On The Inside
In Africa an old woman goes to a sacred grove to speak to the ancient tree spirit Asase Yaa who tells the old woman that a foolish nymph will soon arrive to bring a vision to her people. When the nymph arrives she should be brought to Asase Yaa for a reckoning. Dum dum duuuummmm!
Meanwhile Black Orchid is traveling the world planting her seeds in secret groves. She considers it her “great work” and hopes to spread a fragrance throughout the world to “heal” it.
In New York Tanawah the dryad is inspecting one of Black Orchid’s groves and finds it sprouting with strange, disturbing and misshapen things. She wonders why Orchid is wanting to spread her ‘race’ upon the earth and why she hasn’t told anyone about it.
In London an author, Martin Relf, is compelled to write about a severed goddess whose children are mistakes and aberrations. He too is concerned with disturbing and misshapen things.
Eventually Black Orchid makes her way to Africa, to the same village from the opening and attempts to spread a vision through her pheromone power. She feels like she is being drained of her power however and does not complete the vision. Instead she feigns weakness and is lead to the sacred grove by the old woman.
In an alternate reality of some sort Suzy meets with the Horae (embodiments of time and nature) who tell her that the time of the nymphs are in decline and they have her think through the eyes of Asase Yaa and see the Black Orchid she once knew as “mother.”
The Black Orchid in Africa confronts Asase Yaa. Asase Yaa gives an ultimatum to Black Orchid to save herself by relinquishing her groves. Black Orchid refuses. The two fight and it seems Asase Yaa has the upper hand but Black Orchid surges with anger and tears Asase Yaa apart saying she is too old and Black Orchid is the new.
In the alternate space the Suzy Black Orchid is told that the other has spurned her chance at redemption and will succumb to the frost, the icy grip of death.