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An ion storm (or ionic storm) is a type of magnetic storm that is composed of ionically charged particles. Ion storms can either be planetary or spaceborne, and at a high intensity can provice a hazard to navigation, and the use of transporter technology is impossible.
In 2264, intense ion storm activity caused serious damage to several outposts along the Neutral Zone which led to them being out of action for several days. Thankfully, the damage was repaired by the Starfleet Corps of Engineers team assigned to the USS Lovell. (SCE eBook: Foundations, Book One)
On some occasions, storm activity has been so strong that it has resulted in shifting boundaries of the Neutral Zone. In 2269, the storm activity was so strong that the planet Arachnae was pulled from the Zone into Romulan territory. (TOS novel: Vulcan!)
In 2286, as part of a ruse to kidnap a high-ranking Starfleet officer and launch an invasion of the Federation, the Klingon Empire created an artifical ion storm using a generator device installed aboard the battlecruiser IKS Mauler, which had the capability to activate or deactivate the storm at will. TOS novel: Timetrap
Appearances and referencesEdit
- TOS episodes: "The Galileo Seven", "Court Martial", "Mirror, Mirror"
- TNG episodes: "Power Play", "Homeward"
- DS9 episodes: "Melora", "The Die is Cast", "Explorers", "Accession", "For the Uniform", "The Emperor's New Cloak", "Who Mourns for Morn?"
- VOY episodes: "Once Upon a Time", "Dark Frontier"
- TNG movie & novelization: Star Trek Nemesis
- TOS novels: Vulcan!, Final Frontier, The Vulcan Academy Murders, Memory Prime, Vulcan's Forge, To Reign in Hell: The Exile of Khan Noonien Singh
- TOS - Rihannsu novels: My Enemy, My Ally, Swordhunt
- TOS novel: Timetrap
- TOS - Vulcan's Soul novel: Exiles
- TNG novels: Chains of Command, Double or Nothing, Q-Squared, I, Q, The Buried Age, Q & A
- DS9 novel: Warchild
- DS9 - Day of Honor novel: Armageddon Sky
- VOY novel: Marooned
- STA novel: Three
- TLE novel: Well of Souls
- ST - TLE novel: Excelsior: Forged in Fire
- ST - Destiny novel: A Singular Destiny
- SCE eBook: Foundations, Book One
- CoE eBook: Security
- TOS short story: "See No Evil"
- TNG short story: "Future Shock", "Eleven Hours Out"
- VOY short story: "Brief Candle"
- ENT short story: "Brigadoon"
- NF short story: "The Road to Edos"
- ST short story: "Guardians"
- TOS - Year Four comic: "Year Four, Issue 2"
- EV comic: "The Fires of Pharos"
- VOY comics: "The Storm", "Under Ion Skies", "Repercussions"
- Decipher RPG modules: Starships, Starfleet Operations Manual
- TOS video game: The Promethean Prophecy
- ST video game: Armada
- ST website: The Path to 2409