ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Xena

Updated on January 7, 2012

"I've cut off the flow of blood to your brain. You'll be dead in 30 seconds."

Xena is a fictional character from the television show Xena: Warrior Princess, which aired from 1995 until 2001. Created by Rob Tapert and Sam Raimi, this strong female character, played by Kiwi actress Lucy Lawless, quickly won a legion of fans who continue to support the show and its stars to this day.

Xena lived in Ancient Greece, living a life of evil and hate as a powerful warmongering warrior until she met Hercules, who set her on a new path of righteousness. Shortly afterward, she met village girl Gabrielle (played by Renee O'Connor), who went on to become her best friend and saving grace.

Xena battled evil for six seasons, encountering warlords, demons, angels and gods, until the show finally came to a controversial climax! Now approaching its 15th anniversary, the show continues to find new fans, while loyal lifelong Xenites still eagerly pack out the annual convention in America.

In this lens you will learn more about Xena and the impact she has had on the world. Enjoy!

Photo Credit: From personal autograph collection. Buy Xena Photos at Creation Entertainment

This work is the copyright of the author, MissMerFaery (2009). Please DO NOT copy this elsewhere either in print or online. Photos are copyright of the stated sources and may not be used without permission. First published: 2009

Ten Reasons to Love Xena!

  1. She is empowering to women across the globe (and men!)
  2. She is not afraid to stand up for what is right
  3. She is a true friend to her soulmate Gabrielle
  4. She has a fabulous war cry
  5. She looks great in leather!
  6. She has "many skills"...
  7. She fights for the Greater Good
  8. She overcame her dark side
  9. She kicks butt!
  10. She inspired the one of the greatest fan bases a TV show has ever known!

Xena: Warrior Princess Box Set - The Complete Six Seasons

You can buy all six seasons in one marvellous box set! Enjoy the entire incredible journey, from Xena's early struggle for redemption and meeting Gabrielle, to her ultimate battle in Japan.

Xena: Warrior Princess The Complete Series (Seasons 1-6 Bundle)
Xena: Warrior Princess The Complete Series (Seasons 1-6 Bundle)

The complete Xena - nuff said!

Enjoy all six seasons along with a very impressive host of extras and bonus features, with behind-the-scenes documentaries, exclusive footage and bloopers, interviews and more!

 

The Girl from Amphipolis - Xena's Past

Photo Credit: Find Official Xena Photos at Creation Entertainment

Xena was born in Amphipolis, Thrace. Her world changed when the village was attacked by a warlord named Cortese. Xena led a resistance against him, gathering together an army, which led to the death of her brother, Lyceus, along with many other villagers. The village, including her own mother, turned against her, but despite this, Xena determined to protect her homeland, and would go on to grow her army and conquer surrounding lands.

She spent time pirating the high seas, gathering the means to form a mighty army. During this time she met M'Lila, who taught her the infamous 'pinch' (a pressure point technique which cuts off the flow of blood to the brain, killing the victim unless the pinch is released). She also encountered Julius Caesar, who beguiled her into trusting him, but eventually betrayed her and had her crucified. Xena was rescued by M'Lila, but not before her legs had been broken. Luckily, she was taken to a healer, who was able to reverse some of the damage. But M'Lila was killed, which led to a new Xena being born; one of darkness, and revenge, and death. This era of Xena's life is chronicled in the season two episode 'Destiny'.

Xena became seized by blood-lust, and joined forces with the warrior Borias. Together they led a mighty army, with Xena making an impressive warrior despite being a cripple.

Whilst on a campaign in China, Xena met Lao Ma, a beautiful and wise wife of a Chinese ruler. She healed Xena, curing her injured legs, and began to teach her a better way, but Xena's rage and hatred won through, and she left once more with Borias. These events are told in season three's 'The Debt' Part I&II. Xena's travels also take her to Japa, where she meets Akemie, a young girl who possibly had the power to turn Xena from her evil path, but who kills herself as punishment for murdering her wicked father and sends Xena into a spiral of self-destructive grief.

Xena and Borias continued to conquer, eventually conceiving a child together. However, an evil shamaness named Alti entered their camp, seducing Xena with the notion of becoming the 'Destroyer of Nations'. Xena went on to kill both amazons and centaurs, and became so obsessed with power and war that Borias left her, turning to the side of the centaurs. This was an act that would lead to his downfall; poignantly dying as his child with Xena was born. Xena realised she did not want her son, Solan, growing up to be the monster she had become, or for him to be a target for her enemies, so she gave him to the centaurs to raise. This story of Xena and Borias is told in the season four episodes 'Adventures in the Sin Trade' Part I&II and 'Past Imperfect', and Season Six's 'Last of the Centaurs'.

In the subsequent years, Xena continued to wreak havoc, betraying Boadicea and even becoming a feared and bloodthirsty Valkyrie to get the better of the Norse god Odin (told in the season six Norse trilogy).

Eventually, she finds herself at the head of an army which grows increasingly mutinous. She hatches a plan to kill Hercules by turning his best friend, Iolaus, against him, but fails. She then saves a child from being killed by her army, and berates them for murdering women and children. One of her men, Darfus, leads a mutiny against her which leads to her walking the 'gauntlet', where she is cruelly beaten senseless by her men. But Xena survives, and goes on to fight against her former army alongside Hercules, who teaches her a better way. This is chronicled in the Hercules episodes 'Warrior Princess', 'The Gauntlet' and 'Unchained Heart'.

From here, Xena goes on to meet Gabrielle, and the series is born!

Xena's Transformation

The Path to Redemption

The character of Xena was introduced in Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. Show creators Rob Tapert and Sam Raimi wanted to make a series out of this incredible warrior, exploring a far darker show than the lighter Hercules, but networks weren't so sure.

When writing Xena's trilogy in Hercules, the outcome of 'Unchained Heart' depended solely on whether the idea for Xena's own show was picked up. If it hadn't have been given a chance, Xena would have died in battle redeeming herself.

Thankfully, the show WAS picked up, and Xena went on to run for six fabulous seasons.

The show never shies away from Xena's dark past. Despite fighting relentlessly for good, the warrior princess can never escape the guilt she feels at the countless murders she committed, and although Gabrielle leads her onto a bright and righteous path, Xena never feels she can wholly redeem or forgive herself.

Good Vs Evil!

Okay, go on, be honest... we all love Xena, but did ya like her a weensy bit better when she was a badass and kicked serious butt? Go on, you can tell us....

Do you prefer Good Xena or Evil Xena?

Great Xena stuff from Amazon

Love Xena? Find some great products on Amazon.

Most Famous For...

* Her chakram

* Her war cry

* The pinch

* The leather

* Her "many skills"

* Her "are they or aren't they?" relationship with Gabrielle

Xena and Gabrielle

The Soulmate Thing!

One of the most enduring things about Xena, and one of the things that makes it SO popular with its loyal fans, is the relationship between Xena and Gabrielle.

These two are soulmates - destined to be together forever. Anyone familiar with the show will know that Xena gained a massive gay following, with much speculation throughout the show's run as to whether Xena and Gabrielle were just good friends, or lovers. Some fans thought they were, some didn't.

The producers loved to tease, and there were plenty of "moments" and even one or two kisses... but because the show didn't want to upset either set of fans, they never actually stated one way or the other! Which is great, because you can imagine their relationship however you want it to be. Either way, one thing is for sure - the bond between these two is unbreakable. Not only that, but it inspired an incredible sisterhood across the globe, forging friendships between Xena fans all over the world.

Who wouldn't want such a beautiful connection between two souls, either with a lover, or a friend?

Xena and Gabrielle's friendship survives against all odds.

Xena and Gabrielle's friendship survives against all odds.
Xena and Gabrielle's friendship survives against all odds.

Warrior Princess: Hot or Not?

Quick, what do you think of Xena?

See results

Xena and Ares

The Love Hate Thing!

Despite the lingering questions about Xena and Gabrielle, there was another "will they won't they?" figure in Xena's life - in the form of immortal God of War, Ares!

Xena was a self-confessed fan of "bad boys" and Ares was most certainly her guilty pleasure. The God of War spends much of the show trying to coax Xena back to her "glorious" bad days of when she was Evil Xena, to no avail.

Despite his war-mongering ways, Ares had a huge soft spot for Xena, even in her good form, to the point where he gives up his immortality to save the lives of her daughter and of Gabrielle, during the Twilight of the Gods.

XENA FACT:

Ares was played by Kiwi actor Kevin Tod Smith, who sadly died in 2002 following a freak accident on a film set, where he fell from a concrete block and never regained consciousness. The Xena community greatly mourned the loss of this talented actor, who poignantly was on the verge of breaking into Hollywood movies as he was due to commence filming on a Bruce Willis movie, Tears of the Sun.

Xena never could resist a bad guy in leather...

Xena never could resist a bad guy in leather...
Xena never could resist a bad guy in leather...

Anything Ares Can Do, Xena Can Do Better!

Not that they're competitive or anything...

The Best Xena Sites on the Web

Here are the best Xena links to keep you up to date with the Xenaverse!

Know of any fab sites not listed here? Let me know!

Xena and Callisto

The Nemesis Thing!

Xena faced many foes during her six seasons, but the most popular of all has to be the psychotic Callisto!

Xena's nemesis was actually created by Xena - during her time as an evil warrior, Xena laid waste to a village when Callisto was a child, causing the deaths of her parents. Callisto grew into a twisted killer hellbent on vengeance, and when we first met her, she was murdering her way through villages pretending to be Xena, to blacken the warrior princess's name and get her attention.

Callisto featured in numerous episodes and endured numerous demises after becoming immortal, causing a great amount of harm, from the death of Gabrielle's husband, to the shocking death of Xena's young son Solan, which caused the infamous major rift between Xena and Gabrielle in Season Three.

One of the things that made Xena so great was that it wasn't afraid to be dark, despite its reputation as a "camp" fantasy show.

The story of Callisto had its morals, too, with the warrior discovering that revenge did not make her feel any better - only empty, and longing for oblivion. In the end, Xena makes a stunning sacrifice in the final chapter of Callisto's story, and she lives on in a whole new form. If you've not yet seen the show, I won't spoil it for you!

Xena finally redeems Callisto and gives her the peace she has always dreamed of.

Xena finally redeems Callisto and gives her the peace she has always dreamed of.
Xena finally redeems Callisto and gives her the peace she has always dreamed of.

The Devil in Disguise...

...but oh how we loved her.

Adventures in the Xena Trade

Xena and Gabrielle's relationship blossomed throughout the show, but was also threatened on numerous occasions, especially during the infamous 'Rift' arc of episodes.

Here is an overview of each season.

Xena Season One

After her life-changing encounter with Hercules in the first series of The Legendary Journeys, Xena is lost and confused. She saves a village from an evil warlord named Draco (coincidentally a former flame!) and meets Gabrielle, who is inspired by Xena and follows her on her journey home to Amphipolis. So begins the world of Xena!

Season One introduces us to the main characters little by little, including Callisto, Joxer, Autolycus and the Amazons. It also sees the friendship between Xena and Gabrielle develop. Both are faced with losing the other during this season, and both they, and we, start to realise how much they mean to each other.

Buy Season One!

Not discovered Xena yet? Enjoy the beginnings of the Warrior Princess phenomenon with this Season One boxset!

Xena: Warrior Princess: Season 1 (Deluxe Collector's Edition)
Xena: Warrior Princess: Season 1 (Deluxe Collector's Edition)

From Xena's first meeting with Gabrielle in "Sins of the Past", to nearly losing her in season finale "Is There a Doctor in the House?", Season One shows why so many fans fell in love with Xena!

Episode Highlights:

Sins of the Past

Hooves and Harlots

The Greater Good

Callisto

Is There a Doctor in the House?

 

Xena Season Two

Season Two sees Xena and Gabrielle's relationship develop and blossom, and gives us both comedy in the form of episodes such as Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, and great drama in the form of A Necessarily Evil, Return of Callisto and more.

We enjoy more from the Amazons, and even get to see Joxer become a dashing hero - even if only for a day!

Buy Season Two!

Enjoy season two escapades with this boxset!

Xena Warrior Princess - Season Two
Xena Warrior Princess - Season Two

Xena's adventures continue. Callisto returns to wreak unimaginable havoc in Gabrielle's life, and Xena is killed (for the first time!)

Episode Highlights:

Return of Callisto

Warrior... Princess... Tramp

Destiny

The Quest

A Day in the Life

For Him the Bell Tolls

 

Xena Season Three

Season Three is, in my opinion, the point where Xena became a truly great show. Aside from the outstanding array of episodes it gave us, it proved that it was more than just a lighthearted fantasy series, and showed its dark side.

Xena and Gabrielle face both death and their darkest hour in this series, and only this show could pull off what it did in the episode The Bitter Suite - mending their broken relationship in the form of a musical. Sounds insane, but it worked!

It also featured the stunning two-part episode The Debt, which explains a key part of Xena's backstory and takes us to China for the first time.

Buy Season Three!

The show takes a darker turn in Season Three - find out why by getting this boxset now!

Xena Warrior Princess - Season Three
Xena Warrior Princess - Season Three

Xena and Gabrielle's friendship is tested to the limit in this season. Gabrielle faces her darkest hour while Xena faces the loss of her son. Can the two ever reconcile?

Episode Highlights:

Been There Done That

The Deliverer

Gabrielle's Hope

The Debt I&II

Maternal Instincts

The Bitter Suite

Forget Me Not

Sacrifice I&II

 

Xena Season Four

After the shock cliffhanger of Season Three, where Gabrielle seemingly plunged to her death to save her friend's soul, we are treated to the first of the "shamanic" episodes, where we learn about the northern Amazons, the evil shamaness Alti, and see a chilling vision that will haunt the entire fourth series - Xena and Gabrielle being crucified.

Gabrielle returns in episode three, and the series brings a wealth of superb episodes, as well as great new characters such as Amarice and Eli.

The series culminates in another series cliffhanger from which even Xena and Gabrielle surely cannot come back from? Once again the series brings us darkness and drama as, rather than save the two characters from their fate, it sees the vision come true...

Buy Season Four!

This boxset takes Xena to a whole new level in Season Four. Don't miss the incredible ending in Ides of March!

Xena Warrior Princess - Season Four
Xena Warrior Princess - Season Four

Gabrielle decides to follow the path of peace, while Xena is plagued by a troubling vision throughout the series, which foresees the death of herself and Gabrielle at the hands of the Romans. Will it come true? Watch to find out!

Episode Highlights:

Adventures in the Sin Trade I&II

Between the Lines

The Way

Crusader

Endgame

Ides of March

 

Xena Season Five

We should know by now that death is never the end on Xena, and sure enough, some angelic magic and Eli manage to bring the two back to life after a visually stunning battle through Heaven and Hell.

Gabrielle really comes into her own in this series, becoming a warrior in her own right. Just as well, because Xena finds herself pregnant, and due to a prophecy the gods are all after her unborn child.

The series takes insane storylines to a whole new level towards the end of the series, with the final episodes occurring 25 years later. Confused? You'll just have to watch the show!

Buy Season Five!

This boxset sees Xena become a mum - but the gods aren't happy!

Xena Warrior Princess - Season Five
Xena Warrior Princess - Season Five

From the breathtaking resurrection of Xena and Gabrielle in the season opener, to Xena's unexpected pregnancy, to the mind-bending twist towards the end of the season, this series is not to be missed!!

Episode Highlights:

Fallen Angel

Chakram

Seeds of Faith

God Fearing Child

Looking Death in the Eye

Livia

Eve

Motherhood

 

Xena Season Six

The final season of Xena had its highs and lows, but none so controversial as the season finale.

Despite the show missing all of its supporting cast due to the 25 year leap in time (aside from the remaining gods and Xena's daughter Eve), there are many great episodes in this season, including some impressive Amazon ones.

SPOILER ALERT If you haven't seen the show, you might want to skip this bit!

In the end, we return full circle to Xena's quest for redemption, and her final sacrifice to do just that. In order to make right what she did in Japan years ago, she must destroy the evil Yodoshi. In order to do this, she has to die. Of course, Xena has died many times during the show, and throughout this two-parter, fans were in no doubt that Gabrielle and Xena would once again be reunited at the end. But the final twist was cruel - in order to save all the souls that had been trapped, Xena had to stay dead. This ending left fans so distraught that a director's cut was released. Same ending, but slightly less harsh on the final scene - Gabrielle is originally seen alone on the boat, but in the new version, Xena appears beside her in spirit.

Xena dies a warrior's death, and Gabrielle goes on, taking Xena's place with her chakram, to carry on Xena's work for the greater good.

Buy Season Six!

This final, breathtaking boxset brings Xena to a shattering conclusion. Don't miss it!

Xena Warrior Princess - Season Six
Xena Warrior Princess - Season Six

Xena faces many challenges in this dark and final season. The loss of her mother, the rekindling of the relationship with her daughter, and past wrongs to put right. From a gorgeous Norse trilogy to a tear-jerking finale in Japan, Xena and Gabrielle go far beyond where they have ever been before.

Episode Highlights:

Coming Home

Who's Gurkhan?

The Ring/The Rheingold/Return of the Valkyrie

Old Ares Had A Farm

When Fates Collide

To Helicon and Back

Many Happy Returns

A Friend in Need I&II

 

You might also like...

The Season Finale Director's Cut. For those of you left devastated by the ending of A Friend in Need, this director's cut offers a (slightly) more bearable cut of the final scene.

Meanwhile, the Hercules 'Xena Trilogy' contains those all-important three episodes which introduced us to Xena.

Hercules: The Xena Trilogy / Xena: Warrior Princess (Director's Cut)
Hercules: The Xena Trilogy / Xena: Warrior Princess (Director's Cut)

The beginning and the end - Xena makes her debut in Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and exits in A Friend in Need.

 

Or perhaps the Condensed Xena?

Never seen Xena? Not got time to watch 'em all just yet, but want to experience the vital elements? Why not try the 10th Anniversary DVD - the best and most significant episodes, chosen by the fans.

Xena - The 10th Anniversary Collection
Xena - The 10th Anniversary Collection

A collection of the very best of Xena, as voted for by the fans.

 

Juicy Lucy Lawless

All About the Woman Behind the Warrior

Xena was played by New Zealand actress Lucy Lawless. The part was almost given to Vanessa Angel, but she pulled out. Network executives were not keen to take a chance on an unknown, but Lucy was remembered by executive producers Rob Tapert and Sam Raimi, for her impressive role in former Hercules films and episodes. Luckily for them, they managed to track her down and cast her in the role.

Lucy was actually born Lucy Ryan, and got her interesting surname from her first husband, Garth Lawless, with whom she has a daughter, Daisy. She later went on to marry Xena producer Rob Tapert, with whom she has two sons, Julius and Judah.

Since Xena ended, Lucy has appeared in various film and TV roles, including a regular stint on Battlestar Galactica as Cylon D'Anna Biers. She also appeared on the American reality show Celebrity Duets, finishing in second place, and from that launched a new career in singing, performing at sell-out concerts each year to her loyal fans.

Find out more about Lucy on IMDB.

Lucy Lawless - Buy From Art.com

Collecting Xena!

Are you a die-hard fan of Xena? Do you collect Xena, as well as watch?

Many fans have incredible shrines to the Warrior Princess, in the form of artwork, posters, memorabilia and even real props and costumes from the show. Type Xena into eBay and literally hundreds of listings will show up. Even now, this show is hot!

Just some of the many forms of collectibles include:

Clothing - T-shirts, jackets, nightshirts, caps

Pictorial - official photos, fan club lithos, autographs, artwork, posters, postcards, stamps

Trading cards - base sets, rarities and even costume cards

Books - novels, guides, comics, graphic novels, magazines, scripts

Audio Visual - DVDs, soundtracks, convention DVDs, the animated film

Drinking Utensils - mugs, steins, glasses, travel mugs

Jewellery - from chakram earrings to semi-precious stone designs

Dolls - action figures, 12" dolls, custom figures

Figurines - statues, busts, porcelain dolls, pewter figurines

Games - computer console games, board games, CCG

Stationery - calendars, pens, activity books, bookmarks, wallet cards, magnets

And much, much more!

Photo Credit: Eager collectors browse the merchandise stalls at Xena London. © MissMerFaery

Find Xena on eBay

There are countless Xena goodies to be found on eBay! Every now and again, some real gems pop up, from original genuine props and costumes to rarities such as press kits or early and unusual merchandising.

Where to Collect Xena!

Here's a roundup of the best places to find Xena merchandise on the web, and also cool info on collecting! You can read more in my Collecting Xena lens, coming soon!

Learn More About Collecting Xena!

I run a charity fanzine called "Anything for a Dinar" which showcases all the Xena merchandise available. It builds up into a catalogue of products with handy checklists to help you collect, and includes everything from photo and trading card galleries to one-of-a-kind items and charity auctions.

AFAD is a non-profit fanzine, donating 80% of its cost to various charities including Redwings Horse Sanctuary, the RSPB, Habitat for Humanity and the Woodland Trust.

So far it has covered dolls, action figures, stamps, drinking utensils, photographs, games, custom dolls, one-of-a-kind items, charity auctions, Patricia Parker art and more.

If you love to collect Xena, please check AFAD out, and help support a charity at the same time! Thank you.

You can join in with the AFAD community on Facebook!

Xena: The Amazing Fandom

Even now, almost 15 years after the show began, fans are still incredibly loyal to this show. The character of Xena has inspired and empowered countless individuals, who have taken the spirit of Xena and brought it into the real world. Whether this be by supporting each other, a charity or an important cause, Xena fans are like no others any show has ever known.

A prime example of this was at the recent Writer's Strike in America. Other writers were amazed when refreshments kept arriving for the former Xena writers, sent along by the fans to support them and keep them going! They were blown away by the dedication still shown by the fans.

Every year in January, fans gather to celebrate Xena at the annual official convention held by Creation. It is testamount to the love of the fans that virtually all the main stars still show up year after year. Providing they have no commitments, Lucy and Renee appear faithfully on stage each year, answering questions, entertaining with song and dance, signing autographs, and in Renee's case, even posing with fans for photo ops.

The Xena experience even came to London in May 2008, with Lucy and fellow cast and crew appearing on stage. Lucy also treated her European fans to two nights of her best concert yet!

Lucy on stage at Xena London 2008. © MissMerFaery

Lucy on stage at Xena London 2008. © MissMerFaery
Lucy on stage at Xena London 2008. © MissMerFaery

From Xenaverse to Planet Xena!

Xena gets a planet named after her

In 2003, Xena took the astronomy world by storm when scientists nicknamed a newly discovered small planet after her. They then went on to name one of her moons 'Gabrielle'!

An Artist's Concept of Kuiper Belt Object 2003 UB313 (Nicknamed Xena) and Its Satellite Gabrielle. What an incredible addition this would make to a Xena collection! Pay tribute to Planet Xena - click the image to buy a print!

Buy From Art.com

Xena Videos

Do you Love Xena? - Shout out for her here!

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image

      anonymous 4 years ago

      I love xena hellz yeah. I got a thing for her. I want to be like her

    • profile image

      anonymous 5 years ago

      love? he'll YES with all my heart! Battle on! Aleleleeeeeeeeeeeehhhh Chiiiiiiiiiiiyah!!!!!

    • angel uriel87 profile image

      angel uriel87 5 years ago

      Oh, I love that there's a really great lens about Xena.. It made me remember those good, old days.. hmmm..

    • profile image

      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hey guys! Join the 2011 Xena Movie Campaign on facebook!

    • lilymom24 profile image

      lilymom24 5 years ago

      I used to watch this show quite a bit but missed much of the last season. It was a fun one...loved all of the characters. =)

    • Richard-H profile image

      Richard 6 years ago from Surrey, United Kingdom

      I never watched Xena, so it looks like I need to catch up on DVD!

    • ChrissLJ profile image

      ChrissLJ 6 years ago

      I loved the TV show and was so happy when Netflix started streaming the series. The first 4 seasons are fun to watch when you need something lighthearted and campy. (I wasn't fond of the last two seasons.)

    • profile image

      entertainmentev 6 years ago

      Go Team Xena! She's a legend!

      I've loved watching Lucy Lawless in Spartacus.

    • profile image

      anonymous 6 years ago

      This is extensive coverage!

    • javr profile image

      javr 7 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      There's a lot more to Xena than I thought.

    • profile image

      anonymous 8 years ago

      Many thanks for this brilliant Xena lens. I enjoyed to read it. :-)) It is very informative and excellent written. I loved the story about Xena and all the very nice photos and videos. The links to the other Xena sites are very informative. I am definitely looking forward to see more :-) .

      And MANY THANKS for creating your gorgeous and excellent AFAD fanzines. Especially the issues 7 (contains the photo club) and 8 (contains the XE-RO, XE-LL and XE-MISC series with a very big photo club update and a lot more ...) are a must-have for every Xena photo collector. It is so awesome to see all the gorgeous photos in one great fanzine. And it saves a lot of time in case you are looking for a special photo or want to know the photo code.

      Thanks again for this gorgeous lens, I love it. :-)))