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:''This article is about the Thirteenth Tribe in the [[Re-imagined Series]]. For its [[Original Series]] counterpart, see [[Thirteenth Tribe (TOS)]].''
 
:''This article is about the Thirteenth Tribe in the [[Re-imagined Series]]. For its [[Original Series]] counterpart, see [[Thirteenth Tribe (TOS)]].''
  
The '''Thirteenth Tribe''', a group of early generation Cylons, left [[Kobol (RDM)|Kobol]] and its sister tribes some 2,000 years before the remaining tribes left to form the [[The Twelve Colonies (RDM)|Twelve Colonies of Kobol]] ([[The Eye of Jupiter]]).<ref>In "[[The Eye of Jupiter]]", Tyrol says that "Our initial radiocarbon dating suggests that the temple's at least 4,000 years old, which lines up with the exodus of the Thirteenth Tribe." This is the oldest date noted in the series's timeline, but also conflicts with the prior date of [[Pythia]] and her works as described by [[Elosha]] in "[[Kobol's Last Gleaming, Part I]]", where she states that the exodus of '''all 13 tribes''' occurred approximately 2,000 years ago. Another contradiction occurs in "[[A Measure of Salvation]]", when Adama says that "According to Cottle, the [[Lymphocytic encephalitis|virus]] was an exact match to one reported over 3000 years ago, right around the time that the 13th colony left Kobol." See also, [[Timeline (RDM)#Ancient History]].</ref>
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The '''Thirteenth Tribe''' left [[Kobol (RDM)|Kobol]] and its sister tribes some 2,000 years before the remaining tribes left to form the [[The Twelve Colonies (RDM)|Twelve Colonies of Kobol]] ([[The Eye of Jupiter]]).<ref>In "[[The Eye of Jupiter]]", Tyrol says that "Our initial radiocarbon dating suggests that the temple's at least 4,000 years old, which lines up with the exodus of the Thirteenth Tribe." This is the oldest date noted in the series's timeline, but also conflicts with the prior date of [[Pythia]] and her works as described by [[Elosha]] in "[[Kobol's Last Gleaming, Part I]]", where she states that the exodus of '''all 13 tribes''' occurred approximately 2,000 years ago. Another contradiction occurs in "[[A Measure of Salvation]]", when Adama says that "According to Cottle, the [[Lymphocytic encephalitis|virus]] was an exact match to one reported over 3000 years ago, right around the time that the 13th colony left Kobol." See also, [[Timeline (RDM)#Ancient History]].</ref>
  
 
:''"...The [[Sacred Scrolls]] tell that the 13th tribe left Kobol in the early days. They traveled far and made their home upon a planet called '''[[Earth (RDM)|Earth]]'''...which circled a distant and unknown star."'' ([[Miniseries]])
 
:''"...The [[Sacred Scrolls]] tell that the 13th tribe left Kobol in the early days. They traveled far and made their home upon a planet called '''[[Earth (RDM)|Earth]]'''...which circled a distant and unknown star."'' ([[Miniseries]])

Revision as of 10:28, 23 January 2009

This article is about the Thirteenth Tribe in the Re-imagined Series. For its Original Series counterpart, see Thirteenth Tribe (TOS).

The Thirteenth Tribe left Kobol and its sister tribes some 2,000 years before the remaining tribes left to form the Twelve Colonies of Kobol (The Eye of Jupiter).[1]

"...The Sacred Scrolls tell that the 13th tribe left Kobol in the early days. They traveled far and made their home upon a planet called Earth...which circled a distant and unknown star." (Miniseries)

During some period, travel appears to have taken place from Earth to Kobol, as the Sacred Scrolls give an account of the journey to Earth. The effect of Earth on the 12 other tribes is significant, as Laura Roslin states that the star patterns from the Earth Zodiac shown in the 3D projection in the Tomb of Athena were used for the original flags of the Twelve Colonies, and the colonies' original names match the Earth names of the constellations (Home, Part II).

At least a few of the Lords of Kobol remained to watch the 12 tribes leave Kobol. One of them is Athena, who supposedly killed herself in grief over the exodus.

The Tomb of Athena was the first marker on a path to Earth (Home, Part II)

Commander William Adama falsely claims to know the location of Earth, using the lie to give the battered remnants of humanity a cause and reason to hope after their escape from the devastated Colonies (Miniseries). Later, through the efforts of President Roslin, Adama and others locate a tomb on Kobol, which reveals a map and sufficient references to point his Fleet to the true general coordinates of the legendary Thirteenth Colony of Earth (Home, Part II).

A beacon near the Lion's Head Nebula, left by the Thirteenth Tribe, but found by the Cylons (Torn)

Over a year later, an ancient probe, possibly the first tangible evidence of the Thirteenth Tribe's existence, is recovered by the Cylons in the Lion's Head Nebula. The probe contains a virus that proves particularly deadly to the Cylons on the baseship that recover it. The Cylons fear the virus so much that they abandon the baseship, moving their Resurrection Ship away to prevent any dying Cylons from resurrecting and transferring the bioelectric component of the pathogen to the Cylon populace. The probe is later destroyed after the baseship self-destructs ("Torn", "A Measure of Salvation").

The Thirteenth Tribe apparently has used one planet as a waystation in their journey. They settled on a planet and built a temple to five priests that worshiped what was apparently a controversial deity. Over 4,000 years later, the Temple of Five is discovered by the Fleet. The refugee Colonials believe that an artifact called the Eye of Jupiter resides there, which is another marker on the path to Earth (The Eye of Jupiter).

The Temple of Five, a curious marker (Rapture)

No such artifact actually exists, however. The Eye of Jupiter is, in fact, the image created by the planet's dying sun. A strange and highly improbable sequence of events occurs when both Cylon and Colonial forces meet at this unremarkable "algae planet" to find the legendary lost temple near the moment of the star's imminent nova. After they leave the system, the Colonials discover that the nova resembles another older nova that occurred in the time of the Thirteenth Tribe's exodus, located in the Ionian system, and believe that they have found a new marker to Earth.

The Temple was apparently designed for an individual to witness a vision of some kind as the star begins to nova.[2] A Number Three Cylon uses the device, believing that it would reveal the identities of the final five Cylon models intentionally or accidentally lost to the Cylon history. Only Gaius Baltar witnesses this mechanism in use, but is reluctant to use it himself until it is too late, when the mechanism shuts down as the nova's light is replaced by the shadow of its shockwave (Rapture).

The Ionian nebula, where the turbulent events of the Season 3 finale take place.

As the Fleet approaches the Ionian nebula, four Colonials experience what they initially believe is a hallucination of fragments of music. Laura Roslin, who has resumed the use of chamalla as part of her renewed fight against her cancer, begins to experience visions of the Opera House where she, an image of Sharon Agathon and Caprica Six fight to retrieve an image of Hera Agathon running in the halls. Roslin and Agathon meet with the incarcerated Caprica Six and realize that all three are experiencing the dream.

When the Fleet arrives at the nebula, Roslin nearly faints. The four crewmembers who experience the musical hallucination are drawn to each other and now hear not only a coherent melody but lyrics as well. The four realize that they are Cylons, but choose to continue their work as Colonials. The entire Fleet loses electrical power for a time, for reasons unknown.

After a Cylon fleet also arrives at the nebula, Vipers are scrambled to meet them. One pilot, Lee "Apollo" Adama, detects and intercepts a mysterious target on DRADIS. Adding to the mystery of the Ionian nebula, Kara Thrace, a pilot believed dead, flies her Viper Mark II alongside Apollo and tells him that she has been to and can show the Fleet of the path to Earth ("Crossroads, Part II", "He That Believeth In Me").[3]

After finding Earth, the Fleet's first landing party lands on a coast, near the burned out ruins of a city which had been nuked some 2000 years previously (Revelations). Excavations skeletons and a previously unknown model of Cylon Centurion. DNA analysis of the skeletons showed that the 13th tribe was all Cylon.

References

  1. In "The Eye of Jupiter", Tyrol says that "Our initial radiocarbon dating suggests that the temple's at least 4,000 years old, which lines up with the exodus of the Thirteenth Tribe." This is the oldest date noted in the series's timeline, but also conflicts with the prior date of Pythia and her works as described by Elosha in "Kobol's Last Gleaming, Part I", where she states that the exodus of all 13 tribes occurred approximately 2,000 years ago. Another contradiction occurs in "A Measure of Salvation", when Adama says that "According to Cottle, the virus was an exact match to one reported over 3000 years ago, right around the time that the 13th colony left Kobol." See also, Timeline (RDM)#Ancient History.
  2. The ancient tribes were apparently very good at creating holographic and vision mechanisms. The Tomb of Athena used an apparent 3-D projection to all to show the initial path to Earth. The vision in the Temple, however, is not seen by Baltar which implies a different technology.
  3. According to the podcast for this episode, Lee Adama is not hallucinating himself when he sees Kara Thrace. This is confirmed by her subsequent landing on Galactica and interactions with the crew in "He That Believeth In Me", and other future Season 4 episodes.