Devices and desires.


Federation colonies and a Starfleet starship are destroyed by Tholians. The Tholian commander is out to avenge wrongs perpetrated against his people. The Enterprise is ordered to investigate after picking up an expert on Tholian military tactics, Kyle Riker. Meanwhile, members of the Enterprise crew ponder their future, as glimpsed by Jean-Luc Picard during his last encounter with Q.



BenChungBeverly CrusherDataGlendaHansKastocGeordi La ForgeMaggieNethraxOntiverosJean-Luc PicardGregory QuinnWilliam RikerShevekBrenda SorensonToraxDeanna TroiUprinaWorfBeta Exorpa residentsNarqal personnelUSS Stockholm personnel
Referenced only 
QRené PicardRobert PicardJan Rosenstrum

Starships and vehiclesEdit

USS Achilles (Oberth-class) • USS Enterprise-D (Galaxy-class) • Narqal (Tholian web-spinner) • USS Stockholm (Miranda-class)


Alpha UnuriaAlpha YptomisBeta ExorpaCambridge UniversityLa Barre, FranceQo'noSParsentes IIRomulan Neutral ZoneTali Valley

Races and culturesEdit


States and organizationsEdit

Klingon EmpireRomulan Star EmpireTholian AssemblyUnited Federation of Planets

Other referencesEdit

bloodfruitecalantiomLucasian chairMintooran teamugatoplasma weaponsehlatsolar collector


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