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Stargate Atlantis Handbook

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November 27, 2005

General site info

Updated Arcs and Continuity pages through The Siege part 2

Added arcs for Kavanagh and Kolya.

Updated Episodes, Writers, and Directors through The Siege part 2

Added episode summaries for

The Gift

The Siege, part 1

The Siege, part 2

Updated the Site Index through Letters from Pegasus

Basic universe

Planets

Updated through Siege part 2

Timeline

Updated through Siege part 2

Team members

Sheppard

Housing/quarters

He brought a Johnny Cash poster with him that he hung above his bed in his Atlantis quarters. (The Gift)

Atlantis career:

Used the chair platform to take out several attacking Wraith darts when the Wraith launched the beginning of an all-out attack against the city. (The Siege part 2)

He had intended to use the chair to fly a cloaked puddlejumper remotely right into a hive ship, detonating a nuclear device on board to take the hive ship out. The Mark II naquadah generator needed to power the chair had been depleted during the test, though, making it impossible. Sheppard ran for the jumper bay to do it manually instead. (The Siege part 2)

Base commander:

He lost his position as base commander when Colonel Everett came through the stargate from Stargate Command and took over.   (The Siege part 2)

He had no problem with that, only with Everett's dismissal of Weir from the decision-making process. He told Everett that cutting Weir out of the loop would only serve to alienate everyone on the base who'd come to trust and respect her over the months they'd worked together -- including Sheppard. Everett allowed Weir to sit in, then overly politely asked Sheppard to carry out his orders to contact the alpha site and start retrieving personnel (an order Sheppard had ignored when Weir asked him to hold off), adding that he was never going to repeat an order to Sheppard again. Sheppard did as he was told. (The Siege part 2)

Confirmed kills:

'Bob' the Wraith -- Sheppard shot him to death in the holding cell. (The Siege part 1)

At least two Wraith in the city, during the attacks on Atlantis. (The Siege part 2)

Musical tastes:

Johnny Cash (if his choice of poster is any indication.) (The Gift)

Random Misc.:

He didn't want anyone mentioning the incident with the bug-creature attacking and nearly killing him. (The Gift)

McKay

Atlantis career:

He took a small team (himself, Grodin, and a pilot -- Lt. Miller) to the LaGrangian Point weapons platform to try to power it back up using a naquadah generator. When they arrived, he suited up and went in alone to try to get lifesupport systems back online. Once there was air, the other two came in, and McKay took off the suit. Once life support was at 100% and the lights were on, Grodin found the button for the gravity, and pushed it -- with McKay floating halfway up the shaft. McKay hit pretty hard when he landed on the floor. (The Siege part 1)

The weapon itself wasn't charging, and they figured out that although its buffer was nearly fully-charged, no energy was making it through. Rerouting it would mean going EVA. The three of them played rock-paper-scissors but came up with a three-way draw, then Miller snapped a pencil into three pieces. McKay drew the shortest one, and suited back up. (The Siege part 1)

He went EVA for the first time after some hesitation in the back of the puddlejumper, and successfully rerouted the power circuits to let them repower the satellite's weapon properly. (The Siege part 1)

He went untethered, for some reason. (The Siege part 1)

With Zelenka, he figured out a way to use the chair platform (powerd by a Mark II naquadah generator) to remotely control a puddlejumper, so they could be flown directly into a hive ship while carrying a nuclear payload. (The Siege part 2)

He and Zelenka completed the Genii prototype nuclear weapons, which had been given to Weir unfinished. It took them about a day to do it, working while on stimulants because they couldn't afford to take the time to sleep. (The Siege part 2)

Misc.:

He was seeing Heightmeyer at least during the runup to the Wraith attack on Atlantis. When Teyla spotted him coming out of Heightmeyer's office, he tried to pass it off as them seeing each other romantically (with no great success). Teyla promised to keep his secret. (The Gift)

He and Zelenka had a bet about when the Wraith evolved -- Zelenka believed it was after the Ancients arrived in the Pegasus galaxy, McKay believed it was before. When Weir arrived in the control-chair room to tell Beckett (whom they were trying to get to activate the chair) that his their about post-Ancient-arrival Wraith evolution was correct, Zelenka immediately demanded that McKay pay up. (The Gift)

Ford

Atlantis career:

Manned a rail gun in defense of Atlantis when its crew was culled by the Wraith during the first wave of dart attacks when the Wraith armada was approaching Atlantis. (The Siege part 2)

During the second wave of dart attacks, Ford was with a team in the city, hunting for Wraith who were beaming in. They were caught on an outdoor corridor between two groups of Wraith. (The Siege part 2)

Misc.:

He wanted to call M1K-4339 'Planet Waterfall' because of all the waterfalls there. (The Siege part 1)

When Bates was badly beaten less than a day after having gotten into an altercation with Teyla, Ford was uncomfortably suspicious of her -- he didn't mistrust Teyla herself, but her connection to the Wraith, and her dreams of them. He wasn't sure what she might have been doing without her conscious knowledge. (The Siege part 1)

Teyla

General background info:

Sensing Wraith:

She has one of the strongest Wraith-sensing abilities among the Athosians -- she was always one of the first to know when the Wraith were approaching. (The Gift)

The ability comes from Wraith DNA that was spliced into the genetic code of one of her ancestors -- making Teyla a tiny part Wraith. (The Gift)

Other family:

Tagar

He asked their family friend Charin not to tell Teyla the probably origins of her Wraith-sensing gift, not wanting her to know that her lineage included a person who was outcast from another world as someone taken by Wraith and returned (and who may well have heard voices or been violent -- although the ones who were actively violent were probably killed when the villagers on the other world massacred most of the taken). (The Gift)

Friends:

Charin

An elderly Athosian woman, whom Teyla knew her whole life. As a child, she used to paint pictures for Charin ('beautiful pictures') and sing songs of the Ancients to her. As an adult and leader of her people, Teyla always found time to visit her -- at least until she joined the Atlanteans. (The Gift)

When Teyla asked her if Charin knew why Teyla could sense the Wraith, Charin said Teyla's father had asked her not to tell. When Teyla gently insisted, Charin told her that no other living Athosian knew of it, for good reason.

Housing/quarters:

She has various drapey hangings in her Atlantis quarters, softening the look and feel a lot. (The Gift)

Atlantis career:

Once it was discovered that she had Wraith DNA and potentially the ability to tap into the Wraiths' telepathic network, she agreed to be hypnotized to try to gain information about the Wraith. (The Gift)

Her first attempt put her inside a Wraith who was on a hive ship -- and feeding. Weir, horrified, pulled her out. Teyla wasn't thrilled at having felt the Wraith feed, but felt the information she could gather was more important, and demanded to try again. (The Gift)

Her second attempt got her into a control center on a hive ship, but also let a Wraith into her head, to look through her eyes. It told the people around the bed (Heightmeyer, Beckett, Weir, and Sheppard) that they were all pathetic, and that nothing could stop them (the Wraith). It took two  electric jolts to snap Teyla back into her own mind.  Beckett  sedated  her. When she woke up from the sedation, she told Ford that she'd seen a hologram, maybe a map -- and that she'd felt the Wraith's desperation because of their too-high numbers, which they couldn't sustain without more plentiful food sources. She wanted to try again, to get more information. (The Gift)

Her third attempt let her see the hologram more clearly, but also gave faster, stronger access to her mind, and she was taken over very quickly by   a Wraith, who used her body to start knocking people around. She punched Beckett hard enough to drop him, clubbed Sheppard over the back with a pole of some kind, and threw Ford across the room. Before she could take out Weir, Bates hit her twice in the back with a Wraith stunner. (The Gift)

When she woke up, she told them she'd seen their travel path -- and also discovered the reason they were coming to Atlantis. They knew that Atlantis was the only way to Earth, and they wanted a new, rich feeding ground. (The Gift)

Colonel Everett wasn't sure he could trust Teyla not to come under Wraith influence, so despite Sheppard's glowing reports and absolute faith in her, Everett sidelined her from Atlantis's defense when he first met her. Later, when the Wraith were in the city -- which they only knew because Teyla sensed their presence and immediately informed Weir -- Teyla approached with several Athosians, offering their services in hunting the Wraith. Everett armed them all and sent them out, saying nothing more about Teyla's connection to the Wraith. (The Siege part 2)

When the first batch of Wraith had been killed, Teyla and Everett were standing together on the gallery level above the stargate watching her people take casualties through the gate (presumably to the alpha site). He told her he was sorry she'd lost some people, and meant it. (The Siege part 2)

Misc.:

She was having severe nightmares when the Wraith were approaching Atlantis, and didn't understand why.

They involved a Wraith roaming the empty halls of Atlantis and entering her room to kill her. She'd wake up from that nightmare and go to Sheppard's quarters, only to pull back his covers and find a dessicated corpse in his bed. Worse, eventually it felt like she was the Wraith standing over her bed looking down at herself. (The Gift)

The nightmares were affecting her personality and performance enough (she was snappish and was beaten by Sheppard during a stick-fighting session) that Sheppard got concerned and sent Dr. Heightmeyer to talk to her. As soon as Teyla figured out what was going on, she got offended and walked away from Heightmeher. (The Gift)

She was worried that people would think she was crazy, and that she'd lose the hard-won respect she'd earned. (The Gift)

Eventually, the nightmares got bad enough (apparently when she started seeing/feeling herself as a Wraith) that she went to Heightmeyer voluntarily. (The Gift)

When she was told that she had some Wraith DNA in her genetic makeup, she was even more worried what people would think. (The Gift)

She went back to Heightmeyer, this time sitting in her chair with her knees drawn up to her chest and her ankles crossed -- almost an upright fetal position -- saying that she knew it wasn't her fault, and that she was the same person she had been the day before, but that she felt different, and she was worried her people would no longer see her as a leader with a helpful gift, but someone to be feared. (The Gift)

Later, when Weir determined that she should have the ability to hear Wraith thoughts, she agreed to let Dr. Heightmeyer hyptonize her, in an attempt to gain intelligence about the Wraith plans and position. (The Gift)

When Sheppard's team came in hot from an attack on M1M-316, Bates's first reaction was  that Teyla must have unwittingly given their position away to the Wraith. Teyla was furious at the accusation, and followed him to demand an explanation. Bates was entirely unrepentant, telling her that he was willing to believe she wasn't aware of what she was doing, but that he still considered her a security threat, and thought she shouldn't be allowed to move freely around the base. She told him that being accused of helping the Wraith was the worst possible insult among her people. He replied that he was aware of that, and she lost her temper and hit him hard (with her elbow, not her hand, for greater effect). Ford and Sheppard showed up and separated them before it could escalate, with Bates telling Teyla this wasn't over yet. (The Siege part 1)

Weir

Atlantis career:  

She was prepared to destroy Atlantis, but when Zelenka drew her attention to the Ancient database that they would also have to destroy, she started focusing on trying to save as much of that as possible, backed up to their own harddrives before they had to flee. She was intensely frustrated at Zelenka's estimate that  only  7-8%, or maybe 9%, of the database could be backed up, given their compression codecs and the amount of harddrive space they had. Zelenka had to point out that they were at war, and with war comes casualties. (The Siege part 1)

When the satellite only managed to destroy one hive ship before being itself destroyed (with Grodin aboard), Weir had no choice, and ordered the evacation of the city. (The Siege part 1)

She was relieved as leader when Colonel Everett stepped through the gate, on General O'Neill's signed orders. She accepted the new command structure, but was displeased to be left out of the initial tactical meeting. Sheppard backed her, telling Everett he was risking alienating everyone on the base by cutting her out of the loop. Everett relented, letting her sit in on the briefing.. (The Siege part 2)

She contacted the Genii on Sheppard's suggestion (with Everett's knowledge), hoping to get them to agree to give Atlantis their nuclear weapon to use against the Wraith. When the Genii agreed to let one unarmed representative through to discuss the matter, Weir went. (The Siege part 2)

She was blindfolded and brought to a room in the underground facility, where Prenum told her he was surprised at her audacity at going to the Genii. (The Siege part 2)

Weir told him that the Atlantians still had something the Genii wanted -- not just C-4, but a chance to test their nukes against the Wraith, with no repercussions from the Wraith. He told her they'd been and gone already -- the Genii had managed to shut down their reactors in time, and while hundreds of people had been culled on the surface, thousands more had been safe underground, and now the Wraith would have no more interest in their planet.

Languages:

Her ability with Ancient apparently lent itself to realizing that the Wraith language McKay had found on a salvaged data recorder was a derivative, and once she knew that, she managed to translate at least some of it. (The Gift)

Atlantis

Atlantis

History

War with the Wraith

Ancients

see Ancients war with the Wraith

Terran expedition

Sheppard unwittingly embroiled the expedition in a war when he woke the Wraith 50 years early and loosed them on the Pegasus galaxy. Sumner unwillingly made it worse, when the Wraith who captured him found out about Earth and its billions of people, the richest feeding ground the Wraith had had in millennia. (Rising)

When the Wraith had awakened in sufficient numbers and fed enough, they gathered an armada led by four hive ships and headed for Atlantis -- not only to take the city, but to use it to get to Earth. (The Gift, The Siege part  1)

A small team -- McKay, Grodin, and Miller -- traveled to the LaGrangian point weapons-platfor satellite and powered it up with a naquadah generator, to use the platform against the approaching hive ships. One ship was destroyed, but the satellite's circuits overloaded, making it impossible to fire the weapon again. The hive ships destroyed the satellite with Peter Grodin still aboard. (The Siege part 1)

The expedition began evacuating Atlantis and set a self-destruct, but before the last few could leave, relief forces from the SGC, led by Colonel Everett, arrived through the stargate with more weapons, more personnel, and a plan. The evacuation order was rescinded, and everyone began preparing for the defense of the city. (The Siege part 2)

After losing a ship, the Wraith held back long enough to harvest more than a hundred asteroids from the system's asteroid belt, acclerating them toward Atlantica. Rather than aiming for the city, though, they aimed directly at the six naquadah-enhanced nuclear space mines that the expedition had placed near the planet, detonating all of them. The blast and the residual radiation blinded the city's sensors long enough for the Wraith armada to move in undetected, and to launch a barrage of darts against the city. In addition to firing on the city, 20-30 made kamikaze runs, crashing into the city to do as much damage as possible. (The Siege part 2)

The darts did a lot of damage before they were destroyed: power was out in several sections in the city, and long-range scanners and internal sensors were down. (The Siege part 2)

The pilots of the kamikaze darts beamed into the city before they crashed. (The Siege part 2)

While in the city, the Wraith started going after the naquadah generators, taking out at least one, as well as any people who got in their way. (The Siege part 2)

To prepare for the next attack, Weir contacted the Genii and after some tense moments got them to agree to give her their prototype nuclear weapons, in exchange for a lot of C-4 -- enough to power dozens more. Meanwhile, McKay and Zelenka had figured out a way for someone sitting in the control chair to remotely control a puddlejumper -- which could be loaded with a nuke and flown remotely straight into a hive ship, and detonated. Once they'd done that, they worked on completing the unfinished nukes the Genii had sent. (The Siege part 2)

Just as the prototypes were completed, a second wave of darts attacked the city, again doing a lot of damage, and beaming significantly more Wraith into all parts of the city (although not the control room area). Attempts to use the chair to fly the jumper failed -- the Mark II naquadah generator had been depleted in the tests. Sheppard ran for the jumper bay to take the first jumper up manually, knowing it was a suicide mission. In the city, Everett was caught by a Wraith who began feeding on him, Ford and his team were trapped by two groups of Wraith, one in front and one behind them, and Teyla couldn't be contacted. (The Siege part 2)

Physical structure

General layout

The city took a lot of physical damage from the waves of darts attacking it -- many sections lost power, and there was smoke rising from several sections that had taken hits. (The Siege part 2)

The chair room is in a tower, but not the control tower. (The Siege part 2)

Power

One of the naquadah generators was lost when Wraith beamed into the city -- one of the Wraith destroyed the generator before he could be stopped. (The Siege part 2)

Weapons

Naquadah generators aren't sufficient to power Atlantis's weapons systems because they're designed to be powered by ZPM. (The Siege part 1)

Naquadah-enhanced nuclear warheads

Colonel Everett's team brought six of these to Atlantis to help defend against the Wraith. (The Siege part 2)

Each warhead was 1200 megatons. They emit almost zero EM and are otherwise invisible to radar. Once deployed, they would be detonated  by proximity fuse -- as Ford put it, 'space mines'. They were to be deployed in space between the Wraith armada and Atlantis. (The Siege part 2)

All six were wasted, thanks to the Wraith -- they harvested more than a hundred asteroids from the system's asteroid belt and accelerated them in Atlantis's general direction, aiming specifically for the mines. The mines couldn't be deactivated, and detonated when the asteroids got too close. (The Siege part 2)

Rail guns

'A few' of these were brought through the stargate by Colonel Everett's team to aid in Atlantis's defense. (The Siege part 2)

They were originally meant to replace the Prometheus's close-in armanents in its next refit. (The Siege part 2)

They deliver an impact velocity of Mach 5 at a distance of 250 miles, and a standard magazine holds 10,000 rounds. (The Siege part 2)

a layman's explanation of what they are and how they work can be found at http://www.military.com/soldiertech/0,14632,Soldiertech_RailGuns,,00.html

Technology

Ancient database

The Ancients created their database with multiple redundant backups to make sure nothing was ever lost. (The Siege part 1)

The database itself was so huge that Zelenka estimated that even with McKay's compression codecs, and using every harddrive the expedition had brought with them, they would only be able to back up 7, maybe 8 percent if they had to wipe the database to keep it out of Wraith hands. When pushed, Zelenka said maybe 9%, if he tweaked McKay's compression codecs. (The Siege part 1)

The parts of the database that the expedition had translated as of the time of the Wraith attack included information about Zero Point Modules, research into Ascension, weapons schematics, and notes on space travel. (The Siege part 1)

Biometric sensor

One of the consoles in the control room. It scans for biometric-rhythm irregularities and reports them. It works like a life-signs detector, but is more advanced -- it can distinguish between different kinds of life forms. (The Siege part 1)

When they brought it online, they decided that the power requirements  were too high, and narrowed its focus to the gateroom, assuming that that was the only place the Wraith or other aliens were likely to appear. (The Siege part 1)

Zelenka broadened its focus when they realized a Wraith was somewhere in the city, and the sensor picked up on the Wraith immediately. (The Siege part 1)

Chair weapon/controller

Ancient tech.

This chair serves multiple functions, and is usable only by people with the Ancient or ATA gene. One of its functions is as a weapons platform -- someone sitting in it can control drones (energy squids) sent against enemy forces. (SG1: Lost City part 2, Rising part 1, The Siege part 2)

The Mark II naquadah generator brought by Colonel Everett's relief forces was sufficient to power the chair properly. (The Siege part 2)

The city had only a few dozen drones ('energy squids') left available to it. (The Siege part 2)

McKay and Zelenka managed to hook the chair platform remotely into a puddlejumper, to allow the jumper to be operated by someone sitting in the chair. (The Siege part 2)

Life-signs detector

Works only for people with the ATA gene. (The Siege part 2)

Mark II naquadah generator

Basically, a highly souped-up naquadah generator -- they discovered a way to increase its power output by 600%. It burns out faster than a regular naquadah generator, but provides enough energy to power the chair weapons platform. (The Siege part 2)

The generator is effectively in a state of barely controlled overload to put out that much power. (The Siege part 2)

World

General info

Lagrangian Point weapons platform

It wasn't designed to be powered by a ZPM, and thus could be powered up by a single naquadah generator. (The Siege part 1)

The platform was for a directed energy-beam weapon that ran off a relatively low-yield charge (like a naquadah generator -- very low-yield compared with a ZPM), so it continually fed a buffer or capacitor that stored energy until it was discharged. (The Siege part 1)

After McKay rerouted the power through working circuits, the weapon powered up properly and took out the first of the hive ships on their way to Atlantis. The circuits overloaded after that, though, and the satellite was destroyed by the other Wraith ships. (The Siege part 1)

Expedition

General info

Makeup

In late 2004, relief showed up in the form of military personnel coming through the gate to help with Atlantis's defenses. It's not clear how many came through, but it appeared to be several dozen. (The Siege part 2)

Military

In late 2004, Colonel Dillon Everett took over as military command -- he'd been sent through the gate by Stargate Command to take over Atlantis's defense against the Wraith armada. He brought what appeared to be several dozen military personnel with him. (The Siege part 2)

Four of these were pilots. Each was given the ATA gene therapy almost as soon as they arrived, in hopes that they'd be able to fly puddlejumpers in Atlantis's defense. All four were later being trained by Sheppard in how to use a puddlejumper, so the gene appears to have taken effect for all of them. (The Siege part 2)

Losses

The Siege part 1

Peter Grodin

The Siege part 2

Many soldiers  -- culled by Wraith darts during an attack, and killed by Wraith in the city.

Uniforms

The entire expeditions wears a uniform of sorts, color-coded by division/department.

Military:

The uniforms are a greyed blue, with black accent panels on the jackets.

Under the jacket or with no jacket, military  personnel wear a blackshirt, either long-sleeved or short-sleeved with a partial zip from chest to collar.

Civilian

Civilians wear tan with different colored accent panels, depending on their specialty.

Medical

Accent panels are white.

Under the jacket or with no jacket, medical personnel wear a white shirt, either long-sleeved or short-sleeved with a partial zip from chest to collar.

Science

Accent panels are blue-grey (a lighter shade than the military grey).

Under the jacket or with no jacket, science personnel wear a blue shirt, either long-sleeved or short-sleeved with a partial zip from chest to collar.

Command

This is mainly Weir, whose sole function is command. Scientists and military personnel in the command structure wear science or military colors.

Jacket is the military grey, with red accent accent panels.

Under the jacket or with no jacket, command personnel wear a red shirt, either long-sleeved or short-sleeved with a partial zip from chest to collar.

Weir has several different styles of shirt, both short- and long-sleeved, some with zips and some without, but almost all red.

Offworld teams

Bates's team

They had discovered a world that would make a good alpha site -- all it needed was Sheppard's approval, which was apparently given once he looked it over. On their way back to the stargate and Atlantis, the Wraith appeared and 'tagged' the planet, forcing them to flee. (The Gift)

Sheppard's team

Came under attack by what looked like a T. Rex on M1M-316 when they were checking it out as a possible alpha site. (The Siege part 1)

Stackhouse's team

The team was assigned to check out five worlds as potential alpha sites, after the expedition lost their first choice to Wraith and their second choice to 'dinosaurs'. (The Siege part 1)

One of them turned out to be suitable. (The Siege part 1)

Alpha site

General info

When the expedition realized that the Wraith were on the way and there was no real way to stop them, they began setting up an alpha site. Bates was in charge of finding a location -- he found one a week before the Wraith were expected to arrive, and completed the ground and aerial surveys. He said it was ready to begin setting up a base camp, pending Sheppard's approval. (The Gift)

Discarded/rejected sites

unnamed

The first alpha site decided on. Bates and his team found it  a week before the Wraith were expected to arrive, and completed the ground and aerial surveys. He said it was ready to begin setting up a base camp, pending Sheppard's approval. Sheppard approved it, but as they were getting ready to head back to Atlantis, the Wraith arrived and 'tagged' the planet, making it unusable. (The Gift)

MA5-393

It gets incredibly hot during the day -- it was being considered as an alpha site after the expedition's primary choice was marked by Wraith but was nixed when Sheppard mentioned the heat. (The Siege part 1)

M4H-212

This planet was 'Crawling with Genii spies' according to Bates -- it was being considered as an alpha site after the expedition's primary choice was marked by Wraith. (The Siege part 1)

M1M-316

According to Stackhouse it had 'lush surroundings' -- it was being considered as an alpha site after the expedition's primary choice was marked by Wraith until the found the 'dinosaurs'. (The Siege part 1)

Personnel

Bates

When the expedition realized that the Wraith were on the way and there was no real way to stop them, they began setting up an alpha site. Bates was in charge of finding a location -- he found one a week before the Wraith were expected to arrive, and completed the ground and aerial surveys. He said it was ready to begin setting up a base camp, pending Sheppard's approval. (The Gift)

He and his team were at the alpha site when they were attacked by Wraith and had to flee back to Atlantis. (The Gift)

He was outraged when he found out Teyla had been in touch with the Wraith, believing that they'd gotten the location of the alpha site from her mind. He didn't want to give her another chance to connect, and when Weir agreed to let Teyla try again, he stood by with a Wraith stunner. When she was indeed taken over by a Wraith and started taking out the people around her in the infirmary, the stunner was the only thing that stopped her. It took two blasts to take her out. (The Gift)

After Weir, Sheppard, and Bates picked a new possibility for an alpha site (M1M-316) and Sheppard said he'd gather his team together to check it out, Bates followed him to ask if Teyla was included with that. When Sheppard said yes, Bates pointed out that they still didn't know how her connection to the Wraith worked, and if she could see through their eyes, it was possible the Wraith could see through hers. If so, letting her see the potential new alpha site would be a huge mistake. Sheppard refused to consider the notion, insisting that Teyla was an integral part of his team, and that that was all that mattered. (The Siege part 1)

When Sheppard's team came in hot from an attack on M1M-316, Bates's first reaction was that Teyla must have unwittingly given their position away to the Wraith. He was taken aback to find out that it wasn't Wraith that attacked them, but a local version of a dinosaur. (The Siege part 1)

Teyla was furious at the accusation, and followed him to demand an explanation. Bates was entirely unrepentant, telling her that he was willing to believe she wasn't aware of what she was doing, but that he still considered her a security threat, and thought she shouldn't be allowed to move freely around the base. She told him that being accused of helping the Wraith was the worst possible insult among her people. He replied that he was aware of that, and she lost her temper and hit him hard (with her elbow, not her hand, for greater effect). Ford and Sheppard showed up and separated them before it could escalate, with Bates telling Teyla this wasn't over yet. (The Siege part 1)

Some time after his argument with Teyla, Bates was attacked at Generatior Station 1, and beaten up pretty badly. (The Siege part 1)

He had five broken ribs, a fractured collarbone, and a severe concussion. Beckett put him in a medically induced coma until the subdural hematoma could be dealt with. (The Siege part 1)

Beckett

He wore a sidearm when the Wraith fleet was approaching. (The Siege part 2)

Xenobiologist

He had a theory that the Wraith had evolved in the Pegasus galaxy after the Ancients arrived, but had no hard data to back his theory up. (The Gift)

His theory was that the Ancients had (unwittingly) allowed humans to evolve on a world that had an insect species, which at some point fed on the humans and somehow incorporated human DNA into their own genetic structure, and eventually evolved into the Wraith -- creatures with some human traits, but still closer to the original insect form in many ways. (The Gift)

One reason he wanted to study Wraith physiology was to bring the expedition closer to being able to produce a biological weapon that would attack the Wraith but leave humans unharmed. (The Gift)

Using Ancient technology

At Teyla's request he flew her to and from the mainland so she could talk to Charin, one of her people. The flight went very smoothly. (The Gift)

McKay and Zelenka tried  to  him in the Ancient control chair on Atlantis to see if he could make it work, despite his misgivings because of his first experience in a control chair (where he nearly killed Sheppard and Jack O'Neill). He resisted long enough for Weir to arrive and claim him -- she had proof that his theory about Wraith evolution was correct, and had translated part of a Wraith data log that she needed him to see. He was extremely thankful, and left with her. (The Gift)

With Sheppard busy training new jumper pilots and deploying space mines, Beckett was tapped to test the Ancient control chair ('chair weapons platform') with the new Mark II naquadah generator hooked up to it. (The Siege part 2)

McKay and Zelenka tapped him again to help them with the chair while they were trying to figure out a way to remote-control the puddlejumpers. He wasn't happy about it, wanting them to ask someone else instead, but they wouldn't let him out of it. He managed to start the jumper from the chair. (The Siege part 2)

Colonel Dillon Everett, USMC

He was a personal friend of Colonel Marshall Sumner, having served with him for many years, and was angry that Sheppard had killed him instead of saving him. He didn't understand what the Wraith had done to Sumner, and why Sheppard had to do what he did. (The Siege part 2)

He headed the relief troops (including either US Army paratroopers or USAF pararescue -- several of his men were in maroon berets, making them one or the other) sent through the stargate by Stargate Command when the SGC got hold of a working ZPM. (The Siege part 2)

At some point soon after arriving, he got the ATA gene therapy, which worked for him. (The Siege part 2)

Barely through the gate, he relieved Weir (fairly condescendingly), cancelled the self-destruct, and rescinded the evacuation order. As ranking military officer, he assumed military command as well. (The Siege part 2)

He intended to leave Weir out of the decision-making process entirely, since the base was caught up in a military situation. She wasn't happy about that decision, and Sheppard backed her, saying that Everett was going to alienate everyone on the base if he kept Weir out of the loop. Everett relented, letting her attend the briefing where he explained the plan to defend Atlantis -- then overly politely asked Sheppard to carry out his order to contact the alpha site and begin retrieving personnel, and telling him that that was the last time he'd give Sheppard an order twice. (The Siege part 2)

While preparations were being made to defend the city (weapons set up, etc.), Everett found Teyla sparring with an Athosian man. He was relatively polite and complimentary, but told her he wanted her to stay out of the way during the battle -- despite Sheppard's assurances that Teyla wouldn't fall under the Wraiths's influence again, he didn't trust her enough to let her take part. (The Siege part 2)

After the first wave of the Wraith attack -- darts assaulting the city -- Everett went out into the city with teams to take care of the Wraith who'd beamed in. While doing that, he cleared Weir to go talk to the Genii about getting the Genii prototype nukes for Atlantis's use agains the Wraith. (The Siege part 2)

When Weir returned with the prototypes, Everett was impressed, and seemed to have settled in a little bit -- he apologized for being in her chair (after commandeering her office as his own) and was generally much friendlier to her. (The Siege part 2)

During the second wave of attacks, Everett was out in the city hunting for Wraith as they beamed in. One caught him by surprise, and although Everett shot him several times at point-blank range with a pistol, the Wraith started feeding on him. (The Siege part 2)

Ferrell

One of the soldiers who came with Colonel Everett's relief forces. He manned one of the rail guns during the Wraith attack on the city -- he and his crew were swept up by a Wraith beam. He may be dead. (The Siege part 2)

Grodin X

He was part of the small team (along with McKay and their pilot, Lt. Miller) that went to the Ancient weapons platform to try to power it up before the Wraith arrived, hoping for any advantage they could get. He stayed aboard the puddlejumper with Miller while McKay suited up and went to hook up a naquadah generator on the satellite to get life support going. (The Siege part 1)

Once there was air, he and Miller joined the (now-unsuited) McKay in the main chamber. When life support was at 100% and there was lighting, Grodin found the gravity button, and pushed it -- with McKay still floating halfway up the shaft. McKay hit pretty hard when he landed on the floor, and was not thrilled with Grodin. (The Siege part 1)

When they realized someone was going to have to go EVA to reroute some circuits to bring the weapon completely on-line, they tried rock-paper-scissors first, then when that didn't work, drew 'straws' -- pieces of broken pencil. Grodin drew first, and got a long piece. (The Siege part 1)

After Rodney rerouted the weapon's power, the jumper couldn't dock properly again, and Grodin realized that they'd inadvertantly routed power away from the docking and airlock mechanisms. With no time to reroute the power again, and basically no chance of surviving a manual docking/airlock maneuver -- he had no spacesuit to protect him from depressurization -- Grodin told McKay and Miller to leave him, saying he'd power down the satellite until the Wraith were close enough, to add to the element of surprise. He told them to get to a safe distance and come back for him when it was all over. (The Siege part 1)

He powered up the system as planned, and the satellite took out the first of the hive ships. But the rerouted circuits couldn't handle the power, and overloaded, leaving the weapon useless. Grodin tried to fix the problem, but had no time: the remaining hive ships destroyed the satellite with him still on it. (late 2004) (The Siege part 1)

Dr. Kate Heightmeyer

The expedition's psychologist. (The Gift)

At Sheppard's request, she went to talk to Teyla informally about some of the stress Teyla had been under -- it didn't go well. Teyla wasn't happy that Sheppard had done so, and walked away as soon as she realized what was going on. Teyla eventually returned of her own volition, seeking Heightmeyer out in her office, to talk about her nightmares and how much they were disturbing her. (The Gift)

When it was discovered that Teyla had Wraith DNA, Heightmeyer helped her through her initial reactions and fears. (The Gift)

When Weir learned that Teyla could have the ability to hear Wraith thoughts by tapping into the Wraith telepathic network, Heightmeyer theorized that over several generations, the Athosians with the Wraith DNA had developed a defensive mental block to prevent them from hearing the voices (and likely going mad, from basically being inside a Wraith brain). She suggested hypnotizing Teyla to help her get through the block. (The Gift)

The 'hypnosis' basically consisted of giving Teyla a mild sedative and telling her to focus on the 'cold, dark feeling' deep inside that was the feeling Teyla got when she sensed Wraith. (The Gift)

Kavanagh

During a meeting of what appeared to be various senior personnel, Kavanagh was scornful of the idea of staying to fight the Wraith, pointing out that 'tens of thousands of life-sucking aliens in highly advanced spaceships on their way to destroy us. And we have what, 200 people? Most of whom are scientists who've never even fired a gun before?'

Dr. Kusanagi

One of the scientists. He or she either had the Ancient gene naturally or had successfully been given the ATA gene therapy -- when McKay and Zelenka needed someone to try to activate the Ancient control chair (after Weir took Beckett away to do other things), they resorted to Kusanagi 'again'. (The Gift)

Lieutenant Miller

He had the Ancient gene, either naturally or by ATA gene therapy. (The Siege part 1)

He was assigned to be the pilot who carried McKay and Grodin to the weapons platform in Atlantica's system, in hopes of powering it up to defend against the oncoming Wraith. (The Siege part 1)

When Grodin and McKay figured out that someone was going to have to go EVA outside the satellite to reroute the weapon's stored energy, Miller suggested choosing by using rock-paper-scissors. The other two agreed, but each of the three picked a different thing, making it useless. Miller broke a pencil into three pieces instead, so they could draw 'straws'. (The Siege part 1)

Radner

One of the soldiers who came with Colonel Everett's relief forces. He manned one of the rail guns during the Wraith attack on the city. (The Siege part 2)

Stackhouse

His team was assigned to check out five more possible alpha sites, after the expedition lost their first choice to Wraith and their second choice to dinosaurs. One of them turned out to be suitable. (The Siege part 1

Zelenka

General info

'Radek' first used in canon (by McKay) in The Siege part 1.

He's left-handed.

Wore his sidearm strapped to his left thigh. (The Siege part 2)

Current timeline

He and McKay had a bet about when the Wraith evolved -- Zelenka believed it was after the Ancients arrived in the Pegasus galaxy, McKay believed it was before. When Weir arrived in the control-chair room to tell Beckett (whom they were trying to get to activate the chair) that his their about post-Ancient-arrival Wraith evolution was correct, Zelenka immediately demanded that McKay pay up. (The Gift)

During a briefing, although McKay was the one standing to brief everyone, Zelenka was clearly part of the 'we should go and power up the weapons platform' voice -- he backed McKay all the way on it, helping to explain why it was a good idea. (The Siege part 1)

When McKay was packing to go on the mission, Zelenka tried to convince him to stay behind with the city and let Zelenka go to the satellite, since McKay knew far more about the city than McKay. McKay refused, but was smugly pleased, saying that Zelenka had admitted that McKay was smarter than him. Zelenka was outraged and the two of them sniped at each other for a moment before shaking hands, while McKay asked Zelenka to 'take care of my city' and Zelenka earnestly wished him good luck. (The Siege part 1)

He put together a simulation of how the self-destruct they'd set up would affect the city -- it would break it into several pieces, all of which would sink to the ocean floor. Weir seemed impressed, but Zelenka pointed out that it wasn't nearly good enough -- Atlantis is more than just a physical city, it's an intergalactic spacecraft. He believed that the Wraith would be able to reverse-engineer their own intergalactic engine from the wreckage, and still make it to Earth. While breaking the city up into smaller pieces would help, he was more concerned about the Ancient database, with its 'incredibly redundant' backups. If they could get hold of even the smallest section of it, they might be able to put together an engine that would get them to Earth. (The Siege part 1)

To keep the Wraith from gaining access to the database, Zelenka developed a computer virus that could be downloaded as part of the self-destruct sequence, which would wipe the database out. (The Siege part 1)

When Beckett announced that there was a Wraith in the city, Zelenka thought of a way to track it: he took a biometric sensor the expedition had discovered in the control room and narrowed its focus, successfully locating the Wraith. (The Siege part 1)

He was wearing a sidearm when the Wraith armada was on approach to Atlantis. (The Siege part 2)

He and McKay worked together to hook up the chair platform to the Mark II naquadah generator, then later teamed up again to try to figure out a way to use the chair to remote-control the puddlejumpers, so the jumpers could be used as weapons directly against hive ships. (The Siege part 2)

Almost immediately after doing that, he and McKay had to start working on completing the Genii prototype nuclear bombs, which were sent through unfinished. By this point, both of them were running on stimulants to stay awake and functional. (The Siege part 2)

Ancients

Ancients

History

War with the Wraith

The war with the Wraith lasted roughly one hundred years -- but it's not clear if that includes the years of siege, when Atlantis was the last holdout, or not. (The Siege part 2)

Wraith

Wraith

History

War with the Ancients

The war lasted roughly one hundred years --  but it's not clear if that includes the years of siege, when Atlantis was the last holdout, or not. (The Siege part 2)

Current culling cycle

They woke up too soon -- there wasn't enough food to go around. It left them desperate to find more food sources. (The Gift)

According to what Teyla felt while connected to the Wraith telepathic network, the Wraith were desperate because of their numbers and the insufficient food supply. They were heading for Atlantis because they knew it was the only way to Earth, and they wanted access to Earth's rich new feeding grounds. (The Gift)

Roughly six days before they attacked Atlantis, the Wraith culled the Genii homeworld, taking hundreds of lives. (The Siege part 2)

War against Atlantis

Preliminary moves

While their fleet was moving toward Atlantis, the Wraith sent a dart in to the city to scan for information -- probably personnel, defenses, etc. -- and one Wraith beamed into the city without the expedition's knowledge, either to do further recon or to sabotage any self-destruct efforts, or both. He was discovered after badly beating Sergeant Bates and leaving his DNA in Bates's clothing. When the expedition sent teams after him, he struck first, taking out Sheppard's entire strike team with a strong stunner blast. Before he could begin feeding on Sheppard, Ford and Teyla's strike team arrived and knocked him out with another stun blast. He was captured and brought to the holding cell formerly used to house 'Steve', where Sheppard first named him 'Bob', then eventually killed him. (The Siege part 1)

When the Wraith fleet made it into Atlantis's system, the first hive ship was taken out by the LaGrangian-point satellite. It couldn't fire again, and the other ships destroyed it in short order, then regrouped rather than heading immediately for Atlantis. (The Siege part 1)

After losing a ship, the Wraith held back long enough to harvest more than a hundred asteroids from the system's asteroid belt, acclerating them toward Atlantica. Rather than aiming for the city, though, they aimed directly at the six naquadah-enhanced nuclear space mines that the expedition had placed near the planet, detonating all of them. The blast and the residual radiation blinded the city's sensors long enough for the Wraith armada to move in undetected, and to launch a barrage of darts against the city. In addition to firing on the city, 20-30 made kamikaze runs, crashing into the city to do as much damage as possible. (The Siege part 2)

The darts did a lot of damage before they were destroyed: power was out in several sections in the city, and long-range scanners and internal sensors were down. (The Siege part 2)

The pilots of the kamikaze darts beamed into the city before they crashed. (The Siege part 2)

While in the city, the Wraith started going after the naquadah generators, taking out at least one, as well as any people who got in their way. (The Siege part 2)

Culture

General info

The Wraith communicate with each other through a telepathic network of sorts. (The Gift)

They can't read human minds. (The Gift)

The Wraith language is a derivative of Ancient, according to Weir. (The Gift)

At one point, at least several human generations ago, one Wraith started performing experiments on humans on a particular world, against the wishes of the other Wraith. He was trying to make their food source more compatible with them -- by splicing Wraith DNA into their genetic makeup. He was apparently trying to make the feeding process more efficient. (The Gift)

According to Weir's translation of the data log of his work, he was never caught -- he stopped the experiments when he couldn't find a way to splice Wraith DNA into humans without also splicing in the ability to tap into the Wraith telepathic network. (The Gift)

As part of his attempt to reverse or reduce the telepathic effect, he released some altered humans back into the general population, hoping that breeding would dilute the effect. It didn't. (The Gift)

When the other Wraith found out what he'd done, they wiped out the entire village, and thought they'd killed everyone who had any Wraith DNA. They didn't know some had fled to other worlds. (The Gift)

Biology

General info

The Wraith communicate with each other through a telepathic network of sorts. (The Gift)

They can't read human minds. (The Gift)

Beckett had a theory that the Wraith had evolved in the Pegasus galaxy after the Ancients arrived, but had no hard data to back his theory up. (The Gift)

His theory was that the Ancients had (unwittingly) allowed humans to evolve on a world that had an insect species, which at some point fed on the humans and somehow incorporated human DNA into their own genetic structure, and eventually evolved into the Wraith -- creatures with some human traits, but still closer to the original insect form in many ways. (The Gift)

Technology

Ships

Darts

They are capable of scanning (using a visible beam of light/energy) and beaming up people onto the dart. (Rising, multiple eps)

The same technology works in reverse, allowing the Wraith to beam down to a planet if they wish. (The Siege part 1)

Known Wraith

'Bob' X

He was the Wraith captured in Atlantis, after he beamed in during an apparent suicide recon mission. Two weeks later, after the expedition realized he was there and tracked him down, he took out Sheppard's strike team with a stunner, but before he could start feeding, Ford and Teyla's team took him down with another stunner blast. He was placed in the holding cell that had held Steve. (The Siege part 1)

When Teyla tried to get inside his mind to find out if he'd been sending reports back to the Wraith fleet, he realized what she was doing and appeared to trigger a massive headache in her, enough to fling her out. (The Siege part 1)

When Sheppard lost his temper at that and started shooting him, Bob basically laughed it off, saying his wounds would heal. Sheppard kept firing, and Bob went down, but still wouldn't give up any information, telling Sheppard that the Wraith who fed on him would know what he'd done to him (Bob). After hearing Weir on city-wide comms telling everyone to start evacuating in hopes of finding a safe haven, Bob told Sheppard that it didn't matter where they went: the Wraith would find them, and would find Earth, and they would feast. Sheppard shot him dead. (The Siege part 1)

Other races

Athosians

Culture

General background

When 20-30 Wraith entered the city by beaming out of kamikaze darts, several Athosians went with Teyla to offer their services in the hunt. Colonel Everett armed them and sent them out. Some of them didn't make it. (The Siege part 2)

Food

Tuttleroot soup. (The Gift)

Either tuttleroot is something found on many planets, or the Athosians brought some with them to plant on Atlantica -- Charin made some for Teyla when Teyla came to visit, and Teyla said she'd missed it. (The Gift)

Wraith

According to Teyla, many Athosians didn't want to evacuate Atlantica when the Atlantis expedition was making plans to do just that if necessary, prior to the Wraith invasion. The Athosians wanted to stay and fight to defend their new home. (The Gift)

Worlds

Atlantica

The Athosian camp apparently recovered relatively easily from the giant storm -- a few weeks (possibly months) later, the camp was in full swing, consisting of large, domed tents, fairly spacious and airy. (The Gift)

The tents actually appeared to be two layers -- a bottom layer stretched over tent poles, and a top layer -- possibly weather protection? -- stretched over that, covering only the top with slender 'columns' of fabric coming down on all sides to be pegged into the ground. (The Gift)

Known Athosians

Charin

An elderly woman, and an old friend of Teyla's. Teyla used to paint  her pictures and sing songs of the Ancients to her, and even as an adult and a leader of her people, always found time to visit her. (The Gift)

When Teyla asked if Charin knew why Teyla could sense the Wraith, Charin said Teyla's father had asked her not to tell, and that no living Athosian knew of this, for good reason. Teyla (gently) insisted, and Charin said that her grandfather used to tell a story, the like of which no one had ever heard before or since, about 'a few who once returned' -- from a planet where the Wraith came and culled, but where sometimes, on several occasion, the 'taken' came back. (The Gift)

Some believed that the Ancestors had brought their loved ones back -- that they'd been blessed with a gift that made them unwanted by the Wraith. Others told tales of how the taken had vanquished the Wraith. (The Gift)

Soon, though, the taken began to be feared -- they heard voices, and some became violent or even homicidal. They were massacred. The few survivors were exiled. (The Gift)

Charin believed that those few who survived were the ones who passed on 'the gift', the ability to sense Wraith. One of those who were taken was in Teyla's lineage. (The Gift)

Halling

Roughly 35 hours before the Wraith were expected to arrive over Atlantis, while everyone was getting ready to evacuate if need be, Halling went to the city to speak to Weir. He told her he'd heard about the plans to destroy Atlantis. He sympathized with Weir's desire to protect the people of Earth, but didn't think 'self-preservation' was reason enough to destroy the city of the 'greatest race ever to inhabit the stars' -- a sacred city. When Weir asked if he'd rather it fell into the hands of the Wraith, he replied that he'd have faith that the Ancestors wouldn't allow that to happen. (The Siege part 1)

Weir listened, but then told him that she had no choice but to go forward with her plan. (The Siege part 1)

Tagar

He asked their family friend Charin not to tell Teyla the probably origins of her Wraith-sensing gift, not wanting her to know that her lineage included a person who was outcast from another world as someone taken by Wraith and returned (and who may well have heard voices or been violent -- although the ones who were actively violent were probably killed when the villagers on the other world massacred most of the taken). (The Gift)

Genii

Culture

General background

With McKay's design, the Genii kept going forward with their nuclear weapons program, reaching a point where their prototype bombs were almost complete. They still wanted C-4 to finish the triggers, though. (The Siege part 2)

When the Wraith approached, the Genii had enough advance warning to shut their reactors down to keep them from being detected,. Hundreds of people were culled on the surface, but thousands were saved underground. As a result, the Genii believed themselves to be safe -- the Wraith would have no more interest in them. Six days later, Weir contacted them and asked if they could open negotiations. The Genii still weren't feeling particularly fond of the Atlantians, but allowed Weir to come through, specifically so they could trade her back to Atlantis for C-4.. (The Siege part 2)

She was blindfolded and brought to a room in the underground facility, where Prenum told her he was surprised at her audacity at going to the Genii. (The Siege part 2)

Weir told him that the Atlantians still had something the Genii wanted -- not just C-4, but a chance to test their nukes against the Wraith, with no repercussions from the Wraith. He told her they'd been and gone already -- the Genii had managed to shut down their reactors in time, and while hundreds of people had been culled on the surface, thousands more had been safe underground, and now the Wraith would have no more interest in their planet. After they went back and forth a few more times, she finally got through to him that she had offered the C-4 regardless -- he didn't need to trade her for it -- and that rather than incorporating it into their weapons and testing them on nothing, this was his chance to have them tested against hive ships with no danger to themselves, with enough C-4 left over to power dozens more bombs. He eventually went for it, and sent her back to Atlantis free and with the prototypes. (The Siege part 2)

Dealings with Atlantis

After the invasion

At least some of the Genii spies went to M4H-212 -- according to Bates, the planet was 'crawling' with Genii spies. (The Siege part 1)

Atlantis contacted the Genii after the Wraith attacked the city and destroyed their only nuclear weapons, hoping to get the Genii to agree to give them the Genii nuke. The Genii agreed to allow a single, unarmed representative through the gate to open discussions (without knowing the specifics). (The Siege part 2)

When Weir came through the gate, the Genii  blindfolded  her  and  brought  her  to  an  underground  room where Prenum told her he was surprised at her audacity at coming. He was planning to trade her back to Atlantis in return for C-4. (The Siege part 2)

Weir told him that the Atlantians still had something the Genii wanted -- not just C-4, but a chance to test their nukes against the Wraith, with no repercussions from the Wraith. He told her they'd been and gone already -- the Genii had managed to shut down their reactors in time, and while hundreds of people had been culled on the surface, thousands more had been safe underground, and now the Wraith would have no more interest in their planet. After they went back and forth a few more times, she finally got through to him that she had offered the C-4 regardless -- he didn't need to trade her for it -- and that rather than incorporating it into their weapons and testing them on nothing, this was his chance to have them tested against hive ships with no danger to themselves, with enough C-4 left over to power dozens more bombs. He eventually went for it, and sent her back to Atlantis free and with the prototypes. (The Siege part 2)

Technology

Atomic bomb

Presumably thanks to McKay's design, they'd accelerated their bomb program to the point where the bombs were nearly complete when Weir came through the gate asking for the prototypes to use against the Wraith. (The Siege part 2)

Known Genii

Prenum

A leader among the Genii. He responded to Weir's request that a representative from Atlantis be allowed through the gate to discuss the use of the Genii nuclear weapon against the Wraith. (The Siege part 2)

When she arrived, she was blindfolded and brought to a room in the underground facility, where Prenum told her he was surprised at her audacity at going to the Genii. (The Siege part 2)

Weir told him that the Atlantians still had something the Genii wanted -- not just C-4, but a chance to test their nukes against the Wraith, with no repercussions from the Wraith. He told her they'd been and gone already -- the Genii had managed to shut down their reactors in time, and while hundreds of people had been culled on the surface, thousands more had been safe underground, and now the Wraith would have no more interest in their planet. After they went back and forth a few more times, she finally got through to him that she had offered the C-4 regardless -- he didn't need to trade her for it -- and that rather than incorporating it into their weapons and testing them on nothing, this was his chance to have them tested against hive ships with no danger to themselves, with enough C-4 left over to power dozens more bombs. He eventually went for it, and sent her back to Atlantis free and with the prototypes. (The Siege part 2)

Bits & Pieces

Links

Added site banners for people wanting to link to the Handbook.

Nitpicks

Individual episodes:

The Eye

When Kolya stabbed McKay in the arm, McKay was wearing a long-sleeved shirt (no jacket). At the end of the episode, McKay was wearing his jacket, with a bandage wrapped around his arm outside the jacket. Bad enough to wrap a wound outside clothing, but to add an extra layer of clothing before wrapping the wound? Just no.

Letters from Pegasus

In his first attempt at a message home to his mother, Beckett tells her to adhere to the ointment 'regime' he set up for her toenail fungus -- it should be 'regimen', a very different thing than regime.

The Siege part 1

Once again, Weir shows remarkably little ability to take other cultures' beliefs and worldviews into account, despite her supposed status as a world-class international negotiator. She's become very much a 'my way or the highway' person when dealing with anyone not from Earth.


Why did McKay go EVA without a tether? It should have been the first thing he thought when he realized he was going out, as the most basic safety precaution.

The Siege part 2

If Everett had been with Stargate Command for any length of time (and I can't see why they'd put a newbie in charge of Atlantis), he'd be familiar with the idea of having to kill a comrade who'd been captured by aliens. His flat refusal to accept that Sheppard might have had a good reason for killing Sumner makes no real sense.

Why did no Wraith beam into the control center or gate area?

My guess is that it's shielded from beaming, but there's never been any mention of that, and the puddlejumper bay can't be particularly shielded, since jumpers can come and go.

 

June 2, 2005

General site info

Updated Arcs and Continuity pages through Letters from Pegasus

Updated Episodes, Writers, and Directors through Letters from Pegasus

Added episode summaries for

Sanctuary

Before I Sleep

The Brotherhood

Letters from Pegasus

Updated the Site Index through Letters from Pegasus

Added new question to the FAQ:

Basic universe

Universe

Pegasus galaxy

Known locations for ZPMs

Atlantis

Three ZPMs, all totally depleted. (Rising, Before I Sleep)

M7G-577

One ZPM, almost entirely depleted, used to created a shielded area on the planet so the local children can live in safety. (Childhood's End)

Dagan

One ZPM, potentially fully charged. This was found by Sheppard's team but taken away by the Daganians, to be hidden on another world against the day the Ancestors would return and reward them for their faithfulness. (The Brotherhood)

Planets

Updated planets through Letters from Pegasus

Stargates

Physical structure

Pegasus galaxy stargates

Pegasus galaxy stargates have 36 symbols. (The Brotherhood)

Timeline

Updated timeline through Letters from Pegasus.

Team members

Sheppard

Other family:

If he has any, he may not be close to them. When offered the opportunity to send a recorded message home to a loved one before the Wraith attacked in force, Sheppard declined. (Letters from Pegasus)

Romantic interests:

Chaya Sar

After some mutual light flirting, he took her to the top of the southwest pier of Atlantis for a late-night picnic. He got a little wigged out at being with someone from another planet when she pushed the flirting to the next level, but got over it pretty fast. (Sanctuary)

Career:

Atlantis career

He chose to leave the puddlejumper (with Teyla in it) to go investigate something on his own, in the middle of a Wraith attack, once again leaving a member of his team with no way to use their only means of transportation should he die or be captured. The stargate on Orin's world was at least on the ground, so presumably Teyla could have gotten home after the Wraith left, but it was still extremely irresponsible of Sheppard. (Letters from Pegasus)

He was the one who recorded the message about Sumner's death to send to Sumner's family. (Letters from Pegasus)

Confirmed deaths:

He was aboard the " gateship" (puddlejumper) fitted the time-travel device, along with Weir and Zelenka, when the city's shields failed completely, drowning everyone else. They got away when he  managed to inadvertantly trigger the ship's time-travel device and send them back 10,000 years, but they landed in the middle of a Wraith attack, with no idea what was going on. He died when the ship was shot down and landed on the ocean floor. (Before I Sleep)

Random Misc.:

Willing to work within the context of other people's belief systems to put things in terms that will make sense to them -- when Zarah and Chaya of Proculis spoke in terms of Athar, he adapted instantly, careful to couch his requests in ways that made it seem like he was asking permission of Athar. (Sanctuary)

It's a vastly more respectful approach than McKay's open mockery and even contempt -- Sheppard never showed any sign of condescension, just acceptance. (Sanctuary)

Likes " Back to the Future" . (Before I Sleep)

At some point he took (and passed) the Mensa test, but never joined Mensa. (The Brotherhood)

When McKay was stumped on how to sort out the nine stones that made up the Quindozum's puzzle leading to a ZPM, Sheppard figured out that they should be laid out in a square that added up to 15 in every direction. (The Brotherhood)

As of Letters from Pegasus, he hadn't lost the habit of moving to shake hands when he met someone.

McKay

Other family:

A sister, Jeannie

They weren't especially close. As McKay faced his impending death at the hands of the oncoming Wraith, he recorded a message telling her that he hoped that they could be closer, if he managed to survive. (Letters from Pegasus)

He considers the expedition at large to be a sort of surrogate family for him. (Letters from Pegasus)

Romantic interests:

In general, he has a thing for cute blondes, especially with short hair. (Letters from Pegasus)

After many months in the Pegasus galaxy (possibly almost a year), " the torch is still burning" for Samantha Carter. (Letters from Pegasus)

He thinks she's " great -- just great" and that she's the hottest scientist he's ever worked with. To the point that " In fact, there's probably not a night that goes by that I don't find myself, uh--" (Letters from Pegasus)

Allina

He was completely clueless about the fact that she was flirting (more and more obviously) with him until Sheppard, Ford, and Teyla explicitly told him so, then got all flustered and flirty in return. By that time, it was a little too late -- he'd already told her that they weren't actual Lantians, but had moved into Atlantis from another world just months earlier, and she was disappointed and even angry about that, since she'd believed she was helping the rightful owners of her people's potentia (ZPM) to recover their property. (The Brotherhood)

Housing/Quarters:

According to what he told Sheppard, he's " looking for a one-bedroom with a den, preferably with a   balcony but [he's] not married to it." (Before I Sleep)

Confirmed deaths:

In the original timeline, he drowned when the gateroom and control center flooded as a result of catastrophic shield failure while the city was still on the ocean floor. (Before I Sleep)

Career:

Pre-Atlantis career

He helped refine the encoding of data bursts as a form of communication for the Air Force " several years"   before  2004. (Letters From Pegasus)

Childhood

McKay once caught mono from kissing a girl (April Bingham) in algebra club, and missed an entire month of school -- but the kiss was " quite something" so he felt it was worth it. (Letters from Pegasus)

At some point in his childhood he had a dog, but it escaped through a partially open door and never came back, and the family never found it. (Letters from Pegasus)

His father had refused to pay for a license, so the animal shelter couldn't track him. (Letters from Pegasus)

Misc.:

Not particularly patient or understanding about religious beliefs, at least not when they conflict with what he's trying to do. (Sanctuary)

He repeatedly questioned the existence of Athar while on Proculis, and mocked the rituals and prayer surrounding the question of whether refugees would be allowed to shelter on the planet. (Sanctuary)

Doesn't like " Back to the Future" (" Don't even get me started on that movie." ) (Before I Sleep)

When the opportunity arose to send a message back home (thanks to McKay's own efforts at data compression and power-juggling), McKay chose to tape himself, rather than doing what everyone else was doing -- waiting for Ford to show up with a camera to give them a few minutes to record. McKay filled up an hour-long tape and handed it over to Ford saying " it might need some editing" -- he'd gotten six hours' sleep in the last several days, and was a bit loopy. He intended it in part for humanity in general, and in part for his sister. He didn't want Ford to cut it down too far, because there was " gold" in there, so asked that his be placed last so that as much as possible could make it through before the gate shut down. (Letters from Pegasus)

He kept meaning to talk about leadership, but clearly kept getting sidetracked into more personal matters -- some just rambling commentary (pets, things he regretted never seeing, etc.), some meant for people (telling Sam Carter that he thought she was " just great" , telling his sister he hoped they might be able to be closer someday, if he survived). (Letters from Pegasus)

The one part he asked Ford to be sure didn't get cut was the message for his sister. (Letters from Pegasus)

Regrets

Has never seen Niagara Falls. (Letters from Pegasus)

Never saw Grease (the movie with Olivia Newton-John) (Letters from Pegasus)

Always wanted to see Ghandi but never did. (Letters from Pegasus)

Only saw the first half of The Sixth Sense, always wondered how that ended. (Letters from Pegasus)

Not being closer with his sister Jeannie. (Letters from Pegasus)

Pets

As an adult, he's a cat person, not a dog person. (Letters from Pegasus)

He apparently had a dog as a child, but it escaped one day and they never found it. (Letters from Pegasus)

Ford

Career:

He's prepared to make unpopular decisions: when they were discussing options to protect Atlantis, he pointed out that there was a ZPM on M7G-677 (the kids's planet, aka M76-677), and if they took it, it might power the city's shields for a while. He didn't expect anyone to go for it, but he thought it should be mentioned as a possibility. (Letters from Pegasus)

He was assigned to videotape people's personal messages for the folks back home -- he was very happy to do it. (Letters from Pegasus)

Confirmed deaths:

In the original timeline, he drowned (along with Beckett) while trying to get people into ships to escape the flooding city. (Before I Sleep)

Misc.:

When everyone got the chance to send a personal message (videotaped) back home, Ford sent his to his grandparents, telling them " I'm good" and that life where he was stationed was routine, but also was allowing him to see and do things he'd never dreamed of. (Letters from Pegasus)

Teyla

Friends:

Orin

He'd been a friend of her father's, and Teyla had clearly continued the relationship. Trade seemed to be the main basis for contact, but  enough  genuine affection had built up for Teyla to consider him family. (Letters from Pegasus)

Misc.:

Carries a knife hidden in an ankle sheath -- the trouser-leg unzips right there, making for very easy access. (The Brotherhood)

Weir

Romantic interests:

Simon

When the opportunity arose to send a personal message back to Earth shortly before several Wraith hive ships arrived over Atlantis, Weir sent Simon another video-recorded message -- this time telling him that it was unfair of her to expect him to put his life on hold waiting for her, especially when she couldn't even tell him what she was doing. She told him not to wait any longer, and that her heart would always be looking out for him. (Letters from Pegasus)

Career:  

Pre-SGC diplomatic

At least one of the negotiations she was involved with was regarding the Baltics -- it doesn't appear to have been particularly smooth sailing.  (" Remember  that  miserable  Baltic  negotiation?" ) (Before I Sleep)

Atlantis

When the opportunity arose to send personal messages back home in a highly compressed data burst along with the official data being sent, Weir first sent individual messages back to the families of everyone who'd died under her command -- except Sumner's family. She left that for Sheppard, feeling that he would want it that way. She had to pause either during or after that, then eventually moved on to sending a message to the families of everyone else in the expedition, expressing her pride in and admiration of their loved ones for their heroism, resourcefulness, and determination. (Letters from Pegasus)

Misc.:

Kept her birthday private -- she was surprised when Sheppard knew when it was and handed her a gift. (Before I Sleep)

Apparently thinks of herself as " Elizabeth" , not a diminutive -- original-timeline Weir called current-timeline Weir " Elizabeth" when they met. (Before I Sleep)

When the original-timeline version of her died, she cremated her and scattered her ashes over Atlantis. (Before I Sleep)

When the opportunity arose to send personal messages back home in a highly compressed data burst along with the official data being sent, Weir first took care of her official duties -- messages to the families of the dead, then messages to the families of the living expressing her pride and admiration for her people -- then sent her own personal message: a recording for Simon telling him to stop waiting for her, and to move on with his life. (Letters from Pegasus)

Atlantis

Atlantis

History 

" Atlantica"

Original timeline

When the expedition stepped through the stargate, the city slowly started to wake up, but only partially -- lights came on, doors opened, but no power went to the computers in the control center. (Before I Sleep)

Shortly after their arrival, the city's shields began to fail because of the power drain (lights, doors, air circulation). Summer and his team were the first to drown, while exploring the city. Weir recalled everyone else to the gateroom, but not everyone could make it before the city went to a last-ditch self-defense mode and started automatically closing airtight bulkheads to try to hold the water out. It was too late, though, and people were trapped in rooms that were already breahed, with water rising. (Before I Sleep)

Every member of the expedition died in the rising waters with the exception of Weir, Sheppard, Ford, and Zelenka, who escaped in a " gateship" -- a puddlejumper. (Before I Sleep)

Physical structure

Layout

One of the best views of the city at night is atop the southwest pier -- the best, according to Sheppard. (Sanctuary)

According to McKay, trying to find something (at random) in the city would be like having to search every room in every building in Manhattan. (Before I Sleep)

One of the best views of the city at night is atop the southwest pier -- the best, according to Sheppard. (Sanctuary)

Control center:

Standing in front of the room looking into it at all the equipment, the front row of equipment is (left to right):

(table/desk for using a laptop on)

Main control console (Sanctuary)

Enviromental controls (Sanctuary)

Communications (Sanctuary)

Behind and slightly to the right of the communications console (again, looking at it from the front of the room) is the sensor console. (Sanctuary)

Specifically, an " internal-external biometric sensor array" -- internally, it can detect any lifeform in the city. Externally, it can be used as a deep-space sensor. (Sanctuary)

This was originally found elsewhere in the city and brought to the control center to be poked at (no idea why). Chaya Sar initialized it when Sheppard was giving her the grand tour. (Sanctuary)

Power

According to Janus, the city's ZPMs (Ancient term still unknown) were designed to work in parallel, all three providing power at the same time. (Before I Sleep)

That was why the power ran out in the original timeline. (Before I Sleep)

Janus reconfigured the ZPMs to work in sequence, to eke out as much power from them as possible. The one problem was that someone would need to be there to transfer the city's power supply from one to the next, rotating them sequentially at carefully calibrated intervals.  Weir  went  into  stasis  to  take  care  of  it. (Before I Sleep)

At the same time, he rigged a fail-safe (in case Weir didn't survive the stasis process), set to release the mechanism holding the city to the ocean floor and let it rise to the surface in the event the power fell to a critical level. (Before I Sleep)

Defenses

Deep-space sensors

Deep-space sensors to give advance warning of approaching ships or other dangers. (The Brotherhood)

nb: The Terran expedition didn't know about these until late in first season, during The Brotherhood.

Supplies

Food

Local/traded for

Wine -- probably. Sheppard says that they " traded for grapes" , and that the Athosians on the mainland made the drink he was pouring out for Chaya. (Sanctuary)

Medical

Equipment

The medical equipment used on Atlantis is a mix of Terran and Ancient -- anything they could figure out how to use. There's more that they haven't yet figured out, but that someday may be helpful. (Sanctuary)

MRI

Beckett referred to the results of this machine as an MRI, but the machine itself looked odd to me: rather than the person sliding into a confined space to be scanned, or lying still beneath a full-body scanner, the scanner (a panel only two or three feet long, and angled toward the bed from the side rather than above it) slides along the bed the person is lying on. (Sanctuary)

Other

Information

Historical database

Apparently a vast array of Terran knowledge, including information about Earth's major religions (at least) and general current geopolitical situation. (Sanctuary)

When Chaya went looking for " spiritual knowledge" , Weir and Sheppard listed off several religions she could learn about, both Eastern and Western, but when she reported back, she only mentioned reading about " the Torah, the Koran, the Talmud, the Bible" -- it's not clear if the database is heavily weighted toward Judeo-Christian-Muslim information or if Chaya just started with Western religions and didn't get to any others.

Technology

Puddlejumpers

Cloaking mechanism

This is not gene-dependent -- anyone can turn the cloak on or off. (Letters from Pegasus)

Inhabitants

Lantians

Clothing appeared to be mainly muted neutrals, specifically off-white and beige, with a few other earth tones thrown in. This could have been mainly people's " travel" clothes, though -- the strongest example was during the evacuation, when almost everyone was in off-white. (Before I Sleep)

Government structure on Atlantis

Appeared to be governed by a Council, consisting of a mix of men and women. (Before I Sleep)

The Council met in the same room that the future expedition from Earth would use as a meeting/briefing room, but it's not clear if that was the traditional location for such meetings or if it was a special case to meet Weir (or even special circumstances because of the evacuation preparations). (Before I Sleep)

The Council had the right/ability to forbid citizens from doing things, but failure to obey the edict doesn't seem to have generated much in the way of punishment, at least not during trying circumstances. Janus had been forbidden to build a time machine (or at least to put one in a puddlejumper, it's not clear which), but had gone ahead anyway. When the Council found out, the reaction was annoyance and some sharp words, but that's about it, despite Moros's anger at the casual attitude toward meddling with causality. (Before I Sleep)

When Weir arrived and spoke to the Council, they welcomed her and told her she could go with them back to the Earth of their time, but refused to allow her to return to her own time. (Before I Sleep)

Return to Earth

After years of being under siege, then losing a big battle against the Wraith and realizing that although they had the upper hand one-on-one, they were no match for the sheer numbers the Wraith could throw against them, the Lantians (who called themselves Atlantians) decided to evacuate Atlantis, bringing in as many of their offworld people as possible and returning to Earth. They hoped to preserve the city (by sinking it to the ocean floor) against their, or rather their descendants', eventual return. (Before I Sleep)

Terrans

Most of the inhabitants were temporarily evacuated offworld when a killer storm swept over the planet. While the city was mostly empty, the Genii (led by Acastus Kolya) staged a raid hoping to take control for themselves, but were ultimately foiled by the handful of Atlantians who'd stayed behind. (The Brotherhood)

The city has a Mensa chapter (membership unknown, other than Rodney McKay). (The Brotherhood)

With three Wraith hive ships just two weeks away, McKay announced that he believed he could combine all their power sources to power the stargate for a roughly 1.3-second window back to Earth, long enough to send a highly compressed data burst. Everyone started collecting information to send.   (Letters from Pegasus)

The burst included:

City specs

Mission reports

Tactical assessments

A ton of data" that had been deciphered from the Ancient database

Videotaped personal messages from anyone in the expedition who chose to send one back to a loved one (or whoever).

Expedition

General info

Size

According to Sheppard, including the Athosians on the mainland, there might  be  " a couple of hundred" people living on Atlantis as of mid-first season. That would seem to support the notion of 100-125 in the Terran expedition. (Sanctuary)

Losses

Original timeline (Before I Sleep)

Entire expedition, with the sole exception of Weir.

International representation

Egypt

Including at least one male -- not sure if he's a scientist or military personnel.

nb: The flag  patch was far away and impossible to read precisely, so it's possible that this should be Yemen, not Egypt. But it definitely looked like it had the gold symbol in the center bar, where Yemen's is plain white. (Sanctuary)

Offworld teams

Sheppard's team

Team/members captured, confined, imprisoned

The Brotherhood

Ford knocked unconscious and held hostage by Acastus Kolya.

Sheppard, Teyla, and McKay trapped in an underground chamber when Kolya knocks out Ford.

McKay held under guard by Kolya as he keeps looking for the ZPM, while Sheppard, Ford, and Teyla are trapped in the underground chamber unable to escape.

Personnel

Bates

Personal

Has a little brother. (Letters from Pegasus)

Apparently from the Los Angeles area -- when he recorded a message for his brother, he talked about going home and taking him to a basketball game, watching Kobe and Shaq win another title for the Lakers. (Letters from Pegasus)

When given the opportunity to video-record a personal message to send home to a loved one, he recorded his for his little  brother, saying that he couldn't wait to get home and take him to a basketball game,  watching Kobe and Shaq win another title for the Lakers. He refused to say anything more than that even when Ford pushed him a bit, believing that he'd never see his brother again and that saying any more would only make things worse. (Letters from Pegasus)

Career on Atlantis

When a Wraith dart was spotted approaching Atlantis, he went up in a puddlejumper piloted by Beckett. He was determined not to let Beckett panic himself out of flying it, pointing out that they had to mount the best possible defense they could under the circumstances, and if that meant Beckett had to fly, then Beckett had to fly. (The Brotherhood)

He reported back to Weir when Markham and Smith were killed by the Wraith, then later reported the " kill" when the dart was destroyed (self-destruct). (The Brotherhood)

Beckett

Original timeline

He died in the original timeline along with Ford, trying to get people into ships to save them from the flooding city. (Before I Sleep)

General info

When given the opportunity to video-record a personal message to send home to a loved one, he recorded his for his mum -- or tried to, at least. His first attempt was polite small-talk (" I trust your petunias are in bloom" ) and medical, about an ointment he'd given her for toenail fungus. After Ford urged him to make it more personal, he started again with " I miss you terrible -- " then broke down and had to walk away. His third attempt, later on, was more successful -- heartfelt but upbeat. (Letters from Pegasus)

Using Ancient tech

When a Wraith dart was spotted heading straight for the city while Sheppard was offworld, Beckett got roped into flying the third of three puddlejumpers sent up in defense. Bates was flying shotgun, and wouldn't let Beckett back out, despite Beckett's worries about not being a good enough pilot. (The Brotherhood)

Grodin

Once Chaya initialized the internal-external biometric sensor array, Grodin set to work figuring it out, getting the basics down pretty quickly. (Sanctuary)

Kavanagh

When given the opportunity to video-record a personal message to send home to a loved one, he recorded one for General Jack O'Neill instead, listing off everything that he felt Weir had done wrong since the moment they arrived. (Letters from Pegasus)

He'd been keeping a record of Weir's " questionable activities" and detailed it in the message for Jack. (Letters from Pegasus)

Markham X

When a Wraith dart was spotted headed straight for Atlantis, Markham went up in a puddlejumper with Smith aboard to help defend the city. The dart came in behind them and blew them out of the sky before they even saw it. He died along with Smith  when their jumper exploded. (The Brotherhood)

Smith X

He was in the puddlejumper piloted by Markham that went up to defend Atlantis against an incoming Wraith dart. The dart came in behind them and blew them out of the sky before they even saw it. He died along with Markham when their jumper exploded. (The Brotherhood)

Zelenka

Original timeline

He was aboard the " gateship" (puddlejumper) fitted the time-travel device, along with Weir and Sheppard, when the city's shields failed completely, drowning everyone else. They got away when Sheppard managed to inadvertantly trigger the ship's time-travel device and send them back 10,000 years, but they landed in the middle of a Wraith attack, with no idea what was going on. He died when the ship was shot down and landed on the ocean floor. (Before I Sleep)

Current timeline

He inadvertantly discovered Atlantis's deep-space sensors when he went to repair a console for one of the control-center technicians. He eventually managed to interface them with the expedition's computers so he could understand what they were telling him. (The Brotherhood)

When given the opportunity to video-record a personal message to send home to a loved one, he sent a message back, in Czech, about how the city had risen off the ocean floor when they'd arrived, describing it in what appeared to be great detail (and great wonder and delight). Then seemed a bit puzzled when Ford asked if he'd said anything that would require security clearance. (Letters from Pegasus)

Speech patterns

(I'm not doing this for everyone, I've just seen this come up in fanfic, so...)

He sometimes leaves some articles (the, a...) out when he's speaking aloud, but not all of them, and not all the time.

" Yes, well, maybe if people stop insisting on having food and liquid in such close proximity to the ten-thousand-year-old equipment...!" (The Brotherhood)

" Yes, well, no one did. From what I can tell, they've been running silently in background along with our other primary systems." (The Brotherhood)

" You are the loop." (The Brotherhood)

" We scanned the area with our deep-space sensors --" [McKay: " We have deep-space sensors?" ] " Yeah, it's, it's long story."

" I was finally able to interface our computers with the Atlantian long-range sensors. ... There's an unidentified craft, about the size of a Wraith dart, heading for the city. (The Brotherhood)"

Ancients

Ancients

History 

Timeline

ca. 8,000 BC (10,000 years ago)

At some point, the Ancients brought a ZPM to Dagan and put it in the care of a sect of Suderian priests known as the Quindozum, asking them to keep it safe until the Lantians returned for it. (The Brotherhood)

personal note: It's possible that they did this on more than one world, but so far there's no evidence of that.

After years of war with the Wraith and eventually being beseiged on Atlantis, the Ancients realized they could never win, and evacuated all their people to Earth, sinking Atlantis to the bottom of the ocean floor before they left. (Rising parts 1 & 2, Before I Sleep)

Technology

Stasis

Metablolic stasis chambers, where a person can be placed so that his/her metabolic rate slows tremendously -- the aging process continues, but at roughly 1/200th to 1/250th normal speed (e.g., Elizabeth Weir was put in one for 10,000 years, and aged to roughly 100 years). (Before I Sleep)

Known Ancients

Janus

A doctor/healer,  possibly  --  he healed Weir's injuries. (Before I Sleep)

He was also an inventor, with an explorer's spirit. He invented and built the time machine (a puddlejumper with a time-travel device wired into it) that Sheppard, Weir, and Zelenka escaped the flooding Atlantis in, 10,000 years later. (Before I Sleep)

He built it after agreeing to abide by the Council's wishes that he do no such thing. (Before I Sleep)

He was very full of himself and his abilities, especially after Weir's arrival proved to him that his experiments would work, and that they would prove that the Atlantians's attempt to protect the city against their hoped-for future return would also work. (Before I Sleep)

He tried to talk the female Councilor into helping Weir return home,   but she steadfastly refused. When Weir asked if there was no other way she could help, she suggested blocking the stargate when they sank the city, so it could never be used again -- that would save the expedition's lives. Janus's instant response was " if they can't come, the city may  never be found!" -- he was bizarrely focused on the notion of distant descendants physically locating the city. (Before I Sleep)

When it was clear that the Council wouldn't do what he wanted, Janus came up with another idea -- he reconfigured the city's ZPMs to work in sequence, rather than in parallel, so that the most possible power could be wrung out of each one, hoping to extend the power long enough for the city's shields to hold when the expedition came through. Then he rigged a fail-safe, set to break the city loose of the ocean floor in the event the shields failed and it started to flood  --  just  in  case  Weir  didn't  survive  the  stasis  process.  Once everything was set, he put Weir into stasis, set to wake her up every 3.3 thousand years so she could rotate the ZPMs sequentially, to keep the power going. (Before I Sleep)

He blocked all addresses to the stargate except Earth, to keep Weir safe. (Before I Sleep)

After he set up everything with Weir, he packed to go to Earth -- including all the reesarch the Council had insisted he destroy. He was hoping to build another time machine. (Before I Sleep)

He thanked her for " giving me the hope that Atlantis will survive for another 10,000 years after you discover it" -- again, with the bizzare focus on the city itself, instead of on people or culture or any other living thing. (Before I Sleep)

Moros

One of the Councilors in Atlantis. (Before I Sleep)

He was appalled at the " lightness" with which time-travel was being treated, specifically by Janus. He believed that causality was too important to play around with. When it became clear that Janus had indeed gone against Council orders and created a time machine (the proof came in the form of Weir, who wound up in Atlantis 10,000 years before her own time), he ordered Janus to destroy the equipment and any materials connected with it. (Before I Sleep)

Despite his anger at Janus and the situation, he (along with at least one other Council member) sincerely offered Weir a place among them as they returned to Earth. He simply wouldn't countenance her returning to her own time, not wanting to contaminate the timestream any more than it already was. (Before I Sleep)

Ascendants

Known Ascendants:

Athar (aka Chaya Sar)

She lived on Proculus as a mortal, and when she ascended with the other Ancients, found herself unable to cut all ties with her people. When they were attacked by Wraith, she struck out with her mind and destroyed all the ships. The Others disapproved of " such interference in corporeal matters" , exiling her, sentencing her to the unending protection of that world.. (Sanctuary)

Part of the punishment was that she couldn't help anyone but the Proculans -- if she ever allowed anyone else to settle there under her protection, or helped anyone else, the Others would stop her.

Unlike Orlin and Oma, Athar/Chaya clearly was capable of assuming a solid physical form to interact with humans as though she herself were human, without losing the ability to return to her energy form. She chose to use human form occasionally so she could walk among her people, getting to know them but never getting attached to anyone. (Sanctuary)

personal speculation: This could be a function of how long she's been an Ascendant -- it may be something learned over time.

Like Orlin, she chose to " share" herself with the human she'd connected with -- John Sheppard -- to give him a better idea about her. (Sanctuary)

Wraith

Wraith

History

Current culling cycle

On seeing the devastation wrought on Orin's world, Teyla said she'd never seen a culling take so many. (Letters from Pegasus)

This could just be because these are the first full cullings since the last cycle, or it could be because the Wraith were awakened early, and their regular " feeding grounds" were insufficient, leaving them with no choice but to do take more prey than usual wherever they could find it. (Letters from Pegasus)

Culture

Culling

At least occasionally the Wraith will dial in to whatever world they're culling, keeping the stargate engaged to prevent their prey from escaping. (Letters from Pegasus)

Technology

Ships

Hive ships

Each  hive  ship functions like a carrier group, with cruisers and hundreds of darts escorting it. (Letters from Pegasus)

Other races

Athosians

Culture

General background

They make some form of wine, from something close enough to grapes that Sheppard calls them that. (Sanctuary)

They have skilled potters (or ceramics-makers) -- Sheppard got a pottery (ceramic?) jar from them to give to Weir for her birthday. (Before I Sleep)

Genii

Dealings with Atlantis

After the invasion

The Genii sent offworld spies to keep an eye on the Atlantian teams, trying to figure out what they were doing and why. On Dagan, they got their best chance, managing to get an operatitve close enough to discover that they were looking for a Lantian-era power source (a ZPM, although the Genii didn't know that specifically). (The Brotherhood)

Known Genii

Cowen

He was behind the offworld spies sent to find out what the Atlantians were up to. When they finally got close on Dagan, he held off on sending a team, focused instead on priorities elsewhere. He had no intention of sending Kolya in any event. (The Brotherhood)

Kolya

He survived the bullet wound through his shoulder (it left a nasty scar), and continued to train as hard as ever, beating the crap out of his " students" . (The Brotherhood)

When Kolya heard that the Atlantians on Dagan were close to finding a Lantian-era power source, he demanded to be brought to the planet, with or without Cowen's blessing, because he believed that the last thing the Atlantians needed was more power. (The Brotherhood)

Once on Dagan, he and his group (some Genii, some Daganians) tracked Sheppard's team and the two Daganians they were with to a clearing. When everyone else had descended into an underground chamber, leaving Ford on watch, Kolya's group knocked Ford out and started " negotiating" . He agreed to let McKay and Allina up to start looking for the final stone marker needed to locate the ZPM. (The Brotherhood)

After they found the final stone and were headed back to the chamber where the others were being held, McKay asked him if he was doing all of this to get Sora back. Kolya said no -- she was a soldier, and she knew the risks. And the Genii don't deal with " terrorists" . (The Brotherhood)

Kolya ordered Kranos to place the final marker on the pedestal designed to hold them all, and find the ZPM for them, when McKay was saying that the method would be more complicated. Kranos (who believed it to be a simple matter, like Kolya) did as ordered, but was immediately trapped by a mechanism in the pedestal and killed, almost instantly.   (The Brotherhood)

Kolya's first reaction to Kranos's death was to blame McKay. McKay didn't back down, saying that he'd been in the middle of explaining that it wouldn't be so simple when Kolya had ordered Kranos to his death. Kolya was taken aback, but didn't argue the point. Instead, he asked what the proper sequence was, and when McKay repeated that he didn't know, Kolya told him he'd have four chances to get it right -- and that Sheppard would be the first test. (The Brotherhood)

Sheppard succeeded, and while Kolya and his men were distracted by the sight of the ZPM suddenly sticking out of the wall for the taking, Ford took his foot off the stun grenades he'd been holding down. Kolya and his men were soundly beaten in the ensuing fight (with at least two picking up serious knife wounds from Teyla). When Sheppard and the others made ready to leave and said they'd send villagers back in an hour to pick them up, Kolya quite sincerely told him that the smart thing to do would be to kill him (Kolya) now. Instead, Sheppard told him that he wanted points for this in future, but that if Kolya ever tried anything like this again, Sheppard would kill him. (The Brotherhood)

Kranos X

(nb: I could be totally off on that name, but that's what it sounded like to me -- pronounced Krah-nos. Could be Trahnos, or something else entirely, though. Given that he's dead, I'm not going to worry too much about it.)

He brought Kolya the information that Cowen's spies had found interesting information about the Atlantians currently on Dagan -- they were looking for an Ancient power source, and appeared to be getting closer to finding it. (The Brotherhood)

He went with Kolya to Dagan, despite his assertion that Cowen would never allow it -- either he snuck Kolya along on an approved mission, or he went AWOL. (The Brotherhood)

He clearly had some sort of background in math or science -- he was the one checking what McKay was doing, and he knew immediately how many possible combinations could be made out of a six-symbol gate address. (The Brotherhood)

He got annoyed when McKay didn't immediately put the final stone marker onto the pedestal to find the ZPM, insisting that it was a simple matter. Kolya believed him, and ordered him to place the stone and get the ZPM for them. He put the stone down and put his hands in the palmprints on either side, but his wrists were immediately caught in restraints and symbols of the Quindozum were burned or acid-etched into each of his palms. The process also delivered what had to be a fast-acting toxin -- he dropped dead just seconds after the mechanism released him. (late 2004, The Brotherhood)

Sora

She apparently wasn't returned  to her people. When McKay was trying to figure out why Kolya had captured Sheppard's entire team (and some Daganians) and was planning on taking the ZPM should they find it, he asked if it was because Kolya wanted Sora back. (He didn't -- he said she was a soldier and knew the risks, and the Genii didn't deal with terrorists.) (The Brotherhood)

Misc. races

Daganians

General info

Planet: Dagan

At the time that Sheppard's team met them and started working with them to find the " potentia" , the local culture was basically at a Renaissance level of development. (The Brotherhood)

They were researching everything they could find about their past, all at the same time, trying to learn as much as possible. (The Brotherhood)

History

The dominant culture was the Suderians. (The Brotherhood)

nb: no idea on spelling there at all -- that's a total guess from McKay's almost-mumbled rendition of " Suderian" .

According to legend, an Ancient from Atlantis came through the stargate and entrusted a sect of Suderian priests (the Brotherhood of the Fifteen, or Quindozum) with a " rare treasure" , or potentia -- a ZPM. The Ancient told them to protect it from the Wraith at all costs. (The Brotherhood)

The Suderian people worshipped the Ancients and considered the potentia their most sacred artifact. They only brought it out of safekeeping on high holidays -- they never used it. (The Brotherhood)

They worshipped the " Lantian ancestors" and considered the stargate a sacred portal, with its symbols being religious icons. When the Lantian gave over the ZPM for their safekeeping, they incorporated the stargate symbols into the marker stones they used to create a puzzle that explained where they'd hidden it. (The Brotherhood)

The puzzle was to place the stones in the correct order on a pedestal in an underground chamber. If they were incorrect, the pedestal trapped the hands of the person making the attempt and burned the mark of the Brotherhood into both palms, apparently also injecting a toxin -- the victim died almost instantly. The correct order was a grid where the numbers on the stones added up to 15 in every direction: (The Brotherhood)

2

9

4

7

5

3

6

1

8

Once all the stones were in the correct places, whoever was trying to retrieve the ZPM put his/her hands onto the hand-shaped spots on the pedestal and waited. A few seconds later, the ZPM slid out of the wall smoothly, far enough to be pulled the rest of the way. (The Brotherhood)

The Quindozum, a brotherhood of 15 monks. (The Brotherhood)

(nb: no idea on spelling there at all -- that's a total guess from Allina's explanation. Could be Kwindoza, Quindoza, Quindozam, Kwindozam, those " z" s could be " s" s... )

There's no indication if this was the sole religious order (or even religion) or not. (The Brotherhood)

The Brotherhood of the Fifteen was made up of a Master Handler, five Protectors, and nine Stone Carriers. (The Brotherhood)

Their sole occupation was to keep the potentia (ZPM) safe. Their greatest fear was that the entire Brotherhood would be culled by the Wraith, which would mean the potentia would be missing forever. Their hope was that one day the Lantians would return to reclaim the potentia, and reward the Suderian people for completing their task. (The Brotherhood)

During one Wraith culling, the entire Brotherhood was destroyed, leaving the whereabouts of the potentia a mystery -- they'd hidden it away to protect it from the Wraith. (The Brotherhood)

To ensure that even if they were killed, the potentia could be found by Suderians (but not Wraith), the priests left nine stone markers behind, which were supposed to reveal the potentia's location when they were reassembled correctly. Each stone had a number on it (in an ancient -- Ancient? -- numbering system) and was etched/grooved in a different place, to make putting the puzzle together easier -- they formed a grid when complete. The priests buried them in a matching grid, with the final one hidden as part of a map painted on their monastery's wall. (The Brotherhood)

Known Daganians

Allina

(nb: spelling is from the SciFi site -- I had no closed-captioning on this episode)

A researcher/historian who was the main liaison with Sheppard's team, especially McKay, when they went to Dagan to look for a ZPM that they hoped would be there. (The Brotherhood)

Although the Atlantians didn't know it, she was the Master Handler for the newly revived Brotherhood -- she and some others had found the writings left behind by the original order, and decided to try to complete the task handed down by the Ancestors. (The Brotherhood)

At least in the beginning, she believed that Sheppard and his team were true Lantians, and was happy to work with them to find the potentia, believing that her ancestors had hidden it against this day, when it could be handed back to its rightful owners. (The Brotherhood)

She was very taken with McKay, both to flirt with and to genuinely admire his work. She finally went completely obvious with the flirting, but McKay was oblivious until his teammates specifically told him what was going on. As part of her attempt to get to know him better, though, she'd asked him what it had been like, growing up in the city of the Ancestors. When he explained that they'd come from another world and had only been in Atlantis a few months, she stopped flirting and politely sent him off to bed (which is when the others told him she was interested). (The Brotherhood)

She kept working easily with him regardless (although she was very confused by his sudden rather awkward attempts at flirting), and was with the team when they descended to an underground chamber left by the Quindozum. When Acastus Kolya showed up and began making threats, she realized that Sanir  had betrayed them to him, and slapped her across the face for it. (The Brotherhood)

When the supposed gate address they'd discovered in the buried stones left by the Quindozum turned out not to work, Allina figured out that it wasn't an address at all -- the stones were markers for a map of Suderia as it was in their time that had been painted onto a wall of their monastery. (The Brotherhood)

After the ZPM had been found and the Genii had been overcome, she started walking back to the village with Sheppard's team, leading them straight into an ambush of her own people. She took the ZPM

Astrim

(nb: spelling is a guess based on what I heard -- I've seen transcripts that list him as " Astro" , but I heard an -im at the end of his name)

One of the old Brotherhood, harvested during a Wraith culling after hiding the ZPM in a sealed chamber. He and the Brother with him, also harvested, were the last to know the whereabouts of the potentia. (The Brotherhood)

Sanir

(nb: spelling is a guess based on what I heard.)

From the beginning, she wasn't happy that Allina was so willing to help Sheppard's team (or, more accurately from Allina's POV, McKay's team) find the potentia/ZPM -- she believed it belonged on Dagan, and that the others would take it away. She didn't seem particularly convinced by Allina's argument that the team had come from Atlantis and thus were the rightful owners, but kept helping anyway. (The Brotherhood)

Unbeknownst to Allina, Sanir  set up a deal with the Genii, to betray the Atlantians to them in return for a " great reward" . (The Brotherhood)

Orin's people

General info

Planet: unknown (Letters from Pegasus)

They appeared to be largely an agricultural/rural society, whose involvement in interplanetary trade was through their harvest. (Letters from Pegasus)

By the time Sheppard and Teyla arrived to warn of a potentially imminnent Wraith attack, Orin's  people had already taken in refugees from cullings on other worlds, and felt there was no escape through the stargate. (Letters from Pegasus)

A Wraith fleet appeared above the planet shortly after the warning, and began destroying the village and culling many people. (Letters from Pegasus)

Roughly 20-25 managed to escape on Sheppard's puddlejumper and were brought back to Atlantis as refugees. It's not clear if they were sent back home after the cullings or if they meant to stay on Atlantis, presumably on the mainland. (Letters from Pegasus)

Known natives

Orin

He had been a friend of Teyla's father, and was a friend of Teyla's, as well -- enough so that she considered him family. (Letters from Pegasus)

He appeared to be the head of his extended family. (Letters from Pegasus)

When the Wraith attacked, he told as many people as he could about meeting up near the woods to be rescued, and took as many of his family there as possible. Darts were overhead as they arrived, though, and many of them were culled. Orin and several of his children made it onto the puddlejumper and back to Atlantis. (Letters from Pegasus)

Proculans (Chaya's people)

General info:

(NB: I made up the race name -- one was never given in canon, or on the official SciFi site. But Proculans sounded reasonable to me. )

Planet (village?): Proculus (Sanctuary)

nb: closed-captioning rendered this as " Proculis" , but the SciFi site has " Proculus" and that looks closer to the pronunciation to me, so that's the one I'm going with. Either spelling can be considered correct, though.

Their clothing was colorful and comfortable -- skirts for everyone, with halter tops for the women, in blue, green, yellow, red, and orange (solid colors, and no mixing -- a green skirt would be worn with a green top). (Sanctuary)

The abbots dressed differently, in long red robes that covered them to wrists and ankles, with cowled necks. (Sanctuary)

There was a lot of body art (tattooes on both men and women, including arms, chest, and back) and other decoration (necklaces, etc.) (Sanctuary)

No strangers had come to the village for years -- at least during Zarah's lifetime, maybe longer. The Wraith had never attacked or raided, not in thousands of years. (Sanctuary)

Chaya told Beckett that her people never suffered any disease or illness, and only rarely suffered things like broken bones -- which healed rapdily. (Sanctuary)

When Weir offered Chaya a " land lease" deal, where the Proculans would allow refugees to settle in exchange for aid and knowledge rendered by the Atlantians -- technology shared at a pace that would let the Proculans become industrialized without destroying their environment, or help with building materials -- Chaya turned it down, saying they grew enough food to feed themselves, and had plenty of timber for building and iron ore to forge into whatever metal goods they might need. Instead, she asked for spiritual knowledge, saying that was what her people valued most. (Sanctuary)

Religion

The villagers worshipped Athar, " the provider and protector of all." (Sanctuary)

Chaya was the high priestess of Athar, as far as the villagers knew. She lived apart from the village but was accessible to them, and told them what Athar wanted of them. (Sanctuary)

In reality, she was an Ascendant -- she herself was Athar. (Sanctuary)

Although the head of the religion was a woman,  and  they  worshipped  a  goddess, all the abbots appeared to be men. (Sanctuary)

Known Proculans:

Chaya Sar

The " high priestess" of Athar, as far as anyone in the village knew. In reality, she was an ascended Ancient -- she herself was Athar. (Sanctuary)

She lived a fairly long walk from the village -- long enough that McKay thought they should have taken the puddlejumper to go see her. (Sanctuary)

When Sheppard's team arrived, she met with them and expressed sympathy for the plight of those affected by the Wraith, but claimed to have no knowledge of the Wraith, the wider galaxy, or the weapon that protected her planet. (Sanctuary)

At their request to use uninhabited parts of the planet for refugees from the Wraith, she went to " consult" with their " divine mother" , and returned with the news that Athar would only allow her own people to live on the planet, although she " does not doubt the rigtheousness of [their] mission" . (Sanctuary)

She accepted Sheppard's offer to go through the stargate to Atlantis to see for herself what the Atlantians were like. While there, she accepted the medical examination without a qualm. (Sanctuary)

The exam showed that she was the picture of health. (Sanctuary)

Her bloodwork showed no viral, bacterial, or parasitic infection (Sanctuary)

Her MRI showed no tumors or cancers, no heart defects  of any kind (Sanctuary)

Her blood pressure was 130 over 70 total cholesterol was 107 (Sanctuary)

She had absolutely no sign of any of the diseases or congenital conditions common to pre-technological societies. (Sanctuary)

She was having a good time flirting with and snogging Sheppard, but reacted to McKay's distrust and suspicion with fairly obvious dislike. She called him on it during a meeting, but was caught flat-footed when he announced that she must be an Ancient. (Sanctuary)

While she was reasonably impressed with the information about Earth's spiritual pursuits (all Western religions, although she may have read about more), she was less than pleased to find out that at any given moment, there was a war happening somewhere on Earth. (Sanctuary)

Almost immediately after being found out as an Ancient and huffing away from the meeting rather than give more information, she sensed her people being attacked by the Wraith, and returned to her Ascended form to go home. (Sanctuary)

Zarah

One of the abbots of Proculis. (Sanctuary)

He was the first of his people to greet Sheppard's team, welcoming them to the village and sitting down with them to chat. (Sanctuary)

Bits & Pieces

Nitpicks

Costuming:

The episode Sanctuary helped with this -- the people of the village wore skirts (both men and women) and halter tops (women only), in colors that were naturally bright (green, blue, yellow, red), and used a lot of body art and decoration (again, both men and women). But it would still be nice to see a range of costume styles across other planets/peoples as well.

Individual episodes:

Sanctuary

How do the peoples of the Pegasus galaxy know if a stargate is in orbit or on a planet before they travel through? In Sanctuary, Teyla says " The stargate is in orbit, major. My people could never have ventured here." -- but they have no MALPs or other equipment to test the other side before they step through. Do they just " lock out" addresses where scouting / trading parties fail to return from?


Why didn't Beckett wonder how Chaya knew that her people healed rapidly, if she had nothing to compare it with?

Before I Sleep

Tiny nitpick: Beckett was shaken when the original-timeline Weir knew his name was Carson, and insisted that she couldn't have heard someone use it -- but Rodney called him Carson in front of her right after she woke up from stasis. Although that obviously isn't where she heard it first, that would have been a likely explanation given what they knew at the time.


What the heck does " the second evolution of [Ancient] kind" mean? Are we the same species? A different but related species? The result of Ancient genetic engineering? Are the humans from Earth the same as the humans from Pegasus, and if so, why did the Ancients " seed" Pegasus with human, not Ancient, life?


If they were so willing to bring Weir with them, why not other humans from the Pegasus galaxy? Why did the Ancients just abandon their " children" like that? (Not that they ever referred to them as their children, but they sure seem to have claimed to have basically created them.)


Was the blocking of all addresses except Earth meant to stop working after Earth dialled in? In Rising, there didn't seem to be any worries about people not being able to dial back to Atlantis, or any problem doing so.

The Brotherhood

Not about the episode per se: Why did SciFi leave the closed-captioning off this? Argh. I can't vouch for any of the spellings specific to Dagan on the site, and even that one I got from the SciFi website. Apologies.


Why didn't the Atlantians just claim to be the descendants of the Lantians? For all practical purposes, it's true -- no one else in the Pegasus galaxy has the Ancient gene (at least it appears not). Both Sheppard and McKay would be able to prove that they could make Lantian technology work for them, and that thus they had a claim on a Lantian inheritance.


Why was there a pyramid on the Suderian map? Pyramids are Goa'uld, not Ancient.


Why were Beckett and McKay in Jumper Two if Beckett was piloting the third jumper?

The jumpers could actually have specific numbers that always apply, but they appear to be largely interchangeable, so I'm not sure why they would, or why in that case the conversation about the third pilot wasn't " who's going to be piloting Jumper Two?"

Three jumpers in the air, one piloted by Markham, one piloted by Beckett -- who was the other pilot?


Why was Ford explaining flash-bangs as through Teyla had never seen one before? That's just an informal name for the stun grenades he explained to her in Suspicion -- I very much doubt Teyla was likely to have forgotten.

Letters From Pegasus

This episode appears to take place immediately after The Brotherhood -- likely within hours of the team's return, certainly not more than a day, given the direness of the situation they're facing. The initial meeting is for " what can we do about the hive ships headed our way" , and it's simply not reasonable to assume that they took several days before getting together to come up with ideas. In which case -- when in the " past several days" did McKay have time to work on reducing the risks of sending a data burst through the stargate? He'd been on Dagan for at least two days, possibly more, focused on finding the ZPM there and then dealing with having been captured by Kolya again. I know he's good at multi-tasking, but he had no reason to think they'd need that process immediately, and it would be a lot easier to do that sort of work back in the city, with his equipment near at hand.

January 16, 2005

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