Started in 1997, this script was my attempt to bring Callisto back into the series after she and Valasca were trapped together in the lava flow during the episode A Necessary Evil. As Founding Member #234 of the Hudson Leick/Callisto Fan Club , I wanted to find a way to not only bring Callisto back realistically, but also make her a reoccurring character on the show (more than she already was). Nevertheless, the show took a dramatic turn into the Dayhok arc and the script I was working on was soon outdated. Nevertheless, this one is for the Callisto fans out there. Read and enjoy my friends, all hail the Goddess Callisto --Ryan 8/4/99
Obsession's Arrow is Copyright © 1997 John Ryan Decker
Preliminary script for the 3rd or 4th season of Xena: Warrior Princess.
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A feasible and realistic plot concerning the simultaneous removal of Valasca, disposal of a marauding warlord, and return of an ever-changing Callisto. A new warlord has arrived to the area. In an attempt to solidify his position of favor with Ares, he is sent to destroy his old master: Callisto. Freeing and killing Valasca by accident, he endeavors to trap Callisto by using an unknowing Xena as bait. Xena and Callisto team up to dispose of the warlord, resulting in a near-total loss of Callistoís new powers. This story also prominently features Gabrielle and Joxer in supporting roles.
CAST (In order of appearance):
CORPORAL 1: (Male)
SERGEANT KEKKAR: (Male)
CORPORAL 2: (Female)
XECHONíS TROOPS (GROUP 1): (10 Male, 4 Female)
LIEUTENANT XECHON ARIACUS: (Male)
VALASCA, GODDESS OF CHAOS: Melinda Clark
CALLISTO, GODDESS OF OBSESSION: Hudson Leick
XENA: Lucy Lawless
GABRIELLE: Renee OíConnor
JOXER: Ted Raimi
XECHONíS TROOPS (GROUP 2): (12 Male, 4 Female)
VARIOUS VILLAGERS/PRISONERS: Shemps
XENAíS MOTHER: ??? (From Intimate Stranger)
TORIS: Joseph Kell
BLONDE GIRLíS MOTHER: (Female)
BLONDE GIRL: (Female, young)
EXTERIOR. COOLED LAVA FIELD. MID-AFTERNOON.
EYE LEVEL POV panning from right to left. We see small groups of similarly clad soldiers digging and surveying the area. They are wearing dark leather and cloth UNIFORMS that generally resemble Greek Hoplite armor in style if not materials (see attached figure 1). The pan stops on a right-side, chest-up, profile shot of SGT. KEKKAR. An out of breath CORPORAL 1 runs up to him from below a small rise. The CORPORAL is obviously excited about something.
CORPORAL 1 (pointing to the direction he ran from): Weíve found her as ordered sir!
KEKKAR: Excellent, bring her and the arrowstone with us, the Lieutenant will be most pleased with our
As last line goes off, POV slides around to KEKKARís front to his left side. They walk towards the camera as it pulls back past CORPORAL 2. CORPORAL 2 is looking at something near the camera, fearful. KEKKAR sees it and smiles.
POV pulls back and widens to show a humanlike form of lava buried to waist and hunched over as if strangling something. POV stays on LAVA FORM as the background fades to the inside of a MILITARY HALL.
INTERIOR. MILITARY HALL. LATE-AFTERNOON.
Burly arms slam down STONE with broken and weathered ARROW imbedded in it onto a PEDISTAL near the LAVA FORM. POV pans left and up to follow the stone carrier as he joins an assembly of ragged, but well-trained, TROOPS (GROUP 1). They stand with their backs to LAVA FORM and ARROWSTONE. On the small, raised DIAS above them stands their commander, XECHON ARIACUS.
XECHON is dressed in dark leather PANTS and BOOTS, but wears an open-front cloth shirt. On his chest we see a large, blue-tinted TATOO of two crossed swords. He is large, standing at 6 ft (1.8m), with dark brown short, but shaggy, hair. He has no facial hair or scars and is strikingly attractive in a burly sort of way. Near him we see two SWORDS in scabbards. They look identical to CALLISTOís swords except for their slightly longer length.
The POV slowly approaches XECHON at EYE LEVEL during the next scene, weaving through the TROOPS when necessary.
XECHON (smiling): Congratulations on your successful hunt
Xechonís short expositional speech
Congrats of the hunt for Callisto
Xechon wants to kill Callisto for 3 reasons
1) By killing his teacher, he becomes the master.
2) He removes any rivalry for his new position of Undisputed Warlord of Greece
3) He gains extra favors from Ares (whom she betrayed)
Acquire Godkiller Arrow
Crack open the stone that Herc left it in (preserved it by accident)
Place the arrowhead on a new shaft
An arrow for the soon-to-be-ex-Goddess of Obsession.
Kekkar picks up the old shaft and pockets it (just in case)
Crack open the lava encasement
Valasca rears out of the lava encasement.
Knowing that sheís a god (and pissed) Xechon reluctantly gives the order to fire
This kills Valasca
This also destroys the arrowhead.
Where is Callisto? Need to find her.
EXT. COOLED LAVA FIELD. TWILIGHT.
CUT TO close up shot of CALLISTOís hand breaking out of Lava rubble and into the blood-red twilight.
EXT. ROAD. NOON.
Xena and Gabby walking into THRACE
Discussing how it is good to be home, they can finally rest
Find burned outpost city.
Everyone is dead, but no dead attackers (they carry their dead and wounded back with them)
Former barracks of some Athenian Infantry (so whoever they are theyíre good)
Find crossed swords (Ares)
See smoke, start that way (next raid in progress)
EXT. CROSSROADS. NOON.
The outpost raid returns, they form up and head to next city.
KEKKAR (to Xechon): Will this work?
Xechon takes shaft from Kekkar
XECHON: Yes, we have a chance. If we can find Callisto and get close enough to her to use this.
KEKKER: If she tracks us down, sheíll kill us all. How will you find her before she finds us?
XECHON: We must first get her off our tail, by putting her onto Xenaís.
Kekkar nods, understanding.
KEKKAR: I see, Callisto will go after Xena--but how do we find Xena?
XECHON (grinning, ambitious): We wonít need to find Xena my friend--Xena will find us as we burn a scar
across THRACE to AMPHIPOLIS.
Xechon hands shaft back to Kekkar as he rides off.
They head off down the road after the troops (towards AMPHIPOLIS).
EXT. ROAD. NOON.
Callisto finds a Guide
Joxer vs. the ruffians.
They are scared off when Callisto moves out of bushes behind Joxer.
Joxer thinks he is all hot until he turns around.
JOXER: [frightened, with sword to her stomach or chest] "Callisto!...stay back...Iím warning you."
Callisto is amused at this.
Joxer puts back to tree as she approaches.
She convinces Joxer that sheís Xena
"Ares did it to me again"
She needs to find Gabrielle.
He leads her towards Amphipolis (feeling all important).
EXT. CITY. MID-AFTERNOON.
Xechonís army in AMPHIPOLIS, the raid is in progress. Multiple camera angles of the destruction and carnage.
VARIOUS VILLAGERS run around frantically, fighting back sporadically against XECHONís well-trained and organized troops.
CUT TO XECHON, standing above a dispatched old warrior.
XECHON (to villager): Tell Hades that there are more where you came from.
Stabs villager with a Callisto-like sadistic grin of pleasure. XECHON stands, letting the body fall to the burnt ground.
XECHON (shouting to troops): Burn it! Kill all those that resist! I want Ares to be able to see the smoke from
Olympus! (softly) This should get Xenaís attention. When she comes for us, Callisto will be sure to
follow. Then I will have her, and my revenge will be complete. (shouting to the air) I will be the
undisputed warlord of Greece!
Raises swords over head in Ares fashion. POV stays on his back as he turns to enter the fray.
Xechon fights TORIS (Xenaís older brother)
Xechon has him on his knees quickly.
FIRST COMMERTIAL BREAK.
About to execute Toris, close-up on Xechonís face, but he hears something and flinches.
Xechon raises left sword to block Chakram aimed at his neck (Xena going for kill?)
As Xena YIYIYIís her way into the scene (catch chakram on the landing), Xechon slides around Toris--putting right sword under his chin, left one up in defense against Xena
Xena confronts him
XENA: "Let him go."
XECHON: [pleased] "Xena, I thought that youíd be showing up sooner or later."
XENA: [confused] "Who are you, what do you want?"
XECHON: [smiles, looking past Xena] "That ... is what I want."
His POV, we can see Callisto/Joxer in BG past Xenaís right shoulder
Xena gives him a "Yeah right, that old trick" look until Gabby falls to her knees.
GABRIELLE: [looking at Callisto] "Oh Gods, no.. not her..."
All notice her
SLO-MO Jon Woo shot as Xena spins to look at Callisto
Music like "The Wrath of Callisto" in BG
Camera POV near Joxer, he spins to look at her too.
JOXER: [stammering] "Your...your... Callisto."
CALLISTO: [to Joxer, running hand under his trembling chin] "Finally catching on are we? Now, be a good little Hercules and run away..."
Xechon makes decision to pull back to the trap.
XECHON: [dragging Toris] "Squads Alpha and Beta engage! Gamma, Delta, fall back with the prisoners and cover us!"
Two groups of 5 attack. 5 to Xena/Gabby, 5 to Callisto/Joxer.
Xena starts her usual outnumbered fight as she tries to get to Toris and the prisoners.
Callisto tries her powers, then sends in Joxer.
(First fight with XECHONís ARMY. Callisto is about to enter the battle with Xechon when she is rushed by his troops. Swatting them with her GODDESS powers she is surprised to find that they donít work on XECHONís troops. They to are a little surprised. CALLISTO bites her lip, annoyed but not really worried.)
CALLISTO: [to JOXER] You, BEAT. take care of them.
JOXER: Me? Looks worried until he hears a sword being pulled.
He stands, totally confidant and dispatches of them in full Joxer The Mighty mode. Very flashy and flamboyant. Spinning swords, using off hand, etc.
JOXER: Take that you heathens! Oh, trying to sneak up in Joxer the Mighty are you? Aha!
CUT TO face and shoulder shot of CALLISTO, amused at Joxerís antics. She is humming and bobbing her head side to side to the tune of "Joxer the Mighty." The amusement is broken when she spots XENA approaching XECHON. CALLISTO stalks off in that direction.
Callisto heads towards Xena to fight her, but ends up catching Kekkarís arrow headed for Xenaís head--she wants the kill.
Recognizing him, Callisto ignores Xenaís fight and heads on towards Kekkar.
CALLISTO: "I know you, oh yes, I do. I know you all. Think you can all just come back and take over humm? If thereís one thing I canít stand, itís insubordinate troops. You know what I do to traitors donít you?"
Fires god-lightening at him, but it dissipates on the Ares medallion.
KEKKAR [cocky, w/ crossbow]: "Ariacus follows Ares now Callisto. Heís still a little miffed after your....change of allegiances. You may be a God, but youíre nothing compared to Ares. Youíll never beat us."
End of fight, Xena Gabby approach Callisto and Kekkar as Callisto lowers her sword at him.
XENA: "Donít do it Callisto."
CALLISTO: "Thatís my Xena, always ruining my fun."
Callisto turns to face Xena, putting sword away as she does so.
Kekkar raises arrow shaft to stab her in back.
GABRIELLE: "Look out!" Xena shoots her a "What are you saying?" look.
Callisto stabs him in stomach (behind the back shot) with her dagger.
She takes it out and admires the blood as he falls.
As he falls he fires crossbow, it hits a woman lost in the chaos.
Gabby gasps, Xena mouths "oh no"
Joxer runs up as Callisto follows the path of the shot with her eyes (the JtM spell obviously worn off)
The woman collapses, standing behind her is a blonde child.
Callisto goes pale, her eyes reverting to normal momentarily as she drops her dagger.
The girl asks "Why?" Callisto turns, staking off into the woods.
Gabby collects her Dagger and the shaft. Giving them to Xena.
JOXER: "Now what do we do?"
XENA: [emotional, looking over the city] "There is nothing we can do here."
They begin to follow Callisto into the woods outside of town.
XENA: "We have to free the prisoners."
EXT. WOODS. LATE-AFTERNOON.
GABRIELLE: "Who was that? Who would dare attack your home?"
Xena sits on a rock, slightly dazed by all of this.
XENA "I donít know."
Drop the bomb
CALLISTO [making Joxer jump] "His name is Xechon Ariachus, and he was one of mine."
SECOND COMMERTIAL BREAK.
Learn of the Expeditionary force
Gabby and Joxer "What?"
Xena getting pissed now, Gabby will worry about her becoming more Callisto-like again during the course of all of this.
This army is lead by Lieutenant Xechon Ariacus
Send out to wreck havoc and to defile Xenaís name.
Lost contact as they went across the Bogazi and past the Hellespont into Amazon country.
What to do?
GABRIELLE: "How do we stop them?"
CALLISTO: "Like any other living thing, we kill the head."
XENA: "And the body dies."
Xena nods yes.
JOXER: [sad, yet trying to sound brave] "So what do we do about her" [indicating Callisto.]
XENA: [to Callisto] "Yes, what do we do about you?"
CALLISTO: "You canít stop me from going after Ariacus, Xena."
XENA: I can try.
CALLISTO: You canít keep trapping me forever--Iím an unstoppable force.
XENA: Yeah, and Iím the immovable wall you keep running into.
CALLISTO: Oh, very good Xena--pity youíre not immortal. Iíd love to continue this little spat for eternity. But someday youíll grow old Xena. Old and slow. And Iíll be there. Me, alive, in a world that you can no-longer defend. How about that for a last sight humm?
JOXER: *ahem* [to break them up]
Callisto, still visually taunting Xena. Twirling hair, looking innocent, etc.
GABRIELLE: [getting the hint] It will be dark soon, we should find a camp site.
EXT. CAMPFIRE. NIGHT.
Ask the real questions about the girl, Callisto changing, and what Gabby would have done if she was younger when Perdicas was killed or if Xena hadnít saved her village from Draco. Gabbyís warrior spirit. Not many bards would fight side-by-side with Xena.
Callisto: "Would she have ended up like us?"
Xena: "Us? Iím not like you anymore Callisto."
Callisto: [softly, serious] "Iím not like me anymore either Xena."
??? Iíve had time to think while in Lava, it was much better than that chair or the temple... it was so, confining. *whatever... edit here*.
Sleeping with the enemy
Callisto gets up and stands near Joxer, he picks up his mat and sits on the other side of Gabby, putting her between them.
CALLISTO: [amused ] "Donít worry my courageous simpleton, I donít sleep."
JOXER: [quietly] "Thatís what Iím afraid of."
CALLISTO: I guess Iíll take watch then.
XENA: We both will. You two, [indicating Joxer/Gabby] get some sleep. [Looking at Callisto] Itís going to be a long day tomorrow.
EXT. ROAD. MORNING.
On the Road
Following path of prisoner trail
They are going slow, making it easy to follow them
Begin discussing Joxerís new abilities as the delaying attack occurs
(walking down path after fight with Xechon but before final fight. Joxer bragging about his fight to Gabby. Callisto and Xena discussing Joxer the Mighty))
XENA: [To Callisto] So, what sound sets him off?
CUT TO close-up of SWORD being pulled from a SHEATH (with obvious sound). They all hear it except for GABREILLE. JOXER straightens visibly.
JOXER: [to Gabrielle] Stand back mílady. Pulling sword.
JOXER: AHA! Charges into battle.
CALLISTO: [to XENA, VO of GABREILLE and JOXER fighting the troops] Heís kinda cute sometimes.
They join the fight just as the troops flee.
JOXER: They were no match for Joxer and his amazing sidekick Gabby. Putting arm around her.
She is less than pleased. Callisto smirks.
XENA: No, they were just trying to delay us. Why?
CALLISTO: They probably have another city to raze and donít want us interfering yet. How terribly boring of them.
JOXER: What else is around here for them to attack?
Gabrielle pales, has to lean of STAFF. Xena looks at her, worried.
GABRIELLE: [panicked] Poteideia...
Gabrielle starts running up the trail at full speed.
XENA: [VO as she pursues] Gabrielle! Wait!
JOXER: [to Callisto] What? Where are they going?
CALLISTO: [looking interested] Oh, this should be interesting, the little bratís running home.
JOXER swallows hard and they turn to pursue.
Xena catches Gabby (grab by shoulders and spin her around) and explains that we are going to do this together. Callisto chafes at being included in the little party. She wants to do the killing alone. Callisto going off on how she will kill Xechon and then Herc and then everyone.
JOXER: A little obsessive arenít we?
CALLISTO: What of it? Iím a God now.
Joxer turns to walk away past camera (POV still on Callisto in BG)
JOXER: [to himself] Great, weíre about to attack Xechonís warriors of Ares and Iím stuck with the Goddess of Obsession here.
Callisto perks up.
CALLISTO: Goddess of Obsession, I think I like the sound of that. What do you think Xena?
Gabrielle gives her a discerning look and approaches Xena as they walk.
GABRIELLE: [to Xena] Whatís going to happen to her?
XENA: What do you mean?
GABRIELLE: When this is all over. I know that sheís chilled-out a lot, but sheís still so.. so...
Thwack sound as Callisto spears a butterfly, dazedly showing it to a scared Joxer.
XENA: Yeah, I know.
GABRIELLE: Iím worried about her Xena.
Xena, again taking Gabrielle aside by the shoulders, lightly this time.
XENA: Listen, sheís a God now, she can take care of herself.
GABRIELLE: She could take care of us too if she wanted.
XENA: Thatís what has me worried, why she hasnít done it yet.
They watch Callisto and Joxer up ahead of them, neither really knowing which way to go. Joxer heads right, but Callisto pulls him back to the left.
CALLISTO: [to Xena and Gabrielle] Come now you two, no time to gab. [snarling] We have things to do, people to kill, obsessions to fulfill...
GABRIELLE: [to Xena as Callisto turns away] Iím scared Xena.
XENA: So am I.
Joxer comes running back down the trail. Pointing behind him.
JOXER: I think I found the camp.
XENA: Good work, letís go see what were up against.
Joxer grins like a dufus from the praise, Gabby and Callisto glare at him and he stops.
EXT. HILL OVERLOOKING CAMP. NOON.
Observing the Ariacusís Camp from a grassy overlook
GABRIELLE: What are we looking at?
XENA: [to Callisto] Did you see that?
CALLISTO: [Bored]Of course.
JOXER: [shuffling around loudly] I still canít see.
GABRIELLE: [to Joxer] Shhhh...
XENA: [Admiration] These guys are good.
GABRIELLE: Why do you say that?
XENA: Look at the overlapping patrols, the squads moving together in unison, [at military-like arm motions] the efficient communications... whoever trained these guys was a master warlord.
Callisto laughs slightly
CALLISTO: Why thank you Xena, I feel almost...honored. Of course I learned everything I know from studying your army. When it rolled into Cirra, destroying everything before it...
XENA: [stern] Thatís enough.
CALLISTO: Oh no Xena, it will never be enough. Never... [Joxer turns away, avoiding the fight]
GABRIELLE: [taking a stand] We donít have time for this. [Callisto leans back in the grass on her elbows, impressed with "the brat"]
XENA: Gabrielleís right. Itís time to get into that camp.
JOXER: [jeering] And how do you propose we do that?
XENA: [smirk] We ask permission.
THIRD COMMERTIAL BREAK.
EXT. MILITARY CAMP. NOON.
Enter the camp
When approaching him they call him out
XECHON: So good of the two of you to come.
Callisto screams, Xena yiyiyiís, Xechon bellows.
Xechon fighting both at same time with his two swords. The first man to be able to do so.
Joxer (not the Mighty, but he thinks he is XENA: I thought I told you to take that off. CALLISTO: I did.) and Gabby fight to the prisoners and free them.
PRISONER: Who are you?
JOXER: [proudly] Iím Joxer the Magnificent!
PRISONER: Never heard of yaí
Having beaten back Xechon slightly, he sends in a crossbow unit.
The quarrels fly (5). Fast, cutting camera work as Xena and Callisto catch 4 bolts
During the catching they sometimes protect the other person
The 5th lands in Callistoís gut. She "Urks," and it only gets her pissed.
(During Final Fight, lull-in-fighting banter)To beat Ariacus, Callisto must drain herself as much as possible to cancel out Aresí protection. Xena can then take him down...or kill Callisto. Callisto has to trust Xena.
XENA: "Can you trust me?"
CALLISTO: "To not stab me in the back? Oh, I can trust you Xena--I know you so well, donít I? You do-gooders are all alike, you canít go back on promise can you? You are like a tome Xena, and I have memorized all the pages..."
Callistoís fall from glory
In the end, Callisto burns herself out. Losing her Goddess powers--sheís effectively a just an immortal now (the power of the fruit of life didnít get dissipated). Xena planned on that and Callisto knew it.
XENA: Are you alright?
CALLISTO: [nicely, shocking Xena] Yes, thank you.
She is not fully evil anymore, but is far from good.
EXT. ROAD. MID-AFTERNOON.
Callisto takes off to pay her little Hercules a visit
CALLISTO: Arenít you going to try to stop me Xena?
Xena puts sword away.
XENA: No, Iím not playing your games any more.
Callisto puts sword away, Gabby and Joxer look amazed.
CALLISTO: Fine, have it your way. But remember Xena, youíll be seeing a lot more of me--better get used to it.
Callisto walks past Gabby without a look or word, itís almost hard for her to do. (Feeling bad about Perdicus?)
She leaves, looking almost forlorn. Joxer decides to follow her "To warn Herc" yeah whatever. Gabby worried about Herc too.
XENA: [to Gabrielle] Hercules can take care of himself, [looking at Callistoís body] itís Iolaus Iím worried about.
The changing Callisto
Gabby rattles off something about Callisto possibly changing.
XENA: [calling to Joxer] Be careful.
Heís cocky, but thankful underneath. He bows with a fumbling flourish and wanders off after Callisto singing "Joxer the Mighty".
XENA: Well, at least Callisto did one good thing for us.
GABRIELLE: Whatís that?
XENA: [smiling] She took Joxer with her.
Gabby laughs reservedly, looking down road (past camera) towards Joxer with a worried look.
GABRIELLE: [quietly] Please be careful Joxer.
XENA: What was that?
Xena knows what she said, but wonít say anything about it.
GABRIELLE: Oh, nothing.
They head into Amphipolis to help rebuild, joining up with the prisoners (Toris and mother specifically).
Someday, I might actually finish this...
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