77 INT. DEFIANT – ENGINEERING
The door opens and Vaughn strides in, calls out loud.
Evacuate this room. Everyone
out, right now.
This catches Nog off guard. His junior engineers look at him, confused...
Commander? What’s going on?
No time to explain, Lieutenant.
I want this room empty, now.
That’s an order. Everyone out!
Nog is still confused, but orders are orders.
You heard the man. Everyone out.
The junior officers and extras begin to do as they’re told.
Nog, you report to the bridge.
Everything you need is there.
I’ll handle things here.
Vaughn is clearly not open to discussion. Nog can only turn and leave. Vaughn goes to the central console.
78 INT. DEFIANT – MAIN BRIDGE
Vaughn to bridge.
Dax in command, Bowers and Bashir at their stations, Aleco at helm, and Prynn, Jake and Rena staying out of the way...
Go ahead, Commander.
Set it off, Dax.
Occupied. Follow your orders,
Commander. Vaughn out.
Dax blinks a little at the brusque tone. But again, orders are orders. She turns to her crew.
Okay. Bowers, keep the cloak up.
Aleco, slow reverse. Just enough
to trigger the event horizon.
Aleco works the helm panels...
79 EXT. SPACE
A few moments of silence, and then the wormhole BURSTS into life. The normal, calm and beautiful blue-and-gold version.
80 INT. ASCENDANT VESSEL #4
Ascendant #6 (the one who killed Vannis and Rekan’ganar) looks up in shock and amazement as her ship reacts around her. All the silver panels around her CONVULSE gently, flowing and pulsing.
The ambient colour shifts to a blue-and-gold pattern that matches the wormhole. The various coloured patches shift to resemble mouths, singing the same wordless choral chant we’ve heard the Eav’oq sing...
81 INT. JEM’HADAR SHIP #1
Kira facing Iliana, Taran’atar holding Raiq. Holographic Iliana looks up, seeing something on her own ship that the rest of them can’t see. Half relieved, half daunted.
Kira flips her eye-screen back down, eyes wide...
Raiq can seem to just feel it, and is overcome...
It is the Fortress. Iliana, we
have found it. We must go. The
True are calling to us...
But it’ll kill you...
You still don’t get it, do you,
Nerys? This is what they want.
When we find the Fortress, we
will be judged, and we will
burn in Their Eyes.
You hear that? They will burn.
They know that. It’s exactly
what they’ve been hoping for
all this time. And it was my
job... to give it to them.
That’s the Prophets’ plan...
Yes. To finish the Ascendants
once and for all.
This is too much for Kira to understand. That the Prophets could deliberately lead an entire species to their deaths...
Let them burn, Nerys.
Iliana looks over to Raiq, almost pitying...
But not her. She’s the Hand of
the True, the one who leads the
people, just like you, and like
Garak. That’s your job. Promise
me you’ll keep her safe, Nerys.
...I promise. What about you?
I have to go... to the wormhole.
That’s the Emissary’s job. To
sacrifice themselves for their
people. Goodbye, Nerys.
And Iliana disappears in a burst of flame.
82 EXT. SPACE
No! Mistress, don’t leave me...
The battle zone. One by one, all the Ascendant ships have been breaking off their attacks and turning away.
In front of Kira’s Jem’Hadar ship, the last one breaks and turns to follow its compatriots.
83 INT. ASCENDANT VESSEL #1
Surrounded by blue-and-gold hues, Iliana pilots the ship alone. She’s almost tearful with regret, and yet relieved, and full of the strength of her purpose.
84 INT. DEFIANT – MAIN BRIDGE
Still under cloak. Bowers reads his panels, turns to Dax with a lump in his throat.
Here they come.
On screen and magnify.
The image shifts, showing thousands of the tiny Ascendant ships all on course right for them. Everyone gulps...
85 INT. JEM’HADAR SHIP #1
As Raiq struggles against Taran’atar, Kira is figuring it all out in her head...
Sacrifice. The Emissary’s job.
She turns to Raiq and Taran’atar...
86 EXT. SPACE
Let her go. We need to follow
that ship. Now!
Kira’s Jem’Hadar ship pulls away and zooms off towards the wormhole, leaving a graveyard of destroyed Ascendant and Jem’Hadar ships behind...
Then we’re with the Ascendant fleet, the big blue flower of the wormhole a beacon for them as they rush towards it. Nothing else matters to them anymore.
87 INT. DEFIANT – MAIN BRIDGE
On the screen, the Ascendants get closer and closer.
Behind them, the door opens and Nog enters. Dax turns...
Nog? What are you doing here?
Vaughn threw everyone out of
engineering. No idea why.
What about my dad?
I haven’t seen him. It’s just
Commander Vaughn down there.
Something about this strikes something in Jake’s memory. Prynn sees the look on his face, knows something’s wrong...
Jake? What is it?
Jake is thunderstruck, horrified. He turns and runs for the door. Prynn and Rena run after him...
88 INT. DEFIANT – CORRIDOR
The others catch up as Jake pelts down the corridor...
Jake! What? Is it my dad?
89 INT. JEM’HADAR SHIP #1
The subspace inversion. My dad
told me what happened the last
time. I should have remembered.
And I think your dad’s about
to do the same thing...
Kira is urging the ship to go faster through sheer will...
Kira to Defiant!
No answer. She turns to Taran’atar, who is working panels.
90 INT. DEFIANT – ENGINEERING
Defiant’s communications array
is non-functional, Captain.
Vaughn alone at the central console.
Engineering to bridge.
You know what to do. The moment
they’re on top of us, do it.
No hesitation. Is that clear?
It’s clear, Commander.
91 EXT. SPACE
All of the Ascendant ships coming, coming...
92 INT. ASCENDANT VESSEL #4
Ascendant #6 smiles, blissful and content, the very purpose of her life about to be fulfilled...
...in the command chair of the Defiant
, on edge, waiting...
...on the Jem’Hadar ship, racing to get back...
...in engineering, awaiting his fate with calm surety...
...running down the Defiant
’s corridor as fast as she can, having overtaken Jake and Rena...
97 INT. ASCENDANT VESSEL #4
Ascendant #6 looks out through the transparent canopy at the wondrous sight of the wormhole. The vessel around her is thrumming with energy. She’s right on top of it...
...and then she’s entering the wormhole. The ships of her brothers and sisters doing likewise around her.
Blessed True, Unnameable Ones...
Accept us into your Fortress
and let us burn in Your Eyes.
Let us... ascend.
...looks down at the panel beneath her fingers. And she presses the big flashing red icon there.
99 SUBSPACE RELAY
...last seen 10x13, suddenly comes to life, powering up and reconfiguring itself. It turns, aims... and FIRES a small, innocuous beam from its antenna.
100 THE WORMHOLE
The beam hits the wormhole dead centre, passing right by the Ascendant ships. Nothing much happens for a second...
...and then the wormhole ERUPTS. Just as we saw at the top of the ep - erratic, violent, burning with power.
101 INT. ASCENDANT VESSEL #4
The pulsing systems of the ship react violently, like we saw the Wa react. It bucks, spasms, and then just BURSTS.
102 THE WORMHOLE
Right in the mouth of the wormhole where it opens to normal space. The wormhole BURNS around us, and all the Ascendant ships, one by one, are WRENCHING themselves apart.
Canopies bursting, chassis warping and breaking, Ascendant bodies aflame or thrown out into open space before being consumed by the fires of the wormhole.
103 INT. DEFIANT – CORRIDOR
Jake HAMMERS on the door to engineering. The ship SHUDDERS around them with the force of the wormhole’s eruption. Prynn is wrist-deep in a panel of wires and circuits, desperately trying to get the door open...
104 INT. DEFIANT – ENGINEERING
I’m coming, dad. Just hold on...
Vaughn hears the THUMPS on the door, but he doesn’t answer. He looks around – the warp core is starting to react. Great arcs of power SPARK across the room.
105 INT. DEFIANT – MAIN BRIDGE
Everyone solemnly watches the screen, as the Ascendant ships explode and burn all around them...
106 INT. JEM’HADAR SHIP #1
Kira is gazing equally horror-struck at what she sees in her eye-screen. Behind her, Raiq is feeling what’s going on. She SHRIEKS, and both hands burst into flame, and she FIRES beams of actual flame at two of the Jem’Hadar crew.
Nooooo! Let me go! Let me go!
I want to be with them!
PUNCH. Taran’atar knocks the poor, hysterical Ascendant woman unconscious with one blow. She crumples to the floor. Kira looks down at her, her own emotions churning...
107 INT. DEFIANT – CORRIDOR
Prynn is now openly crying as she does everything she can think of to get the door open. But every one of her tricks only results in another negative BZZZT from the computer. Jake and Rena stay out of her way...
108 INT. DEFIANT – ENGINEERING
No! Dad! Please... let me in...
Vaughn fixes the interphasic compensator into its place in the central console. Then he stands tall, eyes closed, ready for what’s coming. The ship is shuddering around him, the arcs of power getting bigger and stronger...
...and then the big one finally hits. It SNAPS at Vaughn like a whip, catching him in its power...
...and he begins to flicker in and out of view, fading away, glowing white as the power crackles around him.
109 INT. DEFIANT – CORRIDOR
Prynn hears the CRACK of the whip through the door. She knows what it means. She SCREAMS with rage and sorrow...
...fades from view, completely gone...
...lifts her finger off the firing control.
112 SUBSPACE RELAY
113 THE WORMHOLE
...closes up, leaving trails of energy...
...collapses to the floor, screaming and shrieking and wailing with pain and anguish. Jake and Rena can only try their best to hold her.
END OF ACT FOUR