To Helicon and Back


TEASER

Gabrielle and Varia clasp wrists.

VARIA
To a strong Amazon nation.

GABRIELLE
To a strong Amazon nation.

VARIA
How's the eye?

GABRIELLE
How's the hand?

VARIA
Fine. Why?

GABRIELLE
I thought maybe you sprained it on my face.

Xena chuckles, then the Amazons do too.

VARIA
Xena...

Xena mock bows and Varia chuckles.

VARIA
Hope you don't mind if we borrow her for a while,
but, um, the ceremony is-

XENA
Amazon only - like the other ones. Yeah, that's
okay. I, um, I'd rather sleep rough out in the forest.

She chuckles.

XENA
(to Gabrielle) Well, have a good time at the party.
Don't do anything I wouldn't do.

Xena leaves.

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Eclipse.

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The Amazons dance.

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Eclipse.

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Xena sits alone at a campfire.

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Eclipse.

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White painted Amazons surround Varia who is on a platform. A dagger is passed around. Varia is wearing a cloak/cape-like cloth, which is removed and the white painted Amazons circle around her.

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Eclipse.

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Varia's arm is cut.

VARIA
A-a-ah!

Varia touches her hand to the wound and holds up her bloody hand for the Amazons to see.

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Xena at the campfire.

XENA
To a strong Amazon nation.

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Varia holds her hand high and the Amazons cheer.

EXTRA
Hail Varia! The new queen of the Amazons!

All the Amazons dance. White face painted men enter behind the Amazons, unseen.

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Xena knows something is up. She gets up and runs from her camp.

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Eclipse.

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Varia jumps from the platform and into the hands of the Amazons. Bellerophon rides in, wearing a white mask.

BELLEROPHON
Death to the Amazons!

Bellerophon and his men fight the Amazons.

XENA
A-la-la-la-la-la-la!

Bellerophon looks to see Xena holding her sword at the throat of one of his men. She looks at Bellerophon and then slices her sword over the throat of the man before her. Bellerophon rides at her.

XENA
A-a-a-ah!

Xena throws the chakram which knocks the sword from Bellerophon's hand. Xena is hit in the face with a mace, but is quickly on her feet and joins the battle again. Xena and Gabrielle stand back-to-back. Bellerophon dismounts and Varia runs to fight him. They battle. Xena and Gabrielle fight back-to-back. Bellerophon knocks out Varia and slings her over his shoulder.

EXTRA
Varia! They got Varia!

Bellerophon slings Varia over his horse and mounts. Gwyn-Teir kills one of Bellerophon's men.

GWYN-TEIR
A-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-ah!

BELLEROPHON
Retreat! Let them come to us!

Bellerophon rides out and his men run after him. Amazons tend to the wounded. Cyane moves over to Gabrielle and Xena.

CYANE
They've kidnapped our queen.

EXTRA
Oh.

Xena has a bloody nose.

END OF TEASER



ACT ONE

Xena picks up a mace that's in a pool of blood.

XENA
It's from Helicon.

GABRIELLE
That's the fortress on the coast.

MAWU-KA
Our best warriors will leave immediately to rescue her.

CYANE
We need a commander who's familiar with the
terrain of Greece.

GABRIELLE
It should be Xena.

GWYN-TEIR
No. The Amazon nation can only go to war under
an Amazon queen.

XENA
That means you, Gabrielle.

They all look to Gabrielle who nods.

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Later.

GABRIELLE
The fortress is on an outcrop. The mountain pass
is the best route to attack from.

XENA
Therefore, it's the best-defended.

GABRIELLE
Exactly. We attack by water.

XENA
Good call.

GABRIELLE
Good teacher.

XENA
All right, so tonight, I'll sneak through the pass, knock
off the leader, and try to create a diversion, while
you and the other Amazons come off the water
and take 'em from behind.

GABRIELLE
Xena, are you sure about going after their leader
on your own?

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Fortress.

XENA (voice-over)
I can handle him. Let's hope Varia can.

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Inside Bellerophon's fortress. Varia stands in a room with Bellerophon who is looking out the window.

BELLEROPHON
So...the great Varia.

He turns to face her, his mask gone.

BELLEROPHON
I'm guessing this is not how you planned on
spending your first day as queen of the Amazons.

VARIA
In the name of all the Amazons I demand that-

He grabs her mouth.

VARIA
Uh!

BELLEROPHON
Unh-unh-unh-unh-unh. You are in no position to
demand anything.

He pushes her head back.

VARIA
What kind of madman are you? You invite the wrath
of the Amazon nation on your head by kidnapping me?

BELLEROPHON
Actually, I had intended just to kill you but...plans change.

VARIA
Whoever you are...whatever your grudge is against
me...my sisters won't stand for this. They'll come
after you.

BELLEROPHON
I know.

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The dead Amazons are burned on a large pyre. An Amazon sings in a voice-over. Xena touches Gabrielle's arm and then rides out on Argo the Second.

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Moon.

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Boat on the water at night.

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The Amazons are on the boat.

GABRIELLE
Not long now. Are you all right?

The boat nearly tips. The Amazons gasp.

GABRIELLE
Stay there.

CYANE
Lend me some coins?

GWYN-TEIR
What for? We don't even use the same money.

CYANE
I know, but knowing my luck, if I owe you money,
I'll survive.

Gwyn-Teir laughs.

CYANE
No, I'm--I'm serious.

Gabrielle moves to Tyro.

GABRIELLE
Are you okay?

TYRO
Mm-hm-m. Yeah. Mm. Some warrior, huh? I'm
worse than Joxer facing the Dryads.

GABRIELLE
Everybody's afraid. Some people are just better
at hiding it. You'll do fine.

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Bellerophon's fortress.

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Inside. Bellerophon lights a candle. Xena enters from a window and punches him. He falls to the floor and looks up at her as she steps in.

XENA
Hello.

BELLEROPHON
Xena.

He stands.

BELLEROPHON
I was surprised to see you at the Amazon camp.

XENA
Likewise...

BELLEROPHON
Oh, I'm sorry.

He bows his head.

BELLEROPHON
Bellerophon.

XENA
It's not nice to meet you, Bellerophon.

She attacks him and he knocks her back.

XENA
I've been hit like that before, but never by a mortal.

BELLEROPHON
I was born of Artemis, the greatest of all the Olympians.

XENA
That's why you hate the Amazons.

BELLEROPHON
She watched over them, taught them everything
they needed to survive, yet they abandoned her.

XENA
That was not the Amazons' fault.

BELLEROPHON
No, it was yours.

They fight again.

XENA
You're a good enough fighter, so what? Does
that make you a god?

BELLEROPHON
Oh, what does it matter, Xena? Everyone knows
you've lost the power to kill gods. You murdered
my mother. Now you're gonna pay. Guards!

Xena kicks him. He draws a dagger. She moves to kicks him, but he grabs her and spins her back to him. He holds her with one arm around her chest and holds the dagger to her with his other hand.

BELLEROPHON
First you, then every one of those bitches, until
there's not a single-

The guards enter.

BELLEROPHON
-Amazon left to draw a breath - starting with those
fools bobbing out there in the water.

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Boat.

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On the boat.

GABRIELLE
When we hit the shore, disembark in silence. The
element of surprise is our greatest weapon.

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Bellerophon's fortress.

BELLEROPHON
Fire the catapults!

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The catapults fire a flaming pot.

EXTRA
Fire!

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Inside.

XENA
No-o-o-o-o-o!

Xena escapes from Bellerophon. She runs to a window.

XENA
E-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-

She jumps out a takes a guard with her.

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

Xena dives into the water.

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Boat. The sound of the catapults can be heard.

TYRO
What's that noise?

They look to see the flaming pot.

GABRIELLE
Get down!

It hits the boat and explodes. Water shoots everywhere.

END OF ACT ONE



ACT TWO

Xena lies facedown in the water. She wakes. She sees the flaming boat.

XENA
Gabrielle.

Xena swims.

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The Amazons are in the water.

CYANE
We can't stay here much longer!

GWYN-TEIR
What'll we do, Gabrielle?!

GABRIELLE
Stay calm! We're taking the beach!

BANE
But they've got catapults!

GABRIELLE
We're taking the beach! Go!

The Amazons swim.

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Shore.

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The Amazons come on shore, running.

GABRIELLE
Go! Run!

The catapults fire. Mawu-Ka is hit. She falls back into the surf, blood covering her face. Gabrielle looks back at her, but she's dead. Gabrielle keeps running. The catapults fire and the Amazons run. Amazons are taken out with the explosions and arrows. Bane is on her knees.

BANE
Ah-h!

She rises to her feet and runs again. The Amazons drop to the beach behind a small wall of rocks. An Amazon falls dead beside Gabrielle.

EXTRA
Gabrielle! We've gotta move!

EXTRA
Where is she?!

Tyro sits next to an Amazon covered in blood. Cyane runs over to her.

CYANE
Tyro! Come on!

Cyane pulls her up and drags her over to where Gabrielle is. The bleeding Amazon reaches out her hand, but it left there. Cyane and Tyro join Gabrielle. An Amazon helps another to her feet.

EXTRA
Come on! Get up! We gotta get out!

The Amazon helping the other is shot in the stomach with an arrow.

TYRO
This is gonna be our graveyard!

GABRIELLE
We are not dying here!

EXTRA
Fire!

GABRIELLE
There's cover if we make the sand dunes. We
need a diversion to draw out their fire.

Gabrielle looks over the Amazons with her. She looks at Trudis, a large and muscled Amazon.

EXTRA
Incoming!

GABRIELLE
Trudis, can you do it?

Trudis doesn't even look at Gabrielle as she answers.

AMAZON VOLUNTEER
I'll go.

GABRIELLE
For us.

AMAZON VOLUNTEER
I'll do it.

TYRO
She's never gonna make it.

GABRIELLE
We don't have any other choice.

Gabrielle nods to Trudis who nods back. Trudis runs out into the open. The catapult is fired and the explosion goes off right in front of her. She is killed.

GABRIELLE
Now! Go! Go!

The Amazons run. The catapults are loaded again.

GABRIELLE
Move! Run!

Arrows are fired, taking out more Amazons.

GABRIELLE
Don't stop! Move! Move!

EXTRA
Catapults, ready!

The Amazons run as more arrows are fired.

GABRIELLE
Go! Go!

EXTRA
Help! Don't leave us!

The Amazons drop down behind a sand dune.

GABRIELLE
Come on! Get down!

Cyane turns her head to see Xena coming onto the shore.

GABRIELLE
Stay low! Get down!

CYANE
Someone's coming out of the water!

They turn to look at Xena.

EXTRA
Huh?

XENA
Gabrielle!

Xena runs.

XENA
Gabrielle!

Xena runs along the beach, escaping injury. Xena moves over to Gabrielle.

GABRIELLE
(whispering) Xena.

Xena drops down next to Gabrielle who touches her shoulder.

GABRIELLE
What happened?

BANE
Why didn't you do something?! Why didn't you
stop them?! They've got catapults! We are going
to die. We are all going to die!

XENA
You listen to me. Yes, they've got catapults, and
yes, we are going to die, if you don't pull yourself
together! Ya hear me? All of you, keep calm! (to Bane)
Get back. Get back.

Bane backs up.

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Fortress. Bellerophon is with Varia. Varia's hands are tied and there's tears in her eyes.

BELLEROPHON
You Amazons deserted Artemis...when she needed
your worship the most. For that...I will kill each
and every one of you.

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Beach. More Amazons are killed in explosions.

XENA
They're being led by Bellerophon. That's the son of
Artemis. Do you understand?

GABRIELLE
He's gonna destroy us.

Gabrielle looks out to the beach.

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An explosion hits and an Amazon flies, yelling.

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A dead Amazon, shot with two arrows.

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An explosion goes off. A bloody Amazon screams as it knocks her off of her feet.

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Amazons lies dead in the surf.

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Xena and Gabrielle.

GABRIELLE
Xena...you should take command. Take it.

XENA
The Amazons aren't going to listen to me, Gabrielle.
You're it. You're it.

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Bellerophon and Varia. The explosions can be heard.

BELLEROPHON
But, maybe...we can come to some kind of understanding.

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Beach. The explosions stop.

BANE
They've stopped. Let's get out of here!

XENA
Stay put.

TYRO
Shouldn't we make a run for it?

GABRIELLE
That's what they expect.

Bane gets up and runs.

TYRO
Ba-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-ane!

Tyro moves to go after her, but Xena jumps on her, keeping her where she is.

BANE
Come on.

Arrows fire.

TYRO
No-o-o-o-o-o-o-o!

BANE
Ugh.

Bane is shot full of arrows and falls, her body convulsing.

TYRO
No-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o!

A catapult fires and hits her convulsing body. The Amazons look on in horror, several of them are crying.

XENA
Gabrielle...I've got an idea.

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The catapult is prepared.

EXTRA
Ready the catapult!

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Beach.

XENA
It won't buy us much time, only seconds, but it's
the only chance we've got.

Xena runs.

GABRIELLE
Come on.

Xena runs up the bank.

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The catapult is ready.

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Xena throws the chakram.

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Catapult.

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Fire!

The catapult is fired, but the chakram hits the flaming pot and it explodes over Bellerophon's soldiers who scream as they burn.

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Xena turns to face the Amazons.

XENA
Go-o-o-o-o-o-o!

GABRIELLE
Run fast! Move! Go! Go!

The Amazons run.

EXTRA
Run fast, I wanna go!

XENA
Ru-u-u-u-u-un!

Gwyn-Teir is the last to run. Another catapult is fired. Xena catches her chakram. An explosion goes off behind Gwyn-Teir, who falls to her knees.

XENA
Gwyn-Teir!

Xena runs down the bank.

XENA
No-o-o-o-o-o!

Gwyn-Teir falls, unconscious. Xena moves to her.

XENA
Gwyn-Teir.

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Catapults.

EXTRA
Fire!

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Xena is with Gwyn-Tier who is weeping and groaning. Xena picks her up.

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The Amazons run. They stop as they reach the dunes. Gabrielle moves over to Xena and Gwyn-Teir.

GABRIELLE
Gwyn-Teir.

XENA
(whispers) No.

GABRIELLE
At least we're out of the line of fire.

Cyane looks out to the fortress. Varia is walking on the sand.

CYANE
Varia!

Xena and Gabrielle join Cyane to see Varia walking. She is blindfolded, chained and stumbling along.

TYRO
W--wh--why aren't they firing?

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Xena cuts Varia's chains with the chakram.

VARIA
Bellerophon said a queen should die with her tribe.

Cyane hands Varia a skin.

GABRIELLE
It's good to have you back, Varia. The troops are
waiting for their orders.

Varia drinks.

VARIA
We'll wait for nightfall. Then we'll retreat.

GABRIELLE
Retreat?

Gabrielle looks to Xena, then to Varia who stands.

VARIA
I have got to get my troops home to safety.

GABRIELLE
Varia, Bellerophon will come after us. He will not
rest until the entire Amazon race is annihilated.

XENA
We have to stop him, Varia.

Varia looks away from them, sighs and then looks back.

VARIA
How?

XENA
If we go by water, we can take up a flanking
position on the other side of the fortress.

GABRIELLE
I think the wounded will be better off here.

XENA
They'll be completely defenseless against
Bellerophon's men, Gabrielle.

VARIA
I am not leaving any of my soldiers.

GABRIELLE
Xena, carrying the wounded will slow us down.
More of us will be injured...or die.

Gabrielle looks to Xena and then Varia. Varia has a serious, cold look in her eyes. Gabrielle looks to Xena.

GABRIELLE
You're right. I'll tell the others.

Gabrielle moves off.

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The Amazons.

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Gabrielle and Varia look out at the fortress.

VARIA
I was blindfolded, but there was definitely a track
they brought me down on. And if I came down...

GABRIELLE
Then we can go up.

VARIA
Then we won't have to go through the water.

Gabrielle sighs and nods.

VARIA
We'll need a volunteer to find the path.

GABRIELLE
I'll go.

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Xena and other Amazons tend to the wounded. Xena stands.

XENA
Gabrielle?

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Gabrielle runs along the beach the way Varia came.

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Varia holds an arrow ready to fire at Gabrielle.

END OF ACT TWO



ACT THREE

Varia holds an arrow ready to fire at Gabrielle. Xena enters and grabs the arrow before Varia can fire it.

XENA
Gabrielle!

Gabrielle looks back to see Xena holding the arrow that Varia was ready to fire. Gabrielle looks up to see a flaming pot has been fired. She runs back, explosions going off behind her.

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Varia is walking away. Gabrielle and Xena walk up behind her. Gabrielle is furious.

GABRIELLE
You.

XENA
Gabrielle.

Gabrielle grabs Varia.

GABRIELLE
You tried to kill me!

Xena puts a hand on her shoulder.

XENA
Let me handle this. (to Amazons) Bellerophon
promised to spare you all if Varia killed Gabrielle.
(to Varia) Well, that's it, isn't it? Your tribe for my
suffering? He wouldn't have made good on his
promise, Varia.

VARIA
He swore on Artemis' grave. (to Gabrielle) I'm
so...sorry.

GABRIELLE
The Amazons are a sisterhood, Varia. You broke
those sacred bonds.

TYRO
She's a traitor to the tribe.

Tyro draws her sword.

CYANE
Such treason should be punished by death!

Cyane gets ready to draw hers, but Gabrielle stops her.

GABRIELLE
I will not have that kind of justice! But she's not
coming with us. (to Varia) I can't worry about the
enemy and you.

Varia sniffs.

VARIA
As an Amazon queen, I give you my word, I will
not harm you.

XENA
We can't leave her here, Gabrielle.

Gabrielle looks at Varia and steps towards her.

GABRIELLE
I'll take your word, Varia.

Gabrielle rips the queen necklace from Varia's top.

GABRIELLE
But you are no longer queen.

Gabrielle moves off.

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Xena is sitting on a dune. Gabrielle joins her.

GABRIELLE
You're thinking of giving yourself up to Bellerophon,
aren't you?

XENA
It would settle things.

GABRIELLE
Only for a moment. Then he would turn around
and come after us again.

XENA
That's the thing about vengeance - you're never
really satisfied. You did the right thing about Varia.
She doesn't deserve to be condemned.

GABRIELLE
She was desperate to save her tribe. I know that.

XENA
It made her do something she never thought she'd
do. Just like you're going to have to rally your troops
to fight again - maybe die, Gabrielle.

GABRIELLE
If that's what I have to do. Why are you looking at
me like that?

XENA
Just doesn't seem like the Gabrielle I know.

GABRIELLE
It's not me, Xena...but it is the queen of the Amazons.
That's who I am, whether I like it or not.

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Mid-day.

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Night. The Amazons swim through the water. The wounded are on planks of wood.

TYRO
A shark! I saw a shark!

CYANE
Something brushed my leg - something big!

XENA
Keep still, everyone! They're drawn to movement.

Gabrielle looks at Gwyn-Teir.

GABRIELLE
Travel safely, Sister.

Gabrielle rolls her off of the plank and pushes Gwyn-Teir out. The sharks take her. Gabrielle looks to Xena.

GABRIELLE
Was that honourable? I don't think so.

XENA
Would you have given yourself for her?

Gabrielle nods.

XENA
You sent her spirit in peace, Gabrielle. (to Amazons)
Forward. Come on.

They swim.

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It's day in the woods. Gabrielle moves through the Amazons and then faces them.

GABRIELLE
(sadly) Queen Mawu-Ka...Queen Gwyn-Teir...

She looks at Tyro.

GABRIELLE
...your friend Bane...their blood on the shores of this
land. Our sisters have died, but death is not an
end to their spirits. Death...it's a pathway to an afterlife.
And when it is my time to join them I want to know
that I can grasp them by the hands, I can look them
all in the eyes and tell them that their blood was not
shed without purpose, that we finished the job that
they began. More of us may die today, but the
Amazon nation, it will live on forever. That is the duty
that we carry and the everlasting honour that we will hold.

Cyane sighs. All the Amazons are sad.

END OF ACT THREE



ACT FOUR

Gabrielle is on her own, holding a sword. Xena joins her.

XENA
You okay?

GABRIELLE
Yeah. Yeah, I did what I had to do. I rallied the troops.

XENA
Gabrielle, I can see that you're in pain.

GABRIELLE
(whispering) Xena, don't. Don't say that.

She sighs.

GABRIELLE
Don't try to make me feel better about this. Half of
my tribe lies dead on the beach. Now, I have to be
as cold and ruthless as I can be. I'll do whatever
I have to, to keep these women alive.

XENA
Let's end this now, then.

Gabrielle nods.

XENA
You know what you have to do.

Xena moves off. Varia looks at Gabrielle, having heard what they said. She sniffs, tears in her eyes.

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Xena rides up to Bellerophon's fortress.

XENA
Bellerophon!

Xena dismounts and draws her sword. Bellerophon opens the door. He is holding his sword.

BELLEROPHON
Xena, when will you learn?

His men come out around him.

BELLEROPHON
I've already beaten you twice.

XENA
It's once. But who's counting?

Xena attacks him and they fight. Bellerophon kicks her hard in the face and Xena lands on her knees.

BELLEROPHON
Is that fear I see in your eyes, Warrior Princess?

XENA
Yah-h-h-h-h-h-h!

Xena attacks him and they fight. Bellerophon hits Xena several times, then cuts her on both of her upper arms. He kicks her and she hits the ground. She stands and sheathes her sword.

BELLEROPHON
So disappointing when a warrior falls short of
your expectations.

She stumbles over to Argo the Second and mounts.

BELLEROPHON
A horse.

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

Xena rides off.

BELLEROPHON
A horse!

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Xena rides.

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Bellerophon rides out of the fortress with all of his men.

EXTRA
Yah! Yah!

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Xena rides.

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Bellerophon rides and his soldiers follow him.

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Xena rides.

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Bellerophon rides and his soldiers follow him.

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Xena rides.

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Bellerophon rides and his soldiers follow him.

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Xena is waiting for Bellerophon and his men in the woods. Bellerophon rides up with his men behind him.

BELLEROPHON
Xena...what's the matter, confronting your reputation?

XENA
No, confronting yours and that wasn't fear you saw
in my eyes before, it was disgust.

Xena whistles. Two Amazons swing down from the trees.

EXTRA
Ya-a-a-ah!

They knock the other riders with Bellerophon from their horses. More Amazons drop from the trees, pop up from the ground and run out from the high grass and from behind trees. The Amazons and Bellerophon's soldier fight. Xena battles Bellerophon on horseback. The battle rages. Bellerophon tackles Xena from Argo the Second. They continue the fight. The battle between the Amazons and Bellerophon's men rage on around them. Cyane fires arrows, killing a soldier every time she fires. Varia battles. Gabrielle draws her sword and battles. Tyro battles. Cyane flips from a tree and joins the hand-to-hand fighting. Xena and Bellerophon are still fighting. Xena throws Bellerophon to the ground.

XENA
I killed your mother to save my daughter. And you
killed the Amazons to avenge your mother. So
the Amazons killed your soldiers.

Varia kills another soldier. The Amazons are killing Bellerophon's soldiers around them.

XENA
Why add one more name to the ranks of the dead?
End it here, Bellerophon. Make the decision to
walk away from the cycle of killing.

BELLEROPHON
Or?

XENA
Or, I'll make the decision for ya.

Xena turns her back on him and starts to move off.

BELLEROPHON
Oh, you forget, Xena - you can't kill me 'cause I'm
a half-god!

He has drawn a dagger and he runs at her. Xena turns and slices him across the stomach. He falls to his knees.

XENA
You forget, you're half mortal, too. It didn't have to
end this way.

BELLEROPHON
Oh, yes...it did.

He dies.

GABRIELLE
Come on! Get up!

A soldier runs from Gabrielle and she runs after him. The Amazon cheer. The solider Gabrielle is chasing trips.

EXTRA
Oh!

Gabrielle runs up behind him and raises her sword over her head.

GABRIELLE
Ya-a-a-a-ah!

XENA
Gabrielle!

Gabrielle stops and looks back at Xena.

XENA
It's over.

Gabrielle looks at the soldier, then turns and walks back to the Amazons, slowly. The soldier runs.

EXTRA
Come on! Let's get out of here!

Bellerophon's soldiers run. Gabrielle walks slowly to Xena. She is covered in the blood of the men she has killed.

XENA
You won.

GABRIELLE
I don't think I did. With each battle...I lose more of myself.

XENA
War's tough on us all, Gabrielle.

GABRIELLE
Yeah.

Cyane steps over to them.

CYANE
Queen Gabrielle?

Gabrielle is silent.

XENA
Your people need ya.

Gabrielle walks past Xena and faces the few surviving Amazons. There are twelve left (includes Varia, Cyane, Tyro, but not Gabrielle). Gabrielle clasps wrists with Varia. They are silent. Gabrielle faces away from the Amazons.

GABRIELLE
To a strong Amazon nation.

EXTRAS
To a strong Amazon nation.

XENA
To a strong Amazon nation.

VARIA
To a strong Amazon nation.

They are silent. Gabrielle looks at her feet.

END OF ACT FOUR

STARRING
Lucy Lawless as Xena
Renee O'Connor as Gabrielle

GUEST CAST
Tsianina Joelson as Varia
Craig Parker as Bellerophon
Morgan Reese Fairhead as Cyane
Kirstie O'Sullivan as Gwyn-Teir
Michelle Blanchard as Mawu-ka
Madeleine Sami as Tyro
Emmeline Hawthrone as Bane
Linda McFetridge as Amazon Volunteer
Stuart Thorp as Soldier

Written by: Liz Friedman and Vanessa Place
Directed by: Michael Hurst

Disclaimer: No shark bait was harmed during the making of this motion picture.