Path of Vengeance


This transcript is dedicated to the memory of Kevin Smith


TEASER

Amazon camp.

KANNE (voice-over)
You've seen our lands. You've seen our hunting
grounds. Our numbers grow bigger every day.
Will you join your tribe with ours?

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Cave. Amazon queens from all over are gathered.

MAWU-KA
These are good lands, but my people are restless
and wish to return to our own homes.

GWYN-TEIR
This valley is the birthplace of the Amazons,
where Artemis created our people. This is home...for
all of us.

KANNE
We can't survive scattered to the winds any longer.
Everywhere, Amazons are persecuted. We have
united to protect ourselves.

MAWU-KA
And everything is decided by your council of tribal queens?

Varia enters.

VARIA
Not everything.

KANNE
We uphold Amazon law, but Varia leads our warriors.
She is our queen. She brought us together and
made us strong.

VARIA
And now it's time to use our strength. We've spotted
Roman troops combing through our forests.

GWYN-TEIR
Why would the Romans come here?

VARIA
Whatever their reason, I'm going to make sure
they don't leave.

Varia leaves.

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Eve walks through the woods on Amazon land.

EXTRA
Keep moving! She can't be far!

A group of Roman soldiers join Eve.

EVE
What are you doing here?

CAPTAIN
The emperor dispatched us to be your guard.

EVE
My guard. I'm bringing a message of peace. I
can't come to the Amazons with troops.

CAPTAIN
I have my orders. We're to accompany you.

EVE
This is insane. Tell the emperor that I must do
this alone. I can't-

Amazons come out from behind the trees, shouting war cries. There are hundreds of them.

EXTRA
They're surrounding us!

CAPTAIN
I thought they were a small tribe.

EVE
(to the Amazons) I'm a representative of Eli! And
of Rome! I am here for peace!

They move in.

CAPTAIN
I don't think they care. (to soldiers) Fall back!
Stay together! Keep tight!

EXTRA
Attack!

The Amazons, lead by Varia attack the Roman soldiers.

CAPTAIN
(to Eve) Come on! I gotta get you outta here!

EVE
No, I'm here for a purpose! I'm not leaving!

The Amazons take out the Roman soldiers. Varia battles the soldiers. She sees Eve and moves over to her.

VARIA
Well, if it isn't Livia.

EVE
I'm Eve, the Messenger of Eli.

VARIA
Take her prisoner!

Amazons grab her.

VARIA
Whatever name it is you're going by now, you're
going to pay for the crimes you committed against
the Amazon sisterhood.

Eve is taken away. The Captain is back to back with a Young Soldier.

CAPTAIN
We've got to get word back to command. Go back
to the last village. Find an officer and tell him
what's happening. Go!

The Young Soldier runs off. Eve is taken away.

EXTRA
You shouldn't have come back, Livia!

EXTRA
How does it feel saviour of Rome!?

EXTRA
Not so tough now, huh, Livia?!

EXTRA
You'll pay for what you've done!

The Amazons fight the soldiers.

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Village.

EXTRA
I'm sorry.

GABRIELLE
They won't take us, either. He says there's a
legion of Roman soldiers coming through.

XENA
All this movement, back towards Rome. I guess
this new emperor's really serious about waging
peace, huh?

GABRIELLE
Well, thanks to you.

XENA
Eve's the one who set him on the road to peace.
Let's try the next place.

GABRIELLE
Well, whoever it was, I'm just glad there's an end
to the fighting.

XENA
Yeah.

The Young Soldier stumbles into the village. He falls to his knees and Xena and Gabrielle move over to him.

YOUNG SOLDIER
Amazons...hundreds.

XENA
No Amazon tribe is that big.

YOUNG SOLDIER
Well, I saw it. We didn't have a chance against
that many.

GABRIELLE
What were you doing on Amazon lands?

YOUNG SOLDIER
The emperor sent us to protect the Messenger of Eli.

XENA
The Messenger of Eli, what happened to her?

YOUNG SOLDIER
The Amazons took her prisoner. They were calling
her "Livia," and they seemed set on avenging
some wrong she'd done to them in her past. I
don't know what they're gonna do with her.

XENA
They're going to kill her.

END OF TEASER



ACT ONE

The Amazons have won the battle against the Roman soldiers.

EXTRA
Keep moving.

EXTRA
Right there!

Cyane brings several soldiers before Varia.

CYANE
What do we do with these?

VARIA
Finish the battle.

CYANE
They've surrendered.

VARIA
Finish the battle or they'll just come back and kill
more of our sisters.

CYANE
My tribe doesn't kill the enemy once they've surrendered.

VARIA
Come.

Varia motions to several other Amazons who move over and put swords to the soldiers' necks.

EXTRA
Scum.

CYANE
There's no honour in this, Varia.

EVE
Varia, no! These men were sent to guard
me. They didn't come to fight. I came here in peace!
If you massacre these men, you will be no better
than I was.

VARIA
You dare compare me to you?

She hits her.

VARIA
I'm defending Amazon land, and uniting my people.
You were raiding our village for slaves. Marga
sentenced you to death if you ever returned to Amazon
lands. We let you go last time. This time, you're
gonna face what you've done.

EVE
That's why I came.

Varia heads out and the Amazon guards follow with Eve. As Varia leaves she orders Cyane:

VARIA
Your clan's gonna protect the pass. No one is
to get through to our valley.

Varia and the other Amazons leave.

CYANE
(to her clan) You heard her. Let's go.

Cyane leads her tribe away.

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Xena and Gabrielle walk through the dead bodies of the Roman soldiers. They see the prisoners, their hands are tied behind them with arrows in their backs. An arrow lands at their feet. Xena picks it up.

XENA
Cyane's tribe. What are they doing this far south?

GABRIELLE
I don't know.

Cyane and her Amazons step out, arrows raised, ready to fire.

GABRIELLE
We're friends of your tribe. We want to talk.

CYANE
Varia, queen of the Amazon nation, has ordered
that no one is allowed to pass.

XENA
Well, we're coming through.

Xena takes a step forward, but Gabrielle stops her.

GABRIELLE
Xena, I know you wanna save Eve, but these are
our friends so let's keep it that way, all right? We
knew your queen - Cyane.

CYANE
That is my name, now. I was given the honour
of inheriting her name and rank.

GABRIELLE
This is Xena.

She touches her fist to her shoulder in the Amazon salute.

GABRIELLE
I'm Gabrielle.

Cyane returns the salute.

CYANE
It is a privilege to meet a fellow queen of such
reputation. The elders of my tribe tell many stories
of your deeds, but I can't go against Varia's orders.
She's our leader, now.

XENA
Cyane, those men were executed after surrender.
Your namesake would not have stood for that. Now,
we need to talk to Varia.

CYANE
The council is about to meet. You may have a
chance to speak to Varia. You can accompany
me. And you should know many of Varia's sisters
do not like the path that she's leading us on.

Xena and Gabrielle follow Cyane.

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Amazon camp.

VARIA (voice-over)
This woman was banished-

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Eve is in a circle of the Amazon queens, a blue light surrounding her. Her hands are chained and Varia stands next to her.

VARIA
-from our lands under threat of death. Now, she
returns with troops at her side, as she did years
ago - the infamous Bitch of Rome, Livia.

Xena and Gabrielle enter.

XENA
Her name is Eve.

Varia grabs Eve's hands by her chains.

VARIA
These hands enslaved my sisters. Changing
her name does not change her crimes.

XENA
Your queen, Marga, already passed judgment
on those crimes.

VARIA
And decreed that she would be executed if she
ever returned to Amazon lands.

KANNE
This is an Amazon council Xena. You have no
prerogative to be heard here.

XENA
I'm not leaving here without her.

GABRIELLE
Now, wait...

GWYN-TEIR
We recognize your right to speak, Queen Gabrielle.

GABRIELLE
Xena is here with my permission. She has a right
to defend her daughter before the Amazon council.

KANNE
If she stays, she must abide by our law.

Gabrielle looks to Xena and then to Kanne, who nods.

KANNE
Continue, Varia.

VARIA
Six years ago, before Livia of Rome came to
our lands-

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Varia and Eve's past, six years ago. Varia and Tura are scouting.

VARIA (voice-over)
-my tribe was strong. My sister and I were scouting.

EXTRA
Keep moving! Amazon village up ahead!

Varia sees Livia leading Roman troops.

LIVIA
Search the village!

VARIA
Tura, come back! Let's go.

Varia and Tura run back to the village.

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Varia and Tura run into the Amazon village.

VARIA
Romans! Romans are coming!

The Amazons get ready for battle.

EXTRA
Hurry!

VARIA
Romans!

EXTRA
With me. This way.

The Romans ride in.

VARIA
Romans!

EXTRA
This way!

EXTRA
Quickly.

EXTRA
Hurry!

EXTRA
Come on!

Livia flips from her horse, sword drawn.

LIVIA
Yah-h-h-h-h-h-h-h-h!

Livia and the Roman soldiers fight the Amazons.

EXTRA
Quickly! Quickly!

VARIA
Tura!

Varia joins the battle. Livia fights the Amazons. Varia is knocked out. The battle rages on, Livia unbeatable.

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Later, Varia awakens to see the Amazons in chains.

LIVIA
Check inside! I don't want anyone hiding. No! Watch
the faces. We've got to get the money back at auction.

Varia sees Tura amoung those in chains. She rises and picks up a dagger on the ground. Varia slowly walks behind Livia.

VARIA (voice-over)
I had the perfect chance. I could have rid the
world of Livia, but it was my first battle. I had never
killed before.

Varia comes up behind Livia with the dagger. Livia turns to face her and Varia gasps. Livia snarls then flips over Varia.

LIVIA
Yah-h-h-h-h-h-h-h-h!

She grabs Varia as she flips, then puts her foot on Varia's back and tosses her backward (a repeat of the move we saw her use in "Coming Home") Varia hits the ground and Livia draws her sword and moves in on her. Tura escapes from the line of chained Amazons.

VARIA
No, Tura!

Tura throws herself over Varia. Livia shakes her head.

LIVIA
Ra-a-a-a-a-a-ah!

Livia brings down her sword.

TURA
Aaaah!

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The Present. Eve is before the Amazons.

VARIA
If I had killed Livia, I would still have my tribe and
my sister. I can't undo the past, but we can redeem
it with justice.

Eve looks at Xena.

EVE
Varia tells the truth. I did those things.

KANNE
The accused has confessed to her crimes. Her
guilt is not in question. All that remains to be
decided is the form of punishment.

GWYN-TEIR
The law is clear - death or banishment.

VARIA
She was banished before and returned. This time,
she dies.

Xena takes a step forward, but Gabrielle stops her.

KANNE
All in favour of the execution of Livia of Rome, also
known as Eve, stand and be counted.

All the Amazons stand.

END OF ACT ONE



ACT TWO

The Amazons are all standing, sentencing Eve to die. Varia draws her sword.

XENA
You're not doing this!

Gabrielle holds Xena back.

GABRIELLE
By Amazon law, Xena has a right to defend the accused!

VARIA
She confessed. What could her defense be?

XENA
You give me time, I'll present one.

CYANE
Gabrielle and Xena have done enough for the
Amazons to deserve this.

Xena nods at her in thanks.

MAWU-KA
You have one hour to present your case.

The Amazons leave.

XENA
(to Gabrielle) Did you notice that sword Varia had?

GABRIELLE
Eve had a sword like that...when she was Livia.

XENA
That's right. She got it from Ares.

Xena follows Varia.

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Xena catches up with Varia.

XENA
Varia? Marga believed that one day you'd be a great
queen. She asked me to train you for that, but I
see I failed her.

VARIA
No, you haven't failed. I'm grateful for your training,
but I'm on my own now.

XENA
Is that right?

Xena attacks her. Varia blocks her moves.

XENA
Anyone who's ever seen me use that move is
dead...except Ares. He's training you now, isn't
he? For what?

VARIA
He's helping me build the Amazon nation and
we're doing it, Xena.

XENA
He doesn't care about you or the Amazon nation!

VARIA
The Amazons are tired of being pushed around!
We're going to fight back, united and strong, with
the God of War as our ally.

XENA
You don't need him. Varia, it's within you to lead
the Amazons. You're the one.

An Amazon enters.

AMAZON
They want to hear your defense.

The Amazon leaves.

VARIA
No, Xena, you're wrong. I do need him.

Varia leaves.

XENA (voice-over)
All right Eve-

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Xena stands next to Eve before the Amazons.

XENA
-why did you raid Varia's tribe?

EVE
Slaves.

XENA
Slaves? But why would any commander lead a
regiment of men through swamp and forest and
then engage the fiercest warriors in the land in the
vain hope of making them slaves? What really happened?

Eve says nothing.

XENA
(quietly to Eve) Eve, Ares is leading the Amazons
in a suicidal war against the Romans. You can
make them see how he operates. If you don't
care about yourself, at least care about them.

EVE
I committed these crimes, Mother. I must tell the truth.

XENA
Then tell the whole truth.

EVE
I was fighting two campaigns in the north. I was
taking provinces for Rome.

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Livia's tent, six years ago. She enters her tent, wiping her blood-soaked sword clean. Two soldiers and a Roman Captain are before her table.

LIVIA
So...where are we?

The Roman Captain shows her a map.

ROMAN CAPTAIN
We hold these areas, here, here, and here. These
others will fall before the end of the day.

LIVIA
Hm-m-m, all right. Leave me.

The Roman soldiers leave and Ares appears. He wraps his hands around her waist.

ARES
What's wrong? Campaign not goin' to plan?

Livia chuckles.

LIVIA
Exactly as I planned. I'm running out of territories
to capture. We'll wage so much war, we'll have
nothing but peace.

Ares points to the map.

ARES
Ya haven't been there.

LIVIA
Amazon lands? There's nothing to be gained there.

ARES
Not all gains are shown on a map. I'm talking
about glory, the name, "Livia." What would the
world say if you were to conquer the fierce Amazons
just for...kicks?

LIVIA
Mm-hm-m.

ARES
Or even better, turned them into slaves? See, I
know this Persian warlord - Gurkhan? He has a
taste for the exotic.

LIVIA
Hm-m-m. It doesn't make sense. Even with a
surprise raid, I'd still lose men.

ARES
Trust me on this.

He leans her back onto the table.

ARES
If you enslave the Amazons, you can watch the
name Livia spread all over the world.

He kisses her neck. Livia sighs. She draws a dagger and stabs the map.

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The Present. Eve is before the Amazons.

XENA
So, Ares was behind the raid.

EVE
Yeah.

There is silence.

VARIA
Ares wants a strong Amazon nation. He's helping
me to build it.

XENA
Ares helps no one but himself.

VARIA
I'll find out the truth...from him.

Varia leaves.

XENA
I'd consider Eve's verdict carefully, because you're
also choosing a path for your people.

KANNE
You've had your say, Xena. The Amazons will
decide now.

Xena steps towards Gabrielle who touches her arm. Gabrielle steps forward.

GWYN-TEIR
You wish to be heard, Gabrielle?

GABRIELLE
I wish to join the Amazon council in the deliberation.

MAWU-KA
As a queen, you have that right.

CYANE
We could use your wisdom.

Xena and Gabrielle step aside.

GABRIELLE
Xena...I think I can make them understand what
Ares is like. Varia already has her doubts.

XENA
Still, Ares can be very persuasive. He's managed
to con them all so far.

Eve is taken away.

GABRIELLE
Just be patient, Xena. Let me try this. There's
wisdom in the Amazon ways.

XENA
Like the time they painted you blue and made you
howl at the moon to consecrate your queeniness?
Look if you can't talk 'em 'round, I'm getting Eve
out of here the old-fashioned way.

Xena leaves.

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Varia is in another part of cave.

VARIA
Ares!

Ares appears.

ARES
Whoa. Is that any way to request the company
of your patron god?

VARIA
You were behind the raid that killed my sisters.
Eve told us what happened.

ARES
And you believed her.

VARIA
Just tell me the truth.

ARES
Okay. Artemis was content to let your sisters
dwindle away in separate tribes. I saw it coming.
I tried to warn her.

VARIA
That doesn't explain the raid.

ARES
Well, I knew when word of the raid spread, it'd
bring the tribes together. You see, hate is a powerful
emotion, Varia. It unites people.

VARIA
That's no excuse for turning my sisters into slaves.

ARES
I knew Gurkhan would never take Amazons as
slaves. They're too spirited to fetch a dinar on the
auction block. So Livia took 'em to market, couldn't
make a profit. I mean what she did...

VARIA
What?

ARES
She threw them overboard. I mean, she tossed them
like spoiled cargo. They still had their shackles on.

VARIA
I wanted to build an army to bring them back home.

ARES
Well, you can never bring them back, but you can
stop this from ever happening again. Eve and
Rome were hand-in-hand in the slaughter, so
you know what you do? You lead your sisters
against the Romans, and you show them you
mean business.

Varia nods.

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Gabrielle is with the other queens.

GABRIELLE
You know that Ares was behind the raid. Why do
you condemn Eve?

CYANE
Ares may have put the idea in her head, but it
was Eve's hand on the sword.

KANNE
She admits her crimes. It is our duty to uphold
our laws. If your heart is truly with the Amazon
nation, you must know we speak the truth.

Varia enters.

VARIA
Amazon tradition states that the council must
speak with one voiced. We're growing impatient.
What is your vote, Sister?

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Eve is bound to a pole. Xena waits with her.

AMAZON
They're giving the verdict.

Xena leaves.

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Cave.

MAWU-KA
We have all made our votes. What have you decided?

Xena enters.

GABRIELLE
Guilty.

Xena is shocked.

END OF ACT TWO



ACT THREE

Cave.

KANNE
The verdict is guilty.

XENA
Eve.

Xena storms out. Gabrielle follows.

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Gabrielle chases after Xena.

GABRIELLE
Xena. Xena, I had no choice.

XENA
Oh-h-h-h-h.

GABRIELLE
I had to vote with them. If they had kicked me off
the council, they would have found Eve guilty anyway.
It's the only thing I could do to save her.

XENA
By condemning her to death?

GABRIELLE
No. Xena, this way, I have a voice.

XENA
Mm-m--m.

GABRIELLE
I can plead Eve's case when they go to sentence
her and I can try to wake up the Amazons to Ares' ways.

XENA
I just can't talk to you right now.

Xena storms off.

GABRIELLE
Xena!

Xena ignores her and keeps walking.

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Xena is in a field.

XENA
Ares! Ares! Come out!

ARES (voice-over)
Xena...

Xena draws her sword.

XENA
Ares, why are you doing this to me?!

ARES (voice-over)
Xena. Tell me, Xena - have you heard the story
of the scorpion and the swan?

XENA
You haven't even got the guts to face me.

ARES (voice-over)
See, the scorpion needs to get across the river
and he asks the swan for a ride. And the swan
figures, "It's not much of a risk. The scorpion
wouldn't sting the creature who's carrying him
over the raging river."

XENA
My daughter's about to die because of you and
you're feeding me fairy tales?

ARES (voice-over)
Bear with me, it's worth the wait. So, about halfway
across, the scorpion stings the swan-

Ares appears and moves his hand over Xena's waist.

ARES
-and as they're both being swept to their death
the swan asks the scorpion, "I was helping you.
Why did you sting me?" And the scorpion answers...

XENA
"It's what I do."

ARES
Yeah. "It's what I do." See, I lost a lot of worshippers
when I became mortal and I need something
major on my scorecard.

XENA
Like the biggest war in centuries.

ARES
No - in history. Those crazy Amazons, the ruthless
Romans - both of them worshipping me for
success in battle, oh, what a blast. I'm the God
of War and that's what I do.

She hits him, getting him off of her.

XENA
You're a son of a bitch. You think I'm gonna let
you kill my daughter.

ARES
She wasn't invited to the party. She got involved
of her own free will.

XENA
I may no longer be able to kill gods, Ares, but I'm
not gonna let this happen without a fight.

ARES
I believe you.

He disappears.

VARIA (voice-over)
The council is finished.

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The queens are gathered.

VARIA
Now I decide the sentence.

Xena enters, but two Amazons holds spears in front of her.

VARIA
As queen of the Amazon nation, in the name of
our god, Ares, I sentence Livia of Rome-

Gabrielle stands.

GABRIELLE
Wait.

CYANE
Varia is the queen, Gabrielle. She decides the sentence.

Gabrielle takes the spear Varia is holding.

GABRIELLE
I use my rite to challenge.

Gabrielle breaks the spear over her knee and the queens gasp.

GABRIELLE
You are not queen, Varia until you defeat me.

VARIA
You had a better chance of saving her with words, Gabrielle.

Xena leaves.

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Gabrielle wraps rags over her hands. Xena joins her.

XENA
Gabrielle...look, I don't want you to do this. Let me
fight Varia.

GABRIELLE
Xena, it doesn't work that way. I challenged Varia.
It's my fight. Promise me that you won't interfere.
If I'm queen, I can pardon Eve and uphold the
Amazon law. You know it's the right thing to do.
Promise me.

Xena is quiet for a moment.

XENA
All right.

Gabrielle moves off.

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Varia is standing on an animal hide circle, which is surrounded by Amazons with staffs. The Amazons cheer.

EXTRA
Varia!

EXTRA
Show 'em what you've got, Varia!

EXTRA
Go, Varia!

Gabrielle enters. Eve touches her arm. Gabrielle steps onto the circle and the Amazons who are holding the staffs, hold them horizontal, end to end, sealing Varia and Gabrielle in a circle. They each hold up their fists. The Amazons cheer. Varia and Gabrielle fight.

EXTRA
Bring it on, Varia! Come on!

EXTRA
Come on, Gabrielle!

EXTRA
Get her!

EXTRA
Gabrielle can do it!

EXTRA
Come on, Varia!

It's a close fight. Gabrielle knocks Varia to the ground.

GABRIELLE
Varia! It's not me you should be fighting! It's Ares!

Varia flips it around and gets Gabrielle down and punches her several times. They both stand and face each other.

GABRIELLE
Open your eyes, Varia. Ares is destroying you.
He's going to lead you to ruin.

VARIA
Actually, Gabrielle...

They start to kick box. Varia kicks Gabrielle to the ground.

VARIA
Ares taught me that and he taught me this.

Varia brings down her fist, but Gabrielle rolls out of the way. They fight. Varia knocks Gabrielle against the staffs, right in front of Xena and Eve. Gabrielle is bleeding from her lip and a cut on her forehead. There's the sound of bones cracking as Varia leans her knee on Gabrielle's back. Varia backs up and Gabrielle turns to face her. Varia kicks her back against the staffs. Gabrielle rolls onto the ground and stays there. Varia has won. Xena moves over to Gabrielle.

XENA
Oh, Gabrielle.

Xena holds her.

END OF ACT THREE



ACT FOUR

Varia takes Eve away, the queens following. The Amazons cheer.

EVE
No!

Xena holds Gabrielle and wipes the blood from her face.

XENA
Tsk. Oh...Gabrielle.

Gabrielle opens her eyes.

GABRIELLE
Xena? Ugh. I'm sorry.

XENA
No, no, I'm sorry. Gabrielle, you did all that you
could to save Eve. Now I have to do what I have
to do.

GABRIELLE
Go. It's okay.

Xena runs.

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Xena is running through the field when she slows down, then stops.

XENA
Ares...come out, I can smell you!

Ares appears and smells his armpit.

ARES
I'm just here to give a little moral support.

XENA
No, you're here to gloat. Now, that you got your
godhood back, you got everything you've always-

She pushes him.

XENA
-wanted, haven't you?

She moves off and he follows.

ARES
Well, not exactly everything, but hey - "Que sera."
And come on! I'm not begrudging you what you
want. Go in and grab your kid. I won't get in the
way. In fact, I'm kind of looking forward to see you
take on a few dozen Amazons. Way-hay!

XENA
Yeah, that'd be a nice warm-up for the main event, huh?

ARES
Hey, can I help it if I've played this like the malevolent
genius I am? Remember what the scorpion said.

XENA
Ares, the scorpion drowned.

She runs off.

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Boiling pits of something! The Amazons lead Eve down to the boiling pits. Xena flips in.

XENA
A-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-she-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-
e-e-e-e-e-yah!

Varia draws her sword.

VARIA
I don't wanna fight you, Xena.

Xena draws her sword.

XENA
You got that right.

VARIA
I followed all the Amazon laws. I'm doing this
for my sisters.

MAWU-KA
You defy her you defy the whole Amazon nation.

XENA
She's not doing this for the Amazon nation. She's
doing it out of guilt. You couldn't bring yourself to
kill Livia when it really mattered and you've been
carrying that around ever since.

VARIA
You know what? I didn't kill my sisters. She did.

XENA
But you could have saved them. You couldn't bring
yourself to kill for them and now it's too late. You
blame yourself.

Varia attacks. Xena and Varia battle over the boiling pits. Xena flips.

XENA
She-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-yah!

The fight continues. Xena grabs Varia and throws her back towards Eve and the others.

XENA
Ya-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-ah!

Varia lands right next to her sword. Xena flips.

XENA
She-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-yah!

Xena lands between Varia and Eve. She retrieves her sword and holds it on Varia.

XENA
Varia, if you follow Ares now, you'll become worse
than Livia ever was. You'll become everything
you hate.

Varia slowly reaches back for her sword.

XENA
You don't believe me? You already have.

Varia gets her sword. Xena sheathes hers. Varia stands.

XENA
You want vengeance, Varia? You start with me.

Varia flips Xena and uses the move Livia did. She stands and moves over Xena who is kneeling on the ground. Varia raises her sword and moves on Xena, just like Livia had moved on her sister.

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Clip from "Path of Vengeance."

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Varia looks at Xena. The queens watch. Varia falls to her knees, crying. Xena touches Varia's head and then cuts Eve free. Eve runs to Varia and puts her arms around her.

XENA
This is the pain that awaits you if you follow Ares' path.

VARIA
Amazons.

Varia stands and Eve puts her hands on Varia's shoulder.

VARIA
Xena's our friend. We have to talk.

Varia and the Amazons leave. Ares claps.

ARES
You had this planned all along.

He laughs.

ARES
You...are so good.

XENA
It's what I do.

ARES
And I wouldn't have it any other way.

He vanishes. Eve frowns and shakes her head. Xena holds her.

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Eve is once more before the Amazon queens.

VARIA
This woman has pleaded guilty to her crimes.
Even she admits she can never do enough good
to erase the evil that she has done and yet, she's
willing to keep trying. As queen of the Amazon
nation, I hereby sentence Livia, killer of the Amazons,
to death...

Xena and Gabrielle are shocked.

VARIA
So that Eve, the Messenger of Peace, may live.

Eve looks at her and the Amazons stand. Xena smiles.

CYANE
You are free to go.

Eve takes Varia's hand and then moves over to Xena and Gabrielle. She takes Xena's hand and hugs Gabrielle.

XENA
Thank you, Varia.

VARIA
You were ready to let me kill you just so that I
could see I was headed down the wrong path.

XENA
I knew the truth was inside you. You just needed
the chance to decide what was right.

They hug.

VARIA
Thank you.

The Amazons give them the Amazon salute, which Xena and Gabrielle return. Xena, Gabrielle and Eve leave.

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Outside of the cave in the Amazon village, Xena, Gabrielle and Eve walk along.

XENA
They've forgiven you, Eve. Maybe you should think
about forgiving yourself.

EVE
Have you? Forgiven yourself, Mother?

XENA
Ah-h-h-h. Good point.

EVE
I know what I have to do. I've decided to go east,
to Chin and the land of Indus. Eli's message will
be heard.

XENA
Now?

EVE
Yeah.

XENA
You mean now?

Eve looks at Gabrielle.

EVE
Thank you, for saving my mother, for bringing her
such happiness. I'm forever in your debt.

GABRIELLE
Eve...

Eve hugs her.

EVE
Gabrielle...

GABRIELLE
You don't owe me anything.

Eve looks at Xena.

EVE
And thank you for giving me life so many times.

Eve and Xena hug.

EVE
I love you.

XENA
(whispering) I love you, too.

They hug for a moment and then pull back.

XENA
Um-m, why don't we walk with you a ways?

GABRIELLE
Yeah.

EVE
No. I need to do this on my own. Good-bye.

Eve walks away from them. Gabrielle puts her hand on Xena's shoulder.

XENA
Stay outta trouble.

Xena puts her hand over her eyes, upset.

END OF ACT FOUR

STARRING
Lucy Lawless as Xena
Renee O'Connor as Gabrielle

GUEST CAST
Kevin Smith as Ares
Adrienne Wilkinson as Eve
Adrienne Wilkinson as Livia
Tsianina Joelson as Varia
Morgan Reese Fairhead as Cyane
Marise Wipani as Kanne
Kirstie O'Sullivan as Gwyn-Teir
Michelle Blanchard as Mawu-ka
Mia Koning as Tura
Craig Walsh-Wrightson as Captain
William Wallace as Young Soldier
Li-Ming Hu as Amazon
Jason Hill as Roman Captain

Written by: Joel Metzger
Directed by: Chris Martin-Jones

Disclaimer: The disclaimer for this episode was harmed during the making of this motion picture.