Cimmeria (P3X-974)

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Asgard ship destroying Goa'uld invaders on Cimmeria

Summary

Cimmeria (P3X-974) was a planet where humans were under the protection of the Asgard. Any Goa'uld who came would be subjected to Thor's Hammer.

Factoids

  • Names and Designations: Cimmeria; P3X-974
  • Number of Suns: One
  • Number of Moons: at least one
  • Source of Address: Teal'c
  • Introduced in Episode: 1.10 "Thor's Hammer"
  • Earth Cultural/Technological Equivalent: primitive human culture; highly advanced Asgard devices
  • Main Interest: Searching for allies/weapons against the Goa'uld
  • Influenced/Dominated by: Asgard
  • History of Stargate: Unknown

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Geopolitical Structure and History

The planet of Cimmeria has thick woodlands and a large mountainous region (1.10 "Thor's Hammer"). Aqueducts let fresh water flow down from the mountains to the villages below. The Cimmerians are simple people, likely descended from the Vikings of Scandinavia on Earth. The Stargate was in the area where Gairwyn was mistress when SG-1 first arrived. Her husband and others were "gone a-Viking", which used to mean hunt or do battle, but now meant to go to the towns to look for work, since it was a bad season for farmers, and water from the mountains were scarce.

According to a hologram left by Thor: "The High Council of the Asgard has designated Cimmeria a safe world for developing sentient species by unanimous decree, Era 40.73.29. The Goa'uld System Lords were so informed." This statement in and of itself is unilateral, and it does not appear that Cimmeria was part of the Protected Planets Treaty between the Goa'uld and Asgard, but this cannot be determined categorically. No protected planet had a device such as Thor's Hammer, nor were they supposedly allowed humans to advance as was to happen here.

The Asgard let the people develop on their own, setting in place Thor's Hammer, a weapon that would beam the "Etins" (Goa'uld) safely away from the populace and depositing them in a labyrinth where their weapons could not work. Although provided with basic sustenance, a Goa'uld (or Jaffa) could not escape unless they walked through a doorway "the Hammer", which destroyed the Goa'uld within the host. The host would be able to leave free of the Goa'uld.

Teal'c mentioned during a briefing that all Jaffa are taught the address to Cimmeria, the world of the "hammer sign" and instructed to avoid it at all costs, but never given the reason why. SG-1 went on the mission to see what the Goa'uld feared there. A beam scanned the group upon their arrival, focusing on Teal'c and sending him to Thor's Hammer–accidentally taking O'Neill, who tackled Teal'c just as the beam hit.

O'Neill and Teal'c wandered the labyrinth, trying to find a way out. They also encountered a Goa'ulded Unas, the first type of Goa'uld host, who had survived in the labyrinth for years. Although Goa'uld technology didn't work there, O'Neill's guns did, and they fought the creature off, although its strong constitution and Goa'uld healing ability allowed him to continually chase them.

Meanwhile, Sam and Daniel met a local woman, Gairwyn. She led them to Kendra, a woman from Jebanna who had been a Goa'uld host before Thor's Hammer freed her. Kendra was reluctant to help the pair, but eventually agreed. Her memories from that traumatic time were scattered, and she wandered before being found by hunters, but eventually she led them to the cave outside of Thor's Hammer. Legends by the Cimmerians helped her figure out how to open the way to the labyrinth. They arrived just in time to witness O'Neill and Teal'c finally defeat the Unas. Although knowing the potential this could mean for Daniel's wife Sha're and her brother Skaara, O'Neill noted Teal'c was trapped there now. He handed Teal'c's staff weapon to Daniel, who walked outside and was able to destroy Thor's Hammer. Teal'c left the labyrinth unharmed.

Once Heru'ur discovered Thor's Hammer no longer worked, he invaded Cimmeria–trying to force the people into slavery and building pyramids for his ha'taks (2.06 "Thor's Chariot"). Kendra was dead, but before she was killed, she instructed Gairwyn to send the Sagan Institute box to Earth to try and contact the SGC. They responded, and SG-1 arrived to try and save the Cimmerians from the Goa'uld. While O'Neill and Teal'c worked with the warriors to defend Cimmeria, Daniel and Sam went with Gairwyn to try and find the legendary Hall of Thor's Might, where they believed another weapon could be found to defeat the Goa'uld.

The trio endured many tests to prove themselves worthy, but the end was no weapon, merely a communication relay. If the Cimmerians were advanced enough to solve the puzzles and pass the tests, they would be able to meet the Asgard in their true form. Daniel and Sam spoke to the real Thor for the first time and explained the situation, but the Asgard made no commitment to help, sending the two back but allowing Gairwyn to remain in the hall. The two rejoined the rest of SG-1, who were preparing a last stand against Heru'ur's forces. The team surrendered to save the lives of the Cimmerians. While being led away as prisoners, SG-1 was saved when the Asgard arrived–destroying the ha'taks and beaming away the Jaffa surrounding the team. Heru'ur escaped through the Stargate.

Gairwyn was beamed back, explaining that a new Thor's Hammer would be erected–one that would recognize Teal'c as a friend. An Asgard teacher would return to help the Cimmerians, and using Gairwyn as their messenger, explained that they knew of Earth and were friends, but like the Cimmerians, the people of Earth were still too young to meet the Asgard face-to-face.

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Thor's Hammer Scanner/Beaming Device by Stargate
O'Neill notes Thor's hologram in labyrinth
Daniel destroys Thor's Hammer
Entrance to Thor's Hall of Might
Final key to revealing communicator
Thor visual communicator in Hall of Might

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--Aurora 07:31, 25 October 2007 (PDT)