athras warn, this site may contain
spoilers though the episode
most recently broadcast in the United States.
We are still going over the ancient texts to find all the words of Zathras.
Here at least are some excerpts:
Chapter One. Babylon Squared.
"Not the One. NOT the One."
"The One is hurt. Must find. Zathras must find. Help."
"Great war. Terrible war. Much killings. Everyone fighting. A great darkness. It is the end of everything. Zathras
warn, but no, no one listen to poor Zathras, no. Great war. But, great hope of peace. Need place. Place to gather,
to fight to organize...to help save galaxy on the side of light. So they tell me. Must have. Or it is the end of all. The
One leads us. The One tells us to go, we go. We live for The One. We would die for The One. We pull this place
through time to save us all."
"It is The One."
"Zathras fixed--Take! Hurry!"
"...time stabilizer. Help survive when make next time jump."
"Leave me. You must listen to Zathras. You have a destiny. Go. Please. Go for Zathras."
"You must leave now. Finished we are. There is no more time. Leave or be trapped here forever!"
Chapter Two. War Without End, Part One.
Zathras used to being beast of burden. Zathras have sad life, probably
have sad death, but at least there is symmetry
...this wrong tool. Never use this.
Chapter Three. War Without End, Part Two.
"The One leads us. The One tells us to go, we go."
"Zathras knew... you would not leave him. Zathras trusts... the One."
"All Minbari belief is around three. Three castes -- worker, warrior, religious. Three languages. Light,
Dark, and Grey. The Nine of the Grey Council -- three times three. All is three... As you are
three. As you are one... As you are the One." He turns to Sinclair. "You are the One Who
Was." He turns to Delenn. "You are the One Who Is." He indicates Sheridan. "You are the
One Who Will Be." He again refers to them in turn. "You are the beginning of the story, and the middle of the story,
and the end of the story that creates the next great story. In your heart, you know what Zathras says is true. Go
now. Zathras' place is with the One Who Was. We have... a destiny."
"Good. Good. Zathras knew you would come. This way."
Chapter Four. Conflicts of Interest.
Ivanova said unto Zathras, "Excuse me, I need to see Draal."
And he replied,
"Oh, Draal is very busy! Have had four ground quakes on other side of
planet. Damage to weather control system, to great machine."
Then Ivanova recognized him, "Zathras!"
"Yes?" he replied.
"What the hell are you doing here?" asked Ivanova.
Zathras began to teach, saying,
"Zathras work here. Zathras were born here.
You work up there, Zathras work down here. You dress
like that, Zathras dress like this."
"That's not--" interrupted Ivanova.
"Just covering all possibilities.
Zathras does not want you being
confused. Bye." And Zathras began to depart.
Ivanova followed after him, "Hey! Wait a minute!
You are not supposed to be here. We left you a
thousand years in the past."
"No!" answered Zathras, "We have never met before.
But Zathras very pleased to be meeting you."
Ivanova insisted, "No, we have met."
Zathras explained,"No. Oh. No, noo. No no. You did not
meet Zathras. You met Zathras."
"Let's try this again." Ivanova said, and Zathras replied,
"As you wish."
And she began telling the last great story, "Zathras came
with us to Babylon 4." "Yes," said Zathras.
"Zathras stayed in the past with Valen," continued Ivanova.
"Yes," answered Zathras.
"You are Zathras," said Ivanova.
Again, Zathras answered, "Yes."
Then Ivanova concluded, "Therefore, you went into the past"
Then he began to explain all things to her plainly,
"No, that was not Zathras, that was Zathras. There are
10 of us, all of family Zathras, each one named Zathras.
Slight differences in how you pronounce. Zathraas, Zathras,
Zathras.. You are seeing now?"
"There are ten of you?" asked Ivanova. And he replied,
"Yes! Well, nine now."
"And Zathras?" she asked.
"Zathras gone!" said Zathras, "Zathras warned Zathras, but Zathras never
listened to Zathras. Zathras was quiet one in family. SO!
What can Zathras be doing for you?"
And so it happened, that Zathras said,
"Everyone always coming to Zathras with problems. Great
responsibilities. But Zathras does not mind. Zathras
trained in crisis management."
Then Ivanova spoke, "That's great, lets--" But Zathras
continued his discourse, teaching many things,
"But only Zathras have no-one to talk to. No-one manages
poor Zathras, you see. So Zathras talks to dirt. Sometimes
talks to walls, or talks to ceilings. But dirt is closer. Dirt
is used, through everyone walking on it. Just like Zathras, but
we've come to like it. It is our role. It is our destiny in the
universe. So, you see, sometimes dirt has insects in it. And
Zathras likes insects. Not so good for conversation, but much
protein for diet. Ha! Zathras fix now, this way."