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    Default Somethings I don't get about Goa'uld breeding (thread not as gross as it sounds).

    Okay so we know that 'Goa'uld queens' function much like an ant or bee queen in the sense that they're the ones largely responsible for the species reproducing since they spawn all the offspring and in large quantities. After obtaining the 'code of life' from Daniel Hathor immediately began spawning. Does this mean that a queen is capable of having offspring without the need of another Goa'uld seeding her, or were her eggs already fertilized?

    Also what does this mean for the Goa'uld culturally? Apophis seemed to have some affection for Klorel, which makes sense to us humans who get attached to our children, but presumably Apophis probably had a bazillion babies when he seeded Amaunet. Why would he give such deference to Klorel as opposed to some other random larva still inside a Jaffa? My guess is that for reasons pertaining to pragmatism a Goa'uld might chose to knowledge the first to have reached maturity, or the first few as their child. In some ancient cultures usually the first born son inherited his fathers property. It simply wasn't feasible if you had five kids to split a tiny farm into 5 pieces. However humans are tribal we tend to ideally love and care for every member of our family, and cooperation has been one of our species greatest survival strategies. The Goa'uld on the other hand seem to be competitive by necessity back on P3X888 the opportunity to find and take a host was rare. This is probably also why they're so sociopathic and back stabby towards each other, and don't hesitate to kill a Jaffa by killing his or her symbiot.

    I also noticed that queens seem to be rare and so I'm guessing it's ordinarily the likes of a System Lord that get the privilege of having a queen, thus insuring that only the most vicious Goa'uld get to reproduce. So yeah I'm wondering if you guys have any head canons about this somewhat strange topic, or if I'm the only odd ball that has thought about these things? I'm also new to the Stargate fandom. (I'm on season 6 of SG1 but my husband and I want to slowly work our way through the whole franchise.)

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    Default Re: Somethings I don't get about Goa'uld breeding (thread not as gross as it sounds).

    Definitely not the first time it’s been brought up.

    An added wrinkle that is never addressed is how there are so few apparent Goa’uld versus millions of Jaffa who are in turn incubating their own Goa’uld. So you’d think there would be far more out there vying for power than there are.
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    Default Re: Somethings I don't get about Goa'uld breeding (thread not as gross as it sounds).

    Quote Originally Posted by P-90_177 View Post
    Definitely not the first time it’s been brought up.

    An added wrinkle that is never addressed is how there are so few apparent Goa’uld versus millions of Jaffa who are in turn incubating their own Goa’uld. So you’d think there would be far more out there vying for power than there are.
    Yeah that's true, I'm assuming there's probably a lot more minor Goa'ulds then we see on screen. I mean if the System Lords and even under System Lords could 'own' many different worlds you'd think they have regents or something looking after the somewhat important ones. The Goa'uld also tend to want to keep humans and Jaffa of lower and mid rank ignorant of how technology functions. We see lots of slaves mining for naquada, but not where it's refined nor where they manufacture the liquid generators. All these sorts of technical jobs you'd think they'd want to entrust to lesser Goa'uld so that they keep their secrets among those that share their genetic memory. On the other hand it's always a catch 22, since Goa'uld aren't that trust worthy. Of course then there's that grotesque little scene in Summit...That might also account for the Goa'uld comparatively smaller population vs Jaffas with symbiotes.

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    Default Re: Somethings I don't get about Goa'uld breeding (thread not as gross as it sounds).

    I have never thought about Goa'uld procreating before.

    I have memories of the Tokra & Pangea, a sort of overgrown slug in an oversized fish tank procreating.

    Then there was the episode where Danial meets (and is captured by) a Unas, where the symbiotes are swimming around in the river & jumping out at unsuspecting passers-by trying to take them over.

    Maybe the Goa'uld use the Jaffa to incubate the symbiotes for their own use if their symbiote gets damaged beyond repair, or dies. (Maybe the sarcophagus damages symbiotes over time & long use).
    But if you give these symbiotes from the Jaffa away willy-nilly, making more Goa'uld to share power with. So maybe that is why there are so few Goa'uld & so many Jaffa.

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    Default Re: Somethings I don't get about Goa'uld breeding (thread not as gross as it sounds).

    I mean it's pretty clear in the show that Harcesis child are not tolerated in the Goa'uld world so there's no procreation in between Goa'ulds. If you think about it, they don't really need to procreate, they were born thousands of years ago and just kept switching hosts.

    Quote Originally Posted by Who Knows View Post
    But if you give these symbiotes from the Jaffa away willy-nilly, making more Goa'uld to share power with. So maybe that is why there are so few Goa'uld & so many Jaffa.
    Yep exactly, why share the power? Keep your underlings as low as possible.
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    Default Re: Somethings I don't get about Goa'uld breeding (thread not as gross as it sounds).

    Yeah, that they don't want to share power is the exact reason the majority of symbiotes never take hosts. As each Goa'uld is born with the genetic memories of their parent(s), they're all extremely dangerous potential rivals. System lords need a certain number of lesser Goa'uld to help manage their spheres of influence, so they keep some around, but there's always the possibility that they will betray their system lord or run off and try to create their own rival power base. Allowing millions of highly intelligent, power hungry mental clones of themselves run around would lead to their collapse.

    That the System Lords take measures to prevent their population from growing was
    briefly touched upon in season 5's Summit and Last Stand:

    DANIEL
    What about the Jaffa?

    JACOB
    Well that's still a bit of a wrinkle. Unless we can find a way to reverse their biological dependency on immature symbiotes, they'll all die as well.

    DANIEL
    A bit of a wrinkle.

    JACOB
    Danny, the Goa'uld have been spreading like a plague across the galaxy for thousands of years. Now for the first time they're showing zero population growth. We're not sure why. But we intend to take advantage of the situation. We may never get a chance like this again. Are we good to go?

    ...

    [The lights go out and something is ringed in. It is the vat of Goa'uld. The System Lords get up and gather round the vat. Ba'al, Osiris then Kali reach in and take one out. The slaves present look confused. The rest of the Goa'uld reach in and we see them bite into the symbiotes and eat them. Daniel looks disgusted.]

    ...

    DANIEL
    I know this may seem unimportant right now, but I may as well tell you anyway. I think I figured out why the Goa'uld population hasn't been growing much lately.
    Presumably those that they don't eat, they kill in some other fashion. And they've probably been doing this for a long time. Jacob was curious as to why their population growth had gone down to zero in recent years, but in the past it could have been in the tens or single digits even.

    Regarding reproduction: Some organisms can reproduce both sexually and asexually. This applies to the Goa'uld. In season 6's "Cure" we learned about their asexual reproduction:

    MALEK
    Symbiote queens are able to fertilize their own eggs. It is essentially an asexual process.
    In other instances, there have been Goa'uld who were the offspring of two other Goa'uld. A key advantage to sexual reproduction for the Goa'uld is likely that it allows them to pass on memories from both parents. It could be a problem nowadays since a System Lord who reproduces this way would be creating a rival that is more knowledgeable than they are, but it would have been evolutionary beneficial and likely allowed the Goa'uld to fast-track their development.
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