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Old November 20 2011, 11:30 AM   #3
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Re: DS9 Season 10, ep 10x11 - "Harmony" (part 1 of 2)

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ACT ONE


FADE IN:


30 EXT. EAV’OQ CITY

A bright blue sky, rolling green hills, clear running streams and pools of water. This is a bucolic and peaceful paradise, with the sound of soft, choral singing in low, rumbling voices in the distance. Figures move down the stone paths, between gleaming white marble buildings.

These are EAV’OQ – two metres tall, almost tubular in shape, off-white and slightly furry, lolloping languidly on eight pinkish ribbon-like limbs that seem too flowing and flimsy to support the weight. They go about their business, greeting each other in slow, smooth movements, curling their large single eye in serene smiles, moving on with a rolling, bouncing Mr Soft gait.

In the foreground, two more figures walk along a path together – the Eav’oq male, ITU (from 8x23 “Rising Son”) and OPAKA. The two are quite companionable and friendly, enjoying the beautiful day and the peaceful surroundings.

ITU
I must admit, sister Sulan, it
is a great sadness to us that
the torment of the Ascendants
is sure to return. We hoped to
escape their fire by hiding.
But we can hide no longer.

OPAKA
They may never come, Itu. You
must not lose your hope.

ITU
No. I know it. The way is open
to them, and they will find
their way upon it. I feel it
within me. Do you not feel it
also, sister?

Opaka doesn’t like to dwell on unpleasant thoughts, but...

OPAKA
Yes, I feel it. Perhaps it is
a sense we share, through our
mutual bond with the Prophets.
Forgive me – the Siblings.

ITU
Do not apologise, Sulan. The
Siblings and the Prophets are
surely as one, have no doubt.

They continue to stroll along. Itu is clearly troubled.

ITU
I recognize that for you, many
aeons have passed since the
Ascendants’ last great crusade.
(pause)
But for us, the fire has been
quenched for less than two turns.
Its embers fall over us still.

OPAKA
(delicately)
Will you tell me about it, Itu?
I know it is difficult for you.
But my friends and I are hoping
to find a way to avoid fighting
the Ascendants. Anything you
can tell us would be useful.

Itu stops, seems to sag. He doesn’t want to think about it.

ITU
They cannot be stopped. They
cannot be avoided. You will
see that for yourselves soon
enough. But I have held the
tale from you too long. It
is time to tell it.

Opaka is relieved – it’s the information she needs, but at the same time, Itu obviously needs to unburden himself. As Itu’s single eye stares sadly into the distance...


31 INT. EAV’OQ TEMPLE

The great chamber that we saw in 8x23 “Rising Son,” but it is now in chaos. A dozen Eav’oq rush back and forth – as much as they can in their strange way – as the building shakes to the rumbling of bombs and explosions outside.

ITU (v.o.)
It had begun more than a hundred
turns before, as isolated attacks
and solitary murders. We heeded
the lessons of the Siblings, and
they told us the attacks would
only grow more frequent.

The Eav’oq rush about in a panic, stumbling against the shaking ground...


32 EXT. EAV’OQ CITY

As Itu relates the tale to Opaka...

OPAKA
But why you? Because of your
connection to the Siblings?

ITU
To them, they are the True, the
Unnameable Ones. Any who dare
to speak their name commit the
greatest sacrilege and must be
put to death. It had been this
way with countless before us...
but with the Eav’oq, there was
something more. They knew that
our connection was more than
misguided belief. It was real.
(pause; w/ wonder)
We had been gifted with the
Eyes of Light.


33 INT. EAV’OQ TEMPLE

As the buildings continue to shake around them, Itu himself kneels in some weirdly Eav’oq way in front of a marble box. It’s of a completely different, alien design from the Orb boxes of the Bajorans, but clearly serves the same purpose. The box’s doors are open, a shining silver light streaming out, enveloping Itu. He gazes into the light, hypnotized.

Finally the light recedes into the box, letting us see the Orb spinning slowly inside. Itu gently closes the doors. He found what he sought. He stops another passing Eav’oq...

ITU
I understand now. You have to
gather everyone. Gather them
all, before it’s too late.

The other Eav’oq’s eye widens with alarm, then he bows in assent and moves off.


34 EXT. EAV’OQ CITY

Opaka and Itu are talking...

OPAKA
But if they knew you had the
Eyes, why wait a hundred years?

ITU
I think... it confused them.
That others might possess that
which plainly should be theirs...
They tried to capture the Eyes.
We hid them away. That only
made the Ascendants more
viciousstill. Until at last... the
final day came.


35 INT. EAV’OQ TEMPLE

All the Eav’oq are now gathered together in the temple, lined up in rows like a choir. Eyes closed, ribbon limbs flowing loosely, and humming their low, hypnotic music.

ITU (v.o.)
The Eyes conveyed the lessons
of the Siblings... and they
taught us that, rather than
hide them, we should use
them... to hide ourselves.


36 EXT. EAV’OQ CITY

Panic outside the city. Fiery projectiles fall from the sky. Great rumbles shake the ground under their feet. In the chaos, one Eav’oq crouches by an Orb box, meditating over it. Somewhere else, a second Eav’oq crouches over another Orb box. And a third in another location...

ITU (v.o.)
Many sacrificed themselves to
bring it to pass. My brother
Alu was among the lost.

Focusing on one particular Eav’oq, presumably ALU, praying hard over his assigned Orb...

ITU (v.o.)
We placed seven Eyes around
the Temple, and the eighth
within... and we sang.


37 INT. EAV’OQ TEMPLE

Inside the Temple, the gathered Eav’oq are singing – a rich, harmonic, powerful sound. On the floor in the middle of the Temple is the Orb box, open on all sides, the Orb spinning calmly in the chaos...

The Orb spins faster and faster, silver light beginning to bleed out of it in a great swirl of power...


38 EXT. EAV’OQ CITY

Alu opens his Orb box... its light flows out... Another Eav’oq opens another box... then the next... The light of each Orb reaches out to connect to its neighbour.

HIGH ANGLE

With bombs and fires still falling from the sky, growing heavier and heavier... the light of seven Orbs begins to create a circle around the marble temple.


39 INT. EAV’OQ TEMPLE

The central Orb’s light grows to fill the Temple as the Eav’oq continue to sing...



40 EXT. EAV’OQ CITY

The ring of light around the city bursts open, throwing a massive wave of energy out in an expanding circle, wiping away everything in its path...


41 EXT. SPACE – IDRAN ORBIT

The Idran planet hangs in space. All around it we can see a gathered fleet of thousands of Ascendant ships (as seen in “Rising Son”) – small and silver and deadly.

The great swirling energy wave blooms up from the surface of the planet, growing in power and force, sweeping all the Ascendant ships aside, filling the screen until we...

WHITE OUT

After a moment, FADE IN to


42 EXT. EAV’OQ PLANET SURFACE

...but as we first saw it in “Rising Son” – a blasted rock with no signs of life at all. Grey stone, grey sky...

...and then an object lands out of the sky, smoking like a meteorite. It’s a small crystal, fist-sized and glittering. An Eav’oq crystal... the remains of an Orb.

ITU (v.o.)
We knew no more... until you
brought us from our sleep.


43 EXT. EAV’OQ CITY

The more peaceful present, as Itu and Opaka talk...

OPAKA
Amazing to think that the Orbs
have such power...

ITU
The Orbs are power. They are
the Eyes of Light. But they
are gone. We have their power
no longer. There is no other
way to hide from the fire.


There’s a twinkling sound in the air. Opaka and Itu turn to see a Dominion transporter deposit Vannis. Rekan’ganar is beside her, his rifle held at the ready just in case.

VANNIS
Ranjen Opaka. Are you ready?

OPAKA
I believe so, Vannis, thank you.
(back to Itu)
Your words have been enormously
helpful, Itu. Thank you. I will
see you again soon, but for now
I must bid you goodbye.

ITU
Goodbye, my sister.

Opaka goes to stand with Vannis and Rekan’ganar. Without any signal, the transporter forms again and they’re gone.


44 EXT. SPACE – IDRAN ORBIT

The Jem’Hadar ship pulls away from orbit of the Idran planet. It zooms quickly out of the system.

The Gamma exit of the WORMHOLE blooms open in its giant blue flower of energy. The Jem’Hadar ship dives inside, and the wormhole closes up behind it.


45 INT. JEM’HADAR SHIP #3

Vannis stands in the centre, letting Rekan’ganar run the crew. Opaka is there, feeling a little intimidated but basically willing to give them the benefit of the doubt.

OPAKA
(tentative)
Vannis? Is everything alright?
You seem a little out of sorts.

VANNIS
I was just wondering when my
life was reduced to ferrying
Bajorans through the anomaly.

OPAKA
(oops)
I’m grateful for your help.

VANNIS
(shrug)
It’s the Founder’s will.

OPAKA
What did you do before?

VANNIS
My most recent mission before
this involved welcoming a new
world into the Dominion.

OPAKA
(encouraging)
That sounds like an important
responsibility.

VANNIS
Very much so. It was a vital
mission. Another member race
had recently suffered a famine,
so I offered the Rindamil the
protection of the Dominion in
exchange for their food.

OPAKA
(unsure)
All... their food?

VANNIS
Their royals resisted at first.
But I ordered the Jem’Hadar
to threaten and kill their
citizens to force the point.

OPAKA
(horrified)
Why would you do such a thing?

VANNIS
Because a Founder ordered me
to. Why else?

OPAKA
But you stole a people’s food.
You killed innocents.

VANNIS
(simply)
It was necessary.

OPAKA
I refuse to believe that.

VANNIS
You believe in gods, do you
not? Would you not do anything
they asked of you, no matter
how distasteful you found it?

OPAKA
My gods would never ask me to kill.

VANNIS
Are you so sure of that?

OPAKA
What do you mean?

VANNIS
I read through the Dominion’s
intelligence file on you in
preparation for this assignment.
I know of your activities with
the Bajoran resistance against
the Cardassians.

OPAKA
(offended)
We fought to defend ourselves,
not to conquer.

VANNIS
Ah, of course. How foolish of
me. That little technicality
makes all the difference.
(beat)
But then what of the Ascendants?
If the Dominion’s files on them
are correct – which of course
they are – then they worship
the same gods you do. And they
certainly believe they must
kill in their name.

This gives Opaka pause for some unpleasant thought – a fact which Vannis absorbs with amused smugness.

REKAN’GANAR
We are exiting the anomaly.

Vannis moves her headset viewer into position...



46 POV - HEADSET IMAGE

Vannis’s view shows the trailing edges of the wormhole’s open mouth as the Jem’Hadar ship emerges into normal space. In the distance but growing closer, Deep Space Nine itself. The image segues into...



47 EXT. DEEP SPACE NINE

As we move in closer, we see the Defiant, the Aurora, a Bajoran shuttle, and at least one random freighter docked.



48 INT. DS9 – FREIGHTER HOLD

The large cargo hold of the freighter. The last few crates are being manoeuvred out by workers. Remaining in the hold, however, are Lieutenant RO and Ensign ALECO. Once they’re alone, they draw their weapons. Aleco also has a tricorder.

ALECO
An anomalous bio-reading from
inside the cargo hold. Life
signs indicate a humanoid.

RO
So we’re thinking stowaway?

ALECO
That’s what Captain Rionoj
assumed. But her people don’t
have any security training.
That’s why she left it to us
to do anything about it.

RO
Then let’s do something.

Aleco’s tricorder leads him to a bulkhead in the hold’s wall. At Ro’s signal, he puts the tricorder away and gets ready to thump the wall panel. Ro aims her phaser...

Aleco thumps the panel and it clangs to the floor. Huddled inside, looking dirty and dishevelled... is Vedek YEVIR.

Aleco gasps in recognition. Ro folds her arms, unimpressed. Yevir looks bashfully out at them...

YEVIR
Lieutenant... nice to see you
again. I wonder if I might
speak with Captain Kira...?

Ro harrumphs. “You’re gonna have to do better than that.” Yevir struggles to wrestle his way out of the wall. Aleco instantly rushes to help him. Ro rolls her eyes.

YEVIR
Please tell her it’s important.
Tell her... I believe I’ve
discovered something that will
change Bajor forever.

Despite her dislike of Yevir, Ro is curious. Finishing on Yevir’s hopeful, determined face...


FADE OUT:


END OF ACT ONE

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