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Charles Tucker awakes to find himself in a strange place. Phlox informs him that an accident aboard the USS Defiant injured him badly and that he had been returned to Earth for treatment, though he was soon going to die. In reality, Tucker was being tortured on the orders of the Empress in order to gain the prefix code of the ISS Nobunaga, which had been stolen by Jonathan Archer (with Tucker's help) and was being used against the Empire. In the end, the efforts at torture appear to have failed, though the Empress gives orders to continue the torture.

This short story takes its name from Oda Nobunaga, a powerful Samurai warlord of late 16th century Japan, who was a driving force in the unification of that country.



Jonathan ArcherLeandraTravis MayweatherPhloxA.G. RobinsonHoshi SatoT'PolCharles Tucker III
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Zefram CochraneHessRobin HoodFriar TuckMorowski
Primary universe references
Charles Tucker III

Starships and vehiclesEdit

USS DefiantISS EnterpriseISS NobunagaUlysses


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Beta NairobiBozeman

Races and culturesEdit

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States and organizationsEdit

Terran EmpireTerran Imperial Guard
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Other referencesEdit

agonizerArcher's Rebellioncaptaincommanderdelta radiationEmperor of the Terran Empirefirst officermind meldparsecphoton torpedoRegent of the Terran Empireshieldviewscreenwarp drive


References and NotesEdit

  1. Although the Historian's Note at the start of the story cites the year 2156, there are numerous references in the story indicating that this a typo and that the actual year is 2165: Tucker having studied Defiant for ten years and thinking of T'Pol in her borrowed twenty-third century uniform ten years earlier, having been summoned to the Empress's Kyoto palace to begin construction of Nobunaga five years earlier, and completion of the ship taking five years. In addition, the story states that Jonathan Archer's clone, introduced at the end of "Age of the Empress," had served the Empire for two years before defecting to and eventually leading the rebels, reinforcing a time well after 2156.

Related storiesEdit

Star Trek: Mirror Universe publications and stories
Novels "The Sorrows of Empire" • "Rise Like Lions"
Novellas Glass Empires "Age of the Empress" • "The Sorrows of Empire" • "The Worst of Both Worlds"
Obsidian Alliances "The Mirror-Scaled Serpent" • "Cutting Ties" • "Saturn's Children"
Short stories Shards and Shadows "Empathy" • "The Greater Good" • "Homecoming" • "Family Matters" • "The Traitor" • "A Terrible Beauty" • "The Sacred Chalice" • "For Want of a Nail" • "Nobunaga" • "The Black Flag" • "Ill Winds" • "Bitter Fruit"
Stories featuring the mirror universe
Enterprise episode: "In a Mirror, Darkly" • prose: Age of the Empress • "Nobunaga"
The Original Series episode: "Mirror, Mirror" • comics: The Mirror Universe Saga ("... Promises to Keep" • "Double Image" • "Deadly Reflection!" • "The Tantalus Trap!" • "Masquerade!" • "Behind Enemy Lines!" • "The Beginning of the End..." • "Homecoming...") • Fragile GlassMirror Images ("Issue 1" • "Issue 2" • "Issue 4" • "Issue 5") • "The Mirror, Crackedprose: SpectreDark VictoryPreserverThe Sorrows of Empire • "Ill Winds" • "The Greater Good" • video game: Shattered Universe
The Next Generation comic: "Mirror Images, Issue 3" • prose: Dark MirrorThreeThe Worst of Both Worlds • "The Traitor" • "The Sacred Chalice" • "For Want of a Nail" • Rise Like Lions
Deep Space Nine episodes: "Crossover" • "Through the Looking Glass" • "Shattered Mirror" • "Resurrection" • "The Emperor's New Cloak" • comic: "Enemies & Allies" • prose: Dark PassionsWarpathSaturn's ChildrenFearful Symmetry • "A Terrible Beauty" • The Soul Key • "Freedom Angst"
Voyager prose: The Mirror-Scaled Serpent • "Bitter Fruit"
New Frontier comics: Turnaround ("Part I" • "Part II" • "Part III" • "Part IV" • "Part V") • prose: Cutting Ties • "Homecoming"
Klingon Empire prose: "Family Matters" Titan prose: "Empathy" Vanguard prose: "The Black Flag"
Miniseries and anthologies RPG sourcebook: Through a Glass, Darklycomics: The Mirror Universe SagaTurnaroundMirror Imagesprose: Mirror Universe TrilogyMirror Universe (Glass EmpiresObsidian AlliancesShards and Shadows)


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