Requiem


The script can be read here but below is a synopsis.

On the Plain of Dreams Venger meets Dungeon Master and after attributing the heroes' success to the intervention of the Dungeon Master he proposes the following: if the Dungeon Master does not help the heroes then he will allow them to find the Key but if they fail he will claim their totems and lives. Surprisingly, Dungeon Master agrees to this perilous gambit.

On some moors the heroes are fighting a seven-headed hydra but the battle is going badly. Dungeon Master appears and they expect him to help but, following Venger's proposition, he just admonishes them for getting into trouble and disappears. Astonished by the lack of help the heroes flee the hydra.

Later at a crossroads on some salt flats the heroes are debating whether to go to the Flame Mountains or the Sea of Sorrow. Channelling their unspoken frustration about Dungeon Master's betrayal they begin arguing about which direction to go in and who should lead. Hank voices their concerns about Dungeon Master and they calm down and head towards the coast.

At the Sea of Sorrows the heroes are despondent and Eric makes an analogy about the whole of the Realm being a dungeon and that they are its prisoners, adding that Dungeon Master is just another jailer. Venger appears and suggests that Dungeon Master was never their friend and points to the fact that his advice led them into danger and never home. He offers to return them home but to do so they must travel south to the Realm's Edge, enter the cenotaph there and throw the Key it holds into the Abyss. The heroes are divided. Hank, Diana and Bobby with Uni refuse Venger's proposal but Eric, Presto and Sheila agree.

Presto uses his magic to levitate a shipwrecked galleon and he, Eric and Sheila fly south in it to the Realm's Edge.

Hank, Diana and Bobby agree that they have to stop their friends from making a mistake and while wondering how to get to the cenotaph before them a bronze dragon lands beside them. Diana realises that the dragon is friendly and can be used as a ride. They mount it and fly south.

Over the Flame Mountains the bronze dragon catches up with the flying galleon and Hank fires an energy arrow at the ship, hoping to down it. Eric accidentally deflects the arrow with his shield into an active volcano and there is an eruption. Both groups think that the other group perished in the volcanic explosion and each group feels responsible for killing their friends; Hank for firing the arrow and Eric for deflecting it into the volcano.

The two groups converge at the cenotaph and are overjoyed to find that their friends are not dead but are still unsure whether to trust Venger or not but put aside their differing opinions. Venger and Dungeon Master observe from a moucharaby high above.

They enter the cenotaph and are attacked by a giant amoeboid and flee upstairs into a sanctum whose ruined wall overlooks the Abyss. In it is a sarcophagus with a carving of Venger on it but lacking the horn, fangs and bat-wings that denote his fiendishness. The carving looks noble and how Venger looked before he became evil. Diana finds a keyhole hidden in a vault. Opening the sarcophagus they find a brass key inside and realise that it is the Key that Venger wants. They have two options: throw the Key into the Abyss as instructed by Venger or use it to unlock the vault.

The amoeboid enters the sanctum and attacks the heroes. Eric is about to throw the Key into the Abyss saying that he doesn't want to be a prisoner here forever when Hank remembers Eric's analogy about the Realm being a dungeon and speculates that Venger is a prisoner in the Realm too and that the Key can free him. Disliking the direction of conversation Venger appears and commands Eric to throw the Key into the Abyss. Eric changes his mind and uses the Key to unlock the vault. The door opens and engulfs everything in light while Venger screams in terror.

Magic streams from the cenotaph and lands like dazzling meteorites, opening up portals to home worlds. Serfs return to a medieval Earth and lizard men return to a tropical world with three red suns. All over the Realm abductees are returning home through the portals. Orcs and bullywugs seem indigenous to the Realm and are not presented with portals.

Inside the sanctum Venger has transformed into his previous noble self, no longer having a horn, fangs and bat-wings. It is revealed that Dungeon Master is Venger's father, although it is not specified whether biological or adoptive. Venger admits that millennia ago he chose to follow an evil master and imprisoned everything good that Dungeon Master had given him inside the vault. Hank deduces that the evil master was the Nameless One.

Grateful for restoring Venger to his former self Dungeon Master opens a portal to the amusement park and tells the heroes that they can either return home or stay in the Realm to oppose other evils. The heroes are elated but the viewer doesn't see their final decision.

Michael Reaves stated that Requiem was the third part of a trilogy exploring the dynamics between Venger and the Dungeon Master. The first and second parts being The Dragon's Graveyard and The Dungeon At The Heart Of Dawn.

36 comments:

  1. This really is a shame we never got to see the story,after reading it i thought it would of been a fitting ending. Also a great start to perhaps more adventures in the realm. There must be a T.V company out there who can see how popular this would be again???

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    1. it's better than reboot it and put some new voice actors and it's better to go to Japan everybody there at least they won't cancel the show

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    2. Actually as far as I know the company that created this cartoon was toei (same one as dragon ball) they should have plenty of money to te run it

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  2. Hello fellow D&D TAS fans,

    I heard that George De Luca is going to resume work on the 3D version. I'm working on the regular version. Though there is still much to do, you can find it here: http://youtube.com/dndrequiem

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  3. fredvegerano12/04/2011, 17:11

    I love to see that episode finished.But I have a friend in deviantart http://j3px.deviantart.com/ and he is making a fanfilm finishing the unaired final episode!http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_cvIAk_vrs Check it out!

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  4. Bravo! Just checked out the teaser,great to see other people wanting this to be completed also. I wrote on here a while back that a new series with the children of the original cast whom also get sucked into the realm,giving it a new lease of life. The children of today i think might really go for it as we did,beats some of the stale ideas on t.v at the moment. Live in hope! haha.

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  5. Hi! Both parts of my Requiem Radio Drama version are ready. If you listen to all of it, you might find a surprise. You can listen to my Radio Drama here:

    http://www.youtube.com/dndrequiem

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  6. Wow thats really really cool!!!! JB3media has worked some realm magic in there,big thanks to you people in getting a audio version to the final episode done. Wonderful.

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  7. Hi all,

    As an avid fan of this series both now as an adult, and so many years ago when I was a child, I'm really excited to see this excellent site and to see such excitement from various groups to finish Requiem! I eagerly await all of their completions!

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  8. Thanks Scotty! Here's a reworked Fan Trailer 1 for "Requiem" here:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ac0HpOXD47E

    And a Prelude to Requiem Storyboard 1.1:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f5d_WpC4xnY

    I enjoy many of the comments read on this site. thanks Rogull for such an amazing page!

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  9. Hey guys, I'm an animator from Brazil, and I've heard some guy named George De Luca has been working on a final episode based on the original script by Michael Reaves... Well, just dropping by to let you know, he's not the only one... Before December 21st I'll be realeasing my animated version of the REQUIEM episode, in a coupla hours I'll post the teaser... As for the trailer, it must be ready in July hopefully!! Have a great weekend, and let's keep in touch ;)

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  10. Here goes the teaser!!, hope you enjoy it and I'll share the trailer with you in July, hopefully!!!

    TEASER - Dungeons and Dragons Requiem
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yF0opPIFLw8

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    1. Your link is now dead on youtube. Has it changed? I couldn't find you on youtube or a link on your blog.

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  11. Show your support for Requiem! www.kickstarter.com/projects/1400161698/requiem-dungeons-and-dragons

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  12. Good work Tio! Look forward to watching the final product!! I often wonder how much it would cost to produce Requiem in the exact same style cartoon graphics as the original show now? With the tech we have,the shows costs would be lower 27 years on right? Well it would be amazing to finish same style as the rest of the series.

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    1. It's really hard to bring up the same style, Scotty, my drawing style is a bit different as you've seen on that teaser I posted on Youtube... the animation is coming off really nice up to now, bit I must admit it looks a bit different from the original episodes, still looks sweet anyway... The only thing I wonder is what I'm gonna do about the voices... soon I will post a trailer and then u'll get to see some of the already made scenes, hope u enjoy it brother, keep in touch, hugs!

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    2. Scotty, I think that what Tio is doing is very good; the fact he's taking on this project says a lot. To animate a 22 minute cartoon is enough, yet to do it to the same quality of the cartoon and for Free at that, is even more daunting. One has to spend many hours drawing in that style over years of time. I look forward to seeing more of his style.

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    3. Yeah for sure,Tio is a star for taking the time on this project,whatever his style I'm sure we will love it,great work.

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  13. Here is a Prelude to Requiem Storyboard Parts: 1-2 &1-3 to check out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9vjQ3DjYUCQ

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  14. This is super cool that someone is taking the time to do a project like this! CAN'T WAIT for the finished project!

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  15. Is there much in the way of fan art relating to Requiem? I was looking for still images (I'm sure there are lots of images associated with these fan-made episode projects) but could find nothing. As a result I have done one sketch of the tower and the mountains as seen from beyond the edge of the world, with the abyss seen below. Is there are good place or me to share the image?

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  16. Hi. That sketch sounds interesting. You could try hosting it on Deviant Art? All the Dungeons & Dragons fan art I've seen has been linked to there and there's quite a few pages of the stuff.

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  17. I find DeviantArt a bit fiddly but will take a look there for other fan images so thanks for that.

    I have added my own sketch here to FlickR: http://www.flickr.com/photos/72515521@N00/8462403105/in/set-72157601964349288/

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  18. Hello,
    Check this Requiem comic book made by a brazilian guy named Reinaldo Rocha: http://reinaldorocha.blogspot.com.br/2011/02/caverna-do-dragao.html

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  19. I'm not surprised a Brazilian has made a comic book adaptation of "Requiem". The D&D cartoon was huge in Brazil! This Brazilian comic is excellent! Outstanding! The guy is truly talented and deserves quite a bit of praise. I've seen incomplete versions of "Requiem" (as sketches and cartoons) before, but this Brazilian comic book is, to my knowledge, the only *complete* illustrated version of the script out there! A few years ago, a small Brazilian magazine named Neo Fanzine published a black & white comic book adaptation of "Requiem", but that comic is very hard to find. Well, the quality of Reinaldo's comic is far superior, anyway!

    Here's another link to Reinaldo's the full comic book.... You know, just in case the 1st link breaks some day. Maybe someone can convince Reinaldo to make another version of this comic in English for international audiences.

    Dungeons & Dragons - Requiem (illustrated and lettered in Portuguese by Reinaldo Rocha, 64 Pages, Color):

    http://heurecace.blogspot.com/2011/11/epico-final-de-caverna-do-dragao.html



    P.S.: There's a rumor (link below) that Warner Bros is considering another D&D movie. But it will probably be based on the game again. Perhaps fans of the cartoon should contact the studio and ask them to base it on the cartoon!

    http://www.superherohype.com/news/articles/176749-warner-bros-plans-a-dungeons-a-dragons-reboot

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  20. There's a higher quality PDF version of that Brazilian comic out there. It's about 7Mb. Search for it using the string below:

    Final_Caverna do Dragão_ReinaldoRocha

    This PDF version is much clearer than the version posted on Scribd or any other version posted online...Still lettered in Portuguese, though.

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  21. Hello Guys, I come to the news that I'll be translating the series, Dungeons & Dragons - Requiem illustrated and designed by Reinaldo Rocha for the languages ​​english spanish italian and mechicano, thus all have the privilege of reading the wonderful closure that took our emotions on high .

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    1. Funny, I always thought that people spoke Spanish in Mexico.

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    2. Great Sam, we'll definitely wait for your comic translation! By the way, I'm from the Philippines, and I never failed to watch the cartoon every Saturday! Kudos and good luck!

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  22. Great news San! Please, make sure you get the 7Mb PDF, since it seems to be the version with the highest quality out there. It would be nice if you (or someone else here) could find a better copy, though....

    In order save the 64-page PDF as a collection of 64 JPGs, use the command "Extract" from the freeware PDF-XChange Viewer. And to avoid "jagged" JPGs, use the following settings:

    - Zoom: 200%
    - Resolution: 100dpi


    Kudos for the initiative! :-)

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  23. I just got my 27-episode collection (for seven bucks??? http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002DH20Q0/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1) and I just now started reading about this unproduced quasi-finale to the series. I'm really psyched there are so many fan projects trying to make it come to life. Good luck & big thanks to all!

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  24. I watched George de Luca III's interview on YouTube talking about his intention to animate Michael Reaves' "Redemption" (aka "Requiem") episode. Like George, I also used a VCR to record the Dungeons & Dragons cartoon episodes and was shocked when the cartoons stopped running. When the Internet became available, I searched for information on the show and found the "Requiem" script. I enjoyed the radio show version of it, but it really needs to be finished with animation. I agree with George that this would be a tough and difficult task, but I am willing to help with my skills to finish this product. I am a composer who has written music as soundtracks for several theatre productions and two animated film shorts. I have also written and composed two musicals. I am currently making an audio book with a radio show approach. I would like to compose the music for the "Requiem" cartoon. I will compose the music in the style of the old cartoon episodes. Having the music composed for the "Requiem" episode will give a better flow then trying to patch together clips from the old cartoon series. There are so many who want to see the project happen, and I am one of them. Please contact me if you are interested.

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  25. The best your going to get of watching Requiem: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4WFXW-BzPk

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  26. Anyone know what may have happened to Tiamat once Venger is released from his curse?

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  27. Wow thank you so much, i grew up with this series, and several years ago i found the Requiem script on the internet, i printed it and read it, and while i let my imagination run with it, it still felt empty; this narration on top of the comic really brought it together. I didn't now about the kickstarter, but hope someday a full animation can be brought forward

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  28. Long time lover of the D&D Cartoon. Remember watching it Religiously on Sat Mornings. Please keep us updated

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