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ACT 5 ACT 1: Under Pressure

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 "So, miss... Ka'turnal, right? I'm not pronouncing that wrong?"

"No, you're not."

"Miss Ka'turnal, what can you tell us about the G'uld?"

"First of all, it's 'Goa'uld', not 'G'uld.'"

"Right, sorry. Seems someone typo'd that on my briefing."

"As for what I can tell you about the Goa'uld." A hum, and a pause. "I could start with their long and rampant history of taking hosts that were not their own. Things I was not exactly present for, but remember just the same due to our long inbuilt genetic histories. But the Goa'uld empire as most know it today didn't exist back then. And even as it existed before the Goa'uld came to Earth would be unrecognizable."

"So how did the current galactic climate start?"

"As it always does, with one soul triumphing over the others and claiming themselves king, or the Grandest of Grandest System Lords..." A pause. "Of course, for most people in our galaxy, they would assume I was talking about when Ra took over Earth. But no. I'm talking about something very few people knew about, one of them being my former master, Lady Nirrti, and I through her memories."

"And what's that?"

"The day Anubis was kicked out from the council for consuming the symbiote of one of his rivals in a bid for power... in front of Ra, and the others." A pause follows, letting that sink in, and then, she continues, "Naturally, Anubis is quit the problem in our Galaxy right now."

"What can you tell me about Anubis?"

"First, I can tell you what he is not. He is not a Goa'uld. He's given up his physical form to become something else entirely. It's in becoming that something else that, while he wears the continued trappings of a Goa'uld System Lord, he acts in a way that is clearly different. He thinks himself above even the other Goa'uld. Claiming that he is the only true God among them. None of the Goa'uld are, on that we could agree if not for the fact that he thinks he is above it all by the nature of what he has become."

"And that is?"

"A monster."

"A monster?"

"It's quite simple really. He's not a mortal being made up of matter, but neither is he a near-immortal being made up of energy, nearly impossible to kill from the perspective of our existence. He is somewhere in between. An abomination. A monstrosity. A living Paradox. He has no DNA, yet he has a body. He is a creature of energy, and yet he is bound by the laws of gravity and must walk on the ground just the same as you or I." A pause. "He is a monster. A powerful one, yes... but he is a monster. A monster that has delusions of godhood, and, if rumors are to be believed... not even working alone."

"Oh?"

"I'm not sure if this is something I'm allowed to share on an interview or not, so if it turns out I've overstepped, do cut this line."

"Of course, naturally."

"...We have reason to believe Anubis is working with another monstrosity. A being who thinks himself a god above gods."

"I can't imagine how two megalomaniacs like that would ever get along."

"No, it's clear as day to me that whatever alliance Anubis and this other monster have, it's as stable as a slumbering volcano about to be pushed to its boiling point." A pause, a positive hum, accompanied by a nod. "Yes, I do believe that if we do not find a way to eliminate either in a timely fashion, they are going to turn on each other."