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Darien was a planetoid located somewhere in the space of the galaxy's Alpha or Beta Quadrants, in a binary star system.

Darien being in a binary system is based on illustrations in the comic which show two suns, it is possible Darrien could exist in a system with more than two, but additional stars are never shown.

History and specifics[]

Darien was a harsh world, featuring storm swept deserts and barren rocky landscapes. The atmosphere was sufficiently volatile that it precluded the use of transporters and allowed intermittent communications at best.

In the 3rd century, before the teachings of Surak spread across Vulcan, a group of Vulcans left their homeworld. They crash landed on Darien and established the Last-of-all-Cities colony on the planetoid's surface. The colony was lost and isolated and the pre-enlightened Vulcans remained passionate. Left alone, divisions began to form between them and two rival factions formed in order to gain absolute control of the planet.

The Cortez and the Enterprise battle above the planetoid.

In 2254, the USS Cortez entered the system on a survey mission and discovered the lost Vulcan colony. After a short while, the crew of the Cortez fell victim to the Vulcans' internal politics and was boarded and taken in battle by one faction. She was later refitted with a powerful pre-enlightenment Vulcan weapon, the tol par-doj.

Eight weeks later the USS Enterprise, under the command of Captain Christopher Pike, was sent to investigate the disappearance of the Cortez. On the surface a landing party was attacked by one faction before be rescued by the other, while in orbit the Enterprise was attacked by the Cortez and narrowly avoided sharing the vessels fate by repelling another boarding attempt.

The attempted capture having failed, the Cortez began another space battle with the Enterprise, which was only saved when T'Kell, the Ruler of the Last-of-All-Cities fired a planetary psionic weapon, the Vorl-tak, utterly destroying the Cortez and most of the members of the main opposing faction.

As Darien's surface is destroyed the Enterprise flies into the atmosphere.

Firing this weapon had a devastating effect on the planetoid, the weapon used the planetoid’s gravitational field as a psionic amplifier, thus causing the mantle to shatter and begin to sink into the magma layer. As the planet's surface disintegrated the Enterprise flew into the atmosphere to cut through the interference and save the landing party on the surface. The Last-of-All-Cities colony and the rest of the Vulcan population were lost as the planetoid's surface was destroyed. (EV - Cloak and Dagger comics: "Part 1", "Part 2 of 2")

The planet is first established as Darrien 224, all subsequent spellings in "Cloak and Dagger" use only one r, when the planetoid is mentioned in the following issue, "The Flat, Gold Forever", two r's are used again.

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planets visited by the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) (2243-2264)
Robert April's command (2243-2251) EarthRomulan planetoidTarsus IVFaramondAlpha Tau IVUsilde
Christopher Pike's command (2251-2264) EarthGS391AretaMagefferus IIIPharos siteworldRigel VIITalos IVJupiterDarien 224PrairieNeyda PrimeLiriaJubalTheta KalybAlgol IITemaziCorinthia VIIEridiosSusquatanePragine 63Bardeezi Prime
Star Trek: Early Voyages
comics: "Flesh of My Flesh" • "The Fires of Pharos" • "Our Dearest Blood" • "Nor Iron Bars a Cage" • "Cloak & Dagger" • "Cloak and Dagger, Part 2" • "The Flat, Gold Forever" • "Immortal Wounds" • "One of a Kind" • The Fallen • "Futures" • "Future Tense" • "Futures" • "Now and Then" • "Thanatos" • "Nemesis"
related works: episodes: "The Cage" • "The Menagerie" • DSC season 2Short Treks: "Q&A", "The Trouble with Edward", "Ask Not" • Star Trek: Strange New Worldsnovels: Vulcan's GloryThe Captain's Table: Where Sea Meets SkyBurning DreamsDSC: The Enterprise Warrelated comics: "To Walk the Night" • "Captain's Log: Pike"
main characters: Christopher PikeNumber OnePhillip BoyceSpockJosé TylerNanoMoves-With-Burning-GraceSita MohindasGabrielle CarlottiMia ColtNils Pitcairn
recurring characters: Robert AprilDermot CusackKaaj, Son of TorgVirkaKirShane SamsonJames T. KirkMontgomery ScottChang
ships and places: USS Enterprise
IKS VarchasUSS CortezUSS NelsonBountyUSS Enterprise-AUSS Excelsior
Algol IIDarien 224EarthMarrat NebulaStarbase 45TemaziTheta Kalyb
races and cultures: HumanVulcanKlingonLirinNgultorChakuunTemazi
writers and artists: Dan AbnettIan EdgintonPatrick ZircherGreg AdamsMichael CollinsSteve Moncuse

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