As Xena tests to see whether or not she can use Lao Ma’s teachings away from Chin, she has a vision of Gabrielle, Joxer, and an unknown man fighting an army with explosions around them. She decides they must return to Chin to find out what the vision means. In Chin, they encounter K’ao Hsin with hundreds of refugees. K’ao Hsin tells them that the warlord Ghengis Khan is leading an army of Monguls through Chin. Khan is receiving help from the spirit of Ming Tien and his sister, Pao Ssu. Pao Ssu gives Khan the secret to making black powder – and suddenly Xena’s fight to save the refugees is that much more difficult…and deadly.
teleplay by Steven L. Sears
story by Robert Tapert & Steven L. Sears
directed by Rick Jacobson
music by Joseph LoDuca
Guest Cast: Ted Raimi (Joxer), Marie Matiko (Pao SsU/K’Ao Hsin), George Kee Chung (Genghis Khan), Daniel Sing (Ming Tien), Anthony Wong (Lin Qi), Helen Phung (Tei), Lohsing Cheng (Peasant)
LogBook entry by Mary Terrell