Вавилон 5: В самое пекло
Babylon 5: Into the Fire
Вавилон 5: В самое пекло
Babylon 5: Into the Fire
When I woke I found Pa’Koth looking at me across the embers of my campfire. His eyes could cut strips of skin from my body.
So I had not woke after all. Only my conscience was awake. And it was not pleased. I sat up, resigned.
He stood with a snarl on his features. “So this is what I died for? This is the mewling old man I protected with my very Chad’Rasha. If you were going to die inside I could have just let you die. I would have gone on to be useful for many more years.”
It was his unconditional love of me that hurt the most. I always depended on that love. It was the reason he died. We both knew that one day his love for me would be the cause of his death. The loss was still an open wound in my heart. Truthfully, dear Reader, it is a wound I do not believe will ever heal. I explain this so you understand how deeply his rebuke cut. I would have given my life to have him still alive, even in his Darkened state.
All I said was, “That is unfair, Pa’Koth. I have cared for our people in all things for almost 50 years. I have served my people unfailingly.” Tears stung my eyes, but I pulled them back. They would never change what had happened. I assumed that my conscience did not come to me just to complain about being dead.
Pa’Koth relented. Even in death he could never stay angry at me. He sat beside me. “You know you need to go to that place of Darkness, G’Quan. There is no other. If you do not go there, no one will go there.”
“Why me?” I asked, “Why is it always me.”
“You have always been here, G’Quan.” He pat me fondly, “This is your time. This is your place.”
We sat in companionable silence for a few minutes as I looked to the ruins below. “Will I die?” I asked finally.
“What do you think the answer should be?”
“You should say no!” I responded hotly.
“What is this preoccupation with death?” Pa’Koth scoffed, “Are you really such an old man?”
“I feel the closeness of death. Sava rides the air these days.”
“I will always be here, G’Quan. And so shall you.”
“That gives me very little comfort.”
“I do not know the future. I only know that this task is yours. Something you know as well.”
“Will this end?”
“I am no Seer, G’Quan. I am not your mother. The future will unfold either way. It is you that must make the choice.” He looked me in the eye. “What do you want?”
DEPLOY THE GREEK CHORUS! Two never-before-seen minor characters Rosencrantz and Guildenstern their way through the space station and their cast. In Spoiler Space for the previous episode, our intrepid podcasters expressed their dread of “A View from the Gallery.” Was it misplaced? Did the memory cheat? Are we on Team Mack and Bo now?
Вавилон 5: Г’Кар
Babylon 5: G’Kar
I found my feet following the old path to the ruined village today. Everyone has moved away long ago. The Darkness had destroyed their peaceful lives.
Over my life I have wondered why the Darkness came to my world. Why they wanted to destroy such an insignificant people. We’re we meant for greatness in the future? Maybe we only have the potential for greatness. Perhaps that is enough in this time. In this place.
The being that was my mother. Was it an ally or an observer? She rarely gave me advice. Any useful advice. Only puzzles. Who was that one? What did it want? Why did it come to my world?
The more I think, the more questions I have.
There was no one in the village. I had thought that people may have come here because it was empty. It is even too empty to be used in desperation. I felt drawn to the place of Darkness. Maybe that is why people stay away. Even as a ruin it pulls you toward it. Requiring your attention.
As I approached it I almost felt I could hear a murmur. A hum of voices. Could people have used the ruin as a shelter? Why when the village itself was available? My guard came up and my hand reached for my ka’toc. I felt watched, but there was sudden silence. “Who is there?” I called. I expected no response. My expectations were met.
There were no Narn here.
Age has taught me caution. I did not go in the breach. Instead I stood like an idiot dodderer. Unsure what I should do.
Heroes should never grow old.
Due to two of our three being at Long Island Who this weekend, and they being the two that are better at editing audio files, our next episode, “The Paragon of Animals”, will go up next weekend.
Chat threads have been posted for the benefit of those who did their homework on time.
Вавилон 5: Земной Альянс
Babylon 5: Earth Alliance
It’s the second episode of a brand new season with a brand new status quo, so what do you do? Ignore all the new people and new situations, and do a character study about alllll of the bad decisions one man made over four years. It’s Londo’s “Come to Jesus moment” paired with Lennier’s “I’m off to the Foreign Legion” moment, in the most surreal episode yet of Babylon 5.
Вавилон 5: Сьюзан Иванова
Babylon 5: Susan Ivanova