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Introduction (blurb)

Before he was an officer aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise...

A young Spock accompanied his father, the Vulcan diplomat Sarek, to the planet Marath to help negotiate a peace treaty. With the signed treaty safely in hand, they board the Starship Enterprise and head home. Spock is fascinated by the easy acceptance of his Vulcan culture by the bright, adventurous Starfleet crew headed by Captain Robert April and his first officer, Christopher Pike. Spock, half-Vulcan, half-human, is now torn between accepting his position at the Vulcan Science Academy or joining the cadets at Starfleet Academy.

Before he can decide, however, he and Sarek discover that not everyone is happy with the treaty. First, rebel forces attempt an assault on the Enterprise, and then Spock's own family is stalked. Spock has a hunch about who is behind the attacks. But to find out -- and set the course for his own destiny -- he'll have to trust his human side.


Ambassador Sarek conducts negotiations between factions of the Marathan people spread across several planets and moons in their home star system. Spock joins his father of the mission and “befriends” Cha-Tuan Mar Lorval, the emotional son of one of (lunar colony) Shakir's representatives. Though Sarek and the Marathans reach an accord, the Shakir delegation is particularly dissatisfied. All delegates are returned home by the USS Enterprise, where Spock is quite taken with the emotional yet wholly accepting Starfleet crew (particularly first officer Pike) and reacts with some minor emotion, much to Sarek's disapproval. Similarly, the intelligent young Vulcan greatly impresses the Starfleet crew—Spock solves a catastrophic computer problem when the angered Shakir attack the starship and demand the surrender of the signed treaty and of Sarek, allowing the Enterprise to escape without bloodshed—to the point that Captain April recommends Spock to Starfleet Academy.

Upon returning to Vulcan, Sarek tries to work out the final details of the treaty over subspace communications, but finds the Shakir intractable. Spock participates in a class at the Vulcan Science Academy as a trial of his upcoming full-time studies there. He shares a dormitory with a distant cousin, Sirok, who believes that Spock's human heritage is an obstacle certain to make Spock fail. Spock is called home after Amanda is attacked by a Marathan assassin and the whole family is placed under protective guard. Sirok is later mistaken for Spock and attacked, though he too survives. Sarek plans to draw the assassins out by making himself a target, advertising his trip to Earth to deliver the final Marathan treaty. Spock insists on accompanying his father and spots a suspicious person tailing them who resembles his friend Cha. Spock later tracks Cha to hideout and confronts the young man about the Shakir plot. Unwilling to carry out his orders to help with the assassinations, Cha trusts Spock and shares the Shakir's secret—the Shakir have been denied access to certain ancient religious sites, but never mentioned the issue because a taboo prevents them discussing the sites with offworlders. The Shakir faction leader actually wishes the civil war to continue as he dreams of conquering the homeworld for his people. When Sarek amends the treaty to ensure open access to the sites for all Marathans, the Shakir overrule their warmongering leader, and peace is achieved. Dissatisfied with the prejudice he faces on Vulcan, Spock decides to accept enrollment at Starfleet Academy with his mother's blessing.



Thedra AlfortRobert AprilBelasLedrick BannRichard CheyneyMichael DaronAmanda GraysonCha-Tuan Mar LorvalKaros Mar SantorHul Minak LasvorSelena NilesChristopher PikePowellSarekShanakSirokSovikSpockT'LakT'Mar
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Starships and vehicles

USS Enterprise
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USS Intrepid


Bel T'aanFletaGandarHouse of HealingHouse of JusticeJaretaMarathP'ik Ban AldorShakirSpace Port PrimeVulcan
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Ceti IV

Races and cultures

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States and organizations

Federation StarfleetVulcan Science Academy
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Starfleet Academy

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Ranks and titles

ambassadorassassincaptainfirst officer

Other references

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Stories set in Starfleet Academy
Comics Starfleet Academy ("Prime DirectivesLibertyLoyalty TestWar and PeaceLove and DeathPassagesHide and SeekReturn to the Forbidden PlanetA Prelude to WarJudgmentTelepathy War (Part One) • Parents' DayT'Priell Revealed (Part OnePart TwoPart Three) • Culture ClashMangHom qaDBetween Love and Hate") • Starfleet Academy!Starfleet Academy (Issue 1Issue 2Issue 3Issue 4Issue 5)
Movies Starfleet Academy SCISEC Briefs (SCISEC Brief 001: "Mystery Behind Voyager" • SCISEC Brief 002: "Mystery Behind Ceti Alpha VI" • SCISEC Brief 003: "Mystery Behind the Vulcan Katra Transfer" • SCISEC Brief 004: "The Whale Probe" • SCISEC Brief 005: "Nimbus III" • SCISEC Brief 006: "Praxis" • SCISEC Brief 007: "Trilithium" • SCISEC Brief 008: "Temporal Vortex" • SCISEC Brief 009: "The Origins of the Ba'ku and Son'a Conflict" • SCISEC Brief 010: "Thalaron Radiation")
Novels Video game novelization1990s series (Crisis on VulcanAftershockCadet KirkWorf's First AdventureLine of FireSurvivalLifelineThe Chance FactorQuarantine) • The Best and the BrightestAcademy: Collision Course2010s series (The Delta AnomalyThe EdgeThe Gemini AgentThe Assassination Game)
Short stories "The Bottom Line" • "Best Tools Available"
Video games Starfleet Academy Starship Bridge SimulatorStarfleet AcademyStarfleet Academy: Strategic CommandStarfleet Academy: Chekov's Lost MissionsAcademy TrainerCadet Training Facility
Live performances Star Trek LiveThe Starfleet Academy Experience

External Links

Crisis on Vulcan article at Memory Alpha, the wiki for canon Star Trek.

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