Battlestar Galactica 1999 Tourbook (Realm Press)
Written by James A. Kuhoric
Illustrated by Robert Scott
Cover by Dan Parsons
The Imperious Leader ponders
the secret of his origin.
You can read most of this story online at the
Battlestar Wiki. For some reason the first three pages are
missing though; these pages depict the Imperious Leader's body,
sitting atop his towering throne, powering down as the narration
boxes suggest that a great secret lies hidden beneath the
An abridged version of this story also appeared in
Battlestar Galactica: Search for Sanctuary #1.
Page 1 refers to the reptilian Leader who
began the Cylons' descent into a mechanized race as Sobekkta,
the name which was also used earlier in
De La Boue".
On page 2, Imperious Leader compares humans
to crawlons. In "Into the Void", Boomer
refers to the Cylons in their asteroid outpost as a "crawlon in
its web." "Crawlon" must be a Colonial term for "spider". In the
novelization of that earlier episode, Boomer simply says
On page 4, we get a glimpse of a Cylon city
(perhaps the capital of the empire) at the time the first
robotic centurions were being introduced.
Page 4 suggests that Sobekkta was known as
Czar Sobekkta and page 10 hints the term "Imperious Leader" may
have been originated by the dark one as the name for Sobekkta's
new robotic body.
On page 5, Sobekkta mentions the Vipilian
colony which is resisting Cylon attempts at subjugation. This is
the first mention of such a species in BSG. Since the scene
takes place 1000+ years in the past, they may be either
a subjugated or extinct species at the point of the main BSG time
The Cylons depicted in this past time period
seem to have cybernetic implants on their reptilian bodies
Also on page 5, Sobekkta seems to suggest
that the centurion drone technology is the gift of the "dark
one". Most likely this is a reference to Count Iblis. A small
image of what appears to be a human in a collared cape is seen
in Sobekkta's eyepiece as he says this, again, presumably, Iblis
(although on page 9, it seems the dark one is in the form of a
Pages 6 and 7 depict the first
centurion model and a somewhat
Page 7 shows some kind of alien skull amidst
the destruction of one of the Cylons' conquests.
On page 8, a Cylon reptilian refers to the
dawn sun as "when the sun hatches", suggesting the reptilian
children were hatched from eggs rather than having a live birth
from the mother's womb (just as Earth reptiles do).
Page 10 reveals that Sobekkta considered his
transformation into an almost entirely robotic organism a
betrayal by the dark one and he desires revenge against the
entity. This seems to suggest that even the Cylons consider
Count Iblis an enemy.
In the final panel of the story, an image of
an exploding battlestar is seen in the Imperious Leader's eye.
Presumably, this is the Leader imagining the destruction of the
Galactica, symbolic of the end of the human race.
This story hints that Sobekkta himself may
actually be the final living Cylon, his desiccated body now
ensconced within the towering throne of Imperious Leader,
pulling the puppet's strings. Possibly this is related to the
bizarre transformation the Imperious Leader seemed to be
undergoing in "Search
for Sanctuary" Part 2? We may never know since this mystery
is another one of the unfinished storylines begun by Realm Press
before the publisher closed up shop.
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