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James T. Kirk is on leave after the ISS Farragut encountered a "vampire cloud" and most of the crew was killed, all at Kirk's behest. Kirk uses his time off to gather information about Christopher Pike, captain of the ISS Enterprise, in order to assassinate him and gain command of the Enterprise. With the help of Spock and Marlena Moreau, Kirk learns that Pike is under the influence of the Talosians. Also as part of his leave, Kirk is forced to get a mental evaluation, so he goes to the Tantalus colony to have his old friend Simon Van Gelder provide him with one. While on the colony, Kirk gains control of the Tantalus device. Kirk then uses this device to assassinate Pike and Number One, gaining command of the Enterprise for himself and the first officer's position for Spock.



Tristan AdamsPhillip BoyceJames T. KirkMarlena MoreauChristopher PikeSpockSimon Van GelderTalosian Magistrate
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Dikironium cloud creatureSean FinneganStephen GarrovickGeorge Samuel Kirk, Jr.J. Mia ColtNumber OneVinaOscar Wilde

Starships and vehiclesEdit

ISS Enterprise
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ISS Farragut


Starfleet AcademyStarfleet HeadquartersTalos IVTantalus colony
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Utopia Planitia Fleet Yards

Races and culturesEdit

Dikironium cloud creatureKlingonOrionTalosianTerranVulcan

States and organizationsEdit

Bureau of Mental HygieneImperial StarfleetStarfleet CommandTerran Empire
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Imperial Senate of the Terran Empire

Ranks and titlesEdit

captainCommander-in-Chief of the Imperial Starfleetdoctorfirst officerLieutenantlieutenant commander

Other referencesEdit

agonizeragony boothchesscoderegggoldlatinummartiniphasertelepathyThe Picture of Dorian GraySaurian brandyTantalus devicetransporterZ-Magnees Prize


Related storiesEdit

  • The TOS comic: "Mirror Images" depicts an alternate account of how Kirk took command of the Enterprise.
  • TOS episode: "The Cage"- This story tells of the events of "The Cage" as they happened in the mirror universe.
Star Trek: Mirror Universe publications and stories
Novels "The Sorrows of Empire" • "Rise Like Lions"
Novellas Glass Empires "Age of the Empress" • "The Sorrows of Empire" • "The Worst of Both Worlds"
Obsidian Alliances "The Mirror-Scaled Serpent" • "Cutting Ties" • "Saturn's Children"
Short stories Shards and Shadows "Empathy" • "The Greater Good" • "Homecoming" • "Family Matters" • "The Traitor" • "A Terrible Beauty" • "The Sacred Chalice" • "For Want of a Nail" • "Nobunaga" • "The Black Flag" • "Ill Winds" • "Bitter Fruit"
Stories featuring the mirror universe
Enterprise episode: "In a Mirror, Darkly" • prose: Age of the Empress • "Nobunaga"
The Original Series episode: "Mirror, Mirror" • comics: The Mirror Universe Saga ("... Promises to Keep" • "Double Image" • "Deadly Reflection!" • "The Tantalus Trap!" • "Masquerade!" • "Behind Enemy Lines!" • "The Beginning of the End..." • "Homecoming...") • Fragile GlassMirror Images ("Issue 1" • "Issue 2" • "Issue 4" • "Issue 5") • "The Mirror, Crackedprose: SpectreDark VictoryPreserverThe Sorrows of Empire • "Ill Winds" • "The Greater Good" • video game: Shattered Universe
The Next Generation comic: "Mirror Images, Issue 3" • prose: Dark MirrorThreeThe Worst of Both Worlds • "The Traitor" • "The Sacred Chalice" • "For Want of a Nail" • Rise Like Lions
Deep Space Nine episodes: "Crossover" • "Through the Looking Glass" • "Shattered Mirror" • "Resurrection" • "The Emperor's New Cloak" • comic: "Enemies & Allies" • prose: Dark PassionsWarpathSaturn's ChildrenFearful Symmetry • "A Terrible Beauty" • The Soul Key • "Freedom Angst"
Voyager prose: The Mirror-Scaled Serpent • "Bitter Fruit"
New Frontier comics: Turnaround ("Part I" • "Part II" • "Part III" • "Part IV" • "Part V") • prose: Cutting Ties • "Homecoming"
Klingon Empire prose: "Family Matters" Titan prose: "Empathy" Vanguard prose: "The Black Flag"
Miniseries and anthologies RPG sourcebook: Through a Glass, Darklycomics: The Mirror Universe SagaTurnaroundMirror Imagesprose: Mirror Universe TrilogyMirror Universe (Glass EmpiresObsidian AlliancesShards and Shadows)


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