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Xena Revival Project

SYNOPSIS

Twenty years after Xena’s death, a withdrawn Gabrielle has stopped writing and has settled in an outlying village in Crete with her family. Now the village herbalist, she shies away from company and keeps to herself. Thousands of miles away in Japan, a group of monks, whose task is to guard the souls of the dead, suddenly find themselves overwhelmed when more and more souls turn up without explanation. They soon discover a powerful force beyond their scope is responsible. A mysterious, omniscient figure, known only as The Beast, commands an army of terrifying and seemingly invincible creatures and men, which is spreading across the world from his foothold in a frozen island fortress, intent on obliterating every obstacle in its path. The monks realize that only Xena in her mortal form stands a chance to defeat The Beast. Led by Akemi, they resurrect Xena, bestowing on her their collective powers and the strength of their ancestors in a last ditch effort to save humanity.

Now revived, Xena travels to find and reunite with Gabrielle. Together, and along with Gabrielle’s daughter, Ishani, who bears a strange resemblance to Xena, they set out on a mission to the Frozen Lands to destroy the dangerous tyrant. They are joined by an array of warriors, diviners, healers, and students of the legend of Xena, which has spread far and wide around the world. They must all combine forces for the greatest battle the world has ever known, with Xena’s return marking the reunion of one of the greatest love stories ever told.

Episode One: “Maybe, Maybe Not”

Chapter 1: Avenging Nalini

The first chapter of The Xena Revival Project’s first episode, “Maybe, Maybe Not,” finds Gabrielle twenty years following the finale, settled in a remote village in Crete. Forever changed by Xena’s death, a detached Gabrielle is going through the motions of her life when an interaction with a ghost from her past (or is it?) jolts her to the present. This chapter opens with a glimpse into the mounting evil that Gabrielle doesn’t realize she’s destined to fight. Her daughter, Ishani, recollects a memory from her childhood while planning an escape from her isolated home and complicated relationship with her mother.

Chapter 2: Stubborn Skin

The second chapter in Episode 1: “Maybe, Maybe Not” continues to examine Gabrielle’s mind as she is brought closer to the reality that Xena is, in fact, alive.

Chapter 3: Mǔqīn

This pivotal chapter finds Xena and Gabrielle finally meeting again—only to discover that love, even known and true, cannot always win. More information is given regarding The Beast, and regarding the depth of Gabrielle’s journey during the past twenty years. The fortune of Xena prior to her resurrection is revealed. Xena refuses to admit she needs recovery from her journey and experiences strong pain. Ishani encounters a visitor seeking Xena.

Chapter 4: Down to the Bone

Xena and Gabrielle find that their story has become legendary. As Udo attempts to explain his journey, Xena collapses from her injuries, and Gabrielle discovers a newfound power.

Chapter 5: Muscle Memory

The conclusion of the first episode finds the forces of Gabrielle, Udo, Ishani and Xena colliding as they each try to decide how to operate regarding the imminent threat of The Beast. Gabrielle learns various truths about herself, an a crucial one about Xena.


SHORT STORIES (ALT)

Snow in Crete

Gabrielle and Xena are emotionally snowed in. As winter falls on Crete, Xena’s feelings for Gabrielle are revealed when she is directly confronted by the bard.

Archway

This story is an English literature student’s encounter between her passions—Xena: Warrior Princess and classical literature. This fanfic contains a smattering of storytelling elements inspired by the likes of Lord Byron, Virginia Woolf, Ernest Hemingway, and E.E. Cummings, all stirred together with Xena and Gabrielle’s love story. This fic is best served hot, and best told when read aloud.

Like a Tree

This piece takes place around Season 3, before the Hope arc, and assumes Gabrielle and Xena are a couple, following a love proclamation to Xena from Gabrielle, and a slow adaptation of Xena into couplehood bliss, despite her initial struggle. Right in the midst of their love story, following a normal encounter with warlords, Xena and Gabrielle are faced with their worst nightmare. This story explores both Xena’s and Gabrielle’s reactions to this horrific act.

Been That, Done Her

Here’s a little scene based on the Season Three episode, Been There, Done That, that I think many of us would have loved to see. What if it weren’t just Xena who knew that the day was repeating itself? What if someone else were using it to their advantage instead? What could possibly go wrong? What could possibly go right?

Masterpiece

Xena has a fever, and she lets her true wishes known to a caretaking Gabrielle. But will whispered fevered words break the pair? Or will whispered wishes come true?

This is post finale only in the sense that, in terms of the timeline, the Eve/Livia and Solan arcs have already happened. It’s just like Xena never went to Japan and never died. Like a regular alt fic, situated in what would be season 7, pretending the ending never occurred.

Feet of Clay

Xena and Gabrielle come upon a patch of sinking mire in the desert and must think of creative ways to pass through it golden-hearted—without feet of clay.

Caught

Gabrielle and Xena have been getting on each other’s nerves. Caught in a minuscule war in the dead of winter, their bantering turns into serious fighting. Will raging waters break their bond, or will they sail through, reunited?


SERIES (ALT)

 

A Thing of Beauty Is a Joy Forever

There is no Callisto. The story takes place during Season Two. Gabrielle is married to Perdicus and has settled down in Potidaea. Xena, refusing to see her or admit she is hurt by and angry at her matrimony, embarks on a debaucherous, hedonistic binge, unable to stop her violent behavior from taking the forefront. In a short period of time, Xena neglects all responsibilities, including her promise for kindness and all that is good, which leaves her, mentally and physically, at rock bottom. When she finally encounters Gabrielle again, the two must admit the truth that, as it turns out, they have both been hiding.

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VII

VIII

IX, Part 1: Cliff of Caving

IX, Part 2: The Turn of the Screw

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Of Love and Her

During the episode, “When Fates Collide,” Xena, Empress of Rome, and Gabrielle, a notable playwright, collide as well. Considering the cast and crew of the show admitted a kiss (or more?) between the two characters had already been written and had to be taken out of the script, it’s easy to give room for a story of true love to develop between the two. Worry not—in my version, Xena and Gabrielle’s confessed love carries on across all timelines.

part one: The Balcony

part two: The Courtyard

part three: The Beckoning

part four: The Shift

part five: The Ends