Rec Category: Teal’c
Categories: Teal’c, Bra'tac, angst, drama, character study, pre-series
Author on LJ: beatrice_otter
Author's Website: Beatrice Otter's stories at ff.net
Link: Pale Battalions
Why This Must Be Read: Teal'c goes home after a glorious battle in Apophis' name.
Too many people forget that Teal'c carries the burden of decades of personal history in the service of Apophis. In Pale Battalions, Beatrice Otter gives us a younger Teal'c, going through the motions – not quite ready to rebel, but all too aware that something is wrong.
There's bleakness contrasted by the easy convictions of those around him, and the hollowness of victory and reward when flashbacks of death still haunt him. This isn't the Teal'c we know, not yet – but this is the man who will become that Teal'c, and it's marvelous to catch a glimpse of the stirring of doubt and disillusion.
This story was remixed into the incredible None But Ourselves by cofax7, which carries the painful thread of this forward to SG-1's time. But Pale Battalions is a weighty, thoughtful piece in its own right: a Teal'c who wonders, and watches, but still goes through the motions. Read this one and savor.
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