Lt. Commander Data: Captain, I am detecting life readings from the planet's surface, as well as several small areas of thermal radiation and carbon dioxide emissions, indicative of combustion.

Wesley Crusher: [smiles] Campfires, Data.

Lt. Commander Data: Is that not what I said?

Lieutenant Worf: [to Acamarians] Your ambushes would be more successful if you bathed more often!

Chorgan: Will you feed us? And clothe us?

Sovereign Marouk: No, of course not! We've set aside some land for you...

Chorgan: [laughs uproariously] Land?

[throws an arm around Brull's shoulders]

Chorgan: Do we look like farmers?

Sovereign Marouk: [keeping her temper with difficulty] Then don't farm.

Captain Jean-Luc Picard: It is remarkable, how very much alike the two of you actually are.

Chorgan: That's ridiculous!

Sovereign Marouk: Really, Captain!

Captain Jean-Luc Picard: No, I'm quite serious. You are both able negotiators, strong leaders...

Brull: We don't obey weak leaders.

Chorgan: We have nothing in common at all. We haven't agreed to anything.

Captain Jean-Luc Picard: You're wrong, Chorgan. We've agreed to have some brandy together.

Chorgan: Who are you?

Yuta: Yuta, of the Clan Trilesta.

Chorgan: Th-there are no more Trilestas!

Yuta: Five survived the last Lornack raid. But on that day, a century ago, my life ended, and my search began. I was the one chosen. Transformed. My cells were altered, and my aging slowed. Enough to finish my task.

[Riker phaser-stuns one of Chorgan's men]

Chorgan: A Federation trap!

Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Chorgan, I assure you, my First Officer has a very good reason for his actions.

Captain Jean-Luc Picard: [emphatically] You do, Number One?

Sovereign Marouk: You people haven't changed in a hundred years!

Brull: You should know. You were there!

Chorgan: [to Riker] Commander... I am in your debt.

Brull: You don't like me.

Wesley Crusher: I didn't say that!

Brull: No problem. I have many friends that don't like me. But what do you know about me?

Wesley Crusher: You're a thief!

Brull: I steal to survive, not because I enjoy it! We Gatherers value our freedom, we do what we want, and we answer to no creature!

Wesley Crusher: Then why are you helping Sovereign Marouk to change all that?

Brull: Maybe because I want something better - for me, and for my children.

Wesley Crusher: [surprised] You have children?

Brull: Yeah, two sons. One's just about your age.

[grins]

Brull: He's not any good at math.

Yuta: As... the Sovereign has no further need for my services this evening, she suggested I might spend some time with you.

Commander William T. Riker: What a charming suggestion.

[Dr. Crusher has isolated a microvirus from Volnoth's body]

Doctor Beverly Crusher: This microvirus will only attach itself to cells with a very specific DNA sequence.

Commander William T. Riker: How specific?

Doctor Beverly Crusher: Without knowing more about their genetic makeup, I can't be sure. But my guess is, this virus would only kill one Acamarian in a million.

Commander William T. Riker: Pretty single-minded bug.

Doctor Beverly Crusher: Too single-minded. I can't believe it's a naturally occuring virus.

Commander William T. Riker: Meaning someone engineered it?

Doctor Beverly Crusher: Meaning Volnoth was murdered.

Commander William T. Riker: The wars are over, Yuta.

Yuta: You cannot understand.

Commander William T. Riker: You're right, I can't. Because I've seen the part of you that regrets what you've become.

Chorgan: You will never leave this ship alive.

Yuta: You're the last. Once you're dead, what happens to me doesn't matter.

[Chorgan's ship fires on the Enterprise]

Lieutenant Worf: Shield holding.

Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Mr. Worf, contact Chorgan, tell him Brull has brought us to talk...

[the ship rocks again]

Lieutenant Worf: Chorgan is not responding.

[the ship rocks again]

Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Mr. Worf, can we knock out their shields without seriously damaging their ship?

Lieutenant Worf: I believe we can, sir.

Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Prepare phasers and open a channel.

Lieutenant Worf: Phasers locked, channel open.

Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Chorgan, this is Captain Jean-Luc Picard of the Enterpr-

[the ship rocks yet again]

Captain Jean-Luc Picard: All right... let's focus their attention. Mr. Worf, fire phasers.

[the Enterprise fires]

Lieutenant Worf: Their forward shields are inoperative.

Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Well done, Lieutenant.

Lieutenant Worf: We are being hailed, sir.

Captain Jean-Luc Picard: That's better. On screen.

Chorgan: Brull, you traitor! You have brought them here to destroy me!

Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Chorgan, if I wanted you destroyed, you would not be talking to me right now. Obviously, I wanted something else.