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PostPosted: Sun Nov 02, 2014 12:18 am 
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September 16th 2014, 21:30

The device in front of her was a mystery. Covered with the strangest symbols she had ever seen, it seemed as if there was no way to open or control it. She knew that it was active. The strange readings her oscilloscope and other sensors in her lab showed proved that it was not deactived, but its energy level was so low that she believed that it was in stand by. Sadly the readings did not reveal anything about the device's function. A light ripple on the energy readings was the only thing that might reveal something, but sadly the ripple was so small that it was possible that it was just noise.

Sam took a small sip out of her tea cup, which stood on her lab table close to the strange device and continued to stare at the object, as if she might be able to solve its mysteries by just staring at it. By now she already thought about taking a break and finishing yesterday's entry in her lab journal, when she noticed that the tea's surface in her cup was not as planar as it should be. Instead it seemed as if the liquid was slightly pulled towards the strange device. Curious she put the cup farther away from the device and immediately it seemed as if the fluid was less attracted by the device. When she put the cup closer to the device the pull towards the device became slightly stronger. It almost seemed as if the device manipulated the direction of gravity. But was this the purpose of this device or was it just a side-effect? It seemed as if she would not be able to answer this questions until she knew the meaning of the symbols on the device's surface.

Sadly Daniel had no time to translate the symbols for her this evening, so she had to find someone else who would help her decipher the symbols and she already knew whom she could ask. Fast she picked up the device and went to Doctor Tolliver's lab. There she knocked at the door and peered in the room then. “Doctor Tolliver, do you have time for me?”, she asked friendly, while she stood in the door and looked to the linguist.


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 02, 2014 12:39 am 
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Ruth had pushed away the translation she had been working on, utter disgust on her face. The words were simple enough, or should have been, but without any form of context, it was just drivel. She was hoping that some of the other artefacts that had been found with the tablet would have been able to place some context around it, but the teams working on them hadn't completed their translations yet. Typical.

It didn't help her own predicament, and Ruth slumped over her desk, gently hitting her head against the surface in the tried and tested "headdesk" gesture.

Unfortunately, this was interrupted and witnessed by Major Carter. Sitting upright abruptly, her red hair flying, Ruth smiled sheepishly, tucking her hair behind her ears as she settled herself down. "Of course, Major," she said, trying to pull herself back to some sort of professional composure. She wasn't sure it was working. "How can I help?"


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 05, 2014 12:01 am 
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With a slight smile Sam watched Doctor Tolliver. She knew this gesture much too well. Just a few minutes ago she had felt like doing the same gesture. But after she had noticed the strange behavior of her tea she was very eager to solve the mysteries of this strange device. Without saying another word Sam waited until Doctor Tolliver raised her head again and looked away until the linguist had found her professional composure again. Only when Doctor Tolliver answered her question Sam looked back to her and went a few steps closer. “Thank you. I want to ask if you can help me with the translation of the symbols on this device. Most likely it is a sort of code. Maybe the right alignment of the symbols is able to activate the device and control its function, whatever its function is. I suppose it manipulates the direction of gravity. But we can only be sure if we find a way to control it.”, she explained and put the device on a free spot on Doctor Tolliver's lab table.

“I'd be very happy if you can help me. I already tried a few combinations, but nothing seemed to work.”, she said and pointed on the segmented surface of the device. Some symbols were grouped on turnable disks, while other symbols were fixed between or in the middle of the disks. When the symbols on the disks were turned it was possible to align them in rows or columns, but so far she had not been able to find plausible combinations, but compared to Daniel's or Doctor Tolliver's knowledge about languages and foreign letters her knowledge was very limited.


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The headdesk thing was a universal constant, and Ruth herself had seen many a scientist committing themselves to the gesture, even when they were aware that they had witnesses. She smiled at the Major, shrugging. "Long day, long day," she said, grinning and taking a slurp of her now-cold coffee.

There goes another night of sleep.

Pushing a hand back through her heavy fall of hair, Ruth looked at the device with open curiosity. It wasn't like anything she had ever seen, and had no idea what it did. She didn't particularly care, either. The markings on it were something else, though. It looked like a derivative of Goa'uld, and, as such, it was likely something that Ruth would be able to work with, and possibly find a translation for within a relatively short period of time.

"May I," she asked, reaching out a hand towards the device. She glanced up at the Major, wondering exactly what the other woman knew about the device already. Best way to find out was to ask, she supposed. "You got any idea at all about what it does, or what it's for? Where was it found, were there any other devices or artefacts found with it? Is this the only language found in the area, do you know?" She smiled sheepishly at Carter. "Sorry, too many questions. Want to take a seat?"


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“Of course.”, Sam answered and shrugged her shoulders, when she heard Doctor Tolliver's questions. She had an idea what the device might be for, but of course she was not sure if this idea was correct. For a moment she thought about her answers and looked up abruptly when Doctor Tolliver offered her a seat. “Thank you.”

Smiling she sat down on a chair close to Doctor Tolliver and looked to the device once more, before she answered the linguist's questions. “Sadly I don't know it yet. I suppose that it is a gravitational device, but as long as we can't activated this device or decipher the symbols on it we can't be certain if it is really used to manipulate the direction and the strength of gravity. At the moment this assumption is only based on an observation I made in my lab. But it is also possible that the change in gravity's direction is only a byproduct of the device's true function. Sadly no other artifacts were found with this device. It almost seemed as if it had been hidden far away from the ruins on P7Z-205. We only found it by chance because the soil that covered the stoneplate above the device had been removed during a landslide. According to Daniel the symbols on the device are not related to the symbols that we found in the ruins. He thought that the symbols belong to a secret code or that the device was built on another planet and that it was brought to P7Z-205 by the Goa'uld who reigned there 500 years ago and was hidden, when the planet was conquered by another Goa'uld or that it was stolen and hidden there to prevent the Goa'uld from using it.”, she finished answering Doctor Tolliver's questions and looked to the device again. If the device had been stolen from the Goa'uld and hidden it was possible that the device had been used to punish maybe even torture people, because sadly almost every technology could be used to help people but also to hurt them.


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 10, 2014 12:35 am 
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Ruth could talk. A lot. And she often did, questions coming thick and fast, and, often as not, the answers to those questions coming from her own lips, not far behind. In this case, though, she had absolutely no idea what the device was for, and, as such, it was going to make the translation that much harder if Major Carter wasn't able to provide her with a few answers.

Hell's teeth, it looks as though it's going to be harder than I thought.

Curiosity got the better of her, and Ruth turned the device over and over in her hands, getting a feel for it before she even began to look at the symbols properly. Listening as Major Carter explained what she knew about the device, Ruth frowned thoughtfully. "Just because it exhibits a gravitational pull, it doesn't mean that it's a deliberate by-product of it," she said. "But of course, you'd already know that." Carter knew more about this kind of thing than most people, even if she didn't have the linguistic skills to decipher the markings. Question was... did Ruth?

"So what you're saying is that this device has no context, and appears to be completely unrelated to the planet it was found on?" Just about th worst kind of translation job, as far as Ruth was concerned, but also one of the most satisfying if she was able to crack the language concerned. "It looks like a derivative of Goa'uld... do you know which Goa'uld inhabited the planet at all? How many, when they left?" And there she went with the questions again. Ruth smiled sheepishly. "Sorry..."


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Of course it was possible that the gravitational pull came from a mechanism inside the device and did not belong to its main purpose. But since it was not as easy to manipulate gravity as it was with electrical or magnetical fields it was not likely that the device emitted gravitons although it was designed for another purpose. But the question was, what it was designed for and where it came from.

“Yes, it seems completely unrelated to the planet and we were not able to find its origin yet.”, Sam answered and shrugged her shoulders once more. She wished she knew more about the device, its origin and especially its purpose. Maybe it was a derivative of a ship's gravitation generator. Maybe the housing which was covered with Goa'uld symbols was only a container and the true device was hidden inside. So maybe the strange circles on the outside were nothing more than a code lock and were not used to control the device at all.

“That's no problem.” Smiling she looked to Doctor Tolliver. If she was in her place she would also ask a lot of questions so she did not mind answering her colleagues as good as possible. “For almost thousand years the planet was reigned by Callista a minor goa'uld who served Kronos. She was attacked by another goa'uld almost five hundred years ago. After her defeat the naquadah mines on the planet did not prove feasible enough and the goa'uld who defeated Callista left the planet and took almost all humans living on P7Z-205 with him. The remaining few were killed by a plague a few years later and it seems as if the planet was not populated again until now. Sadly I don't know more about the planet's history.”, Sam finished her explanation and looked at the device again. She wished she knew more about its and P7Z-205's history. But almost everything about this planet and the goa'uld who reigned there was a mystery. They didn't even know if Callista was still alive and hiding somewhere or if the goa'uld lady had been killed during the attack on P7Z-205.


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Ruth frowned as Carter answered her questions. It seemed as though nobody knew anything about this relic, or the real history of the planet that it had been discovered on. She skimmed the markings on it once more, smirking lightly as she resisted the urge to throw it across the room and see what happened. She had a feeling that Carter might have a fit if she did that.

"Callista..."

A little sparkle came to Ruth's eyes, and she turned to her computer terminal, fingers flying over the keyboard as she hunted for whatever it was that was tickling away at her memory. "Callista, Callista, Callista..." It would make sense that she was an underlord of Kronos, having a Greek or Roman name herself, and that might at least narrow it down to a particular dialect of Goa'uld.

"Got it."

She skimmed the screen, but precious little was known about Callista, other than what Carter had already recited. It wasn't the history that she was looking for, though. "We last found an artefact attributed to Callista on P7Z-434, which isn't too far away from 205. Looks like she could have been something of a sector wanderer, for want of a better phrase." Ruth skimmed down the page. "We've got another... six artefacts attributed to her in storage." She shot Carter a hopeful look. "Don't suppose you've already requested them?"


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The little sparkle in Doctor Tolliver's eyes made Sam smile. Now that she had mentioned Callista's name, her colleague almost looked like Daniel, when he felt that he might be close to a discovery. Without saying a word Sam watched as Doctor Tolliver entered Callista's name into the computer and found six further artifacts that had been attributed to her.

A few hours ago she had accessed the artifact's computer files as well, but since the artifacts seemed to be nothing more than pottery and a few tablets containing information about rites related to Callista she had not requested them yet. A few hours ago she had not thought that theses artifacts might be relevant for her research, but now she thought that if they had a closer look at the rites related to Callista they might be able to find information if the device was used in rites or not.

“No not yet. I only worked on the device, but on second thought the other artifacts might be useful, especially the tablet found on P7Z-434. We should request the artifacts and have a look at them.”, Sam answered and did not like the fact that she had no better answer for Doctor Tolliver. For the last few hours she had only thought about the technological part of the device and not about the cultural. But with Doctor Tolliver's point of view she was sure that it was much easier to cover everything they needed to uncover the artifact's secrets.


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Ruth turned the artefact over in her hands a few times, getting a feel for it, and running her eyes over the symbols on it. She glanced back up at Major Carter when the woman admitted that she hadn't yet requested the other artefacts associated with Callista.

"I guess what I want is to get some context, you know," she said, giving the other woman a lopsided smile. "There might be some of the same language on some of the other artefacts that I can use to help translate this one." It was a long shot, but any form of context was better than none.

Ruth pointed at one particular line of symbols. "This line here... it'll all depend on the context, but it could be something about 'pulling'. Equally, though, it could mean 'pushing', depending on which Goa'uld dialect we're looking at here." While the basics of the Goa'uld dialects were similar, there were enough fundamental differences to make it impossible to translate straight off the bat, without context, or at least without knowing the Goa'uld to which the artefact in question belonged to.

"While we're at it, it might be an idea for me to compare it to anything that we've got from Kronos, too. Gotta have some sort of starting point, I guess."


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