New Breed, New Blood

Episode 2

We played Episode 2 of “New Breed, New Blood”.

Previously on …

  • Three figures with red aura on cliff top.
  • Wallis busted out of dungeon by suited figures through smoke.
  • Mary quizzes Fanny, “You two weren’t really talking were you?!”

Scenes

Prologue

Focus:Plot
Location:Dock warehouse, 10 years earlier
Agenda:Goods loading into warehouse.
Cast:Knox, warehouse workers
Summary:Knox supervises loading of large crates from ship into warehouse, makes sure shipping records are not tracked. Cut to present day, and Knox is wearing metal goggles, syringe teeth, in an indoor chamber with bodies on racks; he bites into the neck of one and it wakes up screaming.

Scene 1

Focus:

Character

Location:

New Town markets

Agenda:

Mary asks Jane for advice.

Cast:

Mary, Jane

Set-up:

Mary discusses recent events, Boris’s wound, new red aura of vampires. Jane tries to probe more about Mary’s romantic interest in Dougal and Boris.

Stakes:
  • Mary: Does Jane give a good explanation of Boris’s fast-healing injury? (yes)
  • Producer: Does Mary admit interest in the boys? (no)
Resolution:

Mary discusses Boris’s tendency to hide shoulder these days even though fully healed. Jane mentions strange ointment she has noticed him using on his shoulder, and suggests he may be hiding an ongoing condition. They conclude he should be convinced to take some more tests in the lab or infirmary.

Scene 2

Focus:

Character

Location:

Mission control

Agenda:

Preparing for mission in new gear and outfits.

Cast:

All protagonists, Dougal, MacAllister, McDuff, other mission team

Set-up:

Mission team including all protagonists is being fitted in new outfits and gear. Dougal explains recent vampire activity in a previously-abandoned nest at Arthur’s Seat. Mary suggests Jane’s idea about Boris’s wound to Fanny. McDuff fits team into their suits; treats Fanny callously, whispers to MacAllister.

Stakes:
  • Boris: Do I get the respect of the rest of the team? (yes)
  • Fanny: Do I get a chance to quiz Boris? (no)
  • Mary: Do I get called away to the lab? (no)
  • Producer: Does MacAllister confront Fanny with the photo? (no)
Resolution:

McDuff sees MacAllister trying to speak with Fanny, and deliberately intercedes by distracting the two of them in details of their new suits and equipment. Mary gives excuses to Dougal for exemption from the mission, but Dougal is unimpressed. Eventually Boris takes the lead by gathering the whole team and organising them to depart.

Scene 3

Focus:

Plot

Location:

Arthur’s Seat

Agenda:

Introduce Knox as bad guy.

Cast:

All protagonists, MacAllister, other mission team, Knox, Wallis

Set-up:

Boris is de facto leader into nest, and quietly clears the path to the large central chamber, with much equipment and factory-like construction. Mary identifies Knox and another new-breed vampire addressing assembled old-breed vampires, but their conversation isn’t distinct. Mary also sees Wallis among the crowd. The team move in to destroy them.

Stakes:
  • Boris: Am I cool and in control during the big fight? (no)
  • Fanny: Does Boris avoid harming Wallis? (no)
  • Mary: Does I see Boris’s red vampire aura? (no)
  • Producer: Does Mary get captured? (yes)
Resolution:

Extended sequence:

  • Boris goes into a frenzy attacking the vampire horde, far more than other team members. Wallis, on far side of chamber, recognises Mary.
  • Wallis begins to fight toward Mary, as one of the lieutenant new-breed vampires notices this and moves through the crowd to intercept.
  • Boris rises from the fray, wounded but bloodthirsty; sees Mary captured by vampires, rushes to her aid. Wallis arrives at the same time, to be dealt an awful wound by Boris. Mary is taken through a passage and out of the scene before anyone can help.

Scene 4

Focus:

Plot

Location:

Montage of Edinburgh city and surrounds

Agenda:

Fanny searches for Wallis.

Cast:

Fanny, Wallis

Set-up:

Fanny searches frantically for Wallis for hours, at first accompanied by Newbury Commission team but dwindling until she searches alone. Exhausted, she finally returns home to find Wallis, beaten and unconscious.

Stakes:
  • Fanny: Does Wallis tell where Mary is? (no)
  • Producer: Does Fanny let Wallis feed from her? (yes)
Resolution:

Wallis is weakened, barely conscious, and obviously mortally wounded; he is not able to describe what happened clearly. Fanny slowly realises he needs blood immediately, and she has no option: with a knife she cuts into her wrist and puts it to Wallis’s lips. He instantly grabs her arm and feeds hungrily from the open vein.

Scene 5

Focus:

Plot

Location:

Abandoned warehouse

Agenda:

Mary is tormented by her captors.

Cast:

Mary, Knox, old-breed vampires, Boris

Set-up:

Knox, assisted by several old-breed vampires, rigs Mary into a racked machine and chases assisting old-breed vampires away while he works. Boris eventually deduces their location and hurries there.

Stakes:
  • Mary: Do I get rescued from this fate? (no)
  • Boris: Do I hear Knox’s scheme? (no)
  • Producer: Does Knox turn Mary into a vampire? (yes)
Resolution:

Knox fits Mary down with straps and bolted frames, while he leisurely tells of his plan to turn Mary and use her to defeat the Newbury Commission. He stretches wide his jaws and syringe fangs extend; he sinks them into her neck and the blood flows.

Suddenly Boris tears open the panels of the roof, sunlight streams into the corners of the warehouse and he leaps down to attack Knox. The doctor retreats from Boris and his fangs are damaged, but Mary is wounded and sickly as Boris carries her out.

Scene 6

Focus:

Plot

Location:

Commission infirmary

Agenda:

Treating Mary’s condition, but ineffectually.

Cast:

Mary, Fanny, Dougal, Jane

Set-up:

Days of treatment in the infirmary have left Mary stable, but still sick. All discuss the implications of recent events: vampire-like people operating in open daylight, and Mary’s condition not responding to the usual treatments. Dougal orders Fanny to conduct tests on her to find why her condition isn’t responding to the usual treatments, but Jane angrily defends Mary insisting she be left alone.

Stakes:
  • Mary: Do I discover an increase in my abilities? (yes)
  • Fanny: Do I take Mary to the lab for tests? (yes)
  • Producer: Does McDuff overhear the talk about Mary? (no)
Resolution:

Fanny reassures Mary as they go to the lab, where technicians and strange equipment are employed to test Mary’s blood, reactions, etc. but nothing conclusive. Though she is still unwell, the puncture wounds are completely healed and her blood is shown to be far “richer” and vigorous compared to human blood.

Mary is hazy with all the activity, but senses a new ability: as Fanny’s hands work near her, she can “smell” intimacy with a vampire distinctly lingering on Fanny and immediately understands what this ability is telling her.

Scene 7

Focus:

Character

Location:

Fanny’s workshop

Agenda:

MacAllister confronts Fanny over the photo.

Cast:

Fanny, McDuff, MacAllister

Set-up:

Fanny and McDuff argue over design of a new garlic-woven cape device, but the topic soon becomes personal and bitter. MacAllister interrupts and McDuff storms out. MacAllister takes Fanny aside and demands an explanation for the photo of James Wallis with Fanny.

Stakes:
  • Fanny: Does MacAllister believe lame explanation? (yes)
  • Producer: Does Dougal see the confrontation over the photo? (no)
Resolution:

Fanny blusters and casts doubt on MacAllister’s obsession with the photo, diverting him from the question of whether it even portrays Fanny at all. Dougal and McDuff come back and the conversation awkwardly moves to other topics, but suspicions remain high.

Scene 8

Focus:

Plot

Location:

Fanny’s house

Agenda:

Fanny talking with Wallis.

Cast:

Fanny, Wallis

Set-up:

Fanny finally takes the opportunity to discuss with Wallis his recent experiences with the new breed, and pressures Wallis with his debt to her, and asks to be converted in return.

Stakes:
  • Fanny: Does Wallis agree to turn me? (yes)
  • Producer: Does Jane overhear the conversation? (no)
Resolution:

Wallis resists heatedly, insisting that Fanny is making a poor choice and that he needs a trusted contact who has not been turned. Fanny insists they can work better together if she has the vampire abilities, and that he is the only one she can trust to do this.

A noise outside (Jane, trying to get closer to the window) cuts the conversation short, and Wallis snaps his agreement, saying he will contact her within two weeks.

Next time on …

  • Mary smells vampire-tainted person, turns and a figure begins to walk through the door.
  • Boris rifles through Knox’s abandoned warehouse equipment.
  • Fanny, in her workshop, performs vampire tests on herself.
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Episode 1

We played Episode 1 of “New Breed, New Blood”.

Previously on …

  • Boris in the sewer tunnel, blasting vampires with light gun.
  • Mary sees three figures on a clifftop with red aura.
  • Boris changes dressing and wound is healed.

Scenes

Prologue

Focus:Plot
Location:Underground cell
Agenda:Wallis is interrogated by new breed boss.
Cast:Wallis, new breed boss
Summary:Wallis, beaten and chained to the wall, is questioned by new breed boss. Behind the boss, something is lowered through the ceiling on a rope. It opens, a thick smoke pours out and the boss chokes and retreats. Commission team members break Wallis free; though he is groggy he seems unaffected by the smoke and is taken through the ceiling.

Scene 1

Focus:

Plot

Location:

Operations room

Agenda:

Discuss implications of light gun and other new technology.

Cast:

All protagonists, MacAllister, Dougal

Summary:

Debriefing of sewer tunnel raid, with steam-powered slide show by Fanny. Many science wonks interested in light gun technology and possibilities for new designs. Boris’s role in the battle is highlighted, and Mary again raises her vision of the clifftop figures.

Stakes:
  • Boris: Does Dougal assign me to more primary missions? (yes)
  • Fanny: Does Dougal grant a separate technology development budget? (yes)
  • Mary: Does the Commission acknowledge the possibility of different-natured vampires? (yes)
  • Producer: Does lab technician blurt out the truth of Boris’s wound sample? (no)

Scene 2

Focus:

Char

Location:

Fanny’s workshop

Agenda:

Development of prototypes and expansion of workshop.

Cast:

Fanny, MacAllister, Ava McDuff, workshop technicians

Summary:

New project designs are being constructed and more lights and prototypes are being tested; the workshop bustles with movement and activity. Fanny and MacAllister cross swords over technology but both appear to enjoy the exchange.

Stakes:
  • Fanny: Do I win the argument? (no)
  • Producer: Does Ava McDuff realise the attraction between MacAllister and Fanny? (yes)

Scene 3

Focus:

Plot

Location:

Commission library

Agenda:

The subject of Boris’s wound is raised.

Cast:

All protagonists

Summary:

Mary offers to help with Boris’s bandages, sees the wound is healed but Boris is oddly dismissive. Fanny, storming in from argument with MacAllister, realises Boris’s wound has disturbing implications.

Stakes:
  • Mary: Do I see the significance of Boris’s healed wound? (no)
  • Boris: Does my glib explanation convince the others to drop the matter? (yes)
  • Fanny: Do I keep my suspicions about the test results to myself? (yes)
  • Producer: Does MacAllister overhear the revealing discussion? (no)

Scene 4

Focus:

Plot

Location:

Back streets of Old Town

Agenda:

Wallis tries to meet with Fanny to discuss new breed.

Cast:

Fanny, Wallis, Mary, Commission patrol

Summary:

Fanny is assaulted by Wallis in a frantic state, describing his capture and torture by the new breed. A Commission patrol, with Mary, discover the scene.

Stakes:
  • Fanny: Do I recognise the location Wallis describes? (no)
  • Mary: Do I see that Fanny was talking with, not fighting, the vampire? (yes)
  • Producer: Does the patrol chase and catch Wallis? (no)

Scene 5

Focus:

Plot

Location:

Wallis’s lair

Agenda:

New Breed fight with Newbury Commission alpha team.

Cast:

Boris, MacAllister, new breed vampires

Summary:

Newbury Commission alpha team expects to find Wallis but instead finds (and fights) new breed vampires. They fight briefly but the vampires disengage and run off. The team search the abandoned lair for information; a framed photo of Fanny with a healthy Wallis is found by Boris.

Stakes:
  • Boris: Do I hide the photo from the others? (no)
  • Producer: Does MacAllister see that Boris was trying to hide the photo? (yes)

Next time on …

  • MacAllister confronts Fanny with framed photo.
  • Whole team in new outfit and gear, readying for a mission.
  • Jane and Fanny in fierce whispered discussion, “Leave her alone, she needs her rest!”
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Pilot episode

We played the pilot episode of “New Breed, New Blood”.

Scenes

Prologue

Focus:Plot
Location:Mine elevator entrance
Agenda:Vampire hunters take down a target.
Summary:Miners exiting the lift at shift change. Three figures move from the fence, one points, another takes down one of the miners with a crossbow bolt.

Scene 1

Focus:

Character

Location:

Operations room

Agenda:

Discuss role of protagonists in Newbury Commission.

Cast:

All protagonists, MacAllister

Summary:

Debriefing leads to argument between Boris and Macallister about handling of previous missions.

Stakes:
  • Boris: Do I convince MAcAllister to take our team on the next primary run? (no)
  • Producer: Does MacAllister figure Fanny is behind the push? (yes)

Scene 2

Focus:

Plot

Location:

Alley near Edinburgh Castle; Hospital at the Commission.

Agenda:

Reveal new vampire behaviour.

Cast:

All protagonists, MacAllister, Dougal

Summary:

On the streets in the morning, Boris is attacked from an alley in daylight and wounded to the arm; Mary is sure assailant was a vampire. At the hospital at Commission base, Dougal asks for explanation of incident.

Stakes:
  • Fanny: Do I realise the injury is not caused by usual vampire? (no)
  • Producer: Does the Commission dismiss Mary’s vision? (yes)

Scene 3

Focus:

Character

Location:

Informal quarters

Agenda:

The B team re-establish their bonds.

Cast:

All protagonists, Dougal

Summary:

Dougal checks in on B team to see Boris; they discuss significance of daylight attack.

Stakes:
  • Mary: Is Boris assigned to the next hunt mission? (yes)
  • Producer: Does Boris get sent for long recuperation at the hospital? (no)

Scene 4

Focus:

Plot

Location:

Commission laboratory

Agenda:

Sample from Boris’s wound is examined.

Cast:

Fanny, science wonks

Summary:

Fanny discusses wound with laboratory technician and preliminary investigation of sample.

Stakes:
  • Fanny: Does the scientist describe a potential weakness of new breed vampires? (yes)
  • Producer: Does Fanny inadvertantly mention the sample came from Boris? (no)

Scene 5

Focus:

Character

Location:

Wallis’s lair

Agenda:

Fanny and Wallis discuss latest vampire news.

Cast:

Fanny, Wallis

Summary:

Fanny visits Wallis in what is obviously a regular notes-comparison exercise on movements in the vampire community. Wallis probes Fanny’s interest in the eternal life of a vampire.

Stakes:
  • Fanny: Does the news of new breed vampires provoke a reaction from Wallis? (no)
  • Producer: Does Fanny admit she’s more interested in vampire way of life than in weaknesses? (yes)

Scene 6

Focus:

Plot

Location:

Sewerage tunnel mouth

Agenda:

The combined teams conduct a raid on a vampire nest.

Cast:

All protagonists, MacAllister, three unknown new-breed vampires

Summary:

Mary and Fanny wait at sewer mouth as the sounds of fierce battle draw closer. Fanny monitors instruments and prepares weapons, Mary prepares vision enhancement goggles. The battle breaks from the tunnel and bursts onto the beach, but Mary is distracted by three cloaked figures watching from the cliff top with a red aura in her vision.

Stakes:
  • Boris: Does my performance in the battle impress MacAllister? (yes)
  • Producer: Is Mary physically prevented from revealing her vision to the Commission? (no)

Scene 7

Focus:

Character

Location:

Boris’s apartment, flashback to Russia

Agenda:

Boris muses about the events of the episode.

Cast:

Boris, Vladimir

Summary:

Boris changes his bandages but realises the wound is already closed. He flashes back to russia with uncle Vlad, who discusses a prophecy of the vampires.

Stakes:
  • Boris: Do I deny the significance of the prophecy in light of these changes? (no)
  • Producer: Does Boris recognise the prophecy speaks of current events? (yes)

Teaser

Focus:Plot
Location:Wallis’s lair entrance
Agenda:New breed confront Wallis.
Cast:New-breed vampires, Wallis
Summary:Wallis returning to his lair is ambushed at the entrance by a smaller figure, who overpowers him and drags him away saying “Now we’re going to have a little chat”.

Next time on …

  • Fanny, wounded on a cobbled street.
  • Wallis, chained to a wall with head down.
  • Boris awakens sweating from a nightmare.
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Pitch session
Too much tandoori

We met at Everest Indian Restaurant last night (Friday 2009-01-23) and over a couple of hours hashed out what we wanted to play in our series.

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