Fandom: Stargate Atlantis
Author Notes: Spoilery for 4x10
More of him means more time to dedicate to each problem. That means faster progress. That means less danger for everybody. Rodney knows that, so he lets Sheppard convince him to stay behind. Sacrifice comes in many forms; surviving is one.
He works even more than the original. His team is no longer here, and the other team - well, it's better than nothing, and it's worse than anything could be. He feels more comfortable when he has lost himself in the easy rhythm of working with his counterpart. Things in Atlantis become easier than they had been. A bit.
He dedicates a lot of time to studying nanites. There are tactical reasons for that, which aren't at all important. He needs to figure out how they made him. What he is.
It turns out that he can improve the process, make it need less energy.
It makes no sense for n to equal two. He makes as many as he can before they find out and stop them. It doesn't matter. There are enough of him now to figure out everything. Enough to stop the Replicators.
Enough to avenge his team.
He still feels alone in the multitude.