The flashback continues.
As the Wraith cruiser is attacking the three transports, the transports are firing back with their limited weaponry. The Wraith cruiser is only lightly
damaged. A series of darts disables one of the transports weapons, as the cruiser turns to it. The "Ancient" in the back of the jumper steps forward again.
"Take us to the battle, and fire on their main power system."
"I'll take us into hyperspace." The gateship opens a hyperspace window. Seconds later, it emerges near the battle.
The Wraith cruiser has disabled another of the transports, and is now gunning toward the third. The last transport is attempting to fight back still, but its weapons are no match for the Wraith ship. The jumper fires a drone at the cruiser, impacting it, and producing a red-green micro shockwave from it. The Wraith crew stop firing on the transport, as a number of darts turn towards the gateship.
"The Wraith are turning towards us. I count twelve darts. They're firing on us."
The darts fire at the gateship. To the surprise of the Wraith, the gateship is unaffected by the Wraith's weapons. The gateship accelerates faster, bearing right at the Wraith darts. The jumper collides with two darts head on, with the gateship unscathed. The darts keep firing at the gateship, in the hope that it will be destroyed.
It doesn't happen. The jumper fires a much faster, red-colored drone which goes through the wave of darts, and as it passes by all of the darts, the darts are all disabled. The drone heads for the cruiser penetrating it's hull, and exiting the other side. The drone circles the cruiser a few more times and penetrates it's hull a few more times. The drone exits the cruiser again, and stops. The 'tentacles' of the drone extend and shift into a circle pattern, as the top of the drone opens like a flower. The drone turns around and spins again, faster than before, creating a resonating effect from it. The drone impacts again on the bottom of the cruiser, creating a multi-layered blast throughout the cruiser's undersection, as the cruiser changes color from the impact to a dark greenish-greyish color, as the cruiser falls apart and explodes. The transports hold their position.
"They appear to be scanning the wreckage from the cruiser hull, and the necrotized darts. One of the transports is moving towards the wreckage. It appears that they are going to take samples of the dead hull from the cruiser and darts."
"Good. They can examine the wreckage and the samples to improve their weapons in time to be more effective against the Wraith ships. How much time is still a question."
-We return to the present.-
"We encountered some remnants of the most advanced civilizations as they attempted to escape the Wraith with their technology intact. They knew they would need their industrial base intact in order to fight them off in the future. A number of others were in agreement."
"So some of them tried to rebuild?" the Colonel replied.
"Yes. Some would try to rebuild, but the Wraith pursued them relentlessly."
"Another race we encountered was extragalactic in origin."
Another flashback occurs.
"We found another ship being attacked by a Wraith hive. This ship carried weapons more powerful than any of the other groups we found. This ship was able to hold out against the hive longer than anyone else, and even was able to inflict some damage upon the Wraith. You have encountered them before."
"You're talking about the Asgard, aren't you?"
"I think you have answered your own question."
"What else did you find?"
"The Asgard were conducting experiments to repair their genetic degradation from their cloning of themselves. They also found my subspace disruptor array and successfully activated it, damaging the Wraith fleet again."
"We were attacked by them, and they stole a critical component needed to operate the device. They succeeded in reactivating the device, but the Stargates starting exploding. That's why you shut off the device the first time."
"Yes, another effect from the array was that stargates were affected upon use and would self-destruct within a minute."
"Atlantis was nearly destroyed in the process."
"We know that too."
"How can you know all of this? I don't want hear the games and riddles. I've heard about enough of them from Sheppard."
"We will not play games with you. We will tell you the truth. We are not like the Lanteans who act out of cowardice. I and my collegues have come to return to the original ways. One way or another, the Wraith will finally be eliminated from the universe. It's a matter of when and who will survive in the end."
"So are you saying you'll get involved with the fight against the Wraith?"
"In some ways, yes."
"And what ways will that be?"
"If we told you, there is a likely chance you will attempt to impede us."
"Why would we do that?"
"You have allowed yourself to negotiate with the Wraith rather than oppose them. This is the main reason why you are unable to eliminate them. You have become more interested in "curing" them rather than exterminating them. We attempted this before. Our final attempt at creating a truce was met with a slaughter. Janus told your first leader this 10,000 years ago......"
Another flashback occurs.
"Our delegation was protected by 28 of our warships, two-thirds of our remaining fleet. We knew that the Wraith vastly outnumbered us in ships and troops, we didn't know yet the true reason for this being. No matter how many we kept destroying, they kept sending more and more."
"And had I been permitted to take a destroyer out, I would have easily found out why." the other Ancient interrupts.
"Yes, perhaps. Our delegation went to their command hive and encountered severals queens and commanders. We offered them an opportunity to eliminate their need to feed upon humans and create a peace between them and us...... They wanted nothing from us except, our destruction."
Three Lantean gateships and a larger transport land on the planet, with a destroyer overhead. A number of darts and two cruisers are directly overhead as well. Inside at the meeting area, we have a number of Lanteans on one side, including a number of others from several worlds attacked by the Wraith. The Lanteans attempt to offer a solution to end the fighting between the Lanteans and the Wraith. Across the chamber is several queens and keepers, alongside several Wraith commanders, one of them later known as "Todd". The queen accuses the lead Lantean that they are simply stalling out of fear of the Wraith.
"We have control of countless worlds now, and we want your unconditional surrender."
"We are offering you a chance to coexist with all in this galaxy and put and end to this fighting that has been going on for 100 years. We want to put an end to this before it gets worse for both our sides."
"You know you will lose to us. You have fewer and fewer ships, and many of your worlds are in our hands now. You cannot stop us. We will bring you to your knees before us. We are unstoppable. Our victory is inevitable."
"Then we have come here for nothing."
(to the Lantean delegation)
The queen stands from her makeshift throne.
"No, none of you are."
"We both came here unarmed. That was the agreement."
"Yes, it was the agreement. And we have no intention of stopping our cultivation. Wraith are unending. The Lanteans however, are ending. We will conquer your capital city next."
She touches her white pendant, and stretches her arms out, as her pendant glows bright and fires a massive wave stunning the Ancient delegation. On one of the Lantean's belt, a communicator activates and a voice says, "Administrator, it's a trap. All security get our people out of there now!" Wraith stunners and Lantean weapon fire can be heard in the background afterward.
The Lantean security commander taps his communicator again, contacting his ship.
"Commander, this is Xantiko. Prepare to receive the gateships and ready weapons. We need to fight them off long enough to get back to the Atlantis perimeter.
The bridge of the destroyer is being rocked at the very moment.
"We already know! We've engaged the cruisers and their fighters. We're trying to protect the main transport, but we're stuck right here and cannot move."
On the surface some of the Lanteans are making their way to the gateships and transport ship. Several darts are seen heading for them.
"Try and take them down! We need to get the Administrator and his delegation out of here now! Administrator, respond! Administrator!"
The Lantean administrator is lying on his side amongst the rest of the incapacitated delegation. The queen moves to him as a Wraith warrior picks his body up. The queen takes his communicator from his belt. She speaks into it.
"Your delegation belongs to us now. As will all of you aboard your ships. You cannot escape us. We will take all of your kind, and then we will take Atlantis."
The security commander and two other Lanteans are listening to the queen on the other end.
"There's no one we can save. Fall back to the gateships and prepare to rejoin the other ships."
"Commander, our people may still be alive down there."
"I've made the decision. We will return to the gateships and launch immediately."
The destroyer is still taking fire from the Wraith, and taking on damage. One gateship has risen from the surface and has cloaked. Several security personnel have boarded another gateship and the rest have begun entering the transport. The transport fires a few drones from its position on the surface, destroying two darts. The destroyer forces a Wraith cruiser down, destroying it. The destroyer starts taking excessive fire on its top side. A hive ship is firing at the Lantean ship from orbit as another Lantean ship is exchanging fire with it.
The commander of the destroyer contacts another commander on another ship.
"General Gatelis, the Wraith have attacked our delegation on the surface. Once the last of our security personnel have boarded the transport, we will join the rest of the fleet. We can't attempt rescue of our remaining people."
Aboard a Lantean battleship, Gatelis is directing commands from his central station. He is unpleased with the security commander's words.
"Understood. Have the transport break off as quickly as possible and make a run back to the perimeter."
The general turns to his officers.
"Take us at the forward hive. Have Cruiser units three and four follow suit. We need to outflank them before they can get a sizeable amount of darts outward."
The general's battleship and two cruisers move further towards the planet and the hive firing at another destroyer and towards the surface. Further out, a number of Lantean ships are currently engaged with a large Wraith armada. Two Lantean battleships are taking fire from two hive ships and a number of cruisers. One of the battleships fires a cluster of drones, eliminating one of the cruisers. Another fires a small burst of drones at a hive, while firing from it's side turrets at a number of darts. The hives send out dozens of darts to sward the ships. A Lantean cruiser, having taken significant damage is destroyed by a Wraith hive. A destroyer comes apart as three cruisers bombard it with weapons fire. A battleship explodes as another one destroys a hive ship.