The Fifth Race: Part One
The Apprentice: SG-1 Series
Chapter One: The Fifth race; Part One
I glanced around the briefing room at my team. I was sitting next to my boyfriend, Skaara, Jack was on the other side of me, Sam and Teal'c where on the opposite side of the table, General Hammond was at the head of the table, and Daniel was on his feet in front of the projection screen. It's hard to believe that not to long ago Skaara was host to a Goa'uld.
"When we found Ernest Littlefield on PBS-908, we also discovered a repository of information," Daniel started.
"Meaning of life sort of stuff," Jack interrupted. I watched as images of the four languages from Ernest's planet appeared on the screen.
"Yes, based on the four distinct alien languages inscribed in the wall, we concluded it was some sort of meeting place, where these four races would..."
"We all re-read the mission reports Doctor Jackson," General Hammond stated.
"Okay right well two days ago the probe sent back this image from P3R-272," Daniel pointed at an image on the computer monitor, "Now if you look closely, you'll see that the symbols match one of the inscriptions from the meeting place on Ernest's planet," Daniel glanced around at us and I smiled up at him, "So you realize what this means?"
"You know what the circle of symbols says?" Hammond asked.
"No, I don't- I don't even know what it sounds like, but based on the Norse rune at the bottom of this inscription I'm positive that one of the four races in the alliance is Thor's race, the Asgard. Obviously that would make the aliens that belong to this language their allies," Daniel answered.
"I do believe this world is worth exploring Daniel Jackson," Teal'c exclaimed, smiling slightly...
"Very strange. Breathable air, moderate temperature, but where's the life support coming from?" Sam mused, glancing around. I glanced around the small empty gray room.
"Walls are solid," Jack stated, banging on the wall.
"As the probe indicated there appears to be no exit," Teal'c said.
"It's kind of smaller than I thought it would be," I muttered, glancing around me.
"Well, this was an intergalactic waste of time," Jack complained.
"Well, wait a minute sir. Where's the power for the lights coming from? What's the point of this place?" Sam asked.
"Storage?" I suggested, glancing over at her. Skaara smirked and shook his head at the comment.
"Hello! Hello! I'm Daniel Jackson, we're peaceful explorers from the planet Earth," Daniel exclaimed, looking around. Jack gave Daniel a questioning look.
"It was worth a try," Skaara mumbled.
"Daniel how long you figure we oughta hang out here and scratch our cosmic heads?" Jack asked.
"Jack you have such a short attention span," I scolded, smirking. Jack glared at me for a second.
"Yeah well your short," He countered.
"Wow your so mature," I muttered, rolling my eyes.
"Well we can't just give up," Daniel replied.
"Why not? Let's go home," Jack said, walking across the room. I watched as he walked through a circle of writing embedded on the floor. Suddenly a shrill noise rang out and some sort of device materialized on the wall.
"Holy shit where'd that come from?" I exclaimed, jumping back slightly. Skaara rested his hand and my shoulder, pulling me back slightly.
"Okay that's something," Jack mumbled. Teal'c walked up to the device and looked into the view hole.
"Watch yourself there, Teal'c," Jack exclaimed.
"Do you see anything?" I asked, taking a step towards him.
"Blackness, filled with colored lights," Teal'c answered.
I walked up to Teal'c and put my hand on his shoulder. Teal'c moved out of the way so I could have a look. I put my hands on either side of the device and glanced in. I noticed lights flicker around inside, then suddenly the device popped out further from the wall.
"Whoa!" I exclaimed, pulling back from the wall slightly.
Suddenly the thing moved again, grabbing my head and held me in place. I grabbed hold of the piece holding me in place and tried to pull it away from my head.
"Adu'lfia," Skaara shouted.
I felt a hand over mine, trying to help me pull the thing off. The lights inside the device got brighter and I could hear a buzzing sound. My head was hurting and it felt like something was being crammed in my head. Suddenly the thing let go of my head, and I wobbled on my feet for a second before I collapsed, Skaara managed to catch me before I hit the ground. Everything was turning black and I closed my eyes and drifted off...
"Pupils are back to normal," Fraiser grabbed my wrist, "Pulse is fine, you feel okay?"
"Yup, can't remember a damn thing," I answered.
"You were catatonic for about an hour after that thing released your head," Sam explained. I glanced at my team, who were all giving me worried looks especially Skaara.
"Physically, I can't find anything wrong with you," Fraiser stated.
"Well then I'll be off," I exclaimed, swinging off the bed and walking out of the infirmary.
"Adu'lfia are you sure your fine?" Skaara asked, catching up to me.
"Yeah I'm fine, now come on we've got a briefing to get to," I replied, moving towards the briefing room. We reached the briefing room a few minutes later and we took our usual seats. I grabbed one of the pads of paper from the table and a pencil and started doodling.
"So what caused this device to appear?" Hammond asked.
"We're not sure," Daniel responded.
"Colonel O'Neill passed through the circle on the floor just before the device appeared I was the first to look into it," Teal'c explained.
"What did you see?" Hammond asked.
"Lights. He saw lights. That's what he said he saw – lights. We done?" I asked, continuing to draw on the pad of paper.
"Not exactly, why didn't the device react to Teal'c the same way it did to you?" Hammond asked. I thought about that for a second then shrugged my shoulders and started work on my drawling again.
"Perhaps because I am a Jaffa," Teal'c suggested.
"We've seen alien technologies that have been sensitive to the presence of a Goa'uld, like Thor's Hammer," Sam replied.
"Teal'c looked. I looked. It grabbed my head and I passed out. I came to, we're here, we're home. Can we go now?" I interrupted.
"Adu'lfia are you okay?" Skaara asked.
"I'm fine, just fine, maybe a little tired but that's all," I answered.
"Adolfina are you sure you're okay?" Hammond asked.
"I swear I'm freaken fine. There's is nothing cruvus with me," I replied, slightly annoyed. I noticed everyone looking at me funny.
"What?" I asked.
"You just said there's nothing 'cruvus' with you," Daniel answered. It was normal for me to occasionally substitute words from other languages into the things I say but I don't have any idea what that word means, or that I'd said it.
"I did not," I countered.
"Yes you did," Daniel shot back.
"No, I didn't," I said.
"Yes, you did,"
"Cruvus what's that supposed to mean?" I asked.
"I don't know. Um... well, I'm guessing in the context of what you're saying you were trying to say that there's nothing wrong with you," Daniel suggested, emphasizing the word wrong.
"Why don't you take some time to relax. You're dismissed, but do me a favor and stay on the base," Hammond ordered. I sighed, teared off the sheet of paper I'd been drawing on, folded it and stuck it in my pocket then left...
I glanced over at Skaara who was standing on the opposite side of the small ring wearing sweats, sneakers, and a pair of boxing gloves.
"So what's the reason for these padded gloves?" Skaara asked, glancing at them.
"So we don't hurt each other, wouldn't wanna bruise that handsome face of yours now would I?" I joke, smirking at him. He smiled, and shook his head.
"So if we don't want to hurt each other than why are we about to fight?" He asked. I chuckled.
"Because it's boxing, and boxing's fun. Now come on put your hands up," I explained, getting into my boxing stance. I started to dance around the mat, loosing up my muscles. Skaara looked at me funny and I stopped.
"Come on ya gotta move around a bit, loosen up. Ya gotta dance," I exclaimed, bouncing around again.
"I'm confused are we going to box or dance?" Skaara asked. I stopped and rolled my eyes.
"If you don't move around you're a sittin' duck," I explained, tapping Skaara on the chest. I might have put a little to much force into it by the look on his face.
"I'm sorry, are you all right? Did I hurt'cha?" I asked.
"I'm fine," He replied.
"See then that's why ya gotta move..." I was cut off by a quick jab to my shoulder.
"How was that?" Skaara asked. I smiled.
"That was good now keep it going," I answered.
"Keep your hands up, you got to keep moving your... your feet moving and, uh, bend your cozars. Keep your cozars bent," I explained.
"I don't understand that word," Skaara exclaimed, putting his hands down.
"What? Cozars?" I asked, stopping.
"Cozars," I muttered, bending my knees slightly a few times, "You got to bend your cozars."
"I think your referring to your legs," Skaara supplied.
I glanced down at my legs then up at Skaara. Where the hell did that word come from? I'm used to using other languages but usually I know what language I'm speaking. This is insane. I need to see Daniel.
"Come on we're going to see Daniel," I exclaimed, rushing out of the room. I raced down to Daniel's office and when I walked in I could see Daniel pulling some papers out of a book.
"All right what the hell is going on with me?" I asked, leaning on the desk and looking up at Daniel.
"What do you mean?" He asked.
"Well apparently I have lost the falatus to speak properly," I replied. Damn it there it goes again. The word sounded sorta familiar but I couldn't place it. Daniel and Skaara looked at me.
"That wasn't a joke. I didn't do that on purpose," I exclaimed, glancing between the two.
"She's used strange words in place of common words several times now," Skaara supplied.
"Okay, what was that word you just used?" Daniel asked.
"I think I said falatus," Suddenly I knew why it sounded so familiar, "You know now that I think about it it sounds kinda close to Medieval Latin."
"So, possibly a derivation, maybe even a root," Daniel muttered, rising from his desk and going over to a table and grabbing a book. He goes through the book for a second before stopping.
"Faculatus' is Latin for ability; you said you've lost the falatus to speak properly," Daniel stated. I glanced at the monitor where the circle with the alien language was displayed.
"Noo ani anqueetas," I exclaimed. Daniel looked over at me.
"What?" He asked.
"Noo ani anqueetas. Hic qua videeum," I responded. My head was starting to hurt and I felt like I had information overload.
"Adolfina are you reading this?" Daniel asked, pointing at the screen.
"I think, but I'm not sure. We've never been able to associate sounds to the symbols," I responded.
"Do you know what it means?" Daniel asked.
"No! I'm just looking at it and the words just pop into my fron," I answered, rubbing my eyes.
"Are you okay?" Skaara asked.
"I don't know anymore. My head hurts and I feel like I have information overload," I muttered.
"Maybe you should have Dr. Fraiser take a look at you," Daniel suggested, moving to stand beside me.
I glanced up at the chalk board at one end of the room and moved over to it. I picked up a piece of chalk and quickly scribbled something down onto the board. When I was finished I looked over the board not exactly sure what I'd just written. I sighed, set down the chalk, and walked out of the room heading towards the infirmary...
I was standing in the middle of the weapons room, a staff weapon in one hand. I was quickly pulling apart the staff weapon when Sam came into the room.
"Adolfina what are you doing?" She asked.
"I need this," I muttered, pulling out a capsule of glowing green liquid naqahdah.
"What for?" Sam asked. I stared at the capsule, and frowned. Good question, what do I need it for?
"I have absolutely no clue," I responded, glancing back at her. I really feel as if I'm losing my mind. I'm doing things for absolutely no reason what so ever. I sighed and pocketed the capsule...
I furiously typed away at one of the computers in the control room. Lines of data appeared on the screen as I typed. I felt like I'd lost control of myself. I was doing things but I had no idea why I was doing them. I heard a group of people enter the room but I didn't turn to see who.
"What's she doing?" Hammond asked. I heard footsteps approach me.
"I do not know," Teal'c answered. Sam moved towards the computer, but I continued to type.
"Captain Carter?" Hammond asked.
"Main system's down, Sir I'm locked out," Sam stated.
"Adolfina," Hammond exclaimed.
"Yes, sir," I answered, still typing.
"What are you doing?" He asked.
"Ah... well to tell ya' the truth I ain't got no clue as to what exactly I'm doing," I explained.
"Adolfina I'm ordering you to stop," Hammond ordered. I tried to stop, but it was like my fingers weren't getting the message.
"Ugh... that might be a problem sir," I muttered.
"Stop her," Hammond ordered. Suddenly I felt Teal'c grab me and pull me away from the computer. I felt slightly panicked and started trying to get to the computer.
"No! No, not yet! I'm not fargus!" I shouted.
"Sir, I think she wants to finish what she's doing," Daniel interjected.
"I can't reboot, Sir," Sam exclaimed. Suddenly all the computers turned off.
"Uh-oh," Sam muttered.
"Captain?" Asked Hammond. The numbers I'd been typing appeared on the screen.
"Sir, this is machine code. The numbers Adolfina was entering must've been some sort of program," Sam explained. I managed to pull a hand away from Teal'c and I typed in a couple more numbers before Teal'c pulled me away again, and I sighed.
"What did you do?" Sam asked. I shrugged my shoulders and shook my head. Suddenly a star field chart appeared on the screen and symbols started popping up all over the screen.
"It's the destination map, these are all the Stargates we've been through," Sam stated.
"Sam, are those new gates popping up?" Daniel asked. I could see another set of symbols in a different color than the others popping up on the screen.
"That's not possible, it takes days to calculate the planetary shift of each new location," Sam denied. A list of gate address popped onto the screen.
"Whoa, wait a second," Mumbled Sam. Suddenly the words "No match with Abydos Cartouche" popped onto the screen.
"Sir, the new Stargates did not come from the Abydos cartouche data that we put in," Sam explained.
"But that's the only reference we have, isn't it?" Hammond asked.
"Adolfina must've input new Stargate locations into the computer," Sam answered.
"Well, I guess that thing must've downloaded more than a language into your brain. That circular inscription read 'the place of our legacy'. What if that thing you looked into was some sort of alien database, like the one we found on Ernest's planet, all the knowledge that these particular aliens possessed?" Daniel hypothesized. I groaned. Great just what I need alien knowledge stuck in my brain.
"Adolfina, you are not under arrest, but you are also not to touch anything else on this base without permission. Understood?" Hammond asked. I stared at the screen for a second before I glanced over at Hammond.
"Eetium, sir," I answered, nodding my head. I frowned at the foreign word.
"Come on let's head back to my office," Daniel suggested. Teal'c let go of me, and Skaara wrapped his arm around my shoulder and lead me out of the control room...
I was writing on a small note pad when Sam entered the room. She leaned against the desk I was at and glanced at the note pad for a second.
"You can only stare at a computer screen for so long. Adolfina, that program you entered re-wrote massive amounts of the machine code," Sam explained. I threw my hand out at her but didn't respond.
"She seems to have completely lost any ability to speak English. She seems to only be able to speak the alien language," Skaara injected, seeing Sam's confused face.
I sighed and went back to what I'd been writing before. I was frustrated that I couldn't say anything in English. I went to say it but what came out wasn't English. It was annoying.
"Really? Wow," Muttered Sam.
"But the good new is we seem to have more of the alien inscription translated. 'Noo ani anqueetus' – 'We are the Ancients'." Daniel exclaimed. That was the only good thing about this, we were getting the language translated, though after this is all over I don't think I'll ever speak Ancient ever again.
"Who are the Ancients?" Sam asked.
"Well, I think they could be the teachers of roads. See, the Romans were the first real road builders. They spoke Latin and they learned to build roads from the gods, known as the Ancient ones," Daniel started.
"I'm still not following you," Sam replied, shaking her head.
"Roads. Stargates. The Gate builders. What if these Ancients were the alien race who invented the Stargate?" Daniel guessed.
"You're still just speculating, right?" Sam asked.
"Well, that would certainly explain why Adolfina knew about Stargates that the Goa'uld haven't even discovered yet," Daniel stated. I'd thought that two, it seemed to be the only logical explanation.
"I don't know, Daniel why would they invent a device that would do this?" Sam asked.
"The place of our legacy'. To pass on their knowledge. Adolfina may have the knowledge of the original gate builders downloaded into her brain," Daniel concluded.
"Ego indeo navo locas," I exclaimed, glancing over at Daniel. I felt the powerful urge to go somewhere, but I wasn't sure where.
"Okay, ego means 'I'," Daniel murmured.
"Indeo," I repeated.
"Locas, locas. Locatia, location. You need a new location. You need a new location?" Daniel finished.
"Where do you want to go?" Skaara asked, glancing down at me and resting his hand on my shoulder. I shrugged my shoulders and sighed.
"Okay, good luck you guys, I've got to get back to the computer," Sam exclaimed, pointing at the blackboard with the equations.
"I really wish you could explain all this," Sam said. Me two. I glanced down at the paper I'd been writing on, then I held it out to her. She took the paper and looked it over.
"Ten equals eight... Ten equals eight, ten equals eight..." She muttered, picking up a piece of chalk and walking over to the board.
"Ten equals eight. Adolfina, this is base eight math!" Sam exclaimed surprised. I sighed and frowned, the whole thing meant absolutely nothing to me. I'm terrible at math...