“There can be only one Ra.“
Ra was the Goa’uld System Lord who personified the Egyptian sun god, and the first to discover the Tau’ri. His mate was Hathor, by whom he had a son, Heru’ur, and his brother was Apophis. His elite Jaffa were the Horus Guards. Because of his power, authority, and cunning, Ra was the most powerful of the System Lords. Despite the animosity System Lords feel for each other, Ra was recognized as theSupreme System Lord of the Goa’uld Empire, a title which made him nominal Emperor of the Goa’uld. It was because of this, and his supposed murder of Egeria, that the Tok’ra took their name, which literally means “against Ra”. After some 10,000 years of despotic rule, Ra was finally killed by Colonel Jack O’Neill and Dr.Daniel Jackson, who ringed an enhanced nuclear warhead on board his ship after the Abydonians rebelled and he was forced from the planet.
Nothing is known of Ra before he appeared in 22,000 BC at Apep’s side, anunderlord alongside Nut and Thoth, who was given ownership over a portion ofAtok’s territory and forces after his death at the hands of Apep. United under the rulership of Apep, Ra and his kind swept across the Milky Way galaxy like a plague, taking many worlds under their control and very nearly wiping out the Unas. It was during this time that Anubis grew in Apep’s favor, eventually earning a place at his side and becoming his most trusted adviser. By 17,800 BC Apep’s original sons and daughters, Ra among them, became jealous of Anubis for the favor he had with Apep.
It was perhaps only fitting that Anubis killed Apep, and that this very act caused the Goa’uld to do the one noble deed in their history; they banded their forces together in order to defeat Anubis. The battles raged for hundreds of years, very nearly decimating the Goa’uld themselves taking many Unas with them before Anubis was eventually defeated in 17,400 BC and banished by the Goa’uld collective. Ra instated himself as the new ruler of the Goa’uld Empire, reinstating the old order which had been put in place by Apep. It was at this time that Ra also banished Thoth for his creation of the unstable Sarcophagus, though Thoth’s understudy Telchakremained.
To show his appreciation for her help in the fight against Anubis, Bastet was rewarded by Ra himself, who also introduced the former servants Osiris and Isis into the ranks of the underlords. To ensure that the Anubis incident could never happen again, Ra also dismantled the superweapon which had been Anubis’s staplepoint in his attacks and divided the crystals which powered it amongst the remaining Goa’uld. It was then that the First Goa’uld Dynasty ended, making way for the second.