Revenge of the Tau'ri
I don't own Battlestar Galactica or Stargate SG1
As Rodney walked into the main conference room at Atlantis he looked at the leadership of the Tau'ri. To say that they had a long week would be an understatement. Everyone was still in shock. There were still 2 billion survivors still on earth but, they were farmers and civilians. Earths military had gone to ground and could only put up token resistance. How ironic was it that now ten days after the colonial attack, the United States Government headed the largest insurgency on Earth. Still, after all the tears and heartbreak, all he could think of was her. She didn't deserve to die. Jennifer was the kindest and most understanding woman on the planet. Hell understanding was an understatement. As her sister once said, "Mer, you must have the most understanding wife in the Galaxy. God knows, I wouldn't put up with you and Raddick arguing about particle physics at my wedding."
He laughed at the memory but now he looked back at that time and it almost brought a tear to his eyes. His sister and her family were evacuated to Atlantis and for that he was grateful. He didn't know how he could have made it past this week if it wasn't for them. He steeled himself and looked around the table. He saw O'Neill as stoic as ever and he sighed. If anyone knew his pain and loss it was this man. He lost both his wife and best friend in the battle for earth. It was only presidential orders and protocol that made him stay behind on Atlantis. If he had it his way, he would have been at her side when she met her end. But, he was too important to be on Earth's frontlines. He was Earth's hero. He alone would lead the Tau'ri back from oblivion. The president and the joint chiefs knew that he was the only one the people would follow. There simply was no one else. When Earth fell and Operation Noah was put into effect, Jack O'Neill was made the de facto commander of all Tau'ri forces on Atlantis. He stood in the city looking at the world below him as Atlantis made it's escape. He watched as most of his world was burned in nuclear fire. People in at Atlantis were scared and tearful but, when they looked at their general they felt his strength. He calmed them down and told them to man their stations. He alone went on the city wide communications and told them to get situated. He handed out orders and told his lieutenants to follow them. His clear headedness and his resolve saved the people from themselves those first few days. In the invasions aftermath he emerged as the leader they all knew he would be.
McKay was brought out of his musings when Shepard put his hand on his shoulder.
"I'm sorry about Jennifer Rodney."
Mckay gives his friend a halfhearted smile and says, "Thanks Shepard. I'm sorry as well, I heard about Tayla."
Shepard nods. "Yeah, she wanted to have a normal life outside of Atlantis. I should never have let her live on the mainland."
Then his eyes are drawn to the head of the table as O'Neill stands up.
"Good Evening, ladies and Gentlemen, I trust everyone here is rested. Let me begin by saying thank you. Without your efforts before and after the invasion we would not have saved as many as we have. With that in mind, let's begin this briefing. Woolsey, if you please."
Richard Woolsey stands up and starts the briefing, "Thank you General. First and foremost let's talk about what assets we have left. If you look on the screen you'll see the population figures on Atlantis. Due to the use of our emergency beaming procedures and sub dermal transponders we were able to save approximately 1.5 million people. All of the people we saved are either military or civilian scientists briefed on the existence of the Stargate. They have been thoroughly vetted and are 99 percent reliable. With this population base our people will be genetically diverse enough to begin repopulating any planet of our choice. But, having a population of this size also has it's drawbacks. Currently, we only have enough food to feed the population for 3 months. Unless, we land on a planet and start planting fields our people will starve."
Woolsey sits back down. Jack steeples his fingers and then nod's to Caldwell.
"Stephen, what's the status of our fleet."
Caldwell stands up.
"General, I'm sorry to say that most of our assets were destroyed. Out of our fleet of 4 Daedalus class ships only two escaped with us. Right now, the Odyssey and the Daedalus are at fifty percent effectiveness. They both need a severe overhaul. Right now they would only put up token resistance against the colonial fleet. "
Caldwell sits back down and Jack closes his eyes.
"Rodney, what's the status of Atlantis?"
Rodney stands up.
"General, Atlantis is near a hundred percent efficiency. The ZPM is at twenty five percent but we have 7 naquadria Ion generators operating at almost peak efficiency. We have enough Naquadria to power the city in hyperspace for two months. If we drop out of hyperspace and take planetary orbit somewhere, we should make the naquadria last for five months. All conventional wisdom states that we should find a planet somewhere and hide. But, I've been thinking about our energy problem for a while and I think I have a solution."
Rodney clicks something and a system with a black hole projected in the middle of the room.
"Here is P3X-659. It's a planetary system with a black hole on its edge. NASA found it four years ago when Hubble took a picture of a star's solar mass getting syphoned by a black hole."
Woolsey is the first to ask, "How will this solve our power problem?"
Mckay gives Woolsey a glare for interrupting him.
"As I was going to say before I was so rudely interrupted." Rodney says while looking at Woolsey.
John and Ronan shake their heads thinking about Rodney's annoying little habits.
"As I was saying I've been thinking about our power requirements ever since Atlantis landed on Earth. I searched the Atlantis database for months trying to find a viable means to build a ZPM. What I found was staggering. When I took an honest assessment of the knowledge and manufacturing requirements needed to produce a ZPM, I realized that we are nowhere near the point of producing our own. We are atleast 500 to 1000 years away from coming close to making our own singularity and then trapping it in an easy to carry around battery. So, ZPM's are out of the question. The second I realized that we couldn't make a singularity and trap it, I started thinking of singularities that were already made."
The general looks at Rodney when what Rodney says finally dawns on him.
"I get it, the supergate." Jack says to the room.
Rodney smiles his first genuine smile. He looked in the generals direction and gave him a nod of respect. Not even Raddick caught on that quick. He knew the general wasn't as stupid as he made others believe. Rodney then clicks on his remote. The image projected in the center of the room switches to that of the supergate.
"Exactly, General O'Neill is correct. Last year before we dismantled the supergate we had a couple of the modules sent to Atlantis. I've been working day and night for the last year trying to figure out how the modules built up enough energy to dial another galaxy. What I found was this."
Mckay clicks on his remote again. An image of a module and it's subsequent parts appear in the middle of the room.
"What I found, was the design to a subspace capacitor specifically tuned to a local singularity."
"Mckay, please put that in layman's terms." The General asked again.
Mckay smirked. He knew the General already figured it out. In any other time, he would call the General on his dumb act but, this was not the time.
"In layman's terms general, We have a series of highly powerful batteries that can be charged by a black hole. The power supply is equivalent to 100 percent the power output of 3 zpm's. In summary we can power the city indefinitely as long as were in the vicinity of a black hole." Jack and the others look at Rodney with some awe. It starts to make Rodney a little uncomfortable. He sits back down and waits for the General.
"Thank you Doctor Mckay. You may have just saved the Tau'ri."
Ronon slaps Mckay on the back making him wince.
Jack takes a moment then asks Mckay a question.
"Mckay, are the Asgard and Ancient Cores still intact."
"Can we make the Asgard matter converters act like food and weapon replicators?"
Rodney thinks for a second before looking at the General with a hint of awe.
"Yes, General, food and parts replication are no problem. Replication only requires two things, atomic structure/design and the power needed to re arrange atoms. The object size is proportional to the power requirement needed to replicate such object."
"And with the black hole capacitors, Atlantis has all the power it will ever need."
Rodney nods in response.
Jack walks to the center of the room. He turns off the hologram and looks at every individual seated in the ancient conference room. He looks to his aid Paul Davis. Davis then stands up and starts handing everyone their folder.
"Ladies and Gentleman, it is with great sorrow and distress that I enact the specific orders of Operation Noah. Under orders from Homeworld Command and the IOA, the civilian government is hereby dissolved. "
Everyone takes a moment to let it sink in before they look on their leader once again.
"I am to be made Supreme Commander of the Tau'ri forces until I either step down or I am killed. With that being said, the first of my orders concerns the government. Woolsey, you and the other civilians will organize the local government. All civilian concerns will go through you and then through to me and the other military council members. I know you and the other scientists aren't used to the military command structure but, we have no other choices. All police actions will be handled by military police and a new constitution will be imposed defining our bill of rights and the liberties we are all entitled to."
"Shepard you will be my Chief of Operations here in Atlantis. You will coordinate with Colonel Reynolds all ground operations coming from Atlantis.
"Ronan, you will help train all special forces here in Atlantis. You will also be given a field commission of lieutenant colonel and be given a battalion of Rapid Response Marines."
"Colonel Reynolds, you will be given field promotion to Brigadier General and be given command of all Tau'ri ground forces."
He looks at Caldwell, "Stephen, you will be given a field promotion to Brigadier General and given command of all Tau'ri space forces."
He looks at Mckay, "Dr. Mckay, you will become head of research and development for all Tau'ri forces. You and Zelenka will be given unlimited resources to work on some of the special projects that I have in mind."
"Mitchell, I need you to work with R&D to get all your flight memories uploaded to the Galarian memory device. After that, I need you to help train all military personnel on F302 combat operations. Cam, your boys will be the tip of the spear when we strike back at the colonials."
Mitchell nods at the General.
Mitchell silently gives the man an oath, "My boys will be ready General. If it takes me my last breath, We'll be ready."
Jack then takes a second to look everyone in the eye. What he sees there gives him some comfort. They were all broken by this invasion but, what he saw was now was not the broken people who fled Earth over a week ago. What he saw made him smile. They were beaten yes, but, one battle does not win a war.
He looks at Davis and gives him another silent nod. All across the city everyone stopped as a hologram of Jack O'Neill floated in the middle of the city.
"Gentlemen and women, last week we faced an enemy that killed our world. What we took 5,000 years to build, the colonials destroyed in less than two days. They killed us because we had a different version of history that didn't mesh well with theirs. They invaded our world and consigned 4.3 billion lives into nuclear oblivion. We are the last remnant of our civilization. When we die, the free people of Earth will just be a memory. All that we are will be gone in a generation or two if we do not take action. Will you go gently into that goodnight or will you fight. Will you go into the twilight of our people or will you fight for a new dawn."
He pauses as images of his people around the city fill the conference room. Video showed images of a defiant people willing to do anything to save what was left of their world and willing to die for a better tomorrow.
"I see by the looks on your faces what your decision is," He pauses and takes a breath. Then he looks at the Keno and says, " I won't lie to you. The road ahead will be difficult and demanding. You will be asked to make some sacrifices that you aren't accustomed to. The republican democracy that we've been used to is over. To put it simply, we can't afford it right now. I know this isn't what you want to hear, but facts are facts. We are on the precipice of death right now and dissension is something we can't afford. I can't promise you that it will all be okay, but, god willing I will promise you that tomorrow is another day. What we lost today, we will rebuild. I promise you our children and grandchildren will one day walk on Earth again. The Colonials extracted a debt of blood a week ago and I swear to you with my life or my death, we will pay them back with interest."
Throughout the city people cheered. Were it a month ago, most of these civilians, would have been appalled but that was a month ago. That was a time of innocence. That time was now long gone. It put the Tau'ri on a path of vengeance and when they were ready they would make the colonies burn.
Later that day….
Rodney and Caroline Lam made their way into the Generals office. It was once Elizabeth's office but, those days were long gone.
"Sit down both of you."
Both Caroline and Rodney sit down.
Jack hands each of them a folder.
"I'm not going to mince words. We are outmanned and outgunned. The Colonials have a military in excess of 480 million. They have the industrial might of twelve worlds behind them. To put it simply, we are screwed if we don't even the odds."
Rodney and Caroline look over the figures concerning Colonial military deployments and both frowned at the estimates. One percent of 48 billion people still came out to almost half a billion people. The odds they were going up against were colossal
"We understand General. But, I don't see what we can do to even up the odds. Other than our advanced technology, we have nothing that could even up the odds. It's the same situation that the ancients came up with when they were facing the Wraith." Rodney says.
"I know that Rodney. But, we are not the ancients. We don't lie down and die. We fight. I need both of you to look at these plans and tell me what you think."
The General hands them both a folder.
"Caroline, I need to know the viability of Asgard cloning. Could we clone our top military personnel like they did to me when they made mini Jack. I need to know how many younger versions of myself and others we can make using cloning technology. Basically, I want an instant army or soldiers and scientists that we wouldn't have to train ready for battle."
Caroline and Rodney both blink in shock.
Caroline was the first to react, "General, we can conceivably field an unlimited number of subjects. But, the more you clone, the more unstable the genetic matrix becomes."
"I'm not asking for generations of clones like the Asgard. I just want one generation of clones. I want the best of our military cloned for ship and surface operations."
Caroline was speechless for a moment, " Yes, it can be done."
"Good. I know you have reservations but, right now we don't have a whole lot of options."
He then looks at Rodney, "Rodney, do we have the capability to use the same time dilation device that the Asgard used on the replicators."
Rodney again has to take a moment. The man was absolutely brilliant. Not only did the man solve the problem of fielding a trained army but he effectively thought of a way to arm them to.
"Yes, we can replicate the same time dilation device that the Asgard used on the replicators but, we can't do big jumps in time like the Asgard. We simply don't have enough expertise for that. The best I could do is 5 years for every year."
"Can it encompass the entire system?"
"Yes it can."
"Alright, thank you both for your input. Doctor Lam, the cloning program will take top priority. Make your department ready to start tests a week from now. Rodney, the time dilation device is of utmost importance. Make sure you and Zelenka stay on top of it. I know you'll be busy with the black hole capacitors but that time dilation field is critical for our people."
With that Lam and Rodney left the General's office. After they left, Jack picked up his communicator and called Sheppard.
"Sheppard have Atlantis change course and get us to the nearest Stargate. I need to call in a favor."