Fanart by Marcus S LazarusTara Sheppard
is a crossover of Buffy the Vampire Slayer
with the Stargate-verse
, starting just after the Atlantis expedition return to Earth for the first time. Upon returning to Earth, John Sheppard receives a note from his fathers deceased ex-secretary, Laura McClay, which reveals that her daughter Tara is Johns half-sister, asking John to visit Tara as soon as he gets the note. Johns visit occurs just in time for him to save Tara from her fated death at Warrens hands, setting off a chain of events that will change the lives of the Scooby Gang and the SGC forever.
This story is a Recursive Fanfiction of the author's Doorstopper fanfic An Extraordinary Journey.
The story can also be found here and here.
Tara Sheppard contains examples of:
- All Your Powers Combined: The Asgard have been experimenting with blending the Ancient gene with other DNA samples to cure their genetic degradation, with Taras DNA providing the final catalyst as she is revealed to possess the Furling gene.
- Ascended Extra: A minor example; although Tara is a comparatively new addition to the Sheppard family, and there are both legitimate and personal reasons why she cant be a bridesmaid, Dave makes arrangements for her to act as joint ring-bearer with his best man so she can take part in the ceremony.
- Black Eyes of Crazy: Comes up for Willow, for obvious reasons.
- Call-Back: Buffy in particular is very hostile to John and the SGC staff early on because she thinks theyre just another branch of the Initiative, until Daniel Jackson and Elizabeth Weir convince her that theyre not trying to step on her toes regarding how she deals with things in Sunnydale.
- Canon Welding: As thanks for Taras help saving his people, Thor provides a full history of how demons fit into what the SGC know of Earths history.
- Changeling Fantasy: Tara basically gets this; after the McClays were outright abusive to her for years, Patrick Sheppard gives his daughter a warm hug on their first meeting while Dave does his best to give Tara a role in his wedding, and Tara affirms that shed be glad to take Patricks last name.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Willow mentions her past experience with magical addiction, but John assures her that he understands people make mistakes and he accepts that so long as she makes Tara happy.
- Death by Adaptation: Anya, Jonathan and Andrew are killed by Warren, while Angel, Gunn, Cordelia and Connor are all killed by the Firsts forces, although Anya is confirmed to have Ascended after her death and to date no bodies have been found for Gunn, Cordelia or Connor (obviously Angel wouldnt leave one) even if its unlikely they survived the explosion.
- Demoted to Extra: Kennedy would have been Willows next girlfriend after Taras loss, but now she is little more than a Potential with a high opinion of herself, trying to get into the core Scooby Gang but incapable of realizing that she cant just force herself into the group.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: Explicitly features after the SGC and Buffy save Willow and Tara from Rack, Amy and Warren, with Doctor Beckett advised to treat them as though they're coming down from a drug high.
- Evil Former Friend: Amy becomes this for Willow in particular.
- Evil Is Petty: Warren and Amys vendettas against the Scoobies are based on fundamentally petty motives, and Warren even destroys a small hotel and kills fifteen people just to try and kill John when John had only had one direct confrontation with Warren at that point (and the 'Warren' John fought was actually a robot that Warren had apparently set up to get destroyed as part of his plan anyway).
- Exact Words: After John learns about Taras ability to sense deception, when he wants to conceal the truth from her before she learns about his own secrets, hes very careful to pick his words so that shes given a truthful context even if she can tell hes hiding something.
- Fate Worse than Death: Suggested for Warren; Amy is sent to a coven to get the equivalent of therapy while keeping her magic contained, but since Warren has been declared legally dead after he faked his death with one of his robots, it makes it easier for the SGC to just toss him in a dark cell due to how dangerous he is and the inability to put him on trial given the unconventional nature of his crimes.
- For Want of a Nail: John arrives in Sunnydale just in time to draw Tara away from her and Willows bedroom before Warren arrived to try and shoot Buffy, saving Taras life and starting an entirely new chain of events.
- Ignorant of Their Own Ignorance: While the SGC are quick to adapt to accept the supernatural into their worldview, Warren gets outmaneuvered, captured, and sent off to a very dark prison because he has no idea what John and his allies are capable of.
- In Spite of a Nail: The First attacks and the Ori come to the Milky Way galaxy regardless of the other changes in Buffys life or the SGCs new discoveries.
- Living Emotional Crutch: Tara serves as this for Willow, as shown by what happened to Willow after her death in canon and expressed by Willows fears of what she could become if she had lost Tara if John hadn't shown up.
- Loophole Abuse: After the SGC learn that they cant recruit Buffy due to an old deal with the Watchers Council, they find a way around this by officially offering support to Tara; as a result, they can give Buffy support if she needs it, as technically such aid is being provided because she lives with Tara, who is a close relative of a high-ranking member of a top-secret government program, rather than because Buffy is the Slayer.
- Place of Power: In a sense, the Hellmouth serves as this for John; while in proximity to the energies of the Hellmouth his Ancient gene is boosted to the point that he can heal injuries and use telekinesis, allowing him to heal Buffy after shes shot by Warren, although this boost quickly fades once he leaves Sunnydale.
- Put on a Bus:
- After their attacks on Tara and Willow, Warren and Amy are each put in prisons specifically intended to hold them, Warren put in a very dark prison by the SGC while Amy is stripped of her magic and confined by a coven in Devon.
- Tara thwarts the Trusts attempt to infiltrate the SGC by spotting something wrong with Caldwell the first time she visits the Daedalus, allowing Caldwell to be freed before the Goauld within him can do anything significant.
- Jasmines plans are put on hold after the Firsts attack apparently takes Cordelia out of the picture and kills Connor.
- John, Buffy, Willow and Tara are all reduced to observers when the Prior plague strikes Earth while theyre attending the wedding of John and Taras brother Dave, leaving them isolated from their allies due to the country-wide quarantine until the SGC find a vaccine.
- Related in the Adaptation: The key premise of this storyline is that John Sheppard and Tara McClay are half-siblings, since Johns father had an affair with Taras mother while she was working as his secretary.
- Relative Error: When Dave initially meets Tara, he wonders if Johns come home to get help after getting Tara pregnant, but is quick to apologize once John confirms thats not the case and is later embarrassed when he learns who Tara actually is.
- Spared by the Adaptation: Aside from the obvious detail of Taras survival, Taras aura-reading abilities help her spot heart damage that would have likely led to Patrick Sheppards fatal heart attack a couple of years later in canon, giving him the chance to get it treated before said heart attack. Less directly, Anya escapes her death by Ascending (even if she 'dies' a year before she would have in canon), and the Furling gene in Taras DNA provides the Asgard with the vital breakthrough needed to save them from the genetic degradation that would have driven them to mass suicide.
- There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Warren blows up the Sunnydale police station and part of a hotel, killing over twenty innocent people just to kill Jonathan, Andrew and John while faking his own death (although John escapes before the blast goes off).
- Thou Shalt Not Kill: Despite everything they've done to the Scoobies, Warren and Amy are arrested rather than killed as they're only human.
- Took a Level in Badass:
- Subtly done, but Tara gains greater confidence in herself as she learns more about her new family.
- Technically for Anya, considering that she becomes one of the Ascended; shes now bound by the rules of non-interference, but she has already bent the rules to comfort Xander and give Giles a crucial warning.
- What Could Have Been: An in-story example of this; while Patrick is having an operation, he is visited by Laura in the guise of a coma fantasy, who gives him a brief glimpse of the best possible outcome if she had told him about Tara in the past, as he witnesses himself and Laura watching John, Dave and Tara playing together at the beach as children.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Willow nearly succumbs to this when Rack and Amy give her a dose of dark magic, but she fights it off out of love for Tara long enough for Buffy and the SGC to save them.