The Bitter Suite
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Admit, we all wanted to see this one
Callisto: "Absorb thyself in this great sea of the waters of life. Dive deep in it until thou hath got lost in it, and having lost thyself, then thou shalt find thyself again. Even as it is written, she had her dwelling in the great sea, as in a fish, therein.

Callisto: "Holyph am I, for mine unfathomable will the universe hath its beginning. In my boundless wisdom are the types and patterns of all things."

Welcome to Wonderland ... er ... I mean Illusia
Callisto: "Glad that you're feeling strong, thought I might lose ya.
Don't be sad, sing a song ... this is Illusia."

WHAT'S STILL UNWRITTEN ... Song of Illusia

"Xena be warned, Xena beware
By closing you eyes you can see what isn't there.
Xena be calm, open your eyes
Lies may be truth and truth may be lies."

OK, I just couldn't pass this one up
Xena: "Alright Callisto, cut the song and dance. What's going on? Where are we?"

"Fate is a wheel, it will reveal
All you've become, all that you feel.
Destiny knows what has to be.
You'll pay the price, nothing is free.
I'll be you guide, take the hand of your muse
You just might lose your way in the land of Illusia.
Illusia is music, a world built on rhyme.
It's carved out of space in the absence of time.
You've tasted how evil and good coexist,
The bitter and sweet of it ..."
White Dog:
"All in the lips that you kissed."
"Lion and bull, eagle and snake,
To live or die
It's the choice you've got to make.
Can you undo what you create?
Step through the wheel.
Follow your fate."
Chorus of Animals:
"The fates have a fix on you,
We can play tricks on you,
We deal in truths you're too troubled to face,
Gamble the worth of you, on the rebirth of you,
Don't turn away, don't start to fade.
What's still unwritten ...
You can erase."
"You're villainous infamy tortures your soul.
Descent into evil must levy its toll.
The darkness that rots you has brought you to this."
"Surrender serenity, suffer sweet misery,
Sin seeks its cursed abyss."
"Oh Xena, with death there is always rebirth."
"Come see with a vision denied you on Earth."
"Illusia is waiting -- we'll show you the way,
But all consequences are your own creation
And there's a price you must pay."
Callisto and Chorus of Animals:
"The fates have a fix on you.
We can play tricks on you.
We deal in truths you're too troubled to face,
Gamble the worth of you, on the rebirth of you.
Don't turn away, don't start to fade ..."
"What's still unwritten you can erase."
Chorus of Animals:
"Illusia is music, a world built on rhyme,
It's carved out of space in the absence of ..."

Callisto singing? ... this must be a dream

She can mount me anytime

Alright, young lady ...
Xena: "Alright Callisto, you like little ditties? Fine, I got one for you: you're acting so strangely that I hardly know ya, but still I wouldn't trust you as far as I could throw ya."
Callisto: "You're wrong not to trust one that knows you so well. I never betrayed you, that was Gabrielle."

Xena: "Gabrielle. Is she here? The one who betrayed me, is she in this land?"
Callisto: "I'm merely your guide, dear, along for a grin. You'll get no free ride here. If you want to know more, then spin."

Callisto: "Changeless, this great deep of elemental water remaineth forever pure. Because of this, it possesseth the quality of stability. From water do all things have their beginning."

Gabrielle naked? ... Yep, that's Elysia, alright
Gabrielle: "The Elysian Fields ... only heroes wind up here ... dead heroes ... dead, naked heroes."

"Joxer, the Mighty: master of geography
Here to guide you on your way.
Stick with me you'll never stray.
If you're in a land that's new
I'm the man who'll get you through,
Even when you're slightly nude.
I'm Joxer! Joxer the Mighty!"

Joxer, you lucky bastard
Gabrielle: "So much for the Elysian Fields theory."
Joxer: "Yeah."
Gabrielle: "Ah! How did you ... Joxer, go away. Can't you see that I'm naked?!"
Joxer: "I thought maybe I could help you out ... being naked won't excuse you. Sing to talk in Illusia."


"Praise the winds of chance that blew
Xena back where friends are true.
We would fight to death for you, brave Xena.
When your mighty chakram arcs
Throwing fierce magnetic sparks
No one ever hits her mark like Xena.
Famed for prowess with a sword,
Who's as feared and as adored,
You've not lived ‘till you've been gored by Xena."
Warrior #1:
"You're the Warrior Princess who's as strong as an oak."
Warrior #2:
"You've got eyes that can tear out the heart of a bloke."
Warrior #3:
"With one look you can wilt a flower,"
Warrior #4:
"Curdle milk or make men cower."
"Welcome home, Xena, welcome home."

Ares, still striking even without the leather
Xena: "Ares. I thought as much. But why the big production number? What's the point?"

"You are the most divine, delicious warrior.
A man can't help saluting your return.
And if you start my heart ...
It's just the way you slash and burn.
Bewitching woman, straining at the armor plate
You singe me with the ardor you inflame
And in my carnal heart there's not a sorry shred of shame."
"You and me love war.
Doesn't matter what it's for.
Pandemonium reins and we're bludgeoning brains.
Give us War, War, War.
Keep it down to a roar."
Warrior #5:
"Words of wisdom Ares said,"
"When in battle keep your head."
"Warriors love War, War, War."

Gabrielle: "I know this place ... these people ... that shop ... I'm home ... this is Poteidia."

"O'er the Bridge of Tears
She's crossed and she's paid a fearful cost.
Her blood innocent is lost, Gabrielle.
Now the past has set her free
And she's traveled home to be
With her old friends you and me, Gabrielle."
Villager #1:
"You've been plucked out from the heart of our lives for so long."
Villager #2:
"Now we're grateful you've come back to the place you belong."
Villager #3:
"For what ails the panacea,"
Villager #4:
"Surely waits in Poteidia."
"Welcome home, Gabrielle, welcome home."

Gabrielle: "Lila ... sister ... I can't believe it."

"Villains, fools and kings have made their mark on you.
Leave their easy evil in the dust.
If your child had lived, we'd surely make her welcome, too."
"You and me love peace,
With the goats and ducks and geese.
While the hours away baking bread, pitching hay.
We love peace, peace, peace, simply joys that never cease."
Villager #1:
"Nothing changes but the time."
Group of Villagers:
"We don't even change our mind."
Villagers love Peace, Peace, Peace."

"Pulverizing foes requires strategy.
There's no mortal born who meets your skill.
Xena join my vision -- don't deny your destiny."
"You and me love war,
Doesn't matter what it's for."
Warrior #6:
"Chop the tree down, burn the root."
"Vengeance can be such a hoot."
"Warriors love War, War, War."

"Xena was no friend, she work to twist your mind,
Though you tried to change her deadly ways.
Take this scythe -- it's just a case of killing to be kind."
"You and me love peace,
With the goats and ducks and geese."
"Sit and watch the world go by."
Villager Couple:
"Vegetate until you die."
Villagers love Peace, Peace, Peace."

"We ... Love ... War"
"Peace is such a lovely state ...
War can kill you so can hate."
"Fear! Lies! Smite and smote and pulverize."
"Here the simple life's a delight."
"Pus And Gore."
"Just you put your hand in mine,
Sure your future's on the line."
"You've a son you must avenge,
Know you must extract revenge."
"You must know that when ..."
"Don't be put aside by beauty,
Xena you must do your duty."
"Hope died she freed you."
Gabrielle and her Vicious Villagers

Xena and her Swarthy Soldiers

Could this be the end?

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