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Lela Dax, a newly joined Trill and member of the Trill ruling council, defies her fellow legislators when an unknown alien vessel appears in orbit and refuses to leave.



Lela DaxLytusDarzen OdanSitlasT'Pau
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Zefram CochraneDax


Caves of Mak'alaTrill
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Races and culturesEdit

L'DiraTrillTrill symbiontVulcan
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Starships and vehiclesEdit

L'Dira starship
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States and organizationsEdit

Guardians of the Caves of Mak'alaSymbiosis Evaluation BoardTrill CouncilTrill Diplomatic CorpsTrill Spaceflight Center

Other referencesEdit

acelonfirst contactholoIDICplanetary defense gridTrill councillorVulcan emissaryVulcan saluteWorld War III


Background informationEdit

  • Kristine Kathryn Rusch commented "I was working in a relatively uncharted part of Trek history. I didn't have much lore to go on, and we don't know a lot about Trill. So I made some things up, and I worried about that. I needn't have worried , I guess. Everything went through very well". (Star Trek: Communicator, issue #126, p. 60)
  • In the story, T'Pau describes Vulcan's "most recent encounter" with a new race, clearly describing humans and the events of that first contact in 2063. It was left unclear exactly how "recent" this was, but given the repeated references to Lela's youth, it is reasonable to place this story fairly close to that event. The timeline in Voyages of Imagination gives the year as 2075.

Related StoriesEdit

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Second star to the right...
The Lives of Dax
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Dead Man's Hand
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