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"Cutting the Cord" is a mission in Star Trek Online. It is the fifth mission of the "Cloaked Intentions" feature episode series, which was later incorporated into the Federation and Klingon Empire "Romulan Mystery" episode and the Romulan Republic "Freedom" episode.

This mission was remastered at the release of Legacy of Romulus to improve the cutscenes and voiceover work, and serves as the climax of the primary myth arc of the Romulan Republic storyline (the conflict between the Romulan player character and Colonel Hakeev of the Tal Shiar).

DescriptionEdit

FederationEdit

Starfleet Intelligence has completed its analysis of the data you recovered in the Nopada system.

There is a 67.47 percent chance that the Iconians are using the Tal Shiar as a way to influence the Romulan Star Empire, and that their persecution of the Remans is directly related to this. Command is considering lending assistance to Obisek and his forces, but before we come into direct conflict with the Romulans we want to try a more ... discreet approach.

The data you recovered indicates that Hakeev is operating out of the Brea system. Long-range sensor scans indicate that there may be a major Tal Shiar installation there. We want you to infiltrate this system, apprehend Hakeev and destroy the Tal Shiar's base.

Hakeev must not escape. He may be the only person who knows how extensive the Iconian influence in Romulan space is.

Klingon EmpireEdit

Klingon Intelligence has completed its analysis of the data you recovered in the Nopada system.

The Iconians are using the Tal Shiar as a way to influence the Romulan Star Empire. Their persecution of the Remans is directly related to this. They will hound the Remans until they are broken, or until they are too suspicious and beaten to ever trust an ally again.

This is a coward's way to wage war. Are they too afraid to face us directly? We will stop these machinations now. Then we will see if these demons are brave enough to show their faces!

The data you recovered indicates that Hakeev is operating out of the Brea system. Long-range sensor scans suggest that there may be a major Tal Shiar installation there. We want you to infiltrate this system, apprehend Hakeev and destroy the Tal Shiar's base.

Hakeev must not escape. He may be the only person who knows how extensive the Iconian influence in Romulan space is.

Romulan Republic (Federation-aligned)Edit

Starfleet Intelligence has completed its analysis of the data you recovered in the Nopada system.

There is a 67.47 percent chance that the Iconians are using the Tal Shiar as a way to influence the Romulan Star Empire, and that their persecution of the Remans is directly related to this. Command is considering lending assistance to Obisek and his forces. As you have directly opposed the Tal Shiar in the past, your assistance has been requested.

The data indicates that Hakeev is operating out of the Brea system. Long-range sensor scans indicate that there may be a major Tal Shiar installation there. You understand Hakeev better than any of our officers, which gives you an advantage in destroying his installation.

Hakeev must not escape. He may be the only person who knows how extensive the Iconian influence in Romulan space is.

Romulan Republic (Klingon-aligned)Edit

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SummaryEdit

The player character's starship arrives in orbit of Brea III alongside Obisek's flagship Zdenia and engages and destroys the ships in orbit, then beams to the surface alongside allied away teams and attacks the base, seeking to gain entry to Hakeev's inner courtyard. Along the way they paint a number of targets for their orbiting starship to destroy with orbital strikes.

Upon gaining entry to the courtyard a cutscene plays where Hakeev insists to Empress Sela that they can still win. He says something about the Iconians before she cuts him off and says he's "done", then beams to her flagship IRW Leahval.

The player and Obisek attack Hakeev's forces, wounding him and killing his men. He claims that "this isn't over", but either Obisek or the Romulan Republic player character inform him that "It's over for you," before shooting him in the head, execution-style. They then discover that the entire courtyard is a giant Iconian gateway, and order a photon torpedo bombardment of the plaza to destroy it.

By now Sela has called for reinforcements and the player and Obisek return to their ship to fight them off. Additional Reman Resistance ships help engage the enemy. Sela's Scimitar-class warbird uses its cloaking device to mount hit-and-run attacks, attempting to destroy its opponents with its thalaron generator, but eventually suffers severe damage. At that point an Iconian Obex-class starship emerges from an Iconian gateway embedded in a nearby asteroid, ensnares the Leahval in a tractor beam, and tows it back through the gateway. The player travels over to the asteroid and disables the gate before warping out to report in.

ReferencesEdit

CharactersEdit

HakeevObisekSelaT'naeTemek

LocationsEdit

Brea III (Brea system)
Referenced only 
Nopada system

Races and culturesEdit

Herald (unnamed) • KlingonRemanRomulanVulcan
Referenced only 
Iconian

Ranks and titlesEdit

admiralcenturioncolonelEmpress of the Romulan Star Empiresublieutenantuhlan

Starships and vehiclesEdit

D'deridex-class warbirdIconian probeIRW Leahval (Scimitar-class) • Mogai-class warbirdQuas-class cruiserScorpion-class attack fighterT'varo-class warbirdZdenia (Valdore-class)

States and organizationsEdit

Klingon Defense ForceKlingon EmpireKlingon IntelligenceReman ResistanceRomulan RepublicRomulan Republican ForceRomulan Star EmpireStarfleetTal ShiarUnited Federation of Planets
Referenced only 
Starfleet Intelligence

Technology and weaponsEdit

gravitic liftIconian gatewayIconian software weaponphoton torpedospatial chargethalaron generatortractor beamweather controller

AppendicesEdit

Retcons Edit

"Cutting the Cord" was updated at least twice, first after the release of Legacy of Romulus to account for the new Romulan Republic storyline, and a second time upon the release of the Delta Rising episode "The Iconian War", in which the Obex-class starship that originally kidnapped the Leahval in one cutscene was replaced with a Herald Quas-class.

Related storiesEdit

ConnectionsEdit

Federation episodes in Star Trek Online
Tutorial Graduation DayTraining CruiseField PromotionsCommunication BreakdownAssimilation of the Innocent Ufp-emblem Starfleet Command logo
(Tour of Duty) (Prelude to a Crisis) • (Khitomer Crisis) • (The Price of Liberty) • (Assimilation) • (Gather Equipment) • (Line in the Sand) • Welcome to Earth Spacedock • (Skills Trainer) • (New Orders?)
Klingon War Welcome to Earth SpacedockStranded In SpaceDiplomatic OrdersHide and SeekStop the SignalResearcher RescueThe Kuvah'Magh • (War is Good for Business) • Treasure Trading StationSecret OrdersTask Force HippocratesSkirmishSpin the WheelWhat Lies BeneathEverything Old is NewNight of the CometThe Ultimate KlingonThe Doomsday DeviceCity on the Edge of NeverPast ImperfectTemporal Ambassador
Wasteland Secrets of NimbusThe Lost City of ParadiseBlind Men Tell All TalesThe UndyingA Fistful of GornInstallation 18
Romulan Mystery Heading Out • (Under the Cover of Night) • (Minefield) • (Divide et Impera) • (Saturday's Child) • (Preemptive Strike) • (Hunting the Hunters) • (Project NightingaleBy Any Means) • (Ground Zero) • (Ghost Ship) • (Friend of My Enemy) • (Trapped) • (S'harien's Swords) • Empress SelaDesperate MeasuresShadow PlayTarisThe VaultMine EnemyFrozenColiseumCutting the CordDarkness Before the Dawn
Cardassian Struggle Venture into Deep SpaceBadlandsSuspectWar GamesShutdownRapierForging BondsThe Long NightThe Tribble with KlingonsTear of the ProphetsCrack in the MirrorThe New LinkSeeds of DissentThe Other SideCage of FireSecond WaveOf BajorOperation GammaFacility 4028Boldly They Rode
Missions in parentheses are no longer available as of the current version of Star Trek Online.
Klingon Empire episodes in Star Trek Online
Tutorial End of WatchRed Alert!Intruder AlertChallenge for CommandYour New CommandJourney to Qo'noSFirst City Klingon Empire
Empire Duties of CommandThe Hunt is OnSpace ChaseManhuntFriend or Foe
Warzone Bringing Down the HouseThe House Always WinsTest of MettleSecond Star to the Right, Straight on 'til MorningKeep Your Enemies Closer
Fek'Ihri Return Blood of the EmpireDestinyAfterlifeThe Gates of Gre'thor
Vigilance A House PursuedHouse on FireAlphaTemporal Ambassador
Wasteland Secrets of NimbusThe Lost City of ParadiseBlind Men Tell All TalesThe UndyingA Fistful of GornInstallation 18
Romulan Mystery The VaultMine EnemyFrozenColiseumCutting the CordDarkness Before the Dawn
Spectres SkirmishSpin the WheelWhat Lies BeneathEverything Old is NewNight of the Comet
Dominion Domination Venture into Deep SpaceBadlandsRapierForging BondsThe Long NightCrack in the MirrorSeeds of DissentThe New LinkSecond WaveOf BajorOperation GammaFacility 4028Boldly They Rode
Romulan Republic episodes in Star Trek Online
Tutorial A Day on the FarmA Day in the SunVirinat, InvadedFlight from Virinat Faction Romulan Republic
From the Ashes Explore the FlotillaThe HelixCrossroads at CraterisGasko BluesThe Search for New RomulusTurning PointNeutral No More
Allies The Price of NeutralityMemory LaneBigger PictureSmash and GrabTradecraft
In Shadows An Inside JobEnemy ActionSleepersCloak and DaggerRevelationMind GameTemporal Ambassador
Wasteland Secrets of NimbusThe Lost City of ParadiseBlind Men Tell All TalesThe UndyingA Fistful of GornInstallation 18
Vengeance Voice of the VoicelessAbductedSmall PackagesLast StandThe Best DefenseTurnaboutDevil's Choice
Freedom Toward FreedomThe VaultMine EnemyFrozenColiseumCutting the CordDarkness Before the Dawn
Spectres SpectresSkirmishSpin the WheelWhat Lies BeneathEverything Old is NewNight of the Comet
Cardassian Struggle Venture into Deep SpaceBadlandsRapierForging BondsThe Long NightCrack in the MirrorSeeds of DissentThe New LinkSecond WaveOf BajorOperation GammaFacility 4028Boldly They Rode

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