|Rescue of Apollo|
|Captains Athena and Starbuck, along with Sephoni, pass the defenses of the Cylons' super basestar to recover Major Apollo (Battlestar Galactica: Death of Apollo #4).|
|Place:||Unknown moon-sized planetoid|
|Result:||Successful recovery of Major Apollo|
Reeling from the apparent death of Major Apollo and the reappearance of the Cylon threat, Commander Adama forbids any recovery effort for either Apollo or his remains. With the awesome threat posed by the Cylons' newest capital ship, dubbed the "super basestar" with its phalanxes of Raiders, Adama and the Colonials of the rag-tag, fugitive fleet must continue to press on.
Cylons enact their plan to ensnare humanity by manufacturing psionic impressions of humans, which are sympathetically received by Countess Sephoni during her ten yahren separation from the fugitive fleet. Immediately following Major Apollo's final transmissions, Commander Adama arrests Sephoni and her entourage, on the belief that they are knowingly complicit in the treachery (Battlestar Galactica: Death of Apollo #1-#2).
A grieving and intoxicated Captain Starbuck threatens to kill Sephoni in her brig aboard Galactica before being tranquilized by security (Battlestar Galactica: Death of Apollo #2). Adama and Starbuck discuss Apollo's fate and the need to press onward, during which Adama elicits a promise from Starbuck to not mount any rescue attempt (Battlestar Galactica: Death of Apollo #3).
Captains Athena and Starbuck, with fellow conspirators Breena, Boomer, Greenbean and Sheba, make plans to use the Cylon transport flanked by four Vipers. Under the guise of a recon patrol, Boomer fills out a request for said patrol and Athena authorizes it. Also in the log is the scuttling of the Cylon transport, with Starbuck allegedly planning to abandon the ship in the Fleet wake, rigging it as a mine for any would-be Cylon pursuers (Battlestar Galactica: Death of Apollo #3).
Starbuck recruits Countess Sephoni, herself wanting to make recompense for being deceived, for her abilities as a psionic divining rod to ensure that Xam's message relaying Apollo's status and location is genuine. Now that Sephoni is able to discern between Cylon psionic misinformation versus the genuine article, she confidently confirms Xam's divination.
Athena, Starbuck and Sephoni board the Cylon transport and launch, escorted by Vipers piloted by the quartet of Warrior conspirators. While Sephoni is able to divine the proper access codes that allow the transport to dock, the quartet of Vipers reveal themselves from an asteroid field, engaging the Cylons so as to divert their attention (Battlestar Galactica: Death of Apollo #3).
After running-and-gunning through the hangar bay, the trio of infiltrators come across Apollo hooked into a medical apparatus. Sephoni and Starbuck accesses the ship's system, as the system is unified and can be controlled from any terminal, rigging various alarms that indicate a critical failure of the main reactor.
The trio extricate Apollo, exfiltrating via the cargo-hoist to reach their exfiltration transport. Without taking any losses, the recovery group return to Galactica to be dressed down by an otherwise grateful Commander Adama (Battlestar Galactica: Death of Apollo #4).
Apollo is examined by Doctors Salik and Madusa and is found to no longer be medically fit to fight in the front lines. He is relegated to duty in Core Command as a command operative (Battlestar Galactica: Death of Apollo #4—#5).