"Bane of Baalfarr"
Battlestar Galactica Annual 1978 (Grandreams)
The fleet investigates an uninhabited planet
lying at the fringes of Colonial starmaps.
The fleet comes upon an uninhabited planet known only as
Baalfarr in their records. Scans show it to be life supporting,
but detect strange clouds of methane floating in the atmosphere.
Since it seems safe enough, Commander Adama allows Apollo to
take Serina, Boxey, and Muffit down to the surface to
investigate the planet.
After their shuttle arrives, they climb out to investigate and
enjoy the fresh air and dirt under their feet. While exploring
nearby, the shuttle pilot, Crir, is suddenly attacked by a
flying jellyfish. Apollo kills it with a shot from his gun, but
the stinging tentacles have killed Crir. Looking up, they
realize more of the creatures are approaching them. They dash
back to the shuttle, Boxey and Muffit barely making it aboard
before being snagged by tentacles.
Apollo pilots the shuttle into the sky, but the creatures follow
and attach themselves to the ship by the dozens, straining the
engines. Apollo triggers an electrification of the hull from the
cockpit and soon the methane-filled jellyfish begin
exploding. Free of the attackers, the shuttle is able to escape
the atmosphere and return to the Galactica.
This story appeared in the British
Battlestar Galactica Annual 1978, a book of short stories, articles and
games all about BSG,
geared towards kids.
Notes from the BSG Chronology
The opening page of this story tells the reader that it takes
place in the barely charted fringes of the known universe which
would tend to suggest it occurs around the same time as
Living Legend" (where Commander Cain says, perhaps
hyperbolically, that the addition of the nearby planet Gamoray
puts the Cylons in control of over half the "universe"). But Serina also appears in the story, so it has
to take place before "A
Death in the Family", in which she is killed. Since the fleet
was not aware of the presence of the void before they discovered
it in "Into the Void", it could be argued that they were in a
relatively uncharted part of space (or at least parts that were
lost to Colonial history). So the story could take place shortly
before then, although here Serina is depicted wearing the uniform
Colonial Warriors, of which she was not a member until
"Into the Void", and she dies shortly after joining the Colonial Service.
For the sake of continuity, I feel we must ignore the uniform
she is wearing here and imagine she wears civilian clothes.
As the fleet moves into a position near the planet Baalfarr to
investigate it, on page 2 of the story Commander Adama comments
that once they would have sent daggits down to the surface to
gauge the safety of the world. Of course, now, they have no more
daggits, except for Boxey's mechanical one, Muffit.
On page 5, panel 1 of the story, notice that, in the background,
Muffit is biting one of the tentacles of the flying jellyfish
that is reaching for Boxey.
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