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Introduction (blurb)[]

Isolated for centuries, the exotic Dragon Empire is finally ready to join the United Federation of Planets. But first the emperor's eldest son must marry the only daughter of his oldest enemy, bringing to an end decades of civil war. Without the wedding, there can be no peace -- and no treaty with the Federation.

As honored guests of the Dragon Empire, Captain Picard and the crew of the Starship Enterprise must ensure that the royal wedding occurs on schedule, despite the Empire's complicated and difficult codes of honor. And Dr. Beverly Crusher finds her loyalties torn when she wins the confidence of the unusually reluctant bride-to-be.

More than just a treaty is at stake, for a vicious race of alien conquerors will stop at nothing, from assassination to invasion, to keep the Empire out of the Federation. Picard must now use all his skills to save the Empire... and preserve the Dragon's Honor.

Information[]

The bulk of the story takes place in the Dragon Empire.

References[]

Characters[]

Nanci AthertonChih-liCameron CraigieBeverly CrusherChuan-chiDataGarHsiao HarKakkhKamisKan-hiBarbara KeselGeordi La ForgeLi PoLu TungMcKennaMelilli MeraMeng ChiaoMuNan ErJean-Luc PicardWilliam T. RikerSelarTorDeanna TroiTsai-lungTu FuWorfYao Hu
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Reginald BarclayCharlesJack CrusherWesley CrusherDianaHenry VIIIGuinanLoreQKyle RikerThomas RikerSarekNoonien SoongLwaxana Troi

Starships and vehicles[]

USS Enterprise-D (Galaxy-class) • Fang (S'sssr'ss-class)
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USS Nisqually

Locations[]

Dragon NebulaHigh Hall of Ceremonial GrandeurImperial Palace of the DragonPai
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AlaskaAngel IChambers of the Degraded PriestsChinaDark HorseDeep Space 6Demilitarized ZoneGallery of Hushed MeetingsHall of Supreme HarmonyMemorable Room of the Grand CouchNew PekingPavilion of the Emerald PeacockPekingRisaSalon of the Forgotten CapSnokomie IV

Races and cultures[]

AndorianBajoranBenziteBetazoidBolianG'kkauHumanPaiKlingonVulcan
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BorgFerengiGornRomulan

States and organizations[]

Dragon EmpireSacred Order of the Extended DigitsStarfleetUnited Federation of Planets

Other references[]

anbo-jyutsuassassinationbachelor partybeardBlessings of Summer’s Last Rejoicingcandlech'iconcubinecrocodilecyceedartDragon’s Grand ChamberlainDenebian slime devildilithiumdogdragonDragon Emperor of the Dragon Nebula and EnvironsDragon-HeirDragon's Taildress uniformduraniumearringelephantfireworksfu t'ouharemhonorhuang lang shuHuchhyposprayivoryjadekao tzulao shuMa erh tsai mao tan ch'ingmandarinThe MikadomonkeyPenultimate Bestowing of the Undomesticated Seedsp'u tzuphaserpokerPrime DirectiveragojirahgidrainratRomulan alesarksilkslugswordThousand-Year Eyestransparent aluminumtricorderuniversal translatorverapnerharmonVISORwaterweddingwine

Placement[]

Although the stardate is given as 47146.2, the Pocket Books Timeline adjusted the stardate to 47616.2 to fit a time frame shortly before "Eye of the Beholder".

Connections[]

published order
Previous novel:
The Last Stand
TNG numbered novels Next novel:
Rogue Saucer
Previous novel:
Devil in the Sky
Novels by:
Greg Cox
Next novel:
The Black Shore
Previous novel:
First Star Trek novel
Novels by:
Kij Johnson
Next novel:
Most recent Star Trek novel
chronological order
Previous Adventure:
Shadowplay
Memory Beta Chronology Next Adventure:
Eye of the Beholder
Previous Adventure:
Shadowplay
Pocket Next Adventure:
Eye of the Beholder
Previous Adventure:
Masks
Voyages of the
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D)
Next Adventure:
Eye of the Beholder



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