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Snow

A reader asks, "I know she's an absentee character (at least in Homecoming), but would it be alright to ask a bit about Snow, Todd's Queen? I just can't quite picture a person that he would voluntarily bind himself to, not without having some sort of ulterior motive. Who was she in life?"

Despite being dead to start with, Snow casts a long shadow, doesn't she? :) We do hear a little bit more about her from Guide in flashback, both what she looked like and what she was like. Snow was tall and big boned, not beautiful but striking, with red hair like the Keeper in The Rising. She was of the lineage of Osprey, and Guide says at one point that she "had a mind like a cleverman." Sharp. Incisive. Were she a man and not a queen she'd be a scientist, and her particular interest was sciences biological. Which is why Guide, himself a blade rather than a cleverman, knows so much about biology and medicine! Snow encouraged thinking across job descriptions, and it was an interest they shared. She was also very loyal. We'll see in a brief flashback in The Avengers that on one occasion she risked her ship to get Guide out of a jam when she shouldn't have. Consorts are expendable, worth so much less than a queen, that for a queen to risk herself for her consort is wrong. Brave, and maybe a little foolhardy. Not particularly good with feelings or feeling words. Comparing Snow to the human queens we know, much more of a Sam than an Elizabeth or Teyla. At least two of her children were fathered by Guide, an older son and a very young daughter.

Melissa Scott, my Legacy co author, is working on an SG-1 novel called Ouroboros, in which SG-1 winds up in an alternate Pegasus Galaxy in which Snow is not dead, and she and Guide will have a fairly big part in that book! In that alternate universe, Snow was never killed, Guide's original hive was never destroyed, and he was never captured by the Genii. We'll see Guide as Consort in his own original hive, in the context of the blades and clevermen he grew up with, with the people he has lost long since in our universe, the last survivor of his original group. I'm really, really, really looking forward to reading what she does with it!

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jo_graham
Dec. 13th, 2011 05:34 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you like Snow! I think Ouroboros is going to be a lot of fun!
kaviiq
Dec. 12th, 2011 07:36 pm (UTC)
It's just a quick sketch, but this is what came to mind after I read this. Long features, broad shoulders, simpler clothes. A somewhat serious face, but one that has the potential to be warm and friendly.

Anyway, thanks for taking the time to answer my question!
jo_graham
Dec. 13th, 2011 05:57 pm (UTC)
Oh that's cool! I can see that. A serious face, yes. And reserved, warm only to those she knows.
jansma
Dec. 16th, 2011 11:46 am (UTC)
She must have loved him a great deal to rescue him, and it's no wonder he can resist the beauty of Death, as well as her blandishments, if he had that. What could possibly compare to a love so profound? It also makes me adore him just that little bit more. *blush*

I would love to see Guide in his own hive, with his own Queen. I will look forward to it.

jo_graham
Dec. 16th, 2011 01:22 pm (UTC)
I think she did love him a great deal. That does help him resist Death, yes. Her memory is, as he says later, a shield to him.

I'm looking forward so much to Melissa's book! I can't wait to see Snow come to life! (And you know Melissa is a huge Sanctuary fan....)
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