|Stargate SG-1: The Power Behind the Throne|
31 August, 2010
Stargate SG-1: The Power Behind the Throne, originally named Stargate SG-1: Shadows before it was renamed to avoid confusion with Shadows of the Heart, is a novel published by Fandemonium. Written by both Steven Savile, it is the first novel in the The Iblis Trilogy and set during Season 5 of Stargate SG-1.
The enemy within…
When the Tok'ra ask SG-1 to save a tortured creature from the clutches of Apophis, how can they refuse? But the Mujina is no ordinary being - devoid of face or form, it draws its identity from those around it. All things to all people, it is a creature with terrible potential - for both good and evil.
Their pursuit of the Mujina takes the team to a nightmarish world where human wickedness is at its worst - and there, the creature finds its home. Captured by the ethnically pure Corvani, Colonel O'Neill's team must confront the planet's insane leader, the Raven King, as well as a more familiar and insidious enemy.
In this gripping adventure, award-winning author Steven Savile takes SG-1 on an unforgettable journey into the heart of darkness…
The Stargate slams shut on Tok'ra operative Nyren Var as she seeks to flee to the safety of Cheyenne Mountain. She had been searching for a weapon unlike any other: an archetypal creature known as Mujina. The Mujina can be all things to all people, hero, villain or mentor, as it taps in to our heart's true desires. The Ancients knew that in the wrong hands it could be devastating so they banished the creature to Vasaveda, a prison planet. But with the Tok'ra dead, and all evidence suggesting she was murdered by the Goa'uld, O'Neill, Sam Carter, Daniel Jackson and Teal'c find themselves stepping through the Stargate in a race against time to find Mujina. But this is no simple exfiltration. In Stargate: The Power Behind The Throne, when the Stargate fails during the leap home they're left for dead . . . and that's when the story truly begins.
The last of its species, Mujina is devoid of face or form and draws it's substance from the needs of those around it.
The creature is an archetype - a hero for all, a villain for all, depending upon whose influence it falls under.
An officially released extract from chapter 12:
Fifty feet from the gate the blue water of the event horizon ripped out of the aperture. The way home was open. O’Neill had done it. Teal’c saw the colonel go down again. The sucking silence that followed was hideous. Then both Carter and Daniel Jackson were yelling — this time the sound was primal and filled with fear for the fallen O’Neill.
Teal’c ducked beneath a wild burst of fire from a Jaffa weapon, and ran, hard, fast, keeping low, his arms and legs pumping. A burning man staggered across his path. The flames consumed him, turning his flesh to blistered sores. Teal’c fired once, putting the Jaffa out of his misery, and was past him. He ran to O’Neill’s side and gathered him into his arms. The colonel shuddered once, violently, and opened his eyes. “Go!” he rasped.
“Indeed,” Teal’c said, rising. He watched Daniel Jackson’s back disappear through the gate and followed him. “We do not leave men behind, O’Neill. That is the law.”
But O’Neill had lapsed into unconsciousness.