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Seeds of Faith
Gabrielle Seeds
Gabrielle mourns Eli
Overview
Series Xena: Warrior Princess
Season 5
Antagonist Ares
Setting Greece
Production
Original Air-Date January 10, 2000
Written By George Strayton & Tom O'Neill
Directed By Doug Lefler
Episode Chronology
Order in Series 099
Order in Season 9
Previous Episode Little Problems
Next Episode Lyre Lyre Hearts On Fire
Title Image
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Eli leads a peaceful resistance against the Gods, using only love as his weapon. When he stops Gabrielle from protecting him against Ares, the consequences that follow set the biggest events in history in motion.

SummaryEdit

Seedsoffaith 01

Xena and Gabrielle learn about the twilight

At a town meeting, Petracles preaches that it's time for the people to stop serving the gods. When a villager disagrees and pulls a knife on him, Xena's chakram sails in and cuts the scythe of another armed villager in half. But Xena's attempt to prevent violence against Petracles and his men is thwarted when an overprotective Gabrielle attacks another man in the group as he reaches into his pocket for a handkerchief.
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Ares gets upset with Xena and threatens her and her child.

Ares, eager to stop the growing movement against the gods, arrives on the scene. He looks at Xena's big belly and says she's been busy; who's the father. Xena says Gabrielle got the job as father. Xena says Ares is scared because it is "The Twilight", a time of legend when mankind no longer needs the gods, and thus they lose their power. Angel Callisto looks down, watching the verbal exchange. Ares gets upset with Xena and threatens her and her child.

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Ares talks to Gabrielle and Eli trying to get Eli to give up

Xena and Gabrielle escort Petracles and his men to a temple of Ares where Petracles' teacher Eli is instructing his followers to burn their weapons and rely on love as their sole weapon in their struggle against the gods. Xena and Gabrielle are delighted to see their old friend Eli, but warn him that love alone may not be sufficient to shield him and his followers from the wrath of Olympus. Later, as Gabrielle and Eli discuss peace and war, Ares appears again, this time to threaten Eli.

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Angel Callisto appears to Xena

Meanwhile, the Angel Callisto visits Xena and urges her not to interfere in Eli's battle against Ares and his soldiers. Callisto then visits Eli and reveals to him as gently as possible that it's his destiny to die for his cause. Callisto says the new world is being built on the foundation of the old world, and the gods must fall, and Eli would be the hammer. For it is he who has the strongest faith, the one that can love past his fears and usher in a new day where mankind would no longer need the gods. Callisto kisses Eli on the cheek and tells him that they are always with him.

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Eli is killed by Ares

Unable to convince Eli to give up his stance, Xena leaves to head off Ares' army. Gabrielle stays to protect Eli from Ares, but backs off when Eli begs her to stand down and to have faith in him. No sooner does she agree and turns away that Ares pierces Eli through the sternum with his sword and kills him.

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Xena and Gabrielle get into a argument over Eli's death.

Xena returns from stopping Ares' army to find a silent gathering at the town square, where Eli's shocked disciples look on as Gabrielle cradles their fallen leader. Xena asks if Gabrielle at least defended him and a distraught Gabrielle tells Xena not to dare blame her for Eli's death. An argument ensues between the two, Xena proclaiming that it is warriors that give peace messengers the ability to spread their word, whereas Gabrielle exclaims that maybe Ares is right, that the world could only be shaped by warriors. Gabrielle leaves the square after this, while Xena sets on to confront Ares.

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Ares allows Gabrielle to feel what he goes through everyday.

Meanwhile, Ares approaches Gabrielle, who is stricken with guilt over Eli's death. She says she didn't do what she had to do. Ares says it was selfish of Eli to put Gabrielle in that position, and goes as far as telling Gabrielle that she knows that "might is right" even when it is wrong. He says he can show her what it feels like to be a god, and the powers bestowed upon him, encasing her in a feeling of pure godlike power. He says he feels like that all the time, and tells her she could change the world with such power and then leaves. Gabrielle leans against the tree, contemplating his message.

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Angel Callisto helps Xena find the Dagger of Helios.

At the funeral, Xena is visited by Callisto, who tells her that Eli's death was not arbitrary and that his spirit will live on. Xena finds little comfort in Callisto's words and asks to be taken to the Dagger of Helios, a weapon that can kill a god. She intends to accomplish Eli's dream of ridding the world of Ares and the tyranny of the Gods once and for all. Gabrielle, in darkness, talks to Eli's ashes, and says she is standing with Ares for the greater good. Gabrielle asks Eli to have faith in her. She turns and walks off.

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Ares about to strike down Gabrielle.

Ares appears to Eli's followers and tells them Eli is dead. The people start chanting Eli's name, in continued defiance against Ares. Ares pulls a sword and says he's glad they have strong faith for they will die for it. Gabrielle jumps forward and pulls out her sais. She says peace is worth fighting for, and she decides to fight Ares. Gabrielle manages disarms Ares, and the sword flies to the ground. Ares proceeds to taunt Gabrielle, who retorts equally, enraging the God of War. She tries to stab Ares and instead stabs his priest, and is consequently disarmed and subdued by Ares. Ready to strike down Gabrielle, the chakram flies in and cuts Ares' sword in half, with Xena appearing and Gabrielle moves behind Xena.

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Xena almost kills Ares

As Ares' is about to engage Xena, she reveals the Dagger of Helios, placing it against his neck, ready to take Ares' life. Just as Xena was ready to exact retribution for the death of Eli, Xena catches a glimpse of Eli's face reflected in the blade. Realizing that Ares' death would be against Eli's mission, Xena decides to spare the God of War. Ares, not having the same feeling, places the dagger against Xena's neck, but his threat fails as Xena reveals that by slaying Eli, he played right into Eli's trap, ensuring that his faith, and movement agains tthe gods will continue, that Ares had inadvertantly made him a martyr. By slaying Xena, who refuses to fight, would only strengthen the movement. In his anger, Ares destroys the dagger, telling Garbielle that she could've had the world, and disappears. Xena assures Gabrielle that she never should have blamed her for Eli's death and the two reconcile.

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The father of Xena's baby is revealed by Callisto...to be her giving the child.

Angel Eli appears. He says Gabrielle and Xena's faith in each other is the greatest miracle of all. Eli then thanks Gabrielle for listening to her heart. Callisto also appears and stands at his side. Callisto says it is time for her to be reincarnated. Callisto says Xena will make a great mother to her, and that the child would be a way to amend for what both had done and lost to one another. Callisto touches Xena's womb, transferring her soul into the unborn baby, and Xena cries.

Background InformationEdit

Key EventsEdit

  • This episode marks the final physical appearance of Eli.
  • This episode marks the final appearance of Callisto.
  • After six episodes, the origin of Xena's baby is revealed: Callisto chose Xena to be her mother when she is reincarnated. Since they are both responsible for taking each other's families, the miraculous birth will redeem Xena of Cirra and Callisto of Solan.
  • Xena's distinctive funeral dirge, which was written and performed by Lucy Lawless, makes its last appearance at Eli's funeral.

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