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Picard confronts a deadly secret from the past!


The legendary Starfleet Captain Lucien Murat, a contemporary of Christopher Pike, disappeared during a battle with the alien Tarn. Now, generations later, Captain Picard is conducting delicate diplomatic negotiations with the Tarn when the starship Enterprise discovers the descendants of Murat and his crew stranded on a desolate planet, still fighting a war that ended decades ago.
The Human castaways face destruction, but more than these precious lives are at stake. Unless Picard can find a solution, a lost hero's legacy may ignite a new era of interstellar war!


Descendants of survivors from Murat's vessel have no functional subspace radio—and are completely unaware that the war is over. They have developed their own crude industrial base in order to defend themselves from the equally militant descendants of a crashed Tarn vessel's crew. They have copies of P-51 Mustang warplanes, copies of M1 Garand rifles, and copies of full body armor and uniforms bearing Starfleet markings. They retain the information necessary to fabricate these things because they make use of the intact databases from their ship. Standing forces who consider themselves to be loyal members of the Federation, fighting for their lives, employ methods such as child soldiers and mass incineration booby traps. They also have and use lethal chemical and biological weapons at a tactical level. The Tarn on the planet, for their part, have recently relearned the fabrication and use of crude low-yield tactical nuclear weapons. They not only do not know that the war between the Tarn and Federation is over, but they also do not know that the Federation-Klingon war is over.

Both combatant groups have suffered extreme psychological anguish, and are extremely bloodthirsty and intransigent. Verdun crew descendants, for example, feel contempt for Riker and the other Enterprise personnel when they learn that these strangers have not earned their ranks through promotion for killing many Klingons in battle—furthermore, they find that these others do not derive pleasure from extreme violence. Soon, armed vessels from both sides arrive, standing ready to re-ignite the larger war between the Tarn and the Federation in order to "save" their respective citizens fighting on the planet below. The situation is finally resolved when Jean-Luc Picard and Harna Karish agree to each simultaneously give strategic mass destruction weapons to the opposing side in the fighting below. This creates a situation in which it finally becomes possible to get each side to cease hostilities and agree to be evacuated.



Jean-Luc PicardWilliam T. RikerBeverly CrusherDataGeordi La ForgeWorf, Son of MoghDeanna TroiLucian MuratHarna KarishJanice EardmanGaru JordEddiesGarrettLysander MuratJulia MuratAlissia MuratForsythGuinanMiller (Torgu-Va)Fenderson (Torgu-Va)Kochanski (Torgu-Va)Karlson (Torgu-Va)Ripley (Torgu-Va)Chang (Torgu-Va)Ashobi KarunaAkiko KarunaGadinJarah
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Bamberg (Torgu-Va)Bamberg (USS Verdun)Carnelli (Torgu-Va)Carnelli (USS Verdun)Chang (USS Verdun)Fenderson (USS Verdun)Karlson (USS Verdun)KadishKarunaKochanski (USS Verdun)La Forge (Ensign)Christopher MarloweJohn MasefieldMiller (USS Verdun)Joachim MuratTillean MuratNagaruNapoleonChristopher PikePreadyQivaRipley (USS Verdun)Akiko Torunaga

Starships and vehiclesEdit

USS Enterprise-D (Galaxy-class) • USS VerdunUSS ConstitutionUSS TsushimaRashasaTarn starshipsBetelgeuse (Sleeper Ship)
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IKS PaghUSS Enterprise (Constitution-class) • USS Enterprise (Ambassador-class) • Royal barge


Shipboard and stationbound localesEdit

USS Enterprise-D 
corridortransporter roombridgeready roomobservation loungeten forwardholodeckquarters (Picard's, Eardman's, Karish's)
USS Verdun 

Planetary locations and institutionsEdit

AmericaFranceStarfleet AcademyEuropeIndianaMaine • North Atlantic OceanRussiaRomeSan FranciscoFederation Battle Station Torgu-VaDelta ThreeDelta Seven

Stations and outpostsEdit

Delta ElevenDelta FiveTarett IV orbital baseWatch Station Zebra

Planets and planetoidsEdit

Referenced only 
EarthHenson's WorldGaramoraTarett IVTerga VII

Stars and systemsEdit

Torgu-Va system
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Stellar regionsEdit

Tarn Neutral ZoneMagellanic Clouds

Races and culturesEdit

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States and organizationsEdit

StarfleetUnited Federation of PlanetsKalaKaruukiKatulaFirst CircleCouncil of CirclesLa Forge familyUnited States of AmericaConfederate States of AmericaUS 28th Colored TroopsKlingon EmpireKlingon Defense ForceStarfleet Ground Attack MarinesTarn Imperial FleetTarn EmpireBattle Group BambergBattle Group Carnellicommand divisionsciences divisionoperations divisionStarfleet 4th Torgu-Va Assault Battalion8th Company of the Hadarish Command

Technology and weaponsEdit

androidAntimatter space-to-surface penetratorsartificial heartatomic weaponbattle jumpsuitbayonetbinocularschain gunchemical weaponchlorinecommand chaircomputercorditeEnvironmental suitF-16 Fighting FalconGotherin EightGotherin Eight-Bfragmentation grenadeinfraredknifelaser scalpelM1 Garandminemortarmultiple burst lasernapalmP-51 MustangPADDparachutephaserphoton torpedoprojectile weaponreplicatorsensorseismic probeSurface-to-space phasersshuttlecraftsleeper shipsonic showerspace stationstarshipstasis fieldtargeting scannerTarn Ceremonial Daggertransportertruckturbolift

Ranks and titlesEdit

admiralcadetcaptainchief engineercommandercommanding officercommodorecorporalcounselordoctoremperorengineerensignfirst officergunnery sergeanthistorianlieutenantlieutenant commanderMarshal of Francemidshipmannavigatorofficerprofessorsecurity chiefsecond officersergeantenlistedgeneralprinceling

Other referencesEdit

American Civil WaracidarchaeologybatBattle of the CraterBattle of TrafalgarbeveragebloodCelsiuschesschocolateChristmasCircle (Tarn)colonydiagnostic softwarediplomacydistress calldress uniformFederation Code of ConductFederation StandardFederation-Tarn WarfoodFrench languagegarthin cactusgovernmentgranitehammasihandshakeHarmahistoryHoly OneshullinsigniaironkilometerkilotonleadLegion of Meritlifeformlimestonelog entryNapoleon brandynitrateobduliorbitalparsecplanetplasta laminationPrime Directivepsychologyrankrank insigniareptileSea-Feverstarstar systemStarfleet Historical ReviewsteelstrawberryTacigTamburlaine the GreatTarn languagetechnologyThirty OutcaststigertitletreatyuniformuniverseuraniumVenduvian saucewaterwormholeyaktu


July 30, 1864 
La Forge's ancestor loses arm at Battle of the Crater.
mid-21st century 
Betelgeuse sleeper ship departs Earth.
Tarn Wars begin. Ensign La Forge killed in attack on USS Constitution.
mid-22nd century 
Magellanic Cloud sleeper ship departs Federation.
Verdun lost.
Tarn Wars end.
Betelgeuse sleeper ship survivors found.
Riker and Eardman part ways.
Enterprise-D explores the former no-fly zone and discovers Verdun.



The author acknowledged the novel's uncredited co-writer, Elizabeth Kitsteiner Salzer, in Voyages of Imagination by Jeff Ayers.

Many notes from the book seem to depict a belief that the Tarn Wars were an occurrence of the era of The Original Series, such as the uniform colors, the uniform pictured on the cover and descriptions of miniskirt uniforms and rank insignia as well as the mentions of Captain Pike and the original Constitution class Enterprise. This is in contradiction to the dating information, which places events in the mid 22nd century, two hundred years prior to the TNG era the book is set in, and one hundred years prior to TOS. It is possible that the authors were unfamiliar with the Star Trek timeline, or that the book had been heavily re-edited to remove information that could be seen as contradictory to TOS continuity.

A very vague reference creates a possibility that Picard was considered to have been a relative or descendant of Captain Murat, in that Picard tells Midshipman Forsyth that he had an ancestor who played chess with the Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte. Marshal Joachim Murat is noted to have been one of Napoleon's chess opponents. In real life, Murat is a direct ancestor of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine star Rene Auberjonois through his mother.


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