5.18 "The Warrior" Transcript

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5.18 "The Warrior"

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Précis

Kytano, former First Prime of the late Imhotep, is now the leader of a powerful Jaffa rebellion. SG-1 visits Kytano's stronghold with the aim of securing an alliance. But O'Neill and the team soon learn that this strategic partnership may well come at a hefty price.

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TEASER

EXT—CAL MAH, DAY

[A crowd of Jaffa, both male and female and ranging in age from children to elderly are gathered around listening to Kytano speak in a large clearing.]

KYTANO
My name is Kytano. The once First Prime of Imhotep. A False God! A false god who has died by my own hands. Now, I am free. I am a free Jaffa. If you have come to this place, then you wish to know freedom as I do. If you've come to hear me, then you know in your heart and in your mind that the Goa'uld are not gods.

[The crowd of Jaffa cheer.]

KYTANO
Still, I am but one warrior. Only together, we are an army of warriors.

[The Jaffa cheer again.]

JAFFA MALE
An army has weapons! An army has food!
KYTANO
In time we shall have weapons, and enough food and drink to sustain us for as long as it takes to achieve victory. Until then, we have our freedom. We have our brothers…and sisters. I do not say that this will be easy. There will be sacrifice. But for each of you who dies in the name of freedom, your souls shall be sent to Kheb, the place of freedom everlasting. Until then, if you seek freedom, if you seek sanctuary, know that this place IS sanctuary, this is Cal Mah! I declare this world a free world for all Jaffa! Let no Goa'uld challenge us! The time has come for Jaffa to claim their rightful place among the stars, as warriors who live and as warriors who die…FREE!

[The crowd cheers. In their midst, Bra'tac and Teal'c, in hooded robes, study Kytano and the crowd.]

BRA'TAC
What say you, Teal'c?
KYTANO
FREE!
BRA'TAC
Is he not the means to our deliverance?

END TEASER

OPENING CREDITS

INT—BRIEFING ROOM

[Bra'tac and Teal'c, still in their robes, stand and brief the rest of SG-1 and Hammond, who are seated at the table.]

O'NEILL
Deliverance? Do you have any idea what happened to the guys in that movie?
BRA'TAC
I do not.

[Daniel looks up from the report he was reading as Carter shares a sidelong bemused look with him. O'Neill merely motions with his hands in a "never mind" gesture as his joke fell flat.]

HAMMOND
Master Bra'tac, that's a very strong recommendation.
BRA'TAC
Yes, it is. Yet the rewards of such an alliance would be great.
HAMMOND
Teal'c?
TEAL'C
Many of our allies have fallen, General Hammond. The Tollan may be gone forever, the Tok'ra are severely weakened. Kytano offers an army.
CARTER
An army that needs our help.
TEAL'C
Major Carter, have not the Jaffa helped your cause?
CARTER
Teal'c, please, don't misunderstand me. You and Bra'tac have done more for us than anyone could have asked. I owe you both my life at least a dozen times over. That's not what I'm saying.
O'NEILL
What she's saying is if this guy's come to us, he's got to be pretty desperate.
DANIEL
Wait a minute, I don't think we should underestimate this opportunity. I mean, an army of Jaffa actually challenging the power structure of the Goa'uld. It could be an inspiration to every Jaffa out there. Word of its very existence is a threat to the Goa'uld.
CARTER
You don't think the Goa'uld are just going to sit around and let it happen?
TEAL'C
We do not. Which makes Kytano's need so great.
BRA'TAC
His army is drawn from many different system lords, and more flock to him with each raid he makes. But an army cannot live on courage alone.
HAMMOND
Dr. Jackson, what can you tell us about this Imhotep? This is the first I've heard of him.
DANIEL
Well, during the Third Dynasty of ancient Egypt, Imhotep was credited as being THE first pyramid builder. He was later deified among the ancient Egyptians. But, among the Goa'uld, at least as far as I know, he never achieved power of any kind.
HAMMOND
He was never a system lord.
DANIEL
In fact, I think Imhotep was probably an insignificant Goa'uld from a backwater planet.
CARTER
Which explains how Kytano has managed to survive.
O'NEILL
He took out a nobody.
DANIEL
Which probably only buys us some time. If we don't help, the Goa'uld will eventually see this as the threat it really is.
BRA'TAC
Imhotep may have been a minor Goa'uld, but Kytano is a great leader of men. I believe him bold enough to lead his rebel army to victory over those who would deny us freedom.
HAMMOND
I've already ordered food and medical supplies prepared for transport. What we need to discuss in more detail is what kind of weapons and how many.
BRA'TAC
Your projectile weapons have proven to be effective in battle.
O'NEILL
P-90s, MP5s, Spaz 12s.
BRA'TAC
For several hundred warriors.

[O'Neill and Hammond are surprised at the number requested.]

HAMMOND
That make take some doing.
TEAL'C
General Hammond, if we may send a smaller number of weapons…as a gesture of good intentions.

[Hammond looks to O'Neill for input.]

O'NEILL
I think we owe these folks…to a point.
HAMMOND
Very well. You have a go.

INT—GATE ROOM

[The gate is dialing. O'Neill joins the rest of his team, Hammond and Bra'tac in the gate room. Other military are dragging various equipment to a FRED]

BRA'TAC
O'Neill, before we leave, you should know that some of the Jaffa you are about to meet, you may have met before…in battle.
O'NEILL
Yeah, I've thought about that.
BRA'TAC
Jaffa have long memories.
O'NEILL
Well that's all right, 'cause I don't.

[Teal'c and Bra'tac look at each other stone faced as Hammond hides a smile.]

O'NEILL

(whispering)

It's a…joke.
HAMMOND
Master Bra'tac, let's hope your faith in this man is well deserved.
BRA'TAC
I would stake my life on it.

[Bra'tac and Teal'c follow Daniel, Sam and the FRED the wormhole.]

O'NEILL

(in an undertone to Hammond)

Ours too, apparently.

[He heads up the ramp.]

EXT—CAL MAH, CLEARING BY STARGATE, DAY

[A group of warriors are gathered by the Stargate as SG-1 and Bra'tac arrive.]

BRA'TAC
I am Master Bra'tac, of Chulak. I have come with warriors of the Tau'ri.

[O'Neill unlatches his backpack, and it falls to the ground with an audible thump.]

O'NEILL
Hi guys.
BRA'TAC
Tek ma tek.

[O'Neill turns to Daniel.]

DANIEL
He's saying: "friends well met." He's saying we come in peace.

[Rak'nor approaches through the crowd of Jaffa.]

TEAL'C
Rak'nor.
RAK'NOR
Teal'c! Tek ma tek.

[He grasps Teal'c's forearm, smiling warmly. Teal'c returns the greeting.]

RAKNOR

(to crowd)
It was Teal'c who gave me my first taste of freedom!
(to Teal'c)

It is because of you I am here. Tek ma te.
DANIEL
Tek ma te is a greeting of respect.
O'NEILL

(irritated)

Okay.
DANIEL
I'm just saying.
O'NEILL
I don't care.
DANIEL
Okay.
RAK'NOR

These are among the great warriors of the Tau'ri. Daniel Jackson, Major Carter, and their leader, Colonel O'Neill.
(to O'Neill)

Tek ma tek.
O'NEILL
Back at ya.
RAK'NOR

(puzzled, but trying to be friendly)

Back at cha.

[O'Neill looks nonplussed as Daniel and Carter hide their amusement.]

RAK'NOR
You have come to speak with Kytano.
BRA'TAC
We have.
RAK'NOR
He's on a mission and will return very soon. What is this?
TEAL'C
The first shipment of many.
O'NEILL
We've brought uh, food, supplies, and last…Carter?

[Carter opens one of the cases, which are filled with P-90s.]

O'NEILL
…weapons.

[The Jaffa mutter among themselves and Rak'nor looks disappointed. Teal'c and Bra'tac look at their brethren in puzzlement.]

O'NEILL
What?
RAK'NOR
Your gesture is appreciated, but they had hoped you would bring staff weapons, zat'nik'tels…true weapons.
O'NEILL
"True" weapons?
RAK'NOR
It does not matter, friend. Come, see how our numbers are growing.

EXT—CAL MAH ENCAMPMENT, DAY

[SG-1, Teal'c, and Bra'tac approach the camp with Rak'nor and the greeting party. Various Jaffa perform martial arts rituals and spar in training circles. Others are having various conversations.]

JAFFA WOMAN
Thanks goodness for the alliance.
JAFFA MAN #2
Eratica,…
BRA'TAC
You see O'Neill? These Jaffa were once sworn mortal enemies, each serving different false gods. Now they work in harmony.
RAK'NOR
Our numbers grow with each successful campaign.
CARTER
And you just trust every new arrival to your cause? Well…I'm just saying that isn't it possible some of these Jaffa are still loyal to their gods and are acting as spies within your ranks?
BRA'TAC
A warrior of Kytano's experience can see within the very soul of another Jaffa and know his allegiance.
O'NEILL
It's kind of a leap of faith, isn't it?
DANIEL
No more than we trusted Bra'tac when Teal'c went through the rite of Mal Sharran.
BRA'TAC
I saw into his heart, and knew he no longer worshipped Apophis.
O'NEILL
That's not…quite the same, is it?
BRA'TAC
Our ways are different to you, O'Neill. Accept that.

[Bra'tac, Teal'c and Rak'nor walk further into the camp. After a moment exchanging cautious looks with each other, the rest of SG-1 follows.]

JAFFA MAN #2
Bring those baskets around.

[SG-1, Bra'tac, and Rak'nor approach the training Jaffa. Several are performing a very difficult kata of high leaps and kicks and forceful arm movements.]

RAK'NOR
This discipline is called mastaba. All of Imhotep's Jaffa were required to master it. And now we require it of ourselves.

[They approach a sparring circle. Two Jaffa are finishing a round. One helps the other up, and they leave the ring as two other Jaffa approach and begin to spar with wooden staff weapons. Teal'c picks up another wooden staff from where they are stored.]

TEAL'C
Bashaak? Training staffs?
RAK'NOR
Out of necessity, Teal'c. There are not enough staff weapons for all.

[The two trade blows at a rapid pace.]

BRA'TAC

(to the pair)

You overcommit.

[After a moment, the two stop their battle and turn to Bra'tac, bowing respectfully.]

RAK'NOR
This young warrior's name is Tara'c.
TARA'C
Tek ma te, master.
BRA'TAC

(holding out his hands)

If you would allow me.

[Tara'c hands him the Bashaak, and Bra'tac speaks while performing a graceful kata with the staff.]

BRA'TAC
The weapon is balanced, but the warrior is not. When one overcommits, one becomes vulnerable to counterattack. When one achieves balance in combat, one will survive to achieve balance in life.

[He tosses the Bashaak back to Tara'c, who catches it, watching Bra'tac in confusion.]

RAK'NOR
Forgive me, master, but Kytano teaches that one must strike with single-minded purpose towards victory without regard for one's survival.
BRA'TAC

(intrigued, turning back)

Show me.

[The two Jaffa bow, then return to sparring, violently attacking each other with the staffs.]

O'NEILL
Hey, easy, easy, easy.
BRA'TAC
Leave them, O'Neill.

[The two continue to trade blows, Tara'c gaining the upper hand and continually striking his competitor in the face with the blunt edge of the Bashaak. The Jaffa falls to his knees. Tara'c raises his weapon for another blow, but his strike is blocked by the broad side of O'Neill's P-90 who holds it protectively in front of him where he stands before the fallen warrior.]

O'NEILL
Hey! What the hell are you doing!
TARA'C

(confused)

We are training.
O'NEILL
Where I come from, that's called beating the crap out of each other!
TEAL'C
The boy's symbiote will heal his injuries, O'Neill.
RAK'NOR
Kytano teaches that we must be willing to die as he is if we want to be free.
O'NEILL
Well if you all die, you won't have an army. That's kind of stupid.

[Tara'c lunges at O'Neill with his Bashaak, waving it in front of O'Neill in a hostile manner.]

TARA'C
Kek mattet, kree!
O'NEILL

(rearing back)

Wha-what? What?
TEAL'C

(smiling and calm)

You insult our ways, O'Neill. He is challenging you.
TARA'C

(menacing the Bashaak in front of O'Neill's face)

Kek mattet!
O'NEILL

(nudging the Bashaak aside with his fingers)

Yeah, just…easy, stick boy, all right? I'm just here to help.
JAFFA MALE
Kytano returns!

[Tara'c and the others leave the ring and head quickly to the other side of camp.]

O'NEILL
What? Where you going?

[All the Jaffa leave. O'Neill checks his breath before leaving the ring.]

[A crowd of Jaffa line the path to camp cheering loudly. SG-1 look around curiously. Kytano and his group arrive smiling.]

O'NEILL

(to Daniel and Carter)

You know, we never get this when we come home.

[Daniel and Carter exchange looks with O'Neill.]

KYTANO
Jaffa, this day, three of our warriors have fallen in the name of freedom. They fought fiercely against Zipacna's forces. And they died bravely and have secured for themselves a place in Kheb. So too, have they strengthened our ability to fight back at the enemy.

[They open a case and show it filled with zat'nik'tels. The Jaffa cheer as a zat is raised.]

O'NEILL

(scoffing)

"True weapons."

[Kytano approaches Bra'tac.]

KYTANO
Tek mal tiak.

[He exchanges a warm forearm grasp with Bra'tac.]

BRA'TAC

(bowing slightly)

Tek ma te.
KYTANO
You flatter me, Master Bra'tac.

[He turns to Teal'c and greets him in the same manner.]

KYTANO
Ya duru arik kek onac. I honor he would kill his god. And to his brethren of the Tau'ri–slayers of Ra, Hathor, Setesh, Heru'ur, Sokar, Chronus, and Apophis.
O'NEILL
Well, somebody's been keeping score.

[Kytano looks at O'Neill, puzzled and wary.]

O'NEILL
Colonel Jack O'Neill.
KYTANO

(smiling again)

A familiar name, cursed by every Goa'uld. Imhotep himself declared your days were numbered.
O'NEILL
Well that's fine. As long as it's a really big number.
KYTANO

(chuckling)

Because of you, the armies of these fallen system lords now swell the ranks of our rebellion. We owe you thanks.
O'NEILL
Tek ma tek, Kytano.

[Daniel and Carter look at O'Neill in surprise, and he glances at them with a satisfied smile.]

O'NEILL
We also offer an alliance.
KYTANO
Then you are most welcome.
DANIEL
We also offer food and supplies for your people.
KYTANO
Glorious!

[The Jaffa cheer as SG-1 look around in surprise.]

O'NEILL
And…of course, weapons!

[There is a pause as the Jaffa are noticeably silent.]

KYTANO
Earth weapons. Take no offense, my friend, but uh your weapons are "primitive" by comparison.
O'NEILL
Carter, I think a little demonstration is in order, don't you?

EXT—FIRING RANGE, CAL MAH, DAY

[The Jaffa gather at the edge of the firing range. By the firing line stand SG-1, Rak'nor, Bra'tac and Kytano. One of the P-90 cases rests at the firing line. Carter loads a clip into a P-90 with calm assurance.]

CARTER
This weapon is called a P-90. It carries a fifty round top-loading magazine of teflon coated ordinance with a cyclical rate of fire of 900 rounds per minute.
O'NEILL
Who here can handle a staff weapon?
KYTANO
Rak'nor is among our best marksmen.
O'NEILL
Carter, that target, what sixty-seventy yards down?

[He gestures to the other end of the firing range, where three large logs hang vertically from ropes under a large wooden frame. Two male Jaffa stand near the targets. Carter appraises the distance.]

CARTER
Yeah, give or take, sir.
O'NEILL

(to Rak'nor)

Fire away, son.

[Carter and O'Neill move out of the way. Rak'nor approaches with his staff weapon, primes it, aiming carefully, and fires it three times, hitting the log twice.]

KYTANO
Well done. Ta'i kree.
O'NEILL
Two out of three. It's, eh, not bad. Carter?
KYTANO

(surprised)

The female?
TEAL'C
Major Carter is a formidable warrior.
KYTANO
Yes, of course.
O'NEILL
Actually, hold up a second.

[O'Neill stands next to Carter and gestures to one of the Jaffa at the far end of the range.]

O'NEILL
Hey you, in the skirt. Get that target swinging a little.

[The Jaffa pushes the center log so it swings slowly.]

O'NEILL
A little more.

[The Jaffa give a larger heave.]

O'NEILL
All right, step away.

[The Jaffa moves back out of range.]

O'NEILL

(low, to Carter)

When ready, Major.

[O'Neill slaps Carter warmly on the shoulder and moves back. Carter fires the weapon multiple times. The log splinters apart, half of it dropping to the ground. Carter turns back to the crowd with a small smile. Kytano is shocked and failing miserably to hide it.]

O'NEILL
Uh, Major, demonstrate the weapon on single shot.

[Carter adjusts a control on the weapon, turns, and aims again, firing once. The rope holding the rest of the log snaps at the bullet's impact, and the rest of the log falls to the ground. Carter turns back to the Jaffa with a wide smile.]

O'NEILL

(raises a staff weapon)
This is a weapon of terror. It's made to…intimidate the enemy.
(raises the P-90)

This is a weapon of war. It's made to…kill your enemy.
CARTER
And it's capable of doing so effectively at five times the range I just demonstrated.
O'NEILL
We've used it to win about every skirmish we've had with the Goa'uld and the Jaffa who serve them. Those of you who have gone up against us and survived …and you know who you are…you know what I'm talking about.
KYTANO
We accept your gifts with gratitude…and humility. Now, let us celebrate this new alliance.

[The Jaffa cheer.]

O'NEILL
They really like doing that, don't they?
CARTER

(smiling)

Yes, sir.

EXT—CAL MAH ENCAMPMENT, DAY

INT—TENT

[SG-1, Kytano, Bra'tac and Rak'nor sit in a circle, eating.]

KYTANO
Your weapons are formidable, yes, but they lack the endurance of a staff.
CARTER

(gesturing with a reloading clip)

That's what these are for.
KYTANO

(skeptically)

And you will provide them freely?
DANIEL
That's the purpose of an alliance, isn't it?
KYTANO
It places you in a position of power over us.
O'NEILL
How so?
TEAL'C
If Kytano does not do exactly as agreed, you may withhold ammunition.
O'NEILL
Okay, first of all, Teal'c, as long as you're a member of SG-1, you should use the pronoun "we", not "you." And secondly, we're not holding back. We're offering the best we've got. Now, you can either take it…or leave it.
KYTANO
Of course, it is only concern for my people that I raise these questions.
O'NEILL
"Your" people?
KYTANO
There is no warrior among us who cannot say "my people."
TEAL'C
As I also have done.
KYTANO
Colonel O'Neill fears that I may seek power for myself.
CARTER
Well, you are gathering an army.
KYTANO
And I lead, but there is no warrior among us who cannot claim joma secu.

[O'Neill turns to Daniel.]

DANIEL

(translating)

"Challenge of leadership."
TEAL'C
To determine the worthiness of the victor, and his right to lead.
O'NEILL
To the death, I suppose.
KYTANO
Of course.
O'NEILL

Of course.
(pausing)

Yeah, well, where I come from, we do things…a little differently.
KYTANO
And you would have us change our ways to suit yours.
O'NEILL
I didn't say that, but if it's not too much trouble…
BRA'TAC
Kytano. Colonel O'Neill. It is my hope that we can learn from our differences, that they bond us together, make us stronger.
KYTANO
Mmm. Your words are wise, Master Bra'tac.
O'NEILL
Yes. Wise indeed.
KYTANO
Tomorrow we will bond, in battle. You are familiar with the system lord, Nirrti?
O'NEILL
Oh yeah.
KYTANO
Tomorrow we're going to raid a supply shipment, intended for a battalion of Nirrti's Jaffa. Join us.
O'NEILL
If we do, what's in it for us?
KYTANO
I see you are one who speaks your mind, O'Neill.
O'NEILL
Yes, which is why I don't say much.
KYTANO
A share of the spoils.
O'NEILL
Spoils are good. We like spoils.
KYTANO

(nodding)

Teal'c has informed me that you require several hours of sleep. There is no shame in doing so.

[Kytano rises and leaves the tent.]

O'NEILL
Gee, thanks.

INT—RAK'NOR'S TENT

[Teal'c, Rak'nor, and other Jaffa are eating and drinking. Teal'c lets out a hearty laugh, fully enjoying himself among his companions.]

TEAL'C

(toasting his cup)

Shal met.
RAK'NOR
Shal met. Have you chosen to join us, Teal'c?
TEAL'C
Kytano has yet to ask.
RAK'NOR
He will. You will take your place as a leader in the Jaffa nation.
TEAL'C
I have long dreamed Jaffa would one day be free, but I fear that day is farther off than Kytano believes.
RAK'NOR
We have come so far because of you, Teal'c. Kytano could not have hoped to raise such an army had you not led the way.
TEAL'C
Perhaps.
RAK'NOR
And we will grow even stronger, now that the Tau'ri have become our allies.
TEAL'C
Of that I am not so sure. Kytano's ways are difficult for the people of the Tau'ri to understand.

[From behind Teal'c, Kytano enters the tent. He has heard Teal'c's last comment.]

KYTANO
We shall gain our freedom, with or without them.

[Teal'c gets to his feet and bows his head before Kytano.]

TEAL'C
Kytano. Forgive me.
KYTANO
There is nothing to forgive.
TEAL'C
I do not speak for O'Neill.
KYTANO
What you say is true. They are different, cynical of our ways, O'Neill most of all.
TEAL'C
Yet they are my friends.
KYTANO
And we are your brothers. I am not a fool, Teal'c. I know the Tau'ri are strong. An alliance can make us stronger, but I abandon nothing of who and what we are, for neither human nor Goa'uld.

[Teal'c considers this and bows his head.]

EXT—CAL MAH ENCAMPMENT, NIGHT

INT—SG-1'S TENT

[Daniel is stretched out on top of his sleeping bag, writing in his journal. O'Neill unlaces his boots and Carter drops her pack before sitting on her sleeping bag. They all surround a central fire.]

O'NEILL
I guess Teal'c's staying out all night with his new buddies.
DANIEL
Well, he did get in all that quality "kel'no'reeming."
O'NEILL
What do you think?
CARTER
Of Kytano? Well, you have to admit he's got presence, and his followers are almost fanatical.
O'NEILL
Almost?
DANIEL
Well, it does make them formidable. Ancient Japanese feudal lords recognized the discipline that incorporated indifference to death as a very effective tool in battle.
O'NEILL
And what's with this jomo sicko thing?
DANIEL
Joma secu.
O'NEILL
Like anybody in that crowd's going to challenge him.
CARTER
Kytano's managed to collect Jaffa from at least six different system lords. He must be doing something right.
O'NEILL
Well, they have no problem with dying. I have a problem with that.
DANIEL
You have a problem with dying, or you've got a problem with the fact that they don't have a problem with it?
O'NEILL
Both, I think.

[He stretches out on his sleeping bag. Carter lies down as well and covers herself with her sleeping bag.]

O'NEILL
Get some sleep. We have to "bond" in the morning.

EXT—NIRRTI'S PLANET, DAY

[A cargo ship is parked on a planet. The sky is an orangish red tint. In the distance a group of Nirrti's Jaffa approach the ship, carrying supplies.]

[SG-1 and Kytano's forces lie in wait, ready to ambush the Nirrti's Jaffa. When their quarry reach a certain point on the trail, Kytano calls out to them.]

KYTANO
Kree! You are surrounded! Relinquish your weapons!

[Nirrti's Jaffa do not respond, but instead crouch down in what little shelter they can find and ready their weapons. Kytano signals one of his Jaffa, who takes aim with a P-90 and fires at Nirrti's Jaffa. A firefight ensues between both sides. After a couple minutes of this, Kytano rises to his feet and walks unarmed towards Nirrti's Jaffa, somehow not being hit by the crossfire. Teal'c watches him in amazement; O'Neill watches him incredulously.]

O'NEILL
Hey!
RAK'NOR
He does not know fear.
O'NEILL
Well, he knows stupid!
KYTANO
Hal mek! Hold your fire.

[Both sides cease fire.]

KYTANO
I am Kytano. If you have heard that name, then you know that there are other Jaffa who believe that the Goa'uld are false gods. Join us in the struggle against our oppressors, and live to seek freedom.

[Nirrti's lead Jaffa rises and approaches Kytano, his staff weapon raised and primed. Kytano steps closer, his breastplate pressing against the staff weapon with a clank.]

KYTANO

(defiantly)

If you do not believe in freedom for our people, brother…then shoot me now.

[He raises his arms out on either side of him in surrender. After a few moments of contemplation, the head Jaffa backs down, lowering his staff weapon. Kytano reaches forward and clasps him on the shoulder. Kytano's rebel Jaffa rise and cheer.]

TEAL'C
Do you believe in him now, O'Neill?

[O'Neill watches the celebration cautiously.]

EXT—CAL MAH ENCAMPMENT, DAY

[The Jaffa march victoriously back into camp with their spoils, whooping in celebration. Teal'c too raises his hands in triumph. O'Neill walks and watches them all. He pauses and motions to Teal'c as other Jaffa call to each other.]

O'NEILL
Teal'c. Um…
JAFFA FEMALE
There are plenty more.
JAFFA MALE #2
It's okay, friend. You may use that.
JAFFA FEMALE #2
Victorious, they returned with supplies.
O'NEILL
Listen, I'm a little concerned about Kytano.
TEAL'C
Explain.
O'NEILL
Well, you know that stunt he just pulled.
TEAL'C
Kytano is driven by the power of his beliefs.
O'NEILL
His beliefs are very impressive, but his tactics could have gotten us all killed.
TEAL'C
Kytano was successful.
O'NEILL
I say he got lucky.
TEAL'C

(angry)
Then it appears we disagree.
(A horn blows)

Kytano summons us.

[Teal'c runs off. O'Neill looks upset as Carter and Daniel approach.]

CARTER
Sir?
O'NEILL
We've got a problem with Teal'c. He's buying into Kytano's act.
CARTER
Well, you don't really think it's an act, do you? I mean, Kytano certainly believes in this cause.
O'NEILL
I think Kytano believes he can walk on water.

[O'Neill walks off. After a moment, Carter and Daniel follow, serious expressions clouding their faces.]

INT—TENT

[The Jaffa, still flush with victory, enter the tent, SG-1 following. Kytano opens a chest to discover a large supply of staff weapons. A second trunk reveals small bars of weapons grade naquadah.]

KYTANO
The fruits of our newborn alliance.
RAK'NOR
The cutting edge that is the sword of our rebellion.
CARTER
Weapons grade naquadah, sir. A lot of it.
O'NEILL
That's quite a haul.
KYTANO
Yes.
O'NEILL
What are you going to do with it?
KYTANO
I will give you as much as is fair. I have plans for the rest. As for the zat'nik'tels, we require them all. I will be able to offer you many times as much once the ha'tak arrives.
DANIEL

(incredulous)

You're expecting a mothership?
KYTANO
You chose your allies well. I've just received news that Jaffa, loyal to me, are staging a mutiny, as we speak, aboard a powerful mothership. Soon they will be on their way and unite with us in our cause.
O'NEILL
A mutiny? That's…a little risky, isn't it?
KYTANO
There are always risks in war.
O'NEILL
But if they fail, they…
KYTANO
They will succeed because their cause is just.
O'NEILL
I wish it worked that way.
KYTANO
Then they will succeed with the strength of their resolve. Come with me to the Chappa'ai. See for yourself. Come.

[Kytano and other Jaffa exit the tent.]

EXT—CLEARING BY STARGATE, CAL MAH, DAY

[Jaffa stand in formation near the stargate. Kytano stands by the DHD, dialing. He pauses before activating the stargate. SG-1 stands nearby, watching.]

KYTANO
Nirrti must not learn of our raid. She would surely hunt us down. We must cover our tracks.

[He approaches Tara'c, who stands at the forefront of a group of Jaffa, a strange boxlike device strapped to his chest.]

KYTANO
Tara'c, I chose you to lead this squad of brave warriors, because I know you will not fail me.

[Tara'c nods solemnly. Kytano steps back and addresses the Jaffa.]

KYTANO
Know that if you are struck down in battle, you will live forever in Kheb, free from Goa'uld oppression for all time.

[A large group of the Jaffa break off and line up before the stargate like an honor guard. Another Jaffa opens the case of naquadah, and places two small amounts of the element in the cover Kytano holds in his hand. Kytano replaces the cover on the box attached to Tara'c's chest.]

KYTANO
Fight your way as deeply as you can into Nirrti's force. Show them your resolve. Kalach shal tek!
TARA'C
Kalach shal tek!

[O'Neill turns to Daniel, mouthing what?]

DANIEL

(translating)

"Victory or death."
CARTER

(watching, concerned)

Sir, that's a naquadah enhanced bomb.
DANIEL

(concerned)

He's sending them on a suicide mission.
TARA'C
Jaffa, Kree!
O'NEILL
Guys, wait a minute! Wait a minute! Hold on!

[Rak'nor blocks O'Neill from approaching, and the colonel's cries go unheard as Tara'c and his squad jog determinedly through the stargate with warrior cries.]

O'NEILL
What the hell are you doing!?!
KYTANO
Do you now see the strength of our resolve?
O'NEILL
I see the strength of your arrogance!
KYTANO
Do not interfere with things you know nothing about.
O'NEILL
Oh, I know EXACTLY what you're about.
KYTANO
We are at war. It is our way.
O'NEILL
And I suppose it makes you feel all powerful to know how eager those boys are to die for you.
KYTANO
Their souls are on their way to a far better place.
O'NEILL
You know, I've heard that before.
KYTANO
You would deny the existence of Kheb? You would deny that their souls would find paradise.
DANIEL
I think what Col. O'Neill is trying to say is that we do things a little differently.
KYTANO
Yet again, you remind me your ways are different. We should abandon centuries of Jaffa tradition and follow the ways of the Tau'ri. Which of us is arrogant?
DANIEL
Look, if we're going to have an alliance here, we have to find a common ground.
KYTANO
Soon the ha'tak we await will come, and this army will be a true force to be reckoned with. If you wish to ally yourselves with that force, then accept us for who and what we are. If not, then leave us now. Teal'c.

[Bra'tac exchanges serious looks with O'Neill as he follows Kytano and the other Jaffa back to camp. After a long look at O'Neill, Teal'c joins Bra'tac in walking with the other Jaffa.]

INT—KYTANO'S TENT

[Kytano, Bra'tac, Teal'c, and Rak'nor study a map on parchment. Kytano points out spots on the map with his knife blade.]

KYTANO
Expect resistance here and here.
TEAL'C
Daniel Jackson witnessed the system lord Yu being stabbed by Osiris.
KYTANO
Mmm. With his sarcophagus, he survived. Still, he was severely weakened by the attack. His homeworld is ripe for the taking if his personal guard can be eliminated. Now is the time when Lord Yu will be most vulnerable.
BRA'TAC
Well then, now is the time to strike.
TEAL'C
Indeed.
KYTANO
I have several loyal Jaffa among his court. Many of his Jaffa would join us if he were to be struck down.
TEAL'C
And we would be able to commandeer his fleet.
BRA'TAC
Ships filled with Jaffa ready to flock to our cause. I have dreamed of it, but I never thought it possible.

[O'Neill enters the tent.]

O'NEILL
Teal'c? We're packing up. I'd like you to come with us.

[Teal'c begins to move forward, but Kytano speaks.]

KYTANO
His place is here.
O'NEILL
Teal'c?

[Teal'c steps forward.]

TEAL'C
Kytano has entrusted me with a mission of great importance.
O'NEILL
I'll bet he has.
TEAL'C
I have accepted this mission freely.
O'NEILL
Don't do it.

[Kytano and Bra'tac watch this exchange with interest, but remain silent.]

TEAL'C

Lord Yu's stargate will be unguarded. The plan is bold enough to succeed, O'Neill.
(places his hand on O'Neill's shoulder)

More so if you join us.
O'NEILL
Can't do it.

[Teal'c smiles in disappointment and bows his head before turning to Kytano.]

EXT—CLEARING BY STARGATE, CAL MAH, DAY

[An honor guard of Jaffa line the path to the stargate as Kytano, Teal'c, and Rak'nor approach.]

O'NEILL
Why him?

[They turn and face O'Neill, who's approaching them from behind. Carter and Daniel are behind O'Neill, both looking very upset.]

KYTANO
Teal'c's participation will guarantee the success of this mission.
O'NEILL
On the other hand, Teal'c is a leader in his own right. You might not want him around.
KYTANO
Teal'c will become one of our greatest warriors.
O'NEILL
If he lives.
KYTANO
He will succeed.
O'NEILL
Because you say so?
KYTANO
Because he is Teal'c.
O'NEILL
All right, so let me see if I've got this straight. You assassinate one system lord after another, you take all their ships and warriors—all of whom are willing to die for you—and this is different than the way things are now…how?
KYTANO
The Jaffa will be free.
O'NEILL
To follow you.
KYTANO

(shaking his head)

I grow tired of this. It is time!

[Kytano heads towards the stargate. Teal'c turns to follow. Daniel and Carter both sigh in frustration as O'Neill stews for a moment, then approaches Teal'c.]

O'NEILL
Teal'c!

[Teal'c turns back to face his friend. Bra'tac is just behind him, able to hear every word. Kytano is at the far end of the formation, speaking in a low tone. Someone dials the stargate.]

O'NEILL
I'm not going to recommend an alliance. Not as long as he's in charge.
TEAL'C

(speaking low)

We will speak of this when I return, O'Neill.
O'NEILL
I don't think so. Because if you do this, I don't think you're coming back.
TEAL'C

(slightly louder)

When I return victorious, will you reconsider?
O'NEILL
Tough call.
TEAL'C
Trust in me, O'Neill. All of you.

[The stargate activates, and the formation of Jaffa walk up the steps as other Jaffa break off and step through it. Kytano approaches Teal'c.]

KYTANO
Teal'c, you are strong, and you are wise. Upon your return, you shall be my second in command.

[Teal'c salutes Kytano, who returns the gesture. More Jaffa pass the honor guard and jog through the stargate. Teal'c takes his staff weapon from Bra'tac and joins them. The rest of SG-1 watch silently in alarm. Teal'c looks at them for a moment with a serious, inscrutable expression, then jogs through the stargate with a determined gait.]

EXT—LORD YU'S HOMEWORLD, DAY

INT—LORD YU'S COURT

[Yu stands before his throne. Some Jaffa enter, dragging Teal'c between them. He is unable to stand or walk and is being dragged on his knees. He is chained and manacled, a bar locking his elbows behind his back and attached to a shackle around his neck. Teal'c's face is cut and bruised. He tries to stare defiantly at Yu, but looks very weary.]

YU
Teal'c. Perhaps I am not as weak as you were led to believe. My Jaffa have brought you before me because I wanted it so. Kytano has sent you to kill me.

[Teal'c barely nods, remaining silent.]

YU
Your faith is not blind. I know this of you. I am going to offer you your life. I will even allow you to return to your "rebel army." But first, there is something you must know.

[Teal'c looks at Yu with interest.]

EXT—CAL MAH ENCAMPMENT, DAY

[Bra'tac walks next to O'Neill, Carter and Daniel follow immediately behind. The three members of SG-1 are carrying their gear and heading towards the stargate.]

BRA'TAC
O'Neill. Will you not reconsider?

[Kytano approaches from the other direction.]

KYTANO
As Bra'tac said, we are stronger together. Can we put aside our petty differences?
O'NEILL
I'm holding you personally responsible for whatever happens to Teal'c. Carter, dial us out of here.
CARTER
Yes, sir.

[The three keep walking. Kytano walks towards the camp and Bra'tac watches the humans depart.]

EXT—CLEARING BY STARGATE, DAY

[Carter dials the DHD. As she reaches for the seventh symbol, a wormhole forms.]

CARTER
Incoming, sir!

[She dives below the DHD, readying her P-90. O'Neill and Daniel crouch as well, readying their own weapons. Out of the wormhole runs Teal'c, alone and unarmed.]

CARTER
Teal'c!
DANIEL
What happened!?!

[Teal'c immediately runs along a side path towards the camp, either not noticing or ignoring his teammates.]

O'NEILL
Thanks for the update.

[The three run after Teal'c.]

EXT—CAL MAH ENCAMPMENT, DAY

[Jaffa go about their training and everyday activities as Teal'c runs into the camp. The rest of SG-1 also rush in, watching him. Kytano is working with a Bashaak.]

TEAL'C
Deceiver! We have been deceived! Deceiver!

[Teal'c is brought up short by two Jaffa warriors before he can reach Kytano. They keep him restrained by his upper arms.]

KYTANO
I have deceived no one. The ha'tak I spoke of is just now entering the system. When it arrives, all will become clear.
TEAL'C
Lord Yu knows Cal Mah is the location of this rebel army. He knows our numbers. He knows you have betrayed him. The mutiny on board Lord Yu's ship has failed. The ha'tak you await brings doom, not salvation. The system lords merely bided their time to root out all rebel Jaffa, so that they may be crushed in one all-out attack! The betrayer has been betrayed.

[All the Jaffa have stopped their activities and look at Teal'c in amazement. Daniel and Carter watch in concern. Kytano turns away in disbelief.]

TEAL'C
Joma secu.
KYTANO

(stopping, incredulous)

You challenge me?
TEAL'C
JOMA SECU!
KYTANO
Very well.

[He grabs another Bashaak and tosses it to Teal'c. The Jaffa release him as he catches it with one hand.]

[The battle is joined, Kytano strikes and kicks in the mastaba manner, gaining the advantage of Teal'c, who is still bleeding from his torture under Yu. O'Neill winces as Teal'c falters, and the colonel adjusts his grip on his weapon, but Bra'tac stays his hand.]

BRA'TAC
If you intervene, the challenge will be forfeit.

[Teal'c strikes wildly a few times with his staff, but Kytano easily dodges the wide swings before kicking Teal'c's legs out from under him. Both jump immediately to their feet.]

KYTANO
Perhaps you think I will spare you.
TEAL'C
This is a fight to the death, your death.
KYTANO
Shol'va!

[Teal'c swings again, but Kytano again dodges, instead flipping and kicking Teal'c in the face twice, knocking him back further with two blows from his staff. O'Neill and Daniel wince and look away for a moment as Carter watches with rising concern.]

KYTANO

(chuckling)

Is that the best you can do?

[Teal'c looks up from where he is crouched on one knee. After a pause, Kytano again moves to attack. Teal'c rises and holds his Bashaak horizontally in front of him to block the blow from Kytano's weapon. The force of Kytano's strike breaks Teal'c's staff in half and knocks Teal'c in the shoulder, dropping him once again to his knees. Carter and O'Neill both wince while Daniel watches wide-eyed in alarm.]

[Kytano twirls his weapon expertly behind his back and brings it forward, knocking Teal'c in the face where he remains on one knee, spitting out blood.]

KYTANO
Beg for mercy.

[Teal'c glares as he wipes blood from his lip.]

TEAL'C
I die free!

[Kytano steps forward and leans close to Teal'c ear, so only he can hear him.]

KYTANO

You die at the hand of your god…
(in Goa'uld echo)

Imhotep.

[Teal'c tries to catch his breath as he processes this shocking revelation. Kytano/Imhotep steps back to his position, then moves to strike with his Bashaak. As he moves forward, Teal'c raises the broken edge of his staff in front of him, piercing his opponent as if it were a spear. Kytano/Imhotep drops his weapon and grabs at the staff impaling him, which Teal'c holds there with all his strength. Finally the Kytano/Imhotep falters, his eyes glowing before he collapses to the ground, dead.]

[Rak'nor and Bra'tac move forward. Rak'nor exposes the imposter's abdomen, which is perfectly smooth with no Jaffa scar.]

RAK'NOR
He is not Jaffa. Kytano is not Jaffa!
TEAL'C

(weakly)

He was a Goa'uld, the Goa'uld Imhotep.
DANIEL
He used the Jaffa's desire for freedom against them. It was probably the only way he could gain any real power.

[Bra'tac helps Teal'c to his feet, holding him upright.]

TEAL'C

(voice breaking from fatigue and emotion)

Kytano was a lie. What brought us to Cal Mah is not. Lord Yu's ship will attack at any moment. Follow us. Leave with us if you wish to live.
BRA'TAC
Follow Teal'c. He speaks the truth.
RAK'NOR
And he has won the right. You all witnessed. Kytano has been beaten in the rite of joma secu. Teal'c is our rightful leader now.

[Blasts rock the camp from a ship in orbit.]

O'NEILL
Carter?
CARTER
Way ahead of you, sir.

[Daniel and Carter head towards the stargate. More weapons fire blasts through the camp.]

TEAL'C
Leave with us. Leave with us if you wish to live!

[The Jaffa hurry to escape, crowding the path as weapons fire follows them all the way.]

JAFFA MALE #1
Run! Run!
JAFFA MALE #2
Hurry, hurry everybody.
JAFFA FEMALE #1
Help us!

EXT—CLEARING BY STARGATE, CAL MAH, DAY

[Carter finishes dialing the stargate and joins Daniel by it. He steps through first leading the Jaffa. Carter guides the Jaffa until O'Neill approaches, then steps through herself.]

JAFFA FEMALE #2
Go, go!
O'NEILL
Teal'c, let's go!

[O'Neill helps some of the Jaffa mount the steps. Behind him, Teal'c moves forward, still supported by Bra'tac. They pause and watch as the encampment is destroyed.]

BRA'TAC
Our time will come, old friend, but not this day.

[Teal'c looks at Bra'tac and nods weakly. They head through the stargate.]

FADE OUT

END CREDITS

Transcribed for Stargate Solutions by Aurora Novarum, October 2005

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