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Tauron
Tauron City

Known as

The Old Colony

Ancient Name

Taurus

Population

2.5 billion

Patron God

Ares

Official Language

Tauran

Capital

Hypatia

Major Cities

Hypatia, Tauron City, Minos

Attractions

Minos, Olympia Hippodrome, Great Tauron Plains

Pyramid Teams

Olympia Stallions, Tauron Bulls

Officials

Andreas Phaulkon, President
Foreign Minister Kristoff

Two thousand years ago the Twelve Tribes left Kobol after a disaster - the nature of which is now unknown. They traveled two thousand light years to the Cyrannus Star System, a system with four stars. The Taurus Tribe colonized this world. People of Tauron ancestry are often referred to as Taurons.

SummaryEdit

115 Tauron from Space

Tauron from low orbit

One of the largest and wealthiest colonies, Tauron regained its independence from Virgon and Leonis eight-hundred and fifty years ago, and fought a bloody civil war three decades ago when Ha'la'tha resistance fighters attacked the governing Heraclitus regime. (1)

Tauron is a major center of industry and technology, as well as the home of the Ha'la'tha crime syndicate (formed by former resistance fighters), which has spread throughout the colonies. (2)

LocationEdit

Tauron Minos Moon

Minos is Tauron's ringed moon

The Twelve Colonies are located in the Cyrannus Star System. Tauron is in the fourth orbit around the Helios Alpha star in that system. Tauron has one satellite, Minos, which is the only ringed moon in the system. (3)

Tauron's planetary neighbors are Picon, Gemenon and Caprica. (4)

Agriculture and EnvironmentEdit

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Tauron Farmers

Known for its rocky, reddish soil, Tauron's chief industries are farming and livestock. Its oldest city, Minos, was once located on a cattle trail. (5)

Unusual for a planet with a rich agriculture (and especially orchards), there are no flowers on Tauron. Meteorological conditions produce heavy rainstorms. Sam Adama misses this about his homeworld. ("Pilot") ("Retribution")

GovernmentEdit

Industry and ExportsEdit

The Vergis Corporation's headquarters is located in Tauron City. Tomas Vergis is the CEO. It is a high-tech firm which recently developed the meta-cognitive processor or MCP. ("Pilot") ("Know Thy Enemy")

Tauron cigars are a valued export. ("Know Thy Enemy")

MediaEdit

"The Tauron Globe Times" is an online news site. The Times publishes the article, "High Tech Theft Leaves Workers Slain," covering the theft of the MCP chip from the Vergis Corporation. ("End of the Line") ("Know Thy Enemy")

ReligionEdit

Patron GodEdit

Mars is the patron god of Tauron, who is officially known by the name, Ares. He is worshipped in temples which bear his name. Mars Day is a Colonial holiday. ("Pilot") ("Reins of a Waterfall")

Death and the AfterlifeEdit

105 Ferryman

Ferryman

At funeral rites for the dead, priests symbolically assume the role of the Ferryman in the Underworld. His duty is to take the deceased souls into his boat and row them down the river in the Underworld to their final destination in the Afterlife. Before he can do this, their surviving loved ones must pay for their passage by handing him a coin for their safe journey. Next, the ferryman asks the loved ones to say their farewells. Then he assures them, "They will live in peace. They will live forever in your hearts." The priest then applies a tattoo to the bereaved survivors. ("There Is Another Sky")

Sometimes a loved one simply puts a coin in the pocket of the deceased for their safe journey to the afterlife. Fidelia Fazekas slips a coin into her father's pocket after he is murdered to avenge a death. ("Apotheosis")

When Taurons die at the hands of others, their souls are caught between life and death. They cannot rest in peace until their deaths are avenged. ("Gravedancing")

When Taurons are about to take the life of another, they wish them a "safe journey." For instance, Joseph Adama visits the Caprican Defense Minister Val Chambers on behalf of the Guatrau. Chambers does not like the implied threat and promises investigation of the Guatrau and his "low life lawyers." As Joseph leaves, he wishes the minister a safe journey. Chambers only realizes too late what Joseph meant, for on that night Sam Adama delivers the Guatrau's response and murders him. ("Pilot")

CultureEdit

GeneralEdit

Native Taurons are a proud, passionate race - a loyal and storied culture in which family ties are secondary only to personal honor. ("Dirteaters")

Family TraditionsEdit

If an older sibling dies, the next child to be born (of the same gender) is named after the deceased. Young Bill Adama is named after his older half-brother, William Adama. ("Apotheosis")

Youth and Coming of AgeEdit

Children play jacks with the bones of chicken feet. A Tauron becomes an adult at the age of thirteen. At that age a person makes their own decisions and decides their own course in life. They get ink to mark this rite of passage. ("Gravedancing") ("End of the Line") ("Dirteaters")

CuisineEdit

Organ meats are comfort food for the Tauron people. Ruth tells her grandson that if he would not think about what his dinner is, he would like it. ("Rebirth") ("End of the Line")

MourningEdit

Taurons wear black gloves when there is a death in the family. It is symbolic of keeping them away from the world when they are in mourning. ("Pilot") ("Know Thy Enemy")

DebtsEdit

Its people are dedicated to family in all forms and crimes against one's family usually sparks a blood debt. These blood debts usually are settled through a discussion between the victim and the accused and are settled through tribute. [citation needed]

In the case of thefts, the offending party has to make amends. ("Know Thy Enemy")

In the case of murder, Taurons kill the murderer and/or those closest to them to avenge the death. This is known as "Blood for Blood." Sam and Joseph Adama kill the Guatrau in retribution for William Adama's murder. ("Pilot") ("Gravedancing") ("Apotheosis")

TattoosEdit

105 Sasha Roiz Tattoos

Sam Adama sports some elaborate Tauron tattoos

Tattooing is part of Tauron custom. A person's life story can be read from their tattoos. The Ha'la'tha crime syndicate makes extensive use of tattooing, which leads some on Caprica to associate the custom with gangsters. ("Rebirth") ("Gravedancing")

There are many reasons for getting ink including:

ProverbsEdit

Tauron Saying: "You lose something in the desert. Someone else finds it - it belongs to them. Permanent." ("There Is Another Sky")

Ha'la'tha Proverb: "When the tree surrenders all its fruit, it's time to trim from the top down." ("Dirteaters")

ImmigrationEdit

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Little Tauron in Caprica City

Displaced by the Tauron Civil War, many Taurons immigrated to Caprica City. They moved into an older, inner-city neighborhood they call Little Tauron. The Ha'la'tha's primary hangout in Little Tauron is Goldie's Off Track Betting. ("Rebirth") ("Dirteaters")

DiscriminationEdit

A common slur against Taurons is dirteaters, perhaps due to their heritage as peasant farmers. ("Pilot") ("There Is Another Sky")

After awarding Graystone Industries with a long-term military contract, Minister of Defense for Caprica, Joan Leyte, says they never seriously considered the Vergis Corporation for the contract because Tomas Vergis is Tauron and deceit is in the Tauron DNA. ("Pilot")

CrimeEdit

The Ha'la'tha began as a resistance movement which opposed the corrupt government. It later expanded into entrepreneural pursuits and became a crime syndicate, which spread throughout the Twelve Colonies. Ha'la'tha is a Tauron word which means "always faithful to the soil." ("Dirteaters") ("False Labor")

Civil UnrestEdit

Tauron Civil WarEdit

The Tauron uprising began in 12YR when poorly-armed native Rebel forces, known as the Ha'la'tha, attacked the presidential barracks, initiating a two-year Civil War. In the aftermath, the victorious Heraclides forces attempted a genocide by using murder squads, commonly referred to as Heracs. Facing extinction, the Ha'la'tha transformed to become an illegal underground organization throughout the Twelve Colonies. ("Pilot") ("Dirteaters")

Second Tauron UprisingEdit

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Second Tauron Uprising

In 42YR, CAP News reports on the recent Tauron Uprising: Following the seizure of a massive shipment of Sagittaron arms bound for rebel forces on Tauron, Foreign Minister Kristoff used strong words today, saying that, "The successful Tauron army operation proves that we will soon be returning these insurgents to their homes."

Defense Minister Patel confirmed today that no Caprican troops will be sent to Tauron peace-keeping efforts, saying that, "We haven't been asked for our help yet." ("Dirteaters")

Known TauronsEdit

The Adama FamilyEdit

115 William Isabelle Kapi

William Adama Sr. and his wife, Isabelle

Ha'la'thaEdit

118 Fidelia Guatrau Goldie's

Fidelia Fazekas and her father, the Guatrau, at Goldie's Off Track Betting

Atreus' GangEdit

113 Skybar Celebration

Atreus' gang celebrates a victory

HeraclidesEdit

OthersEdit

106 Vergis Tattoos

Tomas Vergis

Additional ImagesEdit

  • Vergis Corporation headquarters in Tauron City
  • Andreas Phaulkon is Tauron's "Playboy" dictator.
  • Tauron Civil War casualties (12YR - 14YR)
  • Tauron working class neighborhood
  • The Flag of Tauron
  • Tattoos are a Tauron custom usually denoting rites of passage.
  • Dr. Tomas Vergis is CEO of the Vergis Corporation.
  • Heraclides soldiers torture citizens during the Tauron Civil War (12YR - 14YR).

Behind the ScenesEdit

Production NotesEdit

  • According to Tom Lieber, Homeric Greek stands in for the Tauron native language. A professor from The University of British Columbia was the production team's consultant for the language. They told him what they wanted the character to say and he translated it to Homeric Greek. There is a difference between Homeric Greek and Ancient Greek. (8)
  • Taurons apparently have a reputation for being criminals, similar to the manner in which Italians are stereotyped as being members of the mafia. ("Pilot") ("Gravedancing")

Cultural ReferencesEdit

ReferencesEdit

1. Mandel, Geoffrey. "The Twelve Colonies of Kobol" map. Technical Advisors Jane Espenson and Kevin R. Grazier, special thanks to Bob Harris, author of "Beyond Caprica: A Visitors Guide to the Twelve Colonies," Quantum Mechanix, 2010.

2. Ibid, edited.

3. Ibid.

4. Ibid.

5. Ibid, edited.

6. Wagner, Curt. "Exclusive: Caprica Producer Jane Espenson Explains Sam Adama's Tattoos." Show Patrol, February 2010. Retrieved via a published note on the Facebook group, Caprica, 17 February 2010. Retrieved for this Fandom Wiki on January 29, 2018.

7. "Blowback." Caprica: Season 1.5 created by Ronald D. Moore and Remi Aubuchon, podcast by Director of Development at Universal Cable Productions, Tom Lieber, and series regular Magda Apanowicz, episode 114, Syfy, 2010, disc two.

8. Ibid, 15:10-15:42.