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STO

STO symbol

The Soldiers of the One (also referred to as "STO") is an extremist terrorist religious group advocating the worship of a single all-powerful god. They are the military arm of the Monotheist Church. ("Pilot") ("Unvanquished")

"It is an extremist sect that believes that the only way to. . . proclaim its existence and to wedge its way into the culture is through violence." (2)
David Eick, Executive Producer


Initial PremiseEdit

The Soldiers of the One (STO) has been inactive for ten years. What they did during the dormant time is unknown. ("Reins of a Waterfall")

Agent Jordan Duram investigates a train bombing, which he believes is an act of terrorism by the STO. He also believes that Ben Stark and Zoe Graystone were involved in this group. The train bombing is actually a suicide bombing by Ben Stark. Zoe was not complicit as she was genuinely shocked at the bombs strapped to Ben's chest and shouted at him not to do it. ("Pilot")

The train bombing affects both the Graystone and Adama families in particular. Joseph Adama lost his wife and daughter in the bombing. He attends a briefing (where those affected by the bombing are informed) led by Caprica City's Mayor and Jordan Duram. There he learns that the STO is most likely behind this attack. However, as soon as this is revealed to the audience, Joseph leaves. ("Pilot")

StructureEdit

The STO is comprised of autonomous cells. Clarice Willow leads a cell comprised of members of her group marriage. She also recruits members from the Athena Academy, a private, religious secondary school where she serves as headmistress. Her husband, Nestor, may have been one of her former students.("Pilot") ("Rebirth")

Barnabas Greeley leads another cell comprised of current and former students of Clarice's. Whereas Clarice's cell is more discreet, Barnabas leads with bold action which he says the Monotheist Church favors. It is suspected that he is behind the Holo Cafe bombings and perhaps the MAGLEV bombing itself. He and Clarice are enemies. ("Gravedancing") ("Know Thy Enemy") ("End of the Line")

There is an STO training camp on Gemenon. It appears to be led by Kevin Reikle, praetor and instructor. Diego is another instructor who is often seen at Reikle's side. The camp's leaders, soldiers and cadets live in tents outside of the Monotheist Church headquarters. The church prefers to distance itself from the STO publicly, although they rely on them in secret for covert operations. ("Unvanquished") ("Blowback") ("The Heavens Will Rise")

The STO SymbolEdit

Zoe enters V-Club

Zoe accesses the V-Club with the STO symbol and a passcode

The STO-Infinity symbol is used by Zoe at one point in the pilot to access the V-Club via e-sheet like a passcode. She enters into a secret room within the V-Club by activating a sensor that is in the shape of the STO-Infinity symbol.

Possible ConnectionsEdit

STO symbol door sensor

STO symbol inside the V-Club

The symbol of the STO is identifiable with the symbol of infinity. It is notable that (according to the re-imagined mythos) that our modern day society on Earth occurs approximately 150,000 years after the events in Caprica. How the symbol of the STO and the infinity symbol on modern day Earth are related is unsure. However, if we assume that the STO are actually being communicated to by the same god that Gaius Baltar preaches in the Battlestar Galactica re-imagined series, a force of nature that exists within the show, then it is possible this symbol is important to the entity of god, and will likely arise in any society with whom this god deems important to communicate.

Behind the ScenesEdit

Earlier in the series, Monotheism and Soldiers of the One were confused as one in the same although they are not. Jane Espenson commented on this,

"We wanted to make a lot of effort to make really clear what the STO is, what its goals are, and how it fits into the larger Monotheist Church. Because we were finding that we were even getting confused in the [writers] room, that we were using the words 'monotheist' and 'STO' interchangeably, and they're not." (3)

"The Monotheist Church is much larger. . . and much more established and respectable. . . It's got some history behind it now." (4)

"The STO is its militarized faction." (5)

ReferencesEdit

1 "New Video Clips from Caprica" on The Caprica Times.

2. "One True God?." Caprica: Season 1.5, created by Ronald D. Moore and Remi Aubuchon, special feature, David Eick's commentary, Syfy, 2010, disc two, 09:52-10:02.

3. "One True God?." Caprica: Season 1.5, created by Ronald D. Moore and Remi Aubuchon, special feature, Jane Espenson's commentary, Syfy, 2010, disc two, 08:52-09:10.

4. Ibid, 09:19-09:31.

5. Ibid, 09:43-09:48.

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