The camera pulls in on Xena, Gabrielle, and Darion making their way down the countryside. Darion is riding behind Xena on Argo, while Gabrielle is riding alone. The camera pulls around to show a destroyed village at the bottom of a hill--the village the Renegades attacked in "The Outlaws."
DARION (looks down at the remnants of the village):
Darion looks away grimly, obviously remembering the day his own village was attacked.
Xena peers down into the distance, then brings Argo to a halt and holds out a hand to stop Gabrielle.
The camera zooms in to show three figures moving around the ruins. It's too far away to see who they are.
The remnants of the village. Xena, Gabrielle and Darion are walking down what used to be the main street, Xena and Gabrielle leading their horses. Darion looks around, obviously disturbed.
Pan to the remnants of a house, with most of the front wall still standing though charred, and a door hanging off the hinges.
XENA (pointing to the house):
There is movement in the doorway. The door swings open and out comes Lykia. She looks surprised; pan to the shocked faces of Xena, Gabrielle and Darion.
She runs toward her brother and they hug and kiss each other.
She releases Darion and looks up at Xena and Gabrielle.
LYKIA (nods, a little distant):
Before Lykia can answer, Caleb comes out of the wrecked house, followed by his sister Alissa.
LYKIA (gestures toward them):
CALEB (hugs her back a little stiffly):
Caleb nods uncomfortably.
Caleb and Alyssa look away uneasily.
Xena and Gabrielle stare at her, obviously taken aback.
The Amazon hut. Scyliea is lying on the bed, holding her baby in her arms, wrapped in a blanket. She runs her finger over the baby's cheek and the baby gurgles. Scyliea smiles.
Eve and Cyane stand still, looking at mother and child. Eve motions to Cyane that they leave the hut. Cyane nods, understanding.
SCYLIEA (looks up):
CYANE (at a loss for words):
Eve nods wordlessly and they start to walk out.
Outside the hut. Eve and Cyane come out. The camera pulls around to show Othila coming toward them.
Othila looks at her expectantly.
OTHILA (looks at her steadily):
Zoom in on Eve as she looks pensively at Othila.
Elsewhere in the Amazon village. A group of girls, ranging in age between about six and twelve, are gathered around a dark-haired Amazon. As the camera zooms in, we recognize her as Phania, the scarred Renegade Livia once threw overboard.
PHANIA (a hateful look on her face):
The camera pans over the girls' faces in close-up. They listen raptly and fearfully.
PHANIA (continues, off-camera):
AMAZON GIRL #1 (a redhead of about eight; speaks up timidly):
Pan back to Phania, a nasty sneer on her face. Behind her, we see Antiope walking by, glancing suspiciously in Phania's direction.
Behind her, Antiope comes closer.
AMAZON GIRL #2 (dark-hared and about 10 years old; firmly):
PHANIA (laughs harshly):
Antiope comes up and grabs Phania shoulder, interrupting her. She whips around. The Amazon girls all back away, nervously.
ANTIOPE (looks at the frightened girls):
AMAZON GIRL #1:
ANTIOPE (to the girls):
The girls walk away, turning to look nervously at Phania and Antiope and whispering among themselves.
ANTIOPE (to Phania):
Antiope screams and tackles Phania. Phania dodges her attack, spins around and kicks Antiope hard in the stomach. Antiope gasps and doubles over; Phania punches her, shoving her to the ground. She's just about to slam her foot down on Antiope's back when Antiope rolls away, then leaps back up and goes on the attack again with a ferocious yell. She kicks Phania in the shin, making her stagger momentarily, then lands a couple of punches. Phania lands a punch in turn, then leaps, kicking out her legs and slamming her boots into Antiope's chest. Antiope staggers but manages to grab Phania's ankles and throw her down on the ground so that she lands on her back. Phania kicks hard at Antiope's ankle and she sprawls as well, falling face down.
Phania is the first to leap to her feet. Two Amazons are already running toward them, one of them carrying a staff. Phania tackles her, taking the woman by surprise, and manages to grab her staff from her, then down her with a kick, giving a fierce yell.
Antiope is starting to rise on her hands and knees. With another yell, Phania swings the staff and is about to bring it down on her head when a whooshing sound is heard. Phania whips around; the two Amazons turn toward the sound and Antiope looks up. The chakram hurtles toward them, slicing off the upper half of the staff Phania is holding. Phania gives a start, her face a grimace of rage.
Quick pan to Xena, who catches the chakram, grinning nastily at Phania.
XENA (hooking the chakram back on her belt):
The camera pulls back to show Gabrielle, Lykia and Darion standing behind her.
With a cry of rage, Phania charges Xena with the remaining portion of her staff.
Phania swings and tries to hit Xena; Xena grabs her arm and twists it, making her drop the staff. (Meanwhile, in the background, Antiope finally scrambles to her feet.) Phania cries out in pain and tries to kick Xena but Xena quickly subdues her, takes off her belt and ties her hands with it behind her back.
XENA (stands up, leaving Phania tied up on the ground):
Other Amazons start to come up. Eve makes her way past them and surveys the situation.
EVE (dryly, to Xena):
Another street in the village. Xena and Gabrielle are walking with Eve and Cyane.
EVE (shaking her head):
EVE (nods slowly):
GABRIELLE (shakes her head, appalled):
CYANE (to Xena and Gabrielle):
An Amazon hut. Scyleia is sitting up in her bed breastfeeding her baby. She stares at her baby, smiling every time he coos and gurgles during his feeding.
Light floods into the room and she looks up to see Gabrielle moving the flap of animal skin that is covering the doorway to the side. She walks into the hut.
SCYLEIA (indicating a stool):
GABRIELLE (sits down):
Gabrielle gets an uneasy and reflective look on her face. She looks away for a moment, then back at Scyleia, putting on a smile.
Gabrielle sits down on the edge of the bed, looking directly at Scyleia.
Gabrielle looks down, putting a hand on her stomach.
Gabrielle squeezes Scyleia's shoulder reassuringly and then stands up.
SCYLEIA (smiles wanly):
The Queen's Hut. Eve is sitting at a table with some scrolls piled on it. She is reading through one of them; obviously not finding anything useful, she throws it down on the table and drops her head in her hands, groaning in frustration.
Xena walks in.
XENA (trying to be lighthearted):
Eve looks up at Xena, a look of near hopelessness on her face.
Xena sits down next to her and looks at her sympathetically, putting an arm around her shoulders.
XENA (kisses her forehead):
They sit in silence for a moment; then Eve rises to her feet
EVE (shakes her head):
XENA (looks at her sympathetically):
Eve walks to the doorway, then pauses for a moment to grab a staff with an ornate bird's head standing by the wall, and leaves. Xena looks after her, concerned.
A long shot of the village, Eve walking through the street, staff in hand. It's late afternoon and the sun is already low.
A forest path. Dusk is starting to fall. A rider on a gray horse comes into view, seen from the back; he is a man of strong build, wearing a pleated leather vest, with light brown hair.
There is the sound of a woman's war-cry and the man stops, looking around. The sounds of fighting come from further down the path. The man pauses, then touches the horse's reins and moves on cautiously.
The man, still seen from the back, reaches the edge of a forest clearing. He cautiously parts the bushes and peeks to see what is going on.
Eve has the staff in her hand and is jumping and flipping, practicing her fighting moves. There is no one around; she is practicing with herself. Her moves are beautiful yet fierce; she seems to be letting out some pent-up energy and frustration as she swings her staff at the bushes and finally hits a tree, letting out a scream. She lowers the staff and sighs, closing her eyes.
Suddenly, Eve tenses slightly and stands up straight, then whips around, holding out the staff in a combat stance.
The branches part and the rider comes out into the clearing. It's Virgil.
Eve lowers her staff and stares at him, her face reflecting shock, a flash of joy, and many conflicted feelings.
He dismounts and walks toward Eve, stopping only a few paces from her. He smiles at her, his smile filled with tenderness and awe.
Close-up on Eve's shocked face as we:
END OF ACT ONE