Jul. 27, 1997
60 min.
SyFy TV Network

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Stargate SG-1

This sequel to the 1994 movie Stargate chronicles the further adventures of SGC (Stargate Command). Earth's military sends out SG teams to explore new planets, find technology, and oppose the Goa'uld. Jack O'Neill and Daniel Jackson from the movie are part of SG-1.

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The Priors of the Ori are an artificially evolved race of humans created via genetic manipulation by the Ori.

Envoys of the Ori and teachers of Origin, Priors are governed by the Book of Origin, often carrying a copy with them to give to individuals or entire peoples. They can be distinguished by simple robes adorned with the symbol of Origin, ornate tattoos on various parts of their faces and a tall staff. (SG1: "Avalon", "Origin")

In their view, Priors have been given the secrets of the universe by the Ori to spread the word of their godliness. Physiologically, the Ori have given them psionic abilities similar in degree to those of a hok'taur. They possess considerable telekinetic abilities, enabling them to choke and kill, manipulate the wind or pin someone to the ground. They are even capable of reviving the recently deceased. They can also infect individuals with a highly infectious plague, and replicate the negative effects of the Ancients' healing device. The staff they carry will light up while they exercise some of these powers, which may indicate that some of their abilities require technological assistance; however, they still possess great knowledge and power even without the staff. (SG1: "The Fourth Horseman", " Arthur's Mantle", "The Shroud")

Priors are given their position by the Ori. They are typically converted from loyal servants, such as long-time administrators of the villages. The transformation process occurs at the city of Celestis where they gaze into the Flames of Enlightenment, the resting place of the Ori. If physical travel to Celestis is impossible or impractical, the individual's consciousness can be transferred there and the transformation performed through another Prior. (SG1: "Origin", "The Fourth Horseman") If a Prior is unsuccessful in swaying a people, is outmanned and unable to reach the Stargate, he is capable of self-termination by spontaneous combustion. They are not afraid to initiate this final act, believing that they will ascend upon their death, and it is assured that more will come in his place.

Priors are consumed by flame should they face capture or betray their masters.

Like the rest of the followers of Origin, the Priors are unaware that the Ori do not ascend their followers. However, they are extremely rooted the teachings of the Book of Origin, and convincing them of the truth is incredibly difficult, if not outright impossible. In the event that one should turn, the Ori install a physiological failsafe in the Priors, causing them to spontaneously combust if they knowingly betray the Ori. (SG1: "The Fourth Horseman")

Their staffs are connected and Daniel used this to end the crusade by using The Ark on first the Doci and then the one-eyed Prior, revealing the truth to everyone in each galaxy, getting them to stop their crusade. (SG1: "Ark of Truth")

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