Short Film Released! (Tomoyo Daidouji)

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Short Film Released! (Tomoyo Daidouji)
Date of Cutscene: 21 April 2016
Location: Tomoeda-865
Synopsis: After having it graded, Tomoyo releases her school project on the internet for all to view!
Thanks to: To everyone who came to ham it up for the cameras!
Cast of Characters: Kotone Yamakawa, Sakura Kinomoto, Sir Gawain, Tomoyo Daidouji, 880

A new short film has been released on the internet!


The film begins with serene shots of nature. A babbling brook, some birds nesting, the sun glinting through the canopy. All the while, Tomoyo narrates. "The peaceful chaos of nature. Long admired for its beauty and for the resources it can offer. A tree that has stood for centuries can offer firewood, building materials. The soft, lifegiving earth can be mined for valuable metals and minerals. Different people hold these different aspects to differing degrees of importance. And on this day, the conflict escalated into a duel for the ages!"


The shot changes to a low one of a clearing in the woods. And then suddenly, a foot lands before it. "Very good! This is excellent land!" says a powerful, commanding woman's voice. The shot changes in rapid bursts, offering glimpses of the speaker from multiple angles. "As Emperor of The Multiverse, I hereby annex this land onto the New Imperial Roman Republic!" Finally, a full shot of Nero as she dramatically sweeps her arm.


"The New Imperial Roman Republic," Tomoyo's voiceover explains, "Is an endeavour that spans many universes. Its goal is to bring back the glory that Rome represented. The seeds of Western civilisation, allowed to sprout into wild ivy that creeps across everything it can. It brings safety, law, roads and industry. But the price of progress is the destruction of nature, the obliteration or assimilation of smaller culture into a monotonous whole. Such things rarely go opposed."


A camera in a tree records a foot that lands upon it before leaping off! A man in a suit and wielding a sword lands in the clearing, before pacing and looking off to the side. "Aha! I have found the fabled Movie Set of Destiny! I shall take its power for myself, using it to make this land, and the whole world, mine! I am Fancy Knight! Know my name well, for it is the last you'll ever hear!" A change in cameras put both the Emperor and Fancy Knight into frame, so the latter can notice the former. "You there! Do you plan on taking this land for yourself? I cannot allow you to do such things! This land, and the whole Multiverse are mine! However, if you surrender, I will allow you to live, because, well, I am somewhat nice!"


Tomoyo begins to narrate once more. "Some accumulate power to expand their domain. Others, such as the mysterious and seemingly foolish 'Fancy Knight,' accumulate it for personal gain. Seeking to take the power of the glade for himself, he and the Emperor find themselves at odds. And from this, conflict will arise."


"Mhmhmhm...! Truly. You believe you can stop me? WELL- You have met your match! But first, my transformation!" There's a somewhat obvious cut there, but Nero's form suddenly shines with light added in post! When it fades, she's clad in a frilly black dress! "For I, Emperor of the Multiverse shall not be stopped! It is here and now that I will annex this land, plunder it's resources, and work its people into the ground! All for my own dark ambitions!" A sword is conjured into her hand, which she points at Fancy Knight. "Now, have at three! Let us decide who amongst us is worthy of laying claim to this land!"


Fancy Knight also shines, and now he is clad in a suit of white and gold! "You dare oppose me? Very well! You will pay the ultimate price!" He makes a 'come hither' gesture as he assumes a defensive position with his sword. "Mhmhmhmhm! Very well! Come at you I shall!!" The two clash, the Emperor performing an overhead slash which Fancy Knight parries. Sparks added in post fly from their blades. "That was too predictable! You will never win that way! TAKE THIS!" Fancy Knight retaliates with a horizontal slash! "Impressive, foul fiend! However-"


But then, an arrow streaks from the trees, passing between the two to pierce the ground. The two combatants leap away from each other! "You would seek the power of this land?" speaks a voice, with that very slight distortion that comes from being altered in post. "Fools... this power already has a master." The arrow disappears in a poof of smoke, now replaced by a figure in a hooded green robe! "I offer you a choice. Leave now, or face the wrath of this wood's guardian!"


"Thus far, we have only seen those who would exploit nature for their own ends," speaks Tomoyo. "But now, a defender of nature appears, the Wood's Guardian appears! Having inherited his father's position and past misdeeds, he defends the woods out of respect for them." The shot shifts to a slow panning one that circles the three-way encounter. "Oho!" says the Emperor, pointing her sword at the new enemy. "Well, Guardian of The Woods! I will not take a single step away from this place! Not until I have subjugated the land and its people!" Ever arrogant, the Emperor throws out an arm. "Now, if you wish to show me this wrath of yours, then come!" As an aside, she says to the Fancy Knight, "As for you, my old enemy! It would appear that we must join forces to quell this newly appeared benevolent force! After which, we shall resume our previous duel!"


"There is nothing I hate more than forest spirits, ever since Important Backstory Moment #9! You shall not win, Guardian, even if I must sacrifice an arm and a leg to take your forest from you!" declares the Fancy Knight. "For it is only the three of us here, you are outnumbered! Therefore, you cannot win, Guardian! Surrender or perish!" However, as he says this, the camera changes to one in a tree that has a partial shot of someone kneeling in it. A gleaming effect is added in post to the blades the figure has attached to their arms.


"Sir Knight, you must be aware that this forest teams with life. You think I'm alone?!" crows the Wood's Guardian, a slight smirk visible under the hood. The sound of trees falling is added as the branches of the trees seem to twist, forming into an arm... a shoulder... a head! A wood golem forms, the shot panning up to capture it in frame! "I am NEVER alone!" The Emperor is agape! "Such power...! Truly... To think that the forest wielded such might...!" Meanwhile, the figure in the trees leaps out! "Do you both think you are safe from our blades? Do you think you could be safe where ever you slept? We are everywhere we are nowhere and for your crimes, the sentence is DEATH! MAKE PEACE WITH YOUR GODS FOR I SHALL SEND YOU TO THEM!" The figure stabs Fancy Knight in the back as he said "Foul beas-" causing his form to... vanish, leaving behind some blood.


"The fourth, and final combatant arrives," Tomoyo says, the camera focusing on the figure in slow motion. "A mysterious Assassin, sent by forces unknown to bring low a tyrant and a madman."


Suddenly, the golem lashes out and send the Emperor flying! She yelps in pain and tumbles, her sword flying away. "No...! This is...This is impossible! This....cannot be! It was to be my privilege as Emperor of the Multiverse to take this forest as my own! I refuse to allow any other outcome!" The Guardian is distracted by the arrival of the Assassin, and goes to confront them. "Who are you?! Did my father send you?! His time has passed! This is MY responsibility now!" The Assassin seems suspicious of Fancy Knight's disappearance, but responds to the Guardian. "Speak of such things once our tasks are done. These two are slated for death and it shall be carried out as the Order's Master has commanded."

But then, an arrow streaks from the trees, passing between the two to pierce the ground. The two combatants leap away from each other! "You would seek the power of this land?" speaks a voice, with that very slight distortion that comes from being altered in post. "Fools... this power already has a master." The arrow disappears in a poof of smoke, now replaced by a figure in a hooded green robe! "I offer you a choice. Leave now, or face the wrath of this wood's guardian!"


"Thus far, we have only seen those who would exploit nature for their own ends," speaks Tomoyo. "But now, a defender of nature appears, the Wood's Guardian appears! Having inherited his father's position and past misdeeds, he defends the woods out of respect for them." The shot shifts to a slow panning one that circles the three-way encounter. "Oho!" says the Emperor, pointing her sword at the new enemy. "Well, Guardian of The Woods! I will not take a single step away from this place! Not until I have subjugated the land and its people!" Ever arrogant, the Emperor throws out an arm. "Now, if you wish to show me this wrath of yours, then come!" As an aside, she says to the Fancy Knight, "As for you, my old enemy! It would appear that we must join forces to quell this newly appeared benevolent force! After which, we shall resume our previous duel!"


"There is nothing I hate more than forest spirits, ever since Important Backstory Moment #9! You shall not win, Guardian, even if I must sacrifice an arm and a leg to take your forest from you!" declares the Fancy Knight. "For it is only the three of us here, you are outnumbered! Therefore, you cannot win, Guardian! Surrender or perish!" However, as he says this, the camera changes to one in a tree that has a partial shot of someone kneeling in it. A gleaming effect is added in post to the blades the figure has attached to their arms.


"Sir Knight, you must be aware that this forest teams with life. You think I'm alone?!" crows the Wood's Guardian, a slight smirk visible under the hood. The sound of trees falling is added as the branches of the trees seem to twist, forming into an arm... a shoulder... a head! A wood golem forms, the shot panning up to capture it in frame! "I am NEVER alone!" The Emperor is agape! "Such power...! Truly... To think that the forest wielded such might...!" Meanwhile, the figure in the trees leaps out! "Do you both think you are safe from our blades? Do you think you could be safe where ever you slept? We are everywhere we are nowhere and for your crimes, the sentence is DEATH! MAKE PEACE WITH YOUR GODS FOR I SHALL SEND YOU TO THEM!" The figure stabs Fancy Knight in the back as he said "Foul beas-" causing his form to... vanish, leaving behind some blood.


"The fourth, and final combatant arrives," Tomoyo says, the camera focusing on the figure in slow motion. "A mysterious Assassin, sent by forces unknown to bring low a tyrant and a madman."


Suddenly, the golem lashes out and send the Emperor flying! She yelps in pain and tumbles, her sword flying away. "No...! This is...This is impossible! This....cannot be! It was to be my privilege as Emperor of the Multiverse to take this forest as my own! I refuse to allow any other outcome!" The Guardian is distracted by the arrival of the Assassin, and goes to confront them. "Who are you?! Did my father send you?! His time has passed! This is MY responsibility now!" The Assassin seems suspicious of Fancy Knight's disappearance, but responds to the Guardian. "Speak of such things once our tasks are done. These two are slated for death and it shall be carried out as the Order's Master has commanded."


THE EMPEROR
NERO


FANCY KNIGHT
SIR GAWAIN


WOOD'S GUARDIAN
SAKURA KINOMOTO


ASSASSIN
KOTONE YAMAKAWA


The rest of the credits only mention Tomoyo, and her guards (who are named Kiyomizu, Jonangu, Iimori, and Kurokame, it seems), and Yamazaki in pre- and post-production roles.