Kvasir

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Kvasir of the Asgard

Earth Culture of Origin

Norse

Presides Over

Created by the gods to be a wise and skilled negotiator, Kvasir did not exist long before he was killed and his blood fermented with honey to create the Mead of Poetry.

Personal Symbols

Mead of Poetry, Mead of Inspiration, Poetic Mead

Earth Mythological References

"In Norse mythology, the wisest of all men. He was born from the saliva from two rival groups of gods, the Aesir and the Vanir. As a teacher, he never failed to answer a question correctly. Two dwarfs, Fjalar and Galar, became tired of his great learning, and they killed him and distilled his blood in a magic cauldron. His blood, when mixed with honey by the giant Sattung, formed the mead that gave wisdom and poetic inspiration to those who drank it. Kvasir's story is told in the Edda Braga Raedur." — Britannica Concise Encyclopedia

Stargate References

Usually whenever Stargate Command needed to talk with the Asgard, they'd request Thor, but he was tied up with a matter of great importance and sent Kvasir in his place. The problem that Kvasir was sent to handle was to close the confluence formed in the Kallanan Singularity that forced wormholes created by the Stargates in alternate realities to be diverted to the Stargate at Cheyenne Mountain. Having learned that the Asgard's Time Dilation Device could be used to escape the gravitational effects of a black hole, Lt. Col. Samantha Carter—working with one of her alternate selves—proposed using it to set off a bomb near the confluence, effectively closing the doorway. (9.13 "Ripple Effect")

Kvasir presented the Time Dilation Device to SG-1 and helped Carter program the precise calibrations, although he saw the odds as extremely low for its success. They took the Prometheus to the Singularity, but Kvasir didn't stay to help out. His manner seemed mostly quite brusque and cold, although he tried, albeit awkwardly, to encourage SG-1 right before he beamed himself to safety, "The perilous nature of this mission should not be taken lightly. There is a chance that the Prometheus may not survive this voyage. But courage and a steadfast resolve will prove the most valuable assets in this undertaking. ... Well, good luck to you all." (9.13 "Ripple Effect")

Fortunately, the bomb didn't have to be detonated, because it was found that one of the SG-1 teams had a controlled way of creating the bridges between the realities. They were the ones who had created these bridges in the first place so that they could use the Prometheus to get to Atlantis in Pegasus in order to steal its ZPM to help their own world survive the Ori War. In order to send everyone back to their own realities, the SGC had to borrow yet another piece of Asgard technology, an energy weapon that emitted a beam that could be directed through the wormhole to reverse the initial direction of the convergences. All of the alternate teams were successfully sent home, and Kvasir immediately took back the energy weapon, reminding the SGC that it was only on loan temporarily. (It hadn't been the Asgard's practice to give Earth weapons; however, they had given defense shield technology, beaming technology, and hyperdrives as thank-you gifts for the SGC's help in defeating the Asgard's greatest nemesis, the Replicators). (9.13 "Ripple Effect")

Kvasir and Carter worked well together, even though he often seemed condescending and arrogant. The two created a crystal that they planned to substitute on the Ori's Super Stargate ("Supergate") to dial out to the Ori's own Supergate in their home galaxy to keep it activated, thus preventing the Ori from sending their invasion fleet through. Activating the Supergate was the first part of the plan to send Merlin's Anti-Ascended Weapon, then known as the Sangreal, through the Supergate to destroy their enemies and end the war. At the time that they were prepared to dial the Supergate, however, the actual weapon had not yet been found. (9.20 "Camelot Part 2")

Aboard the Odyssey, Kvasir and Carter worked in a lab that had several Asgard consoles configured for Kvasir's use. He beamed Carter, who was in an EVA spacesuit, to switch the crystals, but the initiation process took too long and the Ori activated the Supergate first. They sent four warships through and summarily decimated nearly the entire allied fleet. Only the Odyssey remained, but several of its systems were damaged, including the Asgard beaming technology. Kvasir dedicated himself to restoring it so that allies could be rescued from their crippled ships. He had to do a tremendous amount of coding from scratch, but eventually, he was able to get the technology back online, resulting in the saving of several lives. (9.20 "Camelot Part 2", 10.01 "Flesh and Blood Part 3")

The Asgard invited Maj. Gen. Hank Landry, SG-1, and the crew of the Odyssey to their homeworld, specifying that the matter was quite urgent. Thor greeted them upon their arrival and then told them about the project on which he had been working that had led to his sending Kvasir in his place a little over a year ago. The Asgard High Council had decided to give all of their knowledge and technology to the humans of Earth before they themselves extinguished their own existence. They weren't able to solve their cloning problem and their mistakes resulted in a rapidly progressing disease. Asgard teams installed the Asgard Computer Core, the heart of the Asgard Legacy that was comprised of a knowledge database, energy weapons, matter conversion technology, and other improvements to the ship's systems. After the installation was complete, the Asgard blew their planet apart. They had wished that their demise be witnessed by their closest friends, and presumably, Kvasir was among those who died that day. (10.20 "Unending")

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--DeeKayP 18:37, 28 May 2010 (UTC)