DS9 Season 10, ep 10x20 - "In the Stars" (part 1 of 3)

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    TEASER


    FADE IN:


    1 INT. EVEN ODDS - BRIDGE


    The camera SHAKES, computer panels SPARK, smoke BILLOWS. A burned, smudgy hand grabs urgently at the helm panel, pulling the body up – it is DEZ, the Even Odds captain.

    The ship shakes around him, under attack. He clambers back into the seat and quickly works the panels, desperately trying to get the ship out of harm’s way.

    Another SLAM – the ship shudders and rings like a bell as it’s hit again. Dez turns to look at FACITY, his buxom Wadi exec, at the science panels.

    DEZ
    Fac! I need to know where they
    are! I can’t get us away if – ​

    FAC
    I don’t know where they are!
    They keep moving! Jumping around
    like Rakhari springers. Every
    time I think there’s a gap we
    can run through, they jump right
    into it and shoot at us again.
    I can’t even tell if there is
    a they or just an it. ​

    The ship shakes again, a groan rumbling all through its spaceframe. Another panel blows. A couple of unfamiliar background faces are working other stations.

    DEZ
    What about Prees? ​

    FACITY
    (slaps comm panel)
    Prees! Status! ​


    2 THE WA


    PREES, the Karemma engineer, staggers against the bucking ship. But that’s the least of her worries, because the WA is erupting all around her. The peaceful cloudy white is gone, and instead the space is THROBBING with a fiery orange light, PULSING like an irregular heartbeat. The patches of colour that hang in mid-air are all on FIRE.

    Prees dodges out of the way of one burst of flames and collapses to the “ground,” but even that shifts and rolls under her, physically reacting to the attack on the ship.

    PREES
    I’m trying! But nothing works.
    It’s alive down here... and
    it’s going crazy! ​



    3 INT. EVEN ODDS - CORRIDOR


    The dog-like Aarruri PIF runs as fast as he can down the corridor. He winces against his damaged leg, slowing him down, but he pushes through it and keeps going.

    He skids around a corner into another section of corridor. BRAD, FEG and TRIV are pounding along it towards Pif. The hulking Dosi female carries a heavy fire extinguisher device, the two tiny Ferengi males lugging the long coiled pipe behind. Pif dodges around them and keeps going.

    BRAD
    Pif! Where are you going? It’s
    this way! ​

    Pif ignores her and keeps running. A section of a bulkhead BURSTS off its moorings and out into the corridor, letting a finger of white-orange Wa material leak out, reaching and flowing. Pif ignores it. He runs and runs...


    4 INT. EVEN ODDS – PIF’S QUARTERS


    The door opens and Pif dashes in. Inside, on the large pillow of their bed, is Pif’s wife SETT and their six tiny green babies. The puppies are a bit older now, old enough to be aware of what’s going on around them. Sett is trying her best to hug them to her chest, comfort them, but they still whine and whimper in fear.

    SETT
    Pif! You shouldn’t be here! ​

    PIF
    No, Sett. You’re my family. I
    couldn’t be anywhere else. ​

    He jumps up onto the bed and huddles up with his family, curling himself around to protect them. Pif and Sett both look around in fear as the ship shudders again...

    SETT
    But who is it? Who’s trying to
    kill us? ​


    5 EXT. SPACE


    The freighter Even Odds tries to run, its patchwork hull damaged and burning and smoking. It tries to swerve...

    An Ascendant ship JUMPS right into its path and FIRES. A massive jagged bolt of white electricity bursts from its pointed silver tip and SLAMS into the Even Odds.

    CLOSE on the ship’s hull as the dissolving effect begins...


    6 INT. EVEN ODDS - BRIDGE


    Facity reacts to her panels with worry...

    FACITY
    The outer hull, it’s starting
    to degenerate... just like Nog
    and Shar said it would. ​

    DEZ
    Don’t talk to me about those
    damned Alphies! This is their
    damned fault! We wouldn’t be
    under attack at all if I hadn’t
    let Jake guilt me into it. ​

    Facity knows it’s not the time to argue.

    FACITY
    The hull’s about to give...​


    7 EXT. SPACE


    The Ascendant ship FIRES and FIRES on the Even Odds, the freighter’s skin dissolving more and more...

    Thick blue phaser fire comes from off-side, pummelling the Ascendant ship. The Ascendant breaks off attack, looping away. The new attacker gives chase – a JEM’HADAR FIGHTER. Even Odds is left ignored for the moment.


    8 INT. EVEN ODDS - BRIDGE


    Amazed, Dez and Facity and the others watch the Jem’Hadar and Ascendant ships exchanging fire on the main viewscreen. Panels and cables still burn and spark around them.

    DEZ
    Unbelievable. ​

    FACITY
    (w/ wonder)
    Why does this keep happening
    to us? ​

    DEZ
    Don’t count your pegs. It’s not
    over yet. ​



    9 EXT. SPACE


    The Jem’Hadar fighter pursues the Ascendant ship, firing on it constantly. The Ascendant JUMPS away, and the last few shots are lost.

    But the Jem’Hadar anticipate the Ascendant’s move. Even as the Ascendant JUMPS back into place right behind them, the Jem’Hadar ship does a fast heel-turn, practically spinning itself 180 degrees until it faces the Ascendant again.

    The Jem’Hadar take the Ascendant by surprise with a new volley of phaser fire. They’re practically at point-blank range, FIRING FIRING FIRING...

    BOOM. Almost nose-to-nose, the Ascendant ship EXPLODES. The Jem’Hadar fighter surges through the fire and out the other side, before swooping back around and steadily approaching the crippled Even Odds.


    10 INT. EVEN ODDS - BRIDGE


    Dez and Facity watch the Jem’Hadar ship loom closer and closer, the field of Ascendant debris behind it. They tense - this could be good or bad. Maybe they were just fighting over who gets to kill them.

    There’s an alert on Facity’s panels – she rushes to check.

    FACITY
    Incoming signal. ​

    With a gulp, Dez nods. Facity presses controls...

    And the screen changes to an image of TARAN’ATAR. He stands on the Jem’Hadar bridge wearing one of the viewer-headsets, with VANNIS visible behind him.

    TARAN’ATAR (screen)
    Captain Dez. Facity. ​

    FACITY
    (amazed)
    Taran’atar...? What – ​

    TARAN’ATAR (screen)
    The Even Odds is now under the
    protection of the Dominion, by
    direct order of the Founders.​

    DEZ
    Umm, thanks, I guess. But why? ​



    11 INT. EVEN ODDS – PIF’S QUARTERS


    The conversation is sounding through the entire ship’s comm system. Pif and Sett have their ears perked up, curious...

    TARAN’ATAR (comm)
    Jem’Hadar vessels have been
    shadowing you for some weeks
    now. This was the wish of the
    Founder you call... Meera. ​

    Pif and Sett both BARK loudly, excited and relieved and grateful. Picking up the mood, the puppies start to copy their parents with happy little YELPS and SQUEAKS.


    12 INT. EVEN ODDS - BRIDGE


    The Gaber family’s happy barking sounds through the comm. Dez and Facity sag in blissful relief. They share a grin.

    DEZ
    (w/ feeling)
    Taran’atar, thank you. You’ve
    saved our lives - again. And
    please pass on our thanks to
    Meera if you see her. ​

    TARAN’ATAR (screen)
    Do you require assistance? Can
    you manoeuvre? ​

    FACITY
    Not as we are – the main engines
    are fried. ​

    TARAN’ATAR (screen)
    Stand by. We will tractor you
    to a repair facility. ​



    13 EXT. SPACE


    The Jem’Hadar ship casts a tractor beam over the Even Odds.

    CLOSE on the freighter’s hull – with its skin half melted away, the tractor beam has an unexpected effect. Sparks and tiny explosions start spreading over its surface...


    14 THE WA


    Prees reacts with alarm as the formless material of the Wa goes haywire again. Electric bolts spark and jump around the room, the coloured patches transform into open MOUTHS and small BIRDS fly out of them, circling around.

    PREES
    (into comm)
    Captain – no! Stop the tractor
    beam! The Wa is - ​

    The Wa CONVULSES like a living animal trying to buck off an unwanted rider. Prees is knocked off her feet and one of the electric bolts catches her full-on...


    15 INT. EVEN ODDS - BRIDGE


    The rear wall of bridge consoles bucks and convulses too, sparks and fires spreading right to left – approaching Facity’s station. Dez runs to grab her...

    DEZ
    Facity, move - ​

    But too late. The consoles EXPLODE. Dez and Facity are thrown back in a shower of sparks and flames...


    BLACK OUT:

    END OF TEASER


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    ACT ONE


    FADE IN:


    16 EXT. SISKO’S HOUSE


    Spring, turning to summer. Warm breeze, gently wafting trees, green grass and golden stone. Mid-afternoon.


    17 INT. SISKO’S HOUSE - BEDROOM


    SISKO sits cross-legged on the bed, with young REBECCA sat opposite him. Sisko is helping her to learn her ABCs. He holds up a card with a Bajoran ideogram on it...

    SISKO
    Do you remember what this one
    is called? ​

    REBECCA
    ...Shem? ​

    SISKO
    Nearly. It’s a tough one. Try again...​

    REBECCA
    (w/ difficulty)
    Slem...​

    SISKO
    That’s it! Good girl! ​

    With a sigh Sisko puts down the cards and looks at Rebecca. He gazes into her face with a small frown. Thinking. His formerly happy smile slowly falls, a façade dropping away. His mind drifts. Rebecca wonders what changed...

    REBECCA
    Daddy? ​

    SISKO
    It’s coming, Rebecca. I can
    feel it. I know you don’t know
    what I’m talking about. But
    whatever it is... it’s coming. ​

    He reaches out for Rebecca and pulls her close. Hugs her tight while he can. Kisses her head.

    KASIDY (o.s.)
    Ben? Ben! Jake and Rena just
    arrived! Come and say hello. ​

    Sisko’s worry does not ease. His mind can’t let it go...


    18 INT. SISKO’S HOUSE – LIVING ROOM


    Sisko emerges from the bedroom with Rebecca hugged around his chest. JAKE and KASIDY are sat on the sofa, and laid out in front of them on the coffee table are some large charcoal-on-paper drawings, taken from Rena’s art bag.

    JAKE
    Hey, Dad! ​

    SISKO
    Hey, Jake-o...​

    KASIDY
    Ben, come and look at these.
    Rena drew them...​

    Sisko gently lowers Rebecca to the ground - she toddles off towards Mummy. He looks to the kitchen, just as RENA is emerging with a mug of steaming tea in each hand.

    RENA
    Hi, Mister Sisko...​

    Sisko gazes at her, his worry increasing...


    FLASHBACK – 4x03 “THE VISITOR”


    Older Jake introduces his wife to his father...

    ADULT JAKE
    This is Korena... my wife. ​


    BACK TO SCENE


    Sisko blinks away the memory. But the worry stays.

    SISKO
    Rena...​

    JAKE
    Dad, look. We had the morning
    off today so we went up to Yyn.
    It’s always nice this time of
    year, and it’s kind of... “our
    place,” now. And Rena had been
    looking for a new project...​

    By now Rena has delivered the teas, and Sisko has joined them in looking at the drawings.

    RENA
    So I started sketching some of
    the ancient ruins there, the
    statues and carvings. This is
    what I came up with. ​

    Sisko begins to slowly sift through the drawings, studying each one in turn. They depict the crumbling buildings, eroded statues and worn shapes, lovingly crafted in shades and lines of charcoal. Sisko stops at one in particular...

    RENA
    That was my favourite. It’s a
    single tall column, looked as
    if it might have been a person
    before it got eroded away. But
    here, at the top...
    (traces it
    w/ finger)
    ...I’m probably imagining it,
    but it kinda looks like an
    eye. Just one big eye, gazing
    out at everyone. ​

    Sisko studies the drawing. He looks up at Rena. She’s occupied, chatting MOS with Kasidy and Jake. But Sisko is staring at her. She worries him. He doesn’t trust her.


    19 SECURITY SCREEN


    The image of ETANA, still sat in her security cell. Alone, withdrawn, sad. This image is relayed on the screens in...


    20 INT. DS9 – SECURITY OFFICE


    RO LAREN sits in her chair, turned to look at the screens. She watches her friend in the cell. She’s not angry, not hateful, not upset. Just contemplative.

    QUARK (o.s.)
    So what are you going to do
    with her? ​

    ANGLE to reveal that QUARK sits in the other seat, watching Ro watching Etana. He gives her space, doesn’t push.

    RO
    Don’t know. Kira hasn’t decided. ​

    QUARK
    Kira isn’t the one she betrayed. ​

    RO
    No. But everyone’s sticking their
    oar in because of the “unique”
    circumstances. Kira, Vaughn,
    Bashir... Richter of course...
    they’re all having their say. ​

    QUARK
    What do you say? ​

    RO
    Don’t know. I’m not mad at her.
    Maybe I should be. I usually
    am in this kind of situation.
    (pause to think)
    With Taran’atar... I couldn’t
    handle my feelings. I ran away
    from them with the painkillers.
    Etana is... kinda the same thing.
    Yes, she betrayed me... hurt
    me... but she didn’t mean to.
    (sad chuckle)
    In a way, she helped. Forced me
    to face up to what I was doing.
    So, upshot is... I don’t know. ​

    Quark nods solemnly. The Promenade door opens, and VAUGHN enters. Ro stands to greet him.

    RO
    Quark... would you mind? ​

    Quark gets the message – leave us alone. He gets up, but with a comforting smile to Ro.

    QUARK
    You know where to find me. ​

    And then he’s gone. Ro gestures for Vaughn to sit.

    RO
    Thank you for coming, Commander.
    (braces herself)
    I asked to see you... to tell
    you that I’m afraid I won’t be
    able to work with you anymore. ​

    Vaughn translates her words - she’s talking about his anti-Section 31 group. The conversation continues on the surface but underneath they both know what they’re really saying. Vaughn composes himself, responds calmly and certainly.

    VAUGHN
    No. ​

    RO
    Commander, I think you’d agree
    that my recent actions... my
    recent decisions... demonstrate
    my unsuitability for the task
    you assigned me. ​

    VAUGHN
    Lieutenant, I do not agree. As
    I told you at the time, we’ve
    all made our mistakes, and we
    all have our issues. It doesn’t
    change our obligations. ​

    Ro sees she’s not getting through to him. She tries her best to explain, enunciating every word.

    RO
    Every step I take... it hurts.
    Every thought I think... hurts. ​

    VAUGHN
    Lieutenant, I know you like to
    think you have it worse than
    everyone else. But I feel I must
    point out that I have been doing
    this job for longer than you’ve
    been alive. Twice as long, in
    fact. And I’m still going. Your
    desire to run away is exactly
    that – running away. Again. You
    told me your reasons for taking
    this assignment. Those reasons
    still apply. You are entirely
    capable of completing the task
    to my satisfaction, and that is
    an end of it.
    (he stands)
    Carry on, Lieutenant. ​

    He turns and walks out. Ro considers what he’s said...


    21 INT. DS9 – INFIRMARY


    BASHIR and TARSES stand together in the Infirmary. Bashir is deferent and conciliatory. Tarses is unhappy, but civil.

    BASHIR
    I’m really sorry, Simon. I know
    this must be awkward for you. ​

    TARSES
    (lying)
    No no, it’s fine, Doctor. ​

    BASHIR
    I can’t really explain why, but
    to be frank, my resignation was
    fake. Captain Kira and Commander
    Vaughn have offered me back the
    CMO position... and I would like
    to take it. Things that happened
    while I was away made it clear
    to me that this is what I want
    to do. Where I feel like I ought
    to be. But... I don’t know where
    that leaves you. ​

    TARSES
    I’ll figure something out. ​

    BASHIR
    I would like you to stay. Until
    we know what’s going to happen
    to Etana, we’ll be a hand short
    around here.
    (sudden worry)
    Not that I’m talking about making
    you a nurse. Your promotion still
    stands. Nobody’s taking that away
    from you. But I’d understand if
    you decided to look for another
    CMO position elsewhere. ​

    TARSES
    I’ll figure something out. ​

    BASHIR
    Okay. Okay. So... what do we
    have on for today? ​

    TARSES
    Not a lot. I’ve made Ro promise
    to come back for regular checks.
    Dax and Prynn and Quark are all
    healed. Unless there’s any last
    minute emergencies, that’s it. ​

    BASHIR
    Good. Looks like you’ve got
    everything under control. ​

    TARSES
    Yes, I do. Oh, before I forget...​

    Tarses reaches off and grabs a padd, hands it to Bashir.

    TARSES
    This came for you while you were
    away. I guess whoever sent it
    didn’t realise you’d resigned.
    Or fake resigned, anyway. ​

    Bashir looks at the padd – it features GARAK’s face.


    CUT TO:


    22 FLAMES


    Crackling and burning hot. But not chaotic – smooth and flowing against black night. Shapes begin to move across it, bodies blocking our view. OPEN OUT to...


    23 EXT. ASCENDANT ENCAMPMENT - NIGHT


    The Ascendant chief priest ESSK (10x12 “Heresy”) stands silently praying over the flames in an iron brazier. He
    is troubled, but trying not to dwell on it too much.

    Another figure approaches, joining him in prayer. Essk looks up – it is BLAS, from 10x14 “Against the Odds.”

    BLAS
    Cardinal Essk. Blessings of the
    True upon you. ​

    ESSK
    And on you, Archquester Blas.
    How go the preparations? ​

    BLAS
    They proceed apace, Cardinal.
    Archquester Raiq continues to
    inspire the Knights to their
    sacred duty. More children of
    the True emerge from the stars
    to join the Quest every turn. ​

    ESSK
    (small mutter)
    Raiq... of course... ​

    BLAS
    Are you troubled, Cardinal?
    Do you fear for the Quest? ​

    Essk has to be very careful how he answers. He can’t be seen to be disloyal. But still...

    ESSK
    It is not fear, Blas. Only...
    curiosity. I cannot help but
    wonder why Mistress Iliana
    chose Raiq to lead this Quest.
    She is an honest Knight,
    dedicated and devoted to the
    True. But she is only a Knight. ​

    BLAS
    Raiq leads the crusade against
    the hated Eav’oq and Bajorans,
    yes. But only that. She plays a
    purely martial role. You remain
    Cardinal. You still guide the
    spiritual life of the Knights. ​

    ESSK
    Is there a difference? Does our
    doctrine not state clearly that
    we fight for the glory of the
    Unnameable Ones with our every
    thought? That our prayers do
    battle among the stars against
    the prayers of infidels for the
    honour of being heard by Them? ​

    BLAS
    That is our custom, Cardinal. To
    pray to the True is to fight for
    Them, and to fight is to pray. ​

    ESSK
    Exactly. And yet now, Mistress
    Iliana elevates a simple Knight
    to the glory of leading a great
    crusade. The crusade that may
    finally lead us into the True’s
    light. And I... who have worked
    and prayed and fought for three
    hundred cycles to rise to the
    role of Cardinal, leader of all
    Ascendants across the stars...
    I am left to pray alone by the
    flames, while Raiq trains and
    inspires... and leads. I find
    that... curious. Nothing more. ​

    BLAS
    (cautious)
    She is the Fire, Cardinal. The
    Knights trust her. We have all
    been taught to do so since our
    first breath. You counselled
    belief in the Fire every day
    you have been Cardinal. You
    cannot doubt her now. ​

    ESSK
    I never doubt! Never again say
    such a thing, Blas. Never even
    suggest it. To even entertain
    such thoughts is high treason,
    punishable by the stake. ​

    But that’s fear underneath the anger. The truth is, Essk does doubt, and he also knows the potential punishment.

    BLAS
    (bows head)
    I beg forgiveness, Cardinal. ​

    ESSK
    I grant it. My concern is for
    the Knights, Blas. I wonder if
    perhaps the Mistress Iliana does
    not... understand the Ascendants
    as well as she might. To fight is
    to pray, and to pray is to fight.
    These have been our ways for
    thousands of cycles. She seeks
    to change them, at a time when
    we ought to be holding faster
    to them than ever. And perhaps
    that is my failing. If I had
    helped her to understand...
    (beat)
    But I also wonder if perhaps
    she cannot understand us. She
    is, after all... not one of us.
    She has not suffered what we
    have suffered. She cannot know
    the real, burning heart of the
    True’s chosen people. ​

    BLAS
    She knows the True themselves.
    She came to us from them. That
    is a greater truth than any
    Ascendant can possibly know.
    (reassuring)
    Do not be troubled, Cardinal.
    The Knights will follow the
    Fire, with no doubt in their
    hearts. This is also our way.
    (beat)
    Blessings of the True upon you. ​

    With this traditional parting, Essk bows his head, allowing Blas to leave. Essk is left alone over the flaming brazier again. His worry has not abated. If anything it increased. He mutters into the flames...

    ESSK
    Yes... this is our way. ​

    On Essk’s troubled features, the lights of the flickering flames reflecting off his silver skin...


    FADE OUT:


    END OF ACT ONE


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    ACT TWO


    FADE IN:

    24 INT. SISKO’S HOUSE - KITCHEN


    A gorgeous sunny day, sunlight streaming in. Rena stands gazing out of the kitchen window at the meadows, the large central tree waving gently. She smiles, comfortable here.

    She turns her attention back to the sink in front of her, washing up after the family had an afternoon snack.

    SISKO (o.s.)
    What are you doing here? ​

    She turns, surprised. Sisko is standing against the wall, arms folded, watching her. Studying her. Inspecting her.

    RENA
    Just getting these plates and
    cups washed up. My grandfather
    always said your guests should
    feel comfortable in your home,
    but should never take advantage. ​

    She carries on washing. But Sisko isn’t done.

    SISKO
    I mean what are you doing here,
    in my house? Who are you? ​

    RENA
    I... don’t understand. ​

    SISKO
    You confuse me, Azeni Korena.
    I don’t like feeling confused. ​

    Rena is a little thrown by this conversation. Sisko is starting to creep her out. But the moment is broken when Jake enters the room, oblivious. Jake goes to Rena, pecks her on the cheek, and grabs a cloth from the sink.

    JAKE
    Crumbs on the sofa. Sorry. ​

    Jake heads back out again. Sisko lets it go for now – with a last worried glance at Rena, he turns to join Jake in the living room. Mystified, Rena returns to the washing up.


    25 INT. DS9 – MAIN OPS CENTRE


    The office doors open and KIRA strides out, heading down the stairs to the central Ops table. DAX is running the boards as usual, with NOG at engineering, SHAR at sciences, BOWERS at tactical and VAUGHN strolling amiably around.

    KIRA
    Everything under control? ​

    DAX
    Yup. ​

    KIRA
    Taran’atar back yet? ​

    DAX
    You’d know if he was, Captain. ​

    Kira is nervous, for some reason. Nothing massive, just the kind of drumming the fingers, what-shall-I-do-with-myself uncertainty. Dax smirks at Kira’s discomfort.

    Then Dax’s panels light up with a new ALERT. She checks, nods. Smiles at Kira.

    DAX
    Neutrino levels rising. Looks
    like you were just in time. ​

    KIRA
    (nods, relaxing)
    On screen. ​



    26 EXT. SPACE – THE WORMHOLE


    The wormhole bursts open in its customary colourful display – Dominion Vessel 288 emerges. It moves slowly, carefully, dragging another ship behind it by tractor – the Even Odds.

    The two ships are arranged awkwardly, so that the tractor beam does not attach to any damaged portion of the hull.


    27 INT. DS9 – MAIN OPS CENTRE


    The crew react to this sight on the screen with some mild surprise. Dax checks readings on her panels...

    DAX
    It’s Vannis’s ship alright. But
    I don’t recognise the other one.
    The transponder ID says it’s – ​

    NOG
    That’s the Even Odds! ​

    KIRA
    What? Your spy ship? ​

    NOG
    Yes, sir! Only it looked a lot
    better the last time I saw it. ​

    BOWERS
    (off panels)
    It’s had major weapons damage.
    Engines blown, hull compromised,
    shields non-existent, defence
    systems ruined...
    (w/ horror)
    ...Ascendant weapon signatures. ​

    KIRA
    Oh, kosst. ​

    DAX
    Hail from Vannis’s ship. ​

    At Kira’s nod, Dax puts the call on the screen. Vannis appears, wearing the head-set, with Taran’atar visible behind her, and also OPAKA lingering politely.

    VANNIS (screen)
    Greetings, Captain. As you can
    see, we have guests. Their ship
    is in need of major repairs and
    there are substantial medical
    concerns among its crew. ​

    Nog and Shar share a worried look...

    KIRA
    (into action)
    Dax - get them a docking port
    and tell Bashir and Tarses to
    get there fast. Bowers, Shar,
    Nog – I want a full tactical
    work-up on what happened to
    them and how to fix it. Vaughn,
    liaise with Ro and Taran’atar
    on any security issues.
    (back to Vannis)
    Thanks for your help, Vannis.
    See you in a few. Kira out. ​

    The screen goes back to the external view of the Dominion ship and the Even Odds.

    KIRA
    Alright, everyone. Get to it. ​

    NOG
    Captain? Permission to put a
    call through to Bajor... We
    should tell Jake. ​

    Kira realizes he’s right. She nods her permission. Nog turns to his panels...


    28 EXT. DEEP SPACE NINE


    As Vannis’s ship settles onto the docking ring next to the Defiant, and work bees gently tractor the damaged Even Odds onto the next port along.


    29 INT. DS9 – DOCKING RING CORRIDOR


    At the first airlock, a full medical team including Bashir, Tarses and RICHTER is in action. They oversee as non-coms guide anti-grav stretchers out of the ship and into the corridor. The stretchers carry unconscious Even Odds crew – Dez, Facity, GLESSIN and others. Brad follows them into the corridor, sniffling away tears.

    The medical team moves off down the corridor. Once they clear, a team of Shar and T’RB, Bowers and ALECO, and engineers LEISHMAN and CANDLEWOOD board the freighter.

    At the next airlock along, Vaughn and Ro wait for the door to roll open. Vannis, Taran’atar and Opaka step out into the corridor, escorted by two Jem’Hadar soldiers.

    VAUGHN
    Ambassador, welcome back. ​

    TARAN’ATAR
    Thank you, Commander. I should
    report to the Captain. ​

    VAUGHN
    I’ll tell her you’re coming. ​

    Taran’atar nods simply, and heads off. Vannis slips in alongside him, supporting him without a word. Ro exchanges a glance with Vaughn – “wish me luck” – and follows them. Vaughn turns to Opaka, and warmly takes her hands.

    VAUGHN
    Sulan – what a pleasant surprise.
    I had no idea you were coming. ​

    OPAKA
    It’s wonderful to see you again
    too, Elias. But I cannot stay.
    Vedek Yevir has asked to see me. ​

    VAUGHN
    Yevir? What does he want? ​

    OPAKA
    He wasn’t prepared to say over
    subspace. But he did say it was
    a matter of vital importance. ​

    VAUGHN
    Isn’t everything a matter of
    vital importance to him?
    (chuckle)
    I’ll arrange a ship for you. ​

    They smile, glad to be in each other’s company. But Opaka is too spiritual and Vaughn is too professional to take it any further. He leads her down the corridor...


    30 THE WA


    The formless space in the belly of the Even Odds looks dead, or at least inactive. The white is a lifeless dull grey, the coloured splotches seeming to droop listlessly.

    A hole opens in the middle, revealing the turbolift and PRYNN inside it. She steps out, and the hole disappears behind her. She spots Shar scanning with his tricorder.

    PRYNN
    Shar? T’rb said you were down
    here. I heard what happened...​

    SHAR
    Prynn, hello. The situation is
    definitely not good - the Wa
    seems to be inactive. ​

    PRYNN
    Is it dead? ​

    SHAR
    I don’t believe so. Its energy
    levels are very low, but it is
    already showing limited signs
    of repairing itself. ​

    PRYNN
    This is our fault, isn’t it? The
    Ascendants attacked them
    because of us. ​

    SHAR
    We do not know that for certain.
    But it does seem likely. I found
    the translation equipment I gave
    to Prees – they were listening
    to the Ascendant comm channels
    just before they were attacked. ​

    PRYNN
    And the Ascendants realized we
    were ear-wigging. Where’s Nog? ​

    SHAR
    Trying to contact Jake and Rena. ​



    31 INT. DS9 – KIRA’S OFFICE


    Kira stands behind her desk, all business.

    KIRA
    Did you get in touch with him? ​

    ANGLE to reveal Taran’atar and Vannis opposite her...

    TARAN’ATAR
    Not directly, Captain. Even with
    the return of a third Founder,
    the Link remains overwhelmed. I
    was unable to speak with Odo in
    person, only to leave a message
    with the Vorta Weyoun. ​

    KIRA
    You have to keep trying. I didn’t
    go through all this to be foiled
    by a Dominion answering service. ​

    VANNIS
    We had every intention, Captain.
    Then we received the distress
    call from the freighter ship.
    Protection of that vessel was
    also the Founder’s wish. The
    Ambassador assured me that it
    would also be your wish. ​

    KIRA
    Okay. Yes, you’re right. Thank
    you. It’s just that it’s one
    thing to agree to the alliance
    in principle. We need to make
    it happen in practice as well. ​

    TARAN’ATAR
    Perhaps if you were to return to
    the Link with us. Your presence
    might... catch Odo’s attention. ​

    Kira takes that on board... he might be right.

    SHAR (comm)
    ch’Thane to Captain Kira. ​

    KIRA
    Go ahead, Shar. ​

    SHAR (comm)
    Could you come to the Even Odds
    please, Captain? There’s some-
    thing I think you ought to see. ​

    She frowns – that’s a bit worrying.

    KIRA
    I’ll be right there. Kira out.
    (back to T and V)
    Thank you, Ambassador, Vannis.
    If you’ll excuse me. ​

    Taran’atar and Vannis nod their acceptance, and all three head out to Ops.


    32 INT. SISKO’S HOUSE – LIVING ROOM


    Kasidy sits on the couch with Rebecca. Sisko is trying not to pace the room. She’s seen him agitated like this before – it’s fine, it’ll pass. They’re both waiting for word...

    The door from the office opens and Jake and Rena emerge.

    KASIDY
    What did Nog say? ​

    JAKE
    It’s the Even Odds. My friends
    from the Gamma Quadrant. They
    were attacked. They’re at the
    station now. ​

    KASIDY
    Who attacked them? ​

    RENA
    The Ascendants. ​

    Sisko’s head snaps up in alarm at that...

    JAKE
    I should go. I should be there. ​

    RENA
    I’ll come with you. ​

    SISKO
    (quiet, menacing)
    You’re not going anywhere. ​

    The others all look at Sisko, confused and wary. There’s a bit of a stand-off as a result of the strange statement. Jake tries to keep the peace...

    JAKE
    Dad, what are you talking about? ​

    SISKO
    I’m talking about your “wife.”
    I want to know who she is and
    what she’s doing here. ​

    RENA
    Mister Sisko, I’m not sure – ​

    SISKO
    You. You married my son in an
    alternate future timeline that
    nobody but me even remembers.
    And then you turn up here. You
    marry my son all over again.
    But where did you come from? I
    get back from the wormhole, and
    there you are, all of a sudden.
    And in a matter of weeks you’ve
    got Jake tied around your finger
    and you’ve wormed your way into
    my home. I want to know why. ​

    KASIDY
    (amazed)
    Ben, what has gotten into you? ​

    JAKE
    Come on, Rena. We’re leaving. ​

    Jake is firm, annoyed at his dad. Rena is a little scared. Kasidy is just confused. As Jake begins to lead Rena to the door, Sisko steps forward, blocking their way.

    SISKO
    I said you’re not going anywhere.
    Not until I get some answers. ​

    JAKE
    Dad – ​

    Determined, Sisko grabs for Rena, holding both her arms so she can’t move. She flinches back, scared of him. He hisses his question at her, obsessed with this.

    SISKO
    Who are you? Why are you here?
    What do you want with us? ​

    KASIDY
    Ben, let go of her! ​

    SISKO
    No! It’s all coming, it’s all
    starting right now, and she’s
    a part of it! I need to know! ​

    Jake steps between them, physically pushing his father back, forcing him to let go. But Sisko isn’t giving up that easy. He looms forward, threateningly...

    SISKO
    Step out of my way, Jake.
    (re Rena)
    This thing - ​

    But Sisko doesn’t get to finish the sentence, because Jake PUNCHES him in the face. Rena and Kasidy YELP with shock. Sisko staggers back, stunned that his son would hit him. Jake is furious, seething. We’ve never seen him angrier.

    JAKE
    Never talk about my wife like
    that. Never. Do you hear me? ​

    Sisko seems to have finally realized what he was doing. The punch has woken him up. He sputters, trying to apologise...

    SISKO
    Jake, I... Rena...​

    JAKE
    Don’t even bother. Come on,
    Rena. We’re leaving, now. ​

    Jake grabs Rena’s hand and leads the poor confused girl out of the front door of the house. They’re gone. Sisko stands there, trying to understand what just happened. He looks over to Kasidy for comfort, understanding...

    But Kasidy is clinging tightly to baby Rebecca, and looking at him with horror. When he takes a step closer to her, she actually flinches back, pulls the baby away from him.

    KASIDY
    Benjamin Lafayette Sisko, get
    out of this house. And you had
    better get your damned head on
    straight before you ever come
    back into it. ​

    Sisko is stunned at what has happened here. He got carried away, and he’s being punished for it. And he knows they’re right to do it. That he could do anything to make his own wife and child afraid of him...

    Without a word, he walks to the back door and out of the house. Down the steps, into the fields, and gone.

    Left alone now, Kasidy slumps to the sofa, holding Rebecca tight, and begins to softly cry.


    33 INT. DS9 – DOCKING RING CORRIDOR


    Shar and Prynn are waiting outside the airlock that leads to the Even Odds. Kira walks up to them...

    KIRA
    Shar? Prynn? What’s going on?
    Shar holds up the padd in his hand. ​

    SHAR
    I was able to retrieve some of
    the comm chatter from the Even
    Odds’ recording of the Wa. ​

    KIRA
    Okay. What does it say? ​

    SHAR
    Captain, you should understand
    that this came in after the
    attack. After Taran’atar saved
    them and brought them here. ​

    KIRA
    Shar, what does it say? ​

    SHAR
    (deep breath)
    It says, “Nerys, press black.” ​

    A personal message, direct to her. Kira’s face falls as she absorbs the shock...


    34 THE WA


    Kira stands alone in the Wa. It looks a little healthier now, healing itself. She’s staring daunted at one of the coloured smudges – this one is a solid black.

    What will she find on the other side? Only one way to know. She reaches out, her fingers swim into the colour...

    The environment changes subtly. The wall in front of her seems to solidify and clarify, becoming like a mirror.

    And standing opposite Kira, her mirror image, is ILIANA. Her Cardassian double smiles warmly to see her.

    ILIANA
    Hello, Nerys. ​

    On Kira’s reaction...


    FADE OUT:

    END OF ACT TWO


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    ACT THREE



    FADE IN:

    35 EXT. ASCENDANT ENCAMPMENT - NIGHT


    WIDE SHOT of the Ascendant encampment in the black ossified natural amphitheatre formation under a permanent night sky. The impromptu town of tents and pavilions has grown as more Ascendants come to join the crusade. It now fills the entire bowl shape to the brim, even overflows at points.

    There are bunks for sleeping, canteens for food, workshops for armour and weaponry. The Knights themselves train or pray in groups wherever they find space. Iron braziers glowing with flames serve for both lighting and prayer.

    Around the very edge of the black bowl, we see the shining silver darts of their ships – thousands of them packed in tightly. And in the very centre, grander and more secure than any other, is Iliana’s pavilion.

    CLOSE on Cardinal Essk, as he dashes between the various structures and milling Ascendants. He is worried, urgent. He dodges past flames and practise-dueling Knights, frantic to get where he’s going. That being...

    ...an Ascendant ship, on the outskirts of the encampment. Its canopy is open and Iliana sits in the pilot’s seat. RAIQ stands by her side, guiding and teaching Iliana how to use the controls. Essk runs up to them, tries his best to compose himself. He shouts up to the two women.

    ESSK
    Mistress! I heard rumours that
    you were training to fly our
    vessels. Are you leaving us? ​

    ILIANA
    (dismissive)
    Of course not, Cardinal. I just
    thought I would like to get out
    there and see the stars. Look
    at them! Aren’t they beautiful? ​

    She smiles up at the night sky. Essk sputters to respond...

    ESSK
    Of course, Mistress. But they
    are also fraught with dangers.
    Do you not wish an escort? ​

    ILIANA
    (chuckle)
    You have no idea of the things
    I’ve faced in my time, Essk. Of
    the things I’ve done. I’m quite
    sure I can take care of myself. ​

    ESSK
    Nevertheless, Mistress, I must
    protest. The Final Ascension
    approaches, by your own words.
    You should be here, with us. ​

    ILIANA
    (cold, sharp)
    Have some dignity, Cardinal. I
    will do whatever I please, and
    the supposed High Priest of the
    Ascendants will not whine in my
    ear like a baby about it. Now
    get out of my way. ​

    Shocked and insulted but covering it, Essk bows and backs away a few steps. Iliana nods to Raiq beside her...

    ILIANA
    Thank you, Raiq. I’m sure this
    will be fine. ​

    Raiq also bows her head and manoeuvres down the side of the vessel to the ground. Iliana works the controls, the canopy closes, and the ship rises smoothly off the ground. There’s no whoosh of engines or visible exhaust – it just lifts as if my magic, turns gracefully and zooms off into the dark.
    Raiq begins to turn away, but Essk calls after her angrily.

    ESSK
    Archquester Raiq. I am your
    Cardinal and you will show
    me the respect I am due. ​

    Raiq turns languidly back to Essk. She bows her head, acts deferent and proper on the surface. But the snide attitude underneath it is unmistakable.

    RAIQ
    I beg forgiveness, Cardinal. ​

    Essk does not grant it.

    ESSK
    Explain to me, Archquester, why
    Mistress Iliana has taken you –
    a mere Knight - to her bosom, as
    if you deserve the honour, while
    I am belittled and abandoned. ​

    RAIQ
    I would not presume to speak the
    Mistress’s mind, Cardinal. I only
    know she came to us from the True,
    and it is our duty to follow her. ​

    ESSK
    I lead the Ascendants, Raiq. Not
    her. And not you. Remember that. ​

    RAIQ
    (innocent)
    She is the Fire... is she not? ​

    A challenge to his authority. Essk tenses, incensed.

    ESSK
    You are dismissed, child. ​

    Raiq bows her head and backs away. Essk is left fuming.


    36 EXT. SPACE


    Iliana’s borrowed ship gracefully slips through open space. Even at such high warp it seems practically effortless.

    After a few moments, the ship drops out of warp and glides to a halt. There is nothing else around, no other ships or planets. Just the tiny silver dart on its own.


    37 INT. ASCENDANT VESSEL


    No larger than a standard shuttlecraft, with barely room for two occupants, one behind the other. The panels inside are seamless silver, like the outside. Iliana waves a hand over one area, an amorphous black smudge on the shiny surface – a smaller version of what we’ve seen in the Wa.

    The vessel reacts with a ripple effect across its internal surfaces. The piloting panels become less pronounced, less important. The rear bulkhead slowly grows in brightness, the white light of the Wa shining through. But the mirror surface is as yet uncertain, undefined. And unoccupied.

    Iliana waits in her seat, gazing out of the window at the stars. She’s content, unhurried. After a while, the rear bulkhead ripples again, the light becoming brighter, the mirror becoming clearer. A message is coming through.

    Iliana stands. She dives her fingers into the black smudge on the panel, and the mirror completes it transformation. There on its other side, is Kira. Iliana smiles warmly.

    ILIANA
    Hello, Nerys. ​

    Kira’s face falls as she realises who she’s dealing with.

    KIRA
    Iliana... where are you? ​


    INTERCUT WITH:

    38 THE WA


    Kira stands in the Wa, talking to Iliana across the mirror.

    ILIANA
    I’m in an Ascendant ship...
    (shrug)
    ...somewhere. I have to hand you
    this one, Nerys. Finding an old
    abandoned ship, disguised as a
    freighter... using it to listen
    in on us? Very clever. Kudos, I
    believe is the human word. ​

    KIRA
    I’ll make sure to pass on your
    appreciation. If any of them
    are still alive, that is. ​

    ILIANA
    (cheerful)
    Oh, that wasn’t me. The Knights
    tracked down an echo in the...
    something. I don’t really know,
    I wasn’t paying attention. I
    only heard about the attack
    after the fact. Guess it was
    lucky your new Dominion friends
    came along when they did. ​

    KIRA
    (cagey)
    What are you talking about? ​

    ILIANA
    Seriously, Nerys. You think I
    don’t know all about it? But it
    doesn’t bother me. Make your
    alliances, it doesn’t change
    anything. Besides, I’m thrilled
    the freighter survived. I was
    worried I wouldn’t have chance
    to talk to you before the end. ​

    KIRA
    You seem awfully confident this
    is going to be the end. ​

    ILIANA
    Well of course I am. My mission
    was ordained by the Prophets,
    don’t you remember? You were
    there. You heard them say it
    yourself. “I am the Fire.” ​

    KIRA
    And I’m supposed to believe that
    means you’re destined to win? ​

    Iliana’s cheerful demeanour shifts to cold and taunting.

    ILIANA
    I will complete my mission,
    Nerys. There’s simply nothing
    you can do about that. ​

    KIRA
    Yes, there is. I’ll stop you. ​

    ILIANA
    How? No, really – how? ​

    KIRA
    I’m the Hand of the Prophets. ​

    Iliana breaks into raucous laughter. It worries Kira.

    ILIANA
    Don’t you know what that means?
    (beat)
    You don’t, do you? Well, I hope
    you haven’t been placing all
    your hopes on that, Nerys. Sisko
    told the Prophets that you were
    his “right hand.” That’s all.
    That’s why they call you that. ​



    FLASHBACK – 9x20 “SLAVE”


    Kira has just woken up in the Infirmary, after her heart replacement. Sisko sits by her bed, holding her hand.

    SISKO
    What good would I be without
    my right hand? ​

    The phrase reminds Kira of what the Prophets called her...


    BACK TO SCENE


    Kira tries to remain defiant. But what Iliana is saying has shaken her – she did believe it was something special.

    KIRA
    It doesn’t matter why They call
    me Their Hand. It means They
    have a role for me to play. ​

    ILIANA
    Oh, they do. It’s called “blunt
    instrument.” You’re not my equal,
    Nerys. You’re literally half of
    what I am. Sisko – he’s my equal.
    He’s the Emissary... I’m the
    Emissary. You... you’re just
    his assistant. ​

    Kira is being shaken, much as she might not want to be...


    39 EXT. BAJOR - FIELDS


    Moving towards dusk now, but still warm, a pleasant summer evening. Fields of corn and vegetables, farms and pastures.

    Sisko treads along a winding country road between these fields. He looks out at the scenery, utterly untouched by it.

    A motorised truck rumbles past him along the road, the back filled with happy, raucous Bajoran teenagers drinking and partying. Sisko watches them go. Their happiness means nothing to him. He has been cast out. He keeps walking.


    40 EXT. SPACE


    A small Bajoran personal shuttle zooms up into orbit, leaving the glittering green seas of Bajor behind.


    41 INT. BAJORAN SHUTTLE - COCKPIT


    Like the ones Jake and Taran’atar both flew into the Gamma Quadrant. Jake sits in the pilot seat, Rena beside him. Jake is clearly still angry with his father.

    JAKE
    I get it, he’s the Emissary. He
    gets visions, or whatever. I’ve
    grown up with it for the last ten
    years, I know he gets carried away
    sometimes. But this is too far. ​

    He turns to Rena, expecting her to agree. But she’s quiet, thoughtful.

    JAKE
    Why aren’t you angrier? ​

    RENA
    Because I know he must have had
    a reason. He’s the Emissary. ​

    JAKE
    He grabbed you. He hurt you. He
    called you a thing. ​

    RENA
    Jake, there’s something you have
    to understand about Bajorans.
    From the first story our parents
    read to us as a little baby, we
    learn about the Emissary. He’s
    part of our culture, our shared
    consciousness as a people. We
    trust him, because we know he is
    our direct link to the Prophets. ​

    JAKE
    I know all of that. ​

    RENA
    No, I don’t think you do. At
    least not like I know it. Jake,
    my generation is the first for
    who the Emissary is more than
    just a story. He’s real. He
    walks among us, and he has done
    for almost my whole life. I can
    see him and hear him, even touch
    him. Do you have any idea what
    that’s like for us... for me? ​

    Rena makes good points, forcing Jake to think about them.

    RENA
    So I forgive him. And I would
    think that being your father
    would entitle him to the same
    understanding from you. ​

    JAKE
    It doesn’t. It makes it worse. ​

    Jake drives the shuttle onwards...


    42 EXT. SPACE


    Jake’s shuttle continues on its way. In the far distance, slowly growing closer, is the distinctive shape of DS9.

    A slight shift sideways in space, and now we see another ship coming towards us, away from the station - a Starfleet runabout. It crosses paths at a safe distance from Jake’s shuttle and we turn, to watch it zoom towards the planet.


    43 EXT. BAJOR - MONASTERY


    Establishing the large monastery in Bajor’s capital...


    44 INT. ASHALLA MONASTERY GARDEN - EVENING


    The internal garden area where we have seen vedeks and kais meet before. Vedek YEVIR and Kai SOLIS are already there, strolling gently around the paths, inspecting the plantings and sculptures. They turn together at the sound...

    ...of Opaka entering the garden. She bows her head at the high company – Yevir and Solis both do likewise to her.

    OPAKA
    Vedek... Your Eminence. ​

    SOLIS
    Please, Sulan, do not bow your
    head to me. You are far more
    eminent than I will ever be. ​

    YEVIR
    (warmly)
    Eminences, then. Thank you
    both for agreeing to meet with
    me. I hope it was no trouble? ​

    OPAKA
    (smirk to self)
    Once Commander Vaughn heard how
    important it was, he insisted
    on assigning a pilot and one of
    their runabouts to bring me. ​

    YEVIR
    Kai Solis, do you have the book? ​

    SOLIS
    The original book of Ohalu, yes. ​

    Solis holds up an ancient bound tome – the book of Ohalu.
    Yevir brings two more items out from his robes.

    YEVIR
    Thank you. I have brought two
    equally important artefacts...
    the jevonite figurine, found at
    B’Hala, as the book was. And
    this – a letter from Elim Garak. ​

    OPAKA
    Vedek... what is this about? ​

    YEVIR
    We three have worshipped the
    Prophets all our lives. Yet in
    recent years, we have all three
    walked different paths. You,
    Opaka Sulan, have lived among
    the Eav’oq. Solis follows the
    path of Ohalu. And I... I went
    to Cardassia and learned the
    Oralian Way. I asked you here
    today to explain what I have
    finally come to understand. ​

    SOLIS
    Which is? ​

    YEVIR
    That they are all the same. ​

    Ending on Yevir’s beatific smile...


    FADE OUT:

    END OF ACT THREE


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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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    ACT FIVE


    FADE IN:


    63 EXT. DEEP SPACE NINE


    Establishing the station, with the Defiant, the Dominion ship and the Even Odds all in a row around the docking ring. We focus on the Even Odds, crawling with work bees and repair crews...


    64 INT. DS9 – DOCKING RING CORRIDOR


    Vaughn waits by the airlock, heavy-hearted. Other officers come and go from the ship, busy working on repairs and analyses. After a moment, Kira emerges slowly into the corridor. She’s a long way away, mind full of worries.

    VAUGHN
    Captain? Are you alright? ​

    KIRA
    Uhh... yeah. I, uhh... I need
    to speak to Benjamin. ​

    VAUGHN
    I thought you might. But it’s
    easier said than done... ​

    KIRA
    Why? What happened? ​



    65 INT. DS9 – PROMENADE


    Quark carries a tray of drinks out to a group of customers sat at an outside table. That done, he turns and JUMPS...

    QUARK
    Aah! ​

    ...Because the Aarruri family are approaching. Pif leads the way, striding on confidently with his six tiny puppies following behind, and Sett bringing up the rear. They gaze around, astonished, seeing the massive, bustling, sprawling array of the Promenade for the first time.

    PIF
    Come on, kids. We’re on the
    other side of the galaxy!
    Let’s explore! ​

    And they carry on their way, the nervous puppies making sure to stay safely between their parents. All around, the people watch in mild surprise, quickly turning to awws.

    Quark however cowers back, holding up the tray to protect himself. Nog wanders up, amused at his uncle’s response.

    QUARK
    What are... they? ​

    NOG
    They’re called Aarruri, Uncle.
    They’re from the Gamma Quadrant. ​

    They smile tensely but politely as the dog-aliens pass on their way to the windows. Quark mutters under his breath...

    QUARK
    Furry things creep me out. ​

    NOG
    (rictus grin)
    I know. Just smile. ​



    66 INT. DS9 – INFIRMARY


    A sudden YELL – the Cardassian medic Glessin has jerked awake and is terrified, confused, looking around himself.

    GLESSIN
    What - ? Where am I? ​

    Bashir rushes to his side, tries to calm him.

    BASHIR
    It’s alright, you’re safe. My
    name’s Julian, I’m helping you
    and your crew mates. ​

    GLESSIN
    You’re... human? ​

    BASHIR
    That’s right. ​

    GLESSIN
    But this room – it’s Cardassian. ​

    BASHIR
    Yes, this is Deep Space Nine.
    You’re in the Alpha Quadrant. ​

    GLESSIN
    This is Terok Nor? ​

    And how does he feel about that? He doesn’t know. Then the door opens and Glessin GASPS again. Bashir turns to see why – Taran’atar has entered, with Jake and Rena behind him.

    BASHIR
    Ambassador...​

    TARAN’ATAR
    Doctor. Are they recovered? ​

    BASHIR
    Not yet. But they will be. ​

    Rena steps closer to Glessin, who is a bit uncomfortable because of the Jem’Hadar. But Rena’s soothing manner helps. Meanwhile, Jake has approached another bio-bed, carrying the injured but conscious Dez.

    JAKE
    Dez... it’s good to see you. ​

    DEZ
    That’s funny, cause I wish I’d
    never seen you in my life. ​

    JAKE
    Dez, I - ​

    DEZ
    Save it. I just hope you made
    your precious father proud. ​

    Jake exchanges an uncomfortable look with Rena...


    67 INT. B’HALA CAVES


    Sisko lies asleep on his bedroll at the foot of the bantaca spire, tossing and turning in his vision-dream.

    RENA (v.o.)
    The Sisko is linear. ​



    68 INT. SISKO’S HOUSE – LIVING ROOM


    Back inside the vision. Sisko stands in his living room, grabbing a RENA PROPHET by the arms, as a JAKE PROPHET and KASIDY PROPHET (holding baby Rebecca) look on.

    SISKO
    I know I’m linear! That’s why
    I need your help. This body –
    Rena. Tell me who she is. ​



    69 EXT. SISKO’S HOUSE – GARDEN


    When Jake first introduced Rena to the family, by the tree behind the house, in 9x10 “Fragments and Omens.”

    JAKE PROPHET
    This is Azeni Korena... my wife. ​

    SISKO
    Yes, I get that. But what else?
    I know she’s important. Why? ​



    70 EXT. SISKO’S HOUSE – GARDEN


    Now Sisko is sat at the base of the tree, discussing with Vaughn, as in 10x02 “Brave New World.”

    VAUGHN PROPHET
    The Sisko has forgotten. The
    Sisko is linear. But there are
    many lines. The Sisko taught
    us this. ​

    SISKO
    Many lines...​

    It’s starting to dawn on him. The Vaughn Prophet gazes at him, as Sisko’s memory starts to force itself forwards...


    71 MONTAGE FROM PREVIOUS EPS


    Flashes of memory, quick moments that come and go, building in speed and intensity...

    -- Adult Jake introduces time-displaced Sisko to his future wife (4x03 “The Visitor”)

    -- Three comet fragments approach the Gamma end of the wormhole (3x15 “Destiny”)

    -- In engineering, Sisko is caught in a warp core discharge and phases out of existence (4x03 “The Visitor”)

    -- The four “Hands” standing in a circle (from earlier)

    -- Sisko stands in the white space of the Temple, as older Jake is unable to rescue him (4x03 “The Visitor”)

    -- Raiq looks curiously into Kira’s face, on the bridge of the Defiant (10x12 “Heresy”)

    -- Rena’s drawing of the figures at Yyn (from earlier)

    -- Vaughn punches Sisko in the face, by the old tree behind his house (9x24 “Ha’mara”)

    -- Sisko standing in the circle of numerous other alternate Siskos (9x21 “Fearful Symmetry”)

    -- In the open mouth of the wormhole, the Defiant bucks as it’s rocked by a distortion wave (4x03 “The Visitor”)

    -- Sisko curled up at the base of the bantaca, crying in the arms of Prylar Eivos (from later)

    -- In engineering, Sisko is caught in a warp core discharge and phases out of existence (repeated)


    72 INT. B’HALA CAVES


    Prylar Eivos dashes urgently into the bantaca chamber, coming to see what the noise is. It’s Sisko, awake now and wailing in anguish, a desperate crying, his heart broken.

    EIVOS
    Emissary... what’s wrong...​

    Sisko can’t answer. Eivos crouches by him and holds him.
    Sisko collapses into Eivos’s arms, weeps against his chest.

    EIVOS
    Emissary, whatever it is, it
    will be alright. The Prophets
    will take care of us. ​

    Sisko still can’t answer. But the sobs are slowly coming under control. Eivos doesn’t want to pry, only to comfort.

    EIVOS
    Did you find what you sought? ​

    SISKO
    Yes.
    (beat)
    And I wish I hadn’t. ​

    As Sisko sniffles into Eivos’s robes...


    73 EXT. ASCENDANT ENCAMPMENT - NIGHT


    Cardinal Essk stands on a small dais at the bottom of the Ascendant encampment, surrounded by ceremonial flames.

    ESSK
    I wish I did not need to say
    these things, my brothers and
    sisters. I wish... I did not
    know the things I know. ​

    Now we see that Essk is orating for the entire Ascendant crowd that fills the arena. They’re curious, a little confused, but listening. Essk is giving it all the power of his position, proclaiming with strength and dignity.

    ESSK
    I know it will be hard for you
    to hear. But I believe... that
    Mistress Iliana has lied to us. ​

    Confused and slightly alarmed mutters around the crowd. Can the Cardinal possibly be serious?

    The edge of the encampment. As Essk continues his speech in the background, Iliana strides up from the shuttle park.

    ESSK (o.s.)
    She has tried to usurp your love
    and faith from its due course –
    the doctrine that has sustained
    the children of the True in our
    great Quest for millennia! ​


    Raiq is waiting for Iliana. The Knight nods towards the centre of the encampment, where Essk holds court.

    Down in the centre of the amphitheatre, Essk passionately preaches to his worried flock.

    ESSK
    It pains me to say it, but I
    do not trust that she has the
    interests of the Ascendants
    at her centre. ​

    Iliana’s voice echoes out from somewhere within the crowd, amplified by the bowl formation of the encampment.

    ILIANA (o.s.)
    I knew you were jealous, Essk.
    But I never thought you would
    stoop this low. ​

    The gathered Ascendants gasp, looking around for the source of the voice. Whispers continue to spread. Essk puffs him-self up to his greatest height of importance. He is scared, but determined to go on with what he believes is right.

    ESSK
    Jealousy is my least concern,
    Mistress. I know where you
    have been. I know with whom
    you have been speaking. ​

    Iliana makes her way through the crowd, strolling, not concerned in the least. The crowd parts to let her through.

    ILIANA
    Your own fear and mistrust has
    led you to spy on me. I feel
    sorry for you, Cardinal. ​

    ESSK
    Fear for yourself, Mistress.
    Hear me, children of the True.
    This woman, who claims to light
    the path to the Fortress, has
    even today consorted with the
    heretics who block that path. ​

    Gasps of amazement around the crowd as Essk goes on...

    ESSK
    Do you deny it, Iliana? I heard
    it with my own ears, as you held
    your secret meeting with the
    Bajoran woman, Kira. You spoke
    of meeting her before. Of yet
    more races who shame the True
    with their false names. I heard
    you say you do not wish her dead. ​

    All this adds more confusion to the crowd of Ascendants. But Iliana cuts through it with style and grace.

    ILIANA
    Do you hear that, Ascendants?
    The fear in his voice? He knows
    he speaks heresy. But he is so
    scared of losing his position,
    of losing your love, that he is
    willing to keep you from your
    rightful place in the Fortress
    simply to remain your Cardinal. ​

    ESSK
    No! She lies to you! ​

    ILIANA
    Will you allow him to keep you
    from the Fortress, Ascendants?
    Will you let him desecrate the
    very point of your existence
    for his own selfish purposes? ​

    At the back of the crowd, Raiq shouts out loud.

    RAIQ
    Never! ​

    Other knights begin to pick up the sentiment, repeating Raiq’s oath. The crowd is turning against Essk, and he knows it. By now Iliana has reached the dais at the centre.

    ILIANA
    What do we do to those who have
    lost faith? To the heretics who
    profess faith, but have none? ​

    BLAS
    They die and burn! ​

    ROARS of approval from the crowd. Essk’s golden, segmented eyes flare in panic. Iliana turns to him, the baying crowd at her back, and smiles.

    ILIANA
    Then bring the stake! ​

    Before Essk can protest any further, knights rush forward from the crowd, religious bloodlust inflamed. They GRAB Essk roughly and drag him off the dais. They bring him in front of the crowd, hold him still.

    By some unseen means, a gleaming silver stake BURSTS out of the ground. A knight waves a hand - silver metallic ropes coil out from the stake and grab Essk by the arms and legs. They tighten, pulling him back against the stake.

    He struggles in desperation, but there’s nothing he can do. Their job done, the knights step back. The crowd roars, thrusting their burning spears to the sky. Essk shouts -

    ESSK
    Wait! You cannot do this! I
    am your Cardinal! ​

    Iliana steps close to him, speaks confidentially.

    ILIANA
    They’re not listening, Essk. ​

    ESSK
    Mistress... please...​

    ILIANA
    Now you believe? Too late. The
    funny thing is, you actually
    played right into my hands.
    (off Essk’s
    confusion)
    I deliberately cut you out,
    Essk. I raised Raiq above you
    precisely to make you jealous.
    And it worked like a charm. ​

    ESSK
    But... why? ​

    ILIANA
    To make sure they’ll follow me.
    Once they see what happens to
    anyone who doubts me – even a
    Cardinal – they’ll all follow
    me into the Fire without a
    thought. Because I am the Fire,
    Essk. And what does Fire do? ​

    ESSK
    (resigned)
    It burns. ​

    Iliana steps back. She makes eye contact with the weeping Cardinal. He knows this is the end. Iliana waves a hand...

    And flames BURST into life around the stake. He SCREAMS as his flesh begins to crackle. The ROAR of the crowd grows, building to a fever pitch as they thrill to the sight of a heretic burning at the stake. The flames grow higher and higher, swallowing Essk completely, his agonised shrieks echoing off the stone walls of the encampment.

    As the light of the flames flickers on Iliana’s serenely smiling, watching face...

    ILIANA (v.o.)
    I’m coming for you next, Nerys. ​



    BLACK OUT:


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  8. Wally

    Wally Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

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    Caught up with a bunch in quick succession. Finished reading this on the eve of picking up 'Plagues of Night' so I'm quite excited and happy to be getting back into DS9.

    It really feels like this is season coming to a close, so many plotlines are starting to come together, and I'm happy with pretty much all of them.

    The reveal of Etana was a huge huge surprise, as was a possible *hint* about Rena. I just completely never considered such twists; but in hindsight, something always seemed strange about Rena in the first place.

    I think the prime revelation about the 4 religions is something the Relaunch itself was clearly aiming towards, and I'm glad it has now been finally spelled out. Really curious to see where this goes.

    The Ascendant War. Glad to see that it will likely be the Dominion bearing the brunt of this, rather than another thing Starfleet will be dragged into. Between the Dominion War and the Borg Apocalypse, I've really had my fill of war stories and doom and gloom. Happy that Taranatar's head is screwed on straight again.

    Also, I am happy this resolution of the Section 31 plotline. The way Cole was defeated was, in my humble opinion, perfect. When it comes to espionage tales in sci-fi, the technology too often takes center stage. Holograms, teleporters, forcefields and the like always leave a feeling of deus ex machina at the end. This time, it didn't.

    Also appreciate this showing that Bashir is on his way towards acting the way he does in "Zero Sum Game", he isn't there yet, and acted in a way consistent with his character. Believing it is possible to be a spy, but to keep morally clean as well. Vaughn knows otherwise, and it is good that they disagreed.

    Now, for Sisko. Oooff. This one is going to be hard task I'm sure, to take him to the point he is in "Rough Beasts of Empire", a place that a considerable amount of fandom has NOT agreed with. If this series can pull off that transition seeming believable and consistent with his character, then it might be on par with Kirsten Beyer salvaging the sinking ship that was Voyager.

    Keep up the good work. :)
     
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    Don't spoil me! I haven't got it yet. :cool:


    I was in the midst of planning out the season months ago, and I just stopped and thought to myself... "I think I need a Section 31 spy on the station." So then it became a question of "who should it be?" It couldn't just be a random nobody or bit-part player because then we wouldn't care. Etana was the logical choice, even though I couldn't help thinking, "Wow, that's pretty big. Can I really do that?"

    But she is perfect. She worked under both Ro and Bashir (even though her move to Bashir was only a production accident, but what the hell, let's make use of it), she's close to both of them, and she has a partner whose reaction to it can play into the drama. She's been Ro's best friend - Ro was even going to let her take over Security when she was considering resigning in Cathedral. Plus, back when I was adapting Demons of Air and Darkness for season 8, I put Etana in as the Militia officer driving Ro and Quark's escape shuttle. It had been a random bit-player in the book, but I saw the opportunity to properly introduce somebody who I knew was going to be a frequently recurring character. And that just fed into it perfectly too - Demons came immediately after Abyss, the last S31 story. It just made sense.

    But at the same time, I didn't want to make Etana out-and-out evil, because that would ruin the nice character we've had for the last two years of story-time. Hence her being a dupe of Cole - he gets her to do her dirty work without telling her why she's doing it. Because why would he?


    As you say, there has to be something going on there, because why else introduce her as a character in the stories, in Fragments and Omens? Well, I think I've figured out what it is. :devil:


    Yeah, that was hinted at pretty heavily in The Calling, which is why I had to include that story in my season, because it fed into what I wanted to do with the Ascendant storyline. The bit about Oralius and Ohalu being an Eavoq in my own invention, but again, it makes sense to me. The names are just too similar (as is B'Hala, where the jevonite figurine came from).


    Yeah, he's been through so much now, but I think he needed to go through a few more steps before he was ready to say "Enough." At the end of The Soul Key he was still dithering between returning to the Founders and doing his own thing. He said, "I was not meant to be free," and he believed it. But the multiple-L'Haans storyline was enough to finally push him over the edge and make him say, "You know what? Fuck this."


    Overconfidence. He thought he had all the tricks at his disposal when he was dealing with Bashir, but just like Vaughn said, he forgot to look behind him. Then he did exactly the same with a Vulcan colleague who had just been mind-raped by a Jem'Hadar and who he had just threatened to kill. Dumb-ass. No surprise he got killed.

    We know from Zero Sum Game that Cole is no longer in the picture and L'Haan is still operating. Who better to have killed him than L'Haan herself?

    L'Haan had to kill Cole. So that meant Vaughn and Bashir couldn't kill Cole. How to achieve that without some wacky unlikely escape? Make it a character choice. Bashir and Vaughn are on the same line, but Bashir leans to one side and Vaughn leans to the other. Even so, Vaughn does back down, and regrets what he nearly had to do. He's not completely black hat, but he's definitely prepared to go a lot further in that direction than Bashir is.

    Well, don't forget there's a good two years between the end of my stories, and Destiny and RBoE. Plenty of time for more stuff to happen. But we have seen Sisko obsessed before, so I have no problem believing he would take it a bit too far.

    But then, if he hadn't done what he did to Rena, Kasidy wouldn't have thrown him out of the house, and he wouldn't have ended up at B'Hala, and he wouldn't have had his vision, and he wouldn't have found the answers he needs.

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    A small FYI - the site I was using to host all the PDFs recently freaked out and cancelled lots of people's accounts because of copyright issues. So the links up at the top of the thread (and every previous thread) are now null and void.

    I'm working on getting them uploaded elsewhere, and will post new links later tonight. The actual on-page text here and at Ad Astra is unaffected, of course.

    EDIT: Okay, here are the new links:

    10x01 Emancipation
    10x02 Brave New World
    10x03 Steppin' Out
    10x04 Easy Come, Easy Go
    10x05 Deep Down
    10x06 The Dream Box
    10x07 Instinct
    10x08 Property Values
    10x09 Blank Slate
    10x10 In Two Minds
    10x11 Harmony
    10x12 Heresy
    10x13 The Case of the Flamping Flurble
    10x14 Against the Odds
    10x15 Inside Out
    10x16 I Will Survive
    10x17 Reservoir Ferengi
    10x18 The Calling
    10x19 Reset
    10x20 In the Stars

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    Finished Plagues of Night and I must say it is easily my favorite Typhon Pact book. It did a great job smoothing over some of the weaker points of Zero Sum Game and Rough Beasts of Empire. Making Sarina Douglas seem less "BWAHAHAHAHAHA!!!" evil that she seemed at the end of the first novel, and making Sisko's actions seem more justified.

    Plus, nothing in it contradicted the great work being done here. Frustratingly, there were no flashbacks or huge revelations of the past, just more throwaway lines that could easily have multiple stories based around.

    Etana and Richter are still around, so it was a good call to make her interaction with S31 a minor one, since she seems to still be in good standing working for Bashir. The kidnapping of Rebeca storyline looks like it will be a big deal, that should be cool.

    Back to this set of stories. I feel sorry for Dr. Tarses, with Bashir coming back. What is the date now? How long until he gets his gig on Aventine?

    And off top with most things, I've wondered. At this point, Taran'atar is far and away the oldest of Jem'hadar. Has any thought of aging difficulties been given? He is basically superhuman at this point, but I'm sure the Founders spent all their time engineering their soldiers to grow fast and be lethal, without much care to longevity. Burn bright and burn fast, and all that. I wonder what stories are possible now that he has his full freedom and mental facilities, but that his body his beginning to fail him. No longer being faster and stronger than everyone else?

    In any case, as always, cannot wait until the next episode. :)
     
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    I've been very nervous that any revelations in PoN might completely ruin my stories. I think I've been lucky so far (and no, I still haven't read it yet). I definitely used aspects of RBoE and ZSG to inform my stories, and in other cases willfully ignored a couple of minor details because they did contradict what I wanted to do.

    Timing-wise, this season has taken a year, as ST seasons usually do. But since I made the existing novels into two seasons (as opposed to the one year that they supposedly took in the original story) we are three years after the end of the war. That places us just at the beginning of the Time to series, one year before Nemesis, and two years before Destiny. Dax gets command of the Aventine immediately before Destiny.

    And that's an interesting question about Taran'atar. To my knowledge the novels haven't come back to him except for a passing mention in ZSG, so it's definitely an open question. I did write a line for Vaughn when I was adapting Warpath, along the lines of "Jem’Hadar don’t get weaker with age. They just get stronger, and faster, and smarter." But that doesn't rule out something interesting and unexpected happening. I was trying to play with that a little bit with the L'Haan-katra thread earlier in my season - not in physical terms but mental ones, as if to say, maybe this is just what happens when a Jem'Hadar gets as old as you, he starts to lose his mind.

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    Any chance that Odo will call it quits with the messed up Dominion (or the situation literally goes completely out of his control) and returns back to DS9 in your future stories?
     
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    Well, Odo shows up in the next story, which I just posted...

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    Yeah I noticed; though since the Jem'Hadar appear to be fighting a futile battle, there may not be a Dominion left...
     
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    So far it looks like PoN, hasn't explicitly contradicted anything, with the possible exception of the new DS9 crew revealed. Most you can guess, but there are a few entirely new faces.

    But mostly, details are mentioned off handed that can be taken many ways. Take for instance Taran'atar (no real spoiler here, since it is so vague). He is mentioned only once and the way it comes off, he could have either gone his own way and left, or died in a blaze of glory or whatever. Many options to choose from.

    So, timing wise it sounds like we are still 1 year away from Dax transfering to Aventine as 2nd officer I take? Personally, I'm a little anxious for this. More than most any of the main characters, she feels like a fifth wheel at the moment.
    I truly am excited for when the time comes an Vaugh takes command and Ro is the XO. Ro really has been put through the ringer lately. I think only someone with Vaughn's influence could let that happen, what with her history and if her addiction becomes publicly known. Starfleet might have something to say about that.

    About Taran'atar. It really is uncharted territory. He is the oldest Jem'Hadar, supposedly by far. And he has broken free of his genetic programming. There is no precedent for this in his species. I doubt the Founders when making the Jem'Hadar bothered to plot out their full life cycle, only focusing on them being lethal and obedient as soon as possible. Maybe he can become even faster, stronger, more lethal- maybe even develop new abilities.
    It would also be interesting to see his abilities decline, and be forced to rely on his experience. He can become the Vaughn of the Jem'Hadar, so to speak. Or he could simply start having the Jem'Hadar version of Alzheimer's or the like. So many possibilties. It's untapped potential, like what could have happened with Kes on Voyager.
     
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    So what happened to Kira (in the latest DS9R stories)? Did she die or what? What about Odo, he is still running the Dominion?
     
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    Yeah, I get that. It's not time for her to go to the Aventine yet, but she can't just hang about on DS9 forever twiddling her thumbs. But at least she knows it. I don't mind when characters acknowledge their own story problems. I would have liked Voyager a lot more if Chakotay had actually said "Hey, you know what? I guess I am a useless seatwarmer. Maybe I should do something about that."


    I thought that was a nice counterpoint in Warpath that could have been explicated a little more - the oldest Jem'Hadar versus the oldest human. Who wins? They would probably have a strange respect for each other in that way.


    Again, not got Plagues of Night yet (it's on order though), but I've read Rough Beasts and that says that Kira resigned from Starfleet and joined the church. The specific circumstances were not revealed at the time. And I don't remember any exposition regarding Odo and/or the Dominion at all, but based on some people's assumptions about the cover of the next book Raise the Dawn, some news may be coming on that point.

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    Saw the cover for Raise the Dawn. No more DS9 station? :wtf:
    Anyway, so Kira becomes a monk or does she spend the rest of her days in a monastery?
     
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    She apparently joins as one of the lower ranks - ranjen, prylar, not sure of the difference really - but by the time of RBoE has already become a full vedek. When Sisko questions the speed of such a progression, she says that she thinks the Assembly took her time as the friend and assistant of the Emissary into account as "time already served."

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