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                                      STARGATE SG1

                                      Episode 905

                                 "THE POWERS THAT BE"

                                           By

                                      Martin Gero

               
               
               Open on the entrance of the SGC, then to Vala sitting down next 
               to Mitchell in the Commissary. She has a file at hand and he 
               was just about to finish his second bowl of Jello. An SF (the 
               woman) stands watching at side.
 
               
                                     VALA
                         What are you doing here?

               
                                     MITCHELL
                         Having lunch. *Eats*

               
                                     VALA
                         Don't you care that there could be priors 
                         out there taking advantage of poor. 
                         Innocent. People. *he's reading some 
                         other file* Luring them into an Oppressive 
                         religion or worse...Killing them for 
                         rejecting it.
 
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         Are you bored of bothering Jackson?
 
                         
               
                                     VALA
                         Hey. You're supposed to be going out 
                         on missions through the Stargate. So 
                         let's go. Let's rid the galaxy of evil 
                         doers. *when he doesn't answer* Look 
                         despite what Daniel might think I really 
                         can help...*h obviously doesn't believe 
                         her* I know how things work out there. 
                         I'm physically capable, I'm good with 
                         weapons...Not to mention *louder* seductively 
                         attractive *two airman behind her turn 
                         to look, she laughs and waves* make 
                         a fine asset to any SG team.
 
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         You left out selfish and untrustworthy. 
                         *eats*
 
               
                                     VALA
                         How about independent and *grins opening 
                         file, waves at it* resourceful.
 
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         *quietly* that is a classified file. 
                         *definitely not happy*
 
               
                                     VALA
                         *turns pages pointing* Priors have been 
                         reported on forty three different planets 
                         already.
 
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         Yeah that's what the file says.

               
                                     VALA
                         Well it just so happens that I have 
                         a very good relationship with the people 
                         on the one you've designated *reads* 
                         P8X 412
 
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         *turns to her* Define... "Relationship"
 
                         
               
                                     VALA
                         They trust me. *Mitchell nods, gets 
                         up.* what? Where are you going?
 
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         *heads for door* I'm going to go Talk 
                         to Landry
 
               
                                     VALA
                         Why? *makes a face, worried, makes fists 
                         with her hands*
 
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         *Comes back taking file* because anyone 
                         who trusts you...is obviously in a great 
                         deal of danger.
 
               
               He heads for door again, and she goes to taken his unfinished 
               bowl of Danger, but he goes back and grabs it off her.
 
               
               WORMHOLE

               
               Planet with e Pyramid, settlement of people just outside. The 
               team (Vala, Teal'c, Mitchell and Jackson) head into the pyramid, 
               which shows a large room, with a throne.
 
               
                                     VALA
                         Oh good...no one's here.

               
                                     MITCHELL
                         I thought these people trusted you...why 
                         are we sneaking around? Avoiding everybody?
 
                         
               
                                     VALA
                         I already told you, they won't recognize 
                         me dressed like this. Fortunately I 
                         left a couple of spare outfits behind. 
                         *Heads for a side room*
 
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         What is it with her and her wardrobe?
 
                         
               
                                     JACKSON
                         *follows her* Look I think we could 
                         probably explain to them exactly—
 
                         
               
                                     VALA
                         *stops, turning to him* It'll only take 
                         a second. *stops him* can a Girl have 
                         a little privacy?
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         No. Besides I think I've seen just about 
                         everything there is to see.
 
               
                                     VALA
                         *grins, Jackson really not liking the 
                         look she's giving him* right. *after 
                         a minute* Look there's no other way 
                         out of this room. I'm just going to 
                         change. Be right back. *she heads off*
 
                         
               
               A man walks in carrying an offering.

               
                                     MITCHELL
                         Hey *waves*

               
               The man runs off, and hurries back with a group of friends with 
               a bunch of staff weapons. Mitchell and Teal'c pull up there P-90s.
 
               
               
                                     AZDAK
                         These are the weapons of our God Qetesh! 
                         Who are you?
 
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         Just take it easy

               
                                     AZDAK
                         What are you doing here?

               
                                     JACKSON
                         *walks forward, hands raised* we mean 
                         no harm.
 
               
               Azdak Sees something behind them, mouth hangs slightly open in 
               shock. They all drop their weapons and fall to their knees, heads 
               resting on the ground.
 
               
                                     AZDAK
                         Please. Forgive us. It has been so long 
                         we began to fear you would not return.
 
                         
               
               Vala walks out from behind the sg-1 guys, wearing a very goa'uld-ish 
               outfit.
 
               
                                     VALA
                         (her voice is altered sounding like 
                         the Goa'uld) Then you are foolish. I 
                         would not abandon you. I am your God.
 
                         
               
               Vala looks at the Guys, Daniels Mouth is hanging open staring 
               at her, Mitchell is shaking his head, Teal'c looks disgusted. 
               (You know in his Teal'c way.)
 
               
                                     CREDITS
                         (apparently the Sci-Fi channel is cutting 
                         the actual credits)
 
               
               The large room. A crowd sits watching a play being enacted. Vala 
               sits on the throw with Jackson, Mitchell and Teal'c sitting at 
               the side.
 
               
                                     MALE1
                         (playing Ba'al) I have pillaged the 
                         galaxy many times over. And made slaves 
                         of all the mortals I have encountered. 
                         This world pleases me and I shall take 
                         it as my own.
 
               
                                     MALE2
                         (playing a villager) The benevolent 
                         god, Qetesh, will never allow such treachery.
 
                         
               
                                     JACKSON
                         *whispers to Mitchell* Not exactly Shakespeare
 
                         
               
                                     MALE1
                         ----slave I am Ba'al---

               
                                     MITCHELL
                         *whispers* How is it these people don't 
                         know the Goa'uld have fallen?
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         Most of these worlds are pretty isolated 
                         and I would be very surprised if anyone 
                         here actually knew how to operate the 
                         Gate.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         These humans must be told the truth.
 
                         
               
                                     JACKSON
                         I know. *looks at Vala*

               
                                     MALE2
                         *a woman now stands by him* Oh merciful. 
                         Beautiful Qetesh. Have mercy on him...he 
                         knows not your power.
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         *Walks up to Vala, whispers* What are 
                         you doing?
 
               
                                     VALA
                         (Goa'uld voice) It's a play. Don't worry...I 
                         think it will be over soon. Then we 
                         will eat.
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         That's not what I'm talking about.
 
                         
               
                                     VALA
                         We want to stop these people from falling 
                         victim to the priors, that's what I'm 
                         going to do.
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         This is not what I had in mind.

               
                                     VALA
                         What your mind may or may not be able 
                         to imagine is really none of my concern. 
                         Now kindly get out of your God's face. 
                         *He gives her a look, she glances at 
                         him and he heads back to Mitchell and 
                         Teal'c*
 
               
                                     MALE2
                         ---You have never met the likes of Qetesh
 
                         
               
                                     WOMAN
                         (as Qetesh) No man shall lay claim to 
                         my world. And no man shall bring harm 
                         to my children. Rises hand over Male1*
 
                         
               
               Male1 slowly falls pulling out a lot of red cloth

               
                                     MALE2
                         Thanks be to you Qetesh. All hail and 
                         Glory be to you.
 
               
               The Play ends. The three Actors turn and Bow to Vala.

               
                                     VALA
                         hmm...

               
                                     AZDAK
                         *stands* we had little rehearsal my 
                         lord, but I trust it pleases you?
 
                         
               
                                     VALA
                         Yes *Azdak grins* as always Azdak, you 
                         please your God greatly.
 
               
                                     AZDAK
                         Thank you my lord. You have been greatly 
                         missed.
 
               
                                     VALA
                         *grins* Now. I would like to hear about 
                         the visitor who arrived through the 
                         Chappa'ai *After a lot of whispering* 
                         It is pointless lying to your God, Azdak, 
                         I am all knowing as well as all Beautiful 
                         *Mitchell and Jackson give her a look*
 
                         
               
                                     AZDAK
                         He said that he was here to save us. 
                         That our true Gods await our devotion
 
                         
               
                                     VALA
                         Lies. *nods* meant to deceive you.
 
                         
               
                                     AZDAK
                         I-I- I did not believe a word he said 
                         my lord. I swear it.
 
               
                                     VALA
                         Some of you did,

               
                                     AZDAK
                         You have been absent for so many seasons. 
                         Some had thought you had abandoned us. 
                         They were weak my lord. Please...forgive 
                         them?
 
               
                                     VALA
                         Have I not always been merciful to those 
                         who deserve forgiveness? *he nods* Now 
                         go while I consider your punishment.
 
                         
               
                                     AZDAK
                         Yes. Of course *bowing as he and the 
                         others leave*
 
               
                                     VALA
                         *once they've all gone (still in Goa'uld 
                         voice)* Well that was easy. *stands 
                         stretching*
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         Shut that thing off.

               
                                     VALA
                         mmm *hits a button*

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Why must you continue to deceive these 
                         people?
 
               
                                     VALA
                         (normal voice) This was one of the many 
                         planets that Qetesh ruled over when 
                         I was her host. *more stretching* as 
                         you know a Tok'ra eventually removed 
                         the symbiote but not before her people 
                         rebelled and tortured me thinking we 
                         were one in the same.
 
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         *stands* And they couldn't tell the 
                         difference? *mutters to Jackson and 
                         Teal'c* Why am I not surprised?
 
               
                                     VALA
                         I had nothing. I was desolate. *sits 
                         by Jackson* Fortunately I discovered 
                         that news of Qetesh's demise had not 
                         reached this little mining outpost.
 
                         
               
                                     JACKSON
                         SO you kept them mining naquadah for 
                         you?
 
               
                                     VALA
                         Just a tiny bit. *Jackson Can't believe 
                         it* No—the mine was practically barren 
                         by the time I got here but this planet 
                         acted as a safe haven for me until I 
                         got back on my feet. *Teal'c groans, 
                         turning away* Look I never killed anyone; 
                         I never tortured them I was a wonderful 
                         God. Just ask them.
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         I think we will *gets up*

               
                                     VALA
                         *Jumps up following* why? You don't 
                         believe me?
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         *stops turning to her* That. And I'm 
                         not totally convinced they're gonna 
                         follow your command nor should that 
                         be the only reason they don't follow 
                         the priors. *starts to head off again*
 
                         
               
                                     VALA
                         *follows* I am still supposed to be 
                         there God *he stops* I can't exactly 
                         go out there and ask them is they're 
                         going to listen to me.
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         I wasn't expecting you to. *starts off 
                         again*
 
               
                                     VALA
                         *follows* what makes you think they're 
                         going to tell you the truth *he stops 
                         getting a little wound up* you're suppose 
                         to be my faithful servants.
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         Then I'll just have to explain that 
                         we're not as faithful as you might like 
                         to believe and if necessary I'll also 
                         tell them we're plotting to. Kill. you. 
                         *he heads off, she stares shocked*
 
                         
               
                                     VALA
                         hu-I— *shouts after him* I have heard 
                         better plans. MITCHELL: *walks up to 
                         her* I kind of like it.
 
               
                                     VALA
                         Shut up *storms off to throne.*

               
               SGC, Lam and Landry walking down corridor

               
                                     LANDRY
                         How are the staff Evaluations coming?
 
                         
               
                                     LAM
                         *pulls off stethoscope putting them 
                         in her pocket* They're done. They'll 
                         be on your desk by tomorrow morning. 
                         that's when they're due right?
 
               
                                     LANDRY
                         yes. *nods* I have uh—Lunch with uh...the 
                         heads of my departments once a month...just 
                         to stay in touch...uh get any housekeeping 
                         done...it helps me get to know them 
                         a lot better...I know in our case uh...
 
                         
               
                                     LAM
                         *she stops* what? *waits* in our case 
                         what?
 
               
                                     LANDRY
                         well...it's just that we know each other 
                         better that I say do... Colonel Garret, 
                         the ammunitions supply officer.
 
               
                                     LAM
                         really? I actually doubt that. Colonel 
                         Garrets been here longer than I have.
 
                         
               
                                     LANDRY
                         *glances at a passing airman, quieter* 
                         do we have to do this here?
 
               
                                     LAM
                         You wanna have lunch? Fine. Tomorrow 
                         noon...I will be there as ordered.
 
                         
               
                                     LANDRY
                         It's not an order.

               
                                     LAM
                         ok. *walks off*

               
               Landry watches he go with a sigh.

               
               On planet. Daniel walks with a man through the settlement.

               
                                     THATCHNAR
                         I have been sick for some time now, 
                         the past few harvests I've been more 
                         of a burden than a help to my family. 
                         I had even lost the ability to stand.
 
                         
               
                                     JACKSON
                         You're standing now.

               
                                     THATCHNER
                         The prior. He cured me. *some of the 
                         villagers look over* Said that it was 
                         the will of the Ori.
 
               
                                     AZDAK
                         *rushes for him* Blasphemer. *Teal'c 
                         and Mitchell stop him*
 
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         Just take it easy...

               
                                     AZDAK
                         I'm sorry...but I will not have him 
                         speak against Qetesh like that in my 
                         presence.
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         Look we're not out to get anybody here...we 
                         just want to hear what he has to say. 
                         *to Thatchner* go ahead.
 
               
                                     THATCHNER
                         The Jewel in his staff glowed *a crowd 
                         gathers listening* He waved it over 
                         me and I felt better than I ever have. 
                         All he asked in return was that I tell 
                         others. That I spread the word of the 
                         Ori. Then upon his return...
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         When is this prior to return?

               
                                     THATCHNER
                         Tomorrow. The prior said that Qetesh 
                         is a false God. That if she ever returned 
                         he would expose her weakness.
 
               
                                     AZDAK
                         You're a fool. Speak no more or I'll 
                         shall strike you don' in the name of 
                         our true God. *goes to hit him*
 
               
                                     MITCELL
                         *stops him* I said take it easy.

               
                                     AZDAK
                         You should be thankful that Qetesh is 
                         so forgiving. And pray that when she 
                         slays the prior for his wicked lies. 
                         She won't do the same to you.
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         Oh boy.

               
                                     AZDAK
                         Glory be to Qetesh!! Glory to the one 
                         true God! G-
 
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         Ok...you have made your point. Know 
                         when to stop.
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         I think I need to talk to our one true 
                         god. *Mitchell nods*
 
               
               Back in large room

               
                                     JACKSON
                         This is why you wanted to come back 
                         to this planet?
 
               
               Vala checking a bunch of cases with jewels and Gold.

               
                                     VALA
                         All of this is mine. I earnt it. These 
                         people have just been keeping it safe 
                         for me. *Jackson not happy* and as you 
                         said we can't be 100 percent certain 
                         that they're going to obey me so if 
                         this planet does fall to the priors...
 
                         
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         Hello. *picks up some gold* You stealing 
                         this planets most valued treasure is 
                         the least of our concerns right now. 
                         *drops gold*
 
               
                                     VALA
                         I like your attitude *grins at him* 
                         I was thinking of cutting you boys in 
                         at 10% but now I'm thinking *grabs his 
                         nose, pulling it* 20
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Despite your return many of the villagers 
                         believe the Ori to be true gods and 
                         worthy of their loyalty.
 
               
                                     VALA
                         all the more reason why we should pack 
                         all of this up right now and get out 
                         of here. Are you gonna pitch in or what?
 
                         
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Others believe you will slay the prior 
                         in a show of power upon his return tomorrow.
 
                         
               
                                     VALA
                         Tomorrow hmm...tomorrows no good for 
                         me.
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         You need to tell these people the truth.
 
                         
               
                                     VALA
                         I have a lot of needs Daniel but I assure 
                         you that is not on of them.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         If you do not tell them the truth, we 
                         will
 
               
                                     VALA
                         Yes...and who do you think they're actually 
                         going to believe?
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         Look commanding these people to obey 
                         you and not the Ori is not going to 
                         work. Especially once that prior comes 
                         back.
 
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         And we do not want to get into a God-Off. 
                         Especially since we know you're not 
                         even close.
 
               
                                     VALA
                         Forget what I said about the 20%

               
                                     JACKSON
                         Yes he's right we can't just trade one 
                         lie for another lie.
 
               
                                     VALA
                         *turns to him* Alright...what can we 
                         fight with then? How can we stop this 
                         prior from corrupting these people?
 
                         
               
                                     JACKSON
                         ok...we have a very limited window of 
                         opportunity here. If you expose yourself 
                         as a false God... *She paces* if you 
                         tell these people how you fooled them 
                         and why...we might be able to make them 
                         skeptical about the prior.
 
               
                                     VALA
                         *comes back* or it could push them to 
                         believing in the Ori as rue gods even 
                         more.
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         No. The only chance these people have—the 
                         only chance any of us have against the 
                         priors is to show them we will not accept 
                         the Ori as Gods. No matter what happens 
                         we must reject them. True enlightenment 
                         must begin with the truth.
 
               
                                     VALA
                         Oh please...the truth is so overrated.
 
                         
               
                                     JACKSON
                         Look *steps forward grabbing her shoulders* 
                         for once just do the right thing here...ok? 
                         You're gonna feel so good about it afterwards. 
                         Trust me. *smiles*
 
               
               Vala back in SG uniform, the cell door closes leaving her inside.
 
               
               
                                     JACKSON
                         (on the outside) really this...this 
                         is unnecessary.
 
               
                                     AZDAK
                         You will be executed first light tomorrow. 
                         Imposter *spits at her feet, leaves*
 
                         
               
                                     VALA
                         So...Daniel *motions him over with her 
                         head, he steps closer* when does that 
                         warm and glowy feeling from doing the 
                         right thing kick in...cause...not there 
                         yet. *forced smile*
 
               
               Vala bashing at the bars. Jackson trying to calm her down

               
                                     VALA
                         I can't believe you all just stood there 
                         *gets up on bench pulling top bars* 
                         and let them imprison me.
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         Well what were we suppose to do?

               
                                     VALA
                         You have guns don't you?

               
                                     JACKSON
                         There's like over 100 people there
 
                         
               
                                     VALA
                         and? *jumps down walking over to other 
                         side*
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         Well...Just relax...we're gonna get 
                         you out of this
 
               
                                     VALA
                         *walks back over, calmly* Oh you are...? 
                         I feel a lot better... I'm sorry I...I...I 
                         got a little nervous what with the whole 
                         *shouts* Execution looming and all.
 
                         
               
                                     JACKSON
                         Would you just...believe me...it's not 
                         gonna come to that. Mitchell and Teal'c 
                         are talking to them right now.
 
               
                                     VALA
                         *walks over* Have you forgotten that 
                         if I die...you die?
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         Believe me it is not gonna come to that. 
                         Trust me. *Vala Gasps, turns her back 
                         to him and sits.* this time
 
               
               In large room

               
                                     MITCHELL
                         Fine she made a mistake. it was a big 
                         mistake. It was a whopper...but you 
                         can't just kill her.
 
               
                                     AZDAK
                         Why not?

               
                                     MITCHELL
                         *quiet, then* a little help?

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Does she not deserve a trial? To explain 
                         the things that she has done?
 
               
                                     AZDAK
                         I think we all have a pretty good idea 
                         of what she did and why. *walks past 
                         Mitchell*
 
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         *grabs him* Your people are looking 
                         for leadership. They are looking to 
                         you. So you've got to decide. What kind 
                         of society do you want to have? One 
                         where people get executed without having 
                         a chance to explain their actions?
 
                         
               
                                     AZDAK
                         *realizing* you want to hold a maldarran?
 
                         
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         *to Teal'c* ain't that her name? *holds 
                         hand up to Azdak*
 
               
                                     AZDAK
                         Qetesh established a process several 
                         years ago. A way to settle disputes 
                         between two parties.
 
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         Fine. That sounds...fitting we're gonna 
                         hold a Maldarran.
 
               
               Back where Vala is being held. She is attempting to squeeze through 
               the bars, Jackson just standing there watching, not helping.
 
               
               
                                     JACKSON
                         *spots Mitchell* hey. How'd it go?
 
                         
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         well you know...*Vala can't do it, gets 
                         up.*
 
               
                                     VALA
                         what's the plan? You gonna blow up this 
                         door, lay down suppression fire, so 
                         that we can...rush out through the hidden 
                         escape passage. *Jackson looks at her* 
                         It's in the room I told you had no other 
                         exit *he bashes his hand on the door*
 
                         
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         They're going to pt you on trial tomorrow.
 
                         
               
                                     VALA
                         *thinking* I like my plan better.

               
                                     MITCHELL
                         Kinda is your plan. It's named after 
                         you.
 
               
                                     VALA
                         really? *excited* a Maldarran. *grins* 
                         they going to let me be the judge?
 
                         
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         Don't think so.

               
                                     VALA
                         Then it's not a real maldarran is it?
 
                         
               
                                     JACKSON
                         Actually this couldn't have worked out 
                         better.
 
               
                                     VALA
                         Actually I think it could have

               
                                     JACKSON
                         No a trial is public. We can use the 
                         form to expose what it is to be a false 
                         god and warn the community about the 
                         priors
 
               
                                     VALA
                         You're right actually. We could get 
                         them all worked up about false God's 
                         and then they can kill me as an example 
                         to the others.
 
               
                                     MICHELL
                         Look...I persuaded them to let you stay 
                         here for the night...
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         right...thanks...

               
                                     MITCHELL
                         Yeah...*heads off, waving* well I'll 
                         see you guys in the mooring.
 
               
                                     VALA
                         *shouts after him* Th—th-Thank you! 
                         I apologize for ever doubting your masterful 
                         skills at negotiations.
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         He's doing the best he can.

               
                                     VALA
                         Oooh. That's what terrifies me

               
               Next day on planet. The trail begins. Two tables have been set 
               either side. A crowd surrounds them
 
               
                                     AZDAK
                         *Get up, walks to the centre...* Welcome 
                         and thank you all for coming...unlike 
                         in the past...the final decisions of 
                         ...this Maldarran will be yours, my 
                         friends. A general vote. After both 
                         presentations have been made we shall 
                         all decide what is to be done to the 
                         false God Qetesh
 
               
                                     VALA
                         *a lot of muttering by the crowd* we're 
                         pleading innocent right?
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         *disbelieving* You already confessed.
 
                         
               
                                     VALA
                         a girl can change her mind.

               
                                     AZDAK
                         *a villager hands him a scroll, he opens 
                         it up* we shall begin as always...with 
                         a reading of the claims. The first claim 
                         of seven. Mass murder.
 
               
                                     VALA
                         uhm-- *turns to Jackson* Wait a second
 
                         
               
                                     AZDAK
                         The second claim of seven. Mass Torture.
 
                         
               
                                     VALA
                         *to Jackson, whose nodding* I never 
                         killed...I never Tortured... that is 
                         Qetesh.
 
               
                                     AZDAK
                         The third claim of seven—

               
                                     JACKSON
                         *stands* uh...excuse me...Hi...sorry 
                         to interrupt. Um...the person seated 
                         before you didn't do those things...*Vala 
                         waves*
 
               
                                     AZDAK
                         You will have your chance to make your 
                         presentation.
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         yes...um...I'm...I'm sure we will. I 
                         just wanted to make something very clear 
                         as we discussed when she confessed...Vala 
                         was a host...to a Goa'uld...a parasite 
                         that controlled her actions for many 
                         years. It was that Goa'uld symbiote 
                         named Qetesh that committed the atrocities 
                         that you are talking about...Vala herself 
                         can only be held responsible for the 
                         actions she did after that Goa'uld was 
                         removed...
 
               
                                     AZDAK
                         When exactly was that?

               
                                     JACKSON
                         Um...*looks at Vala, leans down so she 
                         can whisper in his ear* four ye---four 
                         years? *quieter* four years.
 
               
                                     AZDAK
                         *goes to whisper with his co-council, 
                         comes back* very well. Assuming your 
                         assertion to be true. We shall begin 
                         again. *Vala grins at Jackson, who seems 
                         happy they've let her off* the first 
                         claim of four. Planetary wide forced 
                         labor. *Jackson's face falls, looks 
                         at Vala, who nods*
 
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         *to Teal'c*...this is gonna be a long 
                         day.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Indeed.

               
                                     AZDAK
                         I...perhaps more than any of you, feel 
                         great sorrow...at the fact that I devoted 
                         my love...and faith so freely to *turns 
                         to point at Vala*...an imposter, Who 
                         cared only for the naquadah in our mines. 
                         With every breath... she lied. With 
                         every effort... she stole. At every 
                         chance she betrayed us. The conditions 
                         of poverty that we now suffer... are 
                         her fault and her fault alone. That 
                         is what you must consider! *the crowd 
                         starts whispering*
 
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         *to Vala* he's good.

               
                                     VALA
                         I'm dead.

               
                                     JACKSON
                         *takes a deep breath stands*...yes. 
                         She stole. She betrayed you. She used 
                         you as slave labor. All this is true.
 
                         
               
                                     VALA
                         *Confused* not the opening statement 
                         I would have gone for.
 
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         shhh

               
                                     JACKSON
                         but the only reason you know about this 
                         is because she told you. She came forward 
                         knowing full well how you would feel...what 
                         the consequences would be...ask yourselves...why 
                         would she do this? She did it because 
                         there is a greater threat in this galaxy 
                         she thought you deserved to know about. 
                         She told the truth in order to open 
                         your eyes...to show you the dangers 
                         of giving away your freedom, your freewill...in 
                         the hopes...that given another chance 
                         you wouldn't make that same mistake 
                         twice. *Vala holds her head higher* 
                         we know that a prior of the Ori has 
                         come here, he's been sent to this village 
                         to convince you to worship beings more 
                         powerful than all of us, but you must 
                         know...that like Vala they are not gods.
 
                         
               
                                     PRIOR
                         You speak well Daniel Jackson *Teal'c 
                         stands raising P-90* of the planet Earth. 
                         What is a god? What power is great enough 
                         to make you bow down in humble reverence 
                         *Jackson look at Vala*
 
               
                                     VALA
                         *whispers to Mitchell* that's the one 
                         that tried to burn us to death. twice
 
                         
               
                                     PRIOR
                         There is only one measure. The only 
                         question you may ask yourself is why 
                         must I believe? What is there for any 
                         or all to gain by choosing the path 
                         of origin? Those seeking eternal salvation 
                         can follow the word of the Ori. Those 
                         that do not shall die as mortals. It 
                         is as simple as that. The day of reckoning 
                         approaches. *grins* your destiny awaits.
 
                         
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         He's pretty good too...

               
                                     VALA
                         We are so dead.

               
               Shot of pyramid, and back.

               
                                     THATCHNER
                         *steps forward, dropping to his knees*I 
                         have told them of the Ori Prior. Many 
                         of us believe.
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         But not all of us.

               
                                     PRIOR
                         You doubt the power of the Ori?

               
                                     JACKSON
                         No. but I understand how they got it...and 
                         because I do I'm not willing to abandon 
                         my own freewill and worship them for 
                         it.
 
               
                                     PRIOR
                         The Ori healed this man. This man that 
                         was sick. This man that could barely 
                         walk.
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         This man was healed through Knowledge. 
                         We have medicine. We have...tools that 
                         can do much the same thing. This device 
                         *picks up healing device from other 
                         table* has the power to heal...if you 
                         know how to use it. But not by power 
                         *holds it up* it's called technology.
 
                         
               
                                     PRIOR
                         Technology.

               
                                     JACKSON
                         yes. Knowledge. Understanding. Of the 
                         way things work. Of the science... of 
                         the universe.
 
               
                                     PRIOR
                         Maybe so...but consider this. There 
                         are two men. One is starving and the 
                         other has a plentiful crop. Is it not 
                         wrong...for the fortunate man to hoard 
                         his harvest? *the crowd whispers* should 
                         he not share with his hungry brother? 
                         It is the same with knowledge and understanding...as 
                         you have said the Ori have a greater 
                         understanding of the universe but most 
                         importantly they are willing to share 
                         it with us. Out of their love for us...their 
                         creation...only a fool would turn away.
 
                         
               
                                     JACKSON
                         Just because the Ori know more than 
                         we do, doesn't make them gods...they 
                         are beings who were once like you and 
                         me...but they evolved...they learned 
                         of humanities potential...eventually 
                         over time they used that knowledge to 
                         shed their physical bodies and live 
                         as energy on another *raises hand* higher 
                         plane of existence.
 
               
                                     VALA
                         *mutters to Mitchell* which side is 
                         he on?
 
               
                                     PRIOR
                         you are all children of the Ori! But 
                         you've been raised by evil...the true 
                         nature of the universe has been kept 
                         from you by powers that would have you 
                         stray from the path of origin...it is 
                         time to open your eyes...let origin 
                         show you the way.
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         no...you're right...*walks* maybe hoarding 
                         the knowledge is wrong. Or maybe its 
                         not...maybe learning for yourself is 
                         part of the journey to enlightenment. 
                         But killing someone for not worshipping 
                         you...regardless of your power. Is wrong. 
                         Very wrong. Knowledge is power...but 
                         how you use that power defines whether 
                         you are good...or evil.
 
               
                                     PRIOR
                         The choice is yours.

               
                                     THATCHNER
                         Give us another chance I beg you. Please...spare 
                         us all
 
               
                                     PRIOR
                         *puts hands on Thatchners head* Believe 
                         in the power of the ori...or be laid 
                         down in the dust *smirks at Vala*
 
                         
               
               The prior leaves some of the crowd following.

               
                                     AZDAK
                         Escort the prisoner back to the cell...
 
                         
               
                                     JACKSON
                         wait...

               
                                     AZDAK
                         we're done with the Maldarran...we must 
                         vote now on her punishment and...discuss 
                         other issues...we now face...
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         wa—Azdak...I know what the Ori seem 
                         to be offering you might sound very 
                         tempting...
 
               
                                     AZDAK
                         We are poverty stricken, as a society 
                         we may not be able to survive much longer...we 
                         thought our god *waves at Vala* would 
                         provide for us. Why should we reject 
                         the knowledge and education to better 
                         ourselves...?
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         But you can have all that without giving 
                         up your freedom. Don't you see how wrong 
                         it is to enforce belief by threatening 
                         your people with their very lives?
 
                         
               
                                     AZDAK
                         As the Ori said...would we not be ignorant 
                         and deserving of punishment for failing 
                         to see the plain truth before us? *looks 
                         at Vala shaking head* Leave us...we 
                         shall deliberate.
 
               
               Commissary. Landry and Lam sit across from each other eating 
               lunch (Lam in a sort of rush to finish).
 
               
                                     LANDRY
                         Comfortable where you're living?

               
                                     LAM
                         I kind of like the place I'm renting 
                         in Cimarron hills
 
               
                                     LANDRY
                         that's nice... you ought to buy.

               
                                     LAM
                         well...just wait and see...I don't know 
                         how long I'm going to be here...so
 
                         
               
                                     LANDRY
                         *nods, shifts* how's your mother?

               
                                     LAM
                         why don't you call her and find out 
                         yourself? *eats*
 
               
                                     LANDRY
                         why does everything have to be so hostile? 
                         I'm trying. To tell you the truth I 
                         don't really know where to start...
 
                         
               
                                     LAM
                         start what? The long road back to happily 
                         ever after?
 
               
                                     LANDRY
                         I had a job to do.

               
                                     LAM
                         as I do. Now I though this was suppose 
                         to be a professional meeting about my 
                         staff? That's why I'm here.
 
               
                                     LANDRY
                         excuse me. *gets up leaves*

               
               Lam, drops head in to hand.

               
               Vala back in cell sitting on ground, Daniel on other side, sitting 
               facing her. A little further near entrance Mitchell and Teal'c 
               are sitting playing cards...I think Snap?
 
               
                                     VALA
                         You need to work on your anti-Ori speech...that 
                         prior almost had me believing...well 
                         not so much believing as willing to 
                         say I believe...
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         I know...

               
                                     VALA
                         you are asking people to stand up and 
                         put their lives on the line...
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         I really believe it's the only way we're 
                         gonna have to defend ourselves against 
                         them...
 
               
                                     VALA
                         we could try shooting them...*he grins* 
                         you said the priors are human...right? 
                         A few well aimed shots might...at least 
                         get there attention.
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         well...you study enough religions you 
                         find that killing the missionaries doesn't 
                         combat the overall philosophy.
 
               
                                     VALA
                         The problem is that what the priors 
                         are offering sounds quite good...until 
                         you get to the whole prostrating and 
                         burning people alive bits...
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         There's that...and I don't think any 
                         of us have read the real fine print 
                         yet.
 
               
                                     VALA
                         Meaning?

               
                                     JACKSON
                         Well...I personally know without a doubt, 
                         the priors are bad...
 
               
                                     VALA
                         So creepy...

               
                                     JACKSON
                         And...believe or die is an archaic moral 
                         standing... No the Ori are wrong for 
                         doing what they're doing but the part 
                         I haven't figured out yet...the part 
                         that's really bothering me is...why 
                         they're doing it? I mean what do they 
                         care if people worship them or not?
 
                         
               
               Azdak walks in, They all stand. Vala with a sigh, preparing for 
               the worst.
 
               
                                     AZDAK
                         We have decided to spare your life...*Both 
                         Vala and Jackson sigh in relief*
 
               
                                     VALA
                         Really? Thank you.

               
                                     AZDAK
                         Your punishment...will be imprisonment 
                         for the rest of your life...
 
               
                                     VALA
                         What? Azdak...after everything we've 
                         been through *waves between them*...together
 
                         
               
                                     AZDAK
                         you made me rub your feet

               
               Jackson groans and makes a face, Vala hitting him through the 
               bars.
 
               
                                     VALA
                         Weren't you justly rewarded? Anyway 
                         the odd massage here and there hardly 
                         warrants life imprisonment...
 
               
                                     AZDAK
                         You lied and abused the people of this 
                         planet.
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         What about the prior?

               
                                     VALA
                         Wait a minute...we're not done with 
                         me yet. *hits Jackson again* AZDAK: 
                         Yes we are. As for the Prior the settlement 
                         is divided. Many believe the Ori are 
                         worthy of our devotion.
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         and you?

               
               A man runs in.

               
                                     MAN
                         Thatchner has fallen ill.

               
                                     JACKSON
                         that's the man the prior healed...
 
                         
               
                                     AZDAK
                         yes

               
                                     MAN
                         Please hurry....we fear he may be close 
                         to death
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         *Azdak moves to go* wait Azdak......um...maybe 
                         we can help.
 
               
               Thatchner lying down, Vala goes to move healing device over him 
               but he stops her.
 
               
                                     THATCHNER
                         I do not want you near me.

               
                                     VALA
                         Take it easy.

               
                                     JACKSON
                         Its ok....she's not gonna hurt him.
 
                         
               
               Vala activates the hand device over him.

               
                                     VALA
                         there. *she stops it* how do you feel 
                         now?
 
               
                                     THATCHNER
                         What have you done to me?

               
                                     VALA
                         Hmm...*grins* making people feel good 
                         is a natural talent of mine
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         *bends down helping Thatchner* can you 
                         sit up?
 
               
                                     THATCHNER
                         I do not understand. How did she do 
                         it?
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         *takes healing device* well...this is 
                         a tool. Like a hammer or a shovel just 
                         a lot more complicated. Just because 
                         you don't understand something at first 
                         does not mean it's the magic of the 
                         gods.
 
               
               Azdak, Jackson, Vala and Mitchell walk along the settlement...
 
               
               
                                     AZDAK
                         You think...that if we are united and 
                         tell this prior that we will not heed 
                         his word he will merely go away and 
                         leave us alone?
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         Well I wish I could say for sure what 
                         would happen, all I know is you have 
                         to make a stand.
 
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         Whatever happens we'll be here to back 
                         you up.
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         But ultimately it's gonna be up to you 
                         and your people.
 
               
                                     AZDAK
                         *stops turns to Vala* in exchange for 
                         saving Thatchners life I have decided 
                         to reopen the issue of your life imprisonment...
 
                         
               
                                     VALA
                         Thank you. I have to admit it did make 
                         me feel rather good.
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         I'm sure you thought there might be 
                         a reward...
 
               
                                     VALA
                         That's not what I did it *Jackson gives 
                         her a disbelieving nod*
 
               
                                     AZDAK
                         Speaking of rewards...the entirety of 
                         your property will be kept here as payment 
                         for your crimes.
 
               
                                     VALA
                         Now hang on a minute...*Azdak almost 
                         faints they grab him, pulling him upright*
 
                         
               
                                     JACKSON
                         You alright?

               
                                     AZDAK
                         yeah yes... its just been a long day.
 
                         
               
                                     MAN
                         *runs up to them* Azdak! You must come 
                         quickly
 
               
                                     AZDAK
                         What is it?

               
                                     MAN
                         Many have fallen ill.

               
               Azdak goes to follow the man and then faints.

               
               The ill have been brought into the room the trial was held in... 
               Vala uses the Healing device on Azdak.
 
               
                                     AZDAK
                         *sits up* Thank you...you are truly 
                         blessed...
 
               
                                     VALA
                         Oh I don't know about that...I'm just 
                         doing the best that I can...
 
               
                                     AZDAK
                         How many have fallen ill?

               
                                     VALA
                         I've lost count...but it's a lot

               
               Jackson comes over to Vala and Azdak.

               
                                     JACKSON
                         Well whatever this thing is it's spreading 
                         like wild fire... come on we need you 
                         over here...*leaves*
 
               
                                     VALA
                         We'll talk about my treasure later *Follows 
                         Jackson*
 
               
               Control room. Lam and Landry watching and speaking with Mitchell 
               on screen
 
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         We're doing our best to quarantine the 
                         sick, Vala's using the healing device...to 
                         cure them as they come in...but they're 
                         piling up pretty quick...
 
               
                                     LAM
                         Symptoms?

               
                                     MITCHELL
                         Weakness, high fever...chest and stomach 
                         pains...um...they have trouble breathing...some 
                         of the extreme cases have gone into 
                         shock before Vala can even get to them
 
                         
               
               It doesn't sound like we're dealing with something transmitted 
               from person to person...not that fast we could be looking at 
               a common source...possible water or food...
 
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         Oh...I'd...I'd say we know the source...
 
                         
               
                                     LANDRY
                         Looks like these priors want to show 
                         us they're gonna play hardball
 
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         Well they're definitely trying to establish 
                         some credibility sir.
 
               
                                     LAM
                         how are you and you're team colonel.
 
                         
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         yeah we're fine...but I reckon we could 
                         use some back up
 
               
                                     LANDRY
                         On the way colonel.

               
                                     MITCHELL
                         Thank you sir.

               
               Vala sitting in the large room in the pyramid. Jackson enters.
 
               
               
                                     JACKSON
                         You alright? *Sits next to her*

               
                                     VALA
                         no.

               
                                     JACKSON
                         you can do this

               
                                     VALA
                         I'm not so sure.

               
                                     JACKSON
                         Look I know using that hand device must 
                         be taking a lot out of you but we really...really 
                         need your help right now
 
               
                                     VALA
                         Each one is getting harder...Each time 
                         it takes longer and they keep coming 
                         I don't think I can save this whole 
                         village Daniel
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         You have to keep trying...

               
                                     MITCHELL
                         (On radio) Jackson we have a problem 
                         here...
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         *grabs radio* Give me a minute

               
                                     MITCHELL
                         Now please...

               
               Jackson stares at Vala, send her a silent sorry heads off.

               
               Azdak has fallen ill again.

               
                                     JACKSON
                         He was just fine.

               
                                     MITCHELL
                         Well he's not fine now.

               
                                     VALA
                         *drops down beside Azdak* I healed him...*looks 
                         at Jackson* if they can get re-infected 
                         this will never end...
 
               
                                     AZDAK
                         We must give in...they are too powerful
 
                         
               
                                     VALA
                         No...*she uses the healing device on 
                         him* its ok...I'm here.
 
               
               A med team in Hazmat suits gets ready to leave. Landry stops 
               Lam
 
               
                                     LANDRY
                         Caroline

               
                                     LAM
                         I'm chief medical officer on this base. 
                         Its my call who goes on this mission. 
                         Given my work with the CDC infectious 
                         disease is my specialty. *stops* I am 
                         easily the most qualified for this.
 
                         
               
                                     LANDRY
                         I know. I'm your dad. Just came by to 
                         wish you luck and be careful
 
               
                                     LAM
                         thank you. I will. *heads off*

               
               Azdak still really Ill

               
                                     JACKSON
                         Hang in there. Don't give up yet. *looks 
                         over at Vala, who is healing a woman, 
                         shaking her head*
 
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         Hey...*spotting Lam, walks over, he 
                         looks a little hot...* thanks for coming...
 
                         
               
                                     LAM
                         This is worse than I thought

               
                                     MITCHELL
                         Yeah...they're falling pretty fast
 
                         
               
                                     LAM
                         we're gonna need a place to work.

               
                                     MITCHELL
                         *nods, points* this way.

               
               Vala, motions to Jackson with her head to come over, he drops 
               what he's doing and goes
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         *quietly* what?

               
                                     VALA
                         this *holds up healing device* is not 
                         working anymore...*hands it to him* 
                         I'm sorry
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         *sighs* you have to keep trying...I 
                         mean...at least put on a show keep their 
                         hopes up...we know you can do that
 
                         
               
                                     VALA
                         see this is exactly why I don't even 
                         think about trying to help people. *jumps* 
                         I'm terrible at it, because of me...these 
                         poor souls are either gonna die horribly 
                         or they're gonna give into the prior 
                         in the hopes that he'll heal them
 
                         
               
                                     JACKSON
                         *snaps quietly* that's not because of 
                         you!
 
               
                                     VALA
                         I cannot make them better! And if I 
                         hadn't have been so worried about my 
                         precious treasure I would never have 
                         opened my big fat mouth and we never 
                         would have come here.
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         Then these people would still have to 
                         either convert to origin or face the 
                         consequences. And that's a dilemma the 
                         rest of our galaxy is going to have 
                         to worry about.
 
               
                                     LAM
                         *Walks over to them * May I speak with 
                         you?
 
               
               Jackson gives Vala back the hand device follows Lam. Vala and 
               Teal'c follow too. They walk into the large room in the pyramid.
 
               
               
                                     LAM
                         I've pretty much ruled out bacterial 
                         infection at this point I'm treating 
                         with an antiviral cocktail, we're just 
                         gonna have to wait and see
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         any idea why the hand device seems to 
                         have lost its effectiveness?
 
               
                                     LAM
                         *they stop* First I'd have to understand 
                         even remotely how that thing works. 
                         I do know its not unheard of for viruses 
                         to mutate and become immune to whatever's 
                         trying to attack it
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         alright...I don't know if this helps 
                         or not but we know the ancients were 
                         almost wiped out by a similar plague 
                         *Lam nods* I'm just bringing it up in 
                         case there's something in the research 
                         that's already been done.
 
               
                                     VALA
                         You think the Ori gave it to them? *he 
                         shrugs*
 
               
                                     LAM
                         I am aware that sg-1 was infected with 
                         a virus and then cured by an ancient 
                         found frozen down in Antarctica. Now...the 
                         symptoms and rate of progression here...are 
                         remarkably similar.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Do you have any hypotheses as to why 
                         we have not been affected?
 
               
                                     LAM
                         No...we're still looking at your blood 
                         work...excuse me *she leaves Teal'c 
                         follows*
 
               
                                     VALA
                         *to Jackson * feel my forehead am I 
                         hot? Hotter than usual *takes his hand* 
                         well *puts it on her head* you know 
                         what I mean...
 
               
               Control room. Lam reporting back to Landry and Harriman.

               
                                     LAM
                         I'm sorry...I'm sure you know how much 
                         I wanted to walk in here and solve this.
 
                         
               
                                     LANDRY
                         Hey you wanted to be a doctor

               
                                     LAM
                         I've seen some bad situations before 
                         but nothing like this...
 
               
                                     LANDRY
                         And based on that comparison what's 
                         that prognosis?
 
               
                                     LAM
                         If we don't make a big breakthrough 
                         really soon...these people are going 
                         to need a miracle
 
               
                                     NURSE
                         (on radio) Dr Lam. You're need immediately
 
                         
               
                                     LAM
                         I have to go. Lam out.

               
               In the large room, in pyramid, Lam walks in; Vala passes her 
               computer hand held
 
               
                                     VALA
                         This is bad right

               
                                     LAM
                         The virus is shutting down his internal 
                         organs. He can't process toxins within 
                         his own system...he's essentially being 
                         poisoned to death.
 
               
                                     VALA
                         Can't you give him more medicine

               
                                     LAM
                         As it is this may be the virus bouncing 
                         back against treatment... I hate having 
                         to say this...but there's nothing I 
                         can do.
 
               
               Camera pans down to reveal Mitchell. Team looks worried.

               
               Opens on Lam

               
                                     LAM
                         Time of death. 14 hours 18 minutes after 
                         preliminary symptoms were first noted. 
                         *Its Azdak, they cover his head* remove 
                         the body and prep him for autopsy. *heads 
                         off*
 
               
                                     VALA
                         *stops nurse* can I have a minute with 
                         him first?
 
               
               Vala pulls down the cloth, and bites back tears. Lam walks up 
               to Jackson.
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         This is the first. not the last. I've 
                         got to get back to Colonel Mitchell.
 
                         
               
               Jackson Walks over kneeling behind Vala, she stares off trying 
               hard not to cry.
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         You did everything you could.

               
                                     THATCHNER
                         *SHOUTS* He has returned! The prior 
                         of the Ori has returned.
 
               
                                     VALA
                         You go ahead Daniel. *he heads off*
 
                         
               
               The prior is stopped by Thatchner.

               
                                     THATCHNER
                         Please you must save us. Forgive those 
                         blinded by ignorance. People are dieing. 
                         Our children are dieing. They will believe. 
                         They do believe.
 
               
                                     PRIOR
                         Still...not all of you. *looks beyond 
                         him*
 
               
                                     THATCHNER
                         *Jackson and Teal'c walk over* they 
                         are not of us. They do not speak for 
                         us.
 
               
                                     JACKSON
                         Why are you doing this?

               
                                     PRIOR
                         From the smallest seeds of doubt springs 
                         forth a mighty poisonous tree of evil.
 
                         
               
                                     JACKSON
                         Yeah alright. Cut the crap. This is 
                         my fault alright. I'm the one who told 
                         these people that if they didn't bow 
                         down to you... bow down to the ori. 
                         You might just give up and go away. 
                         Well I was wrong. I understand now. 
                         You don't have to kill them to prove 
                         a point to me.
 
               
                                     PRIOR
                         Do you truly understand?

               
                                     JACKSON
                         I understand this isn't about you and 
                         me.
 
               
                                     PRIOR
                         it is about all the children of the 
                         Ori.
 
               
                                     VALA
                         Enough. *she walks up next to Jackson, 
                         holding P-90* heal these people now.
 
                         
               
                                     JACKSON
                         Vala...

               
                                     VALA
                         No Daniel I've had it with the Ori I 
                         think its time we sent them a message. 
                         Or will you heal them
 
               
                                     PRIOR
                         Only their faith can heal them now.
 
                         
               
                                     VALA
                         Then you are useless to us *pulls p-90 
                         up firing at prior, the bullets stop 
                         just short of his body and drop to the 
                         ground*
 
               
                                     THATCHNER
                         Stop at once. Please do not let their 
                         evil deeds doom us. *he kneels* we all 
                         bow to the power of the Ori. *the other 
                         follow and Bow too*
 
               
                                     PRIOR
                         Hallowed are the Ori

               
                                     CROWD
                         Hallowed are the Ori

               
               He hits the ground with his stick; it glows and passes over the 
               whole settlement. As the light fades, Mitchell wakes, Lam sitting 
               by him
 
               
                                     LAM
                         Colonel.

               
                                     MITCHELL
                         Ugh...wow. Have you got a couple of 
                         aspirin?
 
               
                                     MALE NURSE
                         *runs in* Dr Lam!

               
                                     LAM
                         *waves him off* how are you feeling.
 
                         
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         Tingly...how about we pretend I didn't 
                         say that
 
               
                                     LAM
                         Ok...you hang on...and I'll be right 
                         back. *She and male nurse run off*
 
                         
               
                                     MITCHELL
                         Hey what did I miss?

               
               Lam and male nurse hurry out all the sick have been cured and 
               are getting up.
 
               
                                     LAM
                         Oh my god.

               
                                     MALE NURSE
                         That's not all. *points*

               
               Azdak, is alive and sitting up.

               
               The prior walks up to Jackson

               
                                     PRIOR
                         Tell others what you have seen today. 
                         *he leaves, the crowd bowing to him*
 
                         
               
               THE END

               

The Powers That Be



Writers :   Martin Gero
Genres :   Sci-Fi  Action  Adventure


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