The Long, Twilight Struggle
Tell them, that from this place we will deliver notice to the parliaments of conquerors that a line has been drawn against the darkness. And we will hold that line, no matter the cost.
-Captain John Sheridan
A number of meetings are taking place, one on Centauri Prime, where Londo and Lord Refa meet up, and another on Babylon 5, where Delenn suddenly starts smiling as a light fills her quarters and boisterous laughter is heard. “Hello, dear friend.”Sheridan has just gotten out of the shower when that light appears and Drall, keeper of the Great Machine stands before him. He invites the captain down to the planet to talk.Another meeting is between G’Kar and his uncle G’Sten. G’Sten is there because the war is not going well, and if nothing changes soon, the Centauri will be victorious. They have one chance, they Centauri supply depot at Gorash 7. The assault will leave the Narn homeworld vulnerable as it will take the entire fleet to do it.The Centauri already know about the attack and Refa wants to make the most of it and assault the Narn homeworld directly. He asks Londo to arrange for the outpost to be defended and Londo reluctantly agrees, though Mr. Morden and his associates are beginning to worry him, and he says this is the last time.Sheridan and Delenn are preparing to leave, but Garibaldi is not happy about it, and even more so about them going alone. They are both determined, and eventually he relents. As they set off, Londo and Refa also depart for the Narn homeworld.On the station, Franklin shows G’Kar a Narn who was interrogated by the Centauri about defenses around the Narn homeword and also has information about Centauri ships being sent away without explanation. He mentions how the Minbari bypassed several Earth colonies during their war and went straight for Earth itself, and he thinks the Centauri are doing something similar.Sheridan and Delenn arrive on Epsilon III, Delenn guiding the way to the Heart of the Machine.G’Kar calls G’Sten and tries to persuade him to call off the attack and defend the homeworld, but they’re too far along now.Sheridan and Delenn finally reach the Heart and find Draal there. He compliments Delenn’s new look and mentions Sheridan’s involvement in a conspiracy of light. Sheridan tries to feign ignorance but Draal assures him his secrets are safe here.In his quarters G’Kar is praying as the Narn fleet emerges from hyperspace. They are quickly met by Shadow vessels which begin decimating the fleet, eliminating them in a matter of minutes. Afterward, they retreat into hyperspace, and G’Kar opens his eyes and extinguishes a candle.Draal is explaining how he lives there when he suddenly pauses, saying he’s picking up a flurry of signals, and then tells them to get back to the station. Before they go, he tells Delenn he thinks it’s time to introduce Sheridan to the others.On station, Ivanova informs Garibaldi of the assault on the Narn homeworld, and tells him to be ready to lock down the station. Meanwhile, ISN starts reporting on the bombardment. As a crowd in the Zocalo watches, an angry Narn decks a nearby Centauri and a riot breaks out. Sheridan and Delenn arrive on the station to the sound of emergency sirens and he orders security to escort her to her quarters while he goes to C&C.At the Narn homeworld, Londo watches in horror as the centauri fleet uses mass drivers to hurl asteroids down on the planet creating huge explosions and clouds of dust that are seen from orbit.The attack lasts for days, as the station is locked down with only armed security guards patrolling the corridors. G’Kar manages to get in touch with home, only to find that the Kha’Ri intend to surrender soon. But before that, they have one last order for G’Kar. Soon after, he slowly makes his way into Sheridan’s office and requests sanctuary.Londo arrives on station and arranges a meeting of the League of Non-Aligned Worlds. At the meeting, he announces the Narns’ unconditional surrender. He then begins listing the terms of the surrender: The Kha’Ri will be disbanded and the members subject to arrest and trial. Sheridan requests Earth be allowed to send observers, but is denied.Second, any Centauri murdered by a Narn will result in the execution of five hundred Narns, including the perpetrator’s family.Third, a council of the Centauri’s own choosing will be set up to govern Narn. And finally, the last of the Kha’Ri, G’Kar will step down as ambassador and return to Narn for trial. Sheridan refuses this on the grounds that he has agreed to allow G’Kar sanctuary. Delenn quickly backs him up and Londo relents, but insists that G’Kar be removed from the proceedings. Sheridan says they will wait…
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