Back in the Bottle


TEASER

Camp at night. Gabrielle holds a rabbit up and Xena concentrates.

GABRIELLE
Xena I'm starving. Can't we just cook this thing
and eat it?

XENA
Shh Gabrielle. I'm trying to achieve absolute stillness.

The rabbit starts to cook and then is turned to stone. Gabrielle clears her throat.

GABRIELLE
Great, another one.

XENA
I don't know what's going on. Ever since that fight
with Pao Ssu, I can't seem to harness the power.

GABRIELLE
I'll say.

XENA
What did Lao Ma have that I don't?

GABRIELLE
A full stomach.

Joxer enters.

JOXER
Boy, I couldn't find anything, except a squirrel. It
put up quite a fight though. As long as we got that ra-

Joxer sees the rabbit.

XENA
Yep.

JOXER
That's it Xena. If you'd concentrate on makin' that
thing stone, maybe it would cook!

Xena throws the rabbit at his chest. It hits him and he catches it.

JOXER
Uh!

GABRIELLE
All right.

JOXER
Oh.

Joxer drops the rabbit on a pile of three others.

GABRIELLE
Okay, can I just go to town for food? Who has money?

JOXER
I do. Here.

Joxer hands her a pouch.

GABRIELLE
It's black powder. Joxer I told you to get rid of this.

JOXER
I thought I did!

XENA
All right. Pao Ssu's dead and the secret of black
powder dies with her. Give me that.

Xena takes it.

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Xena sees a vision. Rockets launch and there are explosions.

EXTRA
Fire!

EXTRA
Ah-h-h-h-h!

Xena stands, several explosions going off behind her. Gabrielle fights.

GABRIELLE
Xena!

XENA
Gabrielle!

GABRIELLE
Xena!

Three men ride in. An Asian man fights. He blows up. Xena looks at Gabrielle. Joxer runs.

JOXER
Gabrielle!

A rocket hits Joxer and he explodes. A rocket hits Gabrielle and she explodes.

XENA
Gabrie-e-e-e-e-e-e-elle!

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Present. Xena looks at Gabrielle and Joxer.

GABRIELLE
Are you all right?

JOXER
What happened?

XENA
When I touched the black powder, I saw a vision
of death. The power's trying to tell me something.
(whispering) We've gotta go back there.

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Explosions.

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Map and more explosions.

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Khan sits on a throne and speaks Chinese.

KHAN
Our minds are open to you Green Dragon. May
your formlessness take shape in our realm.

Ming T'ien appears.

KHAN
Green Dragon, your humble servant, Khan, at
your service.

MING T'IEN
Is my army ready?

KHAN
They are prepared to carve your name onto the
face of the world or die trying.

MING T'IEN
That may not be necessary. I have become one
with the greater hope. My sister, murdered by Xena,
dead to your world but reborn unto mine is now
part of me and she has a secret to share with you.

Ming T'ien turns and becomes Pao Ssu.

PAO SSU
A secret Xena failed to contain. A secret I will give
you and every one of your men. The formula for
the black powder.

She looks at Khan.

END OF TEASER



ACT ONE

The Great Wall.

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Another shot of the Great Wall.

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Marsh.

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Another shot of the marsh.

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Another shot of the marsh.

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Xena, Joxer and Gabrielle walk with the horses.

XENA
It never ceases to amaze me how beautiful it is here.

GABRIELLE
Tell me about it.

They move to the top of the hill and see a large group of people walking.

XENA
Refugees. Coming from La Ma's temple.

JOXER
There must be thousands of 'em.

GABRIELLE
Where are they going?

XENA
Let's find out.

They move to the group of refugees.

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The group moves through the line of people. A pregnant woman falls. K'ao Hsin moves to help her.

EXTRA
Uh!

K'AO HSIN
You must keep walking.

XENA
K'ao Hsin. K'ao Hsin!

Xena hugs K'ao Hsin.

XENA
What's going on here?

K'AO HSIN
It's Khan's army. They've come down from the
northern mountains and are taking over the land.
These people have lost everything.

XENA
Who's Khan?

K'AO HSIN
A warlord. We haven't seen anything from him
in years but now he has the largest army I've
ever seen and he has the black powder.

GABRIELLE
I thought you destroyed the black powder.

XENA
So did I. How far away is his army?

K'AO HSIN
A day's ride. Maybe less. These people are tired
and weak. They'll never make it through the cliff
pass before Khan's army arrives.

XENA
Lao Ma's palace. There's a series of tunnels
and caves beneath it. We can hide these people
there. Even with the black powder, it'll take Khan
a while to find us.

K'AO HSIN
Very well.

XENA
Gabrielle I want you to ride ahead. Make sure the
path is clear.

Gabrielle leaves.

XENA
Joxer, redirect these people towards Lao Ma's palace.

JOXER
Okay.

Joxer leaves.

XENA
K'ao Hsin, there's only one way that Khan could
have gotten the secret of the black powder.

K'AO HSIN
I told no one.

XENA
No not you. Your sister, Pao Ssu.

K'AO HSIN
But she's dead. You destroyed her.

XENA
Obviously that didn't stop her passing on the secret.

K'AO HSIN
From beyond the grave? How's that possible?

XENA
She must have had help.

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Gabrielle rides to Lao Ma's Palace.

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Lin Qi (the Asian man from Xena's vision) helps load rice bags. Gabrielle enters.

GABRIELLE
Who's in charge here?

LIN QI
That would be Lin Qi. He's busy.

GABRIELLE
My name is Gabrielle. I'm with Xena. I have to talk
to him.

LIN QI
I'm Lin Qi. Glad to meet you. Excuse me.

GABRIELLE
You have to abandon your work here.

LIN QI
This palace is directly in the path of Khan's army.
Me and my men can hide out here for two, maybe
three, days.

GABRIELLE
You will be killed in the process.

LIN QI
It'll give the people a chance to escape.

GABRIELLE
They can't clear the pass in time. Their only hope
is to hide in the tunnels under this palace. Xena's-

There's an explosion and soldiers run in. Gabrielle, Lin Qi and Lin Qi's men fight them. The advance guard is defeated.

LIN QI
That was an advance guard.

GABRIELLE
I know.

LIN QI
(to his men) Okay, listen up! Move the sandbags
below. Gabrielle will tell you where.

GABRIELLE
Thank you.

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A soldier kneels and his hand is branded with a symbol of a dragon.

EXTRA
You are now one with the Green Dragon.

Another man moves to be branded, a large line behind him.

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The people move towards a cave.

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In the tunnels.

XENA
Keep moving. Come on.

K'ao Hsin moves to Xena.

K'AO HSIN
The men are clearing some of the lower caves.
I've taken the liberty of moving the children there.

XENA
Good. K'ao Hsin I had a vision the other day. You
must have seen it too.

K'AO HSIN
Yes. It's the future.

XENA
Future. You see, I can channel Lao Ma's powers
but I can't seem to control them.

K'AO HSIN
Maybe you don't have complete control of the
power. But I saw what you did last time.

XENA
Against Pao Ssu, your sister. That was against
one woman. This is an army of thousands.

There's an explosion above ground. People screams.

XENA
Get these people to safety.

K'ao Hsin leaves. Xena runs out, moving people along as she does.

XENA
Come on! Keep moving! Go! Hurry.

Xena leaves.

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There's a smoking hole. Joxer holds the villagers back. Xena enters.

XENA
Joxer don't move a muscle!

JOXER
I know! I was leadin' these people and that guy
in front of me just...blew up! What's underneath
us? Is't sandworms?

XENA
No, they're traps set with black powder. If you step
on one, they explode. Just stay there. I'm comin'
out to getcha.

Xena moves through the mine field.

XENA
Okay.

Xena makes it across.

XENA
All right. Okay? Khan sent out a patrol to set mines.
Now I'm gonna lead you out of here. Follow in
my footprints.

JOXER
Okay.

The wind blows and Xena's footprints are covered.

JOXER
What happened?

Khan enters from the other side with some of his army.

KHAN
Perhaps I can explain.

XENA
Well, well, you must be Khan.

KHAN
And it's always an honor to meet a worthy adversary Xena.

He bows his head.

XENA
It's funny. You don't look smart enough to come
up with the formula for black powder by yourself.

Khan laughs.

KHAN
They say dead men tell no tales, but they were wrong.

Ming T'ien appears.

MING T'IEN
Hello again Xena.

XENA
Ming T'ien.

MING T'IEN
Trapped here in the world between worlds. Kept
alive by my burning hatred for you. Well at least
I have family to keep me company.

He turns and becomes Pao Ssu.

PAO SSU
And so it seems I was fated to walk the path of
the Green Dragon, Xena. When you killed us you
fulfilled our destiny. And death was only the beginning
as it will be for you.

Xena looks at her.

END OF ACT ONE



ACT TWO

Xena faces Pao Ssu.

XENA
Pao Ssu. So it was you who gave Khan the black powder.

PAO SSU
And then in turn to an entire legion of warriors,
all of whom are prepared to die in the dragon's
name. What are you prepared to die for Xena?

XENA
Your mother's legacy and your sister's cause!

Pao Ssu turns and becomes Ming T'ien.

MING T'IEN
So you shall.

Khan speaks Chinese. Khan's men light and throw black powder bombs. Xena creates a bubble around her, Joxer and the villagers, protecting them from the explosions. Xena gasps at each explosion, holding them off.

MING T'IEN
I see Lao Ma's teachings were not lost on you
but even her power cannot stop a hundred thousand
men, all with the knowledge of the black powder.

XENA
Care to test that theory?

Khan speaks Chinese. More bombs are thrown and Xena once more makes the bubble, gasping as she holds off the explosions. Xena is breathing heavy and starting to look worn out.

JOXER
How long can you keep this up?

XENA
I can't attack them unless I let down my guard.

JOXER
Then we're dead.

XENA
Not quite.

Xena throws the chakram, which splits in two and flies by and sets off the minefield, clearing the way. It joins together and Xena catches it.

XENA
All right! Follow the path! Come on! Single file! Go!

Khan speaks Chinese. His men run at them. Xena and Joxer lead the villagers away. Gabrielle and Lin Qi enter and fight the soldiers. Ming T'ien turns and becomes Pao Ssu. Xena and the others stop.

XENA
Get these people out of here!

Joxer leads them away. Xena watches Gabrielle and Lin Qi fight. She sees Lin Qi.

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Xena sees Lin Qi in her vision of the future.

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Gabrielle fights and wins.

XENA
Gabrielle let's go!

GABRIELLE
Lin Qi! Come on!

They run.

PAO SSU
Let'em go.

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Xena reads Lao Ma's book. She looks at a bottle. She holds up the book and looks at the bottle.

XENA (voice-over)
"To achieve a perfect stillness, one must cease
to will and submit to the greater whole. If something
can be imagined, it can also be realized. Anything
is possible."

The bottle shakes and then falls off of the table. Xena shuts the book and moves to the bottle.

XENA
Well that's something.

K'ao Hsin enters.

K'AO HSIN
I heard about what happened. Are you all right?

XENA
Considering I saw a ghost? Yeah.

K'AO HSIN
The ancients believe when a soul is not at rest,
it lingers in the realm between the living and the
dead. My brother and sister died with, shall we say,
unfinished business. And so they remain.

XENA
To complete what they started. They tried to kill
me and they couldn't.

K'AO HSIN
I have no doubt your mastery of the power will
be our greatest ally.

XENA
I wish that I could say that I did it on purpose K'ao
Hsin but I didn't. It was a reflex. There's something
you're not telling me. K'ao Hsin?

K'AO HSIN
Before you left, I found a warning in the pages of
my mother's book to me and my siblings. It said
that the more each of us uses the power, the
stronger we all become.

XENA
So you're trying to suppress the power?

K'AO HSIN
Wouldn't you? If Pao Ssu and Ming T'ien have truly
returned then every time I use the power, I make
them stronger.

A Peasant enters.

PEASANT
K'ao Hsin.

K'AO HSIN
Yes.

PEASANT
I was told to report to you. Khan's army have
stopped advancing and they're setting up camp.

XENA
Where do they keep the black powder?

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Lin Qi forges a sword. Gabrielle moves over to him.

GABRIELLE
This is the last of it.

LIN QI
That'll do! (to someone else) Quideam!

He keeps forging.

LIN QI
Gabrielle, I owe you an apology.

GABRIELLE
For what?

LIN QI
When you came to warn us I, uh, I acted like a
pompous ass, mostly for show.

GABRIELLE
Apology accepted.

LIN QI
You know, we heard Xena traveled with a companion.
A storyteller of sorts.

GABRIELLE
I am. I--I mean, I used to tell stories but it's been awhile.

LIN QI
When you're born with the gift of the bard, you die
with it.

GABRIELLE
My life's more complicated now.

LIN QI
I think you're selling yourself short.

GABRIELLE
You don't know me.

LIN QI
I know that someone who's willing to die for a
cause greater than herself has a merciful heart
and that's where all great stories come from.

Joxer enters.

JOXER
Hi. Hi, hi, hi. Am I interrupting? I'm not interrupting
anything, am I?

GABRIELLE
No.

JOXER
Good.

GABRIELLE
What are you doing here?

JOXER
Xena wants ya.

Gabrielle leaves.

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Xena, K'ao Hsin, Gabrielle, Lin Qi and Joxer are in one room in the palace.

XENA
All right, so now we know where Khan is keeping
a large surplus of the black powder. Gabrielle,
you and I are gonna go blow it up.

GABRIELLE
We'll do it.

JOXER
You bet we will.

GABRIELLE
Joxer, Lin Qi and I.

XENA
Gabrielle-

GABRIELLE
Xena come on. You're gonna run through the
woods and set off explosions?

XENA
Thank you. I already have a mother.

GABRIELLE
And you're going to be a mother. It's not just
your life that you're risking. We can handle it.

XENA
I know. Right.

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Khan's camp.

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Black powder tent. Men speak Chinese. They leave. Gabrielle and Lin Qi sneak in. Guards fight them. They take out the guards.

LIN QI
Can't say they're not prepared.

GABRIELLE
I'll make a trail with the powder.

A net falls on them. Khan enters.

KHAN
Like butterflies in a net. I expected more cunning
from one who travels with the great Xena. Young
fools. Even if you had destroyed this supply of
powder, you would not even have begun to inhibit
our campaign. We have hundreds more of these tents.

GABRIELLE
You know what I'm looking forward to? The look
on your face when Xena devastates your army!

Khan laughs.

KHAN
Your faith in your friend is misplaced. Every step
she takes, only secures the destiny of my masters.
All of Chin will burn as an emblem of her failure!

He's handed a torch.

KHAN
Good-bye Gabrielle.

He drops the torch on a trail of powder and the spark moves towards the barrels. He laughs and leaves.

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Xena turns away from K'ao Hsin.

K'AO HSIN
Xena, what is it?

GABRIELLE (voice-over)
Xena!

XENA
It's Gabrielle.

GABRIELLE (voice-over)
Xena help!

XENA
She's afraid.

END OF ACT TWO



ACT THREE

Xena closes her eyes.

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The spark moves towards the barrels.

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Xena opens her eyes.

XENA
The wind. What was that that you said to me about
your mother once? "Every day that passes in
Chin without bloodshed, passes because she
had a hand in guiding its destiny."

K'AO HSIN
"She speaks to me now even through the
whispering wind."

XENA
Good. The wind.

Xena closes her eyes and the wind moves around her. The candles blow out.

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Gabrielle and Lin Qi struggle.

GABRIELLE
Listen, listen! What is that?

LIN QI
The sound of my dead ancestors making a place
for me at their table.

Gabrielle looks up to see the air is being sucked out of the tent.

GABRIELLE
The wind.

The wind is sucked out of the tent.

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The wind moves around Xena.

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The wind is sucked out of the tent.

GABRIELLE
It's sucking all the air! Take a deep breath!

The spark goes out. The air comes back in and Gabrielle and Lin Qi gasp for air.

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Xena falls back and K'ao Hsin catches her.

XENA
They're safe.

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Lin Qi and Gabrielle work on getting out of the net.

LIN QI
Let's get out of here!

GABRIELLE
No, we're gonna finish what we came for.

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Gabrielle and Lin Qi run out of the tent. It explodes.

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Khan stands before Pao Ssu.

PAO SSU
Perhaps my brother's confidence in you was
ill-chosen.

KHAN
I supplicate myself before you masters. Failure
will not follow a second time.

Pao Ssu turns and becomes Ming T'ien.

MING T'IEN
You can be sure of that Khan. Move your troops
into position. We attack in the morning.

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Tunnels. Gabrielle and Lin Qi enter.

XENA
Gabrielle. Are you all right?

GABRIELLE
Are you?

XENA
Yeah.

GABRIELLE
How did you know?

XENA
I felt your fear. I saw through your eyes.

GABRIELLE
You can control the power.

XENA
No I can't control it. It seems to have a will of its
own. It uses me.

K'AO HSIN
Yet it protects the ones you love.

XENA
That won't be much help against Khan's army
now will it? I can't love them to death now can I?

K'AO HSIN
Perhaps not, but if Pao Ssu and Ming T'ien could
return here through the sheer power of their hate,
what makes you think they cannot be defeated
through the power of your love?

XENA
I'm sorry K'ao Hsin. I have never seen a war ended
by love.

GABRIELLE
I used to think that love was enough. I was wrong.

K'AO HSIN
(to Xena) You have always succeeded where others
have failed. Why should this day be any different?

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Joxer serves soup to the villagers.

JOXER
Yep, I won two awards for this at the Thebian
cooking academy. Of course the Thebians', uh,
legendary flatulence had nothing to do with this.
Heh-heh-heh. There ya go.

Joxer sees Tei sitting by herself. He fills a bowl and moves over to her.

JOXER
Hi. Hi. You should, uh, you should eat something.
It'll make you feel better. Listen, don't worry.
Everything's gonna be okay.

TEI
I'm not worried for myself. It's my family. I don't
know if they made it from the village.

JOXER
Tei, that's your name, right?

She nods.

JOXER
Tei, okay. Um, look Tei? I promise to help you
find your family, okay? Okay.

Joxer leaves.

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Gabrielle enters to find Lin Qi making rice bags.

GABRIELLE
What are you doing?

LIN QI
Can't just sit and wait.

GABRIELLE
I know how you feel. Can I help?

Gabrielle picks up a sack.

LIN QI
Sure. So, you ever thought about settling down?

GABRIELLE
You know, sometimes people think that a home
is a place. It can be a person.

LIN QI
You know where you belong.

GABRIELLE
What about you?

Lin Qi sighs.

LIN QI
I used to think I belonged here but I've watched
my people kill each other over petty disputes
that could have been easily solved with a conversation.
That's not a world I wanna live in.

GABRIELLE
It doesn't get any better outside of Chin.

LIN QI
That depends on who you walk through it with.

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Sun.

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Joxer runs in.

JOXER
Xena! Xena! Where?! Wait a second! Xena!

XENA
Joxer what is it?

JOXER
It's Khan's army. Comin' over the south ridge.
Big! Villagers are-

He wheezes.

JOXER
-okay.

Xena and Gabrielle run out.

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Xena, K'ao Hsin, Gabrielle, Lin Qi and Joxer stand on a hill and look out over the monstrous army of Khan. Villagers are on their knees before the soldiers.

LIN QI
I thought Khan's goal was to wipe these people
clear off the map. Why would he take hostages?

XENA
To use them as shields. He's going to march
them with his army. That way if we attack his men,
we attack the villagers too.

GABRIELLE
We can't take that chance.

XENA
If we don't Khan stands to take twice as many lives.

GABRIELLE
Xena even if you can control the power are you
prepared to destroy a hundred thousand men?

XENA
I don't have any choice.

Xena looks at the army.

END OF ACT THREE



ACT FOUR

Khan's army. Villagers are thrown to their knees.

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Xena and the others.

XENA
You understand? I'll hold him off as long as I
can. You get everyone out of there as soon as possible.

GABRIELLE
Xena if you let us fight with you, we can hold him
off longer.

XENA
No Gabrielle. I need absolute clarity in what I'm
about to do. You'll only be a distraction. You can't
help me outta this one.

GABRIELLE
Be careful.

Gabrielle leaves.

XENA
Good luck Lin Qi.

LIN QI
With her by my side, how can we lose?

Lin Qi leaves with Joxer.

K'AO HSIN
You always have and always will walk the path
of the warrior Xena, but remember there are
many ways to win a war and they do not all involve
a sword.

K'ao Hsin hugs her.

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Khan's army. Pao Ssu appears.

KHAN
My men are ready to begin their assault.

PAO SSU
Nowhere left to run Xena. You're weak. You will
never have the strength to defeat me.

Xena steps before the army, alone.

XENA (voice-over)
"Fear is a weapon of the wicked but a tool of the
righteous. End the war between the mind and
the heart. Peace must be found within before it
can be actualized."

KHAN
What is she doing?

Pao Ssu has become T'ien Ming.

MING T'IEN
Facing her death like a true warrior! Destroy her!

Khan speaks Chinese. Rockets are lit and fire. Xena creates the bubble and holds off the rockets, though gasps as the explosions go off. Khan shouts more orders and more rockets are fired. Xena creates the bubble.

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Tunnels. K'ao Hsin is with the people, who are huddled in fear.

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Khan speaks Chinese. Rockets shoot at Xena. She knocks one back and it explosions, hitting Khan's men. Khan shouts more orders. Xena now sends the rockets flying back at Khan's army. His men scream as the explosions go off. Gabrielle, Lin Qi and Joxer enter. Gabrielle and Lin Qi fights. Joxer moves to the prisoners.

JOXER
Okay! Listen up! Stay low! Tight formation! Follow me!

Joxer runs but they do not follow.

JOXER
Come on you knuckleheads!

LIN QI
Move!

The villagers escape.

LIN QI
Hurry!

Gabrielle and Lin Qi fight. Ming T'ien turns to become Pao Ssu. Xena gasps as she holds off more rockets.

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Tunnels. A baby cries.

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Joxer leads the villagers away.

JOXER
Ooh! Ooh!

Joxer can't draw his sword. He finally does and drops it.

JOXER
O-oh! O-oh!

Joxer dodges two soldiers who run at him. Gabrielle fights. Joxer fights. Xena makes the bubble and sends two rockets flying back at the army. Lin Qi fights. Xena gasps, getting weaker as she makes the bubble. Gabrielle fights. Lin Qi fights. Xena gasps, stumbling as more explosions go off around her. Lin Qi and Gabrielle fight. Xena is growing weak. She blocks another rocket and then falls to her knees. Khan speaks Chinese. Three mounted warriors run at Xena, like Xena saw in her vision. Khan laughs. Xena looks at Ming T'ien. She sees the symbol of the dragon on all the soldiers.

GABRIELLE
Xena!

XENA
Gabrie-e-e-e-e-elle!

The three mounted warriors ride at Xena. Xena stands and throws three bolts at the men, knocking them off the horses. The dragons begin to glow green and the soldiers cry out in pain.

XENA (voice-over)
"Anything is possible. Anything is possible."

The dragons on Khan's hands glow too and he cries out. Xena has her eyes closed. Gabrielle looks around at the men crying out in pain. The army turns to stone.

MING T'IEN
Xena!

The army continues to turn to stone. Khan turns to stone.

MING T'IEN
No!

The army continues to turn to stone. Ming T'ien starts to spin, becoming half Pao Ssu and half Ming T'ien. They spin, Pao Ssu screaming and they explode. The entire army is now stone. Xena opens her eyes.

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Tunnels. K'ao Hsin smiles.

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Xena looks in shock over what she has done.

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Later. Joxer is with Tei and her family.

JOXER
Who was gonna pull their swords first? Me or
them?! I looked 'em in the eye and then, wang!
Ten of 'em went down, right then and there before me.

TEI
You're so brave.

JOXER
We-ell, bravery isn't really the word for it. It's more
like incredible chivalry, because right then and
there wave after wave came.

He acts it with his sword.

JOXER
Wham! Waah! Ah-h-h-h-h! Hah! Yah!

Joxer uses his hand to show blood coming from the jugular.

JOXER
Blood everywhere. Then right in front of me, Khan's
entire army, hundr--thou--thou--hundreds of
thousands of 'em came at me. I, wham! Ten of
em went down! Wang! Wha! Waah!

Gabrielle enters.

JOXER
Heads spurting blood everywhere! And they ran.
I dropped my sword. But then Khan came right
towards me! I looked at him, took my hand reached
through his chest and pulled out his bleeding heart!

Joxer shows the beating heart. Gabrielle clears his throat. Joxer drops the 'heart.'

JOXER
Well, maybe we should start packing up! It's getting
awfully late and everyone else seems to be leaving.
What a lovely basket! Is it hand sown?

Gabrielle moves to Lin Qi.

GABRIELLE
Are you going home?

LIN QI
You and Xena have it right. To, uh, stand in one
place in the world this big is a real waste of space.

GABRIELLE
Um...

LIN QI
So, um, you're the storyteller. How's this gonna end?

GABRIELLE
I haven't written it yet.

Gabrielle kisses his cheek.

LIN QI
Goodbye Gabrielle.

Gabrielle leaves.

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Xena walks with K'ao Hsin.

XENA
That was a terrible choice you had to make K'ao
Hsin. Between your family and your home.

K'AO HSIN
Actually, during our time together Xena...I feel
closer to my mother than ever. Her spirit lives
on in you.

XENA
Her spirit perhaps, but not her power. I don't feel
it anymore.

K'AO HSIN
Perhaps it served its purpose. After all, Chin is
safe and with the black powder gone so is the world.

XENA
You know what? Today I felt a kind of compassion
that I've never felt before.

K'AO HSIN
Your point of view changes when you're about to
bring new life into the world.

XENA
No it's not that. The power that I had today wasn't
born out of anger. I wasn't even thinking about
those men. I was thinking about the people that
they wanted to hurt. So I guess what I said before
isn't true anymore. I have seen love end a war.

Gabrielle joins them. Xena touches her shoulder and the three walk along.

END OF ACT FOUR

STARRING
Lucy Lawless as Xena
Renee O'Connor as Gabrielle

GUEST CAST
Ted Raimi as Joxer
Marie Matiko as Pao Ssu
Marie Matiko as K'ao Hsin
Anthony Wong as Lin Qi
George Kee Cheung as Khan
Daniel Sing as Ming T'ien
Helen Phung as Tei
Lohsing Cheng as Peasant

Teleplay by: Buddy Williers (AKA: Steven L. Sears)
Story by: Rob Tapert and Steven L. Sears
Directed by: Rick Jacobson

Disclaimer: Pao Ssu's split personality was not harmed during the production of this motion picture.