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Introduction (blurb)Edit

To protect the cargo ships essential to the continuing existence of the fledgling Coalition of Planets, the captains of the United Earth's Starfleet are ordered to interstellar picket duty, with little more to do than ask "Who goes there?" into the darkness of space.

Captain Jonathan Archer of the Enterprise™ seethes with frustration, wondering if anyone else can see what he sees. A secret, closed, militaristic society, convinced that their survival hangs by a thread, who view their neighbors as a threat to their very existence -- the Spartans of ancient Greece, the Russians of the old Soviet Union, the Koreans under Kim Il-sung -- with only one goal: attain ultimate power, no matter the cost. The little-known, never-seen Romulans seem to live by these same principles.

The captain realizes that the bond between the signers of the Coalition charter is fragile and likely to snap if pushed. But he knows that the Romulans are hostile, and he believes they are the force behind the cargo ship attacks. If asked, Archer can offer no proof without endangering his friend's life.

To whom does he owe his loyalty: his friend, his world, the Coalition? And by choosing one, does he not risk losing all of them? What is the solution to a no-win scenario?

SummaryEdit

Attacks on Coalition shipping have left Enterprise and Columbia on patrol duty, despite Archer's warnings that the Romulans are involved. Both ships defend Draylax, a world allied to Earth, from an attack by Klingon ships, which ends when three more Klingon ships arrive to destroy the attackers.

Meanwhile, Tucker is still on Romulus, posing as Cunaehr. An attack on the lab by the Ejhoi Ormiin (who are secretly working with Nijil) leaves Ehrehin dead. Despite suspecting him of being a Vulcan spy, Valdore sends Tucker with Centurion Terix to try and retrieve any information the dissidents may have gathered about the warp seven program.

The pair track the Ejhoi Ormiin to Taugus only to run foul of Sopek. Tucker is rescued by T'Pol and Reed, who followed him into Vulcan space without permission after T'Pol received visions of him in danger. However, he refuses to return with them and instead heads for Romulus.

Archer travels to the Klingon Homeworld to investigate the attack. After defeating Admiral Krell in a duel, he is entrusted with the information that the Romulans used a tele-capture device to remotely gain control of the Klingon ships that launched the attack. Thanks to a recording covertly made by Phlox, the Coalition Council accept the evidence.

More remotely-controlled Klingon ships attack the Horizon, Travis' family's ship, sending it on a course into a sun. Attacks on Alpha Centauri and Calder II are carried out by Vulcan ships, similarly controlled. Columbia defends Alpha Centauri with the aid of the Vulcans but is reported missing in the aftermath.

Tucker is nearly back at Romulus when he is captured by a Romulan ship commanded by Sopek, who is operating the tele-capture device for Valdore. The freighter Kobayashi Maru is disabled by a gravitic mine in the Gamma Hydra system while delivering supplies to a secret Vulcan listening post in Tezel-Oroko. Enterprise answers their distress call but Tucker realizes Sopek plans to use the tele-capture device on it and sends a warning. He then scuttles the ship and sets it to self-destruct, fleeing in an escape pod with an unconscious Sopek. With more tele-controlled Klingon ships attacking and systems beginning to shut down under the tele-capture, Archer chooses to take Enterprise out of the system and the Kobayashi Maru is destroyed.

With tensions at breaking point, Samuels advises the members of the Coalition to consult their own military on further action. Shortly after, Archer informs his crew that they are at war.

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ReferencesEdit

CharactersEdit

Reiko AkagiHaroun al-RashidJonathan ArcherGregory BlackBougieGannet BrooksMike BurchGeorge CaseyCh'uihvAnlenthoris ch'VhendreniDagarthDekk'venDenakKalil el-RashadEskrenVeronica FletcherSamuel GardnerGora bim GralKarl GraylockGrom'sHErika HernandezRussell HexterHojlachMatthew KellyKoKolosKon'JefKrellKuvakL'NelJie Cong LiM'RekJuan MarquezPaul Mayweather Jr.Travis MayweatherMack McCallNash McEvoyFiona McKenzieNora MelchiorNah'tanKeisha NaquaseNevahkNguyenCharlie NicholsNijilO'MalleyDonna O'NeillPhloxPorthosQapeghQradRa'wI' QeqMalcolm ReedRyanNathan SamuelsHoshi SatoJacqueline SearlesAvaranthi sh'RothressOrana ShubéSolkarSopekSovalArturo StilesEric StillwellSwebaT'LeikhaT'LuadhT'PolT'VakT'VorasTerixKiona ThayerEhrehin i'Ramnau tr'AvrakCunaehr it'Ra'tleihfi tr'MandakAlbert TuckerCharles Tucker IICharles Tucker IIIElaine TuckerValdoreSidra ValerianKojiro VanceVekk'rVesh'tkYa'VangYch'aYekdaCharles ZeilfelderGrethe Zhor
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AllahGracie AllenBeatonBiggsClarkD'deridexCharles DickensDouglasDuras, son of ToralErebusStephen FoyleDorothy GaleGodHarrisHephaestusKahless the UnforgettableKlaangRianna MayweatherJohanna MetzgerMorpheusOld ScratchOwenPalmieriJohn Frederick PaxtonTinh Hoc PhuongPierceStewart RiversMiguel SalazarSisyphusStrongSurakSyrranT'KarikT'LesT'PauHravishran th'ZoarhiCunaehr it'Ra'tleihfi tr'MandakElizabeth T'Les TuckerV'LasVraxOrville WrightWilbur WrightYoc

Starships and vehiclesEdit

RMS Titanicmotorcycle

Coalition of PlanetsEdit

Enterprise (NX-01) (NX-class) • Shuttlepod 1Shuttlepod 2Columbia (NX-02) (NX-class) • Challenger (NX-03) (NX-class) • ECS Kobayashi Maru (Hasparath-class) • Ni'Var
D'Kyr typeSh'Raan-class

Klingon Defense ForceEdit

IKS SIm'yoHIKS Veqlargh Jajlo' (D'Vagh-class) • IKS Mup'chIchIKS BortasIKS Kaj'DeelIKS PeD NIHwI'

Romulan Star EmpireEdit

ChR Nel TrencoScoutship Drolae

LocationsEdit

Sto-Vo-KorSan Francisco Fleet YardsSataghni II fuel depotCalder II science outpost

StellarEdit

SuD'eng NebulaGamma Hydra systemGamma Hydra sectorSigma Iota systemDenobula TriaxaRator systemDraylax systemGama Virginis systemGamma Equulei systemTaugus systemDevoras systemCalder systemAlpha Centauri systemSei'chi systemIsneih systemEisn systemQu'Vat systemTezel-Oroko systemAlpha Centauri sector

Planets, moons, and planetoidsEdit

Adigeon PrimeAlpha CentauriAlpha FornacisAltair VIAndoriaCheronCentauri IIICoridan PrimeDenevaDenobulaDraylaxEarthMarsNarendra IIIPorrima VPraxisQo'noSRator IIRemusRigel XRisaRomiiRomulusRura PentheSigma IotaTau Ceti IVTaugus IIITellarTrilanVulcanYeq

PlanetaryEdit

New SamarkandAustraliaSan FranciscoVulcan's ForgeTakarath SanctuaryDarthaGovernment QuarterHall of StateApnex SeaP'JemChicago RiverDarro-Miller settlementCaribbean SeaAmberAlaskaNew ZealandMadame Chang's Mandarin CaféMontgomeryAlabamaQam-CheeGreat HallSaithTalvathFloridaIsraelPalestineShi'KahrKansasGrangeburg

Races and culturesEdit

AndorianHumanKlingonRomulanTellariteVulcanAenarXindiDenobulanOrionBreenFri'slenIotianDraylaxian

States and organizationsEdit

Coalition of PlanetsCoalition of Planets Security CouncilConfederacy of VulcanEagle scoutEarth Cargo ServiceEarth Cargo Service CentralEarth StarfleetEjhoi OrmiinKlingon Defense ForceKlingon EmpireKlingon High CouncilMilitary Assault Command OperationsRomulan 5th LegionRomulan Star EmpireStarfleet AcademySyrrannite sectTal ShiarTerra PrimeUnited EarthUnited Earth Space Probe AgencyUniversity of OxfordVulcan High CommandVulcan Security Directorate

WeaponsEdit

bat'lethdisruptortricheqphase riflephase pistolExcaliburhonor bladed'k tahgswordknifeUshaan-Torlasergravitic mine

AnimalsEdit

bregitdoggoosecricketSehlatle-matyaravenmogainei'rhhtoQ vulturegaghkekla-gnatparrotset'lethguinea pigtargshellfishelephantlionqoghqa'Homflybearrabbitantcatscorpionfrog

FoodsEdit

Gruyére cheesecarallunAltair watercakerumcoffeeRomulan aleSkagaran Lone Star Tequilateavanillaorangeorange juicemochawafflestrawberry

Other referencesEdit

Arrenhe'hwiuaartificial gravity platingAUbaakoniteBalkanBarge of the Deadbuccaneer-style bootsBussard collectorCeremony of RespectCharge of the Light BrigadechessChicago Mobs of the TwentiesA Christmas CarolCoalition CompactdatanetdeuteriumDNAduct tapeeye patchflux capacitorFourth of JulyFrenchotteGordian knotgrekekla treeholocamice truckerJapaneseK'ri'BraxkatrakilaanKish'altriqKolinahr • "Lazarus" • lupMartianMissouri CompromiseMorse codeNiagara Barrel Rollpinballpiratepon farrqelI'qamQu'Vat virusRite of AscensionRomulan data moduleRomulan travel robeSaint Patrick's DayScottishsedmahStarfleet ChartersulfatriptanSuus MahnaSwissSyriantelecapture systemThird Analectstransparent aluminumtrayatiktrellium-DuniformV'ShanWhiskey Tango Foxtrotwaist sashThe Wizard of OzWorld War IYear of Kahless

AppendicesEdit

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Teaser cover
JDBAdded by JDB
  • Andy Mangels released a teaser cover on his website prior to the official art's release. The alien text featured is apparently a cryptogram in Romulan characters.

Related storiesEdit

Star Trek: Enterprise prose publications
Novelizations Broken BowShockwaveThe Expanse
Original novels By the BookWhat Price Honor?Surak's SoulDaedalusDaedalus's ChildrenRosettaLast Full Measure
The Good That Men DoKobayashi MaruThe Romulan War (Beneath the Raptor's WingTo Brave the Storm) • Rise of the Federation (A Choice of FuturesTower of Babel)

TimelineEdit

Published Order
Previous novel:
The Good That Men Do
ENT novels Next novel:
Beneath the Raptor's Wing
Previous story:
Excelsior: Forged in Fire
Stories by:
Michael A. Martin
Next story:
The Romulan War
Previous story:
Excelsior: Forged in Fire
Stories by:
Andy Mangels
Next story:
TBA
Chronological Order
Previous adventure:
The Good That Men Do
Chapters 1-6; 8-12; 14-44; 46-52
Memory Beta Chronology Next adventure:
The Sundered
Chapter 13
The above chronology placements are based on the primary placement in 2155.
The Pocket Books Timeline and Memory Beta Chronology place events from this story in 1 other timeframe(s):
Previous adventure:
Preconceptions
2135
Chapter 3
Next adventure:
The Forge
Prologue

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