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Origin of Zed - A Chromaicora Adventures Trilogy by GeekyGamerZack

on February 9th 2017, 4:49 am
Welcome, fans, to Origin of Zed, a trilogy of compiled and extended webseries that detail the origins of Zed Starmute, the protagonist of Crystals of Silveria. Be warned that there are spoilers for those who have yet to read Crystals Remastered and Tide of a New Beginning, so read at your own risk!

Now, without further ado, I present the first chapter of the trilogy, The Water Pendulum!

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Previous Episode: S04SP1 Citrine of the Sands
Next Episode: S02E05 Aoinian Rebel

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Re: Origin of Zed - A Chromaicora Adventures Trilogy by GeekyGamerZack

on February 9th 2017, 4:55 am
Origin of Zed, Part I: The Water Pendulum
A young man named Zander finds himself in a mysterious realm of fantasy, apparently ending up there through a process known as “sightshifting”, though his arrival within a column of light is considered out-of-the-ordinary. A fellow sightshifter named Tad decides to help the young man get back to the mundane realm, but the fact that Zander has no memory of his past may cause more than a few problems. Zander soon learns of an object known as the “Water Pendulum”, which may prove useful in his endeavour, but the item proves to be capricious, evading in an attempt to not be found! Will Zander and Tad be able to find the pendulum?


– A human of the mundane who manages to sightshift into the fantastic realm with no memory of how he arrived, he struggles to find a mysterious, evasive object that is the key to his journey.

Tad Shyff – A sightshifter who is a surfer in the mundane realm and a spellcaster in the fantastic realm, he decides to assist Zander in his quest for the pendulum.

Siren – A young woman who enjoys scuba diving, she runs a surf and dive shop with her best friend, Tad.

Belle and Jack – Tad and Siren’s roommates, they do their best to welcome Zander into their group of friends…though possibly a little TOO much, in Belle’s case…

Verdann – A wood elf who journeys with Tad in the fantastic realm, he is surprised about Zander’s apparent knowledge of his people.

Dr. Erik Hollows – A lecturer at Belle and Jack’s university, he knows much about sightshifting and urges Tad to help Zander in his quest for the pendulum.

“Are you an alien?! Like, seriously?!”
Scene 1: Terra: Afternoon

Children of the Overlay…
…fruit begins to grow.
Pendulums swinging to-and-fro…

We see a view of a busy street, with cars driving along the road and round-eared humans walking along the footpaths. We zoom in to a view of an unusually-tall young man with ginger buzz-cut hair, steely greyish-blue eyes and golden eyebrows. He trudges along, seemingly disoriented, as he rubs the side of his forehead with his right hand. He speaks with an Australian accent.

Man:'s not possible. It couldn't...nngh!

The young man seems to be slightly frustrated about something. A young woman with blonde hair in tightly-curled bangs notices him.

Man: My mind…is...

Woman: Are you alright? Did you knock your head?

Man: Huh?

The young man takes his hand away from his forehead and examines it.

Man: Oh, no...I didn't knock it. It's just memories are rapidly disappearing.

Woman: Your memories?

Man: Yes., do I even have a mother? Or a father? I just don't know...

Woman: That seems pretty you want me to call you an ambulance?

Man: Pendulum...what is the pendulum...?

Woman: I'm gonna call for help.

The young woman pulls a mobile phone from her bag and dials a number, then places the earpiece next to her right ear. After a moment, she speaks.

Woman: Ambulance please.

Man: My's Za-...uh...Za-...? What the...?!

Woman: Yeah, I have a young man with me who claims to be losing his memory, and I suspect he may have been hit over the hea-

The young woman pauses, and her eyes widen.

Woman: Sorry, I gotta go.

The young woman hangs up and slowly puts her phone in her bag without taking her eyes off the young man.

Man: Wait...what about the ambulance?

Woman: Y-Your hand...?

The young man looks at the back of his right hand. The mark of the multiverse glows on it with metallic-cyan light.

Man: How long has that been there...?

The young woman claps her hands to her mouth and muffles a scream. She pulls her now-shaking hands slightly down and manages to speak.

Woman: Y-Your eyes?!

We cut back to a view of the young man, whose eyes now glow with metallic-cyan light.

Man: What's wrong with them?

Woman: Are you an alien?! Like, seriously?!

A brown leather-gloved hand drops onto the young woman's right shoulder, which startles her. A blonde-haired, young-looking man with bright blue eyes is standing there, staring at the other young man.

Blue-Eyed Man: I suggest we move back.

Woman: What?! Who are you, and what is going on?!

Blue-Eyed Man: My name is Herikios, and you are about to witness a false awakening...a large one at that.

Herikios gently pulls the young woman back.

Woman: Wait...doesn't he realise what's happening?

Herikios: Yes and no. He' a trance.

Man: The fruit of the overlay...?

Herikios: He helped me so very long ago. Now it is time for me to help him.

Woman: But...who is he?

The pattern of the multiverse appears beneath the young man's feet in metallic-cyan light.

Herikios: One day, he will be known as Zed. For now, though, his name is-

A column of metallic-cyan light erupts from the ground around "Zed". As it does so, a pulse emerges from it, shattering nearby windows and setting off alarms.

Woman: What the...?!

We cut to a view inside the column. "Zed's" eyes and mark still glow with metallic-cyan light.

"Zed": What's...going...YEAAAAAAAGH!

Origin of Zed, Part I
The Water Pendulum
A Chromaicora Adventure


Scene 2: Unknown Location: Early Morning

"Zed" awakens in an unfamiliar bed. He looks around the room, which seems as though it's from another time period.

"Zed's" thoughts: Did I travel back in time...?

Voice: You know, most people end up in their underwear the first time they sightshift.

"Zed": Hm?

"Zed" looks over at a nearby table, and sees a blonde-haired young man sitting in a chair. He is dressed in medieval fantasy-inspired attire. He speaks with an American accent.

"Zed": Sightshift?

Man: Yeah, it's a rare ability that few people possess.

"Zed": What does it do?

Man: With it, we can peer through an intangible barrier into another realm.

"Zed": Wait...for real?!

Man: Oh yes. Although...

"Zed": What is it?

Man: Your entrance was...well, it was somewhat unexpected.

"Zed" sits up, pushes down his covers and swings his legs to the side of the bed, sitting comfortably. He continues to chat with the young man.

"Zed": Unexpected?

Man: Usually, when people sightshift, their eyes go all metallic-bluish, followed by sort of "rippling" through the barrier into the other realm. You, however, appeared in a column of light.

"Zed": I did?

Man: Oh yeah, it was quite the spectacle. Everyone was watching it!

"Zed": Well, I don't remember it.

Man: You...kind of fainted when you appeared. Luckily, I was there to catch you.

"Zed": Actually, I don't remember...anything.

The young man raises one eyebrow.

Man: Seriously?

"Zed": My past is a complete blank.

Man: Well, do you remember your name, at least?

"Zed": Za- Uh...Za-, sorry.

Man: No need to apologise. I'm...gonna call you Zander.

Zander: Zander? Hm...I like it!

Man: Cool. Oh, you can call me Tadpole. Tad! Um...I-I'm...Tad.

Zander: Nice to meet you, Tad.

Tad: Let me get you some stew.

Tad stands up and heads for the door. He stops and turns to face Zander.

Tad: Oh, there's something else.

Zander: Yeah?

Tad: Just before you fainted, you mentioned something about a "pendulum". Do you remember?

Zander: Pendulum...? Sorry, no.

Tad: I thought so.

Tad leaves the room. Zander notices the back of his right hand.

Zander: There's something about my hand...I can almost remember...

The mark begins to glow with metallic-cyan light. After a brief moment, it stops glowing, leaving no sign of being there.

Zander: Maybe that mark is a side-effect of sightshifting...?

Voice: What mark?

Zander looks at Tad, who stands with two wooden bowls.

Zander: I don't know...but I think I remember...something...

Scene 3: Umbel: Fantastic Realm: Late Morning

Zander and Tad walk through a marketplace in the town of Umbel. Many people seem to stare at Zander, whose outfit consists of casual clothing like that of our world.

Zander: I feel as though people are staring at us.

Tad: They are.

Zander: But why?

Voice: Ah, Tad. It is good to see you, my friend.

A male elf with long, green hair walks up to Zander and Tad.

Tad: Oh, hey, Verdann.

Verdann: I wondered when you would return to this land.

Tad: Yeah, I've been really busy in my homeland.

Verdann looks at Zander, who seems to be trying to figure him out.

Verdann: And you must be a new arrival. I imagine you have many questions about this place...

Zander: You're a verdelv, right?

Verdann appears surprised.

Verdann: Well, I am impressed. Very few new arrivals know the true name of my people.

Zander: Yeah...though I have no idea how I know that.

Tad: Zander here sightshifted to this place yesterday evening. He was unconscious for fourteen hours.

Verdann: Is that significant?

Tad: Not sure. But his entrance was spectacular.

Verdann's eyes widen.

Verdann: This...unusually-attired human is the source of the beacon?!

Zander: Unusually-attired...?

Tad: Indeed.

Verdann: Then we must journey at once to the Umbel Guardian's home. Surely she will know of Zander's origin!

Tad: The Umbel Guardian?

Tad ponders for a moment.

Tad: It's worth a shot. Let's go! Zander, stay close to us. You're drawing attention to yourself, and that might not be a good thing.

Tad's thoughts: Especially if Skorc finds out...

Tad and Verdann begin walking. Zander follows behind, his long legs easily able to keep up with the others.

Scene 4: Guardian's Home: Umbel: Fantastic Realm: Late Morning

Zander, Tad and Verdann enter the home of the Umbel Guardian. They sit at a small, round table with an aqua-trimmed azure tablecloth draped over it.

Zander: This is nice.

Tad: You haven't seen ANYTHING yet, Zander!

Voice: Welcome, travellers from the realm adjacent! Welcome to this, the home of the Umbel Guardian!

An elderly woman with a hair bun is suddenly sitting on the opposite side of the table. Zander is surprised.

Zander: WHOA! How did you do that?!

Guardian: Ah, a good oracle never divulges the secret of her abilities.

Tad: Nice to see you again, Guardian.

Guardian: Ah, Tadpole! Still not grown into a frog, I see? EHEHEHEHEH!

Tad: Uh...yeah...

Verdann: The reason we are here today-

Guardian: No no, do not speak. In fact, you are barred from speaking for the rest of this visit!

Verdann appears disappointed. The Guardian examines Zander.

Guardian: Ah, it is you...the man with no past.

The Guardian looks into Zander's eyes, which causes him to look away.

Guardian: Yes, I see much mystery in you, young man. You found this realm without looking into it!

Tad: He didn't sightshift?! But-

Guardian: Tadpole, you know better than to speak while I work my magic.

Tad: Sorry.

Guardian: Now, I have peered into your mind and examined your heart, but...I am embarrassed to admit that not even I am able to glean much at all!

Zander appears surprised.

Guardian: This has only happened once before, many moons ago. The other individual-

The Guardian pauses.

Guardian: No no, this session is about you, one with hair of fire and essence of water. Hm...I see you waking up, breaking free of the shackles of fate. I see a mysterious object, a pendulum, and a key to your true potential. You also seem to have a strong link to the force of magic that permeates this place, so it would be prudent of you to learn to use it in some way. The pendulum-

The Guardian noisily guzzles a glass of water.

Guardian: My apologies. Talking leaves my throat parched. Now, the pendulum is closer than you may think, so find it, and never lose it. Understand?

Zander nods.

Guardian: See, Tadpole? This lad knows not to speak when I perform my magic!

Tad facepalms.

Scene 5: Surf and Dive Shop: Mundane Realm: Late Morning

A young woman with long, reddish-brown hair is examining some air cylinders in the local surf and dive shop. Tad walks into the shop, now wearing attire like that of our world.

Tad: Hey Siren, sorry I'm late!

The young woman stands up and turns to face Tad.

Siren: You were supposed to be here an hour ago.

Tad: I know, but I was helping someone.

Siren: Wait! Don't tell me. Um...let's see...

Siren focuses on Tad.

Siren: You were in the fantasy realm-

Tad: Fantastic realm.

Siren: Yeah, that too. were helping a new arrival named...Ted?

Tad: No, Zander. You are way off today! I'm just gonna tell you.

Siren: *Sigh* ...okay, shoot.

Tad: So this guy, Zander? He arrived in the fantastic realm through...unconventional means.

Siren: Meaning?

Tad: He didn't sightshift to get there.

Siren: Wait...for real?!

Tad: Oh yeah! He arrived in a column of light, of all things.

Siren: I don't believe it...

Tad: No, it's true, I swear!

Siren: No, I mean I envisioned a beacon of light when I read your mind.

Tad: Oh, you did, did you?

Siren: Anyway, please continue.

Tad: Okay, so he had this weird, glowing mark on his hand-

Siren: The circles and dots, you mean?

Tad: Yeah! Oh, you've seen it too.

Siren: No, but you said you've seen it before.

Tad: I did? Oh yeah...

Siren: Sorry for interrupting so much.

Tad: Nah, it's cool. Oh, and the best part?

Siren: Yeah?

Tad: Zander arrived fully-dressed. He wasn't in his underwear!

Siren appears surprised.

Siren: You mean to tell me that there's a guy in the fantastic realm...dressed like someone from ours?!

Tad: Yeah! The people in Umbel can't figure him out.

Siren: Well, you know what you have to do, right?

Tad: Um...

Siren: You, my friend, need to take him to buy some clothes.

Tad: Uh...isn't that YOUR job, Siren?

Siren: Usually, yes, but in case you hadn't figured it out yet, I can't sightshift. You, however, can.

Tad: Uh...okay. I better go and do that right now.

Siren: What?! But...your shift!

Tad: This guy needs help. For all we know, he could be stuck there!

Siren: I can't check all of this equipment alone!

Tad: Then call Jack. He knows all about that stuff.

Siren: I...fine. Go help that guy.

Tad: Will do.

Tad runs out of the shop. Siren whips her mobile phone out of her pocket and searches through her contacts.

Siren: If only I could visit that place...

Siren holds the phone up to her right ear.

Siren: Jack? It's Siren...fine, thanks for asking. And you...? Great. Listen, I need a favour...
Scene 6: Umbel: Fantastic Realm: Early Evening

Zander and Tad walk through the town square. Zander is now dressed in medieval-fantasy-inspired attire.

Zander: Uh...did we really need to get rid of my other clothes?

Tad: Well...

Zander: What?

Tad: While it's true that most people here know that another realm exists, they're led to believe that it's a lot like this place. That includes fashion.

Zander: Oh.

Tad: It's probably better to keep the mundane realm a secret from the people here. Oh, and vice-versa for people in the mundane realm.

Zander: No problem.

Zander sniffs the air.

Zander: Is this place near the ocean?

Tad: No...?

Zander: Oh. Weird, I can smell seawater.

Tad: Oh, that's probably me. I went for a surf earlier.

Zander: They have surfing here?

Tad: No, dude, in OUR realm.

Zander: Oh, right.

Tad: Don't feel bad. You're still getting used to this place.

Zander sighs.

Zander: I suppose I have to, since there's no way for me to get back.

Tad: What do you mean?

Zander: Well, I found out that only sightshifters can travel from this realm to the other, and...well...

Tad: You're not a sightshifter.

Zander: Correct.

Tad: Darn it, I hadn't even considered that.

Zander: Eh, it's fine. I get the impression that I wanted a sea change anyway.

A pulse of energy emerges from Zander's body, and his eyes glow with metallic-cyan light. After a moment, Zander's eyes return to normal.

Zander: That was weird...

Tad: Uh...Zander?

Zander: Yeah?

Tad: How do I put this, screw it. You sightshifted.

Zander: Wait...what?!

Tad: You sightshifted...the other way!

Zander: Seriously?! I can go back?!

Tad: Yeah!'ll probably end up in the middle of nowhere, but-

Zander: Wait...what?!

Tad: The way sightshifting works is complicated. The first time you do it, you end up in the same part of the world in the other realm, but you leave a checkpoint of sorts in the original one. Every time you sightshift, you leave a marker in the previous realm that causes you to always return to that spot, no matter how far you travel in the current realm.

Zander: I think I get what you're saying. So when I sightshift to the mundane realm, and then I sightshift back here, I'll return to this exact spot?

Tad: Exactly! Now, this spot in the mundane realm is probably somewhere in the outback, but my checkpoint is on the east coast. You see the problem, right?

Zander: Yep. I'd be in the middle of the desert without food or water, and probably kilometres from the next town.

Tad: Or you could end up in a point of civilisation. We won't know unless you take the plunge.

Zander: Is that wise?

Tad: Yeah! You can always come back here if you need to.

Zander: So I could be stranded here anyway...

Tad: That's the worst case scenario. You couldn't return to the mundane realm, but at least you'd be able to survive.

Zander: Okay. What do I do?

Tad: Focus on what you saw during that moment.

Zander: Well, I know it's going to sound weird, but I saw the-

Zander shifts through the barrier, which ripples with metallic-cyan energy.

Tad: He did it! He actually did it!

Tad waits for Zander to return. After a brief moment, Zander ripples back.

Tad: Well?

Zander: Well, I was near a large city.

Tad: Wait...but the closest city to this spot in the mundane realm is-

Tad thinks for a moment.

Tad: Where exactly did you end up, dude?

Zander: On a beach.

Tad's thoughts: No, it couldn't be...

Tad: Okay, sightshift back to the mundane realm, then walk five paces away from the ocean.

Zander: What will that do?

Tad: I want to check something.

Zander: Uh...okay, here I go.

Zander ripples away. Tad waits a few seconds.

Tad: Okay, my turn.

Tad ripples through the barrier, his outfit changing into a black wetsuit with lime green trim. Tad's eyes widen.

Tad: No freaking way...

We cut to a view behind Tad. As the view pans to the right, we see Zander standing in his underwear, a pair of black boxer shorts.

Zander: Uh...hi.

Tad: We need to go.

Zander: We do?

Tad: Yeah. There's someone you need to meet.

Zander: Who?

Tad: A guy who knows more about sightshifting than I do. His name is Erik.

Scene 7: University: Mundane Realm: Late Morning

Herikios stands at the front of a lecture hall dressed in a tweed suit and blue bowtie. He appears to be teaching a class. Tad and Zander walk in.

Herikios: "And the spellcaster of a different walk"...does anyone have any idea what that could mean?

A male student with wavy, not-quite-shoulder-length hair and glasses raises his hand. He speaks with an Australian accent.

Student: I assume it means that he's a different kind of magic-user, one who casts spells through unconventional means.

Herikios: Excellent observation, Jonathan.

Jonathan: I play a lot of RPGs.

Herikios: Well, roleplayers often display vast imaginations.

The bell rings.

Herikios: And that marks the end of today's lecture. Oh, be sure to read the copy of the novel you've each been provided, and I'll see you on Tuesday.

The students pack up their things and begin to leave. Herikios notices Zander and Tad.

Herikios: Jonathan!

Jonathan: Yes?

Herikios: I must speak with you.

Jonathan: Okay.

Jonathan approaches Herikios, followed by Tad and Zander.

Tad: Hey, dude!

Jonathan: Oh, what are you doing here?

Tad: Actually, Zander-

Tad gestures to Zander.

Tad: -and I are here to see your lecturer.

Jonathan: Oh. Uh, hi! Call me Jack.

Jack holds out his hand to Zander.

Zander: Oh, uh...Zander.

Zander shakes Jack's hand.

Jack: Oh, and this is Dr. Hollows.

Zander looks at Herikios. An unfamiliar voice echoes in his mind.

Zander's thoughts: My name is Herikios, but my friends call me-

Herikios: Erik Hollows, lecturer of the literary and performing arts.

Jack: He also teaches swordplay.

Zander looks at Erik.

Zander: Hi...uh...

Erik: Yes? What is it?

Zander: I get the feeling that I've seen you before...

Erik's thoughts: I sense it...the awakening has begun...

Erik: Are you a student here, Zander?

Zander: No, least I'm pretty sure...

Tad: Zander sightshifted from the fantastic realm.

Erik: He did, did he?

Erik's thoughts: How can that be possible...?

Tad: Yeah, but he didn't sightshift INTO it!

Jack: Hold on...I thought all sightshifters come from this realm.

Tad: Yeah, they do.

Jack: did Zander get there in the first place?

Voice: Get where?

A girl with curly blonde hair in a loose bun walks in. She speaks with an Australian accent.

Jack: Oh, uh...Belle! What...uh...what are you doing here?!

Belle: I thought we were getting lunch after class.

Jack: Yes, but yours isn't finished yet!

Belle: Oh, we were rehearsing a play, but the lead had to go home. Gastro.

Jack: Oh, uh...what about the understudy?

Belle: Oh, she also had to leave.

Jack: Don't tell me she has gastro as well.

Belle: No, her boyfriend walked in with a single red rose, got onto one knee and said, "You are the love of my life. Will you marry me?" And...she said yes!

Jack: Aw...

Belle: And then they left for the airport, right then and there. Needless to say, we were all dismissed from class.

Belle looks at Zander.

Belle: Oh, who's your friend, Tad?

Tad: This is Zander, a guy I'm helping out.

Belle: Oh, nice to meet you.

Zander: Thanks. Nice to meet you too.

Belle: Thank you. You know, you're kind of a baby-faced sort of way.

Zander: I am?

Belle: Yeah! Do you wanna-

Jack grabs Belle's hand and starts pulling her away.

Jack: Okay, let's go get lunch.

Belle: What?! But...Zander and I were gonna exchange mobile numbers!

Jack: No you weren't.

Belle: Oh, you're such a stick-in-the-mud!

Tad widens his eyes.

Tad: Wow...

Zander: We couldn't exchange numbers anyway. My phone's completely bricked. Plus, it's in your house in the fantastic realm.

Tad: True...oh crap! I hope Norbert doesn't see it!

Zander: Norbert?

Tad: A gnome in my adventuring party. He's also my roommate there.

Zander: Oh.

Tad: Then again, he doesn't go through my belongings.

A male gnome with purple hair opens drawers in Tad's home. He has the same voice as Brocc, Furbendink and Sven.

Norbert: Underwear...books...busted, Tad keeps a lot of useless junk in his drawers...

Erik: It matters not how Zander arrived there. What's important is that he is now a sightshifter, and he needs someone to guide him. Tad, you will be his guide in this endeavour.

Tad: Okay then.

Zander: Good, 'cause I need to get back there and find out more about that pendulum.

Erik’s thoughts: How does he know of the pendulum...?

Erik: I know where it is.

Zander: You do?!

Tad: Where is it?

Erik: It is here, in the mundane realm. Its current position is...brine.

Zander: Brine? So it's in the ocean?

Tad: Do you know where, Erik?

Erik: Try the cove near the city.

Tad: Great! Zander? You should go to this place this afternoon.

Tad hands Zander a business card. Zander examines it.

Zander: A surf and dive shop?

Tad: Yeah! Ask for Siren, and say you want to take a scuba course. Oh, and tell her I sent you.

Zander: Really?

Tad: Yeah! I'll pay for the course.

Zander: You'd really do that for me?!

Tad: Hey, if it helps you find the pendulum...

Zander: Thank you.

Tad: I gotta go, but look for Belle and Jack in the campus café. They'll give you a lift.

Zander: Thanks.

Tad: Later, Erik.

Tad leaves. Zander turns to face Erik.

Zander: I better go. Have a good day.

Erik: To you as well.

Zander raises his hand, then turns to leave.

Erik: Zander?

Zander looks at Erik.

Zander: Yeah?

Erik: We will meet again.

Zander: Not a problem.

Zander leaves the classroom.

Erik: It seems like only yesterday that I met him...but he still has much growing to do before he meets me properly.

Scene 8: Surf and Dive Shop: Mundane Realm: Early Afternoon

Belle is driving her car, with Zander to her left in the front passenger seat and Jack in the back seat behind Belle. The car pulls up just outside the surf and dive shop.

Belle: Well, here we are.

Zander: Thanks for the lift.

Belle: Don't mention it. Have fun!

Zander: Will do!

Zander enters the shop and looks around. The walls and displays are lined with surfboards, wetsuits, BCDs and other goods for aquatic activities. Siren sees Zander and walks up to him.

Siren: Can I help you?

Zander looks at Siren.

Zander: Oh, uh...I was just looking around.

Siren: Okay, well, if you need anything-

Zander: Well I- Oh...sorry, I interrupted.

Siren: No, it's fine! Go ahead.

Zander: Well actually, I was recommended to come to this place by...Tad?

Siren: Oh, you're a friend of Tad's?

Zed: Sort of. It's complicated.

Siren nose-laughs.

Siren: Things are often complicated with that guy.

Zander: It seems so. Oh, I'm Zander, by the way.

Siren: Siren. It's a pleasure to meet you. Any friend of Tad's is welcome here.

Zander: Thanks.

Zander looks around.

Zander: Oh, Tad said I'd be interested in diving.

Siren: Oh, you're better to do that in warmer weather.

Zander: Like, summer, you mean?

Siren: Sure, but the water warms up from about mid-October onwards.

Zander: I did not know that.

Siren lets out another nose-laugh.

Siren: So, did you just move here?

Zander: Oh no no no, I'm...travelling.

Siren: Travelling...?

Zander: In a way, yes.

An expression of surprise spreads across Siren's face.

Siren: No way. Y-You're THAT Zander!

Zander: Oh, blast! My cover is blown!

Siren laughs.

Siren: Yeah, Tad said he met you in the fantasy realm.

Tad yells out from the back room.

Tad: Fantastic realm!

Siren: Whatever!

Tad walks into the room.

Tad: Hey, Siren, you wanna check these regs for me? I think a couple are worn out.

Zander notices Tad.

Zander: Tad! What are you doing here?

Tad: I work here...? Didn't I tell you?

Zander: I don't think so, no.

Tad: Ah, my bad.

Tad looks puzzled.

Tad: Zander, why are you here?

Zander: You asked me to come, remember?

Tad: Oh, that's right! I forgot about the course!

Siren: What...uh...what course, Tad?

Tad: I sent Zander here to request a scuba course. It's...kind of urgent.

Siren: Why would a scuba course demand such urgency?

Tad: It's a little complicated.

Siren rolls her eyes.

Siren: It always is...okay, Zander, let's get you prepped.

Zander: No problem.

Siren leads Zander into the back room.

Siren's thoughts: Why am I envisioning a pendulum in a frozen sea...?

Scene 9: Unknown Location: Unknown Time of Day

A male human with blue eyes, fair skin, black, slicked-back hair and a bluish-grey robe stands on a silver pedestal in a round room that seems to be comprised of rainbow energy. A female human with tan skin, brown eyes, long, wavy, fiery-orange hair and a reddish-grey robe enters the room and approaches the male human.

Woman: How goes the observation?

Man: I am tracking the Water Pendulum, but...something is happening.

Woman: Oh?

Man: It seems to be behaving erratically, as though-

Woman: -in synchronisation with the Fire Pendulum.

Man: How did you guess?

Woman: I have noticed the same observations with the Fire Pendulum’s behaviour.

Man: Is it too soon for the pendulums to activate?

Woman: I know not. But Viridius and Violetta assure me that the Earth and Air Pendulums remain dormant.

Man: I am beginning to wonder if it was a mistake to leave the Water Pendulum be for so long, Crimsona.

Crimsona: As am I, Ceruleus. But what is there to do?

Ceruleus: Might I suggest relocating the Water Pendulum?

Crimsona's eyes widen.

Crimsona: But is that wise? Even if we were to send the Water Pendulum to a safer location, there is no guarantee that both it and the Fire Pendulum would return to a state of dormancy. In addition, the Water Pendulum could end up anywhere.

Ceruleus: I am aware of both points, sister, but-

Crimsona: -you believe it to be the best course of action.

Ceruleus: I simply feel that keeping all the pendulums within such close proximity to one another is unwise. It may be better to relocate them to nearby worlds within the outer ring.

Crimsona: You may be right about that, Ceruleus, but until every pendulum activates-

Ceruleus: -they must be left alone.

Ceruleus sighs.

Ceruleus: But let us hope that no other entity locates them before they have a chance to activate...
Scene 10: Cove: Mundane Realm: Morning

Zander and Tad sit on the back of a boat in the cove. Zander is wearing a black wetsuit with cyan trim, whereas Tad is wearing his green-trimmed wetsuit from a previous webisode. Zander is also wearing a pair of yellow fins and a pair of blue-trimmed gloves, whereas Tad is putting on a pair of green fins, though he is not wearing gloves. Both Zander and Tad wear BCDs equipped with all the bells and whistles, including a tank of pressurised air. Zander is holding a yellow full-face mask equipped with a communication device, while Tad has a green version of the same mask and device.

Tad: ...and...there! My fins are equipped!

Siren calls out from the front of the boat.

Siren: Equipped? I think you're spending too much time in the fantasy realm, Tad.

Tad: Fantastic realm!

Siren: Whatever! I just wish I was diving today instead of you!

Tad: dive almost every day! And I don't get to as often as you do, Siren!

Siren: Well, whose fault is that, Mr. Surfer Dude?

Tad: Besides, Zander and I are in this together!

Siren: Well, I guess you have a point!

Tad turns to face Zander.

Tad: Okay, Zander, are you ready to do this?

Zander: Absolutely!

Tad: Then let's go!

Zander and Tad submerge into the water. They both have their masks equipped.

Tad: So, any idea where this pendulum could be?

Zander: Not a clue.

Tad: Well, keep a look out for it.

Zander: No problem. Whoa...

Tad: What is it?

Zander: This is weird. It's like I'm floating along!

Tad: Didn't you already do an open water dive, though?

Zander: Well, yes...

Tad: Then you should know what it feels like underwater.

Zander: This is different. It's like...I'm being pulled along by...something.

Tad: Actually, now that you mention it-

Just then, a trio of glowing orbs appears in front of Zander and Tad. The middle one is larger than the others, and cyan in colour; the one on the left is azure, and the one on the right is aqua.

Tad: Whoa...what could THAT be...?

Zander: If I didn't know any better, I'd say that that was the-

An orb of white light emerges from the centre orb and floats to the left one, with the centre orb having shrunk and the left one now bigger than the others.

Zander: What the...?!

The orbs disappear. Almost immediately, the water becomes noticeably cooler.

Tad: Was that the pendulum?!

Zander: It didn't look like one!

A beeping noise appears out of nowhere.

Tad: Whoa! Is that the lights trying to speak with us?!

Zander: No, it's your communicator.

Tad: Huh...? Oh, right.

Tad presses a button on his communication device.

Tad: You've reached Casa de Pizza, the freshest pizzas in town. Pick up or delivery?

Siren: Everything okay down there?

Tad: Uh...sure, why do you ask?

Siren: Because you haven't released the marker yet!

Tad: Oh, nuts! Sorry, Siren, we just got a little distracted by...something.

Siren: Oh, for the love of-

Siren sighs.

Siren: I knew I should have been the one to take Zander for his first full dive...

Tad: No no, it's fine! Look, here comes the marker now!

Tad opens a pouch on his BCD, releasing a blue object that floats to the surface.

We cut to a view of the surface. The object splashes up, and a flag unfurls.

Siren: Okay, I see it.

We cut back to Zander and Tad underwater.

Siren: Just pay more attention next time.

Tad: Will do. Thanks.

Siren: Have fun, Zander!

Zander: Thank you!

Tad: Okay, we need to try and find those lights. Surely they're an indication of the pendulum's location.

Siren: Pendulum? What pendulum?

Tad: Siren?! Wh-Why didn't you turn off communications?!

Siren: Me? You're the one in control of the comms, Tad!

Tad: What are you talking-

Tad closes his eyes.

Tad: Right...I should've realised.

Siren: Honestly, Tad, sometimes I wonder if your I.Q. really is as high as you say it is...

Tad: Hey, there are many ways to measure intelligence, Siren. Some are much more subtle than others.

Siren: Right...which is why you lose every trivia night we attend.

Tad: I told you already, the quizmaster has it in for me! She hates me!

Siren: What?! Belle doesn't hate you!

Tad: Wait...BELLE'S the quizmaster?!

Siren: Obviously!

Tad: But...she doesn't wear makeup!

Siren: Not usually, no, but she does when she isn't at home or studying.

Tad: Huh...I was wondering what she meant when she said, "I'll make the next trivia night easier for you, Tad"...

A slapping sound is heard.

Tad: What was that?!

Siren: Only the sound of my palm making contact with my face.

Tad: Oh, good. I thought something was wrong for a moment.

We cut to a view of the boat.

Siren (softly): Clearly there is if you don't recognise people when they use makeup.

Tad: What?!

Siren: I said, "Clearly there's food such as bread and pies we ought to bake up".

Tad: Good idea, although neither of us knows HOW to bake bread and pies.

Siren: Well, we could take a cooking class at the university.

We cut back to a close-up view of Tad underwater.

Tad: True, true...or we could keep letting Belle and Jack cook for all of us.

Siren: Now THERE'S that I.Q. rating of yours!

Tad: Yeah, 'cause why cook when someone else can do the work for us? Though we DO usually get stuck with the dishes...maybe there's a way out of that as well...

Siren: Okay, okay, think of a plan later, Captain Whiz-Guy. Right now, you and Zander need to find this "pendulum" of yours. Wait...Zander's been awfully quiet...

Tad: Hey, yeah...Zander? Come in! Zander...?

Tad spins around and looks at Zander.

Tad: Oh, Zander! You had me worried, dude!

Zander: Uh...

Tad: What? What is it?

Zander: We...have an eensy problem.

Tad: What do you mean?

Zander: Well...we've sort of ended up who-knows-where.

Tad: What? How can you tell?

Zander: My first clue is the enormous skull below us.

Tad: Enormous...skull?

Tad looks down. An enormous reptilian skull sits on the seafloor.

Tad: WHOA! How did that get there?!

Zander: And that's not the weirdest part.

Tad: Wait...then what-

Zander: Follow me to the surface.

Zander and Tad slowly inflate their BCDs and head for the ocean's surface. After reaching the surface, both divers open the air valves on their masks, allowing them to conserve tank air. Tad's eyes widen as he gazes upon a nearby rocky beach with a panorama of a bright blue mountain range in the distance.

Tad: What the...where are we?!

Zander: I don't know, but something tells me we're not in Kansas anymore...

Scene 11: Unknown Location: Unknown Time of Day

Zander and Tad explore the mysterious ocean in which they've arrived.

Zander: This is too weird...

Tad: You're telling me!

Zander: I're absolutely certain that we didn't sightshift into the fantastic realm?

Tad: I'm positive. If we did, we'd be in the middle of Umbel Plaza right now, and...well...

Zander: Then there must be another world...

Tad: Whoa, hold up there, Zander! THREE realms?! I'm positive that there are only two!

Zander: Hm...

Tad: What is it?

Zander: Well, you know how I told you that there was a mark on my hand that glowed with a bluish light?

Tad: Yeah?

Zander: Well...that very same mark is glowing again...through my glove!

Tad looks at Zander's hand, and is immediately startled.

Tad: WHOA!

Zander: I know, right?

Tad: I know that mark!

Zander: Wait...what?!

Tad: I glimpsed it in a tome I was studying in the fantastic realm. Apparently it's some kind of map.

Zander: So I have a map on my hand?

Tad: Maybe...still, it's worth investigating.

Zander: I guess so...

Zander and Tad pause.

Zander: Do you hear that?

Tad: Yeah...sounds like...singing?

Zander sees a large, shadowy shape moving towards them.

Zander: Could it be a whale?

Tad: I don't know, maybe?

As the creature approaches, Zander and Tad's eyes widen: it appears to resemble a large seahorse, with cyan scales covered in azure and aqua splotches; the most unusual feature is a mane of dark cyan kelp along its head and neck.

Zander: Is that a-

Tad: Seahorse? I would say so.

Zander: But it's the size of an ACTUAL horse!

Tad: It seems friendly.

Zander: I agree.

A calm, masculine voice echoes in Zander and Tad's minds.

Creature: Follow...

The creature begins to swim away. Zander and Tad begin to follow it. They look at each other.

Tad: This is amazing! An unidentified animal!

Zander: It's amazing! It's-

Zander looks ahead.

Zander: -gone.

Tad: Gone? How could it be-

Tad looks ahead. The creature has disappeared.

Tad: Oh.

Zander: Was it real, or just an illusion?

Tad: Not sure. It seemed real, though.

A beeping sound is heard.

Tad: It came back!

Zander: I...think that was your communicator again.

Tad: Oh bad.

Tad presses a button on his communicator.

Tad: Welcome to Casa de-

Siren: Tad! Oh, thank goodness! I was worried sick!

Tad: You were?

Siren: You suddenly stopped talking, and...well...

Tad: Yeah...

Siren: First Zander, then you...oh! Did you find Zander?

Zander: Yellow.

Siren: Oh, what a relief! Are you okay?!

Zander: Fine. We-

Siren: Wait! Don't tell me! Let's

Tad: Here we go again...

Siren: You were on a dragon made of metal, and then you found a seahorse covered in kelp.

Tad:'re half-right.

Erik's voice appears over the network.

Erik: I assure you that, in a sense, Siren is completely correct.

Tad: What the...Erik? How are you communicating with us?! Is he in the boat with you, Siren?!

Siren: Uh...

We cut to a view of Siren in the boat.

Siren: That's a negative, I'm afraid.

We cut back to a close-up of Zander and Tad.

Tad: Then-

Erik: Turn around, Tadpole.

Zander and Tad spin around and see Erik in mostly-cyan dive gear similar to their own.

Tad: You were here this whole time?!

Erik: Not exactly.

Zander hears Erik's voice in his mind.

Erik's voice: You suffer from seasickness?

Zander: Well, no.

Erik: I'm sorry?

Zander: If I got seasick, I probably wouldn't be able to dive, right?

Erik's thoughts: How can he have memories of events he has yet to places he has yet to visit?

Erik: Hm...possibly. In any case, it is my duty to inform you both that-

Tad: Wait! Before you say anything, I need to ask you something.

Erik: Of course, Tadpole.

Tad: Okay, have you ever heard of an enormous blue seahorse with seaweed hair?

Erik: Why do you ask?

Tad: Zander and I...well...we both saw one. Just moments ago, in fact.

Erik: sounds like a creature from Greek lore known as the hippocamp.

Zander: I've heard of those. They're a chimera that's part-horse and part-fish.

Erik: I'm impressed. You are quite knowledgeable, Zander.

Zander: Thanks.

Siren: Uh...fellas?

Tad: Yeah?

Siren: Could we have this conversation back on the boat, please?

Tad: What?! But...we haven't finished our dive yet!

We cut back to Siren.

Siren: You've been underwater for an hour-and-a-half!

Tad: We have?!

Siren: Yes, which I think is plenty of time for Zander's first full dive.

We cut back to Zander, Tad and Erik.

Tad: But what about the pendulum?!

Erik: Alas, it has changed position again.

Tad: Oh, great...

Erik: Its new position is ice.

Zander: So we need to explore Antarctica or something, then?

Erik: Do not worry, Zander. When the pendulum is ready to be found, it will find its way.

Zander: Fair enough.

Tad: Well then...I guess we should head back to the boat?

Erik: Agreed.

The trio swims towards the boat.

Tad: So...any particular reason you're diving without a buddy, Erik?

Erik: Ah...

Tad: Not setting a good example for Zander, are you?

The trio - plus Siren - is in the boat.

Zander: Well, that was fun.

Tad: Yeah, but we didn't find the pendulum.

Siren: Oh yeah, you wanted to tell us something, right, Dr. Hollows?

Erik: Ah, yes. Zander, Tad, you both accidentally drifted into another world.

Tad: Then there IS a third dimension...

Erik: Actually, I meant you travelled to a world other than this one, far from both the mundane realm and the fantasy realm.

Siren: Fantastic realm!

Tad: You finally got it right, Siren!

Siren: Hey, yeah! "Fantastic"!

Zander: So which world did we visit?

Erik: It is a land where dragons of gleaming scales take on a humanoid form and coexist in relative peace.

Tad: For real? Whoa...

Siren: I don't could you possibly know all this, Dr. Hollows?

Erik: I am afraid that is all I can tell you for now.

Tad: And there's Erik's signature catchphrase...

Erik: Oh, but do not tell anyone else of your venture. If they were to find out-

Tad: Say no more! Your secret's safe with us.

Erik: Thank you.

Erik's thoughts: I suspect that Zander will soon undergo another false awakening. It is as though he is subconsciously preventing himself from achieving his true potential, but...

Erik looks at Zander.

Erik's thoughts: ...his next false awakening could leave him stranded far from this place. Perhaps it is time for the pendulums to find new homes...otherwise the Water Pendulum could put Zander in danger from...the Noc-

Tad: Uh, Erik?

Erik: Yes?

Tad: You're spacing out a little.

Erik: My apologies. Now, there is something you must do, Tadpole...

Tad: Sure.

Erik: Take Zander back to Umbel. I suspect the Water Pendulum will manifest itself again soon, and he will be needed there when it does...

Scene 12: Unknown Location: Unknown Time of Day

Erik enters the room of rainbow energy. He approaches the pedestal, where Crimsona and Ceruleus stand with two other individuals: a male syl human with long blonde hair, light brown skin, green eyes and a greyish-lime robe; and a female syl human with short brunette hair, pinkish skin, hazel eyes and a greyish-purple robe. The four robed individuals turn to face Erik.

Male Syl: Ah, Herikios.

Female Syl: You have finally arrived.

Erik: Forgive my tardiness, Viridius and Violetta, but I bring news.

Ceruleus: We have already detected the activation of the Water Pendulum.

Erik: I witnessed the pendulum's activation myself, and my ally has informed me that the Fire Pendulum, located in New Frontier, has also begun to activate.

Ceruleus: Then we must take action at once. Crimsona?

Crimsona: Indeed, brother. We must begin the procedure of extracting, and then relocating, the pendulums. If we do not-

Violetta: I fear it may be too late, cousin. There are reports of the menace becoming unsettled within their world, and they may soon attempt to target the pendulums.

Viridius: Then we must act now.

Ceruleus: Herikios, make sure that your protégé remains safe until the pendulums have been relocated.

Erik: It would be my honour.

Erik bows, then turns around and leaves the chamber. The four robed individuals face each other.

Ceruleus: Let us hope we are not too late...

Scene 13: Unknown Location: Unknown Time of Day

We fade into a view of a mysterious chamber. A number of tubes containing shadowy, masked figures is inside. We pan to a view of one such chamber; we see a close-up of the figure's eyes, which appear to be closed. Almost immediately, both eyes open, the irises glowing with silvery light. The figure speaks with a digitally-distorted voice.

Figure: Wakey-wakey. It's time to continue searching for them.

A navy blue pixellated shimmer appears in both irises.

Scene 14: Aquo City: Fantastic Realm: Late Afternoon

Zander and Tad arrive in the city of Aquo, the apparent "source of the water element" in the fantastic realm.

Tad: Well, here we are.

We hear a loud voice in the distance that resembles that of Brocc, Furbendink, Sven and Norbert.

Voice: You call this udon? The tempura is overcooked, the broth tastes like tapwater and I don't think naruto is supposed to be orange and yellow in colour! It's WHITE with a PINK swirl! Honestly...

Tad: Sounds like someone who knows their cuisine.

Zander: Indeed. So how long do we need to stay here?

Tad: Not sure. Erik said that we need to wait for the pendulum to "reach the water position", which could take hours.

Zander: Oh. So...should we head to the tavern? I hear they're having a "stew festival", whatever that is.

Tad: Sure.

Scene 15: Tavern: Aquo City: Fantastic Realm: Late Afternoon

The scene wipes to that of a medieval-inspired tavern. Zander and Tad sit at a table, a big bowl of stew in front of each of them. Zander scoops a chunk of meat from the bowl and eats it. An expression of joy appears on his face.

Zander: This is the best thing I've ever tasted!

Tad: I knew you'd like it, Zander!

Zander: So what is it?

Tad: Drake and seven-vegetable stew. It's the chef's specialty.

Zander: Drake? As in duck?

Tad: Well, actually...

Zander: Oh...OH! You mean-

Tad: Yeah...drake meat comes from reptilian beasts called, well, drakes.

Zander: Huh. Well, I like it anyway.

Tad: I know what you mean. I was also put-off when I first tried it, but-

Tad's eyes widen.

Tad:'re not disgusted by this meal, Zander?!

Zander: No. Why would I be?

Tad: Well, it's lizard meat served with carrots, potatoes, peas-

Zander: They put PEAS in this stuff?! Yeugh!

Tad: Oh boy...

At that moment, Zander suddenly ripples through the barrier.

Tad: What the...? Why did he suddenly sightshift away? The peas aren't THAT terrible!

Tad stands up and ripples through the barrier into his apartment.

Tad: Zander, I-

Tad looks around. Zander is nowhere to be seen.

Tad: Where did he go...?

Scene 16: Unknown Location: Unknown Time of Day

Zander is standing in a tube of rippling metallic-cyan energy; he is back in his mundane realm outfit. A number of homonid humans dressed in suits surrounds the tube, each of them pointing a device that slightly resembles a high-tech water pistol at him.

Zander: What the...?!

Man #1: Extraction of sightshifter successful.

Man #2: I can't believe this machine actually worked! So who do we have here?

Woman #1: Uh...noone, sir.

Man #2: Noone?

Woman #1: Apparently.

Woman #2: But we've clearly captured a sightshifter.

Woman #1: Yes, but he's not showing up in any government records. Birth certificate, blood type, reference number...they're all absent, as though-

Man #2: -he's been wiped from this world. But how-

Man #1: Uh...sir? You'd better take a look at this.

The agents look at Zander, whose eyes glow with metallic cyan light.

Woman #1: Is he supposed to be able to do that...?

Man #2: Negative. That is NOT an attempted sightshift!

Woman #1: Then-

A pulse of cyan energy bursts from Zander's body, dispelling the barrier and setting off the sprinkler system.

Man #2: Quick! Use your sleep pistols!

Woman #1: But the gas will have no effect while the sprinklers are going!

Man #2: But he's gonna get away!

The mark of the multiverse begins glowing on the back of Zander's hand with red light. The same mark then appears underneath Zander’s feet, which glows with red-tinged light.

Woman #1: Wh-What are you?!

Zander: I...I don't kn-

A column of red light erupts from the ground around Zander. After a brief moment, the column retreats into the ground, and the mark disappears. The agents all appear puzzled.

Man #1: Why are we all here?

Woman #2: Weren't we about to try and extract a sightshifter to study...?

Man #1: Oh why are the sprinklers going?

Woman #1: Oh, great! The sprinklers have ruined the machine! It'll take months to construct a new one!

Man #2: Then get to it, agent!

Woman #1: Yes, sir!

Man #2's thoughts: Every time we try to capture a sightshifter...

Scene 17: Unknown Location: Unknown Time of Day

Erik enters the rainbow energy room, where Ceruleus is waiting for him.

Erik: You wished to see me?

Ceruleus: The plan to relocate the pendulums was met with complications.

Erik: Complications?

Ceruleus: It seems that an outside force unknowingly intervened and attempted to capture your protégé. He underwent a false awakening, and...

Erik: And...?

Ceruleus: He was sent to somewhere within Universe 1 of the Outer Ring.

Erik: But that is the location of-

Erik pauses.

Erik: Where is he?

Ceruleus: We are attempting to locate him, but in the meantime-

Erik: -I must be patient.

Scene 18: Mysterious Coastline: Early Afternoon

Zander walks along the coastline he and Tad visited earlier. His hair and clothes are still damp, and he appears confused.

Zander's thoughts: This place seems familiar, but...

Voice: You appear distressed, stranger.

Zander looks ahead at a humanoid dragon with shiny mint-green scales and cyan-coloured leather armour.

Zander: WHOA!

Dragon: I would be happy to assist you, if you like.

Zander: you...

Dragon: Can you tell me your name?

Zander: Uh...I think it starts with a "Zed"...

Scene 19: Mundane Realm: Terra: Afternoon

The dark figure from before hides in an alleyway.

Figure: I must find it…the Water Pendulum…

The figure makes a fist with his right hand and presses its largest knuckle with his left. His body ripples, and his outfit changes to one similar to that of our world. The figure’s breather and the distortion in his voice seem to disappear.

Figure: There. Now I can blend in better without drawing attention to myself.

Figure’s thoughts: The Water Pendulum must be found…it is the key to restoring and expanding my people…

A navy blue pixellated shimmer appears in the figure’s eyes, his face seemingly cold and expressionless.

Scene 20: Unknown Location: Evening

Zander lies asleep in a bed, tossing and turning.

We zoom inside his mind, and see an image of a silver dragon. It roars and flaps its wings, as though taking off to begin flying, but the dragon starts to glow brightly with cyan light. The light stops glowing, and in the dragon’s place is a shining sword forged from silver, glowing softly with cyan light.

We zoom out to a view of Zander’s closed eyes, which suddenly open, and begin to glow with cyan light.

To be Continued in The Silver Dragon Blade...

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