Warrior... Princess... Klingon?
AMAZON VILLAGE - SAME DAY
Xena stops walking and regards Milosa with cool blue intense eye contact.
C'mon! Give the kid a break.
She was only doing what I told her to do.
True Xena. But she did put forth the
challenge and you defeated me as her champion.
It's Amazon law that she is now their queen.
Xena contemplates a possible solution.
Don't your people have rules and
counter rules for everything?
I'm sure there's something in
your law books that can fix this.
Milosa retreats in thought.
There is the Right of Submission for an Amazon
who wants to relinquish her authority.
Okay, what does she have to do?
At the next full moon she must proclaim her intentions
to the entire nation and name a suitable replacement . If
the Amazons accept her choice, she must then go through
with the ritual to prove her intentions are forthright.
Xena's eyes narrow.
And what exactly is the ritual?
She must go into the Hills of Lissos, unarmed with no
provisions and spend three moon rises reflecting on her
decision. She will live off the land by her wits, keeping herself
one with the earth. When she returns, this will prove to the
Amazons that her intentions are honorable.
Isn't that wolf country that borders Centaur territory?
Yes. The solitude and danger are to keep her mind
on the importance of the decision she has made.
Xena exhales a long, slow breath.
Gabrielle is a storyteller not a warrior.
Anyway, how'd she get this princess
thing bestowed on her anyway?
As Milosa begins to explain, one of the elders interrupts, calling her away.
We will talk more later.
Milosa leaves with the Amazon elder and Xena heads to the hut that Ephiny had pointed out.
INSIDE GABRIELLE'S HUT - SOON AFTER
When Xena enters the hut she finds Gabrielle pacing the floor and mumbling to herself. Seeing Xena at the doorway, Gabrielle immediately moves to her.
It's about time you got here. Do you know what
the want me to do? I'm their queen now and they
want me to stay and rule the Amazons. I can't even
get Argo to follow me for Zeus' sake.
Boy have they got the wrong girl.
Xena leans against the door frame with an amused expression on her face.
Okay your majesty, before we proceed,
can you explain to me how you got to
be Amazon royalty in the first place?
When I left yesterday, you were just a
little blonde bard from Potedeia.
Xena moves into the hut and sits down at a table in the center of the room. Propping her foot up on the leg of the table, she reclines back and waits for the story.
When we were in the arrow attack and
I threw myself over Terreis, well before
she died she gave me her right of caste.
It turns out that she was Queen Milosa's
sister and the next in line to the throne.
Gabrielle pauses to observe Xena's reaction. Xena just sits silently rocking the chair, then motions with her hand for Gabrielle to continue.
I've inherited this hut, all these
weapons and all her clothing.
Xena casually stands and pulls a hunting knife off of a nearby wall. As she examines it, she looks over to Gabrielle nonchalantly.
Nice place you've got here.
Gabrielle contorts her face into frustration and starts pacing again.
Will you be serious?
We have a major problem here.
Helloooo! I can't lead these women.
Xena sets the knife down on the table and walks over to Gabrielle. She grabs her by the shoulder, turning her to make specific eye contact.
First of all, if I didn't say it before,
what you did during the arrow attack
was very brave and I'm proud of you.
Gabrielle's face beams as she receives some seldom heard praise from her hero.
And don't sell yourself short. Whether you
realize it or not, you're a born leader.
Gabrielle scrunches her nose.
You really think so?
Yes! But I also think you're still a little
wet behind the ears to be tackling
the entire Amazon nation just yet.
Xena guides Gabrielle over to the table and sits her down in a chair then takes a seat opposite her.
There is an Amazon ritual you can perform
to restore Milosa back as their queen.
Now you're talking my language.
What's the plan?
Xena leans forward and picks the hunting knife up off table. Hurling it into a beam by the door, she quirks a satisfied eyebrow and resumes her conversation with Gabrielle.
At the next full moon, you have to go before the entire
nation and declare intentions to relinquish your position.
Then you name Milosa as your chosen successor.
Gabrielle stares at her with intense conviction and then suddenly relaxes.
That sounds simple enough.
Gabrielle rolls her eyes.
Why did I know you were going to say that.
Then you must spend three moon rises alone
in the Hills of Lissos. It's pretty rugged country and
it's also known for its vast wolf population. When you
go, you can't take any provisions or weapons with you.
Gabrielle slumps back into her chair, exasperated.
Oh, is that all? I thought you were going
to tell me I had to risk my life or something.
Gabrielle's expression becomes somber and a sense of fear pours from her usually sparkling green eyes.
But if you want, we can just turn and walk
out of here. No one will stop you as long as
you're with me. And just for the record, I don't really
give a damn about Amazon rules and rituals anyway.
Gabrielle regards Xena's words and embraces the warrior through eye contact, as a determined look comes over her face.
Xena, I appreciate your offer but
the Amazons have accepted me as one
of their own, so I feel I owe it to them to
respect their laws and traditions.
Xena sits back in the chair with her brow furrowed.
I was afraid you were going to say that.
Will you teach me what I need to know
to get through this?
We'll start tomorrow morning, your majesty.
After all, how can I refuse a request from
the Queen of the Amazons.
Gabrielle expresses a sense of pride and then smiles at her as Xena walks to the doorway of the hut. Before she leaves she stops and turns back to Gabrielle.
One more thing, your worship.
I'm your champion, not your consort.
Is there any place in particular you
would like to stable me tonight?
Gabrielle contorts her face into an irritated grin as Xena leaves the hut.
THE ENTERPRISE D BRIDGE - JUST AFTER COMING OUT OF WARP
The Enterprise has been selected to host a group of historians who are to study ancient Earth's myths and legends surrounding the Centaur nation and in particular, the Ixion Stone.
Jean Luc Picard, captain of the Enterprise, jumped at the chance to be a part of this time travel expedition, having a great fondness for archeological studies.
Lieutenant Worf, the only Klingon to serve in Starfleet and a current member of the Enterprise crew, is also very much looking forward to this mission for different reasons.
After just catapulting themselves back in time by a slingshot maneuver around the sun, Captain Picard rises out of his chair and steps prophetically toward the view screen, gazing at the blue and brown sphere, which is ancient Earth.
Standard orbit Mr. La Forge.
Lieutenant Yar, what is our chronometer reading?
In ancient Earth years 924BC
This will make our historian guests happy.
Captain Picard taps his communicator badge.
Picard to Lieutenant Worf.
(voice from Picard's communicator)
Tell our guest we've arrived and we will
beam down at 1400 hours.
Aye Captain. Worf out.
Captain Picard sits back down in his command chair and turns to Commander Riker, who is seated on his right side.
Well Number One, I'm going to exercise captain's privilege
here and lead this away mission. You have the bridge.
Captain Picard heads for the turbo lift and signals for Lieutenant Yar to follow him.
Tasha, you're with me.
Lieutenant Yar steps away from her tactical station on the bridge and into the turbo lift with Captain Picard. The doors close behind them making a suctioned sound.
END OF ACT 1