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Tok'ra and Goa'uld technology, 3/3 - Miscellaneous technology

This is one of the pages in a list of known Tok'ra and Goa'uld technology

Weapons | Ships | Miscellaneous technology

Due to the Tok'ra having to appear Goa'uld in order to successfully infiltrate them, much of their technology is Goa'uld. However, the Tok'ra have also developed many kinds of technology themselves, as well as some in conjunction with the Tau'ri.

Much of the technology we have seen have been weapons-related, which makes sense given that we have mostly seen the Tok'ra in situations where there is an immediate threat.

Name Picture Description Key episodes
Miscellaneous technology
Ark

Combination-lock box of Goa'uld design. An ark can be used to hold valueable possessions or gifts, but can also be used to store a bomb. The boxes are usually adorned with gold and perhaps gemstones. In order to open an ark, the combination-lock must be opened. This is done by aligning four scarabs on the top correctly. In addition to this lock, sometimes control crystals will be installed to protect it, perhaps by arming a bomb if someone aside from the owner tries to open it. 7x19: Resurrection, 10x16: Bad Guys
Bio-dome

Atmospheric containment unit designed to preserve any inside organisms from hazardous elements beyond the radius of the dome. The Goa'uld have created these on various worlds, where the environment is/was too hostile for a population to live, but where there was something worthwhile the expense to construct a biodome. One example is from a planet where the sun emits deadly ultraviolet rays, preventing the population from moving around during daytime. However, a Goa'uld device erected an energy dome over the village, protecting the people. 1x06: The First Commandment
Bio sensor (Tok'ra) A small device used by the Tok'ra to monitor every aspect of an individual's physiology. It is placed on the chest of a person who can then go about in their day or be tested in specific areas. The bio sensor transmits the collected data wirelessly over long distances to a display device/small handheld computer. 4x03: Upgrades
Bio sign cloak/radioactive isotope (Tok'ra) Isotope developed by the Tok'ra, capable of being injected into the body. It essentially "cloaks" the bio signs of an individual, hiding the recipient from Goa'uld sensors for up to eight hours. 7x01: Fallen, 7x02: Homecoming, 7x12: Evolution II
Control Crystals









Commonly, Goa'uld and Tok'ra technology use crystals. They can be both a power source and be used for storing and transmitting information. A special type of crystals are the control crystals - called delmacs - which are used in many types of technology, for instance computers, ring transporters (first picture on the left), hand devices, and ships.
Goa'uld ships rely on control crystals for the control systems,shields, cloak, sub-light engines, and hyperdrive. Pictures two and three on the left show control crystals from an Ha'tak. Picture four is also from an Ha'tak and shows crystals controlling the Glider Bay doors. The picture after that is control crystals from a Teltac.
Crystals usually glow when activated and are dim when removed or broken.

The Tok'ra also use crystal technology to grow tunnels.

Since the SGC has begun to incorporate alien technology, they have begun to use control crystals as well, instead of wires and chips. An example of Tau'ri control crystals used on their ships can be seen in the bottom picture on the left.

Crystals of different colours usually have different functions. The Tau'ri, however, use the same colour - clear - for all their control crystals.

2x11: The Tok'ra I, 5x16: Last Stand, 5x01: Enemies, 6x03: Descent, 7x19: Resurrection, 7x21: Lost City, 8x12: Prometheus Unbound
Cryogenic chamber (Tok'ra)
Technology capable of cryogenically freezing a subject body, decreasing the rate of cellular decay to nearly zero. This technology is used by the Tok'ra, and has also been seen used by Hathor, though she may have learned of it from the Tok'ra as she was gathering information from everywhere she could. The cryogenic chamber is apparently not safe for symbiotes who have not yet blended fully with their hosts. This is probably because the technology of the chamber does not recognize that there are two separate lifeforms which are to be preserved, and since the symbiote's systems are not yet connected to the host, it is not prepared/frozen correctly by the device.
2x22: Out of Mind, 3x01: Into the Fire, 7x03: Fragile Balance
Communicator (Tok'ra) Handheld communications device developed by the Tok'ra. It is able to transmit over very long distances, for instance from deep beneath the surface of a planet to as far away as an orbiting spacecraft. The devices are small, handheld, and easily concealed, as well as durable. The communicators are presumable secure, since the Tok'ra would probably not use them otherwise.
They are often used by members of SG-1 on missions together with the Tok'ra.
3x12: Jolinar's Memories, 3x13: The Devil You Know, 5x15: Summit, 5x16: Last Stand, 7x02: Homecoming, 7x11: Evolution II
Data crystal (Goa'uld, Tok'ra)



Data crystals are an information storage technology utilized by the Goa'uld and the Tok'ra. Data crystals are capable of storing vast amounts of information from a computer system. They come in all sizes and shapes, and are extremely durable. The data stored on data crystals will not degrade even after hundreds or thousands of years of storage.

5x15: Summit,
7x02: Homecoming, 7x21: Lost City I
Display device/pad (Tok'ra)

The display device or pad is a tool used by the Tok'ra to (among other things) monitor every aspect of an individual's physiology. It can receive input from a small bio-sensor worn on the chest of the individual. This sensor could transmit its data wirelessly over long range distances to the display device. 4x03: Upgrades
Force shield

An energy field erected for defence. Goa'uld shields work on an oscillating frequency principle. They can cover vast structures or areas to secure them. The Tok'ra have constructed one-way forceshields, which are useful for keeping prisoners trapped. 2x01: The Serpent's Lair, 3x01: Into the Fire, 4x03: Upgrades, 6x02: Redemption II, 7x11: Evolution I, 7x21: Homecoming, 9x09: Prototype
Ha'tak dry dock/construction platform Ha'tak vessels are generally constructed in a dry dock which is hovering above the surface a planet. This construction platform is able to remain hovering due to the presence of four antigravity emitters beneath it.
These dry docks are often placed above planets rich in naquadah, which is then mined, processed, and purified below. Teltacs then transport the refined naquadah ore to the ship, where it is used in the construction of the ship.
7x14: Orpheus
Heads-up display (Tok'ra)

A heads-up display (H.U.D.) is a head piece sometimes worn by the Tok'ra. The H.U.D. allows the users to keep one eye on the small headpiece monitor and one eye on the piloting controls and other things, for instance while piloting a ship.
The second picture shows an example of the display.
4x14: The Serpent's Venom, 8x01: New Order I
Healing device Using a healing device requires naquadah in the blood, just like using a hand device. Healing devices are used by the Tok'ra and the Goa'uld to heal someone's injuries. While it is far less powerful than a sarcophagus, and unable to bring someone back from death, it is still very effective at treating a large range of injuries. For instance, it can repair damage caused by a staff weapon, and even return people from the brink of death. 1x10: Thor's Hammer, 3x03: Fair Game, 5x20: Meridian, 10x05: Uninvited
Healing ring A healing device in the shape of a ring. Like the normal healing device, this can only be used by someone who is (or has been) a host. It is capable of healing wounds just like the larger healing device, but is more compact and easier to carry. 8x12: Prometheus Unbound
Heavy gravity field



Heavy gravity fields are known to be used by Ba'al, who has installed the technology in many of his prison cells, as well as in one of his torture chambers. The function of the field is to keep prisoners contained in their cells without need of doors and locks. Status of the field inside the prison cells can be determined by ornate dagger-shaped symbols imbedded into the walls. These would shift position when the gravity changd.
Ba'al also used this in at least one of his torture chambers, giving him the opportunity to let daggers or whatever else he wants fall towards the victim merely by lifting his hand.
Of course, if power is knocked out, this artificial gravity field fails almost immediately. This is perhaps why the system is not in wider use among the Goa'uld, because all prisoners are instantly free.
6x06: Abyss
Holographic projector

Device capable of relaying a variety of information holographically in 3-D. Used by both the Tok'ra and the Goa'uld, and can be updated in real time through subspace. 3x02: Seth, 4x22: Exodus, 7x01: Fallen, 8x16: Reckoning I, 9x06: Beachhead
Hyperdrive Hyperdrive engines allow space-faring craft to travel faster than the speed of light in hyperspace. Most likely they are powered by some form of naquadah, perhaps in combination with other elements. 1x21: Within the Serpent's Grasp, 4x22: Exodus, 5x01: Enemies, 5x20: Meridian,
6x11: Prometheus, 6x20: Memento, 7x09: Avenger 2.0, 7x13: Grace
Kor Mak Kor Mak are bracelets that were originally used by the Goa'uld System Lord Cronus to insure obedience among his Jaffa. They are designed to work in pairs. Once they have been attached to two individuals, separating them more than 100 feet for more than 30 minutes is fatal. In addition, if one of the bracelet wearers die, the other does as well. According to Teal'c, one way of using them was that Cronus strapped one bracelet to a prisoner and one to the Jaffa in charge of that prisoner. If the prisoner was killed or escaped, the Jaffa guard would die too. This ensured that the prisoner would be taken to where he/she was meant to be taken, and that the guard responsible would not slacken his vigilance or let the prisoner go.
The kor mak can be removed by a small, red crystal key.
9x01: Avalon I, 9x02: Avalon II, 9x03: Origin
Light emitter device/recreational light device Powerfully addictive device of Goa'uld design which emits a liquid-like flow of light. When activated, those who see it are attracted to the emitting point of the device where they can lose all sense of time in the gaze, standing in the same position for hours before realizing time has past. It is believed the structure in which the light emitter is stored used to be a Goa'uld "opium den." Goa'uld servants would have to continually bring nourishment to their gods who were occupied by the device, as anyone in its presence would be turned over to its control.
A host or a Jaffa will not experience side effects when leaving the effects of the device, but a human will get serious suicidal side-effects if they do not scale down the exposure slowly.
The device can be deactivated by a remote, which only works close to the device.
There is a panel located beneath the upper mount of the device, from where it is possible to lower the settings of the device incrementally. After two to three weeks a human can leave the planet without experiencing ill effects.
4x18: The Light
Liquid naquadah A variant of the element naquadah. Liquid naquadah is used in very small quantities to power staff weapons (liquid naquadah power cells), and presumably a number of other forms of Goa'uld technology. 2x15: The Fifth Race, 4x17: Absolute Power
Long range communication device



Long range communication devices are used for two-way communication over great distances, including across space. They range in size from larger than a beach ball to small enough to fit into the palm of the hand. When they are inactive they appear as a polished grey sphere. When activated they transmit sound and full.colour video, shown as an image that is slight faded out along the outer edges. Since long range communication devices are not a secure technology, the Tok'ra do not use them. 1x21: Within the Serpent's Grasp, 2x08: Family, 2x12: The Tok'ra II, 3x18: Shades of Grey, 4x22: Exodus, 7x14: Fallout
Memory Recall Device (Tok'ra)

A device used by the Tok'ra to help recall repressed or forgotten memories, to analyze the thoughts of individuals, or to extracting strategic information from captured enemies. Two of the devices can also be used in tandem to allow two people to share the same thoughts and dreams, even interacting with one another on an unconscious level, as Osiris showed when he used it to guide and intervene in Daniel Jackson's dreams.
The device can be used either with or without a holographic display which enables anyone present to view the memories.
2x22: Out of Mind, 3x12: Jolinar's Memories, 3x13: The Devil You Know, 4x05: Divide and Conquer, 6x09: Allegiance, 7x11: Evolution I, 7x15: Chimera, 9x14: Stronghold
Nanite Microscopic device capable of infiltrating human cells and manipulating their D.N.A. structure. The Goa'uld Pelops once experimented with nanites on the population of The Chosen, accelerating their lifecycle several thousand times faster than normal. This way he could study many generations of humans in a short time. These nanite breeds were called nanocytes. 1x09: Brief Candle, 3x05: Learning Curve, 5x13: Proving Ground
Nanite controller A device of Goa'uld design. It was used by Pelops on the planet Argos to control the nanites that caused the Argosians to live their lives at a greatly accelerated rate.
The device was hidden inside the bottom of a statue of Pelops, which was located in a temple.
1x09: Brief Candle
Page turning device A dark stone shaped much like Asgard control stones, which is capable of turning pages on a Goa'uld tablet as it is passed over the device.
Page-turning devices can conceal objects, such as Ma'chello's Goa'uld killers.
1x09: Brief Candle, 3x04: Legacy
Personal cloaking device Technology making the wearer invisible. The user of this technology can be made visible with a T.E.R. 2x22: Out of Mind, 3x03: Fair Game, 5x06: Rite of Passage, 6x16: Metamorphosis
Personal defence shield Energy shield that is used by many Goa'uld System Lords to protect themselves from attack (weapons fire, mainly). Presumably these shields function in the same way as the much larger force shields which are used to protect installations etc. According to Samantha Carter, the strength of a personal defense shield is directly proportional to the amount of kinetic energy directed at it. This means that blasts from energy weapons as well as bullets are stopped, but a slower moving weapon, like a knife being thrown, will be able to pass through.
The controls for personal defence shields (as well as possibly their power source) appear to often be located in hand devices.
1x08: The Nox, 2x09: Secrets, 3x13: The Devil You Know, 4x17: Absolute Power, 5x01: Enemies
Recall device Recall devices were incorporated into Apophis's death gliders after Teal'c rebelled against him. Before that no one had imagined such a device might be necessary. After the death glider has launced, it flies on for some time, then the recall device takes control of all flight operations and sets a course for Apophis's home world. When that has been done, a message from Apophis plays: "Shol'vah! To all those who would turn against their god, know this. For your insolence you will die in the cold of space. What is rightfully mine will now return to me!"
Since a death glider does not have hyperdrive capabilities, it might take decades or more likely centures for it to return to Apophis's world. It is not known what the consequences of tampering with the recall device is, or if it has been installed in any other type of craft belonging to Apophis.
4x12: Tangent, 5x17: Fail Safe
Reconnaissance drone Goa'uld version of a M.A.L.P. used by Anubis, sent to planets to investigate whether or not it is worth a visit by the Goa'uld's forces. The probe is equipped with micro-plasma blasters, as well as a defense shield and long-range communicators. 7x17: Heroes I, 7x21: Lost City I
Re'ol chemical ring (Tok'ra)

A memory-altering substance derived from the natural secretions of the Re'ol species, which allows a subject to fool another into trusting them. The Tok'ra have created this synthetically and placed it in a ring-injector which Daniel Jackson uses to infiltrate a summit of the System Lords. Later it is also used by Cameron Mitchell to infiltrate the Lucian Alliance. 5x15: Summit, 5x16: Last Stand, 10x19: Company of Thieves
Ring transporter





Circular rings about half the size of the Stargate, which function on the same principles.
Transport rings transmit all matter within their circular formation to another pair of rings at a different location. When activated, the rings come up from the ground and around the person(s) or object(s) inside the circle. A bright flash of light is seen as transportation happens. At the other end, the cycle is concluded when the rings disappear back into the ground.
Transportation can happen both ways at the same time, with someone/something being sent from each pair of rings and then exchange places.
It is possible to intercept the energy field by moving a mobile set of transport rings (on board a ship) into the correct position along the matter stream. Ships equipped with rings are capable of detecting the location of receiving rings on a planet's surface, or on board another ship.
Generally, a ring transporter is activated by either a remote or by a control panel (last picture on the left) on a ship or some construction.
While both a sending and receiving ring platform is normally neeeded, a ship's rings can be used to send and retrieve matter located immediately below it, within the range of the physical ring
mechanism.
Ring transporters are installed on most Goa'uld ship and in most Goa'uld structures. They can sometimes be found buried on the surfaces of planets as well.
The Tok'ra normally use ring transporters to enter and exit their tunnel complexes. These rings are concealed in the sand, and can only be found by those who know they are there (or possibly the Tok'ra can sense the naquadah that are likely in the rings). When the Tok'ra deconstruct a base, they also destroy the rings after the last people have escaped.
"Stargate" the Movie, 2x11: Tok'ra I, 3x13: The Devil You Know, 5x08: The Tomb, 6x08: The Other Guys, 7x21: Lost City II
Ring transporter platform Storage base that houses Goa'uld Transportation rings when they are inactive. Ring platforms can be installed in the ground or anywhere else. They are also portable, and are equipped with sensors to detect the location of other rings.
Ring platforms are usually installed in Goa'uld ships, buildings, and planets. The Tok'ra also use the rings to transport into their  underground tunnels.
4x14: The Serpent's Venom, 6x08: The Other Guys, 7x02: Homecoming
Ring transportation remote controller



A device commonly worn on the arm or hand by Goa'uld and Jaffa, allowing remote activation of a transport ring device at the push of a button. The remote usually takes the form of a partial glove or hand armor and is activated by pressing a large crystal on the center of the device.

Transport ring remotes can also be integrated into a Goa'uld hand device.
"Stargate" the Movie, 2x09: Secrets, 4x13: The Curse, 7x01: Fallen
Sarcophagus



The sarcophagus is a device used by the Goa'uld, which is capable of completely restoring an individual placed inside, including bringing them back from the dead, provided not too long has passed.
However, while the sarcophagus can restore the flesh, the mind is affected in a negative way after frequent use, eventually causing delusions and power hunger. The problem is that using the sarcophagus is addictive and makes people feel good, thus causing them to use it even more.
The Tok'ra refuse to use the sarcophagus, believing that it drains the good from one's soul.
The sarcophagus was developed by the Goa'uld Telchak thousands of years ago, based on a powerful Ancients healing device. The sarcophagus uses a similar, but less powerful form of the energy emitted by this technology.
Anubis wanted the Ancient device and went to war with Telchak, but he had hidden it in Central America, on Earth.
The Tok'ra have long sought the Ancients' healing device in the hopes of perfecting the sarcophagus technology, so that its benefits may be enjoyed by all without the negative effects.
"Stargate" the Movie, 1x14: Hathor, 2x01: The Serpent's Lair, 2x05: Need, 5x01: Enemies, 5x08: The Tomb, 6x06: Abyss, 7x11: Evolution I
Scanning grenade The scanning grenade is a silver-coloured, spherical device, small enough to be thrown by hand. Usually they were sent through a Stargate to an unexplored world, in order to gather intel. After landing, part of the device opened on the top and emitted a yellow scanning beam. The information collected by it was most likelt transmitted back through the Stargate to the Goa'uld or Jaffa that had thrown it through the wormhole. 1x01: Children of the Gods
Spy satellite Satellite of Goa'uld design, capable of transmitting sensitive telemetry across many light years to the proper receiving equipment, such as a database with a Goa'uld holographic projector. 9x06: Beachhead
Stargate Activation device The Stargate activation device is used to dial and address and activate a Stargate without a DHD. Some of the Goa'uld have been seen to own such a device. 1x01: Children of the Gods
Stasis chamber (Tok'ra) Just like cryogenic freezing, stasis chambers are a way to preserve an organism for an indefinite amount of time, without any degeneration of the tissues. Just like with freezing, time will not pass for the being in stasis. This can for instance be used to preserve the life of someone until a way can be found to heal them. Like with the smaller stasis jars, it would also be a way of imprisoning someone indefinitely. 5x15: Summit

Stasis jar
A small jar used as a long-term prison for Goa'uld symbiotes. On the outside the jar appears to be simple ceramic, resembling canopic jars. However, on the inside it is equipped with advanced Goa'uld technology. A small powersource (a radioactive isotope) enables the jar's stasis systems to keep a symbiote alive and healthy indefinitely. Osiris, Isis, and Egeria are all known to have been banished in such jars for many years. This was possibly Sekhmet's fate as well. 4x13: The Curse, 6x10: Cure, 7x19: Resurrection
Strength gauge (Tok'ra) Device of Tok'ra design which measures the strength of a subject's grip. As pressure is applied, a high-pitched sound escalates until the individual applies maximum strength. The information is transferred via
wireless to an accompanying Tok'ra data pad.
Strength gauges are a metallic grey and can fit in the palm of a humanoid hand.
4x03: Upgrades
Subspace network (Tok'ra) Galaxy-wide encoded communications network constructed by the Tok'ra, existing entirely in subspace. Created by Tok'ra operatives who have over the years 'tagged' lots and lots of Goa'uld ships with locator beacons. The network can be accessed via Tok'ra subspace receivers. 8x16: Reckoning I
Subspace receiver (Tok'ra) Small, portable unit of Tok'ra construction which connects to the Tok'ra subspace network. Not only does the receiver display all locator beacons in the galaxy, but it has access to all intelligence reports from Tok'ra operatives. 8x16: Reckoning I
Symbiote extractor (Tok'ra) Apparatus used to extract a symbiote from a host. Ba'al's clone was the first to be shown having been removed from its human host in this manner. Other symbiotes have been removed from their host by the Tok'Ra before this, but it is unknown if this device was used then. Probably not, given that this is not how the Ba'al symbiote was attempted removed from Adria. Stargate: Continuum
Symbiote-masking drug This compound, created by the Goa'uld, is capable of masking the presence of a symbiote from Goa'uld, Tok'ra, and former hosts who would otherwise sense it.
The drug is injected with regular intervals and while it is active it allows a Goa'uld to be undetected.
7x14: Fallout
Symbiote tank/chamber Aquatic container with various kinds of environmental controls, and outfitted with a small electric current to mimic human bioelectric energy. Can also have various structures inside it, as well as air pumps for oxygenating the water. In these tanks symbiotes can probably survive indefinitely. Mobile units exist as well. 1x12: Bloodlines, 2x10: Bane, 5x02: Threshold, 5x11: Desperate Measures, 5x15: Summit, 7x10: Birthright
Tablet Palm-sized, triangular tablet, showing Goa'uld writing on the 'screen'. With a page turning device the tablet can change 'pages'. This is done by waving the page turning device over the tablet, causing the text of the 'page' to disappear and be exchanged for the text of the next 'page'. 1x09: Brief Candle, 3x04: Legacy
Tretonin (Pangarans, Tok'ra) The substance Tretonin was originally dereived from ground-up symbiotes, and was created by the Pangarans. Tretonin functions as an alternate and much superior immune system, giving some of the health advantages that having a symbiote would have given. However, when someone starts using Tretonin, it causes their own immune system to stop functioning and it will not rebound after a person stops taking the drug. Since its availability was dependent on a queen symbiote giving birth to children to be killed for the drug, it was impossible for the Pangarans to get enough Tretonin for their entire population from just one queen symbiote - who was dying from the forced breeding and bad environmental conditions.
The Tok'ra - with the help of their queen Egeria, who eventually died from the massive stress to her system by the Tretonin production - cured the Pangarans of their dependency on the drug. Later, a team lead by the Tok'ra Malek found a way to produce the drug synthetically and change it so it would work instead of a symbiote in Jaffa - though while it gives them an immune system, perfect health, and longer life, it does not appear to give the faster healing and immunity to various gases and poisons, etc.
Tretonin has freed the Jaffa from their dependency of the Goa'uld, and lead the way to their eventual freedom - even if some Jaffa have not been willing to make the switch.
The drug was at least originally produced by the Tok'ra, and then also the Tau'ri.
The drug is administered with a tretonin injector.
6x10: Cure, 6x19: The Changeling, 7x10: Birthright, 8x09: Sacrifices, 9x14: Stronghold, 10x19: Dominion
Tretonin injector (Tok'ra)

Small, flat, cylindrical device used to inject Tretonin into a patient. At least originally produced by the Tok'ra.
The device administers a small amount of tretonin directly into an artery without piercing the skin. Tretonin is usually injected into an artery in the wrist or the forearm.
7x04: Orpheus, 8x09: Sacrifices, 10x19: Dominion
Tunnel crystals (Tok'ra)



The Tok'ra conceal themselves underground, in tunnels constructed by Tok'ra tunnel crystals. As soon as the Tok'ra arrive on a planet where they are going to set up base, they immediately move beneath the surface using special crystals to forme the tunnels. Oxygen is produced as a byproduct of the construction, so there is time to set up the life support system. The Tok'ra have different types of crystals of various sizes and shapes. Some will create long and straight tunnels, some short, some curtved, some leading upwards or downwards, and some creating rooms and other structures. Just as the tunnels can be created automatically, they can also be destroyed automatically, deconstructing one tunnel or the entire tunnel complex including the ring transporters, dependent on need. This way nothing will be found when the Tok'ra have moved on from one base to another. 2x11: The Tok'ra I, 2x12: The Tok'ra II, 3x01: Into the Fire, 5x16: Last Stand, 7x14: Fallout
Zatarc detector (Tok'ra) The Zatarc detector was constructed by the Tok'ra, under the supervision of Anise|Freya. It was designed to determine whether or not someone had become a zatarc - a subconsciouslly programmed Goa'uld assassin. There is a device to analyze the retina of the subject and at the same time a variant of the Tok'ra memory recall device is used to compares the conscious memory to the unconscious mind. If they do not match, it is concluded that the subject has been programmed to be a za'tarc and the event covered up with a false memory.
The zatarc detector can also be used as a lie detector since the subconscious mind cannot be made to believe a lie.
Note however that the zatarc detector is not always completely reliable in detecting zatarcs and can on occasion give false positives.
4x05: Divide and Conquer, 4x17: Absolute Power, 6x09: Allegiance
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Jaffa forehead symbols

All of the major Goa'uld System Lords have their own 'mark' that they put on their Jaffa. The minor System Lords generally use the mark of their overlord, but there are exceptions.

Most Jaffa have a mark/tattoo that is in black ink. Higher ranking Jaffa can have silver tattoos. The First Prime of a Goa'uld will have a gold embossed mark, which is made by cutting into the flesh and pouring pure molten gold into the wound.

The tattoos - and the gold one in particular - are obviously very painful to apply, and they are also very difficult to remove. If a Jaffa try to do that, he or she will end up with an ugly mark. However, the Goa'uld are able to remove the marks, for instance to apply their own mark instead, after taking over the army of a rival Goa'uld.

This table shows the correspondence between Goa'uld and the forehead symbols their Jaffa have - when known.Read more... )

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