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It has been 34 years since the Cylon War. When suspected new activity is detected near the Armistice Line, Commander William Adama and the Valkyrie Battlestar Group are sent out to investigate. When they end up intervening in a battle between aliens and beleaguered humans, the galaxy is suddenly a much more different and dangerous place for the Colonies.

Dust of the Stars (Also available at FF.Net) is an Alternate Universe Fic crossover between Battlestar Galactica (2003) and Stargate SG-1 written by Bryan(0711). It has been praised for its rich, well-developed depiction of Colonial and Goa'uld culture.

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Last updated April 12th, 2013, and so can be considered a Dead Fic.

This fanfic contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Aliens Speaking English: Averted — initially the Colonials and the SG teams can't understand each other, except for Daniel because he's, well, Daniel. A translator is eventually hammered out.
    • After the initial Terran-Colonial language difficulties are played with, though, in typical SG1 fashion the trope is played completely straight.
  • Depleted Phlebotinum Shells: Armor-piercing explosive rounds, meant for killing Cylon Centurions, do nasty things to relatively poorly protected Jaffa.
  • Fantasy Counterpart Culture: The Ancient Grome stylings of Colonial culture are expanded upon, to the point where Colonial society is basically a roman a clef of various ancient Mediterranean societies with modern technology and geopolitics.
  • invoked Growing the Beard: The first few chapters are perfectly fine, but not exactly spectacular. It takes until the end of the fifth before the Stargate side appears.
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  • Kinetic Weapons Are Just Better: Played with. The Colonials abandoned weapons-grade lasers because they couldn't get the useful power to damage starships' metamaterials. They tried plasma, but couldn't get the magnetic bottling down. Goa'uld plasma weapons, though, are shown to be very effective because they "burn" rather than have a one-time effect like kinetics and explosives.
  • Nuke 'em: Colonial willingness to throw nukes around initially appalls the SG teams, but most of them realize the Nuclear Option is the right way to go when the time comes to throw down with Goa'uld Ha'taks.
  • Scenery Gorn: The very first scene is a dungeon where the Cylons have been... rough with their human captives.
  • Scenery Porn: The descriptions given to Colonial Fleet Headquarters on Picon are just breathtaking.
  • Space Navy: Naval terms are frequently used in regards to the Colonials' space-faring fleet, to the point where Poseidon rather than Zeus or Ouranos is counted among the "patron gods" of the Colonial Fleet.
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  • War Memorial: There's numerous examples found across the Colonies in memory of those who suffered and sacrificed during the Cylon War. Of particular note is the Hypathian Ruins, a ruined quarter of the Tauron capital of Hypathia that was intentionally left abandoned and ruined (being designated as a "city-wide cenotaph") after the Taurons slowly (and bloodily) beat back the Cylons and reclaimed their city after almost 12 years of constant fighting.

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