"There Will Be Blood"
Battlestar Galactica Annual 2014 (Dynamite)
Written by Robert Place Napton
Illustrated by Kewber Baal
Cover by Kewber Baal
Baltar reflects back on his life after being
marooned on an uninhabited planet for the past yahren.
Notes from the BSG Chronology
The title page indicates this story follows
the events of
"The Hand of God". Page 1 indicates that Baltar has been
marooned on an otherwise uninhabited planet for nearly a yahren.
"The Hand of God", Commander
Adama offered Baltar his freedom on such a world in exchange for
information about the layout of Cylon basestars. Baltar did,
indeed, provide the information in that episode, but he was not
seen to have been intentionally freed in the course of several
comic book stories taking place afterward, though he escaped the
prison barge in a Colonial shuttle during a battle in
"Prison of Souls" Part 3.
Perhaps Baltar was in some way marooned on this world after
"leading" the Apshaidians in "Fire
in the Sky" (though he does appear here to have Colonial shelter
and equipment and he seems to blame Adama for his predicament). If Baltar was recaptured by the Colonial fleet
at some point after "Fire
in the Sky", it seems unlikely Commander Adama would still
honor his promise to free him on an uninhabited world. This
story is left as a bit of a conundrum in PopApostle's BSG
This story does not have a title. I have
"There Will Be Blood" as a nod to the 2007 film of that name
about a ruthless oilman who allows nothing to stand in the way
of his achieving fortune and power in the oil industry, similar
to Baltar's story as a tylium mine owner here.
On page 1, Baltar reflects that his place marooned on an
otherwise uninhabited planet is what Adama called "better than
the prison barge". Adama said this in
"The Hand of God" when
offering Baltar his freedom in exchange for information about
the layout of Cylon basestars.
Within this story, Baltar relates how he was born on the Picon
tylium-mining outpost of Cygnus. This information was originally
presented in the Encyclopedia
Galactica, a non-canonical publication from 1979 that
occasionally contradicts canonical sources (and even itself).
This story reveals that Baltar's father was named Sela.
Temon tells Sela that the newly-discovered tylium vein goes down
for metrics. In Colonial parlance, a metric is
about one Earth kilometer.
On page 8, Temon uses a device called a spectroscan to show Sela
how much tylium they've found in the ground from the new vein.
In the background of page 9, panel 1, a number of landrams are
Page 11 reveals that the adult Baltar still has whip scars on
his back from the punishment he received from his father for
taking a piece of tylium ore from the mine when he was a boy.
Baltar's relationship with his father taught him to trust no
The story reveals that Baltar was enslaved when he was a boy,
along with his father and the surviving mine workers, when the
Cylons captured Cygnus and the Colonial President did not send
rescue for fear of bringing the fight directly to the Colonies.
In what readers might term an extended case of Stockholm
syndrome, after time, Baltar comes to admire the Cylons and
wanted to be like them.
One of the miners refers to the Cylons as tin cans.
The same disparaging term was used by the
child warriors met by Starbuck in
"The Young Lords". Baltar goes on to
remark that the orphan children he grew up with after the Cylons
sent him back to Picon all called the Cylons "tin cans"; perhaps
it is a term popularized by children. The term is seen to be
used later by some adults in
Young Baltar learns his father and some miners have planted
explosive charges around the mines that will render the tylium
ore useless. He gives this information to the Cylon commandant
in exchange for his freedom, his first act of collaboration with
the Cylons. His father and the rebellious cohorts are executed
for it and Baltar learned the sweet taste of revenge.
On page 18, Baltar tells the Cylon commandant the bombs will be
blown in a few sectons. In Colonial parlance, a
secton is one approximately one week.
Page 20 reveals that Baltar was granted a scholarship to the
University of Picon. This information was also obtained from the
Eventually, the Colonies retook Cygnus and Baltar inherited the
family business there. He turns it into the largest
intercolonial tylium trading firm. This was also expressed in
Encyclopedia Galactica. Here it is revealed that his
firm discovered the rich tylium resources on Carillon and kept
his mine there secret from the Colonies and sold
tylium to the Cylons instead, bringing in the Ovions to mine it.
Much of this was hinted at in "Exodus"
and "Deathtrap" when the rag-tag
fleet came upon Carillon.
In the Picon council chambers on page 22, panel 1, there are two
Egyptian-like bird statues that look similar to the
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Lotay, the leader of the Ovions seen here, was also depicted as
the Ovion queen in
Like his father at Cygnus much earlier, Baltar rigs radiation
charges that would render the tylium useless if blown and lets
the Cylons know about it to prevent them from invading the world
and taking its profits from him.
Page 27 reveals that Baltar is a
"self-proclaimed" count. This was also stated in the
"Annihilation" portion of the
"Saga of a Star World" pilot novelization.
The story of Baltar's alignment with the Cylons to lure the
Colonies into believing their enemies wanted a peace armistice
is different than that presented in
"Starbuck" Part 4, but not entirely irreconcilable. It might
be that Baltar had the Carillon tylium operation running for the
Cylons just as presented here and the Cylon commandant came to
him with the Imperious Leader's peace plan as also seen here,
due to the increasing unreliability of Osiris as an agent as seen
in the Starbuck
mini-series. Then, Baltar's request to the Imperious Leader for
two yahrens to convince the Colonies of the peace plan, seen in
"Starbuck" Part 4, occurs after
he's had some time to plan it out.
Writer Robert Napton uses a clever twist to reconcile the
execution of Baltar as seen in the theatrical release version of
"Saga of a Star World" pilot with his being spared in
"Deathtrap". Here, Baltar actually
was executed, his head lopped off by a centurion sword. Then the
head is kept alive and attached to a robotic endoskeleton which
is then covered in human flesh and his memories altered to make
him believe he was spared. But he has been programmed to
cooperate with the Cylons, while thinking he is still entirely
human. However, it's possible this is all just Baltar's
nightmare on the morning he is rescued by a Cylon Raider; Baltar
tries to convince himself that is the answer and they simply
implanted a tracker in his head that allowed them to find him on
this unknown world.
Is Baltar actually a Cylon with only a human head?
Was the gold command centurion who picks up Baltar on the
unnamed world the same one he previously worked with on Cygnus
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