Publisher's descriptionEdit

Like the twisted strands of mutant chromosomes, an insidious alien conspiracy winds its way through the entire Alpha Quadrant, just as it stretches across several years of Starfleet history -- beginning near the very start of Captain Picard's command of the Starship Enterprise!

It is only the first year of the USS Enterprise-D's ongoing mission when a virulent epidemic strikes the populace of Archaria III, endangering the lives of thousands and provoking acts of mob violence against those believed responsible for the spread of the disease. While Data and Natasha Yar team up to uncover the true origins of the virus, Dr. Crusher finds that the implacable sickness resists all her efforts to find a cure. The desperate quest for a cure becomes even more urgent when Deanna Troi succumbs to the dreaded plague... again and again.



AndersBarranCherbachClarkeCraneBeverly CrusherClarence DarlingDataDetekJenni DricksCharles EhrhartThe GeneralGormanHabbibIcolahKirk JordanKrotGeordi La ForgeIan McCloudNewkirkNormanMiles O'BrienMacus OnetreeJules van OsterlichPaulJean-Luc PicardWilliam RikerArmand SekkSchultzSmithSolackSolomonBenjamin SpencerIan TangBerke TeagueJoshua TeagueDeanna TroiVeritasWorfWrennNatasha Yar
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Bili BellerJack CrusherWesley CrusherEdmund DeereDraculaDavid DricksDerek DricksJason DricksThomas DricksVera DricksJohn GlennGodSilas JonesKarrqNeelamDenny SekkDerek SekkEric SekkMira SekkRobin SekkSkallT'PonaTr'grxl-gn'taZedeker


Alpha QuadrantArcharia IIIArcho CityArcho City HospitalArcho City LibraryArcho City SpaceportDelossickbayStarfleet AcademyStarfleet Headquarters
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CardassiaEarthFerenginarFarpointGentreeKra'togh IVLomaxParvo IVRigel ColonyRisaStarbase 40

Races and culturesEdit

BetazoidBolianHuman (ArcharianRoman) • KlingonPeladianVulcan
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Starships and vehiclesEdit

aircarUSS Enterprise (Galaxy-class explorer) • USS Constitution (Galaxy-class explorer) • Event Horizon (T'Poy-class) • Falcon's TalonHalibutHemlockJunco JettKlingon freighterLangleyMiddlemarchNesfaPaladiumplanet-hopperPrax cruiserPrushnikovtruck
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Alpha QueenAspenBelgradeBrillman's DreamZythal's Revenge

States and organizationsEdit

BrotherhoodPurity LeagueStarfleetTeague Luxury AircarsUnited Federation of Planets
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Clayton-Dvorak ConsortiumHouse of MokInterstellar Corn and Grain CombineOrion Syndicate

Other referencesEdit

AIDSastrometricsbeardbiobedbiofilterbloodblood winebridgecancerchronometercomputercontainment fielddisruptordioxymosis converter (F)Double Bergamot Earl Greyduracretedurasteelendochronic thiotimoline pumpfollicle stimulatorHamletlionmagnetic lockmedical tricordermek'lethmicroscannermixernanotechnologynoroidpentium xolinatephase resonance detectorphaserphaser riflepigeonPlimpton's diseasepolioprionquarantineRhulian fluRomulan clamSaurian brandysecurity scramblerSondarian fretStigman's diseasesubspace transmitterteaterrorismthermo-entogram modulator B-6transportertransporter bufferTricillin PDFtricorderturboliftvirusxenobiology


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