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                                      STARGATE SG1

                                      Episode 710

                                      "BIRTHRIGHT"

                                           By

                                   Christopher Judge

               
               
               Alien Planet We see a lone Jaffa walking through a wooded area, 
               unarmed.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         All right, hold it! Right there!

               
               Jack comes out from behind a tree behind the Jaffa, his weapon 
               raised. We hear more guns cocking and see Sam coming at the Jaffa 
               from his left, weapon raised and then Daniel coming at him from 
               his right, pistol raised.
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         Hi.

               
                                     RYK'L
                         (hands out at his sides) I am Ryk'l 
                         of the Goa'uld Moloc.
 
               
               Teal'c comes at him from the front.

               
                                     RYK'L
                         Shal kek nem ron.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         I, too, will die free, brother.

               
               Teal'c takes his hand in the Jaffa greeting.

               
                                     RYK'L
                         Teal'c of the Tau'ri? Your legend precedes 
                         you. Thank you for meeting me.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         We have been told that there are a great 
                         many here who believe in the dream of 
                         freedom for all Jaffa.
 
               
               Just then, a staff blast hits Ryk'l from behind. Staff shots 
               go whizzing by SG-1 as they run for cover behind some rocks and 
               start returning fire. Bullets are flying and staff blasts whizzing. 
               We see Jaffa coming out of the woods, attacking and being hit 
               by bullets.
 
               
               There are a great many Jaffa, but suddenly they are being mowed 
               down by staff blasts from behind SG-1. In the smoke filled area, 
               the source of the new blasts cannot be seen. SG-1 stops shooting 
               and a tentative silence follows.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         (to Teal'c) More rebel Jaffa?

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         There is only one way to be certain. 
                         (after a few seconds he shouts) Shel 
                         kek nem ron!
 
               
               At first there is no reponse. All SG-1 can see is smoke.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Shel kek nem ron!

               
               SG-1 all turn their attention to the smoke, raising their weapons 
               as they hear footsteps. Two female Jaffa step through the smoke 
               carrying staff weapons at their sides.
 
               
                                     MALA
                         Warriors of the Tau'ri, we mean you 
                         no harm.
 
               
               Then, as SG-1 watched in stunned silence, several more female 
               Jaffa come to join the first two, all carrying staff weapons.
 
               
               
                                     MALA
                         Please, come with us.

               
               OPENING CREDITS

               
               Sam Alien Planet The female Jaffa are still waiting for an answer 
               from SG-1. Jack mulls over his response as a death glider flies 
               over head.
 
               
                                     MALA
                         (to Neith) Shak krek tel kree.

               
               Neith leaves and another Jaffa takes her place standing next 
               to Mala.
 
               
                                     MALA
                         (to SG-1) The Stargate will not be accessible 
                         for long. We must hurry.
 
               
               We see Neith go to Ryk'l and remove his symbiote. She places 
               the symbiote in what appears to be a metal pot with a lid. SG-1 
               look on with some trepidation.
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         What is she doing?

               
                                     MALA
                         There is no time to explain here. Please, 
                         come with us.
 
               
                                     NEITH
                         Kel ma lek?

               
                                     MALA
                         Cree shak nel.

               
                                     NEITH
                         They're outsiders.

               
                                     MALA
                         They are SG-1 of the Tau'ri.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Hey, what's goin' on?

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         This one believes we should return to 
                         her planet. That one does not believe 
                         it will be wise.
 
               
                                     MALA
                         Please...we knew you'd be here.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         How?

               
                                     MALA
                         Our intelligence network runs deep with 
                         in the Jaffa of Moloc. We came to ask 
                         for help. I promise you will be safe.
 
                         
               
                                     JACKSON
                         Well, they did save us...

               
               Hak'tyl We see the female Jaffa exit the Stargate with SG-1 in 
               tow. There are female Jaffa on horses and others waiting for 
               their return.
 
               
                                     MALA
                         (turning back to greet SG-1 as they 
                         arrive) Welcome to Hak'tyl.
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         (quietly to Teal'c) Independence?

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Liberation.

               
                                     MALA
                         Our dwellings are this way...please.
 
                         
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Uh, you know, we really should call 
                         home first. Let the folks know where 
                         we are. It's past our curfew.
 
               
                                     MALA
                         By all means...

               
               Jack nods as Sam and she heads to the DHD.

               
                                     NEITH
                         Why have we brought them here?

               
                                     MALA
                         Because that was our mission.

               
                                     NEITH
                         Why was I not told?

               
                                     MALA
                         Because we knew you would disagree. 
                         Go ahead, tell Ishta of our success.
 
                         
               
               Neith leaves the group again as Sam dials Earth to let them know 
               of the change in plans. Later, we see the group, Jaffa and SG-1 
               walking .
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         So, Teal'c...who are they?

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         My knowledge of the Goa'uld, Moloc, 
                         is limited. However, I am unaware of 
                         any Goa'uld that would permit his women 
                         Jaffa to be warriors.
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         They seem to be well trained.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         All females receive training. They are 
                         expected to defend their home world 
                         with their lives when their men are 
                         called to battle.
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         Can't help but think of the ancient 
                         Greek Amazon mythos.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Yes, me too...

               
                                     JACKSON
                         They were, um, female warriors who, 
                         occasionally...captured men from other 
                         tribes in order to mate with them. They 
                         would often, um...would sometimes remove 
                         their right breast so they could more 
                         easily fire a bow and arrow.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         I see neither bow nor arrow...

               
                                     JACKSON
                         No.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Wait...you don't suppose that's why 
                         they want us, do you? I mean, you know, 
                         the three of us?
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         You t- to mate with? No, no...I don't 
                         think so...
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Well, because you know me...I'm all 
                         for helping people.
 
               
               *Okay...this next line...not sure who said it. I've listened 
               to it quite a few times. I think it sounds like Daniel, but the 
               CC says it's Carter. I don't know how much difference it makes 
               either way. Still...*
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         (somewhat laughing) Oh, God...

               
               Later, they are led into a camp. There are many more women and 
               children in the camp. The younger one run to take comfort from 
               the older women.
 
               
                                     MALA
                         You must forgive them. For many of the 
                         young, this is the first time they've 
                         seen men.
 
               
               A blond woman emerges form one of the dwellings. (For those of 
               you who watch Enterprise, this is T'Pol.)
 
               
                                     MALA
                         This is Ishta, our leader.

               
               Ishta descends the steps from the dwelling to approach SG-1. 
               Neith emerges behind her.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Well, howdy, ma'am...it's nice to meet 
                         you. I heard so...actually, I've heard 
                         nothing about...you.
 
               
               His voice trails off as she ignores him and walks straight to 
               Teal'c.
 
               
                                     ISTHA
                         Teal'c...of Chulak...former first prime 
                         of Apophis. The Shol'va who has become 
                         a legend.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         (to Daniel and Sam) That's a bit thick, 
                         don't you think?
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         I am no legend. I fight as any true-hearted 
                         Jaffa for the freedom that we deserve. 
                         (He bows his head slightly and she does 
                         the same in response.) This is Daniel 
                         Jackson, Major Carter and Colonel O'Neill.
 
                         
               
               She walks down the length of them, stopping just in front of 
               Jack.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Hello...

               
                                     ISHTA
                         (addressing them all) I have asked you 
                         here so that I may propose an alliance.
 
                         
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Well, that's a fine idea. We should 
                         sit, talk, nosh...
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         No alliance can be formed between the 
                         Tau'ri and those who would steal symbiotes 
                         from their brother and leave him to 
                         die.
 
               
                                     NEITH
                         (anger apparent in her voice) He was 
                         no brother of mine. Just a murderer 
                         of innocent children.
 
               
                                     ISTHA
                         Shel kree! (Neith stops immediately 
                         and SG-1 feels the tension in those 
                         surrounding them.) There is much to 
                         discuss. (She looks to her side and 
                         a young girl comes over to stand with 
                         her.) This is Syn'ac. This morning, 
                         she laid on her death bed. She reached 
                         the age of Prata three days ago.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Hmm?

               
                                     JACKSON
                         Puberty.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Ah.

               
                                     ISTHA
                         Without the symbiote we procured this 
                         morning, she would be dead now. (Once 
                         again, she looks to her side and another 
                         young girl comes to stand with her.) 
                         This is Nesa, younger sister to Neith. 
                         She is next to reach the age. Without 
                         a sybiote, she will die...as will all 
                         our children.
 
               
               Later, we see Sam, Neith, Mala and Ishta in one of the dwellings 
               sitting on the floor around a low table.
 
               
                                     ISTHA
                         Thirty years ago, Moloc decreed that 
                         only male children would be allowed 
                         to live. Only they could strengthen 
                         his armies and lead him to victory in 
                         the war of the gods.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Well, aside from the obvious immorality, 
                         that doesn't make sense. How do you 
                         sustain a population of any gender without 
                         women?
 
               
                                     ISTHA
                         The Jaffa lifespan is longer than humans. 
                         This could go on for a hundred years. 
                         Any female child is to be sacrificed 
                         in the ceremony of fire, immediately 
                         after they are born.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         They're burned to death?

               
                                     ISTHA
                         Yes.

               
               Outside, the men are standing around, observing. Daniel is opening 
               a food bar with his teeth.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Well, this is...odd.

               
                                     JACKSON
                         Maybe they just feel more comfortable 
                         talking to Sam...
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Why? Because we have penises?

               
                                     JACKSON
                         (considers what Jack just said, chokes 
                         slightly and turns to Jack, offering 
                         his newly opened food bar) Powerbar?
 
                         
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Yeah, thanks...

               
               Back in the hut with the women.

               
                                     CARTER
                         So, how did you start bringing them 
                         here?
 
               
                                     ISTHA
                         As a temple high priestess, part of 
                         my duty is to keep record of births...and 
                         to preside over the ceremony of fire 
                         itself. I could not sit back and watch 
                         my sisters be murdered and do nothing. 
                         As high priestess, I, along with my 
                         seconds, Mala and Neith, are allowed 
                         relatively free access to the Chappa'ai 
                         of the worlds under Moloc's rule.
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         No one outside this camp knows you're 
                         doing this?
 
               
                                     ISTHA
                         No. Our duties require us to attend 
                         to many missionary matters on various 
                         planets.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         So you offer the parents of these children 
                         a chance for their daughters to live.
 
                         
               
                                     ISTHA
                         All but a few Jaffa under Moloc worship 
                         him religiously. Not even the parents 
                         can be trusted. The children have to 
                         be spirited away, secretly, for fear 
                         we'd be reported to the imperial guard.
 
                         
               
                                     MALA
                         It is punishable by death to even question 
                         the laws of a god.
 
               
                                     ISTHA
                         Over the moons we have succeeded in 
                         saving many from their birthright of 
                         death.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         So you want our help to overthrow Moloc?
 
                         
               
                                     ISTHA
                         (surprised) We may have underestimated 
                         you.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         We've gone after Goa'ulds before.'
 
                         
               
                                     ISTHA
                         Moloc is very powerful. His armies are 
                         vast.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         We have our ways...and some very powerful 
                         allies.
 
               
                                     ISHTA
                         Forgive us, but our immediate goals 
                         are somewhat less ambitious.
 
               
                                     NEITH
                         It is an ongoing struggle to procure 
                         the symbiotes needed for our young to 
                         survive. We've lost many of our warriors 
                         in these raids. It has been said your 
                         weapons are formidable.
 
               
                                     MALA
                         We also require sustenance. Food and 
                         supplies among our growing population 
                         are scarce.
 
               
                                     ISTHA
                         We are proud warriors. We offer you 
                         our services and our knowledge in return. 
                         We have an extensive intelligence network 
                         among the Jaffa under Moloc.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         What if I were to offer you an alternative?
 
                         
               
                                     MALA
                         An alternative to what?

               
                                     CARTER
                         To your reliance on the Goa'uld.

               
               COMMERCIAL BREAK

               
               Hak'tyl Sam has rejoined SG-1 to brief them on her meeting with 
               the leaders of the female Jaffa.
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         Tretonin?

               
                                     CARTER
                         We've had success with it so far.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         On all two test subjects...

               
                                     CARTER
                         It hasn't been easy. Jaffa won't willingly 
                         give up their symbiotes, despite the 
                         fact it could ultimately free them.
 
                         
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Jaffa believe they will be weaker without 
                         them.
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         Centuries of Goa'uld brainwashing...
 
                         
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Will these women do it?

               
                                     CARTER
                         They're thinking about it. They've suffered 
                         some horrible atrocities at the hands 
                         of the Jaffa who serve Moloc. It's easy 
                         to see why they don't have a problem 
                         killing a few of them to survive.
 
                         
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         A Jaffa is taught it is more noble to 
                         die than to kill another.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Teal'c...these children have been genetically 
                         altered to depend on symbiotes and then 
                         had all access to them taken away. Their 
                         guardians believe this is the only way 
                         for them to survive.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Then they will have to see that there 
                         is another way.
 
               
               Teal'c begins to walk in search of Ishta.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Give 'em the old Teal'c charm...

               
               Later, we see Teal'c walking in the woods. He comes upon a totem 
               of sorts. It is a construction hanging from a tree. He moves 
               closer to study it.
 
               
                                     ISTHA
                         It means 'courage'. Each design represents 
                         an ideal that no warrior should ever 
                         forget.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Impressive that I did not sense your 
                         approach.
 
               
                                     ISTHA
                         Is not stealthiness one of the first 
                         talents taught to a Jaffa soldier?
 
                         
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         (turning to face her, smiling) With 
                         varying degrees of success.
 
               
                                     ISTHA
                         You wish to talk me into succumbing 
                         to this...experiment?
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Indeed.

               
                                     ISTHA
                         Come, walk with me.

               
               As they walk we see other symbols similar to dream catchers hanging 
               from various tree branches.
 
               
                                     ISHTA
                         Have you really the belief that this...tretonin 
                         is our way to freedom?
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         If it is successful, it may be the first 
                         step. For as long as Jaffa require symbiotes 
                         we will continue to be enslaved by the 
                         Goa'uld. The benefit the symbiote provides 
                         is not a Jaffa's true strength. And 
                         we, as a people, must begin to realize 
                         that sacrifices must be made if we are 
                         to ever truly be free.
 
               
               They walk further and come to a clearing. There many symbols 
               hanging from the surrounding trees and there are racks on either 
               side of the narrow clearing that hold wooden practice staffs. 
               Teal'c props his staff weapon against one of the racks.
 
               
               Ishta turns and faces him a few yards ahead.

               
                                     ISHTA
                         This is where I come to kelnoreem.
 
                         
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Much of our tradition and our way of 
                         life have been designed to instill our 
                         dependence on the Goa'uld.
 
               
                                     ISHTA
                         You believe it is wrong that we kill 
                         Jaffa merely that our children would 
                         live. But what is war for but the preservation 
                         of our children? We do not engage the 
                         defenseless or the weak. We always fight 
                         with honor and those that die do not 
                         die in vain.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         (irritation growing) One day you will 
                         come across a Jaffa scout party that 
                         will not so easily be ambushed.
 
               
                                     ISHTA
                         Then you doubt our abilities? Is that 
                         what this is about? You speak of progress 
                         and shedding of the old ways and yet 
                         you still think a woman needs your protection. 
                         (She walks over and picks up two wooden 
                         practice staffs. She throws one to Teal'c. 
                         ) May your limbs be more nimble than 
                         your tongue...for your sake.
 
               
               Ishta takes off her cape and Teal'c removes his jacket. She attacks 
               first and for a time he is defending her with one hand. She becomes 
               more aggressive. He knocks the staff from her hands and as she 
               falls, she sweeps his feet from under him. He lands on his back. 
               They both kip back to their feet and start again. She uses her 
               feet as she now has no staff. She grabs his staff and pushed 
               it against his chest.
 
               
                                     ISHTA
                         (through clenched teeth) Do not hold 
                         back, you will only anger me further.
 
                         
               
               Teal'c shoves her and she does a back flip - a couple of them 
               as he moves forward. On the last flip, she picks up her staff 
               and comes up blocking his advance. She gets in a few more licks 
               before he grabs her staff with his, flips her over his back and 
               turns her around to pin him to her, her back to his chest, the 
               staff weapons holding her across the shoulders.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         (also through clenched teeth) You have 
                         proven yourself a worthy adversary. 
                         Now, hear me. If you say no to Tretonin, 
                         it can only mean you have an unquenchable 
                         thirst for bloodshed and revenge. And 
                         that does not serve those who follow 
                         your leadership.
 
               
                                     ISHTA
                         (a sudden revelation comes to her) I 
                         sense no symbiote in you.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         You are correct.

               
               Ishta finds a sudden burst of strength and takes Teal'c by surprise 
               as she grabs both staffs and flips him over onto his back.
 
               
               
                                     ISHTA
                         (angry) You take this drug yourself 
                         and yet you conceal it! Your actions 
                         betray your words. (She walks over and 
                         pulls down one of the hanging dream 
                         catcher symbols. She throws it at him.) 
                         That one means 'pride'.
 
               
               She walks away and Teal'c watches her, then looks at the symbol 
               he holds.
 
               
               Later, back at the camp, Ishta is addressing her followers and 
               SG-1.
 
               
                                     ISHTA
                         No longer will we need to lose our sisters 
                         in battle. No longer will our daughters 
                         be dependant on symbiotes. Teal'c...had 
                         taken the drug. He stands here before 
                         you as evidence. I am asking for four 
                         volunteers to travel with me to the 
                         Tau'ri to test its effectiveness.
 
                         
               
               After several seconds when no one steps forward...

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Is that a pin dropping?

               
                                     MALA
                         (stepping forward) You must not go.
 
                         
               
                                     ISHTA
                         Mala, I have made my decision.

               
                                     MALA
                         Hak'tyl needs you. You are our leader. 
                         I will go in your stead. It is my right 
                         as Kin'dra. You cannot say no.
 
               
                                     ISHTA
                         You are brave and true.

               
               Another Jaffa steps forward.

               
                                     J1
                         I too will go.

               
               Two others step forward. Ishta smiles. Then she looks at Neith 
               and Neith casts her eyes down, not wanting to look at Ishta. 
               Ishta walks to stand in front of Neith. Nesa is at Neith's side. 
               Ishta looks at Nesa.
 
               
                                     ISHTA
                         Nesa is of the age...

               
                                     NEITH
                         She is a child.

               
                                     ISHTA
                         I'm told it's not without risk...but 
                         if there is one among us...
 
               
                                     NEITH
                         (cutting her off) Never! That you would 
                         even consider this is an affront to 
                         all of us.
 
               
                                     ISHTA
                         Your words are disrespectful.

               
               Neith turns, touches Nesa's shoulder and walks away with Nesa 
               following her.
 
               
                                     ISHTA
                         I cannot force her hand. (Then she returns 
                         to the four volunteers.) I wish you 
                         well.
 
               
               COMMERCIAL BREAK

               
               SGC - 'Gate Room Sam and Jack come through the 'gate with the 
               four volunteer Jaffa. General Hammond is at the base of the ramp 
               to greet them.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Dr. Jackson? Teal'c?

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         As Teal'c would say...undomesticated 
                         equines couldn't drag him away...
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         (smiling at his antics) The leader of 
                         the Hak'tyl wanted to learn more about 
                         the rebel Jaffa.We figured we could 
                         send updates on the progress of the 
                         tretonin treatment to Daniel through 
                         the MALP.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Kind of a P. R. thing, sir.

               
               Hammond nods slightly and then turns his attention to their visitors.
 
               
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         I'm General Hammond. Welcome to Earth.
 
                         
               
               The four nod slightly in greeting.

               
               Meanwhile, back on Hak'tyl, Teal'c and Ishta are getting to know 
               each other better. They are walking together in a field.
 
               
                                     ISHTA
                         When you rose up against Apophis, did 
                         you leave behind someone that you loved?
 
                         
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         My son and I have been reunited. He 
                         had become a great warrior, traveling 
                         with my mentor, Bra'tac, spreading word 
                         of our cause.
 
               
                                     ISHTA
                         And what of his mother? Does she sit 
                         at home pining away for her hero?
 
                         
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         She is dead.

               
                                     ISHTA
                         I am sorry, Teal'c.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         You could not have known. She died last 
                         year when her symbiote matured and was 
                         unable to procure another.
 
               
                                     ISHTA
                         I see...

               
               Meanwhile back in the SGC Infirmary, the tretonin treatments 
               are underway.
 
               
                                     MALA
                         What of my symbiote?

               
                                     FRAISER
                         It's being sustained. We've developed 
                         methods of keeping the symbiote alive 
                         for some time. As far as the tretonin...finding 
                         the right amount is going to be somewhat 
                         trial and error. We'll keep increasing 
                         the dose until we get the desired effect.
 
                         
               
               Mala nods her understaning. Janet smiles at her and then leaves 
               Mala and Sam alone to check on the others.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         (pulling up a stool to sit by Mala's 
                         bed) You're very brave.
 
               
                                     MALA
                         Not so much as you think.

               
               Back on Hak'tyl... Teal'c and Ishta are still walking.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         The rebellion that I have helped fuel 
                         has caused the Goa'uld to mistrust the 
                         Jaffa with their young.
 
               
                                     ISHTA
                         You are making a point?

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         I am speaking only of Drey'auc. She 
                         refused to take the life of another 
                         Jaffa, even to preserve her own, no 
                         matter what their beliefs may have been.
 
                         
               
                                     ISHTA
                         What are your memories of her?

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         (smiling) She could be as fierce as 
                         the wind...or as gentle as the sunshine. 
                         And she never feared to be either.
 
                         
               
                                     ISHTA
                         You still love her.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         I will always have a place in my heart 
                         for her.
 
               
               Back in the SGC Infirmary, Sam and Mala are still talking...
 
               
               
                                     MALA
                         You are close to Colonel O'Neill...
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         Yeah...I like to think we have a special 
                         relationship.
 
               
                                     MALA
                         I hope to, someday, have a special relationship...
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         Oh! No, no...it's not like that...
 
                         
               
                                     MALA
                         Like what?

               
                                     CARTER
                         (fumbles for words) W...ye...we aren't, 
                         you know, I mean, we don't...
 
               
                                     MALA
                         I was speaking of the mutual respect 
                         you share.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         I knew that... (She clears her throat.)
 
                         
               
               Back on Hak'tyl, the walk through the meadow continues.

               
                                     ISHTA
                         I am from a world unlike yours, Teal'c. 
                         Where women aren't held in such high 
                         regard. My husband was a warrior of 
                         high station in Moloc's imperial guard. 
                         I was but one wife of many...still, 
                         as temple priestess I was afforded many 
                         luxuries to make up for my mistreatment.
 
                         
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         What has become of your husband?

               
                                     ISHTA
                         He was killed in battle against a rival 
                         Goa'uld.
 
               
               Back in the infirmary...

               
                                     MALA
                         I was once a temple handmaiden. I fell 
                         in love with a young palace guard. Our 
                         relationship was forbidden because of 
                         our station. When it was discovered 
                         that I was to have his child, Moloc 
                         sentenced my beloved to death...and 
                         sacrificed our daughter before my eyes.
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         (closing her eyes and shaking her head) 
                         I'm so sorry...
 
               
               Back in the Hak'tyl meadow...

               
                                     ISHTA
                         When will the Goa'uld thirst for conquest 
                         and bloodshed end?
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         When they are all dead.

               
               Back in the female Jaffa camp, Daniel is watching several of 
               the children playing. He notices Nesa sitting by herself.
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         Are you okay?

               
                                     NESA
                         My sister says I shouldn't talk to you.
 
                         
               
                                     JACKSON
                         You don't have to... (He takes a seat 
                         beside her.) I'll just sit her for a 
                         while. (After a few seconds...) I'm 
                         Daniel. (She looks at him and he looks 
                         straight ahead.) I wasn't talkin' to 
                         you.
 
               
                                     NESA
                         Who were you talking to then?

               
                                     JACKSON
                         No one. So how are you?

               
                                     NESA
                         (sighing) I feel tired.

               
                                     JACKSON
                         Who you talkin' to?

               
                                     NESA
                         No one. (Daniel tries very hard not 
                         to smile.) What are those on your face?
 
                         
               
                                     JACKSON
                         Uh...they're called glasses. They help 
                         me see better.
 
               
                                     NESA
                         Why would you need to see better?

               
                                     JACKSON
                         Because my eyes don't see as well as 
                         they should.
 
               
                                     NESA
                         How do they work?

               
                                     JACKSON
                         Here... (he takes his glasses off and 
                         puts them on Nesa's face.)
 
               
                                     NESA
                         (squinting and taking the glasses off) 
                         These make your sight worse.
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         Yeah, well, they work differently for 
                         different people.
 
               
               Daniel put his glasses back on.

               
                                     NESA
                         Perhaps you are need of a symbiote.
 
                         
               
                                     JACKSON
                         Yeah...I-I'll just...stick with the 
                         glasses.
 
               
                                     NESA
                         Neith has told me that your people do 
                         not approve of our use of symbiotes 
                         for healing.
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         Well, it's a little more complicated 
                         than that. I just think that there's 
                         a better way...
 
               
                                     NESA
                         Neith does not want me to participate 
                         in your experiments.
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         I know.

               
                                     NESA
                         (looking rather sad) Soon, I will require 
                         a symbiote...
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         You don't sound very happy about that.
 
                         
               
                                     NESA
                         I will become a great warrior like Neith.
 
                         
               
                                     JACKSON
                         You know, you can do that without a 
                         symbiote.
 
               
                                     NESA
                         I can?

               
                                     JACKSON
                         Hm-mm...but, uh...you didn't hear that 
                         from me.
 
               
               Later in Ishta's dwelling, she and Teal'c are seated on the floor 
               beside the table. The room is lit with candlelight. Ishta pours 
               liquid from a pitcher into a cup for Teal'c.
 
               
                                     ISHTA
                         Have you nothing to say?

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         I have spoken more in two days than 
                         I have in many years.
 
               
                                     ISHTA
                         And so you are done?

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Perhaps I should take my leave.

               
               Ishta looks down for a second, disappointed in his response. 
               She stops him as he begins to leave.
 
               
                                     ISHTA
                         Thoughts of your wife still linger. 
                         That's understandable. But she's been 
                         gone now for over a year. There is no 
                         sin in taking comfort in another lonely 
                         soul...if you wish...
 
               
               She reaches up and kisses him. They continue to kiss as the scene 
               fades to the SGC infirmary.
 
               
               Mala is not doing well. Sam and Janet are discussing her condition.
 
               
               
                                     FRAISER
                         Mala's the only one not responding. 
                         Her white blood cell count is way down. 
                         If this keeps up, she'll go into sepsis.
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         What can you do?

               
                                     FRAISER
                         (shaking her head) Continue to increase 
                         the tretonin levels...but she's already 
                         at double the dose that's working in 
                         the others. I want to move her to isolation.
 
                         
               
               Sam nods.

               
                                     FRAISER
                         We had no guarantees going in. Some 
                         would say an 80% success rate isn't 
                         bad in a trial like this...
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Not in the minds of the Jaffa...

               
                                     FRAISER
                         We're not done yet. We haven't even 
                         begun to explore the reasons why it 
                         might not be working in Mala.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         We need this to work.

               
                                     FRAISER
                         I know.

               
               COMMERCIAL BREAK

               
               Hak'tyl Daniel is awakened by a charged staff weapon pointed 
               at his head.
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         Morning...

               
                                     NEITH
                         (angry) You had no right to speak to 
                         her!
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         I'm sorry.

               
                                     NEITH
                         I saved her from her birthright and 
                         it will be the symbiote I procure that 
                         will save her once again. I have already 
                         lost two sisters and I will not lose 
                         another one.
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         Okay, okay...you lost two sisters...I'm 
                         sorry.
 
               
                                     NEITH
                         Ishta was able to save me, but she couldn't 
                         save the next two girls sired by my 
                         father. He was a Jaffa stationed high 
                         in the imperial guard. I swore that 
                         when I came of age, no more of my sisters 
                         would die. When I heard that my mother 
                         had given birth to yet another female, 
                         I knew what I had to do.
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         Well, you should be proud of that.
 
                         
               
                                     NEITH
                         My father discovered the ruse Ishta 
                         and I used to keep Nesa away from the 
                         fire. I had to kill him so we could 
                         escape.
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         Well, don't you want to give Nesa a 
                         chance to live free of the Goa'uld?
 
                         
               
                                     NEITH
                         Not...your...way.

               
               She deactivates the staff and backs out of the tent.

               
               Back in the infirmary, Mala has been moved to an room by herself. 
               Sam is standing next to her bed with a mask on her face to protect 
               Mala.
 
               
                                     MALA
                         You have moved me away from the others 
                         because you did not wish to frighten 
                         them.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         The truth is, you're not doing so well. 
                         You're more susceptible to infection 
                         in your condition.
 
               
                                     MALA
                         How are the others responding to treatment?
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         Good...very good.

               
               Suddenly, Mala closes her eyes and starts making a wheezing sound 
               as alarms go off on the equipment monitoring her condition.
 
               
               
                                     CARTER
                         Janet?

               
               Fraiser comes over and starts checking her over. A nurse joins 
               them.
 
               
                                     NURSE
                         Her B. P. is 60 over 40...

               
                                     FRAISER
                         Give her a bolus... (Janet looks at 
                         the monitors.) We have to put her symbiote 
                         back.
 
               
               MALA (grabbing Sam's arm) Do not.

               
                                     CARTER
                         If we don't, you could die.

               
                                     MALA
                         This must work if my people are to be 
                         free. If I continue to be enslaved by 
                         the Goa'uld I carried, I am as good 
                         as dead...please...
 
               
               Mala loses consciousness.

               
               Back on Hak'tyl, Neith has gathered the Jaffa together for an 
               announcement.
 
               
                                     J2
                         You challenge Ishta?

               
                                     NIETHAMMOND
                         (taking off her cape) She is no longer 
                         fit to lead us. She consorts with Teal'c. 
                         Her judgment has been clouded.
 
               
                                     J3
                         Our sisters have risked their lives 
                         for the experiment. Do you see no benefit 
                         if it works?
 
               
                                     NEITH
                         Even if the tretonin works, it merely 
                         places our dependences on the humans 
                         of Tau'ri...
 
               
                                     J3
                         Whom you also do not trust.

               
                                     NEITH
                         Who is to say their intentions are pure? 
                         Their leaders are men. They wish to 
                         sap our strength with this drug.
 
               
                                     J3
                         We are safe here at the moment. But 
                         if Moloc ever learned that we were behind 
                         the raids on his Jaffa...
 
               
                                     NEITH
                         Our freedom lies in dominance over the 
                         Goa'uld. We must fight so that we may 
                         use their symbiotes to our advantage. 
                         Only then will we control our own destiny. 
                         I wish to know...if I am to challenge 
                         Ishta's leadership, who will follow 
                         me?
 
               
               Suddenly another Jaffa comes into the group.

               
                                     J4
                         Neith! You must come quick...it is Nesa...
 
                         
               
               Back in the infirmary, Janet is preparing to put Mala's symbiote 
               back.
 
               
                                     FRAISER
                         I'm not waiting any longer.

               
               Janet snags the little snake out of its tank. She put it back 
               into Mala. Sam grimaces and looks up to Jack and Hammond in the 
               observation room. He shares her distaste for what has had to 
               happen.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         How long before we see some improvement?
 
                         
               
                                     FRAISER
                         Not long, I hope.

               
               Mala starts convulsing.

               
                                     FRAISER
                         She's coding. Let's start CPR. Let's 
                         intubate. Give me 1 milligram epi. Prep 
                         for defib.
 
               
               Back on Hak'tyl, Neith is visiting Nesa, who is lying on a bed, 
               not feeling well.
 
               
                                     NEITH
                         Be strong, sister. I will not fail you.
 
                         
               
               Neith leaves her sister.

               
               Next we see many of the female Jaffa running or riding horses 
               toward the same spot. Teal'c and Daniel encounter them while 
               they are talking together.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         What is happening?

               
                                     J5
                         (as she rides by on a horse) Neith has 
                         claimed joma secu!
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         (over comms) Daniel, Teal'c, this is 
                         Sam...come in?
 
               
               Daniel hears it as he is running after Teal'c (delayed because 
               of distance).
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         (into his radio) Yeah, go ahead Sam. 
                         It's me, Daniel.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         We have some bad news.

               
                                     JACKSON
                         Uh, things aren't going that well here 
                         either. What-what's up?
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         It's Mala...

               
               The scene jumps ahead and we see Neith fall onto her back, with 
               a charged staff weapon pointed at her head.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Ishta! Ishta!

               
                                     ISHTA
                         You dare interfere? She challenged me, 
                         it is my right!
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         (whispering) It is your right to grant 
                         mercy.
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         (yelling as he runs in from behind them) 
                         Excuse me! (he stops, a bit out of breath) 
                         Look, I know this is not a good time 
                         for this, there never really is for 
                         something like this...
 
               
                                     ISHTA
                         (cutting him off) Speak!

               
                                     JACKSON
                         Mala's dead.

               
                                     ISHTA
                         (stunned) Wha...

               
                                     JACKSON
                         I'm sorry...

               
                                     ISHTA
                         How?

               
                                     JACKSON
                         The t-trentonin wasn't working...when 
                         they tried to reintroduce her symbiote...Look, 
                         I just want you to know...the other 
                         women are fine.
 
               
               NEITH (from her position on the ground) See what your weakness 
               had brought? Nesa is in need of a symbiote!
 
               
               Ishta pulls the staff back and leans on it.

               
                                     ISHTA
                         And she shall have one.

               
               Ishta reaches down and offers her hand to Neith. She pulls Neith 
               up and Neith takes the staff from Ishta. Neith leaves and Ishta 
               starts to follow, but Teal'c blocks her path.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Do not make this mistake. Moloc will 
                         not allow this to continue.
 
               
                                     ISHTA
                         You give me no choice.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         How many warriors have to die?

               
                                     ISHTA
                         Our sisters in your care will be returned 
                         safely or the two of you will be sacrificed. 
                         Cree sha mel lak!
 
               
               She tears herself away from him and Teal'c and Daniel find themselves 
               surrounded by armed female Jaffa.
 
               
               COMMERCIAL BREAK

               
               Hak'tyl Daniel and Teal'c are being held in one of the Jaffa 
               dwellings. Teal'c is pacing as Daniel watches.
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         Look, I know you wanna stop Ishta and 
                         the gang, but even if we could get outta 
                         here, we don't know where they went.
 
                         
               
               Suddenly, J3 comes in flanked by two others carrying staff weapons.
 
               
               
                                     J3
                         Come with me.

               
               She leads them into Nesa's dwelling.

               
                                     J3
                         She insisted.

               
                                     NESA
                         I do not wish for someone else to die 
                         so that I might live. I do not want 
                         to take a symbiote.
 
               
               Daniel walks over and sits on the edge of her bed.

               
                                     JACKSON
                         Did you talk to your sister?

               
                                     NESA
                         She would not listen. It is my right 
                         to decide, is it not?
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         I'm not sure. It should be.

               
                                     NESA
                         What happened to Mala?

               
                                     JACKSON
                         We don't really know. We do know it 
                         was partially a reaction to her own 
                         symbiote. It shouldn't happen to someone 
                         who was never implanted.
 
               
                                     NESA
                         And the tretonin worked on others, did 
                         it not?
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         Yes.

               
                                     NESA
                         I wish to try it.

               
                                     JACKSON
                         Okay.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Do you know where Ishta and Neith have 
                         gone?
 
               
                                     NESA
                         No.

               
                                     J3
                         I do.

               
               Teal'c bows to Nesa and then he and Daniel follow J3 out of the 
               tent.
 
               
               Next we see Ishta's forces picking up weapons in an area where 
               battle has taken place.
 
               
                                     ISHTA
                         Sel ma-ka nee! (then she says to Neith) 
                         We have been fortunate here this day. 
                         More have died than needed to.
 
               
                                     NEITH
                         We saved the life of my sister.

               
               Ishta looks at Neith and then walks over to a fallen, bloody 
               male Jaffa. She pulls a knife out of the back she is wearing.
 
               
               
                                     MJACKSON
                         (with difficulty) Shel kek nem ron.
 
                         
               
               Ishta stops, horrified by what she was about to do.

               
                                     NEITH
                         (puzzled by her inaction) Is the symbiote 
                         too near maturity? (When Ishta doesn't 
                         answer, Neith walks over and kneels 
                         beside Ishta.) What is wrong?
 
               
                                     ISHTA
                         This Jaffa has the same wish for freedom 
                         as do we.
 
               
                                     NEITH
                         Then he should not have fought along 
                         side those who follow Moloc.
 
               
               Unseen by the arguing females, a male Jaffa a short distance 
               behind them is regaining consciousness.
 
               
                                     ISHTA
                         (grief-stricken) How many others...that 
                         might have been our allies have we killed 
                         this day?
 
               
               NEITH (taking the knife from Ishta) I'll do it myself.

               
               Just as Neith is raising the knife to plunge it into the young 
               Jaffa, she is hit by a staff blast from the recovering Jaffa. 
               She slumps forward and Ishta cries out in shock.
 
               
                                     ISTHA
                         No!

               
               She has stood up and is pointing her staff at the Jaffa, who 
               is pointing his staff at her. He charges his weapon, but before 
               either can act, the male is hit by a zat. Ishta sees that it 
               is Teal'c who has zatted the Jaffa and she quickly returns to 
               Neith.
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         You okay?

               
                                     ISHTA
                         She is severely wounded. Her symbiote 
                         is damaged as well.
 
               
               Ishta takes the knife back and is about to plunge it into the 
               wounded Jaffa when Teal'c grabs her hand.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Ishta...you have a choice...

               
               She looks at him in anger and then drops the knife and allow 
               him to comfort her.
 
               
               Later in the SGC Infirmary, Jack and Sam are watching from the 
               observation room as Janet works on Neith. Ishta and Teal'c are 
               in the room with her.
 
               
                                     FRAISER
                         I don't know how much longer I can keep 
                         her alive. If we're going to administer 
                         the tretonin, it's now or never.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         (to Ishta) You must speak to her.

               
               Ishta moves to stand beside Neith's bed and leans down slightly 
               to look into her face.
 
               
                                     ISHTA
                         Neith... (Neith's eyes flicker open) 
                         Your symbiote is dying.
 
               
                                     NEITH
                         You must procure another.

               
                                     ISHTA
                         No...those ways are over.

               
                                     NEITH
                         You sentence me to death.

               
                                     ISHTA
                         I ask you to choose life.

               
               Neith turns away defiantly. Ishta closes her eyes and accepts 
               defeat.
 
               
                                     ISHTA
                         She will not listen to me.

               
               Just then, Daniel and Nesa come into the room.

               
                                     JACKSON
                         Well, maybe she'll listen to her sister.
 
                         
               
               Nesa walks to stand were Ishta was seconds before.

               
                                     NESA
                         Please, Neith...

               
                                     NEITH
                         You betrayed me.

               
                                     NESA
                         No...you betray me. Since before I can 
                         remember, you have taught me to believe 
                         in our freedom. You said you would do 
                         anything so that you might protect me. 
                         One day, I will be a great warrior like 
                         you. But I am not yet. I still need 
                         you. I have chosen to live free. You 
                         must choose to take the tretonin, if 
                         you are to continue to teach and protect 
                         me. Please...I do not wish you to die.
 
                         
               
               Neith reaches up and touched Nesa's cheek and smiles a little. 
               Nesa bends down and gives her a hug.
 
               
               SGC - 'Gate Room Neith, Nesa, Ishta and J3 are standing at the 
               bottom of the ramp across form SG-1. The 'gate is dialing.
 
               
               
                                     NESA
                         (to Daniel) Will you come and visit?
 
                         
               
                                     JACKSON
                         Yes, of course.

               
                                     NEITH
                         My sister's developed quite an affection 
                         for you.
 
               
                                     NESA
                         (embarrassed) Neith... (She nudges her 
                         sister.)
 
               
               Daniel smiles and looks at Teal'c who has a large grin on his 
               face.
 
               
                                     ISHTA
                         We are grateful to our new friends. 
                         On behalf of the Hak'tyl, I'd like to 
                         express our thanks.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Our medical team will be checking in 
                         on a regular basis. Make sure to take 
                         note of any symptoms that could be side-effects 
                         of the tretonin.
 
               
                                     J3
                         You have trained us well in the use 
                         of the medicine.
 
               
                                     ISHTA
                         And the food and supplies you've provided 
                         will go far.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Well, if there's anything else you need...anything...just 
                         give us a call. Send us an e-mail.
 
                         
               
                                     ISHTA
                         (once again she is ignoring Jack and 
                         has eyes only for Teal'c) Just that 
                         not too many moons go by before we see 
                         you again?
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Don't worry I'm sure we'll be in...
 
                         
               
               Jack stops talking as Teal'c lays a big one on Ishta.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         ...touch?

               
               Sam and Daniel take a hint and turn to leave the room. Neith 
               and Nesa start up the ramp toward the Stargate. Jack takes a 
               final look at the pair and leaves the room too. Ishta pulls herself 
               away from Teal'c and starts up the ramp. Halfway up she turns 
               back and gives him a little bow. Then she turns and continues 
               on through the 'gate. Teal'c continues to look after her even 
               when she is gone. And the scene fades out.
 
               
               THE END

               

Birthright



Writers :   Christopher Judge
Genres :   Sci-Fi  Action  Adventure


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