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Publisher's descriptionEdit

An all-new Original Series adventure about a Federation mining colony on the verge of destruction and the unlikely solution that could save them from extinction.

Captain James T. Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise are sent to evacuate the Federation mining colony Vesbius, a frontier settlement that is on the brink of an extinction-level event, threatening the lives of all the colonists and the disruption of ore production vital to Starfleet. However, the colonists refuse to abandon this settlement, not wanting to leave their claims. It is after these irrational decisions that Spock suggests that perhaps an unexpected ally could aid the colony and help complete the mission....

SummaryEdit

The Enterprise has been despatched to Vesbius, a human colony that is not part of the Federation, to evacuate the population prior to a meteorite strike that will devastate the biosphere. Where they arrive, however, they learn that the request was not from an official source and the colonists intend to take refuge in shelters they have built. It is soon determined that the shelters are inadequate and nothing of the planet's surface will survive for them to emerge to, but the majority of Vesbians still refuse to evacuate.

Kirk eventually learns that, because of being rejected by the planet's biosphere, the first children born on Vesbius all died and the adults would have followed. To prevent this, they genetically engineered their children, while all those born offworld have to undergo genetic manipulation to remain there. As a side effect, if they leave the planet they will be dead within weeks. However, a terrorist group, the Exos, believe the modifications make them superior and they should dominate over races: They are using the crisis to force the Vesbians to leave the planet, including destroying some of the shelters in bomb attacks.

Spock eventually postulates that the Horta may be able to break down the asteroid into the right size fragments for the Enterprise to deflect. The ship departs for Janus VI with Hannah Faber, the daughter of the planet's chancellor who has become Kirk's lover, and bigoted security officer Major Merling onboard. The Horta agree to the proposal on one condition: The All Mother is dying and they wish Spock to replace her. He agrees if they still wish it when he returns.

Merling, secretly a member of the Exos, threatens one of Hannah's bodyguards, Hox, into sabotaging the shuttle bay with banned nano-technology to force the Horta into space. However, the Horta survive the experience. Merling then attempts to sabotage life support but is exposed by Sulu and Chekov. During the confrontation, Merling is exposed to nano-technology himself and Sulu and the others use phasers to vapourise him and the tech.

The Horta set to work with help from Scotty while Hannah faces down a mob of Exos after Kirk stuns their leader, council member Jasper Torn. The Horta also work out a way to strengthen and enlarge the shelters so all can take refuge. The Enterprise deflects most of the asteroid but the core strikes home, badly damaging the biosphere. Those in the shelters survive thanks to the Horta.

The Enterprise returns to Janus VI where the All Mother releases Spock from his obligation on one condition: Kirk helps the Horta become Federation members and also helps all those who wish it to join Starfleet Academy.

ReferencesEdit

CharactersEdit

All MotherBalanBynumPavel ChekovCrumblecakeSlider DanFaberHannah FaberSimon FerleinEllen FreitagBellamy HoxHot-JohnJames T. KirkManuelMarlenaLeonard McCoyFrances MeredithJohan MerlingMissile-in-RockJohnny SanchezMontgomery ScottSpockHikaru SuluJasper TornNyota UhuraDebra WeisskopfXart
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DevilElaanSarah FaberEdith KeelerWinona KirkMarla McGiversMiramaneeMiriamIsaac NewtonPerkinsRudolfSarekKhan Noonien Singh

LocationsEdit

bridgeengineeringFussdesbergeGreat Chamber of the HortaHesse MountainsJanus VImess hallOmega sectorrec roomshuttlebaysickbaytransporter roomuniverseVesbian systemVesbius
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AmerindAmerind systemArdanaBeta GeminorumbrigCabellacargo bayChinaChicxulub craterColoradoDeneb IIEarthGoldilocks ZoneIowaJapanLa Garita CalderaLong IslandmicrometeoriteMontauk PointNew York CityNorth AmericaPhilos DPikes PeakRigeliusSan FranciscoShi'KahrSolStarbase 12Starfleet AcademyStratosToroTroyiusWarburton's World

Starships and vehiclesEdit

antigravity sledcarrier sledUSS Enterprise (Constitution-class) • merchant haulerRovershuttlecrafttunnel rover
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USS ArcherBotany BayNoah's Arkseismic truck

Races and culturesEdit

HortaHuman (AsianAustrianBavarianCanadianChineseCossackEuropeanJapaneseRussianScottishSwissTerranTurk) • VesbianVulcan
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AugmentElasianKlingonPreserverRomulan

States and organizationsEdit

Daily BuzzExosGem CollectorsHole DiggersMelter ClanRendar ArmorySand Blaster ClanSoviet UnionStar ClanStarfleetTunnel BorersUnited Federation of PlanetsUnited States of AmericaVesbian Planetary CouncilWater HoldersWater Sharers

Technology and weaponsEdit

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Ranks and titlesEdit

assassinastronomerbiologistbodyguardbureaucratcadetcaptainchancellorchief advisorchief engineerchief gendarmecommander-in-chiefcommandercommunications chiefconstruction workercookdoctorensignfarmerfire chieffirst officergenetic engineergeneticisthealerhelmsmanjewelerjournalistjudgejunior officerlieutenantmajormarksmanmercenarymerchantmining directormining engineerminernavigatorphysicianpolicemanpoliticianrecord keeperreportersamuraiscience officerscientistsecurity officersoldiertechnicianterroristtransporter chiefveterinarianwaiterweapons officerxenobiologist

LifeformsEdit

alienanimalantbeanbeeBeginning Treebürste hennecaninecantaloupecarrotcattlecedarchickenchimpanzeecloud-dustercockroachdinosaurdogduckfernfroggraingreyhoundherbherbivorehumanoidmeelamelonmossoakpigplantpotatorosesalmonsehlatsheepspiceTellurian genta battreeturtlevegetablevulturewolf

Other referencesEdit

216917th century20th century21st centuryacid rainadrenalineagriculturealcoholanthropologyantimatterarchitectureArticle 17asteroidatmosphereatomaurorabasaltbathbeerbiologybiosphereThe Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomondbraincandycarbon dioxidecarbonCasablancacemeterycentimetercenturycholeracivil warclaustrophobiacoffeecolonycomacometcratercrystaldemocracydiamonddilithiumDNAdolldrugearthquakeecologyeggelectromagnetic pulseempathyenergyEugenics WarsevolutionextinctionFederation Homestead Actfeldsparfirefireworksfirst contactfive-year missiongalaxygemstonegenetic engineeringgenocidegenomeGhost-in-the-Rockgigahertzgigatongravegravitygreenhouse effecthairhearthelmethemispherehoneyhorticulturehourhurricanehyperspaceice ageiceinternment campironjigJilliekilometerkilotonkisslanding partylavalavagoblinlazy SusanLeonid meteor stormlibrarylinguinelogicmacrobiologymagmamarblesmatchamattermegatonMesozoic Erametalmetermeteormicrobial refresher towelmilemilitiamillenniamillimetermillisecondmind meldminingminutemoleculemoneymonthmoonmountainmusicneutronic weightneutron starnickeloilOperation Horta OverboardorbitoxygenPandora's boxpastapergiumphilosophyphysiologyplanetoidplanetplasmaplasticpoisonpole starpon farrprejudicePrime Directivepunchpulsarquantum interactionquartzricketsRigelian feverrockrumsaltsandstormSaurian brandysciencescotchsecondsiliconskeet shootingsnowspacesquare dancestalactitestarsteelsubspacesulfurteatelepathyteratonthermoconcretethimbleTholian Webthree-dimensional chessthundertitaniumtransparent aluminumTNTtri-oxtsunamiuniformvaccineVesbian aleVesbius TawlavitaminvolcanoVulcan Domination Conspiracy TheorywaltzwaterwhiskeywildfirewinewinterWorld War IIxenobiologyyearzombie

TimelineEdit

ChronologyEdit

In the first chapter, Kirk notes that his crew had been together for three and a half years, and that they were more than halfway through their five-year mission.

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