The ending act to the last “episode” was last week — having captured a half dozen humanoid Cylons and their 10 human charges, the crew of Hecate was charged with interrogating them for intelligence on the disposition of the Colonies, and any other information that might be useful. The characters, and especially Admiral Cain, were horrified by the “traumatic bonding” they saw in the humans toward their captors.
The nominal leader of the skin jobs is “Victor”, a Twelve. (We have our own Cylon models for the game, for those just tuning in, and their personalities vaguely parallel the Lords of Kobol they were based on…no surprise as their “God”, the Blaze, was in reality Hades, one of those lords who warred on his family.) Victor is a massive, amiable Oliver Platt sort, who from the jump has been cooperative. He realizes that with the internecine fighting between his kind and the centurions, as well as the humans, he’s got little choice but to try and cut alliances.
We learned that he and “Kara” — an Eleven (our “Boomer”) — had been the commander and a lead researcher, respectively, at a “Farm”, a fertility research center to aid the Seraph (what the Cylons call themselves) with their inability to breed. The descriptions were appropriately horror movie quality. Victor claims to have been against the War with the Colonies, and the humans confirmed that from the start, Victor’s Farm regularly had mass escapes that they know were staged by Victor. Three of the humans — a father and his two little girls — had been rescued from experimentation and worked in “the Big House” because he took pity on them. Apparently, Victor has a soft spot for kids (and not in a creepy way.)
Kara, on the other hand, has a lover, a young biochemistry grad student she rescued from sex slavery to aid her in their research. It’s obvious this kid is badly traumatized and is convinced he’s in love with the 11. He’s also established something we learned with the Galactica fleet — the Seraph have strange mental blocks that prevent them from hacking their own software and hardware.
There is a Five from the same camp that was in charge of bringing back the escapees. She hates Victor, disagrees with him on almost everything, but in the end, when the centurions rebelled, he was the one that saved the three Seraph, and over a hundred humans by talking the centurions down. They had a small loyal cadre the Five commanded until a final battle with well-organized Cylon forces that destroyed mot of the Seraph and human resistance in their particular province of Virgon.
The last two Seraph: a Four (the Simon model from the show) was a sleeper agent that had been in place for about a decade, having taken the identity of a young doctor named Ross Andromachus. His research was actually instrumental in the treatment the commander PC received the repair his several spinal nerves after an accident in a viper seven years ago. (The reason he is no longer a Viper pilot.) Once activated, he attempted to rescue his wife, unsuccessfully, and wound up running a Farm near Boskirk, and attempted to make the situation for the subjects less than odious (unsuccessfully), but did set as many people free as he could once the centurions rebelled. He was captured by human resistance fighters, but vouched for by a few of those he set free. He was a prisoner of the human resistance and was their doctor until he was released as part of a deal to ally with Victor’s group of rebels.
Last is a Ten they call “Chief” of “the Engineer”, who had been just that on Basestar 16. He is ambivalent about the humans — he was a soldier at war with them. It’s nothing personal, but they were the enemy. Now they both have a more pressing issue — the toasters. As such, he’s willing to work with them to try and figure out how to kill the murder machines. He had little knowledge of the situation on the ground, but was able to confirm the general numbers of the Cylon forces in the Colonies — six basestars and two battlestars that had been taken in combat. He also confirmed something the others commented on — the centurions have been rapidly retrofitting factories to build more Cylons. If they don’t hurry to the Colonies, they might soon find themselves up to their necks in machines. The upside, building even the simpler, older versions of basestars will take months.
The characters learned that the situation on the ground is better and worse than they expected. The big worlds, like Canceron, Aerilon, Virgon and Leonis, survived the nuclear assaults much better than anticipated. While the environments are badly toxic in many places, the worlds are still habitable in the right areas. The resistance groups, both human and Seraph, are fighting relatively small number of centurions — battalion to division levels, at most. However, Virgon — for instance — had a long history of weapons ban and regulations; the resistance fighters are making due to cobbled together arms, low-capacity hunting guns, bows and arrows, and whatever they could grab from the centurions and Colonial units destroyed. Many of the survivors are locked in conflict with each other for food, water, medicine, or power — people gone mad. (Cars in the post-apocalyptic desert!)
We learned that certain worlds are doing better than others in fighting back: Canceron, with its rich liberal/libertarian tradition, was long considered “crazy” for their tendency to prep for disaster, for their love of guns and free speech, and being left the hell alone. Now, with a gun behind every blade of grass, and despite being one of the targets for heavy nuclear bombardment, Canceron is holding up quite well against the toasters…but their problems with in-fighting and crazies just trying to get by is exacerbated by their individualistic tendencies. The two worlds doing the best are the jungle-heavy Libran, and the Scandinavian-like Aquaria, where the centurions have a hard time with the environment.
There was a lot of concern about what to do with the captives. The admiral doesn’t want to waste food and time on those they can’t trust and have no utility to the mission, Hecate‘s CO (a PC) wants to wring them for all the utility they have and certainly doesn’t want to dispose of the humans, and the CAG of Hecate (another PC), finds herself in the unenviable position of pushing the policies of the government they left behind — treat the Cylons as POWs with a certain level of human rights.