Sodan Cloaking Device
The Sodan cloaking devices are based on Ancient technology and make the user invisible to others.
When the Ancients disappeared from P9G-877, they left behind a wealth of information regarding their technology. As the Sodan warrior, Jolan, explained, the Sodan were able to translate the Ancient writings which instructed them on how to construct many of the "gods" devices (9.08 "Babylon").
The devices were usually worn by the Sodan attached to their armbands (9.08 "Babylon", 9.18 "Arthur's Mantle"). However, they could easily be detached and also fit inside a pocket of a standard SGC vest (9.12 "Fourth Horseman Part 2").
The cloak was activated by touching a jewel-like feature on the device. A shimmering effect was visible before the individual would become completely hidden from view (9.08 "Babylon" and other episodes). When deactivated, the effect would reverse. The devices made the user invisible to everyone except those also wearing activated devices. From the user's cloaked viewpoint, the world became more monochromatic in vision (9.18 "Arthur's Mantle").
Although invisible to others, anyone wearing the cloak could still be heard and interact physically with other people and objects (9.08 "Babylon", 9.12 "Fourth Horseman Part 2", 9.18 "Arthur's Mantle"). Thus tree branches broken could be heard, weapon's blasts could be seen once leaving the user's physical presence, etc.
The Sodan used the devices to move unseen through the forests of their world, thus able to watch intruders unobserved and/or sneak up on them in an ambush (9.08 "Babylon", 9.11 "Fourth Horseman Part 1").
When Col. Mitchell activated the device while setting a trap for the Prior, the Prior could not see him, but sensed something (9.12 "Fourth Horseman Part 2"). The Prior blindly attacked, eventually hitting Mitchell and rendering his device inert, at least temporarily.
Another effect of the device allowed the user to see and hear individuals from at least one parallel dimension. Cameron Mitchell was accidentally shifted to an alternate dimension using Merlin's interdimensional device (i.e. Arthur's Mantle), and was unable to be seen or heard, or even be able to touch items in this dimension, although he could see and hear everyone else (9.18 "Arthur's Mantle"). He hoped to use this ability to help the Sodan and missing SG teams on P9G-877.
When Teal'c activated a Sodan cloaking device in his hunt for the zombified Volnek, they discovered that he was able to see and hear Colonel Mitchell. Despite the ability to converse, Mitchell still remained outside the physical realm and Teal'c's and Volnek's touch would merely pass right through him. This result seems to indicate that though the device cloaks the user, it does not shift him out of this dimension. Although cloaked, Volnek was affected by the explosive charge SG-3 set in the trap and was destroyed.
- 9.08 "Babylon"
- 9.10 "The Fourth Horseman Part 1"
- 9.11 "The Fourth Horseman Part 2"
- 9.18 "Arthur's Mantle"
- Ancient Knowledge and Technology
- Arthur's Mantle
- Priors of the Ori
--Aurora 07:53, 28 March 2006 (PST)