Fandom

Memory Beta, non-canon Star Trek Wiki

That Which Divides

48,495pages on
this wiki
Add New Page
Talk0 Share

Ad blocker interference detected!


Wikia is a free-to-use site that makes money from advertising. We have a modified experience for viewers using ad blockers

Wikia is not accessible if you’ve made further modifications. Remove the custom ad blocker rule(s) and the page will load as expected.


DescriptionEdit

Located in an area of non-aligned space near Federation and Romulan territory, the Kondaii system is home to a unique stellar phenomenon: a spatial rift that opens every three years in proximity to the system's sole inhabited planet. Only during this brief period is communication possible with the small, mineral-rich planetoid inside the rift. The local population has established a mining colony on this planetoid, and for the limited duration that the rift is open, a massive interplanetary operation is set into motion: ferrying mineral ore to the home planet while simultaneously transferring personnel and replenishing essential supplies and equipment—everything necessary to sustain the colony before it once again enters forced isolation.
While studying the rift, the science vessel USS Huang Zhong is severely damaged and crash-lands on the planetoid. After the starship Enterprise arrives to conduct rescue operations, evidence quickly points to the rift's artificial nature. It is a feat far beyond the capacity of the local inhabitants, and presents an alluring mystery for Captain James T. Kirk and his crew. It also attracts the attention of the Romulans, who are most interested in studying and perhaps seizing this supposed advanced technology—by any means necessary.

SummaryEdit

The Federation have recently made contact with the Dolysians, a pre-warp civilisation who have colonised Gralafi, another world in their system which is hidden behind an energy shield which only opens for a short period every three years. The patrol ship USS Huang Zhong is carrying out a survey of the phenomenon when its warp engine and sensors trigger off an ancient defence system and a tractor beam causes the ship to crashland on Gralafi, killing most of the crew. The most senior of the survivors is former Enterprise officer Lieutenant Boma.

The Enterprise, which was meant to be assisting the Huang Zhong in its mission, now has the task of recovering or destroying the wreckage and finding out what happened. Travelling through the rift in shuttlecrafts, a team led by Spock accompanies Boma in discovering an underground structure which leads them to realize that Gralafi is another Kalandan outpost: The defences sensed the Huang Zhong as sufficiently advanced to pose a threat to their archive. Kirk and Federation ambassador Dana Sortino join them as they try to find a way to make it safe.

Meanwhile, the Romulans, suspicious of the Federation's interest in the system, despatch a ship to investigate. Ignoring the Enterprise's warnings, the ship travels through the rift and triggers off the defence systems. Damaged, it is forced to make an emergency landing on Gralafi.

The Romulans attack the underground structure, triggering off further defence mechanisms including a self-destruct. After a series of encounters, Kirk and his people finally manage to overcome the Romulans and take them prisoner, while the salvage team led by Kyle manage to secure their ship. Uhura manages to disable the self-destruct. Three more Romulan ships arrive, determined to exact vengeance for the attack on their ship and seemingly ready to attack two defenceless Dolysian freighters. The Enterprise, commanded by Scott, rescues the crew and makes a warp jump through the rift. When the Romulans follow, Spock, Uhura and Boma are able to use the defences to disable their ships and also disperse the energy shield.

With the Romulans repaired enough to leave the system, the Federation elects to establish a permanent presence in the system to defend them against further incursions, with Boma joining a scientific team to investigate the Kalandan outpost.

This article or section is incomplete
This article is marked as lacking essential detail, and needs attention. Information regarding expansion requirements may be found on the article's talk page. Feel free to edit this page to assist with this expansion.

ReferencesEdit

CharactersEdit

Ronald ArensBatriaSamuel BomaApril HebertSuresh KariJames T. KirkJohn KyleLeonard McCoyMeyeliriNick MineccoRzaelir Zihr du MolidinChristine RideoutMontgomery ScottMylasOderaDana SortinoSpockHikaru SuluTeriusT'VrelNyota UhuraVathraelDonovan Washburn
Referenced only 
Praetor of the Romulan Star EmpireLosiraWylenn

Starships and vehiclesEdit

Dolysian freighterUSS Enterprise (Constitution-class) • USS Huang Zhong (Archer-class) • ChR Nevathu (Romulan bird-of-prey)
Referenced only 
Dolysian sleeper shipUSS Lexington (Constitution-class) • USS ResoluteUSS Potemkin (Constitution-class) • USS Lavinius (Loknar-class) • USS Constellation (Constitution-class)

LocationsEdit

GralafiKondaii system • the Pass
Referenced only 
DolysiaEarthStarbase 12Starbase 23

Races and culturesEdit

DolysianHuman (African) • RomulanVulcan
Referenced only 
Kalandan

States and organizationsEdit

Romulan Star EmpireStarfleetUnited Federation of Planets
Referenced only 
Klingon EmpireStarfleet AcademyStarfleet Command

Other referencesEdit

black holebrandybridgechronitonclass Mcryogenicserinadiumfirst contactfourth planetfreighterkilometermoonnebulanovaorbitplanetplanetoidplasma stormplaying cardpokerprobepulsarquasarsensorsleeper shipStarfleet uniform (2265-2270)turboliftverteronviewscreenyear

AppendicesEdit

BackgroundEdit

  • In initial promotional materials the Huang Zhong was identified as the USS Robert Ballard and the star system was known as Xondaii instead of the novelized name Kondaii.

Original publisher's descriptionEdit

An original novel set in the universe of Star Trek: The Original Series!
The Xondaii system—located in an area of non-aligned space near Federation and Romulan territory—is home to a unique stellar phenomenon: a spatial rift which opens every 2.7 Earth years, remains open for a period of approximately twenty-one Earth days, and allows access to a small planetoid that orbits in proximity to the system’s fourth planet. During this brief window, the people of Xondaii undertake a massive interplanetary operation: mineral ore is ferried from the mining operation while supplies, crew replacements, and so on are transported from the planet. Also, communications with the mining colony on the planetoid are possible only when the rift is open.
Science vessel USS Robert Ballard is severely damaged during its mission to the system, and the USS Enterprise is dispatched to investigate and render assistance. But Kirk, Spock, and Sulu also collect the data about the rift, and the evidence they’ve gathered regarding its artificial nature is compelling. How has this not been discovered by anyone from Xondaii, especially when considering the extensive mining operations that have been in place for decades? And what can prevent enemies of the Federation from exploiting this newfound power?

TimelineEdit

Production historyEdit

Published Order
Previous novel:
The Rings of Time
TOS novels Next novel:
Allegiance in Exile
Previous story:
What Judgments Come
Stories by:
Dayton Ward & Kevin Dilmore
Next story:
In Tempest's Wake

Also on Fandom

Random Wiki