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In November of that year, while conducting a refit upgrade of the transmitter units on the Corvus Beacon in the Beta Quadrant, the Laplace was contacted by Captain Ezri Dax of the USS Aventine ordering them to immediately evacuate all personnel aboard the beacon. In the absence of further information, Kwelm's first officer thought it best to do as Dax said. Kwelm conceded and contacted the beacon, ordering all personnel to evacuate. While trying to explain their situation to Dax and unaware of the situation on board Aventine and the changes made to Rear Admiral William T. Riker by the Cytherians, Kwelm was interrupted by Riker, who ordered Kwelm to comply with Dax's orders. While demanding an explanation without compliance, the Aventine opened fire on the beacon with her phasers, to which Kwelm demanded the support team beam back to Laplace. Despite not wanting to attack the Aventine in fear of damaging the beacon, Kwelm was ordered by Captain Jean-Luc Picard of the USS Enterprise-E to assist in stopping Aventine and Riker. Kwelm was passionate about the outpost and would fight to protect it, putting up a spirited struggle in the process, but during the engagement Laplace soared into a cloud of burning wreckage of damaged components from the assault on the beacon. Unable to continue pursuing Aventine, Kwelm asked Picard to stop Riker before he could inflict further damage. (TNG novel: Takedown)