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13 December 2011 @ 06:20 pm
SGA Fic: Darkness Is the Only Sound  
Title: Darkness Is the Only Sound
Author: michelel72
Genre/Rating: Gen; FRT for themes
Wordcount: 27,000
Timeline/Spoilers: Follows canon through 3x14 "Tao of Rodney" but turns decidedly AU before 3x17 "Sunday". Tiny character-background spoilers from 4x15 "Outcast".
Warnings: References to genocide; brief descriptions of OC tortures and deaths (including children); body horror; captivity and minor torture; ableist language and slurs in POV; mental programming without permission
Disclaimer/Policies: This is a work of fanfiction inspired by the television series "Stargate: Atlantis" and "Stargate: SG-1". All feedback of any length, including constructive criticism, always welcome. If my warnings for triggers/squick are inadequate, please let me know.
Notes/Credits: Title from "Gypsy" by the Moody Blues. valleya provided very helpful early-version feedback; no formal beta for the final version.

Summary: The expedition finds surprising signs of a long-missing race, but a greater surprise lies in store.

My apologies to my Livejournal friends. I've tried to cross-post everything to all three sites I use, but this story would require four posts to fit on LJ with the chapter-break at the right place. I'm instead posting just at AO3 and DW, but this post will remain available for commenting for those who prefer LJ.

Chaptered at AO3
Single-page at Dreamwidth
Frith: SGA - Rodney - bw windowfrith_in_thorns on December 14th, 2011 01:19 am (UTC)
It's 1am and I've forgotten my DW password.
It's so great to see another story from you! And this was really, really cool, in concept and execution. You totally got me with the twist - and I really liked that alien POV.

I also loved all the team moments, you always nail the characters. Loved John being impatient and out of his depth but still being supportive of Rodney, and practical, and I loved Teyla being able to connect to Rodney like that. Ronon reciting poetry! Rodney hitting the evil guy with a chair! (IKEA terraforming! *g*) Basically, I loved this fic *gg* And the end, with Atlantis singing, that's gorgeous :D

Oh, also! I love you so much for making the Furlings have four-fingered hands because "oh, the ancient galactic civilisation had all their maths in base eight for no apparent reason" has always massively bugged me XD
michelel72: SGA-Rodney-Fingermichelel72 on December 14th, 2011 04:37 pm (UTC)
Re: It's 1am and I've forgotten my DW password.
Oh, thank you so much! I'm pleased that the twist got you, and I'm delighted you think I nailed the characters.

And — I know, right? Sure, civilizations might work in specific bases like 8 or 16 once they find a need for them, but very early in their development, they're going to base their counting systems on something in their environment. I find the theory that we use base 10 because of our ten fingers persuasive (as you may have guessed, hee!).