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Bruce Wayne and Tim Drake are attending an auction house in Gotham. Tim sees another boy there, and approaches him, asking the boy if his parents dragged him there too. He coldly tells Tim that he's there alone. Tim reaches towards t

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Synopsis for "The Demon Within"

Bruce Wayne and Tim Drake are attending an auction house in Gotham. Tim sees another boy there, and approaches him, asking the boy if his parents dragged him there too. He coldly tells Tim that he's there alone. Tim reaches towards the cat in the boy's arms to pet it, but the cat swipes at his hand, and Tim quickly pulls away. The auction begins, and the boy, who the auctioneer recognizes as Klarion, bids on the first item, Morgaine's branding iron. Jason Blood, who is also attending the auction, bids a higher bid on the iron. Klarion bids again, and so does Jason. The bidding war continues, until Klarion bids too high for Jason to counter. Bruce stands up, and bids $1,000,000 on the item, infuriating Klarion, who doesn't counter.

After the auction, Bruce collects the iron and pays for it, when he and Tim are approached by Jason Blood. Bruce introduces Jason to Tim, and the two begin catching up. Klarion approaches them, and tells Jason that the next time they bump into each other, it will have been on purpose. He leaves, and Jason tells Bruce and Tim about Klarion. The three return to Blood's apartment, and Blood shows them around. Tim finds a bust of the head of a creature, and Jason tells Tim that it's the head of Merlin's demon, Etrigan. Tim sees something on the other side of the bust, and turns it around. On the back half is Jason Blood's face. Tim says that it looks like blood, but that would be impossible since Blood would have to be hundreds of years old. Teekl, Klarion's cat, sneaks in through the open window and and picks up the branding iron in it's mouth. However, as he turns to leave through the window, the iron accidentally bumps one of Jason'ds test tubes, and all three of them turn to see Teekl with the iron in it's mouth. Bruce runs towards the cat, and snatches the iron out of it's mouth. Teekl transforms into a female were-cat, and slashes Bruce with her claws. As Bruce tries to hold his own against the demonic entity, Jason realizes that Bruce won't last for much longer. Jason recites the poem, and summons the Demon Etrigan.

Etrigan lunges at the cat, while dodging it's claws. During their fight, Etrigan knocks the cat backwards, and retrieves the iron. However, Jason's chemicals were spilled during the fight, and Teekl, grabs a gas lantern from Jason's shelf, and tosses it onto the floor, igniting the carpet in flames. Etrigan tells Teekl that there will be a reckoning, and then he runs into the flames, and returns with Bruce and Tim. Teekl uses the distraction to safely escape with the iron. Etrigan reverts back to Jason Blood, who helps heal Tim and Bruce's wounds. Meanwhile, Teekl returns to Klarion's home, and gives her master the iron. Klarion begins using his magic on the iron, back at Blood's apartment, Jason collapses, and Etrigan comes out of Jason. Etrigan's brand on his forehead begins glowing, and Etrigan, now separated from Jason, turns to leave. Bruce grabs Etrigan's shoulder and asks him what's going on, but Etrigan just tells him that his new master is waiting, and throw Bruce into a bookshelf, before leaving.

Etrigan makes his way to Klarion's home, where the witch-boy begins controlling Etrigan using the iron. He takes Etrigan into the streets, and uses Etrigan to cause a panic in the city. He makes him do things from destroying a movie theatre, to robbing an ince cream truck, to stealing cake from a bakery. Klarion finally makes Etrigan destroy a condemned building for his enjoyment, until they're suddenly interrupted by Batman. Bruce, now in his Batman costume, lands in front of Klarion, and tries to take the iron from him. Klarion uses a spell on Batman, and spikes begin growing out of Bruce's body. Back in Blood's apartment, Jason is rapidly aging, his immortality having left him when Etrigan left his body. Jason and Tim watch the fight through a crystal ball, and Jason casts a spell which removes the spikes from Batman. Clarion uses another spell on Bruce, and turns his arms and legs into tree branches. Bruce smacks the boy with one of his branch arms, and sends the boy stumbling backward. Jason uses another spell, and returns Bruce's limbs to normal. Klarion commands Etrigan to kill Batman, and Etrigan charges at the Caped Crusader. Jason uses a duplication spell, and several Batmen appear all around, Etrigan, and begin running in circles around him.

Etrigan begins blasting the duplicate Batmen with his eye-beams, but Klarion notices the real one fleeing down an alley. He commands Etrigan to follow the real one, but the other duplicates get in his way. Etrigan uses his eye-beams on the duplicates, and continues down the alley after Batman. Batman hides around a corner, and Jason uses a spell on Batman to make him blend in with the wall. Etrigan checks the corner, and moves on, satisfied that Batman isn't there. As soon as he leaves, the spell ends, and the camouflage leaves Batman. Klarion, angry at Etrigan for losing Batman, sends him to Jason's apartment to kill Jason, so that he will not be able to help Batman anymore. Jason sees this in the crystal ball, and he has Tim spread a bottle of blue power in a circle around the ball. Jason and Tim step inside the circle, and Jason uses a spell, and a force field forms from the power. Etrigan arrives at the apartment, and attempts to break the barrier. When eye-beams and brute strength don't break the barrier, Etrigan stops to figure out another way through. Jason, who is still aging, collapses from exhaustion. The field weakens, and Etrigan rips a hole in it, and begins widening the hole, so that he can come through. Back in the alley, Batman catches the unaware Klarion off guard and steals the brand from him. With the branding iron in Batman's possession, Etrigan is able to break free from Klarion's control. Etrigan merges with Jason again, and the Demon and Tim leave.

Back in the city, Batman, Tim, as Robin, and Etrigan stop Klarion, and Etrigan casts a spell on him, and both of them disappear in a puff of smoke. Batman and Robin walk away, slightly bewildered.

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Cast

Character Actor
Batman/Bruce WayneKevin Conroy
Robin/Timothy DrakeMathew Valencia
Etrigan the Demon/Jason BloodBilly Zane
Klarion the Witch BoyStephen Wolfe Smith
AuctioneerPeter Renaday

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