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The Romulan Way is a 1987 Star Trek: The Original Series movie-era novel by Diane Duane and Peter Morwood, the second book of the Rihannsu series.

Duane and Morwood wrote the book in seventeen days while on their honeymoon.

Introduction (blurb)Edit

They are a race of warriors, a noble people to whom honor is all. They are cousin to the Vulcan, ally to the Klingon, and Starfleet's most feared and cunning adversary. They are the Romulans - and for eight years, Federation Agent Terise LoBrutto has hidden in their midst.

Now the presence of a captured Starfleet officer forces her to make a fateful choice - between exposure and escape; between maintaining her cover - and saving the life of Dr. Leonard McCoy.

Here, in a startlingly different adventure, is the truth behind one of the most fascinating alien races ever created in Star Trek:

The Romulans.

SummaryEdit

The Romulan Way is framed as a "subjective-conceptual history" text by Terise Haleakala-LoBrutto, published in a Federation scientific journal under the title The Romulan Way. It tracks two narratives, one a recounting of Romulan history from the Sundering to the aftermath of the Earth-Romulan War and the creation of the Romulan Star Empire, the other set in the present day and told from the perspectives of LoBrutto and Leonard McCoy. The book alternates chapters between the two stories.

In the present day narrative LoBrutto, a human anthropologist surgically altered to appear Romulan, is undercover on Romulus as Arrhae i-Mnaeha t'Khellian, hru'hfe (household manager) to Romulan nobleman H'daen tr'Khellian. McCoy, taken prisoner in a Romulan raid on a Federation starliner, is brought to the Khellian estate before his trial in the capital city Ra'tleihfi for crimes against the Romulan people. In reality it is a false flag operation by Starfleet Intelligence to check up on LoBrutto, who has not reported in for some time. Due to the dictates of mnhei'sahe McCoy is treated more like an honored guest than a prisoner slated for execution.

Eventually the Khellian household travels to the capital with McCoy in tow, and McCoy is tried and convicted by the Imperial Senate and sentenced to death. He demands the Right of Statement, a Romulan judicial practice intended to create the appearance of a fair trial by allowing the defendant to speak in their defense, and proceeds to turn it on its head by talking for hours on end about everything from the lack of rigor in Romulan jurisprudence to barbecue sauce recipes. The delaying tactic pays off and allows USS Enterprise crew member Dahai Iohor Naraht, a Horta, to burrow his way across Romulus from his insertion point (he had been dropped from orbit and survived unharmed on account of his physiology) and into the Senate chamber. With the diversions in place, the exiled Khre'Riov Ael t'Rllaillieu lands her warbird ChR Bloodwing on Senate's roof to retrieve McCoy and Naraht. McCoy offers to extract LoBrutto under the cover of taking her hostage but she declines, saying that she's grown to love living on Romulus despite the danger. They stage a dramatic escape for her from McCoy's attempt to take her hostage.

Commander Ael takes the Sword of S'task from its place in the Empty Chair, stating that the Tricameron had ceased to be worthy of it, and she and McCoy beam aboard the Bloodwing and make a fighting retreat from Romulus.

In the aftermath many are executed in an attempt to cover up the colossal political embarrassment to the Tricameron, and LoBrutto's Arrhae t'Khellian cover identity is ennobled: she becomes Arrhae i-Khellian t'llhweiir and a senator in her own right.

ReferencedEdit

CharactersEdit

DhiemnDiniEjiulEkkhaeTerise Haleakala-LoBruttoHanajHHirlKhoalRon LuksMike MalianiLeonard E. McCoyN'alaeDahai Iohor NarahtNniolStephen C. PerryJ. Michael ReavesJohnny RussellS'anraS'harienNnerhin tr'Hwersuil s'KhellianS'taskSarekSurakt'Hrienteht'HwaehraiHloal t'IllialhlaeHvaid t'KhaethaetrehArrhe ir-Mnaeha t'KhellianT'maekhJaeih t'RadaikVriha t'RehuAel t'RllaillieuEviess t'TeiThueNveid tr'AAnikhtr'AimneMaiek tr'Annhwitr'HheiniaGiellun tr'KeirianhLhaesl tr'KhedH'daen tr'KhellianLhaesl tr'KhevAidoann t'KhnialmnaeLlhran tr'KhnialmnaeVaebn tr'Lhoell
Referenced only 
B'tey'nnG. BricknerE. BryantCharvanekd'ArtagnanElementsElizabeth IK. FareyN. FareyB. FergusonD. FriedmanC. GambleD. GambleGodH'rewissRobert A. HeinleinHiradAdolf HitlerT. JohnsonJussacKh'Avn-ArahtT. KingJames T. KirkMatildaB. MeachamW. MeierW. MeierPowersRavenSadekR. SepulvedaK. Siegels'KhnialmnaeSpockT'EleijhaT'LeiaT'PehrAel t'RllaillieuT'sahenT'thusaihTafvTalv'LinLai i-Ramnau tr'EhhelihLLunih tr'RaedheolJocelyn Treadway

Starships and vehiclesEdit

Akif-classflitterK'hanakh-classK't'inga-classVarrhan-series flitter

Vulcan/Romulan starshipsEdit

BlacklightBloodwingCoronaFirestormForgeGorgetLanceLost RoadMemoryPennonRea's HelmShieldStarcatcherSunheartT'HieVengeanceWarbird

United Federation of Planets starshipsEdit

USS BalboaUSS CarrizalUSS EnterpriseUSS ExcaliburUSS InaieuKobayashi MaruUSS NelsonUSS Stone MountainUSS ValiantVega

Romulan Star Empire starshipsEdit

ChR AvengerChR BattlequeenChR BloodwingChR JavelinChR Rea's HelmChR Talon

LocationsEdit

AreinnyeHellIuruth

StellarEdit

40 Eridani88 Eridani113 Trianguli114 Trianguli128 Trianguli198 Eridani4408 A/B Triangulida'NikhirchEisnRomulan Neutral ZoneSigma-1014 Orionis

Planets, moons, and planetoidsEdit

ch'Havranch'RihanCharisDireidiDuiyaDuthulEarthEtoshaHellguardIruhJanus VILahainLast EtoshaLevaeri VLunaMarsRhei'llhneSigma Pavonis IVSisyphosVulcanZeta Reticuli

Space stations and starbasesEdit

L-5 Colonieszeta Reticuli orbital research facility

PlanetaryEdit

Catal HuyukElheu districtFloridaGeorgiai'RamnauIhhlaieIntelligence CenterLA PlexMalory-Lynne-Stephens mineral processing plantNekhieNew York Old CityPlains of AihaiRa'tleihfiRhehiv'jeShi'KahrStarfleet Intelligence Headquartersta'ValshTe'RikhThermopylaeVulcan's Forge

Races and culturesEdit

AndorianBhvuiGornHamalkiHortaHuman (BasqueDaneIndianItalianPolynesianRomanSpanishSpartanWelshyankee) • IruheKlingonOrganianOrionRomulan ~ RihannsuSulamidTellariteVulcan

States and organizationsEdit

Governments and politicalEdit

CouncilloryGrand CouncilInshai CompactKlingon EmpireKlingon High CouncilNonaligned Planets of Southern Orion CongeriesRomulan SenateRomulan Star EmpireRuling Queens of Kh'reitekhUnited Federation of PlanetsYhri faction

Social and militaryEdit

Command ConditioningDuthulhivHouse KhellianHouse KhnialmnaeHouse LhoellHouse s'AnnhwiKihaiLLunihNn'verianOrionpirateRomulan High CommandRomulan Imperial IntelligenceRomulan Imperial MilitaryShip-ClansStarfleetTricameronUnited Federation of Planets Starfleet Intelligence Corps.Vulcan High Council

Companies and institutionsEdit

Ford Motor CompanyRolls-RoyceStarfleet AcademyVulcan Academy of Sciences

Other referencesEdit

A/G linearAhkhAlice in WonderlandAnglishArt DecoBode's LawBronze AgeBussard ramjetcesium clockcloaking deviceContributioncowboycreditDeirr moderndeityDistArbGalCoreDoric orderduotronicEmpty ChairFirst Romulan WarGalLatGalLongghostHamalket second T'r'lkt eraHeinlein's LawHellenic periodHfehanHlai-brainedI.C.X. Medical JournalIndex Xeno Medicalisintradermal translatorThe Journal of the Federation, Institute for the Study of XenosociologyLast SongLate Great Unpleasantnesslehe'jhmeLevaeri V incidentlogic-solidLunglock feverlyremindtreeNon-ApologyOld High VulcanOld Westprime transfer authorityprotodeityradioRight of StatementRomulan Golden AgeRomulan languageThe Romulan Wayryillscraping-stoneseheiksilk ribbonStatement of Intention of FlightSteheht modeA Study of Socioeconomic Influences on Vulcan Space ExplorationSunderingT'sahen's StrictureTen Lordships of the Thaha DynastyTreaty of Alpha Triangulitri-DVehe'rr IhlanVulcan ReformationWar Between the StateswiltleafWorldfall

Ranks and titlesEdit

antecenturioncommandercommander generalknightRuling Queen of the Two Worldssenior centurionsubcenturionsubcommanderTen Lordships of the Andorian Thaha Dynasty

ClothingEdit

bootkiltsingletsock

Food and drinkEdit

alcoholbeanbolognabreadeggflatrootfonduegruelKentucky bourbonkhehlemonlemonademeatrollmilkmintmint juleppizzaRomulan aleSaurian brandysushiTex-Mex chiliwine

WeaponsEdit

blasterdart-speardisruptorknifeplanetcracker weaponSunkiller bombsword

AnimalsEdit

camelcatcrabguinea pighawkHlaiHlai'hwyhorselionmousesehlatwolf

Substances, minerals and elementsEdit

Aerosalaspirindanegeldglasteelochrerubysaltsilksugarteflonwool

Vulcan datesEdit

AhhahrIrhheen

InformationEdit

ContinuityEdit

The Romulan Way's version of the Earth-Romulan War was largely jossed by later canon established by Star Trek: Enterprise and the subsequent Romulan War novel series. In this book's version of events the Federation discovered the Romulans as a non-warp-capable people. Due to the disastrous historical contact with the Duthulhiv pirates which led to the Sundering, the Romulans assumed the worst of the Federation and built a sublight space navy that swarmed and captured the next Federation exploration vessel to approach Romulus. From this they reverse-engineered weapons and deflector shield technology, as well as warp drive. In ENT the Romulans were already a spacefaring people with an interstellar state at the time of first contact, and the Federation did not yet exist.

The Romulan Way and its sequels were also contradicted on the nature of the Remans and Romulus' sister planet Remus by Star Trek Nemesis. In this series they are a different ethnicity of Romulans, and Remus is a verdant, primarily agrarian planet whose inhabitants face racial discrimination from the natives of Romulus. In canon the Remans are a different Vulcanoid species originating from a tidally locked wasteland of a world.

ConnectionsEdit

published order
Previous novel:
Dreams of the Raven
TOS numbered novels Next novel:
Worlds Apart, Book 2:
How Much for Just the Planet?
Previous novel:
Strangers from the Sky
TOS novels Next novel:
Worlds Apart, Book 2:
How Much for Just the Planet?
Previous novel:
My Enemy, My Ally
Rihannsu novels Next novel:
Swordhunt
Previous novel:
My Enemy, My Ally
First Star Trek novel
Novels by:
Diane Duane

Peter Morwood
Next novel:
Spock's World
Rules of Engagement
chronological order
Previous Adventure:
Timetrap
Pocket Next Adventure:
Swordhunt
Previous Adventure:
Timetrap
The Continuing
Voyages of the
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701)
Next Adventure:
Swordhunt
The above chronology placements are based on the primary placement in 2276.
The Pocket Books Timeline places events from this story in six other timeframes:
Previous Adventure:
The Devil's Heart
Chapter 13
249
Chapter 2
Next Adventure:
Vulcan's Soul Book 1:
Exodus
Chapters 2, 4, 6 , 7 , 9, 10, 12, 13, 15, 16 & 18
Previous Adventure:
Vulcan's Soul Book 1:
Exodus
Chapter 19
285
Chapter 4
Next Adventure:
The Lost Years
Prologue
Previous Adventure:
Vulcan's Soul Book 1:
Exodus
Chapter 21, 23 & 25
300
Chapter 6
Next Adventure:
Vulcan's Soul Book 2:
Exiles
Memory
Previous Adventure:
Vulcan's Soul Book 1:
Exodus
Chapter 2
750
Chapter 8
Next Adventure:
Kahless
Even Chapters
Previous Adventure:
Kahless
Even Chapters
846
Chapter 10
Next Adventure:
The Long Night
Prologue
Previous Adventure:
Horizon
2153
Chapter 12
Next Adventure:
The Breach

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