Latona was a technologically regressed civilization that depended on the Sentinel to protect their world from hostile forces
- Names and Designations: Latona, P2A-018
- Number of Suns: One
- Number of Moons: One
- Source of Address: Abydos Cartouche
- Introduced in Episode: 5.20 "The Sentinel"
- Earth Cultural/Technological Equivalent: Formerly advanced technologically, but the population grew dependant and now have no knowledge on how things work
- Main Interest: The Sentinel Device
- Influenced/Dominated by: Latonans
- History of Stargate: Unknown
Geopolitical Structure and History
The Latonans had been an advanced society. Their city was large, and they had created an ingenious technology to protect it: The Sentinel. The Sentinel was an advanced crystal based machine that destroyed enemies of the Latonans. It worked in conjunction with a human element. That person must operate it, perhaps to ensure only enemies were destroyed. The machine was further protected by an impenetrable forcefield that could only be deactivated by inputting the correct harmonic code.
Despite inventing such advanced technology, over time the Latonans had let their technological knowledge atrophy. They no longer knew how the Sentinel worked, only that the caretaker would watch over it, and when the flame in the leader's headquarters died, a new caretaker must be sent.
A rogue NID team first visited P2A-018 and learned about the Sentinel technology. They took it upon themselves to find the cave housing the device and learn its secrets. When the caretaker surprised them, Col. Grieves killed him, but disabled the sensor that would let the Latonan leader Marul know the caretaker was dead. Not realizing the human element was necessary to make the device work, the rogue team studied it, dismantled it, and put it back together like they found it.
Approximately two years later, the SGC sent a follow-up team, SG-9 to the planet. They became pinned down when Jaffa of the Goa'uld Svarog arrived. With the Sentinel inactive, the Jaffa encountered no resistence from the docile Latonans. O'Neill approached Grieves and brought him and Kershaw back to Latona with SG-1 and SG-3 to try and make the device work.
SG-1, with Grieves and Kershaw attempted to reactivate the Sentinel. Daniel Jackson was able to bypass the forcefield. Mortally wounded by Jaffa fire, Kershaw revealed the existence of the caretaker. Grieves sacrificed himself to save the Latonans and reactivate the device. All Jaffa were wiped from the planet and it is once again safe from invaders. No information is known as to whether the SGC maintained contact with this world.
--Aurora 07:34, 6 July 2006 (PDT)