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Summary

The Enterprise is asked to play host to a representative of the Eremoids, a race the Federation has been negotiating with for mining rights. The representative, Verka, seems puzzled by many aspects of human behaviour, requesting complete privacy in his quarters and believing he is about to be attacked for a minor offence towards Colt. Spock informs Pike that every other Eremoid who has visited an alien ship has been killed in a fight over a trivial matter.

When a fight breaks out between Tyler and another crewmember at a party, Verka seems to believe that either they will kill each other or Pike will kill them as punishment. He is further perplexed when the Enterprise crew pull together to destroy a Klingon vessel that was attacking colony ships. Spock realises the Eremoids are empaths, whose emotions during conflict feed into each other and cause things to escalate. They have learned to manage this by living in mostly solitude but Verka wishes to reunite with a lover who cheated on him. Pike suggests he learn to control his emotions and use the communicator to speak with her in the meantime.

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References

Characters

Phillip BoyceMichael BurnsteinJ. Mia ColtDabischHampton (female)Hampton (male)Number One (Lefler) • Christopher PikeSpockJosé "Joe" TylerVerkaCommander Wilson
Referenced only 
Robert AprilZefram Cochrane

Starships and vehicles

Locations

Gamma Gemini systemStarbase 7
Referenced only 
New YorkPortland, OregonVenus

Races and cultures

EremoidGallamiteKlingon

States and organizations

Food and drink

appleEarth GuinnesspotatoSaurian brandy

Other references

Appendices

Related stories

Media featuring Christopher Pike
Episodes and movies The Original Series The CageThe Menagerie
Movies Star TrekkStar Trek Into Darknessk
Discovery Will You Take My Hand?BrotherNew EdenPoint of LightAn Obol for CharonSaints of ImperfectionThe Sound of ThunderLight and ShadowsIf Memory ServesProject DaedalusThe Red AngelPerpetual InfinityThrough the Valley of ShadowsSuch Sweet Sorrow
Short Treks Q&AThe Trouble with EdwardAsk Not
Novels Killing TimeaEnterprise: The First AdventureVulcan's GloryLegacyThe RiftWhere Sea Meets SkyBurning DreamsA Less Perfect UnionaThe Children of KingsChild of Two WorldsDesperate HoursThe Enterprise War
Short stories "Conflicting Natures" • "A Private Anecdote" • "Sins of the Mother" • "The Greater Good"m
Comics Early Voyages "Flesh of My Flesh" • "The Fires of Pharos" • "Our Dearest Blood" • "Nor Iron Bars a Cage" • Cloak and Dagger (12) • "The Flat, Gold Forever" • "Immortal Wounds" • "One of a Kind" • The Fallen (12) • "Futures, Part One" • "Future Tense" • "Futures" • "Now and Then" • "Thanatos" • "Nemesis"
Starfleet Academy "Return to the Forbidden Planet" • "A Prelude to War"
Crew "Shadows of the Past" • "The Ends of Eternity"
other "All Those Years Ago..." • "To Walk the Night" • "Door in the Cage" • Alien Spotlight Alien Spotlight, Volume I (VulcansOrions) • Mirror Imagesm (1245) • Spock: Reflections, Issue 2Star Trek Movie Adaptationk (23456) • Captain's Log: Pike
k : Kelvin timelinem : Mirror Universea : alternate reality

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chronological order
Previous Adventure:
Burning Dreams (flashback)
Pocket Next Adventure:
Where Sea Meets Sky (framing story)
Previous Adventure:
The Rift (First Contact)
The Early Voyages of the
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Next Adventure:
Cloak and Dagger
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