AN: Well here is another chapter. This is also the longest one I have done yet, so hopefully more people comment on it. Well, here we go.
Asgard Mothership Daniel Jackson
En-route to Orilla, capital of the Asgard Empire
May 15th 2004
“How are we going to get the knowledge out of Jack anyway Thor?” Daniel asked as the dark blue of hyperspace lit the bridge.
“I am going to interface Colonel O’Neill’s mind with the Daniel Jackson’s computer,” Thor answered, manipulating the control crystals.
“Why does this man’s knowledge matter so much?” Naverra asked.
“Jack has the knowledge of the Ancients downloaded into his mind. Actually this is the second time this has happened to him,” Daniel explained, still not making the link between Alteran and Ancient.
Naverra’s red eyebrows shot into her hairline, “This man has the knowledge of my people? The only one of our races to set up repository’s was mine, so I assume that you meant us.”
It was Daniel’s turn to stand in shock, “You’re an Ancient? Thor why didn’t you tell us that?”
The Asgard turned to Daniel, “I assumed you knew. Alteran is what the Ancients called themselves.”
“I can’t believe I am standing next to an actual Ancient that isn’t Ascended…” Daniel said, before the group was distracted by a familiar voice coming out of the comm system.
“Hello? Testing…one…two…three…” Jack’s voice said.
“Jack, is that you?” Daniel asked, momentarily distracted from Naverra.
“Daniel? Where am I?” Jack asked.
“You’re mind is interfaced with the Daniel Jackson, Colonel O’Neill,” Teal’c answered.
“WHAT?!!” Jack yelled.
“Thor’s ship is named Daniel Jackson,” Teal’c explained.
“Oh, okay then,” Jack, replied, playing around with the lights, before showing himself as a hologram.
“Nice to actually see you Jack,” Daniel joked.
“Nice to see you too Daniel, who’s the lady?” Jack asked, noticing Naverra.
“I am Naverra, head of the Alteran portion of the Redemption Expedition,” Naverra answered.
“Oh…now I remember you. Sorting through all this stuff in my head isn’t easy. So, how are the rest of your people?” Jack asked, the Alteran knowledge in his head slowly being filtered out.
“They are in Furling stasis right now, we are helping Commander Thor with the Replicators,” Naverra answered, before Jack was distracted again…his jaw dropping on seeing Luke walk onto the bridge.
“Is that who I think it is?” Jack asked.
“Yes, I am Luke Skywalker, and yes, you aren’t going crazy,” Luke said with a sigh…he was getting annoyed with all the attention.
“Well…that is interesting…so what did you need me for Thor?” Jack asked, asking yet another question.
“We need you to use your knowledge to develop a counter to the Replicators,” Thor answered.
Jack nodded, and set to work, sifting through the large amount of information in his head while working on the panel in front of him. The group watched this, until Jack vanished again, concentrating on his work. The ship continued onto Orilla, while Luke talked with Naverra.
“So, what exactly are these Replicators?” the Jedi asked.
“From what Dr. Jackson told me, they are self-replicating machines. They are attracted to any technology more advanced than their own, which is why they are attacking the Asgard. Honestly they sound like the machines my people were experimenting on in the Pegasus Galaxy,” Naverra answered.
“Self-replicating machines…I can only imagine how much of a threat they must be,” Luke said, remembering stories about the massive Droid armies of the Confederacy in the Clone Wars…and imagining what could have happened if they could self-replicate.
“Oh it gets worse…they can modify any technology they find beyond its normal limits,” Daniel added from his place by Jack’s stasis pod.
“If that is the case it makes me wonder what my people were thinking building machines like them…the Alteran’s on Atlantis should have known better,” Naverra said, shaking her head.
“Did you say Atlantis? You know where the Lost City of the Ancients is?” Daniel asked, once again focusing on the surprised Alteran woman.
“Lost City? Atlantis never returned to the Old Galaxy?” Naverra asked.
Daniel nodded, prompting the red-haired woman to sigh heavily, “The war with the Wraith must have gone badly then.”
“Wraith?” Luke asked this time.
“A race of beings who feed on the life-force of humans. They were our greatest mistake, their numbers overwhelming our technological edge. I truly thought the War would be won…all of us on the Redemption Expedition did. That is why we were willing to help our Furling Allies contact their long lost brethren in the Corusca Galaxy,” Naverra explained.
“Except when you arrived the Celestials were gone,” Luke said.
“Correct, though I don’t know why the Furlings took on that name. When we realized that all of our people, along with the Furlings, went into stasis, hoping that we would eventually be found by the Celestial Empire…as you can tell that didn’t happen,” Naverra said sadly…because of that decision she wasn’t around when her people Ascended, and when the Furling Empire collapsed.
“Hey it wasn’t your fault…none of you could have known about this…and we will find Atlantis eventually and handle these other Replicators…and hopefully the Wraith too,” Daniel said, putting a reassuring hand on Naverra’s shoulder.
The Ancient woman nodded, before Thor drew their attention back to him.
“What is that Thor?” Teal’c asked, looking at a diagram on the Asgard’s computer.
“I am not sure Teal’c, Colonel O’Neill is using my vessel’s computer to design this device,” Thor answered; scanning the design Jack had produced.
“Is he okay though?” Daniel asked, concerned for his friend.
“No he isn’t, I must revive him now,” Thor answered.
“No not yet…I can finish this…” Jack protested.
Thor moved fast, as lights began to flash on his panel. He opened the pod, reviving Jack, while purging the Alteran knowledge from his mind.
“Jack, you okay?” Daniel asked.
“Oh man…what a headache…” Jack answered, rubbing his head.
“Take it easy Jack, you’ve been through a lot the last two weeks,” Daniel said, with Teal’c and Naverra standing beside him.
“What are you talking about?” Jack asked.
“What’s the last thing you remember?” Daniel asked patiently.
“Getting my head sucked by one of those dang Ancient…head-suckers…and something about twins,” Jack answered.
“He’s fine,” Daniel said with a sigh.
“Teal’c…what’s with the hair?” Jack asked, noticing Teal’c’s new hairstyle.
“You’re memory will return momentarily O’Neill,” Thor said from his console.
“Okay…Teal’c what’s with the hair?” Jack asked again.
The Jaffa just raised an eyebrow, “I don’t see how it matters O’Neill.”
“Okay, whatever…who’s the lady?” Jack asked.
The group sighed heavily, “I am Naverra, head of the Alteran group on the Redemption Expedition. You know me as an Ancient.”
“Really…then let me tell you something…you really need to work on those head-suckers they…suck…” Jack said.
“The design for the device you created are still in the computer…I believe I can synthesize it,” Thor spoke up, as a strange device materialized on the platform behind the group.
“Neat, what is it though?” Jack asked, looking at the thing from his pod.
“You built it, shouldn’t you know?” Daniel asked.
“No,” Jack replied with no hesitation.
“But you designed it,” Daniel protested.
“No I didn’t,” Jack shot back.
“It was doubtful at best that he would retain the knowledge,” Thor said, defusing the situation.
Jack nodded, and stood up, Daniel and Teal’c holding him up until the Colonel got feeling back in his legs. At which point he walked up to the device and tapped it a couple of times, before saying, “Yeah, I got nothing…and is that who I think it is?” Jack asked, noticing Luke for the first time.
Luke sighed again…this was getting very repetitive, “Yes, I am Luke Skywalker. No you aren’t going crazy, and I will explain later.”
Milky Way Galaxy
May 15th 2004
“How is work going on the Ha’taks?” General Hammond asked from the bridge of the Prometheus.
“Yes sir, we are nearly finished on the Liberty it should be ready to launch in a day or so,” Colonel James White said from the refurbished bridge of one of the Goa’uld vessels.
“The Liberator is nearly finished too sir, we are just waiting for the plasma beams to be installed,” Colonel Stephen Caldwell said, referring to the spare weapons from the Redemption that were being fitted to the twin Ha’taks.
“Very good gentlemen, as soon as your vessel’s are ready we need to explore the former Furling territory,” Hammond replied, silently thanking God for the fact that the Redemption was carrying spare weapons…and that the Goa’uld hyperdrives could be modified to achieve higher speeds.
The General then turned to look at Earth. The planet floated silently in the viewport, slowly turning through space. In view were the two Ha’taks that had been captured from Anubis’ fleet, along with a certain asteroid. The solid Naquadah rock had been floating out of the Solar System ever since SG-1 had hyperspaced it trough Earth. As soon as the Redemption had arrived though, the Furling ship had been used to recover the rock, its powerful tractor beams slowing it down and dragging it to Earth orbit. Now the asteroid was used as the main source of Naquadah for the blossoming reactor industry on Earth…slowly replacing fossil fuels for the major power plants.
It also provided an interesting final insurance policy should any Goa’uld attempt to attack Earth like Anubis. If the fleet in orbit, and the Alteran weapons platform should fail to hold the enemy back, then the asteroid was rigged to blow…the nova like explosion taking Earth out along with the Goa’uld stupid enough to attack. Naturally the governments of Earth weren’t about to sacrifice every life on Earth like that, so the new United Earth Republic shipyards were devoted to building transports. The member governments figured that the Liberty, Liberator, Prometheus and Redemption were enough ships to protect Earth for the moment. And considering the System Lords were ‘allies’ now, it worked. The only real threat was Ba’al, and he wasn’t stupid enough to attack Earth.
“Sir, the British Ambassador is ready to be beamed up,” one of the crew said.
Hammond sighed…’United Earth Republic’ indeed. The countries were still independent, and there were holdouts like North Korea and Iran. But he still gave permission to beam the man up…the first of many such tours.
Asgard Science Vessel Daniel Jackson
Asgard Home System
May 15th 2004
“Penegal, I am relieved you are still able to communicate,” Thor said, as another Asgard appeared on the viewscreen.
“It will not last; were you able to gain a way to defeat the Replicators?” Penegal questioned.
“Possibly, it will require more research before I can attempt to use the device,” Thor answered.
“You must hurry Thor, the Replicators infesting the colony are behaving in an organized manner unlike anything we have encountered before,” Penegal said.
“Perhaps they are being controlled by a human-form leader who hasn’t revealed itself,” Thor suggested.
“What about Sam…have you found her yet?” Daniel worriedly asked.
“No, we haven’t detected any life-signs,” Penegal answered.
“She wouldn’t die that easily, not Sam,” Jack pointed out.
“The Replicators could be hiding her life-signs,” Thor added.
Pengal looked ready to add something else, before the screen flickered and went out.
“We have lost the transmission,” Thor said, before turning to the device Jack built, “we must discover what this device does.”
Jack and Daniel turned to Naverra who shook her head, “I don’t know what it is either. I’m not a scientist.”
Jack sighed, “Wonderful, just wonderful.”
“Jack you have to know what this thing is,” Daniel said worriedly.
Said Colonel held his hands up, “Don’t look at me! For all I know it could be an Ancient coffee maker okay!”
They were interrupted as another Asgard appeared on the screen, “Thor, this is Commander Aegir of the Valhalla. We have lost contact with the surface.”
“The Replicators have spread to far Aegir. Do you have anything to report?” Thor asked.
“We have located what appears to be the remains of a Human-Form Replicator among the debris of the Replicator vessel. It must have survived the destruction of their vessel and since become inactive,” Aegir answered.
“Transmit the coordinates,” Thor ordered.
“Transmitting now…be careful Thor, our people can not afford to lose you,” Aegir said, before terminating the link.
With that done, Thor transported what looked like a human man into the stasis pod.
“Anybody recognize him?” Daniel asked.
“Nope,” Jack replied.
“No,” Teal’c answered.
Luke and Naverra looked at each other before they said, almost at the same time, “No we don’t.”
“Is it dead?” Jack asked as he slowly walked up to the pod, noticing how damaged the Replicator was.
“Not entirely, all Replicators are linked by a sophisticated communication system. We can use this one to access that system and look for any reference to Human-Form Replicators,” Thor answered, manipulating his console again.
“And if he wakes up? Will this pod hold him?” Jack asked.
“Probably not…” Thor answered.
Jack nodded, and grabbed a P-90 for himself and Daniel, while Teal’c readied his blaster, and Luke pulled his lightsaber out, the green blade shining on Naverra who was standing behind the Jedi, not knowing how to use any of the weapons.
“I am accessing their network,” Thor said, as static filled his screen, and lights shined on the Replicator, “I am searching for any reference to Human-Forms.”
After a while, the screen cleared enough to see a woman stuck into a wall of Replicator blocks.
“Carter…” Jack said.
“Can you find her?” Daniel asked an obvious question.
“Searching now…she is located in a Replicator structure situated near a rich vein of Neutronium,” Thor answered, before the screen died, along with the lights…while the Replicator opened its eyes and repaired the damage done to it by the explosion.
“The pod will not contain the Replicator,” Thor added, as the pod opened and released the very angry Human-Form.
“Beam it out now!” Jack yelled firing his P-90.
“Beaming now,” Thor answered…but all that happened was a glow surrounding the Replicator, “It is blocking my attempts.”
Now everyone was firing at the machine, Jack and Daniels bullets doing little but slow it down. Teal’c’s blaster bolts were blowing huge chunks out of the Replicator, but it continued to repair itself. The Replicator soon reached Teal’c, tossing the Jaffa aside and raising the blaster to fire at Jack. But Luke jumped in the way and deflected the bolt before bringing his shining green blade down on the Replicator, severing the machines arm. It quickly repaired the wound, but Jack had reached the device he had made earlier, and fired a pulse of blue energy at the Replicator, making it collapse into a pile of nanites.
Teal’c got to his feet; while Thor and Naverra stuck their heads up from the console they had taken cover behind. Jack just looked down at his ‘gun’ and said, “What, I had to try something.”
“It seems that the device disrupted the internal mechanics of the nanites…they are inert and not able to replicate,” Thor observed.
“Can you modify it to encompass the whole planet?” Luke asked, holstering his lightsaber while Naverra walked back up to him.
“I believe so, I can modify my vessel to produce a much larger wave, if this works you have saved the Asgard once again,” Thor answered, looking over at Jack.
“Yeah, yeah, thank me later. Can you do me a favor though Thor?” Jack asked, not putting down the disrupter.
“I can’t beam you into the Replicator structure, but I can beam you nearby,” Thor answered, already knowing what Jack was asking.
“Thanks old buddy,” Jack answered, as the group vanished in a flash of light.
Naverra suddenly felt very alone with just Thor for company, so she walked over to the Asgard to help him.
“Don’t worry Naverra, Jedi Skywalker will be okay,” Thor said, not blind to how Naverra had been sticking close to Luke the whole time.
Said Alteran blushed fiercely, her face resembling her hair, “I’m not worried Commander Thor.”
Thor didn’t show any emotion, but he could tell the woman was lying…something about Luke had made an impact on her.
As the group flashed into being, they started off for the Replicator structure. Jack was in the lead with his disrupter, Daniel right beside him with his P-90. Teal’c was in the middle with a large blaster, while Luke headed up the rear, armed with a regular blaster, since he knew a lightsaber wouldn’t be useful in this situation.
They hadn’t encountered any Replicators yet, but a clacking sound on a tree next to Teal’c signaled the arrival of the ‘Lego-bugs’ as Jack called them. Teal’c spun around and blasted it, the blue beam from his DC-17 obliterating the Replicator. A large swarm of the machines started moving down the mountains, with SG-1 (plus Luke) blasting them apart. Daniel’s P-90 cut swaths through the Replicators, while Jack’s disrupter obliterated dozens at a time. Luke and Teal’c fired blue/red beams into the machines, each bolt blowing a bug apart, and damaging any nearby.
“STOP!!” a familiar voice called out.
The group looked up the hill and saw a very familiar Replicator standing at the top.
“Fifth…I shouldn’t be surprised,” Jack said, raising his disrupter.
“If you harm me or any more of my brethren I can assure you Major Carter will die instantly,” Fifth said clearly.
The group lowered their weapons, not willing to take the risk. Fifth smiled and walked back to his structure, the smaller Replicators following him.
“Colonel O’Neill, the weapon is nearly fully charged,” Thor’s voice came over the stone he had given Jack.
“Hurry up Thor, the Replicators are starting to run,” Jack said, referring to the fact that a large number of the bugs were running past SG-1.
“We are hurrying…do you think it is easy to interface technology like this?” Naverra’s voice asked.
“No we don’t Naverra, but we do need to handle the Replicators,” Luke answered, as the group came across a large spider shaped ship.
“The weapon is ready to fire now,” Thor reported, the Daniel Jackson hovering over the Replicator infested area…just as the Replicator ship escaped into hyperspace, shocking Luke who didn’t know that Milky Way/Asgard hyperdrives could do jumps in an atmosphere. Right after the vessel escaped, Thor fired the larger disrupter, destroying all the remaining Replicators.
“We have a life-sign reading…right up ahead,” Naverra said.
“Sam!” Daniel yelled, running into the clearing.
The group soon found Sam, lying out-cold on the ground. Jack ran up to her and grabbed his friend.
“Carter, wake up,” he said softly.
Sam’s eyes slowly opened as she looked up at Jack, “Colonel? What happened?”
Jack just laughed lightly and helped Sam to her feet as the group was beamed back up to the Daniel Jackson, to head back to Earth.
Milky Way Galaxy
May 17th 2004
Doctor Weir was packing up her office…she was no longer in command of the SGC. So when Jack walked into the room, she turned to him.
“Everything going well Doctor?” Jack asked.
“Yes it is Colonel, I didn’t think it would be so hard to leave this place,” Weir answered, sitting down to get a little break.
“Can’t say I blame you for not wanting to leave…I could never stand being stuck with all those politicians…” Jack answered truthfully.
Weir laughed lightly, “I wouldn’t blame you for that. But I am not going to Antarctica. I have been assigned to the Liberty, and we are going to Epsilon Indi. Apparently it was an old military base for the Four Great Races. Thor said that the Asgard didn’t leave anything behind, but the Furlings and Alteran’s might have.”
Jack nodded, “Well good luck with that. Any idea who is taking over here?”
Weir nodded with a knowing smile on her face, “Oh, you know him very well.”
“I do?” Jack asked, cocking his head to the side slightly.
“Yes you do…he is brave, and a great leader. You should remember him well enough…Brigadier General Jack O’Neill,” Weir said, her smile getting wider.
“Me? Well, that wasn’t expected…” Jack said.
“You’ll do find General. Well, I need to get back to packing,” Weir said, doing just that.
Jack nodded and headed off to Daniel’s room…still a little in shock over his promotion.
FES Redemption Bridge
May 20th 2004
“Well…how much longer must we wait before we can revive the rest of my people?” Naverra asked, standing next to Luke on the bridge of the Redemption.
“I don’t know Naverra. I hate to have to do this to you, but Sentinel is using you as a test to see what will happen when we revive the rest of your people,” Luke answered.
Naverra sighed heavily, running a hand through her flaming red hair…her beautiful face contorted in a frown, “I wouldn’t ask any of my other people to do this, but I still feel so alone…”
Luke put a hand on his new friends shoulder, turning her head towards him, “You aren’t alone Naverra. You have all of us, and the people of Earth. I know how it must feel to not have your people to talk to, but we will revive them as soon as possible.”
Naverra smiled slightly, “I know you are here for me Luke…you and your crew. And I shouldn’t be talking you are alone here too. Sentinel won’t let you go back to Corusca will he?
“No he won’t, but I can understand that. Honestly we are needed here more, this ship wouldn’t make much of a difference in the Republic fleet aside from the hyperdrive and maybe the shield anyway…but here it is a battleship,” Luke replied, squeezing Naverra’s shoulder slightly before walking up to the comm panel.
“This is the Redemption we are ready to head to Indi now,” Luke said into the radio.
“We read you Redemption…activating hyperdrive now,” Colonel White’s voice came over the comm system, as the pyramid shaped Liberty jumped through a blue-purple portal.
“Take us out too Sentinel…hopefully we find something there,” Luke ordered, the Redemption launching into hyperspace.
Epsilon Indi System
Epsilon Indi 3 (Horizon)
May 20th 2004
The two United Earth vessels dropped out of hyperspace over Epsilon Indi 3. Or at least that is what Earth called it…Sentinel called it ‘Horizon’. And he hadn’t been lying when he said it was a major military base…the wrecks of dozens of Alteran, Furling, and even a couple of Nox warships hovered over the planet. Only a couple looked salvageable…something had wrecked the rest of them beyond repair.
“Wow…there must have been some battle here…” Sunri said, not noticing Naverra.
“I…I…can’t believe this…” Naverra said, grabbing Luke’s arm and crying into his shoulder.
Luke ran his hand through his friend’s hair…unsure of exactly what to do…or what he could do. He turned to Sentinel and asked the obvious question, “Do you have any idea what happened here?”
The AI shook his head, “No I don’t Master Skywalker. Whatever happened here was after we left. It can’t have been the Goa’uld though; they don’t have the power to do this. I recommend sending a team to the surface and the intact Furling and Alteran vessels.”
“I agree…a team is ready to ring over to that Alteran cruiser. We don’t have transporters though, so we can’t reach the Furling one,” White said.
“Okay then, I’ll send a team to the Furling destroyer. Naverra, are you okay with staying here alone?” Luke asked.
The Alteran woman lifted her tear-streaked face and nodded slightly, “Yes Luke, I can handle staying here…I don’t think I could go to those vessels anyway.”
Luke nodded himself and let go of Naverra to gather a group of Republic Marines to send to the Furling vessel, along with a group to head to the surface…none of them knew quite what to expect.
AN: I'll point this out...romance is a sub-plot here, not something very important to the story. As for Luke and Naverra...she is starting to like him, but he views her as a close friend.
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