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(The Lexx flies bumpily into a strange cloud - inside there is a theatre)

STAN: Lexx, what was that?
LEXX: I don't know, Stanley - but a small thing is there now that was not there before. May I consume it?
STAN: What, it just appeared? from nowhere?
LEXX: Yes. It looks like a tasty snack. I would like to eat it
XEV: What is it?
STAN: I have no idea
790: I do. It's a pointless distraction for you, my darling duck of desire. Let Lexx eat it
STAN: Yeah, I don't mind. Gobble it up, Lexx
LEXX: Thank you Stan

(Then they hear a song coming from the theatre)

Yo A O XEV: No, wait - listen Yo A O STAN: Lexx, Lexx, wait, wait, wait, wait!
LEXX: As you command, Stan Yo A O XEV: That's Kai's song Hom Var Ray
Yo A Ra Jerum Brunnen G

(Xev, Stan and Kai are in a moth flying towards the theatre)

STAN: I do not trust things that appear out of nowhere just like that
KAI: As we approach the centre of the universe, the laws of nature as we know them may not be valid
STAN: Yeah, well, we came, we had a look, it's not very interesting - let's go back
XEV: To what?
STAN: To the Lexx, of course
XEV: What's your hurry?
STAN: What's my hurry? We're supposed to be headed toward the centre of the universe where we have a slim chance of saving our lives before the universe gets completely eaten by Mantrid's drones, in just a few days - yeah, is that clear enough? Yo A O STAN: I don't like it. I do not like it

(The moth hovers at the entrance to the theatre)
Yo A O XEV: I would like to go inside. I want to know why they are playing Kai's music Yo A O Hom Var Ray
Yo A Ra Jerum Brunnen G
Yo A O Hom Var Ray
Yo A Ra Jerum Brunnen G
Yo A O Hom Var Ray
Yo A Ra Jerum Brunnen G
Yo A Ra Jerum Brunnen G

(The moth goes inside the theatre, and lands near the stage. The crew walk through a load of old props)

KAI: It appears to be a theatre
XEV: Theatre? What's that?
KAI: Where people come to see actors engage in live dramatic performances
STAN: What?
KAI: Theatre is a medium for communal story telling, Stanley, for exploring myth. It is a place of cultural and intellectual enrichment
STAN: Oh, that sounds really exciting. Wow

(Xev uncovers a harp and touches the strings. Stan knocks a tambourine and it rolls across the floor. The stage lights come on. The props vanish, and actors appear on the stage and start to sing)

CHORUS: Closed behind our mighty shield
Beyond which none can fly
This world is safe from pain and strife
We need not fear the sky
We have not fought for countless years
We have no need to cry
War and death are forgotten fears
For here we never die

XEV: Kai - they're dressed like you, like Brunnen G
STAN: Too weird - and this isn't a planet, and I didn't see any shields. Do you have any idea what they're going on about?
XEV: No - maybe that's how theatre works
KAI: I know what they are about

CHORUS: We've closed our eyes, and shut our ears
We must never never try
To break the bonds of this lonely sphere
Or we will surely die

STAN: What?
KAI: They are singing about my planet - Brunnis 2, where I came from

(The Master of Ceremonies walks onto the stage)

MC: That's right. As our universe comes to its end we are telling the most important story that ever happened in its vast history. An epic tale of love, war and courage, set against a backdrop of the destruction of a people. A tragic chronicle of heroic destiny that will stir your blood, and, bring a tear to your eye. It is the story of Kai, last of the Brunnen G. Welcome, my friends. Welcome to our little show. Welcome to your story

(Shot of the theatre from space)

STAN: Oh, whoa - this, this can't be real
KAI: Define real
XEV: I can't - not anymore
STAN: Well, look, look, it doesn't matter, OK - I have seen enough - theatre. They can stay, and sing, and we can go

MC: The Brunnen G were a race of romantic warriors, forever famous for leading humankind to victory in the great Insect Wars. Mankind survived, but the Brunnen G planet was dying, so in time they abandoned it for a new home in the Light Universe, but by then the Insect Wars had faded into a hazy past, and man was once again fighting against man. The Brunnen G turned inward, building a great defensive shield around their planet. Safe inside their sphere of silence, they directed their fertile minds against the oldest enemy of them all - death. By manipulating their bodies innermost cell structure they unlocked the secret of never-ending life. No Brunnen G would ever grow old again. They thought, by freeing their bodies of ageing, that they would become immortal gods at play - but, humans are not designed to live forever. Their bodies did not age - but they became afeared of everything and anything, for partaking in any activity at all could threaten their precious and ageless bodies

(2 Newborn, and Brunnen G man and woman)

NEW: Dull, dull, dull - your lives are oh so dull
You stay inside your sealed house
And cower like a frightened mouse
Dull, dull, dull - your lives are oh so dull

NEW1: You sit inside your bunkers
With filters all around
What kind of a life is that
When you spend it underground

NEW2: You never venture outdoors
You always stay inside
What kind of a life is that
When all you do is hide

NEW: Dull, dull, dull - your lives are oh so dull

NEW2: Oh, my aching back - someone help me, please

BOTH: Young, young, young - how stupid are the young
MAN: A brick could fall upon your head
WOMAN: We'd rather stay indoors instead
BOTH: Young, young, young - so foolish are the young

NEW: Dead, dead, dead - you spend your lives in bed
You stay inside and shake with fear
Should a nasty germ come near
Dead, dead, dead - we'll take the chance instead

NEW2: You never watch a sunset
Or see the light of day
What kind of a life is that
When you keep it locked away

NEW1: You've become pathetic shadows
Of what once you were
What kind of a life is that -
Ten thousand years with her!

NEW: Dead, dead, dead - we'd rather live instead

BOTH: Young, young, young - how foolish are the young
WOMAN: A brick could fall and crack your skull
MAN: We're better off by being dull
BOTH: Young, young, young - we do not trust the young

NEW: Dull, dull, dull - you are extremely dull
NEW1: Why should we accept your lot
NEW2: To stay inside and slowly rot
NEW: Dull, dull, dull - we'd rather - crack our skulls!

(Xev laughs - until Stan gives her a cranky look)

MC: Kai was a Newborn. There were not many of them, but the few truly young people in the Brunnen G society felt imprisoned in this world of fearful retreat from life
XEV: Is that true?
KAI: Yes, I was my natural age. That is how I remember feeling - when I was alive
MC: Come, Kai - it is your story. Sing your own song
KAI: Before I consider your request, perhaps you should tell me who you are
MC: We live outside the cycles of time and space, as you know them to be. We appear in your reality, from time to time, to put on our little show. In this world, we always sing. So - sing with us
KAI: I know the story, but not the words to your song
MC: It is your song, not ours. When you are upon the stage, the words will find you - you do not have to find them
STAN: Don't do it Kai
KAI: Why not?
STAN: Why not?! Because like I said, the universe is coming to an end, and we have to keep going to the centre if we wanna have any hope at all of surviving Mantrid and his drones, and as far as I'm concerned this show is just nothing but a weird distraction, so let's go
XEV: Hmm
STAN: What?
XEV: I think - I would like to hear Kai sing
STAN: You'd like to hear Kai sing
XEV: Mmm

(Kai gets up on stage)

STAN: Oh boy

(Kai's costume and make up changes, to that of the Brunnen G. Xev likes what she sees)

KAI: As I am a younger man
And I dream of distant lands
I wonder where I could learn more
To go beyond these ancient walls
To go beyond these ghostly halls
Go beyond, and beyond -

CHORUS: Kai you are so young and green KAI: - to explore
You do not see what we have seen
The dangers are too many to ignore
So stay behind these ancient walls
Stay within these ghostly halls
Stay behind, stay behind -

KAI: I do not mean you disrespect CHORUS: - close the door
This life is not what I expect
All I know is I must explore
To go beyond this life of waste
Go beyond this bitter taste
Go beyond, and beyond, go beyond, I want more

XEV: Kai - did all this really happen?
KAI: Yes
STAN: Who cares, let's just go!

MC: The Brunnen G shrank from all that life had to offer them. They became small, they became dull, they became pathetic. Their bodies did not age, but the life contained in them was decadent and worthless. Their victory over death, was a hollow one

WOMAN: It's a funny thing how time flies
Six thousand years go by so fast
Whatever happened to whatshisname?
Refresh me on the past

NEW: Hello to you my father
Or maybe you're my son
Perhaps she is my mother
Or maybe you're the one

GIRL: There's too much to remember
Our heads are far too full
I don't know who I was before
And likely never will

MAN: Teacher, lawyer, fireman
Was that me or was that you?
Baker, butcher, garbage man

ALL: We haven't got a clue

KAI: I'll go beyond these ancient walls
I'll go beyond these lifeless halls
Go beyond - I want more

MC: Kai was young. He loved, and was loved. Come - join us. Play Kai's living lover
XEV: I don't know
STAN: Xev, this is crazy, it's stupid, we gotta go. We're gonna die, and soon, unless we leave

(Xev thinks)

STAN: Huh?

(Xev gets up on stage)

STAN: Oh, this is great, this is just -

MC: By Kai's time, the defensive shields that protected Brunnis 2 from the rest of the universe were thousands of years old. Kai and his Newborn friends discovered that the shields had, over time, developed weak points that allowed them to see into the universe beyond. And what they saw was not good. Their universe was one of war and chaos. His Divine Shadow's order was on the rise, conquering and destroying planet after planet. Kai knew that he had to travel beyond the shields to learn his planet's fate. But Kai loved, and was loved

(Xev's costume and hair changes to Brunnen G)

KAI: I have come here to tell you
That I have to go away
Destiny is calling me
So I cannot stay
I may not return
But I have to know
What the future holds
So I must go
I've come here to tell you
That I must leave today

XEV: If you must leave me
Then I guess that you don't care
And should you return
You know I won't be there
Close your eyes
Stay here with me
You can't save our world
From its destiny
So leave me Kai
Just say goodbye
For I no longer care

KAI: If only she could understand
Things aren't what they were
I wish that she'd care for me
Like I care for her
If I could make her see
That our world is gone
There may never be
Another dawn
If only she could understand
That I care for her

XEV: If only he could understand
How my heart is true
If only he would care for me
But there's no more I can do
I wish that he
Would choose to stay
To be with me
Not go away
If only he would understand
But there's nothing I can do

BOTH: So I say farewell to you

XEV: But I wouldn't have said farewell to Kai. I would have gone with him
MC: Aah, but you're not her - you're Xev
STAN: Guys, you know - this is really great, but I'm ending this relationship
MC: Sing with us - join our troupe
STAN: Forget it! - and if you two wanna keep on singing until Mantrid's drones eat you all up - fine. But I wanna live, so I'm leaving
XEV: Farewell Stan
STAN: I mean it
XEV: So do I
KAI: You will be abandoning all hope of survival if you stay
XEV: What chance do we really have anyway? And if I have so little time left, then I want to spend it doing something that I'm enjoying, so - I want to finish the show
STAN: So be it

(Stan walks to the moth. Kai leaves the stage (costume back to normal) and follows him)

KAI: Stan - I request that you wait for Xev
STAN: I am not gonna participate in this craziness any longer than I already have. Now she can come, or she can stay, but I'm leaving now - right now

(Stan shuts the moth door. Kai gives him a perplexed look, then heads back to the stage)

MC: In search of answers, Kai went beyond the Brunnen G shields to the tiny planet of the Time Prophet

PROPHET: Time begins and then time ends
And then time begins once again
It is happening now
It has happened before
It will surely happen again

KAI: Prophet, I have come to you
Here on this uncertain moon
Do we Brunnen G have any hope
Or are my people doomed?

PROPHET: I look into the cycles of time
Not very clearly mind you
I gaze into the future past
And I see the Brunnen G's doom

But Kai, you'll be the last to die
And there is something else I see
His Shadow's order will be destroyed
At the hands of the last Brunnen G

KAI: Are you certain, Time Prophet?

PROPHET: Time begins and then time ends
And then time begins once again
It is happening now
It has happened before
It will surely happen again

MC: Kai told his people that he had visited the Time Prophet, and learned that his planet was doomed to be destroyed by the Divine Order

KAI: Gather round and hear my song
We've been deaf, we have been blind too long
Beyond our shields there lies a threat
It will spell our certain death
His Shadow is coming, His Shadow looms
His Shadow is bringing our final doom
We cannot hide, you must listen to me
This is the end of the Brunnen G

Why don't you listen? Why won't you hear?
Our final hour is almost here
Do you want to do nothing and close your eyes?
You're blind and you're mad if you're waiting to die
His Shadow is coming, I tell you it's true
His Shadow will kill us, what shall we do?
Now is the time to prepare for war
Or are you unable to fight anymore?

STAN: Yeah. They didn't listen, of course
MC: Exactly. The Brunnen G did not listen. The Brunnen G were angry, angrier than anyone could remember. Kai was accused of betraying them, by breaching the shields, of opening the doors to enemies who could destroy them

MAN: What has this Newborn brought on our heads?
What kind of horrors, what kind of awful dread?

MAN/WOMAN: He's broken the shields, he's broken the wall
This Newborn will bring certain death to us all

CHORUS: You are the one who invited this war
You are the one who has opened the door
What would we do with him, what would be just?
MAN: If he is guilty-
ALL: Then kill him we must

STAN: Yeah, well, they're not any angrier than me. I am not waiting around for those two

(The moth takes off and flies towards the Lexx)

MC: Kai was put on trial, and found guilty of betraying his people. Kai was condemned to death by ageing, a punishment the Brunnen G considered truly terrible

JUDGE: You are accused of a treason most high
You are found guilty - sentenced to die
I hereby decree that your death shall be slow
This Newborn will die because he will grow old

Have you anything to say?

(Stan is listening in the moth)

KAI: You do not pass this sentence on me
You're passing it on all Brunnen G

MC: And so Kai was thrown into a lonely silent cell

KAI: You find me wasting here
You must think I'm insane
All I want is for you to know
I would do this all again
I simply had to do
What I had to do
But it never meant
I didn't love you
But why do you
Come see me here?
Is it to break my heart again?

XEV: While you were away from me
I nearly went insane
I spent my nights wondering
If I would see you once again
If I set you free, will you be with me?
Do you want me?
Do you love me?
I can't stand to see you wasting here (She unlocks the cell) I want to be with you again

BOTH: Two hearts are as one heart
And this one heart has two
As long as this heart beats
I will love only you
Time slips away
It fades away
So we must
Live today
My heart beats for you my love
And your heart beats for me
And your heart beats for me

MC: The Brunnen G, knowing that their shields were breached, communicated with the outside world for the first time in millennia. They realised that Kai was right, and that they truly were doomed. But how, my friends, do you think they reacted?

CHORUS: We have been living in a dream
(We have been living in a dream)
It's time to wake up, and truly see
Our lives have been so empty until now
But death will come and free us
Death will release us
It all makes senseless sense to us somehow
For too long we've cheated death
The sweet relief of our final breath
Sweet relief! Sweet relief!
We want it now!

MC: Nobody cared about Kai anymore. Nobody cared about anything - except their soon to be realised death

CHORUS: We welcome death with open hearts
(We welcome death with open hearts)
We feel alive now that the dying starts
It all makes senseless sense to us somehow
So let us rejoice at our death
The sweet relief of our final breath
Sweet relief! Sweet relief!
Sweet relief! Sweet relief!
Kill us now!

XEV: That's how they reacted? They really wanted to die?
KAI: Yes
MC: The madness was in the air. It was everywhere. But some did not wish to see the end of the Brunnen G. Some thought that the great people that saved mankind in the great Insect Wars should fight this new enemy. They were the Newborn - the only vital force left on the planet

KAI: We are the Brunnen G
And we once were great
And I must say to you
It is not too late
We may die but we must fight
Let us act this very night
Why should we lay down
And accept this fate

CHORUS: We are the Brunnen G
We're waiting to die
We celebrate the death
That will fall from the sky

KAI: We may die but we must fight
Let us act this very night

CHORUS: We are the Brunnen G
We're waiting to die

KAI: We are the Brunnen G
Do we have no pride?
We must stand and fight
Not commit suicide
Come with me and we will fight
Turn them back this very night
We are the Brunnen G
Do we have no pride?

CHORUS: We are the Brunnen G
We're waiting to die
We celebrate the death
That will fall from the sky

KAI: It is not too late to fight
Come with me this very night

CHORUS: We are the Brunnen G
We're waiting to die

KAI: Will you come with me and fight?

NEW: We will come with you and fight

CHORUS: We are the Brunnen G
We're waiting to die

KAI: We are the Brunnen G
We deserve to die!

XEV: I wish my character could change what happened
MC: The show is the show. The show never changes

MC: But the Newborn were few. They had no weapons. The Divine Order was more powerful than anything they had ever known. They had developed a mighty weapon called the Foreshadow. It could destroy entire planets with sheets of pure energy that it rained down onto them from space. Kai knew of nothing that could stop this weapon. The Brunnen G shields were totally destroyed by the Divine Order, and the Foreshadow was closing in. There was no hope of mercy, only certainty of death. The Newborn Brunnen G went to a museum, where they found a few ancient and long obsolete weapons left over from the Insect Wars, preserved only for their curious technology. They were tiny insect craft that carried small missiles, and the Newborn, led by Kai, planned to take these tiny craft and attack the Foreshadow, the mighty battle weapon of the Divine Order

KAI: If this should be
Our final stand
We will stand together with pride
We will honour the past
And fight to the last
It will be a good way to die

NEW: It matters not
If the cause is lost
And we cannot stop the tide
We will fight to the end
And then fight again
It will be a good way to die

XEV: Our time is short
Our chances grim
But I will not give in to fear
I can face death with an open heart
If I know that you are near
And if I must die
I'll be with you Kai
Full of pride
At your side
I live now for you my love
It's a good way to die

ALL: This moment will live on through time
If anyone ever asks why
The Brunnen G did not fall on their knees

(Stan turns the moth back to the theatre)

KAI: You will know
They found a good way to die

MC: The Newborn found a good way to die. They sang an ancient song, in a long lost language, handed down by their ancestors - a song the Brunnen G always sang when they went into battle expecting to die

(The Newborn line up by Kai, waving banners representing insect craft)

KAI: Yo A O
Yo A O Hom Var Ray

NEW: Yo A Ra Jerum Brunnen G
Yo A O Hom Var Ray
Yo A Ra Jerum Brunnen G
Yo A O Hom Var Ray
Yo A Ra Jerum Brunnen G
Yo A Ra Jerum Brunnen G

(His Divine Shadow stands at the side of the stage)

MC: The half a dozen little craft went forth against the mighty power of the Divine Order - not really believing that they would win, for the prophecy had told them that they would not, but knowing that they would die well

(One by one, the banner bearers kneel down at front of stage. Kai assumes the position, as HDS hovers over him)

KAI: His Shadow
HDS: His Divine Shadow, yes
KAI: The Brunnen G will defeat you
HDS: I do not think so. The power of order has destroyed your planet. The power of order will destroy you. And you are the last of the Brunnen G left alive. Die, last of the Brunnen G

(Fade to black. Then clerics carry dead Kai back on stage)

MC: Kai died well

(Stan is back. He claps)

STAN: If you guys are ready - it's time to go
KAI: We are ready

(Stan gets up on the stage)

MC: You do not have to go. You are in the next act, Xev - you and Stanley help the last of the Brunnen G to destroy the Divine Order
XEV: But what happens if we stay here with you?
MC: This universe will end, but we do not live in it. We live outside of time and space, so our world does not end when it ends. Our little show will go on. If you join us, you will also sing with us, for all eternity
KAI: Why are you asking us to join your troupe?
MC: Because yours is the most important story in the history of this universe, and this universe will end soon
STAN: We don't accept
XEV: Why?
STAN: You now why, because they don't live, they're not real. They are just like the Brunnen G, not alive, not dead. Thanks, but we don't accept
XEV: But you know that means we'll probably die. The universe is ending, and going to the centre is just the best idea we have
STAN: No, I've got another idea. We're not going to the centre anymore
XEV: Why not?
STAN: Because two thousand years ago, Kai was right. It's better to die fighting, than to die running. And come on, let's face it - at the centre there's nothing but a coward's death
XEV: So where are we going to go?
STAN: To fight Mantrid. Why should we just replay what's already happened? Let's rewrite the ending
XEV: Yes. Yes, Stanley, we are going to fight Mantrid. The Lexx still is the most powerful single force in the universe
STAN: At least it'll be a good way to die

(The singers join them on stage)

KAI: I found a good way to die, once. I am happy for you to join me

ALL: If this should be
Our final stand
We will stand together with pride
We will honour the past
And fight to the last
It will be a good way to die

(The singers vanish, Xev's costume returns to normal)

(The Lexx flies away from the theatre, which vanishes. Stan, Xev and Kai are on the bridge)

XEV: The Brunnen G discovered eternal life, but they all died. You were the only one to survive
KAI: I did not survive
STAN: OK, Lexx - let's go get Mantrid
LEXX: As you command, Stan

Yo A O
Yo A O Hom Var Ray