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                                      STARGATE SG1

                                      Episode 908

                                       "BABYLON"

                                           By

                                     Damian Kindler

               
               
               Opens on SG-1 led by Tealíc making their way through a dense 
               foggy forest. Tealíc raises his hand signaling for them all to 
               stop.
 
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         What you got?

               
                                     TEALíC
                         Shhh

               
                                     MITCHELL
                         Jaffa?

               
                                     TEALíC
                         Quiet. *After a few minutes he moves 
                         on again.* It is nothing.
 
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         *turns to Jackson* heís not doing that 
                         on purpose is he? You know...just to 
                         keep me interested?
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         Well uh...that depends...are you losing 
                         interest?
 
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         Nah...We havenít found so much as a 
                         snapped twig on this planet...but hey! 
                         Me? Itís all good baby.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Tealícís Intel did suggest that the 
                         Sodan would have a base of operations 
                         here
 
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         Yeah but...Tealícís Intel came from 
                         a bunch of Jaffa he used to be at war 
                         with...I know. Old enemyís new allies...and 
                         all that jazz but still...
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         You think the informationís Bad?

               
                                     MITCHELL
                         Think itís vague... *after a minute, 
                         puts on a mechanic voice* A world once 
                         inhabited by ancients...A village shrouded 
                         in the midstís of timeósounds like a 
                         movie trailer.
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         Well we found some interesting things 
                         based on vague.
 
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         Mmm yeah...still Iím getting that grasping 
                         at straws feeling.
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         Yeah...just donít tell Tealíc *Tealíc 
                         obviously listening*
 
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         I already did.

               
                                     JACKSON
                         Yeah...whatíd he say?

               
                                     MITCHELL
                         *imitating Tealíc* The warriors of the 
                         Sodan exists colonel Mitchell. I am 
                         certain of it. *Tealíc obviously not 
                         impressed*
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         Needs more Base.

               
               Jackson walks off after Tealíc as Mitchell stops to look around, 
               Carter shaking her head as she passed him. Sound of a Twig breaking, 
               as Mitchell looks over he sees a branch move, he frowns listening. 
               All of a sudden staff blasts fly by their heads.
 
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         Down!!!!

               
               They all fire in the direction of the staff blasts but its hard 
               to tell exactly where theyíre coming from.
 
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         Fall back to the Gate! Iíve got our 
                         six! Go! GO! Go! *they all fire hurrying 
                         past him toward Gate, Mitchell fires 
                         covering them, trying to figure out 
                         where the shots are coming from* where 
                         the hell are they? *he turns coming 
                         face to face with a Jaffa who hits him 
                         with his staff weapon*
 
               
               Rest of Sg-1 firing in direction of staff fire, holding position 
               for Mitchell. Mitchell pulls up his P-90 to fire on the Jaffa 
               but the Jaffa shoots him knocking the p-90 out of his hand. Mitchell 
               pulls up his berretta but the Jaffa shoots him again,
 
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         arrghhhh

               
                                     CARTER
                         *leaning against tree, grabs radio* 
                         SG-22, this is SG-1 we are under attack...we 
                         need back-up. *continues firing to Jackson* 
                         Where the Hell is Mitchell?!
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         (on radio) Cameron Whatís your position?
 
                         
               
               Mitchell kicks the Jaffas feet out from beneath him, and tackles 
               him. They both stand, the Jaffa getting a fair handle on Mitchell, 
               Mitchell elbows him and goes to grab staff as the Jaffa comes 
               for him he turns and shoots killing him. Mitchell then drops.
 
               
               
               The staff fire stops, mysteriously.

               
                                     CARTER
                         *into radio* Cameron? Do you copy?
 
                         
               
               a group of Jaffa stands over Mitchell, one of them checks his 
               fallen friend.
 
               
                                     JOLAN
                         His wound is grave my lord... his Symbiote 
                         is badly damaged. *moves over to Mitchell 
                         to attack him*
 
               
                                     HAIKON
                         No! *stops Jolan* Bring him!

               
               Jolan picks up Mitchell; handing him over to another Jaffa...they 
               watch as the Jaffa disappears with Mitchell. SG-22 makes an appearance 
               firing on the Jaffa. They run off and disappear, leaving the 
               fallen Jaffa
 
               
                                     HAIKON
                         Shell Kree

               
               SG-1 run in direction of fire. Staring down at the body.

               
               CREDITS

               
               Off world, shot of mountains, then to a Jaffa Village. Cameron 
               wakes wounded, Jolan stands watch over him, and Haikon enters.
 
               
               
                                     JOLAN
                         He will be dead by sunset...if not sooner
 
                         
               
                                     HAIKON
                         then...you must keep him alive.

               
               Mitchell Passes out again.

               
               SG Teams sweeping the Area.

               
                                     CARTER
                         *into radio* Carter to SGC. got anything 
                         yet chief?
 
               
                                     HARRIMAN
                         (on radio) Colonel. Weíre reading UAV 
                         telemetry 5 by 5...so far no sign of 
                         colonel Mitchell
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         let me know when youíve completed your 
                         first sweep.
 
               
                                     HARRIMAN
                         affirmative. SGC out

               
               UAV flies overhead, Carter makes her way over to Jackson and 
               Tealíc, a med team seeing to the Jaffa.
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         anything?

               
                                     CARTER
                         not yet. Howís he doing?

               
                                     JACKSON
                         not well...

               
                                     TEALíC
                         His Symbiote is dying... if it is not 
                         removed...the host will die also.
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         Sgt. Radio Doctor Lam... let her know 
                         we have a priority one medical emergency 
                         incoming. *the airman heads off* No 
                         tattoo.
 
               
                                     TEALíC
                         he is a warrior of the Sodan

               
                                     JACKSON
                         according to the legend, no Sodan has 
                         been indentured to the Goaíuld for over 
                         5,000 years.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         so your Intel was correct.

               
                                     TEALíC
                         indeed.

               
                                     RAIMI
                         (on radio) Colonel Carter... thereís 
                         something you need to see...
 
               
               standing in front of a pillar...

               
                                     TEALíC
                         this writing...?

               
                                     JACKSON
                         Ancient.

               
                                     CARTER
                         look familiar?

               
                                     JACKSON
                         nope. Tealíc?

               
                                     TEALíC
                         I have never before seen such a device.
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         well Iím detecting energy signatures...its 
                         definitely some form of technology
 
                         
               
                                     TEALíC
                         perhaps this is how the Sodan managed 
                         to escape so quickly.
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         actually thatís exactly what it is. 
                         It says...this is some sort of aperture...or 
                         gateway to...
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         to where?

               
                                     JACKSON
                         ...enlightenment

               
                                     CARTER
                         just enlightenment? Nothing more specific?
 
                         
               
                                     JACKSON
                         thatís all it says...

               
               Jaffa village. Jolan attending to Mitchellís wound. Mitchell 
               growls, arching, Jolan pushes him down.
 
               
                                     JOLAN
                         Hold still!

               
                                     MITCHELL
                         you know...your bedside manner totally 
                         blows...
 
               
                                     JOLAN
                         *pulls away* your wound is infected... 
                         it must be cleansed...or you will die. 
                         This... *takes something from shelf*will 
                         cause you a fair amount... *walks back 
                         over sits, placing the cotton by Mitchellís 
                         wound*of pain
 
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         Gahk!! Ahhh!!

               
               Lam working on the Jaffa in an operating room, Jackson and Tealíc 
               watching from the Observation room. Jackson looks exhausted. 
               Landry walks in.
 
               
                                     LANDRY
                         Howís it going in there? *passes Tealíc 
                         file.*
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         touch and go. Theyíve been at it for 
                         nearly six hours now...
 
               
                                     TEALíC
                         *looking through file* most Jaffas would 
                         not survive such wounds...
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         which means sheís very good...

               
                                     LANDRY
                         mmmm *proud grin* thatís why sheís here. 
                         Looks like you were both right about 
                         the device he was wearing... more ancient 
                         technology...
 
               
                                     TEALíC
                         a cloak of invisibility...

               
                                     LANDRY
                         that explains how they were able to 
                         ambush you so easily...
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         what about the transporter?

               
                                     LANDRY
                         Carters with a team on the planet working 
                         on it right now...so far they havenít 
                         been able to even open up the damn thing...let 
                         alone turn it on...
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         *little annoyed* yeah sorry I couldnít 
                         have been more help...
 
               
                                     LANDRY
                         well...one line of ancient text isnít 
                         a hell of a lot to go on... weíre running 
                         surface scans with Prometheus on several 
                         moons and other planets in the system...
 
                         
               
                                     TEALíC
                         you believe colonel Mitchell is no longer 
                         on P9G-844
 
               
                                     LANDRY
                         Itís a possibility...grounds sweeps 
                         and UAV scans are all coming up empty...
 
                         
               
               Mitchell wakes sounds of voices and sticks hitting each other 
               outside, he tries to sit up.
 
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         Ahhhh...

               
               He pulls off make shift plaster...picking at the stuff, stands 
               up, finds a shirt and slips it on. Looking outside two Jaffa 
               are sparring while Jolan speaks with another, watching. Soon 
               he says goodbye and makes his way back to the house Mitchell 
               in. Mitchell pulls back from window looking around desperately, 
               through all the shelves picking up a sharp utensil like a knife. 
               He stands behind door as Jolan enters. Mitchell shuts door and 
               Jumps Jolan, knife to his throat.
 
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         Donít move... Donít make a sound. You 
                         call to the others...and itís goodbye 
                         Jaffa...
 
               
                                     JOLAN
                         it would seem you have me at a disadvantage...
 
                         
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         certainly appears that way...now...youíre 
                         gonna tell me How we go- *Jolan moves 
                         fast, knocking head back into Mitchell, 
                         he turns twists Mitchellís arm and throws 
                         him over on to his back* ahhh!
 
               
                                     JOLAN
                         How things seem...and how they truly 
                         are, are two very different things... 
                         for example... you are free to leave 
                         this place whenever you choose...
 
                         
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         well...now you tell me? *still laying 
                         on the ground*
 
               
                                     JOLAN
                         but to reach the Chappíai would take 
                         months on foot to through the mountains 
                         of Dor toínak. No one who has attempted 
                         the journey has ever survived...
 
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         well...so... *struggles up, grasping 
                         bed* how did we get...
 
               
                                     JOLAN
                         we were brought here through the eye 
                         of the Gods.
 
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         which is?

               
                                     JOLAN
                         Your questions can wait... now that 
                         your strength has returned we shall 
                         begin jomaísatelek immediately.
 
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         well...*stands* if thatís breakfast 
                         I could eat...
 
               
                                     JOLAN
                         *grabs him by the throat choking him* 
                         you have spilled the blood of a Sodan 
                         warrior... did you think our mercy was 
                         without purpose? *lets go* Lord Haikon 
                         has decreed that you will answer for 
                         your crimes by way of Kelíshakílo. Which 
                         you will battle with another warrior...and 
                         on that day... you will die....*leaves*
 
                         
               
               Lam watching over Volnek, who lies in restraints. Landry enters...
 
               
               
                                     LANDRY
                         Ah...I take it from all the beeping; 
                         our friend is still with us...
 
               
                                     LAM
                         that he is. Though how he survived is 
                         a mystery to me...
 
               
                                     LANDRY
                         *chuckles* ooh *walks round to her side* 
                         Iíd say the nine hours you spent working 
                         on him might have something to do with 
                         it... nice work.
 
               
                                     LAM
                         I did what I could to save it but his 
                         Symbiote was too badly damaged... we 
                         had no choice but to remove it and start 
                         him on tretonin.
 
               
                                     LANDRY
                         as soon as he regains consciousness 
                         I want to know...
 
               
                                     LAM
                         why? So you can interrogate him? *drinks*
 
                         
               
                                     LANDRY
                         *chuckles...* oh that might be more 
                         up Tealíc's alley but...thatís the idea...
 
                         
               
                                     LAM
                         well it wasnít exactly the post-op recovery 
                         I had in mind...
 
               
                                     LANDRY
                         *nods*... well...let me know the moment 
                         he wakes up.
 
               
                                     LAM
                         *closes eyes*...ok

               
               Landry looks like he wants to say more...but nods and leaves...Lam 
               rubbing her face and neck tired.
 
               
               Mitchell Led by a Jaffa to meet Haikon. Haikon is meditating...probably 
               Kelínoíreemm
 
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         Lt. Colonel Cameron Mitchell. United 
                         States Air Force. *and as an afterthought* 
                         Earth *Haikon doesnít say anything so 
                         he continues* I donít know if you know 
                         whatís been going on out there...but 
                         things are a little different now...The 
                         Goaíuld has been defeated...
 
               
                                     HAIKON
                         The Goaíuld should have been defeated 
                         5,000 years ago... My ancestors were 
                         one of the first of the Sodan... theyíre 
                         part of an elite command force under 
                         the Goaíuld Ishker... for years they 
                         pillaged and plundered under his name...driving 
                         fear into the Hearts of all those who 
                         would oppose his rule... the further 
                         they ascended among the ranks... the 
                         more they were able to discern the truth... 
                         that he was not a God at all...but merely 
                         an imposter. Our true Gods are those 
                         that came before us...
 
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         Youíre talking about the Ancients...
 
                         
               
                                     HAIKON
                         Ishker branded my ancestors as traitors 
                         and ordered their deaths...they tried 
                         to fight... to show their brothers the 
                         faith...but the odds were too great 
                         and they were forced to flee...they 
                         set out to find kheb. Hoping that their 
                         souls would find peace...but instead 
                         their search led them to this world.
 
                         
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         you knew about the Goaíuld... but you 
                         didnít help the Jaffa defeat them...look...for 
                         the first time in their history the 
                         Jaffa are free. But it wonít last without 
                         strong leadership... they need your 
                         help.
 
               
                                     HAIKON
                         their fate is of no concern to us. I 
                         hope you are prepared to die well...Mitchell
 
                         
               
               Volnek wakes trying to pull himself free of the restraints.
 
               
               
                                     TEALíC
                         You will not be able to break your bonds. 
                         *Volnek relaxes, Tealíc and Jackson 
                         walk over...* we sought out the Sodan 
                         in peace, wishing only to open dialogue...instead 
                         you attacked us and took our comrade...
 
                         
               
                                     VOLNEK
                         all enemies who transgress our sacred 
                         ground forfeit their lives.
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         yeah...well...you might want to post 
                         a few signs...look we just want our 
                         friend back. And we figured your fellow 
                         warriors might want to know youíre still 
                         alive and kicking so...weíre thinking 
                         straight swap. Our guy in exchange for 
                         you.
 
               
                                     VOLNEK
                         if your friend was taken...then mourn 
                         him...for if he is not yet dead...he 
                         soon will be.
 
               
                                     TEALíC
                         here me when I say that all free Jaffa 
                         have always had the greatest respect 
                         for the warriors of the Sodan.
 
               
                                     VOLNEK
                         you speak of respect...yet you condemn 
                         me...without my Symbiote I will be dead 
                         soon enough...
 
               
                                     TEALíC
                         a medicine called tretonin courses through 
                         your veins...you have been freed from 
                         your burden.
 
               
                                     VOLNEK
                         such a thing is not possible.

               
                                     JACKSON
                         Oh but it is...

               
                                     TEALíC
                         it is very real...I assure you. It is 
                         now used by several thousand free Jaffa 
                         with No Ill effects.
 
               
                                     VOLNEK
                         your poisons will not work. Had you 
                         any honor you would have let me die 
                         on the battlefield.
 
               
               Mitchell and Jolan walk along toward an open area for training, 
               two kids look up watching them
 
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         so is it you just donít know whatís 
                         going on with the rest of the Galaxy 
                         or...you really donít care?
 
               
                                     JOLAN
                         The Jaffa made their choice 5,000 years 
                         ago. Their affairs are of no concern 
                         of ours.
 
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         yeah...but how do you survive? At some 
                         point you have to go hunting for...uh 
                         *waves, points at stomach* you know...
 
                         
               
                                     JOLAN
                         we raid Goaíuld strong holds for shipments 
                         of Symbiote's that have yet to be planted 
                         in new Jaffa. *walks over to some staffs* 
                         Such missions are rights of passage 
                         for our youngest warriors...
 
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         well that sounds like fun.

               
                                     JOLAN
                         the fighting styles of the Sodan has 
                         been a closely guarded secret for over 
                         a hundred Generations...it is a shame 
                         you will die shortly after learning 
                         it...*throws him a staff, walks over 
                         with own, motions* attack me...*Mitchell 
                         leans on staff* you find me an unworthy 
                         opponent?
 
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         *picks up staff* no... its just I donít 
                         feel like-
 
               
               Jolan takes a swing at Mitchell, he ducks, but Jolan sweeps his 
               feet out from beneath him...two kids grin shaking head, Mitchell 
               laughs, pulling himself up, rubs shoulder before quickly taking 
               a swing at Jolan, who defends every attack Mitchell makes and 
               then kicks him backwards
 
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         Ok...*sits up* uh...lets try that one 
                         more time.
 
               
               Mitchell gets up, attacks Jolan, who grabs his staff and goes 
               to hit Mitchell, Mitchell grabs his staff too but Jolan spins 
               them throwing Mitchell on his back.
 
               
                                     JOLAN
                         you are slow...and undisciplined. if 
                         you fought your opponent today you would 
                         die without landing a single blow *throws 
                         staff down*
 
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         *lying on back* and what happens if 
                         I refuse to fight? You just kill me?
 
                         
               
                                     JOLAN
                         it is an alternative you do not wish 
                         to explore...
 
               
               Tealíc enters Volnek's room; food lies untouched on the table.
 
               
               
                                     TEALíC
                         Dr Lam tells me you have refused to 
                         eat.
 
               
                                     VOLNEK
                         the very odor of your food turns my 
                         stomach.
 
               
                                     TEALíC
                         if you are to survive without your Symbiote 
                         you require sustenance
 
               
                                     VOLNEK
                         it is only because your drug has weakened 
                         me.
 
               
                                     TEALíC
                         on the contrary brother... it has freed 
                         you.
 
               
                                     VOLNEK
                         what do you know of freedom? hmmm? *Tealíc 
                         raises eyebrow* you who have served 
                         false Gods... Who chooses to live in 
                         the squalor rather than among his own 
                         people.
 
               
                                     TEALíC
                         I know I have heard stories of the Sodan 
                         since I was but a child. Your bravery 
                         and skill are legend among all the Jaffa.
 
                         
               
                                     VOLNEK
                         it is because of my failure as a warrior 
                         that I languish here now... prisoner 
                         to a former slave and his pitiful allies. 
                         Speak not of skill to me.
 
               
                                     TEALíC
                         *angry* many Jaffa have fought and died 
                         for a cause that was started by the 
                         warriors of the Sodan!
 
               
                                     VOLNEK
                         and for what?! Instead of respecting 
                         the traditions of our ancestors you 
                         would only seek to lead them further 
                         astray.
 
               
               Off world, in Jaffa village, Mitchell eats, walking to a near 
               by bowl of water, he rotates his arm, aching. As he drinks some 
               water he sees a prior heading past escorted by Jaffa.
 
               
               Mitchell running through some trees his passes a red cloth, turns 
               left. Suddenly he is knocked on to his back as if hitting something. 
               Jolan appears before him...
 
               
                                     JOLAN
                         *points* that way.

               
                                     MITCHELL
                         blue is left. Red is right. Got it *gets 
                         up running other way*
 
               
               Once again he is knocked over a little later, as if hitting nothing. 
               Several shots shown of him being knocked over for going wrong 
               way, he stops by a blue cloth and a staff shot hits the tree 
               right by his hand. Jolan appears
 
               
                                     JOLAN
                         Faster.

               
                                     MITCHELL
                         Bastard... *runs off, Jolan running 
                         off in other direction.*
 
               
               Mitchell runs towards Jolan who is standing near an arch with 
               several sandbags on it. One empty.
 
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         uh...*leans on his knees* howíd I do?
 
                         
               
                                     JOLAN
                         badly. Again.

               
                                     MITCHELL
                         well...yeah...you stop using that gadget 
                         *goes down on one knee* I guarantee 
                         ya Iíll do better.
 
               
                                     JOLAN
                         a Sodan warrior must anticipate an attack 
                         at any moment.
 
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         yeah well... where did you guys get 
                         those things anyways *points*
 
               
                                     JOLAN
                         the writings of our gods instructed 
                         us on how to make many of their devices... 
                         we use them to protect our grounds...
 
                         
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         speaking of gods...I know this is probably 
                         taboo...but *stands taking deep breaths* 
                         I need to talk to your boss. That visitor 
                         you had yesterday... Iím assuming thatís 
                         not the first time heís been here...Iíve 
                         met their kind before * Jolan moves 
                         to next sandbag* theyíre bad news. Look...Iíll 
                         do any crazy training exercise you want...*Jolan 
                         looks at him* within reason.
 
               
                                     JOLAN
                         finish the course in time. And Iíll 
                         consider it *cuts hole in bag, sand 
                         runs*
 
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         you know a bag of sand with a hole in 
                         it is not an accurate timing device 
                         *Jolan points* you are an evil man *runs 
                         off*
 
               
               Much later, night. Mitchell taken to Haikon.

               
                                     HAIKON
                         please...sit.

               
                                     MITCHELL
                         Iím good...*Haikon motions with head* 
                         ok...*sits* maybe I will sit. You know 
                         Iím starting to get an idea why you 
                         guys attacked us. That priors telling 
                         you that weíre enemies...
 
               
                                     HAIKON
                         is he wrong?

               
                                     MITCHELL
                         you could of cut us down the second 
                         we stepped through the gate but you 
                         didnít...
 
               
                                     HAIKON
                         Generations of my people fought and 
                         died under exile...praying for the day 
                         when we could...seek the path without 
                         recrimination...when we prayed to the 
                         gods...did they hear us Mitchell? Did 
                         they once give us a sign as proof of 
                         their existence? *puts his hand down 
                         on the Book of Origin* I know that the 
                         Ori are not the ancients...but can their 
                         be any doubt that they are gods? And 
                         if they can lead us to the path of enlightenment... 
                         how can I refuse them?
 
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         Youíre making a big mistake... these 
                         Ori are not what you think they are...they 
                         are not even close...
 
               
                                     HAIKON
                         Dekeshan! *two Jaffa rush forward, Mitchell 
                         stands* perhaps when you face your death...in 
                         your final moments...youíll understand.
 
                         
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         Iíve already been there... I understand 
                         *walks off*
 
               
               Mitchell stands without a weapon, Jolan smack staff at his foot, 
               but he moves it fast but Jolan gets him in his side. He dodges 
               next attack but is knocked on his back. Another round Mitchell 
               gets up again Jolan swings but Mitchell ducks, dodges a shot 
               to his face but Jolan hits his foot, painfully. Jolan swipes 
               his feet but he hops out of the way Jolan knocks him down again. 
               Two kids laugh...little later
 
               
                                     JOLAN
                         You may rest now...

               
                                     MITCHELL
                         No Iím good lets keep going...

               
                                     JOLAN
                         You are not tired?

               
                                     MITCHELL
                         6 weeks airborne training at fore benning 
                         thatís tired...this is nothing...come 
                         on. If I wanna survive this kel shack 
                         low thing Iím gonna need a hell of a 
                         lot more that youíre teaching me...quit 
                         pussy footing around and stop holding 
                         back! Lets Go!
 
               
                                     JOLAN
                         *nods, grabs another staff* you believe 
                         the staff is what makes you strong. 
                         *throws him staff, swinging at him, 
                         Mitchell dodges them then blocks Jolan's 
                         stick and his swipe to his head with 
                         his hand.* the crantoe is nothing but 
                         an extension of your body. *pulls away* 
                         no true warrior depends on a weapon 
                         for strength or advantage...
 
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         see...thatís what Iím talking about.
 
                         
               
                                     JOLAN
                         *throws him bottle* drink.

               
                                     MITCHELL
                         *drinks, spits* Iím not going to get 
                         used to this stuff...
 
               
                                     JOLAN
                         were it not for my teas you would have 
                         died many days ago.
 
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         it was self defense you know...the Jaffa 
                         I killed... it was him or me...
 
               
                                     JOLAN
                         it does not matter...the blood has been 
                         spilled our laws decree you must answer 
                         for it...
 
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         so who was he?

               
                                     JOLAN
                         His name was Volnek...a most skilled 
                         warrior.
 
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         look...for what its worth... *Jolan 
                         looks at him* thereís nothing I can 
                         say is there...
 
               
                                     JOLAN
                         no. *walks over to him*

               
                                     MITCHELL
                         so...who do I fight?

               
                                     JOLAN
                         Lord Haikon will determine that on the 
                         eve of your battle...usually it is the 
                         closest blood kin to the slain warrior
 
                         
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         right... and the next of kin is just 
                         a tough as he was. Do I stand a chance? 
                         *Jolan raises eyebrow* never mind. I 
                         promise Iíll die well and all that jazz... 
                         but before I kick it...I gotta ask...you 
                         buying what these priors are selling?
 
                         
               
                                     JOLAN
                         lord Haikon has led us for more that 
                         a hundred years...he knows what is best 
                         for us all...
 
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         yeah yeah look I get it...you are a 
                         team player...Iím asking...what do you 
                         think?
 
               
                                     JOLAN
                         it is not my place to questing Haikonís 
                         judgment...nor is it yours...
 
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         well somebody better...because if you 
                         guys follow the Ori...all of you traditions...your 
                         crantoe staffs...your precious paths...your 
                         tasty beverages...its all going down 
                         the drain.
 
               
                                     JOLAN
                         Enough! Weíre finished for the day.
 
                         
               
               Volnek sitting at a table, handcuffed, airman on door, Tealíc 
               walking around him, Jackson, Carter and Landry watching from 
               observation room.
 
               
                                     TEALíC
                         you say a prior has come to the Sodan...and 
                         you have decided to follow the word 
                         of the Ori...
 
               
                                     VOLNEK
                         I walk the path of our true gods--
 
                         
               
                                     TEALíC
                         The Ori are not gods!! What did the 
                         prior promise you? A place of honor 
                         at his side? As heralds for your new 
                         masters? This prior will have you hunt 
                         down and kill all Jaffa who refuse to 
                         follow the path of origin...that is 
                         the path you walk...I will learn the 
                         codes of the ancient transporter...no 
                         matter how long it takes. *Volnek smirks*
 
                         
               
                                     LANDRY
                         this is going no where... two weeks 
                         and he hasnít given us so much as a 
                         decent hycoo...
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         well...its understandable sir most Jaffa 
                         will never break under normal interrogation 
                         techniques...
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         not to mention the Sodan are a elite 
                         group of warriors...Iím sure their minds 
                         are trained to withstand a lot worse...
 
                         
               
                                     LANDRY
                         what about the device...*both look at 
                         Carter...*
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         we havenít made much progress Iím afraid... 
                         it seems the code preventing us from 
                         using it is rigged to some sort of defense 
                         mechanism. Dr lee received a few nasty 
                         volts while trying to implement an override.
 
                         
               
                                     JACKSON
                         how is he?

               
                                     CARTER
                         *whispers* Dr Lam says the feeling should 
                         return to his legs in a few days...
 
                         
               
                                     LANDRY
                         *sighs stands* meanwhile the international 
                         committee is keeping score of all the 
                         resources weíre using to try and find 
                         Mitchell...science teams...orbital scans 
                         by Prometheus...
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         all of them coming up empty certainly 
                         doesnít look good...
 
               
                                     LANDRY
                         another few days and theyíll tell us 
                         to shut down search and rescue operations...
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         shut it down? *Jackson stands*

               
                                     LANDRY
                         mmm.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Sir...with all due respect...in the 
                         past we have spent months searching 
                         for our people in the field... we canít 
                         just stop looking
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         what sheís saying sir is...weíve never 
                         left a man behind...
 
               
                                     LANDRY
                         Iím more that familiar with the concept 
                         Dr Jackson...give me something I can 
                         use...soon... or the next paperwork 
                         I fill out will declare Mitchell MIA.
 
                         
               
               Haikon in ceremonial gear. Talking to a group of his people, 
               the prior beside him... he turns to the prior and bows, the others 
               following his example, Jolan there, he hesitates, frowning then 
               does the same.
 
               
               Haikon at his desk, Mitchell runs up, the Jaffa raise their weapons 
               to stop him.
 
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         I just need a minute!

               
                                     HAIKON
                         let him pass...

               
                                     MITCHELL
                         *the Jaffa lower their weapons, he enters* 
                         thank you. Ok Iíll make this quick... 
                         that prior represents a race of ancients...yes. 
                         But believe me when I tell you they 
                         are not the ancients you wanna worship...
 
                         
               
                                     HAIKON
                         the prior has healed our sick...caused 
                         our crops to grow as if by magic. Why 
                         should I doubt the power of the Ori?
 
                         
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         look...their power is not what you should 
                         question...its how they use it...anyone 
                         refuses to worship them and they die...and 
                         Iím not talking about a few non believers 
                         here and there...Iím talking about whole 
                         planets wiped out.
 
               
                                     HAIKON
                         and I should simply take your word for 
                         this?
 
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         you want to believe my people are godless 
                         and inferior... go right ahead...but 
                         we have never needed proof of our godís 
                         existence in order to believe in them... 
                         faith...it was your faith that sustained 
                         you for 5,000 years...not the ancients 
                         themselves...donít throw your history 
                         away for a bag full of magic tricks...
 
                         
               
               Jolan and Mitchell, battling once again, but Mitchell talking 
               as he blocks Haikons attacks.
 
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         admit it Haikon has totally lost his 
                         mind. *Mitchellís blocks all Jolanís 
                         attacks, Jolan stops*
 
               
                                     JOLAN
                         a warrior can not talk and fight at 
                         the same time. A fact you refuse to 
                         accept.
 
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         Got it...

               
               Mitchell sings first, Jolan blocking his attack, as each swings 
               at each other, both with their staffs and hands the stack is 
               blocked.
 
               
                                     JOLAN
                         You may provide a challenge to your 
                         opponent after all Mitchell...
 
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         followed by my violent death... of course 
                         *walks over to get bottle of team*
 
                         
               
                                     JOLAN
                         of course.

               
                                     MITCHELL
                         to my inevitable demise *drinks*

               
                                     JOLAN
                         why do you do this?

               
                                     MITCHELL
                         do what?

               
                                     JOLAN
                         train this hard? *Mitchell throws bottle 
                         at him* these are the last days of your 
                         life... I would think you would spend 
                         more time in reflection...*drinks
 
                         
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         well all I know is... the moment you 
                         accept your fate thatís when youíre 
                         as good as dead...til then all bets 
                         our off.
 
               
                                     JOLAN
                         you cannot survive kelíshakílo

               
                                     MITCHELL
                         well no offence but...Iíve endured things 
                         I wasnít suppose to survive before and...Iím 
                         still here.
 
               
                                     JOLAN
                         how can you be certain... the prior 
                         speaks falsely?
 
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         because Iíve seen entire planets wiped 
                         out because they refused to follow the 
                         Ori. Look Iím not trying to tell you 
                         what to think... but if everything I 
                         believed was being threatened... Iíd 
                         wanna know... Jolan...youíre people 
                         shouldnít suffer for their faith.
 
                         
               
               Volnek fiddling with Cuffs, doors open Jackson walking in followed 
               be Tealíc...
 
               
                                     VOLNEK
                         You two...again...

               
                                     JACKSON
                         yes...us two...again.

               
                                     VOLNEK
                         save your words...I am not in the mood...
 
                         
               
                                     JACKSON
                         we know how you feel...but were not 
                         here to talk.
 
               
                                     TEALíC
                         you require evidence that the Ori are 
                         not to be interested. *another Jaffa 
                         enters*
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         this is Tassían...one of the founders 
                         of a free Jaffa settlement on a planet 
                         called Asatarus
 
               
                                     TEALíC
                         many families came to live there to 
                         enjoy the freedom that they fought so 
                         hard to achieve...
 
               
                                     TASSíAN
                         he is Sodan?

               
                                     TEALíC
                         indeed.

               
                                     JACKSON
                         tell him what happened...

               
                                     TASSíAN
                         a month ago...a man came through the 
                         Chappíai... he called himself a prior...he 
                         told us of powerful gods called the 
                         Ori who he claimed would give us protection...and 
                         show us the path to enlightenment...and 
                         he left. He later returned...told us 
                         we had to make a choice...follow the 
                         Ori...or be destroyed...we chose to 
                         resist... *stops*
 
               
                                     TEALíC
                         Continue Brother...

               
                                     TASSíAN
                         he dialed the chappíai...and merely 
                         placed his staff in the ground in front 
                         of it...then the earth shook...with 
                         a fierceness I have never seen nor heard 
                         of before...in moments our cities were 
                         leveled... hundreds of our people...wiped 
                         out...in an instant.
 
               
                                     VOLNEK
                         Enough...of these lies. You expect me 
                         to take the word of this sorry excuse 
                         for a Jaffa?
 
               
                                     TASSíAN
                         I witnessed the destruction with my 
                         own eyes! Heed my words brother... if 
                         a prior visits your world. Leave.
 
                         
               
               Mitchell and Jolan let to Haikon by two Jaffa, they stand before 
               him, a small crowd gathers below.
 
               
                                     HAIKON
                         * hits a gong* you have spilled the 
                         blood of a Sodan warrior...human. Do 
                         you deny it?
 
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         no. but it wasnít *glances at Jolan...* 
                         no I donít deny it.
 
               
                                     HAIKON
                         If any blood kin...of the warrior seek 
                         recompense let him step forward now.
 
                         
               
                                     JOLAN
                         *Steps forward* I seek it

               
                                     MITCHELL
                         You?

               
                                     JOLAN
                         in the name of Volnek of Geshrel, my 
                         brother.
 
               
               Around a circle Jolan and Mitchell stand before each other, an 
               audience gathered round.
 
               
                                     HAIKON
                         may the blood spilled here today...settle 
                         this debt...once and for all. You may 
                         begin...
 
               
                                     JOLAN
                         may you die well

               
                                     MITCHELL
                         like wise...

               
               They both getting into fighting stance. Jolan takes the first 
               swing, Mitchell dodging it, again, their weapons meet, Mitchell 
               pushing Jolan off. They circle each other...Jolan swings again, 
               Mitchell ducks then Jumps as Jolan swipes his feet, Mitchell 
               blocks another swing but Jolan kicks him in his stomach dropping 
               him to his knees. He stands quickly Jolan swinging at both sides, 
               Mitchell blocks him and punches Jolan in the face twice then 
               kicks him off...Mitchell takes a swing Jolan blocks it, twice 
               more and Mitchell knocks Jolan to his back, but Jolan cuts his 
               leg. Mitchell cries out in pain dropping as he looks up his vision 
               blurs...his movements sloppy as Jolan knocks the weapon from 
               his hand, spins him until he is trapped with in the stick and 
               Jolan chokes him. After much struggling...Mitchell gets Dazed...and 
               dies. Jolan releases him and he drops. Haikon walks over places 
               his hand on Mitchellís chest. Heís not breathing
 
               
                                     HAIKON
                         The Human is dead. blood of the Sodan 
                         has been avenged.
 
               
                                     JOLAN
                         He fought and died a warrior my lord...It 
                         is only fitting he be given the right 
                         of ShelĎmakíhosa
 
               
                                     HAIKON
                         Very well... *waves but Jolan stops 
                         him*
 
               
                                     JOLAN
                         With your permission my lord...I would 
                         like to take care of it myself...
 
                         
               
               A view of the Sky as Mitchell wakes, groaning... Jolan sits close 
               by.
 
               
                                     JOLAN
                         I was afraid you would not wake...
 
                         
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         oh huh...well...maybe I shouldnít have... 
                         *sits up* how long was I...
 
               
                                     JOLAN
                         7 hours.

               
                                     MITCHELL
                         7? I thought it was only suppose to 
                         be 2...
 
               
                                     JOLAN
                         I may have inadvertently made the lexa 
                         to strong...
 
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         yeah...oh *laughs* yeah thatís going 
                         to leave a scar...so did it work?
 
                         
               
                                     JOLAN
                         it was most effective. They believe 
                         you are dead
 
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         well done bones. *Jolan throws him a 
                         confused look* never mind. So...where 
                         does this leave you?
 
               
                                     JOLAN
                         if the prior intends to mislead the 
                         Sodan as you say...then I am his enemy
 
                         
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         and Haikon?

               
                                     JOLAN
                         it may be too late to convince him of 
                         his mistake...but there are several 
                         other warriors who feel as I do...we 
                         will continue to walk the path of the 
                         Sodan...until the others see the error 
                         of their ways...
 
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         well for what its worth... you wonít 
                         walk alone. *they give each other slight 
                         nods*
 
               
               Landryís office. A knock at the door.

               
                                     LANDRY
                         come. *Jackson enters* howíd it go?
 
                         
               
                                     JACKSON
                         not well...even after we showed him 
                         video footage of the damage...Volnek 
                         still refuses to believe that the Ori 
                         are responsible for what happened on 
                         Asatarus...
 
               
                                     LANDRY
                         whatís he doing now?

               
                                     JACKSON
                         nothing. He hasnít said a word since 
                         Tassían left...
 
               
                                     LANDRY
                         which puts us back to square one.

               
                                     JACKSON
                         yeah basically... Tealíc seems to think 
                         showing more of the dam--*alarms go 
                         off*
 
               
                                     HARRIMAN
                         UNSCHEDULED OFFWORLD ACTIVATION!

               
               Landry and Jackson head into control room.

               
                                     LANDRY
                         What have we got chief?

               
                                     HARRIMAN
                         receiving an IDC sir...its colonel Mitchell...
 
                         
               
                                     JACKSON
                         Youíre kidding.

               
                                     HARRIMAN
                         I would never do that sir.

               
               Door to Volnekís lock up opens, Tealíc enters.

               
                                     TEALíC
                         You have a visitor.

               
                                     VOLNEK
                         *Jumps up as Mitchell enters* You!
 
                         
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         Yeah I thought you were dead too...
 
                         
               
                                     VOLNEK
                         Oh we have unfinished business

               
                                     MITCHELL
                         Just take it easy...

               
                                     VOLNEK
                         You shot me!

               
                                     MITCHELL
                         You shot me first.

               
                                     VOLNEK
                         I will have vengeance.

               
                                     TEALíC
                         You. Will listen. Brother *Volnek takes 
                         a deep breath, Mitchell nods to Tealíc*
 
                         
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         I know that you think weíre enemies. 
                         And right now...it doesnít matter if 
                         we become allies...what matters is that 
                         you understand the truth.
 
               
               Landry watching from control room as the Gate dials. Volnek and 
               Mitchell waiting at the base of the ramp.
 
               
                                     VOLNEK
                         You are fortunate my brother drugged 
                         you. You would never have survived the 
                         true Shekíloh
 
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         donít know...took you down pretty good.
 
                         
               
                                     VOLNEK
                         You were lucky...

               
                                     MITCHELL
                         lucky...is good.

               
                                     VOLNEK
                         *Gate Kawooshes* Granting my freedom 
                         changes nothing Mitchell...*heads up 
                         ramp turns back* we will meet again.
 
                         
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         Looking forward to it.

               
               Volnek nods and steps through Gate.

               
               THE END

               

Babylon



Writers :   Damian Kindler
Genres :   Sci-Fi  Action  Adventure


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