Xena: [to a council of standing Amazons] … "You're not doing this!"
Gabrielle: "By Amazon law, Xena has the right to defend the accused."
Varia: "She confessed. What could her defense be?"
Xena: "You give me time, I'll present one."
Cyane: "Gabrielle and Xena have done enough for the Amazons to deserve this."
Kanai: "You have one hour to present your case."
Xena: "Did you notice that sword Varia had?"
Gabrielle: "Eve had a sword like that … when she was Livia."
Xena: "That's right. She got it from Ares."
Xena: "Varia … Marga believed that one day you'd be a great Queen. She asked me to train you for that, but I see I failed her."
Varia: "No, you haven't failed. I'm grateful for your training, but I'm on my own now."
Xena: "Is that so?" … [attacks Varia]
Xena: "Anyone who's ever seen me use that move is dead … except for Ares. He's training you now, isn't he? For what?"
Varia: "He's helping me build the Amazon Nation, and we're doing it, Xena."
Xena: "He doesn't care about you or the Amazon Nation."
Varia: "The Amazons are tired of being pushed around. We are going to fight back united and strong, with the God of War as our ally."
Xena: "You don't need him, Varia. It's within you to lead the Amazons. You're the one."
Amazon: "They want to hear your defense."
Varia: "No, Xena, you're wrong. I do need him."
Xena: "Alright, Eve, why did you raid Varia's tribe?"
Xena: "Slaves? Why would any commander lead a regiment of men through swamp and forest, and then engage the fiercest warriors in the land in the vain hope of making them slaves? What really happened? … Eve, Ares is leading the Amazons into a suicidal war against the Romans. You can make them see how he operates. If you don't care about yourself, at least care about them."
Eve: "I committed these crimes, Mother. I must tell the truth."
Xena: "Then tell the whole truth."
Eve: "I was fighting two campaigns in the north. I was taking provinces for Rome …"
Livia: "So … where are we?"Xena: "So, Ares was behind the raid."
Roman: [pointing at map] … "We hold these areas here, here and here. These others will fall before the end of the day."
Livia: "Alright, leave me."
Ares: "What's wrong? Campaign not going to plan?"
Livia: "Exactly as I planned. We're running out of territories to capture. We'll wage so much war, we'll have nothing but peace."
Ares: "You haven't been there." … [points to spot on map]
Livia: "Amazon lands? There's nothing to be gained there."
Ares: "Not all gains are showed on a map. I'm talking about glory. The name 'Livia.' What would the world say if you were to conquer the fierce Amazons … for kicks. Or, even better, sold them as slaves. See, I know this Persian warlord, Gurkhan. He has a taste for the exotic."
Livia: "Hm … It doesn't make sense. Even with a surprise raid, I'd still lose men."
Ares: "Trust me on this. If you enslave the Amazons, you can watch the name 'Livia' spread all over the world."
Varia: "Ares wants a strong Amazon Nation. He's helping me build it."
Xena: "Ares helps no one but himself."
Varia: "I'll find out the truth … from him."
Xena: "I'd consider Eve's verdict carefully, because you're also choosing a path for your people."
Mawu-Ka: "You've had your say, Xena. The Amazons will decide now."
Gwyn-Teir: "You wish to be heard, Gabrielle?"
Gabrielle: "I wish to join the council in the deliberation."
Kanai: "As a Queen you have that right."
Cyane: "We could use your wisdom."
Gabrielle: "Xena … I think I can make them understand what Ares is like. Varia already has her doubts."
Xena: "Still, Ares can be very persuasive. He's managed to con them all so far."
Gabrielle: "Just be patient, Xena. Let me try this. There's wisdom in the Amazon ways."
Xena: "Like the time they painted you blue and made you howl at the moon to consecrate your queenliness?"
Xena: "Look, if can't talk 'em round, I'm getting Eve out of here the old-fashioned way."
Ares: "Whoa, is that any way to request the company of your patron god?"
Varia: "You were behind the raid that killed my sisters. Eve told us what happened."
Ares: "And you believed her?"
Varia: "Just tell me the truth."
Ares: "Artemis was content to let your sisters dwindle away in separate tribes. I saw it coming. I tried to warn her."
Varia: "That doesn't explain the raid."
Ares: "Well, I knew when word of the raid spread, it'd bring the tribes together. You see, hate is a very powerful emotion, Varia. It unites people."
Varia: "That's no excuse for turning my sisters into slaves."
Ares: "I knew Gurkhan would never take Amazons as slaves. They're too spirited to fetch a dinar on the auction block. So Livia took them to market, couldn't make a dinar. I mean, what she did …"
Ares: "She threw them overboard. I mean, she tossed them like spoiled cargo. They still had their shackles on."
Varia: "I want to build an army to bring them back home."
Ares: Well, you can never bring them back, but you can stop this from ever happening again."
Ares: "Eve and Rome are hand-in-hand in the slaughter. So, you know what you do? You lead your sisters against the Romans and you show them you mean business."
Gabrielle: "You know that Ares was behind the raid. Why do you condemn Eve?"
Cyane: "Ares may have put the idea in her head, but it was Eve's hand on the sword."
Mawu-Ka: "She admits her crimes. It is our duty to uphold the laws. If your heart is truly with the Amazon Nation, you must know we speak the truth."
Varia: "Amazon tradition states that the council must speak with one voice. We're growing impatient. What is your vote, sister?"
Amazon: [to Xena who is waiting outside] … "They're giving the verdict."
Kanai: "We have all made our votes, what have you decided?"
Gabrielle: [stands] … "Guilty."
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