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"Forging Alliances" is the last of five TOS manga stories in the 2007 anthology Kakan ni Shinkou (To Boldly Go). It was published by TokyoPop, written by Paul Benjamin and drawn by Steven Cummings. In this story, a Vulcan celebration of Surak's birthday is disrupted by an attack of le-matya.

Publisher's description

Kakan ni Shinkou back cover
Bones gets to the core of Vulcan emotion...


Captain's Log, Stardate 3982.4.
The Enterprise is in orbit around the planet Vulcan, our Science Officer Spock's homeworld. Ambassador Sarek, Mr. Spock's father, has requested his son's presence at an important ceremony. It is a celebration of the birth of Surak, the Vulcan philosopher who turned his people from violent warriors into the logical, emotionally-reserved beings we know today.

At Sarek's invitation, Kirk and McCoy join Spock at the ceremony. But just as it begins, at least six le-matyas and a feral Vulcan boy attack the group. Stunning one particular le-matya triggers a painful reaction in the boy, who collapses, and then the rest of the animals flee. Sarek recognizes the boy as S'Vol, son of Forge wildlife expert Tar'ak. S'Vol disappeared months ago in The Forge during his Kahs-wan maturity test and had been presumed dead.

After administering to a Vulcan who had been poisoned by a le-matya during the attack, McCoy joins Kirk, Dr. Sassik and Tar'ak to investigate the boy and a le-matya he'd defended. During the conversation, Tar'ak, Spock and Sassik become excessively argumentative and attack Kirk and McCoy. Once the aggravated Vulcans have been knocked out, Sarek calls to alert McCoy of illogical behavior around the hospital. McCoy discovers the boy was covered with the le-matya's saliva.

Reviving Spock, the agitated Vulcan determines S'Vol to have composite DNA of animals native to The Forge, and that he was projecting feelings of madness telepathically. Spock speculates that if S'Vol had been injured during his Kahs-wan, he might have been protected like a cub by a female le-matya sensitive to their shared DNA, allowing them to share a psychic bond that awoke the boy's animal DNA and drove him into a bestial state. With Vulcans attempting to break into the hospital room, McCoy hastily injects S'Vol with a telepathic suppressant. The Vulcans return to normal.

Tar'ak explains that his son had been born prematurely, with his mother dying in childbirth. To save his son, he petitioned the Vulcan Council to allow him to alter his son's DNA. He ended up stronger than other Vulcans until the time of Kahs-wan.

Sarek completes the birthday ritual, welcoming Kirk and McCoy not as observers but as direct participants.



James T. KirkLeonard McCoySarekSassikMontgomery ScottSpockS'VolTar'akunnamed USS Enterprise personnel (2260s) (helmsmannavigator) • unnamed Vulcans (ministers, ritual attendees)
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Starships and vehicles

USS Enterprise (Constitution-class heavy cruiser)


Vulcan (The ForgeForge hospitalHall of Debates)
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Races and cultures


States and organizations

FederationVulcan Council

Science and technology

behavioral chemistrybiobedbiologycomputerDNAgenetic engineeringhypospraylaboratorymedical tricordermedscannerphaserphysiologypoisonscannerstafftelepathic suppressanttelepathytranquilizerviewscreen

Ranks and titles

ambassadorcaptaincounselorcrewmandoctorphilosopherphysicianrankscience officerwarrior

Other references

emotion (anger) • animalbeambirthdayblooddiseasedistress callhearthelmethomeworldhospitalhourKahs-wanle-matyalifeformlogicmonthmountainquarantinesalivasehlatspeciesstretchersurgeryT'Ved-Surak ritualtechnologyt'vedweaponyear


Production history

September 2007
First printed in the manga anthology Kakan ni Shinkou. (TokyoPop)
October 2007
Reprinted in the prose anthology The Sky's the Limit. (Pocket Books)
March 2009
Reprinted in the omnibus Star Trek: The Manga - Ultimate Edition. (TokyoPop)
5 December 2019
Reprinted in Graphic Novel Collection #89. (Eaglemoss)



Related stories

Spock visited family ritual sites in:

Sarek previously met the Enterprise crew in:

Spock's Kahs-wan occurred in:



Published Order
Previous comic:
Scaean Gate
TOS comics
(Star Trek: The Manga)
Next comic:
Art of War
Chronological Order
Previous adventure:
The Hollow Crown, Issue 2
Romulans: The Hollow Crown
Memory Beta Chronology Next adventure:
Faces of Fire
The above chronology placements are based on the primary placement in 2268.
The Memory Beta Chronology places events from this story in 1 other timeframe(s):
Previous adventure:
Burning Dreams
Chapters 17, 18, & 19
Next adventure:
Time Out of Joint
2261 flashback

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