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"They're posturing ego- maniacs driven by an insatiable lust for power. Each one capable of unimaginable evil."
- Daniel Jackson - New Order, Part 1

The Goa'uld are a parasitic race of symbiotes from P3X-888.



Goa'uld wrap themselves around the spine and attach itself to the ganglion. The symbiotes are born with the genetic memory of all symbiotes before them, which adds to their personality development causing them to be born "evil", but this knowledge is given voluntarily by Goa'uld queens. (SG1: "The Enemy Within", "Absolute Power", "Crossroads", "Cure") Modern Goa'uld have Naquadah in their blood which is passed to their hosts after a certain period of blending. (SG1: "The First Ones", "Absolute Power", "Thor's Chariot", "Legacy") Goa'uld are warm blooded. (SG1: "Point of No Return") An immature symbiote can shed a husk from their bodies and live as a small "head" while in a host. (SG1: "The Enemy Within") If two Goa'ulded-hosts produce a child, it is known as a Harcesis, possessing the genetic knowledge of the Goa'uld parents. (SG1: "Secrets", "Forever in a Day", "Absolute Power") Mature Goa'uld develop large fins along their body. (SG1: "Crossroads") Primordial Goa'uld had wings that allowed them to leap further out of water to take hosts. (SG1: "The First Ones") Symbiotes will unconsciously exchange hormones and electrical impulses with Jaffa they are implanted into, and are capable of exchanging memories with the Jaffa during deep states of Kelno'reem. (SG1: "Crossroads") They are susceptible to Symbiote poison and after death release a toxin that kills their host. (SG1: "Summit", "Last Stand") They can alter the voices of their host, making them deep and imposing but it is not a permanent thing. (SG1: "The Warrior") Symbiotes are immune to the Ancient plague when healthy. (SG1: "Frozen") When not incubated within Jaffa, there is a one in two chance of a successful blending; the other ending in death for both. (SG1: "Cure") Goa'uld have long, thin skeletons. (SG1: "Paradise Lost") An immature symbiote can restore a Jaffa from near death but the strain can cause them to die if they are not given time to recover. (SG1: "The Changeling") They can withstand periods of exposure to increased heat and noxious gases. (SG1: "Fallout")


Goa'uld are birthed by a Goa'uld queen, who can procure DNA from the intended hosts for the Goa'uld in order to better ensure compatibility. (SG1: "Hathor") When born, Goa'uld live in water for a time until they are mature enough to be able to be implanted into a Jaffa. (Stargate: "Bloodlines") The symbiote matures in about 7 years and can then be implanted into a host. (SG1: "Children of the Gods - Final Cut")


Goa'uld can possess several different races to be used as hosts, although most prefer to have humans as their host. (SG1: "Children of the Gods", "Hathor") Goa'uld can also take Unas as a host being able to use the increased strength and regenertive abilities of the Unas to their advantage. (SG1: "Demons", "Thor's Hammer") Another creature can be used as a host allowing the Goa'uld to use its poison to attack prey. (SG1: "The Tomb")


The Goa'uld are ruled by the System Lords who control the most territory and keep the other Goa'uld in line. (SG1: "Fair Game")


The Goa'uld were born from the same primordial waters as the Unas, using them as their first hosts, on P3X-888. (SG1: "Thor's Hammer", "The First Ones") Some Goa'uld eventually left their world with others remaining in the waters of their homeworld. The ones that left eventually evolved to have Naquadah as part of their physiology. (SG1: "The First Ones") The ones that left began to die off until 8000 B.C. when Ra found Earth and the humans, finding them to be perfect hosts. (Stargate) They began using the Stargates at some point to transport humans to other worlds as slaves and converting others into Jaffa. (SG1: "Children of the Gods", "The Torment of Tantalus") Around 0 the Goa'uld Egeria spawned the Tok'ra. (SG1: "Crossroads") The domination of the Goa'uld ended in 2005 when the rebel Jaffa captured Dakara and Anubis was defeated. (SG1: "Reckoning, Part 1", "Reckoning, Part 2", "Threads")


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