“It doesn’t make sense,” Sam protested. “If you’re going to use the game to teach them an offworld language, why not let them learn it unconsciously? And why give them swords and armor? If these are supposed to be SGC scenarios – it’s like sending people up against a tank with a paintball gun!”
“Such weapons are considered primitive by all the advanced races,” Teal’c agreed. “Yet the ancestors of the Tau’ri found them sufficient to drive Ra from Earth.” He studied the screen. “I am curious to see what allies Kayaba crafted for his game.”
“No kidding,” Jack agreed, pressing play. “Too short to be most of the guys we know, and eyes like that aren’t Asgard….”
Something massive moved in the bushes.
“Definitely not Asgard,” Janet managed, as creatures like nine-foot panthers flowed out of bushes and trees. Dark fur shimmered with hints of violet and azure. Long, razor-edged tentacles, rooted behind the shoulder-blades, tested the air in lazy curls. And the teeth….
Argo wasn’t the only one who gulped.
Teal’c straightened. “They bear Jaffa marks.”
Traced in seared brands on furred brows, instead of black tattoos or golden discs. But definitely Jaffa symbols.
A gray-muzzled felinoid approached the pair, one eye cloudy with age. <<How is it that a two-legs speaks the tongue of the gods?>>
<<The yuan-ti aren’t gods,>> Kirito stated. <<You know that, or you wouldn’t be fighting them!>> He jerked his head toward the shadows. <<Some of your pride let me help them. I don’t know what other humans have done to you, but Argo and Fuurinkazan are in my pride.>> He lifted one shoulder, a half-shrug. <<As for how I know – I found where you were teaching the cubs….>>
“Oh, that’s a lousy spot to cut it!” Jack grumbled, as the image shrank to black. Hitting pause, he eyed a very startled Jaffa. “Anybody else hear what I just heard?”
Teal’c eyed the video as if it’d turned into a scorpion. “The creature had the voice of Tekma’teh Bra’tac.”
“He did,” Sam agreed, shaken. “That was really weird, sir.”
“Okay, that I missed.” Jack shook his head. “‘We come in peace. The Goa’uld aren’t gods.’ Anybody else think Kayaba stole our script? And while we’re on the subject… Danny? You have any Japanese kids we don’t know about?”