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The Inheritors -- Hitting a Snag

It's time for another preview of The Inheritors! As you may remember from the end of Secrets, Rodney hid Hyperion's weapon, taking it from the place John put it and caching it elsewhere. Needless to say, its absence has been noticed! I love this piece because Sam's reactions are just perfect.



So I expect you'll want to start moving your fleet into position," Jack said.

"Yes," Guide said, pacing behind the chair where Alabaster sat. "As soon as we see that you have destroyed Hyperion's weapon."

"That could take a little time."

Guide showed his teeth. "How long would you like us all to wait?"

Jack thumbed on his radio headset. "Carter, are you almost ready to drop that weapon into the sun?"

"We've hit a snag, sir," Sam said over the radio.

"We don't have time to hit a snag. Figure it out and let's get this done."

"For that we would need the weapon, and right now we can't find it."

Jack looked at Guide and Alabaster. "Excuse me just one moment." Alabaster tilted her head to one side in a gesture that might have meant permission to leave. Jack stepped out into the hall, ignoring the questioning look from the Marine guard.

"What do you mean, you lost it?"

"I didn't lose it," Sam said firmly. "I never had it. Sheppard hid it for safekeeping, and when he went back to get it, he discovered it was gone. Someone stole it and tampered with the security footage to cover their tracks. We're combing the city for it now."

"Queen Death's fleet will be here in thirty-six hours," Jack said. "I need this thing destroyed about ten minutes ago."

"We're working on it," Sam said. "You're going to have to stall the Wraith until we find it."

"Stalling them isn't the problem," Jack said. "Getting their fleet moving is the problem."

"I don't know, be diplomatic. As soon as we find the thing, we'll take it out and dump it. The Wraith can ride along if they want to watch. But I can't destroy it when I don't know where it is."

"So find out where it is."

"Yes, sir."

Jack stepped back into the conference room. "We've hit a little snag," he said.

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jansma
Jan. 3rd, 2013 12:38 pm (UTC)
*snorts*
jo_graham
Jan. 7th, 2013 01:06 pm (UTC)
As Teal'c would say, "Indeed!"
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jo_graham
Jan. 7th, 2013 01:07 pm (UTC)
Oh where oh where has the Ancient weapon gone? Just the sort of thing you don't want to misplace!
whatthefaith
Jan. 5th, 2013 01:05 pm (UTC)
Hah! Both Jack and John get to stretch their diplomatic muscles - Sheppard with the Genii and Jack with the Wraith :).

I love the tension - how it's not spelled out but you can hear it as an undercurrent of the dialogue between Sam and Jack.

jo_graham
Jan. 7th, 2013 01:09 pm (UTC)
Seriously! :)

And Sam and Jack know each other very well at this point, though I think she'd like to have a good deal more to say about not being able to destroy things she doesn't have and what does he think she is, superwoman?
whatthefaith
Jan. 7th, 2013 01:11 pm (UTC)
Well, when you blow up a sun...:)
jo_graham
Jan. 7th, 2013 04:02 pm (UTC)
True -- you do get a reputation! :)
verityvalor
Jan. 6th, 2013 08:02 am (UTC)
Ooooh, I'm so looking forward to this!
jo_graham
Jan. 7th, 2013 01:09 pm (UTC)
Oh good! I hope you enjoy it!
Mina Beshai
Jan. 9th, 2013 06:33 pm (UTC)
my 2 cents
why can't they use the weapon again?
Ian McLeod
Jan. 13th, 2013 04:12 am (UTC)
They can't use it because of two reasons. The first, in theory, is that it kills all Wraith everywhere, including anyone who's ever been genetically tampered with by the Wraith. This would include Teyla and Rodney. Plus who knows how many others who've ever had even a tiny amount of Wraith DNA added to their own, either due to genetic experimentation, or having inherited it the same way Teyla did.

The second reason, also mentioned in the book, is that they really don't *know* what it will do. They have some half-remembered genetic memories from someone who lived 10,000 years ago where that person *believed* the device would kill all Wraith.

I'll point out the obvious. It's never been tested, and there's no documentation on this thing. Also, Ancient weapons fail *spectacularly* about 50% of the time, or the do things they were never intended to do. The Attero device is a wonderful example of this in action. So is the Ancient "Manhattan Project" episode.

To cross genres for a moment, I'll draw attention to the central plot of the first three Halo games. The Halos were created supposedly to kill the Flood, which was an unstoppable genetic superweapon which manifested as millions of invasive killer creatures capable of animated corpses, for those who don't follow the game.

The truth of the Halo, however, is that it kills ALL life in the galaxy, because that's the only way to be absolutely *certain* you kill off its food source.

So what if the same thing works here? What if the device, once triggered, kills all non-Alteran life? Boo-hoo, so sad about all those humans they just killed, but considering the Lanteans were willing to experiment on them as much as they did, they obviously didn't feel a lot of responsibility toward them as living beings.

So what happens if you turn this thing on, and discover that it kills humans as well as Wraith?

That's why they're going to destroy it, and that's why it's the right thing to do. To paraphrase from the first episode with Lt. Halley, if they drop it in the sun, they risk everything staying the way it is, with events continuing in a direction they know about, for good or for bad.

If they use the weapon, they risk an unknown number of peoples' collective safety, to achieve an unknown goal with an unknown chance of success, and no way of changing your mind once you push the button.

When you sum it up that way, the choice is pretty obvious.

On another note, it occurred to me that the person who developed it was working with about twenty or so assorted Wraith prototypes, in a prison complex on an isolated world, and they were operating under the arrogant presumption that they could maintain containment at all times.

So why would the weapon need to be more than, say, enough to affect a single facility? Wouldn't it be awfully embarrassing to press the button, and suddenly realize that while it kills Wraith, it has a maximum range of about 100 yards?

I can imagine Guide blinking in surprise for a few moments, safe in orbit, before every ship at his command opens fire.

There's too many risks and unknowns. Destroying it is the only option.
jo_graham
Jan. 13th, 2013 12:24 pm (UTC)
Yes to all of that!

Also, Jack is the one calling the shots here, and he remembers vividly what happened with the Ancient weapon at Dakara in season eight of SG-1. They discovered an Ancient weapon that could kill all life in the galaxy, and then left it in the hands of the rebel Jaffa, who they had every reason to trust. And a few episodes later, Anubis was after the weapon and they had to turn themselves inside out to prevent it from falling into his hands. Jack thinks what they should have done is destroy the thing in the beginning, and that's what he means to do this time. At one point in The Inheritors he says, "Carter, have we ever found an Ancient device that does exactly what it's advertised to do without horrible side effects?"

Er, no. Actually, there always seems to be a hitch! And Jack has learned that the best answer is to get rid of the thing before something awful happens.
David Pierre
Jan. 16th, 2013 09:18 am (UTC)
Hurry Up Fandemonium!!
What I want to know is when is this book coming out? We're more than halfway thru January and still no word on an official release date. I check Amazon every day hoping it will b there. The anticipation is killing me!!
jo_graham
Jan. 16th, 2013 10:31 am (UTC)
Re: Hurry Up Fandemonium!!
Right now I'm waiting on the revisions back from MGM. In my experience it takes six to eight weeks from the time the revisions come back -- we do the revisions, turn it back in to MGM so they can see we did them and sign off on them, then to proofreading and galleys, then the galleys back to MGM for final approval, then formatting and release. MGM approves everything four times, in outline, in draft, revised, and then in galleys.

I'm guessing we'll have the revisions in the next two weeks, so probably March. I wish I could tell you exactly, but I don't know either!
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