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Pegasus (BS 62) is a Mercury class battlestar, commanded by Rear Admiral Helena Cain during the time leading up to and after the Fall of the Twelve Colonies. Built sometime after the First Cylon War, Pegasus was the crown jewel of the Colonial Fleet, with a big reputation, and many officers yearning for a post on the ship (TRS: "Razor").
Before the Fall
At some point prior to the Fall, Pegasus is upgraded to include the Command Navigation Program, a new operating system (later found to be bugged) designed for use in Colonial spacecraft. Parts of it were taken offline during a three-month systems overhaul at the Scorpion Fleet Shipyards shortly before the Cylon attack, an attribute which later spared the ship from destruction (TRS: "Pegasus").
During the three month overhaul, technicians and staff from both the Ministry of Defense, and Integral Systems Engineering were aboard the ship, assisting Pegasus crew members with the upgrades. One of those technicians, Gina Inviere, worked to gain the trust of the crew - even entering into a relationship with Rear Admiral Cain, in what is now known to be an act of subterfuge (TRS: "Razor").
Shortly after the ship enters drydock, the Cylon strike the Colonies. The Fleet Shipyards are indirectly struck by nuclear weapons, which blinds both Cylon and Colonial DRADIS. The nuclear strike is powerful enough to knock the crew to the floor, causing many injuries. Pegasus survives the nuclear strike, but with multiple injuries to officers and crew, and damage to its computer systems, it is unable to fight back. With no other options available, Cain orders a blind FTL jump away from the shipyards.
Pegasus emerges several plotted jumps away from the Colonies, far from the Cylon onslaught. Cain uses this time to repair her ship, and calm the crew, with the intent on getting back into the fight, but repair efforts are compounded by rumors of the fate of the Colonies and the Colonial Fleet. After revealing that both have been destroyed, Cain prepares the ship and crew for hit and run attacks against Cylon targets, and with the help of ISE specialist Inviere, quickly determine their first target. The crew responds with overwhelming support.
As the computer systems are brought back online by Ministry of Defense officer Kendra Shaw, she discovers that the Command Navigation Program contains a backdoor, allowing access to the computer network. Shaw determines that it is Cylon in origin, and should be purged (TRS: "Razor").
Hit and Run Campaign, and A Cylon Spy
With repairs complete, Pegasus begins her attacks on what is thought to be a communications relay. However, after launching a handful of Vipers, multiple Raider squadrons appear on DRADIS, revealing the area to be a staging ground. The Vipers are quickly outnumbered, and are unable to proceed as planned. Cain orders the reserves launched, however, her XO, Colonel Jurgen Belzen hesitates and proposes to retreat and form a new plan. A now furious Cain calls for Belzen's sidearm, and summarily executes him on the spot for refusing to carry out orders, much to the shock and horror of CIC staff. As the battle continues, Cain calls up officer Colonel Jack Fisk to launch the reserves. Still in shock, he calls for the launch.
The battle does not proceed well, with the Cylons soon gaining access to the ship via the flight pods. As the boarding parties fight their way into the ship, officer Shaw discovers a woman in white who looks exactly like Gina Inviere walking the corridors. Determining that she is not a Pegasus officer or crewman, she guns the woman down, and then makes her way back to the CIC, where she finds Inviere next to Cain. Shaw determines that she is Cylon in nature, and moves to apprehend her. As she sees her double on a security feed, she kills three marines before she is knocked unconscious and removed from the CIC.
While Pegasus is able to destroy the relay, the battle was pyrrhic at best, with heavy Colonial losses. At this point, nearly 816 crewmen have been killed, with 121 injured. Losses are further compounded by the tally of Vipers lost or damaged in the battle, with half the airwing suffering damage.
Following the conclusion of the battle at the Communications Relay, Cain begins the interrogation of Inviere, using whatever methods necessary. Considered now to be nothing more than an emotionless machine, certain members of the crew, led by Lieutenant Alastair Thorne begin assaulting and raping the prisoner. Thorne is essential in saving the lives of many Pegasus officers and crew, and line up behind him in support of torturing the Cylon prisoner (TRS: "Razor").
A Lost Civilian Fleet
Pegasus encounters its own small fleet of 15 civilian ships, found about a week after the Fall of the Twelve Colonies. Admiral Cain uses them as a source of spare parts, deciding that Pegasus' military needs take priority over theirs.
Cain also reviews their passenger lists and draws up a list of selectees, people such as aeronautical engineer Peter Laird who would be of value, to forcibly draft into her crew. However, some are with their families and refuse to leave them. Facing an uprising aboard the civilian transport Scylla that spreads to the other ships, Admiral Cain orders Colonel Fisk to shoot the families of any who resist. When the angry crowd gets violent, Lieutenant Kendra Shaw and her Marines carry out the order, killing 10 people and cowing the rest into submission.
The civilian ships are stripped of useful items, including their FTL drives, and are left to their fate as Pegasus resumes its campaign of hit-and-run attacks against the Cylons ("Razor", "Resurrection Ship, Part I").
Finding Galactica, and Cylon Resurrection
Months after the attacks, Pegasus is still tracking a large Cylon fleet jumping from system to system with natural resources. When Pegasus jumps ahead to the Cylon's next projected position, it detects a large fleet. After communication is made, and authentications exchanged, it is revealed that the fleet is led by battlestar Galactica (BS 75), believed by Pegasus' crew to have been destroyed. Integration into the fleet doesn't go as smooth as both crews had hoped, with Admiral Cain quickly taking command, and integrating both crews despite having said otherwise. She also begins neglecting the civilian fleet, with many crucial supplies going to both battlestars instead. Cain also uses this time to share the information they've gathered about the Cylon fleet they've been tracking with Galactica's CO, William Adama. Several basestars, their support ships, and one unidentified ship is seen in the recon photographs.
During this time, Lt. Thorne is brought aboard Galactica to interrogate Sharon Agathon, Galactica's Cylon prisoner, while Dr. Baltar is brought to Pegasus to see Gina Inviere. Lt. Thorne wastes no time in abusing Agathon, and when deck chief Galen Tyrol, and pilot Karl Agathon are told of his visit, they rush to the jail cell and pull him off Sharon, moments away from raping her. Chief Tyrol tosses him to the wall, where he knocks his head against an exposed bolt, and dies as a result. This further escalates tensions, as Cain announces plans to execute Lt. Agathon, and Chief Tyrol for their actions. Commander Adama aboard Galactica launches Vipers and Raptors in an attempt to get his men back, an action which nearly sparks a shooting war between the battlestars. The fight is broken up after Galactica pilot, Lt. Kara Thrace, returning from an unscheduled recon of the Cylon fleet, is detected, and initially believed to be a Cylon Raider. Cooler heads prevail, and a truce is called while the crews work to destroy their Cylon target, now discovered to be a Resurrection Ship.
A plan to attack is formulated as the two crews begin working with each other. However, distrust remains, and each commander has one person under their respective commands ready to execute each other at a moments notice, citing concerns in leadership style. The battle proceeds as planned, with both battlestars working in unison against two basestars, while fighters are used to draw the Raiders away from the targets. With the basestars occupied, a small joint force of Vipers converges on the Resurrection Ship, and destroys it. This proves to be a turning point in relations between both crews, and both sides call off their decapitation plans. As both crews relax, an escaped Inviere exacts revenge on Cain for the physical and emotional abuse she's suffered, gunning her down in the war room. Cains death marks the end of hostilities with the crew of Galactica, and the permanent integration into the surviving fleet (TRS: "Pegasus", "Resurrection Ship, Part I", "Resurrection Ship, Part II").
Service Within the Fleet
Following Admiral Cain's death, Jack Fisk is promoted to the rank of commander, and is instated as the ship's new CO. Thanks to his involvement in the fleet's black market, Pegasus now becomes a staging ground for smuggling goods across the fleet. However, due to his high, negligent demands with the market, Commander Fisk is murdered a short time later, further adding to Pegasus' dark history (TRS: "Black Market"). Following Fisk's death, newly promoted Admiral Adama appoints ship's engineer Barry Garner as CO. As Garner is used to dealing with machines, rather than people, his command style is rather strict, with many crew either punished or interned for their actions. When a pair of Pegasus' raptors go missing, Garner ignores all authoritative orders, and takes Pegasus to go find them, triggering a Cylon trap. Pegasus is quickly outnumbered, and takes heavy damage, knocking out the FTL drive, and the ship's only means of escape. Realizing his mistake, Cmdr. Garner cedes command to his XO, Lee Adama, while he retreats to the engine room to repair the FTL drive. While Pegasus is successful in fighting off the Cylon trap, it looses its third CO after Cmdr. Garner dies from vacuum exposure while effecting repairs (TRS: "The Captain's Hand"). Upon returning to the fleet, Admiral Adama appoints Lee Adama as Pegasus' next CO.
After settling into his new command, Cmdr. Adama begins the search for a new XO and eventually settles on Kendra Shaw, out of a desire to demonstrate to the crew a measure of respect for Cain's legacy that he in fact does not share. Pegasus is called upon shortly thereafter to find a missing Raptor, sent out by Galactica to study a supernova remnant. Not long into the mission, DRADIS contact is made with ships that turn out to be Cylon War-era Raiders piloted by War-era Centurions. It is quickly determined that the missing Raptor crew were taken by these Cylons back to their baseship. Pegasus initiates battle in order to lure the Raiders away from the baseship, as a lone group make their way via spacewalk to the missing crew. Numerous kamikaze Raiders strike the ship and penetrate the hull, but with minimal damage. Pegasus is successful in rescuing the kidnapped Raptor crew and destroying the baseship. However, Kendra Shaw sacrifices herself in order to detonate the nuclear weapon smuggled aboard the baseship (TRS: "Razor").
Following the founding of New Caprica, Pegasus is assigned to the orbital defense force that protects the planet. During this time, Commander Lee Adama keeps an emergency supply of medication aboard for the pilots, despite the fact that their crew are severely depleted due to colonization of the planet. One year after the founding the colony, the Cylons return in force. Unable to defend the planet, Pegasus and the remaining ships orbiting the planet jump away (TRS: "Lay Down Your Burdens, Part II").
Four months later, Pegasus and Galactica plan a rescue mission to recover the humans left on the planet (TRS: "Occupation"). While the plans initially called for the involvement of Pegasus in the recovery, Admiral Adama decides that the remnants of the Fleet, the last free people of humanity, should not be left unprotected if things went awry. The admiral takes Galactica in the rescue effort without Pegasus, ordering his son to stay with the Fleet at a rendezvous point to await their return (TRS: "Precipice", "Exodus, Part I").
Despite the admiral's orders, Pegasus leaves its fighters and the majority of its Raptor complement to protect the remnants of the Fleet and returns to New Caprica with a skeleton crew to participate in the rescue. Pegasus jumps into the fight and finds Galactica under fire from four Cylon basestars. Pegasus destroys one of the baseships with its forward batteries and attracts the attention of the others while Galactica repairs its FTL drive and prepares to jump away.
Pegasus reels from the onslought of missiles from the remaining Cylon basestars and sustains heavy damage. It becomes clear to Admiral Adama that Pegasus's trip was one-way. Following Galactica's jump, Commander Adama sets his battlestar's batteries on auto-fire and orders the crew to abandon ship, pausing just long enough to give his dying command a quiet thanks. As the evacuation Raptors jump away, the Pegasus, mortally damaged and now completely unmanned, rams an attacking basestar, destroying both vessels. Pegasus's fuel lines ignite, causing explosions to ripple down the ships hull towards the engines which detonate, ripping the ship apart. The starboard flight pod breaks away, and is flung into a handful of raiders, eventually colliding with another nearby basestar, destroying it as well (TRS: "Exodus, Part II"). The rest of Pegasus's crew, Vipers and Raptors are integrated with Galactica, bolstering its air wing and pilot roster significantly.
Pegasus operates at least 10 squadrons of Viper Mark VII space fighters. During the Battle of the Binary Star System four color-coded squadrons are identified verbally and on the DRADIS (The Captain's Hand). Since these designations are later used for very different squadrons led by different people, they are very likely just wireless callsigns. Moreover, the standing squadrons on Galactica have more elaborate names and are numbered; such as the Vigilantes. The colors and group leaders could be assigned on an ad-hoc basis, while a more formal structure exists in the background.
Given that Pegasus suffers over 90 Viper casualties with 32 being destroyed during its attack on a Cylon communications relay (Razor), but is still able to field a sizable Viper complement at the time of encountering Galactica, this suggests that its initial Viper load out was very large. The exact number of Vipers per squadron for a full-strength battlestar is approx 20 (Battlestar Galactica RPG). Also, Pegasus fielded approx 8 squadrons of Vipers and 2 reserve squadrons, the number of Vipers per squadron must have been 20 to equal up to 200 Vipers.
Pegasus has approximately 50 Raptors, having lost over half of its fighters and recon craft, and 20 Raptors can be deployed for the Caprica rescue mission, while Galactica alone appears to have difficulties deploying more than about 5 Raptors at one time ("The Farm", "Resistance").
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