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PostPosted: Mon Jan 04, 2016 12:02 pm 
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Monday 17th November 2014, 11:00

The atmosphere in the gateroom was electric. Two hundred people prepped and ready to go. Two hundred people who were sacrificing everything they held dear to move to another galaxy in the name of science and adventure.

It was a strange and eclectic group. One hundred and fifty civilians: scientists, engineers, medical staff, cooks, everyone who was needed to start a colony. Fifty military, each with their own special skillset, in order to keep the colonists safe. Most of the two hundred possessed the Ancient gene in some form or other, but the few who didn't were needed for their profession or skills. Each and every one of those selected was special, and would form an integral part of the community they were building.

Only the first fifty or sixty arrivals could fit into the gateroom, each dressed in their new uniforms - civilians and military alike - and awaiting the moment when the stargate would explode into life, and they would take the steps to move toward their new beginnings.

Of course, the expedition couldn't get underway until Elizabeth Weir had made the final checks. General Hammond waited patiently on the ramp for her to join him, prepared to wish these pioneers good luck. In a way, he almost wished he was going with them, but he was too old now to contemplate such an adventure, but he had every faith in the team - military and civilian alike - who had been selected as earth's best and brightest representatives to the Pegasus Galaxy.

Conversation welled up in the gateroom was the team waited to get underway.

((Please have your characters talk amongst themselves while they wait for Weir.))


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 04, 2016 12:54 pm 
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Carson was more nervous than he would ever dare to admit. He had only ever been through the stargate a handful of times, and he disliked it more each time. There was something inherently wrong about your body being broken down at the molecular level, and travelling across millions of light years. What if it scrambled his brain? What if he wasn't quite the same at the end of the journey?

He couldn't even begin to consider that, not if he wanted to step through that event horizon. He had to believe that everything would be okay.

The gateroom was filling up now, and he could hear the hubbub of voices from those who had to wait in the corridor because there wasn't enough space for everyone to fit in. Carson glanced around, picking out his medical staff. Most of them seemed to have made it amongst the early arrivals, including his deputy, stood near the back with Caleb Williams. If there was one thing that Carson prided, it was punctuality.

His eyes continued their flickering around the room: Rodney McKay, John Sheppard, Radek Zelenka, all were there. He knew most of the expedition members by sight at least, and he could put names to most of them, and he could only hope that, as CMO, he would get to know them all better in the right way, not because they would be making extended visits to the infirmary.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 04, 2016 1:24 pm 
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Caleb was nervous, well he was nervous and excited, more nervous though definitely more nervous. This was the most nervous he had felt since, well since he had very first signed up to join the Navy all them years ago. This was something bigger than him, travelling to a different galaxy, not knowing what to expect, who to expect or anything, god he was nervous and he couldn't help shifting in his place at the back.

He had come in to the Gateroom kitted out in the Atlantis uniform, so much more comfortable than the standard SGC BDUs. Plus it was blue, he always thought he looked a bit better in blue. Standing in the back next to Claire, he let his hand brush against hers ever so subtly – no one would even see it, even if they were looking there way – he still couldn't quite believe that she had agreed to go to Atlantis with him.

Hell he couldn't believe that they were stood there right in that moment, waiting for Dr Weir to make some speech before they were due to depart. Which only made him feel more anxious to get going, it was that impatient streak of his rearing up, he wanted to get going to start travelling – despite the fact it would probably be less than a two minute trip through the Stargate – to start the next part of the adventure.

Caleb caught Beckett looking there way, he nodded his head slightly in a way of greeting, before looking around the rest of the room. There were people there that he knew by name and some that he was taking a guess at who they were, not everyone looked familiar to him in that moment.

All he could do was stand and wait, prepare himself for the imminent departure.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 04, 2016 9:51 pm 
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This was it. The big day itself something that Elizabeth had been organising, and preparing for since an age ago, and now that it was time, well, perhaps she wasn’t as prepared as she had thought herself to be.

She had vacated the small room in the guest house a few days ago, transporting the two boxes that contained all she was taking on the trip, up to the base, where she had transferred them to a sturdier crate, all except the pocket watch her father had left her, that slipped into her pocket, a solid and comforting weight, and from there she had watched as the last preparations had been carried out ready for this morning’s departure.

As she packed her small back pack with essentials that weren’t crated, Elizabeth’s mind wandered to the DVD she had sent Simon. Even though they had separated, and called off their engagement, prior to her coming to Cheyenne, she had still felt it important to ensure he knew where she had gone, that she hadn’t left him for no real reason, and above all, to let him know that she loved him. He was the last person she had left on Earth that she would truly miss, her parents were deceased, she was an only child, and although she had friends, they weren’t so close as to warrant any further explanation than that she had given them, an extended absence negotiating in some far off country.

She wandered if he had watched it, if he hated her, or if he had simply accepted it for what it was. A once in a lifetime opportunity, which she could never have turned down, that her going was an unavoidable quirk of her indomitable and somewhat stubborn personality.

It was done now, and making her way through the base, Elizabeth recited the words she had been preparing for weeks, making sure she had the key points memorised, so that she could stare into the 200 or so expectant faces, and show them that she was going to be a good expedition leader.

The closer she got to the Gateroom, the more that her trepidation seemed to fade away, leaving in its stead, a current of excitement with just a healthy tinge of fear regarding the unknown. She caught the eye of a half dozen applicants she had personally interviewed and approved, and smiled at each of them, returning nods and hellos where they were given.

Taking a deep breath, Elizabeth walked into the Gateroom, which was teeming with life, and the electric miasma of so many emotions. Hoisting her backpack, as if hoping the small lightening of the load, would ease the weightiness of the moment, she ascended the ramp in front the Gate, smiling at General Hammond as she took her place next to him on the ramp


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 04, 2016 11:39 pm 
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Claire couldn't remember the gateroom ever having been this busy. It was packed to the gills, and yet more people were waiting outside. There were two hundred personnel leaving earth for the last time today, two hundred people who were some of the best in their field, all dedicated to moving to another galaxy and creating a new world for themselves. Claire was but a small cog in a very large machine, but still, she felt honoured to be a part of it.

She glanced up and to her right as Caleb's finger's brushed hers. It wasn't hard to get away without being seen: the room was packed, and everyone was stood shoulder to shoulder anyway. Briefly, she wrapped her fingers around his and squeezed, letting one finger trail against the soft, smooth skin of the underside of his wrist. To be heading to Atlantis with the man she loved was something akin to a dream come true.

Still, she had other things to think about at that moment, not least of which was the journey through the stargate, and then taking up position as deputy chief medical officer of the city. It might not be the most elevated position Claire had ever held, but it was likely the most important. She caught Carson's eye as he looked around the room, and gave her new boss a small smile. She didn't know him particularly well, and wondered what it would be like to work for him. She would find out soon enough.

The atmosphere in the gateroom edged up yet another notch as Elizabeth Weir made her way onto the ramp, ready to address the expedition. "Here we go," she murmured, letting her fingers touch Caleb's once more. She was as nervous as she had ever been, yet Caleb would likely be the only one to recognise it.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 05, 2016 11:22 pm 
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Everything came down to this. The wait for Atlantis has been a long one and now it was time to go and check out the Ancient city of Atlantis, and no one outside of the program will ever know... Caiden never could imagine what could be really happening out there before he joined the program. He would never have guessed about the Goa'uld being parasites that enslave their hosts and enslave humans originally from Earth, the Asgard from Norse mythology being the little grey aliens that is all so common in science fiction, and that they all oddly speak english.

Aliens speaking our language is weirder than there being aliens but it is what it is and Caiden was happy that he was able to understand them without having to learn new languages even though they do have their own languages that Caiden could care less about, as long as they had a common one which they do.

Caiden entered the gateroom dressed in his new Atlantis uniform, he wasn't sure how to feel about it. Exploring a new world, a city that is legend, is pretty exciting and nerve-racking especially since this is his first time. He is an exploratory virgin, in the SGC. Sure he has been to other planets but never on a reconnaissance mission and definitely not for the duration that may be the rest of his life.

He didn't have much attachments left behind, no family and no kids and therefore he decided to put his name forth. He has a family, mom, dad and a sister but that is all and they are all independent, they don't need him to survive, they're all capable of living without Caiden being around 24/7.

The SGC had been pretty boring for a trauma surgeon and Atlantis may be more exciting and be in more demand for a trauma surgeon than Cheyenne Mountain. Doctor Beckett was good sure, but Doctor Beckett wasn't a trauma surgeon, Caiden didn't think so anyway, he didn't know much about his experience and training though.

Caiden stood with everyone else and his bags as he waited for the gate to activate and for the go ahead to what could be his forever home...


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 07, 2016 5:36 pm 
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Bry couldn't help the audible gulp that occurred as she lingered just outside the entrance to the gate room. People hurried in past her nervously chattering to one another as they went. Everyone here was in the same situation, coming to terms with what joining the Atlantis expedition meant for their lives, for their family, for their world. They were of course leaving them all behind a part of this had never sat well with her, her family least of all. It had helped that he had known, her father. He would be the custodian of her family, nothing different there but she liked to think that this news might have changed his perspective and the way he dealt with certain members of the family her brothers in particular.

She was suddenly aware of the heaviness of the rucksack that she had dragged with her to the gate room, catching her feet clumsily as she had made her way here. The pack contained the small amount of essentials that had been allowed passage with her on their brief but distant journey to Atlantis. Despite her families obvious wealth Bryony had never been the materialistic type it wasn't things that mattered to her rather the people that was why her already well loved family photo was nestled safely in the front pocket.

Feeling a sense that the nervous chatter was beginning to drop off to make away for formal preparations from the expedition leaders she pulled the pack onto her back tightening the straps for good measure before heading in to join the gathering crowd in the gate room. She had been privileged in her position to have had the opportunity to meet a great number of the SGC staff and she felt among friends as found a way through the crowd to settle a short distance behind Claire and Caleb their hands having met as she slipped behind them smiling at faces as she went.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 12, 2016 6:39 am 
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((Any characters not posted by the time I get home from work today will have to slot in as and when, and will be assumed to be outside the gateroom during the speeches.))


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2016 7:33 pm 
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Hammond looked every inch the "proud father" as he looked on. The sense of anticipation and - dare he say it? - joy pervading those stood in front of him was palpable, and there was a very definite lump in his throat as Elizabeth stepped up to join him. Initially, he had had doubts that she would be capable of leading such a momentous expedition, but, as he had worked with her and gotten to know here, he realised that she had a core of steel that would ensure the safety of those under her charge.

He offered her a smile as she took her place at his side, nodding towards the assembled crowd. There was every manner of person there: military, medic, scientist, engineer, cook, computer expert, linguist... the list went on. They truly were the earth's best and brightest, and there was every chance that none of them would be coming back to earth. They had all signed up knowing that this was likely a one way trip, and he had to applaud their courage.

His hands folded in front of him, Hammond turned to face Weir, that proud smile growing ever wider. "So... how does it feel to be blazing a trail in a whole new galaxy, Elizabeth?"


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 14, 2016 8:51 am 
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Rodney shook himself as he readjusted the weight of the bag on his shoulders. He knew a few of the people that would be traveling with them to another galaxy, but he couldn't remember even a third of their names. His memory with names being what it was... which was terrible. The only ones he was familiar with were Carson; since they'd known each other for a bit, and he knew Weir. Sheppard was the name of one of the military guys but he wasn't entirely sure. And he knew Caleb from that time in Carson's office when Rodney had manged to have device blow up in his hand.

Rodney readjusted the hold he had on the cart of equipment he'd be pushing through the Gate with him that held quite a bit of delicate equipment he wanted for his department. The small window of time they'd have to get everyone and everything through the Gate made him nervous that the might miss something and need it, so he'd made a deal to personally push one of the heavy; though not as heavy as it could have been, carts through just to ensure they could be as prepared as he could make them.

Nervous energy surged through his body as a people felt the rise of tension as speeches were to be made before the opened the Gate and the whole group started their journey to explore a new galaxy and the famed City of the Ancients if their calculations were right.

((OOC: Edited for spelling error))


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