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PostPosted: Tue Sep 05, 2017 2:02 pm 
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It seemed had they no sooner gotten into the Gateroom then everyone else seemed to follow, almost like some kind of floodgate had opened. Caleb smiled as a few other people that he recognised entered the room, there was a small hum of noise now as people greeted each other. It was the one thing that it didn't matter if he was on Earth or in Atlantis, everyone just said 'hello' to everyone and despite the seriousness of the situation and where they were all heading off to, it was still relaxed.

It was like they were a group of friends just going on a camping trip, except this camping trip was to a different world, everyone had ranks to live up to and no one knew what to expect in the least. It was thrilling, and Caleb like that, the promise of another new adventure. He just wasn't sure how many more new adventures he was going to get and couldn't help the pleased as punch smile that crossed his face when Claire mentioned the CPO rank he now sported. That was something he hadn't really been expecting upon his return, was the new rank, but it was another note of pride for him.

Caleb was about to reply when there seemed to be a bit of commotion at the door and a bloke size of the bloody Stargate itself – okay he was exaggerating a little – seemed to all but stumble into the Gateroom. It was someone he had never met before, and he was really glad he wasn't drinking anything as Claire let loose the profanity. He knew she tended to swear a bit more than himself, but as the man towered over not only Claire but himself as well, he wasn't sure what to make of it.

He was use to normally being the tallest person in a group, standing at exactly 6ft, but this bloke, this overeager bloke that Caleb wasn't sure was even in the right place, was kind of intimidating to him. Plus if he was a lesser bloke, he would have kind of been a little jealous of Claire's comment about him. Thankfully he wasn't, but he also wasn't use to having to look up to someone to greet them, he was sure the blokes arms were probably as thick as his bloody neck.

“Mississippi, Caleb Williams, Weapons Specialist,” Caleb said, introducing himself using the blokes nickname on purpose, making sure that he was making the newcomer feel welcome, he smiling as the tall bloke (an really calling him tall would be an understatement right now) was all but bouncing off the walls in excitement. An Caleb thought he was looking forward to the trip through the Stargate, “Nope not interrupting anything at all.”

Of course he did a smile as Claire seemed to go from introducing herself to Mississipi to seemingly someone else, seriously if this was just a get together he was sure there would be more drinking and less standing in the middle of room that held a portal to a different planet. He tipped his head in greeting to Tahirah, it had been a while since he'd last spoken or seen her, it was good to see her looking so well. An this would be the second time he had gone on a mission with her, the first one being to Tollana and that had gone tits up from the beginning if he was being honest with himself.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 05, 2017 8:39 pm 
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Fia looked over the contents stacked neatly on FRED, comparing them to the master list on her tablet. Medical supplies, a few power cells, other miscellany that were unattainable on site, but most importantly the hefty supply of coffee. It was all there. Not that a FRED was needed to carry such menial supplies, but the one onsite had broken down and this was it's replacement. "All set, Airmen. Lock it down for the trip through the gate." A convoluted squiggle with the stylus, and the requisition receipt was signed off on and sent of to the Quartermaster's e-mail. That was her final task before departure, and Fia couldn't help the flutter of excitement in the pit of her stomach. She ducked her head, trying to hide the giddy smile on her face behind the brim of her cap. Get a grip, Fiametta. It's a trip through the gate, just like all the others.

She scooped her pack off the floor where she had left it, settling it on her back with a shrug. Once everything was secure, Fia retrieved her tablet and opened up the mission roster. She used the few minutes it would take to walk to the gateroom to refresh her memory of who her companions would be. There were many familiar faces, and several new ones. A few in particular that she hadn't gotten the chance to meet during prep. Fia made a mental note of their names to track them down later and introduce herself. On their own accord, her fingers called up the list of personnel already on site. Her gaze landed on one name in particular and she grinned again. Twelve weeks in a remote wilderness outpost in such company sounded heavenly.

The gateroom itself was filling up. The usual buzz of anticipation easily echoed her own. Fia made her way over to the General, waiting for a lull in his conversation before saluting. "Cargo is loaded and secure, ready for transport, Sir."

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 05, 2017 9:26 pm 
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Without hesitation, Tahirah enveloped the smaller woman is a friendly one armed hug. Her staff weapon made anything more impossible. "Tal'ma'te, Claire. I am well." Straightening up, Tahirah took a good look at Claire. The woman still sparked as brightly as when they met, and judging from the banter between her and Caleb things were still strong there as well. With the two of them along, this mission would be entertaining at the very least. "It pleases me that our paths have joined again. Atlantis seems to have treated you well." Tahirah's bright smile included Caleb in that assertion.


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 06, 2017 3:42 am 
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The shrill sound of the alarm clock sent the feeling of blood rushing around Charlie's body, awakening him. All of his memories leading up to this point flowed to cohesion and he opened his eyes fully. He was immediately wide awake and knew today was the day. As he got ready for the day, Charlie thought about what got him here and the new world he'd opened himself into. The Stargate was just unbelievable! Just the concept of there being a way to travel to another planet was incredible! And the was just the beginning. He'd made sure to include as many files as he was allowed to take with him to get himself up to speed in his off time. From what he'd read so far, fascinating was just the start.

After he'd grabbed his gear, Charlie's walk to the gate room was arguably the fastest he'd ever walked in his life, but in some ways, it felt as though it took ages. His excitement made time pass slowly, but it was to be expected. His life was about to change in ways he couldn't even imagine. Approaching the door, Charlie saw the guard turn to face him, expecting him to produce his ID. He figured it was just standard procedure and flashed it. The guard allowed him to pass and for the first time, Charlie entered the gate room.

Several had already gathered and were conversing with each other. He didn't recognize anyone, only seeing a few in passing, but that was to be expected since he was about as fresh-faced as you could get on the base. He joined the general group as they waited for their send off.


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 06, 2017 10:14 pm 
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There was the smallest chance the Meredith was hung over, and by smallest chance, it was actually the case. Last night was supposed to have been a few drinks with the guys and girls in the ‘Springs, and then a relatively early night, with the intent of being fresh faced and prepared for the 9am Gateroom departure for the Beta site.

What had actually happened, was a few drinks, and then a couple of rounds of ‘just one more and I have to go’, before getting to bed a little after 1am, which meant that when the alarm sounded a little past 6, Meredith would have happily ground it down into its component atoms just to make it stop.

Her abilities a little less stellar that atomic disassembly though, she had instead settled on a quick shower, a thermos of coffee and the determination to run just a short stretch of her normal route before heading up the mountain. The fresh air had done the trick, with coffee and Advil playing supporting roles in the miracle that was not Meredith Blake, walking, talking, semi human Combat Medic, reporting for duty as instructed.

There would probably need to be food at some point as well, but right now her belly was balking at the idea, and instead had accepted a protein bar wolfed down in between swigs of the finest caffeinated tar that Cheyenne liked to serve its staff.

Back pack loaded with the basics, Meredith did a quick time check before entering the Gate Room, eyes open for familiar faces that would be part of the team gating out today. Spotting Claire, Mere offered a wave and a nod to Caleb who was doing a very good job of not looking like a loved up puppy. The Dr and Williams were somewhat an item, and it was great to see them both so happy.

It appeared that Captain Serigliano, and the formidable and definitely badass Tahirah were also on the roster for this assignment, and Mere was pleased that she’d have a couple of people with whom she’d put in some solid hours, to share in this adventure. After all, if you needed a back watching, then who better than those you’ve had watch it before.

Of course, there were new faces as well, including what appeared to be an actual mountain of a man, and moving in to join the gathered group, she offered a smile to the assembled cast, dropping her back pack down next to a youngish and relatively new face to the base.

“Morning. First trip through the Gate?”

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 06, 2017 10:49 pm 
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The gateroom was rapidly filling up, and Hammond surveyed each and every one of them as they entered. Some were old hands, others were relatively new recruits, with some on their first ever trip through the Stargate. The mildest of smiles tugged at the corners of his lips as protocol went by the by, especially from some of the civilians, but, honestly, he had bigger things to worry about.

To all intents and purposes, the Beta site was developing into a colony, and everyone going through the gate that morning was going to be there for three months, so it was best that they were able to get along. With approximately half the personnel on the base being civilian, it was unrealistic to expect everything to run on purely military rules.

Nodding, he acknowledged Dr Te Atua and CPO Williams as they entered, introducing themselves to Torngate. He knew they weren't happy at having been sent on another posting before returning to Atlantis, but it would be a good learning curve. Torngate had never been through the gate before, but his expertise would be of immeasurable importance in developing the technological infrastructure on the Beta site.

As more filtered in, Hammond nodded to each in turn, just about managing to hide his amusement as the new zoologist, Trahourn, made his unmissable entrance. His attention was commanded for a moment by Major Serigliano, informing him that the requested provisions were loaded and ready to go. "Thank you, Major," he said. Serigliano was going to be the ranking officer on the Beta site, although she would be working as an equal with Taft and Te Atua, the CMO. It was best that the site was run on the same kind of premise as Atlantis, with cooperation on all levels. Atlantis was the best kind of success story.

Seeing the full team assembled, and their chatter filling the room, he nodded towards the control room. This was a standard mission, if a longer term one than usual, so he didn't feel the need for a farewell speech. You could feel the hum as the first chevron dialled, then locked in place, the other six following swiftly behind it, until the familiar whoosh of the wormhole opening filled the gateroom. It took a few seconds to stabilise, and Hammond took a step backwards. The MALP went through, and, after a few moments, the signal came from the control room.

"Beta site team, you have a go."

((Please use your next post to finish whatever your character is doing, and go through the gate. The thread on the Beta site is ready to go.))


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 07, 2017 6:56 pm 
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Mississippi waved, intentionally and excitedly, at every single person who followed him into the gate room. He was giddy with the adrenaline of a new (to him) discovery. Or, maybe better yet, the rediscovery of something forgotten or thought lost. His reading had told him this was an ancient technology, created by a technologically superior species, that then went on to vanish. But he thought of it as a creature, thought extinct, being rediscovered in a thriving population somewhere hidden. It'd taken effort, and genius, to relearn the creature. And now it was here for a select few to study until enough was known to ensure it was safe for the public. The stargate was brilliant.

He offered his hand to the good doctor when she introduced herself, though he wouldn't seem at all bothered if it wasn't taken. More than a few people expressed an unreasoned fear of letting him grasp them in his massive mits. "Oh, good, another doctor. I get bitten. A lot." Hazard of the job, natural as a beekeeper getting stung from time to time. Then he turned to Caleb with his hand out-stretched, not the least put off regardless of the doctor's reaction. "Oh good, sometimes I get too excited and forget to gauge the room before getting started."

It spun, little things on it opened or closed with a motion (he wasn't certain about all that) and then a big blue water effect jumped out of it only to suck back in just as quickly. The materials attached to the outside of his over stuffed pack clattered as he jumped, before laughing at the spectacle. The massive figure, dressed in khaki vest and shorts, over gray & green hiking boots, and a forest green t-shirt (apparently BDUs were being made for him, because they didn't have soldiers his size anywhere). He even started walking toward it until he realized he was supposed to wait until that machine had gone through and he embarrassedly stepped back again after checking to make sure he wasn't going to bump into anyone.

He wondered how often Hammond had the thing opened just so he could stare at it. But the chance to ask was gone and as soon as he was told to go he went, pausing only momentarily at the event horizon long enough to poke it once to see if it made ripples before grinning like a big kid and stepping right through. "Excelsior!" he proclaimed before vanishing in it's light years of depth.


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 08, 2017 9:33 am 
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The atmosphere in the Gateroom was like everyone was waiting for Christmas morning and they were all five year old again, or at least that was what it felt like to Caleb. There wasn't a day that went by – in the last few years – that he didn't get that feeling stood in front of a Stargate, whether it was from an inactive one or one that was active. It was a feeling he couldn't actually describe, nor did he want to put words to because he knew it wouldn't do it justice.

He did have to bite back a laugh as Mississippi proclaimed that he got bitten a lot to Claire, before his own hand was shaken. There was just something about the other bloke that made Caleb think that once they got settled on the Beta site, they were gonna end up at least landing each other in trouble, if not friends along the way.

Of course at that moment was when the Stargate opened, and he never got tired of seeing it do that, and he just took a moment to stare at the event horizon. Once he stepped through that gate he knew that was it for several months, whatever happened, whoever they met, they were there for the duration and that kind of thrilled him and terrified him all in one go. Yes he was still unsure as to whether or not he was going to see Atlantis again, god he still wanted to go back to that place, but this was another step on an adventure that didn't seem to be stopping any time soon.

There was no getting off the ride that he found himself on, and as the quietness seemed to fall as people realised the Gate had been activate, he realised he didn't want to get off that ride. To stop doing this, to stop going through the Gate, it wasn't on his to-do list any time soon that was for sure.

Caleb wasn't sure who was going to go through first, the few newbies that were stood there didn't seem that keen, or so he thought until the mountain man did nothing but near enough charge at the wormhole, exclaimed 'Excelsior' and stepped through. Caleb did laugh then, before also making his way up the ramp, and making his own way through the wormhole.


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 08, 2017 10:35 am 
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Claire returned Tahirah's one armed hug with warmth, feeling emotional tears prickling away at the back of her eyes. She hadn't realised how much she had missed earth until she had come back. "Atlantis has been..." She paused for a moment. It had, at once, been incredible, fraught and terrifying. They had had to face unimaginable challenges, both as a team and personally, but she had come out of the other side. "It's been amazing." She couldn't resist a glance back at Caleb, before releasing herself from Tahirah's embrace and heading back to his side.

She took the giant paw of a hand that Trahourn offered, grinning. "Okay, so I'd better place another order for Band Aids, I guess," she chuckled, even as Caleb shook the tall man's hand. "You'd better not need those expensive ones because you're allergic to all sorts of shit, the budget won't stretch to that!"

Any further conversation was stalled as the dialling sequence began, and Claire felt the familiar frisson of excitement run through her. She glanced around the room, seeing an assortment of nerves, excitement and calm stoicism, and, as the final chevron locked, an almost eerie silence overcame the room. The silence lasted only for a moment, though. She expected Fia Serigliano, who appeared to be the ranking officer in the room, to give the order to go through, but Trahourn didn't wait for that. He bounced into the wormhole with a cry of joy, leaving everyone else in his wake.

"Oh fuck," muttered Claire, hoping that the break in protocol wasn't going to cause trouble. Still, with Hammond having given an order to move out, it was probably excusable. She hoped so, anyway, as Caleb was next through. It didn't surprise her that he'd follow suit, he was always like a kid when it came to gate travel.

Letting a few more of the fifteen or so others trickle through the gate, Claire finally took a deep breath and stepped through the wormhole to yet another unknown planet, and yet another chapter in her life.


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Chris looked over and around as the rest of the people arrived in the room,, and the General gave his short little sermon. Eight syllables, to be exact. It was as if this kind of thing was Standard Operating Procedure for the General… which, in all fairness, it kinda was. He became entranced by the circle within a circle as it danced around the inside of the larger ring, stopping every few seconds to “encode” a chevron. In theory, or at least on paper, it was a brilliant marvel of engineering.

He watched as the Chevrons locked, and finally the point of origin was included, the seventh chevron symbol the same as he had on his uniform, as the machine grinded and stopped rotating, sending out the blue gush and retreating, forming the connection as the alarms for a wormhole resounded throughout the level. He shook his head, coming to his senses, and mumbling something under his breath that only he could really hear. He swung around and found his pack, swinging it up and onto his back in one relatively-smooth motion. As the first groups of people meandered up the gate, he wondered to himself if any of them had any misgivings about what they were doing.

He busied himself with tightening his straps and centering the mass, as he looked on and decided he might as well go for it. The first three people at least had gone through, and there were no signs or radio signals that might indicate a problem, so the risk was minimal. He stepped forward with the next little mob of people, and walked slowly up the ramp, as he stuck his fingers in the event horizon for just a moment, getting used to the feeling as much as he could before he took a breath and plunged into the wormhole. The last thing he remembered thinking was “Here goes nothing” has he disappeared into oblivion, travelling the many light years in as many milliseconds. He didn’t feel a thing as he was essentially plucked from one end of the galaxy…


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