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The Avengers -- Ronon's team explores

Several people have asked me for more from The Avengers, while someone asked me for more Ronon and someone else for more Cadman -- so! A bit more of all of the above, in which Ronon's team explores a mysterious outpost. Ronon and Capt. Laura Cadman have been joined by Dr. William Lynn, the new archaeologist, and Eva Robinson.



"Some kind of military base?" Eva wondered aloud.

"It seems likely," William said. "Just a hypothesis, of course. But this far out in the rim it may have been abandoned early in the war. This is far from all known population centers, and there seems to have been no strategic material here to defend." He shrugged. "Perhaps simply not worth keeping as the Ancients became overextended."

"It's kind of creepy," Laura said.

"It's just a ruin," William said. There was a slightly exasperated tone in his voice. "And not a particularly interesting one at that."

"It'll be interesting if it has a ZPM," Ronon said. "How about we skip all these rooms and go straight for the energy source?"

"Just a quick look," William promised, though by the tenth room even he was beginning to sound frustrated. "Maybe a kitchen," he said of a long room stripped of everything except for some heavy stone sinks.

"Kitchens, barracks, bathrooms, storerooms," Eva said as she opened the next door. "I wonder what it was all for?"

"A military outpost does seem likely," William began.

Laura looked in. "Or a research facility," she said. "This is more like it."

Banks of metal shelves lined the walls, wires dangling where pieces of equipment had been pulled. A central pedestal held a stripped terminal, empty slots clearly showing where viewscreens had once been installed. Along the opposite wall of the room one way glass partitions separated out two isolation chambers, entirely empty except for a few overhead lighting fixtures, though small holes in the walls here and there suggested where other equipment might have gone.

William ran his hands over the remaining terminal almost lovingly. "This still has power," he said.

"The lights do," Eva replied. "Want me to initialize it?"

Ronon shook his head. "No. Lynn, you just get video, ok? We have no idea what this stuff does, and I've seen McKay nearly blow himself up way too many times turning on Ancient stuff he didn't know anything about. Get some video, and when we bring Zelenka back here he can have a look at it."

"It seems to have operative systems," William said. "I could just…"

"Leave it alone," Ronon said patiently. "Find the ZPM, if there is one. Zelenka can have a look at this stuff and see what it does."

"It might be a weapon," William argued.

"It might be just the environmental controls," Eva said sensibly. "It looks like they took everything else except the lights and the ventilation systems. It's probably the terminal that controls them."

Ronon gave her an approving look. "Right. So let's find the power source."

Laura had been looking at the isolation chambers, trying to find the way to open them. Now she stopped, her head going up. "Ronon," she said, "I don't think this was a lab."

He came to see what she was looking at, Eva and William at his shoulder. One of the walls was scratched, long gouges in groups of nine, a tenth hash mark across each group tying them together.

"No," he said grimly. "It was a prison."

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draco_stellaris
Jul. 10th, 2011 11:48 am (UTC)
A very interesting prison... I wonder hwat else they will find there. :)
jo_graham
Jul. 10th, 2011 12:50 pm (UTC)
A lot more than they bargained for, let me tell you! :) We'll go back there in Secrets, both in the present and the past.
gelbes_gilatier
Jul. 10th, 2011 11:54 am (UTC)
We have no idea what this stuff does, and I've seen McKay nearly blow himself up way too many times turning on Ancient stuff he didn't know anything about.

&hearts For some reason that's the line I like most about this little snippet. It made me snort and then nod fervently. Ronon is so very right... (and it's a very good decision to tell Eva not to initiate anything... love that Ronon gets the chance to display his leadership qualities :))
jo_graham
Jul. 10th, 2011 12:52 pm (UTC)
Ronon is right! This has gone badly wrong so many times -- "Ooh! It's a strange Ancient device! Let's turn it on!" And Laura is the one to see that there's something not quite right here....
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jo_graham
Jul. 10th, 2011 01:04 pm (UTC)
That's a question, isn't it? :) We won't get the answer to that in The Avengers, but we'll find out in Secrets.

Ronon is very focused. He's really showing his leadership skills in this section, which I think is important.
jansma
Jul. 10th, 2011 04:57 pm (UTC)
I have a theory about those prisoners, and who they might be.
jo_graham
Jul. 14th, 2011 04:32 pm (UTC)
*g* Do you now?
jansma
Jul. 15th, 2011 03:14 pm (UTC)
Possibly. :P

*drums fingers* Waiting sucks, btw. :/
ohinnj
Jul. 13th, 2011 12:08 pm (UTC)
Great scene - and I love how Rodney has rubbed off on Ronon. Ronon is the voice of reason saying don't touch anything until the scientists can come in and check it out. Can't wait for the next book to come out...MGM, get your butt moving! :-)

I was reading some of your past posts - particularly the one about Rodney and the thought process behind creating his story for this series. I love your analysis of his character arc in the tv series and the solution to the question of where to take the character next. I've said before that Rodney's my favorite character, so I'm loving that his dilemma is at the center of the series.

Question: Do you know if any of the actors from the show are aware of the Legacy books? I would think that David Hewlett at the very least would be fascinated with where you guys are taking his character. If any are aware, have they reacted to it that you know of?
athanasy_atimy
Jul. 13th, 2011 04:38 pm (UTC)
ooh...I second that last question / paragraph. Whenever I'm reading the Legacy books and audialising (or whatever the audio version of visualising might be), it's always David Hewlett's voice I hear reading the audiobook. So it would be interesting to hear what he thinks of them, and specifically Rodney's story arc.

The wait for the next book is killing me. I was hoping it was going to be my vacation reading but that hope looks dead in the water .
jo_graham
Jul. 14th, 2011 06:11 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you like the scene! I'd be very interested in hearing what he thought -- I don't know that he even knows they exist though! LOL!
jo_graham
Jul. 14th, 2011 05:12 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'm glad you like Ronon being the voice of reason.

Question: Do you know if any of the actors from the show are aware of the Legacy books? I would think that David Hewlett at the very least would be fascinated with where you guys are taking his character. If any are aware, have they reacted to it that you know of?

I don't know for certain. Someone told me that they were at a con where Jason Momoa said, "If anybody wants more story, check out the books," but I haven't seen that in print and it's just something someone told me. I know a friend of mine said that she mentioned them to Amanda Tapping at a con and she seemed interested. But I don't actually know that any of them have read them or responded in any way.

I'd like to think they'd enjoy what we're doing!
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