18 EXT. SPACE
Close on Raiq’s vessel, as its silver tip begins to glow with power...
...and unleashes a huge jagged bolt of white electricity. All around, other Ascendants ships are firing at the other Starfleet ships... Raiq’s weapon SLAMS into the Defiant
19 INT. DEFIANT - BRIDGE
The bridge shakes under the assault. Kira stands in front of her chair as everyone scrambles to their stations...
Prynn! Get us out of here!
I can’t, Captain. They’re all
around us. We’re boxed in.
Then we’ll have to fight our
Kira confidently takes the centre seat as the ship shakes under fire again. She slaps the comm panel.
20 EXT. SPACE
Kira to all ships. Return fire.
The Starfleet ships come to life.
manoeuvres into optimal position and FIRES pulse phasers at Raiq’s ship. The Ascendant’s shields shrug it off. Defiant
The Ascendants keep firing... they hit Gryphon
21 INT. GRYPHON - BRIDGE
Spillane is in the centre seat as the bolt of electricity hits... The ship rocks under the shot. Spillane turns to the Tellarite science officer CROTH...
Croth! Analyse those weapons.
They’re just a basic electrical
charge. But the sheer power in
them is staggering.
22 EXT. SPACE
rises up on its z-axis, revealing its front facing shuttle bays... and a dozen small and powerful Starfleet shuttle-craft launch at speed. Gryphon
FIRES a wide spread of hardcore phaser beams to cover their exit...
23 INT. GRYPHON SHUTTLE
Riding with the shuttle PILOT as we zoom out into the battle, seeing Ascendants and Starfleet exchanging fire. The shuttle FIRES and hits an Ascendant ship – no effect.
24 INT. DEFIANT - BRIDGE
Shar reads his panels.
Standard phasers are having no
Bowers – modulate the frequency.
Bowers looks to Kira for approval. She nods. He does it.
25 EXT. SPACE
is under fire from three Ascendant ships, ganging up on it... it takes some damage...
26 INT. T’KUMBRA - BRIDGE
Cpt Solok and his all-Vulcan crew react stoically...
Damage to the port side, Captain.
27 EXT. SPACE
But the large, lumbering ship is too slow pulling away... the Ascendants move in for another shot... they FIRE...
And the Blackthorne
ZOOMS into the weapon’s path, the lithe Intrepid-class body twisting to cover the clumsy Nebula’s flank. T’Kumbra
both manoeuvre away, but the Ascendants give chase, continuing to fire...
28 INT. BLACKTHORNE - BRIDGE
Cpt Thann stands giving orders, his golden tentacle-like head appendages swinging as the ship rocks under fire.
We have to cover the T’Kumbra,
we can manoeuvre much faster...
29 INT. DEFIANT - BRIDGE
The hull plating isn’t working.
The charges are affecting the
actual metal itself...
Kira turns to Vaughn...
30 EXT. SPACE
Launch Cooper and Sagan. And
get those damn runabouts
covering the Gorkon...
’s circular belly hatch opens and its two tiny shuttles drop out, diving away as the Defiant
31 INT. DEFIANT SHUTTLE
Human female pilot ZUCCA and Benzite male tactical CARDOK work their panels with nervous concentration...
32 EXT. SPACE
Seven-one mark three-oh. Go!
The shuttle heads straight towards one Ascendant ship, firing and firing... the Ascendant turns to face them...
In the background, the Cerberus
is under fire – one of its four warp nacelles is damaged and sputters with blue fire.
33 INT. CERBERUS - BRIDGE
Prometheus-class, sparse and gleaming as seen in “Message in a Bottle.” Cpt Akolkar turns to her engineer...
Upper starboard nacelle’s gone!
34 EXT. SPACE
We still have three more. Hell,
five more if we need them.
’s shuttle is still firing on the Ascendant ship, heading straight for a collision. Firing, firing... the two ships blow each other to pieces before they get a chance to impact. Both EXPLODE in clouds of debris.
35 INT. DEFIANT - BRIDGE
Shar turns to Kira in horror...
Sagan is destroyed, Captain.
Prynn turns from her panel in shock...
He points firmly at her helm panel. She gets the message – pay attention to your work. She turns back, shaking...
But at least Cardok showed us
the way to kill these things.
Constant, continuous phaser fire
does eventually get through.
36 EXT. SPACE
turns and surges back towards the Ascendants with renewed vigour, pulse phasers blasting away...
is under fire, takes a hit on its big belly bulge. Gryphon
fires on Gorkon
’s attackers – hard, constant phaser fire... until two of them finally buckle and explode.
37 INT. GRYPHON - BRIDGE
Croth punches the air in victory...
Celebrate later, Croth.
38 EXT. SPACE
Captain... the hull...
Focusing on the Gryphon
’s external hull, under fire from the Ascendant electrical weapon... a dissolving effect is spreading from the point of attack, disintegrating...
Another Ascendant ship swoops in and fires at Gryphon
too, a continuous bolt of massive electricity... and another, and another, until six Ascendants are surrounding the ship.
The disintegrating effect spreads quicker and quicker...
39 INT. GRYPHON - BRIDGE
Croth works his panels, verging on panic. He turns to stare at Spillane, scared and disbelieving.
It’s just disintegrating. There’s
nothing I can do to stop it.
Spillane takes a second to gawp in horrified realisation, lip quivering. Then she gets down to business. She hits a comm panel...
All hands, abandon ship. This is
not a drill. Get to the escape
pods, now, while you can.
The bridge crew look at her, stunned this is happening...
I mean it. All of you, go.
They finally get that she’s serious. They get to their feet and rush for the exits. As he leaves, Croth looks back over his shoulder, has a significant moment with Spillane. She nods acknowledgement to him, and he turns and goes.
Now Spillane is alone. She runs to the tactical panel...
40 EXT. SPACE
Still under fire, its skin dissolving... Gryphon
’s escape pods launch, shooting away from the mother ship as fast as they can. Some get caught by Ascendant fire, but most get away. Gryphon
fires and fires again to cover them...
But eventually its phasers sputter and fail. The Ascendants keep firing... and the Gryphon
basically CRUMBLES. The hull disintegrates into chunks, the construction breaks down... the crumbling reaches the warp core and the ship EXPLODES.
Most of the debris is eaten up in the flames. A couple of the escape pods get caught up and destroyed. The attacking Ascendant ships JUMP away in flashes of light, undamaged.
41 INT. DEFIANT - BRIDGE
The crew reacts to the explosion on the main viewscreen...
We need to get out of here.
42 EXT. SPACE
(annoyed at Sisko)
We need to save those people!
The fire of the Gryphon
’s demise has burnt out, leaving the escape pods floating. Ascendant ships are still looming...
In a wide shot of the area, we see the cloud of tiny escape pods. Gorkon
manoeuvre close to them. Defiant
take up defensive positions...
43 INT. DEFIANT - BRIDGE
44 EXT. SPACE
open fire, constantly moving and firing and moving and firing, providing cover for the other two against an advancing wave of Ascendants.
45 INT. T’KUMBRA - BRIDGE
46 INT. GRYPHON ESCAPE POD
Two Starfleet randoms huddle together inside the tiny space. Then a transporter signal forms over them...
47 INT. T’KUMBRA – TRANSPORTER ROOM
The two randoms appear on the transporter platform with others. A Vulcan officer helps them clear...
48 INT. CERBERUS - BRIDGE
Akolkar looks to her engineer...
Is everyone in place?
The engineer nods, nervously...
Then do it.
The engineer presses buttons... blue lights begin to flash all around the bridge as it goes to BLUE ALERT...
49 EXT. SPACE
Still firing, Cerberus
begins to separate into its MULTI-VECTOR ASSAULT MODE. It splits on the x-axis into three sections, which all begin to manoeuvre independently.
50 INT. DEFIANT - BRIDGE
Prynn grins as she watches this on the main viewscreen.
But then she jerks as she sees a shot coming towards her, instinctively playing her panels to move the ship.
51 EXT. SPACE
covers the other side of the battlefield... it fires a powerful phaser burst at an Ascendant ship... but the Ascendant JUMPS away and the shot is wasted.
In a flash of light, the Ascendant ship reappears right on top of the Gorkon
and opens fire. With shields down, Gorkon
is defenceless. The shot gouges a hole in the saucer...
Then a shot comes from off side – a runabout, firing on the Ascendant. Shots from the other side – a second runabout.
52 INT. RUNABOUT - COCKPIT 52
Ensigns ALECO and NARAN are at the controls...
53 EXT. SPACE
I am keeping firing...
Caught between the two runabouts, the Ascendant ship finally blows. In the background, the various parts of
dart about, firing on their own targets...
54 INT. GORKON - BRIDGE
Excelsior-class bridge, like the Enterprise
-B. Cpt Kuwahara grips onto his seat’s armrests as the ship shakes... The OPS officer turns to Kuwahara, relieved...
Transports complete, Captain.
Make absolutely sure, Ensign.
He checks again, then nods to Kuwahara.
55 INT. DEFIANT - BRIDGE
Alright, raise shields. Gorkon
to all ships. Survivors are on
board. Let’s get out of here!
Kira stands up from her chair, a new thought forming...
56 EXT. SPACE
All shuttles and runabouts,
sync shields and pull in close.
One of the runabouts pulls in close to the underbelly of the Defiant
, the two shield bubbles fizzing and combining.
57 INT. DEFIANT - BRIDGE
Kira starts working the panels on her armrests...
Kira to all ships. We’re gonna
use their own trick against
them. On my mark, make a split-
second warp jump. Head for the
wormhole, and don’t look back.
Vaughn approaches, worried...
Captain, what are you doing?
Covering your escape.
Before he can protest, she hits a control and disappears in a transporter beam.
58 INT. RUNABOUT - COCKPIT
Aleco and Naran disappear in transporter beams... and Kira appears in their place. She moves to the controls...
59 INT. DEFIANT - BRIDGE
Aleco and Naran rematerialize on the bridge. Vaughn realizes what Kira’s done, slaps the comm panel...
60 INT. RUNABOUT - COCKPIT
Don’t argue, Commander. You’re
She closes the channel, and gets the runabout moving away from the Defiant
’s belly... She stabs the comm panel again with force, bravado covering her nervousness.
61 INT. DEFIANT - BRIDGE
Raiq! This is Kira! I didn’t get
chance to tell you before... I
don’t just worship the True.
I talk with them. In fact, I’m
the Hand of the Prophets!
We chat all the time!
While the bridge crew seem horrified at Kira’s actions, Vaughn settles into the centre chair.
Prynn... get ready to do as
Don’t you even think about
questioning my orders on this
bridge, mister. I will throw
you in the brig.
More worried than angry, Sisko relents for now...
62 EXT. SPACE
Kira pilots the runabout towards the field of empty escape pods from the destroyed Gryphon
. Infuriated, the Ascendant ships break off their attack and head after Kira, following the runabout towards the pods.
63 INT. RUNABOUT - COCKPIT
Terrified but determined, Kira drives the runabout on. Various screens of information are in front of her... One of them shows USS GRYPHON, PREFIX CODE: 18992.
Kira slaps the comm panel again...
64 INT. DEFIANT - BRIDGE
Vaughn. Go! Now!
Vaughn grips his armrests...
Prynn – do it.
Prynn works her panels...
65 EXT. SPACE
With the Ascendants distracted following Kira, the Defiant
powers up and jumps straight to warp from standing still. T’Kumbra
and all three parts of the Cerberus
jump to warp too, with all the shuttles caught up in their wake. Bright flashes of light flare as they all stretch out into the distance and disappear. They’re gone.
Kira is left alone with a chasing pack of angry Ascendants. She drives the runabout into the field of escape pods and Gryphon
debris... the Ascendants dive in after her...
66 INT. RUNABOUT - COCKPIT
Kira watches the panels in front of her... waits for the perfect moment... not yet... not yet... Now.
67 EXT. SPACE
...and all the escape pods DETONATE. Self-destruct charges catch the Ascendant ships unawares. Pieces of the Gryphon
that are big enough to still carry charges EXPLODE too. Ascendant ships all over are caught and destroyed.
Kira’s runabout surges forward through the other side, riding the front of the shockwave to safety.
68 INT. RUNABOUT - COCKPIT
Kira holds on for dear life as the runabout is swept away in front of the explosion... the rattling gradually lessens and ends. She lets out a scared breath of relief.
69 EXT. SPACE
The runabout swerves around, looping away from the burning Ascendant ships, in the direction of the Starfleet armada.
70 INT. RUNABOUT - COCKPIT
Kira hits the comm panel...
Yolja to Defiant. It worked.
I’m right behind –
In a flash of light, an Ascendant ship JUMPS in right in front of her, staring down the front window... and FIRES.
Alarms screaming, computers scrambling... the window starts to crack... Kira looks up, and sees the ceiling dissolving over her head. The ship is crumbling around her, air whistling as it escapes through the ever-growing holes... She gets up and runs for the rear cabin, but too late.
With a great WRENCH of metal, the ship splits, and Kira is swept out into space. Silently screaming in panic, grasping for anything to hold on to, but there’s nothing. She’s in open space now, no air to breath, nothing she can do...
On Kira’s horrified face, dying...
END OF ACT TWO