61. 2003 – Anubis Moves Out From the Shadows “The threat from Saddam Hussein and weapons of mass destruction - chemical, biological, potentially nuclear weapons capability - that threat is real.” – Tony Blair January 2003 From early January 2003 onwards the Taliban insurgency begins shortly after the group's fall from power following the 2001 war in Afghanistan though it has taken until early 2003 for the Taliban to mount combat operations against coalition forces. With the UK deploying more forces to their area of operation in Afghanistan being Helmand Province with the UK, Australia, Canada and New Zealand deploying 25,000 troops and support personnel (with some also based in the capital). As the insurgency grows, Helmand Province will become a battlefield between the Taliban, al-Qaeda and other insurgent groups for the battle of control of Helmand Province. Also from early January 2003, George Bush and Tony Blair as leaders of the world’s two remaining superpowers become closer friends, this plays well in the US, but in the UK is does not and it will only get worse for Tony Blair with his coming support for George Bush in the coming invasion of Iraq. Leadership of Project Phoenix The people leading Project Phoenix has changed very little over past few decades thanks to Seth’s Goa'uld Sarcophagus life can be prolonged beyond a normal humans expected lifespan, for those lucky few like Alan Turing with strong ATA Gene’s this means a virtual form of immortality. Head of State – Elizabeth II (deferred to the Governor General for the day-to-day running of Project Phoenix) Governor General – Princess Margaret (figurehead though has the Queens veto powers but does not use the Queens veto) Project Phoenix Committee of Four – made from a member from the UK, Australia, New Zealand and Canada this committee has the final say in all matters, though the Queen (or Princess Margaret) can veto. This however would go against the role of a constitutional monarch, but it is likely the Project Phoenix leadership would follow the Queens veto though this has never been tested. Both the Elizabeth II and Princess Margaret both know that once they have crossed that line there would be no going back, after if you cross this line once you can do it repeatedly. Replacement committee members (when a member retires or dies in office) for the Committee of Four are chosen by the committee without outside ‘interference’ from the UK, Australian, New Zealand and Canadian Prime Ministers, except if all four PM’s are in agreement (that won’t happen). The day to day running of Project Phoenix falls to the following members (Atlantis members are also listed) Head of Project Phoenix – Dr Victoria Phillips Deputy Head of Project Phoenix & Head of Research – Alan Turing (also head of the Atlantis expedition) Deputy Head of Research – Seth (though this is purely honorary having not real authority in this post but can do his own research) Head of Computer Research – Vacant Post Head of Linguistics – Tom Oliver (in semi retirement, now handled by Dr Daniel Jackson) Commander Royal Space Fleet – Rear Admiral James Goodworthy Head of Military Operations and Security – Major General Ewan Tenant Deputy Head of Military Operations and Security – Brigadier James Macpherson Commander of the Off World Exploration (Heliopolis) – Colonel Bill Marsden Asgard Observer – Hermiod (with an Asgard Mountbatten Class Warship in orbit Heliopolis) reports not only to the Asgard by also the Nox and the Ancients as well. There are around 100 Asgard and 100 Nox on the Asgard outpost based on Heliopolis, though numbers can vary and Project Phoenix is not privy to this information about the Asgard outpost. Atlantis Expedition Deputy Head of Project Phoenix & Head of Research – Alan Turing (also head of the Atlantis expedition) Head of Research (Atlantis) – Dr McKay Chef Medical Officer (Atlantis) – Dr Carson Beckett Deputy Head of Linguistics (Atlantis) – Dr Daniel Jackson Commander of the Off World Exploration (Atlantis) – Colonel John “Hannibal” Smith On the 20th January 2003, Colonel O’Neill’s off world team has been trying to convince the Jaffa of Apophis’s to rebel this has had a negative respond from the Jaffa, as the Jaffa are already working on their own plan under Master Bra'tac’s leadership. On the 21st January 2003, Teal'c reports to Apophis that these other off worlders (not the ones allied to the Asgard) are trying and failing to start a rebellion within the Jaffa, Apophis is not amused by this are decrees that these off worlders are to be executed on sight. Apophis also orders the execution of any Jaffa that shows signs of sympathy towards this idea of rebellion. Teal'c bows and issues Apophis’s orders, Master Bra'tac on Chulak now has the authority to execute anyone who does not fall into line (and also kill those Jaffa that would not rebel and remain loyal to Apophis) with Apophis’s orders. On the 23rd January 2003, Colonel O’Neill’s off world team is confronted by a more hostile reception by Jaffa that is ‘loyal’ to Apophis and is driven off that world with three dead and four wounded. Colonel O’Neill is not happy at this turn of events and is determined to find out what happened to the Jaffa resistance, after all Colonel O’Neill was seeing the first signs of a growing Jaffa resistance. Colonel O’Neill does not know (yet) that the Jaffa resistance have their own plans and O’Neill is just getting in the way, even with his good intentions. On the 30th January 2003, SI-5 figures (thanks to the UK’s SIS reports on the various deaths) out what really happened in the US and that a System Lord Osiris was released from captivity along with causing a trail of death and destruction in the US and Egypt before leaving Earth in a hidden shuttle. The shuttle part in Osiris’s escape from Earth is only discovered once Hermiod reviews his ships records and finds that an older model Goa'uld shuttle left Earth head back towards Seth is also informed about Osiris’s release from captivity, Seth is angry, Seth immediately request a squadron of warships to hunt down and eliminate Osiris this request is refused, Seth is not happy and begins thinking of another way to deal with Osiris. On the 31st January 2003, the next mission to the Woomera Space Station this mission like future missions will last three months and then the current crew of the Woomera Space Station will swap with a replacement crew then three months after that another crew will replace that crew and so on. February 2003 By the 1st February 2003, Osiris’s small but powerful fleet thanks to Anubis technological upgraded, though Osiris has not stopped there as Osiris has ordered that this technology be improved upon, as Osiris does not trust Anubis. Osiris will be Anubis’s ally for now, though when the time is right Osiris will eliminate Anubis (not possible because of Anubis ascended state) and become supreme system lord. At the same time Master Bra'tac’s plan is becoming undone, as these attacks by another system lords has forced Master Bra'tac to defend Chulak and Teal'c has also been forced to act to protect Apophis’s fleet as his First Prime. Master Bra'tac’s plan needs more time as the Civil War between the system lords is causing all kinds of problems, though it is also helping as well the reappearance of Osiris and that Osiris has managed to amass a considerable force in such a short period of time. On the 5th February 2003, Stargate Command also figures out what has happened in relation to Osiris, a reinforcing of Stargate security is ordered, though it seem unlikely to Stargate Command that Osiris could be much of threat in the short term. What Stargate Command is not aware of is that Osiris’s forces are once again growing, along with an ‘alliance’ with Anubis. On the 6th February 2003, Stargate Command goes back to business as unusual with enhanced security measures in place, off world exploration resumes, though much more carefully than before, after all the US now realise the true danger from just a single system lord, now amplified by an entire empire of thousands of world and hundreds of system lords. On the 10th February 2003, Project Phoenix is now monitoring the growing war between the three factions now that Anubis has joined in the fight, increased reconnaissance missions are now planned using two Scorpion Class heavy cruisers at a time, rather than one. As with everything with Project Phoenix they are being very careful and do not want to be dragged into the war between the System Lords. On the 15th February 2003, the Wraith in the Pegasus Galaxy is now starting to look for the race that destroyed their hive ship this will lead them to Atlantis once again, though this time with different results than 10,000 years ago. This time the Wraith will encounter and enemy the Wraith thought they had dealt with. On the 27th February 2003, in the House of Commons Labour MPs vote against the government in a debate over the Iraq War with Tony Blair’s government winning this vote by a majority of just one vote. This will seriously undermine Tony Blair’s government as the Labour MPs that have voted against the government feel that they can now do the same thing on other votes as well. March 2003 On the 1st March 2003, Anubis begins to move in the open mainly against Apophis’s holdings specifically Anubis wants Abydos and the eye of Ra to allow the super weapon in his command ship to achieve operational capability. On the 2nd March 2003, those forces under Lord Yu’s command report another System Lord has returned Anubis, Lord Yu will initially not believe this as Lord Yu is sure that Anubis is dead. However, within a few weeks Lord Yu will change his mind especially after the death of Apophis. On the 5th March 2003, Anubis begins a series of assaults against various holding of Apophis forcing Apophis to divert most of his reserve forces to deal with these multiple attacks. Apophis is determined to defeat Anubis, as Apophis now understands that Anubis is responsible for starting this civil war and Apophis must defeat Anubis if he is to prove to Lord Yu that he is not responsible for starting this civil war. Lord Yu will quickly figure out that Anubis is responsible for starting this civil war, but he is reluctant to give first as Lord Yu feels as this would show weakness with the other System Lords. Lord Yu does however pull back from various conflicts with Apophis and Apophis intern will pull back from attacking Lord Yu’s forces this will bring a form of unofficial ceasefire between Lord Yu and Apophis. This idea of Apophis is good in theory but extremely difficult to implement, as Apophis does not even know where Anubis’s main base or bases of operation are located. However, soon Anubis will suffer a small setback, causing Anubis to amend his plans in a minor way. On the 19th March 2003, the Second Iraq War begins with the invasion of Iraq by the US and allied forces, with the UK (including Australia, New Zealand and Canada) again being the second biggest contributor of military forces. This time however Tony Blair does not have overwhelming public support for this invasion of Iraq, as John Major did, also Tony Blair is keeping control of this war personally. The UK military assets will quickly defeat the Iraq military in the south that is not in doubt the problem being is that there is no plan to rebuild Iraq after the invasion or any other sort of plan. During one meeting in the US, George Robertson UK Secretary of State for Defence asks Donald Rumsfeld the US Defence Secretary about what post war planning is in place and gets no reply. Afterwards, Donald Rumsfeld does not invite George Robertson to any more US Defence planning meetings all questions by George Robertson about post war planning are ignored by the US Department of Defence, as if there are no problems and Iraq will somehow ‘magically’ fix itself. Tony Blair also seems to have ‘blind faith’ in the US plan this will prove fatal politically for Tony Blair and will see Tony Blair’s approval rating begin to fall in the UK, especially after the insurgency in Iraq picks up. On the 12th March 2003, Tony Blair proposes an amendment to the possible 18th UN resolution, which would call for Iraq to meet certain benchmarks to prove that it was disarming. This amendment, is immediately rejected by the French government, that promises to veto any new resolution even for one of the two remaining superpowers getting a UN resolution pushed through “on the nod” is proving impossible. On the 15th March 2003, it has been decided by Project Phoenix leadership that the System Lord Anubis needs to be taught a lesson, two Scorpion Class Heavy cruisers HMS Orion and HMS Polyphemus are each equipped with three AEM’s. These are more that they really need for this mission, as one AEM is more than enough to fully power the ships systems, but better to have spares just in case. A target has been chosen one of Anubis’s newly acquired worlds that Lord Yu is also in the process of attacking, Admiral James Goodworthy will carry his flag onboard HMS Polyphemus. As both HMS Orion and HMS Polyphemus jump into hyperspace towards their target, (the travel time will be measured in seconds due to the power boost offered by the three Ancient Energy Modules AEM) [Authors Note: AEM = ZPM’s]). One of Lord Yu’s worlds As Lord Yu’s forces are battling Anubis’s enhanced Ha'tak’s even though Lord Yu has a greater number of ‘conventional’ Ha'tak’s these are no match for Anubis’s enhanced Ha'tak’s. Lord Yu is determined to capture one of these enhanced Ha'tak’s, as the world below is of little consequence to Lord Yu, Lord Yu wants this technology for his own forces then he can deal with Anubis and afterwards Lord Yu will deal with Apophis. This battle is not go well for Lord Yu, as he is losing Ha'tak’s at an alarming rate (though Anubis’s enhanced Ha'tak’s are also being destroyed but at a much lesser rate), if this keeps up he will be forces to withdraw. Just at the point Lord Yu is about to order a withdrawal, two warships drop out of hyperspace, Lord Yu recognises them as ‘Phoenix’ warships, though he does not know why they are here, but has an educated guess, Lord Yu says, “Do not fire on those two warships under any circumstances, is that clear” The Jaffa at the communications station replies, “Understood my lord” and relays Lord Yu to the rest of Lord Yu’s fleet. HMS Polyphemus As HMS Polyphemus drops out of hyperspace along with HMS Orion, both warships power shields and weapons, with the three AEM’s onboard each warship this action takes mere seconds, compared to several minutes without them. Admiral Goodworthy says, “Report” The sensor operator replies, “There appears to be a battle between two system lords, one set of warships indicated,” the display shows these ships in blue “seem to not have the upgrades that were encountered by HMS Wivern.” Pausing for a moment the sensor operator continues, “The second set of warships indicated” the display shows these ships in red “are the same as those encountered and fired upon HMS Wivern, it seems likely that these Ha'tak’s are from the faction that attacked HMS Wivern” Admiral Goodworthy says, “Very well” pausing for a few moments as Admiral Goodworthy had not expected two factions to be here, but it may be of use as a demonstration to both factions that there is a price for attacking Project Phoenix ships. Admiral Goodworthy says, “Helm attack speed, guns you are only too fire on the red targets indicated” The gunnery officer replies, “Understood Admiral” and issues the orders targeting solutions are quickly established on the ‘red’ targets. Onboard Lord Yu’s Ha'tak Lord Yu has been watching what the two new arrivals have been doing (nothing), when suddenly both ‘Phoenix’ warships leap forwards and begin attacking Anubis’s enhanced Ha'tak’s. In the first pass the beam weapons that shoot out of the weapons ports, destroy two of Anubis’s enhanced Ha'tak’s with what seems like little effort to Lord Yu, Lord Yu is astonished but does not show it, only nods if he knows what is going on. The (short and fatal) nightmare for the crews of Anubis’s enhanced Ha'tak’s as just begun as HMS Polyphemus and HMS Orion begin to carve up Anubis’s enhanced Ha'tak’s. With Anubis’s enhanced Ha'tak’s return fire, being completely ineffective against these two ships greatly enhanced Asgard shields thanks to the virtually unlimited power supply provided by the three AEM’s onboard each ship. Lord Yu just laughs, much to the surprise of his Jaffa, as Lord Yu as just realised what has caused this attack, an attack against one of the Phoenix warships last year, Anubis has made a mistake and these ‘Phoenix’ humans are retaliating. Lord Yu then says something that surprises his First Prime, “Hail the lead ship, I wish to speak with them.” Lord Yu’s First Prime hesitates for a moment then replies, “As you command my lord” HMS Polyphemus As HMS Polyphemus and HMS Orion are systematically working their way through the ‘red’ Ha'tak’s the communications officer says, “Admiral, communication coming in from blue Ha'tak” pausing form a moment then continues, “Sir it is Lord Yu” Admiral Goodworthy had not expected this and says, “Very well put him though” On the forward display an image of Lord Yu appears, Admiral Goodworthy says, “Greetings Lord Yu, I am Admiral Goodworthy commander of this force what can I do for you?” Lord Yu bows his head slightly and replies, “I would like to capture one of Anubis’s enhanced Ha'tak’s if you could disable one of them my Jaffa can do the rest.” Lord Yu feels that the usual rhetoric would be pointless and feels that if he got right to the point he might make headway. Again Admiral Goodworthy had not expected this and thinks for a few moments while his ship and HMS Orion continue to carve their way through Anubis’s enhanced Ha'tak’s, Admiral Goodworthy straightens in his chair and replies, “Lord Yu, request granted” Then without ending the communication says, “Guns, disable one of those Ha'tak’s then leave it alone to allow Lord Yu’s forces t capture it.” The gunnery officer replies, “Aye air” and almost immediately one of Anubis’s enhanced Ha'tak’s is disabled by weapons fire from HMS Polyphemus. Lord Yu looks off to one side then issues orders and says, “Thank you Admiral Goodworthy, I will not forget this.” Admiral Goodworthy thinks to himself, having a System Lord like Lord Yu owing you one is not such a bad thing, as long as you can claim the IOU. Lord Yu Ha'tak With the communication ended, Lord Yu says, “Board that ship I want in one piece” looking at the disabled Ha'tak. Lord Yu’s First Prime bows and replies, “As you command my lord” Within a few minutes Lord Yu’s Jaffa are boarding one of Anubis’s enhanced Ha'tak’s and will shortly capture it. As this is happening the remainder of Anubis’s enhanced Ha'tak’s withdraw from the battle, to report to Anubis what has happened here. The captured enhanced Ha'tak’s will quickly be analysed and Lord Yu will soon copy the various weapon and shield enchantments. HMS Polyphemus As HMS Polyphemus and HMS Orion let the remaining Ha'tak’s withdraw, once the battle is over Admiral Goodworthy withdraws from the battle area to report what has happened. On the 18th March 2003, the post battle reports have been analysed with Project Phoenix leadership supporting what Admiral Goodworthy has done in relation to Lord Yu, as this is seen as the best option, if the other System Lords can deal with Anubis, more the better. On the 19th March 2003, Anubis is outraged at what has happened, but there is nothing he can do at this point in time, Anubis must press his attacks on those System Lords that have rallied around Lord Yu or Apophis. Anubis orders that the ‘Phoenix’ ships are not to be fired upon, Anubis states that any Jaffa that does fire upon ‘Phoenix’ will be tortured to death over several years no Jaffa will disobey this order, as Anubis is not messing around. Anubis must now launch his attack against Abydos to gain the Eye of Ra, so that his ships superweapon can be fully powered, then the System Lords under Lord Yu will learn the price for siding against him. On the 20th March 2003, land troops from United Kingdom join troops from the United States (leading this operation), Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Poland in the invasion of Iraq. The Australian, New Zealand, Canadian troops are only present because of Tony Blair direct request to these governments Tony Blair has used up a lot of political capital including anything to do with Project Phoenix. Defeating the Iraq military is not an issue for the two remaining superpower the problem that has still not been answered is what happens afterwards this will be a steep learning curve for the US (and the UK). On the 31st March 2003, Anubis launches a full-scale attack against Abydos Anubis deploys several dozen Ha'tak and over one hundred support vessel. Apophis’s own Jaffa are swept aside with ease by such an overwhelming force, to deal with the Abydos resistance Anubis deploys his Kull Warriors against the local population of Abydos with devastating effect driving back the Abydos resistance forces from the locations of the Eye of Ra. The battle of Abydos has begun and will last until Anubis’s forces locates the Eye of Ra then the battle of Abydos would come to a very sudden end. April 2003 On the 1st April 2003, Dr Phillips asks Hermiod if the Asgard, Nox and the Ancients would approve if Project Phoenix would reactivate several Black Prince class warships as supply ships and that the Asgard/Ancients would supply additional AEM’s for these supply ships along with Asgard shield technology. Hermiod asks Dr Phillips, “How many Black Prince class ships are you intending to reactivate?” Dr Phillips replies, “Three to allow an increase that the rate supplies are delivered to Atlantis and to a lesser extent Camelot.” Hermiod asks, “So you would need three AEM’s then?” Dr Phillips replies, “Yes” Hermiod states, “I will forward your request and let you know the decision.” Dr Phillips replies, “Thank you.” Though Dr Phillips does not know it this request will be grated with the minimal of discussion, after all three more AEM’s (after all they have received six additional AEM’s to send a message to Anubis) for the Black Prince class ships is a relatively small request. Project Phoenix has done so much for the Asgard, Nox and the Ancients that all three races will not oppose this request. Dr Phillips or any at the senior level within Project Phoenix do not truly realise how ‘protective’ the Asgard, Nox and the Ancients are of Project Phoenix. The stats for the Black Prince Class supply ships are as follows Black Prince Class supply ships Length: 1,066.2 ft (325.0 meters) Width: 295.2 ft (80.0 meters) Height: 198.5 ft (60.5 meters) Crew: 35 Can carry up to 3,500 in evacuation mode, though not recommended on this modified class of ship as most of the internal space is designed for cargo, not people Engines: Sublight engines Manoeuvring thrusters Hyperdrive system: Project Phoenix Zeus class hyperdrive (Interstellar capable) Fitted with an Asgard hyperdrive as well (Intergalactic capable) Power Core: x4 second generation Naquadah reactors Fitted with an AEM Fuel: Naquadah Shielding: Asgard shields Weapons: None Carried Craft: x4 Shuttles (Fox class) Cargo Capacity: 24,500 tonnes Other equipment: two Ring Transporters With the internal equipment removed, the Black Prince class warships will make excellent supply ships for supply runs to Atlantis and to a lesser extent Camelot, with a small crew and no armament, but equipped with both Asgard shields, Hyperdrive and an AEM to power them making the Black Prince class supply ships extremely fast and having very strong shielding. As the supply runs will only last a few hours in Hyperspace at the most, armament seems pointless (as they are not going into combat) and as they are going to systems with strong defences, Heliopolis, Atlantis and Camelot they are supply ships after all not warships anymore! Bring the supplies on and off these ships is not a problem as the Asgard, Nox and the Ancients at Heliopolis and Atlantis can use their beaming technology to beam the supplies from and to these ships without having to put this technology on these ships. This three Black Prince Class (assuming that they get the three AEM’s) to be converted will be the last three ships produced as these three will be the newest. HMS Achilles completed 1988 – Mothballed 2001 – Reactivated 2003 HMS Ajax completed 1990 – Mothballed 2001 – Reactivated 2003 HMS Leander completed 1990 – Mothballed 2001 – Reactivated 2003 On the 2nd April 2003, Project Phoenix leadership decides not to intervene in the battle for Abydos, as this is not Project Phoenixes fight, even though the planet’s population helped Project Phoenix in the past. Project Phoenix feels as though this is an internal matter between the various System Lords, morally it may be questionable, but from a military standpoint, it is a good decision, as getting involved in this civil war would cause all kinds for foreseeable and unforeseeable problems. Project Phoenix leadership will however let the System Lords that oppose Anubis know were Anubis is (Abydos), Apophis will launch a large scale attack against Anubis the battle between Apophis and Lord Yu will pause, allowing Apophis to release forces to attack Anubis at Abydos. Apophis is able to pull forces that where engaging Lord Yu, now that there is an unofficial ceasefire between the two of them, Lord Yu is using this time to begin the process of upgrading his own Ha'tak’s to match Anubis Ha'tak’s. It is now a race for Lord Yu, to see if he can upgrade enough of his own Ha'tak’s to force Anubis’s attacks to halt, if this happens then Lord Yu will have brought enough time to refit his whole fleet. On the 3rd April 2003, the first wave of Apophis forces arrive the (space) Battle of Abydos has begun and will last for a long time, over several engagements, as Anubis’s forces are having problems locating the Eye of Ra and with the locals as well who are putting up of hell of a fight. Anubis’s large flagship will not engage in the space battle, instead Anubis’s Ha'tak’s will battle Apophis’s Ha'tak’s in the space around Abydos. Anubis will be forced to call in additional Ha'tak’s that are engaged against other system lords such as Lord Yu to deal with Apophis forces, as Apophis has committed the bulk of his fleet against Anubis’s forces at Abydos. From afar this battle is being monitored by the Asgard who are reporting on how the battle is going, so far the Asgard (along with the Nox and the Ancients) are unaware that Anubis’s large flagship is actually a superweapon. On the 4th April 2003, Osiris asks Anubis if Anubis wishes Osiris’s limited forces to join the battle against Apophis forces at Abydos, Anubis replies, “No, not at this time, though your forces may be needed if this battle drags on for too long.” Osiris says, “I understand and I will prepare my forces just in case they are needed” Anubis nods and the communication is ended. Osiris actually has stronger forces than Osiris is letting on, but Osiris is no fool and knows Anubis has a strong base of operations to fall back on along with a large number of very loyal Kull warriors guarding this base of operations. Lord Ba’al forces have not been involved in much action, as Ba’al has a plan of his own, as Lord Ba’al is building his own flagship, though without the eye’s it will not be as powerful as Anubis’s flagship, but Lord Ba’al’s flagship will still be no pushover. By the 10th April 2003, the first wave of Apophis forces of the Battle of Abydos has been depleted Apophis now calls in his second wave, while allowing the remains of his first wave to withdraw to rest a repair their battle damage. From his home world Lord Yu has been monitoring the Battle of Abydos and has noted that Apophis has sent in another wave of his fleet, Lord Yu orders his forces to pull back out of all of Apophis’s former territory. This will (and does) let Apophis that Lord Yu will hold to his unofficial ceasefire with Apophis, Apophis is pleased, as this will allow him to release more of his forces to deal with Anubis. The space around Abydos is littered with the wreaks of Death Gliders, Ha'tak’s and other ships from both sides, even with his technological advantage Anubis’s forces are suffering losses, due to the sheer numbers of ships Apophis has deployed. On the surface, the search is becoming more frantic for the Eye of Ra the search is not helped by the ongoing resistance from the locals this resistance is causing Anubis’s First Prime to use the most extreme methods to keep the locals away from the search (and failing). On the 14th April 2003, the Human Genome Project is completed, with 99% of the human genome sequenced to 99.99% accuracy. This information is already available to Project Phoenix thanks to the Asgard with the Project Phoenix being 100% accurate this Earth based Genome Project is considered a useful cross-reference to be used against the Asgard data. On the 15th April 2003, Hermiod delivers the news that three additional AEM’s will be delivered for these three supply ships (converted Black Prince class) along with replacements when these are depleted. Hermiod news is delivered at a briefing as part of any other business, with Hermiod as follow, “Oh, one other item it has been agreed that you can have the three AEM’s” then Hermiod beams back to his ship. All Dr Phillips does is laugh after Hermiod has beamed back to his ship, typical Asgard understatement. On the 16th April 2003, Anubis’s First Prime finally uncovers the re-buried room with all the Stargate addresses (along with the undiscovered hidden chamber). On the 17th April 2003, the second wave of Apophis forces of the Battle of Abydos has been depleted Apophis now calls in his third wave, while allowing the remains of his second wave like the first to withdraw to rest a rebuild. Anubis informs his First Prime that the Eye of Ra must in a secret chamber and order his First Prime to search that room thoroughly including all the walls, Anubis knows where this chamber is but cannot inform his First Prime directly as the ‘others’ would stop him. By the 29th April 2003, Anubis First Prime has discovered the secret chamber, but a search reveals that the Eye of Ra is not there, Anubis states to his First Prime that the Eye of Ra must in a secret chamber with a secret chamber. Anubis is now very close to getting his hands of the Eye of Ra that will allow his ships super weapon to achieve full power and then Anubis will deal with Apophis. In space, the battle of attrition is going well for Apophis, even though Apophis has lost many ships, Apophis’s forces have also managed to reduce the size of Anubis’s fleet, given enough time Apophis is sure he will win, though time is not a luxury that Apophis has. On the 30th April 2003, with the three new AEM’s now available work begins on reactivating HMS Achilles, HMS Ajax and HMS Leander as supply ships this work and the associated trails will be completed by the end of 2003 with the first supply runs commencing in early 2004. May 2003 On 1st May 2003, Bush lands on the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln, in a Lockheed S-3 Viking, where he gives a speech announcing, “End of major combat operations in Iraq”. Bush's landing would criticized by his opponents in the US as an unnecessarily theatrical and expensive stunt. In the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, President Bush’s statement is met with confusion, as combat operations are not over with what appears to be a growing insurgency along with a number of warring factions in Iraq. With no Police or Military to speak off the collation forces have to be both Iraq’s Police and Military a task that they are not prepared for the UK in the south will adapt very quickly, the US will take longer. With Iraq, the UK will adopt a ‘Northern Ireland’ policing policy, admittedly with some modifications to allow for cultural differences the UK will have to split its forces between Iraq and Afghanistan. As the UK (along with Australia, New Zealand, Canada) expected a short war in Iraq (as both the US and Tony Blair promised) and then shifting back Afghanistan to deal with the Afghanistan problem. Tony Blair’s popularity will rapidly decline the more he backs President Bush and the US ‘plan’ for a post war Iraq. Thanks to this policy by the UK Defence Secretary, losses in British military personnel will be very low in addition the unlimited supply of equipment will also help. On the 2nd May 2003, Anubis First Prime finally finds the Eye of Ra and returns immediately to Anubis’s flagship and at the same time withdrawing Anubis’s forces from Abydos. On the 3rd May 2003, with his flagship now full powered, Anubis moves his ship to the front of the battle for Abydos. Opening a communication to Apophis’s command Ha'tak Anubis without any ceremony Anubis says, “You will surrender” Apophis laughs at Anubis’s demand, as Apophis knows that he outnumbers Anubis’s remaining forces and has sufficient firepower to eliminate Anubis’s remaining forces, Apophis asks, “Why should I have superior numbers?” Anubis replies, “I have the Eyes of the Goa'uld” Apophis knows of this weapon and Apophis knows that his own eye was stolen, but his is certain that Anubis could not have all the eyes and replies, “I say again, you will surrender what is your reply?” Anubis replies, “The ship's weapons are now fully powered. Apophis says, “Your time is up, Anubis.” Anubis in a surprisingly claim voice replies, “Of that you are gravely mistaken.” The ship fires on the Apophis Ha'tak’s which return fire on Anubis flagship, there are at least thirty of Apophis Ha'tak’s, many of which explode. Anubis' flagships shields absorb the blasts from Apophis Ha'tak’s with ease, as more of Apophis Ha'tak’s move forward to attack Anubis' flagships they are destroyed. Apophis command Ha'tak is hit and destroyed (no body is found though the body could have been disintegrated... maybe) it only takes a matter of minutes to finish off Apophis remaining Ha'tak’s. Watching this destruction is Apophis’s former First Prime Teal'c, who is waiting to move in with the next wave of Ha'tak’s, instead Teal'c orders their withdrawal back to Chulak on the pretext to join up with Master Bra'tac forces. Anubis is surprised at the withdrawal of the remainder of Apophis’s forces, Anubis orders his fleet to disperse and to carry out their original orders, as he is certain that no group of Ha'tak’s can now harm his flagship now it is fully powered thanks to the combined power of the Eyes of the Goa'uld. Anubis turns his attention to Abydos from the remains of Apophis’s forces. Anubis First Prime Herak asks, “What now, My Lord?” Anubis replies, “Now I will destroy Abydos.” A voice suddenly says, “Stop” Anubis says, “I thought I sensed you” Oma Desala states, “I will not let you destroy this planet.” Anubis says, “Strike me down, do it now or I will destroy Abydos.” Oma Desala raises her hands and directs the energy at Anubis. The energy is blown back as Anubis raises his hand to defend himself. First Prime Herak cowers on the floor as these two ‘gods’ fight it out. Oma Desala says, “No! Don't do this!” Oma Desala is spirited away, by the others, Oma Desala has been stopped by the others from stopping Anubis, but Oma Desala has another card to play to help the population of Abydos and she knows that the others will not interfere in this action. First Prime Herak looks frightened at what he has just witnessed and says, “You are indeed all powerful my Lord.” Anubis replies, “What you just saw was not my doing. However, this is.”Anubis activates his flagship main weapon, which is aimed at Abydos. A beam of energy is directed at the pyramid the pyramid is destroyed and the energy wave radiates outwards engulfing the entire planet until Abydos is destroyed. Anubis’s flagship leaving behind a new asteroid field, unknown to Anubis, even though Oma Desala has been prevented from stopping Anubis the others have not stopped Oma Desala from helping the local population of Abydos to ascend. On the 5th May 2003, Hermiod is how aware of Anubis’s new super weapon and contacts the Asgard High Council, the Asgard High Council tells Hermiod that if Anubis moves towards Earth or Heliopolis then Hermiod is to release an unlimited number of AEM’s to power all Phoenix warships. The Asgard High Council will send a fleet under the command of Supreme Commander Thor to warn Anubis against interference or to break any treaties, until then Hermiod is to keep what Anubis has done to himself, Hermiod understands and agrees. Later, Hermiod is walking towards a storeroom on his Mountbatten class warship that in orbit around Heliopolis, upon entering the storeroom there in this storeroom are row upon row floor to ceiling of AEM’s ready for use. Hermiod thinks to himself this number of AEM’s could power his ship for hundreds of thousands of years, possibly millions and then Hermiod walks out of his ships storeroom back to his quarters, with the storeroom closing automatically behind him. On the 6th May 2003, Asgard home world, Thor, now commands a fleet of 60 Mountbatten class warships from his flagship the Mountbatten, each Mountbatten class warship is powered by three AEM’s (along with the Asgard’s own power source). These ships are equipped with advanced beam weapons that are a mix of Asgard and Ancient technology, along with 1,000 drone weapons each. These 60 Mountbatten class warships area powerful force, though they are not the sum total of the Asgard fleet, just a small fraction of it the Asgard fleet is still growing. Thor has instructions regarding Anubis, if Anubis fails to comply Thor is to eliminate Anubis and his flagship. On Thor’s signal the 60 Mountbatten class warships jump into hyperspace, in a form of a ripple of ships jumping. On the 9th May 2003, on the bridge of his flagship Anubis is pleased with his progress so far, but Anubis is worried now that Lord Yu has begun to upgrade his fleet (along with the other system lords that are allied to Lord Yu). Anubis First Prime Herak states, “My Lord, there is a very larger fleet of ships dropping out of hyperspace” pausing for a moment “they are Asgard in design” Anubis is very surprised he had not expected the Asgard to intervene, looking at the sensor readings of the Asgard ships Anubis can see the power readings are off the scale, Anubis knows there is only one power source that can put out that much power and ancient power module. Anubis First Prime Herak states, “My Lord, the lead ship is hailing us” Anubis responds, “Put it through” In front of Anubis a holographic image of an Asgard appears and in a blunt tone states, “I am Thor Supreme Commander of the Asgard Fleet, you are the one called Anubis?” Anubis in a neutral tone replies, “I am” Thor asks, “Are you aware of the revised treaty between the Asgard and the Goa'uld?” Anubis replies, “I am” Thor asks, “Are you aware of what will happen if you break this treaty?” Anubis knows that if the Asgard intervene his upgraded fleet is no match for these new Asgard warships even his flagship would not last long (even with the Eyes boosting its output) and replies, “I am and I will abide by this treaty, my battle is with Lord Yu and his allies and not the Asgard.” Thor is slightly surprised as he had though that Anubis would put up a fight, Thor replies, “Good then there is no need for hostilities between our two races.” Anubis bows his head slightly and replies, “None at all Supreme Commander Thor.” Thor states, “We will be watching you” Anubis replies, “I know” Thor states, “Very well Anubis, we will leave now and remember if you break the treaty you will face the Asgard in battle, also you must know that the number of Asgard ships you see before you is a small fraction of the Asgard fleet.” Thor severs the communication and a few moments later the Asgard fleet jumps into hyperspace. Anubis says aloud, “The Asgard’s day will come, mark my words, but not today.” No one on the bridge of Anubis flagship says anything... On the 15th May 2003, after monitoring Anubis fleet for several days, Thor sends 119 warships back home, while setting a course for Heliopolis to inform the Asgard’s human allies of what has occurred. On the 20th May 2003, on Heliopolis Thor has finished briefing Dr Phillips, Admiral Goodworthy, Alan Turing and the other leaders of Project Phoenix of what has occurred at Abydos and that the treaty with the Goa'uld. Dr Phillips is the first to speak and she states, “Anubis has a very powerful ship and weapons area you certain that this ship can be defeated?” Thor replies, “Yes I can, our scans reveal that several Mountbatten class warships acting together can destroy Anubis’s flagship.” Seth is the next to speak, “Anubis must be using the Eyes of the Goa'uld” Thor asks, “The Eyes of the Goa'uld?” Seth replies, “The Eyes of the Goa'uld are six crystals given to powerful System Lords after they defeated Anubis originally to make sure that this weapon could not be built again. Individually, the eyes are powerful, but together their power increased tenfold.” Thor asks, “Interesting weapon.” Seth replies, “Yes and very dangerous, as they were dispersed between opposing System Lords, so that no System Lord could build this super weapon again, obviously that plan did not work.” Thor states, “Agreed, that plan did not work. Now however we have to plan just in case, Hermiod has instructions from the Asgard High Council to release his spare AEM’s for your ships use. That should buy you time until the Asgard fleet intervenes, though I doubt that Anubis would risk a conflict with the Asgard.” On the 20th May 2003, Apophis’s former First Prime Teal'c arrives at Chulak with Apophis’s remaining forces and reports what has happened to Apophis to Master Bra'tac. Master Bra'tac welcomes the Jaffa who all accepts Master Bra'tac as their temporary leader after the death of Apophis. Both Master Bra'tac and Teal'c begin to discuss what to do next they will come to the conclusion they need allies if the Jaffa are to gain their freedom, as the Phoenix people cannot be located it is decided to contact these Americans from Earth, Teal'c will make contact. They must proceed with caution in contact with these Americans from Earth. At the end of May 2003, on Earth, in those countries that do not have cloning restriction, such as Italy were Prometea, the first horse cloned by Italian scientists, is born. Those countries that have banned all but theoretical research are now falling rapidly behind in cloning technology and methods. Research is focusing on cloning replacement organs, so that the donors body is unlikely to reject the cloned organs made from the donors own cells. June 2003 On the 1st June 2003, the US Stargate Command declares that the flight-testing of the X-301 is complete and testing of the first X-302 pre-production space fighter begins. At the same time, work is proceeding on the production version of the X-302 the F-302, flight testing of the X-302 will be much shorter than the X-301, it is estimated by the end of 2003 the first F-302 squadron should begin forming on Site Alpha. On the 2nd June 2003, Atlantis under the leadership of Alan Turning has decided to commence off world exploration of a limited number of worlds in the Pegasus Galaxy, with several worlds being likely candidates for exploration. On the 3rd June 2003, the first worlds are explored in the Pegasus Galaxy, by Colonel Smith’s team, with most of the initial worlds lifeless or the natives are in hiding or have been culled by the Wraith. On the 5th June 2003, Colonel Smith’s team encounter Ronon Dex, after a bit of a troubled start, Colonel Smith gets Doctor Beckett to remove the tracker that the Wraith put inside Ronon to make him a runner. Runners are implanted with a tracking device in their upper back and set loose to be constantly hunted. Once the tracker has been removed and destroyed Ronon is taken back to Atlantis and on Colonel Smith’s suggestion to Alan Turing join Colonel Smith’s team, Alan Turing agrees. In Ronon quarters on Atlantis Colonel Smith states, “You know your way around; you can take care of yourself in a fight; you hate the Wraith as much as we do ... OK, maybe more than we do. But the point is, we could use a guy like you around here and you look like you could use a place to stay.” Ronon replies, “Agreed” and shakes Colonel Smith hand. Colonel Smith puts a cigar in his mouth, lights it and says, “Welcome to the team” and walks off stating to himself, “I love it when a plan comes together.” Between the 8th and the 19th June 2003, Ronon more than proves his worth as a fighter, along with an interest in his pistol a Particle magnum (produced by the Travellers) that Ronon had acquired during his period as a runner Project Phoenix is able to recharge his Particle magnums energy cells. Ronon proves on several occasions how good he is with his Particle magnum pistol. On the 20th June 2003, Colonel Smith’s team (now including Ronon) encounter the Taranians, who live in and around an Ancient outpost currently used by the Taranians to protect themselves against the Wraith. However, the outpost's use of geothermal energy awakens the planet's super volcano in return for help dealing with the volcano the Taranians are willing to give an ancient warship. On the 21st June 2003, after informing the Taranians that their world will explode, it is agreed that the Taranians will be evacuated to Camelot, to start again, in exchange for the ancient warship. The Taranians are grateful as they will be free of the Wraith in the Milky Way galaxy, the base were Project Phoenix was planning a settlement will be quickly expanded to accommodate the Taranians. By the 25th June 2003, the Taranians will have, all been evacuated thanks to help from the Nox, using their own intergalactic ships equipped with beaming technology that will also help the Taranians resettle on Camelot. As the Asgard is busy keeping an eye on Anubis and the Nox, do not wish to fight anyone, but they will help save races from destruction like the Taranians, by resettling them to another world. On the 26th June 2003, the ancients on Atlantis receive their second warship and begin the process of refitting/modernising it just as the crew of the Tria had done with their own ship now they will do the same with the Hippaforalkus. The crew of the Tria are impressed with Project Phoenix and are coming to like these humans, as they thought that they would have kept the Hippaforalkus rather than return it to them. On the 29th June 2003, the super volcano detonates destroying the Taranians former and how deserted home world. By the 30th June 2003, Teal'c will allow himself to defect to the Americans from Earth in hoping to join with them and learning about them this will be easier that Teal'c will originally estimate thanks to the US Stargate team he encounters will be lead by Colonel O’Neill. By the end of June 2003, the US Stargate program is unaware of the threat posed by Anubis and continues to explore worlds controlled by various System Lords the majority of these are now loyal to Anubis. Anubis considers these humans an insignificant threat, but has offered a reward for any that can either be killed or captured. US Stargate program is now in a low intensity conflict with Anubis, with relatively low casualties depending on the world that is visited, US Stargate Command military forces are collocating a number of Staff Weapons, but not using them, just studying them. Stargate Command plans to steal a shuttle for its technology and especially a functional hyperdrive that will allow Stargate Command to build its own hyperdrive and fit is to the ship being assembled under Area 51. July 2003 On the 1st July 2003, a Traveller picket ship near the Genii home world detects a Wraith ship approaching the Genii home world, the Genii, as planned begin the process of shutting down their underground factories and power facilities. The Genii warships jump into hyperspace and will return either if the Genii plan works or after the cull has finished, one way or another the Genii will survive. These Genii warships contain all the plans for every invention the Genii along with their leading scientist and engineers, to preserve the advances that the Genii have made since the last cull. The Genii (in consultation with the Travellers) is to inform the Wraith of the reoccupation of Atlantis in the hope that the Wraith will spare the Genii “farmers”, though the Genii further than that, selling out several other races (that the Genii do not like) to the Wraith as well. On the 2nd July 2003, the next Genii Freedom class ship Resistance is launched, though the weapons have not been fitted yet, as well as some other systems, it is felt by Genii leaders it is better for this ships to be in space, rather than on the ground. On the 3rd July 2003, the fourth Genii Freedom class ship Resistance meets up in deep space with the Freedom, Liberty and Independence all four ships are under the command of Commander Acastus Kolya. Commander Kolya will spend the rest of the year getting the Resistance operational and training the ship’s crew, Commander Kolya is under direct orders to avoid the Wraith, as the information onboard these four ships is vital to the survival of the Genii. Commander Kolya ‘fleet’ is being accompanied by two Traveller ships to offer support if needed, both the Genii and the Traveller’s feel there is safely in numbers and the Traveller’s want to help their allies as much as possible, after all if the Genii fall then the Traveller’s will not receive any more spares. The Traveller’s have also agreed to the Genii to divert the attention of the Wraith away from the Genii home world to ‘other places’ some of the Traveller are uncomfortable with what they are becoming a part of but see this plan as a necessary evil. On the 4th July 2003, Teal'c manages to ‘join’ with the US Stargate off world team lead by Colonel O’Neill, with Colonel O’Neill feeling for Teal'c and the Jaffa, after Teal'c explains that the Jaffa are slaves to the various System Lords. All of them return to Site Alpha Teal'c will inform the US Stargate leaders via several debriefings of the civil war, along with what Teal'c knows (very little) of the other alien races around. By the 5th July 2003, the off world exploration by Colonel Hannibal Smiths off world team has explored many worlds and found primitive humans on most who tell of Wraith culling once every hundred(s) of years. This is not news to Colonel Smith, as Project Phoenix is well aware of the Wraith, though they have yet to encounter a single Wraith. Project Phoenix (along with the Ancients, Nox and Asgard) based on Atlantis is unaware that the Genii (who Project Phoenix has helped) are about to betray them and a number of other races to the Wraith. By the 10th July 2003, thanks to the information provided by Teal'c US Stargate command is now aware of the threat posed by Anubis, though not of the recent Asgard intervention to protect Earth and Heliopolis. On the 12th July 2003, again thanks to Teal'c a smaller off world team led by Colonel O’Neill manages to steal a small hyperdrive equipped shuttle, on their way back to Site Alpha the shuttle develops a problem and drops out of hyperspace. Teal'c and Captain Carter go to the back of the shuttle to fix this problem unfortunately they have dropped out of hyperspace in close proximity (several light years away from this system) to Camelot. At this time in orbit around Heliopolis, onboard his Asgard Warship Hermiod decides to investigate this ship near Camelot, Hermiod activates his ship hyperdrive and jumps to the location. Project Phoenix is aware that Hermiod ship has left, but this is not an unusual event, so no one worries about this happening, as Hermiod has a habit of coming and going without letting anyone know, as the Asgard are not answerable to Project Phoenix they do not have to tell Project Phoenix anything. Stolen Shuttle As the repairs are just starting, Colonel O’Neill is sitting in the co-pilots chair for the repairs to be completed, looking out of the shuttles windows, when suddenly an unknown (huge) ship drops out of hyperspace right in front of the shuttle. O’Neill says “Oh, my” and then “Carter, Teal'c you might want to get up here we have company” Carter looks at the huge alien ship and says, “Wow that is incredible” O’Neill looking at Teal'c asks, “Teal'c, do you know who that belongs to” Teal'c replies, “It is an Asgard mothership, I've heard them described in Jaffa legend though this design seems newer than the descriptions I have heard off, but defiantly Asgard design.” O’Neill asks, “Teal'c, who is these Asgard?” Teal'c replies, “The Asgard is a great and powerful race the Goa’uld fears them.” O’Neill asks, “Any idea why they are here?” Teal'c replies, “No” O’Neill says, “Great” Hermiod warship As Hermiod warship drops out of hyperspace, he activates the ships shields, begins a scan of this ship and determines that there are several humans a one Jaffa onboard, along with a partially repaired hyperdrive. Now Hermiod understands how this shuttle dropped out of hyperspace, an accident. Hermiod activates his ships hyperdrive and returns to Heliopolis satisfied that this is not a threat. Shuttle At the same time... O’Neill asks, “Can we hail them?” Carter replies, “Yes sir we can.” O’Neill says, “Well Captain, hail them” Carter replies, “Yes sir” However, before Carter can hail the Asgard ship it jumps into hyperspace, leaving the shuttle alone in space once again. The repairs take a short time, the shuttle returns to Site Alpha, for debriefing the news of an encounter with, and Asgard ship along with the recording of the Shuttles sensors shows the sheer size of an Asgard ship. Stargate Command determines that contact should try and be made with these Asgard the only question is how? By the 20th July 2003, the Genii underground facilities have been shut down, though the reactors have been shut down it will take many months before they have cooled the Genii are hoping that the Wraith will not do a deep scan and find these underground reactors. On the 24th July 2003, a Wraith cruiser arrives in orbit around the Genii home world the cruisers crew to a minimal scan and find no technologies on the planet’s surface, if the Wraith had done a deep scan into the planet than they would have located the many Genii facilities across the planet. On the surface the Genii ‘farmers’ are waiting for the Wraith the Genii have a plan to get the Wraith to leave their planet alone in return for information that these Genii ‘farmers’ have about an ancient city called Atlantis, along with a few other items of interest for the Wraith. On the 25th July 2003, thanks to information received from the Genii “farmers” who have traded this information to save their world from the current cull, also the Genii “farmers” have told the Wraith of the hiding places of several other races, as well, the Wraith will leave the Genii alone. The reason for the Wraith agreeing to this is that the Genii “farmers” have showmen that there are too few of them to make a ‘good meal’ for any hive ship, also the Wraith are interested in having spies. On the 26th July 2003, the Wraith is now aware that Atlantis is operational and occupied once again, though not that a small number of ancients (Asgard and Nox) are on Atlantis or that Atlantis is once again fully armed and operational. The Genii will be spared (for now) the Wraith move on from the Genii home world, while leaving a Stargate address were the Genii can pass on information about any other planet’s populations hiding places. Once the Wraith have left the Genii decide to warn these Phoenix about the Wraith and the impending Wraith attack on Atlantis, not out of any moral responsibility, but instead the Genii are play both sides against each other. On the 31st July 2003, the Wraith send three-hive ships and six cruisers, as the Wraith expect little opposition the Wraith are unaware that there are surviving ancients along with other advanced civilisations on Atlantis. August 2003 On the 1st August 2003, the Hutton Inquiry begins, with Judge Lord Hutton opening an inquiry into the recent deaths of weapons expert Dr David Kelly, with SI-5 taking up an ‘overwatch’ on this case by order of the Prime Minister. However, this will mean that only the head of SI-5 can close the file on this case and as a number of questions will remain unanswered this case will drag on for many years. On the 2nd August 2003, the Wraith in the Pegasus Galaxy launch an attack on Atlantis once again they send three hive ships escorted by six cruisers, it will take several weeks for the Wraith ‘fleet’ to arrive in the Atlantis system. On the 3rd August 2003, the Genii inform the ‘Phoenix’ people that the Wraith are on their way to Atlantis, when asked how they came about this information the Genii inform the ‘Phoenix’ people that they heard it from a race that had been culled by the Wraith. On the 4th August 2003, Alan Turing orders HMS Courageous to do a reconnaissance to confirm that the Wraith is on their way. On the 5th August 2003, HMS Courageous drops out of hyperspace a few minutes later a fleet of three hive ships escorted by six cruisers drop out of hyperspace Commodore Jason Timms as per his orders does not engage the enemy and returns to Atlantis confirm that this information is true. The Wraith immediately power their weapons and begin firing on HMS Courageous, with HMS Courageous’s greatly enhanced shield easily able to absorb the Wraith ships incoming fire. A few moments later, HMS Courageous jumps back into hyperspace to report back that the Wraith are indeed on their way to Atlantis. On the 6th August 2003, on Atlantis with confirmation that the Wraith are on their way Atlantis begins preparation for the Wraith attack, with the last remaining defence satellite being prepared for use. It is estimated that the Wraith will arrive within the next few weeks. The Asgard will supply additional AEM’s to power Atlantis’s shields and weapons systems the ancients on Atlantis are concerned about their children this problem is solved by the Asgard who offer sanctuary on their home world. The ancients and the two ancient warships Tria and the partially refitted Hippaforalkus will travel to the Asgard home world where they are their children will be safe. Merlin is not happy about all of his people leaving, though his does agree about getting the children to safety (along with a number of adults to look after them). Merlin would prefer if the Tria would remain and fight to defend Atlantis, as the Tria has been upgraded and is a much more powerful warship and more than capable of taking on several Wraith Hive Ships at one time. In orbit HMS Courageous crew are conducting various battle drills to make sure that HMS Courageous is fully combat ready when the Wraith arrive the initial battle will not last very long for HMS Courageous. On the 7th August 2003, on Atlantis off world missions resume, to see the extent of the Wraiths current culling, two Light Armoured Vehicle (shielded) LAV(S) accompanies each off world mission for added firepower. On the 10th August 2003, the Wraith are now one day away from Atlantis, at their current speed the Asgard have offered to help, but surprisingly Alan Turing has turned down the Asgard’s offer of help. His reasoning is that they (Project Phoenix) must try to defend Atlantis themselves without Asgard help and only ask for Asgard assistance if all other options have failed. The Asgard understand why Project Phoenix has turned down their offer of help, but the Asgard have deployed a fleet of 60 Mountbatten class warships under the command of Thor in the void between the Pegasus galaxy and the Milky Way galaxy just in case. On the 11th August 2003, the Wraith fleet drops out of hyperspace near the ancient defence satellite, a few moments later the ancient defence satellite powers up. A few minutes later the defence satellite fires on a Wraith hive ship, cutting it in half. It explodes. A few moments later the defence satellite fires again destroying one of the Wraith cruisers, followed by another, this cannot last, the remaining hive ships and escorting cruisers all open fire on the defence satellite destroying before the defence satellite can fire again. A few minutes later the remaining two hive ships and four cruisers jump into hyperspace towards Atlantis they will arrive on the 12 August. On the 12th August 2003, the two Wraith hive ships and four cruisers drop out of hyperspace near to Atlantis, with HMS Courageous waiting with shields up and weapons ready. Atlantis has its shields up, in Atlantis’s power hub, there are three AEM’s along with 12 spares, more will be sent through the Stargate as needed, by the ancients and the Asgard. The four cruisers break off from the two hive ships and begin the engage HMS Courageous, immediately HMS Courageous begins evasive manoeuvres, with the incoming fire from the four Wraith cruisers impacting harmlessly against HMS Courageous greatly enhanced Asgard shields. As the four cruisers engage HMS Courageous, the two hive ships enter high orbit and begin to bombard Atlantis’s shields. With the four forward firing beam weapons (Beam Weapon, Battlecruiser Variant) capacitors fully charged, HMS Courageous turns to engage her first Wraith cruisers the first of the four forward firing beam weapons followed by the next and so on. The first Wraith cruiser explodes after being cut to pieces by HMS Courageous beam weapons this is quickly followed by a second cruiser. By the time of the destruction of the second Wraith cruiser, one of the two hive ships bombarding Atlantis has broken off to engage HMS Courageous with the hive ship putting more power to its hull regeneration this will be a more difficult kill than the two cruisers. As HMS Courageous, turns to engage the Wraith hive ships, with the two remaining Wraith cruisers still bombarding HMS Courageous, will little effect. HMS Courageous almost immediately opens fire on the hive ship however this time the Beam Weapons, Battlecruiser Variant impact against the hive ship’s hull with little sign on penetration, as the hive ship is pushing power to hull regeneration thanks to the hive ships greater power reserve. However, things are not as simple as they seem as Commodore Jason Timms orders that the beam weapons fire continuously and thanks to the power provided by the AEM’s this is possible. As the forward beam weapons lance out form HMS Courageous forward sections, HMS Courageous engineer reports he is detecting a drain on AEM ones power levels, as at this level the power consumption for HMS Courageous is vast. After several tense minutes, HMS Courageous forward beam weapons begin to penetrate the hive ship’s hull this causes the second hive ship to break orbit to help its fellow hive ship. By the time the second hive ships has arrived the first hive ship’s hull is now much weaker, even with most of the ships power going to hull regeneration the hive ship is not able to repair the damage quickly enough. At this point, the power drain on AEM one has reached 30% and increasing, with the two other AEM’s ready to take over from the first, Commodore Timms had not expected the AEM to drain as quickly, as it is doing, though Commodore Timms has not encountered the Wraith before, along with their impressive organic technology. Several minutes of virtual continuous fire from HMS Courageous forward beam weapons on the first hive ships finally destroys it, HMS Courageous switches its fire to the second hive ship. At this point, the power drain on AEM one has reached 70% the second AEM is already supplementing the power output of the first, with the third AEM on standby. Ten minutes the second hive ship has been destroyed, HMS Courageous first AEM completely drained, as HMS Courageous turns to engage the two remaining Wraith cruisers they both jump into hyperspace, HMS Courageous does not pursue. HMS Courageous has won the first round against the Wraith. By the 15th August 2003, HMS Courageous has received a replacement AEM for the used one, along with repairing any battle damage and the Asgard are assessing their shields to see if any improvements can be made. On the 16th August 2003, off world missions resume, though with a lost more caution than previously used. On the 25th August 2003, a plan is conceived that if Atlantis comes under long-term attack again then the simplest method would be to fly Atlantis to the Milky Way galaxy out of harm’s way. After all, there is not much in this galaxy for Project Phoenix except Atlantis withdrawal is a good option, though Admiral James Goodworthy would like to use the Wraith for a form of target practice for his fleet this idea is rejected by both Dr Phillips and the Committee. On the 31st August 2003, Atlantis long ranged sensors detects a second wave of hive ships and their escorts heading towards Atlantis this second wave is twice the size of the first wave. Just as 10,000 years ago, the Wraith has numbers on their side and the ability makes good their losses very quickly, which they have already started to do. September 2003 On the 1st September 2003, a dozen of Anubis’s Ha'tak’s drop out of hyperspace several light years from Earth, Hermiod onboard his ship notices this activity, he about to activate his ships hyperdrive when the dozen Ha'tak’s jump back into hyperspace on a course away from Earth. For the rest of the year the same thing will happen many times, as long as the Ha'tak’s Hermiod will not intervene, what Hermiod does not know is that this is part of a plan by Anubis to attack Earth, by lulling the Asgard into a false sense of security in the Asgard’s technology. On the 2nd September 2003, Project Phoenix leadership formally asks for Asgard assistance in dealing with the second wave of Wraith ships, as Project Phoenix leadership feel a demonstration of firepower will make the Wraith back off (at least for the short term) until a long term fix is put in place for the Wraith. Project Phoenix leadership is very surprised that the Asgard respond almost immediately in the positive. On the 4th September 2003, Supreme Commander Thor and his fleet of 60 Mountbatten class warships jump into hyperspace from their holding position to engage the Wraith ships. As the Wraith fleet drops out of hyperspace at the next waypoint to Atlantis, they encounter a large fleet of very powerful warships of an unknown race. This fleet of warships almost immediately opens fire on the Wraith fleet taking out all but one hive ship and a single cruiser. These two remaining Wraith ships quickly jump into hyperspace on a course away from Atlantis the Asgard fleet does not pursue. On the 5th September 2003, Project Phoenix leadership extend their thanks to the Asgard for their help the Asgard feel that they are paying a small part of the debit they own Project Phoenix for their races survival. The Asgard will soon be link up with part of their race that they thought has been lost to them. By the 10th September 2003, the Wraith decide not to attack Atlantis again, but instead build up their forces for an all out attack, along with continuing the culling, for now Atlantis is safe, but any ship of person from Atlantis that is found will attempt to be captured by the Wraith for questioning. Project Phoenix leadership has got its short term fix for dealing with the Wraith, all they need now is a long term fix for dealing with the Wraith. At the end of September 2003, the off world team is stood down for a rest, off world missions in the Pegasus Galaxy will not resume until next year. When the missions resume they will discover the perfect solution to the Wraith problem, something that the ancients left behind 10,000 years ago and that the ancients thought that they had destroyed. October 2003 On the 15th October 2003, China launches Shenzhou 5 their first manned space mission this is with help from Russia (publically) and the UK, Australia, New Zealand and Canada (covertly). This covert assistance comes via Lord Patton the special trade representative for the UK, Australia, New Zealand and Canada this is with a view to offering China to become part of the Woomera Rocket Program. Ultimately, it could lead to China being informed about Project Phoenix, but this is many years away yet and the Committee of Four has yet to come to a decision on this matter. For now, China will be involved in conventional agreements (not Project Phoenix) with the UK, Australia, New Zealand and Canada along other commonwealth countries such as the Woomera Rocket Program On the 24th October 2003, the Concorde I makes its last commercial flight, with all airlines that operate the improved Concorde II the Concorde I is see as out of date. To date a total of just under 300 Concorde II’s are in operational service with various airlines, with Hawker Siddeley having orders (and options) for another 200 on the company’s books. The Royal Flight has four for use by the Royal family, ministers and diplomats, with several countries operating them in similar roles or heads of state. On the 31st October 2003, Reuter’s news agency notes that representatives from the Woomera Rocket Program are travelling to China to meet their opposite numbers from ‘talks’. This is the first public knowledge of ‘links’ between Woomera Rocket Program and the Chinese space program. The US government is not happy about this news, but there is nothing that the US can do about this news, the US government just has to grin and bear it. November 2003 On the 1st November 2003, Prince Charles in briefed on Project Phoenix and is sworn to complete secrecy on this matter, to say that Prince Charles is overwhelmed by the briefing is putting it mildly, but he does handle it much better than some that have been briefed on Project Phoenix. Prince Charles ‘new’ girlfriend Camilla (and future wife) is not to be told of Project Phoenix existence, something the Prince Charles does not like, but will obey the rule of salience as his mother (the Queen) has. On the 18th November 2003, President George W. Bush makes a state visit to London in the midst of massive protests about the Iraq war (and other things) President Bush does not ask any questions about how the UK technology has advanced so quickly. The visit in considered a success though no agreements between the two superpowers have come out of this visit. President Bush and his team are greatly impressed with the UK’s technological progress, President Bush is very nervous in the Queens presence, as the Queen has more knowledge of world affairs than President Bush does or any of his advisors have, due to Queens’s long term as head of state. [Authors Note: the UK, Australia, New Zealand and Canada are on par with Japan and South Korea in terms of technology and internet connectivity, etc] At the end of November 2003, Osiris’s forces are growing very strong, Osiris has not committed his forces to a major battle, as Osiris is not going to make the same mistakes as Osiris made in the past. The number of worlds under Osiris’s control is limited to ten, as these ten worlds are industrial and have strong manufacturing and a large Jaffa population to call upon. Osiris is waiting for Anubis to over extend himself against Lord Yu’s forces and then Osiris will strike and eliminate Anubis and regain his place on the Council of System Lords, by showing his ‘loyalty’ to is fellow System Lords. If this plan works, Osiris will be in the right position to challenge Lord Yu for the position of Supreme System Lord, but that the many decades away before Osiris is ready to do that. December 2003 On the 1st December 2003, the testing of the X-302 is complete with the X-302 becoming the F-302 and the first squadron forming for the defence of Site Alpha. However, so far the US Stargate program possesses no hyperspace-equipped ships there is a program at Area 51’s underground large hanger were a hyperspace capable ship is being slowly built, as yet the US Stargate program does not have an operational hyperdrive to put in this ship. On the 2nd December 2003, a ceremony on Site Alpha is performed as the X-302 pre-production fighter becomes the first F-302, with the 1st Tactical Fighter Squadron of the 1st Tactical Fighter Wing. For all its grand naming the 1st Tactical Fighter Squadron of the 1st Tactical Fighter Wing has a grand total of one F-302 operational with another eleven under various stages of assembly. The 1st Tactical Fighter Squadron will not be operational until the end of 2004, at Area 51 there are plans to have the 2nd Tactical Fighter Squadron form up there giving Earth some form of limited defence, though the 2nd Tactical Fighter Squadron will not begin forming until early 2005 and not fully formed until mid to late 2006. The armament of the F-302 is much less with four wing-mounted long range air-to-air missiles (based on AMRAAM) and two nose-mounted rail guns this armament is much less that Project Phoenix first generation fighters, as the US program has not reverse engineered the Goa'uld energy weapons. The main reason for not reverse engineered the Goa'uld energy weapons is that it is easily to produce rail guns on Earth without raising any attention from any leaks from the various parts manufacturers of the parts for these rail guns, as not of these parts would be considered ‘alien’. On Earth the underground dry-dock in Area 51 is complete and initial assembly of the first spaceship has begun the code name for this spaceship is the X-303 ‘battlecruiser’, though in galactic terms it is a light attack ship. This ship will be fitted with modified hyperdrive based on reverse engineered Al'kesh hyperdrive that had been salvaged from several, crashed Al'kesh. It will be several years before the X-303 ‘battlecruiser’ has been completed, by then the galaxy, as a whole would have moved on, with many changes in the balance of power. On the 20th December 2003, Libya admits to trying to build a nuclear bomb after the UK reveals that if Libya does not admit to trying to build a nuclear bomb then the UK will tell the world. At the same time, Libyan intelligence begins a search for those Libyans who told the UK that Libya was trying to build a nuclear bomb, several hundred people will die, but Libyan intelligence cannot find the source of the leak. The reason why Libyan intelligence cannot find the source of the leak is that there was no leak the UK used one of its special Nimrod reconnaissance aircraft operating from international airspace to scan deep into Libya and locate Libya’s nuclear bomb facilities. On the 31st December 2003, HMS Courageous returns to the Milky Way Galaxy, so that her crew can be transferred over to one of the four new Dreadnought class battleships that are almost complete. HMS Courageous is replaced as guard ship, by two Scorpion class heavy cruisers these are the two cruisers that are equipped with three AEM’s each. These two ships are HMS Dunkirk and HMS Jutland is now the two Scorpion class heavy cruisers now having their turn with the three AEM’s each these two Scorpion class heavy cruisers should be more than a match for any Wraith ship, especially working together. During 2004, the new Dreadnought class battleships will enter service with Royal Space Navy they will prove their worth in the years to come, with the Dreadnought class battleships becoming the main warship of Project Phoenix. A surprise awaits the Asgard, along with another discovery associated with this surprise. Anubis reaches stalemate in the civil war with those System Lords led by Lord Yu, thanks to the acquisition of one of Anubis’s upgraded warships allowing System Lords led by Lord Yu to upgrade their fleets. In the Pegasus Galaxy, Project Phoenix will stumble across a piece of ancient technology that will help in the new war against the Wraith. To be continued.