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On planet Fayo, Kirk is the pawn in a palace revolt! — "Prince Traitor" was a Star Trek comic book story published by Gold Key Comics in 1977, the 44th issue of their TOS series. It was the sixth drawn by Alden McWilliams and the 16th written by Arnold Drake.

In this story, Kirk, Spock and Montgomery Scott became embroiled in a rebellion on a pre-industrial planet.


"How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is to have a thankless child," Shakespeare reported. The Enterprise crew find themselves in full, frightening agreement as they face… Prince Traitor.


Captain's log, star date 19:26:4.

Mr. Spock, Scotty and I will beam down to planet Fayo for an official reception.

During the reception, an assassin nearly killed the landing party. He represented a rebellion against the monarchy of Emperor Bavoda. At the palace, Bavoda asked that his trusted son Yano enter Starfleet Academy and serve a tour in Starfleet to learn more about the sciences and arts. Kirk agreed, and beamed him up the next day. But back on the planet, Spock was held hostage, and Yano chose to beam himself down in exchange for Spock. Upon learning that Kirk had lost his son, Bavoda was furious. He ordered the Enterprise crew off the planet and said he would file a formal protest with the Federation Council. Kirk moved the ship outside the range of telescopes and the three officers beamed back that night to search for Yano and the rebel leader.

Captain's log, star date 19:26:4.

A thermal scan of the surrounding country suggests one jungle area as a possible rebel HQ. Shall beam down to investigate.

The landing party was quickly captured and put in a cell with Yano. While sympathetic to the rebels' demands for democratic reforms, Yano decried their violence and asked that the officers intercede. Spock explained that the Prime Directive forbade them from doing so. Disappointed, Yano revealed that he was in fact the rebel leader. He said he would attempt to trade his people's political freedom for the lives of the landing party and his own. Riding Fayo ostriches, Yano and Kirk headed back to the city.

Meanwhile, Colonel Lam had been assigned to find Yano. He knew Yano led the rebels and thought he might be able to kill Yano while feigning ignorance. Security patrols riding camelephants caught sight of Kirk, Yano and rebel troops, and pursued them into the jungle. Kirk was able to hit one of the camelephants with his phaser and knock Lam to the ground. Yano captured Lam, ending the fight.

At the palace, Bavoda abdicated, placing his crown on Yano. The new leader pledged to enact democratic reforms.



BavodaDuboJames T. KirkLamOrdroMontgomery ScottSpockHikaru SuluNyota UhuraYanounnamed Fayons
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Brain Ray RobotDuandaRiyo IIIWilliam Shakespeare

Starships and vehicles

carriageUSS Enterprise (Constitution-class heavy cruiser)


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Asteroid DeltaEarth

Races and cultures


States and organizations

FederationFederation CouncilStarfleetStarfleet Academy

Science and technology

aspirincrossbowengineflailknifemacephaserspearspotlightswordtelescopethermal scantransporterviewscreenweapon

Ranks and titles

artistassassincaptainchief of securitycolonelemperorguardlordmusicianpainterpoetprincerebelservantterroristwarrior


camelephantdogFayo ostrichhornetunicorn

Other references

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Related media


James T. Kirk and Spock repelled a siege on Asteroid Delta.
Spock was attacked by a Brain Ray Robot.
Spock rescued Kirk from a Duanda.
2266 (stardate 1926.4)
USS Enterprise orbited Fayo.




Gold Key Comics stories and publications
Issues "The Planet of No Return" • "The Devil's Isle of Space" • "Invasion of the City Builders" • "The Peril of Planet Quick Change" • "The Ghost Planet" • "When Planets Collide" • "The Voodoo Planet" • "The Youth Trap" • "The Legacy of Lazarus" • "Sceptre of the Sun" • "The Brain Shockers" • "The Flight of the Buccaneer" • "Dark Traveler" • "The Enterprise Mutiny" • "Museum at the End of Time" • "Day of the Inquisitors" • "The Cosmic Cavemen" • "The Hijacked Planet" • "The Haunted Asteroid" • "A World Gone Mad" • "The Mummies of Heitius VII" • "Siege in Superspace" • "Child's Play" • "The Trial of Captain Kirk" • "Dwarf Planet" • "The Perfect Dream" • "Ice Journey" • "The Mimicking Menace" • "Death of a Star" • "The Final Truth" • "The Animal People" • "The Choice" • "The PsychoCrystals" • "A Bomb in Time" • "One of Our Captains Is Missing!" • "Prophet of Peace" • "Furlough to Fury" • "The Evictors" • "World Against Time" • "The World Beneath the Waves" • "Prince Traitor" • "Mr. Oracle" • "This Tree Bears Bitter Fruit" • "Murder on the Enterprise" • "A Warp in Space" • "Planet of No Life" • "Destination... Annihilation!" • "And a Child Shall Lead Them" • "What Fools These Mortals Be.." • “Sport of Knaves” • "A World Against Itself" • "No Time Like the Past" • "Spore of the Devil" • "The Brain-Damaged Planet" • "To Err Is Vulcan" • "The Empire Man!" • "Operation Con Game"
Additional stories "James T. Kirk: Psycho-File" • "A Page From Scotty's Diary" • "Spock: Psycho-File" • "From Sputnik to Warp Drive"
Collections Star Trek Annuals (1969197019721973197419751976197719781979198019831986) • The Enterprise Logs (Volumes 1234) • The Key Collection (Volumes 12345) • Gold Key Archives (Volumes 12345) • Gold Key 100-Page Spectacular
Related media "Voyage of Discovery" • "The Exile" • "The Red Hour" • "The Tunnel of Death" • "... Wild Goose Chase!" • "A Hint of Life" • "Space Chase" • "Escape from the Clinging Dags" • "Eye of the Beholder" • "The Menace of the Mechanitrons" • "Trial by Fire!"


Published Order
Previous comic:
#43: The World Beneath the Waves
TOS comics (Gold Key) Next comic:
#45: The Voodoo Planet
Previous comic:
#43: The World Beneath the Waves
TOS comics (Gold Key original stories) Next comic:
#46: Mr. Oracle
Previous story:
The World Beneath the Waves
Stories by:
Arnold Drake
Next story:
Mr. Oracle
Chronological Order
Previous adventure:
The Trial of Captain Kirk
Memory Beta Chronology Next adventure:
The Evictors
Previous comic:
The Trial of Captain Kirk
Voyages of the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701), Year Two Next comic:
The Evictors
The above chronology placements are based on the primary placement in 2266.
The Memory Beta Chronology places events from this story in 1 other timeframe(s):
Previous adventure:
The Enterprise Mutiny
Flashback to prior missions
Next adventure:
The Devil's Isle of Space
Production history
May 1977
First published by Gold Key Comics
September 2008
Included on The Complete Comic Book Collection DVD (Graphic Imaging Technologies)
11 October 2018
Reprinted in the omnibus Graphic Novel Collection #47 (Eaglemoss)
German: Abridged as "Die Rebellen von Fayo" in Raumschiff Enterprise Comic Album #2 (Condor)
Dutch: As "De Verrader" in Ruimteschip Enterprise Strip-album #2 (De Vrijbuiter)
Italian: As "Il Principe Traditore" in the omnibus The Gold Key Collection, Volume 10 (Free Books)

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