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Stargate: Excalibur is set two years after the last episode of Stargate: Atlantis, "Enemy at the Gate". The events of Stargate: Universe have not happened, though certain developments about the Lucian Alliance may be imported. Needing to watch Stargate: Universe or Stargate: Atlantis is unnecessary, though having watched a lot of Stargate: SG-1 would be very helpful to understanding the universe of Stargate: Exalibur.
In the two years since the end of Stargate: Atlantis, the city-ship Atlantis has returned to the Pegasus Galaxy, and the Stargate Council has invested fresh resources in the expedition, including combating the Wraith and developing allies and resources in the new galaxy as a means of flanking rivals in the Milky Way.
Since the end of the Ori War, the Milky Way has settled into relative stability that hasn't been seen since the days before the death of Ra at the hands of the Tau'ri, but its not a galaxy that is necessarily Earth's oyster. The loss of Dakara has fractured the Free Jaffa into competing factions and fiefdoms. Teal'c and Bra'tac lead one of the leading such factions, and this faction is allied with the Tau'ri, but there are factions that are as powerful or nearly so that distrust or even hate the Tau'ri.
Meanwhile, the Lucian Alliance, after a period of civil war after the death of Netan has also returned to the level of threat to the Tau'ri's operations, even managing to reverse engineer technologies from abandoned Ori ships to improve their own weapons. While no longer as centrally run as it was under Netan, the new diffuse and Federal Nature of the Alliance makes dealing with it harder.
So far, these various factions, and other, smaller ones, such as the Hebredians and others have avoided open conflict, but the galaxy is in a state of Cold War, with skirmishes between various factions far from unheard of.
The IOA has since turned into the Stargate Council, which has more ability to direct Stargate Operations, and is represented by each nation-state that knows about the Stargate. The Big Five (The US, The UK, France, Russia and China) hold most of the power and authority and still provide most of the military force for the Council, with the US being the leader there, though the disparity is no longer as much as it was, with the other Four powers now in possession of their own Daedalus-class warships.
While going through the Ancient Database on Atlantis, a particular Stargate Address was discovered. But it wasn't an address to a planet in the Pegasus Galaxy, but rather the address of a planet in the Milky Way. The Database referred to it as 'Vis Embaron', and the details on it were extensive. During the time when the Ancients reigned in the Milky Way Galaxy in the 'Alliance of the Four Races' period millions of years ago, Vis Embaron was a densely populated world near the edge of the Milky Way and possibly, depending on how one translated a certain passage, some kind of regional administrative center and possibly even some kind of fleet base. Obviously, such a planet would be of great interest to the Tau'ri and their allies.
Unfortunately, it was found that Earth had already tried to dial the relevant planet, having gotten the address from when then Colonel O'Neill had had the knowledge of the Ancients downloaded into his head - and had been unable to make a connection, suggesting that the planet's stargate was either buried or otherwise lost. Now that the had a pressing reason to actually go there, the Excalibur Project was put together to bring manpower and resources there by ship, unbury the gate (or move a new one there) and begin work on the new site.
Another problem, however was that the planet was very close to Lucian Alliance-controlled space. Without Gate access, it hadn't been on the Goa'uld's radar, and thus it was extremely unlikely that that the Lucian Alliance had gone to the world. But the location of the world gave the Stargate Council another reason to support the project - it would be a wonderful location from which to keep an eye on Lucian Alliance operations in the area as well as engage in small-scale operations against them.
The Stargate Council managed to force the United States to agree to the chief military officer of the new base would not be a member of the U.S. Military. However, in agreeing to this, the US decided to ensure that an American Civilian would be the ultimate leader of the project. It was agreed that Dr. Daniel Jackson was acceptable to all parties, and he was, after all, the foremost expert on the Ancients in two Galaxies.
The military leader of the base is Colonel Anastasia Zhukova, a Russian, but the military contingent is made up of members of the militaries of all of the 'Big Five' and a handful of soldiers from other members of the Stargate Council. The civilians come from every Stargate Council member nation.
The plan is for the United Kingdom's Daedalus-Class warship Queen Victoria to take the initial 200 or so members of the expedition to Vis Emberon, and then once the gate is unburied to send in more people from Earth by Stargate. The Queen Victoria will then leave behind thirty-two X-302 fighters, with the pilots being from all five of the 'Big Five'.
Doctor Daniel Jackson - Leader of the Excalibur Expedition
Colonel Anastaisa Zhukova - Military Leader of the Excalibur Expedition, Subordinate to Dr. Jackson
Captain Robert Townsend, Royal Navy - Captain of the HMS Queen Victoria, Daedalus-Class warship.
More May be added as time goes on.
There are a number of types of characters you could create. Obviously, you can be one the Tau'ri, a soldier or a civilian, but there are other possibilities as well.
You could play a Tok'ra. While the Tok'ra are diminished from what they were, they are still a presence in the Galaxy complete with one of the best spy networks on the side of the Tau'ri. Relations between the Tau'ri and the Tok'ra have managed to improve in recent times, and its entirely possible one or two Tok'ra may be part of the Excalibur Project.
You could also be one of the Jaffa from a faction that is friendly to Earth, included on the expedition as a gesture of goodwill to the allied faction by Earth perhaps, or what have you.
And finally, you could play a human from an advanced world that Earth has allied with, perhaps even helped design their own stargate program, such as Langara, Hebredia, Pangar, Tegrea, or even one you've made up yourself.
All possibilities. What you absolutely CANNOT do is play any canonical characters.
To join, make a character by filling out the Character Sheet below, and submit it in this thread for my approval. All characters must be approved before use in the Rp.
Race: (Human, Jaffa, Tok'ra)
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Age: (Age of the Host, if you're a Tok'ra)
Appearance: (Picture or words)