sheppard

question for my sga peeps

He would willingly die for any innocent, but for his team, for Atlantis, he would destroy himself and do it with a smile. --This, for me, is the essential core of John Sheppard. Behind everything he does or says (in my version of things, anyway), this is the main motivation. Oh, there are other bits that are important: he's a flyboy, a not-so-closet geeky goof, more comfortable expressing his feelings with actions than with words, etc. But many of those things are somewhat dependent on circumstance, and are descriptors, not driving forces.

I'm not sure about the other characters. Teyla's is bound up with the preservation of the Athosians, I think, but as I said. *shrugs*

What motivations/core essences do you see driving/defining the various characters? Particularly through season one?

In related matters, I think I'm doing NaNoWriMo this year, but instead of starting yet another novel that won't make it past a couple thousand words, I'm going to work on plowing through Things Already Seen. Which is technically against the rules, but I'm not planning on claiming victory or whatever--I just want to get this thing written, and I'm hoping NaNo might help me stay focused. Give me a writing schedule, that kind of thing. Here's hoping, because I'm tired of having stuff just sit and stare at me.
I feel Rodney one of those who, on the outside, pushes people away because it's easier than dealing with them and the complications that comes with dealing with them. On the inside - as cliche as this may sound - he wants to be loved, but either doesn't realize it or won't admit it. I think he's a lot nicer than he lets on - at least that is my view of him in canon, which is why I think I tend to write him nicer than he probably is (although that has just as much to do with me being unable to write him as heavily abrasive, as it makes me not like him. But I also like showing his softer side since he does have one).

Ronon is simple. He lost his world, lived his life on the run. Sheppard and Atlantis saved him so he's completely loyal to him. Most especially Sheppard.

Teyla I have difficulty with as well. I think she' a very hopeful person, and that what she does isn't just for her people but for the entire galaxy. She's fed up living in fear, so is doing what she feels it will take to make the galaxy a better place - even if that means having to be apart from her people.

Anyway, I don't know if that is stating the obvious, but it's my thoughts on the rest of the team. The others - Elizabeth, Carson, Radek - I'd have to get back to you on them.
She's fed up living in fear, so is doing what she feels it will take to make the galaxy a better place - even if that means having to be apart from her people.

That seems like a pretty good summery of her motivations--for her, the expedition's not just an ally, but the potential defeat of the wraith and freedom for the whole galaxy.

I wish I could include Ronon somehow in Things Already Seen, but I don't think I can manage it plausibly.