# If the Goa'uld exile you on an unknown planet with a Stargate, can you escape?

Situation: The Goa'uld exile you (an SG team member) off-world on a planet with a Stargate.

Problem: You don't know the Point of Origin but you do, of course know the first six glyphs for Earth.

• How many tries do you get in order to dial Earth?

• Do you need to try all 39 of the other glyphs on the Stargate if you don't know the Point of Origin?

For reference, here are some pictures of gate addresses.

• yep assume the six glyphs are in correct order, assume you're an sg team member and you memorized the correct six glyphs order for earth.
– tls
Nov 25, 2014 at 9:41
• Why the VTCs as 'off topic' (scientific solution/explanation) ? This is clearly being asked within the context of a specific work of sci-fi which is permitted.
– Stan
Nov 25, 2014 at 12:21
• Your edit introduces a whole new question ("What does an SG team do if they can't access the Earth gate?"). That should be posted as a new question, not an edit. Nov 25, 2014 at 13:17
• @Richard thanks will post as new question.
– tls
Nov 25, 2014 at 13:24
• @tls - If you click the edit button, you'll be able to see the original text that you added. Nov 25, 2014 at 13:30

IIRC the point of orgin is a unique symbol, so you just use the unique symbol on the DHD for the point of origin.

if you're​ talking a math question, then you have 6 glyphs that you know the order of, leaving 33 symbols to try so 33 attempts at dialing.

• it's what i also remember, what i can't recall is whether the order of first six glyphs remain constant. say dialing abydos from earth, you will also use the same first six when dialing abydos from chulak.
– tls
Nov 25, 2014 at 9:46
• technically they would have to its an address after all Nov 25, 2014 at 9:48
• The glyphs for Earth always remain in the same order. Nov 25, 2014 at 10:11

This precise situation occurred in the SG-1 episode "Prisoners". In that particular case the team are exiled to a world with no DHD. The lack of a ready power-source and any way to dial the gate is the reason they can't simply leave until they work out how to generate some energy and dial the gate by turning the ring by hand.