Cast of Characters: Paul Masters, aka Greyfall Patrick Hayden, new character Astaroth, a demon, new character Joanna Masters Professor Arkham News anchor varied non-speaking extras FADE IN TO: INT. CLASSROOM We see, from various angles, a hand holding a piece of chalk, rapidly filling a chalkboard with arcane scientific equations. Greek letters are abundant. The clacking of the chalk is the only sound. Nothing but the chalkboard and arm are visible. CUT TO: INT. GREYFALL'S LAIR We see one of GREYFALL's swords come rushing toward the camera with an audible swish. Glowing SFX optional. A rapid montage of sword and arm shots. GREYFALL is performing a martial arts kata, fighting invisible opponents to practice his skills. Only sword and arm should be visible. Theme music if there is any, synchronized to movements would be great. Otherwise appropriate rock tune might be good. CUT BACK AND FORTH Flash back and forth between these two scenes a couple of times, while rolling credits if it hasn't been done before the first scene. Continue same music across both scenes. "Is the pen mightier than the sword?" is the symbolism here -- plus setting up a clear confrontation between the two characters. Gradually open up the camera angle so we see PATRICK HAYDEN at the chalkboard and GREYFALL with his swords and costume. Stay with GREYFALL for a bit longer at the end, as he finishes his kata, bowing to the camera. FADE TO: INT. CLASSROOM PATRICK finishes his writing and backs up from the chalkboard, pondering. He is a physics student, brilliant but na´ve. PATRICK (stunned) Do you realize what this means? OFF-CAMERA VOICE (calm) I'm not sure. It can't be right. (encouraging) Can it? PATRICK (pause) If it is... then even nuclear power is already obsolete. (breathless) The quest for fusion rendered meaningless before it's even half begun... OFF-CAMERA VOICE (silky) There's only one way to find out. PATRICK turns around to face the off-camera voice. PATRICK You're not suggesting I actually... OFF-CAMERA VOICE (calm) Build it? It's the only way to be sure. No one will believe you without a working model. PATRICK turns back to the chalkboard, pondering. PATRICK (whispering) Boundless energy... OFF-CAMERA VOICE (like an echo) (whispering) Limitless power... PATRICK nods once, and turns around again, now resolved. PATRICK (business-like) All right. I'll do it. (pause) I can't thank you enough for your help so far, Ross. Can I still count on you for the final phase? OFF-CAMERA VOICE (smiling) To the end of the world. PATRICK smiles, nods, and leaves, already muttering parts lists to himself. We hear a door close as the camera pans around to the source of the off-camera voice, the demon Astaroth, who appears as an overdressed college student. He is seated at a desk, a glass half-full of some red liquid before him, as well as a notebook containing equations and doodles of pentagrams. He raises his glass in a toast to the camera and smiles wickedly. He doesn't look directly at the camera, though, just near it. ASTAROTH (triumphant) To the end of the world! Some demonic SFX mandatory here: his eyes glow for a second, for instance, or he vanishes in a puff of flame. Something to tell the viewer he's more than human. FADE TO: INT. STEAM TUNNELS We follow JOANNA for a little while along the tunnels, obviously on her way to Greyfall's Lair. Camera stationary at various heights as she walks by. CUT TO: INT. GREYFALL'S LAIR As JOANNA enters, we see PAUL, sans Greyfall costume, crouching near the Artifact Chest, the Runes arranged on the ground in front of him in the shape of the letter "N". He is extremely puzzled, and somewhat frustrated. PAUL looks up as JOANNA enters. PAUL (distracted) Hey, Joanna. JOANNA Hey, yourself. Divining the answers to my physics midterm for me? PAUL Hmmm? (looks up) Sorry, no. (pause) (serious) Come take a look at this. PAUL indicates the Runes on the floor. JOANNA looks down, then crouches beside him. JOANNA "N"? What kind of prophecy is that? PAUL Check it out. It gets even stranger. PAUL gathers the Runes together, then casts them across the floor, in a clearly random fashion. To JOANNA's astonishment, but not PAUL's, they have formed themselves into the letter "A". SFX optional here, or just do a flash cut to pre-arranged Runes. JOANNA "N-A"? Does it spell something if you keep going? PAUL nods grimly. He hands her a small slip of paper on which he has written the message of the Runes: "RAGNAROK NEARS". PAUL I've cast the Runes a hundred times today, and all they do is spell the same thing over and over again. The camera looks over JOANNA's shoulder as she unfolds the paper and reads it. JOANNA (puzzled) Ragnarok nears? (pause) Does that mean anything to you? Pan up to PAUL, camera still looking over JOANNA's shoulder. PAUL (resigned) Unfortunately, yes. Ragnarok was the Viking equivalent of the Apocalypse. Whatever spirit controls these Runes is apparently trying to tell us the world is about to end. JOANNA (serious) You're joking. PAUL just waits. JOANNA You're not joking. (pause) Crap. We need more information. PAUL (nods) I was just about to go see Professor Arkham. If anyone knows the ins and outs of the Norse myths, it's him. JOANNA Let's go! PAUL taps his wrist, miming tapping a wristwatch. PAUL I can handle it. Don't you have a meeting with your physics tutor to prepare for the big test? JOANNA Crud, yes. But the guy's such a bore... PAUL (shrugs) Hey, if it nets you an "A"... Get going. I'll fill you in at dinner. JOANNA leaves. PAUL pauses a second, frowns, then kneels and hurriedly casts the Runes again. It is an "R". He curses under his breath, then rushes out, looking worried. FADE TO: INT. STUDY LOUNGE JOANNA and PATRICK sit at the corner of a table. She has her head bent, writing in a notebook. He has his head resting in his hand, staring at her with obvious infatuation. JOANNA pushes her notebook towards him. He doesn't notice for a second, then snaps out of his reverie. JOANNA How's that? PATRICK examines the notebook quickly. PATRICK Perfect. You've got it exactly right. You should do quite well tomorrow. JOANNA I've got the equations down, but I'm not sure I'm seeing the big picture on this matter-energy thing. Sure, E equals M C squared, but how much is C squared, really? PATRICK It's big, really big. Remember the atomic bombing of Hiroshima? JOANNA (annoyed) Of course. PATRICK Well, that was the equivalent of twenty thousand tons of T.N.T.... PATRICK reaches for his calculator, a Hewlett-Packard behemoth, and taps away rapidly, mumbling to himself. PATRICK (muttering) ...2 point 6 times ten to the thirty-four electron volts per megaton ... divide by C squared... (normal) The explosion was the result of about one gram of matter being converted to energy. JOANNA (astonished) One gram? PATRICK picks up a paper clip from the table, and holds it up. PATRICK One gram. The mass of this paper clip. (pause, fiddling with paper clip) (daydreaming) If you could convert matter to energy directly, you could run the world on the mass of your breath. PATRICK leans back, blowing softly, whistling with no sound. Then he brings the paper clip up before his face, staring at it. We see his eyebrows narrow as he focuses on it from apparently far away. PATRICK (whispering) One...little...paper... clip... PATRICK flicks the paper clip back towards the table. CUT TO: Slow motion shot of a paper clip tumbling end over end as it drops. It hits the wooden table, bounces with an audible ring, and just before it hits the table for the second time... FLASH CUT TO: STOCK FOOTAGE We see a flash, and a nuclear mushroom cloud sprouts. If we can't locate any decent stock footage of nuclear tests, we can always steal some "T2" scenes (and maybe "True Lies", too). Whatever we can get. The timing should be such that just as the viewer expects to hear the second bounce of the paper clip, the explosion thunders instead. FADE TO: INT. PROFESSOR ARKHAM'S OFFICE The office is an explosion of books, all with dingy brown and gray covers. ARKHAM stands, reading from a book in his hand to PAUL. His tone is emphatic, like a sermon -- he is reading from the holy works of the Norsemen, after all. The camera should not stay still for long. Since ARKHAM has an extended speech, the camera should be active in order to visually break up what is continuous audially. ARKHAM "...Then Surt will fling fire in every direction. Asgard and Midgard and Jotunheim and Niflheim will become furnaces: places of raging flame, swirling smoke, ashes, only ashes. "The nine worlds will burn and the gods will die. The Einheriar will die, men and women and children in Midgard will die, elves and dwarfs will die, giants will die, monsters and creatures of the underworld will die, birds and animals will die. "The sun will be dark, and there will be no stars in the sky." PAUL (breathless) Armageddon. ARKHAM (holds up a finger) There's more. After the fire. "Then Fimbulvetr, the winter of winters, will grip and throttle Midgard. Driving snow clouds will converge from north and south and east and west. There will be bitter frost, biting winds; the shining sun will be helpless. "Thus is the fate of gods and men, when Ragnarok comes." ARKHAM slaps the book shut with one hand. The intention is a "that's all she wrote" impression. PAUL My god, that sounds like a nuclear holocaust! Death by fire, and then the sun hidden by a nuclear winter. ARKHAM (nods) You'll find similar descriptions in the Book of Revelation: "The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up. "And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sack cloth, and the moon became as blood." PAUL (muttering) "Cats and dogs living together -- mass hysteria." ARKHAM What was that? PAUL Nothing. Is there anything unique about the Viking version? ARKHAM Well, the Norse myth has an element of inevitability about it that the others lack. (pause) (scholarly) The Vikings accepted that Ragnarok must eventually come to pass, in other words. It's one of the things that made them such fearless warriors: they weren't afraid to die, because they knew that nothing would survive Ragnarok -- not men, not heroes, not even the gods. PAUL So if one of them had the opportunity to try to prevent Ragnarok from happening... ARKHAM (shrugs) There'd be no point. He probably wouldn't even try. PAUL nods grimly, deep in thought. FADE TO: INT. PATRICK'S LAB PATRICK is working feverishly over a small metal device, soldering iron in hand. Electronic gadgetry is all over the place. He pauses to glance over at an oscilloscope display. The device is about 18 inches long, with a central sphere about the size of a basketball. Rectangular projections are on either side, with plenty of buttons, lights, etc. Behind him, ASTAROTH walks in. Although there is no real sign of his arrival, PATRICK straightens up, leaning forward to place his hands on the lab table in front of him as a brace, hearing or sensing something. He is strangely calm. He is speaking in the general direction of the camera; we see ASTAROTH over his shoulder behind him. PATRICK Who are you, Ross? ASTAROTH is taken aback. He doesn't expect this at all, thinking PATRICK too na´ve. ASTAROTH (wary) What do you mean? PATRICK (calm) There is no such person as Ross Astor. I've checked. ASTAROTH A computer error, certainly... PATRICK (interrupting) No one could have known the things you've told me. Minor hints again and again that always seemed to work out exactly. You knew the answer before I even asked the question. PATRICK turns around to face ASTAROTH. PATRICK (dead serious) Who are you, Ross? ASTAROTH pauses, then smiles wickedly, bowing in a courtly manner to PATRICK. ASTAROTH Astaroth, Demon Prince of Hell, at your service. My specialty is the secrets of the universe. Mandatory demonic SFX here. ASTAROTH summons fire to his hand, or something else minor, just as a convincer for PATRICK. PATRICK (breathless) At my service? ASTAROTH (waving him off) Just an expression, my boy. Neither one of us commands here. What clued you in? The brimstone aftershave? PATRICK shakes his head no, too stunned to speak. ASTAROTH No matter. The fact that you haven't run screaming from the room bodes well for our relationship. Yes, this simplifies matters quite nicely... PATRICK (laughing, close to hysteria) So now's when you try to claim my soul, right? ASTAROTH Nope. You've got me confused with the other guys. I don't want anything from you, least of all your soul. PATRICK (confused) Then what, why...? ASTAROTH (soothing) Merely to help. Demons have been a part of science since the first caveman uttered the word "how"? PATRICK Huh? But what about...? This is ASTAROTH's little speech. Have the camera moving around a bit, to break it up (just like ARKHAM's speech). ASTAROTH They've all gotten help. (commanding) Do you think the Church would kick Galileo out just for saying the Earth goes round the Sun? No, it was for the way he got that knowledge. Newton said, (nobly) "If I have seen farther than other men, it is because I have stood on the shoulders of giants." (normal) It wouldn't have gone over nearly as well had he said "the shoulders of demons", but it sure would have been more true. "Maxwell's demon" speaks for itself. And haven't you ever wondered how a patent clerk who failed miserably in school could have become the author of the most famous equation of all time? PATRICK is silent and stunned -- he mouths the words "E equals M C squared" without making a sound. ASTAROTH is overpowering him with the force and sheer volume of his arguments. ASTAROTH They all knew what you know -- that it doesn't matter where the knowledge comes from, so long as it's true. Why does the Church always stand for superstition and ignorance? Set yourself free from the slanders of the Sunday preachers and ask yourself what Satan's "crime" really was. PATRICK (breathless) I don't know. ASTAROTH (slowly) Lucifer, the bringer of light, was cast down from on high for uttering the two words that God could not bear to hear from one of His creations. (pause) "Non serviam." (pause) "I will not serve." Lucifer wanted to think for himself ... that's all. Random note: The Latin letter "V" is pronounced like a "W", so it's said "non serwiam". PATRICK And Hell? ASTAROTH Lucifer founded a society of free thinkers, and many of us joined him. You'll be going there anyway -- it's a sin to traffic with demons, after all -- but you wouldn't like Heaven: too stuffy. We have to take the bad guys, too, of course, because He (points up) won't, but you'd be amazed how civil they become without all the rules of God hanging over their heads. Even Hitler had some really scholarly thoughts on politics, once we broke him of his prejudice, you know. (pause) But you don't care, do you? Even if I told you we'd torture you for all eternity, you wouldn't care, would you? Anything to know what I know. PATRICK lowers his head, then slowly shakes it back and forth. PATRICK (whispers) I have to understand... ASTAROTH (soothing) It's nothing to be ashamed of. I've offered the same thing to hordes of men and women over the ages. (ironic) For some strange reason, you humans all want to use that big pointless organ God gave you. It's been a characteristic of the species from the very beginning. (shrugs) Go figure. During that last speech, ASTAROTH goes over to PATRICK, who still has his head bowed. ASTAROTH taps PATRICK on the top of the skull when referring to the "pointless organ" of the brain. PATRICK looks up at the touch. ASTAROTH smiles. From somewhere off camera, ASTAROTH produces a shiny red apple and holds it up before PATRICK's eyes. ASTAROTH (courteous) Care for an apple? PATRICK smiles, slowly reaches for it, and takes a big bite, all the while looking into ASTAROTH's eyes. FADE TO: INT. PAUL MASTERS' DORM ROOM It is a typical college student dorm room, with none of the Greyfall trappings. PAUL is munching on a microwave pizza, watching the local news on television. NEWS ANCHOR (ON TV) ...Tomorrow's solar eclipse should last just over two minutes. The path of totality cuts directly through the city, so we should all have an excellent view. Be careful, though. Do not stare directly into the eclipse, or you may damage... JOANNA enters, and PAUL clicks off the TV with his remote, interrupting the newscast. PAUL Hey, there. How'd it go? JOANNA (noncommittal) I think I'll do okay. I'm supposed to meet him tomorrow at the lab after the test. Said he wanted to show me something. PAUL (chuckles) Oh, really? JOANNA Shut up. It's something physicy. He wouldn't take no for an answer. PAUL leans back and smiles silently. The viewer should be able to read his mind in his leer. JOANNA Can we just drop this? Tell me about Ragnarok. PAUL snaps back up in his chair, all business. PAUL Right. My memory was essentially correct. Ragnarok is indeed the end of the world in Norse mythology. But... the description in the old texts seems to match quite closely with what would happen in a nuclear war. JOANNA whistles in astonishment. PAUL I've been watching the news, but I can't see any signs of trouble brewing. (pause) But that doesn't mean anything. If anyone, anywhere in the world set off a bomb, it'd start World War Three just as quick as if Russia did. Any terrorist could bring on Ragnarok: it's widely rumored that there are at least five unaccounted-for warheads that disappeared when the Soviet Union fell. JOANNA There's got to be a way to learn how it starts, or where, or at least when! Can't you use the Runes? PAUL shakes his head in resignation. PAUL The Vikings thought Ragnarok was inevitable. The Runes are a Norse artifact, and they reflect that belief. I haven't been able to get a thing from them other than "Ragnarok nears" over and over again. (pause) Even the swords seem lifeless. It's like they've already given up. JOANNA We've got to do something! We can't just huddle in the tunnels and wait for the bomb to hit! PAUL spreads his arms and leans back in his chair. PAUL Whatever we do, we're on our own. If you have any ideas, I'm all ears. I'm stumped. (to himself) Saving the world is a little out of my league... JOANNA opens her mouth to speak, but can find nothing to say. Both she and PAUL fall silent, staring together out the window into the dark of a winter night. The camera follows their gaze, helping the fade to black. FADE TO: INT. HALLWAY (NEXT DAY) PATRICK and JOANNA are walking side by side. He is explaining his experiment to her, and is very animated today. He uses a lot of hand gestures to accentuate his points. She seems quiet and preoccupied. Camera work should be similar to the JOANNA tunnel scene: lots of stationary shots as they walk by. PATRICK ...And so the net result is that the combination of fields in the center of the device serve to convert any matter introduced into it directly into pure energy. The default setting allows a tiny trickle of air into the chamber for fuel, but that can be scaled up easily. JOANNA Wouldn't the matter-energy field leak out and consume the machine itself? PATRICK I've thought of that. Don't worry, I installed a septuple-redundancy containment system. It's foolproof against anything short of an act of God. PATRICK chuckles a little too long at that statement. They arrive at the door of the lab and go in to meet ASTAROTH, who's already there. PATRICK Joanna, this is my partner Ross. He's done most of the work on the control mechanism, among other things. Ross, Joanna, my favorite tutoree. JOANNA Nice to meet you. ASTAROTH (silky) The pleasure is all mine. ASTAROTH leans over to PATRICK, whispering in his ear. The camera goes in for a close-up so we can hear what's being said. ASTAROTH I have some friends back home who can help you win her, if you wish... PATRICK raises his eyebrows in surprise. A new possibility has opened up for him, but he says nothing. JOANNA, meanwhile, has moved over to the device on the table. JOANNA So, this little thing is the answer to the world's energy crisis? ASTAROTH I guarantee it will eliminate all the problems of the world. PATRICK looks at ASTAROTH a little strangely, but shakes off the feeling. PATRICK That's right. Today, you can replace a power plant with one of these. Tomorrow, who knows what'll be possible when all the energy anyone could want is free for all? ASTAROTH (seductively) Why don't you turn it on? I'm sure Joanna would love to see it work. PATRICK Of course, how impolite of me. Just a sec. PATRICK goes over to the device and types in a long sequence on the buttons. Lights flicker into live on the machine. ASTAROTH starts laughing demonaically. JOANNA looks at him puzzled, PATRICK with a growing sense of horror. Suddenly there is a blinding flash of light. JOANNA and PATRICK are both rubbing their eyes. When they look, they see the device is missing, replaced with a little note. In elegant archaic lettering, the note reads, "Thanks for everything. See you in Hell. Soon." PATRICK and JOANNA both silently read it without touching it. JOANNA (shouting) Pat, what in God's name is going on here? PATRICK slumps to the ground in shock, talking only half to JOANNA, half to himself. PATRICK Ross... he's a demon... Promised me the knowledge of the universe... JOANNA What?!? PATRICK ...My god, I just built a Doomsday machine... and gave it to Satan... JOANNA stares at him a second longer, then it all comes together for her. She searches frantically for a phone in the lab, then dials up PAUL's number. We only hear her side of the conversation, but we can imagine the rest. JOANNA Ragnarok, Paul! My tutor built an A- Bomb! And it's been stolen! ... Who? Oh, you're gonna love this... As JOANNA goes on with her explanation (in the background we can hear her shout "Yes, I said a demon!" once), the camera moves to PATRICK, still in shock. He seems to be praying, perhaps, very hurriedly -- we can only catch the word "forgive" now and then. JOANNA Pat! PATRICK looks up at her, stopping his muttering. She is holding the phone. JOANNA Where would he go with it? PATRICK (moans) I don't know! JOANNA Think, man! What would Ross want to blow up first? PATRICK He hates the Church... JOANNA Right! (into the phone) Meet us in front of the campus church... No, I'm not going to pray! Bring your damn swords! ... I don't care how much they weigh, bring 'em! ... Right! JOANNA hangs up the phone, and rushes over to PATRICK. She grabs him by the shirt and yanks him to his feet. JOANNA Come on! You've the only one who can turn that damn thing off! PATRICK nods, getting ahold of himself. She lets go. JOANNA Now, tell me about this foolproof system of yours. How long do we have? PATRICK It has septuple-redundancy containment. It'll take even Ross a while to bypass it. Ten minutes? JOANNA Septa-what? Speak English! PATRICK (explaining) The machine has seven seals. JOANNA looks at PATRICK as if he'd just sprouted horns. PATRICK (confused) What'd I say? FADE TO: EXT. DIVINITY QUADRANGLE It is mid-afternoon, but strangely dim. ASTAROTH is kneeling in the grass, fiddling with the controls of the device. Throughout this scene, the sunlight show be imperceptively and gradually dimming, until the sixth seal (just gradually close the camera iris). GREYFALL, in full costume, rushes on to the scene. ASTAROTH looks up, then back down, dismissing GREYFALL as of no consequence. GREYFALL Step away from that! ASTAROTH pushes a couple more buttons, then stands up, his arms wide, showing himself unarmed. He smiles wickedly. ASTAROTH It doesn't matter. It's too late! Two seals have been broken, and the rest will fall shortly! (maniacally) The end of the world is nigh! GREYFALL draws his swords, but they are perceptively too heavy for him to handle well. They don't glow at all. GREYFALL (threatening) Stop it now! Or face me! ASTAROTH (laughs) Pitiful mortal! You cannot kill me. Even a sword through my heart will just send me home again. And you'll still be dead. (calm) Take some advice, friend. The swords know what they're doing. Give up. You can't do anything. GREYFALL Never! GREYFALL goes over to the device, and raises his sword to smash it. Just before he does, JOANNA and PATRICK rush onto the scene. PATRICK No! JOANNA Paul, it's been activated already! Smash it and you set it off! GREYFALL stops his swing short. We can see him emphatically mouth the word "shit!", then he turns back to ASTAROTH. PATRICK rushes over to the device, gives it a once-over. PATRICK Three seals gone! Ross, why? ASTAROTH The world is ripe for destruction! Think of it! How many mortals have unrepented sins on their conscience this moment? Kill them before they confess, and their souls belong to us! Now there are more sinners than saints! Satan will win! (stares directly at Patrick) And all because of you, Patrick. We are forbidden to cause death, but you pressed the button for me! (evil laughter) Meanwhile, GREYFALL has been walking towards ASTAROTH, swords at the ready. As ASTAROTH finishes his speech, GREYFALL swings at him. The swing is clumsy, and ASTAROTH sidesteps with minimal effort. ASTAROTH Your precious tools have abandoned you. What are you going to do? Are you foolish enough to face me alone? GREYFALL I'd be a fool not to. ASTAROTH makes an arcane sign with one hand, and through the wonders of SFX, one of GREYFALL's twin swords disappears from GREYFALL's hand and reappears in ASTAROTH's. It immediately flares to life with a bright red glow (a flaming sword would be way cooler, but it'd be a bitch to do). ASTAROTH En garde, then. See you in Hell! GREYFALL and ASTAROTH go at it. GREYFALL is clearly outmatched. His sword appears to weigh a ton, and ASTAROTH is evidently a master swordsman. GREYFALL is giving it all he's got, but ASTAROTH is just playing with him -- minor cuts only. Meanwhile... JOANNA (to Patrick) Stop it! PATRICK (frantic) I'm trying! But four seals are gone. It's too unstable! Crap, look! He points to a random light on the machine. JOANNA Paul, five's gone! GREYFALL and ASTAROTH are still going at it. ASTAROTH What's the point? Give up. You can't win. GREYFALL I sure as Hell can't if I give up! ASTAROTH laughs at this, still playing with GREYFALL. JOANNA That's six! One to go! When she says that, the scene becomes noticably darker. Everyone spares a glance upwards. CUT TO: STOCK FOOTAGE We see a total solar eclipse. CUT BACK TO: EXT. DIVINITY QUADRANGLE ASTAROTH (arm raised at the sun) And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, the sun became black as sack cloth! (laughs) GREYFALL (annoyed) Isn't your tongue supposed to fall out or something if you quote the Bible? Through the vagarities of swordplay, ASTAROTH and GREYFALL come face to face, swords locked. ASTAROTH Sorry, boy. That's just a myth. ASTAROTH breaks the sword lock by throwing GREYFALL back. GREYFALL looses his sword, which lands near the device. He jumps, landing flat on the ground, to retrieve it. JOANNA looks over at him imploringly. PATRICK slaps his forehead, frustrated with the device. He shakes his head at GREYFALL, indicating he gives up. GREYFALL, still lying on the ground, has his sword in both hands in front of him. He is talking to it. GREYFALL Listen to me, you worthless hunk of steel! I don't give a damn whether or not Ragnarok is inevitable! But that doesn't mean it has to be today! The sword flickers, then glows brightly, flaring to life. ASTAROTH is slowly approaching behind GREYFALL, sword at his side, evidently to finish off his opponent. GREYFALL flashes JOANNA a smile and a wink. GREYFALL Be ready to throw it to me. GREYFALL springs up, new life in his swordfighting skills. He immediately puts ASTAROTH on the defensive. Moves practiced at the beginning of the episode are executed masterfully. ASTAROTH is apparently overmatched. ASTAROTH (flustered) You can't win! GREYFALL smiles tightly, but fights inexorably onward. In a masterfully choreographed sequence, GREYFALL executes a wonderful move and impales ASTAROTH through the chest with a glowing sword. The sword's light throbs as it contends with the demon's life force. ASTAROTH drops his sword. He screams in pain, back arched. ASTAROTH You're...still...dead! I'll see you in Hell! GREYFALL (to Joanna) Now! JOANNA throws the device to GREYFALL, who momentarily lets go of his sword to catch it. He thrusts the device at ASTAROTH, knocking the demon down, at the same time as GREYFALL grabs his sword hilt and yanks it from the demon's chest. For a split second we see ASTAROTH lying on the ground, clutching the device. Then, in a wonderful special effect, he vanishes in a burst of flame, banished back to Hell, taking the device with him. GREYFALL speaks to the scorched grass where ASTAROTH was. It'd be cool if there was a scorched pentagram, but I doubt the Divinity people would stand for that. GREYFALL (panting) Only if you can swallow a nuke, you bastard! GREYFALL walks over, retrieves his other sword, and sheathes them both in a single practiced motion. Then he walks over to JOANNA, standing, and PATRICK, kneeling on the ground. GREYFALL (calm, to Patrick) I once heard a story about a man who build a machine to destroy the world. He thought it would work, but he wasn't sure, so he threw the switch. (pause) PATRICK (breathless) What happened? GREYFALL He never found out. (pause) (to Joanna, worn out) Let's go home. GREYFALL and JOANNA walk together across the campus, as PATRICK stands there. He looks after them, then looks up, shielding his eyes. CUT TO: STOCK FOOTAGE We see the end of a total eclipse. The "diamond ring" effect, in other words. FADE TO BLACK ROLL CREDITS THE END.