO FIRE ON THE FLEEING TANKS,

YELLING AND JEERING AT THEIR FIRST VICTORY.

RATTLOR

Kobra Khan, two Land Sharks are retreating...

KOBRA KHAN

Signal the others to get away from those tanks.

You men, bring us about.......

RATTLOR WAVES A RED BANNER , AND ALL THE SAURODS

CLINGING ONTO THE RETREATING TANKS LEAP CLEAR, AS

A SMALL GROUP OF SAURODS BEGIN TO PUSH A CRIPPLED

LAND SHARK TO ROTATE ITS CANNON ON THE OTHERS.



KOBRA KHAN

FIRE!!!

A LARGE VOLLEY OF LASER FIRE AGAIN RIPS THROUGH

THE JUNGLE, AS BOTH LAND SHARKS ARE OBLITERATED

IN A SUPER HEATED BALL OF FIERY GAS

RATTLOR

Kobra Khan, we have lost fifty-four braves.

Three score more are wounded.

KOBRA KHAN

Very well, Rattlor.

Take all the weapons and supplies we can carry back to the village.

Skeletor must have been expecting a report of some kind from these men.

There will be more of them...

RATTLOR

Kobra Khan, we can not even carry back all of our wounded braves.

We can not march all the way home with their arms...

KOBRA KHAN

Who said anything about marching?

Six of these metal beasts are still alive.

Take all that we can. Destroy the rest.

RATTLOR

Yes, mighty Khan.

CUT OVER TO THE BATTLES AFTERMATH. WOUNDED BEING

PUT ON STRETCHERS, AND HANDED ON TO THE CAPTURED

TANKS. WE SEE SOME SAURODS IN BITS AND PIECES OF

BLACK GUARD ARMOR, CARRYING STOLEN LASERS AND

GUNS.

WE THEN CUT PAST A LARGE FIRE, AS WE SEE A GROUP OF SAURODS

OVERTURN AND IGNITE A CRIPPLED TANK.



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2. EXT. ELYSIUM VILLAGE DAY.



WE START OUT WITH AN OVERVIEW OF THE SNAKE MAN

VILLAGE. THERE ARE SEVERAL SMALL THATCHED ROOF

DOMES WITH CLOTH DOORS. THE ONLY STONE STRUCTURE IS A LARGE

AZTEC STYLE PYRAMID IN THE CENTER OF THE VILLAGE.

ABOVE THE ENTIRE VILLAGE, WE SEE A LARGE CAMOUFLAGE

MESH NET TO HIDE THE SAURODS FROM THE AIR

FIRST WE SEE THE WOMEN AND CHILDREN SAURODS, AS

WE HEAR THE FAINT RUMBLING OF THE APPROACHING

LAND SHARK TANKS. PANIC ENSUES, AS THEY FLEE

INDOORS GRABBING THEIR CHILDREN, AND DROPPING

THEIR BASKETS.

THEN AS THE LAND SHARKS ENTER THE VILLAGE

THEY SEE KOBRA KHAN AND RATTLOR POISED

PROUDLY AT THE HEAD OF THE COLUMN.

CHEERS WELL UP FROM THE VILLAGE, AS WOMEN BEGIN

THROWING DOWN FLOWER PETALS TO HONOR THEIR RETURNING

BRAVES.

KOBRA KHAN AND RATTLOR HOLD OUT THEIR ARMS IN

SALUTE TO THEIR HOME. THE PROCESSION HEADS

TO THE BASE OF THE GREAT TEMPLE.

AS RATTLOR AND KHAN DISMOUNT THE TANKS, AND ARE ENTHUSIASTICALLY

GREETED BY THE MASSES, THEY BEGIN TO ASCEND THE STAIRS OF THE TEMPLE.

THERE, BRIGHTLY PLUMED AZTEC PRIESTS AWAIT,

ALONG WITH THE LOVELY ANACONDA, AND KING HISS.



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ANACONDA

Khan!

KING HISS'

What is the meaning of this, Kobra Khan?

KOBRA KHAN

We have won our first victory against Skeletor, Mighty King Hiss!

I give you six land Sharks and fifty-seven brand new lasers.

KING HISS

Art thou mad?

This will mean war!

KOBRA KHAN

We are already at war!

'Tis time for us to take back our sacred

Temple of Snake Mountain by force!



KING HISS

The technology of mankind is forbidden You know that, Khan!

How dare you bring the infernal weapons of Skeletor here to Elysium...

KOBRA KHAN

Then let the great spirit judge me:

For I intend to use the forbidden technology to take back what is rightly ours!

KING HISS

Fifty lasers, against fifty thousand?

No, my young friend, we must honor our bargain...

Obey Lord Skeletor, and when Eternia falls,

our sacred temple shall be ours again.

KOBRA KHAN

It was the army of Hordak that took Snake

Mountain from us. Skeletor kept it...

KING HISS

We shall honor our agreement, Khan.

KOBRA KHAN

Hear me, King Hiss:

The time of the Jihad has come- The Holy War.

Skeletor's army faces total defeat. The armies

of Randor have dealt him terrible blows.

KING HISS

Will you obey?

KOBRA KHAN

There shall never be a better time...

slowly pan the camera skywards, and dissolve.





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3. INT. SNAKE MOUNTAIN COMMAND.

SEVERAL LOW-LEVEL RADIO OPERATORS ARE WATCHING

TROOP MOVEMENTS. WE TRACK TO THE SOUTHWEST AREA.

RADIO TECH

Battle group 220?

Battle group 220, where are you?

Report. Over!

RADIO COMMANDER

What is it, corpsman?

RADIO TECH

I can't seem to raise one of our southern units, sir.

RADIO COMMANDER

Any radar contact with enemy aircraft?

RADIO TECH

Negative ,Sir. Nothing near the boarder.

RADIO COMMANDER

What does battle group 220 consist of?

RADIO TECH

Stand by.. .

I have it ,sir.

Battle group 220: land shark company.

Under command of Colonel Arden.

En route to Lomar.

RADIO COMMANDER

Who's in the air?

RADIO TECH

Commander Tri-Klops Fright Fighter squadron.

RADIO COMMANDER

Patch me in:

Fright Fighter squadron Seven. This is Snake

Mountain Command. Acknowledge, over.



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3. EXT. SKY, DAY.

WE CUT TO TRI-KLOPS AS HE FLIES A PATROL WITH A

FULL FORMATION OF FRIGHT FIGHTERS. HE PICKS UP

SNAKE MOUNTAINS SIGNAL FROM O.S.

TRI-KLOPS

Squadron seven here:

Go ahead, Snake Mountain.

RADIO COMMANDER

We've lost contact with a Land Shark company West of you at HEX. 260. About sixty miles out.

TRI-KLOPS

Many of my pilots report near~empty fuel tanks.

Our you aware of our current situation?

RADIO COMMANDER

Affirmative, Squadron Seven.

You are cleared for refueling at Lomar Base.

TRI-KLOPS

Acknowledged.

RADIO COMMANDER

Follow battle group 220's route to Lomar through the jungle.

Report back the moment you see anything, Sir. We'll keep this channel open.

TRI-KLOPS

Squadron seven ,out.

All fighters, dispersal formation. Reduce altitude to tree-top level.

FRIGHT FIGHTER PILOT #1

I don't like this ,Sir.

If we have to go into battle, we don't have enough fuel...

TRI-KLOPS

It may be nothing.... Bad communications.

Reduce speed to five hundred knots to conserve fuel.

Tri-Klops out.



CUT TO: FRIGHT FIGHTS ARCING LOW OVER THE TREES.

FIRST THEY CAREEN PAST A SMALL NOMAD HUMAN TOWN,

THEN THEY PASS SOME LOW, ROLLING FOOT HILLS.

THEN AS THE FOLLOW THE JUNGLE, THEY COME UP UPON

THE PATH THE TANKS CUT THROUGH THE WOODS. IN THE

DISTANCE WE SEE A SMALL PILLAR OF SMOKE RISING.

TRI-KLOPS SEES THE WRECKS OF BATTLE GROUP 220.

TRI-KLOPS

Squadron seven, to Snake Mountain...

Sighted wrecks of Land Sharks four miles

from Nomad village. No sign of survivors.

RADIO COMMANDER

Proceed to nomad village and attack.

It must be a rebel encampment.

TRI-KLOPS

Unable to comply.

All fighters are critically low on fuel.

We are proceeding to Lomar.

RADIO COMMANDER

You are ordered to...

TRI-KLOPS

Squadron Seven ,OUT!





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CUT BACK TO SNAKE MOUNTAIN COMMAND.

AS THE RADIO COMMANDER CONSIDERS HIS NEXT OPTION.

RADIO COMMANDER

How long will the refueling take?

RADIO TECH

At present speed, they can refuel in Lomar, and be back over the nomad village in under an hour.

RADIO COMMANDER

Signal the tank brigade in Goring to rendevous with the Seventh Squadron there at sixteen-hundred hours.

RADIO TECH

Yes, sir.

CUT BACK TO THE MAP SCREEN, AS WE PAN PAST THE RADIO TECH

CONVEYING HIS ORDERS TO GORING BASE.

SLOW FADE.





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EXT.DAY. FANG MOUNTAIN VILLAGE.

WE START WITH A LONG ANGLE SHOT OF THE PEACEFUL

NOMAD VILLAGE. THE PEOPLE HAVE NO IDEA OF WHAT

IS GOING ON. THEN SUDDENLY SKELETORS FORCES

ENTER THEIR TOWN, AND BEGIN TO OPEN FIRE.

FIRST WE SEE ANOTHER CONTINGENT OF SKELETORS LAND SHARKS

NEARING THE TOWN, AND BEGIN TO ROUND UP CIVILIANS.

SECOND WE SEE A FEW LAND SHARKS OPEN FIRE ON THE TUDOR

STYLE HOUSES, SETTING THEM AFIRE. AS PANIC BEGINS

TO SPREAD, WE SEE SKELETOR'S BLACK GUARDS ENTERING

THE VILLAGE TO ROOT OUT THE REBELS.

THIRD, WE SEE OVERHEAD A SMALL SQUADRON OF FRIGHT-FIGHTERS

CIRCLE OVERHEAD, AND BEGIN TO BOMBARD THE LARGER BUILDINGS

IN THE CENTER OF THE TINY TOWN.

THEN AS SCREAMS AND SMOKE WELL UP FROM THE MORTALLY

WOUNDED VILLAGE, WE PAN TO THE JUNGLE AGAIN, AND INTO THE HILLS BEYOND.

THEN FROM A LONG LENS SHOT, WE SEE AGAIN, THE

SAUROD BRAVES, AND THEIR NEWLY REPAINTED TANKS.

THE LAND-SHARKS NOW HAVE GREEN AND YELLOW STRIPES

TO LOOK LIKE THE SNAKE MEN SKIN. WE PAN PAST THE

BRAVES, UNTIL WE GET TO KOBRA KHAN ,AGAIN IN HIS

ORNATELY PLUMED AZTEC STYLED ARMOR.

KOBRA KHAN

Jihad!

AT THE SOUND OF HIS BATTLE CRY, THE SAURODS

ATTACK. THE CAPTURED LAND SHARKS OPEN FIRE

AND POUR DOWN THE ESCARPMENT TO THE VILLAGE

BELOW. LASERS AND EXPLOSIONS WELL UP FROM

EVERYWHERE.

THE BATTLE IS A BRUTAL SURPRISE FOR SKELETORS' MEN.

MANY OF THEIR TANKS ARE CAUGHT OFF-GUARD AND

EXPLODE FROM THE INITIAL VOLLEY.

AS THE SAURODS ENTER THE VILLAGE WITH A COMBINATION

OF PRIMITIVE AND HIGH TECH WEAPONS, THE BATTLE IS

JOINED. CIVILIANS FLEE, AS MAN AND DINOSAUR MAKE

WAR ON ONE ANOTHER.

OVERHEAD, WE SEE A FEW FRIGHT FIGHTERS MAKE A

PASS AGAINST THE SAUROD LINE. SEVERAL ARE CAUGHT

IN A BOMB BURST, AS WE SEE A CAPTURED LAND SHARK

TURN ITS LASERS ON THE PLANE. THE PLANE IS HIT

DOZENS OF TIMES, AND BEGINS TO TRAIL SMOKE AS IT

PLUMMETS TO THE GROUND AND ERUPTS.

MIXED IN WITH THE FURIOUS MELEE OF LASERS AND GUNS

ARE THE ANCIENT AND DEADLY SPEARS AND ARROWS.

PAN THE CAMERA BACK, AS THE BATTLE RAGES ON BELOW.







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6. EXT SKY. DAY

A BATTLE OF SUCH MAGNITUDE CAN NOT GO UNNOTICED

LONG. AS WE CUT TO AN ETERNIA WIND RAIDER, IN

IT SIT MAN-AT-ARMS, AND HE-MAN HIMSELF.

DUNCAN

Thanks for coming with me, He-Man.

HE-MAN

Don't mention it, Duncan.

Are we near the site of those disturbances yet?

How far from the boarder are we?

DUNCAN

We crossed it ten minutes ago!

But one ship has a better chance of getting in and

out undetected than a whole army...

HE-MAN

Looks like some kind of action in the distance. Eleven '0 clock low.



FROM THE DISTANCE WE SEE THE FIRST TELLTALE PLUMES OF SMOKE,

AS LASERS ARC IN EVERY DIRECTION. THIS ISN'T YOUR

AVERAGE UPRISING BEING QUELLED. SKELETORS ELITE LEGION IS

BEING CREAMED!

WE SEE DOZENS OF BURNING WRECKS, AND LAND SHARKS

ON ALL SIDES. CRASHED FRIGHT FIGHTERS IMPALED IN

BUILDINGS, AND STREET-TO-STREET COMBAT BELOW.



DUNCAN

What on Eternia is going on down there?

HE-MAN

It looks like Skeletor's boys bit off a bit more than they could chew!

DUNCAN

But who are they fighting?

I don't recognize those other tanks...

HE-MAN

We've got other things to worry about

Enemy Fright Fighters, closing in fast!

DUNCAN

I see them, hold on!

THE FIRST GROUP OF FRIGHT FIGHTERS CONVERGE ON

THE BURNING VILLAGE, THE SECOND GROUP HEADS FOR

THE LONE ETERNIA AIRCRAFT?

TRI-KLOPS

Seventh Squadron, this is Tri-Klops.

Eternia vessel sighted. Assume attack formation.



DUNCAN BRINGS THE WIND RAIDER INTO A TIGHT ARC, ION CANNON BLAZING.

ONE FRIGHT FIGHTER SIMPLY EXPLODES OUTRIGHT, AS THE OTHERS BREAK FORMATION.

WE ARC PAST THE GROUND AT DIZZYING SPEED, AS WE

SEE DUNCAN IS AN EXPERT PILOT. AS HE COME UP

FROM UNDERNEATH, HE LASERS ANOTHER UNTIL HE

CATCHES FIRE~AND CRASHES.

NOW THE FRIGHT FIGHTERS COME BACK FROM BEHIND,

FIRING ON THEM. AS LASERS BEGIN TO PERFORATE THE

WING, HE-MAN LEAPS UP WITH HIS SWORD DRAWN AND

DEFLECTS THE LASER BACK AT THE AGGRESSOR. AS HE

SWERVES TO AVOID THE LASER AS IT SEERS PAST THE

WINDOW, HE CATCHES THE WING OF A FELLOW FRIGHT

FIGHTER. BOTH CRASH A MOMENT LATER.

THEN FROM THE SUN, WE SEE ANOTHER FRIGHT FIGHTER

ARC AT THEM LASERS BLAZING. IT IS TRI-KLOPS HIMSELF, AS HE TEARS THE

WING AND ENGINE OF THE WIND RAIDER APART.

DUNCAN

We're going to hit heavy!

THE WIND RAIDER GRINDS ITS WAY INTO THE GROUND,

AS HE-MAN AND DUNCAN CLIMB OUT OF THE SMOULDERING WRECKAGE.

THEY EXAMINE THE BATTLE FIELD, AND SEE MOST OF SKELETORS MEN ROUTED.

THEY ARE THEN SURROUNDED BY WAR-PAINT WEARING SNAKE-MEN.

HE-MAN

Are you alright, Duncan?

DUNCAN

I think so.

But from now on, Talon fighters only! Agreed?

Uh oh...

RATTLOR

On your feet, Humans!

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7. SAUROD ENCAMPMENT. EXT. NIGHT.

WE PAN PAST SEVERAL SAURODS AROUND SMALL CAMPFIRES

BRANDISHING THEIR NEW WEAPONS AND BITS AND PIECES

OF STOLEN ARMOR. SOME SLEEP IN PRIMITIVE LEAN-TO TENTS.

WE SEE A FEW MORE CAPTURED TANKS BEING REPAINTED, AND SEVERAL SAURODS

MOUNTING A HEAVY LASER FROM A FRIGHT FIGHTER TO A PRIMITIVE WOODEN WAGON.

IN THE MIDST OF THE TORCHLIT ACTIVITY, IS KOBRA KHAN.



KHAN

As soon as the sun rises, we move out.

I want as many weapons as possible in Elysium,

in the event of an attack. We've seen what they

they do to civilians.

RATTLOR

Kobra Khan, we have captives.

KOBRA KHAN

Our Holy War is against the Carrion Lord

of Snake Mountain! Untie them at once...

RATTLOR

But, mighty Khan, they are .. Humans...

KOBRA KHAN

I said untie them!

I assure you, He-Man is no ally of Skeletor!

DUNCAN

Thank you!

KOBRA KHAN

That will be all, Rattlor.

See to it the braves are prepared to move out at dawn.

RATTLOR

M' lord!

KOBRA KHAN

Forgive my harsh treatment of you....

Although I am certain you could have freed yourselves at any time, He-Man, I am grateful that you did not:

Lest it may have caused chaos in our ranks, and cost us dearly.

HE-MAN

That's quite alright, Khan.

We knew that they would take us to their leader in time.

DUNCAN

Now then, what is going on here?

KOBRA KHAN

Isn't it obvious?

Isn't it glorious?

I ,Kobra Khan, lead the greatest of Saurod braves,

in the great Jihad. -The Holy War!

DUNCAN

Holy war?

HE-MAN

Yes, Duncan. Two words that negate one another~

KOBRA KHAN

I do not expect you to understand.

But you two have proven powerful foes in the past.

I have always respected you for that. Perhaps if

you were to understand our cause, you might prove equally

powerful allies.

There is a chill in the air.

Come to my tent. We shall eat, and I shall explain all.



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8. INT. KOBRA KHANS TENT. NIGHT.

THERE IS A SMALL FIRE FLICKERING ON THE DIRT FLOOR.

ON THE WALLS ARE STRETCHED SKINS WITH CRUDE MAPS.

KHAN SITS CROSS-LEGGED BETWEEN THEM EATING A SALAD.

KOBRA KHAN

Of all the ancient races on planet Eternia, we, the Saurods are the Eldest. From a time

before mankind, we ruled the world.

In the old world, the weather was hot. Much hotter than it is now, and we thrived. But When the Ice age began, Long ago, we were forced underground. To hibernate until it past. The Eternal flame kept us alive

through the eons. Until the world was warm enough for us to rise again.

HE-MAN

Yes, I have seen the cavern of the Eternal Flame.

KOBRA KHAN

It is for that reason alone, I am telling you this.

According to the great legend, the story of our people, handed down from generation to generation,

we emerged some six-hundred summers ago. There was a great warming of the Earth, and we ventured forth.

In the ruins of mankind's civilization, we began to rebuild our own. It took Saurods three-hundred

summers to build our greatest temple. Our monument to the great spirit...

Snake Mountain.

DUNCAN

Snake Mountain..?

KOBRA KHAN

For centuries, it was our most sacred shrine. Then, on the black day, twenty summers ago,

the Temple fell to the invaders from the skies.

HE-MAN

Invaders from the sky...?

The .. Horde?

KOBRA KHAN

Despite our faith and our courage, Snake Mountain fell almost overnight to the Hordes infernal technology.

In the end, the braves were driven from their temple. After the Horde was defeated and driven back into the skies, our most sacred Temple remained in the hands of the Carrion Lord..

Skeletor.

DUNCAN

But why did you fight us? Become Eternia's enemy?

KOBRA KHAN

For many moons we fought the Dark Lord, but still his weapons made him all but invincible. In the final battle, fought ten summers ago, led by King Hiss himself, we were defeated. King Hiss, himself was captured but was freed by Skeletor with this bargain:

If we served the Dark Lord, Skeletor, then upon the fall of Eternia in the South,

Snake Mountain, our most sacred temple, would be returned to us.

HE-MAN

What made you turn against him?

KOBRA KHAN

Bargain rather than fight?

He is no Saurod!

DUNCAN

I can see why Skeletor wanted you as allies!

KOBRA KHAN

But we no longer are.

May the great spirit be merciful to us, for in order to claim victory,

I must now break the sacred words. 'Take no weapon of man,

lest ye share mankind's fate.'

But I have taken man's weapons, and we have done well.

I would rather break a holy word, than keep an unholy one with Skeletor.

Be not too quick to judge the predecessors of your race.

Now I must prepare to move my forces back to our home Village.

HE-MAN

Khan, wait!

I don't know how much of a chance you have of taking back Snake Mountain.

But I would be honored to go with you...

KOBRA KHAN

In my many years of campaigning with humans, I have found them cowardly, distrustive,

and so very corrupt able. But if more men were like you, He-Man, then perhaps the catastrophe of

600 years ago could have been averted.

Mayhaps this alliance in our Holy war, is our first step, in a lasting peace.

I will be honored to have you.

AS KHAN GIVES HIS FINAL SPEECH, HE IS DONNING

HIS BATTLE ARMOR. AS HE CONCLUDES, HE DRAWS

TWO WHITE LINES OF WAR PAINT UNDER HIS EYES.

AS HE WELCOMES DUNCAN AND HE-MAN TO JOIN HIM,

HE PAINTS TWO LINES UNDER THEIR EYES AS WELL.

THE THREE BRAVES EXIT TOGETHER.





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9. EXT. DAY. JUNGLE."

WE SEE THE CAPTURED LAND SHARK COLUMN HEADING THROUGH THE JUNGLE TOWARDS

THE VILLAGE OF ELYSIUM. WE PAN TO THE LEAD COMMAND TANK, WHERE WE SEE HE-MAN, DUNCAN AND KOBRA KHAN,



KOBRA KHAN

In the days I served Skeletor , I had some basic training in the operation of such machines.

That was how we were able to use them against him so quickly. I...

RATTLOR

What's that smoke yonder?

KOBRA KHAN

Elysium...?

No... it can not be...

All Land Sharks, double speed!!



CUT TO THE TANKS AS THE ACCELERATE TO THE SMOKE.



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10. ELYSIUM RUINS. EXT. DAY.

THE TOWN IS DESERTED. THE PYRAMID STILL STANDS,

BUT NOT MUCH ELSE. MOST OF THE OTHER HOMES ARE

JUST BLACKENED SKELETONS AND SMOKING GARBAGE.

THE GREAT CAMOUFLAGE SCREEN IS DOWN AS WELL.

GREAT POCK-MARKS IN THE STREET SHOW ELYSIUM

WAS ATTACKED BY THE AIR.

KHAN AND HIS MEN SIFT THROUGH THE ASHES. AS

A COLD WIND BLOWS, WE SEE SMOKE RISING FROM

THE SAUROD RUINS.



RATTLOR

Mighty Khan,

The scouts have come back,

there's no one here.

KOBRA KHAN

I don't understand it...

How could they have found us so quickly?

DUNCAN

They took their supplies with them, And apparently had time to bury the dead.

But where did they go...?

HE-MAN

The only place that they could go...

KOBRA KHAN

The cavern of the Eternal Flame.

This is my pride: I have driven the Saurods back underground...

RATTLOR

There is nothing salvageable here, M'lord.

DUNCAN

Their trail isn't difficult to follow. It looks like the survivors

headed off that way, to the Western Mountains.

KOBRA KHAN

Rattlor, tell the braves to pay their respects to the temple.

We move out in one quarter of an hour.

RATTLOR

M'lord!

AS RATTLOR HURRIES OFF KOBRA KHAN KNEELS BEFORE

THE GREAT STONE PYRAMID AND WHISPERS A PRAYER

IN A LANGUAGE WE CAN NOT UNDERSTAND. AS HE SHUTS

HIS EYES, HE-MAN RESPECTFULLY FALLS TO ONE KNEE

BESIDES HIM, AND RISES WITH HIM.



KOBRA KHAN

Krill sssahn, Na'hsahn, T'ah Saha...

HE-MAN

I.. I'm sorry, Khan.

KOBRA KHAN

Yes.

And Skeletor is going to be even sorrier...



SLOW FADE AS ALL THE BRAVES BOW IN UNISON, AND

THE TANKS KICK UP SMOKE AND DUST AS THEY BEGIN

TO HEAD OUT OF THE RUINS OF ELYSIUM. FADE:

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11. EXT. JUNGLE. DAY.

AS THE SNAKE MAN ARMY HEADS ACROSS THE JUNGLE, EDIT SEVERAL RAPID CUTS TO

SHOW A SENSE OF URGENCY AS THE TANKS CRASH THROUGH THE UNDERBRUSH.

THEN AS THE REPAINTED TANKS REACH A CLEARING,

WE SEE THAT SKELETOR HAS NOT BEEN SITTING STILL:

AN ENTIRE BATTALION OF ENEMY LAND SHARKS AWAIT ON THE HORIZON,

AS A COUPLE OF FRIGHT FIGHTER MOVE IN.

THE FIRST CRIES COME FROM A SNAKE MAN IN A REAR

TANK, AS HE IS STRAFED FROM BEHIND. THE PLANES

ARC OVERHEAD SHOOTING AT THE REST OF THE LINE.



SNAKE MAN

Airships! AIRSHIPS!

KOBRA KHAN

Get down! NOW!



THE SAURODS RETURN SMALL ARMS FIRE AND SUCCEED

IN TAGGING ONE OF THE FRIGHT FIGHTERS WINGS. IT

BEGINS TO SMOKE, AS IT ARCS TO THE GROUND AND

EXPLODES.



RATTLOR

Here they come again!





SMARTING FROM THEIR FIRST LOSS, THE FIGHTER

NOW CROSSES THE COLUMN OUT OF THE CANNONS

LINE OF FIRE. BULLETS AND TRACERS STREAM UP

AT THE PLANE, BUT HARMLESSLY GLANCE OF THE

ARMOR. THE FRIGHT FIGHTER BLOWS AWAY A

SAUROD TANK IN THE PASS.



CUT TO KHAN AS HE BRAVELY WATCHES THE DEADLY

PLANE ARC IN LOW BEHIND HIM, AS HIS MEN FIRE

BACK. ANOTHER TANK ERUPTS IN FLAMES.



CUT TO DUNCAN AS HE TURNS ON HIS WRIST ROCKET.

AS THE PLANE CUTS ACROSS THE LINE AGAIN, THERE IS

A FAINT HISS AND A THIN TRAIL OF SMOKE. THE TINY

ROCKET CURVES TO HIT THE FRIGHT FIGHTER UNDER THE

WING. THERE IS A SMALL EXPLOSION, AS THE WING

BEGINS TO TRAIL SMOKE AND PIE~ES FLY OFF. THE

PLANE LOSES THE WING, SPINS OUT OF CONTROL AND

CRASHES.



HE-MAN

Good shooting, Duncan!

JUST AS THEY BEGIN TO FEEL RELIEVED, WE SEE THE

FIRST EXPLOSIONS OF ENEMY TANK FIRE KICK UP SAND

NEXT TO THEM. A FEW OF THE REAR TANKS BEGIN TO

RETURN FIRE, AND A FEW MOMENTS LATER WE SEE THE

DISTANT EXPLOSIONS APPEAR ON THE HORIZON.

ALTHOUGH THE TANKS ARE EVENLY MATCHED, THE

PROBLEM IS, THE SNAKE MEN ARE NOT EXPERIENCED

ENOUGH AT TANK COMBAT TO DEFEAT A LARGER FORCE

OF WELL TRAINED BLACK GUARD.



KOBRA KHAN

I count two score enemy land sharks and a column of infantry...

DUNCAN

How far is it to this cavern of yours?

KOBRA KHAN

Almost a day.

Rattlor, prepare to disperse the column.

DUNCAN

You don't have enough fuel for a prolonged Battle...

RATTLOR

Then what do you suggest?

We can not stay in this formation!

They'll cut us to pieces!

HE-MAN

Khan! Head for the caverns...

DUNCAN

What do you mean to do?

HE-MAN

No time to explain...

KOBRA KHAN

Good fortune, He-Man brave.

Signal the others!



AS THE EXPLOSION CONTINUE TO BURST ALL AROUND THE RETREATING TANK

COLUMN HE-MAN CHARGES ALONE TOWARDS THE ENEMY.

SKELETORS TANKS ARE POISED ON A LARGE STONE CLIFF

FIRING DOWN INTO THE JUNGLE CLEARING WHERE KHANS

FORCES ARE. (IN AN EXPOSED POSITION)

WE CUT BACK TO KHANS' FORCES TAKING A TERRIBLE

PUMMELING AS THEY FLEE THROUGH THE SMOKE AND

HAZE OF THE CONTINUED UNOPPOSED BOMBARDMENT.



KOBRA KHAN

Can you see him?

RATTLOR

'Tis madness!

DUNCAN

There!



THROUGH DUNCAN'S BINOCULARS WE SEE HE-MAN,

A LONE SPECK ON THE BASE OF THE CLIFF, AS HE DRAWS HIS SWORD...

THEN HE-MAN BEGINS TO HACK AND CHOP AT THE STONE WITH

HIS INDESTRUCTIBLE BLADE. WE SEE A LARGE CRACK

APPEAR BEFORE HIM IN THE CLIFF, AND RISE HIGHER WITH EVERY BLOW.

WE THE CUT BACK TO DUNCAN'S VIEW AS WE SEE A HAIRLINE

CRACK SLOWLY RISING UP THE CENTER OF THE RISE. THEN

BACK TO HE-MAN AS HE CONTINUES TO CHOP THE STONE.

THEN WE CUT TO THE TOP OF THE RISE, WE SEE THE LINE

OF ENEMY TANKS ARE FIRING RELENTLESSLY. THEN OVER THE

THUNDER OF ARTILLERY, WE HEAR A FAINT CRACKING

SOUND, AS THE RIFT REACHES THE TOP ,CREEPING LIKE A VINE.

PANIC ENSUES AS THE INFANTRY SEE IT AND BEGIN TO FLEE,

JUST AS THE ENTIRE RISE BEGINS TO TREMBLE.

CUT BACK TO HE-MAN AS HE GLANCES UP AT THE WALL.

THE CRACK IS REACHING ALL THE WAY UP, AS HE SEES

THE FIRING HAS STOPPED. HE-MAN THEN BACKS AWAY AS

THE ENTIRE SHEER FACE OF THE CLIFF BEGINS TO CRUMBLE.

CUT BACK TO THE TOP, WHERE WE SEE SOME TANKS BACKING

AWAY AND INFANTRY FLEEING. SOME TANKS ARE ABANDONED

JUST AS THE SECTION OF ROCK FALLS FROM UNDERNEATH IT.

CUTTING BACK, WE SEE THE ENTIRE SHEER FACE OF THE CLIFF

CRUMBLE AND COLLAPSE INTO A BOILING CLOUD OF TAN DUST.

THEN WE SEE THE FAINT SHADOWY FORM OF HE-MAN AS HE

APPROACHES FROM THE MISTS IN THE DISTANCE



KOBRA KHAN

You surpass me, Human.

I am indebted to you.

DUNCAN

Well done, He-Man.

ALL THE SAURODS BURST INTO CHEERS AT THE OUT-OF-BREATH HUMAN

WHO HAS JUST SAVED THEIR LIVES!



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12. CAVERN OF THE ETERNAL FLAME. INT. DAY.

THE FINAL BACKGROUND SET IS A LARGE UNDERGROUND CAVERN

OF STALAGMITES AND GLOWING STREAMS OF LAVA. THERE

IS A MASSIVE PIT OF MAGMA AND FLAME IN THE CENTER

OF THE CAVERN. ALL AROUND ARE ANCIENT CARVINGS

AND STONE HEWN STAIRS LEADING TO COUNTLESS CAVES.

WE START WITH A LONG LENS SHOT TO GET ACROSS THE

SHEER SIZE OF THIS CAVERN, UNTIL WE COME UPON

KING HISS CALLING DOWN FROM HIS TEMPLE TO THE

MISERABLE REFUGEE SAURODS BELOW.

KING HISS

The infernal technology of man has brought you to this. For was it not written, that no weapon man be taken,

lest ye suffer his fate. And was this not so? Here in the ancient sanctuary of our fore fathers,

let us return to the days of pure faith.

We have been led to this moment by our arrogance! Our pride! That which was long deemed forbidden, is what we have chosen to embrace. Hear me all Saurods, and repent. And commit thyselves to the ancient ways of our elders.

We must enact, the ritual of repentance...



AS KING HISS SAYS THE DREADED WORDS, A MURMUR

GOES OUT OVER THE CROWDS THAT IS SILENCED AT

A WAVE OF THE KINGS HAND. THEN HIS COLD, EVIL

EYES SURVEY THE TERRIFIED CROWDS OF SHOCKED

VICTIMS BELOW HIM, UNTIL HE CATCHES THE EYES

OF ANACONDA.

ANACONDA

Father, No!

The rituals of blood have been outlawed for years! You can't possibly...

KING HISS

SILENCE!





WITH THAT HE POINTS DOWN AT THE CROWD WITHOUT EVEN LOOKING AT THEM.

HIS FINGER FALLS ON HER.

SEVERAL LARGE GUARDS GRAB ANACONDA'S ARMS AND BRING HER TO THE ALTER

WHERE KING HISS STANDS & CHAIN HER.

ANACONDA

Father! NO!

KING HISS

I ask ye not for your blood, Saurods! Without shedding my own!

Behold, my own daughter, and lover to the traitorous Kobra Khan,

who is truly responsible, for your suffering.

ANACONDA

Father, please!

KING HISS

Let us pray to the great spirit, that through this sacrifice,

we may find forgiveness for our many sins

KOBRA KHAN

HOLD!

ANACONDA

KHAN! !!

KING HISS

INFIDEL!

Destroy them!



AS KING HISS CALLS DOWN TO HIS GUARDS, THEY READY

THEIR BOWS AND SPEARS, AND FIRE AT KHANS BRAVES AT

THE MOUTH OF THE CAVE. THEY IMMEDIATELY RETURN

FIRE WITH LASERS!

THE CAVE QUICKLY BECOMES A MELEE

AS LASERS AND ARROWS FLY AND BEGIN TO TAKE THEIR TOLL.

THE CROWDS DISPERSE AND FLEE TO THE CAVES IN PANIC,

AS EXPLOSIONS BEGIN TO WELL UP BEHIND THE HARD-LINERS.

KOBRA KHAN STANDS AT THE HEAD OF HIS TANK AND CRIES OUT.

HIS MEN CEASE FIRING AT HIS COMMAND.

HE-MAN

Here,let me...



KOBRA KHAN

No, He-Man.

This is my fight.. alone.

CEASE FIRE!

HEAR ME, SAURODS...

KING HISS

No one hears you, traitor!

KOBRA KHAN

Traitor, is it?

Through my betrayal of you, we have won three victories 'gainst Skeletor's minions in just two days!

At the cost of a stone temple and a few thatched roofs.

KING HISS

You have betrayed our faith...

KOBRA KHAN

And you have betrayed our people!

KING HISS

How dare you...

KOBRA KHAN

Hear me all Snake men, King Hiss is challenged!

I demand the ancient 'Ritual of Fangs.'

And in our duel to the death let the truth be known. For in the eyes of the great Spirit,

no warrior who is false can win in combat, against a warrior who is true.

KING HISS

SO BE IT!



WITH THAT KHAN AND HISS LEAP FORWARDS WITH KRIS

KNIVES DRIPPING VENOM. BOTH SLASH AND PARRY IN

AN ANCIENT RITUAL OF BLOOD.

BOTH ARE STRONG AND VERY FAST AS THEY SLASH, CIRCLE, PARRY, AND SLASH AGAIN.

WE CUT BACK TO THE COMBATANTS EYES,

THEN TO THE SPECTATORS.

THE TERRIFIED BOUND BEAUTY, ANACONDA.

DUNCAN HOLDING BACK HE-MAN.

THE STUNNED AND STRICKEN CIVILIANS.

THE SAUROD BRAVES ON BOTH SIDES. SOME WITH

STONE AXES, SOME WITH LASER RIFLES, AWAITING

THE FATE OF THE ENTIRE SAUROD KINGDOM.

FINALLY WE CUT BACK TO THE GLADIATORS THAT HOLD THE OUTCOME IN THE POISONED

TIPS OF THEIR BLADES. THEN AS HISS MAKES A WILD SLASH, KHAN DROPS TO ONE KNEE,

AND PLUNGES HIS POISON DAGGER INTO KING HISS'S CHEST.

KHAN RISES AS HISS DROPS HIS BLADE, AND STARES STUPIDLY AT THE KNIFE JUTTING OUT OF HIS CHEST. HE OPENS HIS MOUTH AS IF TO SCREAM BUT MAKES NO SOUND.

THEN HORRIBLY, HE BEGINS TO CONVULSE AS HIS HANDS

BEGIN TO TREMBLE. HE OPENS HIS MOUTH WIDER. WIDER

THAN POSSIBLE. THEN IN A HIDEOUS SEQUENCE OF EVENTS

HIS FACE AND HANDS SPLIT WIDE OPEN.

IN PLACE OF THE SAUROD KING STANDS THREE HIDEOUS

GIANT SNAKE HEADS JUTTING OUT OF A HUMAN LIKE

TORSO. ALL FALL BACK IN HORROR AT THE CREATURE.

KHAN LEAPS BENEATH A GLEAMING FANG, AS ONE OF

HISS'S GUARDS TRIES TO STAB THE MONSTER WITH

ITS SPEAR. INSTEAD ONE HEAD KNOCKS THE SPEAR

OUT OF THE GUARDS HANDS, WHILE ANOTHER BITES HIM.

AS THE THIRD HEAD SNAPS AT KHAN ON THE FLOOR, HE

ROLLS TO ONE SIDE AND GRABS THE SPEAR. HE KNOCKS

ASIDE ONE HEAD AND HOLDS HIS SPEAR READY.

FOR ONE HIDEOUS MOMENT ALL THREE HEADS FACE HIM, AND THE TWO HUMAN LEGS

BRING HIM A STEP CLOSER. LIKE A HORRIBLE, HUMANOID HYDRA.

KHAN KNOCKS ASIDE ONE HEAD AS IT STRIKES, THEN

STABS THE NEAREST ONE. IT SCREAMS AND FALLS

LIMP AS THE REMAINING TWO FIGHT ON.

THEN FINALLY THE BEAST KNOCKS HIM DOWN, AS KHAN

QUICKLY RECOVERS. HE PLUNGES HIS SPEAR INTO THE

JUNCTION OF THE THREE HEADS. THE LAST TWO HEADS

SCREAM AND CONVULSE AS HE PUSHES THE SPEAR IN FURTHER.

THEN FINALLY THE HORRIBLE MONSTROSITY FALLS

WITH THE SPEAR STILL JUTTING OUT OF ITS BODY.

KOBRA KHAN LIES GASPING FOR A FEW MOMENTS BEFORE RISING AND

RUSHING TO ANACONDA'S SIDE, AND FREEING HER. THE SAURODS ALL BEGAN CHANTING:



KHAN ! KHAN ! KHAN!!



AS HE UNCHAINS HER, HE IS JOINED BY HE-MAN, DUNCAN

AND RATTLOR. ANACONDA BEGINS WEEPING IN HIS ARMS

ANACONDA

Oh, Khan... Khan.

KOBRA KHAN

It's over, my beloved.

You are safe.

ANACONDA

I was so worried about you.. .and. . my father...

KOBRA KHAN

I know, I'm sorry.

But it had to be done...

HE-MAN AND DUNCAN NEAR THE HIDEOUS CORPSE AND RETRIEVE THE

CROWN AND ROYAL SIGNET. THEN TURN BACK TO KOBRA KHAN.

KOBRA KHAN

He-Man, what was that evil creature?

HE-MAN

One of Skeletor's demons.

My guess is that your King Hiss has been dead all along...

DUNCAN

That would explain why he made his weapons taboo.

He didn't want your people using them against him.

RATTLOR

With six battle tanks, a score of cannons, and

an army of lasers, I say our time has come...

KOBRA KHAN

Thank you ,He-Man, the greatest of braves.

If ever you need me, then all you need ever

... is call.

HE-MAN

And what about you, Kobra Khan?

KOBRA KHAN

Our Holy War shall continue, He-Man. Until the day all

Saurods may pray freely in the sacred halls of Snake Mountain.

And perhaps on that day, man and Saurod, can live in peace.

Fare thee well, He-Man.

HE-MAN

Farewell, Kobra Khan.





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13. SNAKE MOUNTAIN INT. NIGHT.

SKELETOR AND TRAP JAW CONTINUE TO ANALYZE THE

DATA THEY STOLE FROM TYLER LAST EPISODE. AS

TRAP-JAW FINALLY CRACKS THE CODE- E--Mc2.



TRAP-JAW

That's it...

SKELETOR

E=Mc2. . .that is the secret of his power..?

TRAP-JAW

Yes, through a. . nuclear.. reaction.

This would give the Sorcerer's plane virtually.. limitless power.

SKELETOR

Could this.. nuclear reaction, be modified into a weapon?

TRAP-JAW

Theoretically.. .yes.

In fact, it would be an enormously powerful weapon.

Possibly the very weapons that destroyed the Ancients...

SKELETOR

How soon can you get the duplicate planes ready?

TRAP-JAW

Now that we know the power source.. .a few weeks.

Maybe less.

SKELETOR

Excellent. Do keep me informed...

AS SKELETOR EXITS THE CHAMBER AND STARTS DOWN THE CORRIDORS,

HE IS MET BY A NERVOUS RADIO COMMANDER WHO HAS DONE HIS BEST TO HIDE

THE DEFEAT OF THE LAND SHARKS TO THE SAURODS.



RADIO COMMANDER

M'lord Skeletor. ..?

SKELETOR

A.. nuclear weapon.. .

Eh? What is it?

RADIO COMMANDER

I regret to inform you of several defeats in the Southern sector.

Several of our land sharks were captured, turned against us by Saurod rebels.

Also several Fright Fighters of Tri-Klops squadron have been downed.

He reports that He-Man may have...

SKELETOR (ignoring him)

Yes.. what a lovely day this has been....

HAHAHAHAHAHHHHHHHHH!! ! ! !!



AS SKELETOR TURNS DOWN THE CORRIDOR, VERY SLOWLY FADE AS SKELETOR'S MANIACAL LAUGHTER ECHOES DOWN THE HALLWAY. THE RADIO OPERATOR SILENTLY LOOKS ON, SURPRISED TO STILL BE ALIVE FOLLOWING HIS REPORT...

FADE TO BLACK



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