spock: keep calm and carry on

*Gulp*

You know that Star Trek/Torchwood crossover I posted about last night?

I just signed up for startrekbigbang so that I could write it.

This is either very brilliant or very stupid. Or possibly both.

Have I mentioned the part where the longest thing I've ever written is about 6,500 words?

The worst thing that could happen is that I have to drop out. That would be okay.



Ever since I saw the movie, I have wondered what happened to all the katras stored in the Katric Arc, and what happened to the katras of all the Vulcans who died when the planet was destroyed. I mean, a black hole obviously destroys bodies, but what about formless, eternal spirits? Could spirits like that even be trapped and controlled by the physical forces that govern a black hole? I don't really think so.

Then, when I started watching Torchwood, I started wondering how I could meld it with my other favorite fandom, Star Trek. Cardiff's rift in space and time certainly seemed promising, so I wondered what should fall through it. It took less than a day to get my answer: Vulcan souls, and maybe a few objects to go along with them. Starfleet and the Vulcan High Command would obviously want to retrieve those things; knowledge of Vulcan culture before first contact could disrupt the already terribly altered time line, and Vulcans would want to rescue the spirits of their ancestors if they possibly could. They'd find a spot where the rift opens and send someone through to Cardiff, where crazy hijinks would result.

For one, I envision that these katras could make people crazy. They seem to want to be attached to a physical object, like the arc or a person's body, so they might sort of fall into people. Some of them would probably be benign, like when McCoy had Spock's in the third movie. Those kind of katras would make people act unusually logical and emotionless, which would in turn make people wonder if they were suffering from a mental illness. But other katras might be a little insane, especially if they were flung away from the bodies of Vulcans who died as their planet was destroyed. They might act out with all the wild emotion that Vulcans work so hard to repress, especially rage. From the view point of Torchwood, this would look like aliens possessing human minds in advance of an invasion.

Naturally, Torchwood would distrust these strange human (and Vulcan masquerading as human) travelers sent by Starfleet to collect Vulcan artifacts. Probably they would look like "time orphans" because they wouldn't know how to fit into twenty-first century Earth, which would immediately attract Torchwood's attention. The ST characters could go along with that to gain access to Torchwood, but there would be tension because the Torchwood crew would feel that they needed to shield these mysterious travelers (who might seem to be from the past, what with their inability to use 21st century technology) from the mind-blowing knowledge that aliens exist. On the other hand, these ST characters would think they needed to shield these seemingly ancient humans from the knowledge that aliens exist.

And that is as far as I've gotten.

I think my agenda is...

(1) Finish Torchwood so I can decide where in the series I want my story to happen
(2) Re-watch TOS materials relevant to katras
(3) Decide what characters are going through the rift. Spock is pretty obvious, but I think I want someone else incongruous. Someone who unselfishly leaped into the rift to carry Spock a message, maybe, or someone who just got sucked in by accident. Right now, I am leaning toward Gaila, who would provide comedic diversions by having sex with the entire staff. But I also think Jack Harkness should meet James T. Kirk.
(4) Do a little outlining. I think the 20,000 word minimum will be okay. If my average story is about 3000 words, that's about seven chapters. It could even be five chapters of 5000 words each. That's manageable, and probably even necessary for a story of this complexity to work.

Ooh! I think a first scene could be some of the katras drifting into people's bodies. And I think the end of the story might be that the Vulcan objects and katras falling through the rift preserves the time line rather than disrupts it. Maybe Torchwood actually facilitated first contact by knowing who the Vulcans are and putting the right people in the right places to meet them -- namely, peaceful people who wouldn't freak out and try to hurt them.

ETA: Based on that ending, I know that I want the overall theme to address Torchwood's cynicism vs. Star Trek's optimism. There are obviously lots of conflicts surrounding each team's desire to keep information from one another, but once they both know each other's identities, the conflict will come from whether Torchwood (especially Jack) can be convinced to trust that anything alien could be peaceful and worth saving.

ETA: It would be neat if we could see a scene with Spock exorcising a katra from someone. I'm not sure what would happen to it exactly since Spock could hardly keep them all inside his head, especially if New Vulcan doesn't have a katric arc to return them to yet. Maybe there is some kind of release ritual, where they would sort of float away, showering everyone with their memories?

Also: someone on the Torchwood team should get possessed by a katra. It would only be logical -- they are around the rift so often that they might be the first people a katra encounters. Maybe chapter one could be all about Torchwood noticing that something seems a little off about one of their members.

Maybe I can actually do this.
OMG, I would read the hell out of that. sdkfhsdkjsd I cannot coherently express how much I would love it. Just. Yes please.
That is encouraging to hear! I usually try to be laid back about how many people read my fic or how many comments I get, but when taking on a 20,000 word endeavor, it is reassuring to know that someone would actually like to read it.
Oh, also,

Decide what characters are going through the rift. Spock is pretty obvious, but I think I want someone else incongruous. Someone who unselfishly leaped into the rift to carry Spock a message, maybe, or someone who just got sucked in by accident. Right now, I am leaning toward Gaila, who would provide comedic diversions by having sex with the entire staff. But I also think Jack Harkness should meet James T. Kirk.

Yes, yes, YES. I love to see your Gaila in any situation, of course, but JIM. I believe I said, back when I jumped on the Torchwood bandwagon (which was quite a bit later than everyone else, as well, so I can relate) I said something along the lines of "Jack is what happens when you fling Kirk through time, take away any sense of decency, and give him a snazzy coat."

I'm also seeing an opportunity for Scotty, maybe. Like, it's assumed he has the most familiarity with the area, but really he's just as in over his head as everyone else because, you know, hundreds of years and all that. Until you give him some rift-physics to play with, then he's just dandy. He and Tosh would probably get along.

And it is my firm belief that Owen and McCoy would have a grand time being cranky doctors with one another.

(I swear I'm not trying to dictate what you put in your fic, if it's coming off that way. I've just possibly been considering this very crossover for FAR TOO LONG.)

How much do I love the space-time rift for giving Torchwood the most crossover potential ever? THIS MUCH. (it's a lot)
I swear I'm not trying to dictate what you put in your fic, if it's coming off that way

Not at all! I imagine I'm going to be posting a lot about this, and I'm really hoping to get feedback from other people. I hope you won't hold back in offering suggestions!

Scotty would be an interesting choice. Of course, then I'd have to figure out how to write about him. I do kind of want to pair Tosh up with someone though; it would be nice for her to get some attention.

Maybe Gaila could come along to prove that not all aliens are evil and bent on destroying the world? She could prove it with sex!
Maybe Gaila could come along to prove that not all aliens are evil and bent on destroying the world? She could prove it with sex!

:D :D :D
Exactly, in the worst case you could drop out but this story absolutely deserves a chance to shine. :D
I hope so! I am scared, but it's heartening to know that at least one or two other people think it's a good idea.
I AM SO EXCITED FOR THIS, JFC. I'm glad you chose to write it! This is an excellent idea and I think tons of people would be interested. And I would love to see Gaila in there, too.
Thank you! Like I said to another commenter, it is really helpful to hear that people think they might like to read it. Embarking on 20K words of something that perhaps no one will read is scary!
I am trying to think of it as four related stories that are about 5000 words long. That sounds much more manageable.
Stealing-5-minutes-of-Internet answer -- I think people are going to LOVE this. And such a complex thoughtful plot deserves a thoughtful writer like you.
*blushes*

Thank you! The plot is a good deal more intricate than anything I have attempted before, so I hope I can do it justice. It is certainly fun to try a new challenge though.