Amphipolis Under Siege
This transcript is dedicated to the memory of Kevin Smith.
Guards stand watch on the road.
I don't want this watch. Nothin' ever happens.
Huh? Who goes there?! Step forward!
Well, well. You know this is Prince Dameron's
road. You'll have to pay the toll.
Dear me, I seem to be a little short at the moment.
Well I'm sure we can sort something out.
Oh, I'm sure we can.
Sh-h-h-h. You'll give us away.
That should ease the pain. Can you stand?
Xena are you all right? Who were those archers?
It doesn't make sense. I mean who wants to
seize the road to Amphipolis?
Hey Xena, have a change 'o heart? Well my offer
still stands. I'm willing to protect you and your child,
at no small amount of personal risk I might add.
And what if I decline? You ransack my hometown?
Hold my mother hostage until I agree.
Oh, you've got the wrong god. There's another
who deals in mortal blood.
Like all the gods, she knows your bundle of joy
portends the demise of the Olympians.
It is done. We used your arrows as you ordered
and spared the border guards to tell Xena that
we're heading for Amphipolis.
Don't tell me one of those toll collectors laid a
weapon on you.
Xena was there.
You have my favor Ilainus, always. But take care.
It doesn't make you any less mortal.
I saw the child. I could have killed her for you.
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.
Well, it's about time you brought my new little
granddaughter for a visit.
Listen Mom, there'll be time for a family reunion
later. Right now we've got to get you to safety.
The army moves along.
We allowed Xena to enter the village before cutting
off the road behind her. Amphipolis is completely
Excellent. You know my mind better than I do Ilainus.
Who was it who said, "An army is a terrible thing
to waste"? I think it was me. My, my. Legions from
Rome standing with Cleopatra's royal guard.
Knights from Brittania and of course Athena's own elite
archers. The best of the best. I am all a-tingle.
You should attack here-
-and here now...
...before Xena can rally her defenses.
Athena, doesn't need your help.
Nor any man's, it would seem.
Why are you here Brother?
My survival is at stake too. The child must die.
Really? Rumor has it that you made Xena an offer
to spare the child, if she gave you one of your own.
And rumor has it, that she turned you down.
This isn't one of your little games to try and make
Xena your plaything. Zeus is dead Ares, our father.
The prophecy is coming true and Xena's child
is the key.
And why not attack now?
People of Amphipolis are loyal to me. Give them
time and they'll deliver up the child, without the
need to spill blood.
Perhaps, but where's the fun in that?
All right listen up! The last thing I wanted to do
was to bring an army down on your heads, but
I'm not sacrificing my child. Not for the sake of
a selfish pack of gods who don't give a damn about
the human suffering they cause.
We've heard stories Xena, about Eli and his teachings.
How his god raised you from the dead, that the
age of the Olympian gods is over. Is that true?
It is true. The gods ruled us in fear. Eli fought
them with love. I was with Eli when Ares struck
We're not soldiers Xena, but if your daughter is
the one to bring about Eli's word, we'll do our best
to protect her.
Athena, I would say it's an honour but considering
you're here to kill my baby, I'll skip the formalities.
I am 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?
Hasn't this village given up enough of its children?
I've already lost a son and a grandson I never
even met. Well I won't give up this child. Not
even for the gods themselves.
And all of you...are you that eager to die for this child?
I don't want any of you to suffer. Give me this child
and you will receive my blessing.
The armies of Athena lay siege to this town. You
think you can fight them with a song?!
I've protected you for years, watched over you
and this is how you repay me?! So be it. You
have chosen your fate.
They're trying to break out here.
Frontal assault onto one of our best units? It
doesn't sound like a move Xena would make.
Could be a diversion.
I considered that, but Gabrielle is leading the attack.
Xena would never risk her second-in-command
on a suicidal feint.
If Xena commands half the loyalty you do my
goddess, Gabrielle would surely lay down her
life to insure Xena's escape.
I don't doubt Gabrielle's willingness to die, only
Xena's willingness to lose her. But 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's a
These tunnels will take us beneath the battle.
With Gabrielle attacking, we'll come up behind
the enemy and crush them between us.
A fine battle plan Xena...but I'm afraid your friend
Gabrielle won't be getting any reinforcements.
Where is she?!
She'll be here! Hold the line!
Very clever, using these tunnels to try and flank
You know I'd love to stay and compare strategies
with you but I'm in a bit of a hurry.
Oh, there's no rush Xena. You see you're too late
to save Gabrielle now.
I know who you are. You're Athena's new champion
Ilainus of Mycenae. You heal quickly, or was that
divine intervention? You know it's a shame that
you had to run off last time we met. I'd like to finish
what we started.
Nothing would make me happier but very regrettably...I
have my orders...to seal these tunnels.
Greek fire. Run!
You don't wanna do that.
(to villagers) Get out!
Some people just don't listen.
Not what I expected.
Back to the trenches!
Come on everyone!
Back to the trenches!
Hold the wounded over there. Let me see.
The wounded can still keep watch. They're all
committed Xena but we're down to half-strength.
Half-strength or full-strength, we don't have the
manpower to break the siege. Athena could just
sit out there until we starve to death.
They're might be another way. Xena we can get
Eve out of here. Xena we captured some of their
armour in the last attack. If you put it on you can
slip through these lines after dark.
Forget it. It won't work.
If Athena thinks that Eve is gone, she will pull
out. This whole thing will be over.
No it won't. Don't you see? Athena has chosen
Amphipolis because she knows I'll try to save
these people. She is ransoming their lives for
Eve's and every drop of blood that she spills is
on my hands.
We should be out of the range of those arrows.
You all right sweetheart?
Sad isn't it?
To be mortal.
They can't see me. I came to talk to you.
Very well then, let's talk. 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.
I have no choice. The Fates have decreed it.
Warriors like us make our own fate. I have a proposal
for you. A fair fight. No tricks, no godlike powers
and if I win, you spare Eve and leave these people
Tempting...but no. The people need their gods
Xena. They need something to believe in.
They have something to believe in. If you
listened to them you'd know that.
The cult of Eli? Do you really believe love will win
this battle? I've poisoned your water supply.
What will you give them when they're dying of
Don't panic, she just needs changing.
Hey Eve, you're all right. I worry about her though Mom.
Listen, no matter what happens, thank you for
letting me see my granddaughter. She is so perfect.
No Mom it's me who should be thanking you.
Standing up to Athena like that was very impressive.
Please, facing down a god I can handle. Well I
raised you remember? Terrible twos, terrible
threes, terrible fourteens.
Sorry I made it so tough for you.
Oh, now look, just listen for once. You know in
the end it's worth all the heartache in the world
just to see your child grow up strong, proud. I'd
like you to know what that's like Xena.
I will Mom. I will.
Athena is beatin' you like a dog out there. Put a
poultice on it. It's gotta sting.
Hey don't feel bad. After all you're fighting the
Goddess of Wisdom and Warfare.
Don't forget weaving.
I believe we discussed a deal.
Deal, deal, deal, deal, deal, I don't know. Did we?
Cut the crap. I'm ready to bargain. You fight beside
me and we can defeat Athena.
Maybe we can. Of course if I side with you against
my sister, then I become a pariah on Olympus.
So by helping you, my own fate is sealed. Oh, I'm
still interested. I just wanna know, what's in it for me?
What's in if for you? Me.
END OF ACT TWO
You help me defeat Athena and I'm yours.
For years you've been wanting me to be your
Warrior Queen. Well, I'm offering you my sword
and the body that wields it.
That's, um, that's very tempting. But what about Olympus?
Olympus is doomed. Zeus is dead. And whatever
happens here their reign is over. Look, you want
immortality? A child is immortality. A legacy, a
lineage. You help me save my daughter and you
will be her father. Through her we can live forever.
I'm offering you everything you ever wanted. Take it.
No. No you don't.
You're up to something. I have desired you from
the very time I saw you in battle. And now? After
all these years, after all these games, the cat
and the mouse, will I, won't I? "Ares I'm yours.
Take me." Well, I'm sorry, it's too easy.
I am offering you a deal. And I don't go back on
No. No you don't. But you always come up with
some way to mess with my head.
This is crazy. I'm a pig farmer, not a soldier. How
am I supposed to fight Athena?
So what are we supposed to do? Just hand over
her little babe to get killed?
If the gods will it, who are we to stand in the way?
Athena's always protected us. What do we know
about this Eli and his way? All I know is he wound
up on the end of Ares' sword.
What about the Twilight?
It's a myth. Athena's the Goddess of Wisdom for
crying out loud. If she wants the child I say we
give it to her.
Do you want to give Eve to Athena?!
Does anybody else feel that way?! We give up
the baby and go back to our fields in peace...until
the next god comes along and they want your child,
or yours. We're not fighting for Xena. We're fighting
for ourselves. For our right to be treated like human
beings, not game pieces. If anyone of you is
willing to give up their own child, then speak up!
'Cause I will not have you fighting next to me!
Back to your posts.
Ares! Ares I need to talk to you.
Well aren't I Mr. Popular?
I'm not here to play games. I know that Xena
made an offer to you.
You're telling the story.
If you lay a hand on her, I sw-
What? You'll do what?
If you accept, you will destroy Xena. You will turn
her into exactly what she used to be, a vicious killer!
Yeah well, I kinda liked that Xena.
Did you? Then why are you so obsessed with
who she is now? Tell me you don't feel anything
for the real Xena, the good Xena. Ares if you make
her do this she will never love you.
You think she'd really give herself to me to save Eve?
Has she ever said anything she doesn't mean?
(whispers) Don't do it.
So Sis, how goes the siege?
I'm about to start catapulting dead cows into the village.
And a classic it is. But as much as I love the smell
of rotting cow carcass in the morning, have you
considered there might be another way to break
I might be able to convince Xena, to leave our
realm. To take Eve where she can do no harm.
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?
Have you considered that maybe this prophecy
is 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.
Because of this one tiny child, Zeus is already dead!
If he'd let well enough alone Hercules wouldn't'a
And what if you're wrong Ares? Is it worth the risk
for one child? Or for one woman? There will be
Thought I might find you here.
So, are we going to seal this deal?
Sounds like a plan.
One thing. Can I trust you to keep your end of
Because I wouldn't want there to be any confusion.
No. No confusion. Uh, I side with you, against
gods, save Eve. Gotcha.
Uh, didja hear something?
Uh, no, no. No, I heard fighting.
Perfect. Now, where were we?
Are you all right?
This is not what it looks like!
Yeah, it is.
I suppose it could be worse. I mean, after all, he
is a god. Although I would have preferred Apollo
or--or maybe Hermes.
Excuse me Hermes? With the wings on the feet?
Xena, Gabrielle has launched an attack on Athena's army.
Hey, hey. Wait, wait, wait, wait. What are you doing?
I couldn't have planned this better myself. I promised
to help you and your daughter. Now if Gabrielle
is attacking, she's providing us with the perfect cover.
What are you saying?
Leave her. Now. While Athena's distracted and
I'll take you and your daughter someplace else.
You're making a mistake. I would have kept our bargain.
I know you would have. I've got to do this my way.
What a surprise.
Gabrielle tried to charge our line. We have her trapped.
They're getting desperate. End it for me Ilainus,
before all of Amphipolis is destroyed. Put an arrow
in the young bard. We'll see how long Xena will
resist while her companion slowly bleeds to death.
Stop the attack.
Stop the attack!
No! Hold it!
Xena, what are you doing?
Get outta my way Gabrielle. I'm going to save
these people and you.
A wise decision Xena.
Pull back your army.
Of course. (to Ilainus) You heard her.
It's for the best Xena.
Don't make it worse with your platitudes. Do it,
while she's asleep. Do it.
You might want to look away.
If my daughter's to be sacrificed to save these
people the least I can do honour her is to remember
Not so fast Sis.
Ares get out of my way!
You know what they say? Blood is thicker than
water, but blood runs hardest when love is involved.
You're really whipped, aren't you?
Oh, no, that ain't nice.
Let's see you do without your goddess' back up.
What's the matter Bro? Worried about your girlfriend?
Worried about yours?
Your wound is beyond my healing.
Do I still have your favour Athena?
Always. Take a good look Ares. We're next, all of us.
Xena, are you okay?
Yeah I'm fine.
Did you and Ares-
Not yet. Shall we conclude our transaction Xena?
Y'know it's really kind of you Ares but I don't think
I'm gonna have to take you up on your offer after all.
You saved my dollie.
Wh...why do you continue, to deny us? We had
a deal. When we were fightin' side by side, it was
like we were one. Back there in the temple...can
you tell me you didn't feel anything?
I felt nothing.
This isn't finished. As long as your child lives
they'll keep coming and then you're gonna have to
come to me for help.
(to herself) I felt something.
Xena, you all right?
Hey Eve. Yeah, yeah, I'm fine. You guys cut it pretty
fine with that attack.
Nearly ran out of foreplay. Just about had to go
through with it.
Xena when someone invents an accurate time-keeping
device then I can synchronize the plan better.
Yeah and that bomb was a little much you know?
It wasn't like I was wearing anything. I mean, armour.
I don't understand. Gabrielle, you blew up Ares' temple.
We had to start the battle somehow. Otherwise
you would have had to have gone through with
the deal, right?
So you two planned the whole thing?
Oh, what am I gonna do with you two?
Did you say that you felt something?
No I think I heard you. You--you said you felt something.
Gabrielle I said no such thing.
Maybe a little something.
Lucy Lawless as Xena
Renee O'Connor as Gabrielle
Kevin Smith as Ares
Paris Jefferson as Athena
Darien Takle as Cyrene
Musetta Vander as Ilainus
Crawford Thomson as Villager
Ben Brown as Villager #2
Douglas Kamo as Border Guard
Stuart Thorpe as Infantry Commander
??????????????? as Eve
Written by: Chris Black
Directed by: Mark Beesley
Disclaimer: Post Production was under siege during the production of this motion picture.