Lifeblood 5.16 Lifeblood 
1st Airdate:
March 20th, 2000 
Writer:
 Rob Tapert and RJ Stewat 
Director: 
Paul Grinder 
Guest Appearances:

Danielle Cormack ~ Sam
Kate Elliot ~ Yakut
Shelley Edwards ~ Cyane
Episode Disclaimer:

Warning: The Surgeon General cautions practicing Weird and Grotesque Amazon rituals may be hazardous to your health. 

 

LOG LINE:  Xena and Gabrielle travel to the Amazon village to make Eve an Amazon princess and discover that it's up to them to prevent unnecessary bloodshed in a vengeful war.

Summary

This summary is from the Official Xena Webpage

Gabrielle (Renee O'Connor) decides to give her Right of Caste in the Amazon tribe to Eve, which would make Eve an Amazon princess. Gabrielle, Xena (Lucy Lawless) and the baby travel to the Amazon village. They find the tribe mourning the loss of several Amazons, including Yakut (Kate Elliot), and planning to take revenge on the Samite nomads. During the funeral, Yakut's ghostly image appears to Xena and throws a fireball at her from the pyre that causes Xena to have disturbing visions. Xena shakes herself from the trance and Cyane (Shelley Edwards), the new tribal leader, informs Xena and Gabrielle that Amarice was one of the Amazons killed. In addition, Cyane tells them that Yakut foresaw their coming to make Eve a part of the tribe. 

Gabrielle becomes the temporary tribal queen and takes Eve to the ceremonial yurt. Unable to attend the sacred ceremony, Xena visits Yakut's yurt where Yakut's bloody image appears and warns Xena that the Amazons are in danger. Meanwhile, Gabrielle falls into a trance while the Amazons dance around her. She has visions of Samsara fighting the cannibals and Cyrane becoming a member of the tribe. Gabrielle discourages the Amazons in their quest for revenge and asks that they focus instead on bringing new life, such as Eve, into the tribe. 

Back at Yakut's yurt, Xena and Yakut unite to retrieve the Atma dagger that has been banished to the netherworld. Xena successfully pulls the dagger into the realm of the living, but the electricity it gives off sends her into a trance and she sees visions Samsara and Cyane fighting. Xena comes to and Yakut warns her that Eve will be bathed in blood during the ceremony. 

Xena rushes into the ceremonial yurt and stops the initiation. Gabrielle is equally shocked at this unfamiliar ritual and apologizes to Xena.The tribe gathers around Xena when she reveals the Sacred Dagger of the Atma. Entranced by the weapon, the tribe sees visions of battle between the Cannibals and the Amazons. Cyane and the Amazons wish to go to war, but Gabrielle and Xena dissuade them by pointing out that shedding more blood will not honor nor bring back their dead friends. The Amazons take on a new mission of dedicating their lives to helping others and Eve is indoctrinated into the tribe with water instead of blood.

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