Goa'uld: History From Season Eight

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Goa'uld Still Active At The Beginning Of This Timeframe

  • Ba'al - He was an active Goa'uld during Season Seven, even though we never saw him after he led the attack on Anubis over Kelowna (7.01 "Fallen Part 1" and 7.02 "Homecoming Part 2").
  • Bastet - She was mentioned in the Season Seven episode, 7.02 "Homecoming Part 2".
  • Kali
  • Klorel
  • Moloc - Introduced in the Season Seven episode, 7.10 "Birthright".
  • Morrigan - SG-1 visited a former planet of hers in the Season Seven episode, 7.05 "Revisions", but it had been out of her domain for quite some time.
  • Olokun - He was mentioned in the Season Seven episode, 7.16 "Death Knell".
  • Yu Huang Shang Ti - He's still one of the oldest and most powerful of the System Lords, but is showing signs of senility. He cannot take on a new host and the sarcophagus is not rejuvenating him as it once did.
  • Zipacna - He was mentioned in the Season Six episode, 6.06 "Abyss", when the Tok'ra Kanan had been working undercover on one of his motherships when it was engaged in a battle with Lord Yu.

Season Eight

Season Eight started right off the block with Jack O'Neill successfully unfrozen from stasis by Thor of the Asgard, promoted to Brigadier General, and placed in charge of the SGC. With all of this excitement came more information about the state of Goa'uld affairs as the SGC was introduced to two new System Lords:

After Earth's successful destruction of Anubis' attacking fleet, the System Lords took advantage of Anubis' defeat and agreed to divide the spoils evenly among themselves. Ba'al, however, decided to take more than his share, including reprogramming Anubis' Kull Warriors to be loyal to him, and the other System Lords were wanting Earth to help them even the playing field by eliminating Ba'al with the same weapon we used to defeat Anubis. They sent three System Lords to represent their interests: Camulus, Amaterasu, and Yu (along with his First Prime Oshu). Negotiations between the SGC and the System Lords did not go well and so the System Lords decided to send a ship to test out Earth's defenses. Ba'al destroyed that ship before it reached Earth and the System Lords were asked to leave. Camulus, however, asked for asylum because his army was no more and he had nothing with which to fight. He felt that he could offer more help staying on Earth. The other System Lords looked upon him as a coward and traitor to his kind (8.01 "New Order Part 1" and 8.02 "New Order Part 2").

In a surprise twist in the episode, 8.03 "Lockdown", the SGC discovered that Anubis wasn't killed after all when the Ancients' weapon was used to destroy his fleet over Earth. Instead, since he was part ascended, his essence survived the blast in a portion of his ship. When the International Space Station and the debris in which Anubis abode came close in orbit, Anubis transferred himself into Cosmonaut Konstantinov and upon Konstantinov's return to Earth, Anubis transferred to Russian Air Force Colonel Vaselov. Vaselov was given a position at the SGC and from there, Anubis got to the Stargate. Vaselov sacrificed his own life because he knew that he was about to die after having "hosted" Anubis' detrimental energy form. He walked through the Stargate and, unknown to him at the time, Carter sent the wormhole to a planet in the middle of an ice age. At this point, Anubis was assumed to be trapped in Vaselov's body with no way of reaching a DHD to get to his stronghold to obtain another shield to retain his form in the corporeal plane.

In the episode, 8.04 "Zero Hour", Ba'al claimed that he had captured SG-1 when they were on a planet known to have been in the possession of Anubis. Ba'al asked that Camulus be traded for SG-1. Camulus tried to lead Jack into believing that he wanted to destroy Ba'al by taking a weapon of mass destruction with him when he was sent as a trade, but Jack sent Camulus with a dud in the place of the weapon. Camulus was not aware of the deception. As it turns out, Ba'al never had SG-1, but had merely been witness to their presence on the planet and knew that they were trapped in the stronghold that they had been there to investigate. Camulus is most likely dead at Ba'al's hands if Ba'al became aware that Camulus intended to kill him with the weapon.

The impact on the society of the people the Goa'uld leave behind was witnessed to its horrific conclusion in the episode, 8.05 "Icon". Unwittingly, SG-1 started a war when they came through the Stargate (with an unknown planet designation) which was in the possession of the nation called the Rand Protectorate. A religious group believed that the activation of the Stargate supported their convictions and validated the writings which said that the gods would return and reward the faithful. The name of the Stargate on the planet was the "Great Ring of Avidan" and Teal'c verified that the "gods" influencing this planet's religious beliefs were the Goa'uld, since "Avidan" is from a Goa'uld dialect which translated into "the gods are just." The world was left in rubble after the religious zealots attacked a missile base which sparked a war between the Rand Protectorate and the Caledonian Federation. All three parties in this war were devastated and their survival depended upon the support of the SGC. The names of the Goa'uld were not specified in this episode.

Finally, the face of the incredibly cruel Goa'uld System Lord Moloc who sacrificed his Jaffa's baby girls in fire was revealed in the episode, 8.09 "Sacrifices":

Moloc became aware of the Rebel Jaffa among his army who wished to overthrow him. He staged an ambush at the summit being held by the Rebel Jaffa leaders and was successful in capturing Ishta. He wanted to use Ishta as bait to capture Teal'c, the shol'va who had started it all, but Teal'c and another Rebel Jaffa named Aron coordinated the use of two missiles the SGC sent through the Stargate to kill Moloc and the Jaffa surrounding the Stargate. The victory gave the Rebel Jaffa among Moloc's army their freedom, but it left Moloc's domain open to be taken up by Ba'al, making him even more powerful than before.

Ba'al's planets were targeted by an Earth organization called "The Trust". The Trust was composed of former NID agents who had considerable financial backing. They had the same objective as the rogue NID cells before them: protect Earth from the Goa'uld and other hostile aliens by whatever means necessary. They gained access to the cloaked al'kesh that Osiris had used when he was visiting Daniel a year ago (7.15 "Chimera"). They beamed the Stargate out the SGC's embarkation room onto the ship and used it to dial up planets in Ba'al's domain in order to deliver rocket-borne symbiote poison. The symbiote poison killed not only the symbiote, but also the host and Jaffa. The SGC got their Stargate back and confiscated the rockets and poison The Trust stored on Earth, but they were not able to stop The Trust from getting away with whatever supplies they had onboard the al'kesh. (8.10 "Endgame")

Gen. George Hammond led a crew onboard the Prometheus to rescue the Atlantis Expedition Team which was stranded in the Pegasus Galaxy. Since they had not heard from the team, they feared the worse. Gen. Hammond insisted that Daniel Jackson go on the mission because of his knowledge of the Ancients. While they were en route, they received a distress call from a human named Vala. She was a rogue and forcefully took the Prometheus and stranded the crew on a crippled al'kesh, deep in Ba'al's territory. Daniel hid from Vala as she boarded the Prometheus in a Kull Warrior's suit and eventually captured her. She told him that she once ruled her world as a Goa'uld host, but the Tok'ra caused an uprising and removed the symbiote. She claimed that her former world was taken over by Camulus, who demanded that they worship him or die. Daniel said that Camulus was "gone", having been defeated by Ba'al. Eventually, Daniel regained control of the Prometheus, but not before it was damaged in a firefight with death gliders and several al'kesh. Vala escaped in the al'kesh which she had originally been aboard and the Prometheus had to return home for repairs. (8.12 "Prometheus Unbound")

Ba'al continued his bid for supremacy by waging war with the other System Lords. He killed Bastet and Olokun, and Morrigan capitulated. Lord Yu and Amaterasu combined their forces in retaliation, but their positions were very weak. Because Ba'al was exerting a tremendous amount of force against the other System Lords, several minor Goa'uld began to seek hiding places among the planets which they had formerly dominated. These planets were most likely abandoned when the naquadah mines ran dry. This was the case when the Goa'uld Ares attempted to reclaim the planet on which Harry Maybourne had been placed by the Tok'ra after his and Jack's rescue in the episode, 6.15 "Paradise Lost". The Goa'uld Ares had but one ha'tak and it was destroyed with him on it by SG-1 using an Ancient spacecraft left behind on Harry's planet. (8.13 "It's Good To Be King")

The members of The Trust who had escaped with symbiote poison in the episode, 8.10 "Endgame", were successful in releasing the poison on two more worlds before they were caught by an unnamed Goa'uld. This Goa'uld implanted each person with a symbiote and then sent them back to Earth to implant the remaining members of The Trust, mainly the wealthy businessmen and politicians who were backing their operations. The Goa'uld Trust approached former Vice President Robert Kinsey and he subsequently contacted Jack. Kinsey volunteered to wear a wire when he met with the men who had contacted him. While in their company, however, The Goa'uld Trust members jammed his signal and SG-1 lost contact with him. Kinsey was implanted with a Goa'uld, beamed up to the al'kesh, and then sent to Russia to meet with their military leader, Gen. Kiselev. He was caught and Daniel went to Russia to interrogate him, but he was unsuccessful at revealing the identities of Kinsey's Goa'uld and the Goa'uld who had sent them. It was the aim of these Goa'uld to have Russia and the United States destroy each other with their nuclear weapons. Most likely, they were attempting to gain access to the Ancient weapon in the Antarctic Outpost. (8.14 "Full Alert")

Members and former members of The Trust who were implanted with a Goa'uld:

The Goa'uld Trust members who recruited Kinsey were killed in the al'kesh in Earth's orbit by the Prometheus, but it appears that Kinsey escaped, possibly back to Earth. (8.14 "Full Alert")

Members of the Russian government who were implanted with a Goa'uld:

The CIA was assigned to investigate the possibility that there are several Goa'uld still hiding on Earth. (8.14 "Full Alert", 8.18 "Threads").

After eight years of intense fighting, the System Lords were defeated with the combined effort of the Asgard, Tok'ra, Rebel Jaffa, Oma Desala, and Tau'ri. It was a series of major events which saw to their downfall:

  • Ba'al had gained the most power and demanded that the remaining System Lords recognize him as the Supreme Commander. He sent one of his Goa'uld underlords to the System Lords' space station to voice his demands. Lord Yu and two unidentified System Lords were present with their First Primes. (8.16 "Reckoning Part 1")
The Last System Lord Summit
  • While they were at the space station, Replicator Samantha Carter infiltrated their chamber and assassinated Lord Yu in front of the others. She then left the station to be taken over by her "brethren", the first generation bug-like Replicators. It can be concluded that all life aboard the station was destroyed by the Replicators. (8.16 "Reckoning Part 1")
  • During an attempt to overtake Amaterasu's ha'tak, the Rebel Jaffa encountered instead a ha'tak full of Replicators. It was not revealed if Amaterasu herself was onboard the ha'tak when the Replicators took it, but it can be assumed that she is most likely dead. (8.16 "Reckoning Part 1")
  • Replicator Carter kidnapped Daniel Jackson who was with the Rebel Jaffa in order to probe his mind for his ascended memories. She believed that he knew of other Ancient technology which could be a threat to her. (8.16 "Reckoning Part 1")
  • Carter and Thor developed a modified energy wave to disrupt the link the Replicators used to maintain themselves. They were successful at eliminating the Replicators onboard one ha'tak, but when they attempted to use the same wave on a second ha'tak, the Replicators modified their links and became immune to the wave. Thor's ship was overtaken by Replicators and he sent Carter back to Earth so that she could continue working on the problem. (8.16 "Reckoning Part 1")
  • Replicator Carter discovered the location of an Ancient weapon on a planet now called Dakara. This planet was deep in Ba'al's territory, but because Ba'al was busy fighting off the Replicators, it was not as heavily guarded as usual. The Rebel Jaffa took the planet over, not because of the weapon which was unknown to them, but because it was where the first prim'ta implantation ceremony had taken place which created the first Jaffa. The Rebel Jaffa believed that if they could take the temple, they could prove once and for all that the Goa'uld are not gods. They took the temple with great ease because they outnumbered the Jaffa who remained to guard it. (8.16 "Reckoning Part 1")
  • Somehow, Anubis escaped from his ice planet prison and began to assert himself once more. He was using human men as temporary hosts, burning each one of them out with his destructive energy form. It wasn't made clear at what point Ba'al began to work under Anubis, but he had joined his forces with Anubis' to fight against the Replicators and the Rebel Jaffa. (8.16 "Reckoning Part 1")
  • Ba'al learned of the weapon on Dakara and contacted Jack at the SGC through a holographic projection. He wanted the Tau'ri to destroy the weapon before Anubis used it to wipe out all life in the galaxy. (8.16 "Reckoning Part 1")
  • Jacob Carter/Selmak and Carter translated the Ancient riddle on the wall in the temple on Dakara which sheltered the control console of the Ancient weapon. They figured out how to configure the weapon to generate an energy wave to destroy the Replicators based off of a variation of the frequency which Thor and Carter had discovered on Thor's ship. Ba'al helped them configure the Stargate on Dakara to dial out to all the stargates in the galaxy to transmit the energy wave simultaneously, giving the Replicators insufficient time to adapt to the frequency. (8.17 "Reckoning Part 2")
  • Replicator Carter continued to probe Daniel's mind after retrieving the location of the weapon on Dakara because she found that his subconscious mind contained all of the Ancients' knowledge. While she distributed the information to her brethren, Daniel sent the command to all of the Replicators to freeze. This act gave Jacob/Selmak enough time to set the controls on the weapon and activate it. (8.17 "Reckoning Part 2")
  • When she discovered that Daniel had control over her brethren, Replicator Carter brutally killed him. The energy wave sent by the weapon on Dakara disintegrated her, her ship, and all of the Replicators throughout the galaxy, including the ones which were attacking the temple on Dakara and the SGC base. (8.17 "Reckoning Part 2")
  • Anubis discovered Ba'al's betrayal and told him that he would spare Ba'al's life only long enough for him to witness the end of all life in the galaxy. (8.18 "Threads")
  • Oma Desala partially ascended Daniel upon his death on Replicator Carter's ship and gave him a second chance at ascension. She created a diner on his plane of existence so that they could talk. While in this place, The Others kept watch and Anubis, in disguise as a man named Jim, came and went, all the while bragging about how Anubis was going to destroy all life in the galaxy and the Ascended Beings would do nothing to stop him. (8.18 "Threads")
  • Anubis sent all of the Kull Warriors to Dakara to eliminate the Rebel Jaffa. He gained access to the weapon and was about to push the button when Daniel pleaded to The Others to stop Anubis and end Oma's punishment for having ascended him. The Others did not act, but Oma was moved by Daniel's plea to stop Anubis herself. She was not permitted to destroy him, so she chose to engage him in an eternal battle instead. When Anubis was swept away by Oma, the Kull Warriors were confused and easily defeated. Mysteriously, the self-destruct that Jack started after the Stargate at the SGC was dialed by the one on Dakara to send the life-ending energy wave was frozen. Jack suspected that it was Daniel who had done this, but Daniel, upon his second return from ascension, never said what he had done or remembered from either of his ascensions. (8.18 "Threads")
  • Ba'al, the only remaining System Lord, survived, but his whereabouts are currently unknown. (8.18 "Threads")

Thus ends the thousands of years of tyranny of the Goa'uld. They have little power left after the loss of their fleets and Jaffa armies (8.19 "Moebius Part 1"). Not all of them are dead, but they no longer pose the threat that they once did when they were few, but ruled over millions.

Comprehensive History of the Goa'uld

Stargate: The Movie Season One Season Two
Season Three Season Four Season Five
Season Six Season Seven Season Eight
Season Nine Season Ten Movies

This series of articles covers each Goa'uld personality that the SGC has encountered since Daniel Jackson reopened the Stargate (Stargate: The Movie):

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The members of SG-1 and the SGC have taken an active role in the fight against the Goa'uld:


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