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"Hallowed are the Ori."
—The Book of Origin

A prop of the Book of Origin

Book of Origin

A copy of the Book of Origin

The Book of Origin is the religious text of the Origin faith, printed in Ancient. The book is an assemblage of parables and passages that the common man can relate to and live by. All topics tend to lean toward meditation on one's own significance and the path of righteousness towards a state of higher being. It also emphasizes the greatness of the Ori. The book acknowledges the Ori's rivalry with the Ancients, but twists the history of the conflict between the two factions. Worlds under Ori rule are filled with copies of these books. It is traditional to bring a copy to Prostration. It was originally written when the Ori posed as gods with good intentions, and for such reason the stories teach of kindness and forgiving to one another but as the Ori grew corrupted they allowed the Priors to twist the stories and verses to suit their needs, such as destroying all unbelievers and those who forgive them in the parable of Markon. (SG1: "Avalon, Part 2", "Origin", "The Fourth Horseman, Part 1")


  • "Hallowed are the Ori"
  • "Enemies of the Ori show no mercy in their attempts to draw believers away from the path."
  • "Fear not the Ori, fear the darkness that would conceal the knowledge of the universe. Believe in the truth of all things, and you too may find the path to enlightenment."
  • "Glorious are the Ori, who lead us to salvation, who did fight the evil that would doom us all to mortal sin. Did they defeat the old spirits and cast them out? And now, with the strength of our will, they do call upon us to prevail against the corruption of all unbelievers."
  • "Guide us on the path that we may triumph over the enemy of our salvation and be with you in the end of ends on the planes of enlightenment."
  • "Life and death, light and darkness, hope and despair. The rift was created, and on that day, the Ori were born. But the hatred of those who strayed from the true path festered and bloomed in the dark corners of the Avernakis to which they have been cast! And consumed by this hatred, they poisoned all they touched, bringing death, darkness and despair. And the souls of their victims knew no peace, until the Ori came and whispered to them: 'Sleep, for the end draws near!' And on that day all will rejoice, when the Ori come and lay them low."
  • "Make yourself one with the path, and the journey will lead you to eternity."
  • "Pity not the blind man, for he is hindered not by the visions of this world, but rather pity yourselves, for he will see the light before you do."
  • "Enemies of the Ori will show no mercy in their attempt to lead us astray from the true path, likewise we must attack with all the Strength which we have been given."
  • "The power and the greatness of the Ori cannot be denied."
  • "Those who abandon the path are evil."
  • "Those who reach enlightenment shall rejoice with the Ori forever."
  • "Those who reject the path to enlightenment must be destroyed."
  • "Those who seek the path to enlightenment must not be led astray."
  • "Truth eludes he who does not seek it with both eyes wide." Paraphrased by Adria as "Truth is elusive to those who refuse to see it with both eyes wide."
  • "And those who are prideful and refuse to bow down, shall be laid low and made into dust."
  • "And then did Tyolus say to the people of the low plains, Seek not wickedness amongst your neighbours, lest it find purchase in your own house"
  • And it happened upon the time of Omus the Elder, the king of Kitaria, that the Feggarian moons vanished from the night sky. And the people became afraid and besieged the Ori for their divine intervention. The altars of truth burned with fervor every nightfall for the people saw the darkness devour the day mercilessly like Arkana devoured the beasts of the high plains during the time of the great famine.
  • [1]Having lost favor with the Almighty Gods, the people crusaded upon the unbelievers to unmask the sources of wickedness that had polluted the souls of the pure and blinded the volition of the chosen. For there is no greater sorrow in Avernakis than being forsaken by the Ori, the most merciful, the most benevolent, the disseminators of all that is just and righteous.
  • Yet the Feggarian moons were veiled in the sky by darkness and the stars wept with tears of blood and the mountains trembled with angst and the valleys shook with fear. 'Oh Gods, why thou have forsaken us", cried the people. Have we not led ourselves in prostration sanctifying your name. Have we not lit altars of truth and burned the wicked for they spread lies and deceit amongst us. Return your favor upon us and dwell in our land and chase our enemies, for they are your enemies too and spare us this sword of justice before us. Deliver us from evil and guide us back to the path of enlightenment. In you name we prostrate in reverence".
  • Alas the night remained as dark as the souls of the unbelievers. And the faithful feared much for darkness begets darkness and the forces of evil were raised from the pits of Misos and gathered to invade the land of Kitaria with sixty thousand men and two thousand beasts and six hundred engines of destruction. And they laid waste upon the land for they interpreted the disappearance of the Feggarian moons as a sign of divine favor upon them. And they burned the crops and the villages and they raped the women and their right hand possessed those less in fortune. And they slaughtered many and the bodies of the faithful laid strewn across the plains and the smell rose foul far up the heavens to the chambers of Celestis. And the Ori, the most merciful, the most benevolent, the creators of everything and the rulers of Avernakis gazed down upon the land and they made themselves unto to a dream and appeared to Omus on the fifth night of darkness.
  • And they decreed upon Omus to raise a holy army of believers and march against the forces of Misos and do battle with them at the pass of Heronia. For the pass yielded an advantage against numbers and the enemy of the Ori's faithful would be vanquished. Alas, Omus was weak in heart and doubted the Ori's wisdom. "I plead with you my Lords, fight against those who fight against me, hold my shield on my behalf and draw the spear in my name. For I am weak in the body as I am in the heart". And the Ori replied, "We are your salvation and the beacons to the path of everlasting fire. He who believe in us shall fear no evil and we will deliver those who in faith sacrifice all in the name of their true Gods. The Ori are thy keepers and shall preserve you from all evil. We created you in our image and blessed you with the fires of Celestis for you are among the chosen. And we ascent all those who cry for our mercy and proclaim our wisdom to those who seek it".
  • “Hallowed are you my Gods and I will lift up my eyes to the heavens – whence comes my help?", replied Omus. And the Ori answered, "Thy help comes from the Lords of Celestis themselves. We kept the promise of salvation to Tilius of Sedaris and did not allow his foot to be moved. Our wrath will befall on all the unbelievers and those who do not heed to the promise of Origin. Have no fear and rejoice for thy enemy will fall and stumble. They have displeased us with their wicked ways and though their forces have surrounded you we will destroy them. If thy Gods are with you who will be against you? There is a man whom thy right hand possesses, Egidius from the tribe of Valdair. Confer upon him command of thy holy army and he shall deliver the land to salvation".
  • And Omus set his favor upon Egidius and made him a free man and commanded him to lead the army of Kitaria against the forces of Misos at the pass of Heronia. "Egidius of Valdair", decreed Omus, "the Ori's favor is upon you. They call upon you to save the land of the believers and deliver those who defy their will to their divine judgment". And Egidius led the holy army of one thousand men and one hundred beasts to the pass of Heronia under the banner of Origin. They arrived during the moonless night and they set camp and Egidius led the men in prostration in darkness for he did not want to alert the forces of Misos to his presence. And he called upon the holy army to pray. And though they prayed in darkness the flames of enlightenment burn strong in them. In unison they proclaimed, "Hallowed are the Ori, the most the blessed, the protectors of Avernakis Veritas. Guide us on the path that we may triumph over the enemy of our salvation and be with you in the end of ends on the planes of enlightenment".
  • Egidius called for the men to feed the beasts and then lay down in rest, for the dawn was drawing near and the battle would be heralded by first light. And he endeavored to a nearby hill alone and knelt in despair and called for the Ori's divine intercession. And a wolf appeared to Egidius with eyes made of fire. And the wolf talked to Egidius not with his tongue but with his mind. "Do not despair Egidius for you are a child of the Ori and the deliverer of lost souls. Take a third of your men and post them at the mouth of the pass. And take a third of your men and all your beasts and post them two hundred measures from the entrance. And the last third hide them on this very hill and do not let them reveal themselves until we call upon you".
  • "Hallowed Gods", replied Egidius, "what favors can an army of a thousand carry against a force of sixty thousand?". "Have faith", behested the wolf, "for the Ori are all knowing, all seeing. They will rid this land of all evil and their swords will not go through you but we will make thy enemies fall by yours. And ten of you shall give chase to a hundred and a hundred of you shall put ten thousand to flight and they enemies shall be vanquished". And Egidius bowed in prostration and proclaimed "Hallowed are the Ori".
  • And the dawn came upon the land and sixty thousand unbelievers marched across the low plain towards the pass of Heronia. And they met Egidius in battle who commanded the one third guarding the mouth of the pass. And the believers slaughtered three thousand of them alas many soon fell by the sword of the enemy except Egidius whom the Gods protected with their favor. And Egidius instructed what remained of his forces to make haste through the pass to the other side. And the enemy sent ten thousand through the pass giving chase to the believers. In a moment of despair, Egidius knelt to the ground and cried with a loud voice "Oh Gods. Hallowed by thy name. Why have you forsaken me?".
  • And the day became night as the moons of Feggaria rose above the horizon. And a wall of flame rose from the ground and touched the heaven. And on the wall of fire the Ori's Holy Image was made unconcealed to the unbelievers who felt to the ground blinded by the fire screaming for mercy. And the earth shook with a mighty tremor and boisterous uproar and the pass of Heronia fastened shut and consumed the forces of Misos in between it's walls.
  • And those who made it past the enveloping walls of stone were cut down to pieces by the third of Egidius posted two measures from the entrance. And a wolf with eyes of fire howled at a distance of three measures from the battle and Egidius rose and called upon his forces posted on the hill to reveal themselves from their hiding place. And they charged down the hill and laid waste upon the blind unbelievers killing all, sparing no one. And all that was wicked was delivered to the Ori's divine judgment.
  • And the holy army rejoiced and prayed in prostration, "The Ori are our refuge and strength. They walk amongst us and they laid our enemies unto dust. They held us high and delivered us from evil. O, blessed creators you are perfection and the beacons of eternal life".
  • Yet Egidius remained silent, for he needed to speak things that could only be spoken in the light of fire. He knelt to the ground and shed tears of gratitude. Verily I say unto you that from the beginning of time the Ori embrace those who in the name of enlightenment put their trust in their divine wisdom. And the skies parted with a boisterous thunder and a great chariot six measures long descended upon the battlefield. And Egidius was made unto fire and was taken aboard the chariot. And he journeyed beyond the stars and up to heavens to walk with the Ori unto the plains of ascension until the fulfillment of time grants him passage back among the mortals.[1]


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  • The story of Amica: This is an example of a man who swayed from the will of the Ori, but he was forgiven his transgressions and found his way back to the path.
  • The story of Hannor Mir: Similar to the Earth legend of Icarus, but with a happier ending. He fell from above and learned to fly on the way down. Priors of the Ori call this a good example of a miracle.
  • The story of Petrias: In a time of need he spoke to a rock, not with his lips, but his mind, and the rock wept tears of fresh water until his thirst was quenched.
  • Egidius of Valdair needed to speak things that could only be spoken in the light of the fire. (to the Doci)
  • Andras chose to hunt the lion and was eaten by his prey.
  • Then did Tyolus say unto the people of the low plains, seek not the wickedness amongst your neighbors lest it find purchase in your own house.
  • Antaris and the river; How the people of the low valley were freed from the yoke of an iron serpent who ruled over them without mercy.
  • The story of Markon and the great famine that struck the village of Ver Omesh; where Markon went to the Prophet Articus and asked to go to the forest for food. The prophet bade him patience and stated that the Ori provide all those who have faith which Markon did not have. The prophet drew a line in the sand and said "'step across and you may do as you wish.". Markon did so and left the village to feast on wild berries. The fruit was bitter and did not satisfy him. He longed to return to the village but found that the line had become a great chasm and was told by the prophet that nothing had changed except Markon himself. He was told to step across if he truly believed. Markon begged for forgiveness from the Ori after realising his mistake and the Ori accepted him back. The village was also blessed with their light and prospered.
  • Aroden, who wore a mask to conceal his face, but told the faithful "Your appearance matters not. Only the truth of spirit in your heart".
  • The story of Ortus Mallum, the Birthplace of Evil where a mountain erupted to bury the place where evil originated.


Certain stories tend to be twisted by the Priors in order for them to inspire the soldiers within the Ori army against their enemies.

  • When a Prior decided to destroy a village after the villagers had agreed to accept Origin, he justified the action to Tomin by paraphrasing the story of Markon, saying, "Markon walked away from the Ori to satisfy his hunger. But no matter how much he ate, he did not feel full. Realizing his mistake, he ran back to the Ori. But they denied his pleas and struck down the village that welcomed him back. And the hands of the Ori enveloped all those who welcomed him back. The village was destroyed. All those who stand by and accept transgressions must be punished." Tomin immediately counters that the passage states that the man was welcomed back and the village prospered, but the Prior insists that the reference to light enveloping the village referred to its destruction. When the two came to a stalemate, the Prior destroyed the village anyway, simply to show Tomin the power of the Ori. (SG1: "Line in the Sand")
  • In a later exchange between the same Prior and Tomin, the Prior ordered SG-1 executed after Tomin gave them his word they would not be harmed. Tomin attempted to cite a passage that discouraged breaking promises, but the Prior, tired of Tomin's disobedience, simply shouted at him to do it. (SG1: "Line in the Sand")

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