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: Hey, Sis! How goes the siege? Athena
] I'm about to start catapulting dead cows into the village. Ares
: Always a classic!
: [after healing Ilainus' cheek
] You have my favor Ilainus, always. But take care. It doesn't make you any less mortal. Ilainus
: I saw the child. I could have killed her for you. Athena
: You're a fine warrior Ilainus. The most dangerous animal on Earth is a mother protecting her young. In the name of Zeus, I will kill the child myself.
: Why are you doing this, Athena? Ares I could understand; he's always out for himself, and Zeus was just clinging to power, but you...
: Of all the Olympians, you were the only one who ever seemed to deserve my respect. Athena
: I have no choice! The Fates have decreed it... Xena
: Warriors like us make our own fate!
: [after hitting Ares down, Athena stands before him
] What's the matter, bro? Worried about your girlfriend?
[Xena is fighting Ilainus in the background
: Me? Oh, no!
[Xena shoves Ilainus back and hits her
: Worried about yours?
[Athena looks back; she sees that Xena is defeating Ilainus
: [Xena continues avoiding Ilainus' sword blows as she keeps striking her. Xena then thrusts her sword deep in Ilainus' abdomen
] UGH! OH!
[she moans in pain
[Ilainus falls down; Athena runs to her and examines her wound
: Your wound is beyond my healing... Ilainus
: [breathing heavily as Athena cradles her
] Do I still have your favor, A-Athena? Athena
[Ilainus takes her last breath, leans her head back and dies; Athena holds her
: Take a good look, Ares! We're next; all of us!
[Athena disappears with Ilainus' body
: Why are you here, Brother? Ares, God of War
: My survival's at stake, too. The child must die. Athena
: Really? Rumor has it you made Xena an offer to spare the child, if she gave you one of your own. Ilainus
: And rumor has it that she turned you down. Athena
: This isn't one of your games to try to make Xena your plaything. Zeus is dead, Ares. Our father. The prophecy is coming true and Xena's child is the key. Ares, God of War
: Then why not attack now? Athena
: The people of Amphipolis are loyal to me. Give them time and they'll deliver up the child without the need to spill blood. Ares, God of War
: Perhaps. Where's the fun in that?
: Xena. Xena
: Athena. I would say it's an honor, but considering you're here to kill my baby, I'll skip the formalities. Athena
: I'm not unsympathetic, Xena. Consider the consequences of your actions. You would deprive these people of their gods, their faith? For the life of one child? Cyrene
: Hasn't this village given up enough of its children? I've already lost a son, and a grandson I've never even met. Well I won't give up this child, not even for the gods themselves! Athena
: And all of you! Are you that eager to die for this child?
: I protected you for years! Watched over you, and this is how you repay me? So be it. You've chosen your fate.
: They're trying to break out here. Athena
: Frontal assault onto one of our best units? That doesn't sound like a move Xena would make. Ilainus
: Could be a diversion. Athena
: I considered that. But Gabrielle's leading the attack. Xena would never risk her second-in-command on a suicidal feint. Ilainus
: If Xena commands half the loyalty you do, my goddess, Gabrielle would surely lay down her life to ensure Xena's escape. Athena
: I don't doubt Gabrielle's willingness to die. Only Xena's willingness to lose her. What if Xena has no intention of losing her? Remember, Ilainus. A great commander always looks beyond what their opponent is doing to see if there is a deeper strategy.
: Sad, isn't it? To be mortal.
: I poisoned your water supply. What will you give them when they're dying of thirst? Love?
Ares, God of War
: As much as I love the smell of rotting cow carcass in the morning, have you considered there might be another way to break the stalemate? Athena
: Mhmm? Ares, God of War
: I might be able to convince Xena to leave our realm. To take Eve where she can do no harm. Athena
] And where would that be? Oh you're thinking with your codpiece again, Brother. Do you really think Xena will be yours if you can save the child? Ares, God of War
: Have you considered maybe this prophecy's fulfilling itself? Think about it. What can Xena's baby do to us, really? Yet the more we fight amongst ourselves about the future of this one tiny child, the more vulnerable we become. Athena
: Because of this one tiny child, Zeus is already dead! Ares, God of War
: If he'd left well enough alone, Hercules wouldn't have killed him. Athena
: And what if you're wrong, Ares? Is it worth the risk for one child? Or for one woman? There will be no compromise.
: Not so fast, Sis. Athena
: Ares, get out of my way! Ares
: You know they say blood is thicker than water. But blood runs hottest when love is involved. Athena
: You're really whipped, aren't you? Ares
: Oh no, that ain't nice.
: [Old Joxer is finished reading Gabrielle's scroll to his kids
] What happened, Daddy? Joxer
: Uh, well it's the end of the scroll, Pumpkin, but it's not the end of the story. Theon
: How do you know? Joxer
: Because I was there... Xena
: [Flashback to younger Joxer as he watches Xena and Gabrielle from the woods; they are seen running away towards a beach on carriage with horses. Presumably, the baby Eve is inside the wagon. Athena's archers line up and fire at the wagon. Xena ducks the arrows as Athena appears. Xena rides the wagon through the archers; they retreat. Xena rides the wagon to the cliff, which looks down over the beach and the ocean. She turns and rides along the edge of the cliff
] Come on!
[Athena's archers are shown lining up near the cliff prepared to fire
[Gabrielle throws her sais and kills two of Athena's archers. The rest of the archers regroup and form a line in front of the wagon
[as the remaining archer's fire, Xena stops the wagon and throws her chakram, knocking out the archers. Athena draws her sword and raises it over her head. It forms a fireball which hits the wagon and detaches the horses from the wagon
[Gabrielle is seemingly struck by Athena's fireball and falls backward on the wagon
: It ends now! Xena
[Athena raises her sword, Hephaestus lifts his hammer and Hades is shown raising his hand. Athena throws her sword, Hephaestus throws his hammer and Hades shoots a green bolt; their powers hit the wagon and seemingly annihilates it, sending the wreckage off the ocean cliff and throwing Xena and Gabrielle out on the sand. Xena rises up from the crash and examines the seemingly dead Gabrielle
[Gabrielle appears to be dead. Xena walks over to the wagon for baby Eve but the wagon is engulfed in flames
: Eve? Eve? Eve?
[Xena starts to sob
: EVE? Oh! Athena
: [Athena examines the crash
] The prophecy has been shattered. Xena
] NO! Joxer
: [Joxer watches Xena from the woods
] Oh, no... Xena
: [Xena moves to the presumed dead Gabrielle
] Gabrielle? Gabrielle? Oh Gabrielle!
[Xena rolls Gabrielle over and holds her. She starts to cry
: Oh, Gods! Xena
: [Xena sobs and stands as she faces the Gods
] Each to his own.
[Xena unshields her sword and places it at her chest
: YOU TO YOURS AND ME TO MINE! Ares, God of War
: [as Xena tries to stab herself, Ares appears and takes her sword away from her
] No, Xena! Don't...
[Xena takes out a tiny bottle and drinks what it appears to be poison
: Ares... you can't stop me this time. Ares, God of War
: No... Xena
: It's over. It's over.
: Join your family. Tell them it's a package deal. They get me, too!
[Xena looks as she's dead as Ares holds her lifeless body
: Xena never dies. Why is that?
: Celesta, we're doing everything we can to ensure our survival, but we can't finish the job until you pay a visit to Xena and her child. Celesta
: I'm sorry, Athena, Ares, and my beloved brother Hades. You know it's not in Death's nature to discriminate. Athena
: Even when your own life is on the line? Celesta
: As long as my flame continues to burn, death will remain a part of life for eternity, Athena. Athena
: Meaning you might somehow be immune to the prophecy. If I didn't know better, I'd say Death's getting a little cocky. Celesta
: Prophecy or not, it is forbidden for any mortal to be taken before their rightful time. Athena
: Celesta! We know you can't help but care for the mortals you interact with so personally, but just remember you can't deny them their rightful time either.
: First there was Eli. The masses adored him and the message he conveyed. You killed him. Ares, God of War
: Again with the Eli. He had to die, Sis. How many times do I have-? Athena
: His death sparked the uprising against us that Xena capitalized on at Amphipolis, where you chose to fight at her side I might add. What's left to come? Hephaestus
: Athena, Xena took Celesta. Ares, God of War
: Well, I guess you got your answer.
: Hades, Gabrielle is no use to us dead!
: Let the candle burn, Xena. Athena
: Do that, Xena, and your little girl will still be hunted, for eternity. She may never know death, but I promise you she will never know peace.
Ares, God of War
: Come on, give us a head start! I don't think that's too much to ask, do you, Sis? Athena
: I think it is.
: The prophecy has been shattered.
: Quickly, Kratos! Pleasure your lovers and receive a bounty of blood orbs! Kratos
: Uh, one of them's a dude... Athena
: What's the problem? You're in Greece.
: I am not sleeping with a dude! Athena
: Surely you would at least let him watch, if I offered you one thousand blood orbs! Kratos
: The Blades of Chaos are thirsty... I could not turn that down. Athena
: Then let's make it fifteen hundred, and he gets to play with your balls! Kratos
: Wha... What do you think I am? Athena
: We already established what you are, now we're just negotiating! Kratos
: Oh, I see what you did there. Very smug and demeaning.
: I'm just going to throw this out there: two thousand blood orbs, anything goes.
: All right.
: You're not going to watch, are you? Athena
: Only as long as I need to.
: Enough Kratos! With every city you destroy the wrath of Olympus grows. Soon I will no longer be able to protect you. Kratos
: I need no protection! Athena
: Don't forget that it was I who made you a God Ghost of Sparta! Don't turn your back on me! Kratos
: I owe you nothing!
: [as Zeus is about to be killed, Athena intervenes between the two
] You cannot do this Kratos! Kratos
: You dare stand against me, Athena? Athena
: I do not wish to fight you, but I will defend Olympus!
[discussing Zeus' womanizing
: So many women, and all these transformations and disguises he invents in order to seduce them. Sometimes a shower of gold, sometimes a bull or a swan. Why, once he even tried to ravish me disguised as a cuttlefish. Hera
: Did he succeed? Thetis
: Certainly not. Athena
: What did you do? Thetis
: Beat him at his own game. I simply turned myself into a shark.
] So... you can kill Gods. Xena
: How does it feel to *smell* your own mortality? You know there's nothing more pathetic than a dead God!
: So do yourselves a favor, don't follow us!
: You disappoint me, Spartan.
: [strides out of his ship
] Ten years, Athena! I have faithfully served the gods for ten years! When will you leave me of these nightmares? Athena
: We have one final task of you, Kratos. Your greatest challenge awaits in Athens; where even now, my brother: Ares, lays siege, as we speak. Athens is on the verge of destruction. It is the will of Ares my great city fall. Zues has forbidden the gods from waging war on each other. That is why it must be you, Kratos. Only a mortal trained by a god has a chance at defeating Ares. Kratos
: And if I am able to do this; to kill a god, then the visions: they will end? Athena
: Complete this final task, and the past that consumes you will be forgiven. Have faith, Kratos, the gods do not forget those who come to their aid. Narrator
: Leaving the rotting carcass of the hydra behind, Kratos set sail once more. His greatest challenge, and freedom from his growing madness lay before him, in the ancient city, of Athens.
: The gods cannot do for man what man must do for himself.
[Having returned the sun god Helios to the sky, Kratos loses conciousness and plummets from the heavens towards the earth
: Narrator: The dire toll of his relentless battles finally caught up with him, as Kratos fell from the chariot to the earth. Was this sacrifice too much for one to bear? Even for the man who was known as the Ghost of Sparta?
[Just before Kratos slams into the ground, an invisible forces catches him and sets him gently on the ground. Two gods appear and remove his weapons
: He has again served us well, Athena. Athena
: He is a remarkable mortal. Helios
: He is weak. Shall we help him? Athena
: He'll live. They must.
: Come on... help a girl out? I'll leave your name at the front door. You can watch my act. I do a killer Stars-and-Stripes routine. Athena
: I've always been a sucker for a girl in boots. Lois Lane
: Lucky me.