Part 2 “Revenge”
McKay, Sheppard and Teyla have just left the control room when one of the consoles beeps. It highlights an object in orbit on the other side of the planet. A Wraith Hive ship.
“Sheppard, that rest will have to wait, We got a situation” Woolsey says into his earpiece.
Sheppard in his room, taps his in response “What is it?” He asks
“We've detected a ship on the other side of the planet. I need you to investigate. The Daedalus and Apollo are both on an intercept course. Unfortunately the Sun Tsu sustained to much damage with its close call and is in the process of landing” Woolseys voice crackles into Sheppard ear.
“Ok, tell Rodney and Teyla to meet me in the jumper bay in ten minutes.” Sheppard says,
Woolsey looks at the screen, two small dots are approaching the larger dot on the opposite side of the planet.
“Daedalus this is Atlantis, do you have a visual?” Woolsey asks
“Atlantis, this is Daedalus. It looks like a Wraith ship. But its not like any Wraith ship I've even seen. Its almost like a cross between a hive and a cruiser.” Caldwell replies
“Ok Daedalus, Sheppard is on his way in a jumper” Woolsey says
“Copy that, will hold at a safe distance” Caldwell says as Daedalus and Apollo both stop with the ship in view. Caldwell turns to Marks “Begin scanning the ship”.
“What do you mean a wraith ship?” Sheppard asks Woolsey on his way through the control room.
“It apparently looks like a Wraith ship, but its not a cruiser or a hive. And it appears to be inactive. All life sign scans show no life in board” Woolsey replies.
“Todd...” Sheppard says before doing a 180, “Rodney meet me in the jumper bay, ill be there in a few minutes. I'm going to talk to Todd”
A few moments later Sheppard enters the holding cell for Todd.
“So it was you...” Sheppard assumes
“What do you mean?” Todd asks
“We flew back to Pegasus, and on the very planet we land on there happens to be some random Wraith ship in orbit.” Sheppard says
“We are in Pegasus? Is that why we lost all power?” Todd asks
“Don't play dumb with me. Every time your around strange things happen.” Sheppard continues
“If this was a plan of mine don't you think I would of escaped the moment the power went out and the cell opened?” Todd asks before continuing, “Instead I stayed where I was, waiting for you to come in here and blame me for something I know nothing about.”
Sheppard looks at him. Assessing if he's telling the truth or not.
“Fine, I'll give you the benefit of the doubt. But if you do anything...” Sheppard says
“You'll kill me, I know” Todd finishes.
“Sheppard this Woolsey” Woolseys voice comes in through his earpiece. Sheppard stops and walks out of the room, the door closes behind him.
“Woolsey go ahead.” Shepard replies
“We have our first set of information about the ship. I've sent Rodney down to you with some images of it” Woolsey says
“What about checking out the ship?” Sheppard asks
“Right now its not doing anything, and there's no life signs. Maybe Todd can help us with a more detailed analysis of it.” Woolsey says.
Rodney turns the corner. “Sheppard have you seen anything remotely close to this. Zelenka searching the database for anything that looks like this but so far he hasn't found anything”
Sheppard turns and opens the door again. They both enter Todds room. Rodney moves forward with the tablet and tentatively gives it to Todd, always making sure he's far enough away so he wont be fed on. Todd looks at the images and scans for about 30 seconds before Sheppard interrupts.
“So, what is it?” Sheppard asks
“It can't be. That ship was lost over ten thousand years ago. But here it is, still in one piece. Its not possible” Todd says to himself
“Todd, explaining this to us will go a long way towards earning some trust back.” Sheppard says
“Its one of the research ships used to keep tabs on the Lantians. They were all destroyed.” Todd says
“Why not this one?”” Mckay asks.
“I don't know.” Todd says. “You said we lost power when we arrived on this planet?”
“Yes” Rodney answers
“Do you think it could take out a Wraith ship?” Todd asks
“Possibly, we were ok until we lowered our shields...” Rodney stops mid sentence
“And Wraith don't use shields” Todd finishes.
“Oh my god, it could have been dormant for thousands of years.” Rodney says surprised
“But the hibernation chambers would not work if the ship was offline. All the Wraith would be dead” Todd says “You need to take me up there. I need to see what's on that ship”
“No.” Sheppard says bluntly.
Mckay leans over in an obvious attempt to hide what he's about to say from Todd. “He might know his way around, and I get lost in the city, let alone on a wraith ship”
Sheppard pauses and thinks about it. “We'll go up, look around ,if its safe then Lornes team can bring you up then.”
McKay takes the tablet back off Todd and both Sheppard and McKay leave, as Todd sighs and just stands there.
In the control room the gate dials and kwooshes.
“Sir we have contact with Earth.” Chuck says
“Finally, open a channel” Woolsey says, “Stargate Command this is Atlantis”
The small screen to the side flicks up with an image of General O'niell.
“Nice to hear from you Atlantis, we'd written you off.” O'niell Replies
“Really?” Woolsey says smiling, “Well we've had some technical difficulties, but we are back online now. I can send you the report if you want.”
“I look forward to looking it over.” Jack says. In the background, behind Jack someone runs into the room. He gives O'niell a piece of paper. “Looks like your going to have to send those ships back. We just got word the Lucian Alliance is planning on making a run at several of our off world colonies. We need as many 304s here as we can get.”
“But General, we found a wraith ship in orbit. And the Sun Tsu is out of action for now.” Woolsey says
“Is Sun Tsu space capable?” O'niell asks
“I think so, but its not hyperspace capable at the moment” Woolsey says
“Then keep it in orbit and send the Daedalus and Apollo back to the Milky Way. They need to leave ASAP”
“Yes General, I'll get them to leave within the hour. They should be back in the milky way in a week or two”
“Ok, Homeworld Security out”
The gate closes. Woolsey turns back to Chuck “Tell the Colonels they need to leave, we can deal with that Wraith ship.”
In orbit a jumper flies towards the dormant Wraith ship. Inside the jumper Sheppard and McKay as well as Teyla and Team Lorne all sit in the rear area of the jumper. Behind them a 304 can bee seen flying up into orbit, as two others in the distance enter hyperspace disappearing.
“Ok I've complete the scan, so far no life signs, no sign of any activity on the ship. But from what I'm detecting, the ship itself appears to be in good condition. I wouldn't be surprised if it was salvageable.” Rodney reports
“Well one thing at a time. Find me a hanger bay to land in” Sheppard says
“Ok, fly in between the two hull sections, it looks like there is a hanger at the end below the bridge area” Mckay says, bringing up an image on the HUD to show Sheppard.
The jumper towards the hanger but the doors are closed. The jumper stops, waiting for McKay to crack the door code. A few moments later the door opens and they land in the dart bay. Around them is only a small hand full of darts and one Wraith transport ship. There is also the bodies of many Wraith soldiers and a commander on the ground and walls. Some are fed on others are just dead.
“Teyla you sensing anything?” Sheppard asks as the team split up moving forward to the doors and looking down the halls.
“No, I cant sense anything. I think they are all dead” Teyla replies and Lorne passes her crossing over the door.
Mckay stands closer to the back of the group. with a life signs detector in his hands. “Ok main control room should be...” (he starts walking to the left and stops, spins around and head off to a different hall)”...this way”
“Ok, Lorne guard the jumper, we are going to look for the bridge, if you hear or see anything let us know”Sheppard says
“Roger that Sir” Lorne says point to different defensive spots for his team to move off to.
McKay enters the bridge. In front of him the view screen is blank. There are two consoles, one is the interface used to fly it, the other is a touch screen interface used by the Wraith. McKay approaches the touch screen as Teyla moves over and puts her hands on the interface control hand holds. She moves her hands around a bit and tries to link with the ship
“Its not responding” She says discouraged, “It appears to be different to a hive ship. I can't link with it to use it.
All of a sudden the main screen lights up. McKay pops his head up from below the touch screen console.
“Ok I have a very limited patch going with the ships systems. The ships very old. I can't access the majority of the ships logs. All I can get from this is that most of the information is encrypted and I don't even know where start to access it.”
“Well. So much for that plan. We need to destroy it. Encase its revealing our location to the Wraith.” Sheppard says
“Wait, there was no subspace link to this ship. There's no reason to assume its given our position away.” McKay says, “As much as I don't like to say this, I think we need to bring Todd up here. He should be able to link with the ship and access its logs”
“No, its to risky” Sheppard says
“All this screen says is that the ship was tracking a signal to this location,” McKay tries to explain
“What sort of signal?” Sheppard asks
“No idea, but if this ship can track it, then others might be able to as well” McKay adds, “If Todd can give us access to the database and logs, then we might be able to work it out”
Sheppard looks around, “So we got no choice...”
Todd enters the bridge, dressed in the same grey overalls as he was on the Daedalus. He walks over to the console.
“It IS that ship. The one tracking the Lantian you call Janus, I'm sure of it. “ Todd says smiling as he touches the hand holds on the main console.
All of a sudden the main screen changes, it lights up a new address and the ship jumps to hyperspace. Thee Sun Tsu is left helpless in orbit alone. The Wraith ship gone.
On the bridge Sheppard and Teyla both lift there guns. Todd steps back from the console and raises his hands.
“What did you do?” Sheppard says moving forward, binding Todds hands.
“I assure you I did nothing. I tried to connect with the ship, and it identified it was under wraith control again it started on its journey, following Janus's key.” Todd tries to explain.
“Shut it,” John says, leading Todd of the bridge, “McKay, do something”
“Like what?” McKay says looking at him
“Like drop us out of hyperspace, or take us back to Atlantis, anything...” Sheppard says before leaving with Todd escorting him to the brig.
“Sure, because if it sounds impossible, you assume I can fix it...” McKay says under his breath as he fiddles with his tablet and tries to access more information from the database.
Sheppard re-enters the bridge and he finds Teyla desperately trying to operate the hand hold controls and McKay in his own little world trying to access the...
“I got it..” McKay says as wraith text on the main screen changes, “Its the ships log. Apparently Todd wasn't lying. Its an old wraith research vessel. It detected the signal given odd by Janus's key. The same key that was used to activate the Attero device. Which explains why the log shows the ship jumping to M6H-987, and then jumping again to the planet we just left. It never even got a chance to run a proper surface scan before fatal system errors crashed everything. Its funny the only thing that kept this ship alive was a small layer of photosynthetic matter on the outside of the hull. Probably the remnant of some plants or what not, that grew there when they last hibernated.
“Mckay...” Sheppard says getting impatient
“Well, right now all its doing is following the same directive as before. It detected the key and jumped to intercept it. I don't think Todd had anything to do with it”
“Well, he's off the hook, again...” Sheppard seamed disappointed.
“You know what this means right?” McKay asks
“We are headed to a Vanir world?” Teyla says
“Yes, probably, possibly. I think we will need Todd back up here, especially if we are going to need the weapons, since they are still offline, and I have no idea why” McKay says looks puzzled
Sheppard pauses and thinks for a moment before pressing his radio twice.
“Major Lorne, this Sheppard” Sheppard begins “Go to the brig and bring Todd back to the bridge. We will meet you here”
“Copy that sir” Lornes crackling voice replies
Lorne arrives on the bridge with Todd just as the ship drops out of hyperspace. Todd links with the controls and brings up a visual of the ship. Its long and thin.
“There is a ship in orbit around that Gas giant” Todd says as he brings it up on the main screen, “It is of Lantian design. A very old design. I haven't seen one of these ships in almost a hundred thousand years.”
“What do you mean?” Sheppard asks
“Its a gate seeding ship. The Lantians used a fleet of these to drop Stargates all throughout the galaxy.” Todd says
“So is the signal coming from it?” McKay asks
“I'm not sure, the system for short range detection appears to be damaged. Long range scanners show it somewhere in this system.” Todd says
“Is there no where else it could be?” Teyla asks
“Well there are no liveable planets and I'm not detecting any other ships, so this is the most probable source of the signal” Todd says
“Well, we will check it out. Lorne you stay here and make sure he doesn't leave without us” Sheppard says before leaving.
Outside the jumper approaches what looks like a hanger. The ship automatically opens the doors as it detects the approach of the jumper. Sheppard parks the jumper and opens the rear hatch. McKay pulls out a life signs detector.
“I'm not detecting any life signs” McKay says
“Well who else would be here Rodney?” Sheppard asks
“I'm not sure, but it never hurts to check now does it. Ok the bridge is over in this direction,” McKay walks off down a hallway and of into the distance turns left at the end as Sheppard and Teyla follow in an attempt to catch up.
When they catch him is already on the bridge. He is looking at a terminal as Lantian text scrolls up.
Sheppard walks over and site in the chair.
“Huh...' McKay grunts
“What?” Teyla asks looking at the text
“It appears this ship was in the process of dropping new Stargates on planets where the gates has exploded.” McKay says, “there appears to be about 30 gate on board”
“That's a lot of gates” Sheppard says just before the computer makes a noise
“I'm detecting one of the gates opening, forward section...” McKay says
“Teyla your with me, McKay shut it all down, and wait here” Sheppard says before grabbing McKay's life signs detector off him and heading down the hall, Teyla right behind him, both with guns drawn
In the gate room a Vanir steps through the gate in full armour. It walk over to a docking box and stands in it face to the wall. The back of the suit opens and it steps out. Sheppard and Teyla arrive at the hall and open the door. To there surprise and to the Vanirs as well, they find each other face to face. Sheppard quickly lines his gun to the head of the Asgard.
“Who are you and why are you here” Sheppard says
“Please do not shoot. My name is Huginn. I am not here to hurt you. In fact I am glad you found me, after all I went through a lot of effort to make sure you got this far,” Huginn says
“Wait what?” Sheppard says, pausing for a minute and then looking over to Teyla.
“I cannot explain it here. Please follow me. And tell Dr McKay to join us” Huginn says before leaving the gate room and entering the hallway.
McKay enters the room. Huginn still has Sheppards gun aimed at his head, but he ignores it as if its not a threat at all.
“Let me start from the beginning. Last year, when we activated the Attero device. It was meant to stop the wraith from entering hyperspace and allow us to move freely though the galaxy.” Huginn starts...
“Don't you mean I activated the Attero device and you stopped me turning it off” McKay cuts in.
Huginn ignored this and continues “You then destroyed the station stopping our ability to keep the wraith trapped. But all was not lost. When we had the systems activated we learnt of another way of stopping the wraith. An abandoned Lantian ship, somewhere in this region of the galaxy. It took us some time but we managed to find it.”
“This ship...” McKay cuts in again
“Yes...” Huginn continues “This ship was, a long time age, re-fit to be used as a transport by the Ancients. It was originally used by them to seed gates across the galaxy. So when the Attero device destroyed some of these gates it was decided that this ship would be used to replace them. In the end some new gates were made and loaded onto the ship. But before the ship could begin dropping off the gates the city was abandoned.”
“So what's the plan, to plant Stargate on random planets, or to set-up your own mini-network that would exist outside the normal gate network?” Sheppard asks
Huginns stares at him “No. The plan was to use the stargates to blow up the stars of wraith strong holds”
“What, but how” Sheppard asks
“Sam has already done that, dial a black hole and drop the gate into the star. Its not very hard, but its effective.” McKay says
“Precisely” Huginn says
“And where we come into this?” Sheppard asks
“Back before he made the Attero device Janus made a device capable of remote flying a city ship. He planned to use it to fly a dummy Atlantis into orbit to distract the wraith allowing for the Lantians to escape. The problem was most of the city ships were destroyed. And since he never got to use the plan he decided to modify it. He wanted to evacuate the city, then fly it remotely into orbit and detonate it in the faces of the wraith. The council was against this. But he still implemented the remote interface into Atlantis's hyperdrive.”
“So it was you...” McKay begins
“Yes, I used his work to fly your city to the planet with the wraith research ship in orbit above it.” Huginn says “ I meant you no harm, but I had no other way of making contact with you. My fellow Vanir have become corrupted with the dream of the cloning technology. A technology I know is limited. The other we captured, he said that you were friends with the Asgard. He said that you had a database left over from the remnant of there society. I need access to that database. I need to use it to see if it can help our cloning issues.”
“I don't think we can do that” Sheppard says
“But I am surrendering to you unconditionally. I need to do this to help bring my race back from extinction.” Huginn says “But I have one question, how did you find this place? You were meant to find me on another planet, where the control device is”
“But the wraith ship brought us here” McKay says confused
“Oh no, we must leave, my deception has been discovered” Huginn says.
Outside three Vanir ships appear from behind the gas giant and start to shoot at the wraith ship. On the bridge the weapons console explodes, throwing Todd backwards.
“Where did they come from?” He growls, he then turns to Lorne “The weapons systems have been disabled. We need to get out of here. It wont be long until they disable the hyperdrive.”
Another console explodes next to Lorne throwing one of his men off to the side.
“Colonel Sheppard, this is Major Lorne” He says into his radio, “We are under attack from three Vanir ships”
“We need to get out of here...” Todd growls
On the ship a sudden shock of an explosion makes the room shudder.
“...are under attack from Vanir ships” Lornes voice comes in over the radio.
“Ok, we need to get back to the Jumper. We can use the jumper to blow up this ship, that should stop them exploding stars” Sheppard says
“We must hurry” Huginns says as he quickly moves out of the room towards the hanger.
Outside, in the wraith ship, taking heavy damage.
“We cannot afford to wait any longer. We need tp jump to hyperspace” Todd says grabbing at the controls
“No we wait for Colonel Sheppard” Lorne says, leaning over the injured soldier.
Todd growls and then presses a button that releases an energy pulse, stunning team Lorne. He then grabs at the controls and jumps to hyperspace.
McKay stops in the halls. “I just detected a hyperspace window. The wraith ships gone”
“What?” Sheppard says turning to look at him.
“I don't know, maybe they too to much damage. All I know is they're gone” McKay says
“We can still use the Stargate to escape. But we also need to destroy this ship. But how?” Sheppard says
“The Jumpers engines. I can overload them. Should be enough to destroy the ship, or at least make it crash into the gas giant its orbiting. Either way it'll be destroyed” McKay says “Just give me a few minutes to wire it up”
“Teyla, take Huginn to the gate room, dial back to Atlantis” Sheppard says “We're going to the jumper, then we'll meet you there”
“Ok” Teyla says before leaving with Huginn.
Sheppard and McKay exit in the other direction, into the hanger.
After lowering the control box from the room. McKay extract some of the crystals. He uses the stylus attached to the side to text the connections.
“Ok I've got it. I don't know how long it'll take to over load though. It could be 20 second or 3 minutes. It'll depend on how much power is being drawn into the engines. And I wont know that until you turn it on” McKay says, as he inserts the crystal and turns it on, “Ok, Light it up”
Sheppard sitting at the main controls activates the engines. They begin to hum.
“So how long will it take” Sheppard says turning to McKay. Only to see him grabbing his stuff and exiting the back.
“We got 20 seconds” McKay says as he runs
“Teyla dial the gate, this'll be close” Sheppard says into his radio.
In the gate room Teyla rapidly presses the buttons on the DHD. The gate activates and Teyla enters the IDC.
“Incoming wormhole” Chuck says as he raises the shield, just before the gate Kwooshes
“IDC?” Woolsey asks
“Teylas IDC” Chuck says
“Lower the shield” Woolsey says, as he heads off towards the stairs
Teyla steps through with Huginns close behind. The defence teams raise there runs and aim them at him.
“Don't worry, he's a friend” Teyla says stepping forward to defend him.
A few seconds later Sheppard and McKay jump through the gate
“Raise the shield” Sheppard yells.
Chuck is quick, he presses the button, and less than a second later a blast wave comes though the gate before the gate switches off.
“Colonel, where the ship and Major...” Woolsey starts as the gate powers up again
“Incoming wormhole” Chuck says as the gate activates again, behind the shield “Receiving Major Lornes IDC”
“Lower the shield” Woolsey says as the group moves forward away from the gate.
Major Lorne steps through the gate helping the injured soldier. Todds wraith had patched him up a bit after Todd got back to the alliance. He then had them taken down to the gate in a transport ship. Major Lorne looks over at the Vanir Asgard.
“Well it looks like we'll be in for an interesting debrief” Lorne says
A week later. With the Sun Tsu fixed it had headed back to Earth. On the way it stopped off at midway. Sheppard lowers a jumper into the control room.
“Dialling Midway” Sheppard says dialling the gate “Uploading new macro”
“Lets hope this works” Zelenka says to Mckay
“Ok course it'll work, all the gates have been checked and replaced if needed. And Sun Tsu should of made it there by now. If this works, once every couple of weeks we will get a temporary direct link to Earth.” McKay says
The gate opens
“Good luck Colonel” Woolsey says as Sheppard enters the gate
On Sun Tsu a Pegasus gate sits active in the left hanger bay. Clamped in place. People watch as a jumper exits the gate.
“Well it works” he says smiling.
“Colonel” Shen says over the radio “The milky way gate needs to be recovered before we can dial Earth. Once we do that the Sun Tsu will act as a temporary way station between the Milky Way and Pegasus galaxies.”
“Any idea where the Milky Way gate is?” Sheppard asks
“Sending you the info you need now Colonel” Shen says
On the screen a dot appears. The jumper moves out of the bay and over to it. Sheppard locks the jumper in by extending the flight pods a little. He flies it into the right hanger bay before aligning it up with the clamps. Once locked in its dialled and a link to Earth is formed. All of the Atlantis team, including Ronan are soon on board Sun Tsu waiting for the next dial out.