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Old May 27 2012, 04:05 PM   #6
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Re: DS9 Season 10, ep 10x20 - "In the Stars" (part 1 of 3)

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ACT FOUR



FADE IN:


45 EXT. BAJOR SURFACE – B’HALA


Establishing the archaeological dig at the ancient city...


46 INT. B’HALA CAVES


The warrens and excavated spaces of the buried city. It’s been more than five years since the city was uncovered, and more and more has been revealed, Bajoran iconography and ancient statues. Artificial lights are strung up, and monks and prylars work painstakingly by them to reveal yet more.

Prylar EIVOS (last seen 8x06 “Fallout”) steps along one of the opened passages towards us, calling out.

EIVOS
Emissary! This is a wonderful
surprise! Welcome to B’Hala.

The workers look up in muted awe. They know he doesn’t like to be gawked at, but still – this is the Emissary.

Sisko plods slowly along, gazing absently at the excavated walls. Eivos can instantly see that Sisko is troubled, but chooses not to draw attention to it.

SISKO
Hello, Prylar Eivos.

EIVOS
You must call me Calan, Emissary.
I had no idea you were coming.

SISKO
No... I was just walking. I’ve
been walking for hours. And I
seemed to just... end up here.

EIVOS
We’re all honoured to receive
you, Emissary, of course. How
can we help?

SISKO
I’m so tired... and confused.
I could use a quiet place to
rest. And there was clarity
here, once before...

EIVOS
Then I know exactly the place.
The bantaca chamber is empty.
I’ll find a bed roll and I’ll
make sure you’re not disturbed.

Sisko just nods, relieved and grateful that somebody is willing to take care of him and not ask questions. He follows Eivos back down the passage...


47 THE WA


As Kira talks to Iliana in the Wa...

KIRA
Why did you bring me here?
Why go to all the trouble of
making a call halfway across
the galaxy? What do you want?



INTERCUT WITH:


48 INT. ASCENDANT VESSEL


As Iliana talks to Kira in the cockpit of her ship...

KIRA (cont)
The Ascendants can’t be very
happy about you chatting with
the enemy.

ILIANA
Oh, don’t worry yourself about
that, Nerys. They’re easily
distracted. I called because
I wanted to offer some advice.

KIRA
Advice. From a madwoman like you.

ILIANA
Take revelation wherever you can
get it, Nerys. Now listen. Don’t
try to stop us from reaching the
wormhole. Trust me. You’ll only
make it harder on yourself.

As Kira reacts stoically to that...


49 INT. ASHALLA MONASTERY GARDEN - EVENING


Opaka and Solis are now sat on one of the stone benches in the garden, as the sky turns towards night. Yevir stands in front of them, passionate and excited about his subject.

OPAKA
Linjarin, please. I do believe
that the religions of all worlds
contain their own fragment of a
much larger truth. But to claim
that such disparate faiths are
in fact the same faith...

YEVIR
I know. I had trouble grasping
it myself at first. But the
evidence is undeniable. Here –
(re Garak’s padd)
-in this letter, Mister Garak
describes a spiritual awakening
he recently experienced. You may
have heard of the Vinculum, an
aspect of the Oralian Way they
described as a nexus, another
plane of existence that cuts
through past, present and future,
where everything is connected. I
have come to believe that what
they are actually describing...
is our own Celestial Temple.

Opaka and Solis sit quietly. How to be polite here...?

SOLIS
That seems a remarkable jump of
deduction, Vedek.

YEVIR
I was there, when Garak first
recovered the records of the
Vinculum from the Oralian ruins
at Gardat. I said then that it
bore similarities to the faiths
of other worlds. But I didn’t
realise at the time how similar...
Garak describes encountering the
images of friends and family,
be they alive or dead. And that
those images conveyed messages
of wisdom and peace. We have
all encountered the Orbs of the
Prophets – does that not sound
like our own Orb Experiences?

OPAKA
Perhaps...

YEVIR
Garak also describes the image
of Oralius itself. He calls the
figure...
(reads from padd)
A shape of pure white, but soft,
tall and thin, with one warm and
smiling eye at its top, and many
pinkish ribbons for limbs, which
it used to embrace the Hebitians.

On Opaka as she remembers...


FLASHBACK – 8x23 “RISING SON”


Meeting Itu the Eav’oq for the first time. The tall, white alien embraces Opaka close with his thin ribbon limbs...


BACK TO SCENE


Opaka is dumbstruck as she realizes what Yevir is saying...

OPAKA
Oralius... was an Eav’oq?

As Opaka tries to absorb this...


50 THE WA


Where Kira continues her conversation with Iliana...

KIRA
You can’t seriously expect me to
give up. We’re going to fight
you, and we’re going to win.

ILIANA
Of course I don’t really expect
that. I know you better than
any being in existence, Nerys,
because I am you. But it was
worth a shot. I don’t actually
want to see you die.

KIRA
Considering you were prepared to
tear apart the whole of creation
to get me less than a year ago,
I have my doubts about that.

ILIANA
That was the old me. Since we
last met, I’ve become... whole.
Just like I told you I would. I
understand now. I’m Bajoran, I’m
Cardassian, I’m Ascendant... and
it all fits together. Everything
is connected, Nerys. Even you.

Kira shakes her head, refusing to believe. Iliana smiles.

ILIANA
You don’t see it, do you? The
patterns. The connections.

KIRA
I know the Ascendants worship
the Prophets... or at least
their version of the Prophets.
Just like the Eav’oq do. And
like I do.

ILIANA
You’re missing one.



51 INT. B’HALA CAVES


The excavated cave that contains B’Hala’s grand bantaca spire, just as Sisko discovered it in 5x10 “Rapture.” Now he lies at the base of it, curled up on a bedroll, alone. He’s asleep, but fitfully, head full of troubling dreams.

KIRA (v.o.)
It is the Sisko.



ON SISKO


As he now stands beside the spire, looking down at his own unconscious sleeping body. The image has become hazy and dreamlike – we’re in a PROPHET VISION.

Sisko looks to the voice that spoke – PROPHET KIRA, stood likewise looking down at Sisko’s sleeping form.

PROPHET KIRA
The Sisko is troubled. Does the
game go badly?

SISKO
The game? You mean the plan. The
plan to stop the Ascendants.

PROPHET KIRA
The game does not end. The game
continues until all players are
out. The Sisko taught us this.

To emphasise her point, Kira lifts a BASEBALL in her hand, and lobs it to Sisko. He catches it instinctively, and...


CUT TO:


52 INT. DS9 – KIRA’S OFFICE


Sisko catches the ball just as he did in 8x26 “Unity pt 3.” Prophet Kira stands behind her desk, having just thrown the ball. All the crew of Ops silently observe their exchange.

SISKO
(realising)
This is when I returned from
the wormhole.

PROPHET KIRA
When the Sisko returned to the
linear. The Sisko knew the game.

SISKO
Yes. When I was with you, I
felt like I understood. I knew
what needed to be done. But it
fades... with time.

As Sisko struggles to remember what he needs to...


53 INT. ASCENDANT VESSEL


As Iliana listens to Kira...

KIRA
I’m not missing anything. The
Prophets reached out to three
races. The Bajorans, the Eav’oq
and the Ascendants. It’s all
three, like there were three
of us in the wormhole.

ILIANA
Why would it be three, Nerys?
Why would there be two races on
the Gamma Quadrant side, but
only one on the Alpha side?

As Kira tries to figure this out...


54 INT. ASHALLA MONASTERY GARDEN - NIGHT


Full night now, as Yevir, Opaka and Solis hash it out.

YEVIR
Yes. Oralius... was an Eav’oq.

SOLIS
But how is that possible?

YEVIR
The same way that the writer
of that book you’re holding
tight was also an Eav’oq.

SOLIS
What?!

OPAKA
(thunderstruck)
By the Prophets... Alu.

Opaka remembers...


FLASHBACK – 10x11 “HARMONY”


Itu is relating the tale of their escape from the previous Ascendant crusade to Opaka...

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



BACK TO SCENE


Opaka works to absorb all of this again...

OPAKA
Itu, my friend and guide among
the Eav’oq. He told me that they
used their Orbs – he called them
the Eyes of Light - to hide them-
selves away from the Ascendants.
His brother Alu was in charge of
the effort, and was lost after-
wards. I simply assumed he’d
been killed...

YEVIR
But perhaps instead of being
killed, he was transported.

SOLIS
To the Temple?

OPAKA
We know the Orbs do have that
capacity when all of them are
working together. That is how
the Emissary returned to us.



55 THE WA


Kira is trying to understand what Iliana is telling her...

KIRA
You’re saying there’s another
Prophet race out there? On our
side of the wormhole?

ILIANA
Why not? Look at us, Nerys. You
and me. We’re reflections of one
another. If there’s a race right
on the Temple’s doorstep on each
side, why wouldn’t there be a
race a little further away on
each side too? Like... ten light
years further away, for example.

The truth finally begins to dawn on Kira...


56 INT. ASHALLA MONASTERY GARDEN - NIGHT


Yevir, Opaka and Solis figure it out between them...

YEVIR
Alu went to the Temple... and
from there to Bajor.

SOLIS
Where he became known as Ohalu.
And his strange interpretation
of the Prophets was written down
by the Bajorans of the time...

OPAKA
And they created the Ohalavar
religion around him.

YEVIR
Yes. After a while, I imagine
he tried to return to his own
people. Perhaps he got caught in
the Denorios Belt by accident,
and whisked away in its tachyon
eddies, just like the Emissary.
And he ended up on...



57 THE WA


Kira finishes the thought...

KIRA
...Cardassia. By the Prophets.
It’s not three... it’s four.

ILIANA
Bajor and the Eav’oq... both
loving and peaceful. Cardassia
and the Ascendants...

KIRA
...Both going to war.



58 INT. DS9 – KIRA’S OFFICE


Back in Sisko’s Prophet vision. Sisko looks out of the office window to the stars outside. His reflection in the glass wavers... and becomes an image of Iliana. The Prophet Kira walks up behind Sisko...

PROPHET KIRA
She is the Fire.

SISKO
(ominous)
And the Fire will burn.
(back to Kira)
But what about you? I mean,
what about Kira?

PROPHET KIRA
She is the Hand. The Sisko
taught us this.

As if to demonstrate, Prophet Kira holds out her hand... and another hand takes it. Silver and shiny, an Ascendant hand. Kira looks up, and she’s holding the hand of Raiq.

The two women turn to look at Sisko, who’s watching them both, trying to grasp the imagery here.

Raiq holds out her other hand, and into it slips another shape – the not-quite-a-hand of an Eav’oq pink ribbon limb. ITU’s single eye smiles warmly.


59 INT. ASHALLA MONASTERY GARDEN - NIGHT


Opaka, Solis and Yevir...

SOLIS
(re Opaka)
Alu...
(re self)
Ohalu...
(re Yevir)
...and Oralius.

YEVIR
Exactly. The Hebitians called
their gods the Fates. Oralius
brought understanding of the
Fates to the Hebitians.

OPAKA
He was their Emissary.

YEVIR
Mister Garak also says that
Oralius left Cardassia when
the climate changed...

SOLIS
He returned to Bajor, bringing
the jevonite figurine as a
symbol of unity... and was
buried at B’Hala.

YEVIR
Yes. As for Garak himself, he
said that the figures he saw
in the Vinculum anointed him
as the Hand of the Fates.



60 BLACK SPACE


Sisko’s Prophet vision has now darkened. He watches the three figures in front of him – Kira, Raiq and Itu, all holding hands. Itu holds out another pink limb...

...And a grey scaly hand takes it. GARAK. The Cardassian man smiles warmly, like the others, and takes Kira’s spare hand. Now the four of them are connected in a circle. Sisko watches, understanding coming to him...


61 INT. ASCENDANT VESSEL


Iliana explaining to Kira...

ILIANA
So you see, Nerys... this is
going to happen. The symmetry
is perfect. Cardassia raped
and destroyed Bajor, and now
the Ascendants will destroy the
Eav’oq. And if you get in our
way, we’ll destroy you too.
It’s the will of the Prophets.



62 THE WA


Where Kira stands opposite Iliana...

KIRA
You really believe that.

ILIANA
Of course.

KIRA
And are you really so arrogant
that you think your beliefs are
the only ones that are right?

Iliana gives one last infuriating confident smile.

ILIANA
They’re your beliefs, Nerys.
I got them from you.

With that, Iliana’s image whisks away. The mirror shimmers and thickens, returning to the usual white formlessness. Kira is left standing alone. Iliana is right. As much as she wishes she didn’t believe it, she does. The Ascendants are going to win.


FADE OUT:

END OF ACT FOUR


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