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An unethical archeologist has been excavating relics on a planet that the lizard-like Gorn consider to be a sacred burial ground. When the Gorn attack, the archaeologist sets off a distress beacon, and the USS Enterprise responds. On arrival, James T. Kirk restores the peace by diplomatically surrendering to his old Gorn adversary.

Log entries Edit

  • Captain's log, stardate 5970.3. 
    The Enterprise's routine mapping survey of the Lotora star group has been interrupted by a distress call from a Federation vessel...
    ... Which has brought to us to the uncharted planet Lotara III... And into the hands of an implacable foe... The Gorn!
  • Captain's log, supplemental 
    My experience of the Gorn has shown them to be fiercly protectionist and territorial.
    Not to mention: deadly adversaries.
    Baynan-- and by extension the
    Enterprise-- has commited the worst kind of transgression in their eyes.
    But they are creatures of honor. And that's all I've got to count on...
  • Mission record of Commander S'alath of the Gorn Hegemony. 
    The mammals comply and sned their shuttle to Cenotaph, bearing the grave goods.
    I have defeated human Kirk. but it seems an easy victory. Is this a ruse, or is it less than his reputation would have us believ.
    He was ever resourceful. When the Metrons capitalized on the tragic misunderstanding between Gorn and Human, we were set at each other's throats. I had hewn a blade from crystal, but he had used natural components to build a projectile weapon.
    He could have slain me then. The fate of his crew rested upon his victory. But he stayed his hand.
    What does he plan now?



Holm BaynanJames T. KirkLeonard McCoyS'alathSpockNyota Uhuraunnamed Gornunnamed USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) personnel

Starships and vehiclesEdit

USS Enterprise (Constitution-class heavy cruiser) • Gorn warship (warship) • class F shuttlecraft (Federation shuttlecraft)


Lotora star group (the galaxy's Alpha or Beta Quadrant) Lotara IIICenotaph

Races and culturesEdit

Human (Norseman) • GornVulcan

Technology and weaponsEdit

deflector shielddistress beaconphasertype-2 phaserpistolphaser pistolSestra phaser IIphaser bankphaser emittershuttlecraftstarship



States and organizationsEdit

FederationGorn HegemonyStarfleet

Ranks and titlesEdit

archaeologistcaptainchief medical officercommandercommanding officercommunications officerdoctorFederation Starfleet ranksFederation Starfleet ranks (2260s)first officerGorn rankslieutenantlieutenant commanderscience officer

Other referencesEdit

archaeologyclothingdeathdiplomacygalaxylifeformnationplanetquadrantraces and culturesrankspacestarstar systemStarfleet uniformStarfleet uniform (2265-2270)statetechnologytitleuniformuniverseValkyrieweapon




Star Trek Unlimited comics
#1 ("Directives" & "Dying of the Light") • #2 ("Action of the Tiger" & "The Unkindest Cut") • #3 ("Message in a Bottle" & "Sins of the Fathers") • #4 ("None But the Brave" & "Inheritance") • #5 ("Secret Lives" & "As Flies to Wanton Boys ") • "Heart of Darkness" • "An Infinite Jest" • #8 ("The Boy", "The Warrior" & "The Veteran") • "Trekkers" • "A Piece of Reaction"


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