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Old August 16th 15, 14:56   #1
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Valen's fate

Hey guys,
New member here. I have a question about the fate of Valen.
In the episode "Mind War", What did Ironheart mean by his final words to Sinclair? "Good-bye commander. I will see you again, in a million years."
To me it hints that Valen also evolved and became like one of the first ones and Ironheart.
Did JMS ever talk about it in the novels or any other place.

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Old August 16th 15, 16:26   #2
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Hard to say. We know Valen's body was never found, but that's it. I take Ironheart's words to mean he would see humanity in a million years, not specifically Sinclair. In Deconstruction of Falling Stars we see that in a million years humanity has evolved to be like Ironheart, so the timeline fits there.

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Old August 17th 15, 09:01   #3
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hmm, yes his word can be taken as that but since Valen's body was not found that is why I was thinking on that line.
Sheridan's body was never found either, since he went to beyond the rim I thought may be Valen did too but I guess we will never find out unless JMS says something about it.
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Old August 17th 15, 09:06   #4
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JMS has stated in the past that near the end of her life Delenn goes on a quest related to Valen, and that nobody sees or hears from her again. Are there any more details about this, and is it wishful thinking to assume that Lorien came back for Delenn and Valen as he did for Sheridan?
Springer, This is one of your posts, I just read it. Funny thing is that I was hoping something along the same line
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Old August 17th 15, 14:28   #5
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Related question... Was Ironheart more powerful than the Vorlons?

He could reshape matter with his mind and had become pure energy with no form. The Vorlons still had physical form and were never shown to have telekinetic power, to my knowledge.
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Old August 21st 15, 05:01   #6
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That's a question that hasn't ever occurred to me. He did seem to be more powerful in some ways than the Vorlons. Perhaps the Vorlons were more advanced in terms of the societies and tech they'd had time to develop, but in a way it does seem that Ironheart was in some ways superior to pretty much everyone in B5 except Lorien.
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Old August 29th 15, 21:44   #7
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I don't like to think about stuff like this because it gives me a headache. The events of WWE 1 & 2 with Sinclair going back in time to become Valen are hard enough for me to wrap my simple mind around.
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Old September 5th 15, 05:06   #8
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That's a question that hasn't ever occurred to me. He did seem to be more powerful in some ways than the Vorlons. Perhaps the Vorlons were more advanced in terms of the societies and tech they'd had time to develop, but in a way it does seem that Ironheart was in some ways superior to pretty much everyone in B5 except Lorien.
It could be viewed as a hint at humanities potential to advance to that level or perhaps as the early part of the series not having such a well defined power structure and introducing a Trek like "man become god" kind of character.
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Old September 10th 15, 02:37   #9
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That is actually probably closer to the real explanation. :tommie:

Yes, it was early in the writing, and the exact extent of the First Ones powers may have been tamed for later scripts.

I kind of like the idea that Ironheart evolved beyond even the First Ones.
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Old February 19th 16, 13:06   #10
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Wasn't it rumoured amongst the Minbari that his body was kept cryogenically preserved on the Vorlon homeworld? Perhaps the Humans from The Deconstruction of Falling Stars will find him and wake him up.
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