Timeline of the Ancients: Legacy Period: A.D. 1996 to A.D. 2002

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Timeline of the Ancients


This timeline is part of a larger timeline that covers the over 50-million-year history of the Ancients. To view the entire timeline, visit Timeline of the Ancients, which also includes an overview of the Ancients' evolutionary path and author's notes.

Date Range Period Human Ascended Galaxy Notes
Over 50 million years ago Alteran Yes Uncertain Original home galaxy, often referred to as simply the Ori galaxy because only the Ori remained there. The Altera and their brethren the Ori were humans on the evolutionary path toward ascension, but it is unknown if there were ascended beings who existed before or during this period, and if they existed, whether or not the humans were aware of them. The Ori greatly outnumbered the Altera and were preparing to wipe them out because of their conflicting philosophical views. By the end of this period, the only Ancients that existed were the Altera, the mountaintop villagers who chose to leave their home aboard a single spaceship rather than engage in a war. The Ori were left behind to continue on their own path.
5 to 10 million years ago to 50 million years ago Ancient Yes Possible Primarily in the Milky Way, their new home that they named "Avalon". The Altera became known as the Ancients. This period includes the establishment of the Stargate network in the Milky Way, the exploration of their new home galaxy and others through the launch of their exploration fleet of Stargate-seeding starships and follow-up exploration vessel Destiny (see Stargate Universe), the formation of alliances, the advancement in weapons and other technology, the development of the means to collect and store their accumulated knowledge, and the continued research into the acceleration of evolution through genetic alteration to achieve ascension. Some of the Ancients had evolved to the point that they could ascend on their own. The defining moment that ends this period is the occurrence of the plague that swept throughout the galaxy that forced the Ancients to ascend, to leave the galaxy, or to die out. Because of the plague and the heightened research into ascension, the Ancients never boarded Destiny, but instead left the exploration fleet to continue on its automated course.
10,000 years ago to 5 to 10 million years ago Lantian Yes Yes Pegasus. The Ancients were called the Ancestors by the humans of the Pegasus galaxy. This period opens with the plague sweeping throughout the Milky Way that forced the Ancients to leave the galaxy in one form or another—whether it be by ascending, by leaving the galaxy as humans (in spaceships, for example), or by dying out. The Ancients that ascended joined together in a collective called The Others. The Ori, although not hit by a plague, also ascended and established themselves as the gods of the religion "Origin". This period also includes the creation of the second generation (evolution) of humanity in the three galaxies: the original Altera/Ori home galaxy, the Milky Way, and Pegasus. As they did in the Milky Way, the Ancients in Pegasus built a Stargate network and settled on several planets. By the end of this period, more Ancients had ascended and apparently joined their own ancestors who were with The Others; however, no more ascended beings joined the Ori because the Ori did not wish to share their power and prevented their humanity from evolving to the point where they could ascend on their own or through the use of advanced technology. This period ends when the last of the Lantian survivors of the Wraith-Ancient War abandoned Atlantis and used the Stargate to return to Earth, where they blended into Earth's societies, left the planet through the Stargate, or ascended.
Present to 10,000 years ago Legacy Possible Yes All except original home galaxy. This is when the majority of Ancients are Ascended Beings, and other races use and abuse their legacy. At the beginning of this period, the Lantian Ancients had just returned to Earth after abandoning Pegasus to the Wraith and chose to blend in with Earth's societies, to leave Earth through the Stargate, or to ascend. Proof of the Ancients' blending into the human population of the Milky Way is the natural occurrence of the ATA gene (Ancient Technology Activation gene) that allows the possessor to activate and interface with genetically-keyed Ancient technology, as well as the cultural influences of the world's ancient civilizations. Some Ancients from earlier in this period survived into the modern era in human form via stasis, time travel, or some other form of technological means, while a few Ascended Ancients chose to retake human form. This period includes the reopening of the Stargate in modern times and a near-repeat of history as the humans of Earth assimilate the Ancients' legacy, which not only includes knowledge and technology, but also old rivalries that the Ancients had failed to resolve. It also includes the discovery of Destiny, which opened up the universe to exploration (albeit limited) and to the exposure to new life forms untouched by Ancient hands.


ca A.D. 1996

This time estimate is based on the premiere date of Stargate SG-1 (1997) and not that of the release of Stargate: The Movie (1994).

Dr. Daniel Jackson reopens Earth's Stargate; Ra is killed; Abydos is freed; Daniel marries Sha're and stays on Abydos:
  • Finally, after two years of study by a team of linguists who were assigned to translate the coverstone, Catherine Langford recruited the young archaeologist Dr. Daniel Jackson. Langford had read about Dr. Jackson's theories on the Great Pyramid's having been built long before the majority of the archaeological community believed, basing this conclusion on the writing forms found inside the Pyramid. She believed that if anyone could translate the coverstone correctly, it would be Jackson, and that he'd be the one to figure out what the Stargate really was. (Stargate: The Movie, 1.01 "Children of the Gods Part 1", 1.11 "The Torment of Tantalus")
  • Langford gave Jackson a plane ticket to Colorado, and having nowhere else to go, he decided to take the trip. Catherine had told him that he'd have a chance to prove his theories correct and that made him curious. Langford showed Jackson the coverstone and he fixed the translations immediately, telling them that the hieroglyphs told of a "Stargate", not a "Doorway to Heaven". Using this information, he translated the cartouche as a Stargate address represented by symbols that were depictions of constellations. He figured out that the Stargate went to other points in space by the use of the six-symbol address and the point of origin without having yet laid eyes on the actual Stargate itself. (Stargate: The Movie)
  • Once he was given access to the Stargate, Daniel figured out the point of origin symbol and the team successfully dialed the Stargate to the address on the cartouche, which happened to be that of Abydos, Ra's planet. (Stargate: The Movie)
  • Colonel Jack O'Neill led a team, which also included Dr. Jackson, through the Stargate to Abydos, where they met the Abydonians, descendants of ancient Egyptians whom Ra brought through the Stargate. They spoke Ancient Egyptian, a language that was no longer spoken on Earth, but that Daniel quickly picked up after a native woman, Sha're, introduced the sounds to him. Sha're showed Daniel the records of their people's enslavement that was drawn on the walls of a cave system. (Stargate: The Movie)
  • While the expedition was on Abydos, Ra came to gather the latest yields from the naquadah mines. Ra's guards killed Daniel and imprisoned the rest of the team's members, including O'Neill. Ra was curious about the Ra necklace that Catherine had given to Daniel for "good luck", so he revived him in the sarcophagus. Daniel spoke with Ra in Ancient Egyptian, and Ra told Daniel that he planned to send to Earth and detonate the bomb that O'Neill had brought with him in case he found a threat. (Stargate: The Movie)
  • With the help of the Abydonians, especially a group of boys led by Sha're's brother Skaara and her father Kasuf, the Earthmen vanquished Ra. O'Neill and Jackson sent the bomb that Ra had armed and enhanced with the naquadah to Ra's ship by using the ring transporter that linked the temple directly to Ra's ship. The ship blew up in Abydos's orbit. Little did they know that their destruction of Ra would throw the System Lords into chaos as they vied for control of Ra's vast territory, which included Earth. (Stargate: The Movie, 1.01 "Children of the Gods Part 1")
  • Daniel and Sha're fell in love, so Daniel decided to stay with her on Abydos while O'Neill and his surviving team members returned to Earth through the Stargate. After they left, Daniel buried the Abydos Stargate. (Stargate: The Movie, 1.01 "Children of the Gods Part 1")
  • Col. O'Neill had been retired from the Air Force at the time he was called by General West to oversee the Stargate Program (as it was later called). This resignation was at the heels of O'Neill's son's tragic accidental death (he shot himself with O'Neill's service revolver). O'Neill had been quite suicidal after his son's death, but the mission to Abydos renewed his purpose. Even so, he once again resigned from the Air Force after his return to Earth. O'Neill returned the Ra necklace to Catherine with a message from Daniel: "Tell Catherine this brought me luck." (Stargate: The Movie, 1.01 "Children of the Gods Part 1", 1.11 "The Torment of Tantalus")
  • After about a month on the planet, Daniel discovered Ra's map room with all of the Stargate addresses of the planets in the Goa'uld's domain. Curious, he unburied the Stargate and tried out some of the addresses, but couldn't make a lock. He figured that these Stargates had been either destroyed or buried just like the one on Earth had been. Knowing the dangers that reopening the Stargate could bring, Daniel trained Skaara and other Abydonians to keep a 36-hour watch by arming them with the Earth weapons that O'Neill's team left behind. (1.01 "Children of the Gods Part 1")

ca A.D. 1997-1998

This time estimate corresponds to Season One of Stargate SG-1.

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Stargate Command is established, begins active use of the Stargate, and learns more about the Ancients; SG-1 meets the Nox:
  • It took fifteen years and three super-computers for Langford's team to develop a computerized dialing system for the Stargate, even while they didn't realize the device's true function. After the first team went through to Abydos, Capt. Samantha Carter tried to get the Stargate to connect to different destinations, but they never got a lock. After all of these failures, it was determined that the Stargate went only to Abydos. In order to protect Daniel and the Abydonians, O'Neill lied on his report that the Abydos Stargate was destroyed with the bomb he took with him (which he actually used against Ra), so the government began to downsize the project. General West placed Major General George Hammond, a man close to retirement, in charge of the base. Carter was asked to research alternative applications for the Stargate, including using the wormhole for time travel. (1.01 "Children of the Gods Part 1" 2.21 "1969")
  • The Air Force was in the process of withdrawing personnel from the Cheyenne Mountain facility when the Goa'uld System Lord Apophis came through the Stargate with his Jaffa soldiers, kidnapped a female sergeant, and killed several guards before retreating to the planet Chulak. Major General George Hammond reactivated Col. Jack O'Neill to retrieve Dr. Daniel Jackson from Abydos, but Apophis visited there next and took Daniel's wife Sha're and her brother Skaara. The First Prime of Apophis helped the humans escape from Apophis's prison on Chulak. O'Neill requested that Teal'c join his team as an expert in the Goa'uld and Jaffa. Teal'c pledged allegiance to Earth, hoping that his new allies would help bring freedom to his people. (1.01 "Children of the Gods Part 1", 1.02 "Children of the Gods Part 2", 1.03 "The Enemy Within")
  • After Daniel explained that the Stargate could go to other places with new addresses calculated based on stellar drift, Stargate Command was activated and created nine teams to explore the galaxy for allies and technology that could help in the fight against the Goa'uld, as well as to rescue Sha're and Skaara, who were now hosts to Goa'uld symbiotes. (1.01 "Children of the Gods Part 1", 1.02 "Children of the Gods Part 2")
  • SG-1 met the Nox, an advanced humanoid race that are quite petite and that are pacifists. Each individual lives to be well over 400 years old, and they have the ability to resurrect someone by channeling the life force gathered from the surrounding nature. They can activate the Stargate without any apparent use of technology and render objects invisible. They live in a city that floats in the sky and in simple grass huts when they're communing with nature. They perceive humans as "very young". It is later learned that the Nox were part of the Alliance of the Four Races with the Ancients, Asgard, and Furlings. (1.08 "The Nox", 1.11 "The Torment of Tantalus", 2.16 "The Fifth Race")
  • On the planet P3X-972/PB2-908, SG-1 found Ernest Littlefield alive after 50 years in total seclusion and uncovered Heliopolis, the meeting place for the Alliance of the Four Races, which included the Ancients, the Nox, the Asgard, and the Furlings. It has not yet been established when this alliance was formed, but the design construction of the Library device itself implies that the alliance was several million years ago when the Ancients were still in the galaxy and building the Stargate network. (1.11 "The Torment of Tantalus")
  • Ernest Littlefield and Catherine Langford were reunited, and their love for each other was strongly renewed. (1.11 "The Torment of Tantalus")
  • SG-1 traveled to the planet Oannes, where Nem captured Daniel because he knew about Babylon and cuneiform writing. Nem implanted false memories of Daniel's death into the minds of the rest of the team so that he could have Daniel all to himself without interruption. Daniel and Nem found that both had something in common: they had lost their mates to the Goa'uld. Daniel recalled an old text he had read years before with the aid of a mind probe and finally, after four thousand years, Nem learned that Belus had killed Omoroca while she attempted to free humans of Earth from the Goa'uld. Nem let Daniel go home once he knew her fate. (1.13 "Fire and Water")
  • Archaeologists uncover Hathor in her sarcophagus in a Mayan temple. Once released, she killed the two archaeologists and made her way to the Stargate in Cheyenne Mountain, where she tried to reestablish herself as a Goa'uld Queen with Daniel as her "beloved" pharoah (his seed would be used to help her offspring blend with their new human hosts on Earth) and O'Neill as her first prime (by converting him into a Jaffa). Her plans failed and she escaped through the Stargate to Chulak. Unfortunately, her sarcophagus was destroyed in her escape. (1.14 "Hathor")
  • Stargate Command discovered the Antarctic Stargate by accident. There were frozen Serpent Guards of the Goa'uld buried in the ice near the DHD, which implies that sometime within the last 10,000 years, the Goa'uld attempted to send troops to Earth, unaware of the first Stargate located there. Apparently, it was by some fluke that this Stargate was activated by the Goa'uld at this time rather than the one in Egypt, since both of them held precedence due to each having a DHD attached. (It is possible that the Goa'uld were testing to see if the Giza Stargate was still accessible after the rebellion.) The power crystal in the DHD to the Antarctic Stargate died soon after the discovery, which prompted Carter to later calculate the age of the Stargate to be as much as 50 million years. (1.18 "Solitudes", 4.07 "Watergate", 6.04 "Frozen")
  • The Antarctic Stargate and DHD were put in storage at Area 51 in Nevada. (1.18 "Solitudes", 2.14 "Touchstone")

ca A.D. 1998-1999

This time estimate corresponds to Season Two of Stargate SG-1.

The Tok'ra are revealed; The Asgard identify the Ancients as the builders of the Stargates:
  • Carter was taken as the host of Jolinar of Malkshur, a Tok'ra, against her will while helping a planet evacuate from a Goa'uld attack. The System Lords sent an assassin after Jolinar, and he followed her back to Earth through the Stargate. Teal'c killed the assassin, and Jolinar died saving Carter's life. From that moment on, Carter had some of the memories of Jolinar and the ability to use Goa'uld technology, including the ribbon device and healing device. This encounter with Jolinar revealed the existence of the Tok'ra. Her memories helped the team track down the secret Tok'ra base, and Carter saved her dying father's life by persuading him to become a host to a Tok'ra symbiote named Selmak. With Jacob Carter/Selmak acting as the primary liaison, the Tok'ra became allies with the Tau'ri (what the Goa'uld and Jaffa call the humans of Earth, the planet they called "The First World") and the Rebel Jaffa in the fight against the Goa'uld. (2.02 "In the Line of Duty", 2.06 "Thor's Chariot", 2.11 "The Tok'ra Part 1", 2.12 "The Tok'ra Part 2", 3.02 "Seth")
  • Carter and Daniel met Thor of the Asgard as he presented himself in his true form (like a Roswell grey, as Carter put it). SG-1 already knew about the Asgard, but had never seen their true form. The Asgard were named mostly after Norse gods and had studied humans of Earth for a long time. They also felt quite protective of humanity, especially when it came to the way humans were being treated by the Goa'uld. (1.10 "Thor's Hammer", 2.06 "Thor's Chariot", 2.16 "The Fifth Race", 3.03 "Fair Game")
  • Dr. Daniel Jackson's theory that the "ancient ones" built the Stargates and not the Goa'uld was substantiated when Col. Jack O'Neill met the Asgard. O'Neill had taken a download into his mind of an Ancient Repository of Knowledge while on P3R-272, and inputted all the Stargate addresses (created by the Ancients when they built the network) into the dialing computer at Stargate Command. He also drew a detailed schematic of the DHD and revealed the use of an eighth chevron to dial to another galaxy. He used the Ancient knowledge to build a power source needed to dial the great distance to another galaxy and traveled to the Asgard's homeworld in the Ida Galaxy. The Asgard told O'Neill about the Alliance of the Four Races and that the Ancients had moved on a long time ago. The Asgard also removed the knowledge from O'Neill's mind because it was killing him and sent him back to Earth through the Stargate. The fact that O'Neill learned about the Asgard Stargate from the Ancient Repository probably indicates that the Alliance had been established during the time before the Ancients left the galaxy due to the plague, which was at least 5-10 million years ago. (1.11 "The Torment of Tantalus", 2.16 "The Fifth Race"; Stargate Atlantis: 1.01 "Rising Part 1")
  • SG-1 was accidentally sent back to the year 1969 when their wormhole was bent by a solar flare. The Ancients were aware of the possibility of traveling in time by such conditions, so they programmed the DHD and Stargate to prevent a wormhole from being formed during a solar flare event. Earth's Stargate, however, didn't have a DHD attached to it, so the wormhole could be formed without regard to these conditions. In order to find the Stargate in 1969, Daniel and Carter disguised themselves and visited Catherine Langford. She told them the location of the Stargate, and it wasn't long after their visit that Catherine resumed her study of it. The team returned home by using the Stargate to form wormholes that were bent by solar flares. (2.21 "1969")
  • Hathor captured SG-1's O'Neill, Daniel, and Carter and tried to use them to gather information on the current state of affairs since her time on Earth about 2,000 years ago. Teal'c called for a group of Jaffa to help him rescue the Tau'ri and start the Jaffa Rebellion to overthrow the Goa'uld. O'Neill killed Hathor and the team returned to Earth to resume their missions through the Stargate. (2.22 "Out of Mind Part 1", 3.01 "Into the Fire Part 2")

ca A.D. 1999-2000

This time estimate corresponds to Season Three of Stargate SG-1.

Sha're dies; Oma Desala and Kheb are discovered; Asgard reveal the existence of the Replicators:
  • The Tok'ra ask for help in locating Seth on Earth. They found him as the leader of a cult near Seattle, Washington. Carter, after having been a temporary host to a Tok'ra symbiote and gaining the naquadah in her blood needed to operate Goa'uld technology, killed Seth with a ribbon device. Obviously repulsed that she could operate the device, that was the first and the last time she used it. (3.02 "Seth")
  • While the host to the symbiote named Amaunet, Daniel's wife Sha're was impregnated against her will. She bore a son, but Amaunet knew that the child would be hunted down and killed by the other System Lords because he, as a human, held the combined memories of the Goa'uld symbiotes that "parented" him. With this genetic memory, the child could threaten their positions of power, and if Apophis planned to take the child as his new host, he would become the most powerful of them all. Their fears about Apophis's intentions were correct, and Amaunet gave her child to her most trusted aide to hide him where he'd be safe: Kheb. (3.10 "Forever in a Day")
  • Sha're and Daniel didn't have much time together at the end of her life, but she was able to tell him that the boy had been taken to Kheb and that she wanted him to find the baby to keep him safe. In a most tragic turn of events, Teal'c killed Sha're when Amaunet was attempting to kill Daniel with a ribbon device. (3.10 "Forever in a Day")
  • SG-1 played a key role in saving Skaara, Sha're's brother. The Goa'uld symbiote was removed from him by the Tok'ra, and Skaara returned home to Abydos. (3.15 "Pretense", 6.22 "Full Circle")
  • It wasn't until Master Bra'tac of the Jaffa and Daniel began to share mythological stories that they figured out where Kheb was located. Bra'tac told a story about Kheb that his father told him: it was a place feared by the Goa'uld, but sacred to the Jaffa who sought the afterlife after the ability to carry a symbiote had passed. This legend was the foundation of the Jaffa's belief in the Path to Enlightenment, or ascension. Unfortunately, the location of Kheb had been lost over the thousands of years that the story was told. Daniel shared that in Earth's mythology, Kheb was the place where Osiris hid from Seth. Bra'tac immediately lit up with excitement, knowing that story as having to do with a planet located in the Lok'na Core. They knew that it would be the only planet in that region of space that the Goa'uld would not have placed in their domain, but the Ancients would have. (3.20 "Maternal Instinct")
  • Indeed, the two had put the pieces together and found Kheb. There, they met a monk who talked like a Zen Buddhist who tested their hearts and intentions. Master Bra'tac felt renewed and left Daniel with the monk to discuss Sha're's son, the Harsesis. Apophis's Jaffa troops arrived and began to storm the temple, but the monk stood in their way, and they killed him with a staff weapon blast. The monk's ascension was the first one witnessed by SG-1 and Bra'tac, and they watched in awe as the monk's body burst into radiant light and then completely disappeared, leaving only his robes behind. (3.20 "Maternal Instinct")
  • Eventually, Oma showed herself to Daniel and gave him access to the child, but he realized that he didn't have the powers that she had demonstrated to keep the boy safe (such as sending lightning bolts to down death gliders and Jaffa, controlling fire, levitating objects). Daniel relinquished the baby into Oma's care, and she took the child from Kheb through the Stargate. (3.20 "Maternal Instinct")
  • The Asgard discovered the Replicators, bug-like mechanical creatures, on an isolated planet and took some for study without understanding the danger they posed. They became, as Thor put it, "a plague on our galaxy that is annihilating everything in its path." SG-1 helped Thor survive a Replicator attack on his starship, but they beamed the Stargate from the SGC to Thor's ship in order to escape the ship's destruction. This left the SGC without a Stargate, but General Hammond quickly ordered that the Antarctic Stargate be brought out of storage to take the Giza Stargate's place. (3.22 "Nemesis Part 1", 4.01 "Small Victories Part 2")
  • Thor's ship crashed into the Pacific Ocean and one of the "bugs" survived on Earth, where it quickly took over a Russian submarine. Fortunately, the infestation was destroyed before more of the Replicators were created (they consumed mostly metals to create more of themselves), but it also meant that the Giza Stargate was lost in the ocean. (3.22 "Nemesis Part 1", 4.01 "Small Victories Part 2")
  • The Russians retrieved the Giza Stargate from the ocean and began their own Stargate Program without the knowledge of the United States. Former Air Force Colonel and NID Agent Harry Maybourne committed treason when he provided the Russians with the information they needed to get their program started. (4.07 "Watergate")

ca A.D. 2000-2001

This time estimate corresponds to Season Four of Stargate SG-1.

Stargate Command learns of the plague that killed many Ancients a long time ago; Osiris takes Sarah Gardner as a his new host; Daniel gets a visit from an Ascended Being:
  • SG-1 met an alien archaeologist on the abandoned Ancient planet designated as P4X-639 where the Ancients had tried to build a time machine in order to escape the plague. Their efforts failed, but Malikai wasn't aware of this history and continued to try to use it to go back and see his deceased wife once again. His activating the machine caused time to loop every ten hours on fourteen planets, including Earth. Eventually, Malikai was convinced to turn the machine off. This was the first mention of the plague as it applied to the Ancients. (4.06 "Window of Opportunity")
  • Stargate Command discovered that the Russians were conducting their own Stargate Program when the SGC's Stargate was unable to dial out. The Russian's Stargate was the primary Stargate on Earth because it had a DHD attached to it. They had connected to a world from which they couldn't disconnect. The entire staff at the Russian's command center in Siberia were killed when the commander issued a "self-destruct" protocol (poisonous gas) after the facility was taken over by energy beings that lived in the water of the planet that they were investigating. After this situation, the Russians couldn't justify having their own program, but they kept the Giza Stargate anyway. (4.07 "Watergate")
  • The sunken Steward Expedition's ship was found and the artifacts were sent to Chicago where archaeologists could study them. Unfortunately, one of these archaeologists, Dr. Sarah Gardner, opened the canopic jar that contained the Osiris symbiote and became his new host. Sarah and Daniel Jackson had been lovers when they studied together in Chicago before Daniel became part of the Stargate Program. He was unable to free Sarah of the symbiote before she left Earth in a personal transport starship that was buried near Osiris's temple. (4.14 "The Curse")
  • After Oma took Sha're's son, she helped him to ascend. She also buried his Goa'uld genetic memories, considered to be the thoughts of a thousand Hitlers, deep into his subconscious mind, telling him that the memories were too strong to resist and the best way to win was to "deny it battle". This philosophy reflected The Others' rules of non-interference: they knew that the power that the Ori were gathering through their worshipers corrupted them, so it was better not to interact with humanity at all so that man's worship could be avoided. Shifu, whose name means "light", told Daniel that he needed to choose a new path concerning handling the Goa'uld, rather than forcing the boy to remember the genetic memories. He then ascended and left through the Stargate, and that was probably the last time Daniel ever saw him. (4.17 "Absolute Power")

ca A.D. 2001-2002

This time estimate corresponds to Season Five of Stargate SG-1.

Ascended Ancient Orlin retakes human form and ascends again; Dr. Daniel Jackson ascends; Anubis obtains the knowledge of the Asgard, some of which is based on Ancient knowledge:
  • When Stargate Command sent teams to Velona, the Ascended Ancient Orlin, who was all alone in his banishment, followed them back through the Stargate to Earth. He was afraid that they'd turn on the weapon he had helped the Velonans build. His banishment was his punishment for giving the knowledge to build the weapon to the Velonans, who weren't prepared to use it. The Others destroyed the Velonans because Orlin had interfered with the Goa'uld who was about to destroy them and then banished Orlin to the desolate planet, where he served his term for 400 years by the time SG-1 encountered him. (5.03 "Ascension")
  • Orlin was attracted to Maj. Samantha Carter from the moment he laid eyes on her and followed her home. There, he shared with her his essence by enveloping her with his energy form. This act was extremely intimate, but Orlin was not satisfied. He decided to return to human form so that he could be with her as a normal human man. While they got to know each other, Orlin proved that being ascended does not give one instant knowledge of everything because he was not aware of Oma Desala nor of her work, which she had been doing during his time as an ascended being. He assumed that she was an outcast like himself. (5.03 "Ascension")
  • Carter's and Orlin's relationship couldn't be pursued because the NID tracked him down at her house and wanted to take him into custody because of the knowledge he held. Orlin built a small personal-sized Stargate in Carter's basement and went back to Velona to stop SG-16 from powering up the weapon. Carter followed. (5.03 "Ascension")
  • When Orlin tried to stop the testing of the weapon, he was shot by SGC personnel. He had succeeded in disconnecting the naquadah reactor from the weapon, but the reactor was about to overload. As Orlin laid dying, The Others arrived, manifested in a dark storm cloud, and accepted him back into the collective. Orlin ascended and then removed the reactor where it could explode safely in the distance. Orlin's acceptance back into the collective demonstrated that The Others could forgive one of their own if he demonstrated his sincerity and worthiness. Orlin had done so by sacrificing himself to save lives. (5.03 "Ascension")
  • The Tok'ra removed the Goa'uld symbiote Qetesh from her host Vala Mal Doran. Her own people couldn't distinguish the difference between a Goa'uld and its host, so Vala was forced to leave her home planet when they spat on her and stoned her. She fled to P8X-412 where she posed as the poor peasants' goddess Qetesh, who already had control of the planet for at least three years. Although she took advantage of the people's adoration, she began to form a genuine bond with them. Afterwards, she left them to pursue a life as a thief and con-artist, talents she had learned from her father Jacek. Before Qetesh was overthrown and removed by the Tok'ra, she was involved in a treasure hunt with the Goa'uld Athena. They were searching for the treasure of the Ancients, the Stargate address for which was encoded on the Clava Thessara Infinitas. Qetesh claimed to have the code to the tablet, but she was removed from Vala before revealing it to Athena. (9.05 "The Powers That Be", 10.08 "Memento Mori", 10.18 "Family Ties")
  • SG-1 and a Russian Stargate team fought against the Goa'uld Marduk in a ziggurat on the planet P2X-338 after he was accidentally let out of his sarcophagus by a Russian archaeological team who were searching for a device called the Eye of Tiamat that was supposedly quite powerful. The symbiote Marduk survived by first taking the flesh-eating creature as a host and then transferring to one of the Russians. The team escaped using a ring transporter that was connected to another building in the temple complex. Marduk and his new host were killed when the ziggurat collapsed in an explosion that SG-1 set with C-4. The Eye was buried with him in the rubble. (5.08 "The Tomb")
  • SG-1 found an android on a planet that had long been abandoned. They took her back to the SGC and reactivated her, and in doing so, discovered that she was the originator of the Replicators, which she programmed as toys that protected her. Her world was destroyed a very long time ago when the Replicators broke loose from her control, killed everyone, and then left. Unfortunately, the Replicators started to take over the base, and Reese had to be neutralized in order to shut the bugs down. Stargate Command gave the remains of Reese, who was irreparably damaged, to the Asgard so that they could find out how to shut down the Replicators that were destroying their worlds. (5.19 "Menace")
  • Daniel caught Oma Desala's attention when he selflessly exposed himself to a lethal dose of radiation in order to prevent an experiment from going critical on the planet Kelowna (now known as Langara). His sacrifice meant the saving of thousands of lives, so as he laid dying in excruciating pain from radiation poisoning, Oma offered him ascension. He took the offer, not knowing everything there was to know about the rules, since Oma, an outcast and rule-breaker herself, was his only guide. He told Jack O'Neill that he felt he could do more as an ascended, however, which indicated that he clearly intended to interfere with events in the corporeal plane as Oma had been doing for thousands of years. (5.21 "Meridian")
  • After Daniel's ascension, SG-1 discovered that the Asgard perpetuated their race through cloning. They had done this for thousands of years, creating a type of immortality by transferring their consciousnesses into "empty" clone bodies. As a matter of fact, cloning could have been used for as long as 30,000 years, the age of one of their ancestors who was discovered still in stasis. The Asgard thought that maybe his physiology could be used to help them overcome some of the cloning difficulties that they were experiencing that were making them a dying race. (5.22 "Revelations", 8.08 "Covenant")
  • Anubis captured Thor of the Asgard and probed his mind with a very sophisticated piece of technology that even Thor thought did not exist. The probe transferred all of Thor's knowledge into Anubis's mothership's computer systems. Ever since Thor could remember, which could be for tens of thousands of years, the Asgard had studied a portion of an Ancient Repository of Knowledge and had learned much from it. But because the knowledge contained in the Repositories is vast, their studies had only begun to scratch the surface, so Anubis didn't get an entire copy with the probe; however, he did get enough from Thor to create clones, to use Asgard beaming technology, and to produce sophisticated Asgard holograms. Anubis lost control of his ship and had to abandon it when Thor's consciousness invaded it and took over. The Asgard's consciousness was rescued by SG-1 and transferred into a new clone body. (5.22 "Revelations", 6.01 "Redemption Part 1", 6.03 "Descent", 6.11 "Prometheus", 7.11 "Evolution Part 1", 7.12 "Evolution Part 2", 7.15 "Chimera", 8.02 "New Order Part 2")

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