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While on a routine mission to retrieve a research drone for recycling, the USS Enterprise encounters a Romulan space station adrift within Federation borders. Exploring the lifeless station, the crew finds ghostly apparitions flitting at the edges of sight.
Soon the USS Enterprise is also inexplicably without power. Captain Kirk and his crew must now solve a mystery of the strange apparitions before the starship suffers station's fate.
The situation becomes desperate when a Romulan warship arrives looking for the station, and the Romulan Commander accuses the Federation of treachery. Before Captain Kirk can save the Starship Enterprise from complete destruction, he must avoid becoming drawn into a deadly shell game - a game that will leave no winners and no survivors...



Christine ChapelPavel ChekovDevinElaniSuzanna HallieJaffeKashiJames T. KirkChristina LenoDaniel MarksonLeonard McCoyNyssaOrrienJanice RandRinaghMontgomery ScottSpockHikaru SuluTelrisNyota Uhuraunnamed Romulans
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King ArthurMarco BeppeBenjamin Spooner BriggsLance CartwrightCoreyEstanoDorothy GaleCaptain LoughranDavid Reed MorehouseSaculVanya

Starships and vehicles

Elizsen (Romulan bird-of-prey) • USS Enterpriseescape podValgard (shuttlecraft)
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Dei GratiaUSS KongoUSS LexingtonMary CelesteSt. BrendanStephanie EmiliaUSS Tandarich


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Adirondack MountainsAntaresConey IslandDeath ValleyEarthEdinburghFirth of TayHomeaway StationMississippi RiverMunchkinlandNew EnglandNew YorkNordstralRomulan Neutral ZoneSarpeidonScotlandStaten IslandTau CetiUnited States of AmericaVelikiyeVindali 5

Races and cultures

Human (BantuEgyptianItalianNative AmericanRussianSpanish) • RomulanVulcan
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States and organizations

Federation CouncilRomulan SenateRomulan Star EmpireStarfleetStarfleet AcademyStarfleet CommandStarfleet SecurityUnited Federation of Planets

Science and technology

communicatorenvironmental suitfood synthesizerhandlamplife supportmedical tricordermediscannerphaserphoton torpedopower generatorrunning lightsself-destructspace stationstarshiptransportertricorderturboliftviewscreen

Ranks and titles

admiralcadetchief engineercommandercommunications officerdoctordreamtalkerensignfirst officerhelmsmanlieutenantlieutenant commanderPresident of the United Federation of Planetsproconsulquartermastersecurity chiefyeoman

Other references

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