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Battle with the Klingons!

The Fires of Pharos is a Star Trek: The Original Series comic published by Marvel-Paramount Comics in 1997, it is the second issue in the Star Trek: Early Voyages series, set during Christopher Pike's captaincy of the USS Enterprise. The story sees the Enterprise arrive in the Marrat system (after its mission was delayed in the previous issue); there the Enterprise battles with Marrat brigand pirates and Klingons to secure the dangerous Marrat Nebula.

SummaryEdit

Starbase 13

The Enterprise drives the brigand fleet off from Starbase 13

In the Marrat NebulaLieutenant Tyler moves the USS Enterprise through evasive maneuver sigma-delta-one before turning the starship about to finish driving off the remainder of hostile fleet that had been attacking Starbase 13. With the starbase’s docking array damaged and communications out, a team lead by Captain Pike beams over the access the situation.

The team is greeted by Commodore Hal Wyeth, as Yeoman Cusack helps the medical personal set up a triage center to help the starbase’s wounded the Commodore fills Pike and Spock in on the local situation; The station, originally built to help police the dangerous region, has itself come under siege in a response by local pirateers to another Starfleet plan to bring order to the region in Project Pharos, the building of a huge "lighthouse" on a nearby planet. What's more, while they were drilling the foundations for the lighthouse, the engineering teams found vast amounts of extremely pure dilithium, and the Commodore fears this valuable find has been leaked when, two hours earlier, contact was lost with the engineering teams on the planet.

IKS Varchas

Kaaj's D7

Elsewhere in the NebulaKlingon Commander Kaaj punishes one of his officers for doubting his command abilities and then takes his ship in pursuit of the Enterprise as she moves off from Starbase 13.

On the Enterprise, Captain Pike informs a badly disrupted Commodore Wyeth of the Enterprise’s progress towards the Pharos siteworld and receives a word of warning from the experienced veteran of the region "expect the unexpected". In response the Captain has Mr Tyler commence broadband sensor sweeps to locate the said unexpected. Meanwhile, Spock finishes his analysis of the earlier brigand attack. The fleet consisted of an unusual combination of Orion, Arcturan, Khodini and renegade Human vessels. With evidence of a deadly criminal alliance Pike moves the ship up to Yellow Alert as the Enterprise reaches her destination.

Lighthouse

The Enterprise approaching the Pharos siteworld

Number One leads a landing party to investigate the lighthouse and quickly find evidence of recent disruptor fire before coming under fire from Klingons themselves.

Above, the Enterprise is also engaged by the Klingons. Unusually efficient Klingons who take advantage of the Starfleet vessel's weaknesses. Kaaj decimates main engineering before making himself known to Pike demanding a surrender.

Meanwhile, below, Yeoman Cusack attempts to lighten the mood by relaying a tale of his and Pike's earlier encounters with the Tholians. Above, Pike and Kaaj engage in a battle of words, Pike refusing to surrender whilst Kaaj threatens the Enterprise's destruction and warns of his perceived Federation ploy to keep the rich dilithium deposits on the unclaimed world below to itself could lead to war. At a stalemate Pike looks for an alternative solution…

Pharos

The fires of Pharos

On the Pharos siteworld, Number One successfully leads the landing party behind the attacking Klingons and defeats their opponents. Then, upon finding survivors from the engineering teams, beams back to the Enterprise.

Pike having devised his new strategy arms phasers. Kaaj warns of escalating the situation, to which Pike retorts that is exactly what he wishes to avoid, and fires... on the planet!

The planet ignites into a blazing beacon, which Spock estimates given the vast fuel reserves of the body will burn for decades to come. Detecting a new group of Federation vessels moving into the area, the Klingons depart, but not before Kaaj warns; Pike owes him a blood debt for his humiliation, "BortaS bir jablu’DI reH QaQqu’nay" (Revenge is a dish best served cold)...

ReferencesEdit

CharactersEdit

Phillip BoyceGabrielle CarlottiCaymanDermot CusackKaaj, son of TorgKirKoljMoves-With-Burning-GraceSita MohindasNanoNumber OneChristopher PikeRaegerSpockJosé TylerVirkaHal Wyethunnamed USS Enterprise personnelunnamed Starbase 13 personnelunnamed IKS Varchas personnel

Starships and vehiclesEdit

USS Enterprise (Constitution-class) • IKS Varchas (D7-class battle cruiser) • unnamed brigand starships

LocationsEdit

Marrat NebulaMarrat systemStarbase 13Pharos siteworldProject Pharos

Races and culturesEdit

ArcturanHumanKhodiniKlingonLirinOrionVulcan
Referenced only 
Tholian

States and organisationsEdit

Federation StarfleetKlingon EmpireMarrat brigandUnited Federation of Planets

Science and technologyEdit

dilithiumdisruptorEPS conduition stormphaserphoton torpedotricorderwarp engine

Ranks and titlesEdit

captainchief engineercommandercommodoredoctorfleet admiralnurseyeoman

Other referencesEdit

blood debtevasive maneuversFort Apachegold rushlanding partylighthousemain engineeringtransporter roomwar

TimelineEdit

ChronologyEdit

This comic takes place very shortly after the preceding issue, "Flesh of My Flesh", which saw the Enterprise diverted from the mission shown in this issue. It occurs some time before "Our Dearest Blood", which itself takes place shortly before "The Cage", placing this comic in 2254.

Chronological Order
Previous adventure:
Flesh of My Flesh
Memory Beta Chronology Next adventure:
Our Dearest Blood
Stardate 2378.1 (c. 2254)
The USS Enterprise arrives in the Marrat system to support Starbase 13 against brigand attacks. The Enterprise discovers the attacks are being orchestrated by the Klingon Kaaj, attempting to sabotage Starfleet's Project Pharos. (Events of the story. No calendar date given, but the stardate is close to those of other Early Voyages stories which take place around the episode "The Cage", in 2254.)

Production historyEdit

Published Order
Previous comic:
Flesh of My Flesh
EV comics Next comic:
Our Dearest Blood

AppendicesEdit

BackgroundEdit

Early Voyages fonts

Early Voyages title variations

  • This issue features a slightly revised version of the Star Trek: Early Voyages title; the original title from the previous, and first, issue of the series, "Flesh of My Flesh", arranged the titles on a slight curve. This issues straight line version of the title continued to be used until the fourth issue of the series. The fifth issue reinstated the curved design, which remained in use until the conclusion of the series.
  • Amongst the 18 pages of advertisements in this comic is one page that advertises subscriptions to Marvel's comic, highlighting Star Trek comics with an image of the USS Voyager. Another page advertises toys produced by Playmates to tie in with the film Star Trek: First Contact.
  • The uniforms of the Starbase 13 personnel are shown with a distinctive assignment patch which appears only in this issue.

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

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