Could the sire of Xena's baby please stand? The gals try to help a peace-loving and non-violent Eli avoid becoming food for the worms, while Ares manipulates and cajoles. Boy, that Helios sure did have a lot of daggers (see The Quest). With a little help from an angel, destinies are fulfilled as prophesies draw near.
Disciple: "For as long as we can remember, we have been slaves to the gods. It's time we take our lives back into our own hands."
Disbeliever #1: "But if we defy them, they'll destroy us."
Disciple: "That's what they want you to believe. The gods rule through Fear. But, it's they who are afraid -- afraid we'll realize the truth."
Disbeliever #2: "How are we supposed to fight them? They're immortal."
Disciple: "Our teacher will show you the way, as he's showed us."
Disbeliever #1: "Are you out of your minds? Defy the gods and you'll bring their wrath down on all of us. Have you forgotten what happened to Ulysses, or the carnage at Troy?"
Disciple: "Some of us don't want to live in fear anymore."
Disbeliever #1: "I will not let you put us all in danger."
Disciple: "I'm sure that your heart is in the right place, but we're doing this to save you, too."
Xena: "Alright, ease off. You'll all be more comfortable walking without a limp."
*** Gabrielle sees a man reach into his coat and promptly starts wailing on him and hence, a big ole brawl ensues.
Xena: "What's the matter? He going to hit you with this hanky?"
Gabrielle: "I - I thought he had a weapon."
Xena: "What's going on here?"
Disciple: "Just a disagreement. Thanks for stopping it before it got out of hand."
Xena: "It did get out of hand."
Ares: "Just when things were starting to get fun, you had to go spoil my good time."
Xena: "Ares at a village squabble? You must be bored."
Ares: "You, on the other hand, have been keeping yourself busy. I wish I had known you were looking for a father."
Xena: "I'm not."
Ares: "Oh? Well, somebody clearly got the job."
Xena: "Yeah -- Gabrielle."
Ares: "I would have paid to see that."
Xena: "Alright, Ares, what are you doing here? I can't imagine that a petty civil dispute would get you up in the morning."
Ares: "Those men you saved are part of a growing movement. A movement that incites people to disobey the gods."
Xena: "So, you're worried that this could be the beginning of the Twilight."
Ares: "It's a myth."
Xena: "You are!"
Gabrielle: "What is the Twilight?"
Xena: "The Fates spoke of a time when Mankind would no longer need the gods ... and they would lose their power."
Gabrielle: "If it's just a myth, Ares, what are you worried about?"
Ares: "Let's just say, I believe in being thorough. I don't like taking chances."
Xena: "Then we have a problem, because these people are entitled to believe anything they want to. We're not going to stand by and see you take that right away from them."
Ares: "I warn you, get in my way this time, you leave me no choice."
Xena: "You threatening me?"
Ares: "The decisions you make don't just affect you anymore, Mom. I would hate to have to kill you both."
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