While saving a young girl, Xena is mortally wounded. She relives several key events in her life -- the origin of the "pinch," her fateful meeting with the enigmatic Julius Caesar, and her descent into Darkness. Although Gabrielle travels long and hard to save the life of her friend, it is to no avail.
Xena: "I want to understand why."
Gabrielle: "Why what?"
Xena: "Why it happened. Why I was who I was, and how I can ever atone."
Gabrielle: "You've changed, Xena, like this valley. Once it was full of death and violence, but now it's full of beauty and life. The same kind of change has happened to you."
Xena: "I wish I could see it that way."
Savage: "Hail, Goddess. We are your servants. Tell us our future."
Xena: "I've got nothing but bad news for you."
Xena: "Gabrielle, the girl ...only she can save me."
10 Winters Ago:
Xena: "People of Neopolitus, friends, you're free to go. But, spread the word, my army will punish any village that allies themselves with the enemies of Amphipolis, and I will do anything to ensure the safety of my homeland. Those who don't head my warning will pay a terrible price."
Caesar: "A brave man only dies once. A man like you dies a thousand times."
Xena: "What's your name?"
Caesar: "Caesar, Julius Caesar."
Xena: "You really weren't afraid to die, were you?"
Caesar: "I knew someone would stop him."
Xena: "And how could you know that?"
Caesar: "I know what I'm fated to do with my life."
Xena: "And what's that?"
Caesar: "Rule the world."
Xena: "How can you be so sure of yourself?"
Caesar: "I told you, I'm ..."
Xena: "Oh, that's right. You're fated to rule the world. Do you really believe that?"
Caesar: "Of course. Each event in our life is part of a great plan. There are no accidents, only Destiny."
Xena: "And who shaped this Destiny, the gods?"
Caesar: "Perhaps, or it's the blood in our veins, our souls, our desires, our will. They're all in it together weaving a tapestry we call Destiny."
Xena: "See, I can play too."
Caesar: "Where did you steal that dress?"
Caesar: "Maybe some day you can go back for the rest."
Xena: "What drives you?"
Caesar: "The desire to be Great."
Xena: "You mean powerful."
Caesar: "No, Greatness isn't just about possessing power. If it was, any thug with an army would be entitled to that label. Greatness is about achieving what seems impossible to other men."
Caesar: "I bet you know a lot about conquest."
Xena: "Yes, I love it ... pursuing the enemy ... breaking down his defenses ... cutting off his only path of retreat ... and then closing for the kill."
Caesar: "Some enemies are harder than others."
Xena: "Oh, I count on it."
Xena: "What are you doing?!"
Caesar: "This is my Destiny. You're a part of mine ... and I'm a part of yours."
Xena: "We were going to conquer the world together. What happened to those plans for us?"
Caesar: "There was never any ‘us', Xena, only Rome ... and I am Rome. Still, don't think that what we had was meaningless. I'll always remember it, and you'll have a special place of honor among my conquered."
Caesar: "Divide and conquer, my friend. You divide a woman's emotions from her sensibilities and you have her."
Caesar: "I could have sold you and all your friends into slavery, Xena, but that's what any common warlord would do. But with this, I define myself to those who would dare oppose me, all those who would dare prey on Rome. Goodbye, Xena ... Break her legs."
Caesar: "My time is now."
Xena: "Nicklio, don't, please. Let me go."
Gabrielle: "Help my friend."
Nicklio: "You I can help. Xena can wait."
Gabrielle: "What do you mean?"
10 Winters Ago:
Xena: "You'll be dead in thirty seconds. But know this, you won't be the last. Tell Hades to prepare himself. A new Xena is born tonight with a new purpose in life ... death."
Xena: "You should have left me to die back there on that beach."
M'Lila "You have a Destiny, Xena, but you have to chose it."
Xena: "I did chose it. I chose Evil."
M'Lila "Now that you know Evil, were Evil, you can fight Evil. When the living think of the dead, the dead can hear their thoughts. Listen ..."
Gabrielle: "Xena, I know you can hear me wherever you are. I know you always told me to be strong. But I can't be, not now. You can't leave me. I know it's not your time. I can feel it in my heart. I feel this emptiness that I have never felt before and it scares me. Above all, just remember to fight. Fight to come back. This world needs you. I need you."
DISCLAIMER: Julius Caesar was not harmed during the production of this motion picture. However, the producers deny responsibility of any unfortunate acts of betrayal occurring soon thereafter.