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
Cylon Raiders are one of the main conflicts of the Colonies. These Raiders, Heavy and light, attack colonial ships and colonial ground troops.
Cylon Centurians are the ground troops. Their metal like appendages can swivel and turn into a hand cannon and they also serve as a pair of slicing weapons.
On 149 ACH Fleet Commander Salin Altair made an official release of information to the fleet, the following is the IC post of that release.
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Message: 1/39 Posted Author
IC Fleetwide announcement Sat Apr 11 IC_Builder
Today, Colonel Salin Altair addressed the fleet during the memorial service for the Battlestar Solaris, lost to Cylon attack. The following is an exerpt from the speech.
"Never in the history of mankind have we faced a disaster of these proportions. In the past, we have faced the threat of our own creation, The Cylons. Fourty years ago, they retreated under the guise of an armistace. In that time, they have made significant advances in the fields of biotechnology. We have uncovered a disturing new threat. One that is even greater then that in which we were already faced with. What you are seeing on the screen are images of humans, or so we believed. In reality, these are actual Cylons. We have been able to confirm that the Cylons have managed, through some form of cloning technology, to create a newer generation of Cylons. Ones that look like us. Act like us. Talk like us. From what we have gathered, there are limited human forms available, though with multiple copies of each. These, are the ones that we currently know about. Information on each will be released once this has been concluded.
How do we fight an enemy who has us outnumbered? Who has routed us from our worlds? Who can look and act like us in every fashion? We leave everything behind and set out to find a new home. Through our work in salvaging data from a secret military project, we have aquired a map that dipicts the far reaches of our galaxy. We will set sail and leave Colonial Space, travel past the reach of the Cylons and find a new world in which to colonize and call home. There, we will rebuild our species, outside the threat of the Cylons. It is the only way to ensure our survival. To ensure that we are not destroyed, piece by piece. I will not lie and say this will be an easy journey, for it will not be. We -will- be pursued. They -will- search for us. But we have the advantage now. We know were to go, while they do not. And I give you my word, as Commander of this Fleet, that you will never be alone. We will never abandon you. We will fight with our very last breath, to ensure that we survive. To ensure that we can rebuild. To ensure that we can find peace, once more. You know what must be done. The days ahead will be rough and long, but I have faith in each and every one of you. I trust in each of you. I respect each of you. I salute each of you. So say we all. Dismissed."
Following this announcement, the fleet began making a long series of Hyperlight jumps, exiting Colonial Space proper, and moving beyond the established zones of space surrounding the Colony Homeworlds.
Current operations are Raptor recon missions along projected jump coordinates, and Fleet CAP until these Recons are completed, at which point, the fleet jumps and repeats the process, while within the fleet, people are abuzz with the new information.
Released are also images of known Humanoid Cylons, including:
Dark skinned, almond eyed female. (Boomer)
Older light skinned male. (Cavil).
Tall, light skinned Blonde female. (Six.)
These are the only three known Humanoid Cylons at this time.