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Old May 12th 12, 11:27   #31
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Re: EpDis: War Without End Part Two

Originally Posted by Alioth View Post
No doubt Sinclair/Valen faced similar temptations to try to alter the timeline with his influence.
He definitely did. Remember in the second part of War Without End (when he already know he is going to become Valen), he tried to reach Season 1 Garibaldi by warning him to "watch his back". Personally I though that even if he'd have got through to him that was going to be too oblique for him to pick up. After all, it seemed the Universe itself had been trying to give him the same hint verbatim throughout the entire first season.

Also if you read the comic "In Valen's Name", you find out that (don't uncloak the spoiler if you haven't read the comic and want to read it).

Spoiler for Sinclair's action as Valen:
Valen tries to leave a note with his allies for Delenn... warning her of the Earth-Minbari War... but he is stopped by a vorlon.

The tale ends with this conclusion:

"My name is Valen... and I have served my people like no other. I led them into fire... into darkness... into death... and they followed me without hesitation. They acclaim my victories and hail me as a great leader. They speak of my successes as if they are as infinite as the stars. And yet, for all that I've accomplished... I lie awake, listening to the screams of the dead and dying, those who are already gone, and those are yet to be born. A few words from me could avert the Earth-Minbari conflict. A warning to Delenn or Duhkat... But without the war, there would be no Babylon 4 and no Babylon 5. There would be no rallying point against the Darkness... and the Shadows would win, now and a thousand years from now. I cannot deviate from the circle of which I am a part. I am the beginning of the story, as Zathras said... and a prisoner of it. I dare not change the end. Still... it's been a good life... lives... over all. Delenn, Susan, Michael... if any of you see this somehow.. don't cry for me. For in the final analysis, I've always been too hard on myself. I'll be content to let history judge me, and all that has been done in Valen's name. And as for me... I've received my own reward, because I've found her. At long last... I've found... her."
Incidentally I've amended that last quote so it reads as jms intended it (infamous misprint in the comic)
We live for The One, we die for The One

"We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth."


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