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"Lifeblood"  Episode 106/516


G's Narration:  "It was the birth of the Amazon nation-- and of
their legendary warrior, Samsara-- whose lust for blood perverted
their history-- for eons.  Then Xena, brought her daughter, Eve,
to receive the Amazon right of caste.  This is the story of Eve's
initiation-- and of the Amazon rebirth."

X:  "You know, Gabrielle-- you don't have to do this."

G:  "I wanna do it, Xena.  You gave Eve life.  The least I can do
is make her an Amazon princess."

X:  "Hm-m."

G:  "Don't you want me to give her my right of caste?"

X:  "I don't know.  I used to think that I had to go through life
alone-- that anything else was a sign of weakness.  So I traded
my home and family for-- violence-- blood-- so much blood.  I
never want Eve to know that life.  Maybe if she becomes an
Amazon, she'll always feel a part of something."

G:  "She will."

X:  "But you're right.  A caste-- that's a pretty precious gift."

G:  "Xena, we're all family.  I love her like my own daughter."

X:  "Well, if that's the way you feel-- ."


Lieutenant [Lieu]:  "This deed cannot go unpunished."

Cyane [Cy]:  "Once we've mourned our loss, we _will_ have our
revenge.  We'll kill every last one of them.  Xena, Gabrielle--
we've been expecting you."

X:  "Yakut."

G:  "What's happened?"

Cy:  "Samite nomads from the northern steppes raided the village.
Yakut led our defense.  We drove them back-- but at great cost."

G:  [Sighs]

Yakut [Yak]:  "Xena-- Xena-- "

[[[[[[Original Cyane [Orig Cy]:  "No-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o!"]]]]]]

G:  "Are you OK?"



G:  "I can't believe this happened."

X:  "It shouldn't have.  Gabrielle, I saw Yakut's spirit.  She
was trying to tell me something-- trying to warn me."

G:  "About what?"

X:  "I don't know-- "

Amazon's Voice [In Background]:  "I'll be down there-- "

X:  "-- but she wouldn't be back if there wasn't something

Cy:  "Xena-- Gabrielle-- we've prepared a yurt for you."

G:  "Thank you-- "

Cy:  "Cyane."

G:  "Cyane-- "

X:  "Ah, you've taken the traditional name of the tribal leader."

Cy:  "I accepted command out of necessity, not desire."

G:  "I haven't seen Amarice."

Cy:  "Many lives were lost during the battle."

G:  "Lost."

Cy:  "She-- wanted you to have this.  She added a bead for Eve."

G:  "How did she know?"

Cy:  "Yakut foresaw your arrival.  She said you would come to
make Eve a part of our tribe-- and that we should welcome her.
We're ready to begin the ceremony."

X:  "Look, I don't know that this is any time-- "

G:  "Xena, there's death all around us.  Maybe bringing a new
life into the tribe would be good for us."

X:  "All right."

Cy:  "I'm sorry, Xena-- only Amazons may be present at our  right
'a caste ceremonies."

G:  "It's OK."

X:  "Very well."

G:  "Don't be afraid, Eve.  We're going to make you an Amazon

Cy:  "If you wish to give Eve your right of caste, you must--
first take your rightful place as our queen."

G:  "The queen?  You know I'm not staying."

Cy:  "It's only for the ceremony.  After that, you can choose
someone to take your place."

Yak's Voice:  "Xena-- I need your help.  Clothe yourself in the
robes of a sharmaness [sic]-- then come to me."


Yak:  "Xena-- "

X:  "Yakut-- what are you doing here?  Why haven't you crossed
over into the land of the dead?"

Yak:  "When I left my mortal body-- many things were revealed to
me.  Each of us has a mission in  life-- a role to fulfill.  I
didn't get the chance to complete mine."

X:  "And you can't cross over until you do."

Yak:  "Xena-- the Amazons are in danger."

X:  "From what?"

Yak:  "The key to the future lies in the past.  I failed my
people.  I have to fix it before it's too late."

X:  "What do you need me to do?"


Cy's Voice:  "A queen is a chalice.  Let us fill you with visions
of our history-- fragments of a time before we were Amazons--
when cannibals slaughtered our men-- and warriors like the great
Samsara called on the shaman for a savior from the future-- an
Atmah-- the first Cyane.  Behold-- the legendary Samsara."

[[[[[[[Fight]  Samsara [Sam]:  "Yah-h-h-h-h-h-h!  [Etc]"
Chieftess [Ch]:  "Run!  Run!  Go!"  Man:  [Chants]  Sam:  "Do
it."  Man:  "Force of life-- send us from the land beyond time
and death-- the Atmah-- our savior-- our greatest warrior-- "
[Startles]  Original Cyane [Orig Cy]:  [Screams]  Sam:
"Yah-h-h-h-h-h-h!"  [Fight]  Orig Cy:  "I am dreaming!  No, I'm
the Twilight Zone!  I am dreaming!"  [Screams]  Sam:  "This is
our savior?!]]]]]]

Cy's Voice:  "Her strange ways and clothes confused the tribe--
but her courage was real."

[[[[[[Sam:  "Yah-h-h-h-h!  Ah-h-h-h-h!"  Orig Cy:  "Easy-- easy!
That's it!  Good!  Take it easy, boy.  I'm not gonna hurt you.
Good boy.  Good boy.  Attaboy.  Whoa-- whoa-- who-o-o-o-a!
What?"  Ch:  "You truly are the Atmah."  Orig Cy:  "What did I
do?"  Tretomlec Warrior [Tre War]:  "You mounted a swift one.
Nobody has ever dared to do that!"  Orig Cy:  "What-- just 'cause
I rode a horse for a few seconds, you think I'm-- wait.  If you
guys don't _ride_ the swift ones when you catch 'em-- what do you
do with them?"  Ch:  "We prepare them for the ceremonial dinner."
Orig Cy:  "You eat horses?!  You're not supposed to eat horses!
Horses aren't food!  I can't believe this!  Ch:  "With your
courage-- you have shown us that you are worthy of our tribe.
Whether you think you're the Atmar [sic] or not-- tonight-- you
become a Tretomlec!"  [Cheers]  Woman's Voice:  "Cyane!"]]]]]]

Cy's Voice:  "Tonight-- your coronation continues a ritual passed
down to us through the ages-- a ritual of music and movement-- a
celebration of community and joy-- for we are a family-- united
in sisterhood.  We are the creators _and_ our own creations-- the
words _and_ the music-- both singer and song.  Our traditions
stretch back to the great Gaea herself-- mother of us all-- a
tradition of dance-- of music-- of sacrifice-- "

[[[[[[Orig Cy:  "No-o-o-o-o!"]]]]]]

Cy's Voice:  "-- of blood."

[[[[[[Orig Cy:  [Screams]]]]]]]



Cy's Voice:  "Witness our legacy, Gabrielle.  Embrace the Amazon


Cy:  "As our foresisters honored the first Cyane-- give your
spirit kiss to our new queen, Gabrielle."

[[[[[[Tre's:  [Chant]]]]]]]

Cy:  "She will lead us in our quest-- for vengeance."

G:  "Vengeance-- vengeance.  No.  No, don't you see?  This battle
is over.  You've won."

Cy:  "Our enemy dared to kill the greatest amongst us.  For that,
they must be punished."

G:  "Hasn't there been enough blood here already?"

Cy:  "We have an obligation to Yakut-- the tribe."

G:  "We have an obligation here.  Without new life, our tribe
dies!  Begin the right of caste ceremony."


X:  "I don't think we're gonna find what we're looking for here."

Yak:  "Even as a spirit, I-- don't have the ability to break the
laws of time-- to see into the past."

X:  "Then we'll have to bring the past to us."

Yak:  "The Atmah dagger-- but it was banished to the netherworld
long ago, so it wouldn't fall into the wrong hands."

X:  "But you can reach it through the spirit world."

Yak:  "Even if I _can_ reach it, I can't bring it into the
physical realm."

X:  "But I can."

Yak:  "Xena-- you don't realize how dangerous this is.  If-- if
you fail, you could be pulled into the netherworld with it."

X:  "No one said it would be easy.  You should be able to travel
through the spirit world to the dagger.  Try."

Yak:  "Samsara opposes me."

X:  "You can do it."

Yak:  "Spirit, be gone!  I can see it."

X:  "Come on, Yakut-- will it."

Yak:  "I can see it."

X:  "You can do it.  Stay with it.  You did it.  Ah-h-h!
Ah-h-h-h-h-h-h-h-h!  [Whispers]  Yakut."

Yak:  "You did it-- the Atmah dagger.  Lift it Xena-- search our
past for the answer."

[[[[[[Sam:  "Over that rise is the great river.  On the other
side of the river is the tree that carries the hard red fruit.
We race there.  The first one back-- wins the challenge."  Ch:
Cyane, I think you should accept this-- and show us how the Atmah
runs.  Orig Cy:  "I suppose we could that, but-- it's just--
see-- I don't think-- running is really a very heroic thing-- "
Ch:  "I think the race has begun."  Orig Cy:  "I can't--
[Screams]  No!  Put me down!  Hi.  You saved my life.  Thanks."
Kor:  "Huh?  Hm-m?  Goodbottie?"  Orig Cy:  "Thanks.  Cyane."
Kor:  "Hm-m.  Hm-m.  Hm-m.  Kor."  Orig Cy:  "You know, I think
we're-- moving way too fast, here.  I appreciate your-- saving my
life, but-- that doesn't mean I'm gonna-- fall for any handsome
guy who happens to be a-- great kisser."  Sam:  [Yells]  [Fight]
Orig Cy:  "What are you doing?!"  Sam:  "Yah-h-h-h-h-h-h-h!"  A
Tre:  "It's a Varanas!"  Ch:  "What happened, Samsara?"  Sam:
"She _sided_ with our enemy against me!  The penalty is

X [Whispers]:  "Yakut-- "

Yak:  "That moment of history was lost to us."

X:  "Samsara was blinded by hatred and blood lust.  I saw it in
her eyes."

Yak:  "I've seen this before-- here.  Even when my people mourn,
they think of nothing but revenge."

X:  "I can talk to them."

Yak:  "But, Xena-- it's ingrained in our culture.  Even when new
sisters join the tribe-- they're bathed in blood."

X:  "Eve."


Cy:  "You must declare your intentions before the tribe."

G:  "Eve is my rightful heir.  I give her my right of cast."  

Cy:  "Behold Eve.  She'll forever after be called our sister-- in
life-- and in death.  Eve-- we welcome you.  By this blood-- I
initiate you into the sisterhood of our tribe as a full Amazon

G:  "No."



Cy:  "This is a sacred ceremony!"

G:  "I'm so sorry.  That's not how I was initiated."

X:  "I know.  Listen-- what you're doing here is wrong."

Cy:  "This has been our way for generations.  Who are you to tell
us any different?  You're not even an Amazon."

X:  "It's wrong-- and you don't have to take _my_ word for it."

Cy:  "The sacred dagger of the Atmah."

X:  "If you won't listen to me-- listen to your ancestors.  Let
Yakut reveal the truth Samsara hid!"

[[[[[[Orig Cy:  "What did I say?"  Tel War:  "I think it was
them!"  Bearded Man [B Man]:  "Tretomlecs."  [Chuckles]]]]]]]

Yak's Voice:  "A prisoner-- Cyane touched her enemy's heart."

[[[[[[B Man:  "Bleed her!"  Kor:  [Yells]  Orig Cy [Screams]
[Sobbing]:  "Oh-h-h-h-h-h-- please, don't.  Help."  B Man:  "Do
it."  Orig Cy:  "Please-- no."  Sam:  [Yells]  [Fight]  "This is
for my father!"  Ch:  "Death to all Varanas!  Come on!]]]]]]"

Yak's Voice:  "But Samsara's heart-- was too hard."

[[[[[[[Orig Cy:  "Thank you, Samsara."  Sam:  "I don't want your
thanks."  Orig Cy:  "Samsara, if you hate me so much, why did you
save me?"  Sam:  "I didn't want the Varanas to get the
satisfaction of eating another Tretomlec."  Ch:  "You must
forgive Samsara her bitterness.  Memories of her father's death
cry still slice her soul."  Orig Cy:  "She was there?"  Ch:
"Yes-- she didn't go with Teemor and the other women.  She liked
being with the men-- and she begged her father to let her stay.
When the Varanas attacked at night-- she hid under the fallen
roof of one of our yurts.  She saw who killed him.  It was
Targa-- the Varanas with the blood-red scar on his cheek.  She
feels that she-- should have done something to help."  Orig Cy:
"They outnumbered your tribe.  There was nothing she could do."
Ch:  "Then she feels she should have died with her father."]]]]]]

Lieu:  "Cyane, quick-- the Samites-- they're retreating back to
their homeland."

Cy:  "Amazons, it's time to avenge our fallen sisters.  Death to
the Samites!"

Amazons:  "Death!"

G:  "I won't let this tribe go to war.  Revenge is not justice!"

Cy:  "Don't you have any respect for the dead?  We would never
abandon our sisters-- even in death."

X:  "Don't your traditions include listening to your queen?"

Cy:  "This is an Amazon matter.  Step aside."

Yak:  "Stop them, Xener [sic]-- or the tribe and I are lost."  

X:  "You're making a terrible mistake."

Cy:  "The only mistake would be to ignore the debt we owe Yakut
and the others.  Nothing will stop us from fulfilling our duty."



X:  "I understand why you think you have to do this.  Yakut and
Amarice were my friends, too."

G:  "Killing won't bring them back."

Cy:  "You saw what the Atmah dagger had to show us, Xena.  Even
when we try to live in peace our enemies seek to destroy us."

X:  "You say you're doing this for Yakut-- but if you spill blood
in her name, you doom her to spend eternity paying for your sins.
There's still time to save her.  Yakut walks among us still.
Isn't that right, Cyane?"

Cy:  "Yakut?"

G:  "Cyane?"

Lieu:  "I don't undershtand [sic]."

Cy:  "She took an arrow that was meant for me.  I was angry.  Her
life was worth more than mine.  Why would she do something so

X:  "Because she loves you.  She asks that you see the truth--
and be guided by it.  Retrieve the lost wisdom of your past."

[[[[[[Targa [Tar]:  "Tretomlecs!"  B Man:
"Rah-h-h-h-h-h-h-h-h-h-h!"  Sam:  "Amazons!  Who-o-o-o-o!
Whoo-ho-o-o-o-o-o!"  [Fight]  Orig Cy:  "Amazons rule!  Amazons
rule!"  Sam:  "Yah-h-h-h-h-h-h-h!
Yah-h-h-h-h-h-h-h-h-h-h-h-h-h-h-h-h-h-h!"  Kor:
"Ah-h-h-h-h-h-h-h-h-h-h-h!"  Sam:  "Ah-h-h-h-h-h-h-h!
Yah-h-h-h-h!  Ya-h-h-h-h-h-h!"  Orig Cy:  "Yah-h-h-h-h-h!"  Sam:
"Yah-h-h-h-h-h!  Yah-h-h-h-h-h!  Who-o-o-o-oa!  We've got them on
the run.  Let's keep going.  We can slaughter them like sheep,
now."  Ch:  "No-- we've beaten them.  It'll be a long time--
before they're able to threaten anyone."  Sam:  "But they're-- !"
Ch:  "I said no!  It's over, Samsara."  Sam [Spits]:
"Yah-h-h-h-h-h!"  Orig Cy:  "Go-- lead your people.  Show them a
better way."]]]]]]

Cy:  "How could we have strayed so far?"

G:  "It doesn't matter, now.  Decide who you want to be-- right
here-- right now."

Lieu:  "We're not supposed to fight?"

X:  "Only to save lives."

G:  "It's time for a new tradition."


[[[[[[Ch:  "Tretomlec women-- I propose a new mission for us.  In
honor-- of our lost fathers-- sons-- brothers, and husbands-- we
take no more men into our tribe-- but dedicate our lives to
helping others!  I say-- we lay to rest with our beloved men the
name Tretomlec-- and embrace the name given to us by the Atmah.
From this moment on, we are the Amazons!"  Orig Cy:  "Amazons
rule!"  Tre War:  "Wow!"]]]]]]

G:  "Eve-- I bestow upon you-- my right of caste.  Cherish it."

Yak:  "Thank you, Xena.  You saved my people-- and me."

[[[[[[Orig Cy:  "Go, 'zons!  [Chuckles]]]]]]]

G's Narration:  "And so the Amazon legacy, to temper might with
mercy, was restored-- thanks to the innocence of a child-- and
the wisdom of Xena."


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