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P9U-10R The Cathedral
« on: May 20, 2019, 11:46:02 PM »

 One of the few planets the SGC has bothered to scout in recent years other than a single visit many years ago by SG6. They deemed it as not quite hostile, the locals not wanting any interest in intergalactic relations having been able to for the most part remain hidden from the Goa'uld. That was until Ba'al and the Trust found the place, needing somewhere to carry out in secret those things that evil types are want to do; at the far southern edges of the main city, something one might recognize as perhaps stuck in a pre-WW1 time warp; there lay the remains of an older city that until recently was visited and indeed populated. Within the old city is an old Cathedral that at some point in its past was used for some alien deity, yet somehow Christianity had found its way here eventually, though for the last six months or so the local people have been deceived into believing the site is currently cursed and that they are to keep all outsiders away, while the Trust’s guards and scientists are supposedly an order of monks and priests who are trying to purge the curse.

 
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Re: P9U-10R The Cathedral
« Reply #1 on: May 28, 2019, 07:35:03 PM »

>>From SGC and Earth>>

 The team emerged from the Stargate as one line to see a long stone paved road ahead of them leading to the city known here as New Bethlehem. Viewed from this point the vista opened up to wide avenues lined with Poplar like trees, small farmlets to either side of the road for roughly half a mile until you reached the buildings of the city itself, ranging from a pre 16th century Europe look, to late 19th century America or perhaps Great Britain. In many ways it had the feel of a city like Manchester, there was something industrial about it which was enhanced by the fact they had harnessed steam power to much that same of Britain around 1900 or so. There were trains, mostly for freight which consisted of grain from the west and either coal or iron ore coming from the south. The main line was running north-south some two or three kilometers to the east of where they stood, one such train, a more rarely seen passenger train was heading north as the team waited to move off.

 

 Cate looked across the wide fields of corn, or wheat or whatever it was that grew so tall here. All she remembered was that it made the most delicious bread she had ever tasted; that being the sum of her memory of the place other than some pertinent facts about the people.

 She stepped down from the hard stone base of the Stargate, hitching her pack up to a comfortable position on her back, slinging her rifle down to her right side so it would look a non threatening posture. "Alright, a few things you need to know since for the three of you this is our first real off world experience where we're not being shot at immediately." Another few steps forward, she breathed in the rural air, so much like home.

 "Think of these people as somewhere between the Amish back home and Orthodox Baptists, in other words keep religion out of the conversation as best as you can. Heresy and Blasphemy are capitol offences here so in a word, just don't. One last thing, our primary mission is to find out what's going in relation to Anise's message, don't mention the Tok'ra spy as I think that'd land us in a cell very quickly. If we stumble across any information, well and good. Ready to move out or have I left anything off the list?"

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Re: P9U-10R The Cathedral
« Reply #2 on: May 29, 2019, 05:51:49 PM »

>>From SGC and Earth>>


The beauty of the place wasn't lost on Flynn.  Not to mention the fact they weren't bring shot at made it nearly perfect.  The fields were gorgeous and she found herself wishing for her horse to enjoy the peace and beauty of this place.   She was knocked out of her thoughts though by Cate speaking up.

Flynn wrinkled her nose.  "No religion and no spy talk.  Sounds simple enough," she said, looking around to see if anyone was close by.  "How bout horses? Are those a safe topic?" She grinned, hoping to get a smile from her team.
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Re: P9U-10R The Cathedral
« Reply #3 on: May 31, 2019, 02:18:41 AM »

>>From SGC and Earth>>

P9U-10R's landscape for being an alien planet, surely looked more like the wide fields and plains of eastern Europe, making the Major feel somewhat at home though it would have been spot on with actual valleys and a mountain range for that extra homesickness. Nevertheless he was sent here to fulfill his duty as part of SG4; the shenanigans were about start.

"Amish? Orthodox Baptist? I'm pretty sure we can handle these sorts of people, they're probably no different than those petty fools back home and if they did try to do something fishy, we got the edge on the firearms department." he commented, flashing one of his guns as he saw fit.

"Horse eh? Well I wouldn't mind fancying its meat right now, oh boy how much I crave of those steaks and sausages; I'm pretty sure the locals are into that and who knows, we might gain cooking tips and recipes if we're outgoing enough." he tried to tease the Doctor.

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Re: P9U-10R The Cathedral
« Reply #4 on: June 02, 2019, 04:59:37 PM »

<From SGC/ Earth>

The team stepped through the Earth Stargate and soon found themselves on an alien planet halfway across the galaxy. Their arrival was fairly quiet. As the gate shut down behind them, none of the natives seemed to take notice of the four visitors. Or at least if they did, there was no immediate reaction.
Relaxing his posture just a little, William took up the right flank as they headed down the stone path that presumably lead to the local town. If he had to hazard a guess, he’d say swear they stepped back into time. Between the architecture and steam trains, it was as if they were thrown back a century.

Listening to Cate’s culture brief, he could tell she was already stepping into the leadership role.
“So no mention of the Flying Spaghetti Monster or a double agent. Gotcha. I’ll leave the horse talk to you Doctor. I’ve ridden a few but don’t have anything beyond superficial knowledge of the animals.”

Will shook his head at the Major’s response.
“While we likely have the edge in the firearm department, don’t let that fool ya. All it takes is one or two crafty locals to catch us by surprise and I’ll be patching you up. Although you may have a point. Commander, perhaps we should head to the local watering hole. No money for drinks, but if we get an out of the way table we might pick up some valuable intel.”

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Re: P9U-10R The Cathedral
« Reply #5 on: June 03, 2019, 12:59:49 AM »

<City>

 "Oh yes I did forget one thing." Cate raised a fine eyebrow at the Major and gave Flynn that knowing look answering both at once. "Horses, mate you really need to put a check on that one. I understand you wanting to lighten things up a bit but you have to understand there are some things both Flynn and I treat like these folks do religion and that my friend is horses. I'll add that these people from recollection of my last visit here also shared a similar passion and given their level of technology it'd be obvious to see why. Though they might have great big puffing steam trains like that...." She pointed to the obvious. "...horses are still their main mode of getting around." Time to move on, although there was just one quip. "They don't share the same passion for sheep. You'll get fed plenty of mutton and lamb here." That part she did remember well.

 With a moderate walking pace Cate led them on, funnily in her mind she had a picture of a scene from the Wizard of Oz in her mind, she certainly was no Dorothy though. Keeping up the conversation was relatively easy, they had a good ten minute walk or thereabouts. "A funny thing happened with Lena and I years ago. We stumbled on this ever so backward world and these people were aggressive and I mean that in every sense of the word. And we thought we were so good, honestly those people got us both with blow guns, tipped with a sedative that was something we'd never seen before...." Reminiscing wasn't always fun. "...we did get away and no one has ever returned to that place. I think they would have gotten to the Ori when it comes down to it." A hearty laugh followed as they marched on and on. "Well they do have a pub, pious as they are booze doesn't appear to be on their 'no' list. Or cards." She added.

 The dusty road soon gave wave to what passed for a paved surface consisting of something like asphalt but not quite  the same, it was a dark grey hue, but it wasn't concrete either; darker and smoother. As they drew level with the first row of ornate buildings, some two story some three with a style that might have been either Edwardian or late 19th century Brooklyn, it was hard to tell; a man in his late 40's, greying and balding both. "Greetings travelers, I see you've come through the great circle. We've had a few of late, Priests or so they say." As he spoke the man looked around nervously. 
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Re: P9U-10R The Cathedral
« Reply #6 on: June 05, 2019, 03:22:55 PM »

<city>

Flynn wrinkled her nose, about to make her own response when Cate beat her to it.  She relaxed once Cate said horses were important and the attempt at a joke was not a good one in this company.   She glanced at Troy.  "It's quite relaxing to ride.  For just a bit you can forgot your worries, " she grinned, clearly in her element with horses.

Flynn stated at Cate in shock.  "Darts?  Oh dear.  I do not want to make the locals mad."  She shuddered at the thought as She walked with her group toward the tavern.  Now to see what would happen next in this place.
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Re: P9U-10R The Cathedral
« Reply #7 on: June 07, 2019, 01:22:21 PM »

Feeling the need to take the initiative, the Major stepped in front of the others and proceeded to happily greet one of the self-designated hosts of this planet. "Under His Eye and Praise Be...Praise Be indeed! My good sir, we can't state how much we have you as the first to greet us in your lovely abode." he exclaimed, shaking the somewhat confused man as he didn't think that his welcome would've made a big deal from these visitors.

"You see the Great Circle here has made all of us quite hungry and thirsty, and as such we wouldn't mind being escorted to the finest establishment with the most delicious food and soothing drinks that your home could offer, if you could be so kind."
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Re: P9U-10R The Cathedral
« Reply #8 on: June 17, 2019, 03:30:05 PM »

William held back a chuckle at the thought of an SG Team getting taken out by a group of natives with blow darts, it sounded like something out of Indiana Jones.

“I don’t think we have to worry about blow guns around here, so there’s that going for us. As for horses, I’ll stick to many horses under the hood. Thanks though.

The four of them continued on the path from the Stargate that lead into town, and hopefully the tavern. They reached the outskirts of town when a middle aged man waylaid them. It was clear from his body language he didn’t fully believe the prior visitors claim of being priests. Despite that, he didn’t seem willing to admit that in public. The two reasons that came to mind for William was either the social stigma attached to rejecting the teachings, or fear of retaliation from the “priests” and/or their followers.

They were still talking with the first person, when a second man walked up. He was dressed in jeans, work boots and a somewhat dusty blue flannel shirt. He tipped his wide brimmed hat in greeting.
“Welcome travelers, are you also here due to the curse?”

William wasn’t sure if the man believed it or not, but answered the question anyway.
“We weren’t aware of a curse, we’ve been travelling to some of the worlds connected by the portal and yours was next on the list. What’s this curse you speak of?

The man dropped his voice a little.
“A few months ago we had some visitors come through the portal, they told us the Cathedral was cursed. They haven’t left so I guess they’re still working on a way to overcome it. Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to get going.”

Without waiting for a response, he headed off towards the train yard.
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Re: P9U-10R The Cathedral
« Reply #9 on: June 18, 2019, 03:07:18 AM »

 It all made sense now, the cryptic message from the Tok'ra and now the apparent mystery surrounding the Cathedral. It looked like a typical job for SG-4 and was feeling more and more like it had Ba'als tinge on it so strongly Cate could almost smell it. Both men left them there were they were and for good or bad at least they were not threatening them, in fact it was almost as if they were asking for help. "Well at least we know everything is not right and these poor people seem to be genuinely scared of something." They kept heading in the direction of where the pub was located, that was always a good source of rumor and or gossip.

 Stopping just outside a man looking like a bouncer barred their way, though after a few pertinent questions he allowed them in, with a soft warning to keep their weapons hidden after Cate explained they were here to help if it was needed. Inside everyone had that looking over their shoulder face, no one was particularly festive which was a far cry from most pubs Cate knew of. "We need to quietly ask questions, very quietly. If possible a one on one and avoid groups. We'll get some food and drink, then scout the place for possible sources of information. Agreed?"
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Re: P9U-10R The Cathedral
« Reply #10 on: June 19, 2019, 07:47:14 PM »

What a mess.  These poor people were being kept in the dark about a lot and that always led to fear.  Flynn had read about it countless times through history and had seen it first hand.  She wanted nothing more then to help these people and steer them out of the darkness.

She cringed inwardly as the bouncer stopped them.  He certainly wasn't one she wanted to tangle with.  Although they were soon allowed to pass without any hint of malice.  The place gave her the creeps though.  It didn't feel right here.  Too quiet maybe.  She listened to Cate and nodded.  "It wouldn't cause as many questions or draw as much attention.  Plus maybe they'll be more willing to talk one on one."
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Re: P9U-10R The Cathedral
« Reply #11 on: June 21, 2019, 03:08:54 AM »

The people here din't seem to be a bad bunch, t'was a shame that religion was used for shady purposes keeping them in the realm of fear and ignorance rather than enligtenment, which awfully reminded him about what transpired back home centuries ago and in a way still existed. How tragic indeed.

As soon as they made it passed that rather touchy bouncer, whom he simply started directly into his Eyes, touching his mind and soul whilst gently pushing him aside, they made finally made it into the drinking establishment, which was quite contrary to the saloon he'd imagined it to be and it smelled more like a stinkin' cesspool of p*ss and treachery abound. Oh boy, they really had to endure for a few hours in this toxic environment.

"I suppose we shouldn't waste our time here and actually get on with the conversations. I'm going to grab a beer or two and try to use my charm on these simple-minded folk, I suppose they would rather get impressed by a stranger who recently passed through this giant stone portal."


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Re: P9U-10R The Cathedral
« Reply #12 on: June 24, 2019, 10:04:22 PM »

Their weapons weren't exactly the type that could be easily hidden, but William got the gist of the bouncer's warning. Ensuring the safety was on, he let his rifle rest on the sling. It wasn't out of sight, but he wasn't drawing attention to it either. In his mind, it was kind of like the cowboys from Westerns that rode around with a rifle across their back. The weapon was available should it be needed, while not in a threatening position.

Looking around the saloon he didn't see anyone that was obviously an outsider, but that didn't mean someone was lurking about.
"I'm guessing it's only a matter of time until word gets back to whoever's pulling the strings. In the meantime I agree this is our best option to get intel."

Taking a corner seat facing the front door, William simply observed for a few minutes.
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Re: P9U-10R The Cathedral
« Reply #13 on: June 27, 2019, 09:28:46 PM »

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 In her life there were three main places for catching gossip or getting onto the rumor mill in most towns or cities. That was of course your work place (particularly the locker room), shopping in a Super Market down the aisles and lastly a Pub. Generally most of what you heard one had to take with a grain of salt, one needed to filter out the trash from the facts and it was up to you to know what those facts could be, the most plausible.

 "Anything you think as useful information, best be prepared than surprised eh? And be careful what you say." She paused a second to add. "As a matter of fact the one thing they expect most coming through the Stargate are traders Wilhelm." That was Cate's last message to her teammates before they each went their separate ways, although for the most part they were within sight of each other. Leaving her pack at their table, she asked a serving girl to keep an eye on her gear while she went off to find a willing mouth, to make it worthwhile she gave the girl some coin she often carried with her; a few US quarters and a couple of Aussie 50c pieces. For a moment the girl looked at them suspiciously, then after reflection she smiled and pocketed them swiftly.

 Five minutes after that Cate had found after testing out two or three patrons a farmer of middle age who thankfully lived not far from the Cathedral. He related to her that while he kept his distance and had moved his stock to other pastures further away, he and his family were still close enough to be disturbed by some unusual events. This world had electricity, they had for at least sixty years to his knowledge and it had always been reliable, but lately he told her there had been some power surges and fluxes, with their lights at night sometimes blinking on and off and a buzzing noise heard over their telephones when making or taking late night calls. To Cate that was plausible evidence and she needed to check that out. She thanked the man kindly, bought him a beer with another 'Earth' coin then returned to her table.

 Once back where she came from the first thing she did was to retrieve a special scanner the SGC's science department had developed. Its principle use was to check over a large area up to five miles in radius of unusual power generations; it could also detect radio signals and other related sources of energy. Realizing though she needed to look as inconspicuous as possible and that all of them might need some local coin if they were going to spend any great deal of time there, Cate went seeking the Pub's owner, a rather portly woman in her late forties who sounded more like a foreigner than the team itself did. A quick reveal told Cate that indeed she wasn't a native having fled here during the Ori wars from one of Apophis's old human worlds and she perfectly understood Cate's need by exchanging the remainder of her coin (a total of about $8 in mixed Earth currency) for what amounted to about $40 worth in the local market. That was enough she was sure of it.

 Once again back at the table, before setting about to do any scanning, she very quietly radioed each of the team to tell them what she had done and that the woman (her name was Diaan) was more than willing to do the same for them. Switching the device on after a light wine and a plate of lamb stew was delivered to her table, Cate kept it on her lap watching the digital gauge as she ate slowly. Damn it was good. Looking back down again for a moment when she thought nothing was happening, she saw a spike that piqued her curiosity, three spikes to be exact. Two in the energy bar and one strangely enough in a wi-fi bar. Now that was unexpected as that had only been added to the scanner recently for work back on Earth. A wi-fi signal here? The pieces were starting to fall into place. Cate put the device back in her pack to wait patiently for her friends to return.
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Re: P9U-10R The Cathedral
« Reply #14 on: July 05, 2019, 07:55:10 PM »

Taking a seat watched the goings on for a few minutes. His attention was drawn to a large circular table where an animated group was gathered around. Walking over, he saw they appeared to be playing some sort of card game.

One of the players set down her drink as William approached.
“Greetings traveler. Care to join us?”

Glancing at the cards he could see some familiarity to the standard deck on Earth. Several cards had numbers on them, and the deck was divided into two colors. Instead of the recognizable red and black, they were split into blue and yellow. Instead of the royal figures, there were creatures. There was what looked like a medieval dragon, a unicorn, and a third creature he didn’t recognize. If he had to describe the animal, it would be a cross between a mammoth and a horse. A fourth card had the image of a sword crossed over a lit torch.

“Thanks but I don’t know how to play. I think I’ll just watch.”

An older gentleman acting as the dealer passed another round of cards to the players.
“The basics are easy to learn. Pull up a seat and I’ll explain as the other play.”

After several rounds, William was able to get the gist of the rules. While there were more intricate tips and tricks to the gameplay, there were enough similarities to poker to soften the learning curve.
“You understand it now?”

“The basics yeah.”

He reached into a pocket and pulled out an assortment of coins. Before leaving the SGC, he had procured some smaller coins with high silver content.
“Will these work?”

The man known as Whyms examined a few before tossing five into a pile.
“This will be a good starting bet.”

The first hand didn’t go so well, causing William to toss down five more coins to replace those that were lost. This time he did better and managed to win a few coins. As the gameplay continued, he chatted with the others.

“Any advice for a newcomer to the area? Don’t want to accidentally break any rules, or walk on the wrong side of the tracks.”


Jayra laid down a blue dragon.
“The biggest thing is to stay away from the large cathedral on the southern end of the city.”

That confirmed William’s suspicions from what had been told to him earlier so he casually pressed for more information.
“That’s too bad, I saw it on the skyline. It looks impressive, I was hoping to get a closer look.”

Jayra shook her head.
“You can look at it, but not up close. The priests have banned anyone from coming near it. The mayor has decreed that no one but the priests and their helpers are to come within four blocks of the building. That meant some people had to move, but it’s that or risk your health.”

Schlap folded his cards.
“That puts me out. Even before you get four blocks from the Cathedral you’ll know you’re getting close from the smell.  Considering several sheep have died since the Cathedral was placed off-limits, I’m willing to let the priests take all the time they need.”

Playing a few more rounds, William bought a round of drinks for the group before calling it quits.
“It’s been fun, but I should get going. Thanks for teaching me Zorlaq.”

Pocketing what winnings he had, William headed to where Cate was sitting.
“That was entertaining and informative.”


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