|Battle of Cimtar|
|Baltar oversees the final destruction (Exodus!).|
|Date:||During the Peace Conference|
|Place:||Cimtar, Twelve Colonies of Man|
|Result:||Decisive Cylon victory, destruction of the Twelve Colonies|
The Battle of Cimtar is the defining cornerstone of various separate continuity stories, depicted in a wide variety of tie-in media from comics, novels, and games across the panoply of materials since 1978 C.E. and into 2020 C.E.
The Battle of Cimtar commences after Apollo and Zac, on recon patrol from Galactica, uncover a massive task force of Cylon raiders laying in wait around Cimtar, hidden by both interference and empty Cylon tankers.
With only notification that the recon patrol is under armed attack, Commander Adama brings Galactica to readiness under the guise of a battlestations drill as the fleet of battlestars approaches the rendezvous at Cimtar. Believing that a show of force would upset the peace negotiations, President Adar specifically forbids Adama from launching Vipers, leading Adama to the aforesaid drill, allowing Galactica to be the only ship prepared for the Cylons' deception.
Meanwhile, Apollo leave behind Zac—whose Viper is slowed due to damage to one of its three engines—to warn the approaching Fleet. Zac is destroyed "short of the fleet" and a grieving Apollo informs Tigh that no basestars were sighted, only the raiders and their now-empty fuel tankers. Adama, believing that the basestars were needed elsewhere for an attack on the Twelve Colonies of Man, leaves behind the battlestar fleet and Galactica's Viper squadrons and heads to a fretful flight to defend the Colonies.
Galactica is too late, as masses of Cylons have bombarded the Colonies, inflicting destruction on a massive scale. The Colonies burned out cinders, Adama is ferried by Apollo to their home on Caprica, from which Adama proclaims to a band of survivors to assemble in any assorted ship that can carry them, as they are fleeing their unrecoverable homeworlds (Annihilation!). Discovered later during their journey, pluton poisoning affects much of the foodstuffs hurriedly taken aboard, forcing the Fleet to make a stop at Carillon (Exodus!).
Baltar, the traitor that lead the Colonies' to their demise, oversees the destruction. Centurions inform him that a handful of human are assembling a fleet, and that those who have been captured offer this information in exchange for their lives. Baltar reminds them of their Imperious Leader's standing order: extermination (Exodus!).
Dynamite Entertainment comics
Also referred to as the Ambush at Cimtar, this event commences the destruction of the human race and the subsequent exodus of the survivors in a large caravan of ships, shepherded by the last of the surviving battlestars, Galactica (Battlestar Galactica: Cylon Apocalypse #3).
In an alternate reality, a similar event lead to the destruction of the human race, outside of a small band of resistance fighters lead by former President Adama that wages a seemingly hopeless struggle against the Cylons (Classic Battlestar Galactica Vol. 2 #3).
Richard Hatch's Novels
In Richard Hatch's novels, the Battle of Cimtar results in the ascension of Zac, the first casualty of that decisive attack, as a Being of Light. Additional victims of note included Persephone, Boomer's youngest sister (RH: Armageddon).