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Tybalt (TOS-RH)

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Tybalt is the leader of the Cult of the Serpent in 7360[1].

Described as a slender Sagittarian man, he and his cultists are berthed aboard Ursus, and are given a wide berth by the other denizens of the ship within "the Pit"[2].

Terence, an agro-worker on Agro-3 who may have bore witness to the murder of a then-unidentifiable Fleet denizen, traveled to Ursus only to be later killed and decapitated by Tybalt's cultists[3]. Both Ensign Dalton and Lieutenant Troy uncover this fact upon later meeting the leader, and are subsequently captured—alongside Captain Morgan—by Tybalt and his cultists following an attempt to question them on Terence's whereabouts[4].

Tybalt supports the ersatz Ambassador Puck's desire to lead the Fleet, viewing Apollo and those who support the Kobollian bloodline with murderous disdain[3]. Receiving instructions from a disembodied form, Tybalt uses a TransVid skyeye in order to broadcast the torment of Troy, Dalton and Morgan, and to use the threat of their execution to spur the Quorum to vote Puck as commander of the Fleet.

To prove his point, Tybalt executes Morgan and threatens to execute Dalton within one centon should the Quorum fail[5]. Tybalt does not afford the same stay of execution for Troy, preparing to kill Troy while slandering Apollo as "a greater traitor" than Baltar, but is quickly thwarted by Dalton who is able to free her bonds and shoot Tybalt's right hand[6].

Tybalt is later slain by Lieutenant Commander Athena during his attempt to take Troy hostage while attempting to escape the Pit[7], but not before Troy is able to convince Tybalt's followers that the serpents that they worship may indeed be the Cylons themselves[8], resulting in a death of a Tauron woman who dares to question the mad Tybalt[7]. These proceedings were broadcast throughout the entire Fleet, ultimately to the detriment of both the cult and the ersatz Puck (RH: Armageddon).

Notes

  • This character is likely named after Tybalt from William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. In that work, Tybalt is known for his penchant for violence, vengeance, ambition and short-temper; Tybalt is slain by Romeo in a duel, following Mercutio's death by Tybalt's hand in an earlier duel.

References

  1. Hatch, Richard; Christopher Golden (1997). Armageddon. Byron Preiss, p. 139.
  2. Hatch, Richard; Christopher Golden (1997). Armageddon. Byron Preiss, p. 140.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Hatch, Richard; Christopher Golden (1997). Armageddon. Byron Preiss, p. 143.
  4. Hatch, Richard; Christopher Golden (1997). Armageddon. Byron Preiss, p. 144.
  5. Hatch, Richard; Christopher Golden (1997). Armageddon. Byron Preiss, p. 195.
  6. Hatch, Richard; Christopher Golden (1997). Armageddon. Byron Preiss, p. 196.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Hatch, Richard; Christopher Golden (1997). Armageddon. Byron Preiss, p. 220.
  8. Hatch, Richard; Christopher Golden (1997). Armageddon. Byron Preiss, p. 219.