Xena: Warrior Princess Virtual Season
Episode 719: Go West Young Warrior Part I
Written by CN Winters
Story Editing by: Heather Creeley
Illustrated by Rich and Gina
1. EXT. KINGDOM WATCH TOWER - DAY
A soldier stands atop a watch tower, one of several that
guard this kingdom. Suddenly an excited expression crosses his face.
They're here! They're here! Inform the King they are here!
The gates of the kingdom open up and we see Xena and
Gabrielle ride in atop Argo.
The tending guards at either side give them a salute as
they trot in.
As they come to a stop Gabrielle slides off first followed
The watchman is seen coming out of the tower while another
goes up to take his place.
It's a pleasure to see you and so quickly. The King will
see you immediately.
Wordlessly, Xena and Gabrielle enter the castle and both
begin to smile.
King Gabriel wears an equally large smile as he walks up
offering his forearm in a warrior shake - - first to Xena then to
I'm so glad you've arrived.
You should know there are not many kings I would drop
everything for to visit.
I'm pleased to see I'm one of them. Please come to the throne room.
The trio starts to walk and King Gabriel turns back as
they continue their strides.
After such a long journey would you like some food,
something to drink? We have plenty.
Curiosity has the better of me right now. Why did you send
for us? You said it was urgent.
And it is.
As they enter the room two guards close the door and stand
Inside the king motions for them to have a seat while he
seats himself on his throne.
When King Toledo came to me and asked me if I'd like to be
involved in a joint venture with Hispania, I was intrigued. When I learned
just what the venture entailed I knew of only two warriors who could pull
Xena and Gabrielle exchanged a confused look.
Perhaps I should explain?
(grinning with a nod)
He wants to fund a campaign to find a quicker way to get
to Chin and the Eastern World.
Where do we come in?
I want you to spearhead the effort. I trust you Xena. I
trust your judgments and those of Gabrielle's. If anyone can go east by
traveling west it's you.
But how is that possible? By sea you mean?
King Gabriel just nods but didn't add more.
(continued - chuckling)
That's ridiculous! Your ship would fall right off the
The earth is round.
The earth is what?
Haven't you ever just sat and watched the ships sail from
Xena gives her a 'what do you think' look.
(continued - grinning)
Sorry. Forgot who I was talking to.
Look, the earth is round, trust me.
Tell her why you think so, Gabrielle.
Because as I said, the ships,
when they go out to sea, they don't just 'disappear'. You
can see it moving further and further away, getting smaller. But that's
not the only thing that happens. Parts of it begin to 'fade away', --
first the stern, then the sails, then the crows nest, until -
- it's gone. If the earth was flat it would fall right off
immediately, but that never happens.
so that has to mean that it's round.
Unlike my beautiful colleague here - - I can't say I've
paused to enjoy the splendor of the sea.
You sound like quite the bard.
After 32 years, things rub off.
Gabrielle and the King both chuckle.
But seriously, what's to say that if we travel west we
will arrive in the east?
Chin is also located on the sea like Hispania. If we
travel west we would eventually end up in the east because ...
...as Gabrielle pointed out, the world IS round.
Not that I'm doubting your scruples King Gabriel, but
what's in it for you?
Not just me, but everyone. Just think of it Xena! Spices
and silks quicker and more readily available to the public. Herbs that are
desperately needed for the sick could be here in half the time. I tell you
the possibilities are endless.
Xena and Gabrielle exchange a look of uncertainty.
Don't give me an answer now. Stay for a few days - -
consider it carefully.
I've read all of Gabrielle's adventures and I know if
anyone could succeed it's you two. Please say you'll consider it and stay
as my guests.
Xena looks to Gabrielle who gives a shoulder shrug.
Okay King Gabriel...
we'll consider it.