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Rebel Jaffa

The teachings of Bra'tac and a handful of respected Jaffa leaders led to the growing belief among the Jaffa that the Goa'uld are false gods, and they slowly gave birth to the Jaffa Rebellion.

The Rebel army, consisting of Jaffa from many different System Lords, had grown to sizable numbers under the leadership of K'tano. However, when his deception and true identity as the Goa'uld Imhotep were exposed, the Rebel base on Cal Mah was destroyed and the Rebel army scattered to other planets to rebuild their strength. Many Rebel Jaffa refugees, under the leadership of Bra'tac and Rak'nor, fled to the Alpha Site, where resentment and conflict with the refugee Tok'ra led to a delicate and uneasy truce.

The Rebel movement suffered heavy losses when a meeting of Rebel Jaffa leaders was ambushed and over one hundred warriors were killed and their symbiotes removed. Only Teal'c and Bra'tac survived the Ambush of Kresh'taa, by sharing a single symbiote until help could arrive. Both their lives were saved by using tretonin in place of their symbiotes, and the drug came to be seen as a promise of freedom from enslavement for all Jaffa.

As the movement continued to grow, Jaffa were actively enlisted from the armies of the System Lords, and the phrase "Shel kek nem ron," or "I die free," became the password to identify a compatriot. When Bra'tac and Rya'c traveled to Erebus to recruit warriors to their cause, they became prisoners when the planet was reclaimed by Ba'al, however they participated in the liberation of the death camp of Erebus, and the freed Jaffa anxiously joined the Rebel movement.

Despite their growing numbers, centuries of animosity were not easily overcome. A series of negotiations among Rebel Jaffa leaders on P3C-249 saw the renewal of old rivalries and in-fighting. The female warriors of the Hak'tyl who joined the Rebels clashed with the Rebel strategy of recruiting as many Jaffa into a Fifth Column as possible in order to unilaterally destroy all the System Lords at once. Nevertheless, the Rebel army continued to grow, as did the number of Rebel Jaffa operating secretly within the ranks of the System Lords.

The fragile alliance between the Rebel Jaffa and the Tok'ra refugees crumbled when the Alpha Site was attacked by Anubis's warriors and each blamed the other for the breach of security. M'zel, a leader among the Rebel Jaffa, chose to end the alliance and to establish independent Rebel bases. Despite their decision to withdraw, the Rebel Jaffa maintained contact with Earth, largely through Bra'tac, who remained a staunch ally, and Bra'tac and Teal'c cooperated with the Hak'tyl and with Rebel Jaffa operating as a Fifth Column to eliminate the Goa'uld Moloc and to rally his Jaffa to their cause.

Despite their alliance with Earth, the Rebel Jaffa movement faced bitter losses when members of the Trust used the symbiote poison to secretly launch a full-scale chemical attack against the Goa'uld without any regard for the lives of millions of Jaffa, whom they considered to be acceptable losses. A meeting of Rebel Jaffa leaders on P4S-161 was targeted, instantly killing every Jaffa present, and when at least three more Goa'uld worlds were attacked, millions of Jaffa were killed, including M'zel.

The remaining Rebel forces united and orchestrated a carefully timed simultaneous attack against the System Lords, however their attack came as the Goa'uld were being overrun by the Replicators who had invaded the galaxy. Many Jaffa believed that the unstoppable enemy was a plague, an evil punishment brought upon all for daring to stray in their beliefs and betray their gods, and the ranks of the Jaffa rebellion began re-pledging their loyalty to the Goa'uld.

In an effort to win back the hearts and minds of those who wavered and to destroy the image of the Goa'uld as gods, Teal'c and Bra'tac devised a plan to capture the temple at Dakara, the most sacred site of the Jaffa. With a force consisting of five ha'tak, eight alkesh, and ten squadrons of gliders, the Rebel army, including Bra'tac, Teal'c, Tolok, and Aron, faced both the forces of Ba'al and the Replicators in a huge battle over Dakara. With the defeat of the Replicators, the Jaffa claimed victory and recaptured the sacred temple.

The Rebel victory was a turning point, and Jaffa from across the galaxy abandoned the old ways of false gods and united to face Anubis in battle. Through a ruse which divided the Rebel forces and lured them to Tartarus, Anubis was able to win back the temple on Dakara and reclaim its powerful weapon with which he intended to destroy the galaxy. However, as Anubis faced Oma Desala on another plane of existence and found himself locked in battle for all eternity, his essence vanished and his forces were easily vanquished.

The victory at Dakara cost many Jaffa lives, but those who survived were united as never before, and the ruins at Dakara became a symbol of freedom. A newly formed free Jaffa nation was declared, presided over by a High Council on which both Teal'c and Bra'tac served as interim members. The holy ground of Dakara became the new Jaffa homeworld where a great city would be erected, a haven for all those who had chosen freedom.

Cross Reference: Adal, Alpha Site, Ambush of Kresh'taa, Anubis, Aron, Artok, Ashrak, Ba'al, Bra'tac, Cal Mah, Chulak, Dakara, Dakara Weapon, Dol'ok, Drey'auc, Erebus, Hak'tyl, Imhotep, Ishta, Jaffa, Jaffa Nation, Joma Secu, K'tano, Moloc, M'zel, P3C-249, P3X-984, P4S-161, Rak'nor, Replicators, Rya'c, Ryk'l, Shaq'rel, Symbiote Poison, System Lords, Tara'c, Teal'c, Tok'ra, Tolok, Tretonin, Trust

Episode Reference: Threshold, The Warrior, Redemption, Allegiance, The Changeling, Orpheus, Avenger 2.0, Birthright, Evolution, Death Knell, Sacrifices, Endgame, Reckoning, Threads