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The Children of Kings is a Star Trek: The Original Series novel by Dave Stern published by Pocket Books in 2010. The novel features the Orion Syndicate and the USS Enterprise crew under Captain Christopher Pike.

DescriptionEdit

A distress call goes out from a Federation outpost near the Klingon border. The USS Enterprise, under the command of Captain Christopher Pike, responds. Starbase 18 lies in ruin. There are no survivors. And there is no clue as to who is responsible for the attack, until Captain Pike's brilliant science officer discovers a means of retrieving parts of the station's log. Lieutenant Spock has detected signs of a unique energy signature, one that he believes is Klingon. There are unsubstantiated reports that the Klingon Empire has made a technological leap forward and created a cloaking device—code-named Black Snow Seven—that can shield their ships from even the most advanced sensors. The destruction of the base and the unique energy signature that remains prove that the Empire has succeeded.
For generations the Orions have been known as pirates, operating at the margins, outside of legal conventions. A proud and powerful race, the Orions were once a major force in the sector, and they have been using the tension between the Klingon Empire and the Federation to rebuild their power. Captain Pike is charged with trying to foster cooperation between the Orions and the Federation. A distress call from an Orion vessel offers him the perfect opportunity. But the Orion ship lies in disputed space long claimed by the Klingon Empire, and crossing it could be the spark that sets off an interstellar war.

SummaryEdit

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ReferencesEdit

CharactersEdit

Philip BoyceCadanCauleyChristine ChapelKax ChelubiCollinsJ. Mia ColtConnallAndreas CorzineDebaussetDeleenDruzenFinchGarrisonGorleaGozenGreekangGurgisAmoreena HardinMichaela HarrariRafael HiguerasHotoKritosRoger KorbyK'ZonLiyanMcLaughlinMearsMelliverM'LorNee'AnNeemaKimitake NoguchiNumber OnePetriChristopher PikeGlenn PitcairnRadovitchRossSmithSpockStatonT'KossBenjamin TuvalJosé TylerVayaCarl VayentesVidelDmitri VlasidovichJaya WandruskaYangZandarStarbase 18 personnel
Referenced only 
AdaiRobert AprilArgostBanquoBennettBorenCarpenterRichard DaystromDevilGodHeythumHudekJanothKahlessK'rgonKronosLeightonMadragasFerdinand MagellanMacbethMarriyanMunyaTomas NieldstromPatrice NjomoNolanMark PiperPranangReillyRudolph the red-nosed reindeerSarekSolkarLoman StockerSurakConn TamborUgaro

Starships and vehiclesEdit

USS EnterpriseGalileoGozen's shuttleIKS HexarHostilKarkon's WingLigaraMagellanOslerqIj ped
Referenced only 
bikeUSS ExcaliburUSS HoodUSS KatynUSS LexingtonUSS OlympusUSS OrpheusUSS PotemkintankIKS Torg
Ship classifications
battle cruisercargo freightercargo transportcargo vesselcivilian transportConstitution-classcourierheavy cruiserImperial sentry shipK'ud fighterlight cruiserMarauder-classNX-classOrion fighterprivateerresearch vesselshuttlecraftWarbird-classwarship

LocationsEdit

55 HamiltonAdelson cloudArgeliusBorderlandBuilding 8the galaxyHamilton systemMobile 7
Referenced only 
Alpha CentauriAlpha QuadrantAndoriaBozemanBritish IslesCeros IVDenari lineDouramiEarthGandorGorengarHellIllyriaIllyrian coloniesKados VKitulbaKronosMalboundianMusan systemNarendraNova VestroiaOptho IIIPelarPhalanxRhinos VRussiaSalazar VSan FranciscoSector Levy SixShi'KahrStannos IVStarbase 18Starfleet HeadquartersTenth sectorUtopia Planetia yardsVulcanZai Romeen

Shipboard locationsEdit

airlockbathroombridge (aux control, auxiliary science station, command chair, communications console, helm console, records station, science station, weapons console) • briefing roombrigbulkheadcargo baycommand centercorridordocking bayengineeringhullmedical wingmessobservation bayobservation deckprimary hullquarters (Number One's, Pitcairn's) • saucer sectionsciencesshuttlebay 2sickbaytorpedo controltransporter roomTreatment Room CturboliftVIP suite

Races and culturesEdit

ArgelianHuman (AsianAustralianBritish) • KlingonOrionTellariteVulcan
Referenced only 
AireeAndorianDoheleeDorelianDouramiDunbarriFerengiHuniRomulanT'landra

States and organizationsEdit

CajuCodrutaEmperor's CouncilFederation CouncilFerengi Commerce AuthorityGreat Houses of the EmpireHazard Mining ConfederacyIllyrian Cultural AcademyKlingon EmpireKlingon High CommandOrion SyndicateSecond EmpireSinghinoStarfleetStarfleet AcademyStarfleet ArchivesStarfleet CommandStarfleet IntelligenceStarfleet SecurityTrade ConfederacyUnited Federation of PlanetsVulcan Diplomatic ServiceVulcan High CommandVulcan Science Academy

Science and technologyEdit

accelerated metabolismaccess panelacidalbuminalienAlpha class power corealveoliamino acidamplifieranalysis screenanimalartificial gravity fieldartificial intelligenceatmosphereatomautomated backupautopilotbandagebath tubbattlefield medicinebeaconbiolocatorbiological warfarebiology • "Black Snow Seven" • blasterbloodblood cellbody castbonebrainbronchial shuntbronchiolescablecameracauterizingCelsiuscentimetercentrifugechemanalyzer consolechemicalchronometercirculatory systemclaviclecloaking deviceclockcomm panelcommunications systemcommunicatorcomputercomputer terminalcontrol levercontrol panelcross-breedingdata bankdata bufferdata carddata nodedatabasedeck platedefense systemdementiaDezzla's syndromediagnostic beddiagnostic consoledimensiondisplay indicatorDNAdrugEcho 119electricityelectromagnetic radiationenergyenergy curtainengineenvironmental systemsexhaust ventfeatherfeedback circuitfever reducerfirst-aid kitflimsyforce fieldfuel packfuselagegalactic planegalaxygaminagamina-Bgamina serumgeneratorgenetic codegenomegeometrygermgoldgrapplergravitational fieldgravitygunhairhammerheartheart attackhelixholding bufferholographholographic projectorhormonehourhumanoidhyposprayiceimage projectorimpulse flightinchinput moduleinstrument consolejamming signaljewelkeypadkilometerklickLeKarz sequencerlife supportliftlight-yearliquidlocatorlock platelong-range sensorlungmagnetic fieldmagnetmainframematerializermathmattermedical databasemedicinemedikitmemory bankmessage packetmetermicrocapillarymicrograpplerminutemirrormodified communicatormoleculemonitormusclemutationnanosecondnanowebernavigation subprocessornebulaneural transmitterneuro-muscular systemnutrientoilorbitOrion energy blasteroxygenozonepain receptorparsecparticlepathogenphase cascade reactionphaserpheromonepheromone-suppressant drugplantpolymerpower converterpower generatorpower gridpower linepower shuntprobeprocessing moduleprocessorprojectorpropulsion systemprosthetic implantproteinprototypeprovolineradiation shieldradioactiverainbowRECREC-tworecorder lensrecycling systemregen chamberregen gelregen therapyrestraining boltscannersecondseedsensorsensor arraysensor probeserumsex glandshieldsshowersidearmskinskullsolidsonic showerspacespacedockspaceshipspeakerspinestabilization unitstarstarbasestarshipstar systemstasis cubestatus monitorstereoisomerstimulantstorage bufferstorage framestorage modulesublightsubspacesubspace amplifiersurveillance circuitsymbiosistargeting matrixtaxonomytendonterraformingtestosteronetimetontorpedotractor beamtransfusiontransportertricorderuniversal-blood-donor packetuniversal translatoruniversevaccineveinventilation ductviewportviewscreenviruswarp drivewarp factorwaterwater pumpweapons batteryxenobiology

Ranks and titlesEdit

admiralambassadorassistant health ministerbartenderbattlefield med assistantbeggarbiologistboy scoutcaptainChancellor of the High Council of the Klingon Empirechefchemistchiefchief engineerchief ministercommandercommanding officercommodorecommunications officercommunications specialistcourtesancrewmancustodiandancerdoctoremperorengineerensignfirst officergeneralgeneticisthelmsmanhistorianImperial sentryinterpreterjunior engineering officerkinglieutenantlieutenant commandermedical chiefmerchantmusiciannon-flag officernurseofficerphysicianpilotpiratepoliticianpriestessprime warlordpsychologistrebelscience officerscientistsecond-in-commandsecurity chiefsecurity guardsecurity officersenior archivistsenior officerslavesoldierspecialistspytactical officertacticiantallithteachertechniciantraderwarriorwarlordweapons officeryeoman

Other referencesEdit

alcoholalloyalpha shiftamputationannahkasteroidAwakeningbackpackballparkbanquetbase logBattle of AkanaBattle of Kenj-a-kenjbear hugbellbeltBlack SnowblueprintbookbootbreadbrickbuffetbugButcher of PelarC shiftcanvascarbon-dating testcargo containercenturychickenchimecircletcitycloakclothingcocktailcoded burst transmissioncoffeecoincolonyconstruction logcontinentcontrol codecootiescottoncourt martialcoverallcreditcrowncurrencycushiondaggerdata burstDaystrom protocoldaydecadedeclaration of wardemocracyDenobulan bloodwormdiamonddictatorshipdistillerydistress signalDoergedogDouble Vdressdress uniformdumbbellduraniteduranium • "Earther" • emotionencryption protocolEnglish languageenvelopeerapodeuthanizeevac suitexchange programfabricfarmfield rationfirewinefirst contactfive-year missionflagflight towerfoodFountain of youthgaghgangbustergenocideglassgloveGolding simulationgovernmentgraduationgrammagraveThe Great Warguinea pighailhandshakehawkheadbandheadpiecehelmethijackingHippocratic Oathhistoryhomeworldhorseshoehull breachhydroponic gardenimage-enhancement programimmortalityImperial armorinsigniajacketjoggingjumpsuitkingdom comeklaxonKlingon bugKlingon languageknifekreelite orekronnerlab coatlab ratlaboratoryladderlanding partylanguagelapdogleatherlevel A5 certificationlevel A6 certificationlevel A7 certificationlevel A8 certificationlevel five certificationlimelogiclove potionMacbethmagicmagnesiummaintenance logmakeupmapmarriagemaskmedical gownmeditationmemorialmetalmeteormilitarymilitary uniformmineralminingmission logmodelmoneymonthmoonmothballmuseummusicmythologynervous NellieobservatoryOdysseyOrion languageoutpostpaintparkapersonal logpersonnel transferpetaQphotographpianopillowpinpipepiracyplanetplanet destroyerplaqueplasticplastic wrapperplastiformpoetryponytailportholepostage-stampprogress reportProject Kronospuppetquadrantrankratreadiness profilered alertredshirtresignationroberopeschoolsciencesectorsector mapself destructshoesnapshotsnowballSolkar archivessongsoupspace walkstardateStarfleet protocolStarfleet uniformstation logsteaksteelstorage lockersuperhumansupply routeswordsyruptableclothtadeeshtargtarifftarpteatechnologytelepathytemporary field promotionterrorismthermal glovethermostoasttooltoweltoytranscripttransparent aluminumtransport manifestTreaty of Gorengartriage centertrouserstunictwiguniformUnited Federation of Planets chartervialvideovinylvodkaVulcan languageweaponwinterworld killerxenophobiayearyellow alertzeph

ChronologyEdit

2176 
Liyan discovers a small craft from the age of the Second Empire in orbit of planet Zai Romeen. Aboard is a powerful image projector and a serum which extends life.
2227 
Doctor Philip Boyce arrives on Argelius in order to assist in a research project to restore life to a radioactive wasteland. Over the next seven years, Boyce decodes the genomes and animal and plant DNA and brings the continent to life. By the end of his time on Argelius, several settlements have been established on the newly fertile land.
2228 
Hoto is born.
2230 
Three years into his mission on Argelius, Boyce encounters a young Argelian girl named Jaya. He quickly adopts the girl.
2234 
Boyce leaves Argelius.
2240 
Number One graduates first in her class at the Illyrian Cultural Academy.
2251

AppendicesEdit

Related storiesEdit

Media featuring Christopher Pike
Episodes The CageThe Menagerie Movies Star TrekStar Trek Into Darkness
Novels Enterprise: The First AdventureVulcan's GloryLegacyThe RiftWhere Sea Meets SkyBurning DreamsA Less Perfect UnionThe Children of Kings
Short stories Conflicting NaturesA Private AnecdoteSins of the MotherThe Greater Good
Comics Early Voyages Flesh of My FleshThe Fires of PharosOur Dearest BloodNor Iron Bars a CageCloak and Dagger (12) • The Flat, Gold ForeverImmortal WoundsOne of a KindThe Fallen (12) • Futures, Part OneFuture TenseFuturesNow and ThenThanatosNemesis
other All Those Years Ago...To Walk the NightDoor in the CageReturn to the Forbidden PlanetA Prelude to WarAlien Spotlight Alien Spotlight, Volume I (VulcansOrions) • Mirror Images (1245) • Shadows of the PastThe Ends of EternitySpock: Reflections, Issue 2Star Trek Movie Adaptation (23456) • Captain's Log: Pike

BackgroundEdit

To Thine Own Self

Early solicitation cover featuring the original working title.

  • When the book was first announced it was titled To Thine Own Self. The Simon & Schuster Spring 2010 catalogue used this earlier title along with preliminary cover art, featuring two Orion slave girls, in addition to Pike and Spock, who remain on the final cover.

ConnectionsEdit

Chronological Order
Previous adventure:
Cadet Kirk
Memory Beta Chronology Next adventure:
Republic
(chapters 5-20)
The above chronology placements are based on the primary placement in 2251.
The Memory Beta Chronology places events from this story in 2 other timeframe(s):
Previous adventure:
Burning Dreams
(chapters 4 & 5)
2230 Next adventure:
The Final Frontier
(chapter 14)
Previous adventure:
Final Frontier
"Hope and a Common Future"
2251 Next Pocket adventure:
Cadet Kirk
Next MB adventure:
Flesh of My Flesh
(Flashback)

Production historyEdit

Published Order
Previous novel:
Unspoken Truth
TOS novels Next novel:
The Rings of Time
Previous story:
Nobunaga
Stories by:
Dave Stern
Next story:
most recent Star Trek story

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