Beneath the Raptor's Wing is a Star Trek: Enterprise novel published by Pocket Books in 2009. It is the first book in two-part The Romulan War miniseries, and a direct continuation of the narrative from Kobayashi Maru and other books in the Pocket's Enterprise novel series. It chronicles the beginning of the Earth-Romulan War.

Publisher's descriptionEdit

From the back cover
At the start of the twenty-first century unconditional war swept across the Earth. A war that engulfed the great and the small, the rich and the poor, giving no quarter. Each side strove for unconditional victory, and as battle built upon battle the living began to envy the dead.
Chastised by the cataclysm that they had unleashed, the governments of Earth banded together. Humanity vowed to put an end to war, and to strive for the betterment of every living creature. A united Earth created Starfleet, an interstellar agency, whose mission was to explore the cosmos, to come in peace for all mankind. A naïve wish, yet man persists in the belief that peace is the way. Banding together with other powers to form a Coalition of Planets, humanity hopes that the strength each can offer the other, will allow for peaceful exploration.
The rise of the Coalition strikes dread within the Romulan Star Empire. They feel the growing reach will cut them off from what is rightfully theirs. But, the Romulans know that the alliance is fragile, that the correct strategy could turn allies into foes. Perfecting a way of remotely controlling Coalition ships and using them as weapons against each other, the Romulans hope to driving a wedge of suspicion and mistrust between these new allies.
One ship, one Starfleet captain uncovers this insidious plot, Jonathan Archer of the Enterprise. Determined not to lose what they have gained, out manned and out gunned, the captains of Starfleet stand tall vowing to defend every inch of Coalition space. The tide begins to turn. The Romulans now plan to strike at what they see as the heart of their problem. With nothing left to lose the Romulan Star Empire engages in all out war against humanity, determined once and for all to stop the human menace from spreading across the galaxy.


July 2156: Jonathan Archer is making a request to the Klingon Empire to enter the war on Starfleet's side, a war which Starfleet is losing. The Klingon chancellor, M'Rek, says he and the council will consider their request.

July 2155: The Enterprise has to warp home from the Gamma Hydra sector, a voyage which takes some time. Travis Mayweather decides he must leave the ship because of what happened at Gamma Hydra, as he could not accept Captain Archer's decision to abandon the freighter ECS Kobayashi Maru. Hoshi Sato also considers leaving, but Archer convinces her to stay, at least for the time being.

As war breaks out, Administrator T'Pau announces that the Vulcans will not assist Starfleet in the fight, which angers them. They compromise, however, with a detection grid that will give any fleet a few minutes extra warning, at most. Despite this advantage, the Romulans launch sneak attacks on Tarod IX, Deneva, Berengaria VII, Achernar II and Threllvia IV, reducing most of each planet to ruins.

Gannet Brooks, a reporter for Newstime, and Travis Mayweather's old flame, sends reports from the front lines, slamming Starfleet for their apparent no-shows at attacked planets. Admiral Gregory Black asks her editor to make her tone down her stories.

Trip Tucker is rescued from his escape pod near Tezel-Oroko by a Vulcan freighter, the Kiri-kin-tha, commanded by Captain T'Vran. Also on board is a V'Shar agent, Ych'a, who requests Trip's help in finding out more about T'Pau's government. He takes on the role of a Vulcan merchant called Sodok, who deals in kevas and trillium - items Trip has never heard of.

T'Pol is recalled to Vulcan, but she decides to formally resign her commission with the Vulcans and stay aboard Enterprise. Archer has other plans: with T'Pol on Vulcan, she can try to determine why the Vulcans have pulled out of the war. When meeting with T'Pau, the administrator reveals that she has Surak's katra within her, and as his primary focus was peace and not violence, the Vulcans shall follow his path.

On Romulus, Admiral Valdore and most of the Romulan senate are unimpressed by Praetor D'deridex's plans to invade Haakona, an old enemy. The Romulans lose half the fleet they send there and the mission fails. Unwilling to take the blame for the military's losses due to the ever-deteriorating condition of the Romulan leader, Valdore uses his contacts to arrange for D'deridex's skimmer to have an "accident", which succeeds, killing D'deridex. Senator Karzan is installed as the new leader.

A combined Starfleet-Andorian fleet halts a Romulan attempt to invade the Procyon system, the location of Andoria. The Andorians' fleet is led by Shran, on the IGS Weytahn, whilst Travis Mayweather pilots the Daedalus-class USS Yorktown. During this battle, Captain Roy Dunsel becomes the first to use Starfleet's experimental self-destruct system, destroying his ship, the Challenger (NX-03).

Ambassadors Thoris of Andoria and Gora bim Gral of Tellar decide that they too must withdraw their fleets from the war.

In April 2156, Enterprise leads an assault to retake Starbase 1 and Berengaria VII from the Romulans. Archer has become a Commodore. Starfleet takes bad losses but the Romulans are driven off. The rest of the fleet joins up with Shran's ship and sets course for Deneva.

Back on Vulcan, an explosion destroys the living katra of Surak, causing T'Pau to cry openly and state that the planet may be permanently closed to "offworlders." On Enterprise, Archer feels the loss of the katra.



AgramAhotaReiko AkagiAlbertsonHaroun al-RashidJonathan ArcherBelakGregory BlackBrennerBrentGannet BrooksMike BurchCamachoCarpenterGeorge CaseyCheveyoCurtisDagarthDaruleTobin DaxDenakDenorexD'deridexD'ridthauD'soriaRoy DunselEricksonFlemingVeronica FletcherStephen FoyleSam GardnerGenorexGerhardGhavenehkGianniniGora bim GralEstelle GrangerKarl GraylockSelma GuitierrezLian Hua An GyatsoHayesHendricksErika HernandezHessHutchinsonCharis IdahoColin IdahoJhamelKarzanKatowaKayeKelbyDwayne KellerMatthew KellyElena KemperNelson KemperKhazaraKolichiyawKrawczakKrellKuvakKwahuElrene LeydonJie Cong LiLydia LittlejohnManetta LundyL'VorMakarMalvoyManfredMankiewiczTravis MayweatherNash McEvoyFiona McKenzieTyler MendezMirskyMorekM'RekKeisha NaquaseUttan Narsuch'NarvNijilNrasDonna O'NeillPehrekPhloxPorthosPowaqaPrevQaletaquRagaavCarlos RamirezRarekRebeccaMalcolm ReedStephen ReynardSh'RreevR'TalRubinRunkaarR. RyanNathan SamuelsHoshi SatoShavSheaJohn SheehanShenarYutaka ShimaKetai ShosetsuShranBryce ShumarSilokSinakSitokSivathSkonSodokSopekSovalStakStelStilesEsther StilesJulia StilesRichard StilesEric StillwellTakrisTalokTavakTerixTevikThorisT'KumbraT'LeikhaT'LuadhT'MetTomalTommyT'PauT'PelekT'PolT'TpalokCharles Tucker IIIT'VakT'VorasT'VranPell UnderhillValdoreSidra ValerianThomas VanderbiltVanikVelaVishriV'KelisVoolVorisWeissAndrew WilesYch'aGrethe Zhor
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AdamsBuzz AldrinAmarcanHenry ArcherNeil ArmstrongBeatonHieronymus BoschRobert BruceBuddhaCaenChefCh'uivhZefram CochraneD'ravsaiEdward IEhrehinAlbert EinsteinErebusPierre de FermatBenjamin FranklinGarebGodGoldserSam GoldwynGreat SpiritMatthew HarrisAttanasio Ewan HodgkinW.M. JefferiesThomas JeffersonJesus of NazarethJonahKevalKossLissanIsaac NewtonPhindaPhobosTinh Hoc PhuongPopéAyn RandRejacMiguel SalazarSatanWilliam ShakespeareSkavSolkarSurakAlfred TennysonTherasTholosThonT'KarikT'LesAlbert TuckerCharles Tucker IIElaine TuckerElizabeth TuckerKojiro VanceVirgilV'LasVoltaireWilliam WallaceWinchesterMargaretha Geertruida Zelle

Starships and vehiclesEdit

USS AdirondackUSS ArchonAtlantis (NX-05)USS CarolinaChallenger (NX-03)Christiaan BarnardColumbia (NX-02)USS CooperChR DhivaelDiscovery (NX-04)USS DykstraEdselEndeavour (NX-06)USS EnterpriseEnterprise (NX-01)USS EssexUSS Franklin RooseveltGankerevUSS HeinleinSS IntrepidKa'Thelan KrotusUSS KearsargeKiri-kin-thaUSS Kon-TikiUSS LovellUSS MarylandMirachtUSS MontgomeryIKS Mup'chIchChR Nel TrencoUSS OlympusUSS ProbertUSS PtolemyUSS ShepardSheshShuttlepod OneSkevUSS Stephen DecaturChR Terrh'DhaelTi'MurT'JalTothUSS TripoliUSS Valley ForgeIGS WeytahnUSS YeagerUSS YorktownUSS Zefram Cochrane
Starship and vehicle classes
airplaneAmosarr-classDaedalus-classD'Kyr-classdropshipDY-500-classescape podflitterIntrepid-classjump-podNei'hrr-classNX-classPhinda-classSh'Raan-classskimmer craftsubmarineSuurok-classT'Liss-classworkpodYravas-class fighter
Referenced only 
ECS HorizonECS Kobayashi MaruKumariPhoenixT'Plana-Hath


HellLanka-GarukhSihaer nnea Rrhiol ch'ChullaVorta Vor
Space stations and starbases
Atlai'fehill Stelai ComplexJupiter StationMcKinley StationObama facilityProxima ShipyardSan Francisco Fleet YardsStarbase 1Titan OutpostUaenn Ei'krih Outpost
61 CygniAchernar systemAhiuan sectorAlpha Centauri systemBeta HydriBoötes constellationBorkaCalder systemCygnus constellationD'caernu'mneani systemDelphic ExpanseDenobula Triaxa systemDraken systemEisnEridanus constellationGamma Hydra sectorKaleb sectorKappa Fornacis systemLeo constellationNevasaOnias sectorPiazzi's Flying StarProcyon systemProxima CentauriSol systemSummer TriangleTau CetiTaugan sectorTezel-OrokoVegaZeta ReticuliZeta 2 Reticuli
Planets, planetoids, moons
AchernarAchernar IIAchernar PrimeAdigeon PrimeAlpha CentauriAlpha Centauri IIIAlpha Eridani IIAltairAltair VIAndoriaArtaleirhBerengaria VIIBessel's StarBeta Hydri IVBeta VirginisCalder IICaporyCoridan IIICygnet XIVDeimosDelta PavonisDenebDenevaDenobulaDraken IVDraylaxEarthHaakonaJupiterKaferiaLoracus PrimeLunaMarsNeptunePhindaPhobosP'JemProxima Centauri IIQo'noSRemusRomulusSaturnTalvathTangus IIITargus IIITarod IXTau Ceti IVTellarThrellvia IVTrilanTrillT'RukhUranusVestaVulcanZavijava V
Ahota's Public HouseAlabamaAlan B. Shephard DomeAlaraph Central SpaceportAntarcticaAres City DomeAustraliaBarkhor SquareBradbury SpaceportBronxCaliforniaCanadaCandlestick ParkChinatownDarro-Miller DomeDarthaEast BayEnterpriseFloridaFranceGettysburgGolGordon Cooper Interplanetary SpaceportGrangeburgGreat HallGulf of MexicoHall of StateHarrison BoulevardHaurok leh-kehHeliopolisHeliopolisHenry Archer HallHitchcock StreetJokhang TempleJowo UtraKearny StreetKirLacon townshipLaibokLaikanLake ArmstrongLake YuronLas VegasLhasaL-langon MountainsLotus BlossomMargaritifer TerraMatalas refugee campMill ValleyMission DistrictMount SeleyaMount Tar'HanaNew BerlinNew ByzantiumNew MexicoNew ZealandNorth AmericaNorthern WastesObelisk of LuxorOlympus MonsOphir PlanumOregonPalais de la ConcordeParisPerispherePlain of BloodPopé BoulevardPopé PuebloQam-CheeRaalRadio CitySagan StationSan FranciscoSan Francisco BaySausalitoSea of TranquillitySeine RiverShiKahrShiKahr SpaceportSierra CountySinai PlanumStickney craterSummer Islands ArchipelagoSurak's PeakSyria PlanumTibetT'Karath SanctuaryT'Klass's PillarTrilakis settlementTrylonTycho craterUphamUtopia PlanitiaValakisVale of MistsValles MarinerisVenezuelaVirinatVorothVoroth SeaVulcan's ForgeVulcana RegarWyomingYukon Territory
Referenced only 
Apnex SeaBuenos Aires

Races and culturesEdit

AdigeonAenarAndorianAntaranCygnianDenobulanHaakonanHuman (AnasaziArabicAsianEgyptianHopiMexicanMongolPuebloRomanSpanish) • KlingonOrionRomulanTellariteTrillVulcanXindi

States and organizationsEdit

Andorian Imperial Freight ServiceAndorian Imperial GuardAssembly of the Martian ColoniesBritish House of CommonsCochrane InstituteCoalition of PlanetsCoalition of Planets Security CouncilContinuing CommitteeDytallix-Barsoom Resource Extraction CorporationEarth Cargo ServiceEastern CoalitionEjhoi OrmiinFord Motor CompanyGoverning Council of the Confederated Martian ColoniesIroquois ConfederacyKlingon EmpireKlingon High CouncilLondon KingsLunar ColoniesMartian ColoniesMartian Hopi-Pueblo nationMilitary Assault Command OperationsParliament of United EarthPony ExpressRomulan 5th LegionRomulan Star EmpireSection 31Solarcorp News ServiceStarfleet CommandStarfleet SecuritySymbiosis CommissionSyrranniteTal ShiarTerra PrimeUnited EarthUnited Earth Space Probe AgencyUnited Earth StarfleetUnited Planets of TellarUnited States of AmericaUnited States NavyV'SharVulcan Defense DirectorateVulcan Defense ForceVulcan High CommandVulcan Science Academy

Science and technologyEdit

chronometercomputerintercomlog buoypaddpressure dometractor beamtransporter
Materials and substances
adobealuminumdiamonddilithiumduraniumgallicitegluegoldgranitehydrogen sulfideironkelbonitekevamethanemonocrystal cortenumnitrogenpergiumplasteelpolyalloypolyferranidepolysilicate verteriumrodiniumrubbersaltsherawoodsilversteelsulfatriptansulfurtransparent aluminumtrellium-Dtrilliumuridiumverterium cortenide
Plants and animals
alem-vedikalicorneAltairian blowflybearbirdcoyotedogDraco berengariusdragonfavinitfleafruitgesparg'tethhawkhla-methhnoiyikahornetice boreric'tanIn'hhui'lasendti'su'keKaferian rosevinele-matyalemonlotusmarlinoalleaOsmotic eelpigplomeekpotatoPyrithian batRegulan bloodwormrillan gourdRisan jackrabbitsalmonsehlatsharksha'vokh birdspidersquidstarfishtargvegetablewhalewillowwolf
arrenhe'hwiuabat'lethgrenadeHonor bladenuclear weaponphase cannonphase pistolphotonic torpedopistolrubidium lasertricheq bladeUshaan-Tor

Food and drinkEdit

alcoholalicorne steakAndorian alebeerbreadbubblegumchampagneChinese dumplingcoffeeegg drop soupe-ratFesoan grainwineGanymedan whiskeyGeneral Tso's chickengesparjuicekali-falmongolian beefosol twistplomeek soupscotchsoupa avgolemonosteakVulcan spice teawaterwhiskeywine

Events and erasEdit

1939 New York World's FairAge of EnlightenmentApollo eraBattle of Threllvia IVCretaceous eraEarth-Romulan WarFirst Contact DayGamma Hydra Sector MassacreGold Rush eraGreat AwakeningGundersdottir's Dome RebellionIron AgePueblo RevoltRed Planet general strikesVulcan-Romulan WarWild WestWorld War III

Ranks and titlesEdit

admiralAdministrator of the Confederacy of VulcanalternambassadorcaptaincenturionChancellor of the High Council of the Klingon Empirechief engineerChief InvestigatorcolonelcommandercorporalDalai LamadoctorensignFirst Consulfirst officerfleet admiralForeign Minister of the Andorian EmpireForeign Minister of the Confederacy of VulcangeneralInterior Minister of United EarthlieutenantMartian Representativemaster sergeantPrime Minister of United Earthsheriffsubalternsubcommander

Other referencesEdit

602 ClubAeneidalem-vedikAustralian dollarAxiomsbedBönpoboogiemanBook of LukebootBuddhismcamcardschairCoalition Compactcometcredit chitCymbeline blood burndeskdierhadog tagdollarD'ruhduty uniformEhrieeisaeet'KhiorfishingflaskFundamental Declarations of the Martian ColoniesfutonfvheisngenieGermanghostglassesglovegolfGrange PopulismGreat StyGreekhabakhelmetHigh Rihannsuhla-methHodgkin's Lawholovidhorseshoeinfonetjacketjujukahs-wanKash-to'es-khaukatrakhaidoaKhoeyKhutiKing James Biblekllhe'mnhekolinahrK'ri'BraxK'ri'liorkroykahKuiper beltkus-vakh bellLanka-Garukhlaser sharpenerlatrunculolemonadelighthouselirt'kllhusraLunar hablunar schoonerMarxismmat'drihMeltdown Nihilismmetermind meldmohole-borerNight FlyersNewstimeObjectivist-LibertarianismonkianosteoregeneratorPa'nar Syndromephotographpitchforkpool tablepooper-scooperqui'lariQu'Vat virusready roomre'T'Khutaire'Ti'KhutairobeshelthrethsiurensofaSolsolardermSoo'jenSurakian logicT'ke'TastrousertunicTuvan syndromeUnited Earth ConstitutionV'ShanViking 2Vulcan lyreyogaZ'atzen



Published Order
Previous novel:
Kobayashi Maru
ENT novels Next novel:
To Brave the Storm
Previous story:
Kobayashi Maru
Stories by:
Michael A. Martin
Next story:
The Needs of the Many
Chronological Order
Previous adventure:
The Sundered
Chapter 13
Memory Beta Chronology Next adventure:
August 1680 
Pueblo Revolt
April 5, 2063 
First Contact Day
War of Martian Independence
July 22-30, 2155 
re'Ti'Khutai, year of ShiKahr 8764
November 18, 2155 
Thirteenthmoon, Fesoan Lorveln year 463
January 21, 2156 
February 10-11, 2156 
Tasmeen, year of Surak 8764
March 9-10, 2156 
Z'at (Vulcan month)
March 11-18, 2156 
39th of K'ri'lior
et'Khior (Romulan month)
April 3, 2156 
Month of D'ruh
May 22, 2156 
Month of re'T'Khutai



  • In the early stages of conception for this book the editor, Margaret Clark, considered presenting the story of the Romulan War as either a trilogy of mass-market-paperbacks or one large trade-paperback book [1]. In July 2008 it was announced the format had settled on the large trade-paperback[2]. Additional information on the project released in December 2008 revealed that despite the choice to go with a single larger format this book would start, but not complete, the story of the entire conflict[3].
  • Clark told the writer to think of the Romulans like North Korea, drawing on the tradition in Star Trek to parallel real world events: "Gene's stories were always tales about today. In Gene's day, they were China. But now, you have North Korea. It's a totally closed society, which explains why we don't know what Romulans look like. The Romulan Praetor… he's like Precious Leader."[4]
  • This novel references SkiKahr once, and most likely was meant to be Shikahr. (Page 239)

Related storiesEdit

Star Trek: Enterprise prose publications
Novelizations Broken BowShockwaveThe Expanse
Original novels set during the series By the BookWhat Price Honor?Surak's SoulDaedalusDaedalus's ChildrenLast Full MeasureRosetta
set after the series The Good That Men DoKobayashi MaruThe Romulan War (Beneath the Raptor's WingTo Brave the Storm) • Rise of the Federation (A Choice of FuturesTower of BabelUncertain LogicLive by the CodePatterns of Interference )

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