The opening–first in graphic novel, then perhaps a pre-visualization video–will be a nod to a Sergio Leone western, such as ‘The Good, The Bad and The Ugly’. It begins with a wide-angle shot of the east entrance to the Westin Kierland, then panning to the manicured hills on the north-west fairway, where the Western Bandits are assembling their forward men equipped with binoculars and buffalo rifles. Then a wide angle to the south east, where a heavily-armed 1948 Ford truck is driving in, carrying three passengers, all dressed in survival gear, bouncing around on the truck bed.
They dismount, and speak to an elderly Apache riding in the passenger’s seat. He leans his head out the window, but does not get out. He simple alerts the three to the situation: The synthetics of the Westin Kierland have decided to form a partnership with the Apache Traders. One part of the agreement is that the synthetics meet and greet at least two Nueguan Sisters, and the newest Apache Trader, Hunts-The-Ruins. The other part is that these three representatives–Dianire Redourine, Second Sister of the Guild of Builders, Alyria Tiala, Second Sister of the Guild of Healters, and Hunts-The-Ruins, Trader for the Phoenix Apache–make a final decision concerning the new and constant incursions of the Western Bandits onto previous Sky Wanderer property.