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07/22/2011 01: PM
General wolf abilities
GENERAL WOLF ABILITIES.
In their wolf forms, shape-shifters can run extremely fast, exceeding speeds of 100 miles per hour. According to Jacob, it is better and faster than a motorcycle, and that is "the best part" of being a wolf. The comparison with the vampires' speed is quite clear, Bella herself notes that riding on Edward's back as he runs is "a hundred times better than on the motorcycle."
Even in his human form, Jacob is faster than regular humans: "Then I turned and sprinted through the parking lot, across the road, and into the bordering forest. He flitted into the trees, swift and sleek as a deer." (Jacob Black, Breaking Dawn).
The wolves caught Laurent, showing that they are as fast as or faster than some vampires; however, they were unable to catch Victoria, who is exceptionally fast for a vampire and also gifted with escaping. Bella says: "I couldn't imagine the wolves running faster than a vampire. When the Cullens ran, they all but turned invisible with speed." This may have to do with the werewolves being quadrupeds (using four feet to run) as opposed to bipedal vampires. It seems that speed is their real weapon, along with the exchange of thoughts within the pack that makes them able to coordinate when they hunt.
Their reflexes are highly developed: "With stunning speed, Jacob yanked a can opener from the counter and launched it at Jared's head. Jared's hand flicked up faster than I would have thought possible, and he snagged the tool just before it hit his face." Also in Eclipse, at the Quileute bonfire, Paul harassed Jacob into giving him his hot dog. When Jacob flung it across the circle, Paul caught it easily before it landed in the sand.
Leah and Jacob are the fastest members of the pack, closely followed by Embry. In Breaking Dawn Seth was able to catch up to Jacob when he fled the pack, suggesting that he is amongst the fastest wolves.
In human form, their strength is almost superhuman, and in wolf form it is at its peak and nearly equivalent to that of a vampire. A full pack can overpower and kill any vampire, and, as seen in Eclipse, is a formidable force when dealing with an army of newborns. Bella notes that Jake handles her "too roughly", and that, when he hugs her, it's so "crushing" that it nearly suffocates her. He doesn't seem as aware of his strength as the vampires, but this could be due to the newness of his phasing.
Discussing being a wolf with Bella in New Moon, Jacob explains, "It's what we're made for, Bells. We're strong, too," showing that the wolves are linked by both strength and ferocity.
Werewolves have a body temperature of about 108°F. Bella feels it first on the way home from the movies in New Moon, when she believes Jacob has got a fever. Vampires' temperatures are lower than humans'; it is possible that the wolves' and vampires' physiological differences reflect the tension between the two species.
This high temperature allows the wolves to withstand very cold weather and makes it difficult for them to become overheated. It also makes it very difficult for vampires to harm them in combat, due to vampires being extremely sensitive to high temperatures. After Bella becomes a vampire, she describes Jacob's skin as like "touching an open fire" and "unbearable to the touch".
The wolves can heal and regenerate very fast and completely. While not immortal, these capabilities allow the wolves to continue battling even after serious injury. In some cases, however, this accelerated healing can be detrimental. After Jacob's bones were crushed by a newborn in Eclipse, his skeleton healed before Carlisle could set his bones, forcing Carlisle to break a number of them to make them to heal properly. In Breaking Dawn, Jacob comments that even a bullet through his temple might not be enough to kill him.
The actual transformation between human and wolf is described in the greatest detail in New Moon. Certainly the initial transformation is not an easy one, and is very disconcerting and confusing.
While their skin is much more durable than that of a human being (to the degree that the bones in Bella's hand are broken when she punches Jacob in the face), it is not granite hard like a vampire's. In their wolf form, their fangs are sharp enough to penetrate a vampire's skin. Bella witnesses this for herself during the climatic battle in Eclipse when she sees Seth easily biting through Riley's skin.
The wolves bear an animal scent that makes them unappetizing to vampires, making it easier for vampires to resist the temptation caused by their blood.
The transformation can happen at any time, and isn't dependent upon a full moon. In young werewolves, the change is involuntary, since they have not yet learned to control it. Phasing often occurs due to a loss of temper, and Paul is known to be the most volatile pack member, erupting into his wolf form at the slightest provocation. The effects of this sort of transformation is shown in the relationship between Sam and Emily, and the disfiguring injuries she suffered when he lost control near her.
Transformation or "phasing" is a sudden and violent process. The initial transformation seems to be triggered by anger, and Jake explains that his own phasing was staved off by his happiness with Bella: "I was like a time bomb. You know what set me off? I got back from that movie, and Billy said I looked weird. That was all, but I just snapped. And then I-I exploded. I almost ripped his face off-my own father!". Sam Uley's transformation also supports this, as it "took him two weeks to calm down enough to change back."
Jacob's point of view explains the transformation back into human form: "I ignored him [Jared], closing my eyes and pulling myself together again. It felt like the air was trembling around me, shaking out from me in small waves. I lifted myself up on my hind legs, catching the moment just right so that I was fully upright as I shimmered down into my human self." (Jacob Black, Breaking Dawn).
Jacob seems to find phasing between wolf and human form easier than most. "Even Sam couldn't have phased on the fly like that. He saw Paul losing it, and it took him, what, half a second to attack? The boy's got gift." (Embry Call, New Moon). Jacob later explains to Bella that this may be due to his ancestry: "It takes some practice to phase back and forth, but it's easier for me... because Ephraim Black was my father's grandfather, and Quil Ateara was my mother's grandfather."
Phasing appears only when vampires are in the neighborhood and the tribe is in need of protection. Jacob explains, "There's no exact age... it just builds and builds and then suddenly-" It appears to occur roughly when a boy reaches manhood, and is certainly accompanied by a sudden growth spurt lasting for about two months.
Only males were believed to be able to phase until the transformation of Leah Clearwater, which surprised everyone, even though "she's a direct descendant [of the spirit chiefs], all right." (Edward Cullen, Eclipse).
The issue of imprinting is also critical as it is how the shape-shifters finds their soulmates: "It's not like love at first sight, really. It's more like... gravity moves. When you see her, suddenly it's not the earth holding you here anymore. She does. And nothing matters more than her." (Jacob Black, Eclipse).
Once shape-shifters have imprinted, they will feel the need to constantly be in their soulmate's presence and to unconditionally give them whatever they want or need. Should the imprintee be an infant, the shape-shifter will act as an older brother; romantic feelings will not develop until she comes of age. Imprinting works on both humans and hybrids. In Jacob's case, his hatred for vampires disappeared when he imprinted on a hybrid. It is shape-shifter law that no wolf may harm the imprintee of a fellow pack member, as this will lead to destructive inpack fighting.
Only five members of the pack are known to have imprinted, all of them male. It is uncertain whether female members are able to imprint or be imprinted on.
Their sense of smell is so adjusted to help them identify their one enemy, vampires. It is not clear whether it is heightened in other circumstances, but they certainly know vampires at a distance, finding their smell sickly sweet and repellent.
However, some shape-shifters can get used to the smell of the vampires, such as Seth Clearwater and Jacob Black in Breaking Dawn. They both spent a while with the Cullen family, and feel more comfortable than before around vampires.
Shape-shifters' eyes are extremely sharp and can see very far. Jared is known to have the best sight in the pack.
They all have excellent hearing even in their human forms. In Breaking Dawn, Jacob was able to hear Quil playing with Claire at First Beach from his bedroom. Seth Clearwater is known to have the best hearing in the pack.
While treating Jacob, Carlisle takes a blood sample and runs some tests on it. He discovers that they have 24 pairs of chromosomes, one more than a human and one less than a vampire, but the same number as vampire hybrids. The exact nature of the extra chromosome is unknown, but it may carry the genes needed for the shapeshifting abilities of the bearer. The hypothesis that it is somehow passed down only in Y-chromosome carrying sperm would explain why almost all shapeshifters are male, while the occasional extra chromosome being passed down in an X-chromosome carrying sperm could be the basis of Leah Clearwater's appearance. Or, alternatively, it may be that it is passed regularly by both sexes (both males and females) and that testosterone may be needed as coinducer for the shapeshifting complex together with whatever external trigger needed for phasing - Leah having a high concentration of testosterone in her bloodstream.
Children of The Moon vs. Shape-Shifters-
During the confrontation with the Volturi, Edward reveals that the werewolves of La Push are actually shape-shifters and not Children of the Moon. The Children of the Moon go along with what people usually associate with werewolves: they only transform during a full moon, and create other werewolves by infecting a human with a venomous bite (like a vampire) rather than genetically like the Quileutes. Though they are not harmed by silver bullets. Also according to Edward: "There aren't very many of them left. Caius has had them hunted into near extinction."
Usage of the term-
In the context of the Twilight Saga, the term "shapeshifter" is used as a title applied only to the direct descendants of Taha Aki who have actually phased - that is the members of Sam's pack, of Jacob's, and Levi Uley's.
Being both descendants and fathers of shapeshifters, Harry Clearwater, Joshua Uley, Quil Ateara Senior and Billy Black have the right genetic makeup and the potential for phasing. However, they've never been mentioned to phase, making them indistinguishable from unshifting human beings; the title therefore is not applied to them.
In their wolf forms, shape-shifters show the general behavior of their titular animals, though they retain their human intelligence, memories and character, up to and including showing their human eyes. Pack members are also telepathically linked with each other, enhancing their coordination during hunts and fights but allowing little or no privacy at any time. The Alphas of two different packs may communicate telepathically, and are able to choose what thoughts they share, while the subordinates of different packs don't show this ability.
The dominant male, the Alpha, can force the other pack members to obey his orders against their will. So can the Beta, though he can't command his own Alpha. Though implied, it is unknown whether this characteristic is also extended down the pack hierarchy.
Alpha status is related to lineage, with Sam being the exception. It is unclear whether a lower-ranking pack member can challenge the Alpha for status. Jacob never uses his voice to impose his will on his pack mates, though he has a stronger power than Sam.
In Breaking Dawn, it is found out that Bella Swan is capable to mentally shield a whole pack of shapeshifters by consciously only operating on its Alpha, with the protection cascading down through the ranks. A comparison with a computer net appears therefore obvious, suggesting that a pack does not simply operate as a highly integrated group of intelligent and trained wolves but is already on the way of becoming a neural net with multiple consciousness foci operating together, with the Alpha's specializing in the coordination tasks. This link may also make them vulnerable to mind-based powers, and can make them easy targets.
They cannot start aging until a solid period of time without phasing goes by. It is unknown the exact length of time, only it would be very difficult because phasing is instinctual, along with the fact that vampires often come through Washington and the wolves are needed whenever vampires are close.
Werewolves have a high durability rate, most famously seen when Bella struck Jacob in the jaw with all of her strength, and ended up badly breaking her hand while Jacob, who wasn't even remotely hurt, couldn't tell that she was trying to hurt him until she started screaming. Jacob also mentioned in Breaking Dawn that it would take a van moving at high speed to break his bones.
Has super-human strength in both wolf and human form. This has been displayed numerous times, as how Jacob was able to carry Bella 9 miles through a thick forest with ease, taking less than 10 minutes. In wolf form, they are also exceptionally fast, running at a top speed of over 100 miles per hour. In human form they seem to have an average speed of about 75 miles per hour and can lift an average of 800 lbs. Before phasing, the human form will build up their muscles naturally and will be ready for the first time they phase.
Only works within the pack, and when in wolf form. They can speak with each other telepathically and hear each other's thoughts. Though this is more than useful while hunting and tracking, there is no privacy left in the pack because of this ability. It can be described as both a gift and a burden. Their thoughts are open even when they try to hide them. After Jacob formed a pack of his own, he is able to communicate those within his pack and Sam, the Alpha of his previous wolf pack, if he chooses to and can select the thoughts that he wants to share. Edward can access the thoughts of his entire pack when one member is present. Also, because his Alpha wolf mind is linked with his pack, Bella can protect all the wolves with her shield solely by shielding the alpha. This implies that in wolf form, they may all be vulnerable to mind-based powers if the Alpha falls victim to one.
The wolves have a powerful regenerative healing factor. This allows their body to heal at an abnormal rate, faster than any human body can. The extent of this regeneration is very powerful, to the point that Jacob comments that even a bullet through his temple wouldn't be enough to kill him. Small cuts and minor injuries heal within seconds while larger, more damaging injuries, such as broken bones and blood loss, seem to heal within minutes.
07/21/2011 05: PM
R u l e s.
NOTE: I am not, nor do I know, Georgie Henley. I use her to show to other writers what I believe Lucy to look like. Of course, her being in the films just made it easier. But regardless. I am not Georgie! And if you think I am... Why? oo1. I am a multi-para/novella roleplayer. What this means is that I do not write one liners. I won't respond to one liners, plain and simple. I like to write a story. While I do state I can do novella, sometimes I struggle. But never fear, I will always be able to handle doing multi-para.oo2. The Edits you find on my page and in my albums are edited all by me. Which means, do not steal my work. The layout I use was created by a rec site. You can find the credit on my page if you look hard enough.oo3. No godmodding, no automodding, frankly, no modding at all. Don't control me. Don't control Lucy. I can handle it pretty well myself, thanks.oo4. Delaying in replies/starters MAY happen.I have a very busy life in RL. I work Mon-Fri in the afternoon. I volunteer at a church on Wednesdays and I have a social life. Do not think I'm ignoring you, because I'm not. Real Life has a tight hold on me, but I'm trying to loosen the load so I can get back into writing once again.oo5. Stealing is a huge no-no for me. I will learn of it, and when I do, I will report and block you. End of story.Stated already in a previous rule. Just don't do it.oo6. Lucy will not be showing you the way into Narnia. Lucy isn't your guide. I'm opened to many connections, but Hogwarts is not one of them.Here's the thing. Sure, Lucy found Narnia in a wardrobe, but here's the thing. Lucy isn't your compass to Narnia. She can't just willingly take you there. I'm opened to other worlds entering Narnia (i.e Lord of The Rings for example) but don't assume she can show you to Narnia. I'm very opened, however, to some connections with Once Upon a Time roleplayers.oo7. Romantic relationships.Yes, they will happen. Lucy was seventeen in the last battle. She's grown up, she's opened to relationships. With that being said, I do enjoy myself some Caspian/Lucy. I am opened to Lucy/OC, but it has to be good. I won't write sex scenes. Thanks, but no thanks.oo8. No harming my girl.Lucy will not be the victim of your kidnapping, rape, or murder storyline. I simply won't do it. The only time I will accept kidnapping is if it's a good way for the storyline. Say Lucy got captured and has to break free, or something. But I will not victim my girl to Rape or Murder. That's just insane.oo9. Spelling and grammar.This is important to me! while I understand some people still might struggle (I, myself still do) please take the time to proof-read your starter/reply. I like to make sense of what I'm replying to.oo10. I'm a Narnia/Fantasy writer.Which means, obviously, that I will write with the general of Fantasy writers. Once Upon a Time, The Lord of the Rings, etc. I'm welcomed to Game of Thrones arc, if we can manage it and make it happen.oo11. Mains.I understand that, yes, mains are important. However, I don't easily make someone my mains. I like someone who understands their character. Who understands them and gets them and has fun writing them. Being fun out of character is always nice, too. At the moment (1.15.2016) I have one main and I am more than ready to welcome more.oo12. I roleplay both eras. Book and Film.I've read the books, I loved them. I've seen the movies, loved them just as much. If you want to write from anywhere, please don't be afraid to ask. I love writing both!oo13. Mature themes can and will happen.Now, I don't mean Lucy will swear like a sailor and strip, heavens no. But what I mean is, there could easily be blood and gore moments. Depressing moments. I do enjoy battles and writing them are so much fun. I don't mind swearing, but Lucy will not do it.oo14. Drama.In-Character drama? Yes! Let's go for it! Bring on the dramatic scenes and woes! Out-Of-Character drama? No, thank you. You can leave that at the door and don't bring it in with you. I've already dealt with drama before and I will not stay with it. Cause drama and I will disappear faster than you can type Aslan.oo15. I've been roleplaying Lucy since 2007. Yes. That's almost ten years of writing as Lucy. Now, I do not count myself as the original Lucy. I started back on MySpace and at one point, had my name set to "The Original Lucy Pevensie" due to the fact that old Lucys had disappeared and for awhile, I was the only active one. I later moved to SiteModel, becoming the first Lucy there. I then relocated to here, roleplayer.me. I was the first one created here, as well. As such, I do like to claim the title as the first Lu on SiteModel/RPM. But trust me on this, I think I'm sure I know how to write Lucy. She's a little part of me that's blossomed into something beautiful. Narnia/Lucy is a big part of me, I will not lose it. Keep to these terms and we'll get along nicely!
07/21/2011 05: PM
Important: Hogwarts Students
Okay let's get a few things straight. The likely hood of managing to learn all you need to know to be able to attend Hogwarts from whatever age you please is zero to none. Albus Dumbledore is hardly likely to over look a young witch or wizard hence them receiving their acceptance letter at the age of eleven. Common sense alone tells you this. Young witches and wizards would be monitored from an early age to see if they would indeed turn out to be a squib, and if that were the case they would not receive their acceptance letter into Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Occasionally a Muggle born displays the necessary talents to ensure their entrance into such a prestigious school for magical capabilities, which I might as is the only school within the UK. The Sorting Ceremony which takes place at the beginning of the new school year, ie. September 1st is important as the house the Sorting Hat sorts you into will be the house you will remain in for the remainder of you academic studies, you cannot change houses willy nilly and as you please, the sorting Hat's decision is final or every student would be claiming another House as their own because they preferred it over the one they were originally sorted into which in effect would cause more complications than necessary. The four House founders were the original ones to choose students based on their characteristics, of course as we know, when they were no longer capable of doing this it would have ended with them but they chose to find some means of sorting students into their house in the guise of the Sorting Hat. Given brains and the capability to think independently, the Sorting Hat was the thing to carry on the four founders' task of sorting the students on their FIRST day in their FIRST year.Now I've seen several people who have no given any thought to their character nor have they done the research to know that you would not be joining at some bizarre time in your life not to mention where exactly did you learn the skills you need to be able to attend Hogwarts for you exams pray tell? Most would certainly not have the skills required to be able to attend such important exams such as O.W.L's or N.E.W.T's. If you do not receive you're acceptance letter at the age of eleven you do not attend Hogwarts period. Hogwarts is not like a normal school in the Muggle world, where you can change schools halfway through you school term or at any point in your school life. In the Muggle world all students are learning the same thing at the same time, the same goes for home tutoring, you wouldn't be so lost if say, you were home tutored and suddenly you were forced to enter an academic place of study ie. a school, as you would already be at the same level as your peers. There is only ONE school for Witchcraft and Wizardry in the United Kingdom, which would mean you would not be at the same level as you peers were you to start at some obscure age. Children either have the magical talent required to enter Hogwarts or they don't there is no two ways about this, yes we see early displays of magic at the Quidditch Word Cup (in the book you gorms) where there was a small child who had managed to get hold of one of his fathers wand and enlarged a slug to the size of a salami and I quote: ''A tiny boy no older than two was crouched outside a large pyramid-shaped tent holding a wand and poking happily at a slug in the grass which was swelling slowly to the size of a salami''. Had he no magical capability nothing would have happened regardless of the fact he was in fact holding his fathers wand. This is an early display of magical talent which would ensure their entrance into Hogwarts were they living in this country (I say this country because I, personally, am in the United Kingdom), by the time he was eleven.Now the matter of underage wizardry would not allow a child to be in possession of a wand and performing, hexes, curses, or charms of any kind, as we already know in the Wizarding word not the Muggle, a child does not come of age until they are 17 years of age, meaning it would be illegal for them to perform any sort of magic outside of an academic environment, ie. Hogwarts. Instantly a letter from the Ministry of Magic would be sent to the offender and if it happened again which most certainly did in the case of Harry Potter, he was told he would shortly be having his wand snapped. It is ILLEGAL PERIOD there are no two ways about this. Now think logically for a moment. The only reason Harry managed to get out of this happening (if you remember more than just one person believed his was lying about Dementors roaming Little Whinging) was Albus Dumbledore stepped in and despite being booted form the International confed. of Wizards and various other councils as well as having his Order of Merlin First Class revoked, many still held his word as absolute hence them ruling that Harry would not have his wand snapped. Had Albus not stepped in when he did Harry would surely have had his wand snapped.Yes I have put much thought into this and weighed up the pros and cons before I carry on with my next subject in the matter, I have not only been consulting with a friend on this but several other people who also think the very same and agree there are too many complications with what I am next about to say.First off, should someone actually be academically at the level of say another of their peers (which again I will get to my point a little later on) the likely hood of Albus Dumbledore randomly whipping out the sorting hat and allowing a sorting to take place is zero. Yes you may receive you acceptance letter at the age of eleven but if you did not attend Hogwarts at that age you would not get in any later, the fact that when Harry first received his letter, the letter stated ''We await your owl by no later than July 31st''. I think it's a given stating if we do not hear from you there will be no attending of this school. Now the subject of home tutoring, I'm not saying it isn't possible what I'm saying is it isn't plausible. The Wizarding word is meant to be hidden, concealed from the likes of Muggles, now for the Ministry of Magic to grant one person the permission to teach their child at home would result in them having to hand out the same right to many people. You cannot give to one what you would not give to another, this would result in a lot of underage wizardry to take place. Hogwarts is the only school in the United Kingdom, on a logical level for this very reason. The Wizarding word would be revealed far more often to a Muggle if a child were allowed to be taught at home hence this never - or at the very least rarely - happening. What you give to one you must give to another and to do so would result in disaster. It doesn't matter how stern you are with a child they will still go against you wishes and perform illegal magics, aka underage magic, which would not only result in many children having their wands snapped. Remember you receive one warning and the next incident that occurs would result in wand snapping but far more of the Wizarding world would be revealed to the Muggle word and the Accidental Magical Reversal Department would never have a moment's peace. Not to mention it would not be called the accidental (note ACCIDENTAL, it implies that it isn't frequent which would happen if home tutoring came into effect) it wouldn't just be the odd incident but more than one and frequently, as I said is unfair to grant one child such a privilege and not allow the same for everyone else, it is biased and goes against not only everything the Ministry of Magic should stand for but also what Hogwarts stands for and would also put Hogwarts of business, what exactly would the point be in keeping a school open where no one attends? Like I have no stated several bloody times, Hogwarts is the only magical school in Britain for this very reason, it is meant to be concealed from the Muggle word and certain precautions are taken to prevent this from bloody well happening. Before you come up with a custom character sit down and actually thing it through, don't just go with it because it sounds 'cool' or it's 'hip'. The magical world is meant to be concealed from the Muggle hence there being a school SPECIFICALLY designed for this very purpose.You grant one child that privilege you MUST grant them all or there would be uproar and to grant all this right would result in the Wizarding Community world no longer being concealed from the Muggle world, and to grant all this privilege would put and end to the Wizarding world in terms of concealment which is what they struggle for. You cannot grant to one what you will not grant to another.
Major General Hank Landry
07/21/2011 02: PM
A few things to know about General Landry......
Hank Landry is a career military officer in the United States Air Force
and the current commanding officer of Stargate Command. Divorced after
twelve years of marriage, he has one daughter, Carolyn Lam.Comprehensive Character BiographyLittle is known about Landry's early life, though he mentions having a
grandmother with strong religious convictions (9.03 "Origin Part 3").
He was a "big boy" in his youth, and is still extremely sensitive when
anyone makes "fat jokes" within his hearing (10.05 "Uninvited"). A
career military man, Landry toured in Vietnam. He was flying air support
out of Bien Hoa. On one occasion, his aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft
artillery in the left engine and he had to eject. He ended up landing
somewhere near the Laotian border, well north of the DMZ and injured his
knee severely. "I was lost, bleeding badly, no food, no radio. Half a
battalion of North Vietnamese regulars were combing the jungle looking
for me." They tracked him day and night for eight days before he
finally reached safety. Ever since that experience of being the hunted,
he has had no desire to engage in hunting as a sporting activity.
Around this period (based on the age of his daughter), he married
a woman, Kim Lam. They had one child, Carolyn. After twelve years of
marriage, Hank and Kim divorced (10.18 "Family Ties"). The divorce was
apparently acrimonious, and Carolyn held a great deal of resentment
towards her father for putting work above family all her life. Her
animosity was palpable when when she became Chief Medical Officer at the
SGC under him (9.01 "Avalon Part 1").
After the divorce, Landry remained in the Air Force, rising
through the ranks until reaching Major General. During some point in his
career, he established a relationship with Jack O'Neill. Landry visited
Jack's cabin with him at least once, when a black bear invaded the
kitchen (10.05 "Uninvited"). Jack felt comfortable to allow Hank to use
his cabin in his absence along with the new incarnation of SG-1,
including probationary SGC member Vala Mal Doran. Jack O'Neill
hand-picked Hank Landry to be his successor as head of Stargate Command,
and later visited him at his home where the two played chess (9.01
"Avalon Part 1").
Hank Landry was astonished when Gen. Jack O'Neill came to Hank's
home and revealed the existence of the Stargate program to him, and
further asked him to become Jack's replacement as commander of the SGC
while Gen. O'Neill was promoted and sent to Washington, D.C. (9.01
"Avalon Part 1"). Hank accepted. Although still getting used to dealing
with aliens and alien technology and the well oiled machine of the SGC
personnel, Hank rose to the challenge.
As leader of the SGC, Hank has had first-hand experience in the
perils of leading a front-line intergalactic facility. He has
encountered alternate dimensions and alternate realities (9.18 "Arthur's
Mantle", 10.05 "Uninvited", and 9.13 "Ripple Effect"). He appeared
amused when Samantha Carter returned from an alternate universe to
report he was President of the United States there (10.16 "Bad Guys").
He has experienced foothold situation when Ba'al clones escaped custody
(10.04 "Insiders"). Off-world, he was driven to first-hand contact with a
Prior and exposed to the plague ravaging Earth (9.11 "The Fourth
Horseman Part 2"). Only through the intercession of Gerak were he and
others saved. He has dealt with intergalactic crises in the Pegasus
Galaxy (Stargate Atlantis), and the loss of Earth's interstellar vessels
Korolev and Prometheus (10.01 "Flesh and Blood", 9.14 "Ethon").
A Different Kind of Commander
Landry has a very dry sense of humor and a no-nonsense commanding
style. Landry tends to become extremely gruff and demanding of his
subordinates, to throw them off their game and test them; his technique
of "yelling at people" was difficult at the SGC because as he pointed
out to Lt. Col. Mitchell, everyone was so good at their jobs (9.01
"Avalon Part 1"). He has appeared impatient during long winded technical
explanations of Dr. Daniel Jackson (9.01 "Avalon Part 1", 9.02 "Avalon
Part 2"), Lt. Col. Samantha Carter (9.10 "The Fourth Horseman Part 1",
9.13 "Ripple Effect") and Bill Lee (9.17 "The Scourge", SGA 3.11 "The
Return Part 2"). However, he has also appeared to absorb the knowledge
they give and to respect their advice, such as when he had already
accepted Daniel Jackson's arguments to explore the Ancient technology
from Avalon more, or demanded Jack send Lt. Col. Carter back to the SGC
to help them (9.02 "Avalon Part 2", 9.06 "Beachhead").
Despite his at times seemingly callous approach, Landry appears
to genuinely care for the people under his command. His concern takes
the form of barking impatient anger, such as when Daniel Jackson and
Vala Mal Doran were under the control of the Ancient Communication
Device (9.03 "Origin") or when Cameron Mitchell was accused of murdering
a native on another planet (9.12 "Collateral Damage"). Later, he was
no-nonsense and interrogated the imprisoned Goa'uld Nerus directly when
SG-1 went missing and Stargates started disappearing throughout the
galaxy (9.16 "Off the Grid"). He was extremely frustrated and worried at
the loss of the Odyssey and her crew when they were hijacked by the Lucian Alliance (10.09 "Company of Thieves").
Carolyn was visibly concerned for her father when he was working
himself to exhaustion while worried about so many of the SGC personnel
taken by the plague (9.10 "The Fourth Horseman Part 1"). When Teal'c was
kidnapped, he ordered several teams on a difficult rescue mission
because Teal'c was "family", and they don't forsake family (9.14
"Stronghold"). However, he gave Cameron Mitchell leave to be with a
dying friend and not be part of the mission, and even pulled strings to
allow Col. Mitchell access to the Galaran Memory Device (9.14
Although he will do whatever he can for his people, Landry is a
military man, and as such will follow orders, even those he finds
distasteful. He went to Washington, D.C. under Jack O'Neill's orders to
appeal directly to the head of the Senate Appropriations Committee (9.04
"The Ties That Bind"). He disagreed with the IOA's meddling in the
Khalek situation, but for a long time, followed their counsel (9.09
"Prototype"). He was quick to enact the protocol to stop the R-75 Prior
Bug from escaping the Gamma Site after the last reports showed they had
overtaken the base, though he appeared very concerned for the fate of
all those there (9.17 "The Scourge"). He allowed Martin Lloyd into the
SGC and access to SG-1 under the Pentagon's (and Jack O'Neill's) orders
it would provide plausible deniability to the program (10.06 "200").
This does not mean Landry neglects his principles. Eventually he
took the safety of the base as paramount and refused the IOA advice and
if necessary their funds in order to remove Khalek (9.09 "Prototype").
Although moved by Dr. Janet Fraiser's speech, Landry still held the
concerns of this universe paramount to others, including Dr. Fraiser's
alternate, as well as concern to prevent teams from more universes from
seeping through (9.13 "Ripple Effect"). Even in minor things, he tried
to get SG-1 out of producer Martin Lloyd's clutches a few minutes after
the meeting began, but their escape was foiled by a non-working Stargate
(10.06 "200"). He vehemently voiced his opposition to Mr. Woolsey's
recommendation to execute Daniel Jackson when he was retaken from the
Ori and appeared a Prior, and later worked with Jack O'Neill to convince
Woolsey to take other measures (10.14 "The Shroud"). When ordered from
above to play ball with Ark'ad, and to prevent Teal'c from taking action
against the suspected terrorist, Landry followed the letter of the
orders and ordered SG-1 and another team to stop Teal'c by whatever
means necessary (10.17 "Talion"). Later, Hank turned a blind eye to the
suspicious mission report SG-1 turned in when they returned with Ark'ad
dead and Teal'c critically injured, though he noted the report might be
tough for the IOA to swallow.
In negotiations, General Landry tends to like to deal directly
with the leaders of other groups, both of his allies and his enemies.
When Teal'c described the newly elected leader of the Free Jaffa Nation,
Hank asked him to set up a meeting (9.03 "Origin"). He met with Gerak
and tried to bond with the Jaffa by exchanging stories and quotes. He
dealt directly with the Goa'uld Nerus when Nerus arrived with
intelligence regarding the Ori, although he did not trust the gluttonous
Goa'uld (9.06 "Beachhead"). When Earth was threatened by a pandemic
plague, Landry went offworld to directly confront the captured Prior who
had started it (9.11 "The Fourth Horseman Part 2"). Planning ahead, he
discussed options with the descended Ancient Orlin, who accompanied him
to P9G-844. When Russia tried to blackmail the US and SGC regarding the
lease of the Stargate program, Gen. Landry directly dealt with Col.
Chekov with a no-nonsense approach (9.19 "Crusade"). After Gerak's death
and relationships were once again tenuous between the Free Jaffa Nation
and Earth, General Landry requested Bra'tac set up a meeting with the
new leader to try and reestablish diplomatic relations (10.07
"Counterstrike"). When Odyssey was hijacked by members of the
Lucian Alliance, Landry ordered word be sent out that he wanted to speak
directly to the leader of the Lucian Alliance about this criminal act
(10.09 "Company of Thieves"). He also met face to face with the
charismatic and duplicitous Jaffa leader Ark'ad (10.17 "Talion").
Finally, when the Asgard requested an urgent and important summit on
Orilla, General Landry commanded the Odyssey on its voyage to the Asgard homeworld (10.20 "Unending").
A career officer, Landry spent most of his time away from home, which
put a strain on his personal life. He eventually divorced after twelve
years of marriage and was estranged from his daughter Carolyn (10.18
"Family Ties", 9.01 "Avalon Part 1" et seq.). Based upon how he often
spoke about his "daughter", it appears Carolyn is Landry's only child.
Carolyn considered her father an absentee figure in her life, and
was very resentful when she belatedly discovered her superior in her
new position of Chief Medical Officer of the SGC was her father (9.01
"Avalon Part 1"). Hank however tried to take advantage of this new
contact with Carolyn to reestablish relations, and they began to grow
closer. He surprised her by showing his obvious pride and confidence in
her abilities when she went with a hazmat team to help the population of
P8X-412 with an unknown disease (9.05 "The Powers That Be"). Later
during that mission, he teased her in his dry way as a way of raising
her morale by saying "hey, you wanted to be a doctor." (9.05 "The
Powers That Be"). Later, when Landry's spirits were low from dealing
with command of the base during the pandemic on Earth, Lam echoed her
father's teasing by noting "he wanted to be a general;" he smiled in
response (9.10 "The Fourth Horseman Part 1").
When Carolyn almost lost her father to the pandemic plague, she
tearily confessed she now understood the difficulties he had faced in
juggling work and family now that she could not confide to her mother
the true nature of the plague or even her father's condition (9.11 "The
Fourth Horseman Part 2"). After Landry's brush with death, all acrimony
between he and Carolyn had apparently ceased.
Eventually, Hank approached Carolyn to seek her advice as the
best way to reestablish contact with his ex-wife, Kim (10.18 "Family
Ties"). At this time, they had not spoken in over five years. Though
surprised, Carolyn was willing to provide counsel and even set up a
meeting between the pair. Hank was noticeably nervous at meeting Kim Lam
again, and obviously still had affection for her by his expressions
during their reunion.
Hobbies and Expressions
Landry enjoys playing chess and has spent time playing with General
Jack O'Neill (9.01 "Avalon Part 1"). Because of his experience being
hunted by the enemy in the Vietnam conflict, Landry had never enjoyed
hunting wildlife as a hobby, at least not with a weapon (10.05
"Uninvited"). Instead, Landry is an avid bird watcher and enjoyed
spending his time doing that while at Jack O'Neill's cabin. He also
joined SG-1 in playing poker while the team was with him at O'Neill's
cabin (10.05 "Uninvited"). He also enjoys gardening and has quite the
green thumb when he has the time to devote to it (10.20 "Unending").
Landry has a large black dog, possibly a Labrador, and his home in Colorado Springs is very rustic (9.01 "Avalon Part 1").
Landry is a student of military history and enjoys quoting great
military minds (9.01 "Avalon Part 1", 9.03 "Origin Part 3", etc.). He
also apparently enjoys watching Dr. Phil, and will quote him on occasion
as well (10.07 "Counterstrike").
Landry enjoys drinking coffee, and while off-duty, beer
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