Fanfic / The Thirteenth Tribe
The Thirteenth Tribe Book I: The Great Exodus
is a Crossover Fanfic
by Eternal_Freedom. The basic premise is that another battlestar survived the Twelve Colonies' destruction and made contact with the titular Thirteenth Tribe of Kobol. Eternal_Freedom takes that premise and disappears over the horizon with it, fleshing out his take on why the Cylons initially rebelled.
It can be found here
. The story is now complete and a sequel, "A Symphony of War" is in progress and can be found here
Specific tropes found in The Thirteenth Tribe include:
- A Father to His Men: Two examples, each both figurative and literal: Bill Adama to Lee Adama, as in BSG, and Admiral Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart to Kate Stewart.
- Advanced Ancient Humans: Straight out of BSG, and Played With on the Terran side since 13!Terra is not Stargate!Earth.
- Apocalypse How: Multiple Class 3a's in the backstory in the Fall of the Colonies. Another Class 3a is attempted by the Cylons over Terra but prevented. Finally the story works up to the finale, which is a rigged ZPM set to overload catastrophically. Would have been Class X-4 via false vacuum collapse, but the Ascended Ancients managed to limit the effects to only Class X-2. The attempted X-4 was not intentional by the humans, they were expecting a Class X, taking out the entire Wraith Fleet in the process
- Arc Number: The number 13 shows up quite a lot, as you might guess from the title. 13 Tribes, 13 Colonies, 13 winners of the Star of Kobol, 13 Battlestars, and the Terrans and Colonials lose 13 ships over the course of the story.
- Arc Words: Straight out of BSG, from the Scroll of Pythia: "All of this has happened before, all of this will happen again." but by the end of the story Janus/Prometheus tells them it's changed to "All of this has happened before but it will no longer happen again."
- Badass Moustache: Lethbridge-Stewart.
- Big Bad: Ba'al - For the first half of the story anyway. He survives getting killed and comes back for the sequel. After his death the Wraith take over, led by their High Queen, who is definitely not an example of that trope!
- Chessmaster: Adama Senior.
- Call Sign: Standard practice for the Colonials - Terran Captains are not usually pilots so did not have callsigns before the Union but have willingly adopted them since.
- Cool Starship: The Terran Battlestars. Damn can they take a beating. The Warstar Nemesis also weighs in. Actually, pretty much all of the capital ships seen qualify, be they Terran, Colonial, Tau'ri or Asgard.
- Crisis of Faith: Laura Roslin, upon learning that the Thirteenth Tribe exists.
- Driven to Suicide: Gaius Baltar, sort of.
- Dying Moment of Awesome: TCS Barham and her second and final captain, Commander George Shtarker
- Four-Star Badass: Bill Adama.
- Gambit Pileup: Cavil's rebellion.
- Ghost Ship: Invoked in the interlude of the same name, when Commander Kirov leads teams aboard the derelict and depressurised Eridanus, complete with empty corridors, dead bodies and a final log entry from the ship's previous Commander.
- Good Is Not Soft: Adama Senior. As a Cylon defector finds out firsthand.
- Greater-Scope Villain: Hints have been dropped in both the epilogue and the sequel that there is some larger force pulling the strings and whatever it is has already caused the extinction of the Furlings, the effective extinction of the Asgard and, per Word of God, may have caused the Wraith to evolve and attack the Ancients as well.
- Hard-Work Montage: The Colonials teaching the Terrans how to fight as a fleet.
- Heroic Sacrifice: TCS Barham, as a result of Frankie's Wild Ride.
- Leeroy Jenkins: Subverted by Frankie's Wild Ride.
- Macross Missile Massacre: Cylon standard operating procedure, originally rejected by the Colonials as Cylon missile defence was too powerful. Later, the Scimitar bombers, Scythe gunships and the Warstar Nemesis join in the fun.
- Magnificent Bastard: Ba'al. Water is wet, film at 11.
- Mass "Oh, Crap!": On both sides - the humans when shielded Cylon vessels turn up and the Cylons when the humans decide to do something about same. Comes up again in the finale when Janus and Morgan Le Fay tell the other Ascended about the ZPM bomb.
- Nepotism: Downplayed - the Colonials, being genocide survivors, couldn't afford to be overly picky, and the Terran example is a chip off the old block.
- Nuclear Option: Almost by default. The bigger the kaboom the better, it seems.
- Oh, Crap!: Cylon reaction to Warspite's charge in the opening. Cavil, upon hearing "We're better than you.... we're not targeting civilians"
- One-Liner: 'Iíve no idea sir, but there seems to be something wrong with our bloody ship today.' Per Word of God, this "was too good not to use".
- Rage Against the Heavens: Cavil
- Ramming Always Works: TCS Barham, again. That ship did not know the meaning of the words "give up". Later used with mixed results by the Wraith during the Pegasus Campaign. Darts on suicide runs cause moderate damage to the Battlestar Victorious while suicidal cruisers become standard Wraith battle tactics - resulting in the only damage to Nemesis and the destruction of the Battlestar Excalibur
- Shout-Out: Doctor Who, Get Smart and, of all things, the Battle of Jutland.
- The Battlestar: Galactica herself is Type-2. The other Battlestars are Type-1, with the obligatory Big Honking Space Guns. The Phoenix and the Warstar Nemesis continue the Terran trend of Type-1 Battlestars, being built around heavy anti-ship weapons and using fighters as a secondary and/or defensive role.
- Took a Level in Badass: Warspite, the third surviving Colonial Battlestar. Pegasus and Galactica eventually catch up. As does the Eridanus after she is found.
- Tuckerisation: Applied semi-liberally to the Terran Captains - Wayne Davies (meatspace friend of the author) and Franklin North and Stephen Garrett (forum members).
- Wave Motion Gun: Nemesis' spinal cannon. Later joined by the smaller version on Phoenix. The Warstar's superlaser was calculated to have a yield of 1000 gigatons, which explains why it outright vaporised Wraith Hive Ships.
- What Might Have Been: Jack 'They Don't Like It Up 'Em!' Jones, Admiral Commanding, Terran Commonwealth Navy.
- You Are in Command Now: Shtarker aboard TCS Barham, an unnamed Lieutenant aboard TCS Valkyrie.