Rockbiter:

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You see I've been traveling all day.

(he climbs off his tricycle.  He rolls it backward and then sits down. The ground beneath him shakes. He sniffs the air and then says, as if he has discovered a secret of theirs)

Ah hah ! Now I see why you picked this camp.  He picks up a large rock and sniffs it.

Rockbiter:
A delicious looking limestone rock. Nice bouquet, must be a real vintage here.

Nighthob:
Yes, you're right. Those delicious rocks are the reason we camped here alright.  Then he runs over to the little man.

Nighthob:
Psst. is he a nutcase?

Tiny:
No, he's a Rockbiter.

Nighthob:
Oh a Rockbiter. A Rockbiter!?

The Rockbiter starts eating the limestone he is holding. Pieces fall all over the place. One piece falls on the snail.

Rockbiter:
Ooops, sorry.    -Then he burps-. Oh, pardon me !

Nighthob:
Pardoned.

Rockbiter:
Mmm. That was limestone, with a dash of quartz. Very tasty. Where I come from in the north we used to have exquisite gourmet rocks, only now...now they're all gone.

Nighthob:
Huh, I know how it happened.

The Rockbiter makes a boyscouts honor sign.

Rockbiter:
I swear it wasn't me.

Nighthob:
Hah ! Heck no.

Tiny:
I think I know what it was, tell us more.

Rockbiter:
Near my home there used to be a beautiful lake, but then it was gone.

Tiny:
Did the lake dry up?

Rockbiter:
No, it just wasn't there anymore. Nothing was there anymore. Not even a dried up lake.

Tiny:
A hole ?

Rockbiter:
No, a hole would be something. Nah, it was nothing. And it got bigger and bigger.  First there was no lake anymore and then finally, no rocks.

Nighthob:
Hah! If he keeps stuffing his face like that, soon there won't be any rocks left here either!

(Nighthob complains to the little man. As he starts to walk away, the little man grabs him.)

Tiny:
Nighthob, this could be serious!  Rockbiter, what you have told us is also  occurring where I live in the west ! A strange sort of Nothing is destroying everything.

Nighthob:
Yes, we Nighthobs live in the south. And it's there too.
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Rockbiter:
So, so it's not just in our part of Fantasia?

Nighthob:
Maybe, it's already everywhere...

(Nighthob hisses looking around suspiciously smelling the air.)

 Maybe our whole land is in danger. What can we do?

Rockbiter:
My people are sending me to the Ivory Tower, to the Empress for help

Nighthob and Tiny:
We are..

Tiny:
We are on the same mission. After all, if the Empress can't save us, who could?

Nighthob:
Then why are we all just standing around here instead of taking off for the Ivory Tower?

Tiny:
Right, what are we waiting for ?

The little man climbs on his snail while the Nighthob tries to wake up his bat.

Nighthob:
Hey wake up! We can't just hang around here. Prepare for take off! Stupid bat!

Rockbiter:
We, we can't wait for a snail. Can I carry you?

Tiny:
Don't worry, it's a racing snail.

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Rockbiter:
Oh, but we can't even wait for a racing snail.

The little man goes peddling off on the snail. Nighthob finally wakes up his bat and climbs on as

Rockbiter:
It really is a racing snail.

Nighthob:
And nobody gives a hoot about me and my stupid bat.

CLOSE UP: Rockbiter

Rockbiter:
Maybe I'll take a few of these yummy gourmet rocks, eh.. for the road.

As he bends down to pick some up, he stands straight up again and realizes he hears the nothing coming.

Rockbiter:
Oh no. The nothing!

CUT TO: A golden sunset

View of the sky and Nighthob on his bat.

Nighthob:
Look there it is. The heart of Fantasia.

View of Rockbiter and little man.  They stop as they see the Ivory Tower.

Rockbiter:
I never knew it was that beautiful. Oh.

EXT. VIEW- Ivory Tower

Wide angled view of the nearing Ivory Tower. It shimmers in its only light as the sun sets behind it.

Nighthob:
Stay awake. I told you to stay awake.

We span the whole length of this Ivory Tower. It is said to be as big as a city. We pass over the base of the tower, then its mid section, and finally we near the very top of the structure. It is very intricate here. We begin to zoom in on the Magnolia pavilion. The very tip of the Ivory Tower, the place that the Empress lives.
 

 Nighthob:
 The home of the Empress. She's our only hope.

 FADE OUT:

 INT. VIEW- Ivory Tower- The Empresses court

The door to the Empress's room opens into the courtyard. Lots of creatures from Fantasia await help from the Empress.  The Empress's head servant comes out of her room and speaks to them all.

Carion:
Friends, I know why you are all here. The nothing is destroying our world. I also know that you have come to beseech the Empress for help. But I, I have terrible news. The Empress herself has become deathly ill. There seems to be a mysterious link between her illness and the nothing. She is dying. So she cannot save us...

There is much commotion among the creatures gathered there, but he continues.

 But there just might be one chance. The plains people who hunt the purple buffalo have among them a great warrior and he alone has a chance to fight the nothing and save us. He is our only hope. His name is Atreyu.

CUT TO: School attic- Bastian

View of Bastian. He looks up from the book and grabs his school bag. He looks at the Indians on the front.

Bastian:
Atreyu..

Bastian:
The Empress had already sent for the great warrior. When he finally
appeared on the terrace of the Ivory Tower, he carried with him the hopes of all Fantasia."

View of a young Indian boy walking up the stairs to the old man.

Bastian:
A little boy

Close up of Atreyu as the old man speaks to him.

Carion:
I'm sorry, but this is not the time nor place for children.  I must ask you to leave.

Atreyu:
If you don't want me here, you shouldn't have sent for me.

Carion:
It was not you we sent for. We wanted Atreyu.

Atreyu:
I am Atreyu.

Carion:
Not Atreyu the child, Atreyu the warrior.

Atreyu:
I am the only Atreyu with the plains people, but I'll be happy to go back to hunting the purple buffalo.

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Carion:
No wait !

Atreyu pauses as the old man continues..

Come back please.

Atreyu walks back up the stairs. The old man looks at him more urgently now.

Carion:
If you truly are the Atreyu we sent for, you would be willing to go on a quest?

Atreyu:
Yes of course, what kind of a quest?

Carion:
To find a cure for the Empress .....and to save our world. No one can give you any advice except this, you must go alone and you must leave all your weapons behind. It will be very dangerous.

Atreyu:
Is there any chance of success?

Carion:
I do not know, but if you fail the Empress will surely die and our whole world will be destroyed.

Atreyu's eyes grow large and he closes them and hangs his head down. Then he opens them back up and looks at the old man determinedly. He takes off his bow and quiver of arrows.

Atreyu:
When do I begin ?

Carion:
Now and you must hurry Atreyu, the nothing grows stronger everyday.

He motions him to come nearer.

Carion:
Take this. (He holds up a necklace that has the same symbol as the front of the book. He fastens it on Atreyu.)

" The Auryn" Could be heard whispered throughout the court filled with creatures.

Carion:
He who wears the Auryn speaks for the Empress. It will guide and protect you.

END SCENE: view of Atreyu and his horse galloping away from the ivory tower. –Fade out

FADE IN: Dark cave

View of a dark cave and we hear

Bastian:
At the same time, elsewhere in Fantasia, a creature of darkness also began his quest.

We see two evil eyes open abruptly followed by a horrid howl in the cave and then a wolf as black as night runs out.

CUT TO: Atreyu & Artax

View of Atreyu and Artax near a stream.

Atreyu is sleeping and we hear

 

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