"Search for Sanctuary" Part 1
Battlestar Galactica: Search for Sanctuary #1 (Realm
Story by Chris Scalf and Fred Prince
Scripted by Chris Scalf and James Kuhoric
Illustrated by Chris Scalf (with Robert Scott)
Cover by Chris Scalf
Back cover by Robert Scott
continues for the missing Apollo; a fleet genetics scientist
announces the startling results of his studies to the Council of
An unknown number of days have past since Apollo's disappearance
during the battle with the Somnians, but the search continues.
Meanwhile, Adama learns that the Council of Twelve has been
secretly meeting without him and fears they will try once again to
oust him as leader.
Elsewhere, Starbuck, Athena, and Sheba are in a shuttle
surveying a nearby planet for signs of Apollo. Suddenly, a
gigantic beast looms up ahead of the low-flying craft and knocks
them out of the air.
Far out in space, the Imperious Leader receives a communication
from Vulpa Six that he is returning with a captured alien who
can help destroy the humans. Unknown to Imperious Leader, Vulpa
Six has already been destroyed and the message was faked by a
pair of intergalactic bounty hunters.
On the unnamed planet, Starbuck awakens to find himself in the
company of a tribe of rat-like humanoids. They inform him that his
friends are believed to have been captured by the Goratha and if
he wants to rescue them, he must assist their warrior Razad in
obtaining a talisman of great power called the Riah Stone from
the Goratha and thus he may find his friends as well.
Back at the fleet, a special meeting of the Council has been
called and Commander Adama is informed that Dr. Resik, of the
fleet's genetics research team, has been working with the
forbidden data of Dr. Ravashol's cloning experiments. Dr. Resik
now believes they can use a recent breakthrough in their
research to build the perfect human being and become the
dominant race in the galaxy. Adama is outraged that they would
want to place themselves in the position of the divine by
tampering with creation and possibly even leading humanity down
the same path that ended the original Cylon race. After a heated
argument, Sire Kolan ends the meeting and declares they will
reconvene in one centar (hour) to vote on the matter.
The stress of the council's revelation, along with the
disappearance of first Apollo and now Athena, has left Adama
feeling lost. He takes a shuttle to the Bethlada, where
he enters a
place of worship to be alone and pray. But he discovers an old
clergyman friend there named Civitan that he had thought was
killed or left behind on Caprica. Civitan counsels Adama not to
On the planet, Starbuck and Razad begin their hunt and soon
encounter the Goratha, a large, hairy, white beast and Razad
easily kills it. But then they find themselves surrounded by a
number of the beasts, even larger than the first.
CONTINUED IN SEARCH FOR SANCTUARY SPECIAL EDITION
Notes from the BSG Chronology
On page 1 (the inside front cover), Commander Adama's log tells
us it is the Colonial yahren 7356. This does not seem to jibe
with either the earlier Realm Press comics (in
"The Law of Volahd" Part 1,
Adama's log says it is 7324), nor the more-or-less official
BSG Timeline as seen on the Battlestar Wiki. Adama also
states in his current log that it has been nearly two yahren
since the rag-tag fleet's flight from the Colonies began.
However, it is stated in "Lunar Won"
that it has been one yahren since the destruction of the
Colonies, and this story does not seem to take place so long
after that. For purposes of continuity, it's better imagined
that Adama says "a little over one yahren" in his log instead of
"nearly two yahren". As I deduced for both
"Lunar Won" and
"The Law of Volahd" Part 1,
it is still 7349.
In his log on page 1, Commander Adama
remarks that the fleet is composed of 220 ships. As we know from
our past episode studies of BSG, there are currently only 215
ships as last updated in "Take
It would seem that a number of probes have
been launched over the ensuing days since Apollo's disappearance
in an attempt to find him; Adama's log indicates that he has
learned that the Council has met in secret without him several
times since Apollo's disappearance.
On page 5, Giles appears for the first time
since "The Lost Warrior".
Page 7 indicates that Vulpa Six was the
Imperious Leader's First-in-Command.
Page 7 also indicates that the two aliens
met by Vulpa Six in "Prison
of Souls" Part 3 are intergalactic bounty hunters.
What are the creatures held in fluid
suspension in Dr. Resik's lab on page 9? Are they remnants or clone
attempts of the Somnian creatures created by Dr. Wilker under
Somnian control in "Prison of
Souls" Part 2?
Dr. Resik and the Council reveal to Adama
that the fleet's genetics research team have been working with
data from Dr. Ravashol's cloning experiments. Dr. Ravashol is
the human scientist who was misguidedly working with the Cylons
in the two-part TV episode
"The Gun on Ice
Planet Zero"; on the Cylon ice planet, he had created a
community of male and female clones who, unknown to him at the
time, had begun to breed.
Several times in this and the previous Realm
Press issues of Battlestar Galactica, the members of
the fleet seem to refer to themselves as still being in their own
galaxy, even though the TV episode
"The Long Patrol" states that the fleet has moved into a new
After the rat-like humanoid (revealed in
"Search for Sanctuary" Part 2 to be a Kara) tells Starbuck
he must face the Goratha creature with Razad in order to rescue
his friends (Athena and Sheba), Starbuck amusingly says to
himself, "Why should I be surprised? I should be used to this
scenario by now..." He is referring to numerous other stories
previous in which he has crash-landed on a planet and been
forced to help the locals take on their enemy (such as
"The Long Patrol" and
"The Young Lords").
On page 19, Adama takes a shuttle to a ship
named the Bethlada, where he visits a place of worship.
Why would he need to travel off the Galactica to find such a
place? Doesn't the Galactica have at least one room set
aside for religious purposes? Is the Bethlada a special
ship designated for worship?
On page 24, Starbuck remarks, "I've got a
bad feeling about this..." This may be an homage by the writers
to the Star Wars saga, which
frequently has characters use this phrase (or a variant
How did Starbuck become separated from
Athena and Sheba? They were all on the same shuttle when it
crashed. Why wouldn't they all have been taken together by
either the Karas or the Goratha?
If the clergyman Civitan on the Bethlada
was an old friend of Adama's, why did he not let the Commander
know he was alive and well? When they meet here, Adama remarks
he'd thought Civitan was lost when Caprica fell.
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