"A Destiny Among the Stars"
Asylum #s 4, 5, 7 (Maximum Press)
Writer/Art: Chris Scalf
shot down by Cylons over a remote planet…where she meets her
father’s young namesake.
A lone Colonial craft is severely damaged by
a Cylon patrol led by Vulpa Six. Vulpa Six wants to take the
humans prisoner to learn the location of the fleet but, just
then, the mysterious orbs of light return and miraculously
repair the ship enough to transport it to the planet Arilos,
where it crash lands.
The crash is spotted by both a young boy and an
old hermit in the desert. They meet for the first time near the
crash site and the boy tells the old man his name is Adama. The
boy and old man soon arrive at the boy's village to tell the
about the crashed ship. The villagers tell the old man to get
away and never return. Meanwhile, a number of them head for the
crash site to help. They find the pilot dead, but Athena still
alive, though injured. They take her back to the village for
Athena wakes up in the village and meets the
young Adama, surprised to hear of someone having the same
uncommon name as her father. She sees that the boy wears a
medallion similar to one she has seen her father wear in the
past. It is revealed that when Athena was just a girl, her
father had saved the life of a man. The two had worn matching
Kobolian medallions to symbolize their friendship and that man
had later gone on to name his son after him.
Suddenly, the town comes under attack from
the sky by a new Cylon patrol, again led by Vulpa Six, tracking
down the errant Colonial craft. As the town's buildings begin
crumbling around them under the assault, Athena and Adama flee
together, searching for a place to hide from the centurion
ground troops. The floor collapses under Athena and she is left
clinging to the edge to keep from plummeting several stories.
She tells the boy to go without her, for he is not strong enough
to pull her up. Refusing to leave her, he tries to pull her up
anyway. As she is about to slip away from his grasp, the
medallion around his neck seems to pulse with the glowing energy
of the mysterious orbs and gives the boy the strength to save
As the two are about to move on again,
Vipers from the fleet, led by Apollo, swoop in and wipe out the
Cylon Raiders and centurions.
From a hilltop overlooking the village, the
old man observes and is pleased that the boy called Adama will
now be taken to the human fleet overseen by the elder Adama, to
assume a destiny in the stars, implying the old man himself is
the boy's father.
Notes from the BSG Chronology
This story takes place in the Colonial yahren 7350, 8 yahrens
after the human fleet's exodus from the Twelve Colonies.
This story does not have a title of its own. I took the title
"A Destiny Among the Stars" from a line of dialog
This story features writing and art by Chris Scalf, who would
later become the "founding father" of the BSG series of comic
books published by Realm Press. The character of Vulpa Six seen
in this story would be retroactively introduced earlier in the
timeline in Realm Press'
Battlestar Galactica #2,
"The Law of Volahd" Part
Part 1 (Asylum #4)
On page 1 of Part 1, the pilot of the
Colonial craft sends out a Unicom signal to the Galactica
as he's being attacked by the Cylons. Unicom is an encoded
message between Colonial forces. The word was first used in
"The Living Legend" Part 1.
Notice that the Cylon Raider that strikes
the Colonial craft is a different model than the standard ones
and has extended wings similar to the craft flown by the
Cylon-augmented Boomer in "Masquerade".
The Raider seen here is revealed to be piloted by Vulpa Six, the
augmented Command Centurion who was last seen in
"The Law of Volahd" Part
2. On page 3, we see that the seating arrangement of the
three Cylons in the Raider is the opposite of the norm as well,
with Vulpa Six's center seat in the front and the two support
centurions at left and right behind him.
The Colonial craft, referred to in Part 2 as
shuttle Alpha Nine, is of a type not seen before. Sort of a
cross between a shuttlecraft and a Viper, as seen below, being
fired upon by Vulpa Six's Raider.
The mysterious glowing orbs, last seen in
"War of the Gods" Part 2,
return here to save the Colonial shuttle. They are referred to
here as Seraphs for the first time. "Seraph" is a term from the
Old Testament of the Bible, meaning "burning one" and referring
to a type of heavenly being (an angel).
On page 5 of Part 1, Vulpa Six implies that
Spectre is in command of the patrol's home baseship. In
"The Law of Volahd" Part
2, Vulpa Six was given command of his own baseship to pursue
the human fleet. Since this story takes place some yahrens
later, Vulpa Six presumably lost command in a story yet to be
chronicled. It makes a certain amount of sense that Spectre
might be in command of the baseship pursuing the fleet, as he
was last seen in that very position, commanding Baltar's former
baseship, in Surrender
Part 2 (Asylum #5)
The inhabitants of the village on Arilos
drive vehicles called hover riders that look similar to the
landspeeders of the Star Wars films.
On page 3 of Part 2, Athena states her rank
as Lt. Colonel. She was just a lieutenant during the events of
the TV series, but it's logical to assume she would have been
promoted by now.
On page 4 of Part 2, we see that
Spectre has undergone quite a
change since he was seen
"The Young Lords". Notice he
has a somewhat more human face
One of the men of the village tells Athena
they are a small settlement established by pioneers who left the
Colonies before the Great Holocaust. Presumably, the holocaust
is a reference to the annihilation of the Twelve Colonies by
Cylons as depicted in "Annihilation".
But if these pioneers left before that, how did they learn about
Page 6 of Part 2 seems to imply that
Commander Adama had somehow saved the life of the father of the
boy called Adama at some point in the past and
that the boy was named after the elder Adama in honor of the
man's life saved. Did the elder Adama somehow travel this
far out into space at some point in the past and then return to
the Colonies? Or had the unborn-boy's father lived in or near
the Colonies during the Cylon war?
Part 3 (Asylum #7)
The narrative on page 1 of Part 3 describes
Athena as the executive officer of the Galactica.
Perhaps Colonel Tigh has already taken a position on the Council
of Twelve by this time as later depicted in the novels by
This concluding chapter of the story implies
the old man and the medallion worn by the boy are
connected to the Beings of Light.
The last page of the story also implies that
the old man is actually the boy's father.
The overall story bears some similarity to
Star Wars: A New Hope. In both, a boy whose never known his real
mother and father, from a small town on a forgotten desert world,
meets an old man whom his adopted family thinks is crazy and tells
him to keep away. The old man turns out to have a connection to
his father and aids the youth into tapping into cosmic forces
and leaving the planet for a greater destiny among the stars.
What was the mission of the Colonial craft
and crew? When the ship is struck by Cylons and the computer and
light speed drive are destroyed, the pilot sends out a Unicom
message that he believes will be his final report, saying,
"I can only hope that the others were more successful."
Successful at what? Was it merely a typical expedition for food
and supplies on nearby planets? If so, why would the executive
officer (Athena) be on board for such a typical mission?
Who is the old man? Is he human or a Being
of Light (Seraph)? Or both? And if he is the boy's father, why
did he hide the fact?
Who was the boy's mother? Was she human?
What is the destiny of the young boy named
Adama? It seems that he will now go to live among the humans of
the fleet for a "destiny among the stars". If his father, the
old man, is a Seraph, does that make the boy at least a
half-Seraph as well?
Did Vulpa Six survive the attack against his
forces by the Vipers? This is the last time the Command
Centurion is seen.
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