Chapter 10 – The Ori Part 1
Three hours after the Doctor had talked to General Landry, SG1 and the Doctor’s companions were ready to go on their mission.
“Remember, you have to follow my orders,” Mitchell said as a reminder to the companions.
“I remember,” Tamsin snarked.
The other two nodded.
“Chevron Six encoded
“Watch this,” Mitchell said.
“Chevron Seven, Locked!
Tamsin, Kiara and Felicia watched as the seventh chevron locked and the wormhole formed within the Stargate with a kawoosh.
“Wow!” Felicia said.
“That’s put it mildly!” Tamsin said.
“That’s nothing compared to the experience of going through the ‘gate,” Mitchell said. “Let’s go,”
SG-1 and their assistants walked up to the gate. Mitchell walked through first, followed by Teal’c.
“After you,” Carter said to Tamsin.
“Ok,” Tamsin said. She stepped forwards, through the event horizon...
Tamsin emerged from the Stargate on the planet designated by the SGC as P6Y-362. “That was incredible,” she said.
“I told you,” Mitchell said as the remainder of SG-1 and their accompanying ‘specialists’ emerged from the ‘Gate.
“Wow, it looks just like a Canadian forest,” Felicia said.
“Research suggests that the Ancients and the Goa’uld both preferred this type of biome,” Carter said.
“You mean that the Stargate is usually placed in a forest like this?” Felicia asked. ‘It is definitely a beautiful view,’ she thought.
“Statistically speaking, both here and in the Pegasus Galaxy, yes,” Jackson said.
“That’s interesting,” Tamsin said.
“You have been in Canada?” Mitchell asked.
“A few times with the Doctor,” Tamsin said.
“We had to stop Ice Warriors from taking over the Yukon Territory,” Kiara said.
“That sounds interesting,” Carter said.
They started walking away from the Stargate towards the nearby settlement.
“So, we’re here to see if the Priors have been espousing Origin here?” Tamsin asked.
“Indeed,” Teal’c said.
“You read the mission brief, that’s right,” Mitchell said.
“She’d like more background information,” Kiara said.
Carter looked at Dr. Jackson.
“The people on this planet were brought here by the Goa’uld thousands of years ago,” Daniel said.
“Yes, but what about the ‘Gate in Antarctica? Couldn’t the Goa’uld have brought them through there,” Tamsin asked.
“How did you find out about that?” Colonel Mitchell asked.
“She pestered the records officer,” Kiara said.
“After the Doctor’s psychic paper didn’t help,” Felicia said.
“Psychic paper?” Carter asked.
“I don’t want to know,” Daniel said, referring to Tamsin’s pestering of the records officer.
“I wasn’t that bad,” Tamsin said to Daniel.
“The Doctor has a piece of paper that he uses to get past problems with officials in various places,” Kiara said.
“How does it work?” Carter asked.
“I don’t know. Something to do with the Doctor’s telepathic abilities,” Kiara said.
“Anyhow, Dr. Jackson, continue,” Tamsin said.
“A System Lord ruled from here for some time prior to abandoning the planet a thousand years ago. The Goa’uld continued to raid the planet for another five hundred years before leaving it alone for some reason. After that the locals advanced to a level similar to that of medieval Europe,” Daniel said.
“Cool,” Tamsin said.
“They have recently developed intricate clockwork....”
SG-1 and companions entered the town closest to the Stargate.
“Looks deserted,” Cameron said as they started walking up the street from the main entrance.
“Impossible, this is a major trading town for this region of the continent,” Daniel said.
“So, SG-1 has been here before?” Felicia asked.
“Yes, a few years ago,” Daniel said.
“We opened relations between the major nation that this town is part of and the US,” Carter said.
“That’s good,” Felicia said.
“The contact has inspired cultural change similar to that in the Renaissance,” Daniel said.
“So the culture was similar to medieval Europe?” Tamsin asked.
“It was similar, but only in the broad strokes, their pantheon was and is still inspired by the influence of the Goa’uld,” Daniel said.
“Swell,” Cameron said.
“It is similar all over the galaxy, CameronMitchell,” Teal’c said.
“Don’t have to like it,” Cameron said.
“Indeed,” Teal’c said.
“Of course,” Tamsin said, annoyed at the influence of the System Lords on the Milky Way.
“We’re almost at the central square, sir. We should be walking through crowds,” Carter said.
“I haven’t noticed anyone looking out of the windows,” Kiara said.
“You sure?” Tamsin asked.
“Neither have I,” Cameron said.
“What would cause this?” Felicia asked.
“No idea,” Carter said.
“Not a plague, we would be seeing the corpses,” Daniel said.
“So where did they go?” Felicia asked.
“The nearest settlements are less than a day’s journey away, but they are just villages,” Daniel said.
“Do they use the Stargate?” Kiara asked.
“Not often, it hadn’t been used for centuries when we arrived the first time,” Carter said.
“We may have to go to one of those villages. Do you know where they are?” Colonel Mitchell asked.
“Not exactly,” Daniel said.
“There is a library on the other side of the square,” Sam said.
“A good place to start,” Kiara said.
“There may be clues as to why this happened,” Tamsin said.
“Certainly,” Daniel said.
Fifteen minutes later the expanded team entered the town’s library. The place showed much evidence of a hasty departure, with many papers strewn around the many reading tables.
“This is going to take some time,” Daniel said.
“I’ll help you. I’ve had some field experience,” Tamsin said.
“Thanks,” Daniel said.
5 hours later the sun set and the planet’s two moons bathed the town in coloured light.
“Quite strange, a red moon,” Kiara said.
“It has a similar composition to Mars,” Sam said.
“The fourth planet in Earth’s solar system. I have been there with the Doctor. Needed a suit outside the TARDIS and the colonial habitats,” Kiara said.
“It’s the same here,” Mitchell said.
“Quite beautiful, but barren,” Kiara said.
“I agree,” Sam said.
Then Daniel returned with Tamsin in tow.
“Have you found something?” Felicia asked.
“Yes, there are multiple references to a Prior being here and the usual Origin espousing spiel being said,” Daniel said.
“The Prior then left, travelling back to the ‘Gate,” Tamsin said.
“So what happened here?” Carter asked.
“They had heard about the Ori from their contacts through the gate. Apparently the nation had been sporadically exploring through the gate. It’s possible that the Goa’uld had left behind a co-ordinate archive like the one that was on Abydos,” Daniel said.
“The first planet you discovered, go on,” Felicia said.
“Right. After the Prior had left; they set up guards near the gate in case the Prior came back,” Daniel said.
“So the Prior came back?” Cameron asked.
“Yes. The guards saw the Prior emerge from the gate in the distance and immediately ran to the town. That’s when they evacuated the town,” Daniel said.
“But wouldn’t the Prior be here?” Carter asked.
“We think that he may have gone to one of the other villages,” Tamsin said.
“Where some of the towns’ people may have gone?” Vala asked/
“Yes,” Daniel said.
“We stay here tonight, and then set out for the closest for the closest of those villages. I assume that the library has a map of the region?” Cameron asked.
“It does. However I must say that that village is the most likely destination for the Prior after this town,” Daniel said.
“Noted, we’ll set out at first light,” Cameron said.
“This planet has a rotational period of just less than 19 hours, Sir,” Sam said.
“When the sun is visible,” Cameron said.
SG-1 then prepared for the short night ahead.
Second day on P6Y-362
SG-1 left the deserted town, early in the morning, whilst it was still enshrouded in fog.
“How are we supposed to find our way to that village in this fog?” Felicia asked.
“I’ve brought a map from the library. It clearly shows all the landmarks we need to follow,” Daniel said.
“It’s not that thick,” Tamsin said.
“Not compared to fogs in the Silverpeak Mountains on Tyria,” Kiara said.
“Sounds dangerous,” Felicia said.
“No more dangerous than what we usually run into with the Doctor,” Kiara said.
“I suppose so,” Felicia said as they left the town out of the gate that they had entered it the previous day.
Three hours later they approached the next nearest settlement to the Stargate and the abandoned town. As they approached they could see that this settlement was not abandoned.
“Does that map show any public meeting places, Daniel?” Cameron asked as they approached.
“There are a few meeting places around the central square,” Daniel said.
“Lead the way,” Cameron said.
As they walked down the main road into the village, SG1 could see that many of the people were looking at them.