Lord Haikon is the leader of a group of Jaffa known as the Sodan who obtained their freedom from the Goa'uld 5,000 years ago. (9.08 "Babylon")
A man of impressive stature and presence, Lord Haikon had been the leader of his people for more than one hundred years. This group of Jaffa had continued in the Sodan warrior tradition set by their forefathers and are an extremely proud people. Once their ancestors found freedom on the planet P9G-844, they cut themselves off from the affairs of the Goa'uld and Jaffa and pursued the Path to Enlightenment, worshipping the Ancients as gods.
Haikon was very devoted to the Ancients as his gods, but when a Prior of the Ori visited his world, he began to doubt the Ancients because in all the time that his people prayed to them, they never answered. Swayed by the offer of reaching ascension with the help of the Ori, Haikon embraced Origin, the religion of the Ori presented in the pages of the Book of Origin. Not all of the Sodan accepted the Ori as easily, but they continued to show support for their leader and attended the prostration services held by the Prior.
Teal'c had heard that the Sodan were living on P9G-844. For thousands of years, the Sodan warriors had been legends among the Jaffa. Very few Jaffa of Teal'c's time had mastered the warrior art of the Sodan. After gaining their freedom from the Goa'uld, the new Free Jaffa Nation needed leadership, and what better examples of leadership than those Jaffa who have lived free for thousands of years? SG-1 went to P9G-844 to find the Sodan and invite them to meet the Free Jaffa, but they were ambushed instead. The Sodan had the benefit of Ancient technology which gave them an advantage in the struggle — personal cloaking devices and a transporter device called the Eye of the Gods. In the struggle, Mitchell was severely injured and taken captive because he had spilled a Sodan Jaffa's blood, and the Sodan required recompense.
Mitchell tried to convince Lord Haikon that the Priors were "bad news," but Haikon refused to believe him. Haikon required that Mitchell be trained in the Sodan warrior art so that he could fight with dignity in the Kel Shak Lo, a fight to the death. The man chosen to train him, Jolan, turned out to be his opponent, for Jolan was the closest blood relative of the Sodan Jaffa Mitchell was thought to have killed in the ambush. Unknown to any of them at the time, Jolan's brother Volnek had been rescued by SG-1 and was recovering from surgery and the switch to Tretonin.
By the time that Mitchell's Kel Shak Lo arrived, Mitchell and Jolan had bonded and devised a plan so that Mitchell could live. Having extensive skills as an apothecary, Jolan created a drug which would simulate Mitchell's death. After a few rounds in the fighting circle, Mitchell fell. Lord Haikon even touched his body to see if he was truly dead and pronounced him as such. Jolan asked permission to take care of Mitchell's body and Haikon approved. Mitchell returned home, and soon thereafter, Volnek returned to his people. (9.08 "Babylon")
Apparently, relations with Mitchell's Sodan friends continued after Volnek's return. The Sodan kept in touch with the SGC and gave them intelligence on the whereabouts of a certain Prior, the same Prior who had visited their world and another world which the SGC sent SG-6 to investigate. Keeping their identities hidden, SG-6 visited P2X-885 and lived among 10,000 poverty stricken peasants when the Prior visited the planet. The Prior conducted a service and touched Lt. Fisher as if giving a blessing, but actually, he made Lt. Fisher "patient zero" of the Prior Plague. Upon Lt. Fisher's return to Earth, he spread the Plague into the public and a global pandemic resulted. (9.10 "The Fourth Horseman Part 1")
Mitchell and Daniel returned to the Sodan homeworld to get a blood sample of the same Prior to help scientists develop a cure for the Plague. Upon their arrival, they were immediately put into custody. Mitchell was granted an audience with Lord Haikon. Haikon and Jolan told Mitchell that the Sodan had turned from the Ori because the Prior commanded that they wipe out a world of defenseless people who had rejected the Ori. They also visited another world which had refused to accept the Ori and found that the entire population had died of a plague. The Prior had basically asked that the Sodan become his instrument of judgment on these other worlds, and Haikon finally saw through the Ori's deception. Haikon lived by the Sodan creed that there was no honor in killing innocent people. (9.10 "The Fourth Horseman Part 1", 9.11 "The Fourth Horseman Part 2")
Haikon assisted Mitchell and Daniel in getting the Prior to visit his village and led him to the same circle where Mitchell had faced Jolan in the Kel Shak Lo and had in which he had buried a device which would emit a frequency that would render the Prior inpotent in using his advanced mental powers. Haikon stood before the Prior and defended his decisions to deny the Ori as gods and to spare those he was sent to destroy. (9.11 "The Fourth Horseman Part 2")
The Sodan assisted Mitchell and Daniel in subduing the Prior and getting his blood. This helped the SGC develop a cure and save not only Earth, but many other worlds which had been stricken with the disease. (9.11 "The Fourth Horseman Part 2")
But, the Sodan did not live free of the Ori for long. While on a visit to a neighboring planet to gather supplies for his village, Volnek was met by a Prior who told him that the Sodan would pay for their betrayal. The Prior activated his staff and struck the ground with it, but Volnek himself didn't feel the effects until after he returned home and was there for several days. Volnek became a madman and soon thereafter, he became a dead man walking, a zombie, similar to the way the Honduran rebel Chalo had become one after his dead body was exposed to the effects of the Telchak Device. The same kind of technology was used by Anubis to give his Kull Warriors life. (9.18 "Arthur's Mantle")
Volnek went on a rampage to destroy the entire Sodan village, and he was successful at killing nearly everyone, including Volnek's brother Jolan, the women, and the children. The only one who survived was Haikon, who was discovered by Teal'c and SG-12 who arrived there after receiving the Sodan's distress call through the Stargate. Haikon's symbiote was killed, and he was put on Tretonin right away. Volnek was tracked down and destroyed with explosives so that his body could no longer be reanimated. (9.18 "Arthur's Mantle")
- 9.08 "Babylon"
- 9.10 "The Fourth Horseman Part 1"
- 9.11 "The Fourth Horseman Part 2"
- 9.18 "Arthur's Mantle"
- Anti-Prior Device
- Eye of the Gods
- Free Jaffa Nation
- Kel Shak Lo
- Kull Warrior
- Path to Enlightenment (Ascension)
- Prior Plague
- Priors of the Ori
- Sodan Cloaking Device
- Telchak Device
--DeeKayP 20:21, 22 February 2006 (PST)