8 EXT. SPACE
The colourful wisps of the Omarion Nebula. Slowly ZOOM in, until we find the Even Odds
sitting against the backdrop.
9 INT. EVEN ODDS - BRIDGE
DEZ in command, FACITY, GLESSIN and BRAD elsewhere. And PRYNN at the helm.
Okay. Weíre holding position
at the Omarion Nebula. This is
where we got the Ascendantsí
attention last time. Letís hope
theyíre creatures of habit.
10 THE WA
Yeah. Letís hope. Dez to Jake.
JAKE and RENA stand together in the white space of the WA.
Weíre in position. If youíre
still determined to do this...
then you may as well go ahead
and do it.
Understood. Sisko out.
Together, Jake and Rena reach out to the orange patch... and both their fingers swim into the colour.
The Wa shifts to its orangey-hued communications mode. The VOICES start to whisper. Jake and Rena look to each other Ė itís done. No turning back now.
11 INT. ASCENDANT PAVILION
Close on ILIANAís smiling eyes...
12 EXT. ASCENDANT ENCAMPMENT - NIGHT
The buildings and tents and constructions have been mostly dismantled and reabsorbed back into the ships.
All around the rim of the black glass amphitheatre that is their base, tiny Ascendant ships are glowing with power. Thousands of them, lighting up the night sky.
One at a time, then faster and faster, more and more, they lift effortlessly off the ground and into the air. They peel away from the crowd and up into space, and away.
Iliana and RAIQ stand by one of the last ships remaining. Raiq clambers up the ladder to the cockpit, climbs inside. Iliana holds back. She looks around... at the dismantled settlement and the guttering fires. The empty tents and pavilions. All the ships leaving. This is really it.
Iliana climbs up after Raiq, into the ship. The canopy closes, and the ship lifts gently up, turns and flies off after its companions.
13 INT. EVEN ODDS - BRIDGE
Waiting, waiting... Dez turns to Facity at a rear console.
Iíd tell you if there was.
Waiting, waiting... Thereís an alert on Facityís panel. Facity checks it, turns to Dez. No need to say it. Dez turns to Prynn, who has been waiting anxiously.
14 EXT. SPACE
Against the backdrop of the Omarion Nebula, the Even Odds
powers up and jumps straight to warp. We slowly turn to look behind it...
...and a cloud of tiny Ascendant ships are chasing it down, thousands of predators pursuing one helpless victim.
15 EXT. SPACE
The JemíHadar fleet, spread throughout the Idran system. We focus on one of the small fighter ships...
16 INT. JEMíHADAR SHIP #1
KIRA stands in the centre, and TARANíATAR is her First. Both wear the comm headsets. Other JemíHadar run the other bridge stations, and all of them are armed, just in case.
But Kira is on edge. So many questions, so many worries, and she canít do anything about any of them.
17 EXT. SPACE
What looks like empty space. But we slowly CLOSE IN on one particular spot...
POV pushes forwards through a distortion field... and weíre right up on the Defiant
ís hull. We keep pushing forward until we also pass THROUGH the hull of the ship, through bulkheads and technology, and into...
18 INT. DEFIANT Ė MAIN BRIDGE
...where VAUGHN sits in command. DAX is at sciences, BOWERS at tactical, ALECO at the helm, extras elsewhere. Lights are low - BLUE ALERT indicating the ship is under cloak. Just like everywhere else, the tension is enormous.
Everythingís set up with the
Yes, sir. Between Nog, Shar
and Jadzia... we got it.
Vaughn nods along. He already knew all this. Asked it a dozen times already. But he needs to fill the time.
Anything from the Even Odds?
No, sir. But that doesnít mean
anything one way or the other.
Vaughn GRIPS his armrest harder, clenching and clenching...
19 INT. EVEN ODDS - BRIDGE
On Prynn, as she runs the helm, all her concentration on the console and the readings and the viewscreen...
20 EXT. SPACE
The Even Odds
runs as fast as it can, but itís not enough. The lead Ascendant ship FIRES its massive jagged bolt of white electricity...
...and misses, as the Even Odds
twists out of the way.
21 INT. EVEN ODDS - BRIDGE
No time to gloat, but Prynn does allow herself a small smile of pride. Facity runs a rear console...
Can they do their jump trick
22 EXT. SPACE
No idea. Never asked.
More and more Ascendant ships are joining the chase. Three of them FIRE at once. Even Odds
dodges the first shot, and the second... but the third HITS.
CLOSE UP on the Even Odds
' hull, as the dissolving effect begins to take hold...
23 INT. EVEN ODDS - BRIDGE
Facity is checking her panels...
Direct hit... ablative armour
24 INT. DEFIANT Ė ENGINEERING
Thank you, Nog...
On NOG, at the tall stand-alone console in the middle of the room, the warp core throbbing rhythmically behind him.
Everyone in position?
He looks around at his staff, including regular faces like PERMENTER and CANDLEWOOD.
Captain Sisko said that when
the subspace inversion starts,
it can cause fluctuations in
the warp core. So stay alert.
25 INT. DEFIANT Ė MAIN BRIDGE
Weíre on it, sir.
Silence and impatience on the bridge, just the low hum of the shipís systems and the gentle beeping of sensors...
...until a louder repeating BEEP on Bowersí console. He reads the results, turns to Vaughn...
The Even Odds just entered the
26 EXT. SPACE
Alright, everyone. Stay cool.
They donít even know weíre here.
The Even Odds
runs... and the massive cloud of Ascendant ships follow it into the system.
We focus on one of the small silver dart-like vessels in particular, leading the chase...
27 INT. ASCENDANT VESSEL #1
Raiq is in the front seat, working the shipís smooth silver surfaces via their shifting coloured patches. She drives the ship onwards, eagerly chasing the Even Odds
. Iliana in in the seat behind her, watching everything.
The surfaces shimmer, the colours shifting in such a way that catches Raiqís attention. Manipulates the controls, interprets the results...
Mistress, this star system...
the vessel responds to it.
The historical database has
generated a report...
She reads it further, her eyes bulging, her jaw dropping...
By the great Unnameable... this
is the home of the Eavíoq. The
place of our greatest enemies...
and our greatest defeat.
And I have brought you back to
them, as I promised I would.
Oh, praise the True! Mistress,
you truly are touched by their
light. We have succeeded! The
Fortress must be near...
Another shift in her consoles. She reads again...
The ship responds anew.
Iliana leaves her seat and looks out of the clear canopy...
28 EXT. SPACE
...At the enormous JemíHadar fleet looming before of them.
29 INT. ASCENDANT VESSEL #1
Raiq is appalled at this sight.
The animals. The monsters who
worship the false polymorphs...
They protect the Eavíoq.
It appears they have allied
Furious, Raiq dives her silver hand into the ORANGE smudge. The tone of the interior shifts from bright silver to burning orange, signifying communications mode.
Archquesters! Knights of the
Ascendancy! The Fire has lit
the way, as doctrine promised.
But these animals block our
path. Destroy them all!
Mindless in her fury, Raiq yanks her hand out of the orange smudge and works the panels, shifting the ship into attack mode... while Iliana sits back and watches, inscrutable.
30 EXT. SPACE
The entire Ascendant fleet turns as one and surges towards the JemíHadar fleet.
The JemíHadar fleet readies itself for combat...
...and the Even Odds
is caught in between.
31 INT. JEMíHADAR SHIP #1
Kira shouts to her JemíHadar crew...
Here they come! Remember...
no-one gets past. Do whatever
you need to to stop them. But
no stupid sacrifices. I donít
need martyrs, I need winners.
Taraníatar moves to direct his soldiers. Kira jerks as she suddenly remembers...
Oh! And donít shoot the Even
Odds. Get them through the
lines and behind us.
She stands in the centre of the bridge, watching the fleet approach on her tiny eye-screen...
32 INT. EVEN ODDS - BRIDGE
Running her helm station, Prynn looks up at the viewscreen, with its image of the massive JemíHadar fleet looming in front of them, getting ever closer...
BAM. The ship is hit by another Ascendant power bolt. Prynn gets back to business.
33 EXT. SPACE
As the JemíHadar and Ascendant fleets engage, the Even Odds dances and swerves around, avoiding BOLTS of electricity from one and BLASTS of phaser power from the other.
One Ascendant ship pursues the Even Odds
straight into the lines. A JemíHadar fighter ZOOMS past and blows it to bits.
We focus on one of the massive JemíHadar behemoth ships, holding position at the centre of the distribution...
34 INT. JEMíHADAR SHIP #2
The bridge of the giant ship. WEYOUN serves as its Vorta, with the teenage Founder MEERA also there. The ship shakes as it comes under fire...
A ball of FLAMES bursts into life in the middle of the bridge, wafting away and revealing ASCENDANT #1, sneering with hatred. Meera staggers back out of its way as the JemíHadar soldiers turn towards it...
Protect the Founder!
The JemíHadar form a barrier around Meera. One of them draws his karítakin blade and slashes it at Ascendant #1... but the blade goes right through him as if heís not there.
35 INT. JEMíHADAR SHIP #1
Kira and Taraníatarís crew. They also have ASCENDANT #2 on their bridge, and the JemíHadar are reacting...
Ignore him! Heís just a holo-
gram, he canít do anything.
Do as she says!
The other JemíHadar turn back to running their ship. It shudders under more external fire. Taraníatar pulls his own blade and holds it out towards Ascendant #2, just in case.
The Ascendant sneers back at him, then turns his attention to the computer screens, stares at them hard. The screens run and fritz with data. Lights begin to flicker and die.
Power is interrupted across the ship, sputtering and trying to reengage, like a car trying to restart a stalled engine.
36 EXT. SPACE
Oh. I forgot that part.
Find where that signal is
coming from and destroy it!
The battle continues to rage all around, JemíHadar ships and Ascendant ships exploding left right and centre. The two fleets seem about evenly matched.
Kiraís JemíHadar fighter bucks sideways, turns and FIRES hard on the Ascendant ship nearest to it. A few moments of serious phaser fire, and the tiny ship EXPLODES.
37 INT. JEMíHADAR SHIP #1
Ascendant #2 bursts into flames as his origination point is destroyed. He screams as he burns away to nothing...
Track that frequency and send
it out to the entire fleet.
Tell them to block it.
Taraníatar works a control on his headset as he passes on the message...
38 INT. DS9 Ė WARD ROOM
I see you havenít entirely
forgotten your Starfleet
training then, Captain.
Admiral ROSS sits across the table from Kira. She does not appreciate his comment.
This wasnít a Starfleet mission,
Admiral. You made sure of that.
Her eyes move to take in the whole table Ė Ross, Akaar and BATANIDES, sat in a line across the table from Kira. This is an official after-action review by a whole panel of admirals. She blames them all equally.
Ross looks down and licks his lips. He regrets not being able to support Kira. But whatís done is done. Batanides tries to be a bit nicer, as is her way.
But you were successful in
repelling the holographic
39 INT. JEMíHADAR SHIP #1
The ship seems to be back to normal, power restored, the JemíHadar concentrating on tracking external threats.
But then thereís another burst of FLAMES on the bridge, and ASCENDANT #3 stands before them, holding a spear.
Damn it! They must have changed
JEMíHADAR #1 roars with fury and moves towards him... But before he has a chance to do anything, Ascendant #3ís image seems to ripple, as if passing through a force field. His spear bursts into flame, he LUNGES forwards...
...and SPEARS JemíHadar #1 right through the heart.
As JemíHadar #1 screams and Kiraís eyes flare in panic...
END OF ACT ONE