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Leoben Conoy (Character)
from "Battlestar Galactica" (2004)

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"Battlestar Galactica: The Road Less Traveled (#4.5)" (2008)
Leoben Conoy: [Starbuck is in her Viper, staring at an out-of-commission, extremely damaged Heavy Raider] Kara. I'm alone. It's not an attack. I knew I'd find you. Knew you'd be out here searching.
Captain Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: Leoben?
Leoben Conoy: I'm here for you, to offer a truce between Cylon and human. And a chance to complete your journey.

Captain Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: [Leoben on board the Demetrius, handcuffed and grinning knowingly at Starbuck] Don't look at me like that.
Leoben Conoy: I'm sorry, but the difference between the way you were on New Caprica and now...
Captain Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: I'm the same person.
Leoben Conoy: I have eyes. I can see. God has taken your hand and purged you of the questions, the doubt. Your journey can finally begin, but there isn't much time. The others, the ones I left behind, they need your help. But not as much as you need theirs.
Captain Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: Why?
Leoben Conoy: [Leans close and speaks softly into her ear] Your crew, they don't trust you.
Captain Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: I need you to tell me why I'm here.
Captain Karl 'Helo' Agathon: [He pushes Leoben back into the hands of the guards and tries to get Starbuck's attention] Captain, we should move the prisoner.
Leoben Conoy: [Struggling with the guards who are dragging him away] A blue planet surrounded by clouds.
Captain Karl 'Helo' Agathon: [Trying to look her to look at him and not Leoben] You okay?
Captain Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: [to the guards] Stop!
Leoben Conoy: [Guards stop. Kara and Leoben look at each other. Leoben breaks free and stands on his own two feet] The Hybrid. When she first described it to me... how beautiful it was, I cried. You need to go to her, Kara. The Hybrid, she'll tell you things, amazing things.
Captain Karl 'Helo' Agathon: [completely fed up] We're done here. Get him out of here.
Captain Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: [as guards are starting to pull Leoben away] Wait! Take him to my quarters.
Captain Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: [noticing the complete incredulity on the faces of her crew, especially Helo who simply can't believe what he's hearing] Just do it!

Leoben Conoy: [the guards throw Leoben to the floor and leave him alone in the storage hold with Anders] I'm glad you're here. You and Kara, did you get things worked out? Because you should. You weren't meant to be enemies.
Ensign Samuel Anders: No. That'd be you and me.
[kicks Leoben down onto his back]
Ensign Samuel Anders: What do you want from Kara?
Leoben Conoy: [Panting] The same thing I've always wanted. For her to understand her destiny.
Ensign Samuel Anders: That's not good enough.
Leoben Conoy: It's good enough for her.
[with his hands cuffed behind his back, Leoben struggles off his back and onto his knees]
Leoben Conoy: What is the most basic article of faith? *That this is not all that we are.*
Leoben Conoy: [Sam looks at him with a mix of incredulity, immense fear and loathing. Leoben chuckles] C-Bucks rule.
Ensign Samuel Anders: What did you just say?
Leoben Conoy: Forward guard, right? I saw a couple of games. You were good. Yet after all the celebrity and acclaim, what were you? Just another face selling magazines, another piece of scoreboard trivia. You always knew you were destined for more. You were just waiting for your singular moment of clarity.
Ensign Samuel Anders: [immediately pulling, cocking and pointing his pistol right in Leoben's face] Well, maybe I just found it.
Leoben Conoy: You kill me, Kara's dream dies with me.
Ensign Samuel Anders: I don't think so. I think you download into another Leoben body and you spew more lies.
Leoben Conoy: [slowly shaking his head] No one's coming back.
[swallows]
Leoben Conoy: We were lured out of resurrection range. Ship was attacked. We survived. The Baseship was damaged. We were set adrift.
Ensign Samuel Anders: [lowers his pistol, starts to raise it back up and then lowers it again] What are you talking about? Who attacked you?
Leoben Conoy: War has broken out between the Cylon. Battle lines have been drawn between those who embrace their nature and those who fear it.
Ensign Samuel Anders: [taken aback and deeply thinking but trying not to show it] Good.
[starts walking out of the room]
Ensign Samuel Anders: You can blow yourselves to hell for all I care.
Leoben Conoy: That's one way, that's one way. There's another. An alliance.
[Anders stops, looks unbelievingly, but listens]
Leoben Conoy: Allow our paths to converge. You save us from our savage brothers, and our old one, the Hybrid, will show Kara the righteous path. And together, they'll lead us to the promised land. Together, we will find Earth.

Leoben Conoy: [Starbuck storms into the storage hold after Leoben's ship springs a leak and explodes. She locks the door] I heard and explosion. Are you all right?
Captain Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: [She backhands him knocking him to the floor] What'd you do? Blow the tylium stores?
Leoben Conoy: That's the Kara I used to know.
Captain Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: The Raider's in pieces, you mother-fracker!
[She kicks him savagely. Then throws him back into a sitting position]
Captain Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: Sgt. Mathias is dead. Not that you give a damn!
[She punches him as hard as she can in the face]
Leoben Conoy: You can't think that I had anything to do with that.
Captain Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: I wasn't even on the deck. I was too busy believing you instead of watching out for my crew.
Leoben Conoy: My ship was under fire.
[Pants]
Leoben Conoy: The reactor could've been damaged.
Captain Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: [Grabbing him by the shirt,screaming] It was a setup.
[Shakes him]
Captain Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: Say it!
Leoben Conoy: [Turns his head and spits blood] Hit me. Hit me again.
Captain Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: You used me to get close to the ship.
Leoben Conoy: How many times did you kill me on New Caprica? Don't stop now.
Captain Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: Frak you.
[Pulls back her fist to strike him again]
Leoben Conoy: Go on, do it.
[Her fist is drawn back, shaking]
Leoben Conoy: I won't comeback this time, I promise. Resurrection ship's well out of range. Go on, do it. DO IT!
[Starbuck grunts in frustration and pushes him back against the bulkhead. She stands there and looks at him]
Leoben Conoy: It doesn't help, does it?
[She slowly collapses and sits on the floor]
Leoben Conoy: Nothing feels quite like it did before. Does it?
Captain Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: [Holding her temples] What are you doing to me?
Leoben Conoy: All of your life, you forced back the truth by lashing out at everyone around you. Anesthetizing yourself with ambrosia and empty affairs. But you've lost the taste for those petty things.
Captain Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: I'm the same person.
Leoben Conoy: No. There's a void, an emptiness that can only be filled by taking the next step on your journey.
Captain Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: What happened to me the two months I was missing?
Leoben Conoy: I don't know.
Captain Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: The mandala, the paintings, my mother. It had to mean something.
Leoben Conoy: You have to make peace with your past.
Captain Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: Why?
Leoben Conoy: Because that part of you is gone. I told you when I first came aboard this ship that you had changed. I look at you now. I don't see Kara Thrace. I see an angel blazing with the light of God, an angel eager to lead her people home.


"Battlestar Galactica: Flesh and Bone (#1.8)" (2004)
Leoben Conoy: I see love that bonds everything together.
Lt. Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: You don't know the meaning of the word.
Leoben Conoy: I know that God loved you more than anything. And how did you repay His divine love? With sin. Evil. So God created the Cylons.
Lt. Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: The gods did not create you! We did! It was a stupid and fracked up decision, and we are paying for it. You destroyed my entire race! That is sin! That is evil! *That* is what *you* are.

Lt. Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: I don't give a damn what you believe.
Leoben Conoy: To know the face of God is to know madness... I see the universe. I see the patterns. I see the foreshadowing that proceeds every moment, of every day. It's all there. I see it, and you don't. And I have a surprise for you. I have something to tell you about the future.
Lt. Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: Is that so?
Leoben Conoy: It is, but we have to see this through to the end.


"Battlestar Galactica: Six of One (#4.2)" (2008)
The Hybrid: [montage of cross-fading images of various Cylon models listening to the Hybrid as she speaks] The excited state decays by vibrational relaxation into the first excited singlet state. Yes, yes, and merrily we go. Reduce atmospheric nitrogen by 0.03%. It is not much consolation that society will pick up the bits. Leaving us at eight modern, where punishment rather than interdiction is paramount. Please cut the fuse. They will not harm their own. End of line. Limiting diffusions to two dimensions increases the number of evolutionary jumps within the species. Rise and measure the Temple of the Five. Transformation is the goal. They will not harm their own.
[fade to a meeting of Cylons: a One, a Two, a Six and an Eight]
The Hybrid: Data-font synchronization complete.
Number Six: The Hybrid is clearly telling us something.
Brother Cavil: [seated authoritatively behind a desk] The Hybrid is always telling us something. They are supposed to maintain operations on each ship, not vomit metaphysics.
[looks for support from the others with no avail]
Brother Cavil: All right. I give up. What? What is she trying to tell us?
Lt. Sharon 'Athena' Agathon: They're in the Colonial Fleet with the humans.
Brother Cavil: They? They who?
Leoben Conoy: The Final Five.
[Cavil turns and looks hostilely]
Number Six: The Raiders refused to fight because they sensed the Final Five might be in the Colonial Fleet.
Leoben Conoy: They could have been caught. They could be in hiding.
Brother Cavil: No, wait, stop. Stop right now. Turn around. Go and take a cleansing walk. And I'm gonna try and forget what I just heard.
Number Six: The Final Five, Cavil, they are near! This is far too important.
Leoben Conoy: What their eyes must have seen, witnessed over time.
Lt. Sharon 'Athena' Agathon: Do they look anything like us?
Brother Cavil: [adamantly] That's enough! Don't you realize what you're doing? You're openly discussing the Final Five.
[pauses to look for chastisement in the others' faces and finding none, explodes]
Brother Cavil: THAT'S FORBIDDEN!
[pauses for effect and continues]
Brother Cavil: You're toying with our survival. Look at yourselves. Look, there's millions of Twos who have that nose. Millions of Sixes possess that mouth. Eights share those breasts and Ones have this brain. We're mechanized copies. There's a reason the original programmers clearly felt that it's a mistake for us to contact the Final Five!
Number Six: No.
Brother Cavil: [continuing despite the Six's protest] Violating that programming threatens our survival!
Number Six: Something has changed.
Brother Cavil: Thoughts have changed. Yes, they change. The Raiders changed. That's where all this started, with them. Somehow they exceeded their programming, and unlike us, they can't correct themselves. So we're gonna have to do it for them.
Number Six: [incredulously] Do what?
Brother Cavil: We'll reconfigure their neural architecture, and shave down their heuristic responses.
Leoben Conoy: Dumb them down? Lobotomize them?
Brother Cavil: They're tools, not pets. But in any case, it has to be done.
Number Six: Says who?
Brother Cavil: Says God almighty, the voice of reason, that's who! When are you gonna hear it?
Number Six: You don't have the authority to make any change without a majority vote.
Brother Cavil: Well, we'll vote. The Fours and Fives will be on my side.


"Battlestar Galactica: The Eye of Jupiter (#3.11)" (2006)
Brother Cavil: We have a stand-off, very predictable. They have the Eye and they'll nuke it if we try to take it, and we'll shoot them down if they try bringing it up to Galactica.
Leoben Conoy: Are we sure that they have it? How do we know they're not bluffing?
Dr. Gaius Baltar: You don't.
D'Anna Biers: We Threes feel that we can't afford to take the chance.
Brother Cavil: I think we're missing the big picture here. We have the oppotunity to rid the universe of the human pestilence, once and for all.
Number Six: We can discuss that after we get the Eye of Jupiter, after we find the path to Earth.
Brother Cavil: Let me point out that it doesn't matter if we find Earth in five days, or if we find Earth in five thousand years. We're machines. We'll still be around to savor the great miracle. So let them destroy the Eye, if indeed they have it. We have to take advantage of the situation and take down Galactica once and for all... or we could stand here and do nothing.


"Battlestar Galactica: Faith (#4.6)" (2008)
[Starbuck is standing over the Hybrid trying to understand]
The Hybrid: Then shall the maidens rejoice at the dance. Structural integrity of node seven restored. Repressurizing. The children of the one reborn shall find their own country. End of line. Reset. Track mode monitor malfunction traced. Recharge compressors. Increase the output to 50 percent. Assume the relaxation length of photons. Transfer contact is inevitable, leading to information bleed. FTL sync fault stands uncorrected. No ceremonies are necessary.
Captain Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: [She squats down beside the Hybrid] I don't understand.
The Hybrid: Centrifugal force reacts to the rotating frame of reference. The obstinate toy soldier becomes pliant. The city devours the land. The people devour the city.
[Hybrid continues speaking, but her words are indistinct]
Leoben Conoy: You can't hurry her. You have to absorb her words. Allow them to cress your associative mind. Don't expect the fate of two great races to be delivered easily.
The Hybrid: Assume the relaxation length of photons in the sample atmosphere is constant. The intruders swarmed like flame. Like the whirlwind. Hopes soaring to slaughter all their best against our hulls.


"Battlestar Galactica: Maelstrom (#3.17)" (2007)
Captain Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: You're not Leoben, are you?
Leoben Conoy: I never said I was. I'm here to prepare you to pass through the next door, to discover what lies in the space between life and death.