TAU'RI: Elizabeth Weir


Elizabeth Weir
aka Elizabeta Molia Praefecta

Born: 14 October, 1970
          in Arlington, Virgina
Died: 19 August, 2006
          on Atlantis, Lantea, Pegasus

          Institut Le Rosey ('87)
          BS in Political Science,
            Boston College ('91)
          PhD in Political Science,
            Georgetown ('95)

          Commander, SGC ('04)
          HoE, First Expedition ('04-'06)

Other Relationships:
          Constantijn de Vries (Father)
          Elise Tyler (Mother)
          Simon Wallace (Ex-fiancé)

In the days before the Second World War, Elizabeth's paternal grandfather, Hendrikje de Vries, was the mayor of the city of Kerkrade, on the Dutch border with Germany. Indeed, Kerkrade had been part of of the German town of Herzogenrath until Dutch independance in 1815. A peace-loving man at heart, he tried too hard to appease his German counterparts across the Nieuwstraat line, and ended up perpetuating a system with which he could have no part. Alas, he realized this too late, and for his resistence both he and his influential sister, Lijsebeth de Vries, were executed by the local Gauleiter. After the war, Hendrikje's widow, Vera Wirtjes, and their two young sons, Izaak and Constantijn, emmigrated to the United States, where their surname was anglicized to Weir.

Constantijn, now called Constantine, would remember very little of the war. But he would remember the example of his father and aunt, and would grow up to become a diplomat. He would serve as United States Resident Representive in Switzerland ('83 - '89) for most of Elizabeth's teenage years, and go on to serve as the US Ambassador to Micronesia ('89-93), Belgium ('93-'97), and Switzerland ('97-'02). He would die in office during the last - ironically, of an undected brain aneurysm.

Elizabeth, named after her great-aunt, would attend Institut Le Rosey from age eight, graduating from it's upper school in 1985. From there she would follow in her father's footsteps, majoring in Political Science at Boston College and taking a doctorate in the same from Georgetown. Her stills were better served in negotiation than politics, and she served in various UN postings until being asked to become the first civilian head of the SGC - a post she would later resign in favour of heading the First Atlantis Expedition.

During the First Expedtion, she chose to allow the Ancient Iohannes to become her military commander following the death of Colonel Sumner. This decision would to some degree lead directly to her death, as it would be Iohannes' attempt to free her from the Asurans that would cause the cerbral trauma that would eventually take her life. She would only be thirty-five.

Despite her early death, Elizabeth's legacy would reverberate through the Pegasus Confederation: in the words (and spirit) of The Charter of the Pegasus Confederation and The Declaration of Universal Rights; in The Elizabeta Molia Praefecta Imperial Healthcare Centre (the free, universal healthcare clinic that would be founded on Atlantis after her death); and the half-dozen children who would bear her name.


  • Speaks 5 languages: English, Dutch, German, French, and Latin/Alteran.

  • Her maternal grandfather, William Tyler, was the US Ambassador to the Netherlands when her parents married.

  • Her mother, Elise Tyler, was the great-great-great grandaughter of Louis Bonaparte, by his illegitimate son François de Castelvecchio.

  • Attended Institut Le Rosey contemporaniously with later First Expedition member and Émigré, Paul-Henri Durand, who by coisidence was closely related to the Legistimist claimnant to the French throne.

  • Her biography, Elizabeth Weir: A Life, was written by Rodney McKay in 2007 and published in 2012. It was rereleased in 2087 by his great-niece, Avery Miller Rosenthal, as Our Lady of Atlantis.