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                                      STARGATE SG1

                                      Episode 115

                                        "COR-AI"

                                           By

                                      Tom J. Astle




               The team arrive on the planet, Cartago. They enter a small village, 
               which appears empty
 
               
               
               
                                     SAM
                         Looks deserted.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         O'Neill. I have been here before.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         What? You have?

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Yes. This world is called Cartago.
 
                         
               
                                     DANIEL
                         What can you tell us about it?

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         The Goa'uld visit here regularly. It 
                         is one of their favorite places to harvest 
                         hosts for Goa'uld absorption.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         You know, I wish you wouldn't say harvest. 
                         We're talking about human beings, not 
                         brussel sprouts.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         That is how the Goa'uld perceive it.
 
                         
               
                                     DANIEL
                         So the locals aren't used to friendly 
                         visitors.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Well, that would answer why no welcome 
                         mat, I suppose, huh?
 
               
                                     SAM
                         Colonel, this is weird, I mean all the 
                         food here is fresh. There's even something 
                         cooking on that fire.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         But there's no one around.

               
                                     JACK
                         Well, keep your heads up.

               
               
               
               They enter a hall

               
               
               
                                     JACK
                         It hasn't been deserted long.

               
               
               
               The villages inhabitants appear and point rudimentary weapons 
               at them
 
               
               
               
                                     HANNO
                         Hak-ka!

               
                                     SAM
                         Colonel?

               
                                     JACK
                         Hold your fire.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         They probably think we're Goa'ulds.
 
                         
               
                                     JACK
                         Daniel? Think you could find a language 
                         that would communicate to these people 
                         that we're human like they are, and 
                         that we're friendly?
 
               
                                     HANNO
                         Why should I believe you? That is a 
                         weapon.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         So is that.Tell you what. I'll go first.
 
                         
               
               
               
               They both lower their weapons. Hanno looks at the team, one by 
               one. He moves over to Teal'c
 
               
               
               
                                     HANNO
                         Jaffa!

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Hold it!

               
               
               
               The villagers point their weapons at Teal'c. SG1 raise their 
               weapons in response to the threat
 
               
               
               
                                     JACK
                         Jaffa yes, but he's good guy.

               
                                     SAM
                         You don't know him. He's peaceful. Tell 
                         him you're peaceful, Teal'c.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         It is true.

               
                                     HANNO
                         He lies! I know him.

               
                                     JACK
                         How?

               
                                     HANNO
                         This Jaffa killed my father.

               
               
               
               Titles

               
               
               
                                     JACK
                         Teal, you ever seen this kid before?
 
                         
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         I have not.

               
                                     MAN 
                         Hanno! The mandates.

               
                                     HANNO
                         He is not Byrsa. The mandates do not 
                         apply.
 
               
                                     MAN 
                         And what if you are mistaken? I do not 
                         recognize this Jaffa.
 
               
                                     HANNO
                         He is the one. He killed my father!
 
                         
               
                                     MAN
                         If you are right, he will be put through 
                         Cor-ai. But we do not take revenge like 
                         this, or we are no better than the Jaffa.
 
                         
               
                                     HANNO
                         Cor-ai will sustain my belief.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Cor-ai.

               
                                     HANNO
                         But first you meet the elders. Come!
 
                         
               
                                     JACK
                         I always wanted to meet the elders.
 
                         
               
               
               
               The rest of the villagers appear outside

               
               
               
                                     DANIEL
                         That's interesting. I wonder if everyone's 
                         coming from some religious event.
 
                         
               
                                     JACK
                         What does it always have to be a religious 
                         thing with you? Maybe they're coming 
                         from a swap meet.
 
               
                                     HANNO
                         When the gods come through the Circ 
                         Kakona, we scatter in many directions 
                         to hide from those who would hurt us. 
                         They are overdue to visit us again.
 
                         
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Circ - that's a Latin derivation. Circova 
                         Kakona - that's Greek. That's weird. 
                         Two root languages in one culture.
 
                         
               
                                     SAM
                         What does it mean?

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Circ Kakona,circle of woes. Their name 
                         for the Stargate?
 
               
                                     SAM
                         I don't like this.

               
                                     FEMALE
                         You may approach.

               
               
               
               Jack approaches her

               
               
               
                                     FEMALE
                         You are the leader, yes?

               
                                     JACK
                         Yes.

               
                                     FEMALE
                         You may go.

               
                                     JACK
                         Just like that?

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Wait, we'd like to say a little while 
                         and learn from you. Possibly you can 
                         learn from us, I mean, you seem to need 
                         help avoiding the Goa'ulds.
 
               
                                     FEMALE
                         You may go. Now.

               
                                     JACK
                         Daniel? It's important that we respect 
                         our elders. Teal'c, dial it up.
 
               
                                     FEMALE
                         Not him.

               
                                     JACK
                         Excuse me?

               
                                     HANNO
                         For him there will be Cor-ai.

               
                                     JACK
                         All right, let me bottom line it for 
                         you, okay? You can't have that man.
 
                         
               
                                     HANNO
                         He's not a man. He's Jaffa.

               
                                     JACK
                         He's already told you he doesn't know 
                         who you are.
 
               
                                     HANNO
                         You say you don't remember me.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         I do not.

               
                                     HANNO
                         Then do you remember this.

               
               
               
               Flashback to a Goa'uld invasion of the village. A man with one 
               leg is standing amongst the villagers. Apophis orders the man 
               to be killed
 
               
               
               
               
               
                                     APOPHIS
                         Do it!

               
                                     YOUNG HANNO
                         Father! Father! No!

               
               
               
               Teal'c shoots the man with his staff weapon

               
               
               
                                     YOUNG HANNO
                         Father. No.

               
               
               
               
               
               Back to the present

               
               
               
                                     HANNO
                         You remember me now, do you not?

               
                                     JACK
                         Don't say anything, Teal'c.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         But I must.

               
                                     JACK
                         That's an order. Don't say anything.
 
                         
               
                                     HANNO
                         He does not need to say anything. Take 
                         him in custody.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Hold it!

               
               
               
               He raises his gun. Daniel pushes it back down

               
               
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Jack, that is not the way to handle 
                         this.
 
               
               
               
               
               
               Teal'c is placed in a cell

               
               
               
                                     JACK
                         I don't suppose we could get him out 
                         on bail.
 
               
                                     HANNO
                         He is guilty. He must pay for what he 
                         has done.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         And you've already decided this.

               
                                     HANNO
                         Yes.

               
                                     JACK
                         Hey. At least untie his hands. Come 
                         on.
 
               
                                     HANNO
                         Tomorrow we will have the Cor-ai. You 
                         are welcome to stay.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Gee thanks.

               
               
               
               The villagers leave

               
               
               
                                     JACK
                         All right, when they come back, Daniel, 
                         you draw them in. Carter and I will 
                         take right and left flanks.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Wait a minute. Are you talking break 
                         out?
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Uh, yeah. We're gonna grab Teal'c and 
                         head straight for the Stargate. It'd 
                         be nice if we could do it without bloodshed.
 
                         
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         No.

               
                                     JACK
                         Excuse me?

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Do not attempt your plan. I will not 
                         go.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         You know that's a really odd sound. 
                         I thought you just said you wouldn't 
                         go?
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         That is correct.

               
                                     JACK
                         Why?

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Because to go would disrespect the Byrsa.
 
                         
               
                                     JACK
                         Disrespect?

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Teal'c is right. We should show some 
                         respect.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Did anyone else hear that kid say that 
                         Teal'c was guilty already? For all we 
                         know, they wanna kill him.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Wait wait wait, who said anything about 
                         killing? I mean all they said was they 
                         want to put him through Cor-ai. Now 
                         near as I can figure, that is like a 
                         simple trial.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Now see, it's that near as I can figure 
                         part that's got me a little worried. 
                         What if their idea of a simple trial 
                         is a simple beheading?
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         I will not run.

               
               
               
               Later, three women kneel outside the cage

               
               
               
                                     JACK
                         Excuse me, what are you doing?

               
                                     WOMAN
                         I am the Jaffa's voice for the Cor-ai.
 
                         
               
                                     JACK
                         Well I think his voice is just fine.
 
                         
               
                                     DANIEL
                         I think she means kind of like his defense 
                         attorney.
 
               
                                     WOMAN
                         I have been chosen. I must witness his 
                         pecca vay.
 
               
                                     SAM
                         What's a pecca vay?

               
                                     DANIEL
                         There's a Latin word that's similar. 
                         It basically means, I have sinned.
 
                         
               
                                     SAM
                         She wants his confession?

               
                                     JACK
                         Has it occurred to anyone that he might 
                         not be guilty?
 
               
                                     WOMAN
                         If he were not guilty, there would be 
                         no Cor-ai.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Innocent until proven guilty. Heard 
                         of it?
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Actually, throughout history the idea's 
                         pretty rare. Most cultures usually assume 
                         things the other way around. I'm just 
                         saying.
 
               
                                     WOMAN
                         I must hear the Jaffa's pecca-vay.
 
                         
               
                                     JACK
                         Well, you're outta luck, 'cause you're 
                         not gonna get him to pecca anything.
 
                         
               
                                     WOMAN
                         Then who will be his voice?

               
                                     JACK
                         That would be me.

               
                                     SAM
                         You?

               
                                     WOMAN
                         You will be his voice for the Cor-ai?
 
                         
               
                                     JACK
                         Yep.

               
                                     WOMAN
                         As you wish. I will tell the elders.
 
                         
               
               
               
               The women leave

               
               
               
                                     DANIEL
                         You sure you're up to this?

               
                                     JACK
                         Why? You don't think I am?

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Well, it's just that I've never actually 
                         heard you referred to as a diplomat. 
                         I think, antagonist was the word used.
 
                         
               
                                     JACK
                         But I'm his commanding officer. It comes 
                         with the territory.
 
               
                                     SAM
                         Wouldn't Daniel be better at it, I mean, 
                         being a linguist and a cultural expert? 
                         Sir.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         All right, we'll all do it. How's that?
 
                         
               
                                     DANIEL
                         That's fine.

               
                                     SAM
                         Co-counsels. Works for me.

               
               
               
               Teal'c is taken to the meeting hall, where the trial is to be 
               held. Hanno kneels before him
 
               
               
               
                                     HANNO
                         I am sorry.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         You are sorry.

               
                                     HANNO
                         When I first saw you, I let my anger 
                         control me, and I threatened your life. 
                         This is counter to Byrsa mandates, and 
                         by doing it I shamed myself and my whole 
                         clan. I ask your forgiveness.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         You have it.

               
                                     JACK
                         This is startin' off better than I thought 
                         it would.
 
               
               
               
               The trial begins

               
               
               
                                     HANNO
                         Jaffa, you killed my father. For this 
                         crime the punishment is death. I will 
                         now lead the Cor-ai.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Objection! That's something we say back 
                         on earth when, never mind. You can't 
                         be the judge; that's not fair.
 
               
                                     HANNO
                         Judge?

               
                                     JACK
                         Yeah, the guy who controls the proceedings, 
                         decides what happens here.
 
               
                                     HANNO
                         Why is it not fair?

               
                                     JACK
                         Because you're the son of the victim.
 
                         
               
                                     HANNO
                         Yes.

               
                                     JACK
                         Well, the judge has to be impartial.
 
                         
               
                                     HANNO
                         What does that mean?

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Iimpartiality would require someone 
                         who hasn't already formed an opinion 
                         about Teal'c's guilt or innocence.
 
                         
               
                                     HANNO
                         How could there be such a person? Anyone 
                         who has a mind has an opinion.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Your honours, I respectfully request 
                         that someone else be in control of this...what 
                         is it?
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Cor-ai.

               
                                     JACK
                         Cor-ai.

               
                                     FEMALE
                         Only the person who has suffered understands 
                         the pain which has been inflicted. Who 
                         else can fairly say what the punishment 
                         must be?
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Well, you could for one.

               
                                     FEMALE
                         Hanno will continue.

               
                                     JACK
                         Unbelievable.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         It's actually rather Talmudic, only 
                         he who is wronged can forgive.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Will you can it?

               
                                     HANNO
                         You remember me?

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         I do.

               
                                     HANNO
                         Then you are the one who killed my father, 
                         are you not?
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Don't answer that Teal'c.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Yes. I am the one who killed your father.
 
                         
               
               
               
               The room is empty, and Jack tries to get through to Teal'c

               
               
               
                                     JACK
                         Teal'c are you trying to commit suicide?
 
                         
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         I do not understand.

               
                                     JACK
                         Why didn't you tell me you were guilty. 
                         At least before you told a room full 
                         of people that wanna see you dead.
 
                         
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         You already knew, only you did not want 
                         to hear it. That is why you asked me 
                         not to speak.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         What happened?

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Apophis ordered me to kill Hanno's father.
 
                         
               
               
               
               Jack looks at the two men guarding the door

               
               
               
                                     JACK
                         Hey, can you guys guard from outside? 
                         We're not goin' anywhere.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         So, you were following orders.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Hanno's father died by my hand. No one 
                         else's. I am responsible. What I did 
                         while serving Apophis, I will not hide 
                         from.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Even if the punishment is death?

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Then that is what I deserve.

               
                                     JACK
                         Teal'c, you sound like you wanna die.
 
                         
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Colonel O'Neill, have you ever faced 
                         the crying eyes of a child whose father 
                         you have just murdered?
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Not exactly. Teal'c, there are a lot 
                         things we do that we wish we could change 
                         and we sure as hell can't forget, but 
                         the whole concept of chain of command 
                         undermines the idea of free will. So 
                         as soldiers, we have to do some pretty 
                         awful stuff. But we're following orders 
                         like we were trained to. It doesn't 
                         make it easier; it certainly doesn't 
                         make it right, but it does put some 
                         of the responsibility on the guy giving 
                         those orders.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Then you are saying Apophis is responsible 
                         for Hanno's father's death.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Yes.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         You are wrong, O'Neill. While in the 
                         service of Apophis I did many things. 
                         For these deeds, my victims deserve 
                         retribution.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Can we focus on this one case only for 
                         now please?
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         This case represents the many.

               
                                     JACK
                         Well it shouldn't! Why? Why are you 
                         doin' this?
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         When I look into Hanno's eyes, I see 
                         the horror on the faces of many others, 
                         as their loved ones prepare for Goa'uld 
                         absorption. Worse yet is the face of 
                         the victims whom I selected as they 
                         realize they are about to take their 
                         final human breath. Hanno's father is 
                         not the first nor the last of those 
                         whose lives I've taken. And I have done 
                         far worse, O'Neill. I cannot give all 
                         of their loved ones retribution, but 
                         I can at least give it to this one. 
                         I am sorry, O'Neill. I will not run.
 
                         
               
               
               
               Teal'c is very upset

               
               
               
                                     JACK
                         Well, I'm sorry, Teal'c, but that's 
                         unacceptable. I'm gonna to do what I 
                         have to do to keep you alive whether 
                         you like it or not.
 
               
               Bell tolls as people return to the hall.

               
                                     JACK
                         What's the plan of attack?

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Well, the way I look at it, Teal'c has 
                         already pled guilty. So to draw a parallel 
                         to an American trial, we have to look 
                         at this as sort of like the sentencing 
                         phase. We need to prove to these people 
                         that he doesn't deserve to die.
 
               
                                     SAM
                         How do we do that?

               
                                     DANIEL
                         We need to convince them that he's a 
                         different man now than he was then.
 
                         
               
                                     JACK
                         Good luck.

               
               
               
               The trial continues. Daniel is questioned by Jack

               
               
               
                                     JACK
                         Tell us what happened to your wife.
 
                         
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Her name is Sha'uri. She was captured 
                         by Apophis' serpent guards, and changed.
 
                         
               
                                     JACK
                         She's now a Goa'uld?

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Inhabited by one, yes.

               
                                     JACK
                         And how did she get to be one of the 
                         victims?
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         The leader of the serpent guards picked 
                         her out of a crowd of other women, at 
                         random, really.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Who was this serpent guard?

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Teal'c. The old Teal'c. At that time, 
                         he hadn't joined us yet. He didn't know 
                         me or that Sha'uri was my wife.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         But the fact is you now work side by 
                         side with the man responsible for your 
                         wife's fate.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         It was difficult for me at first, I 
                         wanted to hate him. But now I know that 
                         it was a different Teal'c that chose 
                         Sha'uri and I know that if there were 
                         any way for him to help me get my wife 
                         back, this Teal'c would do it gladly. 
                         Even if it meant giving up his own life. 
                         This Teal'c is my friend.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         There were fifty human captives. All 
                         were unarmed. Apophis ordered me to 
                         slaughter them all.
 
               
                                     SAM
                         But you didn't, did you?

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         I did not.

               
                                     SAM
                         What did you do?

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         I turned my weapon on my fellow serpent 
                         guards.
 
               
                                     SAM
                         It was a huge risk for you, wasn't it, 
                         Teal'c?
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         I made a decision.

               
                                     SAM
                         I think you're being a little modest 
                         here. You have a family. Do you think 
                         you'll ever see them again?
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         It is unlikely.

               
               
               
               Daniel looks around outside

               
               
               
                                     BYRSA WOMAN
                         Have you lost your way?

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Oh, no, I'm just looking around, if 
                         that's okay.
 
               
                                     BYRSA WOMAN
                         You are welcome to do so.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         You have a very lovely existence.

               
                                     BYRSA WOMAN
                         Thank you. It would be made lovelier 
                         were it not for the Goa'ulds, and the 
                         Jaffa.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         The one thing I can't seem to figure 
                         out is, is, where you live.
 
               
                                     BYRSA WOMAN
                         We live here.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Oh, no where do you, where do you sleep 
                         at night? Where do you take shelter? 
                         Where do you sleep?
 
               
                                     BYRSA WOMAN
                         We sleep in the hiding.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         The hiding.

               
                                     BYRSA WOMAN
                         We have hidden caves and tunnels in 
                         all directions. When the evil ones come 
                         in through the Circ-Kakona, we flee 
                         in all directions and we disappear.
 
                         
               
                                     DANIEL
                         So they catch only the slowest among 
                         you.
 
               
                                     BYRSA WOMAN
                         Oh, no, we would never leave anyone 
                         behind. We all go, or none of us do.
 
                         
               
               
               
               Daniel runs to Teal'cs cell

               
               
               
                                     DANIEL
                         I think I might have something that 
                         might help us out. Teal'c, tell us exactly 
                         what happened that day.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Apophis ordered me to kill one of the 
                         villagers so the rest would obey.
 
                         
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Okay, well I think we've all heard the 
                         reader's digest version of the story, 
                         but there's more to it, isn't there. 
                         Like why you chose Hanno's father.
 
                         
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         We brought those we had captured bac 
                         k to the hall. Apophis ordered the selection 
                         process to begin.
 
               
               
               
               Flashback to the Goa'uld attack on the village

               
               
               
                                     APOPHIS
                         Teal'c. Kill one of them.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         My lord?

               
                                     APOPHIS
                         I said kill one of them. If you hesitate 
                         I will kill them all.
 
               
               
               
               Hanno's father holds his hands out to Teal'c, asking him to choose 
               him
 
               
               
               
                                     APOPHIS
                         Do it.

               
                                     HANNO
                         Father! No! Father!

               
               
               
               Teal'c shoots him

               
               
               
                                     HANNO
                         No! No! Father! No.

               
               
               
               Teal'cs cell

               
               
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Apophis chose seven women, and let the 
                         rest go.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         The truth is our defense.

               
                                     SAM
                         I think I see where you're going with 
                         this, Daniel. This is good. This could 
                         make the difference in the Cor-ai.
 
                         
               
                                     JACK
                         It's a kangaroo court. Nothing's gonna 
                         make a difference. Isn't that painfully 
                         obvious to anybody? That kid made up 
                         his mind before we even got here.
 
                         
               
                                     DANIEL
                         So what do you suggest?

               
                                     JACK
                         Carter and I are going back to Earth 
                         for reinforcements.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         What, you're going to shoot his way 
                         out?
 
               
                                     JACK
                         No, Daniel. I'm hoping we can bring 
                         back enough fire power so it'll scare 
                         'em into turning Teal'c over. That's 
                         how I'd like to see it go down.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         I have already told you, O'Neill. I 
                         will not run.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Teal'c, you're going back with us if 
                         I have to knock you out and carry you 
                         myself. Got it? Buy as much time as 
                         you can, Daniel.
 
               
               
               
               Jack and Sam arrive back in the SGC gateroom

               
               
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Where are Teal'c and Daniel?

               
                                     JACK
                         We'll explain, sir. First, I need you 
                         to mobilize a combat unit ready to go 
                         back to that planet ASAP.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Do it. Now how about filling me in?
 
                         
               
               
               
               Daniel continues the trial, and questions Teal'c

               
               
               
                                     DANIEL
                         So, by killing that man, you actually 
                         saved the lives of the rest of the villagers. 
                         You even saved Hanno's life.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         It is true.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         But can you really be sure Apophis would 
                         have really killed the rest of the villagers?
 
                         
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         I have seen him do it many times.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         So although you were faced with a terrible 
                         decision, you chose the lesser of two 
                         evils.
 
               
                                     HANNO
                         He chose to kill a crippled man. The 
                         man least able to run away, the most 
                         helpless of us all. His choice was not 
                         moral. It was cowardly and evil.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Hanno, I'm told the Byrsa's only defense 
                         against the Goa'ulds is their ability 
                         to run and hide. Is that right?
 
               
                                     HANNO
                         We have escape tunnels and caves. When 
                         the lights on the Circ-Kakona appear, 
                         we can disappear before the Goa'uld 
                         arrive.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         But, you have to move fast, right?
 
                         
               
                                     HANNO
                         Of course.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Teal'c, did you know that back then.
 
                         
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         I did. It was often very difficult to 
                         locate the villagers. They seemed to 
                         be able to vanish into the forest, as 
                         quickly as a flock of birds.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         How fast could your father move, with 
                         only one leg?
 
               
                                     HANNO
                         It was not important. As a member of 
                         the clan, he would never be left behind.
 
                         
               
                                     DANIEL
                         So in other words, your group can only 
                         move as fast as its slowest member? 
                         Right? Teal'c, why did you choose Hanno's 
                         father?
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         I saw his injury. I knew that without 
                         him the group could move more quickly. 
                         Perhaps even evade us the next time 
                         we came.
 
               
                                     HANNO
                         No, I will not hear this.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         So you made a decision. You chose to 
                         kill one that day to save many later. 
                         Is that right?
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         It is correct.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         So if Teal'c hadn't made that decision, 
                         many of you might not be alive today 
                         to want him dead.
 
               
                                     HANNO
                         I do not understand the relevance of 
                         any of this.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         I am trying to prove to you that Teal'c 
                         is a good man. He is very important 
                         to all of us in fighting the Goa'ulds 
                         and the Jaffa. Therefore I ask that 
                         you spare his life.
 
               
                                     HANNO
                         You have defended this Jaffa repeatedly 
                         by saying he is a changed man. And for 
                         proof you have given many examples of 
                         his firing upon his former comrades.
 
                         
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Yes.

               
                                     HANNO
                         Than why did he not fire upon them here 
                         instead of killing my father.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Because it wouldn't have done any good.
 
                         
               
                                     HANNO
                         My father might be alive today.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         No, not necessarily. Even if Teal'c 
                         had succeeded that day, the Goa'uld 
                         would have sent more Jaffa to exterminate 
                         everyone, your entire population.
 
                         
               
                                     HANNO
                         How do you know that? They did not do 
                         that to your people.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         They tried. We have defenses that you 
                         don't. Teal'c may have killed Hanno's 
                         father, but in doing so he saved you, 
                         and you, and all of you. Teal'c's death 
                         will not change the past, but his continued 
                         life can help all of our future. Can 
                         you really justify killing him now?
 
                         
               
                                     FEMALE
                         His fate is not to be decided by us. 
                         Cor-ai mandates that only Hanno can 
                         make that decision.
 
               
                                     HANNO
                         Your argument is wise, and moving. I 
                         commend you.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Thank you.

               
                                     HANNO
                         You have made a compelling argument 
                         that this Jaffa's more recent and continuing 
                         good should somehow negate his past 
                         evil. I have but one final question. 
                         Can his recent actions, or any future 
                         actions, return my father from the dead?
 
                         
               
                                     DANIEL
                         No, no, of course not.

               
                                     HANNO
                         Then clearly no amount of good in the 
                         present can erase what he has done in 
                         the past. Jaffa, you are guilty of killing 
                         my father. Tomorrow, at midday, you 
                         will die by your own weapon. As my father 
                         did.
 
               
               
               
               Hanno leaves the room

               
               Briefing Room

               
               
               
               
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         I'm confused, Captain. Are these people 
                         hostiles?
 
               
                                     SAM
                         Well sir, that would depend on your 
                         definition of hostiles.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         They have Teal'c prisoner. They plan 
                         to execute him. I'd call that hostile.
 
                         
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         But it sounds to me as if they've treated 
                         the rest of you with the utmost respect. 
                         Now you want to launch an assault on 
                         them?
 
               
                                     JACK
                         No, sir. I'm hoping once they see our 
                         superior numbers and firepower, they'll 
                         release him without incident.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Colonel, the United States is not in 
                         the business of interfering in other 
                         people's affairs.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Since when, sir?

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Since this administration was elected.
 
                         
               
                                     JACK
                         Well, I don't think the president would 
                         have a problem with us going in and 
                         trying to rescue one of our own.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Teal'c is not one of our own.

               
                                     SAM
                         He's not?

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         I mean in the eyes of the government. 
                         He's not an American citizen. Hell, 
                         he's not even an Earth citizen.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         I don't believe I'm hearing this from 
                         you, sir.
 
               
                                     SAM
                         General Hammond, sir, if I may. Even 
                         setting aside that Teal'c is our friend, 
                         how can you let such a valuable information 
                         resource be taken away?
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         These people's laws in this regard are 
                         no different from our own. We don't 
                         stop pursuing war criminals because 
                         they have a change of heart.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         War criminals.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Yes, Colonel, he is. Like it or not, 
                         what the Jaffa have done to these people 
                         and thousands of other people is a crime. 
                         Now Teal'c spent many years serving 
                         the Goa'uld doing some damned distasteful 
                         things. Surely both of you must realize 
                         that this was bound to happen sooner 
                         or later.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         General Hammond, I have spent a lot 
                         of years in the service of my country, 
                         and I have been ordered to do some damned 
                         distasteful things. I will not allow 
                         them to execute my friend.
 
               
                                     SAM
                         Sir, Teal'c has proven his loyalty to 
                         us countless times. Don't you think 
                         we should do the same?
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         My own personal opinion says yes. But 
                         the government policies under which 
                         I must weigh my decisions, say no.
 
                         
               
                                     JACK
                         Well fine, let's call the president!
 
                         
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         That's enough, Colonel!

               
                                     SAM
                         General, sir, we don't have a lot of 
                         time here.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Right.

               
               
               
               Some women are painting various designs on Teal's upper body. 
               Daniel is watching
 
               
               
               
                                     DANIEL
                         What are they doing?

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Preparing me for my death.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Oh.

               
               
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         I would like to ask one final favor.
 
                         
               
                                     DANIEL
                         What is it?

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         I would like to volunteer my lifeless 
                         body, and that of my symbiote, for your 
                         scientists to study. Perhaps you can 
                         better learn ways to battle the Goa'uld 
                         and the Jaffa.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Well, don't worry, Teal'c, there's not 
                         going to be any body to donate. Jack 
                         and Carter should be back any minute 
                         with the troops.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Daniel Jackson. You must not allow Colonel 
                         O'Neill to deny the retribution the 
                         Byrsa deserve.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         You know I have to admit, Teal'c, for 
                         once I agree with Jack. I mean, I respect 
                         your wishes, but I don't believe that 
                         you deserve to die.
 
               
               
               
               Briefing Room

               
               
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         I'm sorry, Colonel, the president won't 
                         authorize a rescue.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         I don't believe it.

               
                                     SAM
                         What?

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         I agree with the president's decision. 
                         We can't commit troops to risk their 
                         lives in an action that I believe is 
                         morally ambiguous.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         That's where I respectfully disagree, 
                         sir.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         You have the right to disagree, Colonel, 
                         but you do not have the right to take 
                         actions against orders, is that understood?
 
                         
               
               
               
               Jack and Sam arrive back on the planet. The village appears to 
               have been ransacked and the people gone
 
               
               
               
                                     JACK
                         Things look a little different to you?
 
                         
               
               
               
               They see some Serpent Guards

               
               
               
                                     VILLAGER
                         They burned our village!

               
               
               
               They run to Teal'cs cell, but it is empty

               
               
               
                                     SAM
                         Byrsa must have taken him with them.
 
                         
               
                                     JACK
                         Let's hope it was the Byrsa.

               
                                     SAM
                         Maybe Daniel broke him out.

               
                                     JACK
                         Keep those positive thoughts coming 
                         Captain. Let's go.
 
               
               
               
               The Jaffa are lining up the villagers. One of them shoots at 
               Sam and chases her. Jack kills him with a knife. Sam hands him 
               a staff weapon
 
               
               
               
               The villagers are hiding

               
               
               
                                     HANNO
                         Now O'Neill has proved to me not only 
                         where his loyalties lie but yours as 
                         well.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         If you believe that it was O'Neill that 
                         informed the Goa'uld, you are mistaken.
 
                         
               
                                     HANNO
                         Then how is it that they know our escape 
                         routes?
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         What?

               
                                     HANNO
                         We are trapped. Cut off from the hidings.
 
                         
               
                                     DANIEL
                         But Jack went back to Earth. The Goa'uld 
                         are not stupid. They probably figured 
                         it out on their own.
 
               
                                     HANNO
                         The children and the slowest will hide 
                         here. The rest of us will try to draw 
                         them away into the forest.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Wait. Now let Teal'c go. We can help 
                         you but he is no good to you like this. 
                         Now I give you my word he will not try 
                         to run away.
 
               
                                     HANNO
                         No he will not. You will stay here. 
                         If I do not survive, I entrust you to 
                         tell whoever does that I still wish 
                         my sentence to be carried out.
 
               
               
               
               Jaffa enter the hall

               
               
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Try not the let them see your face in 
                         case
 
               
               
               
               Shak'l shows his face

               
               
               
                                     SHAK'L
                         Teal'c.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Shak'l.

               
               
               
               A child secretly passes Teal'c a knife. Teal'c cuts the rope 
               binding his hands and turns to Daniel
 
               
               
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Go.

               
                                     SHAK'L 
                         Your death will assure my place as first 
                         prime.
 
               
               
               
               Teal'c stabs Shak'l

               
               
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         I am sorry.

               
               
               
               Teal'c shoots another Jaffa in the back, with Shak'ls staff weapon
 
               
               
               
               
               
               
               A fight ensues, with Teal'c attacking the Jaffa and the remaining 
               team members joining in
 
               
               
               
                                     JACK
                         Hey!

               
               
               
               Teal'cs leg is injured

               
               
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Oh, looks bad. Let's get him home.
 
                         
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         No.

               
               
               
               
               
               Teal'c walks over to Hanno

               
               
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         It is mid-day. I am prepared to accept 
                         my punishment.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Teal'c.

               
               
               
                                     HANNO
                         You would save those who wish to kill 
                         you?
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         I would save those who deserve to live.
 
                         
               
                                     HANNO
                         I have made a mistake. My memory was 
                         faulty. You are not the same man as 
                         he who murdered my father.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         I am the one.

               
                                     HANNO
                         No. That Jaffa is dead. You have killed 
                         him. We have our own wounded to care 
                         for. I suggest you take your friend 
                         home.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         We can help you defend yourselves.
 
                         
               
                                     HANNO
                         We would appreciate that.

               
               
               
               The villagers leave and the team all gather around Teal'c

               
               THE END
               
               
               

Cor-ai



Writers :   Tom J. Astle
Genres :   Sci-Fi  Action  Adventure


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