Matar

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Matar

Summary

Matar is the member of a small village of people on the planet P9C-882 who had once been under the rule of a Goa'uld. His planet was visited by a Prior of the Ori who required that his people build an altar for sacrificing those among them who did not convert to Origin. (10.12 "Line in the Sand")

Character Biography

Matar stood by the village leader, Thilana, as they greated SG-1 to their village. He was very courteous and took a heavy case from Vala so that she didn't have to carry it any further. The case contained some of Carter's equipment that she used in conjunction with Merlin's interdimensional device known as Arthur's Mantle. She had been working on expanding the perimeter of the device's effectiveness and was in the early stages of testing it when Gen. Landry ordered her to use it on Matar's entire village.

SG-3 had visited the planet first and had established relations with the people. The villagers asked that they help them to resist the Ori. They had been visited by a Prior of the Ori who asked that they show their devotion by building a sacrificial altar in the village's center. This was the same kind of altar in which Vala had been burned to death in Ver Ager, and it so happened that it was the Administrator-turned-Prior who had ordered Vala's death who was interacting with this group of villagers.

At first, the device worked according to plan, but a failsafe caused the village to once again be exposed. While Carter attempted to fix the problem, an Ori warship entered orbit and sent several of their fighters and footsoldiers. Even though some of the villagers were successful in using P-90s, they were soon overtaken and captured. Thilana set up a make-shift hospital to treat the wounded, but those who were captured using the weapons were executed. The members of SG-1 were scattered: Mitchell and Carter were with the device and out of phase, Vala was taken to the Ori warship by her husband Tomin who was the commander of the ground troops, and Teal'c was in disguise among the villagers.

Matar challenged Thilana's leadership, advocating that they should surrender to the Ori because the Prior and his army were much more advanced than those of Earth. He feared that if they refused to turn to Origin that they all would be killed. Matar turned Teal'c over to the Ori army, and the Ori soldiers took both Matar and Thilana into custody as well. Teal'c refused to divulge information, but Matar and Thilana eventually led them to the library where Carter and Mitchell were hiding. They witnessed the building disappear as Mitchell turned on the device based on a severely-wounded Carter's instructions. The Prior attempted to sense the phased-out Carter and Mitchell, using his orbed staff to enhance his mental powers, but wasn't able to detect them.

Thilana cared for Teal'c after his torture by the Prior and admitted to him that she told the Prior about the device. Matar threatened to kill Thilana with a knife if she did not act as leader and save her people. Thilana calmly talked Matar out of his desperation, saying, "But if we are going to die, let us die in noble peace and truth of spirit." Matar and the others who agreed to turn to the Ori were saved from their decision when Carter and Mitchell managed to turn on the device to hide the village. Not knowing this, the Prior fired the warship's weapon onto the village, thinking that he had destroyed them. Tomin helped Vala escape back to the planet before the warship left orbit. After so many planets had fallen to the Ori, SG-1 finally had technology that could save some just as they had saved Matar's people.

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--DeeKayP 18:23, 27 April 2007 (PDT)