- Teaser summary
- It was the strangest cosmic heist of all time… for the ‘loot’ seemed worthless… yet the robbers risked their very lives for it! Why? To three officers of the starship USS Enterprise, the answer was to remain a mystery until they themselves were ensnared in the criminals’ web of treachery!
| This summary is taken, with permission, from the Star Trek Comics Checklist|
Kirk, Spock, and Scotty go undercover to track down stolen endangered birds.
Starships and vehiclesEdit
- USS Enterprise (Constitution-class) • Galileo (II) (class F shuttlecraft) • Grotus transport • survey plane • D-1 transport spacecraft
- Salvum (game preserve) • asteroid Grotus
- Referenced only
- Aridia III • Earth (Glasgow, Loch Ness) • Ghar
Races and culturesEdit
States and organizationsEdit
Science and technologyEdit
- atmosphere • atmosphere lock • chemical • communicator • galaxy • gravity control suit • phaser rifle • radio • sleeping gas • spacesuit • tractor-web • transporter • type-1 phaser • warp
Ranks and titlesEdit
- bookmaker • captain • chief zoologist • curator • lieutenant • lieutenant commander • merchantman • scientist • zookeeper
- animals • arena • Aridan sandworm • asteroid • betting pool • bird • century • circus • cockfighting • colony • court • criminal • earthman • gambling • Gharian wedding bird • hunting • murder • museum • outpost • patrol • Plutonian snow-beaver • poacher • robbery • sector • sports • trial • uniform • zoo
- The tractor-web was sprayed to form a chemical web-like seal. It was similar in name only to the Tholian web tractor beam-like energy field seen in TOS episode: "The Tholian Web".
- No explanation was given as to why a planet’s atmosphere would dissipate within hours without a container to hold it in. The gravity of a planet pulls its atmosphere toward its surface. It was stated, though, that Salvum’s atmosphere was carefully controlled. Given that various sectors of the planet had wildly different ecologies and conditions, perhaps some sort of atmospheric separation or moderation was provided for or controlled by the shield. Alternatively the planet originally might have had a light gravity and thin atmosphere similar to that of Mars, but had been terraformed with a much denser atmosphere that might escape into space without the shield, balancing back to its previous density and pressure.
- The name of the shuttlecraft with registry NCC-1701/7 was not visible. Canon registry and a setting in 2267 identified the shuttle as the Galileo (II). It was possible that it could be Leonardo (II), a shuttle introduced two issues prior that had the same registry.
- While referred to as an asteroid, Grotus was a dwarf planet, although that classification did not exist when the story was written in 1978. It was spherical, had its own atmosphere, had a significant amount of gravity, and was Class M, none of which were properties of asteroids. The unlogged asteroid from two issues prior, TOS comic: "And a Child Shall Lead Them", similarly was a misidentified dwarf planet.
- Given that the Grotus transport and the D-1 spacecraft appeared to have rocket-propelled engines, Grotus was most likely in the same star system as Salvum.
- Carruthers must have misspoken when describing the environment for the Plutonian snow-beavers as -1043 degrees Fahrenheit, since absolute zero is -459.67 degrees. Leafy wooden trees could not grow in an environment close to absolute zero, nor would there be liquids to form rivers that could be dammed.
- The Aridan sandworms required a temperature above 732 degrees Fahrenheit (389 degrees Celsius). Lead melts at 327 degrees C.
- Despite being called a survey plane, the aircraft would more accurately be described as a helicopter.
- TOS comic: "The Flight of the Buccaneer" — Kirk, Spock, McCoy and Scott went undercover as pirates to track a stolen shipment of dilithium.
- TOS comic: "One of Our Captains is Missing!" — Kirk went undercover as a Kafrian on Mobita, then Sirone disguised him as a Togota.
- TOS comic: "The Trial of Captain Kirk" — To defend himself of charges in a court martial, Kirk went undercover in San Francisco.
- TOS comic: "Furlough to Fury" — Zoologist Barbara McCoy studied zoological specimens, including a vrell and Ryunian octopus, at Urey University on Earth.
- TAS episode: "The Eye of the Beholder" — Kirk, Spock, and McCoy were trapped in a planet-wide zoo on Lactra VII.
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