109: "The Path of Sorrows"
with Captain Gideon, Max Eilerson, Galen, John Mathison are
standing outside a tomb with the inscription "enter through
the path of sorrows" written on it in many different languages.
Derena Na'Fall comes down from the top of the tomb claiming
there is no way in. Galen confronts her asking if there had
ever been a time in which she could not get into a place,
and people's lives depended on it. And if she failed and vowed
never to let it happen again. She turned away with a tear,
Galen reached over and took the tear using his finger and
ran it along the crack of the tomb door. The door opened.
As they're walking in Derena and Galen are talking and it
revels that they had some sort of relationship in the past.
Inside they found a luminious orb big enough for someone to
sit in that seemed to be filled with smoke. In truth a creature
existed inside it. The captian, upon finding the orb saw the
creature and had a psychic enduced flashback in which you
saw him in a space suit outside an earthforce ship that was
jumping into hyperspace as another unknown ship came into
space and destroyed it. The captain ordered the orb to be
brought back to the Excaliber.
next scene was Galen riding a transport car and John Mathison
enters. They talk about the captain the John says "it seems
like people like that are born to ask questions." Galen responds,
"that would imply a directional universe." He then explains
that the universe has no plan. John says that he would think
Galen would be the one person to believe otherwise. Galen
doesn't respond, but tells him this is where he gets off mentally,
physically, and literally. "But do go on riding, give it some
time and you might comes to the same conclusions I have" Galen
says as he's leaving.
bringing it back and running tests on it in the medical labratory
on the ship Captain Gideon came and talked to the being in
the orb. At this point no one else has seen it. The captain
talks and the creature response telepathically. The creature
tells Gideon that he is in pain. Gideon responce and then
there is another flashback. Gideon is a Leutenant on an Earthforce
ship. They're damaged and he is assigned to go out and inspect
the hull and make repairs. As he is moving towards the damage
with a jet pack the ship's engines engage. He radios for answers
and hears them saying that they must jump. Then an unidentified
ship comes into normal space, destroys Gideon's ship and then
leaves. He is left floating in space. Eventually he sees a
mass of sleek trianglular black ships passing through and
tries to radio them for help. As he's passing out one comes
to his aid. He takes off his helmet inside a dark room and
the person who saved him introduces himself as Galen. The
next scene is Gideon being debreifed by Earthforce. He can't
remember how he got back, but does know what happened to his
ship. They don't believe him.
next flashback is Gideon playing poker. He's holding a full
house (3 A's, 2 tens) and raises 100. Two of the other three
players fold. The third says he only has 50 left and asks
if he would take something as colateral. He sets a large box
down on the table and unlatches it. Inside is a smaller, glowing
green box. He explains that it is called an Apocolypse Box
and is very old. He tells Gideon that it knows things and
that it is much more valueable then 50 credits. Gideon accepts
the colateral and reveals his winning hand (the other guy
had two pair, jacks and sevens). The man begins to laugh and
talk about how he's free. Then he warns Gideon that the box
lies, not all the time, but enough. He then runs out of the
casino and is hit by a car. Gideon and the others hear the
crash and run to see what happened. Gideon yells for a doctor,
but the man says "no, don't you understand, I'm free". And
then he dies. Gideon kept the box. That's the end of the flashback.
Gideon asks why he's doing this, the creature responds to
relieve his pain. The creature says that he forgives Gideon.
enters Med lab and sees the creature. The creature tells him
that he's in pain. John then has a flash back. He's in psycore
and in a higher up's office. The man he is talking to tells
him that they have scored a great victory and captured most
of the leaders of the rebels. He says that the conflict should
be over soon. He tells John that they have one of the leaders
captive at the facility they were in. He continues that she
is a strong P12 so they were giving her sleepers to surpress
her abilities. He says that the doctors are all P1 or P2 so
he wanted John to give her the sleepers. John agrees. One
one trip she tells him that the psycore is using him and that
they've killed all the other leaders sent home. She also asks
if there is anything he always wanted to do and he says that
he wanted to be in Earthforce, but they wouldn't allow it
because he was a telepath. John then uses his clearence to
find out what happened to the leaders sent home to show her
that she was wrong. He instead finds out that they were all
terminated. The next time he goes to give her the sleepers
he does not break the skin, thus not giveing her the drug.
The next scene his higher up tells him that they raided the
rebel base and found it empty for several days. John then
goes to the leader he was helping and she tells him that she
allowed herself to be captured so she could activate a telepathic
homing becon allowing the rebels to know the location of the
psycore base. She then tell him to leave and do what he always
wanted. The last part is him leaving on a shuttle and the
base being blown up. He tells the alien in the orb that he
never told anyone that and that he was ashamed. The alien
next scene Galen bursts into Med Lab, "I know you. I know
what you are, what you are doing to the others. And we are
going to have a little talk. I've studied every record, read
every story, and I know what you are. You feed off the feelings
of others because you have no such feelings of your own."
Galen continues and the creature disagrees. The creature says
he lives off forgiveness. The talk and Galen flashes back
to the deathbed of a girl he once loved. The scene goes through
their last moments and the girl tells Galen that he must forgive
God and the universe for what has happened in his life. After
the flashback Galen argues with the creature, "Is that what
you want me to do? Forgive God? Forgive the universe that
took away the only thing I ever loved? There's nothing beyond...only
tricks can be played to persuade ourselves otherwise. Nothing,
even from you, can convince me that she deserved to die, and
SHE DID NOT! She did not, but you do." Galen then raised his
had to launch a fireball and the captain comes into the room.
He convinces Galen that he is not a killer.
captain tells someone to perpare a shuttle for launch so they
can put it back where they found it. "I don't think it belongs
to anyone, least of all us. It belongs to whoever needs to
find it." He goes on to talk about forgiveness and how people
need it, but don't want it.
next scene is Galen being stopped in the hall and given a
message. The message came from no specific origins and was
mostly degraded. There were only two words that were made
out, "Galen...Love." Over him opening the letter you hear
the words of his lost love saying that if there was a great
plan, a design, she would send him a message. He balls up
the message and throws it down.
last scene is Excalibur leaving orbit and an unknown alien
finding his way into the tomb
to Galin for writing this report and thanks to Ranger for
sending it in.
here to read part 2 of the report.