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Vulcan's Forge by Josepha Sherman and Susan Shwartz was widely praised as a groundbreaking Star Trek adventure that provided captivating new insights into both Spock and his native Vulcan. Now those same authors return with an engrossing new novel that bridges two generations of Star Trek heroes -- and reveals a crucial lost chapter in the history of Spock.

2329: Now a diplomat for the United Federation of Planets, Spock agrees to a bonding with Commander Saavik. More than a betrothal, less than a wedding, the sacred Vulcan rite is attended by both Spock's father, Sarek, and a nervous young Starfleet lieutenant named Jean-Luc Picard.

2344: Ambassador Spock receives a top-secret communication from the heart of the Romulan Empire. Decades before, Spock had met and betrayed an honorable Romulan commander during the so-called "Enterprise incident." Now she needs his help to prevent a catastrophe that could threaten the peace of the entire quadrant. Spock risks everything by traveling incognito to Romulus itself, but his covert mission becomes even more perilous when both Saavik and Picard cross the Neutral Zone in search of him.

Enmeshed in the treacherous political intrigues of the Romulan capital, undone by a fire that grows ever hotter within his blood, Spock must use all his logic and experience to survive a crisis that will ultimately determine the fate of empires.

Vulcan's Heart is a powerful tale that explores an untold turning point in the ongoing saga of Spock and the world of Vulcan.

SummaryEdit

2329Edit

Spock and Saavik are betrothed to each other in a ceremony on Vulcan, attended by Lieutenant Jean-Luc Picard, Admiral Leonard McCoy, and the crew of the USS Armstrong, where Saavik is assigned. The newly-betrothed couple does not remain in each other's company for long – as Spock leaves Vulcan on a diplomatic assignment and Saavik returns to her duties on the Armstrong.

2344Edit

Fifteen years later, Saavik remains assigned as first officer aboard the USS Armstrong and Spock is on assignment to the world Oriki. While on assignment, Spock receives a coded transmission from within the Romulan Star Empire from an old acquaintance, Lhiviana Charvanek – the Romulan commander from whom he and James Kirk stole an experimental cloaking device in 2267 (TOS episode: "The Enterprise Incident"). The message from Charvanek warns Spock that something sinister is building within the Empire under the leadership of the dishonorable Praetor Draleth. In hopes of both investigating the rumors and furthering his theories of a Vulcan/Romulan sundering, Spock embarks for Romulus. Posing as Symakhos, a scientist performing research on Romulus, Spock arrives in Ki Baratan – the Romulan capital – and is chauffeured to Charvanek's estate. The old friends discuss the state of the Empire under Draleth – plagued by agricultural failures and domestic unrest over high tariffs and taxes – Charvanek fears that Draleth poses a threat to the Emperor and the two wonder if he is channeling resources to a military build-up. As Charvanek and Spock plan to attend a session of the Romulan Senate, she proposes a replacement for the Praetor – her cousin Admiral Narviat.

Onboard the Armstrong, Saavik is contacted by Admiral Uhura, who explains that Spock has mysteriously left his assignment on Oriki and gives Saavik intelligence that directs her to Romulus. Saavik receives passage on a Barolian freighter into the Empire, posing as Ivasta, a Vulcan healer, who can treat T’Shevit’s Syndrome, from which the Praetor is suffering. Meanwhile, at the Senate, Spock and Charvanek watch as Draleth attempts to intimidate the senators into submission by accusing them of treason against the Empire and killing one of their member. As Draleth stirs the senators to support a potential war, Spock recognizes Ruanek, a Romulan he encountered years before on the world Obsidian, and manages to separate the young man from his patron. Ruanek assures Spock that he remains trustworthy and supports efforts to replace Draleth – as long as Spock assures him that no harm will come to the Emperor. After they return, the Emperor collapses and Draleth summons a medic – Ivasta – to tend to him, giving Spock a chance to recognize his wife.

Later, after Ivasta gives a speech on the syndrome afflicting Draleth, Spock sneaks into the estate of the Praetor to spy on a private dinner between Draleth and Saavik – and comes to realize by his jealousy that he (and Saavik) is in the early stages of pon farr. By exploiting Draleth's attraction to her, Saavik gets him to share his plans with her: he intends to attack the Klingon civilian outpost Narendra III, before expanding his war toward the Federation colonies along the border. After Saavik uses a nerve pinch to incapacitate Draleth, Spock reveals himself. Spock and Saavik use a mind-meld to plant false memories in the Praetor's mind in order to conceal their escape. Saavik leaves to warn the Federation and Narendra III, while Spock remains behind to help Charvanek, Ruanek and the others.

On Romulus, Ruanek introduces Spock to the dissidents working with Charvanek and Narviat – while Charvanek commands her vessel, the Honor Blade, to Narendra III to intercept the Romulan fleet. Meanwhile, Saavik’s shuttle in intercepted by the USS Enterprise, under command of Captain Rachel Garrett, and Saavik urges Garrett to Narendra III to save the Klingon civilians. As events converge at Narendra, the Honor Blade and Enterprise attack the Romulan fleet led by Volskiar, but its assault on the outpost continues. In the midst of the battle, a spatial anomaly opens and draws the Enterprise into itself, though the vessel returns quickly from within. But even its return is not enough to turn the tide and the crew of the Honor Blade is captured by the Romulan fleet and taken into custody.

When the dissidents are betrayed by one of their own, Narviat is arrested - but to avoid enraging the Admiral's supporters, Draleth hides his prisoner deep underground. After Spock and Ruanek rescue Admiral Narviat from his subterranean prison cell, they place him in the protection of the dissidents to deliver him to Ki Baratan. In their rescue of Charvanek, the two join forces with her former first officer, Tal, and free her from a motorcade transporting her. Once the three reach the Romulan capital, Narviat has broken into a transmission by Draleth and presents the Romulan people with evidence of Draleth and Volskiar's dishonorable attack on the civilians of Narendra III. As riots erupt over the Praetor's deception, Spock and the dissidents steal into the palace, and manage to disarm Draleth. After Narviat speaks before the Romulan people - accepting their request that he replace Draleth as Praetor - Ruanek stops Narviat from killing Draleth, only to watch as the fallen praetor is transported away.

With the situation on Romulus settled, and Spock collapsing from the pon farr, Ruanek decides to deliver his ailing comrade to Vulcan (thereby denying himself the right to ever return to Romulus). When their dilapidated shuttle attracts the predatory attention of a warbird comandeered by Draleth, the USS Stargazer under Captain Jean-Luc Picard must intervene to save the two. After destroying Draleth's vessel, the Stargazer delivers the two to Vulcan. Sarek thanks Ruanek for saving his son's life by offering to educate the Romulan during his self-exile. As Narviat proposes to Charvanek on the cusp of a new era for Romulus, Spock and Saavik are wed formally on Vulcan in a ceremony presided over by T'Lar.

Notable QuotesEdit

"I thought she died fifty years ago" -- McCoy at Spock & Saavik's betrothal, about T'Pau. This is a nod to T'Pau's apparent death in the TOS novel: Spock's World.

"Still, I swear my manners went out the airlock somewhere. Beverly, permit me to present my dear, not-so-old friend, Jean-Luc Picard of the Stargazer. Jean-Luc, this is Beverly Howard, who is in medical school on Earth." -- Walker Keel, stardate 21018.6 (2344).

"Kobayashi Maru, thee understands" Captain Rachel Garrett to Saavik, on her decision to defend Narendra III from Romulan attack.

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CharactersEdit

AlnikalamAmarcanAmarikAratenikAristideArketGerda AsmundIdun AsmundAvrakAzeraikGilaad Ben ZomaBranakTricia CadwalladerRichard CastilloCharvanekJack CrusherDaritDralathDurnakEkendaEthariErketEvasteFredericksRachel GarrettGerrackGorathGurchaRobert HanoverHasmonakBeverly HowardTruman HowesJarokJarrinPug JosephKarpanKataraKeplerKeritWalker KeelKharikAram KorelLisuniLoPrestiLynnAnton Manning • Dr. Mbiti • Dr. Leonard McCoyM'retMusashiNarviatNeralNoble Born commanderOne-EyeOsmanskiPardekJean-Luc PicardPierce (Ensign)RakikaritRhysRiddaRuanekSarekSaavikIrene SanfordSeltaSerikSesenekShiarkiekPhigus SimenonSolvarSpockFrances StewartSymakhosTakviTalTeranasTharnekTherakifTholavT'karikT'LarTomalakT'PauT'SelisT'SeraUhuraVarani (Ochati)VolskiarWatanabeTasha YarZerliak
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AmarcanNeil ArmstrongWinston ChurchillJohn GlennAmanda GraysonJames T. KirkKorask of Rigel IVVladimir LeninJudith ResnickSeredSurakT'PringValeris

Starships and vehiclesEdit

Amarcan-classAmbassador-classUSS ArmstrongBarolian freighterIRW Battle HelmUSS Enterprise-CIRW Honor BladeSelnarIRW Sharp SwordUSS StargazerIRW Swift KillIRW Victorious
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USS EnterpriseUSS HoratioK't'inga-class

LocationsEdit

Apnex SeaArgatValley of ChulaCentral CourtCouncil ChamberErehani WayGovernment CenterHall of StateHarkan CountyKi BaratanKikitikMarsMount SeleyaNarendra IIINeutral ZoneOrikiPraetor's BalconyRachan MarketplaceRarathik DistrictRomulusShiKahrSquare of HeroesTralath ProvinceUtopia Planitia Fleet YardsVulcanVulcan's Forge
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Alpha CentauriBardatFour CornersGolIndianaIowaKenyaKhitomerLabarreM-113Melville ColonyMidwestNew CaledoniaObsidianOhioSharnakStarbase 6Starbase 9Talos IVTartakTarusTomedTurkana IVWest VirginiaWright-Patterson

Races and culturesEdit

AndorianBolianGnalishHumanIaktrI'xatiKlingonOchatiRomulanTellariteVulcan
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BarolianLegaran

States and organizationsEdit

Caribbean AllianceDepartment of Extra-Vulcan ResearchFederation Trade CommissionHouse Minor StrevonKlingon EmpireRomulan SecurityRomulan Star EmpireUndergroundStarfleetStarfleet IntelligenceTal ShiarUnited Federation of PlanetsVulcan Science AcademyVulcan Space CentralRomulan Bureau of Statistics and Information
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Imperial War CollegeRomulan Academy

Other referencesEdit

2296232923422343234440 Eridani AAcademicianAnat-VorianAxiomsBarrierBlack Fleet • "By the Eagle" • centurionchikilisCombat of HonorConsecrationDarnarDeclaration of ChallengedrabbikdreebeagletsEater of SoulsErebusEthak codeFinal HonorFirst Academician of BardatFirst EngineergarahkgroundcarhackerHaraveenhatakiHenry VHero of the Romulan Empirehe-ya-haiHollow HillsHonor Blade (weapon)House MajorHouse Minorh'vartImmelmann turnkatrakeerikketrakathkharahkharakhkhariatkhavasKolinahrKoon-ut-kal-if-feeLast Review • "Light and Darkness" • lirpaNoble BornPatrick O'Brian novelsPlak-towpon farrpsychiatryOld High VulcanrabbitrharitRites for the Dead • "Romulus Roars" • sehlatSharveenshavokhsonic toothbrushesSpider codesubcommandersystratal-shayatarakTasmeenTech CrewT'Shevat's SyndromethranakisTomed IncidenttrayatikTri-oxturathuhlansverakvetirisWarrior's Creedwildings
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Challengerhorsesle'matya

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