While an Earth official investigates the mystery ship encountered by Lt. Keffer in hyperspace, Londo learns more about the Shadows' plans for the Centauri, and the consequences of his bargains. Sheridan receives a new tool in the fight against the Shadows.
While the station is being repaired, both inside and out, Sheridan goes to the rock garden, where he meets Ambassador Kosh. He tells Kosh that, ever since Kosh had saved his life the previous week, he hadn't thanked him properly, and that Kosh hadn't returned his calls. Sheridan asks Kosh if everything is all right.
"Being seen by so many at once was a great strain. I returned to my ship to rest. You have a question?" Kosh asks.
"Nobody knows it was you. Everyone saw something different, something from the legends of their own world. But it was still a terrible risk. After taking such...such care to hide what you really are, why take that chance?"
"Well, as answers go: Short to the point, utterly useless, and totally consistent. What I've come to expect from a Vorlon."
"You know... I just had a thought. You've been back and forth to your homeworld so many times since you got here, how do I know you're the same Vorlon? Inside that encounter suit, you could be anyone."
"I have always been here."
"Oh yeah? You said that about me too."
"I really hate it when you do that."
"Good," Kosh tells Sheridan as he leaves him alone in the garden.
Sheridan tells Ivanova, who is with him in the docking bay, that he is tired of the unannounced visits of V.I.P's from Earth, since they are never given enough information. The man they are waiting for arrives and introduces himself as David Endawi, who asks that they go somewhere private, and that Ambassador Delenn join them.
Garibaldi brings the pilot of the small ship into the new Medlab facilities, and Franklin tells Garibaldi that he will have Dr. Sanchez do an examination, and inform him of the results. Garibaldi leaves, and Franklin examines the man, dressed in the uniform of a Ranger. He calls Sanchez to inform her he needs her help, but upon turning around, the Ranger is gone.
Sheridan, Ivanova, Delenn, and Endawi are in Sheridan's office when Endawi asks Delenn if, as a member of the older races, she has any information about the mysterious ship that Lt. Keffer recorded shortly before his death. Endawi asks what Keffer knew about the ship, and Sheridan and Ivanova insist they didn't know what he knew about it. Endawi explains that the ship is obviously from a highly advanced civilization, and that they are worried about the threat the ship might represent, and it is his job to gather information about it. Delenn apologizes to Endawi, but tells him she has never seen a ship of this type before. Endawi asks her if she's sure, but she insists she is. Endawi asks if a ship like this had entered Babylon 5 space, and Sheridan says no. Endawi asks for quarters to stay in until he has been able to talk to the other ambassadors, and Ivanova escorts him out. After they leave, Sheridan asks if the ship belongs to the Shadows, who Delenn had told him about several months earlier. Delenn acknowledges this, saying that it is important to convince the Shadows that they are unaware of the Shadow's but that she didn't lie: she had never actually seen on of their ships before. She says that Shadow ships are relentless and nigh invincible, but Sheridan doesn't believe it. She tells him that he will only feel that way until he sees what they can do. "Take a good look, John. That is the face of our enemy."
Lennier meets Delenn and tells her that someone is looking for her. When she tries to brush him off, Lennier changes her mind by presenting the badge of the man brought into Medlab, which Delenn recognizes immediately.
Delenn and Lennier, in disguise, venture into Downbelow and enter a tavern, where they sit down. The ranger comes up to them and gives them drinks, which they initially do not accept, but soon do in order to avoid drawing attention. Lennier tastes the drink and discovers it has no alcohol in it. The Ranger, who identifies himself as Marcus, says it proves he was waiting for them, since very few know of alcohol's effects on Minbari. Marcus tells Delenn he needs her help, but would prefer to discuss it in private. They leave the tavern, but are followed. They soon run into a group of thugs, who insist they give over their possessions. Marcus pulls out a Mimbari staff, and begins fighting the thugs. Delenn and Lennier join in, and the thieves are soon defeated. The three of them quickly run away.
Morden tells Londo that he wants to make sure that the Centauri are clear on the details of their separation. He brings up a map of the galaxy and draws a line on it, showing the quarter of it which the Centauri may conquer at will. As long as they don't trespass into the territory of Morden's associates, there won't be any problems. Londo asks how he can be sure that Morden's associates won't attack him, and Morden says he can't, but that they have what they want, and aren't concerned with the rest. Londo quickly agrees to Morden's conditions, but Morden tells him there is one more condition. There is one world, on the edge of the Centauri boundaries, that his associates want custody of, and he has already convinced Lord Refa to secure it until his associates can arrive. When Londo asks if he might be able to see the ships of Morden's associates one day, Morden tells Londo ominously to ensure no Centauri remain near Zagros VII when his associates get there.
The shuttle and the flyer pull out of hyperspace and arrive near a beautiful, strange, magnificent ship. "Her name," Marcus tells them, "is the White Star. And she's yours, Captain."
"G'Quan?" Endawi asks.
"One of our greatest spiritual leaders. The Book of G'Quan is copied by hand from the original with every note and line precisely drawn. This ship and your ship are the same. I tried to warn the others that the ancient enemy was returning. But no one listened... Perhaps now they will."
"But if this is correct, why would they just disappear for a thousand years?"
"To all things, there is a time, Mr. Endawi. Perhaps this is theirs."
Sheridan declares that the Shadows must have come for the Rangers who he promises not to abandon. Delenn insists they aren't yet ready to fight, but they aren't given much of a choice when the Shadow ship attacks. The White Star manage to maneuver out of the way of its attack, which shocks Delenn, since the Shadows never miss. After they clear the last mine blockading the Rangers, they tell the Rangers to clear out. Sheridan tells Lennier to proceed to the jumpgate since the Shadows won't suspect that the White Star can open a jump point because of its small size, and he wants to keep every advantage he can. Delenn says the ship will follow them wherever they go, and Sheridan says he's counting on it. The White Star enters the jumpgate, with the Shadow ship following close behind.
The original shuttle and Minbari flyer arrive back on Babylon 5 to be met by Mr. Endawi, who demands to know why they lied about where they were going and what they were doing. Sheridan and Delenn say that they had to tow a Minbari diplomatic shuttle to a nearby jumpgate. They apologize, but Endawi is on his way back to Earth. He tells them he has all the information he needs, and that he will send a copy of the report.
Franklin says, "Well, then, I have a question. Granted, I am stuck in Medlab most of the time, and granted, I'm usually the last to know anything around here, and granted, we've all been pretty busy lately, but could someone please tell me what the hell these Shadows are?"
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