Babylon 5: Ceremonies of Light and Dark

Nightwatch members in hiding attempt to take over the station by holding Delenn hostage  at a time when she is trying to have a ceremony on Babylon 5.

The command staff can’t reopen stellarcom until they reset the security passwords to the station, or Earth can lock them out. Garibaldi and Ivanova do so, successfully. Unfortunately, the station shutdown causes an artificial personality to resurface. And Garibaldi has to deal with it^^;

Sheridan refuses to wear his uniform anymore since they broke away. The one exception is the memorial service held for the fallen.

Londo has Lord Refa come visit him. The Centauri are currently fighting with all their neighbors. Refa sees this as a step on his way to becoming Emperor. Londo knows, however, that Refa is using the Shadows to further his ambition. Londo is still warry of the Shadows, so he blackmails Refa into getting the Centauri government to pull back and to break his ties with Mr. Morden as he did. As to how Londo acomplishes this, He poisons Refa. The poison has two parts, harmless while kept separate. If Refa doesn’t comply with Londo’s request, Londo will have the second half of the poison given to Refa.

There are still members of Nightwatch on station. A sniper seems particlulary anxious to get Sheridan, but his superior, Boggs, orders him not to take out Sheridan yet. Since it is the Minbari who are keeping Earth out, they will go after the Minbari.

Delenn, meanwhile, is trying to get everyone on the station together for a rebirth ceremony. No one seems to be very enthusiastic about this, with the exceptions of Lennier and maybe Sheridan. Marcus is particulary surprisingly reluctant to take part. When Delenn questions him as to why, Marcus says he already lost everything in the Shadow attack that killed his brother and destroyed his colony. Delenn says his guilt and pain is the thing he can give up as part of the rebirth ceremony.

Unfortunately, these plans are halted when Delenn is kidnapped along with a Minbari captain and one of his crew. She was going to give him a tour of the station. Too bad for sniper, Delenn gets on his nerves, but Boggs stops him. They need the hostages alive still. Except for the poor crew member. They send a message to Sheridan with this, and also warn they are monitoring communications and still have people in Nightwatch. Marcus is particularly upset, and runs off to get information through unofficial means.

After beating up everyone in downbelow, Marcus is found by Lennier. Marcus is surprised that Lenneir is still going through with preparations for the rebirth ceremony and at his lack of emotion. But this would be incorrect. As part of the rebirth ceremony, you have to tell something no one else knows. So Lennier tells Marcus that he is in love with Delenn. When some of Marcus’ victums wake up, he finally gets some useful information. Garibaldi has already figured that the Nightwatch guys are in grey sector, but that still leaves a lot of territory. Marcus has a level. When that level’s information is examined, Garibaldi finds a blocked off area that he never authorized though it has his name on it. Marcus also has the description of a security guy who moved some equipment to block scanners to that area.

This very same security guard calls Boggs and tells him the Minbari have left and have told Sheridan to not let anything happen to Delenn. Then there is a boom, and when Boggs investigates people say there is a reactor breach. So they grab the hostages and leave. Yep, it’s a trap set by Sheridan and Garibaldi. They manage to protect Delenn and the Minbari captain, but when sniper dude throws a knife at Sheridan, Delenn takes it in the back. To say that this upsets Sheridan would be an understatement.

Thankfully, Delenn will recover, but not before the time for the rebirth ceremony to be completed will be over. So Sheridan and his crew decide to take it to her. They all give up their Earth Force uniforms. For his secret, Sheridan tells Delenn that he loves her. For Garibaldi’s secret, he tells Delenn that he is afraid of what he would do if he ever lost complete control. Ivanova says that she loved Talia. And Franklin says that he has a problem. (Uh, yeah.) Delenn has a return gift for the command staff – spiffy new uniforms in black:)

Sheridan is targeted by Nightwatch.

The price of peace.

Lord Refa, I can’t say that I’m very surprised that Londo poisoned you.

Delenn is in danger!

Boggs and sniper dude don’t like Minbari very much.

Marcus isn’t happy.

Neither is Lennier.

New lives, new uniformes, new start.

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