Tor Alexander Valenza
Sam is looking at some trinium
"It's our hope that this material may
one day help us fight the Goa'uld."
"What is it?"
"Trinium. Captain Conner and SG11 discovered
it on a routine exploratory mission
on the planet PXY-887."
"Yeah, I remember hearing about this.
It's supposed to be 100 times lighter
and stronger than steel."
"That's a sample of raw Trinium which
is too brittle for manufacturing because
of its impurities. We commissioned SG-11
to extract more Trinium samples from
the planet. As of this morning, the
are 48 hours overdue for the weekly
check-in. It's time to find out why."
"Any indigenous people on the planet?"
"Well, not according to a preliminary
sweep by the UAV."
"Well, it is a big planet, sir."
"True enough, and Conner's people have
only scouted within a few miles of the
base camp, but they picked up no radio
traffic, EM signatures...no sign of
any indigenous life whatsoever."
The klaxons go off
"SG-11 is returning."
"There'd better be a damned good explanation."
They look through the window, down into the gateroom. An arrow
comes through the gate and smashes through the glass
"Everyone all right?"
Jack has been hit in the arm by the arrow
Daniel, Sam and Teal'c go to see Jack
"We're about ready to ship out, sir.
You gonna be ok?"
"I'm not dead, Captain, just grounded
for a few days."
"Well, if the bullet-proof glass hadn't
slowed it down.
"Oh, please, aliens are always poking
me full of holes."
Y ou might be interested to know that
the arrow was native North American,
but of advanced design."
"Our preliminary tests show it was made
of pure forged Trinium. If there are
Native Americans on this planet, they've
come a long way, technologically, in
the past few hundred years."
"And we just marched in and started
"I've just talked to the Pentagon. While
they're obviously concerned about finding
SG-11, they also want to avoid further
upsetting the indigenous people."
"Meaning the don't want to risk losing
"You're secondary objective is to negotiate
a mining treat with these people. Obviously,
we've started our relations on the wrong
"But that's so rare, sir."
"Captain, as you are taking over command
of SG-1 on this mission, my superiors
have ordered me to remind you to be
"Just as I would be."
"SG-1, you have a go."
"I'll do my best, sir."
"I know you will, Captain."
The team enter SG3's camp
"Captain Carter, I am outside the blasting
site. It appears to be deserted. I will
"Affirmative. At location now."
Daniel and Sam enter a tent. She sniffs at a coffee pot
Daniel turns on a computer
"Currently extracting an average of
47 pounds of Trinium ore per day to
increase our production four fold as
the engineers have requested. It's a
requisition request from Captain Conner.
He just stops in mid sentence."
"Looks like they all stopped what they
were doing and just left."
"I found no sign of struggle at the
blast site. However, a pair of footprints
led me to two separate detonators. The
first had been discharged. The second
"So SG-11 was taken by surprise before
the second charge went off."
"That was my first conclusion, but there
were no footprints leading away from
the mine. It's as if they disappeared
where they were standing."
Teal'c goes outside to investigate a noise. There is a wolf up
on the hilltop. Daniel and Sam join Teal'c
"I am certain I heard something."
"Jaffa do not believe in such things."
"Let's see if we can't find something
They are walking through the tree's
They come to a totem pole. At the top is a blackbird and it also
includes images of a wolf and a snake.
"Trinium, just like the arrow." "Can
you interpret it Daniel?"
"It's a clan crest, I believe, akin
to the style of the central coast Salish
Indians. It...it tells the story of
the clans origin. This one tells of
how they were brought here from a distant
planet by evil rulers. Now, according
to this figure (he points to a face
not unlike Teal'c's, tattoo and all),
uh, the evil rulers were probably Jaffa,
taking them from Earth."
"So this was once a Goa'uld planet?"
"Well, according to the crest, the Goa'uld
were destroyed by Xe-ls, who's protected
them ever since."
"He's the Salish's main spirit. On Earth
he's a benevolent one, traditionally,
and represented by this raven figure."
The wolf appears
"It was there."
"I heard that."
The three of them are hit by darts and fall to the ground unconscious
A Salish Village
The team are at an Indian reservation. They are inside a building.
They wake up and Sam goes to the door, where she is stopped by
an Indian brandishing a bow and arrow.
"Whoa! Hi, we were just stretching our
legs." If we're prisoners, it's a good
sign that Conner and SG-11 are too."
"This dwelling makes an odd prison."
"I don't know. These walls are made
of a flexible Trinium fiber. I'll bet
it's water-proof and it is incredibly
"It's amazing, they've managed to evolve
technologically, yet essentially maintain
their way of living."
"Yet we observed no facilities for manufacturing.
There should be visual indications of
"Well, the Salish on Earth are migratory
depending on the season, so.
"Wonder how far we are from the mining
Some Indians enter the room
"Couple of days walk. I am Tonane."
"Captain Samantha Carter, SGC."
"OK, how about Sam?"
These are my friends.Dr. Daniel Jackson..."
"I am Teal'c."
"The spirits say you have a demon inside
"The demon will cause you no harm. I
give you my word."
"Normally, that would mean a great deal
to me, but how do I know the value of
your word? We've only just met."
"We mean you no harm, Tonane."
"If you mean us no harm, why did you
"Self-defense. Our friends are missing.
We need to find them."
"They're not missing. They're with the
"Wha...you mean dead?"
"No, no, no, with the spirits."
"You don't know the spirits, Sam?"
"Oh, we know the spirits. We definitely
know the spirits, but there's so many
in the forest. Specifically which spirits
are they with?"
"Xe'ls probably. Maybe T'akaya."
"Are we prisoners?"
"No. You're free to go."
"Can we have our weapons back?"
The team prepare to leave the village
"One more thing, Tonane, our friends.
"We were returning from our winter camp
and we saw your friends making war on
our mountain, trying to take the key."
"Yeah, that's what your friend called
it. After Xe'ls took your friends, he
told me to shoot an arrow through the
circle of standing water to warn your
kind not to return. I guess you didn't
"Oh, no, we understood, but warning
or no warning, it's not our custom to
abandon our friends."
" I could introduce you to Xe'ls...and
we could tell him it was all a misunderstanding."
"So, what you're saying is, you'll take
us to where our friends are?"
"I don't know where your friends are,
but Xe'ls will."It wouldn't hurt to
ask. Right, Sam?"
"Clearly, Tonane is blaming the spirits
for his actions."
"Well clearly, but if it's the only
way to get back SG-11, then I say we
They follow Tonane
"Look, where ever we're going...there's
probably going to be a ceremony of some
kind. I don't know, they might even
ask you to dance. But whatever it is,
no matter how ridiculous it may seem,
just try to go along with it."
"Don't worry.Tonane, uh, I was wondering,
how is it that you remove the impurities
from the ke so that it won't crumble?"
"Well, first, we ask the, uh, the spirits
to ask the mountain for the key. Then,
if the mountain is in a good mood, they
drop the ke in the river. The river
cleans the key until it's shiny, and
then we take it out of the river and
shape it into whatever we need."
"Wait, you're not going to perform and
ceremonial dance or something?"
"My great, great grandfather used to
call the spirits that way, but one day
Xe'ls just said, call my name, and that's
what we do."
The Wolf appears
"T'akaya, my friend. My, your coat shines
beautifully today."A little flattery
couldn't hurt, Sam."
"My, what big eyes you have."
"Ask her about your friends."
"T'akaya,do you think our friends might
"She's right there."
"I can only see a wolf, Tonane. Uh,
a beautiful animal, granted, but not
"You can't see the wind, either, Sam,
but you know it's there. You can hear
it. You can feel it. You can see its
effects on the trees. It's the same
with the spirits. You see a wolf, but
T'akaya is there."
A raven lands on the tree behind them
"Tonane, is that Xe'ls?"
"Yes, it is, Daniel."
Daniel speaks to the bird
"Xe'ls, we mean you and Tonane no harm.
We apologize for any misunderstanding
you've had with our friends. If you
would release them we'd be very greatful."Did
you hear that? I'm almost sure that
he said he would release them."
"I believe I heard it also."
"Is that what you heard, Sam?"
"Uh,what I heard was a little different."
"I thought I heard him say that he would
think about it, then he would get back
"Right, that's what I heard."
"Well, are you sure? I mean, he just.
"Daniel forget it. Let's just let the
bird think about it. Come on.Tonane,
do you mind if we look around a little
while Xe'ls is making up his mind?
"Find by me. Xe'ls will catch up to
The raven returns
"Well, that was fast.
I'm sorry, I missed that one."
"Xe'ls has granted your request. Your
friends will be released."
"Did he say when?"
SG11 walks out into the clearing
"How does it feel to see the wind, Sam?"
They all return to the village
"So, where have you been for the last
"I can't say. The last thing I remember,
I was writing a requisition for more
blasting caps. Next thing I know I'm
walking out of this mist and there you
"And that's it?"
"Yes, .except my head feels like it
just got back from a 3-day pass, but
I don't remember having a good time.
We must have been drugged."
"As were we."
"Hello, Captain. Still smiling, I hope.
"Whoa., Tonane. Captain, this is Tonane.
He's our friend. He said he asked you
to stop blasting. Is that true?"
"Yes, he did, but we'd already set two
hot charges. I told him to wait until
after the blast and then we'll talk.
He just walked away."
"OK. It's not so important right now.
You can save it for the report. Tonane,
perhaps you and I can have that conversation
that Captain Conner should have had
with you earlier?"
"About taking the key from the mountain?"
"That's not up to me, Sam. You have
to ask the elders of my village."
Sam meets with the village elders
"I am sorry. We understand, Sam, that
you have no ill intentions. That you
only wish to extract the key. "But your
methods are wasteful and violent. They
not only upset our people, but our spirits.
"Why can you not be content with the
key that the spirits send down the river?"
"Our people may need more than the river
can provide, but we don't wish to shorten
your supply. Now, we do have other mining
methods that are less destructive."
"Perhaps Tonane could return with you
through the circle of standing water
and see these methods?"
"Yeah, that's a solution. Um, have any
of your people ever traveled through
the circle before?"
The raven is in the building
"The spirits say it's too dangerous."
"Can't be that dangerous. They're alive,and
I love to travel."
"Great,then it's settled."
Sam speaks to Jack, who is still in the infirmary
"So, the elders agreed to allow Tonane
to come back and observe our alternative
mining methods and here we are."
"Sounds like fun. I'm sorry I missed
it. Good job, Captain."
"Thank you, sir. How's the.
Hammond brings Tonane into the infirmary
"I thought you were gonna show me your
mining methods, George."
"We intend to, but first we need you
to take a brief medical exam."
"Tonane, this is Colonel Jack O'Neill."
"Yeah, that'll do. It's an honor to
meet you, sir."
"I know it looks strange, Tonane, but
it's completely safe. Even our people
are being examined."
"Don't worry, Tonane, it won't hurt."
They show Tonane the various mining methods
"Stop the image, please."These ways
are just as wasteful and destructive
as the others."
"That's only the first part of the process,
Tonane. Later, we restore the land and
replant the trees. You haven't seen
those images yet."
"I'm convinced that our way is best."
"Your way meaning,your spirits ask the
mountain to send the stuff to you down
"Yes, Jack. It's the best way, and the
only way we will allow you to take the
"I see. Perhaps, Dr. Jackson would show
you the rest of our facility? I'm sure
you'll find it interesting."
Yes.I'd also like to show you images
of your ancestors."
"Oh, yeah.This may come as a bit of
a shock, but we believe that your great-great-great-great-great-great-great
grandfather may have actually come from
I'll show you."
They leave the room
"Well his mind's made up."
"They are offering to share the Trinium,
"Small deposits, washed down from the
mountain over thousands of years. That
may be enough Trinium to meet the needs
of Tonane's tribe, but not enough for
any practical application. Therefore,
I have been ordered to consider other
"Nothing sinister, Captain. The N I
D. has a proposal before the Pentagon
suggesting that when the Salish migrate
south, we send another SG team to the
planet to continue extracting samples
and leave again before the Salish return."
"You mean steal it."
"I'm not comfortable with that sir."
"Sir, they set us free last time, but
if they caught us mining the mountain
again, they might not be so gracious."
"I don't like the idea of lying to Tonane's
people any more than you do, but the...
"Sir, I am all for getting the Trinium,
but there has to be an alternative."
"Is anyone at the Pentagon or along
the chain of command remotely concerned
about their aboriginal rights, repeating
history, that annoyingly pesky moral
"That's enough, Colonel."
"With respect, General, I think he's
"Yeah, what the hell, worked before..."
"I've got assurances that it will only
be a small exploratory operation with
much less damage to the mountainside,
and hopefully, what they don't know
won't hurt them. Dismissed."
"Colonel, we should go back in there
Jack walks off on his own
"He is very upset."
"Yeah, so am I."
Connor goes into Hammonds office
"I have a meeting, Captain. Was there
He hit's his fists together and Hammond disappears. Connor goes
to the briefing room, where the rest of SG11 are waiting.
"As I suspected, they intend to deceive
our friend Tonane. It's time to show
the Earthlings the power of the spirits."
They begin to go through the base, people disappearing as they
repeat what they did to Hammond
"Code 9! Code 9!"
"Move! Move! Let's go!"
Jack manages to hide just in time
He goes into the control room, closes the blast doors and sounds
the alarm. He then sends a message to the entire base.
"Code 9! Code 9! This is not a drill!
I repeat, not a drill!"
Daniel and Tonane are walking down a hallway
"What's that sound mean, Daniel?"
"Uh, it means that, It means that I'm
gonna show you a part of the base that
most people rarely get to see."
He opens a storage closet door. They go inside.
Jack bumps into Sam and Teal'c
"Are we the only ones to make it to
"Looks like it. Why the code 9?"
"Brace yourself.SG-11 is bopping around,
waving their arms, making our people
"So we did not bring back SG11?"
"I don't think so. Where's Tonane?"
"With Daniel. Archives."
"From where did the alarm originate?"
They get to the lab, and find Dr Warner
"The corridors and the other lab are
"It's Tonane. He came into the Infirmary
and just waved his hand and made everyone
disappear.I hid. He didn't see me. I
pushed the panic button after he left."
"What about Conner and his team?"
"It's Tonane we have to find. The others
Warner walks out of the room
They follow him
"So, who are you?"
"Excuse me? Dr. Warner."
Jack points his gun at him
"I don't think so."
"I am one of Tonane's guardian spirits,
Colonel O'Neill. If you know where he
is, take me to him. Otherwise, if you
harm him or myself, your people will
never be returned to you."
"We don't respond well to threats."
"Neither do we."
He get's ready to make them disappear. Teal'c zats him and he
falls to the ground, and changes into his true form. His face
appears to have gills.
"You will be punished."
"All right, let's get him,it, back to
One of the aliens is now disguised as Hammond. He's walking through
"It's all right airmen. She's with me."
The airmen disappear.
"I have lost contact with Xe-ls. Has
Tonane been found?"
"Stay here in the form of the General.
No one is to leave. I will find Xe'ls
and Tonane. If we lose contact, destroy
this place and return home with the
T'akaya turns back into the wolf
Daniel is peeping out from the storage closet and see's everything
"Anyway, like I was saying, this is
a store room and the reason we store
things is so that we always have them
on hand. Like this
"Can I go home now?"
"OK, Tonane, I won't lie to you. There
is a problem. We have to find Jack."
"OK. He's not in here."
Xe'ls is in the infirmary
"Is he gonna be all right?"
"It's hard to say, sir. The only real
sign will be when he has the strength
to make us all disappear."
Daniel and Tonane enter
"Are you, you?"
"Never mind. Tonane, we need to talk."
"Daniel says you have some problems.
Maybe I should just go home."
"Uh, not just yet. Our people are disappearing
all over the base and it has something
to do with you. Did you know Conner
and SG-11 were really aliens?"
"What are aliens?"
Jack takes him to see Xe'ls
"That is an alien. It also happens to
be one of your spirits."
"Xe'ls? Is that you?" If he was, Jack,
he's probably answer."
"In the world of my origin there were
beings who pretended to be gods so they
could conquer my people and rule with
fear. Perhaps that is the way of your
"I feel sorry for your people, Teal'c,
but my spirits aren't evil. They don't
rule us. They protect us."
"Tonane, that is Xe'ls, and right now,
he's trying to conquer this base. Now,
I wanna know why and, more importantly,
I wanna know how to stop him."
"The spirits I know wouldn't threaten
your people,unless you were doing something
to threaten mine. Are you, Jack? Because
if you are, there's no way to stop them.
Xe'ls and T'akaya and the other spirits,
they'll destroy you."
The team talk
"OK, from what I overheard, they won't
destroy the base until they've found
"Clearly, we must convince the aliens
that we will make no further attempts
to extract Trinium from their world."
"The fact is, we got caught plotting
behind closed doors. Now, I don't know
how we're gonna convince 'em our word
is good for squat. I mean, my God, we
shot that one. We come across any more
of them, I don't think it's gonna be
a very long conversation."
"OK. We can still appeal to the elders.
Tell them what's happened."
"You mean, fess up Yeah, OK. You and
Teal'c try and gate back. See if you
can get 'em to speak to the spirits
Daniel and Teal'c leave the room
"Tonane, it's time for the truth."
Daniel and Teal'c are in the control room. Daniel opens the blast
doors and see's the wolf sitting on the ramp. Teal'c begins to
leave the room.
"No,just let me try and talk to her
first. Wait here."
Daniel goes into the gateroom
"T'akaya,before you make me disappear
or bite me, just hear me out."
The wolf transforms into T'akaya's true form. Teal'c disappears
from the control room as the aliens enter there. T'akaya begins
to raise her hands.
"Wait, wait, wait, wait! I know where
"Where? Where is Xe'ls?"
"Do you promise to hear me out?"
"Sir, it's possible he's still suffering
from the effects of the Zat gun."
"I don't think so, Captain. He just
doesn't want to show himself."
Tonane disappears. An alien enters and Sam is taken. Jack points
"Wait! No! Jack,it's OK. Just let them
tend to Xe-ls."
"How do I know you're really Daniel?"
The aliens line up either side of Xe'ls and put their hands together.
A light is emitted and after a short time, Xe'ls wakes up
They all appear in the gateroom
T'akaya, destroy this place."
"Wait! You promised to listen."
"What they don't know won't hurt them.
Isn't that what your leader said, Colonel?
Their word means nothing."
"And so would mine, if I were to do
as you asked. I have made a promise
to this one, so that we could save your
"I am listening, but I do not guarantee
that your words will sway me from punishing
"For trying to deceive the Salish and
steal our key, and for attempting to
destroy the trust and faith between
Tonane's people and my own."
"OK. I give you my word that we'll give
up this mining operation."
"Even if we could trust you, your superiors
will not be swayed by your oath."
"So, don't take my word. Shut down your
Stargate. That way, no one will be able
to come to your planet unless you allow
"Star travel is of no use to us. Let
us close down the gate."
"This does not erase the second transgression."
"What? Exposing who you are to Tonane?
You've been posing as gods, for heaven's
"Is that what you believe we do? When
we removed the Goa'uld from our planet
a millennia ago, we adapted our form
to those of the Salish spirits so that
we could protect and coexist along side
them in harmony, without interfering
in their natural evolution, and now,
because of you, that harmony has been
"In time, they will fear us, and use
the key we scatter through the rivers
and forge weapons against us."
"No. The Salish people you honour, came
from this world. Even now they value
the natural world far more than technology.
"If you really do respect Tonane's people,
you shouldn't be posing as their spirits.
"Our friend. Tonane, is wise,and so
is our friend, Jack."
"So he is."
"Tonane, Xe'ls. Xe'ls,Tonane."
"So, you're Xe'ls?"
"And I am T'akaya. We are honored by
the names your forefathers have given
"You view us now in our true form, but
this is only one of many forms we can
take. Our friends from this world call
us aliens. You call us spirits. From
now on, Tonane, you and your people
will view us in the form which pleases
"You have always been kind to my people.
So, whatever makes you happy."
"I think this form makes us happy.
"Does this mean I can go home now?"
Yeah, I think it does."
"Oh, wait! What about our friends?"
"Your friends are right beside you,
Everyone re-appears as Xe'ls hits his fists together
"Um.I'll explain it all later, sir."
Jack waves to Tonane, who goes through the gate