The Telchak Device is technology left by the Ancients and is named after the Goa'uld Telchak who used its design to create the first sarcophagus. The technology worked as a healing device for the Ancients, but it proved dangerous to humans if they were exposed to it for too long a time at too close a distance. If a human were exposed to the powers of the device after death, the energy absorbed by the dead tissue reanimated it — creating a zombie. Anubis used similar technology to animate his Kull Warriors.
When the SGC obtained the body of a dead Kull Warrior, Jacob Carter/Selmak studied the energy signature in the Warrior's tissue and noted the similarity between it and the sarcophagus'. He told Daniel the story about Telchak and the Ancient technology, and Daniel immediately recalled that his grandfather, Nick Ballard, had done decades of Mayan research into the Fountain of Youth (legendary spring that reputedly restores the youth of anyone who drinks of its waters) in which he claimed he'd found evidence indicating the source of the fountain's power was a piece of alien technology used by early Mayan tribes around 900 B.C. Nick traced its origins to Chac, the Mayan god of rain. Daniel, Carter and Jacob/Selmak theorized that if the device was kept hidden near a water source, it could have been the basis of the Fountain of Youth mythology. (7.11 "Evolution Part 1")
Ballard's research notes turned out to be written in an obscure dialect of Goa'uld, and Selmak translated them to reveal that Telchak's Ancient device was hidden in a temple in southern Hondorus near a waterfall and a river. (7.11 "Evolution Part 1")
Once Daniel was returned to the small shack that he shared with Dr. Lee, he started to execute an escape, saying that they'd surely die if they stayed and waited for a rescue. While making their way out of the back of their unguarded shack, Chalo reappeared in the camp, firing his weapon at the other men, who returned fire. Chalo took several bullets in the chest before falling. (7.12 "Evolution Part 2")
Already under the Device's influence and freaked out by Chalo's reappearance, Rafael went to the prisoners' shack and found Daniel and Bill gone. He and two of his remaining men chased after them. Jack killed the three men as they threatened to kill Daniel, and then the two were attacked by Chalo, who was still going strong, even though he was obviously killed twice already. Jack's partner in the search for Daniel and Bill, CIA Agent Burke, used grenades against the zombie, bursting him into several pieces and ensuring that he could not attack them again. (7.12 "Evolution Part 2")
Three distinct technologies were derived from the Telchak Device:
|The sarcophagus, created by the Goa'uld Telchak, is used by the Goa'uld to prolong their lives. It has also been used as a stasis chamber. Human bodies are easily healed by the technology, even from death, but are adversely affected with addiction if continuously exposed to the energy of the device while healthy. (Stargate: The Movie, 2.05 "Need", 7.11 "Evolution Part 1")|
|Realizing that the technology was seriously dangerous for humans and knowing that the Tok'ra wished to study it, the SGC handed the Telchak Device over to the Tok'ra at the Alpha Site. After a month of study, Jacob Carter/Selmak and Carter had a working prototype weapon that would cancel out the Kull Warrior's energy. They created this weapon similar in shape to a Transphase Eradication Rod (TER) that was used effectively on the Reetou. Anubis learned of this weapon's development and the location of the Alpha Site and sent Kull Warriors to track down the technology. The Alpha Site, and thus their research, was destroyed when the Alpha Site's commander issued the self-destruct, but Carter managed to escape with the fully calibrated power unit, which Jack used effectively on the Kull Warrior that was hunting her. (7.16 "Death Knell")|
|Taking the Tok'ra's design, Carter developed a small attachment for the SGC's weapons. Its presence on the weapon is evident by its blue light. The energy emitted by the device also appears blue. This special adaptation was first seen used by SG-1 in the Antarctic Outpost when Anubis attacked Earth during the search for the Lost City of the Ancients. (7.22 "Lost City Part 2")|
Similar Energy Patterns and Effects
Eventually the Ori learned of humanity in the Milky Way and decided to sap the energy from new worshippers. They sent their advanced human missionaries, called Priors of the Ori, to the galaxy through the Stargate. These Priors demonstrated impressive abilities, accentuated by their staffs that had orbs that glowed when activated. Those who witnessed their power and longed for guidance in the Path to Enlightenment (ascension) turned to the Ori as gods, including the Sodan Jaffa who had lived 5,000 years in freedom after their ancestors turned against their Goa'uld master Ishkur and searched for Kheb. But, the Sodan were proud warriors who valued honor in battle, and they turned against the Ori when the Prior asked them to annhilate a planetful of poor peasants who could not effectively defend themselves. As punishment for this rejection, a Prior activated his staff against one of the Sodan warriors named Volnek, turning him into a vicious zombie who killed all of his people, except for one. (9.08 "Babylon", 9.11 "The Fourth Horseman Part 2", 9.18 "Arthur's Mantle")
Knowing that the Ancients and the Ori shared technological history, Teal'c recognized Volnek's condition as similar to Chalo's after he was exposed to the Telchak Device. He knew that Volnek was dead and the only way to stop the creature that remained was to use explosives so that the body could no longer reanimate. Volnek was destroyed with C-4. (9.18 "Arthur's Mantle")
- 7.11 "Evolution Part 1"
- 7.12 "Evolution Part 2"
- 7.16 "Death Knell"
- 7.22 "Lost City Part 2"
- 9.02 "Avalon Part 2"
- 9.03 "Origin Part 3"
- 9.10 "The Fourth Horseman Part 1"
- 9.11 "The Fourth Horseman Part 2"
- 9.18 "Arthur's Mantle"
- Col. Jack O'Neill
- Dr. Daniel Jackson
- Maj. Samantha Carter
- Nicholas Ballard
- CIA Agent Burke
- Jacob Carter/Selmak
- Dr. Bill Lee
- Antarctic Outpost
- Ascended Beings
- Kull Warrior
- Kull Warrior Nullifier
- Lost City of the Ancients
- Priors of the Ori
- Sodan Jaffa
- Transphase Eradication Rod (TER)
--DeeKayP 19:33, 8 July 2007 (PDT)