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    Blah I'm sorry, this one's all on me unfortunately. Traveled for the second half of the summer and been under a heavy courseload this semester and honestly I just completely forgot about GateWorld. I apologize for not even posting a Hi or anything, really, I just realized that I haven't been on here in months today and couldn't believe it.
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    Well the good thing is you are back to write more now.


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    3x03 "Nod"
    Synopsis: A skeleton crew encounters another "impossible planet" and decides to investigate despite their reservations, with consequences that no one could have foreseen.
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    FADE IN:
    SCENE:
    We see Destiny flying through FTL, arching by overhead before continuing on its path to the edge of the universe.

    RUSH: Over a million years ago, the Ancients discovered a complex structure buried deep within the background radiation of the universe: the fingerprints of an intelligence that existed very near the beginning of time itself.

    CUT TO:
    SCENE:
    RUSH stands in the Destiny gate room speaking to the assembled crew. His eyes shine with determination. The others look on with interest, listening to what he has to say despite their own reservations.

    RUSH: Destiny was launched in search of that intelligence.

    FADE TO:
    SCENE:
    A group of DRONES attacks Destiny from all angles, pelting the shields and swarming around its point-defense guns.

    CUT TO:
    SCENE:
    ELI, SCOTT, and WRAY stand in the wreckage of a TENARAN offworld colony. The DRONES have attacked and destroyed the area, and the NOVANS wonder what could have brought such a menace upon them.

    WALLACE: A mechanical army of drones, programmed to seek out and destroy all technology foreign to them.

    WRAY: They were built to win a war between two alien races in this galaxy, and when the war was over, the weapons were left behind.

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    SCENE:
    The away team stranded on the TENERAN colony tries to figure out how the DRONES could have found them. Suddenly, ELI has a realization.

    WALLACE: An active gate is a massive sub-space event. They must have found a way to detect it from long range.

    FADE TO:
    SCENE:
    A massive group of DRONES heads toward Destiny while their command ship maneuvers between the Ancient vessel and the nearby star. The machines open fire the second they’re in range, pummeling Destiny with plasma fire. On the bridge, GREER fires the weapons system and glances at the display.

    GREER: It’s a blockade!

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    SCENE:
    ELI and RUSH are in the control interface room showing a hologram to YOUNG and WRAY. The display shows hundreds of approaching stars and stargates... and the countless DRONE ships orbiting every single one.

    RUSH: As far as we can tell, they’re waiting at every gate between here and the edge of the galaxy.

    FADE TO:
    SCENE:
    As battle erupts outside, JAMES mans one of the bridge’s weapons consoles and stares in terror at the display.

    JAMES: Sir, we’ve got another problem…

    VOLKER: It’s the aliens from the other galaxy.

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    SCENE:
    A group of FOLLOWERS stand in a control room on one of their ships. One of them looks up and directly at the camera.

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    SCENE:
    SCOTT, GREER, and other soldiers surround CHLOE in the control interface room. She’s just activated the communications array and sent a message, and she’s desperate to explain why she did it before GREER is forced to execute her.

    CHLOE: Look, the aliens who took me--they followed us to this galaxy. They’ve been looking for us ever since. Now they know where we are.

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    Walking down a corridor, RUSH and WRAY discuss CHLOE’s situation and their only real option; to turn her over to the aliens.

    WRAY: For all we know, they’re going to download every scrap of information she has about Destiny the second they get her onboard.

    RUSH: With Chloe back to normal, the odds of them ever tracking us again are virtually nil. Then it doesn’t matter what they discover about the ship.

    WRAY: Yeah, assuming they honor the deal.

    RUSH: Well, they’ve no point in keeping her. If she begins to change again, we’ll soon know, won’t we?

    FADE TO:
    SCENE:
    RUSH sits on a bed in the infirmary where CHLOE is recovering from her ordeal. He flips through a notebook in which she’s scribbled precise FTL calculations, impressed.

    RUSH: Obviously they haven’t wiped your memory. You managed to retain some of the knowledge you gained. I should think that’s a good thing.

    ARMSTRONG: Because I can still be useful.

    RUSH: Everyone on this ship is useful. We all belong here.

    FADE TO:
    SCENE:
    RUSH again stands in the Destiny gate room to speak to the crew. Tears of passion are in his eyes, and he looks out at his fellow shipmates hopefully.

    RUSH: I believe this journey is the reason I’m here, but I can’t hope to do it alone. I ask you to come with me.

    FADE OUT:

    ((1 minute recap of selected scenes from "Faith," "Intervention," "The Greater Good," "Visitation," and "Alone, Part 2"))

    Col. Everett Young stands on the bridge of the Destiny, wiping a thin layer of dust off one of the control consoles. He looks well-rested and alert, finally having gotten the sleep he so desperately needed a few weeks before ("Gauntlet"). But, perhaps more importantly, he looks reinvigorated and again prepared to take on whatever the universe throws his way. Smacking dust from his hands, he hears footsteps behind him and turns to see Eli Wallace enter with a tablet computer in hand. He likewise looks far more refreshed than he did weeks ago, though he appears rather hesitant for some unknown reason. Nonetheless, he informs Young that he’s needed in the control interface room and should come back with him. The Colonel begins to ask why he wasn’t radioed, then grabs at his hip and realizes he doesn’t have one on him. Chuckling sheepishly, he promises to take his own advice and keep one on hand at all times, then heads for the exit.

    When the two of them arrive at the interface room, they see Dr. Nicholas Rush tapping away at one of the terminals. Drs. Adam Brody and Dale Volker sit together at another workstation--the same one, Eli notes, that they worked at in his hallucination a week before ("Alone, Part 1"). For a moment he seems to consider that the ship’s artificial intelligence is still playing games with his mind, then dismisses the idea. After all, he himself shut the AI out of the neural interface that would allow it to do that ("Alone, Part 2"), and he’s positive that the program was flawless. Putting the thought aside, he lets Rush fill Young in on what they’ve been doing since Eli brought them out of stasis. First and foremost, Brody and Volker are confirming the younger man’s findings on Novus and its evident naquadria core, and so far the results are promising. He himself is monitoring the movements of drone command ships in the vicinity, but it seems that Eli’s stunt while recharging worked as described. The drones are attacking what Rush assumes are the so-called "Follower" aliens and abandoning the blockade tactics so threatening to Destiny and her crew. For now, at least, they’re free to go where they wish and maybe even begin using the stargate on a regular basis again.

    It is notable here that everyone’s speech implies that Eli did all the research and course correcting alone, indicating that he has yet to tell them about the ship’s AI and its avatar of deceased Dr. Jeremy Franklin. That would clarify his awkwardness around the others, particularly when they mention the events that unfolded in his time alone, though why he hasn’t informed them is still a mystery. Whatever has or hasn’t been said, Young seems satisfied with how things are proceeding and grabs a spare radio off the console. Clicking it on, he asks for a status update from the rest of the people they’ve woken up. So far they’ve kept it to a minimum, only bringing a handful out of stasis until they can guarantee their safety and replenish their food and fresh water supplies. One by one the reports roll in, first from Lt. Tamara Johansen in the infirmary, where she’s looking up any and all recommended protocols for treating persons leaving the pods. Lt. Matthew Scott, Lt. Vanessa James, and Sgt. Ronald Greer are doing a sweep of the accessible areas of the ship to confirm that no intruders snuck onboard. Camille Wray is using the Ancient communications stones to inform Earth about their change of plans and get any updates from home, and Chloe Armstrong is on her way up to the bridge to refine their course through FTL. All-in-all, things are going exceedingly well.

    That is, until the vessel lurches violently and everything momentarily flashes with multicolored light. The scientists are all thrown from their seats, and Young barely stays upright by grabbing onto a nearby pole. Slamming into the bulkhead, Eli grunts in pain and says that they must have just dropped back into sublight, but that makes no sense given that the closest stargate is still hours away. More than that, Rush points out that this didn’t feel like a normal FTL dropout. Those are generally smooth and barely noticeable, but this one felt as if Destiny was grabbed and forcibly pulled back into realspace. It doesn’t need to be said, but everyone in the room immediately thinks of Chloe alone on the bridge. If any Follower influence still remains in her despite the aliens’ apparent cooperation ("Deliverance"), she could have purposely sabotaged their flightpath or the engines to ensure that they’re a helpless target. Volker even proposes as much, but he immediately takes it back when Ms. Armstrong radios to ask if everyone’s alright. When they reply that no one was injured, she suggests they get to the closest window as fast as they can. She thinks she sees what dragged them out of FTL, and Eli recommends the observation deck over the long hike to the bridge. Without a moment’s hesitation, everyone takes the suggestion.

    The group reaches their destination just moments after T.J. and the other soldiers. Her hand to her mouth, the medic tells Young that he’s not going to believe his eyes. When the Colonel steps up to the railing, he looks out and thinks for a long moment, considering the sight before him; a bright yellow star lies ahead of them, with a single planet just ahead and to the right of Destiny. Normally, there’d be nothing entirely out of the ordinary in that, but the planet’s appearance is striking, to say the least. It appears to be covered in ice and snow, except a perfectly circular area roughly the size of Rhode Island halfway between the equator and southern pole that remains green and vibrant. A weather pattern like that seems impossible, but there it is.


    (Beginning of "Nod," see next three posts for more.)
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    (More of "Nod," see previous post for beginning and next two posts for conclusion.)

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    An hour later, Rush looks around at the others in the control interface room and confirms that such a landscape shouldn’t work, and he believes he can say with some certainty as to why. Pulling up a holographic readout from the sensor array, he says that they’ve just encountered what is undoubtedly another "impossible" star system, with a central sun and planet far too young to have been formed naturally. Some of the scientists had proposed that although their instruments detected the previous such world, Eden ("Faith"), was a few million years old, it was actually created days before its discovery. Assuming they were correct, the conflict of detected age to actual age for this new planet is even more shocking. The sensors report that it’s existed for a few hundred thousand years, but their theoretical ratio would make it barely a few hours past creation. Folding his arms, Young demands to how that makes any sense. Rush holds up his hands and reminds him that he’s not endorsing that particular theory, just pointing it out for consideration. In the grand scheme of things, a fully formed and life-supporting planet shouldn’t be possible at hours or days or hundreds of thousands or millions of years. Whether they choose to go with their hunches or their instruments, it’s still technically impossible.

    Young frowns, not sure what kind of risks they’d be inviting and certainly flashing back to his being forced to leave people behind the last time. As if reading his mind, Brody points out that it’s just the ten of them awake, not the whole crew, and none of them have any intention of abandoning the ship or its mission. At least, none would vocalize it. Eyeing Tamara, Young is all too aware of her transfixed expression, her eyes glued to the image of an obelisk at the center of the circular temperate area. With the scientists pushing him to allow at least a quick examination of the area to see if they can learn any more about who or what might have created the planet, the Colonel sighs and relents. He agrees to dispatch an away team in the shuttle, on the condition that those who go be those without any pressing duties. That takes Rush and Brody off the list right away, as they still need to complete their reports on shipwide readiness. Lt. Scott will lead the mission, with James along for security, Volker for scientific expertise, and Chloe and Wray for general skills and assistance. Young offers to let Eli go, but he laughs and insists that he’d actually prefer to just go get some sleep. In the excitement over getting some shore leave, no one but Rush seems to notice T.J.’s absence from either list, but says nothing. Assignments doled out, the group breaks up.

    Watching while everyone files out, Camille hangs behind and closes the door so she and Young can speak privately. Promising that the news from Earth is mostly good, she says that Homeworld Command was understandably shocked to hear from someone so soon after their entered stasis. A few Pentagon officials had even talked of shelving the stones for a year or two to save on hours manning them, but Col. David Telford and Gen. Jack O’Neill personally ensured they remained operational. Everett laughs at that, muttering that it’s good to know that David meant what he said about not giving up on the crew no matter what happened. Then he grows more serious, asking Wray to elaborate on what she meant by "mostly" good news. She bites her lower lip, glancing down for a second, then says that mounting political tension over the revelation of the Stargate Program over a year before (SG-1: "Coming Clean") has deadlocked the United Nations and threatened dozens of offworld defense initiatives. And one of those initiatives is the ongoing effort to find a way to dial Destiny. It’s not quite the end of the world, but the situation at home has deteriorated significantly all the same.

    Pointing at the display, Wray changes the subject and asks if they have any idea what could be causing such strange weather on the planet below. The green area on the surface is shrinking by the minute, with snowdrifts settling over grasslands and ice sheets forming soon after. By Brody’s estimation, the verdant region will be completely overtaken in just over forty-eight hours, and the entire planet will be nothing but a wasteland. Not that it matters to them, of course, since the countdown clock is set to force them back into FTL in just over a day and a half. Confused, Scott had remembered their last visit to one of these worlds took them a month to circle before getting underway again. In reply, Rush said that was a result of the automated navigational system’s failure to compensate for the unexpected gravity well. Now that they have the master code and direct control of navigation, they could just engage the engines now and continue. But he assumed that they should at least take a look before leaving this place behind forever, a sentiment Young cautiously agrees with.

    They stand in silence for a long time before Young lets things come back to the situation at home and suggests that they don’t inform the crew just yet. Everyone has enough to deal with as it is, and the others in stasis don’t need to wake up just to hear that their homeworld may soon abandon them. The Colonel looks ready for a long argument with Camille over the morals of what he’s saying, but she surprises him by agreeing immediately. Despite her normal objections to leadership keeping secrets, this is an extremely difficult situation for Earth and Young is right that the mental well-being of the crew must come first. In time, she fully expects everyone to be told, but for now she understands him completely. Smiling, Wray tells him not to think of her as an enemy all the time, then gives him a friendly wink and heads to her quarters to grab a change of clothes.

    Shortly afterwards, Scott fires up their lone shuttle’s thrusters and seals the rear hatch. Then he radios back to report that everything’s good to go and that the docking clamps have been released. On the bridge, Young slides into the command chair and looks out at the rising shuttle, giving them the go-ahead to depart. He wants everyone back on Destiny inside of a day, though, just to be safe. Watching while the craft pulls away and makes for the surface, the Colonel switches frequencies and asks if T.J. can join him to go over what she’s found in the ship’s database. When she doesn’t answer, he tries again before returning to the main channel and asking if anyone knows where Tamara is. After a suitable pause, Scott replies that she’s with them on the shuttle, having met them at the airlock and asked if she could come to catalogue any medicinals on the planet. Seeing as their supply has been nearly depleted and their growing capabilities temporarily destroyed ("Blockade"), he didn’t see any reason not to take her along. Young looks angry for a split second, as if preparing to order her back, then sighs and admits that he should have expected this. He tells Scott to continue with the mission, then puts down the radio and stares out the window, thinking.

    The shuttle makes good time into the atmosphere, where Volker points out what must have been a beautiful landscape before the ice began claiming the planet inch by inch. As they cross over into the green region to search for a suitable landing zone, Chloe slowly remarks that it’s just as beautiful as Eden--in fact, it looks exactly the same. Coming over, T.J. looks out at the approaching obelisk and gasps; just as was said, the surface appears identical to the first impossible planet they encountered, right down to the hills, forests, and lake surrounding the monolith. Scott shakes his head and whispers that this whole situation feels wrong to him, but sets the shuttle down in the same spot where he landed on Eden all the same. There’s no sign of anyone or anything else, and no remnants of the crew’s settlement on that other world. The rear hatch slides open and the group disembarks, breathing in the crisp air gratefully. It’s a warm and sunny day, again seemingly impossible given the fast-approaching wall of snow, but nothing really seems surprising anymore.

    Taking buckets and heading toward a nearby grove, Chloe leads Wray and Scott to where she remembers collecting some delicious fruit on Eden. Setting out in the opposite direction, Volker and James make for the obelisk, leaving Tamara alone in the shuttle entry. She shouts to Scott that she’s going to head into the woods where she previously found a useful anesthetic, but waits until everyone is out of sight to sprint off after the second group. Staying low and a ways away from them, T.J. slips past them and runs ahead, reaching the obelisk with, she estimates, a few minutes alone. Looking up at the massive structure, she sucks in a breath and instinctively puts a hand to her stomach. She clearly hasn’t forgotten about the child she lost ("Intervention"), despite evidence that everything she saw of her baby alive and well on Eden was a fabrication. Taking a deep breath, she steps walks up to the entry and into the monolith.

    There’s not far to go; the interior consists of a single stone room, and all it contains is an ornate but dull platinum globe on a pedestal in the center space. T.J. looks around, having expected more, then returns her gaze to the globe and examines it curiously. It’s designed somewhat like a large golf ball, with shallow circular indentations covering its surface, but is otherwise quite plain. Walking around it to get a view of all angles, Tamara scratches her head, completely lost as to what to do next. She seems about ready to give up and actually go collect some plant samples when she hears voices approaching outside. Suddenly panicking, she turns to face the pedestal and whispers that she need to know, once and for all. Without knowing why, she places her hand palm down on the globe, and it instantly pulses with a blinding deep blue light that fills the chamber.

    Outside, James and Volker are just coming out of the woods when they see the blue flash from the entryway, and then step back in shock when a bright sapphire beam blasts up into the sky... and straight at an orbiting Destiny. Vanessa pulls out her radio and shouts for someone to take evasive action or raise the shields, but can do nothing herself but stare helplessly from the ground. On the bridge, Young is flipping through a report when his radio crackles, but all that makes it through is static. Then he looks up to see the beam arcing directly in front of the ship, literally mere meters from the hull. Eyes widening, he grabs the radio and tells Eli or Rush to man the controls, but it’s too late. The ship glides forward and makes contact with the ray, sparking complete and utter chaos. Electrical arcs spread out across the length of the vessel, power failing wherever they touch. Lights begin flickering all over, and Rush reacts in surprise when the control interface room darkens briefly and his console display scrambles before shutting down. He tries to raise Young or Greer on the radio but gets only noise, then tries Eli before remembering that he’s asleep in his quarters. Sighing, he plucks a flashlight out of his vest pocket and decides to head for the bridge to sort out what’s happened. Drained of power, Destiny remains above the planet while the beam drills into its underside. No damage appears to be done by the contact, but electricity continues to arc up and down the ship relentlessly.
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    (More of "Nod," see previous two posts for beginning and next post for conclusion.)

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    Back on the surface, Chloe, Scott, and Wray are collecting berries when they hear a loud hummmm from behind them. They turn just in time to see the beam discharge through the clouds, and Scott immediately orders them to make a run for the shuttle and wait inside. The two women scramble to collect their buckets and then dash back toward the landing zone. Instead of joining them, Scott readies his rifle and starts sprinting in the direction of the obelisk, trying and failing to raise either Destiny or Lt. James on the radio. He sets his teeth worriedly, silently praying that nothing’s gone horribly wrong when they have so few hands available to deal with a crisis.

    In orbit, Rush clicks off his flashlight as he enters the bridge, asking Young and a newly-arrived Greer what happened. The Sergeant shrugs uselessly, pointing out that he’s not the one with the doctorate. Then Rush sees the arcs spreading all over the hull, and asks Col. Young what’s going on. Unfortunately, the answer is no real answer at all; a beam just like the one they observed on Eden, and presumably emanating from the obelisk, shot past and then slammed into Destiny. They immediately lost power and have been slowly floating through the energy conduit ever since, unable to make radio contact on or off the ship. Even the countdown clock has gone dead. That’s really all they know, and it’s impossible to tell what damage they may have sustained or what the status of the away team is until the main systems are restored and the interference subsides.

    For the time being, all they can do is try and figure out their situation when they have the chance. Control consoles continually switch on and off, and strange code runs across their screens intermittently. Rush folds his arms and says that the only way to ascertain a proper damage report would be to tap into the sensors, but they can’t do that if whatever terminal he’s working at will just reset every few minutes. Worse still, some subroutines look to be locked out from them entirely. Starting the same job at different workstations over and over again won’t get them anywhere, but Young maintains that he needs an update ASAP. Sighing, Rush picks up a laptop and says he can modify the mainframe to transfer whatever’s being done on a terminal to the next closest active one whenever it resets. It may be tricky to get it uploaded, but it shouldn’t be too hard. It may even be possible to use the patch as a means to restore their access to blocked systems. Then he can switch between active bridge consoles without any need to begin again each time the system reboots.

    Young thinks it’s a good idea and tells him to go ahead, then turns to Greer. As much as he regrets having to wake Eli from some much-deserved sleep, they need another set of eyes and another brilliant mind going over this problem. He asks Ron to go get him from his quarters, then to swing by the stasis room to see if Brody’s still there checking the pods. The three of them need to be working together, and it won’t matter what shape the stasis chambers are in if they end up losing power completely and they all switch off. Greer shoulders his weapon and says he’ll stay alert for any signs of trouble or intrusion, then heads off to go as he’s ordered. Young waits for him to get out of earshot, then asks Rush if he can do anything to help. He knows that sitting in the command chair barking orders won’t do them any good, but he’s not sure he can contribute anything in this situation. The scientist looks surprised to hear him so humble, then quickly recovers and tells him to grab another two laptops from the closest lab for Eli and Brody to work off of in case he’s not finished when they get back. Nodding, Young claps him on the shoulder and does as he’s asked.

    Meanwhile, James and Volker are still outside the obelisk trying to figure out what’s just happened. The beam’s still pulsing into the sky, and the lieutenant has her rifle up and scanning the immediate vicinity for danger. When she’s satisfied that nothing’s going to leap out and attack them, she motions for Volker to approach and investigate. Dale resists at first, giving her a frightened look, but he finally agrees and inches closer until he can peer inside the entryway. All he can see is the blinding glow of a swirling blue energy vortex, however. But the fact that he can see anything at all is a significant change from the last monolith they encountered. The one on the other planet had what they speculated was a doorway, but it was sealed the entire time they were there. Even when it began shooting up light, it remained closed. This one, on the other hand, is wide open for them to examine. What he can’t figure out is why they would be different if this whole planet otherwise appears to be a carbon-copy of Eden.

    Running out of the woods behind them, Scott shouts to ask if they know what’s happening. James falls back to his position and replies that they’re just as in the dark as he is, having been a few meters from the obelisk when it suddenly went active. She goes for her radio, intending to contact Destiny for orders, but Scott tells her not to bother. For now, at least, both they and the group on the ship are on their own. Volker recommends they try and use the shuttle’s sensors to get a reading on the beam, since it’ll have to be more effective than them standing around dumbfounded. Scott thinks it’s worth looking into, and the three of them slowly back away from the obelisk and make for the landing zone.

    In orbit, Destiny herself is now about a third of the way past the beam, still slowly gliding along. If the sublight engines had been active when the obelisk activated, chances are the ship would already be in the clear. But because it was simply drifting and almost perfectly matching the rotation speed of the planet, it will probably take another few hours before the beam moves off the hull. In fact, that’s exactly what Brody has to tell the others when he does the math for them on the bridge. Rubbing his eyes, Young looks over the graphs on the laptop and asks someone to give him a possible solution in plain English. The beam’s disabled the engines and a host of other systems, but nothing has been outright powered down. Instead, everything has gone haywire or refused to operate entirely. Rush sets down his computer and switches to a console next to him, telling the others that he’s finished his modification and is about to apply it to the mainframe. In addition to transferring any of their work to close by active terminals if theirs were to fail, it may be able to rectify some of the existing instability. He connects his laptop to a nearby port and waits for a beep to indicate the workaround is working as intended.

    Eli gratefully switches to a console and opens up the external sensors, reporting with disappointment that there’s far too much interference to get a read on any potential damage. Their best bet now would be to send a kino out one of the airlocks and send the feed back, but even that has issues. The remotes in his quarters are shorting out just like everything else. That means that they could get a kino out into space just for their ability to direct it to fail. Still, it’s better than nothing, and Volker offers to grab the material and take care of it while Rush and Eli pursue alternatives. Once he’s gone, Rush finishes opening a systemwide diagnostic and takes a look over some of the preliminary results. What he finds is startling; within seconds of contact with the beam, the entire contents of the ship’s database was copied and downloaded offsite. Half a second later, their navigational information was likewise replicated and stored, as was the Novan archive and their own data ported over from Earth. Alert and worried, Young demands to know who took it and where it was sent, but Rush responds that there’s no way for them to find out. If it weren’t for the event log, he would never have believed someone infiltrated their system. There’s not a single marker or trace of outside intrusion or download, something that simply shouldn’t be possible no matter how skilled the hack.

    What’s more concerning to Eli, though, is how quickly the theft took place. When they were attempting to upload the Testament on Novus ("Epilogue"), they determined that it would take them days to copy over. Someone just stole hundreds of times more data before any of them had even blinked, and all without leaving any evidence that they had done it. Whoever or whatever they’re dealing with must be incredibly advanced, far more than the drones or Followers or anyone else. Eli jokes that it’s possible they’ve run into V’Ger or some other hyper-advanced entity, but his laughter halts suddenly when he reads that the beam bypassed every firewall, safeguard, and password protection in every file registry in the database. It literally got into every crevice, even ones the crew couldn’t access themselves, and something about that terrifies the young man. He scrambles from his seat and yells that he needs to check something for himself, then bolts from the bridge. Young goes to ask Rush what he’s talking about, not understanding, but the scientist doesn’t appear to be listening. He furrows his brow for a moment, thinking, then realizes what Eli meant and runs after him without another word.

    Paying no heed to the man chasing after him or their dire situation, Eli barrels down the empty halls with a singular and blinding purpose. He ignores the flickering lights, static-filled terminal screens, and eerie blue glow through the windows while descending three decks and making his way to an auxiliary control room. Opening the door, it’s clear that this is the chamber that Rush and Dr. Adam Brody escaped to during the Lucian Alliance invasion of the ship almost a year before ("Incursion, Part 2"). Eli powers up one of the consoles inside and waits for the system to stabilize, slamming his fists down in frustration when it takes longer than a few seconds. But eventually the interference clears enough for him to check the terminal’s local memory. The readout takes only a fraction of a second to load, and he scans it quickly in complete silence. The color drains from his face, and then he begins to shake angrily. Rush appears in the doorway and immediately recognizes his colleague’s pain, but he has to ask the question all the same. This console is where Ginn and Dr. Amanda Perry’s data was quarantined ("Hope"), but if every system--even the locked out ones--were penetrated by the scan, what does that mean?

    When Eli doesn’t respond, Rush forces himself to look at the display for an answer, praying that the server was somehow spared. But the local event log confirms that all information on the console’s drive was copied and downloaded like everything else, meaning that somewhere out there, duplicates of their consciousnesses exist. Nicholas looks up with deadened eyes and whispers that he’s not sure what this is even supposed to suggest. He doesn’t understand what purpose someone or something could have this, nor does he think he even wants to. Eli doesn’t have any answers for him, but he eventually raises his head to look over at him and says only that whatever’s going on, it just got personal.

    While they try to come to terms with the data theft, Scott decides to be proactive down on the surface. The shuttle’s sensors can’t penetrate the atmosphere; it’s suddenly become hyper-charged with interference, but they need to do something. Telling Chloe and Wray to stay put and watch for any activity on the display, he grabs James and Volker and leads them back toward the obelisk. Once there, Vanessa says that they should at least try to determine what the purpose of the vortex inside is.
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    (Conclusion of "Nod," see previous three posts for beginning.)

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    Pulling out a spare bucket he had been using to gather foodstuffs, Scott agrees that it’s worth a shot and tells James and Volker to stand back while he steps closer to the structure’s opening. He takes a deep breath, then hurls the pail into the entryway and directly into the swirling blue energy vortex that occupies the space within. The maelstrom flashes white for an instant, then returns to its gentle pulsing with no apparent change. The bucket is nowhere to be seen, and James mutters that she didn’t think a plastic container would have much effect on an alien monolith. Scott glares at her, asking if she has any better ideas, before Volker steps between them and tells them both to shut up. He points at the vortex and says that something’s happening, and the others look up to see that he’s right.

    The maelstrom glows even brighter, so bright that the three humans are forced to look away. Scott shouts that they should retreat to the treeline, and they begin pulling away from the obelisk. Then the vortex sends out a massive pulse that arcs out of the entryway, narrowly avoids hitting the away team, and slams into the ground several meters away. The ground is dug up and pushed aside by the impact, and a miniature crater crackles with blue energy for a moment before subsiding. Having ducked down behind a fallen tree trunk, Scott, James, and Volker peer over at the depression warily. They’re not entirely sure what to do next.

    A ways away inside the shuttle, Chloe snaps her head up when she hears the crack of the energy discharge. Wray joins her in observation, wondering if they should investigate and see if anyone was hurt, but Chloe thinks they should stay put. After all, Scott told them to stay in the shuttle for good reason, and they still need to decipher why they've found a second one of these planets. Then they ran into this one immediately after turning around and heading back the way they came, and there can be no doubt that the two are connected. She overheard Rush mention that this system was literally right in front of them; had Destiny flown straight at it, it would have ended up in the exact center of the star. That can’t be a coincidence when one of these impossible planets is involved. Chloe doesn’t know what the encounter symbolizes, but she agrees that it can’t be random chance. Nor can it be ignored that they came across another one just as they were turning around from Destiny’s intended course. But what she would really like to know is why the planet is suddenly being consumed by ice and snow, turning it from an untouched paradise into an utter wasteland. Looking back out the window, she just hopes they haven’t stumbled across something they can’t handle.

    Onboard Destiny, Brody has taken over diagnostics on the bridge when Rush and Eli finally return. Young asks where they ran off to and what they were doing, but the latter man uncharacteristically snaps back that he’ll explain later. The Colonel drops the questions for the time being, instead looking to Brody and requesting an update on their status. Pulling up another screen, the scientist answers that the stasis pods seem unaffected by the power fluctuations and malfunctions. He didn’t note any anomalies while he was checking them earlier, and it’s almost as if the interference is purposely being made to avoid that entire wing of the ship. The rest of their mainframe, however, hasn’t fared as well. There’s no damage as far as he can tell, something they should all be thankful for, but he sees no way to bring any of the primary or even secondary systems online. For the time being, they’re essentially prisoners on their own vessel. Watching while Rush and Eli resume their work, Young sighs and asks for a reassessment of how long it’ll be until the ship slides out of the beam. They still have a little over an hour to go.

    Checking her watch on the planet, James notes that it’s been three hours since the obelisk became active. In all that time, they haven’t heard anything from Col. Young, something that’s worrying her more and more by the second. Taking the initiative, Scott vaults the tree trunk they were hiding behind and approaches the crater with his gun at the ready. He and James are nearly to the lip of the pushed up ground when they hear a low moan directly ahead, freezing them in their tracks. They glance at one another, nod, and sprint to the front of the depression shouting for anything inside to freeze. But neither of them were prepared to see two human women, one younger and red-haired and the other a slender brunette, lying naked in the dirt and opening their eyes to look at them. Confused, Ginn asks where she is and how she got there while Amanda Perry comes to. Not knowing what else to do, Scott tells James to go back to the shuttle and try to find some extra clothes. If she can’t find any, she, Wray, and Chloe can at least give up their jackets or an undershirt. He has no idea what’s going on anymore, but he’s beginning to think that the Colonel was right to question the wisdom in coming down to the surface. None of them notice that, back at the obelisk chamber, a second pulse has sent T.J. stumbling from within, looking around in confusion as the stone door slams closed behind her. Slamming her fists on it in anguish, she finally relents and moves to join the others, looking back at the obelisk with tears in her eyes.

    Shortly after, Ginn and Perry are seated in the back of the shuttle in parts of the others’ outfits while Chloe and Volker give them some water from their rations. Draping her jacket over Amanda’s shoulders, Wray steps away and joins Scott outside, trying to figure out how any of this is possible. Laughing, Matt says that he’s officially given up on that. They’re standing on a planet that shouldn’t exist, watching an ice storm approach that shouldn’t be able to sustain itself, and now taking care of two deceased persons stored in Destiny’s memory. Speaking of which, he turns to a still-shaken Tamara and asks if she thinks there’s any sort of medical complication they might need to watch for. But T.J. just shakes her head absently, muttering that it’s just as strange for her, too. Concerned, Scott pulls her outside the shuttle entrance to make sure she’s OK, but she insists that it’s nothing that needs be discussed now.

    Watching them, the others sit in an awkward silence for a long moment before Perry clears her throat. Saying that they might as well get this discussion out of the way, she asks why no one is telling she and Ginn what’s happening. They had assumed the crew found a way to transfer them into new bodies, but they’re now in perfect recreations of their original selves. Any ailments they had before are gone, including Amanda’s debilitating condition that confined her to a wheelchair and breathing tube, and she can’t understand how. Wray, Chloe, and James all look at one another uselessly, but Volker decides to throw an idea out there. The obelisk here is identical to the one on Eden, and it, like the other one, has shot a mysterious blue beam into space. Destiny had been doing a scan of their area from orbit, and it’s possible that the ship was hit when the ray went off; that would explain their inability to contact anyone else. And seeing as Ginn and Perry were ejected from said obelisk, it stands to reason that it’s responsible for their sudden appearance. If the beam really did hit the ship, it could have seen them quarantined in the database and, somehow, for some reason, reanimated them.

    It may be the only explanation that really fits all the parameters, but James can’t see why the planet builders, assuming they’re the ones behind everything, would go through all this trouble just to bring Ginn and Perry to life. Furthermore, Chloe wonders why they would create another planet like this just to begin destroying it. None of it makes sense and none of it adds up. Everything about the last such world came together in a coherent, if mysterious, way. This time around it’s almost as if there are multiple forces at work and they’re just caught in the middle. Whatever the case, Ginn says she’s just glad that it happened. Stretching out a hand and looking it over, she whispers that it’s an amazing thing, to die and be reborn. Regardless of the circumstances or reasons, she won’t be one to complain.

    In orbit, Destiny at last passes through the beam, its stern sliding past and letting it continue off into the depths of space. Young looks relieved when the lights and terminals finally stop flickering on the bridge, asking Rush if they have control again. Eli answers for him, confirming that systems stabilized and unlocked the moment they were clear of the ray. And now that the sensors are working properly, they can see the shuttle still parked on the surface. The interference is still blocking radio signals, but they should be able to use the ship and shuttle’s internal communications system to talk to the away team. Thanking him for the update, Young brings up the comm. array and hails the surface, asking if everyone down there is alright.

    Returning from his talk with T.J., Scott slides into the pilot’s seat and toggles on his own array to reply. He says that none of them are harmed, but he has quite a revelation for Young--and Rush and Eli--when they’ve docked. The first thing the Colonel thinks to ask if whether or not Tamara is still with them, and he looks relieved when she replies that she’s there with the others. Letting her go to the planet was a risk from the beginning, given her belief in the one on Eden, and he’s glad nothing went wrong . Not that he has time to mull it over, since it’s just then that Rush notices the countdown clock has come back on. With the ice storm encroaching on the landing zone, he suggests the away team return now rather than risk getting caught down there. And he’d personally prefer they all get away from that obelisk as soon as possible. Without any objections, the craft lifts off and makes for orbit.

    A day goes by while the crew comes to terms with what’s happened. Rush and Eli stand at the airlock and are stunned when it opens to allow Ginn and Amanda Perry to step into the corridor. Brody and Volker prepare to bring their shipmates out of stasis, knowing that they’ll need more than a skeleton crew as they head back toward Novus. And Young stands alone on the observation deck staring out at the swirling colors of the faster-than-light tunnel, only looking up when Tamara enters to speak with him. All this while the impossible planet is swallowed by ice and snow, blanketing everything in sight until, at last, it chokes off the obelisk and severs the beam.

    Clearing her throat, T.J. says that there’s something she needs to tell Young, something about what she saw down on the planet. She’s been thinking it over, and she’s afraid that she was responsible for the beam’s activation, as she couldn’t resist going to the obelisk in the hope that it would prove their daughter was still alive. Young begins to reprimand her, unable to believe she would put the crew in such danger, but she interrupts. While she was inside the chamber, she found herself trapped, unable to leave the energy vortex but still able to see out the entrance. Only it wasn’t the second planet she was seeing, it was something else. A clearing with wooden huts, and a crowd of curious onlookers. Human onlookers, among them a beautiful baby girl.

    She saw their lost crewmembers... and their daughter. She saw Eden.
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    It was very good, i liked it. Good job and keep it up.

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    Hmm so it looks like the forum's new software has really messed with the quotations and apostrophes and whatnot, so I've gone through and I'm trying to fix them one post at a time. There doesn't seem to be any other way to do it, so I apologize if anyone's reading some of the ones that have yet to be fixed and there's all this nonsense text wherever there should be a symbol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by s09119 View Post
    Hmm so it looks like the forum's new software has really messed with the quotations and apostrophes and whatnot, so I've gone through and I'm trying to fix them one post at a time. There doesn't seem to be any other way to do it, so I apologize if anyone's reading some of the ones that have yet to be fixed and there's all this nonsense text wherever there should be a symbol.
    I got my girlfriend into the show and got her to start reading your stuff. That was probably her number one issue since it affected your reposts of Season 11 stuff. Glad to know it's getting fixed, and that you're back.

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    Nod is very much worth the wait.

    liked it much.

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    agreed i liked nod as well

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    Man, is this a sight for sore eyes.

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    Mcoy is it possible to see your pictures of the gateworld virtual fleet? They look amazing

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    Quote Originally Posted by thekillman View Post
    Nod is very much worth the wait.

    liked it much.
    I spent literally an hour explaining the concept of calling something "Nod" to my suitemate earlier. He just could not grasp the word as the name of a Biblical location versus a verb xD

    Quote Originally Posted by Lt. Col. Mcoy View Post
    Man, is this a sight for sore eyes.
    Glad you think so. You know what was really rewarding after posting, though? This.
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    Hallejuia, praise the Ascended, etc. Welcome back, man. I love this new episode!

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    Quote Originally Posted by USS Thor View Post
    Mcoy is it possible to see your pictures of the gateworld virtual fleet? They look amazing
    See them how? Do you mean bigger versions?

    And thanks.

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    s09... glad your back. And awesome episode. And i wanna know the repercusion on all the data that was copied. I hope this planet builder story is long from kaput.
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    Quote Originally Posted by s09119 View Post
    Glad you think so. You know what was really rewarding after posting, though? This.
    And now imagine you arching your fingers and throwing your head back in an evil laugh.

    Awesome work with Nod. Although...[Episode Spoilers >> >>]

    Spoiler:
    Young might be a little pissed. He has two extra mouths to feed, but with zilch food.

    Ginn: "Oh, and we're really, really hungry. Have you got any food?"
    Young: "Eat Rush."

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    yes bigger images is what i meant

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