Introduction (blurb)Edit

The Hidran race and the Klingon Empire have been at each other's throats for seventy years, and Captain Jean-Luc Picard has been asked to do the near-impossible: take the U.S.S. Enterprise to the planet Velex to mediate a treaty that will end the conflict between these two aggressive species. Things get off to a rocky start -- then turn deadly as the Hidran ambassador mysteriously dies, and kills a Klingon delegate in a last act of vengeance.

When Lt. Worf is charged with the ambassador's assassination, and Commander Riker and Counselor Troi are trapped far below the surface of the planet, Captain Picard must not only act to save the Hidrans and Klingons from each other, but to save his Klingon officer from a hideous death sentence...




AndersonBatokConnorsBeverly CrusherDataDePotterBarbara HollittKadarGeordi La ForgeMacKenzieMelioshRaenna PeissJean-Luc PicardWilliam T. RikerDeanna TroiUroskWorfZhad
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KurnThomas Riker


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LansingMichiganMarsNew ChicagoQo'noSTellar

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USS CharlestonUSS Enterprise-D (Galaxy-class) • IKS HivSuH
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USS CharlestonSS EagleUSS ExcaliburUSS HoodSS Tan-Shra

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Hidran CongressKlingon EmpireStarfleetUnited Federation of Planets
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United States of America

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