As was pointed out in the answer https://scifi.stackexchange.com/a/11241/3958 the Goa'uld were once a fledgling race with the Unas as the only attachment outside of their little pond. However, suddenly this brand new race, and its bronze age level hosts began traveling to distant planets and capturing ancient tech. I understand that they have a Stargate with a DHD, however learning how it works, and dialing it is a formidable task.

Did something occur to give the Goa'uld a push in the right direction, or did they get lucky by banging on the DHD?


They got lucky banging on a DHD, which with a fully functional DHD is not that hard. If you don't have one then the Gate can't update to compensate for stellar drift (See Correlative Update System, hence why Earth could only dial Abydos until Daniel found Ra's Cartouche temple on Abydos.

Once they began exploring the galaxy it wouldn't have been long before they ran cross the Alterans, who were at that time dying out from the Ancient contagion. Through hook or by crook they got their hands on Ancient tech and were able to learn from it, leading to the hyperdrives and the healing sarcophagus.

I suspect that this is where Naquadah entered the Goa'uld physiology. Since most Alterans tech in the milky way was Naquadah powered and the Goa'uld did not have access to the ATA gene Naquadah could have played a part in their interfacing with gene locked devices. The Naquadah allowing them to mentally "hack" the Alteran technology, granting them limited access to gene locked equipment. This could also lead to them developing the Kara Kesh and Healing Device, again probably lifted from Alteran designs.


Most likely scenario:

  1. Civilized humans (of any level of development) visit the planet of Unas and are attacked by the water dwelling Goa'uld.
  2. The Goa'uld access the memories of their new hosts and quickly learn about their culture, science, technology and their home world.
  3. The Goa'uld use their new found skills and technologies to attack more and more advanced cultures.
  4. They start passing down all their gathered knowledge genetically.

Given their ability to assimilate knowledge and pass it down genetically, they could have gone from stone age to space age in decades, if not less.

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    1) doesn't make sense. Goa'uld are responsible for distributing human life across the Milky Way. – user1030 Mar 19 '12 at 10:30
  • <slaps forehead> I should not have said humans. How about the stargate.wikia.com/wiki/Serrakin or other races? – HNL Mar 19 '12 at 11:48

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