AN: (Repost from the Temp Boards) And here is my newest idea. This one is based off of a possible use for the Time Jumper from Moebius, namely an alternate take on the Ori War. In here, the Ori swarm the galaxy and overtake it far quicker than they can be stopped. Thus the Time Jumper is used, but if I say more it will spoil the story, so here we go: _________________________ Milky Way Galaxy Tollana One year after the Fall of Earth USS Daedalus/USS Prometheus ________________________________________ Floating in orbit of one of the few free planets left in the Milky Way Galaxy were the only remaining vestiges of the once powerful Tau'ri. They were the USS Daedalus and the USS Prometheus, though after a year on the run, no one cared about national distinctions anymore. The crews were composed of what remained of the free population of Earth, every nation that had a stake in the Stargate program represented. Both of the ships were hiding from the greatest enemy the Galaxy had ever faced. The seemingly unstoppable Ori Armada had been hunting them for a year now, ever since Earth had fallen. That battle had marked the end of any organized resistance to the Ori, as even the Ancient Drones in Antarctica had proven unable to stop the advance of the forces of Origin. Recognizing the inevitable fate of their planet, and seeing no way to stop the Ori, it had been decided that the only two intact and complete ships, the Daedalus and Prometheus would be used to evacuate as many people of Earth as possible. The older BC-303 had been ferrying people to a planet on the edge of the Milky Way, where what remained of the Asgard Fleet had taken them to Ida, where they would at least have some measure of safety. Following them was the majority of the shattered Free Jaffa Nation's fleet, towed by the Asgard vessels. As for the Daedalus, it was taking what people it could to Atlantis in the Pegasus Galaxy. The Ori knew nothing of that Galaxy, and even if they had, the Wraith were too big a force for them to tackle while subduing the Milky Way and keeping a wary eye on the Asgard. It was returning from these routine trips, that both vessels had been present at the Fall of Earth. A massive Ori fleet, numbering well into the double digits of warships, had descended on the birthplace of Humanity. By the time the Battlecruisers had arrived, the hulks of dozens of these vessels were orbiting the planet, all shattered by the Ancient Drones. But that weapon had run its course, destroyed by an Ori blast…leaving the planet at the mercy of the vengeful warships. The crews of Earth's own warships saw fires burning all over the planet, the evidence of Ori weapons fire…Washington, Moscow, London, Beijing, Paris…all of these great cities and many more, obliterated by the Ori. Even though the commanders of the Daedalus and Prometheus knew they couldn't harm the Ori ships, let alone that many of them, they still were going to attack. Colonels Caldwell and Pendergast where going to do everything in their power to avenge their fallen people, even if it meant their own deaths, and the crews were right behind them. But before they could, a shimmering field of stars cleared, revealing the incomplete USS Odyssey, and beneath it, the Naquadah asteroid that Anubis had tried to destroy Earth with. As the two Colonels looked on in shock, a message came from the Odyssey…standing in front of them on the other vessels bridge were familiar faces. General Jack O'Neill, Colonel Samantha Carter, Doctor Daniel Jackson, Colonel Cameron Mitchell, Teal'c, Vala Mal Doran…SG1, past and present, united in one final mission. "This is the USS Odyssey you have to leave now. Earth has fallen, and we need you to survive. Get back to Atlantis, and build up a fleet to come back to retake this galaxy," Colonel Jack O'Neill had said before turning to look at the Ori fleet rapidly approaching the asteroid, "Are we ready Carter? Good…this is goodbye then, give 'em hell boys!" With those words, a Mark IX nuke detonated beneath the Odyssey, the already massive blast quickly expanding as the massive asteroid enhanced the explosion. Just as Sam had predicted, the asteroids explosion resembled a miniature super-nova, vaporizing even the powerful Ori vessels instantly, and shattering the Moon, while blasting off Earth's atmosphere. The crews of the last two Earth vessels saluted their fallen comrades and after scanning for any survivors left the Solar System behind, a grave for the hopes of an entire people. Unfortunately, the Prometheus lacked powerful enough engines to make the trip to Pegasus. It would have taken several months, if it had arrived at all. And leaving behind one of the last ties to their homeworld was something that the crews refused to even contemplate. So after the older ship had taken shelter with the still hidden Nox, the Daedalus had used a ZPM that the Nox had given them to head back to Atlantis. Once there, it had dropped off the crystal to help defend the last bastion of Tau'ri power, before taking the nearly depleted ZPM that Atlantis had been using to get back to the Milky Way. Onboard was the Atlantis Expeditions equivalent to SG1, choosing to go back with the BC-304 in order to help in a guerrilla campaign against the Ori. Atlantis itself would continue the struggle against the Wraith, in addition to looking for Ancient Warships and any allies they could track down to eventually return to fighting the Ori. And all of that led to the current situation the ships found themselves in, floating over the graveyard of one of Earth's first 'friends' in a hostile galaxy. After the death of the Nox in another Ori attack, the two vessels had started using Tollana as a base. The planet had been abandoned ever since Anubis' attack, leading to it being a low priority target for the Ori. But that wouldn't last forever, which brings us to an argument currently raging on the larger warship over their next move. "I'm telling you, we can't just keep raiding like this. We are quickly running out of Naquadah, and our weapons are nearly depleted…we've already had to raid the Alpha Sites ruins, and there just aren't any left!" Rodney McKay shouted, always the voice of dissent. "Trust us, we know that Rodney…some days I wish I had just stayed in Pegasus," Colonel John Sheppard said, running a hand through his graying hair. "Atlantis can handle themselves John, we need to help the people of your galaxy," Teya Emmagan pointed out, having fully embraced her mission of helping her friend's people. "Except they don't want our help anymore…any humans or Jaffa left have been converted to Origin. Even the Asgard won't let us into their territory anymore," Rodney pointed out. "They can't risk us leading the Ori to their homeworld. Ida is a big galaxy, but after what happened to the Nox, I can't say I blame them," Stephen Caldwell said. The group was having an informal meeting on the Daedalus's bridge. The rest of the crew was looking on with expressions ranging from bemusement to sheer exhaustion. The last year had been hell on all of them, and it showed. They were slowly being run into the ground, unable to even dent the Ori's hold on their galaxy. And as Caldwell had pointed out, with the death of the Nox, they had lost their last safe haven. Even the Asgard were unwilling to fight the Ori any longer, content to protect what remained of the Tau'ri and Jaffa in their own galaxy. No one on either ship knew how that was going, since they hadn't seen so much as a Beliskner since Earth fell. "It still feels like a betrayal, they were our allies and they refuse to help us now...when our need has never been greater," Colonel Pendergast said, having beamed over from the Prometheus for the meeting. John nodded his head, "And we can't rely on the rest of the Galaxy either. We are in quite a pickle aren't we?" "Understating things as always! We can't hope to beat the Ori like this, and you know it," Rodney said, pointing an accusatory finger at John, the leader of their little fleet. "As much as I hate to agree with McKay," Caldwell started, earning a dirty look from the scientist, "he has a point. There is no way we can beat the Ori just by picking off their ground bases. The only weapons we had that could destroy one of their ships were the Mark IX's, and when they destroyed Icarus we lost our last source of Naquadria. We may have to use it now." Everyone aboard flinched at the emphasis that Caldwell put on that word. They knew exactly what he was talking about, and it had been sitting in the hanger of the Daedalus ever since it had been beamed aboard by the dying Odyssey. It seemed to be a standard Puddle Jumper at first, identical to the numerous shuttles aboard Atlantis. But a look in the back revealed a different object entirely…tied into the Jumpers systems was a unique device. Built by Janus, an Ancient scientist from Atlantis, it was a time machine, proven to work but very risky to use because of the damage to the timeline. Thus it had been gathering dust, the absolute last resort if the Ori ever cornered the two cruisers. "I don't care how bad things get, we can't use it. The damage to the timeline is too much to even think about!" Rodney protested, taking a complete 180 from his previous argument. "But it may be our only option Rodney. From what you have told me, that Jumper can allow us to stop the Ori before they ever got here," Teyla said calmly. "I'm still not sure using that Jumper is a good idea…could we even tie the device into the Daedalus? Or expand the field to include the Prometheus? I refuse to leave that ship behind, it has too much history," John added, to which everyone else (excepting Teyla) nodded. As Earth's first ship, and the home to its last people in the Milky Way, the Prometheus had transcended the purpose of a simple warship. It was a symbol now, one that they would never leave behind. This was the only reason the old warship was still intact. They would not risk it in the bigger attacks, leaving those to its newer sister. But if they were truly going to use Janus' device, they had to figure out a way to take it with them. "Theoretically it is possible to tie it into our systems," Rodney said, looking like the words were forced out of him by some disgusting creature, "And yes, we can include the Prometheus in the time field. But it would burn out the device. This would be a one-way trip, and I can't say if it will even work." "Which is why this is a last resort measure correct?" Pendergast asked, well aware that it was his ship tying them down. "Well, that and the chance of I don't know…wrecking the timeline beyond repair, that might have something to do with it," Rodney replied snidely. "Enough Rodney, we don't need an argument here. We won't use the Jumper unless we are out of other options. For now, let's just get it set up and we can move from there," John said, ending the meeting. The group filtered out of the bridge after that, except for Caldwell and Pendergast who were coordinating their commands. Rodney of course went straight to the hanger, grumbling all the way. He was not happy about having to work on such a risky endeavor. But he would do it, he owed his life to SG1, and they must have sent the Jumper for a reason. I swear, if Sam hadn't sent this I wouldn't be bothering… Rodney thought, as he worked on the Jumper. It would take a while, but eventually the device would be connected, and the ships would have a last-resort option under their belts. Until that day, the Daedalus would continue to be raiding the Ori, using the last of the Tollan's weapons as its own. But the day would soon come where they were unable to hide any longer… _______________________ A month later Tollana Orbit _____________________ For the first time in a month, both of the ageing vessels were together over Tollana. The Tollan weapons had proven to be no more effective against the Ori ships than anything else, and the planet was now the last habitable world that wasn't under Ori control. Knowing this, Rodney had finally finished integrating the device into the Daedalus' systems. It was ready, but it was still untested, so no one really knew what would happen. "Well John? Are we going to do this or not?" Rodney asked, fighting a nervous twitch that he had developed after all this time running from the Ori. "I hate to say it, but yes we are Rodney. If we are going to go back to the past, we will need weapons to fight off the Goa'uld, and we are nearly depleted in that regard," John replied, before touching his radio, "Are you ready up there?" "Ready when you are Colonel…we might want to hurry though, the Ori can't be far behind us," Caldwell said, with a similar statement from Pendergast on the Prometheus. John nodded and turned to Rodney, "Power it up Rodney, and hope we don't blow up." "Thanks for the vote of confidence," Rodney muttered, before powering up the device. A distortion effect soon surrounded the two cruisers, both floating dangerously close to the other. As the distortion grew larger, Ori ships flashed into the system, opening fire on the ships. Their beams passed through empty space however, as the two Tau'ri cruisers vanished from the timeline. The Ori were now the undisputed masters of the Milky Way Galaxy, and would remain so until a resurgent Free Jaffa Nation, and Tau'ri Remnant attacked from Ida, joined by the Lantean Alliance from Pegasus. But it would not be known to the crews of the cruisers, as they were gone forever as far as those groups were concerned… ______________________________ Meanwhile Sometime in the Past Unknown Location ___________________________ "Oww…what hit my head?" John said, slowly getting up from the deck of the Daedalus. "That would be me…you're remarkably hard-headed," Rodney replied, holding his side. The two glared at each other, before slowly walking to the bridge. Nothing seemed different; in fact it looked the same. As they reached the bridge though, they saw the first difference, that being the fact they were no longer in orbit of Tollana. In fact, there was no planet in sight just an endless starfield. "I see you two decided to join us," Caldwell said mildly, looking like he hadn't even left his seat. "Laugh it up why don't you," Rodney mumbled, while John stepped forward to ask a more pertinent question. "Where are we?" the man said calmly, "and more importantly…when are we?" "As near as I can tell, we are near Tollan, not Tollana. As for when, from the star patterns we are sometime around a month before Apophis attacked Earth the first time," Caldwell answered, still not quite able to believe their stunt worked. "What about the Prometheus?" John asked, not seeing the older warship. "Underneath us, just like we left them," Caldwell said, right before the smaller ship came into view. "So we're both here…now what?" Rodney asked. "Now what indeed…" John said, staring out at the stars, untouched by the taint of the Ori. Maybe this time they could do things right…they could even head off some of the worst parts of the Goa'uld war…they had to make the most of this chance! _________________________________ AN: And there we go. Please read and review, I need to know how I did. As for why I used the Atlantis team...its simply easier to handwave away their past selves (at this point in the timeline anyway) than SG1's past selves. Thus we have Atlantis with SG1. Oh, and I am well aware in canon the Odyssey would have been finished...but this is an AU remember? Just clearing that up. Also, I posted this here because I was hoping for more constructive reviews than I get on FFN...so I hope to see some reviews for this.