71 EXT. SPACE
On Kira, as she drifts in empty space... she stares out...
The few remaining Ascendant ships are ignoring her now. She’s of no concern to them. They simply assume she’s dead. They’re helping their fallen comrades among the graveyard of the Gryphon
Kira watches them move about in the distance, no sound except for the slowing BEAT of her own heart. She shudders slightly, unable to breathe. Time seems to slow down around her as her consciousness gradually slips away.
Her eyes slip sideways a touch, and she sees...
The WORMHOLE opening up, the great blue flower of energy blooming near to her...
She smiles, happy and relieved. The Prophets are coming for her. She tries to force her body to reach for it, although there’s not much she can do.
She’s fading. As she gazes rapturously at the whirling eddies of the wormhole, we go gradually to...
But as quickly as the WHITE OUT comes, it’s gone again, revealed as a DIAMOND RING EFFECT.
appears from out of the light and silently roars back into the area.
The last few remaining Ascendant ships begin to react to its presence...
In split-second timing, the Defiant
flips onto its side, rolling to show its flat underbelly to the approaching Ascendants, between them and the floating Kira. As it does so, it reveals the runabout Rio Grande
hiding in between the Defiant
72 INT. DEFIANT - BRIDGE
Vaughn stands in front of his chair, too anxious to sit. The whole crew is in major battle last chance mode...
73 EXT. DEFIANT
Bowers – all weapons, fire!
Close on the Defiant
’s PHASER CANNONS – they move out of their regular housings, angle on hinges to face the direction of the ship’s belly... and OPEN FIRE.
74 EXT. SPACE
Fore and aft phaser cannons pummel out shot after shot after shot towards the Ascendant ships. Around the circular hatch on the belly of the ship, there’s a new PHASER STRIP that lets loose with a continuous spray of phaser fire.
The Ascendants fire their electric bolt weapons...
75 INT. DEFIANT - BRIDGE
The ship rocks hard from the impact. Vaughn hits the comm panel on his arm rest...
76 INT. DEFIANT - ENGINEERING
Nog! Launch the nanobot shield!
The room is in chaos with panels erupting in sparks and smoke. In the background, engineering crew rush about containing the damage and keeping the ship running.
NOG is at the master systems display, his fingers flying over controls. He hits one last button with satisfaction.
77 EXT. DEFIANT
Hatches in the skin of the ship open and release hundreds of tiny particles, which shoot out to form a barrier...
78 EXT. SPACE
Phaser bolts from the Defiant
hit some Ascendant ships. Ascendant weapons leap towards the Defiant
The nanobots form an extra shield against them. They burst in tiny explosions, lessening the weapons’ effectiveness, but the weaker bolts still get through to the Defiant
On the Defiant
’s skin, we see the weapons’ dissolving effect start to take hold. It eats away at the hull...
...and reveals another hull underneath, perfectly intact.
79 INT. DEFIANT - ENGINEERING
Nog watches the progress on his displays with pride...
80 INT. DEFIANT - BRIDGE
Nanobots and ablative armour
are taking some serious damage,
Captain. But the main hull is holding.
Panels burst and explode. Sparks fly. Crew dodge flames. Vaughn yells into the comm...
81 INT. RUNABOUT - COCKPIT
Sisko! Do it!
Sisko is sat at the controls of the Rio Grande
. Bashir is behind him, hovering by the transporter platform at the back of the cockpit... Sisko hits a panel...
A GRAPHIC shows the shields around the runabout dropping.
82 EXT. SPACE
Kira floats in open space, protected from the fight by the body of the Defiant
. A transporter effect forms over her...
The Ascendants are right on top of the Defiant
now, unleashing torrents of weapons fire...
83 INT. DEFIANT - BRIDGE
Explosions are going off all over the bridge. Prynn is gripping onto her panel as the ship shudders...
A massive electrical discharge begins in the fore-most port-side computers. The discharge moves along the line of computers, heading towards Shar’s console...
Shar’s busy working and doesn’t see it coming... but Prynn does. She abandons her post, leaps towards Shar, grabs him from his chair and yanks him to safety a bare second before his panel EXPLODES in flames and shattered plasteel. They thud to the deck as the bridge rumbles in chaos...
On the deck, Shar and Prynn look into each other’s eyes. She saved his life. Vaughn yells into the comm...
84 INT. RUNABOUT - COCKPIT
Sisko! Do you have her?
Kira is slumped unconscious in Bashir’s arms, cradling her on the transporter platform. Sisko turns back to his panels and raises the shields.
85 INT. DEFIANT - BRIDGE
Yes! We’ve got her! Let’s go!
Prynn and Shar are just scrambling up off the floor...
Tenmei! Get to your damn station
and get us the hell out of here!
Scared and almost ashamed, Prynn rushes back to the helm, takes her seat and works the panels.
86 EXT. SPACE
ceases fire, and it and the Rio Grande
get underway and jump to warp as fast as they can.
The Ascendants are left alone with their dead...
87 EXT. DEEP SPACE NINE – ESTABLISHING
The station at rest...
88 INT. DS9 – MAIN OPS CENTRE
Ro sits on the stairs to the office, watching the business of Ops go on. Figuratively biting her nails, just waiting for something to happen.
After a moment, Cenn reacts to his panels...
Ro shoots to her feet. It could be good, it could be bad.
Shields. Yellow alert.
He works his panels. The Ops lighting changes, indicating YELLOW ALERT. The viewscreen shows the wormhole opening... and the Defiant
shooting out, followed by the other ships. Cenn breathes with relief...
Defiant. And the rest.
Wait a minute... where’s the
Gryphon? And the Yolja?
Ro nods... Vaughn appears on the screen, revealing the ruined Defiant
89 INT. DS9 – INFIRMARY
Drop the shields, now! We’ve
got a medical emergency!
The door opens and Ro rushes in, ETANA right behind her. She sees Kira unconscious on the surgical bay’s bio-bed, with Bashir and the other medical staff working feverishly around her. Etana pushes past Ro and goes to join them.
Waiting in the main room are Sisko, Vaughn and Dax.
Her runabout was destroyed.
She was exposed to space.
She won’t die. She’s too
important to the Prophets.
Is this really the time?
For you to be picking a fight
with me? No, it’s not. Kira
knew the risks. She always has.
She can be reckless and you
know it. You’re her supposed
spiritual guide. Well, this
is what you guided her to.
Kira makes her own decisions,
Elias. She’s known for it.
Based on what he advises her!
No – based on her belief in the
Prophets. She pushed for this
mission because she knows it’s
what the Prophets want. And she
knew it long before I came along.
She nearly died!
And how often have you nearly
died for what you believe in?
There’s no difference, Elias!
Prophets, Starfleet, it makes
no difference. Something had to
be done about the Ascendants.
I’m not so sure it did.
They turn and see that Bashir has emerged from the surgical suite. Etana, TARSES, RICHTER etc are still with Kira.
Julian... is she...?
She’ll live. She’s sedated for
now, but she’ll live.
No thanks to you.
I beg your pardon, Doctor?
I warned you not to go. It was
none of our business. Well, this
is what happens when you stick
your nose in where it doesn’t
belong - it gets bloodied.
We needed to learn about the
Yes, well, now they’ve learned
about us, too.
That’s enough, Doctor.
It’s barely the beginning! The
Ascendants had never even heard
of us before. We were safe. And
now we’re in the same boat as
the Eav’oq. Thanks a lot.
You’re relieved of duty, Doctor!
No, I’m not. Throw me in the
brig later if you want, but
I’m not leaving my patient.
What happened to you people?
I’ve only been away for three
months. I come back and you’re
all at each other’s throats?
As usual, Dax, it’s not all
Bashir spins on his heel and marches back into the surgical suite. The rest are just kind of stunned at the argument. Vaughn tries to find something innocuous to talk about.
So how was your first command,
Better than your last one, apparently.
Vaughn can’t really argue with that.
In the surgical suite, Bashir has gone back to Kira’s bedside, resetting his nerves after the argument. As the medical team works at the periphery, we ZOOM slowly in on Kira’s unconscious face.
90 EXT. SPACE
Kira drifts in space, unable to breath, unable to do anything to save herself. Her eyes slip sideways a touch, and she sees... the WORMHOLE opening up, the great blue flower of energy blooming near to her...
She smiles, happy and relieved. The Prophets are coming for her. As she gazes rapturously at the whirling eddies of the wormhole, we go gradually to...
, then FADE IN
91 EXT. PAREK TONN (STOCK 9x18)
The vision of Ancient Bajor from “Warpath.” Sisko and Kira stand outside the fortress, as Opaka and Itu open the gates together and welcome them inside...
92 WHITE SPACE (STOCK 9x24, 9x19)
Stand with us. Bring your people
into the fortress of Idran.
...the white nothingness of the Prophets. The moment from 9x24 “Ha’mara” as the three Kiras stand in a circle, the Prophets themselves weaving in and out...
One is the Hand. One is the
Voice. One is the Fire.
Blend into the earlier Prophets scene from “Warpath”...
Three roads. Three peoples.
All roads meet.
EVIL JAKE PROPHET
Sisko steps up to her, calm and reassuring.
It’s your show, Nerys.
But I don’t know what to do!
You should. I told you a long
time ago. Don’t you remember?
He smiles encouragingly at her, raises TARAN’ATAR’S KNIFE and STABS her in the chest. She gasps in shock and pain...
93 EXT. PAREK TONN (STOCK 9x20)
General Kira of the Bajoran Army is on the ground, among the dead or dying bodies of her soldiers. She’s looks down at herself, sees Taran’atar’s knife in her chest. She looks to the side, where Sisko lies bloody and dying beside her.
Not enough. Should have had allies.
Ancient Bajoran Vaughn steps into the battle against the raging horde of Ascendants, protecting the fallen Kira...
Vaughn turns to her in the midst of the battle, gazes down at her and smiles. Then he begins to glow with an unearthly white light, filling his body and shining out of him. At the same time he gradually fades from view. (Note: This is the same effect we saw on Sisko in Bashir's dream from 10x05 "Deep Down.")
The battle scene continues, as we...
MATCH CUT TO:
94 EXT. OPEN FIELD (STOCK 8x13)
The Ancient Bajoran battle scene from “Horn and Ivory,” as Kira (aka Ashla) battles alongside the big red-headed Perikian freedom fighter Torrna...
Kira looks around herself, confused to find herself here...
95 INT. PRISON CELL (STOCK 8x13)
Kira and Torrna are captured in a dank and filthy cell...
Damn those foul Bajora - I hope
their Prophets strike them down
Kira shakes her head – that’s not how it works. But then she looks up, and sees...
96 INT. DS9 – SECURITY CELLS
...ILIANA staring at her, as Kira stands inside one of the cells, held in manacles welded to the wall as in “Ha’mara.”
You’re too late.
The Bajoran Iliana brings up her hand – she’s wearing the pagh-varam
. She wiggles her fingers in a taunting wave.
What happened to you?
Iliana grins sourly, and her image begins to slowly MORPH. Her skin thickens and darkens, ridges grow on her face and neck, her hair grows long and black...
...until she is the Cardassian version of Iliana.
I am the Fire.
And then she’s swallowed up in flames, like the Ascendant transporter effect. Grinning at Kira all the while...
97 INT. DS9 – INFIRMARY
Kira jolts awake with a small, shocked shriek. She quickly looks around, sees that she’s lying on the bio-bed...
She realizes what just happened. She just had a vision about Iliana...
MATCH CUT TO:
98 INT. ASCENDANT PAVILION
Iliana Ghemor jolts awake from her own restless dream, with the same small, shocked shriek. The Cardassian woman looks around herself, sees that she’s lying on a plush mattress on the ground, inside an alien medieval-style tent...
She realizes what just happened. She just had a vision about Kira...
END OF ACT THREE