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Season 13 ending, season 14 a new beginning
« on: September 15, 2020, 05:36:24 AM »

September 2011 to February 2013

Stargate Command

 Mission ends soon came to be. Ba’al was eventually found, bound and taken out of our collective minds. The Goa’uld had the audacity to try and pass himself off as some South American President, having disposed of the former in the usual way. Once it was confirmed by Stargate Command exactly who he was 100%, a few subtle leaks to the press soon had tongues wagging, suspicions being thrown up without someone blatantly saying he was an Alien.  The combined mission by SG1 and 4 turned up to be nothing to be overly concerned about; they did however encourage the locals into revolt and with a little help from the two teams, the Trust goons and their lackeys were soon taken out.

 SG9 and 22’s mission to the Alpha site was slightly more productive. The fake SG teams were engaged full on once the advantage was in our hands with Heckman and Hart managed to gain control of all communications and mainframes; it was then only a matter of attrition. The worst or perhaps closest call came when the base self destruct was set off from the gate room. While it took longer than necessary to reach that area, with the support of base Marines, Colonel Bixby managed to get to the main control room to disengage the self destruct from that position with just ten seconds to spare. The entire mission from beginning to end took just over 24 heart rendering hours. Thankfully with few casualties and injuries incurred.  As Colonel Reynolds pushed inwards with the remainder of his team and the Marines he had commandeered, Captain Amir and Lieutenant Donovan clambered into the facility through a vent shaft, cutting off any thoughts the enemy had in coming at their rear. It was over in less than 30 minutes, such was the pace the Colonel had set. The staff at the base wasn’t out of it either. Once set free, or having joined SG-9, they took out their vengeance in return for the comrades they had lost. Commander Renner, along with the flight teams, turned soldier for the day excelled themselves. Pilots became warriors as did mechanics on that day.

 With SG1 and 4 now free, they were quickly recalled. Getting back up from elements of the ousted former Venezuelan Government, while the SGC did the diplomatic thing in assuring those countries Ba’al had somehow managed to ally himself to that all was well; President ‘Alvaro Gutierrez’ was taken in hand only small engagements. He was exposed as a fraud, without the world yet knowing what he really was, then taken back to the SGC for the usual lengthy interrogations.  Surprisingly the Goa’uld this time around wanted nothing to do with him, not even to take him in hand for execution. Finally after some discussion with allies, the El’Dari agreed to ‘look after him’. What that entailed no one wanted to know, but Jack O’Neill was fairly certain it may well be something along the lines of re-educating the snake. If any race could pull that off, they could.

 With all this going on one might be forgiven for thinking we had enough on our hands. As usual that wasn’t the case. The Trust, whom we had always expected was in Ba’al’s pocket, did their best to get at morale within Stargate Command; they felt that by a direct threat to known personnel’s loved ones with give them leverage to more easily infiltrate the SGC. The Trust was severely mistaken. Captain Elle McFearson’s father had been infected with a deadly parasite, which Mike Jaworski quickly realised was familiar and it was; being the same bug that had infected Doctor Rodney McKay some years earlier. From there it was much easier to formulate a cure, with the only hiccup being that Elle’s parents and indeed her brothers had to be informed about Stargate Command, since in the end old Arthur had to be transferred to the SGC medical facility for treatment, with the only other suitable place being the Alpha Site. All worked out well in the end; the elder McFearsons taking their new found responsibility much more seriously than some might think for people of their age.

 The Goa’uld hadn’t been entirely quiet either. Rumour was rife they had been developing new ships in parallel with Earth’s own advances; primarily in the mid-size destroyer class. Treaties were signed between them, technology transfers and most surprisingly a trade treaty with Earth (there was of course a number of caveats in those treaties). For them as well, 2012 was relatively peaceful thus far.

 A matter of the heart also occurred during this time; when Elle’s own morale was starting to wane at one point, Mike soon found a way to bring her around. On the trip back to the SGC (by USAF C-5 in fact) with Elle at her most impatient best looking at her Dad on his gurney, Mike proposed at 35,000 feet. A quick stopover in LA (90 minutes to be sure) while they waited for their transfer flight to Colorado Springs, Mike in one of his usual mad moments grabbed Elle, called a cab (he paid the driver extra to go faster, much faster), into LA itself and with just 7 minutes to spare they were back at the Airport lounge with Elle sporting a gorgeous new solitaire diamond ring. She insisted that it was a token of love and not how much money he could spend. Still even at 0.6 ct, it was a sparkler and that nearly 2.5 grand wasn’t to be sneezed at.

 By that time the biggest announcement the world had ever known had been made. As agreed to some 12 months earlier in the UN, the Stargate Program was to be made fully public; it turned out in the end to be something of a fizzer, excitement wise. Folks did protest, nations protested and hollered loud. In the end though there were far more pressing concerns for everyone; 2011-2012 was one of the worst storm seasons experienced, couple with a fairly wide famine situation across mid Africa and the Indian region. The world still hadn’t quite gotten over the 2008 GFC, so for the average Mr and Mrs across the globe foremost in their minds was putting a meal on the table and paying off their bills. The furore of the Stargate Program had died down by July of that year, the same month Promotions were being handed out for Stargate Personnel and the same month the now Major Jaworski returned to full duties, extending his leave a little further to get his head around some new circumstances. (That promotion didn’t really sit well with him until the Missus gave him the eye).

 Earlier in late December the Dreadnought and her escorts returned home to be replaced by the Apollo along with the new City class Corvettes, Glasgow, Denver, Prague and Goteborg. With the return of the Dread, she along with the Victory were placed in long term refit to address many of their short comings found during combat. The Dread having suffered the worst. Colonels Radovic and Ovrachenko were assigned to command one of the brand spanking new D-100 class destroyers coming on line in early March-April, along with Captain McFearson.The Chekov II going to Colonel Radovic by request, with Elena Ovrachenko giving no protest as she happily took command of the Mercury. Elle got command of the Invincible, for her that was sentimental, as one of her Uncles served aboard that RN ship during WW2. Most of the former crew from the Dreadnought went to the Invincible, to keep a well drilled team intact, with few exceptions.  It should be noted here that initially Major Jaworski was going to remain at the SGC for some time to work alongside Carrie Svensson; that is until Jack O’Neill intervened on Elle’s behalf, getting his way over Anne MacGregor’s protests. He joined his new ship and his wife to be in August of 2012.

 As for the day to day activities of the SGC, things soon settled down to a peaceful routine. Even the Goa’uld had gone quiet for most of the year apart from one or two diplomatic meetings to shore up a few treaties and boundaries; life in some ways for the SG teams in particular had become almost boring.  Generally it was back to the good old days of teams heading out through the gate, catching up with old allies and in some cases meeting new ones. There were of course the odd moments of levity in all of this, one standout was when SG22 and SG1 returned from a joint mission adorned in flowers, head to foot more or less. With Mitchell telling General Chalmers that perhaps he was getting too old for visiting hippy planets; for it turned out that PKY-99U was nothing much less than that, inhabited by humans for the most part and for the most part 99% of them on some kind of local pot. Since they were peaceful, lacked any strategic value, the planet was marked down as ‘visit only when necessary’. Other than that, with more international teams being formed there were a few frictions, yet in the most part the majority of any angst that might be present was aimed at whichever IOA representative who had the misfortune to be posted to the SGC at the time. They were taking a much more active role in the happenings of the operation and that inevitably brought them into conflict with everyone with their mindset being far removed from that of the old hands for the most part. Carrie Svensson was the first, SG team members soon followed when the IOA tried to more or less try as hard as they could to assert their influence on how things should be run in their eyes. One hapless rep had to endure an hour of lecture from Carrie when she told them in no uncertain terms that when they had several medical degrees such as she and Anne held, they could come back and tell her how to organize med bay; she was backed up by both the full Nursing staff and General Chalmers. Both Cam Mitchell and Cate MacGregor found themselves in Lucille’s office being somewhat dressed down for threatening to deck another rep when they had the audacity to tell both of them the IOA wanted to see a full rearrangement of teams and the personnel roster. Suffice to say by September of 012, any IOA rep at the base kept as much to themselves as possible.

 The only really decent thing to come from the IOA was in December 012. With the relative peace it was thought that it be given consideration to seek out the fate of all those MIA’s Stargate Command had endured over the years and there were quite a few of them. 

 By the very nature of humanity when the announcement was made by the base CO that indeed nearly all teams will be involved in these searches to come, a great deal of soul searching was done; with many of the old hands wondering if they could have in the past done more to account for those MIA’s, or even find them. Yet such was the frantic pace of activity of the SGC over the last decade it seemed that it was always going to be ‘the next thing we do’, yet never happened.  Now they had their chance to make good on some of the inner promises many of them had made over the years.

 On the 4th of February General Chalmers and General O’Neill addressed all SG teams either directly as they gathered in the largest space available (the basement car park), or via video link. SG26 was already out at that time doing a survey on one lead the Tok’ra had provided the SGC with.

 Promotions to be posted in a separate thread. 
New equipment, vessels will be posted elsewhere as well.
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Re: Season 13 ending, season 14 a new beginning
« Reply #1 on: September 15, 2020, 05:37:23 AM »

Atlantis

 After 10 days of bitter fighting across the galaxy, the last battle finally came down to the defence of Atlantis itself. Eight days into the tumultuous space conflict the Vanir changed tactics by targeting the mainland, landing tens of thousands of their clones both north and south of the mountain ranges near the Athosian settlements and the new homes of the recently encamped refugees.

It was at the height of the battles, for some of the humans it must have reminded them of the old ship to ship battles of World War two, with neither side giving quarter. Prior to the war zone coming to the Ancient city, Earth sent the Victory under the command of Colonel Elena Ovcharenko and the Apollo under Abe Ellis, along with two additional CG340s, to try and turn the tide of battle. It might have been a case of too little too late, for by that time the Dread was practically out of the fight, the El’Dari ships having taken a huge toll and the Wraith not much better. Still as they all stoutly defended Atlantis, the odds were turning in our favour at last; until their change of tactics. A number of times they sent suicide boarding teams to the Allied fleet ships. For the most part repulsed, except for the internal damage the Dreadnought took.

 As the fight switched to the ground, it was guessed rightly that by doing this, the city would have to lower its shields at some point to aid those on the mainland. Preparedness had been the key though for the Allies, with both the Athosians and Tamorans had been hastily equipped and trained in the two week window they had available before the first part of the war began, that proved provident when they were confronted by the clone army. When the fighting began in earnest, the three allies, El’Dari, Wraith and human lent to that force with all they could spare. The entire ground battle lasted just 48 hours and in this time Todd, along with Doctors McKay and Zelenka had come up with a plan. Having at last deciphered the scrambled coding retrieved two months prior by AR-3; they found the Vanir home world. With just one ship and the biggest nuclear bomb ever made, the Vanir sued for peace at last after their principle city was leveled to dust.

 The final hours of the ground battle were nothing short of miraculous from all points of view. When that moment came the allied forces thought were so severely outnumbered, the entire war was going to be lost there and then; the El’Dari had managed to bring through mounted cavalry from the Milky Way via their portals. Eyes could not believe their sight when they saw some 5,000 horsemen, images of so long ago in Earth’s history, not to mention the impression it made on the native Pegasus people, Wraith, Genii, Athosian, Libernan and Tamorans.

 Yet that arrival of the El’Dari warriors wasn’t solely responsible for turning the tide. On the arrival of the Victorious from Earth, she brought with her something intended for off world teams to make good use of. Trials on the Alpha site back in the Milky Way had proven well beyond expectations. That little gift was in the form of what is loosely known in Earth military language as an IPV, infantry fighting vehicle. These 4 to 6 seat little trucks came with hardened armour protection and in of the typical diesel engine was a Naquada generator and electric drive motor. Being all wheel drive as well, they were able to easily cope with any terrain thrown at them; the automatic .50 calibre machine gun, or the alternate 25mm bushmaster canon soon had the enemy army in a retreat. Sadly there was no surrender to speak of, only the wounded or dead found themselves in allied hands.
 Heroes were not in short supply either.  Every AR team excelled themselves beyond the call of duty; every member of every unit did the same. Outstanding mentions on the field were Kenny of the Wraith, otherwise known as Bonewhite among his own.  Tasked with leading a second formation of Wraith fighters far to the right flank of Rhiase’s own group, time and time again his flowing white mane was seen leading his men into the thick of battle, cutting of the enemies retreat or advance many times, engaging in close quarters battle countless times and on several occasions saving the lives of his allies.

 At one point AR-3 looked to be overwhelmed when O’Neil went down yet again, seemingly the Clones purposefully targeting those in leadership. Agathon, Chief Maxwell and Corporal Valentine quickly managed to rally a few marines to them, and then put the fight back to the enemy in spades. All three would receive commendations. AR-1 now led by Teyla, with a heavy set British Sergeant added to their number in lieu of Sheppard, were everywhere the fighting took place; as was AR-5. WO Baker taking his team into the thick of it at every turn, minus Louise as she was kept busy in company with the young Wraith Sin making explosive devises to be set at fall back positions. She even taught him a few Vietnamese expletives that came in handy. Baker, Ty Jackson, Christian Marasigan and Louise were among the commendation recipients.

 Finally there was the tremendous effort on the part of the medical teams. Set at the rear of the battle, Carrie Svensson taking the leadership role while Jennifer Keller held the infirmary in check back in the city. With Carrie were both Reese and Melinda, along with several combat nurses and half a dozen medics (some drawn from the Dreadnought). With gunfire and explosions continually threatening to even overwhelm the aid station, the women and their staff kept their cool and the patients calm.

In the aftermath of the war, there was of course the immediate scenes of jubilation. That though soon gave way to the heartfelt sorrow stemming from the enormous losses all sides. Before the battered allies returned to their home worlds to rebuild their lives, the matter of their dead was to be considered. It took all but an hour for the Hermes’ Chaplain to convince all parties that their departed should be buried together on the field of battle, with that burial ground becoming an everlasting memorial. He took his cue from having worked closely with the Commonwealth War graves, despite the fact he was Russian; because in recent times it had been found that there were many unmarked graves in France that contained the remains of Russian volunteers serving with the French. Pavel spent some time with the Brits and their own Padres during 2007-9. While for the Athosians and indeed the Libernans, burials were not the usual (cremation was the norm for them). Two months later, something resembling the war graves at Fromelle; where almost 2,000 dead lay interned side by side in long rows marked with white stone. Each grave marked reverently with a message relevant to that lost soul; Wraith lay next to Athosian, El’Dari and human side by side. They were all there and all had their names marked on a wall of remembrance.

Finally they all went home, the last after almost a month’s stay were some El’Dari scientists and Libernan soldiers. When it was all over, people drifted slowly back to their lives...eventually.

February 2013.

During the year the humans called 2012, Todd had managed to secure the alliance of two more hives to his cause. Alas though still not a viable queen to be found. There was one, but even among her own kind she was despised so deeply that in the end before Guide could even manage to speak with her, she had been assassinated by one of Warrior commanders. Such was the plight of whatever Wraith were left after the Vanir’s vicious war of genocide against them, at the same time leaving little trust between the far flung various hives. Todd did have a plan though.

For the Atlantis population, that grew somewhat as the effect of the Stargate public reveal set in. That in itself allowed base personnel to rotate home to Earth, some not having not been back for literally years. The SGC also took the opportunity to move SG teams around more than ever before, with both SG1, SG4 and others spending a month or so at Atlantis.

For the base itself, Colonel Sheppard was for the foreseeable future on long term leave. For though his physical injuries had healed, it was his psychological role that had yet to heal. As it stood Commander O’Neil had been promoted to captain, allowing her to stand as military commander. Other staff roles remained unchanged.

When the new year finally came, there was a sense of relief, with both Atlantis and her allies feeling far more secure than they had felt for a very long time. That was until a desperate Todd came calling with a new drama that had befallen his own kind. Somehow, from somewhere unknown a virus had been set among the Wraith that had thus far taken the lives of many. There were no immediate symptoms he explained, other than a rather human like cold; but then after about 2-3 days, the infected Wraith was dead and the virus spread among whoever he had been in contact with.
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