Abydos is one of the first planets visited by the Stargate Team. It was once ruled by Ra, until Jack O'Neill, Daniel Jackson, and a few others came and gave them freedom. Daniel Jackson remained behind to stay with the people. After a year, Jack returned, but worse things came when the Goa'uld Apophis arrived shortly after, and took the lives of many Abydonians and SGC personnel. Abydos was not important to the Goa'uld until Anubis discovered an item known as the Eye of Ra, is present on the planet. SG-1 came to help the people of Abydos, and were able to get the Eye of Ra before Anubis, which they exchanged for their freedom, and with the eye in his possession, Anubis destroyed Abydos killing all those on the planet.