| [Holodeck - Paxau
is enjoying a foot massage. He appears to have a big toe on either end
of his feet. A stern waiter in a black jacket brings him a drink on a
tray. Kim and Paris are sitting nearby.)
NEELIX: Oh, Gallia nectar! From a blossom which only grows near a
certain lake on Paxau and blooms once every six years. Specialty of the
KIM: This is a real place?
NEELIX: The Paxau resort was the place to go on Talax for serious
relaxation and some personal pampering. It was very exclusive. You had
to be rich and privileged, or know someone rich and privileged who owed
you a favour. I'd say if anyone deserves and needs a little pampering,
it's this crew. Don't you feel as if all your cares are just light
KIM: Yeah, it's nice.
NEELIX: I'm certainly open to any suggestions for perfecting the
PARIS: Maybe it could use a little more, er, fun.
KIM: Loosen it up.
PARIS: Yeah, right. Like this guy. He's so formal. Computer, give the
waiter a more casual look. And have him serve Rekarri starbursts all
around. Now, what we need around here are some more people.
KIM: Computer, add characters from Kim Sports Programme Theta Two.
(Three fit young ladies in tight, shiny beachwear.)
PARIS: What sport would that be, exactly?
KIM: Volleyball. They're a Championship team. Gold medal winners in
PARIS: No wonder your game's improved.
KIM: You know, this would be even better with more upbeat music.
PARIS: Computer, access the cultural database and create musicians from
Earth's Caribbean region.
(A steel band starts playing.)
PARIS: Now this is relaxing.
NEELIX: More drinks for everyone, and bring out some spicy paraka
wings. You can't have a party without food.
JANEWAY [OC]: All senior officers, report to the bridge.
KIM: Great programme, Neelix.
PARIS: Save it for us, will you?
NEELIX: I certainly will. Hey, how can you listen to this without
feeling the urge to dance?
tending some plants.)
EMH [OC]: Sickbay to Kes. Please report here immediately. I've been
informed we may have incoming casualties.
KES: On my way, Doctor.
Captain, sensor readings indicate that radiation inside the alien
vessel is rising to toxic levels. The lifesigns of the passengers are
TORRES: Their warp core is heavily damaged. It's leaking drive plasma
and gamma radiation. It could breach any time.
CHAKOTAY: Can we beam the passengers out through all that radiation?
KIM: Not from here. We'd have to get within five thousand kilometres.
TUVOK: At that range, we'll be at risk if their engine core explodes.
JANEWAY: Lieutenant, take us into range.
PARIS: Aye, Captain. Closing to within five thousand kilometres.
KIM: I'm diverting warp power to the targeting scanners, trying to get
a pattern lock. There's still too much interference.
JANEWAY: A little closer, Tom.
TORRES: Captain, I'm reading an energy build-up in the reaction
JANEWAY: Mister Kim.
KIM: I've got a lock. Initiating transport.
TORRES: They're losing anti-matter containment.
JANEWAY: Shields up. Move us away.
PARIS: Aye, Captain.
(The alien ship goes KaBOOM.)
TUVOK: All major systems are undamaged.
KIM: I've got them, Captain. All three passengers are in sickbay.
JANEWAY: I'm impressed.
Start with the dermal regenerator on the worst of the radiation burns
and scan for contamination of the surrounding tissue.
(Kes goes to the man making the most noise.)
KES: It's all right, it's all right, we're taking care of you now.
EMH: You must lie still. You have internal injuries.
NORI: My husband, is he all right?
EMH: I'll sedate you if necessary.
KES: Doctor, his heart's stopped. He's not responding to cardiac
EMH: Give him twenty milligrams of lectrazine. No effect. His
biochemistry is incompatible with our medications.
KES: No synaptic activity.
EMH: The tissue damage is too extensive. There's nothing more I can do
for him. Record the time.
NORI: No, you must save him! Tieran.
KES: I'm so sorry.
NORI: He can't be gone. He can't.
It was horrible. They chased us across half the sector. We were finally
able to fight them off, but not before our own ship was damaged.
JANEWAY: Do you know who was chasing you?
ADIN: This particular trade route has always been plagued by
mercenaries and thieves. I'm sure they wanted to take our ship and hold
us for ransom. I'm a very prominent physician and Nori is a cousin of
NORI: We're grateful for your help, Captain. We're complete strangers
to you but we owe you our lives.
JANEWAY: I regret that we weren't able to save your husband as well.
NORI: I know your medical staff did everything they could, and Kes has
been so kind and compassionate that I don't think I could be making it
through this time without her.
ADIN: I certainly hope that bringing us home won't take us too far out
of your way.
JANEWAY: Not at all. We'll reach Ilari in less than two days.
ADIN: When we arrive, I'm sure that the Autarch will want to thank you
JANEWAY: I'll be very pleased to meet him.
- Paxau Resort]
(B'Elanna arrives in a swimsuit.)
NEELIX: Oh. Hello, B'Elanna.
TORRES: Good to see you too.
NEELIX: I was hoping you'd be Kes. She was supposed to meet me here
twenty minutes ago. It's not like her to be late.
TORRES: She must have gotten held up with some work.
NEELIX: I wasn't sure you'd enjoy the programme with the new
modifications Harry and Tom added.
TORRES: Well, I've made a few modifications of my own.
(She beckons over a fit young man wearing cutaway speedos. He gives her
TORRES: Thank you. Great programme, Neelix.
NEELIX: Computer, locate Kes.
COMPUTER: Kes is in Transporter room one.
with Adin and Nori.)
ADIN: Don't you worry about using a device that takes apart your
molecules and sends them flying through space?
KES: There are all kinds of safely procedures and back-up systems to
make sure nothing goes wrong.
NEELIX [OC]: Neelix to Kes.
KES: Kes here.
NEELIX [OC]: I hope you didn't forget our lunch date in the holodeck?
KES: I'm sorry, I'll be right there. I have to go. I'll see you later.
- Paxau Resort]
not even toying with her food.)
NEELIX: Are you feeling all right, sweeting?
KES: It's just a slight headache.
NEELIX: Well, we should get you to sickbay.
KES: I'll be fine. Really.
NEELIX: After lunch, we could go out for a sail.
KES: That sounds nice, but can we do it some other time? I promised to
show Nori and Adin the airponics bay this afternoon.
NEELIX: You certainly seem to have hit it off with our guests. You've
been nearly inseparable since they got here.
KES: Nori really needs a friend right now. I want to be there for her.
So I hope you understand I'll be busy with her and Adin for the next
NEELIX: We can keep them busy together. I'll arrange so many fun
activities Nori won't have time to be sad. We can start with a lovely
KES: This is typical of you, Neelix.
NEELIX: What? Wanting to help?
KES: It bothers you that I'm making friends of my own. You always have
to involve yourself somehow.
NEELIX: Why, I certainly don't mean to intrude on your friendships. You
can spend time with anyone you want.
KES: As long as I still spend most of it with you.
NEELIX: No. I, I'd hope that you'd want to be with me, at least some of
the time. It's not a duty or an obligation.
KES: Well, sometimes it feels that way.
NEELIX: If you feel this way, why haven't you said so before?
KES: Maybe I never realised a relationship could be any different. I've
never been with anyone but you. It might be a good idea for both of us
to spend some time apart. I'm sorry.
Captain's log, stardate 50348.1. We've entered orbit around Ilari and
sent a message to the Autarch inviting him to visit the ship. Instead,
he'll be sending an official representative.
The Autarch might have taken a personal interest in our welfare.
JANEWAY: I'm sure he does. Our message made it very clear that you had
both completely recovered.
ADIN: I'm so glad you could join us.
JANEWAY: Beam our guest aboard. I'm Captain Kathryn Janeway
(Kes phasers the new arrival and the transporter operator. Janeway pins
her against the wall.)
Commander, a phaser has been fired in Transporter room one.
CHAKOTAY: Bridge to Janeway.
JANEWAY: Emergency in Transporter room oh!
(Adin knocks Janeway out.)
TIERAN-KES: They've activated a security alert. Secure the door like I
There's a transport in progress.
CHAKOTAY: Block it.
KIM: I'm locked out. Commander, it's one of the shuttlecraft. Someone
is beaming it into space.
They're right outside the door.
TIERAN-KES: Everyone on the transporter pad now.
ADIN: You're sure this is safe?
TIERAN-KES: Maybe you'd rather stay here.
Commander, three people just beamed to the shuttle. The two Ilarii, and
CHAKOTAY: Lock on the tractor beam.
PARIS: I'm trying, but the shields around the shuttle have been
altered. They're scattering the beam.
CHAKOTAY: Target phasers at their engine core, just enough to knock out
PARIS: It's too late. They've gone to warp.
CHAKOTAY: Set a course to follow them.
PARIS: I can't find the shuttle's warp trail. There's no sign of them
on long range sensors.
TUVOK [OC]: Transporter room to Bridge. Ensign Martin and the Ilari
representative are dead. The Captain is injured and has been beamed to
KIM: It looks like the shuttle's plasma injectors were remodulated to
suppress their warp signature.
CHAKOTAY: You wouldn't think it was possible to make those adjustments
KIM: It takes some incredibly precise calibrations. Someone on that
shuttle really knows what they're doing.
They didn't follow us.
TIERAN-KES: Of course not. They're still trying to figure out what
NORI: What's wrong? Does your head hurt?
TIERAN-KES: A little. It's nothing.
NORI: Adin should take a look.
TIERAN-KES: I said it's nothing! You're worse than that Talaxian.
ADIN: We're in position over the encampment now. Looks like Resh's
assembled the troops right on schedule. Four hundred men just waiting
for your orders.
TIERAN-KES: Maybe we should give them some.
(Kes beams Resh aboard.)
RESH: What is this? Nori! I heard your ship had been destroyed.
TIERAN-KES: You didn't think I'd let a little accident stop me, do you?
RESH: That's Tieran?
TIERAN-KES: The host body you were expecting is dead. Fortunately a
young nurse was with me at the right time, and she's provided me with a
very suitable replacement.
RESH: Oh, I'm very relieved you survived.
TIERAN-KES: Oh, I'm sure you are, at least for your own ambitions. I
want you to advance my troops to the northern ridge.
RESH: But we can't go ahead with the attack now!
TIERAN-KES: Are you questioning my orders?
RESH: This is insane. We've spent years planning this, every move,
every detail, and now suddenly our leader's been reduced to a little
TIERAN-KES: I've been exploring the mind of this little girl and I've
discovered some rather interesting abilities.
(Resh starts to choke.)
TIERAN-KES: She had barely begun to tap into them. It's a good thing I
came along, so all that wasted potential could be turned to a greater
purpose. Now, should I continue the demonstration, or do I have your
RESH: You shall have it. Sir.
Captain's log, stardate 50351.4. We're holding a meeting with Demmas,
the Autarch's eldest son and heir, in an effort to understand the
recent hostile activity.
I'm sure they really wanted to kill my father. He's the one they
invited up to your ship. Nori and Adin are known to be political
JANEWAY: How could Kes be involved?
DEMMAS: I may be able to explain that. You mentioned that she was with
the third patient when he died?
EMH: That's right. Why?
DEMMAS: I believe your crewmember has been inhabited by the
consciousness of a very dangerous man, named Tieran.
NEELIX: Who is that? What does he want with Kes?
DEMMAS: Oh, I know exactly what he wants. To overthrow my family's
government and to reinstate himself as the Autarch.
TUVOK: He has held title before?
DEMMAS: Tieran ruled Ilari over two centuries ago. He was a war hero, a
brilliant military leader. He brought security and stability during a
difficult time in our history. But in peace time, he began to treat his
own subjects as enemies. He became convinced everyone was a potential
CHAKOTAY: At some point your people must have rebelled.
DEMMAS: They did, led by one of my ancestors. They laid siege to the
Imperial Hall for over a year and the city around it was burned to the
ground, but Tieran was finally defeated.
TUVOK: And yet you believe that he, or at least his consciousness, has
DEMMAS: During his reign he became obsessed with his own mortality. He
spent most of his time, and Ilari's resources, searching for ways to
overcome death. Somehow he's discovered a way to transfer his own mind
into someone else's body, as he's done with Kes.
NEELIX: So he's been controlling her.
DEMMAS: Yes. Completely.
NEELIX: But she, he knew things about Kes's life. He acted enough like
Kes to fool us all. The real Kes must still be in there somewhere.
DEMMAS: Tieran may have access to her memories and her feelings, but
the Kes you know is lost. I'm very sorry.
JANEWAY: I'm not prepared to accept that yet. Examine the body of the
man who died. We need more information about how the transfer works if
we want to get Kes back.
DEMMAS: That's certainly worth exploring, Captain, but our priority
must be to stop Tieran. By force if necessary. Voyager is a powerful
JANEWAY: You may be considering force, but my only intention is to
rescue Kes and remove Tieran's consciousness. That should suit both our
DEMMAS: You don't understand what's at stake here, Captain. You must
help me to defend my people.
PARIS [OC]: Bridge to the Captain.
JANEWAY: Go ahead.
PARIS [OC]: We've located the missing shuttle.
JANEWAY: On my way. Let's hope we can put an end to this right now.
They entered orbit, then dropped their shields and cut their engines.
KIM: There's a residual trace of transporter activity. Looks like four
people beamed from the shuttle to the surface.
DEMMAS: They're in the main chamber of the Imperial Hall.
JANEWAY: Lock onto those patterns and beam them back to Voyager.
KIM: I can't. Some kind of interference has gone up around the whole
DEMMAS: He's after my family, my father and brother are down there.
Hall - Council Chamber]
guards are quickly dealt with.)
TIERAN-KES: Ah, the venerated Autarch. I've been looking forward to
meeting you for a long time.
(Tieran kills the Autarch.)
(Ameron tries to attack Tieran.)
TIERAN-KES: Where's his brother?
RESH: He should have been here.
TIERAN-KES: Get him out of here. Lock him up!
ADIN: I think I've located the brother. According to security logs
Demmas was transported to Voyager over an hour ago.
TIERAN-KES: He's going to be a problem but we'll have to deal with him
at another time. Give me the talisman.
(Adin takes a metal collar from the neck of the Autarch.)
TIERAN-KES: This was stolen from me two hundred years ago, and I've
dedicated every moment since to putting it back where it belongs.
ADIN: Loyalty and service to the new Autarch.
NORI: Loyalty and service.
(Later, the bodies of the guards are being dragged away, and Kes has
changed into a skin-tight leather catsuit. She is issuing orders to
TIERAN-KES: I want you to pay a visit to my supporters in Yaro
province. Give them all new titles, whatever I promised. And of course,
I couldn't overlook your faithful service. I think the title First
Castellan suits you very well. I feel like I've finally come home
again. The trouble is I left it. My portrait should be hanging here. As
for the rest of this nonsense, it's nothing more than a useless display
of wealth. As if the First Autarch needs to impress anyone. I want it
all cleared out of here. Everything should look as it did during my
(Except for a vase of flowers and foliage. Tieran brings one of the
flowers to Nori.)
TIERAN-KES: I trust you'll take care of all that. And we'll need some
new servants, too. What is it? You don't look happy.
NORI: I'm happy that we've accomplished our goal, but there have been
some unexpected changes and I don't know how they'll affect our future
together. I don't even know if I'm still your wife.
TIERAN-KES: Forgive me, I haven't considered how unsettling this must
be for you. Don't worry. You know how much I depend on you. Your
loyalty and encouragement have helped make this victory possible. I'll
share everything with you, just as I always promised.
(Tieran leans into kiss Nori.)
TIERAN-KES: Now I'm afraid I have business to attend to. Leave him
here. Everyone else is dismissed. Ameron, you and I haven't had a
chance to get acquainted. I'm Tieran.
TIERAN-KES: I like the way you say that. You and I didn't get off to a
very good start, did we?
AMERON: You murdered my father right in front of me.
TIERAN-KES: I shouldn't have let you watch that, I'm sorry. But his
death was necessary to make room for his successor.
AMERON: Demmas is the rightful heir, not you.
TIERAN-KES: How many times have people said the very same thing to you?
It must have been hard to hear, every day, the constant reminder that
your brother is destined to be ruler just because he was lucky enough
to be born first. I don't think that's fair, do you?
AMERON: It's the law.
TIERAN-KES: Doesn't have to be. It can change. Demmas is off hiding on
some alien ship and you're here, with me. I'm sure it's an opportunity
you've always dreamed of, to prove that you're really the natural
leader and not just a weak copy of your father. Now you can have that
chance, if you're willing to take it.
AMERON: You mean if I join you.
TIERAN-KES: We have so much to offer each other. Your heritage would
help solidify my claim and in return I could give you power. Real power
to control the lives of millions of people. To reward your friends,
punish your enemies. Everything you want can be yours for the asking.
(Tieran drapes herself over Ameron's shoulders.)
AMERON: After what you've done?
TIERAN-KES: That's all in the past. You should be thinking about the
future. Would you rather be a martyr to your brother's cause, or rule
by my side?
Captain's log, supplemental. Demmas has decided to remain on board
Voyager for the time being, but continues to monitor the worsening
situation on Ilari.
This coup attempt is turning my people against each other. They're
splitting into factions, mine and Tieran's.
TUVOK: Whom does the law recognise as Autarch?
DEMMAS: Officially, I inherited my father's title upon his death. But
this isn't a matter of law, it's about loyalty. Some people will follow
whoever has more power and right now that's Tieran. He's gaining
support everyday. He's already recruited some of my less reliable
allies, which may include my brother, Ameron.
JANEWAY: Your brother? I assumed he'd been killed.
DEMMAS: So did I, until I learned otherwise from sources on Ilari.
Tieran spared his life no doubt in order to win his loyalty. Ameron's
always been easily swayed.
TUVOK: And you believe he would betray you?
DEMMAS: That's very possible. And if he does there will be no way to
avoid a civil war. I must strike now, before Tieran is fully prepared!
JANEWAY: There are always alternatives to war. Before you send in your
fleet I suggest we hear from the Doctor and consider the possibility of
removing Tieran from Kes safely.
I've identified the transfer mechanism. This cortical implant was
automatically activated at the moment of death. It enhanced Tieran's
neural pattern and sent it out along the peripheral nerves. The actual
transfer took place through these bio-electric microfibres. When they
came into direct contact with Kes they transmitted Tieran's pattern up
through her nervous system and into her brain.
DEMMAS: I assume Tieran would implant a device like this in his new
body as quickly as possible.
TUVOK: Perhaps we can use that to our advantage.
EMH: My thoughts exactly. This synaptic stimulator will tap into the
implant in Kes's body and remove the alien neural pattern. Then her own
consciousness can take over.
DEMMAS: Yes, but how close would you have to get to use this device?
EMH: To be fully effective it would have to come in direct contact with
DEMMAS: If I could get anywhere near her, I'd use a thoron rifle to be
JANEWAY: Not if you want my help. Kes is still a member of this crew,
under my protection.
DEMMAS: I'm very sorry she got caught in the middle of this, Captain,
but too many other innocent lives have already been lost. Including my
JANEWAY: Then let's work together to prevent any more deaths. Don't
risk the lives of your soldiers until you've exhausted every other
DEMMAS: What exactly do you suggest?
TUVOK: If Tieran is anticipating an attack by your fleet, he may not be
guarding as carefully against an individual infiltrating the Imperial
Hall. I believe I would be able to get close enough to Kes to use the
JANEWAY: Your knowledge of the Hall and its defences would be
invaluable to us.
DEMMAS: All right, we'll try your strategy.
Hall - Council Chamber]
The new cortical implant looks fine. Let me just make sure it's
connecting properly to the nerve pathways.
TIERAN-KES: Do something about these headaches while you're at it. They
make it difficult to concentrate.
ADIN: That's an entirely different problem. This body isn't accepting
your neural pattern very easily. She wasn't a willing host like the
TIERAN-KES: She's been resisting me all right. I can feel her in the
back of my mind somewhere like a trapped animal, rattling her cage.
She's a lot of spirit. It's invigorating.
ADIN: Your neural pattern may become unstable if you stay in this host.
Now that we've got the transfer mechanism in place, I suggest you use
it to move into a more compatible body.
TIERAN-KES: No! I like this one. Particularly the unique mental
abilities that come with it.
ADIN: Consider the risks!
TIERAN-KES: Do you really think a child like this poses any threat to
me? I've been fighting worse battles since the day I was born. When the
doctor said I wouldn't live past my first year I proved them wrong.
Even when my parents thought I was too sickly to be worth caring for, I
survived on the streets. Even when my own ungrateful subjects forced me
into exile I refused to accept defeat. I certainly won't surrender to
this little girl! You will not suggest it again.
(Later, Tieran' council is in session.)
RESH: Demmas has acquired two more ships.
ADIN: There are reports that his fleet are massing behind the fifth
moon. We should make a pre-emptive strike.
TIERAN-KES: Not on the basis of an unsubstantiated rumour. Let him come
to us. We'll be ready.
NORI: I'm told that the Viceroy of Genarr is ready to give you his
support in exchange for more territory.
TIERAN-KES: When did corruption become so commonplace? My people are
crying out for moral leadership. I should make an example out of this
ADIN: What's wrong?
TIERAN-KES: There's someone.
TIERAN-KES: There's a familiar presence in this room. Not any of you.
Someone from this body's previous life. Someone she knew well. Seal the
room! We have an uninvited guest.
RESH: Everyone stay where you are.
NORI: Who is he?
TIERAN-KES: Someone very good at concealing himself and his thoughts. A
disciplined, logical mind.
(Tieran raises the guard's veils to see their faces.)
TIERAN-KES: You've made it this far without being detected, but you
didn't realise how much more perceptive I've become. Typical Vulcan
arrogance. It's touching really, your concern for the life of your
little student, risking yourself in a hopeless effort to save her.
(Disguised Tuvok steps out from behind a pillar and puts the synaptic
stimulator on Kes' cheek.)
RESH: Get that off!
(Resh removes the device and reveals Tuvok.)
NORI: Are you all right?
TIERAN-KES: Yes, I'm fine, and still perfectly in control of this body,
but my compliments on your clever medical technology.
NORI: An attack on the Autarch is punishable by death.
TIERAN-KES: She's so protective of me. But I think Voyager's tactical
officer might be more useful to me alive.
TUVOK: You know that I won't provide you with any information.
TIERAN-KES: You'd be surprised how often I've heard that.
TIERAN-KES: Who helped you get past my security? Who betrayed me?
TUVOK: I had no assistance.
TIERAN-KES: What will Janeway do when you don't come back? Send someone
else? Join Demmas in an assault?
TUVOK: I have no knowledge of the Captain's plans.
TIERAN-KES: She must have discussed alternate strategies with you
before you came on this mission.
TUVOK: She did not.
TIERAN-KES: I suppose I could threaten you, or torture you, but I doubt
that would make any difference.
TUVOK: You are correct.
TIERAN-KES: Fortunately I have other options now. With these new
abilities, it's a simple matter to reach into someone's mind. With some
people it's effortless. Others require a little more work.
(Tieran reaches for Tuvok's face, and he grabs her wrists.)
TIERAN-KES: Do you really think you can keep me away from your
innermost thoughts? Your fears and insecurities? Your feelings? I sense
an embarrassment at being captured, worry about how strong I really am,
and of course there's anger. That's the emotion that really threatens
your control. So you try even harder to hide from me. I feel those
mental barriers going up. Do you notice that it doesn't seem to be
working? As if someone were disrupting your ability to concentrate.
[telepathically] It's a helpless feeling, isn't it.
TUVOK: You will not break my control.
TIERAN-KES: [telepathically] Not break you, free you from all that
repression. All you have to do is let go. I can help you release your
own strength, and give you what you've always secretly desired.
TUVOK: I have never desired Kes.
TIERAN-KES: [telepathically] All those hours you spent alone together,
all those intimate moments touching each other's minds, you've never
even wondered what it might be like?
(Tieran kisses Kes, and Tuvok initiates a mind-meld.)
KES: I'm here. I'm fighting him.
TUVOK: I had no doubt you would be.
KES: There are times when he's weaker I can almost break through.
TUVOK: Tap into his strengths, and make them your own.
KES: I'm losing hold.
TUVOK: I am with you. Don't let go.
(Tieran pushes Tuvok against the rock wall, knocking him out.)
Captain's log, stardate 50361.7. Lieutenant Tuvok hasn't reported for
our scheduled rendezvous and we've been unable to contact him. We're
now considering other, more forceful, options.
JANEWAY: Our team will beam down to the surface approximately two
kilometres from the palace. Demmas and his advanced guard will meet us
NEELIX: Captain, I request permission to go with you on the rescue
team. I had basic combat training on Talax. All right, very basic. But
I've also been participating in tactical exercises with this crew every
month. I have a lifetime of experience thinking on my feet, and you
know I'll do everything in my power to make this mission a success.
JANEWAY: Consider yourself drafted.
DEMMAS: The detection grid will make a surprise attack difficult.
PARIS: Well then, we'll have to find a way to knock out the grid.
KIM: I've been scanning it for weaknesses. The system goes through a
maintenance cycle every ten hours. There are a few seconds when it
might be vulnerable to a narrow band EM pulse.
CREWMAN [OC]: Bridge to the Captain. You have an incoming transmission
from the planet.
JANEWAY: Put it through.
TIERAN-KES [on monitor]: Captain, you failed.
JANEWAY: What do you mean?
TIERAN-KES [on monitor]: I'm still in control. Your little device was
useless and Tuvok is my prisoner. I suggest you call off your new
rescue mission before you lose any more members of your crew.
DEMMAS: You've made a bad guess, Tieran. There will be no more rescues.
TIERAN-KES [on monitor]: My guess is that you've discovered the
convenient weakness in the detection grid. If you attempt to take
advantage of it, I'll have twice as many soldiers waiting for you.
CHAKOTAY: If this was meant to be a trap, why tell us about it?
TIERAN-KES [on monitor]: I'm really not a monster. I have no quarrel
with Voyager. Your crew did save my life once when my ship was about to
explode. I haven't forgotten that. This has been a friendly warning,
Captain, but it's the last one. Now, I strongly suggest that you accept
your losses and be on your way. You have thirty seconds to leave orbit.
Hall -Council Chamber]
TIERAN-KES: Send two of my warships to intercept Voyager.
ADIN: You're not well.
TIERAN-KES: If you can't do anything about this pain, then leave me
ADIN: You need to get some sleep.
TIERAN-KES: No, she's there when I sleep.
TIERAN-KES: Kes! Who else.
ADIN: You can't stay awake for the rest of your life.
RESH: The Voyager's leaving orbit.
TIERAN-KES: Let them go.
RESH: Yes, sir, but, with all due respect, why? Demmas is on that ship.
Our warships are in position to destroy it.
TIERAN-KES: I told them they could go, and I keep my word. I don't have
to explain myself to you. Get out! Everyone! Clear the room now!
[Inside Kes's head]
You're losing, Tieran. Why won't you admit it?
TIERAN: I will admit that you surprised me. Who would have imagined
that such fierce determination existed within that deceptively frail
KES: Don't continue to underestimate me. Release me, or I'll force you
TIERAN: My dear, why should we be enemies? Why waste the energy in
conflict when we could achieve so much more by cooperating.
KES: You're contemptible, Tieran. I won't be any part of your plans.
TIERAN: You're already a part of them. You and I have killed together,
remember? And you will continue to serve my will. You really have no
choice. Wouldn't it be wiser to join me? To take advantage of all I
have to offer. You may find that you enjoy having power. I assure you,
it is the finest aphrodisiac there is.
KES: That may work with others, but it won't with me.
TIERAN: So, you insist on making this a battle. How foolish.
KES: It's a battle I intend to win.
TIERAN: Brave words. You've been an annoyance to me, nothing more.
KES: I've been more to you than that, and you know it. I'm fighting you
with every bit of strength I have, and it's wearing you down. You're
becoming more unstable every day. The headaches alone are almost more
than you can stand.
TIERAN: I've suffered pain all my life. It's going to take more than
headaches to stop me.
KES: I know all about your life. I know about your suffering. It
doesn't justify what you've become. You're a monster, Tieran, and I
have no compassion for you.
TIERAN: And I don't ask for any. What I need from you I already have.
Your body and your mind.
KES: You may have my body but you'll never have my mind. I won't
TIERAN: You may resist and try to fight me, but eventually I will
defeat you. I haven't existed for two centuries to be brought down by a
KES: You're already deteriorating and it's only going to get worse.
I'll find every little crack in your defences. You'll feel yourself
crumbling from within, your sanity slipping away. I won't stop until
you're broken and helpless. There's nowhere you can go to get away from
me. I'll be relentless and merciless, just like you.
[Imperial Hall - Council Chamber]
wakes to find Adin scanning her.)
TIERAN-KES: What are you doing?
ADIN: You were in such a deep sleep I had to use a stimulant to bring
you out of it. Your neural stress levels are extremely erratic. This
has gone too far. You must transfer out of this body before it destroys
(Tieran makes blood flow from Adin's eyes.)
TIERAN-KES: I told you not to say that ever again! As you can see, I'm
in full command of my faculties. This momentary lapse will pass and
I'll be stronger than ever! Stronger than ever! Stronger than ever.
(Later, Tieran hands out goblets to her council.)
TIERAN-KES: My friends, we have much to celebrate tonight. Our recent
victory, the consolidation of power among those who are loyal to us,
and the fact that Ilari is poised on the bring of what will be it's
greatest era of prosperity. But there's another occasion that's cause
for celebration. One that is perhaps the most joyous of all. I'd like
to present my husband to be.
(Ameron enters and Tieran kisses him.)
TIERAN-KES: (to Nori) Don't be upset, it's only a political alliance.
Ameron will help bring the support of Demmas's troops. Ah, tell me you
still love me.
NORI: You know I love you.
TIERAN-KES: Ameron! And Nori. You have both been essential to my
success, and I want you to be close friends. I want us all to be very,
very close. Ah, Nori, don't make me doubt your loyalty. I'm not
listening to you!
RESH: Sir, enemy ships are approaching. At least twenty. It's Demmas's
fleet, and Voyager.
TIERAN-KES: I assume our ships are moving to intercept them?
RESH: Yes, but we are outnumbered.
TIERAN-KES: I've always fought against the odds. My fleet will defeat
RESH: All the same, I recommend taking some precautions. We should get
you to the reinforced shelter.
TIERAN-KES: This is a celebration to announce my marriage. I won't
allow Demmas to make me run like some frightened animal. Join us. Food
and drink for my First Castellan. I told you to join us. Drink! Eat! I
want all of you to enjoy yourselves. My charitable projects, how are
they progressing? When do we break ground for the new library?
TIERAN-KES: Good. I want my people to know I have their welfare at
heart. Tomorrow we'll send out an edict. Every citizen must have a
NORI: A garden?
TIERAN-KES: I love plants, flowers, anything that grows. Some of the
times I felt most content were those spent watching the seedlings grow
in the airponics
(The building shakes.)
RESH: They've made it through our defences. They're sending down ground
TIERAN-KES: That's impossible! You're lying!
RESH: I'm sending additional troops to the defensive positions.
Activating full security measures. That ought to hold them off, but we
have to go. Now.
TIERAN-KES: Anyone who tries to leave this room will be shot as a
RESH: Look for yourself!
TIERAN-KES: This has to be a trick, a ruse of some kind. That's what
they're doing, they're creating a distraction to draw my attention away
from their real plan.
NORI: Tieran, please, they're coming.
TIERAN-KES: They must have sent an infiltrator. We have an intruder! I
know you're here somewhere, Tuvok, you don't realise how perceptive
I've become. I know you're here!
(Paris zaps the forcefield generator.)
TUVOK: Mister Paris.
PARIS: No time for a tearful reunion. We've got to get you out of here.
(A guard who is lying doggo grabs Paris' leg and they struggle for the
phaser rifle. Paris wins that one, and Tuvok wins his fight with
another guard by using a neck-pinch.)
PARIS: Some day you're going to have to show me how to do that.
Hall - Council Chamber]
Don't give in. Stay with me. Tieran!
TIERAN-KES: Still here.
NORI: Fight it. You must fight it, Tieran. Please, keep fighting.
(Janeway, Neelix and Chakotay are behind a pillar.)
JANEWAY: Do you have the device ready? Now!
(Shooting. Resh carries Tieran out.)
NEELIX: They're getting away.
(Resh is shot in the back by Ameron.)
CHAKOTAY: I'll cover you.
NORI: We've got to get out, find a doctor and get you stabilised or
transferred to a new host. You will survive.
NEELIX: Kes! Stop! Please, stay there. Just let me get to you and this
will all be over.
(Neelix stuns Kes.)
(Ameron briefly touches Tieran's hand before Demmas pulls him off.
Neelix puts the cortical stimulator onto Tieran.)
NEELIX: He's gone.
KES: No, he isn't. He's still here. He moved onto someone else before
you used this. He wanted you to think he'd been destroyed, but he's
hiding in a new host. I know you too well, Tieran.
TIERAN-AMERON: No! You can't do this!
KES: You died a long time ago. Now it's time to let go.
(Kes puts the stimulator onto Ameron. He screams.)
KES: Demmas, it's over.
(She gives him the Autarch's talisman.)
TUVOK: Your thoughts are a turbulent ocean. Visualise yourself floating
KES: I can't. I've been using all the meditations you've taught me, but
they're not helping.
TUVOK: You must be patient, and allow yourself sufficient time. Don't
attempt to deny the emotional impact of your experience.
KES: How can I worry about my own well-being when so many people have
suffered and died?
TUVOK: You were not responsible for Tieran's actions.
KES: I can't help wondering whether I could have fought harder.
TUVOK: It was your absolute refusal to surrender which defeated him.
You cannot ask more of yourself than that.
KES: Everything seems so different now. My thoughts and perceptions,
even my relationships with my closest friends. You, the Doctor, Neelix.
How can I go back to my normal life as if nothing ever happened?
TUVOK: You cannot. This experience will force you to adapt. You are no
longer the same person, and the course of your life will change as a
result. Where that new course leads is up to you.