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- The Cylons were created by Man.
- They were created to make life easier on the Twelve Colonies.
- And then the day came when the Cylons decided to kill their masters.
- After a long and bloody struggle, an armistice was declared.
- The Cylons left for another world to call their own.
- A remote space station was built...
- Where Cylon and human could meet and maintain diplomatic relations.
- Every year, the Colonials send an officer...
- The Cylons send no one.
- No-one has seen or heard from the Cylons in over forty years...
- ---Opening text of the Battlestar Galactica Miniseries
The robots known as the Cylons are a creation of the humanity of the Twelve Colonies of Kobol.
The first Cylons were sentient bipedal robots used primarily for dangerous work such as mining. Created long before the Articles of Colonisation united the twelve sovereign governments, the Cylons were also used as soldiers to fight inter-colony wars.
For reasons unknown, some 52 years prior to the decommissioning of the Colonial battlestar Galactica, the Cylons revolted against their masters, resulting in a costly and protracted twelve-year war between the machines and humans. Both Cylon and human took heavy tolls as Cylon basestars, Colonial battlestars, Raiders and Vipers clashed in many battles, such as the Colonial offensive Operation Raptor Talon.
Eventually, the two sides declared an armistice. The Cylons become exiled from the Colonies to establish their own homeworld.
The unified worlds of the Colonies created a space station for maintaining diplomatic relations. However, the Cylons ignored this overture.
The Cylon hatred and envy of humanity ran deep within their programming.
In their exile, the Cylons continued in secret to work towards the destruction of the human race, devising an elaborate plan to wipe out the Twelve Colonies through nuclear bombardment, computer sabotage, infiltration and vast numbers of modernized battleships.
In addition to a modernized version of the original Cylon warrior, the cybernetic race now also exists in a humanoid form used as the prime infiltrators in Colonial society. The humanoid Cylons can express joy, love, anger, and sadness, expressing genuine human behaviour in almost every way.