Babylon 5 - An Overview

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2258 Season One: Signs and Portents

"It was the Dawn of the Third Age of Mankind, ten years after the Earth-Minbari War. The Babylon Project was a dream given form. Its goal: to prevent another war by creating a place where humans and aliens could work out their differences peacefully. It's a port of call, home away from home for diplomats, hustlers, entrepreneurs and wanderers. Humans and aliens wrapped in two million, five hundred thousand tons of spinning metal .. all alone in the night. It can be a dangerous place, but it's our last, best hope for peace. This is the story of the last of the Babylon Stations. The year is 2258. The name of the place is Babylon 5."
-- Commander Sinclair in Babylon 5: "Midnight on the Firing Line".
    At the beginning of 2258 the five major powers were in a state of uneasy peace. The Earth-Minbari war was ten years in the past, and the Narn Regime had finally broken away from the Centauri Republic. Commander Sinclair Raiders The station commander was Jeffrey Sinclair, chosen by the Minbari (co-sponsors of the Babylon project). Sinclair's main tasks were to keep a lid on Narn aggression towards its former ruler, the Centauri Republic, and protect the station from the Raiders - a group of space pirates, while the station also functioned as a port of call and a place of commerce for another quarter of a million humans and aliens. The choice of Sinclair, who had famously fought against the Minbari during the war, was no accident: using their power of veto, Earth's former enemies had all but selected him for the job. The reason (concealed from all humans and most Minbari) was his role at the battle of the Line, the last stand of the humans at the end of the war, at which the Minbari had inexplicably offered their surrender just as their victory seemed complete. Epsilon 3 During the battle, Sinclair had been captured and examined by the Minbari, who discovered that there was a genetic link between the two races: for centuries, humans, such as Sinclair, had begun to be born with Minbari souls. The crew of Babylon 5 discovered that the apparently barren world of Epsilon 3 below them was actually housing a vast underground complex of machinery and the mystery of the disappearance of Babylon 4 was partly revealed: it had been taken through time by unknown forces to assist in a war in an unknown place and time. Behind the scenes, an ancient race, known only as The Shadows, was building its forces. Through Morden, a Human intermediary, the Shadows subtly began working their influence on the galaxy by capitalising on the desires of Centauri ambassador Londo Mollari to rebuild his fading empire. Londo let his benefactors assist him by destroying a Narn outpost, thus re-igniting conflict with the Narn Government. On that same day, the President of the Earth Alliance was killed in an explosion that few realised was really an assassination, and Delenn, the Minbari ambassador, activated a device called a triluminary, that caused her to undergo a physical transformation.


2259 Season Two: The Coming of Shadows

"The Babylon Project was our last best hope for peace. A self-contained world five miles long, located in neutral territory. A place of commerce and diplomacy for a quarter of a million humans and aliens. A shining beacon in space, all alone in the night. It was the dawn of the third age of mankind, the year the great war came upon us all. This is the story of the last of the Babylon stations. The year is 2259, the name of the place is Babylon 5."
-- Captain John Sheridan in Babylon 5: "Points of Departure".
Captian Sheridan The late Earth Alliance President Luis Santiago was replaced by the vice president - Morgan Clark. Within days of Clark's appointment, Sinclair was recalled to earth, where he learnt that he had been captured by the Grey Council during the Earth-Minbari war, and found to have a Minbari soul. This was why the Minbari had surrendered to Earth, as Minbari do not kill their own kind, and because of Valen's prophecy that the two halves of their soul would have to unite against a common enemy. Sinclair was appointed as Earth's ambassador to Minbar, where he founded the Army of Light known as the Rangers to fight in the war ahead. Following Sinclair's departure, the renowned war hero Captain John Sheridan assumed command of Babylon 5. The Earth Government imagined he would be more favourable to their increasingly dictatorial policies. But as time went on, Sheridan and his colleagues- including Commander Susan Ivanova, Security Chief Michael Garibaldi and Doctor Stephen Franklin - began to learn sinister truths about Earth's new world order, most importantly that the new president, Morgan Clark, was responsible for the assassination of his predecessor Luis Santiago. With the newly formed Ministry of Peace and the Nightwatch organisation, Clark's government was becoming ever more powerful and intrusive in the lives of the people on Earth. More sinister still was its association with the Psi Corps, an official organisation of human telepaths, who had placed a human spy - Talia Winters - on the station. Meanwhile, Sheridan began an unlikely but close relationship with Delenn, the Minbari ambassador, who had transformed herself at the beginning of 2259 to become half-human. When Sheridan was alerted to a conspiracy to destroy Earth from within by his old friend General Hague, he decided to form a small conspiracy of light to learn about and oppose Clark's take-over bid. Centauri Ambassador Londo Mollari's alliance with the sinister Shadows helped his political associates assume power within the Republic. They also forced the Narn Regime to declare war on the Centauri.
"For a hundred years the Centauri occupied our world, devastating it. We swore we would never let that happen again. This attack on our largest civilian colony has inflicted terrible damage and loss of life. They've crossed the line we can not allow them to cross. As a result two hours ago my government officially declared war against the Centauri Republic. Our hope for peace is over. We are now at war. .. We are now at war."
-- G'Kar in Babylon 5: "The Coming of Shadows".
    The Narn were almost totally destroyed following a brutal attack on their home world.Bombing Narn Minor skirmishes between the two races had escalated when Londo Mollari the Centauri Ambassador, was visited by Morden, an envoy from a powerful alien race he referred to only as his associates. Using huge black spider like ships, the Centauris' new allies gave occasional help in attacks on the Narn, using devastating weapons called mass drivers on the Narn Homeworld in what Londo understood would be the first steps towards the resurgence of the once great Centauri empire. Despite the appalling and illegal nature of the destruction of Narn, Earth Alliance had even negotiated a non-aggression pact with the Centauri, which Sheridan realised undermined Babylon 5's neutrality.

     As human sightings of the black ships increased and G'Kar, the Narn ambassador, discovered prophecies relating to them, Delenn revealed the truth to Sheridan.

"There are beings in the universe billions of years older than either of our races. Once, long ago, they walked among the stars like giants, vast, timeless. Taught the younger races, explored beyond the rim, created great empires, but to all things, there is an end. Slowly, over a million years, First Ones went away. Some past beyond the stars never to return. Some simply disappeared ... Not all of the First Ones have gone away. A few stayed behind, hidden, or asleep, waiting for the day when they may be needed. When the Shadows come again."
-- Delenn in Babylon 5: "In the Shadow of Z'ha'dum".
    The aliens, known only as "Shadows" were one of the first races to exist in the Universe, the "First Ones" who also included the Vorlons. The Shadows were also extremely hostile, having fought a long war against many younger races, including the Minbari, a thousand years ago. Sheridan agreed that Babylon 5 would join the Army of Light against the Shadows. Realising that the Narn-Centauri war was merely a harbinger for events to come, Sheridan welcomed the support of Draal - the custodian of Epsilon 3 and its advanced technology.Kosh revealed Sheridan was also given joint control of all Rangers in the area by the half-Human, half-Minbari Delenn. Ambassador Kosh summoned an inquisitor to determine whether Delenn is right to ally herself with him during the coming war against the Shadows. The inquisitor, Sebastian, tortures, taunts and degrades Delenn until Sheridan rushes to her rescue. When Sheridan and Delenn demonstrate that they are willing to sacrifice their lives for the other and die unnoticed and alone, Sebastian tells them that they are the chosen ones: the right people in the right place at the right time. They are also the first to pass his test.
    At the close of 2259 the Centauri aggression had brought Babylon 5's peacekeeping mission to an end. However, the nature of the Vorlons seemed to become clearer as Kosh left his encounter suit and appeared as an angel, flying up to catch Sheridan as he fell from a sabotaged train carriage whilst en route to a meeting of the Advisory Council in the Zen Garden.

"It was the end of the year 2259 and the war was upon us. As anticipated, a few days after the Earth-Centauri treaty was announced, the Centauri widened their war to include many of the Non-Aligned Worlds. And there was another war brewing closer to home. A personal one, whose cost would be higher than any of us could imagine." "We came to this place, because Babylon 5 was our last, best hope for peace. By the end of 2259, we knew that it had failed. But in so doing it became something greater. As the war expanded, it became our last, best hope for victory, because sometimes peace is another word for surrender, and because secrets have a way of getting out."
-- Ivanova in Babylon 5: "The Fall of Night".

2260 Season 3: Point of No Return

"The Babylon project was our last, best hope for peace. .. It failed. ..But in the year of the Shadow war it became something greater: our last, best hope .. for victory. The year is 2260, the place: Babylon 5."
-- Commander Ivanova in Babylon 5: " Matters of Honor".
The White Star At the beginning of the year Sheridan assumed command of the White Star, built using Minbari and Vorlon technology, and announced that it was time to stop reacting to the actions of the Shadows and their allies, and start acting against them. Using the White Star, Sheridan scored his first victory against the Shadows, having broken the blockade at Zagros 7. Sheridan also destroyed a Shadow ship found on Ganymede, to prevent Shadow technology falling into Clark's hands. As the war escalated the gap between Babylon 5 and the Rangers on one hand, and the Government of Earth on the other, became wider. Sheridan was shocked by Clark's decision to bomb Mars after it had declared its independence. Following similar announcements from other colonies, Sheridan severed Babylon 5's ties with the Earth Alliance and declared that Babylon 5 had become an independent state and would remain so until Clark resigned or had been deposed. A bitter struggle with Earth Force heavy cruisers resulted, and Babylon 5 looked set to fall into Earth Force hands until Delenn brought Minbari ships to Sheridan's aid.
"This is Ambassador Delenn of the Minbari. Babylon 5 is under our protection. Withdraw, .. or be destroyed." [in the White Star!]
"Negative. We have authority here. Do not force us to engage your ship."
"Why not? Only one human captain has ever survived battle with Minbari fleet. He is behind me. You are in front of me. If you value your lives, be somewhere else."

-- Delenn and Captain Drake in Babylon 5: "Severed Dreams".
    The price of Delenn's help was high, as she was forced to disband the Grey Council, the Minbari ruling body, to secure support for Babylon 5, leaving Minbari society divided in three castes. However, Babylon 5 was established as a beacon of light against the growing darkness of the Shadows. Sheridan later formed the War Council to lead the effort against the Shadows. For the next year as the Narn struggled desperately to survive as a race and the Centauri proceeded to annex several other worlds, the allies of Sheridans's Army of Light known as Rangers, fell into an all-out war against the Shadows, with the very cautious help of the Vorlons. Kosh was killed by the Shadows, and replaced by another Vorlon ambassador with the same name. Meanwhile the mystery of Babylon 4 was solved when its successor's crew discovered a temporal anomaly which was shifting it backwards and forwards in time.
"Delenn, the question of who stole Babylon 4 is the biggest mystery of the last decade. Now you are telling me that it was .. *me*? Is me, is going to be me? You can't be serious."
"John, with Babylon 4 we will be able to save my people and yours. It is history, it's already been done. All we have to do now is make sure that we do it then."

-- Sheridan and Delenn in Babylon 5: "War Without End #1".
    Sheridan and Delenn successfully prevented Babylon 4's destruction by the Shadows, assisted by Sinclair,Shadow Battle so it could be sent a thousand years into the past, - where Sinclair remained to become Valen - the Minbari prophet and leader.The White Star Fleet With Sinclair gone, Delenn was chosen to be the next Entil'zha - Ranger One. Meanwhile, Sheridan and Delenn are becoming closer and their relationship deepening. The seal was set when Delenn took Sheridan out in the White Star, and showed him their latest weapon against the Shadows - an entire fleet of ships of the White Star class, crewed by Rangers. Sheridan is quite overcome by this, and they exchange their first kiss on the bridge of the original White Star. Sheridan's next task was to convince the non-aligned worlds to join the Army of Light. He succeeded in this, and, as the war continued, Sheridan successfully unlocked the Shadows' military strategy, and mounted a counterattack, together with the Minbari, Narns, Non Aligned Worlds and a fleet of White Star.

     Shortly after this victory, Sheridan's long lost wife Anna reappeared.Jump! She took him to the Shadows' Homeworld of Z'ha'dum, even though he knew it was a trap. The Shadow's spokesman - Justin - asked Sheridan to stop opposing them, and warned him a fleet of Shadow ships was ready to attack Babylon 5. In response, Sheridan launched a devastating nuclear attack on the Shadows' HQ - seeming to sacrifice himself in the process. The Shadow fleet made a hasty retreat, taking a hostage, Security Chief Garibaldi. Thus the Shadow War had paused, leaving the crew of Babylon 5 to face an uncertain future in an ever changing universe.

"It was the end of the Earth year 2260, and the war had paused, suddenly and unexpectedly. .. All around us, it was as if the universe were holding its breath, waiting. All of life can be broken down into moments of transition or moments .. of revelation. This had the feeling of both." "G'Quan wrote: 'There is a greater darkness than the one we fight. It is the darkness of the soul that has lost its way. The war we fight is not against powers and principalities, it is against chaos and despair. Greater than the death of flesh is the death of hope, the death of dreams. Against this peril we can never surrender. The future is all around us, waiting in moments of transition, to be born in moments of revelation. No one knows the shape of that future, or where it will take us. We know only that it is always born in pain."
-- G'Kar in Babylon 5: "Z'ha'dum".

2261 Season Four: No Surrender, No Retreat

"It was the year of fire, the year of destruction, the year we took back what was ours. It was the year of rebirth, the year of great sadness, the year of pain, and the year of joy. It was a new age. It was the end of history. It was the year everything changed. The year is 2261; the place: Babylon 5."
-- Lennier, Zack, G'kar, Lyta, Vir, Marcus, Delenn, Londo, Franklin, Ivanova, Garibaldi, Sheridan, in Babylon 5: "The Hour of the Wolf".
Lorien 2261 saw the miraculous return of Sheridan from Z'ha'dum and from the dead, with a new friend, the ancient Lorien, the first of the First Ones. However, the price Sheridan had to pay for his experiences on Z'ha'dum was a greatly reduced life expectancy. Lorien was only able to restore his life for about 20 years - after that he will simply stop. To help soften the blow, Sheridan proposes to Delenn, telling her that whatever time he has left, he wants to spend it with her.
The explosion on Z'ha'dum had left the Shadows severely weakened, and halted their attack on Babylon 5, but until Sheridan's return, the members of Sheridan's Alliance, bruised from the long war, were reluctant to send another mission to Z'ha'dum to finish the job. Now, galvanised into action, the allies began to fight back. But unexpectedly the Vorlons started to pursue their own agenda, systematically destroying any worlds where the Shadows had influence, at the cost of millions of innocent lives. Both the Vorlons and the Shadows, it transpired had ideological purposes behind their actions, attempting to influence the evolution of the younger races either through the imposition of order (represented by the Vorlons) or by chaos and conflict (represented by the Shadows).
"When most of the First Ones left, two of them, the Shadows and Vorlons, stayed behind. Their job was to keep an eye on the younger races, help them along, but .. they couldn't decide or agree on what had to be done. The Vorlons believed that strength comes through order and discipline, the Shadows believe in promoting evolution through conflict, starting wars.
-- Sheridan in Babylon 5: "The Summoning".
Sheridan's Forces Conspiring to bring the fleets of both races together in a massive battle, Sheridan and Delenn confronted representatives of the two races and rejected, on the younger races' behalf, the imposition of either of their ideologies. Led by Lorien, their mentor, the Shadows and the Vorlons left the galaxy together, leaving the younger races to determine their own futures. With the war over, Sheridan turned his attention back to Earth and Mars, where Clark's rule seemed stronger than ever. The White Star Fleet. Using the alliances made during the war, and the Rangers' fleet of White Stars, constructed for the war from Vorlon and Minbari technology, Sheridan led the resistance against Clark's government and brought many sympathetic members of earth's military forces over to his side. On the brink of his success, Clark accepted the inevitable and committed suicide, while his former political allies lined up to take over from him. Back on Minbar, civil war had broken out between the warrior and religious castes. Delenn as leader of the religious caste, agreed to surrender to Shakiri, the leader of the Warrior caste, at the temple of Valeria. Delenn announces that if the Warrior caste want to return to the old ways, then the war must be ended by entering the Starfire Wheel. Whoever is prepaed to die will win dominance for their caste. Delenn steps into the circle, Shakiri reluctantly follows, but cannot stand the pain and leaves. His place is taken by Neroon, who lifts Delenn out of the burning light. He remains, and as the Stafire Wheel engulfs him, he anounces to the masses:
" I was born warrior caste. I see now, the calling of my heart is religious. Listen to her!"
- Neroon: "Moments of Transition".
The circle reaches maximum strength, and Neroon is vaporized. With stability returned to Minbar, Delenn then reforms the Grey Council, but this time giving the Worker Caste a majority.
"Today we rebuild what was broken. Today we restore the Grey Council. I summon the nine as Valen called them together long ago."
-- Delenn in Babylon 5: "Moments of Transition".
    The new Earth President, Suzanne Lucenka, persuaded Sheridan to resign from Earth Force, despite his contribution to the overthrow of Clark, to prevent further division among Earth's population. Meanwhile, however a new political force had been gathering. The Minbari, Narn and Centauri, along with the League of Non-Aligned Worlds, had pledged to form a new Interstellar Alliance with Sheridan as their president.
"For many years all of us here have priced our good relations with Earth. You have shown through your example that strength comes from a multitude of voices brought together for a common cause. Humans form communities. In that spirit we have voted to dissolve the League of Non-Aligned worlds and create a new alliance, based on mutual co-operation and respect. An alliance, born in the diverse voices of many worlds, joined by their desire to build a better future and their decision to voluntarily recognize a common authority."
-- G'Kar in Babylon 5: "Rising Star".
This would be policed by the Rangers and White Star fleet, and was designed to bring peace to the Galaxy. Perhaps a little reluctantly, President Lucenka agreed that Earth would join forces with the Alliance. While heading back to Babylon 5, Sheridan and Delenn are married in a private ceremony on board White Star 2. At the close of 2262, it seemed the galaxy was at the dawn of a new age ...
"We are all alone now, just the younger races. We can't blame anyone else from now on. It's a new age, Delenn, a third age."
"Why third?"
"We begun in chaos, too primitive to make our own decisions. Then we were manipulated from outside by forces that thought *they* knew what was best for us. And now .. now we are finally standing on our own. Lorien was right, it's a great responsibility. This is ours now."
"Strange. The galaxy seems somehow smaller now that the First Ones are gone forever."
"It feels like the magic's gone now."
"No, not gone. Now we make our own magic. Now we create our own legends. Now we build the future. Now we stop--"
"--being afraid of shadows."

-- Sheridan and Delenn in Babylon 5: "Into the Fire".

New Beginnings
"It was the end of the Earth year 2261 and it was the dawn of a new age for all of us. It was the end of one chapter and the beginning of another. The next 20 years would see great changes, great joy and great sorrow. The telepath war. The Drakh war. The New Alliance would waver and crack, but in the end it will hold, because what is built endures, and what is loved endures. And Babylon 5, .. Babylon 5 endures."
-- Delenn in Babylon 5: "Rising Star".

2262 Season 5: Wheel of Fire

And so it begins ...
There is a hole in your mind.
What do you want ?
No one here is exactly what he appears.
Nothing's the same anymore.
Commander Sinclair ... is being reasigned.
Why don't you eliminate the entire Narn home world?
I see a great hand reaching out of the stars.
Who are you?
President Clark has signed a decree today declaring martial law.
These orders have forced us to declare independence.
The sooner your people get off their encounter-suited butts and do something ...
You are the one who was.
If you go to Z'ha'Dum you will die.
Why are you here, do you have anything worth living for ?
I think of my beautiful city in flames.
Giants in the playground.
Now get the hell out of our galaxy!
We are here to place President Clark under arrest.
- Various characters including G'Kar, Kosh, Sinclair, Londo, Sheridan, ISN, Zathras, Lorien & Delenn -- Season Opener in Babylon 5: "No Compromises".
President Sheridan    This is the concluding year in the five year Babylon 5 arc. Sheridan is now President of a new Interstellar Alliance of the galaxy's races based on Babylon 5, marking a new beginning with a new set of challenges and new opportunities.
    With Ivanova's departure, Sheridan calls upon a former 'compatriot' Captain Elizabeth Lochley, who has an interesting former relationship with him, to assume command of the military side of Babylon 5. In the wake of the war, many groups are trying to reassert their power, with the most significant being the former servants of the Shadows. However, the Alliance begins on a note of cautious optimism, bolstered when everyone eventually agrees to sign G'Kar's declaration of principles:
"The universe speaks in many languages, but only one voice. The language is not narn or human or centauri or gaim or minbari. It speaks in the language of hope."
"It speaks in the language of trust. It speaks in the language of strength and the language of compassion. It is the language of the heart and the language of the soul. But always it is the same voice. It is the voice of our ancestors speaking through us and the voice of our inheritors waiting to be born. The small, still voice that says: 'We are one. No matter the blood, no matter the skin, no matter the world, no matter the star. .. We are one. No matter the pain, no matter the darkness, no matter the loss, no matter the fear. .. We are one.' Here, gathered together in common cause, we begin to realize this singular truth and this singular rule that we must be kind to one another. Because each voice enriches us and ennobles us and each voice lost diminishes us. We are the voice of the universe, the soul of creation, the fire that will light our way to a better future. We are one."
"We are one."
-- Sheridan / G'Kar in Babylon 5: "The Paragon of Animals".
    The loss of Marcus leaves the station without a representative of the Rangers, so Lennier, feeling that with Delenn married to Sheridan his role on the station is redundant, leaves Babylon 5 to train as a ranger on Minbar. Garibaldi is back on B5 despite having found love on Mars, and Sheridan gives him the job of head of Covert Operations, allowing Zack to stay head of security, while Garibaldi remains a civilian. Lochley's first major problem is a party of rogue telepaths fleeing Psi Corps who request asylum. She refuses but Sheridan over-rules her. However, as the charismatic leader of the telepaths, Byron, wins over Lyta Alexander, Sheridan is forced to re-evaluate his decision in light of Bester's return and Byron's people's subsequent terrorism. From that moment Byron's cause is doomed and Captain Lochley calls in Bester and the Psi Corps.
"Our job is to protect normals from rogue telepaths. Perhaps now you'll understand why we are necessary. Every race to develop telepaths has had to find some way to control them: through laws, religion, drugs, or extermination. We may not be pretty .. but we're hell of a lot better than your alternatives."
-- Bester to Lochley in Babylon 5: "Phoenix Rising".
    It brings the situation to an ugly end, Byron kills himself, putting an end to the trouble for the moment, but ensuring his name and his cause live on.
    Londo returns to Centauri Prime to assume his role as Prime Minister. With G'Kar as his bodyguard Londo discovers that all is not well in the royal court and perhaps the influence of the Shadows has not completely faded. G'Kar meanwhile makes an important discovery in the dungeons beneath the palace.- where his old friend Na'Toth is being held. With Londo's help they are able to free her.
    Another problem for Sheridan is the apparent return of the Raiders who are indiscriminately attacking cargo ships belonging to the various members of the League. Raiders attackingGaribaldi believing the Drazi to be responsible travels to their homeworld and learns that the true culprits may be far more familiar. The fragile peace is breaking up, and as evidence builds against the Centauri, Londo becomes increasingly isolated from the other races, culminating in a blockade against the Centauri by the Alliance. Londo faces the Alliance on behalf of his government and announces they are leaving the Alliance. When he finally discovers the truth, it is too late to prevent his world from being bombed and himself from becoming an instrument of the Drakh. The fragile peace is breaking down.Sheridan asks Garibaldi to co-ordinate reports from Rangers who are watching the Centauri warships and the Alliance Worlds who have stationed their own cruisers ready to fire if the Centauri violate their space. If the White Stars can get there before the fighting starts, maybe they can avert a war. But Garibaldi's drinking is becoming a problem once more, and when the message comes through to Garibaldi he is in a drunken stupor. Due to his inaction, the whole Alliance risks being dragged in to a potentially devastating war.The jumpgate in the Drazi system opens and Centauri warships stream out. A Drazi squadron moves to block the way, the Centauri return fire, and space is now full of explosions.
    When the news of this latest outrage is revealed, the Ambassadors charge into the Alliance chambers, furious that Sheridan broke his promise to protect them with the White Star fleet. Their angry voices grow louder until Sheridan shouts at them to be quiet. "You want war, is that it?" he demands, searching their faces. "You want war? You got a war."

What does the candle represent?

    Later, Delenn sits in her quarters, meditating, or perhaps praying, as she gazes into the flickering light of a single candle. Sheridan sits down beside her and asks her what the candle symbolises.

"What does the candle represent?"
"Whose life?"
"All life, every life.We are all born as ... molecules ... in the hearts of a billion stars. Molecules that do not understand politics, policies or differences. Over a billion years we foolish molecules forget who we are and where we came from. In desperate acts of ego ... we give ourselves names, fight over lines on maps, and pretend that our light is better than everyone else's. The flame reminds us of the piece of those stars that lives on inside us. The spark that tells us ... "you should know better". The flame also reminds us that life is precious, as each flame is unique. When it goes out, it's gone forever ... and there will never be another quite like it. So many candles will go out tonight. I wonder some days ... if we can see anything at all."
- Sheridan and Delenn in Babylon 5: "And All My Dreams, Torn Asunder".
    Investigations continue into the attacks by the Centuari. Vir Franklin and Lyta travel to the Drazi Homeworld an find evidence that the Centuari are not necessarily the ones behind the war. Although Centauri ships are being used, as they are being controlled remotely, it is likely very few people in the Centuari military know about the attacks. It is valuable evidence in tackling the conflict that threatens to tear the Alliance apart, but it comes too late to save Centauri Prime.
     As the war escalates, with the Narn and Drazi ships attacking Centauri Prime, Sheridan orders the White Star fleet in, but they have difficulty holding their own against warships up to six times their size. Delenn travels to Minbar to ask in secret for help in creating a new class of ship. However her ship is attacked and left drifting helplessly in hyperspace. Convinced they are going to die, Lennier confesses to Delenn that he loves her.

The Drakh shows the Keeper to Londo
     Back on Centauri Prime, when the Drakh asks Londo to decide between serving the Drakh and the potential destruction of the whole planet, Londo finally agrees to be an agent for the Drakh. A Keeper is attached to him, so he will be obedient to their demands. The Drakh says that they have now got the Centauri just where they want them to be:
"[You] are now what we need you to be. A beaten, resentful people ... who can be used ... Perfect ground for us to do our work"
- Drakh to Londo in Babylon 5: "The Fall of Centauri Prime".
    Londo contacts Sheridan at the head of the White Star fleet around Centuari Prime to inform him that the Centauri warships are being recalled, blaming the hostilities on the late, mad regent and they agree to end hostilities. Sheridan asks Londo to help find Delenn's missing White Star. Eventually it is found by a Centauri Warship, and Sheridan and Delenn are reunited. Londo is made Emperor of the Centauri, and he dismisses Sheridan, Delenn Vir and G'Kar from his world, and walks to his inauguration alone. He gives a defiant speech as a giant holographic image of him in his new Emperor's coat towers above the devastated capital.
"We fought alone and we will rebuild alone. We will work even harder to show those who have come to humiliate us that we will not bow down."
- Londo in Babylon 5: "The Fall of Centauri Prime".
    The series ends with the characters being scattered throughout the universe.Garibaldi eventually admits to his drinking problem and the process of rebuilding his life can begin, together with Lise and a new life on Mars. Franklin accepts a important xenobiology job back on Earth Dome. Londo faces the prospect of growing old alone as Centauri Emperor. Ever since the publication of his book, G'Kar has had to escape his people's attempts to try and turn him into a religious icon, who will set up a new government. He therefore decides to explore the galaxy with Lyta, who has been revealed to be a living doomsday device, created by the Vorlons to be their ultimate weapon in the war against the Shadows, as his travelling companion.There are more revelations for Sheridan and Delenn when she discovers that, despite the odds, she is pregnant with their future son, David. Everyone gathers to see Sheridan and Delenn leave Babylon 5 for their new life on Minbar. Delenn tells them there is no word for goodbye in Minbari. In every parting there is a chance of meeting again, so she does not say goodbye.
"Our souls are a part of this place, our hopes the foundation of the future ... We will pass this way again." - Delenn in Babylon 5: "Objects at Rest".
    However, the happiness of Sheridan and Delenn's journey to Minbar is overshadowed when Lennier has a final fatal moment of weakness in his love for Delenn, which, as predicted by Morden, makes him betray the Anla'shok. Racked with shame and guilt he takes off into the galaxy alone. That evening on Minbar, Sheridan and Delenn dine with Londo, who presents them with an urn, which he asks them to give to their son David when he comes of age, saying untruthfully, that it is an ancient Centauri custom. Unknown to Sheridan and Delen, the urn contains a dormant Keeper.
    Later, Sheridan cannot sleep. He has been thinking about his child and how he will not live to see him come of age. He sits alone in the dining room and records a message for his son's twenty-first birthday. He tells him to look to Delenn for wisdom and fire; to learn from his mistakes; that home is not a place, but where your passion takes you; to enjoy and remember your friends as life changes and be willing to fight for what you believe in. He ends his letter with a familiar piece of advice:
"The first piece of advice my dad ever gave me. Never start a fight, but always finish it."
- Sheridan to his unborn son, David, in Babylon 5: "Objects at Rest".

20 Years After: Sleeping in Light

    On Minbar, twenty years after the Shadow War and the formation of the Interstellar Alliance, Sheridan is asleep dreaming of Lorien, the First One, who brought him back from the dead by giving of himself to replenish Sheridan's life force. Then, Sheridan wakes and goes into the garden to look at the beautiful city of Tuzanor. His wife joins him and takes his hand. "I'm almost out of time, Delenn," he says. "But time enough ..."
    "Do you want me to send the messages?" Delenn asks.
    "Yes. Send them," he replies. The sun starts coming up, and they both watch the sunrise, embracing in silence.
    Ivanova is now an Admiral, and the door to her office on Earth bursts open. A Ranger hands her a note. In a quiet, reflective voice she says, "Tell him, I'm on my way."
    On Centauri Prime, Emperor Vir is in bed with two women when there is a knock at the door. A Ranger hands him an invitation...
    On Mars, 16 year old Mary Garibaldi is playing tennis with Dr. Franklin. Her father looks up from his paper and tells her that he will show her how to play the game properly. However, a Ranger has arrived at their house with a message...
    They all gather on Minbar for one final meal together. However, as they reminisce about old times, their laughter is tinged with sadness. Sheridan proposes a toast to dead and absent friends "G'Kar, Londo, Lennier and Marcus".
    Before the others wake up the next morning, Sheridan takes out his black uniform for one last time. Delenn greets him and they know this will be the last time they will see each other. They fight back tears and embrace for one last time.
"Good night, my love, the brightest star in the sky."
"Good night, you have been my sky and my sun and my moon."
- Sheridan and Delenn in Babylon 5: "Sleeping in Light".
    Eventually, reluctantly, they pull away. He heads out to the ship waiting for him without looking back. Sheridan stops at Babylon 5, which like him, is almost at the end of its time. Redundant and in the process of being decommissioned, it is almost empty, just the memories remain now. Then Sheridan sees Zack, who looks a little older and walks with a limp, but he talks about how they changed the world. Sheridan and Lorien pass beyond the Rim. As a dizzy spell passes over Sheridan, he knows that it's time for him to go now. He heads for Coriana 6, where the First Ones left twenty years earlier. A jump point opens and his ship enters normal space. He holds position, staring out at the stars until a faint blue-white light light forms outside his ship, A shimmering vision of Lorien appears. "Who are you? What do you want? Why are you here? Where are you going?" says his voice. Lorien has been waiting for Sheridan, for the time he would return to the End of the Beginning, to go beyond the Rim and begin a new journey. A soft white light slowly surrounds him. Watching the sun riseHe stops breathing and in that moment of stillness, the light intensifies until it engulfs him completely, then he disappears beyond the Rim.
    Back on Babylon 5, Ivanova joins Vir, Zack, Garibaldi, Delenn, and Franklin at the decommissioning ceremony. They leave the station in a shuttle, passing between two rows of ships from all the races. The last workman (none other than JMS himself!) turns off the lights. As the lone shuttle leaves, there is a deep rumble in the core of Babylon 5. Then the Station explodes and is consumed in fire.
    Meanwhile, on Minbar, Ivanova becomes head of the Rangers and dresses herself in her new robes. Delenn, alone now until she and Sheridan meet again "in the place where no shadows fall," watches the sun rise across Tuzanor. Sheridan's ship is recovered from the Coriana system, but, curiously, his body is never found ...
"Babylon 5 was last of the Babylon stations. There would never be another. It changed the future and it changed us. It taught us that we have to create the future or others will do it for us. It showed us that we have to care for one other, because if we don't, who will? And that true strength sometimes comes from the most unlikely of places. Mostly, though, I think it gave us hope that there can always be new beginnings, even for people like us. As for Delenn, every morning for as long she lived, Delenn got up before dawn and watched the sun come up."
- Ivanova in Babylon 5: "Sleeping in Light".

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